Assembled In Situ-type Anchor Or Tie Patents (Class 52/698)
  • Patent number: 10634281
    Abstract: A anchor is disclosed for suspending objects below a metal deck after concrete setting. The assembly includes an anchor body having a threaded opening, a sleeve mounted to the anchor body and defining a sleeve opening. The opening extends away from the anchor body. The sleeve also has a flexible portion that elastically flexes upon insertion of the sleeve through a hole in a metal deck. The sleeve is narrower than the width of the flexible portion. The anchor also includes a support defining a supporting channel through which the anchor body extends and that is configured to permit sliding movement, but restrict tilting movement, of the support relative to the anchor body. Also included is a spring for biasing the support along the anchor body towards the sleeve so that opposite sides of a metal deck are clamped between the support and the flexible portion of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BLACK & DECKER INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Schramm
  • Patent number: 10454324
    Abstract: A dynamo-electrical machine includes a stator and a rotor rotatable relative to the stator about an axis of rotation, the stator and/or the rotor having a plurality of segments arranged one after another in a rotational direction of the rotor, the segments each having opposing ends facing in opposite rotational directions, and being provided with flanges on the opposing ends, with respective flanges of neighboring ones of the segments in confronting relationship, each of the flanges having at least one hole oriented in the rotational direction, the at least one hole of at least one of the respective confronting flanges having an internal thread and threadably receiving a sleeve having an external thread, the respective confronting flanges being spaced apart by the sleeve, wherein a screw is received through the at least one hole of the one of the respective confronting flanges and through the sleeve and engages in the at least one hole of the other one of the respective confronting flanges, thereby exerting a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Ulrich Hartmann, Martin Junge, Daniel Kermas, Friederike Richter, Klaus Schifferer, Gordon Trogisch
  • Patent number: 10301827
    Abstract: In a bonding structure for bonding a bonding attachment, having an insertion hole formed to allow insertion of a rebar therein, to the rebar, an application liquid mixed with a granular fine powder is previously applied on the rebar or the inside of the insertion hole of the bonding attachment, and then the bonding attachment is bonded to the rebar inserted in the insertion hole. Thereby, the granular fine powder is disposed on the contact surfaces of the bonding attachment and the rebar inserted in the insertion hole of the bonding attachment, increasing the friction force to resist against the force to pull the inserted rebar out from the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Fujio Bolt Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Fujio Yamazaki, Norio Matsubara, Ryo Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9636889
    Abstract: Composite formed boards made of plastic and organic material with a fibrous structure are described. The composite is a foamed mix having a density lower by at least 10% and preferably 20%, than the density of a solid organic-plastic composite made of the same components. The foamed mix is bonded permanently and inseparably with a solid plastic layer, at least from a side opposite to a homogeneous rubber-polyurethane composite. The thickness of the solid plastic layer is smaller than that of the organic-plastic layer (preferably at least five times and most preferably at least fifteen times) and that of the rubber-polyurethane layer (preferably at least fifteen times and most preferably at least twenty-five times). The solid plastic layer may have a grooved structure or an impressed structure with a concavity directed inwardly. The solid plastic layer is preferably bonded with the organic-plastic layer by a co-extrusion joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AP PLAST SP. Z.O.O.
