Sustainer Coextensive With Junction Of Panels Or Modules Patents (Class 52/281)
  • Patent number: 10934703
    Abstract: A sound control firestop device. It has a horizontal pad portion made from an elastomeric or fibrous material with a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface, the horizontal pad portion having a length and a width; and a vertical projection spacer portion projecting outwardly from the second surface, wherein the vertical projection portion extends across at least a portion of the width of the horizontal pad portion. A method of installation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: William Thomas Wilkinson, Donald Vincent Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10400449
    Abstract: A temporary, non-fixed partitioning system includes a common assembly bracket that can be readily assembled with a wall panel formed of various standard dimensioned building supplies. The wall panels may include a standard door slab, a standard window sash, standard dimensional lumber, a peg board, a chalk board, a whiteboard, a corrugated cardboard panel, a foam board, a gator board, a fiberglass panel, a cork panel, a plastic panel, an upholstered panel, a wood panel, and an acrylic-based or silica-based glass panel, and may also be suitable for receiving custom or desired printing of designs, indicia or other nomenclature. The partitioning system could be provided in a kit form with a plurality of common assembly brackets and wall panels, which are reconfigurable for a variety of uses such as co-working space, trade show booths, or lobby displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: David J. Ollila
  • Patent number: 10370849
    Abstract: A foam wall structure includes a frame, at least one primary support member, a slab of polyiso board and a foam layer. The frame can include: a first member, a second member spaced apart from the first member; and two side members extending between the first and second members. The frame defining a front frame surface and an opposite rear frame surface. The at least one primary support member can be positioned between the two side members and extend between the first and second member. The primary support member defines a front support surface and an opposite rear support surface. The slab of polyiso board may be attached to the front frame surface. The foam layer can be received within at least a portion of the frame and overlies the front surface of the primary support member. A method of making a foam wall structure and a pre-fabricated wall is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Covestro LLC
    Inventors: James Lambach, William J. Nicola, Eric Giles, Anthony Grisolia, Bradley W. Oberg
  • Patent number: 10011984
    Abstract: Partition system for assembling a partition (3) such as a wall, that is composed of wooden beams (4) with two side faces (8,9) opposite one another extending in the longitudinal direction that determine the width of the beam (4) and with which the beams (4) can be assembled adjacent to one another, wherein connecting pieces (5) are provided to be fitted between adjacent beams (4) in order to keep the beams (4) from one another with a certain clearance (S) in the assembled state and that the connecting pieces (5) are kept at a fixed or practically fixed distance from one another by spacers (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Wolfgang Pol Jozef Verraes
  • Patent number: 9834940
    Abstract: There is provided building structures that are demountable from a first configuration to be reassemblable to the first configuration or another configuration. The building structures include systems and kits for the structure, post anchors, kits for floor structure, method for assembling floor structures, wall and ceiling support systems, electrical junction box supports, and kits for frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: 9344-8462 Québec Inc.
    Inventors: Marc-Andre Bovet, Michelle Tremblay
  • Patent number: 9051749
    Abstract: A method of erecting a cold box that includes the steps of anchoring at least one column to a foundation in a substantially vertical orientation; anchoring a pipe rack module to the foundation in a substantially vertical orientation, wherein the pipe rack module is in close proximity to the at least one column; attaching interconnecting piping between the pipe rack module and the at least one column; anchoring at least four corner beams to the edge of the foundation in a substantially vertical orientation; attaching prefabricated panels with bracing to the corner beams, to form an enclosure around the column and piping; and attaching a roof to the enclose is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignees: Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions US, Inc., Air Liquide Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephane Peltier, Yves Hardy, Denis Cote, Gilles Poulin
  • Publication number: 20150047280
    Abstract: An exemplary demountable barrier system includes a panel, a frame structure having a channel to receive the panel, and a seal compressing against the panel to hold the panel. The seal is slideably attached to the frame structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Staten, Zachary John Reger
  • Patent number: 8833030
    Abstract: A subassembly is positioned transverse in between two adjacent roof elements or wall elements. The subassembly includes a bracket; a construction element; and a fastener securing the bracket to the construction element. An extension tab of the bracket extends over a top surface of a roof element or a wall element. Multiple ones of the brackets installed in a roof element or a wall element define a line of compression blocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: SR Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Zimmerman, Van T. Walworth
  • Patent number: 8769892
    Abstract: A building structure provided with lateral walls comprising a thermoplastic polymer, which comprises: a plurality of vertical walls which are arranged on a plurality of levels, each of which walls comprises at least one first substantially continuous central panel made of a thermoplastic polymer and a pair of layers of cement plaster which are arranged on the opposite sides of the corresponding first central panel and form the opposite faces of the corresponding vertical wall, and a metallic structure for connecting at least the vertical walls of each one of the levels of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Aurea S.r.l.
