Lazy Tongs Patents (Class 254/122)
  • Patent number: 10895085
    Abstract: A system for adjusting surface level, including a moveable surface, at least two structures adapted to be disposed between and coupled to the moveable surface and a fixed surface, a single force transfer mechanism configured to be coupled to the at least one of the at least two structures for displacement of the moveable surface relative to the fixed surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Yoash Zolar
  • Patent number: 10820688
    Abstract: An elevation working platform includes a lower support and an upper support. At least one group of X-type elevation mechanisms is provided between the lower support and the upper support. The elevation working platform further includes an elastic element. A first end of the elastic element is connected between two end points of a first support rod or a second support rod. A second end of the elastic element is connected to the lower support or a second hinging seat capable of sliding relative to the lower support. Using the X-type elevation mechanisms, the front and back positions of the upper support do not change in an elevating process of the upper support, the structure is simple and practical, and the cost is relatively low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventors: Lehong Xiang, Xiangming Zheng, Tao Lin, Fangyuan Li
  • Patent number: 10793406
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a scissors lift comprising a bottom frame, a top frame and a scissors mechanism arranged between the bottom frame and the top frame to displace the bottom frame and the top frame relative to each other by transfer of an actuation force. The scissors mechanism comprises a central hollow scissors arm delimited between opposite scissors arm surfaces, wherein the central hollow scissors arm has a bottom pivotal connection connecting it to the bottom frame and a top pivotal connection connecting it to the top frame. Further, the mechanism comprises two passive scissors arms being pivotally connected to the bottom frame and pivotally connected to the top frame. Each of the two passive scissors arms are pivotally connected to the central hollow scissors arm on the opposite scissors arm surfaces of the central hollow scissors arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Lykkegaard
  • Patent number: 10793118
    Abstract: A scissor jack kit to elevate each vehicle quadrant for maintenance including one scissor jack for each wheel. Each scissor jack includes a parallelepiped bottom base, a lower support base atop thereof, and mirror image first and second arms, each having top and bottom ends hinged at a central elbow. Each of proximal and distal ends of the bottom and top ends, respectively, pivotably couples to the respective lower and upper support base. An aperture in the central elbow receives a rotatable leadscrew therethrough having a socket with a hole which receives a hook of a jack speed crank handle to rotate the leadscrew to adjust the scissor jack height. Mount holes in the upper support base provide for chassis mounting. A groove in an axle mount body on the upper support base supports the axle proximal the respective wheel and has a cushioned lining thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen Bowman
  • Patent number: 10759396
    Abstract: A vehicle leveling system includes a jack adapted to be mounted to a vehicle frame without modifying the vehicle frame. In a particular embodiment, the jack includes a first bracket adapted to urge against the bottom surface of the frame and a second bracket adapted to be mounted to a surface of the vehicle adjacent the frame. In a more particular embodiment, the first bracket includes a horizontal adjustment feature and the second bracket includes a vertical adjustment feature. In another particular embodiment, the jack is coupled to the vehicle frame via a bracket that is adapted to be mounted to manufacturer-provided apertures formed in the frame during the manufacture of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Quadra Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Johnnie Eugene Lehman, Gary Anthony Lehman, Robert Daniel Slack
  • Patent number: 10745259
    Abstract: A parking lift for vehicles. The parking lift includes a platform on which a vehicle can be parked and lifted by a pair of scissor-lifts configured to raise and lower the platform to enable parking of a second vehicle beneath the platform. A deck of the platform is provided with a gradual slope throughout its length to enable vehicles with low ground clearance to travel onto the platform without contacting an underside of the vehicle with the deck. The scissor-lifts each include a leg with a recessed portion that increases a spacing between a door of a vehicle parked under the platform and the leg and thus a range of motion available to the door. A pad may be disposed on the leg in the recessed portion to protect the door against damage caused by contacting the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: BendPak, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Kritzer, Donald R. Henthorn
  • Patent number: 10745913
