Patents Examined by Robert J. McCarry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10414418
    Abstract: Cableway installation including at least one vehicle designed to be hauled by the cable, a loading terminal including a boarding area where passengers are positioned to board the vehicle, a drive motor of the vehicle in the boarding area, image acquisition device generating at least one image representative of the vehicle and of the passengers in the boarding area, and an electronic control unit configured to determine a surveillance area around the vehicle and the positions of the passengers, in the at least one representative image, and to generate a speed setpoint for the motor according to the positions of the passengers in the surveillance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: POMA
    Inventor: Sébastien Martin
  • Patent number: 10407851
    Abstract: The invention relates to an overhead guided-transport track span having a U-shaped cross section, the two arms of which form lateral walls (4, 5) of said track, and the central region of which, connecting the two arms, forms a load-bearing slab (6) of said track, characterised in that said load-bearing slab (6) comprises at least one groove (10, 11) that is provided in said slab longitudinally along said span and is designed to be able to receive a running support (12, 13) of a guided-transport vehicle intended to travel on said track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: SYSTRA
    Inventor: Serge Montens
  • Patent number: 10407833
    Abstract: An attachment device for provisionally or temporarily connecting a tie plate to a rail includes a U-shaped fixing clamp inserted slightly into a bore of the tie plate. A force-locking connection between the tie plate and the fixing clamp is established with the aid of a clamping bolt. A stop nose automatically also effects a connection between the tie plate and the rail. A simplified tie renewal can be performed as a result of the provisional or temporary connection. A method for producing an attachment device constructed as a fixing clamp is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Plasser & Theurer Export von Bahnbaumaschinen Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Georg Seyrlehner
  • Patent number: 10406675
    Abstract: The invention relates to the electric power field, in particular to a live working robot used for running and operating along wires of high-voltage transmission lines, which can realize obstacle surmounting of the live working robots along the wires safely and conveniently, comprising: a main body; a walking mechanism, wherein the walking mechanism comprises three walking arms installed on the main body and spaced apart from one another, a rolling wheel is arranged at an end of each walking arm and is in an online state when being located on an upper surface of a wire or in an offline state when being separated from the wire; the rolling wheels of at least two walking arms are in the online state; at least one part of the walking arm can extend and retract in the vertical direction to change the vertical position of the rolling wheel relative to the wire, and at least one walking arm has a rotatable portion which can rotate to change the position of the rolling wheel relative to the wire; a mounting mechanism
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: STATE GRID HUNAN ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY LIVE WORKING CENTER, STATE GRID HUNAN ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY, STATE GRID CORPORATION OF CHINA, HUNAN PEACE PROSPERITY ELECTRIC LIMITED
    Inventors: Xiaqing Liu, Dehua Zou, Yu Yan, Jie Niu, Jianjun Zhang, Cunyun Pan, Hao Guo, Yang Long, Naicheng Ou, Zhiwen Wang
  • Patent number: 10406386
    Abstract: A fairground ride may include a support structure, at least one vehicle having a passenger receptacle, and at least one guideway which is attached to the support structure and forms a circuit, wherein the guideway is adapted to guide the vehicle along the circuit. The fairground ride may also include at least one drive member which is adapted to move the vehicle along the circuit; and at least one recovery apparatus, which has an operating range. The guideway may be disposed at least section-wise on a substantially vertical area, each point of the normal vector of which is perpendicular to the vertical axis of the support structure, and the operating range of the recovery apparatus may substantially cover the vertical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Jörg Beutler
  • Patent number: 10407972
    Abstract: A mechanism for conjointly operating a plurality of gate assemblies mounted on a hopper car having an elongated car body with sides and ends, and a bottom defining a discharge area comprised of a plurality of discharge openings. Each gate assembly includes a slide door arranged in operable association with one of the discharge openings. The mechanism operates the slide door on all the gates conjointly relative to each other. Methods for controlling the gravitational discharge of material from a hopper car are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Miner Enterprises, Inc., Powerbrace Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Watson, Christopher C. Gaydos, Eric F. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 10398996
