Panels (e.g., Gates) Patents (Class 256/73)
  • Patent number: 11066874
    Abstract: An apparatus for bracing a fence gate during installation of the fence gate. The apparatus includes at least one support member and a brace bar. The at least one support member is mounted to the fence gate. The brace bar has a first end, a second end and a brace portion extending therebetween. A first portion of the brace bar is connectable to the fence gate and a second portion of the brace bar is adjustably connectable to the at least one support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: True Latch LLC
    Inventor: Annie Penner
  • Patent number: 10947782
    Abstract: A fence gate assembly comprises an upright having a longitudinal opening and a lateral opening. The assembly also includes an insert received within the longitudinal opening and coupled to the upright. The insert also includes a support portion extending from a rear wall. The assembly further includes a rail at least partially received within a cavity of the insert, the rail including a channel configured to at least partly receive the support portion therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: BARRETTE OUTDOOR LIVING, INC.
    Inventors: Douglas Grant Wright, Christopher Rolland Clark, Christopher Michael Schneider
  • Patent number: 10682902
    Abstract: The panel-like formed product includes a polygonal top board, two or more vertical walls, and a flange. The vertical walls extend from two or more sides of the top board, and include at least two adjacent vertical walls extending from at least two adjacent sides of the top board. The top board includes a frame portion, and a concave portion which is located at an inner side of the frame portion. The two or more adjacent vertical walls include a first vertical wall section, a stair, and a second vertical wall section. The stair connects to a lower end of the first vertical wall section. The second vertical wall section connects to an outer edge of the stair. The flange connects to a lower end of the second vertical wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenichiro Otsuka, Yoshiaki Nakazawa, Takeshi Kawachi, Yoshiyuki Kaseda
  • Patent number: 10662701
    Abstract: An apparatus for bracing a fence gate during installation of the fence gate. The apparatus includes at least one support member and a brace bar. The at least one support member is mounted to the fence gate. The brace bar has a first end, a second end and a brace portion extending therebetween. A first portion of the brace bar is connectable to the fence gate and a second portion of the brace bar is adjustably connectable to the at least one support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Levi Penner
  • Patent number: 9938684
    Abstract: There is provided a guide assembly for guiding a cylindrical casing used in forming a sheathing wall in a ground. The guide assembly includes: a first guide-body having first inner and outer vertical faces and first top and bottom horizontal faces extending in a length-direction thereof; a second guide-body having second inner and outer vertical faces and top and bottom horizontal faces extending in a length-direction thereof, wherein the second inner face faces away the first inner face; at least one first coupling unit configured to couple the first and second guide-bodies to each other at the first and second top faces thereof; and at least one second coupling unit configured to couple the first and second guide-bodies to each other at lower positions of the first and second inner faces thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Han Ju Kang
  • Patent number: 9805583
    Abstract: Systems and techniques are provided for sensor bypass. Activation may be received at a bypass input of an entry point sensor of a security system while the entry point sensor is in an armed mode. The entry point sensor may detect that the entry point monitored by the entry point sensor is closed. The entry point sensor may enter into a bypass mode. Detection by the entry point sensor of an opening of the entry point while the entry point sensor is in the bypass mode may not result in the generation of an alarm by the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Sourav Raj Dey, Mark Rajan Malhotra, Yash Modi, Kristoffer John Donhowe
  • Patent number: 9657496
    Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of posts, and fence panels having rails which extend across the plurality of posts, and are secured thereto. Jambs may be formed onto the fence system, and one or more gates may be hung to the jambs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Betafence USA LLC
    Inventor: John F. Payne
  • Patent number: 9650832
    Abstract: Systems and methods of fencing systems are provided that incorporate tri-truss assemblies and/or self-closing gates. A tri-truss assembly may provide stability and support to a gate that is part of a portable or temporary fencing system. A tri-truss assembly may be configured to support a self-closing gate that is part of a pool fence. A tri-truss assembly may include three vertical support members. Two of the three vertical support members may include pins configured to be placed within pre-drilled holes in a surface in order to maintain the tri-truss assembly upright. A third vertical support may be a different length (shorter or longer) than the first two vertical support members and include an adjustable foot, such as a threaded bolt, configured to contact the surface and provide additional stability and/or support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Callahan, Patrick Edward Callahan
