Hose Bridges Patents (Class 104/275)
  • Patent number: 9673601
    Abstract: Cable protectors and related methods are provided for protecting cables while being positioned between raised floor panels. The cable protector has a base portion having at least one receptacle channel configured to receive a cable, wherein the at least one receptacle channel is positioned between a first side ridge and a second side ridge that each extend vertically to different heights relative to the at least one receptacle channel. The cable protector also has a cover panel mounted to the base portion and supported by the first and second side ridges. The cover panel covers the at least one receptacle channel at a non-orthogonal angle with respect to the vertical direction. Other cable protectors disclosed have a modular design or a feature for connection to adjacent floor panels having differing heights or interlocking designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: CHECKERS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Coffman, Greg Lundeen
  • Patent number: 9438022
    Abstract: This specification discloses a modular device for protecting cables and conduits includes cable and conduit protector sections. Each cable and conduit protector section includes a channel, a first ramp, a second ramp and a lid. The channel further includes a bottom, a first side, a second side and plurality of cross members including a first end cross member and a second end cross member, the first ramp is connected to the channel first side and the second ramp is connected to the channel second side. The lid preferably has an arched shape running the length of the channel and is connected to the channel second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Tri-Flex of Ohio, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Lioi
  • Patent number: 8791363
    Abstract: An exemplary ramp structure capable of being positioned over at least a portion of a cable protection system comprises first and second center portions, a first side ramp portion adjacent a side of each center portion, and a first tapered portion adjacent an end of the first side ramp portion. The first tapered portion may be tapered in at least two different directions that are substantially orthogonal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Checkers Industrial Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 8342211
    Abstract: A protective pipe cover and support apparatus is disclosed that provides for secure attachment to an underlying surface, such as a concrete, tarmac or stone surface, for example, and which provides for secure retention and support of multiple pipes or other conduits within the pipe cover and protection of the pipes against loads, impacts and/or other forces applied to the pipe cover. The protective pipe cover includes a load bearing cover element with lateral load bearing supports which bear against an underlying surface, a curved outer web extending between the lateral supports, and a central load bearing support extending between the outer web and an underlying surface, and including an anchor for attachment to the surface. The pipe cover also includes a pipe support with multiple pipe retainer clips for resiliently retaining multiple pipes situated between the outer web of the load bearing cover element, and the underlying surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fenix Energy Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas Ross King
  • Patent number: 8288652
    Abstract: An exemplary ramp structure capable of being positioned over at least a portion of a cable protection system comprises first and second center portions, a first side ramp portion adjacent a side of each center portion, and a first tapered portion adjacent an end of the first side ramp portion. The first tapered portion may be tapered in at least two different directions that are substantially orthogonal to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Checkers Industrial Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 8119914
    Abstract: A cable protector may comprise an at least partially transparent base member, at least one channel extending between opposing ends of the base member and structured to house at least one cable, and an indicia member positioned within the base member so as to be visible through at least a portion of the base member. The indicia member may comprise advertising indicia, indicia that indicates at least a product name of the cable protector, and/or indicia that indicates a manufacturer of the cable protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Checkers Industrial Products, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7838772
    Abstract: An exemplary ramp structure capable of being positioned over at least a portion of a cable protection system comprises a center portion, a first side ramp portion adjacent a side of the center portion, and a first tapered portion adjacent an end of the first side ramp portion. The first tapered portion may be tapered in both a first direction and a second direction that is substantially orthogonal to the first direction. The first tapered portion may be integrally formed with the first side ramp portion and the first side ramp portion may be integrally formed with the center portion. An exemplary cable protection system is also disclosed comprising a first cable protector structured to receive one or more cables, a first side ramp adjacent a side of the first cable protector, and a first tapered structure pivotally attachable to an end of the first side ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Peterson Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7795535
    Abstract: An exemplary ramp structure capable of being positioned over at least a portion of a cable protection system comprises a center portion, a first side ramp portion adjacent a side of the center portion, and a first tapered portion adjacent an end of the first side ramp portion. The first tapered portion may be tapered in both a first direction and a second direction that is substantially orthogonal to the first direction. The first tapered portion may be integrally formed with the first side ramp portion and the first side ramp portion may be integrally formed with the center portion. An exemplary cable protection system is also disclosed comprising a first cable protector structured to receive one or more cables, a first side ramp adjacent a side of the first cable protector, and a first tapered structure pivotally attachable to an end of the first side ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Peterson Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7674980
