Chute Or Escape Tower For Personnel Patents (Class 182/48)
  • Patent number: 11006756
    Abstract: Head support devices including two side supports with a central support suspended therebetween. In some embodiments, the central support may be configured to hold and provide support to a user's chin. A connector such as a strap may be configured to connect the side supports to one another, with the connector configured to wrap around the rear of a user's head or neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Cabeau, Inc.
    Inventors: Thorben Neu, Christopher Lee Collins, Avery Erik Holleman, John Edward Wilkening, Gideon Blumstein
  • Patent number: 10836498
    Abstract: An evacuation system may comprise an evacuation slide configured to be deployed from an aircraft, a first strap coupled to the evacuation slide, a second strap coupled to the evacuation slide, and a releasable restraint extending through the first strap and the second strap. The releasable restraint may comprise a first stem connected to a first bead and a second stem connected to a second bead, wherein a diameter of the second stem may be different from a diameter of the first stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Daniel Bahena
  • Patent number: 10829230
    Abstract: A release system for an evacuation slide assembly of an aircraft includes a fluid delivery manifold, a first actuator, and a second actuator. In various embodiments, a fluid is configured to flow into and pressurize the fluid delivery manifold from a fluid source in response to an evacuation event. In various embodiments, the first actuator is fluidly coupled to the fluid delivery manifold, wherein the first actuator is configured to release a blowout panel of the evacuation slide assembly in response to the fluid pressurizing the fluid delivery manifold. In various embodiments, the second actuator is fluidly coupled to the fluid delivery manifold, wherein the second actuator is configured to release a soft cover of the evacuation slide assembly in response to the fluid pressurizing the fluid delivery manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Schmidt, Helperus Ritzema Rautenbach
  • Patent number: 10654575
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to slide ramps designed for use with an aircraft exit door positioned near or over a wing of the aircraft. The embodiments provide a plurality of tubular structures comprising differing diameters and tapering lengths. The tubular structures form a ramp that transitions aircraft evacuees from the wing to the evacuation slide. The resulting ramp helps provide an even exit surface along a sloped/angled wing, and with respect to the angled wing/fuselage connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company, LLC
    Inventor: Robert J. Biro
  • Patent number: 10654574
    Abstract: An inflatable slide for use in an emergency evacuation system of an aircraft includes a main body having a top surface and a bottom surface and that is configured to inflate in response to receiving a flow of fluid. The inflatable slide further includes a first lanyard coupled to the main body. The inflatable slide further includes an airfoil coupled to the first lanyard and configured to exert a force on the main body in a downward direction corresponding to a direction of gravity in response to receiving a wind flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ivan Kruts, Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10640220
    Abstract: An inflatable evacuation slide is disclosed. The inflatable evacuation slide includes an inflatable tube having a first end and a second end spaced from the first end and an anti-kiting device disposed proximate the second end of the inflatable tube, wherein the anti-kiting device may include a suction surface panel having a first side portion attached to an outer surface of the inflatable tube and a second side portion attached to the outer surface of the inflatable tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Jim McEwen
  • Patent number: 10640219
    Abstract: An evacuation system may comprise an evacuation slide comprising an inflatable portion; and a reactant packet disposed within the inflatable portion including a chemically reactive material configured to produce gas and inflate the evacuation slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jim McEwen
  • Patent number: 10611489
    Abstract: An evacuation slide assembly for an aircraft may comprise a main body configured to extend from a sill of the aircraft toward a surface within a range of angles relative to vertical when deployed so as to allow persons to safely slide down the main body to the surface. The main body may include a head end configured to attached to the sill of the aircraft, and a toe end opposite the head end. A first extendable portion may be coupled to the head end of the main body and may be in operable communication with a height sensor. The first extendable portion may be configured to deploy to adjust for a variation in a positional relationship between the surface and the sill to maintain the main body within the range of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel Bahena, Timothy C. Haynes
  • Patent number: 10556697
    Abstract: A releasable restraint for an evacuation system may comprise a first female fastener, a second female fastener, and a center member coupled between the first female fastener and the second female fastener, wherein the center member is configured to separate in response to a predetermined tensile force. The releasable restraint may further comprise a first tape extending from the first female fastener and a second tape extending from the second female fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C Haynes, Daniel Bahena, Jevon Broom
  • Patent number: 10556698
    Abstract: An evacuation assembly may comprise an evacuation slide and a first yoke coupled to the evacuation slide. The first yoke may comprise a first strap and a second strap. The first strap may be longer than the second strap. The evacuation assembly may optionally include a second yoke coupled to the evacuation slide. A first strap of the second yoke may be longer than a second strap of the second yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10549861
