Hold-down Patents (Class 248/500)
  • Patent number: 11515834
    Abstract: A water guiding assembly configured to drain water or discharge other liquid or solid substances for a photovoltaic assembly is provided. The water guiding assembly includes a water guider and a mounting component. The water guider includes a water guiding portion, the water guiding portion has a fitting portion configured to abut against a frame of the photovoltaic assembly, to provide a gap between the water guiding portion and the frame to form a guiding channel. The mounting component includes a fixing portion and a connecting portion, an end of the connecting portion is detachably connected to the water guider, and another end of the connecting portion is connected to the fixing portion to form a clamping opening with the water guider and the fixing portion, which is configured to clamp the frame. The connecting portion is provided with a discharge channel butted with the guiding channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Sungrow Renewables Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kepeng Ji, Erbin Li, Juan Chen, Yanna Huang, Meng Liu
  • Patent number: 11460193
    Abstract: A leveling assembly for a user interface includes a bracket housing that defines an aperture. A carrier is disposed within the bracket housing. The carrier defines an opening proximate to the aperture defined by the bracket housing. An engagement feature is coupled to the carrier and extends through the opening and the aperture. A leveler is operably coupled to the carrier and is configured to translate the carrier between a first position and a second position relative to the aperture defined by the bracket housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Sachin R. Gayakwad, Sidhaiyasamy Kaliappan, Devendra Bhaskar Shirore, Pradeep Shankar Thorat
  • Patent number: 11313434
    Abstract: In some examples, a shock absorption bracket includes one or more damping pads coupled to a facing surface of an absorption leg. The absorption leg is attached to a support leg and defines an internal corner with the support leg. The support leg is configured to attach to an equipment cabinet. The shock absorption bracket may be configured to define a gap between the damping pads and one or more support surfaces of the equipment cabinet. The shock absorption bracket may be configured to attach to a rear section of an equipment cabinet having an equipment access in a front section of the equipment cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE NORTH AMERICAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Mark Schubert, Taylor Bruner, Sean Guitar, Donald Robert Flagin
  • Patent number: 10939761
    Abstract: Furniture anti-tipping mechanism includes an L-shaped boot having a first portion and a second portion shorter than the first portion and having an upwardly extending position at an angle (less than 180°) to the first portion. A side rail extends upward from a lateral edge of the first portion. The first portion is attached to a bottom surface of the furniture by a screw or bolt which fits through a respective aperture in the first portion or by adhesive on an upper surface of the first planar portion in a position to contact a bottom surface of the furniture. The second portion is attached to a rear surface of the furniture by a screw or bolt which fits through a respective aperture in the second portion or by adhesive on an inner surface of the second planar portion in a position to contact the rear surface of the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Dooli Products, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Steven G. Marton
  • Patent number: 10905241
    Abstract: A piece of furniture and an anti-tipping mechanism include a frame having a front and a rear, at least one drawer slidable through the front of the frame into and partly out of the frame, and one or more L-shaped boots each having a first elongate planar portion and a second planar portion shorter than the first planar portion with the second planar portion having a position at an angle to the first planar portion. The second planar portion is attached to a rear surface of the frame to be alongside and in contact therewith. The first planar portion is situated below the front and rear of the frame and extends forward of the front of the frame when the second planar portion is attached to the rear surface of the frame to aid in preventing tipping of the piece of furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Dooli Products, LLC
    Inventors: David M. Stravitz, Steven G. Marton
  • Patent number: 10369938
    Abstract: A floor system includes multiple floor sections and a floor portion smaller than each of the floor sections. Each floor section includes a floor panel and an integrated securing rail. The floor panel includes opposite first and second edges configured to be arranged next to each other such that the second edge of one floor section is placed facing and adjacent to the first edge of another floor section. The integrated securing rail is fixedly attached to a third edge of the floor panel that extends at a right angle between the first and second edges of the floor panel. The floor portion includes a first outer edge which follows the contour of the integrated securing rail of the first and/or said second floor section and is configured to be adjacent to the integrated securing rail of the first and/or said second floor section during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MODUL-SYSTEM HH AB
    Inventor: Anders Carlsson
  • Patent number: 10034397
