For A Vehicle Patents (Class 206/335)
  • Patent number: 10435123
    Abstract: A ballast bag includes a top portion, a center portion coupled to the top portion, a bottom portion coupled to the center portion, and a spring coupled to the top portion and the bottom portion and encapsulated by the center portion, the spring being capable of expanding the ballast bag from a compact state to an erect state, the ballast bag being capable of retaining water in the erect state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaro S. Volny, Drew Hartman
  • Patent number: 10407233
    Abstract: A method of loading a flexible enclosure, and the flexible enclosure. The enclosure has a floor, a sealable port, and a top enclosure. The top enclosure has an opening that is sealingly closable with an airtight closure. The method includes the steps of selecting a parking location for the enclosure, and positioning the enclosure over the parking location. Equipment, such as a vehicle is loaded in the enclosure. The enclosure is sealed, and the internal atmosphere of the enclosure is modified, such as lowering the oxygen content of the interior atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Plank Road Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Troy Town, Derrel Thomas, Jeffrey Garfinkle
  • Patent number: 10392072
    Abstract: A bicycle frame system comprises a connection module that rotatably connects a front frame section to a rear frame section. The connection module comprises a hinge section and a clamp section. The hinge section is below the clamp section when the bicycle frame system is in a ridable orientation. The connection module hinge section has a horizontal axis of rotation configured for rotating a front bicycle frame section approximately 180 degrees downwards and rearwards relative to a rear bicycle same frame section to convert the bicycle frame system from a ridable configuration to a folded configuration. The connection module clamp section comprises a front clamp block, a rear clamp block and a fastening device. The fastening device is configured to secure the front clamp block to the rear clamp block when the bicycle frame system is in a ridable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Bert Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10364065
    Abstract: A logistics system, adaptor pallet and load carrier are proposed for transporting many load carriers at once. The novel logistics system includes at least one load carrier and an adaptor pallet for receiving a plurality of such load carriers. The adaptor pallet includes a detent, which has a deployed configuration, in which the detent is configured to prevent lateral movement of the at least one load carrier, and a released configuration, in which the detent is configured to allow lateral movement of the at least one load carrier. The logistics system also includes a locking interface having a first counterpart fixed to the adaptor pallet and a second counterpart provided to the at least one load carrier. The first and second counterpart have been configured to engage each other, when the at least one load carrier is in the transporting position on the adaptor pallet so as to prevent rotation movement of the at least one load carrier in respect to the adaptor pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: K. Hartwall Oy Ab
    Inventors: Jussi Raninen, Mikko Jarvi
  • Patent number: 10329083
    Abstract: A bicycle transport case includes a container adapted to be opened and closed. The container includes a first outer side and a second outer side and has a chamber for receiving a bicycle frame defined by interior sides of the first and second outer sides. A retaining device configured to retain the bicycle frame at various angular orientations is pivotally and detachably connected to the container. The retaining device includes a main guide rail pivotally connected to the container about an axis and at least one retaining stand for retaining the bicycle frame movably mounted on the main guide rail and adapted to be locked in various positions on the main guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 10202162
    Abstract: A system and method for packing a human-powerable vehicle uses two frame sections that pivot about a horizontal axis parallel to the central axis of the bottom bracket housing cylinder to convert from a rideable configuration to a packed configuration. The pivot axis for folding the two frame sections is located forward of a main seat tube and above a bottom bracket housing that are permanently and rigidly attached to each other and to rear stays for holding a rear wheel. The bottom of the main seat tube is located forward of the bottom bracket housing on the rear frame section. The front frame section rotates downward and clockwise, when looked at from the starboard side, through a rotation of approximately of about 180 degrees to convert from a rideable configuration to a packed configuration. A detachable connection located above the pivot axis rigidly secures the front frame section to the rear frame section when the frame is in a rideable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Bert Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10144578
    Abstract: A bicycle packaging structure for a bicycle including a bicycle frame is provided. The bicycle packaging structure includes an exhibition box and at least one fixing member. The exhibition box includes a lower plate, a side plate surrounding the lower plate, an accommodating space formed by the lower plate and the side plate, and an exhibition opening at one side of the side plate away from the lower plate. The bicycle frame is accommodated in the accommodating space and mounted on the lower plate by the at least one fixing member. Thus, the bicycle frame may be directly exhibited through the exhibition opening and be sold to eliminate conventional complications of box opening and assembly for exhibition and post-exhibition re-boxing. The bicycle frame is placed in the exhibition box for carrying outdoors to achieve objects of recycling and reducing costs and burden on the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Lung Chen, Jiun-Hung Chung
