Patents Examined by Mark T. Le
  • Patent number: 10179721
    Abstract: A device for automatically connecting a vehicle to an electric power supply, comprises: a turn-over-anchor (48, 210), including a first connector part (42, 216) connected to the cable (28, 208); and a docking station (50, 212), including a second connector part (44, 230) configured for mating with the first connector part (42, 216) according to a vertical coupling axis (47, 236), when the turn-over-anchor (48, 210) is vertically deposited into the docking station (50, 212). The device further includes two horizontally spaced vertical rods (58?, 58?, 246?, 246?), each of which is arranged so as to vertically penetrate into a guide opening or hole (62?, 62?, 248?, 248?) of an opposite element (50?, 50?), when the turn-over-anchor (48, 210) is deposited into the docking station (50, 212), and is dimensioned so as to be self-locking in the hole (62?, 62?, 248?, 248?), if the turn-over-anchor (48, 210) is subjected to a significant force that is not aligned with the vertical coupling axis (47, 236).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ipalco BV
    Inventor: Sandro Teruzzi
  • Patent number: 10179596
    Abstract: A rail warning system using wireless portable transmitters/receivers is described. The rail warning system uses a chirp spread spectrum modulation scheme, and alerts personnel in work zones on or near train tracks as well as optionally, on track equipment and train operators, of approaching trains or on track equipment. Portable wayside devices may also be positioned on the rail web, optionally magnetically, to alert work personnel, allowing for secure placement but also portability to other locations on the same track or adjacent tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Peter M. Bartek
  • Patent number: 10174460
    Abstract: A rail fastening arrangement in which a rail for a rail vehicle is fastened to a base, and to a shim. The rail fastening arrangement includes two guide plates, of which one guide plate respectively is associated with one of the longitudinal sides of the rail, and a shim which is arranged between the base and the rail. The shim, at its top, has a contact area on which the rail is supported, and, at its bottom, has a supporting surface by way of which the shim is supported on the base. The contact area and the supporting surface of the shim, viewed in a section located transversely to the longitudinal extension of the rail, enclose an acute angle. The edge at which the shim is thinner is arranged beneath the rail, fastening of rails oriented at a cant relative to the vertical in the region of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Vossloh-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: André Hunold, Winfried Bosterling
  • Patent number: 10174459
    Abstract: An angled guide plate, in particular for rail fastening systems, includes a basic body that has an upper side and an underside, wherein the underside is designed for arranging on a further element, in particular a railway sleeper, whereas the upper side describes an opposite plane substantially transversely to the railway sleeper and wherein the angled guide plate consists of a guide region and a supporting region, wherein the guide region and the supporting region extend substantially parallel and adjacent to one another in a direction transverse to a track direction, and wherein the upper side and the underside are spaced apart from one another so that a thickness of the supporting region, as measured substantially perpendicularly to the underside, is larger, at least in part, than a thickness of the guide region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Semperit AG Holding
    Inventors: Herwig Mießbacher, Stefan Reinthaler, Mario Schöngrundner
  • Patent number: 10167002
    Abstract: A meter gauge power bogie and a meter gauge vehicle, the meter gauge power bogie includes two wheelsets, a framework arranged on the wheelsets and a driving device, the wheelset includes an axle extending along the width of the vehicle body and wheels press-fitted with the axle and located at both ends of the axle, a traction motor is arranged at a front side or a rear side of a rolling axial suspension box, and via the rolling axial suspension box enclosing an axle of the driving device of the bogie and a gearbox being arranged between ends of the traction motor and the rolling axial suspension box at the same side and the corresponding wheel, the rolling axial suspension box, the traction motor and the gearbox are fixedly connected, and thus form an integral structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: CRRC Tangshan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yanhong Chen, Dongjie Jiang, Chengwei Qin, Junfeng Wang, Mingquan Bao
  • Patent number: 10156044
    Abstract: An intersecting track includes: two main tracks; a pair of first guide portions disposed in the main tracks and guide a pair of first guide wheels of the vehicle; a pair of crossover tracks disposed over the main tracks to intersect each other; a second guide portion disposed inside each of the pair of crossover tracks and guides a second guide wheel; a switching portion that switches a direction of the vehicle to a direction along the main tracks and a direction along the crossover track; and a switching device disposed in an intersecting area of the second guide portions in the pair of crossover tracks, selectively switches a direction to a direction along one of the second guide portions and a direction along the other of the second guide portions, and guides the second guide wheel in any one of the directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Kosaku Murase, Eisuke Okano, Yutaka Doi
