Trolley Rails Patents (Class 104/106)
  • Patent number: 9737275
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an X-ray diagnostic apparatus includes a first arm, a second arm, a holding structure, an X-ray tube and an X-ray detector. The first arm rotates by a first rotating shaft and slides along a first arc-like slide axis relatively to the first rotating shaft. The second arm rotates by a second rotating shaft and slides along a second arc-like slide axis relatively to the second rotating shaft. The holding structure is connected with a first arm side and configured to hold the second arm. The X-ray tube and the X-ray detector are installed on the second arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Kouji Noda
  • Patent number: 9644325
    Abstract: A cross-over switch system for switching a monorail vehicle between two fixed guideway beams is provided. The cross-over switch system includes two articulated beams and a median beam. Each one of the two articulated beams, constructed of a chain of pivotably interconnected segments, and is pivotably connected to a different one of the two parallel fixed guideways. The median beam, which is pivotable in its center, is located at a median distance between the two parallel fixed guideway beams. When in a switching mode, the median beam is pivoted and each segment of each articulated beam is also pivoted so that each one of the articulated beam abuts an opposed end of the median beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventors: Aleksandar Mancic, Peter Edward Timan
  • Patent number: 9352753
    Abstract: A support for a camera dolly comprising spaced-apart first and second rails comprised of longitudinal rail members. The first rail has a first seam between its rail members, and the second rail has a second seam between its rail members. The first seam in the first rail is directly opposed from a corresponding second seam in the second rail. The first and second seams have first and second leading edges formed at crowns on the first and second rails, and the leading edge of the first seam is offset longitudinally with respect to the leading edge of the corresponding second seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Michael W. Hall
  • Patent number: 9303854
    Abstract: An improved electrical rail system for removable and repositionable lighting or other electrical fixtures is disclosed in which electrical interface contacts are interleaved along the rail axis to provide a wide range of fixture pivoting angles around the axis and linear translation along the axis of the rail assembly. Track systems disclosed include linear electrode rails with substantially circumferential contacts configured to provide pivoting of luminaires around the rail in excess of 180 degrees to provide lighting fixture directional flexibility. Helical rail systems are also disclosed with a plurality of interleaved electrical contacts on the surface that coil around the axis of the rail providing continuous pivoting of fixtures. Embodiments include rails with axial symmetry that may be bent in directions perpendicular to the rail axis. Embodiments provide fixture functional switching through movement in a first direction followed by further movement of the fixture without functional switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: APEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Charles Albert Rudisill, Daniel John Whittle
  • Patent number: 8944238
    Abstract: A closed transport track, includes two tubular or rod-shaped guide rails (12, 14), which are arranged parallel to and substantially vertically on top of each other. At least one transport module (10) is connected to each guide rail (12, 14) via at least one support roll pair (46, 48), wherein the rolls of each support roll pair (46, 48) can be rotated about roll axes (a) which are substantially perpendicular to a guide rail axis (x) and include an angle of less than 180° and the rolls are seated against one of the guide rails (12, 14) in a detent position. The support roll pairs (46, 48) are non-positively seated against the guide rails (12, 14) via at least one force element (40), which acts on the support roll pairs (46, 48).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Baechle
  • Patent number: 8826824
    Abstract: A vehicle motion control system comprising: a sliding surface; a vehicle adapted to slide on said sliding surface; and a linear motor associated with the vehicle and the sliding surface for affecting sliding motion of the vehicle on the sliding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: HM Attractions Inc.
