Joint, Connector Patents (Class 52/656.9)
  • Patent number: 9074406
    Abstract: A water management system installation including framing, a jamb liner, a head liner, and a sill liner. The jamb liner having a cross-section and including a first landing and first and second walls defining an elongated channel, and a second landing extending from the second wall and vertically offset from the first landing, the second landing positioned toward a first jamb member with the first wall disposed toward the exterior side of the building structure. The head liner having a cross-section that is substantially the same as the cross-section of the jamb liner, the second landing of the head liner positioned toward a head member with the first wall disposed toward the exterior side of the building structure. The sill liner having a cross-section and including a first landing positioned toward a sill member with a wall disposed toward the interior side of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Jaron E. Vos, Paul D. Schroder, Andrew P. Schirz, Mark D. McClellan, Richard M. Raab, Ted A. Grier
  • Publication number: 20150121788
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a prefabricated structure for a composite window/door apparatus using different frame materials. In the present invention, one of the corner pieces is inserted into the corner piece paths of the adjacent first window frames, to connect the corners of the first window frames together. Another corner piece is inserted into the corner piece paths of the adjacent first sash frames, to connect the corners of the first sash frames together. One of the angle pieces is inserted into the angle piece paths of the adjacent first window frames, to reinforce the connection of the corners of the first window frames. Another angle piece is inserted into the angle piece paths of the adjacent first sash frame, to reinforce the connection of the corners of the first sash frames.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Soon Seok KIM
  • Publication number: 20150113904
    Abstract: An improved corner assembly for use with metal framed, floating panel glass doors, windows or wall partitions is provided. The design provides improved structural integrity of frame corner joints such that rail twist and frame racking are minimized. The design features a corner assembly composed of extruded horizontal and vertical framing members where the horizontal framing member is equipped with an integral tongue. The tongue engages a mating groove in the vertical framing member. The sheer block is attached to the horizontal and vertical framing members via mechanical fasteners. Welds are provided at the intersection of the tongue and groove, and between the sheer block and horizontal framing member to provide for increased structural integrity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: C.R. Laurence Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Sprague
  • Patent number: 9010062
    Abstract: A post member includes a side surface, and a beam member includes a side surface and an underside edge surface. The beam member is attached to the post member using a multi-piece hanger including a first L-shaped bracket with a first mounting flange attached to the side surface of the post member, and a second L-shaped bracket with a second mounting flange attached to the side surface of the beam member. The first L-shaped bracket further includes a first interlocking flange supporting the underside edge surface of the beam member. The first interlocking flange includes an extending tab member. The second L-shaped bracket further includes a second interlocking flange positioned adjacent the first interlocking flange. At a bend of the second L-shaped bracket, at least one slot is provided which is sized and shaped to receive the extending tab member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Oz-Post International, LLC
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Patent number: 9003737
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to modular demountable wall systems and more particularly, to a flexible and versatile demountable wall system for where control of air pressure and contaminants may be required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Concepts to Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: John Vernon Solomon, John R. White, Forrest C. Curry, John Rydall
  • Patent number: 8991121
    Abstract: Various disclosures of a horizontal stack joint system for a curtain wall is disclosed. In certain embodiments, the joint system comprises a lower subsystem having a dual member projection and an upper subsystem having a channel sized to receive the dual member projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Baker Metal Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F Baker
  • Publication number: 20150082736
    Abstract: Disclosed are an H-beam and a method for constructing a concrete form using the H-beam and non-metallic sheathing board. An H-beam includes a middle support part interposed between two adjacent sheathing boards so that lateral surfaces of edge portions of the two adjacent sheathing boards respectively contact both lateral surfaces of the middle support part and are supported by the middle support part, and edge connection parts bent perpendicular from both side end portions of the middle support part and extending forward and backward in a longitudinal direction in order to cover front and rear surfaces of the edge portions of the sheathing boards and support the same. Accordingly, connection of the sheathing boards can be achieved rapidly and easily, construction processes are simplified, and work time is remarkably reduced. As a result, work efficiency is improved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Chang-Gyu KANG
