Position Adjusting Means Patents (Class 52/365)
  • Patent number: 10914085
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a level flooring surface includes a plurality of groups of leveling blocks, wherein each of the plurality of groups has a defined height different from the others of the plurality of groups of leveling blocks and a defined color different from the others of the plurality of groups of leveling blocks. Each of the leveling blocks has an adhesive layer so that the leveling blocks can be fixed to a surface. The leveling blocks are selectively adhered to a surface in a grid-like pattern so that upper surfaces of each of the leveling blocks are substantially planar with a pre-identified zero-level elevation so that a level flooring surface can be installed based on visual confirmation of elevation levels along the grid-like pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: John Mucciarone
  • Patent number: 10895075
    Abstract: A lightweight concrete nailer form preferably includes a semi-tubular member and a plurality of cross members. The semi-tubular member includes a bottom wall, a first sidewall, a second sidewall, a first upper flange and a second upper flange. A height of the first and second sidewalls may also increase over a length of the semi-tubular member to form a tapered semi-tubular member. A plurality of openings are preferably formed through the bottom wall and the first side wall for the flow of lightweight concrete. The cross member preferably includes a bottom flange, an upright member and a top flange. An opening is formed through the upright member for the flow of lightweight concrete. The plurality of cross members fit inside the semi-tubular member. The semi-tubular member may be stacked with a second semi-tubular member. A cover plate may be attached to a top of the semi-tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: METAL-ERA, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph A. Inzeo, Eric W. Godfrey, Peter H. Kastner
  • Patent number: 10501939
    Abstract: An anchor platform assembly for anchoring an object to a raised, generally flat roof-like structure, has an anchor baseplate having a top surface and a bottom surface, and an internally threaded blindbore extending at least partially from the top surface generally towards the bottom surface and fasteners for fastening an object to the anchor baseplate via its blindbore, and for fastening the anchor baseplate to a top surface of a roof-like structure. The assembly is especially intended for supporting, e.g., glass railings on balconies, terraces and flat roofs and for mounted solar panels on both flat and pitched roofs which provides strength and affords watertight performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Lance Nill
  • Patent number: 10378211
    Abstract: A spacer device includes a spacer having a n aperture through a bottom-side that sits against the surface of the form. The aperture is configured for providing a threaded-fixture having internal-threads, the threaded-fixture including a securing assembly insertable into the threaded-fixture. The securing assembly includes external-threads for mating with the internal-threads of the threaded-fixture. The spacer device is useful for providing a novel securing means for securing with reinforcing steel in a spaced relation for in a concrete structure or other such structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Heng H. Khun
  • Patent number: 10267040
    Abstract: A composite assembly includes a series of elongated layers joined lengthwise thereof. At least two of the elongated layers each have an upper elongated portion and a lower elongated portion secured together in an end-to-end relationship at a joint therebetween by a connector arrangement. The upper elongated portion is constructed of a wood material, and the lower elongated portion is constructed of a non-wood material. The lower elongated portion may have a reinforcing rod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Jack Walters & Sons, Corp.
