Edge-to-edge Openwork Panels Patents (Class 52/581)
  • Patent number: 9567755
    Abstract: A sound-absorbing floating floor system includes a plurality of interlocking floor panels. Each floor panel includes a main body, a first locking edge portion defining a first locking tab and channel, and a second locking edge portion defining a second locking tab and channel. The first locking tab comprises a terminal cap portion. The first locking edge portion may comprise upper and lower rigid core layers and a resilient layer interspersed therebetween. The resilient layer extends through the first locking edge portion to isolate the cap portion of the first locking tab from the lower rigid core layer. In some embodiments, the main body includes the resilient layer which extends into the first locking edge portion. The second locking edge portion may also include the resilient layer. A plurality of floor panels may be assembled and interlocked via the locking tabs and channels to form a floating floor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AFI Licensing LLC
    Inventor: Sunil Ramachandra
  • Patent number: 8875462
    Abstract: An insulated enclosure includes a plurality of walls, each of the walls comprising structural insulated panels joined to adjoining structural insulated panels by joints. Each of the structural insulated panels includes a frame having a first vertical frame member, a second vertical frame member, a top frame member, a bottom frame member, and siding members disposed on opposing sides of the frame to define a cavity therebetween. The vertical frame members define, on an outwardly disposed surface thereof, a plurality of vertical recesses and projections. The joints between the plurality of structural insulated panels are butyl-free and include butyl-free compressible seals disposed between opposing recesses and projections in adjoining structural insulated panels. Insulation is disposed within the structural insulated panels and within at least a portion of at least one structural insulated panel vertical frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventor: Marion L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8875464
    Abstract: Building panels each comprise an upper first element of solid wood fixed to a lower second element of solid wood. The first and the lower second element are of different wood species. The building panels are provided with a mechanical locking system which comprises a locking strip at a first edge of a first building panel. The locking strip is provided with a locking element configured to cooperate with a locking groove at a second edge of a second building panel for horizontal locking of the first and the second building panels when a tension force is applied. The fiber direction of the first and the lower second elements is essentially along the first and the second edges. The lower second element has about the same or higher moisture shrinkage value than the first element. The locking strip comprises material of the lower second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Hans Brännström
  • Patent number: 8857125
    Abstract: Floor boards and wood flooring for truck trailers and containers as well as methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example wood floor for truck trailers and containers may include a wood member including a plurality of floor boards. Each of the floor boards may include a plurality of wood strips joined together. Opposing side surfaces of the wood strips may be attached together. Opposing end surfaces of the wood strips may be secured together with an end joint. The end joint may include a sealer disposed within the end joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Hardwood Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ziqiang Lu, Marc Chorney
  • Patent number: 8826609
    Abstract: A deck plank has at least one base, a top board and two reinforcing ribs. The at least one base includes a carrier board and a plurality of support columns. The support columns extend from a bottom surface of the carrier board. The top board is mounted on a top of the at least one base and has two receiving cavities therein for receiving the reinforcing ribs. To construct a deck, a plurality of deck planks are placed side by side on the ground. The top boards are spaced from the ground by the support columns of the base such that the moisture from the ground does not penetrate the top board to cause the top board to become damp and rot. In addition, the top board is structurally reinforced by the reinforcing ribs to prevent deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hudson Hardware & Plastics Co., Limited
    Inventor: Tsu-Kang Chang
  • Patent number: 8783501
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for constructing a cryogenic storage tank (700) having a welded inner tank (702), an outer shell (704) surrounding the welded inner tank (702), a concrete foundation (728) comprising a raised portion (752), a plurality of cellular glass blocks (734) positioned directly on top of the raised portion (752) of the concrete foundation (728), a leveling course of concrete (736) poured on top of the uppermost layer of the plurality of cellular glass blocks (734), and a mounting apparatus (718) affixed to the concrete foundation (728), where the welded inner tank (702) is positioned on top of the leveling course of concrete (736) and the outer shell (704) is affixed to the mounting apparatus (718) at locations around the periphery of the outer shell (704).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
