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Title:
GLASS MOUNTING DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/189748
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
This invention discloses a device for mounting glass panel(s) comprising mounting clips whose length ratio with glass panel ranges between 0.03 and 0.4. Multiple designs of the mounting clips are disclosed for holding multiple glass panels and securing glass panels on mounting surface having two adjacent planes. The invention also discloses a method of installing glass panels using one or more mounting clips and mounting accessories.

Inventors:
KSHIRSAGAR, Supriya (F1 Anantalakshmi Apts, Mahaveer Nagar,Chennai – 2, Tamil Nadu, 600042, IN)
TALLAM, Sasi Kiran (Flat-102, Swathi TowersGandhi Bomma Center, Mogulrajapuram,Vijayawada - 0, Andhra Pradesh, 520010, IN)
PAINUMGAL, Unnikrishnan V (2 Periyar Nagar, 2nd Street Irumbuliyur, Tambaram West,,Chennai – 5, Tamil Nadu, 600045, IN)
Application Number:
IN2018/050202
Publication Date:
October 18, 2018
Filing Date:
April 09, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE (18 Avenue d'Alsace, Courbevoie, F-92400, FR)
KSHIRSAGAR, Supriya (F1 Anantalakshmi Apts, Mahaveer Nagar,Chennai – 2, Tamil Nadu, 600042, IN)
International Classes:
E06B3/54
Foreign References:
US5802799A1998-09-08
EP2692979B12015-05-20
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KUMAR, Giriraj (Saint-Gobain Research India Pvt. Ltd, Intellectual Property Law DepartmentNo: 1 FA, Phase-II, “C” Block, Kanagam Road, Tharamani,,Chennai- 3, Chennai, 600 11, IN)
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Claims:
Claims

We Claim,

1) A glass panel mounting device comprising:

a base provided with mounting holes for mounting on a mounting surface; and a gripper for holding glass panels,

wherein the length of the base is lesser than the length of the glass panel.

2) The glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the ratio between the length of the base and the glass panel is greater than at least about .03 and less than at least about 0.4.

3) The glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 1, wherein the base is straight, L- shaped, T-shaped, V-shaped or plus shaped.

4) The glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 1 , wherein the gripper comprises of a L-gripper or a I-gripper.

5) The glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 1 is made of one or more materials selected from the group consisting of metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood, or combination thereof.

6) The glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 5, wherein the plastic comprises nylocast, delrin, polypropylene, polycarbonate, polyester, thermoplastic polyurethanes, thermoplastic elastomers, polyimide, PEEK, or combination thereof.

7) The glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 5, wherein the metal comprises aluminium, steel, stainless steel, Ferro or its alloys thereof.

8) Wall cladding or curtain-walling characterized in that the plurality of glass panels are mounted using glass panel mounting device as claimed in claim 1 to 7. 9) A mounting assembly for glass panel(s), comprising:

a single glass panel or a plurality of glass panels;

one or more mounting devices as claimed in claim 1 for mounting the single glass panel or a plurality of glass panels on a mounting surface;

a first support member disposed between the mounting device and the mounting surface; and

optionally a second support member disposed between the glass panel and the mounting surface.

10) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 9, wherein the glass panel comprises a tempered glass, a lacquered glass, a toughened glass, an annealed sheet glass, a mechanically strengthened glass, mirror or a combinations thereof.

11) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 9, wherein the mounting surface comprises a regular surface or an irregular surface.

12) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 9, wherein the first support member and the second support member are made of a compressible material and an adhesive layer.

13) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 12, wherein the compressible material is selected from the group comprising of foam, rubber, PVC, and a combination thereof.

14) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 9 optionally comprises a thin sheet disposed between the glass panel and the second support member 800.

15) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 14, wherein the thin sheet comprises of a vinyl sheet, polyethylene sheet, polyester sheet, polypropylene sheet, any plastic films or combinations thereof. 16) The mounting assembly as claimed in claim 9 optionally comprises of one or more mounting accessories provided on the mounted glass panel for prerequisite length between one or more mounting devices.

17) Wall cladding or curtain-walling characterized in that the plurality of glass panels are mounted using mounting assembly as claimed in claim 9 to 16.

18) A method of mounting glass panels using mounting devices as claimed in claim 1, comprising the steps of:

pasting first support members on the base of the mounting devices; transferring dimension of a glass panel to be mounted on a mounting surface; pasting second support members on the rear side of the glass panels; marking hole locations of the mounting devices by positioning one or more mounting devices at measured distance in a spaced apart manner on the mounting surface;

drilling holes on the mounting surface;

securing one or more mounting devices on the mounting surface spaced apart from each other;

placing the glass panel on the gripper of the mounting devices;

fixing in parallel one or more mounting devices on the mounting surface spaced apart from each other; and

securing the glass panel on the gripper of the parallely mounted mounting devices.

