Attaching Means Securing A Pane To A Sash Member Or To Another Pane Patents (Class 52/204.62)
  • Patent number: 10683695
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments relate to vacuum insulating glass units having edge seals formed in connection with solder alloys that, when reactively reflowed, wet metallic coatings pre-coated on the glass substrates' perimeters, and/or associated methods. The alloys may be based on materials that form seals at temperatures that will not de-temper glass and/or decompose a laminate, and/or remain hermetic and lack porous structures in their bulks. Example alloys may be based on inter-metallics of Sn and one or more materials selected from post-transition metals or metalloids; Zintl anions (e.g., In, Bi, etc.) from Group 13, 14, 15, or 16; and transition metals (e.g., Cu, Ag, Ni, etc.); and excludes Pb. Thin film coatings in certain example embodiments work with the solder material to form robust and durable hermetic interfaces. Because low temperatures are used, certain example embodiments can use compliant and visco-elastic spacer technology based on lamellar structures and/or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC.
    Inventors: Vijayen S. Veerasamy, Patricia Tucker, Martin D. Bracamonte
  • Patent number: 10355237
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display module, a bottom cover disposed below the display module, and a top cover disposed above the display module and overlapping at least a portion of the display module. The top cover is coupled to the display module or the bottom cover. The display module includes a display panel, a display window. The display window includes a central portion disposed above the display panel and an edge portion connected to the central portion. The edge portion overlaps the top cover and is thinner than the central portion. The bezel is disposed on a bottom surface of the display window and overlaps the edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Myoungan Min
  • Patent number: 10167073
    Abstract: A window mounting assembly includes a multi-piece bezel having a first portion having an attachment feature, and a second portion having a retention feature. The retention feature is configured to engage the attachment feature such that an inner opening is defined having an inner wall. The inner wall defines a channel. An electro-optic element is disposed in the opening and configured for reception in the channel of the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bradley L. Busscher, David I. Driscoll, Andrew T. Mitchell, Kevin L. Ash
  • Patent number: 10164209
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a display module, a bottom cover disposed below the display module, and a top cover disposed above the display module and overlapping at least a portion of the display module. The top cover is coupled to the display module or the bottom cover. The display module includes a display panel, a display window. The display window includes a central portion disposed above the display panel and an edge portion connected to the central portion. The edge portion overlaps the top cover and is thinner than the central portion. The bezel is disposed on a bottom surface of the display window and overlaps the edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Myoungan Min
  • Patent number: 9328512
    Abstract: A Vacuum Insulating Glazing Unit (VIGU) comprises two or more glass lites (panes) spaced apart from one another and hermetically bonded to an edge seal assembly therebetween. The resulting cavity between the lites is evacuated to create at least one insulating vacuum cavity within which are disposed a plurality of stand-off members to maintain separation between the lites. The edge seal assembly is preferably compliant in the longitudinal (i.e., edgewise) direction to allow longitudinal relative motion between the two lites (e.g., from thermal expansion). The longitudinal compliance may be obtained by imprinting a three-dimensional pattern into the edge seal material. The edge seal assembly is preferably bonded to the lites with a first bond portion that is hermetic and a second bond portion that is load-resistant. Methods for producing VIGUs and/or compliant edge seal assemblies and VIGU and edge seal apparatus are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: EverSealed Windows, Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Francis, IV, Gregg E. Freebury, Neal J. Beidleman, Michael Hulse
  • Patent number: 9261915
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus and a light-transmissive cover plate are disclosed. The electronic apparatus includes an image display device that includes an image display surface; a casing that houses at least a portion of periphery of the image display device; a light-transmissive cover plate that includes a first surface facing the image display surface, at least a peripheral edge region of the first surface is bonded to the casing; and a joining member that bonds the peripheral edge region of the first surface to the casing. The joining member has a Young's modulus smaller than that of the light-transmissive cover plate. The light-transmissive cover plate includes a gradual reduction area, and in this gradual reduction area, thickness is gradually reduced towards an outermost edge. At least a portion of the peripheral edge region of the first surface of the light-transmissive cover plate is included in the gradual reduction area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Uto, Kuniaki Mitsuda
  • Patent number: 9027293
    Abstract: A window covering assembly, including a generally convex panel defining a perimeter. The panel further includes structural outer and inner layers and an impact absorbing layer disposed between the structural outer layer and the structural inner layer. A flange portion is connected to the generally convex panel and has a plurality of apertures formed therethrough. A plurality of fasteners are extendable through the apertures for engaging a structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Scott