  • Patent number: 9303435
    Abstract: A gate latch device to secure a gate in a closed or latched position to a fence or other barrier to close or block a portal formed therein comprising a latch assembly including a lower latch pin and a keeper safety catch mounted to the fence or other barrier adjacent the portal and a keeper assembly including a magnet disposed adjacent a latch pin recess mounted to the gate such that when the gate is closed the magnet attracts the lower latch pin from a normally biased upper or unlatched position to a lower or latched position drawing the lower latch pin downward into the latch pin recess against the force of the bias to prevent the gate from opening and wherein the keeper safety catch selectively engages the keeper assembly to limit the outward movement of the keeper assembly relative to the latch assembly to retain the lower latch pin from becoming dislodged from the latch pin recess to maintain the gate in the latched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Nationwide Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Simmonds, E. Erik Timothy, Joseph Ignatius Maria Van Der Plas
  • Patent number: 9097007
    Abstract: A panel assembly includes a rail, a first panel snap-fit to the rail, a second panel snap-fit to the rail, and a plate coupled to the rail for selectively clamping the panels between the plate and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventor: Kayla L. Geer
  • Patent number: 9022359
    Abstract: A gate assembly may include a gate with a first rail and a second rail. A first guide assembly may include a first mounting piece and a first securing piece. The first mounting piece may include a first ring portion and a first rail securing portion. The first ring portion may define a first rod aperture and may be coupled to the first rail securing portion. The first securing piece may be used to secure the first guide assembly to the first rail of the gate. The gate assembly may also include a drop rod that may be inserted into the rod aperture to sideably couple the drop rod with the first guide assembly thereby substantially aligning the drop rod vertically, relative to ground. When the drop rod is put in a disengaged position, the drop rod removably couples to the second rail to allow motion of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: WRF Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. McAlmond
  • Publication number: 20150020738
    Abstract: A space divider (4) of a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) for at least one milking parlor (3) for milking milk-producing animals (T), wherein the space divider (4) is arranged approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the animal (T) to be milked, has an arm device (6) having a milking cluster (5), which can be adjusted from a parking position to a working position and back. The arm device (6) is arranged with the milking cluster (5) in the parking position in the space divider (4) and can be adjusted into the working position laterally to the animal (T) to be milked between the front and rear legs thereof. The space divider (4) is designed in such a way that no additional space is required between adjacent animals (T), so that many animals (T) can be milked in a milking parlor arrangement (1, 1?, 1?, 1??) while the smallest possible amount of space is required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Otto Krone, Derk Hensel, Thomas Mader, Rolf Teckentrup, Armin Hönscheid, Dieter Hille, Magnus Wiethoff, Marc Trossehl, Reinhard Balkenhol
  • Patent number: 8864109
    Abstract: A fence panel includes a sheet (12, 52) of mesh material with a first side (16) and an opposed second side (20) and, secured at least to the first side, a plurality of elongate reinforcing members (14, 18). The elongate reinforcing members (14, 18) are spaced from one another and are made from or include a material which has a hardness which is greater than the hardness of the material from which the sheet (12) is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Birmingham Barbed Tape Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Dundonld Cochrane
  • Publication number: 20140264218
    Abstract: A gate configured to be shipped in a compact disassembled state and assembled in situ into a structurally rigid frame around an area is provided. In one embodiment, the gate includes first and second vertical support posts, a lower horizontal support, a cross-brace, first and second upper vertical posts, a screen, first and second elbow joints, and first and second Tee joints. The elbow joints are configured to couple the vertical support posts to the lower horizontal support. The Tee joints are configured to couple the vertical support posts, the upper vertical posts, and the cross-brace together. The screen is configured to be coupled to the vertical support posts, the upper vertical posts, and the lower horizontal support post. The cross-brace is configured to extend between the first and second vertical support posts at a distance below the upper end of the screen and rearwardly away from the screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Steven E. Sadinsky, Adam H. Sadinsky, Stuart Long
  • Publication number: 20140252293
    Abstract: A gate system including at least one post extending from a ground surface and a gate assembly extending from the post. The gate assembly includes at least one gatepost coupled to the post, at least one rail and at least one gate block. The gate block is inserted into the gatepost, and the rail is inserted into the gatepost and the gate block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Galen Miller
