Monorail Patents (Class 104/118)
  • Patent number: 9738291
    Abstract: A solar railway system includes a monorail guideway structure elevated above ground and extending along a rail travel direction. The guideway structure has a hollow body extending in the rail travel direction and containing utility infrastructure. A walkable thoroughfare is within the hollow body for allowing worker access to the utility infrastructure. A solar energy collector is positioned on the guideway structure and is in electrical communication with the utility infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: REILLY QUINN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peter H. Diebel, Jeffrey Gordon Soper
  • Patent number: 9732740
    Abstract: A cylinder includes a curved cylinder body, a first support member, and a piston assembly. The curved cylinder body defines a gas chamber passing through opposite ends. The first support member includes a support housing slidably mounted on the outer circumferential surface of the cylinder body and a first permanent magnet securely mounted in the support housing. The piston assembly received in the gas chamber includes a first piston member and a second piston member rotatably coupled to the first piston member. The first and second piston members respectively have a second permanent magnet which is arranged to be attracted to the first permanent magnet. When the piston assembly moves along the curved cylinder body from the first end to the second end in the gas chamber, the first support member moves with the piston assembly on the outer circumferential surface of the curved cylinder body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yu-Ching Liu, Wei-Da Yang, Li-Quan Zhang, Qing Cai, Zhi-Jun Peng, Li Li
  • Patent number: 9610817
    Abstract: An unmanned air module includes one or more rotors, engines, a transmission and avionics. Any of several different ground modules may be attached to the air module. The air module may fly with and without the ground module attached. The ground module may be manned. The air module may have two rotors, which may be ducted fans. The air module may include a parachute, an airbag and landing gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventors: John W. Piasecki, Frederick W. Piasecki, Brian Geiger, Douglas Johnson, David Pitcairn
  • Patent number: 9380708
    Abstract: In order to transport a flat material to be treated (21) in an installation for the chemical and/or electrochemical treatment of said material, within which the material to be treated (21) is transported within a plane of transport in a direction of transport (5), holding means (22, 25) are attached to said material to be treated (21). The holding means (22, 25) hold the material to be treated (21) at at least two points on an edge region of said material, which edge region is directed along the direction of transport (5) when said material to be treated (21) is being transported. The holding means (22, 25) are coupled in a detachable manner to a transporting device (41) which moves said holding means (22, 25) in the direction of transport in order to transport the material to be treated (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Henry Kunze, Christian Thomas
  • Patent number: 9371206
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a horizontal strip accumulator in a continuous processing strip line, comprising a looping carriage riding on a pair of external rails (6) and a plurality of adjacent strip supporting roll carriages (1) riding on the same external rails (6) to support the strip (10) between the looping carriage and a strip feeding location, wherein the strip supporting carriages (1) have a horizontal triangular lower part (2) and a vertical framework (3), the triangular lower part (2) having an open transverse base (15) opposite to an apex (14), to allow the telescoping of the strip supporting carriages (1) in the internal triangular space between the open base (15) and the two other triangular sides rejoining at the opposite apex (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie S.A.
