Patents Examined by Mark T. Le
  • Patent number: 10661814
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a panel, a fastener, and a cushion. The panel is coupled to a side of a railcar. The fastener engages the panel. A vertical position of the fastener on the panel is adjustable. The cushion is coupled to the fastener. The cushion extends from the side of the railcar towards an interior of the railcar and prevents the side of the railcar from contacting an object stored in the railcar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Huck, Jerry W. Vande Sande, Brant R. McGhee
  • Patent number: 10661606
    Abstract: A vehicle recovery ladder includes a body and traction members fastened to the body. Advantageously, in one embodiment any damaged traction members may be readily released and replaced to maintain the performance of the ladder. The traction members may be fastened to the body during forming of the body, Advantageously, the traction members are releaseably fastened to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley John McCarthy, Neil Davidson
  • Patent number: 10655278
    Abstract: A method for enabling elevated trains for travel both above as well as below a vertically-tiered pair of tracks by having wheels both in the upper and lower area of the train with the ability to switch from traveling on the upper tracks using lower wheels to traveling on the lower track using upper wheels, where the said method of switching between upper and lower tracks enables trains to be moved between multiple levels serving as passing loops as well as vertical depots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: cTrain Corporation
    Inventor: Emil Jacob
  • Patent number: 10647334
    Abstract: A first link mechanism section converts linear motion of a driving slider into swing motion of a swing end roller, and swings the swing end roller in cooperation with a second link mechanism section. An output end roller of the second link mechanism section engages in a guide groove in a driven slider fixed to a gap filler plate to move the gap filler plate linearly. In a fully protruded state and a fully stored state of the gap filler plate, the direction of acting force of the roller contact surface pressing the swing end roller aligns with a straight line connecting the swing end roller and a swing shaft of a first link lever section to act as a lock. The guide groove is formed orthogonal or almost orthogonal to movement directions of the gap filler plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Ikuo Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10648217
    Abstract: A railroad hopper car body includes a set of hopper and hopper discharges. Egress of lading from the discharges is governed by movable doors that swing between a closed position and an open position. The motion is driven by a mechanical transmission that is itself driven by an actuator. Each pair of doors is driven by a single actuator. The actuator is mounted to act through the center sill. A portion, or substantially all, of the actuator may be mounted in a predominantly squat, vertical orientation within the center sill. In alternate embodiments, the transmission output may be bifurcated. The center sill bottom flange may be narrower adjacent to the doors. The mechanism may have a secondary lock. The mechanism may have an auxiliary manual release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: National Steel Car Limited
    Inventors: Tomasz Bis, Oliver M. Veit
  • Patent number: 10633219
    Abstract: A retractable cord reel houses contacts that connect autonomously when the user aligns the spool to lock it from retracting. The spool and housing contains high quality, sensitive contacts for high speed data and other critical signals that engage when indexed by the user. The design is flexible for adaptation to a variety of applications and scalable based on cable type and length as well as the number of contacts required. The contacts are engaged when the user allows an indexing dog to engage a spool indexing housing causing the dog to shift and force a mating lever to make the electrical connection. Decoupling occurs instantly when the spool is slightly rotated by the user. The user's only action throughout the process is to pull the cable. Without this intentional action of the user, the spool, rotates freely and the contacts are not engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventors: John Arthur Hale, Phillip Andrew Hale
  • Patent number: 10626642
    Abstract: A device is provided to assist rail car loaders when loading rail cars and to hold open the rail car dome lid to further prevent from closing while the rail car loader is working in the dome lid area. Additionally, this invention allows for improved egress when the rail car loader is working on the rail cars. The device for a railcar dome lid enables and holds the railcar dome lid open and to sit at a near a 90-degree angle without the possibility of the railcar dome lid falling closed on an operator. The railcar dome lid device includes a base member and an internal holding arm on the inside of the railcar dome wall. The base member includes two arms, with one arm on the outside of the railcar dome wall and one arm that props up against and holds the railcar dome lid open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Railserve, Inc.
