Gangway, Ramp, Or Dock Leveler Patents (Class 14/69.5)
  • Patent number: 10577754
    Abstract: Described herein is a modular skate system that includes at least one modular skate component comprising a major surface, a core comprising a body formed from a first material, an outer layer formed from a second material, the outer layer surrounding at least a portion of the core, wherein the first material is different from the second material, and wherein the major surface comprises the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: KRYPTON DESIGN LLC
    Inventors: Michael Christopher Grobinski, Daniel Slade Lykens
  • Patent number: 10561899
    Abstract: The present invention is a responsive exercise device comprising a base having a first end and a second end, wherein the base has a plurality of compartments, a plurality of measurement sensors, a plurality of support panels secured to the base over the first set of the plurality of compartments, a plurality of positioning rails secured to the plurality of support panels, wherein the positioning rails have a plurality of openings sized to fit a bearing, a plurality of bearings positioned within the openings of the plurality of rails and between the support panels, wherein the plurality of bearings are retained in the openings and freely rotate; a first spring assembly positioned distal to the first end of the base, a second spring assembly positioned distal to the second of the base comprising, a plurality of plates positioned over the plurality of bearing assemblies and mechanically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Tiffaney Florentine, Eugene Ernest Javier
  • Patent number: 10518990
    Abstract: An outdoor mobile loading dock having a frame and a planar ramp member. The frame including two opposing side rails and support beams, the support beams having a first end and a second end, the first end secured to one of the opposing side rails and the second end secured to the second opposing side rail. The planar ramp member having a lower end and an upper end, the upper end including an upper edge having a lip and an upper ramp portion adjacent the upper edge. The upper ramp member being substantially parallel to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Grant Leum
  • Patent number: 10513351
    Abstract: A passenger boarding bridge comprises: a walkway section which is provided at an outer tunnel of adjacent tunnels, and is movable between a walkway position and a non-walkway position located under the walkway position; and a plurality of rotary members arranged along the lengthwise direction of the outer tunnel, each of the plurality of rotary members being rotatable around a vertical rotation axis between a first rotation position at which the rotary member supports an end portion of the walkway section while at the walkway position and a second rotation position at which the rotary member does not support the end portion. In a case where at least one of adjacent rotary members of the plurality of rotary members is at the second rotation position, the adjacent rotary members partially overlap with each other when viewed in the width direction of the walkway section or in the vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SHINMAYWA INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kenji Matsumoto, So Hirohata, Shoichi Kawabata, Takahiro Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 10500470
    Abstract: Systems and methods to practice putting are provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a framework, actuators mounted to the framework, a control system, a computing device, and an artificial green. The control system is coupled to the actuators and controls actuation of the actuators. The computing device includes a display for viewing mapped green profiles and is configured to communicate with the control system. The artificial green includes a putting surface with a cup defined therein, wherein the artificial green is positioned over the actuators. With this arrangement, a user can select a putting region, after which, the computing device can translate and transfer the mapped data of the putting region to the controllers to actuate the actuators to, therefore, adjust the putting surface of the artificial green to correspond to the mapped green profile of an actual green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: DERON, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Flammer
  • Patent number: 10501002
    Abstract: A vehicle accessory including a platform, first and second sidewalls, first and second eaves, first and second pluralities of receivers, a plurality of canopy-supports, a canopy, and canopy fasteners able to affix the canopy to the plurality of canopy-supports. In an undeployed configuration, the vehicle accessory may function as a support for a payload. The first sidewall and first eave may be pivotably attached to the left edge of the platform, while the second sidewall and second may be pivotably attached to the right side of the platform. In a deployed configuration, the sidewalls and eaves may be pivoted outwards and affixed by attaching the plurality of canopy-supports to the first and second pluralities of receivers, thereby forming a camper configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: John Glenn Graul
  • Patent number: 10494770
    Abstract: A paving element includes upper and lower surfaces and one or more drainage channels extending through the paving element between the upper and lower surfaces. The drainage channels include a substantially concave or cupule shaped upper portion, provided on the upper surface of the paving element, and a channel from the concave portion through to the lower surface of the bottom surface of the paving element. The drainage channels can be complete, when provided in the interior of the paving element, or partial, when provided along the sides or perimeter of the paving element. The partial channels are completed when the paving element is placed adjacent another paving element when forming a pavement. The drainage channels are adapted to facilitate the cleaning process of the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: F. von Langsdorff Licensing Limited
    Inventors: Harald von Langsdorff, William James
  • Patent number: 10470950
