Patents Examined by Drayton E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 4111129
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of an apparatus for tamping the ballast of a railroad track in which a vibration imparting tamping means is inserted into the ballast adjacent a tie to be tamped and the vibration of the tamping means is increased in frequency until it imparts a vibratory excitation to the ballast of between 55 and 75 Hz producing a resultant force directed at an angle towards the underside of the tie to be tamped, whereby to consolidate the ballast beneath and adjacent the tie during the excitation period and thereafter reducing the vibration to below 55 Hz. and withdrawing the tamping head from the ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Canron Railgroup
    Inventor: Helmuth von Beckmann
  • Patent number: 4111321
    Abstract: A mechanism for loading and unloading a container onto and from a vehicle comprises a member having one end thereof for releasable connection to the container and the other end thereof carrying pivot means movable in an elongated guide means for connection to the vehicle. The guide means so guide the pivot means so that a first actuator means, which acts on the pivot means, is operable to move the pivot means in, and relatively to, the guide means to move the member and the pivot means from a loaded position to an unloading position. A second actuator means which acts on the member is operable, with the member and the pivot means in the unloading position, to pivot the member relative to the guide means about the pivot means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Edbro Limited
    Inventor: Raymond George Webster
  • Patent number: 4111311
    Abstract: A material handling unit for moving material from one position to another comprises a gripper arm on a shaft which is movable critically by fluid pressure and is rotatable by a rack and pinion mechanism actuated by a cylinder and piston. Adjustable abutments are provided for limiting the range of movement of the arm. Dashpot means for applying a damping force to the manipulator so as to decelerate it before it reaches the limit of its movement is adjustable both as to the range of action and the rate of deceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Daini Seikosha
    Inventor: Hideo Hirama
  • Patent number: 4109808
    Abstract: A method of storing articles in a warehouse having a plurality of storage blocks arranged adjacent each other with each of the storage blocks having a plurality of spaced racks for storing articles and linearly extending aisles between the racks. The warehouse also includes article transfer apparatus arranged for movement in respective aisles to transfer articles relative to a given location within a respective storage block and a control arrangement for operating the article transfer apparatus in accordance with a predetermined mode to transfer articles relative to said storage blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Hamada, Kotaro Hirasawa, Minoru Hatada, Hiroshi Tamura
  • Patent number: 4109695
    Abstract: A puncture-proof tubeless tire having an additional reinforcing rubber layer provided on the inside of a cord layer of the tire at a region corresponding at least to a crown and shoulders of the tire. The thickness of the reinforcing rubber layer at a region corresponding to the crown and shoulders is advantageously within the range of a 0.4 to 4 times that of an outer rubber layer of the region corresponding to the crown and shoulders excluding the thickness of patterned projections. A lining agent comprising a mixture of an adhesive and diethylene glycol and rubber particles dispersed therein may advantageously be employed in the tire as mentioned above not only to further ensure the puncture-proof character of the tire but also to suppress an excessive temperature rise of the tire, avoiding deterioration of the tire by heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Teruhiko Miyazato
  • Patent number: 4109860
    Abstract: An assembly for securing a rail to a railway track sleeper of the type in which the rail is clamped on the sleeper by a resilient clip placed under stress by means of a nut screwed on a bolt associated with the sleeper. A bolt is provided with a shoulder which serves as an abutment to prevent undesired deformation of the resilient clip and/or the appearance of excessive extraction forces on the bolt when the nut is screwed down on the bolt. The bolt provided with a shoulder may be used with a variety of resilient clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme de Traverses en Beton Arme - Systeme Vagneux
    Inventors: Marian A. Serafin, Maurice Decubber
  • Patent number: 4109804
    Abstract: A vehicle parking system includes a parking area wherein the vehicle to be stored is deposited in a selected floor of a horizontally movable column. The columns are movable within the parking area by means of driving platforms which travel along the floor of the parking area or alternatively by bridge crane which travels along the ceiling of the parking area. A cargo hoist unit moves the vehicles vertically between the column floors and an entrance and exit area. A transfer carriage mounted on the cargo hoist unit transfers a vehicle between the cargo hoist unit and a column floor or the entrance and exit area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Rafael Leon Moyano
  • Patent number: 4109587
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a collapsible honeycomb load spacer and associated support means which may be fabricated from sheets of foldable material such as corrugated fiberboard. The support device comprises an elongated sheet folded so as to provide an upper vertical flange portion which may be secured to a vertical surface of a stack of freight, a lower horizontal flange portion which is inserted between stacked freight parcels and an intermediate flange portion to which the load spacer is secured and supported from. The support device is also adapted to be compactly folded along with the collapsible honeycomb structure so as to facilitate shipping and storage thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Narad, Inc.
