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(12) Brevet: (11) CA 2896492
(54) Titre français: APPAREILS ET METHODES SERVANT A UNE CONNEXION A DES OBJETS DE TAILLES DIFFERENTES
(54) Titre anglais: APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR CONNECTING TO OBJECTS OF DIFFERENT SIZES

Abrégé français

Selon un mode de réalisation, un appareil pouvant être connecté à des objets de différentes dimensions comprend un premier corps de connexion comportant une première et une seconde pluralité de raccords espacés et un second corps de connexion comportant un premier et un second raccord, le premier raccord pouvant être connecté à et déconnecté dun premier raccord de la première pluralité de raccords espacés et le second connecteur pouvant être connecté à et déconnecté dun premier raccord de la seconde pluralité de raccords espacés. Lorsque le premier connecteur est connecté au premier raccord de la première pluralité de raccords espacés et lorsque le second connecteur est connecté au premier raccord de la seconde pluralité de raccords espacés, les premier et second corps de connexion définissent une zone comportant une première taille entre les premier et second corps de connexion. Des procédés sont également présentés.


Abrégé anglais

According to one embodiment, an apparatus, connectable to objects of different sizes, comprises: a first connection body comprising a first plurality of spaced- apart connectors and a second plurality of spaced-apart connectors; and a second connection body comprising a first connector and a second connector, the first connector connectable to and disconnectable from a first one of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors, and the second connector connectable to and disconnectable from a first one of the second plurality of spaced-apart connectors. When the first connector is connected to the first one of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors and when the second connector is connected to the first one of the second plurality of spaced-apart connectors, the first connection body and the second connection body define a region having a first size between the first connection body and the second connection body. Methods are also disclosed.


Note : Les revendications sont présentées dans la langue officielle dans laquelle elles ont été soumises.

CLAIMS
1. An apparatus connectable to objects of different sizes, the apparatus
comprising:
a first connection body comprising a first plurality of spaced-apart
connectors and a
second plurality of spaced-apart connectors spaced apart from the first
plurality of spaced-
apart connectors; and
a second connection body comprising a first connector and a second connector
spaced
apart from the first connector of the second connection body, the first
connector connectable
to and disconnectable from a first one of the first plurality of spaced-apart
connectors, and the
second connector connectable to and disconnectable from a first one of the
second plurality of
spaced-apart connectors, wherein when the first connector is connected to the
first one of the
first plurality of spaced-apart connectors and when the second connector is
connected to the
first one of the second plurality of spaced-apart connectors, the first
connection body and the
second connection body define a region having a first size between the first
connection body
and the second connection body.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a first cover body defining
an opening
sized to receive an object sized to be clamped in the region having the first
size.
3. The apparatus of claim 1 or 2 wherein the first size of the region is
sized to clamp a
generally cylindrical object having a first diameter.
4. The apparatus of claim 1, 2, or 3 wherein the first plurality of spaced-
apart connectors
are spaced apart from each other in a first plane.
5. The apparatus of claim 4 wherein the second plurality of spaced-apart
connectors are
spaced apart from each other in a second plane extending non-parallel to the
first plane.
6. The apparatus of claim 5 wherein the second plane extends generally
perpendicular to
the first plane.
7. The apparatus of any one of claims 1 to 6 further comprising a third
connection body
comprising a third connector and a fourth connector spaced apart from the
third connector of

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the third connection body, the third connector connectable to and
disconnectable from a
second one of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors different from
the first one of the
first plurality of spaced-apart connectors, and the fourth connector
connectable to and
disconnectable from a second one of the second plurality of spaced-apart
connectors different
from the first one of the second plurality of spaced-apart connectors, wherein
when the third
connector is connected to the second one of the first plurality of spaced-
apart connectors and
when the fourth connector is connected to the second one of the second
plurality of spaced-
apart connectors, the first connection body and the third connection body are
positioned to
define a region having a second size, different from the first size, between
the first connection
body and the third connection body.
8. The apparatus of claim 7 wherein the first and second connectors are
spaced apart from
each other by a first separation distance, and wherein the third and fourth
connectors are
spaced apart from each other by a second separation distance different from
the first separation
distance.
9. The apparatus of claim 7 or 8 further comprising a second cover body
defining an
opening sized to receive an object sized to be clamped in the region having
the second size.
10. The apparatus of claim 7, 8, or 9 wherein the second size of the region
is sized to
clamp a generally cylindrical object having a second diameter.
11. The apparatus of any one of claims 7, 8, 9, or 10 further comprising a
fourth
connection body comprising a fifth connector and a sixth connector spaced
apart from the fifth
connector of the fourth connection body, the fifth connector connectable to
and disconnectable
from a third one of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors different
from the first and
second ones of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors, and the sixth
connector
connectable to and disconnectable from a third one of the second plurality of
spaced-apart
connectors different from the first and second ones of the second plurality of
spaced-apart
connectors, wherein when the fifth connector is connected to the third one of
the first plurality
of spaced-apart connectors and when the sixth connector is connected to the
third one of the
second plurality of spaced-apart connectors, the first connection body and the
fourth

