Global Patent Index - EP 1007289 A2

EP 1007289 A2 2000-06-14 - METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

Title (en)

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR JOINING STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS

Title (de)

VERFAHREN UND VORRICHTUNG ZUM ZUSAMMENBAUEN VON STRUKTURELEMENTEN

Title (fr)

PROCEDE ET APPAREIL D'ASSEMBLAGE DE COMPOSANTS STRUCTURELS

Publication

EP 1007289 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 98923361 A

Priority

  • US 9809419 W
  • US 4595297 P

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9850639A2] The invention is directed to a coupling device, wherein separate individual elements and a sliding interlocked connection mechanism for connecting individual tenons to a wall portion of a link module provide several advantages. First, the tenon members are individually adjustable on the wall portion to give more flexibility in providing various intermeshing arrangements. Therefore, instead of having to manufacture several individual different link modules to obtain a variety of different intermeshing arrangements, one needs only to manufacture a standard wall portion and a standard type of tenon means, so that any intermesh can be provided by simply assembling tenon means and wall portions. The key to this flexibility was the development of the sliding interlock connection between the tenon members and a wall portion, without the loss of strength and function. The tenon members may be used on either wall end portion by simple detaching from one wall end, inverting and reattaching to the other wall end portion by simply detaching from one wall end, inverting and reattaching to the other wall end. Alternatively, a coupling device according to this invention, may have each module of a plurality of modules which includes a wall portion with wall end portions on each end. The wall end portions of at least some of the modules have tenon wall members extending parallel to an axis of the coupling device, and at least some of the wall end portions have slot mortise members formed therein which extend parallel to an axis of the coupling device whereby when the modules are assembled into the coupling device the tenon wall members are received into corresponding slot mortise members.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B25G 3/08

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

F16B 12/40 (2006.01); E01F 9/011 (2006.01); E04H 12/22 (2006.01); F16B 7/18 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

E04H 12/2261 (2013.01); E01F 9/617 (2016.02); E01F 9/681 (2016.02)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9850639A3

Designated contracting state (EPC)

AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB IE IT LI NL SE

EPO simple patent family

WO 9850639 A2 19981112; WO 9850639 A3 19990204; AU 7566998 A 19981127; CA 2289059 A1 19981112; EP 1007289 A2 20000614; JP 2002512671 A 20020423; KR 20010012373 A 20010215

INPADOC legal status


2001-08-22 [18W] WITHDRAWN

- Date of withdrawal: 20010605

2000-06-14 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 19991208

2000-06-14 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): AT BE CH DE DK ES FI FR GB IE IT LI NL SE