Platforms Patents (Class 104/30)
  • Patent number: 9010251
    Abstract: Overhead public transport installation for urban and peri-urban environment using track ropes with overhead stations, each comprising a platform situated below the level of the boarding/disembarkation platforms and consistent with the overhead clearance of the road transport system in terms of the difference in level that corresponds to the sag in the track ropes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Creissels Technologies
    Inventor: Denis Creissels
  • Patent number: 8967050
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a train platform safety device. The train platform safety device is installed at a position corresponding to a safety line on a subway or railway platform and is configured such that wire ropes are moved upwards or downwards depending on conditions in which a train approaches or departs from the platform, thus preventing a passenger from intentionally or unintentionally falling onto the train track. Particularly, the distances that the wire ropes move upwards or downwards are determined by rotating a rotating unit including rotating members having different diameters, whereby the wire ropes overlap each other or spread from each other. In this way, the wire ropes allow or block access of passengers depending on conditions in which a train approaches or departs from the platform, thus fundamentally preventing a safety accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: SKD Hi-Tec Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seong-Moo Han
  • Publication number: 20140047994
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a train platform safety device. The train platform safety device is installed at a position corresponding to a safety line on a subway or railway platform and is configured such that wire ropes are moved upwards or downwards depending on conditions in which a train approaches or departs from the platform, thus preventing a passenger from intentionally or unintentionally falling onto the train track. Particularly, the distances that the wire ropes move upwards or downwards are determined by rotating a rotating unit including rotating members having different diameters, whereby the wire ropes overlap each other or spread from each other. In this way, the wire ropes allow or block access of passengers depending on conditions in which a train approaches or departs from the platform, thus fundamentally preventing a safety accident.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicants: SKD HI-TEC CO., LTD
    Inventor: Seong-Moo Han
  • Patent number: 8405937
    Abstract: A method and a system control platform doors that are disposed at a distance to each other corresponding to a train to be entered via the platform. In order to actuate platform doors in a simple manner such that the door system of a platform is highly available, the platform doors are divided into a plural number of groups, that adjacent platform doors are associated with different groups. Each group may be connected to at least two controllers via one respective transfer medium, that control signals of at least one controller are transferred to the platform doors via the transfer media, such that in case of failure of one controller, the functions of the failed controller are transferred to the at least second controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kay Holger Liesenberg, Klaus-Peter Linzmaier
  • Publication number: 20130055920
    Abstract: Overhead public transport installation for urban and peri-urban environment using track ropes with overhead stations, each comprising a platform situated below the level of the boarding/disembarkation platforms and consistent with the overhead clearance of the road transport system in terms of the difference in level that corresponds to the sag in the track ropes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: CREISSELS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Denis Creissels
  • Patent number: 8387541
    Abstract: A platform screen door system (11) for railway stations, comprising: a set of uprights (13) defining a plurality of gates therebetween; a horizontal beam (17) associated with the top of said uprights (13); a set of sliding doors (15) arranged between said uprights (13) so as to close said gates, said sliding doors being horizontally slidable relative to said uprights so as to define a corresponding passageway (P) in said gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: O.C.L.A.P. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Pietro Losito
  • Publication number: 20120245769
    Abstract: The embarkation of passengers onto a vehicle of a transport installation with an aerial cable, comprising selectively served intermediate stations, is controlled by a programming device calculating the number of passengers allowed to go into a double-entrance security door and to embark onto a vehicle stopping at the station, according to the number of passengers in the vehicle and to the number of passengers disembarking from the vehicle at this station as they have compulsorily indicated when embarking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: CREISSELS TECHNOLOGIES
    Inventor: Denis Creissels
  • Patent number: 8156872
    Abstract: A system for transporting cargo includes a cargo terminal having a pair of longitudinal sides, at least one of the pair of longitudinal sides disposed adjacent to and spaced a predetermined distance from a railway track and at least one railcar positioned at a predetermined acute angle relative to the at least one of the pair of longitudinal sides of the cargo terminal and having one end thereof disposed in close proximity thereto so as to enable loading or unloading such cargo through such one end of such at least one railcar. A network of at least two cargo terminals and a method of intermodal cargo transporting are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: KACI Intermodal Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Richard C. Hathaway, M. Kent Bridges
  • Patent number: 8055397