    Abstract: A throttle emulator system for a model vehicle includes an emulator module and a DCC interface having a connector to permit connection with a DCC command station. The DCC command station is configured to provide digital signals to control the model vehicle. The emulator module is coupled to the DCC interface and configured to transmit command and control signals to the DCC command station, via the DCC interface. The command and control signals are relayed by the DCC command station to control the model vehicle. The emulator module is further configured for wireless communication with a mobile electronic device such that a user can communicate with the emulator module to control the model vehicle through an interface on the mobile electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Wm. K. Walthers, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry D. Thompson, William B. Franks
  • Patent number: 10392040
    Abstract: A system and method for determining a track location and/or a direction of travel of a train includes at least one computer programmed or configured to determine at least one of a track on which the train is located and a direction of travel of the train on the track based at least partly on at least one location associated with at least one locomotive or control car of the train and at least one other location associated with at least one other locomotive or control car of the train. The at least one computer can be programmed or configured to determine a track on which the train is located based at least partly on the at least one location associated with the at least one locomotive or control car of the train and at least one additional location associated with at least one additional locomotive or control car of at least one additional train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Oswald, Jeffrey D. Kernwein
  • Patent number: 10391410
    Abstract: Track configurations for a roller coaster mounted on a tower area are disclosed. The track configurations allow the track to transition from traveling in a first direction around the circumference of the tower to a second direction around the circumference of the tower that is substantially opposite the first direction while maintaining the safety and comfort of the riders. Also disclosed is a wire rope drive to power the rider carriages up a helical track mounted on the tower, preferably on the inside the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: William J. Kitchen
  • Patent number: 10392758
    Abstract: Methods, system and apparatus are disclosed, including a tie fastener apparatus for attaching railroad ties to a superstructure. The apparatus comprises a threaded hook bolt, including a hook to engage the underside of a flange of a beam. The apparatus further comprises a cross strap configured to engage with a flange of the beam. The apparatus further comprises a metal member for engaging plural ties. The metal member includes a tie fastener hole at plural locations. A nut fastens a threaded end of the threaded hook bolt for installation when the threaded hook bolt is passed through the bolt hole. When the threaded hook bolt is installed, the hook engages the superstructure, and a neck of the threaded hook bolt engages the cross strap. The apparatus is installed from above the superstructure without drilling holes in ties or the superstructure, or requiring manned installation from below the superstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Lewis Bolt & Nut Company
    Inventor: Timothy John Austin
  • Patent number: 10391868
    Abstract: A vehicle, such as a rail vehicle, has an electrodynamic braking apparatus with at least one brake resistor. The at least one brake resistor forms a portion of the vehicle body shell that is permanently closed and over which air flows on the exterior, in particular, during travel of the vehicle. In the alternative, the brake resistor is arranged in the immediate vicinity of the permanently closed portion. The brake resistor conducts away heat outwardly to the environment via the permanently closed portion. There is also described a brake resistor for a vehicle, in particular for a rail vehicle, which is configured accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Claus-Ulrich Karipidis, Marcus Otto, Arnd Rueter, Gerald Amler
  • Patent number: 10384698
    Abstract: A rail crossover control system for a rail track section is disclosed. The rail track section has first and second rail tracks, a crossover track section extending between the first and second rail tracks, at least one first set of rail switches arranged to controllably determine whether a train continues on the first track or is diverted from the first track onto the crossover track section, and at least one second set of rail switches arranged to controllably determine whether a train continues on the second track or is diverted from the second track onto the crossover track section. The system comprises at least one interlocking control unit arranged to control the first and second sets of rail switches according to determined train routes, and an obstruction detector arranged to detect presence of an obstruction on the crossover track section and generate an obstruction signal when an obstruction is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Technological Resources Pty. Limited
    Inventors: Ilidio Gouveia Da Costa, Anthony Michael Godber, James Peter Kanakis, Arvind Maharaj, Tiberio Virgilio Nogueira Pereira
  • Patent number: 10384694
