Including Masonry Or Concrete Patents (Class 248/679)
  • Patent number: 10512800
    Abstract: A fall arrest anchor for minimizing risk of falls and multiple configurations appropriate to different specific construction situations is provided. The fall arrest anchor comprises a dual anchor having an open first end and an open second end with the open first end being opposite the open second end. An amount of cast concrete completely encases the dual anchor between the first end and the second end. An upper fall arrest attachment is releasably securable within the open first end of the dual anchor. A lower fall arrest attachment is releasably securable within the open second end of the dual anchor. The dual anchor allows for sequential placement on a perimeter of elevated surfaces either as tie-offs or for holding static perimeter lines, mitigating risks of work on leading edges in general and on high rise roof tops with low parapet walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Carillo
  • Patent number: 10422323
    Abstract: A method of replacing an anchor bolt used to support a wind turbine to a foundation. The method includes providing the wind turbine and the foundation supporting the wind turbine. The foundation includes a lower base flange, at least one anchor bolt extending between the lower base flange and a lower tower flange of the wind turbine, and a rigid body at least partially formed around the at least one anchor bolt. The method further includes drilling a core in the lower tower flange and the rigid body circumferentially around the anchor bolt and removing the anchor bolt and the core to create a cavity. The method further includes inserting a replacement anchor bolt into the cavity and coupling the replacement anchor bolt to the lower base flange. The replacement anchor bolt may then be tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Ingemann Hvas Sandvad, Søren P. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9435097
    Abstract: An assembly method and resulting temporary foundation mat for equipment such as a crane, including the steps of driving a fastener through plastic either with a hydraulic force or pneumatic (air), mechanical, or by any other power assisted means, shown through experimentation to result in the plastic surrounding the bolt within itself, tightly giving added strength to the system. The fastener can have a head at the driven end and a threaded end at the lead end. When a threaded end exists exterior to the joined pieces of plank, the plastic around the threaded end can be power-wire brushed to expose the threads to a nut which then tightens the system. The penetration rate of the fastener into and through the plastic pieces can be increased by pre-heating the lead end of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: F.M. Locotos Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Frank M. Locotos
  • Patent number: 9255572
    Abstract: A portable pumping unit base for receiving and anchoring a pumping unit thereto is disclosed herein. The disclosed base generally comprises a body made of a rigid polyurethane foam system, said rigid polyurethane foam system comprising an isocyanate component and a polyol resin component. Additionally, the disclosed base made of said rigid polyurethane foam system may be encapsulated in a polyurea coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Roger D. Bundy
  • Publication number: 20150090860
    Abstract: A foundation system for receiving the load of a housing or at least one housing module of a self-service machine includes at least one base element, which has at least one support surface for a housing or for at least one housing module of a self-service machine. The base element includes a concrete body and at least one metal carrier element supported thereon, on which the least one support surface for a housing or housing module of a self-service machine is formed, and the metal carrier element can be leveled relative to the concrete body of the base element via at least one adjusting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: KEBA AG
    Inventor: Franz Engelbert HAIDVOGL
  • Publication number: 20150028183
    Abstract: A support system for an equipment item on a concrete slab includes at least one raised block relative to the slab and of a single piece with the slab. The block includes a metal belt delimiting the vertical walls of the block and a metal support fastened to the belt and capping the block to receive a foot of the equipment item.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick LAFFONT
  • Publication number: 20140014415
    Abstract: A weighing device comprises a plurality of weight sensors and at least one concrete deck. The weight sensors may be configured to determine a weight of an object. The concrete deck may be positioned on the weight sensors and may include a body, a first bulkhead, a second bulkhead, and a plurality of cables. The body may be formed from concrete. The first bulkhead may be positioned along a first end of the body. The second bulkhead may be positioned along an opposing second end of the body. The cables may be under tension and positioned within the body such that an outer surface of each cable is in direct contact with the concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Matt Stovern
  • Publication number: 20130306835
