Cable Rails Patents (Class 104/112)
  • Patent number: 9630691
    Abstract: Systems and methods for deployment and retrieval of ocean bottom seismic receivers. In some embodiments, the system includes a carrier containing receivers. The carrier can include a frame having a mounted structure (e.g., a movable carousel, movable conveyor, fixed parallel rails, or a barrel) for seating and releasing the receivers (e.g., axially stacked). The structure can facilitate delivering receivers to a discharge port on the frame. The system can include a discharge mechanism for removing receivers from the carrier. In some embodiments, the method includes loading a carrier with receivers, transporting the carrier from a surface vessel to a position adjacent the seabed, and using an ROV to remove receivers from the carrier and place the receivers on the seabed. In some embodiments, an ROV adjacent the seabed engages a deployment line that guides receivers from the vessel down to the ROV for “on-time” delivery and placement on the seabed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FAIRFIELD INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: James N. Thompson, Clifford H. Ray, Glenn D. Fisseler, Roger L. Fyffe
  • Patent number: 9579578
    Abstract: A cable riding transporter having one or more drive sheaves in rolling contact with the upper side of a suspended cable and including a motor operatively engaging at least one of the drive sheaves for propelling the retriever along the cable and including a control for operating the motor and its direction of rotation and mechanism to interconnect the transporter with a load, such as a zip line trolley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Ronald Chasteen
  • Patent number: 9481376
    Abstract: In a bearing unit of a cable sheave of a cableway system, the cable sheave is arranged on a shaft which is mounted in bearings in a bearing framework. An inner ring or an outer ring of at least a first bearing is connected to the shaft. The outer ring or the inner ring of the first bearing is connected to an inner ring or an outer ring of a second bearing and is mounted in the bearing framework via the second bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Schmidinger, Guenther Primus
  • Patent number: 9387770
    Abstract: A charging apparatus is used for charging a storage battery. This charging apparatus includes a body connected to a power source, a connector connected to the storage battery, an electric cable connecting between the body and the connector, a support member provided in the body, and a holding member provided in the body. The electric cable includes a held member at a predetermined position in an intermediate portion of the electric cable. The support member supports the connector. The holding member detachably holds the held member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignees: DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED, DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nobuo Moribe, Yuji Tsuchiya, Hironobu Ando
  • Patent number: 9387409
    Abstract: A people moving system having a people pod and a cable support system attached to the people pod. The cable support system supports the people pod in the air and includes cables that are each connected at one end to the people pod and each connected to their own respective motor/winch system at the other ends. A computer control system is in signal communication with the motor/winch systems and allows the same to move the people pod in three (3) dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Jordan Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9376148
    Abstract: Provided herein is a caterpillar for cable mobile robot and a cable mobile robot using the same, the caterpillar for cable mobile robot and cable mobile robot including a case; a plurality of first rotating members configured to rotate and distanced from one another inside the case; a second rotating member configured to rotate and provided between the first rotating members; a belt member mounted to the first rotating members and the second rotating member; and a tension adjuster located between the second rotating members and the first rotating member, and configured to support the belt member at its lower part so that the tension of the belt is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Kyeong Ho Cho, Young Hoon Jin, Homoon Kim
  • Patent number: 9154673
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a camera transport device for movingly supporting a camera from a suspension line and various example cable camera systems. In some examples, the camera transport device includes a cart module, a motor transportation module, a pan/tilt module including a panning assembly and a tilting assembly, and at least one gear train configured to drive rotation of the panning assembly and pivot of the tilting assembly. In some further examples, the camera transport device selectively includes one of an open configuration cart or a closed configuration cart for engaging with the suspension line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Stone
  • Patent number: 9122130
