Interfitted Trim Plate Patents (Class 52/242)
  • Patent number: 10989237
    Abstract: A system for extending the height of an existing cubicle wall is herein disclosed. The system comprises a top cap overlay fitted with a vertical extension panel. The cross-section of the top cap overlay is uniform and consistent along its length. The top cap overlay includes a lower channel extending along the length of the top cap overlay for mounting to the top of an existing cubicle wall. The top cap overlay also includes at least one upper channel or groove extending along the length of the top cap overlay for receiving a length of vertical extension panel. The upper channel or groove comprises at least two walls extending from the top of the horizontal panel and spaced sufficiently apart to receive and hold the thickness or width of the vertical extension panel. Further improvements for the system are disclosed, along with a method for using the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Robert J. Wittsche
  • Patent number: 10920416
    Abstract: A drywall can be used as an attachment to a connecting building element. The drywall includes a connecting profile, at least one drywall panel, and at least one flat sealing device. The flat sealing device extends in an extent direction and has, transverse thereto, a retaining portion for positioning between a base portion and the connecting building element, a sealing portion, and a positioning portion for positioning on an outer side of the drywall panel. The flat sealing device is so disposed that a cavity is formed between an edge of the drywall panel, the connecting building element, the limb portion of the connecting profile, and the sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Manfred Klein, Christian Foerg
  • Patent number: 10889985
    Abstract: A divider assembly for dividing a space into physically separated sub-spaces, comprising a support structure for fixing a divider in an upstanding orientation thereby dividing said space in which said divider is placed, the support structure includes a body defining a main axis, a holder provided on first side of the main axis and along length of the body for holding the divider in said upstanding orientation, and a coupler provided on second side of the main axis and along length of the body for direct coupling with another said support structure, such that said divider assembly is expandable into adjacent space for creating further separated sub-spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Kuei-Yung Wang
  • Patent number: 10626601
    Abstract: A connector bracket is used to connect a second wall module to a first wall module at an intermediate position between opposing sides of the first wall module. The connector bracket can include a first connector plate, having one or more tabs extending therefrom, that connects to a vertical bracket of the second wall module and a second connector plate that connects to a horizontal support member of the first wall module. The connector bracket can additionally include a transition plate connected between the first connector plate and the second connector plate. The connector bracket can allow for the two wall modules to be connected together at right angles, obtuse angles, or acute angles, depending on the orientation and/or configuration of the connector bracket, the second connector bracket, and/or the transition bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: DIRTT Environmental Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Geoff Gosling
  • Patent number: 10378355
    Abstract: A mine stopping panel and method of making it are disclosed. In one embodiment, the panel includes first and second channel-shaped panel members having a telescoping sliding fit one inside the other. An elongate end cap fitted in the first panel member. One or more connections between the first panel member and the end cap hold the end cap against movement relative to the first panel member when an extending force is applied to the end cap tending to telescopically extend the first panel member relative to the second panel member. At least one device on the end cap is configured for engagement with the first panel member to resist telescopic movement of the first end cap relative to the first panel member when a contracting force is applied to the first end cap. Other improved mechanisms for resisting contracting forces are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Jack Kennedy Metal Products & Buildings, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Kennedy, John M. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 10087616
    Abstract: A wallboard panel support may include a base support member having two upwardly extending sidewalls which receive the lower end of the wallboard panel and space the lower end of the wallboard panel above a floor of a building. A method for installing a wallboard panel in a building may include attaching a wallboard panel support to the lower end of a wallboard panel, moving the wallboard panel attached to the wallboard panel support to a location in a building adjacent a stud, placing the wallboard panel against the stud, and securing the wallboard panel to the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Mark W. Lam
  • Patent number: 9663944
    Abstract: A wallboard panel support may include a base support member having two upwardly extending sidewalls which receive the lower end of the wallboard panel and space the lower end of the wallboard panel above a floor of a building. A method for installing a wallboard panel in a building may include attaching a wallboard panel support to the lower end of a wallboard panel, moving the wallboard panel attached to the wallboard panel support to a location in a building adjacent a stud, placing the wallboard panel against the stud, and securing the wallboard panel to the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Mark W. Lam
