Switches Patents (Class 104/130.01)
  • Patent number: 9617689
    Abstract: A passive switch for a railway track is disclosed. A railway car is moveable along the railway track in a facing direction. The passive switch includes a first track section and a second track section. The first track section includes a first main track, a first diverging track, and a first guard rail. The first guard rail is shaped to guide a first wheel of the railway car from the first main track onto the first diverging track as the first wheel travels in the facing direction within the passive switch. The second track section includes a second main track and a second diverging track. The second main track is shaped to guide a second wheel of the railway car from the second main track onto the second diverging track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Atmur, Thorin Arthur Rogers
  • Patent number: 9514234
    Abstract: An industrial automation system includes automation components, such as a motor drive, configured to provide signals to perform automation operations, such as driving an electric motor. A barcode is disposed on an industrial automation component is configured to be scanned by a user device to provide the user device with information relating to the automation component or operation of the automation component. The barcode may be dynamically generated by the automation component and may utilize various mechanism for permitting access to the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Lundell
  • Patent number: 9382073
    Abstract: A reconfigurable modular transporting system and related components which can efficiently and effectively move containers and other items is disclosed. The transport system includes a plurality of track components structured to mate with one another by a complementary male connection and female connection at ends thereof. The transport system further includes at least one hub component comprising a rotating track assembly which aligns with male and female track assemblies connected to at least one of the track components. The transport system further includes a plurality of truck assemblies engagable to the plurality of track components and the rotating track of at least one hub component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jordan T. Ledford, Isaiah Abramson, David C. Briggs
  • Patent number: 9359151
    Abstract: A fluid-based radial distribution system includes an internal passageway and a plurality of openings radially spaced around the internal passageway. A plurality of gate members are associated with at least some of the plurality of openings, with the gate members are configured to move between an open position that allows product to move through the opening associated with that gate member and a closed position that restricts product from moving through the opening associated with that gate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston, Inc.
    Inventors: William Thomas Hockett, Frederick D. Webb, Michael Christopher Metcalf, Ronald R. Huff, Charles Denio Kirkbride, Greg Robert Lambier, Dave Hufford
  • Publication number: 20150147142
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a transport vehicle for handling a rotor blade mold for the production of a rotor blade of a wind power installation or a shell portion of a rotor blade of a wind power installation, adapted for use in a handling apparatus. The handling apparatus includes a first rail set for displacement of the transport vehicle in a first direction, and a second rail set for displacement of the transport vehicle in a second direction. In addition the transport vehicle includes a first wheel set including a plurality of wheels for movement on the first rail set, and a second wheel set including a plurality of wheels for movement on the second rail set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Arno Georgs, Herbert Biebl, Rainer Schluter
  • Patent number: 8869707
    Abstract: Provided is a branching device (D), which includes a branch line side guide rail (20c) that is disposed from a near side main line travel track (Ra) to a branch line travel track (Rc) at an inner side of these travel tracks, a main line side guide rail (10b) that is disposed from the near side main line travel track (Ra) to a far side main line travel track (Rb) at an outer side of these travel tracks, and a switching mechanism (40) that switches a position of a movable rail (25c) of the branch line side guide rail (20c) and a position of a movable rail (25b) of the main line side guide rail (20b) to a branch line guide position (BP) and a main line guide position (MP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihisa Kawauchi, Hiroyuki Kono, Yukihide Yanobu, Yoshinobu Murakami
  • Publication number: 20140311377
    Abstract: RailPods are an alternative personal rapid transit system that operate on and utilize existing railroad infrastructure. RailPods are one to two passenger vehicles that travel on one rail of a traditional railroad track. RailPods provide on-demand transportation to cities and towns where rail exists or can be built.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: RAIL POD INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Brendan ENGLISH
  • Publication number: 20140238260
    Abstract: A cable transportation system configured to move transportation units along a designated or given track has a switch with a first movable guide having one degree of freedom, along an operating plane, between two designated or given positions; a second movable guide having one degree of freedom, along the operating plane, between two designated or given positions; and a third and a fourth movable guide connected rigidly to each other and having one degree of freedom, along the operating plane, between two designated or given positions; the first, second, third and fourth movable guide being configured so that the first and second movable guide each define a continuation of the third or fourth movable guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Giuseppe Conte, Franco Coco
