Static Structure, E.g., A Building Component Patents (Class 29/897.3)
  • Patent number: 10800186
    Abstract: A method, a panel and equipment to form a digital print by applying dry ink (15), preferably including particles of pigment coated wood fibres (61), on a surface (2), bonding a part of the particles with a liquid blank ink drops (57) and removing the non-bonded particles from the surface (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 10679761
    Abstract: Fabricating structural components for a spent nuclear fuel container using the steps of forming cylindrical or rectangular channels to produce a structural component for a spent nuclear fuel container and applying a coating that includes tantalum-based material to the cylindrical or rectangular channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Lawerence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph C. Farmer, Jor-Shan Choi, Alexander M. Rubenchik
  • Patent number: 10553557
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an electronic component includes a power semiconductor device embedded in a dielectric core layer and at least one contact layer protruding from a first side face of the dielectric core layer. The contact layer includes an electrically insulating layer and at least one contact pad arranged on the electrically insulating layer. The at least one contact pad is electrically coupled with the power semiconductor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies Austria AG
    Inventors: Martin Standing, Marcus Pawley, Andrew Roberts, Robert Clarke
  • Patent number: 10525532
    Abstract: Process for additive manufacturing of at least one part. At least one layer of powder is deposited on a working surface using a layering device for distributing the powder mobile in translation along the surface and at least partly fusing the layer deposited using a beam of energy. The depositing and fusing steps are repeated in order to form the part by stacking of fused layers. The distribution component of the layering device is mobile in a direction substantially parallel to the direction of the length of each fused layer of the part. The depositing and fusing steps are repeated in order to form the part so that the length of the part extends along a direction substantially parallel to the stacking direction of the fused layers and so that the head of the part is oriented substantially perpendicular to the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Desvignes, Pierre Pays, Damien Leblay, Christian Gomet, Alexandre Reeb
  • Patent number: 10215422
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates, generally, to an appliance including an appliance hood and a plurality of support brackets. The appliance hood may include a plurality of apertures that correspond to the plurality of support brackets. Each of the plurality of support brackets may be configured to selectively mount within a corresponding aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Sherry Payne Brockman
  • Patent number: 10179992
    Abstract: A hanger for connecting a structural component to a wall having sheathing mounted thereon after the hanger is connected to the wall. The hanger includes a channel-shaped portion configured to receive a structural component. An extension portion extends from the channel-shaped portion and is configured to extend through the sheathing. A connection portion extends from the extension portion and is configured for attachment to the wall. The connection portion includes connector flanges configured to attach to a stud of the wall. The extension portion minimally disrupts the continuity of the sheathing to maintain the fire resistive rating of the sheathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Steven Brekke
  • Patent number: 10161139
    Abstract: Floor panels are shown, which are provided with a mechanical locking system that may be locked with a vertical displacement of a first panel against a second panel. The locking system includes a flexible strip that during locking bends upwardly or downwardly. The locking system includes a first and a second joint edge section with different locking functions. One section provides a horizontal locking and another section provides a vertical locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 10099423
    Abstract: The present technology discloses methods for joining a first workpiece and a second workpiece through a heat stake, and products formed thereby. The first workpiece has an aperture configured to receive a stud positioned on a second workpiece. The system is formed by applying energy to the first workpiece using electrodes, which indirectly heats the stud, at least partially softening material of the stud. Pressure is then applied to the softened material of the stud, and causing the material to form according to a predetermined geometry. After pressure is released, the stud forms a stake forming an interlocked joint connecting the workpieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Pei-Chung Wang, Bradley J. Blaski
  • Patent number: 9839952
    Abstract: The invention relates to a die for a punching device. The die comprises a die base body and a workpiece support body, which is provided on the die base body, to support a workpiece to be machined as well as a cutting to length mechanism for cutting a workpiece part of the workpiece to length. The cutting to length mechanism has a cutting to length element and a counter-cutting to length element for cutting to length interaction with the cutting to length element by several cutting to length strokes. The cutting to length element and the counter-cutting to length element can be displaced relative to one another between a cutting to length position, in which the cutting to length element and the counter-cutting to length element interact with one another so as to cut to length, and an open position, in which the cutting to length element and the counter-cutting to length element are spaced apart from one another. Furthermore, the die has a guide mechanism to guide the workpiece part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: PASS Stanztechnik AG
