Connecting Feature For Modular-type Panels Having Article (e.g., Cabinet, Shelf Bracket) Attachment Patents (Class 52/36.5)
  • Patent number: 10577795
    Abstract: Provided is a construction panel assembly, which is applicable to a detachable method capable of assembling and disassembling a ceiling, a wall or a floor material which partitions spaces of various kinds of buildings. Also, the construction panel assembly allows materials to be reused, so that the generation of construction waste may be minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Chung Jong Lee
  • Patent number: 9010034
    Abstract: The invention relates to a partition system (10) comprising a plurality of wall elements (1) merging one into another, wherein at least one wall element (1) is designed as a stepped element (150), and wherein at least one wall element (1) is designed as a corner element (250).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Claudia Plikat, Johann Burkhard Schmitz, Carola E. M. Zwick, Roland R. O. Zwick
  • Patent number: 9010033
    Abstract: A wall rail system for mounting to a wall within an office environment or work space, including a first, upper rail and a second, lower rail, each including a horizontally-facing channel. The rails further include vertically-facing channels, with the rails mountable to a wall in an inverted, opposing relationship with respect to one another with the vertically-facing channel of the upper rail facing in an upward direction, and the vertically-facing channel of the lower rail facing in a downward direction. Brackets secured to components such as a work surfaces or cabinets, for example, interface with the vertically-facing channels of the rails for mounting components to the rails without the use of fasteners. Decorative and/or functional tiles may be captured adjacent the wall between the rails using faceplates which engage the horizontally-facing channels of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Woods, Samial K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9010031
    Abstract: A modular headwall system with multiple interlocking sections. The studs in each frame section include hooks and slots that ensure secure attachment of one section to each adjacent section while maintaining proper alignment. For floor-mounted applications, a self-leveling base assembly provides a level support track even on uneven floors. An adjustable crown molding assembly provides an attractive architectural feature while concealing an irregular ceiling line. The cover panels forming the front of the headwall float on a hanger system that allows slight lateral and vertical movement while holding the entire matrix of panels firmly against the frame behind it; this allows the panels to maintain proper alignment in the assembled headwall even where the supporting wall and floor surfaces are irregular. The side trim assembly includes a cable management recess. Some panels include a floating equipment track that is aesthetically pleasing and less likely to harbor microorganisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Modular Services Company
    Inventors: Travis W. Webb, Taylor C. Culpepper, John R. Pierson
  • Publication number: 20150047268
    Abstract: An office workwall assembly includes a frame assembly that includes a first vertical frame member configured to couple to a wall structure, the first vertical frame member including a relief, a second vertical frame member, and a horizontal frame member extending between and coupled to the first and the second vertical frame members, wherein the vertical frame members and the horizontal frame member cooperate to form a wireway passage, and wherein the relief is configured to cooperate with a wall to form a routing passage through which communication and power lines may be routed from a location outside of the wireway passage to a location within the wireway passage, and a shelving arrangement releasably coupled to and supported by the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jorge Pensi
  • 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: 8882065
    Abstract: A two-piece track assembly may be used in an office environment for mounting accessory components, such as work surfaces, cabinets, shelves, filing units, etc., to either a permanent building wall or to the framework of a movable office wall or office partition system. The track assembly includes a base mountable to the wall or framework via a plurality of fasteners. A track mounts to the base to cover the fasteners used to mount the base. The track also includes a relatively thinly-profiled slot into which a corresponding, relatively thinly-profiled mounting flange of an accessory component is received to mount and support the accessory component upon the track assembly. Optionally, a decorative or functional tile may be mounted to a wall or partition between a pair of track assemblies spaced vertically from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jay M. Henriott, Keith E. Metcalf
  • Publication number: 20140298732
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes at least one horizontally extending rail having a rear surface adapted to engage the wall. A plurality of horizontally spaced and vertically extending stiles are coupled to the rail, with the stiles disposed forwardly of the rear surface of the rail. A plurality of interface components are coupled to the plurality of stiles. In various embodiments, the stiles may be interconnected to draw together adjacent interface components. The interface components also may include overlapping upper and lower edges. The stiles may be vertically and/or horizontally (laterally and longitudinally) adjustable relative to the rail. A lock member may be provided to secure at least one of the stiles to the rail. Various systems and methods of assembly and use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: HERMAN MILLER, INC.