  • Patent number: 8800452
    Abstract: A rail-road intermodal freight system. In an embodiment, a plurality of L-cars are provided. In an embodiment, each L-car may be configured for support at its forward end on a preceding L-car, and at a rear base on a set of flanged rail wheels. In implementing the system, a freight yard is provided with rail components which are switchable to enable decoupling and a turn-in-place operation, wherein each care is lifted from the preceding L-car in the train, and the neck portion of the L-car lowered to the ground. When in the lowered position, downwardly extending legs on the over-the-road trailer enable an over-the-road tractor to attach the over-the-road trailer in conventional fashion, for removal of the over-the-road tailer from the L-car. Loading of an over-the-road trailer on the L-car takes place via a reverse process, wherein the trailer is backed up on to the L-car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: David Kun
  • Publication number: 20140190366
    Abstract: A vehicle pick-up and delivery device includes: two mainline tracks including a pair of first guide portions which guide a pair of first guide wheels provided on a vehicle on an outer side of each of the first guide wheels; a pick-up and delivery travel path on which the vehicle is capable of traveling and which is provided between the two mainline tracks and is configured to pick up and deliver the vehicle between the two mainline tracks; a second guide portion which is provided inside the pick-up and delivery travel path and guides a second guide wheel disposed below the vehicle; and a switching unit which is provided on the mainline tracks and is capable of switching a direction of the vehicle between a direction along the mainline tracks and a direction along the pick-up and delivery travel path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Mukai, Toshiaki Asanoma, Yoshinobu Murakami, Hiroyuki Maeyama, Akihiro Kubo, Kousuke Katahira
  • Publication number: 20140090575
    Abstract: A rail guided vehicle system includes a rail that includes a first main rail, a second main rail, and a connection rail, and vehicles. Each vehicle includes a diverging roller supporting member that supports a pair of first and second diverging rollers such that the first and second diverging rollers shift, and a position stabilizing roller supporting member that supports position stabilizing rollers such that the position stabilizing rollers do not shift. The rail includes a first diverging guide configured to guide the first diverging roller, a second diverging guide configured to guide the second diverging roller, and a position stabilizing roller guide configured to guide the position stabilizing rollers in the no-guide zone where the diverging guide is absent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Shohei Nagamine, Masahiro Hirata
  • Publication number: 20130327243
    Abstract: A roller assembly for facilitating movement of a switch rail between two positions. In one embodiment, the roller assembly includes a frame adapted for attachment to the switch rail and having a pocket formed therein, and an elastomer assembly, at least a portion of which is slidably disposed within the pocket. The elastomer assembly includes a roller wheel and an elastomeric block. The roller wheel travels along the surface of a tie plate when the switch rail is moved between positions. The elastomeric block is adapted to compress under a load applied to the switch rail in the direction of the tie plate, causing the roller wheel to retract in the direction of the pocket. When the weight of a train is exerted on the roller assembly, the compression of the elastomeric block causes the train to ride fully on the rails, just as if the roller assembly were not present. When no weight is exerted on the roller assembly, the roller assembly assists the switch to move freely between positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Avraham Ashkenazi, Seth Fleishman, Ivo Chládek, Václav Suchan, Radek Lucovic
  • Patent number: 8573132
    Abstract: A cable transportation system switch having a first straight rail; a second straight rail forming an angle of more than 0° and less than 45° with the first straight rail; and a third straight rail located between the first and second straight rail and movable selectively between a first operating position, in which the third straight rail contacts the first straight rail and is parallel to the second straight rail, and a second operating position, in which the third straight rail contacts the second straight rail and is parallel to the first straight rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Rolic International S.AR.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Conte, Franco Coco
  • Publication number: 20130289861
    Abstract: A personal rapid transit (PRT) system comprising a very economic triple rail topology for bi-directional urban personal transport. All the ramps are implemented on the one side of the tracks matching the narrow urban spaces. To achieve fast speed, stable 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. Instead, a landing wheel gear is implemented. The vehicle's center of mass is constantly kept in one plane with the guideways. In case of emergencies, a special “anti-fall down” security system holds the vehicle on the rails. The vehicles make turns using the highly compact Direction Change Connector. The PRT control system is implemented as three layer hierarchical system of fault-tolerant processor nodes, and utilizes two channel wireless communications between the layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventors: Valentin Ivanov, Daniel Ivanov
  • Publication number: 20130213254
