Extending Between Spaced Coplanar Edges Of Panels Patents (Class 52/468)
  • Patent number: 9169660
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transition element (5) formed of an elongated profile, having at its lower surface two first longitudinally-extending adhesive strips, each first strip being adhesive on its surface opposite to the profile, wherein each first strip is obtained by longitudinal folding of a sheet having a second strip glued against the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Bricolage Et Batiment
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Plenet, Michel Gergonne
  • Patent number: 9010056
    Abstract: An assembly (10) secures to a structure (80) a panel or two juxtaposed panels (11, 12) each having a joining flange (15) in association with an edge thereof defining a longitudinal axis of the panel. The joining flanges are fastened by at least one securing element (16) that may include or have associated therewith a respective retaining member (30). For each securing element (16), a respective support element (20) is fixedly mounted to the structure and configured for slidably supporting the panels in a direction parallel to the longitudinal axis. Each support element (20) supports opposing side walls (22, 23) forming a channel (24) dimensioned for free sliding therein of the respective securing element (16) or associated retaining member, and each panel is supported by the at least one securing element without applying lateral pressure to the side walls (22, 23) of the respective support element (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dan-Pal
    Inventor: Micha Ben David
  • Patent number: 9003736
    Abstract: A system for a floor covering that includes covering panels (10A, 10B) made of a hard material, having relatively little thickness (e), with upper and lower surfaces (1a, 2a; 1b, 2b), perimetral edges (3a, 3b) and recesses (4a, 4b), and attachment parts (20) made of a relatively flexible material and having projecting members (21a, 21b) and spacing members (22a, 22b). In practice, the projecting members (21a, 21b) of the attachment parts are introduced in the recesses (4a, 4b) of the covering panels (10A, 10B) assuring the link between covering panels (10A, 10B), and the spacing members (22a, 22b) of the attachment parts (20) remain between the facing edges (3a, 3b) of the covering panels (10A, 10B) filling a gap (G) between them in the form of a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Silicalia, SL
    Inventors: Erik Schoneveld, Francisco Sanchis Brines, Lorente Aroca, Teresa Estruch Millet, Serafin garcia Navarro
  • Patent number: 8997409
    Abstract: A modular building removable coupling device for forming an explosion resistant, forced entry resistant, and/or ballistic resistant facility. The coupling device can include two hollow square or rectangular tubings having hollow top sides, a sealing means disposed between the tubings, a fastener connecting the tubings, a roof plate secured to each tubing, and a roof cap disposed over the roof plates. The coupling device can include sealing tubes secured to inner sides of the roof cap. A plurality of explosion resistant, forced entry resistant, and/or ballistic resistant modules can be connected with a plurality of modular building removable coupling devices to form an explosion resistant, forced entry resistant, and/or ballistic resistant facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: MB Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Crawford Lashley, Alberto Manuel Garcia
  • Patent number: 8955290
    Abstract: A composite sandwich structure comprises a core sandwiched between composite laminate facesheets. The core includes a plurality of core sections spliced together at joints that incorporate integral features for arresting the propagation of irregularities in the facesheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles R. Saff, John H. Fogarty, Haozhong Gu, Terry D. Richardson, Kevin M. Retz
  • Patent number: 8943773
    Abstract: A universal joint system, to be used in construction, for joining two or more cladding materials together. The joint system is configured to replace conventional caulks joints prone to failure due to short UV longevity or improper installation conditions. The joint system is comprises interlocking extrusions and rubber gasket extrusions along with supportive components. The joint system is configurable for both vertical and horizontal installations and can be used with any substrate finishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: AGN Universal, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Jensen
  • Publication number: 20150027077
    Abstract: A transition strip for covering a gap between two spaced floor finishes on a subfloor comprising: a strip extending along a longitudinal, axis and presenting in cross-section to said longitudinal axis: an upper surface adapted for covering the gap; spaced first and second legs depending from said strip, said first leg longer than said second leg; a first lower surface portion extending outwardly from said first leg said first lower surface portion adapted to cover one edge of the two spaced floor finishes; a second lower surface portion extending outwardly from said second leg, said second lower portion adapted to cover an edge of the other one of the two spaced floor finishes. A method for installing transition strips is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Chad Marcus Frenette
  • Patent number: 8925263