  • Patent number: 8973333
    Abstract: The connecting fitting comprises a band-like section 14 and a back plate 11 that can be inserted between the flanges 7b, 7c by passing between lips 7d, 7e, in an insertion attitude, and a joining section 15 that can join a beam 5E in a state where the band-like section 14 and the back plate 11 are inserted between the flanges 7b, 7c. The band-like section 14 has a pair of abutting sections 14b, 14c that can abut respective inner surfaces of both flanges 7b, 7c of a C-section steel 7, in an attachment attitude resulting from rotation from the insertion attitude by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Sekisui House, Ltd., Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Sugihara, Hitomi Sunagawa, Tomoya Hatae, Masayuki Ogawa, Hiroaki Kawakami, Kazunori Fujihashi
  • Patent number: 8959852
    Abstract: An interior window framing system comprising a standardized frame having predetermined dimensions proportionate to a standard window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Outlook Window Products, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Jack R. Prince, Matt A. Stott
  • Publication number: 20150020472
    Abstract: Corner joints and methods of forming corner joints are described herein. The corner joints may provide the appearance of a mortise and tenon joint on both the exterior and interior surfaces of the corner joint, but include a mitered connection within the joint. Structures including at least one of the corner joints are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Timothy Kelley, Katrina Brandstrom, Troy Fox, Bryan Kendall, Gerard Lagos
  • Patent number: 8936019
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting glass panes of a door of a household appliance includes a first retainer configured to connect to an outer glass pane. The first retainer includes a first insertion structure configured to receive an inner glass pane. A second retainer is fixed to the first retainer and configured to pivot from a first position to a second position and from the second position to the first position. The second retainer includes a locking element configured to retain the inner glass pane in the first position of the second retainer. The second retainer further includes an actuating element including a handle. The handle is configured to pivot the second retainer from the first position to the second position and from the second position to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Miele & Cie. KG
    Inventor: Hermann Bronstering
  • Patent number: 8925278
    Abstract: A connecting fitting includes a vertical frame attachment section 15a that can be attached to an inner surface of a vertical web 7a of a vertical frame 7A, 7B by way of bolts B2 in a state where the vertical frame attachment section 15a is disposed along the vertical web 7a, a brace attachment plate 14, connected to the vertical frame attachment section 15a, which enables attachment of an end of a brace 10A, 10B at a position inward of the vertical frame 7A, 7B, and a fixing plate 11, welded to the vertical frame attachment section 15a, which can be fixed to a beam member 4 or a foundation 2 in a state where the fixing plate 11 is disposed along an outer surface of a lateral frame 8A, 8B facing outward in a state of being disposed to make up a frame shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignees: Sekisui House, Ltd., Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Sugihara, Hitomi Sunagawa, Tomoya Hatae, Masayuki Ogawa, Hiroaki Kawakami, Kazunori Fujihashi
  • Publication number: 20140360124
    Abstract: There is provided a prefabricated window/door structure with interconnecting 45 degree joints where a horizontal bar has its both ends cut at an angle of 45 degrees and includes: a first connection space formed in the direction of the length of the horizontal bar so that the inner space of the horizontal bar is open to the outside, and a screw fastening part with a screw fastening groove protruding in the first connection space; a vertical bar has its both ends cut at an angle of 45 degrees to form a joint of 45 degrees when each of the ends of the vertical bar faces each of the ends of the horizontal bar and includes: a second connection space formed in the direction of the length of the vertical bar so that the inner space of the vertical bar is open to the outside, and a screw hole formed on a side wall in the second connection space, to be aligned with the screw fastening groove; and a support block includes: a first support part to be inserted into the first connection space of the horizontal bar and a s
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Soon Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 8904733
    Abstract: A door lite frame comprises a first frame component comprising first screw bosses and first grip sockets, and a second frame component comprising second screw bosses and second grip sockets. The first and second frame components are constructed to permit arrangement of the first and second frame components in an assembled state and a nested state with respect to one another. In the assembled state, the first screw bosses are correspondingly aligned with the second screw bosses, and the first and second frame components are secured to each other. In the nested state, at least one of the first screw bosses of the first frame component is mated with at least one of the second grip sockets of the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140325931
