Louvered Panel Patents (Class 52/473)
  • Patent number: 10358822
    Abstract: A cross bar and mounting tab being a single piece for mounting a linear bar grille.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: INV. HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Lynne Bruhnke, Daniel Roeper
  • Patent number: 10215354
    Abstract: A solar shading panel for use in north and south sides of a building is described, where the solar shading panel is effective in preventing against direct sunlight partially or throughout the year without angle adjusting equipment, while allowing building occupants to perceive external views at all times. The solar shading panel includes a frame and an opaque panel with spacing perforates attached to hollow cylinders. An upper portion of the hollow cylinders can be configured to protect against direct light and a lower portion of the hollow cylinders can be configured to receive and reflect natural light into the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventors: Sopa Visitsak, Nattaree Sridaranon
  • Patent number: 9151253
    Abstract: An intake duct for an air intake system of a work vehicle is disclosed. The intake duct may generally include a body defining an air passage extending between an intake end and an outlet end. The body may further define a recessed intake at the intake end including a first side section and a second side section. Each of the first side section and the second side may define at least one side opening for directing air into the air passage. In addition, the recessed intake may include a deflector projecting outwardly from the first and second side sections. The deflector may be configured to shield the air passage from water directed towards the recessed inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Bunnell, Aaron Richard, Thomas M. Chlystek, Mark D. Klassen
  • Patent number: 9057535
    Abstract: Methods and devices are presented that allow the harvest of electricity, heat and lighting simultaneously from a solar converter, often at less cost than conventional solar collectors. The converters use slats to intercept sunlight. Slat surfaces in the direct light path may be coated with photovoltaic (PV) material, or may be shaped to concentrate sunlight, allowing less PV material to capture reflected, concentrated light for improved economics. Forcing air flow past enclosed slats let the slats operate as PV heat sinks, heat absorbers, and heat exchangers capturing much of the solar energy that is not converted to electricity, as heat. Embodiments also allow passage of indirect light to supplement interior artificial lighting, often with positive aesthetic effects. These slatted apertures mitigate glare and overheating problems associated with typical skylights and some windows, allowing wider use as architectural elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: MBC Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Frazier, Rik Deaton
  • Patent number: 8966848
    Abstract: A sun louvre formed by a structure supporting an interweave of metal sheets is provided. The sun louvre includes a plurality of structural profiles and a plurality of supporting plates. The supporting plates have two perforations which are passed through by an outer tube and an inner tube. The sheets pass by a front portion of the outer tube and by a rear portion of the inner tube immediately precedent or previous with respect to the outer tube. Adjacent sheets are interwoven in an alternate manner with respect to the outer and inner tubes. Ends of the sheets have reinforcement plates from which a hook is gripped. The hook has a stud fixed thereto that is enclosed by a spring that tensions the sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Chile S.A.