  • Patent number: 10150490
    Abstract: A coupler having a support provided through the body of the coupler and a plurality of openings in the coupler which are configured as open cavities. The coupler structure includes a shank that has a vertical support as well as lateral support. The coupler may be configured with a double I-beam structure with openings into the shank. Cores that may be fixed to the mold may be used to form the coupler and produce the openings in the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Pennsy Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Stern, Perry Levitt, Manuel Tavares, Zachary Ryan Brook, Wayne H. Murphy
  • Patent number: 10137800
    Abstract: A power feeding device which constitutes a contact power feeding system is provided with a pair of insulator parts which support respective suspended wires, and a bracket which includes a pair of holding plates to which the respective insulator parts are secured. The bracket is formed such that a contact surface of one suspended wire with respect to a charging arm is directed obliquely upward to a traveling road side and a contact surface of the other suspended wire with respect to the charging arm is directed obliquely downward to the traveling road side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takamitsu Tajima
  • Patent number: 10132045
    Abstract: A traction assist device for mobilizing vehicles stuck in surfaces such as snow and ice includes a panel that has a top face, which is coarse. The panel is flexible, such that the panel is manipulable from an extended configuration into a rolled configuration. A plurality of grasps is coupled to and extends transversely from a bottom face of the panel. The grasps are configured to penetrate into surfaces, such as snow and ice, when the panel is positioned on the surface and a tire of a vehicle is positioned on the top face of the panel. The grasps retain the panel in a fixed position. The top face of the panel is configured to grip the tire, such that traction is supplied of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Clawson
  • Patent number: 10131368
    Abstract: A steering bogie for a railcar includes: a bogie frame supporting a carbody of the railcar; a wheelset including an axle and wheels, the axle extending in a car width direction, the wheels being provided at both respective sides of the axle; and a steering device that presses a pressing target member to steer the wheelset with respect to the bogie frame, the pressing target member being constituted by the wheelset or a member configured to be displaced integrally with the wheelset in a steering direction, the steering device including at least one steering unit, the at least one steering unit including a pressing member that separably contacts the pressing target member to press the pressing target member, and a power mechanism causes the pressing member to contact and separate from the pressing target member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Shunichi Nakao, Takeyoshi Kusunoki
  • Patent number: 10125456
    Abstract: A workhead assembly for use in rail applications may comprise a frame and two pairs of workheads, wherein each pair of workheads is disposed on opposing sides of the frame and carries tamping tools. The workhead assembly may further include two vertically-oriented actuators being disposed on opposing sides of the frame. Two pairs of linkage arms are coupled between the vertically-oriented actuator and a pair of tamping arms. Each pair of linkage arms are disposed on opposing sides of the frame. Actuation of the linkage arms imparts movement to the tamping tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Victor Vargas, Rob Alford, Reza Sami
  • Patent number: 10124817
    Abstract: A carbody of a railcar includes a roof bodyshell, a side bodyshell, and a cantrail. The cantrail includes: an outside plate; an inside plate arranged at a car inner side of the outside plate and spaced apart from the outside plate; and a plurality of coupling rib plates coupled to the outside plate and the inside plate and forming a plurality of triangles together with the outside plate and the inside plate. Each of the outside plate and the inside plate includes a plurality of sections each connecting apexes of the triangle. The plurality of sections of at least one of the outside plate and the inside plate include a plurality of flat plate sections. In the at least one plate, two or more adjacent flat plate sections among the plurality of flat plate sections are arranged on a straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Naohiro Yoshida, Naoaki Kawakami, Hiroyuki Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10106934
    Abstract: A rail vehicle includes a rail vehicle frame, a pocket, a first beam, a second beam, an endplate, an actuator and a workhead carrier. The pocket is coupled to a frame portion of the rail vehicle frame. The first beam is disposed in a cavity defined by the pocket. The second beam is disposed proximal to the first beam. The end plate couples the first beam and the second beam. The actuator extends the first and second beams such that the end plate is displaced transversely with respect to the rail vehicle frame. The work head carrier is operable to translate along the first and second beams and couple the second beam to the frame portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Brett Hofer, Michael L. Petersen, John Mustard
  • Patent number: 10099707