    Abstract: A cable traversing camera carrying device is provided having a manifold and a camera carriage coupled to the manifold. The manifold includes a first side plate and a second side plate. The manifold also includes two idler pulleys coupled between the first and second side plates located at opposing sides of the manifold and adjacent the top side of manifold. The manifold further includes a drive pulley coupled between the first and second side plates operatively engaged by a remotely activated and controlled motor. The drive pulley is located in a middle portion of the manifold below a line defined between axes of the two idler pulleys. The two idler pulleys and the drive pulley are adjustable to adjust the tension in a cable operatively extending through and engaging the idler pulleys and the drive pulley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis J. Vegh
  • Patent number: 9045146
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the field of mechanical engineering and describes an automatically adjustable system of traverse rails with multiple characteristics that extend the useful life of the sustain by a minimum factor of four while providing redundant security backup to the rails allowing human passengers to move from one place to another in and easy and safe manner with a minimum of noise and vibration while providing the owner of the system benefits of lower maintenance cost and less exposure to financial risk. Also the system can be installed in a multitude of natural places without the need to cut or damage the environment. Using the same components this system offers other configuration options to increase the possibilities of installing a system with desirable characteristics over a greater number of inclinations. Combining the various components starting with a smooth rail as in FIG. 1 with the self-equalizing system FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Darren W. Hreniuk
  • Publication number: 20150083016
    Abstract: A cableway system for the transport of persons or goods has two pairs of track cables, which extend between two terminal stations, such as a valley station and a mountain station. Transport vehicles, such as gondolas, are moved along the track cables by at least one traction cable. The track cables run in a curved path in the region of at least one tower and the traction cable is guided in the region of the at least one tower via carrying rollers. At least some of the carrying rollers for the traction cable, which are located in the region of the at least one tower, are adjustable in terms of their position in relation to the two track cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: DIETMAR FESSLER, PETER LUGER
  • Patent number: 8985028
    Abstract: A multiple cable zip line ride is provided. The ride includes a support structure with a cross beam mounted to the support structure for routing and mounting of a plurality of cables of the zip line ride. The cables are mounted to the cross beam such that multiple users can travel simultaneously in the same direction along the cables. The cross beam provides for the mounting of additional safety cables and tensioning devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Experience Based Learning, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven R. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 8985027
    Abstract: A zip line or trolley system kit for propelling a person or an object using gravity along an extended cable line suspended between two trees or towers. The zip line system having a frame with one or more wheels, an adjustable length seat, a handle and a braking system for slowing the speed of descent of the zip line system. The trolley system having at least two wheels spaced apart at a suitable distance to increase ride smoothness and improve sliding of the zip line system along the extended cable. An actuator of the braking system allows for the rider to control of the speed of descent of the zip line system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alien Flier LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Douglas Brown
  • Patent number: 8961326
    Abstract: A suspended flying rig system including a plurality of cables attached to a load support. In response to retraction and/or deployment of at least one of the plurality of cables, motion is provided generally within a three-dimensional working space to the load support. The motion includes at least six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Publication number: 20150013564
    Abstract: The Radio Controlled Pulley includes a support line, a platform suspended from the support line, a propulsion system configured to cause the platform to move along the support line the propulsion system affixed to said platform, and having an optional control system for commanding said propulsion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Trantina
  • Patent number: 8899157
    Abstract: An aerial transport installation with back-and-forth movement includes two carrying-hauling ropes extending in two individual closed loops between two end terminals separated from one another by an intermediate station which is provided with a double pulley. The latter is provided with two grooves having different groove root diameters, such that the ratio of the diameters is equal to the ratio respectively of the axial distance between the first bull-wheel and the double pulley and of the axial distance between the second bull-wheel and the double pulley. The speeds of the vehicles are also different in the two loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Pomagalski
    Inventor: Luc Marnas
  • Publication number: 20140345489