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18. The method of claim 14, 15, 16, or 17 wherein the first plurality of
spaced-apart
connectors are spaced apart from each other in a first plane.
19. The method of claim 18 wherein the second plurality of spaced-apart
connectors are
spaced apart from each other in a second plane extending non-parallel to the
first plane.
20. The method of claim 19 wherein the second plane extends generally
perpendicular to
the first plane.
21. A container apparatus comprising:
a container body defining at least a container cavity and a through-opening of
the
container cavity extending through the container body;
a first connection device positionable proximate the through-opening; and
a second connection device connectable to the first connection device;
wherein when the first connection device is positioned proximate the through-
opening
and when the second connection device is connected to the first connection
device, the first
connection device and the second connection device define a first region
having a first size
between the first connection device and the second connection device and
positioned to
receive an object that passes through the through-opening and into the
container cavity.
22. The apparatus of claim 21 further comprising a first cover body
defining an opening
sized to receive the object sized to be clamped in the first region.
23. The apparatus of claim 21 or 22 wherein the first size of the first
region is sized to
clamp a generally cylindrical object having a first diameter.
24. The apparatus of claim 21, 22, or 23 wherein the container body
comprises a bottom
body, a side body, and a top body.
25. The apparatus of claim 24 wherein the top body is coupled to the side
body by at least
one hinge.

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26. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 25 wherein the container body
defines a fluid
containment region capable of holding liquid at the bottom of the container
body.
27. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 26 wherein the first
connection device
comprises:
a first portion positionable proximate the through-opening on a first side of
the
through-opening; and
a second portion positionable proximate the through-opening on a second side
of the
through-opening opposite the first side of the through-opening.
28. The apparatus of claim 27 wherein first portion is generally planar.
29. The apparatus of claim 27 or 28 wherein second portion is generally
planar.
30. The apparatus of claim 27, 28, or 29 wherein the first portion and the
second portion
extend non-parallel to each other.
31. The apparatus of claim 27, 28, or 29 wherein the first portion and the
second portion
extend generally perpendicular to each other.
32. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 31 wherein the second
connection device
comprises:
a first connector connectable to the first portion of the first connection
device; and
a second connector spaced apart from the first connector and connectable to
the second
portion of the first connection device when the first connector is connected
to the first portion
of the first connection device.
33. The apparatus of claim 32 wherein the first portion comprises a first
plurality of
spaced-apart connectors, and wherein the first connector is connectable to and
disconnectable
from a first one of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors.
34. The apparatus of claim 33 wherein the second portion comprises a second
plurality of
spaced-apart connectors, and wherein the second connector is connectable to
and

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disconnectable from a first one of the second plurality of spaced-apart
connectors when the
first connector is connected to the first one of the first plurality of spaced-
apart connectors.
35. The apparatus of claim 34 wherein the first plurality of spaced-apart
connectors are
spaced apart from each other in a first generally straight line.
36. The apparatus of claim 35 wherein the second plurality of spaced-apart
connectors are
spaced apart from each other in a second generally straight line plane
extending non-parallel to
the first generally straight line.
37. The apparatus of claim 36 wherein the second generally straight line
extends generally
perpendicular to the first generally straight line.
38. The apparatus of claim 34, 35, 36, or 37 further comprising a third
connection device
comprising a third connector and a fourth connector spaced apart from the
third connector of
the third connection device, the third connector connectable to and
disconnectable from a
second one of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors different from
the first one of the
first plurality of spaced-apart connectors, and the fourth connector
connectable to and
disconnectable from a second one of the second plurality of spaced-apart
connectors different
from the first one of the second plurality of spaced-apart connectors, wherein
when the third
connector is connected to the second one of the first plurality of spaced-
apart connectors and
when the fourth connector is connected to the second one of the second
plurality of spaced-
apart connectors, the first connection device and the third connection device
are positioned to
define a second region having a second size, different from the first size,
between the first
connection device and the third connection device.
39. The apparatus of claim 38 wherein the first and second connectors are
spaced apart
from each other by a first separation distance, and wherein the third and
fourth connectors are
spaced apart from each other by a second separation distance different from
the first separation
distance.

