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Title:
PANEL SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/201203
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
In one preferred form of the present invention, there is provided a support (12) comprising: a body (22) providing a first area (24) and a second area (26); the first area (24) providing a mount arrangement (28); the second area (26) being disposed to receive a support connector (18) at an end (30) of the support (12); the support (12) connector allowing a further support (12) to be connected to the support (12), at the end (30) of the support (12), and extend outwardly away from the support (12) to provide an end connector.

Inventors:
HODGSON, Thomas (Unit D, 3 Mason StBunbur, Perth Western Australia 6230, 6230, AU)
HODGSON, Riley (Unit D, 3 Mason StBunbur, Perth 6230, 6230, AU)
Application Number:
AU2018/050415
Publication Date:
November 08, 2018
Filing Date:
May 04, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
TOMM TECH PTY LTD (Unit D, 3 Mason StreetBunbur, Perth Western Australia 6230, 6230, AU)
International Classes:
E04H17/14; B23P19/02; E04B1/18; E04B2/72; E04B2/74; E04B7/00; E04B9/06; E04B9/34; E04C2/30; E04C5/16; E04D3/00; E04D12/00; E04F10/00; E04F11/18; E04F15/02; E06B9/00; F16B2/02; F16B2/20; F16B7/04; F16B9/02
Domestic Patent References:
WO2014051382A12014-04-03
WO2013164267A12013-11-07
Foreign References:
US20110024060A12011-02-03
CN102852932A2013-01-02
US2837153A1958-06-03
US5737893A1998-04-14
US5067543A1991-11-26
US20030213193A12003-11-20
US20090282772A12009-11-19
US20090087255A12009-04-02
US20150252588A12015-09-10
EP2500505A12012-09-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
LAW, Adam (26 Glengariff Drive, FloreatPerth, Western Australia 6014, 6014, AU)
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Claims:
THE CLAIMS DEFINING THE INVENTION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

1. A support comprising: a body providing a first area and a second area; the first area providing a mount arrangement; the second area being disposed to receive a support connector at an end of the support; the support connector allowing a further support to be connected to the support, at the end of the support, and extend outwardly away from the support to provide an end connector.

2. A support as claimed in claim 1 wherein the mount arrangement provides openings and mounts, the mounts for engaging additional supports when received through the openings; the second area being spaced apart from the first area to allow the additional supports to be received through the openings and into the first area; whilst accommodating the support connector in the second area at the end of the support.

3. A support as claimed in claim 1 or 2 including a channel wall portion; the channel wall portion extending across the body between the first area and the second area; the first area being provided as a first channel extending along the support; and the second area provided as a second channel extending along the support.

4. A support as claimed in claim 3 wherein the first area and the second area comprise two adjacent areas providing a full hollow channel area of the support.

5. A support as claimed in claim 3 or 4 wherein the channel wall portion provides a body strengthening portion extending across the body from a first side wall to a second side wall of the body of the support.

6. A support as claimed in claim 5 wherein the channel wall portion extends fully across the body from the first side wall to the second side wall of the body of the support.

7. A support as claimed in any one of claims 3 to 6 wherein the channel wall portion includes support-fastener mating portions that extend into the first channel, the support- fastener mating portions configured to engage fastening elements for holding additional supports.

8. A support as claimed in any one of claims 3 to 6 wherein the channel wall portion forms part of a number of fastening mounts facing into the first channel, the fastening mounts providing fastening elements for holding additional supports.

9. A support as claimed in any of claims 1 to 8 wherein openings extend inwardly into the first area to provide a first area depth; the depth of the second area in the same direction being at least twice the depth of the first area depth.

10. A support as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 9 wherein the support connector comprises a corner connector having a first end and a second end; the first end for being received within the second area; and a second end for being received within a further support.

11. A support as claimed in claim 10 wherein the support connector comprises an L-shaped connector.

12. A support as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 11 wherein the body comprises a cross section that has been extruded.

13. A fastening system comprising: a support and a plurality of fastening elements; each fastening element having a fastener- support mating portion for engagement with a corresponding support-fastener mating portion of the support; the support having the corresponding support-fastener mating portions disposed therealong; wherein the support comprises: a body providing a first area and a second area; the first area providing a mount arrangement; the second area being disposed to receive a support connector at an end of the support; the support connector allowing a further support to be connected to the support, at the end of the support, and extend outwardly away from the support to provide an end connector.

14. A fastening system as claimed in claim 13 wherein the mount arrangement provides openings and mounts, the mounts for engaging additional supports when received through the openings; the second area being spaced apart from the first area to allow the additional supports to be received through the openings and into the first area; whilst accommodating the support connector in the second area at the end of the support.

15. A fastening system as claimed in claim 13 or 14 wherein the first area and the second area comprise two adjacent areas providing a full hollow channel area of the support.

16. A fastening system comprising: a support and a plurality of fastening elements; wherein the support comprises: a body providing a first area and a second area; the first area providing a mount arrangement having a number of fastening elements; the second area being disposed to receive a support connector at an end of the support; the support connector allowing a further support to be connected to the support, at the end of the support, and extend outwardly away from the support to provide an end connector.

17. A support section for use in providing the body of a support, the support section comprising: an elongate body for providing a length of the support, the body providing: (1) a first connector; (2) a second connector; and (3) a mount arrangement; the first connector extending along the length of the body; the first connector spaced apart from the second connector; the second connector extending along the length of the body; the mount arrangement for mounting additional supports.

18. A support section as claimed in claim 17 wherein the first connector and the second connector each comprise an elongate connector extending along the length of the elongate body; and the first connector and the second connector are each provided, as part of or adjacent, edges of outer side walls of the elongate body.

19. A support section as claimed in claim 17 or 18 wherein the elongate body can be connected to a matching support section to provide the body of a support; the first connector and the second connector being connected to the matching support section in the support.

20. A support section as claimed in claim 17 or 18 wherein the elongate body can be connected to a matching support section to provide the body of a support; the support comprising a fencing post; the first connector and the second connector being connected to the matching support section in the fencing post.

21. A support section as claimed in claim 17 or 18 wherein the elongate body can be connected to an identical support section to provide the body of a support; the first connector and the second connector being connected to the identical support section in the support.

22. A support section as claimed in claim 21 wherein the area extending between: (1) the join of the first connector of the support section to the second connector of the identical support section; and (2) the join of the second connector of the support section to the first connector of the identical support section; provides an area offset at an angle to the side walls of the body of the post provided by the support section and the identical support section.

23. A support section as claimed in claim 21 or 22 wherein the body of the support provided by the support section and the identical support section is of a non-circular shape; the support section having a number of side walls; the first connector and the second connector provided as terminations, as part of or adjacent, the side walls of the support section.

24. A support section as claimed in any one of claims 17 to 23 wherein the first connector is provided as a short extension at the mount arrangement, with the mount arrangement limiting flexing at the first connector.

25. A support section as claimed in claim 24 wherein the mount arrangement shares a wall with the first connector to reinforce the first connector.

26. A support section as claimed in any one of claims 17 to 25 wherein the mount arrangement is spaced apart from an opposite side wall when the body of the support section forms part of a support.

27. A support section as claimed in any one of claims 17 to 26 wherein the mount arrangement provides openings and mounts, the mounts for engaging additional supports when received through the openings.

28. A support section as claimed in any one of claims 17 to 26 wherein the mount arrangement provides support-fastener mating abutments that are spaced apart from an opposite side wall when the body of the support section forms part of a support.

29. A support section as claimed in claim 28 wherein the support-fastener mating abutments provide a channel having clip portions; the clip portions for receiving corresponding fastening elements that are each received though an opening provided by the mount arrangement.