    Inventors: Richard D Hunter, Andreas Tanzer
  • Patent number: 8761972
    Abstract: In a track type protection system comprising an automatic steering mechanism and a fail-safe mechanism, provided is a detection mechanism which can detect a deviated value of a vehicle, widthwise of a track, and which is highly reliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunji Morichika, Katsuaki Morita, Masahiro Yamaguchi, Mitsuaki Hoshi, Kousuke Katahira
  • Patent number: 8672091
    Abstract: Personnel safety apparatus is provided on a machine to prevent users from falling while moving between access points on the machine. The apparatus includes a rail having a first end positioned adjacent a first user access point and a second end positioned adjacent a second user access point to define a rail path that spans a vertical elevation. A carrier is movably coupled to the rail and has a first mode, in which the carrier engages a fixed position on the rail, and a second mode, in which the carrier is permitted to move relative to the rail. A tether extends between a harness on the user and the carrier to secure the user to the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Rainey, Joshua Charles Bedyk, Dennis D. Wetterich
  • Publication number: 20140069291
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a transmission system of an LCD panel and an automatic crane thereof. The transmission system comprises a guide rail and a transmission apparatus. The transmission apparatus comprises a main body, an alarm unit, a main wheel disposed at the bottom of the main body, and a sensor disposed below the main body. The main wheel abuts to the guide rail so that the transmission apparatus can move along a preset direction of the guide rail. The sensor is for detecting whether the main wheel is abnormal The alarm unit is for generating an alarm when the sensor detects that the main wheel is abnormal. The present can achieve the real-time monitoring for the operation of the main wheel by disposing the sensor in order to timely detect the abnormality and generate an alarm when it is abnormal through the alarm unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Weibing Yang, Chunhao Wu, Kunhsien Lin, Yongqiang Wang, Zhiyou Shu, Minghu Qi, Zenghong Chen, Zhenhua Guo
  • Patent number: 8656349
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include systems and methods for template reverse engineering. In one embodiment, the present invention includes a computer-implemented method modifying templates in a code generation process comprising receiving a template for generating code, receiving a model for generating code, processing the template and the model in a code generator, and in accordance therewith, generating code based on the model and the template, receiving a modification to the generated code, and in accordance therewith, producing modified code, and automatically changing the template based on the modified code to produce a modified template, wherein processing the modified template and the model in the code generator automatically generates said modified code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Henrik Lochmann
  • Publication number: 20140000472
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement comprising a travelling mechanism girder and a running wheel block fastened detachably thereto, wherein the running wheel block is comprised of a housing with at least one connection surface and a running wheel which is mounted in the housing and protrudes out of the housing. To facilitate the exchange of running wheel blocks, alignment of the running wheel block with respect to the travelling mechanism girder is secured through the use of a machined groove, in which a machined plate is held in a form-fitting manner, arranged on the connection surface of the running wheel block. After the running wheel block has been properly aligned, the plate is fixedly connected to the travelling mechanism girder, maintaining the alignment. The invention also relates to a method for the installation of an arrangement consisting of a travelling mechanism girder and a running wheel block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: Demag Cranes & Components GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schlierbach-Knobloch, Richard Kreisner, Gregor Jansen
  • Patent number: 8584592
    Abstract: A guiding device includes a straight track, an arc track, and an interconnecting track joining the former two, where the interconnecting track has two opposite rolling contact surfaces, one with the profile being identical to that of the arc track and the other with a variable-curvatured profile. Only two rolling members are provided to roll on the side of the arc profile and only one rolling member is provided to roll on the side of the variable-curvatured profile, achieving a result that the rolling members driving a movement of a moving body remain contact with corresponding tracks in their rolling motion so as to improve stability and smooth transition of the device in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: National Tsing Hua University
    Inventors: Kuan-Lwun Shu, Long-Iong Wu
  • Publication number: 20130269565
    Abstract: A patient positioning system and a rail for use in the system. According to one embodiment, the system includes first and second stationary rails arranged parallel to one another. First and second sets of mounting assemblies are used to fix the first and second stationary rails, respectively, to a ceiling. A traverse rail is slidably coupled to the stationary rails. The system also includes a harness for holding a patient and a motorized assembly for raising and lowering the harness, the harness being slidably coupled to the traverse rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Dewey Darrow
  • Patent number: 8398000
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection element for running rails of a suspended track for receiving the running rails (2, 2?) and a securing device for securing the running rails (2, 2?) against being pulled out of the cavity (H, H?) and a running rail system having multiple running rails (2, 2?), which can be connected by connection elements (1; 11). The invention solves the problem of allowing simple and rapid tool-free mounting with a simultaneous secure connection of running rails of the running rail system in that the securing device of the connection element has at least one spring-elastic first connection claw (8; 12; 15), which projects diagonally in an insertion direction (E) of a first running rail (2) into the cavity (H) in the relaxed state, and/or by a running rail system having connection elements (1; 11) implemented in this way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Conductix-Wampfler GmbH