Description:
GLASS MOUNTING DEVICE

Field of the invention

The present invention is generally directed to a mounting device for glass panels and more particularly to a glass panel mounting assembly and method for mounting glass panels.

Background

The current invention discloses a mounting device for holding glass panels. The current invention further discloses a method for mounting glass panels using mounting clips that have no redundant material and have designs for enabling glass panel mounting in corners involving jointing between them.

Description of the Related Art

Conventional methods of mounting glass panels are time-consuming and involve increased labour costs. Simpler devices for mounting glass panels are known in the art that overcome these limitations. Glass panel mounting clips are one such simpler device that provides a faster way to mount glass panels by completely eliminating the time required for curing of silicone glue associated with conventional methods of glass mounting. Indian application number 1518/CHE/2015 relates to a device for holding a glass panel on a mounting surface comprising corner clips and channel clips. The invention further discloses a method of mounting glass panels using corner clips, channel clips or a combination thereof. Mounting of glass panels using channel clips disclosed in 1518/CHE/2015 involves manufacture of channel clips that run all through the length of the glass panel to be mounted. Due to a longer profile, these channel clips are manufactured by extrusion and the screw holes are punched out on the extruded clips.

These channel clips need to be cut at the installation site to suit the length of the glass panel to be mounted. The precise measurement and cutting of clips increase the installation time. Also in a few cases where the glass panels are to be mounted in a consecutive manner or when the glass panels are to be mounted on two adjacent planes of the mounting surface, the aesthetic finish achieved with these channel clips are well below satisfactory level.

Further study on the material's load bearing capacity revealed that the material can bear a load of 30kg for every 100 mm, meaning that the channel clips running to the entire length of the glass panel to be mounted has redundant material.

Thus there is a need for new optimized designs for mounting glass panels in corners and those that have no redundant material. The present invention addresses the above mentioned issues. The present invention relates to glass mounting clip designs that support glass panels only at the corner areas. The length of these mounting clips is much less than the length of the glass panel to be mounted. The short profile mounting clips are manufactured by injection moulding or extrusion process and considerably reduce installation time and cost. The invention also relates to an optimized mounting clip design for mounting glass panels on two adjacent planes of a mounting surface. A system and method for installing glass panels using the described mounting clip designs are also disclosed. Summary of the Disclosure

The invention relates to a mounting device for holding glass panel comprising a base provided with mounting holes for mounting on a mounting surface, and a gripper for holding glass panels. The length of the base is lesser than the length of the glass panels.

In another aspect, a mounting assembly for glass panels is disclosed. The mounting assembly comprises of a single glass panel or a plurality of glass panels, one or more mounting devices for mounting a single glass panel or plurality of glass panels on the mounting surface, a first support member disposed between the mounting clip and the mounting surface and a second support member disposed between the glass panel and the mounting surface

In one other aspect, the invention relates to a method of mounting glass panels using mounting devices comprising the steps of pasting first support members on the base of mounting devices, transferring dimension of a glass panel to be mounted on a mounting surface, pasting second support members on the rear side of the glass panels, marking hole locations of the mounting devices by positioning one or more mounting devices at measured distance in a spaced apart manner on the mounting surface, drilling holes on the mounting surface, securing one or more mounting devices on the mounting surface spaced apart from each other, placing the glass panel on the gripper of the mounting devices, fixing in parallel one or more mounting devices on the mounting surface spaced apart from each other, and securing the glass panel on the gripper of the parallely mounted mounting devices.

Other features and aspects of this disclosure will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings. Brief Description of the Drawings

The present invention can be better understood, and its numerous features and advantages made apparent to those skilled in the art by referencing the accompanying drawings. FIG. 1 illustrates a straight mounting device comprising a L-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 2 illustrates a straight mounting device comprising a I-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 3A illustrates a V-shaped mounting device comprising a I-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 3B illustrates a V-shaped mounting device comprising a L-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 4 illustrates a L-shaped mounting device comprising a L-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure; FIG. 5 illustrates a T-shaped mounting device comprising a I-gripper and a L-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure; FIG. 6 illustrates a plus-shaped mounting device comprising a I-gripper along with the first support member, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 7A illustrates a mounting accessory, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 7B illustrates a mounting accessory, according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 8A depicts a glass mounting assembly comprising L-shaped, T- shaped and plus-shaped mounting devices, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 8B illustrates an exploded view of a glass mounting assembly comprising L-shaped, T-shaped and plus-shaped mounting devices, according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 9 depicts a glass mounting assembly comprising straight mounting devices, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 10A includes a bottom view of the glass mounting assembly using the mounting devices along with second support member, according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 10B includes a cross sectional view showing the vinyl sheet along with the glass panel, according to another embodiment of the present disclosure;

FIG. 11 depicts a glass mounting assembly comprising a V-shaped mounting device and straight mounting device, according to one embodiment of the present disclosure; and FIG. 12 illustrates the process of mounting glass panel using the mounting device, according to another embodiment of the present disclosure.

