Having Internal Receiver For Elongated Lateral Fastener Patents (Class 52/787.1)
  • Patent number: 10640154
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle framework structure including: a left and right pair of side members that each extend in a vehicle front-rear direction; a support member that is disposed in close proximity to the pair of side members in the vehicle front-rear direction, and that extends in a vehicle width direction; projections that are each provided at the support member so as to project toward one or other of the side members; joint members, an end at a support member side of each of the side members being inserted into a respective one of the joint members and the joint members being joined to the support member; and first bolts that fasten joint members that are abutted against the projections in the vehicle width direction, and fasten the side members inserted into the joint members, to the projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Takii
  • Patent number: 9434423
    Abstract: A fastening assembly fastens at least one component part to a vehicle frame. The vehicle frame includes a first, preferably closed cross-sectional profile. At least one carrier for a fastening device includes a second cross-sectional profile. The carrier extends from a first internal surface of the vehicle frame to at least a second internal surface of the vehicle frame and provides an opening for carrying the fastening device. An off-road utility vehicle having at least one fastening assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MAN Truck & Bus Oesterreich AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Pertlik, Norbert Theil
  • Patent number: 9394008
    Abstract: A product including a section stabilizer which may be inserted into a hollow section of a vehicle body and rotated into place which may add reinforcement to the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert N. Saje, Steven C. Thieda
  • Patent number: 9284972
    Abstract: A panel-insert assembly including a panel and an insert, wherein the panel includes a core and a face sheet positioned over the core, wherein the face sheet defines an opening therein, and wherein the insert is positioned below the face sheet and includes a thread member engaged with the panel, the thread member extending in a first circumferential direction about the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brad J. Reeves, James S. Bradley, Michael S. Lewis
  • Patent number: 9032693
    Abstract: An assembly including a joining element and an object, the object having a first outer layer, a second outer layer, and a middle layer between the first and second outer layers. The object has an opening that extends through the first outer layer and the middle layer, and the joining element is anchored in the opening. The joining element includes a proximal end, a distal end, a contact face in the area of the proximal end, a wall anchoring portion, and a tubular portion. The contact face is engaged by a vibrating tool that applies mechanical vibration and axial force to the joining element. The joining element includes a thermoplastic material at least at the circumferential surface of the wall anchoring portion and at the distal end to anchor the joining element to the first and second outer layers, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: WOODWELDING AG
    Inventors: Colin Clinch, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8955289
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a joining element to a hollow core board with the aid of mechanical vibration. The hollow core board has a first and second outer layers and a middle layer disposed between the outer layers. An opening, including a mouth, is provided in the hollow core board, the opening penetrating the first outer layer and the middle layer. The joining element includes a wall anchoring portion situated between a proximal end and a distal end thereof. A distal end of the wall anchoring portion is positioned into or onto the mouth with a sealing portion on a proximal end of the wall anchoring portion. The wall anchoring portion is forced through the mouth by applying mechanical vibration and a force parallel to the joining element axis, whereby thermoplastic material of the wall anchoring portion is liquefied and pressed into the first outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Colin Clinch, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8950159
    Abstract: A connector and a method of anchoring the connector to a first object that includes providing the connector having a sleeve element and a piston element with a shaft portion, providing a through hole in the first object, and inserting the connector through the through hole and until a distal portion of one of the sleeve and/or the piston element rests against the second object. Mechanical oscillations are coupled into the piston element while the piston element is pressed towards the distal side, and thereby liquefying portions a thermoplastic material at an interface portion between the sleeve element and the piston element while a periphery of the interface portion is adjacent the circumferential wall, and causing the liquefied thermoplastic material to flow radially outward from the periphery and into structures of the first object and/or along an inner surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Peter L. Cove, William E. T. Vallance, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8950137
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Romeo Ilarian Ciuperca
  • Patent number: 8857132
    Abstract: In an anchor installation in lightweight construction panels including first and second cover plates with a support core structure disposed between the cover plates, wherein the anchor is installed in a bore extending through the first cover plate, the support core structure and into the second cover plate, the anchor includes engagement components firmly engaging the first cover plate, the intermediate support core structure and also the second cover plate so that the anchor is safely and firmly held in position in the lightweight construction panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Günther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8808823
    Abstract: A device and method to repair a structural component. The device includes a plug that bonds to the structural component. The plug includes a flange and a solid shank extending from the flange, the solid shank being disposable in an opening of the structural component. The device further includes disc that bonds to the structural component such that, when bonded, the disc covers the solid shank of the plug. The method includes bonding the plug to the structural component such that the solid shank of the plug is disposed in the opening of the structural component. The method further includes bonding the disc to the structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovatons Inc.
