Rigid Angle Patents (Class 403/382)
  • Patent number: 10876348
    Abstract: A fenestration assembly comprises a frame having a first jamb and a second jamb parallel to and spaced from the first jamb; a movable sash movably mounted to the frame; a fixed sash fixedly attached to the frame; a plurality of clips coupling the fixed sash to the frame; and an adhesive connector securing an outer face of the fixed sash to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MILGARD MANUFACTURING LLC
    Inventor: Troy Kunkel
  • Patent number: 10827838
    Abstract: A joining device, particularly for joining a shelf to a wall of a piece of furniture, includes a cylindrical body that can be associated in a first hole adapted to be provided transversely in the shelf and provided with a first axial seat for the rotatable coupling of the first stem of a screw provided with a first crown-shaped head that can be arranged rotatably within a second seat that is adjacent to the first seat. The cylindrical body is provided with a third seat, which is perpendicular and connected to the second seat, for the temporary coupling of a pinion, which interacts with the first crown-shaped head, which protrudes externally to the cylindrical body and is accommodated within a second hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FERRAMENTA LIVENZA—SOCIETA' A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA
    Inventors: Luca Carnelos, Simone Della Rosa, Giulio Durigon, Abramo Ivan, Davide Verziagi, Christian Zonta
  • Patent number: 10669771
    Abstract: A frame assembly supporting an overhead door has a horizontal header connected to upright columns or posts with splice assemblies. Fasteners mounted on the columns cooperate with retainers on the splice assemblies to position and connect the columns to the header. Hinge assemblies pivotally mount the door on the header for movement between open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SORREL QUARTERS, LLC
    Inventor: Michael L. Schweiss
  • Patent number: 10189299
    Abstract: A system for mounting a covering (e.g., a fabric material) upon a frame is constructed from a plurality of elongated frame parts. Each frame part has two mitered ends and a channel formed therein. The related mounting method includes the steps of: (a) using a jig to hold the fabric material against the frame; (b) inserting a plurality of retaining splines within respective channels so as to capture the fabric material within the channels between one retaining spline and a corresponding floor of the channel, whereby a plurality of corner pleats are formed; and (c) using a tool to invert each corner pleat into a corner joint formed between respective adjacent frame parts so as to form an internal fold at each corner of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tracer Imaging LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Spiro, Stephen S. Daniell, Theodore Petroulas, Paul Dowd, Ryan Kelly, Bennet Otto Poepping, Kevin Skeuse, Erol Searfoss, Jack Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9962640
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to air filter frames. In some embodiments, the air filter frames are nestable. Nestable air filter frames of the type described herein offer significantly reduced shipping volume, and thus shipping costs, while also providing cost-effective manufacturing. Some embodiments relate to an air filter frame including a single strip of framing material forming at least two of the four major frame segments and the frame corner between the two major frame segments. In some embodiments, a single strip of framing material forms at least three of the four major frame segments and two of the frame corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Andrew R. Fox
  • Patent number: 9718235
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ANDERSEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Kelley, Katrina Brandstrom, Troy Fox, Bryan Kendall, Gerard Lagos
  • 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: 8925227
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a display backplane and an LCD device. The display backplane comprises multiple supporting brackets and a connecting slot, wherein, the connecting slot comprises a sliding slot and a protruding platform, and the protruding platform is sliding held in the sliding slot, and at least two of the brackets can rotate relatively about a first rotation axis perpendicular to the plane of the display backplane. After rotation, the display backplane formed by the brackets is smaller in volume such that it can reduce the volume occupied by the packing and shipping during transportation process of the display backplane in order to reduce the packing and shipping cost during transportation process of the display backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yi-cheng Kuo, Yu-chun Hsiao, Chengwen Que, Pangling Zhang, Dehua Li
  • 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
  • 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: 20140255093
    Abstract: A simple engaging device includes a locating base with a pair of through hole sets being joined to the facial side of a flat piece of modular furniture, and two locating stems being joined to the lateral side of another flat piece; each of the through hole set has a first through hole and a second through hole with a flat engaging part disposed in between and the through holes communicating with each other laterally; each of the locating stems extends an engaging head with an annular recess in between corresponding to the flat locating part, and the engaging head is inserted into the first through hole and pushed toward the second through hole with the flat locating part engaging with the annular recess for the two flat pieces being easily assembled to each other perpendicularly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: YA YUN YANG
  • Publication number: 20140147200
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fitting for furniture, in particular for kitchen corner cabinets (1) with an interior (2) which is accessible via a corner cabinet door (3), having a substantially vertical load-bearing column (5), which can be supported at a fixed location, for example, in the interior (2) of the furniture, and having a connector (8), which can be arranged on the load-bearing column (5) and is intended for retaining articles, such as a shelf (6) or the like, which are to be supported on the load-bearing column (5), wherein the connector (8) can be supported on the load-bearing column (5) such that it can be altered in height via a height adjuster (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: KESSEBÖHMER HOLDING E.K.
