Rigid Angle Coupling, E.g., Elbow Or U, Etc. Patents (Class 403/205)
  • Patent number: 10247215
    Abstract: For joining assemblies, an apparatus includes a bracket, planar supports, and a restraining hook. The bracket includes a first bracket plate and a second bracket plate. The first bracket plate is physically connected to the second bracket plate and is disposed at a specified interior angle to the second bracket plate. Each planar support is formed by bending a corresponding bracket plate inward along a support outer bend as a substantially right angle to the bracket plate, with the planar support disposed toward an interior of the bracket. The restraining hook is in physical communication with the second bracket plate. The restraining hook includes a first hook plate disposed substantially perpendicular to the second bracket plate and a second hook plate in physical communication with the first hook plate and disposed substantially parallel to the second bracket plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Chubak
  • Patent number: 9923342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a base corner piece for single-handed mounting on a switch cabinet, comprising a supporting portion that can be screwed to a frame profile of the switch cabinet in a mounted position of the base corner piece, and is characterized in that the base corner piece has means for pre-mounting of the base corner piece on the frame profile in the mounted position, comprising means for spatial orientation of the base corner piece in relation to the frame profile and means for releasable latching of the base corner piece to the frame profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Siegfried Boehme, Heiko Holighaus, Lars Holkenbrink
  • Patent number: 9797186
    Abstract: A straight connector (1), for hollow profiled elements (2) of spacer frames, mullions, or transoms for insulated glass panes, has several connector legs (6, 7) extending in various directions from a central connection point (9). The connector legs have retaining elements (18) for engaging on a hollow profiled element (2). The straight connector (1) has a base plate (10), with a top side with a raised support base (12) for the hollow profiled elements (2) and on both sides thereof on the connector legs (6, 7) the fin-like retaining elements (18) are arranged one after the other in a row. The support base (12) is arranged, in a longitudinal direction, in the center and has a center stop (8) for the hollow profiled elements to be put on, on both sides and which hollow profiled elements are supported at the joint (26) by the support base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Inventors: Max Kronenberg, Ralf M. Kronenberg
  • Patent number: 9464651
    Abstract: A lower corner connector for a modular sports goal comprises a first tube having a generally circular inner surface and a second tube extending substantially perpendicularly to the first tube. The first tube has an open end for receiving an upright and a base opposite the open end for resting on a surface. A retainer projects inwardly from the inner surface of the first tube for engaging and retaining the upright and permitting the upright to rock toward and away from the second tube within the first tube to assist in absorbing impact forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas Edward Stewart
  • Patent number: 9115839
    Abstract: A cylindrical foam tube strengthening and interconnecting system having at least one housing with an exterior wall and an interior wall and at least one edge. Extending a predetermined distance from the at least one edge, the interior wall has at least one channel that terminates at a hole. At least one connector is fixed to the at least one housing and to a noodle to build a structure. The noodle is a cylindrical hollow piece of polyethylene foam used while swimming, learning to swim, for floating, for rescue reaching, in various forms of water play, for aquatic exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: German J. Serrano
  • Publication number: 20150139718
    Abstract: A modular connector system for facilitating the construction of a playing area or non-playing area, such as an outdoor or backyard ice hockey or skating rink, a netted or lighted area, sand box, garden, and the like. Spanning boards and/or inserted poles can be used to join side connectors to corner connectors and to side connectors to form a free standing, fully enclosed, partially enclosed, walled-in, netted, or partitioned area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Smith
  • Patent number: 9010062