  • Patent number: 8800110
    Abstract: A gate-hinge bracket for fastening to a gate post has a J-bolt and a mounting plate. The J-bolt has an elongated threaded shank and a generally perpendicular pintle. The mounting plate has an internally-threaded socket for coupling with the threaded shank portion of the J-bolt. It further has a plurality of fastener openings for fastening it to the gate post by fasteners. Thus, the J-bolt can be twisted relative to the stationary mounting plate until the pintle portion is aligned on a chosen axis. Optionally there is a lock nut on the threaded shank between the pintle and the mounting plate in order to lock the pintle in a fixed position. Optionally the gate post is tree trunk or slice thereof bored with an enlarged clearance bore for the shank of the J-bolt, as well as with pilot holes for fasteners like lag screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas R. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8783661
    Abstract: A fence system, and method for making same, includes at least one support member, and at least one infill material having an edge. At least one union strip is coupled to the at least one support member, the at least one union strip including at least one channel configured for receiving the edge of the at least one infill material. In one embodiment of the invention, the at least one channel is U-shaped, and the edge is configured in a U-shape for matingly engaging the at least one U-shaped channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Betafence USA LLC
    Inventor: John F. Payne
  • Patent number: 8747017
    Abstract: A resilient inflatable delineator pole. The delineator pole can include an elongated body enclosing an interior chamber, a flap disposed at a bottom end of the body and having an aperture defined therein, a retention structure for retaining a lower portion of the body within a granular medium, at least one valve disposed on the elongated body and in communication with the interior chamber, and a protective sleeve enclosing a portion of the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Stefan Albrecht Dag
  • Publication number: 20140131648
    Abstract: A drive-through gate assembly for vehicles is provided in which a gate is positioned in a rectangular gate frame. The gate is hinged to the frame bottom with the gate being rotatable from a gate position flat on the ground surface on one side of the gate assembly to an upright position to a gate position flat on the ground surface on the other side of the gate assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: William F. Gottsleben
  • Publication number: 20140110655
    Abstract: A gate assembly may include a gate with a first rail and a second rail. A first guide assembly may include a first mounting piece and a first securing piece. The first mounting piece may include a first ring portion and a first rail securing portion. The first ring portion may define a first rod aperture and may be coupled to the first rail securing portion. The first securing piece may be used to secure the first guide assembly to the first rail of the gate. The gate assembly may also include a drop rod that may be inserted into the rod aperture to sideably couple the drop rod with the first guide assembly thereby substantially aligning the drop rod vertically, relative to ground. When the drop rod is put in a disengaged position, the drop rod removably couples to the second rail to allow motion of the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: WRF Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. McAlmond
  • Patent number: 8690201
    Abstract: A gate latch includes a bracket including a vertical backplate, a lower plate, and an upper plate. Each of the plates is attached to and extends in the same direction away from the backplate. Each of the plates includes first and second throughholes, in which the first throughhole of the lower plate is vertically aligned with the first throughhole of upper plate, and the second throughhole of lower plate is vertically aligned with the second throughhole of the upper plate. The latch includes a rigid bolt including first, second, and third elongate portions, with the first and third elongate portions being connected together, the second and third elongate portions being connected together, and the first and second elongate portions being parallel. The first elongate portion is movably positioned in the first throughholes, and the second elongate portion is movably positioned in the second throughholes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: James Frazier
  • Patent number: 8683648
    Abstract: A gate holder is normally in an open position. When pulled down, a return mechanism is compressed and a gate holding portion engages a self-closing gate for a period of time sufficient to allow a user to move through the gate, and which automatically returns to its open position allowing the gate to close without further interaction by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Theodore John Halter
  • Patent number: 8650741
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an invention regarding universal fence gates are described including a specially shaped fence gate connector that may act as an elbow and/or a T-member, a universal fence gate kit with parts for assembling a universal fence gate including a specially shaped fence gate connector, a universal fence gate assembled using a specially shaped fence gate connector, and methods for assembling fence gates using a uniquely shaped fence gate connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc.
