Corner Joint Patents (Class 403/231)
  • Patent number: 11105355
    Abstract: A connecting device having a hollow-body-like plug-in part which is of variable outer circumference and which interacts with a fixing device which is at least partially insertable into the plug-in part, wherein the fixing device is connectable to an actuation section which projects out of the plug-in part. Here, the plug-in part, with the fixing device inserted therein and with the actuation section connected thereto, has the minimum external shape thereof in terms of the dimensions thereof when the actuation section is in a rest position. The actuation section is moved by means of axial or radial movement relative to the plug-in part into a working position in which the plug-in part has the maximum external shape thereof in terms of the dimensions thereof, wherein the plug-in part has a closed shape on its side situated opposite the insertion side of the fixing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Manuel Dietrich
  • Patent number: 11098740
    Abstract: A joining device for parts of furniture and furnishing accessories includes a casing or container body suitable for being inserted in a seat formed in one of the components of the item of furniture to be joined. An expansion bushing externally projects with respect to a first end or front end of said casing or container body and is suitable for engaging with a further seat of a further component of the item of furniture to be joined to the component wherein the casing or container body is inserted. Said joining device includes a cam mechanism for a linear motion of actuation means co-operating in an expansion and retraction deformation movement of the expansion bushing and simultaneous expansion of at least one portion of said casing or container body, with said cam mechanism and actuation means housed in the casing or container body and actuated by a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Häfele Berlin GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Antonio Giovannetti
  • Patent number: 11038333
    Abstract: A cable feedthrough for feeding at least one cable into a housing with an opening is provided. The cable feedthrough includes a covering comprising at least two housing shells, the covering having at least one opening, wherein a separating plane of the housing shells extends centrally through the opening, wherein to seal the housing, at least one elastic and/or flexible sealing element is provided that comprises a cable passage with a slit extending to the lateral edge of the cable passage, and wherein a counter pressure plate is provided that comprises at least one cable passage and covers the opening, the counter pressure plate cooperating with the sealing element and the covering to seal the housing. The sealing element is arranged with a predetermined oversize between the covering and the counter pressure plate and is under pressing force, as a result of which the sealing element is compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Schönfeld, Wilhelm Kliever, Heinrich Friesen, Christof Hermoni
  • Patent number: 11022160
    Abstract: A plate mount is provided for mounting a plate to a frame assembly. The plate mount includes a generally cylindrical head extendable through an aperture the plate and having an upper surface, a lower face, an outer peripheral surface, and an alignment structure receivable in a slot of the frame member. The cylindrical head including a bolt-receiving bore extending through the cylindrical head along a bore axes at an acute angle to the upper face. A flange extending radially extending from the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical head. The flange has a diameter. At least one spacer is positionable about the outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical head at a location between the flange and the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Blanking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank E. Oetlinger
  • Patent number: 10966523
    Abstract: A connecting pin for fastening a first furniture part to a second furniture part, includes a fastening portion for fastening the connecting pin to the first furniture part, and a holding portion for connecting the connecting pin to the second furniture part. The holding portion of the connecting pin includes a connecting portion facing the fastening portion, the connecting portion being a protrusion or a recess for connecting the second furniture part to the connecting pin in a form-locking manner. A head portion is spaced from the connecting portion along a longitudinal direction of the connecting pin by a neck portion. In a condition in which the connecting pin is fixed to the first furniture part via the fastening portion, at least two different second furniture parts can be alternatively connected to the connecting pin by the connecting portion in a form-locking manner and/or by the head portion in a force-locking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Kampl, Markus Irgang, Gerald Sperger, Guenter Schwarzmann
  • Patent number: 10881207
    Abstract: An item of furniture includes at least one fitting for guiding a movable furniture part and at least one plate-shaped wall element, into which the at least one fitting is integrated, and at least one connecting element for connecting to an additional furniture component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: AMBIGENCE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Uwe Sobolewski, Norbert Poppenborg, Stefan Andschus, Michael Tasche, Gerhard Götz
  • Patent number: 10876284