  • Patent number: 9228600
    Abstract: A portable panel-frame construction kit, system and method are described. A multiplicity of elongated frame members are releasably interconnectable to form a wall frame segment having at least one aperture therethrough, wherein facing sides of the frame members are coplanar with one another and at least a pair of the frame members are disposed on opposite sides of the aperture. A gasket channel is formed at the facing side of each frame member. Each gasket channel has a respective insertion axis oriented generally parallel to its respective facing side, and may be formed by fixed engagement between a cladding element and facing side of the respective frame member. A panel member is tautly securable to the wall frame segment by initial stretching of the panel member and insertion of mounting gaskets into respective gasket channels. A pull tab may be provided to facilitate removal of the gaskets from the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Moss Holding Company
    Inventor: Robert M. Frey
  • Patent number: 8966842
    Abstract: A panel wall system includes a frame assembly adapted to support a plurality of skin assemblies in a floor-to-ceiling relationship, wherein the skin assemblies include solid panel assemblies as well as captured glass skin assemblies. The solid panel assemblies are coupled to the frame assembly via latch mechanisms having actuator levers which are accessible in gaps formed between adjacent solid panel assemblies, wherein a user of the wall panel system can discern whether or not a panel assembly is properly engaged with the frame assembly based on the visibility and positioning of the actuator lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Allen C. Hager, Mark T. Slager, Steven Keith Meek
  • Patent number: 8887459
    Abstract: Provided are systems and components for modular wall assembly. The components include horizontal tracks, vertical studs, and floor tracks that have engagement means for assembling the components together into a frame structure. Horizontal tracks and floor tracks have portions for mourning a wall module such as a wall panel unit, bookshelf unit, or cabinet. The horizontal tracks, vertical studs, and floor studs may be CNC cut from a CAD file for precision alignment between interlocking components. The modular wall assembly systems provide for ease of construction and flexibility in designing the layout of an interior wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8844222
    Abstract: A connector arrangement for a wall panel system is provided which includes connector blocks that join serially-adjacent wall panel frames together in proper alignment with each other. These corner blocks also are matable with a system of spacer strips, light block strips, single-side trim covers and multi-side trim covers which enclose the connector blocks and connector structure. A corner spline arrangement is also provided between adjacent trim covers which spline extends vertically and defines a closed corner, right-angled corner between the interconnected trim covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen Glick, Jason DeWeerd, Robert Clare Wayner
  • Patent number: 8826630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method with which cabling can be arranged invisibly in an indoor space in rapid and simple manner. This method comprises the steps of placing a non-load-bearing partition wall which has a cavity and which is provided on its underside with a recess which extends over the whole length thereof and which is at least partially open on its upper side and communicates with the cavity, and placing the laid cabling laterally into the recess. The method further comprises of arranging at least one take-off point in the partition wall, leading a take-off cable from the take-off point through the cavity in the partition wall to the recess, and connecting the take-off cable to the cabling in the recess. In the case of walls provided with studs or other connecting elements, these can, at the position of the recess, be replaced by or strengthened with strengthening elements leaving the recess at least partially clear. Different embodiments of these strengthening elements can be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Infill Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Age Van Randen
  • Patent number: 8713893
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method with which cabling can be arranged invisibly in an indoor space in rapid and simple manner. This method comprises the steps of placing a non-load-bearing partition wall which has a cavity and which is provided on its underside with a recess which extends over the whole length thereof and which is at least partially open on its upper side and communicates with the cavity, and placing the laid cabling laterally into the recess. The method further comprises of arranging at least one take-off point in the partition wall, leading a take-off cable from the take-off point through the cavity in the partition wall to the recess, and connecting the take-off cable to the cabling in the recess. In the case of walls provided with studs or other connecting elements, these can, at the position of the recess, be replaced by or strengthened with strengthening elements leaving the recess at least partially clear. Different embodiments of these strengthening elements can be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Infill Systems B.V.