    Inventor: Thomas Ottmer
  • Patent number: 9360740
    Abstract: A payload stabilizer suitable for use with video camera payloads. The stabilizer has a feedback system providing supplemental torques to the payload through a gimbal while remaining responsive to direct operator control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Steven D. Wagner, Garrett W. Brown
  • Patent number: 9333976
    Abstract: A track displaceable service vehicle replaces individual worn or damaged idlers with new idlers in the upper run and lower run of a belt conveyor with rising or falling conveying route, in which there is little space for the use of the service vehicle for replacing the idlers. The service vehicle accommodates a magazine for new and worn idlers and auxiliary devices for lifting the belt and removing old and for installing new idlers. A platform carries service personnel, and can be brought into a horizontal position in case of an inclined travel route of the service vehicle. The replacing of worn or defective idlers takes place in certain cycles in which the entire segment of the belt conveyor is removed and all worn and defective idlers are replaced. The service vehicle has a drive and is suitable for long tunnel sections (conveying routes which extend over several kilometers).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: TAKRAF GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Kahrger, Mario Dilefeld, Steffen Vollrath
  • Patent number: 8939085
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for gravity-augmented preload of drive wheels in a monorail vehicle travelling along a guide rail bearing and contact surfaces that are non-parallel with the gravity vector. The vehicle has a structure defining a pivot location against the bearing surface, as well as first and second assemblies for engaging the rail on the bearing and contact surfaces, respectively. The vehicle is mounted so its center of gravity is at a rear longitudinal offset rrl from the pivot location and a vertical offset rvert from the guide rail. A force and moment balance thus created in a normal load on a drive wheel engaged with the bearing surface at the pivot location, where the load value exceeds a standard normal load generated by the mass of the monorail vehicle alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: QBotix, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Camp, Benjamin D. Sumers, Ryan P. Feeley
  • Patent number: 8833263
    Abstract: A track system includes a track 1 and one or more carriages 10 having bearing wheels engaged with the track such that the carriages can travel along the track. Each carriage has a single bearing 12 engaged with the inner side of the track and a pair of bearing wheels 13, 14 engaged with an opposite side of the track. The width of the track between the two sides varies such as to maintain a tolerance better than 0.05 mm between the bearing wheels and the respective sides of the track. The load capacity of the carriage can be increased and centred by making the single bearing 12 larger than the other two bearing wheels 13 and 14. The track 1 may be machined in one piece, optionally with an integral base plate. In another embodiment the track has spaced inner and outer sections with a rack engaged by a drive pinion mounted on the carriage between the two sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hepco Slide Systems Limited
    Inventors: Peter James Fanshawe, Steven Philip Rendall
  • Publication number: 20140230686
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for gravity-augmented preload of drive wheels in a monorail vehicle travelling along a guide rail with a bearing and contact surfaces that are non-parallel with the gravity vector. The vehicle has a structure defining a pivot location against the bearing surface, as well as first and second assemblies for engaging the rail on the bearing and contact surfaces, respectively. The vehicle is mounted so its center of gravity is at a rear longitudinal offset rrl from the pivot location and a vertical offset rvert from the guide rail. A force and moment balance thus created results in a normal load on a drive wheel engaged with the bearing surface at the pivot location, where the load value exceeds a standard normal load generated by the mass of the monorail vehicle alone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: QBotix, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Camp, Benjamin D. Sumers, Ryan P. Feeley
  • Patent number: 8807048
    Abstract: A personal rapid transit (PRT) system that comprises a very economic triple rail topology for bi-directional urban personal transport. All the ramps are implemented always on the one side of the tracks for the sake of the narrow urban spaces accommodation. In order to achieve fast speed direction changes and a non compromised passenger security, the ramps are implemented as parallel lines to the corresponding tracks, and the vehicles do not use any wheel steering or electromagnetic heads. Instead, a landing wheel gear is implemented, and all the wheels are synchronized by speed before touching the rails. The vehicle's center of masses is constantly maintained to be found in most cases in one plain with the guideways. In case of emergencies, a special “anti-fall down” security system keeps the vehicle on the rails. The vehicles are capable of making all kind of turns by utilizing the highly compact Direction Change Connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Valentin Hristov Ivanov, Daniel Valentinov Ivanov
  • Publication number: 20140217258