    Abstract: A retractable ramp system for facilitating mobility-challenged individual's entrance to and exit from a structure, particularly, from a motorized vehicle. The ramp system includes a frame having a front member, a first side member, a second side member, a rear member, and a floor. The rear member is pivotally coupled to the frame between an open position and a closed position. The ramp system includes a first track coupled to the first side member and defining a longitudinal channel therein, and a second track coupled to the second side member and defining a longitudinal channel therein. A ramp is pivotably coupled to the first and second tracks about a pivot axis, and includes a ramp floor, a first side panel, and a second side panel. The system includes a latch to maintain the ramp in a stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Braun Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Kiser, James Stoner
  • Patent number: 10458080
    Abstract: A gangway comprising a fixed platform. A support structure is connected to the fixed platform in a manner that allows the support structure to rotate with respect to the fixed platform. A releasable position locking assembly that inhibits rotation of the support structure in a raising direction is also provided. The releasable locking assembly includes a closed-loop fluid arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Safe Rack LLC
    Inventors: Jeff W. Reichert, Jeffrey David Scott
  • Patent number: 10415254
    Abstract: The invention relater to a device (1) for helping a wheeled vehicle pass over an obstacle, in particular for a person with impaired mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: MYD“L”
    Inventors: Pierre Belman, Frederic Engler
  • Patent number: 10370207
    Abstract: An outdoor mobile loading dock having a frame and a planar ramp member. The frame including two opposing side rails and support beams, the support beams having a first end and a second end, the first end secured to one of the opposing side rails and the second end secured to the second opposing side rail. The planar ramp member having a lower end and an upper end, the upper end including an upper edge having a lip and an upper ramp portion adjacent the upper edge. The upper ramp member being substantially parallel to the ground and having an open-grate section to facilitate drainage of water through the open-grate section to the ground below, thereby improving vehicle mobility and traction on the planar ramp member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Grant Leum
  • Patent number: 10280637
    Abstract: The load carrying platform shuttle has a static frame that defines a cam surface. A carriage is arranged to telescope into the static frame. A ramp has an outboard edge rotatably connected to the carriage. A cam follower is disposed on the ramp so as to engage with the cam surface. The cam surface and the cam follower cooperate such that an inboard edge of the ramp is automatically maintained at an elevated height whilst the carriage is disposed intermediate of an extended position and a retracted position and such that the inboard edge of the ramp is automatically maintained at a lowered height whilst the carriage is at the retracted position. The static frame is constructed from I-beams that are reinforced to increase their resistance to the bending moment applied by the carriage whilst it is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Gumboots Moninee Pty Limited
    Inventor: Allan Sydney McKeon
  • Patent number: 10202725
    Abstract: A wave-shaped ramp has two ascending platforms and a curved platform. Each ascending platform has a ground end, a tip end, and a slope. The tip end is higher than the ground end. The slope connects the ground end and the tip end. The curved platform is mounted between the two ascending platforms. Two ends of the curved platform are higher than a middle of the curved platform. With the curved platform forming a cavity shape between the two ascending platforms, the wave-shaped ramp provides more varieties in height, and thereby the player can perform more fancy stunts on the wave-shaped ramp. Besides, the wave-shaped ramp is a combination of the ascending platforms and the curved platform, so the wave-shaped ramp is separable and is capable of being stacked for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: T. K. CHIN COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Howard Chin
  • Patent number: 10179979
    Abstract: A bridge span assembly can include multiple bridge spans, each of which can include a frame, a stabilizing member for engaging with construction equipment, and a coupling joint for attaching the frame to construction equipment with an elongate member. By attaching the bridge span assembly to construction equipment with the stabilizing member and coupling joint, an operator can place the bridge span assembly over an obstacle using only the construction equipment. The construction equipment or other equipment can then safely traverse the obstacle without causing damage to the obstacle or the construction equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Tidy Site Services, LLC
    Inventor: Reid Tamisiea
  • Patent number: 10166459
    Abstract: A modular ramp system includes a ramp component and a connector releasably joined to the ramp component. The ramp component has first and second inclined surfaces and a connecting portion positioned between the first and second inclined surfaces. The connector has a bottom side formed with first and second coupling sections connectible to the connecting portion. The connector is positionable in a first position in which one of the first and second coupling sections is releasably joined to the connecting portion of the ramp component, and the other of the first and second coupling sections is adapted to releasably couple to a ramp or an external structure, and is positionable in a second position in which the first and second coupling sections are releasably joined to the connecting portion of the ramp component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Wang-Chuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10130859
    Abstract: This disclosure presents a training device and return for practice or game play so that when a ball is directed toward the target, the ball can either impact the target face or pass through one of a plurality of holes in the target face. The training device may be adjustable for use with different sized balls and the return may be automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Russell Riley
  • Patent number: 10125459