    Abstract: A post member includes a side surface, and a beam member includes a side surface and an underside edge surface. The beam member is attached to the post member using a multi-piece hanger including a first L-shaped bracket with a first mounting flange attached to the side surface of the post member, and a second L-shaped bracket with a second mounting flange attached to the side surface of the beam member. The first L-shaped bracket further includes a first interlocking flange supporting the underside edge surface of the beam member. The first interlocking flange includes an extending tab member. The second L-shaped bracket further includes a second interlocking flange positioned adjacent the first interlocking flange. At a bend of the second L-shaped bracket, at least one slot is provided which is sized and shaped to receive the extending tab member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Oz-Post International, LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Publication number: 20150104239
    Abstract: A clip for both mounting and grounding photovoltaic panels is disclosed. The clip has retention tabs which interact with mounting rails to fully support photovoltaic panels during installation. The interaction allows for adjustment along the length of the mounting rails. Interlocking fingers allow the mounting clips to fit together securely. The interlocking nature of the mounting clips provides a secure fit between photovoltaic panels and requires less mounting hardware. Additionally, the interlocking nature of the mounting clips allows for security and stability of the photovoltaic panels during the mounting process, allowing a single installer to mount a number of photovoltaic panels. The use of serrated washers, or cutting edges on certain portions of the mounting clip provides grounding for the system by digging into both photovoltaic panels and mounting rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Richard F. Schaefer, David Kreutzman, Don N. Tamm
  • Patent number: 8998526
    Abstract: A set of profiles for forming complex profiles comprises two profiles, namely a first profile (10) and a second profile (20), adjoining each other and having walls surrounding a main chamber. Each profile (10, 20) of the set has an outer shape which may be inscribed into a triangle, and has an inner wall (12, 22) with a faying face (13, 23) without protruding fragments. The faying faces (13, 23) adjoining each other, after being coated with adhesive enable a joint to be created when the complex profile is discussed, however, in the case of the set of the profiles they are considered to be contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AIFO Group Zajac Ziecik Stabrawa Spolka jawna
    Inventors: Leszek Stabrawa, Piotr Ziecik, Mateusz Zajac
  • Patent number: 8998137
    Abstract: A connecting element includes a first leg, a second leg and a third leg that are connected to each other and are each disposed at an angle to each other. The first leg includes a first fastening section and the second leg includes a second fastening section. A bending edge is disposed between the first leg and the second leg. The first leg includes at least one supporting section adjacent to the first section in a direction parallel to the bending edge, with the supporting section being connected to the second leg. The second leg forms an extension part in the first direction that is adjacent to the second fastening section, has a free end and is longer than the first fastening section of the first leg. The third leg is connected to the first leg and to the second leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Premium Aerotec GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Braeutigam
  • Publication number: 20150086260
    Abstract: An element modular furniture system utilizes a plurality of base frame elements to construct modular furniture pieces. Base frame elements are usually rectangular in shape and utilize a plurality of struts. Each strut is joined to a neighboring strut with a strut connector. An outset strut connector has a protruding outset strut interlock that connects with an inset strut connector having an inset port. The interlocks utilize extremely strong magnets to draw and hold the connectors together. The struts each have one or more channel members which add strength and rigidity to the base frame elements and the furniture piece constructed therefrom. An interlocking panel may be attached to channel members to strengthen and interlock struts and/or base frame elements. Additionally, shelves, hinges, doors, shelf locks, lights, and other attachments can be connected to the channel members to enhance the functionality and appearance of the resulting furniture piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Turnipseed
  • Publication number: 20150082609
    Abstract: A clip for assembling corners of hollow members such as the rails and stiles of an extruded aluminum door. The clip has an L shape and may feature a double L shape. A portion inserts into the hollow of a first member and is attached thereto. Another portion extends into the other hollow member for attachment thereto to form a sturdy joint without welding. Pairs of clips may be used at each corner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ALCOA INC.
