Patent Number: 6,250,841

Title: Splice sleeve for guide rails

Abstract: A guide rail splice sleeve device provides for adjustable housing, gripping, and connecting of sequential guide rails. The device includes an elongated central member, a first and second tension bar detachably connected to the central member at opposite ends thereof, and fastening elements for securely connecting the first and second tension bars independently to the central member. Advantageously the central member and tension bars have integral flanges to aid in support of the guide rails. The independent connection of each tension bar to the central member permits sequential guide rail segments to be gripped or adjusted independently of the other. Additionally, the sleeve may include a hand tightening device so that the fastening elements may be adjusted without the need for tools. Also, the sleeve may include an extension for spanning any gap between non-abutting ends of adjacent guide rail segments connected by the sleeve.

Inventors: Ledingham; Stuart J. (Coto de Caza, CA)

Assignee: Valu Engineering, Inc.

International Classification: B65G 21/20 (20060101); F16B 002/06 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018