    Abstract: A concrete platform has at a top portion, a table-deck portion that has a form, a load portion formed in the form, and an attachment part. The form has a cross-sectional U-shape, and is formed by a pair of concrete side walls and a concrete bottom plate that connects the pair of concrete side walls. The form has reinforcing members provided to extend linearly in a longitudinal direction inside the concrete side walls and inside the concrete bottom plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Naohiro ASADA, Yumi TANAKA, Takeo TAKAKURA
  • Patent number: 8522507
    Abstract: Provided is a process for producing a concrete platform to which an object to be supported is fixed, including: a step of forming form having a pair of concrete side walls and a concrete bottom slab that connects the pair of side walls (S2); a step of setting the form on a plurality of piers (S3); and a step of pouring concrete into the form that is set on the plurality of piers (S6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohiro Asada, Yumi Tanaka, Takeo Takakura
  • Patent number: 8511020
    Abstract: The disclosure describes, in part, apparatuses and methods for installing structures (e.g., foundations, footings, anchors, abutments, etc.) at work sites, such as difficult-access work sites. In some instances, a rotating drill assembly is assembled over a target location in order to excavate a radial array of batter-angled shafts associated with the target location in preparation for the installation of a radial array of micropiles. An operator utilizes the rotating drill in combination with a foundation pile schedule/decision matrix to design and install the radial array of batter-angled micropiles. This disclosure also describes techniques for designing, fabricating and installing structural caps to be coupled to the installed radial array batter angled micropiles. These structural caps are lightweight and, thus, more portable to difficult-access sites where they are coupled to the micropiles forming a foundation for structure to be installed at the difficult-access site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Crux Subsurface, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas G. Salisbury, Freeman Alan Thompson
  • Publication number: 20120228466
    Abstract: The invention relates to a foundation system (2) for receiving the load of a housing or at least one housing module (13, 13?, 13?) of a self-service machine (1), comprising at least one base element (14, 14?, 14?), which has at least one support surface (16, 16?, 16?) for a housing or for at least one housing module (13, 13?, 13?) of a self-service machine (1). The base element (14, 14?, 14?) comprises a concrete body (17, 17?, 17?) and at least one metal carrier element (18, 18?, 18?) supported thereon, on which the least one support surface (16, 16?, 16?) for a housing or housing module (13, 13?, 13?) of a self-service machine (1) is formed, and the metal carrier element (18, 18?, 18?) can be leveled relative to the concrete body (17, 17?, 17?) of the base element (14, 14?, 14?) by means of at least one adjusting device (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: KEBA AG
    Inventor: Franz Engelbert Haidvogl
  • Patent number: 8136782
    Abstract: A system may support an equipment unit above a ground surface. The system generally includes a support and a cavity. The support may elevate the equipment unit off of the ground surface. The cavity may be adapted for receiving a fill material to maintain the fillable pad on the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jay F. Rowland
  • Patent number: 8109057
    Abstract: Described herein are various embodiments of a tower foundation system for an above-ground tower. For example, according to one representative embodiment, a tower for supporting a structure above the ground includes a foundation and a second support column section. The foundation includes a first support column section and a plurality of arms that extend radially outward away from an outer surface of the first support column. Additionally, the foundation includes a plurality of elongate anchors coupled to the plurality of arms. The first and second support column sections include each include a plurality of engagement elements engageable with each other to splice the first and second support column sections together. More specifically, the second support column section is insertable into and rests upon the first support column section such that the plurality of engagement elements engage each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Stark
  • Patent number: 7938379
    Abstract: A mount assembly for securing a machine base to a foundation including: a first block secured to the machine base; a second block secured to the foundation wherein the first and second blocks are configured for mating engagement that permits adjustment of the machine base relative to the first block and to the foundation along any of three mutually perpendicular axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Baten
  • Publication number: 20100276565
    Abstract: A method of producing a foundation bed (1) for a granulator mill includes the steps that the foundation bed is cast from a plastic- or concrete based casting material in a mould (13) manufactured from thin sheet metal, the mould being given surfaces (16) for cooperation with a granulator mill housing (2) with high precision. In order to avoid after-treatment of the surfaces (16) of the mould intended for cooperation with the granulator mill housing, these surfaces are clamped during the casting process against a common, configurationally stable clamping member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Henrik Karlsson, Kurt Sjöberg, Ulf Henning, Björn Pettersson
