Element Spaced From Wall, Ceiling, Or Floor And Held By Discrete Retaining Means (e.g., Suspended Ceiling Or Wall) Patents (Class 52/506.06)
  • Patent number: 11952791
    Abstract: A system for creating an enclosed room, such as an office, in an open space that has a floor and a ceiling. The system includes a support frame that is self-supported on the floor of the open space. The support frame includes a series of head rails supported by a series of vertical columns resting on the floor. The vertical columns support a series of wall panels and the head rails support a ceiling such that the ceiling is supported by the support frame independent of the wall panels. The ceiling of the enclosed room is created by a series of ceiling panels and at least one air intake panel and at least one air exhaust panel. The air exhaust panel includes an exhaust fan that removes air from within the enclosed room and draws fresh air into the enclosed room. The ceiling can include a plurality of adjustable louvers and lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Kopish, Timothy J. LaFleur, Nathan A. Quintal, Bryan J. Rahn
  • Patent number: 11905753
    Abstract: A glazing shield system for retrofitting glazing systems of buildings is disclosed. The glazing shield system includes a support frame and a unitized panel. In certain embodiments, the glazing shield system may be mounted on an existing glazing system in a non-intrusive and non-destructive method. In one embodiment, the support frame may be attached to an infill panel of an existing glazing system using structural adhesives, and the unitized panel may be mounted on the support frame, creating an insulating glazing shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: INOVUES, INC.
    Inventor: Anas Al Kassas
  • Patent number: 11891805
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for mounting a panel (40) such as an acoustic panel, baffle or fin. The system for mounting the panel (40) can comprise an elongate member (12). A base (14) of the member (12) can be configured to enable it to be mounted with respect to a structure. Opposing sidewalls (13) of the member (12) can extend from the base (14) such that, in profile, the sidewalls define a neck portion (N) that extends to an enlarged head portion (H) of the member (12). The panel (40) can have a recess (42) formed in an edge thereof. The recess (42) can be configured to generally correspond to an external profile of the member (12). An inner recess portion (43) of the panel (40) can be enlarged to receive the member head portion (H), with an outer recess portion (45) being configured to receive the member neck portion (N). The outer recess portion (45) can open out of the panel edge such that, when the member (12) is located in the panel recess (42) it retains the panel (40) to the member (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: CSR Building Products Limited
    Inventor: Daniel Cavasinni
  • Patent number: 11821205
    Abstract: A structural grid support system adapted for transferring seismic loads to the vertical structural supports of a modular structure. The system includes larger and longer high load capacity main runners with mechanically fastened cross tees, which transfer seismic forces without failing. The structural grid can provide a diaphragm using mechanically fastened connections in a single horizontal plane without requiring additional overhead support from the roof deck, or requiring fewer such supports. The main runners may include additional connecting elements disposed within the usable space beneath the runner (e.g., ventral threaded receivers) for attaching deployment-specific equipment or hardware, such as network cable trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Porta-Fab Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne McGee, Steve Skikas, Trace Woodrum, Thomas Tall
  • Patent number: 11788273
    Abstract: An anchoring device (1) for anchoring an equipment to a civil engineering structure includes a support plate (5) for the equipment, with at least two orifices (7); for each orifice (7), a longitudinal dowel (13) intended to be rigidly fastened in the civil engineering structure (3); for each orifice (7), a fastening member (25) mounted around the dowel (13); for each orifice (7), a connection (27) of the fastening member (25) to the plate (5), allowing the fastening member (25) to be placed at any given position in a defined region of the orifice (7) in a plane parallel to the plate (5); and for each orifice (7), a reversible lock (55) for blocking the fastening member (25) with respect to the plate in the given position and for blocking the fastening member in position along the dowel (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: FRAMATOME
    Inventors: Gaëtan Niehaus, Pascal Morlot, Jean-Charles Hurel
  • Patent number: 11524190
    Abstract: Technologies are described for a smoke baffle assembly and method of installation. The smoke baffle has a longitudinally extending base with an upper leg, a first leg, and a second leg. A first flange extends inward form the first leg and a second flange extends inward from the second leg. A smoke baffle holder holds an upper portion of a smoke baffle and has a first and second outward extending flange. Each of the outward extending flanges and inward extending flanges is configured and disposed for moving the outward extending flanges into the base and above the inward extending flanges and holding the smoke baffle in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Inventor: Ilija Rokvic
  • Patent number: 11434636
    Abstract: A dynamic acoustic ceiling baffle and a dynamic acoustic ceiling baffle system, that includes multiple shaped baffles that can be quickly and easily installed onto construction ceiling hangers without the need for additional tools, to provide an aesthetically pleasing image, such as an undulating image, along with a reduction in unwanted noise or room acoustics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: TURF DESIGN, INC.