    Inventors: MARK BATES, ANDREW J. BOYCE, CHUL MIN KANG, MICHAEL J. KATJE, SUSAN R. LYONS, KURT E. PORTER, JEFFREY D. ROETMAN, PERRY L. SELLERS, GIANFRANCO DINO ZACCAI
  • Patent number: 8844211
    Abstract: An office workwall assembly includes a work frame assembly that includes a pair of vertical frame members, a horizontal frame member extending between and operably coupled to the pair of vertical frame members, wherein the pair of vertical frame members each include at least one longitudinally-extending channel. The frame assembly further includes a pair of frame mounting bracket secured within the at least one channel by at least one mechanical fastener and adapted to be secured to a wall structure and support the frame assembly from the wall structure, wherein the vertical frame members may be vertically, horizontally and/or angularly adjusted with respect to the mounting bracket positioned within the channel. The workwall assembly also includes an office utility assembly operably coupled with and supported by the pair of vertical frame members, wherein the office utility assembly is cantilevered from the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Pensi
  • Patent number: 8844210
    Abstract: Brackets for an office partition system permit the off-modular attachment of articles of furniture, such as cabinets, above the upper edges of panels in the partition system. The width of the furniture article may be either equal to, less than, or greater than the width of an underlying panel. Also, the location of the furniture article may be adjusted relative to the underlying panels such that the location of the furniture article is not determined by the size or position of an underlying panel to which the furniture article is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay M. Henriott
  • Patent number: 8800212
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Parallax Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Bruce A. Thrush
  • Patent number: 8769884
    Abstract: A self-supporting modular panel for dividing spaces and/or supporting furniture elements includes a support structure including a cross-beam and an upright fastened to the cross-beam. The support structure has a plurality of horizontal notches. A first plurality of cover sheets are fastened to the cross-beam so as to provide a rest base, and define a housing volume arranged within the rest base. A second plurality of cover sheets are fastened to the upright of the modular support structure so as to provide a wall having plurality of horizontal grooves which provide a passageway for a bracket mount which can be geometrically coupled to a shaped profile that is accommodated within one of the horizontal notches of the support structure. The rest base, with the housing volume, defines a wiring recess suitable to accommodate a plurality of wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Cesare Picchio
  • Patent number: 8763312
    Abstract: A combination of interlocking primary, top, and bottom interlocking panels (or slats) and slat wall pegs, where the primary panels each have two horizontal spaced-apart slots positioned such that the spacing between slots on a panel and slots across a panel boundary is the same. The interlocking features conceal fasteners that are used proximate the interlock, providing an improved appearance. The top panels attach by spring clips for manual installation and removal. The bottom panels fasten to the wall. Attachment flanges on primary and bottom panels have a groove for fastener alignment. The pegs have resilient arcuate bases with a top flange for engaging a flange channel in the top of a slot and a bottom flange for engaging a floor and back wall of a lower slot. Pegs may be slotted for ease of storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Keith Carter
  • Patent number: 8726578
    Abstract: A partition system includes a first pilaster and a door coupled to the first pilaster and rotatable from a closed position to an open position. The door is configurable in a first configuration wherein the door is rotatable from the closed position to the open position in a first direction and prevented from rotating in a second direction from the closed position, the second direction opposite the first direction. The door is further configurable in a second configuration wherein the door is rotatable from the closed position to the open position in the second direction and prevented from rotating in the first direction from the closed position. The door is coupled to the first pilaster to define a seam and prevents a line of sight from being established through the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: The Mills Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Thielke, Thomas S. Persick, Midchi K. Odya