    Abstract: A photovoltaic module mounting assembly (200) uses a mounting device (74), mounting plate (110?), lower bracket (210), upper bracket (230), and stud (114). The mounting plate (110?) is positioned on the mounting device (74), and a leg (212) of the lower bracket (210) is positioned on the mounting plate (110?). An outside surface (222) of another leg (220) of the lower bracket (210) includes teeth (224) and engages an inside surface (238) of a leg (236) of the upper bracket (230), which also has teeth (240). The mounting plate (110?) engages a lower surface (63) of a photovoltaic module (58), an end of the leg (212) of the lower bracket (210) may engage a side surface (64) of the module (58), and a head (246) on an end of another leg (232) of the upper bracket (230) may engage an upper surface (65) of the module (58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Dustin M. M. Haddock, Robert M. M. Haddock
  • Publication number: 20140373475
    Abstract: An attachment assembly includes a molding, a support member, and a clip. The molding assembly includes a molding body and a molding protrusion extending from the molding body. The support member includes a support body and defines a support opening that extends into the support body. The clip includes a first clip arm and a second clip arm coupled to the first clip arm. The first clip arm is disposed in the support opening. The second clip arm is spaced apart from the support body so as to define a clip channel configured to receive the molding protrusion. The clip is configured to couple the molding assembly to the support member when the clip channel receives the molding protrusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Eric W. Muskovac, Paul V. Viscomi, Larry A. Filipczak, John K. Itoney, Robert D. Conner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8839573
    Abstract: A panel array support assembly has lower support joists supporting varied panel rails, to which are connected panel holding device or clips. The panel clips are spring-based and configured so that the length of each clip extends in a direction along the length of the panel rails. The panels are supported well inside of the edges extending in the same direction as the panel rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Northern States Metals Company
    Inventors: Paul R. Cusson, Michael G. Greenamyer, Joseph A. Nobile, Thomas P. Kilar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8813440
    Abstract: A solar canopy connector system for attaching a solar power array to a Zee channel, including: an anchor member for affixing to a top portion of a Zee channel and for resting against the bottom portion of two solar power arrays; a planar step section; a riser section; and an angled kick section for hooking an edge portion of a Zee channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Potter, Jeff P. Munoz
  • Patent number: 8793951
    Abstract: An anchoring clip system that includes an anchoring clip that has a top flange portion and a base flange that can be connect to a substructure, and a cap member designed to be inserted over a portion of the roof panels so as to secure the roof panels to the anchoring clip. The anchoring clip system can optionally be designed to allow for fluid flow through or on one or more components of the anchoring clip system. The anchoring clip system can optionally include a locking crown that improves the wind uplift resistance of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Garland Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Resso, George Jones, Ron Nelson, Michael Huber, John Pierson
  • Patent number: 8793954
    Abstract: The invention is a joint cover assembly for covering a gap adjacent an edge of a panel that covers a sub-surface, and a method of covering such a gap. The assembly includes a molding having a foot, a first arm, and a second arm. The foot is positioned along a longitudinal axis, and the first arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. The second arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. A tab depends generally perpendicularly from the first panel engaging surface. At least one of the tab and the foot engage the edge in order to tightly fit within the gap. The method includes the steps of placing the foot in the gap, pressing the respective panel engaging surfaces into contact with respective panels, and configuring at least one of the tab and the foot to cooperate to retain the molding in the gap when the assembly is in an installed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventor: Oliver Stanchfield
  • Patent number: 8745949
    Abstract: An apparatus for flooring including a first connecting piece, a first floor plank, a second connecting piece, and a second floor plank. The first connecting piece may be permanently connected to the first floor plank. The second connecting piece may be permanently connected to the second floor plank. The first floor plank may be temporarily connected to the second floor plank. The first connecting piece may be L-shaped, having a first section and a second section, with the first section of the first connecting piece substantially perpendicular to the second section of the first connecting piece. The second connecting piece may be L-shaped, having a first section and a second section, with the first section of the second connecting piece substantially perpendicular to the second section of the second connecting piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Chao Kang Pien
  • Patent number: 8695302
