Pit Patents (Class 177/134)
  • Patent number: 11287308
    Abstract: This invention relates to a weighing platform, particularly used in the livestock sector, formed by a base plate (1), which is constituted by a first upper surface (2) and a second lower surface (3), the second surface (3) being provided with a plurality of first bars (31) with an I-shaped cross-section, which are arranged parallel to the longitudinal axis and fixed on the second surface (3), the first bars (31) being aligned in parallel and arranged spaced apart from each other, with the platform having a functional design capable of imparting a ciliary movement, necessary to prevent dirt from settling on the platform, as well as to guarantee the necessary resistance to confer excellent durability to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventors: André Rafael Corvini, Alvaro Augusto Vasconcelos
  • Patent number: 11162835
    Abstract: A weight measuring apparatus for vehicles includes a measuring plate on which an object to be measured is placed; a plurality of entry members installed on the measuring plate; and a load cell having one side fixed to the entry member and the other side fixed to the measuring plate, wherein the entry members are installed apart from each other at the edge of the measuring plate. A weight measuring apparatus for vehicles with which a vehicle is easy to enter thereby measuring the weight of the vehicle conveniently, of which structure is simple and light thereby improving the usability and handling thereof, of which cost for manufacturing can be reduced, of which supporting structure is stable and reinforced with structural strength thereby improving durability and safety, and that can measure load weight accurately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: CAS Corporation
    Inventors: Dong Jin Kim, Tae In Kim
  • Patent number: 11029696
    Abstract: The application discloses a method, system and related device of implementing vehicle automatically weighing, so as to achieve the automatically weighing of the unmanned vehicle. The method includes: controlling, by a vehicle controller, a vehicle to drive automatically and stop at a weighing position; weighing, by a weighbridge sensor, the vehicle when sensing the vehicle stopping at the weighing position, and sending weighing end information to the vehicle controller; and controlling, by the vehicle controller, the vehicle to start and leave the weighing position when receiving the weighing end information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: TUSIMPLE, INC.
    Inventor: Nan Wu
  • Patent number: 10982444
    Abstract: A module for configuring a weighbridge has a rectangular frame with a pair of parallel side edges and a pair of parallel end edges, which are shorter than the side edges, and a pair of rails, parallel to the side edges and affixed to the end edges. The rails and end edges define an interior of the rectangular frame, arranged to have concrete poured therein. There are also means for increasing the ability of the poured concrete to handle tensile forces, located in the interior. A first of these is a plurality of rebar chair strips for locating and retaining rebars. Each of these has an elongate metal bar with a lower edge and an upper edge, along which a plurality of rebar support sites are provided in spaced-apart relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, LLC
    Inventor: Craig Draper
  • Patent number: 10817835
    Abstract: A tank inventory signaling apparatus that has gas cylinder tanks stored in an array at a tank farm. The gas cylinder tanks are placed where weight sensors detect whether a tank of the array is substantially full or not, say greater than 75% full. The substantially full tanks form the tank inventory at a tank farm that is transmitted to a networked local server. The information is relayed to a remote server having tank management software that orders replacement gas cylinders. A threshold level can be set in the inventory for order generation for all non-substantially full tanks in the array with the order generated at the remote server when the inventory drops below the threshold at a local server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Ratermann Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Ratermann
  • Patent number: 10612963
    Abstract: A person support apparatus, such as a bed, cot, recliner, chair, stretcher, or the like, includes a frame, a support surface, a plurality of load cells, and first and second channels dimensioned to receive noses of at least one of the load cells. The first channel constrains a first one of the load cells in a first direction but not a second direction that is perpendicular to the first direction. The second channel constrains the second load cell in the second direction but not the first direction. The person support apparatus may also include a plurality of load cell brackets that are each adapted to support an end of one of the load cells. When included, the load cell brackets are constructed such that no forces from the support surface, other than weight forces, are applied to the load cells after the support surface is coupled to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Anish Paul, Joseph Adam Upchurch