    Abstract: The invention relates to a movement system that is associated with a wrapping machine for wrapping a load with a film including at least one operating unit for performing operations on the load or on the film. The system includes shuttles that are movable for supporting and moving the operating units along a path at least between an operating position in which the operating units can perform operations on the load or on the film or can interact with the wrapping machine, and a inactive position in which the operating units are outside a working zone of the wrapping machine in order not to interfere with the operation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: AETNA GROUP, S.P.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Cere', Mirko Casalboni
  • Publication number: 20140174315
    Abstract: Monorail vehicle that travels on a non-featured rail with substantial profile variation and controls roll attitude, lateral location, and loading through judicious placement of the vehicle's center of gravity without using springs or suspensions. The vehicle has a bogie for engaging the non-featured rail so the center of gravity has a lateral offset r1 from the rail centerline to produce a roll moment Nr determined by vehicle's mass and value of r1. The center of gravity also has a vertical offset r2. The bogie uses first and second assemblies for engaging the rail to produce a pair of surface normal reaction forces to thus control roll attitude and loading by the placement of the center of gravity, thereby enabling accurate alignment of the monorail vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: QBotix, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Camp, Benjamin D. Sumers, Ryan P. Feeley, Kevin T. Mori, Daniel l. Fukuba, Wasiq Bokhari
  • Publication number: 20140158013
    Abstract: A solar railway system includes a monorail guideway structure elevated above ground and extending along a rail travel direction. The guideway structure has a hollow body extending in the rail travel direction and containing utility infrastructure. A walkable thoroughfare is within the hollow body for allowing worker access to the utility infrastructure. A solar energy collector is positioned on the guideway structure and is in electrical communication with the utility infrastructure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: PETER H. DIEBEL
  • Patent number: 8733252
    Abstract: An electrified monorail assembly includes a track having a length, a plurality of electrically conductive buss bars disposed along the length of the track, and a controller disposed on the track. The controller is in electrical communication with the plurality electrically conductive of buss bars, and configured to selectively energize the plurality of electrically conductive buss bars. The assembly further includes a proximity sensor disposed on the track and in communication with the controller, the proximity sensor configured to detect the presence of a trolley assembly on the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Hans E. Rodgers, Ronald J. Benish, Robert J. Walkerdine, John P. Pasto
  • Patent number: 8671474
    Abstract: A patient lift support frame assembly, comprising a patient-lift-carrying member, and first and second support members for carrying the patient-lift-support member. The support members are telescopically configured, and can be extended manually, with an actuator to push a ceiling pad against a ceiling for greater stability. The support member are selectively lockable against being shortened, using gears and a cam, or other lock. The ceiling bearing element is spring loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Prism Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark P. Chepurny
  • Patent number: 8661987
    Abstract: A transport system according to the invention comprises a guide device having a first guide rail in the form of a first pipe (11) and a second guide rail in the form of a second pipe (12). The transport system comprises a toothed driving disk (330), which is engaged with an engagement element (340) extending along the lower pipe (12) and forms a positive drive. The engagement element (340) comprises counter-toothing, disposed along the pipe (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventors: Richard Urich, Juerg Jakob
  • Publication number: 20130333587
    Abstract: A modular, electrified monorail system upon which at least one motorized trolley assembly may be propelled along. The system may incorporate a plurality of rail assemblies adapted to be coupled adjacent to one another to form a generally continuous track. Each rail assembly may make use of an electrified track adapted to provide an electrical signal from an electrical power source to at least one electrical conductor extending coextensively along the electrified track. A controller may be mounted on the electrified track. The controller may be configured to selectively apply and remove the electrical power from the electrified track to control propulsion of the motorized trolley assembly along the electrified track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: FATA AUTOMATION, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Jay Benish, Robert Joseph Walkerdine
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8578861
    Abstract: The invention is a carriage traction vehicle for use with a monorail. The vehicle is self-propelled along the monorail by one or more motors engaging a fixed rack attached to the monorail. The carriage traction vehicle may include one or more of the following features: a cabin, a counterwheel assembly, a platform assembly, a leveling control system, a motor system, a tilt mechanism, and a safety assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Publication number: 20130291701
    Abstract: A cutting system for longitudinally cutting a pipe is provided. The cutting system includes a removable track and a crawler arrangement. The removable track includes: a longitudinal base, first and second races, and an adjustable mounting arrangement. The crawler arrangement is configured to follow the track and carry at least one cutting device. The crawler arrangement includes first and second guides and a tool mounting mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Robert F. Doane
  • Publication number: 20130192487
