Patents by Inventor James H. Adams

James H. Adams has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10059512
    Abstract: A floor assembly for a trailer includes stringers that extend in a transverse direction of the assembly and are spaced from one another in a longitudinal direction of the assembly. The stringers are made of a thermally insulative first material. A bottom flange is coupled to a lower portion of a respective stringer. A top flange made of a second material is coupled to an upper portion of a respective stringer. Floor panels are also provided. Each floor panel extends in the longitudinal direction, is supported by the top flange, is coupled to another floor panel along respective edges thereof, and has at least one rib that extends in the longitudinal direction and depends substantially perpendicularly from a bottom surface thereof. Each floor panel is made of the second material and each at least one rib is welded to a top surface of the top flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Fontaine Commercial Trailer, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20170240352
    Abstract: A floor assembly for a trailer includes stringers that extend in a transverse direction of the assembly and are spaced from one another in a longitudinal direction of the assembly. The stringers are made of a thermally insulative material. A bottom flange is coupled to a lower portion of a respective stringer. A top flange made of a non-thermally insulative material is coupled to an upper portion of a respective stringer. Floor panels are also provided. Each floor panel extends in the longitudinal direction, is supported by the top flange, is coupled to another floor panel along respective edges thereof, and has at least one rib that extends in the longitudinal direction and depends substantially perpendicularly from a bottom surface thereof. Each floor panel is made of the second non-thermally insulative material and each at least one rib is welded to a top surface of the top flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Publication date: August 24, 2017
    Applicant: Fontaine Commercial Trailer, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 9738211
    Abstract: A system for transporting cargo includes a cargo deck and a dunnage device for securing a load to the cargo deck. The dunnage device includes an elongated tubular body having an interior space. A transverse wall is positioned within the interior space of the tubular body. The elongated tubular body is adapted to be positioned on the cargo deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Fontaine Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 9676549
    Abstract: A floor assembly includes a plurality of transverse stringers spaced from one another in the longitudinal direction of the floor assembly. The assembly also includes a plurality of transverse bottom flanges, each transverse bottom flange being coupled to a lower portion of a respective transverse stringer and to a neighboring transverse bottom flange along respective transversely extending side edges thereof. A top flange comprising a supporting sheet is coupled to an upper portion of each transverse stringer. A plurality of longitudinal panels are supported by the supporting sheet and coupled to one another along respective longitudinally extending edges thereof to form a floor surface, each longitudinal panel in the plurality of longitudinal panels having at least one longitudinally extending rib depending substantially perpendicularly from a bottom surface thereof. The at least one rib is coupled to a top surface of the supporting sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Fontaine Commercial Trailer, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20160207442
    Abstract: A system for transporting cargo includes a cargo deck and a dunnage device for securing a load to the cargo deck. The dunnage device includes an elongated tubular body having an interior space. A transverse wall is positioned within the interior space of the tubular body. The elongated tubular body is adapted to be positioned on the cargo deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: July 21, 2016
    Applicant: Fontaine Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20160152410
    Abstract: A floor assembly includes a plurality of transverse stringers spaced from one another in the longitudinal direction of the floor assembly. The assembly also includes a plurality of transverse bottom flanges, each transverse bottom flange being coupled to a lower portion of a respective transverse stringer and to a neighboring transverse bottom flange along respective transversely extending side edges thereof. A top flange comprising a supporting sheet is coupled to an upper portion of each transverse stringer. A plurality of longitudinal panels are supported by the supporting sheet and coupled to one another along respective longitudinally extending edges thereof to form a floor surface, each longitudinal panel in the plurality of longitudinal panels having at least one longitudinally extending rib depending substantially perpendicularly from a bottom surface thereof. The at least one rib is coupled to a top surface of the supporting sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Publication date: June 2, 2016
    Applicant: FONTAINE COMMERCIAL TRAILER, INC.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 9327782
    Abstract: A fifth wheel includes a top plate having a throat that is adapted to receive a kingpin of a trailer. The fifth wheel is equipped with a locking mechanism including a jaw slidably connected to the top plate and slidable between a closed position where the jaw blocks passage of a kingpin out of the throat of the fifth wheel and an open position where a kingpin may pass into and out of the throat of the fifth wheel. The jaw has an edge adapted to engage a kingpin positioned in the throat of the fifth wheel when the jaw is in the closed position. A bias device urges the jaw towards the closed position. The fifth wheel further includes a mechanism for moving the jaw between the open and closed positions. Further, the top plate of the fifth wheel is configured to allow service and/or replacement of the jaw from the top of the fifth wheel while it is assembled to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Fontaine Fifth Wheel
    Inventors: Steven Michael Alldredge, Robert Todd Shelton, Charles Leon Rosato, Timothy Norman Johnson, James H. Adams, Robert Keith Laney, Carl Brent Gaufin, Thomas David Hewer
  • Patent number: 9327634
    Abstract: A dunnage device for securing a load to a cargo deck includes an elongated tubular body having an interior space. A transverse wall is positioned within the interior space of the tubular body. The elongated tubular body is adapted to be positioned on the cargo deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Fontaine Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20150158535