    Inventor: Age Van Randen
  • Publication number: 20130192148
    Abstract: A leveling assembly for an interior wall system includes an elongate floor channel secured to the floor, a floor rail longitudinally disposed within the floor channel for supporting the wall panel, and levelers positioned along the floor channel. The levelers each include a base resting on the floor channel, a threaded rod projecting upwardly from the base, an outer threaded sleeve capable of telescoping movement over the threaded rod, and a threaded nut secured in an opening defined in a bottom surface of the floor rail. The threaded nut supports the floor rail. The levelers vertically space apart the floor rail from the floor channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Teknion Limited
    Inventor: Teknion Limited
  • Publication number: 20130186023
    Abstract: A system for assembling a wall including first and second panels is provided. The system includes a plurality of caps that are slip-fittable onto respective corners of the first and second panels. First and second pairs of the plurality of caps include hinge-caps configured to be pivotably coupled with one another via first and second hinges. The first and second pairs of the plurality of caps are configured for respective association with first and second pairs of opposite corners of the first and second panels such that the first and second panels are disposable in a shoulder-to-shoulder configuration with the first and second panels being pivotable about a rotational axis defined through the first and second hinges or movable relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Matthew A. Nobile
  • Patent number: 8387321
    Abstract: A connector for a wall structure wherein the connector connects to and reinforces a stud within the wall structure, or in some cases, the connector actually functions as a stud. The connector includes an elongated web and a pair of flanges that project from the web. About the lower portion of the connector there is provided a series of tabs that extend from the web and the two flanges and are turned so as to overlap and form a transfer structure that extends between the flanges about the lower end of the connector. In use, the connector can be connected to respective studs in a wall structure and at the same time anchor to an underlying structure such as a floor. In other cases, the connector itself can be utilized in the wall structure as a stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, John Herrmann, Nabil Abdel-Rahman
  • Patent number: 8359809
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of refurbishing a modular work station or cubicle having a wall segment with at least one exterior surface and at least one horizontal load support that is connected to the wall segment so that it confronts the exterior surface. The apparatus includes one or more sheets of material that can be trimmed to the dimensions of the exterior surface and which are thin enough so that they are able to be inserted between a load support (such as a desk top, tack board, shelf, tool rail, cabinet, or the like) and the external surface. The one or more sheets can be penetrable (tackable), paramagnetic, and/or capable of use with wet or dry markers. The one or more sheets may also be provided with a finishing layer of woven material or fabric and can be fire resistant and/or have acoustical dampening properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Scott Erickson
  • Patent number: 8272180
    Abstract: An upright space-dividing wall panel is provided having an internal frame and a top cap attached to a top rail of the frame. The top cap includes a lengthwise channel in which threaded fasteners are slidably received for engaging the top cap to the frame rail. The top cap further includes side channels which cooperate with coupling brackets for securing a second panel to the wall panel. Further, a locator clip arrangement is provided between the top cap and a side trim cover on the end of the wall panel for precisely locating the trim cover relative to the top cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen Glick, Shane Kuipers, David Koning, Jason DeWeerd
  • Patent number: 8205402
    Abstract: A stud spacer for a metal wall having a series of spaced apart studs with each stud having a pair of flanges and an interconnected web with the web having an opening therein. Connected between each pair of consecutive studs is a stud spacer. Each stud spacer includes a pair of end flanges that are secured to the web of an adjacent stud. In addition, each stud spacer includes a projection that projects through an opening in the adjacent stud and extends into an opening or slot in an adjacent stud spacer such that the respective stud spacers are effectively linked or connected by the projections of the various stud spacers found in the metal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, Michael Torres
  • Patent number: 8046962
    Abstract: An upright space-dividing wall panel is provided having an internal frame and a top cap attached to a top rail of the frame. The top cap includes a lengthwise channel in which threaded fasteners are slidably received for engaging the top cap to the frame rail. The top cap further includes side channels which cooperate with coupling brackets for securing a second panel to the wall panel. Further, a locator clip arrangement is provided between the top cap and a side trim cover on the end of the wall panel for precisely locating the trim cover relative to the top cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen Glick, Shane Kuipers, David Koning, Jason Deweerd
  • Patent number: 8020352
    Abstract: Generally, a structural building system has a header, a header distant from the footer, and a plurality of vertical members spanning the footer and the header. The footer includes two support members, each having a horizontal portion and a vertical portion, positioned in an interior space of the footer for additional strength and stability. The header includes a corrugation, or brace member positioned in an interior space for strength and stability that has an upwardly offset central portion between horizontal portions. The vertical members are preferably I-beams that support a wall height at maximum wind loads. The footer and the header include races for ready wiring without drilling or cutting the vertical members. The system is augmented by mechanical fasteners or adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Roger E. Ahearn
