Suspended Patents (Class 104/89)
  • Patent number: 9738207
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a vehicle having a cargo area that includes an internal surface. A longitudinally extending bar is located within the cargo area of the vehicle. A bag configured to hang onto and slide along the longitudinally extending bar. A movable rail assembly is attached to the internal surface and includes: a rail moveable between extend and retract positions with respect to the cargo area; a bearing engageable with the rail to assist moving the rail between the extend and retract positions; and a bracket attachable to the bearing to suspend the bearing and the rail in the cargo area and away from the internal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SPARTAN MOTORS USA, INC.
    Inventors: Terry W. Kessler, Travis W. Elliott, Richard D. Eichstedt
  • Patent number: 9702199
    Abstract: A device for removing rotating head rubbers from drill pipe comprising a base member, vertical shaft, lower pipe attachment bracket, left arm, right arm, diagonal shaft and upper pipe attachment member. Proximal ends of the left and right arms are welded to a top end of the vertical shaft, and the left and right arms lie in the same horizontal plane. Proximal ends of the left and right arms are welded together and distal ends of the left and right arms are separated so that the arms form a V-shaped fork. The diagonal shaft is welded to the top end of the vertical shaft at an upward angle of approximately 45 degrees. The upper pipe attachment member is removably inserted into a distal end of the diagonal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Andrew Korf, William Haugen
  • Patent number: 9688477
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a method and system for sorting items comprising movable carriages (10) intended to transport the items, and connected to each other by a link (19), along a track having sections located at levels at different heights linked by ascending and descending slopes, a control system and drive units intended to move the carriages (10). Dedicated thrust units, separate from the drive units, are added on the slopes and are controlled individually by the control system so as to deliver a constant force in order to prevent the carriages (10) experiencing tension at the links (19, 20) as a result of the weight of the items and/or the carriages (10) present on the slopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: FIVES INTRALOGISTICS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Lorenzo Chierego, Attilio Soldavini
  • Patent number: 9621927
    Abstract: A system for video advertising insertion is presented. In one example, the system includes a transport stream interface to receive multiple video program channels in at least one first video transport stream. The system also includes at least one hardware processor that executes a host process to initiate a plurality of instance processes to execute concurrently, wherein each of the instance processes is assigned a distinct subset of the channels. Each of the instance processes analyzes the at least one first video transport stream to determine advertisement insertion points of the distinct subset of the channels, and inserts at least some of the plurality of video advertisements into the distinct subset of the channels based on the advertisement insertion points and an advertising schedule. The transport stream interface is also to transmit the channels with the inserted video advertisements in at least one second video transport stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: ADGORILLA LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Scott Ryan
  • Patent number: 9540186
    Abstract: The conveyor system of the present invention comprises a conveyor robot having a hand and arm, and a pair of gripping jigs attached to a conveyed object. The hand of the conveyor robot comprises a body part attached to an arm, a pair of projecting parts projecting out from different positions of the body part in the same direction, hook parts provided on the pair of projecting parts, and pushing parts attached to the body part adjoining the pair of projecting parts and configured to move along the projection direction of the pair of projecting parts to generate a pushing force. Each gripping jig attached to a conveyed object comprises of a pushed part pushed by a pushing part of the hand, and a rod-shaped part caught on a hook part of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Shunichi Saito, Yoshitake Furuya
  • Patent number: 9127411
    Abstract: The invention describes a device that enables people with special needs (SEN), namely with mobility impairment of the lower limbs, to access the sea from the beach, without assistance from another person. According to the present invention, independent access is achieved by using a portable, rail-type mechanism which can be assembled easily on the beach. The rail operates as a stable track for a carriage to be drawn along. The starting point of the track is at a distance from the shoreline, in a place with wheelchair access. The end of the track is in the water at an appropriate point where the water's depth is sufficient for the disabled user to swim without problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventors: Vassilios Kostopoulos, Georgios Sotiriadis, Ignatios Fotiou, Gerasimos Fessian
  • Patent number: 8997656
