Patents Examined by Mark T. Le
  • Patent number: 10023205
    Abstract: First travel rail pair provided along a first path has a first discontinuous section. And second travel rail pair provided along a second path has a second discontinuous section. First guide members allow movement of guided members along a travel direction and restrict vertical movement of one or more of the guided member when the article transport vehicle travels through a crossing portion along the first path. Second guide members allow movement of the guided members along the travel direction and restrict vertical movement of one or more of the guided members when the article transport vehicle travels through a crossing portion along the second path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomotaka Kinugawa, Daisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10017194
    Abstract: A railcar lever system for decoupling a first railcar from a second railcar, the system includes a first elongated lever having a working element to engage with a lock lifter at a first end and a stop at an opposing second end; a second elongated lever having a handle at a first end and a stop at an opposing second end; a middle elongated lever configured to slidingly engage with both the first elongated lever and the second elongated lever; a first bracket rigidly secured to a first surface of the middle elongated lever, the first bracket being configured to slidingly receive the first elongated lever; a second bracket rigidly secured to a second surface of the middle elongated, the second bracket being configured to slidingly receive the second elongated lever; a first guide pad removeably attached to the first bracket, the first guide being disposed between an inner surface of the first bracket and an outer surface of the first elongated lever; and a second guide pad removeably attached to the second brack
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: John Jackson
  • Patent number: 10017197
    Abstract: A first crossing predictor uses signals from a pair to spaced apart receivers, which may be located on opposite sides of a transmitter, to determine on which side of a crossing an approaching train is located. If the first predictor upstream with respect to the approaching train, the first predictor transmits signals to instruct a downstream adjacent predictor to activate its warning device at a constant warning time (referred to as DAXing).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Randy M. O'Dell
  • Patent number: 10017192
    Abstract: A railcar collision energy absorbing device includes: an energy absorbing element crushed in collision; and a casing extending in a car longitudinal direction so as to accommodate the energy absorbing element. One end of the casing is supported by a main structure of a railcar. The casing is constituted by a plurality of tubular bodies whose overlapping portions are coupled to each other. The casing telescopically contracts in the collision by breaking of a coupling portion between the tubular bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Atsushi Sano, Naoaki Kawakami, Naohiro Yoshida, Shinichiro Hata, Seiichiro Yagi, Masayuki Tomizawa
  • Patent number: 10011954
    Abstract: A concrete rail tie has an elongated tie body made of a first concrete material. The elongated tie body has an elongated top surface having a shaped profile. A preformed rail seat crown made of a second concrete material is embedded in the elongated tie body and disposed at a rail seat location of the elongated tie body. The preformed rail seat crown has top side flush with and shaped to match the shaped profile of the elongated top surface of the elongated tie body. And the second concrete material has a greater compressive strength and a greater flexural strength than the first concrete material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: John K Martin
  • Patent number: 10011955
    Abstract: A transport system includes: a pair of first traveling rails (R1) affixed to and laid on a floor (F1); a pair of second traveling rails (R2) laid on another floor (F2) to be able to move in a laying direction thereof; a pair of intermediate traveling rails (RM) each including a first end and a second end, the first end being rotatably connected to an end portion of each of the first traveling rails (R1), the second end being rotatably connected to an end portion of each of the second traveling rails (R2); and a transport dolly (D) which travels on the first traveling rails (R1), the intermediate traveling rails (RM), and the second traveling rails (R2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Matsuo, Mitsunori Yamane
  • Patent number: 10005477
    Abstract: A vehicle which is intended to travel along a downward sloping cable, which is suspended between two supports having a change in elevation. Preferably, the vehicle includes a fuselage, a trolley assembly, a translation system, a seat, a counterweight system, and at least one wing. The trolley assembly is attached to the cable. This connection allows the vehicle to travel along the cable. A counterweight system is included in order to balance the weight of the rider sitting in the seat below the fuselage. This allows the vehicle to easily rotate, via rotary joint, around the cable while traveling along the line. Preferably, the rider can induce roll by either activating ailerons or by rotating one of the wings about the lateral axis in order to increase the lift on one side of the aircraft depending on whether the wings are fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Kevin Louwsma