  • Patent number: 8015767
    Abstract: A connector arrangement for a wall panel system is provided which includes connector blocks that join serially-adjacent wall panel frames together in proper alignment with each other. These corner blocks also are matable with a system of spacer strips, light block strips, single-side trim covers and multi-side trim covers which enclose the connector blocks and connector structure. A corner spline arrangement is also provided between adjacent trim covers which spline extends vertically and defines a closed corner, right-angled corner between the interconnected trim covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristen Glick, Jason Deweerd, Robert Clare Wayner
  • Publication number: 20110179733
    Abstract: A bracket system is disclosed for allowing conventional trim to be removably connected to a wall or ceiling or both while allowing the bracket system to be concealed behind the trim. The bracket system includes a wall bracket that is attached to the wall or ceiling or both and a trim bracket that is attached to conventional trim. The wall bracket and trim bracket interlock with each other and are held together in secure but removable mating contact. The wall bracket and trim bracket can be pulled apart or pushed together to allow for removal and reinstallation of trim without mechanical modification or destruction of any components. A preferred embodiment of the bracket system includes an insert bracket that is placed inside and concealed within the wall bracket. The insert bracket helps to retain cabling within the wall bracket when the trim bracket is removed or to keep cabling running along the bracket system separated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Heath D. Picken
  • Patent number: 7958683
    Abstract: An improved wall panel system is disclosed. The system includes framed panels having side frame members, a top frame member, and a bottom support structure. Also included are a plurality of connection components including a connector post, an I-beam shaped connector, connectors, and decorative caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: HNI Corporation
    Inventors: Sam E. Abusada, Travis E. Wright, Nicholas Stubbe, Darren Zaugg, Benjamin J. Proctor, Steve V. Lindeen, Robert R. Hill
  • Publication number: 20110099929
    Abstract: A modular wall panel system including a series of wall panels connectable to each other. Each of the wall panels is formed from a support frame having a pair of spaced vertical posts and an upper header and a lower sill extending between the vertical posts. The lower sill is received within attachment notches formed in each of the vertical posts near the bottom end of each post. The attachment notches are spaced along the length of the vertical post such that the position of the sill can be adjusted. The lower sill includes a trim channel that receives the bottom of a tile mounted to the support frame. A top cap is attached to the header and engages a top end of the tile to aid in retaining the tile on the support frame. The tile may be a segmented tile having a lower portion and an upper portion joined to each other by a segmented trim channel. The segmented trim channel between the upper and lower portions is not connected to the support frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: KRUEGER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: David D. Liegeois, Daniel R. Cummings, Steven C. Gevaert
  • Patent number: 7905073
    Abstract: A structural panel for a building structure includes first and second stud members each including a neck. Openings and venturi bridges are formed in the neck. At least one flange is attached to the neck. A foam panel extends between the studs. The openings in the neck limit the heat transferred from the stud to the edge of the foam panel. The venturi bridges in the neck also limit the transfer of heat from the neck to the edge of the foam panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Global Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald J. Brandes, James L. Beavers
  • Patent number: 7882666
    Abstract: A prefabricated building component, e.g. for incorporation in a wall, a floor, a roof or another building component, comprises a frame formed by lengths of lumber with heat insulating foam material provided in spaces between the lumber so as to form a heating insulating barrier. To reinforce the frame against racking forces, a reinforcement sheet of fiber reinforced composite material is provided on the barrier and the lumber at least one side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Meho Karalic
  • Patent number: 7861474
    Abstract: A prefabricated wall panel has a top frame structure defining an upward-opening channel extending lengthwise along the upper edge of the panel. An elongate header member is normally disposed within this channel. The header member is vertically slidably supported on supports fixed to the top frame structure so that the header member, in a storage position, is retained in the space. When the panel has been swung upwardly so that the upper edge is aligned below a preinstalled ceiling track, then the header member is manually displaced upwardly until the header telescopes over the ceiling track. A fixed connection is then formed between the header and the ceiling track to provide lateral stability at the upper edge of the wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Leo Houle, Charine Ella Roy, Steven Charles McIlvenna
  • Patent number: 7818932
    Abstract: An off-module connector system for a partition system detachably connects a first partition with a second partition in a non-parallel, angular relationship at a location on the first partition between the opposite side members thereof. The off-module connector system includes a top connector bracket which engages the attachment slots on the panel frames and a bottom connector bracket which engages an associated rack to securely, yet removably, mount the two partition panels in an off-modular relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Eberlein, Daniel R. Van Dyk, Michael L. Waalkes, Davinder S. Dhanoa