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a vehicle having a cargo area that includes an internal surface. A longitudinally extending bar is located within the cargo area of the vehicle. A bag configured to hang onto and slide along the longitudinally extending bar. A movable rail assembly is attached to the internal surface and includes: a rail moveable between extend and retract positions with respect to the cargo area; a bearing engageable with the rail to assist moving the rail between the extend and retract positions; and a bracket attachable to the bearing to suspend the bearing and the rail in the cargo area and away from the internal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Utilimaster Corporation
    Inventors: Terry W. Kessler, Travis W. Elliott, Richard D. Eichstedt
  • Publication number: 20150047528
    Abstract: An overhead railway and trolley for transporting miners out of a mine. The railway is formed by connected rails that are mounted to a roof of a mine. The trolley is mounted to a bottom flange of the rails and includes wheel assemblies having at least two wheels mounted side-by-side, and each is configured to engage and roll along a top surface of the bottom flange. The trolley has a clicker that is configured to engage protrusions extending away from the bottom flange. The clicker permits the trolley to travel out of the mine but prevents it from traveling into the mine. The trolley also includes a pair of handles that are configured to be gripped by a miner standing on a floor of the mine as he travels from the beginning of the railway to the ending (i.e., the egress direction).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jeremiah David Heaton
  • Patent number: 8919258
    Abstract: An arrangement of a rail for suspended conveyors or suspended cranes and a slip contact holder mounted thereon, wherein the rail comprises a profile body and a profile head connected thereto and disposed above the profile body, wherein the profile body is C-shaped in cross section, forms a hollow space for chassis, and has a slit open to the bottom, and the profile head comprises upper, substantially horizontal profile walls and the slip contact holder is disposed within the hollow space and attached to the upper profile walls. A plurality of punchouts are disposed in the upper profile walls, disposed in at least one row and at regular, repeated distances as seen in the longitudinal direction of the rail, and barb-like catch pawls are disposed on the slip contact bolder and engage with the punchouts in order to attach thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Terex MHPS GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Spies, Stefan Fitzler, Sven Müller
  • Patent number: 8892278
    Abstract: A method for implementing an overhead rail guided transport system includes the following steps: a vehicle transport system is provided, which includes an upper rail guided transport system, a lower rail guided transport system, a vehicle exchange equipment, and a plurality of vehicles operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport system; respective vehicle utilizing rates in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems are provided; the vehicle exchange equipment is used to interchange the vehicles respectively operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems in order to equilibrate the respective vehicle utilizing rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Huan-Cheng Lin, Chin-Hsiao Chuang
  • Patent number: 8875636
    Abstract: A reconfigurable power pack, that produces rotational power and can be used with separate accessories. The housing can be mounted in a first configuration with its motor facing downward and in which the housing is energized to move along a substantially horizontal extrusion. A second configuration mounts the housing is to move along a track in a deck. Other configurations are also possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Production Resource Group, LLC
    Inventor: James Kempf
  • Patent number: 8869961
    Abstract: Disclosed is a conduit cart for supporting conduits above at least one rail. The conduit cart has a base; and at least two right-side protrusions, namely, a right-side sub-rail protrusion extending horizontally from the base; and a right-side super-rail protrusion extending horizontally from the base. The right-side sub-rail protrusion and right-side super-rail protrusion are adapted to straddle a flange of a first rail and the first rail is one among the at least one rail. Further, the base has at least two left-side protrusions, namely, a left-side sub-rail protrusion extending in a direction opposite to the right-side sub-rail protrusion from the base; and a left-side super-rail protrusion extending to the right-side super-rail protrusion from the base. The left-side sub-rail protrusion and left-side super-rail protrusion can straddle a substantially horizontal flange of a second rail, and the second rail is among the at least one rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Fabrication of Rig and Exploration Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: David Allen Wells, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8869705
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for a trailer that hangs when not in use and on which material may be transported. The apparatuses include a trailer having a single wheel bracket attached to at least one wheel and a trailer body. The trailer body has a first end and a second end and is attached to the single wheel bracket near the first end. The trailer body has a first coupler at the first end and a second coupler at the second end, the first coupler to attach the trailer to a second trailer and the second coupler to attach the trailer to a third trailer such that the trailer hangs by only the single wheel bracket from the first rolling surface of the beam-type rail when the trailer is not attached to the third trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Swanson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 8850635
