Elevators Patents (Class 104/127)
  • Patent number: 9771246
    Abstract: A winch apparatus includes a frame; a support coupler mounted to the frame at a support end; an axle mounted to the frame; a sensor connected to the axle, detecting strain in the axle, and outputting a corresponding signal; a spool rotatably disposed around the axle and including a ratchet wheel and a receiving surface; an elongate flexible member received on the receiving surface and secured to the spool; a handle to actuate the spool and increase tension on the elongate flexible member and including a grip end and a mounting end rotatably mounted to the frame; and a pawl mounted to the handle and positioned to actuate the ratchet wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Bond
  • Patent number: 9561938
    Abstract: A method and arrangement for automatic elevator installation includes marking each door opening in the elevator shaft with door reflectors, and creating a reference coordinate system of the elevator shaft with a robotic total station positioned at a bottom of the elevator shaft, measuring the position of the door reflectors with the robotic total station, fitting straight door lines to the measurements in order to form virtual plumb lines for the doors in the elevator shaft, marking predetermined guide rail positions on the bottom of the elevator shaft and installing lowermost guide rails manually to the shaft based on the guide rail positions, forming vertical guide rail lines, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Pekka Kilpeläinen
  • Patent number: 9469506
    Abstract: Handling system of a cabin of transportation (20) moveable along an overhead type “U” portal (10), that connects two stations of departure (A) and arrival (B), the system includes columns (11, 12, 13, 14) and guide beams (15, 16) to which the cabin (2) is bound by a slide (200) apt to make the horizontal movement with respect to the guide beams (15, 16), with a carriage (300) apt to perform the vertical movement with respect to the guide columns (11, 12, 13, 14). The carriage (300) being engageable with the slide (200) to accomplish the vertical movement with respect to the guide columns (11, 12, 13, 14). The cabin (20) is moved in the vertical and horizontal direction by a closed ring chain (100) to which is bound the slide (200), and the chain (1100) is driven by a motor (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Pedarco International Limited
    Inventor: Tarcisio Scomparin
  • Patent number: 8939264
    Abstract: Connection system, with self-alignment, for elevator guides, in which the front surfaces thereof maintain a perfect 90° angle with respect to the longitudinal axis (e) of each guide (1) and there is a connection plate (2) that forms through-holes (241) that are offset and in correspondence with holes (141) in the wings (14), such that, when connection means (3) are mounted therein, a front self-alignment pressure is created between the two guides (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: S.A. de Vera (Savera)
    Inventor: Jesus Sanz Gamboa
  • Patent number: 8892278
    Abstract: A method for implementing an overhead rail guided transport system includes the following steps: a vehicle transport system is provided, which includes an upper rail guided transport system, a lower rail guided transport system, a vehicle exchange equipment, and a plurality of vehicles operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport system; respective vehicle utilizing rates in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems are provided; the vehicle exchange equipment is used to interchange the vehicles respectively operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems in order to equilibrate the respective vehicle utilizing rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Huan-Cheng Lin, Chin-Hsiao Chuang
  • Patent number: 8657075
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lift guide with a symmetry axis OY, consisting of a mushroom-shaped element and two flanges, each side of the mushroom element being provided with a side braking and guiding surface for the lift-braking and -guiding elements. The invention is characterized in that the mushroom element includes a head which limits movement of the braking and/or guiding elements along the axis. The head of the mushroom element has: two side braking and/or rolling surfaces, on either side of the symmetry axis, which converge toward one another in the direction of the interior or exterior of the mushroom element; and larger dimensions along the OX axis than the side braking/guiding surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: S.A. de Vera (Savera)
    Inventor: Jesús Sanz Gamboa
  • Patent number: 8646390
    Abstract: A device for using technical equipment underwater includes at least one guide rail configured to extend vertically underwater on an edifice from above a waterline. At least one device carriage is provided and includes a basic unit having a reception flange configured to couple the technical equipment thereto, and at least one running unit that abuts against the guide rail via guide rollers. A press-on unit is disposed on a first side of the device carriage and includes a lever pivotable on an axis of the device carriage so as to generate a pressing force of the device carriage against the guide rail. The lever includes a support roller at a first end and a weight packet at a second end so as to exert a downward drifting force underwater that is greater than a buoyancy of the device carriage. At least two spacers are each disposed at a first end on the at least one device carriage and abutting the edifice at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Stiftung Alfred-Wegener-Institut fuer Polar- und Meeresforschung
    Inventors: Roland Krone, Philipp Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8573890