    Inventors: Dietmar Baro, Reiner Kreyenkamp, Frank Martling
  • Publication number: 20140017008
    Abstract: A conduit for the formation of pervious pavement includes a first connector and a second connector joinable to the first connector. The first connector includes a pair of first receiving notches. The second connector includes a pair of second receiving notches oriented perpendicular to the first receiving notches. When the first and second connector are joined to one another, the pair of first receiving notches cooperates with the second connector to define a pair of first attachment openings for receiving a first structural member of a reinforcing mesh, and the pair of second receiving notches cooperates with the first connector to define a pair of second attachment openings for receiving a second structural member of the reinforcing mesh. First and second tubes are inserted into the first and second connectors to complete the conduit assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Allen
  • 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: 20130276404
    Abstract: A buck bracket has a body with two slotted apertures. A first slotted aperture has an opening with dimensions sufficient to snuggly accept an end edge of a first buck section and a second slotted aperture has an opening with dimensions sufficient to snuggly accept an end edge of a second buck section. The first slotted aperture is substantially lengthwise parallel to the second slotted aperture and is depth-wise at a 90 degree angle with respect to the second slotted aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Knut Horneland
  • Publication number: 20130230353
    Abstract: A card-holding component. The card-holding component comprises a main body that includes a base and a card-holding portion. The card-holding portion having a geometry of a segment of a circle with an arcuate edge. The card-holding component also comprises a multiplicity of peripheral slots arranged to open on the arcuate edge of the card-holding portion. Additionally, the card-holding component comprises a coupling notch having a width that substantially matches a thickness of the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: E&M LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Evan MURPHY, Michael WOODS, Marshall GRINSTEAD, Forrest GRINSTEAD
  • Publication number: 20130170905
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide assembly-type furniture for convenient assembly, and reduced manufacturing cost by enhancing the productivity. To this end, the assembly-type furniture equipped with a press-type bonding member of the present invention comprises: a second piece provided with a long groove for bonding on the periphery of at least one side thereof; a first piece that slides onto the long groove of the second piece; and a bonding member that is provided on the second piece in a position that pressurizes one side of the long groove when the one side of the first piece slides along the long groove of the second piece, and maintains the bonded state of the second piece and the first piece in the pressed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Dong Hyun Shin
  • Publication number: 20130080286
    Abstract: Among other things, a piece of furniture is formed from three separate precut pieces of flat triple wall cardboard. A first one of the pieces has a bottom edge to rest on a floor with the first piece rising vertically from the bottom edge and has at least one slot at an upper edge of the first piece. A second one of the pieces has a bottom edge to rest on the floor with the second piece rising from the bottom edge and having at least one slot at an upper edge of the second piece. A third one of the pieces has a crease across the piece and at least two slots along at least one edge that is parallel to the fold. The piece of furniture is formed by mating the one slot in the first piece with one of the slots of the third piece, folding the third piece of cardboard at the crease, and mating the one slot in the second piece with another one of the slots of the third piece, with the third piece folded along the crease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Zachary Rotholz
  • Patent number: 8403585
    Abstract: A miter joint bracket and method of using comprised of a base-plate having an oblate-hexagonal shape, a flat-roofed dome rising vertically from the base-plate, apertures drilled into the dome's flat roof to accommodate fasteners drilled or nailed through the apertures and into both sides of the miter joint of the frame to which the bracket is attached. The upper edges of the miter joint are drawn up into the space underneath the dome which pulls the upper edges slightly apart but forces the lower edges of the miter joint closer together thereby creating a tighter and more aesthetically appealing joint on the view-side of the shutter or frame to which the bracket is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventors: Ralph Anthony Falconer, Scott Allen Falconer
  • Patent number: 8403586
    Abstract: A determinant assembly feature for a joint assembly and a method of assembly therefor. The joint assembly includes a structure and a web connected thereto. The structure includes a base, a pair of legs extending from the base to define a channel, and one or more location control receiving elements in either leg. The web includes a thickness control element and one or more location control elements correspondingly matched to the location control receiving elements. The method includes providing a structure comprising a base, a pair of legs extending from the base to define a channel and one or more location control receiving elements in either leg; providing a web comprising one or more location control elements and a thickness control element; and inserting the web into the structure, wherein the one or more location control elements is correspondingly matched to the one or more location control receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Wood, Michael P. Renieri, Thomas R. Berkel
