Patents Examined by Robert J. McCarry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11898311
    Abstract: Present embodiments relate to a railroad tie plate distribution apparatus and method therefore. The tie plate distribution apparatus which may be used in manual or automatic distribution modes in order to place tie plates on a railroad tie in a spaced apart sequence as the apparatus moves over a track being serviced. The tie plate distributor includes an actuator to feed tie plates on to a railroad track system being serviced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: B & B Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Coty T. Coots
  • Patent number: 11897523
    Abstract: A rail track derailer is comprised of a box assembly which includes a pair of parallel, spaced guide plates supported vertically on a horizontal base mounting plate configured for attachment on the gage of a rail to the top sides of a pair of spaced rail ties. The spaced guide plates may be transversely locked to the gage side of a rail. A pivotal arm is slidably attached between the guide plates. The arm includes a derailer shoe along the top of a rail. An arrangement of guide surfaces and followers that connect the box assembly and arm effect positioning of the shoe on and off the rail. The mounting plate may be attached to ties by spikes and to concrete or steel ties by plates on the underside of such toes bolted to the box assembly mounting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin D. Hertel, Austin C. Hertel
  • Patent number: 11884308
    Abstract: A device for transporting loads suspended on raised tracks over a ground surface includes a container of materials to be transported, a structure supporting the container, and a movement mechanism for moving along the tracks, having a first motorised wheel and a second motorised wheel, independent of one another and activatable about axes of rotation coaxial with and perpendicular to the two longitudinal sides of the supporting structure. The transport device has a stabilizer with at least a first idle rolling element and at least a second idle rolling element coupled to the supporting structure so as to be arranged on opposite sides with respect to the coaxial axes of rotation of the first motorised wheel and the second motorised wheel, so as to be pivoting about axes parallel to the two longitudinal sides of the supporting structure and the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: MCT ITALY S.R.L.
    Inventor: Lamberto Marcantonini
  • Patent number: 11884307
    Abstract: An overhead transport system includes a suspended railway and a motorized carrier configured to travel along the suspended railway. The motorized carrier includes a motorized trolley configured to move the motorized carrier along the suspended railway, chassis/beam configured to carry an object below the motorized trolley, and a bumper and deflection system configured to prevent the object from contacting another object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: EAGLERAIL CONTAINER LOGISTICS INC.
    Inventor: J. Michael Meissner
  • Patent number: 11858540
    Abstract: An arrangement for driving a locomotive has various energy-provision systems. The locomotive contains a main energy-provision system as the main system and a drive system. Energy provided by the main system is supplied to the drive system as drive power and is used by the drive system for moving the locomotive. A carriage contains at least one additional energy-provision system as an auxiliary system. The auxiliary system is used in a manner which is temporally offset from the main system in order to supply drive power to the drive system. Components which can be used by both the main system and the at least one auxiliary system are implemented only once and are used jointly by both the main system and the at least one auxiliary system. Components which are used exclusively by the at least one auxiliary system are arranged on the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Hoescheler, Stefan Lauer
  • Patent number: 11858539
    Abstract: A moving mechanism moves a swing suppression unit in a traveling direction between an advanced position contacting a FOUP and a retracted position away from the FOUP by a drive of a drive unit. A buffer mechanism that allows the swing suppression unit that has been moved to the advanced position by the drive of the drive unit to move to the traveling direction after stopping the drive of the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11858538
    Abstract: In order to be able to more reliably assess and react to the potential hazard when a vehicle of a cable car enters a station of the cable car, it is provided that the deflection of the vehicle before the station entrance is measured by the sensor and transmitted to the cable car control unit, that at the same time the occurrence of a wind gust before the station entrance is detected by the cable car control unit and that the cable car control unit controls a cable car drive as a function of the transmitted deflection and of the detected wind gust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: INNOVA PATENT GMBH
    Inventors: Christoph Hofmayr, Daniel Pfeifer
  • Patent number: 11845475
    Abstract: A locomotive consist including a pair of fuel-electric locomotives, each having a prime mover engine and a power transmission system including a main generator and traction motors coupled to driving wheels, a high voltage electrical connection operable in an on state or an off state, and a computer controller. The pair of fuel-electric locomotives is configured to selectively cooperate to operate in three different operating modes as controlled by the computer controller: (1) a prime mover mode, (2) a mother/slug mode, and a mother/inoperative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Knoxville Locomotive Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Pete Claussen, Scott Gatewood
