Position Adjusting Means; E.g., Leveling Patents (Class 52/126.1)
  • Patent number: 10250181
    Abstract: A support device for supporting a solar panel above a base surface includes a body having an upper mounting surface, a lower base surface, and integral ballast. The upper mounting surface is sloped relative to the lower base surface. The support device further includes at least one mounting element projecting upwardly from the upper mounting surface and configured to support a solar panel. A solar panel support system includes first and second support devices spaced apart from one another, each including a body having an upper mounting surface, a lower base surface, and integral ballast, the upper mounting surface being sloped relative to the lower base surface. Each support device further includes first and second mounting elements projecting upwardly from the upper mounting surface and configured to support solar panels. First and second purlins are supported by and extend between the first and second support devices, and are configured to support the solar panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: RBI Solar, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Vietas, Ben Urbanek, Mike Freshwater, Nick Allen
  • Patent number: 10227211
    Abstract: A stairway (1) comprising a plurality of steps (2) each defining a top surface or tread (3) is converted into a lift platform by employing a mechanism concealed beneath an envelope defined by the treads of all of the steps to guide each step of the plurality vertically from a stairway configuration in which the steps form a stairway enabling access from a lower (7) level to an upper level (8) to a flat configuration in which the top edge of each step is substantially in a horizontal plane level with one of the lower and upper levels from which a wheelchair user may wish to travel to the other of the lower and upper levels. As a result, a wheelchair user may move horizontally from the said one of the lower and upper levels on to a platform defined by the top edges of the plurality of steps in the flat configuration. The stairway and flat configurations occupy the same footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventors: Steven James Lyons, Charles Thomas Lyons
  • Patent number: 10113320
    Abstract: A restraint system for an elevated building surface assembly including restraint members that are receivable in gaps adjacent outer edge segments of flooring units to secure the flooring units to an underlying support structure. The restraint members may be readily manipulated to allow for the selective removal of one or more of the flooring units for replacement thereof, access to the support structure, and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: United Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Francesco Cataldi, William R. Heimbuch, William E. Kugler, Lisa K. von-Gunten
  • Patent number: 9963884
    Abstract: A building construction system of includes a prefinished exterior weather-tight insulating skin (panel), a cavity and structural zone where electrical, mechanical, plumbing, HVAC, data/audio systems can run freely and be modified, and a prefinished interior wall panel which is easily removable allowing access to the cavity and structural zone. The exterior and interior panels are mounted to structural components and create the cavity therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: George A. Clemens
  • Patent number: 9655259
    Abstract: A data processing equipment structure includes a plurality of sidewalls and a ceiling panel, which, together, define an enclosed space. The structure further includes at least one equipment enclosure and at least one cooling unit arranged in side-to-side relationship in a row within the enclosed space. At least one separation panel divides the enclosed space into a front plenum at a front side of the row and a rear plenum at a rear side of the row. Cool air in the front plenum is isolated from heated exhaust air in the rear plenum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Chatsworth Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis North, Steven Bornfield, Samuel Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 9431997
    Abstract: An interfering signal canceller for cancelling an interfering signal component of an input signal includes a voltage sensor element disposed in a primary path and fed by the input signal, a coupler disposed in the primary path and fed by the voltage sensor element, a Hartley image-reject element disposed in an auxiliary path and fed by the input signal for converting the input signal to an intermediate or baseband frequency signal, a phase slope compensator disposed in the auxiliary path after the Hartley image-reject element to allow broadband phase adjustment of the interfering signal component of a converted input signal, and an inverse Hartley image-reject element disposed in the auxiliary path after the phase phase slope compensator to convert the passed the interfering signal component to the predetermined band of frequencies and having an output fed to the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Comeau, Robert G. Egri
  • Patent number: 9413286
    Abstract: A leveler for a solar module can include a base, a rotatable adjuster, and a follower. The rotatable adjuster can be mounted to the base with a swaging process, or other techniques. The follower can be embedded within a coupler configured to be connectable to solar modules. Turning the rotatable height adjuster changes the relative spacing between the solar module and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SUNPOWER CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew G. Danning
  • Patent number: 9222276
