Patents by Inventor Richard A. Schwehr

Richard A. Schwehr 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: 4751983
    Abstract: Sensors associated with load carrying members are inaccurate, incorrectly sense the position of the load, and are subject to impact forces which cause premature sensor failure. A load lifting device having a load carrying member and first and second sensors and first and second reflectors on the load carrying member is provided. The sensors are mounted on a first end portion of load carrying member at longitudinally spaced apart locations and the first and second reflectors are mounted on a second end portion of the load carrying member at spaced apart locations on the second end portion. The first sensor delivers a first signal to the first reflector and receives a reflection of the first signal, and the second sensor delivers a second signal to the second reflector and receives a reflection of the first signal from the second reflector. The problems associated with inaccurate sensing of load position, damage to the sensors by impact, and premature wear due to cyclical forces are substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Caterpillar Industrial Inc.
    Inventors: Edward V. Leskovec, Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4520986
    Abstract: This invention relates to a suspended seat assembly (10) which eliminates the problems of excessive elevational movement and limited field of use, harsh ride, inability to accommodate a broad range of occupant weights, bulkiness, wear and premature failure, and difficult adjustment. The suspended seat assembly has a seat frame (12), a support frame (14), a connecting apparatus (42) which pivotally connects the seat frame (12) to the support frame (14) and permits movement of the seat frame (12) between a first position (38) above the support frame (14), past the support frame (14), to a second position (40) below the support frame (14), a tie apparatus (66) which maintains the seat frame (12) at a preselected attitude relative to the support frame (14), and a biasing arrangement (74) for biasing the connecting apparatus (42) and urging the seat frame (12) to the first position (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Liljequist, John E. Wible, Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4361741
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus (40,122) for actuating an electrical switch (42,124) which eliminates the problems of over stressing and inadvertent cyclical actuation of the switch (42,124) and flexing of electrical connecting wires (66,168). The apparatus (40,122) has an actuator spring (44,126) movable in response to a load applied to a seat assembly (10,110) for applying an actuating force to the switch (42,124) of a magnitude less than the load applied to the seat assembly (10,110) and a bracket (56,140) for limiting the magnitude of force applied to the switch (42,124) to a preselected maximum value. The apparatus (40,122) eliminates premature switch failure, inadvertent cyclical switch actuation and electrical wire breakage. The actuating apparatus (40,122) is particularly useful on a vehicle such as a lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventors: Edward V. Leskoverc, Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4262276
    Abstract: A handle (12) is pivotally mounted on a support (11) and is connected to a potentiometer (21) by a linkage (24) for selectively varying the resistance of the potentiometer upon manipulation of the handle. The linkage includes a link (25) adjustably connected to the handle for varying the degree of relative movement between a housing (22) and rotary adjustment shaft (23) of the potentiometer to thus vary the range of resistance thereof in response to a same increment of movement of the handle. The linkage may include a hinge assembly (34) and a biasing spring (31) or the link may be connected to the adjustment shaft (23b) of the potentiometer directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4173264
    Abstract: A vehicle frame has first and second members having adjustably telescoping channel portions securable by bolts disposed in selected combinations of holes provided in the channel portions for providing a total vehicle frame of a chosen length and wheelbase. Adjacent portions of the respective members define portions of a battery compartment which varies with the size of the vehicle frame to accommodate the power requirements thereof. Channel shaped spacers join facing portions of the members for increased strength of the resulting frame.A rear axle mounting assembly is adjustably mounted on the rear member for independent adjustment of the wheelbase.A second embodiment has front and rear members secured by a selected nestable spacer member having an adjustable axle mounting for independent adjustment of the vehicle frame and wheelbase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Erker, Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4126209
    Abstract: A lift truck having a frame which includes parallel beams having forward ends that terminate in bifurcated ends forming upper and lower portions with U-shaped openings therebetween adapted to receive a front drive axle assembly therein for forward removal from the frame. Co-planar transverse plates are secured to the upper and lower portions of the beam ends and have hanger plates including upward opening hook removably attached thereto for supporting a mast assembly thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1978
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Higgins, Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4097791
    Abstract: A delayed turn-on and turn-off control circuit for an electric motor includes a motor relay having an electrical actuator and a normally open motor contactor which is connected in series between the motor and an electrical power source for running the motor when the electrical actuator is energized. A normally non-conductive electrical switching device is serially connected between the electrical actuator and the power source. A turn-on delay circuit is responsive to closing of a normally open motor start switch and produces an electrical signal to render the electrical switching device conductive only after a predetermined lapse of time following the closing of the motor start switch, thereby energizing the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1978
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventors: Ward L. Bivens, Richard A. Schwehr
  • Patent number: 4047145
    Abstract: An apparatus having an electrical power source and an accelerating element has pivotally actuated control means connected to the accelerating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1977
    Assignee: Towmotor Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Schwehr