  • Patent number: 11845474
    Abstract: An arrangement for a rail vehicle has an electric hollow-shaft motor with a hollow rotor and a wheelset shaft that runs through the hollow rotor. The rotor is separated from the wheelset shaft at least in certain sections by a radial air gap which ensures a mechanical clearance between the wheelset shaft and the rotor. A protective material is arranged in the region of the radial air gap between the rotor and the wheelset shaft. The protective material, in the event of failure of a motor fastening of the hollow-shaft motor and subsequent support of the rotor on the wheelset shaft, separates the rotor from the wheelset shaft. The protective material is softer than the material of the wheelset shaft and softer than at least one material of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Adam, Peter Seitz
  • Patent number: 11845477
    Abstract: A bogie of a rail vehicle has at least one wheelset with two oppositely situated wheels that are rigidly connected to one another, a wheelset bearing arrangement of the wheelset within the two wheels, a traction motor which directly drives the wheelset, and an aerodynamic paneling enclosure of the bogie. The traction motor is a permanently excited synchronous motor with liquid cooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignees: Siemens Mobility GmbH, Siemens Mobility Austria GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Kueter, Andreas Schaefer-Enkeler, Martin Teichmann, Christoph Adam, Olaf Koerner, Peter Seitz
  • Patent number: 11845476
    Abstract: A locomotive consist including a pair of fuel-electric locomotives, each having a prime mover engine and a power transmission system including a main generator and traction motors coupled to driving wheels, a high voltage electrical connection operable in an on state or an off state, and a computer controller. The pair of fuel-electric locomotives is configured to selectively cooperate to operate in three different operating modes as controlled by the computer controller: (1) a prime mover mode, (2) a mother/slug mode, and a mother/inoperative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Knoxville Locomotive Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Pete Claussen, Scott Gatewood
  • Patent number: 11835119
    Abstract: An anchor for a support member of a track system may include an anchor body and a toothed anchor portion. The anchor body may be connectable to said support member. The toothed anchor portion may include a plurality of anchor teeth configured to engage a plurality of track teeth of a toothed portion of a track assembly. The anchor body and the toothed anchor portion may be connected to one another to collectively form a hook portion configured to engage said toothed portion of said track assembly. At least a subset of anchor teeth of the plurality of anchor teeth may be disposed one after another in a curved or angled configuration to define a curved or angled row of anchor teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Antoine Moulin
  • Patent number: 11834079
    Abstract: A rail vehicle includes a bogie, a bogie cavity in which the bogie is embedded, and a bogie cladding via which the bogie is at least partially clad, where the bogie cladding includes an opening, and where the bogie includes a flow-inhibitor arranged at the opening to reduce the inflow of air through the opening into the bogie cavity in order to reduce the inflow of air through the opening into the bogie cavity in an economical manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: SIEMENS MOBILITY AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Czerwinka, Manuel Alexander Gageik, Andreas Grzona, Alexander Prix
  • Patent number: 11827260
    Abstract: A grade crossing control system includes a controller that receives start and end inputs corresponding to a train traversing an outer approach, determines the difference in time between the start and end inputs, and uses the difference in time to determine a delay period by which activation of a grade crossing warning system will be delayed following detection of the train by a track occupancy circuit in an inner approach in order to compensate for slow moving trains. The start and end inputs for the outer approach may be supplied in different ways including a separate track occupancy circuit for the outer approach, by train detection devices unconnected to the track at the start and end of the outer approach, or by overlapping track occupancy circuits positioned at the start of the outer and inner approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Corbo, Richard Bamfield
  • Patent number: 11820408
    Abstract: The bogie includes: running wheels to be rolled on a road surface of guideway; an axle which is installed on a lower part of a body of a guideway vehicle and to which the running wheels are attached; a chassis supporting the axle; a guide device which is configured to be guided by the guideway and is installed on the chassis so as to be capable of turning around a turning axis extending in a vertical direction; a steering device which is configured to steer the running wheels in response to a turning movement of the guide device when the guide device is turned along a curved section of the guideway; and a tilting device which is connected to the guide device and which is configured to generate a tilting force of directing one side of the body located at an outside of the curved section upward with respect to the other side of the body located at an inside of the curved section in response to the turning movement of the guide device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES ENGINEERING, LTD.
