Including Means Other Than Mold Surface To Support Preform Patents (Class 249/91)
  • Patent number: 9827721
    Abstract: A pocket former may include a pocket former body, the pocket former body having an outer surface. The pocket former may further include a collapsible element, the collapsible element formed on the outer surface of the pocket former body. The collapsible element may extend radially outwardly from the pocket former body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Felix Sorkin
  • Patent number: 9604416
    Abstract: A pocket former includes a pocket former body and a keyway former. The pocket former is adapted to form a void in a concrete member allowing access to the stressing end of a post-tensioning tendon. The keyway former is adapted to form a keyway in the concrete to allow grout to be more securely retained in the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Felix Sorkin
  • Patent number: 9017055
    Abstract: A mold for forming a coated intramedullary (IM) nail can include a tubular member having an insertion end and an opposite end. The tubular member can comprise a sidewall extending along a longitudinal axis between an outer surface and an inner surface. The sidewall can define at least one threaded inlet port therealong. The tubular member can be configured to receive the IM nail therein. The tubular member can be further configured to locate a flowable material against the IM nail within the inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Biomet Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel B. Smith, Katie M. Schindler, Grant Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20150079333
    Abstract: A reinforcement for concrete tiles comprising an element formed in a flat elongated shape having a top and bottom surface, a plurality of scales extending from the top surface at an angle thereto, and wherein the angle of a number of the scales are formed in an opposite direction from the remaining scales, and adapted such that when in place within a concrete tile the element cannot slip out therefrom, and adapted such that when the tile experiences a bending force the element creates a compressive force opposite the bending force to thereby prevent the tile from bending and breaking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: André Ouellet
  • Patent number: 8800220
    Abstract: A Portland cement concrete recess insert is characterized by a quadrant shape, an obverse wall, a contact wall, and a convex wall. The obverse wall is coupled orthogonally with the contact wall along a contact line, and extends laterally of the convex wall to define a perimetric flange. The convex wall is coupled with the obverse wall and the contact wall radially opposite the contact line. A pair of recess inserts is connectable along the contact walls to define a semicircular convex wall. A bilaterally symmetrical open channel traverses the contact wall and intercepts the convex wall at two locations. The pair of recess inserts is mutually joinable along the contact walls to juxtapose the open channels and define a closed channel to enclose a portion of a lift anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Sidney E. Francies, III
  • Patent number: 8801983
    Abstract: A hip spacer mold forming a spacer with a spacer stem connected to a spacer head has a stem portion for forming a spacer stem. The hip spacer mold also has a plurality of interchangeable head modules configured for alternatively forming spacer heads of a plurality of different predetermined sizes. The head modules are configured to be disposed adjacent the stem portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Haney, Scott Sporer, Michael E Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8770540
    Abstract: A device and method for manufacturing features into the tread of a tire are provided. The device and method provide for manufacturing tread features of various shapes and sizes. The tread features may be recessed, protruding, or flush with respect to the surrounding tread surface. The device and method may be used for both new tire constructions as well as retreading operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A., Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Damon Christenbury, Jonathan Jewell
  • Patent number: 8713885
    Abstract: The housing of a panel fastener is provided with pockets along the upper edge of the elongated recess that receives a hook assembly or a pin assembly and pairs of locking elements are mounted in selected pairs of oppositely disposed pockets to engage adapters used in the foamed-in-place molding of a wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Component Handware Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Graham, Martin P. Burns
  • Patent number: 8609003
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming any size antibiotic impregnated bone cement (AIBC) intramedullary (IM) nail. The cement nail is formed around a base support or base IM nail. The apparatus includes a molded plastic tube device to form the shape of the cement IM nail and plastic spacers which position the molded plastic tube around the base support or base IM nail for formation of the cement nail. The AIBC material may be any of the known antibiotic loaded/impregnated bone cements that are commercially available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Rahul Vaidya
  • Patent number: 8603376