    Inventors: William J. Hooper, JR., Ion-Horatiu Barbulescu, William Ling
  • Publication number: 20150086261
    Abstract: A miter coupling is provided, together with a method for using the miter coupling to join a pair of square metal tubes at a desired angle using a welding process. The miter coupling, in a preferred embodiment, comprises a single piece of metal formed into a shape that is adapted to receive the ends of two square metal tubes at a desired angle. The miter coupling is shaped to form a pair of parallel elbow members, where the elbow members are formed into a desired angle, and the elbow members are interconnected by a cross support. This arrangement provides a stronger joint, and eliminates the time consuming steps of cutting the square metal tubes at specific angles and grinding the welds to form a smooth seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Blaine Trivette
  • Publication number: 20150069203
    Abstract: A strut end piece for a strut for connecting with a fin of a sleeve for a solar mirror frame support. A strut for receiving a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support. A sleeve for connecting with a chord and a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support having a main portion having an opening for receiving the chord. A method for connecting a sleeve to a chord and a strut end piece for a solar mirror frame support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: WERNER EXTRUSION SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Craig Roy Werner, John Funai
  • Patent number: 8973332
    Abstract: Disclosed is a framework connecting device of a prefabricated building structure. Each connection portion of frameworks, which are formed in the shape of a square pipe so as to form columns, rafters or the like, is connected and fixed by front and rear connection pieces and a plurality of bolts and nuts which penetrate the same, wherein, during assembly, the frameworks and the front and rear connection pieces are coupled by indented groves and protrusion portions. Base protrusions of the front and rear connection pieces are supported by the frameworks. One or more support pipes which are respectively connected and fixed by bolts and the nuts are provided between the front and rear connection pieces. Therefore, the assembling work may be readily and easily carried out while the strength of the connection portions is being reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Dae young Lee
  • Publication number: 20150063901
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the invention, a connection element, for external, detachable joining of a structural beam element is provided, comprising a bottom plate intended to be in contact with the bottom surface of the structural beam element, a top plate intended to be in contact with the top surface of the structural beam element two side plates, and a rear plate characterized in that the longitudinal thickness of the bottom plate increases from the free edge of the bottom plate towards its edge at the rear plate. Another aspect of the invention describes a detachable structural system which employs a plurality of connection elements rigidly coupled to each other and a plurality of structural beam elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: ELEGANCE CARPENTRY, S.L.
    Inventors: Conrado Eiroa Luces, Eugenio Cuesta Baile, Juan Manuel Muñoz Guijosa
  • Patent number: 8956071
    Abstract: A frame joint system including a first frame member and a second frame member. The frame members include laterally opening channels running axially thereof. The frame members are adapted to be rigidly secured together by quick release coupling. Embodiments of the frame joint system include mitered corner, end-to-face, face-to-face and end-to-end joints. The quick release coupling includes at least a first sleeve member and a gripping member. The gripping member is nested within the first sleeve member, and the first sleeve member is nested within the first frame member. The gripping member includes gripping elements that mate with a slot in a box rail element fixedly associated with the second frame member. Activating the gripping elements pulls the two frame members together into a rigid joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Moss Holding Company
    Inventor: Robert M. Frey
  • Publication number: 20150020472
    Abstract: Corner joints and methods of forming corner joints are described herein. The corner joints may provide the appearance of a mortise and tenon joint on both the exterior and interior surfaces of the corner joint, but include a mitered connection within the joint. Structures including at least one of the corner joints are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Kelley, Katrina Brandstrom, Troy Fox, Bryan Kendall, Gerard Lagos
  • Publication number: 20140369740
    Abstract: The coupling device contains at least an orthogonal joint member, a number of connector members, and at least two oblique joint members. The orthogonal joint member has at least 6 faces, 5 of which are configured with a through hole, and a through slot and a blind trough extended from the through hole. Each connector member contains an axial pin, a wing plate on a front tip of the axial pin. Each oblique joint member is L-shaped, and each of the two outer faces of the L-shaped body is configured with a through hole, and a through slot and a blind trough extended from the through hole. A coupling column is configured behind one of the two outer faces. With the coupling device, a number of beams can be joined into a framework to be used as a storage shelf or the skeleton of a game house.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: PEI-CHUAN MA
  • Publication number: 20140363219