    Abstract: As embodied and broadly described herein the invention includes a system for computing a preferred sequence in which cars in a switching queue of a railway switchyard are to be sequentially switched to classification tracks. The system has a processing entity for determining within a given set of cars at least two possible sequences in which the cars in the set can be switched and applying logic rules for identifying among the sequences a preferred sequence. The system also has an output for releasing data describing the preferred sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Canadian National Railway Company
    Inventors: Anshu Pathak, Matthew Barker
  • Patent number: 7913628
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Patent number: 7802521
    Abstract: The walls in the Unity Platform System are installed all along the platform to match the position of the train doors; on the other hand for different model trains, two new systems which are installed completely free from the train doors have been proposed in the file. The doors with roller bearings move on the seating sledge in the walls. All the doors are attached to one close circle rope, which moves over a pulley set. One drive group activates this rope. The drive group consists of one variable speed reversible motor; one brake and one drive sheave. The rope is pulled to the right or left by the drive sheave. All the doors open or close at the same time, being attached to the same rope. Besides, to bridge the gap between the platform edge and the train, three different Gap Devices have been proposed in the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Bahattin Gunes
  • Publication number: 20100224097
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safety gap filler which is provided on an edge of a railway platform which is adjacent to tracks so as to minimize a gap between the platform and a train. The safety gap filler of the present invention includes a fastening base body, which is attached to the edge of the platform in a direction parallel to the tracks, and support bars, which protrude predetermined lengths from the surface of the fastening base body towards the tracks at positions spaced apart from each other at regular intervals. Each support bar is inclined at a predetermined angle with respect to the fastening base body in a direction in which the train travels, so that the support bars are elastically brought into sliding contact with the sidewall of the train.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Wan Young Lee
  • Patent number: 7784406
    Abstract: An improved gap filler in the form of a single plate or a plurality of plates attached to the train car exterior or emanating from below train car vestibule floor which permits transit line system operator to utilize one device to obtain any desired gap minimization at every train car door in a trainset relative to its corresponding platform edge at all stations on its transit line regardless of platform and/or track configuration while simultaneously adhering to its gap clearance standards pertaining to safe passage of any train within its fleet through any station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: Michael P. Chisena
  • Publication number: 20100180790
    Abstract: A platform screen door system (11) for railway stations, comprising: a set of uprights (13) defining a plurality of gates therebetween; a horizontal beam (17) associated with the top of said uprights (13); a set of sliding doors (15) arranged between said uprights (13) so as to close said gates, said sliding doors being horizontally slidable relative to said uprights so as to define a corresponding passageway (P) in said gates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: O.C.L.A.P. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Pietro Losito
  • Patent number: 7721653
    Abstract: A combined wall and door assembly includes a static wall assembly including a segmented support frame with a rectilinear shape. The static wall assembly further includes a plurality of transparent fiberglass panels directly coupled to the support frame and spaced along an entire longitudinal length of the support frame. The assembly further includes a mechanism for automatically biasing the access doors between open and closed positions when the subway train arrives and leaves a train terminal respectively such that passengers are prohibited from premature ingress and egress of the subway train during a schedule stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventor: Lamass Burgess
  • Publication number: 20090165665
    Abstract: The walls in the Unity Platform System are installed all along the platform to match the position of the train doors; on the other hand for different model trains, two new systems which are installed completely free from the train doors have been proposed in the file. The doors with roller bearings move on the seating sledge in the walls. All the doors are attached to one close circle rope, which moves over a pulley set. One drive group activates this rope. The drive group consists of one variable speed reversible motor; one brake and one drive sheave. The rope is pulled to the right or left by the drive sheave. All the doors open or close at the same time, being attached to the same rope. Besides, to bridge the gap between the platform edge and the train, three different Gap Devices have been proposed in the file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Bahattin Gunes
  • Publication number: 20080098923
    Abstract: A flat terminal for a guideway transit system is provided. The flat terminal comprises a gateway 24 connected to a guideway 20 through which a vehicle 10 moves, and through which the vehicle is driven in and out to enter/alight passengers, entering/alighting platforms 30 at which the vehicle stops at the gateway 24 to enter/alight the passengers or freights, and a waiting room 42 provided on the same plane as the entering/alighting platforms 30. Therefore, it is possible to install a single story structure terminal, rather than a two-story structure terminal, and install the gateway or the entering/alighting platforms at the exterior of the building since a movement of the vehicle does not overlap a passageway of the passengers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Tae-Jin Park
  • Patent number: 7328662