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for the protection of a railroad rail, a direct fixation plate or another support unit, a rail to rail connection and a rail to plate connection contacting with concrete upon placing of concrete during construction. The method comprises a step of disposing a mask over a railroad track having a railroad rail, a rail connector and a rail tie to protect the railroad track while placing concrete, the mask configured to cover the rail connector and tie. The mask has a connecting portion, a central portion, an extending portion configured to mask an upper longitudinally extending portion of a railroad rail, and at least one perpendicular section disposed to cover a railroad tie, direct fixation plate or other support unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Sands, Jonathan Barnhart
  • Patent number: 8544814
    Abstract: An anchor bolt suspending array comprises a biodegradable bridging structure attachable across a concrete form or in cantilever from one side thereof conformed by folding longitudinally a corrugated cardboard panel into overlying segments each provided with a set of spaced openings that are aligned upon folding to receive the shank of an anchor bolt therein. A retainer either formed as a frustoconical cardboard pulp structure dimensioned to capture the anchor bolt shank end, or as an accordion folded corrugated cardboard strip perforated by spaced holes conformed to grasp the shank, is then useful to suspend the bolt from the bridging structure into the poured concrete. Both the retainers and the bridging structures can be color coded by a biodegradable coating in accordance with the size of the anchor bolt that is receivable therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Rudy A. Diaz
  • Publication number: 20130192151
    Abstract: Systems and methods for securely attaching a screen or mesh to a pre-stressed or precast concrete wall panel are provided. A screen or mesh is embedded in a concrete form when the concrete form is poured. Portions of the concrete form can be stripped and the wall panel can be easily removed from the form without binding on the form itself and without requiring removal of the portion of the form which creates the window opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: UNISTRESS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Unistress Corporation
  • Patent number: 8480389
    Abstract: A hip spacer mold forming a spacer with a spacer stem connected to a spacer head has a stem portion for forming a spacer stem. The hip spacer mold also has a plurality of interchangeable head modules configured for alternatively forming spacer heads of a plurality of different predetermined sizes. The head modules are configured to be disposed adjacent the stem portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Zimmer Orthopedic Surgical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Haney, Scott M. Sporer, Michael E. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8465270
    Abstract: An injection mold for molding an electronic product which has a terminal includes a movable mold, a first sliding block levelly defining a through-hole, a second sliding block, a supporting pole and a stationary mold. A top of the movable mold defines an opening of which a bottom defines a fastening hole for fastening a bottom of the terminal therein. An inner sidewall of the second sliding block defines a groove for restraining a top of the terminal. The first and second sliding blocks are located at two opposite sides of the opening to together define a cavity for molding the electronic product. The supporting pole is movably inserted in the through-hole and stretches into the cavity to resist against the top of the terminal. The stationary mold is positioned on the first and second sliding blocks, and defines a sprue channel connected with the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Cheng UEI Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xian-Yun Wang, Xiao-Ping Wu, Kun-Hsueh Chiang
  • Patent number: 8448397
    Abstract: A cast concrete wall panel is secured to a concrete foundation by an anchor system which includes a steel base plate embedded adjacent the bottom surface of the wall panel and welded to a tapered channel projecting upwardly adjacent the inner surface of the wall panel to define a cavity. Reinforcing bars have bottom ends welded to the base plate and project upwardly into the concrete wall panel, and a hole is formed in the base plate at the bottom of the cavity. The hole receives a self-tapping concrete anchor bolt which is driven into a hole drilled within the foundation at an acute angle less than twelve degrees and preferably about six degrees from vertical. The channel has a removable cap to prevent concrete from entering the cavity during casting of the wall panel and to provide a decorative inside cover for the cavity after installing the anchor bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Connect-EZ, LLC
    Inventors: Terry J. Tincher, Robert P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8360390
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for potting an electronic device. The apparatus comprises an enclosure having a first inner volume with the electronic device disposed therein; a fill control element disposed within the first inner volume, wherein a second inner volume of the fill control element is fluidly coupled to the first inner volume; and a sealant disposed within a remaining portion of the first inner volume, the remaining portion not occupied by the electronic device or the fill control element, wherein air is trapped within at least a first portion of the second inner volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Enphase Energy, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Fornage
  • Publication number: 20120112384