    Inventor: Angelo Molfetta
  • Patent number: 8689509
    Abstract: A panelized cladding system including a plurality of battens securable to a building structure, each batten having a structure engaging surface and an integrally formed finish ready panel supporting surface, and fiver cement cladding panels secured to or through the battens such that the finish ready panel supporting surface of each batten forms an external recessed surface of an express joint formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventors: James Gleeson, Jesper G. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8683770
    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: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, John C. Herrmann, James E. Herrmann, Michael A. Shultz
  • Patent number: 8584404
    Abstract: A modular building is produced from base elements that include skeleton structural elements, from which a skeleton structure is formed, and planar elements with at least wall, floor, and ceiling elements attached to the skeleton structure. The skeleton structure elements are detachably connected to each other to form the skeleton structure and the planar elements are detachably connected to the skeleton structure and to each other. A method for producing a modular building that is produced from base elements, with a skeleton structure and planar elements, which include at least wall, floor, and ceiling elements being produced and/or provided as the base elements. The skeleton structure elements are detachably connected to each other to form the skeleton structure and the planar elements are detachably connected to the skeleton structure and/or to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Bernd Heidenreich
  • Publication number: 20130276389
    Abstract: An aisle containment system is provided. The aisle containment system includes a pair of wall beams suspended from a ceiling, a pair of floor tracks positioned beneath the wall beams and secured to a floor, and at least one blanking panel secured to one of the wall beams and one of the floor tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Samuel M. Marrs, Mark Shurhay, William A. Bernard
  • Patent number: 8381467
    Abstract: An item of wall-like standing furniture, in particular in the form of a partition wall, is distinguished, inter alia, by the following features: —a hole (37, 39) is made in a central body section (21), in each case from the outside in the axial direction of the respective insertion limb (23), wherein the two holes (37, 39) intersect in a crossing section (40), —an intermediate anchoring element (43) can be or is inserted, by way of its insertion body (43), into at least one of the two holes (37, 39), the intermediate anchoring element (43) has a threaded hole (45) which rent transverse to the axial direction of the insertion body (43a), the intermediate anchoring element (43) can be or is positioned in the at least one hole (37, 39) such that the threaded hole (45) in the insertion body (43a) is aligned with the respectively other hole (39, 37) in the central body section (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Preiss
  • Patent number: 8359797
    Abstract: The present invention provides a structure constructed using PC members and a method of constructing the structure. In the present invention, each of PC wall members (10) of PC walls (1) has connection reinforcing bars (11) at predetermined positions. Each of PC slab members (20) of PC slabs (2) has open reinforcing bars (21), which protrude from the PC slab member (20). Supporting molds (3) are mounted to the PC wall members (10) at positions just below the connection reinforcing bars (11), so that the PC slab members (20) are placed on the supporting molds (3), such that the connection reinforcing bars (11) are overlapped with the corresponding open reinforcing bars (21) in slab areas, and connection concrete (4) is cast at a construction site such that the connection reinforcing bars (11) and the open reinforcing bars (21) are embedded in the connection concrete (4), thus integrating the PC walls (1) and the PC slabs (2) with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Wan Young Lee
  • Patent number: 8230658
    Abstract: The post assembly comprises a pair of juxtaposed and spaced apart post sections, the facing sides of which are provided internally with a longitudinal groove, the longitudinal grooves ] being arranged in alignment with one another and forming in co-operation, in their respective positions, a recess for receiving a longitudinal support rack member for supporting overhanging removable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Molteni
