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Title:
DEVICE FOR STRENGTHENING AND RIGGING TRUSSES AND METHOD IN WHICH SUCH DEVICE IS APPLIED
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/097415
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Device for strengthening and/or rigging trusses (1), comprising at least two connecting elements (5, 5'), which connect at least two parallel truss pipes (2) of the truss (1), characterised in that on these connecting elements (5, 5') attachment means (6) are provided between at least one pair of truss pipes (2), to which mounting structures (7) can be attached.

Inventors:
BRUYNINCKX, Willy (Vorstheide 47, 2230 Herselt, 2230, BE)
Application Number:
IB2018/058945
Publication Date:
May 23, 2019
Filing Date:
November 14, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BRUYNINCKX, Willy (Vorstheide 47, 2230 Herselt, 2230, BE)
International Classes:
E04C3/08; E04B1/24
Foreign References:
US8978338B22015-03-17
FR3025539A12016-03-11
EP1079039A12001-02-28
DE19714996A11998-10-29
US6079178A2000-06-27
US5826384A1998-10-27
US6082068A2000-07-04
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
VAN HUNSEL, Lieven (Arenbergstraat 13, 2000 Antwerp, 2000, BE)
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Claims:
Claims .

1.- Device for strengthening and/or rigging trusses (1) , comprising at least two connecting elements (5, 5' ) , which connect at least two parallel truss pipes (2) of the truss (1) , characterised in that on these connecting elements (5, 5') attachment means (6) are provided between at least one pair of truss pipes (2), on which mounting structures (7) can be attached.

2.- Device according to claim 1, characterised in that the mounting structures (7) are located entirely outside the volume of the truss (1) and are attached by means of terminal connectors (8) to the provided attachment means (6) of the connecting elements (5, 5' ) .

3.- Device according to claim 2, characterised in that the original cross members (3) between the three or more truss pipes (2) of the truss (1) itself are retained.

4.- Device according to claim 2, characterised in that the original cross members (3) between the three or more truss pipes (2) of the truss (1) itself, are not retained but are replaced with one or more intermediate virtual planes (19) parallel with the connecting elements (5, 5' ) , which are formed by mechanical double clamps (20) between each pair of the three or more truss pipes (2) and which hold the three or more truss pipes (2) of the truss at an equal distance from each other.

5.- Device according to claim 2, characterised in that the mounting structures (7) are only partly located outside the volume of the truss (1) and are attached to the provided attachment means (6) of the connecting elements (5, 5') without connectors (8).

6.- Device according to claim 5, characterised in that the original cross members (3) between the three or more truss pipes (2) of the truss (1) itself, have been replaced with three or more internal lengthways support pipes (12) which run parallel with the three or more truss pipes (2) of the truss itself and which are held by one or more intermediate plates (13) at an equal distance from each other and at an equal distance to the truss pipes (2) of the truss itself.

7.- Device according to claims 1 to 6, characterised in that the mounting structures (7) consist of mounting pipes, which are parallel with the parallel truss pipes (2) of the truss (1) .

8.- Device according to claims 1 to 6, characterised in that the mounting structures (7) consist of rods, parallel with the parallel truss pipes (2), on which objects can be slid to be suspended or stacked.

9.- Device according to claim 7, characterised in that one or more mounting pipes are part of a scaffolding structure.

10.- Device according to any one of the claims 1 to 6, characterised in that the connecting elements (5, 5') consist of connection sheets which hold the parallel truss pipes (2) at a fixed distance from each other.

11.- Device according to claim 10, characterised in that the connection sheets are in a plane, perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the truss (1) .

12.- Device according to claim 11, characterised in that the connection sheets consist of two terminal connection sheets (5, 5') on the truss (1).

13.- Device according to claim 10 or 6, characterised in that it comprises at least three truss pipes (2) connected by connecting elements (5, 5') and optionally also one or more intermediate plates (13) , characterised in that said connecting elements (5, 5') and said optional intermediate plates (13) are provided with a central opening (17), through which wires can be pulled unhindered over the whole length of the truss (1) .

