Including Component (e.g., Wall) Designed To Receive A Disparate Article Having Disparate Article Mounted Thereto Patents (Class 52/27)
  • Patent number: 11151671
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a photovoltaic installation process. A process may include determining a method of interconnection to couple a photovoltaic system to an electrical system of a structure. The process may further include determining an ideal usage offset ratio for the photovoltaic system based on a known utility rate associated with the structure. Moreover, the process may include estimating a number of modules required to meet the determined ideal usage offset ratio. In addition, the process may include generating a roof plan based on at least a portion of the site survey information, the roof plan including an illustration of each roof section of the roof. The process may also include and one of approving and rejecting the photovoltaic system based on a comparison of estimated production levels and required production levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Vivint Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Salmon
  • Patent number: 10789327
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses of generating and providing a page of data object information are disclosed. A method of generating a page of data object information may include creating a three-dimensional scene by a server, the three-dimensional scene being a structure with a curved surface; determining display information of data objects, the display information including display models having three-dimensional display effects; determining respective positions of the display information of the data objects on the curved surface and respective first angles formed with the curved surface; and generating a page of data object information based on the display information, and information of the respective positions and the respective first angles of the data objects. The embodiments of the present disclosure can help improving a conversion rate of a page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Alibaba Group Holding Limited
    Inventor: Xiaodong Wu
  • Patent number: 10731335
    Abstract: A ventilation screed comprising a perforated attachment flange portion that is substantially vertical and at least one perforation between the top end and the bottom end; a first substantially horizontal flange portion attached to the top end of the perforated attachment flange at the first end; a first vertical flange portion attached at a point along a mid-section to the second end of the first substantially horizontal flange portion and having a first return leg; a second vertical flange portion attached to the underside of the first substantially horizontal flange portion along a mid-section and having a second return leg; a stepped flange portion attached to the top end of the first vertical flange portion; at least two drain vent openings in the first substantially horizontal flange portion between the first return leg and the second return leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventors: Gary George Baltz, Jr., Frederic C. Mayer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10723458
    Abstract: An expandable cargo storage for a transportation means, comprising a first storage wall and a second storage wall opposite of the first storage wall, and a plurality of foldable walls arranged between the first and the second storage wall, each of the plurality of foldable walls being foldable between a first position in which the respective foldable wall is arranged essentially in parallel with the second storage wall, and a second position in which the foldable wall is arranged essentially perpendicularly to the second storage wall, wherein, when each of the foldable walls is arranged in its first position, the cargo storage is in a first operational state enclosing a first volume, and when each of the foldable walls is in its second position, the cargo storage is in a second operational state enclosing a second volume which is larger than the first volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 10578337
    Abstract: An adapter curb for supporting a new HVAC unit on an existing HVAC curb at a work site is disclosed. The adapter curb can include an adapter curb frame including an upper end sized to mate with the new HVAC unit, a lower end sized to mate with the existing HVAC curb, and peripheral walls having an interior surface. One or more components can be pre-installed on the adapter curb frame, including but not limited to an electrical connection assembly, upper and lower sealing elements, interior insulation, one or more wind brackets, and/or a plurality of lifting flanges. The adapter curb with pre-installed features can help reduce installation time on site. A method of installing a new HVAC unit onto an existing HVAC curb with an adapter curb having pre-installed components is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Jason Rickman Benton
  • Patent number: 10402922
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a photovoltaic installation process. A process may include determining a method of interconnection to couple a photovoltaic system to an electrical system of a structure. The process may further include determining, via an electronic device, an ideal usage offset ratio for the photovoltaic system based on a known utility rate associated with the structure. Moreover, the process may include estimating a number of modules required to meet the determined ideal usage offset ratio. In addition, the process may include generating, via the electronic device, installation information including required installation materials, estimated costs, point-load, and electrical information for the photovoltaic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Salmon
  • Patent number: 10244652