    Abstract: In a bearing unit of a cable sheave of a cableway system, the cable sheave is arranged on a shaft which is mounted in bearings in a bearing framework. An inner ring or an outer ring of at least a first bearing is connected to the shaft. The outer ring or the inner ring of the first bearing is connected to an inner ring or an outer ring of a second bearing and is mounted in the bearing framework via the second bearing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Klaus Schmidinger, Guenther Primus
  • Patent number: 8869934
    Abstract: A shuttle member for a horizontal lifeline system having at least one elongate line attached between at least two anchorage points. The shuttle member includes: a body having: (i) an upper portion configured for attachment to the line by at least partially surrounding the line; (i) an intermediate portion that, together with the upper portion, defines at least one passage slit that is sized such that the elongate line cannot pass therethrough; and (iii) an attachment portion configured for attachment of at least a portion of a lanyard. A shuttle member arrangement and a passing method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Bodnar, Zoe Bridges, Nadeem Haidary, Jason Jura, Jung Hwan Park, Ruqian Zhou
  • Patent number: 8863668
    Abstract: A transport system includes a main cable, a track assembly, and a conveyance assembly, wherein the track assembly is suspended from the main cable to allow unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly. In another aspect according to the present invention, the track assembly has a track changing assembly that includes a track changing section rotatably coupled to a primary track section for selective alignment of the track changing section to any one of a plurality of exit track sections. A method of conveyance along a suspended track includes suspending a main cable between natural or artificial support structures, suspending a track assembly from the main cable, and mounting a conveyance assembly on the suspended track assembly to provide unimpeded translational movement of the conveyance assembly along the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Eco Adventure Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon T. Quattlebaum
  • Patent number: 8850988
    Abstract: An overhead installation for transporting people in an urban environment includes two carrying cables, which sag in curved manner and are spaced apart from one another, on which the rollers of the vehicle without a hanger arm run. Jacks with vertical displacement, controlled by a central unit, are placed in the connection between the rollers and the vehicle so as to reduce transmission of undesirable movements, resulting from the sag of the cables, to the car of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Creissels Technologies
    Inventors: Denis Creissels, Jerome Richard
  • Publication number: 20140261053
    Abstract: A line bypass system is provided having a guide wire. The line bypass system has a support structure defining a first channel, into which a first wire portion of the guide wire is received. The support structure has a second channel, extending parallel to the first channel, into which a second wire portion of the guide wire is received. The first channel is dimensioned to facilitate engagement of a robot with the first wire portion and the second channel is dimensioned to facilitate engagement of a robot with the second wire portion as the robot traverses the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Preformed Line Products
    Inventors: Adam Deel, Randy Cloud
  • Publication number: 20140208976
    Abstract: A driving wheel of a robot moving along a wire includes an inner wheel in which a rotation axis being driven to rotate by a motor is fitted, an outer wheel formed to surround the inner wheel and seated on the wire, and a shock absorbing support to elastically connect and support the inner wheel and the outer wheel between the inner wheel and the outer wheel, and a shock being transmitted is absorbed by allowing a relative movement of the inner wheel and the outer wheel by the elastic movement of the shock absorbing support. A robot moving includes a robot body, the driving wheel, a motor to drive the driving wheel by rotating the rotation axis, a connecting arm to connect and support the driving wheel and the robot body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: KOREA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Byeong In JUNG, Chang Hwan KIM, Taikjin LEE, Jae Hun KIM, Seok LEE, Sung Kee PARK
  • Patent number: 8736459
    Abstract: A control system and a method for a back-and-forth cable system is provided. The cable system includes a running cable, a first pulley and a second pulley, the pulleys being located at both ends of a course for guiding the running cable. A controllable motor assembly drives of the pulleys and a carrier is connected to the running cable, for pulling or towing a boarder. The control system includes first and second tracking devices to generate first and second tracking signal indicative of the rotation of the pulleys. Two limit positions along the course are stored in storing means and a controller has inputs to receive the first and the second tracking signals and inverts rotation of the controllable motor assembly when the two positions of the carrier detected go beyond either one of the two limit positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Ouellet
  • Patent number: 8707869