  • Patent number: 10023245
    Abstract: A motor vehicle body includes a rear wheel housing with a wheel well that accommodates a rear wheel and a wall section upwardly projecting form the wheel well. A C-pillar inner wall is fastened to the wall section along a first fastening zone and overlaps an opening formed in the wall section between the first fastening zone and wheel well. A weld joins the C-pillar inner wall and a C-pillar outer wall together at the level of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9969545
    Abstract: A carrier for vehicles having a base shaped like a quadrilateral, more specifically a parallelogram with unequal adjacent sides and no right angles. Furthermore, the base has a vertical support coupled through a housing to each vertex wherein the support is collapsible having an upright and a horizontal orientation. Each vertex of the frame comprises a target to permit the stacking of the carriers by allowing the vertical supports of a lower carrier to be inserted into the target of an upper carrier. The frame of the carrier is provided with means for securing the motorcycle to the frame and with entry chambers to lift the carrier using forklifts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: 2468336 Ontario Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Norman O'Neil, James Theodore Dorner
  • Patent number: 9849942
    Abstract: A boat ramp designed to collapse so the amphibious vehicle may be towed at highway speeds. The ramp fabricated of a central isosceles triangle hinged to the vehicle at its base flanks a pair of right triangles hinged along their hypotenuses such that the ramp can be folded over the vehicle during travel. The hinged portion is reinforced with removable steel channel during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Rainier Air Inc.
    Inventor: Fredric Dan Ducolon
  • Patent number: 9821948
    Abstract: A bicycle transport bag (1) comprising a bicycle supporting frame structure (10) and a covering (6), wherein the supporting frame structure (10) comprises frame elements which are arranged to be assembled in a first bicycle supporting configuration inside the covering (6). The frame elements are removable from the covering (6) and are arranged to be reassembled into a second different bicycle supporting configuration outside of the covering (6). In the second bicycle supporting configuration, the bicycle supporting frame structure (10) may take the form of a bicycle work stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Noer, Patrick Maguire, Timothy Armstrong, Gary Gibson
  • Patent number: 9725235
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a base and opposed sides, linear and non-linear tracks, and a plurality of dunnage supports extending between the tracks. At least one of the tracks on each side may be non-linear in the shape of a “C” or “U” or “J”. One type of dunnage support comprises end members and a tubular middle member, the end members being movable along the tracks. The dunnage supports support dunnage, such as pouches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Brian T. Dobrinski, Matthew S. Sanger, Justin V. Fazio
  • Patent number: 9670945
    Abstract: A retention system includes a base supporting a wing spar and a post extending through the base from a first side of the base to a second side of the base. The post inserts through an aperture in the spar. A stop is selectively securable to the post over the second side of the base. A locking member engages the post on the first side of the base. The locking member is configured to selectively move the post from an unlocked position to a locked position in which the post is withdrawn toward the first side relative to the unlocked position. A biasing member encircles the post and is positioned between the stop and the second side. When the locking member is in a closed position the biasing member expands to engage the aperture and resist movement of the wing spar. A plurality of cradles may support the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Becklin Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew P. Phelan, Adrian P. Tayne
  • Patent number: 9618932
    Abstract: An inventory system includes a pallet and a base for palletizing or unpalletizing a mobile drive unit. The pallet has a set of openings corresponding with features of the mobile drive unit. The mobile drive unit features may extend into the pallet openings. The base includes protrusions corresponding to the pallet openings. Engaging the pallet and base can position the base protrusions in the pallet openings. Positioning the base protrusions in the pallet openings can displace the mobile drive unit features from the pallet openings and/or provide a surface upon which the mobile drive unit can navigate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Martin Hess, Scot Douglas Davis, Stephen Aquilino
  • Patent number: 9592926
    Abstract: A cardboard packaging is produced from a flat cardboard blank by simple manual folds and without using tools, and is used for packing elongate objects having bent ends. The cardboard packaging has a rectangular central portion and two rectangular side portions which are symmetrically arranged on opposing sides of the central region so as to be inclined at the same angle relative to the central portion, such that a concave upper face and a convex lower face of the cardboard packaging result. The front faces of the side and central portions, and the rear faces of the side and central portions each form parallel planes, overlap regions resulting between the side portions and the central portion. The surfaces of the side portions are each connected to the surface of the central portion by two tuck-in flap connections designed as counter-tuck-in flap connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NORDPACK GMBH