    Inventors: Dustin Headley, Jason Gillette
  • Patent number: 11391809
    Abstract: In an example, the present invention provides a solar tracker apparatus configured with an off-set drive assembly. In an example, the apparatus has an inner race structure, which has a cylindrical region coupled to a main body region, the main body comprising an off-set open region. The cylindrical region is an annular sleeve structure coupled to the main body region, which occupies the spatial region within the cylindrical region. In an example, the apparatus has an outer race structure coupled to enclose the inner race structure, configured to couple the inner race structure to allow the inner race structure to move in a rotational manner about a spatial arc region; and configured to allow the inner race structure to pivot about a region normal to a direction of the spatial arc region. In an example, the solar tracker has a clamp assembly that is configured to pivot a torque tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: NEXTRACKER LLC
    Inventor: Alexander W. Au
  • Patent number: 11377848
    Abstract: A ceiling system, a ceiling panel, and a method of covering a ceiling support with a plurality of ceiling panels. In one aspect, the invention may be a ceiling system comprising: a plurality of ceiling panels, each of the ceiling panels comprising: an upper face; a lower face opposite the upper face; a first edge, a second edge, a third edge opposite the first edge, and a fourth edge opposite the second edge; each of the first and second edges comprising a tongue; and each of the third and fourth edges comprising a groove; and a plurality of alignment clips, each of the alignment clips comprising a cruciform rib element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: AWI Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Duschl
  • Patent number: 11186449
    Abstract: A gripping method is for gripping an object using a gripping mechanism including a roller and a frame that houses the roller. The gripping method includes a first stage and a second stage. In the first stage, the gripping mechanism moves relative to the object such that a first portion of the object is gripped between an outer surface of the roller and an inner surface of the frame. In the second stage, the gripping mechanism further moves relative to the object such that the roller is lifted by a second portion of the object before gripping of the object is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiko Yamakawa
  • Patent number: 10961705
    Abstract: There is provided a ceiling baffle system having at least one ceiling support member and at least one baffle extending transversely relative to the at least one support member. The baffle has a baffle body portion with a baffle upper edge portion. At least one receiving slot extends from the upper edge into the body and receives the ceiling support member therewithin for coupling and suspending the baffle from the ceiling support member. At least one spacer extends parallel relative to the support member and has a spacer member body portion and a spacer member lower edge portion. At least one baffle retaining slot extends from the lower edge portion into the spacer member body portion. The baffle retaining slot receives at least the upper edge portion of the baffle to position, angularly orient and retain the baffle relative to the spacer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ivekter Inc.
