Load Separately Supported On Plural Units (e.g., Pole Carrying Type) Patents (Class 280/404)
  • Patent number: 10024299
    Abstract: A system for transporting wind turbine blades includes a frame assembly for retaining a set one or more wind turbine blades and a plurality of inflatable devices coupled to the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: BNSF Railway Company
    Inventor: Thomas P. Kelly
  • Patent number: 10021823
    Abstract: A transport system for transport of a harvesting header comprises separate front and rear carriers in a configuration that permits a single person to prepare a harvesting header for transport. The wheeled front carrier engages a support member attached to one end of the harvesting header and includes a towing member and means of connecting the front carrier to a towing vehicle. A wheeled rear carrier comprises deployable straps that can be attached to the harvesting header. A winch applies tension to the straps and on retraction pulls the rear carrier up and into position underneath the header. The harvesting header is then lowered to transfer the weight to the carriers and the header then disconnected from the combine, and is ready for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: HONEY BEE MANUFACTURING INC.
    Inventor: Glenn Honey
  • Patent number: 9944497
    Abstract: A transport-monitoring module for monitoring a transport of a transport unit of a passenger-transportation device is arranged on the transport unit. The transport-monitoring module has a sensor and localization devices. During the transport, through an interface unit, a connection with a data memory of the device is created. The interface unit is configured so that transport-monitoring data that are to be stored, which are based on sensor data of the sensor and localization data of the localization devices, are permanently stored in the data memory. In this way, the transport-monitoring module is simplified, so that it is no longer an item that is worth stealing. In addition, a reliable access to the stored transport-monitoring data after the end of the transport is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: INVENTIO AG
    Inventors: Michael Matheisl, Esteban Marks, Thomas Novacek
  • Patent number: 9828046
    Abstract: The invention relates to an articulated vehicle comprising a front and a rear vehicle unit, and at least one further vehicle unit connected to said rear vehicle unit, comprising a front vertical steering link arranged substantially centrally of the front vehicle unit, where said front vertical steering link is configured for pivotal attachment to a fixed load-carrying frame connecting said front and rear vehicle units, where said at least one further vehicle unit is configured for attachment to a further fixed load-carrying frame, where said further fixed load-carrying frame is releasably connectable to said fixed load-carrying frame for said connection, such that a train of vehicle units is formed connected to a load-carrying frame unit comprising said fixed load-carrying frame and said further fixed load-carrying frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventor: Björn Hellholm
  • Patent number: 9725858
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 9663017
    Abstract: An industrial tank transport system used to transport an industrial tank without the use of a trailer. The industrial tank transport system is comprised of four components; a semi-tractor truck, a removable lift system, a dolly, and a tank. When these four components are combined together, the tank can be transported without the use of a conventional semi-tractor trailer. Various combinations of these four components are used to practice the various methods of raising and lowering the tank between a horizontal position and vertical position using the semi-tractor truck, transporting the dolly using the removable lift system and semi-tractor truck, attaching and removing the removable lift system to the semi-tractor truck, and attaching and removing the dolly to and from the tank using the removable lift system and semi-tractor truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Vertical Tank, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Ellis, Travis Ellis, Lynn Gudmundson
  • Patent number: 9440820
    Abstract: A method is provided for removing an escalator truss from an escalator well-way having an upper landing and a lower landing, the escalator truss having a first end and a second end. The method includes placing a first forklift below the first end of the escalator truss under the upper landing, placing a second forklift at a second end of the escalator truss, lifting a lifting frame with the first forklift into contact with the first end of the escalator truss, connecting the first end of the escalator truss to the lifting frame, connecting the second forklift to the second end of the escalator truss with a lifting mechanism, raising both the first end and the second end of the escalator truss with the forklifts and moving both forklifts in a same direction to move the escalator truss away from the escalator well-way. A method of installing an escalator truss and lifting frame are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Kone Coporation
    Inventors: Daniel Sullivan, Richard M McCartin
  • Patent number: 9051007