  • Patent number: 8230982
    Abstract: New elevator cab construction and reconstruction of old elevator cabs are frequently presented with the problem of increasing the interior size of the elevator cab in an elevator shaft of limited size. This invention relates to an elevator cab design providing a novel way of increasing internal cab size of a standard elevator cab while still retaining decorative design features by having removable decorative panels. The elevator cab is constructed of the normal elements, namely, a platform, a ceiling, cab shell walls, stiffeners and corner stiffener risers. The cab shell walls have a base and transom and shell panels there between designed to overlap one another so as to be readily attached by spot welding or adhesive. The stiffeners are hat-shaped elongated sections typically of stainless steel that are attached to the inside of the shell panels. The stiffeners may also be formed by hat-shaped ribs formed in the shell panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Harold S. Friedman, Jeffrey Friedman, Angelo Palmieri
  • Patent number: 8181419
    Abstract: A connector assembly for accurately projecting fasteners for connecting two building members together while permitting limited relative motion between the members. The assembly includes a plate having one or more longitudinal slots. The plate is secured to or a part of one of the building members. The plate is connected to the other building member by fasteners projected through breakaway washers formed in the slots. The breakaway washers each have an opening for guiding the fastener and centering the fastener on the slot. Centering the fastener on the slot prevents inadvertent clamping of the plate and the other building member together so that limited relative motion is permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward R. diGirolamo
  • Patent number: 8161691
    Abstract: A precast composite flooring system utilizes girders and floor panels having steel lower structures placed in tension and concrete upper structures places in compression. Openings through a stem wall allow ducts, pipes, and conduits to be run therethrough. The system provides reduced weight over conventional precast or pour in place systems, allowing further reduction in the weight and size of other building components. The floor deck does not use tensioning strands, allowing openings to be formed at nearly any stage of construction and with reduced concern over cutting steel reinforcement. The floor panels and girders bolt together and bolt to a steel column frame, allowing for more efficient assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Plattforms, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Platt, John E. Charchenko, Daryl G. Hodgson, Russell J. Platt
  • Publication number: 20120000154
    Abstract: A tapered lightweight load bearing architectural column is disclosed. The column includes an exterior shell formed of a plurality of walls that together define an open interior and defining a tapered cross section from one end to another end. An interior load bearing shaft is within the exterior shell and is proportionally smaller than the exterior shell. One portion of the interior load bearing shaft is connected against one interior wall of the exterior shell with the remaining portions of the interior shaft being independent of the other interior walls of the interior shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Applicant: STURDICORP, LLC
    Inventors: Brian K. McMullen, Dale R. Fuchs
  • Patent number: 8079188
    Abstract: A wall system protects a building structure from pressure caused by explosive blasts. The wall system includes vertical studs. Outer blast wall panels and inner blast wall panels are secured to the opposing sides of the vertical studs. An upper mounting system is attached to the building structure. An upper mounting system includes a fixed track, a movable mounting track, and an energy absorbing system that flexibly couples the movable mounting track to the fixed track. The upper ends of the vertical studs are attached to movable mounting track. A lower mounting system includes a mounting track that aligns the lower ends of the vertical studs. A respective attachment clip is attached to a lower portion of vertical stud. Each attachment clip is attached to the building structure with an energy absorption pad that resists vertical and lateral movement of lower end of the respective vertical stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Specialty Hardware L.P.
