Sledways Patents (Class 104/134)
  • Patent number: 10046776
    Abstract: A structure having at least one flexible material structured and arranged to withstand a tensile load, at least one support structure configured to support the flexible material and structured and arranged to withstand a compressive load, and at least one enclosed volume at least partially defined by the at least one flexible material, the at least one enclosed volume being configured to be maintained as a low-pressure environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: James T. Coutre, Joshua Giegel, Brogan Bambrogan, Filip Finodeyev, Casey Handmer, David Dehaan
  • Patent number: 9764840
    Abstract: A cargo management system is provided comprising an air cushion cargo shuttle, an air blower configured to blow air beneath the air cushion cargo shuttle, and an inductive charging receiver on the cargo shuttle. In various embodiments, an energy storage module may be electrically coupled to the inductive charging receiver. A wireless charging station may inductively couple with the inductive charging receiver. The inductive charging receiver may include a first resonant coil, and the wireless charging station may include a second resonant coil. The wireless charging station may switch on in response to the air cushion cargo shuttle entering a desired range. A floor panel may rest beneath the air cushion cargo shuttle with the wireless charging station beneath the floor panel. The floor panel may comprise at least one of a composite material or a metallic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9718630
    Abstract: A high-speed transportation system, the system including at least one transportation tube having at least one track, at least one capsule configured for travel through the at least one tube between stations, a propulsion system for the at least one capsule; and a levitation system for levitating the capsule in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventors: Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9707291
    Abstract: The invention relates to compositions and methods for inducing a protective immune response against a poxvirus in a human neonate or infant of less than 6 months of age. The invention encompasses administering a single high dose of an MVA to a human neonate or infant of less than 6 months of age, wherein the administration induces protective T- and B-cell responses against a poxvirus in the human neonate or infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventors: Cédric Cheminay, Ariane Volkmann, Paul Chaplin, Mark Suter
  • Patent number: 9701319
    Abstract: A transportation system is disclosed that includes a monorail (or other vehicle) along a column-supported rail and a movable weight system that repositions and/or accelerates a movable weight with respect to the movable weight's rail to counterbalance a moment associated with the weight and/or a centrifugal force of the monorail relative to the column, where some embodiments also mitigate resonance. Also disclosed is a linear induction motor (LIM) system that enables the LIM to tilt and thereby remain close to the rail, which mitigates potential thrust losses and/or air losses. Further disclosed is an air bearing system where the air bearing has a compliance and a resilience that minimizes air loss between the rail and the bearing. Additionally disclosed is a rotatable wedge system that essentially expands and/or contracts automatically to maintain an adjacency between two rail portions, where some embodiments also mitigate resonance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Gonzalo Duran Ariza
  • Patent number: 9641117
    Abstract: A dynamic linear motor is controlled by determining a relative proximity of a moving rotor of the linear motor to a fixed stator segment of the linear motor using a current location of the moving rotor. A current driving characteristic of the linear motor at the current location of the moving rotor is determined. Settings for the fixed stator segment when the moving rotor reaches the fixed stator segment are identified based on the current driving characteristic. The fixed stator segment is driven based on the settings when the moving rotor reaches the fixed stator segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventors: Sandhya Rani Jetti, George O'Neal, Nima Bahrami, James Dorris, Jiaqi Liang, Brogan Bambrogan, Joshua Giegel
  • Patent number: 9567166
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes cargo loading systems and components including cargo systems utilizing one or more air cushions to elevate one or more cargo shuttles. Air is delivered to the air cushions by compact centrifugal air blowers. Such compact centrifugal air blowers are designed to provide sufficient power to inflate air cushions, while having a sufficiently short profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9555888
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes cargo loading systems and components including cargo systems utilizing one or more air cushions to elevate one or more cargo shuttles. The air cushions are formed by one or more air curtains, which include pressure compensating seals. The seals allow the air curtains to contact and seal against a floor panel, reducing leakage from the air cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9511861
    Abstract: An air cushion cargo shuttle for loading and unloading cargo on an airplane is described. The air cushion cargo shuttle includes a first inner air curtain defining a first volume of pressurized air. The air cushion cargo shuttle also includes a noise barrier curtain enclosing the first inner air curtain. The noise barrier curtain is adapted to trap air leaking from the first inner air curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9511860