    Inventors: Fredrick R. Gilbert, Daniel Pederson, Andrew Pritzl, Caynen Klessig
  • Patent number: 10202774
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of retro-fitting an external insulation system to a building, and a retro-fit external insulation system for a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Adam Jay, Richard Matthew Ratcliff
  • Patent number: 9163783
    Abstract: An adjustable television ceiling mounting system attaches to an exposed ceiling board surface, and is secured by an adjustable joist support bracket mounting system. The adjustable television ceiling mounting system is capable of securely tilting, swiveling, extending, and retracting up and parallel to an exposed ceiling board surface. The adjustable television ceiling mount utilizes two motors and a hydraulic cylinder to power a retracting arm and a swiveling arm by remote control. The adjustable television ceiling mounting system can be positioned anywhere on the exposed ceiling board surface and is capable of supporting televisions greater than 50 pounds and maneuvering them easily and securely due to the supporting adjustable joist support bracket mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 8955280
    Abstract: A clip for facilitating installation of foam insulation boards in a building structure. The clip comprises a body, a spacer and a foot for holding the insulation board, and a connection region for attachment of the clip to a building structural member. The clip is designed to ensure proper ventilation and greatly easy the proper installation of rigid foam insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Fabis
  • Patent number: 8857119
    Abstract: Wooden member to be easily joined to another member, with good appearance of decreased size fixation structure for tensile member to improve the load bearing performance. Metal screw members including cylindrical shaft portions having an axial direction through hole and blade spirally protruding from the shaft portion are axially threaded into wooden member at two locations. Groove or hollow hole is between the two screw members, and steel rod extends from the through hole of one of the screw members through the groove or hollow hole into the through hole of the other. Both ends of the steel rod with tensioning force are locked to the screw member by nuts. Cutout recesses are formed in the wooden member, and the screw members are threaded into the wooden member through the recesses and the steel rod is locked to the screw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroki Nakashima, Junichi Imai, Hiroki Ishiyama
  • Publication number: 20130055670
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise apparatuses and methods of manufacturing and installing reinforced concrete structures. The reinforced concrete structures utilize trusses and rebar to form a support structure. A screed guide bar is removeably coupled to the support structure. Concrete is supplied to the support structure, and screeding occurs to form the reinforced concrete structure from the support structure (e.g., rebar mats and trusses) and concrete. The use of trusses and the screed guide bar allow for the formation of a reinforced concrete structure without the need for using spacers and standees to position the mats, or performing position checks to determine the position of the concrete during screeding. The screed bar guide allows workers to quickly form the desired surface of the reinforced concrete structure, remove the screed bar, and fill any void left by the screed bar, as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Nucor Corporation
    Inventor: Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Patent number: 8082713
    Abstract: A screed corner comprises a screed base including substantially perpendicular nailing flanges and a bead leg extending away from each nailing flange. The bead has a horizontally disposed V-shaped cross section. A separate screed corner component is provided to be secured to arms of the bead and to close a gap in the screed base which is located in a volume comprising an intersection of a projection of each bead leg. The screed corner may be provided in a contour in sheet metal which can be readily bent to form a screed base. The screed corner component may comprise formed sheet metal. The corner component may comprise a sharp corner or may comprise a radius at its periphery. In one further form, the bead may comprise a substantially planar surface extending away from the nailing flange. In another, further form, the screed corner may be molded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: James F. Matthews
  • Patent number: 7878469
    Abstract: A novel adjustable screed bar holder used to support screed bars used in concrete finish work. The holder moves along a supporting device such as a stake, pin, or post. A lever on the holder is coupled to a cam wheel such that movement of the lever will disengage the cam wheel from the stake. When the cam wheel is in the disengaged position the holder is free to move along the stake until the lever is released and the cam wheel secures against the stake. Typically the holder will be used to hold a piece of lumber, pipe, rebar, or tubing parallel to the forms used in concrete placement. A screed may then be run over the concrete while it rides on the screed bar supported by the adjustable holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Bryan Hasenoehrl, Kevin Gordon
  • Publication number: 20100139196