    Abstract: A seismic isolation building system, and method thereof, for buildings and other structures that is well suited to protect lightweight low rise buildings including houses against earthquakes, particularly where the structure is located in low lying wet regions subject to liquefaction. The system utilizes a platform with piles extending from the platform into a ground, wherein the piles are connected to the platform via at least one shear bolt that links a platform plate to a pile. The shear bolt or bolts are designed to shear in an event of a predetermined level of seismic activity freeing the platform and structure on the platform to move independent of the piles. Post seismic activity, the platform and structure are moved, repositioned and/or re-fixed to new or existing piles thereby minimizing damage to the structure and hence repair costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Larry Ellsworth Stenswick
  • Patent number: 9045911
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base interstitial strap, which is connected to said under tile base, a shim shell cap configured to slip over the connecting tab. A bottom tile mating shim and a top shim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: New Standards Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Ernest L. Perry, IV, Michele Volponi
  • Publication number: 20150135608
    Abstract: A solar panel mounting for installing a solar cell panel on a folded-plate roof. The mounting includes a metal foundation fixedly attachable to a ridge of the folded-plate roof, a plurality of first brackets including a foundation-side-bracket and a panel-side-bracket, a base of elongated shape, and a mounting bracket to mount the foundation-side-bracket and the panel-side-bracket on the base. The first brackets each include a first coupling portion and a first triangular portion. The first triangular portion is of generally triangular shape including a hypotenuse portion and extends perpendicularly from the first coupling portion. The first coupling portion of the foundation-side-bracket is coupled to the metal foundation. The first coupling portion of the panel-side-bracket is configured to support a solar cell panel. The foundation-side-brackets and the panel-side-brackets are located on top of the metal foundation such that the hypotenuse portions are in contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: NISSEI METALS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Haruhiro Shibata, Takashi Aotani, Yoshihito Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9016005
    Abstract: The invention describes a process and a unit, both enabling to attach a wind turbine tower to a foundation, as well as describes also a wind turbine incorporating the unit. The process features a stage of installation of a support element for the transmission of stresses from the tower to the foundation, followed by a stage of levelling the support element and pouring foundation concrete up to the support element's lower side so that the lower side is adhered to the poured concrete once it has set. The unit comprises at least one support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Acciona Windpower, S.A.
    Inventors: Iván García Maestre, Eduardo Azanza Ladrón, Koldo Larumbe Fernandino, Carlos Cerdán Martínez, Teresa Arlabán Gabeiras, Javier Ciáurriz Martín, Javier Fernández De Manzanos, José Miguel García Sayés, Miguel Nuñez Polo
  • Patent number: 9003721
    Abstract: Provided is a leveling arrangement for a tower, which leveling arrangement comprises a leveling ring realized for placement between a tower foundation and the tower; and a leveling apparatus, which leveling apparatus comprises a connection means for detachably connecting the leveling apparatus to the leveling ring during a leveling procedure; and a number of adjustment legs, wherein an adjustment leg is realized to effect a displacement of the leveling ring relative to the tower foundation during the leveling procedure; along with a method of providing a level mounting interface for a tower; and a method of erecting a wind turbine tower; and a wind turbine tower assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Johan Smith Jensen
  • Patent number: 9003720
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be embedded within a precast concrete panel or slab to enable the panel to be lifted, positioned atop a road bed, and elevated above the road bed. A lifting apparatus is located at each corner of the panel. Each lifting apparatus has a threaded sleeve extending through the panel to receive a removable threaded lifting bolt by which to establish a lifting point at which a lifting force is applied to lift and position the panel. When the threaded lifting bolt is rotated completely through the threaded sleeve, a pushing force is applied against a base plate, whereby to elevate the panel above the road bed as is necessary to make the panel level with adjacent panels during the construction or repair of a roadway. Grout is pumped through the panel to fill the space between the panel and the road bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Baltazar J. Siqueiros
  • Patent number: 8973311
    Abstract: A mobile elevated building assembly is configured to be compactly transportable in a transportation mode yet readily reconfigured to an installed mode after set-up with a building held many meters off of the ground by a tower supported off of the ground by outriggers. A flat-bed trailer is used to transport the assembly while in its transportation mode, and the trailer can optionally remain attached to the bottom of the tower in the installed mode. A foldable stairway and top-of-stairs platform can form a subassembly that can be pivotally attached where they connect to one-another, and this connection can be supported by a horizontal upper member of the tower. The platform can include one of at least two horizontal support members for holding the building on top of the tower. Methods are provided for reconfiguring the assembly and subassemblies between their transportation mode and their installed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Allen Nolte, Adam D. Baird