    Abstract: An exemplary cable protection system is disclosed comprising a first cable protector structured to receive one or more cables, a first side ramp adjacent a side of the first cable protector, and a tapered structure adjacent an end of the first side ramp. The tapered structure may be tapered in both a first direction and a second direction that is substantially orthogonal to the first direction. The tapered structure may also comprise a substantially planar top surface and may be removably attached to, or integrally formed with, the first side ramp. The cable protection system may also comprise a second cable protector connected in series with the first cable protector and a second side ramp adjacent a side of the second cable protector. The tapered structure may be configured to overlap at least a portion of the second side ramp, which may have a steeper slope than the first side ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Peterson Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7595450
    Abstract: An exemplary ramp structure capable of being positioned over at least a portion of a cable protection system comprises a center portion, a first side ramp portion adjacent a side of the center portion, and a first tapered portion adjacent an end of the first side ramp portion. The first tapered portion may be tapered in both a first direction and a second direction that is substantially orthogonal to the first direction. The first tapered portion may be integrally formed with the first side ramp portion and the first side ramp portion may be integrally formed with the center portion. An exemplary cable protection system is also disclosed comprising a first cable protector structured to receive one or more cables, a first side ramp adjacent a side of the first cable protector, and a first tapered structure pivotally attachable to an end of the first side ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Peterson Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7592547
    Abstract: A cable protection system includes at least one cable protector having at least one channel extending between its opposing ends for receiving at least one cable. The cable protector may include a cover structure pivotally attached to a base member by a hinge rod inserted through hinge members formed in the cover structure and the base member. A first ramp or an additional cable protector may be attached to the cable protector by inserting one or more connectors formed on the first ramp or additional cable protector into vertically oriented apertures defined in a side of the cable protector. One or more connectors may also be formed on a side of the cable protector opposing the apertures to removably attach the cable protector to a second ramp or an additional cable protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Peterson Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7394025
    Abstract: Cables or other elongated objects are protected from traffic by a plurality of double-ended protector members disposed end to end and interconnected by flexible connector structure allowing bending between adjacent protector members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas K. Wong
  • Patent number: 7309836
    Abstract: A cable protection system includes at least one cable protector having at least one channel extending between its opposing ends for receiving at least one cable. The cable protector may include a cover structure pivotally attached to a base member by a hinge rod inserted through hinge members formed in the cover structure and the base member. A first ramp or an additional cable protector may be attached to the cable protector by inserting one or more connectors formed on the first ramp or additional cable protector into vertically oriented apertures defined in a side of the cable protector. One or more connectors may also be formed on a side of the cable protector opposing the apertures to removably attach the cable protector to a second ramp or an additional cable protector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Peterson Systems International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Lubanski
  • Patent number: 7203412
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pleasant illuminated anti-trip cable duct for use in protecting wires that cross pathways. The illuminated anti-trip cable duct may also be used to illuminate raceways or paths, such as aisles in auditoriums or churches. The anti-trip cable duct incorporates an integrated light transmission window and electroluminescent wire. Installation is straightforward and very similar to installation of standard, non-illuminated cable duct. Unlike rope or string lighting, which may not be arbitrarily cut, the present invention may be cut to any arbitrary length at the job site, provided that a minimum length is used. Lengths of the present invention may be cascaded together, enabling long illumination runs. The present invention may be provided in rolled lengths, adding to ease in shipping, warehousing, and job site installation. Little additional skills are required for installation, making the present invention an attractive alternative to typical non-illuminated anti-trip duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Haskell Moore
  • Patent number: 7145078
    Abstract: A hand rail member can be removably attached to the side ramps of a modular cable protector. The hand rail member has a body with a base shaped to allow a series of cable protectors to be attached together in an end-to-end fashion, connectors for attaching the hand rail member to corresponding connectors on the side ramps of a modular cable protector, and a hand rail extending across the top of the hand rail member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen K. Henry
  • Patent number: 7145079
    Abstract: A modular cable protector has a side ramp extending laterally outward and downward from the top to the base along one side of the cable protector, and a side ramp cover extending laterally outward and upward from the base to the top along the opposing side of the cable protector. The side ramp cover can be use to abut and cover the side ramp of an adjacent cable protector with the tops of the cable protectors in vertical alignment to form a substantially continuous surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen K. Henry