    Inventor: Stefan Kraft
  • Patent number: 9765564
    Abstract: Method and Apparatus for fabricating a spacer frame for use in an insulating glass unit. One of a multiple number of possible spacer frame materials is chosen for the spacer frame. An elongated strip of the material is moved to a notching station where notches are formed at corner locations. The character of the notches is adjusted based on the selection of the metal strip material and more particularly to achieve bending of the material in an repeatable, straightforward manner. Downstream from the notching station the metal strip is bent into a channel shaped elongated frame member having side walls. Further downstream a leading strip of channel shaped material is severed or separated front succeeding material still passing through the notching and bending station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Briese, John Grismer, Paul A. Hofener
  • Patent number: 9702104
    Abstract: A controlled containment barrier system is provided that can prevent the migration of dissolved phased contaminants in water systems. The system includes sheet piling installed in a body of water, the sheet piling having valves disposed at various vertical elevations on the sheet piling panels that allow the discharge of water at various strata in the body of water through the barrier system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Sherree Dallyn, Calvin Murphy
  • Patent number: 9611027
    Abstract: A stiffener has an elongate web element and an elongate foot element connected by a curved elbow that has a radius greater over a first portion than over a second portion of the stiffener. The stiffener is formed by feeding an elongate member through a roll forming die having first and second rollers, the first roller having a shaped section arranged to be located within a correspondingly shaped recess in the second roller, the first and second rollers defining a gap there between corresponding to the desired shape to be imparted on the elongate member, the desired shape including a curved elbow between a web and a foot portion, wherein the shapes of the recess and the shaped section vary such that the radius of curvature of the gap between the rollers corresponding to the curved elbow varies between a minimum and a maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Darren John Winter
  • Patent number: 9394680
    Abstract: A connection utilizing a joist hanger to hang a generally horizontal joist or beam from a wood structural support member such as a top plate or header in cooperation with a first plurality of fasteners such as screws and one or more generally vertical drywall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company
    Inventors: Gregory D. Bundy, Dustin P. Muhn, Thomas G. Evans, Daniel M. Gray
  • Patent number: 9216541
    Abstract: Building panels 1, 1? provided with a mechanical locking system including a tongue 30, at first edge 4a of a first building panel 1, cooperating with a tongue groove 20, at a second edge 4a of an adjacent second building panel 1?, for vertical locking of the building panels and a method for producing such building panels 1, 1?. The method includes the step of forming the tongue of material of the first edge. The insertion groove (40) may have a sidewall (60) at a third edge (5a), which is adjacent the first edge (4a), and may be open at a fourth edge (5b), which is opposite the third edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Boo, Stefan Stigert
  • Patent number: 9085888
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to building trades where precise spacing between structural members ensures support via use of a plurality of elongate spacers. The spacers include at least one intermediate transit tacking member and a pair of nail- or screw-receiving apertures on opposing ends of thereof. One of the opposing ends serves as a pivoting end and the opposite end includes one or more relatively shorter member near the aperture formed therein. These member(s) can be driven into an adjacent trust or other support member while a final precise position is determined. To determine the final precise position to affix a given spacer one or more indicia is provided. Such indicia can include end edges, one or more cut-out features and/or one or more cut-out features and/or numbered or lettered (or other symbols) indicating the relative spacing from one end of the elongate spacer to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin S. Fuller
  • Patent number: 9038274
    Abstract: A casting guide and a method of making a concrete pile using the casting guide, the casting guide including a casting guide end plate, at least two lock rod forms including a first set of crosswise through-holes, and at least two lock socket forms including a second set of crosswise through-holes. The first and second sets of crosswise through-holes configured to removably receive a casting guide pin extending substantially across the casting guide end plate and interconnecting the crosswise through-holes the lock rod forms or lock socket forms when the casting guide is inside a casting chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: SMRF, LLC