    Abstract: A cableway installation including a travel cable, a vehicle suspended therefrom, boarding and disembarking points, an aerial carrier configured to support and drive the travel cable, a mobile conductor disposed on the vehicle, a fixed conductor disposed on the aerial carrier adjacent to the travel cable and in an area proximate to at least one of the boarding and disembarking points, the fixed conductor including a first fixed contact element connected to a low voltage electric supply and a first plurality of flexible conductive contact wires extending from the fixed conductor along a longitudinal length of at least one side of the travel cable, where the mobile conductor is disposed so as to the contact the first plurality of flexible conductive contact wires and establish electrical contact with the first fixed contact element and with the low voltage electric supply when the vehicle is transported between the boarding and disembarking points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Sommital
    Inventors: Noel Blandon, Christophe Tambourin
  • Patent number: 8689699
    Abstract: An elevated bicycle-based transportation system comprises a bicycle, a front suspension member, connected to a front portion of the bicycle and having on the upper end a rolling, sliding, or gliding member, a rear suspension member, connected to a rear portion of the bicycle and having on the upper end a rolling, sliding, or gliding member, and an overhead track, which is a supporting member substantially horizontal in orientation, on which the rolling, sliding or gliding members of the suspension members rest. When suspended in this way, the bicycle can be ridden along the overhead track. When the suspension members are not suspended from the overhead track, the bicycle can be used in the normal manner, and at least one of the suspension members can be retracted, collapsed, folded, pivoted, detached, or otherwise modified by a simple operation, to be made less prominent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Laux
  • Publication number: 20140020592
    Abstract: An aerial transport installation with back-and-forth movement includes two carrying-hauling ropes extending in two individual closed loops between two end terminals separated from one another by an intermediate station which is provided with a double pulley. The latter is provided with two grooves having different groove root diameters, such that the ratio of the diameters is equal to the ratio respectively of the axial distance between the first bull-wheel and the double pulley and of the axial distance between the second bull-wheel and the double pulley. The speeds of the vehicles are also different in the two loops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI
    Inventor: Luc Marnas
  • Publication number: 20140007788
    Abstract: A cable transportation system has a pull cable; at least one transportation unit moving along a given path and connectable selectively to the pull cable by a coupling device; at least one passenger station where the transportation unit is detached from the pull cable; and an auxiliary drive device having a linear electric motor extending along a portion of the given path to move the transportation unit along the passenger station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Rolic International S.AR.L
    Inventors: Federico Bavaresco, Peter Leimstadtner
  • Patent number: 8607710
    Abstract: A cable-tow system including a skiing surface. A drive tower, including a drive pulley, and a support tower, including a return pulley, are positioned on a periphery of the skiing surface. The cable-tow system further includes a stationary support cable spanning a first distance between the drive tower and the support tower. A movable drive cable spans a second distance between the drive pulley and the return pulley. The movable drive cable travels in an orbital fashion between the drive pulley and the return pulley. A truck is connected to the movable drive cable and includes at least one race pulley. The at least one race pulley engages the stationary support cable. A tow rope is connected to the truck and includes a handle for towing a skier. Movement of the movable drive cable moves the truck along a length of the stationary support cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jack Farr
  • Patent number: 8601951
    Abstract: A self-cooling trolley includes a wheel formed of a non-ferromagnetic material with a groove between two flanges disposed on a circumference. At least one pair of magnets are disposed in proximity to the wheel. Each pair of magnets comprises a north magnet with a north magnetic pole in proximity to the wheel and a south magnet with a south magnetic pole in proximity to the wheel. The at least one pair of magnets generate an eddy current within the rotating wheel opposing an angular motion of the wheel. Self-cooling means is provided on the wheel to generate an air flow toward and/or away from the wheel as the wheel rotates. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Shawn Lerner
  • Publication number: 20130319280
    Abstract: A cable transportation system having a rolling track extending along a designated path; a trolley configured to roll along the rolling track; a haul cable extending along the designated path and selectively connectable to the trolley; and at least one roller assembly having a frame, a plurality of rollers fitted movably to the frame, and elastic members located between the frame and the rollers to enable the rollers to assume a first operating position contacting the haul cable, and a second operating position lower than the first operating position and contacting the trolley as the trolley runs along the roller assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Rolic International S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Hartmut Wieser, Nikolaus Erharter