30. A support section as claimed in any one of claims 17 to 29 wherein the mount arrangement comprises a first fastening arrangement and a second fastening arrangement on differently directed side walls of the support section to allow corner post connections to be made with support members.

31. A fastener comprising an extension providing a first portion and a second portion for engaging a support, the first portion extending upwardly from a base of the fastener, the second portion extending from the first portion, wherein the second portion is configured for flexing inwardly towards the first portion.

32. A fastener as claimed in claim 31 wherein the second portion provides a first element that extends downwardly from the first portion wherein when the fastener is inserted into a support the first element progressively moves to accommodate the support.

33. A fastener as claimed in claim 31 or 32 wherein the second portion provides a second element that extends from the first element and which is configured for becoming aligned with and engaging an inner side wall of the support.

34. A fastener as claimed in claim 33 wherein the second element is configured to relatively flatly bear against the inner side wall of the support.

35. A wall mounting element for a support member; the wall mounting element comprising: an elongate body having at least one side wall abutment providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall or post structure; the at least one side wall abutment allowing the elongate body to be fixed to the wall or post structure; the elongate body having an opening extending along the length of the body for receiving a support; the elongate body including an internal locator for locating the support at a fixed insertion depth when inserted into the opening.

36. A wall mounting element as claimed in claim 35 wherein the internal locator comprises an extension that extends along the elongate body and across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

37. A wall mounting element as claimed in claim 35 or 36 wherein the internal locator comprises two tab portions each extending from opposite sides of the body across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

38. A wall mounting element as claimed in claim 35, 36 or 37 wherein the opening extends between two parallel side walls of the body through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise be fixed to secure the support at the insertion depth within the elongate body.

39. A wall mounting element as claimed in any one of claims 35 to 38 wherein the at least one side wall abutment comprises two adjacent side wall abutments through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise fixed to secure the elongate body to the wall or post structure; each of the adjacent side wall abutments being arranged at an offset angle relative to the opening.

40. A wall mounting element as claimed in any one of claims 35 to 39 wherein the body comprises a cross section that has been extruded.

41. A fastening system comprising: a support and a plurality of fastening elements; each fastening element having a fastener- support mating portion for engagement with a corresponding support-fastener mating portion of the support; the support having the corresponding support-fastener mating portions disposed therealong; the fastening system further including a wall mounting element comprising: an elongate body having at least one side wall abutment providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall or post structure; the at least one side wall abutment allowing the elongate body to be fixed to the wall or post structure; the elongate body having an opening extending along the length of the body for receiving the support; the elongate body including an internal locator for locating the support at a fixed insertion depth when inserted into the opening.

42. A fastening system as claimed in claim 41 wherein the internal locator comprises an extension that extends along the elongate body and across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

43. A fastening system as claimed in claim 41 or 42 wherein the internal locator comprises two tab portions each extending from opposite sides of the body across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

44. A fastening system as claimed in claim 41, 42 or 43 wherein the opening extends between two parallel side walls of the body through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise fixed to secure the support at the insertion depth within the elongate body.

45. A fastening system as claimed in any one of claims 41 to 44 wherein the at least one side wall abutment comprises two adjacent side wall abutments through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise be fixed to secure the elongate body to the wall or post structure; each of the adjacent side wall abutments being arranged at an offset angle relative to the opening.

46. A wall mounting element for a support member; the wall mounting element comprising: an elongate fastening system comprising: a support having a plurality of fastening elements; the fastening system further including a wall mounting element comprising: an elongate body having at least one side wall abutment providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall or post structure; the at least one side wall abutment allowing the elongate body to be fixed to the wall or post structure; the elongate body having an opening extending along the length of the body for receiving the support; the elongate body including an internal locator for locating the support at a fixed insertion depth when inserted into the opening.

Description:
PANEL SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE

[0001] The present application is associated with the following applications from which priority is claimed: (i) PCT Application PCT/AU2017/050544 entitled 'Panel Systems and Components';

(ii) Australian Application 2017901622 entitled 'Panel Systems and Components - Channels';

(iii) Australian Application 2017901621 entitled 'Panel Systems And Components - Support Sections'; (iv) Australian Application 2017901620 entitled 'Panel Systems And Components - Walling Elements' .

[0002] The aforementioned applications are hereby fully incorporated by reference for all purposes.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0003] The present invention relates to panel systems and components. It is considered that several aspects of the present application find application beyond panel systems.

BACKGROUND TO THE INVENTION

[0004] There are various panel systems available on the market that provide for construction of fences, screens, roofing, awnings and other structures. A number of problems have been observed with such systems.

[0005] For example, the application of fasteners such as screws and rivets can be time consuming. In addition, the fasteners may damage the panels during application. The fasteners may also be subject to loosening causing the panels to rattle or fall apart.

[0006] It is against this background and the problems and difficulties associated therewith that the present inventors have developed the invention.

[0007] As noted above, it is considered that several aspects of the present application find application beyond panel systems. Such applications include furniture construction, and construction in general. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION- CHANNELS

[0008] According to a first aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a support comprising: a body providing a first area and a second area; the first area providing a mount arrangement; the second area being disposed to receive a support connector at an end of the support; the support connector allowing a further support to be connected to the support, at the end of the support, and extend outwardly away from the support to provide an end connector.

[0009] Preferably the mount arrangement provides openings and mounts, the mounts for engaging additional supports when received through the openings; the second area being spaced apart from the first area to allow the additional supports to be received through the openings and into the first area; whilst accommodating the support connector in the second area at the end of the support.

[0010] Preferably the support includes a channel wall portion; the channel wall portion extending across the body between the first area and the second area; the first area being provided as a first channel extending along the support; and the second area provided as a second channel extending along the support.

[0011] Preferably the first area and the second area comprise two adjacent areas providing a full hollow channel area of the support.

[0012] Preferably the channel wall portion provides a body strengthening portion extending across the body from a first side wall to a second side wall of the body of the support.

[0013] Preferably the channel wall portion includes support-fastener mating portions that extend into the first channel, the support-fastener mating portions configured to engage fastening elements for holding additional supports.

[0014] Preferably the channel wall portion forms part of a number of fastening mounts facing into the first channel, the fastening mounts providing fastening elements for holding additional supports.

[0015] Preferably the openings extend inwardly into the first area to provide a first area depth; the depth of the second area in the same direction being at least twice the depth of the first area depth. [0016] Preferably the support connector comprises a corner connector having a first end and a second end; the first end for being received within the second area; and a second end for being received within a further support.

[0017] Preferably the support connector comprises an L-shaped connector.

[0018] Preferably the body comprises a cross section that has been extruded.

[0019] According to a second aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a fastening system comprising: a support and a plurality of fastening elements; each fastening element having a fastener-support mating portion for engagement with a corresponding support- fastener mating portion of the support; the support having the corresponding support-fastener mating portions disposed therealong; wherein the support comprises: a body providing a first area and a second area; the first area providing a mount arrangement; the second area being disposed to receive a support connector at an end of the support; the support connector allowing a further support to be connected to the support, at the end of the support, and extend outwardly away from the support to provide an end connector.

[0020] Preferably the mount arrangement provides openings and mounts, the mounts for engaging additional supports when received through the openings; the second area being spaced apart from the first area to allow the additional supports to be received through the openings and into the first area; whilst accommodating the support connector in the second area at the end of the support.

[0021] Preferably the first area and the second area comprise two adjacent areas providing a full hollow channel area of the support.

[0022] According to another aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a fastening system comprising: a support and a plurality of fastening elements, wherein the support comprises: a body providing a first area and a second area; the first area providing a mount arrangement having a number of fastening elements; the second area being disposed to receive a support connector at an end of the support; the support connector allowing a further support to be connected to the support, at the end of the support, and extend outwardly away from the support to provide an end connector. [0023] It is considered that preferred embodiments of the present invention provide a number of advantages, including the ability to join supports together to provide supports with corner sections. Fastening elements can be provided as separate pieces to connect additional supports.