    Abstract: An offshore structure for deploying and retrieving underwater electrical power generators that converts energy derived from water currents into electrical energy. The offshore structural platform includes a pair of vertical guide rails to guide a propulsion device lowering said generator underwater onto a seabed propulsion device. The seabed propulsion device is engaged on an underwater seabed rail system and transports the generator onto one of many unique frames specifically designed to support underwater generators. Securing devices are utilized to ensure the generators remain anchored to each propulsion device and to the unique frame. Rail transferring elements are also utilized for a smooth and safe transition during the transport process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Donald H Gehring
  • Patent number: 8113123
    Abstract: A overhead transport service vehicle system includes a carriage frame structured and arranged to carry a user. A hoisting mechanism utilizes at least one lifting device for lifting and lowering the carriage frame and at least one moving device for causing movement of the hoisting mechanism along one of a track or rail. A control controls at least one of the at least one lifting device and the at least one moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Clayton D. Menser, Jr., David J. Pinckney, Uldis A. Ziemins
  • Patent number: 8020671
    Abstract: An elevator installation includes a guide rail and brake equipment for guiding, holding and braking the elevator installation. The brake equipment has a brake lining which co-operates with a brake surface, advantageously with the brake surface of the guide rail, for the purpose of the braking and holding. The brake surface has at least one longitudinal wedge groove or wedge elevation which is oriented in the braking direction and on which the brake lining acts in case of need. An amplification of the braking force is achieved by the longitudinal wedge groove or wedge elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Hans Kocher, Josef A. Muff
  • Patent number: 7854202
    Abstract: A overhead transport service vehicle system includes a carriage frame structured and arranged to carry a user. A hoisting mechanism utilizes at least one lifting device for lifting and lowering the carriage frame and at least one moving device for causing movement of the hoisting mechanism along one of a track or rail. A control controls at least one of the at least one lifting device and the at least one moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Clayton D. Menser, Jr., David J. Pinckney, Uldis A. Ziemins
  • Patent number: 7823511
    Abstract: An installation conveys individuals by way of a transporting device along a track located above the ground and borne by supports. The installation further has a base station, an apparatus for conveying the transporting device from the base station to a top station, and a running rail for the transporting device which starts from the top station and runs predominantly downward. The running rail extends along curves and loops from the top station to the base station. Provided in the region of the base station, in which the boarding location for the passengers is located, is a conveying tower configured with an upward-conveying apparatus for the transporting device. Located in a region of the top station is a transfer location at which the transporting device occupied by passengers is transferred from the upward-conveying apparatus to the running rail, along which they descend to the base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Innova Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Stephan Lins, Reinhard Albrich
  • Publication number: 20100139520
    Abstract: A overhead transport service vehicle system includes a carriage frame structured and arranged to carry a user. A hoisting mechanism utilizes at least one lifting device for lifting and lowering the carriage frame and at least one moving device for causing movement of the hoisting mechanism along one of a track or rail. A control controls at least one of the at least one lifting device and the at least one moving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Inventors: Clayton D. MENSER, JR., David J. Pinckney, Uldis A. Ziemins
  • Publication number: 20090282747
    Abstract: A grain bin has a vertical side wall and an inclined roof and a personal lift system is provided for lifting a person to the roof which comprises an upstanding support post or posts tied to the vertical wall with a pulley and cable for lifting a cage containing the person. A counterweight is provided allowing the power for lifting to be provide by the person pulling on the cable. A rail system is provided which allows the cage to move from a lift portion of the rail system at the support post onto the rail to travel horizontally to one or more bins arranged in a row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventors: Richard J. Epp, Dwayne S. Epp
  • Patent number: 7568434
    Abstract: The invention is a system that is movable along a guide. It includes housing having a center of mass, a first wheel and a second wheel, each connected to the housing and configured to rotate about a respective axis. Each axis is displaced from the center of mass to create a rotating moment that biases the first wheel and second wheels into frictional engagement with the guide. The invention also includes a rotator, and controls in communication with the rotator and positioned at a location remote from the housing. The housing moves relative the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Jimmy Ross Neale
  • Patent number: 7377218
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rescue assembly including a vehicle that rides upon a track operated by a network of pistons set in a left to right array and connected by slanted bridges for control of said capsule. The vehicle, track, and piston network is all contained within a tube and is continuous vertically the entire height of a tall building or structure. The capsule is powered by an independent power source with regards to the building's or structure's power supply and is controlled via straight aerodynamic controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Infosense Technologies and Research Inc.