    Abstract: A system for forming a structure around a shipping container, the system includes a plurality of uprights positioned on the ground at a distance from the side of said shipping container. The system also includes a plurality of trusses. Each truss is having top and bottom members extending between proximate and distal ends. The proximate end of each of said top and bottom members having a bore therethrough engageable by a pin connection supported by said shipping container. The said distal ends of said top and bottom members is being engageable with and supported by one of said uprights.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Robert Prodaniuk
  • Patent number: 8857129
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a frame assembly includes at least two frame members, each frame member comprising two mitered ends and defining an interior space divided into at least three longitudinal cavities, wherein one of the at least three cavities is a corner key cavity. The frame assembly further includes at least one corner key, wherein each half of each corner key is configured to fit into one end of one of the corner key cavities to form a corner. When the at least two frame members are joined using the corner key, the corner key cavity is adjacent to the outer perimeter of the frame assembly system. The outer perimeter of the frame assembly includes a contact portion configured to contact another frame assembly or a structure, wherein the corner key cavity extends across at least 90% of the contact portion of the outer perimeter of the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Proformance Maufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald D. Beranek
  • 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: 20140260064
    Abstract: A composite frame member includes a pair of profile members extending in a longitudinal direction (Z) and held at connection regions thereof in a parallel, spaced apart relation by an insulating bridge member. The bridge member carries first and second head portions on opposite ends in a height direction (Y) wherein the head portions define outer planar surfaces and first and second inner planar surfaces. The first outer planar surface and the first and second inner planar surfaces of each head portion are mutually parallel and spaced apart in the height direction (Y). Opposed first and second flange members of each connection region are crimped inwardly and abut the outer planar surfaces and generate holding forces F exclusively in the height direction (Y) perpendicular to the longitudinal (Z) and transverse (X) directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Technoform Bautec North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent Bart HENSLEY
  • Publication number: 20140250822
    Abstract: A corner piece is provided for interconnecting frame members. The corner piece includes a first plate member defining an inner face, an opposite outer face, a first side face, an opposite second side face, and an end face. The first plate member including a bolt-receiving bore therethrough. A second plate member defines an inner face contiguous with the inner face of the first plate member, an outer face, a first side face, an opposite second side face, and an end face. The second plate member includes a bolt-receiving bore extending between the inner face and the outer face thereof along a first axis generally parallel to the inner face of the first plate member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Blanking Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank E. Oetlinger
  • Patent number: 8826623
    Abstract: A diagonal brace connector and method is disclosed. The connector includes an upper planar member and a lower planar member connected by a rigid webbing. A center screw boss is disposed continuously and laterally along the webbing. The screw boss is adapted to receive a screw fastened through a structural member and into the screw boss. A corner screw boss is along the corner between the webbing and the lower flange. The corner boss is similarly designed to accept a screw fastened through a structural member and into the screw boss. A pair of parallel grooves are formed in the webbing to provide a visual guide for the locations to install permanent fasteners. The alignment grooves are disposed such that the screw bosses of adjoining members do not interfere with the permanent fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: James Armstrong, Brian Hall
  • Patent number: 8806836
    Abstract: A building anchor system includes a pair of elongate anchor rods (1,2), an anchor rod coupling joint (3) for joining the anchor rods end-on-end, the anchor rod coupling joint comprising or including a sleeve (4, 5, 6 & 7) for connection to an end of one of the anchor rods (1) a slideable arm (8) receivable in the sleeve for connection to an end of the other anchor rod (2) a closed slot within the arm or sleeve for slideably receiving the free end of a stop member (13) by which movement of the anchor rods along their major axis is possible to the extent allowed by the length of the slot, and frictional adjustment means (6,7) acting between the arm and the sleeve by which they may be joined and by which the force required to move them with respect to each other can be selectively varied. The invention also extends of a method of preventing or inhibiting catastrophic structural failure of a building by installing one or more anchor systems of the type described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cintec International Limited
    Inventors: Peter James, Dennis Lee, Sara Paganoni, Dina D'Ayala
  • Patent number: 8782994