    Inventors: Krystal J. Piper, Robert Sonnabend
  • Patent number: 8646756
    Abstract: The gate (10) comprises a pair of opposite side frame members (20, 22) wherein each said side frame member has a respective aperture (32), the apertures being disposed opposite to one another. The gate also includes a pair of opposite end frame members (24, 26) and infill typically in the form of an infill panel (12) for restricting egress through the gate (10). The pair of end frame members (24, 26) span from one of the side frame members (20, 22) to the other of the side frame members (20, 22), and opposite ends of one of the end frame members are received in the apertures (32) of the side frame members. The end frame members and the side frame members form a peripheral frame about the infill panel (12), and at least one of the apertures (32) in the side frame members is dimensioned to form a space for permitting relative movement of the end frame members (24, 26) toward each other to fixedly hold the infill panel in position within the frame during assembly of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Gram Engineering Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronald Leslie Mann
  • Patent number: 8596619
    Abstract: An adjustable gate comprises two u-shaped vertical bars having first anti-warping gutters, tension hooks; two horizontal bars having second anti-warping gutters; a chain-link mesh; two tension rods; and a truss having paddle-nuts. The first anti-warping gutters are inserted into the second anti-warping gutters to join the bars together and to prevent the gate from warping in all horizontal directions. The tension hooks are welded along the body of the vertical bars to eliminate tie wires to prevent personal injury. The tension rods are inserted along the vertical edges of the chain-link mesh and hooked on the tension hooks. The truss hooks on the vertical bars and is adjusted to a desired tension to hold the adjustable gate together. The truss paddle-nuts disposed at the two opposite ends of the truss turnbuckle interlock with the truss turnbuckle in a desired position and allow the truss tension to be increased or decreased incrementally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Dee Volin
  • Publication number: 20130277633
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel dumpster enclosure having replaceable panels and a front gate designed with sockets positioned to allow access to a dumpster lift arm opening for removal of the dumpster front enclosure by a garbage truck without exiting the garbage truck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Steven Craig Goode
  • Patent number: 8556235
    Abstract: A bracket system for forming gate assemblies comprising at least two brace members that are rigidly attached to hinge assemblies. The brace members are adapted to be attached to support members to form two corners of a gate box functioning as the structural portion of the gate assembly. The hinge assemblies are adapted to be rigidly attached to a fence post to allow the gate assembly to pivot relative to the fence post. Gate assemblies of arbitrary height and width can be formed using the bracket system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Homax Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Boroviak
  • Publication number: 20130248794
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides various embodiments of systems and methods of fencing systems incorporating tri-truss assemblies and/or self-closing gates. A tri-truss assembly may provide stability and support to a gate that is part of a portable or temporary fencing system. For example, a tri-truss assembly may be configured to support a self-closing gate that is part of a pool fence. In various embodiments, a tri-truss assembly may include three vertical support members. Two of the three vertical support members may include pins configured to be placed within pre-drilled holes in a surface in order to maintain the tri-truss assembly upright. A third vertical support may be a different length (shorter or longer) than the first two vertical support members and include an adjustable foot, such as a threaded bolt, configured to contact the surface and provide additional stability and/or support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Patrick Callahan, Patrick Edward Callahan
  • Publication number: 20130221303
    Abstract: A rail and post assembly that allows for onsite fence and gate panel construction is disclosed herein. A shear block is affixed to each end of a rail. The shear block and rail are then fed through an opening in a post. Fasteners then secure the shear block to the post, which thereby provides a rail and post assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Gary W. Ash
  • Publication number: 20130221305
    Abstract: A portable gate has a cattle guard with a base cattle guard and a movable cattle guard movably mounted to the base cattle guard. The movable cattle guard may be configured to be operated in a use position wherein the gate is operational, and a non-use position wherein the gate is non-operational. A gate member may be movably mounted to the cattle guard and configured to be operated in a closed position wherein the gate member blocks travel through the gate and across the cattle guard, and an open position wherein the gate member permits travel through the gate and across the cattle guard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: MANLESS GATES LLC
