Attached Patents (Class 14/71.1)
  • Patent number: 11311434
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle includes a panel. The panel includes a first channel and a second channel spaced from and parallel to each other. The first and second channels are designed to engage wheels of a wheelchair. The assembly includes a latch supported by the panel. The latch is moveable between an unlatched position and a latched position. The latch is retracted from the first channel in the unlatched position and elongated across the first channel in the latched position. The panel includes releasable connections designed to releasably engage a vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Anil Kalra, S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammad Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 11254526
    Abstract: The present invention is a vehicle restraining hook. The hook includes a shank extending between an axle interface and a hook bend. The hook bend comprises an inner hook surface extending between the shank and a hook tip. The inner hook surface comprises at least a primary bend and a secondary bend, and in some cases a tertiary bend. Each of the primary bend and secondary bend comprises two planar surfaces, while the tertiary bend comprises a curved surface. These surfaces interact with a RIG bar to generate a force rotating the hook up and ensuring that it maintains contact with the RIG bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Multi-Fab Products, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Meichtry
  • Patent number: 11135108
    Abstract: A ramp apparatus of a door for a vehicle is provided. The ramp apparatus includes a door configured to open and close an interior of a vehicle, the door having an interior space, a guide unit installed in the interior space of the door, wherein the guide unit is configured to be slid to be extracted to an outside of the door or to be inserted into the door, and a ramp mechanism installed in the guide unit, wherein the ramp mechanism is configured to be rotatable, the ramp mechanism comprising a plurality of ramp panels connected to each other and rotatable with respect to each other, wherein the ramp panels are configured to be folded when being located in the interior of the door and to be unfolded when being extracted to the outside of the door by the guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Min Han Kim, Jae Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 11007918
    Abstract: A ramp apparatus for a vehicle includes a ramp retractable in the vehicle and drawable to an outside of the vehicle, a moving body movable in a drawing direction and a retracting direction together with the ramp, a support arm rotatably coupled with the ramp at a first rotatable coupling point and rotatably coupled with the moving body at a second rotatable coupling point, and a tension spring interposed between the ramp and the moving body. The ramp is arranged in a lifted-up position in which the ramp faces a door opening of the vehicle from a drawn position. The tension spring rotationally urges the first rotatable coupling point positioning above the tension spring in the drawn position of the ramp about the second rotatable coupling point and exerts an urging force on the ramp, the urging force moving the ramp from the drawn position toward the lifted-up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventors: Eisuke Sato, Yohei Kanatani
  • Patent number: 10988329
    Abstract: Vehicle restraints for use at loading docks are described herein. In some embodiments, a vehicle restraint includes a vertically-moving carriage that is operably coupled to a guide track by means of one or more sliding members instead of, or in conjunction with, rollers. The sliding members can have relatively large contact surfaces configured to react the majority of vehicle pull loads applied to the vehicle restraint in use. Because of the relatively large contact surfaces, the pull loads are spread out over a relatively large area of the guide track, thereby reducing the likelihood for the loads to deform or otherwise damage the guide track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventor: L. Blake Whitley
  • Patent number: 10894615
    Abstract: The innovation relates to a passenger boarding bridge which contains at least one stationary segment and at least one movable segment, in particular a plurality of segments movable relative to one another, wherein each segment has wall, floor and roof elements, and, in the transition region of individual segments, transition element, which are possibly extending at an angle, are provided on the floor side, characterized in that safely elements formed in the manner of railings are provided in wall-side sections of the wall elements of the segments and are positioned on the wall-side sections of the individual segments in such a way that a relative movement of the segments with respect to one another can be carried out unimpeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Dieter Ramsauer
  • Patent number: 10807814
    Abstract: A truck ramp including a first ramp element second ramp element and pivoting structure located between the first and second ramp elements. The first ramp element is coupled to the truck at one end and at the other end, a hinge. The second ramp element is hinged at one end and at the other end interlaces with the ground or other surface. Between the first and second ramp elements is a pivoting structure comprised of a first component that is mechanically coupled to the first ramp element at the first hinged end and a second component that is mechanically coupled to the second ramp element at the hinged end. The first component and the second component are rotatable about an axis, orthogonal to the first and second ramp element hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Lopez