    Abstract: A fifth wheel includes a top plate having a throat that is adapted to receive a kingpin of a trailer. The fifth wheel is equipped with a locking mechanism including a jaw slidably connected to the top plate and slidable between a closed position where the jaw blocks passage of a kingpin out of the throat of the fifth wheel and an open position where a kingpin may pass into and out of the throat of the fifth wheel. The jaw has an edge adapted to engage a kingpin positioned in the throat of the fifth wheel when the jaw is in the closed position. A bias device urges the jaw towards the closed position. The fifth wheel further includes a mechanism for moving the jaw between the open and closed positions. Further, the top plate of the fifth wheel is configured to allow service and/or replacement of the jaw from the top of the fifth wheel while it is assembled to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 11, 2015
    Applicant: Fontaine Fifth Wheel
    Inventors: Steven Michael Alldredge, Robert Todd Shelton, Charles Leon Rosato, Timothy Norman Johnson, James H. Adams, Robert Keith Laney, Carl Brent Gaufin, Thomas David Hewer
  • Patent number: 8915684
    Abstract: A cargo deck includes a floor engageable with a load. The floor is formed from extruded aluminum in tubular panels extending transversely along the floor. Side rails are disposed on opposed sides of the deck. A plurality of longitudinally-extending support members support the floor, and are coupled to the floor via a plurality of support brackets extending angularly from the floor to the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20140234048
    Abstract: A dunnage device for securing a load to a cargo deck includes an elongated tubular body having an interior space. A transverse wall is positioned within the interior space of the tubular body. The elongated tubular body is adapted to be positioned on the cargo deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Fontaine Engineered Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8807893
    Abstract: A restraining strap securement system for a trailer includes a load-restraining strap with a flat hook that connects to the trailer side rail. The trailer side rail extends along the sides of the trailer and comprises a bottom wall with an opening for receiving the flat hook. A keeper slides upon a rail affixed to the bottom wall and the keeper may be positioned to extend beneath the flat hook and prevent the flat from falling from the opening while the strap is being tightened. The keeper may comprise a hook that can be used to secure tarps or ropes over the trailer load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8714792
    Abstract: A bumper adapted for mounting to a trailer is provided. The bumper comprises a tail skirt extending horizontally across the rear of the trailer. Upright bars mount to and intersect the tail skirt. The tail skirt comprises a groove for receiving a recessed light bar comprising multiple signal lights. The wiring harness extends from the light bar into a space behind the upright bars and passes through openings in the tail skirt behind the upright bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20140086699
    Abstract: A restraining strap securement system for a trailer includes a load-restraining strap with a flat hook that connects to the trailer side rail. The trailer side rail extends along the sides of the trailer and comprises a bottom wall with an opening for receiving the flat hook. A keeper slides upon a rail affixed to the bottom wall and the keeper may be positioned to extend beneath the flat hook and prevent the flat from falling from the opening while the strap is being tightened. The keeper may comprise a hook that can he used to secure tarps or ropes over the trailer load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: JAMES H. ADAMS
  • Patent number: 8439427
    Abstract: An improved side rail structure is used to form a portion of a flat bed trailer. The side rail structure is integrally formed as one piece. The side rail structure includes an outer side rail wall which is integrally formed as one piece with a rub rail that projects from the outward surface of the side rail wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20120306233
    Abstract: An improved side rail structure is used to form a portion of a flat bed trailer. The side rail structure is integrally formed as one piece. The side rail structure includes an outer side rail wall which is integrally formed as one piece with a rub rail that projects from the outward surface of the side rail wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8272819
    Abstract: A restraining strap securement system for a trailer includes a load-restraining strap with a flat hook that connects to the trailer side rail. The trailer side rail extends along the sides of the trailer and comprises a bottom wall with an opening for receiving the flat hook. A keeper slides upon a rail affixed to the bottom wall and the keeper may be positioned to extend beneath the flat hook and prevent the flat hook from falling from the opening while the strap is being tightened. The keeper may comprise a hook that can be used to secure tarps or ropes over the trailer load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20110283924
    Abstract: A cargo deck includes a floor engageable with a load. The floor is formed from extruded aluminum in tubular panels extending transversely along the floor. Side rails are disposed on opposed sides of the deck. A plurality of longitudinally-extending support members support the floor, and are coupled to the floor via a plurality of support brackets extending angularly from the floor to the support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8057143
    Abstract: A trailer includes a floor engageable with a load, the trailer floor comprising a plurality of floor panels. Each floor panel comprises a plurality of tubular portions that are hollow inside to reduce weight. The tubular portions have an upper wall comprising pairs of parallel channels which slideably receive at least one sliding bracket for securing the load to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company, Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Publication number: 20110115256
    Abstract: An improved side rail structure is used to form a portion of a flat bed trailer. The side rail structure is integrally formed as one piece. The side rail structure includes an outer side rail wall which is integrally formed as one piece with a rub rail. A flooring section may also be formed as one piece with the outer side rail wall. The one piece side rail structure may be formed of extruded metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Inventor: James H. Adams