    Abstract: In accordance with presently disclosed embodiments, an seismically stabilized uninterruptable power supply (UPS) is provided. The UPS utilizes a series of rails coupled to the bottom of the UPS along with a bracket affixed to an external support surface to stabilize the UPS. The bracket may comprise two sides coupled to a bottom, wherein the sides are substantially parallel to each other and perpendicular to the bottom. The rails and bracket may further comprise a series of aligned openings such that when the rails and bracket are juxtaposed, they may be secured together through bolts. The external support surface may be a layer of cement or other sturdy material in which hardware is embedded. The embedded hardware may be either lagged into the surface or may be poured bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Toshiba International Corporation
    Inventor: William Lewis McCollum
  • Patent number: 10011212
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fastening fixture for a motor vehicle, comprising a sheet metal part (7) on the car body and a U-shaped bracket (1) attached thereto that has a crossbar (2) with adjoining U-shaped legs (3) from the ends of which foot sections (5) extend at an angle and engage underneath the sheet metal part (7) on the car body and are especially welded to it. According to the invention, the sheet metal part (7) has cutouts (8) that are separate from each other and spaced at the same distance as the two U-shaped legs (3) of the bracket (1), and the foot sections (5) of the U-shaped legs (3) pass through said cutouts (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: VOLKSWAGEN AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Rolf Wagner, Marcus Kuhlee
  • Patent number: 9985579
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for mounting a solar panel to a surface includes a mounting base. The mounting base supports a fastener. A module mount has a module mount sidewall supporting the fastener. The module mount is movable with respect to the fastener when the fastener is received through the module mount opening. A first distance between a bottom surface of the module mount and a top surface of the mounting base is adjustable. A mounting clamp has a mounting clamp sidewall defining a mounting clamp opening through which the fastener is received. The mounting clamp is movable with respect to the fastener when the fastener is received through the mounting clamp opening such that a second distance between a bottom surface of the mounting clamp and a top surface of the module mount is adjustable. The solar panel is mounted between the mounting clamp and the module mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: PREFORMED LINE PRODUCTS CO.
    Inventor: Nicholas Warin
  • Patent number: 9874903
    Abstract: Disclosed is a foot assembly system comprising a foot member configured to attach to a base of a device through a cutout in the base. The system may further comprise a cap configured to affix the foot member to the base, wherein the foot member and cap are configured to engage from opposite sides of the base, through the cutout in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: LENOVO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Shigehiro Horiuchi, Fumitake Mizoguchi, Masaaki Bandoh, Tatsuya Ushioda
  • Patent number: 9774291
    Abstract: A roof mount assembly mounts a structure to a roof having a rafter and a substrate supported by the rafter. The roof mount assembly includes a piece of flashing positioned on the substrate. The flashing includes a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface and an aperture extending through the flashing. A fastener extends through the flashing aperture. A bracket is connected to the flashing via the fastener, and the bracket is sized to support at least one roof-mounted structure on the roof. A seal is positioned between the flashing aperture and the fastener. The seal is sized to form a water-tight seal with the aperture to inhibit flow of fluid through the aperture. The seal includes a first portion and a second portion, in which the first portion is positioned to abut the flashing first surface and the second portion is positioned to extend through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rillito River Solar, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Cecil Stearns, Douglas Timothy Lounsbury
  • Patent number: 9774292
    Abstract: A roof mount assembly mounts a structure to a roof having a rafter and a substrate supported by the rafter. The roof mount assembly includes a piece of flashing positioned on the substrate. The flashing includes a first surface, a second surface opposite the first surface and an aperture extending through the flashing. A fastener extends through the flashing aperture. A bracket is connected to the flashing via the fastener, and the bracket is sized to support at least one roof-mounted structure on the roof. A seal is positioned between the flashing aperture and the fastener. The seal is sized to form a water-tight seal with the aperture to inhibit flow of fluid through the aperture. The seal includes a first portion and a second portion, in which the first portion is positioned to abut the flashing first surface and the second portion is positioned to extend through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rillito River Solar, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Cecil Stearns, Douglas Timothy Lounsbury
  • Patent number: 9534623
    Abstract: A joint for assembling two furniture parts to each other. A first furniture part has a male part for co-operation with a female part of a second furniture part. Each of the male and female parts has a number of grooves. At assembly the male part is moved along the female part via co-operation between the grooves of the male and female part, respectively. The co-operating male and female parts have an insertion position and an end position, in which end position the furniture parts are assembled to each other. The grooves of one of the female and male parts are compressed during movement from the insertion position to the end position. The grooves of the pair of co-operating female part and male part are such that the furniture parts are pressed toward each other when the male part is moved along the female part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V.