    Abstract: A telescopic access bridge includes a unit provided therewith, and a method therefor. The telescopic access bridge comprises a base unit, an elevating unit having a first end with a first hinged connection to the base unit and a second end, and a bridge comprising a main bridge part and a telescopic bridge part. The bridge has one end with a second hinged connection to the second end of the elevating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: U-SEA BEHEER B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrik Hessels
  • Patent number: 10118764
    Abstract: A transporting device for transporting a laboratory diagnostic vessel carrier from a first line portion to a second line portion of a conveying line is disclosed. The first line portion is above the second line portion with respect to gravity. The transporting device comprises first and second transporting portions. The first transporting portion is connected to the first line portion and the second transporting portion is connected to the second line portion. The first transporting portion extends in a first direction and the second transporting portion extends in a second direction different from the first direction. The first and second transporting portions transport the laboratory diagnostic vessel carrier by gravity. The first direction comprises at least a first component and the second direction comprises at least a second component. The second component is opposite to the first component. Further, a conveying line comprising such a transporting device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Rolf Schnarwiler, Beat Jaeggi
  • Patent number: 10048169
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a climbing test bench for scooters, comprising a middle bridge arranged horizontally and above the ground and a first skew bridge and a second skew bridge which are arranged at both ends of the middle bridge; an upper end of the first skew bridge is hinged with one end of the middle bridge, an upper end of the second skew bridge is hinged with the other end of the middle bridge, a lower end of the first skew bridge and a lower end of the second skew bridge are in contact with the ground, respectively; and a lifting device is arranged below the middle bridge, and the lifting device may drive the middle bridge to rise and fall so that the first skew bridge and the second skew bridge form different tilt angles. Due to light weight of a scooter, it is not desired to provide a truss-frame structure. The arrangement of a lifting device can ensure the stability of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG LINIX MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Yao
  • Patent number: 10036550
    Abstract: The traffic cross-guard reflective mat is adapted for use by traffic officers. The traffic cross-guard reflective mat is a highly visible reflective mat that is designed to attract attention from a distance. The traffic officer stands on the traffic cross-guard reflective mat in order to benefit from the attention drawn by the traffic cross-guard reflective mat. The traffic guard reflective mat comprises a mat, a plurality of reflective surfaces and a plurality of lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Derrick Reid
  • Patent number: 10011955
    Abstract: A transport system includes: a pair of first traveling rails (R1) affixed to and laid on a floor (F1); a pair of second traveling rails (R2) laid on another floor (F2) to be able to move in a laying direction thereof; a pair of intermediate traveling rails (RM) each including a first end and a second end, the first end being rotatably connected to an end portion of each of the first traveling rails (R1), the second end being rotatably connected to an end portion of each of the second traveling rails (R2); and a transport dolly (D) which travels on the first traveling rails (R1), the intermediate traveling rails (RM), and the second traveling rails (R2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: IHI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Matsuo, Mitsunori Yamane
  • Patent number: 9987542
    Abstract: A green simulation apparatus having a configurable upper surface with a changeable contour may comprise a covering forming the upper surface and a covering support assembly configured to support the covering. The support assembly may comprise a plurality of movable positioning elements having the covering resting thereon and positioned in an array extending in a reference plane and movable along axes extending substantially perpendicular to the reference plane. The support assembly may comprise a movement actuator configured to move at least one of the positioning elements independently of other positioning elements in the array. The plurality of positioning elements may include active positioning elements and passive positioning elements, with the active positioning elements being associated with a movement actuator and the passive positioning elements not being associated with a movement actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: VG Buyer, LLC
    Inventor: Sean Coffman
  • Patent number: 9957121
    Abstract: Example dock leveler safety systems for vertically storing dock levelers are disclosed herein. An example dock leveler safety system disclosed herein may be used at a dock platform in a pit having a pit floor, where the pit floor is at a lower elevation than the dock platform and the dock platform and the pit floor define the pit. The dock leveler safety system comprises a deck to pivot relative to the dock platform between an upright position and a lowered position such that the deck extends farther over the pit floor when the deck is in the lowered position than when the deck is in the stored upright position. A sensor monitors a sensed region within the pit when the deck is in the upright position and the sensor provides a reaction signal in response to a body being detected within the sensed region. The deck enters a state of restricted movement in response to the reaction signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew Sveum, Timothy Muhl
  • Patent number: 9943454
    Abstract: A wheelchair lift arrangement configured to be installed in a preexisting structure includes a lift base assembly including a lift base plate and two supports attached to the lift base plate; and at least one installation bracket connected to each of the supports, respectively. Each installation bracket includes a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. The horizontal portion and the vertical portion of each installation bracket are each configured to connect the respective installation bracket and the lift base assembly to the preexisting structure at a separate location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Ricon Corp.