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mechanically steered articulating dolly transport system for transporting large structures such as a drilling mast over the federal highway system. Generally, the invention relates to an articulating dolly system that utilizes a unique mechanical system for steering a first dolly with a path generated by the movement of the load held by the second dolly. More particularly, the invention provides a front dolly steered by a non-rotatable front steering frame, a rear dolly having a pivotally mounted turntable and a pair of steering links connected between the respective sides of the front steering frame and the turntable. The left steering link and the right steering link are located in a first plane. One or both of the turntable and the steering frame being located on a second plane that is not the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith J. Orgeron
  • Patent number: 9039029
    Abstract: A system and method for adjusting the arms of an over-sized trailer is described herein. In one embodiment, the system can comprise a center support, a plurality of swing arms, and a plurality of stabilizer rods. The swing arms can be mounted to the left side and the right side of the center support. The swing arms can each comprise an arm and an arm hinge. The swing arms can be capable of rotating about the arm hinge. Furthermore, a dolly can be capable of being mounted to each swing arms. Each of the stabilizer rods can comprise a first rod portion and a second rod portion. The first rod portion can be connected to the center support and the second rod portion connected to one of the swing arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Mammoet USA South, Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Patent number: 9022408
    Abstract: An improved system for transporting an over-sized load is described herein. In one embodiment, the system can comprise a center support, a plurality of swing arms, and a dolly. The center support can comprise a beam. The swing arms can be mounted to the left side and the right side of the beam. The dolly can be mounted to each of the swing arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Mammoet USA South, Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Publication number: 20150042068
    Abstract: A system and method for adjusting the arms of an over-sized trailer is described herein. In one embodiment, the system can comprise a center support, a plurality of swing arms, and a plurality of stabilizer rods. The swing arms can be mounted to the left side and the right side of the center support. The swing arms can each comprise an arm and an arm hinge. The swing arms can be capable of rotating about the arm hinge. Furthermore, a dolly can be capable of being mounted to each swing arms. Each of the stabilizer rods can comprise a first rod portion and a second rod portion. The first rod portion can be connected to the center support and the second rod portion connected to one of the swing arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Mammoet USA South Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Publication number: 20150042067
    Abstract: An improved system for transporting an over-sized load is described herein. In one embodiment, the system can comprise a center support, a plurality of swing arms, and a dolly. The center support can comprise a beam. The swing arms can be mounted to the left side and the right side of the beam. The dolly can be mounted to each of the swing arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Mammoet USA South Inc.
    Inventor: Piet Nooren
  • Publication number: 20150014960
    Abstract: A transport apparatus for transporting heavy objects includes a chassis, which includes at least two side parts and a platform part and rear part between them, a load space arranged in the middle of the chassis, and at least one wheel mounted on each side of the load space of the chassis, with the aid of an axle. The chassis also includes a front part and second side parts, of which the second side parts, the front part, and the rear part together form a frame enclosed on the horizontal plane, inside of which frame is located at least one Wheel on each side of the load space, its axle being supported on at least the second side part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Ossi Kortesalmi, Teijo Hoyla
  • Patent number: 8919802
    Abstract: My weight transferring tow dolly is releasably attachable to a receiver hitch of a towing vehicle such as a pickup truck and generally provides a dolly frame formed of plural structurally interconnected box beams having a height adjustable suspension carrying an axle with wheels and tires at opposing end portions, and a support frame to partially support the weight of a carried load and to move the center of gravity of a loaded towing vehicle forwardly to increase the stability of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Lee Knight
  • Publication number: 20140210182
    Abstract: My weight transferring tow dolly is releasably attachable to a receiver hitch of a towing vehicle such as a pickup truck and generally provides a dolly frame formed of plural structurally interconnected box beams having a height adjustable suspension carrying an axle with wheels and tires at opposing end portions, and a support frame to partially support the weight of a carried load and to move the center of gravity of a loaded towing vehicle forwardly to increase the stability of the towing vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Kenneth Lee Knight
  • Patent number: 8733778
    Abstract: A system for the transportation of wind turbine components with a vehicle, especially for the transportation of large wind turbine components, is provided. The vehicle includes at least two wheelsets, a first end frame connected to a first wheelset and a second end frame connected to a second wheelset. The vehicle further includes a support structure for carrying at least one wind turbine component, wherein the support structure is adapted to be detachably connected to the first end frame and/or to the second end frame. Thereby, the wind turbine component is connected solely to the support structure in a fixed but detachable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Henning Poulsen