    Inventor: Kari Koivunen
  • Publication number: 20150136001
    Abstract: A fluidized bed system having a containment vessel, a precast and predried monolithic refractory floor module positioned in the vessel, and a plurality of precast and predried monolithic refractory wall modules stacked within the vessel. The plurality of wall modules includes a first wall module is positioned on the floor module, wherein the floor module and the first wall module have interlocking surfaces, and wall modules adjacent to one another have interlocking surfaces. A method for assembling a fluidized bed reactor is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy L. Hoyt, Dana Goski, Anthony DiSaia, David M. Knoll, JR., Robert L. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20150136936
    Abstract: A support for a moveable office wall is disclosed, the support including but not limited to a plurality of support sections, wherein the plurality of support sections are connectable to form the support, where in each of the plurality of support sections comprises an inner connecting surface for joining with another inner connecting surface of another support section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Hugh Payne
  • Patent number: 9027248
    Abstract: A solar panel mounting system includes a plurality of solar panel support structures which can be formed from solid concrete in adjacent rows with mounting surfaces that are tilted towards the equator. The solar panels can have an adhesive backing which can be used to secure the solar panels directly to the mounting surfaces. The support structures can be made of concrete and formed with a slip form machine. This construction can reduce the time and materials required for the solar panel installation. The solar panel mounting system can also occupy significantly less ground space than conventional solar panel installations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Eco PowerDeck, Inc.
    Inventors: David Flaherty, Kevin Flaherty, Christopher Dillon
  • Publication number: 20150121800
    Abstract: A steel article for false ceilings or for supporting false ceilings and process for making the article is described. The article has the following combination of features: maximum tensile strength Rm greater than 500 N/mm2 and elongation from 0% to 15%.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Giuseppe CIPRIANI
  • Patent number: 9021753
    Abstract: A sealing assembly for securely and insulatively maintaining a window or door and surrounding frame arrangement within an opening of a building wall. The sealing assembly comprises an elongated foam cell body member arranged within a channel of the surrounding frame arrangement of the window or door, wherein the elongated cell body member has a wall-opening-facing side. An elongated caulking band flange member is arranged in abutting relationship with a corner of the elongated foam cell body member. A thin flexible air fin is arranged in close environmental sealing relationship with the elongated foam cell body member and the opening in the wall of the building. A securement member is arranged to fasten the window or door surrounding frame arrangement, the elongated foam cell body member and the air fin, all to the building wall opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Donald A. Michaud
  • Patent number: 9022845
    Abstract: A ventilated roof features an elongated vent having a vent opening and an elongated vent shingle supporting surface. The vent opening is in fluid communication with a slot defined by the top surface of a roof deck and communicating through the roof deck. An end cap has an end cap shingle supporting surface and is located adjacent to an end of the elongated vent. The vent and the end cap adjacent to the vent are supported in an equivalent spaced-apart relation to the top surface of the roof deck. The elongated vent shingle supporting surface, the end cap shingle supporting surface and the top surface of the roof deck provide a substantially continuous support to a shingle overlapping any two of those elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: John C. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9015950
    Abstract: A method and device for locking of a support ring (8) to a scaffolding column (1), wherein the support ring (8) is formed with a through opening (10), and wherein the support ring (8) fits in a complementary and displaceable manner onto the scaffolding column (1), and wherein the method comprises:—providing an external mantel surface of the scaffolding column (1) with a longitudinal column track (4);—providing an inner mantel (12) of the support ring (8) with a ring track (14);—displacing a support ring (8) along and around the scaffolding column (1);—positioning the column track (4) and the ring track (14) next to each other; and—displacing a thread body (22) into the column track (4) and the ring track (14) during rotation of the thread body (22) about a longitudinal axis (28) thereof, a column track depth (6) and a ring track depth (16) having a collective depth being smaller than an external thread diameter (30) of the thread body (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Alustar AS
    Inventor: Martin Husebo
  • Patent number: 9009977
    Abstract: A geogrid sand fence for depositing matter moved by wind currents and related methods, are provided. A geogrid sand fence for the control of sand or other particulate matter movement can include support members carrying a fencing material. The fencing material can include a High Density Polyethylene geogrid mesh material having apertures distributed to provide approximately a 50% porosity to maximize sand deposit volume. The geogrid mesh material has sufficient structural weight to be employed with a height of approximately two meters, which can be adjusted to maintain maximum effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Nasser S Kahtani, Jonathan J Grosch