    Inventor: Mark Dammeyer
  • Patent number: 9567152
    Abstract: A reclosable wiper blade package for holding a beam-type wiper blade having a wiper blade adapter-receiving cradle of a blade receiving cavity formed in one of a pair of package halves that is configured for snap fit engagement with an adapter of the wiper blade releasably retained in the blade receiving cavity. The cradle can also be configured to locate and orient arms of the wiper blade so they engage a corresponding blade arm seat in a substantially straightened condition orienting the blade on its side. One or both package halves are formed with elongate ribs that can define package sidewalls that can even form at least part of the blade receiving cavity that can have spaced apart rib-strengthening gussets where rib width is narrowed or constricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Portage Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Putnam, Gregg S. Lewis, Mike Moulton
  • Patent number: 9540168
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a frame, tracks supported by opposite sides of the frame, and a plurality of dunnage supports extending between the tracks. At least one of the tracks on each side is generally U-shaped and at least one is linear. Each dunnage support may comprise end members and a middle member, the end members being movable along the tracks. The dunnage supports support dunnage for supporting products for storage or shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Timothy A. Bublitz, Mark J. Feenstra, Allen L. Burns
  • Patent number: 9501729
    Abstract: There is provided a stored value card comprising a physical accessory being a portion of the stored value card and being detachable from the stored value card, wherein the physical accessory is configured to be attached to a physical primary; and a unique identification code, wherein the unique identification code is associated with the stored value card, the physical accessory and a virtual accessory, and wherein a virtual primary and the virtual accessory are stored in a network server and correspond to the physical primary and the physical accessory, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Heatherly, Randal Ouye, Bobby Saygan, Natasha Berling
  • Patent number: 9481489
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a base and opposite sides. The container has multiple levels of dunnage components, the dunnage components of at least one level being movable between open and closed positions to enable an operator to load and unload products more easily. The dunnage components of at least one level may have openings through which pass guides supported at least partially by the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Timothy A. Bublitz, Brian T. Dobrinski, Matthew S. Sanger, Donald J. Bazany
  • Patent number: 9238517
    Abstract: A blank includes a main body; at least one support connected to the main body; and at least one support brace connected to at least one of the main body and at least one support. A packaging system includes a blank, the blank including a main body, at least one support connected to the main body, and at least one support brace connected to at least one of the main body and at least one support; and shrinkwrapping. A support may be a panel. A box may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Anthony Stopp
  • Patent number: 9061696
    Abstract: A transport carrier or case for storing and/or transporting a partially disassembled bicycle is disclosed. The carrier includes means for mounting the partially disassembled bicycle to a base while providing for adjustment of the mounting means dependent on the size of the bicycle. Also disclosed are wheel retention means for releasably mounting the wheels of the bicycle to one side of the transport case, and isolation means to separate the bicycle frame from the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Robert J. Pelegrin
  • Patent number: 9004276
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for car floor mats including a main body portion; at least one support member extending from the main body portion, and a securing arrangement releasably secured to the support member, wherein at least one car floor mat can be retained on the support member when the securing arrangement is secured to the support member, and wherein the at least one car floor mat can be removed from the packaging assembly when the securing arrangement is released from the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Who-Rae Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Warwick James Brown, Giles Frederick Matthews
  • Publication number: 20150076021
    Abstract: Containers and methods are disclosed for replacing expired or unserviceable aircraft emergency slides (“slides”) in an aircraft. The disclosed containers are configured to securely retain both unserviceable slides and serviceable slides. The containers can be placed on an aircraft through the main door of the aircraft, and are further configured to be easily transported within the aircraft from a staging area of the aircraft to a slide installation and removal point at either the main door or an emergency exit door of the aircraft. The containers can be aligned with the installation and removal point to facilitate replacing an unserviceable slide with a new, serviceable slide. The disclosed containers and methods improve personnel safety concerning lifting and handling of the slides, which are heavy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: BILL THOMAS ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventors: Jose Ordonez, Neil Waldron
  • Publication number: 20150069053