    Abstract: A patient positioning system and a rail for use in the system. According to one embodiment, the system includes first and second stationary rails arranged parallel to one another. First and second sets of mounting assemblies are used to fix the first and second stationary rails, respectively, to a ceiling. A traverse rail is slidably coupled to the stationary rails. The system also includes a harness for holding a patient and a motorized assembly for raising and lowering the harness, the harness being slidably coupled to the traverse rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Joerns Healthcare, LLC
    Inventor: Dewey Darrow
  • Patent number: 8826825
    Abstract: An article transport facility in which driving electric power can be supplied from an electricity supply line to an article transport vehicle so that it can travel through a crossing portion properly regardless of whether it is traveling along a first path or a second path. The switching device of the article transport facility is configured to switch a position change rail to a first position and a second position. The electricity supply line is supported by a first travel rail such that electric power can be supplied to the article transport vehicle traveling along the first travel rail and along the position change rail in the first position and is supported by the second travel rail such that electric power can be supplied to the article transport vehicle traveling along the second travel rail and along the position change rail in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suguru Shibata, Daisuke Ogawa, Yukio Iizuka
  • Patent number: 8820499
    Abstract: Disclosed is a conduit cart for supporting conduits above at least one rail. The conduit cart has a base; and at least two right-side protrusions, namely, a right-side sub-rail protrusion extending horizontally from the base; and a right-side super-rail protrusion extending horizontally from the base. The right-side sub-rail protrusion and right-side super-rail protrusion are adapted to straddle a flange of a first rail and the first rail is one among the at least one rail. Further, the base has at least two left-side protrusions, namely, a left-side sub-rail protrusion extending in a direction opposite to the right-side sub-rail protrusion from the base; and a left-side super-rail protrusion extending to the right-side super-rail protrusion from the base. The left-side sub-rail protrusion and left-side super-rail protrusion can straddle a substantially horizontal flange of a second rail, and the second rail is among the at least one rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fabrication of Rig and Exploration Equipment, Inc
    Inventor: David Allen Wells, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8770111
    Abstract: A transport vehicle that reduces shaking of a transport article includes a travelling unit, a transport unit, a fall prevention member, and a shaking reduction member. The travelling unit travels along a rail provided on a ceiling. The transport unit transports a transport article. The fall prevention member is rotatably supported such that it can rotate between a fall prevention position and a retracted position. The fall prevention member is, at the fall prevention position, below the transport article. A pushing portion of the shaking reduction member pushes against a side surface of the transport article with a pushing surface thereof in conjunction with the rotating of the fall prevention member from the retracted position to the fall prevention position. A lever portion of the shaking reduction member has one end supporting the pushing portion and the other end rotatably supported in a manner coaxial with the fall prevention member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taro Yamamoto, Yusuke Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8752668
    Abstract: A track having a stopping means that can stop a puck member from descending an undesired distance. After stopping of the puck member, the user can relocate the puck member within a channel for continued downward movement within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventors: James Liggett, Tim Powers, Troy Garland
  • Patent number: 8726811
    Abstract: An overhead transport vehicle comprises a travelling unit that travels on a rail, a conveying unit that moves and conveys an article and a swing inhibiting member that moves between a pushing position and a retracting position. The swing inhibiting members includes a pushing member that pushes a side surface of the article, lever members that support the pushing member at a first end side and are pivotally supported by the conveying unit at a second end side, and a biasing member that biases the pushing member toward the article. The pushing member includes a main body member pivotally supported by the lever members, slide members slidably supported by a main body member, and elastic bodies arranged between the main body member and the slide member that slide elastically the slide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20140130700
    Abstract: A suspended coach drive bogie advantageously provides several enhancements to existing systems, including junction switching, higher speeds, reserved energy storage for emergency operations and for assistance with meeting peak grid electrical load demand, cooperative computing with multiple bogies, and self-diagnostics of the bogies which serves to make systems employing the same more reliable, faster, safer, and more energy efficient than other automated people movers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: SWIFT TRAM, INC.
