Patents Examined by Robert J. McCarry, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11364938
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a rail vehicle that includes a chassis and a rail clamp assembly coupled to the chassis. The rail clamp assembly includes a fixed central member and a pair of lugs each extending outwardly from opposing sides of the fixed central member. The rail clamp assembly further includes a pair of arms respectively coupled to the lugs to thereby provide respective pivot points to permit rotation of the arms about the pivot points. A pair of gripping tool assemblies are disposed at respective lower portions of the arms and are coupled to one another via a guide rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: HARSCO TECHNOLOGIES LLC
    Inventor: Shaishav Shah
  • Patent number: 11364940
    Abstract: A railroad switch (in USA), turnout, or [set of] points (Europe) is a mechanical installation enabling railway trains to be guided from one track to another, such as at a railway junction or where a spur or siding branches off. This invention describes a rail transportation system that allows vehicles to change tracks at railroad switch locations while all supporting and guiding rails remain static. Vehicles have diverters that apply lateral force to direct the vehicle to go onto the desired track, right, left, or straight ahead. This is enabled by the diverters plus rail wheels that have inside flanges and wide cylindrical surfaces. This innovation allows rail vehicles to travel through a connected rail system like a highway system that is transporting trucks, buses, and cars on paved roads. This system may operate under a computerized traffic control system and allows mass transit systems to respond to ride requests, enabling 24-hour route-adaptive mass transit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Thomas Holtzman Williams
  • Patent number: 11352027
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head module for a rail vehicle, said head module being suitable to be detachably fixed to the front face of a subsequent railcar unit without additional underframe. The head module consists of an inner and an outer shell and includes three systems which convert, in the event of a crash, the collision energy into a deformation one after the other or simultaneously and substantially independently of another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignees: CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., LTD., CG RAIL—CHINESISCH-DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGS—UND ENTWICKLUNGSZENTRUM FÜR BAHN—UND VERKEHRSTECHNIK DRESDEN GMBH
    Inventors: Sansan Ding, Yuanmu Zhong, Hengkui Li, Xiangang Song, Lu Jin, Qinfeng Wang, Bingsong Wang, Werner Hufenbach, Andreas Ulbricht
  • Patent number: 11332168
    Abstract: A rail transport system 10 has at least two load carrying bodies 12 which are arranged end to end. Mutually adjacent bodies 12 are coupled together by respective coupling systems 14. The rail transport system 10 further includes a plurality of axles 16 each provided at opposite ends with respective rail wheels 18 which support the bodies 12. A flexible liner 20 is supported by the bodies 12. The liner 20 is configured to span respective coupling systems 14. In this way the bodies 12 and the flexible liner 20 form a continuous load carrying structure 22. The continuous load carrying structure 22 is arranged so as to be able to pivot about an axis perpendicular to the axles 16 to facilitate unloading of cargo from the bodies 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: BULK ORE SHUTTLE SYSTEM PTY LTD
    Inventors: Stephen Wyatt, David De Haas
  • Patent number: 11318970
    Abstract: A vehicle control system includes a movement sensor configured to output information indicative of movement of a vehicle system and a controller configured to determine whether the vehicle system has stopped moving based on the information that is output from the movement sensor. The controller is configured to increment a counter based on a length of time that the vehicle system has remained stopped. The controller is configured to control operation of the vehicle system based on the counter that is incremented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin J. Angel, Ann K. Grimm
  • Patent number: 11311813
    Abstract: In a rollercoaster trigger system to output a data signal to a control unit for triggering and controlling an event at a predetermined track position, a beacon plate with a certain aperture pattern and a sensor set is provided to send a trigger signal and a data signal to the control unit. The sensor set includes a first and a second trigger sensor which provide together the trigger signal to readout the data of the beacon plate when together simultaneously detecting a first and second trigger aperture of the aperture pattern. A read sensor is provided for reading data from the aperture pattern by detecting a presence or absence of a read aperture. The data signal is obtained by the control unit when the trigger signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: VEKOMA RIDES ENGINEERING B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrik Jozef Christina Cüppers