  • Patent number: 8713857
    Abstract: A device is disclosed that replaces an existing panel or door with a reconfigurable modular panel. The invented panel additionally may function as a working door or screen, serving to more optimally employ a room volume. The invented panel can be configured to fit various styles of door frames thus being adaptable to various entry or floor space pattern situations. The invented panel may be electrified allowing modular plug-ins to house a wide array of elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Logue
  • Patent number: 8667742
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes at least one horizontally extending rail having a rear surface adapted to engage the wall. A plurality of horizontally spaced and vertically extending stiles are coupled to the rail, with the stiles disposed forwardly of the rear surface of the rail. A plurality of interface components are coupled to the plurality of stiles. In various embodiments, the stiles may be interconnected to draw together adjacent interface components. The interface components also may include overlapping upper and lower edges. The stiles may be vertically and/or horizontally (laterally and longitudinally) adjustable relative to the rail. A lock member may be provided to secure at least one of the stiles to the rail. Various systems and methods of assembly and use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bates, Andrew J. Boyce, Chul Min Kang, Michael J. Katje, Susan R. Lyons, Kurt E. Porter, Jeffrey D. Roetman, Perry L. Sellers, Gianfranco Dino Zaccai
  • Patent number: 8650805
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system in which a demarcation point cabinet to provide network connectivity between networks is placed into a cage mesh panel design for a communication facility structure, wherein the demarcation point comprises a demarcation point cabinet placed in the non-moving, stationary portion of the cage mesh panel design for the communication facility structure, such as an Internet Exchange (IX), Peering Point, Data Center, or Co-location center, providing security to the customers using the communication facility structure, frees up square footage space inside the cage for customers to put their own equipment and wiring, and adds security because demarcation point cabinet is constructed with physical barriers to prevent physical tampering or access from a front side of the demarcation point cabinet to the back side of the demarcation point cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Equinix, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Poleshuk, Anthony Sclafani, Lany Widjaja
  • Patent number: 8561356
    Abstract: A panel assembly includes multiple base boards, multiple cover panels, multiple shelves and multiple accessories so as to be fixed to a wall. The multiple base boars and the multiple cover panels define a path, a space and a gap. The path, the space and the gap communicate with each other. Sand the shelves or the accessories are inserted into the path, the space and gap. The panel assembly can be quickly assembled and replaced to change the arrangements and suitable for decoration and display or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Ming-Ching Chuang
  • Publication number: 20130239486
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes at least one horizontally extending rail having a rear surface adapted to engage the wall. A plurality of horizontally spaced and vertically extending stiles are coupled to the rail, with the stiles disposed forwardly of the rear surface of the rail. A plurality of interface components are coupled to the plurality of stiles. In various embodiments, the stiles may be interconnected to draw together adjacent interface components. The interface components also may include overlapping upper and lower edges. The stiles may be vertically and/or horizontally (laterally and longitudinally) adjustable relative to the rail. A lock member may be provided to secure at least one of the stiles to the rail. Various systems and methods of assembly and use are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bates, Andrew J. Boyce, Chul Min Kang, Michael J. Katje, Susan R. Lyons, Kurt E. Porter, Jeffrey D. Roetman, Perry L. Sellers, Gianfranco Dino Zaccai
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8484904
