Connector Bridges Inner Or Outer Periphery Patents (Class 403/402)
  • Patent number: 10890027
    Abstract: A corner key for a window assembly may be composed of a first body portion having an inner edge, and a second body portion having an inner edge in which a gap is formed between the inner edges of the first and second body portions. The key may include a channel disposed within the gap and a port in fluid communication with the channel. The first body portion may have a first adhesive bonding area in fluid communication with the channel and the second body portion may have a second adhesive bonding area in fluid communication with the channel. The corner key may be inserted into a first and a second window element. An adhesive material may be inserted through the port to spread through the channel to the first and second adhesive bonding areas inserted into the window elements, thereby forming an adhesive bond therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FIBER COMPOSITES, LLC
    Inventor: Petros Kotiadis
  • Patent number: 10882177
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bracket that couples a pegboard to a table without requiring a separate table for a stand-alone table and a pegboard-coupled table. The bracket can include vertical and horizontal portions that couple to a pegboard and table, respectively. The bracket can further include tabs that grip the table or pegboard for additional support. The bracket therefore allows for a pegboard to be attached to a table, or for the table to be sold without the pegboard, therefore freeing substantial inventory for the seller of the table and pegboard combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Brennan Equipment and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Sullivan, Kyle Graben
  • Patent number: 10285381
    Abstract: A dog grooming table barrier is an apparatus that physically and visually alerts a dog of the edges of the grooming table. The apparatus includes a plurality of wall segments, at least one first clamp, and at least one second clamp. The plurality of wall segments surrounds the edges of the grooming table. The at least one first clamp and the at least one second clamp attaches the plurality of wall segments to the dog grooming table. The plurality of wall segments comprises a first end segment and a second end segment which surround the distal edges of the plurality of wall segments. The plurality of wall segments is arranged into a closed-shape configuration. A plurality of interlocking fasteners connects each of the plurality of wall segments to each other. The apparatus further includes a cantilever-receiving channel in order to accommodate the grooming arm of the grooming table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Brenda M Vanderdys
  • Patent number: 10100518
    Abstract: Described herein is a truss/rafter roof erection device, kit and system. A removable universal bracing bracket assembly attaches to a construction member such as a truss on one end and includes at least one vertical bracket member attachable to a proximal end of a wood beam member that extends down to the ground to support the truss in an upright position during roof construction. Another pivoting bracket on the bracket assembly allows another wood beam member to be attached and extend down to the ground to further support the truss in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Dale Smith
  • Patent number: 9447801
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SolarCity Corporation
    Inventor: Jack Raymond West
  • Patent number: 9027182
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a functional table for patient transportation, including: a patient supporter which supports a patient laid thereon and allows the patient to be horizontally slidably transported, with its both sides being changed in their angle with respect to a vertical axis of the patient; a support frame which is located in the central bottom of the patient supporter and allows the patient supporter to be vertically moved; a base frame which is connected to the bottom of the support frame and supports the whole of functional table; and at least three transporting wheels which are connected to the base frame and allow the functional table to be freely moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Keimyung University Industry Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Moo Seong Cho, Jae Young Bae
  • Patent number: 8998526
    Abstract: A set of profiles for forming complex profiles comprises two profiles, namely a first profile (10) and a second profile (20), adjoining each other and having walls surrounding a main chamber. Each profile (10, 20) of the set has an outer shape which may be inscribed into a triangle, and has an inner wall (12, 22) with a faying face (13, 23) without protruding fragments. The faying faces (13, 23) adjoining each other, after being coated with adhesive enable a joint to be created when the complex profile is discussed, however, in the case of the set of the profiles they are considered to be contact surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: AIFO Group Zajac Ziecik Stabrawa Spolka jawna
    Inventors: Leszek Stabrawa, Piotr Ziecik, Mateusz Zajac
  • Patent number: 8956071
    Abstract: A frame joint system including a first frame member and a second frame member. The frame members include laterally opening channels running axially thereof. The frame members are adapted to be rigidly secured together by quick release coupling. Embodiments of the frame joint system include mitered corner, end-to-face, face-to-face and end-to-end joints. The quick release coupling includes at least a first sleeve member and a gripping member. The gripping member is nested within the first sleeve member, and the first sleeve member is nested within the first frame member. The gripping member includes gripping elements that mate with a slot in a box rail element fixedly associated with the second frame member. Activating the gripping elements pulls the two frame members together into a rigid joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Moss Holding Company
    Inventor: Robert M. Frey