    Inventor: Andrzej Pawlak
  • Patent number: 9359779
    Abstract: A space saving anchor point for a concrete deck or column. The anchor point includes an external rigid member that attaches to the elongated receiver box and becomes embedded into the concrete. The external rigid member may be a T-shaped bracket with an elongated main flange and two parallel side flanges or two L-shaped brackets each with a main flange and a perpendicularly aligned side flange. Formed between the two side flanges on the T-bracket is a center space that receives an elongated receiver box. The elongated box is a partially enclosed structure with a lower opening that communicates with an interior cavity. Extending between the side flanges and transversely through the interior cavity is a rod with its opposite ends that extend laterally from the sides of the side flanges and become covered with concrete. Attached to the portion of the rod located inside the elongated box's interior cavity is an elongated connector plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Mark A. Borchardt
  • Patent number: 9353535
    Abstract: A space saving anchor point for a concrete deck or column. The anchor point includes an elongated receiver box attached to the inside surface of a form used to construct a concrete structure that becomes embedded the concrete deck. The elongated box is a partially enclosed structure with a lower opening that communicates with an interior cavity. The elongated box includes optional flange surfaces that attached to the inside surface of a form used to construct the concrete deck. Extending transversely through the interior cavity is a rod with its opposite ends that extend laterally from the sides of the elongated box and become covered with concrete. Attached to the portion of the rod located inside the interior cavity is an elongated connector plate. The connector plate is assembled on the rod and is configured to rotate around the rod and move longitudinally inward inside the interior cavity to hidden position or moved outward from the interior cavity partially exposing the plates' second opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Mark A Borchardt
  • Patent number: 9303677
    Abstract: A checker nut for locking a threaded body to a threaded rod comprises a main body portion having a top bearing surface for engaging a threaded body and radial projections extending from the main body portion. The main body portion includes a central opening with a female thread, the thread for cooperating with threads on a threaded rod. The projections extend beyond the outer periphery of a threaded body to be locked by the checker nut on a threaded rod, the projections providing leverage to a user to tighten the top bearing surface against the threaded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Thomas M. Espinosa
  • Publication number: 20150113905
    Abstract: A fixing clip for mounting a furring channel onto a support structure. A connection portion is used to attach the fixing clip to a furring channel and has a connection arrangement which defines a furring channel receiving gap therein through which the furring channel passes in fixing clip use. The connection arrangement is moveable between at least two different positions relative to a base portion to position the connection arrangement at different distances from the base portion and extending across the furring channel receiving gap. A locking arrangement extends between the base portion and the connection portion and is used to secure the connection arrangement of the connection portion at a selected position relative to the base portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Robert WATSON
  • Publication number: 20150107184
    Abstract: A roof anchor-bracket having a base plate, a riser and a top fixture, wherein the base plate comprises at least two opposed, substantially vertical flanges sized and configured to attach to at least two corresponding opposed, substantially vertical sides of support structures in a roof and wherein the top fixture contains at least one attachment element sized and configured to hold and anchor a user lifeline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Christopher Nichols, JR.
  • Patent number: 9003720
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be embedded within a precast concrete panel or slab to enable the panel to be lifted, positioned atop a road bed, and elevated above the road bed. A lifting apparatus is located at each corner of the panel. Each lifting apparatus has a threaded sleeve extending through the panel to receive a removable threaded lifting bolt by which to establish a lifting point at which a lifting force is applied to lift and position the panel. When the threaded lifting bolt is rotated completely through the threaded sleeve, a pushing force is applied against a base plate, whereby to elevate the panel above the road bed as is necessary to make the panel level with adjacent panels during the construction or repair of a roadway. Grout is pumped through the panel to fill the space between the panel and the road bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Baltazar J. Siqueiros
  • Patent number: 8997408
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to a roof comprising at least an inclined surface and a rim marking a transition to another surface extending horizontally or at a different inclination, the inclined surface and the rim being covered by roof elements. The roof further comprising at least one anchor for attaching an anchor rope to. The anchor is secured to the roof beneath the roof element or elements covering the rim and the roof elements covering the rim are spaced apart from the roof elements covering the inclined surface so as to allow access to the anchor from outside the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Flesst B.V.
