Title:
MEDIA FRAME ASSEMBLY
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A media frame assembly for displaying a media against a display surface comprising a base plate and a cover plate. The base plate has a top surface, a bottom surface, a first edge, a second edge, and a U shaped protrusion equidistant from the first edge and the second edge, and the base plate protrudes from the top surface towards the bottom surface to form a screw guide. The cover plate has an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper end, a lower end, and a mount like projection equidistant from the upper end and the lower end, and the cover plate protrudes from the lower surface away from the upper surface so that the media to be held for display purpose is sandwiched between the base plate and the cover plate. A method of installing a media frame display is also disclosed.



Inventors:
Mileski, Bret (Lake Elsinore, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/614073
Publication Date:
06/26/2008
Filing Date:
12/20/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47G1/06
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Primary Examiner:
HOGE, GARY CHAPMAN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Bret Mileski (Lake Elsinore, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A frame assembly for displaying a media against a surface comprising: a base plate configured to be coupled to said surface; and a cover plate running upon said base plate across the length of said base plate, said cover plate having a curve like contour at one end across the length capable of engaging with said base plate, wherein said media is held between said base plate and said cover plate by at least one corner of said base plate and at least one corner of said cover plate.

2. The frame assembly of claim 1 wherein said media is constructed from one or more materials selected from the following group: rubber, plastic, PVC, vinyl, leather, neoprene, Kevlar, cotton, polyester, poly, polyurethane, satin, silk, suede, burlap, fiberglass, sheet metal, paper, cardboard, corplast (corrugated plastic), latex, nylon, and canvas.

3. The frame assembly of claim 1, wherein said media is constructed from a material selected from the follow group: solid, liquid or a permeable mesh.

4. The frame assembly of claim 1, wherein said frame assembly is an outdoor frame assembly interior and exterior uses, including floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, ceilings, gates, canopies, planter boxes, cabinets and partitions, docks, fences, garage doors, hoardings, tables, columns, planter boxes.

5. The frame assembly as claimed in claim 4, wherein said frame assembly may be used on the structures including automobiles, aircraft, appliances, billboard (mobile and stationary), bicycles, tricycles, auditoriums, theaters, amphitheaters, buses, bus shelters, corridors, construction sites, barricades, parks, parking structures, trains, rail cars, dumpsters, portable restrooms, storage containers, shipping containers, boats, ships, hospitals, theaters, motorcycles, tricycles, trailers, signs, monuments, subways, bridges, public transit systems, trolleys, docks, residences, airplanes, golf carts, electric vehicles, fences, hoardings, campers, camper shells, garage doors, machinery, equipment, tables, trade show displays, light standards, gates, columns, partitions, planter boxes, aqueducts, conveyors, moving sidewalks.

6. A media frame assembly for displaying a media against a surface comprising: a base plate with a length and a width, said base plate having a top surface, a bottom surface, a first edge, a second edge, and a U shaped protrusion equidistant from said first edge and said second edge, protruding from said top surface towards said bottom surface thereby forming a screw guide therein, said first edge and said second edge is inclined in a downward direction towards said bottom surface; and a cover plate with a length and a width, said cover plate having outer surface, an inner surface, an upper end, a lower end, and a mount like projection equidistant form said upper end and said lower end, protruding from said lower surface away from said upper surface, wherein the media is sandwiched between said base plate and said cover plate such that the media is held therein for display.

7. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said media may include rubber, plastic, PVC, vinyl, leather neoprene, Kevlar, cotton, polyester, poly, polyurethane, satin, silk, suede, burlap, fiberglass, sheet metal, paper, cardboard, corplast (corrugated plastic), latex, nylon, canvas.

8. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 7, wherein said media may be either solid or mesh or screen material.

9. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said media frame assembly is designed for interior and exterior uses, including floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, ceilings, gates, canopies, planter boxes, cabinets and partitions, docks, fences, garage doors, hoardings, tables, columns, and planter boxes.

10. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 9, wherein said media frame assembly may be used on the structures including automobiles, aircraft, appliances, billboard (mobile and stationary), bicycles, tricycles, auditoriums, theaters, amphitheaters, buses, bus shelters, corridors, construction sites, barricades, parks, parking structures, trains, rail cars, dumpsters, portable restrooms, storage containers, shipping containers, boats, ships, hospitals, theaters, motorcycles, tricycles, trailers, signs, monuments, subways, bridges, public transit systems, trolleys, docks, residences, airplanes, golf carts, electric vehicles, fences, hoardings, campers, camper shells, garage doors, machinery, equipment, tables, trade show displays, light standards, gates, columns, partitions, planter boxes, aqueducts, conveyors, moving sidewalks.

11. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said outer surface of said cover plate inclines at said upper end towards said inner surface forming a curve like contour.

12. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 12, wherein said ‘U’ shaped protrusion runs across the complete length of said base plate.

13. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 12, wherein said ‘U’ shaped protrusion projects in the same direction as that of the inclination of said first edge and said second edge.

14. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said base plate and said cover plate are manufactured using extrusion processes.

15. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said mount like projection on said cover plate is in the same direction as that of said ‘U’ shaped protrusion and also runs across the entire length of said cover plate.

16. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said top surface of said base plate is attached with adhesive bonding strips capable of holding the media in place on the base plate during installation.

17. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said screw guide on said base plate enables fastening said base plate to a surface using fastening means including screwing with and without anchors, nailing, holes which are punched, stamped or drilled, or other marking, etchings, engravings, gluing, heat welding, bolting, carriage bolts with nuts on the back side, pins, kotter key of some sort.

18. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 6, wherein said cover plate further has a screw guide running across the entire length of said cover plate towards said lower end from where the cover plate inclines downwards, said screw guide enables fastening of said cover plate to said base plate during installation.

19. The media frame assembly as claimed in claim 1, wherein during installation said curve like contour on said cover plate engages said first edge of said base plate such that said mount like configuration on said inner surface of said cover plate is received within said ‘U’ shaped protrusion on said top surface of said base plate.

20. A method of installing a media against a display surface, the method comprising the steps of: (a) configuring a media frame assembly having: a base plate with a length and a width, said base plate having a top surface, a bottom surface, a first edge, a second edge, and a U shaped protrusion equidistant from said first edge and said second edge, protruding from said top surface towards said bottom surface thereby forming a screw guide therein, said first edge and said second edge is inclined in a downward direction towards said bottom surface; said base plate further having adhesive bonding strips on said top surface; and a cover plate with a length and width, said cover plate having an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper end, a lower end, and a mount like projection equidistant from said upper end and said lower end, protruding from said lower surface away from said upper surface, said outer surface inclines at said upper end towards said inner surface forming a curve like contour and further has a screw guide on said outer surface towards said lower end from where said cover plate inclines downwardly; (b) measuring the working space of the surface where the media needs to be displayed; (c) pre-cutting said base plate and said cover plate to desired length of the working space; (d) establishing a level reference line across the top of the media displaying surface and positioning said first edge of said base plate to the level reference line by leaving a minimum of ⅜″ space between said first edge and any moldings on the surface; (e) mounting said base plate to the surface against said bottom surface of said base plate; (f) fastening said base plate to the display surface at the screw guide using fastening means; (g) completing the perimeter of the display surface depending on the desired sides and metering the corners of the display; (h) aligning the top edge of the media with the first edge of said base plate; (i) removing said adhesive bonding strips from said top surface of said base plate; (j) applying the media to the top surface of said base plate and unfurling the media to the desired length; (k) stretching the media from the top to the bottom so that it is free from wrinkles; (l) aligning said cover plate over said base plate such that said curve like contour on said cover plate engages with said first edge of said base plate thereby enabling said mount like projection from said inner surface of said cover plate to be received within said ‘U’ shaped protrusion; (m) fastening said cover plate to said base plate using fastening means at said screw guide on said cover plate, such that the media when sandwiched between said cover plate and said base plate, takes the shape therebetween; and (n) repeating said steps (b) to (m) on the desired side of the display surface for completing the installation for proper display of media within a display surface.

21. The method of installing a media against a display surface as claimed in claim 20, wherein said media may include rubber, plastic, PVC, vinyl, leather, neoprene, Kevlar, cotton, polyester, poly, polyurethane, satin, silk, suede, burlap, fiberglass, sheet metal, paper, cardboard, corplast (corrugated plastic), latex, nylon, canvas.

