With Releasable Frame Section Retaining Facer Patents (Class 52/476)
  • Patent number: 9341018
    Abstract: A flood proof door and window unit includes a sealing flange around at least a portion of the perimeter of the door. A flood proof window is positioned within a cut out formed in the door. The window assembly is water tight so that the unit may be used in applications where it is desirable to provide a transparent window in a flood proof door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Ronald M. Helton
  • Patent number: 9127504
    Abstract: An improved corner assembly for use with metal framed, floating panel glass doors, windows or wall partitions is provided. The design provides improved structural integrity of frame corner joints such that rail twist and frame racking are minimized. The design features a corner assembly composed of extruded horizontal and vertical framing members where the horizontal framing member is equipped with an integral tongue. The tongue engages a mating groove in the vertical framing member. The sheer block is attached to the horizontal and vertical framing members via mechanical fasteners. Welds are provided at the intersection of the tongue and groove, and between the sheer block and horizontal framing member to provide for increased structural integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: C. R. LAURENCE CO., INC.
    Inventor: Gary Sprague
  • Patent number: 9057218
    Abstract: A blast door (12; 14) comprises a panel (12a; 14a) and a frame provided around the perimeter of the panel. The frame comprises a plurality of frame members (12b, 12c, 12d; 14b, 14c, 14d). Each frame member has a cross section that includes a cavity (36, 40) in which the panel perimeter is received. This ensures that the frame encloses a perimeter portion of the panel on either side thereof. Securing means (47) are provided within the cavity of the frame, to secure the panel therein. A method of fabricating the blast door comprises providing the panel and the frame comprising the plurality of frame members, and securing the panel within the frame using securing means located within the cavity of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
    Inventors: Kieran Kennedy, Christopher James Bolton, Chris Russon
  • Patent number: 8991119
    Abstract: A liquid resistant barrier for structural openings such as doors, windows, vents, or the like for use during floods or storms is disclosed. A barrier frame is placed within and about the periphery of the opening, with a gasket located on the structural side, to form a seal. A barrier frame cover, with a corresponding barrier frame cover gasket, is placed over the barrier frame and compression fittings used to hold them together. The gaskets form a seal that is impermeable to liquids and the barrier frame cover prevents damage by flotsam or dynamic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Tim Bracci
  • Publication number: 20150082726
    Abstract: A temporary, non-load bearing wall panel that when joined together with other one or more like panels, is used as a barrier (also known as a barricade wall) that keeps a construction area, vacant store, or any other undesirable element out of the reach and view of pedestrians. If required by the end user, the panels could be laminated with a visual graphic for reasons of aesthetic enhancement, advertisement of service, announcement of future business expectations, etc. A door and/or window display, dust curtains, etc. may be added to the panels as dictated by the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Michael DeZaio
  • Patent number: 8707648
    Abstract: Systems and methods for installing one or more modular panels onto a wall or other surface. Such systems may include at least one panel retainer mounted to a substrate and at least one panel connected to the panel retainer in a removable fashion. In these systems, the interaction of at least one panel insert and at least one attachment structure facilitates connecting the panel to the panel retainer in a removable fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Fry Reglet Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Timko, Mark Brinkman
  • Patent number: 8375670
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insulating assembly (1) in a mobile object such as a ship or aircraft, the mobile object having carrier parts that are upstanding with respect to a wall and a carrier part being covered over in cross-section by a holding part (5), there also being a sheet-like insulating part (7) that is held between two carriers as a result of clamping formations (6) on the holding part (5). In order to provide an advantageous insulating assembly in a mobile object, it is proposed that the insulating part (7) comprises a foam-like self-supporting element (8) that is optionally covered over on one or both sides by a covering layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: pinta production S.A.