    Inventor: Phil Mooney
  • Patent number: 10618535
    Abstract: A rail network is divided by track elements into track sections on which vehicles can travel. The vehicles request, from selected track elements, steps for assignment as a route element. Each of the selected track elements is respectively automatically assigned as a route element, under predefined conditions, for each vehicle which requests the steps for assignment as a route element to it, and outputs an assignment confirmation to the respective vehicle. For better protection of construction and/or maintenance work in the hazardous area of the rail network at least one of the track elements forms, after its integration into the rail network, a working zone and does not output the assignment confirmation for the respective vehicle until after an assignment release is input. The track element is provided with a release device into which the assignment release is input manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Adomeit, Uwe Deichmann, Norbert Geduhn, Carlos Del Pozo
  • Patent number: 10611387
    Abstract: A draft and buffer apparatus for a track-guided vehicle includes a coupling rod and a draft yoke for connecting the coupling rod to the vehicle body. An energy-dissipating device is arranged between the vehicle and the coupling rod for receiving draft and buffer forces. The energy-dissipating device includes a reversible energy-dissipating unit and is configured so as to cause the force flow of the buffer loads transmitted thereto from the coupling rod and of the draft loads transmitted via the draft yoke thereto to be conducted through the energy-dissipating device and to be transmitted to the vehicle body. The energy-dissipating device further includes an irreversible energy-dissipating unit providing irreversible energy dissipation. The energy-dissipation device is mounted within the axial extent of the draft yoke when viewed in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Bonney, Martin Schueler
  • Patent number: 10597046
    Abstract: A system includes a railcar, a first side screen, a second side screen, and an adjustment system. The railcar includes a roof section. The first side screen is coupled to a side of the railcar. The second side screen is coupled to the side of the railcar. The second side screen overlaps a portion of the first side screen. The adjustment system is coupled to the railcar and is operable to adjust a vertical position of the roof section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Trinity North American Freight Car, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Huck, Victor M. Mankarious, Jerry W. Vande Sande, Caglar Ozerdim, Christopher C. Harkey, Hiten Y. Mehta, Kyle R. Coston, Brant R. McGhee
  • Patent number: 10597049
    Abstract: A railway freight car truck is provided with an elastomeric suspension device between the bolster end and the sideframe spring support surface. The elastomeric device is usually of an elongated oval shape. The elastomeric device takes the place of one or more rows of coil springs that comprise the suspension resting on the sideframe support surface. The freight car truck bolster is supported on the coil springs under empty car conditions and both the coil springs and the elastomeric device under fully loaded car conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Zachary Harris
  • Patent number: 10597051
    Abstract: A railway truck includes two parallel side frames, a suspension spring assembly supported by the side frames, and a bolster transversely mounted between the side frames and supported by the suspension spring assembly. Each side frame has at least one vertical support face, and the bolster has at least one sloped support face. A friction shoe includes a bottom base engaging and supported by a support spring, and a sloped wall engaging the sloped support face of the bolster. The friction shoe prevents bolster side wall wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John Coseglia
  • Patent number: 10590610
    Abstract: A composite railway sleeper (1; 50; 100) comprising an outer coating shell (2; 51; 101) made of composite plastic material and a shaped structural core (3; 52; 102), made of a material comprising at least concrete contained within said outer coating shell (2; 51; 510; 101), wherein said outer coating shell (2; 51; 510; 101) presents in the upper outer face (2a; 51a; 101a) two distinct and opposite groups of grooves (4; 53) suitable to receive the angular guide plates (G) belonging to pre-assembled elastic type fastening systems (64) for the connection of two respective rails (R) with said railway sleeper (1; 50; 100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GREENRAIL GROUP S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Maria De Lisi
  • Patent number: 10583742
    Abstract: A current collector for an electrical load that can be moved along a conductor line in a travel direction. The current collector has at least one contact piece, which is supported on a rocking arm to be rotatable about an axis of rotation extending perpendicularly to the travel direction. To bring the contact piece into contact with an electrically conductive conductor strand of the conductor line, the contact piece can be moved toward the conductor strand by the rocking arm. The current collector also includes a connection cable, which connects the contact piece to a connection terminal for the electrical loads in an electrically conductive manner. A conductor line system includes a conductor line and at least one electrical load that can be moved on the conductor line in the longitudinal direction of the conductor line. The conductor line has at least one electrically conductive conductor strand for bringing into sliding contact with at least one contact piece of a current collector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Dietmar Lang, Niklas Endler, Bernd Maier, Dieter Seidel, Andreas Schmiedle
  • Patent number: 10576996
    Abstract: A line bypass system includes a support structure including a first support portion and a second support portion spaced apart from the first support portion. The support structure includes an attachment portion that attaches the first support portion to the second support portion. The first support portion and the second support portion define a first opening on a first side of the attachment portion and a second opening on a second side of the attachment portion. The first opening movably receives a first guide wire and the second opening movably receives a second guide wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Preformed Line Products Co.
