Articulated Vehicle Patents (Class 280/400)
  • Patent number: 11124232
    Abstract: A road transport system of a header of a harvesting machine includes two pairs of wheels and two wheel frames. Each wheel frame is connected to a pair of wheels. The two wheel frames are rotatable between a field operation position and a road transport position. A header of a harvesting machine includes two pairs of wheels and two wheel frames. Each wheel frame is connected to a pair of wheels. The two wheel frames are rotatable between a field operation position and a road transport position. A method of converting a header of a harvesting machine from a field operation mode to a road transport mode includes: releasing wheel frames of the header from the header; rotating the wheel frames from a field operation position to a road transport position; and enabling kingpin steering connections between at least one of the wheel frames and a pair of wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Jixin Chen, Michael L. Vandeven
  • Patent number: 10926594
    Abstract: A cable system for a truck trailer for reducing the number and/or size of wiring in a commercial trailer cable system from seven to four, three, or two, while also facilitating bidirectional communication with all connected electronic devices in the trailer. The cable system has a ground cable, a power cable, and zero, one or two additional communication cables that may carry analog and/or digital communications between the control circuit and components of the trailer such as turn signal lamps, brake lamps, backup cameras, environmental sensors, and the like. A transformer for increasing the voltage on the power cable is disclosed, allowing the power and ground cables to be smaller without reducing power delivered to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Slade, Sankalp Pampattiwar, Cesar Perez-Bolivar
  • Patent number: 10779457
    Abstract: An agricultural tractor having an auxiliary control station located outside of the tractor cab. The auxiliary control station is used for the actuation of tractor components, e.g. hydraulic cylinders, when an operator is outside of the cab. The auxiliary control station has a user interface which allows the external controls of the auxiliary control station to be reassigned to operate different actuatable elements of the tractor, thereby providing for increased ease-of-use of the tractor when an operator is outside of the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Barzen
  • Patent number: 10780893
    Abstract: A system and method for estimating the length of a trailer attached to a vehicle includes a processor and a sensor mounted to the vehicle and in communication with the processor. The sensor is configured to sense at least one target on the trailer and provide information to the processor regarding the location of the at least one target. The processor is configured to determine an estimate of the wheel based length (laa1) of the trailer by utilizing a wheel angle (?) of the vehicle, a hitch point (zk) of the vehicle, the first hitch angle (?1), a wheel base (lza) of the vehicle, a distance (lzk) between the hitch point (zk) and a front axle of vehicle, and a lane radius (rza). The processor is configured to determine the length of a trailer attached to the vehicle by utilizing the wheel based length (laa1) of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: VEONEER US, INC.
    Inventors: Junru Di, Debra Rice
  • Patent number: 10737583
    Abstract: A mobile energy storage apparatus comprised of: a. at least one variable energy control device which converts DC to DC, AC to DC and DC to AC and b. at least one energy storage device (such as a battery) and c. a means to adjust said at least one variable energy control device to various electrical output powers and d. a means to connect said mobile energy storage apparatus to an EV (electric vehicle) or other device electrically and mechanically to enable transferring energy even when in motion and e. optionally a means for attaching various covers to said mobile energy storage apparatus to suit various applications. The mobile energy storage apparatus allows the transfer of energy to or from: an EV, a building or any other electrical facility or device and can be configured with built-in or attached to various power sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Stephen G. Johnsen, Ronald L. Easley, Kenneth G. Johnsen, Chad M. Hohn
  • Patent number: 10433485
    Abstract: A triplex greensmower open foot platform provides an opening in front of an operator seat providing visibility from the operator seat to a center reel cutting unit. The opening has sufficient dimensions for removal or installation of the center reel cutting unit or a grass catcher therethrough. A pair of platform sections provides a perimeter at least partially around the opening. Each of the platform sections including a footrest and a rearwardly extending coupling that is manually removable from the triplex greensmower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Chris Guillory, Brent G. Rinholm, Jeffrey D. Witwer, Jason M. Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 10377614
    Abstract: The container transport system and method provides for the transport of portable storage units. The system includes a powered hand truck, a specially configured vehicle, and a pair of dolly wheel sets for installation to one end of the portable storage unit. The method comprises removal of the hand truck from the vehicle, fitting the dolly wheels to one end of the portable storage unit as needed, lifting the opposite end of the portable storage unit using the powered hand truck, maneuvering the portable storage unit onto the vehicle using the powered hand truck while simultaneously lifting the end of the portable storage unit supported by the hand truck to keep the portable storage unit level, and parking the powered hand truck on the rearward portion of the vehicle. The hand truck may be remotely controlled, and the dolly sets are preferably height adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Steven Borntrager, James Borntrager