    Inventor: Berg P. Hyacinthe
  • Patent number: 7303050
    Abstract: A sound-damping and/or vibration-damping fastening element for elevator guide rails includes an anchor rail connected by a damping medium with a support rail. The anchor rail supports the elevator guide rail and is partially embedded in the damping medium. The anchor rail extends parallel to the longitudinal extent of the support rail and the anchor rail and the support rail are spaced apart by at least one slot filled by the damping medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Inventio Ag
    Inventor: Martin Rogger
  • Patent number: 7234566
    Abstract: Inserts (10 or 10A) for mounting rails (302) for rollers (301) on a cab in a shaft (300) of an elevator are described. Also, insert 10A is particularly useful for mounting flooring in the elevator shaft (300). The insert can be used as a support for a hoist or winch (310).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: The Vertical Solutions Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John Scott Simmons
  • Patent number: 6240851
    Abstract: Transport system with a transport track (1) along which one or more transport elements (2) (cabins) are moveable, said track (1) running over a substantial horizontal distance, and at least two horizontally spaced stations, for loading and unloading persons and/or goods from the cabin, said stations being at a different vertical level of at least several meters, and the transport track brigdes the said level difference through a relatively steep course and preferably the transport track (1) and/or the cabin are mutually adapted such that the passenger comfort is secured along the part of the track where the level difference is bridged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventors: Gerrit Oudakker, Kurt Leitner, Cornelis Christiaan Bernardus Grimbergen
  • Patent number: 5931264
    Abstract: A rail survey unit (130) measures the relative profile of an elevator guide rail (132) at a series of equally spaced points (a.sub.o -a.sub.n) along the rail (132).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Geoffrey W. Gillingham, Francis J. Griffiths, Timothy M. Remmers
  • Patent number: 5372072
    Abstract: A transportation system comprises a continuous stationary track having a pair of opposed rigid bearing surfaces, and a plurality of discrete cantilevered load-carrying vehicle units movable beside said track. Each vehicle is coupled to the track by a bogie having a linear arrangement of bogie wheels running between the bearing surfaces. The bogie wheels are mounted on mutually articulated frames and have a diameter slightly less than the separation of the opposed bearing surfaces to allow limited pivoting movement of the frames within the track. The adjacent articulated frames are forcibly urged to pivot in opposite directions within the track between the bearing surfaces such that bogie wheels carried thereby forcibly and alternately engage the respective opposed bearing surfaces at at least three points to ensure a pro-loaded positive coupling between the bogie and the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Norbert Hamy
  • Patent number: 5330033
    Abstract: A lift device having shielded bearings and a strap-like rail that are designed to screw fit in each other. The shielded bearings are mounted in a circumferential thread fashion at a proper pitch on at least three pillars provided inside an outer shell cylinder. A short cylinder has a strap-like rail curvedly wound around its outer circumference so as to screw fit into the bearings. The short cylinder is rotated by a motor mounted on a frame to support the short cylinder at a vertically central position by thrust bearings. Side iron plates are provided on the frame which surround sides of the pillars and the shielded bearings. The iron plates form a cam groove which is slidably engaged on the pillars to stop rotation of the frame around the pillars when the frame moves vertically with the short cylinder, as well as maintaining the short cylinder at the vertically central position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Shigezou Tatumi
  • Patent number: 5203265
    Abstract: A self-propelling transport having utility as an elevator system in a high rise building, the transport having a vehicle unit that rides on a track unit that includes a stationary drive chain that is engaged by a sprocket wheel assembly on the vehicle unit, the vehicle unit having a suspended passenger cab and a propulsion unit that engages the chain to retain the vehicle unit against the track during movement with the drive chain being magnetically retained on the track unit by electromagnets that are demagnetized where the drive chain is engaged by the sprocket wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Inventors: Koichi P. Nii, Shizuo Harada
  • Patent number: 5144894
    Abstract: A conveying system is provided for conveying lap rolls between different stories of a building. The conveying system includes an elevator and a transfer station on each story. A control unit controls the elevator and transfer stations independently of the operation of the machines on the two stories for the conveyance of the lap rolls as well as other intermediate products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1992
    Assignee: Rieter Machine Works, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul Scheuer
  • Patent number: 5125346