    Inventors: Allan J. Swartz, Gregory Kulpa, A. Carleton Elliott
  • Patent number: 8065846
    Abstract: A modular construction system is made of a plurality of panels having peripheral frame elements defining a top channel, a bottom channel, and side channels. An exterior planar sheet and an interior planar sheet element enclose an inner core region that is filled with an adhesive bonding material that attaches the components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Frank McDonald, Susan Novy McDonald
  • Patent number: 8061103
    Abstract: There are provided panel assemblies (2) for forming building structures. A panel assembly (2) comprises a panel (3) and a first connector means for forming part of a connector assembly (1) for connecting the panel (3) to a body (5). Said connector assembly (1) comprises said first connector means, a second connector means, one or more securement members (30) and optionally a link member (200). The connector means are arranged such that in use they can be positioned in a connecting configuration in which a channel is defined. The channel having an opening on a facing side of the panel (3) for receiving securement members (30) which can be located to restrict relative movement of the panel (3) and body (5). Also provided are kits for forming building structures, building structures and methods of assembling structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Barry Peter McMahon
  • Publication number: 20110239567
    Abstract: A corner stud (50) has intersecting first and second walls (52, 54) that back up corner edge portions of wallboard panels (40, 42) that meet at the inside corner. The walls (52, 54) are braced by walls (64, 70) and flanges (76, 78). Wall (52) and wall (70) may be parallel to each other and to flange (76). Wall (54) and wall (64) may be parallel to each other and flange (78). The stud (50, 52, 200, 202) may have a web bent about a longitudinal axis to form web parts separated by an inside angle (a). The angle a may be an obtuse angle below one hundred eighty degrees (180°) to about two hundred seventy degrees (270°).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: STEELER, INC.
    Inventors: Matt F. Surowiecki, Tadeusz (Ted) Wrobel, Lawrence W. Gorham
  • Patent number: 7946094
    Abstract: The invention provides a topside beam. The topside beam comprises: an upper topside beam that is comprised of an upper web beam (10), an upper left wing beam (12) and upper right wing beam (11), wherein the section of the upper web beam (10) has a shape of an inverted “L”; the upper left wing beam (12) and the upper right wing beam (11) are oppositely connected to the two sides adjacent to the lower end of the upper web beam (10) respectively; the upper left wing beam (12) opposite to the upper web beam (10) inclines downwardly; and the upper right wing beam (11) is located at 90° with the upper web beam. And a lower topside beam that is comprised of a lower web beam (20) and a lower right wing beam (21), wherein the lower right wing beam (21) is connected to the right side adjacent to the upper end of the lower web beam (20); and the lower right wing beam (21) opposite to the lower web beam (20) inclines upwardly and is parallel to the upper left wing beam (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignees: China International Marine Containers (Group) Ltd., Qingdao CIMC Reefer Trailer Co., Ltd., Qingdao CIMC Reefer Container Manufacture Co., Ltd., Qingdao CIMC Special Reefer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tianhua Huang, Robert Wang, Ryan Xu, Jack Zhang, Gary Liu
  • Patent number: 7900411
    Abstract: Novel building systems, in particular low cost superior strength building assemblies incorporating single or double shear walls, and disaster resistant window attachments are described herein. The inventive building systems are particularly well-suited for adding rooms to existing buildings, such as attached residential room additions, basements, disaster relief housing, and Do-It Yourself (DIY) projects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: James P. Antonic
  • 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: 7877943
    Abstract: To provide an external corner member with excellent workability, which can be constructed on an external corner portion of a building without making a noticeable gap formed in abutting portion and without using any sealing material, a constructing structure of external corner portion using the external corner member, and a construction method of external corner portion. The present invention is an external corner wall material, which is obtained by disposing two plate material at substantially a right angle, and which has abutting portion that is obtained by abutting an inclined end surface of each plate material to an inclined end surface of the right or left external wall board disposed adjacent to the plate material, and a cutout portion that is provided behind the abutting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Hikai
  • Publication number: 20100205883
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wall system employing one or more stackable connectors that are capable of engaging one with another independent of fasteners and being mountable to a respective wall panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Craig D. Carson