The use of the same reference symbols in different drawings indicates similar or identical items. Skilled artisans appreciate that elements in the drawings are illustrated for simplicity and clarity and have not necessarily been drawn to scale. For example, the dimensions of some of the elements in the figures may be exaggerated relative to other elements to help to improve understanding of various embodiments of the disclosure.

Detailed Description

The following description, in combination with the figures, is provided to assist in understanding the teachings disclosed herein. The following discussion will focus on specific implementations and embodiments of the teachings. This discussion is provided to assist in describing the teachings and should not be interpreted as a limitation on the scope or applicability of the teachings.

The term "averaged," when referring to a value, is intended to mean an average, a geometric mean, or a median value. As used herein, the terms "comprises," "comprising," "includes," "including," "has," "having," or any other variation thereof, are intended to cover a non-exclusive inclusion. For example, a process, method, article, or apparatus that comprises a list of features is not necessarily limited only to those features but can include other features not expressly listed or inherent to such process, method, article, or apparatus. As used herein, the phrase "consists essentially of or "consisting essentially of means that the subject that the phrase describes does not include any other components that substantially affect the property of the subject.

Further, unless expressly stated to the contrary, "or" refers to an inclusive- or and not to an exclusive-or. For example, a condition A or B is satisfied by any one of the following: A is true (or present) and B is false (or not present), A is false (or not present) and B is true (or present), and both A and B are true (or present).

The use of "a" or "an" is employed to describe elements and components described herein. This is done merely for convenience and to give a general sense of the scope of the invention. This description should be read to include one or at least one and the singular also includes the plural, or vice versa, unless it is clear that it is meant otherwise.

Further, references to values stated in ranges include each and every value within that range. When the terms "about" or "approximately" precede a numerical value, such as when describing a numerical range, it is intended that the exact numerical value is also included. For example, a numerical range beginning at "about 25" is intended to also include a range that begins at exactly 25. Moreover, it will be appreciated that references to values stated as "at least about," "greater than," "less than," or "not greater than" can include a range of any minimum or maximum value noted therein. Unless otherwise defined, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the same meaning as commonly understood by one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention belongs. The materials, methods, and examples are illustrative only and not intended to be limiting. To the extent not described herein, many details regarding specific materials and processing acts are conventional and can be found in textbooks and other sources. The term "mounting device" refers to a device for mounting the glass panel on a mounting surface.

The main aspect of the invention is to provide a mounting device for holding glass panel(s) comprising a base and a first support member disposed between the base and the mounting surface such as a concrete wall, ceilings, floors or a wooden or similar surface. The length of the base is much lesser than the length of the glass panel to be mounted and the ratio between the length of the base and the glass panel is at least greater than 0.03 and lesser than at least about 0.4.

In one aspect the term "mounting device" also refers to a mounting clip selected from a straight clip, L-clip, T-clip, V-clip, plus clip or combinations thereof. The mounting clips do not run all through the length of the glass. During installation these mounting clips are provided only at the corners of the glass panels. The invention also relates to a method of mounting glass panel using the mounting clip designs. The steps include fastening the mounting clips on to the mounting surface and then placing the glass panel on the mounting clip. Another set of mounting clips are then fixed on top of the glass panel to securely hold the glass panel.

The mounting accessories disclosed in the present invention are snap-fit in the butt joints between the mounted glass panels. However, these mounting accessories do not possess any load carrying capacity and are added to the mounting assembly only for aesthetics. The mounting accessories act as fillers to cover the distance between two mounting clips and give an aesthetically clean finish to the installation. The glass mounting assembly also provides for replacing the mounted glass panel easily by removing few screws.

Mounting clip of the current invention is designed to mount a glass panel 900 on a mounting surface 910. The mounting surface 910 can be an even surface such as wooden or an uneven surface such as concrete walls. The mounting clip is used to hold the glass panel 900 on the mounting surface 910 with minimal exposure to an observer. The mounting clip comprises of a base provided with mounting holes for mounting on the mounting surface 910 and a gripper for holding glass panels 900. The base has a length 'L' which is much less than the length of the glass panel 900. In one embodiment, the ratio between the length of the base and the length of the glass panel is greater than at least about .03 and lesser than at least about 0.4. These attributes help in maintaining certain level of aesthetic appeal to interiors and also avoid redundant material usage. The mounting clip of the present invention is typically used for interior applications and the same can be extended to external applications of a building.