  • Publication number: 20150020472
    Abstract: Corner joints and methods of forming corner joints are described herein. The corner joints may provide the appearance of a mortise and tenon joint on both the exterior and interior surfaces of the corner joint, but include a mitered connection within the joint. Structures including at least one of the corner joints are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Kelley, Katrina Brandstrom, Troy Fox, Bryan Kendall, Gerard Lagos
  • Patent number: 8935867
    Abstract: A light-emitting display system has an alignment mechanism to align or angle light-emitting tiles of the display. A first tile connects to a second tile by joining a first clamp portion on the first tile with a second clamp portion on the second tile. In an implementation, the alignment mechanism includes a replaceable angle adjustment insert that is inserted into at least one of the clamp portions, such as the first clamp portion. When the first and second clamp portions are joined, a surface of the second clamp portion presses against the insert and a desired angle between the first and second tile is formed. The insert can have any angle so that any desired angle can be formed between the first and second tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Barco, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Robert Patterson, Grant Arthur John Elliott
  • Patent number: 8851787
    Abstract: Corner joints and methods of forming corner joints. The corner joints may provide the appearance of a mortise and tenon joint on both the exterior and interior surfaces of the corner joint, but include a mitered connection within the joint. Structures including at least one of the corner joints are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy Kelley, Katrina Brandstrom, Troy Fox, Bryan Kendall, Gerard Lagos
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8763342
    Abstract: A corner key includes a first body and a first engaging portion. The first body has a first slot. The first engaging portion is disposed on a surface of the first body and a position of the first engaging portion is corresponding to the first slot. The first engaging portion has a first section, a second section and a third section, wherein the first and third sections are located at opposite sides of the first engaging portion, the second section is located between the first and third sections, and a height of the second section is greater than that of the first section or the third section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventor: Huang-Chi Tseng
  • Publication number: 20140064844
    Abstract: A member is adapted to be used for forming at least one assembly opening in a first lineal, wherein the member provides a template for locating the at least one assembly opening. The members further adapted to be used to connect the first lineal to a second lineal using the member and the at least one assembly opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: MILGARD MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Victor Massey
  • Patent number: 8627622
    Abstract: A drywall-trimming strip for trimming an archway has a nose with a tabbed edge and a flanged edge. A first series of slits spaced from one another define a series of tabs spaced from one another along the tabbed edge. A flange extends from and along the flanged edge. The tabs are joined to the tabbed edge of the nose by a continuous juncture extending along and defining the tabbed edge of the nose, which has a second series of slits extending to the continuous juncture and spaced from one another, as the slits defining the tabs are spaced from one another. All parts of the drywall-trimming strip are made from a comparatively harder, less flexible, polymeric material, such as polyvinyl chloride having a hardness of Durometer Shore 82 D, except for the continuous juncture, which is made from a comparatively softer, more flexible material, such as polyvinyl chloride having a hardness of Durometer Shore 92 A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Trim-Tex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Koenig, Jr., Mark Budzik
  • Patent number: 8572925
    Abstract: A frame assembly supports an article. The frame assembly comprises a frame member having a plurality of walls extending between a first end and a second end. The walls define an interior of the frame member. The frame assembly also comprises at least one foldable cornerlock. The foldable cornerlock has first and second body portions movable relative to each other. A method of manufacturing the frame assembly comprises the steps of forming at least one notch in the frame member spaced from the ends of the frame member, inserting the foldable cornerlock into the notch, and bending the frame member about the notch of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Quanex Building Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff V. Sawyers, Ron J. Pich
  • Patent number: 8528293
    Abstract: A foldable cornerlock is used in a frame assembly. The frame assembly includes first and second ends. The walls of the frame member define an interior of the frame member and also define at least one notch. The frame member is bendable at the notch to form a corner of the frame member. The foldable cornerlock is disposed in the notch and extends into the interior of the frame member. The foldable cornerlock comprises first and second body portions each configured to mate with the interior of the frame member. The body portions are movable relative to each other for inserting the foldable cornerlock into the notch of the frame member. The foldable cornerlock also comprises a hinge portion coupling the body portions together. The hinge portion defines an axis extending in a longitudinal direction through the hinge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Quanex Building Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff V. Sawyers, Ron J. Pich
  • Patent number: 8434963