    Inventors: Denver Whitworth, Brian French, Vance Cribb
  • Patent number: 8726613
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composite honeycomb sandwich panel equipped with a composite rail aluminum I-shaped side insert, and more specifically, to an improved structure of a hybrid composite sandwich panel having a laminated composite skin and an aluminum honeycomb core which is mechanically improved in terms of assembly, strength and weight. The composite honeycomb sandwich panel includes: a planar honeycomb core; a composite rail which is wrapped around the periphery of the honeycomb core and has therein a hollow space that is open on opposite sides thereof; an I-shaped center rail insert which is fitted into the hollow space of the composite rail so that the sandwich panel is connected to an adjacent sandwich panel by bolting through the I-shaped center rail insert; and laminated composite skins which cover upper and lower surfaces of the honeycomb core having the composite rail wrapped around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Aerospace Research Institute
    Inventors: Ju Hun Rhee, Hee Keun Cho
  • Patent number: 8709584
    Abstract: An aircraft floor system includes a composite panel which generally includes an inboard layer, an inboard interlock layer, a core layer, an outboard interlock layer and an outboard layer. The advanced sandwich core material may include K-Cor™ or X-Cor™ which is pinned through at least one ply of dry composite reinforcement to provide a mechanical lock between the pins and an inboard and outboard interlock layer. Bonding of the locked-in ply with the inboard and outboard results in improved structural performance and damage tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Carstensen, David M. Cournoyer, Dan Ursenbach
  • Patent number: 8640428
    Abstract: Insert assemblies of high specific strengths to reduce stress concentration at locations where Multidirectional stresses act on sandwich structures have been designed based on mapping stress distribution and failure initiation. The insert assembly comprises of insert (10, 20, 30), potting material (14, 24, 34), core (17, 27, 37), lower face plate (16, 26, 36), Upper face-plate (15, 25, 35) and attachment (13, 23, 33). The insert materials are selected from 2D woven composites, 3D thermoelastic isotropic woven composites, 3D woven composites, 3D woven composites with multiple inserts and 3D functionally gradient woven composites. Specific strengths of inserts (10, 20, 30) of present invention are higher than the inserts of prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignees: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Indian Space Research Organization, Bangalore
    Inventors: Niranjan Krishna Naik, Nageswara Rao Ganji
  • Patent number: 8640410
    Abstract: A load bearing wall system which is made from a plurality of interlocking panels. Each panel includes a hollow panel body having a first end, a second end, and an interior cavity. A male coupling is positioned at the first end and a female coupling is positioned at the second end. The female coupling is capable of interlocking with the male coupling of another of the plurality of interlocking panels. The male coupling houses a structural stud that extends for the entire vertical height of the hollow panel body. The interior cavity of the hollow panel body is filled with insulation. Interlocking panels intended for straight sections have the female coupling opposed to the male coupling in a linear alignment. Interlocking panels intended for a corner or change in direction have the hollow panel body bent so that the female coupling is angularly offset from the male coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Yvan Bergeron
  • Patent number: 8615970
    Abstract: An assembly comprised of at least one fixed panel and at least two moveable panels is provided. The moveable panels are capable of being controllably shifted relative both to each other and to the fixed panel such that first and second aligned and non-aligned positions can be achieved. The assembly is further comprised of two or more drive links which are, in turn, comprised of a center pivot which engages with the fixed panel and two or more outer pivots which engage with the movable panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventors: Charles Hoberman, Matthew Davis, Zygmunt Joseph Drozdowski, David Wight
  • Patent number: 8584433
    Abstract: An insert nut is provided in a panel member made from a core member with a honeycomb structure, and a first and second surface plate and made from fiber reinforced plastic. A reinforcing member is provided at the location where the insert nut is provided in the core member. The insert nut is housed in a hole in the first surface plate, a hole in the first metal plate, and a hole in the reinforcing member, and fixedly attached with an adhesive. An inner circumferential surface of the hole in the first metal plate and an outer circumferential surface of the insert nut are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsutaka Masuda