    Inventor: Patricio Mardones Precht
  • Patent number: 8782964
    Abstract: A wall structure, which may be in the form of a prefabricated unit, provides privacy for an enclosure while also enabling good ventilation. It comprises a planar array of angularly oriented, parallel slats that overlap one another as viewed in a direction generally normal to the plane. The slats are attached to support structure by brackets that are identical to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Frank G. Neri
  • Patent number: 8756873
    Abstract: An awning configured to transform and can be opened, closed, or partially open. The awning attaches to the side of a building or structure and is supported with posts. The awning includes rectangular rafters with a J cross-sectional shape formed at the edge of one of the long sides, rectangular rafters with an L cross-sectional shape formed at the edge of one of the long sides, two ledgers which are each functionally connected to opposing short sides of the rectangular rafters at the face of the ledgers, and means to axially rotate the rafters about the length of the rafters up to 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Hire
  • Publication number: 20140137500
    Abstract: A cover for an enclosure includes a first louver panel having one or more first louvers. Also included is a second louver panel attached to the first louver panel and having one or more second louvers. The second louver panel having the one or more second louvers overlaps at least one of the one or more first louvers of the first louver panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: William Robert Letourneau, Enrique David Melgoza, Michael Richard Wood
  • Patent number: 8602080
    Abstract: An inexpensive and easy to install privacy screen for a single- or double-hung sash window. The invention comprises a plurality of horizontal louvers that are translucent and flexible, and a pair of vertical side members having a plurality of parallel slits. The louvers are affixed in parallel at both ends to the vertical side members by insertion into the slits. When installed in an open single- or double-hung sash window, the invention permits air circulation and the passage of natural light into an enclosed space, while maintaining an occupant's privacy. The invention is to be installed above or below a first sash of the window so as to allow the user to move a second sash to open and close the window with the invention in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Odilio Abreu
  • Patent number: 8596261
    Abstract: Passive solar wire screens mount vertically on an edifice. The screens have rods vertically arranged parallel to one another and have wires horizontally arranged parallel to one another. The wires attach to the rods and have first surfaces facing away from the edifice in an upward direction from vertical. The wires also have second surfaces facing toward the edifice in a downward direction from vertical. When the sun has a summer elevation on the horizon, the first surfaces passively reflect solar energy incident thereto away from the wire screens. When the sun has a winter elevation on the horizon, however, the first surfaces passively reflect solar energy incident thereto toward the second surfaces, which in turn passively reflect the solar energy toward the edifice. A concave surface on the wires can also reflect thermal energy back to the edifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Bilfinger Water Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Maxson, Michael Ekholm
  • Patent number: 8596006
    Abstract: A shutter assembly includes a main body having a first side member and a second side member. Each of the first side member and the second side member has a first attachment feature. The shutter assembly also includes at least one cap. The cap has a pair of spaced apart second attachment features. The first attachment features of the first side member and the second side member of the main body and the second attachment features of the cap cooperate with one another to selectively secure the cap to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: John Bauer
  • Patent number: 8555591
    Abstract: A louvered door assembly for an outdoor electronic enclosure includes an outer panel attached to an inner panel. Channels for holding louvers are attached to both panels. Each channel has slots formed therein which receive the individual louvers and hold them in position without fasteners. The inner panel holds the louvers in the slots. The louvered door assembly provides a clean look, a compact arrangement, large air flow and resists water ingress into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventors: Joseph Yeh, Walter Hendrix, Michael Paulus, Gabriel Martinez, Wesley Allen Christensen, Paul Brush
  • Patent number: 8530033
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an external wall panel which is excellent in ornamental design and weather resistance and a coating method for the external wall panel. An external wall panel of the invention comprises a base panel having a three-dimensional ornamental design surface, a lower coating layer formed on the surface of the base panel, a mid-coating layer formed on the lower coating layer, a first clear layer containing beads formed on the mid-coating layer, and a second clear layer made of a transparent layer or semi-transparent layer formed on the first clear layer wherein the second clear layer has a thick film layer portion in the vicinity of a corner edge of a convex portion of the three-dimensional ornamental design surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventor: Syouzou Ohno
  • Patent number: 8505253
