Intersecting Separators Within Frame Patents (Class 52/456)
  • Patent number: 9533264
    Abstract: An organic/inorganic composite membrane may include hydrophilic inorganic particles dispersed in an organic polymer matrix having finger-like pores. The hydrophilic inorganic particles may be present at a higher concentration near one surface of the membrane having a higher density than the other surface of the membrane having a lower density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hye Young Kong, Bok Soon Kwon, Sung Soo Han, Jung Im Han
  • Patent number: 9074417
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to internal grid keepers for insulating glass units, and/or insulating glass units incorporating the same. The grid keepers of certain example embodiments may include a shoulder bent into an acute angle and may include one or more stamped features on or proximate to the shoulder for engaging with a punched, hollowed, or otherwise formed feature in an edge seal, along with one or more stamped features on an elongate portion extending from the shoulder for engaging with a grid or muntin. In certain example embodiments, the keeper may be on level with or slightly lower than a primary seal so as to reduce the likelihood of the keeper interfering with the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Cooper, Robert A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9033635
    Abstract: A unitary fastening pin the design of which has flexible protrusions on the lower ? of its shank (2), preferably in the shape of convergent geometrical figures (spade-shaped), molded round the longitudinal axis. The outer overall diameter of the protrusions (2) is greater than the hole into which it is to be inserted. The pin includes a flexing neck (6) between the lower shank and the head (4) and also has tapered alignment splines (16). The pin is particularly suitable for fastening threshold strips to cover floor-covering joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Malgorzata Wesolowska
  • Publication number: 20150096253
    Abstract: A door lite frame comprises a first frame component comprising first screw bosses and first grip sockets, and a second frame component comprising second screw bosses and second grip sockets. The first and second frame components are constructed to permit arrangement of the first and second frame components in an assembled state and a nested state with respect to one another. In the assembled state, the first screw bosses are correspondingly aligned with the second screw bosses, and the first and second frame components are secured to each other. In the nested state, at least one of the first screw bosses of the first frame component is mated with at least one of the second grip sockets of the second frame component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Douglas THOMPSON
  • Publication number: 20140165488
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular door having at least one door panel, premanufactured stiles and at least two rails, and is held together using rods optionally having at least one stabilizer; a modular door kit containing said components; and a method of assembling a modular door having said components without requiring adhesives or any extra fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Treebus Inc.
    Inventor: Salvatore Bruno
  • Patent number: 8733066
    Abstract: Described herein is a custom built-to-size, polyurethane-polyurea coated door for walk-in coolers and freezers, which will withstand collision, and wear-and-tear in an industrial or commercial setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Eric Alan Carlson
  • Publication number: 20140053489
    Abstract: A frame includes a pair of stiles and a pair of rails. A first stile has a first top surface, a first bottom surface, a first exterior surface and a first interior surface. A second stile has a second top surface, a second bottom surface, a second exterior surface and a second interior surface. First and second rails are joined to the first and second stiles. A reinforcement member is joined to the first interior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: James BRYANT, James PFAU, Liqun XU, Elizalde EXCONDE
  • Patent number: 8631619
    Abstract: A grille attachment system is provided for releasably attaching a grille made of crisscrossing grille components to a window or door having a frame and a glazing unit. The attachment system includes grille clips on the ends of the grille components that are each movable between a first or inactive position and a second or active position in which they engage the frame of the window or door to hold the grille in place. Movement of the grille toward engagement with the glazing unit of the window or door causes the clips to move to their second positions, thereby engaging the frame and holding the grille in place. Pulling the grille away from the glazing unit causes the clips to move back to their first positions, thereby releasing the grille from the frame and the window or door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Clayton, Tim Mullen, Marvin Kammin
  • Patent number: 8615961
    Abstract: An insertion connector (1) is provided for hollow profiled elements (17, 18) of spacers or mullions for insulating glass panes. The insertion connector includes lateral walls (3) and at least one central wall (2) having at least one long opening (9) extending along the longitudinal axis 23) of the connector. At least one holding element (7) projects from the central wall (2). The holding element (7) is arranged adjacently to the through-opening (9). The insertion connector (1) can include other holding elements on the lateral walls (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Max Kronenberg, Ralf M. Kronenberg