    Abstract: The present disclosed subject matter relates to a connector for transversely screwing together two workpieces, comprising a main body having a base surface, a cover surface parallel thereto, and a substantially generally-cylindrical lateral surface connecting the base and cover surfaces for shape-fitting insertion into a generally-cylindrical blind hole in one of the workpieces. The connector further comprises a first bore for a screw, said bore passing through the main body at an acute angle to the base and cover surfaces, and at least two second bores for a further screw each. Said second bores flank the first bore and pass through the main body approximately perpendicularly to the base and cover surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Knapp GmbH
    Inventor: Friedrich Knapp
  • Patent number: 10865821
    Abstract: A joining device with wide accessibility for parts of furniture and furnishing items, of a first panel to a second panel to be moved towards each other to bring an edge of the second panel abutted in a tightening position against a surface of the first panel, includes a blocking group and a connection group. The blocking group is inserted inside a seat defined within the first panel and receiving the blocking group, and includes a toothed crown, which is housed in a casing positioned in a first holing in the first panel and which controls the movement of a grub screw engaging a pin of the connection group. The casing includes a pair of half-shells that can be coupled with each other and that each contain a hole that is aligned on the two half-shells and with an additional holing of the shoulder intersecting the first holing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventor: Carlo Cattaneo
  • Patent number: 10851582
    Abstract: A system, device, assembly and methods for a door assembly, including a door stile and rail connector are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Endura Products, LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10753381
    Abstract: A device for connecting two furniture parts, wherein the device comprises a housing arrangeable on a first furniture part and an eccentric element rotatably mounted in the housing. The housing is on one wall side flattened, and the flattened wall side of the housing has a continuous opening. The eccentric element is configured to cooperate with a connecting element, wherein the connecting element is arrangeable on a second furniture part, and wherein the connecting element can be coupled with the housing and the eccentric element such that the first and the second furniture part are fixedly connected to each other. The device is characterized in that the continuous opening in the housing on the flattened wall side is fully enclosed at the margin by wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Grass GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Grabher, Zeljko Kovacic
  • Patent number: 10736416
    Abstract: A set of panels including a first panel with a first main plane and a second panel with a second main plane. The first and the second panel include a mechanical locking device which is configured for locking a first edge of the first panel to a second edge of the second panel at a junction plane. The first main plane is essentially perpendicular to the second main plane and the junction plane is extending between the first main plane and the second main plane. The mechanical locking device includes at the first edge an edge tongue which extends from the junction plane and at the second edge includes an edge groove at the junction plane. The mechanical locking device includes a dowel at the first edge and a dowel groove at the second edge. The dowel is configured to cooperate with the dowel groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Peter Derelöv, Johan Svensson, Lars Gunnarsson
  • Patent number: 10716401
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an attachment arrangement adapted to connect a first furniture part to a second furniture part. The attachment arrangement comprises a first attachment part adapted to be inserted into a recess in said first furniture part along a first axis, and a second attachment part adapted to be inserted into a recess in said second furniture part by a relative motion along a second axis. The second attachment part comprises at least one elongated ridge having a length and a height extending in a ridge plane, the ridge plane having a normal forming an angle to the first axis, which angle is smaller than 30°, wherein said at least one elongated ridge is formed on top and/or side surfaces of the second attachment part. The disclosure also relates to a piece of furniture comprising a first furniture part, a second furniture part and an attachment arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: IKEA Supply AG
    Inventors: Robert Dalstam, Mikael Carlsson
  • Patent number: 10690164
    Abstract: A system for fastening a first wooden member to a second wooden member includes a tenon configured to couple to the first wooden member such that the tenon extends from the first wooden member. The tenon has a first hole, a second hole, and a third hole. A first fastener extends through the first hole of the tenon and secures the tenon to the first wooden member. A second fastener extends through the second hole of the tenon and secures the tenon to the first wooden member. A third fastener extends through the second wooden member and is received into the third hole of the tenon to thereby secure the first wooden member to the second wooden member. The third fastener can be removed to thereby disconnect the first wooden member from the second wooden member repeatedly without aesthetic damage or loss of structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Door County Rustic, LLC
    Inventor: Michael E. Stapleton
  • Patent number: 10612254
    Abstract: System and methods for supporting and/or straightening a building wall are provided. The systems and methods utilize a pivot bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUPPORTWORKS, INC.