    Inventors: Benny Anderson, Anders Eriksson, Göran Sjöstedt
  • Patent number: 9528797
    Abstract: An anti-ballistic barrier comprising at least one furniture unit including: a top; a base; an anti-ballistic arrangement including an anti-ballistic material, the anti-ballistic arrangement having at least a portion extending between the top, and the base; and a mobility arrangement which, in use, enables each furniture unit to be moved between at least two positions, comprising a utility position, in which each furniture unit can be used in its typical furniture usage, and a defense position, in which each furniture unit can be used as a barrier to obstruct an opening such as a doorway, a passageway, a window or a service opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: DFENCE SOLUTIONS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Craig Harwood, John Orr Campbell
  • Patent number: 9340144
    Abstract: A cargo retainer system incorporates a load-bearing strap assembly having a load bearing strap that extends over a cargo element, and a strap-retainer clamped to the load bearing strap and having an elastic portion that is stretched to a stretched length and attached to a portion of the load-bearing strap. The strap-retainer has an elastic portion that extends from the clamp to a hook that is configured to attach to a portion of the load-bearing strap to secure the strap retainer under tension. The strap-retainer provides an elastic retaining force on the load-bearing strap wherein the force exerted on the load bearing strap increase when the cargo shift away from strap-retainer and the force decreases when the cargo shifts toward the strap-retainer. A cargo retainer system may incorporate a strap-retainer on either side of the cargo element to provide complimentary and corrective elastic retaining forces on the load-bearing strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Daniel Erik Sarnowski
  • Patent number: 9124057
    Abstract: A mounting component has a pad, a leg portion having a bottom surface thereof soldered to the pad, and an auxiliary hole made in a side face of the leg portion. The auxiliary hole is laterally opened so as not to be opened to the bottom surface. The auxiliary hole is operable to receive melted solder therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Jiro Koyama, Hirotada Teranishi
  • Patent number: 9080792
    Abstract: Solar panel array with a plurality of solar panels on support system attached at corners or off such corners for foundation structure needs and irregularities secured to roof by lag bolt with mount channel and flashing pre-assembled into mount by crimp for positive seal and mount riser height adjustable can include bilateral or quadrilateral mounts, a coupler seat to affix panel to mount and lateral movement seat for solar panel. An intercalative junction piece, nut, or washer has tines for grounding, a dissociation guide and flexture and keeps off the surface for association and perforation to clamp panel firmly via different clamps including wedge clamps, top restraints, lip end clamps, side support clamps, compression clamps, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: IronRidge, Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Patton, Todd Lindstrom, Eric Hafter
  • Patent number: 9022340
    Abstract: A method performed and apparatus formed to fabricate an Isofix latch wire arrangement bends an elongated strip about an open profile to form an elongated tubular member, radially penetrating the member with wires across the open profile, and forming enlarged portions on the legs. The enlargements engage opposite sides of the tube to complete abutment of the strip edges to close the profile and join the wires as rivets to the tubular member formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Techform Products Limited
    Inventors: R. Daniel McLeod, Don Desroches
  • Patent number: 9004309
    Abstract: A bucket stabilizer including a disk-shaped base with an annular wall having a top perimeter, an inner surface, an outer surface, and a lower perimeter continuously disposed on the base. A plurality of securement tines are disposed on the inner surface proximal the top perimeter and are configured to removable secure a bottom portion of a five gallon mixer bucket. Right angled brackets configured to support the mixer bucket are disposed on the inner surface. A hemispherical opening configured to receive a user's foot to stabilize the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: George R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 9004441
    Abstract: The system for securing equipment includes a locking device attached to equipment to be secured, a plurality of fasteners, and an anchoring device. The locking device can be a U-bolt with threaded ends to attach to a backflow valve of a sprinkler system or locking bolts attached to a park bench or barbecue grill. Each fastener has a first surface with a first threaded hole in alignment with the locking device and a second surface orthogonal to the first surface with a second threaded hole aligned with anchoring device. The anchoring device can be a flat bar fixedly attached to the fasteners at one connector end and permanently mounted in place at an anchoring end. Each fastener has an L-shape, so that a first surface engages the locking device and opposing second surfaces engage the anchoring device. A concrete plug for outdoor use holds the anchoring end in place for permanency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Oscar Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8979450