  • Patent number: 8550759
    Abstract: A joining element to be anchored in an object with the aid of a thermoplastic material and mechanical vibration comprises a sealing portion and a wall anchoring portion. The sealing portion is substantially cylindrical and has a smooth circumferential surface. The wall anchoring portion has a circumferential surface which comprises the thermoplastic material and energy directors. A cross section of the sealing portion envelops the cross section (including energy directors) of the wall anchoring portion and is arranged adjoining to the latter on its proximal side. The joining element is anchored in an opening provided in the object wherein a cross section of the opening corresponds to the cross section of the sealing portion of the joining element such that the latter can be forced into a mouth of the opening resulting in a press fit. For anchoring the joining element in the opening, mechanical vibrations e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Colin Clinch, Marcel Aeschlimann, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8528299
    Abstract: A method of anchoring a connector in a lightweight building element is provided. The connector includes a sleeve element and a piston element with a shaft portion, wherein the shaft portion is guided by the sleeve element. The piston element and/or the sleeve element includes a thermoplastic material at least at an interface portion between the head portion and the sleeve portion. The method includes the steps of providing the connector, of providing a through hole in the first building layer of the lightweight building element, of inserting the connector through the through hole and until a distal portion rests against the second building layer. Therein, it may be the sleeve element or the piston element or both, the sleeve element and the piston element that rest(s) against the second building layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Woodwelding AG
    Inventors: Peter L. Cove, William R. Valance, Mario Lehmann, Laurent Torriani
  • Patent number: 8511035
    Abstract: In an anchor for the attachment to flat building components including two cover plates and an intermediate support core layer wherein the anchor comprises an expansion body and a wedge body which is inserted into the expansion body and includes an opening for inserting a mounting means, the installed anchor is disposed in an opening of the component which extends through the cover plates and the intermediate support core plate. The expansion body has spreadable engagement elements, wherein, with the anchor installed, a cylinder zone is in contact with the bore wall of the first cover plate, and a wedging zone spreads out engagement elements behind the first cover plate. A part of the anchor is additionally disposed in the second cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Günther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8387340
    Abstract: In an anchor installation in a lightweight construction panel including first and second cover plates with a support core structure disposed between the cover plates, wherein the anchor is installed in a bore so as to extend at least through the first cover plate and the support core to the second support plate, the anchor includes engagement structures for engagement with at least the first cover plate and the support core and also cement containing balloons which are crushed upon insertion of the anchor thereby releasing the cement which solidifies forming a firm connection between the anchor and the first and second cover plates and the support core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventors: Günther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8375680
    Abstract: A device (1) for providing a fixing point for an insulated glass unit (3), the device having clamping blocks (22) to mount the device (1) though opposed panes of glass (5, 6) of the unit (3) and a spacer (10) with opposed faces (13, 14). At least one of the opposed faces (13, 14) having an annular groove (17, 18) for carrying sealant to seal against an associated one of the glass panes (5, 6) when the glass panes (5, 6) are tensioned together by the clamping blocks (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Nupress Tools Pty Limited
    Inventors: Murray Robert Clair, Craig Adam McWilliam
  • Patent number: 8220222