    Abstract: The invention provides a platform gate door device equipped with highly reliable photoelectric obstacle detectors that do not malfunction by disturbance light that moves, such as sunlight. The platform gate door device comprises a platform gate door 13 installed on a platform at a position where passengers get on and off a vehicle; a door control device 4 for opening and closing the platform gate door; at least two photoelectric obstacle detectors 2 disposed between the platform gate door 13 and the vehicle for detecting a presence of an obstacle, wherein each obstacle detector 2 has a light emitter 21 and a light receiver 22 disposed on either side of an opening 12 of the platform gate door, and wherein the obstacle detectors 2 are arranged so that the direction of emission from the light emitters are mutually inversed; and a switching means 3 for activating one of the plurality of obstacle detectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Syoji Kasai, Toshiharu Amazawa, Katsuyoshi Kurisaki
  • Publication number: 20030070576
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing the gap between a platform and a guided vehicle has a horizontal row of parallel blades whose roots are rigidly fixed to the platform, having a resilient bending stiffness in a vertical direction which is greater than a bending stiffness in an horizontal direction parallel to the row. Each blade is of elastomer material containing one or more inserts for presenting lower resistance to bending in the horizontal direction than in the vertical direction. In a modified embodiment the apparatus has a mechanical actuator having a rest state and an active state. The actuator is coupled to the blades in such a manner that the blades are curved in one of the active state and rest state and project from the platform through a distance that is smaller than when the actuator is in the other of the active state and rest state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Publication date: April 17, 2003
    Inventor: Bruno Vincent-Genod
  • Patent number: 6401624
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved railway terminal for the loading and unloading of railway cars. In particular, the present invention is directed to avoid the problems associated with railway cars springing in and out during loading or unloading. The present invention uses supports arranged on either side of the section of track, at which the railway wagon is to be loaded and unloaded, so that the loading floor of the railway wagon or car will remain at a fixed and predetermined height during the loading or unloading. The present invention contemplates the uses of cylinders or pistons as the supports used to place the railway car or wagon at a predetermined height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Harry Nijenhuis Management B.V
    Inventor: Harry Nijenhuis
  • Patent number: 6360668
    Abstract: A platform door system (1) comprises a barrier (10) which includes barrier elements (12), which can be aligned along a track (3) and/or a platform (4), the barrier elements (12) being able to be so displaced that same may be at least partly made flush with each other so that freely selectable, predetermined openings (5) are created along the track (3) and/or along the platform (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Jurgen Rauch
  • Patent number: 6352034
    Abstract: The installation for amusement park, referred to as roller coaster, comprises a circuit made up of rails (6), mounted on supports (10), themselves fixed on a carrier beam (11), on which one or more vehicles run, designed to run on the rails, as opposed to a suspended roller coaster, and at least one station for the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers. Each vehicle comprises a main beam (1), at least one transverse chassis element (2) on which are mounted, on the one hand, wheels (3, 4, 5) interacting with the rails (6), and, on the other hand, seats (7) provided with retention means (8). The station, which comprises at least one platform (12) likewise comprises a fold-away floor (14), which replaces the floor, absent of the vehicle, when the vehicle is stopped in a predetermined position for embarkation and disembarkation. Due to this, the vehicle may be designed without any floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Bolliger & Mabillard Ingenieurs Conseils S.A.
    Inventors: Walter Bolliger, Claude Mabillard
  • Publication number: 20010042489
    Abstract: In order to provide a high-safety step apparatus for a platform which is easy to be installed, eliminates a difference between the top of a platform and a train floor, and fills a gap between a train body and an edge of a platform, a step 1 is placed on the top of the platform 10, an arm is connected to the step pivotally in the horizontal direction, a cover 7 is placed over the step 1, and the step 1 is moved from the home position to the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Akira Maruyama, Tomiharu Takahashi, Tetsuya Mizobuchi
  • Patent number: 6173653
    Abstract: Prefabricated kit for producing a station platform which is variable in its dimensions, in which platform slabs (1) are laid on foundations (4) with interposition of spacer elements (3). The spacer elements (3) can be replaced without damaging the other construction elements (1, 3, 4). The platform slabs (1) may be arranged in various horizontal positions above the foundations (4) in order to compensate for horizontal differences in size in relation to the axis of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Hering GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Edelmann
  • Patent number: 6105905
    Abstract: A railway gate system comprising a railway station having an elevated platform area for passengers to stand and a recessed area with a track and a train movable therealong. A gate has a continuous upper restraining rail along its length. A plurality of cylindrical posts each have an upper end secured to the lower surface of the rail and a lower end. A horizontal recess and vertical apertures are located in the edge of the platform area adjacent to the track. The recess is adapted to receive the rail when lowered to an inoperative orientation and with the circular apertures adapted to slidably receive the posts. Motion imparting mechanisms include elongated pistons having upper ends secured to the lower surface of the rail, central extents extending through selected spaced circular apertures in the platform and lower ends. Hollow cylinders are located beneath the selected spaced circular apertures having open upper ends to receive the pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Roy Spence