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention relate to function elements for fixing in seat rails of aircraft. The function element according to the invention may include: a fixing rail with a web running in the x direction and a multiplicity of extensions which protrude beyond the web in a y direction to form a T profile, wherein the fixing rail is formed corresponding to the seat rail such that the fixing rail can be inserted in the seat rail and moved along the x direction into a holding position in which the extensions sit between the holes below the slots, at least one fixing peg which is arranged mobile on the fixing rail and can be brought into a blocking position in which the fixing peg engages in a hole of the seat rail so that the function element is fixed in the x direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Telair International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Huber, Richard Holzner
  • Patent number: 8955817
    Abstract: A base anchoring structure fixes a base 3 of an apparatus body 2 to a floor F in position. The base is at a lower part of the apparatus body and has casters C to move the apparatus body along the floor. The base anchoring structure includes linear actuators 4 fixed to the base, to downwardly bias, with a uniform pressure provided by air A supplied to the linear actuators, their respective pistons 5 until lower ends of the pistons reach the floor and stopper units (7, 8, 10) to engage with the downwardly pushed pistons and stably maintain the downwardly pushed state of the pistons. The engagement of the stopper units with the pistons stably maintains the anchored state of the base. The plurality of actuator is easily operated only by supplying air thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitaka Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakata, Masao Doi, Tatsuya Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20150041610
    Abstract: Described herein is a mounting system and slider clips that support simplified installation of photovoltaic structures. The mounting system comprises a support structure which can be mounted to support columns via an optional tilt table. The support structure comprises a plurality of parallel spaced beams and a plurality of parallel spaced rails that are mounted approximately perpendicular to the beams. Disclosed embodiments describe a collapsible support structure in which the rails are pivotally mounted to the beams. Rails are preassembled with prefabricated slider clips for holding edge portions of the photovoltaic structures. Rails can also be integrally formed with slider clips. Described herein are also methods of installing one or more photovoltaic structures using the mounting system and methods for manufacturing slider clips and a photovoltaic structure mounting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: John Hartelius, Michael Monaco, Kyle Kazimir
  • Patent number: 8950721
    Abstract: Provided is a securing member which can secure a plate-like module reliably and has high versatility. A securing member includes an upper piece that extends in a right-left direction, a shaft portion that extends downward from the upper piece, a lower piece that extends to both sides from a lower end of the shaft portion so as to be larger than the upper piece and has a curved bottom surface, and a mounting hole that penetrates through the lower piece at one side. The lower piece is mounted on a mounting target through the mounting hole in a state where a side surface of a plate-like module is made to substantially abut against the shaft portion so that the upper piece is lowered to abut against the upper surface of the plate-like module and the lower piece abuts against the lower surface of the plate-like module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Yanegijutsukenkyujo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8944044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a one-piece fastening element (10) with a cooking hob (24). The fastening element (10) comprises an upper portion (12) being permanently connectable to an upper part (26) of the cooking hob (24) and a lower portion (14) being detachably connectable to a lower part (28) of the cooking hob (24), so that the upper part (26) and the lower part (28) form the cooking hob (10). The lower portion (14) of the fastening element (10) comprises at least one lug element (18) engageable with a recess (30) in the lower part (28) of the cooking hob (24) and at least one spring element (22) for clamping the cooking hob (24) within a cutout (38) enclosing circumferentially said cooking hob (24). Further, the present invention relates to a cooking hob with such one-piece fastening elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Bernd Buck, Bjorn Leyh, Alwin Neukamm
  • Patent number: 8944401
    Abstract: In a vehicle an auxiliary machine (13) such as an air compressor is physically associated with the vehicle battery (12). The battery provides for substantial additional mass which resists transmission of noise and vibration from the small machine to the vehicle structure (11). The small machine (13) may itself form part of a battery clamp arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventors: Philip Guest, Joseph Joyce, James Hawkins, Peter Hawkins, Dave Hird
  • Patent number: 8939425
    Abstract: A mounting device for mounting a fan includes a base board and two fixing assemblies. The fan includes two opposite boards. The base board forms four rods. Each fixing assembly includes a receiving member and an engaging member. The receiving member includes a first pole capable of extending through a corresponding one of the boards and a first block abutting against an outer surface of the board. The engaging member includes a second pole capable of extending though the other one of the boards to be engaged in the first pole, and a second block abutting against an outer surface of the other board. Each of the first and second blocks defines a fixing hole through which a corresponding one of the rods is capable of extending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: ScienBiziP Consulting (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zheng-Heng Sun
  • Patent number: 8925148