In one embodiment, the base of the mounting clip can be straight or L-shaped or T-shaped or V-shaped or plus-shaped. According to one other embodiment, the gripper can be a L-gripper or a I-gripper. According to another embodiment, the mounting clip is made of one or more materials selected from the group consisting of metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood, or combination thereof. According to one embodiment, the plastic comprises of nylocast, delrin, polypropylene, polycarbonate, polyester, thermoplastic polyurethanes, thermoplastic elastomers, polyimide, PEEK, or combination thereof. According to one other embodiment, the metal comprises aluminium, steel, stainless steel, Ferro or its alloys thereof.

In an optional embodiment, the base of the mounting clip is provided with a first support member comprising a compressible material. The compressible material is selected from the group comprising of foam, rubber, PVC or a combination thereof. The first support member is attached to the base of the mounting clip through an adhesive layer. The first support member is placed between the mounting surface and the mounting clip and provides the necessary cushioning effect for the mounting clip. The first support member is particularly useful when the mounting surface is uneven with undulations that interfere with the alignment of the glass panel. However, in an alternative embodiment, the mounting clips may also be manufactured without the first support member. The base of the mounting clip has flush type screw holes by which the clip is fastened to the mounting surface 910. In alternate embodiments, the base can be mounted on to a mounting surface 910 using other methods such as glues, tapes, or other suitable mounting methods.

According to multiple embodiments of the present invention, the mounting device can include one or more straight clip 100 or V-shaped clip 300 or L- shaped clip 400 or T-shaped clip 500 or plus-shaped clip 600 or a combination thereof to mount one or more glass panel 900 on to the mounting surface 910.

FIG. 1 and FIG. 2 illustrates a schematic of a straight clip 100 along with a first support member 130 for holding the glass panel 900 on a mounting surface 910, according to one embodiment of the invention. An injection molded profile with an edge shape shown in the figure is used to grasp the edges of an edge chamfered and polished glass panel 900. The straight clip 100 holds the glass panel 900 in the horizontal side and there are no holding structural members in the vertical direction.

The straight clip 100 further comprises a L-gripper 110 (as shown in FIG. 1) or a I-gripper 220 (as shown in FIG. 2) and a base 120. The L-gripper 110 and I-gripper 220 provide the necessary support for holding the glass panel 900 at the top and bottom, respectively. The base 120 has flush type screw holes 140 by which the straight clip 100 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. FIG. 1 and 2 also illustrate the front view and right side (R.S.) view of the straight clips 100 according to multiple embodiments of the present invention. FIG. 3A and 3B illustrate schematic of a V-shaped mounting clip 300 along with a first support member 330 for holding the glass panel 900 on a mounting surface 910 according to multiple embodiments of the present invention. An injection molded profile with an edge shape shown in the figure is used to grasp the edges of an edge chamfered and polished glass panel 900. The V-shaped mounting clip 300 holds the glass panel 900 in the horizontal side and provides the necessary support for mounting glass panel 900 that are installed on a mounting surface that has two adjacent planes. In one embodiment, glass panels that are to be mounted at 90° to each other are mounted using the V-shaped mounting clip 300. The V-shaped mounting clip 300 further comprises a base 310 and a

I-gripper 320 (as shown in FIG. 3A) or a L-gripper 350 (as shown in FIG. 3B), according to multiple embodiment of the invention. The base 310 has flush type screw holes 340 (as shown in FIG. 3A and 3B) by which the V-shaped mounting clip 300 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. FIG. 3A and 3B also illustrate the front view and R.S view of the V-shaped mounting clip 300 according to multiple embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 4 illustrates a schematic of a L-shaped mounting clip 400 along with a first support member 430 for holding the glass panel 900 on a mounting surface 910 according to one embodiment of the present invention. The L-shaped mounting clip 400 are also called the corner clip and are used to grasp the corners of an edge chamfered and polished glass panel 900. The L-shaped mounting clip 400 holds the glass panel 900 in both the horizontal and vertical side.

The L-shaped mounting clip 400 further comprises a base 410 and a L-gripper 420, according to one embodiment of the invention. In one other embodiment the gripper can be a I-gripper when there is more than one glass to be mounted in consecution. The base 410 has flush type screw holes 440 by which the L-shaped mounting clip 400 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. FIG. 4 also illustrates the front view and R.S view of the L-shaped mounting clip 400.

FIG. 5 illustrates a schematic of a T-shaped mounting clip 500 along with a first support member 540 for holding the glass panel 900 on a mounting surface 910 according to one embodiment of the present invention. The T-shaped mounting clips 500 are used to grasp the corners of two edge chamfered and polished glass panels 900 placed consecutively. The T-shaped mounting clip 500 holds the glass panel 900 in both the horizontal and vertical side.