    Inventor: Johannes Hysky
  • Patent number: 8322102
    Abstract: A modular wall system 10 includes a number of decorative panels that are received in an extruded panel frame 22. The panel frames 22 are positioned by connecting them to a wall rail 16 that is attached to the building. The wall rail 16 and the panel frame 22 each have a groove 52, 62 that accepts a fastener or clip 18 by interference or snap fit to attach the panel frame 22 to the wall rail 16. The grooves 52, 62 have a dove-tail shape that permits a snap fit to secure the panels 12 yet permit the panels to be easily removed or reconfigured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Marlite, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Krieger
  • Patent number: 8234828
    Abstract: Veneers for walls, retaining walls, retaining wall blocks, gabions, wire faces, and other structures are provided. Various methods of attaching the veneers are also described. A combination of a wall block and a veneer is provided. The wall block has a front face with a block connection space, and the veneer has a front face with a veneer connection portion. The veneer is attached to the front face of the wall block by the veneer connection portion, which is disposed in the block connection space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8161705
    Abstract: A wall panel retention system including an upper panel retention structure incorporating the ceiling molding and a lower panel retention structure incorporating the base molding with retention structures for holding the sides of the wall panels to the building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: James M. Pratt
  • Patent number: 8151533
    Abstract: A modular wall system (10) includes a number of decorative panels that are received in an extruded panel frame (22). The panel frames (22) are positioned by connecting them to a wall rail (16) that is attached to the building. The wall rail (16) and the panel frame (22) each have a groove (52, 62) that accepts a fastener or clip (18) by interference or snap fit to attach the panel frame (22) to the wall rail (16). The grooves (52, 62) have a dove-tail shape that permits a snap fit to secure the panels (12) yet permit the panels to be easily removed or reconfigured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Marlite, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Krieger
  • Patent number: 8033071
    Abstract: A partition panel for dividing a room in an office comprises a pair of decoration panels each having a plurality of engagement holes, a rectangular frame between the pair of decoration panels, and an engagement member having a plurality of hooks. The hooks engage in the engagement holes of the decoration panel. The engagement member is fixed to the frame. Another partition panel comprises a rectangular frame having a vertical rod, a plurality of panels on the rectangular frame, and an engagement member having a plurality of hooks and screw holes. The engagement member is fixed to the vertical rod of the frame with screws. The partition panel can be assembled easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Okamura Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Miyata, Tsuneo Shimomura
  • Patent number: 7971404
    Abstract: Systems and methods for installing one or more modular panels onto a wall or other surface. Such systems may include at least one panel retainer mounted to a substantially vertical surface and at least one panel connected to the panel retainer in a removable fashion. In these systems, the interaction of at least one deformable body and at least one groove facilitates connecting the panel to the panel retainer in a removable fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Fry Reglet Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Timko, Mark Brinkman
  • Patent number: 7784229
    Abstract: The invention provides a wall panel system including a supporting structure; and a plurality of plates (3), each plate having a first pair of edges (6) for engaging with the support structure and a second pair of edges (9), each plate being shaped such that the second pair of edges (9) conceal the engagement of corresponding adjacent plates with the support structure. In one preferred embodiment the supporting structure includes a mounting board (1) including a plurality of retaining elements (2) adapted for engagement with the first pair of edges (6) of each plate. Preferably each retaining element (2) includes a supporting lip (5), wherein the support edge (6) of a plate is engagable with a supporting lip (5) of a retaining element. The retaining elements may, for example, be arranged in a rectangular or square grid on the mounting board (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Wovin Wall IP Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Allan Ismay
  • Patent number: 7694466
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a plurality of solar cell units includes a mounting member to be fixed onto a roof, a plurality of fixtures, and a frame member having to-be-sandwiched portions to be sandwiched and fixed between the mounting member and the fixtures, and grooves that support the ends of the plate-shaped solar cell units. The to-be-sandwiched portions of the frame members are positioned inside projection plane regions that project the solar cell units and the grooves immediately below, whereby the distance between adjacent solar cell units reduces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinsuke Miyamoto, Hiroyoshi Takikawa, Naoki Ito, Takeshi Takada, Kouji Shimasaki
  • Patent number: 7546716
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an apparatus and method of constructing walls of framed block assemblies including both exterior and interior partition walls which are assembled through an interlocking structure having dovetail tongues interlocked with dovetail channels. Includes are a plain wall, a wall with mortar for ornamentation, and a wall applied with straight longitudinal blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Armond Asadurian
  • Patent number: 7331148
    Abstract: A concrete form comprises cross members, plywood, and metal studs. The studs include a front wall, a rear wall, and a pair of side walls, the walls arranged to form a generally rectangular cross-section. A pair of inner walls extends between and perpendicular to the pair of side walls. A pair of flanges extends from the side walls. The flanges are aligned with each other and positioned between the front wall and the pair of inner walls. A portion of each stud is adapted for complementary engagement with the cross members. The cross members are attached to at least one of the inner walls and the flanges of the cut portion of the studs, and the plywood is mounted to the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Brentmuir Developments (1993) Ltd.