    Abstract: A screed device (10) used as a guide for removing excess mortar from a vertical surface after being set to a predetermined position, consisting of an elongated, narrow, rectangular shaft that contains three grooves (12) located near the top, bottom, and center of the back side of the said shaft, each accommodating a small block (14)). The blocks are attached to the wall with self-tapping screws (22) which pass through the shaft and the blocks thereby connecting the shaft to the blocks and the blocks to the surface being coated. The shaft is able to be adjusted in and out from the blocks as necessary to achieve a plumb position by rotation of a connecting post (24) contained within the block. The connecting post has a retainer clip (26) that compresses the face of the shaft between the head of the post and the clip to keep the post from falling out of the block when adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew Tyson Healy
  • Patent number: 7673421
    Abstract: An embodiment of a stucco wall device is configured to provide alignment in uneven wall joints, allow water to drain out of the wall, protect against water infiltration, and permit movement between the two sides of a joint. An embodiment includes two pieces which form a seal and a sloped screed with weep holes for directing water out of and away from the wall. A male leg of the second piece slides between the first piece and the wall, allowing the two pieces to move relative to each other while preserving a seal against water infiltration. Other embodiments include one-piece stucco wall devices which also allow movement between the joint members and are configured to protect against water infiltration into a wall. Portions of a wall device may be adjusted or bowed in order to assist in alignment at an uneven wall joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Donald A. Pilz
  • Patent number: 7658051
    Abstract: Methods for fabricating sidings and methods for securing those sidings to structures are disclosed. Additionally, this disclosure teaches embodiments of sidings that can be secured to structures. For some embodiments, the siding comprises an insulation and a panel. The insulation and the panel are coupled to each other prior to installation of the siding. This coupling is achieved by non-adhesive coupling mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Georgia Foam, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Benes
  • Patent number: 7127869
    Abstract: A wall covering and method of installation using corner moldings formed with a plurality of tiers of simulated building elements and a plurality of panels each formed with a plurality of rows of simulated building elements. The corner molding includes flanges along opposite sides formed with both (1) elongated fastener-receiving apertures for receiving fasteners which permit adjustable positioning and alignment of the tiers of building elements of the corner molding with rows of building elements of a panel to be mounted adjacent thereto and (2) circular apertures for receiving fasteners that precisely secure and retain the corner moldings in mounted position with the building elements of the corner molding and adjacent panel in predetermined aligned relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Nailite International
    Inventor: John E. Perry
  • Patent number: 7086203
    Abstract: A support apparatus (10) for providing a robust load bearing support for screed rails (12) during the laying of concrete in which the height of the screed rails can be accurately adjusted and supported so as to allow the screed rails to be used for carrying concrete levelling devices such as a roller beam levelling device consists of a ground engaging base block (14), a first member (22) releasably connected at its lower end to the base block and a support member (28) releasably connected to the upper end of the first member for supporting the screed rails (12) at a desired height above the ground (16) where the first member and support member combination is of adjustable length to permit adjustment of the height of the screed rails carried thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: George Owen
  • Patent number: 7065930
    Abstract: A spacer support having a body portion, a surface engaging portion and a securement to attach the body portion to a weldment plate in tilt-up construction is disclosed. In a first embodiment, the securement includes a resilient clip that can snap onto a Nelson stud. One or more shelves on the support spacer prevent longitudinal movement of the Nelson stud. The length of the spacer support may be adjusted manually by cutting the body to length or by rotating one threaded member relative to a second to accommodate different thicknesses of walls. The spacer support is preferably plastic but may be metal. In another embodiment, a clamp secures an elongate body portion to a weldment plate projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Todd M. Schulze
  • Patent number: 6823635
    Abstract: A spacer/support having a body portion, a surface engaging portion and a securement to attach the body portion to a weldment plate in tilt-up construction is disclosed. In a first embodiment, the securement includes a plurality of fingers that can snap onto the head of a Nelson stud. A second embodiment is equipped with a flat head that can be secured to the weldment plate using an adhesive. The length of the spacer/support may be adjusted manually by cutting the body to length or by rotating one threaded member relative to a second to accommodate different thicknesses of walls. The spacer/support is preferably plastic but may be metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventors: Todd M. Schulze, Clayton E Schulze