    Inventors: Kousuke Katahira, So Tamura
  • Patent number: 11807284
    Abstract: A method and system for identification of obstacles near railways and for providing alarm to an operator of a train if obstacles constitute threat to the train are disclosed. The system comprise IR sensor disposed at the front of the train facing the direction of travel. The IR sensor receives images of the rails in front of the train. The system comprises pre-stored vibration profile of the train's engine that is used to eliminate influence of the engine's vibrations on the accuracy of the received images. Presence of rails in the received frames is detected based on inherent differences of temperature between the rails and the substrate in the rails' background, such as the railway sleepers and the materials underneath it. The system may detect defects in an electric conductor system of a train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: RAIL VISION LTD
    Inventors: Elen Josef Katz, Yuval Isbi, Shahar Hania, Noam Teich
  • Patent number: 11801756
    Abstract: A permanent magnet electrodynamic suspension system includes a conductor track and a suspension and guidance device. The conductor track is disposed on a roadbed, and the suspension and guidance device is disposed above the conductor track. The suspension and guidance device includes a first permanent magnet array and a second permanent magnet array. The first permanent magnet array and the second permanent magnet array are the same in the magnetization direction arrangement. The first permanent magnet array and the second permanent magnet array are arranged perpendicular to each other. A guidance method for the permanent magnet electrodynamic suspension system is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Southwest Jiaotong University
    Inventors: Zigang Deng, Hongfu Shi, Yuqing Xiang, Ting Cao, Hao Lu, Junzhi Liu, Le Liang, Jun Zheng
  • Patent number: 11795627
    Abstract: A direct fixation fastener comprising: a top plate; a bottom plate made of metal structural channel providing two spaced-apart side walls, wherein the bottom plate has a first end and a second end and wherein each of the first and second ends terminate in a first flat edge section and a second flat edge section, respectively, without spaced-apart side walls; first and second angle bars, wherein the first angle bar is attached to the first flat edge section and the second angle bar is attached to the second flat edge section; and an elastomeric layer disposed between the top plate and the bottom plate, between the top plate and angle bars and between the angle bars and the spaced-apart side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: L. B. Foster Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Alsop, Sheenfar S Fong, Korhan Ciloglu
  • Patent number: 11794797
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed including a system that can include a traffic gate, an electronic circuit and a portable controller. The traffic gate can have an arm. The electronic circuit can have a controller, a first communication module, and one or more light sources configured to mount to the arm or other portions of the traffic gate. The controller can be configured to control the electronic circuit to selectively operate the one or light sources as desired. The portable controller can have a second communication module configured to communicate with the first communication module to actuate the controller to control of the electronic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: Railway Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David Fox, Randall Gene Honeck, Jason Lee Honeck
  • Patent number: 11780477
    Abstract: A coupling box of a rail vehicle, including a fixed portion fixedly mounted on a vehicle body and a movable portion connecting to a coupler and draft gear; the movable portion is connected to an inner end of the fixed portion by means of a constant-force connecting member, the constant-force connecting member is broken when the coupler and draft gear pushes the movable portion to move inwardly at the time of a collision, so that the movable portion and the fixed portion are able to be separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: CRRC ZHUZHOU LOCOMOTIVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuan Cao, Yangchun Min, Xihong Jin, Shangqiang Chen, Mingming Li