    Inventor: Georg Gramatte
  • Patent number: 8171856
    Abstract: A rail transport system includes a rail assembly having at least two rail modules; at least one angled tongue element disposed at an end of the at least two rail modules; at least one angled groove element disposed at an end of the other one of the at least two rail modules, the at least one angled groove element for receiving the at least one angled tongue element when the at least two rail modules are assembled together; and at least one transport device for running along the rail assembly and transporting articles from one location to another. The rail transport system may further include first and second chain-wrench assemblies for securing the at least two rail modules to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Arnal, Timothy T. Broderick
  • Patent number: 8146507
    Abstract: Disclosed is a crane rail made from a roll-formed steel sheet strip. Said crane rail altogether comprises a top flange and a bottom flange. A support flange that has a triangular cross-section is additionally embodied on the top flange. The edges of the steel strip are laser-welded to the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Konecranes Plc
    Inventor: Wilfried Hess
  • Patent number: 8091484
    Abstract: The present invention makes it easy to employ a floor surface aisle crossing a conveyance path in a conveyance system using a conveyance carriage 1 which travels on guide rails 7a and 7b laid on a floor surface 6 along the conveyance path, wherein at an aisle crossing section 14 in the conveyance path that the aisle on the floor surface crosses, a pit 15 is provided by digging down into the floor surface 6, and inside this pit 15, elevating guide rails 16a and 16b movable vertically parallel between a raised level at which the elevating guide rails connect the guide rails 7a and 7b before and after the pit 15 and a lowered level at which the upper surfaces of the elevating guide rails become flush with the floor surface 6 are disposed, and over the pit 15, a floor member 18 is laid so as to be flush with or substantially flush with the floor surface 8 while leaving elevating apertures for the elevating guide rails 16a and 16b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 7997207
    Abstract: A joint connector for the lower flanges of adjoining running rails is assembled from two abutment pieces that each is seated in a lower flange of a respective rail that forms the joint. By use of centering devices, the correctly aligned positioning of the two abutment pieces is assured, wherein the abutment pieces transfer their aligned positioning to the lower flanges that meet each other without offset at the joint and the positioning cannot be negatively affected by transverse forces. The connection also provides a positive-fit in a transverse direction of the rails. Another joint connector arrangement connects the two running rails in the region of the top side. Abutment pieces in this case are seated as riders on a support rib and are connected to each other by tension rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Stahl CraneSystems GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Hess
  • Publication number: 20110194900
    Abstract: Unstable ground is found in many situations in many locations around the world and causes such locations to be unsuitable for building without further support or stabilization. Unstable ground, such as landfills, can be used for beneficial purposes as opposed to laying dormant. A segmented ballast base support structure according to an embodiment of the present invention can be configured to support free-standing structures, such as solar power collection systems and wind turbines. The segmented ballast base support structure can be deployed at unstable ground sites without digging or expensive filling stabilization techniques. Segments of the base support structure can be precast at an offsite location and transported to a site in segments and sections. The segmented base support structure allows for a cost effective solution to digging, as well as an easier method of shipping and transporting structures that would otherwise have to be built on site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: William L. French, SR.
  • Patent number: 7980182
    Abstract: A rail transportation system particularly suited for transporting roofing materials upon an uncompleted roof. Sections of tubes form rails, allowing several rail cars carrying various roofing materials to transport those roofing materials from the edge of the roof to the point of installation. These tubes may be attached to one another, allowing tradespersons to further extend the range of the rails as the installation progresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy M. Pendley
  • Patent number: 7950331
    Abstract: A narrow slot roller and guide system for high density mobile storage systems having a plurality of storage units. The roller and guide system includes a longitudinally extending axial guide defining a first slot in a floor and a drive rail parallel thereto defining a second slot in the floor. The axial guide includes a roller arrangement adapted to engage a downwardly extending guide member coupled to the carriage of the storage units. The engagement of the roller arrangement and guide member serves as a guide for the storage units as the storage units are moved axially along the axial guide and drive rail. Further, the present invention limits the width of the first and second slots to a very narrow width, e.g. less than one half inch, thereby easily permitting disabled individuals to freely travel across a floor in which the roller and guide system is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Tourdot, Steven L. Janson
  • Publication number: 20110011401
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and method for delivering oxygen from an oxygen supply to a person in a convenient, sanitary and organized manner. The oxygen delivery system includes a rail attached to a surface of the room and a sliding trolley attached to the rail. An oxygen supply tube is attached to the oxygen supply and the trolley for transferring oxygen from the oxygen supply to the trolley. The system enables the person to move to various locations in the room while receiving oxygen from the oxygen supply through the oxygen supply tube, the trolley, a drop tube and a nasal cannula, or other breathing device connected to the trolley. The person may guide the trolley around the room by pulling the drop tube in the desired direction of travel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Joan Skovgard
  • Publication number: 20100282120