  • Patent number: 6820379
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are described for positioning and fixing beams, in particular made from wood, in particular for the construction of ground foundations, by means of at least one ground dowel. The ground dowel receives, in a retaining part, a ground dowel insert part which can be fixed therein and which possesses a retaining means, attached to a baseplate, for determining the position of the beam relative to the ground dowel insert part, the ground dowel insert part being fixed at least adhesively on the pressed-on beam. After the ground dowel, placed at the desired position and provided with the ground dowel insert part, has been adjusted to the desired height, the beam is pressed on to the retaining means in the desired position. The ground dowel insert part is fixed on the removed beam in accordance with the position determined by the retaining means, and the beam thus positioned, with the ground dowel insert part fixed thereon, is inserted into the retaining section of the ground dowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventors: Klaus Krinner, Guenther Thurner, Martin Thurner
  • Patent number: 6745532
    Abstract: The invention relates to the articulated imbrication of concrete slabs i(in situ) wherein joints are formed by laying i(in situ), along joint lines, a simple armored mesh device with a cut and fold pattern which has been already prepared in the workshop. Advantage is taken from the retraction phenomenon in order to achieve an alternative indentation along the joints of adjacent slabs of continuous cast concrete, susceptible of forming satisfactorily a knee—or gimbal-joint connection between the joints. The process is complemented with a concrete separator element which facilitates the formation of the crack and prevents water from reaching the platform, and which can be fixed to said device. The invention applies to concrete surface roads, highways and harbour zones of goods warehouses and enables to design and make road surfaces without bases and subbases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Jose Ramon Vazquez Ruiz del Arbol
  • Publication number: 20040079045
    Abstract: A tile application system having a trim guide and a field guide. The trim guide has a first, second, and third side, a a registration channel adjacent to the first side and perpendicular to the second side, a terminal end on the first side having a distance V from the second side. The field guide has a base, a first and second wall extending from the base, and a registration channel between each wall. Each wall has a length V from the base and a thickness X. The registration channels of each guide has a width Y. A leveler with a ledge of a thickness Y is insertable into any registration channel for aligning the guides vertically or horizontally or both. A support for the leveler has a channel and an extending ledge each with a width Y to accept the leveler and to insert into any registration channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Leo Flores
  • Patent number: 6588164
    Abstract: The screed form stake has a cradle portion with a horizontal top surface. A screed rod groove in the top surface extends from a front wall to a rear wall of the cradle portion. First and second side flanges extend downward from the cradle portion and have rear flange surfaces in a first vertical plane. A central flange is integral with the first and second side flanges, extends downward from the cradle portion, and extends forward from the first and second side flanges. A soil penetration point is formed on the bottom of the screed stake between the side flanges and the central flange. A stake driver has a bottom surface, that engages the stake top wall, and a top surface. A screed rod shaped member on the bottom of the stake driver is seated in the screed rod groove and has an exposed elevation measuring surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Glenn Robert Moblo
  • Publication number: 20020112436
    Abstract: A quick-connector for terminal fastening of a penetrating rebar (7) to a perpendicularly oriented concrete dowel (2), the connector comprising a wire clip (1) having a deflected segment of wire of the length (L) at least partially made of resilient-elastic metal, wherein the wire clip (1) includes, with respect to a primary turning arc (3), arms (5, 5′) that are mirror-symmetrical to an angle-bisecting plane (4), wherein each arm (5, 5′) forms a deflected secondary turning arc (6, 6′) transverse to the primary turning arc (3) and a clippable hook (8, 8′) that rests force-lockingly into a radial external surface zone (9), of a terminal radial expansion (1), of the concrete dowel
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventors: Bernhard Sander, Joachim Gunther
  • Patent number: 6397542