  • Patent number: 8657323
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transport system for transporting a large element having a longitudinal extension, such as a wind turbine nacelle. The transport system comprises a transport means having a first and a second transport unit, a base structure having a first and a second side and being adapted for supporting and connecting with the large element to be transported, and transport equipment having a first part adapted to be connected to the first side of the base structure and to the first transport unit and a second part adapted to be connected to the second transport unit. The first part engages with the second part. The invention also relates to a transport method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gunnar K. Storgaard Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8628110
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8465047
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to differing embodiments of safety trailers, which have first and second platforms and a safety wall positioned therebetween. The platforms and safety wall define an area protected from vehicular incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Concaten, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 8424897
    Abstract: A dual lane, multi-axle transport vehicle for moving heavy loads includes a forward module mounted on a plurality of axles and a rearward module mounted on a plurality of axles. The forward module is mechanically connected to the rearward module for providing a dual lane transport body. The forward module and the rearward module of the transport body each have a single central spine wherein the axles of both the forward module and the rearward module are each attached to the corresponding single central spine. The axles of both the forward module and the rearward module have an axle spacing of at least six feet. A hydraulic suspension is provided for dynamically stabilizing the axles for reducing axle yaw. An axle steering system having a plurality of steering rods controls the position of the axles of both the forward module and the rearward module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Alpha One Transporter Inc.
    Inventors: Earl R. Sutton, James R. McGhie
  • Publication number: 20130058755
    Abstract: A trailer combination and trailer components are designed to provide dual functionality in terms of hauling a very high tonnage piece of heavy equipment and typical weight pieces of heavy equipment. To accomplish this, a trailer auxiliary is provided to connect to a typical low boy trailer. The trailer auxiliary has mechanisms to provide a bed assembly that is designed to link to the low boy trailer so that the bed assembly and bed of the trailer auxiliary receive the high tonnage piece of equipment. The trailer auxiliary can be equipped with ramps to interface with the trailer and auxiliary to facilitate the loading of the heavy equipment. The trailer combination also includes a hauling vehicle for each of the low boy trailer and auxiliary, with a spacing bar assembly mounted to one of the vehicles to link the vehicles together when hauling the trailer and the auxiliary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Francis V. Smith
  • Patent number: 8353523
    Abstract: A telescopic vehicle for road transport of at least one long object, comprising: a rear vehicle portion being supported by at least one pair of wheels, the rear vehicle portion having a rear support structure for supporting the long object; and a front vehicle portion being telescopically connected to the rear vehicle portion to enable adjustment of a total length of the vehicle, the front vehicle portion having a front support structure for supporting the long object. At least one of the rear support structure and the front support structure is configured to allow relative movement between the long object and the respective vehicle portion, when the total length of the vehicle is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gunnar K. Storgaard Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20120200063
    Abstract: Embodiments provide trailer apparatus, and methods such trailer apparatus, for transporting an elongated utility pole from a loading location to an unloading location, the trailer apparatus including a major frame assembly, a carrying bay, at least one wheel for supporting the trailer apparatus for rolling movement, and lifting apparatus supported by the major frame assembly, the lifting apparatus being selectively operable for lifting the utility pole between a ground storage position and a transport position, and for lowering the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Wesley J. Oliphant
  • Patent number: 8142135
    Abstract: A dolly is disclosed for a semi-trailer that has a compromised structure due to a load shift or an accident. The semi-trailer dolly can also be used to extricate a semi-trailer stuck under a bridge without damaging the wheels or tires of the semi-trailer. In accordance with an important aspect of the present invention, the dolly is configured to provide transverse support of a semi-trailer in an area between the rear axles of the semi-trailer and the front of the semi-trailer. More particularly, the dolly is configured to provide a uniform transverse lifting force to a semi-trailer in an area between the rear axles of a semi-trailer and the front of a semi-trailer where a structural failure of the semi-trailer is likely to occur. The semi-trailer dolly includes a removable saddle and a wheeled cart that includes lifting mechanisms. The removable saddle can be removed from the wheeled cart and positioned under the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lundin Recovery Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Richard E. Lundin