  • Patent number: 8966835
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base interstitial strap, which is connected to said under tile base, a shim shell cap configured to slip over the connecting tab. A bottom tile mating shim and a top shim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: New Standards Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Ernest L. Perry, IV, Michele Volponi
  • Patent number: 8960620
    Abstract: An adjustable air conditioner curb includes a curb base having reinforcement members connected thereto and a curb frame adjustably positionable relative to the curb base and positionable between the curb base and the reinforcement members and connected thereto to maintain the curb frame in fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Uni-Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Ray Merideth
  • Publication number: 20150047271
    Abstract: The invention is an Offset Adjustable Foundation Leg that provides support and tie down for structural insulated composite panel buildings. It is a telescoping leg made up of outside steel or aluminum round or rectangular tube and an inside steel or aluminum round or rectangular tube with the tubes provided with a series of holes for through bolting together which is placed on a bearing plate. Further adjustment and hold down means is provided by an adjustment means and nuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: World Housing Solution
    Inventors: Chip Davis, Kent Davis
  • Patent number: 8943765
    Abstract: A brace for connecting the frames of adjacent solar modules can include one or more lower lips and one or more upper lips configured to capture an outer edge of a solar module frame. The brace can include a removable top so as to facilitate connection and disconnection of the couplers and solar modules. Additionally, the brace can be configured to allow a solar module to be engaged and disengaged by hooking the frame onto the brace then tilting the frame relative to the brace. The brace can include features for achieving a snap fit with solar module frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: SunPower Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew G. Danning, Wayman Lee
  • Patent number: 8931219
    Abstract: A foundation system includes a security boot selectively coupled to a pier having a notched upper end. The security boot includes first, second, and third portions complementary to the pier upper end. The security boot third portion includes a configuration complementary to a foundation sill plate and is selectively coupled thereto. The foundation system includes a sleeve configured to be received on a pier, the security boot configured to surround the sleeve and be slidable therealong. The system includes at least one lifting device having a base member and rod configured to engage the sill plate and is movable between a retracted configuration not urging movement of the sill plate and an extended configuration urging the sill plate upwardly. In a method of using the foundation system, the lifting devices may be actuated to lift an entire foundation upwardly from the piers, the security sliding upwardly along an associated sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Russell E. Benet
  • Patent number: 8915036
    Abstract: An interlocking panel system for top-down or bottom-up installation on an underlying structure including a plurality of panels, with an uphill course and a downhill course where each panel is generally rectangular, having an uphill edge and opposing downhill edge. An interlocking member is disposed along the uphill edge, and a receiving member adapted to receive the interlocking member and a joining flange are disposed along the downhill edge. A first panel is positioned on an underlying structure. In top-down installation, a clip is disposed along the downhill edge of the first panel and affixed to the underlying structure, and a second panel is engaged with the receiving member of the first panel. In bottom-up installation, the first panel is affixed to the underlying structure, and a second panel is engaged with the interlocking member of the first panel, and then affixed to the underlying structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Quality Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. Vander Laan, Mike Moerler, Todd Alexander
  • Patent number: 8910432
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally relate a method and apparatus for a tower structure. In one embodiment, the tower structure comprises a first base plate comprising a first hinge device, a first structural section having a first side and a second side, the first structural section coupled to a second base plate comprising a second hinge device, a second structural section coupled to the first structural section, and an aerial component coupled to the second structural section, wherein the first structural section is rotatable relative to the first base plate in a first rotational axis, the second structural section is rotatable relative to the first structural section in a second rotational axis, and at least a portion of the second structural section is received in a channel formed in the first side of the first structural section when the first structural section and the second structural section are substantially parallel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Electro Mechanical Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Fallon M. Egan, Claudio J. Gutierrez, Christoval Sanchez, Patrick M. Weisbrod
  • Patent number: 8893444