  • Patent number: 7798465
    Abstract: A reversible heat pump stand for securely supporting heat pumps and allowing drainage of water without ice buildup. The reversible heat pump stand includes a first support frame for securely supporting a heat pump; and also includes a second support frame being interconnected to the first support frame for also securely supporting the heat pump; and further includes support members interconnecting the first and second support frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Brayden Meverden
  • Patent number: 7739778
    Abstract: A method for machining particularly spectacle lenses by means of a machine which comprises at least one cutting unit and at least one turning unit in a common working space, wherein at least two spectacle lenses are machined at the same time in the working space, one of said spectacle lenses being cut while the other is turned. The machine frames of the cutting unit and of the turning unit are essentially decoupled from one another in terms of vibration and/or at least two machining units of the machine comprise workpiece spindle units for generating a transverse movement of the spectacle lens to be machined with respect to the respective tool, the workpiece spindle units being arranged essentially perpendicular to one another. As a result, it is possible for spectacle lenses to be machined in an extremely short time with high machining performance and with high surface precision and quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Satisloh GmbH
    Inventors: Udo Fiedler, Manfred Hanisch, Karl-Heinz Tross, Steffen Wallendorf, Holger Schaefer
  • Patent number: 7717395
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting an axial load between first and second planes with an axial dimension therebetween includes first, second, and third members. The first member has a planar face on one end engaging the first plane and has a spherical face on the other end. The second member has a spiraling face on one end and has a spherical face on another end. The spherical face engaging the spherical face of the first member so that the first and second spherical faces maintain substantial contact for transferring the axial load between the first and second planes whether the planes are parallel or non-parallel. The third member has a spiraling face on one end and has a planar face on another end. The planar face engages the second plane. The spiraling face engages the spiraling face of the second member. The axial dimension of the second and third members can be adjusted when at least one is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Robert L. Rowan & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Rowan, Jr., Charles L. Rowan
  • Publication number: 20090314924
    Abstract: The invention concerns a processing machine for the processing of workpieces preferably at least partially made of wood, wooden materials, plastics, metal or the like, comprising at least one load-bearing machine part and at least one processing unit connected to the load-bearing machine part, wherein the load-bearing machine part is made at least in sections from concrete. The inventive processing machine is characterized in that the concrete of the load-bearing machine part is formed by a concrete having a water-binder ratio of at most 0.30 and/or a bending tensile strength of at least 15 MPa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicants: Buetfering Schleiftechnik GmbH, Homag Holzbearbeitungssysteme Ag
    Inventors: Martin SETTELE, Hans-Bernd HUMPE
  • Patent number: 7454871
    Abstract: An adjustable pier system that allows the elevation of a building structure to be readily adjusted when soil subsidence occurs. The adjustable pier includes telescopically intercoupled upper and lower members. The lower member is coupled to a grade beam or spread footing, while the upper member is coupled to a sill beam of the structure. When the elevation of the structure is adjusted upwardly, the adjustable pier is automatically extended. After extension, a mechanical stop can be inserted between the upper and lower members to prevent retraction of the adjustable pier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph Sproules
  • Patent number: 7441743
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement of a machine base (8) of a machine on foundations (1). The fastening arrangement includes a foundation recess (3), filled with concrete (71, 72) and having an inner anchor shank (4), a foundation plate (2) of steel on the foundation (1), the machine base (8) on the foundation plate (2), an anti-fatigue bolt/stud bolt (9) restraining the machine against the foundation (1), the anti-fatigue bolt/stud bolt (9) being screwed into the anchor shank (4). The anchor shank (4) has at least two threaded disks (5) arranged offset from one another. The anti-fatigue bolt/stud bolt (9) screwed into the anchor shank (4) is passed through the foundation plate (2) and the machine base (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Behlinger, Manfred Kunz, Thomas Olive, Michael Lukas Don Yong Prochazka
  • Patent number: 7328879