    Abstract: A track system includes a track 1 and one or more carriages 10 having bearing wheels engaged with the track such that the carriages can travel along the track. Each carriage has a single bearing 12 engaged with the inner side of the track and a pair of bearing wheels 13, 14 engaged with an opposite side of the track. The width of the track between the two sides varies such as to maintain a tolerance better than 0.05 mm between the bearing wheels and the respective sides of the track. The load capacity of the carriage can be increased and centred by making the single bearing 12 larger than the other two bearing wheels 13 and 14. The track 1 may be machined in one piece, optionally with an integral base plate. In another embodiment the track has spaced inner and outer sections with a rack engaged by a drive pinion mounted on the carriage between the two sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: HEPCO SLIDE SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: HEPCO SLIDE SYSTEMS LIMITED
  • Publication number: 20130167751
    Abstract: A sortation system has a track forming a continuous loop, an article-conveying car positioned on the track and configured to move along the track, a system controller, a communication station positioned near the track for communicating with the article-conveying car and the system controller, a portable bin positioned adjacent the track, the portable bin comprising a bin communication device configured to wirelessly transmit bin status information to the article-conveying car when the car is proximate to the bin, where the article-conveying car is configured to wirelessly relay received bin status information to an off-car communication device at the communication station when the car is proximate to the communication station, and where the bin communication device is attached to the portable bin, and the portable bin is operably positionable substantially anywhere along at least a portion of the track. Additionally, the car may wirelessly transmit instructions and information to the bin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: CROSS BELT IP, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Cross Belt IP, L.L.C.
  • Publication number: 20130118371
    Abstract: A rail conveyor system combining the low friction attributes of railway transportation with the continuous bulk handling advantages of belt conveyors, uses a multiplicity of spaced carriages (4) running on steel wheels (5) on rail tracks (2, 3) to support a continuous carry belt (7). The system is driven by various means including a rope (9) extending between the carriages. Various other drive means including drive belt technology are also described along with loading and unloading stations and distributed drive stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: NEWCASTLE INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Craig Anthony Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8430037
    Abstract: The invention relates to a magnetic levitation train, comprising a track system formed of track system carriers (2) and a vehicle (1) having at least one first magnetic system (7), which together with stator packs (4) mounted on the track system forms a long stator linear motor and during operation is disposed at a distance from the stator packs (4) by a small carrying gap. According to the invention, first sound damping bodies (14) are disposed on the carriers (2) in a space which is located between the carrier (2) and the magnetic system (7) and the carrying gap when a vehicle (1) passes. In addition, second sound damping bodies (15) are provided on the vehicle (1) on the side of the magnetic system (7) facing away from the carrier (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Transrapid GmbH
    Inventors: Luitpold Miller, Qinghua Zheng
  • Patent number: 8397644
    Abstract: Storage and retrieval machine with a chassis (9) for supporting a mast (10), comprising at least one carriage (1) including guide elements (2, 2?), at least one drive element (3) assigned to the carriage (1) and including a drive motor (5), and with at least one rail (4) assigned to the carriage (1), wherein at least a partial area, seen in the installation orientation, directly above the rail (4) is free of guide elements (2, 2?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Swisslog Evomatic GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Aschauer, Ronald Fessl
  • Patent number: 8397645
    Abstract: Storage and retrieval machine with a mast (10), at least one chassis (1, 1?) for supporting the mast (10), at least one rail (4, 4?), on which the at least one chassis (1, 1?) can be moved back and forth, as well as at least one lift carriage (1?) vertically shiftable on the mast (10), wherein the mast (10) is formed of at least two supports (11, 11?) that are spaced from each other in the moving direction of the at least one chassis (1, 1?) and are connected to each other via at least one transversal bar (12, 12?) to obtain a mast profile, wherein the attachment of the at least one transversal bar (12, 12?) to the supports is resistant to bending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Swisslog Evomatic GmbH
    Inventors: Herbert Aschauer, Ronald Fessl
  • Publication number: 20130019773
    Abstract: A sortation system where control and operation is facilitated by a contact-free, wireless communication configuration. Wireless communication is accomplished in a line-of-sight (LOS) manner while the cars of the sortation system are continuously moving along the track at operational speed. Each car is configured to operate independently with respect to how a car is instructed to accept and deliver packages. The sortation system provides for the cars to act as messengers between the bin stations and the system controller with respect to the status and health of the bin stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Cross Belt IP, L.L.C.