    Abstract: A rail for forming a track for a dolly, the rail including a roughly flat base (14), a crown (16) located operatively above the base for engagement by a wheel of a dolly, and two connecting webs (18, 20) fast with and connecting the base and the crown together, the webs converging towards each other away from the base, so that the rail has a generally' triangular profile when seen in end view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Guy Robert George Fredrick Micheletti
  • Patent number: 7765936
    Abstract: A transporting system with a fire door (100) is provided with: a rail (1) installed within a facility; a transporting carriage (3), whose wheel (4) is set so as to roll over a surface for rolling of the rail; a fire door plate (7) for segmenting a space within the facility in a direction intersecting the rail at a predetermined position of the rail; and a door plate moving device (8) capable of moving the fire door plate from an open position for the transporting carriage to pass through the predetermined position, to a close position for the fire door plate to segment the space. A first cut (1a) is formed obliquely with respect to a width direction of the rail when planarly seen on the surface for rolling, in the rail at the predetermined position. The fire door plate has a shape capable of passing through the first cut when being moved to the close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Muratec Automation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanao Murata, Senzou Kyutoku, Toshio Takasu
  • Patent number: 7752978
    Abstract: A guide assembly, a guide rail for a guide assembly, and a method for forming guide assemblies are provided. The guide rail includes a plurality of facets angularly spaced from one another such that guide wheels for use with a guide carriage can ride on the guide rails in varying angular orientations. The guide rail preferably includes a pair of running rails that include at least four facets that extend the longitudinal length of the guide rail. The method includes providing a plurality of identical guide rails and a plurality of different carriages that have different characteristics, such as the orientation at which the guide wheels of the carriages engage the guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Pacifiic Bearing Company
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7721654
    Abstract: The invention provides a stacker crane, configured to move on a single rail provided along one or more racks, includes: a first wheel that moves on the rail; a second wheel that moves on the rail, and that is disposed spaced apart from the first wheel in a fore-and-aft direction; a vehicle frame supported by the first wheel and the second wheel; first drive supported by the vehicle frame for driving the first wheel. The vehicle frame includes: a first support frame for supporting the first wheel and the first drive means; a second support frame for supporting the second wheel; and a connection frame that connects the first support frame and the second support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Daifuki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Ueda
  • Publication number: 20100005998
    Abstract: An I beam trolley that can move along an I beam
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Production Resource Group L.L.C
    Inventor: James Kempf
  • Patent number: 7603952
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rail and trolley apparatus having a trolley movable along a horizontally supported rail assembly for use as a fall protection or other load supporting system. The trolley is provided with pairs of wheels arranged to engage opposing bearing surfaces in each of two channels provided in the rail assembly. Each bearing surface has a central portion and two side portions shaped to fit flush against a curved edge surface of each wheel. This allows the wheels to bear against the surfaces in multiple directions, thereby allowing rolling motion of the trolley along the rail assembly as well as loading of the trolley in any direction not parallel to said motion. As a result, the apparatus can be oriented at any angle about a longitudinal axis thereof during installation, adding to the versatility and adaptability of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Captial Safety Group Winnipeg Ltd.
    Inventor: Jan Vetesnik
  • Patent number: 7584703
    Abstract: The invention concerns an overhead crane track which includes at least one crane track rail (1) and at least one carnage (2) guided on the crane track rail (1). The crane track rail (1) is composed of a plurality of portions of a hollow profile member. The carriage (2) is guided on a runway formed within the hollow profile member. The carriage (2) includes at least one electric drive which is supplied with power by way of a power feed provided within the hollow profile member. The carriage (2) is arranged displaceably by way of drive means arranged completely in the interior of the hollow profile member within same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Manfred Josef Wallner
  • Patent number: 7581502
    Abstract: In a branch section 1 or a merge section of a rail vehicle system, an auxiliary travel surface 17 on the straight lane side includes a deformed portion 54 where the height is increased for supporting an auxiliary wheel 6 of a traveling vehicle 2. The traveling vehicle 2 is supported by the auxiliary wheel 6 and guide rollers 24, 20 such that the traveling vehicle 2 is orientated horizontally in the left-right direction, or the branch lane side D of the traveling vehicle 2 is oriented slightly upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Nakao
  • Publication number: 20090101039
    Abstract: A balancer hoist has an electric servomotor driving irreversible gearing in turn driving a hoist chain drive. A float mode and a manual mode are provided using two independent load sensors for sensing the load weight and force applied to a control grip. A traversing control is produced by a tractor carriage rolling on an overhead rail connected to a trolley also traveling on the rail and supported on upper hoist assembly. A load sensor interconnects the tractor carriage and upon hoist assembly to sense forces created by an operator pulling on the chain, which are used to control an electric motor on the tractor carriage driving a pinion gear engaged with a gear rack on the overhead rail to positively drive the carriage, trolley and upper hoist assembly along the rail. A stationary dual hoist system is also described in which two hoist assemblies are interconnected by a chain and sprockets to provide synchronized operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: James Zaguroli, JR.