    Abstract: A shelter is capable of withstanding extreme winds. The shelter comprises a concrete foundation mechanically coupled to a lower continuous track by an anchor bolt. The lower continuous track is mechanically coupled to load bearing studs and second load bearing studs. The load bearing studs and second load bearing studs are mechanically coupled to an upper continuous track. The arrangement of studs secured between two tracks provides additional stability against variable wind loads that normally damage buildings. The load bearing studs are arranged with second load bearing studs to create walls, where the walls are covered by a first exterior layer and a second exterior layer. The first exterior layer plates provide protection against live force loads and the second external layer provides protection against vibration. The upper continuous track is mechanically coupled to roofing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Holland Medford
  • Patent number: 8371073
    Abstract: A building is provided with integrated natural systems that reduce dependency on external resources to operate and maintain the building. A source of electricity is provided through an extensive set of solar panels that may be incorporated on louvers mounted to the exterior of the building. The building has a double insulative layer to include an outer airtight membrane or cover, and an internal building structure that defines habitable space within the structure. Rainwater may be collected and stored within a subsurface well. The space between the internal structure and outer membrane may support the growth of vegetation in a greenhouse environment. A flow of temperature regulated air is provided through the structure by a set of underground pipes in which the air is circulated through a central core of the building, into the habitable space, and then outward into the greenhouse space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Michael Fuller Architects, PC
    Inventor: Michael B. Fuller
  • Patent number: 8365468
    Abstract: A metal shutter with improved air and light transmission is provided. The shutter comprises a metal top, a metal bottom, and two metal sides, which can be collectively assembled into a frame. The frame can have a metal support column that can be affixed to the top and bottom. A number of metal slats can be affixed between the sides of the shutter, and can either pass through the center column or can be affixed to the center column. A hinge can be affixed to the top of the frame, and can also be affixed to a structure. The top, bottom, sides, support column, slats, hinge, and a lock all comprise the shutter. The hinge allows the shutter to rotate between a first, substantially vertical, position, and a second, non-vertical position. The lock holds the shutter to a structure when the shutter is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Eastern Metal Supply, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Weekes
  • Patent number: 8365492
    Abstract: A blast resistant window system includes a plurality of anchor members disposed in a wall and first and second mounting bodies at first and second opposite ends of an opening in the wall secured with the anchor members. The first mounting body has a first pair of spaced brackets connected thereto, and the second mounting body having a second pair of spaced brackets connected thereto. First and second energy dampening devices are disposed between the first and second pairs of spaced brackets. First and second restraining cables extend between the first and second mounting bodies across the inside surface of the window pane. These cables have first and second ends connected to the first and second pairs of spaced brackets. The cables are coupled together at the first and second opposite ends of the opening by the first and second energy dampening devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Glasslock, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Frest, Ronald Michael Homen
  • Patent number: 8359800
    Abstract: A shutter assembly having a shutter with louvres, and a border frame for surrounding the shutter which is attachable to a building and having a plurality of frame side sections each formed of sections of extruded plastic, a plurality of hollow tubes, separated by thin walls, defined in the sections, a fastener channel formed integrally in the frame side sections for receiving fasteners for holding the shutter assembly in place, and, an extruded plastic removable cover plug channel having flexible side walls for fitting in the fastener channel and closing the channel and thereby concealing heads of the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Mario M Marocco
  • Patent number: 8341912
    Abstract: A decorative shutter assembly including a plurality of main slats arranged in side-by-side relation, end pieces positioned at each end of the main slats and each including laterally spaced tongues spaced and sized to fit in their respective open ends of the main slats at a respective end of the main slats, and cross slat structures positioned in overlying relationship to seams formed between inboard ends of the end pieces and the respective ends of the main slats. The cross slat structures are removably secured to the end pieces and to the main slats so that, following delivery of the shutter assembly to a building site, the cross slat structures may be removed, the end pieces and main slats may be secured to a building surface utilizing fastener members, and the cross slats may be repositioned over the fastener members to conceal the fastener members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Donald Verna, Richard C. Kruyer
  • Patent number: 8336270