    Abstract: A connector for rigidly engaging elongate structural members in a display structure includes a beam connection portion defined on a body and having a cavity. A semi-cylindrical guide surface of the cavity is adjacent to an opening. The opening has an elliptical shape in which the difference between a major and a minor axis is an offset distance. An eccentric fastener is rotatably disposed in the cavity and includes a head portion that protrudes from the opening and engages a hole of the elongate structural member, and a cam portion that is eccentrically disposed relative to the head portion and configured to engage the semi-cylindrical surface when the eccentric fastener is rotated relative to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Orbus/P3
    Inventors: Dean Alkas, Michael Carrow
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120311847
    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: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Ralph Anthony Falconer, Scott Allen Falconer
  • Patent number: 8136277
    Abstract: A light-emitting display system has an alignment mechanism to align or angle light-emitting tiles of the display. A first tile connects to a second tile by joining a first clamp portion on the first tile with a second clamp portion on the second tile. In an implementation, the alignment mechanism includes a replaceable angle adjustment insert that is inserted into at least one of the clamp portions, such as the first clamp portion. When the first and second clamp portions are joined, a surface of the second clamp portion presses against the insert and a desired angle between the first and second tile is formed. The insert can have any angle so that any desired angle can be formed between the first and second tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Barco, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Robert Patterson, Grant Arthur John Elliott
  • Publication number: 20110299922
    Abstract: A miter coupling is provided, together with a method for using the miter coupling to join a pair of square metal tubes at a desired angle using a welding process. The miter coupling, in a preferred embodiment, comprises a single piece of metal formed into a shape that is adapted to receive the ends of two square metal tubes at a desired angle. The miter coupling is shaped to form a pair of parallel elbow members, where the elbow members are formed into a desired angle, and the elbow members are interconnected by a cross support. This arrangement provides a stronger joint, and eliminates the time consuming steps of cutting the square metal tubes at specific angles and grinding the welds to form a smooth seam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Roger Blaine TRIVETTE
  • Patent number: 7946581
    Abstract: A pinch roller assembly useable in a document processing system is disclosed. The pinch roller assembly includes a pinch roller housing movable in a direction substantially perpendicular to a path of travel of documents. The pinch roller assembly also includes a pinch roller rotatably mounted to the pinch roller housing and located adjacent to the path of travel of documents, and a biasing member arranged to exert a biasing force on a deflection element. The deflection element directs the biasing force onto the pinch roller housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Tratar, Michael John Kiplinger
  • Publication number: 20100202827
    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: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Robert M. Frey
  • Patent number: 7707795
    Abstract: An upright space-dividing wall panel having an inner rigid frame. The frame is of an open ring-shaped construction utilizing detachable corner gusset structures for rigidly joining the transverse frame rails together, thereby providing the frame with a high degree of flexibility with respect to assembly thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Shawn Yu, Bryan Gingrich
  • Patent number: 7600355
    Abstract: A unitary molded corner piece, shaped as a right angle V, has a grooved base with slide openings on adjacent sides of the base for receiving and joining together a pair of orthogonally oriented J channel pieces in an assembly. Right angles of the unitary corner piece are spaced apart and defined by spaced vertical walls shaped as an inner and outer angle. Such angles are joined together at the top of the vertical walls by a closed loop. Two orthogonal oriented J channels slide into the corner base while a J channel vertical wall and a J channel top piece slide within the space defined between the vertical walls of the right angle V of the corner piece. A loose free end of the J channel fits within the adjoining loop of the corner piece. Reinforcing ribs in a J channel receiving pocket both frictionally hold a J channel inserted into said corner piece and guide water as a trough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Robert D. Klein
  • Patent number: 7509780
    Abstract: The angular joint of the invention comprises a slide base portion (1) and a sheet metal mobile portion (2) superimposed thereupon, the sheet metal portion (2) including upwardly extending legs (2e) with indenting edges (2g), a bolt (3) being employed in the tightening process of the joint, wherein after the joint has been inserted into the hollow profile members being brought together for connection, the bolt (3) acts so as to exert an upwardly raising force onto the sheet metal mobile portion (2), whilst maintaining base portion (1) at a fixed position, and subsequently leading the sharp indenting edges (2g) of the sheet metal portion (1) to producing an indentation effect into the walls of the corresponding chambers (13a, 13b) of the hollow profiles being angularly connected with the joint, as the joint is being tightened, thereby resulting in a robust, self aligned connection of the hollow profile members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Athanasios Leontaridis
  • Patent number: 7481624
    Abstract: A butt connection of divided hollow profile members, which is suitable in particular for rotor blades of wind power installations, comprises a multiplicity of straps which are arranged along the joint and which bridge over same and which are respectively fixed with their ends to one of the profile members to be connected. In this respect the arrangement is preferably such that one of the two bolts fixing the strap at the ends thereof has a wedge-shaped flattening, by means of which a tensile prestressing can be imparted to the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Aloys Wobben