  • Patent number: 10232675
    Abstract: A vehicle tow assembly includes an elongated, rigid upper member that attaches to a tow vehicle, and a rigid, elongated lower member that attaches, using U-bolts and/or a chain, to a vehicle to be towed. A downwardly-slanting connecting member connects the upper and lower members such that the upper member is higher off the ground than the lower member. A saddle block on the upper member can be turned one way to engage the fifth wheel of the tow vehicle and can be flipped 180 degrees to engage the frame of the tow vehicle when no fifth wheel is present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORATION, LLC
    Inventors: Gustavo Vildosola, Rodolfo Moyeda, Leopoldo Flores, Enrique Valdes
  • Patent number: 10160489
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering device for an articulated tracked vehicle comprising a front and a rear vehicle unit, wherein said steering device comprises a substantially vertical steering link about whose axis said front and rear vehicle units are pivotable. The vertical steering link is arranged substantially centrally of the front vehicle unit, and the steering device comprises a steering bearing configuration comprising an outer bearing ring arranged to be attached to a centre bean of said front vehicle unit, and an inner bearing ring rotatbly arranged relative to said outer bearing ring via a bearing about the axis of the steering link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS HÄGGLUNDS AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Björn Hellholm, Joel Lindström
  • Patent number: 9693501
    Abstract: A reduced weight underbelly mower has a cutting deck suspended beneath a frame by a deck height adjustment mechanism with a pivotable scissor configuration. The deck height adjustment mechanism cooperates with the mower frame so as manually or through a motorized jack to adjust the cutting height. Due to the mower's reduced weight and the scissor-like configuration of the deck height adjustment mechanism, an operator can manually lift the mower front end and swing the deck rear swinging forward, such that the mower rests stabilly on the deck rear and the deck underside is exposed for maintenance procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Shivvers Group Incorporated
    Inventor: David W Giere
  • Patent number: 9586798
    Abstract: An articulated vehicle [10] has a first body section [12], a second body section [14], and an elongate projection [22] projecting from the first body section [12] towards the second body section [14]. A pair of steering cylinders [36, 34] are mounted such that they are partially or wholly disposed in or on the elongate projection [22], and are disposed one above the other so they overlap vertically, thereby narrowing the projection at the end nearer the first body section [12] and allowing the second body section [14] to be rotated closer to the centre line. A rotatable shaft [40] of the second body section [14] is mounted towards the far end of the elongate projection [22] and is steered by a pair of linkages such as chains [42, 44], each of which is connected to the shaft [40] and to a respective one of the steering cylinders [36, 34]. The chains [42, 44] wrap around the shaft [40] with a circumferential overlap, though they are spaced vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Combilift
    Inventors: Martin McVicar, Mark Whyte, Robert Moffett
  • Patent number: 9533683
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between a vehicle and a trailer. The trailer backup assist system also includes a steering input device that provides a backing path of the trailer. Further, the trailer backup assist system includes a controller that generates a steering command for the vehicle based on the hitch angle and the backing path. The controller generates a countermeasure for operating the vehicle when the sensor fails to sense the hitch angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9517794
    Abstract: A trailer backup assist system for a vehicle reversing a trailer, according to one embodiment, includes a sensor that senses a hitch angle between the vehicle and the trailer. The trailer backup assist system may also include a steering input device, such as a rotatable knob, that is movable between a plurality of positions that each provide a desired curvature of the trailer. In addition, the trailer backup assist system may include a controller that determines an offset of the desired curvature when the knob is stationary in a central position. The control then generates a steering command for the vehicle to guide the trailer on the desired curvature, taking into consideration the offset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Erick Michael Lavoie
  • Patent number: 9428190
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a powertrain, a cruise control system, and a controller. The controller, in response to a brake temperature being greater than a threshold while the cruise control system is active and the vehicle being coupled to a trailer, operates the powertrain such that a speed of the vehicle decreases to decrease the brake temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Keith Weston
  • Patent number: 9335163