    Abstract: An air seal assembly is provided. The air seal assembly includes a plurality of segments configured to form a cavity. The cavity is configured to engage an edge of a construction material. A gasket material is applied to an exterior surface of one of the segments. In an installed position, the air seal assembly is configured to substantially seal gaps formed between the construction material and other materials forming a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Harry Alter
  • Patent number: 8689509
    Abstract: A panelized cladding system including a plurality of battens securable to a building structure, each batten having a structure engaging surface and an integrally formed finish ready panel supporting surface, and fiver cement cladding panels secured to or through the battens such that the finish ready panel supporting surface of each batten forms an external recessed surface of an express joint formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventors: James Gleeson, Jesper G. Jensen
  • Patent number: 8627624
    Abstract: An elongate channel insert configured for installation between elongate structural members to prevent water from flowing through an overlying structure into the area beneath the structural members includes a U-shaped hook on a first side of the insert that goes over the top and both sides of a joist, an L-shaped ledge on the other side of the channel insert prevents the inserts from becoming off center as they are placed side by side on joists across the entire width of a deck with the base of the insert angled along its length such that water captured within the channel will drain from one end of the insert to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: E. Allan Stockton
  • Patent number: 8590235
    Abstract: An anchoring clip system that includes an anchoring clip that has a top flange portion and a base flange that can be connect to a substructure, and a cap member designed to be inserted over a portion of the roof panels so as to secure the roof panels to the anchoring clip. The anchoring clip system can optionally be designed to allow for fluid flow through or on one or more components of the anchoring clip system. The anchoring clip system can optionally include a locking crown that improves the wind uplift resistance of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Garland Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Resso, George Jones, Ron Nelson, Mike Huber, John Pierson
  • Patent number: 8572912
    Abstract: A cover profile (1) for floors for adaptation to different applications is described, having at least one cover flange (10), having a fastening attachment (9), which divides the cover flange (10) into two legs (12, 13), on the bottom side of the cover flange (10), and having at least one bending groove (14), which is parallel to the profile axis, on the bottom side of at least one of the legs (12, 13), which are preferably of different widths. In order to provide advantageous design conditions, it is proposed that the cover flange (10) carry a coating (11), which forms a film hinge (16), on its outer side opposite to the fastening attachment (9) in the area of the bending groove (14), and the two leg sections on both sides of the bending groove (14) be supported against one another by a hinge block (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Franz Neuhofer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8490364
    Abstract: A batten system includes a stud, at least one removable flange and at least one closure strip. The at least one removable flange is secured to the stud by the closure strip without the use of a screw. The stud includes a neck opening with at least one receiving trough. The stud also includes a hammerhead-nut channel. The hammerhead-nut channel has a predetermined profile. In some embodiments, the screw-less batten system includes a hammerhead-nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: DAW Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Spransy
  • Publication number: 20130167464
    Abstract: The invention is a joint cover assembly for covering a gap adjacent an edge of a panel that covers a sub-surface, and a method of covering such a gap. The assembly includes a molding having a foot, a first arm, and a second arm. The foot is positioned along a longitudinal axis, and the first arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. The second arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. A tab depends generally perpendicularly from the first panel engaging surface. At least one of the tab and the foot engage the edge in order to tightly fit within the gap. The method includes the steps of placing the foot in the gap, pressing the respective panel engaging surfaces into contact with respective panels, and configuring at least one of the tab and the foot to cooperate to retain the molding in the gap when the assembly is in an installed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: PERGO (EUROPE) AB
    Inventor: PERGO (EUROPE) AB
  • Patent number: 8438791
    Abstract: A modular building removable coupling device for forming an explosion resistant, forced entry resistant, and/or ballistic resistant facility. The coupling device can include two hollow square or rectangular tubings having hollow top sides, a sealing means disposed between the tubings, a fastener connecting the tubings, a roof plate secured to each tubing, and a roof cap disposed over the roof plates. The coupling device can include sealing tubes secured to inner sides of the roof cap. A plurality of explosion resistant, forced entry resistant, and/or ballistic resistant modules can be connected with a plurality of modular building removable coupling devices to form an explosion resistant, forced entry resistant, and/or ballistic resistant facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: MB Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Crawford Lashley, Alberto Manuel Garcia