  • Patent number: 7437999
    Abstract: A side buffer 40 is provided on a side of a traveling rail 6 of an overhead traveling vehicle 8. Multiple levels of racks 41, 42 are provided. The overhead traveling means 8 has elevating and lowering means including components such as a linear guide 32 and a ball screw 26 for elevating and lowering a lateral movement unit 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Nakao
  • Patent number: 7409913
    Abstract: A single-axis programmable positioning device for positioning a work piece in a work area comprising. The device includes a rail with a pair of parallel channels, a trolley with bearing that ride in the rails, a work piece stop mounted to the trolley, a motor assembly that drives a drive sprocket. A chain extends from one of the bearings, through one channel, around the drive sprocket, through the second channel, around an idler sprocket, and back through the first channel to the bearing. A control panel controls the operation of the device. Optionally, the device includes a magnetic brake for maintaining the position of the trolley between movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Automec, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Brown, Richard Hersey, James Ofria
  • Patent number: 7370587
    Abstract: A carriage of a mobile storage system is adapted to support at least one storage unit for movement on a rail. The carriage generally includes a wheel mount structure, and a wheel mounting subassembly that includes a shaft having opposing ends, a wheel mounted to the shaft, and a first and a second mounting members that rotatably support the shaft. The wheel is located between the first and second mounting members such that the ends of the shaft extend outwardly from the first and second mounting members. The carriage further includes a cooperating mounting arrangement configured to non-rotatably mount the first and second mounting members to the wheel mount structure. The wheel extends downward from the wheel mount structure to engage the rail, and the ends of the shaft extend outward to engage a drive shaft that imparts rotation to the shaft and wheel so as to move the carriage on the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Spacesaver Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Janson, Brian R. Nemec, Steven S. Dingle
  • Patent number: 7363864
    Abstract: A mechanic's track creeper is described, which includes a body, and a rail interface coupled to the body, wherein the rail interface of the creeper is operatively engageable with a rail having a translational axis, wherein the rail interface of the creeper comprises a means for ensuring proper alignment of the rail interface relative to the rail, and wherein the creeper is enabled to translate from a first position to a second position along the translational axis of the rail. A track including such a rail is also described, with an elongated dimension defining a translational axis, wherein the rail interface of the creeper is operatively engageable with the rail, and wherein the creeper is enabled to translate from a first position to a second position along the translational axis of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Jonathan R. Broek
  • Patent number: 7290647
    Abstract: A guide apparatus has a standard end plate split into a pair of split parts that can be positioned with respect to each other with high accuracy and firmly secured to each axial end of a moving block body without fear of displacement during use. The guide apparatus has a moving block relatively movably attached to a track rail. The moving block body has in a section perpendicular to the axial direction a geometry that allows the moving block body to be assembled to the track rail at an intermediate part of the track rail. The end plate consists essentially of a pair of split parts that are splittable to right and left in the width direction of the end plate. One split part has a positioning pin projecting from a parting surface thereof. A positioning hole fittable with the positioning pin is provided in a parting surface of the other split part. The positioning pin is fitted into the positioning hole to form an end plate assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: THK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ishikawa, Kaoru Hoshide, Takashi Ogata, Shunji Matsutomi
  • Patent number: 7090059
    Abstract: A powered slide rail device including an electrode element extending along the lower rail thereof and a contact brush element provided in the upper runner rail element thereof which is slidably engaged with the lower rail. The electrode element is so arranged as to provide a sloped surface. The contact brush element, with which an output connector is electrically connected, projects from the upper runner rail element and contacts such sloped surface of electrode element. A biasing element may be provided to retain the contact brush element in contact with the sloped surface of electrode element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Susumu Hatta
  • Publication number: 20040007150
    Abstract: A safety rail system (1) which can be installed on a sloping roof (42) and provides a continuous rail to which a safety rail traveller (62) and associated safety line may be attached comprises one or more longitudinal base units (10) of substantially uniform cross section adapted to be fixed to the surface of a building, and one or more longitudinal rail units (30) of substantially uniform cross section adapted to allow the attachment of a safety rail traveller (62). The base units (10) and rail units (30) are provided with corresponding male and female continuous key portions (12, 36) to permit a base unit and a rail unit to interlockingly engage by longitudinal sliding action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: David Sutherland Gleave