    Abstract: A cargo management system is provided including an air cushion cargo shuttle, an air blower configured to blow air beneath the air cushion cargo shuttle, and a first wireless communication device on the air cushion cargo shuttle. A cargo shuttle may also include a wireless communication device on the cargo shuttle, and a power drive unit on the cargo shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 9485904
    Abstract: Among the problems in achieving high yields of sown crops in agricultural production are the timely sowing thereof, maintaining moisture in the soil and environmental friendliness. In the disclosed method for increasing crop yields, including in naturally handicapped areas, the method optimizes sowing times, carrying out the sowing in wet soil which is in a saturated and/or muddy state, during or immediately following rain or directly following the thawing of a snow cover. A sowing assembly travels at a rate of between 1 and 60 km/hour, and the load-bearing portion for the sowing assembly is a utility vehicle operating with a pressure on the soil of 0.4 kgf/cm2 or lower, and as low as zero, e.g., a “Bars UTES 271” having elastic tire-covers or an air cushion. The seeds are buried directly under the layer of over-wet soil and the burial depth is between 0.2 and 15 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Sergei Vladimirovich Brindyuk
  • Patent number: 9314688
    Abstract: A system with at least one sliding surface element (1), preferably as run-in track systems for ski jump system/ski jumps, wherein the height and/or the course of the sliding surface elements (14) has to be adjusted to any profile by spacer elements (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: CeramTec-ETEC GmbH
    Inventor: Eduard Kropp
  • Patent number: 9290187
    Abstract: A capsule for an evacuated tube transport system, the capsule comprising a capsule body for carrying passengers within an evacuated tube; a first door disposed in a first end of the body; and a first coupling mechanism and a first sealing mechanism arranged respectively to couple the capsule to another capsule at the end of the body while the capsules are moving and to establish a seal around the door and a corresponding door in the other capsule to enable passengers to move from one capsule to another through the doors without exposing the passengers to the pressure of the evacuated tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: David Dalrymple
  • Patent number: 8807045
    Abstract: A transportation apparatus configured to travel on rails and having an induced freezing rail system includes: a transportation vehicle having a support unit configured to support a frame from the rails; and a freezing rail system comprising freezing rails positioned on a ground surface corresponding to the support unit of the transportation vehicle, the freezing rails having a refrigerant and cooling devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Young-Ho Kim, Je-Hoon Yun
  • Publication number: 20120266775
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system, method and apparatus for imparting a traversing motion and a rotation motion to a decoy. The system includes a first track portion, a second track portion securable to the first track portion and a sled for traversing along the tracks. A decoy is mounted on a pole rotatably secured to the sled. Two cables that are manually retractable by winding apparatus are each connected to a laterally extending arm of the pole so that the decoy is rotated to face the direction of traversal along the track. Retracting the first cable rotates the decoy in a first direction and to moves the sled in a first direction along the track section. Retracting the second cable rotates the decoy in an opposing direction and to moves the sled in the opposing direction along the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Jack Buchta
  • Publication number: 20120145031
    Abstract: The present invention has been developed to improve the way a payload support platform, such as a mole, is driven between one site and another, particularly when the second site is the interior of a Lift which interfaces with a Pallet Handling System (PHS) of a ship. In a first aspect the invention proposes that the driving means which drives the payload support platform along a rail (10) is also used to move that rail (10) relative to the payload support platform and a support rail (22) so that the position of the rail can be changed during the movement of the payload support platform between one site and another. The payload support platform is lockable to the support rail (22), such that the force which drives the payload support platform along the rail (10) changes to driving the rail (10) relative to the support rail (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: David Scott Wright, Matthew Evans
  • Publication number: 20110308422
    Abstract: A vehicle track including a soft porous material and a vehicle which rides on the track by skiing cm the soft porous material. The vehicle has a large ski surface that rides on the soft porous material, supporting the weight of the vehicle at high speeds. Air within the soft porous material supplies most of the lift needed to support the train, Qniy a small amount of the support is provided by the structure of the porous material itself when the vehicle is in motion. As a result, the friction between the soft porous material and the ski surface may also be exceedingly small. To increase the amount of lift provided by the soft porous material it can be contained within a channel having impermeable sides and bottom. If the ski surface is substantially the same width as the channel, the impermeable sides prevent the air from escaping on either side of die ski surface. Accordingly, the trapped air contributes to greatly enhanced lift force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Sheldon Weinbaum, Yiannis Andreopoulus, Parisa Mirbod