    Inventors: David Rosenwinkel, Charles Edward Pantusa, Robert Austin
  • Publication number: 20120304884
    Abstract: A transport system according to the invention comprises a guide device having a first guide rail in the form of a first pipe (11) and a second guide rail in the form of a second pipe (12). The transport system comprises a toothed driving disk (330), which is engaged with an engagement element (340) extending along the lower pipe (12) and forms a positive drive. The engagement element (340) comprises counter-toothing, disposed along the pipe (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: MAURER SÖHNE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Richard Urich, Juerg Jakob
  • Publication number: 20120247362
    Abstract: An electrified monorail assembly includes a track having a length, a plurality of electrically conductive buss bars disposed along the length of the track, and a controller disposed on the track. The controller is in electrical communication with the plurality electrically conductive of buss bars, and configured to selectively energize the plurality of electrically conductive buss bars. The assembly further includes a proximity sensor disposed on the track and in communication with the controller, the proximity sensor configured to detect the presence of a trolley assembly on the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicants: FATA Automation, Inc., GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Hans E. Rodgers, Ronald J. Benish, Robert J. Walkerdine, John P. Pasto
  • Patent number: 8161887
    Abstract: The system for moving and stabilizing (1) moves and stabilizes a mobile base (10), which is part of a robotic unit (100) for handling which is designed to move objects in an automated shop or an automated warehouse (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: SMV S.r.l.
    Inventor: Patrizio Cardoni
  • Publication number: 20120090495
    Abstract: A tray carrier system having a tray loading position, a tray off-loading position, and four parallel rails extending from the tray loading position to the tray off-loading position. A tray carrier platform is disposed on each rail, where each tray carrier platform is configured to move along the rail on which it is disposed between the tray loading position and the tray off-loading position. Each tray carrier platform includes a carriage for engaging the rail, swing arms attached to the carriage, retaining pieces attached to the swing arms for selectively retaining and releasing a tray, and means for moving the swing arms between an open position and a closed position. The retaining pieces retain the tray at a tray level when the swing arms are in the closed position, and release the tray and are disposed entirely below the tray level when the swing arms are in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: KLA-TENCOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Foon M. Chan, King W. Cheung, Ka C. Leung, Chi Y.C. Chan, Carolus Truyens, Erik J.J.M. DeBlock, Jimmy J.D. Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 8113125
    Abstract: The invention is a carriage traction vehicle for use with a monorail. The vehicle is self-propelled along the monorail by one or more motors engaging a fixed rack attached to the monorail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Patent number: 8066200
    Abstract: The invention is hollow structural members, a rail system based thereon and method of manufacturing such hollow structural members. Embodiments of the structural members may be hollow triangular prism-shaped with a cross-section that is triangular, isosceles, hexagonal or otherwise. Embodiments of rail systems based on hollow structural members are also disclosed. Embodiments of the rail systems disclosed herein may also include reaction assemblies for local dissipation of stresses due to thermal expansion of track materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: HillTrac, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Hepner, David Metivier
  • Publication number: 20110226151
    Abstract: A system and method for hybrid personal transit and components thereof is disclosed. The hybrid personal transit (“HPT”) system can be a system of combined highway and monorail transportation methods, which allows roadworthy HPT vehicles to transition onto, and run on, a system of monorails. The rails can be built on the ground, on poles, or in tunnels. A unique drive system will allow each HPT vehicle to alter drive output from the HPT vehicle's tires to a rail drive system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas PUMPELLY
  • Publication number: 20110214588
    Abstract: A guidance system for a medical facility includes at least one floor element that extends along a path of the medical facility and is arranged in a floor area of the path. The at least one floor element is configured for magnetic interaction such that through the magnetic interaction of the floor element with a magnetic guide element arranged on a mobile transport device, a magnetic attraction is generated. The mobile transport device is guided along the at least one floor element by the generated magnetic attraction during forward motion of the mobile transport device along the path through the medical facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventors: Peter Grübling, Klaus Herrmann, Ulrich Weber