    Inventor: Carl Eugene Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20140116282
    Abstract: A system involving a machine designed to travel along a suspended track. An electronic safety system working in conjunction with mechanical components allows for multiple machines to operate simultaneously on the same track. A specific configuration of mechanical components provides for several capabilities, high speed turns, track switching, and the use of an external power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Sean Raymond Horihan
  • Publication number: 20140096700
    Abstract: System, apparatuses, and methods for supporting a trailer on a rail. The systems, apparatuses, and methods include a trailer for a rail. The trailer includes a first wheel to be supported by a first horizontal rolling surface of the rail, a wheel bracket attached to the first wheel by a first axle, and a trailer body attached to the wheel bracket, the trailer body having a hitch at a first end and having a coupler to receive the hitch of a second trailer at a second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SWANSON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20140090574
    Abstract: A moving carriage that moves an overhead travelling vehicle that has been unloaded to the ground, includes a frame including travelling wheels, elevating mechanisms provided at a plurality of locations on the frame along a longitudinal direction of the frame, a track for an overhead travelling vehicle, the track being supported by the elevating mechanisms so as to be lifted and lowered and being configured to allow the overhead travelling vehicle to be transferred to and from another track, and a synchronizing mechanism that synchronizes the elevating mechanisms to lift and lower the track by the same or substantially the same amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Kato, Tatsuo Tsubaki
  • Patent number: 8683924
    Abstract: System, apparatuses, and methods for supporting a trailer on a rail. The systems, apparatuses, and methods include a trailer for a rail. The trailer includes a first wheel to be supported by a first horizontal rolling surface of the rail, a wheel bracket attached to the first wheel by a first axle, and a trailer body attached to the wheel bracket, the trailer body having a hitch at a first end and having a coupler to receive the hitch of a second trailer at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Swanson Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas L. Hutchinson
  • Publication number: 20140047995
    Abstract: An overhead transport vehicle comprises a travelling unit that travels on a rail, a conveying unit that moves and conveys an article and a swing inhibiting member that moves between a pushing position and a retracting position. The swing inhibiting members includes a pushing member that pushes a side surface of the article, lever members that support the pushing member at a first end side and are pivotally supported by the conveying unit at a second end side, and a biasing member that biases the pushing member toward the article. The pushing member includes a main body member pivotally supported by the lever members, slide members slidably supported by a main body member, and elastic bodies arranged between the main body member and the slide member that slide elastically the slide member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8596200
    Abstract: A wafer transfer system includes a bidirectional wafer carrying pod, an over-head transport (OHT) rail, an OHT, two platforms, and two loading ports respectively connected to the two platforms. The bidirectional wafer carrying pod has a loading housing and two doors respectively and detachably installed on the two opposite sides of the loading housing. The OHT rail has a single rail section and a double rail section. The two ends of the double rail section are connected to the single rail section. The platforms are respectively disposed beside the double rail section. The loading ports are disposed under the double rail section. Through the OHT, The bidirectional wafer carrying pod can selectively be transferred to one rail of the double rail section and disposed on the loading port of the tool corresponding to the one rail of the double rail section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Jung-Pin Lai, Tsan-I Chen
  • Patent number: 8561787
    Abstract: A conveyor installation for conveying and accumulating hanging items comprises a drive chain which is mounted to a guide rail, and retaining members which are mounted on rollers below the drive chain. The retaining members—together with the items to be transported which are suspended therefrom—are conveyed by the drive chain in a direction of conveyance and, if required, stopped and accumulated by means of a stopping device, with the drive connection being released between the drive chain and the retaining members by displacing the drive chain upwards due to a particular design of coupling members arranged on the lower side of the drive chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Wend, Paul Janzen
  • Patent number: 8556212
    Abstract: A device for delimiting a crew rest area in an aircraft passenger cabin includes a curtain which is adapted to separate at least one seat disposed in the aircraft passenger cabin from a region of the aircraft passenger cabin surrounding the seat. In addition, the device includes a fastening device for fastening the curtain in the aircraft passenger cabin. At least a first part of the fastening device is fixed to a grip rail intended for installation in the aircraft passenger cabin or formed integral with the grip rail intended for installation in the aircraft passenger cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Breuer, Michael Mosler
  • Patent number: 8550006