  • Patent number: 10000892
    Abstract: A method of interchange for an evacuated tube transport system includes tubes for enabling capsule movement within the tubes. The tubes are evacuated and the capsules magnetically levitated within the tubes. The tubes have an interchanges having diverging and converging tubes, respectively. A control system includes divergence force elements having permanent magnets that are selectively orientable polarity to enable capsule control, or electro magnets with polarity selectively switchable to enable capsule path control. The method selectively energizes the force elements to enable the capsule to diverge or converge in an interchange. An interrupter also regulates the force elements. The method activates the force elements and disables deactivation of the force elements before the capsule diverges in the interchange. The method balances divergence forces through center of gravity and through center of lift on receiving a request for divergence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Daryl Oster
  • Patent number: 10000222
    Abstract: Methods and systems that utilize radio frequency identification (RFID) tags mounted at trackside points of interest (POI) together with an RFID tag reader mounted on an end of train (EOT) car. The RFID tag reader and the RFID tags work together to provide information that can be used in a number of ways including, but not limited to, determining train integrity, determining a geographical location of the EOT car, and determine that the EOT car has cleared the trackside POI along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Allshouse, Charles W. Morris, Joseph E. Sanfilippo
  • Patent number: 9995006
    Abstract: A new type of railway sleeper is composed of fiber-stabilized stoneware. By using a plurality of fiber-layered stone plates bonded to one another in such a way that prestress is generated in the stoneware, a permanently high-performance-capable sleeper is obtained, which is made of natural materials such as granite or basalt which occur almost everywhere on the earth in unlimited quantities and have a substantially longer service life and are substantially more resistant to influences of the weather and the environment than previous solutions. In addition, the sleeper or the intermediate spaces thereof are equipped with photovoltaic modules which together form a power unit when they are coupled together and connected electrically to the rails. Such sleepers can also be partially hollow as a light weight design variant. Lightweight variants with a hollow profile can be filled entirely or partially with track ballast from the side during the laying process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventors: Kolja Kuse, Matthias Müller, Ömer Bucak
  • Patent number: 9994242
    Abstract: The present disclosure teaches inter-vehicle communications for avoiding rear collision of rail vehicles on a railroad. For example, a collision avoidance system may comprise an end-of-train device and a V-aware unit located on different vehicles. The two devices may be configured to wirelessly communicate with each other, and then detect each other's presence by estimating a distance between them. Warnings may be issued to respective operators against a collision hazard when the distance drops to or below a pre-determined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Inventor: Peter Michael Bartek
  • Patent number: 9989087
    Abstract: A cable transportation system with at least one haul cable has a supporting structure with a tubular portion defining an axis of rotation; a pulley extending about the axis of rotation; and a bearing assembly, which is connected to the pulley and the tubular portion to enable the pulley to rotate about the axis of rotation with respect to the supporting structure, and has a first and second bearing arranged concentrically and in series, so as to ensure rotation of the pulley about the axis of rotation and with respect to the supporting structure utilizing at least the first or second bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Leitner S.P.A.
    Inventors: Christian Bacher, Nikolaus Erharter
  • Patent number: 9988060
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to be moved along a rail includes rollers which in use engage the rail such that each roller has a contact area with which the roller is in contact with the rail. The contact areas of the rollers are positioned to define a beam with a longitudinal beam axis, a rectangular form in a cross section perpendicular to the longitudinal beam axis and a first beam side, a second beam side, a third beam side and a fourth beam side, in which the first and third beam side extend perpendicular to the second and fourth beam side, at least two rollers define the first beam side, two rollers define the second beam side, one roller defines the third beam side, and one roller defines the fourth beam side. An assembly includes the vehicle and a rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Sluis Cigar Machinery B.V.