    Inventor: Nick Di Lorenzo
  • Patent number: 7178300
    Abstract: A latch-type tile mounting system for mounting a tile to the frame of a wall panel. An outwardly extending hook is engaged with the wall panel frame, and includes an outer hook portion. The tile includes a receiver within which the outer hook portion of the hook member is received, and blocking structure that prevents engagement with the outer hook portion. A latch member is movably mounted to the tile over the receiver, and is movable between an open or unlocked position for enabling the outer hook portion to be moved into and out of engagement with the receiver, and a closed or locked position in which the latch member engages the outer hook portion to secure the tile to the frame. The latch member is pivotably movable between its locked and unlocked positions, preferably via a fastener that secures the latch member to the tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Elsing
  • Patent number: 7096633
    Abstract: A false ceiling having flexible material connected to an elongate U-shaped beam or rail, the beam fixedly connected to existing trusses via clamps. The U-shaped beam has a pair of vertical flanges with inner surfaces for receiving an end portion of the flexible material. Strips of hook-and-loop material are fixed on the inner surfaces of the vertical flanges for gripping corresponding hook-and-loop material strips on the end portions of the flexible material. Lightweight foam blocks are sized to tightly fit between the pair of vertical flanges to assist the connection of the hook-and-loop material strips on the flexible material to the vertical flanges. A decorative cap is connected to the beam to cover the connections of the beam to the truss and to the flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: John Bowen
  • Patent number: 6993875
    Abstract: The invention concerns a building element[which is a stud (10) having a number of channels (12). Each channel can receive a cooperating means (14) which can be used to mount a panel or bracket on the stud. The invention also concerns a building element which is a joining clip (16) which can be connected to a panel or bracket. The joining clip includes the cooperating means (14) for mounting a panel or bracket on the stud. The invention also concerns a building element which is a joining element (42) which can connect one panel to another. The joining element is hinged (46). The invention also discloses two types of bracket for mounting in the stud. The first type has a screw-threaded shaft (71) and a sleeve (72) with cooperating means (73) at one end of the sleeve. The cooperating means is shaped so that it can be inserted horizontally in a channel of the stud and rotated so that the cooperating means cannot be withdrawn horizontally from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Telezygology Inc.
    Inventor: Dickory Rudduck
  • Patent number: 6978579
    Abstract: The embodiment of this invention is disclosed, which describes a storm shutter system, which allows easy installation and removal by the homeowner. This invention does not add anything to the window and does not require the homeowner to change the window or drill holes into the home in order to install this device. The device is installed in a temporary fashion using the existing screen track of the existing window. One side of the device used a bar, which remains, in a fixed position and the other side uses a bar with slots to allow lateral movement to insure custom fit of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Leonard Patrick Trinca
  • Patent number: 6959515
    Abstract: A building structure comprising: a support module; and one or more room modules, the or each room module being attachable to and cantilevered from the support module. The room modules are independently attached to the support module to allow independent removal or addition of room modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Ashley Thomas Beighton
  • Patent number: 6907710
    Abstract: A framed panel (1) consists of a panel (2) mounted in a frame (3). In order to secure the panel, a shock cord (4) is fastened across the panel (2), one or both ends of the shock cord (4) being held in a cleat (6a, 6b), so that the panel (2) is arrested when subjected to shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: FrameGard Anchoring Systems Limited
    Inventor: Simon Trundle
  • Patent number: 6895721
    Abstract: A plurality of engaging pieces each formed of washer (35) for instance are fixed to the rear surface of a building board (30). A plurality of elongated fixtures (10), each provided at the lower end thereof with an engaging tongue (20a) and at the upper end thereof with an engaging region (12a) designed to be engaged with the engaging tongue (20a), are engaged with the engaging pieces. The fixtures (10) thus engaged are directly fixed to the posts (1) or studs (2) of a building. Since each fixture (10) is provided with a rising portion (12), a ventilation space (Sc) is secured between the framework of the building and the rear surface of a building board (30). The coupling between upper and lower building boards (30) can be effected through the linkage between a couple of fixtures (10). Since the engaging tongue (20a) is made separable from the building board (30), the building boards (30) can be transported for instance without becoming bulky.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Nichiha Corporation
    Inventors: Morimichi Watanabe, Hiroshi Ito
  • Patent number: 6805185
    Abstract: A partition for open building space and the like having a frame including at least one substantially horizontal surface. A cover member is configured to enclose at least a portion of the frame. The cover member includes attachment members configured to connect the cover member to the frame. A seal is attached to the cover member and includes a resilient flap which engages the substantially horizontal surface of the frame to inhibit the passage of acoustical and/or optical energy through the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Donald P. Gravel, Douglas L. Hancey, Vladimir Zila
  • Patent number: 6775953