  • Publication number: 20130312351
    Abstract: The present document describes a key for releasably connecting members, furniture and door assembly kits comprising keys, and members having mating connectors along their ends for releasably connecting said members through their mating connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: SYSTEMES NUCO INC/NUCO SYSTEMS INC
    Inventors: Louis Bergevin, Yvan Bergevin, Annie Lajeunesse
  • Patent number: 8573357
    Abstract: An acoustical door comprising an inner core assembly includes a spacer frame having a first set of spacer strips extending along a first direction and a second set of spacer strips extending along a second direction. The inner core assembly further includes first and second core layers positioned within the spacer frame. The second core layer is constructed of a material dissimilar from the first core layer. The acoustical door further comprises a multi-layer skin spaced apart from the inner core assembly. The multi-layer skin includes a sheet constructed of lead. The acoustical door also includes a spacer coupling the multi-layer skin and the inner core assembly around a mutual periphery. An air space is defined within the mutual periphery and between the multi-layer skin and the inner core assembly such that the multi-layer skin is configured to flex independent of the inner core assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Eggers Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel L. Hibbs
  • Patent number: 8534020
    Abstract: The preferred embodiment utilizes a wood insert panel with notches at the top and center and at the bottom and center and a wood frame with protrusions that correspond with the notches and that are located in the center of the rails of the wood frame. The interlocking of the notches and protrusions permit for expansion of the wood insert panel within the grooves in the stiles of the wood frame while still centering and supporting the wood insert panel within the wood frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Taylor Craft Cabinet Door L.P.
    Inventors: Sherman Burrows, Heath Till
  • Patent number: 8328175
    Abstract: A frame (1) for receiving and holding a removable board (2) for use in the manufacture of edible products such as bread and the like. The frame (1) comprises a plurality of side walls (100, 101, 102, 103) and reinforcing cross-members (104, 105, 106) so that a board (2) which is adapted to be retained within the frame (1) is protected from damage and wear during transportation along mechanized conveyors in the bread making process. The board (2) is provided with a lip which extends around its perimeter and projects laterally beyond the side walls of the frame to enable removal of the board from the frame. The board (2) further comprises a textured upper surface which helps to prevent dough from sticking and facilitates the eventual removal of the dough from the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Lifestyle Foods
    Inventor: Mark O'Shea
  • Patent number: 8307596
    Abstract: A key member or key for joining muntin or spacer bars in a dual pane window include an insertion end for frictional engagement in the open ended passage of a spacer bar and a projection end comprised of axially extending, spaced prongs that include teeth or serrations that enable interlocking with projecting prongs of a like key member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Allmetal, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent R. Catalano
  • Publication number: 20120167512
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a door for traditional Korean houses. The door includes a structure of a lattice door framed with vertical lattice frames and horizontal lattice frames which are arranged in a regular periodic pattern. A lattice width-to-height ratio (W/H) of the lattice door ranges from 0.07 to 0.1 so that the outside air is prevented from entering the interior of a room through the lattice door to minimize heat loss from the interior of the room to the outside air. Therefore, the present invention can satisfy the basic function of insulating the interior of the room born the outside air. Thereby, energy consumption can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Applicant: HANBAT NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY-ACADAMIC COOPERATION FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Eunyoung AHN, Jaewon KIM
  • Patent number: 8166721
    Abstract: A composite wood-metal structural member comprises a web and a pair of flanges. The web is at least partially made of metal and the flanges are at least partially made of wood. The web includes a pair of metal panels and each panel includes a central section and a pair of end sections. The end sections wrap around a part of the flanges and are attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, Milan Dragic, Michael L. Torres
  • Patent number: 8109689
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plug connector (1) for hollow profiles (4) in spacer frames for insulated glass panes. The plug connector (1) comprises at least two connector parts (2, 3) which may be plugged together and which have an essentially U-shaped or rectangular cross-section, which, in the plugged position, have adjacent side walls (6,17) and a positive fit (9). One connector part (2) has at least one retainer element (12) on the side walls (6) thereof (12) with a corresponding wall opening (13). In order to form the positive connection (9), the other connector part (3) has a projection (10) with a positive fit engagement in the wall opening (13) of the retainer element (12) when in the plugged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: Ralf M. Kronenberg, Max Kronenberg