  • Patent number: 6742458
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle transportation system utilizes a guideway with parallel enclosed rails. Each enclosed rail has an electrical bus bar for supplying power to vehicles on the guideway. The guideway will accommodate dual-mode vehicles that are capable of usage on conventional streets as well as on the guideway. The guideway also accommodates conventional vehicles and ferries that operate only on the guideway. The dual-mode vehicle has a body with axles that are extensible. The axles move from a retracted position, with the wheels recessed within the wheel wells, to an extended position. In the extended position, the wheels locate within the enclosed rails. Conventional vehicles and freight are carried on ferries that move along the guideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: J. Kirston Henderson
  • Patent number: 6401625
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle transportation system utilizes a guideway with parallel enclosed rails. Each enclosed rail has an electrical bus bar for supplying power to vehicles on the guideway. The guideway will accommodate dual-mode vehicles that are capable of usage on conventional streets as well as on the guideway. The guideway also accommodates conventional vehicles and ferries that operate only on the guideway. The dual-mode vehicle has a body with axles that are extensible. The axles move from a retracted position, with the wheels recessed within the wheel wells, to an extended position. In the extended position, the wheels locate within the enclosed rails. Conventional vehicles and freight are carried on ferries that move along the guideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: J. Kirston Henderson
  • Publication number: 20010045174
    Abstract: A container for sliding on structural track elements forming part of a system for the conveyance of flat objects comprises:
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Applicant: Middlesex Industries S.A.
    Inventor: George W. Horn
  • Patent number: 6129027
    Abstract: This invention concerns a processing machine, particularly for panel-shaped workpieces of wood or wood materials, which consists of: one or more processing stations which essentially lie in the same plane; at least one working unit which can travel over the work stations in three axes perpendicular to one another, and, a number of bearing rails upon which the displaceable carriage units are arranged in the plane of the work stations. The bearing rails have electrical and pneumatic supply interfaces for the carriage units and the supply interfaces are arranged linearly along the longitudinal direction of the bearing rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Shomag Maschinenbau AG
    Inventors: Achim Gauss, Karl Frey, Kurt Kalmbach
  • Patent number: 6044768
    Abstract: A support for aiding a person, robot or material-moving member in a gravity free environment. The support comprises a platform having slots therein with releasable securing means disposed on either side thereof which cooperate with a wheeled member disposed in the slot having a shoe connected thereto with cooperating means engaging the releasable securing means to permit the person, robot or the like wearing the shoes to traverse the support in a safe, regulated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Tibor Czinki
  • Patent number: 5528992
    Abstract: A guide system for a reciprocating grate system having a grate surface, alternating rows of stationary and movable grate blocks, a movable carriage, a fixed undergrate structure, and a driving force device. The guide system includes guide units which guide the movable carriage and the movable rows of grate blocks with respect to the fixed undergrate structure and the stationary rows of grate blocks during reciprocating stroke cycles of the driving force device. Each guide unit includes a fixed guide member and a movable guide member. The fixed guide member is attached to the fixed undergrate structure and has an upper non-linear contour with wear plates, each having a wear surface. Each movable guide member is attached to the movable carriage and has a lower non-linear contour with wear plates, each having a wear surface. When the movable carriage is in an installed position, the wear surfaces are in slidable contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Wheelabrator Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur W. Cole
  • Patent number: 5394806
    Abstract: A new carriage system for a ram feeder has been designed and is provided. As in the prior art, the carriage system has a drive cart to which is attached a driving force member at one end thereof and a ram member on the other and opposing end thereof. The drive cart is supported by and travels upon a carriage table. The carriage system of the present invention replaces the prior art wheel and flat rail arrangement under the drive cart. The wheels together with the associated problems have been eliminated. In the present invention, the carriage system has a guide member attached to the carriage table and a travel member attached to the underside of the drive cart. The guide member is longitudinally oriented on the carriage table in the direction of drive cart travel and has at least one upper wear portion. The guide member guides the drive cart and the attached ram member during a reciprocating stoke cycle of the driving force member. The travel member has at least one lower wear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Wheelabrator Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur W. Cole, Franklin A. Hamlyn, James D. Dougherty, John M. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 5289779