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for bonding block of paraffin having cellular material embedded at one end thereof with an additional amount of paraffin are disclosed, including a method comprising placing the paraffin block in a well of a mold with the paraffin-embedded cellular material positioned on a support structure that elevates the cellular matter from a bottom surface of the well; heating the mold to thereby soften and at least partially melt and blend together the embedding paraffin and additional paraffin located in the well, the support structure sized such that some of the additional paraffin flows on the bottom surface of the well at least partially surrounding the support structure; and cooling the mold to thereby bond the additional paraffin to the embedding paraffin and re-solidify the paraffin block, wherein the retained cellular matter is spaced apart from an end of the re-solidified paraffin block defined by the bottom surface of the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: Cytyc Corporation
    Inventors: Eric BAUR, Steven SCAMPINI
  • Patent number: 8087916
    Abstract: The invention provides a holding jig for supporting and fixing a solid material capable of being foamed by application of heat in a cavity of a hollow structure. The holding jig may be provided with a plate-like base body made smaller in diameter than the cavity of the hollow structure, a holding part that is provided in a predetermined width in the form of a ring on the periphery of one side of said base body and supports one side of the foamable material, a step part with predetermined height, which is projected in the form of a ring at the inner peripheral end of said holding part and supports the inner peripheral surface of the foamable material, and an attaching means with which the base body can be freely attached to or detached from the hollow structure. The holding part can be provided with a plurality of small holes that open from one side to the other side of the base body, preferably in a net or lattice pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cemedine Henkel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Kanie, Masahiko Koumura
  • Publication number: 20110220772
    Abstract: A method including positioning an insert in a vertical mold including a first mold portion and a second mold portion; and casting a material including a metal around at least a portion of the insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Hanna, Mohan Sundar, Andrew Schertzer
  • Patent number: 7832703
    Abstract: At the filling station of a dry cast pipe making machine for making pipe lined with a plastic liner, the liner is first placed over the core and then a plurality of spaced-apart, removable L-shaped plates are secured around the top edge of the core. One leg of each plate extends inside the core with the other leg extending downwardly over the top edge of the liner. The plates are removably held in place on the core by the use of a clamping device, such as a vise-grip, for example. Once the form is filled with concrete and ready for the pressure heading step, the downwardly extending legs of the plates serve as ‘shoehorns’ to guide the pressure header over the top of the liner and prevent damage to it. In addition, the plates will assist in centering the core within the jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Hawkeye Concrete Products Co.
    Inventors: Jon A. Schmidgall, David E. Stoller
  • Patent number: 7789646
    Abstract: A hip spacer mold forming a spacer with a spacer stem connected to a spacer head has a stem portion for forming a spacer stem. The hip spacer mold also has a plurality of interchangeable head modules configured for alternatively forming spacer heads of a plurality of different predetermined sizes. The head modules are configured to be disposed adjacent the stem portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignees: Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgical Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Haney, Scott M. Sporer, Michael E. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 7600352
    Abstract: A concrete poured wall corner slab saver and form attachment device that includes a slab saver corner piece having two sides with an inwardly directed central stem portion, and a form attachment device which is a generally shaped triangular form configured to be inserted between one side of corner piece and the stem portion of the corner piece. The form attachment device further a longitudinal aperture near an upper edge that extends through the attachment device with an aperture therein sized to insert a nail for engaging the combined slab saver corner piece and form attachment device to a form board, The attachment device has a generally C-shaped slotted portion forming a slotted aperture configured to engage the expanded portion of the stem of the corner piece and a hollowed core portion to more fully encase the device within the poured concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Todd M. Schulze
  • Patent number: 7549617
    Abstract: A concrete poured wall corner slab saver and form attachment device that includes a slab saver corner piece and an elongated form attachment device with a longitudinal aperture along an interior of its length. The form attachment device is configured at one end to be partially insertable through spaced-apart apertures in the stem portion of the slab saver corner piece and its opposite end is configured to extend and partially contact both a form board and one side of the corner piece which is in contact with the form board. The longitudinal aperture is size to insert a fastener, such as a nail, for engaging the combined slab saver corner piece and form attachment device to the form board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Todd M. Schulze
  • Patent number: 7546668