    Abstract: A sustainable circulating railway line and/or network, including circular-turnouts, covered by multi-way stations, as cores and/or key nodes of circulating-line and/or network including poly-rails feeder-line/net derived. The circulating railway line and/or network employs a circulating route-system to minimize red-lights, enhance and balance traffic flow, facilitates vehicles' interchange and reorganizing, and passengers' on-board and/or easy transfer, improves service layover, safety and efficiency in general, and effectively reduces the building and operating cost of the railway network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Sucai DAI
  • Publication number: 20130152813
    Abstract: Methods and systems for transportation using a rail structure are disclosed. In one aspect, a track for use with at least one of a magnetic levitation vehicle and a rolling vehicle having one or more wheels is disclosed. The track includes a first head having a maximum lateral dimension, a second head having a maximum lateral dimension, and a connection portion extending between the first head and the second head. The first connection portion may have a maximum lateral dimension that is less than the maximum lateral dimension of the first head. The track may also include a base and a support extending between the second head and the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventors: Sandor Shapery, Bradley Hunter
  • Publication number: 20130145954
    Abstract: A transport installation comprising at least one carrier vehicle moving longitudinally in to-and-fro manner along a single running track being guided by two guiding elements each following one of the lateral branches of the track in a crossing area. The carrier vehicle carries two independent gripping mechanisms respectively associated with the two guiding elements and each able to temporarily secure the carrier vehicle in the lateral direction to the associated guiding elements. Such gripping mechanisms constitute on-board devices for selecting the branch associated with its direction of running on entering a crossing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI
    Inventors: Alain Mollet, Eric Blanc
  • Patent number: 8457779
    Abstract: A multi-track handling and storage apparatus includes at least two main tracks, at least two cranes and an intelligent integrated logic system. The main tracks are arranged separately, and every two adjacent main tracks are connected by at least one switching track. Bottoms of the cranes are slidably disposed on the main tracks. The intelligent integrated logic system includes a command receiving unit, a database unit, an analyzing unit, a crane dispatching unit and a route selection unit which are integrated with each other. The above-mentioned main tracks, switching tracks and cranes are controlled by the units of the intelligent integrated logic system. The present invention further provides a multi-track handling and storage method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Huan-Cheng Lin, Jung-Pin Lai
  • Publication number: 20130125778
    Abstract: The Personal Mass Transit (PMT) system utilizes a removable vehicle conveyance apparatus and method for conveying transit vehicle car-pods and their contents from one transit station to another autonomously. Vehicle conveyance apparatus are stored off-line in storage silos and other areas awaiting on-demand transit system instruction to pickup vehicles at loading points and convey them to different stations as requested by occupants or pre-programmed instructions. The PMT system further utilizes a number of transmitter-receivers nodes and control computers to manage all aspects of operation of the transportation system. Any number of different types of PMT vehicles could ride the transit system when equipped with the correct coupling points and remain under the maximum combined curb weight of any particular area or type of transit track in order to be transported on the PMT system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Keith Andrew LaCabe
  • Publication number: 20130104767
    Abstract: A conveyor system for transporting articles, comprising a rail system that comprises a plurality of track sections and at least one switch point, by which, via a switch point drive, a first track section can be connected to a second track section or to a third track section of the rail system. At least one drivable transport trolley can be driven along a path of movement on the rail system. A communications system with comprises at least one communications line that extends along the path of movement of the at least one transport trolley. A trolley communications unit disposed on the at least one transport trolley interacts with the communications line. The switch point drive can be controlled by means of a switch point control system, which is connected to the at least one communications line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: EISENMANN AG
    Inventor: Juergen Roeckle
  • Patent number: 8398031
    Abstract: A rail system for an electric pallet track has, in known manner, a main line which can be optionally connected to at least two branch lines by way of points. The points have as many movable rail portions for each rail of the main line as there are branch lines. These movable rail portions can each be pivoted about a stationary pivot axis which is located outside the longitudinal extent of the corresponding movable rail portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Eisenmann AG
    Inventors: Klaus Gawelczyk, Martin Waeder, Michael Hoehne
  • Patent number: 8302536
    Abstract: A rail system for a powered pallet conveyor, which comprises alternative pathways having an electric cable provided on at least one of n parallel rails defining a travel pathway, wherein n?2, whereby the rail system includes a switch for switching between m alternative travel pathways, wherein m?2, and allowing the vehicle to continuously move across the switch after switching. The switch comprises a first actuator for selectively positioning (m*n) rigid rail portions bridging the distance between rail ends at (i) n joining points where the n parallel rails of each of the m alternative travel pathways subject to switching converge, and (ii) (m*n) continuation points where each alternative pathway subject to switching diverges downstream from the joining points A second actuator selectively positions [m(n?1)] rigid rail portions bridging the distance between rail ends, where each alternative pathway is discontinued downstream from the corresponding continuation points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: ROFA Rosenheimer Forderanlagen GmbH