  • Patent number: 7770348
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for installing steel studs to make a wall includes a first and second track each having a center portion, an inner lip extending from the center portion and an outer lip extending from the center portion. A first flange goes on each side of the inner lip of the first track. A second flange goes on each side of the inner lip of the second track. A U-shaped stud is provided having at least a portion of an inner lip of the stud being disposed between the first tab and the inner lip of the first track and at least a portion of the inner lip of the stud being disposed between the second tab and the inner lip of the second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Daniel W. Tollenaar
  • Patent number: 7726083
    Abstract: A curtain-type facade structure is described, comprising a fixedly supported substructure of vertical or horizontal basic profiled supports and crossing horizontal or vertical profiled supports mounted thereon, panel holders which are fastened to the supporting profiles, and facade panels which are retained by means of the panel holders. The panel holder is composed of separate components, one of the components being designed as a basic holder and another of the components being designed as an elastic clip. The elastic clip latches with the basic holder and forms a seat for the facade panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Moeding Keramikfassaden GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf Wagner
  • Patent number: 7707790
    Abstract: A free-standing, partition-type furniture system adapted to subdivide an open space of a room, comprising a plurality of first partition panels, each including a first body portion having a pair of side edges, and a first screen member operably coupled to the first partition panel and laterally shiftable with respect to the first partition panel such that the first screen member extends from one of the side edges of the first body portion. The furniture system also includes a plurality of second partition panels each including a second body portion having an upper edge, and a second screen member operably coupled to the second partition panel and vertically shiftable with respect to the second partition panel such that the second screen member extends from the upper edge of the second body portion. The plurality of first and second partition panels are operably coupleable and arrangeable so as to subdivide the open space of a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Otto N. Williams, Joe A. Noble, Todd J. Sorel, Jess A. Sorel, Bryan T. White, Christopher A. Luomanen, Max Williams, David E. Simon, Jon H. Lefors
  • Patent number: 7694483
    Abstract: A modular structure assembled with different prefabricated and measured interlocking component elements made from a light-weight synthetic material. The component elements, including vertical stud members, horizontal support members, wall truss support members, rafter members, slip connector members, corner connector members, and a center truss support member, are assembled in an interlocking manner with optional secondary fastening components for further securing of the elements together upon assembly where local building codes require such secondary fastening. The component elements are resistant to weather, rot and insect destruction and the assembly of the modular structure does not require tools or labor required in the assembly of structures using conventional building materials or lumber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher David Tucker
  • Publication number: 20100024334
    Abstract: A board comprised of a wood structure having a first surface, a second surface, a first lateral edge, a second lateral edge and opposing ends. Sound attenuating elements embedded within the wood structure and stiffening elements positioned within the wood structure to coincide with the location of floor joist to which the board will be secured. The boards further forming a ceiling/floor structure by laying a single set of the boards adjacent to each other and securing them to the floor joists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Spencer Stanhope
  • Publication number: 20090301013
    Abstract: The moulding has a back part (1), one straight arm (2) at right angle relative to the back part, and a second arm (3) which is slant, situated at acute angle relative to the back part (1). The slant arm (3) has notches (4) in its longitudinal edge, situated locally at certain intervals each from the other, along its lenght.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Andrzej Prawdzic
  • Publication number: 20090269131
    Abstract: An enclosure includes wall members connected together by structural members forming joints of the enclosure. The structural members may be extruded from aluminum or other generally rigid material and may comprise a series of mounting channels and fastener channels to which the internal components of the enclosure may be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: LINCOLN GLOBAL, INC.
