Three Or More Members Connected At Single Locus Patents (Class 403/217)
  • Patent number: 10662814
    Abstract: A shroud for a turbomachine stator includes a first portion and a second portion configured to sandwich around at least a portion of a stator vane assembly, a first pin hole defined in the first portion at an angle relative to an axial direction of the turbomachine, and a second pin hole defined in the second portion at the angle of the first portion, wherein the first pin hole is aligned and in communication with the second pin hole to accommodate a pin configured to be seated in the first and second pin holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: David Maliniak
  • Patent number: 10634177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a precursor for a clip and a clip formed by the precursor. The clip is configured for mounting a furring channel to a load-bearing member and is a generally U-shaped member having a pair of sidewalls, each of which includes a pair of tabs projecting therefrom. The clip is arranged to receive the load-bearing member between its sidewalls, such that the tabs can be snap-fit under inwardly directed flanges of the furring channel. Also disclosed is a method of forming the clip from the precursor, by bending portions of the precursor to form the sidewalls of the clip, and a method for mounting a furring channel onto a load-bearing member using the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: Brandon C. Winn, Ken Huber
  • Patent number: 10576698
    Abstract: A combined composite and metal hybrid component and a method of forming said component, are disclosed, the component comprising a substantially sheet-like or web-like body portion, made of a composite material, at least one stiffening member made of a metal and at least one made of a composite material, and curing the component in a vacuum bag, such that the metal stiffening member is formed against the composite stiffening member and the metal stiffening member remains a part of the hybrid composite component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Steven Evans
  • Patent number: 10494782
    Abstract: A set of components that can be used to construct a structurally sound dock are disclosed. The components can be extruded and the components are shaped such that interconnected components provide support for the other components thereby alleviating weak points due to welded only joints. A fascia channel provides additional strength by including structures that improve the vertical and horizontal strength of the fascia channel. HDPE plastic inserts and sheaves provide sound dampening for metal to metal contact points. Other components include a corner connector, a post system and a hinge system. The focus of this disclosure is the corner connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wahoo Docks, LLC
    Inventors: Harold Hawkins, III, Tim Osby, Michael Lyle
  • Patent number: 10284137
    Abstract: Roof brackets for attaching a structure such as a patio cover to a building, and methods for installing the brackets. The brackets have a saddle for receiving a support beam of the structure. The brackets can be attached to the building roof, but do not penetrate the roof substrate, thus preventing leakage and other structural problems. The roof brackets comprise a plate that is installed between the roof substrate and the shingles or tile on the roof. The brackets are available in different configurations depending on the roof pitch for easy installation. One roof bracket has a riser so that the saddle is lifted above the roof. Another roof bracket is configured so that when installed the saddle is located beyond the edge of the roof. Other brackets can be attached to the rafters under the roof. These also come in different configurations depending on roof pitch, and they are configured to extend below and outward from the fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Russ Edward Meznarich
  • Patent number: 10240340
    Abstract: A mounting system for mounting an external structure, such as a deck, with a building includes an anchor frame that couples with structural elements of the building and a bracket that couples with both the external structure and the anchor frame for securement. The anchor frame includes a plate element configured for mounting against a board of a building and anchor elements extending from the plate element and configured for mounting against a second board of a building. The bracket has a first face portion configured for coupling with the anchor frame and a second face portion spaced from the first face portion and configured for mounting with an external structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Studer Residential Designs Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Studer, Michael Frimming, Michael A. Studer, Donald Roenker
  • Patent number: 10174497
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prefabricated construction system and method, for erecting constructions by means of the assembly of prefabricated structural elements obtained by cutting flat materials, forming structural nodes by means of coupling at least a first coupling configuration formed by first slots made in a plurality of parallel boards forming a first structural element with at least a second coupling configuration formed by second slots made in a plurality of parallel boards forming a second structural element, providing a structural core in the form of an array having interstitial openings going through it which allow the coupling of third and fourth coupling configurations of third and fourth structural elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Manuel Perez-Romero, Jaime Tarazona-Lizarraga