    Abstract: A post securing system that secures a post in the ground, while allowing for a full range of vertical adjustment via a coupling assembly that includes an articulating ball joint element that is connected to a post support element secured within two clamp assemblies. The clamp assemblies each include an anchor assembly which, when assembled, secures at least three stake elements at a predetermined angle. The post securing kit includes both the coupling assembly and the anchor assembly to allow securing a post into a non-horizontal ground, while maintaining the desired vertical alignment of the post held therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Imagine TF, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Edward Richardson
  • Patent number: 8875471
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be embedded within a precast concrete panel or slab to enable the panel to be lifted, positioned atop a road bed, and elevated above the road bed. A lifting apparatus is located at each corner of the panel. Each lifting apparatus has a threaded sleeve extending through the panel to receive a removable threaded lifting bolt by which to establish a lifting point at which a lifting force is applied to lift and position the panel. When the threaded lifting bolt is rotated completely through the threaded sleeve, a pushing force is applied against a base plate, whereby to elevate the panel above the road bed as is necessary to make the panel level with adjacent panels during the construction or repair of a roadway. Grout is pumped through the panel to fill the space between the panel and the road bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Patent number: 8864421
    Abstract: A method of lifting a structure using one or more inflatable hoses is described. In one embodiment, a method of lifting a structure resting on the ground includes attaching a lift apparatus to the structure to the raised. An inflatable hose is introduced underneath the lift apparatus, with the inflatable hose being disposed between a bottom surface of the lift apparatus and the ground. The structure is then lifted by inflating the hose with pressurized media so that the hose increases in volume to impose an upward force on the lift apparatus which in turn lifts the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Charles L. Asplin
  • Publication number: 20140298736
    Abstract: A device for leveling and aligning tiles and method for leveling and aligning tiles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the leveling device includes a body and two spaced and parallel strip members extending transversely from the body. Each of the spaced and parallel strip members extend to the front and rear of the body. Two opposing lateral open windows are formed in the body. A breakaway section is defined along the body. A wedge device is provided for penetrating one or more of the two opposing lateral open windows and exerting a force on the tiles for leveling them relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Clinton D. Bunch, Joshua A. Bunch
  • Publication number: 20140259988
    Abstract: A support tile includes a tile main body, a support portion that is formed on a main body upper surface of the tile main body and supports a roof-installed object, an inclination adjusting portion that includes a through-hole portion and an inclination adjusting bolt, adjusts inclination of the tile main body, and a plurality of nail hole portions that penetrates through the tile main body and through which securing nails for securing the tile main body onto the roof surface are capable of being inserted, wherein the through-hole portion of the inclination adjusting portion penetrates through the tile main body and has an internal thread formed therein, and the inclination adjusting bolt of the inclination adjusting portion includes a bolt shaft which has an external thread, and a nail insertion hole which penetrates through the bolt shaft and through which a securing nail is capable of being inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: YANEGIJUTSUKENKYUJO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi KOBAYASHI, Takayoshi YAMANAKA
  • Publication number: 20140237911
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved apparatus and method for forming a retractable tower or column. The present invention includes pointed hooks wherein the hooks are attached to each section of a section chain, one in a horizontal direction and one in an off-set manner. The section chains are placed on a take up mechanism in an operable position and then raised utilizing a motor. As the section chains are raised, they are guided by a guide tower, rollers, shims, and gear racks into a position whereby hooks from adjacent sections of the section chains form coupled engagements. The coupled engagement of the hooks of the sections of each adjacent section chains thereby form the column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Tower Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8813430
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a platform. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a set of support members associated with the structure, and a set of adjustment members. An adjustment member in the set of adjustment members is associated with a corresponding support member in the set of support members. The adjustment member is configured to adjust an angle between the corresponding support member and the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph W. Rees, Robert Erik Grip, Christopher K. Droney, Deborah Ann Beron-Rawdon
  • Patent number: 8813437
    Abstract: The integral shim-pack (50) includes a wedge-shaped male shim (52) having a pull tang (68) extending from a thin end (56) of the male shim (52) and into a tang groove (82) and through a tang passage (90) between a bridge (88) and a tang groove (82) of a wedge-shaped female shim (72) to extend beyond a thick end (74) of the female shim (72). Pulling the adjustment pull tang (68) away from the thick end (74) of the female shim (72) moves a thick end (54) of the male shim (52) toward the thick end (74) of the female shim (72) to increase a distance between a base surface (58) of the male shim and a base surface (78) of the female shim (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Charles J. Spofford