    Inventors: Michael A. Kindig, Jeremie Buday
  • Patent number: 7607269
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an inside corner framing element for supporting wallboard at the intersection of two adjoining walls made from sheet metal framing members. The inside corner framing element may be characterized as either: (1) an elongated sheet metal strip bent lengthwise two times to define a truncated W-shaped cross-sectional profile with at least one linear receiving slot positioned at an end of the elongated sheet metal strip; or (2) an elongated sheet metal strip bent lengthwise three times to define a W-shaped cross-sectional profile with at least one linear receiving slot positioned at an end of the elongated sheet metal strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: James Alan Klein
  • Publication number: 20090260305
    Abstract: A trailer includes a bed with a floor structure and a superstructure mounted on the bed. The superstructure includes a wall construction of wall sections with interconnected tongue-and-groove edges and wall section ends. Corner posts include channels receiving the wall section ends for forming corners of the superstructure. A top rail forms a rim of the superstructure and receives the top-most wall sections. A rub rail connects the walls to the floor structure and receives the bottom-most wall sections. A method of manufacturing a trailer includes the steps of providing a bed with a floor structure and forming a superstructure from wall sections by interconnecting their tongue-and-groove edges. The trailer can be configured for a moving floor, a tipping mechanism or an ejector mechanism for discharging and/or loading materials and cargo in an interior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventors: Gregory D. Haub, Brian S. Hinrichs, Chris D. Bartel, Jesse K. Davis
  • Publication number: 20090217606
    Abstract: A system (10) for joining adjacent edges (12, 14) of respective panels (16, 18) of sheet material is provided. The system includes a first component (26) adapted to be positioned over the front of the adjacent edges and a second component (28) adapted to be positioned behind the adjacent edges. The second component (28) has a recess (38) capable of receiving at least a portion of the first component (26). A fastening device (30) for clamping the first and second components (26, 28) together is provided. The first and second components are clamped together in a manner that deforms the adjacent edges (12, 14) into the recess (38), whilst simultaneously forming a depression (48) at the front of the adjacent edges able to be filled with a compatible material (52) to conceal the adjacent edges (12, 14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: Pasquale Daimiano Ciccone
  • Publication number: 20090193735
    Abstract: A modular building panel assembly is provided having a first member and a second member. The first member has an inter-engageable marginal portion. The inter-engageable marginal portion of the first member includes inter-engagement means and a pair of spaced apart flanges. The flanges define a channel. The second member has an inter-engageable marginal portion. The inter-engageable marginal portion of the second member includes inter-engagement means. The inter-engageable marginal portion of the second member is receivable between the flanges of the first member. The inter-engagement means of one of said first member or said second member is a plurality of spaced-apart female engagement means. The inter-engagement means of another of said first member or said second member is a plurality of resilient, spaced-apart, male engagement means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Ramon Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 7568318
    Abstract: A prefabricated wall panel is disclosed. The panel has a first exterior facing sheet of plywood or OSB and the second interior facing sheet of plywood or OSB. Framing struts are located between the sheets to secured thereto to define a panel volume. A polymeric in-situ foam core is formed inside such panel volume. The overall panel thickness is 4 inches, plus or minus 1 quarter inch. In the finished wall assembly, thickness in combination with a sheet of drywall allows flush mounting of door jambs and window jambs, including flush mounting of trim pieces. The panel has an R value in excess of R20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Thermocore Structural Insulated Panel Systems
    Inventor: Patrick Egan
  • Patent number: 7530204
    Abstract: A modular wall panel system to facilitate modular home construction in remote locations. Each wall panel includes two complementary wall members secured in their relative positions via a panel slide lock. Each wall member is composed of layers of lightweight, thermal resistant insulation. The insulant layers are separated by reflective layers designed to attract and retain solar energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Celestia
    Inventors: Brent T. Cook, Joseph B. Alexander, Jorge G. Gatica
  • Patent number: 7509776
    Abstract: A modular storage shed system is provided, including an upper frame assembly having a plurality of vertically oriented posts, each post defining an elongated slot extending axially along at least a portion of a length thereof, a plurality of external wall panels each defining a pair of side edges, each wall panel including a lip extending orthogonally from at least a portion of each side edge thereof and defining at least one aperture formed therein. There is provided a plurality of panel locks having a lock member. The lock member may snap-fit engage the apertures in the lips of the wall panels when the lips of adjacent wall panels are positioned within the slot of a common vertical post and when the lock member of the panel lock is pressed between the adjacent wall panels into the slot of the vertical post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Arrow Group Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Reisman