  • Patent number: 10107003
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing self-standing, self-supporting, rapid-deployable (S4RD) towers for communications and similar applications, and in particular to ballast base systems that enable the self-standing, self-supporting, rapid-deployable features while eliminating the need for a permanent foundation for the tower. Novel and inventive tower designs, wherein a user may climb through an interior volume of the tower while using the tower structure as both ladder and man cage, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: ADAPTIVE COMMUNICATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Tracy David Harmer
  • Patent number: 10094108
    Abstract: The invention provides suspended or “dropped” ceiling systems based upon the use of standard inverted T-bar lattices. The ceiling panels are constructed from two pieces which, when assembled in place, capture the T-bar in a manner that prevents the panels from shaking loose. A suspended ceiling assembled with the panels of this invention will withstand the forces of an earthquake without experiencing panel drop-outs, and the ceiling will remain intact so long as the T-bars remain suspended from the structural ceiling above. The panels of the invention can, in preferred embodiments, carry lighting fixtures, and the required wiring can be installed and concealed below the T-bars rather than within the plenum space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Takehiro Murao
  • Patent number: 10066404
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a formwork for a ribbed or waffle concrete slab is provided. The apparatus includes a rectangular block having a ledge around the base, the ledge having a dimension of half the desired width of the base ribs of the concrete slab, and a keystone connector. The keystone connector has an engagement portion configured to attach to an engagement portion on each block. In a method, the blocks are laid out so that the ledges of adjacent blocks are in contact. A keystone connector is then placed at each intersection of four blocks by attaching the respective engagement portions of the keystone connector and each block so that the keystone connector holds each of the four blocks in place relative to one another. The keystone connector is also configured to retain a reinforcing rod laid in the channel between adjacent blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Fabio Parodi
  • Patent number: 10060460
    Abstract: Disclosed is a precursor for a clip and a clip formed by the precursor. The clip is configured for mounting a furring channel to a load-bearing member and is a generally U-shaped member having a pair of sidewalls, each of which includes a pair of tabs projecting therefrom. The clip is arranged to receive the load-bearing member between its sidewalls, such that the tabs can be snap-fit under inwardly directed flanges of the furring channel. Also disclosed is a method of forming the clip from the precursor, by bending portions of the precursor to form the sidewalls of the clip, and a method for mounting a furring channel onto a load-bearing member using the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Brandon C. Winn
  • Patent number: 9854906
    Abstract: A shelving structure may include at least four vertical posts, at least four annular spacers, and at least a shelf board, and the posts are configured to be mounted on the shelf board through the annular spacers. The shelf board has a frame and a panel, and a convex portion is formed at an inner edge of the frame. At least eight horizontal supporting boards are formed at four upper edges and four lower edges of the frame respectively. Each two adjacent supporting boards are not connected to each other, and each of four corners of the frame is bent to form a concave groove. Moreover, four arc boards are respectively assembled with the four concave grooves, and each of the arc boards has two wings configured to be welded with the convex portion of the frame to improve the structural strength of the shelving structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Nan Ke
  • Patent number: 9822521
    Abstract: An assembly outdoor balcony are made up of a plurality of columns, cross beams, beams, adjustable hanging elements, wall-assembled hanging elements and balcony panels, wherein the columns are disposed at interval to form the whole periphery of the balcony; the cross beams can be quickly assembled onto the columns through a beam hanger; the adjustable hanging element allows the joint angle between two beams to be different depending on the environment and needs. All component elements are aluminum alloy materials, which are assembled by mutual engagement. Therefore, the assembly outdoor balcony can be assembled, disassembled and adjusted quickly based on the on-site environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Chingyao Kuo, Norman William Liefke
  • Patent number: 9731808
    Abstract: An upper joint of a wing assembly of an aircraft includes an outboard upper wing panel, a center upper wing panel, a rib, and an upper joint assembly operatively interconnecting the outboard upper wing panel, the center upper wing panel, and the rib. For a substantial fore/aft span of the upper joint, a first subset of a plurality of center upper stringers is operatively coupled to the upper joint assembly, and a second subset of the plurality of center upper stringers terminates without being directly coupled to the upper joint assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jordan Daniel Charles, Jason Hamada