    Inventor: MANLESS GATES LLC
  • Publication number: 20130221304
    Abstract: A safety gate has a doorframe, a fence door and a repositioning unit. The doorframe has a base frame, a first side frame, and a second side frame. The repositioning unit is mounted on a bottom of the fence door and has a repositioning recess. The repositioning recess selectively engages a top of the base frame and has two opposite guiding surfaces. When the fence door is open at an angle under 5 degrees relative to the doorframe, one of the guiding surfaces abuts a side of the top of the base frame. Because the guiding surface is curved and inclined relative to the fence door and because a distance between the guiding surfaces is decreased gradually, the guiding surface gradually rotates the fence door to close. As a result, the repositioning unit can close the fence door that is open slightly at a small angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: TSUNG-HSIANG WANG
  • Publication number: 20130175489
    Abstract: An adjustable gate comprises two u-shaped vertical bars having first anti-warping gutters, tension hooks; two horizontal bars having second anti-warping gutters; a chain-link mesh; two tension rods; and a truss having paddle-nuts. The first anti-warping gutters are inserted into the second anti-warping gutters to join the bars together and to prevent the gate from warping in all horizontal directions. The tension hooks are welded along the body of the vertical bars to eliminate tie wires to prevent personal injury. The tension rods are inserted along the vertical edges of the chain-link mesh and hooked on the tension hooks. The truss hooks on the vertical bars and is adjusted to a desired tension to hold the adjustable gate together. The truss paddle-nuts disposed at the two opposite ends of the truss turnbuckle interlock with the truss turnbuckle in a desired position and allow the truss tension to be increased or decreased incrementally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: DEE VOLIN
  • Publication number: 20130069027
    Abstract: A gating system (100) for use in the construction of a temporary fence line is discussed. The gating system (100) includes a pair of frames (101,102). Frame (101) is hinged on its lateral end (101) d to an adjacent fencing panel (105) while frame (102) is hinged on its lateral end (102) d to an adjacent fencing panel (105) allowing the frames to be manoeuvred between an open and close position. In the closed position the first and second frame assemblies are brought into communication via an interlocking mechanism. As the frame assemblies are moved to the open position the interlocking mechanism maintains a coupling between the first and second frame assemblies unit to a predetermined distance from the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Ingo Zimmermann, Frank Zimmermann, Steven Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 8387955
    Abstract: A fencing system operable to define a barrier relative to a foundation. The fencing system includes a mount that is operable to be supported by the foundation. The mount includes an upright portion configured to extend from the foundation. The fencing system also includes a first barrier member having a lower bracket that receives the upright portion such that the mount supports the first barrier member generally upright. The fencing system also includes a second barrier member having an upper bracket that receives the upright portion such that the mount supports the second barrier member generally upright and such that the upper bracket substantially overlaps the lower bracket to limit movement of the first barrier member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Highway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ptacek, Steven D. Larson
  • Publication number: 20130037771
    Abstract: A bracket system for forming gate assemblies comprising at least two brace members that are rigidly attached to hinge assemblies. The brace members are adapted to be attached to support members to form two corners of a gate box functioning as the structural portion of the gate assembly. The hinge assemblies are adapted to be rigidly attached to a fence post to allow the gate assembly to pivot relative to the fence post. Gate assemblies of arbitrary height and width can be formed using the bracket system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: HOMAX PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Homax Products, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8356800
    Abstract: A protective padding assembly for covering a section of chain link fence of the character found in sports venues, such as baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields and the like, wherein the section of chain link fence includes a hingeably connected swinging gate. The protective padding assembly uniquely includes a fence covering section, a gate covering section and an intermediate, wedge shaped portion for covering the gate hinges in a manner that will not interfere with opening and closing the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Troy Robinson