[0024] It is to be recognised that other forms and advantages of the preferred embodiments will be apparent from the drawings and description of preferred embodiments, and the claims provided below.

[0025] Further advantages and preferred features will be apparent from the drawings and a reading of the specification as a whole.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION- SUPPORT SECTIONS

[0026] According to a first aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a support section for use in providing the body of a support, the support section comprising: an elongate body for providing a length of the support, the body providing: (1) a first connector; (2) a second connector; and (3) a mount arrangement; the first connector extending along the length of the body; the first connector spaced apart from the second connector; the second connector extending along the length of the body; the mount arrangement for mounting additional supports.

[0027] Preferably the first connector and the second connector each comprise an elongate connector extending along the length of the elongate body; and the first connector and the second connector are each provided, as part of or adjacent, edges of outer side walls of the elongate body.

[0028] Preferably the elongate body can be connected to a matching support section to provide the body of a support; the first connector and the second connector being connected to the matching support section in the support.

[0029] Preferably the elongate body can be connected to a matching support section to provide the body of a support; the support comprising a fencing post; the first connector and the second connector being connected to the matching support section in the fencing post.

[0030] Preferably the elongate body can be connected to an identical support section to provide the body of a support; the first connector and the second connector being connected to the identical support section in the support. [0031] Preferably the area extending between: (1) the join of the first connector of the support section to the second connector of the identical support section; and (2) the join of the second connector of the support section to the first connector of the identical support section; provides an area offset at an angle to the side walls of the body of the post provided by the support section and the identical support section.

[0032] Preferably the body of the support provided by the support section and the identical support section is of a non-circular shape; the support section having a number of side walls; the first connector and the second connector provided as terminations, as part of or adjacent, the side walls of the support section.

[0033] Preferably the first connector is provided as a short extension at the mount arrangement, with the mount arrangement limiting flexing at the first connector.

[0034] Preferably the mount arrangement shares a wall with the first connector to reinforce the first connector.

[0035] Preferably the mount arrangement is spaced apart from an opposite side wall when the body of the support section forms part of a support.

[0036] Preferably the mount arrangement provides openings and mounts, the mounts for engaging additional supports when received through the openings.

[0037] Preferably the mount arrangement provides support-fastener mating abutments that are spaced apart from an opposite side wall when the body of the support section forms part of a support.

[0038] Preferably the support-fastener mating abutments provide a channel having clip portions; the clip portions for receiving corresponding fastening elements that are each received though an opening provided by the mount arrangement.

[0039] Preferably the mount arrangement comprises a first fastening arrangement and a second fastening arrangement on differently directed side walls of the support section to allow corner post connections to be made with support members. [0040] It is considered that preferred embodiments of the present invention provide a number of advantages, including the ability to manufacture support sections as separate pieces by the process of extrusion and to join the sections, to form support members. After the support members have been formed, fastening elements can be provided as separate pieces. The fastening elements can be positioned with respect to the support member at spaced apart locations therealong with the fastening elements being positioned by pushing the fastening elements through spaced apart openings provided along the support member. Other embodiments are of course possible.

[0041] It is to be recognised that other forms and advantages of the preferred embodiments will be apparent from the drawings and description of preferred embodiments, and the claims provided below.

[0042] Further advantages and preferred features will be apparent from the drawings and a reading of the specification as a whole.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION- WALLING ELEMENTS

[0043] According to a first aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a wall mounting element for a support member; the wall mounting element comprising: an elongate body having at least one side wall abutment providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall or post structure; the at least one side wall abutment allowing the elongate body to be fixed to the wall or post structure; the elongate body having an opening extending along the length of the body for receiving a support; the elongate body including an internal locator for locating the support at a fixed insertion depth when inserted into the opening.

[0044] Preferably the internal locator comprises an extension that extends along the elongate body and across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

[0045] Preferably the internal locator comprises two tab portions each extending from opposite sides of the body across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

[0046] Preferably the opening extends between two parallel side walls of the body through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise be fixed to secure the support at the insertion depth within the elongate body. [0047] Preferably the at least one side wall abutment comprises two adjacent side wall abutments through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise fixed to secure the elongate body to the wall or post structure; each of the adjacent side wall abutments being arranged at an offset angle relative to the opening.

[0048] Preferably the body comprises a cross section that has been extruded.

[0049] According to another aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a wall mounting element for a support member; the wall mounting element comprising: an elongate fastening system comprising: a support and a plurality of fastening elements; each fastening element having a fastener- support mating portion for engagement with a corresponding support-fastener mating portion of the support; the support having the corresponding support- fastener mating portions disposed therealong; the fastening system further including a wall mounting element comprising: an elongate body having at least one side wall abutment providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall or post structure; the at least one side wall abutment allowing the elongate body to be fixed to the wall or post structure; the elongate body having an opening extending along the length of the body for receiving the support; the elongate body including an internal locator for locating the support at a fixed insertion depth when inserted into the opening.

[0050] Preferably the internal locator comprises an extension that extends along the elongate body and across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

[0051] Preferably the internal locator comprises two tab portions each extending from opposite sides of the body across the elongate body at a location inset from the opening.

[0052] Preferably the opening extends between two parallel side walls of the body through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise fixed to secure the support at the insertion depth within the elongate body.

[0053] Preferably the at least one side wall abutment comprises two adjacent side wall abutments through which fasteners can be screwed or otherwise be fixed to secure the elongate body to the wall or post structure; each of the adjacent side wall abutments being arranged at an offset angle relative to the opening. [0054] According to another aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a wall mounting element for a support member; the wall mounting element comprising: an elongate fastening system comprising: a support having a plurality of fastening elements; the fastening system further including a wall mounting element comprising: an elongate body having at least one side wall abutment providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall or post structure; the at least one side wall abutment allowing the elongate body to be fixed to the wall or post structure; the elongate body having an opening extending along the length of the body for receiving the support; the elongate body including an internal locator for locating the support at a fixed insertion depth when inserted into the opening.

[0055] It is to be recognised that other forms and advantages of the preferred embodiments will be apparent from the drawings and description of preferred embodiments, and the claims provided below.

[0056] Further advantages and preferred features will be apparent from the drawings and a reading of the specification as a whole.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION- FASTENING ELEMENT

[0057] According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a fastener comprising an extension providing a first portion and a second portion for engaging a support, the first portion extending upwardly from a base of the fastener, the second portion extending from the first portion, wherein the second portion is configured for flexing inwardly towards the first portion.

[0058] Preferably the second portion provides a first element that extends downwardly from the first portion wherein when the fastener is inserted into a support the first element progressively moves to accommodate the support.

[0059] Preferably the second portion is arranged at a different angle to the first portion.

[0060] Preferably the second portion is arranged at an angle to the first portion of at least 10 degrees. Preferably the second portion is arranged at an angle to the first portion of at least 20 degrees. Preferably the second portion is arranged at an angle to the first portion of at least 40 degrees. Preferably the second portion is arranged at an angle to the first portion of at least 50 degrees. Preferably the second portion is arranged at an angle to the first portion of between 50 and 70 degrees. [0061] Preferably the second portions includes a second element that extends from the first element and which is configured for becoming aligned with and engaging an inner side wall of the support.

[0062] Preferably the second element is configured to relatively flatly bear against the inner side wall of the support.

[0063] The first element may comprises a curve portion that is configured to flex along its length to limit stress at the connection between the first portion and the second portion.

[0064] According to another aspect of preferred embodiments herein described there is provided a fastening element comprising: a fastener- support mating portion for clip engagement with a corresponding support-fastener mating portion of a support; and a fastener-additional support mating portion for engagement with a corresponding additional support-fastener mating portion of an additional support.