  • Patent number: 8991055
    Abstract: Floor covering, made of floor elements, which, at least at two opposite sides, comprise a male and a female coupling part, which allow that two of such floor elements can be interconnected at the respective sides at the respective sides by pushing one of these floor elements with the associated male coupling part, by means of a downward movement, home into the female coupling part of the other floor element, wherein at least one of said coupling parts, either the male coupling part or the female coupling part, is made as least partially in a filled synthetic material composite, such as extruded wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventor: Mark Cappelle
  • Patent number: 8991056
    Abstract: The invention relates to a group of elongate panels for imitating a slat, the group comprising at least two slat end panels which have respectively a first short traverse edge and a second short traverse edge and two longitudinal edges and which, when the first respective short traverse edges are placed end to end or are arranged on the end of short traverse edges of at least one elongate intermediate panel, form a slat which has a continuous decoration on the joint of the traverse edges. The panels may have bevel longitudinal edges on their decorated sides, and the second short traversal edge of the respective slat end panel is formed on the decorated side as a bevel transversal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Fritz Egger GmbH & Co. OG
    Inventor: Michael Gerbl
  • Publication number: 20150082722
    Abstract: A building product may include a top layer that is substantially rigid such that it is configured to be walkable. In addition, the building product may include a radiant barrier layer configured to reflect heat, and a vent layer located between the top layer and a roof deck. The vent layer may comprise air flow channels configured to transfer heat through at least a portion of the roof product. The top layer, vent layer and radiant barrier layer can form a unitary structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Husnu M. KALKANOGLU, Ming Liang SHIAO, Gregory F. JACOBS, Rajesh RANJAN
  • Publication number: 20150076142
    Abstract: A portable tank is described herein. An assembled tank features an upper ring and a lower ring. The upper ring comprises a series of arcuate upper panels coupled together to form the upper ring. The lower ring comprises a series of arcuate lower panels coupled together to form the lower ring. The upper and lower panels are coupled together using T-shaped coupling configurations. Upper panels are secured to corresponding lower panels using jaw connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: James A. Zitting
  • Patent number: 8966765
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a medical boom with articulated arms and a base cabinet designed to accommodate modular equipment and utility racks that include video processing, computer, and electronic, and other utility equipment that can be easy inserted and removed from the base cabinet, as well as a method of manufacturing and using the same. The boom includes a stationary base that is configured to be installed into an operating room and one or more boom arms supported by the stationary base and configured to extend over an operating table in the operating room. The structural base includes one or more bays configured to receive a modular rack of electrical equipment. In various embodiments, the structural base cabinet further incorporates wiring to connect the equipment installed in the modular racks to video monitors and other equipment mounted on the articulated booms. The modular racks are preconfigured with a variety of electronic equipment such as computers, video processors and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: CompView Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Paul White, Larry Vollum, Dennis Palatov
  • Patent number: 8959774
    Abstract: A method of constructing a modular, commercial unit includes arranging components of said commercial unit in separate modules, each of the separate modules having a frame assembly. The modules are then transported to a predetermined location where certain of said separate modules are connected together, via the frame assemblies, to form an operation superstructure. The components are not removed from the separate modules prior to the separate modules being connected via their respective frame assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Cajiga, Arturo Cajiga Villar, Vicente Cajiga Villar
  • Publication number: 20150047198
    Abstract: A ventilation hood is mounted to an underside of a cabinet by left and right support brackets each including a main body from which depend at least one support tab or hanger, as well as a locator tab. The main body is aligned on the cabinet, while the locator tab appropriately spaces the support bracket from an upstanding rear wall. Thereafter, the ventilation hood is positioned so the support tabs are received in slots formed in a top panel of the hood and, upon sliding the hood rearward, the hood rides upon ramped or tapered surfaces of the support tabs to position the hood against the cabinet while hanging the hood from the support tabs. Thereafter, the support tabs are bent to retain the ventilation hood in an operational position. Employing the distinct aligning, positioning and hanging structure enables a single person to readily mount the ventilation hood.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 8938882