  • Publication number: 20150101274
    Abstract: Stops, glazing rings, windows, doors, etc. Some embodiments provide stops for securing window panes in windows. Some stops define elongated bodies with longitudinal axes, window pane-facing sides, frame member-facing sides, and sides at least partially set at acute angles to the other sides. Additionally, the frame member-facing sides also define grooves which are generally parallel to the axes and which can receive splines to seal the panes. Some stops have solid cross-sections which can be triangular. If desired, some stops are extruded and are orthogonally joined to one another to form glazing rings. These rings can be installed in windows, doors, etc. along with sealing splines to secure window panes against the window frame members. Moreover, they can comprise at least two stops. Furthermore, the frame members of embodiments are thermally broken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Rehme Custom Doors and Lighting Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Rehme
  • Patent number: 8973316
    Abstract: The disclosed system, method and device for construction generally includes a mullion having a guide track disposed therein and a custom fitting suitably adapted to support a construction section via substantially adjustable attachment to the guide track. Disclosed features and specifications may be optionally controlled, adapted or otherwise modified to improve the retention and/or support of construction sections in a variety of operating environments. Exemplary embodiments of the present invention generally provide improved aesthetic presentation and mechanical retention of construction panels in point-supported glass wall systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Franz Safford
  • Publication number: 20150040492
    Abstract: A break-in resistant window assembly whose components include a pane having at least a pair of edges and a corner; a frame boarding the pane; a sheet of polymeric film overlying the pane, a first adhesive layer fixedly interconnecting the pane and the sheet of polymeric film; a corner piece having a pair of legs; a pair of trim engaging lugs fixedly attached to the legs' distal ends; a first adhesive pads attaching the corner piece to the frame and attaching the corner piece to the sheet of polymeric film; a pair of trim pieces having proximal end openings receiving the trim engaging lugs; and a plurality of second adhesive pads attaching the trim pieces to the frame and to the sheet of polymeric film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Rafter
  • Publication number: 20150020466
    Abstract: The Present invention relates to a method for manufacturing at least one portion of a seal ensuring gas-tightness between at least one first and one second glass panel in a glazing system, the method including the following steps: depositing a first adhesive layer on a first peripheral area of the first panel and a second adhesive layer on a second peripheral area of the second panel; welding a first metal seal element to the first adhesive layer; welding a second metal seal element or said first metal seal element to the second adhesive layer. According to the invention, the first and second adhesive layers are deposited using a high speed oxy-fuel flame-spraying method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: AGC Glass Europe
    Inventors: Olivier Bouesnard, Francois Closset
  • Publication number: 20140331578
    Abstract: A supplemental window for fenestration suitable for use with existing windows. The supplemental window, in one embodiment, comprises a frame with plastic sheet material stretched across it. An attachment mechanism secured to the frame functions to fasten the supplemental window to an existing window. The attachment mechanism can be a suction cup or adhesive for example. A seal attached to the frame functions to trap a volume of air between the window pane and the plastic sheet material. An aesthetic covering and draft inhibiting mechanism are also provided. The supplemental window is configured such that the layer of trapped air is of an optimum thickness of 0.15 to 0.75 inches to maximize thermal insulation properties of the supplemental window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald Myron Wexler, Alan Scott Metelsky
  • Patent number: 8863452
    Abstract: A storm trim for holding a panel over a window for protection against impact of objects carried by wind during a storm. The storm trim includes a lineal cap and a lineal base. The base may be used with a window frame, incorporated into a window frame or be used in glazing surrounds or shutters. The base carries a stacked screw boss to receive and securely hold the anchoring screws that are needed to hold the panel over the window. The anchoring screws do not extend through the lineal base but remain within it. When the storm trim is not in use, the cap covers the lineal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Hawkes Design & Consulting, LLC
    Inventors: Henry M. Hay, III, Bruce A. Weber
  • Patent number: 8844219
    Abstract: A window framing system has multiple pieces that are components of a primary frame. The pieces are pre-formed, and may be assembled so as to build the frame at a job site. The pieces include a sub-frame and a base. The sub-frame has a corner to receive a glazing unit. The base is to be assembled with the sub-frame so as to secure the glazing unit in the corner. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: American Development Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Murray L. Neal
  • Patent number: 8813442