    Abstract: A device for compensating for the natural shrinkage of building materials includes one or more gear members mounted on a base plate. A fastener extends through a hole in the base plate and axially fixed relative to the gear member. The gear member is engaged with teeth in the base plate and rotatable relative to the fastener. The axis of rotation of the gear member is not aligned with its central axis. The base plate can be securely fastened to a first building member with the fastener axially fixed relative to a second building member but not axially fixed relative to the base plate and first building member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: OMG, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. Dicaire, Jonathan W. Dezielle
  • Patent number: 10737382
    Abstract: A robot including a base having a flat mounting surface section to be set on an installation surface by a fixing part, and also including a movable unit that is movable relative to the base. The base includes a tip-over prevention member that is disposed in a switchable manner between a state where the tip-over prevention member at least protrudes forward from the mounting surface section in a moving direction when a relocating process is performed and a state where the tip-over prevention member does not protrude forward from the mounting surface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Nakayama, Kenichirou Abe, Masahiro Morioka
  • Patent number: 10667971
    Abstract: A lift and tilt support apparatus includes opposed scissor lift assemblies. Each scissor lift assembly includes a base, an upper frame, and scissored first and second legs, each having opposed top and bottom ends. The bottom end of the first leg is pivoted to the base, and the top end of the first leg is mounted to the upper frame for reciprocal movement. The top end of the second leg is pivoted to the upper frame, and the bottom end of the second leg is mounted to the base for reciprocal movement. The top end of the first leg reciprocates in a direction skewed from the top end of the second leg. The bottom end of the second leg reciprocates in a direction skewed from the bottom end of the first leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventors: Todd Humbert, Elizabeth Humbert
  • Patent number: 10625586
    Abstract: A lid assembly for a truck bed with two opposite vertical side walls includes a lid adapted for covering the truck bed, the lid being movable in a first direction between an open and closed position, two scissor hinges adapted for mounting the lid to the truck bed, each of the two scissor hinges having a first hinge member adapted for being slidably and pivotably connected to a respective side wall of the truck bed at a first end and being pivotably connected to the lid at a second end, and a second hinge member which is slidably and pivotably connected to the lid at a first end and adapted for being pivotably connected to the respective side wall at a second end. The assembly further includes an opening element adapted for, upon actuation, applying a force to at least one of the first ends of the hinge members in a second direction, which extends in an angle of between 85 and 90 degrees with respect to the first direction, to move the lid in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: PENDELMATIC INTERNATIONAL V/JAN MØLLER
    Inventor: Jan Max Clausen Møller
  • Patent number: 10610988
    Abstract: A workpiece lifting and lowering device is provided with: a workpiece base supported as to be capable of being lifted and lowered, and mounting a workpiece; a link mechanism connected to the workpiece base, and lifting and lowering the workpiece base by converting a rotation motion to a lifting and lowering motion; and a driving mechanism rotationally driving the link mechanism through a transmission member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: DMG MORI SEIKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yasuda, Yutaka Nishimura, Masami Harada
  • Patent number: 10613573
    Abstract: An operation device includes a main body, a lifting and lowering mechanism unit movably supported with respect to the main body and including a driven portion configured to receive driving force for movement of the lifting and lowering mechanism unit, a driving unit attached to the main body and configured to drive the lifting and lowering mechanism unit by a driving pin provided on a rotation gear. The lifting and lowering mechanism unit includes a groove portion into which the driving pin is accommodated by rotation of the rotation gear when the driving unit is mounted on the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Yuki Kubo
  • Patent number: 10589970
    Abstract: A high visibility push-pull handler configured to be mounted on a lift truck. The handler comprising a frame assembly, a pantograph mechanism coupled to the frame assembly, and a faceplate assembly coupled to the pantograph mechanism. The hander is configured with a view window extending through the handler, the view window not obstructed by parts of the handler when the handler is in any normal operating configuration, including a fully extended configuration, a fully retracted configuration, and any configuration in between the full extended and fully retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventors: Jim D. Hamlik, Joel D. Hamlik, Cameron R. Burak