The T-shaped mounting clip 500 further comprises a base 510, a L-gripper 530 and a I-gripper 520. The L-gripper 530 and I-gripper 520 provide the necessary support for holding the glass panels 900 at the top and bottom. In one other embodiment, the T-shaped mounting clip 500 comprises of a base 510 and two L-grippers 530. In another embodiment, the T-shaped mounting clip 500 comprises of a base 510 and two I-grippers 520. The base 510 has flush type screw holes 550 by which the T-shaped mounting clip 500 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. FIG. 5 also illustrates the front view and R.S view of the T-shaped mounting clip 500.

FIG. 6 illustrates a schematic of a plus-shaped mounting clip 600 with a first support member 630 for holding the glass panel 900 on a mounting surface 910 according to one embodiment of the present invention. The plus-shaped mounting clips 600 are used to grasp the corners of four edge chamfered and polished glass panels 900 placed one adjacent to the other. The plus-shaped mounting clip 600 holds the glass panel 900 in both the horizontal and vertical side.

The plus-shaped mounting clip 600 further comprises a base 610 and two I-grippers 620 arranged in perpendicular direction. The base 610 has flush type screw holes 640 by which the plus-shaped mounting clip 600 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. FIG. 6 also illustrates the front view and R.S view of the plus- shaped mounting clip 600.

The glass mounting assembly of the current invention comprises of various components. The glass mounting assembly also provides the necessary options for mounting multiple glass panels 900 on uneven surfaces.

According to an embodiment, the assembly may comprise of one or more straight mounting clips lOOor V-shaped mounting clips 300 or L- shaped mounting clips 400 or T-shaped mounting clips 500 or plus-shaped mounting clips 600 or combinations thereof to mount one or more glass panels 900 on to the mounting surface 910. According to another embodiment, the assembly may optionally further comprise of one or more mounting clip accessories 700a and/ or 700b.

According to one embodiment, the mounting clip accessories 700a and 700b are made of one or more materials selected from the group consisting of metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood, or combination thereof. According to one other embodiment, the mounting clip accessories 700a and 700b are made of plastic comprising one or combination of nylocast, delrin, polypropylene, polycarbonate, polyester, thermoplastic polyure thanes, thermoplastic elastomers, polyimide or PEEK. According to yet another embodiment, the mounting clip accessories 700a and 700b are made of metal comprising aluminium, steel, stainless steel, Ferro or its alloys thereof.

FIG. 7A and 7B illustrate schematic of mounting clip accessories 700a and 700b that snap fit over the mounted glass panel 900 to create an aesthetically pleasing effect. According to one embodiment, the mounting clip accessory 700a comprises of two engaging walls 710a and 710b that are provided at right angles to each other and an engaging claw 720a extending from the point of intersection of the engaging walls 710a and 710b (as shown in FIG. 7A). According to another embodiment, the mounting clip accessory 700b comprises of an engaging wall 710c provided with a perpendicular engaging claw 720b at its center.

According to one embodiment, the mounting clip accessory 700a are snap fit at the butt joints found between the two glass panels 900 mounted on a mounting surface 910 that has two adjacent planes as shown in FIG 11. According to another embodiment, the mounting clip accessory 700b are snap fit at the butt joints found between the two glass panels 900 mounted on a mounting surface 910 as shown in FIG 8A and FIG. 11. The mounting clip accessories do not possess any load bearing capacity and are snap fit on the installed glass panels in a continuous or periodic fashion depending on the required aesthetic effect. Typically the mounting clip accessories are used as fillers to cover the butt joints and create an elusive effect of the entire length of the glass panel being seated on the mounting clip. But in reality these mounting accessories do not contribute to the load bearing aspect.

According to one embodiment, the mounting accessories are manufactured in a color that matches the color of the mounting clips. According to another embodiment, these mounting accessories are used as an alternative to silicone or tapes for flushing of joints. According to yet another embodiment, the mounting accessory has a refractive index very close to that of glass.

A glass mounting assembly utilizing L-shaped mounting clips 400, T- shaped mounting clips 500 and plus-shaped mounting clips 600 is shown in FIG. 8A which uses four L-shaped mounting clips 400, four T-shaped mounting clips 500 and one plus-shaped mounting clip 600 for fixing four glass panels 900 on the mounting surface 910. The mounting surface 910 can be an even surface or an uneven surface. The single plus-shaped mounting clip 600 in the center provides support for mounting four glass panels 900 in the mounting fashion shown in the FIG. 8A.