    Abstract: A window frame assembly to secure a glass pane within a window opening in a door slab. The assembly preferably includes two identical frame halves carrying bosses on which modular clip members are secure. The clip members each carry a male post member and a female socket member. Each clip member on a half frame engages a corresponding clip member on the other half frame with their female and male socket members engaging the outer surface of the clip member carrying a key member complementary to the keying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Garry Edwards, Timothy Ryan Krokos, Kenneth Karl Kussen, Edgar Grant Eckenswiller
  • Patent number: 8806818
    Abstract: A glazing system for a building comprising a glazing panel, a support and an attachment assembly for attaching the glazing panel to the support is disclosed. The attachment assembly comprises a mounting secured to the support and a glazing fitting secured to the glazing panel. The mounting comprises a mounting member and the glazing fitting comprises a hook portion and the mounting is connected to the glazing fitting by a connection between the hook portion and the mounting member. The attachment assembly further comprises a shock absorber that allows the attachment assembly to move relative to the support upon applying an impact to the glazing panel, thereby improving the impact resistance of the glazing panel. Mountings and fittings for use in such glazing systems are also disclosed, as are methods of improving the impact resistance of a suspended glazing panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Timothy John Morgan, Philip Glyn Thomas, John Hilton
  • Patent number: 8789324
    Abstract: A novel impact and blast resistant window is presented. A surface of a window pane that is adjacent to an interior of a building has a durable transparent polymer film coated or adhered thereto. The surface of a window pane that is adjacent to an interior of a building is sealed to the sash by double sided tape. The resulting window produces an unexpected ability for the durable transparent polymer film to retain pieces of broken glass driven toward the interior of the building by a missile striking an exterior of the window, without the durable transparent polymer film pulling loose from the window sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Henry M. Hay, Bruce Weber, Craig B. Duncan
  • Patent number: 8776443
    Abstract: A refrigerated display cabinet door includes inner and outer polygonal annular frames each formed as a single substantially homogenous polymeric/copolymeric injection molded member. An insulated glass unit is bonded to the inner and outer frames which are forcefully held together by a periphery snap fastening mechanism which avoids conventional use of clamps, vises or the like during adhesive cure/set-up. Conventional pivot pins carried by the display door are uniquely guided into pivot pin openings through guiding and locating members which can be snap-secured in openings of a frame in a display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Gemtron Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Bienick
  • Patent number: 8769909
    Abstract: A frame for a panel is constructed from two frame components. One of the frame components has a first wall and a first channel and the second frame component has a second wall and a second channel. The first frame component is mated to the second frame component with the first wall of the first frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the second channel of the second frame component and the second wall of the second frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the first channel of the first frame component. Portions of the panel are held between and make contact with the first frame component and the second frame component such that an end of the panel is located within a chamber defined between the first frame component and the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Steve V. McNamee
  • Patent number: 8756884
    Abstract: A method is provided for coupling individual fenestration units together and sealing the gaps between them so as to form a sealed compound fenestration unit. The individual fenestration units include mating channels and tabs, or other connectors, that are attached to outside frame surfaces of the individual fenestration units. When the connectors are coupled together, they attach the frames of the individual fenestration units securely together in such a way that gaps are formed between the units along their joined frame surfaces. The gaps are sealed by resilient sealing strips that are configured to be inserted into the gaps, and that are formed with seals that bear against the walls of the gaps to form impervious moisture seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Tufts, Craig M. Johnson, Corey M. Bishman, Robert J. Geisen
  • Patent number: 8720136
    Abstract: A glass element including at least two glass slabs arranged in facing relationship with a peripheral spacer frame arranged between each pair of glass slabs, and holders for anchorage at selective points to a supporting structure. The holders, each one of which includes two clamping plates which are joined together via connectors, are mounted exclusively in apertures formed in the glass element slab that faces the supporting structure. One of the clamping plates of each holder fitting is formed with anchorage attachment points that are accessible from the outside, and the inner clamping plates are placed in abutment against the inner face of the inner glass slab prior to the assembly of the inner glass slab and the next glass slab, in such a manner that their connecting parts extend at most up to the outer mouth of the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Vida International AB
    Inventor: Bo Stenvall
  • Patent number: 8695292
