FreshPatents.com Logo
stats FreshPatents Stats
1 views for this patent on FreshPatents.com
2012: 1 views
Updated: April 21 2014
newTOP 200 Companies filing patents this week


    Free Services  

  • MONITOR KEYWORDS
  • Enter keywords & we'll notify you when a new patent matches your request (weekly update).

  • ORGANIZER
  • Save & organize patents so you can view them later.

  • RSS rss
  • Create custom RSS feeds. Track keywords without receiving email.

  • ARCHIVE
  • View the last few months of your Keyword emails.

  • COMPANY DIRECTORY
  • Patents sorted by company.

AdPromo(14K)

Follow us on Twitter
twitter icon@FreshPatents

Artificial surface divider

last patentdownload pdfdownload imgimage previewnext patent


20120276342 patent thumbnailZoom

Artificial surface divider


An artificial surface divider comprising a floor having a plurality of pads spaced apart from one another, the plurality of pads being mounted to a longitudinal housing having an overhang at least partially defining a longitudinal channel and a longitudinal gap that is open to the longitudinal channel, the longitudinal gap extending between an edge of the overhang and a floor of the longitudinal housing, where a longitudinal dimension of the artificial surface divider is the dominant dimension.

Inventor: Patrick Dudley Bray
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120276342 - Class: 428174 (USPTO) - 11/01/12 - Class 428 
Stock Material Or Miscellaneous Articles > Structurally Defined Web Or Sheet (e.g., Overall Dimension, Etc.) >Nonplanar Uniform Thickness Material

view organizer monitor keywords


The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120276342, Artificial surface divider.

last patentpdficondownload pdfimage previewnext patent

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/437,178, entitled, “TURF DIVIDER,” filed Jan. 28, 2011, the disclosure of which is hereby incorporated by reference.

RELATED ART

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is directed to an artificial surface divider that may be used with artificial surface installation.

2. Brief Discussion of Related Art

Artificial turf, commonly referred to as “synthetic grass,” is a viable alternative to natural sod and other ground covers due to its realistic appearance and its water conservation attributes, particularly for drought afflicted regions.

For artificial turf to be installed properly, it requires a hard edge or border for the turf material to butt against. If the artificial turf is installed without a hard edge or border, the installation is subject to weakening over time because the ends of the turf material are exposed. This exposure of the artificial turf ends commonly results in the turf pulling up and unravelling. Moreover, the base material under the artificial turf has a greater propensity to erode as water and wind can get under the exposed edge of the artificial turf.

Currently, installers of artificial turf are using simple landscape and garden edging devices, such as flexible bender boards and paver restraints, in an attempt to create a firm edge. Some of these devices, while operative to temporarily create a firm edge are very time consuming and labor intensive to install. In contrast, L-shaped paver restraints are easier to install, but these L-shaped paver restraints are less aesthetically pleasing and do not provide a durable solution.

INTRODUCTION TO THE INVENTION

The present invention is directed to an artificial surface divider that may be used with artificial surface installation.

It is a first aspect of the present invention to provide an artificial surface divider comprising a floor having a plurality of pads spaced apart from one another, the plurality of pads being mounted to a longitudinal housing having an overhang at least partially defining a longitudinal channel and a longitudinal gap that is open to the longitudinal channel, the longitudinal gap extending between an edge of the overhang and a floor of the longitudinal housing, wherein a longitudinal dimension of the artificial surface divider is the dominant dimension.

In a more detailed embodiment of the first aspect, at least one of the plurality of pads comprises a frustopyramidal pad integrally formed with the longitudinal housing. In yet another more detailed embodiment, at least one of the plurality of pads comprises a triangular pad integrally formed with the longitudinal housing. In a further detailed embodiment, the longitudinal housing includes a longitudinal floor, a longitudinal rear wall, a longitudinal roof, and a longitudinal front wall, and the longitudinal front wall is spaced apart from the longitudinal floor to provide the longitudinal gap. In still a further detailed embodiment, the longitudinal floor is perpendicular with respect to the longitudinal rear wall, and the longitudinal front wall is perpendicular with respect to the longitudinal floor. In a more detailed embodiment, the longitudinal channel spans a first vertical length, the longitudinal gap spans a second vertical length, and the first vertical length is greater than the second vertical length. In a more detailed embodiment, the longitudinal housing includes a flange extending away from the overhang.

It is a second aspect of the present invention to provide an artificial surface divider comprising: (a) a base having a floor; (b) an upstanding wall mounted to the base; (c) an eave mounted to the upstanding wall and elevated vertically above the base, where the base, upstanding wall, and the cave cooperate to define a channel that is not entirely enclosed along a longitudinal length thereof, where a longitudinal gap exists between the eave and the floor, where the base extends perpendicularly beyond the cave, and where a vertical height of the gap is less than a vertical height of the longitudinal channel.

