Operating Mechanism Patents (Class 104/50)
  • Patent number: 9084941
    Abstract: An amusement park ride that combines the features of multiple park rides into one. The amusement park ride has a car, a base, and a platform. The car is configured to ride on the rails of a standard roller coaster track. The base has a track segment to receive the car from a roller coaster track and braking system to secure the car on the base. The platform has multiple hydraulic lifts that allows the car to have six degrees of freedom so as to function as a motion simulator. The platform can also move along a track or the ground to function as a dark ride. The locking magnetic brake can release the car either forwards or backwards, or dispatch the car onto one of multiple segments of track to offer a variety of combinations of alternating roller coaster, motion simulator, and dark rides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Fram
  • Patent number: 8302535
    Abstract: A system for transferring railroad cars from incoming receiving tracks to classification tracks for building outgoing trains includes a plurality of incoming receiving tracks, a plurality of outgoing classification tracks and one or more transfer tables for moving railroad cars from the incoming receiving tracks to designated outgoing classification tracks. Each transfer table has a plurality of track segments. Incoming railroad cars are received on a plurality of incoming receiving tracks. A first car is uncoupled from a following second car on each of the receiving tracks having cars. The uncoupled first car is moved from the incoming receiving track onto a corresponding track segment on the transfer table. The transfer table is moved to align a selected track segment with an appropriate classification track for the corresponding railroad car. The transfer table is moved and aligned with appropriate classification tracks until each railroad car has been transferred to the appropriate classification track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas B. Chase
  • Patent number: 6027295
    Abstract: A lifting system for moving mobile homes that includes wheeled jack assemblies, jack units assembled from such assemblies and a segmented track for supporting such assemblies and units. Each jack assembly preferably includes a jack rollingly carried on wheels, and a roller head operatively connected to the working end of the jack to move from a lowered position to a raised position. The wheels allow lateral adjustment of the home, while the roller head allows longitudinal adjustment of the home. In the preferred embodiment, each jack unit includes two jack assemblies, with one of the assemblies further including a drive motor operatively connected to its wheels. Furthermore, the assemblies are interconnected by a hydraulic power unit in the form of a housing that encloses and protects the hydraulics for controlling each jack and drive motor. Each segment in the segmented track generally includes a pair of rails structurally interconnected, with a hole formed adjacent each end of the segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Carl Geppert
    Inventors: Carl Geppert, Kevin L. Wood
  • Patent number: 5647474
    Abstract: The present invention provides a traverser, which includes a support member driven by a chain and movable between a carry-in rail and carry-out rail which are disposed parallel with each other. The support member transfers a truck from said carry-in rail to said carry-out rail. A groove for receiving a flange of a wheel of the truck is formed in an upper surface of the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Akira Morikiyo, Koichi Mizuguchi, Susumu Kawano, Kenji Umezawa, Koji Kato
  • Patent number: 4678051
    Abstract: A vehicle or cart for movement in mutually perpendicular directions includes two sets of driving chains both in contact with the floor at the same time, one set for driving in one direction includes rollers whose axes are parallel to the direction of movement and thus provide gripping with the floor when moving in that direction and the corresponding rollers on the oppositely directed chain links have their axes perpendicular to the direction of movement and thus roll along the floor without impeding, significantly, the movement of the vehicle in the first direction. When the vehicle or cart moves in the second direction the rollers on the second set of chain links engage the floor while the rollers of the chains in the first links roll without impeding the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas E. Dugle
  • Patent number: 4462313
    Abstract: A driverless shuttle vehicle transfers driverless vehicles between first and second parallel tracks. The shuttle vehicle has a track thereon adapted to be aligned with each of the first and second tracks. A motor adjacent each end of the first and second tracks is adapted to selectively move the shuttle vehicle track horizontally toward the end of its associated track for loading and unloading of a driverless vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Assignee: SI Handling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig F. Sleep, Stanley K. Gutekunst
  • Patent number: 4389941
    Abstract: In a driverless vehicle conveyor system wherein a driverless vehicle rides on tracks, two straight sections of the tracks have adjacent ends spaced by a gap. A transfer vehicle is provided in the gap for supporting and transferring driverless vehicles across the gap. The transfer vehicles are mounted for oscillation about an upright axis from a receiving position adjacent one end of the gap to a discharge position adjacent the other end of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1983
    Assignee: SI Handling Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Donald M. Berk, Charles E. Jacoby, Larry Reagan
  • Patent number: 4359000
    Abstract: First and second tracks of a conveyor system intersect at right angles. A drive shaft is associated with each set of tracks. Driverless vehicles ride on the tracks and are provided with first and second sets of drive wheels. The sets of drive wheels are used alternatively and each set has an operative position and an inoperative position. A device is provided on the vehicle for moving the first set of drive wheels from a drive position to an accumulation position and thereafter moving the second set of wheels from an accumulation position to a drive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: SI Handling Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Kinjiro Tokunaga
  • Patent number: 4357875
    Abstract: The conveyor track of a conveyor system is provided with an access way so that persons or vehicles may traverse the tracks without interfering with movement of driverless vehicles along the conveyor. A shuttle is suspended from above and supported for reciprocatory movement across a gap in the track. The vehicles traverse the gap by way of the shuttle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: SI Handling Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell Scheel
  • Patent number: 4294337
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment, a brake disc is fixed to a motor shaft and a movable counter disc is withdrawn from the brake disc by an electromagnet against the force of a spring device. The spring device is laid out unsymmetrically in such manner that, in a first phase of the withdrawal, the counter disc is more strongly withdrawn from the brake disc in the area of lower spring forces. The braking system is employed as a parking brake supplementing the standard short circuit braking for transport cars traveling on profile rails and employed for transporting files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1981
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Edelbert Wiechert
  • Patent number: 4278381
    Abstract: A shuttle rail assembly, capable of carrying a pair of pallets to which workpieces are fixtured, is mounted on a wheeled vehcile movable along a pair of tracks extending adjacent machine tools and set-up stations. The vehicle is positively driven by a DC motor and pinion, mounted on a adjustable eccentric, which meshes with a toothed rack secured to one of the pair of tracks. A vertical standard extending upward from the vehicle is slidable along power and control electrical buses contained within an enclosed overhead trolley. The shuttle rail assembly includes a pair of rails, extendable to either side of the vehicle by a hydraulic rail motor, mounted on a platform rotatable by a hydraulic index motor to 180.degree. positions when pallets are to be interchanged, and having a 90.degree. latched position during vehicle travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Assignee: White-Sundstrand Machine Tool, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Blomquist, Charles R. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 4132174
    Abstract: A shuttle vehicle reciprocates between sets of tracks for driverless vehicles. The linear movement of the shuttle vehicle causes a turntable on the shuttle vehicle to rotate. The turntable is adapted to support a driverless vehicle to be transported from one set of tracks to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1979
    Assignee: S I Handling Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry L. Ziegenfus, Russell H. Scheel