Three-dimensional Space-defining Patents (Class 52/646)
  • Patent number: 11319975
    Abstract: One cylindrical pipe is inserted into the hollow cylindrical portions of first and second holders made of hard plastic, and the other cylindrical pipe is inserted into the hollow semi-cylindrical portions. The first and second pipe holders are butted together at butt surfaces, respectively. The cylindrical pipe inserted into the butted hollow cylindrical portions is held in the hollow cylindrical portions using a clamping tool, and the cylindrical pipe inserted into a cylindrical portion that becomes hollow cylindrical by butting is held in the hollow semi-cylindrical portions using the clamping tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SHONAN GOSEI-JUSHI SEISAKUSHO K.K.
    Inventors: Takao Kamiyama, Makoto Ishida
  • Patent number: 10995505
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention is a horizontal scaffold truss that has upper and lower horizontal scaffold members offset but fixedly joined with braces. Each upper and lower members have a connector positioned on each end of the respective lower and upper members, where at least one of the connectors is pivotally mounted on the respective lower or upper connector, and the connecters are engageable with an annular member positioned on a vertical scaffold member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventors: Yates W. Hayman, Johnny Curtis, Stephen Thacker
  • Patent number: 10941585
    Abstract: A central lock for a folding tent includes a central lock rod, an upper lock plate fixedly disposed at one end of the central lock rod, and a lower lock plate assembly detachably connected to the other end of the central lock rod. An elastic locking member and an unlocking mechanism used to control the elastic locking member to be locked are disposed in the lower lock plate assembly. The elastic locking member includes an arc-shaped portion provided integrally and two horizontal locking rods extending inwards from a gap of the arc-shaped portion. A lower end portion of the central lock rod is provided with a locking groove used in cooperation with the locking rod and a clamping and locking portion located at a lower end of the locking groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG JIANSHENG LEISURE PRODUCTS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yuanru Sun, Chao Zeng, Qiwang Ying, Jian He
  • Patent number: 10844593
    Abstract: An extendable arm is comprised of a plurality of cross units arranged in one direction with adjacent ones of the cross units being pivotally coupled at their ends via end coupling shafts. Each of the cross units is comprised of first and second rigid members crossing each other in an X shape and pivotally coupled at their intersection via a middle coupling shaft. The extendable arm includes an engaging protrusion and an engaging recess which move toward each other as the extendable arm extends and fit together when the extendable arm extends to a predetermined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIMIY ASEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Norimichi Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 10842697
    Abstract: A low cost, disposable bio-secure environment to temporarily hold, and where required to transport, patients who are suspected of having an infectious or contagious disease requiring contact, droplet and/or respiratory isolation precautions. The described Environmental Unit's unique design provides a unit that is disposable and relatively inexpensive. The frame is designed to integrate and adapt to various hospital stretchers and beds. The unit is large enough for a patient to sit up and allows movement of arms and legs and the ability to eat and drink while isolated on a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Mark E. Comunale
  • Patent number: 10660446
    Abstract: A modular adjustable bed includes a bed frame unit, front and rear sliding frames disposed to be slidable on the bed frame unit, a head support frame pivotally mounted on the front sliding frame, a pair of prop links coupling the head support frame to a front frame of the bad frame unit, and a leg support frame pivotally mounted on the rear sliding frame. When the head support frame is driven to be displaced to a head elevated position from a head normal position, the front sliding frame is displaced to a front position from a rear position. The leg support frame can be driven to move from a leg normal position to a leg elevated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ULIFE HEALTHCARE INC.