  • Patent number: 8814400
    Abstract: A fixture having a cylindrical body, said body having an internal cavity extending from a first end to a second end, and said body having an exterior threaded portion, a flange affixed to the first end of the body, a portion of said flange extending past the circumference of the cylindrical body, said flange formed for receiving an electrical component, and a fastener complementary to the threaded portion, wherein the fastener and the flange are operable to secure the cylindrical body to a structure. An electrical component such as a luminaire, a switch or an electrical receptacle may be mounted into the flange portion of the fixture. A retainer may also be employed to distribute the load on the cylindrical body when positioned over the body and secured by the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Vode Lighting LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Warton, Scott Yu
  • Patent number: 8806812
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an adjustable door frame assembly and method for framing a door opening. The adjustable door frame assembly comprises first and second alignment members providing a first securing structure to a door opening, one of the first and second alignment members being rotatably connected to a door during installation. The adjustable door frame assembly further comprises an alignment header connecting the first and second alignment members along an upper end of the alignment members and an alignment assembly located within at least one of the first and second alignment members. The alignment assembly comprises an adjustable stop for locating the adjustable door frame assembly about the door opening. The adjustable door frame assembly also comprises first and second cover members providing a second securing structure to the door opening independently of the first securing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Black Mountain Door, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Kolovich, Daniel Perry, Scott Willson, Eric E. Hunt, Fredrick John Bloom, III
  • Patent number: 8776452
    Abstract: A floor panel assembly (used as replacement floor panel or in a new installation) includes universal quick-attach corners that mates with support stands and stringers of an existing raised floor system to provide leveling. The panel assembly includes a top plate (apertured or not) with corner structures including a post retainer and interconnected down flanges that support the top plate inboard of its perimeter. In one form, the universal quick corners each includes an arrow-shaped extension plate attached to the post retainer and extending toward the top plate's perimeter, and includes a body with multiple thickness pads selectable to support the extension plate at selected height. Thus, the quick corner holds an upper surface of the top plate level with an upper surface of adjacent existing floor panels of the existing raised floor system. In another aspect, only the body is used at each corner (without the extension plate).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Opstock, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark O. DeJonge
  • Patent number: 8763329
    Abstract: A frame for precise casting of concrete comprises a first fascia plate having a score line in a first predetermined location, a second fascia plate having a score line at a second predetermined location a third fascia plate having a score line at a third predetermined location and a fourth fascia plate having a score line at a fourth predetermined location. A precise concrete screed is disposed in a position relative to an upper margin of the fascia plates and allows for formation of a foundation within 2 millimeters in terms of height, position, and levelness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Kai N. Moseid
  • Publication number: 20140157688
    Abstract: A pier for a modular, portable, interlocking decking system, the pier having a generally planar plate with a bottom surface and a top surface and a plurality of receiver blocks extending from the top surface of the plate. Each receiver block has a generally dome-shaped load-bearing surface. A plurality of piers is used in a decking system along with at least one surface pad, the surface pad having a generally planar, horizontal upper surface, and a lower portion including a plurality of block receptacles. The bottom surface of the plate of each structural pier rests upon a supporting surface, and the block receptacles of the surface pad each engage the generally dome-shaped load-bearing surface of a corresponding structural pier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: UDECX, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Bertke, John Murray Van Leeuwen, Robert Gerald States III, Patrick Andrew Harrell
  • Patent number: 8726583
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a modular dwelling comprises a beam connector comprising a body and multiple arms that extend out from the body, structural beams comprising outer sides that define elongated channels that extend along a length of the beams, each beam being connected to an arm of the beam connector, a locking means that secure the structural beams to their associated beam connector arms, and a structural panel that comprises multiple edges, at least one edge of the panel being received by a channel of at least one structural beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: University of South Florida (A Flordia Non-Profit Corporation)
    Inventors: Sean Carlos Verdecia, Jason Michael Ross
  • Patent number: 8726584