    Abstract: These disclosed embodiments relates to a device for fixing a light-weight panel onto a support. Such device includes an insert including at least one flange, such insert being intended for receiving a fixing device of the bolt type. According to the disclosed embodiments, such flange has an outer surface including toothing elements and the device includes a part made of a ductile material including an opening for the passage of the fixing member. The toothing elements are intended for cooperating, upon fixing the panel onto the support, with the part made of a ductile material to allow such fixing without causing any deformation of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Danilo Ciprian
  • Patent number: 8152952
    Abstract: A device for repairing a structural component (305) having a first member (401) adapted for bonding to a structural component (305).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Denver Whitworth, Brian French, Vance Cribb
  • Patent number: 8136328
    Abstract: A panel includes a core and a fastener receptacle extending into the core. The fastener receptacle has an internal hollow and an opening to the internal hollow. The opening is formed by a lip that can engage and structurally support a push-in fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harold G. Erickson, Douglas A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8132373
    Abstract: A system for hanging items from a modular building panel is disclosed. One embodiment of the system includes a modular building panel with a hole in the panel, a hanging member, with a load distribution plate, and an attachment shaft, and an attachment means at the end of the attachment shaft. Several embodiments of the present invention are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventors: Gary F. Radzat, Gregory Lynn Koepf
  • Patent number: 8128028
    Abstract: Internally stiffened composite panels and associated manufacturing methods. An internally stiffened composite panel can include a first face sheet, a second face sheet offset from the first face sheet, and at least one core portion sandwiched between the first and second face sheets. The composite panel can further include a stiffener disposed between the first and second face sheets adjacent to the core portion. The stiffener can have a first attachment portion attached to the first face sheet, a second attachment portion attached to the second face sheet, and an intermediate portion extending between the first and second attachment portions. One or both of the first and second attachment portions can be configured to engage a fastener, such as a blind fastener, for attaching a part to the composite panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Emmanuel J. Grillos
  • Patent number: 8046964
    Abstract: In an anchor for the attachment to construction panels including two cover plates and an intermediate support core layer wherein the anchor comprises an expansion body and a wedge body which inserted into the expansion body and includes an opening for screwing or pounding in a mounting means, the installed anchor is disposed in an opening of the panel which extends through the first cover plate and the intermediate support core plate. The expansion body has locking zones and engagement elements which are spreadable by wedge elements. With the anchor installed, a wedging zone spreads out the engagement elements of the expansion body behind the cover plate and the locking zones are interlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventors: Günther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8006452
    Abstract: A prefabricated insulating panel for making outer surfaces of buildings, integrating an auxiliary panel unit, particularly a photovoltaic unit, is equipped with one or more quick-fit retention members of the auxiliary panel unit, each quick-fit retention members including an engaging portion to retain said auxiliary panel unit in a position thereof resting over the insulating panel, which members can be anchored quickly to said insulating panel without the need to make holes in the insulating panel and/or in the structure of said auxiliary panel unit for the engagement of fixing elements such as screws or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Isolpack S.p.A.
    Inventor: Esterino Ceria
  • Patent number: 7908820
    Abstract: An integrally molded window spacer bar connector for joining opposed spacer bar end passages in the form of a hollow tube with a longitudinal axis of symmetry and a transverse axis of symmetry includes inclined leading edge ramps, a medial rib to control the insertion of the connector into spacer bars, and external channels to receive a sealant material for sealing the connector to the spacer bar at the seam of the joint of the spacer bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Allmetal, Inc.
