AU2011201740B2 - Brace lock - Google Patents

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AU2011201740B2
AU2011201740B2 AU2011201740A AU2011201740A AU2011201740B2 AU 2011201740 B2 AU2011201740 B2 AU 2011201740B2 AU 2011201740 A AU2011201740 A AU 2011201740A AU 2011201740 A AU2011201740 A AU 2011201740A AU 2011201740 B2 AU2011201740 B2 AU 2011201740B2
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James Burns
Michael DENHAM
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04GSCAFFOLDING; FORMS; SHUTTERING; BUILDING IMPLEMENTS OR OTHER BUILDING AIDS, OR THEIR USE; HANDLING BUILDING MATERIALS ON THE SITE; REPAIRING, BREAKING-UP OR OTHER WORK ON EXISTING BUILDINGS
    • E04G21/00Preparing, conveying, or working-up building materials or building elements in situ; Other devices or measures for constructional work
    • E04G21/24Safety or protective measures preventing damage to building parts or finishing work during construction
    • E04G21/26Strutting means for wall parts; Supports or the like, e.g. for holding in position prefabricated walls
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04GSCAFFOLDING; FORMS; SHUTTERING; BUILDING IMPLEMENTS OR OTHER BUILDING AIDS, OR THEIR USE; HANDLING BUILDING MATERIALS ON THE SITE; REPAIRING, BREAKING-UP OR OTHER WORK ON EXISTING BUILDINGS
    • E04G25/00Shores or struts; Chocks
    • E04G25/04Shores or struts; Chocks telescopic
    • E04G25/06Shores or struts; Chocks telescopic with parts held together by positive means
    • E04G25/061Shores or struts; Chocks telescopic with parts held together by positive means by pins
    • E04G25/063Shores or struts; Chocks telescopic with parts held together by positive means by pins with safety devices to avoid the accidental loss or unlocking of the pin, e.g. chains attaching the pin to the prop
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16BDEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS, WEDGES, JOINTS OR JOINTING
    • F16B7/00Connections of rods or tubes, e.g. of non-circular section, mutually, including resilient connections
    • F16B7/10Telescoping systems
    • F16B7/105Telescoping systems locking in discrete positions, e.g. in extreme extended position

Abstract

C\NRPonbNCC\PLW\3512989_ .DOC-13/04201 1 -8 A latch for an adjustable brace to lock against rotation between a leg of the brace and an anchor plate so as to prevent adjustment in the effective length of the brace, the latch 5 having an end (a first end) engageable with the anchor plate and an opposite end (a second end) selectively engageable with the adjacent end of the leg or with structure rigidly secured thereto to prevent relative rotation between the leg and plate. 2a 2b 4 24 20 l

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2011201740 18 Apr 2011

Regulation 3.2 AUSTRALIA Patents Act 1990 COMPLETE SPECIFICATION FOR A STANDARD PATENT (ORIGINAL)

Name of Applicant: Address of Applicant: Address for Service: Invention Title:

Illinois Tool Works Inc. 3600 West Lake Avenue, Glenview, Illinois 60026, United States of America DAVIES COLLISON CAVE, Patent Attorneys, 1 Nicholson Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000. "Brace lock" a full description of this invention, including the best method of

The following statement is performing it known to us: C:\NRPortbl\DCC\PLW\3S93357_l DOC - 14/4/11 CANRPortbMXTCPLW0312989J DOC-13/04/2011 2011201740 18 Apr 2011 - 1 -

BRACE LOCK

The present invention relates to a lock for an adjustable brace of the type used in the erection of precast concrete panels in building construction. 5

Adjustable braces are often used for the temporary bracing of concrete wall panels in their erected condition prior to coupling of the panels to form a self-supporting structure. Standard braces for this purpose typically comprise a telescopic leg retained in a selected extension by a pin inserted through aligned holes within two telescopic parts of the leg, the 10 telescopic parts providing coarse adjustment of the overall length of the prop. Finer adjustment is achieved by a screw-threaded coupling between the lower end of the leg and the adjacent anchor plate by which the brace is anchored to a floor slab. The coupling typically comprises a threaded rod aligned with the axis of the leg and engaged into an internally-threaded fitting within the adjacent end of the leg, the outer end of the rod being 15 pivotally coupled to the anchor plate by a pivot pin extending through a transverse bore at the end of the rod. Accordingly, rotation of the leg relative to the rod and anchor plate (or vice versa) will result in variation of the effective length of the rod extending between the end of the leg and the anchor plate. This fine adjustment usually takes place when the brace is in position in order to set the panel at a precise vertical orientation. 20