[0065] Preferably each fastening element has a first end providing the fastener- support mating portion, and a second end providing a fastener-additional support mating portion; the fastener- additional support mating portion being configured for engaging at least one inner surface of an additional support to apply an engaging force that is directed laterally outwardly, relative to the additional support, when the additional support is engaged by the fastener-additional support mating portion.

[0066] Preferably the fastener- support mating portions each comprise a push fit portion configured to be pushed towards the corresponding support-fastener mating portion and engage therewith to hold the fastening element to the support.

[0067] Preferably the body of the fastening element has a cross section that has been extruded.

[0068] Preferably the support comprises an elongate member having openings spaced along the support; the openings being spaced along an elongate side having the support-fastener mating portions therealong; each fastener-support mating portion having to be pushed through a corresponding one of the openings toward the corresponding support-fastener mating portion and engage therewith to hold the fastening element to the support. [0069] Preferably the fastener- support mating portions each comprise a push fit portion configured to be pushed towards the corresponding support-fastener mating portion and engage therewith to hold the fastening element to the support.; each fastener- support mating portion and corresponding support-fastener mating portion providing a male clip portion and a female clip portion for clipping engagement.

[0070] Preferably the fastener-additional support mating portion comprises an extension including members extending from the body of the extension towards the lateral boundary of the fastener; the members for bearing against the inner surfaces of an additional support to apply an engaging force in a direction laterally outwardly relative to the additional support.

[0071] Preferably each fastener- support mating portion comprises a base having a number of clip portions extending therefrom, the clip portions for engaging corresponding support-fastener mating portions; and the base for bearing against an outer surface of the support-fastener mating portions.

[0072] Preferably the fastening element is configured to extend beyond the cross-section of the support when the fastener-support mating portion is in engagement with a corresponding support- fastener mating portion of the support.

[0073] Preferably each fastener- support mating portion is less than one third of the height of the fastening element.

[0074] Preferably each support-fastener mating portion provides a channel having clip portions on both inwardly facing sides of the channel.

[0075] Preferably each support-fastener mating portion provides a channel having clip portions on both outwardly facing sides of the channel.

[0076] Preferably each fastener- support mating portion comprises a base that is of a greater width than the width of the channel, the base for bearing against an outer surface of the support-fastener mating portions.

[0077] Preferably the channel has a firm base to hold side portions of the channel together. [0078] Preferably each fastener- support mating portion is configured for clipping engagement with the corresponding support-fastener mating portion.

BRIEF DES CRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

[0079] In order to facilitate a better understanding of the present invention, several preferred embodiments will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

[0080] Figure 1 to 7 illustrate a fastening system according to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0081] Figure 6 and 7 illustrate a fastening system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0082] Figure 8 illustrates a fastening system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0083] Figure 9 illustrates the provision of a section according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0084] Figures 10, 11 and 12 illustrate a feature of the fastening system shown in Figure 1.

[0085] Figure 13 illustrates a number of variations in relation to further embodiments.

[0086] Figures 14a and 14b illustrate a further preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0087] Figures 15a to 15c illustrate a further preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0088] Figures 16-1 to 16-8 illustrate a system according to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0089] Figure 16-9a and 16-9b illustrates systems according to other preferred embodiments of the present invention.

[0090] Figure 16-10 illustrate a system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0091] Figures 16-11 and 16-12 illustrate a system according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0092] Figures 16-13 and 16-14 illustrate several sections possibly used in other preferred embodiments of the present invention.

[0093] Figures 17-1 to 17-5 illustrate a wall mounting element according to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0094] Figures 17-6, 17-7 and 17-8 illustrate a wall mounting system according to a second preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0095] Figures 17-9 and 17-10 illustrate the application of the wall mounting system illustrated in Figures 17-1 to 17-5.

[0096] Figures 17-11 to 17-14 illustrate further embodiments of the present invention.

DETAILED DES CRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS - CHANNELS

[0097] It is to be appreciated that each of the embodiments is specifically described and that the present invention is not to be construed as being limited to any specific feature or element of any one of the embodiments. Neither is the present invention to be construed as being limited to any feature of a number of the embodiments or variations described in relation to the embodiments.

[0098] Referring to Figure 1 there is shown a fastening system 10 according to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention. The fastening system 10 includes a plurality of supports 12, a plurality of fastening elements 14, a plurality of additional supports 16 and a number of support connectors 18. Figure 2 illustrates one of the supports 10 that is considered to provide an embodiment of the present invention in its own right.

[0099] The fastening elements 14 are able to be positioned within the supports 12 at spaced apart locations therealong. The fastening elements 14.are readily positioned by pushing the fastening elements 14 through spaced apart openings 20 in the support 12. The fastening elements 14 allow the additional supports 16 to be inserted through the openings 20 and be mounted to the supports 12 [0100] The fastening system 10 is considered to be suited to the construction of fences, screens, roofing, awnings and many other structures. The applicability of the system 10 is considered to extend beyond these fields.

[0101] The support 12 is considered to advantageously provide for the mounting of additional supports to the support 12. The support 12 comprises a body 22 providing a first area 24 and a second area 26. The first area 24 provides a mount arrangement 28. The second area 26 is disposed to receive a support connector 18 at end 30 of the support 12. The support connector 18 allows a further support 12 to be connected to the support 12 at either end 30 of the support 12 and to extend outwardly away from the support 12 at an angle thereto. More particularly the support connector .18 provides an end connector 18 that allows a further support 12 to form a 90 degree corner joint at either end 30. Advantageously, the support connector 18 does not interfere with the first area 24 and the mount arrangement 28.

[0102] The mount arrangement 28 provides the openings 20 and mounts 32. The mounts 32 are provided for engaging the fastening elements 14 which hold the additional supports 16 when received through the openings 20. The second area 26 is spaced apart from the first area 24 to allow the additional supports 32 to be received through the openings 28 and then into the first area 24. The second area 26 is configured to accommodate the support connector 18 in the second area 26 at a selected one of the ends 30 of the support 12 without interfering with the first area 24.

[0103] Referring to Figure 3, the support 12 includes a channel wall portion 34. The channel wall portion 34 extends across the body 22 from a first side wall 36 to a second side wall 38. The channel wall portion 34 extends between the first area 24 and the second area 26. The first area is provided as a first channel 40 extending along the support 12 and the second area 26 is provided as a second channel 42. Both the first channel 40 and the second channel 42 extend along the support 12. The channels 40 and 42 are bound by the outer side walls 44 of the support 12 and the channel wall portion 34.

[0104] The first area 24 and the second area 26 comprise two adjacent areas providing the full hollow channel area of the support 12. That is, there are no intermediate channels between the single first channel 40 and the single second channel 42. [0105] The channel wall portion 34 provides a body strengthening portion extending across the body 22 from the first side wall 36 to the second side wall 38 of the body 22. The channel wall portion 34 extends beneath the openings 20 of the mount arrangement 28.

[0106] The channel wall portion 34 includes support-fastener mating portions 46 that extend into the first channel 40. The support-fastener mating portions 46 are configured to engage the lower ends of fastening elements 14 for holding the additional supports 16. The upper ends (arrow heads) of the fastening element 14 are inserted into the ends of the additional supports 16 as described in the applicants Australian Provisional Application 2016902172, and the co-pending applications filed on today's date.

[0107] The channel wall portion 34 forms part of the mount arrangement 28 by providing a base for the support-fastener mating portions 46. The channel wall portion 34 can be considered as forming part of a number of fastening mounts 48, the fastening mounts 48 are for providing fastening elements 14 for holding additional supports 16.