    Inventors: John Edward Waltz, Kyle Olson
  • Patent number: 10584730
    Abstract: A connection element (1) connects profile parts (2, 3). The connection element includes at least one first connection area (11) for connecting to a first profile part (2), at least one second connection area (12) for connecting to a second profile part (3) and an embossing (4) for removing liquid varnish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Roman Ecker, Christian Motsch
  • Patent number: 10548397
    Abstract: A set of panels including a first panel with a first main plane and a second panel with a second main plane. The first and the second panel are provided with a mechanical locking device for locking a first edge of the first panel to a second edge of the second panel at a junction plane, wherein the first main plane is essentially perpendicular to the second main plane and the junction plane is extending between the first main plane and the second main plane. The first edge includes an edge tongue that extends from the junction plane. The second edge includes an edge groove at the junction plane. The edge tongue is configured to cooperate with the edge groove for locking together the first and the second edges in a first direction which is perpendicular to the first main plane. The edge tongue includes a tongue groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventors: Peter Derelöv, Christian Boo
  • Patent number: 10508671
    Abstract: A strut channel support system including a first brace, a second brace, and a fastening mechanism connects at least two channel struts in a multi-orientable fashion. The first brace and the second brace both possess a U-shaped channel, a base, a fastener-engagement point, and a strut-engagement point. The base is terminally connected to the U-shaped channel, the fastener-engagement point is centrally integrated into the base, and the strut-attachment feature is integrated into the U-shaped channel. This permits the base to retain the rear portion of a strut channel. The U-shaped channel perimetrically braces the lateral sides of the strut channel. The first brace and the second brace attach to each other via the fastener-engagement point. The fastener-engagement point of the first brace and the fastener-engagement point of the second brace are mechanically coupled to each other. This enables a user to adjust the orientation between at least two strut channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Shon E. Barker
  • Patent number: 10441073
    Abstract: Example furniture kits and methods of making the same are described. An example method includes coupling a first block of a connector to a rear wall of a disassembled piece of furniture, the first block having a first groove, and coupling a second block of the connector to a side wall of the piece of the furniture, the second block having a second groove. One of the first block or the second block includes an extension and the other of the first block or the second block includes an opening to receive the extension when the first and second blocks are coupled. The example method also includes packaging the rear wall, the side wall and a locking cover into a furniture kit to be used to assemble the piece of furniture. The locking cover is to couple the first and second blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: KOLCRAFT ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Bennett
  • Patent number: 10316523
    Abstract: A baluster joint set has: a first block, a second block and a screwing member. The first block has a base and a plurality of elastic members evenly disposed around the base and having respective gaps therebetween. The first block is further provided with a tubal opening formed by the elastic members, and the base is provided with a through hole at its center. The through hole and the tubal opening are axially aligned, and the base is further provided with a circular slot at an end opposite the elastic members. The elastic member further has a tapered thickness close to the base to provide an adjustment gap. The elastic members each further has a cut angle on an outer edge of the end opposite the base, and the elastic members further have a plurality of slots on a side facing the tubal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: LILUN PLASTICS ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Chih Yu
  • Patent number: 10273678
    Abstract: A column cap connector for mounting and securing a beam to a post of a building including a central web portion and upwardly extending walls disposed along longitudinal edges thereof, wherein a lower portion of the beam fits within the walls, downwardly extending legs formed from the seat and alternatively from the seat and the walls of the connector attach the connector to the post with projecting tabs attached to the seat to support the connector on the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Thomas Hensen, Emmet J. Mielbrecht, Timothy M. Stauffer, Jin-Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 10202766