    Inventors: Stanton D. Saucier, Dante V. DeLeo
  • Patent number: 9878652
    Abstract: A cargo bed tailgate may include an extension configurable between a plurality of positions to enable oversized cargo to be securely carried on a cargo bed as well accommodate a deployable set of loading ramps which are storable within the tailgate and deployable to attach to the cargo bed extension after the cargo bed extension is moved and locked for the loading and unloading of a payload into or out of the cargo bed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Steve DeSimone
  • Patent number: 9809987
    Abstract: A seating system according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a riser including a tiltable deck. Another seating system according to the present disclosure includes, among other things, a drive system for moving a riser. The drive system includes a sprocket configured to engage a belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: ROGERS ATHLETIC COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua William Koch, Brian Staten, Todd Alan Swarts, Timothy John Hockemeyer
  • Patent number: 9790038
    Abstract: Bumpers for use at loading docks include a housing defining a lip-engaging surface to engage a lip of a deck when the lip is in a retracted position, and a RIG-engaging surface positioned adjacent the lip-engaging surface. The RIG-engaging surface is movable relative to the lip-engaging surface. The RIG-engaging surface is to move relative to the lip-engaging surface when a RIG of a vehicle imparts a force to the RIG-engaging surface when the vehicle is at a loading dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: John A. Kish, Joseph Manone
  • Patent number: 9765536
    Abstract: A load carrying platform shuttle (10) has a static frame (12) and a movable carriage (14). The frame is securable to a mounting location, such as a given working level of a multi-storey building under construction, and the carriage is arranged to telescope into the static frame between an extended position outboard of the mounting location and a retracted position inboard of the mounting location. The movable carriage can move between the extended position and the retracted position while carrying a load. The shuttle includes a motor (76) and gear assembly (72, 74, 78) for driving the movement of the carriage between the extended position and the retracted position while carrying the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Gumboots Nominees Pty Limited
    Inventor: Allan Sydney McKeon
  • Patent number: 9751640
    Abstract: A stopping system for a cab of boarding bridges for accessing aircraft and ships, which boarding bridge comprise a round structure (1) to which the cab (2) is attached with rotational capabilities, having stopping means made up of a cab rotation blocking mechanism, formed by a linearly movable lance (12), and of a coupling part (11) for said lance, that is integral to and rotates with the cab (2). The movement of the lance is controlled by a sensor that detects the operations of the cab drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP AIRPORT SYSTEMS, S.A.