    Abstract: A linear motion rolling contact guide unit includes a rail elongated in shape, a slider slidably mounted on the rail and a plurality of rolling members interposed between the rail and the slider. The rail has a top surface, a pair of side surfaces and a bottom surface, and a guide groove is formed in each of the side surfaces with a tapered relief trench formed at the bottom of the guide groove. A side recess is also formed in each of the side surfaces. The slider is provided with an end seal having a first seal lip at each of front and rear ends and also with a bottom seal having a second seal lip. The first seal lip is in sliding contact with the top surface and also with the guide groove and the tapered relief trench and the second seal lip is in sliding contact with the side recess of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Nippon Thompson Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasumasa Ohya, Koji Kano
  • Patent number: 5211114
    Abstract: A pulling system for pulling or moving a large object, such as pulling components of an offshore oil/gas production platform onto an adjacent barge that is subsequently transported to the installation site. This pulling system incorporates a single elongated rod that is connected between the object to be moved and a puller unit that pulls the object along a track. During operation, the puller unit causes a gripping unit to grip the rod so that the puller unit can move the object. Afterwards, the gripping unit releases its engagement of the rod, repositions itself with respect to the rod, and regrips the rod so that movement of the object may again be initiated by the puller unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignees: McDermott International, Inc., John Gibson (Lifting Gear) Agencies Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul D. Chaplin, Brian D. Hyde, Edwin A. B. W. Campbell, Paul F. Gibson, Michael J. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5012748
    Abstract: A sleighroad is disclosed including a wheelless transportation system with a locomotive including motorized horsehoofing thrusters for propelling a plurality of carriages equipped with ball thrust bearings for running on steel rails instead of using conventional carriage wheels and wherein the carriages include side-mounted roller thrust bearings operatively connected to side guard railings to keep the carriages on track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: Timothy T. J. Young
  • Patent number: 4885996
    Abstract: An apparatus for a handling assembly comprises at least one carrier member and at least one slide unit displaceably arranged on the carrier member. The slide unit is in operative connection via a cable drag member electrically/pneumatically or electrically/hydraulically with an energy and a signal source. The carrier member is a one-piece cellular structure and has an integrated guideway which, has an inclined position within the carrier member, so that a space-saving arrangement of the cable drag member, substantially protected against external action, is obtained. The slide unit comprises a driving unit, which is arranged in a U-shaped head guided with the lateral legs on the carrier member and is operatively connected with a rack arranged on the carrier member, for linear movement. Protective members are provided laterally on the carrier member. The slide unit together with the carrier member forms a closed system protected against external action or intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Inventor: Gregory C. Hirschmann
  • Patent number: 4821647
    Abstract: An amusement ride down a ramp containing two air suspension flumes and a return conveyor belt system. The ramp is in a climate controlled transparent housing. There is ducting in the ramp for air conditioning, compressed air, and other possible fluid needs along the ramp and at its top portion. The upper half of the housing may be transparent. The cars have a transparent canopy and enclose room enough for three passengers. The ramp has modular sections supported by stanchions the height of which are hydraulically adjustable by automatic sensing devices; possibly using laser light or other types of electrical sensing apparatuses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventors: Tyrone E. Powell, George Ladyman
  • Patent number: 4773809
    Abstract: A device in the storage system having movable units placed one beside the other and provided with shelves, the units being movable sidewise on tracks in order to form a passage between two units movable in opposite directions, the passage allowing access to the units, and a handling device movable into said passage for loading or unloading of articles into and out of the units. The tracks carrying the movable units are composed of interspaced sections placed on the floor which are provided with upwardedly directed support wheels or rollers, and that in the interspaces uninterrupted rails extend therein upon which said handling devices are movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Assignee: Electrolux Constructor Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Tomas H. Petersson, Lars Magnusson, Alve S. Steinfeldt
  • Patent number: 4703697