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for making decorative candles include a peg mounted to a mold. A tube with an expanded midsection between an open end and a closed end is mounted onto the peg to form a sealed connection. Candle matter, such as liquid wax, is poured into the mold. After the candle hardens sufficiently, the candle with the tube mounted therein is removed from the mold. A handle is inserted into the tube and forms an expansion seal with the midsection. The handle is attached to a rack wherein the user rotates the candle about its longitudinal axis and/or rotates the rack about its horizontal axis. Candle shaping tools may be attached to the rack and/or held by a carver, and are used to shape the candle. The handle is removed from the tube and a wick and fuel are inserted into the tube. The fuel burns while the candle remains intact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: John Strelnieks
  • Patent number: 7510383
    Abstract: A foaming die device is provided, which has a closure element rotatably provided therein. The foaming die device allows a three-dimensional trim cover assembly with an opening defined therein to be placed therein and also allows a liquid foaming agent to be injected into an inside of so placed trim cover assembly for foaming operation. In operation, when the trim cover assembly is placed in foaming die device prior to the foaming operation, the closure element is able to be rotated toward and easily inserted in the opening to prevent leakage of the liquid foaming agent therethrough, whereas, when the trim cover assembly is taken out from the foaming die device subsequent to the foaming operation, the closure element is able to be rotated and easily removed from that opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Tabata
  • Patent number: 7467777
    Abstract: Devices for supporting horizontally oriented reinforcing bars in a form for concrete and devices for supporting vertically oriented reinforcing bars are disclosed herein. The devices for supporting horizontally oriented reinforcing bars (horizontal reinforcing bar) engage the side walls of a form, spans the space between the walls, and remains securely in position. The device includes guide members for guiding reinforcing bar sections into a desired position, and members that secure the reinforcing bar in position. The devices for supporting vertically oriented reinforcing bars (vertical reinforcing bar) are used with a generally L-shaped section of reinforcing bar and secured to two parallel sections of horizontal reinforcing bar. The devices can be constructed from any material having properties that make the material satisfactory for use with concrete and provide sufficient strength to support the form side walls against deformation under hydrostatic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: Quick Formz, LLC
    Inventors: Donald G. Huber, Terry Hartman
  • Patent number: 7445192
    Abstract: A connection is provided between a holder and a plurality of anchor bolts by means of a template. The holder is typically a form board for a cementious member such as a foundation. The template is releasably attached to the form board. The template is formed with a central elongated support, and a plurality of pairs of primary and secondary anchor bolt receiving platforms connected to the central elongated support. The pairs of primary and second anchor bolt receiving platforms are spaced along the central elongated support from each other. Each of the primary and secondary anchor bolt receiving platforms has an opening therein for receiving one of the anchor bolts there through, the openings in each pair of primary and secondary anchor bolt receiving platforms being in alignment so as to receive the same one of the anchor bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry G. Gridley, Jin-Jie Lin
  • Publication number: 20080224021
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cast-on-strap mold and a method for producing a terminal post comprising an embedded member at one time. The cast-on-strap mold for producing a terminal post comprising an embedded member at one time is disposed with a cavity and a fixing bolt that correspond in size and position to the embedded member are disposed therein, a positioning aperture is disposed thereon, and the embedded member, the positioning aperture and the fixing bolt correspond to one another. The method for producing a terminal post comprising an embedded member at one time uses a cast-on-strap mold for producing a terminal post comprising an embedded member at one time and it comprises the following steps: install the embedded member into the cast-on-strap mold and secure it in position by the fixing bolt, cast and weld the terminal post and the plate pack, and then loosen the fixing bolt to take out the cast and welded terminal post and plate pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: CHEN GANG
  • Patent number: 7387288
    Abstract: A fitting for attaching ENT tubing to a concrete form has an inverted cup-like configuration with a bottom opening and an internal cavity within a fitting wall. A flange extends outwardly from the fitting wall around the bottom opening and has fastener-receiving holes for attaching the fitting to a plane surface of a concrete form. A socket extends through the fitting wall into the cavity for receiving an end portion of an ENT tube. The socket has a plurality of circumferentially-spaced resilient fingers that are inclined inwardly toward the socket axis for gripping an ENT tube. A pair of opposite fingers have teeth that are receivable in an annular groove in an end portion of a corrugated ENT tube. The teeth have rounded ends to facilitate ratcheting movement of the ENT tube end portion both into and out of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: The Lamson & Sessions Co.