    Abstract: Disclosed therein is a frame connection structure for stage erection including first and second frames which respectively have a rectangular frame structure and are arranged perpendicularly to each other. First and second connection brackets respectively fix the first and second frames arranged perpendicularly to each other. Each of the first and second connection brackets includes: at least one head joining part formed for inserting and fixing a head part of a bolt thereinto; and at least one screw joining part formed inside the head joining part for joining a screw part of the bolt. The head joining part and the screw joining part are joined to each other in such a manner that the bolt joined to the head joining part of the first connection bracket is joined to the screw joining part of the second connection bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: PEOPLE ENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang-Wook Kim
  • Publication number: 20140352763
    Abstract: A frame of a photovoltaic panel includes at least one L-shaped corner joint at least one first frame body and at least one second frame body. The L-shaped corner joint includes a support, a first joint arm and a second joint arm respectively disposed on different surfaces of the support, wherein the first joint arm and the second joint arm respectively have at least one first riveting hole and at least one second riveting hole. The first frame body has a first engaging groove therebetween. The first joint arm is inserted in the first engaging groove. Part of the first inner frame plate is caved in the first riveting hole. The second frame body has a second engaging groove. The second joint arm is inserted in the second engaging groove. Part of the second inner frame plate is caved in the second riveting hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Gintech Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Yu-Min CHEN, Jiunn-Chenn LU, Hsu-Ting CHANG, Chih-Ching CHEN
  • Publication number: 20140356051
    Abstract: Disclosed is a four piece symmetrical compression fastener for a mitered joint. The fastener includes two L-brackets, each L-bracket having two flat plates intersecting each other at angles in two dimensions, the intersecting edges of the flat plates forming two right angles. The L-brackets are spaced apart from each other by both a large L-brace and a small L-brace, each brace interconnecting with each flat plate of each L-bracket. Upon the fastener being inserted into two mitered joining pieces, the flat plates of the L-brackets are compressed into curved plates that press against the interior of the joining piece and secure the fastener within the pieces. The two mitered joining pieces cooperate to fully enclose the compression fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Korb
  • Publication number: 20140314468
    Abstract: A lower corner connector for a modular sports goal comprises a first tube having a generally circular inner surface and a second tube extending substantially perpendicularly to the first tube. The first tube has an open end for receiving an upright and a base opposite the open end for resting on a surface. A retainer projects inwardly from the inner surface of the first tube for engaging and retaining the upright and permitting the upright to rock toward and away from the second tube within the first tube to assist in absorbing impact forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Edward Stewart
  • Publication number: 20140314469
    Abstract: Building or structural panels may be joined, such as to form walls or floors. The panels may be connected in various orientations via one or more connectors. The connectors may mount to anchors associated with the panels. The panels may have outer skins located over an expanded core comprising a matrix of supporting elongate members and voids or openings, with the anchors located at edges of the panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph C. Fleming, III
  • Publication number: 20140308067
    Abstract: A system and method of selectively coupling structural elements via at least one of: frictional engagement, chemical bonding, structural attachment techniques and/or other known and/or convenient coupling mechanism and/or methods. In some embodiments, wrapping elements can be introduced to standardize the dimensions of the ends of naturally occurring structural members, such as bamboo, to aid in construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Boudeman
  • Patent number: 8851787
    Abstract: Corner joints and methods of forming corner joints. The corner joints may provide the appearance of a mortise and tenon joint on both the exterior and interior surfaces of the corner joint, but include a mitered connection within the joint. Structures including at least one of the corner joints are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Kelley, Katrina Brandstrom, Troy Fox, Bryan Kendall, Gerard Lagos
  • Publication number: 20140290136
    Abstract: A raised garden bed is provided including wood plank sides that are secured at their joints with corner brackets forming corners. The brackets have two panels joined along one edge with a U-shaped channel at the base of each panel to receive a wood plank. Louvers extend into the channels to hold the planks with a press fit and allow the bed to be assembled and used without screws.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: William VAUGHN, David W. SWIFT
  • Publication number: 20140286695
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a corner reinforcement insert for wall elements having a double-angled edge, including a base part having a plate-shaped corner flange that is arranged at least substantially in a plane and has an angled inner circumferential edge and an angled outer circumferential edge and having a first web and a second web that extend from the same side of the base part on the inner circumferential edge of the corner flange perpendicularly to the corner flange plane and in parallel with the inner circumferential edge, wherein the first web is located on the side of a bending point of the inner circumferential edge and the second web is located on the other side of the bending point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: C E S CONTROL ENCLOSURE SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Simon Jocham, Paul Mazura, Walter Nicolai, Igor H. Schaaf
  • Publication number: 20140270918