    Abstract: A transportation system is disclosed in which passenger carrying coaches are guided along paths defined by a trackway. The trackway has bottom, top and side tracks which limit movement of the coaches orthogonally to the trackway. The coaches proceed, for the most part, without touching the tracks, being supported by stub wings, mounted on pylons carried by the coaches. Motive power is supplied by a jet engine and primary control of a coach is by airfoil type control surfaces. Auxiliary control is supplied by nozzles which expel pressurized gas to provide corrective reactive forces. The position of a coach along the trackway is derived from location sensors carried by the coach, while the spacing of the coach from the trackway is derived from proximity sensors. The sensor signals are fed to central processing unit which compares this information with benchmark information contained in memory. The location information is used to command the motive power jet and flaps on the stub wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Inventor: George S. Bell
  • Patent number: 4701100
    Abstract: An industrial robot has a head movable in first and second orthogonal directions within a working area to manipulate a workpiece. The industrial robot comprises a stationary base extending along the first direction, an intermediary base slidably disposed on the stationary base to move along the first direction, and a slider slidably disposed on the intermediary base and to move along the second direction. The slider has a supporting portion which extends towards the working area and which supports the head thereon so that the supporting portion positions the head within the working area remotely from the stationary base and the intermediary base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments & Electronics Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahide Nagai, Minoru Noda, Hitoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4664578
    Abstract: A semiconductor substrate transport system includes a semiconductor substrate holder for holding semiconductor substrates to be transported, a linear pulse motor for driving and reciprocating the semiconductor substrate holder, a pulse oscillator connected to the linear pulse motor, an arrangement for holding a clearance of the linear pulse motor, and guide for guiding the reciprocating motion of the linear pulse motor. The semiconductor substrate holder, the linear pulse motor, the clearance holding arrangement and the guide are installed in a chamber which is brought into a vacuum atmosphere, whereby the appearance of dust during the transport of the semiconductor substrates can be suppressed, and the available percentage and throughput of the semiconductor substrates processed or to be processed by a semiconductor production apparatus can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yutaka Kakehi
  • Patent number: 4627362
    Abstract: An air assisted sliding device has a pallet supported on a base. The pallet has a recess provided on the periphery of its bottom surface in which a flexible tubular sealing member is mounted. The sealing member has a memory normally contracting it so as to be flat. An air passage communicates with the interior of the flexible sealing member so that compressed air can be fed to it. A groove is evenly provided on the bottom surface of the pallet within the bounds of the recess and a separate air passage for feeding compressed air or vacuum air is communicated with the groove so that the pallet may be provided with an air film of compressed air or may be stopped and a vacuum applied to attract the pallet to the base at a predetermined position on the base. A timing belt drive or an electromagnetic motor is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Myotoku
    Inventors: Yoji Ise, Minoru Kato, Keiichi Tachikawa
  • Patent number: 4616960
    Abstract: Improvements to the various components of hydrostatic bearing levitation systems, systems wherein fluid pressure between a load and the rails of a track system supports and guides the load, are described. The rail has a plurality of lengthwise extending ports and nozzles communicating from the innermost ports through the curved upper wall to the interface area between the rail and the load. The nozzles are arranged in longitudinally aligned groups and in a pair of parallel rows with the groups of one row being longitudinally staggered with respect to the groups of the other row. The nozzles can be inexpensively produced by boring an oversize hole through the upper wall and fixing a cannula, such as a hypodermic needle, in the bore. The cannula's internal diameter is the desired nozzle diameter. The load support member has a compliant outer cover, a central core, and a filler material wound tightly on the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: E. B. Eddy Forest Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Herbert E. Gladish
  • Patent number: 4455945
    Abstract: This invention is a combination consisting of a mechanism for supporting varying loads by use of compressed air in motion and transported by a set of traction wheels acting equal and opposite to the compressed air force while transporting the load. The unique features of this invention incorporate the capability of transporting varying loads at various speeds with a considerable reduction of horsepower requirements. In accomplishing this transportation of loads there is created an Air Motive Clamp upon the guiding support member (track or beam) which instantaneously and continuously guides the transported loads automatically by a closed loop servo system thereby simplifying operational control, reducing the external supporting weights required and provides substantial economic savings including:(1) Due to the compressed air support of loads there is a substantial reduction in friction as compared with present day bearing load support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Airail Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Malte Swensson