    Abstract: The inflatable component includes, according to various embodiments, a first inflatable bladder defining a first fluid chamber and a second inflatable bladder defining a second fluid chamber. The second inflatable bladder may circumscribe the first inflatable bladder such that the first inflatable bladder is disposed in the second fluid chamber. The inflatable component also includes, according to various embodiments, an inlet valve coupled to the first inflatable bladder and the second inflatable bladder, wherein the inlet valve is configured to deliver fluid to the first fluid chamber. In various embodiments, the inflatable component also includes a pressure relief valve coupled to the first inflatable bladder, wherein fluid communication between the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber is via the pressure relief valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10494109
    Abstract: Systems and methods for evacuation systems are provided. A evacuation system for an aircraft may include a packboard, an inflatable, a blow-out panel for the packboard, and a plurality of straps coupled to the blow-out panel. A first strap is coupled between an inner surface of the blow-out panel and the packboard and a second strap is coupled between the inner surface of the blow-out panel and the inflatable. The first strap is coupled to the blow-out panel in close proximity to a first edge of the blow-out panel and the second strap is coupled to the blow-out panel in close proximity to a second edge of the blow-out panel, the first edge being positioned opposite the second edge of the blow-out panel. The blow-out panel may be retained to the evacuation system after the inflatable is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryan Schmidt, William Tad Larner
  • Patent number: 10457408
    Abstract: A releasable restraint for an inflatable slide is disclosed, in accordance with various embodiments. The releasable restraint may comprise a first mating portion having a receptacle. The releasable restraint may comprise a second mating portion having a protrusion. The protrusion may be configured to fit within the receptacle. An adjustment fastener may be coupled to the receptacle and configured to adjust a coupling strength of the releasable restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10376798
    Abstract: An amusement ride is formed from a self-equalizing dual line affixed to a pulley at its upper end and to pulley and counterweight system at its lower end. An upper platform at the upper dual line end launches a rider who is connected via a line to a pulley riding on the dual line. A slide is carried by the upper platform from which the rider is launched, resulting in the rider swinging in an arcuate motion about the pulley. A belay, carried by the dual line, is movable to confront the pulley as the rider is carried down the dual lines and to enhance the arcuate swinging of the rider. A lower landing permits the rider to demount the amusement ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Buttercup Business, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren W. Hreniuk-Mitchel
  • Patent number: 10358019
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle escape slide assembly includes a recreational vehicle that has an emergency exit window. The emergency exit window has a opening mechanism for opening the emergency exit vehicle. A slide unit is coupled to the recreational vehicle and the slide unit is aligned with the emergency exit window. The slide unit is inflated into a deployed position when the emergency exit window is opened to safely transport a user to the ground in the event of an emergency. An inflation unit is coupled to the recreational vehicle and the inflation unit is operationally coupled to the opening mechanism of the emergency exit window. The inflation unit is in fluid communication with the slide unit. The inflation unit is turned on to inflate the slide unit when the opening mechanism opens the emergency exit window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Clint Wood, Gabriel Anthony Sena, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10351251
    Abstract: An inflatable flotation device includes an inflatable body configured to be stored in a deflated state and to be inflated in response to an event. The inflatable flotation device also includes a switch attached to the inflatable body and configured to switch from an off state to an on state in response to the inflatable body being inflated at least one of to or beyond a predetermined inflation level. The inflatable flotation device also includes a speaker attached to the inflatable body, electrically coupled to the switch, and configured to generate an audio signal indicating that the inflatable body is ready for use in response to the switch being switched from the off state to the on state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Daniel Bahena
  • Patent number: 10131440
    Abstract: An inflatable evacuation device for an aircraft may include at least one chamber and at least one canopy support in fluid communication with the at least one chamber. A retention device may be configured to restrict inflation of the at least one canopy support during inflation of the at least one chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10112063
    Abstract: An emergency escape mechanism is disclosed. A deployable and inflatable slide is located proximate the exit door of a building. When the alarm switch on the alarm box next to the door is set to unlock the door may be opened and a chute or slide falls out to the exterior of the building. A mercury switch or the like is activated as the uninflated slide tilts out which activates an inflation means, preferably a compressed gas cylinder or the like. The slide or chute is anchored to the building by a girt bar anchored in the floor and a plurality of chute support straps. This allows for rapid evacuation of the building. Additionally, the alarm box switch may operate a silent alarm to alert the police of a potentially hazardous situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: AltEvac, LLC