  • Patent number: 9719243
    Abstract: A strut connector for use with a hollow strut having at least one a pair of opposed openings formed in the strut. A pair of identical connector portions are rotatably coupled together, with one of the connector portions inverted. Each connector portion is a flat blade having a body portion and an arm portion extending from the body portion. The body portion has a first hole and a second hole. The arm portion has at least one tab extending from the arm portion at an angle. The arm portions are coupled together via the first hole, then rotated to engage respective openings on the strut with the tabs. The second holes are aligned and a fastener secured through the second holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Paul H. Mason
  • Patent number: 9605705
    Abstract: A method of forming an assembly including a first workpiece having a surface provided with a mortise and a second workpiece provided with a tenon inserted into the mortise joining the workpieces together in which the second workpiece is disposed in a certain orientation relative to the first workpiece to provide a certain disposition of the workpieces when joined together, generally consisting of providing identifying marks on the surface of the first workpiece and the tenon of the second workpiece at locations assuming a certain disposition when the second workpiece is disposed in a certain orientation and the tenon is registered with the mortise; positioning the second workpiece relative to the first workpiece wherein the second workpiece is disposed in the certain orientation relative to the first workpiece, the tenon is registered with the mortise and the marks are disposed in the certain mark disposition; and displacing the second workpiece toward the first workpiece and inserting the tenon into the mort
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Thermwood Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Susnjara
  • Patent number: 9475570
    Abstract: An upper joint of a wing assembly of an aircraft includes an outboard upper wing panel, a center upper wing panel, a rib, and an upper joint assembly operatively interconnecting the outboard upper wing panel, the center upper wing panel, and the rib. In some embodiments, outboard upper stringers may be configured differently than center upper stringers. In some embodiments, a subset of the center upper stringers may not directly oppose the outboard upper stringers. In other embodiments, for at least a substantial fore/aft span of the upper joint, each of the center upper stringers may directly oppose an outboard upper stringer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jordan Daniel Charles, Jason Hamada
  • Patent number: 9328764
    Abstract: A fastening system includes a removable stud and a retaining plate. The removable stud includes a threaded portion configured to be removably threaded into a threaded bore of a housing, a shank portion arranged coaxially with the threaded portion and configured to be inserted through a bore of a housing of a line replaceable component, and an anti-rotation portion disposed between the threaded portion and the shank portion. The retaining plate is configured to be mounted between the housing and the line replaceable component. The retaining plate includes a mating hole configured to mate with the anti-rotation portion of the removable stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Mark R. Plickys
  • Patent number: 9259136
    Abstract: A tubular frame assembly for a door type warewashing machine includes four tubular legs, and two upper cross-braces and two lower cross-braces. The cross-braces are received through cross-brace receiving openings in the tubular legs, and the cross-braces are bolted together within the legs by nut and bolt assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Meiko USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Ferguson, Dwayne A. Becknell
  • Patent number: 9187898
    Abstract: A perimeter trim attachment clip formed as a single piece sheet metal stamping, the clip having a base, top and bottom rearwardly extending trim engaging grips on the base, the grips having a free edge distal from the base adapted to engage respective top and bottom hems of a perimeter trim channel, a standoff projecting rearwardly of the base beyond the grip edges, the standoff being adapted to abut the side of a grid runner extending parallel along the periphery of a free edge of a ceiling, a squaring tab connected to the base and configured to extend over the parallel extending grid runner and be attached to a reinforcing bulb of a grid runner intersecting the parallel grid runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen
  • Publication number: 20150068590
    Abstract: A photovoltaic (PV) module framing and coupling system enables the attachment of PV modules to a roof or other mounting surface without requiring the use of separate structural support members which attach directly to and span between multiple PV modules in a formed PV array. The apparatus provides a parallel coupling for securely interlocking the outside surfaces of parallel frame members together in a side to side arrangement to form an array with improved structural load distribution. The coupling may attach to a slot in the frame at substantially any position along the length of the frame thereby enabling the interconnection of adjacent PV modules along both an x and y axis. The apparatus may further provide a rotating portion and locking portion, mounting brackets for direct connection to a mounting surface, grounding teeth, and a twist-lock engagement means for interlocking and aligning PV modules in the array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jack Raymond West, Hans-Christoph Haenlein
