Patents by Inventor Steven L. Jantzen

Steven L. Jantzen 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: 6116679
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention a pin connection is applied between the side rail and the vertical post to reduce or eliminate the large lading load moment. In one embodiment the pin connection may comprise a first plate integrally connected by welding or rugged mechanical fasteners to the side rail at one end. A second plate is integrally connected by welding or rugged mechanical fasteners to the vertical post. The first and second plates are transversely spaced and abut. Rugged transversely extending mechanical fasteners, such as a shoulder bolt, extend between the plates. The fastening means can be tightened to a desired torque, of for example 50 to 100 foot pounds. The fastening means are provided to reduce or eliminate the lading load moment. The roof load applied to the corner posts is taken in transversely extending end and front skirts, which also support the truck body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4812113
    Abstract: Prestressed concrete railroad ties are formed in molds which are supported by existing track near the area where they are to be installed. Each mold will form a number of ties. Reinforcing strands are located within a plurality of longitudinally spaced molds. Concrete is then poured into the molds and the ties are formed bottoms up in the molds. A group of ties are simultaneously removed from a given mold by a special extractor which first simultaneously clamps the reinforcing strands extending outwardly from a given mold, and then lifts the strands as a group from the mold by a suitable crane. Preferably the center of gravity of ties is spaced from a pivot point which will cause 180.degree. rotation locating the ties in upright position to be loaded on a railway car or other vehicle to take them to the site where they are to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1989
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4781875
    Abstract: Prestressed concrete railroad ties are formed in molds which are supported by existing track near the area where they are to be installed. Each mold will form a number of ties. Reinforcing strands are located within a plurality of longitudinally spaced molds. Concrete is then poured into the molds and the ties are formed bottoms up in the molds. A group of ties are simultaneously removed from a given mold by a special extractor which first simultaneously clamps the reinforcing strands extending outwardly from a given mold, and then lifts the strands as a group from the mold by a suitable crane. Preferably the center of gravity of ties is spaced from a pivot point which will cause 180.degree. rotation locating the ties in upright position to be loaded on a railway car or other vehicle to take them to the site where they are to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4773840
    Abstract: Prestressed concrete railroad ties are formed in molds which are supported by existing track near the area where they are to be installed. Each mold will form a number of ties. Reinforcement strands are located within a plurality of longitudinally spaced molds. Concrete is then poured into the molds and the ties are formed bottoms up in the molds. A group of ties are simulatenously removed from a given mold by a special extractor which first simultaneously clamps the reinforcing strands extending outwardly from a given mold, and then lifts the strands as a group from the mold by a suitable crane. Preferably the center of gravity of ties is spaced from a pivot point which will cause 180.degree. rotation locating the ties in upright position to be loaded on a railway car or other vehicle to take them to the site where they are to be installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4712735
    Abstract: In a prestressed concrete cross tie, a layer of steel reinforcements are located at or near the neutral axis of the cross tie section to minimize fatigue stress fluctuations. Deviation from the neutral axis is not great enough to cause stress fluctuations to exceed the endurance limit of the material. Because fatigue failure of prestressed concrete members is principally associated with reinforcement failure, increased fatigue life of the cross tie is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Steve L. Jantzen
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4696238
    Abstract: An end structure for a center stub sill railway car is disclosed in which diagonal side sill extensions incline inwardly from the side sills to the center stub sill side for transmitting the longitudinal train loads between the stub sill and the side sills with the side sill extensions constituting the only horizontal, longitudinal load path between the stub sill and the side sills. A truss is disposed in a vertical transverse plane for transmitting overturning moments between the end of the car and the center stub sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert H. Billingsley, Jr., Steven L. Jantzen, Walter E. O'Leary, John A. Krug
  • Patent number: 4690071
    Abstract: In a stub sill type railway hopper car the shear plate is eliminated and a truss arrangement is located in the end structure resulting in less weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert H. Billingsley, Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4504047
    Abstract: A support and lift assembly for welded tank courses is provided outboard of a three ring cage used to internally circumferentially weld adjacent tank courses. The support and lift assembly is used to move the welded tank courses into position for another course to be welded on. A tank course conveyor extends longitudinally outboard of the cage. The conveyor is discontinuous at one or more positions and a scissors support and lift assembly is located at such discontinuous positions. A piston is pivotably connected to one of the arms which extends generally horizontally into a cylinder pivotably connected to the other arm. A roller course support is rotatably mounted at the end of each arm to support welded tank courses. A second piston extends vertically between the base and one of the arms and extends into a second cylinder extending vertically and connected to the other of the base and the arm. A first vertical height limit switch is located on the upper surface of a jack in the center ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4368927