  • Patent number: 6672223
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation mechanism on rail track, wherein sleepers 4 are laid out on gravel 5 on the ground. A first rail (mono rail) 3 for supporting the weight of a vehicle 1 is laid down on the sleepers 4. A second rail (guide rail) 7 is suspended from an upside-down L sectional shape column 8 at an upper position opposed to the lower position of the first rail 3, the vehicle 1 will not fall on its side because a wheel of a lower side carriage 2, is fitted closely to the first rail 3, and a wheel of an upper carriage 6 is fitted closely to the second rail 7. A plurality of vehicles 1 are connected to each other through couplers 9, whereby the vehicle 1 can be run safely and stably at high speeds on a centrifugally forced curved line because it can run at any inclination angle. Thus, risks such as yawing, rising, and derailing of the vehicle 1 can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Gen Date
  • Patent number: 6564722
    Abstract: A transport system includes a traveling rail (1) which constitutes a transport route and a transport body (3) which is capable of traveling on the traveling rail in the longitudinal direction of the traveling rail. Flexible drive tubes (5) are arranged on the traveling rail in the longitudinal direction of the traveling rail. The transport body includes a traveling wheel (4) which is capable of rolling on the traveling rail and drive wheels (2) which are capable of rolling on the drive tubes upon receiving the rotational drive power generated by pressure of a pressure medium supplied to the drive tubes while depressing the drive tubes. The traveling rail includes a plurality of transport sections and the transport body is capable of receiving a rotational drive force from the drive tubes at every transport sections. If necessary, a transport route changeover switch which changes over the transport route can be provided between the transport sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Nippon Shooter Ltd.
    Inventors: Kanji Kurosawa, Bunichiro Koga, Hideki Ito, Shigeru Kiriyama, Shizuo Higuchi
  • Publication number: 20030079640
    Abstract: A method of producing a macrocomposite linear guideway, wherein the “traditional” or existing rail material (e.g., hardened steel) is maintained as the wear resistant, low friction material in a layer having a surface intended to be in physical contact with one or more bearings, and further wherein this layer is supported by a substrate comprising a stiff, lightweight material. The wear resistant layer is attached to the substrate by a coating process. A linear guideway is also provided having a rail made of a lightweight stiff material on which is a hard bearing layer formed by a coating process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Kulicke & Soffa Investments, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Beatson, Eugene Walter Frasch
  • Publication number: 20020117076
    Abstract: The wheel and track system comprises conventional rails on which the head cross-section can be also circular, semi-circular or oval, using with these main conventional wheels or pulley wheels, which support most of the wagon weight, having a roughly semi-circular cross-section channel between the web and the skid of the rail on one or both sides, in which inclined wheels rest, which have a peripheral or edge curvature also of semi-circular cross-section, to avoid derailment and support a part of the weight. In this way the rail can be used with mixed type wheels simultaneously or with wheels of just one type, depending on the vehicle used. This rail can also be used by actual trains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Manuel Munoz Saiz
  • Patent number: 6431078
    Abstract: An autonomous transport system is disclosed, formed by four main subsystems: a channel subsystem; a vehicle subsystem; a wheel guide subsystem and central control station subsystem. The system is designed for the transportation of people or goods, to be used in tall buildings and in small and large scale urban environments. It comprises unitary vehicles that may move in different directions: horizontal, steeply sloped and also vertical tracks, thanks to novel traction wheel assemblies that roll on carefully designed wheel tracks. The system's cabin maintains the horizontal level/position regardless of the changes of track direction or slanting thanks to pendulum based automatic level control and may rotate up to 180° under normal conditions and even a full 360° turn respect to the wheel assembly in space restricted positions. The cabin is mounted on a cantilever, thereby displacing its center of gravity respect of the wheel guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Jorge Serrano
  • Patent number: 6360671