  • Patent number: 8967401
    Abstract: A supporting base for an angle iron post includes an angle bar and a column. The angle bar has two walls arranged at right angle to each other to be attached to two respective walls of the angle iron post. The column is disposed in between the two walls of the angle bar and has an upper small-diameter section, a lower large-diameter section and a shoulder defined at the junction between the upper small-diameter section and the lower large-diameter section. As such, the two walls of the angle iron post are allowed to be rested on the shoulder of the column and held in position between the walls of the angle bar and the upper small-diameter section of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Meng-Tsung Wu
  • Patent number: 8959867
    Abstract: A post-and-beam type structure includes: a connector having four plate portions forming a cruciform cross-section for the connector, the cruciform cross-section extending in a vertical direction, wherein the four plate portions define four quadrants; a first column configured for detachably coupling to a bottom portion of the connector; and a first beam with a first end configured for detachably coupling to a first one of the plate portions; wherein the first beam comprises a first beam member and a second beam member that are coupled to each other, and wherein the first end of the first beam is configured for placement in a first quadrant of the four quadrants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: John A. Schold
  • Patent number: 8955928
    Abstract: A joining connector is provided which can be fitted by the turning part of the frame bar of the shelf board. The joining connector includes a base plate having inner and outer sides. Recessed joining parts are formed on the outer side and define a vertical and a horizontal wall. The vertical wall and horizontal wall can match the outer edge of the turning part of the frame bar. Limiting projections are formed on the outer side of the base plate in a preset concrete shape, and located on a position between but spaced from the vertical and horizontal walls of the recessed joining part, so that the turning part of the frame bar can be pushed and fitted into the recessed joining part from the direction of the outer side of the base plate, and the limiting projection can correspondingly limit the inner edge of the turning part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Donido Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kun-Lung Cheng
  • Publication number: 20150040337
    Abstract: The invention relates to an end piece (11) of a windshield wiper comprising at least one wiper blade (1). Said end piece (11) has a first part (12) and a second part (13) which are connected to each other by a removable attachment means, and a blocking means (28) for preventing the wiper blade (1) from moving relative to the end piece (11), said blocking means (28) comprising a securing device (33) and an actuating element (51). The securing device (33) is designed to pinch the wiper blade (1) and is subject to a force exerted by the actuating element (51). The end piece is for use in motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: VALEO SYSTÈMES D'ESSUYAGE
    Inventor: Philippe Espinasse
  • Publication number: 20150043961
    Abstract: A member-fastening structure permits three members to be fastened and fixed such that a first member and a second member holds a third member therebetween. The fastening of three members is accomplished with a meter visor that has a first through-hole formed therein. A speaker ring has a projecting part formed thereon which is inserted into the first through-hole. The projecting part has a second through-hole formed therein in a direction perpendicular to a projecting direction of the projecting part. A speaker grille is positioned on the meter visor, and the projecting part of the speaker ring is then caused to project downward through the first through-hole of the meter visor. A clip is inserted into the second through-hole of the projecting part projecting from an underside of the meter visor, and is engaged with the second through-hole of the projecting part and the underside of the meter visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Shota SUZUKI
  • Publication number: 20150030378
    Abstract: A construction for a boom such as a dragline boom provides a spade plate that connects lacing members to a main chord at a cluster. The spade plate is curved. One edge of the spade plate has tabs attached to the lacing members. Another edge of the spade plate is attached to the main chord. The spade plate may be applied for new construction or repair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Charles Peter CONSTANCON, Arlon John Thomas RATCLIFF, Harold BYDEMAST
  • 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: 20140314470
    Abstract: A connector for a modular rack includes a base and a plurality of connecting members. The base includes a connecting pipe which has a circular inner passage, and the inner passage has a top open end and a lower open end larger in diameter than the top open end. The base includes a connecting platform, on which is formed a plurality of upward-extending stop pieces alternatively disposed with respect to the connecting portions, and between each of the stop pieces and the connecting pipe is defined an inserting slot. The connecting members each include an engaging portion and two lateral wing portions. The engaging portion is inserted in the connecting portions, the rear surface is abutted against the connecting pipe, and the two wing portions are inserted in the inserting slots, and between front and rear surfaces of the connecting members is formed an inserting hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Yueh-Kuei Lee
