Patents Assigned to Grove U.S. L.L.C.
  • Patent number: 7824104
    Abstract: A telescopic crane jib-slide bearing part comprises a receiver and a filler compound introduced into the receiver. A telescopic crane jib-slide bearing includes one or more such slide bearing parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Grove U.S., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jan Brinkmann, Franz Paschke, Rocco Staatz Tepper
  • Patent number: 6473715
    Abstract: The luffing angle measurement system includes a non-contact distance measuring device mounted on the nose section of a first boom. The non-contact distance measuring device measures either a distance to a second boom pivotally connected to the first boom or measures a time delay between the transmission of electromagnetic energy towards the second boom and reception of electromagnetic energy reflected from the second boom. A controller then converts the measured distance or the measured time delay into a luffing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Eckstine
  • Patent number: 6380849
    Abstract: The aerial work platform including a pothole and/or obstacle avoidance system according to the present invention includes a non-contact distance measuring device mounted to an end of the aerial work platform chassis. The non-contact distance measuring device measures a distance to the ground along a predetermined angle, and generates a first signal based on the measured distance. In response to the output of the non-contact distance measuring device, a motor controller and/or brake controller of the aerial work platform control operation of a motor and/or brakes, respectively, to assist an operator of the aerial work platform in avoiding potholes and/or obstacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Eckstine, William W. Banks
  • Patent number: 6378652
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus for a mobile crane work platform comprising a telescopic mast with a base section, and a plurality of vertically movable sections, the work platform being connected by an articulated arm assembly to the highest deployed movable section of the mast, the telescopic mast being collapsible to a lowered position and extensible to a deployed position. The articulated arm is connected to the highest movable section laterally of the axis of the mast so that the arm is outside of a space between the mast and the work platform when in the lowered position to thereby minimize the horizontal length of the lifting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Grove U.S.L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Albert
  • Patent number: 6343703
    Abstract: In the anti-two block device, a non-contact measuring device detects in one form or another the distance between a boom nose and a load-bearing member supported thereby. If the distance detected is less than a predetermined threshold value, the device triggers a warning or other operation to assist an operator in preventing anti-two blocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jon E. Fleagle, Dennis W. Eckstine, William W. Banks, Francis R. Eyler
  • Patent number: 6341665
    Abstract: An aerial work platform apparatus includes a shiftable counterweight which shifts in response to movement of the boom in order to maintain optimum balance of the apparatus during movement of the boom and platform. The counterweight shifts towards and away from the front of the apparatus, and also in a vertical direction. Several constructions for shifting the counterweight are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael Z. Zhou, Robert D. Backer, Michael D. Griffin, Mark G. Neubauer
  • Patent number: 6296455
    Abstract: A pump enable system includes a variable-displacement piston pump having a displacement control device. The displacement control device controls displacement of pistons in the pump based on a position thereof, and a position control system in the pump controls a position of the displacement control device based on a load on the pump. An over-ride system selectively over-rides the position control system such that the displacement control device assumes a position which reduces displacement of the pistons in the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Robert D. Backer, David Alan Hall, Robert William Johnston
  • Patent number: 6227338
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shock absorbing assembly including a steering assembly for a vehicle, such as a mobile crane, and consisting of a shock absorbing leg including an outer tube securable to the frame of the vehicle, a wheel carrier telescopically extensible downwards from the outer tube by a piston/cylinder unit, and a steering assembly for the wheel carrier. The steering assembly includes a steering input coupler at the top end of the shock absorbing leg for transmitting steering forces to the wheel carrier through the piston/cylinder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Otto Becker, Ede Emken
  • Patent number: 6216895
    Abstract: A locking assembly for the telescopic jib of a crane, or mobile crane, includes a plurality of telescopic sections wherein locking pins are supported in an inner telescopic section and are biased outwardly by means of a spring for engagement within receiving apertures in an outer telescopic section surrounding the inner telescopic section. A release device is provided for engaging the inner end of a locking pin in order to release the locked position thereof against the spring biased. Preferably two locking pin are provided for each locking unit and are disposed on the inner telescopic section so that they will engage two oppositely located receiving apertures in the vertical side webs of the outer telescopic section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gerd Erdmann, Frank Richter
  • Patent number: 6186346
    Abstract: A multi-position boom nose includes a support structure disposed at one end of a boom. The support structure supports at least a first sheave set, and the first sheave set includes at least one sheave. A pivot arm has a first end pivotally connected to the support structure. A second end of the pivot arm supports a second sheave set, and the second sheave set includes at least one sheave. The pivot arm has a first working position, a second working position and a stowed position. The pivot arm extends towards the boom in the stowed position. Specifically, the pivot arm extends into the boom in the stowed position. In the first working position, the pivot arm extends perpendicular to the boom. In the second working position, the pivot arm extends away from the boom, and the first sheave set supports a first load bearing member, while the second sheave set supports a second load bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Eric L. Reitz
  • Patent number: 6164468