    Inventor: Ya-Hsin Chung
  • Patent number: 10286963
    Abstract: Three structural components meet at a structural node for a motor vehicle bodywork. The structural components are fitted together from at least one outer part and one an inner part in each case. A reinforcement part is arranged in a hollow space formed in one of the structural components and is fixed to the inner part of at least a first structural part and the outer part of at least a second structural part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Jose Sousa Dias, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9970189
    Abstract: A tension compression structural unit and method of assembling structures that comprises endwise interlapping configuration of at least three elongate members into a tension compression structural unit whereby tensegrity is maintained by tensioning a first end of each elongate member against respective first ends of each other elongate member, in interlapped array, and then anchoring each second end of each elongate member—either onto a ground surface or by interlapped configuration with additional elongate members. A stable, domic structure is thus erectable without the need of additional tensioning elements such as wires or cables, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher Szymberski
  • Patent number: 9828761
    Abstract: A building system that includes a modular panel with side members, at least one of the side members having an associated coupling for hooked connection with a corresponding shaped fixture of an adjacent structure, the coupling and fixture being adapted to be held together by a locking device that, when engaged, acts to lock the structure and the side member together and, when disengaged, allows for play between the panel and structure in order to free the panel from the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: The Trustee for House of Parts Trust
    Inventors: David Pidcock, Caroline Pidcock
  • Patent number: 9719242
    Abstract: A space frame includes a plurality of support structures and a node member configured to couple with the plurality of support structures. The node member includes a base portion, a plurality of coupling members extending from the base portion, each of the plurality of coupling members configured to couple with each of the support structures, and a plurality of clamping members configured to couple each of the plurality of coupling members with each of the plurality of support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob W. Bell, Glenn A. Forthofer
  • Patent number: 9644370
    Abstract: A truss assembly for use in building construction, comprising a first truss and one or more second trusses attached to the first truss to extend transversely to a face of the first truss upon erection of the truss assembly, wherein the or each second truss is hingedly connected to the first truss for swinging movement about a substantially vertical axis between a folded configuration in which the second truss lies adjacent the face of the first truss and an erected configuration in which the second truss extends transversely to said face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Joseph Kennelly, Michael Timothy Paull
  • Patent number: 9453359
    Abstract: A truss hinge that allows hinging between truss parts, and also allows configuration into a different size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, LLC
    Inventors: James Kempf, Scott Gross
  • Patent number: 9376796
    Abstract: Reconfigurable, expandable-collapsible structures based upon negative Poisson's ratio (NPR) auxetic unit cells achieve rapidly deployable apparatus, devices and systems. A plurality of joint bodies, each joint body having a plurality of connection features, are coupled to interconnecting link members with opposing ends, each end including connection features that engage with the connection features of the joint bodies. The link members pivot about different axes relative to the joint bodies, thereby forming an expandable and collapsible structure having a height and a width. The link members form an array of geometric unit cells when the structure is expanded, and the height and the width of the structure when expanded are both greater than the height and the width of the structure when collapsed. In certain embodiments the structures have unit cells based upon triangles or bowtie shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: MKP Structural Design Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Zheng-Dong Ma
  • Patent number: 9293070
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a flat screen television or monitor to a free standing display frame including a first elongate member and a second elongate member, the second elongate member being coupled to and arranged beside the first elongate member, a hook-shaped upper connector coupled to an upper end of the first elongate member, the upper connector including a first upper groove and a second upper groove, the first upper groove and the second upper grooves opening toward the first elongate member, and a generally foot-shaped lower connector coupled to a lower end of the first elongate member, the lower connector including a first lower groove and a second lower groove, the first lower groove and the second lower groove opening away from the first elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Diamond Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Brandon Ray Boycher
  • Patent number: 9212831
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support module for a solar collector having a triangular substructure, formed by: a main structure intended to resist the torsional and bending forces of the collector, and an auxiliary structure that balances the assembly and supports the weight of the mirrors and the absorber tube. The main structure includes: a triangular substructure comprising rectangular pyramids and two half-pyramids at the ends, bars (5) joining the upper vertex of each pyramid (1) to the upper vertex (1) of the adjacent pyramid or to the upper vertex (1?) of the adjacent half-pyramid (1?), a diagonal bar (4) joining two opposite vertices of the base of each pyramid, and two king posts (6) located on each end of the triangular substructure. The auxiliary structure includes: arms (7, 7?), struts (8, 8?, 8?) for each arm (7, 7?), purlins (9) and supports (11) for the absorber tube (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Europea De Construcciones Metalicas, S.A.