An exploded view of this assembly is depicted in FIG. 8B for better understanding. The bottom ends of the glass panels 900 are supported by two L-shaped mounting clips 400 in the corners along with a T-shaped mounting clip 500 in the center. The base 420 of the L-shaped mounting clips 400 and base 510 of the T-shaped mounting clip 500 have flush type screw holes 440 and 550, respectively by which the L-shaped mounting clips 400 and T-shaped mounting clip 500 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. Alternatively the base 420 and 510 can be mounted on to a mounting surface 910 using other methods such as glues, tapes, or other suitable mounting methods.

Once the bottom end clips are mounted, the glass panels 900 are slide onto the clips. The plus-shaped clip 600 is then fastened to the center portion of the mounted glass panels 900 and two T-shaped mounting clips 500 are fastened to the two corners of the mounted glass panels 900. Similar to the first set of glass panels 900, two other glass panels 900 are slide over the second set of mounting clips and the mounting process is completed by fastening a pair of L-shaped mounting clips 400 at the top corners and a T-shaped mounting clip 500 at the center.

According to another embodiment of the present invention, an assembly utilizing straight mounting clips 100 is shown in FIG. 9. The assembly utilizes two straight mounting clips 100 having a L-gripper at the bottom and two straight mounting clips 100 having I-gripper at the top for fixing a glass panel 900 on the mounting surface 910. The mounting surface 910 can be an even surface or an uneven surface. This three dimensional view shows the glass panel 900 mounted on L-gripper 110 which is seated above the base 120 of the straight mounting clips 100. The first support member 130 provides the necessary cushioning effect for the straight mounting clips 100. The screws 770 secure the mounting clip 100 firmly to the mounting surface 910. The base 120 has flush type screw holes 140 by which the straight mounting clips 100 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. Alternatively the base 120 can be mounted on to a mounting surface 910 using other methods such as glues, tapes, or other suitable mounting methods.

Once the two straight mounting clips 100 comprising the L-gripper are fastened to the mounting surface 910 at the bottom, the glass panel 900 is slide over the bottom mounting clips. Then two straight mounting clips 100 comprising a I- gripper 220 are then fixed on top of the mounted glass panel 900. The straight mounting clips 100 are then fastened to the mounting surface 910 using flush type screws 140 provided on the base 120 of the straight mounting clips 100. The I-gripper of the fastened straight mounting clips 100 also provides for mounting another glass panel (if need may arise) over the already mounted glass panel by making use of the free side of the I-gripper facing away from the mounted glass panel 900.

A bottom view of the above mentioned glass mounting assembly is depicted in FIG. 10A for better understanding. The assembly of the present invention utilizes second support members 800 for providing cushioning effect between the glass panel 900 and the mounting surface 910. In addition to this, the second support member 800 further helps to mount on the uneven mounting surface 910. The second support member 800 comprises a compressible material, and an adhesive layer. The compressible material is selected from the group comprising of foam, rubber, PVC, and a combination thereof. This second support member 800 can be selected based on the hardness and other properties of the mounting surface 910. The second support members 800 are attached to the glass panel 900 along the circumference of the glass panel 900.

Cross-sectional view of the above mentioned glass mounting assembly is depicted in FIG. 10B that shows the glass panel 900 also utilizes a thin sheet, preferably a vinyl sheet 880 for holding the glass pieces intact in case of any damage to the glass panel 900. This helps to safeguard from falling of the broken glass pieces during any breakage to glass panel 900. In multiple embodiments, a thin sheet not limiting to polyethylene, polyester, polypropylene or any plastic films or combinations thereof is disposed between the glass panel 900 and the second support member 800.

FIG. 11 depicts the use of V-shaped mounting clip 300 for mounting glass panels 900 on a mounting surface 910 that has two planes arranged in a perpendicular manner. In one embodiment of the invention, the two planes of the mounting surface 910 can be at a 90°angle. In one other embodiment, the two planes of the mounting surface 910 can be a 45° angle. The V-shaped mounting clip 300 can comprise a L-gripper (as shown in FIG. 3B) or a I-gripper (as shown in FIG. 3A). The base 310 has flush type screw holes 340 by which the V-shaped mounting clip 300 can be fastened to the mounting surface 910. Alternatively the base 310 can be mounted on to a mounting surface 910 using other methods such as glues, tapes, or other suitable mounting methods.

The glass panels 900 are then mounted on the fastened V-shaped mounting clip 300 on the two planes of the mounting surface 910 by seating the glass panels 900 over the I-gripper or L-gripper of the V-shaped mounting clip 300. In one embodiment, when the V-shaped mounting clip 300 comprises a I-gripper then the free end of the I-gripper away from the mounted glass panel 900 can be used for mounting another set of glass panels. The use of V-shaped mounting clip 300 thus avoids cutting of clips and foam when a joint appears in the mounting surface where the glass needs to be installed in two different planes. The V-shaped mounting clips 300 also save a lot of installation time by providing a ready-to-install clips and require much less labour skill to get an aesthetically good finish. The glass mounting assembly depicted in FIG. 11 further illustrates mounting accessories 700a and 700b snap fitted at the butt joints between the installed glass panels 900. The mounting accessory 700a are snap fit at the butt joints found between the two glass panels 900 mounted on a mounting surface 910 that has two adjacent planes. Similarly the mounting accessory 700b are snap fit at the butt joints found between the two glass panels 900 mounted on a mounting surface 910.

