Processes Patents (Class 52/741.1)
  • Patent number: 10697192
    Abstract: A method of retrofitting a pre-Northridge type steel beam-to-column connection, includes welding the web of the beam to a flange of the column and slotting the beam web in the region of the connection and near the beam flanges. Stress relief holes are made into the web of the beam and slots are cut into the web of the beam. A top backup bar is welded to the flange of the column and a bottom backup bar is removed from the flange weld to the column. The method includes back gouging the flange of the column at a position of the removed backup bar and welding a bottom flange of the beam to the flange of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Ralph M. Richard, Clayton J. Allen
  • Patent number: 10626595
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a moment-resisting frame for connecting beams and columns of a structure. The moment-resisting frame may include a beam comprising a top horizontal flange, a bottom horizontal flange, and a vertical web fitted securely between the top horizontal flange and the bottom horizontal flange. The moment-resisting frame may also include a column comprising a lateral vertical flange. The lateral vertical flange may include a top flange threaded hole, a bottom flange threaded hole, a first lateral flange threaded hole, and a second lateral flange threaded hole. The moment-resisting frame may further include a plurality of rows of coplanar plates that retrofitted around an outermost periphery of the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Mohammad Ramezani
  • Patent number: 10590316
    Abstract: A new adhesive composition comprising a cycloaliphatic-based epoxy composition, which is particularly suitable for use as a structural adhesive in anchoring applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Guruprasad Sudhindra Kumar
  • Patent number: 10562741
    Abstract: The application relates to a method for modernizing an existing escalator or an existing moving walkway. The method can include removing all the electrical and mechanical parts from the existing framework of the existing escalator or of the existing moving walkway, the existing framework having two framework side parts and a base structure connecting said framework side parts, and the framework side parts being connected to each other by means of cross members disposed at a distance from the base structure; and replacing the existing cross members of the existing framework with new cross members, the two framework side parts of the existing framework being connected to each other in a mutually stabilising manner at least one point at a distance from the base structure of the framework, during replacement of the cross members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Christoph Eder, Eva Karall, Jürg Burri, Michael Matheisl, Walter Thierer, Wolfgang Klein, Richard Schütz
  • Patent number: 10501289
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and arrangement for installing an elevator, which comprises an elevator car arranged to run in an elevator shaft along the guide rails, a balancing weight connected to the elevator car with suspension ropes and with a traction member, the elevator comprising further a hoisting machinery with a driving wheel in the lower part of the elevator shaft below the elevator car, the installing comprising one or more jumps to make the elevator serve higher floors. During the jump phase extensions needed for the suspension ropes are taken from first supply reels and extensions needed for the traction member are taken from second supply reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Matti Rasanen, Markku Haivala, Markku Haapaniemi, Jouni Ratia, Janne Mikkonen, Esko Aulanko
  • Patent number: 10082762
    Abstract: A cover member attachment/detachment structure includes a first engagement part and a second engagement part. The first engagement part is formed in one of a portion to be protected or a cover member attached to the portion to be protected. The second engagement part is formed in the other of the portion to be protected or the cover member attached to the portion to be protected. The second engagement part is capable of engaging with the first engagement part. The first engagement part is made of magnetic material. The first engagement part is magnetically movable from an outside of the cover member without contact between a locking position where the first engagement part is engaged with the second engagement part and a lock releasing position where the first engagement part is disengaged with the second engagement part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ohashi
  • Patent number: 9890288
    Abstract: A reflective particulate composition includes a particulate substrate, and an inorganic binder, a pigment, and a hydrophobic coating on the particulate substrate. The composition may have a solar reflectance of 70% or greater. The pigment may include a clay, and the hydrophobic coating may include a (meth)acrylic polymer, a coupling agent, a wax and an antioxidant. A method of making the composition may include mixing the pigment, the inorganic binder, a dispersant and water to form a pigment mixture, adding the particulate substrate to the pigment mixture, heat treating the pigmented particulate, and mixing the pigmented particulate with a hydrophobic coating composition. Alternatively, the method may include first mixing the particulate substrate with one of the inorganic binder or the pigment, and then mixing the resulting composition with the other of the inorganic binder and the pigment, and heat treating the pigmented particulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: U.S. SILICA COMPANY
    Inventors: Rhonda Marie Jenree, Rocky Lee Smith, David Earl Weller, Shih-Jen Wu
  • Publication number: 20150143773