  • Patent number: 7451576
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for installation of molding is disclosed. With the apparatus and method, corner pieces are held in alignment during installation. This allows a person to hold both corner pieces in place with one hand while using the other hand to secure the molding to the wall or ceiling, thereby facilitating an accurate alignment. Moreover, use of an aligning member allows the installer to “fine-tune” the alignment of the corner pieces to fit unique contours of a desired wall corner. Before securing the molding to the wall, the corner pieces may be moved laterally or vertically along the aligning member to help find a perfect alignment. Several embodiments of the aligning member are disclosed, including members with varying angles for different corner segments, flexible members, and members with varying cross-sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph Barone
  • Patent number: 7223044
    Abstract: A frame member miter guide or brace has first and second legs configured for insertion and engagement with adjoining frame members at a mitered joint, the miter guide having a stop with stop edges which accurately position intersecting walls of the frame members for precise alignment of the mitered joint. Stop edges of the stop correspond with the correct positions of the frame members, so that the members are held in place for final attachment and installation. Positive engagement of edges of the frame member walls with the stop edges insures highly accurate orientation of the mitered joint. A fracture line for welded installation of the frame members, and a leg profile which minimizes damage in handling and installation is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Anchor Tool & Die Company
    Inventor: Mark J. Quintile
  • Patent number: 7160601
    Abstract: A door jamb assembly for an entryway has a wooden jamb plate to which an extruded plastic brick mold and stop member is attached. The brick mold and stop member forms the raised stop of the jamb assembly also may form the brick mold thereof. The extruded plastic brick mold and stop member has a core made of economical cellular PVC plastic at least partially encased in a stabilizing layer of a plastic material, such as SAN, having a heat distortion temperature greater than that of the PVC plastic of the core. The stabilizing layer holds the core material in place and restrains it against distortion and shrinkage due to extreme temperatures, such as those found between a storm door and a door exposed to direct sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Reese Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Ellingson
  • Patent number: 6990780
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mounting structure which is arranged at two abutting structural panels (1, 2) so that said structural panels are connected with each other, comprising two pairs of clamping plates, with one of said pairs of clamping plates being fixed to one structural panel (1), and the other pair of clamping plates being fixed to the other structural panel (2). The two pairs of clamping plates abut against each other with one of their clamping plates (3, 4), and the two abutting clamping plates (3, 4) are provided with mutually aligned, undercut longitudinal slots (5) which receive a connecting plate (6) connecting the abutting two clamping plates (3, 4) with each other and being fixed to the two clamping plates (3, 4) by means of fasteners (7) which extend through said connecting plate (6). Thus, a mounting structure is provided whose manufacture is relatively easy and cost-efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Casma S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mirko Marinoni
  • Patent number: 6817153
    Abstract: A cornerboard assembly comprises an interlocking, opposite direction joint between cornerboard millwork components. Dual male members extend from the end of one of the respective components, forming an opening between the members. The male members and opening formed between the members have planar outer surfaces. The second component comprises an end with a single male member which is configured to be inserted into the opening of the first component. The male member of the second component and the other surfaces at this end also have planar outer surfaces. The planar outer surfaces of the two cornerboards components are configured to be positioned adjacent to each other, in surface to surface contact. An exterior construction glue or similar adhesive is placed on the planar surfaces to fixedly and permanently secure the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Steinberg, Kenneth S. Bernstein, Claudio O. Lagar, Jose R. Martos
  • Patent number: 6805514
    Abstract: A device for connecting at least two lengths of trunking includes a plate for joining backs of base sections of the trunking. The plate has on each of its edges adjacent cut edges of the trunking base sections longitudinal tongues which bear on two opposite faces of each back. The tongues are substantially plane, have a thickness from about 0.2 mm to about 1 mm, and bear elastically against the opposite faces of the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignees: Legrand, Legrand SNC
    Inventor: Yvon Buard
  • Patent number: 6745538
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mounting structure which is arranged at two abutting structural panels (1, 2) so that said structural panels are connected with each other, comprising two pairs of clamping plates, with one of said pairs of clamping plates being fixed to one structural panel (1), and the other pair of clamping plates being fixed to the other structural panel (2). The two pairs of clamping plates abut against each other with one of their clamping plates (3, 4), and the two abutting clamping plates (3, 4) are provided with mutually aligned, undercut longitudinal slots (5) which receive a connecting plate (6) connecting the abutting two clamping plates (3, 4) with each other, and being fixed to the two clamping plates (3, 4) by means of fasteners (7) which extend through said connecting plate (6). Thus, a mounting structure is provided whose manufacture is relatively easy and cost-efficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Casma S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mirko Marinoni
