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1. WO2020201735 - POST CONNECTOR AND PEG

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CLAIMS

1. A connector for connecting two components of a modular building, the connector being connectable to a first component of a modular building, the connector incorporating a gripper which in use grips a second component of a modular building.

2. The connector of claim 1, wherein the gripper comprises at least one movable bar (1).

3. The connector of claim 2, wherein the movable bar is spring biased into its gripping position.

4. The connector of claim 3, wherein a spring (2) acts to pull the movable bar into its gripping position.

5. The connector of any preceding claim, wherein the gripper is held in a locked position by at least one block (3).

6. The connector of claim 5, wherein the block is wedged shaped.

7. The connector of claim 6, wherein the block is a wedge with a flat portion for engaging the gripper.

8. The connector of claim 5, wherein the block comprises more than one wedge shaped

portion, preferably wherein the block comprises a first wedge shaped portion (3D) and a second wedge shaped portion (3E), wherein the wedge shaped portions are spatially distributed along the block.

9. The connector of claim 8, wherein the first wedge shaped portion (3D) has a flat portion for engaging the gripper and the second wedge shaped portion (3E) has a portion for abutting a surface of a peg.

10. The connector of any of claims 5 to 9, further comprising an additional block for abutting a surface of a peg.

11. The connector of claim 10, wherein the surface of the additional block that abuts a surface of a peg comprises a roughened or textured surface, or a plurality of serrations.

12. The connector of any of claims 5 to 11, wherein the gripper comprises a cut away (IB), wherein said cut away receives the block.

13. The connector of any of claims 5 to 12, wherein the block is biased into its locking position.

14. The connector of any of claims 5 to 13, wherein the block is biased into its locking position by a spring (4).

15. The connector of claim 14, wherein the spring is accommodated within a body (5) of the connector.

16. The connector of claim 15, wherein the body includes a channel which incorporates the spring.

17. The connector of claim 16, wherein the spring is mounted on a rod (6) in the channel in the body.

18. The connector of claim 17 where the rod is connected to a block and travels through an aperture (5D) in the body.

19. The connector of any of claims 5 to 18, wherein the block further comprises a portion with a flat surface that travels along a recessed slot (5C) in the body.

20. The connector of any one of claims 5 to 19, wherein the block has a link (8) for controlling the motion of the block.

21. The connector of claim 20, wherein the link comprises a tab (10) which in use restrains the block in an unlocked position.

22. The connector of claim 21, wherein the tab restrains more than one block in unlocked

positions.

23. The connector of any of claims 20 to 22, wherein the link has a handle (9).

24. The connector of any of claims 20 to 23, wherein the link includes an indicator (IOC) that in use shows when the block is in its locking position.

25. The connector of any preceding claim, wherein the connector further includes a retaining pin (11) which in use passes through the first component to retain the connector in position.

26. The connector of any preceding claim, wherein the gripper is located in a slot (5B) in the body of the connector.

27. The connector of any preceding claim, wherein a view shaft runs through the gripper.

28. A post (12) incorporating a connector as defined in any preceding claim.

29. The post of claim 28, further comprising a fixation plate (13) for receiving a peg.

30. The post of claim 29, wherein the fixation plate is rigidly connected to an upper portion of the post.

31. A peg (15) for connecting two components of a modular building, wherein the peg has a first portion (15A) for insertion into a first component of a modular building and a second portion (15B) for being received in a second component of a modular building, wherein the second portion has a neck which in use is gripped by a gripper in the second component.

32. The peg of claim 31, wherein the peg comprises a recess (15C) which in use receives the gripper of the second component.

33. The peg of claim 32, wherein the recess is a concave neck.

34. The peg of any of claims 31 to 33, wherein the peg has a conical head (15D) for insertion into the gripper in the second component.

35. The peg of any of claims 31 to 34, wherein the first portion includes a screw-thread (15E) for engaging the first component.

36. The peg of any of claims 31 to 35, wherein the peg comprises a multifaceted body portion (15F).

37. The peg of claim 36, wherein the multifaceted body portion comprises at least two surfaces (15G) for abutting blocks of the second component, preferably wherein the multifaceted body portion comprises four surfaces for abutting blocks of the second component.