  • Publication number: 20130071172
    Abstract: Composed element comprising two or more panel-shaped elements, which each possess a coupling zone in which coupling parts are present in the form of a profiled part respectively extending in the longitudinal direction of the coupling zone concerned, wherein these profiled parts allow coupling the panel- shaped elements to each other in a locking manner and at angle, wherein the composed element comprises auxiliary means, which assist in a correct mutual assembly of the panel-shaped elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: UNILIN, BVBA
    Inventors: Luc Maertens, Mark Cappelle, Luc Vanhastel, Stefaan Blancke
  • Patent number: 8261501
    Abstract: A connector for connecting an outer plate of side panels and an outer corner post of a container body comprises a connecting plate for connecting the outer plate and the outer corner post of the container body and a cover plate. The connecting plate is perpendicularly provided with a strengthening stop plate at an inner side of a middle portion thereof and a stop groove for receiving the outer plate at an outer side of the middle portion thereof, and provided with a seat plate parallel to a base plate of the stop groove at an end thereof connecting the outer corner post. Two clipping strips are symmetrically provided on opposite sides of the seat plate and the base plate of the stop groove. The cover plate is provided with two elastic clipping strips which respectively engage with the two clipping strips and have a hook-shape cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianhua Huang, Robert Wang, Ryan Xu, Jack Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120056463
    Abstract: An article of furniture and associated methods and kits comprising at least one first leg support structure, at least one second leg support structure, the at least one first leg support structure being inter-fitted with the at least one second first leg support structure via an interference fit to define a support assembly, a top that is supported by and attached to the support assembly without the need for a mechanical fastener or adhesive; and means for creating a force state that attaches the top to the support assembly without the need for a mechanical fastener or adhesive, and thereby stabilizes the article of furniture, wherein the force state includes one or more forces applied to the at least one first leg support structure and the at least one second leg support structure, in addition to any frictional force from the interference fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventors: Roger Jason Berent, Kyle David Hulewat
  • Publication number: 20120012581
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for locking first and second panels of a carton together includes first and second male tabs hinged along first and second fold lines respectively to the first panel. The male tabs are arranged so as to oppose one another. The mechanism also includes first and second female tabs hinged along third and fourth fold lines respectively to the second panel. The female tabs are arranged so as to oppose one another. The first and second fold lines are substantially perpendicular to the third and fourth fold lines when the first and second panels are disposed in an overlapping relationship. In a locked position, the male tabs are displaced from the plane of the first panel and pass through an aperture formed in the second panel by displacement of the female tabs. Each male tab is displaced out of the plane of the first panel by an angle greater than 90° and being maintained in position by respective side edges of the female tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: MEADWESTVACO PACKAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Kyle Schumaker, Bradford J. Walling
  • Publication number: 20110285177
    Abstract: (57) Main claim: A molded component (10) to connect a motor vehicle window (40) to a water box (50). comprising a first segment (20) affixable to said window and a second segment (30) having or forming a detent cavity (60) to allow detachable affixation of said water box (50), said water box being fitted with a rib (51) which is affixable frictionally and/or in geometrically interlocking manner in said detent cavity (60), the first segment (20) partly enclosing at its edge the motor vehicle window (40), characterized in that said molded component comprises at least one detent element (70) designed to ease inserting the rib (51) of the water box (50) into the detent cavity (60) in a first direction (R1, whereas making it comparatively more difficult to extract the rib (51) from the detent cavity (60) in the opposite direction (R2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: ELKAMET KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Eberhard Flammer, Wolfgang Platt
  • Patent number: 7914223
    Abstract: A determinant assembly feature for a joint assembly and a method of assembly therefor. The joint assembly includes a structure and a web connected thereto. The structure includes a base, a pair of legs extending from the base to define a channel, and one or more location control receiving elements in either leg. The web includes a thickness control element and one or more location control elements correspondingly matched to the location control receiving elements. The method includes providing a structure comprising a base, a pair of legs extending from the base to define a channel and one or more location control receiving elements in either leg; providing a web comprising one or more location control elements and a thickness control element; and inserting the web into the structure, wherein the one or more location control elements is correspondingly matched to the one or more location control receiving elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Wood, Michael P. Renieri, Thomas R. Berkel
  • Publication number: 20100316441