  • Patent number: 7640701
    Abstract: A deflection clip for erection of partitions in office space and commercial use is disclosed. A deflection clip in accordance with the present invention has a flat base with a left and right clasp that are substantially parallel to the base. The right and left clasps are used to secure the deflection clip to a leg of an open channel track attached to the floor and ceiling. The left and right clasp each have a left and right stud extension tab extending substantially perpendicular from an inside edge of the left and right clasps. The left and right stud extension tabs are used to secure a stud in relation to the open channel track, allowing the ceiling and floor to deflect relative to each other without transferring load to the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Flannery Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Rutherford
  • Patent number: 7624549
    Abstract: A wall panel-ceiling engagement device is designed to couple a wall panel to a ceiling. The engagement device, when engaged with the ceiling, holds the wall panel stationary without any fasteners, braces or other securing members that penetrate into the ceiling. The engagement device includes a pair of wall extensions secured to opposite sides of the wall panel and that contain a sound and/or attenuating material, such as a foam material, therebetween. Corner braces are used to join adjacent wall-panels to one another. The corner braces also function to allow the wall panels to sway as a collective and connected unit during seismic events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Kopish
  • Patent number: 7434790
    Abstract: A glass rail design in which the glass infill panels extend vertically beyond the top rail. To achieve this, a new vertical post system has to be created. These vertical posts hold the glass panels in front of the posts. To do this, each post has an extruded form extending forward of the post. The glass panels fit into the extruded form. The top rail is attached to the top of the posts and then runs behind the glass panels. The tops of the panels are covered with a protective cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Tracy C. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7313891
    Abstract: The wall insulating and finishing system is a system for finishing a concrete structure to increase the amount of useable space in a building. The finishing system comprises a plurality of connectable panels. An insulation layer is secured to the rear surface of the panels. The insulation layer has a generally flat front surface that is secured to the rear surface of the panels. The insulation layer also provides an uneven rear surface that is positioned adjacent to the existing basement foundation wall, and a pair of uneven side surfaces. The uneven rear and side surfaces of the insulation layer provide a plurality of grooves or dimples that allow moisture and air to move freely between the wall structure and the insulation layer. The panels and insulation layer are mounted to the existing wall structure by mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Robert J. Showers
  • Patent number: 7299593
    Abstract: A metal half wall is provided, with the wall including a lower track, an upper track and a series of spaced apart studs extending between the two tracks. A connector is disposed adjacent each stud for connecting the stud to the lower track and to a support structure lying underneath the lower track. Each connector includes an elongated member having opposite end portions. One end portion includes a turned end plate that extends generally perpendicular with respect to the elongated member. In the half wall, a connector is disposed directly adjacent a respective stud. So disposed, the elongated member extends upwardly next to an adjacent stud and the end plate extends over the lower track. A series of fasteners are connected between the elongated member and the adjacent stud, and between the end plate and the underlying lower track and support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, Michael L. Torres
  • Patent number: 7293392
    Abstract: An elongate flexible track is flexibly positionable from an initial straight configuration to a non-straight configuration having a horizontal, vertical or compound curvature in which it is lockable with locking elements. The track has a plurality of stud receiving components each being formed with a horizontal base wall having a longitudinal edge and a transverse edge, a side wall on a first side of the track and a side wall on a second side of the track, the side walls extending vertically from respective longitudinal edges of the base wall. The base and side walls define a space in which a stud end of an elongate stud can be mounted. Adjacent stud receiving components are joined by linking elements which include pivot elements about which the linking elements are adjustable in one or more directions. At least one locking elements passage is provided on each side of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Oziflex Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Andreas Krumbacher
  • Patent number: 7223043
    Abstract: A joining arrangement for use in the construction of stud frames and for releasable attachment of a first member to a second structural member forming part of the frame. The first member includes in at least one side wall a female recess which, when the members are joined, engages a corresponding male protrusion in at least one wall of the second member. The respective formations in the first and second members engage such that they are generally in alignment thereby securing the first member to the second member and wherein the first member is a stud and the second member is a plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: William Andrews
  • Patent number: 7089707