  • Publication number: 20120317911
    Abstract: A floor board assembly convenient to lay is characterized in that, in one embodiment, it comprises a frame, a filler board and an upper material with the frame and filler board affixed to the underside of the upper material. The frame includes latch tongues that extend outwardly from the lower side edges of the frame, and the tongues have locking projections that fit into recesses arranged just inside the periphery of the underside of the frame. The tongues and intervening spaces (with locking bars behind them) are space along the periphery of the board, such that any side of one board may be joined to any side of a similarly configured board. The upper material may be selected from a variety of materials, including LVT (luxury vinyl tile), carpet, high pressure laminate or other decorative material. The filler board may be selected to accomplish reduced cost, and/or improved acoustics. In other embodiments, a frame and/or upper material may be absent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: HONG KONG MEI LI SHENG FLOORING CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: Huanwen Huang
  • Patent number: 8327595
    Abstract: The invention is a joint cover assembly for covering a gap adjacent an edge of a panel that covers a sub-surface, and a method of covering such a gap. The assembly includes a molding having a foot, a first arm, and a second arm. The foot is positioned along a longitudinal axis, and the first arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. The second arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. A tab depends generally perpendicularly from the first panel engaging surface. At least one of the tab and the foot engage the edge in order to tightly fit within the gap. The method includes the steps of placing the foot in the gap, pressing the respective panel engaging surfaces into contact with respective panels, and configuring at least one of the tab and the foot to cooperate to retain the molding in the gap when the assembly is in an installed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventor: Oliver Stanchfield
  • Patent number: 8291665
    Abstract: A profile rail system (1) is used to cover a covering edge (2). The profile rail system (1) consists of at least one base rail (4) and at least one cover rail (5) that can be adjusted relative to the base rail. The base rail (4) and cover rail (5) are held together by at least one permanent magnet (20) in such a way that the cover rail (5) is pulled towards the base rail (4). At least a section of the base rail (4) and cover rail (5) can be magnetized to achieve a polarity-independent force effect of the permanent magnet (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kueberit Profile Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 8286403
    Abstract: Finishing set for a floor covering, whereby this finishing set at least consists of, on the one hand, a finishing profile and, on the other hand, a holder with at least an attachment portion for attaching said finishing profile at the holder, characterized in that the holder comprises an underlay portion, which at choice can or cannot be provided underneath the remaining portion of the holder, as well as a stop-forming positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Pieter Buyck
  • Patent number: 8245474
    Abstract: Finishing profile for a floor covering, wherein this finishing profile-comprises a body with at least two portions made separable from each other, which, in the unseparated condition, are connected to each other by means of a break-off or cut-off zone, wherein, by whether or not removing one or more of the aforementioned two portions, various application possibilities of the remaining portion of the body are created, wherein, at least on the aforementioned two portions of the body, a layer-shaped covering is provided, wherein said layer-shaped covering shows an interruption at least over part of the length of the finishing profile, at the height of the transition between said two portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventor: Benny Schacht
  • Patent number: 8245467
    Abstract: A joint apparatus and method of assembly is disclosed for connecting building components such as panels, door jamb assemblies, windows and other structures. The apparatus includes an engagement structure with retaining elements that couple building components without the need for mechanical fasteners. The retaining element may contain serrations on which an adhesive is applied before a panel or other building component is secured to the joint apparatus. Other building components such as hinge assemblies include coupling members with a flange. The slots along a retaining element allows coupling members to snap fit into the joint apparatus once a flange is secured into the slots in order to lock the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Lewis, Bryan A. Branscome, Dean W. Habersetzer, Chris G. McInelly
  • Patent number: 8245473