    Abstract: A vehicle system for estimating a trailer length is disclosed and includes a first sensor for measuring a wheel steer angle and a second sensor for measuring a hitch angle. A processor is in communication with the first and second sensors and is operable to determine a wheel steer angle change and a hitch angle change. The processor performs a first computation if the wheel steer angle change and the hitch angle change satisfy a threshold requirement and performs a second computation if at least one of the wheel steer angle change and the hitch angle change does not satisfy the threshold requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Christos Kyrtsos
  • Patent number: 9327903
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot including a drive section assembly having at least one motor and a pair of drive wheels coupled to the motor, a frame configured to support a payload, a transfer arm connected to the frame and configured for the autonomous transfer of payload to and from the frame, and a suspension system movably connecting the drive section assembly and the frame allowing relative movement between the frame and the drive section assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: SYMBOTIC, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9315141
    Abstract: A load bearing carrier system for carrying additional cargo in the vehicle or on the carrier itself. The support system increases the wheelbase of the vehicle to stabilize the added weight and extended weight out the back of the vehicle at high speeds. The load bearing structure attaches to the tow vehicle at trailer hitches or directly to the frame of the vehicle. The system includes a receiver hitch or a multiple receiver hitch beam attached across the rear of the tow vehicle attached to the tow vehicle frame. The carrier mounting beam has trailer tongues pinned into said receivers and the attached mounting beam of the carrier has vertical beams near each end to mount the springs, air bags, air shocks, load bearing air cylinders or spring enhanced shocks type of suspension, the cargo platform and attached trailer hitch. The mounting beam has pivot beams to mount the spindles, hubs, brakes, wheels and tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Gerald S. Piercey, III
  • Patent number: 9181661
    Abstract: A sealing system for a hitch assembly is disclosed. The hitch assembly includes a first hitch component and a second hitch component rotatable about a pin coupled therebetween. The sealing system includes a first sealing member located adjacent to the first hitch component. The first sealing member includes a first aperture extending therethrough. The sealing system also includes a second sealing member located adjacent to the second hitch component. The second sealing member includes a second aperture extending therethrough. The sealing system further includes at least one ring member provided between the first sealing member and the second sealing member. The ring member includes a third aperture extending therethrough. Further, the first, second and third apertures receive the pin therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Paul S. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9168784
    Abstract: A non-zero caster angle for the rear axle swivel caster wheels on a self-propelled agricultural harvesting machine wherein steering is accomplished by varying speed and/or direction of forward drive wheels. The non-zero caster angle may be fixed or an adjuster mechanism may be provided to allow adjustment within a range of caster angles. The adjuster mechanism incorporates a fixed portion connected to the tractor frame and a pair of rotating portions, one connected to each caster wheel which allows rotation of the caster axis in a plane parallel to the machine longitudinal axis. Also disclosed is an actuator mechanism for providing powered adjustment of the caster angle, even including a control system for active caster angle adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: David M. DeChristopher, Benjamin C. Diem, Todd B. Pierce
  • Patent number: 9168657
    Abstract: A parallel link robot (10) includes an additional actuator (13d) which is arranged between two driven links (22b, 23b) in parallel with these driven links, a power transmission shaft part (39) which extends coaxially from the additional actuator and transfers the rotational drive force of the additional actuator to a posture changing mechanism part (15), a universal joint (38) which links the shaft part (14) which extends from the posture changing mechanism part and a power transmission shaft part, and a linking/reinforcing part (61) which bypasses the universal joint and links together and reinforces the two ends of the cutaway part of the casing of the moving part (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tokitaka Uemura
  • Publication number: 20150137481
    Abstract: A personal mobility scooter can include a front frame portion and a rear frame portion detachably coupled to the front frame portion. The front frame portion can have a front frame, at least one front wheel rotatably coupled to the front frame, and a rear suspension coupled to the front frame. The rear suspension can have at least one biasing member. The rear frame portion can have at least one rear attachment member, a pair of drive wheels, and at least one drive configured to power the drive wheels. The rear suspension is configured to (i) engage the at least one rear attachment member when the rear frame portion is coupled to the front frame portion and (ii) remain with the front frame portion when the rear frame portion is detached from the front frame portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Doug Manternach, James Kosco, Brian Thomas
  • Patent number: 8998239