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an illumination device includes driver and LED lighting modules collectively sized to fit within a recessed-can lighting fixture constructed for use with incandescent or halogen bulbs, thereby facilitating LED changeover without removal and replacement of the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony W. Catalano
  • Publication number: 20150135632
    Abstract: The invention is a method to build and erect super high rise buildings with a completely new concept of civil engineering, which is based on concept and method of building of vertical columnar structures by multi stacking of columns using hydraulic suspension and elevator arm system, and then strengthening them with concrete. This is followed with building of gateway support structure around vertical columnar structure and central core to stabilize the high rise building. Next stage is the building of horizontal steel framework platforms at ground level and elevating them by central core elevator and cable hoist system. The passage of horizontal platforms through gateway structure is conducted by alternating opening and closing of gates. The process enables to populate the vertical columnar structures with horizontal platforms, which are then inter locked with vertical columnar structures and central concrete core wall Finally the steel framework platforms are strengthened with concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Inderjit Singh Dhillon
  • Publication number: 20150135633
    Abstract: The invention comprises a foam insulating panel having an outer surface and a reinforcing member adhered to at least a portion of the outer surface of the foam insulating panel. An insulated concrete form and a method of using the insulated concrete form are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Romeo Ilarian Ciuperca
  • Publication number: 20150128523
    Abstract: Described herein is a crown molding jig, with a flat body, a device for attaching the upper end of the body to a wall, and a shelf, substantially perpendicular to the body, on which crown molding may be rested while a person installs the molding at the juncture of the wall and a ceiling. The jig may have an angled extension that when struck disengages the jig from the wall. A method using the jig to install crown molding is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Tom Niedenfuer, Jerrod Sessler
  • Publication number: 20150113883
    Abstract: An air containment system (22) is configured to span an aisle (12) formed by two rows of racks (14,16) or by one row of racks (14) and a wall (56) to form a ceiling. The air containment system (22) includes a frame structure (24) configured to be supported by the two rows of racks (14,16) or by the one row of racks (14) and the wall (56). The air containment system (22) further includes at least one ceiling panel (30) releasably supported by the frame structure (24), and a lock assembly (64) coupled to the frame structure (24) and configured to release the at least one ceiling panel (30) upon detecting a predetermined condition. Embodiments of the air containment system (22) and methods for releasing ceiling panels (30) are further disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jinhui Wang, Rong Long, Yonghai Du, Qiang Meng, Yujian Fan, Yingrong Huang, Qiang Li
  • Publication number: 20150113906
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing an adjustable bird slope are described. A height of the face of the bird slope can be altered as necessary so that the bird slope can effectively fit almost any perching area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce Donoho
  • Publication number: 20150107186
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for mounting lift components of a lift system in a vertical shaft of a building with the aid of a mounting system which can be moved in the shaft, wherein the lift system has at least one cage which can travel along guide rails in the shaft. In order to develop the method to achieve shorter fitting times and less dependency upon how advanced the construction of the building is, according to the invention a mounting system is positioned in the shaft, having a support platform and a mounting platform, which are disposed one above the other, and having a lifting and pulling device, the support platform and the mounting platform being alternately fixed in position in the shaft and the platform which is not fixed in position at any one time is displaced in the vertical direction by means of the lifting and pulling device relative to the platform fixed in position. In addition, the invention relates to a mounting system for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Hermann Wilts, Martin Madera, Michael Neumeier, Holger Zerelles
  • Publication number: 20150107187
    Abstract: A truss hinge that allows hinging between truss parts, and also allows configuration into a different size, and spreads the angle of the truss open ends. One embodiment uses a first plate, having a connection part to a first truss, where the connection part is adapted for connection to a first truss. A second plate is movable relative to the first plate. The second plate also has a second connection part adapted for connection to a second truss. An angle setting part forms a connection between the first plate and the second plate, that holds the first plate relative to the second plate at any of a number of different relative locations between the first plate and the second plate. The plates include angle markings to set the connections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: James Kempf
  • Publication number: 20150107185
    Abstract: A waterproof screw includes a screw member including a head portion and a shank portion and a sealing material covering the circumference of the shank portion. In the sealing material, the tackiness of a surface at the outer side in a radial direction of the shank portion is lower than that of a surface at the inner side in the radial direction thereof and the inner side in the radial direction of the sealing material has a shear storage elastic modulus G? at 25° C. measured at a frequency of 1 Hz of 50000 Pa or less.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Shinichiro Kose, Hiroki Fujii, Tetsuro Taga, Yoshiaki Mitsuoka