    Inventor: Hans Antonius Borra
  • Publication number: 20150089897
    Abstract: A high-strength laser configured column anchor and anchoring system is disclosed. The high-strength column anchor provides high-strength pullout resistance when embedded within the wall bed joint. Specially-configured apertures, edging and dimension restrictions provide for flow-through mortar embedment within the wall bed joint. The edging provides irregular and regular patterns ensuring a secure fit within the bed joint. The column anchors include a hook attachment portion for secure attachment to the column flanges and optionally include a securement bar or clamp to further secure the column anchor to the column flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann,, JR., Ronald P. Hohmann
  • Publication number: 20150082737
    Abstract: A bracketing system is provided having two brackets joined by an adhesive material that allows a bridge backing member to be mounted between vertical studs to enhance stability of the wall construction. A wall construction assembly according to an embodiment of the invention comprises two vertical studs and a bridge backing member mounted there between by a bracketing system, which includes a left bracket and a right bracket connected by a flexible adhesive material. The bridge backing member has curved flanges that are shorter in length than the web of the bridge backing member. This bridge backing member can then hook securely over the brackets, and abut the vertical studs. The hooking of the bridge backing member of the brackets and shorter flanges allows the bridge backing member to rest on the brackets without the installer having to manually hold the bridge backing member between the studs prior to attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Todd A. Brady
  • Publication number: 20150033649
    Abstract: A deck drainage system includes a bracket. The bracket has three parts selectively separable from each other. These parts include a first portion, a second portion, and a central portion joining the first and second portions. The first portion has a first leg and a first arm disposed at an angle to the first leg. The second portion has a second leg and a second arm disposed at an angle to the second leg. The central portion is generally flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jim Peterson, Craig MacRae
  • Patent number: 8944042
    Abstract: A wall lining of industrial ovens for protecting from corrosion, in particular, a heat-resistant wall made of concrete, steel, sheet metal, or the like. The lining of the wall is made of at least two layers, wherein a layer is pressurized as a blocking layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Jünger + Gräter GmbH Feuerfestbau
    Inventors: Johannes Imle, Markus Horn
  • Patent number: 8938927
    Abstract: Insulated metal panel siding system for a structure comprising elongated base members and elongated insulated metal panels. The base member is installed along the base of wall framing for the structure and extends across at least two vertical frame members in the wall framing. The base members has a profile running laterally along the upper side thereof. The insulated metal panel is installed on the wall framing running horizontally across the vertical frame members and abutting the base member. The panel has a rigid foam core, an interior metal facing, and an exterior metal facing. The panel also has a profile running laterally along the lower side thereof. The upper profile of the base member and the lower profile of the panel are adapted to allow the base member and the panel to be joined by a tongue-in-groove joint running horizontally across the wall framing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Rick A. Bragg
  • Patent number: 8925880
    Abstract: The invention relates to an L-shaped fitting obtained after molding a composite material, including two portions defining an angle therebetween and having holes formed therein for connecting the two portions using an attachment device, and having side reinforcements in the form of brackets. At least one portion has a concave curved profile on the inner side of the fitting, and the hole(s), formed in the portion having a concave curved profile on the inner side are each formed along an axis radial to the curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: SKF Aerospace France
    Inventor: Guy Valembois
  • Patent number: 8925279
    Abstract: Anchoring devices and systems are disclosed for use with elongated reinforcement members such as FRP, SRP, metallic bars, or cables. Such devices and systems impart a compressive stress into a static structure having the elongated reinforcement member running there through or there along. An anchoring system can include an anchor block that includes a front end surface for contacting the static structure, an axial bore for receiving the elongated reinforcement member, and clamping members that work with fasteners to provide a clamping force. The bore may be tapered and the fasteners optionally provide different clamping levels to reduce the stress on the elongated reinforcement member near the front end surface. The disclosed systems also include pre-stressing devices that can be used with the disclosed anchor systems, and that can place a tensile force on the elongated reinforcement members to also impart a compressive force on the static structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: The University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Chris P. Pantelides, Lawrence D. Reaveley, Clayton A. Burningham
  • Publication number: 20150000224
    Abstract: An apparatus for reinforcing a plurality of adjacent parallel spaced apart wooden structural members to each other. Each of the structural members extends between first and second ends and has first and second edges. The apparatus comprises a ridged member extending between first and second ends and having a length sufficient to extend between two adjacent structural members. The apparatus further comprises a socket at each of the first and second ends of the rigid member. Each socket has a central axis therethrough and is formed of a base panel and first and second side panels. The socket is adapted to engage with a socket of an adjacent rigid member so as to interlink successive rigid members across a plurality of structural members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Abtar Shar Sidhu, Anthony Theodorus Groenesteyn