[0108] Referring to Figure 4, the openings 20 extend inwardly into the first area 24 to provide a first area depth 50. The depth 52 of the second area 26 is greater than the first area depth 50. This advantageously allows for the support connector 18 to be of a relatively large dimension to provide strength when forming a corner joint. Of course, in other embodiments, the depth 52 could be smaller than the depth 50.

[0109] Referring to Figure 5 the support connector 18 is of a configuration having two arms 54 arranged at 90 degrees. A first one 56 of the arms 54 is arranged to be received within the second area 26 to provide the other arm 58 extending away from the longitudinal axis of the support 12 at about 90 degrees. The outer faces 55 of the arms include a number of grooves for engaging the second channel 42. Of course an angle other than 90 degrees could be used in various other embodiments.

[0110] Returning to Figure 4, the second area 26 is of a rectangular cross section that is configured to receive the first arm 56. The second arm 58 is provided for being received within a further support 12. This is shown in Figures 6 and 7 in relation to a similar embodiment where like numerals are used. [0111] Returning to Figure 4, the body 22 advantageously comprises a cross section that can be extruded with the openings 20 being provided by removing material thereafter. The corner connector 18 can also advantageously be extruded. This is considered to be advantageous.

[0112] In operation, the end 56 of the corner connector 18 is received within the second area 26 by inserting the end 56 into the selected end 30 of the support 12 at the opening into the second area 26. The first area 24 contains either fastening elements or support-fastener mating portions for fastening elements for mounting additional supports. The configuration housing fastening elements in the first area whilst housing a corner connector in the second area is considered to be advantageous.

[0113] In another embodiment shown in Figure 8, the second area 26 may comprise multiple channels 60. The connector 18 could be split into multiple arms 62 as illustrated in Figure 5. Various mount arrangements 28 could be provided as detailed in the applications referred above, the applications being hereby incorporated by reference.

[0114] In another embodiment shown in Figure 9, there is provided a section 64 according to another preferred embodiment of the present invention. The section 64 provides a gate 66 having two supports 68 and two supports 70. The supports 68 have a double channel. The supports 70 have a single channel. The supports 68 are configured to receive fastening elements 72 that connect further supports 74. A number of connectors 76 connect the supports 68 and the supports 70. The connectors 76 are received in the channel of the supports 70 as well as in the channel of the supports 68 that is spaced apart from the channel that receives the fastening elements 72.

[0115] With reference to Figures 10 to 12, the second area 26 of the support 12 can also accommodate a suitably sized fastening element 14. This could allow the support 12 to be fixed to say a post using a fastening element 14. This is achieved by inserting the head end of a suitably sized fastening element 14 into the end of the second area 26. An embodiment employing such an arrangement is shown in Figures 11 and 12. A number of posts 78 are provided along with fastening elements 80. The fastening elements 80 are received by mating portions within the posts 78 and the outwardly facing ends of the fasteners 80 are inserted into the second channels of supports 82. [0116] Figure 13 illustrates a number of other channel arrangements. Figures 13a to 13h illustrates support-fastener mating abutments that are positioned above the floor of a support member opposite an opening. For example, the embodiment of Figure 13a illustrates a support- fastener mating abutment 86 that is positioned above the floor 88 of the support member 90. The support member 90 includes an extension 92 that extends along the support and which is milled out beneath each opening 94, This allows a fastening element to be received between alternating extensions 92 within the support-fastening mating abutment 86. A second channel area is provided below the abutment 86.

[0117] The embodiment of Figure 13b comprises an extension 96 providing a channel wall portion 96 that extends across a support to provide a first channel area 98 and a second channel area 100. The channel wall portion 96 extends fully across the body of the support from a first side wall 102 to a second side wall 104. The channel wall portion 96 provides a first abutment 106 that faces into the second channel area 100. A second abutment 110 faces into the second channel area 100 and is provided by a side wall 110.

[0118] The abutment 106 and the abutment 110 are provided for bearing against a support connector 18 to hold the support connector 18 in position. The side wall 102 and the side wall 104 also provide for some holding force. It is to be appreciated that in some embodiments the channel wall area may not extend fully across from the opposite side walls of the body of the support. Such an embodiment is shown in Figure 13c. The embodiment of Figure 13c provides an absence of a portion 112.

[0119] The embodiments of Figures 13a and 13c to 13h are not preferred for the reason that the first abutment 106 does not extend from the first side wall 102 to a second side wall 104 . . In addition oddly shaped connectors may have to be employed.

[0120] The embodiment of Figure 13h provides a support 114 having a support-fastener mating portion 116 that provides a channel 118 having abutments 120 with clip portions in the form of two opposing grooves 122 both on inwardly facing sides. The channel 118 has a base 124 that holds the support-fastener mating portions 116 together when a corresponding fastening element is inserted in the channel 118. Two portions 126 extend from the base 124. to the side 128 providing an opening 130,. This is in comparison to Figure 3d wherein the side portions of the channel are not provided with a base that forms a closed channel beneath the openings. Again the embodiment of Figure 13h is not preferred in comparison to the embodiment of Figure 13b.

[0121] Referring to Figures 14a and 14b there is provided a fastener 400 according to a further preferred embodiment of the present invention. The fastener 400 comprises a base 402 having an extension 404 extending therefrom. The extension 404 comprises a first portion 406 and a second portion 408 for engaging a support.

[0122] The first portion 406 extends upwardly from the base 402 of the fastener 400. The second portion 408 is connected to the first portion 406 at a connection 405. The second portion 408 is configured for flexing inwardly towards the first portion 406 when the fastener 400 is inserted into the support. The first portion 406 is relatively inflexible in comparison to the second portion 408. The first portion 406 is arranged to be aligned with and bear relatively flatly against an inner side wall of the support. The first portion includes a inclined portion 407 for assisting with sliding engagement to assist with preventing damage to the support during initial insertion.

[0123] The second portion 408 provides a curve portion 410 that extends downwardly relative to the top of the first portion 406. When the fastener 400 is inserted into a support, due to the flexible curve portion 410, the first portion 406 engages an inner side wall of the support and the curve portion 410 progressively bends inwardly to accommodate an opposite inner side wall of the support to hold the support in position. The curve portion 410 is configured to flex along its length to limit stress at the connection 405 between the first portion 406 and the second portion 408.

[0124] A relatively straight portion 414 extends from the curve portion 410 for relatively flatly engaging the opposite inner side wall of the support. During insertion the support bends against and moves along the straight portion 414 until relatively flat engagement is provided. Due to tolerancing issues, in some embodiments, flat engagement may not be provided by the second portion 408.

[0125] In this embodiment the fastener 400 includes a fastener- support mating portion 416 for clip engagement with a corresponding support-fastener mating portion of a respective horizontal support. The extension 404 provides a fastener-support 418 mating portion for engagement with a vertical support (relative to the page). [0126] The extension 404 . provides an engaging force that is directed laterally outwardly, relative to the additional support, when the vertical support is engaged. The force is distributed over the flat section 415 of the first portion 406 and the flat section 414 of the second portion 408.

[0127] The fastening element advantageously has a cross section that has been extruded and, in this embodiment, only has a single flexible portion extending from the relatively rigid first portion.

[0128] Referring to Figures 15a to 15c there is shown a fastener 500 according to a further preferred embodiment of the present invention. The fastener 500 comprises an extension 502 providing a first portion 504 and a two second portions 506 either side of the first portion 504. The second portions 506 are provided for engaging a support 508. The first portion 504 extends upwardly from a base 510 of the fastener 500. Each second portion 506 extends from the first portion 504 from a position above the base 510. Furthermore, each second portion 506 is configured for flexing inwardly towards the first portion 504 when the fastener 500 is received within the hollow of the support 508.