  • Patent number: 10786425
    Abstract: A method for a mobile therapy provider to provide mobile therapy to a patient is disclosed. The mobile therapy provider receives an authorized prescription to provide therapy services, such as water therapy services, to the patient. The mobile therapy provider also verifies that medical insurance is available to the patient to cover the cost of the therapy. An appointment is scheduled with the patient to provide the mobile therapy services at an agreed upon location. A mobile therapy vehicle having therapy equipment is dispatched to the location agreed upon with the patient. An attending therapist provides the patient with the required type and scope of therapy in the mobile therapy vehicle. The results of therapy session are sent by the mobile provider to the insurance provider for payment and to the licensed health care professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Lolita Richmond
  • Patent number: 10745220
    Abstract: A vehicle restraint system and a control system configured to manipulate an orientation of a vehicle restraint relative to a carriage that supports the restraint such that the hook is moveable between an engaged or extended position wherein the hook interferes with translation of vehicle relative to the vehicle restraint system and a disengaged or retracted position wherein the vehicle can be associated with or removed from interaction with the vehicle restraint system. The control system includes a single indicia whose output is manipulated such that a characteristic of the output of the indicia, rather that strictly operation thereof, indicates a secured or less than secured condition associated with operation of the restraint relative to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Systems, LLC
    Inventors: John Schlintz, Brandon Keyser
  • Patent number: 10589944
    Abstract: Example vehicle restraints with a barrier having rotational and translational motion are described. An example vehicle restraint includes a carriage frame movable vertically relative to the dock. A drive shaft is supported by the carriage frame. A drive unit is to rotate the drive shaft about a shaft axis and relative to the carriage frame. A hub is connected to rotate with the drive shaft about the shaft axis, the hub having an outer diameter surface that is radially off center relative to the shaft axis. A barrier defines a bore that encircles the outer diameter surface of the hub. The barrier is movable selectively to an extended position and a retracted position. The barrier being connected to move selectively to the extended position and the retracted position in response to relative rotation between the outer diameter surface of the hub and the bore of the barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Mushynski, Bradley J. Stone, Leonard Kikstra, Matthew Sveum, Robert J. Harter
  • Patent number: 10563456
    Abstract: An apparatus controls the operation of multiple barriers at a common location. The apparatus includes a controller that determines which particular barrier operator among a group of several barrier operators should execute functionality based on certain operating conditions (e.g., location, speed, direction, orientation, etc.) relative to a controller or another component of the apparatus. In response to a user operating an interface in a manner intended to effect a barrier operator function, the apparatus causes the particular barrier operator to execute the function without affecting the other barrier operators among the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Bodurka, Casparus Cate, Mark L. Karasek
  • Patent number: 10507892
    Abstract: The embodiments herein provide a tool for assisting users while docking a boat. According to an embodiment herein, a boarding aid mechanism for a boat for assisting a passenger while docking a boat includes a clamp, a vertical slide arm and a dock arm. The clamp is secured to one side of the boat. The vertical slide arm is mechanically coupled to the clamp using a pin. The vertical slide arm comprises a rubber handgrip for supporting and balancing the passenger. The dock arm is an L shaped structure extending from the vertical slide arm. The dock arm is slid into the vertical slide arm and further the vertical slide arm is secured to the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Patent number: 10501288
    Abstract: A seal member for sealing a gap between a car-side door sill and a landing-side door sill is slidable between a sealing position and a retracted position and is driven by a link mechanism. The seal member is connected to an actuation spring that receives a movement force toward the sealing position. The link mechanism releases engagement with the actuating member in synchronization with a start of a door open operation of the car door to permit sliding toward the sealing position caused by the actuation spring. The link mechanism is engaged with the actuating member of the car door side in synchronization with movement of the car door toward a door close end to move the seal member to the retracted position resisting to the actuation spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOSHIBA ELEVATOR KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Taku Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10493893
    Abstract: An electric vehicle includes: a box-shaped base frame in which a battery is stored in an internal space, with a vehicle drive unit using an in-wheel motor attached to a side surface; and a floor panel that is separately arranged from the base frame at a position above the base frame in the vehicle. In the electric vehicle, a slope device that feeds out a slope board toward a sidewalk or a road is provided in a clearance between the base frame and the floor panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomohito Matsuoka, Seiichi Tsunoda, Jiro Goto, Masayuki Yamada, Yasutaka Eto, Keima Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 10459450