14.- Method for applying a device as specified in claim 1, characterised in that it consists of the following steps:

- setting up a temporary structure by connecting a number of trusses (1), which are provided with connecting elements (5, 5') on which attachment means (6) are provided between each pair of truss pipes (2) of the trusses.

- applying one or more mounting structures (7) per truss, depending on the needs, to the chosen attachment means (6), to which the objects to be suspended can be attached; - attaching the objects to be suspended to the one or more mounting structures (7) with clamps, hooks or other attachment means still; using the temporary structure built including the accessories suspended or attached to it; disassembling again the temporary structure built, whereby the mounting structures (7) are removed from the truss (1) skeleton without damaging the trusses or their cross members (3) ;

- storing the trusses (1) and mounting structures (7) for reuse in another temporary set-up.

Description:
Device for strengthening and rigging trusses and method in which such device is applied.

The present invention relates to a device to strengthen and rig trusses and a method in which such device is applied.

More specifically, the invention is intended to strengthen and rig trusses, which consist of two or more parallel truss pipes, between which cross members have been mounted by way of strengthening.

These trusses are used to build temporary structures such as a support structure in a sales area or on a stage for example, consisting of upstanding trusses, usually connected with each other by horizontal trusses at the top.

On a stage such trusses are used to attach all kinds of objects to such as spotlights for lighting, loudspeakers for sound reproduction, pipes and others, sometimes movable ornaments which are reguired for a performance on the stage .

In a sales area for example, such trusses are also used to suspend lighting elements, publicity panels or other devices such as loudspeakers and their wires.

It is known that the attached objects are usually suspended directly from the truss pipes or their cross members, by means of clamps, hooks or improvised attachments such as cords or metal wire. A problem that presents itself here, is that on traditional trusses no mounting structures are provided to attach all kinds of objects, some of which have a considerable weight, such that the attachment cannot always be relied on and the trusses or cross members can be subjected to loads for which they were not designed, which compromises the safety of the temporary structure built therewith.

The purpose of the present invention is to provide a solution to the aforementioned and other disadvantages, by providing a device which allows trusses, from which objects are suspended or attached, to be strengthened and provided with mounting structures to which these objects can be attached.

To this end, the invention relates to a device for strengthening and/or rigging trusses, comprising at least two connecting elements, which connect at least two parallel truss pipes of the truss, whereby on these connecting elements, attachment means are provided between at least one pair of truss pipes, on which mounting structures can be attached.

The term "volume of a truss" is understood to mean the volume enclosed by at least two or more truss pipes of the truss itself within which the cross members between these two or more truss pipes of the truss are located.

An advantage of these connecting elements is that the attachment means provided thereon allow all kinds of mounting structures to be attached to the truss, to which objects such as spotlights, loudspeakers or wires can be fastened.

Preferably, the mounting structures are located entirely outside the volume of the truss and are attached by means of terminal connectors of any kind to the provided attachment means of the connecting elements.

The advantage of this set-up is that the original cross members between the two or more truss pipes of the truss itself are retained and all suspended objects can be attached to the mounting structures without directly loading or damaging the truss itself.

In a variant embodiment the original cross members between the two or more truss pipes of the truss itself are not retained, but are replaced by one or more intermediate virtual planes parallel with the connecting elements, whereby these planes are formed by mechanical double clamps between each pair of the two or more truss pipes, which hold the two or more truss pipes of the truss at an equal distance from each other.

The advantage of this set-up is that it can be realised with mechanical double clamps, as is customary in scaffolding, whereby the mounting structures, which are located entirely outside the volume of the truss, can consist of scaffolding pipes which are themselves part of a scaffolding which can be used as a support, for example when working on a fagade. In another variant embodiment the mounting structures are only partly outside the volume of the truss and are attached with any kind of connectors to the provided attachment means of the connecting elements.

This set-up offers the advantage that the mounting structures use up less space by utilising part of the volume between the two or more truss pipes of the truss, such that the resulting structure is more compact.

The part of the volume that is utilised by the mounting structures, can become so big that the original cross members between the two or more truss pipes of the truss itself can no longer be sustained and have to be replaced with two or more internal lengthways support pipes, which run parallel with the two or more truss pipes of the truss itself but are more centrally located in the truss and are held by one or more intermediate plates, the plane of which is perpendicular to the support pipes, at an equal distance from each other and at an equal distance to the truss pipes of the truss itself.