    Abstract: A custom shutter includes a central body portion and first and second end caps. The central body portion includes two stiles and a central portion all of which are formed integrally as one piece. The top and bottom end caps include first and second legs and a central connecting body portion. The legs are designed to be inserted within the hollow interior of the stiles with the top edges of the stiles resting against the stepped portions of said end cap and wherein an inner surface of said end cap covers any exposed edge of the central portion of the shutter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Alpha Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Vagedes
  • Patent number: 8312684
    Abstract: A blast resistant window blind system includes a blind system comprising a plurality of parallel blind slats, a plurality of spaced pane engaging members, and first and second mounting bodies coupled to the pane engaging members and anchor members disposed at first and second opposite ends of said opening, wherein the pane engaging members are secured to the mounting bodies and coupled thereby to the structure. At least one energy dampening device is coupled to the pane engaging members, allowing the pane engaging members to extend a selected amount toward the inside of the structure upon impact of the window pane, wherein the blind system and pane engaging members cooperate to restrain the window pane from being blown into the inside of the structure and conform to the inside surface of the window pane during impact therewith to distribute the restraining force across the window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Alan Scott Gazaway, Christopher Lewis Eder, Norman Axel Mertke
  • Patent number: 8286400
    Abstract: A self cooling panel having a longitudinally inner wall; a longitudinally outer wall having a first plurality of “J” plates, each plate among the first plurality of “J” plates having a stem section, an upper end, a lateral end, and an oppositely lateral end, and a vertically ported tail section; first screw and eye combinations interconnecting each plate among the first plurality of “J” plates so that the upper end of each plate's stem section is positioned at the distal end of the tail section of one of the other plates among the first plurality of “J” plates, or so that the distal end of each plate's tail section is positioned at the upper end of the stem section of one of the other plates among the first plurality of “J” plate; and second screw and eye combinations interconnecting the longitudinally inner and outer walls, the second screw and eye combinations positioning the upper end of the stem section of each plate among the first plurality of “J” plates longitudinally outwardly from the panel's longitu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Wolfe Electric, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Wolfe, Brent W. Staver, Kelly W. Berreth
  • Patent number: 8256167
    Abstract: A solar-shading assembly for fastening to a support mullion, comprises an elongate louver member having longitudinal front and rear edges, an elongate cap element for extending along and covering the rear edge, a bracket which is connectable to the support mullion, and a fastening device for connecting the bracket to the rear edge of the louver member. The in use fastening device is coverable by the cap element so as to hide the fastening device from view. Preferably, at least part of the bracket is also coverable by the cap element so as to hide the said part of the bracket from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Levolux A T Limited
    Inventor: Peter Braybrook
  • Patent number: 8225570
    Abstract: A modular louvered shutter includes first and second stiles and a center section assembled using a tongue and groove joint. The center section is a solid piece having a plurality of rails and louvers cut into the center section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Tapco International
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Richard Logan, Jeffrey Jaycox, Jeff E. Schiedegger
  • Patent number: 8220216
    Abstract: A louvered housing for an air conditioning unit includes a base structure with a plurality of openings and elongated bodies with a V-cross-sectional shapes and being connected to the base structure at their ends. The louvers are formed in a two-step process including first a stamping and then a forming process, with neither step resulting in scrap material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen L. Pulley
  • Patent number: 8117794
    Abstract: A two part grille with interlocking connections molded from opaque plastic allows one or more screens or filters supported inside the grille and provides a configuration which allows its parts to be fitted on opposite sides of an opening in a wall or a door locked together by a mortise and tenon joint so that no screws are necessary, and the two part grille further has intermediate spacers used to accommodate differing thickness of a wall or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Nan Ya Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Kuei Yung Wang Chen
  • Patent number: 8112961
    Abstract: A two part grille with interlocking connections molded from opaque plastic allows one or more screens or filters supported inside the grille and provides a configuration which allows its parts to be fitted on opposite sides of an opening in a wall or a door locked together by a mortise and tenon joint so that no screws are necessary, and the two part grille further has intermediate spacers used to accommodate differing thickness of a wall or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Nan Ya Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Kuei Yung Wang Chen