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has guides containing generally L-shaped slotted tracks having horizontal and vertical portions. A plurality of dunnage supports extend between the tracks. Dunnage is suspended by the dunnage supports. The dunnage supports have narrowed portions engaged with the slotted tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Allen L. Burns, Matthew S. Sanger, Brian T. Dobrinski, Eric S. Bruinsma, Timothy A. Bublitz
  • Publication number: 20150060315
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Patent number: 8939285
    Abstract: A display package for containing and displaying a steering wheel locking device having an elongate central tubular rod member and first and second pairs of spaced hooks connected to the tubular rod member includes a pair of generally equally sized, equally shaped front and rear panels that are superimposed and joined together to partially enclose a steering wheel locking device, the front and rear panels being configured to generally conform to the shape of the steering wheel locking device. Multiple packages can be stacked such that portions of adjacent steering wheel locks nest partially within one another and reduce otherwise wasted space between adjacent packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Gerald J. Trontel, Alan P. Brandt
  • Patent number: 8919551
    Abstract: This invention relates to a container for a part and in particular relates to a container for an automotive part having fiberboard with a hole there through for engaging the automotive part as well as a method of packaging a part with a protrusion; and in particular relates to a method of packaging an automotive hood have a protruding latch striker. This invention also relates to a corrugated paperboard package having a fiberboard insert as well as a method of protecting the shipment of automotive parts by utilizing a laminated stack of corrugated paperboard and fiberboard having a hole there through for engagement with the striker latch of the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Joseph Doplaga, Bob Schmitte
  • Patent number: 8881776
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Publication number: 20140284233
    Abstract: A part packaging system and method includes a package blank formed as a single sheet of foldable material having fold lines disposed thereon and cutout portions defined therein for enabling the package blank to be folded into a configuration of an enclosed package. The system further includes a jig configured to complementarily receive the package blank and facilitate folding of the package blank into the enclosed package. The jig includes contact portions that correspond to the fold lines of the package blank such that pressure applied to the package blank when received in the jig causes the package blank to fold along the fold lines toward the configuration of the enclosed package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Van Patten, Christopher Braun, Dean Eifert
  • Publication number: 20140246346
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present disclosure include a storage compartment for storing personal items in a vehicle. The storage compartment may include a pouch having a front side and a backside, the backside and the front side being attached to form a main cavity, a fastener positioned on the front side of the pouch, and a secondary cavity positioned on a backside of the pouch. The pouch may have a pair of upper corners, each of the upper corners including a mounting fastener configured to engage with a headrest post on a seat in a vehicle. The pouch may also have a pair of bottom corners, each of the bottom corners being configured to removably attach to the fastener on the front side of the pouch. In embodiments, the main cavity may be used to store a larger personal item, such as a purse or a laptop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: KARLA BERMUDEZ FRANCO
  • Publication number: 20140202901
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for car floor mats including a main body portion; at least one support member extending from the main body portion, and a securing arrangement releasably secured to the support member, wherein at least one car floor mat can be retained on the support member when the securing arrangement is secured to the support member, and wherein the at least one car floor mat can be removed from the packaging assembly when the securing arrangement is released from the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Who-Rae Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Warwick James BROWN, Giles Frederick MATTHEWS
  • Publication number: 20140158567
    Abstract: A reinforcing structure for a package tray side member provides a rigid connection between the package tray side member and a vehicle body while enabling the package tray side member to be re-positioned towards a rear end of a vehicle. The package tray side member is re-positioned so as to be located between a rear end of the vehicle and a seat belt retractor and a shock absorber. Upper and lower end portions of the package tray side member are reinforced, and are respectively coupled to a package tray side panel of a vehicle and to a floor upper side member of a floor panel of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Hyeong Gyu PARK, Byung Jin KIM, Hee Dae OH
  • Patent number: 8746450
    Abstract: A wiper blade package has a mouth portion that is openable by being pressed in a lateral direction. The wiper blade package has a first panel, a second panel opposed to the first panel, and a pair of side panels. The first panel is bendable around a bend line extending in a longitudinal direction and has a lid flap at its end. The lid flap is foldable around the bend line and is pivotable around a hinge line intersecting the bend line. The second panel has an engagement flap at its end. The lid flap engages a free end of the engagement flap at its free end and thereby closes a receiving portion in which a wiper blade is received. The lid flap is pivoted from the engagement flap by pressing the side panels toward the receiving portion and thereby opens the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: The Korea Development Bank