    Abstract: An assembly of prefabricated panels is provided including a plurality of prefabricated panels and mounting brackets, each of the mounting brackets having a strip structure and a plurality of hooks arranged such that the hooks are uniformly spaced apart. Each of the prefabricated panels includes a panel body, a bent section extending from an upper end of the panel body to define at least a portion of a coupling recess, and an engagement protrusion downwardly protruded from a lower end of the bent section to engage an associated one of the hooks in each of the mounting brackets, thereby allowing the prefabricated panels to be supported by the mounting brackets. The panels are configured such that an upper one of the panels may be fitted in the coupling recess of a lower one of the prefabricated panels when the prefabricated panels are coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Young Mi Kim
  • Patent number: 8453387
    Abstract: A display arrangement includes at least one profile, at least one essentially horizontally oriented planar rack element and at least one bracket element. The profile has at least one central web having two parallel inner flanges. The at least one profile can be oriented vertically, and the bracket element may be formed from a top part and a bottom part which can be drawn against one another by at least one tensioning screw. The top part and/or the bottom part are/is provided with clamping rails and/or clamping-rail segments which can be connected in a force fitting and releasable manner to the inner flanges by being plugged thereon, it being possible for each of the at least one rack element to be fixed in a force-fitting manner between the tensioning surfaces of a bracket element by the tensioning screw or of the tensioning screws being tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Christin Goepfert, Janine Goepfert, Joachim Goepfert
  • Patent number: 8453388
    Abstract: A wall lining is described, comprising wall panels (1) and holding profiles (2) which respectively comprise a downwardly open receiving groove (4) for a bottom wall panel (1), an upwardly open receiving groove (3) for an upper wall panel (1) and a suspension groove (5) for fixing hooks between the two receiving grooves (3, 4). In order to enable the insertion of wall panels (1) of different thickness it is proposed that the two receiving grooves (3, 4) of the holding profiles (2) which can be fixed to the wall, which grooves form a stop surface (9) for the outside of the wall panels (1) on the side facing away from the wall (6), form at least two sections (11) in the direction of the groove depth with different widths for holding wall panels (1) of different thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Franz Neuhofer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8387322
    Abstract: A header assembly for a movable partition includes an overhead track and a header pan. The header pan is configured to extend from the overhead track to an adjoining structure. The header pan, the overhead track, or a combination of both may form a fire-resistant barrier extending from a wall of the adjoining structure to an opposing wall of the adjoining structure. Movable partition systems may include header assemblies. Methods of forming header assemblies include positioning a header pan proximate to an overhead track and extending the header pan between a first wall and a second wall to at least substantially occlude a section of space therebetween. Methods of installing a movable partition include securing an overhead track to an overhead support structure, securing a retainer clip to an adjoining structure, extending a header pan from the overhead track to the retainer clip, and suspending a partition from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. George
  • Patent number: 8387314
    Abstract: A storage cabinet with two electrified back-to back, separated compartments extending through an office partition with a first compartment open to a first side of the partition and another, second compartment open to a second side of the partition, and with one lockable door on each side of the partition to close the compartment opening on that side. The electrified back to back compartments have a depth less than the side to side depth of the cabinet and, preferably have a cavity intermediate the two compartments via which electrical power is directed to an electrical outlet in each compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Inscape Corporation
    Inventors: David Parshad, John R. Edwards, Peter Woronecki
  • 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: 8333038
    Abstract: A wall assembly includes at least one horizontally extending rail having a rear surface adapted to engage the wall. A plurality of horizontally spaced and vertically extending stiles are coupled to the rail, with the stiles disposed forwardly of the rear surface of the rail. A plurality of interface components are coupled to the plurality of stiles. In various embodiments, the stiles may be interconnected to draw together adjacent interface components. The interface components also may include overlapping upper and lower edges. The stiles may be vertically and/or horizontally (laterally and longitudinally) adjustable relative to the rail. A lock member may be provided to secure at least one of the stiles to the rail. Various systems and methods of assembly and use are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bates, Andrew J. Boyce, Chul Min Kang, Michael J. Katje, Susan R. Lyons, Kurt E. Porter, Jeffrey D. Roetman, Perry L. Sellers, Gianfranco Dino Zaccai