22. The method of installing a media against a display surface as claimed in claim 21, wherein said media may be either solid or mesh or screen material.

23. The method of installing a media against a display surface as claimed in claim 20 wherein said media frame assembly is designed for interior and exterior use, including floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, ceilings, gates, canopies, planter boxes, cabinets and partitions, docks, fences, garage doors, hoardings, tables, columns, and planter boxes.

23. The method of installing a media against a display surface as claimed in claim 23 wherein said media frame assembly may be used on the structures including automobiles, aircraft, appliances, billboard (mobile and stationary), bicycles, tricycles, auditoriums, theaters, amphitheaters, buses, bus shelters, corridors, construction sites, barricades, parks, parking structures, trains, rail cars, dumpsters, portable restrooms, storage containers, shipping containers, boats, ships, hospitals, theaters, motorcycles, tricycles, trailers, signs, monuments, subways, bridges, public transit systems, trolleys, docks, residences, airplanes, golf carts, electric vehicles, fences, hoardings, campers, camper shells, garage doors, machinery, equipment, tables, trade show displays, light standards, gates, columns, partitions, planter boxes, aqueducts, conveyors, moving sidewalks.



Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention related generally to media display systems, and, more particularly, to media frame assemblies, systems, and methods for displaying various types of media on one or more surfaces in a quick, economical, and effective manner.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Advertisements using media displayed to the public are frequently used to attract the public's attention when used on automobiles, aircraft, appliances, and other billboards including mobile and stationary billboards. Furthermore, many companies have promotions that are short in duration which leads to the need for an easy and efficient way to replace advertising medium on those display surfaces. Some attempts have been made to hold media in framing systems.

In one example, U.S. Publication No. 20050235585 discloses a framing system for mounting flexible sheets of material. The framing system includes U-shaped channels, or lineals, having at lest one external built-in groove for receiving a spline strip for holding an edge of the sheet in place in the groove. A rectangular opening is defined by four lineals over which the sheet is stretched and then secured in place by jamming its edges into the external spline grooves of the surrounding four lineals with the spline strips thereby holding the sheet in place. The lineals are held to the porch walls by universal fasteners. This framing system is not easy for installations in view of its configurational complexity.

In another example, U.S. Publication No. 20040128894 discloses a framing system for framing artwork, drawings, pictures and mounting the framed work on a surface. The framing system includes at least one frame member cooperating with a plurality of mounting elements to surround the work with the frame member(s) and mount the resultant framed work to a mounting surface. Each mounting element comprises a magnetic material and an adhesive material. The adhesive material is used to mount the resulting framed work to the surface by an adhesive bond between the mounting elements and the surface. The framing system provided herein does not allow for a greater tolerance in terms of margin of error for the installer and user thereby does not provide for a greater flexibility in terms of usage.

Next, U.S. Pat. No. 5,142,804 discloses an anchoring apparatus for anchoring and tensioning a sheet material on a panel structure, such as a billboard. The anchoring apparatus comprises of a preferred channel-shaped base member secured to the rear of the panel structure and includes a clip member slidably interconnected with the base member. This anchoring apparatus is complex in configuration and does not provide for an effective framing system capable of meeting the needs of the installer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

One embodiment of the claimed subject matter includes a frame assembly for displaying a media against a surface comprising a base plate configured to be coupled to the surface, a cover plate running upon the base plate across the length of the base plate, the cover plate having a curve like contour at one end across the length capable of engaging with the base plate so that the display media is sandwiched and held between the base plate and the cover plate be at least two corners.

In another aspect, the present invention provides a media frame assembly for displaying a media against a surface. The frame assembly comprises a base plate with a length and a width, the base plate has a top surface, a bottom surface, a first edge, a second edge, and a U shaped protrusion equidistant from the first edge and the second edge, protruding from the top surface towards the bottom surface, thereby forming a screw guide therein. The first edge and the second edge is inclined in a downward direction towards the bottom surface. The frame assembly also has a cover plate with a length and a width, the cover plate has an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper end, a lower end, and a mount like projection equidistant form the upper end and the lower end, protruding from the lower surface away from the upper surface wherein the media is sandwiched between the base plate and the cover plate such that the media is held therein for display.