  • Publication number: 20030123928
    Abstract: A corner bracket assembly for use in an associated movable frame assembly is provided. The corner bracket assembly includes a first housing piece having upstanding coupling pins. A second housing piece has receiving pockets for connecting engagement with the coupling pins and defining a cavity therebetween. A roller assembly is received within the cavity. The roller assembly includes a roller housing, a threaded engaging portion defined in the roller housing, and a roller rotatably mounted within the roller housing. A threaded fastener is rotatably mounted between the first and second housing pieces and is in threaded engagement with the roller assembly. A track is defined between the first and second housing pieces and the roller assembly for linearly adjusting a position of the roller assembly in relation to the first and second housing pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Applicant: Patio Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Perich, Tony Bouquot, Robert Maier, Dave Alan Bina
  • Patent number: 6503020
    Abstract: A connection system for securing structural members such as posts and beams together with all connection components hidden within the structural members. Cylindrical connectors fit in apertures in the members. Each connector has transverse holes and end holes, at least some of which are threaded. Each connector is secured in the aperture by bolts or pins extending through aligned holes in a member and a transverse hole. Bolts and pins extend through one structural member into holes in the connectors in the second members to secure the members together. In some embodiments, two cooperating cylindrical connectors are secured in two apertures in ends of structural members, with bolts extending between the two connectors to secure them and the structural members together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventors: Marco Mascioletti, Americo Maria Cicolani, Massimo Pulsoni
  • Patent number: 6409416
    Abstract: A rack for a switch cabinet, having frame pieces which in the floor area of the switch cabinet form a base frame surrounding an opening which can be closed by base panels. The base frame can be or is connected to a base. By simple, lengthened U-profile frame sections and corner elements configured as bent, cut pieces, a simple, economical base frame for the rack is created which requires little space and can be used for fastening the base panels directly without the need for additional structured supporting shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Rittal-Werk Rudolf Loh GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Reuter
  • Patent number: 6405467
    Abstract: A frame assembly for displaying artwork. The frame assembly has interconnected top, bottom and side frame members and a bottom member connected to the side members to form a precursor article receiving assembly for slidably receiving the artwork. The top frame member is releasably interconnected with the precursor assembly by a novel, easy-to-use corner joining device which is of a simple construction that can be easily operated without the need for any type of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: David Dedlow
  • Patent number: 6393676
    Abstract: An improved picture frame clamp assembly includes an L-shaped screw plate, and an L-shaped backing plate. Both plates are elastically secured to each other by an elastic member, resulting in an L-shaped clamp assembly with the screw plate shifted slightly with respect to the backing plate. The screw plate and the backing plate each include two legs. Each of these legs are sized to fit within a receiving channel of a picture frame section. The magnitude of offset between the screw plate and the backing plate is preferably such that the sum of this offset distance and the width of the legs is equal to or larger than the width of the receiving channel. This arrangement ensures that upon insertion into the receiving channel of a frame section, the screw plate will be biased against an inside wall of the receiving channel, while the backing plate will be biased against an opposing wall of the receiving channel due to the spring bias of the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Nielsen & Bainbridge LLC
    Inventors: Martin Dowzall, David Wellings Pointen
  • Patent number: 6390724
    Abstract: A connecting element for connecting two adjacent profiled rods, whose longitudinal axes enclose an angle &agr;, is to be further developed such that its production is simplified with respect to different angles &agr;.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Volker Thoms, Willi Wurl
  • Patent number: 6283668
    Abstract: A no-slip corner joint having a mortise and at least one tenon, wherein the mortise in a first structural member is defined by at least one V-shaped groove portion of a given width terminating in two opposing face portions that are perpendicular to the mating surfaces of the first structural member, and the tenons in other structural members are defined by V-shaped projection portions of a given width terminating in two opposing face portions parallel to a mating edge of the other structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Norek Technical Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard S. Norek
  • Patent number: 6272811