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a variety of rod brackets. An exemplary rod bracket includes a base portion adapted and configured to be mounted to a surface and a top portion adapted and configured to mate with the base portion. The top portion and base portion cooperate to define a recess for holding at least a portion of a rod. The bracket further includes a retainer adapted and configured to hold the top portion and the base portion together, wherein the retainer is displaceable, such as slidably displaceable, from a first position wherein the retainer prevents the base portion and top portion from separating, to a second position wherein the base portion and top portion can be separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Prezner
  • Patent number: 8925893
    Abstract: A lockdown device for a display case includes a platform configured to couple the lockdown device to a surface, and a lockdown bracket coupled to the platform and configured to attach to the display case. The lockdown bracket includes a first connecting portion having a substantially horizontal plate coupled to the platform, and a second receiving portion. The second receiving portion includes a substantially vertical plate, a first side plate having a first set of slots, the first side plate coupled to the vertical plate and forming a non-right angle with the vertical plate. The second receiving portion also includes a second side plate having a second set of slots, the second side plate coupled to the vertical plate and forming a non-right angle with the vertical plate. Both sets of slots are configured to attach to the display case, and the side plates are configured to reduce the movement of the lockdown bracket relative to the display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Biedenweg, Lawrence W. Eget, Kevin A. Kistner, Nelson Montanez, Terrell D. Tucker, John C. Turner, III
  • Patent number: 8899544
    Abstract: A hold-down apparatus (10) for holding an associated cable tray on an associated support rod member includes a main body portion (100), U-shaped expansion and fixed clamp portions (102, 104), and first and second indicia (330, 332). The expansion clamp portion (102) is configured to loosely engage hold an associated bead of the cable tray relative to the associated support rod member and the fixed clamp portion (104) tightly holds the members together. The first indicia (330) is carried on a side of the main body portion (100) opposite from the fixed clamp portion (104) and the second indicia (320) is carried on a side of the main body portion (100) opposite from the expansion clamp portion (102). The indicia (330, 332) are visually distinguishable from the main body portion (100) for indicating an orientation of the fixed and expansion clamp portions (102, 104) relative to the associated cable tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: United Structural Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Max Meredith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8898967
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fixture for external frame sections (1) of solar modules on a profiled support (2). Said fixture comprises a clamping piece support (3) which can be moved in a guided manner on the profiled support (2) in the longitudinal direction of the profiled support (2) and can be braced with the profiled support (2) so as to enclose a frame section (1) of the solar module and a clamping piece (4) that is guided within the clamping piece support (3). The clamping piece (4) is designed as a double-angled profiled element which has legs (4.1, 4.2) extending in opposite directions. The upper leg (4.1) embraces the frame section (1) of the solar module while the lower leg (4.2) is disposed in and on the clamping piece support (3) so as to be vertically adjustable in a guided manner in the moving direction (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Sapa Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Sven Bartelt-Muszynski
  • Patent number: 8894033
    Abstract: Described herein is a mounting system and slider clips that support simplified installation of photovoltaic structures. The mounting system comprises a support structure which can be mounted to support columns via an optional tilt table. The support structure comprises a plurality of parallel spaced beams and a plurality of parallel spaced rails that are mounted approximately perpendicular to the beams. Disclosed embodiments describe a collapsible support structure in which the rails are pivotally mounted to the beams. Rails are preassembled with prefabricated slider clips for holding edge portions of the photovoltaic structures. Rails can also be integrally formed with slider clips. Described herein are also methods of installing one or more photovoltaic structures using the mounting system and methods for manufacturing slider clips and a photovoltaic structure mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: First Solar, Inc
    Inventors: John Hartelius, Michael Monaco, Kyle Kazimir
  • Publication number: 20140339393
    Abstract: Disclosed is a towel and blanket anchoring device. The device includes an ornamental top portion with a clip disposed along its lower surface, and an elongated, vertical stake having a pointed lower tip. The pointed lower tip enables a user to easily secure the device to the ground, while the clip easily secures any towel, blanket, or a ground covering thereto. In one embodiment, the stake may be detached so that the device may be used without the stake. The present invention may be composed of rigid material that provides durability for repeated use over time. The present invention provides an aesthetically pleasing accessory for beach goers and the like while providing a securing device to prevent a towel or blanket from blowing away or bunching while in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Karen Ovitt, Dean Messana
  • Patent number: 8888064