  • Publication number: 20150101275
    Abstract: A temporary radiotherapy facility for use during renovation, upgrading, and/or modernization of an existing facility. The radiotherapy facility is integrated with radiation producing equipment and radiation shielding vaults. The structural elements and their arrangement enable compliance with applicable codes for this type of facility and provide an ability to maintain radiotherapy treatment continuity during equipment transition. The treatment room of the facility is constructed from a vault module comprising a freestanding outer frame assembly that is placed on the supporting foundation. The vault module includes a base frame adjustably mounted within the outer frame assembly for supporting the radiotherapy device and a plurality of adjustable supports for leveling the base frame independently from the outer frame assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: John J. Lefkus, III, Cheri A. Oquist
  • Publication number: 20150101259
    Abstract: A convertible roof element includes a peripheral structure with an opening to be at least partially closed by a membrane, an edge rope and at least one guide rope forming a rope band tensioned against each other. The convertible roof element has a parking position and at least one shading position, the parking position running along the peripheral structure and the at least one shading position running across the opening of the peripheral structure. The edge rope is fixed at its ends via a first tensioning device to the peripheral structure. The at least one guide rope is secured to the edge rope at one end and at the other end to the peripheral structure by means of a further tensioning device. The tensile force of the further tensioning device is variable so that the edge rope is moveable from the parking position into the at least one shading position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Bodo Rasch, Juergen Bradatsch, Otto Frei, Martin Leitner
  • Patent number: 9003672
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a combination roof top solar installation tool, and more particularly, to a tool for measuring, securing, and supporting solar installation equipment to allow for quick, safe, consistent, and efficient installations. The tool may include a first housing, a second housing, and third housing that fit telescopically together and are secured through a clip locking mechanism that extends the housings when released via a clip and roller system. The tool has ruling etched along the top of the housings, a level, and also has a series of ratchet heads for tightening and loosening tools on a roof. The invention may include a series of seam clamp holes along the surface of the housings, which receive a seam clamp. The invention may also have an elongating device secured onto one of the housings, which is used for measuring distances beyond the length of the installation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Rodolfo Lozano, IV
  • Publication number: 20150097096
    Abstract: A bracket for mounting an air conditioning unit in a window has a base plate having a front edge and a rear edge and a pair of support legs connected to the base plate and extending from the rear edge, each support leg having an end face that faces in a same direction as the front edge and a support trough connected to the front edge. There are adjustable arms connected to the support trough. These arms are slidable in opposite directions to increase the width of the bracket and fit it exactly to the width of the window frame. When the bracket is positioned in a window frame of a structure, the support trough fits within the window frame and the end faces of the each support leg rest against an exterior of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
  • Patent number: 8991128
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed and claimed herein, in one aspect thereof, is a portable drywall/plaster repair kit comprised of at least one pencil like structure comprised of a first end and a second end; a sharpener for sharpening at least one of said first end and said second end; and a cutting device for scoring or cutting the sharpened first or second end. The drywall/plaster repair kit eliminates the waiting time typically associated with other drywall/plaster repair methods and devices, and enables a user to repair a hole in drywall and/or plaster with a single application, thereby saving time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Howard James
  • Publication number: 20150082739
    Abstract: The present invention is a method of building a reinforced construction structure. The method comprises a step of treating an attachment member with surface nanocrystallization whereby when the construction structure is under stress at least a first portion blocks or reduces spreading of strain along the attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Yufei WU, Jian LU
  • Publication number: 20150082738
    Abstract: An improved joint and method for constructing a terrazzo surface are provided, including use of a joint strip, comprising opposing strip portions having upper wall surfaces that are joined by a solid upper joint strip channel wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Austin
  • Publication number: 20150075112
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system and method for hiding utility poles and other manmade structures from view by placing a plurality of truncated artificial trees either near, within close proximity, or within a utility poles right of way. Wherein, the artificial trees are sized such that a desired percentage of the utility pole is capable of being hidden when viewed from a desired location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Scott James LeFebvre