    Abstract: A wall structure includes mounting brackets for server components to be mounted to the wall structure. Different server components are coupled together via one or more data communication coupling devices, such as cables, to form a functional server. The data communication coupling devices and the server components are configured to allow the server components to be coupled and decoupled from one another to form functional servers having various configurations. In some embodiments, the server components and data communication coupling devices are accessible via an aisle adjacent to the wall structure and the server components are hot-swappable so that server components can be added to or removed from a functional server while other server components included in the functional server remain in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Czamara, Brock Robert Gardner
  • Patent number: 9717381
    Abstract: A hose retractor valve for central vacuum cleaning systems that utilize retractable suction hoses that retract into a system vacuum tubing for storage. The hose retractor valve includes a vacuum assisted hose lock and seal assembly comprising a tapered cylinder and an elastomeric cylinder which restrain the vacuum hose from being drawn into the system vacuum tubing while in use, and seals around the hose outer diameter to prevent air from passing between the inside of the system vacuum tubing and exterior of the hose at the valve assembly. The hose lock and seal assembly is self-locking and vacuum assisted, while also permitting additional hose to be extracted by pulling on the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: James Roger Harman
  • Patent number: 9651171
    Abstract: A fitting for channel framing includes a coupling component and a washer secured to the coupling component. At least a portion of the coupling component has a generally dovetail cross-sectional shape configured for reception in an external fitting groove of the channel framing. The washer engages outside surfaces of a second side of the channel framing at opposite sides of the external fitting groove when the coupling component is received in the external fitting groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Zhihui Zhang, William E. McCarthy, James A. Knutson
  • Patent number: 9603468
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a holding device for a bracket in a storage system. The holding device has a connecting part and a holding part, the connecting part being elongated and bent, along a line in the elongated direction to form, in cross-section, a U-shape with a first and a second leg. The first leg is intended to be inserted into a bracket and second leg being connected to the holding part having a holding feature, such as hooks, a box, or a basket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ELFA INTERNATIONAL AB
    Inventor: Peter Nilsson
  • Patent number: 9382708
    Abstract: The instant art comprises a bracket that can be easily broken down into a substantially flat sheet, and a panel, both of relatively small volume, thereby enabling easy storage and/or transport. The combination is easily installed or removed and the panel is easily attached to the bracket and/or removed from the bracket. Said combination may modify the acoustical properties of an area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventor: Joab Jay Perdue
  • Patent number: 9297154
    Abstract: An adaptable toilet plumbing riser shroud provides for fast and simple field installation of toilet plumbing riser shrouds without requiring custom prefabrication of shrouds or constraining the plumbing design to a predetermined shape. Two cover portions, one of which is slidably inserted inside the other are secured together. The cover portions are also secured to a wall behind a toilet plumbing riser using brackets. A bottom cover may be provided and cut to permit the riser to pass therethrough. The bottom cover may also be formed from two portions one slidably inserted in the other and then glued together after cutting with plastic cement. The bottom is then attached to the bottom of the shroud using screws. The cover portions may be molded as a single piece and then singulated, and the bottom cover portions may also be formed as a single piece prior to singulation, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: BEHAVIORAL SAFETY PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Lee deLoache, III, David Cory deLoache
  • Patent number: 9125644
    Abstract: A suturing device of the present invention is in the form a compact, light-weight handheld device that includes a needle and suture assembly, a mechanism for gripping and releasing the needle/suture (a “needle transfer mechanism” or “needle shuttle mechanism”), safely capturing the needle/suture upon exit from the patient's tissue, and returning the needle to a position such that the process of delivering additional sutures to the patient can be repeated. A safety shield mechanism ensures the user is protected from the needle at all times. The device of the present invention accommodates the right or left-handed user, rests comfortably in the user's hand, allows sufficient visualization of the procedure site, and permits the user to either control penetration depth of the needle or default to a device-determined depth. The present device permits the user to utilize a wrist-rotation (pivoting) suture delivery technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: SAFEPATH MEDICAL, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Lane, Michael W. Sutherland, Thomas D. Egan, John DePiano
  • Patent number: 9097441