  • Patent number: 8322095
    Abstract: A header assembly for a movable partition includes an overhead track and a header pan. The header pan is configured to extend from the overhead track to an adjoining structure. The header pan, the overhead track, or a combination of both may form a fire-resistant barrier extending from a wall of the adjoining structure to an opposing wall of the adjoining structure. Movable partition systems may include header assemblies. Methods of forming header assemblies include positioning a header pan proximate to an overhead track and extending the header pan between a first wall and a second wall to at least substantially occlude a section of space therebetween. Methods of installing a movable partition include securing an overhead track to an overhead support structure, securing a retainer clip to an adjoining structure, extending a header pan from the overhead track to the retainer clip, and suspending a partition from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. George
  • Patent number: 8209932
    Abstract: An adjustable height backsplash for an appliance such as a cooking range is disclosed. The backsplash includes an upper wall mount mountable to a wall; a lower wall mount mountable to the wall at a selectable distance from the upper wall mount; an upper faceplate mountable to the upper wall mount and including an upper front panel; and a lower faceplate mountable to the lower wall mount and including a lower front panel. After installation, the upper front panel and the lower front panel together substantially cover a continuous portion of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Chidanand Begur, Sheena Leigh Ritchie, Jorge Hinojosa, Heather Ann Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120159869
    Abstract: The invention relates to a partition system (10) comprising a plurality of wall elements (1) merging one into another, wherein at least one wall element (1) is designed as a stepped element (150), and wherein at least one wall element (1) is designed as a corner element (250).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventors: Claudia Plikat, Johann Burkhardschmitz, Carola E.M. Zwick, Rolan R.O. Zwick
  • Patent number: 8205395
    Abstract: A wall panel system, which may be either a slat wall system or a smooth wall system, is provided. The system employs tongue and groove attachment means to conveniently attach the parts of the wall panel system to one another. A method of installing such a wall panel system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Gary G. Jakiel
  • Publication number: 20120124916
    Abstract: The invention provides an adjustable mounting system for mounting countertops and other similar structures to a wall or other similar structure. Adjustable mounting systems of the invention include hinge adjustment features and/or length adjustment features that allow a single system to be adapted to fit a variety of sizes and/or shapes of spaces. The invention further provides methods of mounting a countertop using an adjustable mounting system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy Mulherin
  • Patent number: 8161700
    Abstract: A tiled structure comprises a layer of adhesive mortar, a bracket having a substantially flat base mounting portion with a plurality of perforations embedded in an adhesive mortar with the mortar flowed through the perforations and substantially covering opposite sides of the base mounting portion, and a tile veneer bonded to the adhesive mortar over at least one side of the base mounting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: David H. Scalise
  • Patent number: 8132371
    Abstract: A connector connecting different components of furniture is disclosed. The connector has a frame and an insert connected to the frame. The insert has a body, at least one prong attached to the body and at least one release mechanism attached to the body. The one or more prongs are sized and configured to fit within one or more recesses in at least one component of furniture. The one or more release mechanisms are attached to the body so that actuation of one or more of the release mechanisms causes one or more prongs to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Knoll International, S.p.A.