    Abstract: A glazing edge seal is provided so as to include an embedded stiffener which is embedded in a polymer inclusive base portion of the edge seal. The embedded stiffener is flexible so as to allow the base portion of the edge seal to be easily formed to an appropriate shape, but is rigid enough to maintain that formed shape while adhesive sets and/or cures. In certain example embodiments, the bottom surface of the edge seal is provided with a cut-out portion or cavity for receiving an adhesive(s) between the glazing and a main body of the edge seal, thereby permitting the adhesive to be controlled within a defined area, and/or to a defined thickness, thereby simplifying manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventor: Duane Recker
  • Patent number: 8650817
    Abstract: A flood proof window includes a glazing and a window frame having a glazing backstop. Dual sided tape is positioned between the glazing and the glazing backstop. The window is further provided with a glazing sealant for the glazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald M. Helton
  • Patent number: 8596007
    Abstract: A panel mounting system includes a support frame having at least one longitudinal frame member with a recess and a catch. A panel has a gripping member extending along a substantial length of the panel, the gripping member having a resiliently deflectable cross-section for engaging the longitudinal frame member. In a first position the gripping member engages the recess so as to hold the panel to the frame. In a second position the gripping member engages the catch, the catch holding the gripping member in the second position, so as to free the panel from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Protean Design Limited
    Inventor: Colin Hibbs
  • Patent number: 8590227
    Abstract: A blast-resistant window assembly is provided. The assembly has a window and first and second brackets. The window is fitted within an opening having at least one wall. The first bracket has a brace located adjacent the window and a stop located adjacent the wall. The second bracket is located adjacent the wall and is configured to receive the stop. During an explosion, force created therefrom causes the window to engage the brace of the first bracket to cause the stop of the same to be received by the second bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Donald L. Coddens
  • Patent number: 8590228
    Abstract: A casing for openings in buildings with enhanced thermal insulation capacity includes a first tubular section bar which is fixed to a perimetrical wall delimiting the opening, and a second tubular section bar cooperating with the first tubular section bar in order to hermetically close the opening. The first and second tubular section bars are capable of supporting one or more front panels of an interface between an inner environment and an outer environment of the building. At least one of the first tubular section bars and the second tubular section bars presents a plurality of through openings which create within at least one of the tubular section bars a continuous flow of circulating air which, due to the temperature difference between the inner environment and the outer environment, forms a natural thermal barrier in any season.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Axer S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Esposito
  • Patent number: 8590226
    Abstract: A glass element includes at least two glass slabs arranged in facing relationship with a peripheral spacer frame arranged between each pair of glass slabs, and holders for anchorage at selective points to a supporting structure. The holders, each one of which includes two clamping plates joined together via connectors, are mounted exclusively in apertures formed in the glass element slab that faces the supporting structure, i.e. the inner glass slab. One of the clamping plates of each holder fitting is formed with anchorage attachment points that are accessible from the outside, and the inner clamping plates are placed in abutment against the inner face of the inner glass slab prior to the assembly of the inner glass slab and the next glass slab, in such a manner that their connecting parts extend at most up to the outer mouth of the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Vida International AB
    Inventor: Bo Stenvall
  • Patent number: 8584426
    Abstract: Another exemplary embodiment relates to a sash assembly. The sash assembly includes an outer sash having at least one groove, an inner sash having at least one groove, and a removable binder extending along a perimeter of a surface of the outer sash and inner sash. The binder is configured to engage the outer sash and the inner sash and to mechanically couple the outer sash and the inner sash together. The binder includes a plurality of protrusions. Each protrusion is configured to mate with one of the groove in the inner sash and the groove in the outer sash. Each protrusion includes a plurality of flexible barbs that are compressed when the protrusion mates with one of the grooves. The flexible barbs provide a force on interior edges of the groove to couple the inner sash and outer sash together. The binder is configured for removal for service of the sash assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Milgard Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventors: Jess J. Valler, Melvin Saunders
  • Patent number: 8522496
    Abstract: A compression mounted window assembly is disclosed that includes a circular window having opposed front and rear planar surfaces and an outer periphery having forward and rearward chamfered edge surfaces, a compressible gasket circumscribing the outer periphery of the window, a housing with a portal having an annular seat for accommodating the window circumscribed by the gasket, wherein the annular seat has a first chamfered abutment surface corresponding to the forward chamfered edge surface of the window, an annular bezel operatively associated with the housing for compressively retaining the window assembly within the annular seat of the portal, and structure for securing the bezel to the housing, wherein the bezel has a second chamfered abutment surface corresponding to the rearward chamfered edge surface of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Boer, Eric L. Lovaasen, Kevin John Benning