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bearing unit for an axlebox of a railway vehicle. The bearing unit being centered on a central axis and having a bearing configured to support an axle of a wheelset. The bearing unit also includes an annular sleeve provided with an outer periphery configured for mounting in an annular bore of a housing of the axlebox and an inner periphery configured for receiving the bearing; and a plurality of anti-rotation means distributed at the outer periphery of the annular sleeve, for preventing rotation of the annular sleeve in the housing of the axlebox. The invention also concerns a railway vehicle having such an axlebox and a maintenance process for such an axlebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Xavier Blanchard, Thierry Le Moigne
  • Patent number: 10384696
    Abstract: A railroad car coupling system including a draft sill with front and rear stops, a coupler along with an energy management assembly for receiving and dissipating external forces experienced by the coupler. A yoke also forms part of the coupling system and is operably coupled to the coupler. The yoke includes top and bottom walls which each include two forward facing stops. A follower is mounted substantially between the top and bottom walls of the yoke for receiving forces experienced by the coupler. The follower is configured with two laterally spaced vertical extensions disposed toward opposed upper corners of the follower and two laterally spaced vertical extensions disposed toward opposed lower corners of the follower. Forward facing surfaces on the follower extensions arc arranged in generally coplanar relationship relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: MINER ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Erich A. Schoedl, Kenneth A. James, Andy R. Kries
  • Patent number: 10377352
    Abstract: A vehicle rotation assembly for selectively rotating a vehicle includes a base that may be positioned on a support surface. A rotation unit is coupled to the base and the rotation selectively rotates on the base. A panel is coupled to the rotation unit such that the panel is selectively rotatable on the base. A vehicle is selectively positioned on the panel thereby facilitating the vehicle to be selectively rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Alan Weiner
  • Patent number: 10377394
    Abstract: An enclosure (10) has an inner space in which a rectangular parallelepiped shaped device unit (6) is storable, and has a side surface with an opening (20) for insertion of the device unit (6). A mounting frame (11) is a flat plate facing the opening (20) and disposed in the enclosure (10) on the opposite side of the enclosure (10) with respect in the opening (20). A guide unit includes a slide rail (12) extending from the mounting frame to the opening, and guides the device unit (6) between the opening (20) and the mounting frame (11) in a state in which the guide unit holds the device unit (6) in the Y-axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Minoru Ikemoto
  • Patent number: 10370014
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to vegetation detection and, in particular, to a vegetation detection and alert system for a railway vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: BAYER CROPSCIENCE LP
    Inventors: Kris Matson, Pascal Day, Lloyd Hinnant, Alvaro Ortiz Fernandez, Eduardo Back, Jonathon Brent Slone
  • Patent number: 10370798
    Abstract: A rail assembly including one or more rail bodies formed for supporting rolling engagement of a train wheel thereover, the rolling engagement generating vibrations in the rail body. The rail assembly includes one or more boots formed for attachment to the rail body to substantially electrically isolate the rail body relative to ground material. The boot includes a chamber wall for at least partially defining a chamber between the rail body and the chamber wall when the boot is attached to the rail body. The rail assembly also includes one or more inserts positionable in the chamber, at least a part of the vibrations being transmittable to the insert when the insert is positioned in the chamber, for dissipation of at least a proportion of the part of the vibrations in the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Polycorp Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard Theodore Ellis
  • Patent number: 10366640
    Abstract: A display system is easily attached to the safety bar of a chair on a chair lift system at the beginning of a season. The display system includes brackets formed of rails holding clamp portions that may be fastened together to clamp the display system to a chair, such as to the safety bar across the lap of a rider. At the end of a season, the display system may be removed from each chair, the clamp portions removed, and the display systems stacked. In one simplified system, adjacent displays may be stacked back to back, and such adjacent pairs may be stacked with the displays in adjacent pairs positioned face-to-face. Thus, metal brackets on the backs need not scratch up the reading faces or surfaces. Meanwhile, the displays may be stored in minimal space, with great stability, while minimizing wear and damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Christian R. Ahrens
  • Patent number: 10362857
    Abstract: A device for removing an object on a road surface includes a brush section which is provided at a vehicle body of a guide rail type vehicle traveling on the road surface extends obliquely downward toward the front side in an advancing direction of the vehicle body, and a lower end of the brush section being capable of coming into contact with the road surface; a brush support section that fixes the brush section; a fixing section fixed to the vehicle body; and a connecting section that is interposed between the brush support section and the fixing section to connect the brush support section to the fixing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventor: Mitsuyasu Ohata