Braces of this type may need to be maintained in position on the building site for some weeks, sometimes some months. Unless precautions are taken, the braces can be tampered with during this period, for example as a result of vandalism when the building site is unattended or through deliberate action of persons working on the site either as a 25 mischievous act or perhaps to shift the panel a little in order to make their job easier. However this happens and for whatever reason it happens, tampering with the brace so that it no longer securely retains the panel in a precisely vertical orientation can have serious, potentially fatal, consequences. 30 For telescopic props, health and safety regulations may require the pin locking the two telescopic parts of the leg itself to be locked in position to prevent its removal without the H:\cjl\Imcrwovcn\NRPortbl\DCC\EJL\l4582477_I.DOC-29/05/2017 2011201740 29 May 2017 -2- use of a special tool or key. While this can be an effective deterrent against pin removal and hence reduces the risk of the brace being rendered completely ineffective, the prop can still be subjected to unauthorised adjustment by rotation of the leg relative to the anchor plate. 5

The present invention in its preferred embodiment provides a lock which can be applied between the anchor plate and end of the leg so as to prevent unauthorised adjustment rotation of the leg. 10 According to the present invention there is provided a latch mounted to an adjustable brace to lock against rotation between a leg of the brace and an anchor plate so as to prevent adjustment in the effective length of the brace, the latch having an end (a first end) engaged with the anchor plate and an opposite end (a second end) selectively engageable with the adjacent end of the leg or with structure rigidly secured thereto to prevent relative 15 rotation between the leg and plate, wherein the first end of the latch is pivotally attached to the anchor plate whereby the latch is pivotal between a disengaged position in which its second end is remote from the leg and its engaged position in co-operation with the leg, the leg of the brace being connected to the anchor plate by a connection which permits rotation of the leg about its axis to effect adjustment of the effective length of the leg, the 20 connection including a rod pivotally connected to the anchor plate about an axis (a first axis) transverse to the axis of the rod, and the first end of the latch is pivotally mounted to the anchor plate for pivotal movement about said first axis.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the latch at least at its second end portion is of 25 a channel form in which the end of the leg or structure attached thereto is receivable whereby rotation is prevented by co-operation with the walls of the channel. Preferably, the latch is retained in its engaged, latching, position by means releasably locking the second end of the latch to the leg. Preferably the locking means consists of a removable locking pin extending across the open side of the channel. 30

The present invention also provides an adjustable brace having fitted thereto a latch as defined above. 2011201740 18 May 2017 H:\cjl\Intcrwoven\NRPortbl\DCC\EJL\l428290l_l.doc-18/05/2017 -2A-

The present invention also provides a method of retro-fitting a latch as defined above to an existing brace of the type in which a leg of the brace is rotatable relative to an anchor plate at each end so as to adjust the effective length of the leg, the brace including a connecting 5 rod between an end of the leg and the adjacent anchor plate and to which it is pivotally coupled by means of a pin, the method comprising removing the pin, and pivotally C:\NRPortbf\DCC\PL W\3312989_ I .DOC· 13ΛΜ/2011 2011201740 18 Apr 2011 -3- mounting the said first end of the latch to the plate by means of a pin applied to reconnect the rod to the anchor plate.

Embodiments of the invention will now be described by way of example only with 5 reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a perspective view from one side of the lower end portion of an adjustable telescopic brace having fitted thereto a latch forming an anti-rotation lock in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention;

Figure 2 is a perspective view similar to Figure 1 from the other side; 10 Figure 3 is a perspective view similar to Figure 1 from the front; and

Figure 4 is a perspective view to an enlarged scale showing the latch per se, the view showing the latch inverted.