[0129] Each second portion 506 provides a first element 512 that extends downwardly from the first portion 504· When the fastener 500 is inserted into the support 508; the first elements 512 progressively move to accommodate opposite inner side walls 514 of the support 508, Each second portion 506 further includes a second element 516 that extends from the corresponding first element 512 for relatively flatly engaging the corresponding inner side wall 514 of the support 5Q8.

[0130] In the fastener 500 each second portion 506 provides a double cantilever arrangement comprising the corresponding first element 512 and the corresponding second element 514. The double cantilever arrangement provides an acute angle 515 and an obtuse angle 518. The acute angle 515 increases and the obtuse angle 518 decreases on receiving the support 508. The nature of the flexing is such that the second elements 514 move to become aligned with the length of the support 508 is shown in Figures 15a and 15b. In this embodiment the second portion is arranged at a different angle to the first portion (in the uninserted condition). The difference in the angles is about 60 degrees as shown by angle 520.

[0131] Two lateral portions 522 are provided for engaging the inserted face of the support as shown. This allows the operator to determine when the support 508 has been fully inserted. [0132] It is considered that a number of preferred embodiments have been described which provide an advantageous system that can be used in the provision of gates and fences. It is further considered that the embodiments may find application in other areas including say shelving construction. The support sections are able to be extruded from materials such as plastics and aluminium. The support sections are able to be extruded with the openings being machined at a later date. Other construction methods are of course possible.

[0133] As would be apparent, various alterations and equivalent forms may be provided without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. This includes modifications within the scope of the appended claims along with all modifications, alternative constructions and equivalents.

[0134] There is no intention to limit the present invention to the specific embodiments shown in the drawings. The present invention is to be construed beneficially to the applicant and the invention given its full scope.

[0135] In the present specification, the presence of particular features does not preclude the existence of further features. The words 'comprising', 'including', 'or' and 'having' are to be construed in an inclusive rather than an exclusive sense.

[0136] It is to be recognised that any discussion in the present specification is intended to explain the context of the present invention. It is not to be taken as an admission that the material discussed formed part of the prior art base or relevant general knowledge in any particular country or region.

DETAILED DES CRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS - SUPPORT SECTIONS

[0137] The following drawings are to be referred to with the prefix 16. For example a reference to Figure 1 is a reference to Figure 16-1.

[0138] It is to be appreciated that each of the embodiments is specifically described and that the present invention is not to be construed as being limited to any specific feature or element of any one of the embodiments. Neither is the present invention to be construed as being limited to any feature of a number of the embodiments or variations described in relation to the embodiments.

[0139] Figures 1 to 7 provide several views of a fastening system 10 according to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0140] As will be described in further detail, the fastening system 10 comprises support sections 12 that are each advantageously manufactured as individual pieces as part of an extrusion process. The support sections 12 are able to be joined together to form a support 14. A number of fastening elements 16 are able to be positioned within the support 14 at spaced apart locations therealong. The fastening elements 16 are readily positioned by pushing the fastening elements 16 through spaced apart openings 18 in the support 14. The fastening elements 16 allow a number of additional supports 20 to be mounted to the support 14. The fastening system 10 is considered to be suited to the construction of fences, screens, roofing, awnings and many other structures. The applicability of the system is considered to extend beyond these fields.

[0141] Referring to Figures 1, 2a and 2b, in the present embodiment, two support sections 12 are used to provide one of two vertical posts 25 as a section of a fence 35. The supports 20 provide 'rails' . The fastening elements 16 are pushed into the support 14 and then into ends 37 of the supports 20 to hold the supports 20 in a horizontal orientation. A number of similar fastening elements 41 are pushed into openings 45 and engage a second channel 47. Various forms of engagement are possible. The applicant has considered a number of engagements including those illustrated in Figures 13. Notably in another embodiment horizontal slats (as opposed to vertical) can be provided by having a series openings in the support sections 12 corresponding to the number of slats.

[0142] Each support section 12 is considered to provide an embodiment of the present invention in its own right. The support section 12 comprises an elongate body 22 that provides a length in the support 14. The body 22 is advantageously formed by the process of extruding material and them milling a number of openings 18. The openings 18 are milled after the body 22 has been extruded.

[0143] The body 22 provides a first connector 26 and a second connector 28. The first connector 26 is provided as a longitudinal edge of the body 22, on a first side 30 thereof. The second connector 28 is provided as a longitudinal edge of the body 22 on an opposite side 32 of the body 22. The body 22 further provides a mount arrangement 34 between the longitudinal edges. The mount arrangement 34 is described in a co-pending application filed on today's date. The copending application is hereby incorporated by reference. As with the first connector 26 and the second connector 28, it is to be appreciated that various forms of mount arrangement 34 are possible. [0144] The first connector 26 extends along the length of the body 22. The first connector 26 is spaced apart from the second connector 28 by virtue of being on the opposite lateral side of the body 22. Similarly to the first connector 26 t the second connector 28 also extends along the length of the body 22. The mount arrangement 34 is provided for mounting additional supports 20.

[0145] The first connector 26 and the second connector 28 are each provided, as part of or adjacent, terminating ends 36 of outer side walls 38 of the elongate body 22 (relative to the support 14). The first connector 26 and the second connector 28 are positioned to face each other such that the support section 12 can be brought into engagement with a matching support section to provide the body of the support 14. The matching support is matching in the sense of providing corresponding connectors.

[0146] Referring to Figure 4, the support section 12 can be connected to a matching support section 40 that has a corresponding first connector 64 and a second connector 66 that respectively engage with the second connector 28 and the first connector 26. Once joined the support section 12 and the support section 40 form the body of the support 12. In this embodiment the matching support section 40 comprises a support section that is advantageously identical to the support section 12.

[0147] Returning to Figure 3, the first connector 26 comprises a female connector 54 having two resilient walls 56. In this embodiment the internal resilient wall 58 is of a reduced thickness allowing for additional flexing.

[0148] The second connector 28 comprises a male connector 60 that is inset from a side portion 62. The side portion 62 provides a terminating lateral side of the support section 12. The side portion 62 provides an outer surface of the support 14. The second connector 28 faces in the same direction as the first connector 26.

[0149] The matching section 40 includes a first connector 64 of the same form as the first connector 26. A second connector 66 of the matching section 40 comprises a connector of the same form as the second connector 28. The first connector 26 and the second connector 28 face in the same direction 68. The section 12 and the section 40 are pushed together which results in the second connector 28 being received between the arms of the first connector 64; and for the first connector 26 to receive the second connector 66. By virtue of the support section 12 being identical to the matching section 40, it is considered that there may be reduced difficulty in the field when organising fencing components and forming fence posts.

[0150] The body of the support 14 provided by the support section 12 and the identical support section 40 is of a rectangular shape. Other shapes are of course possible.

[0151] The support section 12 has a number of side walls 70 that define the outer facing periphery of the support section 12 in the support 14. The first connector 26 is provided adjacent a side wall 72 that forms part of the outer periphery of the support 14. The second connector 28 is provided as part of a side wall 74 that forms part of the outer periphery when the sections are connected.

[0152] Referring to Figure 5, an area 76 is provided extending between: (1) the join 78 of the first connector 26 of the support section 12 to the second connector 66 of the identical support section 40; and (2) the join 80 of the second connector 28 of the support section 12 to the first connector 56 of the identical support section 40. The area 76 is provided a at an angle 82 to the side walls 84 of the body of the post. Both halves of the post are identical therefore only one shape of extrusion is required.

[0153] Referring to Figure 6, the first connector 26 is provided as a short extension 86 at the mount arrangement 34. Advantageously, the mount arrangement 34 limits flexing of the first connector 26. This is achieved by the first connector 26 sharing a wall 88 that extends away from the side wall 72 in the direction of the extension of the second side 92. By virtue of the mount arrangement 3 . 4 sharing a lower wall 88 with the first connector 26; this serves to advantageously reinforce the first connector 26.