  • Patent number: 10575630
    Abstract: A desktop workspace that adjusts vertically includes a work surface platform, a base configured to sit on an existing platform, such as a desk, a height adjustable mechanism including at least one set of arms that connect at a pivot point(s) creating a scissoring motion to raise and lower the said work surface platform to various heights. A locking and unlocking mechanism may connect to the height adjustable mechanism. In some cases, the apparatus includes an adjustable mechanism to support items such as a keyboard. In some cases, the apparatus includes elements to raise items such as a monitor to an additional height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Nathan Mark Poniatowski
  • Patent number: 10568416
    Abstract: A desktop workspace that adjusts vertically includes a work surface platform, a base configured to sit on an existing platform, such as a desk, a height adjustable mechanism including at least one set of arms that connect at a pivot point(s) creating a scissoring motion to raise and lower the said work surface platform to various heights. A locking and unlocking mechanism may connect to the height adjustable mechanism. In some cases, the apparatus includes an adjustable mechanism to support items such as a keyboard. In some cases, the apparatus includes elements to raise items such as a monitor to an additional height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Nathan Mark Poniatowski
  • Patent number: 10517390
    Abstract: An elevation working platform includes a lower support and an upper support. At least one group of X-type elevation mechanisms is provided between the lower support and the upper support. The elevation working platform further includes an elastic element. A first end of the elastic element is connected between two end points of a first support rod or a second support rod. A second end of the elastic element is connected to the lower support or a second hinging seat capable of sliding relative to the lower support. Using the X-type elevation mechanisms, the front and back positions of the upper support do not change in an elevating process of the upper support, the structure is simple and practical, and the cost is relatively low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Lehong Xiang, Xiangming Zheng, Tao Lin, Fangyuan Li
  • Patent number: 10464463
    Abstract: A mobile storage device is disclosed. The mobile storage device comprises a frame, an extension device, a storage bin, and a control system. The extension device is rotatably connected to the frame. The storage bin is secured to the extension device. The control system is rotatably connected to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: New Heights, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron Jay Beiler, Raymond Beiler
  • Patent number: 10414032
    Abstract: A push-to-connect fitting removal tool that includes first and second handles pivotally-connected for being grasped and manually moved towards and away from each other, a first guide bar connected to both the first and second handles, and a second guide bar connected to both the first and second handles and cooperating with the first guide bar for converting pivotal movement of the first and second handles into non-pivoting, translation motion of the first and second guide bars. A push fitting jaw is attached to the first guide bar and a pipe jaw is attached to the second guide bar for being moved towards and away from each other as the first and second handles are moved towards and away from each other. The push fitting jaw is adapted for at least partially encircling the push fitting and the pipe jaw adapted for at least partially encircling the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Conbraco Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip T. Yontz, Lei Zhang, Jeffrey A. Polofsky
  • Patent number: 10053345
    Abstract: A rise prevention device for a vehicle body and a vehicle assembly system including the same are provided. The a rise prevention device for a vehicle body includes an elevation device that is configured to move up and down and a power base that is configured to move up and down on the elevation device. In addition, a pressing device is configured to move up and down, is supported by the power base and is configured to press against the vehicle body to prevent the vehicle body from rising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jung Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9999489
    Abstract: A lifting and supporting table according to the present invention includes an upper platform having a receiving surface and a lower frame supporting the upper platform. The lifting and supporting table includes a linkage interacting with the lower frame such that adjustment of the linkage forces a height of the upper platform to change. A ramp assembly includes a ramp having a top surface that operatively extends the receiving surface of the upper platform, the ramp being selectively moveable between a horizontal position and an inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Theodore E. Kern, Sr.