In yet another aspect, the present invention provides a method of installing a media against a display surface. The method comprises the steps of configuring a media frame assembly, having base and cover plates with length and width. The base plate having a top surface, a bottom surface, a first edge, a second edge, and a U shaped protrusion equidistant from the first edge and the second edge, protruding from the top surface towards the bottom surface thereby forming a screw guide therein. The first edge and the second edge are inclined in a downward direction towards the bottom surface. The base plate further has a adhesive bonding strips on the top surface. The cover plate having an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper end, a lower end, and a mount like projection equidistant from the upper end and the lower end, and protruding from the lower surface away from the upper surface. The outer surface inclines at the upper end towards the inner surface forming a curve like contour. Further the outer surface has a screw guide towards the lower end from where the cover plate inclines downwardly, measuring the working space of the surface where the media needs to be displayed.

These together with other aspects of the present invention, along with the various features of novelty that characterize the invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed hereto and forming a part of this disclosure. For a better understanding of the invention, its operating advantages and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be had to the accompanying drawings and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated exemplary embodiments of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The advantages and features of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following more detailed description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which like elements are identified with the like symbols, and in which:

FIG. 1 shows the media frame assembly 500, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention:

FIG. 2 shows the side view of the base plate 100, according the an exemplary embodiment of the present invention:

FIG. 3 shows the side view of the cover plate 200, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 illustrates the engagement of the cover plate 200 to the base plate 100, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention; and

FIGS. 5A and 5G illustrates the various steps of installation of the media frame assembly 500 for displaying a media 300 on the display surface 400, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

Like reference numerals refer to like parts throughout the description of several views of the exemplary drawings of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The exemplary embodiments described herein detail for illustrative purposes are subject to many variations in structure and design. It should be emphasized, however that the present invention is not limited to a particular media frame shown and described. Rather, the principles of the present invention can be used with a variety of media frame assembly configurations and structural arrangements. It is understood that various omissions, substitutions of equivalents are contemplated as circumstances may suggest or render expedient, but is intended to cover the application or implementation without departing from the spirit or scope of the claims of the present invention.

Referring now to FIG. 1 through FIG. 4, the media frame assembly 500 comprises a base plate 100, a cover plate 200, and a media 300 that sandwiched therebetween the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200. The media 300 of the present invention includes but not limited to rubber, plastic, PVC, vinyl, leather, neoprene, Kevlar, cotton, polyester, poly, polyurethane, satin, silk, suede, burlap, fiberglass, sheet metal, paper, cardboard, corplast (corrugated plastic), latex, nylon, Canvas. Media can be either solid or mesh/screen material and the like.

The base plate 100 of the present invention is configured from a metallic sheet of a specific thickness, length and width. The base plate 100 has a first edge 110 and a second edge 120. The base plate 100 further has a top surface 130 and a bottom surface 140. The first edge 110 and the second edge 120 are slightly bent to form an inclination from the top surface 130 of the base plate 100. Both the first edge 110 and the second edge 120 are inclined away from the top surface, i.e. in a downward direction if the base plate 100 is kept horizontally. However, the angle of inclination of the second edge 120 from the top surface 130 is slightly higher that the angle of inclination of the top edge 110 from the top surface 130. In the horizontal position, the base plate 100 further is provided a ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150 in the downward direction forming a screw guide 160 therein. The groove, which represents the screw guide 160, is not necessary because screw placement can be estimated, however this insures proper placement. The ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150 runs across the complete length of the base plate 100. The base plate is extruded in the said configuration from state of the art extrusion processes. The ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150 projects in the same direction as that of the inclination of the first edge 110 and the second edge 120. In an embodiment, the top surface 130 of the base plate 100 is attached with adhesive bonding strips 170. The adhesive bonding strips 170 are capable of holding the media 300 in place on the base plate 100 during installation.

The cover plate 200 is also configured from a metallic sheet of a specific thickness and length of width. The cover plate 200 also has an upper end 210 and a lower end 220. The cover plate 200 has an outer surface 230 and an inner surface 250. The outer surface 230 takes an inclined shape at the upper end 210 of the cover plate 200 towards the inner surface 240 and further forms a curve like contour 260. At the center of the cover plate 200 and at the inner surface 240, it has a projection away from the inner surface 240 forming a mount like configuration 250.