    Inventor: Oscar Slurink
  • Patent number: 9969299
    Abstract: A traffic system includes: a vehicle having a power-receiving section on an outer surface thereof; and a ground facility having a power-supply section for supplying the power-receiving section with power by coming in contact with the power-receiving section. The power-supply section has a spring for applying a biasing force to a power-supply shoe in the power-supply section toward the power-receiving section. The power-receiving section has a flat surface that extends along the outer surface of the vehicle, and tapered surfaces that are connected to the flat surface in the forward and backward moving directions of the vehicle and guide the power-supply shoe to the flat surface against the biasing force to bring the power-supply shoe into contact with the flat surface when the vehicle moves backward and forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Kosaku Murase, Yukihide Yanobu, Hisashi Motoyama, Masato Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9957668
    Abstract: A tamping assembly for a track tamping machine has a pair of tamping tools arranged on a carrier (2) so it is vertically adjustable in a tamping assembly frame and is designed as a rocker arm, the lower tamping pick ends (5) of which, which plunge into a ballast bed (4), are drivable in opposite directions using an oscillation drive (6) and can be fed hydraulically toward one another. To increase the stability of the tamping assembly, a hydraulic cylinder (11) and a distance sensor (12) for determining the hydraulic cylinder position are associated with each of the tamping tools (3) of a tamping tool pair, wherein the hydraulic cylinders (11) form the feed drive and also the oscillation drive (6) of the tamping tools (3) and the hydraulic cylinders (11) are activated in dependence on the distance sensor signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: System 7-Railsupport GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Lichtberger
  • Patent number: 9951479
    Abstract: A rail pad can have a major face forming a railseat portion on which a foot of a railway rail sits when the pad is in use, the railseat portion having opposite side edges to at least part of each of which a respective upstanding portion of the pad can be connected, wherein the pad does not have any part which extends laterally from the railseat portion in a same plane as the railseat portion. The respective upstanding portion can be connected to a projection of the rail pad which extends laterally from the respective upstanding portion such that the projection can be vertically spaced from, and does not overhang, the railseat portion, the projection spaced from ends of the respective upstanding portion such that the projection can be configured to interlock with a corresponding opening in a front part of one of the railway rail clip anchoring devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Pandrol Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Gardner, Stephen John Cox
  • Patent number: 9950714
    Abstract: A rail vehicle includes a side wall cladding element and a first profile rail fastened to the side wall cladding element. The first profile rail is provided for freely positioning and securing a first holder constructed to complement the first profile rail. The first holder in turn is connected to a framework or body shell of the rail vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Tobias Kehl
  • Patent number: 9950713
    Abstract: A railroad hopper car discharge gate assembly has first and second elements arranged in vertically stacked relationship relative to each other for controlling discharge of material from a hopper car. First and second drive mechanisms move the first and second elements, respectively, between closed and open positions. A lock assembly including first and second locks serve to maintain the first and second elements, respectively, in a closed position. The gate assembly also includes a mechanical system for positively removing the first and second locks from a locked condition relative to their respective element upon rotation of either drive mechanism. A method for controlling discharge of material through an opening defined by the railroad hopper discharge gate assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Brian A. Senn, Nicholas B. Earnest
  • Patent number: 9937933
    Abstract: A trapdoor assembly for use on railcars is provided. The trapdoor assembly is pivotable between an up position and a down position. In the up position, the trapdoor assembly provides access to stairs on the railcar so that passengers can egress between the railcar and a ground level platform at a rail station. In the down position, the trapdoor assembly covers the stairs and provides a platform so that passengers can egress between the railcar and an elevated platform at a rail station. The trapdoor assembly also includes an extendible platform for bridging the gap between the railcar and the elevated station when the trapdoor is in the down position and the railcar is stopped at the elevated station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Basily B. Basily, Thomas O. Boucher
  • Patent number: 9932050
    Abstract: A carbody support device of a railway vehicle, including support mechanisms installed between a front bogie and a carbody and between a rear bogie and the carbody in a traveling direction, and supporting the carbody against the respective bogies. The support mechanisms regulate both the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in the same vehicle width direction with respect to the carbody when the railway vehicle travels through a curve, while the support mechanisms permit the front bogie and the rear bogie inclining in different vehicle width directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshi Sato, Yukitaka Taga, Shunichi Nakao, Kazuo Isomura, Makoto Tamaki, Junichi Shirakawa, Koichi Murata