  • Publication number: 20120298944
    Abstract: A fence gate having a bottom extender section comprising a frame having vertical and horizontal interconnected structural members with a planar extender panel slidingly attached to the lower portion of the frame for movement within a plane parallel to the plane of the frame and motive means connected to the panel for moving it toward or away from the ground in order to open or close the space between the ground and the lower structural member of the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Betty T. Cain, Steven R. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20120256149
    Abstract: A gate system for use with a gate opening which spans between two opposing ends includes an elongate sheet of flexible mesh fencing material spanning in a longitudinal direction between a first end and a second end thereof and which is wound onto a shaft coupled to the first end of the sheet. A housing rotatably supports the shaft therein such that the sheet of flexible mesh fencing material is arranged to be dispensed through an elongate dispensing slot in the housing to span the gate opening. Connectors on the housing and on the second end of the fencing allow selective mounting to appropriate mounts at opposing ends of the gate opening which remain engaged when the first end of the fencing material is wound onto the shaft sufficiently that the remainder of the fencing material spans under a prescribed tension across the gate opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Brent Sylvester
  • Patent number: 8272625
    Abstract: A retaining bracket for a fence gate used to secure the gates in a closed position relative to the fence includes a pair of axial members and a center “U”-shaped neck portion. Each opposing axial member is comprised of a straight rod and is attached to the neck portion. In use, a user holds an existing gate in the closed position and inserts an end portion of each axial member downward into a top-facing aperture located in a fence post and an adjacently opposing gate posts, thereby retaining the gate in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Kathleen A. Bassett, Helen Werb
  • Publication number: 20120217460
    Abstract: A gate for a deck railing is made with composite rails that match the profile and height of the composite rails of the deck railing where the gate is being used. The gate includes a pair of spaced side rails that securely support mounts that fit within the ends of the top and bottom composite rails. In some configurations, a cross brace is used from the top of the side rail with the hinges to the bottom of the other side rail. The gate is assembled from a gate kit that allows the user to provide lengths of the composite deck railings to be used as the top and bottom rails in the gate at locations that match the deck railing in order to provide a strong, durable deck gate that blends in with the deck railing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Roger E. Bugh
  • Patent number: 8246014
    Abstract: A water gate rail hinge and latch includes a hinge unit, a hinge portion, a wooden rail unit, a connective unit and a moveable latch. The hinge unit includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is connected with a fixed wooden rail and the second portion is connected with a moveable wooden rail. The first portion and second portion are connected by the hinge portion, which includes several clockwise rotational pieces and several counterclockwise rotational pieces. The wooden rail unit includes the fixed wooden rail and the moveable wooden rail. With such design, the fixed wooden rail and the moveable wooden rail may be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Quinn Marine Hardware Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Lee-Wen Jien
  • Publication number: 20120199803
    Abstract: A swing gate (30) enables safe locking and unlocking of the gate (30) in the face of a beast (24) captured between rails (36, 38). The gate (30) has a pivot end (32) connected to the rail (36) by hinges (40) and a distal end (34) remote from the pivot end (32). The gate (30) includes a centre hinge (42) between the pivot end (32) and the distal end (34). The centre hinge (42) effectively divides the gate (30) into two sections, namely, a primary section (44) between the pivot end (32) and the centre hinge (42) and a safety section (46) between the centre hinge (42) and the distal end (34). When the beast (24) attacks the gate (30), the primary section (44) can swing open while the safety section (46) folds away to protect an operator (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Safergate Group Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Edward Evans
  • Patent number: 8210504