    Inventor: Avijit Mookerjee
  • Patent number: 8769909
    Abstract: A frame for a panel is constructed from two frame components. One of the frame components has a first wall and a first channel and the second frame component has a second wall and a second channel. The first frame component is mated to the second frame component with the first wall of the first frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the second channel of the second frame component and the second wall of the second frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the first channel of the first frame component. Portions of the panel are held between and make contact with the first frame component and the second frame component such that an end of the panel is located within a chamber defined between the first frame component and the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Steve V. McNamee
  • Patent number: 8769898
    Abstract: A facade/wall system comprises a number of modules. Each module comprises a plurality of insulating panels which have connection means on opposite sides thereof for interengaging the panels together at joints between the panels. Reinforcing elements in the form of top hat sections bridge the joints between adjacent panels. The top hat reinforcement elements used to interconnect adjacent panels in a module ensure that the composite panels act together as monolithic structure that creates a diaphragm while providing a surface to which cladding can be fixed and also providing a cavity between the panels and the cladding attached to the modules. They stiffen the panels and thereby enhance resistance to deflection. The system is cost effective and relatively easy and quick to install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kingspan Research and Developments Limited
    Inventors: James Carolan, Gregory Flynn
  • Patent number: 8683698
    Abstract: Floorboards are shown, which consist of a core and a surface layer and are provided with decorative joint edges which are formed by removing the surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 8646242
    Abstract: Modular floor tiles and modular floors are described herein. A modular floor tile may include a top surface, a plurality of edge surfaces, and a plurality of interlocking member for attachment to adjacent tiles. One interlocking member may include a protrusion having a curved interlocking portion. Another interlocking member may include a recess having a curved pocket portion. An interface between the curved interlocking portion of one tile and the curved pocket portion of another tile may allow pivot movement between the tiles. A modular floor may include a plurality of interlocking tiles connected to one another. Methods of forming a modular floor that includes a plurality of modular floor tiles are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Snap Lock Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremiah D. Shapiro, Jorgen J. Moller, Jr., Lance C. Rushton
  • Patent number: 8635829
    Abstract: The invention relates to a covering consisting of elements that can be mechanically interconnected, at least one of the elements being a panel (1, 1a-1d, 2, 2a-2d) with the following characteristics: a) the sides (6) of the elements facing one another have a corresponding profiled section that can be used to interlock adjoining elements by means of a substantially vertical or pivoting connection movement in a horizontal and vertical direction; b) the interlocking can be achieved by a tongue element (11) that is hinged on one of the elements and that can be pivoted behind a locking edge (17) of the other element during the connection movement, said edge extending substantially in a horizontal direction; c) during the connection of adjoining elements, the tongue element (11) slides down a supporting surface (19) of the adjoining element, said surface lying opposite the locking edge (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Guido Schulte
  • Patent number: 8631612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a facing panel, on the long side surfaces of which there are connecting or locking elements (5, 6) that are different or which complement each other along the two parallel long side edges (4, 4?) of the facing panel (1, 1?) so that the long side edges (4, 4?) of two facing panels (1) with different locking elements can be connected to one another. On the visible surface (7) of the facing panel (1, 1?) there is a single stripe (2) that is parallel to and spaced apart from one of the two long side edges (4, 4?); the color of said stripe (2) is darker than the color of the remaining visible surface, one and the same connecting or locking element (6) being formed along the long-side edge (4) of the facing panel (1, 1?) to which the stripe (2) runs parallel or to which it is close, one and the same connecting or locking element (6) being formed on the opposite long-side edge (4?), this being complementary to the connecting or locking element (5) or lockable thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Kaindl Flooring GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Duernberger