  • Patent number: 10429232
    Abstract: A weight measurement system includes a load-bearing member, a sensing module, a processor, and a prompting module. The load-bearing member supports an object and is made of an elastic material. The sensing module is electromagnetically coupled with the load-bearing member. The processor is electrically connected to the sensing module. The prompting module is electrically connected to the processor. The sensing module outputs a sensing signal to the processor upon detecting a deformation of the load-bearing member caused by the object. The processor processes the sensing signal and outputs a weight signal to the prompting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Chiun Mai Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yen-Hui Lin, How-Wen Chien
  • Patent number: 10407838
    Abstract: A modular pavement slab comprises a body, a strain sensor array, and a sensor processor. The body includes a top surface, a bottom surface, and four side surfaces. The modular pavement slab is configured to be coupled to at least one other modular pavement slab via connectors along at least one of the side surfaces. The strain sensor array is retained within the body and is configured to detect a plurality of strains on the body resulting from vehicular traffic across the top surface of the body. The sensor processor is in communication with the strain sensor array. The sensor processor is configured to communicate input signals to the strain sensor array, receive output signals from the strain sensor array, and determine a plurality of time-varying strain values, each strain value indicating a strain experienced over time by a successive one of a plurality of regions of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Integrated Roadways, LLC
    Inventor: Tim Sylvester
  • Patent number: 10132711
    Abstract: A system and a method for stability measurement and optimization are provided. For example, the method includes loading an object onto a tilting device that includes one or more sensor devices, collecting resting corner weight values from the one or more sensor devices, tilting the object using the tilting device, collecting tilted corner weight values from the one or more sensor devices while tilting the object using the tilting device, calculating, using a data processor of the tilting device, a center of gravity value based on the resting corner weight values, the tilted corner weight values, and dimensions of the object, generating, using the data processor, a tipping angle based on at least the center of gravity value and the dimensions of the object, and generating, using the data processor, a recommendation to adjust the tipping angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Clinton W. Erie, Jason S. Lee, Michael J. Macpherson, Ryan T. Paske
  • Patent number: 10094112
    Abstract: A method of tensioning concrete is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Dennis J. Dupray
  • Patent number: 10041826
    Abstract: A force sensor device (200) for detecting a weight of a vehicle. The force sensor device (200) includes an elongated sensor mount (2) with a plurality of hollow sections (3) arranged at least partially overlappingly in the elongated sensor mount (2). A force strip sensor (1) is arranged in each hollow section (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel Kneubühl, Christian Maurer
  • Patent number: 10031019
    Abstract: A strip scale suitable for use in connection with high speed, in motion weighing applications. The scale has a base, a load cell, a compliant member, and a platform. Also disclosed are load cells for use with the scale, and systems and methods for using the scales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Intercomp Company
    Inventors: William P. Kroll, Karl Kroll, Kai Kroll, Matt Young
  • Patent number: 9949440
    Abstract: An agricultural baler having a baling chamber, an intake duct leading into the baling chamber and a stuffer mechanism for transferring slice of crop in the intake duct into the baling chamber, wherein the baler comprises a wall segment positioned substantially in line with an inner wall surface of the baler, the wall segment being suspended from the inner wall surface via at least one load measurement sensor in such a manner that both a load perpendicular to, and a load parallel to the inner wall are derivable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bart M. A. Missotten, Didier O. M. Verhaeghe
  • Patent number: 9672733