[0154] Referring to Figure 7, the support section 12 comprises a first side 90, a second side 92 , and a third side 94. The first side 90 and the third side 94 are arranged substantially perpendicularly to the second side 92. This provides 180 degrees from the first side 90 to the third side 94 (in terms of a change in direction along the sides).

[0155] Referring to Figures 8a to 8d, in relation to in Figures 2a and 2b, the support 14 provides one of two vertical posts 25 as a section of a fence 35. During construction, the fastening elements 16 are pushed into the openings 18 of the support 14 and snap into position due to the mounting arrangement 34. The fastening elements 16 are also pushed into the ends 37 of the supports 20 to hold the supports 20 in horizontal orientation. The nature of the click engagement with the mount arrangements 34 is more clearly shown in Figure 8a. Various forms of mount arrangement 34 that snap with the base 55 of the fastening element 55 could be provided. The applicant has considered a number including those illustrated in Figures 13. The preferred version is described in detail with reference to the embodiment of Figure 10.

[0156] Figures 8b and 8c illustrate the provision of number of further supports 65 that extend between the supports 20 in providing the fence 35. Figure 8d shows the fastening element 41 in further detail. The applicants co-pending application directed to various fastening elements as shown in Figure 13 is hereby incorporated by reference.

[0157] Figure 9a illustrates two supports section 44 each according to a further preferred embodiment of the present invention. The support sections 44 are able to be connected to provide a support 46 provide cross mounting configuration on four sides. The mounting arrangement is provided as a first mounting arrangement 204 on a first side 48 and a second mounting arrangement 50 on a second side 52. Other constructions providing a T-post having mounting arrangements on three sides, are of course possible. Such embodiments could be used to provide a T-post. Figure 9b illustrate other envisaged posts.

[0158] Figure 10 shows another embodiment in the form of a support section 9 . 6 . for use in providing the body of a support. The support section 96 comprises an elongate body 98 for providing a length of the support. The body 98 provides (1) a first connector 100; and (2) a second connector 102. A mount arrangement 104 is provided as part of the body 98. The mount arrangement 104 . includes openings 106 and mounts 108. The mounts 108 are provided by two downwardly extending wall sections 110.

[0159] The openings 106 are provided for receiving supports in the form of panels that engage fastening elements held by the mounts 104. The first connector 100 extends along the length of the body 98. The first connector 100 is spaced apart from the second connector 102. The second connector 102 extends along the length of the body 98. The mount arrangement 104 is provided for mounting additional supports using fastening elements detailed in the applicant's co-pending applications.

[0160] The first connector 100 and the second connector 102 face in the same direction and are provided on opposite walls 112. An intermediate wall 114 is arranged at substantially 90 degrees to both of the opposite walls 112. The mount arrangement 104 is provided on the intermediate wall 114,

[0161] The mounts 108 provide support-fastener mating abutments 116 for engaging with fastener-support mating abutments 118, The support-fastener mating abutments 1 6 provide a channel having clip portions that the abutments 118 engage underneath. The clip portions are for receiving corresponding fastening elements 16 that are each received though an opening 106 provided by the mount arrangement 104, The mount arrangement 104 provides two L shaped portions 117 that reduce the width of a channel 119, The L-shaped portions 117 flex to allow clipping of the fastening element 16.

[0162] Figures 11 and 12 illustrate a further embodiment 120, In this connection it is to be appreciated that the portion 150 could possibly be replaced by a portion 150 of Figure 13 to also allow the engagement of fastening elements. The applicant presently prefers the arrangements shown in Figures 1 and 10.

[0163] The fastening element of Figure 13A includes a base 246 having arms 248 that are configured to clip into grooves 250 that are provided by two abutments 252, The abutments 252 extend upwardly from a floor 254. The base includes downwardly facing portions 256 for resting on the upper face of the abutments 252, Figure G is similar to Figure A. In Figure A the base is however configured to rest on the upper surface 258 of the abutments.

[0164] In Figure G the fastener-support mating portion 260 comprises a base 262 having a number of clip portions 264 extending from opposite lateral sides of the base 262, The clip portions 264 are provided for engaging corresponding a support-fastener mating portion 266 of the support 268,

[0165] In the case of Figure G, the fastening element 270 is configured to extend beyond the cross-section of the support 268 by a distance 272 when the fastener- support mating portion is in engagement with the corresponding support-fastener mating portion 266 of the support 268, Unlike Figure A the base is not of a greater width than the channel and does not rest on the upper surface of the support-fastener mating portions.

[0166] Figure B includes two portions 274 that allow a laterally extending portion 276 to fit within a channel 278, The rear of the channel includes a series of I type openings and the portions 274 form an I shape when viewed from above. It is considered that some flexing might be provided in the portions 274. Nonetheless, this would not be sufficient for fitting within the opening if the opening was of a continuous width. Figure C is similar to that of Figure B. In Figure C the portions are T shaped.

[0167] Figure H includes flexible clip portions 280 that flex inwardly when inserted through an opening 282, The opening 282 is provided in the base 257 of the support. The flexible portions 280 engage against the surface 284 of an abutment 286. The abutment 286 serves to push the clip portions 280 inwardly before clipping into position. The clip portions 280 and upper surfaces of the abutment 286 bear against one another to secure the fastening element in position.

[0168] In Figure E, a base 288 is provided for resting on two abutments 290, The abutments 290 extend from a floor 292. The abutments 290 provide clip portions 290 which bend laterally outwardly when clipping arms 294 of the fastening element are pushed between the abutments. More specifically the clip portions 290 flex laterally outwardly and snap back into position with tab portions 296 preventing separation of the fastening element 298, The applicant has constructed a number of 3d printed plastic versions of Figure E. When made from plastic the locking has been seen to be sufficient to hold the fastening element to the support under action of hand pressure. Extruded embodiments made from aluminium are yet to be tested. It is anticipated that the extruded embodiments will function in a similar manner and provide a tighter holding of the fastening element to the support.

[0169] Figure F is somewhat similar to that of Figure B. In Figure F, however, the fastening element is inserted through an opening 300 that is provided on an opposite side of the support to the side having the support-fastener mating portions 302. A corresponding I-shaped structure is provided in the mating portion 302 and the base 304,

[0170] Figure I provides a support-fastener mating portion 306 that includes a number of small grooves 308 in two opposite abutments 310, The grooves 3 . 08 are provided so that they face laterally inwardly. The fastening element includes two abutments 312 having grooves 314 that face laterally outwardly and which are configured to fit into the grooves 3 . 08. The abutments 312 and the abutments 310 have matching grooves that slide past one another as the fastening element is pushed downwardly through an upper opening 316.

[0171] Figure D shows a fastening element 3 . 18 and a fastening element 320, The fastening element 320 has engagement portions 325 configured to provide an inwardly directed lateral engagement force to an additional support member that is connected to the end 322 spaced away from the faster- support mating portions 324· This is in comparison to the fastening element 318 which provides an outwardly directed lateral engagement force to an additional support member. The use of fastening element 320 is not presently preferred for the reason that scratching could be made to the outer surface of an additional support member when received within the fastening element 320.

[0172] Figure 14 provides an embodiment where the shape shown is extruded and the openings are cut thereafter and extend downwardly to provide supports 325 either side of each opening. Various mount arrangements are possible.

[0173] According to several preferred embodiments, two matching support sections are brought together to provide a post. In a number of these embodiments, two identical sections are brought together to provide the post body. The post can be a terminating post with mount openings only on one side, a corner post with mount openings on two adjacent sides, a t-post with mount openings on three sides or a cross post with mount openings on four sides. Circular and differently shaped posts are of course possible. The form of the mounts can be varied.