Industrial Applications

The mounting clips described in the present disclosure are used for mounting a glass panel or a plurality of glass panels on mounting surfaces such as plywood or concrete wall. With no redundant material the mounting clip of the present disclosure still possess significant load bearing capacity and increased durability. The varied shape of the mounting clips provide for mounting plurality of glass panels in a seamless manner and further provide for mounting glass panels on mounting surfaces that are on adjacent planes with respect to each other.

The mounting clips are cost effective in manufacture and assembly. Further the clips involve minimal wet work during glass panel mounting thereby completely avoiding cutting of mounting clips for mounting glass panels on adjacent planes. Glass mounting performed with the mounting clips of the present disclosure appear aesthetically more pleasing with only the gripper of the mounting clips being visible to the observer. The mounting clips of the present disclosure may be used in wall cladding and curtain walling applications with aesthetically improved appearance.

A method 1000 of installing glass panel using the mounting clips of the present invention is depicted in FIG. 12. The mounting clips viz. mounting clips lOOor V-shaped mounting clips 300 or L-shaped mounting clips 400 or T-shaped mounting clips 500 or plus-shaped mounting clips 600 are used to install glass panels 900 by mechanically holding the glass panel 900 at the bottom and top edges. The desired type of mounting clip is selected based on installation requirements such as the type of mounting surface, whether even or uneven, interior or exterior mounting, number and manner in which the glass panels are to be mounted etc.

Referring to FIG. 12, a flowchart for a method 1000 of mounting glass panel(s) 900 on a mounting surface 910 is illustrated. In an embodiment, the mounting glass panel(s) 900 of FIG. 12 may be formed by implementing one or more steps of the method 1000. In another embodiment, the mounting glass panel(s) 900 of FIG. 12 may be formed by implementing the steps of the method 1000 in any convenient order. The method 1000 will be explained in conjunction with one or more components of the glass mounting assembly. However, it may also be contemplated to implement the method 1000 with other suitable devices without deviating from the scope of the present disclosure and/or necessary modifications to the described components of the glass mounting assembly.

The glass panel 900 installation method comprises of step 1210 that involves pasting the first support member on the base of any one or more mounting clips of the present invention and providing one or more second support members on the rear side of the glass panel 900 to give support to the glass panel 900 as well as to counter the uneven mounting surface 910. Step 1220 involves marking hole location for the mounting clips, drilling holes and fastening the mounting clips on to the mounting surface 910.

The mounting clips to be placed on the bottom are mounted first and then the glass panel 900 is slide into the L-gripper or I-gripper of the fastened mounting clips in step 1230. The other set of mounting clips are fastened on the top to firmly hold the glass panel 900 in place in step 1240. The glass panel 900 can be installed using a combination of one or more mounting clips described in the present invention. Typically two straight mounting clips 100 with L-gripper and two straight mounting clips 100 with I-gripper are used to mount a single glass panel 900 on the mounting surface 910. Alternatively, in one other embodiment, four L-shaped clips 400 can also be used to mount a glass panel 900 on the mounting surface 910. For mounting more than one glass panel a combination of plus-shaped mounting clips 600 and T-shaped mounting clips 500 can be used. In yet another embodiment, V-shaped mounting clips 300 can be used to mount glass panels on mounting surface having two adjacent planes. According to multiple embodiments of the invention, the planes are at a 90° angle or 45° angle from each other.

A horizontal base line has to be marked on the wall of installation using a spirit level or laser plumb line. The mounting clips with support cushion is placed on the wall and aligned to the horizontal base line. The mounting clip screw holes are marked on the walls and the holes are drilled and pegged. Using screws the mounting clips to be placed in the bottom are firmly mounted on the wall.

A flat surface such as a metal rod or ruler is used to ensure that the mounting clip screws are not excessively tightened to prevent following the walls uneven shape. The glass panel 900 to be mounted is slid in to the mounting clips from the top. Sliding from the side of the mounting clip should be avoided to prevent making scratches on the lacquer surface behind the glass. After the glass is placed on mounting clips fastened in the bottom, then the top mounting clips are placed in step 1240 on the top edge of the glass using L-gripper or I-gripper. Now a sharp pencil is used to mark the hole locations for the mounting clips on the top. After hole locations are marked, then the glass panel 900 and mounting clips on the top are removed and holes are drilled and pegged. Again the glass panel 900 is placed in position and the mounting clips on top are fixed using screws to hold the glass panel 900 firmly. Now the glass installation is complete 1250.