    Inventor: Blair White
  • Patent number: 10000291
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, disclosed is a slide configured to be supported on a ground surface at a slide angle, comprising a support structure, a sliding surface supported by the support structure, and a weakened support region in the support structure, wherein the weakened support region enables the slide to buckle and the slide angle to change in response to a bending load imposed on the slide. According to various embodiments, the slide is an aircraft evacuation slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Craig Erwin Prevost, Steven Evans
  • Patent number: 9957054
    Abstract: Disclosed is an emergency slide system comprising a slide having a telescoping structural support, and a slide surface. The emergency slide system further comprises a gas deployment device comprising a gas generator, compressed gas cylinder, or both. The gas deployment device may further include an aspirator, according to various embodiments. The telescoping structural support provides a more compact and quickly deployable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 9938083
    Abstract: A mechanical rocker-arm type vertical feeding cushioning device, consisting of two identical cushioning units and a box body (7). The two cushioning units are respectively arranged with a certain height difference on the inner side of the box body (7). Each cushioning unit consists of a cushioning mechanism and a fixing hinge mechanism. The cushioning mechanism is composed of a cushioning plate (1), a spring (5) and a balance weight (6). The fixing hinge mechanism is composed of a hinge plate (2), a right angle circular rod (3) and an elastic limiting device (4). The cushioning plate (1) is fixed to the hinge plate (2) via connection holes and using bolts. The hinge plate (2) is welded to the right angle circular rod (3). The elastic limiting device (4) consists of two elastic limiting plates and a hollow iron ring in a welded manner. The right angle circular rod (3) is connected to the elastic limiting device (4) in a sleeved manner via the hollow iron ring of the elastic limiting device (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: China University of Mining and Technology
    Inventors: Jixiong Zhang, Qiang Zhang, Rui Gao, Hao Yan, Meng Li
  • Patent number: 9932128
    Abstract: A light assembly for an aircraft evacuation system may comprise a first casing including a weighted portion. A light source may be disposed within the first casing. A second casing may be coupled to the first casing by a bearing. The first casing may be configured to rotate with respect to the second casing about an axis. A center of mass of the first casing may be offset from the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 9914544
    Abstract: An evacuation system is provided. The system may comprise a door sill, a girt coupled to the door sill, a slide coupled to the girt, and a measurement device coupled the girt and/or the slide. The measurement device may further comprise a line having a predetermined length and a weight coupled to the line, and the measurement device may be configured to adjust a length of the slide in response to a position of the weight. A method is also provided. The method includes opening a door to expose a door sill, inflating the emergency slide with the emergency slide coupled to the door sill, and deploying a measurement device configured to measure a height of the door sill from a surface. The measurement device may comprise a line coupled to the door sill and a buoyant weight coupled to the line, and wherein the line has a predetermined length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Hartman, Jaro S. Volny
  • Patent number: 9809316
    Abstract: An evacuation system is provided. The system may comprise a girt coupled to a door sill and an evacuation slide. The evacuation slide may comprise a head end coupled to the girt, an extension, a hinge portion coupled between the head end and the extension, and a lane diverter coupled to the evacuation slide. A method is also provided. The method may include opening a door to expose a door sill, inflating the evacuation slide with the evacuation slide coupled to the door sill, bending a hinge portion of the slide in response to a door sill height being less than or equal to a predetermined height, and redirecting a slide lane to a side exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Drew Hartman, Jaro Volny
  • Patent number: 9783311
    Abstract: The objective of the invention is to replace the rope bar of the door evacuation slide with individual connections. According to a preferred embodiment, the mechanism for arming/disarming an aircraft door evacuation slide (1, 15, 16) includes two releasable connectors (21) disposed to either side of the base of the door and each includes two half connectors (21s, 21i), a so-called upper half connector (21s, 41, 4a, 42) rigidly connected to the door (1) and having an attachment device (33) for attachment to the slide, and a so-called lower half connector (21i) fixed to the cabin floor (6). Each upper half connector (21s) includes a movable inner part controlled by a ring (43) and housed in the corresponding lower half-connector (21i). The mechanism can also include an electric motor coupled to two rods (31), each rod (31) being capable of rotating the control ring (43) of each upper half connector (21s) between two angular positions: an armed position and a disarmed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Latecoere
    Inventors: Cyrille Bessettes, Damien Buchet, Renaud Othomene
  • Patent number: 9755347