    Abstract: A modular, faceted-component node system for uniting adjacent ends of elongate frame elements at selectively different types of frame-element-junction nodes in a frame structure including (a) a first type faceted node component adapted for attachments to it of ends of plural, elongate frame elements, operable as a singularity to form in a frame structure a first-type frame-element-junction node, and a second type faceted node component for joining, and cooperating with, different pluralities of the first-type node component to form, selectively with such component pluralities, in a frame structure a plurality of different, second-type frame-element-junction nodes—the first and second type node components including, respectively, concave and convex, angularly faceted surface regions that are complementary to one another, and that accommodate facet-to-facet, matching-facet-coextensive, selective joinder of the two component types.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20140255086
    Abstract: A coupling member includes a hook-shaped coupling part arranged to be hooked into a gripping part of an upright and a locking arrangement switchable between a locking position and a release position. Further, the locking arrangement includes a pivotally attached first clamping part and a wedge-shaped locking part, which is slidable between a locking position and a release position. The wedge-shaped locking part is arranged to push the first clamping part towards the upright and the gripping part by means of wedge action. Moreover, the first clamping part comprises two transversally spaced apart side parts which jointly define a cavity there between. The first clamping part is arranged externally on the hook-shaped coupling part, and is arranged partly within the cavity. Further, each of the side parts includes fastening means for pivotal attachment of the first clamping part to the hook-shaped coupling part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Harry Wallther
  • Publication number: 20140255085
    Abstract: A structural bracket, for use with flat pack frames, formed from a single flat sheet of metal that is constructed without the use of welding points so as to simplify the manufacturing process is provided. The flat sheet of metal may have a generally triangular configuration that includes notches at strategic locations in the sheet of metal to create flaps that may be folded over to form the sidewalls of the brackets. The sidewalls of the brackets may be used to secure vertical and/or horizontal rails together when assembling a flat pack equipment rack. Additionally, a pair of structural brackets may be secured together by fasteners forming a single bisected structural bracket. The utilization two separate brackets to form a single bisected structural bracket provides for a flat pack solution for equipment racks while being as structurally strong as a traditional, fully welded frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: SANMINA CORPORATION
    Inventors: SHAUN DENSBERGER, DARREN MAY, GLEN GOMMELS, ERIC PRYOR
  • Patent number: 8776454
    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: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Zuritis
  • Publication number: 20140186098
    Abstract: A powder-derived, non-finished work piece includes a first body section that has a wall that spans in a vertical direction. The wall has a relatively thin thickness with respect to a length and a width of the wall. A second body section is arranged next to, but spaced apart from, the first body section. A gusset connects the first body section and the second body section. The gusset extends obliquely from the wall of the first body section with respect to the vertical direction such that the gusset is self-supporting. The first body section has a geometry that corresponds to an end-use component exclusive of the gusset.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sergey Mironets, Lyutsia Dautova, Joseph Ott, Christopher F. O'Neill, Robert P. Delisle, Jesse R. Boyer, Agnes Klucha, Louis Porretti
  • Publication number: 20140174020
    Abstract: A frame the joint connector comprises a first head, a second head and a neck interconnecting the first head and the second head. The first head forms a first shoulder adjacent the neck facing the second head. The second head forms a second shoulder adjacent the neck facing the first head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: MILGARD MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Victor Massey
  • Publication number: 20140154000
    Abstract: A joint mechanism is for connecting two adjacent components and has a first joint part with a shaped connector and a first receiver configured to receive a first component. A second joint part has a mating connector that engages the shaped connector fixing the first and second joint parts to one another and has a second receiver configured to receive a second component to be connected to the first component. At least one of the first and second receivers is a channel formed in the respective first or second joint part and has an open side that is covered by a portion of the other of the first and second joint parts when the shaped connector and the mating connector are fully engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Louis Doucette, Justin Huffman
  • Patent number: 8726599
    Abstract: A fatigue load resistant structure includes a fatigue loaded portion and a weldable fatigue loading resistant feature. The fatigue loaded portion includes a first elongation material. The weldable fatigue loading resistant feature includes a second elongation material secured to the fatigue loaded portion of the fatigue loaded structure. The first elongation material is less ductile than the second elongation material, and the weldable fatigue loading resistant feature can reduce, retard, or eliminate formation of cracks due to tensile and compressive forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Daniel Anthony Nowak, Srikanth Chandrudy Kottilingam, Bill Damon Johnston
  • Patent number: 8690472
