Trail Rail Mounted Rail Anchor Applicator Patents (Class 104/17.2)
  • Patent number: 9682465
    Abstract: A magazine type screwing device and a screw supplementary device are provided. The screwing device includes a screwdriver bit with a protrusion part, a storing portion, and a screw stopping portion. The storing portion includes a tubular structure and a slide rail, which are connected with each other. The screwdriver bit is installed in the tubular structure. The screws are disposed within the slide rail. After the screwdriver bit is moved within the tubular structure in a first direction and then the screwdriver bit is moved within the tubular structure in a second direction, one of the screws is detached from the screw stopping portion and introduced into the tubular structure. The screw supplementary device includes a screw transferring portion and a screw feeding portion. The screw transferring portion includes a first conveying track, a sensing element over the first conveying track, a gear, and a first motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Tsui Lan, Wen Pin Tsao
  • Patent number: 9605385
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including an apparatus that is a rail anchor comprising a head, a tail, and a belly section. The belly section comprises a top surface, a bottom surface, and two side surfaces. Each side surface comprises a contact-bearing surface area. The head comprises a bend along a length of the head. The tail comprises a notch. Each contact-bearing surface area has a surface area of at least 3 square inches and is adapted to extend at least 1.5 inches downward from the top of a railroad track crosstie along a side of the railroad track crosstie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lewis Bolt & Nut Company
    Inventors: David M. Barry, Timothy John Austin, Luigi Pisano
  • Patent number: 9334611
    Abstract: An applicator for the removal and attachment of a contact clip to a railway rail comprises an applicator body forming a clip seat to receive the contact clip, a thrust jaw suitable for engaging the clip housed in the clip seat, a contrast jaw suitable for engaging the foot of the rail, a thrust device for moving the thrust jaw towards the contrast jaw so as to push the contact clip housed in the clip seat in a thrust direction towards the contrast side, in which the clip seat is suitable for supporting the contact clip transversally to the thrust direction in an area between the thrust jaw and the contrast jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Cembre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gualtiero Barezzani, Samuel Veglianti
  • Patent number: 9255363
    Abstract: The present invention embraces a manually operated arrangement (“A”) and a method, adaptable for a transfer along a longitudinal extension of a rail (1) and intended to be able to secure said rail to a subjacent crosstie (2) by a horizontal transfer of clips (3: 3a), included in fastening elements (4), and displaceably oriented in relation to a holder (5) included in the fastening element (4), where the holder (5, 5a) co-operates firmly with said crosstie (2). The respective one of said clips (3; 3a) is adapted to, by a movement, allow displacing the clips (3: 3a) horizontally for a clamping of the rail base (1c) in relation to the holder (5). An opposed first pair (6a, 6b) of a first lever-shaped means (6) is adapted to, via its lower end areas (6aa, 6ab) co-operate with the clips. For this purpose, the invention provides a means (20, 21, 23) lifting the crosstie (2) with holders (5) and clips (3) up to the rail base, which means is adapted adjustable in height (“D”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: ROSENQVIST RAIL AB
    Inventors: Jacob Landstrom, Martin Somerset, Bjorn Soderberg
  • Patent number: 9212456
    Abstract: A rail fastener orienter is provided for orienting rail fasteners to a desired orientation, the fasteners having a head, an opposite tip and a shank connecting the head to the tip, and being sequentially provided to the orienter in one of a head right, head left, head up and head down orientation. The orienter includes a frame having an upper end and an opposite lower end, and defining a track with an inlet adjacent the upper end, and an outlet adjacent the lower end, the track dimensioned for slidingly and rotatingly accommodating the shank. At least one stage holder is provided for accommodating the fastener in the track as the head is at least partially engaged by at least one bumper for repositioning to a desired one of the orientations, such that the fastener reaches the outlet in the desired orientation after axial rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Thomas Pier, Daniel Edward Van Ert, Justin Jerome Pipol, James William Boyd
  • Publication number: 20130239840