    Abstract: Finishing profile for a floor covering, wherein this finishing profile comprises a body with at least two portions made separable from each other, which, in the unseparated condition, are connected to each other by means of a break-off or cut-off zone, wherein, by whether or not removing one or more of the aforementioned two portions, various application possibilities of the remaining portion of the body are created, wherein, at least on the aforementioned two portions of the body, a layer-shaped covering is provided, wherein said layer-shaped covering shows an interruption at least over part of the length of the finishing profile, at the height of the transition between said two portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventor: Benny Schacht
  • Publication number: 20120180418
    Abstract: Finishing profile for a floor covering, wherein this finishing profile—comprises a body with at least two portions made separable from each other, which, in the unseparated condition, are connected to each other by means of a break-off or cut-off zone, wherein, by whether or not removing one or more of the aforementioned two portions, various application possibilities of the remaining portion of the body are created, wherein, at least on the aforementioned two portions of the body, a layer-shaped covering is provided, wherein said layer-shaped covering shows an interruption at least over part of the length of the finishing profile, at the height of the transition between said two portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Benny SCHACHT
  • Publication number: 20120144768
    Abstract: A cover assembly for covering a gap, in particular between floor elements, wherein adjacent floor elements (1?, 1?; 1??, 1??) abutting each other on first edges (2), and being substantially aligned flush to each other on second edges (3), wherein opposite floor elements (1?, 1??; 1?, 1??) being separated from each other by a gap (4), comprising a cover element (5) which can cover at least partially the gap (4) between opposite floor elements (1?, 1??; 1?, 1??), wherein an engagement profile (6) of the cover assembly can be abutted on second edges (3) of adjacent floor elements (1?, 1?; 1??, 1??) such that a movement of adjacent floor panels (1?, 1?; 1??, 1??) alongside the first edges (2) is prevented by the engagement profile (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: PERGO AG
    Inventor: NILS-ERIK ENGSTRÖM
  • Publication number: 20120110939
    Abstract: Floor profile arrangement, in particular for securing floor coverings (10), comprising at least one profiled strip (1) which has at least one retaining means (2) which holds a first segment (4) of a joining means (15), wherein a second segment (14) of the joining means (15) projects over a peripheral region (5) of the profiled strip (1) in the longitudinal direction (L) to join with a further profiled strip (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: KUBERIT PROFILE SYSTEMS GmbH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 8161708
    Abstract: Finishing set for a floor covering, whereby this finishing set at least consists of, on the one hand, a finishing profile and, on the other hand, a holder with at least an attachment portion for attaching said finishing profile at the holder, characterized in that the holder comprises an underlay portion, which at choice can or cannot be provided underneath the remaining portion of the holder, as well as a stop-forming positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Pieter Buyck
  • Patent number: 8146313
    Abstract: The finishing assembly for floor covering comprises at least two bars (1;2/1;3), being on the one hand assembled together side by side such that they comprise at least two surfaces (1d;2d/1d; 3d) substantially in the prolongation of one another, and separated by a longitudinal interstice (6/6?), and being, on the other hand, separable. Both assembled bars (1;2/1;3) are designed to be used in a first floor covering application and at least one (1) of said two bars are designed to be used in a second floor covering application. The assembly further comprises a surface coating (4) being applied on both bars (1;2/1;3) and covering the longitudinal interstice (6/6?) between both bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Depro France
    Inventors: Bernard Proot, Jacques Desmet
  • Patent number: 8136321
    Abstract: A decorative panel for installation on a ceiling or wall as part of a grid of panels. Each of the panels includes a formed sheet of thin sheet metal or plastic material having a main decorative portion and side edges forming a perimeter of the panel. Each side edge includes a flange offset from and extending outwardly from the main decorative portion and a groove positioned between the decorative portion and the flange. Each flange in the grid capable of overlapping the next adjacent flange and to receive a fastener through both overlapping flanges to secure the panels against the ceiling or wall. Adjacent side edges define a gap therebetween into which a resilient concealment strip having flexible sides is resiliently securable into the gap to conceal the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bauman
  • Patent number: 8122665
    Abstract: The invention is a joint cover assembly for covering a gap adjacent an edge of a panel that covers a sub-surface, and a method of covering such a gap. The assembly can be manipulated to form an end molding, a T-molding, a hard surface reducer, a carpet reducer, and/or a stair nose molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AG