    Abstract: A method of joining a first component to a second component, the method comprising preparing the first component by forming an array of elongate projections on a bond surface of the component, each projection having a centerline, a tip, and a base. The centerline at the tip of each projection is oriented at an angle with respect to the normal to the bond surface at its base, and the angular orientation of the tip centerlines varies across the array of projections. Next, the first component and a flexible layer are brought together so as to embed the projections in the flexible layer before hardening the flexible layer to form the second component. Also, a joint so formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Meyer, Daniel Johns
  • Publication number: 20140090228
    Abstract: For joining assemblies, a bracket 135 includes a first bracket plate 105a and a second bracket plate 105b. The first bracket plate 105a is in physical communication with the second bracket plate 105b and is disposed at a specified interior angle 125 to the second bracket plate 105b. A restraining hook 130 is in physical communication with the second bracket plate 105b. The restraining hook includes a first hook plate 110a disposed substantially perpendicular to the second bracket plate 105b and a second hook plate 110b in physical communication with the first hook plate 110a and disposed substantially parallel to the second bracket plate 105b.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Albert Chubak
  • Patent number: 8662576
    Abstract: A body for a motor vehicle and a method for producing a motor vehicle body is provided. Such a body comprises two roof frame longitudinal profiles (6, 14), at least one roof frame cross profile (10) arranged between the roof frame longitudinal profiles (6, 14) and a body pillar (12), wherein in a connecting area (Y) a roof frame longitudinal profile (6; 14), a roof frame cross profile (10) and the body pillar (12) are connected or can be connected together using a mechanical connection. Here the roof frame longitudinal profile (6; 14) comprises a recess (16) in the connecting area (Y), as seen in a longitudinal section of the roof frame longitudinal profile (6; 14), the recess accommodating the roof frame cross profile (10), at least some areas of the circumferential contour of the profile being adapted to match the recess (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
    Inventors: Alfred Lösch, Helmut Mebus, Axel Grüneklee, Joachim Quandt, Clemens Latuske
  • Patent number: 8656637
    Abstract: A cold frame is formed with lateral wall elements containing transparent hollow chamber panels, and supports which are provided with lateral flanges. The lateral wall elements include lateral edge areas provided with through-passages and formed by the hollow chamber panels thereof, and rest against the flanges of the supports. The lateral wall elements are connected to the supports by clamping devices. The clamping devices include clamping elements which rest against the inner sides of the hollow cavity panels forming the edge areas of the lateral wall elements and are clamped between the hollow cavity panels and the tops of positioning bars belonging to the clamping devices. The bars protrude from the through-passages of the hollow chamber panels and they are rigidly connected to the flanges of the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Heinrich Wüster
  • Publication number: 20140044474
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting frame for a switchgear cabinet or a rack, comprising mounting pieces which are arranged, as corner pieces, in the four corner sections of a rectangle or square that extends in an x-y plane, said mounting pieces being produced in a respective shaping process and having outer first and second mounting faces which extend in the x direction and in the y direction at a right angle thereto and which extend in a space direction z at a right angle to the x-y plane, and are provided with hollow spaces which are at least partially surrounded by wall parts and/or bores that are oriented in the z direction. The mounting frame further comprises intermediate elements which extend between the mounting pieces in the x direction and in the y direction and the end sections of which are fastened to the mounting pieces. The mounting pieces have wall sections which extend in parallel to the x-y plane, thus making assembly easier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dennis Broemstrup, Siegfried Boehme, Heiko Holighaus, Matthias Mueller, Michael Schnakenberg
  • Publication number: 20140044475
    Abstract: The invention relates to a base or a mounting frame for an electrical enclosure or a rack, comprising mounting pieces which are arranged, as corner pieces, in the corner regions of a rectangle or square that extends in an x-y plane, said mounting pieces being produced in a respective shaping process and comprising first and second mounting faces which lie outside with respect to the rectangle or square, which extend in the x direction and in the y direction at a right angle thereto and which extend in a space direction z at a right angle to the x-y plane, wherein sections of a system of covers are brought into contact with the mounting faces, said covers having lateral covers with cover walls that are flat on the exterior and that have reinforcing ribs extending longitudinally on the interior, and being fastened to receiving structures of the mounting pieces by connecting means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dennis Broemstrup, Siegfried Boehme, Heiko Holighaus, Matthias Mueller, Michael Schnakenberg
  • Patent number: 8636437
    Abstract: A corner member for a window screen for joining framing members together at the corners, the corner member having a central body, first and second legs extending outwardly therefrom, a recess formed in the central body portion, and a plurality of resilient retaining members placed in the recess, each resilient retaining member having first and second retaining tabs which extend outwardly and which are designed to retain the screen in the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Gerard Therrien
  • Publication number: 20140014608