  • Patent number: 9961989
    Abstract: A radial-scissor lift assembly for a table top comprising an upper support member, a lower support member, and at least three scissor assemblies coupled to the upper and lower support members. Each scissor assembly includes a table-scissor member rotatably supporting a table wheel adapted for contacting an unattached table. Each scissor assembly further includes a floor-scissor member rotatably supporting a floor wheel adapted for contacting a surface supporting the radial-scissor lift assembly. The radial-scissor lift assembly has an actuator assembly coupled to the lower support member and to the upper support member for moving the scissor assemblies. A method for lowering a table top comprising disposing a table top on at least three table rollers, and rolling the table rollers along the bottom on the table top and away from the center of the table top to cause the table top to be lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Marc Stefan Witt
  • Patent number: 9938126
    Abstract: A lifter is provided with operating levers, which, against driving forces of actuators that switch the ratchet pawls to unengaged orientations, switch the ratchet pawls to engaged orientations of being engaged with ratchet gears, is provided with a link mechanism, which, when a workpiece support base is being lowered by collapsing motions of a pair of right and left crosslink mechanisms supporting the workpiece support base and a difference arises in movement amounts of movable support shafts at lower end sides of the respective crosslink mechanisms, converts the movement amount difference to an operating force of the operating lever at the larger movement amount side, and is such that by the operating lever at one side being driven by the link mechanism, the operating lever switches the ratchet pawl at the larger movement amount side to the engaged orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Ooe
  • Patent number: 9751736
    Abstract: A manual vehicle ramp jack with an auxiliary hydraulic jack including a pair of parallel tire ramps and a lifter base disposed on the front end of each tire ramp, which has a riser plate movably disposed within a central aperture thereof from a lowered, recessed condition to an alternate raised condition. Each riser plate is provided to receive a tire therein. A manually operated mechanical foot jack is in operational communication and a mechanical hydraulic toe jack is in alternate operational communication with the riser plate of each lifter base. A foot-depressible crossbeam operationally connects the foot jacks together which permits the foot jacks to be operated simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Michael Fortin
  • Patent number: 9718657
    Abstract: A scissor lift table (1) has a first base element (2) and a second base element (3) and a scissor (4). The scissor (4) has a first scissor part (6) and a second scissor part (7), wherein the first scissor part (6) and the second scissor part (7) are pivotable relative to one another about a scissor axis (5). The first base element (2) and the second base element (3) are connected by the scissor (4) such that a pivoting of the scissor parts (6, 7) relative to one another about the scissor axis (5) causes a change in the distance between the first base element (2) and the second base element (3), wherein the first scissor part (6) is pivotably borne on the first base element (2) using a fixed bearing (10) and the second scissor part (7) is displaceably and pivotably borne on the first base element (2) using a floating bearing (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Christoph Mohr
  • Patent number: 9352786
    Abstract: A mud flap retraction assembly that allows actuating a vehicle's rear mud flaps between lower and upper positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Murray S. Martin
  • Patent number: 9310753
    Abstract: A scissor lift apparatus includes a sliding carriage member and a pivoting linkage added to a conventional scissor lift in order to lower the force required to lift a tray holding heavy media during the initial portion of the lifting action where the scissor lift is fully compressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Aaron M Moore, Kenneth E Giunta
  • Patent number: 9290365
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a system includes a lifting device for lifting a motor vehicle, a support structure for mounting the lifting device in a pit, and a carriage for supporting the lifting device from the support structure and being movable within the support structure. The system also includes a cover coupled to opposite sides of the carriage so that the cover extends away from the carriage and continuously between the opposite sides of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: STERTIL BV
    Inventors: Kurt E. Polins, Glenn D. Felpel, Allan Pavlick
  • Patent number: 9132848
    Abstract: A conveyance cart that can convey a loaded burden, includes: a body frame supported by a wheel; a deck provided liftably against the body frame to load a burden; an electric actuator electrically driven to expand or contract to lift or lower the deck; and a controller that is configured to supply an electric current to the electric actuator. The controller stops supply of an electric current to the electric actuator when a continuous driving time of the electric actuator is equal to or longer than a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KAYABA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Sekine, Osamu Miyatani
  • Patent number: 9107494
    Abstract: A refrigerator is provided including a refrigerator compartment having a bin door. A storage bin is positioned within the refrigerator compartment. A lift mechanism is positioned within the refrigerator compartment. The lift mechanism includes a bin support structure configured to support the storage bin. The lift mechanism further includes at least one pivot arm pivotally attached to the bin door, and a drive unit attached to the bin door. The drive unit applies a vertical force to the at least one pivot arm, and rotation of the at least one pivot arm vertically moves the bin support structure and storage bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph Scheuring, Michael Bayne
  • Patent number: 9109742
    Abstract: A low-profile mount for a flat panel electronic display that is selectively shiftable between a wall-confronting position wherein the back of the flat panel electronic display is disposed parallel and proximate to the wall surface and a tilt position wherein the top of the display is tilted away from the wall surface. The mount is configured so that points spaced apart forwardly from display receiving surfaces of the mount are shifted along a substantially horizontal axis as the mount is shifted between the wall confronting position and the tilt position. Advantageously, the display can be attached to the mount so that the points are horizontally registered with a center of gravity of the display such that the display is self-balancing at any point along the travel between the wall confronting position and the tilt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Milestone AV Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Paul Smith
  • Patent number: 9072645
    Abstract: A massage device (10) includes a table top assembly (12) that supports a user above a surface (18). The massage device (10) comprises a leg assembly (14) and an adjuster assembly (16). The leg assembly (14) extends between the table top assembly (12) and the surface (18). Additionally, the leg assembly (14) includes a first leg (24), a second leg (26), and a leg attacher (28) that pivotally secures the first leg (24) to the second leg (26). The adjuster assembly (16) adjusts the position of the table top assembly (12) relative to the surface (18) between a lower position and an upper position. The adjuster assembly (16) includes an adjuster (44) that acts primarily in push mode to pivot the second leg (26) relative to the first leg (24) so that the table top assembly (12) moves between the lower position and the upper position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: EARTHLITE MASSAGE TABLES, INC.