    Abstract: A rafter bracket configured to connect a vertical post to a rafter and beam(s) is described herein. The rafter bracket may include lower vertical side plates, a horizontal plate, and upper vertical side plates. The horizontal plate may be perpendicular to the upper and lower vertical side plates and may separate the upper vertical side plates from the lower vertical side plates. The horizontal plate and lower vertical side plates may create a lower cavity that receives the vertical post. Meanwhile, the rafter may be positioned on one of the upper vertical side plates and positioned between two of the upper vertical side plates and may be angled at an acute angle relative to the vertical post as well as the upper and lower vertical side plates. One or more of the lower vertical side plates may receive lateral plates that define a lateral cavity receiving the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: FOX HARDWOOD LUMBER COMPANY, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Samuel Fox
  • Patent number: 10194762
    Abstract: A cornerlock is used with a frame assembly which includes first and second frame members each having a plurality of walls extending between first and second ends. Each of the first and second frame members define an interior with the cornerlock extending into the interiors. An article is coupled to the first and second frame members. The cornerlock includes a first body member configured to mate with the interior of the first frame member and a second body member configured to mate with the interior of the second frame member. Each of the body members has a hinge end and are rotatably coupled together at the hinge ends. A collar defines a hole with at least one of the first and second body members extending through the hole such that the collar is disposed substantially at the hinge end for engaging each of the first and second frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Quanex Homeshield LLC
    Inventor: Joseph D. Isaacs
  • Patent number: 10151138
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fixed frame or opening frame, resulting from an assembly of joinery profiles, forming the mullions and the cross-members of the frame, with the profiles of the mullions and the cross-member profiles being assembled by their ends. The frame includes at least one device for compressing, including at least one mechanical connection extending interiorly along an intermediary portion of the frame, the at least one mechanical connection connecting by its ends of supports of the device for compressing, the supports being integral respectively with mullions or cross-members, on either side of the intermediate portion of the frame, the mechanical connection being solicited in traction in order to provide the maintaining under constraint of the ends of the joinery profiles of the intermediate portion of the frame against the corresponding ends of the joinery profiles, arranged on either side of the intermediate portion, belonging to the mullions or cross-members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Jean Bourly
  • Patent number: 10113575
    Abstract: A connecting device includes a connecting element arranged on a connectible part, which includes non-self-cutting retaining projections having a curved supporting surface in the shape of a circular arc in a longitudinal section that are insertable into a groove provided on another connectible part. The groove has a curved undercut surface in the shape of a circular arc in a longitudinal section, a base segment, and two undercut segments extending away from the base segment in a thickness direction. The retaining projections engage in the undercut segments of the groove, the connecting means guiding the parts in relation to each other. One connecting element includes a guiding groove with a slotted guide and the other connecting element includes a guiding element moveable along the guiding groove in a specified guiding path having varying distances from a contact surface of the part and/or abutment surface of the connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: LAMELLO AG
    Inventors: Franz Baur, Franz Haser, Philipp Seiler, Patrick Jeker, Samuel Haenni
  • Patent number: 10100508
    Abstract: A rafter bracket configured to connect a vertical post to a rafter is described herein. The rafter bracket may include lower vertical side plates, a horizontal plate, and upper vertical side plates. The horizontal plate may be perpendicular to the upper and lower vertical side plates and may separate the upper vertical side plates from the lower vertical side plates. The horizontal plate and lower vertical side plates may create an upper cavity that receives the vertical post. Meanwhile, the rafter may be positioned on one of the upper vertical side plates and positioned between two of the upper vertical side plates and may be angled at an acute angle relative to the vertical post as well as the upper and lower vertical side plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Fox Hardwood Lumber, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Samuel Fox
  • Patent number: 9983620
    Abstract: In some implementations, a cover may be attached to or detached from a computing device. For example, individual cam locks of a plurality of cam locks embedded into a computing device may be placed in an open position. Individual pins of a plurality of pins fastened to the cover may be aligned with a corresponding cam lock of the plurality of cam locks. The individual pins may be inserted into the corresponding cam locks. The individual cam locks may be moved from the open position to a closed position, causing the cover to be attached to the external surface of the computing device. The cover may include a curved portion that causes the cover to apply pressure to the outer surface of the computing device when the plurality of cam locks are in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: John Trevor Morrison, Christopher A. Torres