    Inventors: Oliver Stanchfield, Sven Kornfalt, Roland Larsson, William T. Pierce, Sabad La Serna, Patrick George Smith, Wayne Robert Johnston
  • Patent number: 8109059
    Abstract: The multifunctional finishing set for a floor covering includes: a modular profile with at least one groove arranged therein for separation of the profile into two distinct modules, a decorative film which is applied to the profile and covers the separation groove and a fixed reinforcement means housed in the separation groove which permits a reinforcement of the modular profile in the region of the separation groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignees: Findes, Goodwin International
    Inventor: Bernard Proot
  • Patent number: 8099921
    Abstract: A profiled strip system, in particular for closing off edges and/or for concealing joints, for a surface covering, having a lower base profile and an upper cover profile, wherein a latching connection is provided between the base profile and the cover profile to connect them, wherein the latching connection has a latching receptacle, which has two leg profiles with mutually opposite latching regions, and a latching profile which can be latched into the latching receptacle and which is provided with multiple latching points, and wherein each latching region has at least two latching points. The latching regions are provided only in certain regions on the leg profiles and portions of the leg profiles that are free of latching regions are situated at far from one another such that the latching region-free sections of the leg profiles further from one another than the latching regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Proverum AG
    Inventor: Moritz Muehlebach
  • Patent number: 8074407
    Abstract: A floor profile arrangement is provided, in particular for bridging a joint between adjacent floor coverings, with a base profile, a covering profile with at least one sideways projecting covering wing, and a web arrangement as a connection between the base profile and the covering profile, and with an articulation arrangement, the articulation arrangement consisting of an articular cavity disposed on the base profile or the covering profile and an articulation element formed on the lower or on the upper edge of the pivoting web arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Herm. Friedr. Künne GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 8028481
    Abstract: A caisson system having an attachment plate fastened to ceiling joists; compressible spacers to allow for the attachment plate to be perfectly straight; caisson frames consisting of a combination of a pair of length planks and a pair of width planks to create a generally rectangular structure; length cover planks and width cover planks, along with tiles to finish the caisson frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Herman Deschenes
  • Patent number: 8011146
    Abstract: A blast-proof window and mullion system for sustaining and mitigating an explosion and/or blast to the window and mullion system on a multi-storied building or structure. The window and mullion system includes a blast-resistant mullion having a mullion housing with mullion walls with outer surfaces; and a pressure bar member having a pressure bar housing with an interior wall and a pair of outer walls being connected to the interior wall to form a center channel opening. The outer walls are angled for reducing the space between the angled walls and for reducing the size of the center channel opening for reduction of bullet and/or blast penetration to the interior wall of the pressure bar member. Also, one of the mullion walls of the mullion housing includes a mullion tongue thereon having a pair of tongue extension arms for forming a vertical bolt receiving channel therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: William Krause
  • Patent number: 7950336
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a table assembly, a jointed table, and a method of creating a clean interstice between adjacent tables. More particularly, this disclosure relates to the use of both male and female support connectors where the male connector includes a junction plate and the female connector includes a spacer and a holder plate to create a female connector space. In another embodiment, silicone joints and industrial grade stainless steel plate are used. A method of creating a clean joint by depositing silicone in an interstice between adjacent tables is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Aero Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Phillips
  • Patent number: 7946092
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of constructing a building, comprising the step of providing a skeleton for a building wall of the building. The skeleton includes at least upright building elements such as columns or dividing walls. At least one lightweight, heat insulating and fire retarding wall element is placed between each adjacent pair of said columns. The columns are covered to provide substantially closed wall surfaces. The wall surfaces are covered with a covering layer having properties so as to provide fire-resistance to the complete wall. The covering layer on the inside wall surface may include a base layer of modified resin mortar, and a top layer of plaster mortar. The covering layer on the outside wall surface may include a base layer of modified resin mortar and a top layer of mineral mortar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Veerhuis Beheer, B.V.