  • Patent number: 6878881
    Abstract: A modular cable protector assembly has side ramps, tunnel members, and tunnel connectors that can be removably engaged to one another in a modular fashion to form a wide variety of configurations. Each tunnel member includes a tunnel extending along its length for passage of cables, and two sets of laterally-opposed connectors that removably engage corresponding connectors on the undersides of the side ramps. Each tunnel connector has two sets of connectors that removably engage the connectors on two tunnel members and thereby secure the tunnel members in a side-by-side relationship. The side ramps and the top surface of the tunnel connector combine to provide a relatively continuous surface over the cable protector assembly that is suitable for foot traffic or wheeled traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Stephen K. Henry
  • Patent number: 6843181
    Abstract: Ducting associated with rail track comprising a bed (13) located along at least a portion of the length of the rail track, the bed lying proximate the rails (11), a resiliently deformable cover (27) receivable over the bed and comprising a plurality of elongated channel members located in an end to end relationship having their flanges (29) extending downwardly and outwardly, the cover being intended to cooperate with the bed to define a duct able to accommodate conductors, optical fibres, cable and services. The bed has retention means (21) in the form a groove to receive and retain the lips (31) of the channel members. An apparatus having a carriage (73) is movable along the rail track to cause inward resilient deformation of the cover by pairs of rollers (71) to enable installation and withdrawal of the lips (31) from the grooves (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Inventor: Jonathan Mark Morris
  • Patent number: 6747212
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for removably connecting two parallel cable protectors having side ramps in an adjacent side-by-side relationship employs a central member to bridge the void between the side ramps of the cable protectors. A number of cable protector connectors extend from the central member to removably secure the cable protectors to the central member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Stephen K. Henry
  • Patent number: 6499410
    Abstract: A cable crossover/protector that comprises illumination as an integral part of its structure to warn of its presence. The crossover/protector may include an element to sense when current is being carried by the cables it is protecting to activate the illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Industry Advanced Technologies
    Inventor: Philip N. Berardi
  • Patent number: 6481036
    Abstract: A modular cable bridging assembly has a cable protector with side ramps, and a series of channels extending between its ends to receive cables or the like. End connectors enable the cable protectors to be attached together in series to any desired length. Secondary ramps can be removably attached over each side ramp of a cable protector for handicapped access. Each secondary ramp has a base extending laterally beyond the side ramp, and an upper surface extending over the side ramp having a slope that is less than that of the underlying side ramp. A secondary ramp connector is used to removably attach the secondary ramp to the cable protector. Edge rails can be removably attached to the secondary ramps for safety and structural rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Checkers Industrial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Duvall
  • Patent number: 6252164
    Abstract: The present invention provides a rigid and partially hollow dome-shaped utility line coupling protector having first and second apertures for the insertion and removal of the male and female ends of a utility line. An optionally recessed bottom cover is provided as a seal against fluids and debris. An adjustable aperture adapter cap having a plurality of perforated, nested sections is carried within each aperture in order to accommodate various sized utility lines and, further, to provide a fluid and debris-resistant barrier. In order to prevent horizontal movement of the coupling and its accidental disconnection, a first and second coupling stop, and a plurality of ways dimensioned for receiving generally inverted U-shaped washers are provided. Downwardly extending projections formed on the bottom of the device engage the ground to prevent movement of the device during use. Through-holes for receiving nails, stakes, or the like are formed on the device for further securing said device to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Eric P. Wise
  • Patent number: 6202565
    Abstract: A modular cable bridging device for protecting cables. A plurality of ramps and central members are provided, each having a respective sidewall. The central members are formed with a passageway therethrough for receiving a cable. A ramp connector extends along at least a portion of the midsection of the sidewall of each ramp. A complementary central member connector on the midsection of the opposing sidewalls of each central member slidably engage the ramp connectors. The ramp is thus secured to the central member and bridges the cable when the ramp sidewalls are positioned parallel and adjacent to the central member sidewalls and the ramp connector and central member connector are slid together in a direction parallel to the sidewalls. In addition, the central members can be secured to one another with an interconnect member formed by two opposing ramp connectors that slidably engage the complementary central member connector in the manner described above. Each ramp is also provided with end connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Stephen K. Henry
  • Patent number: 6067681
    Abstract: A hose bridge for bridging a hose extending over a surface, for example a fire hose for conveying water for extinguishing purposes, has a passage for the hose and defines a support surface that can rest on the surface. The transverse dimension of the passage in a direction transverse to the support surface is smaller than the nominal diameter of the hose and the circumferential dimension of the passage essentially corresponds to the circumferential dimension of the hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Kuiken N.V.