  • Patent number: 9889980
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dividable packaging structure, which includes: a plurality of first and second side frame members (2, 4) and a plurality of corner connection pieces (6) respectively connected to the first and second side frame members (2, 4). The plurality of corner connection pieces (6) connects the first side frame members (2) and the second side frame members (4) together to form a frame. The dividable packaging structure of the present invention has a dividable and thus splittable configuration, allowing for effective reduction of material cost. To package an object, the frame carries and supports the objet and the corner connection pieces provide positioning of the object to effectively prevent the object from shifting during shipment that may lead to occurrence of deformation of the objet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qinjun Shi
  • Patent number: 9853598
    Abstract: A solar module frame includes two first borders and two second borders. At least one first border includes a first segment and a second segment, where one end of the first segment is connected to one end of the second border, and one end of the second segment is connected to one end of the other second border. The solar module frame includes at least one connection component. One end of the connection component is connected to the other end of the first segment, and the other end of the connection component is connected to the other end of the second segment. Each of the first segment, the second segment, and the connection component includes an external wall, a support wall, a first clamping wall, and a second clamping wall. Each of the first segment and the second segment includes an internal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: NEO SOLAR POWER CORP.
    Inventors: Meng-Hsiu Wu, Hung-Yang Lin, Chien-Liang Chen, Ching-Huang Lin, Chang-Kuei Chung, Sen-Hsiang Hung
  • Patent number: 9816541
    Abstract: A bed fastening device providing connection of the components in a bed structure, including a first mating part and a second mating part correspondingly mounted proximally to one end of bed components. The first mating part includes an elongate parallelepipedal plastic item with equidistantly spaced planar partition walls extending into side housings of tubular members, openings being provided in between sequential partition walls and side housings. The second mating part includes an elongate planar base plastic item with perpendicularly oriented, equidistantly spaced tubular members provided with side extensions. Engagement of the mating parts and of the bed fastening device and accordingly of bed components takes place with the introduction of tubular members of the mating parts within the openings of mating parts and the vertical downward displacement of the mating parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Ioannis Bilis
  • Patent number: 9598856
    Abstract: A glueless composite panel is disclosed having a first panel element and a second panel element. The two panel elements are connected together by coupling and extend in each case parallel to a longitudinal direction of a first end side of the first panel element. A first groove is arranged on the first panel element on the first end side thereof, the groove being delimited by a tongue and an edge strip that is set back with respect to the tongue. The first edge strip is in this case subdivided into individual first strip sections. The second panel element has corresponding coupling such that in the coupled state of the two panel elements the first strip sections and second strip sections of the second panel element undercut one another at least regionally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Guido Schulte
  • Patent number: 9593997
    Abstract: A pressure controller/calibrator has multiple modules. Each module has a stage, an elongated rail fixed to chassis of the controller or the module, and resilient guides fixed to the other of the stage or the chassis. In one embodiment, the rail has a proximate end at an edge of the chassis and a distal end inside the chassis. The distal end of the rail wider is than its proximate end. Between the two ends, the rail has concave contours that cooperate with convex springs in the stage to hold the stage at a desired location in the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Fluke Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Corrigan, Simon J. Page
  • Patent number: 9404612
    Abstract: An electrical connector has a male portion having a center channel passing therethrough and having a dovetail tenon. The center channel of the male portion is configured to hold an electrical cord of a power consuming device. A female portion has a center channel passing therethrough and a dovetail mortise adapted to mate with the dovetail tenon. The center channel of the female portion is configured to hold electrical wires from an electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventor: Charles Mark Lashinske
  • Patent number: 9377040
    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: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Hooper, Ion-Horatiu Barbulescu, William Ling
  • Patent number: 9322159