    Abstract: A system for delivering an article from a first location to a second location with a robot having a closeable transport container for housing the article during transport. A closeable recipient container is provided at the second location for receiving the article. At least one computer configured to navigate the robot over an outdoor transportation network between locations is provided. The robot has a robot article transport mechanism controlled by the at least one computer for removing the article from the transport container and the recipient container has a recipient article transport mechanism for moving the article inside the recipient container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Autonomy Squared LLC
    Inventor: Gabriel T Sibley
  • Patent number: 10416340
    Abstract: A containerized system for vehicle scanning, includes a container; the container having a vertically movable top portion of the container, the top portion including an X-ray source and a collimator; the container having a bottom portion, the bottom portion including a first linear X-ray detector; an entry ramp that rotates to a vertical position in a transportable state and functions as a first wall of the container, the entry ramp being foldable so as not to exceed a height of the container in the transportable state; an exit ramp that rotates to a vertical position in the transportable state and functions as a second wall of the container, the entry ramp being foldable so as not to exceed a height of the container in the transportable state; a generator for autonomous operation; and an operator station for display of scan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Adani Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Karas, Vladimir N. Linev
  • Patent number: 10308292
    Abstract: The truck tailgate table comprises a tailgate and an extendable table. The extendable table is stored within a hollow cavity inside of the tailgate when the extendable table is not in use. To deploy the extendable table, the tailgate is lowered to a horizontal position and a tailgate cap is opened. A tabletop is pulled from within the tailgate and moves over front and rear rollers within the tailgate. The rollers act as stops to prevent the tabletop from being pulled completely out of the tailgate. A left telescopic leg and a right telescopic leg are pivoted from horizontal positions beneath the tabletop to vertical positions at the rear corners of the tabletop. The length of each leg may be adjusted so that the leg touches the ground when the tabletop is horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: William Shedden
  • Patent number: 10286846
    Abstract: A linkage mechanism associated with a handrail assembly of a machine is provided. The handrail assembly is coupled to an operator platform. The handrail assembly includes a first handrail member coupled to the frame. The linkage mechanism connects the first handrail member to the frame such that the first handrail member can be pivotally moved between an extended position and a retracted position. The linkage mechanism includes a first bracket and a pair of linkage members. The first bracket is coupled to the frame. The pair of linkage members pivotally connect the first bracket with the first handrail member. The first bracket, the pair of linkage members and the first handrail member together form a four-bar linkage. Further, a spring biased latching mechanism is configured to retain the handrail assembly in a retracted or an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Tim Lindholm, Ryan Bradley Fletcher
  • Patent number: 10196110
    Abstract: Contemplated herein is an adjustable positive restraint docking system, the system having a latching assembly, the latching assembly being configured to be affixed to a docking point on a dock so as to act as a mooring point for a watercraft to said docking point. The latching assembly can also include a latching head assembly, the latching head assembly wherein in the embodiments shown the latching head assembly can also be provided with a receiving channel having an open portion being configured to receive a secondary locking component provided about the watercraft. A linkage assembly can be provided which within or about the channel, which can selectively block or open the open portion of the receiving channel. In some embodiments, the linkage assembly can be configured to pass through a toggle point between an open state and a locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Norton
  • Patent number: 10106069
    Abstract: A boarding system for a vehicle for transporting people includes a retractable step that has a lifting function and a ramp function. An extendable front edge of the retractable step and a rear edge of the retractable step are arranged behind in the direction of travel and are adjustable in terms of height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GEBR. BODE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Abbas Rasekhi
  • Patent number: 10060135
    Abstract: An operable ramp is moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position to provide a sloped transition between upper and lower surfaces of an architectural setting. The operable ramp includes a ramp panel and a drive assembly coupled to a first end of the ramp panel so that the drive assembly reciprocates the operable ramp between the stowed position and the deployed position. The drive assembly defines a maximum elevation of the first end of the ramp panel when the operable ramp is in the deployed position and also defines a minimum elevation of the first end of the ramp panel when the operable ramp is in the stowed position. The maximum elevation is selectively adjustable relative to the minimum elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Lift-U, Division of Hogan Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, George Franco