    Abstract: A baseboard radiator having notched fins. The notches are retained by a flange on a back plate mounted to a wall. The fins are further retained by a flange in the upper portion of the back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Vent Rite Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Salvatore Uglietto, Gary Webster
  • Patent number: 7073299
    Abstract: A curved metal track for receiving a series of metal studs and forming a part of a curved metal wall. The track comprises a plurality of sections with each section being pivotally connected to an adjacent section. Structurally each section comprises a base plate having opposed first and second end portions. Formed in the first end portion is a slit or opening. The second end portion of each section is adapted to be inserted into the slit or opening of an adjacently disposed section. A pivot connector is utilized to pivotally connect the first end portion of one section with the second end portion of another section. There is also provided a pair of opposed stud tabs that extend normal to the base plate and which are adapted to be secured to the sides of a stud. By pivotally connecting the individual sections of the track, the track can be curved and accordingly can be configured to form a part of a curved metal wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, Michael L. Torres
  • Patent number: 6996943
    Abstract: A bracket for supporting an electrical junction box within a wall frame. The bracket has a junction box support portion adapted to be connectable to the electrical junction box and a cable support portion extending from the junction box support portion. The cable support portion has a cable securing portion that receives and automatically secures the electrical cables in the cable support portion, thereby fixing the electrical cables a desired distance from the junction box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Denier Electric Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Denier, Charles H. Bull, Joseph P. Kallmeyer
  • Patent number: 6964138
    Abstract: An improved wall panel system is disclosed. The system includes wall panel assemblies, each assembly having a pair of side frame members having slotted channels, top and bottom steel tubes and fork connectors for attachment to the side frame members, a top cap, lower metal supports and a plastic base rail channel and cover. The system also includes a universal connector post, a universal I-beam shaped connector, a universal bracket, a variable height bracket and adjustable corner and end caps. The corner and end caps are scored to allow removal of cap walls resulting in an inventory of fewer parts and system versatility. A removal tool is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Carroll, Tom Michel, Timothy J. Nichols, Martin J. Traver, Osama E. Abusada, Jason L. Thorn, Travis E. Wright
  • Patent number: 6945517
    Abstract: In general, the present invention includes a fence cap for covering the openings between two sides of a fence at the top of the fence and/or the end of the fence. The fence cap includes a first recess adapted to receive a first component of a fence. This first recess is defined by a first wall, a second wall, and a third wall. The first wall and the third wall are substantially parallel one to another, and the first wall and the third wall are each substantially perpendicular to the second wall. The cap further includes a second recess adapted to receive a second component of the fence. This second recess is defined by a fourth wall, a fifth wall, and a sixth wall. The fourth wall and the sixth wall are each substantially parallel one to another, and the fourth wall and the sixth wall are each substantially perpendicular to the fifth wall. In the fence cap of the present invention, the third wall and the sixth wall are substantially parallel one to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: James D. Augur
  • Patent number: 6817147
    Abstract: A clip for retaining a cover to a partition frame member of the type having openings on opposite side faces. The clip includes an elongated flexible member having a U-shape defining a base portion and a pair of arms extending therefrom. Each arm includes an end portion extending inwardly, and having a shape that permits reception of the end portions in openings of a partition frame member to thereby retain the clip on the partition frame in an orientation wherein the base portion is spaced-apart from the partition frame member to permit vertical routing of utility lines along the partition frame member and through the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas B. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 6799404
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes at least two panel elements which are configured for contiguous placement adjacent to one another. Each of the panel elements defines a hollow internal passageway. The panels are configured to permit a contiguous placement whereby the respective passageways of the panels are brought into registration with one another. A connection element is positioned within one of the passageways. The connection element is accessible through a slot defined within the sidewall of the panel wherein the connection element resides. The connection element is slidable whereby it may be displaced partially into the second panel element. The connection element is thereafter actuatable whereby its lateral dimension is decreased to form a pressure fit union with the interior sidewalls of the two passageways. In its spatially decreased configuration, the connection element provides a means of interconnecting the two panel elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Daw Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Spransy
  • Patent number: 6761004
    Abstract: A reconfigurable office partition system that includes movable rigid panels each comprised of a core panel mounted within a perimeter frame. Said core panel comprised of a matrix of compressed straw or other cellulose-based natural fiber lined by paper or paperboard suitable for accepting a variety of surface treatments, and also suitable for accepting nails, screws or other means for hanging or otherwise attaching articles thereon. Frames comprised of vertical and horizontal rails specially adapted to engage said core panels and further adapted to releasably and slidably attach to a series of specialty connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Affordable Building Systems