    Inventors: Adam Deel, Randy Cloud
  • Patent number: 10577104
    Abstract: A system of transporting micro-cargo incorporates an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having a tether capture device. A tether is connected to and suspends a micro cargo container with a suspension system to vertically extend the tether. The system having a first pickup state and a second flight state with a transition between the first and second states. The first state provides the micro-container unsuspended via the tether from the suspension system. The transition state provides engagement of the tether by the UAV, the tether positioning the micro-cargo container with respect to the capture device which secures the tether. The second state is then entered with the micro-cargo towed by the UAV in cruising flight to its destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Roger D. Bernhardt
  • Patent number: 10576997
    Abstract: Installation of transport by overhead cable including at least one chair configured to be suspended on the overhead cable and including a pivoting seat surface, a back rest and a pivoting mechanism to modify the inclination of the seat surface with respect to the back rest, the installation including an actuator configured to cooperate with the pivoting mechanism so as to control pivoting of the seat surface, the actuator being mounted movable between a raised position in which the actuator controls raising of the seat surface in the direction of the back rest and a lowered position in which the actuator controls lowering of the seat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: POMA
    Inventors: Sébastien Martin, Clémence Seve
  • Patent number: 10562548
    Abstract: Articulated connectors are attached to and extend from center sills of adjacent car units of a multi-unit railroad freight car, connecting the car units to each other and to a shared truck. The center sill of each of the car units includes a top member that is of increased thickness at the outer end of the center sill. A weld extending along a shoulder that extends around the main body of s portion of the articulated connector attaches the articulated connector portion to the outer end of the center sill with ample strength to carry draft and buff train loads as well as the weight of the car unit and its lading, without the need for weld joints inside the center sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Gunderson LLC
    Inventor: Gregory J Saxton
  • Patent number: 10562715
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting and reporting component failures in a linear drive system may identify failed position sensors, failed position magnets, and failed drive coils in the linear drive system. As a mover travels along a track segment in the linear drive system, signals corresponding to the position of the mover and to the current commanded in each drive coil are stored. Analysis of the stored signals identifies whether one of the position sensors along the track segment, one of the position magnets on the movers, or one of the drive coils, used to propel the movers along the track, has failed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Magnemotion, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuhong Huang
  • Patent number: 10562547
    Abstract: A railcar truck and adapter pad system for placement between a roller bearing and side frame pedestal roof of a three-piece railcar truck. Many different features of the pad and/or the adapter-pad interface are configured to improve stiffness characteristics to satisfy both curving and high speed performance of the railcar truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Nevis Industries LLC
    Inventors: Erik L. Gotlund, Jon R. Jeambey, F. Andrew Nibouar, James A. Pike, Jason C. Bryant, Jonathan A. Stull, William A. Kurtzhals, Roshan N. Manibharathi