  • Patent number: 10046690
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle includes first, second and third living areas, each having a floor and a garage located below the third living area. A bed is located in the third living area. The bed includes a platform supported above the floor of the third living area by a support structure. The platform is movable from a first position adjacent the support structure to a second position spaced apart from the support structure. The platform defines at least in part the ceiling of the garage. The recreational vehicle further includes a chassis configured such that the section located below the third living area and the garage supports the garage floor in a position that is lower than the remainder of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Grand Design RV, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Goldenberg, Ryan B. Getz, Thomas R. Cramer
  • Patent number: 10041296
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to industrial trucks, and in particular to aerial-ladder trucks with bed extensions. An aerial-ladder truck consistent with the present disclosure includes a cab at a front thereof and a truck bed at a rear thereof. The back end portion of the truck bed includes bed extensions that are slidably coupled in a transverse direction to the back end portion of the truck bed. When the bed extensions are engaged, the width of the truck bed increases by a length that the bed extensions extend from the truck bed. The aerial-ladder truck further includes a ladder turret provided to the truck bed to pass there through. The aerial-ladder truck further includes an extensible post fixedly passing through the ladder turret, an extensible ladder connected to a top portion of the extensible post, and a carrier provided at the top thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Chang Ho Anh
  • Patent number: 10040385
    Abstract: A vehicle access ramp system is provided. In various embodiments, methods, devices and systems are provided to facilitate the ingress and egress of various objects and beings to and from a vehicle. In some embodiments, a ramp system is provided that is arranged to integrate with an existing compartment of a vehicle and which maintains the utility of the existing compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Errol Keith Stevens, Rebette Stevens
  • Patent number: 10029598
    Abstract: A carrier system and method for assisting in handling cargo of a vehicle. A carrier container includes an interior storage space surrounded by a front side facing the rear of the vehicle, rear, left, right, and bottom sides, and an open top that allows access to the interior storage space with a lid that closes and opens the top. A carrier support structure mounted to the carrier container is inserted into the hitch of the vehicle and holds the top surface of the container flush with the cargo bed of the vehicle. The lid is opened to deploy a ramp stored inside which is anchored to the container so that it is flush with the top surface of the container and reaches the ground. The lid is closed and a bridge plate commonly hinged with the lid is deployed over any gap between the cargo bed and the container top, providing a continuous surface between the cargo bed and the ground for use by pets for ingress and egress of the vehicle and for handling cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore J. Keck
  • Patent number: 10017092
    Abstract: Disclosed is an adjustable-length, variable-tracked ramp loading system attachable to the bed of a pickup truck, utility truck, or a stationary loading dock. The ramp loading system serves to assist with the loading of assorted types of cargo, including wheeled vehicles, construction equipment, supplies, materials, and other objects of dimensions compatible with the size of the truck bed or dock. The system is constructed and operates with a minimum of two extendable ramps. Each ramp is horizontally stowed or nestled within an individual bridge, which bridge is further housed inside a bedrunner. Each bedrunner is attached to the bed/floor of the truck or loading dock. The ramps may be extended and angularly lowered at varying distances from the rear of the truck bed or dock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Robert M Chastain, Jr., Robert M Chastain, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9903121
    Abstract: A folding staircase for use in a door opening having a threshold. The folding staircase has a pair of stringers that have an upper end and a lower end that is adapted for contacting a ground surface. The stringers are spanned by at least one tread. A hinge is connected to a floor near the door opening and a threshold plate pivotally connected thereto is movable between a use position and a stowed position. The staircase may be provided with a lifting mechanism that biases the staircase and threshold plate toward their stowed positions. The lifting device provides a variable force that provides more rotational force when the staircase would require a user to bear more of its weight and less force when less of the weight of the staircase would be borne by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MORryde International, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary E. Tompkins, Anthony J. Granzotto
  • Patent number: 9873490