The base plate 100, the cover plate 200, and the media 300 sandwiched in between the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 forms the media frame assembly 500. The media frame assembly is designed for both interior and exterior uses, including but not limited to: floors, walls, doors, windows, roofs, ceilings, gates, canopies, planter boxes, cabinets and partitions, docks, fences, garage doors, hoarding, tables, columns, planter boxes and the like. The media frame assembly may be used on the structures including but not limited to automobiles, aircraft, appliances, billboards (mobile and stationary), bicycles, tricycles, auditoriums, theaters, amphitheaters, buses, bus shelters, corridors, construction sites, barricades, parks, parking structures, trains, rail cars, dumpsters, portable restrooms, storage containers, shipping containers, boats, ships, hospitals, theaters, motorcycles, tricycles, trailers, signs, monuments, subways, bridges, public transit systems, trolleys, docks, residences, airplanes, golf carts and other similar electric vehicles, fences, hoardings, campers, camper shells, garage doors, machinery, equipment, tables, trade show displays, light standards, gates, columns, partitions, planter boxes, aqueducts, conveyors, moving sidewalks, and the like. The media frame assembly 500 of the present invention can also be used on any rigid portable substrate independent of an existing structure (such as a sign). The mount like configuration 260 of the cover plate 200 is configured in such a manner that during operation the mount like configuration 260 partially is received within the ‘U’ shaped protrusion in the base plate 100. On the outer surface 230 of the cover plate 200, at the edge from where the cover plate 200 bends downwardly towards the lower end, there is a screw guide 270 running across the entire length of the cover plate 200.

The configuration of the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 has several distinct benefits, in comparison to other types of media display systems and devices of the existing technology.

The adhesive bonding strips utilized by media frame assembly of the present invention system enable the installers/users to position and or reposition media as necessary in order to achieve perfect tension and placement before any tools of fasteners are utilized.

The media frame assembly 500 of the present invention requires no special tool or training, nor does it possess any moving parts such as pulley wheels, cam-buckles, or tensioning devices, which would complicate installation.

The base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 of the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention are manufactured primarily of a molded extrusion processes which has no moving parts thereby the costs are much lower than alternative media framing systems which often times require special tooling and/or tools, protective corner plates, pulley wheels and tensioning devices. However, as the biggest cost benefit of all, pertains not with the media framing systems, but rather with the media that the frames are designed to carry. The media frame assembly 500 of the present invention is unique in that it works with vinyl “off the roll” (i.e. with the raw edges) unlike the framing systems of the existing art requiring post-print fabrication for example; cables may need to hemmed into the perimeter of the media. At time's, the media must be hemmed and modified with grommets or other metal fasteners in order to stretch and attach properly to the framing system. Other post-print modifications would be: heat welds, special beading that would be permanently affixed to the media's perimeter in order to fit into a channel of some sort possessed by the alternative media systems.

With the simple configuration of the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention, the production time is greatly reduced. When modification of the media needs to take place between printing and installation it usually means a great deal of extra time will be necessary to allow for transportation to and from another vendor and the additional vendor's scheduling and production time requirements.

Greater Tolerance for “Margin of Error” (on the part of the install/user) end of brackets—The extrusion processes for the manufacturing of the components of the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention, and more specifically the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 are designed to be cut on site. It has been found in the past that most custom orders are based on inaccurate measurements because of which the media framing systems need to be amended completely or discarded at the site where it needs to be used. The media frame assembly 500 of the present invention has been designed to be able to be modified as needed so that the job can be completed as planned. The base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 can be cut according to then requirements. If completing frames do not fit within a very small tolerance, of if the media 300 has been either designed or output at an incorrect size, (even if the size is technically correct) then in a general situation with the available media framing systems, the entire installation may need to be put on hold. One reason for inaccurate measurements is carelessness on the part of the person who measured prior to ordering or often times a truck will be measured on only one side with the assumption that the other side of the truck or trailer will be identical. This being usually not the case because of reflectors, moldings, stickers, rivets, lights and other imperfections which may vary from one side to the other. In the event that the media arrives on site and is of slightly incorrect size (as it often the case), the media assembly 500 of the present invention and/or the media 300 can usually be made to work without negative consequence.