    Inventors: Dave Gamman, Jon W. Roleder
  • Publication number: 20150034888
    Abstract: A jack, defining a portable accessory for replacing a motor vehicle wheel, is adapted to be placed on the ground and has a scissors-like pantograph provided with a first and a second arm hinged to each other; the first and second arms have respective lower end portions, which can be moved close or away by actuating a screw/nut-screw device; the second arm is shorter than said first arm and is provided with an upper end portion hinged to an intermediate portion of the first arm; the jack further has a supporting member, which is supported only by an upper end of the first arm and can rotate about an axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Mancin, Antonio Magliocca
  • Publication number: 20150034893
    Abstract: The subject invention includes a lift system including a first scissor-type lift assembly and a second scissor-type lift assembly spaced from the first scissor-type lift assembly. The first scissor-type lift assembly includes a first base and a first platform coupled to the first base for movement between elevated and lowered states. The first scissor-type lift assembly includes a first motor operatively mounted to the first base. The second scissor-type lift assembly includes a second base and a second platform coupled to the second base for movement between elevated and lowered states. The second scissor-type lift assembly includes a second motor operatively mounted to the second base. The first and second motors move the first and second platforms between the elevated and lowered states. The lift system includes a controller in communication with the first and second scissor-type lift assemblies to synchronize operation of the first and second motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Herkules Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Todd J. Bacon, Robert M. Amundson, Scott F. Wilhelm
  • Publication number: 20150014609
    Abstract: A scissor-type lifting table has a carrying device (10) and a base device (11). A scissor mechanism comprising first and second scissor-blade arrangements are arranged between the carrying device (10) and the base device (11). The carrying device (10) can be moved away from the base device (11) by means of a lifting truck (3) which can be moved via at least one traction mechanism (4), by winding up of the traction mechanism (4), and can be raised up in order to open the scissor mechanism and can be lowered in order to close the scissor mechanism by unwinding the traction mechanism (4). At least one lifting cam (8) is provided which is configured to regulate the lifting capacity and along which the lifting truck (3) runs during the raising or lowering of the carrying device (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Christoph Mohr
  • Publication number: 20140264215
    Abstract: A scissors lift assembly includes a top frame, a bottom frame, and a pair of scissors assemblies, each extending between the top frame and the bottom frame to move the top frame relative to the bottom frame. The scissors lift assembly also includes a safety catch mechanism coupled to at least one of the top frame, the bottom frame, and one of the scissors assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Joe Yustus
  • Patent number: 8827246
    Abstract: A scissor lift comprises a load support, a lift support and at least one scissor assembly defined between the load support and the lift support, the at least one scissor assembly being driven into an open or a closed position by a drive device that enables movement of the load support relative to the lift support with the opening and closing of the at least one scissor assembly, wherein the at least one scissor assembly is further defined by a pair of arms attached at a pivot, and where the pair of arms further comprises a curved outer surface that engages a portion of a drive device for urging the scissor arms apart and for moving the load support relative to the lift support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Parking Source LLC
    Inventors: Merin Swasey, Tyler R. Kirby
  • Patent number: 8813916
    Abstract: A pressurized underground enclosure includes a battery venting system having a battery within a battery box in a sealed enclosure. A first pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and an ambient atmosphere and includes a vacuum generator for reducing a pressure in the battery box. A second pipe is fluidly connected to the battery box and the ambient atmosphere and includes a one-way valve permitting airflow to the battery box and precluding airflow from the battery box to the ambient atmosphere. The enclosure includes a scissors lift including scissor linkage units having arms pivotally connected at terminal ends and at central positions. The scissor linkage units are moveable from a retracted to an extended position by pneumatic cylinders. The internal pressurization of the enclosure is selectively released and locking mechanisms are retracted before a rack of the scissors lift is extended through an opening of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Clear View Enclosures, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Schilling
  • Publication number: 20140232517
