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Building Panels

Patent Abstracts

From 03/19/2014 
to 5/4/2012

Maro Topics

Building Patents: Patent Titles

Building Patents: Notes


Patent Abstracts

8. 8,397,461 
Snap fit pultrusion for housing elements 

The construction of shelters for housing is older than civilization itself, and the development of materials and structures to aid in such construction is equally old. In the industrialized world, construction materials and techniques have reached a very high level of maturity. However, housing is increasingly expensive and there is a continuing need for improved materials that are less expensive to manufacture and utilize in constructing structures, that are structurally stronger and less vulnerable to degradation from exposure and use, and that provide suitable physical and aesthetic conditions for occupancy. Additionally, there is a need for lightweight and easily transportable structural elements for rapid erection of remote emergency shelters, for low cost housing elements suitable for use by the peoples of industrializing countries, and for rapid deployment of shelters for military personnel.

As will be appreciated by those with skill in the art, it is known to provide prefabricated modular units for the construction of building structures. Further, it is known to provide pultrusion products for use as structural elements in building construction. Pultruded products have numerous advantages over conventional building materials. Relative to structural steel and aluminum, and to conventional building lumber, pultruded fiber reinforced thermoplastics are stronger, lighter, more corrosion and rot resistant, are less electrically conductive, and have greater dimensional stability

The snap fit pultrusion for housing elements of the present invention provides snap-lock housing technology for a flexible system of shelter construction using composite materials. These shelters can be assembled on site from sections of snap-lock panels--flooring, wall and roofing--to form a complete housing, office, or storage unit. Shelters formed using the inventive technology are strong, fast to assemble and are very protective from environmental extremes. The construction is frameless and needs only a footing or simple grading. The shelter system can be made completely livable with built-in utilities and pre-decorated surfaces.

Browning and Dombroski developed  snap fit pultrusion housing elements for joining structurally insulated panels suitable for housing and shelter construction. The housing elements include a pultruded panel body member having at least one edge, and a pultruded snap lock fitting on the edge adapted for fastenerless engagement with a complementary fitting on an adjacent panel body member.  (RDC 4/16/2013)

7. 8,287,795 
Door, deep draw molded door facing, and methods of forming door and facing
Liang et al of the Masonite Corporation, Florida, developed a wood composite panel having a major planar portion, at least one panel portion, and an inwardly extending contoured portion surrounding the panel portion and interconnecting the major planar portion and the panel portion.  The contoured portion defines an inter-relationship between a vector angle and a deep draw depth that achieve a satisfactory stretch factor.  The present invention also relates to a door having the disclosed wood composite door facings, and methods of forming the facing and door. (RDC 10/31/2012)

6. 8,277,596 
Method of making a ceiling panel with enhanced acoustics and texture  

Zaveri and Benti of Certainteed Ceiling Corporation, Pennsylvania, developed a ceiling tile with contrasting colors of texturized woven yarn and a coating, respectively, wherein individual colors of the yarn and coating are at different depths of surface texture, wherein color contrasts accentuate the surface texture depths to be viewed, and provide a desirable, unpredictable randomness of pattern of the color contrasts. (RDC 10/4/2012)

5. 8,272,190 
Method of fabricating building wall panels
Schiffmann and Schiffmann of Composite Panel Systems, LLC, Wisconsin, fabricated wall panels by  pultruding  inner and outer layers, and spaced reinforcing webs and/or foam extending between the inner and outer layers with studs extending inwardly from the inner layer, away from the outer layer.  The so-continuously pultruded wall panel optionally has male and a female edges.  The wall panel is periodically cut for wall panel height, thereby creating an ongoing stream of cut wall panels.  The panels are advanced through a corner index station, and indexed at right angles while maintaining orientation of the panels.  The wall panels leave the indexing station edge-to-edge.  Resin is applied to facing edges of adjacent wall panels. Adjacent wall panels are joined to each other at the facing edges, to make a generally continuous wall panel.  The so-joined wall panel is cut to desired lengths.  The resulting wall panel can provide tough, water-proof, otherwise weather-proof, building systems and buildings, without structural use of concrete except in floor slabs. (RDC 9/25/2012)

4. 8,241,714 
Architectural panels with objects embedded in resin interlayer
Adickes of 3form, Inc., Utah, developed a decorative architectural glass panel of two glass sheets separated by a resin in which one or more decorative objects are suspended.  A method of making the glass panel comprises positioning one or more spacers and one or more decorative objects on a first glass sheet, placing a second glass sheet about the first glass sheet, sealing the edges of the first glass sheet and second glass sheet, and filling the space between the first and second glass sheets with a curable liquid resin.  The resin can be poured using a substantially horizontal pour in order to keep the decorative objects from substantially shifting when pouring the liquid resin. The resin can also be poured in combination with a vacuum force. In some implementations, the glass panel may also be substituted with a resin panel using polymeric resin sheets. (RDC 8/20/2012)

3. 8,240,099 
Architectural panel system
Hummel, III of DORALCO, Inc., Illinois, developed an architectural panel system including architectural panels, a first mounting extrusion attached to a first architectural panel, and a second mounting extrusion attached to a second architectural panel, as well as a first anchor clip including a first attachment configuration that enables the first mounting extrusion to be slidably attached thereto, and a second anchor clip including a second attachment configuration that enables the second mounting extrusion to be slidably attached thereto. The system also includes a panel joint filler strip. (RDC 8/14/2012)

2. 8,187,702 
Decorative laminate and method of making
O'Brien and Taillan of The Diller Corporation, Ohio, developed a  decorative laminate is provided and includes a core with at least one epoxy resin impregnated fiberboard sheet. The decorative laminate also includes at least one decorative layer provided adjacent to the core. A method of forming a decorative laminate is also provided. (RDC 6/7/2012)

1. 8,136,248 
Method of making building panels with support members extending partially through the panels
Beavers, Jr. and  Solper of Global Building Systems, Arizona, developed a building panel for residential and commercial construction based on insulating foam blocks attached by an adhesive.  Supports on opposite sides of the insulating blocks strengthen the panel. The support member are typically made of metal and can have different shapes including "T" shape, "U" shape, and "L" shape. Each support member has a head portion in contact with a surface of the insulating block and a stem portion extending into the insulating block and having a length less than a width of the insulating block so that a thermal conduction path of the support member is discontinuous across the insulating block. The panel can be used as a curtain wall panel in high-rise construction, as well as bodies for aircraft, automotive, and marine applications. (RDC 5/4/2012)


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** Date of latest addition; date of first entry is 5/4/2012.