    Abstract: A bogie (6) comprises a bogie frame (7). The bogie frame (7) is mounted on bearings (7b) via a first spring device (7a). A wheelset shaft (8) is mounted in the bearings (7b). A wheelset drive (9) concentrically surrounds the wheelset shaft (8) and acts thereupon. The wheelset drive (9) is spring-mounted on the bearings (7b) by means of a second spring device (16) exclusively associated with the wheelset drive (9). A two-level clutch (15) is arranged between the wheelset drive (9) and the wheelset shaft (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Olaf Koerner, Hartmut Frank, Thomas Liebig, Thomas Oehler, Bernd Pfannschmidt, Tobias Stärz
  • Patent number: 10093329
    Abstract: An electrically insulating mechanical joint checker for mechanical joints connecting rails of following track segments of a railway line, each track segment forming part of a track circuit. The track segment includes electric signal transmitting units and receiving units for transmitting and receiving train presence detection signals within the track segment and/or relating communication signals between the train and the track segment. The train presence detection signals and communication signals include a further joint detection signal, generated and transmitted by the transmitting units and received by the receiving units belonging to the same track segment, the joint detection signal relating to the track segment being different at least in respect to the one relating to the adjacent track segments. A method to detect a failure or breakage of a mechanical joint inside a track segment is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Pier Alessandro Aisa
  • Patent number: 10093325
    Abstract: A transport tanker and a method of reinforcing a transport tanker are generally provided. The transport tanker may include a tank body, and a coupling structure, including a web extending from the tank body, for transferring a towing load to the tank body. A load spreading structure may be affixed to the tank body and configured to spread at least a portion of a load experienced by the tank body in a region proximate a terminal end of the web. The load spreading structure may include a reinforcing member including a elongated U-shaped member including two legs joined at a first end by an arcuate section. A respective one of the two legs may be at least partially disposed on opposed sides of the web with web at least partially received within an open second end of the U-shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GATX Corporation
    Inventors: Rosario A. Blanco, Gabriel L. Buzas, Peter R. Manyek, Raul C. Rosiles
  • Patent number: 10093330
    Abstract: A detection system for a locomotive may include a plurality of sensors. An electronic control module may be in communication with, at least, the plurality of sensors and the locomotive. The control module may be configured to: monitor the plurality of sensors; receive an alert from one of the sensors of the plurality of sensors when one of the corresponding sensors is triggered; determine if the alert is a security concern; and operatively respond to the security concern by at least one of removing tractive effort to the locomotive, apply braking force to the locomotive, locking a door of the locomotive, locking a window of the locomotive, and transmitting a notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: James David Seaton, David Matthew Roenspies, Ola Tannous
  • Patent number: 10086851
    Abstract: An axle box suspension positioning device for a railway vehicle is provided, which includes a guide column assembly. The guide column assembly includes a fixed end connected to a frame of the railway vehicle, and a free end which is extendable and retractable from an opening of the axle box. An elastic positioning component is provided in the opening, and the elastic positioning component limits a movement of the free end along a running direction of the vehicle with respect to the frame. The arrangement of the elastic positioning component enables the axle box suspension positioning device to have a large positioning rigidity. A bogie having the axle box suspension positioning device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: CRRC Qiqihar Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shifeng Xu, Derong Zhang, Yanchen Zhang, Haibin Hu, Wendong Shao, Lidong Li, Shihui Duan, Pingwei Yin, Yufeng Cao
  • Patent number: 10071608
    Abstract: A tow pin has a main body portion in a columnar shape and a first protrusion protruding outward from an outer circumferential surface of the main body portion. An upper bracket structure has a first through hole in which the main body portion is inserted and restricts passage of the first protrusion. A lower bracket is located under the upper bracket structure at a distance from the upper bracket structure and has a second through hole in which the tow pin can be inserted. The main body portion of the tow pin is inserted in at least the first through hole and the first protrusion is located under the upper bracket structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Yasutaka Numa
  • Patent number: 10071886
    Abstract: An example apparatus includes a flexible sleeve to contain a bumper of a crane. The flexible sleeve includes a first end to be closed adjacent the bumper to contain the bumper in a cavity defined by the flexible sleeve. The first end of the flexible sleeve and the bumper are to couple to a first position of the crane via a fastener. The flexible sleeve includes a second end opposite the first end. The second end is to couple to a second position of the crane to prevent the bumper contained in the cavity from falling from the crane if the first end of the flexible sleeve decouples from the first position of the crane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James A. Blonden, Michael A. Fritch