    Abstract: A number of wall panel apparatuses are disclosed. In one embodiment the wall panel apparatus includes a rectangular frame, two oppositely disposed metal tiles, each tile having a number of attachment and mounting clips whereby mounting of the tiles to opposite sides of the rectangular frame is easily accomplished by locating mounting clips attached to the lower edge portions of the tiles to a bottom frame member and pivoting the upper portion of the tiles so that the attachment clips which are resilient snap into place. A glass wall panel apparatus includes the same rectangular frame, however, top and bottom channels cover the top and bottom frame members of the rectangular frame, each of the channels having hook portions for engaging the top and bottom edges of the glass panes. Also included are side shroud channels and tensioning screws to adjust the channels in relation to the glass panes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: HON Technology Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Burken, Matthew C. Brown, Jeffrey E. Tjebkes, Chad C. Lolling, Peter A. Simmons, Tim B. Wilson, Gordon K. Hartman, Brian D. Meyer, Darren P. Williams, Thomas W. Garrett, Michael J. Frantz, Joseph A. Miller, Matthew R. Hanley
  • Patent number: 6718717
    Abstract: A modular wall panel and mounting members for attaching a panel covering thereto. The modular wall panel has one or more flanges that connect to a frame support. A panel covering is tensioned across a face of the frame support and is connected to the flanges by the mounting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Herman Miller Inc.
    Inventors: J. Dennis Henderson, Todd Alan Shane
  • Patent number: 6381911
    Abstract: A jamb system for framing panels, in which at least one of the panels is arranged to slide by another panel along a set of tracks, including an elongated top jamb including one elongated top guide member for each panel, each member including an elongated rail for guiding a panel along its travel within the jamb, and a key spacer member, the top guide members and the key members each adapted to interlock through their respective walls to form a rectilinear assembly, including slanted wall portions arranged to mate in adjacent juxtaposition with each other to accept a threaded fastener therethrough and an elongated side jamb for each panel, and an elongated key spacer member for insertion between each pair of the elongated side members allowing the panels to move along the rails within the jamb, past each other, adapted to interlock through their respective walls, the side members and the key members including slanted wall portions arranged to mate and accept a threaded fastener there through to hold the side j
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: William Weiland
  • Patent number: 6374560
    Abstract: A decorative shutter assembly includes a plurality of slats arranged in a row presenting a decorative surface with side flanges projecting rearwardly. At least one cross member overlays each of the slats and presents a decorative cross surface with side cross flanges projecting rearwardly. Each cross slat includes at least one mating member affixed behind the cross slat decorative surface having a mating wall affixed to each of the decorative surfaces for affixing the plurality batten slats to the cross slat. Alternatively, a plurality of primary slats are arranged to present a decorative surface having side flanges projecting rearwardly and at least one end piece is attached to the primary slats the ends of the primary slats are received in the end piece for adjoining and aligning said primary slats, said end piece including a cross member traversing said the primary and having slats and slat ends integrated into the end piece, each of said slats and slat ends aligning with one of the primary slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Dean Douglas Dennis
  • Patent number: 6305144
    Abstract: A window frame comprising a sill, a pair of side jambs and a header is provided. The sill, side jambs, and header include coextensive window pane receiving grooves in which the window pane and glazing are received for mounting the window pane in the window frame. The sill and side jambs are of unitary construction. The header is two piece construction to facilitate installation of the window pane in the frame. The header includes a filler strip that releasably retains a window pane in place in the window frame and the filler cooperates with the remainder of the header to form the window pane groove in the header. A method of installing the window pane in the window frame is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Glass-Stop Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Stevens
  • Patent number: 6269597
    Abstract: A rectangular window opening in a structure is provided with four channel members that provide a decorative frame around the opening. Three of the channel members are permanently fastened to the structure through a flange on the channel. The fourth channel member is removably fastened in place. When the opening must be covered by a storm panel, the fourth channel is unfastened and removed. A rigid rectangular panel is mounted in the three channels. The fourth channel is then mounted on the fourth edge of the panel and then the fourth channel is removably fastened to the structure. All of the elements except the panel remain in place. The panels have no holes or accessories. All panels are interchangeable for the same size window. No tools are needed to mount or remove a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: John W. Haas
  • Patent number: 6260321
    Abstract: The invention concerns a building element which is a stud (10) having a number of channels (12). Each channel can receive a cooperating means (14) which can be used to mount a panel or bracket on the stud. The invention also concerns a building element which is a joining clip (16) which can be connected to a panel or bracket. The joining clip includes the cooperating means (14) for mounting a panel or bracket on the stud. The invention also concerns a building element which is a joining element (42) which can connect one panel to another. The joining element is hinged (46). The invention also discloses two types of bracket for mounting in the stud. The first type has a screw-threaded shaft (71) and a sleeve (72) with cooperating means (73) at one end of the sleeve. The cooperating means is shaped so that it can be inserted horizontally in a channel of the stud and rotated so that the cooperating means cannot be withdrawn horizontally from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Intellectual Exchange PTY Ltd.