    Abstract: An adjustable screed with a flexible body (suited for use in cut-out areas) or a rigid body (suited for use adjacent to wall-like structures), a horizontal adjustment mechanism for establishing a horizontal plane for the screed and for securely maintaining the horizontal plane, and a vertical stabilizing mechanism for attaching the screed to an external object whereby when one or more screeds are being attached to the external object, the screed is adjusted and aligned to a single horizontal plane, securely maintained at that horizontal plane, and the vertical stabilizing mechanism maintains the attachment of the screed to the external object and maintains vertical stability of the screed as horizontal adjustments are being made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Leo Flores
  • Patent number: 6393788
    Abstract: An adjustable screed with a body having a top rail and a bottom rail; a horizontal adjustment mechanism for establishing a horizontal plane for the screed and for securely maintaining the horizontal plane; a vertical stabilizing mechanism for attaching the screed to an external object; a securing mechanism for securing the screed to the external object; and a registration mechanism for registering one screed to another screed after initial adjustments have been made to the first screed secured to the external object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Leo Flores
  • Patent number: 6279282
    Abstract: A screed device (41, 42) formed by an elongated straight rigid member (54) that includes a pair of spaced threading assemblies (62) extending through member (54) between its rounded front side (47) and its back side (57). Each assembly (62) includes a screw (63) with a tapering neck (66), a head (64) for turning the screw (63), and a threading screw portion (67) projecting beyond the back side (57), along with a pair of bushings (71, 72) disposed within member (54) and in which the tapered neck (66) rotates, providing for the threading screw portion (67) to thread to a stud (22, 23, 24). The inner bushing (71) attaches to the tapering neck (66), to provide a cylindrical outer surface (75) that engages a cylindrical inner surface (76) on bushing (72) that is attached to member (54). Levels (78) are included in one wall (55, 56) of member (54).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Michael Krionidis
  • Patent number: 6272413
    Abstract: While a crawler body 110 is traveling, infrared sensors 144 and an elevational difference calculator 132 incorporated in a controller 130 detects the magnitude of a step present ahead of the crawler body 110. A safety speed calculator 134 calculates a safety speed based on the magnitude of the step detected and on the position of the platform 116 relative to the crawler body 110, which position is detected by various detectors 141˜143 and by a position calculator 133. A comparator 135 compares this safety speed with the traveling speed of the crawler body 110, and if the current speed of the crawler body 110 is greater than the safety speed, then the comparator 135 outputs a warning signal. Upon receiving this signal, a restrictor 136 controls a valve controller 131 to reduce the speed of the crawler body 110 such that the crawler body 110 can travel over the step safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Aichi Corporation
    Inventors: Norihisa Takahashi, Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Akihiko Ohira
  • Patent number: 6178716
    Abstract: A reinforced-concrete floor slab thickness indicator/reinforcement rod spacer combination consists of a base, a spacer and an indicator erected from the base, and a bracket integrally and laterally extended from the spacer. The indicator is releasably attached to the bracket by a U-shaped clamping member cooperating with a cam member. The spacer consisted of a seat fixedly mounted on the base, a medial portion threadedly connected with the seat and a supporting portion slideably mounted on the medial portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Hsin-hsiung Chen
  • Patent number: 6164467
    Abstract: A free-standing modular wall system (10, 110) utilizing a plurality of individual slat members (22) stacked vertically one upon the other to form panels (12, 14) and supported upon upright end members (20) having a foot or base (16, 116) whereby the resulting module may be moved from place to place and joined with other such modules to form a longer wall. Preferably, the slats (22) are formed of sheet metal and mounted on transverse hanger brackets (24), to which some or all of the slat members (22) may be either fixedly or movably by interlocking slidable engagement. Preferably, the panels, (12, 14) consisting of slats (22) and hanger brackets (24) are removably mounted upon the upright supports (20). The modular wall system units (10, 110) may either be single-faced or double-faced, i.e., may have only a single slat-wall panel (12, 14) or may have a pair of such panels disposed back-to-back, for use in installations where both sides are fully exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Spectra Products Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel D. DePottey, Daniel J. Muellerleile, Ronald J. Friday, Vaninath Uppalapati
  • Patent number: 6158179