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40. The apparatus of claim 38 or 39 further comprising a second cover body
defining an
opening sized to receive an object sized to be clamped in the second region.
41. The apparatus of claim 38, 39, or 40 wherein the second size of the
second region is
sized to clamp a generally cylindrical object having a second diameter.
42. The apparatus of any one of claims 38, 39, 40, or 41 further comprising
a fourth
connection device comprising a fifth connector and a sixth connector spaced
apart from the
fifth connector of the fourth connection device, the fifth connector
connectable to and
disconnectable from a third one of the first plurality of spaced-apart
connectors different from
the first and second ones of the first plurality of spaced-apart connectors,
and the sixth
connector connectable to and disconnectable from a third one of the second
plurality of
spaced-apart connectors different from the first and second ones of the second
plurality of
spaced-apart connectors, wherein when the fifth connector is connected to the
third one of the
first plurality of spaced-apart connectors and when the sixth connector is
connected to the
third one of the second plurality of spaced-apart connectors, the first
connection device and
the fourth connection device are positioned to define a third region having a
third size,
different from the first and second sizes, between the first connection device
and the fourth
connection device.
43. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 42 wherein:
the first connection device further comprises a central portion;
the first portion extends away from the central portion in a first direction;
and
the second portion extends away from the central portion in a second
direction.
44. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 43 wherein the first portion
is connected to
the container body.
45. The apparatus of claim 44 wherein the first portion is rigidly
connected to the container
body.

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46. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 45 wherein the second portion
is connected to
the container body.
47. The apparatus of claim 46 wherein the second portion is rigidly
connected to the
container body.
48. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 47 wherein the first portion
is on a first lateral
side of the through-opening, and the second portion is on a second lateral
side of the through-
opening opposite the first lateral side of the through-opening.
49. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 48 wherein the first portion
extends laterally
on the first side of the of the through-opening, and the second portion
extends laterally on the
second side of the of the through-opening.
50. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 49 wherein the first connector
is positioned
proximate the through-opening on the first side of the through-opening.
51. The apparatus of any one of claims 27 to 50 wherein the second
connector is
positioned proximate the through-opening on the second side of the through-
opening.
52. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 51 wherein the first
connection device is
connected to the container body.
53. The apparatus of claim 52 wherein the first connection device is
rigidly connected to
the container body.
54. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 53 wherein the first
connection device is
unitarily formed.
55. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 54 wherein the container body
is a spill
container.

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56. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 55 wherein the first
connection device and
the second connection device are configured to be rigidly connected to each
other to define the
first region.
57. The apparatus of any one of claims 21 to 56 wherein the first
connection device and
the second connection device are releasably connectable to each other.
58. A method of connecting an object to a container body defining at least
a container
cavity and a through-opening of the container cavity extending through the
container body, the
method comprising:
connecting a first connection device to a second connection device, wherein
the first
connection device is positioned proximate the through-opening, and wherein
connecting the
first connection device to the second connection device comprises defining a
region between
the first connection device and the second connection device, the region
receiving the object
when the object passes through the through-opening and into the container
cavity.
59. The method of claim 58 wherein defining the region between the first
connection
device and the second connection device comprises clamping the object between
the first
connection device and the second connection device.
60. The method of claim 58 or 59 wherein the object comprises a pipe or a
pipe nipple.
61. The method of claim 58, 59, or 60 wherein the container body is a spill
container.
62. The method of claim 58, 59, 60, or 61 wherein connecting the first
connection device
to the second connection device comprises:
connecting a first connector of the second connection device to a first
portion of the
first connection device on a first side of the through-opening; and
when the first connector is connected to the first portion, connecting a
second
connector of the second connection device to a second portion of the first
connection device
on a second side of the through-opening opposite the first side of the through-
opening.

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Description 2015-07-09 16 830
Revendications 2015-07-09 4 137
Dessins 2015-07-09 7 132
Dessins représentatifs 2016-12-13 1 10
Page couverture 2017-01-09 2 46
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Paiement de taxe périodique 2017-06-30 2 83
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Revendications 2017-09-11 8 327
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Page couverture 2017-10-26 2 47
Correction selon l'article 8 2017-11-28 2 45
Page couverture 2017-12-07 4 169
Accusé de corrections sous l'article 8 2017-12-07 2 126