    Abstract: A lift installation provided with a vertically moveable lift cage having an entrance. The lift cage is rotatably connected to a supporting structure adapted to rotatably couple to a helical guide formed into or connected to the shaft wall. The shaft structure rotates relative to the shaft wall causing the support structure, and thus the lift cage, to move vertically. The lift cage is rotatable about the vertical axis such that the entrance can be rotated with respect to the shaft wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Harry C. Piepers
  • Patent number: 5020440
    Abstract: A conveying apparatus for conveying work pieces along a path defined by a track that can have ascending and descending sections. An elevator mechanism is pivotally supported relative to a drive mechanism that cooperates with the track for moving work pieces from one place to another. The pivotal support of the elevator mechanism permits the articles being transported to be maintained in a horizontal position regardless of whether or not the device is ascending or descending. In addition, a shock absorbing mechanism acts upon the pivotal connection so as to avoid swinging movement caused by starting and stopping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Ohara, Hiroshi Kawashima, Hiroshi Takata
  • Patent number: 5012918
    Abstract: A part conveyor includes a series of slide bars of equal lengths. Each bar is movable in a pair of parallel rails and in transfer rails at the ends of the parallel rails. The slide bars have upwardly opening U-shaped members projecting from the rails. A push rod simultaneously moves the slide bars through the rails to advance the bars. A cross rod rests in an aligned member for movement of the crossbar and part with the slide bars. A transfer rail unit is provided at the ends of each run for moving of the slide bars from the rails. In an over/under line, transfer rails receive and move the slide bars. A U-shaped carriage is mounted on vertically movable tracks for movement between and end of the rail run and a load source. The parallel rails drop below the top of the carriage sides and drops the cross rod onto the carriage. The carriage moves to a load source and the tracks are lowered to unload the cross rod and receive another cross rod. The tracks are raised and returned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Therma-Tron-X, Inc.
    Inventors: John N. Acker, Bradley M. Andreae
  • Patent number: 4977983
    Abstract: Guide rails for a cantilevered elevator are mounted in the elevator hoistway on structural components of the building. The mounting assembly provides for an increased number of guide rail securement points in the hoistway without the need for increasing the number of structural components directly built into the building. Increased resistance to lateral deflection of the guide rails is thus achieved without requiring heavier than normal guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Alfonso Garrido, Jose Sevilleja, Julian Cabanas
  • Patent number: 4957189
    Abstract: A lifting device which includes an outer rail composed of an outer vertical section, and an outer inclined section, an outer horizontal section; an inner rail composed of an inner vertical section, an inner inclined section, and an inner horizontal section; the outer and inner rails forming a railway; a carrier having four rollers fitted between the outer and inner rails; and the relationship between the rollers and the railway being such that the carrier keeps a constant posture while it is being guided along the railway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Inventor: Kenjiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 4953469
    Abstract: A variable height workstation includes a trolley delivery apparatus for controllably moving a rail section from a gap formed in a subsidiary loop rail to a workstation located remotely from the loop. A pivotal cam is controllably rotated by an actuator and moves with the rail section and arrests travel of a trolley on the moveable rail section so that rail section may be removed toward the workstation while carrying the trolley. The pivotal cam is also capable of accelerating a trolley off the rail section either after the rail returns to its normal bridging position or from the rail section without it being lowered. The trolley delivery apparatus is employed in a subsidiary loop system whereby a preworkstation indexer is located upstream of it to advance individual diverted trolleys onto the moveable rail section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 4, 1990
    Assignee: Gerber Garment Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kuchta, Larry Billings, Vladimir Evenzon, Donald Bristow
  • Patent number: 4922829
    Abstract: A variable height workstation includes a trolley delivery apparatus for moving a rail section from a gap formed in a subsidiary loop rail to a workstation located remotely from the loop. A pivotal cam moves with the rail section and arrests travel of a trolley on the movable rail section so that rail section may be moved toward the workstation while carrying the trolley. As the rail section moves upwardly toward the gap formed in the subsidiary loop, the cam rotates and accelerates the trolley off the rail section. The trolley delivery apparatus is employed in a subsidiary loop system whereby a first escapement device is located upstream of it to advance selected one of the diverted trolleys onto the moveable rail section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: Gerber Garment Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kuchta, Larry Billings, Vladimir Evenzon