    Abstract: A low profile trailer and method of use with mountable equipment includes an axle system allowing reduced trailer deck height, open trailer sides, and peripheral trailer stabilizer legs, said axle system comprising aligned axle structures at each of two sides of the trailer, each said axle structure including a sleeve fixedly attached to the trailer body and including an axle assembly slidably received in the sleeve such that the sleeve and axle assembly is structured to allow removal and insertion of an axle assembly on one trailer side without the necessity of replacing the axle assembly on the other trailer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: John A. Vlahakis
  • Publication number: 20150084309
    Abstract: An articulated chassis work vehicle has an articulation joint rotatably coupling separate engine and equipment frames of the vehicle chassis. The articulation joint can have upper and lower joint assemblies. One or both of the upper and lower joint assemblies are constructed and arranged so that a corresponding bearing assembly is located between a single tab-like lug of each frame. In one arrangement, the articulation joint does away with clevis connections at both the upper and lower joint assemblies such that the available space within the articulation joint defined between the innermost upper and lower lugs is not reduced by additional lug and bearing components of either joint assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Brandon J. Kuboushek, Steven T. Blasen, Gary Ralph Fichtinger
  • Publication number: 20150042066
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for slideably positioning swing arm sets of a trailer. Specifically, the swing arms can comprise a center support having a beam, a plurality of frames, one or more swing arm sets, and a frame system. The frames can be mounted in pairs at the top surface and the bottom surface of the center support, and can comprise a pair of hinge interfaces. The swing arm sets can be slidably positionable along the beam, and can each comprise a left swing arm and a right swing arm. The frame system can connect the right swing arm to the left swing arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Mammoet USA South Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Publication number: 20150028562
    Abstract: An accessory exchange system for trailers for that provides for various interchangeable accessories to be attached to the trailer. The accessory exchange system for trailers generally includes a mounting bracket for mounting to the frame of a trailer, a base coupler extending from the mounting bracket, a support arm removably connected to the base coupler, and an accessory device removably connected to the support arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Excel Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: Curtis J. Hill
  • Publication number: 20150016940
    Abstract: A method of moving freight which utilizes removable storage units or containers that have the same or similar size and which can be positioned on a specially designed truck frame and/or a trailer frame. The storage units are filled with freight such as household goods, taken to a storage facility or warehouse and stored by removing the entire storage unit from the truck or trailer utilizing, for example, a fork lift. The freight can be reloaded by loading the storage unit onto a truck or a trailer, which then delivers the freight to its final destination where it is removed from the storage unit. Multiple storage units loaded at different locations can be transported by the same truck and trailer from the warehouse to separate final unloading destinations. The truck and trailer are connected by a stinger steer mechanism which adjusts the distance between the truck and trailer providing a more versatile unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: David S. Budd, Donald L. Gibson, JR., George Gauntt, Scott Stewart, Kevin Patrick, Ron Shearer
  • Publication number: 20150014959
    Abstract: Embodiments of a patient transport platform employing one or more adjustable columns interposed between a base having caster wheels with one or more intermediate large wheels, the adjustable columns accommodating deployment and retraction of the large wheels and elevation and positioning of an articulating patient stretcher chair. In various embodiments, the adjustable columns are in parallel or series connection, or combinations thereof. An articulating base frame assembly with a dampened interconnection between fore and aft sections, having three pairs of wheels for selective implementation in use is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Trevor Youngmann, Brian Huml, David Heidenreich, Nathan Yensho, Michael Maske
  • Patent number: 8919800
    Abstract: An implement transporting trailer for supporting a harvesting implement may comprise a central portion with a longitudinal spine with an uppermost support surface and a plurality of lateral members extending laterally from the spine, each of the lateral members having an uppermost support surface. The trailer may include a rearward portion with a rear frame and at least one rear wheel rotating about a rear wheel axis. The trailer may include a forward portion with a neck assembly extending forwardly from the spine of the central portion and a tongue assembly mounted on the neck assembly and being swivelable with respect to the neck assembly. At least one of the support surfaces of the members of the central portion may be located at a vertical level above a ground surface that is lower than the rear wheel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kooima Company
    Inventor: Kyle Van Der Brink
  • Patent number: 8919801