    Inventor: Dickory Rudduck
  • Patent number: 6141925
    Abstract: A movable transparent panel for reconfigurable office partitions and the like is adapted for floor-to-ceiling applications which include a floor track shaped to be supported on a floor surface, and a ceiling track shaped to be supported on a ceiling surface. A panel frame is supported in a normally vertical orientation between the floor track and the ceiling track. The panel frame has vertically spaced-apart upper and lower horizontal members with a pair of vertical side members interconnecting the upper and lower horizontal members and extending therebetween to define a generally quadrilateral opening. The upper horizontal member is operably connected to the ceiling track, and the lower horizontal member is operably connected with the floor track. A substantially transparent sheet is removably connected to the frame and extends across at least the portion of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Harold Halvorson, Jr., Gary S. Juhlin, David M. Lewis, James H. Davies, Richard A. Benoit, Robert J. Luchetti, Peter C. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 6047509
    Abstract: A panel used for display purposes comprises a frame having corner members that are molded in identical halves and snapped together. The corner members are provided with T-slots along the outer edges that will receive slidable members. A detent extends into the T-slot to engage the slidable members slid into the T-slot to hold them in position. The corner members include tangs for receiving extrusions for forming edge frames for the panel, with the corner members holding the frame in an assembly. The corner members have receptacles for receiving pins or shanks that can be latched in place with a latch member sliding in the T-slot on at least one of the legs of the respective corner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Media/Graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Troy S. Savoie
  • Patent number: 6012258
    Abstract: A dominant and secondary component cooperate with an office panel frame to define a light transmitting port through the office panel frame. The dominant component is supported by the office panel frame and the secondary component is supported by the dominant component. The dominant and secondary components cooperate to provide improved safety features and more effectively distribute accidental forces to the office panel frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Teknion Furniture Systems Limited
    Inventors: Mortimer Brown, Ian B. Kuznick
  • Patent number: 5992111
    Abstract: A glass block construction kit comprises a peripheral frame with inwardly directed lips on its opposite sides and an interior frame having an outer wall held by the lips on the peripheral frame. The peripheral frame is made from a plastic material such as vinyl and the like while the interior frame is made of a more rigid material. The interior frame also includes a plurality of frame members which form glass block pockets. Glass block retainers are mounted on both sides of each frame member. These retainers are again made of plastic, preferably the same material used in forming the peripheral frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Round Top Window Products Inc.