In a more detailed embodiment of the second aspect, the floor includes a plurality of pads longitudinally spaced apart from one another. In yet another more detailed embodiment, the base, the vertical wall, and the cave defining the channel have a vertical cross-section comprising a discontinuous rectangular shape. In a further detailed embodiment, the cave includes a lip nearest to the floor, a gap spacing comprises the shortest distance between the lip and the floor, and the channel comprises a vertical height greater than the gap spacing. In still a further detailed embodiment, the embodiment further includes a descending wall extending in a direction away from the upstanding wall. In a more detailed embodiment, the upstanding wall is perpendicular with respect to the base, and the descending wall is perpendicular with respect to the base. In a more detailed embodiment, the base includes a plurality of pads extending away from the channel, the plurality of pads comprising at least one of a triangular cross-section and a frustopyramidal cross-section. In another more detailed embodiment, the floor is substantially planar, the upstanding wall comprises a vertical wall perpendicularly oriented with respect to at least a portion of the base, and the overhang comprises an L-shaped section having a first wall perpendicularly mounted to a second wall.

It is a third aspect of the present invention to provide an artificial surface divider comprising: (a) a base having a substantially planar floor with a dominant longitudinal dimension; and, (b) an overhang with a dominant longitudinal dimension that is operatively coupled to the base, the overhang cooperating with the floor to define a recessed cavity extending longitudinally and accessible via a gap extending longitudinally between the overhang and the floor, wherein a vertical height of the gap is less than a vertical height of the cavity.

It is a fourth aspect of the present invention to provide an artificial surface divider comprising a horizontal floor extending longitudinally and laterally, the horizontal floor including at least one opening adapted to receive an artificial surface retainer, the horizontal floor coupled to an upright flange extending longitudinally and vertically away from the horizontal floor, the upright flange being coupled to an overhang extending longitudinally, vertically, and laterally so that an edge of the overhang nearest the horizontal floor is vertically spaced apart from the horizontal floor to provide a vertical gap therebetween and laterally spaced apart from the upright flange, where at least a portion of the horizontal floor, at least a portion of the upright flange, and at least a portion of the overhang cooperate to define a longitudinal cavity.

It is a fifth aspect of the present invention to provide a method of manufacturing an artificial surface divider, the method comprising: (a) extruding a material through a die having an orifice with a cross-section comprising: (i) a horizontal opening, (ii) an upright opening connected to the horizontal opening and extending vertically away from the horizontal opening, (iii) an overhang opening connected to the upright opening and extending horizontally away from the upright opening, the overhang opening extending toward the horizontal opening; (b) cooling the material after the material exits the die to solidify the material; and, (c) cutting the solidified material into segments having a predefined length.

In a more detailed embodiment of the fifth aspect, the upright opening extends vertically above and below the horizontal opening. In yet another more detailed embodiment, the upright opening extends vertically above the horizontal opening and does not extend vertically below the horizontal opening. In a further detailed embodiment, the upright opening is perpendicular with respect to the horizontal opening. In still a further detailed embodiment, cooling the material after it exits the die to solidify the material results in: (A) a horizontal floor extending longitudinally and laterally; (B) an upright flange connected to the horizontal floor, the upright flange extending vertically and longitudinally; (C) an overhang connected to the upright flange, the overhang extending longitudinally, laterally and vertically; (D) a gap extending longitudinally and vertically between at least a portion of the horizontal floor and at least a portion of the overhang; and, (E) a longitudinal cavity cooperatively defined by the horizontal floor, the upright flange, and the overhang. In a more detailed embodiment, the method further includes the step of repetitively removing segments of the horizontal floor to create a plurality of cut-outs, where each of the cut-outs has the same shape and is equidistantly spaced apart in a repeating fashion from adjacent cut-outs.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an elevated perspective view of a first exemplary artificial surface divider in accordance with the instant disclosure

FIG. 2 is a top view of the exemplary artificial surface divider of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a bottom view of the exemplary artificial surface divider of FIG. 1.



Download full PDF for full patent description/claims.

Advertise on FreshPatents.com - Rates & Info


You can also Monitor Keywords and Search for tracking patents relating to this Artificial surface divider patent application.
###
monitor keywords



Keyword Monitor How KEYWORD MONITOR works... a FREE service from FreshPatents
1. Sign up (takes 30 seconds). 2. Fill in the keywords to be monitored.
3. Each week you receive an email with patent applications related to your keywords.  
Start now! - Receive info on patent apps like Artificial surface divider or other areas of interest.
###


Previous Patent Application:
Heat-transfer label assembly and apparatus for applying heat-transfer labels
Next Patent Application:
Method and apparatus for deforming a web
Industry Class:
Stock material or miscellaneous articles
Thank you for viewing the Artificial surface divider patent info.
- - - Apple patents, Boeing patents, Google patents, IBM patents, Jabil patents, Coca Cola patents, Motorola patents

Results in 0.51508 seconds


Other interesting Freshpatents.com categories:
Electronics: Semiconductor Audio Illumination Connectors Crypto ,  -g2--0.7915
     SHARE
  
           

FreshNews promo


stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120276342 A1
Publish Date
11/01/2012
Document #
13359866
File Date
01/27/2012
USPTO Class
428174
Other USPTO Classes
264151
International Class
/
Drawings
13



Follow us on Twitter
twitter icon@FreshPatents