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8028691
    Abstract: Passive solar wire screens mount vertically on an edifice. The screens have rods vertically arranged parallel to one another and have wires horizontally arranged parallel to one another. The wires attach to the rods and have first surfaces facing away from the edifice in an upward direction from vertical. The wires also have second surfaces facing toward the edifice in a downward direction from vertical. When the sun has a summer elevation on the horizon, the first surfaces passively reflect solar energy incident thereto away from the wire screens. When the sun has a winter elevation on the horizon, however, the first surfaces passively reflect solar energy incident thereto toward the second surfaces, which in turn passively reflect the solar energy toward the edifice. A concave surface on the wires can also reflect thermal energy back to the edifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Screens, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard C. Maxson, Michael Ekholm
  • Publication number: 20110041440
    Abstract: A shutter having a rectangular frame, and louvres, and with a side pull bar located along one edge of the frame and connected to the adjacent ends of the louvres, the louvres being pivotally mounted in the frame in parallel relation to one another, and being rotatable between open and closed positions, and having a pull bar having a plurality of hinge assemblies, a hinge sleeve member at one end on each louvre, each respective hinge assemblies being engaged with a respective sleeve member, and an anti rotation formation on each sleeve member engaging the interior of its respective louvre so as to to retain said sleeve member in its respective louvre.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Mario M. Marocco
  • Publication number: 20110041430
    Abstract: A shutter having a unitary frame formed by four perimeter rails, each having a receptacle at each of its distal ends, with four connection members, each having structure inserted into and secured within one receptacle of each of two of the perimeter rails. Optionally, a latch pin is movable through a guide hole formed in one of the corner connection members. A further option is louvers extending through a center support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Antony L. Baughn, Timothy S. Baughn, Douglas Oakley
  • Patent number: 7866107
    Abstract: A cladding element for constructing a facade of a building includes a substantially platelike element provided with a plurality of angular protrusions of essentially angular cross section which protrude from a front side of the platelike element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Laukien GmbH & Co. Beteiligungen KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Conradi
  • Patent number: 7858938
    Abstract: A system for deployment of a millimeter wave concealed object detection system using an outdoor passively illuminated structure is disclosed. In a particular embodiment, the structure includes at least one sidewall with at least one louvered panel within the sidewall. The louvered panel is orientated to reflect millimeter energy into the structure that is used in part by a concealed object detection system for detecting concealed objects. The louvered panel includes a plurality of adjustable parallel slats for obtaining an optimum deployment angle. The structure further includes at least one detection lane for guiding a subject through the structure and is configured between a controlled entry barrier and an exit barrier of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Brijot Imaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Patrick Daly, Willem H. Reinpoldt
  • Publication number: 20100317281
    Abstract: A PTAC louver assembly for glazing in a window wall which is field adjustable for fastening to a PTAC sleeves provided by different manufacturers. A unique system includes inwardly directed flanges which form a box within a box when mated to the PTAC sleeve. Sealant between the flanges and the PTAC sleeve provide a substantially water tight assembly. By sealing between the sleeve and the lower sill flange, the need to seal the sleeve face and to align weep holes in the PTAC sleeve is no longer necessary. Blank-off panels are filled with high temperature insulation which allows the louver system to be painted and baked after assembly. A unique louver blade assembly uses sliding retention bars with aligned notches to receive and capture louver blades using a clamping force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: David Sperandio, David Szydioski
  • Patent number: 7836653
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an air conditioner cover having at least two posts, a plurality of slats, and a plurality of obstructions used to properly distance the slats from the ground. The air conditioner cover also has connectors disposed between said posts and said slats in some embodiments. The air conditioner cover is designed to surround an air conditioner unit in order to hide it from sight and to protect the air conditioner unit from various types of damage. The present invention is specifically designed to ensure appropriate ventilation, as the uniquely shaped slats have in order to provide a spacing gap for ventilation purposes, while still providing a barrier to the air conditioner unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Randy D. Herrington
  • Publication number: 20100257804