    Inventor: Dianne Waterhouse
  • Patent number: 5950398
    Abstract: A pass-by insulating glass window unit for replacing single glazing including a sealing assembly sandwiched by glazings having dissimilar plane surface dimensions. One glazing, the exterior glazing, has the plane dimensions of the single glazing it replaces. The other, the interior glazing, and the sealing assembly have plane dimensions slightly smaller than the dimensions of the window opening. The pass-by insulating glass window unit is assembled with each of the four edges of the exterior glazing extending equidistantly outwardly from the aligned edges of the sealing assembly and the interior glazing. The thickness of the sealing assembly is predetermined to provide an enclosed insulating space of optimum insulating value. For use in double hung window sashes, the thickness is chosen to assure passage of the movable window openings, and to position the interior glazing to be in approximate alignment with the plane of the interior surface of the wood sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Bruce M. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 5826934
    Abstract: A vehicle sunroof for installation into a roof of a vehicle includes a sunroof panel and a sunroof frame. The sunroof frame is attached to the vehicle roof through the use of rotating cam members which are disposed within the sunroof frame and which are rotatable such that cam lobes pressingly engage an inner surface of the vehicle roof or a pre-trim ring to clamp the vehicle roof between a lip of the sunroof frame and the rotating cam members. A method for attaching the sunroof frame to a vehicle includes the steps of forming an opening in the roof of a vehicle, then attaching the pre-trim ring to a lower surface of the edge of the opening. The sunroof frame is then inserted into the opening, with the sunroof frame having at least one rotatable cam members thereupon. The rotatable cam member is then rotated, to engage the pre-trim ring or the vehicle roof with an engagement surface of the cam, thereby clamping the roof between the lip of the sunroof frame and the cam or the pre-trim ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Stretch Forming Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald E. Wooten
  • Patent number: 5816003
    Abstract: A clean-room wall including vertically extending wall profile members (2,4,6) against which one or several wall panels (10) are mounted. In their sides, facing the interior (14) of the room, the profiles are formed substantially parallel with the wall extending flanges (8) against which the wall panel is arranged from the outside, as seen from the interior of the room. Fastening mechanisms (12) are arranged at the outside of the wall panel for fastening of the panel to the profile flange members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: ABB Flakt AB
    Inventors: Bertil Larsson, Walter berg
  • Patent number: 5655346
    Abstract: A structural mounting system for mounting of structural components includes a base section and a co-operating section each of which in use is secured to a respective structural component and which are assembled together. The base section in cross section includes an undercut and the co-operating section in cross section includes a leg, having a toe projecting laterally to engage the undercut. When the sections are being coupled together the co-operating section is rotated about its longitudinal direction relative to its final position so that lateral movement of the toe to engage beneath the undercut requires the co-operating section to rotate about the longitudinal axis relative to the base section to adopt its final position. Spaced linear restraint points and a rotation restraint point together defining a triangle of points of contact to make the assembly of sections rigid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventors: Eric Holmes, Ian Howe
  • Patent number: 5603190
    Abstract: A storm panel and attachment apparatus for protecting an exterior window in a structure includes three frame members attached to the structure peripheral to the window. A panel assembly includes a panel member and a panel-mounted connector assembly connected to the panel member. The panel-mounted connector assembly connects the panel assembly to the structure either directly or by way of a frame member. In a first embodiment, the panel-mounted connector assembly includes a panel-attached frame member which includes a first frame portion connected to the panel member and a second frame portion adapted for connection to the structure. U-shaped channels in the frame members are adapted to receive edges of the panel member when the panel member is slid onto the frame members. In a second embodiment, the panel-mounted connector assembly includes a plurality of captive first connector elements distributed at first positions on the panel-mounted connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Sanford
  • Patent number: 5596850
    Abstract: A fixed window includes a glazing device composed of a plate-like base detachably mounted on the inner surface of a frame component arranged outwardly of the peripheral edge of a panel, and a glazing strip mounted on the base for supporting an interior face portion of the panel adjacent the peripheral edge. When the base and the glazing strip are removed, the frame component can be also used as a frame component of a window of the different type. The glazing strip is held in contact with an interior flange of the frame component, so that a positive wind pressure acting on the panel is borne by the flange. The glazing strip can, therefore, be always held stably in position against displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: YKK Architectural Products Inc.