With the absence of the dependency of the strength of heat welds, grommets, beading, hemming, etc. integrated into the media's perimeter, the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention is less likely to be hazardous. The configuration of the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention forms a virtual metal clamp around the entire perimeter of the media 300 that relies on the strength of the configuration coupled with the screws and/or rivets in an embodiment which are used as fasteners.

For the purposes of displaying a media or advertisement hoarding on the surface, the base plate 100 is fastened to the surface using state of the art fastening means with possible variations including but not limited to screwing, nailing, holes which are punched, stamped or drilled, or other marking, etchings, engravings which exist to show screw position.

There are no predetermined holes in the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention. Pertaining to the base plate 100, there is a ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150, which constitutes a screw guide 160 forming a channel or groove.

In an embodiment, screws are used a fastening means and may be placed anywhere in the channel formed by the screw guide 160 and do not necessarily have to be placed on a specific position in the screw guide 160. They must however by in the center because that is the only flat surface that rests upon the substrate beneath it on which the media is placed/hanged.

Pertaining to cover plate 200 (top layer); there is also a screw guide 270 to indicate best position. In an embodiment, screws are placed within ⅜″, on either side of the screw guide 270. However, if screws are greater than or equal to ¾″, they can be placed anywhere on the cover plate 200 and they will function, provided the screw passes through both layers of the media frame assembly 500. The purpose of the screw guide 270 is simply an indicator so that the installer will know the best place for screws relative to the design of the media frame assembly. The only place not advisable for screws placement is on the outer surface 230 opposite to the mount like configuration 250 on the inner surface 240 because the screw must pass through both the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 of the media frame assembly 500. A short screw placed in the center of the width of the media frame assembly 500 would penetrate the cover plate 200 but may not penetrate the base plate 100. However, a longer screw would penetrate both. Also, a longer screw, if placed in the center of cover plate 200 directly over the ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150 of the base plate 100, would strike the top surface 130 of the base plate 100 rather than penetrate it, if the point of the screen is dull. This would inturn push against the base plate 100 which may create a gap between the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200. This is never an intended situation which may result in a less secure attachment of the media 300 between the base plate 100 and the cover plate 200.

Within the base plate 100, the media 300 will take the same shape as the base plate 100. This cannot be varied. There are variations on how the media 300 can be fastened or attached to the top surface 130 of the base plate 100, primarily by changing the amount of, or eliminating altogether, the adhesive bonding strips 170 as used in an embodiment of the present invention, which are primarily an installation aid. The media frame assembly 500 will perform just as well without the adhesive bonding strip because media 300 is held in place not by the adhesive bonding strips, but rather by the configuration and the fasteners.

With regard to trimming, typically, the factory edge of the media 300 would rest flush with the first edge 110 of the base plate 100 (no trimming required). The other three sides of the media 300 may require trimming so that media 300 does not extend past the first edge 110 of the base plate.

The media 300 used is pliable. From the pressure created within the media frame assembly 500 the media 300 will conform precisely to the shape of the media frame assembly components i.e. The base plate 100 and the cover plate 200, which sandwich it. In an embodiment, the cover plate 200 and the base plate 100 are fastened to one another simply by self-tapping or self-drilling screws, or by pre-drilling both pieces simultaneously and inserting a rivet.

In an embodiment, the media frame assembly 500 can clamp the media 300 only across the top without clamping bottom or sides. In such a case, it gives the “drape” or “curtain” like effect. Media 300 may also be clamped across top and across bottom, which leaves sides open, this would be a drape affect with not wrinkles for a nice, neat and clear appearance. In another embodiment, media 300 could also be stretched from left to right having the media frame assembly 500 on two sides and not on the top and bottom, which would also present an acceptable appearance. The media frame assembly 500 is designed to hold media 300 around the entire perimeter, however it would function very well as long as there are two opposing pieces of the media frame assembly 500 holding each side of the media 300 (one piece at each end). In an embodiment, the media frame assembly 500 may be attached to the display surface beneath it in a variety of ways including but not limited to glue or other adhesive substances, heat welding, screws with and without anchors, bolts, carriage bolts with nuts on the back side, pins, kotter key of some sort and the like.