  • Patent number: 4876965
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a device for the centering of a movable rail section relative to a stationary rail section of an overhead trolley conveyor, notably a lifting station of a trolley conveyor. There is at least one centering body attached to the stationary or to the movable rail section. The centering body has a recess. At the movable rail section and at the stationary rail section, respectively, a centering piece is provided which can be moved into the recess. The centering piece can be rotated within the recess about an axis which extends in the direction of the rail so that it comes into engagement with at least one of the walls of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: ROFA Rosenheimer Forderanlagen GmbH
    Inventors: Gunter Koslowski, Georg Uttscheid
  • Patent number: 4807536
    Abstract: A microprocessor-controlled system of aerial transport for industrial installations. This system is characterized by the combination of the following parts: (a) a main circuit, (b) a group of carts, (c) stations, (d) a group of points, (e) an ascent group, (f) identification readers, (g) control cards and (h) central unit, and, furthermore, the main circuit is composed of a structure of tracks and carrier columns, over which tracks the group of carts may travel; the carts are able to have access to the stations through the action of the points, and the central unit is based on a microcomputer which knows and controls the evolution of the system by directing its operation according to a predetermined programming, changeable at any time, and making decisions according to criteria with which it has been programmed, all of the operations being a function of the information which is supplied to the microcomputer by the control cards and the group of identification readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: Ivestronica, S.A.
    Inventor: Manuel Martinez Llaneza
  • Patent number: 4771699
    Abstract: A device for transport of a cable in vertical shafts, in which the cable is attached to a number of sliding means at regular intervals and arranged to slide or roll along a vertical guiding rail. The sliding means are also rigidly attached to a lifting wire at regular intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: ITT Flygt AB
    Inventor: Guido Kaiserfeldt
  • Patent number: 4724771
    Abstract: An amusement ride system according to the present invention comprises a pair of rails extending at a fixed distance from each other, and a passenger car located between the rails and traveling along the rails. A plurality of wheel units are provided on either side portion of the car, along the rails. Each wheel unit includes a set of wheels, which are in rolling contact with each corresponding rail, so as to hold it between them. The middle portion of the rail pair is twisted around a central axis between the rails, thus forming at least one twist region. As the car runs past the twist region of the rails, therefore, it is rotated around the central axis, following the twist of the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1988
    Assignee: Togo Japan Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 4706782
    Abstract: A device for lifting and lowering a rail track section in between two rail tracks mounted in different vertical levels and including an elevator carrying the rail track section is improved by means of a latching structure at each end of that section, each including a rotatable latch element with rounded ends, for cooperating with abutment and counter latch surfaces respectively at ends of the rail tracks, at least an upper one of the tracks has passage ways and openings for the latch element to pass through from below; and the latch elements are keyed together for turning so that they will rest on the respective counter latch surfaces and thereby hold the rail track section in an aligned disposition for one or the other of the two rail tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Mannesmann AG
    Inventors: Johannes-Gerhard Spoeler, Heinz-Uwe Janssen
  • Patent number: 4679666
    Abstract: A gravity powered part transfer system in which parts are suspended on a rotating member from a declining track or rail. The rotating member is associated with a viscous fluid in a manner which permits the active fluid to be altered in thickness in response to increase or decrease of weight. The greater the weight, the less the thickness of the fluid acting on the rotating member and the greater the retardation torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Inventor: John H. Brems
  • Patent number: 4440090
    Abstract: Storage arrangement for truck conveyor trolleys is provided wherein trolley units are designed to run within a conveyance path defined by a trolley rail. The trolley units are engageable with a truck for receiving articles to be carried and can be attached and detached from the truck by positioning the trolley units on segmented rail portions integrally formed as part of the trolley running rail. By raising or lowering the scissioned rail segments with the trolley units positioned thereon, the trolley units will automatically engage with and disengage from the truck. Once disconnected from the truck, the trolley units can be stored in large numbers in a storage place, either on the rail segments or on separate storage rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Company