    Abstract: A mobile elevated building assembly is configured to be compactly transportable in a transportation mode yet readily reconfigured to an installed mode after set-up with a building held many meters off of the ground by a tower supported off of the ground by outriggers. A flat-bed trailer is used to transport the assembly while in its transportation mode, and the trailer can optionally remain attached to the bottom of the tower in the installed mode. A foldable stairway and top-of-stairs platform can form a subassembly that can be pivotally attached where they connect to one-another, and this connection can be supported by a horizontal upper member of the tower. The platform can include one of at least two horizontal support members for holding the building on top of the tower. Methods are provided for reconfiguring the assembly and subassemblies between their transportation mode and their installed mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kontek Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Allen Nolte, Adam D. Baird
  • Patent number: 8720157
    Abstract: An assembly for a levelable rail gauge leveling tie and associated methods of preparing a railway bed for the laying of a railway track and laying railroad track employing the assembly. The assembly includes a longitudinally elongated U-shaped rail gauge leveling tie, and first and second leveling studs. The leveling tie has first and second transversely extending orifices proximate the longitudinal ends. The leveling studs are operable for threaded engagement within a corresponding orifice through the leveling tie whereby rotation of a leveling stud within the corresponding orifice effects a change in the transverse distance between the distal end of the rotated leveling stud and the central portion of the leveling tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Astro Engineering & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: George H. Ross, Jacob E. Corder
  • Publication number: 20140115978
    Abstract: A support assembly includes a plurality of support arms coupled to a pole or tower structure. The plurality of support arms project radially from the pole or tower structure in a spaced relationship. A plurality of adjustable foot assemblies are coupled to respective distal ends of the plurality of support arms. Each of the plurality of adjustable foot assemblies is configured for coupling to an embedded helical pier. Each of the plurality of adjustable foot assemblies is capable of movement in each of three dimensions relative to the respective support arm to which it is coupled during installation of the support assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark H. Fairbairn
  • Patent number: 8695288
    Abstract: A system for assembling a building surface and a building surface assembly that include surface tiles and stability members disposed between the surface tiles to restrict relative movement therebetween. The stability members may advantageously be placed between outer edge segments of the building surface tiles to restrict relative movement of adjacent surface tiles, such as due to seismic activity, vibrations, or high winds. The building surface tiles may include structures such as engagement channels for receiving and engaging the stability members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: United Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Kugler, Stephen J. Knight, III
  • Publication number: 20140083025
    Abstract: A post securing system that secures a post in the ground, while allowing for a full range of vertical adjustment via a coupling assembly that includes an articulating ball joint element that is connected to a post support element secured within two clamp assemblies. The clamp assemblies each include an anchor assembly which, when assembled, secures at least three stake elements at a predetermined angle. The post securing kit includes both the coupling assembly and the anchor assembly to allow securing a post into a non-horizontal ground, while maintaining the desired vertical alignment of the post held therewithin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Edward Richardson
  • Patent number: 8671628
    Abstract: An intake manifold (2) of comburent air is presented for an internal combustion engine (1) provided with a recirculating conduit (60) of exhaust gases. The intake manifold (2) includes a first inlet mouth (213) of the comburent air, a second inlet mouth (214) in communication with the recirculating conduit (60) of the exhaust gases, and a plurality of outlet mouths (201), having a wall (7) positioned in front of each of the outlet mouths (201) and configured for dividing the internal volume of the intake manifold (2) into two chambers (215, 204), the first chamber (215) being placed in communication with the first inlet mouth (213) and the second inlet mouth (214) and the second chamber (204) being placed in communication with the outlet mouths (201), the wall (7) defining an opening (70) adapted for placing the first chamber (215) and the second chamber (204) in communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Raimondi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Sighinolfi
  • Patent number: 8642150
    Abstract: A shim set comprising at least two shims of different thickness, the shims of the set being integrally formed as a one-piece plastic moulding, the shims of the set being connected in adjacent relationship by a connection which permits an individual shim to be separated from the set but which is flexible to permit a shim while connected to an adjacent shim to be folded over so that the two shims lie in face-to-face relation and thereby form a shim combination of increased thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Urquhart Connell
  • Patent number: 8635815
    Abstract: A leveling spacer for laying wall tiles, paving tiles and the like with the interposition of gaps, which comprises a base with spacing protrusions for the abutment of the edges of corresponding tiles so as to define the width of the gaps, a threaded stem, which is fixed at right angles to the base in at least one easily breakable point, a knob for clamping and removing the threaded stem, which comprises a female threaded portion adapted to be screwed to the threaded stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Progress Profiles SpA