    Inventors: José Domínguez Abascal, Fernando Medida Encina, Fernando Medida Reguera, Maximiliano Carrasco Gimena, José Parra Fernández-Mota, Luis Garrido Delgado
  • Patent number: 9207627
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus, including an image forming unit comprising a photosensitive drum configured to be rotatable about a rotation axis and a developer device configured to supply a developer agent to the photosensitive drum; a first frame made of a resin and formed in a shape of a plate, while the first frame is arranged on one end, along an axial direction of the rotation axis of the photosensitive drum, of the image forming unit; and a first beam made of a metal and formed in an elongated shape, while the first beam is arranged along and fixed to a planar face of the first frame, is provided. The first beam is arranged to overlap the image forming unit at a longitudinal central part thereof, when projected along the axial direction, while longitudinal ends of the first beam are arranged on outer sides of the image forming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Makoto Souda, Yohei Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9062448
    Abstract: A building frame module comprises first and second parallelogram-collapsible frame sections. Each frame section comprises: a plurality of elongate, rigid first frame members; and a plurality of elongate, rigid second frame members. Each second frame member is single-axis pivotally coupled at spaced apart locations to at least two of the plurality of first frame members and each first frame member is correspondingly coupled to at least two second frame members. The building frame module also comprises a plurality of elongate, rigid cross-link members. Each cross-link member links a second frame member of the first frame section to a second frame member of the second frame section. Each cross-link member is single-axis pivotally coupled to each second frame member that it links for relative pivotal movement therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Shift Strategy + Design Inc.
    Inventor: Noel John Lynn Richardson
  • Patent number: 8943764
    Abstract: An adjustable skirting frame includes a first frame rail; a second frame rail disposed in spaced-apart, parallel relationship to the first frame rail; a plurality of spaced-apart, parallel, length-adjustable studs pivotally carried by and extending between the first frame rail and the second frame rail; a plurality of center supports extending between adjacent pairs, respectively, of the plurality of length-adjustable studs; and a plurality of panel mounting spaces formed by and between the first frame rail, the second frame rail, the plurality of length-adjustable studs and the plurality of center supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Randal K. Averitt
  • Publication number: 20140366460
    Abstract: An improved agricultural spray boom having a primary section, a secondary section and a break away section is provided. The primary section has a top extrusion having a web and two tubes, each tube having a heat sink and a wing. No welds are located above the centerline of the tubes where stress would be the greatest. The secondary section is pivotally attached to the primary section. Weight of the second section and break away section cause a twisting force to be applied to the primary section. The primary section has specially oriented side braces which act in compression to resist the twisting force. The primary section further has a steel connector connected to the underside of the extrusions (and not welded to top of extrusions). The secondary section also has a top extrusion with a web and two tubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: Speciality Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Peters, Peter J. Heinen, Roy Venton-Walters, Gregory Jackson Klemp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8850774
    Abstract: A truss hinge that includes a number of different labeled parts, where connections between the two different parts can constrain the truss to different angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Production Resource Group LLC
    Inventors: James Kempf, Scott Gross
  • Patent number: 8844238
    Abstract: A support member for supporting a reinforcement material in a composite structure comprises a base member and first and second vertical leg members on opposing sides of the base member. The first and second vertical leg members have a first height relative to the base member. The first and second vertical leg members each have an opening configured to receive at least one strand of the at least one layer of reinforcement material. Third and fourth vertical leg members are on opposing sides of the base member and have a second height relative to the base member different from the first height of the first and second vertical leg members. The third and fourth vertical leg members each have an opening configured to receive at least one strand of the at least one layer of reinforcement material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Concrete Countertop Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin Joseph Baldoni, Dario Joseph Baldoni
  • Patent number: 8844211
    Abstract: An office workwall assembly includes a work frame assembly that includes a pair of vertical frame members, a horizontal frame member extending between and operably coupled to the pair of vertical frame members, wherein the pair of vertical frame members each include at least one longitudinally-extending channel. The frame assembly further includes a pair of frame mounting bracket secured within the at least one channel by at least one mechanical fastener and adapted to be secured to a wall structure and support the frame assembly from the wall structure, wherein the vertical frame members may be vertically, horizontally and/or angularly adjusted with respect to the mounting bracket positioned within the channel. The workwall assembly also includes an office utility assembly operably coupled with and supported by the pair of vertical frame members, wherein the office utility assembly is cantilevered from the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Pensi