    Abstract: There is provided a method for heavy vehicle traffic flow optimization. The method includes determining location information and destination information of qualifying heavy vehicles. The method further includes modifying one or more traffic signal sequences to optimize a traffic flow of the qualifying heavy vehicles responsive to the location information and the destination information. Each of the qualifying heavy vehicles has a respective associated weight greater than a predetermined weight threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy M. Lynar, Kent C. Steer
  • Patent number: 9506106
    Abstract: A weight sensor may include a weighing platform and a load cell coupled to the platform to sense a weight applied to the platform. The load cell may include a deformable plate with one or more strain gauges arranged to provide an electrical signal representing the weight applied to the platform, and a base supporting the load cell, wherein the deformable plate is movably mounted to the base at only three contact points, the contact points allowing lateral movement of the plate relative to the base when the plate deforms in response to a weight applied to the platform. The weight sensor makes it possible to independently monitor the weight and weight shifting of two people sharing the same bed. The weight sensor is self-centering when a load is applied off-center to the platform, which is particularly beneficial when such a weight sensor is used underneath a bed, e.g., under a bed leg or other support member which may not be aligned centrally over the weight sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Genetrainer Limited
    Inventors: Julian Gough, Alexander Kalogroulis, Ralph Pethica, Patrick Dura
  • Patent number: 9488517
    Abstract: A sensor module for measuring axle speeds and weights of double-track vehicles which travel in a direction of travel (L) along a carriageway with two lanes includes a plurality of piezoelectric strip sensors (A, B, C, D) that are arranged in a first lane group (I) and a second lane group (II). All the strip sensors (A, B, C, D) are spaced from each other in the direction of travel (L) via a secure longitudinal offset (LAD), which is greater than the maximum wheel contact length, and are offset from one another by between one centimeter and fifteen centimeters in the transversal direction. The sensor module also has a module length (LABCD) of less than 80 centimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: David Cornu, Adrian Hofmann
  • Patent number: 9354105
    Abstract: A strip scale suitable for use in connection with high speed in motion weighing or other weighing applications. The scale has a base, a load cell, an intermediary member and a platform. Also disclosed are load cells for use with the scale, and systems for using the scales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Intercomp Company
    Inventors: William P. Kroll, Karl Kroll, Kai Kroll, Matt Young
  • Patent number: 9279712
    Abstract: A low profile, high capacity load cell suitable for use in connection with in motion weighing or other weighing scales and systems. Also disclosed are scales for use with the load cell, and systems for using the scales. The load cells are especially suited for use in high speed in-motion weighing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Intercomp Company
    Inventor: William P. Kroll
  • Patent number: 8658916
    Abstract: A snow shield for a truck scale for covering the gap between the lower side of the scale deck of the truck scale and a support surface at each side of the truck scale. A first flexible sheet member has its upper end secured to the outer side of the first frame siderail of the truck scale for the length thereof and extends downwardly therefrom outwardly of the gap at one side of the truck scale. A second flexible sheet member has its upper end secured to the outer side of the second frame siderail of the truck scale for the length thereof and extends downwardly therefrom outwardly of the gap at the other side of the truck scale. The lower ends of the sheet members are secured in place to either the supporting surface or the ground adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Denis L. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20130220709
    Abstract: A WIM system and method for weighing a moving vehicle on a roadway, the system including: (a) a base for anchoring to a roadbed; (b) a weighing platform mounted on the base and adapted to receive the wheel of the vehicle along a longitudinal axis of the platform, the platform having a length within a range of 0.5 to 1.90 meters along the axis; (c) a load cell disposed between the base and platform, and adapted to provide vertical load signals indicating vertical loads applied by the wheel on the platform; (d) a longitudinal differentiation mechanism, mechanically associated with the platform and the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: SHEKEL SCALES (2008) LTD.
    Inventor: SHEKEL SCALES (2008) LTD.