    Inventor: Vincent R. Catalano
  • Patent number: 7748178
    Abstract: The device which serves for the adjustable mounting of a panel (1) to a frame element (5) provided with a lower assembly profile (51) comprises an anchoring bolt (4) serving to hold the panel (1) which comprises anchoring pins (42) on both sides which are held in grooves which lie opposite each other within the assembly profile (51). The panel consists of two glass panels (1a, 1b) connected to each other which comprise at least two recesses (11a, 11b) corresponding to each other, in which preferably cylindrical, outer eccentric elements (2a, 2b) are held preferably in a clearance-free way, which comprise eccentrically arranged, preferably cylindrical openings (21a, 21b) which are orientated concentrically with each other after assembly and preferably hold the introduced shaft (31) of an inner eccentric element (3) in a clearance-free way, which shaft (31) comprises an eccentrically arranged, preferably cylindrical opening (311), in which the anchoring bolt (4) is held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Hawa AG
    Inventors: Gregor Haab, Stefan Hagger
  • Publication number: 20100162647
    Abstract: A system for hanging items from a modular building panel is disclosed. One embodiment of the system includes a modular building panel with a hole in the panel, a hanging member, with a load distribution plate, and an attachment shaft, and an attachment means at the end of the attachment shaft. Several embodiments of the present invention are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Gary F. Radzat, Gregory Lynn Koepf
  • Publication number: 20100115882
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting fitting (1) for anchoring in a honeycomb panel (15). The mounting fitting (1) has an adhesive channel (6) and adhesive discharge openings (8). The invention proposes to arrange the adhesive discharge openings (8) in such a way that they are located in a cover panel (16) of the honeycomb panel (15) and to construct the mounting fitting (1) with an adhesive distribution groove (9) running like a screw-thread around the periphery, into which the adhesive discharge openings (8) open. It is thus ensured that there is good distribution of adhesive and that the hole (18) in the cover panel (16) of the honeycomb panel (15) is completely filled with adhesive. Adhesive discharged on the inner side of the cover panel (16) improves adhesion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventors: Petr Seroiszka, Lukas Vondra
  • Patent number: 7666493
    Abstract: Producing a composite structure involves providing a core structure having a folded configuration with fold valleys forming open channels extending along the valleys, and then forming a local reinforcement zone in the core structure itself, before applying any cover layer onto the core structure. The method may further involve applying two cover layers on two opposite sides of the core structure to form a composite sandwich structure, after the local reinforcement zone has been formed in the core structure. A core structure preferably has a local reinforcement zone formed by two molded bodies, e.g. of cured synthetic resin or foam, arranged form-fittingly on the opposite sides of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Gregor Christian Endres, Hans-Juergen Weber
  • Publication number: 20090293421
    Abstract: A panel includes a core and a fastener receptacle extending into the core. The fastener receptacle has an internal hollow and an opening to the internal hollow. The opening is formed by a lip that can engage and structurally support a push-in fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Harold G. Erickson, Douglas A. Brown
  • Patent number: 7520098
    Abstract: A shingle includes a body having an upper end, a lower end, a top surface, a bottom surface, a first side and a second side. The body has a width defined as the distance between the two opposing sides, a length defined by the distance between the upper end and the lower end. In a preferred embodiment, the shingle also includes a side wall that extends downward from the body adjacent one of the sides and extends the length of the shingle. The side wall preferably includes an angular projection disposed toward the upper end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: DaVinci Roofscapes, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Martinique, Tim Gentry, Rick Fitzpatrick, John Humphreys
  • Publication number: 20080302060
    Abstract: These disclosed embodiments relates to a device for fixing a light-weight panel onto a support. Such device includes an insert including at least one flange, such insert being intended for receiving a fixing device of the bolt type. According to the disclosed embodiments, such flange has an outer surface including toothing elements and the device includes a part made of a ductile material including an opening for the passage of the fixing member. The toothing element are intended for cooperating, upon fixing the panel onto the support, with the part made of a ductile material to allow such fixing without causing any deformation of the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: AIRBUS FRANCE
    Inventor: Danilo Ciprian
  • Publication number: 20080104926
    Abstract: A cover tile for releasable cooperation with one side of a wall panel frame. The cover tile has elongate rails fixed to the rear side thereof so that the rail ends terminate adjacent corners of the tile. A pair of connector clips are engaged on the rail for disposition at the corners of the tile. Each connector clip includes a main channel-like body transversely slidably engaged on the rail, and this body has a transversely protruding spring or hook projection for cooperation with an opening in the panel frame. The main body of the clip, in one of the legs of the channel-shaped body, has a transversely deformed positioning tab adapted for cooperation with a positioning notch formed in the rail. The one leg also has a locking tab deformed transversely for cooperation with an edge formed on the respective rail to fixedly positionally secure the clip on the rail in the transverse direction thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: May 8, 2008