    Inventors: Masasumi Murai, Hirokazu Kondo, Shigekatzu Takino
  • Patent number: 4411357
    Abstract: A flipper assembly has a flipper plate and an aligned guide rail both of which provide a support surface for a movable assembly. The flipper plate is movable into and out of the plane of the support surface. An extension arm is mounted on the guide rail for movement in a horizontal plane thereon and for movement in a vertical direction at the location of the flipper plate if permitted by the position of the flipper plate. The flipper plate is counterbalanced to an open position permitting the carrier arm to be moved vertically at that location, but is automatically positioned in a down closed position supporting the carrier arm in the plane of the guide rail support, by an automatic camming action as the slide arm moves toward and onto the flipper plate. In the preferred embodiment, the flipper plate safety device is utilized in a multistation work processing conveyor apparatus and is mounted on a vertical elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Assignee: Systems Engineering and Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Samuel N. Caddell
  • Patent number: 4395180
    Abstract: A facility for maintaining and servicing multiple units of equipment such as jet engines, after removal from an aircraft by conventional procedures, makes use of a multiple number of service bays serving as maintenance stations disposed on opposite sides of a central delivery way. An under hung bridge crane travels back and forth throughout the length of the central delivery way. Screw jacks at four corners of the crane are attached to and operate to elevate and lower a twin rail lifting bridge on which a jet engine unit is slung. The unit is supported by fixtures attached to trolleys which roll on the twin bridge rails. There is a mating twin rail lifting bridge in each bay with which the lifting bridge of the crane can temporarily interlock, so that the engine unit can be pushed on its trolleys from one lifting bridge to the other. Four corner located screw jacks also lift and lower the lifting bridge in each bay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1983
    Assignee: Westmont Industries
    Inventor: John A. Magnotte
  • Patent number: 4394837
    Abstract: In an elevated railway system having a track comprising upper and lower rails extending longitudinally along one side of a beam structure, and passenger cars traveling on the track having doors on their sides adjacent the beam structure, a passenger station comprising an elevator shaft structure, including an elevator car, which extends up from ground level through a gap in the beam structure. A track section with upper and lower rails in continuity with the rails on the beam structure extends alongside the elevator shaft structure at the bottom and top of the door of a car stopped at the station, permitting passenger egress from and ingress to the passenger car and the elevator car between the rails at the station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1983
    Inventor: Lawrence K. Edwards
  • Patent number: 4316535
    Abstract: For use in a work processing line for workpieces, a workpiece storage system including a topologically closed loop track means having downwardly sloping surfaces coupled with elevators and lowerators in the loop, and work holding, gravity-operated pallets to run on said tracks having track engaging wheels equipped with retarding means responsive to wheel angular velocity and utilizing wheels of different diameters on the track depending on the loaded or unloaded condition of the pallets to control the speed of the pallets. Auxiliary track means, pallet loaders and unloaders, and switching mechanisms are incorporated in the system with elevators and lowerators to allow the storage system to function between multiple work processing lines, between single and multiple lines or between multiple and single lines to increase the flexibility of a work processing activity and reduce downtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1982
    Assignee: F. Jos. Lamb Company
    Inventors: John H. Brems, James T. Graham
  • Patent number: 4232424
    Abstract: A two rail overhead conveyor device for meat processing is disclosed comprising an eviscerating platform conveyor, an entrance or feed rail, a lower rail for smaller carcasses and an upper rail for larger carcasses running parallel to each other above the eviscerating platform, a sensor to detect carcass size, a first rail switch connected to the sensor to direct the carcasses to either the upper or lower rail, an incline conveyor to raise the larger carcasses to the upper rail level, an indexing switch to regulate the flow of carcasses to the eviscerating area, a conveyor chain to propel the carcasses along the rails, and a second rail switch and detector to coordinate the transfer of eviscerated carcasses from the upper and lower rails to the exit rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1980
    Inventor: John C. Denefe
  • Patent number: 4111130