    Inventors: Todd Anglin, Carroll Moore, Erez Steinberg
  • Patent number: 6751913
    Abstract: A wall structure includes at least two studs that are designed to support panels front and back, and end caps or raceway channel defining members on the leading and trailing edges of the panel wall structure. Each of the studs includes sets of oppositely arranged flanges that in turn cooperate with marginal edges of both the panels and the raceway defining members. Cross bracing is provided to allow wiring either within the enclosed space between the panels, or more preferably in the wireways defined in the raceway members so that the power and data communication conductors can be isolated from one another. The feature of the panel structure is that the panels themselves can support light fixtures or other lightweight electrical devices, and heavier electrical devices or units can be accommodated from the cross bracing or from shelves secured to the cross bracing and to the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: John R. Marrotte, Richard R. Picard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6748710
    Abstract: A partition and wall system includes a partition with trim piece(s) securely attached to a top edge and vertical side edges of the partition. One or both of the trim piece(s) have a T-slot running along their length, to which accessories can be secured by use of T-fasteners that extend into the slot and engage blind surfaces at a bottom of the slot. The accessories include such things as screens, hooks, lights, panels, shelves, wire managers, utility-using devices, and the like, and can be easily arranged by office workers in optimal and customized arrangements, thus improving efficiency and adding function and value to the office arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: David M. Gresham, James N. Ludwig, Karl J. Mead, Karl Heinz Mueller
  • Patent number: 6729087
    Abstract: A two-part base molding system includes mounting and molding portions. The mounting portion includes at least one mounting engaging element extending therefrom. The mounting portion has an outer surface, and the mounting engaging element has inner and outer surfaces. The molding portion is mountable to the mounting portion, and includes at least one molding engaging element extending therefrom. The molding portion has a rear surface, and the molding engaging element has inner and outer surfaces. When the molding portion is mounted to the mounting portion, the inner surfaces of the mounting and molding engaging elements substantially abut one another, and the outer surface of the mounting engaging elements substantially abuts the rear surface of the molding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Mark J. Sauter
  • Publication number: 20040035067
    Abstract: A support beam and a support frame for an office furniture system which can be used to mount and support a variety of furniture system components and electrical and communication equipment. The support beam has an elongate, hollow lower beam section with a top panel and vertical side panels. An elongate upper beam rail having a top extends parallel to and spaced-apart from the lower beam section. This rail has a plurality of post-receiving holes formed in its top for mounting other components such as a support wall. Spaced apart posts rigidly connect the beam rail to the lower beam section. Rail connecting devices are provided at opposite ends of the beam rail for rigidly connecting it to an adjacent end of another beam rail or to the support frame. The support frame has a horizontal metal beam and two elongate, hollow end frame sections extending downwardly from opposite ends of the beam. A raceway is rigidly mounted on a lower portion of this beam and extends downwardly therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Applicant: Nova-Link Limited
    Inventor: Antonius A. Vander Park
  • Publication number: 20040020137
    Abstract: A partition system includes an internally-open partition frame having permanent and removable frame members forming multiple vertical and horizontal wireways, with both lay-in and feed-through wire routing. Utility support brackets are attachable for good wire management. The partition frame supports a wide variety of customizable and functional surface components, including a markerboard wall surface, a slatwall, a colored/covered wall surface, a wall surface including utility outlets, a transparent window. The partition frame includes continuous horizontal and vertical rows of slots that flexibly and adjustably support furniture accessories, such as a worksurface, at selected heights and locations along the partition system. Covers are provided that maintain a very high-quality appearance with uniform lines and gaps. Some covers include adjustable edge-mounted light seals for eliminating light leaks and unsightly areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: David J. Battey, Roy W. Fink, Richard Scott Hand, Joshua W. Hoekstra, Robert E. Jeffers, Michael P. Kelley, Douglas B. MacDonald, Gaylan M. McColley, Karl J. Mead, F. Javier Olivera, William H. Palermo, Todd Pelman, Micah E. Roberts, Mark T. Slager, Steven J. Throndset
  • Patent number: RE46844
    Abstract: A building assembly utilized in connecting building members together while permitting limited relative movement between the members. The assembly includes a structure such as a track or plate that includes one or more longitudinal slots. Integrally formed in the longitudinal slot is a breakaway washer that receives a fastener that extends into an adjacent structure. When a certain force is applied to the breakaway washer, the breakaway washer breaks away from the slot and this permits the slot to move about the breakaway washer and fastener which results in there being relative movement between two connected structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, John C. Herrmann, James E. Herrmann, Michael A. Shultz