    Inventors: Eric G. Hull, Charles H. Riedy, Gregory D. Turcovsky, Robert M. Gudin
  • Patent number: 7290750
    Abstract: The current invention discloses moisture resistant foundation pier block forms constructed from corrugated plastic. Means for holding sections of reinforcing bar can be included and at least one preferred embodiment of the invention includes means for securing the form in its desired location at a construction site. The forms of the current invention are light weight and can be easily assembled at a construction site or at a remote location. Sections of reinforcing bar can be inserted in at least one preferred embodiment of the invention during assembly and the forms can then be folded into a flat configuration for storage until needed. The forms disclosed in the current invention can be reused, but they do not attract insects and therefore do not have to be removed from the pier blocks after the concrete has dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventors: Donald G. Huber, Terry Hartman
  • Patent number: 7252281
    Abstract: A formwork making apparatus includes a bottom block, two side locating boards arranged in parallel on the bottom block, two forming boards respectively adhered to the side locating boards and set facing each other, two blocking plates set between the two side locating boards at the two distal ends and defining with the side locating boards and the bottom block an elongated molding chamber, and two fixtures fastened to the side locating boards and the blocking plates to secure the side locating boards and the blocking plates to the bottom block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventor: Yi-An Sie
  • Patent number: 7243898
    Abstract: A moulding accessory to form a void around a recessed lifting loop in a moulded concrete product such as a concrete cladding panel. The moulding accessory is formed from a body which is sized and shaped to fit with said lifting loop. The body is hollow, but sufficiently strong to form the void when concrete is poured. The body permits access to the lifting loop without needing to remove the body from the void. A method of forming a concrete product is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Tom McLean
  • Patent number: 7243897
    Abstract: Moisture resistant foundation footing form sections constructed from corrugated plastic are disclosed. Supports for holding sections of reinforcing bar, and connecting the side walls of the form sections are included. Also disclosed are tabs and notches in the side walls for use with stakes to connect adjacent form sections. Form sections are disclosed for constructing a corner in a foundation footing form. Step-down forms are disclosed for constructing a foundation footing form on a construction site having surfaces of different elevations. The form sections can be secured in position with stakes, and leveling devices for leveling the form once it is secured in position are disclosed. The form sections disclosed herein can be reused, but they do not attract insects and therefore they do not have to be removed from finished foundation footings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventors: Donald G. Huber, Terry Hartman
  • Patent number: 7216842
    Abstract: A pocket former includes an outer barrel having a first rim, a second rim and a frustoconical body portion extending from the first rim to the second rim. A center barrel is connected to the outer barrel and has a proximal lip adjacent the first rim of the outer barrel, a distal lip adjacent the second rim of the outer barrel, and a tubular body portion extending from the proximal lip to the distal lip, and extends beyond both the first rim and the second rim. An annular flange curves out and away from the second rim of the outer barrel. A spiral surface is located on the frustoconical body portion of the outer barrel. A nut surface is located on the tubular body portion of the center barrel adjacent the distal lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Lomont Molding, Inc.
    Inventor: Virgil Allen Watson
  • Patent number: 7153113
    Abstract: A mold shim or insert is disclosed, which is placed between the surface of a forming mold or mold magnet and a fastener strip that is to be molded into a foam object. The mold shim compensates for the variability of the mold surface and provides a more even surface for the fastener strip to seal against —thereby preventing fouling of the strip's fastening elements during the molding process. Alternative embodiments of the invention are not used with a fastener strip, but instead have engaging members on their non-mold-proximate surface for engaging clips or wires which are thereby embedded into the foam object during the molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Craig Jay Graham, Nobuo Fujisawa, Wolfgang Coronel
  • Patent number: 7137609
    Abstract: A pocket, lid and shield for casting a pulling iron in a concrete structure are described. The pocket includes a slot reinforced with stiffening members for receiving the pulling iron. The pocket also includes a frangible support post for supporting the pulling iron when it is received in the pocket. Also described are embodiments of a shield, which include clipping members adapted to engage the stiffening members, for covering the slot, and a lid having a lip for engaging a peripheral groove in the pocket. Methods of over-molding a pulling iron cable are also described. According to the methods, a temporary seal, which can be used in over-molding a subsequent pulling iron cable, can be formed simultaneously with each over-molded product. During molding, the cable can be held in the center of a channel in the mold tool using a retractable magnetic pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Pennsylvania Insert Corp.