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a bow ramp for a water vessel (boat) wherein the bow ramp is configured to rotate/pivot to an open position to allow passage from within a hull of the vessel to a shore. The bow ramp is operated in combination with shore penetrating spikes which penetrate a shore or seabed (riverbed, lakebed, etc.) and include a user-actuated spike rotation mechanism which allows a user to move the water vessel further up a shore or alternatively away from a shore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas M Day
  • Patent number: 9827153
    Abstract: A motor vehicle for independent use by an individual in a wheelchair, comprising an open air vehicle body including a floor further comprising a front, a rear, and lateral sides, said floor sized and shaped to receive and retain a wheelchair; a motor; at least one front and at least one rear wheel supporting said vehicle body and floor, each of said front and rear wheels attached rotatably near an underside of a corner of the vehicle body; at least one actuator attaching said floor to said at least one rear wheel, wherein said floor can be lowered to a ground surface and raised to a level floor position; wherein a rear portion of said floor is structured to fold upward to form said rear side and fold downward to be in line with said floor; and a steering control assembly coupled to said at least one front wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Douglas Clevenger
  • Patent number: 9797128
    Abstract: Example weather barrier apparatus are disclosed herein. An example weather barrier apparatus includes a mount to couple to a wall of a loading dock and a seal coupled to the mount. The seal includes an outer flexible sheet having a first end and a second end. The seal includes an inner flexible sheet having a third end and a fourth end. The third end of the inner flexible sheet couples to the first end of the outer flexible sheet and the fourth end of the inner flexible sheet couples to the second end of the outer flexible sheet. The inner flexible sheet provides an edge seal and a surface seal. The edge seal engages a rearward facing edge of a vehicle and the surface seal engages surface panel of the vehicle when the vehicle is in engagement with the seal. A guide movably couples the outer flexible sheet and the inner flexible sheet. The guide is positioned between the respective ends of the inner and outer flexible sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Charles Digmann, Leif Kniese, Rudolf Bannasch
  • Patent number: 9745153
    Abstract: A truck bed extender and ramp assembly mounts to the hitch receiver of a pickup truck to allow four-wheeled vehicles to be driven into and out of the truck bed, with the rear wheels of the vehicle being supported by a crossbar spaced rearwardly from the open tailgate of the truck. The assembly includes ramps pivotally mounted to the crossbar for movement between a lowered use position for loading and unloading the vehicle and a raised transport position. The ramps automatically pivot on the crossbar when the rear wheels of the vehicle pass over the crossbar. The ramps include telescoping sections to adjust the length of the ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Pelzer, David M. Pelzer
  • Patent number: 9708815
    Abstract: An operable ramp is moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position to provide a sloped transition surface between upper and lower surfaces of an architectural setting. The operable ramp includes a housing disposed on the lower surface of the architectural setting and having a selectively adjustable height. A first ramp panel has a support element extending from a first end. The operable ramp also includes a drive assembly located within the housing. The drive assembly includes an endless loop coupled to an end of the support element to move the operable ramp between the stowed position and the deployed position. The endless loop has a linear portion located between first and second arcuate portions. The endless loop raises the end of the support element to deploy first ramp panel. The distance between the first and second arcuate portions is selectively adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: LIFT-U, DIVISION OF HOGAN MFG., INC.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, George Franco
  • Patent number: 9475529
    Abstract: A trailer that can transport an ATV being towed behind an automobile, and then be pulled behind an ATV, and provides a means to transport tools or gear protecting them from the elements. The trailer having rounded corners for brush deflection, also having a gap bed that accommodates a weather proof storage box that extends from below the deck level to above the deck level, wherein the wheels of an ATV straddle this gap utilizing the ground clearance of the vehicle. The decks may be hinged for access to additional storage area below them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Jeffery Leland Leisner
  • Patent number: 9428350
    Abstract: A mobile loading dock including a planar ramp member having a lower end and an upper end including an upper edge having a lip, the lip resting on a trailer bed. A ramp underside including a wheel assembly thereupon, the wheel assembly having a hydraulic member, a leg hingedly attached to the ramp underside; a wheel attached to the leg at an axle and disposed to contact a ground surface beneath the mobile loading dock and a hydraulic velocity fuse. If the trailer bed moves while the lip is resting on the trailer bed the hydraulic velocity fuse engages and prevents free fall of the ramp member to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Grant Leum
  • Patent number: 9266458
    Abstract: The foldable truck bed extension deck and ramp assembly are mountable in a short-box pickup truck. The bed extension deck and ramp assembly have a comparable length to a full-size pickup truck box when deployed for use, and are jointly foldable to fit into a short-bed pickup truck with its tailgate closed when not used. The bed extension deck has a strong upper surface to resist deformation in rough use. The ramp member can be deployed with its front end matching the surface of the extension deck so that a vehicle can be driven along the ramp member and onto the deck surface without encountering any transition step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Michel Michaud