  • Patent number: 8919050
    Abstract: A system for constructing a residential or commercial structure and/or retrofitting an existing structure provides a series of construction components employed that cooperate with standard construction materials to enhance the building structural integrity when subjected to destructive wind forces, torsion forces, and seismic forces, such as those commonly associated with hurricanes and tornados. The resultant strength of the structure is increased beyond what the standard construction materials were capable of on their own. The components further cooperate with standard construction materials to provide a unitized system of structural integrity. The components further cooperate with a secondary water sealing ability to minimize and/or prevent influent water damage to the structure in the event that the primary sealing system is compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: SR Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Zimmerman, Van T. Walworth, Scott Drummond
  • Publication number: 20140366468
    Abstract: The window system has a substantially rectangular frame structure having four corner sections (1b) and being adapted to be installed in a roof structure and a bracket arrangement comprising a set of bracket units (6b), each bracket unit including a base element (10b) mounted at each corner section of the frame structure. Each bracket unit furthermore comprises at least one supplemental element (20b,40b) adapted to be detachably connected to said base element. One supplemental element comprises a leg element (20b) adapted to be detachably connected to the base element, preferably rotatably and detachably connected with the base element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Claes LINDGREN, Jacob Christian LUND, Niels Adelholm LARSEN
  • Patent number: 8910928
    Abstract: A clamping assembly for attaching loads to various kinds of flanged seams, the assembly comprising a generally U-shaped clamp body, at least one clamping hammer disposed interior of the clamp body, the clamping hammer is secured to the clamp body along the longitudinal axis of the clamp body, at least one adjustment screw extending through the clamp body and adapted to selectively impinge against the clamping hammer and cause it to pivot about its axis or otherwise move inwardly within the clamp body, the adjustment screw extending transverse to the longitudinal axis of the clamping hammer, at least one locking screw adapted to selectively impinge against the clamping hammer to prevent pivoting of the same may be optionally provided whereby a standing seam received within the clamp body may be tightly grasped between the clamp body and the clamping hammer under action of the adjustment screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory A. Header
  • Patent number: 8904721
    Abstract: Anchoring devices and systems are disclosed for use with elongated reinforcement members such as FRP, SRP, metallic bars, or cables. Such devices and systems impart a compressive stress into a static structure having the elongated reinforcement member running therethrough or therealong. An anchoring system can include an anchor block that includes a front end surface for contacting the static structure, an axial bore for receiving the elongated reinforcement member, and clamping members that, when closed, exert a radial clamping force on a reinforcement member in the axial bore. A tensioning and anchoring system may include one or more tensioners integrally connected to an anchor block. At least one sleeve may be secured to the anchor block and cooperate with a bolt that displaces the anchor block to place a tensile force on the elongated reinforcement member and impart a compressive force on the static structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Chris P. Pantelides, Lawrence D. Reaveley, Clayton A. Burningham
  • Publication number: 20140345220
    Abstract: The concrete panel anchoring assembly including a concrete panel having a rear face and a connector member projecting from a rear face of the concrete panel. The connector member includes an attachment loop and a saddle element assembled together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Francesco FERRAIOLO
  • Patent number: 8875467
    Abstract: A device for use in the fastening of a panel or cladding to a wall is disclosed. The device includes a base plate, a panel connecting plate, and a connecting assembly that connects the panel connecting plate to the base plate and that is constructed and arranged so as to provide minimal thermal bridging between the base plate and the panel connecting plate through an insulation layer that covers the base plate and the wall while simultaneously providing structural integrity for attaching the panel or cladding to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard L. Anastasi
  • Patent number: 8875448
    Abstract: A method for the installation of a lifting loop in a fresh hollow core slab, said hollow core slab having its top surface broken for an opening substantially in line with a neck between the cavities, and said method comprises placing in the obtained opening a lifting loop-forming part set to bear against the hollow core slab's pre-stressing strands, the lifting loop-forming part's end sections being placed under the hollow core slab's pre-stressing strands by providing either a permanent or temporary deformation in the lifting loop-forming part. The invention relates also to an apparatus for implementing such a method, as well as to a lifting loop-forming part compatible with the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Elematic Oy AB
    Inventor: Pekka Korkiamäki
  • Patent number: 8875471
