US 3616096 A
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llit tates Patent  Inventor Allen Roeder New Hyde Park, N.Y.  Appl. No. 815,929  Filed Apr. 14, 1969  Patented Oct. 26, 1971  Assignee Roxter Metal Products Mfg. Corporation Long Island City, N.Y.
 AN ADHESIIVE MOUNTING BOARD 2 Claims, 4 Drawing Figs.
 U.S. Cl 156/584, 248/205 A  l1nt.Cl 1332b  lField of Search 156/584, 536, 537, 598; 248/205 A  References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,029,303 4/1962 Severino 156/5 84 3,499,102 3/1970 Gillemot et al. 248/205 A FOREIGN PATENTS 783,460 4/1968 Canada 248/205 A Primary Examiner-Samuel Feinberg Attorney-Allis0n C. Collard ABSTRACT: A mounting board apparatus for securement to the working surfaces of buildings, vehicles, furniture, and fixtures consisting of a traylike construction having a substantially rigid mounting surface elevated slightly above its flanged surface. The exposed face of the flange surface includes an adhesive which is covered by a backing strip so that the surfaces can be prepared for adherence to any working surfaces. The mounting surface will accommodate electrical switch gear equipment which can be secured against the board and held in place in a variety of different locations.
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20 5 20 5 M \Q I INVI'JNI'OK. AILLEN ROEDER AN ADHESIVE MOUNTING BQARID This invention relates to an improved apparatus for mounting equipment to flat surfaces such as walls, vehicles, and fixtures.
More specifically, this invention relates to a mounting board apparatus for adherence to a plurality of surfaces so as to maintain equipment such as electrical switch gear and the like secured in place during its operation.
Electrical equipment, such as telephone switchgear and the like are generally secured in place by means of mounting boards, which are fastened to building surfaces, fixtures, vehicles, and furniture. These conventional mounting boards are secured in place by means of metal or wood screws, and their securement results in damage to the wall or furniture surfaces. Moreover, in confined areas, it is often difficult to utilize conventional mounting boards because of the inaccessibility of the working area for tools such as screw drivers and wrenches. Furthermore, a great deal of electrical equipment such as telephone switch gear is moved or transferred after short periods of time in order to facilitate business expansion and relocation. The conventional mounting boards therefore have to be unfastened from building walls or furniture surfaces to which they are secured, and remounted at great expense in both cost and labor. The expense of relocating electrical switch gear equipment can become particularly significant where the conventional mounting boards are to be secured to hard surfaces such as metal or concrete. Moreover, securing of mounting boards to these hard surfaces requires the use of special tools such as drills, cold chisels and wrenches, in order to prepare the surfaces for receiving metal and wood screws. Where mounting surfaces are subject to vibration, mounting boards secured to these surfaces by conventional fasteners such as screws and bolts tend to become loosened and cause damage to the electrical switch gear.
Accordingly, the present invention provides a mounting board apparatus which can be quickly and easily applied to a variety of mounting surfaces without requiring special tools or surface preparation. The mounting board of the subject invention consists of a rigid tray, constructed from metal, plastic or other rigid material, and includes an elevated mounting surface, and a flange surface having contact-type adhesive disposed thereon. The mounting surface which is to receive electrical switch gear equipment, is elevated slightly from its adhesively backed flanged surfaces to permit the extending ends of self-tapping screws cast into the mounting surface to be free of interference from the wall, furniture or fixture surfaces to which the mounting board is secured. The mounting surface of the adhesive mounting board of the invention includes a multitude of spaced-apart holes in order to accommodate machine screws and self-tapping screws found on electrical switch gear equipment. The adhesive mounting board may also be easily relocated to other surface areas since its adhesive surfaces retain a large measure of their adhesive strength over long periods of time so that no new adhesive will be required to resecure the mounting board onto new surface areas. The adhesive mounting board of the invention may also be utilized in mobile homes, trailers, buses, trains, utility vehicles, taxis and the like for holding equipment such as fire extinguishers, tools, household utilities or containers without inflicting physical damage to the surface areas to which they are secured.
It is therefore an object according to the present invention to provide an equipment mounting board which may be quickly and easily secured to buildings, vehicles, fixture and furniture surfaces.
It is a further object according to the present invention to provide an equipment mounting board which utilizes a contact-type adhesive for securement to utility holding surfaces.
It is still a further object according to the present invention to provide a mounting board which is simple in design, easy to manufacture, and inexpensive in cost.