  • Publication number: 20110265415
    Abstract: A grille attachment system is provided for releasably attaching a grille made of crisscrossing grille components to a window or door having a frame and a glazing unit. The attachment system includes grille clips on the ends of the grille components that are each movable between a first or inactive position and a second or active position in which they engage the frame of the window or door to hold the grille in place. Movement of the grille toward engagement with the glazing unit of the window or door causes the clips to move to their second positions, thereby engaging the frame and holding the grille in place. Pulling the grille away from the glazing unit causes the clips to move back to their first positions, thereby releasing the grille from the frame and the window or door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Dan Clayton, Tim Mullen, Marvin Kammin
  • Patent number: 8046965
    Abstract: A partition to be supported by one or more support elements. The partition includes two or more panel modules, each panel module having two or more panel elements. The panel elements in each panel module are positioned relative to each other in a predetermined abutting arrangement selected from the group consisting of a vertical arrangement and a horizontal arrangement. The panel elements in each panel module define a joint intersection therebetween. Each panel module includes one or more fastening elements attached to the panel elements on both sides of the joint intersection to maintain the panel elements in the predetermined abutting arrangement. The fastening element is selected from the group consisting of a fastening element with a stud portion and a fastening element with a keyhole slot, the stud portion and said keyhole slot being adapted to cooperate to secure the panel modules together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Yardistry Limited
    Inventors: Frederick Rieber, Ronald Mccarthy
  • Patent number: 8046919
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a plastic molded shutter assembly that can be customized in size. A shutter of a standard length, or series of shutters of standard lengths are manufactured. A plurality of cuts are made in the shutter, removing a predetermined amount of material from the shutter. The end cap is replaced and fixedly secured to the remaining shutter, resulting in a single shutter of a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Pinckney Molded Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Coughlin, Donald Verna, Richard C. Kruyer
  • Publication number: 20110247287
    Abstract: A door skin comprises an exterior side and an interior side for being secured to a frame member. First and second molded, spaced stiles lie on a first plane. A flat planar portion is disposed between the stiles and lies on a second plane spaced from the first plane. A first interface portion is disposed between and contiguous with the stiles and the flat planar portion. First and second integrally molded, spaced rails lie on a third plane, wherein the third plane is intermediate the first and second planes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Steven K. LYNCH, Bei Hong Liang, Mark A. Ruggie, Jason M. Watch, Henry M. Coghlan, Geoffrey B. Hardwick
  • Patent number: 8015763
    Abstract: A muntin bar joiner clip having a relatively flat, thin body and first and second muntin bar engagement legs extending from the body. These legs extend along a longitudinal axis of said joiner clip. The body has opposite sides defining substantially parallel major surfaces having substantially parallel opposite edges extending substantially parallel to the axis. A region of weakness such as a line of weakness allows the body to be separated into two portions between the first and second legs. One or more muntin bar abutments project from said body in a direction transverse to the axis and each abutment includes a muntin bar abutment face oriented in a direction transverse to said axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy B. McGlinchy
  • Patent number: 8001742
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for making a contoured muntin bar assembly or grid. A tubular muntin bar grid has a first muntin bar formed from an elongated tube having ends that engage a window spacer frame and include side walls that have relatively narrow top and bottom planar walls and relatively wider side planar walls. The top and bottom planar walls defining one or more slots that define intersecting muntin bar positions. One or more intersecting muntin bars formed from elongated tubes have ends that engages the first elongated muntin bar in a region of a slot. The grid includes one or more joiner clips for positioning the one or more intersecting muntin bars in relation to said first muntin bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: GED Integrated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Briese, John Grismer
  • Patent number: 7997040
    Abstract: A door comprising first and second door skins secured to each other to form a cavity therebetween filled with expended foam. Each of the door skins has an opening therethrough for receiving a glass insert and a flange portion. Distal ends of the flange portions of the first and second door skins engage each other in an overlapping relationship by the expansion pressure of the expanded foam. The door further comprises a glazing rim member having a leg portion snap-locked between the flange portions of the first and second door skins. The method for assembling the door comprises the steps of filling the cavity between the door skins with foam material, then inserting the glass insert through the openings in the door skins and mounting the glazing rim member to the first door skin by snap-locking between the flange portions of the first and second door skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lynch, Jason Caulk, Jason M. Walsh, Mark A. Ruggie, Timothy D. Gouge, Gary Thomas Fagan, Eric Duane Bennett, Haritha Wunnava, Danny Lee Fitts