    Abstract: The present invention embraces a manually operated arrangement (“A”) and a method, adaptable for a transfer along a longitudinal extension of a rail (1) and intended to be able to secure said rail to a subjacent crosstie (2) by a horizontal transfer of clips (3: 3a), included in fastening elements (4), and displaceably oriented in relation to a holder (5) included in the fastening element (4), where the holder (5, 5a) co-operates firmly with said crosstie (2). The respective one of said clips (3; 3a) is adapted to, by a movement, allow displacing the clips (3: 3a) horizontally for a clamping of the rail base (1c) in relation to the holder (5). An opposed first pair (6a, 6b) of a first lever-shaped means (6) is adapted to, via its lower end areas (6aa, 6ab) co-operate with the clips. For this purpose, the invention provides a means (20, 21, 23) lifting the crosstie (2) with holders (5) and clips (3) up to the rail base, which means is adapted adjustable in height (“D”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ROSENQVIST RAIL AB
    Inventors: Jacob Landstrom, Martin Somerset, Bjorn Soderberg
  • Patent number: 8534195
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment is directed to a finger for use in a rail plate inserter machine workhead and for positioning a rail plate predisposed on a rail tie under a rail, having a planar body having an upper arm with a hook-shaped end and including an opening for accommodating a spring, the end being configured for being contacted by a bar operatively associated with a finger lift assembly; a lower arm having a depending tip; and a middle portion joining the upper and lower arms to define an obtuse angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Christopher Noll, Bill Luoma, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Mark A. Kappel, Daniel Brook
  • Patent number: 8522688
    Abstract: A rail maintenance anchor spreader/squeezer work head includes a work head frame, a pair of sliding brackets laterally reciprocating on the frame, each bracket having an anchor engaging end, and a pair of opposed fluid power cylinders secured to the frame, each cylinder connected to a respective one of the sliding brackets for laterally reciprocating the sliding brackets for any one of anchor squeezing, when both cylinders are extended, and anchor spreading when at least one of the cylinders is retracted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Pritzl
  • Patent number: 8499695
    Abstract: A rail-tie connecting clip engagement/disengagement apparatus for slidably attaching opposite bottom portions of a rail to a tie thereunder with clips each having an outer portion having opposite lateral openings; wherein a first rail side of said apparatus, used to engage/disengage one bottom side of the rail to the tie with one clip, comprises: a) a pair of similar opposite lateral arms, each having an inner hooked end portion to engage one of the lateral openings, a central pivot portion, and an outer end portion carrying one of a cam and a cam follower; b) the other of the cam and the cam follower, being an actuating arm, motivated by the outer end portion thereof to cause appropriate engagement/disengagement of the hooked end portions in the opposite lateral openings of the clip; c) bias means to maintain the cam in contact with the cam follower; and, d) lateral arm longitudinal movement means to jointly move the arms to and away from the rail, to thereby push/pull the clip when engaged by the hooked end
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Ilia Petkov
  • Patent number: 8485103
    Abstract: An anchor spreader apparatus and method for moving rail anchors, the anchor spreader apparatus has a mounting member, a rail clamp assembly and an anchor-engaging assembly. With the rail clamp assembly properly clamped to the rail, the anchor spreader apparatus is maintained in a proper and controlled position relative to the anchor as the anchor-engaging assembly is rotatably moved relative to the rail clamp assembly. The anchor spreader apparatus may be paired with a spike-pulling apparatus, whereby the anchor spreader apparatus and the spike-pulling apparatus simultaneously move the rail anchor and pull respective spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Harsco Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Miller, Anthony P. DeLucia
  • Patent number: 8171855
    Abstract: A workhead assembly for use with a rail maintenance machine having a workhead assembly for use with a rail maintenance machine having a rail lifter and configured for movement relative to a railroad track having a pair of rails, the workhead assembly constructed and arranged for positioning a tie plate predisposed on a rail tie, including a workhead body connected to the machine; a centering apparatus on the body constructed and arranged for centering the workhead over the rail tie; a squaring apparatus on the body constructed and arranged for squaring the tie plate on the rail tie; and a pusher assembly on the body for positioning the tie plate under a selected one of the rails being lifted by the rail lifter, and including at least one plate engaging finger constructed and arranged for engaging the tie plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Christopher Noll, Bill Luoma, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Mark A. Kappel, Daniel Brook
  • Patent number: 8082852