  • Publication number: 20130312633
    Abstract: A system of devices facilitate the uninterrupted transport of a payload of persons (110) or cargo along a guide cable (180), or zip line, suspended from at least two support structures (120). Transfer mechanisms (800, 810) allow the cable to loop to a starting location or to transport between discrete endpoints. A trolley (200) carrying the payload may be powered by gravity alone, or a motorized assist may allow the cable course to be traversed without regard to relative elevations of cable supports. A motor may serve as a regenerative speed governor or braking device to charge a power supply for travel against gravity. The system enables one or more riders (110) to travel along the guide cable (180) at velocities desired for recreational purposes while assuming many body positions, such as prone, sitting or standing, to provide the sensation of flying like a bird.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Martin C. Tilley
  • Patent number: 8578858
    Abstract: The transport installation with an aerial cable (2) for moving along a path, comprises a maintenance vehicle (1) provided with a gondola (4) mounted on a suspending rod (5) connected to the cable (2) by means of a fastener (9). The maintenance vehicle (1) moreover comprises a gangway (6) mounted on the suspending rod (5). A guiding rod (11) is fixed to the gangway (6) at one of its ends, and is connected to the cable (2) at its opposite end. The gangway (6) has a structure extending in the direction of displacement of the maintenance vehicle (1), and is pivotingly mounted on the suspending rod (5) so as to form an articulated bascule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Pomagalski
    Inventors: Jean Philippe Drogo, Philippe Martin, Franckie Tamisier
  • Publication number: 20130263756
    Abstract: The method of independent control of the drum of the load lifting/lowering line or the main line in each carriage in the system of cableway carriages which are driven by an endless line or by a movable line that rotates or moves in an optional direction, so that in each cableway carriage the drum is controlled independently in superimposed time, and the operation of each cableway carriage is independent from the other carriages in the system of the cableway carriages, while the way of the load lifting/lowering line or the main line drum control in the cableway carriage system is assured by the endless line (3) or by the movable line (3), which rotates or moves in the cableway system in the same direction (optional according to the needs); the drive of the drum is actuated, according to the needs, in all carriages through which the endless line (3) or the movable line (3) passes; in each carriage the endless line (3) or the movable line (3) actuates the rotation of the sheave (9) in the direction of the rotati
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Stefan Ilcik, Vladimir Stollmann, Jozef Suchomel
  • Publication number: 20130239841
    Abstract: A trolley transport system comprising at least two supports aligned in proximity to the cable, a pulley rotatably mounted to each support, a drive motor in mechanical communication with one of the pulleys, a continuous loop line suspended from the pulleys, an attachment device secured to the line, a connecting line secured to the attachment device; and a transport block slidably mounted on the cable and removably attached to the connecting line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Adventure Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Blair Boren
  • Patent number: 8534196
    Abstract: A cable transportation system has a pull cable; at least one transportation unit moving along a given path and connectable selectively to the pull cable by a coupling device; at least one passenger station where the transportation unit is detached from the pull cable; and an auxiliary drive device having a linear electric motor extending along a portion of the given path to move the transportation unit along the passenger station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Rolic Invest S.AR.L
    Inventors: Federico Bavaresco, Peter Leimstadtner
  • Patent number: 8528179
    Abstract: A method and a device for exchanging roller batteries on supports of cableway installations, include driving a service vehicle towards the support, lifting a cable which runs on the roller battery from the roller battery, then dismounting the roller battery and installing a new roller battery and finally relaying the cable on the roller battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Kohler, Stefan Linder, Josef Sutter
  • Patent number: 8522689
    Abstract: A cableway system has a conveying cable that is guided via a head wheel pulleys in the two terminal stations of the system. Vehicles, such as gondolas or chairs, are coupled to the conveying cable between stations, and they are guided through the stations by way of travelling-gear mechanisms. In the stations, the vehicles are moved by way of tire wheels or control tires, and the tire wheels are driven by at least one supporting roller for the conveying cable. The supporting roller is located in the relevant station. The at least one of these supporting rollers for the conveying cable via which the drive power of the control tires is derived from the conveying cable is adjustable in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Beck