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot including a drive section assembly having at least one motor and a pair of drive wheels coupled to the motor, a frame configured to support a payload, a transfer arm connected to the frame and configured for the autonomous transfer of payload to and from the frame, and a suspension system movably connecting the drive section assembly and the frame allowing relative movement between the frame and the drive section assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140377042
    Abstract: A system that can be assembled at a well drilling or other site for storing bulk material such as sand includes a plurality of storage bins configured as trailers, a skid that includes a lower conveyor, a bucket elevator and a top conveyor system. At the site, the bins and the elevator are vertically oriented and stood on the skid, resulting in discharge outlets on the bins becoming positioned over the lower conveyor. The top conveyor is installed on top of the bins. In operation, the elevator lifts the material and discharges it onto the top conveyor system. The top conveyor system discharges the material into the bins for storage. The stored material is controllably discharged from the discharge outlets of the bins onto the lower conveyor from which the material is conveyed to one end of the skid for transport to a new location or directly into a blender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jim McMahon
  • Publication number: 20140375018
    Abstract: A trailer including a frame supporting a trailer bed and having rotatable wheels and a tongue for pivotal attachment to a land vehicle hitch. The trailer frame includes left and right side structural members and crossbeam members attached between the side members. Each side member includes a U-shaped portion having a branch leg and attachment leg and an L-shaped portion including a branch leg and attachment leg. The branch leg of the U-shaped portion is integrally formed with the branch leg of the L-shaped portion. The crossbeam members are Z-shaped and the flanges thereof are attached to the attachment legs of the U-shaped portion and the L-shaped portion with rivets. Front and rear U-shaped end members are attached to the terminal ends of the side members. A torque tube is also attached between the side members. A tongue pocket is attached to the torque tube and the front end member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Steven P. Bermes
  • Publication number: 20140367435
    Abstract: A large animal carrier that has a receiver that attaches to an ATV. The large animal carrier has a V-shaped portion of a main beam and the receiver that allows the user to place the head of the large game animal into, thus securing the animal head portion in front of the V shaped portion allowing it to be towed from the field as the head and antlers prevent the animal from becoming dislodged from the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Colin Ralph Carlisle
  • Publication number: 20140363263
    Abstract: A trailer with a split frame, for moving loads such as collapsible portable shelter Units (‘Units”), which are long, high and relatively narrow, or other loads having similar dimensions, the Units after being located between the legs of the trailer frame, when the crossbeams are removed, can be jacked up, the cross beams reinserted, and the Unit lowered to rest on the inserted crossbeams, allowing the Unit to now be carried by the trailer and transported without using cranes, forklifts or other heavy equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: ELITE ALUMINUM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yigal ZADOK, Jeffrey STROHECKER
  • Patent number: 8899364
    Abstract: The articulated off-road vehicle includes a pivotable chassis and an upper frame extending from the pivotable chassis. Wheels, an engine, and a steering assembly are coupled to the chassis, and the upper frame defines a compartment for drivers and passengers. The pivotable chassis is divided into a front chassis section and a rear chassis section, and a hinge joint pivotally connects the front chassis section to the rear chassis section. A front suspension assembly having a pair of shock absorbers respectively extending at an angle between the top corners of the upper frame and the front chassis section with the shock absorbers pivotally mounted to the upper frame and the front chassis section. Pivotal movement of the front chassis section and concurrent absorption of impact can substantially reduce impact forces imparted to the driver while traversing rough terrain as can thereby increasing safety and comfort for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Ahmad A. M. J. J. Al Qanaei
  • Patent number: 8893604
    Abstract: The subject munitions deployment platform for an Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System munitions set provides prepositioned compartments to receive the ALICE packs of the munitions set to ensure that they are positioned and aligned for proper deployment. The pre-positioned compartments ensure that when the APOBS is deployed, the front edge of the rear ALICE pack properly engages the rear edge of the front ALICE pack providing a fulcrum aiding rotation of the rear pack allowing it to clear the engaging elements to lift the rear pack off the platform and into the air where it further functions as a drogue to assist in extending the charge line over the chosen target line. Combining the subject platform with a vehicle, or with a towed wagon, allows a Soldier to remain in a safe location while remotely positioning the munitions set to clear a minefield or other anti-personnel obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Gray, James R. Mason, Charles E. Dean, Jacob P. Warren