    Abstract: A wall structure for dividing building space includes several different freestanding base panels such as an internally open partition panel, a sound-deadening partition panel, a glass-supporting partition panel, and a doorway-supporting partition panel, and further includes an overhead system comprising a structural expressway construction, a transom subframe, covers for the subframe, and a glass module attachable to the subframe. The structural expressway construction has a torque box bracket for moving support from an inboard location spaced from the vertical side edge of the base panels to the vertical side edge. The transom subframe mounts atop the different base panels, and telescopingly extends into mating engagement with a ceiling channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Anne C. Ackerly, David J. Battey, David P. Churchill, James H. Davies, Gregg R. Draudt, Michael D. Elsholz, Roy W. Fink, Steven F. Goodman, Steven C. Gortsema, Peter C. Greenberg, Allen C. Hager, Harold Halvorson, Jr., James D. Houda, Robert E. Jeffers, Gary S. Juhlin, Robert J. Luchetti, Karl J. Mead, Scott H. Russell, Peter J. Schauer, David A. Shipman, Anthony A. Stachowiak, Michael Tingley, Genevieve Wing
  • Patent number: 6134846
    Abstract: A slatwall system having a central, female, and male channels. The central channel includes top and bottom slots, as does the female channel, whereas the male channel includes a top slot and a bottom tongue. The channels may be arrayed on a wall such that the female channel bottom slot and the central channel top slot face each other, and so that the central channel bottom slot and the male channel top slot face each other. The facing slots of these channels thereby define grooves where hanging implements may be inserted. Further, the female and male channels are sized and configured such that when a male channel bottom tongue is inserted within a female channel top slot, the combined female and male channels have substantially the same size and configuration as the central channel; in other words, the male channel top slot resembles the central channel top slot and the female channel bottom slot resembles the central channel bottom slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Charles Lamb
  • Patent number: 6115978
    Abstract: A moveable partition system includes a main wall member and a telescoping member disposed in telescoping relation with the main wall member. The telescoping member extends between the main wall member and a structural body to connect the wall member to the structural body. A securing assembly secures the telescoping member to the structural body; and a support member engages the structural body opposite the securing assembly to distribute the load of the securing assembly on the structural body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Fisher Hamilton L.L.C.
    Inventors: John M. Bastian, Marshall K. Beck
  • Patent number: 6088989
    Abstract: A frame material that can be easily formed as a pillar or beam by appropriately adjusting the length and/or strength thereof, a joint portion of which is uniform and smooth, a residual portion of which can be used as a joint, and which can easily be combined with other building materials. The frame material is formed into an elongate shape, and a cross section crossing at right angles a longitudinal axis thereof is formed into a rectangular shape with the length of a shorter side of the rectangular cross section being made one-third of the length of a longer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Ado Supesu Kabusiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Matsu, Shigehisa Maruyama, Tetsufumi Shibata
  • Patent number: 6065262
    Abstract: System for connecting section boards, particularly panel-like elements having rectangular greater surfaces and horizontal greater sides to form partition walls includes two metal sections intended to connect a lower sectional board to an upper sectional board, one metal section being attached to the upper greater horizontal side of the lower sectional board and the other metal section being attached to the lower greater horizontal side of the upper sectional board, said metal sections being connected to each other by means of a tongue-and-groove joint and forming, once they are connected together, a recessed portion extending along the greater horizontal side of the sectional boards and intended to receive and hold therein a corresponding portion of an element or fixture intended to project or to hang from the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Unifor, S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Motta
  • Patent number: 6058660
    Abstract: A portable garage assembly includes a floor member formed of three foldable sections having a plurality of peripherally disposed indentions on its upper surface. Received within its indentions are vertical support members that are secured thereto with quick release screws. A side, a rear and a front wall are removably secured to the support members. A plurality of directional and transverse beams are secured to the top ends of the support members for supporting a multi-section, laterally sloping roof. An opening on the front panel defines an entrance. The entrance is selectively enclosable with a garage door movable along a pair of tracks between a vertical, closed position and a horizontal open position. The device is designed to be quickly and easily erected or alternatively disassembled for transport or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Willie F. Melton
  • Patent number: 5983574
    Abstract: A merchandise display panel comprises a plurality of profiles including outer edges, the profiles being arranged in a stacked edge-to-edge configuration; and a plurality of stiffeners glued to the back surfaces of the profiles across the edges between adjacent profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Showall, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Holztrager
  • Patent number: 5979118