    Abstract: Connection box assembly is provided for connecting evacuation slide actuation cable of evacuation slide actuation system to evacuation slide inflation system. Connection box assembly comprises connection box, connection box lid coupled thereto, electrical connector blocker coupled to connection box lid, and connection box slider disposed within connection box. Connection box lid is configured to slide between an open and closed position. Electrical connector blocker is configured to prevent electrical connection to electrical connector coupled to evacuation slide inflation system when connection box lid is in open position and to permit electrical connection to electrical connector when connection box lid is in closed position. Connection box slider is positioned to receive first cable end of evacuation slide actuation cable when connection box lid is in open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Helperus Ritzema Rautenbach, Ryan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9751635
    Abstract: A device for indicating an activation status of an aircraft emergency slide. The indicating device comprises an optical and/or acoustic signal emitting device, a status signal input, with a first input signal for an emergency slide activated state, and a second signal for a deactivated state, and a control, connected to the signal device, and to the status signal input, and configured to operate the signal device as a function of the status signal received, to indicate the status signal state. The indicating device comprises an inclination angle measurement device connected to the control for determining the inclination angle about a predetermined axis and provide an inclination angle signal output. The control determines, based on the determined inclination angle, whether a predetermined inclination angle has been exceeded for a predetermined time period and outputs, via the inclination angle signal output, a predetermined output signal only when this has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Carsten Heuer, Ilja Waigl
  • Patent number: 9738390
    Abstract: An embodiment of an inflatable tube includes an elongated tube portion formed from a first fabric, the tube portion including at least one outer wall segment defining a cavity therein. A web is formed from a second fabric, and includes two or more edges secured to an interior surface of the at least one outer wall segment such that the web is disposed along a portion of a tube length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Nicolas Ruegsegger, Steven Evans, Jonathan Glassner
  • Patent number: 9725181
    Abstract: A movement control strap for an off-wing evacuation system is disclosed. The strap is coupled between the ramp and slide, and engages with the edge of the wing. The strap stabilizes the evacuation system by providing a tensioning force to control movement of the ramp and slide. The strap assembly utilizes the edge of the wing as a leverage point for extra tensioning and control of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Evans, Nick Ruegsegger, Ryan Schmidt, Craig Erwin Prevost
  • Patent number: 9718554
    Abstract: An inflatable life raft system for an aircraft includes a window coupled to a fuselage portion of the aircraft. A mechanism is used to selectively detach the window from the fuselage. An inflatable life raft is deployable to the exterior of the aircraft upon detachment of the window from the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Lafon, Robert G. Capwell
  • Patent number: 9598179
    Abstract: A method and system to provide an electrical connection and a releasable attachment includes a girt sleeve having a plurality of lacings, wherein at least one lacing of the plurality of lacings is an electrically conductive lacing, and a girt having a plurality of openings to receive the plurality of lacings, wherein the girt sleeve and the girt are in electrical communication via the electrically conductive lacing when releasably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Craig E. Prevost, Ryan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9492693
    Abstract: Anchorage devices for an aerial lift that can include a base plate and a slide bar coupled to the base plate. The aerial device can include a bucket, and the base plate can be coupled to the inside or outside of the bucket. Supplementary anchorage points of the anchorage device can be attached to the lift using lanyards. The slide bar can be attached to the base plate using stanchions. A removable anchorage device can include inner and outer mounting bars, bucket engaging brackets coupling the mounting bars, and a slide bar; where the bucket engaging brackets fit over the bucket for attachment to and detachment from the bucket. The removable anchorage device can include supplementary anchorage points for attaching to the lift using lanyards. One of the mounting bars can be hollow and a supplementary lanyard attached to the lift can pass through the hollow mounting bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Byrd
  • Patent number: 9481144
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for using nonwoven materials for evacuation slides, life rafts, life vests, and other life-saving inflatable devices. The nonwoven materials have a substrate layer with continuous filament fibers formed in various directions. The substrate layer then has a first and second layer of polyurethane. The first and second layers of polyurethane may be laminated or coated to a nonwoven substrate of the filament fibers. An isocyanate-based adhesive or primer may be particularly useful in causing cross-linking of the materials to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Duggal, Mark Jeffers, Thomas W. Swierkocki
  • Patent number: 9457911
    Abstract: Evacuation slide systems including a slide pack comprising a packboard coupled to an aircraft door, a girt bar coupled to an aircraft floor when the aircraft door is armed, and a restraint coupled to the packboard and the girt bar are detailed. The restraint controls a speed at which the aircraft door opens when the aircraft door is armed until the aircraft door has traveled beyond a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Air Cruisers Company
    Inventor: Frank John Brown
  • Patent number: 9399519