    Inventor: Bruno Meinzinger
  • Publication number: 20120273624
    Abstract: A rail system for a powered pallet conveyor, which comprises alternative pathways having an electric cable provided on at least one of n parallel rails defining a travel pathway, wherein n?2, whereby the rail system includes a switch for switching between m alternative travel pathways, wherein m?2, and allowing the vehicle to continuously move across the switch after switching. The switch comprises a first actuator for selectively positioning (m*n) rigid rail portions bridging the distance between rail ends at (i) n joining points where the n parallel rails of each of the m alternative travel pathways subject to switching converge, and (ii) (m*n) continuation points where each alternative pathway subject to switching diverges downstream from the joining points A second actuator selectively positions [m(n?1)] rigid rail portions bridging the distance between rail ends, where each alternative pathway is discontinued downstream from the corresponding continuation points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: ROFA ROSENHEIMER FORDERANLAGEN GMBH
    Inventor: Bruno Meinzinger
  • Patent number: 8245647
    Abstract: A path switching facility for crossed paths comprises: at least one article transport vehicle configured to travel along a first path and a second path that crosses the first path; a guide rail for guiding a guided roller of the article transport vehicle; a travel rail for guiding and supporting travel wheels of the article transport vehicle; a rotatable guide rail and a rotatable travel rail both located in a crossing area; a push operating portion provided to the article transport vehicle to push one of the rotatable guide rail and the rotatable travel rail; and, an operatively connecting device for coupling a rotation of the rotatable guide rail with a rotation of the rotatable travel rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keisuke Oguro, Motohiro Fujita, Yuuya Takemoto
  • Publication number: 20120090496
    Abstract: A cable transportation system switch having a first straight rail; a second straight rail forming an angle of more than 0° and less than 45° with the first straight rail; and a third straight rail located between the first and second straight rail and movable selectively between a first operating position, in which the third straight rail contacts the first straight rail and is parallel to the second straight rail, and a second operating position, in which the third straight rail contacts the second straight rail and is parallel to the first straight rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: ROLIC INVEST S.AR.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Conte, Franco Coco
  • Publication number: 20120017797
    Abstract: A transport installation having at least one carrier vehicle moving longitudinally in to-and-fro manner along a single running track being guided by two guiding elements each following one of the lateral branches of the track in a crossing area. The carrier vehicle carries two independent gripping mechanisms respectively associated with the two guiding elements and each able to temporarily secure the carrier vehicle in the lateral direction to the associated guiding elements. Such gripping mechanisms constitute on-board devices for selecting the branch associated with its direction of running on entering a crossing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicant: POMAGALSKI
    Inventors: Alain Mollet, Eric Blanc
  • Publication number: 20110290145
    Abstract: A rail system for an electric pallet track has, in known manner, a main line which can be optionally connected to at least two branch lines by way of points. The points have as many movable rail portions for each rail of the main line as there are branch lines. These movable rail portions can each be pivoted about a stationary pivot axis which is located outside the longitudi-nal extent of the corresponding movable rail portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicant: EISENMANN AG
    Inventors: Klaus Gawelczyk, Martin Waeder, Michael Hoehne
  • Patent number: 7975617
    Abstract: A routing device, including a sliding device, a rotating shaft, a pair of route rails, a pair of rams, and a pillow, wherein the route rail is disposed in the front of a railway track, the route rails are disposed on the rams, the rotating shaft is disposed at one end of the ram in the vicinity of the railway track, and connected to the pillow, the sliding device is disposed between the ram and the pillow, and the ram operates to laterally slide on the pillow. The invention features simple structure and low investigation cost, occupies small space, is not only applicable for route of normal road and rail vehicles, but also for that of long multi-axis vehicles composed of tractors and trailers, or vehicle trains, and thus enabling the road and rail vehicles to be widely used and saving power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hefei Bopu High-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaolong Li
  • Patent number: 7966943
    Abstract: A transport system for providing increased capacity to move individuals and freight while still accommodating the individual needs of passengers and freight movers to travel to unique destinations. The transit system including a car including a set of switching wheels that are designed to engage with a set of switching rails, the switching wheels being moveable to selectively engage with the switching rails to either maintain the car on the track or switch the car off to another track. The car has the capability to travel on the relatively high-speed track and on a conventional surface street.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Georges Brigham