    Abstract: A bearing washer is inserted into a horizontally elongated recess formed within the top flat surface of an upper tapered wedge of a support assembly through which equipment is adjustably positioned on a foundation. The upper wedge is vertically and horizontally adjusted in slidingly positioned contact with a lower tapered wedge along inclined surfaces within a recess formed therein before attachment of the tapered wedges to each other by horizontal fastener bolts extending through the upper wedge and the lower wedge. In such adjusted position of the wedges, a convex surface on the inserted bearing washer is in contact with a concave surface within a recess formed in the top surface of the upper wedge to support the equipment in close spaced relationship thereabove. Slidable adjustment of the wedges is limited by a recess shoulder in the lower tapered wedge to avoid excessive loading of the fastener bolts under severe shock and vibration conditions imposed on the equipment positioned on the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Gus F. Plangetis
  • Patent number: 7267319
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for use at an interface between a movable machine component and a stationary foundation includes a substantially planar foundation plate adapted for attachment to the foundation; and a plurality of slide-plate assemblies secured to the foundation plate, each slide-plate assembly comprising a mounting plate, a backing plate, and a low-friction pad overlying the backing plate, the plurality of slide-plate assemblies adapted to engage a footplate of the movable machine component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Christen A. Vitrone
  • Patent number: 7234566
    Abstract: Inserts (10 or 10A) for mounting rails (302) for rollers (301) on a cab in a shaft (300) of an elevator are described. Also, insert 10A is particularly useful for mounting flooring in the elevator shaft (300). The insert can be used as a support for a hoist or winch (310).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: The Vertical Solutions Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John Scott Simmons
  • Patent number: 7185871
    Abstract: A tie down resistive to strong winds for lightweight but bulky equipment. The tie down includes anchors driven into the ground which hold cables that in turn are attached to the base of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Carson Industries LLC
    Inventor: Michael M. Orozco
  • Patent number: 7097146
    Abstract: An anti-vibration platform for supporting a semiconductor equipment is constructed from a plurality of top and bottom ball couplings having threaded holes provided thereon, a plurality of rigid connecting bars separately horizontally or diagonally connected at two externally threaded free ends to two of the ball couplings, and a plurality of vertical supports separately connected at two externally threaded free ends to two vertically corresponding ball couplings. Steel plates are provided at a bottom and four sides of the platform, and threaded bars are provided to extend through the side steel plates to connect the platform to a concrete foundation. Anti-vibration and pressure-resistant elastomeric material is applied to the bottom of the platform to wrap joints of the bottom ball couplings, the connecting bars, and the vertical supports. A flat bed is positioned to a top of the platform by screwing to the top ball couplings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Hong-I Tsai
  • Patent number: 7093815
    Abstract: A vibration quenching substrate which effectively isolates diagnostic equipment such as magnetic resonance imaging devices from image degrading vibrations. The substrate comprises numerous layers including a base layer, an elastomeric layer, and an inertia base layer which free-floats on the elastomeric layer. Importantly, the elastomeric layer is free of any rigid connection to either the base or inertia base layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi Medical Systems America, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Patrick Stofiel
  • Patent number: 7086207
    Abstract: An antenna sector frame that can collapse for easy transport and storage. The antenna frame can be packaged with all of its loose parts in a single container on a relatively flat single skid capable of being stacked in storage. The antenna frame can include a pair of face frames configured to support one or more antennas, the face frames being joined to articulate on a face frame pivot axis such that the face frames can be folded together for compact shipment and storage and opened for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Andrew Corporation
    Inventors: Darin Piburn, Dale Heath, Kevin Paswalk, Kevin Rovell
  • Patent number: 7036719
    Abstract: A mail receptacle for use in public and private settings. The mail receptacle has an upper mail insertion area and a lower storage area. An individual placing mail in the upper mail insertion area would need to press down on a pair of pivotally attached doors, allowing the item of mail to fall into the storage area for later retrieval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventors: Rosemarie Helphrey, Dale Helphrey
  • Patent number: 7028970