  • Patent number: 8615955
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards constructed from a body, a rear balancing layer and an upper surface layer. A strip, which is integrally formed with the body of the floorboard and which projects from a joint plane and under an adjoining board has a locking element which engages a locking groove in the rear side of the adjoining board. The joint edge provided with the strip is modified with respect to the balancing layer, for example by means of machining of the balancing layer under the strip, in order to prevent deflection of the strip caused by changes in relative humidity. Also, a floorboard provided with such a locking system, as well as a method for making floorboards with such a locking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 8601768
    Abstract: A trim element such as a door pilaster or frieze board, for attachment to a building wall, having front and back longitudinal faces, first and second longitudinal edges, and a longitudinal groove in the first edge. A mounting bracket for the wall has a forward strip that extends laterally and is selectively friction fit into the groove, a back strip that extends laterally on the back face of the element, and a connecting web between the forward and back strip that is flush with the first edge when the forward strip is fully inserted in the groove. A mounting flange for the wall extends laterally from the back face of the element, beyond the second longitudinal edge, and has a longitudinal channel along the second edge with a width that is effective to receive an edge of wall siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Trim Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 8584424
    Abstract: A base member, clip assembly, and panels forming a panel system with a covered seam. The base member is configured at each building structural support. The clip assembly includes a base clip slidably situated within base member between the seam, the base clip further having a vertical web and various flanges. A retainer clip engages the base clip such that retainer clip, base clip, and base member all make contact with both panels. A batten then snaps into and engages upstanding legs of the panels to further secure the panels at the seam, filling a recess. In an alternative embodiment of the clip assembly, the top of the base clip terminates at L-shaped flanges which lock a slotted, U-shaped retainer clip. In a further embodiment, the top of the base clip terminates at a loop, and the retainer “clip” is formed as a flexible seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Extech/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Smith, William P. Voegele, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8568840
    Abstract: An underlayment layer is configured to support an artificial turf assembly. The underlayment layer comprises a core with a top side and a bottom side. The top side has a plurality of spaced apart, upwardly oriented projections that define channels suitable for water flow along the top side of the core when the underlayment layer is positioned beneath an overlying artificial turf assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Brock USA, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Sawyer, Daniel C Sawyer, Richard R Runkles
  • Patent number: 8522500
    Abstract: An insulated enclosure includes a plurality of walls, each of the walls comprising structural insulated panels joined to adjoining structural insulated panels by joints. Each of the structural insulated panels includes a frame having a first vertical frame member, a second vertical frame member, a top frame member, a bottom frame member, and siding members disposed on opposing sides of the frame to define a cavity therebetween. The vertical frame members define, on an outwardly disposed surface thereof, a plurality of vertical recesses and projections. The joints between the plurality of structural insulated panels are butyl-free and include butyl-free compressible seals disposed between opposing recesses and projections in adjoining structural insulated panels. Insulation is disposed within the structural insulated panels and within at least a portion of at least one structural insulated panel vertical frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventor: Marion L. Brown
  • Patent number: 8375669
    Abstract: The invention is a formwork system and a method of using the formwork to construct rammed earth walls. The formwork comprises end panels which can be quickly assembled and disassembled to provide end stops to support side panels without the need for through-ties. The end panels comprise integral handholds for access to the full height of the formwork. The end panels are stackable, rotatable and interchangeable, such that one set of formwork may be used to create several different wall configurations. The finished wall contains an internal support structure and insulating core, without through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: SIREwall Inc.