  • Publication number: 20110036262
    Abstract: This invention relates to a structural coating comprising a liquid carrier (e.g., paint), a borate-based additive, and a dynamic stabilization material. The borate-based additive provides corrosion protection through electrochemical binding of active surface corrosive sites, lubrication enhancement through the creation and re-supply to a surface where friction contact occasionally occurs of a weak slip lane crystalline material which may be a locally formed product utilizing local atmospheric humidity, and a material for reaction with an initiator to provide for freezing point depression during coating application. The dynamic stabilization material creates a balance of stabilized material for supply of corrosion protection product, lubrication reduction product, and freezing point depression product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: Advanced Lubrication Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Olliges, Floyd Roberts, Gerry Arner
  • Publication number: 20100326315
    Abstract: A routing device, including a sliding device, a rotating shaft, a pair of route rails, a pair of rams, and a pillow, wherein the route rail is disposed in the front of a railway track, the route rails are disposed on the rams, the rotating shaft is disposed at one end of the ram in the vicinity of the railway track, and connected to the pillow, the sliding device is disposed between the ram and the pillow, and the ram operates to laterally slide on the pillow. The invention features simple structure and low investigation cost, occupies small space, is not only applicable for route of normal road and rail vehicles, but also for that of long multi-axis vehicles composed of tractors and trailers, or vehicle trains, and thus enabling the road and rail vehicles to be widely used and saving power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Hefei Bopu High-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaolong LI
  • Patent number: 7827917
    Abstract: A guideway system and method of operating a guideway is included comprising a guideway with entrance and exit ramps and vehicles having both a smooth, servo-based primary steering systems based upon proximity sensing of the side of the guideway and a backup mechanical steering system. The backup steering system is selectively engaged and disengaged based on location with respect to the entrance and exit ramps and provides vehicle wheel steering in the event of a failure of the primary servo steering system. The backup steering comprises one or more vertical members affixed to the guideway and one or more steering elements engageable with the member(s). The elements may be pivoted into and out of backup steering engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Joy Kirston Henderson
  • Publication number: 20100242784
    Abstract: A path switching facility for crossed paths comprises: at least one article transport vehicle configured to travel along a first path and a second path that crosses the first path; a guide rail for guiding a guided roller of the article transport vehicle; a travel rail for guiding and supporting travel wheels of the article transport vehicle; a rotatable guide rail and a rotatable travel rail both located in a crossing area; a push operating portion provided to the article transport vehicle to push one of the rotatable guide rail and the rotatable travel rail; and, an operatively connecting device for coupling a rotation of the rotatable guide rail with a rotation of the rotatable travel rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Oguro, Motohiro Fujita, Yuuya Takemoto
  • Patent number: 7789020
    Abstract: A track of a road and rail vehicle, comprising: a railway track, and a routing device having a supporting plate and a turnout; wherein the routing device is disposed in front of the railway track and connected to a road; the supporting plate is aligned with the road and capable of moving horizontally and adjusting a direction or an angle of the road and rail vehicle entering the railway track; and the turnout enables the road and rail vehicle to switch between the road and the rail. A road and rail vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Hefei Bopu High-Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaolong Li
  • Patent number: 7757609
    Abstract: A magnetically levitated transportation system employs permanent magnet rails along a guideway that interact with permanent magnets on a vehicle. The rails are optimized to reduce magnetic mass and cost of materials, while maximizing lift force. The vehicle is stabilized in the lateral and yaw directions with feedback controlled lateral control coils that interact with the permanent magnet rails on the guideway. A track switching structure employs permanent magnet rails that gradually widen along a segment of track and separate into two identical diverging rails. Feedback controlled lateral control coils in a moving vehicle stabilize that vehicle over one or the other pairs of diverging rails, as directed by a control computer, thereby causing the vehicle to continue along one path or the other, with no moving or active elements required in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Launchpoint Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Orlo James Fiske, Chen Chen, Michael Ricci, Bradley Evan Paden
  • Patent number: 7742849
    Abstract: A system for computing car switching solutions in a railway switch yard. The system is computer based and has an input for receiving data conveying information about one or more arrival trains arriving at the switch yard and data conveying information about departure trains to depart the switch yard. A processing entity processes the data and computes car switching solutions for the railcars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Kari Muinonen, Anshu Pathak, Matthew Barker, Vincent Morency