    Abstract: A side buffer includes a bottom portion on which a FOUP may be placed, a restriction portion, an article receiving portion, and a link portion. The restriction portion is movable between a restricting position and a retracted position. At the restricting position, the restriction portion restricts an inclination of the FOUP on the bottom portion. At the retracted position, the restriction portion allows the FOUP to move between the bottom portion and a position directly above the bottom portion. The article receiving portion is disposed so as to receive a force from the FOUP placed on the bottom portion. The link portion moves the restriction portion from the retracted position to the restricting position with the received force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Murata Machinery, Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Wada
  • Patent number: 8494694
    Abstract: A mass transportation system for efficiently transporting a plurality of passengers along a predetermined path from a loading station to an unloading station. The transportation system generally includes a support structure, a track positioned above ground level via the support structure, and a carrier vehicle operable along the track. A first control module operable by a passenger is located outside the carrier vehicle upon a loading station for signaling the carrier vehicle to stop along the track at the loading station and a second control module operable by the passenger is located inside the carrier vehicle for signaling the carrier vehicle to stop along the track at an unloading station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond Dueck
  • Patent number: 8458827
    Abstract: A patient positioning system and a rail for use in the system. According to one embodiment, the system includes first and second stationary rails arranged parallel to one another. First and second sets of mounting assemblies are used to fix the first and second stationary rails, respectively, to a ceiling. A traverse rail is slidably coupled to the stationary rails. The system also includes a harness for holding a patient and a motorized assembly for raising and lowering the harness, the harness being slidably coupled to the traverse rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Dewey Darrow
  • Patent number: 8457779
    Abstract: A multi-track handling and storage apparatus includes at least two main tracks, at least two cranes and an intelligent integrated logic system. The main tracks are arranged separately, and every two adjacent main tracks are connected by at least one switching track. Bottoms of the cranes are slidably disposed on the main tracks. The intelligent integrated logic system includes a command receiving unit, a database unit, an analyzing unit, a crane dispatching unit and a route selection unit which are integrated with each other. The above-mentioned main tracks, switching tracks and cranes are controlled by the units of the intelligent integrated logic system. The present invention further provides a multi-track handling and storage method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Huan-Cheng Lin, Jung-Pin Lai
  • Patent number: 8375865
    Abstract: A personal transportation and freight delivery system that can be operated as a fully automated driverless land transportation system consisting of vehicles that move on their own propulsion on a pair of overhead parallel steel rails that form a single track and allows people to go anywhere the tracks can take them and delivery of freight anywhere along the tracks. Passengers and freight are transported inside a module that hangs from a propulsion dolly with in-line wheels to roll along such tracks. Electric motors are used for propulsion with power supplied at the tracks assembly; however, the system is also suited for internal combustion engines. There's no need for track switches to route vehicles to its destination as each vehicle has a steering mechanism. Rubber bumpers at each end of the propulsion dollies allow the vehicles to fit bumper-to-bumper along the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Alberto Zayas
  • Patent number: 8371226
    Abstract: An air cushion or wheeled overhead guideway mass transit system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Eugene L. Timperman
  • Publication number: 20120325105
    Abstract: A wafer transfer system includes a bidirectional wafer carrying pod, an over-head transport (OHT) rail, an OHT, two platforms, and two loading ports respectively connected to the two platforms. The bidirectional wafer carrying pod has a loading housing and two doors respectively and detachably installed on the two opposite sides of the loading housing. The OHT rail has a single rail section and a double rail section. The two ends of the double rail section are connected to the single rail section. The platforms are respectively disposed beside the double rail section. The loading ports are disposed under the double rail section. Through the OHT, The bidirectional wafer carrying pod can selectively be transferred to one rail of the double rail section and disposed on the loading port of the tool corresponding to the one rail of the double rail section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: INOTERA MEMORIES, INC.
    Inventors: JUNG-PIN LAI, TSAN-I CHEN
  • Publication number: 20120279415
    Abstract: An automatic handling system applied to many wafer processing devices includes a handling rail unit and a transport vehicle unit. The handling rail unit includes at least one handling rail. The transport vehicle unit includes a plurality of OHT vehicles disposed under the handling rail and mated with the handling rail, wherein each OHT vehicle includes at least one sliding portion slidably disposed on the handling rail, at least one rotatable portion for clamping at least one wafer carrier device, and at least one suspended portion connected between the sliding portion and the rotatable portion, wherein the wafer carrier device has a wafer pick-and-place opening, and the wafer carrier device is rotated by the rotatable portion of the OHT vehicle according to the position of the wafer processing device for adjusting the direction of the wafer pick-and-place opening to face the wafer processing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: INOTERA MEMORIES, INC.