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be embedded within a precast concrete panel or slab to enable the panel to be lifted, positioned atop a road bed, and elevated above the road bed. A lifting apparatus is located at each corner of the panel. Each lifting apparatus has a threaded sleeve extending through the panel to receive a removable threaded lifting bolt by which to establish a lifting point at which a lifting force is applied to lift and position the panel. When the threaded lifting bolt is rotated completely through the threaded sleeve, a pushing force is applied against a base plate, whereby to elevate the panel above the road bed as is necessary to make the panel level with adjacent panels during the construction or repair of a roadway. Grout is pumped through the panel to fill the space between the panel and the road bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Baltazar Siqueiros
  • Publication number: 20140318064
    Abstract: A press-on retainer is configured to retain a fire-stop sleeve in an opening. The retainer includes a body formed of sheet metal. The body is configured to define a concave shape, a hole in the body, and a plurality of segments extending radially from the hole. Each segment is includes an angled portion at the end of the segment that defines the hole with a diameter suitable to accept the sleeve. The angled portions are configured to allow the retainer to be pressed onto the sleeve in a first direction, and thereafter prevent the retainer from being moved in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Russell William Reinhardt
  • Patent number: 8857117
    Abstract: Anchoring devices and systems are disclosed for use with elongated reinforcement members such as FRP, SRP, metallic bars, or cables. Such devices and systems impart a compressive stress into a static structure having the elongated reinforcement member running therethrough or therealong. An anchoring system can include an anchor block that includes a front end surface for contacting the static structure, an axial bore for receiving the elongated reinforcement member, and clamping members that, when closed, exert a radial clamping force on a reinforcement member in the axial bore. A tensioning and anchoring system may include one or more tensioners integrally connected to an anchor block. At least one sleeve may be secured to the anchor block and cooperate with a bolt that displaces the anchor block to place a tensile force on the elongated reinforcement member and impart a compressive force on the static structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Chris P. Pantelides, Lawrence D. Reaveley, Clayton A. Burningham
  • Patent number: 8844887
    Abstract: A two-part roof hook is described, which has a base part (1) and a hook part (2) which can be connected to the base part (1) and which has a connecting element (6) on its end (4) for mounting an assembly. The base part (1) is a cut-off portion (X) of an angle section, one angle leg (8) of which is provided with connecting elements (7) for making a connection to the roof substructure. A section wall (10) extending in the longitudinal direction of the section is arranged within the angle between the two angle legs (8, 9), which section wall includes an obtuse angle (?) jointly with the angle leg area of the connecting elements (7), serves as a support surface for the end (3) of the hook part (2), and can be connected to the end (3) of the hook part (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: HatiCon GmbH
    Inventor: Gido Genschorek
  • Patent number: 8827231
    Abstract: A stanchion is provided for anchoring exercise apparatus that is removably secured in a floor mounted post socket. The stanchion is fitted with a cap ring at the upper end and a number of loops in the middle section thereof. A set of resilient members and a rigid washer are secured to the bottom of the stanchion for frictionally securing the stanchion. In use, a rope or elastic band is placed through a loop and the ends are manipulated by a user for exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Donald H. Blair
  • Publication number: 20140237927
    Abstract: An artificial surface divider comprising a floor having a plurality of pads spaced apart from one another, the plurality of pads being mounted to a longitudinal housing having an overhang at least partially defining a longitudinal channel and a longitudinal gap that is open to the longitudinal channel, the longitudinal gap extending between an edge of the overhang and a floor of the longitudinal housing, where a longitudinal dimension of the artificial surface divider is the dominant dimension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Dudley Bray
  • Patent number: 8806835
    Abstract: A checker nut for locking a threaded body to a threaded rod, comprises a main body portion having a top bearing surface for engaging a threaded body. The main body portion includes a central opening with an inside surface. A female thread is disposed on the inside surface and extends therefrom, the female thread for cooperating with threads on a threaded rod; and the female thread is disposed on the inside surface a distance from the top bearing surface equal to at least one thread required to be passed by a threaded body on a threaded rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas M. Espinosa
  • 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: 8800232
    Abstract: A flange connection system for a concrete structure comprising a plurality of adjacent precast concrete members including a platform having a center panel and a first and second flange extending outward from the center panel in opposing directions. The system includes a first and second bent plate each having a horizontal member attached to the bottom surface of the adjacent flanges and a vertical member perpendicular to the horizontal member. The system includes a spacer plate extending in a vertical direction from about a lower edge of the first vertical member to below the first horizontal member and secured between the vertical members of the first and second bent plate with a plurality of fasteners. The first and second vertical member may flex at an upper portion allowing adjacent flange ends to move relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: LEK Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Keenan
  • Patent number: 8801349