  • Publication number: 20110304122
    Abstract: A wind turbine nacelle is provided. The wind turbine nacelle includes a longitudinal extension and a bottom part. The longitudinal extension has a rear end and a front end. At the bottom part, an opening is located which serves as an interface to a tower of a wind turbine at a designated assembly situation of the nacelle. A first detachable leg arrangement is attached to at least one of the front end and the rear end. A second detachable leg arrangement is attached at the bottom part. Further embodiments are directed to a transport system for a wind turbine nacelle and to a method for transporting a wind turbine nacelle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Henning Poulsen
  • Patent number: 8011682
    Abstract: A transportation system cradle cradles and moves a transportation system structure of a transportation system in an assembly process. The transportation system cradle contains a drive unit connectable to the transportation system structure to move or transport the transportation system structure. The transportation system cradle also has at least one first and second cradle units that are designed to cradle a first or second foot area of the transportation system structure. Intermediate products, formed of a transportation system structure and a cradle, may be moved between assembly stations in an assembly plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Klein, Andreas Hein, Michael Matheisl
  • Publication number: 20110148072
    Abstract: A system for the transportation of wind turbine components with a vehicle, especially for the transportation of large wind turbine components, is provided. The vehicle includes at least two wheelsets, a first end frame connected to a first wheelset and a second end frame connected to a second wheelset. The vehicle further includes a support structure for carrying at least one wind turbine component, wherein the support structure is adapted to be detachably connected to the first end frame and/or to the second end frame. Thereby, the wind turbine component is connected solely to the support structure in a fixed but detachable manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Henning Poulsen
  • Patent number: 7963542
    Abstract: A modular cart for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The modular cart may have a first cart with a first connection portion and a first mounting location. The modular cart may further have a second cart with a second connection portion and a second mounting location. The first connection portion of the first cart may be configured to attach to the second connection portion of the second cart. The modular cart may also have a cart component configured to interchangeably mount to either the first mounting location of the first cart or to the second mounting location of the second cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Solar Turbines Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel James Doll, Jason Michael Robertson, Antonio Acuña
  • Publication number: 20110076102
    Abstract: A method and system for moving a large temporary building from a first location to a second location, while the building remains erect, are disclosed. The invention is particularly suited for moving such a building during the remediation of a contaminated waste site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: AMEREN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven Lee Burns, Derek D. Ingram, John D. Linnemann, Stanley E. Deeke, Jeffrey K. Tardrew
  • Patent number: 7901117
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Concaten Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 7793964
    Abstract: The invention relates to a nacelle that is releasably attachable, the nacelle being adapted for suspension of the nacelle between at least two wheel sets as completely or partly self-supporting suspension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Mogens Christensen, Lars Budtz
  • Patent number: 7789411
    Abstract: An extended forward tow, single rail saddlemount or tow bar is disclosed. The tow bar allows a first towing truck to mount a second truck, facing forward, behind the first truck, in order to tow the second truck. The tow bar allows the towed truck to face forward during transport, thus allowing for normal loads and stresses of movement on the towed truck, rather than the much higher high wind loads and unusual stresses imposed by a rear-ward facing tow. The saddlemount is also designed to minimize the required vertical rise on the towed truck, which also avoids additional stresses during loading and unloading onto the towing truck. Lower stress is achieved by using a pivot pin nearer the towed truck rather than the usual pivot pin or king pin on the towing truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: ATC Leasing Company, LLC
    Inventor: Donald W. Schuettenberg
  • Patent number: 7775753
    Abstract: A transportation system for a wind turbine component such as a wind nacelle or a section of a tubular wind turbine tower is provided, including a wind turbine component with a rigid structure. The system further includes at least two frame elements directly or indirectly connected to the rigid structure of the wind turbine component, where the at least two frame elements define a space enclosing the component. A a displacement system and a method of establishing a transportation or displacement system for a wind turbine component are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gunnar Storgaard Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20100052288