  • Publication number: 20100147181
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment a substrate transport system is provided. The system has a guideway and at least one transport vehicle. The transport vehicle is adapted for holding at least one substrate and capable of being supported from and moving along the guideway. The guideway comprises at least one travel lane for the vehicle and at least one access lane offset from the travel lane allowing the vehicle selectable access on and off the travel lane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Bufano, Gerald M. Friedman, Christopher Hofmeister, Ulysses Gilchrist, William Fosnight
  • Patent number: 7669533
    Abstract: The connection guide for a rail transport apparatus is provided with a first direction control guide and a second direction control guide such that when the transport vehicle travels in a forward direction, after the guiding operation of the first direction control guide is released the transport vehicle is guided by the second direction control guide, wherein a forward shift guide abuts a guide roller of the transport vehicle during the shift operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Muratec Automation Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Senzo Kyutoku
  • Patent number: 7624685
    Abstract: A guideway and chassis system of wheel-based, rail running vehicles includes a guideway system having substantially horizontal bases, two parallel rails, and mainly vertical guide rails extending along both sides of the rails, with mainly horizontal inward flanges in a vertical distance above the bases. The chassis includes a set of main wheels arranged to run on the rails and a set of guide wheels arranged to bear against the guide rails to ensure the lateral position of the vehicle. The flanges are localized closely above the top side of the guide wheels to restrict the ability of the guide wheels to upward vertical movement. The width of the flanges is sufficiently small so as to not interfere with the main wheels, thereby allowing the top of the main wheels to extend above the horizontal flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Posco Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Ingemar Andreasson, Andrew Howarth, Hanyoung Choi, Christin Sangolt
  • Publication number: 20090056585
    Abstract: In a device for lifting a tongue rail (3) of a switch during switching of the tongue rail (3), including a roller holder (8) for rollers or rolls (14), which is arranged laterally outside a slide chair within the surface of a sleeper (18) facing the rails (3,5), the roller holder (8) is connected with a flange (9) carrying a stop bar (11) for fixation to the rib plate (1), and the stop bar (11) laterally bears against an edge of the rib plate (1) in the position connected with the rib plate (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Leitner, Mario Schreibmaier, Heinz Ossberger, Franz Stelzer, Mario Hosner
  • Publication number: 20090050011
    Abstract: A track of a road and rail vehicle, comprising: a railway track, and a routing device having a supporting plate and a turnout; wherein the routing device is disposed in front of the railway track and connected to a road; the supporting plate is aligned with the road and capable of moving horizontally and adjusting a direction or an angle of the road and rail vehicle entering the railway track; and the turnout enables the road and rail vehicle to switch between the road and the rail. A road and rail vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventor: Xiaolong LI
  • Publication number: 20090013898
    Abstract: Disclosed is a switch arrangement for magnetically levitated railways, comprising a support (1), which is bendable transversally to the direction of travel and is provided with track or component fittings, a rail arranged transversally to the direction of travel, a rack (23) arranged transversally to the direction of travel and a supporting frame (15) for receiving said support (1). The supporting frame is supported on the rail by a running wheel (16) and comprises a drive mechanism (18) with a toothed wheel (20) that engages in the rack (23) as well as a motor for the propulsion thereof. According to the invention, the support (1), the supporting frame (15) and the drive mechanism (18) form, as an entity, a firmly connected assembly which is arranged in such a manner that it can be displaced in the direction of travel and relative to the rail (17) and the rack (23).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Qinghua Zheng, Friedrich Loeser, Xiufei Liu
  • Patent number: 6899035
    Abstract: In order to provide a rail-mounted transport system, in particular an overhead monorail, comprising at least one active track switch, which comprises at least two movable rail portions that are selectively bringable into an operating position, in which the movable rail portion situated in the operating position connects in each case two fixed rail portions of the transport system to one another, and comprising at least one vehicle, which is movable along the rail portions of the transport system and comprises at least one power transmission unit for the contact-free transmission of power from power supply lines of the transport system to the vehicle, wherein the power supply to the vehicles in the region of an active track switch is achievable in a simple manner, it is proposed that the vehicle comprises at least two power transmission units, which are spaced apart from one another in the direction of travel of the vehicle, wherein the distance between the power transmission units is greater than the length o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Duerr Automotion GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Zorn, Erik Lindig