    Abstract: A system for monitoring and/or controlling equipment in a hazardous area can include at least one sensor disposed within the hazardous area. Each sensor can be non-electrical and can be adapted to interact with the equipment and generate at least a first sensor output and second sensor output. The first sensor output can be indicative of a first equipment state and a second sensor output can be indicative of a second equipment state. The system can also include at least one converter disposed outside the hazardous area. Each converter can be in communication with at least one of the sensors. Each converter can be configured to receive the first and second sensor output and generate a converter output signal based on at least one of the first and second sensor outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Roy J. Dantas
  • Patent number: 8770549
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, system, and articles of manufacture for releasably locking components that are moveable relative to one another are disclosed herein. A disclosed example locking apparatus includes a locking device mountable to a first component and including at least one locking member. The example system also includes a catch member mountable to a second component. The catch member has a plurality of substantially similarly formed catches. The locking member is engageable with at least one catch in a plurality of predetermined catching positions in at least one of a releasable, form-locking manner or a releasable, force-locking manner. The example system also includes a force member to produce a relative movement between the locking member and the at least one catch. In at least a partial region of the catch member, at least a first catching position, a second catching position and a third catching position are traversable by the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: MAHA Maschinenbau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Deuring, Thomas Grotzinger, Jurgen Grotz
  • Patent number: 8740191
    Abstract: A laboratory jack having a scissors-type jack assembly connected to upper and lower platforms includes guide members and thrust bearings or rollers, which provide improved stability across a longer stroke than previous laboratory jacks. One laboratory jack includes upper and lower tiers of scissor assemblies comprised of scissor arms and guide rods disposed between the ends of each of the upper and lower scissor assemblies. The guide rods are carried by cross-brace members that are connected to and extend between opposing portions of the scissor assemblies, and the guide rods slide through a through bore in at least one of the cross-brace members. The scissor assemblies include rollers at the interface between laterally shifting ends of the scissor arms and an adjacent platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Ace Laser Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Greg Litcher
  • Patent number: 8733738
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a universal platform and an assembly method of an aircraft using the same. The universal platform includes a plurality of scissor lifts arranged around an aircraft, wherein each of the plural scissor lifts includes a base frame, a support frame located above the base frame, a support table fixedly coupled to an upper portion of the support frame, a plurality of link members axially assembled to be mutually pivoted between the support frame and the base frame, a plurality of hydraulic cylinders coupled to the respective link members and the base frame so as to lift the support frame in upward and downward directions, and a slide member slidably coupled to the support table, and the slide member slides from the support table toward the aircraft so as to allow a worker to work according to height, and there is provided the assembly method of the aircraft using the universal platform, thereby contributing to improvement in productivity and in health of workers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Aerospace Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Eop Mun
  • Patent number: 8733508
    Abstract: A lift assembly includes a base and a platform at a relatively greater distance from the base in an extended state than in a contracted state. The lift assembly includes a pair of scissor arms with each arm having opposed first and second ends, and pivotably connected to each other about a central axis. The lift assembly includes a drive screw mechanism including a shaft defining a longitudinal axis, and further includes a drive motor, a block, and a collar. The lift assembly further includes first and second pairs of links. Each link has opposed first and second ends and an edge facing away from the central axis and defining a recess in the link. The collar and block are spaced from the central axis and indirectly coupled to the pair of scissor arms through a pair of links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Herkules Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Todd J. Bacon
  • Patent number: 8714524
    Abstract: A belt-driven transportation system including a first set of pulleys rotatably attached to a first member and a second set of pulleys rotatably attached to a second member. The first and second members have relative movement to each other. The system further includes a unitary belt that is guided through a path defined by the first and second sets of pulleys. A plurality of flange members maintain a proper positioning of the belt on the pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Herkules Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Todd J. Bacon
  • Patent number: 8672297