  • Patent number: 8461466
    Abstract: A scale for weighing a vehicle which includes a removable platform supported by a plurality of load cells, the removable platform having a plurality of centering fixtures with each centering fixture having a cavity in its bottom section with a perimeter. The scale further including a plurality of centering projections having an outer surface which the perimeter of the cavity of the plurality of centering fixtures is guided upon lowering the removable platform onto the plurality of load cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Emery Winslow Scale Company
    Inventors: Samuel R. Sagarsee, Walter M. Young
  • Patent number: 8080742
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved weigh-in-motion scale. A slight increase in the thickness of a an upper, flexibly-deformable metal plate in a thin, flexibly-deformable plate system coupled with a change in the transverse locations of the load cells provides the improved weigh-in-motion scale, which is capable of weighing substantially heavier loads than previously known weigh-in-motion scales. In use, as weight is applied to the weigh-in-motion scale, the upper flexibly-deformable metal plate elastically bends. The strain gauges thus provide a changing resistive value proportional to the bending of the flexible element and the weight applied, to generate signals to the Wheatstone bridge circuit, which then provides output signals from the Wheatstone bridge circuit, which are proportional to the force applied to the upper flexibly-deformable metal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: International Road Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrance Arthur Bergan, Randal Leroy Hanson
  • Patent number: 8035042
    Abstract: A coupling device designed to securely connect adjacent weigh platform modules of a vehicle scale. Such a device may include corresponding coupling elements, each adapted for attachment to a respective one of a pair of adjacent weigh platform modules. The coupling elements are designed for mating contact and include fastener assembly receiving cavity sections that, when the coupling elements are properly mated, form a fastener assembly receiving cavity in an exposed top surface of the coupling device. A fastener assembly is located in the fastener assembly receiving cavity and is operative to secure the mated arrangement of the coupling elements, thereby rigidly connecting the associated weigh platform modules. The accessible location of the fastener assembly facilitates both installation and subsequent service/repair procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Budic, Aaron Skidmore
  • Patent number: 7783450
    Abstract: A method and system (10, 23) for determining vehicle weight to a precision of <0.1%, uses a plurality of weight sensing elements (23), a computer (10) for reading in weighing data for a vehicle (25) and produces a dataset representing the total weight of a vehicle via programming (40-53) that is executable by the computer (10) for (a) providing a plurality of mode parameters that characterize each oscillatory mode in the data due to movement of the vehicle during weighing, (b) by determining the oscillatory mode at which there is a minimum error in the weighing data; (c) processing the weighing data to remove that dynamical oscillation from the weighing data; and (d) repeating steps (a)-(c) until the error in the set of weighing data is <0.1% in the vehicle weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Lee M. Hively, Robert K. Abercrombie
  • Patent number: 7511234
    Abstract: An automated waste scaling system and method of weighing and documenting waste data is disclosed. A waste container box is rolled onto an approach ramp of a scaling pod to place each box caster wheel on a weighing area plate. A shear beam load cell beneath each weighing area plate provides a weight reading to a summing box, which combines weight readings to provide total weight. Total weight and other data, such as date and time of weight measurement, can be sent either by hard wiring or wireless technology to a display, printing, or electronic or digital storage device. Overload stops or check rods prevent load cells from being overloaded by weight in excess of load cell capacity. In a three-point scaling system, weight from two box rear wheel casters resting on weighing area plates and a box guide rail resting on a compression pad is combined for total weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: George E. Ebinger
  • Patent number: 7351025
    Abstract: An aggregate handling system includes an aggregate delivery station, which includes one or more delivery bays for receiving aggregate from a delivery truck. The system includes storage apparatus associated with each delivery bay and adapted to receive aggregate by gravity feeding from that delivery bay, wherein each storage apparatus includes one or more storage hoppers. The system also includes weigh apparatus associated with each storage apparatus and adapted to receive aggregate from that storage apparatus, wherein each weigh apparatus includes one or more weigh hoppers, and a conveyor for receiving aggregate from the weigh apparatus and being adapted to transfer aggregate to a batching area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Intray Consolidated Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael N. Galijan
  • Patent number: 7180016