Other objects and features of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description considered in connection with the accompanying drawing, which discloses the embodiment of the present invention. It is to be understood however that the drawing is designed for the purpose of illustration only, and not as a definition of the limits of the invention, as to which reference should be made to the appended claims.
In the drawing, wherein similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views:
FIG. 1 is an isometric view of the mounting board according to the invention;
FIG. 2 shows the mounting board of FIG. ll secured to a mounting surface;
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of the mounting board of the invention, and
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 4.
Referring to FIGS. 1-4, there is shown mounting board 10, constructed in the form of an inverted tray having a mounting surface 11, sidewalls l2, and flanged surfaces 16 and I7 surrounding surfaces 12. Mounting board may be constructed from a single, integrally formed sheet of rigid material such as plastic or metal, or may be constructed so that flanged surfaces 16 and 17, wall surfaces 12, and flat mounting surface lll are separate pieces, assembled to form mounting board 10. Disposed along surfaces 16 and 17 are strips of pressure-sensitive double coated adhesive tape 20 and M respectively. Tape strips 20 and 13 are constructed from a pressure-sensitive tape, and include protective backing strips M covering over the exposed surfaces of the adhesive. Tapes 20 and 13 are shown substantially covering the surfaces of flanges 16 and I7 in order to provide maximum securing force for large articles which may be secured to mounting board It). It is, however, possible to use shorter strips of pressure-sensitive adhesive tape for the securement of smaller equipment articles to the mounting board. The adhesive surfaces need not necessarily consist of pressure-sensitive tape but may also be constructed from a deposited pressure-sensitive bonding or contact cement applied along flanges 16 and 17, and covered with a backing strip for protection.
Mounting surface 11 of mounting board 10 includes a multitude of spaced apart holes 15 for receiving machine and selftapping screws. The apparatus of the invention is shown secured to a bottom desk surface 15 and retaining a box 21 of switch gear equipment against its surface II by means of self tapping screws 125. It can be readily appreciated that mounting board 10 can be secured to the desk surface after switch gearbox 21 is connected to its mounting surface 10 so as to simplify the assembly procedure.
Mounting board 10 is easily applied. to bottom surface 25 for connection to telephone 24 through line 23 by merely peeling away backing strips 14 from tape 13 and 20 so as to expose its adhesive surfaces. In order to relocate mounting block 10 to another surface, it is necessary only to pry under on of corners 18, where the tape is separated, with a screwdriver in order to remove the mounting block from surface 25. Tapes 13 and 20 will retain :a sufficient amount of their adhesive power to be reused for a few additional times. Screw holes 35 are shown in dotted line on flanges I6 and 17 to permit screw fasteners to be used if needed. Tapes l3 and 20 may be replaced with new tape to strengthen the relocation of board 10.
While mounting board I0 is shown substantially rectangular in shape, it may also be square-shaped or of circular construction without departing from the concept of the invention. Sidewalls l2 displace mounting surface ll sufficiently away from flange surfaces 16 and 17 in order to accommodate machine and self-tapping screws which may be bolted through surface 11. If sidewalls 12 did not displace mounting surface ll sufficiently away from flange surfaces 16 and 17, it would be impossible to utilize self'tapping screws into the mounting surface since there would not be any between the flange surfaces and the mounting surface to accommodate the ends of the screws. Self-tapping screws are the preferred fasteners when electrical equipment is to be quickly connected to mounting surface 11 for insulation against a working surface. In an actual embodiment of the invention, mounting board was constructed from a single sheet of steel pressed into a traylike configuration with sidewalls 12 being approximately /5 inch in length. Tapes l3 and were double-coated foam pressure sensitive tape, 3M brand, N0. 4016, or Fasson brand MD No. 2016 or equivalent.
While only a few embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it will be understood that many changes and modifications may be made thereunto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.
What is claimed is:
l. A mounting board apparatus for securing equipment by self-tapping screws and supporting the equipment on a load bearing surface comprising;
a substantially rigid mounting surface having a plurality of mounting holes for receiving the self-tapping screws of the equipment,
a sidewall supporting said mounting surface sufficiently in elevation to permit the self-tapping screws to clear the load-bearing surface,
a flange secured to said sidewall and substantially surrounding said mounting surface,
double-coated pressure-sensitive tape having one side secured to said flange surfaces for adhesive securement to the load-bearing surface, and,
backing strip material removably secured over the exposed adhesive surface of said pressure-sensitive tape, said flange, sidewalls and mounting surface being an integrally formed structure.
2 The apparatus as recited in claim 1 wherein said flanges include a plurality of mounting holes.