    Abstract: An expandable/contractible furniture component is configured for attachment to a partition system to provide an adjustable structure adapted to adjust with the partition system as the partition system is adjusted to provide different office sizes. The furniture component includes a corner shelf attached to the partition system, and in-line shelves also attached to the partition system. The in-line shelves are telescopingly adjustable into the corner shelf so that the plan dimensions of the shelves are adjustable concurrently with the partition systems to provide storage surfaces and shelves that extend and completely fill at least one dimension of the office. An in-line telescoping straight shelf construction and a two-way telescoping corner shelf construction are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Gortsema, Thomas B. Eich, David P. Churchill, Charles A. Seiber, Frank Freidman, Jonathan J. King, Douglas G. Lyon, Douglas B. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 5957424
    Abstract: A device for the vertical arrangement of a pole or post-like object is disclosed. A securing device is disposed at the ground end and includes a substantially cylindrical, elongated mounting mandrel which projects upwards from the free upper side of the securing device. This mandrel can be inserted into an accommodating bore in the underside of the pole or post-like object. A support plate on which the underside of the pole or post-like object rests, has at least one securing projection that protrudes upwards from the support plate and penetrates the material of the pole or post-like object. The mounting mandrel is substantially thinner than the accommodating bore in the underside of the pole or post-like object such that a play is provided between the outer periphery of the mounting mandrel and the inner circumferential area of the accommodating bore seen substantially over the entire axial extension of the mounting mandrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Klaus Krinner
    Inventor: Klaus Krinner
  • Patent number: 5941026
    Abstract: A slatwall display system is provided for retaining at least one article holder thereon. The system includes a mounting member having a series of spaced projecting ears formed with upwardly projecting surfaces defining slat panel supports. The system further includes a multiplicity of slat panels interconnected together, one on top of another, at spaced slatwall panel joints to define a slat panel assembly. Each of the slat panels has a plurality of coplanar forward wall portions, a plurality of coplanar rearward wall portions spaced rearwardly of the forward wall portions, and a plurality of central wall portions joining the forward wall and rearward wall portions. The rearward wall portions are separated from each other by projecting ear recesses formed between the forward wall and rearward wall portions. The projecting ear recesses include a series of spaced, inverted, generally V-shaped notches receiving the upwardly projecting surfaces of the projecting ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: storeWall LLC
    Inventors: Richard G. Eisenreich, Carl B. Landgren, Michael P. Sieren
  • Patent number: 5918432
    Abstract: A modular shelving system that includes framework which provides structural integrity and distribution of electrical wiring, communication, data transmission and other services, and brackets and shelves which may be interlocked for stability purposes. The shelves exhibit increased strength to provide greater shelf spans between framework supports. The shelving system is suitable for universal application in laboratories, clean rooms and other rooms, and may also constitute a self-standing structure on which a room may be built.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: Mark D Mahone, Harold J Erbs
  • Patent number: 5918422
    Abstract: A vertically sliding adjustable office panel system that allows each panel to change height individually or in unison by virture of a panel within a panel sliding assembly. The panels are connected side by side to form office cubicles. The space dividing system adjusts vertically by inserting or removing connectors. This system allows a closed office cubicle system to become a partially or completely open workstation by raising or lowering any or all of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Bucher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5906079
    Abstract: A partition construction includes a partition frame and a markerboard having a flat, dry erasable markerboard surface that erasably receives an erasable medium. The partition further includes top and bottom brackets for attaching the markerboard to the partition frame. The bottom bracket defines a bottom channel that receives a bottom edge of the markerboard. The top bracket defines an opposing top channel that engages a top edge of the markerboard. The top bracket includes an inner component attached to the partition frame and defining an inner portion of the top channel. The top bracket further includes an outer component that is attached to the inner component and defines an outer portion of the top channel. The outer component is configured to be secured after the markerboard is set on the bottom bracket and is pivoted into engagement with the inner components so that, when secured, the outer component, the inner component, and the bottom bracket capture the markerboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Brickner, Steven F. Goodman, Daniel Grabowski, Matthew C. Roe