    Abstract: This invention provides a housing (60) for a weight sensor (10). The housing (60) is made from fluid-impervious material and is shaped and configured to completely enclose the weight sensor (10) in a fluid tight manner. The housing (60) includes a bottom portion in the form of a weight sensor accessory pad (62). The pad (62) includes a grooved lower surface (64), the grooves (66) being configured to enhance dispersion, in use, of fluids trapped between the pad (62) and a surface on which the pad (62) rests when a downward force is applied to the part (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hi-Scan Technology (Pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Rudiger Heinz Gebert
  • Patent number: 7094976
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle weight measuring structure. The structure comprises a base plate; a plurality of support elements placed on the base plate, each support element having a pair of legs which project downward and are separated from each other by a predetermined distance to be brought into contact with the base plate, each leg having a free end serving as a contact part which possesses a rounded contour; and a structure body horizontally supported by the plurality of support elements in a manner such that an upper surface of the structure body and an upper surface of a road become coplanar, for transferring a load of a vehicle traveling on the road to the support elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Ices Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ki-Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6919516
    Abstract: Load cells forming one or more weighing scales are connected to each other and to a common concentrator which communicates to a master controller in the control house via RF wireless communication. The load cells are polled by and provide weight reading to concentrator to the master controller. A digital load cell is used which includes a rocker pin, guided beam, torsion ring or other counterforce, a circuit board mounted on the counterforce and an enclosure sealing the circuit board and all but the load bearing surfaces of the counterforce and a mounded antenna. The circuit board includes a microcomputer and a transceiver. RF communication is provided with the circuit board through a antenna mounted on the enclosure. One or a number of load cells may be connected to a computer or controller to form one or more weighing scales with one or more weighing scales connect to a control house through wireless RF communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo
    Inventors: Craig Frye, Bruce Eldridge Huitt
  • Patent number: 6822172
    Abstract: The current invention involves a method and device of combining vehicle scales platforms to eliminate potential checking interferences. Disclosed is a novel method of combining independent scale platforms enabling independent weighing on each platform and at the same time a singular checking system for the combined scale. It involves utilizing three tie rod type links, which have been used in the past to combine scales longitudinally, and in the new invention, are used in the lateral direction. This reduces the complexity and associated cost of the combined scale checking system and increases the accuracy of said scale system by eliminating potential checking interferences. This is extremely significant in situations where side checking is inconvenient near where two scales connect, or in pit less and above ground scale designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Rice, Zepu Liang, Steve Hamilton
  • Patent number: 6706976
    Abstract: A modular portable platform scale system includes at least one portable scale platform, and more preferably two side-by-side platforms, detachably connected to and vertically supported by a pair of movable forward and rear ramps. A coupling can be used to connect and support the scale platforms in an end-for-end arrangement to construct longer scales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Schrran Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel D. Schuler
  • Publication number: 20030168261
    Abstract: A weighing bridge used for weighing of large vehicles. The plate is the part of the weighing bridge onto which the vehicles drive and are parked during the weighing. Apart from the plate, the weighing bridge will also comprise a foundation, weighing cells and other electronic equipment which is necessary for the modern weighing of vehicles, but which together are known in the art. The weighing plate is distinguished in that all exterior surfaces are made from a compact composite material. By not having exterior steel surfaces and also utilising the extremely good durability of the composite material against influences from the environment, this together reduces and in some cases alleviates altogether the need for frequent maintenance works in order to renovate or restore the weighing bridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventors: Niels-Verner Lund, Knud Lund Eriksen
  • Patent number: 6552278