    Abstract: A coil retainer is configured for securing a metal coil to a support surface using tension lines. The coil retainer includes a core insert extending about an arc and configured to be inserted into a hollow core of the metal coil so that an exterior of the core insert supports an inner surface of the coil along a portion of the inner surface. A coil side containment wall extends along the arc of the core insert and projects radially outward from the core insert. The coil side containment wall is configured to support a flat side of the metal coil. A cross beam extends across the arc of the core insert. Attached to the cross beam is at least one chain guide configured to guide a tension line over the cross beam and at least one chain mount configured to secure a tension line to the coil retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Skorupa
  • Publication number: 20140299732
    Abstract: A support system for a support rail includes at least one clamping frame and at least one block-type fastening element. The at least one block-type fastening element is disposed on and fastened to a top surface of the support rail and is mounted in the at least one clamping frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: PHOENIX CONTACT GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Christian Grossmann
  • Patent number: 8833714
    Abstract: A mounting bracket (220) for a trapezoidal rib (204) is disclosed. The mounting bracket (220) includes an upper wall (224) in the form of a flat surface for supporting various types of attachments. An attachment may be secured relative to the mounting bracket (220) using a mounting hole (226) on the bracket upper wall (224). The bracket upper wall (224) is disposed above the trapezoidal rib (204) by a pair of rib offsetting members (246a/b) that are disposed within a hollow interior (248) of the mounting bracket (220), and that are seated on the upper wall (206) of the trapezoidal rib (204). A threaded fastener (114), engaged with the mounting hole (226) on the bracket upper wall (224) to secure an attachment relative to the mounting bracket (220), terminates within the hollow interior (248) of the mounting bracket (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Robert M. M. Haddock, Dustin Marshall Marston Haddock
  • Patent number: 8827230
    Abstract: In an object holding device, it is possible to prevent loosening of a cord-like body for holding an object without requiring any user's special operation. The object holding device includes a fixing belt (3) wound on a plastic tank (2), a male buckle (9) provided at a fixing belt, a reel (4) having the fixing belt wound around and urged to rotate in a winding direction of the fixing belt and a reel housing (11) connecting with a male buckle. When the male buckle is connected to the reel housing, a rotation of the reel is restricted at least in a counter-winding direction of the fixing belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 8807505
    Abstract: An accessory holder system and related method are disclosed. The invention features an accessory holder system for holding accessory items comprising at least one base plate comprising a top portion, a bottom portion, and a sidewall portion, a rubber band secured to the at least one base plate adapted to removably hold at least one accessory item inserted between the base plate and the rubber band, and attaching means for attaching the base plate to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Martin W. Lotz, III
  • Patent number: 8807151
    Abstract: A household appliance including a mounting aid that has at least two functional parts that are separated from one another by at least one separation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Büsing, Cengiz Kücük, Michael Lugert, Martin Stickel, Wilhelm Thibaut
  • Patent number: 8795867
    Abstract: A battery pack and a vehicle including the same, the battery pack including a battery module including at least one battery cell; a support frame for supporting the battery module; and a support portion including a wire for supporting the battery module with respect to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignees: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Tae-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 8794583
    Abstract: Device for supporting photovoltaic cell panels, which is formed from a section with a height between 5 and 25 cm, comprising a central portion (1), two gutters (2) symmetrical with respect to the support and running along the section over the entire length thereof, a retaining rail (3) at the base, fastening means (4), for fastening two photovoltaic cell panels (5), a thermal insulation, and a complementary sealing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: KBFX LLC
    Inventors: Alain Poivet, Eric Chameau
  • Patent number: 8777206
    Abstract: A platform is adapted to hold a bucket of paint. A pedal has a hinge coupled to the platform. A post has a lower end secured to the platform. A linkage has upper, lower, and central pins. The central pin pivotally couples the linkage to the post adjacent to the upper end. In this manner arcuate movement of the linkage about the central pin is facilitated. A connector couples the upper pin and the pedal. A spring couples the central pin and the pedal. A flexible strap is in a generally circular configuration. The strap is positionable around the bucket. The strap has a fixed end secured to the post. The strap has a free end coupled to the lower pin. In this manner lateral movement with the lower pin is allowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Frank L. Airosa
  • Patent number: 8763978