The cover plate 200 and the base plate 100 may also be fastened together by way of variety of fasteners and/or methods including but not limited to any number of clasps, hinges (as in a toolbox latch), threaded knob (as in outside of a drawer), wing nuts which can be hand tightened. The attachment for cover plate 200 and the base plate 100 preferably be mechanical attachment.

In an exemplary embodiment, to interchange vinyl media 300 the user/installer must remove the cover plate 200 by removing the screws, taking off the cover plate 200, and pulling the media 300 so that it separates from the adhesive bonding strips, media should then be rolled up or discarded. New media is installed exactly as its predecessor. The adhesive bonding strips are rated to maintain 75% of their adhesion for life so that change outs are easy.

Various omission, substitutions of equivalents are contemplated on the structure and components of the media frame assembly 500. In alternate embodiments, more than one adhesive bonding strips may be present. In an additional embodiments, the media frame assembly 500 may not have any adhesive bonding strips 170 and the media frame assembly 500 may also have pre-drilling or punching and stamping of screws positions. Media frame assembly 500 may have the addition and/or attachment of plastic tabs with holes to keep screws from vibrating loose over a long term, these would be attached to the cover plate 200 or the base plate 100 only meaning one layer not both. If the cover plate 200 is pre-drilled, then the base plate 100 could carry threaded studs which protrude through the holes in the cover plate 200, these studs or bolts could be individual screws or carriage bolts, or they could be welded or affixed to the base plate 100 itself in order to facilitate easy installation. The media 300 simply adheres to the cover plate 100 and is trimmed along the edge for a neat and tidy seamless indoor display, which maximizes the surface area covered by graphics on the media 300 meaning thereby that the visual image on the media 300 is not interrupted by the presence of the metal cover plate 200 (Media frame assembly 500 is not visible). The base plate 100 is inverted, so that the beveled edge, which is normally on the inside, is tapered down to the outside, as from a side view the media would taper off and there would be no unsightly gap.

In an alternate embodiment, the present invention provides a method of installing a media 300 against a display surface 400 using the media frame assembly 500 of the present invention as shown in FIGS. 5A to 5G. The media frame assembly 500 is configured as described above referring to FIG. 1. The display surface 400 is measured where the media 300 needs to be displayed. The base plate 100 and the cover plate 200 are pre-cut to desired length of the display surface 400. A level reference line across the top of the display surface 400 is established. The first edge 110 of the base plate 100 is positioned to the level reference line by leaving a minimum of ⅜″ space between said first edge 110 and any moldings, reflectors or the like, on the display surface. The base plate 100 is mounted on to the display surface 400 against the bottom surface 140 of the base plate 100. The base plate 100 is fastened to the display surface 400 at the screw guide 160 within the ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150 on the base plate 200 using fastening means. In an embodiment, the base plate 100 is secured to the display surface 400 using ¼″-½″ self-tapping screws. The screws are preferably set 18″ apart through the groove formed by the screw guide 160. The corners of the base plate 100 are metered at exactly 45°. The top edge of the media 300 is then aligned with the first edge 110 of the base plate 100 and the adhesive bonding strips 170 are pealed off from the top surface 130 of the base plate. The media 300 is then applied to the top surface 130 of the base plate 100 on the pealed adhesive bonding strip and the media 300 is unfurled to the desired length. The media 300 is stretched from the top to the bottom so that it is free from wrinkles. The cover plate 200 is then aligned over the base plate 100 such that the curve like contour 260 on the cover plate 200 engages with the first edge 110 of the base plate 100 thereby enabling the mount like projection 250 from the inner surface 240 of the cover pate 200 to be received within the ‘U’ shaped protrusion 150. The cover plate 200 is the fastened to the base plate 100 using fastening means at said screw guide 270 on the cover plate 200, such that the media 300 when sandwiched between the cover plate 200 and the base plate 100, the media 300 takes the shape therebetween. The above steps are repeated on to any desired side of the display surface 400 for completing the installation for proper display of media 300 within a display surface 400.

The foregoing description of specific embodiments of the present invention have been presented for purposes of illustration and description. They are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed, and obviously many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. The embodiments where chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical application, to thereby enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the invention and various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. It is understood that various omissions, substitutions of equivalents are contemplated as circumstance may suggest or render expedient, but is intended to cover the application or implementation without departing from the spirit or scope of the claims of the present invention.