    Inventor: Bernard G. Jansen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4109803
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for destacking trays from a nest, in which the nest when inverted, bears against a suction plate covering the lowermost tray to form a closed chamber. The nest is clamped and negative pressure is applied to the closed chamber through the suction plate which is withdrawn carrying the adhering lowermost tray with it. The negative pressure is then released and the tray falls away from the suction plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Alan R. Quelch
  • Patent number: 4109801
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatically stacking steel shapes, preferably, steel angles, comprises an endless conveyor running obliquely towards the traveling direction, a member provided above the conveyor at a proper distance to form a passage, this member serving to prevent steel shapes from overlapping, a stand-by stop lever for keeping steel shapes stopped at an intermediate part of the conveyor, assorting stop levers disposed so as to project from a part of the passage upstream from the stand-by stop lever, a take-out stop member for stopping the steel shapes being conveyed upon retraction of the stand-by stop lever, a stacking lifter located downstream of the conveyor with a certain distance therebetween, a stacking lever for transferring the steel shapes stopped on the conveyor by the take-out stop member to the stacking lifter, a magnet lever for stacking up-side-down the steel shapes on the lifter as the occasion demands, and a guide plate for stacking positively and in order the steel shapes from the lever
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Toshin Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Uchida, Zenichi Ono, Makoto Nagashima, Eiji Tasaka, Shigeo Mitsui, Keiichi Nomura
  • Patent number: 4109799
    Abstract: A skyline logging carriage wherein the winch drum around which the load line is wound is powered by a fluid motor through a worm gear arrangement which eliminates the need for a separate braking system. The fluid motor is driven by a fluid pump powered by a diesel engine mounted on the carriage frame. The hydraulic transmission of power to the winch drum eliminates the need for clutches or direct mechanical connection and braking systems generally required. Greater freedom in placement of the winch drum in relation to the fairlead to obtain an optimum fleet angle and distance between the winch drum and fairlead for proper level winding of the load line about the winch drum is made possible by hydraulic transmission of power to the winch drum. Operation of the winch line is radio controlled by an operator at a yarder or other location. The carriage is moved along the skyline by a main line or main line and haulback lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Inventor: Leo A. Munn
  • Patent number: 4109585
    Abstract: A winged friction shoe is provided to frictionally engage both the side frame column and bolster in order to control the oscillating movement of the latter. The wings of the friction shoe are formed with a surface which is inclined with respect to the surface which they engage to provide a couple force which urges the shoe into lateral alignment with a friction surface when the friction surface and shoe are initially in a laterally non-parallel relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: AMSTED Industries Incorporated
    Inventor: Albert F. Brose
  • Patent number: 4108079
    Abstract: A releasable stop for releasably stopping a vehicle moving through a conduit. A stop gate is supported for pivotal movement into and out of the path of movement of the vehicle. First and second arms are pivotally connected together between the gate and a support and a pneumatic piston and cylinder assembly actuates one arm for moving the gate between a closed and opened position. The pivoting arms are moved into or slightly past a dead center position when the gate is in the closed position whereby the impact of a vehicle engaging the gate will be transmitted to the support instead of to the piston and cylinder assembly. When the gate is closed, the dead center position of the arm maintains the stop gate in a locked position. The stop gate may be sized and shaped to entirely block the conduit to provide a dead end air cushion stop assist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Institute
    Inventors: Marion R. Carstens, Homer J. Bates
  • Patent number: 4108378
    Abstract: A railroad tie and an assembly thereof with at least one tie plate wherein the wooden tie has rabbetted recesses formed in the top face thereof to receive the tie plates and these recesses are characterized by each having precut or machined grooves for receiving ridges projecting from the bottom of the tie plate. The assembly includes a wooden tie having a rabbetted recess formed in the top face and adjacent each end thereof, each recess has a flat intermediate face having a pair of grooves machined or precut therein and laterally spaced from each other lengthwise of the tie, and a tie plate seating in each recess and having a pair of ridges projecting from the bottom thereof and engaging into the corresponding grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: Roger Raymond