    Inventor: Meror Krayenhoff
  • Patent number: 8347583
    Abstract: A trim element such as a door pilaster or frieze board, for attachment to a building wall, having front and back longitudinal faces, first and second longitudinal edges, and a longitudinal groove in the first edge. A mounting bracket for the wall has a forward strip that extends laterally and is selectively friction fit into the groove, a back strip that extends laterally on the back face of the element, and a connecting web between the forward and back strip that is flush with the first edge when the forward strip is fully inserted in the groove. A mounting flange for the wall extends laterally from the back face of the element, beyond the second longitudinal edge, and has a longitudinal channel along the second edge with a width that is effective to receive an edge of wall siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 8307600
    Abstract: A fastening system for connecting mats is provided. The fastening system may include one or more features such as a hook and loop fastening system, a projection and trench fastening system, retainer and a tension strip securing system, and/or magnets to secure mats in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Dollamur LP
    Inventor: Gary Lynn Heartsfield
  • Patent number: 8250825
    Abstract: A flooring includes rectangular floorboards with long sides and short sides, the floorboards being joined in a herringbone pattern, long side to long side and long side to short side, wherein the floorboards have a surface layer of laminate, and the long sides of the floorboards have pairs of opposing mechanical connectors which at least allow locking-together both horizontally and vertically by inward angling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Välinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 8234834
    Abstract: Floor element (1), which is mainly in the form of a board with triangular, quadratic, rectangular, rhomboidal or polygonal shape as seen from above. The floor element (1) is provided with edges (2), a lower side (7) and a decorative upper layer (3). The floor elements (1), which are intended to be joined via tongue and groove are on at least two opposite edges (2), preferably on all edges (2) provided with holes (4). The holes (4) extends inwards from the edge (2) mainly parallel to the decorative upper layer (3). The holes (4) are arranged on a predetermined distance from the decorative upper layer (3) and on a predetermined distance from a closest corner between two adjacent edges (2), whereby the holes (4) are intended to receive each one part of a guiding means (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventors: Goran Martensson, Magnus Kulik
  • Patent number: 8225566
    Abstract: A tile for a synthetic grass system having a top surface with a plurality of trusses, a bottom surface with a plurality of legs extending therefrom. The trusses intersect and form apertures. The top surface has a plurality of sections which are hingedly attached to adjacent sections with expansion members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Fieldturf Tarkett Inc.
    Inventors: Jean Prevost, Stephen Murphy
  • Patent number: 8205404
    Abstract: A panel for use in an assembly of panels is attached to each other to form a covering. The panel comprises an upper surface and a lower surface each extending within a different main plane, and at least an edge between these surfaces comprising a coupling to couple the panel to a coupling of another panel. The upper surface includes a lowered part at said edge and the cross-section of the lowered part, perpendicular to the edge of the panel, varies along the edge. Such a panel provides a good imitation of a panel made of natural materials. The invention also provides an appropriate method to make such a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Spanolux N.V.-Div. Balterio
    Inventors: Bruno Paul Louis Vermeulen, Jan Eddy De Rick
  • Patent number: 8161701
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing floor panels, wherein is started from panels (1), these panels (1), at their lower side (9), are provided with at least one guiding groove (22) and these panels (1), at least at two opposite sides (3A-3B/4A-4B), are provided with profiled edge regions (5A-5B) that comprise coupling parts (17A-17B), characterized in that at least one of the aforementioned two profiled edge regions (5A-5B) is formed such that this region, seen in a cross-section of the panel (1), transverse to the guiding groove (22), extends at the lower side (9) of the panel (1) at least up to the guiding groove (22). Further, the invention also relates to still other methods, for manufacturing as well as packaging of floor panels, and also relates to devices used therewith, as well as to floor panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Mark Cappelle, Lode De Boe
  • Patent number: 8056295
    Abstract: Floor covering, consisting of floor panels (2), which, at least at two opposite sides (3-4), comprise coupling parts (5-6), which, in the coupled condition of two of such floor panels (2), provide for a vertical as well as for a horizontal locking, characterized in that in coupled condition, at least at the location of the aforementioned two sides (3-4) of at least two mutually coupled floor panels (2), a strip (11), more particularly a prefabricated strip (11), is present in the floor covering (1), said strip extending up to the visible side of the floor covering (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Mark Cappelle, Bernard Thiers, Luc Vanhastel
  • Patent number: 7950191
    Abstract: A surface support structure is provided with at least one cell having a plurality of upright walls. A first wall of the plurality of upright walls has a recessed portion forming at least a portion to allow extension and contraction in multiple directions of the at least one cell. The plurality of upright walls of the at least one cell define a perimeter such that the recessed portion extends towards a second wall of the plurality of upright walls and is within the perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Conwed Plastics LLC