  • Publication number: 20140305047
    Abstract: Described herein is a structure that comprises a plurality of spherical triangular units on a plurality of levels. The structure has a superior ability to survive disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. It is cost-efficient, energy efficient, extremely durable and easily maintained. The plurality of spherical triangular units on one level of the plurality of levels are essentially identical to each other, and are essentially equally spaced radially relative to a center of the sphere; each of the plurality of spherical triangular units comprises three planar panels, each with an end surface comprising a minor arc of a great circle of the sphere; a spherical triangular unit on a level above the first level of the structure is configured to be joined with two neighboring spherical triangular units on the level below; the structure is substantially a dome.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Xiaoping SUN
  • Publication number: 20140261107
    Abstract: A compression lock on a connector for a shelving post has upper and lower, mating collar parts having distal ends encircling more than 180 degrees of the post but separated by a gap through which the post can pass. Each distal end has an axially extending projection with a rounded end and a recess adjoining the projection. The projections of one collar part mate with the recesses of the other collar part to interlock the collar parts around a compression sleeve and form a frusto-conical inner surface that wedges the a mating sleeve against the post to affix a shelf attached to the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PRO-MART INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Azad Sabounjian
  • Publication number: 20140255087
    Abstract: A multifunctional adaptor (10) for connecting at least one vehicle component to a vehicle support member (120) includes a body (30) having a base (50) and a shaft (70) that extends from the base (50). The base (50) terminates at a first axial end surface (52) and the shaft (70) terminates at a second axial end surface (80). A first passage (42) extends from the first axial end surface (52) towards the second axial end surface (80) for receiving a first fastener (100) to secure the adaptor (10) to the support member (120). A second passage (44) extends from the second axial end surface (80) towards the first axial end surface (52) for receiving a second fastener (104) to secure a first vehicle component to the adaptor. A third passage (90) extends transverse to the first passage (42) and the second passage (44) and entirely through the body (30) for receiving a third fastener (106) to secure a second component to the adaptor (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Michael Massengill
  • Patent number: 8739476
    Abstract: A building assembly kit with roof ring having an open-ended plurality of hollow cuboid tube joints radially disposed around an open center of a roof ring and a plurality of parallelepiped strut members disposed between each of the plurality of cube joints, each of said cube joints and strut members disposed to interconnect endwise with a plurality of extant rafters, said rafters then interconnectable with a plurality of top brackets disposed to interconnect each of said plurality of rafters at a juncture between a pair of horizontally disposed extant wall top beams and a vertically oriented corner post, said corner post connected at a juncture of a pair of base runners at a base bracket, wherein a structure is expediently erected by inserting each rafter, wall top beam, corner post, and base runner into a corresponding tube joint, top bracket, and base bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: David Royer
  • Patent number: 8635830
    Abstract: A system having a beam having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending between the first end and the second end, wherein the first end is offset relative to the longitudinal axis in a first direction, and wherein the second end is offset relative to the longitudinal axis in a second direction that is opposite of the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Schold
  • Publication number: 20130294817
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device designed to lock objects to tubes or other elongated elements. The locking device generally comprises one or more lock plates and lock housings. In one exemplary embodiment, when assembling the locking device to a tube, two lock housings are put together with open sides against each other around a tube with a dimension corresponding to approximately half of a recess which is found on the lock housing's sides and are oriented in the tube's axial direction. The two lock housings form a closed geometry around the tube. Lock plates are used to connect the two lock housings together. By applying a screw in a threaded hole in one of the lock housings' cover, the through tube is pressed against an opposite lock housing at substantially the same time as the lock plates hold the lock housings together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: FQ IP AB
    Inventors: Per Augustsson, Per Elvèn
  • Patent number: 8573240