    Abstract: A bracket for attaching a fence rail end to a fence post, the bracket having two upstanding sidewalls spaced for receiving the fence rail end therebetween and a rear wall connecting and extending between the two sidewalls. The rear wall is secured to the fence post. A bottom wall is provided between the two sidewalls and defines a support surface for supporting the rail end. One of these sidewalls is hinged to the rear wall for hinging this hinged sidewall outwardly to receive a fence rail end into the bracket from the side. Apertures are provided in the sidewall for securing it to the fence rail after it is received in the bracket with fasteners. The bottom wall which supports the rail end is securable to the rear wall whereby the bracket is adaptable to selectively provide either a left hand bracket or a right hand bracket. A unitary fence rail assembly may thus be installed from the front or side as opposed to having to lower and raise the entire panel for the full height of the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony J. Skornickel
  • Publication number: 20120119176
    Abstract: A balanced gate assembly utilizing plastic or vinyl fencing materials includes a rotatable center post that balances loads. An inner post assembly includes a bearing along a central axis for supporting the load of the gate. The balanced gate assembly carries loads along the center post to provide for the utilization of light weight materials such as plastic and vinyl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Edward J. Stull
  • Publication number: 20120119876
    Abstract: A safety system comprising a work area having a perimeter and hazardous automated machinery within the perimeter, wherein access by workers to the work area within the perimeter is controlled by one or more controlled access points; at least one safety work cell within the perimeter, each safety work cell having no hazardous automated machinery within or accessible from the safety work cell; a primary key-secondary key system which includes a tertiary key receptacle within the safety work cell; an optional light barrier surrounding each safety work cell; optional fingerprint scanners to authenticate authorized persons, and a controller programmed to permit operation of the hazardous automated machinery only when all controlled access points are closed, all secondary keys are placed within either a secondary key receptacle or a tertiary key receptacle, any light barrier has not been tripped by interruption of the light barrier, and any fingerprint scanners have authenticated a person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Raj M Shah
  • Patent number: 8158271
    Abstract: A panel is disclosed formed of sheet material, the panel having opposite edges and being profiled to include a plurality of formations spaced along the length of the panel and extending between the edges, each formation including a substantially convex section and a substantially concave section which meet at a peak, and wherein each formation meets an adjoining formation at a trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Gram Engineering Pty Limited
    Inventor: Ronald Leslie Mann
  • Publication number: 20120056144
    Abstract: An expandable gate system is described in which (a) a main gate section comprises a plurality of parallel horizontal tubes each having an open end, and (b) a corresponding plurality of horizontal rails on a second section which are slidingly received in the open ends of the tubes of the main section. After the sliding section has been telescoped outwardly to its desired position, the sliding section can be secured to the main section to prevent further movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Woods, Kathy M. Woods
  • Publication number: 20120049143
    Abstract: A barrier fencing arrangement, including a foundation member positioned at least partially below a ground surface, wherein the foundation member includes a body with a top portion and at least one fin extending from the body. An extension member, having a body attached to or integral with the body of the foundation member, extends from the top portion of the body of the foundation member at least partially above the ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: MFPF, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Reinert, SR.
  • Patent number: 8074969
    Abstract: A reconfigurable gate includes a first fence section, a section fence section and third fence section. The first fence section includes a plurality of first cross members. The second fence section includes a plurality of second cross members. The third fence section includes a plurality of third cross members. The first fence section and the second fence section are rotatably attached to the third fence section such that when the gate or fence is in a fully collapsed configuration, the plurality of first cross members and the plurality of second cross members are substantially interleaved with the plurality of third cross members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Merry Products Corporation
    Inventors: Melody Lee, Kevin Xin, Lawrence Chun Hei Chu
  • Patent number: 8070136
    Abstract: A unitary stackable fence module having end assemblies and span members is provided for forming a perimeter fence having an inwardly inclined profile. A right angle end support has vertical and horizontal members and an angle arm, spaced from and attached to a side edge of the vertical and horizontal members adjacent the span members. The unique arrangement permits a plurality of fence modules to be stacked for transport or storage. Loops formed on the vertical members permit pivotal pinning of fence modules together to form perimeter fences of any polygonal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J Alberts