    Inventors: Stefan Golinski, Piero Lissoni, Mark Krusin
  • Publication number: 20120005967
    Abstract: An adapter for facilitating the installation of finished walls around bathing units, such as bathtubs, shower basins, or one-piece shower units, where the bathing units have a vertical water-retaining flange around at least part of their perimeter. The adapter includes an elongated channel and a sealing strip extending down from the channel. The adapter may be applied to the bottom edge of a section of wall board, so that the wall board enters the channel and the sealing strip points down. The wall board can then be secured to a wall adjacent the bathing unit with the sealing strip extending over the flange and abutting against a surface of the bathing unit, such as a tub deck, where it forms a water-resistant seal. The adapter forms a substantially planar surface to which finished walling materials may be applied without requiring the use of furring strips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin Hourihan
  • Patent number: 8056739
    Abstract: A system for installation of multiple panels for shelving and the like, wherein the geometry of the junction between panels provides a cavity adapted to receive the anchoring portion of shelf support brackets, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: John Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8051616
    Abstract: A header assembly for a movable partition includes an overhead track and a header pan. The header pan is configured to extend from the overhead track to an adjoining structure. The header pan, the overhead track, or a combination of both may form a fire-resistant barrier extending from a wall of the adjoining structure to an opposing wall of the adjoining structure. Movable partition systems may include header assemblies. Methods of forming header assemblies include positioning a header pan proximate to an overhead track and extending the header pan between a first wall and a second wall to at least substantially occlude a section of space therebetween. Methods of installing a movable partition include securing an overhead track to an overhead support structure, securing a retainer clip to an adjoining structure, extending a header pan from the overhead track to the retainer clip, and suspending a partition from the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Won-Door Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. George
  • Patent number: 8011138
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a privacy booth comprising at least two partition members having first and second terminal ends; and at least two linking members having first and second opposed ends, each second terminal end of the partition member and each first opposed end of the linking members forming a first pivotable coupling, each first terminal end of the partition members and each second opposed end of the linking member forming a second pivotable coupling, the privacy booth being operable between a deployed state, in which adjacent partition members are spaced-apart to define a respective compartment therebetween, and a storage state in which adjacent partition members are substantially parallel with one another, and preferably flat packed against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Pakflatt (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Patrick McGonagle, Richard Bell
  • Patent number: 7987635
    Abstract: A partition system includes a first pilaster and a door coupled to the first pilaster and rotatable from a closed position to an open position. The door is configurable in a first configuration wherein the door is rotatable from the closed position to the open position in a first direction and prevented from rotating in a second direction from the closed position, the second direction opposite the first direction. The door is further configurable in a second configuration wherein the door is rotatable from the closed position to the open position in the second direction and prevented from rotating in the first direction from the closed position. The door is coupled to the first pilaster to define a seam and prevents a line of sight from being established through the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: The Mills Company
    Inventors: Mark A. Thielke, Thomas S. Persick, Midchi K. Odya
  • Patent number: 7908800
    Abstract: A modular columbarium has side panels joined to front uprights by bolts on bent front tabs on the front panels and, respectively, the panels are joined to the rear uprights by L-shaped tabs that can be housed in slot in the rear uprights. The bottoms of the front uprights are extended by height-adjustable legs to adapt to any unevenness of the ground, a lower base panel being fastened between the legs. The front uprights are connected to each other by font crossbars, the crossbars comprising a longitudinal guide, whereon blocking elements are positioned that can move laterally along them. The longitudinal guide has slots for the projecting tabs of the front covers to pass through. The guide has central openings wherethrough the blocking elements can be actuated to block or release the front covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Marcs Urnas Bach, S.L.