  • Patent number: 5988073
    Abstract: A railway waggon comprises on one hand a load carrier (2) composed of two carrying beams (12, 12') and an intermediate, load-receiving platform part (13), and on the other hand bogies (3) with wheels (4) for railway tracks (5). The platform part (13) is located on level with or below the carrying beams (12, 12'), which at their ends change into jibs (15, 15') located above the beams so that these may be applied on top of the bogies (3), without the platform (13) being markedly distanced vertically from the wheel base of the bogies. The load carrier (2) is on one hand coupled to the bogie via a joint (25, 26) in order to allow for relative turning motions between the bogie and the load carrier, and on the other hand detachably connected with each one of the bogies, in order to, in an inactive state in connection with loading and unloading, be able to be displaced with each end laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Jan Eriksson
  • Patent number: 5813349
    Abstract: A transport system comprises a number of dual-mode vehicles (11) and a number of station systems (31). Each of the dual-mode vehicles (11) accommodates a number of passengers, such as, for example ten passengers. Each station system (31) comprises a number of platforms (32) each with a roadway section (36) configured as a ramp on which vehicles are guided forward by electronic control. Each of the platforms (32) are raised above the roadway. The roadway includes barriers (34) with an opening (35) on each side for the admission of a stationary vehicle (11) which has openable doors on each side of the vehicle which can provide admission to all seats simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Palle Rasmus Jensen
  • Patent number: 5775835
    Abstract: The present invention provides a textured tile for embedment in fresh concrete on a platform or walking surface comprising a generally planer element with an upper surface and a lower surface, said upper surface having a plurality of upper projections therefrom to provide a distinctive texture relative to the surface of the platform or walkway, said tile having two opposite side edges intended for alignment with corresponding side edges of other tiles, front and rear edges at least one of which faces oncoming pedestrian traffic. Vertical depending flanges are provided along said opposite side edges and said front and rear edges. There is a plurality of holes in said depending flanges and a series of projections depending from the lower surface of the generally planer element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Inventor: Kenneth E. J. Szekely
  • Patent number: 5386782
    Abstract: A rapid transit viaduct system includes a central load bearing body having a pair of lateral platform structures mounted on opposite lower side portions thereof for carrying one or more rapid transit vehicles on either side of the central load bearing body. The viaduct system further includes vertically extending piers positioned below and supporting the central load bearing body. Additionally, a central station platform can be formed wherein some of the precast concrete viaduct segments are vertically divided and spaced apart a selected distance. A plurality of spacer blocks are disposed between the spaced apart viaduct segments, and a plurality of platform slabs are disposed between the spaced apart viaduct segments, above the spacer blocks, to form a station platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: J. Muller International
    Inventors: Antonio Dinis, Gerard Sauvageot
  • Patent number: 5226367
    Abstract: A railway loading dock is provided with adjacent trackage having pairs of main rails and stabilizing rails. A modified railway flatbed car is equipped along its sides with stabilizing wheels and associated support structure to retain the car bed coplanar with the loading dock surface to permit drive on loading and drive off unloading of large trucks. The railway car bed is equipped with bed extensions which primarily occupy that space between ends of adjacent cars to permit travel of trucks, in a straight or oblique manner, over the ends of adjacent railway cars. The stabilizing rails have inclined segments for gradual engagement with the car stabilizing wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: Eric R. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 5033392
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading and unloading passengers from watercraft, such as for use in boat rides at amusement parks, include a substantially planar inclined platform mounted for rotation about an axis perpendicular to the plane of the platform. The platform extends obliquely to the path of the watercraft so that a section of the platform is submerged. Watercraft traveling along a predetermined path are engaged by a section of the rotating platform as it surfaces and is carried by the platform over an arcuate path as it rotates. The watercraft is disengaged from the rotating platform as the section of the platform on which it rests submerges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Waagner-Biro Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Walter Schemitsch
  • Patent number: 4771698
    Abstract: A sensing system for use on a tracked vehicle transporation system forms a sensitive floor beneath the lip of a platform. The floor is made up of a plurality of metal plates mounted on spring supports so that they can be slightly depressed if an abnormal load is applied to them. Such depression changes the state of a switch or like means through the intermediary of a cable and a lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Assignee: Soule
    Inventors: Jean H. De Kermadec, Guy M. C. M. Thomas