  • Patent number: 4271762
    Abstract: A pleasure vehicle which is to be used on a trough-shaped downhill track, includes a vehicle body and a leg support, extending frontwardly therefrom. A plurality of support elements support the vehicle on the downhill track for movement down the track. A plurality of brake shoes are mounted on the vehicle body, for simultaneous displacement by a single actuating lever into and out of braking positions, so that the support elements of the vehicle body are lifted off the downhill track, while the support elements of the leg support continue to guide the vehicle on the downhill track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Inventor: Josef Wiegand
  • Patent number: 4246846
    Abstract: A sledding system having a track installed on a ski slope in the summer has U-shaped track sections with a flat bottom and substantially upright sides which serve to retain a driver controlled sled sliding on the track. Braking is provided by extendable side brakes which engage the upright sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1981
    Inventor: Alois J. Betschart
  • Patent number: 4216839
    Abstract: An electrically powered vehicle achieves maximum structural strength with minimum weight by utilizing a combined body and chassis formed entirely of plastic material, molded and bonded into an integral composite structure which includes a central, hollow longitudinal beam, top, bottom, and side panels of the vehicle body portion, and a power unit supporting chamber at the forward end closing the forward end of the beam and tying it to the side panels. The beam holds the batteries, and the chamber contains all of the components of the power unit including the controlling device. The structure is thus as rigid and light as possible, in addition to eliminating any possibility of any unwanted grounding or electrical paths. The only metal in the vehicle is that of the additional components such as road wheels, suspension members, steering, and power unit and the fasteners and brackets used to retain them in mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1980
    Assignee: Unique Mobility Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Gould, Roger D. Winquist, William R. Eve, IV, James V. McCutchen, Anthony M. Pelcher, Richard E. Watson
  • Patent number: 4201137
    Abstract: A slide and sled combination designed for use on the side of a mountain in conjunction with the operation of ski lift, consists of a monorail extending the length of a mountain from the upper end near the top of a ski lift along a path containing curves, banked curves, and straight segments to the bottom of the mountain near the base of the ski lift. The monorail consists of, in cross-section, a tubular segment supported on a web. Sleds comprising shells are supported on and secured to the monorail by two sets of four wheels which engage the tubular segment. Each set of wheels are supported on bulkheads connected to the shell. A braking system controllable by an operator sitting in the shell includes brakes actuated by a lever that are adapted to engage the tubular segment at diametrically opposite points. Stabilizing wheels are provided on at least one of the bulkheads and are adapted to engage the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Assignee: American Zephyr Corporation
    Inventor: Andry Lagsdin
  • Patent number: 4193470
    Abstract: A fluid propelled ground effect vehicle lifted by pressurized fluid directed upwardly through openings in a support floor. The vehicle body is propelled across the support floor by exiting pressurized fluid trapped in a receiving chamber underneath the vehicle body and discharged through an outlet in the chamber. The vehicle body is steered by controlling the direction of exit of the pressurized fluid as it leaves the receiving chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1980
    Inventor: Russell J. Logan
  • Patent number: 4181080
    Abstract: The body of a magnetically levitated vehicle is carried by a support structure wherein chassis components support the body through first springs and wherein the magnets are secured to the chassis components by second springs. Each of the first and second springs comprise respective bellows filled with fluid. The pressure or volume of the fluid in the second spring bellows is adjustable in response to the fluid pressure or volume in the first spring bellows. For this purpose the second spring bellows communicate operatively with the respective adjacent first spring bellows, preferably through adjustable valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm GmbH
    Inventor: Luitpold Miller
  • Patent number: 4135666
    Abstract: An artificial cross-country skiing practice set comprises a track formed of interfitted rail sections placed end-to-end to form parallel rolling bands receiving roller-ski members in normal skiing relationship. At least one roller of each ski member has an adjustable brake simulating resistance to advancement as when skiing on snow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1979
    Assignee: Tacole Etablissement
    Inventor: Heinz Durst
  • Patent number: 4109904
    Abstract: The invention covers a passenger slide with bearings or ties installed at a slope, with length-adjustable interlocking supports resting on the bearings for the slide segments which fit on the tubular carriers arranged at the upper end of the length-adjustable supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Demag A.G.