  • Patent number: 8839585
    Abstract: Deployable support structures include a six-bar linkage structure as a lateral facet of a truncated pyramid. The six-bar linkage structure comprises six articulated struts, each coupled to two others by a revolute joint to form a closed loop. The six-bar linkage structure is convertible from a deployed state into a folded state and vice versa. In the deployed state of one embodiment, the six-bar linkage structure forms a trapezoid with two opposing first and second parallel sides formed by two struts arranged in series and coupled by a revolute joint at the center of the parallel sides. In the folded state, the two struts of each parallel side are pivoted around the joint so that opposing end portions of the struts are located side by side. Scalable and modular deployable structures can be made for space applications as well as civil constructions such as domes, roofs, housing, tents, and bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: European Space Agency
    Inventors: Julian B. Santiago Prowald, Miguel Such Taboada
  • Publication number: 20140260062
    Abstract: The present invention involves the provision of a truss assembly and method which includes components that have segments pre-connected in a manner that allows the connected parts to be collapsed for packaging and shipping with the other components of a shed or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Suncast Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian C. Donnelly, William J. Phillips, Michael R. Vogler, Stephen Whitehead
  • Patent number: 8833000
    Abstract: A tensegrity structure with one or more tensegrity units formed by a membrane in combination with three or more elongate compression members obliquely disposed in a spiral relationship in compression within the membrane. The ends of the compression members within each tensegrity unit and in adjacent tensegrity units are spaced from one another, and the compression members of adjacent tensegrity units overlap along a longitudinal dimension. The membrane forms anticlastic curves and has variable double curvature between ends of compression members. Multiple tensegrity units can form a column, which can be tapered, curved, or otherwise constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Gerard F. Nadeau
  • Patent number: 8813455
    Abstract: A deployable truss with modified primary orthogonal joints. The construction of these joints causes the center-hinged primary chords on opposite sides of a truss bay to fold inward in a plane orthogonal to the folding planes of the side diagonals while the two secondary chords fold in planes orthogonal to the plane of the in-folding primary chords. This provides for stiffness and stability during deploy and retract. The unique joint configuration permits the truss to deploy one bay at a time in a stable manner while having lateral bending stiffness, and the truss thus can extend and retract in a sequential manner. It can deploy integral flat panels nested between the secondary folding chords, or use cross bracing in lieu of panels. The truss can be triangular, square or rectangular in cross-section. A powered support frame may be used in conjunction with the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Donald V. Merrifield
  • Patent number: 8800238
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable modular roof truss system. In one embodiment, a portable modular roof truss system comprises at least one roof truss device comprising a roof apex collar, a crossbar, two arms, and two connecting members. The collar comprises two separate members coupled together by at least one bolt to form an opening capable of receiving a roof pole. In another embodiment, a portable modular roof truss system comprises two roof apex collars. In yet another embodiment, a roof truss device comprises a collar, a crossbar, two arms, and two connecting members. The collar comprises two separate members coupled together by a hinge to form an opening capable of receiving a roof pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Global Truss America, LLC
    Inventor: Charles J. Davies
  • Publication number: 20140157714
    Abstract: A building frame module comprises first and second parallelogram-collapsible frame sections. Each frame section comprises: a plurality of elongate, rigid first frame members; and a plurality of elongate, rigid second frame members. Each second frame member is single-axis pivotally coupled at spaced apart locations to at least two of the plurality of first frame members and each first frame member is correspondingly coupled to at least two second frame members. The building frame module also comprises a plurality of elongate, rigid cross-link members. Each cross-link member links a second frame member of the first frame section to a second frame member of the second frame section. Each cross-link member is single-axis pivotally coupled to each second frame member that it links for relative pivotal movement therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Noel John Lynn RICHARDSON
  • Publication number: 20140150370
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lattice support structure having longitudinally extending supports which are connected to one another by obliquely extending struts and are also connected to one another in the state of the lattice support structure ready for operation by transversely extending struts provided with a joint, with the struts being pivotably connected to two respective preferably adjacent supports, with at least one connection strut being provided which connects two supports to one another which are not adjacent to one another and which are preferably disposed opposite one another, and with the at least one connection strut and/or at least one component of the lattice support structure connected thereto having fastening means or being connected or connectable thereto, with the fastening means being made such that they prevent a folding together of the lattice support structure in at least one position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Kamal Daas, Doron Livnat