    Inventors: Alex Lamfers, David Koning
  • Patent number: 6898918
    Abstract: The invention provides a rivet and method of installing the rivet to attach honeycomb material to other materials. The rivet is installed by drilling a hole through the materials. A back side sleeve of the rivet is inserted through one end of the hole while a front side sleeve with a stem member inserted therethrough is inserted through the other end of the hole such that the head of the stem member and the sleeve portion of the front sleeve are positioned within the sleeve portion of the back sleeve. The shank portion of the stem member is then pulled such that the head of the stem member expands the sleeve portions of the front and back sleeves into the materials to attach the rivet to the materials. A locking collar is also provided to lock the stem member to the front sleeve upon continued pulling of the stem member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Soheil Eshraghi
  • Patent number: 6862863
    Abstract: A method of installing an insert in a sandwich panel for mounting a fastener includes making a hole in the panel and inserting a spacer having a height greater than the thickness of the panel. An entrance rim of the spacer extends above an upper surface of the panel and a setting tool exerts a force on the entrance rim to force it into the hole and to position an upper edge of the entrance rim flush with the panel surface. The spacer can include an annular groove on an interior wall of the entrance rim to facilitate the cold working deformation during an installation in the panel and a hole engaging surface to align and maintain the spacer within the hole. An outer exterior surface of the entrance rim can be indented and coated with a first sealing compound to ensure a watertight seal with the panel. A second sealant material can be provided within the entrance rim for sealing with a head of any fastener extending through the spacer. An improved floor panel with spacer is accordingly provided for aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Shur-Lok Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. McCorkle, Bobby L. Waits, Paul M. Secrets, Faustino Riveron, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6805185
    Abstract: A partition for open building space and the like having a frame including at least one substantially horizontal surface. A cover member is configured to enclose at least a portion of the frame. The cover member includes attachment members configured to connect the cover member to the frame. A seal is attached to the cover member and includes a resilient flap which engages the substantially horizontal surface of the frame to inhibit the passage of acoustical and/or optical energy through the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Donald P. Gravel, Douglas L. Hancey, Vladimir Zila
  • Patent number: 6735921
    Abstract: Holder for plates, in particular glass plates with borings or holes, whereby in each boring is inserted an annular body with an internal or female thread and an outside facing made of an elastic material. A threaded bolt for the connection to a load-bearing construction can be screwed into the annular body. The punctiform holder makes possible a pivoting and displacement of the glass plate within certain limits. It can be installed quickly and easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventors: Alfons Oberhofer, Lothar Ginzel
  • Patent number: 6711866
    Abstract: A thin, prestressed concrete panel, having a thickness of about one and one-half inch thickness or less, and apparatus for making the same is disclosed. Pairs of prestressed tendons extend between the side and end portions of the panel. The tendons of each pair are positioned on each side of the mid-plane of the panel and spaced from such mid-plane so as to increase panel strength and prevent warping of the panel. A molding apparatus for casting the panel comprises a bottom plate, a pair of opposite side portions, and a pair of opposite end portions. Slots are defined in the side and end portions through which tendons are inserted prior to pouring concrete in the mold. Tensioning means are provided for prestressing the tendons in the longitudinal and lateral directions of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Brian M. Blount
  • Patent number: 6698157
    Abstract: A building system includes structural insulated panels having an inner insulating core such as of foam plastic or agri-board and strong thin facings such as of plastic impregnated/reinforced paper on opposed surfaces of the insulating core. The impregnated/reinforced paper provides the panel with high strength and facilitates attaching the panel to dimensional lumber or to similar adjacent panels. The opposed outer facings overlap/extend beyond the insulating core's edges in various configurations so as to provide several different panels, each adapted to satisfy a specific structural purpose. In a first configuration, three edges of the outer facings overlap respective edges of the insulating core for also overlapping a base plate, a top plate and an adjacent stud, panel, window or doorjamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: William H. Porter
  • Patent number: 6668515
    Abstract: Composite joint for fitting at least one external member to a sandwich panel and panel integrating at least one such joint. To permit the transmission of static and/or dynamic stresses between at least one external member and a sandwich panel, into said panel is integrated at least one composite joint (10). Said joint comprises a plurality of juxtaposed, elementary, tubular cells (12), oriented in the panel thickness direction, as well as at least one stress introduction cell (12a), in which is fitted a rigid part (14) for fixing the external member. The tubular cells (12) comprise composite walls formed from braided fiber roves and resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Sonaca S.A.