    Abstract: Disclosed are frame members and mullions for a window frame that comprise a reinforcing member that is surrounded by an outer plastic layer. The outer plastic layer is held securely to the reinforcing member as a result of a waist banding effect that comprises an inward force created by the outer plastic layer as it cools and contracts around the reinforcing member. In addition, lobes are formed in the reinforcing member that assist in holding the outer plastic layer to the reinforcing member. Window inserts can be removed and replaced using adapters and removable brackets. Frame members and mullions can be built sufficiently strong to provide structural support. The frame can also be used to hold photovoltaic cells and protective coverings for photovoltaic cells. Structural members are also disclosed that have reinforcing members with apertures, debossing, scarification and/or indentations that secure the thermoplastic layer to the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: TAC Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Barry Carlson, Jason Underhill
  • Patent number: 8935847
    Abstract: A method for creating laboratory-scale reactive distillation apparatus from provided modular components is described. At least two types of modular distillation column stages are provided. A first type of modular stage comprises two physical interfaces for connection with a respective physical interface of another modular stage. A second type modular stage comprises one such physical interface. At least one type of tray is provided for insertion into the first type of modular stage. A clamping arrangement is provided for joining together two modular stages at their respective physical interfaces for connection to form a joint. The invention provides for at least three modular stages can be joined. At least one sensor or sensor array can be inserted into each modular stage. At least one controllable element can be inserted into each modular stage. The invention provides for study of traditional, advanced, and photochemical types of reactive distillation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 8931174
    Abstract: A tool configuration incorporating a preprocessing step and a method incorporating the tool configuration with its preprocessing step, producing an improved locking system of a floor panel. With the special tool configuration, and the preprocessing step changing the properties of the surface layer, certain surfaces are profiled of the joint edge of the floor panel, resulting in decreased tolerances. Further, equipment having an upper belt or chain guided in a horizontal direction, by an upper guiding device, and configured to press the floor panel vertically towards the lower chain, decreasing the tolerances of the produced floor panel as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Marcus Bergelin, Christian Boo
  • Patent number: 8925203
    Abstract: Systems and methods for manufacturing carriage house style sectional doors. A plurality of fabricated door sections, each section having a length that spans the garage opening. Each section includes an upper molding, a lower molding, and a paneled skin interposed between the upper and lower moldings. Each section is separately fabricated and then hingedly attached to an adjacent section via a plurality of hinges. The paneled skin is fabricated by bending a piece of sheet metal to provide a plurality of alternating raised and recessed surfaces. The paneled skin further includes features for coupling an upper and lower end of the paneled skin to the upper and lower moldings. Once completed, the hinged door sections are installed to selectively cover the garage opening. In yet another embodiment, a raised surface of the paneled skin creates a cavity into which a finger guard is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Scott
  • Publication number: 20140373360
    Abstract: A guardrail system (20) and method comprises utilizing at least one through-hole (577) of a poured concrete wall (520) of a structure (500) to affix a stanchion (22, 122, 222) to the wall inside a bay (530) of the structure. The stanchion allows for a guardrail (30) or a gate to be conveniently and securely positioned within the bay (530) without damage to the structure and without covering an edge (515, 525) of the structure (500). A fastener (24) inserts through the through-hole (577) which is a pre-existing tie-hole (576) resulting from formation of the wall (520). In one optional aspect a guardrail stanchion (222) includes a base segment (50) having at least two slots (26) for receiving fasteners (24) which insert through two tie-holes (576) of the wall (520), and at least one side segment (52) having at least one adjustment port (56), the side segment (52) extending generally perpendicular to the base segment (50).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: OuiCanDuit, LLC
    Inventors: Lewis Candler, Wesley Wiedenbeck, Anthony Bourget
  • Patent number: 8910384
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved method of making cornice assemblies and other trim members utilizing the process of pultrusion. The cornice assemblies and the other trim members made by the method of the present invention exhibit superior strength to weight ratios, low expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature and humidity, as well being less labor intensive to install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: PN II, Inc.