    Abstract: A modular cart for a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The modular cart may have a first cart with a first connection portion and a first mounting location. The modular cart may further have a second cart with a second connection portion and a second mounting location. The first connection portion of the first cart may be configured to attach to the second connection portion of the second cart. The modular cart may also have a cart component configured to interchangeably mount to either the first mounting location of the first cart or to the second mounting location of the second cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel James Doll, Jason Michael Robertson, Antonio Acuna
  • Patent number: 7669874
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for the transportation of construction machines, preferably excavators, with a front subassembly, which can be used to couple a tractor vehicle, and a rear subassembly. According to the invention, the construction machine itself can be joined into a single transportation unit with the front subassembly and the rear subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger GmbH
    Inventors: Werner Seifried, Harald Westner
  • Patent number: 7637512
    Abstract: A boom support vehicle for supporting elongated loads includes a front dolly which is pivotally connected to a rear dolly at an articulation point. The front dolly includes a front self steering castor axle, and a rear conventional axle. This combination of axles results in stability at high speeds, while also reducing the amount of scuffing which the boom support vehicle experiences as the transporting vehicle and the boom support vehicle negotiate a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventors: James R. McGhie, Robb I. McGhie
  • Patent number: 7628418
    Abstract: A dolly trailer adapted to transport heavy elongated cylindrical objects such as towers used to support energy generating windmills. The dolly trailer comprises a first side rail member and a second side rail member with a plurality of curved support members therebetween adapted to receive the cylindrical load. The curvature of the support members is such that at least a portion of the curved support members extends below the plane created by top surface of the dolly trailer's first and second side rail members so that in use at least a portion of the cylindrical load is carried below this plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Holmes & Holmes, Ltd.
    Inventors: Cecil E. Holmes, James R. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20090280000
    Abstract: A trailer combination and trailer components are designed to provide dual functionality in terms of hauling a very high tonnage piece of heavy equipment and the ability to continue to haul more typical pieces of heavy equipment. To accomplish this task, a trailer auxiliary is provided that is adapted to connect to a typical low boy trailer. The trailer auxiliary is equipped with mechanisms to provide a bed assembly that is designed to link to the low boy trailer so that the bed assembly and bed of the trailer auxiliary receive the high tonnage piece of equipment. The trailer auxiliary can be equipped with ramps to interface with the trailer and auxiliary to facilitate the loading of the heavy equipment. The trailer combination also includes a hauling vehicle for each of the low boy trailer and auxiliary, with a spacing bar assembly mounted to one of the vehicles to link the vehicles together when hauling the trailer and the auxiliary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Francis V. Smith
  • Patent number: 7572022
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: IWAPI, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin K. Groeneweg
  • Patent number: 7543851
    Abstract: A mobile concrete pump comprising a structural frame (14) mounted on the undercarriage (10) of a truck chassis (12), a boom stand (22) that is provided on the structural frame (14) and that is rotatable about a vertical axis (20) and a concrete distribution boom (24) configured in the form of multi-arm articulated boom (24). The concrete distributing boom consisting, for example, of six arms, which arms can rotate with respect to one another. In order to make possible the use of a distributing boom with a longer reach, a trailer (32) having its own undercarriage (34) is provided, said trailer being connected to the truck undercarriage (10) by a coupling member (36) in the transport condition. The trailer (32) has a pivot member (40) rotatable about a vertical axis (38) for receiving an arm set (42) that projects beyond the rear end of the truck undercarriage (10) in the transport condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Wolfram, Dieter Alwes, Michael H. Clement, Bernhard Raschke
  • Patent number: 7475898
    Abstract: The invention relates to a load carrying vehicle of the type that has a body forming a load carrying compartment (16) above a load deck (17), and where the load carrying compartment (16) is of the side loading type. The vehicle has a load carrying structure located in its load carrying compartment, the load carrying structure including a platform support structure that is located along the length of the load carrying compartment (16) along the centre line of the load deck (17). The platform support structure includes support formations that provide for the support of load platforms (42) of the load carrying structure, on which loads can be supported, at different levels above the two side halves of the load deck. The mode of support permits easy manual adjustment of the level of individual load platforms above the load deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Mark James Long