    Abstract: One possible embodiment of the invention could be a construction spacer for holding boards in a parallel and spaced-apart manner comprising a Y-shaped base having a first and second base ends, the first base end forming a C-shaped aperture; a pair of spaced apart J-shaped attachment arms that perpendicularly attaches to the first base end and further forms hook portions that together can hold a first board; a pair of lateral support arms that extends outward from the first body end; an L-shaped attachment arm that perpendicularly attaches to the second base end and forms a catch that can hold a second board parallel to the first board, wherein the C-shaped aperture can accept a second base end of another construction spacer to allow a plurality of construction spacers to be connected together in tandem order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Jack W. Evans, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9200658
    Abstract: An improved joint member, e.g., a gusset, is provided and is formed from a fiber-reinforced pultruded material. The improved gusset is more lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture than conventional gussets. Furthermore, the fiber-reinforced material is strong enough to provide the structural support needed in most platform-type systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Paul R. Gerst
  • Patent number: 8998527
    Abstract: A structural component interconnect assembly includes a first component adapted for interconnection with a second component. A connection component is adapted for securing the first component and the second component together in a secured interconnection. The connection component includes at least two flanges spaced from each other by a first distance. The first component includes a mating surface having at least two slots formed therein and spaced one from another by the first distance. The second component includes a first surface and a second surface spaced one from the other by a distance on the order of the first distance. Engagement of the at least two flanges, via the at least two slots, with the first surface and the second surface secures the first component to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Envelope, Inc.
    Inventor: Phil Clark
  • Patent number: 8992114
    Abstract: A connector assembly to fasten two members including an elongate fastener with a transverse aperture where the transverse aperture has a countersunk surface and a screw threaded nipple positionable in the transverse aperture so that when the nipple is placed into the transverse aperture it moves down the countersunk surface and forces the fastener to move and bring the two fastened members closer together. The connector assembly can also include a housing to assist with the positioning of the nipple. The connector assembly has relatively few parts and provides a tight and aesthetically pleasing connection finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Boseth Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Alosman Ajanovic
  • Patent number: 8961060
    Abstract: A corner piece is provided for interconnecting frame members. The corner piece includes a first plate member defining an inner face, an opposite outer face, a first side face, an opposite second side face, and an end face. The first plate member including a bolt-receiving bore therethrough. A second plate member defines an inner face contiguous with the inner face of the first plate member, an outer face, a first side face, an opposite second side face, and an end face. The second plate member includes a bolt-receiving bore extending between the inner face and the outer face thereof along a first axis generally parallel to the inner face of the first plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Blanking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank E. Oetlinger
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8919711
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detachably coupling a drawer to an extendable rail of a pullout guide, comprising an adjusting apparatus by means of which a position of a drawer connected to the rail can be adjusted in the lateral direction relative to the rail, wherein the device has a fastening part that can be fastened to the drawer and a coupling part that can be coupled to the rail, wherein the coupling part can be detachably coupled to the rail, and wherein the position of the fastening part and the coupling part relative to each other can be adjusted by the adjusting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Julius Blum GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Holzer, Kurt Haemmerle
  • Patent number: 8915668
    Abstract: A connection assembly is provided for interconnecting to a frame. The connection assembly including a generally flat plate. The plate is defined by an inner face, an outer face and a first pair of bolt-receiving bores therethrough. The pair of bolt-receiving bores extend between the inner face and the outer face along bore axes at acute angles to the outer face. A first lip extends from the inner face of the plate along a first axis and a second lip extends from the inner face of the plate along a second axis generally perpendicular to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Blanking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank E. Oetlinger
  • Patent number: 8899868
    Abstract: A miter coupling and 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Roger Blaine Trivette
  • Patent number: 8864407