    Abstract: A machine for automatically orienting railroad tie plates includes a sensing region having at least one optical sensor adapted to sense a physical feature of a tie plate. An electronic controller is connected to the optical sensor and is disposed to receive a sensor signal indicative of the physical feature of the tie plate when the tie plate is in the sensing region. The electronic controller further determines an orientation of the tie plate based on the sensor signal, compares it to one or more predetermined or possible orientations, and provides a command to at least one actuator adapted to perform at least one tie plate orientation operation to change the orientation of the tie plate based on the comparison of the orientation of the plate with the predetermined orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Progress Rail Services Corp
    Inventors: Mark Plyler, Andy Loftis, John Cook, Dennis Grantham, Michael Adams
  • Publication number: 20110308421
    Abstract: A rail maintenance anchor spreader/squeezer work head includes a work head frame, a pair of sliding brackets laterally reciprocating on the frame, each bracket having an anchor engaging end, and a pair of opposed fluid power cylinders secured to the frame, each cylinder connected to a respective one of the sliding brackets for laterally reciprocating the sliding brackets for any one of anchor squeezing, when both cylinders are extended, and anchor spreading when at least one of the cylinders is retracted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Patrick Pritzl
  • Patent number: 7810433
    Abstract: The invention describes a device for the assembly and disassembly of a fastening device, more preferably of a rail fastening device on a support body, wherein the device is designed as screw adapter and the screw adapter is to be placed on the rail fastening device. The invention is based on developing a device for the assembly and disassembly of a rail fastening device which sits on the fastening device with an accurate fit and largely guarantees automated screwing in and screwing out of the fastening device in existing engagement stages. According to the invention this is achieved in that the screw adapter comprising an engagement pin at its stem, in the contact surface of its main body possesses a centrally arranged recess to accommodate the head of a fastening element, wherein the main body on both sides next to this recess comprises two mounting pockets designed trough-shaped as well as a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: DB Netz AG
    Inventors: Nicole Kumpfmüller, Harald Mauer, Dieter Mrosowski, Karsten Westerhoff, Andreas Rinsdorf
  • Publication number: 20100101446
    Abstract: A railway anchor applicator for applying an anchor to a rail includes a frame configured for movement along a track, an anchor input for sequentially delivering an anchor to a workhead assembly, where the workhead assembly is movably mounted on the frame for movement toward and away from the rail. An anchor receiving arm is configured for movement between a first position receiving an anchor from an anchor input and a second position placing the anchor away from the anchor input. A main pivot arm is configured for movement between a first position generally away from the rail and a second position generally adjacent the rail. A bar clamp arm is operatively linked to the main pivot arm and is configured for movement underneath the rail, then upwards and towards the rail. An operator station is located on the gage side of the rail which the anchor is being applied.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Robert C. Claas, John K. Luvaas, Leary C. Peterson, Donald M. Treziak, JR., Donald C. Noll
  • Patent number: 7694631
    Abstract: A magazine for a railway anchor applicator having an anchor receiving mechanism for applying an anchor to a rail includes a chute structure. Configured for storing anchors in a sequential arrangement, the chute delivers the anchors to the anchor receiving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Nordco, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Claas, John K. Luvaas, Donald M. Treziak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7677177
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the disassembly of a rail anchor, connecting a rail to a sleeper of a track, comprising two opposing tool levers, connected by a rod, operated with displacement about a pivot axis by means of a press drive. A first tool lever is connected to the press drive, coupled to the tool frame. A further tool lever is defined at an upper end by the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: MATISA Matériel Industriel SA
    Inventor: Jörg Ganz
  • Patent number: 7658152
    Abstract: A track mounted machine is capable of inserting a previously positioned tie plate between a rail and underlying cross tie of a railway. The machine preferably is also capable of lifting the rail from the tie prior to tie plate insertion and/or, is capable of operating on both rails of a railway simultaneously. The preferred embodiment includes two tie plate inserter assemblies mounted on a common workhead. Each tie plate inserter assembly includes a pusher that can be moved, under control of an operator stationed on the machine, vertically and longitudinally on the rails so as to be aligned with a field end of the tie plate. The pusher can then be actuated to push the tie plate laterally under the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Racine Railroad Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Brenny, Jeff Hon, Frank D. Gall, III
  • Patent number: 7647871