The accompanying drawings show the lower end portion of an adjustable brace which is 15 itself substantially conventional apart from the addition of an anti-rotation lock in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention. The brace comprises a telescopic leg 2 formed by telescopic parts 2a, 2b of square section tubing, the two parts being held at their selected extension by means of a pin 4 retained against unauthorised removal by a lock 6. A threaded rod 8 (the thread is not shown in the drawings) engaged 20 into an internally-threaded fitting in the lower end of the inner telescopic part 2b connects the leg to an anchor plate 10. The plate 10 is of a standard construction and comprises a pair of spaced upstanding flanges 12. The outer end of the rod 8 lies between these flanges and is pivotally connected to the plate by a pin 14 extending between the two flanges and through a transverse bore in the rod; in practice, the pin may be formed by a bolt. The 25 anchor plate can thereby swing relative to the leg and threaded rod about the transverse axis defined by the pin 14. The base 16 of the anchor plate is configured for co-operation with an anchor bolt by which the plate is secured to a floor slab. A corresponding anchor plate is provided at the upper end of the leg and is connected to the end of the outer telescopic part 2a by a coupling which enables the upper anchor plate to swing relative to 30 the leg and also to enable the leg to rotate relative to the upper plate. C:\NRPonbADCC\PLW\35l2989_l.DOC·13/04/2011 2011201740 18 Apr 2011 -4-

The anti-rotation lock in accordance with the preferred embodiment of the invention is in the form of a simple pivotal latch 20 of channel shape. The latch 20 is pressed out of metal sheet and comprises at one end a pair of lugs 22 projecting longitudinally and at the other end a pair of lugs 24 projecting laterally. The spacing between the lugs 22 corresponds to 5 the spacing between the external surfaces of the two flanges 12 on the anchor plate 10. The lugs 22 are apertured to receive the pin 14 by which the threaded rod 8 at the end of the leg is attached to the anchor plate so that the latch 20 is able to pivot on that pin. It is pivotal between an unlatched position in which it is swung outwardly so that its base rests on the ground behind the anchor plate, and a latched position, which is the position shown 10 in the drawings, in which it has been swung upwardly so that its upper end cradles the lower end of the inner telescopic leg part 2b. The two laterally-projecting lugs 24 at that end project beyond the surface of the inner leg part 2b and are apertured to receive a removable pin 28 extending between the lugs in the manner shown whereby the latch is held in its operative position. For convenience the pin used to retain the latch may be of 15 the same form as the pin 4, used to retain the telescopic leg parts and is itself locked against unauthorised removal by a similar type of lock shown at 30. The width of the internal channel of the latch is similar to the width of the inner leg part 2b and the lugs 24 which receive the pin 28 are so dimensioned that with the pin 28 resting on the upper side of the inner leg part 2b, the base of the latch is held close to the lower side of the inner leg 20 part. It will be understood that with the latch thus in position, it will act to lock the leg against rotation relative to the anchor plate and hence against rotation that would otherwise result in adjustment in the length of the brace.

Although the invention has been described in relation to a prop with a telescopic leg it is 25 equally applicable to props of similar form but with a single non-telescopic leg.

Although in the embodiment shown the co-operation between the latch 20 and the leg 2 results from the square cross section of the tubing used to form the leg, braces are not always constructed with legs of that characteristic shape and many are constructed from 30 tubing of round (circular) section tubing. However a brace leg formed from such tubing can be adapted for co-operation with the same latch by welding to the end of the leg a 2011201740 18 Apr 2011

C:\NRPoitbl\DCOPLW\35l2989_l DOC-13/O4/20II -5- washer or plate having a square outer shape to fit into the interior of the channel of the latch so that co-operation between the walls of the channel and the sides of the washer will prevent rotation of the leg. 5 While the latch described can be incorporated during the production of the brace, it also has the significant advantage that it can be retro-fitted to existing braces. This is of some significance because there are many braces already in use. They are robustly made and have a long potential working life. All that is necessary to fit the latch to an existing brace is to remove the pin connection between the anchor plate and threaded rod and fit the latch 10 using the pin to secure both the rod and latch.