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed regarding an attachment system for solar equipment, sometimes referred to as a flashing device allowing quick and easy assembling of the solar equipment into an array or other combination in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, a flashing device may include a flashing plate which may contain one or more raised features to further direct and control the flow of liquid over the flashing plate. The flashing device may also contain a fluid restrictor such as a seal or part of a seal usually held within an aperture of a block having a skyward facing essentially or substantially flat surface. One or more various items of solar equipment may be attached to the essentially flat surface of the block. Also disclosed are adjustable mounting feet which may be installed in connection with other solar equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, David Molina, Ian Capsuto
  • Patent number: 9021749
    Abstract: Described is a temporary roof anchor for fitment to a roof support structure, the roof anchor comprising: first attachment means for temporary fitment to the roof support structure; second attachment means remote from the first attachment means for attaching safety equipment; and shock-absorbing means having a deformable region extending between the first and second attachment means in a first length when not subject to a deformation force corresponding to a critical sudden load, the shock-absorbing means lying substantially in a single plane and comprising a substantially rigid structure that, when subject to the critical sudden load, deforms, elongating to a greater length than the first length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: H2Flo Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Arvo Poldmaa
  • Patent number: 9010055
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an elongated C-shaped backing stud having a plurality of receiving notches positioned along its outer flanges. The backing stud is fastened to the studs of a sheet metal wall assembly by means of a plurality of fasteners, and such that the plurality of studs of the wall assembly abuts a planar web portion of the backing stud. The backing stud may be characterized in that (i) the ratio of the width of the web portion to the width of the backing stud flanges ranges from about 8 to 16, (ii) the ratio of the width of the backing stud flanges to width of the outer returns is at least about one, and (iii) the ratio of the width of the plurality of studs to the width of the outer returns ranges from about 6 to 8. The backing stud is configured to support wall hung grab bars, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Leszek Orszulak, Jaroslaw Sydry
  • Publication number: 20150096239
    Abstract: An enclosure adapted to be received in a stud-wall includes a pair of opposing side walls, a pair of opposing end walls disposed adjacent and perpendicular to the side walls, a back wall, and an open front, each of the sides walls and each of the end walls having a permanently detachable portion along a margin thereof adjacent the open front. At least one of the end walls or at least one of the side walls may have a permanently removable knock-out portion defined therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: MILESTONE AV TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Harlow Frogness
  • Publication number: 20150075085
    Abstract: A modular architectural wall system for a patient room may support accessories and include panels. The architectural wall system may include gas outlets and electrical outlets mounted to a surface of the architectural wall system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: David C. NEWKIRK, Dennis J. GALLANT, Brian J. HOFFMAN, Steven R. WESTERFELD, Sebastian MOSTER, Joseph H. ABEL
  • Publication number: 20150059257
    Abstract: A functional training kit includes a box and a plurality of components adapted to fit within the box. At least some of the components and the box are adapted such that the at least some of the components are attachable to the outside of the box to provide at least one functional training rig attached to the outside of the box. The box can comprise an ISO shipping container and the functional training rig is adapted to be supportable, both by the box and by the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BEAVERFIT LIMITED
    Inventors: Jim Beaver, Tom Beaver
  • 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: 20150027066
    Abstract: Provided is a curb adapter, comprising a first wall along a first direction of extension; a second wall along a second direction of extension that is different from the first direction of extension; and a corner support mechanism coupled at a corner that includes an edge of the first wall and an edge of the second wall. The corner support mechanism includes at least one fastener coupled to the edge of the first wall and at least one fastener coupled to the edge of the second wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Jon Desmond, Brett O'Brien, Brennan Richard, Harold O. Seymour, Dave Fostello
  • Patent number: 8844887
    Abstract: A two-part roof hook is described, which has a base part (1) and a hook part (2) which can be connected to the base part (1) and which has a connecting element (6) on its end (4) for mounting an assembly. The base part (1) is a cut-off portion (X) of an angle section, one angle leg (8) of which is provided with connecting elements (7) for making a connection to the roof substructure. A section wall (10) extending in the longitudinal direction of the section is arranged within the angle between the two angle legs (8, 9), which section wall includes an obtuse angle (?) jointly with the angle leg area of the connecting elements (7), serves as a support surface for the end (3) of the hook part (2), and can be connected to the end (3) of the hook part (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: HatiCon GmbH
    Inventor: Gido Genschorek
  • Patent number: 8839567