  • Publication number: 20110203820
    Abstract: A track guiding system includes a track comprising a linear beam and a linear plate operatively coupled to the linear beam. The linear plate has opposing first and second surfaces separated by a first distance and opposing first and second edges separated by a second distance. A first compound edge roller and a second compound edge roller are disposed adjacent to the first and second edges of the linear plate, respectively, for travel along the first and second edges of the linear plate. Each of the first and second compound edge rollers include a first roller element adjacent to the first surface of the linear plate and a second roller element adjacent to the second surface of the linear plate. A carriage is coupled to the first and second compound edge rollers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Adrian Marica, Ionescu Mihai
  • Patent number: 7963229
    Abstract: A monorail bogie assembly for supporting at least one monorail car over a monorail track that has a running surface and two side surfaces. The monorail bogie assembly comprises a first monorail bogie for supporting a first monorail car. The first monorail bogie comprises at least one load-bearing wheel, two inboard guide wheels and two outboard guide wheels. The monorail bogie assembly further comprises a second monorail bogie for supporting a second monorail car. The second monorail bogie comprises at least one load-bearing wheel and two inboard guide wheels. The monorail bogie assembly further comprises a linking member for interconnecting the first monorail bogie and the second monorail bogie, such that when connected the second monorail bogie is absent any outboard guide wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Edward Timan
  • Publication number: 20110079165
    Abstract: The in-building storage apparatus includes a guide rail mounted in a storage space in which articles are stored, and making slidal movement in a direction perpendicular to a direction in which main rails extend, a platform car including a travelling section for running on the guide rail, and a lifting/lowering section which lifts or lowers an article, suspenders each of which suspends an article at such a height that the platform car can pass therebelow, and a control unit having functions of causing the guide rail to make slidal movement, causing the platform car to move along the guide rail, causing the lifting/lowering section to lift or lower for taking a target article out of the suspenders, and causing a target article to be suspended by the suspenders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Seo Tokuyama
  • Publication number: 20100089274
    Abstract: A universal cross belt sorter system (1) consisting of four major components: a monorail track (26), a drive car (20), multiple cross belt cars (24) and system controls. The drive cars (20) pull multiple cross belt cars (24) along the track (26). The cross belt cars (24) are typically loaded with material, which is then discharged into outlets. An outlet may be a chute, a bin, a conveyor, a truck, etc. Sortation systems are typically used to consolidate material according to selected parameters, such as zip code, customer order, to replenish a specific store and many other identifying information. The cross belt cars (24) are loaded with material at induction areas (3). The types or methods of inducting material onto the cross belt cars (24) range from manual to semi-automatic to fully automatic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Austin
  • Publication number: 20100031845
    Abstract: The system for moving and stabilising (1) moves and stabilises a mobile base (10), which is part of a robotic unit (100) for handling which is designed to move objects in an automated shop or an automated warehouse (200).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: SMV S.R.L.
    Inventor: Patrizio Cardoni
  • Patent number: 7634947
    Abstract: A method and a device for confirmation automatically of the state of tightness of fastenings of railroad tracks are provided, so that from a train that is traveling over a track it is possible to detect a signal from each of the fastenings which indicates if the degree of tightness of these fastenings is sufficient, or if, to the contrary, the fastening is deficient because it is either loose or damaged. For this, a device according to the invention comprises a pressure sensor element and at least one electrically conducting element connected to the pressure sensor, whereby a variation is produced of at least one electric magnitude/value proportional to the pressure of tightness present in at least one point in said fastening during the passage of a train. The invention also relates to an insulating plate for fastenings and to railroad track plant, which incorporate a sensor device object of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Plasticos Mondragon, S.L.U.