    Abstract: A collar-form, nodal connection between the ends of beams and the outside of a column including (a) column-mount node components, joined to and distributed around the outside of the column at a defined location along its length, (b) planar beam-mount node components connected to beam ends and arranged in a collar form circumsurrounding the column-mount node components, with adjacent beam-mount node components possessing adjacent lateral sides including confronting load-compression faces that lie in planes which are disposed at angles of substantially 45-degrees relative to the respective planes of their associated beam-mount components, and (c) for each pair of adjacent beam-mount-component lateral sides, operatively connected nut-and-bolt structure extending through the associated beam-mount components' lateral sides, appropriately tightened within the overall nodal connection to produce compression in confrontingly adjacent load-compression faces which is effective within the connection to promote column-ci
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8769908
    Abstract: A modular building panel preferably includes a plurality of lengthwise members, two end members, four corner members and a surface panel. Each lengthwise member and end member includes a first flange, a base member and a second flange. Preferably, two rows of base holes are formed in the base member and one row of first flange holes is formed in the first flange. The base and flange holes are sized to receive fasteners for assembling a plurality of modular building panels in either parallel or perpendicular orientations. Both ends of the lengthwise members are modified for insertion into the two end members. The second flanges of the lengthwise and end members are attached to the surface panel with fasteners. The four corner members are inserted into four corner cavities created by the junction of the two outside lengthwise members and the two end members and secured thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick J. Santini
  • 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: 8763342
    Abstract: A corner key includes a first body and a first engaging portion. The first body has a first slot. The first engaging portion is disposed on a surface of the first body and a position of the first engaging portion is corresponding to the first slot. The first engaging portion has a first section, a second section and a third section, wherein the first and third sections are located at opposite sides of the first engaging portion, the second section is located between the first and third sections, and a height of the second section is greater than that of the first section or the third section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corp.
    Inventor: Huang-Chi Tseng
  • Publication number: 20140174021
    Abstract: A screen frame includes at least two lineal members and a corner brace securing the two lineal members together. A turn piece latch is rotatably secured in an aperture in the corner brace. The turn piece latch includes a latch portion releasbly securing the screen frame to a window structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: MILGARD MANUFACTURING INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Victor Massey
  • Patent number: 8745954
    Abstract: A floating, nondestructably disconnectable, discontinuous, full-moment nodal connection between the end of a beam and the side of a column including (a) a column having a side, (b) a column-mount node structure joined to that column side, (c) an elongate beam having an end, and (d) a beam-mount node structure joined to that beam end. The column-mount and beam-mount structures are floatingly, nondestructably disconnectably, and discontinuity-gravity-seated relative to one another, and as so seated, form an operative full-moment connection, via the node structures, between the column and beam, this connection being characterized by the fact that there is no uninterrupted material-occupying path or structure which flows structurally from the beam to the column through the node structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8739483
    Abstract: A system for mounting wall panels to a wall, includes wall panels, each including a main wall panel, and at least two bent end sections with a cut-out section and a wall thickness; and a plurality of main fastening extrusions, each including a base section to be secured to the wall, and two parallel, spaced apart flexible and resilient bent end securing walls extending from the base section, each bent end securing wall including a projection facing the other bent end securing wall, the bent end securing walls spaced apart corresponding to the wall thickness of two bent end sections, such that pressing of the bent end sections into the spacing between the bent end securing walls causes biasing away of the bent end securing walls until the projections engage in respective cut-out sections with the bent end sections being at least in near abutting relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Henry H. Bilge
  • Publication number: 20140130441
    Abstract: The connecting fitting comprises a band-like section 14 and a back plate 11 that can be inserted between the flanges 7b, 7c by passing between lips 7d, 7e, in an insertion attitude, and a joining section 15 that can join a beam 5E in a state where the band-like section 14 and the back plate 11 are inserted between the flanges 7b, 7c. The band-like section 14 has a pair of abutting sections 14b, 14c that can abut respective inner surfaces of both flanges 7b, 7c of a C-section steel 7, in an attachment attitude resulting from rotation from the insertion attitude by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicants: NIPPON STEEL & SUMITOMO METAL CORPORATION, SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD.