  • Patent number: 8479462
    Abstract: A window insulation having a frame with a track fixedly attached thereto and flexible impermeable sheeting having a rail member peripherally positioned and releasably mountable to said track member therein forming a window thermally insulative device that can be mounted to the wall over the window opening or mounted to the window jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Lakeram Sahadeo, George F. Mesiha
  • Patent number: 8448394
    Abstract: A window includes a window frame adapted to be secured to a building, a window sash, and a plurality of sash clips disposed around the sash and fixedly securing the sash to the frame. Each of the sash clips preferably includes a base secured in fixed position to the window frame and a head received in the window sash. The window frame and the sash preferably have peripheral rails of extruded aluminum, plastic or fiber-reinforced resin construction, and the base and head of the sash clips are received in corresponding channels on the window frame and the window sash. The base and/or the head of the sash of each sash clip may include opposed flexible resilient spring legs received in a channel in the corresponding rail. The sash clips may be of plastic construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventors: Ralf Miethe, Kevin D. Vilhauer, John Tremble
  • Patent number: 8443559
    Abstract: A fastening device for substrates, for example for glass substrates assembled as a multiple glazing unit, including retaining elements placed between at least one of the two substrates facing one another and a supporting structure for transferring loads of the substrates to the supporting structure. The retaining elements include a mechanism to compensate for dimensional variations. The compensation mechanism allows a relative movement between the substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventor: Jean-Clement Nugue
  • Patent number: 8438802
    Abstract: A window system for installation in a structure is provided. The window system includes a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure. The window system further includes at least one window pane having a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure; at least one sash that surrounds the at least one window pane, wherein the sash has a front side that faces away from the structure and a back side that faces into the structure when the window system is installed in a structure; at least one window frame comprising at least one head, sill, and jamb; and at least one mounting base integral to the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: The Muhler Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry M. Hay, Bruce Weber
  • Patent number: 8402716
    Abstract: An insulating spacer for creating a thermally insulating bridge between spaced apart panes of a multiple pane window unit comprises in one embodiment, a solid fiber-stabilized aerogel insulation material, hardened with a desiccant-impregnated hot melt adhesive. The spacer defines a thermally insulated space between the panes. Several embodiments of the insulating spacer of the present invention are disclosed. Insulated glass units using the disclosed insulating spacers and windows employing these insulated glass units have significantly better thermal performance than prior art insulated glass units and windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Serious Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon D. Tinianov, Kent Whiting, Court Hinricher
  • Patent number: 8402705
    Abstract: A building element includes a glass panel defining an outer circumferential rim including at least two rectilinear segments, a first one of which defines a first length and a second one of which defines a second length. The glass panel is made of hardened glass and has a specific coefficient of thermal expansion. The building element further includes a first pultruded element having a length corresponding to the first length, and a second pultruded element having a length corresponding to the second length. The first and second pultruded elements are adhered in a high strength integral adhesion to the hardened glass panel along the first and second rectilinear segments, respectively, and the pultruded elements have a content of reinforcing fibers for providing a coefficient of thermal expansion of the pultruded elements substantially corresponding to the specific coefficient of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Fiberline A/S
    Inventor: Lars Petersen
  • Patent number: 8375657
    Abstract: In an insulating glazing unit including at least one curved rigid pane, another rigid pane and a spacer frame joining the two panes together by an impermeable adhesive, a space is created between the panes. The spacer frame has a variable cross-section over its length, looking in the direction of its longitudinal extension, in the region of the joining between the curved rigid pane and the other rigid pane. The spacer frame, in at least in the aforementioned region, includes a plastically deformed elastomer material when the two rigid panes are mutually pressed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventors: Detlef Buchwald, Oliver Kroessel, Helmut Maueser, Stefan Immerschitt, Hubert Hauser
  • Patent number: 8365480