    Inventor: James A. Sack
  • Patent number: 7118469
    Abstract: An abrasive pad having dots of abrasive material disposed thereon includes a central alignment hole. The abrasive pad is formed by slipping a backing pad having a central alignment hole onto an alignment stud that extends from a support surface through the central alignment hole. A mold having a plurality of fill holes and an alignment hole is then placed against the backing pad such that a portion of the alignment stud extends into the mold alignment hole. A mixture of abrasive material is deposited into the fill holes. Heat is applied and the mold is removed. The abrasive material is allowed to cure to create an abrasive pad having abrasive dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: Charley Lee
  • Patent number: 7114695
    Abstract: An improved, lightweight, portable, and self-contained concrete form for fabricating tilt-up concrete walls is provided. The form includes a frame made from metal frame members joined at their ends with the frame members forming the sides of the frame. The frame members may be channel shaped with their channels facing inwardly. A reinforcing mat comprising an array of crisscrossed rebars is disposed within the frame and is held in place with a plurality of brackets on the ends of at least some of the rebars and welded to respective frame members. The rebar mat is sized to be positioned in the mid portion of the frame and the brackets on the ends of the rebars are slid outwardly into and attached to the frame members by spot welding. The brackets are then spot welded to the ends of their rebars to form a rigid, lightweight concrete frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: W. Michael DeLoach, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6922968
    Abstract: A holder for use in building construction to hold anchor bolts, rebar, in-concrete plumbing, and the like elements, in predetermined positions during the pouring of concrete therearound. The holder includes an elongated base plate having front and rear ends, opposite side edges, a top surface and a bottom surface, the front end of the base plate having an end hole therethrough; a sleeve extending from the base plate over the end hole for receiving such an element; and reinforcing members projecting from the base plate and extending lengthwise and transversely of the plate. The holder preferably is molded in one piece from a suitable brightly colored plastic so that it can be more easily seen after the concrete has been poured, thereby partially covering it. The integration of the base plate, the sleeve, and the reinforcing members in one-piece and out of plastic provides a lightweight, durable, low cost holder for the purposes described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Dean B. Behlen
  • Patent number: 6854227
    Abstract: A jig (40) for locating anchor bolts in concrete standards of outdoor lighting installations comprises four complementary corner members (42) that can be interconnected and then secured together with fasteners (45) in the desired pattern. A second embodiment (70) comprised of male and female members (72, 74) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Mark S. Grendahl
  • Publication number: 20040231191
    Abstract: Among other things, the present invention provides apparatus and methods for manufacturing footwear pieces. In various cases, the apparatus include a footwear form that includes a location mark corresponding to a location of a strap rivet. The footwear form is an inner portion of a footwear mold, and the footwear mold is comprised of an upper portion and a lower portion that substantially encompass the footwear form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Applicant: Western Brands LLC
    Inventor: Scott Seamans
  • Publication number: 20040217255
    Abstract: A void former for positioning an anchor within a concrete structure is comprised of a hollow polymeric body having first and second sections hinged together for movement between a closed condition engageable around the anchor received therebetween and an open condition in which the sections are separated at the lower portions thereof to release the anchor received therebetween. The void former is monolithically formed by injection molding and includes integrally formed latch elements on the respective sections for mutual engagement to secure the sections in the closed condition and a bridge between the sections to provide a hinged connection therebetween. In the injection molding process the sections are formed so as to be positioned in the open condition. Upon removal from the injection mold, the sections are hinged relative to one another by bending the bridge therebetween, before the polymer is fully cured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Inventors: David Lawrence Kelly, Stephen Lee Miller, Richard L. Miller
  • Patent number: 6769663
    Abstract: A void former for positioning an anchor within a concrete structure is comprised of a hollow polymeric body having first and second sections hinged together for movement between a closed condition engageable around the anchor received therebetween and an open condition in which the sections are separated at the lower portions thereof to release the anchor received therebetween. The void former is monolithically formed by injection molding and includes integrally formed latch elements on the respective sections for mutual engagement to secure the sections in the closed condition and a bridge between the sections to provide a hinged connection therebetween. In the injection molding process the sections are formed so as to be positioned in the open condition. Upon removal from the injection mold, the sections are hinged relative to one another by bending the bridge therebetween, before the polymer is fully cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Meadow Burke Products