    Inventors: Le Yu, Douglas G. Barlett
  • Patent number: 10927546
    Abstract: A system including a wall-mount hook and a perimeter pocket. The wall-mount hook is attached to a wall and includes a wall contacting portion having a top and a bottom, and a upward facing hook between the top and the bottom of the wall contacting portion. The pocket includes a top portion attached to a first and second leg on opposite ends of the top portion extending downwardly. The pocket further includes a wall attachment region including a downward facing hook and a ledge on an exterior surface of the pocket. The first leg contacts the wall, the bottom of the wall contacting portion slots into the ledge of the wall attachment region, and the downward facing hook of the wall attachment region rests on the upward facing hook of the wall-mount hook. The connection between the wall-mount hook and the pocket constrains lateral and vertical movement of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventor: Joshua L. Neal
  • Patent number: 10905910
    Abstract: A method for assembling a sprinkler support assembly, the method including fitting a saddle of a mounting bracket over a grid support of a ceiling system; fastening an attachment leg of the mounting bracket to a suspension frame of the ceiling system with a fastener, the attachment leg disposed at a first bracket end of the mounting bracket, the saddle disposed at a second mounting bracket end of the mounting bracket opposite from the first bracket end, the grid support extending laterally outward from the suspension frame; and securing a sprinkler drop of a fire sprinkler assembly with a clamp, the clamp attached to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Anvil International, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Beagen, Odair Dafonseca
  • Patent number: 10876305
    Abstract: An architectural perimeter pocket assembly having at least a top and an inner side for forming an open bottom pocket, the inner side including an upper section and a lower extension section separately formed from the upper section, the sections having mutual engageable coupling formations horizontally displaced from main portions of said sections that when engaged enable the upper section to support the lower extension section vertically and restrain the lower section from pendulum-type motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen
  • Patent number: 10844598
    Abstract: A ceiling panel according to the present invention has opposed translucent membranes secured in a tensioned state across a perimeter frame. The frame includes frame members that are designed to oppose inward bowing of the perimeter frame caused by the tensioned membranes. The frame members have a side profile shaped to conceal a grid support network with the lower translucent member extending across and about a lower edge of the perimeter frame. The invention also includes a modified structure for supporting of translucent panels below a grid network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: CertainTeed Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Ali Chitsaz, Martin Gerkes
  • Patent number: 10731342
    Abstract: The panel (1) includes a frame (4) with a fabric (5) stretchable over a lower side (6) thereof. An edge (8) of the fabric (5) is attached to a peripheral side (9) of the frame by means of a number of fastening brackets (11) distributed along the edge of the fabric. Firstly, each fastening bracket is attached to the peripheral side at a first lower position (15) in which the fabric is hanging loosely under the frame by hanging a hook-formed element (13) of the fastening brackets on a first lower protrusion (17) provided at the peripheral. Secondly, each fastening bracket is repositioned from said first lower position to a second upper position (16) in which the fabric is stretched over the lower side of the frame by hanging the hook-formed element of the fastening brackets on a second upper protrusion (18) provided at the peripheral side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: KVADRAT SOFT CELLS A/S
    Inventor: Jesper Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10640971
    Abstract: An acoustical panel apparatus includes a laminate panel substrate that is receptive to ink printing operations. The substrate may be provided with folding grooves to form an apertured base, a sidewall, and an inner wall which together define a receptacle. An acoustical tuning body is positionable at the receptacle to attenuate at least one of sound transmissions and sound reflections from sound passing through the apertures in the base. A mounting bracket is attached to the panel to secure the acoustical tuning body at the receptacle and for mounting the panel substrate to a wall or ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Vomela Specialty Company
    Inventors: Kevin Kuznar, Barry Childs
  • Patent number: 10508805
    Abstract: The T-bar includes an elongate rigid spine extending between terminal ends including either a fixed anchor or adjustable anchor for attachment to adjacent T-bars or other supports. An upper heat sink is provided on an upper portion of the spine to enhance heat transfer from the T-bar to air surrounding upper portions of the T-bar. A light housing is provided on a lower portion of the T-bar which is configured to support a lighting module therein, such as a light emitting diode (LED) light. A lower heat sink is provided above this light housing and integrated into a rest shelf which supports ceiling tiles adjacent the T-bar. A power supply is provided which can be removably attached to the T-bar and provide appropriately conditioned power for the lighting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: JLC-TECH IP, LLC
    Inventor: Silvio Porciatti
  • Patent number: 10407905
    Abstract: A system including a wall-mount hook and a perimeter pocket. The wall-mount hook is attached to a wall and includes a wall contacting portion having a top and a bottom, and a upward facing hook between the top and the bottom of the wall contacting portion. The pocket includes a top portion attached to a first and second leg on opposite ends of the top portion extending downwardly. The pocket further includes a wall attachment region including a downward facing hook and a ledge on an exterior surface of the pocket. The first leg contacts the wall, the bottom of the wall contacting portion slots into the ledge of the wall attachment region, and the downward facing hook of the wall attachment region rests on the upward facing hook of the wall-mount hook. The connection between the wall-mount hook and the pocket constrains lateral and vertical movement of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventor: Joshua L. Neal
  • Patent number: 10287783
    Abstract: The flexible adhesive window trim is configured for use with a window. The flexible adhesive window trim is a flexible trim structure. The flexible adhesive window trim will bend into a curved shape such that the flexible adhesive window trim aligns with the curvature of a curved window. The flexible adhesive window trim attaches to the wall containing the window using an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Krzysztof Barczyk
  • Patent number: 10022825
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for repairing existing structures. A portion of the existing structure is covered with the repair structure. One or more standoffs are coupled to the existing structure to project outwardly away from a surface of the existing structure. One or more cladding panels are coupled to the standoffs by forcing the one or more panels in a direction normal to the surface of the existing structure and into engagement with a standoff connector component of the standoff at a location spaced apart from the existing structure. Curable construction material and/or insulation may be introduced into the space between the cladding panels and the existing structure to provide a repair structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: CFS Concrete Forming Systems Inc.