  • Patent number: 7964051
    Abstract: A door skin comprises an exterior side and an interior side for being secured to a frame member. First and second molded, spaced stiles lie on a first plane. A flat planar portion is disposed between the stiles and lies on a second plane spaced from the first plane. A first interface portion is disposed between and contiguous with the stiles and the flat planar portion. First and second integrally molded, spaced rails lie on a third plane, wherein the third plane is intermediate the first and second planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven K. Lynch, Bei-hong Liang, Mark A. Ruggie, Jason M. Walsh, Henry M. Coghlan, Geoffrey B. Hardwick
  • Patent number: 7954284
    Abstract: A grid simulating muntins is retained or secured by clips within a spacer frame between glass sheets. The clips include a spacer-engaging member having a platform, and upright walls bendable toward one another, and a grid-engaging member. The grid-engaging member is mounted on the platform, extends upward between and spaced from the upright walls, and is received into one of the ends of the elongated members of the grid. The platform and portions of the upright walls of the spacer-engaging member are positioned within the spacer frame such that the ends of the elongated members of the grid are below the sight line of the unit. The spacer-engaging member and the grid-engaging member can be a monolithic piece, or the grid-engaging member can be detachably secured to the platform of the spacer-engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Barent A. Rosskamp, Michael Buchanan, Stephen L. Crandell, William B. Davis, II, Cory D. Steffek
  • Publication number: 20110083388
    Abstract: Disclosed are simulated divided light products and processes and systems for making the such products. One product discloses simulated divided light bars that are designed such that the end of the bar may be fitted into a notched sash to provide for the automated method for manufacture of a simulated divided light window or door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Omer Theodore Schlyper, Gary Phillip Gardner, Jerry Dean Jones
  • Publication number: 20110067334
    Abstract: A key member or key for joining muntin or spacer bars in a dual pane window include an insertion end for frictional engagement in the open ended passage of a spacer bar and a projection end comprised of axially extending, spaced prongs that include teeth or serrations that enable interlocking with projecting prongs of a like key member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Allmetal, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Robert Catalano
  • Publication number: 20110016807
    Abstract: Wood door (10) with at least a sheet (14) slipped in, made of two panels on which a light window is realised the two panels being coupled with one another with the interposition of perimetric strips (17, 19) on three sides, defining with their thickness an interspace inside which the sheet (14) is slipped in.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Andrea Amato
  • Patent number: 7856782
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for mounting simulated muntin bars, preassembled muntin grids and the like between parallel glazing sheets in an integrated multipane window sash. Among the mounting techniques disclosed are clips for holding simulated muntin components to a spacing and mounting structure of an integrated multipane window sash. All or portions of the clips can be desiccated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sashlite, LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Hornung, John S. France, Mark V. Murphy, Dean A. Pettit, Rodney V. Erdman
  • Patent number: 7856779
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hollow core door is disclosed, as well as a corresponding hollow core door. The method includes the steps of providing a solid flat door skin, moisturizing the flat skin, applying a conditioning resin thereto, pre-heating the flat door skin, and thereafter pressing the flat door skin between a pair of heated platens in a press in order to reform the flat skin into a molded skin including a plurality of panels defined therein. The press continuously closes in order to reform the flat skin into the molded skin, with the rate of press closure being a function of the determined hardness of the flat skin to be reformed. The resulting door skins have an improved bond strength, and are efficiently manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Hartley Moyes
  • Patent number: 7832158
    Abstract: An inner area of a framing or framework is divided into a plurality of openings by metal frame bars arranged in a lattice pattern. Particular openings are closed by surface glass panes fitted therein, and the remaining openings by metal plates fitted therein. Spacers 10 softer than the surface glass panes and frame bars and capable of transmitting external forces through the frame bars and surface glass panes are mounted in the openings, between end surfaces extending along sides of the surface glass panes and the frame bars. The spacers not adhering to the surface glass panes are spaced from corners of the surface glass panes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignees: Tis & Partners Co., Ltd., A Factory Inc.