    Abstract: A joining device for structural magnetic assemblies including elongated modular elements (10) magnetically anchorable to one another and/or to intermediate modular elements (11); the joining device (13) includes at least a first and a second connecting member (14) interconnected by an intermediate link member (15); each connecting member (14), has a hollow body open at both ends, provided with an inner mating surface conforming to an outer mating surface of the elongated modular elements (10). Anti-rotational retaining element (21; 22; 27) are provided at an end (18) of each connecting member (14) to engage corresponding retaining element (21; 22; 27) of a connecting member (14) of another joining device (13) threaded onto a same elongated modular element (10), to hold a fixed relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Claudio Vicentelli
  • Patent number: 7850390
    Abstract: A frame is comprised of plural frame members, each of which has plural projections and plural recesses in opposed relationship to the respective projections of the corresponding frame member. The frame is assembled by snapping selected ones of the frame members together so that the projections of a selected one or more of the frame members are urged into nesting engagement with the recesses of a selected other one or more of the frame members. Selected ones of the frame members are equipped with locking tabs to maintain the frame members in their assembled configuration and to counteract a force tending to disengage the projections from the respective recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Lennox Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Randall L. Lisbona
  • Patent number: 7770315
    Abstract: A system for mounting a frame (e.g., a mirror frame) allows the frame to be easily installed, securely mounted and readily replaced without damaging the mounting surface (e.g., the surrounding wall or mirror) or the frame. No tools are required to mount or unmount the frame. The mounting hardware is concealed within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan M. Bauer, Viorel Berlovan
  • Patent number: 7677830
    Abstract: A furniture joinery comprises a slide rail having a plurality of grooves, at least one slide block slidably disposed in the slide rail, the slide block having a plurality of slides for engaging the slide rail, at least one of the plurality of slides having a neck and a head, the grooves receiving the neck therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Michael T. Brown
  • Patent number: 7641414
    Abstract: Asymmetrical joint systems, structures having interlocking joints, methods of fabricating asymmetric joint systems and methods for fabricating structures having interlocking joints. In a preferred embodiment, the invention a joint system comprising an asymmetrical mortise into which an asymmetrical tenon fits. In another preferred embodiment, the invention is a quadrilateral structure that incorporates a diamond-shaped bracing system. In another preferred embodiment, the invention is a quadrilateral structure that incorporates a rotational lockdown component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jared L. Joyce
  • Patent number: 7500802
    Abstract: A three-dimensional joint structure of a support frame for vehicles can include two hollow profiles, of which the first hollow profile has at least one planar side and is cut through around its circumference except for a web lying in this planar side and is bent around this web. The second hollow profile has at least two planar sides that press against the ends of the first hollow profile resulting from the cutting and bending. The two hollow profiles are integrally joined to one another at the edge region of the ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Steel AG
    Inventor: Lothar Patberg
  • Publication number: 20080313959
    Abstract: There is disclosed a garden bed assembly, a kit and a method of making it. The garden bed assembly includes at least one raised garden bed planter box for containing suitable planting soil or other growing media. The assembly as disclosed herein includes a fence for at least partially surrounding the box, and includes a series of fence sections. Each section has an open rigid frame and an open mesh material such as poultry wire or hardware cloth, extending thereacross to permit sunlight as well as pollinating bees to enter the assembly while prohibiting unwanted creatures such as a gophers, rabbits and other animals from gaining access to the growing plants in the garden bed box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Lisa R. Singer
  • Patent number: 7451535
    Abstract: A semi-frameless cabinet system including a top panel, bottom panel, two side panels, and a back panel. The cabinet may also include one or more middle shelves, drawers, or doors. Each of the forward facing sides of the cabinet include a grooved surface, wherein edging is secured to each panels such that the panels and edging form an interior space within the cabinet. The edging overlaps the outer edge of the cabinet panels, but not the inner edge, such that the edging and panels are flush within the interior space of the cabinet. As such, the cabinet employs the advantages of both framed and frameless cabinetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew D. Wells, Wayne Andrew Brinkman, John Bennett Rose, II
  • Publication number: 20080279624
    Abstract: A first plastic component and a second plastic component are joined together by an expansive joint system on the first plastic component and a driving joint system on the second plastic component. The expansive joint system has two expansive units while the driving joint system has corresponding driving units. When the driving units simultaneously expand the respective expansive units to a predetermined point, the expansive units contract to their original position and securely lock onto portions of the second plastic component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: David J. Lipniarski
  • Patent number: 7255511