All the intermediate plates and the more centrally arranged support pipes in the longitudinal direction of the truss strengthen the stability of the truss which is now no longer strengthened anymore by the original cross members between the truss pipes.

In a preferred embodiment the mounting structures consist of mounting pipes, parallel to the parallel truss pipes of the truss and to which objects to be suspended can be attached by means of clamps, hooks or other fasteners, without damaging the truss itself.

In an alternative embodiment the mounting structures consist of rods, parallel to the parallel truss pipes of the truss, on which objects can be slid to be suspended or stacked. These objects can be utilitarian objects such as light fixtures or parts of a sound installation, but can also be commercial messages, displays or other objects still .

An advantage of this embodiment is that the objects on the rods can be easily replaced, without having to dismantle the load-bearing truss.

In a more specific embodiment, the one or more mounting pipes are themselves part of a scaffolding structure and are scaffolding pipes which can be used as a support, for example when working on a fagade.

An advantage of this embodiment is that the whole scaffolding structure with trusses and scaffolding pipes can be attached to each other with double clamps and single clamps, as is customary in scaffolding.

In a preferred embodiment the connecting elements consist of connection sheets which hold the parallel truss pipes at a fixed distance from each other. Preferably these connection sheets are in a plane, perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the truss and can consist of two terminal connection sheets on the truss.

With the intention of better showing the characteristics of the invention, a few preferred embodiments of the device for strengthening and rigging trusses according to the invention are described hereinafter by way of an example, without any limiting nature, with reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein: figure 1 schematically shows a perspective view of a truss according to the known state of the art;

figure 2 schematically shows a perspective view of a truss provided with a device according to the invention;

figure 3 shows figure 2 but with uncoupled mounting pipes ;

figure 4 schematically shows a variant of figure 2; figure 5 shows figure 4 but with one uncoupled mounting pipe;

figure 6 shows the cross members between the four truss pipes of the truss in figure 4;

figure 7 shows a component indicated with F7 on figure 6 on a larger scale;

figure 8 schematically shows a perspective view of another variant of figure 2 with other cross members between the pipes of the truss;

figure 9 shows an application of figure 2;

figure 10 schematically shows a variant of figure 2. Figure 1 schematically shows a truss 1 according to the known state of the art, consisting of four truss pipes 2 in this case which run parallel with each other and are connected with each other by cross members 3 such that the truss pipes 2 are held an equal distance 4 from each other.

Figure 2 shows a truss 1 with four truss pipes 2, which run parallel with each other and are connected with each other by cross members 3, but which is now provided with a device according to the invention, consisting of two connecting elements 5, 5' and in this case terminal connection sheets which each connect the four truss pipes 2 with each other and are provided with attachment means 6 between each pair of truss pipes 2, on which mounting structures 7 are attached by means of connectors 8 such that in this case the mounting structures 7 in the form of mounting pipes are located entirely outside the volume of the truss 1.

Figure 3 shows figure 2, but now with two of the four mounting structures 7 uncoupled from the truss 1 such that the original cross members 3 between the four truss pipes 2 of the truss 1 are well visible as well as the connectors 8 which connect the mounting structures 7 with the attachment means 6 on the terminal connecting elements 5, 5' .

Figure 4 shows a variant 9 of the device according to the invention in figure 2, whereby the attachment means 10 on the connecting elements 5, 5' form a direct connection with the mounting structures 7 without the connectors 8, such that in this case the mounting structures 7 in the form of mounting pipes are only located partially outside the volume of the truss 1. By this placement of the mounting structures 7, the traditional cross members 3 of the truss

1 can no longer be sustained and they have been replaced with another supporting structure 11, as described in: ???

Figure 5, in which one of the mounting structures 7 has been unfastened from the truss 1, such that the supporting structure 11 is more visible. This supporting structure 11 is shown separately in figure 6 and consists of four support pipes 12 in this case which run parallel but more centrally with the four truss pipes 2 of the truss 1 and are held by an intermediate plate 13, the plane of which is perpendicular to the support pipes 12, at an equal distance from each other and at an equal distance to the truss pipes

2 of the truss 1 itself.