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wall mount enclosure for mounting in a wall, including a housing with a front side, a back side and at least one side wall defining an interior accessible from an opening in the front side, where the front side has an outer perimeter extending outwardly beyond the side wall to interface with a front surface of the wall when a plurality of clamping mechanisms are engaged to mount the enclosure to the wall. The clamping mechanisms comprise a threaded fastener having a head accessible through the interior, and an at least partially threaded elongated member. A clamp body is provided and is pivotal about an axis by pivoting the threaded fastener in a first direction away from the interior of the enclosure and linearly translatable when in a second pivotal position to engage a back portion of the wall and mount the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary M. Thut, Steve Jopek
  • Publication number: 20140259970
    Abstract: A bracket for a building module. The bracket has a platform bearing a substantially planar surface, first and second sides appending from the platform away from the planar surface, and a bottom panel extending from the first side to the second side. Each of the first and second sides defines a proximal portion and a distal portion therealong. The distal portion of the first side is inwardly directed toward the distal portion of the second side. There is also a building module, a method for making a building module, and a method for constructing a building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Darek SHAPIRO
  • Patent number: 8820002
    Abstract: A headwall unit mountable to at least one wall support member, the at least one wall support member having a wall supporting surface for receiving wall material. The headwall unit includes a frame comprising a back plate mountable to the at least one wall support member so as to overlie the wall supporting surface, the back plate having at least one back port for receiving a medical service carrier through the back plate; and a faceplate attachable to the frame such that the faceplate is spaced apart from the back plate and defines a space therebetween for receiving a fixture, the fixture being connectable to the medical service carrier for supplying a medical service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Class Inc.
    Inventors: Barry W. Hunt, Christopher B. Over, Michael John Baratto, Brendan S. Fernandes, Daniel Soares Costa, Tricia A. Blondin
  • Patent number: 8814120
    Abstract: A fuel tank support system for providing a lightweight yet strong structure for supporting propane tanks above a ground surface. The tank support generally includes an elongated support pad having a platform, a base plate connected to the support pad, and a plurality of internal supports connected between the support pad and the base plate. A plurality of pairs of upper retainer rings extends from an underside of the platform to define upper receiver slots, and a plurality of pairs of lower retainer rings extends from an upper side of the base plate to define lower receiver slots. An upper end of each of the internal supports is received by the upper receiver slots and a lower end of each of the internal supports is received by the lower receiver slots. Handles, bottom grooves, and internal ribbing are also used with the tank support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce Kleespie
  • Publication number: 20140230342
    Abstract: Building support with a concealed electronic component for a structure, including: a rigid support member; a mounting attachment affixed to the rigid support member, the mounting attachment adapted to support an electronic component; and a transceiver coupled to the electronic component, the transceiver adapted to support an external communication link. Other embodiments provide a backing material to support an electronic component concealed within a building structural element, wherein the building structural element comprises one or more rigid building support members, the backing material including: a substrate; a structure attachment along at least one surface of the substrate, the attachment adapted to attach the substrate to a rigid building support member; and one or more electronic component attachments disposed on a major surface of the rigid substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: CFM Global LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Macioch, Michael J. Pingitore, Frank C. Pingitore
  • Publication number: 20140202087
    Abstract: Work platform systems and related methods of assembly and use are disclosed herein. In one exemplary embodiment, a method of installing a work platform system into an internal cavity of a structure includes supporting a first platform portion at a first location, and adding a plurality of additional platform portions to the first platform portion, where successive ones of the additional platform portions are respectively positioned at respective locations that are successively farther outward away from the first platform portion. The method further includes coupling the additional platform portions to one or more other locations, and detaching the additional platform portions from one another. The method additionally includes lowering or raising one or more of the first and additional platform portions to one or more additional levels below or above the first level, where the work platform system includes the first and additional platform portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SAFEWAY SERVICES, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Jolicoeur, Roy Scrafford, Mathieu Grumberg
  • Patent number: 8782961