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, Zi Li Fang
  • Patent number: 10011987
    Abstract: A metal splice plate for joining the ends of suspended ceiling main tees of different heights and load carrying capacity, the plate having a bottom edge lying along a straight line and having a tall section adjacent one end and a short section adjacent an end opposite said one end, a formation at each of said ends providing indicia for locating the formation on the respective section on an end of a main tee of a corresponding height longitudinally at a desired position relative to and spaced from a cross runner slot on the main tee of corresponding height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Lehane, Abraham M. Underkofler
  • Patent number: 9957712
    Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for a purlin. The purlin can include a steel structure having a pair of outer flanges flaring away from a support surface for defining outer edges of the purlin. Connected to respective inner edges of the outer flanges along bent edges can be a pair of supports. The supports can be configured to engage a support surface and define a lower surface of the purlin. Connected to respective inner edges of the supports can be a pair of support webs that extend away from the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Sustainable Solutions of North Georgia LLC
    Inventor: David Smalley
  • Patent number: 9909312
    Abstract: Components for constructing a ceiling grid across a span free of or with a limited number of suspension wires including main runners with a relatively high moment of inertia secured at their ends with brackets to wall moldings on opposing walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Lehane, Lee M. Tedesco, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, John M. Willi, Donald J. Leahy, Abraham M. Underkofler, Yelena Straight, Michael O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9869097
    Abstract: A ventilated facade comprising horizontal rails (4) and covering pieces (3-3?) mounted on the horizontal rails by means of anchoring elements (5), either wires or plates, which hang from the rails through openings (13) that said rails have on a horizontal section (6) of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: CUPA INNOVACION S.L.U.
    Inventor: Javier Fernandez Fernandez
  • Patent number: 9738356
    Abstract: A water sports board with enhanced flexibility includes an elongated core body and an elongated wooden or carbon fiber planar stringer disposed on the centerline of the core body. A plurality of elongated slots are formed in the upper edge of the stringer and extend downwardly toward the bottom edge. The slots are filled with an elastic rubber-like material. The water sports board can be a surfboard, windsurfing board, kite board, wakeboard or body boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Benjamin R. Peter
  • Patent number: 9482001
    Abstract: An adapter for securing a cross beam to a main beam in a suspended ceiling. The adapter includes a first leg having a ramp portion on a top edge of the first leg and a hook portion on a bottom edge of the first leg, a second leg attached to the first leg on a first side of the first leg. The second leg includes a larger portion which extends above the first leg to a second side of the first leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventors: Brett Wayne Sareyka, Joshua Lee Neal
  • Patent number: 9453339
    Abstract: Disclosed is a suspended ceiling system, a securing member, and process of installing a patterned suspended ceiling system. The suspended ceiling system includes a grid system having first members and second members, and at least one substrate which extends below the grid system. The at least one substrate has an exposed surface and a concealed surface, and the at least one substrate has first sides and second sides which extend between the exposed surface and the concealed surface. Securing members attach to the concealed surface proximate the first sides, and the securing members have grid engagement members which secure the at least one substrate to the grid system. The securing members cooperate with the first members and the second members of the grid system to properly position the substrate and the spacing between adjacent at least one substrates is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: AWI Licensing LLC
    Inventors: Nathan J. Baxter, James R. Waters
  • Patent number: 9315252
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composite for an aircraft or spacecraft, comprising: a skin portion; a stringer which is attached to the skin portion; and a former made from fibre composite material, which is attached to the skin portion and forms an opening therewith, through which the stringer extends, substantially transverse to the former.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Wolf-Dietrich Dolzinski, Michael Kolax
  • Patent number: 9255403
    Abstract: Components for constructing a ceiling grid across a span free of or with a limited number of suspension wires including main runners with a relatively high moment of inertia secured at their ends with brackets to wall moldings on opposing walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: James J. Lehane, Lee M. Tedesco, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, John M. Willi, Donald J. Leahy, Abraham M. Underkofler, Yelena Straight, Michael O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9243405