  • Patent number: 8720127
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved apparatus and method for forming a retractable tower or column. The present invention includes pointed hooks wherein the hooks are attached to each section of a section chain, one in a horizontal direction and one in an off-set manner. The section chains are placed on a take up mechanism in an operable position and then raised utilizing a motor. As the section chains are raised, they are guided by a guide tower, rollers, shims, and gear racks into a position whereby hooks from adjacent sections of the section chains form coupled engagements. The coupled engagement of the hooks of the sections of each adjacent section chains thereby form the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tower Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Steven A. Olsen
  • Patent number: 8720152
    Abstract: A truss hinge that allows hinging between truss parts, and also allows configuration into a different size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, LLC
    Inventors: James Kempf, Scott Gross
  • Patent number: 8689514
    Abstract: An expandable structure formed from a single piece of material is moveable between a stowed position and an extended position. The structure has a base and a plurality of support members integral with the base that move between a stowed position and an extended position. In the stowed position, the base and the plurality of support members are essentially a two dimensional shape. A biasing force makes the structure self-erecting and moves it to the extended position. In the extended position, the expandable structure has a hollow interior and a cross-section that is bounded by a closed path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Softronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Sternowski
  • Publication number: 20140069045
    Abstract: A frame assembly for simulating topography of an existing wall portion provides points of adjustment behind a wallboard panel mounted to the frame assembly. In this manner imperfections in an existing wall can be replicated to facilitate cabinet or countertop installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Kent G. West
  • Patent number: 8656648
    Abstract: A modular wall panel system including a series of wall panels connectable to each other. Each of the wall panels is formed from a support frame having a pair of spaced vertical posts and an upper header and a lower sill extending between the vertical posts. The lower sill is received within attachment notches formed in each of the vertical posts near the bottom end of each post. The attachment notches are spaced along the length of the vertical post such that the position of the sill can be adjusted. The lower sill includes a trim channel that receives the bottom of a tile mounted to the support frame. A top cap is attached to the header and engages a top end of the tile to aid in retaining the tile on the support frame. The tile may be a segmented tile having a lower portion and an upper portion joined to each other by a segmented trim channel. The segmented trim channel between the upper and lower portions is not connected to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Liegeois, Daniel R. Cummings, Steven C. Gevaert
  • Patent number: 8627633
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable modular roof truss system for creating a symmetric roof. In one embodiment, the portable modular roof truss system comprises a collar, a crossbar, two arms, two connecting members, and a locking mechanism. The arms are elongated hollow cylinders coupled to opposing sides of the hollow cylindrical collar at a predetermined slope. The crossbar is also an elongated cylinder residing parallel to the ground and is coupled to both arms. Each hollow cylindrical connecting member is coupled to the end of an arm, respectively. Finally, the locking mechanism is coupled to the bottom portion of the collar and prevents a roof pole residing therein from moving back and forth. Each connecting member further comprises two apertures residing on opposite sides of the member used to couple the truss system to a variety of truss components (e.g., spacers, clamps, hinges, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Global Truss America, LLC
    Inventor: Charles J. Davies
  • Patent number: 8621815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lattice support structure having lattice bars in connection with one another, wherein the lattice support structure has lattice bars extending in the longitudinal direction of the lattice support structure as well as lattice bars directly or indirectly connecting them, wherein the connecting lattice bars are connected to the lattice bars extending in the longitudinal direction such that the spacing of the lattice bars extending in the longitudinal direction of the lattice support structure can be reduced on the folding in of the lattice support structure and can be enlarged on the unfolding of the lattice support structure, characterized in that one, several or all of the connecting lattice bars are not displaceably arranged on the lattice bars extending in the longitudinal direction, but are rather pivotably arranged at the lattice bars extending in the longitudinal direction or are pivotably arranged at further connecting lattice bars which are in turn pivotably arranged a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Prodelta Investments B.V.