    Abstract: The multiple load sensing multi-load cell scale is described that provides improved utility to scales with multiple decks that share load cells near supports so that more than one load may be determined at the same time on a single scale. In more detail, the scale uses the sectional sensitivities to load movement on the scale decks, load position and individual normalized load cell outputs to provide separate load magnitude measurements on these individual decks. According to the present invention, more than two load cells associated to form a single scale provide outputs that are converted to individual digital representations of the relative force magnitude on each. These magnitudes are related to the effective location of each load cell to provide the load centroid location on the scale when the sum of the products of the effective location and magnitude of each is divided by the sum of the magnitudes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Weigh-Tronix Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Howard Johnson
  • Publication number: 20030056995
    Abstract: The multiple load sensing multi-load cell scale is described that provides improved utility to scales with multiple decks that share load cells near supports so that more than one load may be determined at the same time on a single scale. In more detail, the scale uses the sectional sensitivities to load movement on the scale decks, load position and individual normalized load cell outputs to provide separate load magnitude measurements on these individual decks. According to the present invention, more than two load cells associated to form a single scale provide outputs that are converted to individual digital representations of the relative force magnitude on each. These magnitudes are related to the effective location of each load cell to provide the load centroid location on the scale when the sum of the products of the effective location and magnitude of each is divided by the sum of the magnitudes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Howard Johnson
  • Patent number: 6521847
    Abstract: A scale is disclosed for weighing moving loads. The scale includes a weighing platform having entrance and exit ends. The platform is connected to a tipping member mounted to pivot about a fulcrum. A weighing device is operatively connected to the fulcrum. Downward movement of the platform entrance end causes the tipping member to pivot in a first direction and downward movement of the platform exit end causes the tipping member to pivot in a second direction. First and second stops limit movement of the tipping member in the first and second directions, respectively. As a load enters the platform, the tipping member pivots against the first stop such that the weight is distributed between the fulcrum and the stop. As the load approaches the center of the platform, the tipping member pivots off of the first stop such that the weight is measurable by the weighing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Jerry L. Ostermann
  • Patent number: 6177639
    Abstract: A swing and roll load cell mount for a weigh scale is provided, including a weigh bridge, a saddle mounted to the weigh bridge, the saddle having an upper surface adapted for attachment to the weigh bridge, and having a pair of downwardly extending arms having substantially semi-circular cut-outs in bottom edges of the arms, a bottom pin on which the cut-outs of the arms rest, the arms being freely rotatable on the bottom pin, a pair of link plates having a top hole and a bottom hole, with the bottom pin extending through the bottom hole of the pair of link plates and being freely rotatable within the link plates, with the link plates being spaced apart, a top pin extending through the top hole of the pair of link plates and being freely rotatable within the link plates, a base, and a compression type load cell mounted on the base and having a substantially hourglass shaped medial groove, with the top pin resting in the medial groove of the load cell and the bottom pin passing below the load cell, wherein the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: Glenn R. Feilner
  • Patent number: 6046412
    Abstract: A heavy duty weigh scale including a rectangular weighing platform constructed of parallel and spaced apart I-beams, which platform is carried above ground with at least one stand supporting an I-beam of the platform. The stand having a pair of spaced apart upright supports of approximately the same length for supporting a load cell. The weight of the platform and object being weighed being directed to the load cell through a weight-transfer link connected to the platform. The weight-transfer link being located in a cut-out opening provided in the web of the I-beam supported by the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Daniel J. Rockwell
  • Patent number: 5959259
    Abstract: This system and method of operation weighs and characterizes a moving vehicle traveling on a roadway. The moving vehicle travels across a weight transducer and first and second switching devices. The transducer provides a first set of output signals indicative of vehicle tire loading. The switching devices provide second output signals indicative of vehicle speed and characterization. Processor means receive the first and second output signals and characterize the vehicle; calculate the vehicle speed and calculate the vehicle weight by integrating the second output signals and combining with the vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Beshears, Gary J. Capps, John K. Jordan, John V. LaForge, Jeffrey D. Muhs, Robert N. Nodine, Matthew B. Scudiere, Cliff P. White
  • Patent number: 5894112
    Abstract: A low profile weighing scale for weighing and balancing aircraft and land vehicles. The electronic, strong, lightweight, economical and portable scale provides accurate and reliable results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Intercomp Company