  • Patent number: 11312399
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a rail vehicle. The rail vehicle includes: a plurality of bogies, where the bogie has a straddle recess suitable for straddling a rail; and a vehicle body, where the vehicle body is connected to the plurality of bogies and pulled by the plurality of bogies to travel along the rail, and the vehicle body includes a plurality of compartments hinged sequentially along a length direction of the rail; the plurality of compartments forms at least one compartment group, the compartment group includes three compartments hinged sequentially, and the bottom of each of only compartments that are located at two ends of the compartment group and that are of the three compartments is connected to the bogie; and in the length direction of the rail, a surface that is of a compartment at at least one end of the vehicle body and that faces away from an adjacent compartment is provided with an escape door that can be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Lin Ren, Hao Zeng, Junjie Liu, Fanghong Peng, Jianjun Xiang
  • Patent number: 11305792
    Abstract: A railroad car coupler assembly knuckle pin including an elongated cylindrical tubular body having an upper end portion, a lower end portion spaced apart from the upper end portion, and an intermediate portion between and connecting the upper end portion and the lower end portion, the body including an elongated cylindrical wall that defines an elongated cylindrical central opening and an elongated slot that extends the length of the wall, a first ring integrally connected to and outwardly extending from a first area of the upper end portion of the body, a second ring integrally connected to and outwardly extending from a second area of the upper end portion of the body, the second ring spaced apart from the first ring along the body, the first ring defining a plurality of first stress relief slots, and the second ring defining a plurality of second stress relief slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Standard Car Truck Company
    Inventor: Stephen Hankinson
  • Patent number: 11305793
    Abstract: An impact transmitting structure includes: a first member provided at an end portion of a first car; and a second member provided at an end portion of a second car. One of the first member and the second member is a convex member. The other of the first member and the second member is a concave member. An opposing surface of the convex member which surface is located close to the concave member has a substantially V shape that is convex in a direction toward the concave member. An opposing surface of the concave member which surface is located close to the convex member has a substantially V shape that is concave in a direction away from the convex member. A tip end angle of the convex member is smaller than an opening angle of the concave member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hata, Yuji Toya, Kazuyoshi Ikushima, Atsushi Sano, Tomonori Umebayashi
  • Patent number: 11299858
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for unloading, transporting and installing a railway track, which does not require the rail-carrying train to be brought closer after each cycle of unloading continuous welded rail (CWR), the train remaining parked at the end of the track already laid until all the CWR has been completely unloaded. According to the invention, the method consists of: fastening two rails to a crane of an unloading wagon and moving same through windows along the wagon, facilitating the descent thereof to the track; transferring the rails to a machine for pulling and positioning which moves along, leaving the rails supported on transport elements that move along the track already laid; transferring the rails from the track already laid to a section of sleepers; and moving the rails to their final position, using sliding elements placed on the sleepers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignees: FCC Construcción, S.A. (FCCCO), Contratas y Ventas, S.A.U. (Convensa)
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Miguelez Tapia, Fernando Fernández Muñiz
  • Patent number: 11299291
    Abstract: The exemplary embodiments provide a system of selectively moving airplanes on an airport apron. Airplanes are selectively moved from selective parking locations to areas adjacent to take-off locations such as runways. Airplanes may also be selectively moved from an area of the apron adjacent to a landing location and/or to a parking location. This may include for example an unloading location, an airport terminal, a servicing location, a fueling location, storage location and/or other suitable location. The exemplary system includes driving channels through which a carriage is selectively moved. The carriage includes a basket for operatively engaging at least one front wheel of selected airplanes for purposes of transporting such airplanes to and between the desired locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Slawomir Malicki
  • Patent number: 11299859
    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: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: B & B METALS, INC.