    Inventor: TSAN-I CHEN
  • Patent number: 8196516
    Abstract: A sensor head-transporting roller carriage has four pairs of wheels acting around pivot points at the four corners of the carriage, which is advanced along tracks that are supported by vertical structures. The lateral wheel spacing is chosen in correlation with the track support interval distances such that the vertical travel of all the wheels together is averaged, to be zero. As a result, variations in displacement alignment of the sensor are minimized. In addition, the pivot mechanism results in a fifty percent reduction in the effect of random vertical deflections caused by track debris or wheel concentricity etc. versus standard non-pivoting wheel sets. The roller carriage moves the sensor head along the cross direction to monitoring physical characteristics of a web of material that is moving in the machine direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell ASCa Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Beselt
  • Patent number: 8191481
    Abstract: A material handling system includes a composite beam including an upper rail and a lower track connected through a plurality of spaced apart transverse members. A trolley includes an upper set of wheels and a lower set of wheels. The lower set of wheels is received within two parallel channels defined by the lower track. A drive tube is positioned between the upper rail and the lower track such that the upper set of wheels are in frictional engagement with the drive tube. A drive system is configured to rotate the drive tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Spangler, David G. Bilson
  • Publication number: 20120125221
    Abstract: The present invention includes a track (1, 101) of a track system with straight, transition, curved, and switch track sections. The invention further comprises bogies (40) for vehicle cabins suspended under the track. Track sections of the track have an upper rail (1) and one or two lower rails (101, 201). Further, a bogie (40) has fore and aft sets of upper guide and switch wheels (151, 251, 154, 254), and one set of lower guide and switch wheels (152, 153, 252, 253, 156, 157, 256, 257). The bogies (40) also have one left and/or one right load bearing wheel (150, 250) and one drive wheel facing upwards and engaging a downwards directed drive wheel running surface (15) of the upper rail. Each set of lower guide wheels consist of left and right wheel pairs (152, 153, 252, 253) so that transition sections can be passed without moving any parts of the bogie (40).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: BEAMWAYS AB
    Inventor: Bengt Gustaffson
  • Patent number: 8171856
    Abstract: A rail transport system includes a rail assembly having at least two rail modules; at least one angled tongue element disposed at an end of the at least two rail modules; at least one angled groove element disposed at an end of the other one of the at least two rail modules, the at least one angled groove element for receiving the at least one angled tongue element when the at least two rail modules are assembled together; and at least one transport device for running along the rail assembly and transporting articles from one location to another. The rail transport system may further include first and second chain-wrench assemblies for securing the at least two rail modules to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Arnal, Timothy T. Broderick
  • Patent number: 8156873
    Abstract: A recreational apparatus is provided having an elevated rail system with a carrier suspended therefrom. The carrier has a frame that is slidably coupled to the rail system by a coupling assembly. The carrier includes a pedal assembly coupled to a wheel assembly. The wheel assembly is configured such that when the pedal assembly is engaged the wheel assembly will cause the coupling assembly to advance along the elongate pathway defined by the elevated rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Olson
  • Patent number: 8146507
    Abstract: Disclosed is a crane rail made from a roll-formed steel sheet strip. Said crane rail altogether comprises a top flange and a bottom flange. A support flange that has a triangular cross-section is additionally embodied on the top flange. The edges of the steel strip are laser-welded to the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Konecranes Plc
    Inventor: Wilfried Hess
  • Publication number: 20120067246
    Abstract: An apparatus and system whereby a first member can move along a cable track and then on a glide track to then move in another direction and back on a glide track. The first member has a secondary retention system disposed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventors: James Liggett, Troy Lee Garland, Timothy Powers
  • Patent number: 8127687
    Abstract: A material handling system includes a first independent track assembly configured to transport a forward trolley along a first path, and a second independent track assembly configured to transport a trailing trolley along a second path. The second path is substantially parallel to the first path. A carrier is configured to support an article and has a first end pivotably supported by the forward trolley and a second end pivotably supported by the trailing trolley. The material handling system also includes a third independent track assembly configured to transport the forward trolley and the trailing trolley along a third path. Each of the first independent track assembly, the second independent track assembly, and the third independent track assembly includes an independent drive system for independently moving a respective one of the forward trolley and the trailing trolley and a station control system including a microprocessor in communication with the independent drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Spangler, David G. Bilson