    Inventor: William P. Kroll
  • Patent number: 5773766
    Abstract: An axle load scale with a load signal generation portion having a platform receiving an axle load of a vehicle running for generating a load signal according to the received axle load. The platform being a given size in a running direction of the vehicle and the axle load shows a sinusoidal variation with running of the vehicle The load signal shows a waveform including a top slope reflecting a portion of a waveform of the sinusoidal variation and a net weight of the axle load; a sinusoidal variation prediction portion for predicting the sinusoidal variation from the load signal; and a net axle load prediction portion for predicting and outputting a net axle load value from the predicted sinusoidal variation. The sinusoidal variation prediction portion predicts the waveform of the sinusoidal variation of axle load through detecting a magnitude an inclination of a detected top slope of a pulse of the load signal or the least squaring method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetoshi Kinoshita, Tadayori Makino
  • Patent number: 5747746
    Abstract: A securing system is provided for securing a central, load-supporting, movable platform to a fixed peripheral framework base of a weigh scale, in a torque arm mounting for weigh scales. The securing system includes at least one securing element disposed between the central inner movable load-supporting platform constituted by inner upper and inner lower platforms, between the outer lower frame member and the fixed peripheral mounting frame. Aligned-through holes pass through the central inner lower platform and the outer lower frame member. A dead-end cylindrical bore extends from the upper face of the inner upper platform. A compression spring is seated within such dead-end cylindrical bore. A hole pierces the bottom of the dead-end cylindrical bore. A third aligned through-hole passes through the compression spring. A securing bolt extends concentrically through the three aligned through-holes, and the compression spring and is threadably secured to the mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: International Road Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Bergan, Dwaine Friesen
  • Patent number: 5719356
    Abstract: An improvement is provided in the mounting means for a weigh scale including a fixed peripheral frame base structure (the "base"), a central, movable, load-supporting platform (the "platform"), and interconnections between the platform with the base to allow limited vertical motion of the platform. The interconnecting means comprises at least four torque-transmitting tubular arms which are mounted and arranged around the perimeter of the platform, with one portion of each torque-transmitting tubular arm being supported with respect to the base, and another portion of each torque-transmitting tubular arm being supported with respect to the platform. The improved mounting includes a butterfly block at each end of each such torque-transmitting tubular arms. The butterfly block includes two parallel upper vertical guideways and two parallel lower vertical guideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: International Road Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Dwaine Friesen, Terry Bergan
  • Patent number: 5637837
    Abstract: A weighing apparatus with pneumatic cylinder and piston assemblies for lifting a hinged platform includes a self-deploying mechanism to secure the platform in the raised position, a mechanism for remotely repositioning the self-deploying securing mechanism to enable lowering of the platform, and a control mechanism to remotely activate the lifting and securing of the platform and the unsecuring and lowering of the platform and to prevent unauthorized operation. The self-deploying securing mechanism includes an arm pivotally connected to the underside of the platform and arranged so that the other, free end of the arm pivots to a position to secure the platform when the platform is raised to a pre-determined height. The repositioning mechanism includes a pneumatic cylinder and piston assembly mounted perpendicular to the cylinder and piston assembly used to lift the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph C. Merz, Thomas L. Haack
  • Patent number: 5449864
    Abstract: Vehicles are screened by weight for the presence of concealed explosive material, weapons, contraband and/or personnel by retrieving weight values for vehicles and categories of occupants and contents based on operator input and subtracting those values, as selections are made by an operator, from a measured vehicle weight. Excess weight is then compared to a specified tolerance, and the vehicle may be cleared or other appropriate action taken, including automatic control of movable barriers. The estimate of a weight value for various categories of vehicle occupants is adaptively altered to improve screening accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventors: Jeffrey K. Beatty, Marian P. Tyree
  • Patent number: 5446248