  • Publication number: 20140339788
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot including a drive section assembly having at least one motor and a pair of drive wheels coupled to the motor, a frame configured to support a payload, a transfer arm connected to the frame and configured for the autonomous transfer of payload to and from the frame, and a suspension system movably connecting the drive section assembly and the frame allowing relative movement between the frame and the drive section assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: SYMBOTIC, LLC.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8888405
    Abstract: A road roller is described comprising a front carriage and a rear carriage, which are interconnected by an articulated swivel joint, wherein the front carriage and the rear carriage each comprise a front carriage frame and a rear carriage frame. The front carriage frame and/or the rear carriage frame consist of beams including a main beam, which extends horizontally along the longitudinal median plane of the road roller and at one end of which the articulated swivel joint is disposed, and comprises two side beams diverging from the free end of the main beam to form a “V”. Disposed thereon are the supports for supporting the drums, wherein the side beams are upwardly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Kreutz, Jens Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140334905
    Abstract: This mobile, cylinder transport cart is based on a four cylinder transport cart, designed to minimize the handling of nitrogen and oxygen cylinders in the loading, transporting and servicing process and to provide boosted compressed gas for an aircraft, oxygen to fill crew and passenger oxygen bottles. The cylinders are locked into place by a cylinder locking clamp. The rotational loader is locked into place by a spring loaded plunger that locks loader into in either horizontal or vertical position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: TRONAIR INC.
    Inventors: Paul A. Spinazze, Wayne Grebe
  • Publication number: 20140312593
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for a folding vehicle trailer. The trailer design is able to be made of various lengths and widths from as well as multiple axle configurations. This trifold design is compact and allows for vertical stacking of sectionalized components to minimize space, while maintaining great flexibility and simplicity for the end user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Roger C. Bank
  • Patent number: 8863865
    Abstract: A ground engaged vehicle includes a front portion and a rear portion joined by an articulation. The articulation rotates around a longitudinal axis. An engine drives a hydrostatic pump which drives four hydrostatic motors, each of the hydrostatic motors in operative engagement with one of four wheels. The wheels are on wheel mounts, each of the wheel mounts having a vertical axis around which one of the four wheels with one of the hydrostatic motors is turnable. A steering system turns the two wheels of the front portion in a first direction and the two wheels of the rear portion in an opposite direction. The steering system is powered by the hydrostatic pump. A pedal control system has a first pedal controlling driving the vehicle in a forward direction and a second pedal controlling driving the vehicle in a rearward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: COOT2, Inc.
    Inventors: David Donaldson, John LaReau
  • Publication number: 20140265239
    Abstract: An output control system of an agricultural work vehicle includes a controller, a reference indicator communicatively coupled to the controller, and a dial communicatively coupled to the controller. The controller is configured to control power output through an output value range between a minimum output value and a maximum output value based at least in part on a manual input signal, to determine a current setting of the power output, and to adjust the power output from the current setting upon receipt of the manual input signal. The reference indicator is configured to indicate the current setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Alan Foster, Richard Paul Strosser
  • Publication number: 20140239613
    Abstract: A safety trailer has semi-tractor hitches at both ends and a safety wall that is fixed to one side of the trailer. That side, however, can be changed to the right or left side of the road, depending on the end to which the truck attaches. A caboose can be attached at the end of the trailer opposite the tractor to provide additional lighting and Impact protection. Optionally, the trailer can be equipped with overhead protection, lighting, ventilation, onboard hydraulics, compressors, generators and other equipment, as well as related fuel, water, storage and restroom facilities and other amenities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8818699
    Abstract: A stability detection system is provided for detecting the stability of an articulated vehicle. The stability detection system may include a weigh system configured to measure the weight distribution of the vehicle. A controller may provide a warning when the detected weight distribution exceeds a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Boyd M. Nichols, Carl R. Starkey
  • Publication number: 20140175772