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wall mount enclosure for mounting in a wall, including a housing with a front side, a back side and at least one side wall defining an interior accessible from an opening in the front side, where the front side has an outer perimeter extending outwardly beyond the side wall to interface with a front surface of the wall when a plurality of clamping mechanisms are engaged to mount the enclosure to the wall. The clamping mechanisms comprise a threaded fastener having a head accessible through the interior, and an at least partially threaded elongated member. A clamp body is provided and is pivotal about an axis by pivoting the threaded fastener in a first direction away from the interior of the enclosure and linearly translatable when in a second pivotal position to engage a back portion of the wall and mount the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary M. Thut, Steve Jopek
  • Patent number: 8782962
    Abstract: A system and method of suspending storage containers is described. The system and method comprise, among other things, coupling sets of garage door track to ceiling joists in such a manner that one or more storage containers may be suspended from the garage door tracks. The garage door tracks are configured to allow for easy placement and removal of one or more storage containers. Additionally, the garage door tracks are positioned or coupled in such a way that when the system is loaded with storage containers, the garage door tracks remain stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Marshall Dean Schoewe
  • Patent number: 8763416
    Abstract: An outdoor unit of an air conditioner for facilitating setting of an electrical component box into the outdoor unit. A blower chamber side of a box base plate is similar in shape to a lower partition plate provided with a receiving part formed by bending inward an upper end of the lower partition plate. When joining an electrical component box to the lower partition plate, the box base plate is set onto the receiving part along a flange, whereby positioning the electrical component box, which is fixed to the lower partition plate by fastening with a screw, welding, or other suitable method. The positioning can be achieved only by putting the box on the receiving part along the flange. Facilitated positioning and fixing leads to simplicity and enhanced workability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu General Limited
    Inventors: Yasushi Hika, Yoshinori Hiramatsu, Mitsuo Ueda, Yasumasa Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8756871
    Abstract: A spacer comprising: a) a wall insert weather sealing cup portion having a peripheral sidewall, and a bottom sidewall which seats on a structural frame of the building; and, b) a structurally reinforced bend prevention bolt spacing sleeve portion mated to fit within the cup portion, the sleeve portion having an central axial bolt opening therethrough. After an exterior side of the structural frame of the building is sheathed the sealing cup portion can be directly attached to the structural frame of the building through a hole drilled through a wall sheathing. When the sheathed wall is finished the cup portion can be sealed in the finish thereby preventing moisture from penetrating through the wall at the enlarged hole; and, when the addition is screwed to the existing building's frame, a substantial bending moment on the screws can be sustained by the structurally reinforced bend prevention bolt spacing sleeve portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8752343
    Abstract: A solar apparatus includes a solar panel, a frame body surrounding an edge of the solar panel, a first Y-shaped support, and a second Y-shaped support. The first Y-shaped support has two parallel first extending arms and a first supporting portion. The first supporting portion is connected to the two first extending arms, and one of the two first extending arms is fixed on a side of the frame body. The second Y-shaped support has two parallel second extending arms and a second supporting portion. The second supporting portion is connected to the two second extending arms, and one of the two second extending arms is fixed on the side of the frame body. A height of the first Y-shaped support is smaller than a height of the second Y-shaped support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Au Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hao-Hung Kuan, Tung-I Yen
  • Publication number: 20140157683
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system is disclosed including a plurality of modules configured for attachment to a mounting surface. A first module includes a panel and a plurality of structural elements extending from an interior surface of the panel. The panel has a decorative major surface disposed opposite the interior surface and comprises a plurality of edges that form a closed shape. At least some of the plurality of structural elements are positioned proximate the plurality of edges. An attachment surface of the plurality of structural elements is positioned opposite the interior surface, and the attachment surface is configured to abut the mounting surface or to abut an attachment surface of another module for attachment thereto. A method of modifying a mounting surface of a room includes attaching a first module to the mounting surface. In another aspect, a method of creating a room partition is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: David A. Holmgren
  • Patent number: 8733718
    Abstract: A mounting adapter for attaching an object to a flat surface includes an anchor plate having a plurality of first apertures extending therethrough. Each first aperture is configured to receive a first elongated fastener having a length sufficient to fasten to a support structure located beneath the surface for attaching the anchor plate thereto. A plurality of threaded apertures is formed in the anchor plate. A cover plate is positioned over the anchor plate and has a plurality of third apertures that align with the plurality of threaded apertures in the anchor plate. A threaded fastener extends through each third aperture and is threadedly engaged with the second threaded apertures of the anchor plate for securely attaching the cover plate to the anchor plate. One or more fourth apertures are formed in the cover plate and configured to receive a third fastener for attaching the object to the mounting adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Peter A. Corsi