    Inventor: Yuichi Kubo
  • Patent number: 5570548
    Abstract: A method of producing a window sash by first providing a window sash frame and then cutting the window sash frame longitudinally to create a first frame portion and a second frame portion. A connection member is secured to the first frame portion and a glazing member is placed into one of the frame portions. After this, the second frame portion is secured to the first frame portion by virtue of the connection member to form the window sash. An associated product is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Caradon America Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Hopper
  • Patent number: 5560168
    Abstract: A hollow core door has a perimeter frame with stiles and top and bottom rails, and a pair of skins secured to the perimeter frame. One skin has an aperture therein with its side margins spaced inwardly of the perimeter frame, and inner frame elements are disposed between the margins of the aperture and the stiles, secured to at least one skin. A mirror with dimensions smaller than those of the aperture is secured in a molding which extends about its periphery of the mirror, and the molding has a peripheral portion overlying the skin about the side margins of the aperture and a body portion which extends inwardly of the door. The molding is secured against the skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: Robert J. Gagne, William J. Plein, II, Kenneth R. Carson
  • Patent number: 5497597
    Abstract: A frame and an inserted board mounted on the frame is related. The frame includes a circumferential frame edge, a frame receiver corresponding to the shape of the board and a circumferential frame support edge supporting an edge of the board, the supporting edge extending in the direction toward the interior of the frame. The board includes a circumferential edge, a spring-elastically pivotable blocking member situated at at least two oppositely situated portions of the circumferential edge of the board, each blocking member projecting beneath a portion of the frame edge, and an adjustable operating element associated with each blocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Froscher Aspect GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Elzenbeck
  • Patent number: 5497588
    Abstract: A decorative overlay and window system for an opening in a garage door, the decorative overlay including a peripheral framework formed as an integral part of the decorative overlay. Bolt strips having a plurality of bolts extending outwardly therefrom are secured to the inner face of the peripheral framework. The bolts provide an alignment mechanism for aligning the decorative overlay with the opening in the garage door. A windowpane having a plurality of holes in its border is mounted to the peripheral framework by passing the bolts through the holes and then threadedly fastening nuts to the bolts. An insulation liner is provided to cover open edges of adjacent insulation in the event the decorative window system is used on an insulated garage door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1996
    Assignee: Martin Door Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David O. Martin, Robert S. Scott
  • Patent number: 5444953
    Abstract: An interior corner joint for joining wall board panels, particularly wall board panels simulating tiles embedded in grout, in a corner. The interior corner joint comprises a first base section; a second base section extending upwardly from said first base section and being perpendicular to said first base section; a rib extending upwardly from said first base section disposed adjacent to said second base section and canted toward said second base section, said rib, second base section, and first base section defining a channel adapted to receive a first wall board panel; and a flange at the distal end of said rib extending outwardly from said rib and inclined toward said first base section, said rib, flange and first base section defining a second channel adapted to receive a second wall board panel in substantially perpendicular relationship to said first wall board panel. With the two wall board panels inserted into the two channels the only exposed part of the joint is the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Trayco, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Koenig, Douglas F. Hutchings, David W. Gibbard, Richard C. Manwell
  • Patent number: 5400560
    Abstract: An element of an office panel includes a back support member closed at either end by molded end pieces. The molded end pieces in combination with the back support member define a front opening recess into which a filler material is inserted. A decorative facing material is applied over the filler material and attached to the back support member and the molded end pieces, whereby the facing material forms a finish face of the element. With this arrangement, the back support member is more easily manufactured, as it is open at either end and the molded end pieces can easily be inserted within the back support member to effectively close the member and provide a complete support for the element. According to an aspect of the invention, the molded end pieces include molded components thereon by means of which the element can be effectively supported by an office panel frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Teknion Furniture Systems
    Inventors: John Hellwig, Tori Kasdorf
  • Patent number: 5369931
    Abstract: A frame for a louver holds the louver below the ceiling surface, away from a light fixture. This helps to collimate the light rays and direct the light downward, thus preventing unwanted sideways glare. In addition, the use of a frame tends to hold the louver more securely in the ceiling framework. The frame is formed of Z-shaped members, with one arm of the Z resting on the T-bar cross-bar and the other arm supporting the louver. A stop along one side of the frame prevents movement of the louver in the frame. In one aspect of the invention, rotatable angle supports at the ends of the frame rotate from a vertical position for use during louver installation to a horizontal supporting position for supporting the louver in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Inner Fit Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry N. Emmerson
  • Patent number: 5323579
    Abstract: A panel light assembly used in panels. The panel light assembly has a retainer clip for a mounting glazing between two opposing frames that are mounted in apertures in the skins of the panel located on either side of the core of the panel. The retaining clip, preferably made of a springy material, includes longitudinally extending legs depending from opposite longitudinal sides of the clip and which are operable to slide over and securingly engage the panel skins. Oppositely spaced and oppositely directed trim retainer prongs project up from said clip body and generally towards a longitudinal center-line of said clip body for engaging the frames and securing the glazing between the frames in the panels light apertures. The present invention provides at least two skin spacer tabs depending from the clip wherein each of the skin spacer tabs is spaced sufficiently apart from legs so as to be able to receive the skins therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Masco Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert O. Ruff