    Abstract: A center-lock portable truck scale has an end positioning post (4) between sides at ends of a truck scale and a central positioning post (8) positioned centrally in truck-scale sections. Positioning rods (5 and 9), preferably bolts, form positioning bumpers at adjustable distances from the lock posts. Hinges (23, 29 and 49) are employed to connect sides of the scale bridge (11, 12) so that large truck scale decks may be foldable for easy transportation to the site of installation. Scale loading weight is carried on a vertical load-cell pillar (75) that rests pivotally on a load button (77) that is positional in a load-button indentation in a top surface of strain-gauge beams (80). The central positioning post and positioning bolts prevent excessive end-to-end movement while the end positioning posts prevent excessive side-to-side or twisting movement of a scale unit, thereby positioning scale weight directly on load cells (3) in jarring and temperature-change use-conditions for more accurate weighing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: First-Weigh Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Strasser
  • Patent number: 5359153
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a clean-in-place, industrial floor scale having a removable deck and a weighing capacity up to about 5,000 pounds. The removable deck is fabricated from a nonmetallic material such as a polyethylene or polypropylene sheet, or a reinforced fiberglass and weighs less than about eighty pounds. The base frame of the scale is preferably stainless steel, and is also relatively lightweight, being about 140 pounds. One worker can lift and move the floor scale for daily sanitary cleaning when it is used in a food, chemical or pharmaceutical plant, without requiring a forklift, hoist or other motorized equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Indiana Scale Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Herrmann, Gregory A. Morris
  • Patent number: 5096006
    Abstract: Apparatus for storing chlorine gas in a containment vessel disposed underground is provided. The gas is stored in a conventional cylinder which is lifted into and out of the vessel by a rack having a bail at top for lifting the rack. A scale is mounted in the vessel and the rack rests on top of the scale. Above ground valve apparatus closes off the vessel and suitable vacuum and vent lines are associated with a regulator mounted at top of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Chris Howard
  • Patent number: 5002141
    Abstract: A weighing in motion (WIM) apparatus and method in which scale platforms are provided exhibiting a high rigidity selected to achieve a relatively high natural frequency response characteristic. These platforms are combined with instrumentation wherein load cell derived signal outputs are digitized at a conversion or sampling rate effective to permit an identification of amplitude data correlative to vehicle weight. In particular, the sampling rate is selected so as to isolate and detect peak amplitude output of the system which is directly correlatable to truck weight. The invention derives from a recognition that, during the dynamics of movement of a vehicle such as a truck over the rigid scale platform structures, there occurs a decoupling of the mass of the truck from the scale permitting its response to the weight of the truck without significant loss of natural frequency bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Assignee: Toledo Scale Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Loshbough, Donivan L. Hall
  • Patent number: 4979581
    Abstract: Wheel scale assemblies and load cell structures are provided for weighing loads. The invention provides a low profile portable wheel scale assembly of a predetermined height. The scale assembly has a thin lightweight base structure and a cooperating load platform. At least one load cell structure having strain gauges is in communication with the base structure and the load platform at predetermined locations and configurations. A platform support structure is provided to distribute the platform load. A unitary shear load cell structure contacts the weighing platform and provides a structural weight bearing component. The load cell structure has a unitary symmetrical load cell body. The load cell body has a centrally spanning elongated, deflectable beam structure. Opposing lateral indented beam portions form a central stress isolation web for the structural support and weighing of the load. Strain gauges are mounted in predetermined orientations to the parallel lateral beam walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: William P. Kroll
  • Patent number: 4957178
    Abstract: Apparatus for weighing vehicles in motion includes a base to be anchored to a roadbed below ground level in the path of moving vehicles and a pair of scale platforms mounted on the base for receiving the wheels on the opposite sides of the moving vehicles. Load cells are provided between the base and the platform for producing signals indicating the load applied by each wheel on the platform. A pair of flexure struts is connected between each platform and the base to apply a preload and permit relative movement therebetween in the vertical direction and to resist relative movement in the horizontal direction. The flexure struts extend lengthwise in the direction of traffic flow and are resistant to loads in that direction while being flexible in the vertical direction to permit application of the preload and flexing of the load cells. The dynamic weight signals from the load cells are converted to digital form and operated on to provide information as to the weights of the passing vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1990
    Assignee: Toledo Scale Corporation
    Inventor: Nigel G. Mills