    Inventors: Manuel Hernandez Espina, Julian Fernandez Diaz, Antonio Vazquez Hernandez, Antonio Murias Bermejo
  • Patent number: 9732528
    Abstract: An accessible passageway assembly is assembled by a plurality of railing units, a plurality of columns, a plurality of step plates and slope guide plates; specifically, the plurality of railing units are spaced by columns to form inner fences and outer fences of the passageway. A support bar is positioned between the lower end of columns of the inner fences and the lower end of columns of the outer fences. A platen is disposed above the support bar. The rear and front end of the support bar and the platen include an extending tongue piece respectively for fast snap-fit of the step plate and the slope guide plate of the passageway. The connection part of the railing unit and the column can be a movable hinge, such that the angle of the railing unit can be adjusted according to the passageway height difference and change, such that the accessible passageway can be quickly assembled and disassembled indoors or outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Chingyao Kuo, Norman William Liefke
  • Patent number: 9688493
    Abstract: A mobile loading ramp including a main member having a substantially flat upper ramp surface extending from an upper end for abutting the bed of a truck to a lower ground-adjacent end and including opposed lateral edges. The main member having a pair of removable side extension-barrier members each including a bracket removably secured with respect to one of the opposed lateral edges and having an upper flat surface substantially coplanar with and widening the flat upper ramp surface and an upwardly-extending barrier portion offset from the upper ramp surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Grant Leum
  • Patent number: 9682750
    Abstract: A movable passenger bridge to embark and disembark passenger to/from a ship is provided. The passenger bridge is movable and includes one or several telescopic sections, where the passenger bridge is arranged to connect to an opening in the hull of the ship. The section of the passenger bridge that is arranged closest to the ship has the largest cross section area. The passenger bridge is arranged so that the passengers can walk through the sections of the passenger bridge to a connection section, in the shape of a cabin, arranged to be connected to the mentioned opening in the hull of the ship or to an opening in the rail at deck of the ship. The passenger bridge is supported by a stand which is movable on the port quay, and that the passenger bridge is height-adjustable by means of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: FMT International Trade AB
    Inventor: Per Thelander
  • Patent number: 9670013
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided to assist in the loading and carrying of recreational vehicles in a pick-up truck vehicle having a trailer hitch receiver. The apparatus includes a trailer hitch engaging member that partially inserts into the trailer hitch receiver and extends from the trailer hitch receiver. The apparatus also includes a platform member attached to the trailer hitch engaging member and at least one ramp member attached to the rear edge of the platform member. The ramp members may be folded and unfolded for loading and unloading and further include locking mechanisms for locking the ramps in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan Lee Parrish
  • Patent number: 9637876
    Abstract: Device at inclined floors in passenger bridges for connection between a terminal building and a ship or an aircraft, includes two or more consecutive walking tunnels adjustable to be inclined in relation to the horizontal plane, and which include horizontal resting planes, wherein the floor of the walking tunnel extends out from a floor portion constituting the resting plane in opposite directions from the resting plane. A first short end of the respective floor of the walking tunnel is pivotally fixed to the floor portion, constituting the resting plane, the other short end of the respective floor rests on a sliding or rolling surface arranged so that the floor can move lengthwise relative to the sliding or rolling surface. The floor portion forming the resting plane is arranged to be pivoted about a horizontal axis via an electric actuator or hydraulic cylinder, whereby the resting planes assume a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: FMT INTERNATIONAL TRADE AB
    Inventor: Per Thelander
  • Patent number: 9637328
    Abstract: An apparatus for selectively providing access to a storage container having a door spaced above a floor of the container to provide access to an interior thereof comprises a shaft securable to said storage container at a position below said door and rotatable relative thereto and at least one lever arm extending from said shaft. The apparatus further includes at least one ramp extending between first and second ends, wherein said first end is supported on a surface proximate to said container. The at least one ramp is pivotally supported by distal ends of said at least one lever arms so as to be movable from a first position wherein said second end of said at least one ramp is positioned in front of said container to a second position wherein said second end of said at least one ramp is supported on said container as said shaft is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Friedrich Merz
  • Patent number: 9603758
    Abstract: A ramp system includes a base frame adapted to be mounted to a vehicle. First and second elongate track members are mounted to the base frame in generally parallel, spaced-apart relation so that they extend along a longitudinal direction. A trolley assembly is moveably mounted to the first and second elongate track members so that the trolley assembly is moveable along the longitudinal direction between retracted and extended positions. A ramp member is pivotally mounted to the trolley assembly. A support roller mounted to the base frame supports a portion of the ramp member. A handle assembly mounted to the ramp member allows a user to move the ramp member between the retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Vantage Mobility International, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Perez, Steven P. Ungetheim