Figure 7 shows an intermediate plate 13 of the supporting structure 11 on a larger scale whereby the intermediate plate has four recesses 14, in which the truss pipes 2 of the truss 1 fit, four recesses 15, in which the mounting structures 7 can be partly included, four support points 16 for the support pipes 12 and one central opening 17 between the support points 16.

Figure 8 shows another variant 18 of the device according to the invention in figure 2, whereby the connecting elements 5, 5 are terminal connection sheets in this case which form a connection with the mounting structures 7 by means of connectors 8, such that in this case the mounting structures 7 in the form of mounting pipes are located entirely outside the volume of the truss 1. The strengthening cross members 3 between the truss pipes 2 of the truss 1 are replaced in this case with one or more intermediate virtual planes 19 which run parallel with the terminal connection sheets 5, 5' , whereby the virtual planes 19 are formed by mechanical double clamps 20 between each pair of the three or more truss pipes 2, which hold the three or more truss pipes of the truss 1 at an equal distance from each other.

In this case the mounting structure 7 attached to the truss is a mounting pipe, which is itself part of a scaffolding because it is attached with single clamps 21 to scaffolding pipes and whereby the truss 1 serves as support element for a scaffolding 23 which can be used as a support, for example when working on a fagade.

Figure 9 shows an application of a truss 1 provided with a device according to the invention. In this application one mounting pipe has been replaced with a bar 24, over which a number of publicity panels 25 with commercial messages and displays 26 have been slid.

Figure 10 shows another variant embodiment of the device according to the invention in figure 2, whereby the truss 27 only has two truss pipes 2, which run parallel to each other and are connected with each other by cross members 3 and are provided with a device according to the invention, consisting of two terminal connecting elements 5, 5' which each connect the two truss pipes 2 with each other and are provided with attachment means 6 between the pair of truss pipes 2, on which a mounting structure 7 is attached by means of connectors 8, such that in this case the mounting structure 7 in the form of a mounting pipe is partly located inside the volume of the truss 27. Fig. 10a shows a bottom view and fig. 10b shows a top perspective view of this variant embodiment provided with one mounting pipe 7.

A device according to the invention, comprising two or more truss pipes 2 that are connected by connecting elements 5, 5' and optionally also by one or more intermediate plates 13, is preferably provided with a central opening 17 in said connecting elements 5, 5' and in said optional intermediate plates 13, through which wires can be pulled unhindered over the whole length of the truss 1.

The method for the use of the device 1 according to the invention is very simple and comprises the following steps:

- setting up a temporary structure by connecting a number of trusses, which are provided with connecting elements on which attachment means are provided between each pair of truss pipes of the trusses.

- applying one or more mounting structures per truss, depending on the needs, to the chosen attachment means, to which the objects to be suspended can be attached;

- attaching the objects to be suspended to the one or more mounting structures with hooks or fastenings or still other attachment means; using the temporary structure built including the accessories suspended or attached to it; disassembling again the temporary structure built, whereby the mounting structures are removed from the truss skeleton without damaging the trusses or their cross members ;

- storing the trusses and mounting structures for reuse in another temporary set-up.

The mounting structures can differ depending on the needs and in their simplest form may consist of a mounting pipe or a mounting bar, on which all kinds of objects can be fastened.

These mounting structures may also consist of holders which, more specifically, are designed for certain objects or which are provided with hooks or fasteners which can be suitable for all kinds of applications. These mounting structures are always attached to the attachment means provided for this purpose, for example a pair of screw bolts, such that they not only strengthen the structure of the truss but also protect it against damage and overloading.

It goes without saying that the trusses do not always have to be straight but can also be curved or circular.

Obviously, the connecting elements provided with attachment means can also be placed in such a way that they do not obstruct the traditional couplings between two trusses, such as for example a perpendicular coupling of a horizontal truss to a vertical truss.

The present invention is by no means limited to the embodiments described as an example and shown in the figures, but a device according to the invention can be realised in all kinds of forms and dimensions without departing from the scope of the invention, as is described in the following claims.