    Inventors: Klaus Becker, Jurgen Cittrich, Karl-Ernst Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 4089271
    Abstract: A portable roller skid for moving bulky or heavy loads in which the skid has a body with a set of load supporting rollers, and means to fix the skid under a load. The skid is constructed to provide one direction of load movement and when coupled in pairs the skids provide two directions of movement for a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Inventor: Charles L. Pack
  • Patent number: 4063517
    Abstract: An endless water way is supported by a superstructure and includes a bottom wall and side walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall to form a trough. A pump system effects continuous forward flow of water through the trough of the waterway. A guide track is supported on the waterway above the trough. A plurality of vehicles for transporting passengers from station to station are buoyantly supported by the guide track in the waterway. The guide track maintains the vehicles at a selected depth in the waterway. Each vehicle is provided with braking apparatus for frictionally engaging the guide track of the waterway to slow and stop the vehicles. The continuous forward movement of water in the waterway forwardly propels the vehicles from station to station. A plurality of endless waterways form continuous loops that radiates outwardly from the main terminal to provide transportation around the loops to and from the main terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Inventor: Michael A. Nardozzi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4061089
    Abstract: A land transportation system for a vehicle that is supported and guided by air bearings. The vehicle requires no driver or motorman because a guideway determines the direction of travel, except at switch-points in the network. The vehicle is propelled by a linear synchronous motor when on the guideway. The linear synchronous motor primary is embedded in the guideway. A linear inductor alternator provides on-board electric power. A pair of linear induction motors are used to accelerate the vehicle from a station stop up to guideway synchronous speed, to provide a magnetically attractive element to permit switching in guideway tracks, and to provide dynamic braking when stopping at the destination station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1977
    Inventor: Elbert Morgan Sawyer
  • Patent number: 4057018
    Abstract: In order to transfer long vehicles upon a ground surface and more particularly railway carriages or wagons, use is made of platforms which glide over the ground by means of fluid cushions and which carry track sections for receiving vehicle wheels. Two or more such platforms which are movable independently of each other, are mutually positioned so that the respective track sections are in extension of each other and are assigned to the vehicle front wheel system and to the vehicle rear wheel system respectively, each platform being independently lockable with the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1977
    Assignees: Bertin & Cie, Arbel Industrie
    Inventors: Jacky Adrien Paul Laurent, Francis Jean-Marie Croix-Marie
  • Patent number: 4014266
    Abstract: A transport track and a sliding carriage for transporting heavy loads in substantially horizontal direction. The track comprising a bottom plate intended to be positioned loosely on a support capable to bear heavy loads. The upper surface of the plate and the lower surface of the sliding carriage being designed so as to provide minimum resistance to the movement of the sliding carriage over the surface. At least one rod is attached to the bottom plate which rod is adapted for cooperation with a climbing jack intended for moving the carriage and with a guide groove in the carriage for guiding the carriage during the movement. Structure is also arranged for transferring axial forces arising in the rod to the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1977
    Assignee: Paul Anderson Industrier AB
    Inventors: Soren Naslund, Gosta Martin Bohm
  • Patent number: 4010693
    Abstract: The invention provides a tracked air cushion vehicle comprising a vehicle body, a lift platform from which the vehicle body is suspended, end bogies provided at each end of the lift platform, the lift platform and the end bogies being adapted to run within an inverted channel section track so as to define a chamber which can be maintained at subatmospheric pressure, apparatus connected to the chamber for providing the sub-atmospheric pressure, and biasing apparatus coupled between the vehicle body and the end bogies for biasing the end bogies towards the roof of the track, the biasing apparatus exerting a force equal to at least a substantial portion of the weight of the end bogies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1977
    Assignee: Bliss Pendair Limited
    Inventor: Denys Stanley Bliss