    Abstract: A suspended ceiling comprises first and second rows of panels being connected to overhead structures and an intermediate row of panels interposed therebetween. Each panel comprises front and rear edges and lateral sides. The first lateral side of a given panel of the intermediate row is configured to be releasably mounted to the complementarily configured lateral side of an adjacent panel of the first row. The second lateral side of the given panel of the intermediate row is configured to be releasably mounted to the complementarily configured lateral side of an adjacent panel of the second row. The given panel of the intermediate row can be removed by being lifted away from the panels of the first and second rows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: LES PLAFONDS EMBASSY INC.
    Inventors: André St-Laurent, Vincent Gendreau
  • Patent number: 9187897
    Abstract: A ceiling system comprising: a grid support comprising a plurality of struts, each of the struts comprising a flange portion and a web portion, the flange portion having an upper surface and a lower surface. A ceiling panel is mounted to the grid support by a plurality of connection assemblies. The connection assemblies comprise a mounting bracket assembly, a resilient element coupled to the mounting bracket, and a saddle bracket. The saddle bracket is coupled to one of the struts. The resilient element detachably couples to the saddle bracket and biases a mounting bracket so that there is vertical and horizontal registration between the ceiling panel and the grid support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Todd M. Bergman, Scott D. Harnish, Jonathan P. Van Dore
  • Patent number: 9145195
    Abstract: An aircraft panel assembly comprising a first panel constructed from a first sheet material having a first thermal expansion coefficient, the first panel comprising a first face, a second panel constructed from a second sheet material having a second thermal expansion coefficient different from the first thermal expansion coefficient, the second panel comprising a second face facing the first face, the first and second panels being joined at a first discrete fastening point and a second discrete fastening point, the fastening points being connected by a first notional panel join line describing the shortest distance between the fasteners along the first face, and a second notional panel join line describing the shortest distance between the fasteners along the second face, in which the first panel comprises a stress relief feature between the fastening points such that the first notional panel join line diverges from, and converges with, the second notional panel join line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Thomas Burvill, Raymond Bullock
  • Patent number: 9127455
    Abstract: Ceiling suspension system including a plurality of rigid, elongated seismic joists interposed between opposing walls of a room, spaced selected distances apart along a horizontal support plane, and hangers suspended from the respective joists to support a grid from the respective lower ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: MARTIN INTEGRATED SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Alvin Geller
  • Patent number: 9091079
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for mounting a panel to a structure. The mounting apparatus includes a panel extrusion that attaches to a back side of the panel such that the panel extrusion is obscured behind the panel in order to show a clean surface look. A connector extrusion secures the panel extrusion to the structure for simple construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: LAMINATORS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: John T. Wright
  • Patent number: 9068353
    Abstract: A Dry Joint Wall Cladding Attachment System for mounting aluminum composite material (ACM) panels on a building substructure utilizing a non-progressive installation method which permits installation of such panels from any direction or location on the building structure. The present system and method of use provides structural elements including spring clips integrated with each ACM panel that enable a non-progressive panel installation sequence starting from any given location on a building facade even when some sections of the facade are not complete or otherwise not ready for progressive panel installation. Using a method of the present invention this is accomplished by the insertion of a reveal strip fabricated from a suitable material into a reveal cavity between adjacent panels for engagement with the integrated spring clips at any time after the panels are installed. The reveal strips are utilized to protect an underlying grid of mounting brackets and fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Pavel Kovalchuk
  • Publication number: 20150135625