    Inventor: Henricus Brouwers
  • Patent number: 7926234
    Abstract: Floorboards are shown, which consist of a core and a surface layer and are provided with decorative joint edges which are formed by removing the surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 7913471
    Abstract: A locking system for mechanical joining of floorboards. For horizontal mechanical joining there is a projecting portion with a locking element which cooperates with a locking groove in an adjacent board. A tongue-and-groove joint for vertical mechanical joining has cooperating upper abutment surfaces and cooperating lower abutment surfaces which are essentially parallel with the principal plane of the floorboards and of which the lower abutment surfaces are positioned essentially outside the outer vertical plane, i.e. displaced relative to the upper abutment surfaces. The tongue is movable at an angle into the groove and the locking element is insertable into the locking groove by mutual angular movement of the boards about the joint edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 7905331
    Abstract: A car wall arrangement for an elevator car having a first car wall, on whose outside is arranged at least one first joining element with a first flange that projects beyond a first end-face of the first car wall and is angled from the outside by a joining angle that is greater than 180° and less than 360°. A second car wall is provided on whose outside is arranged at least a second joining element with a second flange that projects beyond a second end-face of the second car wall. The second flange is turned away from the outside of the second car wall by the same joining angle ? so that in the installed state the first flange rests against the outside of the second car wall and the second flange against the outside of the first car wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Denis Sittler
  • Patent number: 7877956
    Abstract: Floor element (1), which is mainly in the form of a board with triangular, quadratic, rectangular, rhomboidal or polygonal shape as seen from above. The floor element (1) is provided with edges (2), a lower side (7) and a decorative upper layer (3). The floor elements (1), which are intended to be joined via tongue and groove are on at least two opposite edges (2), preferably on all edges (2) provided with holes (4). The holes (4) extends inwards from the edge (2) mainly parallel to the decorative upper layer (3). The holes (4) are arranged on a predetermined distance from the decorative upper layer (3) and on a predetermined distance from a closest corner between two adjacent edges (2), whereby the holes (4) are intended to receive each one part of a guiding means (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Pergo AG
    Inventor: Göran Martensson
  • Patent number: 7877959
    Abstract: A panel connector for interconnecting adjacent panels, wherein the panels have one or more flanges each having an edge. The connector comprises a portion of sheet material arranged to extend from the edge of the panel with a curved profile having an inner end adjacent the edge of the panel and an outer end. In transverse cross section, the curved profile includes a first portion extending from the inner end in a generally elliptical path and a second portion extending from the first portion to the outer end. The second portion curves inwardly from the generally elliptical path and the curved profile of the connector curves through at least 360 degrees. The second portion defines an opening between the inner end and the outer end to receive a portion of a further connector on an adjacent panel of the same shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Chin Chai Ong
  • Patent number: 7874118
    Abstract: A laminated panel adapted to form a covering for a wall, floor or ceiling has an outer surface and sides which are connected to an adjacent panel. The panel has a recess in the outer surface at the transition to a side, and a moisture-repellent layer on the wall of the recess. When two panels are connected the moisture-repellent layers come together at the recesses, to form a joint which is protected from moisture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Kaindl Flooring GmbH
    Inventor: Leonhard Schitter
  • Patent number: 7866115
    Abstract: Floorboards are shown, which consist of a core and a surface layer and are provided with decorative joint edges which are formed by removing the surface layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 7739848
    Abstract: An insulated building panel includes a male connector configuration as well as a female connector configuration that are both formed of generally bent surfaces. The male connector as well as the female connector extends outwardly from the side faces of an insulating foam core so that the foam is protected from damage. The male connector is formed by bending the metal edge into a generally U shaped configuration with the outer edge of the U bent downwardly towards the interior of the panel. The female connector is bent back almost towards itself and terminates in a curvilinear gutter portion. The female portion includes a detent edge that defines a shallow receptacle into which a male detent edge is inserted so as to lock the male and female connectors in a nested position, thereby securing two panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Kathy Trout
  • Patent number: 7631470
    Abstract: In a heliport of the present invention, a plurality of long deck materials are arranged and joined to form a planar member having an approximately plane structure. The planar member is placed on a structure such as a space framework that can float on water, or on another floating structure. The planar member can serve as a top surface of a heliport surface or as a foundation for the heliport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Aero Facility Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Motomi Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7607273