  • Patent number: 8122834
    Abstract: A suspension type robot comprises posts, support arms having apical ends, a traveling rail mounted between the apical ends of the support arms and robot body. Each of the support arms has at the apical end a U-shape-cut portion providing a U-shape opening and a U-shape upper surface surrounding the U-shape opening. The traveling rail has an attachment portion comprising a first cylinder portion and a second cylinder portion. The first cylinder portion is inserted into the U-shape-cut portion. The second cylinder portion is disposed on the first cylinder portion, engaged with the U-shape upper surface, and is larger in diameter than the first cylinder portion. The first cylinder portion is inserted deep into the U-shape-cut portion, and both sides of the U-shape opening of the U-shape-cut portion are extended from the plane of projection of the second cylinder portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Wave Incorporated
    Inventor: Hisaki Kato
  • Patent number: 8113123
    Abstract: A overhead transport service vehicle system includes a carriage frame structured and arranged to carry a user. A hoisting mechanism utilizes at least one lifting device for lifting and lowering the carriage frame and at least one moving device for causing movement of the hoisting mechanism along one of a track or rail. A control controls at least one of the at least one lifting device and the at least one moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Clayton D. Menser, Jr., David J. Pinckney, Uldis A. Ziemins
  • Patent number: 8104731
    Abstract: A head component for an anchor assembly for mounting a load bearing track to a hanger component attached to an overhead structure (e.g. a ceiling or ceiling structure), the track comprising a rail element and a mounting element, the mounting element comprising one or more retaining formations, each retaining formation defining a holding cavity and an (cavity) opening communicating with the holding cavity, the holding cavity being sized larger than the (cavity) opening communicating therewith, the head component comprising a support member and a flarable member, the flarable member being attached to and flarable from the support member, the head component being sized and configured such that the head component is able to pass through the (cavity) opening into the holding cavity wherein the flarable member is able to flare (i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Martin Faucher, Michel Corriveau, Michael Moliner
  • Publication number: 20110277658
    Abstract: A display system is easily attached to the safety bar of a chair on a chair lift system at the beginning of a season. The display system includes brackets formed of rails holding clamp portions that may be fastened together to clamp the display system to a chair, such as to the safety bar across the lap of a rider. At the end of a season, the display system may be removed from each chair, the clamp portions removed, and the display systems stacked. In one simplified system, adjacent displays may be stacked back to back, and such adjacent pairs may be stacked with the displays in adjacent pairs positioned face-to-face. Thus, metal brackets on the backs need not scratch up the reading faces or surfaces. Meanwhile, the displays may be stored in minimal space, with great stability, while minimizing wear and damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: Christian Ahrens
  • Publication number: 20110214587
    Abstract: An elevated bicycle-based transportation system comprises a bicycle, a front suspension member, connected to a front portion of the bicycle and having on the upper end a rolling, sliding, or gliding member, a rear suspension member, connected to a rear portion of the bicycle and having on the upper end a rolling, sliding, or gliding member, and an overhead track, which is a supporting member substantially horizontal in orientation, on which the rolling, sliding or gliding members of the suspension members rest. When suspended in this way, the bicycle can be ridden along the overhead track. When the suspension members are not suspended from the overhead track, the bicycle can be used in the normal manner, and at least one of the suspension members can be retracted, collapsed, folded, pivoted, detached, or otherwise modified by a simple operation, to be made less prominent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth Laux
  • Patent number: 7921782
    Abstract: An individual transportation system (10) includes a track system (12), including a primary track section (14), a switching track section (16) and loading/unloading section (18). The transportation system (10) additionally includes a plurality of carriages (20) supported by the track system (12), and a plurality of underslung passenger vehicles (22) each matably engageable with one of the carriages, and adapted to hold at least one passenger therein. The transportation system (10) further includes a storage facility (24) for storing the vehicles (22) when they are disengaged from the carriage, whereby a carriage and vehicle combination traveling on the primary track can be switched between primary track section (14) via an associated switching track section (16), and can be switched to the loading/unloading track (18), wherein the vehicle may be disengaged from carriage (20) and stored in the storage facility (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Cascade Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick P. Keller, Benedikt J. Gaegauf