    Inventor: Coty T. Coots
  • Patent number: 11285978
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a rail vehicle. The rail vehicle includes: a bogie, where the bogie has a straddle recess suitable for straddling a rail; and a vehicle body, where the vehicle body is connected to the bogie and pulled by the bogie to travel along the rail, and the vehicle body includes a plurality of compartments hinged sequentially along a length direction of the rail; and in the length direction of the rail, a surface of a compartment at at least one end of the vehicle body and facing away from an adjacent compartment is provided with an escape door that can be opened and closed. The rail vehicle according to these embodiments of the present disclosure facilitates optimization the structure of an escape passage, reduction in costs, reduction in occupied space and the weight borne by the rail, and improvement in stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Lin Ren, Hao Zeng, Junjie Liu, Fanghong Peng
  • Patent number: 11279384
    Abstract: An automated system and method of mounting wayside equipment on a surface that is adjacent to railway tracks. A robot is carried by a railway car with an included odometry system. The robot has an articulating arm that can reach between the railway car and an adjacent wall. The robot is provided with working head units. The robot can connect to, and disconnect from, the various working head units in order to perform different tasks. The tasks performed by the robot include scanning the wall for defects and obstructions that may prevent a proper mounting, drilling holes in the wall, mounting bolts in the holes, mounting brackets to the bolts, and connecting electronics units to the brackets. The robot can optionally clean the mounting site and test the mounting site for signal strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Reliabotics, LLC
    Inventors: Juan Vega, Frank Thissen, John Morgan, Arun Aruljothi
  • Patent number: 11273854
    Abstract: A crossing gate mechanism includes a gate mechanism enclosure, electrical components inside the gate mechanism enclosure, and a controller inside the gate mechanism enclosure. The controller is connected to and configured to monitor and/or control the electrical components. The controller includes an operator panel for receiving input from a user. In addition, the controller has a user interface displayed by the operator panel. The controller is operable to present information associated with the electrical components on the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: C.D.L. Electric Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Marco Antonio Ibarra, Devin Steven Sage, Michael Carmen Lawson
  • Patent number: 11267493
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a rail vehicle. The rail vehicle includes: a plurality of bogies, where the bogie has a straddle recess suitable for straddling a rail; and a vehicle body, where the vehicle body is connected to the plurality of bogies and pulled by the plurality of bogies to travel along the rail, and the vehicle body includes a plurality of compartments hinged sequentially along a length direction of the rail; at least one bogie is disposed on one of the bottom of each of the compartments and a hinging position of neighboring compartments; and in the length direction of the rail, a surface that is of a compartment at at least one end of the vehicle body and that faces away from an adjacent compartment is provided with an escape door that can be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: BYD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Lin Ren, Hao Zeng, Junjie Liu, Fanghong Peng, Xingcan Huang
  • Patent number: 11267495
    Abstract: Disclosed is switch lock device of a railway switching actuator connected to a switching slide and a tie bar/locking slide of the actuator, the switching slide and a tie bar/locking slide being slidable one over the other to lock a blade of a railway switch in a closed position, the switch lock including an oscillating catch unit oscillating between two positions, engaging either a stationary step of a casing of the actuator or a head surface of the switching slide. The oscillating catch unit links to the end of the tie bar by a spring actuated mechanism blocking oscillation of the oscillating catch unit in an unlocked position corresponding to the engagement of the switching slide. During switching, the tie bar compresses the spring actuated mechanism, and the oscillating catch unit is free to oscillate towards a locking position, engaging the step of the casing of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: ALSTOM FERROVIARIA S.P.A
    Inventors: Stefano Bittoni, Andrea Borromei-Colozzi
  • Patent number: 11260885
    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: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: EagleRail Container Logistics, LLC
    Inventor: J. Michael Meissner
  • Patent number: 11257305
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a first communication device located at or associated with a determined zone and can accept field data; a second communication device located on or associated with at least one vehicle approaching or traversing the determined zone; and at least one controller or a control system. The controller or control system can receive the field data from the first communication device; convert at least a portion of the field data to a message comprising vehicle data; and provide the vehicle data to a vehicle controller or a vehicle operator, and thereby can control or operate the at least one vehicle based using the provided vehicle data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karen A. Shaw, Thomas Paul Spiegelhalter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11254546
    Abstract: A motorized container carrier can be configured to travel along a suspended railway. The motorized container carrier can include at least one motorized trolley configured to move the motorized container carrier along the suspended railway. The motorized container carrier can include a plurality of end beams with container engagement devices configured to interact with containers of various lengths. In some embodiments, the container engagement devices are twist locks. The motorized container carrier can include a system of bumpers and/or guide wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: EagleRail Container Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Russell, Glenn Luckinbill