  • Patent number: 8708099
    Abstract: A portable anchor for use in a fall arrest protection system. The anchor comprises a base for abutment to a solid support structure, a post extending perpendicular from the base, at least one attachment point connected to the post for receiving a connector, and a rod adapted to be inserted through a central bore through the base and post. The rod has an anchoring section at a first end of the rod for frictionally engaging a portion of the solid support structure and a locking section in the vicinity of a second end of the rod for reversibly securing the rod to the post. Also disclosed is a fall arrest protection system that includes the portable anchor described above. Furthermore, a method of attaching the portable anchor to a solid support structure is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: EZ Roof Anchors, 7875819 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Dominique Fortin
  • Patent number: 8689508
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an elongated C-shaped backing stud having a plurality of receiving notches positioned along its outer flanges. The backing stud is fastened to the studs of a sheet metal wall assembly by means of a plurality of fasteners, and such that the plurality of studs of the wall assembly abuts a planar web portion of the backing stud. The backing stud may be characterized in that (i) the ratio of the width of the web portion to the width of the backing stud flanges ranges from about 8 to 16, (ii) the ratio of the width of the backing stud flanges to width of the outer returns is at least about one, and (iii) the ratio of the width of the plurality of studs to the width of the outer returns ranges from about 6 to 8. The backing stud is configured to support wall hung grab bars, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Steeltec Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Leszek Orszulak, Jaroslaw Sydry
  • Patent number: 8683748
    Abstract: A wind mitigation system is disclosed, including a panel engageable with a drain channel of a roof, the panel dimensioned to extend above a top edge defined by the drain channel, wherein the panel defines a plurality of openings; and a structural support member coupled to the panel, the structural support member providing increased rigidity of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Garth Arch
  • Patent number: 8683697
    Abstract: A large scale structure includes a plurality of panels, wherein each panel has at least one opening therethrough. And each panel has opposed edge profiles that are positionable next to adjacent panels and opposed end profiles that are positionable next to adjacent panels. A plurality of rods extend through aligned openings so as to interconnect the plurality of panels to one another. And a plurality of coupling nuts, each coupling nut attachable to an end of one of the rods, wherein the coupling nuts secure the panels to one another. An insert with apertures aligned with the openings allows a rod to extend through the insert and facilitate securement of the insert to the plurality of panels so as to form a section. Additional sections can be assembled as needed to form the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Randy L. Gaigler, Kishan L. Goel, Tushar K. Shah
  • Patent number: 8661739
    Abstract: An apparatus for utilizing space under a deck for storage includes (a) a first securing element having a first and second portion, wherein the first portion is formed to engage the deck and extends downward therefrom toward the ground; and (b) a storage element sized to be received beneath the deck, wherein the second portion of the first securing element is secured to the storage element. A method utilizes the claimed apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Donald Keenan
  • Publication number: 20140041315
    Abstract: A wall anchor cover assembly comprises a securing frame further including a first side and a second side, the securing frame further including an aperture for exposing an object about which the securing frame is mounted and at least one raised channel disposed peripherally about the centrally disposed aperture, the securing frame further including a first continuously formed peripheral edge, the continuously formed peripheral edge including at least a first top groove and at least a first bottom groove, and a cover plate including a first outer side further including a top edge region including a top recess and a bottom edge region including a bottom recess, the top recess and the bottom recess mating with the first top groove and at least one of the first bottom groove of the securing frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Foundation Supportworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence M. Janesky, Mark William Domogala
  • Publication number: 20140013677
    Abstract: Exemplary systems and methods described herein can be used to secure a rail to a module or the rail to a support using a nut that can be inserted at a desired point of mounting. Another exemplary system describes a flashing to be inserted under a roof shingle, wherein the flashing is secured to a support for a rail or module. Yet another exemplary system describes a clamp that secures a rail or module and is adjustable along the length of a post. Spacers can be added to the post to extend the adjustment range of the clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Greg McPheeters, Chris Oestreich, Ethan Miller
  • Publication number: 20130318887
