Patents Examined by Mark T. Le
  • Patent number: 10227013
    Abstract: During travel of the electric vehicle, the charging arm is extended in the vehicle width direction, a positive electrode overhead line of the power supply device and a positive electrode power reception unit of the charging arm are brought into contact at the same time that a negative electrode overhead line of the power supply device and a negative electrode power reception unit of the charging arm are brought into contact, and a power storage device for driving the electric vehicle is charged. A charging head that is the tip section of the charging arm is held within a V-shaped groove to which the positive electrode overhead line and the negative electrode overhead line are attached, thereby minimizing the loss of contact even if the charging arm shakes in the vertical direction as a result of the condition of the road surface, brake operation, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takamitsu Tajima, Yasuji Shibahata, Wataru Noguchi, Kotaro Shigeno
  • Patent number: 10214863
    Abstract: A plate element for a fastening point, at which a rail for rail vehicles is fastened to a fixed base. The plate element has an opening leading from the upper side thereof associated with the rail to be fastened to the underside thereof associated with the base, through which a fastening element for fastening the plate element onto the base is guided during use, which engages with an anchor fitting countersunk into the base, and a fastening point at which a rail for a rail vehicle is fastened to a fixed base. The plate element enables the fastening of a rail onto a fixed base, ensuring optimum electrical insulation. This is achieved by a ring element made from a flexibly resilient material sitting in the region of the mouth of the opening associated with the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Vossloh-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Adrian Bednarczyk, Igor Dottai, Martin Gnaczynski
  • Patent number: 10214064
    Abstract: A rail cum Road Vehicle (RCRV) running on rail tracks or on plain roads, includes a gas powered hybrid engine coach linked to and pulling one or several passenger coaches or goods vehicles, all of which in common are fitted with pneumatic rubber wheels, steel wheels, air suspension system with hanger brackets, air brakes and couplers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Venkatachalam Muthusamy
  • Patent number: 10214861
    Abstract: Retention devices, and methods for retention devices, to retain a railway tie plate are disclosed. The retention devices may include a head section with one or more protrusions adapted to engage a railway rail. The retention devices may include an insert section adapted to fit in a spike hole of a railway tie plate and including one or more flexible members extending from the head section. Each flexible member may allow flex adjustment when the insert section is inserted in the spike hole of the railway tie plate. When the insert section is inserted in the spike hole of the railway tie plate, the head section may engage the railway rail and the insert section may engage the railway tie plate to mechanically interlock the railway tie plate with the railway rail to allow suspension of the railway tie plate from the railway rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MOW Equipment Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William Michael Hamilton, Justin Wynne Tomac, Ryan Jay Koci
  • Patent number: 10208431
    Abstract: A magnetic levitation system includes a guideway and a vehicle. The guideway has ferromagnetic yokes and induction coils. The vehicle has levitation magnets for magnetic interaction with the ferromagnetic yokes wherein the vehicle levitates relative to the guideway. The vehicle has stabilization magnets coupled thereto for electromagnetic interaction with the induction coils as the vehicle travels along the guideway. Each stabilization magnet is a permanent magnet with a two-dimensional pattern of poles alternating in polarity in a first dimension and a second dimension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: John Van Rosendale
  • Patent number: 10196074
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, a railcar comprises a pair of trucks near each end of the railcar, and a well component supported by and disposed between the trucks. The well component comprises two parallel top chords. A pair of end sections are supported by the trucks and disposed at each end of the railcar. At least one end section comprises a pair of running boards. Each running board is disposed on one of the top chords of the well component. The end section further comprises a well platform disposed near an end of the well component at a first height generally even with the pair of running boards and an end platform disposed near one end of the railcar at a second height. The second height is lower than the first height. The end section also comprises an inclined connecting platform extending between the end platform and the well platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Huck
  • Patent number: 10189484
    Abstract: A transportation system includes a first support tower, a second support tower, a suspension cable extending between the first and second support towers, and a tube defining an interior channel extending between the first and second support towers. A vehicle is configured to travel through the interior channel. A tension support member has a first end coupled to the suspension cable and a second end coupled to the first tube through an actuator. The tension support member exerts tension force to upwardly pull the first tube towards the suspension cable. The actuator adjusts the tension force when the vehicle travels through the interior channel under the tension support member to reduce deflection of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert Erik Grip
  • 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
    Assignee: HARSCO TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Peter M. Bartek
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINEERING, LTD.
    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: 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
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shunichi Nakao, Takeyoshi Kusunoki
  • 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: 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
    Assignee: HARSCO TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    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
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    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
    Assignee: HARSCO TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventors: Brett Hofer, Michael L. Petersen, John Mustard