    Abstract: A station for a transport system comprising a track, an entry level, a transit level vertically spaced from the entry level and at which vehicles or trains may be stopped and two pairs of lifts arranged one pair on each side of the track, the lifts being arranged so that successive lifts arrive at the transit level on opposite sides of the track. A method of synchronizing the passenger lifts and train arrivals and departures is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1978
    Inventor: Frederic B. Rodot
  • Patent number: 4071135
    Abstract: A plurality of passenger cars are hung at equal intervals along an endless parallel chain and continuously travel in one direction between two horizontal platforms which are vertically spaced from each other and are maintained stationary with respect to the traveling of the cars. Guard plates are pivotably mounted to the outer wall surfaces of each car facing each the adjacent cars so that the plates can be rotated to fill the space between cars. Only when the cars horizontally travel along the platforms do the guard plates swivel to substantially hide spacings between the adjacent cars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Riichi Ishikawa, Toshio Takase
  • Patent number: 4070972
    Abstract: Propelling mechanism for forwarding a carrier of a power and free conveyor from the delivery end of a first carrier supporting track onto a track section of an elevator and thence onto the receiving end of a second carrier supporting track. The elevator includes a carriage to which the track section is attached and which is movable longitudinally to permit the track section to be extended from the elevator into registry with either the first or second carrier supporting track. A propelling member, consisting of a pair of roller chains connected in spaced side-by-side relation, is equipped at one end with a carrier pusher, is connected at the other end to an endless output chain of a reversible drive mounted on the carriage, and is supported and guided by tracks which extend parallel to the track section from the entrance end thereof and into a storage path parallel to the path of the endless output chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Assignee: Jervis B. Webb Company
    Inventors: Harold A. Folsom, David G. Bilson
  • Patent number: 4019605
    Abstract: In a food delivery system for restaurants, a conveyor tray adapted to receive a food container and to move along an overhead conveyor track from a central station along a loop including a series of delivery stations at patrons tables, an elevator including an elevator tray at each of the stations, trip mechanism at each station operable when actuated to remove the food container from the conveyor tray to the elevator tray at the station, the trip mechanisms being selectively actuated from a central location, mechanism operable by the reception of the food container on the elevator tray to lower said elevator tray to a position within reach of the patron, and to reset the trip mechanism, and mechanism operable by removal of the food container from the elevator tray to re-elevate the tray into operative relation with the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1977
    Inventor: Frederic F. Kropf
  • Patent number: 4011820
    Abstract: A hoist mechanism is activated to elevate a trolley hanger from a lowered position to a predetermined position adjacent and above a conveyor rail after which the hanger is stabilized and the rail-engaging wheel of the trolley hanger is positioned in vertical alignment with the rail. The rail engaging wheel is then landed on the rail, the stabilizing force is removed and the hoist mechanism descends to a lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1977
    Assignee: The Cincinnati Butchers' Supply Company
    Inventors: Joseph Heber Bordenave, Robert Falls
  • Patent number: 4004654
    Abstract: This invention provides a continuous flow elevator system wherein a plurality of cabs or cars are contained in a single shaft with means for switching the cabs from a set of continuous flow rails to a set of alternate rails associated therewith. There is also disclosed a supporting apparatus or bogie system permitting rotational movement of cabs in the above-mentioned elevator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1977
    Assignee: Trebron Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Norbert Hamy
  • Patent number: 3952836
    Abstract: A composite transfer device for conveying material used in the construction of high tower-like structures, from a loading position at the base of the structure to a working platform which is raised as building proceeds. The device includes portions giving horizontal and vertical movement of a container, and includes a first transport unit at the loading level, a vertical hoist, and a second transport unit mounted on the working platform. The second transport unit includes a radial track movable around the working platform to deliver materials from the hoist, which is centrally situated, to different working areas around the structure. A special feature of the device is the use of a carrier frame which is square in plan view and which is supported on two hoist ropes attached to opposite corners of the frame, and which is also guided by guide tubes connected to the remaining two corners of the frame and which are located by downwards travelling reaches of the hoisting rope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1973
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1976
    Assignee: Linden-Alimak AB
    Inventor: Jozsef Thoma