Patents Examined by Mark T. Le
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 10071751
    Abstract: A mounting structure for equipment compartment bottom plate is provided. The bottom plate is detachably connected to a skeleton boundary beam of the equipment compartment. A sliding rail is fixedly connected to a side of the bottom plate where the bottom plate is lap-jointed to a skeleton lateral beam of the equipment compartment. One of the sliding rail and the skeleton lateral beam is provided with a recess and the other is provided with a protrusion engaged with the recess. In the mounting structure, the connection of the bottom plate and the skeleton lateral beam is achieved by the engagement of the recess and the protrusion. Therefore, connecting pieces for connecting the bottom plate and the skeleton lateral beam are removed and the number of the connecting pieces is significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Wenmin Yu, Zhaohua Wang, Shuhai Li, Yonglin Shan, Zhicheng Guo, Aiqin Tian, Guizhen Yan, Lijun Ma, Sansan Ding, Jianying Liang
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10065528
    Abstract: A pantograph configuration for a vehicle has at least one pantograph embodied for at least temporary contact with an electrical network located externally outside the vehicle. The pantograph is movable from a contact position into a rest position. A first electrical network is located internally within the vehicle, which in the contact position is connected to the pantograph. A second electrical network located internally within the vehicle is connected to a ground or mass potential of the vehicle and in the rest position to the pantograph. In order to ensure that the pantograph is voltage-free in the rest position, the pantograph is connected to the first electrical network and the second electrical network in the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Klaus Dietrich
  • Patent number: 10065659
    Abstract: A belt-conveying aerial system comprising: a pair of top fixed load-bearing ropes, which are parallel to one another and are set at a distance apart from one another in a transverse direction; a pair of bottom fixed load-bearing ropes; and a belt conveyor comprising a plurality of modules, which are aligned along the load-bearing ropes, are fixedly connected to the load-bearing ropes, and guide a belt for conveying materials; the modules being connected to the load-bearing ropes via an installation vehicle having a supporting top carriage mobile on the top load-bearing ropes, a pair of resting platforms suspended from the top carriage, and, for each bottom load-bearing rope, at least one pair of wheels, which are rotatable in contact with the respective bottom load-bearing rope and are set upstream and downstream of the corresponding module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Leitner S.P.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Andreetto
  • Patent number: 10065840
    Abstract: A transport vehicle travels on first and second paths orthogonally or diagonally crossing each other and each including an opening at a center and treads on both sides of the opening. The transport vehicle includes a vehicle in an upper portion; a transport in a lower portion to hold an article; and a column extending downward from the vehicle to the transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Takanori Izumi
  • Patent number: 10069197
    Abstract: An ATC antenna device provided on a body of a lead car to receive signals from outside. In the ATC antenna device, a pair of ATC antenna coils is disposed symmetrically with respect to a center line of the body as viewed in a traveling direction of the body, and the paired ATC antenna coils are connected in series and are of opposite phase. An ATC antenna support device is attached to the body to support the paired ATC antenna coils, and is disposed asymmetrically with respect to the center line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Hideo Terasawa, Kenichi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10059419
    Abstract: An apparatus for electrically connecting a polyphase vessel distribution system of a vessel to a polyphase land supply system having a supply system connection disposed on land to be connected to a vessel system connection of the vessel distribution system at least in sections by at least one cable connection, enables a fast and secure connection of the land supply system to the vessel distribution system. During normal operation, vessel movements can be reliably compensated by at least one articulated arm used as a support for one or more cable connections. The articulated arm has arm segments interconnected by at least one articulated connection. A joint drive is associated with each articulated connection for mutually pivoting the arm segments interconnected by the articulated connection, which is associated with the joint drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Reimund Glueckhardt, Juergen Moser, Hans-Erhard Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10059349
    Abstract: A ropeway vehicle is used within a ropeway vehicle transportation network. The ropeway vehicle includes at least one power drive wheel that is powered to move the ropeway vehicle along ropeway lines. At least one commutator wheel draws electrical power from ropeway cables that form the ropeway lines. A controller includes an on-board battery to back-up and supplement electrical power obtained from the ropeway cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Sujay A. Phadke