  • Patent number: 5890325
    Abstract: A system for subdividing a building space into work areas includes interconnectable partition panels, each having an internal frame with a plurality of horizontal frame members located at predetermined heights. The horizontal frame members each have at least one horizontal row of slots, and at least one of the horizontal frame members is located slightly above an optimal worksurface height for supporting an interactively used datum shelf. Furniture components are attachable to the horizontal frame members at selected horizontal positions, including the datum shelf, an undershelf storage unit and an upper storage unit. A mobile furniture unit is provided having a worksurface located at an optimal worksurface height, the worksurface having a cantilevered edge section that can be extended partially under the datum shelf at a selected optimal depth for coordinated and efficient use of the datum shelf concurrent with using the worksurface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Sean M. Corcorran, Charles Anthony Seiber, Robert P. Arko, Frank Friedman, Leon D. Segal, Jonathan J. King, Karl J. Mead, Paul B. Siebert
  • Patent number: 5848497
    Abstract: A cluster desk assembly is provided in which a desk top which is symmetrical about a center point is provided with a plurality of extension tops radiating outwardly to provide a plurality of work stations. The work stations are separated from each other by screen panels which also radiate outwardly from the center point to provide work stations, each of which includes a part of the desk top itself and at least part of one or more extension tops. The desk top may be either circular in peripheral shape or polygonal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Pieter M. Henderson
  • Patent number: 5819490
    Abstract: A slatwall section having a groove formed above and behind the upper most slat for providing additional structural integrity. The formed groove enables a slatwall to be manufactured having uniform thickness. A mating engagement between upper and lower slatwall sections provides a connection point that is concealed within a formed slat, and thereby eliminates the use of exteriorly disposed sink holes or fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: International Visual Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne A. Current
  • Patent number: 5791093
    Abstract: A slatwall panel having a plurality of horizontally-oriented, vertically arrayed extruded slatwall members which define recesses from which standard one-quarter inch offset hardware and display fixtures may be hung. A slidably connected tongue and claw connection is provided for vertically adjacent members. A method of forming a panel of such members on a wall is also described. In one form, the panel is preassembled. In the other, it is assembled in situ.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Goer Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary C. Diamond
  • Patent number: 5787648
    Abstract: A workstation has a work surface with a front edge which a user faces in a front facing position at the workstation. A first inner side edge extends from one end of the front edge at a first angle to the front edge and on one side of the front facing position, and a second inner side edge extends from an opposite end of the front edge, at a second angle and on an opposite side of the front facing position. First and second outer bounding edges, have first ends connected to each other at an angle of about 70-110 degrees, each of the first and second outer edges having opposite second ends. A first outer side edge is connected between the second end of the first outer bounding edge and the first inner side edge and a second outer side edge is connected between the second end of the second outer bounding edge and the second inner side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Patric O'Malley
  • Patent number: 5711115
    Abstract: A fireplace shelf and mantel support system includes slotwall panels affixed to the structure wall above and to the side of the fireplace opening. The slotwall panels include T-shaped support slots. A mantel and shelves are provided and are supported on the slotwall panels with support brackets. The support brackets include a leg having an inturned upper portion extending into the slotwall support slots and an arm extending away therefrom for supporting the mantel or shelves. Edge trim is provided along the perimeter edge of the slotwall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: Design Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Nanci Marie Wirt
  • Patent number: 5701703
    Abstract: An elevationally adjustable folding stage has a frame which folds from a storage position to use position. Stage panels form a stage surface and are reversibly and interchangeably mounted. Connectors insert into passages from the stage frame through the stage panels and provide quick connection without additional connector elements. The connectors rotate within the channel and compress an annular sleeve member axially, forcing the sleeve outward to engage the sides of the passage and secure the stage panel to the stage. The connectors are at or below the upper stage surface and are accessible axially from above by an actuator tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: SICO Incorporated
    Inventors: Thomas J. Luedke, Randy G. Aagaard, Carl A. Niemi, Andrew J. Shea