    Inventors: Takashi Hisada, Norihide Imagawa, Hideki Ogura
  • Patent number: 7748185
    Abstract: A grid simulating muntins for a multi-sheet unit includes a plurality of interconnected vertical and horizontal elongated members. The ends of the elongated members are shaped to engage interior surface of a spacer frame to position the grid within the spacer frame. Shaping the ends of the elongated members eliminates the need for muntin clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventor: William B. Davis, II
  • Patent number: 7743570
    Abstract: A method for fabricating muntin grid pieces includes steps that attach an outer muntin grid element to an inner muntin grid element to form a two piece muntin grid piece. The outer muntin grid element surrounds at least three sides of the inner muntin grid element and may be held to the outer muntin grid element without connectors such as adhesive. The outer muntin grid element may be a slit tube that is spread open to be positioned over the inner muntin grid element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Edgetech I.G., Inc.
    Inventor: Gerhard Reichert
  • Patent number: 7740931
    Abstract: At a fire protection gate with an encompassing structure and bilateral steel plate shells, between which a fire protection inset is provided, consisting of at least an insulating element in the form of a plate of mineral fibers, soluble in a physical milieu and reinforced with a binding agent, the composition of the mineral fibers of said insulating element features an alkali/earth alkali-mass relation of <1 and the fiber structure of said insulating element is determined by an average geometrical fiber diameter of ?4 ?m, a gross density in the range of 60 to 130 kg/m3 and a portion of the binding agent, relative to the fiber mass, in the range of 1 to 3 weight %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Horst Keller, Ralph Beyer, Gerald Amannt, Jean-Luc Bernard
  • Patent number: 7721501
    Abstract: A door comprising first and second door skins secured to each other to form a cavity therebetween filled with expended foam. Each of the door skins has an opening therethrough for receiving a glass insert and a flange portion. Distal ends of the flange portions of the first and second door skins engage each other in an overlapping relationship by the expansion pressure of the expanded foam. The door further comprises a glazing rim member having a leg portion snap-locked between the flange portions of the first and second door skins. The method for assembling the door comprises the steps of filling the cavity between the door skins with foam material, then inserting the glass insert through the openings in the door skins and mounting the glazing rim member to the first door skin by snap-locking between the flange portions of the first and second door skins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Lynch, Jason Caulk, Jason M. Walsh, Mark A. Ruggle, Timothy D. Gouge, Gary Thomas Fagan, Eric Duane Bennett, Haritha Wunnava, Danny Lee Fitts
  • Patent number: 7698863
    Abstract: A window assembly includes first, second, third, and fourth frame pieces connected together to form a rectangular frame. Each of the frame pieces has an inside face defining a glass-receiving groove and a muntin-engaging face orthogonal to the inside face and defining a muntin-receiving channel. A first muntin is oriented in the first frame piece muntin-receiving channel and the second frame piece muntin-receiving channel, and a second muntin is oriented in the third frame piece muntin-receiving channel and the fourth frame piece muntin-receiving channel. The first and second muntins cross over to engage at a first half lap joint. The frame pieces are connected to each other with rabbet joints. The window assembly can be part of a garage door arrangement. A method of making a window assembly includes connecting together the frame pieces with rabbet joints and orienting first and second muntins to engage at a lap joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Designer Doors, Inc.