    Abstract: A skid has a pair of laterally disposed base members and a first and a second support member for mounting a first and second piece of equipment requiring horizontal axial alignment, for example, a pump and a motor. At least one of the first and second support members is releaseably and adjustably vertically attachable to and between the pair of base members. For example, the first support member is a pair of cross members, wherein each of the cross members is attached at their ends substantially perpendicular to the base members forming a right parallelogram. Further, in this example, the second support member is vertically positioned relative to the base members such that a set of holes in each of the second support member and the pair of base members are horizontally aligned and fasteners are used to secure the two to each other in that position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Michael D. Wiseman
  • Patent number: 6883283
    Abstract: A semiconductor manufacturing facility has a proper strength and an anti-vibration effect. The semiconductor facility contains processing apparatuses, installation tables and an installation floor. An apparatus having a vibration source is installed on an installation table having a rigid structure. The installation table is installed on the installation floor having a floor construction including a plurality of columns, which support a floor member extending in horizontal directions. An interval of the columns is 4 m to 12 m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignees: Tokyo Electron Limited, TAISEI Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Suenaga, Kazuo Yamamoto, Kaoru Fujihara, Sadao Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20040211878
    Abstract: A tie down resistive to strong winds for lightweight but bulky equipment. The tie down includes anchors driven into the ground which hold cables that in turn are attached to the base of the equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Michael M. Orozco
  • Patent number: 6769661
    Abstract: A novel system and method for installation of heavy machinery includes an adjustable frame and bracketing system and mounting bolts translatable along fixed or movable brackets provides. The system provides the flexibility needed to facilitate proper alignment of the bolts with respect to mounting apertures of a heavy machine to thereby effect installation of the machine without any modification to the existing machine structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventors: Daniel P. Wilson, Louis H. Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20030183741
    Abstract: A support pad system that is lightweight, flexible and economical to produce. The support pad system includes a polystyrene block having an upper surface, a sidewall, and a bottom surface. A first layer is applied to the outer surface of the polystyrene block. A reinforcing sheet is then applied to the upper surface, the sidewall and a portion of the bottom surface of the polystyrene block while the first layer remains in liquid form. A second layer is then applied to the reinforcing sheet and the polystyrene block. The first layer and the second layer are each comprised of cement, sand and a polymer solution. The reinforcing sheet is comprised of a woven or non-woven material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Mauric Frank Milner
  • Patent number: 6405992
    Abstract: A pregrouted base plate and the method of its use and construction with rotating machinery such as pump and electric motor assemblies that are coupled together by a pair of shafts and require precise alignment of those shafts for a long and dependable service life is disclosed. The pregrouted base plate is formed as a generally rectangular parallelepiped structure with one side open. The novel method of its use includes pregrouting the baseplate before installation, curing the grout and machining the mounting surfaces for the rotating machinery before field installation to ensure precise alignment of the pump and motor shafts. A second embodiment is shown with an open frame having two sides open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: Kermit L. Palmer
  • Patent number: 6247398
    Abstract: A calender for manufacturing a material web. A frame is supported at the top and bottom. At least five rolls are mounted on the frame such that axes of the rolls lie in a substantially common plane extending substantially parallel to the frame. The common plane extends at an acute angle relative to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Voith Sulzer Papiertechnik Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Kayser, Joachim Hinz, Mathias Helmus, Gerhard Stock
  • Patent number: 6213444
    Abstract: A vibration damper is described. A vibration damper with a high dampening ability is required for a scanner because of the requirement of the 0.18 &mgr;m size devices. The vibration damper is placed between a machine and a floor. The vibration damper has an I-shaped girder structure and a material filling the space between the floor and I-shaped girder structure. A support element having two layers of latticed armatures is mounted on the I-shaped girder structure. The support element is filled with cement. A layer of vibration absorber is placed on the cement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: United Silicon Incorporated
    Inventor: David Yeh
  • Patent number: 6164615