    Abstract: A wall surfacing system for providing a secondary ceiling or wall covering structure adjacent a primary structure. The system provides a plurality of elongated structural support rails, each of these support rails have a coupling web with a bearing surface for attachment to the primary structure, a coupling mechanism, and a portion integrally formed with and connecting the coupling web to the coupling mechanism. A plurality of generally planar surface panels are provided. Each panel has an integral interlocking member configured to mate with the coupling mechanism on the support rail. The elongated support rails are secured to primary structures, thereby extending the surface panels to form an aesthetically pleasing covered surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Paul J. MALEY, Robert N. MALEY, Laurence R. MALEY
  • Patent number: 9032678
    Abstract: A deck drainage system includes a plurality of hanger clips. Each hanger clip may have a plurality of mounting holes configured to fasten the hanger clip to a support at selected elevations. A soffit may be mounted to the hanger clips without fasteners and located completely below the deck, such that not every hanger clip directly contacts the soffit. A slope of the soffit may be selected by mounting at least two of the hanger clips to the support at different vertical elevations. The soffit may be configured to slope beneath the deck and drain water therefrom in a selected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert D. Shaw, Thomas C. Gilbert, David J. Stucky, Nikki J. Whitney, Lucas D. Wood, Stephen W. Steffes
  • Patent number: 9010045
    Abstract: A wall panel arrangement is adapted to be used in a wall panel system provided with at least one pair of spaced apart vertical frame members having inwardly facing sidewalls for retaining at least one existing panel therebetween. The wall panel arrangement includes an add-on wall panel assembly constructed with opposed face structure connected to opposed side structure, and adapted to cover at least a portion of the existing panel. Mounting structure is provided on the wall panel assembly, and is configured with flexible resilient retainers extending outwardly relative to the side structure, and adapted to frictionally engage the inwardly facing flat walls of the vertical frame members, and hold the wall panel assembly over the existing panel and between the vertical frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Kopish, Lon D. Seidl, Tad E. Lenhart
  • Patent number: 9010068
    Abstract: A kit for fixing tiles to a wall comprising: a tile having a protrusion extending from an edge thereof; and a fixing element arranged to be fastened to the wall and to accommodate the protrusion so as to secure the tile in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: MATCLAD Limited
    Inventors: Paul Neil Sullivan, Neil Anthony Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8991127
    Abstract: Visible and concealed cladding systems used for attaching laminate panels to building structures are provided. The visible cladding systems comprise tracks and sliding clips to slide the laminate panel into the desired location on the building wall. The concealed cladding systems comprise hanger elements to attach a laminate panel to the building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Diller Corporation
    Inventors: Gavin Todd, Joe Ramuta
  • Patent number: 8991126
    Abstract: Fall protection systems, methods of installing such systems, and buildings embodying such systems. Such fall protection system extends from structure elements of the building about an encompassed space into which there is risk of a person falling. An open-mesh web is supported from the structure elements and overlies, and extends across, the space. A perimeter band extends about the encompassed space. The perimeter band is secured to the building structure elements about the space and thus entraps the web between the band and the building structure elements. The web may also be supported in the space by supplemental supports, which can be crossing support bands, attached to the structure elements, or intervening e.g. walls within the space. The web is left in place and is covered by internal finish materials whereby the web is captured between internal finish materials and ceiling and/or floor members in the finished building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: T&M Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Pendley, Michael J. McLain
  • Patent number: 8979052
    Abstract: The external material clamp comprises the fixed plate fixed to the foundation of the wall of the building, the horizontal plate extending forwardly from the center of the fixed plate, the upper support plate projected upwardly from the front end of the horizontal plate to support the upper side external wall with engagement, the lower support plate supporting the upper end of the external material 50 in the lower side with engagement, and the receiving plate at least a part of which is located above the horizontal plate to contact with the external material in the upper side with receiving a part of the load thereof. With this configuration, the load of the upper side external material is shared by the lower side external material and the receiving plate of the external material clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Kmew Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Uota, Kouichi Tominaga
  • Patent number: 8973327