  • Patent number: 8511234
    Abstract: A device and system for towing snow sleds either alone or with one or more riders along the surface of a snow cover slope to a higher position includes a tow cable extending continuously along a closed loop path between the starting position and the arriving position along the slope. Tow cable pulleys are located at the starting position and the arriving position upon which the cable is supported and driven. A drive motor is operatively connected to one of the cable pulleys and operating to rotatingly drive the pulley to drive the cable through the closed loop path. One or more tow hooks are connected in series at spaced intervals to the tow cable for conjoint movement therewith. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Leonard Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130206032
    Abstract: A display system is easily attached to the safety bar of a chair on a chair lift system at the beginning of a season. The display system includes brackets formed of rails holding clamp portions that may be fastened together to clamp the display system to a chair, such as to the safety bar across the lap of a rider. At the end of a season, the display system may be removed from each chair, the clamp portions removed, and the display systems stacked. In one simplified system, adjacent displays may be stacked back to back, and such adjacent pairs may be stacked with the displays in adjacent pairs positioned face-to-face. Thus, metal brackets on the backs need not scratch up the reading faces or surfaces. Meanwhile, the displays may be stored in minimal space, with great stability, while minimizing wear and damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Christian R. Ahrens
  • Patent number: 8505461
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a diverter system to allow a line inspection robot to traverse an object. The diverter system includes a first diverter attached to a shield wire, a second diverter attached to the shield wire at a position spaced from the first diverter, and a bridge having a first end connected to the first diverter and a second end connected to the second diverter. The first diverter disengages the robot from the shield wire and onto the bridge and the second diverter disengages the robot from the bridge and onto the shield wire to allow the robot to traverse the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Phillips, Mark Major, Glynn R. Bartlett
  • Patent number: 8505462
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the field of mechanical engineering and describes an automatically adjustable system of traverse rails with multiple characteristics that extend the useful life of the sustain by a minimum factor of four while providing redundant security backup to the rails allowing human passengers to move from one place to another in and easy and safe manner with a minimum of noise and vibration while providing the owner of the system benefits of lower maintenance cost and less exposure to financial risk. Also the system can be installed in a multitude of natural places without the need to cut or damage the environment. Using the same components this system offers other configuration options to increase the possibilities of installing a system with desirable characteristics over a greater number of inclinations. Combining the various components starting with a smooth rail as in FIG. 1 with the self-equalizing system FIG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Darren W. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8494694
    Abstract: A mass transportation system for efficiently transporting a plurality of passengers along a predetermined path from a loading station to an unloading station. The transportation system generally includes a support structure, a track positioned above ground level via the support structure, and a carrier vehicle operable along the track. A first control module operable by a passenger is located outside the carrier vehicle upon a loading station for signaling the carrier vehicle to stop along the track at the loading station and a second control module operable by the passenger is located inside the carrier vehicle for signaling the carrier vehicle to stop along the track at an unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond Dueck
  • Publication number: 20130098260
    Abstract: An overhead installation for transporting people in an urban environment includes two carrying cables, which sag in curved manner and are spaced apart from one another, on which the rollers of the vehicle without a hanger arm run. Jacks with vertical displacement, controlled by a central unit, are placed in the connection between the rollers and the vehicle so as to reduce transmission of undesirable movements, resulting from the sag of the cables, to the car of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: CREISSELS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventors: Denis Creissels, Jerome Richard
  • Patent number: 8393276
    Abstract: A cable transportation system has a pull cable; at least one transportation unit moving along a given path and connectable selectively to the pull cable by a coupling device; at least one passenger station where the transportation unit is detached from the pull cable; and an auxiliary drive device having a linear electric motor extending along a portion of the given path to move the transportation unit along the passenger station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rolic Invest S.ar.L.