    Inventors: H. Kent Forsland, Jack A. Reichert, Dean A. Benoy
  • Patent number: 7681369
    Abstract: The double pane window construction includes an inner peripheral surround captured between two panes of glass immediately adjacent the outer peripheral seal of the assembly. The surround has a width sufficient to conceal the inner surface of the seal from the view when the interior of the assembly is viewed at an acute angle through the glass, but includes a circulation gap between each edge thereof and the adjacent glass pane to allow the air or gas entrapped between the panes to communicate with the seal and any dessiccant material therewith. The surround includes a seal attachment flange for attachment to the seal, and may have a faux muntin pattern formed integrally therewith. The surround and faux muntin grid may be formed of plastic or other suitable material in any practicable size and pattern. The assembly is particularly well suited as a door lite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Joseph R. Soltesiz, Nanette M. Soltesiz
  • Patent number: 7640712
    Abstract: The invention is a window glazing assembly having a series of segmented and non-segmented intersecting muntins for supporting glass panes. The non-segmented muntins incorporate a continuous carbon fiber insert that is disposed interior of the non-segmented muntin which rests directly against a perimeter edge of the glass panes. The glazing assembly safely disperses wind load or other forces acting against the glass panes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: The Woodstone Company
    Inventor: H. Jay Eshelman
  • Patent number: 7634880
    Abstract: A frame corner joint includes first and second frame rails having hollow interiors of predetermined contours and ends in mitered abutment. A corner key has legs inserted into the mitered ends of the frame rails. End portions of the legs substantially fill the hollow interiors of the frame rails forming a substantially closed cavity within the frame rails and between the end portions of the corner key legs. Solidified resin foam is disposed within this cavity rigidifying the corner joint, while the remainder of the interiors of the frame rails preferably is substantially free of solidified foam. At least one end portion of at least one leg of the corner key preferably has a flexible wall portion to permit escape of foam from within the cavity in the event of excess foam pressure. The hollow interiors of the frame rails preferably are mirror images of each other, and the legs of the corner key, including the end portions of the legs, preferably are mirror images of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Milgard Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Sironko, Leslie Kirk Walters, John W. Carless, John J. Klein, Cliff Chiang, Michael Krushlin
  • Patent number: 7587870
    Abstract: A block assembly that includes first framing members, second framing members, and clips, wherein each of the clips is inserted through a respective one of the first framing members. Each of the clips has an upper portion that extends above an upper surface of the first framing member through which it is inserted and a lower portion that extends below a lower surface of the first framing member through which it is inserted. For each of the clips, the upper portion is received within a first one of the second framing members and the lower portion is received within a second one of the second framing members such that the first and second framing members form a grid including openings. The block assembly further includes a plurality of blocks, with each of the blocks being received within a respective one of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Extech/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Voegele, Jr., Raymond A. McNally
  • Patent number: 7568317
    Abstract: There is disclosed a glazing clip (2) for fitting about the edge of a glazing unit (60), the glazing clip (2) comprising means (6, 8) for interengaging with an ancillary element (40) on at least one side of a glazing unit, in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: The Real Georgian Bar Company Limited
    Inventor: Paul Longden
  • Patent number: 7533507
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for mounting simulated muntin bars, preassembled muntin grids and the like between parallel glazing sheets in an integrated multipane window sash. Among the mounting techniques disclosed are clips for holding simulated muntin components to a spacing and mounting structure of an integrated multipane window sash. Clip-less embodiments are also presented, as well as a one-piece sash that includes integral muntins and an integral spacing and mounting structure for the glazing sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Sashlite, LLC
    Inventors: Robert E. Hornung, John S. France, Mark V. Murphy, Dean A. Pettit, Rodney V. Erdman
  • Publication number: 20090056265
    Abstract: A grid simulating muntins for a multi-sheet unit includes a plurality of interconnected vertical and horizontal elongated members. The ends of the elongated members are shaped to engage interior surface of a spacer frame to position the grid within the spacer frame. Shaping the ends of the elongated members eliminates the need for muntin clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO, INC.