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a masonry wall panel assembly comprising a panel and a plurality of bricks. The panel is provided with a plurality of horizontally extending contiguous channels bounded by upper and lower protruding ribs, for fitting a row of bricks. Each channel is also fitted with a plurality of compressible retaining tabs positioned along the upper rib of each channel for retaining bricks inserted therein. The bricks are provided with at least one cavity and at least one compression area so that when a brick is inserted into a channel of the panel, the brick is positioned between the ribs such that the cavity of the brick faces one or more of the tabs located on the channel so that the tabs protrude into the cavity of the brick while at the same time compressing the compression area, thereby retaining the brick within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Oldcastle Building Products Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Bouchard, John Penterman
  • Publication number: 20150059279
    Abstract: A ceiling system in one embodiment includes a longitudinally-extending support member mountable from a ceiling and a clamping bracket attachable to the support member for supporting a ceiling element. The clamping bracket includes a cavity that receives the support member at least partially therein. A resiliently deformable elastic member has a movable bearing surface positioned in the cavity of the clamping bracket. The elastic member is movable from an undeflected inactive position to a deflected active position in response to inserting the support member into the cavity of the clamping bracket. The elastic member applies a force on the support member to help retain the clamping bracket on the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas Harper, Torquil Goodwin, Matthew Woollam
  • Patent number: 8959846
    Abstract: A granular material storage capacity increasing device and system includes a housing including a first and second side walls each having an upper edge. A roof structure is attached to and extends between the first and second side walls. The roof structure includes roof trusses each having an inner chord. A plurality of curtain assemblies is attached to the roof structure to define an auxiliary storage capacity. At least one of the curtain assemblies is mounted adjacent to and associated with the first side wall and at least one of the curtain assemblies is mounted adjacent to and associated with the second side wall. Each of the curtain assemblies a flexible panel extending between and is attached to two inner chords. A top edge attached to the inner chords and bottom edge attached to one of the first or second side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Keith Polzin, Mike Snoozy, Lucas Lorenzen, Chad Kramer
  • Patent number: 8955280
    Abstract: A clip for facilitating installation of foam insulation boards in a building structure. The clip comprises a body, a spacer and a foot for holding the insulation board, and a connection region for attachment of the clip to a building structural member. The clip is designed to ensure proper ventilation and greatly easy the proper installation of rigid foam insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Fabis
  • Patent number: 8955272
    Abstract: An elongated stabilizer bar for maintaining a pair of grid runners in parallel upright positions to support a panel on respective grid runner support surfaces, the stabilizer bar having a horizontal leg and a vertical leg, the horizontal leg having self-penetrating tabs arranged to pierce and thereby grip a core of the panel to fix the stabilizer bar to the panel, a vertical leg having a vertical slot at each end, the slot having an open bottom, the slot having a horizontal width adapted to receive and confine an upper reinforcing bulb of a respective one of the pair of grid runners to thereby restrain the respective grid runner against excessive bowing and twisting deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8950146
    Abstract: A canopy system for use in the interior building environment. The canopy system of the invention meets seismic code requirements and includes a group suspension system for mechanically aligning and registering canopy modules relative one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: James R. Waters, James P. Rineer, Brian L. Springer, William H. Frantz
  • Publication number: 20150027075
    Abstract: In accordance with the present inventive concept, there is provided a suspended ceiling comprising a ceiling tile (500) and a grid of profiles forming a frame which supports the ceiling tile (500). The ceiling tile (500) has a first and a second pair of non-adjacent side-edge portions, wherein the grid of profiles engages from below with the first pair of side-edge portions, and wherein the grid of profiles engages from above with the second pair of side-edge portions. The grid of profiles engages with said first and second pair of side-edge portions such that a clamping action that counteracts lateral displacement of the ceiling tile (500) is provided. There is also provided a method for mounting the suspended ceiling. Furthermore, the present inventive concept also relates to an improved ceiling tile (500) for a suspended ceiling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN ECOPHON AB
    Inventors: Jan Wilkens, Jonas Skeppås