Although in the embodiments described the latch is fitted to the anchor plate at the lower end of the brace, it may alternatively be fitted to the anchor plate at the upper end of the brace for co-operation with the upper end of the leg to thereby prevent rotation of the leg. 15 In this respect, the connection between the upper end of the leg and the anchor plate at that end will be similar to that at the lower end, except that the connecting rod is not threaded.

The embodiment has been described by way of example only and modifications are possible within the scope of the invention.

Claims (9)

  1. THE CLAIMS DEFINING THE INVENTION ARE AS FOLLOWS:
    1. A latch mounted to an adjustable brace to lock against rotation between a leg of the brace and an anchor plate so as to prevent adjustment in the effective length of the brace, the latch having an end (a first end) engaged with the anchor plate and an opposite end (a second end) selectively engageable with the adjacent end of the leg or with structure rigidly secured thereto to prevent relative rotation between the leg and plate, wherein the first end of the latch is pivotally attached to the anchor plate whereby the latch is pivotal between a disengaged position in which its second end is remote from the leg and its engaged position in co-operation with the leg, the leg of the brace being connected to the anchor plate by a connection which permits rotation of the leg about its axis to effect adjustment of the effective length of the leg, the connection including a rod pivotally connected to the anchor plate about an axis (a first axis) transverse to the axis of the rod, and the first end of the latch is pivotally mounted to the anchor plate for pivotal movement about said first axis.
  2. 2. A latch according to claim 1, wherein the latch at least at its second end portion is of a channel form in which the end of the leg or structure attached thereto is receivable whereby rotation is prevented by co-operation with the walls of the channel.
  3. 3. A latch according to either one of claims 1 and 2, having means for releasably locking the second end of the latch to the leg when in its engaged position.
  4. 4. A latch according to claim 3 when dependent on claim 2, wherein the locking means comprises a removable locking pin engageable with the second end of the latch so as to extend across the open side of the channel whereby to lock the latch in its engaged position to the leg.
  5. 5. An adjustable brace having a latch according to any one of claims 1 to 4 mounted to its anchor plate.
  6. 6. A brace according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the first end of the latch is pivotally mounted to the anchor plate by a pin which also mounts the rod to the anchor plate for pivotal movement about the first axis.
  7. 7. A brace according to any one of claims 4 to 6, wherein the leg is constructed of square section tubing and the latch co-operates directly with the lower end of the square section leg to prevent rotation when in its engaged position.
  8. 8. A brace according to any one of claims 4 to 6, wherein the leg is constructed of circular section tubing and structure in the form of a washer having an outer peripheral shape of square form is rigidly attached to the lower end of the leg such as by welding, and the latch co-operates with the washer when in its engaged position to thereby prevent rotation of the leg.
  9. 9. A method of retro-fitting a latch according to any one of claims 1 to 4 to an existing brace of the type in which a leg of the brace is rotatable relative to an anchor plate at each end so as to adjust the effective length of the leg, the brace including a connecting rod between an end of the leg and the adjacent anchor plate and to which it is pivotally coupled by means of a pin, the method comprising removing the pin, and pivotally mounting the said first end of the latch to the plate by means of a pin applied to reconnect the rod to the anchor plate.
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US2388308A (en) * 1942-10-07 1945-11-06 Deere & Co Retractable support
US2422795A (en) * 1945-07-28 1947-06-24 Laurence J Mcknight Lock
AU765143B2 (en) * 1999-04-15 2003-09-11 Melbourne Prop Hire Pty. Ltd. Locking device for an axialy moving pin
WO2007131261A1 (en) * 2006-05-11 2007-11-22 Cps Investment Holdings Pty Ltd Building brace

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US2388308A (en) * 1942-10-07 1945-11-06 Deere & Co Retractable support
US2422795A (en) * 1945-07-28 1947-06-24 Laurence J Mcknight Lock
AU765143B2 (en) * 1999-04-15 2003-09-11 Melbourne Prop Hire Pty. Ltd. Locking device for an axialy moving pin
WO2007131261A1 (en) * 2006-05-11 2007-11-22 Cps Investment Holdings Pty Ltd Building brace

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