    Inventor: William B. Davis, II
  • Publication number: 20090056264
    Abstract: A grid simulating muntins is retained or secured by clips within a spacer frame between glass sheets. The clips include a spacer-engaging member having a platform, and upright walls bendable toward one another, and a grid-engaging member. The grid-engaging member is mounted on the platform, extends upward between and spaced from the upright walls, and is received into one of the ends of the elongated members of the grid. The platform and portions of the upright walls of the spacer-engaging member are positioned within the spacer frame such that the ends of the elongated members of the grid are below the sight line of the unit. The spacer-engaging member and the grid-engaging member can be a monolithic piece, or the grid-engaging member can be detachably secured to the platform of the spacer-engaging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: PPG INDUSTRIES OHIO, INC.
    Inventors: Barent A. Rosskamp, Michael Buchanan, Stephen L. Crandell, William B. Davis, II, Cory D. Steffek
  • Patent number: 7490445
    Abstract: An integrated window sash includes a sash frame having a first sheet supporting surface, a second sheet supporting surface spaced from the first sheet supporting surface, and a base between the first and second sheet supporting surfaces, the base defining an opening; a first sheet having a first major surface and an opposite second major surface with marginal edge portions of the first surface of the first sheet secured to the first sheet supporting surface, the first sheet sized to pass through the opening toward the first sheet supporting surface; a second sheet having a first major surface and an opposite second major surface with marginal edge portions of the first surface of the second sheet secured to the second sheet supporting surface, the second sheet sized to be larger than the opening, wherein the first major surface of the second sheet faces the second major surface of the first sheet and is spaced therefrom to provide a compartment between the sheets; and a retainer mounted on the base between th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Cory D. Steffek, Mehran Arbab, Stephen L. Crandell, William B. Davis, Raymond G. Gallagher, William Klingensmith, Barent A. Rosskamp
  • Patent number: 7464514
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a connector for easily connecting tubular muntin bars. This connector can be slipped into an opening of one muntin bar so that both ends will be anchored in the interior of that muntin bar. Then, by moving in one direction, the lever can be slipped into the interior of another muntin bar, and, by moving in an opposite direction the protrusion can be slipped into the interior of the other muntin bar. With the connector such placed, slight pressure on the muntin bars will lock the lever, so that the connector firmly connects the muntin bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Alfred Hänggli
  • Publication number: 20080196259
    Abstract: An apparatus of a radius table with spokes which supports a glass pane. The glass pane centered by a centering system. The spokes having a measuring device which is urged into contact with the glass pane thereby allowing determination of the required length of a false hollow muntin bar for formation of a muntin bar pattern within a multi-pane window unit. The cut muntin bars placed proximal spokes. A radial template placed proximal the placed muntin bars to secure the muntin bars to the radial template by muntin clamps. The radial template with attached muntin bars removed from the radius table and transported for fabrication of a multi-pane window unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Gerald G. Gieseke
  • Publication number: 20080196345
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a connector 20 for easy connecting tubular muntin bars 11, 13. This connector 20 can be slipped into an opening 15 of the muntin bar 11 so that both ends 22, 23 will anchored in the interior of the muntin bar 11. Then, by moving in one direction the lever 31 can be slipped into the interior of the muntin bar 13, and, by moving in opposite direction the protrusion 25 can be slipped into the interior of the muntin bar 13. With the connector 20 such placed, slight pressure on the muntin bars 11, 13 will lock the lever 31, so that the connector 20 firmly connects the muntin bars 11, 13.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Alfred Hanggli
  • Publication number: 20080168743
    Abstract: A traffic door panel is formed by an extrusion process that includes at least one pattern roll having both textured and smooth areas, the textured areas forming generally translucent or opaque areas of the traffic door panel and the smooth areas forming generally transparent areas of the traffic door panel. The textured areas can be formed to be thicker than the transparent areas. Some selected areas of the door panel can be cut out. Inserts can be bonded or welded into selected cut out areas of the door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventor: Edward S. Robbins