Examples

Example 1 Hugh Humidity Testing

The high humidity test was carried out according to EN 1036 standard. According to the standard, the mounting clips of the present disclosure were placed in the humidity chamber at 40 °C with RH > 95% for 21 days. The mounting clips were removed from the chamber after 30 days and 45 days of testing in order to observe the defects created due to humidity exposure. The mounting clips were found to have undergone no change in color before and after the testing. The mounting clips were also tested for climatic cycling and no changes were reported.

Example 2

The mounting clip 100 with a L-gripper of the present disclosure was used to install a glass panel of lm x lm with 6 mm thickness. Four mounting clips 100 were used for mounting the glass panel on a cement wall. Time required for mounting of the above glass panel using four mounting clips 100 of the present disclosure was found to be 20 minutes which was observed o be much faster than conventional glass installation procedures. The mounted clips 100 were found to bear the load of the mounted glass panel even after 6 weeks of glass installation without any visible defects in the mounting clips 100.

Example 3

Pull Test A pull test was performed by mounting panels using the mounting clips of the present disclosure and measuring the amount of pull force required to remove such a mounted glass panel from the mounting surface in the plane perpendicular direction. Screw failure during the test was observed after taking a maximum load of 200 Kg. Example 4

Shear Strength

The shear strength of metal panels (50mm * 50 mm) mounted using the mounting clips of the present disclosure were determined by measuring the amount of shear force required to remove such a mounted panel from the mounting surface in the longitudinal direction. Screw failure during the test was observed after taking a maximum shear load of 400 kg/25 cm .

Example 5

Tensile Strength

Tensile strength measurements were performed on 6 mm thick metal sheets mounted on plywood surface using the mounting clips of the present disclosure. The panels were pulled in longitudinal direction with one side fixed. The failure of the mounting clips was found to occur at 276 kg load for 100mm long mounting clip.

In the foregoing, reference to specific embodiments and the connections of certain components is illustrative. It will be appreciated that reference to components as being coupled or connected is intended to disclose either direct connection between said components or indirect connection through one or more intervening components as will be appreciated to carry out the methods as discussed herein. As such, the above-disclosed subject matter is to be considered illustrative, and not restrictive, and the appended claims are intended to cover all such modifications, enhancements, and other embodiments, which fall within the true scope of the present invention. Moreover, not all of the activities described above in the general description or the examples are required, that a portion of a specific activity cannot be required, and that one or more further activities can be performed in addition to those described. Still further, the order in which activities are listed is not necessarily the order in which they are performed.

The disclosure is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to limit the scope or meaning of the claims. In addition, in the foregoing disclosure, certain features that are, for clarity, described herein in the context of separate embodiments, can also be provided in combination in a single embodiment. Conversely, various features that are, for brevity, described in the context of a single embodiment, can also be provided separately or in any sub combination. Still, inventive subject matter can be directed to less than all features of any of the disclosed embodiments.

Benefits, other advantages, and solutions to problems have been described above with regard to specific embodiments. However, the benefits, advantages, solutions to problems, and any feature(s) that can cause any benefit, advantage, or solution to occur or become more pronounced are not to be construed as a critical, required, or essential feature of any or all the claims.

Thus, to the maximum extent allowed by law, the scope of the present invention is to be determined by the broadest permissible interpretation of the following claims and their equivalents, and shall not be restricted or limited by the foregoing detailed description.

While aspects of the present disclosure have been particularly shown and described with reference to the embodiments above, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various additional embodiments may be contemplated by the modification of the disclosed machines, systems and methods without departing from the spirit and scope of what is disclosed herein. Such embodiments should be understood to fall within the scope of the present disclosure as determined based upon the claims and any equivalents thereof.

List of Element GLASS MOUNTING DEVICE

Straight mounting clip

L-gripper

Base

First support member

Screw holes

I-gripper

V-shaped mounting clip

Base

I-gripper

First support member

Screw holes

L-gripper

L-shaped mounting clip

Base

L-gripper

First support member

Screw holes

T-shaped mounting clip

Base

I-gripper

L-gripper 40 First support member50 Screw holes

00 Plus-shaped mounting clip10 Base

20 I-gripper

30 First support member40 Screw holes

00a Mounting ; accessory00b Mounting ; accessory 10a Engaging wall

10b Engaging wall

10c Engaging wall

20a Engaging claw

20b Engaging ; claw

70 Screw

00 Second support member 80 Vinyl sheet

00 Glass panel

10 Mounting I surface

1000 Method

1210 Step

1220 Step

1230 Step Step Step