    Inventors: Eelco Franciscus Zeinstra, Lucas Salomons
  • Patent number: 5864811
    Abstract: An audio circuit for a computer includes a bidirectional modem connection, a microphone input, first and second audio output channels, and an audio synthesizing circuit arranged to produce first and second synthesized audio channels. In a first mode of operation the first synthesized audio channel is applied to the first audio output channel and the second synthesized audio channel is applied to the second audio output channel. In a second mode of operation the first and second synthesized audio channels are combined into a monotonic signal and applied to the second audio output channel, and audio signals from the bidirectional modem connection are applied to the first audio output channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Thanh T. Tran, John A. Landry, Robert F. Watts
  • Patent number: 5566622
    Abstract: An apparatus for bridging of a hose to facilitate movement of vehicle wheels over a hose without damaging thereof which is of significant strength as well as being collapsible such as to be easily stored on emergency vehicles where limited space is available. The improved apparatus includes multi-directional ramps along with a hose bridging central member which is interconnected to multiple similarly shaped members to provide the capability of bridging one or more hoses while including ramps extending from both opposite directions. The design is particularly capable of being constructed of aluminum for lightweight advantages and includes a detachable engagement means for the ramps with respect to the central hose bridging member which is particularly advantageous when made from aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventors: Theodore Ziaylek, Jr., Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Patent number: 5095822
    Abstract: An improved cable crossover device for protecting electrical cables from damage. The device is modular in design and comprises modular sections coupled together by a strengthened interlocking system which allows for a variable length device. The main modular section comprises a solid body of elastomeric material comprising two opposed ramps. Each ramp comprises a bottom, generally horizontal surface and an inclined surface extending upwardly from the bottom surface at an angle. Each ramp merges with a central portion of the crossover device comprising a horizontal surface between which is located a plurality of U-shaped recesses, each recess comprising spaced vertical walls and a horizontal base wall therebetween. The electrical cables are positioned within the recesses, each recess being dimensioned so that more than one cable can be supported therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Trouper Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew T. Martin
  • Patent number: 4677799
    Abstract: A multi-sectional raceway is used in combination with a pair of interconnected panels of a detection system. The panels are attached to the ends of a pair of support beams, and electrical wiring runs between the panels. The raceway runs between the panels, and is comprised of two ramp sections and a platform section interlocked to provide ease of assembly and flexibility. The sections are flexibly interconnected by pressure engageable male members depending from the lower surface of the platform section at opposite ends with generally U-shaped female members located on the leg portions extending from the raised abutting end of each ramp section. The raceway also includes at least one generally E-shaped girder structure running underneath the entire width of the platform section to define at least one passageway for the protection of electrical wiring running therealong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Peter J. Zarembo
  • Patent number: 4101100
    Abstract: In an aircraft flight line servicing system there is provided an electrical power unit and an air compressor from which extend respectively a plurality of electrical and air distribution lines and a plurality of service islands are each connected to all of the electrical and air distribution lines. Each service island is provided with components for supplying both starting air and cooling air and electricity to aircraft. The distribution lines and service islands may be detachably mounted upon the surface of the flight line and have such a height and shape so as to enable aircraft tires to pass thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1978
    Assignee: Value Engineering Company
    Inventors: David W. Smith, Raymond C. LeBlanc, J. Allen Oliver
  • Patent number: 4067258
    Abstract: The crossover unit includes a polyurethane pad having a slot extending downwardly and then laterally or horizontally beneath an overhanging lip. A wedge-shaped rubber insert or plug is received in the slot which not only closes the slot, but also resists deflection of the lip when heavy vehicles traverse the unit so that sufficient space is maintained beneath the lip for the protective accommodation of an electric power cable or hose. In a second embodiment the slot extends in opposite lateral directions between a pair of overhanging lips, the insert in this instance being received between the two lips so that space exists under the lips for two cables or hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1978
    Assignee: Irathane Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: William J. Valeri
  • Patent number: 3965967
    Abstract: A portable crossover of high strength elastomeric material, such as polyurethane resin, which is placed upon the ground in the path of a high tonnage earth moving vehicle. A cable, supplying electrical power to an electric excavator, is placed in a U-shaped channel or recess and a strip insert of elastomeric material is placed over the cable thereby preventing debris from damaging the cable or causing subsequent removal of the cable to be difficult. The crossover is shaped particularly to provide ramps on each side for the vehicle to engage and has central load-carrying shoulders which restrict central deflection of the crossover, under the wheels of the vehicle, such that vehicle load is not imposed on the cable. A towbar, of rigid plate material or a cable or chain fixedly joins one end of the crossover whereby a tow vehicle may connect to and relocate a crossover from place to place as needed, upon removal of the cable from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: Rubber Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: David P. Jentzsch, Hyrum T. Anderson, Lee J. Olsen