  • Publication number: 20150075113
    Abstract: Gliding means are attached to a side frame of the car sling, said gliding means comprising a gliding part supported through elasticity means on a frame part. The side frame is positioned on a guide rail in an elevator shaft so that the gliding part of the gliding means sets on the guide rail. The gliding means is provided with an installation jig comprising a first branch positioned between the gliding part and the guide rail, and a second branch positioned in an open space between the frame part and the gliding part for bypassing the elasticity means. The installation jig is removed when the installation of the car sling and the car has been completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Giovanni HAWKINS, Mikko VESTERINEN
  • Publication number: 20150075107
    Abstract: A bracing panel for constructing a truss frame having spaced trusses includes first and second engagement members having outer faces extending parallel to each other. A plurality of spacing members are attached to the first and second engagement members. The plurality of spacing members are configured and dimensioned to maintain the outer faces of the first and second engagement members parallel and spaced by a distance equal to a predetermined truss spacing. A bracing member extends between the first and second engagement members and laterally with respect to the spacing members for providing lateral support to the spacing members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: David C. Wert, Gary Gannon, Philip O'Regan, Levi Sorrill, John Galinski
  • Publication number: 20150068154
    Abstract: A structural crack repair apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes at least one staple having an elongated torque plate, a pair of reinforcing rods and a pair of rotatable cam members provided on the torque plate and engaging the respective cam members. According to the method, the reinforcing rods are inserted in rod apertures provided in the surface on opposite sides of the crack. The cam members are selectively rotated to cause radial displacement of the reinforcing rods with respect to a geometric center of the cam members to cause tight engagement of the reinforcing rods with the interiors of the rod apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Darren E. Merlob
  • Publication number: 20150071733
    Abstract: A threaded barrel nut is provided. The threaded barrel nut may include a plate having a front surface and a rear surface. The threaded nut may further include a threaded barrel attached to the plate. The present invention may further include a decorative face attached to the plate and covering at least a portion of the rear surface. A bolt may pass through an opening of a utility component and through an opening in the fence. The bolt may secure to the threaded barrel nut on an opposite side of the fence, thereby attaching the utility component to the fence. The decorative face may cover the rear surface of the threaded barrel nut.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jeremy Christopher Stapel
  • Patent number: 8973325
    Abstract: A method for roof drainage for reducing urban waterlogging, the method including: arranging a drainage device on a roof, the drainage device including a drainage exit and a drainage pipe including a wall; increasing the height of the drainage exit to allow the drainage exit to be between 5 and 10 cm higher than the roof; arranging a water outlet hole having a drainage capacity on the wall of the drainage pipe at a position that has the same height as the roof or is lower than the roof; disposing a siphon including an inlet and an outlet on an upper part of the drainage pipe, allowing the inlet to face the roof, and allowing the outlet to extend into the drainage pipe; and disposing a ball cock mechanism on the wall of the drainage wall to control the water outlet hole to open or close.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Chongqing University, Shenzhen Yuezhong (Group) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongxiang Chai, Songming Tan, Hong Wu, Weijie Wang, Ganlin Zhang, Wei Chen, Wei Kang, Zhengsong Wu, Sai Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150052834
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present inventions are directed to systems, devices for use with systems, and method of mounting and retaining solar panels. A solar module mounting system may include: a support mechanism including a support post pivotably attached to a support base, and an attachment module for attaching a solar panel to the support mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Charles Gies, David P. Anderson, Daniel P. Leary
  • Publication number: 20150052844
    Abstract: Deck systems, deck system components making up the deck systems, and methods of assembling and disassembling deck system components and the deck systems are described herein. A box-frame can be assembled from box-frame segments, angle clips, and fasteners. A box-frame can be supported by posts attached to the box-frame using post brackets and fasteners. Joist assemblies can be assembled using joist segments, joist spacers, and fasteners. Joist assemblies can be positioned within the box-frame. The joist assemblies can be secured to box-frame segments or another joist assembly using roll-lock tabs and roll-lock tab receivers and locking tabs and locking tab retainers that part of extrusions making up the box-frame segments, joist spacers, or joist segments. Deck boards can be secured to the joist assemblies using deck screws or deck clips. The post brackets can accommodate support posts below deck boards and railing posts extending above deck boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Winter
  • Patent number: 8959861