    Inventors: Federico Bavaresco, Peter Leimstädtner
  • Patent number: 8359980
    Abstract: A cable railway system has a conveying cable, which in the two end stations of the system is guided over a respective deflection pulley. Transport vehicles, which can be coupled to the conveying cable and are configured with a clamping device and with a running gear. The vehicles are coupled to the conveying cable along the route and are guided in the stations by way of the running gear along guide rails. There, the passengers disembark and board. The movement of the vehicles in the stations is governed by control tires, which are drivingly coupled to one another by gear mechanisms. The drive power of the control tires is taken from at least one support roller for the conveying cable, which support roller is located in the station. The support roller for the conveying cable via which the drive of the control tires is derived from the conveying cable by way of at least one drive belt is elastically mounted on a rigidly fastened axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Beck
  • Patent number: 8336463
    Abstract: A zipline trolley system comprises a cable, trolley, launcher, and a catch block. The launcher is fixed on the cable and comprises a substantially cylindrical inner body with a rigid outer body adapted to rotate about the inner body. A return spring attaches the inner body with the outer body. The catch block is also fixed on the cable and comprises a block with left and right retaining arms pivotably connected to the block and adapted to clasp onto the front plate of the frame of the trolley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Skyline Zipline Global, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin G. Smith
  • Patent number: 8333155
    Abstract: A trolley for traveling along a cable may include a frame having a first end, a second end, and a rail extending therebetween. A user may suspend from the frame in a harness, leveraging the user's weight about a fulcrum suspended by a sheave rolling along the cable. Opposite the user, across the fulcrum, a brake shoe or pad pivotably connected to the frame may be controlled by a user shifting weight, a trim brake adjustable by the user, or both to control a braking force generated by the trolley between the brake pad and the cable. Trim braking may be set to stop the trolley on any incline, roll with a constant braking bias, or roll freely. User-weight leveraging may be dynamically adjusted by a user likewise by selectively weighting a harness, weighting a handle and tether to draw the user's weight toward the fulcrum, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Zipholdings, LLC.
    Inventor: Eric C. Cylvick
  • Patent number: 8327770
    Abstract: A trolley for transporting the rider supported by a harness on a cable or rope, the trolley having a mounting plate configured with a connection point to receive the rider's harness, a pulley rotatably mounted to the mounting plate to support the plate on the cable or rope, and a friction shoe mounted on the plate forward of the pulley to contact the upper portion of the cable or rope, wherein the connection point is located beneath the cable or rope between the centers of the pulley and the friction shoe. The apparatus may also provide a manually operated brake handle to allow the rider to selectively apply braking force to reduce the speed of the trolley on the cable as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel Blair Boren, Brett J. Epstein, Jason B. Hickman, David J. W. Lovinger, Gary P. Prus, James R. Wilson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8302537
    Abstract: A cable transportation system includes a first cable suspended over a ground surface, a vehicle supported above the ground surface by the first cable, wherein the vehicle has one or more grooved wheels for riding along the first cable, a frame supported from above by the one or more grooved wheels, and at least one vehicle guide that extends below the grooved wheels, and a junction bracket that has a ramped section, a mid portion section connected to the ramp section, and a rail portion provided on both the ramped section and the mid portion section, wherein the junction bracket is connected to the first cable so that at least an end portion of the ramped section is parallel to and directly above the first cable and the grooved wheels transition from the first cable onto the rail portion when the vehicle engages the junction bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Eco Adventure Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Gordon Thomas Quattlebaum
  • Publication number: 20120240812
    Abstract: The transport installation with an aerial cable (2) for moving along a path, comprises a maintenance vehicle (1) provided with a gondola (4) mounted on a suspending rod (5) connected to the cable (2) by means of a fastener (9). The maintenance vehicle (1) moreover comprises a gangway (6) mounted on the suspending rod (5). A guiding rod (11) is fixed to the gangway (6) at one of its ends, and is connected to the cable (2) at its opposite end. The gangway (6) has a structure extending in the direction of displacement of the maintenance vehicle (1), and is pivotingly mounted on the suspending rod (5) so as to form an articulated bascule.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI
    Inventors: Jean Philippe DROGO, Philippe MARTIN, Franckie TAMISIER
  • Patent number: 8240254
    Abstract: A system comprising a cable held in suspension and a trolley traveling along the cable. The trolley may include a brake pad positioned to contact the cable. The brake pad may include a plurality of segments contacting the cable. A first such segment may be formed from a first material. A second such segment may be formed from a second material, distinct from the first material. The sequence, composition, gaps, and the like of the plurality of segments may be selected to provide a desired resistance to wear, frictional coefficient, all-weather braking, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Eric C. Cylvick