    Abstract: A collapsible truss assembly is described herein. One component includes a layered u-bracket including a first u-bracket connected to the collapsible truss assembly, having a first channel, a first surface opposing the channel, and a first aperture that spans from the first surface to the first channel and is of a particular diameter. The layered u-bracket also includes a second u-bracket having a second channel, a second surface opposing the second channel, and a second aperture that spans from the second surface to the second channel and is of the particular diameter. For the layered u-bracket, the second channel is flush with the first surface, and the first and second apertures are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Go Papa, LLLP
    Inventors: Steven E. Mallookis, Steven B. Mallookis
  • Patent number: 8511623
    Abstract: A conduit hardware article includes a body forming an approximately rectangular solid defining a first threaded bore extending between generally opposed first and second sides thereof, and a second threaded bore extending between generally opposed third and fourth sides thereof generally perpendicular to the first threaded bore. Slots opening onto the first side can be defined in fifth and sixth sides of the body. The hardware article can be used to attach multiple conduit hardware components to a single threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: SNK Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Jimmy Maurice Shiner, Jr., Kevin Paul Kruger
  • Patent number: 8499778
    Abstract: A tent is safely unfolded or folded when used and requires less time to unfold or fold and can be pitched automatically as well as manually to solve the problems of the prior art. In the tent, a worm gear and worm wheels are combined and tent connecting rods are attached to the worm wheels, respectively, so that when the worm wheels are moved, the tent connecting rods are moved to fold or unfold the tent. The worm wheel can be manually moved within the tent or the worm wheel can be automatically operated by providing a motor controlled through a remove controller so that the tent connecting rods can be unfolded or folded. In the tent, a central cavity part of a worm wheel body may be used as an air vent, and used as a passage for a smoke outlet from a heater in the winter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Woogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ki Joon Ha, Ki Yun Ha
  • Patent number: 8475074
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a variable stiffness joint is provided which has a plurality of structural members with a variable stiffness material coupled between the plurality of structural members. The variable stiffness material may be selectively activated/inactivated to control the stiffness of the joint. Additional embodiments and implementations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher P Henry
  • Publication number: 20130140252
    Abstract: A frame includes a first frame member that has a first opening at an end portion thereof; a second frame member that has a second opening at an end portion thereof; a first frame coupling member that comprises a first projection that fits into the first opening and a second projection that fits into the second opening; and a second frame coupling member that couples to the first frame coupling member, wherein: the first frame member and the second frame member are located so as to be sandwiched between the first frame coupling member and the second frame coupling member when the first frame coupling member and the second frame coupling member are coupled to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: FUJITSU LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20130129408
    Abstract: An inner assembly that includes first, second and third structures, and a device for removably securing the first, second and third structures to one another. The securing device has at least one double clip which is fixed to the third structure, the double clip having first and second locking elements. The first and second structures have respectively first and second complementary locking elements. The securing device is movable between a locking position in which the first and second locking elements cooperate respectively with the first and second complementary locking elements and lock respectively the first and second structures to the third structure, and a free position in which the first and second locking elements do not cooperate respectively with the first and second complementary locking elements and the first and second structures are free with respect to the third structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: FAURECIA INTERIEUR INDUSTRIE
    Inventor: Vicente Carsi
  • Patent number: 8418710
    Abstract: A tent top assembly is mounted on top of a tent for connecting with a plurality of tent poles. The tent top assembly includes an upper module and a lower module. The upper module includes an upper seat, an upper press member and an upper lid which are separately formed and connected with each other. The lower module includes a lower seat, a lower press member and a lower lid which are separately formed and connected with each other. The upper seat and the lower seat each have a plurality of engaging grooves which are spaced and arranged in a radial form for connection of connecting heads of the tent poles. There is no need for rivets or other fasteners when assembling the present invention, saving the cost and the time of assembly. The tent top assembly can be assembled and disassembled quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Q-Yield Outdoor Gear Ltd.