    Inventors: In Kyu Kim, Kyung Jong Nam
  • Patent number: 8711554
    Abstract: A portable electronic device includes a hinge assembly comprising an axle, the hinge assembly coupling a first mating end of a first housing to a second mating end of a second housing, the second housing being movable relative to the first housing from an open position in which the axle is in a first position near to the first mating end and the second mating end and a folded position in which the axle is in a second position spaced from the first mating end and the second mating end such that the first mating end and the second mating end are movable toward one another to move the portable electronic device to a partially open position for clipping to an object; and a processor in electrical communication with electrical components in one of the first housing and the second housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Steven Henry Fyke, Martin Philip Riddiford, Benjamin John Henley
  • Publication number: 20140110287
    Abstract: A moveable storage container for vehicular storage on a planar support surface, comprised of a top formed by a sloped roof connected to an angled connection wall at one end, a handle wall, and a pair of side walls, all walls connected to the sloped roof. The connection of the sloped roof section and the angled connection wall forms a first angle of about 90 degrees at a proximal end of the angled connection wall, and at a distal end, a second angle formed by the angled connection wall hingeably connected to a base resting in the horizontal plane rises about 45 degrees from the planar support surface. The angled connection wall is weighted. The storage container is opened by lifting the handle wall, rotating the angled connection wall downwards until it rests on the planar support surface, the top position maintained by the weighted angled connection wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: John L. Hayden
  • Publication number: 20140076755
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a metal frame, tracks having horizontal and vertical portions attached to opposite sides of the frame, and a plurality of support member assemblies extending between the tracks. Each support member assembly comprises end members located at the ends of a tubular support, the end members being movable in the tracks. The support member assemblies support dunnage for supporting products for storage or shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Allen L. Burns, Matthew S. Sanger, Brian T. Dobrinski
  • Publication number: 20140076754
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a metal frame, tracks having horizontal and vertical portions attached to opposite sides of the frame, and a plurality of support member assemblies extending between the tracks. Each support member assembly comprises end members located at the ends of a tubular support, the end members being movable in the tracks. The support member assemblies support dunnage for supporting products for storage or shipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Allen L. Burns, Matthew S. Sanger, Brian T. Dobrinski
  • Publication number: 20140054188
    Abstract: An aircraft brake assembly container having a base or container portion with feet extending therefrom. A further base portion is provided and mounted atop the base portion. A spacing is provided between the base and further base portions and this spacing is filled by a spacing container portion or member. The spacing container portion allows for lower profile base and further base portions while accommodating larger diameter new and used brake assemblies. A method of using same is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Jose Ordonez, Neil Waldron
  • Patent number: 8613357
    Abstract: A reclosable wiper blade package for holding a beam-type wiper blade in a substantially straightened condition in an upside down orientation with the wiping element of the blade facing upwardly toward a cover of the package. The package includes a blade-retaining package panel with a cavity formed therein having an adapter seat and blade engagement regions that engage corresponding arms of the wiper blade. Each blade engagement region is configured for snap fit engagement with an end portion of the wiper blade arm such as an end cap of the wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Portage Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Putnam
  • Patent number: 8607978
    Abstract: The present invention provides a container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse that has a body including at least one frame, holders supported by the body and a plurality of stationary support members extending between the holders. Each support member may be fixed in a stationary position by the holders. The support members support dunnage for supporting product for storage or shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Allen L. Burns, Mark J. Feenstra, Eric S. Bruinsma
  • Patent number: 8556081
    Abstract: A system for shipping and displaying a vehicle is disclosed. A display box includes a vehicle receiving area that has a display area and an enclosed area so that when the vehicle is located in the display box a prospective purchaser can sit on the seat. For shipping a vehicle is affixed to a first display box and a second vehicle is affixed to a second display box. The second display box is inverted and reversed and is located above the first display box to form a rectangularly shaped shipping combination. First and second disposable pillars are located between the first and second vehicles to support the two display boxes when combined to form the shipping combination. In a preferred embodiment, the pillars locate in foot receiving areas of the vehicles in the first and second display boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Winston Company, Inc.