    Abstract: A corner leg assembly comprises two grooved mating elements divided longitudinally which when held together form the female groove portion of two dovetail joints, one on each side facing laterally 90 degrees apart. One of the corner elements is a substantially triangular corner leg having perpendicular outside surfaces and parallel lengthwise L-shaped grooves on a 45 degree inside surface. The second element is a clamp block which includes opposite-facing L-shaped side grooves corresponding (being the mirror image thereof) to the grooves on the corner leg. The clamp block is affixed down the middle of the corner leg along the inside surface by one or more clamping fasteners such as a screw or bolt which passes through the clamp block. By turning the fastener(s), the clamp block may be loosened or removed to vertically adjust a laterally-extending panel or rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Kevin P. Dolan
  • Patent number: 7234889
    Abstract: An accessory for connecting a portion of a first conduit to a portion of at least one second conduit or to another accessory, which accessory includes a base element and an end element including complementary engagement elements co-operating with one another to allow relative displacement between the end element and the base element between a position in which the end element is deployed relative to the base element, and a position in which the end element is retracted onto the base element. The accessory includes resilient return elements distinct from the complementary engagement elements and suitable for acting between the base element and the end element in order to return the end element into the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignees: Legrand France, Legrand SNC
    Inventor: Bruno Gautier
  • Patent number: 7185933
    Abstract: Adjustable fastening element intended to be fitted to an end region of a transverse member of a vehicle chassis. The fastening element takes the form of a U-section element with a web portion of preferably uniform width and with mutually parallel flanges protruding from opposite side edges of this web portion. Each flange has running through it at least one oblong slitlike aperture, or has running through it two or more mutually aligned holes, for a fastening element, particularly a fastening bolt or fastening screw, whereby the fastening element can be fixed to the transverse member. The fastening element can be fitted straddling the end region of the transverse member, in one of various different positions relative to the end region of the member, with the flanges of the fastening element abutting against opposite side surfaces of the transverse member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Scania CV AB (publ)
    Inventor: Anders Goransson
  • Patent number: 7162841
    Abstract: A spring clip having integral, self-penetrating attachment tangs and an orientation tab can be manually installed in a window opening formed by a foam core sandwiched by a pair of OSBs. A first planar surface has a second planar surface attached along one lateral edge thereof and oriented at an angle in the range between 60° and 85°. This spring finger deflects out of the way permitting the window's insertion, snapping back to engage a vertically extending flange on the window to retain it in the opening. A modified spring clip for use with solid wood headers and sills utilized with multi-unit windows is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Charles D. Kownacki
  • Patent number: 7125196
    Abstract: A securing device for rear walls set in grooves of cabinet furniture exhibits at least one support element that can be placed in the angle area between the rear wall and a grooved sidewall and at least one other support element that can be placed in the angle area between the rear wall and a grooved shelf and/or top board. The support elements (10) exhibit contact sides that are each at a right angle to one another and diagonal to these contact sides a throughhole (12) for receiving a setscrew or a set pin. For purposes of easier handling and more reliable securing of the cabinet furniture elements, which are to be connected to one another in the corner area at an angle of 90 degrees, the at least two support elements (10) are integrated in one piece into the two legs (2) of a corner angle piece. At least one of the support elements (10) is formed at each of the legs (2) of the corner angle piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: CS Schmalmöbel GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Hinsberger, Stefan Ruppert, Edwin Müürmann
  • Patent number: 7073972
    Abstract: A locking pin system for connecting a conversion plate adaptor with a universal quick attach tool plate. Additionally there is a conversion plate adaptor with a manual locking pin system for attaching the conversion plate adaptor to a universal, quick attach, tool plate and to loader arms of a powered vehicle. The locking pin system provides a simple, easy to use, mechanism for locking and unlocking the plate adaptor to a universal tool plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Michael S. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 7048462
    Abstract: A systematic solution is provided to the anchorage of newel posts designed for building methods that are not conducive to cutting holes in framed flooring or to building in support for posts in the joisting. These brackets connect quickly to newels and anchor anywhere on a floor or platform that has been built to code. They support the newel at the end of a balustrade, on the inside or outside corner of a balcony, or on a long balcony run where center support is critical. They will secure a starting newel for a curb wall or a landing and anchor the wall studding at the same time. Unlike universal brackets, these are job specific and therefore able to meet current or future code requirements without costly failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Lee Lanphier
  • Patent number: 7021879