    Abstract: Described herein are systems for both preventing intrusion by an unwanted party and/or detection of a local event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas M. Murphy
  • Publication number: 20130321715
    Abstract: An audio-video (AV) system in one embodiment includes a mounting apparatus for mounting the system to a wall support located behind a wall surface and within an in-wall space. The mounting apparatus includes a support member for supporting at least one component in a support space within the in-wall space, a display mounting member 30 for mounting a display device, and a removable wall opening cover for concealing at least a portion of the in-wall space that would otherwise be visible through a wall opening to a viewer. Various multimedia-supportive devices, including loudspeakers and a subwoofer, may be concealed behind the cover in the in-wall space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: MILLSON CUSTOM SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Richard Blair Millson, Alan Toyonobu Ima
  • Publication number: 20130305624
    Abstract: Wall mounting assemblies and methods are disclosed. The assembly includes a bracket that has two frame members coupled at a hinge. Each frame member has a hook for engaging a recess or slot on a panel. The assembly further includes a panel that has edges that are configured to engage the edges of adjacent panels, without the need for tilting the panel to engage. Each panel has two slots for receiving the bracket. Bending the two frame members on the bracket causes the bracket's hooks to lock into the slots on the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Parallax Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce Thrush
  • Publication number: 20130305623
    Abstract: Fall protection systems, methods of installing such systems, and buildings embodying such systems. Such fall protection system extends from structure elements of the building about an encompassed space into which there is risk of a person falling. An open-mesh web is supported from the structure elements and overlies, and extends across, the space. A perimeter band extends about the encompassed space. The perimeter band is secured to the building structure elements about the space and thus entraps the web between the band and the building structure elements. The web may also be supported in the space by supplemental supports, which can be crossing support bands, attached to the structure elements, or intervening e.g. walls within the space. The web is left in place and is covered by internal finish materials whereby the web is captured between internal finish materials and ceiling and/or floor members in the finished building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Timothy Pendley, Michael J. McLain
  • Patent number: 8561355
    Abstract: A system for extending the height of a cubicle wall is disclosed. The system comprises a vertical wall extender and a clamp. The clamp further includes an upper channel that receives the vertical wall extender, the upper channel further includes a fixing element that fixes the vertical wall extender to the upper channel, and a screw. The clamp also includes a lower channel that is mounted to the existing cubicle wall, the lower channel further includes two halves, the first half containing a nut channel with a nut disclosed therein, the second half containing a slot through which the screw can thread into the nut. Further improvements for the system are disclosed, along with a method for using the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Canavarro
  • Patent number: 8539719
    Abstract: Exemplary systems and methods described herein can be used to secure a rail to a module or the rail to a support using a nut that can be inserted at a desired point of mounting. Another exemplary system describes a flashing to be inserted under a roof shingle, wherein the flashing is secured to a support for a rail or module. Yet another exemplary system describes a clamp that secures a rail or module and is adjustable along the length of a post. Spacers can be added to the post to extend the adjustment range of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mainstream Energy Corporation
    Inventors: Greg McPheeters, Chris Oestreich, Ethan Miller
  • Patent number: 8528264
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wall mount enclosure for mounting in a wall, including a housing with a front side, a back side and at least one side wall defining an interior accessible from an opening in the front side, where the front side has an outer perimeter extending outwardly beyond the side wall to interface with a front surface of the wall when a plurality of clamping mechanisms are engaged to mount the enclosure to the wall. The clamping mechanisms comprising a threaded fastener having a head accessible through the interior, and an at least partially threaded elongated member. A clamp body is provided and is pivotal about an axis by pivoting the threaded fastener in a first direction away from the interior of the enclosure and linearly translatable when in a second pivotal position to engage a back portion of the wall and mount the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH
    Inventors: Gary M. Thut, Steve Jopek
  • Patent number: 8499503
    Abstract: An architectural system adaptable to patient acuity level has a headwall unit with a cavity, a ceiling unit, and a column coupled to the ceiling unit. The column is movable between a first position in which at least a majority of the column is situated in the cavity and a second position in which the column is situated outside the cavity. Various types of patient-care equipment is also disclosed. The patient-care equipment is included in, or is coupleable to, one or more of the ceiling unit, the headwall unit, or the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Gallant, Dennis M. Lanci, John P. Biondo