    Abstract: A railway anchor applicator for applying an anchor to a rail includes a frame configured for movement in a specified direction of travel along a track, and a workhead assembly movably mounted on the frame for movement toward and away from the rail. Also provided is an anchor receiving mechanism configured for movement between a first position receiving an anchor from an anchor input and a second position placing the anchor away from the anchor input. An anchor positioning mechanism moves between a retracted and extended position for positioning the anchor adjacent to the rail at either the field or gage side of the rail. An anchor clipping mechanism engages the anchor onto the rail by applying pressure on the anchor from the side of the rail and compresses the anchor between components of the anchor clipping mechanism so that compressive forces act on the anchor transversely across the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Robert C. Claas, John K. Luvaas, Leary C. Peterson, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Donald C. Noll
  • Patent number: 7574961
    Abstract: A device (1) for the application and/or for the removal of elements for the connection of a rail to a railway track sleeper, comprising at least one lever (2, 3) mounted on a frame (4) in a rotatable manner around an axis of rotation (5, 6), and equipped with at least one pressure organ (7, 8) adapted to engaging the connecting element, and at least one cylinder-piston group (9) adapted to driving the lever (2, 3) in order to assemble or disassemble the connecting element. The cylinder-piston group (9) comprises a cylinder body (10) and a sliding piston (11) housed within the cylinder body (10) and moveable with respect to the cylinder body (10) under the action of pressurised fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Cembre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Gualtiero Barezzani, Cesare Braga
  • Patent number: 7497166
    Abstract: A railway vehicle for inserting plates on rail ties that engage with rails includes a frame configured for movement relative to the track and a plate inserter workhead mounted to the frame. The plate inserter workhead is configured for pivoting the tie plate about a leading edge of the plate so that the trailing edge of the tie plate is lifted off the tie. The plate inserter workhead is configured to subsequently release the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Fuerst, Bruce Blazek, Donald M. Treziak, Jr., Robert M. Weber
  • Patent number: 7104200
    Abstract: A rail fastener driver apparatus for driving fasteners into ties of a railroad track includes a fastener driving mechanism with a reciprocating element for engaging a fastener and driving it into a tie, a fastener magazine configured for accommodating a plurality of rail fasteners and feeding them sequentially for driving by the element, a fastener feeder mechanism including a fastener holder configured for movement between a first position sequentially receiving one fastener from the magazine and a second position placing the fastener in a driving position for engagement by the driving element and the fastener feeder mechanism configured for lowering and axially rotating the fastener from the first position to the second position. An obstacle accommodation device, and a method of driving rail fasteners are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Nordco Inc.
    Inventors: Jack K. Hosking, Robert C. Claas, James W. Fuerst
  • Patent number: 6662729
    Abstract: A railway anchor spreader has a rotating plate on each side of each rail, with the bottom of each rotating plate having a pair of jaws. The tie plates are lowered until the jaws strike the ballast, and the tie plates are then pivoted first in one direction, and then in the opposite direction, by a hydraulic cylinder located near the top of the anchor spreader plates. The jaws will thereby strike the tie plates, first pushing them in one direction and then in the opposite direction, to move the rail anchors away from the tie. The shape of the jaws ensures that pivoting the anchor spreader plate will not cause the jaws to strike the tie as well as the tie plate. A rail clamp capable of grabbing rails of various sizes is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Harsco Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Harry Madison
  • Publication number: 20030150350
    Abstract: A railroad clip applicator system for efficiently securing a fastening clip to a receiver bracket of a crosstie. The railroad clip applicator system includes a housing, a handle structure attached to the housing, an actuator secured within the housing, an engaging structure attached to the actuator for engaging a fastening clip, and a pair of lower arms extending from the housing to engage a lower side of a rail. The engaging structure is comprised of a pair of guide pins slidably positioned within the housing, and an engaging member having a center member and a rear member for engaging the rear portion of the fastening clip. The actuator forces the engaging structure forwardly thereby causing the fastening clip to slide within the tapered slot of the receiver bracket until the fastening clip is fully secured upon the receiver bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy R. Wilson