    Abstract: A clamp for securing a module to a rail. The clamp has a bolt having a head and a thread. The clamp includes an insert thread having a threaded aperture for receiving the thread of the bolt. The clamp having a body including an aperture to receive the bolt and wherein a first side of the body abuts the head of the bolt. The body includes a saw-toothed edge on a second side of the body opposing the first side of the body. The clamp includes a nut having a nut aperture for receiving the insert thread and the insert thread facilitating an electrical connection between the bolt and the nut. The nut having a first nut flange and a second nut flange extending toward the head of the bolt and wherein tightening of the bolt causes the nut and the body to approach one another causing the saw-toothed edge to pierce the module and the first nut flange and the second nut flange to engage and pierce notches of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Sunrun South LLC
    Inventor: Greg McPheeters
  • Publication number: 20140202098
    Abstract: A binding element for a building wall structure, wherein said binding element comprises an elongated steel element coated with a thermoplastic material, and wherein the coated thermoplastic material has a uniform thickness on each straight portion of the elongated steel element. The building wall structure comprising an inner wall, an outer wall spaced from said inner wall and provided with at least one insulation layer(s) in between, at least one binding element comprising an elongated steel element coated with a thermoplastic material interconnecting said outer wall and inner wall through the insulation layer, wherein ends of said binding element is fixed to the said outer wall and said inner wall respectively and wherein middle portion of said binding element is in contact with the said insulation layer(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Anneleen De Smet, Frederik Ardies
  • Patent number: 8776474
    Abstract: An anchoring method for external bonding and reinforcing technique with prestressed fiber cloth mainly involves the following steps: stretching fiber cloth (1) on the surface of a reinforced member (2) firstly, and then bonding the prestressed fiber cloth (1) and the reinforced member (2) as a whole with resin. In addition, certain measures of installing a steel plate (5) for anchoring and using an anchor device (7) are applied to the anchorage end of the prestressed fiber cloth (1) on the end of the reinforced member (2). The prestress on the anchorage end of the prestressed fiber cloth (1) is partly or all released after thermosetting of the resin so as to eliminate or reduce the stress concentration on the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Zhishen Wu & Beijing Texida Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhishen Wu, Kentaro Iwashita
  • Publication number: 20140190117
    Abstract: A lath securing system is provided that is configured to durably retain wire lath in a spaced position from a wall that is to be coated, the system comprising a retaining member for retaining a section of wire lath therein to restrain the wire lath in a secure position; and a fastening member comprising rigid means for securing the retaining member to the wall so that when the retaining member is fastened to the wall, the section of wire lath within the retaining means is secured in a spaced position away from the wall so as to permit application of wall coating without significant movement of the wire lath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: ABRAHAM GEVORGIAN
  • Publication number: 20140182236
    Abstract: An adjustable joist hanger including a mounting foot having a substantially planar lower abutment surface, the mounting foot having at least one attachment opening to attach the mounting foot relative to a surface and at least one, at least partially threaded member extending therefrom, a substantially U-shaped joist carrier adapted to receive a portion of a joist and mounted for movement relative to the at least one, at least partially threaded member and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the joist carrier relative to the mounting foot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: KLEVAKLIP SYSTEMS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Greg James Doupe, Stephen Ley Sanders
  • Publication number: 20140174014
    Abstract: A tie system is provided for use with a wall form for a cementitious backup wall and for use with a wall tie to connect between the cementitious backup wall and a veneer. The tie system includes a backup wall connector and a form connector. The form connector is connectable to the form and secures the backup wall connector in position as the wall form is filled. The connector may have heat transfer reducing perforations. The connector may have an outwardly positioned flange to which external wall members may be attached. The connector may have multiple gap-setting features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8756870
    Abstract: Roof clamps and methods of securing roof clamps are provided. The roof clamps include a saddle, a wedge, and a securing member. The securing member facilitates engaging a seam of a roof with the clamp and removably fixing the roof clamp to the seam through the camming action of the wedge against a region of the saddle. The securing member also serves as the connection point for an auxiliary item, such as a solar panel or a snow guard. The placement of the securing member allows the roof clamp to be secured from, and the auxiliary item to be attached at, a top surface of the saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: A. Raymond et cie
    Inventors: William Teller, Dorian J. Kilgore, Walter B. Pipp, Elio G. Evangelista
  • Patent number: 8756881
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are disclosed regarding an attachment system for solar equipment, sometimes referred to as a flashing device allowing quick and easy assembling of the solar equipment into an array or other combination in a sturdy and durable manner. In examples of the present technology, a flashing device may include a flashing plate which may contain one or more raised features to further direct and control the flow of liquid over the flashing plate. The flashing device may also contain a fluid restrictor such as a seal or part of a seal usually held within an aperture of a block having a skyward facing essentially or substantially flat surface. One or more various items of solar equipment may be attached to the essentially flat surface of the block. Also disclosed are adjustable mounting feet which may be installed in connection with other solar equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Zep Solar, LLC