    Abstract: A frameless shutter has a shutter panel having stiles and spreaders that accommodate louvers that rotate so as to open and close the shutter panel. An installation plate is mounted within a window opening. A concealable hinge has a shutter mount fixedly attached to the shutter panel back side and a plate mount fixedly attached to the installation plate. The shutter mount and the plate mount removably attach to mount the shutter panel over the window opening. A window frame is mounted to a wall having the window opening so as to surround and decorate the shutter panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventor: David Blachley
  • Patent number: 7797904
    Abstract: A two part grille with interlocking connections molded from opaque plastic allows one or more screens or filters supported inside the grille and provides a configuration which allows its parts to be fitted on opposite sides of an opening in a wall or a door locked together by a mortise and tenon joint so that no screws are necessary, and the two part grille further have intermediate spacers used to accommodate differing thickness of a wall or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Nan Ya Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Kuei Yung Wang Chen
  • Patent number: 7770347
    Abstract: A building frame has multiple bars and two brace assemblies. Each bar is a straight rectangular bar and has a top surface and bottom surface and two mounting surfaces. The mounting surfaces may be indented surface respectively formed in the top and bottom surfaces of the bar. The brace assemblies are parallel with each other and each brace assembly has a primary brace and a secondary brace leant against the primary brace. The primary and secondary braces both have multiple mounting recesses being separately formed therein. Each mounting recess on the primary brace aligns with one mounting recess of the secondary brace. The mounting recesses of the primary brace and secondary brace correspond to and are engaged respectively the mounting surface of the top and bottom surfaces of one bar when the primary and secondary are alternatively moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Rong-Jun Huang
  • Publication number: 20100175325
    Abstract: A rotating control mechanism of the shutter louver is disposed at a louver and includes an anchor, a bush, and a screw. The anchor has an opening end and a closed end, so as to form a first separating portion and a second separating portion respectively corresponding to a major axis in a radial direction of the louver. The bush has a cylinder portion neighboring to the frame and embedded in the counterbored hole of the frame, and an annular flange attached to the frame and the louver and/or the opening end of the anchor with both sides respectively. The screw passes through the counterbored hole and the bush in sequence to lock the anchor, such that the anchor moves towards the major axis direction of the louver and stops at a screw on an inner surface of the axial hole, so as to prevent the louver from cracking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lin CHEN
  • Patent number: 7743571
    Abstract: A vent is formed from vent panels that can be formed by injection molding or vacuum forming. The vent panels include upper and lower edges. The upper edge includes a nailing flange and a channel. The channel is coplanar with the outer surface of a nailing flange. The lower edge is a linear flange adapted to fit within the channel of the next adjacent vent panel. The vent includes a lower trim member that has a flange and a channel coplanar with the upper surface of the flange and adapted to receive the bottom edge of a vent panel. The lower trim member is designed to attach to the upper edge of vinyl siding. J channels or T channels are used then to trim out the remaining portion of the vent. This allows one to form a custom vent by combining vent panels as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Bluegrass Products, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Vagedes
  • Publication number: 20100154340
    Abstract: A modular louvered shutter includes first and second stiles and a center section assembled using a tongue and groove joint. The center section is a solid piece have a plurality of rails and louvers cut into the center section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: TAPCO INTERNATIONAL
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Richard Logan, Jeffrey Jaycox, Jeff E. Schiedegger
  • Patent number: 7730689
    Abstract: A building having windows and a window arrangement to aid in the reduction of unwanted air movement in or out of windows or even doors. The window arrangement is configured to be combined with louvered or jalousie windows to minimize the flow of air from one side of the louvered or jalousie windows to the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Carmen L. Figueroa-Morales
  • Patent number: 7722449
    Abstract: A security grill for a security institution has an air inlet face, an air outlet face, and zigzag channels extending from a point adjacent the inlet face toward the outlet face. The zigzag channels are defined by slats which are bent at least twice in alternating directions. The zigzag channels are divided into segments each having a cross-sectional width. The segments adjacent the air outlet face have a cross-sectional width less than any of the other segments along the channel. The slats are bent at certain angles which are larger than those of conventional security grills. Corners are created along each slat as a result of bending the slats in alternating directions. The corners are rounded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: E.H. Price, Limited
    Inventors: J. Paul Nowak, James Fehr
  • Publication number: 20100115863