    Inventor: Santiago Bach Lahor
  • Patent number: 7861986
    Abstract: A bracket and method for supporting a cubicle wall on a movable wall having at least one horizontal mounting channel. The bracket has a lower bracket member and at least an upper bracket member that attaches to a movable wall module. A cubicle wall start is then coupled thereto. If a higher cubicle is needed, the bracket will have at least one intermediate bracket member to increase the overall length of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan Cline
  • Patent number: 7823333
    Abstract: A structure for easily connecting prefabricated panels, which are attached to outer and inner walls of buildings, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Young Mi Kim
  • Patent number: 7762023
    Abstract: Among other things, a mounting system is provided comprising at least one column having top and bottom ends and defining a vertical axis. Each column has internal wall portions which define at least one channel therein extending parallel to its vertical axis, an outer channel portion opening to its exterior surface, and an inner channel portion extending inwardly. Mounting brackets, each having a first detent member, are positionable within the channel, and engagable with the internal wall portions for fixing themselves against rotation. A longitudinal rail member is slidably positionable within the channel parallel to the vertical axis and has a first set of indexing means arranged along it. At least one support bracket has a main body portion and a second set of one or more indexing means thereon matable with the first set so as to releasably mount the support bracket on the column in indexed relation thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Tayco Panelink Ltd
    Inventors: Dakota Kasdorf, Simon Stanescu
  • Patent number: 7752813
    Abstract: A partitioning system is disclosed and includes walls, stands and table tops. In use, each wall has: upper and lower ends; sides spaced apart from one another along a horizontal longitudinal axis; faces spaced apart from one another along a horizontal lateral axis normal to the longitudinal axis. Further, each wall, in use, defines: a longitudinal slot extending from one side to at least partially divide at least one of the faces; and a channel for said slot, said channel extending from the lower end of the wall, between the faces, to said slot to define a void in said wall. Each stand, in use, has: a ground-engaging base; an upright extending from the base within a channel; and a support arm extending transversely from the upright through the slot for which the channel is provided. Each table top is supported in use by one or more support arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Cesare Picchio
  • Patent number: 7753333
    Abstract: In an engagement member 2 comprising a main body part 3 and an engagement part 4, the main body part 3 is separately formed from the engagement part 4A. A screw passage hole 3c is formed in the main body part 3. A screw hole 4a is formed in the engagement part 4. By tightening a screw member 6 passed through the screw passage hole 3c and threadingly engaged with the screw hole 4a, the engagement part 4 is removably attached to the main body part 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Harunobu Kubota
  • Publication number: 20100132268
    Abstract: A slat wall assembly is provided for being mounted to a wall surface and for receiving displaying elements used in displaying articles. The slat wall assembly comprises at least one backing panel and at least one slat wall member mountable thereto. The backing panel comprises a rear surface mounting side for being mounted to the wall surface and an opposite front side. The slat wall member comprises a rear side for being removable mountable to the backing panel front side and a slat wall front side for receiving the displaying elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Nicola Vardaro
  • Publication number: 20100088972
    Abstract: Modular construction panels, systems, and methods of installation are set forth for use in creating buildings. A modular construction panel includes a panel having a height, opposed faces, and opposed generally vertical ends. In one embodiment, a keyway receiver is integral with the panel adjacent one of the ends, and a keyway spline is integral with the panel adjacent the other end. In another embodiment, a keyway receiver is integral with the panel adjacent one of the ends. In still another embodiment, a keyway receiver is integral with the panel adjacent one of the ends. One modular construction system includes first and second panels, each having: a height, opposed faces, opposed generally vertical first and second ends, a keyway receiver at the first end or one of the faces adjacent the first end, and a keyway spline at the second end or one of the faces adjacent the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Timothy P. Devine, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100064597
    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: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventors: David C. Eberlein, Daniel R. Van Dyk, Michael L. Waalkes, Davinder S. Dhanoa
  • Patent number: 7624542
    Abstract: A shower or bath wall liner panel 1 includes panel sections on either side of a fold 4 down the panel, and opposing non-planar formations 7 and 8 integrally formed in the panel on either side of the fold 4 from which after installation of the liner panel one or more of a shelf, soap dish, flannel rail, or a step 10 may be supported within a shower enclosure or above a bath or which form integrally one or more of a shelf or basket, soap dish, flannel rail, or step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Kohler New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: John Hatrick-Smith
  • Publication number: 20090282756
    Abstract: An adjustable height backsplash for an appliance such as a cooking range is disclosed. The backsplash includes an upper wall mount mountable to a wall; a lower wall mount mountable to the wall at a selectable distance from the upper wall mount; an upper faceplate mountable to the upper wall mount and including an upper front panel; and a lower faceplate mountable to the lower wall mount and including a lower front panel. After installation, the upper front panel and the lower front panel together substantially cover a continuous portion of the wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Chidanand Begur, Sheena Leigh Ritchie, Jorge Hinojosa, Heather Ann Thomas