    Inventors: Masami Sugihara, Hitomi Sunagawa, Tomoya Hatae, Masayuki Ogawa, Hiroaki Kawakami, Kazunori Fujihashi
  • Patent number: 8720031
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for assembling a piece of furniture. The system comprises an elongated track element including a recessed bottom wall having a plurality of equidistantly spaced apart indentations and opposite front flanges defining there between a channel. The system further includes a fitting element having a main portion defining a front surface and opposite rear surface, an arresting pin extending from the rear surface, and a transversal bar extending parallel with the front and rear surfaces. The fitting element is arrested relative to the elongated track element in a three-step operation. The first step involving positioning the fitting element in front of the channel and introducing the transversal bar into the channel. The second step involves rotating the fitting element while maintaining the transversal bar within the channel. The third step involves receiving the arresting pin within a single indentation of the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Steen Sauer
  • Patent number: 8707639
    Abstract: A door lite frame comprises a first frame component comprising first screw bosses and first grip sockets, and a second frame component comprising second screw bosses and second grip sockets. The first and second frame components are constructed to permit arrangement of the first and second frame components in an assembled state and a nested state with respect to one another. In the assembled state, the first screw bosses are correspondingly aligned with the second screw bosses, and the first and second frame components are secured to each other. In the nested state, at least one of the first screw bosses of the first frame component is mated with at least one of the second grip sockets of the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas Thompson
  • Patent number: 8701359
    Abstract: A cast structural connector connects a structural member, such as a hollow structural section (HSS) or wide flange (W) section member, to a structural frame. The connector is particularly suited for lateral bracing and includes a first end configured to receive the structural member and be welded to the structural member, a second end for connecting to the structural frame, and an intermediate portion. The first end includes beveling allowing compatibility with structural members of varying sizes and enabling complete joint penetration welding thereby developing the full axial strength of the structural member. The intermediate portion provides for transmission of forces as the frame deforms, for example, under severe seismic conditions, and can include a flexural plastic hinge portion. The connector can be welded to the structural frame or connected by a standard fabricated end connection, such as a gusset plate. Casting manufacturing allows for mass production of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Alan Packer, Constantin Christopoulos, Juan-Carlos De Oliviera
  • Publication number: 20140102021
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention relate to systems, methods, and apparatus for incorporating face- and center-mounted panels into a single wall module to form nested wall modules. For instance, face-mounted panels can nest within the center-mounted panels. Additionally or alternatively, center-mounted panels can nest within the face-mounted panels to form windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: DIRTT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS, LTD.
    Inventors: Geoff Gosling, Mogens Smed
  • Patent number: 8695305
    Abstract: The deadweight comprises several support members and support frames which define a general cubic shape. A plate is positioned on each face of the cube, with cement filling the center of the deadweight to provide additional weight, stability, and support. Fork lift sleeves are provided to allow easy positioning of the deadweight. Each plate comprises a plurality of apertures for fitting a 12? or 20.5? box truss. A large rectangular aperture is positioned on each side plate, permitting users to reach into an enclosure to bolt the box truss to the desired plate. The bolt apertures are adapted to mount a box truss flush to each plate. A leveling mechanism is provided to ensure the deadweight and box truss will be stable even on uneven ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Daniel Gallagher
  • Patent number: 8683694
    Abstract: A frame assembly that includes at least two frame members that are connected to one another. A corner key cavity is formed at the outer sides of adjacent frame members and is shaped to cooperate with a corner key. The corner key cooperates with the corner key cavity to secure adjacent frame members to one another. The corner key cavity is formed at or near the outer perimeter of the joined frame members, and extends across a majority of the depth of the frame members. The frame assembly may include a number of frame members that, when secured to one another, define a window frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventor: Brian A. Emanuel
  • Patent number: 8683771
    Abstract: A method of assembling an adjustable frame assembly for supporting a fenestration article includes the steps of sliding sections of each rail member along adjustment splices to adjust a width of the adjustable frame assembly and/or sliding sections of stile members along adjustment splices to adjust a height of the adjustable frame assembly. The fenestration article is disposed along a wall and at least partially within a groove of the rail member and stile member. A plurality of rail clips are inserted into the groove of each rail member to secure the fenestration article to each rail member. A plurality of stile clips are inserted into the groove of each stile member to secure the fenestration article to each stile member. The rail clips are disposed adjacent the stile clips to prevent adjustment of the width and/or height of the adjustable frame assembly resulting from compression forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey V. Sawyers, Joseph D. Isaacs, Scott Fetting, Brian Jensen, Joe Cutsforth