  • Publication number: 20090000229
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a modular frame system for building construction using prefabricated frame components that can be assembled at the construction site easily and quickly. A number of connection mechanisms or joints are employed to connect the beams, columns, trusses, bases and the like. More specifically, they include connections for column to base, column to beam, truss/beam to column, truss to column, and truss to beam. In accordance with an aspect of the invention, a modular frame apparatus for building construction comprises a column; a plurality of prefabricated, modular structural components to be connected to the column; and a plurality of connecting mechanisms each configured and prefabricated to connect one or more of the plurality of modular structural components to the column in a modular manner to form a building module for a building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: James Zhai
  • Publication number: 20080307726
    Abstract: A demountable surface covering system which includes an elongated spline member that secures construction material to the building framing. Attaching construction material to the building framing via the spline member eliminates damage to the panels, which in turn, permits immediate reuse of all components of the system after the system is uninstalled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Todd M. Bergman, Ann M. Miller
  • Publication number: 20080202048
    Abstract: A modular building comprises a sled comprising a rectangular box frame. A shed comprising a steel framework of spaced apart columns that are linked to one another by overhead ceiling beams to provide a rigid structural frame. A sliding expansion modules is attached to the shed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Mark Miller, Natan Goore, Steven Kelley
  • Publication number: 20080196338
    Abstract: The mounting member (10) includes a convex-concave section (24, 24A, 24B) between two edge strips (16, 20). Edge strip (16) is connected to framing by a screw (18) and edge strip (20) is secured to wallboard (14) by a screw (22). An inward push on the wallboard (14) causes the convex-concave section (24, 24A, 24B) to compress, allowing the wallboard paneling (12) to move towards the framing (12). When the force on the wallboard (14) is removed, the concave-convex section (24, 24A, 24B) functions as a spring and moves the wallboard (14) outwardly from the framing (12) to a static position (FIGS. 2, 4 and 6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Matt F. Surowiecki
  • Patent number: 7373762
    Abstract: A multi-functional building assembly includes a plurality of elongated studs, each of the studs including a recessed notch defined in axially extending fashion along first and second opposite extending surfaces. A plurality of elongated and planar shaped panels include extending edges which match in configuration that of each of the notches and in order that a selected panel is secured to a selected stud. A plurality of the studs and panels are engaged in end-to-end extending fashion to construct at least one of a wall and a corner detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Richard L. Hubbard
  • Publication number: 20080098676
    Abstract: A precast concrete wall panel molding system for fabricating a wall shell and a plurality of ribs and beams. A precast concrete wall panel molding system with facilities for incorporating door and window frames. A ductile panel end connector for attaching panels one to another whether in parallel or angled as in inside or outside corners. A ductile panel end connector for attaching panels to columns. A wall anchor/shear plate with post-tensioning brace plate. A hybrid precast/cast-in-place special moment resisting shear wall/special moment resisting frame reinforced concrete building system for regions of potential seismic activity. A prescriptive method building system for composite structural building assemblies with conventional wood and light-gauge steel framing, structural steel, and other building code approved and tested building systems, building components, building panel systems, building roofing systems, modular and manufactured buildings, and building electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: John Francis Hutchens
  • Publication number: 20080078133
    Abstract: An extension assembly is provided for an enclosure coupled to a structure, such as a building wall. The enclosure includes a panel member, a plurality of sides extending outwardly from the panel member to define an interior having a depth and forming an opening for accessing the interior, and a cover. The extension assembly includes at least one extension member coupled to at least one of the sides of the enclosure, and having a depth, and an adapter collar. The adapter collar overlays the extension member(s) and includes a flange portion engaging the exterior surface of the wall, and an aperture extending through the flange portion. The flange portion receives the cover of the enclosure, in order to provide access to the interior of the enclosure through the aperture of the flange portion. The extension assembly increases the depth of the enclosure by the depth of the extension member(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Publication date: April 3, 2008
    Inventors: SCOT E. REMMERT, Matthew D. Occhipinti