Abstract: An equipment handling apparatus is described. The equipment handling apparatus includes a base and a mast coupled to the base, an equipment head coupled to and translatable along the mast, and a mounting device rotatably coupled to the equipment head. In this regard, the mast is aligned along a first axis, and the equipment head includes a rotatable head shaft defining a second axis that is non-parallel to the first axis. The mounting device includes a second shaft independently rotatable about a third axis non-parallel to the second axis. The equipment handling apparatus provides for translating the equipment head, rotating the head shaft, and for rotating the second shaft independent of the head shaft.
September 29, 2005
Date of Patent:
September 30, 2008
Michael Duane Metcalf, William Paul Rudisill Walker