    Inventors: John Ralph McIntosh, Melvin C. Redman, Neal Winston Zahn
  • Patent number: 8511495
    Abstract: A rampable crate for riding lawn mowers in which a pallet connects to a top frame with a plurality of posts, and the pallet includes a pair of spaced-apart rails disposed at an oblique angle as an upward ramp to an edge of the pallet for travel of the rear wheels of the riding lawn mower with the posts selectively extending from the edge of the pallet to define a downward ramp from the pallet in order for the lawn mower to be driven off the pallet. A method of removing a riding lawn mower from a crate is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: North American Container Corporation
    Inventors: Charles F. Grigsby, Jeffrey C. Banks
  • Patent number: 8512835
    Abstract: A vehicle wash system having a plurality of vehicle treatment components with one of the plurality of vehicle treatment components including at least one support member. The at least one support member has an exterior surface. A shrinkable sleeve is sized to fit over the exterior surface of the at least one support member. The shrinkable sleeve is slid onto the at least one support member and located in a predetermined position around the exterior surface. Upon application of heat to the shrinkable sleeve, it shrinks and conforms to the shape of the exterior surface of the at least one support member such that it is fixedly attached to the exterior surface of the at least one support member in the predetermined position. The result is a protective covering for the support member that is durable and readily cleanable such that fluid and debris can be easily wiped off of the covering and corrosion of the support member is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Motor City Wash Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Wentworth, J. Allan Lunk
  • Publication number: 20130040533
    Abstract: In an aspect, the invention is directed to a set that includes a miniature vehicle that drives one or more wheels with an on-board motor that draws power from an on-board power source. A switch is provided to control the transmission of power from the power source to the motor. A first drive-related magnetically-responsive member is movable between first and second positions to control whether the switch is off or on. A second drive-related magnetically-responsive member is positionable to interact with the first drive-related magnetically responsive member to move the first drive-related magnetically-responsive member to the second position so as to close the switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Kevin MILLER
  • Patent number: 8336807
    Abstract: A clamshell case for enclosing a helicopter includes a base for supporting said helicopter, a first side section attached by a first hinge to one edge of the base, a second side section attached by a second hinge to the other edge of the base, and a drive system for rotating said side sections towards each other to substantially enclose said helicopter and substantially completely protect it from the weather and other damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Bernard Hanafin, George Vermesi
  • Patent number: 8328011
    Abstract: A windshield wiper package for containing a windshield wiper includes a front portion having a recess for receiving the windshield wiper, a back portion connected to the front portion for containing the windshield wiper within the recess, and an opening disposed in the back portion to allow loading or unloading of the windshield wiper. The opening is sized such that a length of the opening is less than about one-third of a length of the wiper package. A door is slidingly received by the back portion such that the door can be moved between an open position and a closed position. Complimentary detents and indentations are provided for securing the door in the open position or the closed position, the detents being positioned on one of the back portion and the door, and the indentations being positioned on another of the back portion and door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Jamak Fabrication-Tex, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Alan Skurdalsvold, Michael Todd Lindars
  • Publication number: 20120305425
    Abstract: A bicycle bag protects a bicycle while the bicycle is secured to a rack, such as a vehicle bicycle rack. The bicycle bag includes resealable openings configured to allow the bicycle (and bag) to be securely attached to a wide variety of different rack types. Additionally, because there is risk of obscuring the tail lights of a vehicle for rear-mount racks when a bicycle bag is on the bike and the bike on the rack, the bicycle bag includes pockets designed to support a tail-light system that can be connected to the vehicle to provide additional lighting and safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Gabriel S. Waters
  • Patent number: 8292074
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stabilizer suitable for stabilizing disks of a heat pack, wherein the stabilizer includes at least two elongate parallel pushers of height compatible with the height of the heat pack, each movable in a direction perpendicular to the pushers, the pushers being associated with an irreversible driver system enabling the pushers to be moved apart or towards each other, the pushers extending in service so as to face an inside diameter of the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
    Inventor: Michel Fiore
  • Patent number: 8281883
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for permitting construction equipment, and particularly backhoe loaders, to be transported in the hold of a seagoing vessel within the interior of an enclosed cargo container includes front and rear rollers that temporarily replace the wheels of the equipment and allow it to be driven into and out of the container without any disassembly of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventors: Adalberto Prinz, Hugo M. Ledezma, Alejandro A. Prinz
  • Patent number: 8196740
    Abstract: A bag (10) for transporting or storing a partly disassembled bicycle is provided in the form of a lightweight soft shell with strategically located rigid reinforcements. The bag (10) can be collapsed in a compact storage configuration when not in use while still providing added impact protection to the most vulnerable parts of the bicycle. Inflatable partitions (42) can be provided on either side of the bicycle frame to provide added protection while still allowing collapsing of the bag (10) when not in use. Hub attachments (18) can be provided on the side panels (16) of the bag (10) for securely holding the bicycle wheel by the hub thereof on the inner surface of the bag soft side panels (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: SAC Nomad LTEE
    Inventors: Jean-François Jacques, Alexandre Lavallée