  • Patent number: 8671644
    Abstract: A supporting frame comprises four transversal supporting tubes, each of the transversal supporting tubes having two hollow ends; each two adjacent inner faces of each transversal supporting tube being formed with a screw hole; four longitudinal supporting tubes, each upper end of the longitudinal supporting tubes being a hollow end; moreover, each two adjacent inner faces of each longitudinal supporting tube being formed with respective screw holes; and a plurality of three-way internal connecting units; each three-way internal connecting unit having three inserting ends; each inserting end of the three-way internal connecting unit can be inserted into the hollow ends of the transversal supporting tube and the longitudinal supporting tube; thus by the longitudinal supporting tubes, the four transversal supporting tubes can be assembled as a rectangular upper frame and the four longitudinal supporting tubes being assembled as legs of the upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Tsung-Chieh Huang
  • Publication number: 20140053479
    Abstract: Another exemplary embodiment relates to a sash assembly. The sash assembly includes an outer sash having at least one groove, an inner sash having at least one groove, and a removable binder extending along a perimeter of a surface of the outer sash and inner sash. The binder is configured to engage the outer sash and the inner sash and to mechanically couple the outer sash and the inner sash together. The binder includes a plurality of protrusions. Each protrusion is configured to mate with one of the groove in the inner sash and the groove in the outer sash. Each protrusion includes a plurality of flexible barbs that are compressed when the protrusion mates with one of the grooves. The flexible barbs provide a force on interior edges of the groove to couple the inner sash and outer sash together. The binder is configured for removal for service of the sash assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Milgard Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventors: Jess J. Valler, Melvin Saunders
  • Patent number: 8635834
    Abstract: A method of making and utilizing a column assembly module for a building framework includes providing an elongate column member for being vertically disposed as part of a vertically elongate column assembly of a building framework. And securing to the elongate column member a spaced apart pair of horizontally elongate and vertically and horizontally extending side plates. The step of securing includes locating an inner surface of at least one side plate member and an outside opposing vertical edge of the column member so that a vertical interface plane lies at an interface of the inner surface of the at least one side plate member and the outside opposing vertical edge. During erection of the building framework a full-length beam assembly is disposed at an end portion thereof between the pair of projecting side plates to be connected thereto providing a beam-to-column joint assembly of the building framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Houghton, Jesse E. Karns, Enrique A. Gallart
  • Publication number: 20140000186
    Abstract: A solar device includes a frame, a solar cell module, an inverter and a fastener mechanism. The frame has a first edge and a second edge opposite to the first edge. The solar cell module is disposed in the frame. The fastener mechanism is used for fastening the frame. The fastener mechanism includes a base and a fastener member. The inverter is fixed on the base. A first end of the fastener member is pivotally connected to the base and a second end of the fastener member has a first extending portion, wherein the first end is opposite to the second end. The first extending portion has a protruding structure. When the first edge of the frame is disposed on the base, the fastener member can be rotated with respect to the base so as to engage the protruding structure with the second edge of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: AU OPTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Tung-I Yen
  • Patent number: 8615961
    Abstract: An insertion connector (1) is provided for hollow profiled elements (17, 18) of spacers or mullions for insulating glass panes. The insertion connector includes lateral walls (3) and at least one central wall (2) having at least one long opening (9) extending along the longitudinal axis 23) of the connector. At least one holding element (7) projects from the central wall (2). The holding element (7) is arranged adjacently to the through-opening (9). The insertion connector (1) can include other holding elements on the lateral walls (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Max Kronenberg, Ralf M. Kronenberg
  • Patent number: 8607515
    Abstract: A connector comprising a container-like fastener holder (4) of finite depth with a front (6) and a rear plate and side walls (8) wherein the rear wall and substantially the whole depth of the holder can be cast into a concrete structure to form a space within the concrete structure, fastening means (12) which can assume a range of positions within the holder (4) and a move able connection part (16) or device which can be fastened to the front plate (6) by the fastening means (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Thomasons Innovations Limited
    Inventor: Paul Douglas Jarvis
  • Patent number: 8596017
    Abstract: A frame assembly that includes at least two frame members that are connected to one another. A corner key cavity is formed at the outer sides of adjacent frame members and is shaped to cooperate with a corner key. The corner key cooperates with the corner key cavity to secure adjacent frame members to one another. The corner key cavity is formed at or near the outer perimeter of the joined frame members, and extends across a majority of the depth of the frame members. The frame assembly may include a number of frame members that, when secured to one another, define a window frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventor: Brian A. Emanuel
  • Patent number: 8590256