    Inventor: Lino Bordin
  • Patent number: 8627617
    Abstract: A mounting assembly (70c) for installing solar cell or photovoltaic modules (58) on a building surface (34) is disclosed. The mounting assembly (70c) includes a mounting device (74), a stud (114) that may be threaded to the mounting device (74), a clamping member (142) that may be positioned on the stud (114), and a nut (128) that may be threaded onto the stud (114) to secure the clamping member (142) to the mounting device (74). A mounting plate (110?) is disposed somewhere between the clamping member (142) and the mounting device (74). This mounting plate (110?) includes a raised structure or dome (174) on its upper surface (170) for positionally registering modules (58) thereto, a plurality of grounding projections (172) on this same upper surface (170), and a plurality of wiring tabs or clips (178) on its lower surface (176).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Robert M. M. Haddock, Dustin Marshall-Maston Haddock
  • Patent number: 8615936
    Abstract: A moveable and demountable wall panel system for defining an office space with a plurality of wall panels disposable in a substantially upright manner between a floor and a ceiling each having respectively a series of uppermost and lowermost deviations. The system includes at least one prefabricated frameless panel, the top edge of each panel being provided with a ceiling track configured for being removably insertable into a corresponding ceiling rail. The system also includes a bottom floor channel associated with each corresponding panel and being configured for operatively resting against the floor opposite to the ceiling rail. The system also includes first and second height adjustment assemblies associated with each panel and insertable into a corresponding bottom floor channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 8613168
    Abstract: A wall panel of a moveable and demountable frameless wall panel system that is secured between a floor of a room and a ceiling rail secured to a ceiling of the room. The wall panel includes a frameless panel, an upper clamp assembly, a ceiling track configured to be removably inserted into the ceiling rail, a lower clamp assembly, a first height adjustment mechanism secured to the lower clamp assembly, a second height adjustment mechanism, and a bottom floor channel receiving the first height and second height adjustment mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 8601749
    Abstract: A wall panel of a moveable and demountable frameless wall panel system that is secured between a floor of a room and a ceiling rail secured to a ceiling of the room. The wall panel includes a frameless panel, an upper clamp assembly, a ceiling track configured to be removably inserted into the ceiling rail, a lower clamp assembly, a first height adjustment mechanism secured to the lower clamp assembly, a second height adjustment mechanism, and a bottom floor channel receiving the first height and second height adjustment mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Allsteel, Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 8590849
    Abstract: A support post for a safety fence assembly. The support post has a floor engaging end that has a number of claws, a shaft coupled at one end to the floor engaging end, a first longitudinally extending telescoping tube, a second longitudinally extending telescoping tube adapted for sliding telescoping engagement with the first telescoping tube, a ceiling engaging end, and an over-center locking lever assembly. Each of the claws has a number of sharp penetrating points for engagement with a supporting surface. The shaft has a free end which is threaded along at least a portion of its length. The first longitudinally extending telescoping tube has an internal nut for threaded engagement with the shaft. The ceiling engaging end is coupled to the second telescoping tube. The over-center locking lever assembly fixes the relative position of the first and second telescoping tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan Jonny Melic
  • Patent number: 8578664
    Abstract: A connector to connect a pair of components of a building and transfer a load from one to the other. The connector comprising a pair of members, each to be connected to a respective one of the components, and an adjustable abutment acting between the members to inhibit relative movement between the members in one direction. The ratchet mechanism acting between the members to permit movement in the one direction and to inhibit relative movement in an opposite direction, whereby adjustment of the abutment to cause relative movements in the one direction is accommodated by the ratchet mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Wrightman
  • Patent number: 8568055
    Abstract: An adjustment system for connections between metal structures which consists of two plates. The adjustment system comprises a first plate (1) provided with four radial slits (4), where one part of the structure to be connected can be joined, and a second plate provided with four circular slits (5) where another part of the structure to be connected can be joined. Joining screw pins (3) pass through the radial slits in plate (1) and through the circular slits in plate (2) in order to join the two parts by means of the corresponding nuts (6) which tighten the said plates together. The adjustment system makes it possible to adjust the position of the two plates (1 and 2) with respect to their movement on axes X, Y and Z.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: STEELROOT Portugal, LDA
    Inventor: Vasco Maria Marques Lito Velez Grilo