    Abstract: The anchorage used at a corner part of woods includes a first anchorage including a first anchorage body; nails, punching on a long side plate of the first anchorage body; and nail insertion holes formed at the short side plate of the first anchorage body; and a second anchorage including a second anchorage body, forming via a bended part which overlaps with the short side plate of the first anchorage; nails, punching on a base plate of the second anchorage body; and nails formed in the shape of an overlapped pin, punching on an overlapped part of the second anchorage body so as to insert into the nail insertion holes of the first anchorage. Therefore, it can perform the attachment work easily; it can fix at the corner part by sufficient intensity; and it can attach to the corner part without forming a insertion hole for the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Kaoru Taneichi
  • Patent number: 7001097
    Abstract: A joint assembly for joining first and second tubular members. The first member has flanges extending from walls of an end segment. The walls of the end segment define a receiving opening. The second member has walls and a protrusion having sides extending from the walls to an end of the protrusion. When the members are joined the protrusion is received in the opening of the end segment so that the sides of the protrusion are in facing engagement with the walls of the end segment and the flanges engage the walls of the second member. The members are secured together at some of the engaging surfaces. The protrusion reduces stress on the flanges and increases the mechanical strength of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Pei-Chung Wang, Peter C. Sun, Kenneth R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6990782
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for assembling structural members of thin and lightweight shaped steel, the thin and lightweight shaped-steel members to be assembled having at least one joint hole or concave/convex portion at an appropriate position of a flange or web of the thin and lightweight shaped steel member, and temporarily joining portions of the thin and lightweight shaped steel members to each other for easy assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Shimizu, Yoshimichi Kawai
  • Patent number: 6890121
    Abstract: Device for joining together, in a longitudinal direction (X—X), two parts arranged at 90° with respect to each other, comprising a head integral with one of the two parts to be joined, a pin integral with the other of the said parts to be joined, the head having, arranged inside it, a gearing able to be actuated in a direction (Y—Y) perpendicular to the longitudinal joining direction and operate the pin so to determine joining together of the two parts in the longitudinal direction (X—X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: F. LLI Mauri S.r.l.
    Inventor: Gaetano Mauri
  • Patent number: 6881005
    Abstract: A frame connection structure for use in connecting tubular or open channel elements one to another includes two or more inserts configured for respective insertion within the elements to be interconnected. Each of the inserts defines one or more channels therein, each channel being configured to be aligned with a respective aperture defined within the tubular/open channel element in which it is to be retained. A connection member is positioned within each aperture and its aligned respective insert channel. A portion of the tubular/open channel member proximate the aperture is displaced into the channel of the insert member whereby the that portion of the tubular/open channel member is disposed intermediate the sidewall of the channel and the connection member. The two inserts are configured to be connectable one to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Saul Siney Sosa
  • Patent number: 6865758
    Abstract: A bed base includes four side members oriented to stand upright on their lower edges. The side members are connected to form a rectangular support structure by corner connectors. Each corner connector comprises a top plate, a bottom plate, and a post. The plates overlap the upper and lower edges of the adjacent side members forming an individual corner. The post extends between the top plate and the bottom plate, pulling these plates towards each other to press the top and bottom plates firmly against the edges of the adjacent side members forming the corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Harrow
  • Patent number: 6843529
    Abstract: A stackable chair includes a seating member comprising a seat, and a plurality of chair legs. Each of the chair legs is attached to the seating member with its own connecting device. The connecting device (11) includes a connecting plate which is inserted in a recess of the seating member such that it does not extend beyond the seating member where the chair is adjacent to other chairs in the stacked condition. The chair leg is attached to the connecting plate. The result is a chair which can be stacked in a compact manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Dauphin Entwicklungs- u. Beteiligungs-GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Ballendat
  • Publication number: 20040161296
    Abstract: Adjustable fastening element (2) intended to be fitted to an end region of a transverse member (14) of a vehicle chassis. The fastening element takes the form of a U-section element with a web portion (4) of preferably uniform width and with mutually parallel flanges (6,8) protruding from opposite side edges of this web portion. Each flange has running through it at least one oblong slitlike aperture (10), or has running through it two or more mutually mutually aligned holes, for a (12) fastening means, particularly a fastening bolt or fastening screw, whereby the fastening element can be fixed to the transverse member. The fastening element (2) can be fitted straddling the end region of the transverse member (14), in one of various different positions relative to the end region of the member, with the flanges (6,8) of the fastening element abutting against opposite side surfaces of the transverse member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Anders Goransson