    Abstract: A building member including a male portion and a female portion that are releasably connected together. The male portion includes a first beam having a first pair of wings joined together by a first crosspiece. A first bracket has first opposed ends each of which is affixed to a respective one of the first pair of wings so as to define a first slot between the first crosspiece and the first bracket. A tongue has an inner end that is affixed to the first crosspiece and an outer end, remote from the inner end, which extends through the first slot and outwardly from the first beam. The outer end of the tongue is provided with a first hole. The female portion, however, has a second beam that is adapted for end-to-end abutment with the first beam. The second beam has a second pair of wings that are joined together by a second crosspiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew G. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20090094918
    Abstract: A tile for use in a synthetic grass system. The tile is intended to be laid in the center of an area upon which the synthetic grass assembly will be installed. This allows additional tiles to be installed in a faster amount of time by creating two areas from which the tiles may be installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: FIELDTURF TARKETT INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Murphy, Jean Prevost
  • Publication number: 20090049785
    Abstract: An anchoring panel for a sport wall system with a front side facing an interior of the sport wall system, a back side, a flange extending from and rigidly fixed to the back side, a top side, a bottom side, and a first and second end wall is provided. Each of the first and second end walls include interlocking elements for interlocking with a first or second end of another panel in the sport wall system, the interlocking elements comprising at least a male knob extending towards the bottom side of the anchoring panel and configured to be insertable into a panel recess of the another panel in the sport wall system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Chris Guertin
  • Patent number: 7454874
    Abstract: The invention relates to a panel and a locking system for panels with edge profiles provided on at least two opposite edges of the panels for the positive connection of similar panels, including an edge profile designed as a groove profile, with an upper groove wall and a lower groove wall, and an edge profile designed as a tongue profile, with a notch projection on the underside of the tongue that engages a notch recess in a the lower groove wall on an adjacent panel in the assembled state, where the engaged edge profiles form an articulated joint that acts to restore the panels to their installation plane when deflected either up or down, where the upper groove wall has a flank on the inside that opens towards the free end of the groove wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Akzenta Paneele + Profile GmbH
    Inventor: Eisermann Ralf
  • Publication number: 20080273926
    Abstract: A support structure (1) that includes a support panel (11), at least one pile (14) having associated therewith at least one bracket (17) and at least one mounting strap (20), is described. Each bracket (17) includes a lower portion (70), at least one extension (91, 92) extending upward from the lower portion (70), and a retainer (85) extending outward from a first surface (73) of the lower portion (70). The retainer (85) of the bracket (17) is received within an aperture (67) of an apertured sidewall (64, 215, 218) of the pile (14). At least one mounting strap (20, 23) maintains: the first surface (73) of the lower portion (70) of the bracket (17) in abutting relationship with the apertured sidewall (64) of the pile; and the retainer (85) within the aperture (67) thereof. A first surface (94) of the extension (91, 92) of the bracket (17) and the apertured sidewall (64) of the pile (14) together define a vertical slot (112) having an open top (115) and a closed bottom (118).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 6, 2008
    Applicant: LRM INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dale E. Polk, Victor Wolynski, Dean Higley
  • Patent number: 7444791
    Abstract: A locking system to mechanically joins floorboards together. For horizontal mechanical joining, there is a projecting portion with a locking element which cooperates with a locking groove in an adjacent board. A tongue and groove joint for vertical mechanical joining, has coopering upper abutment surfaces and cooperating lower abutment surfaces which are essentially parallel with the principal plane of the floorboards and of which the lower abutment surfaces are positioned essentially outside the outer vertical plane, i.e. displaced relative to the upper abutment surfaces. The tongue is movable at an angle into the groove and the locking element is insertable into the locking groove by mutual angular movement of the boards about the joint edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventor: Darko Pervan
  • Patent number: 7434364
    Abstract: A pair of upright wall panels are each provided with a sidewardly spaced pair of generally parallel but inclined guide grooves extending vertically along the outer face of the upright frame edge rails. A connector assembly including a main activator rod having a pair of wedge members threaded thereon in spaced relationship therealong is positioned between the opposed upright edge rails. The wedge members have wedgelike edge flanges which protrude into the grooves of the opposed upright edge rails. Rotation of the activating rod causes the wedge members to simultaneously move relative to the rod in opposite directions between a first end position wherein the wedge members effect gripping engagement with the groove walls to simultaneously effect a drawing together of the edge rails and alignment thereof, and a second end position wherein the wedge members clampingly engage only a single edge rail to facilitate initial mounting of the connector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Haworth, Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott MacDermott, Laura A. Walker