    Abstract: A mounting system for mounting photovoltaic panels on a support structure. The mounting system comprises photovoltaic panel frames in which the photovoltaic panels are mounted, panel support rails, and mounting brackets or cross beams for supporting the panel support rails. The panel frames have inwardly extending panel frame extensions on their back side. The panel support rails are mounted on the support structure with either pivoting brackets or cross beams. In either case, the support rails have pairs of stationary clamps and movable clamps with clamp lips that engage the panel frame extensions of the panel frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Energy Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Newman, Glen Newman
  • Patent number: 8746646
    Abstract: An end clamp for fastening a framed PV module on a carrier profile includes a first and second part with respective tooth systems corresponding to each other. The first and second parts together comprise a first section which holds down a frame of the framed PV module onto a surface of the carrier profile, a second section which laterally fixes the frame, a third section with an opening to have a screw pass therethrough, and a fourth section which supports the end clamp on the surface of the carrier profile. The first and second parts slide one inside the other parallel to the first and second sections in at least one discrete position corresponding to a specific frame height provided between the surface and the first section. The first and second parts thereby have one respective remaining degree of freedom and a clearance fit in two other degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Schletter GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Fluhrer, Hans Urban
  • Patent number: 8740172
    Abstract: A tipover prevention and seismic securement system for securing furniture and appliances from tipping over. The system employs a pair of identical mounts which are engaged to surfaces of the device to be secured and the securing position. A planar belt having apertures therein provides a tether between the two mounts through an engagement with projections on the mounts and apertures in the belt. Translating members secure the belt in its engagement to the mounts. The translating members once engaged must be unlocked to allow removal thereof and subsequent removal of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Essrig
  • Patent number: 8740173
    Abstract: A base plate 1 for fixing an object 2 to an installation surface, comprising a plate-like base body 11 having a mounting portion 11a on its upper surface for mounting the object 2, and a fixing piece 12 having bolt-fastened portions 15 which are to be fastened onto the installation surface by means of fixing bolts. Portions to be fitted 13 are provided on side surfaces of the base body 11, a fitting portion 16 is provided at an end of the fixing piece 12 to detachably fit to the portion to be fitted 13, and the fixing piece 12 is detachably attached to the side surface of the base body 11. The base plate 1 has various uses, and also allows for easily fixing of the object even in a narrow and tight place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Asahi Organic Chemicals Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Syunichirou Hagihara
  • Patent number: 8720846
    Abstract: A safety strap for securing flat panel displays to a support structure to prevent the flat panel display from tipping forward or side-to-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Milestone AV Technologies LLC
    Inventors: James G. Wohlford, Jason Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8708099
    Abstract: A portable anchor for use in a fall arrest protection system. The anchor comprises a base for abutment to a solid support structure, a post extending perpendicular from the base, at least one attachment point connected to the post for receiving a connector, and a rod adapted to be inserted through a central bore through the base and post. The rod has an anchoring section at a first end of the rod for frictionally engaging a portion of the solid support structure and a locking section in the vicinity of a second end of the rod for reversibly securing the rod to the post. Also disclosed is a fall arrest protection system that includes the portable anchor described above. Furthermore, a method of attaching the portable anchor to a solid support structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: EZ Roof Anchors, 7875819 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Dominique Fortin
  • Patent number: 8702052
    Abstract: A retention structure for retaining a heat generating component to a heat dissipating substrate. The heat generating component has a heat transfer surface and an opposing biasing surface, and the heat dissipating substrate has opposing first and second sides. The retention structure has a generally U-shaped retention body including an elongated base having opposing ends, and legs extending from the ends of the base. Each of the legs includes a positioning slot. The substrate includes a pair of passages for receiving the legs therethrough, and a pin structure is positioned on the substrate and extends through the positioning slots in the legs to locate the base of the retention body adjacent to the biasing surface and effect a biasing of the heat transfer surface toward the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Globe Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Kottmyer, Douglas J. Lehr, Ryan M. Elking
  • Patent number: 8668181
    Abstract: Devices associated with an interface that is advantageous for the customized attachment of pieces of furniture to the floor of an aircraft. The interface includes rails extending longitudinally in the aircraft cabin, able to receive anchoring devices for connecting the furniture elements to these rails. The anchoring devices include axial and radial claw clamping devices which are associated together in pairs and operated together in pairs by a single and same lever (58, 95).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Francis Dazet, Francois Rouyre, Alain Depeige