38. The peg of claim 37, wherein the surface for abutting blocks of the second component

comprises a roughened or textured surface, or a plurality of serrations.

39. The peg of any of claims 36 to 38, wherein the multifaceted body portion includes at least two indentations (15J), preferably wherein the multifaceted body portion includes four indentations.

40. The peg of claims 31 to 39, further comprising a marker (15K), wherein in use said marker indicates to a user the orientation of the peg.

41. The peg of any of claims 31 to 40, wherein the first component of the modular building comprises a post comprising a fixation plate, wherein the peg is attached to the fixation plate, and wherein the first portion of the peg engages the fixation plate.

42. The peg of claim 41, wherein the first portion threadably engages the fixation plate of the post.

43. The peg of any of claims 31 to 42, wherein the peg is manufactured from a metal, an alloy e.g. steel, a composite, combinations thereof and the like.

44. A connection plate (16) comprising a plurality of pegs according to any of claims 31 to 43.

45. The connection plate and peg of claim 44 when dependent on claims 36 to 43, further

comprising a compressible layer (15H) positioned between the connection plate and the multifaceted body portion of the peg.

46. The connection plate and peg of claim 45, wherein the compressible layer is formed from a metal, such as copper, aluminium, or iron; an alloy, such as steel; a composite; a polymer, or combinations thereof.

47. The peg of any of claims 36 to 43 or the connection plate and peg of any of claims 44 to 46, wherein the contact surface between the multifaceted body portion of the peg, the compressible layer, and/or the connection plate, is roughened, textured, or serrated.

48. A module (17) comprising the post of any of claims 28 to 30 attached to the peg of any of claims 31 to 47.

49. A building incorporating a plurality of modules according to claim 48.

50. A building comprising at least one floor, wherein posts of the building are connected to the floors using a connector according to any of claims 1 to 27.

51. The building of claim 50, wherein corners of the building have a plurality of posts.

52. The building of claim 50, wherein adjacent posts are positioned such that the grippers are substantially perpendicular to each other in the horizontal plain.

53. A method of constructing a modular building comprising modules (17), the method

comprising engaging a peg (15) with a post (12) to form a module, wherein said post comprises a gripper, and wherein said peg comprises a neck which is gripped by the gripper.

54. The method of claim 53, wherein the gripper comprises at least one movable bar (1) biased into its gripping position, wherein said movable bar grips the peg.

55. The method of any of claims 53 to 54, wherein once the gripper has gripped the peg, the method further comprises the step of engaging the gripper with at least one block (3), wherein the block locks the gripper in its active position.

56. The method of claim 55, wherein the block is biased into its locking position.

57. The method of any of claims 55 to 56, wherein the block is wedged shaped.

58. The method of any of claims 55 to 56, wherein the block comprises a first wedge shaped portion (3D) and a second wedge shaped portion (3E), wherein the wedge shaped portions are spatially distributed along the block, wherein when the first wedged shaped portion engages the gripper, the second wedged shaped portion abuts a surface of the peg.

59. The method of any of claims 55 to 58, wherein once the gripper has been engaged by at least one block, the method further comprises the step of abutting a surface of the peg with an additional block.

60. The method of any of claims 55 to 59, wherein the block comprises a link (8) for controlling the motion of the block, and wherein the link comprises a tab (10) which when held restrains the block in an unlocked position.

61. The method of claim 60, wherein the tab restrains more than one block in an unlocked position.

62. The method of any of claims 60 to 61, wherein the tab is held as the post engages the peg, allowing the peg to enter and be gripped by the gripper, and wherein once the peg is gripped by the gripper the tab is released to allow the block to move into its locking position.

63. The method of any of claims 60 to 62, wherein the link comprises an indicator (IOC),

wherein a user uses the indicator to see when the block is in its locking position.

64. The method of any of claims 53 to 63, wherein a view shaft runs through the gripper, and wherein before engaging the post with the peg a user uses the view shaft to align the post with the peg.

65. A method of constructing a modular building comprising modules, the method comprising engaging the peg of any of claims 31 to 47 with the post of any of claims 28 to 30, to form a module.