    Abstract: The present invention provides a joining structure of a roof truss using thin light-gauge shaped steel. In a joining structure for joining a subsidiary roof with a main roof, a valley bracket formed by bending a thin steel sheet is inserted and disposed in the longitudinal valley direction of a joining member for joining a rafter forming the subsidiary roof with a truss or a rafter forming the main roof. In a joining structure in which a roof truss upper chord member or a rafter intersects a wall on the upper surface of the wall, a bracket formed by bending a thin steel sheet is disposed at the intersection of these members and fixes the roof truss upper chord member or the rafter to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kawai, Jun Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8572925
    Abstract: A frame assembly supports an article. The frame assembly comprises a frame member having a plurality of walls extending between a first end and a second end. The walls define an interior of the frame member. The frame assembly also comprises at least one foldable cornerlock. The foldable cornerlock has first and second body portions movable relative to each other. A method of manufacturing the frame assembly comprises the steps of forming at least one notch in the frame member spaced from the ends of the frame member, inserting the foldable cornerlock into the notch, and bending the frame member about the notch of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Quanex Building Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff V. Sawyers, Ron J. Pich
  • Publication number: 20130283723
    Abstract: Corner joints and methods of forming such joints using hollow frame members are described. The corner joints are manufactured using corner keys inserted into the ends of the frame members. In addition to holding the frame members together, one or more capillary break members protrude from the corner key so that the one or more capillary break members are located between the assembled frame members and the corner key forming the corner joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Engstrom
  • Patent number: 8528293
    Abstract: A foldable cornerlock is used in a frame assembly. The frame assembly includes first and second ends. The walls of the frame member define an interior of the frame member and also define at least one notch. The frame member is bendable at the notch to form a corner of the frame member. The foldable cornerlock is disposed in the notch and extends into the interior of the frame member. The foldable cornerlock comprises first and second body portions each configured to mate with the interior of the frame member. The body portions are movable relative to each other for inserting the foldable cornerlock into the notch of the frame member. The foldable cornerlock also comprises a hinge portion coupling the body portions together. The hinge portion defines an axis extending in a longitudinal direction through the hinge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Quanex Building Products Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff V. Sawyers, Ron J. Pich
  • Publication number: 20130212973
    Abstract: A mull binder system includes a mull binder that couples a first and second window frame and provides a seal along the grooves. The first window frame has an exterior side, an opposing interior side and at least a first side and a second side extending perpendicular to the exterior side and interior side, the first side including a groove therein. A second window frame has an exterior side, an opposing interior side and a first side and a second side extending perpendicular to the exterior side and interior side, the second side including a groove therein. The mull binder has a first and second arm coupled thereto. Each arm has a plurality of flexible barbs extending therefrom. The barbs on the first arm and second arm are received within the groove of the first window frame and second window frame respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Melvin Saunders, Chris Roderick, Michael Kuneman
  • Patent number: 8511033
    Abstract: A beam-column connection structure is formed, after installing a continued beam member to a predetermined position, by connecting and fixing lateral beam members, to side faces of an end portion of the continued beam member using a drift pin while connection grooves are fitted to side face connection metal fittings which are attached to the end portion, connecting an extension beam member to the end portion of the continued beam member using a drift pin while a connection groove formed at an end face of the extension beam member is fitted to the end face connection metal fitting, and connecting and fixing column members, to the upper face and lower face of the end portion of the continued beam member using a drift pin while fitting holes, formed at end faces of the column members, are fitted to the top end side portions of column connection pole-like fittings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignees: Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., Kanai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Kumakawa, Junichi Imai, Kunio Kanai, Masayoshi Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130205706
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a frame assembly includes at least two frame members, each frame member comprising two mitered ends and defining an interior space divided into at least three longitudinal cavities, wherein one of the at least three cavities is a corner key cavity. The frame assembly further includes at least one corner key, wherein each half of each corner key is configured to fit into one end of one of the corner key cavities to form a corner. When the at least two frame members are joined using the corner key, the corner key cavity is adjacent to the outer perimeter of the frame assembly system. The outer perimeter of the frame assembly includes a contact portion configured to contact another frame assembly or a structure, wherein the corner key cavity extends across at least 90% of the contact portion of the outer perimeter of the frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Proformance Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald D. Beranek