    Inventors: Kamal Daas, Doron Livnat
  • Patent number: 8615967
    Abstract: A construction element for erecting a structure has a first panel extending vertically to form a wall and a second panel extending horizontally to form a horizontal partition when they are arranged in an erected structure, the panels together form a three-dimensional configuration and are connected with one another so that in the erected structure they extend perpendicularly to one another and are turnable to include an angle there between to reduce a horizontal extension of the construction element for transportation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignees: Malaxit, Polymate, Ltd.
    Inventors: Oleg Figovsky, Arkady Futoriynsky
  • Patent number: 8616328
    Abstract: A tensegrity apparatus having multiple tensegrity units for the transmission of solitary waves with adjustable profiles into a material or structure, and the detection of such waves from a material or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Chiara Daraio, Fernando Fraternali
  • Publication number: 20130340373
    Abstract: Deployable support structures include a six-bar linkage structure as a lateral facet of a truncated pyramid. The six-bar linkage structure comprises six articulated struts, each coupled to two others by a revolute joint to form a closed loop. The six-bar linkage structure is convertible from a deployed state into a folded state and vice versa. In the deployed state of one embodiment, the six-bar linkage structure forms a trapezoid with two opposing first and second parallel sides formed by two struts arranged in series and coupled by a revolute joint at the center of the parallel sides. In the folded state, the two struts of each parallel side are pivoted around the joint so that opposing end portions of the struts are located side by side. Scalable and modular deployable structures can be made for space applications as well as civil constructions such as domes, roofs, housing, tents, and bridges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Julian B. Santiago Prowald, Miguel Such Taboada
  • Patent number: 8613177
    Abstract: A self-mounting modular structure comprises profiled peripheral columns (1, T) which exhibit upper overlapped and spaced fulcrums (2, 2?), wherein the rear portions of two series of crosspieces (3, 3?) engage, the front ends whereof connect to upper (4) and lower (41) fulcrums of the central support rack (5) of a control unit (6) the stem whereof (7) connects, through a coaxial joint (8) and movable radial levers (9), to the front extensions (3?) of the lower crosspieces (31). In feedback, the stem (7) rises and pushes the columns (1, T) outwards, which move on standard or roller tracked wheels (11), causing the lifting in the middle and “at the ceiling” of the crosspieces (3, 3?), located within the same columns. Peripheral section bars (19), also comprised in closure in the peripheral columns (1, T), delimit the structure with roll-up sheets (21), along with an upper cover (22) engaged, in the middle, with said rack (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Tiziano Pili
  • Publication number: 20130334159
    Abstract: A lattice structure which is movable to and fro between a condition folded out and a condition folded in, wherein the lattice structure includes props extending in longitudinal direction of the lattice structure and wherein the lattice structure furthermore includes struts which connect said props with each other. According to the invention, at least one of the struts has at least one joint about which at least two portions of the strut are pivotable relative to each other, and that at least one of the struts has no such joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Kamal DAAS
  • Patent number: 8596015
    Abstract: An anti-theft device is provided comprising a frame comprising at least three interconnected sides. A plurality of interconnected frame members define the at least three interconnected sides of the device. A longitudinal extent or a vertical extent of one of the interconnected frame members is slidably movable within a bore of a longitudinal extent or a vertical extent of another of the interconnected frame members to a desired position, thereby allowing the device to be adjusted in one of a horizontal or vertical direction. The plurality of interconnected frame members define at least a rectangular-shaped region on each of the at least three interconnected sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen A. Coon
  • Patent number: 8590216
    Abstract: A locking collar that surrounds a hub of a space frame structure. Struts radiating from the hub pass through openings in the locking collar. The openings each have a size relative to a width of each of the struts that provides a locking action to the struts and limits movement of the struts, which gives support to a shape of the space frame. The locking collar provides support to beams of wood or other materials that are attached to the struts without placing stress on the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: John Morgan Hurt, III
  • Publication number: 20130276382
    Abstract: A modular frame and structure system and method includes a framework and a cover coupled to the framework and configured to provide a desired structure. The framework includes a plurality of elongated frame members, and a plurality of coupling members for coupling the elongated frame members. One or more of the coupling members includes a releasable connecting device having a connecting mode for connecting the coupling members to the frame members and form the framework, the releasable connecting device having a release mode for disconnecting the elongated frame members from the coupling members. The cover includes one or more interlocking wall panels configured to engage and be supported by the elongated frame members, and one or more interlocking roof panels configured to engage and be supported by the elongated frame members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: Tyler Swan Workman, Robert E. Workman, Henry J. Howell, Norm Krantz, Gerardo D. Ayala, John E. Workman