    Abstract: A door assembly with installed glass panel, or insulated glass panel, security glass panel, or a decorative leaded glass panel, void of holes in the door or in glass panel, wherein the door assembly has a dual support connector with connector body, connector hole extending through the connector body, a glass flange integral with the connector body for overlaying an edge portion of the glass panel; an structural panel flange integral with the connector body, extending at a right angle to the connector hole away from the connector body parallel to while opposite the glass panel flange for overlaying an edge portion of the structural panel while in a plane apart from a plane of the glass flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Glasscraft Door Company
    Inventors: John B. Plummer, Joseph Gene Denley
  • Patent number: 8359796
    Abstract: A dual support connector assembly for connecting a glass panel, including an insulated glass panel a security glass panel, or a decorative leaded glass panel, to a structural panel for a door or a window without creating holes in the door or glass panel wherein the connector has a connector body, connector hole extending through the connector body, a lower glass flange integral with the connector body for overlaying an edge portion of the glass panel; an upper structural panel flange integral with the connector body, extending at an angle to the connector hole away from the connector body parallel to while opposite the lower glass panel flange for overlaying an edge portion of the structural portion while in a plane apart from a plane of the lower glass flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Glasscraft Door Company
    Inventors: John B. Plummer, Joseph Gene Denley
  • Patent number: 8356454
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a unitized overhead glazing system of the present invention includes an array of assembled structural framing cassettes each having at least five photovoltaic modules. In an embodiment, each cassette forms one electrical string and is pre-wired, tested, and shipped ready to install for a variety of applications, including, but not limited to, parking canopies, covered walkways and specialty awnings. The unitized overhead glazing system can be utilized to generate electricity, provide shade, collect water, reduce heat island effect, provide more controlled lighting and support infrastructure for plug-in vehicles. The unitized overhead glazing system is designed to be installed and maintained from below, eliminating safety concerns associated with conventional canopies where work must be performed while on top of the canopy. The unitized overhead glazing system incorporates sealing methods and components to manage water, limit debris build up, and maximize energy yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Napora, Vincent T. Van Son
  • Patent number: 8353137
    Abstract: A compression mounted window assembly is disclosed that includes a circular window having opposed front and rear planar surfaces and an outer periphery having forward and rearward chamfered edge surfaces, a compressible gasket circumscribing the outer periphery of the window, a housing with a portal having an annular seat for accommodating the window circumscribed by the gasket, wherein the annular seat has a first chamfered abutment surface corresponding to the forward chamfered edge surface of the window, an annular bezel operatively associated with the housing for compressively retaining the window assembly within the annular seat of the portal, and structure for securing the bezel to the housing, wherein the bezel has a second chamfered abutment surface corresponding to the rearward chamfered edge surface of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan L. Boer, Eric L. Lovaasen, Kevin J. Benning
  • Patent number: 8316596
    Abstract: An IG unit includes a perimeter structure having a port, a first pane supported by the perimeter structure, a second pane supported by the perimeter structure opposite the first pane with an interior space defined between the first and second panes that is sealed and connected to the port, and a membrane valve assembly adapted to act as a self-sealing access to the port. The membrane valve assembly optionally includes a first sealant layer, a second membrane layer, and a third sealant layer, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Howard C. Anderson, Andy Schirz, Kenneth E. Nossaman
  • Patent number: 8291656
    Abstract: A retention assembly is for retaining a panel in a window or a door. The assembly includes a surround, a frame, and a locking latch. The surround includes a first and a second pair of spaced segments which extend to define an opening. The frame includes a pair of first spaced sides and the panel is supported between the sides. The pair of first spaced sides are disposed between the first and second pair of segments. One of the first sides includes a floor and a catch which extends from the floor. The locking latch is movably supported by the surround and defines a retention recess for permitting locking engagement between the locking latch and the catch as the locking latch is moved relative to one of the first segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Gunther, Robert E. Daniels, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8245462
    Abstract: A window includes a window frame adapted to be secured to a building, a window sash, and a plurality of sash clips disposed around the sash and fixedly securing the sash to the frame. Each of the sash clips preferably includes a base secured in fixed position to the window frame and a head received in the window sash. The window frame and the sash preferably have peripheral rails of extruded aluminum, plastic or fiber-reinforced resin construction, and the base and head of the sash clips are received in corresponding channels on the window frame and the window sash. The base and/or the head of the sash of each sash clip may include opposed flexible resilient spring legs received in a channel in the corresponding rail. The sash clips may be of plastic construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Milgard Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventors: Ralf Miethe, Kevin D. Vilhauer, John Tremble