    Abstract: A water impermeable structure comprising a plurality of construction boards fastened to a structure or a building. Each construction board comprises a curable substrate and a water impermeable seamless resilient membrane adhered to the curable substrate. The water impermeable seamless resilient membrane comprises one or more flaps that extend beyond the curable substrate. The flaps affix to the adjoining construction board creating a water impermeable structure and a water impermeable structure with at least one water impermeable area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Jet Products, LLC
    Inventors: James Allen Wambaugh, Brett Rochner
  • Publication number: 20150047271
    Abstract: The invention is an Offset Adjustable Foundation Leg that provides support and tie down for structural insulated composite panel buildings. It is a telescoping leg made up of outside steel or aluminum round or rectangular tube and an inside steel or aluminum round or rectangular tube with the tubes provided with a series of holes for through bolting together which is placed on a bearing plate. Further adjustment and hold down means is provided by an adjustment means and nuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: World Housing Solution
    Inventors: Chip Davis, Kent Davis
  • Publication number: 20150047280
    Abstract: An exemplary demountable barrier system includes a panel, a frame structure having a channel to receive the panel, and a seal compressing against the panel to hold the panel. The seal is slideably attached to the frame structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth Edward Staten, Zachary John Reger
  • Publication number: 20150040504
    Abstract: A structural engineered wood rim board for light frame construction having joinery slots in a flange, a portion of a light frame construction building constructed from structural engineered wood components including a structural engineered wood rim board for light frame construction having an exterior-facing cavity, a structural engineered wood rim board corner system for light frame construction, and a light framing building method using a structural engineered wood rim board are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Edmund MEI
  • Publication number: 20150040506
    Abstract: The invention relates to a surface covering system, and, more specifically, to an improved linear surface covering system. The improvement includes each plank of the system having multi-directionally cut grooves. The improvement further includes clip projections which conform substantially to a notch formed by the multi-directional grooves. The system also includes an improved splice plate for stabilizing two adjacent planks positioned in end-to-end relation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
  • Publication number: 20150034420
    Abstract: A scaffold including a pair of scaffold frames has a scaffold platform supported by the frames, which is defined by a series of planks and includes an opening. The opening is formed by a pair of transverse support members that extend between the pair of planks at a location between the scaffold frames. Partial-length scaffold planks, having first and second ends and a length less than the space between the scaffold frames, are supported by the transverse support members and occupy the space between the planks other than at the opening. The transverse support member includes spaced-apart plank engagement sections that rest on upwardly facing surfaces of the planks, and a plank end support member that extends between the plank engagement sections. A scaffolding platform system and a method of forming a scaffolding platform are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Watson
  • Publication number: 20150033650
    Abstract: A deck drainage system includes a first bracket. The first bracket has an elongate axis and a transverse axis substantially transverse to the elongate axis. A leg extends along the transverse axis. A first arm extends from the bracket, as does a second arm, where the second arm is substantially parallel to the first arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Jim Peterson, Craig MacRae
  • Publication number: 20150033641
    Abstract: An earthquake resistant reinforcement apparatus of a structure that can be attached simply and conveniently even to an aged building and imposes no substantial burden on inhabitants. The structure has an anti-seismic device for absorbing a seismic energy, an attaching member for attaching the anti-seismic device to the outside of a building, and a horizontal supporting member for supporting the anti-seismic device substantially horizontally. A plurality of attaching members are provided spot-wise to the girder or the beam of an existent building and the horizontal supporting member is a horizontal connection beam for connecting the attaching member horizontally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Shuichi SATOH, Isao OKAWA
  • Publication number: 20150027076
    Abstract: A sleeve device for increasing shear capacity of a reinforced concrete slab includes a hollow member, stud members, and head members. The hollow member is positioned on and fastened to a bottom formwork defining the reinforced concrete slab. The hollow member creates a void in the reinforced concrete slab. The stud members are connected to opposing sides of the hollow member directly or using connectors. A first stud member is connected to an upper portion of the hollow member and oriented in a downward direction. A second stud member is connected to a lower portion of the hollow member and oriented in an upward direction. The head members are operably coupled to distal ends of the stud members and embedded in the reinforced concrete slab. The head members transfer shear forces across the sleeve device through an interaction between the head members and the concrete surrounding the stud members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin Joseph Pimentel
  • Publication number: 20150020462