  • Patent number: 9592437
    Abstract: Systems and methods to practice putting are provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a framework, actuators mounted to the framework, a control system, a computing device, and an artificial green. The control system is coupled to the actuators and controls actuation of the actuators. The computing device includes a display for viewing mapped green profiles and is configured to communicate with the control system. The artificial green includes a putting surface with a cup defined therein, wherein the artificial green is positioned over the actuators. With this arrangement, a user can select a putting region, after which, the computing device can translate and transfer the mapped data of the putting region to the controllers to actuate the actuators to, therefore, adjust the putting surface of the artificial green to correspond to the mapped green profile of an actual green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: DERON, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Flammer
  • Patent number: 9534394
    Abstract: A portable modular pedestrian ramp comprises a plurality of modular ramp units. Each of the modular ramp units comprises a pair of side edge plates each having inwardly facing sides to which opposite ends of decking are attached. The side edge plates of at least some of the modular ramp units have opposite ends thereof that are releasably connectable to one another by self-locking connectors to provide different ramp lengths without the need for any tools or fasteners to join the modular ramp units together or disassemble the modular ramp units for transportation and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Plastic Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Mettler, Gregory H. Brown
  • Patent number: 9441333
    Abstract: A modular ramp system comprising a plurality of panels assemblable to form a multi-sectional ramp deck and a collapsible load bearing arrangement for supporting each panel of the multi-sectional ramp deck at a predetermined distance off the ground. At least two of the panels having a correspondingly located connecting assembly locatable proximal to a leading edge and a trailing edge of the adjoining edges of two adjacent panels. The connecting assembly having an arrangement for enabling the main plane of the panels to enter into and out of alignment with one another to engage and disengage the multi-sectional ramp deck. The connecting assembly also having functionality for enabling relative movement of the panels when the main plane of the panels is out of alignment such that all panels are stackable one on another for stowage and/or transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Philip McIntosh
  • Patent number: 9409657
    Abstract: An apparatus to interface a cab section of a boarding bridge having a first deck and an airplane having a second deck. The apparatus includes a lower-frame assembly, upper-frame assembly, bridge gangplank assembly, and airplane gangplank assembly. The lower-frame assembly includes a plurality of wheel assemblies. The upper-frame assembly is connected to the lower-frame assembly at adjustable height and pivoting position, and includes a third deck atop the upper-frame assembly. The bridge gangplank assembly is connected to a first end of the upper-frame assembly, and includes a fourth deck to connect the first deck and the third deck. The airplane gangplank assembly is connected to a second end of the upper-frame assembly, and includes at least a fifth deck to connect the third deck and the second deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: East Island Aviation Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James Larson
  • Patent number: 9279221
    Abstract: A pedestrian bridge is configured to be portable and expandable. The pedestrian bridge comprises a bridge mechanically coupled to feet and configured to be elevated above a hazard. A front ramp is rotatably coupled to the bridge and configured to be folded upon the bridge making the pedestrian bridge portable. A rear ramp rotatably coupled to the bridge and configured to be folded upon the bridge further making the pedestrian bridge portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: Michael Cardona Orona, Patrick Thomas Healy, Robert James Voors
  • Patent number: 9193459
    Abstract: An access platform (208) enables containers (222) to be loaded into a cargo hold (218) of an aircraft (202) from a ground vehicle (220). The platform (208) has two opposite and non-parallel ends (210, 214), between which there is defined a support surface, the platform when viewed in plan having a generally trapezoidal shape. In use, an item (222) of cargo is moved between the cargo hold (218) and the ground vehicle (220) via a door opening, the movement of the item (222) through the door opening being in a direction (213) which when viewed in plan is not parallel to the direction (211) in which the door opening faces. During such movement, the item (222) of cargo is supported by from beneath by the support surface of the platform (208).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Martyn Hulin
  • Patent number: 9187155
    Abstract: A vessel with bridging means includes an upright column, a gangway, a first hinge connection for hingedly connecting the gangway to the column, coupling means at or near a free end of the gangway for coupling the gangway to an offshore construction, and one or more gangway support organs. The column is supported by and connected to the vessel by means of a second hinge connection designed to allow the vessel to rotate relative to the column in a first rotation direction around an x-axis and in a second rotation direction around an y-axis, wherein the x- and y-axes extend substantially horizontal and orthogonal relative to each other. Positioning means are provided which comprise force actuators between the vessel and the column for swiveling the column around the second hinge connection relative to the vessel around said x- and y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Z Knowledge B.V.