    Abstract: A platform system for an articulated machine is disclosed. The platform system can include a first platform which can be pivotally supported by a front frame of an articulated machine. The front frame of the articulated machine can be pivotally coupled to a rear frame of the articulated machine at an articulation joint. A second platform can be pivotally supported by the rear frame of the articulated machine. The second platform can include a first edge which can be positioned adjacent to a first edge of the first platform. Each of the first edge of the first platform and the first edge of the second frame platform can have a radial profile which can be aligned with a path of pivotal movement between the first platform and the second frame platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis D. Wetterich
  • Publication number: 20140167389
    Abstract: A grain cart has a wheel supported frame with a tow hitch, and the frame supports a hopper or container having front and rear walls connected by opposite side walls to define a chamber, and the walls incline downwardly and inwardly to a grain removal zone. Wheel well covers project into the chamber through openings in the inclined walls and have outwardly projecting elongated flanges adjacent the inclined walls. The flanges and the inclined walls have spaced aligned holes which receive fasteners or bolts for attaching the wheel well covers to the walls after components of the grain cart have been shipped to a destination. Each wheel well cover preferably has a generally vertical flat inner wall connected to a curved cover wall, and the flanges project from the inner and cover walls. The wheel well covers are formed to fit over the wheels for shipping efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: J. & M. Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua P. Gaerke, James E. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140151137
    Abstract: A hitch assembly is disclosed for use with an articulated mobile machine. The hitch assembly may have a yoke portion, a tube portion, a driveshaft, and a hitch carrier to rotationally support the driveshaft inside the tube portion and having a plurality of first holes. The hitch assembly may further have a plurality of fasteners to connect the hitch carrier to the tube portion via the plurality of first holes, and a thrust collar to threadingly engage a periphery of the hitch carrier and having a plurality of second holes. The hitch assembly may additionally have a locking plate with at least one pin to engage at least one of the plurality of second holes, and a plurality of third holes to receive at least some of the plurality of fasteners. The number of the plurality of second holes is greater than the number of the plurality of first holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Iain J. GILES-BROWN, Ian H. MEARNS, Terence FAIRLESS
  • Patent number: 8733777
    Abstract: A corrugation bellows for a transfer between two articulated vehicles has a plurality of corrugations which are generally U-shaped in cross-section. Two adjacent corrugations are connected together by a frame. The corrugations may have a web interconnecting two limbs, with the web being substantially planar in a substantially neutral state of the bellows. The limbs extend at right angles to the web in a substantially neutral state of the bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Hübner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Volker Junke, Andre Goebels, Lingzhi Li
  • Publication number: 20140131975
    Abstract: A trailer for transporting a liquid mixture having at least about 5% peracetic acid by weight includes a stainless steel tank having an external spill containment enclosure and a predetermined maximum allowable working pressure. One or more pressure relief valves are included in a wall of the tank within the external spill containment enclosure and configured to provide pressure relief to the tank at a pressure of between about 20%-50% of the maximum working pressure of the tank, thereby preventing over-pressurization of a reactive and decomposing fluid during a fire event. Wheels and a kingpin are affixed to the tank to enable transportation over public roadways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: FMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: John M. Rovison, Jr., James Brennan
  • Publication number: 20140102069
    Abstract: A drawn agricultural machine comprising a carrier frame for carrying processing members, the carrier frame supportable on the ground, at least during transport, by means of a wheel set comprising at least a wheel, a coupling frame for coupling the agricultural machine 1 to the three-point suspension of a tractor, the coupling frame comprising two lower coupling points and an upper coupling point and the coupling frame being rotatable about a vertical axis of rotation relative to the carrier frame. The machine also comprises a drawing element for exerting a force on the coupling frame, wherein the coupling frame, the carrier frame and the drawing element are interconnected in such a manner that a downward force component is exerted on the lower coupling points when the drawing element exerts a force on the coupling frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: Alfonsus Jacobus VAN DEN ENGEL, Norbert VAN HEMERT
  • Patent number: 8696010
    Abstract: An autonomous transport robot for transporting a payload, the autonomous transport robot including a drive section assembly having at least one motor and a pair of drive wheels coupled to the motor, a frame configured to support a payload, a transfer arm connected to the frame and configured for the autonomous transfer of payload to and from the frame, and a suspension system movably connecting the drive section assembly and the frame allowing relative movement between the frame and the drive section assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Symbotic, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Toebes, Robert Sullivan