  • Patent number: 9193543
    Abstract: Example weather barrier apparatuses disclosed herein include vehicle-actuated mechanisms for forcibly pressing a seal member down against a roof of a vehicle parked at a loading dock. In some examples, rather than relying on gravity alone, rearward movement of the vehicle mechanically expands a seal member to create sufficient reach and sealing pressure to press the expandable seal member firmly against vehicle roofs of various heights and positions. In some examples, an example vehicle-actuated mechanism disclosed herein forces a compressible seal down against the vehicle's roof and maintains a compressive sealing force over a range of roof heights and positions. Some example weather barrier apparatuses disclosed herein include example means for mitigating certain jam conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: RITE-HITE HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Charles Digmann
  • Patent number: 9150137
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a collapsible arched ramp includes an arched vertically extending middle ramp section, two arched vertically extending outer ramp sections, and two arched vertically extending connecting ramp sections. The connecting ramp sections connect the outer ramp sections to opposing vertical sides of the middle ramp section so that the outer ramp sections are substantially parallel and laterally spaced apart with the middle ramp section. The arches of the outer ramp sections arch in a same direction of the arch of the middle ramp section and arch in the opposite direction of the middle ramp section. When collapsing the ramp, the direction of the arched sections line up, allowing for a compact assembly that may be easily carried and stored. The method of extending and collapsing the ramp allows for a ramp that is rapidly and efficiently assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bosski, Inc.
    Inventor: John Boguslawski
  • Patent number: 9132892
    Abstract: Herein a floating vessel is disclosed. The floating vessel comprises a body structure, a tank for at least temporarily storing a liquid, and at least one pipe connected to the tank. The floating vessel further comprises a tunnel having a first end portion and a second end portion extending through the body structure. The tunnel is arranged in open connection to an ambient environment of the floating vessel. There is least one pipe connected to the tank extending at least partially through the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: GVA Consultants AB
    Inventors: Henning Lundin, David Christer André
  • Patent number: 9125778
    Abstract: A ramp assembly includes a ramp movable between a deployed position, a stowed position, and an intermediate position and a drive mechanism comprising a motor configured to move the ramp between the deployed position and the stowed position. The motor has a shunted mode and a non-shunted mode. The assembly further includes a first detecting arrangement configured to detect a position of the ramp and a second detecting arrangement configured to detect a direction of movement of the ramp, with the motor being placed in one of the shunted mode and the non-shunted mode based on the position and the direction of movement of the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Ricon Corp.
    Inventors: Steve Fisher, Lluno Cervera, Christopher Wyszkowski
  • Patent number: 9101519
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing wheelchair access to a vehicle, including a deployable wheelchair access assembly coupled to the vehicle and deployable to a position in which one end of the assembly is in contact with the ground. The wheelchair access assembly can include multiple panels. Some embodiments include a control system for adjusting the angular relationship of one panel relative to another panel. Yet other embodiments include a sensor for measuring the inclination of the deployed assembly relative to earth's gravity. In yet other embodiments the vehicle includes a sensor for measuring the inclination of the vehicle relative to earth's gravity, and a plurality of suspension actuators for changing the inclination of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Dallas Smith Corporation
    Inventors: Garrett J. Smith, Darren K. Back, Stephen A. Asztalos, Judson Smith
  • Patent number: 9085258
    Abstract: Described is a loading ramp for loading a small vehicle into the bed of a truck, for being carried by the truck, and for optimizing storage space provided by the truck. The loading ramp is adapted to be mounted to a truck and is capable of an up position and a down position. When at the down position, the loading ramp defines a gradient between a ground surface and the bed of the truck. The gradient supports a small vehicle, such as an ATV, to the extent that the small vehicle is loaded into the bed of the truck by traversing the gradient. When at the up position, the loading ramp is carried by the truck such that the loading ramp does not limit the storage space provided by the truck and, in particular embodiments, makes available storage space provided by the truck that would otherwise be occupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Frankie Patterson
  • Publication number: 20150121635
    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 swivelling the column around the second hinge connection relative to the vessel around said x- and y-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Z Knowledge B.V.