    Abstract: A friction drive system trolley conveyor includes a conveyor rail having a circular cross-section, laid along a conveyor line, multiple J-shaped rail suspension members that bear the undersides of the rail at intervals in the longitudinal direction, multiple, inverted J-shaped hook members that move along the rail, engaging the upper side of the rail, a driven bar hung between hook members for suspending a conveyed article, and a friction drive embracing the driven bar on both sides to effect conveying movement. The friction drive system trolley conveyor is able to convey heavy articles in a stable manner with minimum noise and without roll, is easily constructed, installed and maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventor: Atsushi Nakagami
  • Publication number: 20020029717
    Abstract: A trolley for track systems with essentially right-angled intersections is equipped with raisable and lowerable rollers which can be lowered to engage with, and raised to disengage with, one of the pairs of tracks. A common actuator (76,78) simultaneously lowers, in relation to the trolley, the rollers associated with one pair of tracks and raises the rollers associated with the intersecting pair of tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Publication date: March 14, 2002
    Applicant: Wilfried Strothmann GmbH & Co. KG, Maschinenbau und Handhabungstechnik
    Inventors: Wilfried Strothmann, Rainer Massow, Friedhelm Heinze
  • Publication number: 20020017215
    Abstract: A rail support plate for use in a rail support system. The plate has an open slotted hole on one side and a hole on its other side. This plate is placed over a set of opposed holes in a support structure. One of these opposed holes has a fixedly secured anchor bolt that can be easily engaged by the open slotted hole of the plate. A securing bolt is inserted into the hole of the plate and into the aligned hole of the support structure. This arrangement permits easy removal and/or addition of a rail support plate from underneath a rail without the need to remove the rail from the support structure. Several rail support plates can be used along the length of the rail whereby the anchor bolts are arranged in a staggered pattern relative to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2001
    Publication date: February 14, 2002
    Inventor: Godfrey Matthew Owen Molyneux
  • Patent number: 6338573
    Abstract: The present invention offers a universal guide device capable of using the sliders of conventional straight guide devices intact. The universal guide device does not need a different slider for each different radius of track rail. The universal guide device can be manufactured at lower cost than normal. This universal guide device in accordance with the invention comprises a track rail and sliders mounted to the rail via balls circulating through endless circular paths. The rail has at least one straight region and at least one curved region shaped in an arc with a given radius of curvature. Each of the sliders is of saddlelike cross section. The sliders span the rail. The sliders have ball-rolling surfaces shaped linearly. The curved region of the rail is set narrower than the straight region of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: THK Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidekazu Michioka, Hiroaki Mochizuki, Kaoru Hoshide, Minoru Kouchi
  • Patent number: 6324989
    Abstract: A load bearing material handling system including a rail having a hanger portion, a body portion defining a conduit extending for at least a portion of the length of the rail and a flange portion adapted to movably support a trolley thereupon. The flange portion includes at least one runway surface and at least one kick up surface disposed in spaced relationship with respect to the runway surface so as to define a mounting surface disposed therebetween and which is adapted to support an electrical bus along at least a portion of the length of the rail. The rail supports a pneumatic trolley having a pair of opposed frame members and a housing extending therebetween and which is adapted to supply air to a pneumatically actuated tool which is movably supported by the trolley along the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Three One Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Blake Taylor, Gary Haas, Stan Owsen
  • Patent number: 6305294
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for traveling on a closed track on the surface of a wall in which the moving platform can circuit along a rail forming a closed track while being maintained in the same orientation. To this end, a crawling-type moving apparatus is configured with a moving platform 4 moving along a guide rail 2 disposed on a wall surface W provided with supporting units 8A to 8D which can slide on the guide rail, a rotational member provided on the moving platform, to be driven to rotate by a driving mechanism, and a plurality of mating units for generating a driving force by mating with guide faces, which are curved in a cycloidal shape, of driving guides disposed on the wall surface, the mating units being disposed around the rotational member at the same distance from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Agency of Industrial Science and Technology
    Inventor: Satoshi Hashino
  • Patent number: 6269751
    Abstract: A length-variable sliding rail element enables a roller chain to be easily guided. Two complementary sliding rail elements fit together. Each of the sliding elements may be comprised of two or three segments. These various segments interengage each other to form a sliding rail element that is shiftable between collapsed and extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Julius Adolf Josef Hauck, Erwin Paul Josef Lehrieder