    Abstract: A gutter cover system (5) for a gutter comprises a bracket (10) and a cover section. The bracket (10) comprises an anchoring plate (11) and a receptacle (12) comprising a barb slot. The cover section (50) comprises a top portion (60) that extends forwardly from a rear edge (70) of the cover section, a front wall (80) extending downwardly from the top portion, and a ledge (90) extending generally horizontally in front of the front wall. The receptacle (12) is configured to receive the rear edge (70) of the cover section. The rear edge (70) of the cover section (50) comprises the barb connector. The gutter cover system (5) may be installed by attaching the anchoring plate (11) of the bracket (10) to the fascia board of a house or the rear wall of a gutter, followed by inserting the barb connector (71) of the cover section (50) into the receptacle (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony M. Iannelli
  • Publication number: 20150020353
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to devices for securing grilles or decorative architectural elements. The present disclosure is also directed to devices that secure a grille to a frame such as a suspended or dropped ceiling grid system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Peter J. Tast
  • Publication number: 20150013267
    Abstract: A pole splint, generally for use with a broken wooden utility pole, which can provide for a strong repair at a pole breakpoint and which uses relatively little manpower and equipment to install, even under difficult conditions. The splint generally comprises two panels which are designed to be interconnected with elongated connectors. The connectors will generally interact with one of the panels through the use of a nut and washer, and may connect with the other panel through a nut and washer or via a chain formed of chain links.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Huncovsky
  • Publication number: 20150013251
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for accessing HVAC coils according to various aspects of the present technology comprise a plenum access panel that is configured to be coupled to a plenum either upstream or downstream from an HVAC component. The plenum access panel may comprise one or more moveable sections configured to provide access into the interior of the plenum or associated ductwork without requiring the disassembly of the ductwork from the HVAC component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Aaron Waelde, Chuck Rummans
  • Patent number: 8931152
    Abstract: A wedge installation and seating tool and associated method of operation that permits a worker to single handedly and expeditiously install and seat wedges in an anchor assembly of a post tensioned concrete member, thereby improving worker safety and productivity. In a preferred embodiment, the tool is an elongated member comprised of two body portions hingedly attached to one another for substantially surrounding the circumference of a reinforcing cable used in an anchor assembly of a post tensioned concrete member, and a wedge retention means for temporarily attaching the wedges to the tool. The tool and method of the present invention effectively eliminates the need for a separate seating tool, and the tool is relatively inexpensive to manufacture and is easy to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Ralph A. Parente, Neil Casto
  • Patent number: 8931234
    Abstract: Odor emissions from improperly prepared Chinese drywall commonly termed “Chinese drywall” are reduced by the use of a hydrophobic coating on preferably both sides of the drywall, and by positively ventilating air from between the joists onto which the drywall is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: David J. Stork
  • Publication number: 20150007523
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for securing a component to a surface are disclosed. The fastening device can include a base member having a threaded projection extending from a base plate. A base sealing gasket can be provided between the base plate and a surface on which the base plate is mounted to ensure a water-tight fit. A capping nut having a nut aperture can be threadably engaged to the treaded projection, and a structural fastener can be inserted through the nut aperture for securing a structural component of a building-mounted structure. A nut sealing gasket can be disposed between within the capping nut to ensure a water-tight fit between the capping nut and the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Greg McPheeters
  • Patent number: 8925265
    Abstract: A window assembly includes a transparent pane and an encapsulant bonded to the transparent pane, wherein the encapsulant is a copolymer of at least one amorphous thermoplastic polymer and at least one crystalline thermoplastic polymer, wherein the at least one amorphous thermoplastic polymer is at least one thermoplastic polyester, at least one thermoplastic polyether, or a copolymer of at least one thermoplastic polyester and at least one thermoplastic polyether. The at least one crystalline thermoplastic polymer may be a renewably-sourced thermoplastic polymer, wherein the total weight of the renewably-sourced thermoplastic polymer is at most 60 percent of the total weight of the copolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Bennett
  • Patent number: 8920289
    Abstract: A form assembly and method is provided for use in making a jump pit having a cover. The form assembly comprises at least one frame member structured to form a ledge for receiving the cover and a removable form member removably secured to the frame member. The method comprises providing a frame member and removably securing a removable form member to the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ABT, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kress Query, Jr., Christopher Charles Cucchiara
  • Patent number: 8919057
    Abstract: A method of tensioning concrete is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: TracBeam, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis J. Dupray