  • Publication number: 20080127593
    Abstract: A cover floor system for covering a sub floor is provided. The cover floor system has a plurality of interlocking floor tiles. The tiles have a cover floor surface and a grid of supporting legs adapted to elevate the cover floor surface over the sub floor and form a gap between the cover floor surface and the sub floor. At least two tiles are coupled together with a lap joint. The lap joint is formed by a first lap portion, disposed on one of the two tiles, and a mating second lap portion on the other tile. The first lap portion has a lower lap seating surface offset from the cover floor surface. The mating second lap portion has an upper lap surface seating against the lower lap seating surface and defining a substantially continuous lap scene along interfacing sides of the two tiles when the tiles are coupled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Janesky
  • Patent number: 7299592
    Abstract: An improved support system for an injection molded floor tile is provided by vertically aligning the support system below the main floor panel with a surface structure above the main floor panel. The surface structure is at least one vertical structure or protuberance that rises above the top surface of the main floor panel. The support system maintains the structural integrity and rigidity necessary to support various loads on top of the floor tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Snap Lock Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorgen J Moller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7275350
    Abstract: Floorboards for installation of floors in herringbone pattern are formed with two opposite sides inverted relative to each other. The invention further comprises methods for producing and making floorings comprising such floorboards, as well as fitting pieces and sets of parts for such floorings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Tony Pervan
  • Patent number: 7225591
    Abstract: A two-ply flooring plank is disclosed having two layers or “plies” with a bottom layer having a grain that runs generally transverse to a top layer or “cross-ply” to provide dimensional stability to the plank. The bottom layer includes a number of strips secured to the bottom of the top layer. The bottom layer strips are also placed with gaps between the individual strips of the second layer to allow flexibility of the flooring plank, which allows the flooring to more easily conform to irregularities in a subfloor upon which the flooring plank is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Hangzhou Dazhuang Floor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai Lin, Xufeng Xu
  • Patent number: 7178297
    Abstract: Modular structures constructed from interlocking wall modules made of plate steel and assembled with C-channel connectors, including tongue and groove elements used to position adjoining modules adjacent to one another, for example during the construction of a cell block. The tongue and groove elements ensure all adjacent prison cell modules are properly aligned such that the front fascia of each cell module lies within substantially the same plane. Further, the interlocking of the tongue and groove allows for the quick, cost-effective construction of a schoolroom having double skinned walls in an effort to increase the stability of the structure. Lastly, the interlocking panels may be formed in relatively small sections and then joined together in order to form a larger wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Richard J Seavy
  • Patent number: 7165374
    Abstract: A multi-layer wall panel includes a core filler material surrounded by two plastic sheets. Each sheet includes three-dimensional texture formed to resemble masonry or other desired aesthetics. A layer of concrete may be disposed between each sheet and the filler material. The sheet may be removed from the concrete layers to expose the concrete surfaces. Multiple wall panels may be stacked on top of one another and joined side-by-side with posts and connectors to form a wall assembly. A method for manufacturing vertical concrete wall structures is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Viken Ohanesian
  • Patent number: 7152383
    Abstract: A blind connection for joining foam core panels which comprise a central sheet of foamed resinous material having top and bottom rails and veneers bonded to opposite sides of the central sheet and the rails. The rails having abutting side edge faces with matching slots formed along the length of the side edges. Te slots have undercut retaining surfaces which are engaged by retaining surfaces formed on a joining member which is inserted into these slots in joining the panels in assembled relation. The use of modified joining members in connecting foam core panels that are in angled relation to each other is also described. Wear resistant retaining surfaces may be provided for slots in the foam core by solid polymer liners. Additionally a method customizing panels on an installation job site is provided through the use of portable electrically powered saw to cut a panel to a desired width and a portable electrically powered router to form and undercut slot for receiving a joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: EPS Specialties Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: E. Lee Wilkinson, Jr., Edgar L. Wilkinson