    Abstract: An adapter (22) for attaching a solar-shading bracket (30) to a curtain walling mullion (10), comprises a body element (24) for location on the curtain walling mullion (10) and adapted to support the solar-shading bracket (30), mullion attaching means (26) for attaching the body element (24) to the curtain walling mullion (10), and bracket attaching means (28) for attaching the solar-shading bracket (30) to the adapter (22). A method and a apparatus having an energy break device are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Braybrook
  • Publication number: 20100107538
    Abstract: An arch shutter having a frame with an arch frame portion, and often with a linear lower frame portion, and louvres extending from side to side of the arch portion, parallel to the linear lower frame portion, and having a frame section of predetermined width, and bevel portions formed at each end of each louvre, the bevel portions removing a portion at each end of each louvre for providing clearance for rotation of each louvre without interfering with arch frame portion, and pivot pins inserted through drillings in the frame from the exterior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Mario M. Marocco
  • Patent number: 7694482
    Abstract: A blast resistant window blind system includes a blind system comprising a plurality of parallel blind slats, a plurality of spaced pane engaging members, and first and second mounting bodies coupled to the pane engaging members and anchor members disposed at first and second opposite ends of said opening, wherein the pane engaging members are secured to the mounting bodies and coupled thereby to the structure. At least one energy dampening device is coupled to the pane engaging members, allowing the pane engaging members to extend a selected amount toward the inside of the structure upon impact of the window pane, wherein the blind system and pane engaging members cooperate to restrain the window pane from being blown into the inside of the structure and conform to the inside surface of the window pane during impact therewith to distribute the restraining force across the window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventors: Alan Scott Gazaway, Christopher Lewis Eder, Norman Axel Mertke
  • Patent number: 7677003
    Abstract: A shutter having a unitary frame formed by four perimeter rails, each having a receptacle at each of its distal ends, with four connection members, each having structure inserted into and secured within one receptacle of each of two of the perimeter rails. Optionally, a latch pin is movable through a guide hole formed in one of the corner connection members. A further option is louvers extending through a center support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Antony L. Baughn, Timothy S. Baughn, Douglas Oakey
  • Publication number: 20100058698
    Abstract: A decorative shutter assembly including a plurality of main slats arranged in side-by-side relation, end pieces positioned at each end of the main slats and each including laterally spaced tongues spaced and sized to fit in their respective open ends of the main slats at a respective end of the main slats, and cross slat structures positioned in overlying relationship to seams formed between inboard ends of the end pieces and the respective ends of the main slats. The cross slat structures are removably secured to the end pieces and to the main slats so that, following delivery of the shutter assembly to a building site, the cross slat structures may be removed, the end pieces and main slats may be secured to a building surface utilizing fastener members, and the cross slats may be repositioned over the fastener members to conceal the fastener members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: PINCKNEY MOLDED PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Donald VERNA, Richard C. KRUYER
  • Patent number: 7669380
    Abstract: A shutter assembly mounts adjacent an opening of a building. The shutter assembly includes a right stile and a left stile disposed in a spaced and parallel opposing relationship with one another and each having a U-shaped cross section presenting a base and side walls. The side walls extend from the base to spaced distal edges to define a channel open at each end of the respective stiles. A top rail and a bottom rail extend in a spaced and parallel opposing relationship between the bases of the stiles. The top rail is disposed in one of the open ends of each of the stiles and the bottom rail is disposed in the other open ends of each of the stiles. Each of the rails define a glue manifold for distributing an adhesive onto the rails and into the channels for securing the rails to the stiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: TAPCO International Corporation
    Inventors: Richard J. Logan, Jeff E. Schiedegger, Nathan Greenway, Charles E. Schiedegger
  • Patent number: 7640710
    Abstract: A replacement ventilation cover and its method of installation in place of an old damaged ventilation cover. The replacement ventilation cover has a peripheral frame and an air permeable structure contained within the interior of the peripheral frame. Guides are prefabricated in the peripheral frame. The Guides hold nails or screws at acute angles relative to the plane of the opening being covered. To utilize the replacement ventilation cover, a central portion of the damaged ventilation cover is removed. This creates an opening without having to remove the nailing flange of the damaged ventilation cover. Consequently, the siding and trim around the vent opening does not have to be disturbed. The replacement ventilation cover is inserted into the remnants of the damaged ventilation cover. Nails or screws are then driven through the guides and into the construction under the old ventilation cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph P. McAtee