    Inventor: William J Pulte
  • Patent number: 8910455
    Abstract: A composite steel I-beam member. The member includes confined top and bottom flanges, and a composite laminated web. The confined flange comprises a wooden core and a metal jacket wrapped around an outer perimeter of the wooden core. The overall load carrying capacity of the composite I-beam is significantly increased through a list of composite actions occurring in the individual components and their connections. Most importantly, a two-way lateral interaction can be normal to the interface between the metal jacket and the wooden core and provide an amount of compressive support to the top flange surpassing the sum of amount of support provided by the metal jacket and the wooden core when being used separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: WeiHong Yang
  • Publication number: 20140352132
    Abstract: A ventilation hood is mounted to an underside of a cabinet, including a bottom panel and a lower support frame positioned above a cooking appliance, by first and second brackets secured below the cabinet at spaced positions aligned with outermost edge portions of the lower support frame and at least one fastener assembly secured to a front portion of the ventilation hood. Multiple embodiments are disclosed for the at least one fastener assembly, including tabs bent from a housing of the ventilation hood, feet threadably attached to the hood, mounting blocks including snap connectors, threaded fasteners, and pinned bolts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Publication number: 20140352151
    Abstract: A method for installing a ventilation hood to an underside of a wall cabinet including providing a ventilation hood having a housing, a removable utility structure with an aligning mechanism and at least one hanger stud. The removable utility structure is placed proximate the wall cabinet in at least one measuring position, wherein the aligning mechanism of the removable utility structure locates anchorage points of the ventilation hood. Hanger studs are secured in the anchorage points. The removable utility structure is secured to the housing in a structural position at least partially covering an electrical system of the ventilation hood. The housing is placed on the hanger studs to secure the ventilation hood proximate the wall cabinet. Electrical power is connected to the electrical system while the housing is secured on the hanger studs. The housing of the ventilation hood is then secured to the wall cabinet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Whirlpool Corporation
  • Patent number: 8898907
    Abstract: An automated assembly, system and method for a narrow-gap Electroslag-welded moment connection welded between horizontal beam to vertical column flanges includes vertical column doubler plates affixed to the column web and horizontal beam doubler plates affixed to the beam web with alignment of the respective webs/doubler plates to carry the moment load through the vertical support columns. An embodiment includes a radius in each horizontal beam doubler plate. The assembly, system and method are readily applicable to overdesign moment load factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: William L. Bong
  • Publication number: 20140348663
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an anchoring section for anchoring a pylon of a wind power installation in a foundation, including a carrier portion for fixing a pylon segment for carrying the pylon and a foundation portion for concreting in a concrete mass of the foundation, and the foundation portion has at least one web portion with through openings for reinforcing bars to pass therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Meik Schacknies, Claus Goralski
  • Publication number: 20140341649
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a nut to be used as part of a fastener to be used in multiple ways in various industries or methods. The nut has a drive mechanism and stud extending from the drive mechanism with a threaded bore. In addition the nut can be specifically used as a method and as part of special fastener that can be used to join cut, hard-wood members, other naturally occurring manufactured mat members or synthetically man made members, referred to as “timber(s)” or “laminated”, in forming a mat used for heavy construction equipment to run on over ground which is not stable. These mats are commonly referred to as “Crane Mats” or “Laminated Mats” in the construction, mining, pipeline, and oil and gas industries among others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: MatLok, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Bryan, Frank M. Locotos
  • Patent number: 8887399
    Abstract: A method of final assembly for constructing homes from substantially planar floor and wall sections. The method includes assembling a house from floor and wall sections in a final-assembly section of a final assembly facility. The final-assembly section is at an intersection of a crane section that is adjacent to a final assembly line. The crane section has at least one roof assembly area used for assembling the roof. The final assembly line further has a plurality of additional stations within the final-assembly section that are in-line with the at least one station. The method also includes lifting a roof assembled in the roof assembly area onto the house, and further finishing the house at each of the plurality of additional stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Mattamy Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Gilgan, Jurgen Dirks, William Meevis, Walter Mitchell, Peter Vohsemer