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant machine foundation formed from precast corrosion resistant vertical panels of an aggregate filled thermosetting resin defining an enclosed hollow form, each of the two side edge portions of each vertical panel intersecting one of the two side edge portions of an adjacent vertical panel at a predetermined angle and forming therewith a corner of the enclosed hollow form; the hollow form defining at each of the corners a barrier extending across and spaced from the corner from one vertical panel to an adjacent vertical panel and from the bottom of the hollow form to a predetermined height less than the height of the two adjacent vertical panels to form a vertically extending chamber; a portion of the bottom of the vertically extending chambers and the hollow form being filled with a cementitious material within the area of the hollow form between all of the vertical panels and each of the barriers to the top of each barrier, and each of the vertically extending chambers and the remaining ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: L. Robert Basham
  • Patent number: 6129434
    Abstract: A support structure for an electronic enclosure includes a base having a top wall, a bottom wall which is spaced apart from the top wall, a pair of spaced apart end walls disposed between the top and bottom walls, and a pair of spaced apart side walls disposed between the top and bottom walls. The walls are integrally attached and are disposed to form a hollow chamber. The top wall includes an aperture communicating with the chamber. Ballast is disposed within the chamber and is adapted to be inserted into the chamber through the top wall aperture. The base may be formed of rotationally molded plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Alcatel USA Sourcing, L.P.
    Inventors: Marcus L. Melane, Michael J. Pisterzi, Edward G. Mills, Curtis L. Hargroves
  • Patent number: 6050539
    Abstract: A support pad is provided having a lightweight core component defining an essentially open space between side walls thereof. An interlocking pattern, such as alternating recesses and extensions, are defined along the side walls of the core component. A hard formable shell material, such as concrete, generally surrounds the core component along the side walls and upper surface thereof. The shell material forms within the recesses along at least one of the side walls and non-movably sets the core component within the shell material. The interlocking pattern or recesses defined on the sides of the core component are configured so that any number or pattern of core components can be interconnected depending on the sides and configuration of the desired support pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Pacolet Concrete Company
    Inventor: Frank Millen
  • Patent number: 5950980
    Abstract: The pad of the invention has a first set of spaced apart side members and a second set of spaced apart side members with the ends of adjacent members coupled together to form an opening between the four side members. Preferably the side members are formed of concrete. The side members have metal rods embedded therein with the ends of adjacent rods connected together. One or two parallel connecting members with metal rods may be connected to either of the two sets of side members in the opening or crossed connecting members with metal rods may be connected together and to the two sets of side members in the opening. In another embodiment the members of the pad may be formed of a hard plastic material or synthetic rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Charles R. Folmar
  • Patent number: 5895025
    Abstract: Equipment supports having irregular lower surface disclosed. Ridges protruding from the lower surface of support (if present) displace soil in use, while recesses in the surface (if present) tend to collect or accumulate the soil. The surface features effectively lock the support in position relative to the ground, inhibiting lateral and rotational movement of the base after the equipment is mounted. In some embodiments, ridges of one pad fit within recesses of another when the pair is stacked with their bottom surfaces in contact, thereby reducing the volume needed to transport the pads between locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Formex Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: John Alesi, Robert L. Browning
  • Patent number: 5779435
    Abstract: The object of the invention is to increase the efficiency of a low-pressure steam turbine connected to a condenser and to reduce its cost of manufacture.According to the invention this is achieved when the dividing plane (8) of the top and bottom part (6, 7) of the outer casing (1) of the low-pressure steam turbine lies at the level of the axis (9) of the turbine rotor (4) and the concrete foundation (14) reaches up to the dividing plane (8). Both the bottom part (7) of the outer casing (1) and the bearing points (10) of the turbine rotor (4) are secured in the concrete foundation (14). The outer casing (1) is designed to be open at least on one side at right angles to and horizontally to the axis (9) of the turbine rotor (4). A condenser (16) is attached to each lateral opening (17) in the outer casing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri AG
    Inventors: Heinrich Lageder, Urs Ritter
  • Patent number: 5675881