  • Publication number: 20040025739
    Abstract: A pair of rail members have upward wheel supporting surfaces and inward roller guide surfaces, respectively. A fixed path includes linear path portions and a branching-and-joining path portion. Linear-side guide members extending along the linear path portions and a branching-and-joining-side guide member extending along the branching-and-joining path portion are provided in a branching-and-joining section. A moving body is provided with wheels and side guide rollers supported and guided on a wheel supporting surface and a roller guide surface, respectively. A direction restricting member guided by sideward guide sections of the guide members is driven by a lateral-movement unit to move freely in a lateral direction between a location corresponding to the linear-side guide member and a location corresponding to the branching-and-joining-side guide member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazufumi Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 6672466
    Abstract: A transportation system for transporting a load into and out of a serviced area. The transportation system comprises near and far support lines and a cross support line suspended from the near and far support lines. A trolley assembly traverses the cross support line, and the trolley assembly is adapted to carry the load from the area to harvested. A transfer track may be used to allow the trolley to traverse the near and/or far support lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Herbert Hand
  • Patent number: 6629502
    Abstract: A pair of rail members have upward wheel supporting surfaces and inward roller guide surfaces, respectively. A fixed path includes linear path portions and a branching-and-joining path portion. Linear-side guide members extending along the linear path portions and a branching-and-joining-side guide member extending along the branching-and-joining path portion are provided in a branching-and-joining section. A moving body is provided with wheels and side guide rollers supported and guided on a wheel supporting surface and a roller guide surface, respectively. A direction restricting member guided by sideward guide sections of the guide members is driven by a lateral-movement unit to move freely in a lateral direction between a location corresponding to the linear-side guide member and a location corresponding to the branching-and-joining-side guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazufumi Matsukawa
  • Patent number: 6601518
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for securing and/or controlling the final position of a tongue rail (14) that can be adjusted in relation to a rigid rail (12). A catch element extends from said tongue rail and interacts with a lever element in such a manner that in the respective final position of the tongue rail the latter is supported and the position of the tongue rail is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Werth Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Albrecht Demmig, Hans-Ulrich Dietze, Hubertus Höhne
  • Patent number: 6556898
    Abstract: A distributed control system for a track network includes a local controller connected to a plurality of switch machines and a central office. The local controller receives from each switch machine a switch position signal and outputs to at least one switch machine a switch control signal related to a desired state of a track switch associated with the at least one switch machine in one of a plurality of positions. The local controller further outputs to the central office a first communication signal including switch position data corresponding to the switch position signal output by the at least one switch machine and receives from the central office, as a function of the first communication signal and a desired movement of one or more vehicles on the track network, a second communication signal which includes switch control data corresponding to the switch control data output to the at least one switch machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Bombardier Transportation GmbH
    Inventor: Keith W. Clawson
  • Publication number: 20030075070
    Abstract: A switcher track apparatus comprising four switch units having precisely supported turntables at the intersections of the rails of two tracks, with switch sections of the track on the turntables movable into alternate switching positions in alignment with the two tracks and with magnet assemblies for establishing and releasably holding precise alignment. A dolly or sled for riding on the tracks has four wheel assemblies at its corners each comprising two rows of four roller wheels in a V-shaped arrangement for engagement with curved rail surfaces. The wheel assemblies are carried on sprockets that are tied to a driver sprocket on a T-bar for operation in unison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Steven Spielberg, Simon T. Jayes, Mark Hotchkiss
  • Patent number: 6539876
    Abstract: A guide rail switch for a robotic track system is provided, the robotic track system comprising at least one horizontal guide rail, at least one vertical guide rail, and at least one robot that can move along the guide rails. The switch comprises a frame coupled to the horizontal guide rail and the vertical guide rail, and a moving joint coupled to the frame, wherein the moving joint can move between a first and second position. A first rail section is coupled to the moving joint, wherein the first track section connects to the horizontal guide rail when the moving joint is in the first position. A second rail section coupled to the moving joint, wherein the second track section connects to the vertical guide rail when the moving joint is in the second position. This switch allows the robot to move between the vertical and horizontal rail depending on which position the switch is in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Storage Technology Corporation
    Inventors: James P. Campbell, Timothy C. Ostwald