    Abstract: A furniture interconnection system for reversibly joining a board element and an upright element perpendicular to each other in a furniture frame. The joint is formed by a tenon and a mortise, the tenon having a novel irregular hexagon shape, the mortise having a novel irregular quadrilateral shape. The tenon is inserted into the mortise and pivoted in stages on a pair of angles of the hexagon, to form a stable joint without fasteners such as glue, screws, and other similar fasteners. As the tenon pivots inside the mortise, pairs of complementary and supplementary angles interact within the furniture interconnection system to position the tenon to form the stable joint without additional fasteners, allowing the furniture frame to be easily dismantled for moving or reconfiguration without damaging the frame, but forming the reversible joint that is sufficiently sturdy to support the load it was designed to bear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Petter Sorum
  • Patent number: 8840333
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Milgard Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventor: Victor Massey
  • Publication number: 20140270919
    Abstract: A corner fitting includes a sleeve body having a hollow inner space and configured to coaxially fit over a pipe member of a predetermined size. An edge of the sleeve body at a second distal end has a corner cut portion, a protruding tab, and two recesses, the protruding tab being diametrically opposed to the corner cut portion in the radial direction of the sleeve body, and the recesses being diametrically opposed to each other in the radial direction of the sleeve body. The corner cut portion is configured and shaped such that the sleeve body fits together with an identical sleeve body on the pipe member of the predetermined size with the corner cut portions of the two sleeve bodies contacting each other and with the pipe being nested between the protruding tabs of the second distal ends of the two sleeve bodies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Kokinakis
  • Patent number: 8784029
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a furniture connector, in particular, to an insertion type furniture connector that includes a female buckle, a middle buckle and a sub-buckle. The female buckle is a hollow cylinder whose inner wall is formed with a positioning ring. The middle buckle is a hollow rod having an insertion hole in its axis direction, the rod wall of the front end portion of the middle buckle is provided with axis direction slits, and the exterior rim of the front end portion of the middle buckle engages with the inner wall of the female buckle having the positioning ring. The sub-buckle is a rod-shaped body which can be inserted into the insertion hole and which has a diameter matching with that of the insertion hole. Furniture panel can be connected by inserting the middle buckle into the female buckle and inserting the sub-buckle into the middle buckle without using a tool, facilitating the assembly of the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Minsheng Liu, Yuqi Liu
  • Patent number: 8782994
    Abstract: A collar-form, nodal connection between the ends of beams and the outside of a column including (a) column-mount node components, joined to and distributed around the outside of the column at a defined location along its length, (b) planar beam-mount node components connected to beam ends and arranged in a collar form circumsurrounding the column-mount node components, with adjacent beam-mount node components possessing adjacent lateral sides including confronting load-compression faces that lie in planes which are disposed at angles of substantially 45-degrees relative to the respective planes of their associated beam-mount components, and (c) for each pair of adjacent beam-mount-component lateral sides, operatively connected nut-and-bolt structure extending through the associated beam-mount components' lateral sides, appropriately tightened within the overall nodal connection to produce compression in confrontingly adjacent load-compression faces which is effective within the connection to promote column-ci
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8745954
    Abstract: A floating, nondestructably disconnectable, discontinuous, full-moment nodal connection between the end of a beam and the side of a column including (a) a column having a side, (b) a column-mount node structure joined to that column side, (c) an elongate beam having an end, and (d) a beam-mount node structure joined to that beam end. The column-mount and beam-mount structures are floatingly, nondestructably disconnectably, and discontinuity-gravity-seated relative to one another, and as so seated, form an operative full-moment connection, via the node structures, between the column and beam, this connection being characterized by the fact that there is no uninterrupted material-occupying path or structure which flows structurally from the beam to the column through the node structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • 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: 8720707
    Abstract: A frame is provided for highly-concentrated photovoltaic cells. The frame uses vertical and horizontal rods. Connectors are fixed at where the vertical and horizontal rods connect. The frame is constructed with the rods and connectors coordinated with fixing components. Thus, solar cell receivers can be directly set at any place on the frame; and the frame can be easily constructed and safely moved. Furthermore, location space is effectively used and weather resistance is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council
    Inventors: Hwen-Fen Hong, Zun-Hao Shih, hwa-yuh Shin, Cherng-Tsong Kuo