    Inventor: Reinout Klaar Norfolc Jaap Prins
  • Patent number: 9174113
    Abstract: An ice access ramp assembly for accessing an ice surface includes a central bridge section and a pair of ramp sections. Each ramp section is pivotably mounted to the central bridge section for movement between a folded configuration and an extended configuration. The ramp sections and the central bridge section have surfaces formed of a low friction material. When the ramp assembly is extended, a first ramp section provides access from an outer floor and enables a sled skater to move up the first ramp section and onto the central bridge section. The sled skater can then move from the central bridge area onto the second ramp section, which provides access onto the ice surface. When not in use, the ramp assembly can be folded for storage and transport. The ramp assembly may include wheels that facilitate transport of the ice access ramp assembly over a floor or other surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Isaac John Thompson
  • Patent number: 9150136
    Abstract: A cargo truck ramp load assist system comprises a hand truck engagement device disposed in a longitudinal slot in a cargo truck ramp, a first actuator coupled to the hook operable to effect displacement of the hand truck engagement device along the longitudinal slot in the ramp, a remote controller coupled to a hand truck and equipped with a first radio transceiver, a second radio transceiver coupled to the first actuator operable to receive directional/speed control signals from the remote controller, and the hand truck engagement device operable to engage the hand truck and the first actuator effecting displacement of the hand truck engagement device up and down the ramp in response to the directional/speed control signals to facilitate the hand truck going up and down the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventor: John E. McLoughlin
  • Patent number: 9102482
    Abstract: A ramp assembly for loading and unloading vehicles includes a pair of ramp sections pivotally secured to each other by a hinge assembly and a dolly also secured to the hinge assembly which assists in deploying and stowing the ramp assembly and also in supporting the sections of the ramp assembly as the ramp is used to load and unload a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Avraham Y. Levi
  • Publication number: 20150143642
    Abstract: An apparatus for wheeling a vehicle onto a truck or trailer includes a ramp. The apparatus includes a mounting portion attached to the ramp that mounts to the truck or trailer. The apparatus includes a transition piece the pivotally attaches to the ramp and contacts ground when the mounting portion is mounted to the truck or trailer. A method for placing a vehicle onto a truck or trailer includes the steps of attaching a mounting portion of a ramp to the truck or trailer. There is the step of moving a transition piece attached to the ramp so the transition piece contacts ground. There is the step of wheeling the vehicle across the transition piece, up the ramp and onto the truck or trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: WERNER CO.
    Inventors: Kyle G. Astor, Brett A. Latimer, Robert D. Beggs
  • Publication number: 20150121634
    Abstract: A ramp assembly includes a buoyant support platform having a landing area with right and left support arms extending generally parallel therefrom, thereby forming a U-shaped profile. The top of a ramp is affixed at the base of the U-shape profile between the two support arms and the lower portion of the ramp extends downwardly therefrom. A left side support for the ramp connects the left lower portion of the ramp with the inside of the left support arm and a right side support for the ramp connects the right lower portion of the ramp with the inside of the right support arm, wherein the left side support and the right side support secure the ramp in the desired position for allowing swimmers to easily enter or exit the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mark ANASTASIA
  • Patent number: 9021643
    Abstract: A curb ramp can be positioned next to a curb or a raised walkway to allow a cart to be wheeled up or down the curb ramp to or from the curb. The curb ramp allows people and equipment to move safely up or down a curb or walkway. The curb ramp can have a length at least as long as the wheel base of a cart used on the curb ramp to prevent tail drag of the cart. The curb ramp can include side rails to prevent sideways fall off therefrom. The curb ramp includes a curb-stop piece that is disposed against the curb during use and a plurality of cross braces to support and carry the load. A strong, effective and safe curb ramp can accommodate all wheeled devices that people can push or pull thereover, while being light enough to be easily transported and moved as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Anthony Purdon
  • Publication number: 20150074924
    Abstract: A ramp is shown and described. The ramp may include a frame having first and second end portions and a ramp surface extending substantially between the frame and positioned between the first and second end portion. The ramp may also include a plate extending at least partially between the frame and positioned adjacent to at least one of the first and second end portions, where the frame, ramp surface and plate are monolithic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Cequent Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Francis Bernart