  • Patent number: 10053116
    Abstract: An operator compartment of a rail vehicle includes two front windows separated by a connection beam, a track monitoring camera attached in a lower region of the connection beam by a fastening device, and a front window roll-up sun shield which can be drawn in the interior of the operator compartment and has guides running along both sides of the front windows. The guides have lower retaining devices. In order to allow a comparably simple attachment of the roll-up sun shield and the track monitoring camera in the operator compartment, a longitudinal member is attached to a lower region of the connection beam. The longitudinal member retains the fastening device, has mutually opposite guides and has the lower retaining devices for the roll-up sun shield. An assembly device for a track camera and a front window roll-up sun shield of a rail vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joern Heberling, Markus Mehlan
  • Patent number: 10046745
    Abstract: A trolley for traversing a zip line includes a first load-bearing sheave rotatably mounted to one or more side plates, and a second load-bearing sheave rotatably mounted to the one or more side plates and rearward of the first sheave. The trolley also includes an anchor point on the trolley for attaching a payload. When the trolley decelerates, forces acting on the payload create a downward load on the first sheave and the second sheave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: TruBlue LLC
    Inventor: John McGowan
  • Patent number: 10046246
    Abstract: A reconfigurable toy vehicle track, accessory, and track set may each be moved between multiple positions in order to provide multiple configurations. A first toy vehicle track section may include a first portion and a second portion that are pivotally or rotatably coupled together. A second toy vehicle track section may include an accessory that is rotatably coupled thereto and pivotable with respect to the second track portion between at least a first position which may elevate the second track portion and a second position in which the accessory extends above the second track portion. Including the first track section, the second track section, and supports in a track set provides a track set that may be reconfigured between a flat configuration and an elevated configuration without disconnecting any track portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Muldoon, Jeffrey Paris
  • Patent number: 10035525
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing device, in particular for a rail-car, extends along an axis and has an attachment member, which can be connected to a fixed structure, an impact member, designed to withstand an impact, and an energy-absorbing member, constituted by a first tube and a second tube, which are coaxial and are made of composite material in order to collapse and hence absorb energy in the event of impact; the first tube is fixed to the attachment member, whereas the second tube is fixed to the impact member and is axially slidable, during impact, guided by the first tube; the radial thickness of the two tubes decreases along the axis, towards their free ends; in a non-collapsed resting condition, the axial gaps present between the two free ends and the attachment and impact members are substantially the same so that the two tubes start to collapse simultaneously in the event of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventors: Luca Lenzi, Angelo Surini, Samuele Pacini
  • Patent number: 10029703
    Abstract: A sandbox for rail vehicles, of a type comprising a sand container, on the bottom of which there is a hollow body which presents one or several openings through which sand flows out towards an ejector assembly beneath by passing through an outlet hole controlled by an axially sliding vertical shutter located inside the hollow body is provided. The shutter translates between a lower position in which the output hole is closed and an upper, maximum opening position, whereby the shutter features a cylindrical shape and its lower end functionally cooperates with a ring shaped, sealing coaxial seat, corresponding to the outlet hole of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSISTEMI S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Arditi
  • Patent number: 10029711
    Abstract: A solebar for a railway vehicle has an elongate body that comprises a first leg and a second leg, wherein the first leg and second are configured to meet at a vertex and have an obtuse angle ? therebetween such that the solebar has an obtuse L-shaped cross-sectional profile. The solebar is mounted as an underframe side member in a railway vehicle such that the first leg extends in a downwardly direction towards a floor supporting the railway vehicle and clears a lower sector of a loading gauge, and the second leg inclines upwardly in a direction away from railway vehicle and clears an upper sector of the loading gauge. The second leg is configured to support an upper sidewall of a body of the railway vehicle such that the upper sidewall clears the upper sector of the loading gauge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Drax Power Limited
    Inventors: Richard Peter Gibney, David Thomas Turner, Paul Hodgkinson