  • Patent number: 4108080
    Abstract: A railway car truck assembly includes spaced side frames supported by truck journal bearings. A bolster extends transversely between the side frames. A spring assembly is supported on the spaced side frames and engages the lower surface of the boltster. The bolster includes a center bearing and a pair of side bearings mounted on either side of the center bearing. The side bearings receive the weight of the car body. Each of the side bearings includes an upper surface made of a first low friction material. The car body includes a depending center portion engaging the center bearing and spaced side portions having a lower surface made of a second low friction material engaging the side bearings. One of the first and second low friction materials is selected from nylon polyesters, polycarbonates, polyacetals and polysulfones. The other of the first and second low friction materials is selected from polytetrafluoroethylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Gerald D. Garner, James C. Hammonds, Jan D. Holt, Conway H. Melcher
  • Patent number: 4108319
    Abstract: A glass accumulator includes a first pair and a second pair of helically threaded rotating shafts angled away from each other. The first and second pair of shafts are rotated in opposite directions to vertically displace glass sheets from a horizontal conveyor and accumulate the glass sheets at the top of the shafts. Angling the pair of shafts away from each other minimizes contact between surfaces of the helical threads and the glass sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Kacirek, Jack E. Rust
  • Patent number: 4108082
    Abstract: A locking device for transport containers or trolleys as used on aircrafts or generally in transportation, includes an anchoring mushroom on the freight floor. A locking lever with a nose engages the mushroom. The locking lever is journalled in a lock housing secured to the bottom of the container or trolley and held in locking position by two springs and by gravity due to a rotatable connection between the locking lever and an actuating lever which is also journalled at the bottom of the container or trolley. The levers can be released from their locked position by the actuation, for example, of a foot pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Lermer Apparatebau GmbH
    Inventors: Guenther Liebscher, Guenter Christ
  • Patent number: 4108322
    Abstract: An automated multistory garage is provided with a vehicle-repairshop and/or with a vehicle-sales showroom, superposed as circular arrays of vehicle-holding slots for the repairing, storing, showing, and parking of vehicles. In addition space is provided for offices and restaurants. Cars to be repaired are automatically conveyed by automated loading machines to the parking slots of the repair floor which are each provided with lift platforms and which are separated from each other by triangular region wherein the vehicle repair tools are provided and to which car spare parts can be fed automatically from an overlying warehouse floor by means of an electrical circular conveyor working vertically. In addition a passenger lift connects the control the center in the multistory garage with the various floors so that the working of the arrangement can be controlled from this control center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Inventor: Uwe Kochanneck
  • Patent number: 4108321
    Abstract: Packing spacer sheets are automatically fed one at a time to a pick-up station from a stack, with selected sheets arranged to arrive in inverted condition so that all packing sheets are properly oriented into packing position. Sheets can be pulled from stack by a transfer carrier having gripping jaws with teeth that dig into rib structures on sheet and jaws can open to engage other portions of sheet and thus hold the sheet to assure all teeth are pulled out of sheet. Stack can be a horizontal nesting of generally vertically disposed sheets carried by narrow spaced belts stepped along on a low friction surface with fixed retainer to stop forward face of stack and permit front sheet to be pulled off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: Keyes Fibre Company
    Inventor: Louie Russell Lowery
  • Patent number: 4108232
    Abstract: An elastic, fluid impervious annular shield having transversely extending folds for sealing the openings in a U-shaped well formed in a wheel rim from which spokes extend in a radial direction toward a hub used in mounting the wheel rim on an axle of a sports-type vehicle, such as a motorcycle or sports car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1978
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventor: Robert O. Simpson