    Abstract: A mounting bracket is provided that can be used with off the shelf steel tubing to make sturdy and secure frames securing for heavy equipment to a floor or other structure. Different sizes and shapes of frames are easily made by cutting the steel tubing to different lengths and assembling frames using the cut tubing and brackets. The mounting bracket includes two pairs of sidewalls respectively defining first and second channels set at an angle to one another. The mounting bracket further includes a base protrusion and may be configured such that the first and second channels receive a standard tubular member and the base protrusion fits into an end of the tubular member. The mounting bracket may also include a flange that is integral or part of a mounting bracket assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Karl Peter Brandstrom
  • Patent number: 8616801
    Abstract: A gusset (40A-G) between two CMC walls (26, 28) has fibers (23) oriented to provide anisotropic strengthening of the wall intersection (34). The fibers (23) may be oriented diagonally to oppose in tension a wall-spreading moment of the walls (26, 28) about the intersection (34). Interlocking features (46, 48, 52, 56, 58) may be provided on the gusset to improve load sharing between the gusset and the walls. The gusset may have one or more diagonal edges (50, 51) that contact matching edges of a slot (42, 42D, 43D) to oppose wall-spreading (M1) and wall-closing (M2) bending of the walls (26, 28). The gusset may be installed in the slot after preparing the gusset and the walls to different temperatures. Then the assembly may be final-fired to produce differential shrinkage that causes compression of the gusset or the wall intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay A. Morrison, John V. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20130312360
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a mechanical coupling arrangement for a lattice support beam having a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction, said mechanical coupling arrangement comprising at least a first chord member, a first diagonal member, and a connector element for joining said first chord member with said first diagonal member, wherein each of said first chord member, said first diagonal member, and said connector element is made of extruded aluminum profile, said connector element comprising at least a first attachment portion having a first contact surface in contact with said first chord member, and a second attachment portion having a second contact surface in contact with an abutment surface of said first diagonal member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: PLUSEIGHT TECHNOLOGY AB
    Inventor: Harry Wallther
  • Publication number: 20130305656
    Abstract: A spacer for an insulating glazing unit, the spacer including a longitudinal body including two longitudinal sides and two membranes or membrane parts, each membrane or membrane part configured to be secured to a glass sheet of the insulating glazing unit, and each membrane or membrane part configured to be articulated to the body about an axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the body between a position in which the membrane or membrane part lies against a longitudinal side of the body and a position in which the membrane or membrane part is at least partially moved apart from the longitudinal side of the body. The spacer allows the size of the insulating glazing unit not to be restricted while ensuring a bead for example of butyl of the insulating glazing unit can withstand high climatic loads without being damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Saint- Gobain Glass France
    Inventor: Xavier Ripoche
  • Publication number: 20130308999
    Abstract: The current invention comprises a mechanical clamp system to join two or more panel or other structural elements together at different angels for the purpose of constructing furniture, product displays, art, play equipment, and other desirable structural elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Micah Black
  • Publication number: 20130272777
    Abstract: Described is a frame connection for connecting members of a frame without visible fixings. The frame connection comprises first and second elongate members, each having first and second channels. First and second connection members are provided, each having a first end portion comprising a first planar member and a second end portion comprising a second planar member. The end portions each include one or more holes therein. The first end portions of the first and second connection members are received in the first and second channels, respectively, of the first elongate member, and the second end portions are received in the first and second channels, respectively, of the second elongate member. Fasteners are received through the holes to secure the first and second connection members to the first and second elongate members and side cover members are then secured across the first and second channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Darren Hayter, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Publication number: 20130258233
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of LCDs, and more particularly to a backplane and an LCD device including the backplane. The backplane includes a frame and a bottom plate; the frame is of a joining structure, and includes a plurality of frame edge members; the frame edge members are equilong. The backplane of the invention employs a modular design, the frame of the backplane is divided into a plurality of equilong frame edge member units, and the design is standardized. When the new products of LCD devices are developed, only frame edge members of different number are selected from the standardized modular units for combination and use. The members have a high generality, thereby reducing the development cost of special moulds, shortening the development cycle of products, avoiding the problem that a great deal of stagnant materials are inconveniently handled when developing a single device. Thus, the aim of reducing cost is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Yanxue Zhang