    Abstract: Embodiments of a scissor lifting platform comprising at least two crossing lower scissor bars, at least two crossing upper scissor bars articulatedly connected to the lower scissor bars, and a lower joint connecting the two lower scissor bars with each other and an upper joint connecting the two upper scissor bars with each other. Furthermore, the scissor lifting platform comprises at least one lifting aggregate connected to the lower scissor bar or the upper scissor bar and at least one rail having at least one contact area and being supported on the upper scissor bars. The upper scissor bar is articulatedly connected to the at least one rail and the other one of the upper scissor bars is guided by the at least one rail so as to be movable in a longitudinal direction when the scissor lifting platform moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: MAHA Maschinebau Haldenwang GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Winfried Schmitt, Thomas Deuring
  • Patent number: 8662477
    Abstract: A belt-driven transportation system including a first set of pulleys rotatably attached to a first member and a second set of pulleys rotatably attached to a second member. The first and second members have relative movement to each other. The system further includes a unitary belt that is guided through a path defined by the first and second sets of pulleys with the path substantially lying in a stationary plane, and a plurality of retention rollers. A retention roller is disposed adjacent each pulley, with the belt extending about the pulley and between the pulley and the retention roller. The positioning of the belt substantially on the path is maintained by the plurality of retention rollers, and the first and second members are moved relative to each other with changes in the length of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Herkules Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Todd J. Bacon
  • Publication number: 20140014886
    Abstract: According to the invention, a scissor lift table is hereby proposed having a base unit and a carrier unit adjustable relative to the base unit by means of a scissor unit provided with a drive unit. A safety device of the scissor lift table comprises a monitoring element, which registers parameters of a motor, and a safety element, which processes safety-related signals. The safety device additionally comprises a drive control and a drive brake, wherein the drive control acts on the drive brake in the event of a disruption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: Rofa Industrial Automation AG
    Inventor: Manfred RUTH sen.
  • Patent number: 8628062
    Abstract: The present invention is a jack assembly having a first and second upper bracket pivotally connected to a support member and each having at least one strengthening bead and at least one rolled edge. A first lower bracket is pivotally connected to the first upper bracket using a non-threaded trunnion and a bearing through which a threaded rod extends. A second lower bracket is pivotally connected to the second upper bracket using a threaded trunnion through which the threaded rod also extends. The brackets are tapered for strength. The first and second lower brackets are pivotally connected to a base having an enclosed keyhole orifice for storage of the jack assembly. At least one strengthening flange is formed in both the first and second lower bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Raju Alluru, Lester M. Fisher, Jr., George W. Lukowski
  • Patent number: 8628061
    Abstract: A jack assembly including a base for contacting a support surface and a shaft having a first end coupled to the base and a second end, wherein the shaft includes a power screw disposed therein; and a coupling head pivotally coupled to the second end of the shaft, wherein the coupling head is adapted to be coupled to an object to be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: E. Bruce Bibbee
  • Publication number: 20130341984
    Abstract: Disclosed is a scissor lift including a bottom frame a top frame, a scissor mechanism arranged between the bottom frame and the top frame to displace the bottom frame and the top frame in relation to each other by means of the force provided by a linear actuator, a gearing arranged between the scissor mechanism and the linear actuator, where the linear actuator has a linear actuator point of attack at one end of a lever arm of the gearing, wherein the bottom frame is connected to a bottom frame point of attack at another end of the lever arm and wherein the scissor mechanism is connected to the lever arm through a lever arm pivotal joint arranged between the linear actuator point of attack and the bottom frame point of attack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Martin OLESEN
  • Publication number: 20130334481
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus is provided having an elongated support member and an elongated lift member pivotably coupled together to move between a retracted configuration in which a distal end of the lift member is near a base end of the support member and an expanded configuration in which the distal end of the lift member is remote from the base end of the support member to support a load in an elevated position. A biasing device is coupled between the support member and the lift member to selectively move the lifting apparatus between the retracted configuration and the expanded configuration, a first end of the biasing device pivotably coupled to the base end of the support member and a second end of the biasing device pivotably coupled to the lift member. A base may be pivotably coupled to the support member to engage the ground surface during lifting operations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Richard W. Bogert