    Abstract: Described are self-tensioning girt assemblies with one or more straps that form loops that extend around opposing sides of an inflatable structure. The one or more strips are configured to apply multi-directional forces such that the girt assembly is self-tensioning. The self-tensioning girt assemblies may comprise at least two sleeves coupled to the inflatable structure and that receive the straps in a way that permits the straps to rotate around the inflatable structure. In some embodiments, the straps are attached to a panel that extends between the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Zodiac Aerosafety Systems
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Rivault, Stephane Berlureau
  • Patent number: 9332842
    Abstract: Devices and systems include housing members with sliding hinges that allow straight linear outward extension before allowing the front housing member to pivot open provide access to interiors for service using smaller footprints and/or without disrupting abutting instrument operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: bioMérieux, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Herron, Lawrence Guerra, Kent C. Smith, Mark Joseph Fanning
  • Patent number: 9220938
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a playground assembly includes a beam having a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis that extends between the first end and the second end such that the beam is elongate along the longitudinal axis. The beam defines a length measured between the first end and the second end along the longitudinal axis, and a width measured in a direction perpendicular to the length, wherein the length is at least five times greater than the width and the beam is at a height above a ground level. The playground assembly also includes at least one flexible strip extending between the beam and the ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Playworld Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig Mellott
  • Patent number: 9145697
    Abstract: A restroom partition mounting bracket that allows vertical load to be transferred to a wall or other surface without creating tension loads on the wall fasteners from prying, thus eliminating the most common failure mode of typical restroom partition installations. The bracket will accept attachments to the wall and partition using hole locations from a previously installed, typical, bracket of varying dimension. The two-eared U-bracket has a plurality of slots that accepts fasteners at locations of existing holes. An additional connection is added to the partition to mitigate bracket rotation due to load eccentricity. The mounting bracket is used to replace previously installed, typical, attachment brackets, or it may be used to secure a partition in a new installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: AVERY AEROSPACE CORPORATION
    Inventor: John Leonard Avery, III
  • Patent number: 9010489
    Abstract: Improvements in a fire escape having a structure of a Helix/Spiral Cylinder shape. It's a building within a building. It provides a quick and safe evacuation for all fire victims, including the A.D.A., the injured and the elderly. Its spiral design can accommodate a large number of floor levels. It eliminates the hazards acquainted with stairs and elevators. It has the capability of removing some of the smoke from the high-rise fire by way of a metal Ducting System. It draws the smoke into the center smoke shaft. The spiral is a two-way traffic pathway, which offers Fire Department personnel and their equipment a method of upward transportation to any floor-level they need for fighting this fire incident. My design can be retrofitted to any existing building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: David Lee Edmondson
  • Publication number: 20150090529
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an escape device, involving a tube, a rail member, and a sliding unit. The tube, extending along a longitudinal direction, is provided with an exit end and intermittently with a plurality of escape openings. The rail member includes a plurality of sliding tracks sequentially connected to one another, wherein the neighboring sliding tracks are connected to each other by associating a relatively wide first end with a relatively narrow second end, the second end facing the exit end of the tube. The sliding unit comprises a deformable member which is adapted to slide on the rail member and configured to be pressed against by the second ends of the sliding tracks such that a slide resistance is generated to reduce sliding velocity. Therefore, the effects for the reduction of descending velocity as well as rapid and safe escape are achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: MENG-DAR SHIEH
  • Patent number: 8973706
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a life-saving apparatus and method for escaping from a second floor or a third floor of a burning building, wherein the life-saving apparatus includes a container, a set of wheels, an inflatable pillow, an inflatable slide, a set of canisters full of compressed gas, and a set of activators operatively connected to the canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: David Patrick Bambrick, Mary Katherine Bambrick
  • Publication number: 20150060198
    Abstract: A system for the evacuation of occupants of a high-rise structure in an emergency, expressly designed to be located within the high-rise structure itself. The system comprises an evacuator which operates over a 10-floor or more distance within a fire inhibiting tubular structure such as a shaft, wherein the evacuator is mounted on a centrally disposed tube mechanically descending from the upper level of the shaft to its lower level with occupants onboard, and wherein this system includes a series of such tubes, such that when occupants on the higher floors descend to the lowest level of the first shaft, they may exit to a second shaft and move to the next unit of the evacuator until they have descended to safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Edward H. Horn
  • Publication number: 20140345969