    Inventors: David Lawrence Kelly, Stephen Lee Miller, Richard L. Miller
  • Patent number: 6758533
    Abstract: In a wheel for a motor vehicle, the existing hollow spaces are filled with residual cores. These cores are made of a metallic foam or are of shell-shaped bodies or shell-shaped bodies filled with metallic foam. The cores are arranged in closed and open hollow spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventors: Frank Hummel, Jens Stach
  • Patent number: 6755385
    Abstract: An anchor positioning assembly for use in casting a concrete panel. The anchor positioning assembly includes a void former, a cooperating cover and an anchor. The assembly may further include an adaptor insert for receiving anchors of variable shapes and sizes. The void former includes a body having first and second portions pivotally connected by a pair of hinge webs. A peripheral lip extends outwardly from the periphery of the void former. A cover includes a top plate having a reentrant edge defining a locking groove for releasably engaging the peripheral lip of the void former, thereby providing a seal between the void former and the cover. The cover includes a plurality of mounting apertures to facilitate securing of the cover to concrete formwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Dayton Superior Corporation
    Inventors: Harry B. Lancelot, III, Thomas E. Lannom, Sidney E. Francies, III
  • Patent number: 6722615
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wing tip extension (7) for a wing, having an upper and a lower surface (10 and 11) and a leading edge and a trailing edge (12 and 13), the geometries of which are such that between a connection region (8), for connection with a wing, and the tip (9) of the wing tip extension (7) there is provided a continuous increase of the local dihedral, a continuous increase both of the sweepback angle of the leading edge (12) and also of the trailing edge (13), and a continuous decrease of the chord of the wing tip extension (7), and in that the wing tip extension (7) in the connection region (8) carries on from the wing in substance continuously. The wing tip extension (7) in accordance with the invention thereby ensures a significant reduction of the overall drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Fairchild Dornier GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Heller, Manfred Maisel, Peter Kreuzer
  • Patent number: 6698707
    Abstract: A mould for producing reverse building modules includes a lower horizontal bottom from which longitudinal walls and cross walls are emerging. The cross walls are provided with protrusions inside which respective bars are arranged where the ends of longitudinal rods are disposed defining the framework module. Between each protrusion of the cross walls a spring is provided disposed outside the bars and which ends act on the corresponding ends of the longitudinal bars maintaining the distance therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Innovacions Technologiques, S.A.
    Inventor: Ricardo S. Rizo
  • Patent number: 6688073
    Abstract: A method of forming a composite panel with a facade comprising a planar arrangement of thin discrete facers on a body of structural backing material. The method comprises the steps of providing a horizontal casting bed, providing a plurality of facers each with chamfers at corners between side-rear and end-rear walls, arranging the facers in abutting relationship atop the casting bed and in a selected pattern in a face down planar configuration so that the chamfers on the facers open upwardly and define narrow elongated sealant channels at joints between contiguous facers. Depositing a sealant in the channels and pouring concrete as a structural backing material atop the facers, the rear surfaces of the facers and the concrete adhering to form a composite panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Chameleon Cast Wall System LLC
    Inventors: Pieter Anthony VanderWerf, Ivan J. Becica, John Poignard, J. C. Henry, III, Jirair Youssefian
  • Patent number: 6672029
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting the pipes of a plumbing system during the construction of a cement building structure. More specifically, apparatus which is attachable at one end to a form board and at another end to a pipe in order that the position of the pipe be maintained during a concrete pouring operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Woodrow James Tucker
  • Patent number: 6658810
    Abstract: An improved, lightweight, portable, and self-contained concrete form for fabricating tilt-up concrete walls is provided. The form includes a frame made from metal frame members joined at their ends with the frame members forming the sides of the frame. The frame members may be channel shaped with their channels facing inwardly. A reinforcing mat comprising an array of crisscrossed rebars is disposed within the frame and is held in place with a plurality of brackets on the ends of at least some of the rebars and welded to respective frame members. The rebar mat is sized to be positioned in the mid portion of the frame and the brackets on the ends of the rebars are slid outwardly into and attached to the frame members by spot welding. The brackets are then spot welded to the ends of their rebars to form a rigid, lightweight concrete frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: W. Michael DeLoach, Sr.