    Inventors: Albertus Theodorus Gerardus Veerman, Aije Jacob Simons, Bernardus Johannes Bos
  • Patent number: 7895802
    Abstract: The invention relates to a profiled rail system for covering joints between bottom and/or wall linings, consisting of a base rail and a covering rail which are connected by means of an intermediately placed retaining part, wherein the base rail is provided with an upright web with a retaining head formed on one end and which is held by the intermediately placed retaining part such that it is rotationally moveable and the retaining part is embodied essentially as a U-shaped rail which is open in a downward direction and provided with retaining elements, wherein the outer walls of the U-shaped rail are held by webs formed in a downward direction on the covering rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Karl Pedross AG
    Inventor: Sebastian Kurz
  • Patent number: 7828921
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for coating a cover profile and at least one compensation profile of a cover device, which can be connected to a cover flange of the cover profile and which is used for floor covering provided with a cover layer. The cover layer is stuck to a preprofile prior to the cover profile being produced from the preprofile which is coated by the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Martin Neuhofer
  • Publication number: 20100263312
    Abstract: A cover plate system for a gap (15) between two structural members (10, 20) is provided. The system includes an elongated cover (30) that extends across the gap (15) from a first structural member (10) to a second, spaced-apart structural member (20). The cover plate system further includes damped spring anchors (40) for engaging the cover plate (30) to an underlying structural member (10) and dampers (50, 60) for absorbing energy imparted to the cover plate (30) by vehicular traffic. The cover plate system minimizes the strain energy that is absorbed by the cover plate (30), which results in less cover plate slapping and bouncing during operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Bradford, James Derrigan
  • Patent number: 7810288
    Abstract: A cladding system for cladding a supporting structure, the cladding system includes two cladding panels each defining a respective substantially laterally extending panel flange. The cladding panels are attachable to the supporting structure in a substantially coplanar and side-by-side relationship relatively to each other. The system also includes a cladding moulding insertable between the first and second cladding panel, the cladding moulding defining a moulding base and two moulding legs each extending from the moulding base substantially opposed to each other, the two moulding legs being angled relatively to the moulding base, each of the moulding legs defining a respective leg edge substantially opposed to the moulding base. The cladding moulding being substantially resiliently deformable between an undeformed configuration and a deformed configuration, the moulding legs being spaced apart from each other by a smaller distance in the deformed configuration than in the undeformed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: André Lechasseur
  • Patent number: 7797900
    Abstract: A floor profile arrangement is provided, in particular for bridging a joint between adjacent floor coverings, with a base profile, a covering profile with at least one sideways projecting covering wing, and a web arrangement as a connection between the base profile and the covering profile, and with an articulation arrangement, the articulation arrangement consisting of an articular cavity disposed on the base profile or the covering profile and an articulation element formed on the lower or on the upper edge of the pivoting web arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Herm. Friedr. Künne GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 7784237
    Abstract: The invention is a joint cover assembly for covering a gap adjacent an edge of a panel that covers a sub-surface, and a method of covering such a gap. The assembly includes a molding having a foot, a first arm, and a second arm. The foot is positioned along a longitudinal axis, and the first arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. The second arm extends generally perpendicularly from the foot. A tab depends generally perpendicularly from the first panel engaging surface. At least one of the tab and the foot engage the edge in order to tightly fit within the gap. The method includes the steps of placing the foot in the gap, pressing the respective panel engaging surfaces into contact with respective panels, and configuring at least one of the tab and the foot to cooperate to retain the molding in the gap when the assembly is in an installed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Pergo AG
    Inventor: Oliver Stanchfield