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a life-saving apparatus and method for escaping from a second floor or a third floor of a burning building, wherein the life-saving apparatus includes a container, a set of wheels, an inflatable pillow, an inflatable slide, a set of canisters full of compressed gas, and a set of activators operatively connected to the canisters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: David Patrick Bambrick, Mary Katherine Bambrick
  • Publication number: 20140291070
    Abstract: A building evacuation system designed for the occupants of a building to escape pursuit or peril, such as fire, violence, natural catastrophe, or other emergency utilizing a deployed emergency exit incorporated into a building's exterior wall, such as a hinged latched window having an emergency exit deployment actuator mounted near the emergency exit that will simultaneously deploy an inflatable chute at the emergency exit, activate an internal audio and/or visual indicator to a central location that the emergency exit has been deployed, and initiate an automated text or voice message to the appropriate authorities, such as police and/or fire department, that the stated location's emergency exit has been deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Blair White
  • Publication number: 20140262614
    Abstract: An emergency escape slide container includes a first portion having a first end wall and a first side wall, the first side wall and the first end wall defining a first storage space that is sized and shaped to receive an emergency escape slide. The first side wall also includes a first rolling mechanism. The emergency escape slide container also includes a second portion having a second end wall and a second side wall, the second side wall and the second end wall defining a second storage space sized and shaped to receive the emergency escape slide. The second side wall also includes a second rolling mechanism. The first portion and the second portion cooperate to define a third storage space therebetween, the third storage space being equal to a combination of the first storage space and the second storage space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: UNITED AIR LINES, INC.
    Inventors: William J. Rushin, Edison Herrera
  • Patent number: 8813911
    Abstract: A tactical vehicle incorporates a line deployment tower adapted for use by personnel transferring between an elevated location on the vehicle and a remote target location. The line deployment tower includes a base mounted to the vehicle at the elevated location. An elongated line boom has a proximal end attached to the base, and an opposite distal end. A flexible line is secured to the distal end of the line boom, and is adapted for extending downward from the elevated location when deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Patriot3, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Fuqua, Steven S. Kahre
  • Publication number: 20140224584
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a rapid escape exit for a high building. The rapid escape exit is applied to an evacuation process. A transit point is set in each floor by accurately calculating according to an equation of Ashwan evacuation rule: A=B+M, wherein A is a floor level from which one is going to descend, B is a floor level to which one is going to reach, and M is the number of groups for the slideway in the building and labeled as M1, M2, . . . Mn. People may quit from an escape exit and then immediately enter another escape exit. Therefore, with the rapid escape exit, i.e., the fifth mode of Ashwan exit, it is possible to reduce the area used for installing slideway on the sideface of the building, and to reduce the risk of dizziness and imbalances which are accumulated during drop from a high building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ashwan Murdhi B Aldosari
  • Publication number: 20140224936
    Abstract: Evacuation systems including gravity-assist mechanisms are detailed. The systems may facilitate slide pack deployment from, e.g., aircraft doors by increasing an initial downward velocity of a slide pack. The increased velocity assists the pack in clearing an associated enclosure before jamming the opening door or twisting or flipping into an undesirable orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Frank J. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140202791
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a rapid escape exit for a high building. The rapid escape exit is applied to an evacuation process. A transit point is set in each floor by accurately calculating according to an equation of Ashwan evacuation rule: A=B+M, wherein A is a floor level from which one is going to descend, B is a floor level to which one is going to reach, and M is the number of groups for the slideway in the building and labeled as M1, M2, . . . Mn. People may quit from an escape exit and then immediately enter another escape exit. Therefore, with the rapid escape exit, i.e., the fifth mode of Ashwan exit, it is possible to reduce the area used for installing slideway on the sideface of the building, and to reduce the risk of dizziness and imbalances which are accumulated during drop from a high building.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ashwan Murdhi B Aldosari
  • Publication number: 20140196986
    Abstract: An inflatable evacuation slide includes a base, one or more top tubes, a first lateral side, including a series of alternately upright and inverted generally triangular inflatable frames, each frame being coupled to neighboring frames in the series, a first common side of the base and at least one of said top tubes, and a second lateral side including a series of alternately upright and inverted generally triangular inflatable frames, each frame being coupled to neighboring frames in the series, a second common side of the base and at least one of said top tubes. The first common side of the base is opposite the second common side of the base so that the slide is generally triangular in cross-section, and the angles of the triangular frames combine to form an upwardly directed arcuate bend in the uninflated slide which straightens under the weight of the slide when inflated and deployed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Grainger