    Inventor: Reinout Klaar Norfolc Jaap Prins
  • Publication number: 20150082558
    Abstract: The passenger boarding bridge includes a first tunnel including a first fixed passage on which a passenger walks; and a second tunnel including a second fixed passage on which the passenger walks, the first tunnel being inserted into the second tunnel from one end side of the second tunnel, the second tunnel having another end side connected to a cab, the second fixed passage being fixed to the another end side. The second tunnel includes a movable passage including multiple plate floor members in a chain manner, the movable passage having one end fixed to the second fixed passage of the second tunnel in a pivotable manner. Accordingly, a passenger boarding bridge in which a passage level difference is eliminated at a joint part between an inner tunnel and an outer tunnel can be realized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: ANA MOTOR SERVICE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masafumi Wada
  • Publication number: 20150059105
    Abstract: Example dock levelers with a pivotal deck and a translating lip having weather shields for sheltering an area underneath the deck are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein includes selectively providing a weather shield by performing at least one of joining or separating a main shield segment and a secondary shield segment to provide, respectively, a first weather shield having a first size or a second weather shield having a second size, where the first size being larger than the second size, and where the first weather shield includes the main shield segment and the secondary shield segment, and the second weather shield includes the main shield segment without the secondary shield segment. The method also includes installing at least one of the first weather shield or the second weather shield underneath the deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Borgerding
  • Publication number: 20150052693
    Abstract: An extendible ramp for entrance to or egress from vehicles, such as buses, includes sensors arranged to detect whether the ramp abuts an obstruction. The ramp assembly comprises a chassis, a ramp extendible from the chassis, a frame which carries the chassis and a sensor arranged to sense movement of the chassis relative to the frame. The chassis is mounted in the frame such that it moves relative to the frame in response to both abutment of the leading edge of the ramp against an obstacle and in response to vertical force applied to the top of the extended, or partially extended ramp. The chassis also moves relative to the frame in response to a force applied to the side of the extended or partially extended ramp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Robert John Allen
  • Publication number: 20150047132
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew Sveum, Timothy Muhl
  • Patent number: 8950353
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ship, in particular a freight ship, comprising an outer wall and a gangway for embarking and disembarking the ship, which can be moved backwards and forwards between an embarking/disembarking position and a stored position when the ship is being driven. The invention also relates to a ship in which the gangway comprises a base having a lower surface which, when said gangway is in the stored position, is flush with the surface of the outer wall. The invention also relates to a gangway for embarking and disembarking a ship, which is embodied according to the claimed invention for use on a ship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Wobben Properties GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Rohden
  • Patent number: 8925130
    Abstract: An access apparatus for enabling transfer of personnel between a seaborne vessel and an offshore installation is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a body adapted to be mounted to a deck of a seaborne vessel, clamping members adapted to grip a buffer tube, mounted to a support of an offshore installation, therebetween, to limit vertical movement of the buffer tube relative to the clamping members, wherein the clamping members can pivot relative to the body about a respective single pivot axis extending in at least two mutually perpendicular directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Osbit Power Limited
    Inventor: Stephen William Bedford
  • Patent number: 8918939
    Abstract: An operable ramp is moveable between a lowered stowed position and a raised deployed position. The operable ramp has a ramp panel rotatable about a first axis located at a first end. A support element is slidingly coupled to the ramp panel. The operable ramp further includes a drive assembly comprising an endless loop coupled to an end of the support element. The endless loop has a linear portion and an arcuate portion. During a first phase of deployment, the end of the support element moves upward along the linear portion. During a second phase of deployment, the end of the support element moves along the arcuate portion of the endless loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Lift-U, Division of Hogan, Mfg., Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Morris, David Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140352085
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus to interface 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: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: East Island Aviation Services, Inc.
    Inventor: James Larson