    Abstract: A spacer frame is disclosed having a polygonal, preferably mainly square frame where the frame surrounds glass panes of a sealed glass window unit by forming an upper and a lower horizontal part, at least two side parts, all of which form at least one linear listing or frame. The frame additionally has corresponding asymmetric corner keys and symmetric corner keys, each having legs. The upper horizontal part of the spacer frame preferably has a design which facilitates installation of a mechanism for a blind or pleated sheet which can be fixed underneath the spacer frame thereby hanging between respective panes of the sealed glass unit. The asymmetric corner-keys are connected with one leg to spacer elements and the other leg to the upper horizontal spacer listing elements which has two profile elements. In connection with the spacer element permanent magnets are located in two identical sets positioned on each side of an inner glass pane of the sealed unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Helge Hagen
  • Patent number: 6257799
    Abstract: A joining device for a handrail having at least two connectors, each one being aimed at being inserted onto the end of a segment of the handrail, these connectors being cylindrically shaped and co-operating with each other through contact surfaces extending in a plane oriented at 45° with respect to the longitudinal axis of these connectors. These connectors are integral through connections capable of authorizing their rotation at the level of the contact surfaces. These connections are defined by a screw substantially forming the axis of rotation of the two connectors, such connections immobilizing in rotation these connectors provided for so as to be capable of being accessible through an opening ending at the level of the outer periphery of one of these connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Au Creuset de la Thierache, Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Charles Ribe
  • Patent number: 6179515
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for maintaining a miter joint between a first member and a second member including a bracket having a first surface and a second surface positioned at a predetermined angle with respect to the first surface. Attachment devices are positioned on the bracket for attaching the bracket to the first and second members to maintain the miter joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Sauder Woodworking Co.
    Inventors: Jerry D. Grieser, Richard A. Nelson, Thomas B. Warner
  • Patent number: 6138741
    Abstract: An improved stability canvas tensioning picture frame which is formed by a plurality of abutting frame members is provided with a tapered screw and facing tapered channels in the abutting frame members, with each of the abutting frame members having a semi-circular slot adapted to receive an apertured disk in a mild interference fit, with the single apertured disk providing longitudinal and lateral stability between the abutting frame members when the screw is screwed down into the tapered channel to move the abutting members away from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: John Stobart
  • Patent number: 6134857
    Abstract: A structural corner reinforcement for strengthening frames includes at least a first segment and a second segment of frame bar, each formed into a desired profile and each having a hollow interior portion, a reinforcing channel having a first leg and a second leg arranged at an angle to the first leg, with ends of the channel securing first and second extensions to extend the first and second legs, respectively, at least one of (i) a portion of the first extension of the reinforcing channel being inserted through a first end of the first segment of the frame bar into and substantially spaced from surfaces of the hollow interior portion of the first segment and (ii) a portion of the second extension of the reinforcing channel being inserted through a first end of the second segment of the frame bar into and substantially spaced from surfaces of the hollow interior portion of the second segment, and a rigid reinforcing and structural material, formed from a foamed chemical, inside at least one of (i) the hollow
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Assignee: Bay Mills Ltd
    Inventor: Robert Hope
  • Patent number: 6094879
    Abstract: A pair of L-section elements extend generally perpendicular to each other and each have a pair of legs one of which is provided with a mounting formation and the other of which is generally coplanar with the other leg of the other element. The corner connector has a body adapted to fit between and abut ends of the one pair of legs of the elements and a pair of retaining arms extending from the body and resiliently engaging the respective mounting formations. Each body is comprised of an outer part of a width substantially the same as a width of the one legs and an inner part behind the outer part and from which the retaining arms extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Opus Patent- und Know How Verwertungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Ingolf Dickeduisberg
  • Patent number: 6088988
    Abstract: A top chord profile of a roof truss chord has inwardly depending ends at the mouth area of the chord and trapezoidal flanges resulting in stronger chords. The chord profiles can be connected to each other at mitered ends using a connecting plate at a ridge in a manner that allows absorption of the compressive forces at the ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Kimmo J. Sahramaa
  • Patent number: 6073412
    Abstract: The present invention relates to corner keys used in assembling structural components to form various structural shapes, such as a frame and sash section for a window, door panel, or other building or architectural construction. The structural members are formed by a process that includes continuously roll-forming a first sub-part and a second sub-part from pre-treated metal in flat coil-stock form. A thin layer of Extrudable Thermal plastic (ETP) is then selectively extruded to both the outside and inside surfaces of the sub-parts. Some of the ETP is extruded onto the roll-formed sub-parts in a functional shape, such as a "C" shaped pocket used to clip parts together. The sub-parts are joined together to form structural component material that can then be cut and fabricated to form individual structural components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: John T. Verch