    Inventor: Nanqing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8408225
    Abstract: A collapsible shelter is described herein. One embodiment includes at least three leg members, at least three base members, wherein the each base member includes an opening to receive one of the at least three leg members at an angle less than 90° relative to the bottom surface of the base member, at least two accordion-type collapsible truss assemblies connected to each leg via an upper corner connection mechanism and a lower corner connection mechanism, each accordion-type truss including at least four truss members interconnected by at least two pivotal v-joints and at least two pivotal x-joints, wherein the at least two pivotal v-joints each include two truss members coupled together with a coupling mechanism through openings in the two truss members, wherein the openings in the two truss members are configured to reduce shearing forces in the truss members by the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Go Papa, LLLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Mallookis, Steven B. Mallookis
  • Patent number: 8397937
    Abstract: In order to provide an article carrier with a dividing arrangement (9) which is flexible in terms of height, rests on the base (8) of the article carrier and has profiled side walls (70, 71) with undercut grooves (76) running parallel to the base (8), and has at least one partition wall (70, 71; 80) for inserting between the side walls (70, 71) and right-angled corner connectors (20) which can be latched into the grooves (76), it is proposed that the side walls (70, 71) have an undercut projection on their top side or their bottom side, and a latching profile for latching with the projection on their bottom side or top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: KARDEX Produktion Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Preschke, Wolfgang Kollmann, Stefan Hehl
  • Patent number: 8387330
    Abstract: A system for making a truss from joinable bar elements. The bar elements are at least in part of plant material from high-growing plants. The system further includes connecting elements to interconnect at least two of the bar elements, the bar elements and connecting elements being adapted to be connected to each other to form the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Ulrich Wallner
  • Publication number: 20130034382
    Abstract: A connector includes at least two cavities or receptacles extending from a base to receive adjacent tubes of a wall or panel. The receptacles are closed at one end. At least two walls extend from the base in the same direction as the receptacles. The walls are positioned on the base and outside the receptacles such that the panels are secured to a specific angular orientation with respect to each other. A top connector and a bottom connector are used to secure rods or tubes of adjacent panels. A series of top and bottom connectors can be used to secure multiple panels to form an enclosure, such as a kennel or gazebo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Pomerantz
  • Patent number: 8341902
    Abstract: Multi-story buildings assembled from pre-cast concrete components produced in a component factory to form earthquake-resistant buildings with lower cost and faster construction time. The multi-story building structure comprising a plurality of piles and pile caps; prefabricated concrete column components; prefabricated concrete beam components; prefabricated concrete floor components; prefabricated concrete stairs components and prefabricated concrete wall components. Each pile cap unites at least two piles to one column; each column component has a groove on each side of the column component for placement of the corresponding sides of prefabricated wall components; and each beam component comprises grooves on the bottom and top sides of the beam for placement of wall components; and openings are located in the body of the beam. Floor components, stairs components, and wall components are made of concrete that are pre-cast with a predetermined shape, size and strength as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Trisna Widjaja Kusuma
  • Patent number: 8292380
    Abstract: A rack includes a upper frame, a frame post, and a confluence member. The upper frame includes a first pillar and a second pillar connected to the first pillar. A first guiding groove is defined in the first pillar. A second guiding groove is defined in the second pillar. The first guiding groove and the second guiding groove extend substantially along the horizontal plane. The frame post is coupled with a connection portion of the first pillar and the second pillar. A third guiding groove is defined in the frame post. The third guiding groove extends uprightly. The confluence member is mounted between the frame post and the connection portion of the first pillar and the second pillar. A plurality of confluence grooves is defined in the confluence member. The plurality of confluence grooves links the first guiding groove and the second guiding groove to the third guiding groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen-Lu Fan
  • Patent number: 8291671
    Abstract: A joint arrangement for composite-material structural members in components including a skin and a plurality of structural members, applicable to pairs of first and second intersecting structural members, such as a beam and a frame in an aircraft fuselage, both members having a configuration which includes webs, inner flanges and outer flanges, in which, in the zone of intersection between said members, the laminations of one or both flanges of the first member include transverse flaps which are joined to one or both flanges of the ends of the segments of the second member which are separated at the intersection, acting as means for transmission of loads between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Enrique Vera Villares, Jose Maria Pina Lopez
  • Patent number: 8235338
    Abstract: A swing set assembly having a swing set connector connected to a top rail is preferably provided which has a first cantilevered arm which connects to a top rail of at least two outer perimeters. Top rails are envisioned either fitting over the arm or in a bore the arm depending upon the outer perimeter of the top rail utilized. These and other embodiments are envisioned being of modular construction of a first half and a second half whether at an end of or between top rails. On the event that modification of the swing set is desired, an end half can be removed from a first half, and a top rail half connected thereto along with another top rail to extend the length of the total swing set. Alternatively, if a total top rail length is to be shortened, a top rail can be removed and a first half of the connector can be replaced with an end half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: PlayCore
    Inventor: Brian Henry