[0174] It is considered that a number of preferred embodiments have been described which provide an advantageous panel mounting system that can be used in the provision of gates and fences. It is further considered that the embodiments may find application in other areas including say shelving construction. The support sections are able to be extruded from materials such as plastics and aluminium. The support sections are able to be extruded with the openings being machined at a later date. Other construction methods are of course possible.

[0175] As would be apparent, various alterations and equivalent forms may be provided without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. This includes modifications within the scope of the appended claims along with all modifications, alternative constructions and equivalents.

[0176] There is no intention to limit the present invention to the specific embodiments shown in the drawings. The present invention is to be construed beneficially to the applicant and the invention given its full scope. [0177] In the present specification, the presence of particular features does not preclude the existence of further features. The words 'comprising', 'including', 'or' and 'having' are to be construed in an inclusive rather than an exclusive sense.

[0178] It is to be recognised that any discussion in the present specification is intended to explain the context of the present invention. It is not to be taken as an admission that the material discussed formed part of the prior art base or relevant general knowledge in any particular country or region.

DETAILED DES CRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS - WALLING ELEMENTS

[0179] The following drawings are to be referred to with the prefix 17. For example a reference to Figure 1 is a reference to Figure 17-1.

[0180] It is to be appreciated that each of the embodiments is specifically described and that the present invention is not to be construed as being limited to any specific feature or element of any one of the embodiments. Neither is the present invention to be construed as being limited to any feature of a number of the embodiments or variations described in relation to the embodiments.

[0181] Referring to Figures 1 to 5 there is shown a wall mounting element 10 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The wall mounting element 10 is considered to advantageously allow for an aesthetically pleasing insertion depth of a support 12 (See Figure 9) where the support 12 is inserted into the wall component 10.

[0182] As shown in the Figures, the wall mounting element 10 comprises an elongate body 14. The elongate body 14 advantageously comprises an element that is formed by a process of extrusion to provide an extruded element.

[0183] As shown in Figure 1, the wall mounting element 10 comprises a unitary element. The elongate body 14 comprises two side wall abutments 11 providing an engagement surface 13 for bearing against a wall or post structure 15(See Figure 9). The two side wall abutments 11 allow the elongate body 14 to be fixed to the wall structure 15. The elongate body 14provides an opening 26 extending along the length of the body 14 for receiving the support 12. The elongate body 14 includes an internal locator 21 for locating the support 12 at a fixed insertion depth 25 when inserted into the opening 26. [0184] More particularly, the elongate body 14 comprises a head portion 16 and a lower portion 17 having a first side wall 18 and a second side wall 20. The second side wall 20 is of a greater lateral depth than the first side wall 18. The head portion 16 connects the first side wall 18 to the second side wall 20. The head portion 16 is configured to allow the wall mounting element 10 to be mounted against the wall structure 15 using conventional wall fasteners 23 (See Figure 9) that are inserted into the opening 26 and are fixed through the body 14 into the wall structure 15. Various forms of fastener could be used to screw or otherwise fix the wall mounting element 10 to the wall structure 15.

[0185] The opening 26 is defined by the first side wall 18 and the second side wall 20. The opening 26 extends along the length of the body 14 for receiving the support 12. The opening 26 faces the internal locator 21 which advantageously locates the support 12 at the fixed insertion depth 25 after the support 12 is inserted into the opening 26.

[0186] The internal locator 21 comprises an extension 28 that extends along the elongate body 14 in a longitudinal direction and across the elongate body 14 in a lateral direction. This occurs at the location of the insertion depth 25, inset from the opening 26.

[0187] In the present embodiment the internal locator 21 comprises a pair of internal walls 27 that provide a back wall structure 34 for the support 12. More particularly the internal locator 21 comprises two tab portions that extend from opposite sides 18, 20 of the body 14 across the elongate body 14 at a location inset from the opening 26.

[0188] Referring to Figure 3, each of the side wall abutments 11 comprise adjacent side wall abutments 11 arranged at offset angles relative to the opening.

[0189] The wall mounting element 10 is considered to be advantageous in terms of applications to systems such as those described in Australian Provisional Application 2016902172 filed 3 June 2016 and entitled 'PANEL SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS'. This is because the fastening systems therein described are directed towards supports 12 (panel mounts 10) having tolerances where play can be accommodated by the panel members 20.

[0190] Consequently, in most wall configurations where the angles are not exactly vertical the support structure 12 can still be brought to bear against the internal locator 21. When in position, fasteners 45 can extend through the side walls 18, 20, to hold the support 12 at the location depth. This is shown in Figure 10.

[0191] In distinction to extending wall elements, the wall mounting element 10 includes an internal locator 21 that advantageously allows the support 12 to be fixed at the insertion depth 25 within the elongate body 14 using the fasteners 45. The fasteners 45 can be screwed or otherwise fixed to secure the support 12 at the insertion depth within the elongate body 14 by boring through the walls 18, 20.

[0192] In the fixing process, a wall mounting element 10 is secured to a wall structure 15 using fasteners 23. The wall mounting element 10 then receives the support 12 through the opening 26. The support 12 is located against the internal locator 21 and is fixed at the insertion depth 25 using fasteners 45.

[0193] Figures 6, 7 and 8 illustrate a fastening system 55 comprising: a support 12 and a plurality of fastening elements 59 . Each fastening element 59 comprises a fastener- support mating portion 61 for engagement with a corresponding support-fastener mating portion 63 of the support 12. The support 12 has the corresponding support-fastener mating portions 63 . disposed therealong. The fastening system further includes a wall mounting element 10 comprising: an elongate body 14 having at least one side wall abutment 11 providing an engagement surface for bearing against a wall structure 15; the at least one side wall abutment 11 allowing the elongate body 14 to be fixed to the wall structure 15; the elongate body 14 has an opening 26 extending along the length of the body 14 for receiving the support 12; the elongate body 14 includes an internal locator 21 for locating the support 12 at a fixed insertion depth 25 when inserted into the opening 26. The fastening elements 59 provide a degree of play when connecting to the horizontal panels 65. Figures 9 and 10 illustrate a further embodiment having conventional wall fasteners 23 and rivets 45 that are used to fix the wall mounting element to the wall and the support to the wall mounting element.

[0194] Figures 11 to 14 show a number of alternative embodiments.

[0195] It is considered that a number of preferred embodiments have been described which provide an advantageous panel mounting system that can be used in the provision of gates and fences. It is further considered that the embodiments may find application in other areas including say shelving construction. The walling elements are able to be extruded from materials such as plastics and aluminium.

[0196] As would be apparent, various alterations and equivalent forms may be provided without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. This includes modifications within the scope of the appended claims along with all modifications, alternative constructions and equivalents. For example, further embodiments of the present invention may be arrived at by altering the geometric shape of the head portion. For example, the head portion may be configured as a further alternate side wall abutment in the form of three adjacent side wall abutments, or 5 adjacent side wall abutments. It would be considered that the addition of further adjacent side wall abutments may provide the advantage of forming a wall mounting element that may be applied to a wall structure at various angles. The tab portions may be of any length that is suitable for use in the role of the internal locator for the support.

[0197] There is no intention to limit the present invention to the specific embodiments shown in the drawings. The present invention is to be construed beneficially to the applicant and the invention given its full scope.

[0198] In the present specification, the presence of particular features does not preclude the existence of further features. The words 'comprising', 'including', 'or' and 'having' are to be construed in an inclusive rather than an exclusive sense.

[0199] It is to be recognised that any discussion in the present specification is intended to explain the context of the present invention. It is not to be taken as an admission that the material discussed formed part of the prior art base or relevant general knowledge in any particular country or region.