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for automatically releasing a railroad car hand brake (HB) normally maintained in its applied position. An air pressure activated cylinder (9) acts on a hand brake release (5) to release the hand brake. An air line (13) directs pressurized air from a pressurized air source to the air cylinder. A valve (27) connected in the air line is responsive to the source air pressure. The valve is normally closed but opens when source air pressure reaches a level sufficient to release the air brakes on the car. A draft load sensor (29) is positioned in the air line between the valve and air cylinder. The sensor normally blocks the air line, but unblocks it when a sufficiently great draft load is sensed. The hand brake is released only if source air pressure is sufficiently high and the draft load on the railroad car is sufficiently great.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert H. Billingsley, Steven L. Jantzen, James R. Zimmerle
  • Patent number: 4368928
    Abstract: Apparatus (1) for automatically releasing a railroad car hand brake (HB) normally maintained in its applied position. An air pressure activated piston (11) acts on a hand brake release (5) to release the hand brake. An air conduit (13) directs pressurized air from a pressurized air source to the air cylinder. A normally closed first valve (25) is connected in the air conduit between the source and the air cylinder. A normally closed second valve (29) is connected in the air conduit between the source and a control inlet of the first valve. A sensor (33) senses an inertial load on the car and opens the second valve when the inertial load sensed exceeds a predetermined acceleration factor. Air pressure directed to the control inlet of the first valve through the second valve, when it is open, opens the first valve if the air pressure level is sufficiently great to release the air brakes of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert H. Billingsley, Steven L. Jantzen, James R. Zimmerle
  • Patent number: 4353310
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention a center filler assembly is inserted into a railway car center sill and is permanently attached to the center sill. The center filler includes longitudinally spaced vertical plates which extend between the walls of the center sill. Spacer extensions integral with the vertical plates extend beyond the walls of the center sill and abut the bottom surface of the center sill flanges. A mounting plate extends longitudinally of the car between the center filler vertical plates. A mounting extension portion extends downwardly from the mounting plate having a non-round contour adopted to engage a cooperating non-round opening located in a wear member to be located in the truck bowl. Interengaging means are provided to removably lock the wear member in engagement with mounting plate and/or the mounting plate extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4353311
    Abstract: In accordance with the invention a center filler assembly is inserted into a railway car center sill and is permanently attached to the center sill. The center filler includes longitudinally spaced vertical plates which extend between the walls of the center sill. Spacer extensions integral with the vertical plates extend beyond the walls of the center sill and abut the bottom surface of the center sill flanges. A mounting plate extends longitudinally of the car between the center filler vertical plates. A wear member in adopted to be located in the truck bowl. Interengaging means are provided to removably lock the wear member is engagement with the mounting plate. This interengaging means preferably comprises slots in the wear member which engage the spacer extensions integral with the vertical plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4206709
    Abstract: Enclosed covered hopper cars are interconnected by conduits to form a partial or complete unit-train for liquid lading service, particularly liquid petroleum. The conduits are at least partially flexible to negotiate curves in the road bed. Preferably the conduits joining adjacent hoppers extend between openings located in the upper portion of the end hoppers. Preferably at the bottom of each hopper a hopper floor is removably attached to a hopper outlet mounting flange. The hopper floor includes a lading opening. A longitudinal tube is located below the lading openings, extending between the end floor sheets. A conduit extends from the upper portion of one end hopper in the car to the longitudinal tube to enable the cars to be unloaded by positive pressure applied to an end car of a group of cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1980
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven L. Jantzen, Dallas W. Rollins
  • Patent number: 4081651
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for supporting and rotating a pair of hollow tank sections of generally circular cross section, including scalene frusto-conical tank sections, during welding of the sections in end-to-end abutting relation to form an elongted tank. The apparatus includes three longitudinally spaced, axially aligned, rotatable rings which define a welding cage. The center ring includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced, radially directed jacks, each extendible the same distance regardless of the resistance encountered by a particular jack to force the abutting edges of the tank sections into a precise circular cross section and support and hold the abutting edges in aligned relation during rotation and welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1978
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert W. Randolph, Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4039115
    Abstract: Circumferentially spaced jacks for clamping and supporting a pair of tank sections in end-to-end relationship during welding include spring biased gripping members mounted on at least some of the tank engaging ends of the jacks which initially grip the surfaces of the tank sections and then move in a direction to force the ends of the tank sections together as the jacks are extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1977
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert W. Randolph, Steven L. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 4025034
    Abstract: A flux back-up assembly for a tank welding fixture is disclosed having a rotatable ring which supports a plurality of circumferentially spaced, radially extendible jacks for supporting and clamping hollow tank sections during welding of the sections in end-to-end abutting relation to form an elongated tank. The flux back-up assembly includes a continuous circular, flux receiving trough member formed of telescoping accurate sections attached to the extendible tank engaging ends of the jacks and adapted to telescope circumferentially whereby the continuous circular trough may expand or contract in diameter as the jacks are extended or retracted to accommodate tank sections of different diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1977
    Assignee: ACF Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert W. Randolph, Steven L. Jantzen