    Inventor: Juan Vives Clavel
  • Publication number: 20090013897
    Abstract: Means and methods for optimizing the utilization of monorail-based vehicles carrying a work-in-progress in a clean manufacturing environment. The method includes increasing the number of pick up and drop off points on a primary or secondary monorail transportation network, to amplify the number and frequency of pick up and drop off events per vehicle per circumnavigation of the network or loop. By increasing the number of pick up and drop off events, the empty run or idle time of the corresponding vehicle will decrease, improving utilization and throughput.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: MIDDLESEX GENERAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: George W. Horn, Adrian L. Pyke, William T. Lebo
  • Patent number: 7441506
    Abstract: Generally and not exclusively, there is disclosed a system and a method for towing (pushing or pulling) a roadway vehicle on a road by a towing apparatus. The towing apparatus is coupled to a roadway guideway displaced generally above the surface of the roadway. In an embodiment, the system includes an apparatus to couple a vehicle to the roadway guideway, a force generation unit to move the coupled vehicle along the roadway guideway, and a brake unit to decelerate the apparatus and a coupled vehicle. In an embodiment, the system includes a coupling unit to separately couple or not couple the vehicle to one of multiple separate components of the roadway guideway, so that the towing apparatus, and therefore a towed vehicle, can switch roadway guideways by coupling to one or another component of the roadway guideway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: John H. Bruns
  • Publication number: 20080173209
    Abstract: A transport installation has at least one rail, on which transport carriages are able to be transported by at least one trolley, and on at least one side has a guide arrangement which stabilizes the state and position of the transport carriage above the rail. A drive unit with several runners is provided in the trolleys of the transport carriages, which drive unit is able to be swivelled about the axis of the rail with respect to the trolley. The rail bifurcates into two rail branches. In the region of the bifurcation, grooves can be formed on the upper surface of the rails and rail branches. The pivoting angle and angle coverage of the drive unit and depth of the grooves are greatly reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Alexander Lechner
  • Patent number: 7380507
    Abstract: A transportation system including a guide way defining multiple surfaces, each extending at an angle to the ground and at least one track mounted on one of the surfaces. A vehicle is adapted for movement along the guide way and is adapted to engage a corresponding track on the one surface when the vehicle is moving along the guide way in one direction and is adapted to engage a corresponding track on another surface when the vehicle is moving along the guide way in another direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: FasTran Transit, Inc.
    Inventor: Ennis Cornelius Sullivan, II
  • Patent number: 7341004
    Abstract: A transportation system including two spaced parallel guide ways on which tracks are mounted for receiving vehicles. At least one beam extends between the guide ways for absorbing torsional forces caused by the composite centers of gravity of the vehicles being offset from the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: FasTran Transit, Inc.
    Inventor: Ennis Cornelius Sullivan, II
  • Patent number: 7283897
    Abstract: A method and system for compensating for wheel wear uses position and/or speed information from an independent positioning system to measure some distance over which the train has traveled. Wheel rotation information is also collected over the distance. The wheel rotation information and distance and/or speed information are then used to determine the size of the train wheels. The method is performed periodically to correct for changes in wheel size over time due to wear so that the wheel rotation information can be used to determine train position and speed in the event of a positioning system failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Quantum Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Edward Kane, James Francis Shockley, Harrison Thomas Hickenlooper
  • Patent number: 7182023
    Abstract: A guideway structure for the high-speed track-bound transportation is composed of the lower-layer main load-bearing girders and the guideway-surface structure elements. The structural elements are connected by the steel elements at the functional zones and the reinforced concrete plates on the guideway body to form an integral. The invention is one of the guideway structures especially suitable for the guideway structure across a river of medium- or small-width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiangming Wu, Zhong Wu
  • Patent number: 6923124
    Abstract: A rail system for transporting dual use vehicles includes a network of multiple non-interconnected rails where each rail comprises an extruded triangular shell and a support material. The rails are supported by a system of support structures where each support structure includes a base with a rail adjustment actuator for selectively adjusting the position of the supported rail. Each rail is sized to support a standardized dual use passenger vehicle adapted for roadway and rail travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Jerry M. Roane