    Inventor: André Bertin
  • Patent number: 6634148
    Abstract: An improved method of forming an insulated poured concrete wall, a system for forming an insulated poured concrete wall, and an insulated poured concrete wall are provided. The system includes spaced-apart wall forms defining a cavity, a plurality of insulating panels adjacent at least one of the opposing wall surfaces, and a plurality of the elongate retaining strips between adjacent insulating panels, wherein each of the elongate retaining strips includes a portion that projects into the cavity and/or each of the elongate retaining strips has at least one notch through which a wall tie passes. The system allows building materials such as drywall, siding, paneling, and the like, as well as heavier objects, such as cabinets to be more stably and durably secured to an insulated poured concrete wall, and facilitates construction of an insulated concrete wall using fewer components and less labor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Edward C. Shidler
  • Patent number: 6530191
    Abstract: A support panel for use in an air handling unit for both supporting equipment inside the unit and providing a thermal barrier to the flow of heat into and out of the unit. The panel includes a plastic frame that is enclosed by upper and lower covers to form an internal cavity. Support members are placed in the cavity between the covers to which equipment that is supported upon the panel can be secured. The support members are fabricated of a high strength composite material having a low thermal conductivity. A curable foam is then injected into the cavity to bond the panel components together in assembly. The frame, the support members and the curable foam all have a relatively low thermal conductivity and coact to create a thermal barrier to impede the flow of heat in or out of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Carrier Corporation
    Inventors: Edward T. Rieke, Michael W. Austin
  • Patent number: 6497082
    Abstract: A sandwich panel is manufactured-by providing: a first step (a), (b) of attaching another end portion of an insert 1 whose one end portion is made sharp to an inner side of a facing member 2 in which a hole is cut in advance; a second step (c) of pressing the insert 1 into the core member 4 such that the one end portion of the insert 1 force-cuts a core member 4; and a third step (d) of attaching another facing member 2 to a side of the core member 4 opposing the insert-inserting side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Norihiko Toyoda, Masamitsu Okamura, Hiroshi Takayama, Toshiaki Kunugi, Masakatsu Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 6453633
    Abstract: Light weight, foamed panels are suspended in spaced relation above the floor of an arena to create “privacy zones” which facilitate discussion and concentration on details. In the prior art, attachment of the panels to mounting rods was predicated on cementing wooden strips in the upper surface of the panel, in order to provide T-nuts, into which suspension rods are threaded. The improved installation employs a plurality of attaching members, each of which has a tubular body portion which is inserted through a vertically disposed hole in the foamed panel and an ornamental flange projecting laterally and underlying the bottom of the penal. Each tubular body portion has a threaded portion which is threaded onto a supporting rod. Torquing surfaces are provided on the attaching members to facilitate their being threaded onto the supporting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: EPS Specialties Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: E. Lee Wilkinson, Jr., Edgar L. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 6442911
    Abstract: Building glass facade of a building, clamping arrangement in a facade, and a clamping arrangement for clamping a building glass pane in a facade, wherein a glass pane is secured at a building-side holding device, with the glass pane being secured between two clamp elements. At the inner clamp element is supported with adjustable prestressing a bell-shaped housing and between the bell-shaped housing and the inner clamp element there is disposed a permanently elastic spring member which permits a relative movement of the bell-shaped housing relative to the inner clamp element. Joint arrangements are provided in tandem between the glass pane and the holding device at the side of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: DORMA GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Hubert Elmer, Peter Leitgeb
  • Patent number: 6418681
    Abstract: A modular temporary barrier system includes a plurality of panel members having adjoining edges. Each panel member comprises a foam core and exterior sheathing disposed thereon. Connecting structure associated with the panels is constructed and arranged to removably connect adjoining edges of adjacent panel members to one another, such that connected panel members together form a wall. In preferred embodiments of the invention, each panel member and two one-piece corner members each comprise a foam core and exterior sheathing disposed thereon. Each corner member can be removably connected to a respective end of the wall. In other preferred embodiments of the invention, the modular barrier system can further include two side panel members, each side panel member being able to connect to a respective end of the wall such that the wall is self-supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: James E. Dunks