  • Publication number: 20130263548
    Abstract: A deployable truss with modified primary orthogonal joints. The construction of these joints causes the center-hinged primary chords on opposite sides of a truss bay to fold inward in a plane orthogonal to the folding planes of the side diagonals while the two secondary chords fold in planes orthogonal to the plane of the in-folding primary chords. This provides for stiffness and stability during deploy and retract. The unique joint configuration permits the truss to deploy one bay at a time in a stable manner while having lateral bending stiffness, and the truss thus can extend and retract in a sequential manner. It can deploy integral flat panels nested between the secondary folding chords, or use cross bracing in lieu of panels. The truss can be triangular, square or rectangular in cross-section. A powered support frame may be used in conjunction with the truss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Donald V. Merrifield
  • Publication number: 20130255178
    Abstract: The present invention is a framing system for resolving vertical and horizontal movements in light gage, cold formed, steel stud framing. It utilizes at least one corner hinge and a plurality of pivoting stud clips (one for each stud) that accommodate for the deflection of a building as it encounters environmental changes. Additional hinges may be placed axially, along the wall and at the top and bottom of the corner for increased flexibility. Two embodiments of stud pivot clips, one utilizing direct attachment and arcuate slots, the other utilizing a pivotable connection plate, are disclosed; as are two hinge embodiments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Steven G. Judd
  • Patent number: 8534024
    Abstract: A stage comprising a support structure, a stage platform supported by the support structure and a fenced enclosure provided above the stage platform. The support structure includes an upstanding central support column; upstanding outer support columns provided around the central support column substantially equidistant from the central support column with adjacent pairs of the support columns all substantially equidistant; main beam members each extending between the central support column and a respective one of the outer support columns; and transversal beam members each extending between a respective pair of adjacent ones of the outer support columns. The main beam members are fixedly anchored to the central and outer support columns and the transversal beam members are coupled to support channels of the outer support columns while remaining slidable relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Michel Messier
  • Patent number: 8528292
    Abstract: A support system securable between pairs of metal bar joists or beams includes one or more end brackets secured to the top of a first bar joist at one end, and another corresponding number of end brackets secured to the top of a second bar joist opposite the first two end brackets. One or more elongate bars span the distance separating the bar joists. Each elongate bar is secured to one of the end brackets secured to the first bar joist at a first end, and to the respective, aligned end bracket secured to the second bar joist at a second end. Cross members, each defined by a pair T-shaped bracket assemblies having cross bars secured thereto, are secured between the elongate bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Douglas H. Morey
  • Patent number: 8496019
    Abstract: A tent includes a tent cloth and a tent frame to support the tent cloth. The tent frame comprises a top module and a plurality of supporting poles which are radially pivoted to the top module. The top module includes a modular main body, a top cap and a quick-pitch assembly. The modular main body includes a plurality of pivot sockets which are integrally formed with the modular main body. Each pivot socket is pivotally connected with a connector. The connector is further connected to the respective supporting pole. The connector has a top engaging portion at a pivot end thereof to mate with the quick-pitch assembly. The top cap is coupled to the modular main body to form a middle space. The quick-pitch assembly is located in the middle space and able to move up and down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Q-Yield Outdoor Gear Ltd.
    Inventor: Nanqing Zhou
  • Patent number: 8485208
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a connection device installed on a top of a canopy tent, comprising: a main body having a hollow interior, a sliding member having an interior with a downwardly protruding cylinder, support poles each having one end hinged to the main body, and the other end connected to a tent pole for standing the tent fabric upright, a joint bar having one end hinged to the sliding member, and the other end having one side hinged to a first connection bar hinged to the support pole and the other side hinged to a second connection bar hinged to the main body; The hollow interior of the main body is equipped with a compression spring and a spring holder. The cylinder of the sliding member is fitted into the hollow interior of the main body from the top of the hollow interior to be movable in the upward and downward directions to set up or taken of the tent canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jung Woo Seo