    Abstract: Apparatus for fixing the angular position of two telescopic parts relative to each other, comprising a stopper arranged on the first telescopic part and an adjuster provided with a shiftable element arranged on the second telescopic part. The adjuster comprises a piston/cylinder unit arranged on the inner telescopic part, which may be actuated by fluid supply and discharge, as well as an arrangement and method for fixing two telescopic parts of a crane jib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gerd Erdmann
  • Patent number: 6161638
    Abstract: A work transfer lock system and method includes a first work device, a second work device, a first platform, and a second platform. The system includes a locking device which locks the first platform relative to the second platform. The locking device further includes work transferring mechanisms which transfer work from the first work device to the second work device when the first platform is locked relative to the second platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Henry David Barthalow
  • Patent number: 6116140
    Abstract: The telescoping system includes a first and second fluid motor. The first fluid motor includes a first cylinder and a second cylinder nested in the first cylinder. The second fluid motor includes the second cylinder and a piston disposed in the second cylinder. The second cylinder has a double barrel outer wall forming a hydraulic fluid passageway. A hydraulic control system in the telescoping system includes a single control valve, solenoid valves, and holding valves, and controls extension and retraction of the telescoping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Henry D. Barthalow, Claude R. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6108985
    Abstract: The invention relates to a slide mount for telescopic parts, more particularly for crane jibs, including a slipper arranged between the sliding surface areas of the telescopic parts, the slipper being configured so that it is held in place by a wedge effect between the telescopic parts, and the slipper including on its inner and/or outer surface area longitudinal grooves receiving compensating, spacer elements, preferably, elongated strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Grove, U.S.L.L.C.
    Inventors: Franz Paschke, Kurt Vohdin, Manfred Wilts, Hans Neumann, Gerd Erdmann
  • Patent number: 6086256
    Abstract: A jib bearing assembly for at least two relatively movable telescopic parts of a jib for a crane includes embossments formed on at least one of the telescopic parts and cooperating bearing surfaces on the other part. The bearing assemblies are disposed in high stress and load regions of the cross-sectional configuration of concentric telescoping sections of the jib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Franz Paschke, Kurt Vohdin
  • Patent number: 6067024
    Abstract: The protection system for outriggers of a chassis includes a non-contact distance measuring device, associated with at least one of the outriggers and the chassis, mounted on one of the outriggers and the chassis. The non-contact distance measuring device measures the distance to the ground along a predetermined angle, and generates a warning signal based on the measured distance. A controller stops operation of the outriggers in response to the warning signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dennis W. Eckstine, William W. Banks
  • Patent number: 6062404
    Abstract: The device and method for arresting movement of sections in a telescopic jib, which includes at least a first section and a second section and a telescopic cylinder telescoping the second section along a longitudinal axis of the telescopic jib relative to the first section, telescopes the second section using the telescopic cylinder to a desired working position. Then, movement of the second section is arrested using at least one sliding element connected and moveable with respect to the second section. The sliding element is disposed between the first and second sections, and arrests movement of the second section with respect to the first section when in an arresting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Gerd Erdmann
  • Patent number: 6059056
    Abstract: A steering system for a multiple-axle vehicle includes a front axle steering arrangement steering at least one pair of front wheels connected to at least one front axle, a middle axle steering arrangement steering at least one pair of middle wheels connected to at least one middle axle, and a first connector operationally connecting the middle axle steering arrangement to the front axle steering arrangement. A rear axle steering arrangement steers at least one pair of rear wheels connected to at least one rear axle, and an adjustable connector adjustably connects the middle axle steering arrangement to the rear axle steering arrangement. A controller controls the middle axle steering arrangement based on sensor output indicative of a ratio of a steering deflection angle of the front wheels to a steering deflection angle of the rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S.L.L.C.
    Inventor: Otto Becker
  • Patent number: 6050430
    Abstract: The automatic leveling and synchronization system for raising and lowering a counterweight includes at least a primary and secondary cylinder connected in series hydraulic communication. The primary cylinder includes a first rod connected to a first piston, and the first rod is attached to one end of a counterweight. The secondary cylinder includes a second rod connected to a second piston, and the second rod is attached to another end of the counterweight. A surface area of a bottom of the second piston is set equal to a surface area of a top of the first piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jon Fleagle, David Young
  • Patent number: 6041896
    Abstract: The braking system includes a housing, and a friction brake disposed in the housing and operationally connected to a member-to-be-braked. A biasing piston, for engaging the friction brake, is disposed in the housing, and a control piston is also disposed in the housing. The control piston and the housing define a pressure chamber for receiving a pressure medium which biases the control piston away from the friction brake. A first resilient member is disposed between the control piston and the housing to bias the control piston towards the friction brake. A second resilient member is disposed between the control piston and the biasing piston for transferring force applied to the control piston by the first resilient member to the biasing piston so as to bias the biasing piston towards the friction brake. The fiction brake includes brake lamellae operationally and longitudinally displaceably connected to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Grove U.S. L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jorg Bohm