    Inventors: John R. West, Tyrus Hudson, David Molina, Ian Capsuto
  • Patent number: 8753053
    Abstract: A joining element to be anchored in an object with the aid of a thermoplastic material and mechanical vibration includes a proximal end and a distal end that are spaced from one another along an axis of the joining element. A contact face is in the area of the proximal end, the contact face being suitable for being contacted with a vibrating tool for applying, to the joining element, mechanical vibration and a force parallel to the axis. The wall anchoring portion is situated between the proximal end and the distal end, and has a circumferential surface being equipped with a plurality of recesses and radially protruding energy concentrating elements between the recesses. A tubular portion is situated between the proximal end and the distal end and extends distally from the wall anchoring portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Colin Clinch, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8746402
    Abstract: A fall protection anchor and related systems and methods. The anchor comprises a first elongate leg and a second elongate leg connected to each other at a base plate. The first elongate leg comprises a first base end and a first apex end and further comprises a first capture portion near the first base end and a first intra-connection portion near the first apex end. At least the second elongate leg comprises a second base end and a second apex end and further comprises a second capture portion near the second base end and a second intra-connection portion near the second apex end as well as a holding portion located beyond the capture portion: the holding portion comprises a holding element such as holding hole configured to securely hold a fall restraint device connected to a worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Christopher Nichols, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140137504
    Abstract: A panelized complex polyhedron structure can be constructed quickly and inexpensively from a plurality panels. The structure includes the plurality of panels and connecting features permitting an upper panel of the plurality of panels to overhang an adjacent lower panel of the plurality of panels. The upper panel overhangs to the adjacent lower panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Martin P. Hedler
  • Patent number: 8726581
    Abstract: A system for constructing a residential or commercial structure and/or retrofitting an existing structure provides a series of construction components employed that cooperate with standard construction materials to enhance the building structural integrity when subjected to destructive wind forces such as those commonly associated with hurricanes and tornados. The resultant strength of the structure is increased beyond what the standard construction materials were capable of on their own. The enhanced components further cooperate with standard construction materials to provide a secondary water sealing ability such that the typical veneer coverings of siding and/or shingles, which are typically required to provide a primary sealing system from water influent to the structure, are relegated to the role of cosmetics for the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: SR Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Zimmerman, Van T. Walworth, Scott Drummond
  • Publication number: 20140130425
    Abstract: A roofing system is installed over the top of existing corrugated metal roofs or over the top of low profile ribbed metal roofs as a retrofit roofing system. The system uses a clip specifically designed for corrugated and other forms of low-profile ribbed metal roof panels. The clip spans a single raised corrugation or single raised rib to provide a secure support for a roofing system to be disposed above the existing roof. The clips may be disposed at a plurality of locations along a purlin and are secured to the purlin through the existing roof panels with connectors. The connectors pass through spaced curved feet of the clip which fit into the spaced depressions of the corrugated roofing panel or the spaces adjacent to the low profile rib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Tim Alan Lane
  • Patent number: 8713889
    Abstract: An anchor bracket releasably securable between two spaced-apart, generally planar boards, having a pair of first and second legs disposed parallel and offset relative to one another, a medial shank disposed between and generally perpendicular to and joining the pair of legs and means for releasably anchoring an object attached to the second leg. A method of mounting the anchor bracket includes the steps of moving the anchor bracket between an insertion/withdrawal position and a mounted anchoring position between a pair of spaced-apart boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Ronald Buttner, Randall Buttner
  • Patent number: 8713872
    Abstract: Disclosed are a floating wall bracket and a method for constructing a floating wall using floating wall brackets. A floating wall bracket may have bracket walls designed to hold a vertical member with at least one fastening tab disposed perpendicular to said bracket walls, at least one attachment means to attach the at least one fastening tab to a base plate member, and at least one friction means that provides enough friction to hold the weight of the vertical member, but not so much friction that it will stop the vertical member from moving within the bracket once a floating wall assembly is incorporated into a building/structure. The bracket may also have at least one guide/lateral support flange disposed parallel to the bracket walls and sized/places to guide installation of the floating wall brackets and to provide lateral support to the vertical members of the floating wall assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Viking Product Development, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley Duane Rempel