  • Patent number: 8881404
    Abstract: A method of making a seamless edge, metal clad door having foam or polystyrene core, wherein the seam can be welded by cold metal transfer (CMT) welding without melting the polystyrene. The welded seam is appropriately finished by grinding, if necessary, and painting to produce a door with completely seamless edges. The invention encompasses a seamless edge door manufactured by the disclosed process and equivalents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Signature Hardware, LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Dowling, William D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8875401
    Abstract: In one embodiment the present invention includes a solar panel clamp system for mounting solar panels on ground-level and raised purlins. Such systems include left-handed and right-hand clamps that can be attached to opposite sides of solar panel assemblies that include mounting frames. Left-handed clamps can attach to the mounting frame of a solar panel and include surfaces that can rest on the top surfaces of purlins and include a lip or shelf surface onto which the right-handed clamps of a mounting frame of a neighboring solar panel can rest to increase the speed and safety of installing solar panels on raised purlins. Through holes in the left-handed and right-handed clamps can then be used as guide holes for drilling into the purlins. The majority of, if not all of, the solar panel installation using the clamps of the present invention can be completed from underneath the raised purlins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Solarcity Corporation
    Inventor: Michael R. Jolley
  • Publication number: 20140319743
    Abstract: A dock bumper is provided. The dock bumper includes a housing holding a plurality of rollers arranged in an array. The plurality of rollers are arranged to absorb impact from a reversing vehicle. Upon impact, outer surfaces of the rollers are arranged to rotate relative to the frame. Consequently, scrubbing between the vehicle and dock bumper is reduced as are excess forces acting on fixings between the frame and wall. Also, a surface area at each contact location is increased as a cushioning effect is provided by rotation of the roller, thereby prolonging the operation life of the rollers. Furthermore, in one form, the dock bumper is modularised so that only worn or damaged rollers need be replaced at one time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Luke SMITH
  • Publication number: 20140304991
    Abstract: A shaping apparatus of the invention is used for shaping a chassis and includes a machine body, a first die, a second die and a plurality of shaping members. The first die is disposed at a side of the machine body and the chassis is suitable to be placed and positioned at the first die. The second die is disposed at another side of the machine body. The machine body drives the second die to move relatively to the first die so that the second die moves close to or far away from the first die. The shaping members are detachably assembled to at least one of the first die and the second die so that when the first die and the second die approach each other, the shaping members press and deform the chassis thereon. A shaping method for a chassis is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Shih-Lung Lin, Ta-Wei Chen
  • Publication number: 20140305887
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mounting rail for a solar array support structure that includes a main body having a top and a bottom, the main body extending from a first end to a second end, the main body including a dual web having a first vertical element and a second vertical element. Further, the mounting rail includes a solar panel mounting portion extending along the top of the main body, the solar panel mounting portion configured to secure the solar panel to the mounting rail. Finally, the mounting rail includes a first flange extending from the bottom of the first vertical element, the first flange including a first pair of holes configured to receive two ends of a U-bolt, the first pair of holes spaced apart substantially equal to a width of a horizontal rail of a solar array support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Zuritis
  • Publication number: 20140298658
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a multi-layered support structure provides ergonomic, adaptable seating support. The method providing multiple cooperative layers to maximize global comfort and support while enhancing adaptation to localized variations in a load, such as in the load applied when a person sits in a chair. The cooperative layers each include elements such as pixels, springs, support rails, and other elements to provide this adaptable comfort and support. The method for manufacturing the multi-layered support structure uses aligned material to provide a flexible yet durable support structure. Accordingly, the method provides a multi-layered support structure, which provides maximum comfort for a wide range of body shapes and sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan S. Brill, Christopher C. Hill, James D. Slagh, Andrew B. Hartmann, Timothy P. Coffield, Kelly E. Washburn, John F. Aldrich, Michael D. Stanton, SR.