    Abstract: In a method of exchanging a machine part of a machine plant, the machine part to be replaced being one of multiple machine parts of the machine plant, the multiple machine parts being coupled to one another and being arranged on a common table plate which is anchored, via individual supports, in the ground, and which has recesses for accommodating the machine parts, a metal frame is set up. Bearings are provided on a new machine part, and the machine part is assembled, oriented, and tested on the metal frame. A machine part to be replaced is uncoupled from the multiple machine parts. The machine part to be replaced is removed from a recess in the table plate. Ground supports for the new machine part on the metal frame are installed and anchored to the ground in the area of the recess. The new machine part is positioned on the metal frame on the metal supports. The new machine part on the metal frame is connected to the metal supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Asea Brown Boveri AG
    Inventor: Peter W. Stadelmann
  • Patent number: 5491944
    Abstract: An embedded unit for a concrete foundation is used for the fixing of elastic machine bearing elements in the concrete foundation. The embedded unit is constructed from a plurality of rods and metal sheets which are fitted together while forming damping joints. This type of an embedded unit dampens the machine vibrations entering into the foundation, may have a high impedance, and can be sufficiently anchored in concrete material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Assignee: MTU Motoren- Und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Mors, Stefan Mueller, Adolf Krammer
  • Patent number: 5437430
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for preparing or repairing a machine foundation by using a hollow form which surrounds vertically extending reinforcement rods and is filled with a fortifying material to secure the hollow form to a slab. The form is preferably made of an aggregate filled thermosetting resin or a thermoplastic resin which are corrosion and chemical resistant materials free from fluid attack such as the liquids in the machine, for example, in a pump the fluids being either the lubricating fluids or the fluids being pumped. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a hollow form which may be used either to prepare a machine foundation or to repair a degraded slab or foundation and preferably is a single form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: APT, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Welch, Don W. Sluder, Wallace D. Hill
  • Patent number: 5379563
    Abstract: Disclosed is an anchoring assembly for securing an object such as heavy machinery to a foundation wherein the foundation is provided with a plurality of holes for accepting elongated mounting members from the object. The holes have barrier means such as a sleeve covering the surface of the holes. The size of the holes including the barrier means is appreciably greater than the size of the mounting members whereby voids are created between the mounting members and the barrier means. The holes connect with a drain at the end opposite the object, whereby fluid draining around the mounting members is conducted through the voids to the drain without contacting the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: Eastman Chemical Company
    Inventor: C. Roscoe Tinsley
  • Patent number: 5351883
    Abstract: The invention comprises a mail access section sufficiently dimensioned for receiving and supporting letters and packages for pickup and delivery by a mail carrier. A mail containment section supports the access section above the ground and receives the mail which is inserted through the access section. The combined length of the access section and containment section are selected so that someone cannot reach through the access section down into the mail containment section. However, the access section is appropriately dimensioned so that mail can be easily placed or tossed into the containment portion. In a alternative embodiment of the invention, a slidable table is located within the access section to provide additional storage space for outgoing packages allowing the structure to operate as a normal, non-security mailbox. In addition, a multi-user security mailbox is described that can be used for multiple residences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: John Pachl
  • Patent number: 5333830
    Abstract: A composite support pad for supporting heavy equipment such as a transformer or air conditioner unit is provided. The pad includes a cellular core member having a network of contiguous cells laminated between a top facing sheet and a bottom facing sheet to enclose the ends of the cells, The cellular core member is set or otherwise embedded in a cementitious shell material or outer covering, The cellular core member may be formed of paper or fibrous material and the cellular structure offers a relatively high degree of rigidity and structural support without adding unnecessary weight to the support pad, The flexibility of the core material also enables the pad to conform to a degree to surfaces on which the pad is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Pacolet Concrete Company
    Inventor: Frank Millen
  • Patent number: 5297770
    Abstract: A supporting plate for setting up fabrication, assembly and/or test equipment has a framework which is filled with a mineral casting so that the framework and the mineral casting form a solid plate. The framework can be placed on a mould underlay and used as a casting mould during filing of the mineral casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Drexel, Werner Arleth, Horst-Dieter Lange