  • Publication number: 20120186173
    Abstract: A safety cap assembly for use with a coupler for a point glass structure is disclosed. In exemplary embodiments, the safety cap assembly may include a base having a top edge portion defining a top aperture; a bottom edge portion defining a bottom aperture; a wall extending from the top edge portion to the bottom edge portion; a channel extending from the top aperture to the bottom aperture, the channel adapted to receive at least a first portion of the coupler and to receive filler material that provides support to the point glass structure; and a cover disposed on the top edge portion of the base, the cover having a top surface having an aperture formed therein adapted to receive at least a second portion of the coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph J. Daniels
  • Patent number: 8225562
    Abstract: An improved simulated authentic divided-light windows, includes an internal muntin grid structure sandwiched between the panes of a double-glazed sealed window pane, and an external muntin grid removably attached to each side of the sealed window pane. The internal grid is equipped with multiple neodymium magnets, which are embedded in the grid structure at regular intervals, while the back side of each of the outer muntin grid structures is equipped with multiple steel or iron inserts which align with the neodymium magnets when the outer grids are positioned, as intended, on the sash. Outer grids used on the inside of a building can be made of wood or plastic. Outer grids used on the exterior of building are preferably made of extruded aluminum or other weather resistant material. The steel or iron inserts are threadably secured or adhesively bonded to apertures in the back side of the grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Floyd Parker
  • Patent number: 8220211
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a toggle assembly that can be used with a curtain wall system to retain infills of panel members. A toggle assembly of the present invention is sufficiently designed to simultaneously retain in place a first infill of a first panel member and a first infill of a second panel member on both sides of a mullion, wherein at least a portion of the toggle assembly directly engages at least a portion of the first infill of the first panel member and at least a portion of the first infill of the second panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Dolby, Gregory Blake McKenna
  • Patent number: 8209922
    Abstract: A building element includes a glass panel defining an outer circumferential rim including at least two rectilinear segments, a first one of which defines a first length and a second one of which defines a second length. The glass panel is made of hardened glass and has a specific coefficient of thermal expansion. The building element further includes a first pultruded element having a length corresponding to the first length, and a second pultruded element having a length corresponding to the second length. The first and second pultruded elements are adhered in a high strength integral adhesion to the hardened glass panel along the first and second rectilinear segments, respectively, and the pultruded elements have a content of reinforcing fibers for providing a coefficient of thermal expansion of the pultruded elements substantially corresponding to the specific coefficient of thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Fiberline A/S
    Inventor: Lars Petersen
  • Publication number: 20120159881
    Abstract: An attack-resistant window assembly that can be easily maintained without requiring the use of tools. The attack-resistant window assembly includes a slidable plate for securing the attack-resistant pane into the window assembly. The window assembly also has ballistic-resistant armor around the peripheral sides of the ballistic-resistant pane to prevent bullets from exiting the peripheral sides of the ballistic-resistant pane and coming into the space on the protected side of the window assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: DEFENSHIELD, INC.
    Inventor: William Collins White
  • Publication number: 20120159880
    Abstract: A method of preparing a window module includes providing a metal frame having a first major surface, applying a structural glazing tape to the first major surface of the metal frame, and positioning a glass panel overtop the structural glazing tape. The structural glazing tape includes a polymer foam tape having first and second major surfaces, an adhesive layer overlying the first major surface for bonding the structural glazing tape to the structural frame, and a release layer overlying the second major surface. The method further includes filling a channel defined by the glass panel, the metal frame, and the structural glazing tape with a curable sealant, and curing the sealant to bond the glass panel and the metal frame together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS CORPORATRION
    Inventors: Thomas A. Veilleux, James N. Gordon, Stewart B. Dittmeier
  • Patent number: 8201368
    Abstract: A blind frame for a window or door, the blind frame including a channel defined by the blind frame, the channel extending at least partially around the periphery of the blind frame and defining a space between the frame and an adjacent wall, the space being adapted and configured to receive an amount of concrete so as to affix the frame to the wall. The blind frame may include an accessory compartment including a housing defining an external surface adapted and configured to support an amount of concrete and embed said housing in said wall opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Alluwinner Ltd
    Inventors: Roman Nirel, Levi Dabuoush