  • Patent number: 7413393
    Abstract: A method for unloading a drilling rig substructure at a drilling site entails transporting the substructure to the drilling site using a truck and a dolly. The substructure is lowered onto the dolly rollers. The dolly is secured and the truck moves towards the dolly pushing the substructure along the rollers. The gooseneck is disconnected from the substructure and connected to the dolly. A first wireline is connected from a first winch to the substructure and a second wireline is connected from the second winch to the substructure through the sheave block. The second winch pulls the substructure along the rollers and is disconnected once the substructure contacts the site. The dolly is unsecured and the truck moves in an opposite direction from the rig, thereby allowing the substructure to move along rollers onto the site. A method for loading a drilling rig substructure onto a truck and a dolly is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: R. Michael Barnes
  • Publication number: 20080185813
    Abstract: An equipment trailer for initially servicing a petroleum well at a remote site comprising: a solids and fluid collection tank mounted centrally on the trailer; a front and rear flare column support for supporting a gas flare stack having a base an intermediate column and a head; and, a pipe rack positioned along a lateral side of the trailer to removably carry lengths of pipeline therein, said lengths of pipeline used to interconnect the well to the collection tank and thereafter to connect an upper portion of the collection tank to a base of the flare stack. Then in a single trip an operator may haul all of the equipment necessary to initially service the well at the remote site, then after the equipment is then set up, interconnected to the well and used, an operator may return to the remote site to disassemble, reload, and again remove all of the equipment back to a storage/tank cleaning location in a single trip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Douglas H. Watson
  • Patent number: 7303365
    Abstract: The invention is relative to a transport vehicle with a tractor and a trailer that are connected to one another during the transport of cargo by the cargo itself. The invention has the problem of making a transport vehicle available that also makes possible the transport on highways of very bulky material, especially such material that exceeds the usual profile height of underpasses and bridges (freeway bridges, etc.). A transport vehicle for a rotor blade of a wind power system with a tractor and a trailer that are connected to one another during the transport of the rotor blade by the rotor blade and that respectively comprise a holding device and/or receiving device for the rotor blade which holding device and/or receiving device is/are designed in such a manner that it/they permit(s) a rotation of the rotor blade about its longitudinal axis and that a drive for rotating the rotor blade is provided on the tractor and/or the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Aloys Wobben
  • Patent number: 7255360
    Abstract: A rider support assembly for a bicycle, motorcycle or other multi-wheeled vehicle that utilizes a harness to suspend the rider from a support frame that is attached to a ball-type mounting structure. The support harness includes straps or a sling that is secured to the rider's torso and/or legs. A base section of the support frame includes a connecting structure (e.g., a socket) that is movably connects to and supported by the mounting structure such that the support frame can be pivoted in any direction by the rider during operation. A flexible spine extends upward along the rider's back and is secured to the rider's upper body by the support harness. An optional mounting structure pivots relative to the vehicle to facilitate a relatively stiff spine that supports the rider when sitting upright or leaning back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Patrick T. Bever
  • Patent number: 7112029
    Abstract: A carrier apparatus and method includes a pair of oppositely positioned carriers. At least one pair of steerable wheels is connected to at least one of the oppositely positioned carriers. A movable neck is connected to each of the oppositely positioned carriers and by compressive engagement to an object to be carried such that neither the movable neck, nor the pairs of steerable wheels, nor the pair of oppositely positioned carriers are underneath the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Neatherlin
  • Patent number: 7040643
    Abstract: A truck bed extension which is concealed beneath a truck when not being used is disclosed. The truck bed extension comprises a frame and two wheel assemblies for permitting the extension to be pulled behind a truck. During non-use, an elongated member of the truck bed extension is received by a guide channel to facilitate positioning the truck bed extension beneath the truck. When the truck bed extension is not being used the wheel assemblies rotate up under the truck wheel wells and attach thereto. A locking mechanism secures the truck bed extension in place during use. Optional removable side walls attach to the truck bed extension and may alternatively be used as ramps for loading wheeled-vehicles. A hoist slidably engaging side walls of the truck bed permits heavy and cumbersome materials to be loaded and unloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Peter Eliades
  • Patent number: 6957822
    Abstract: A tractor unit/trailer combination which is capable of carrying out suspended transport of a heavy duty piece of equipment, with the equipment being coupled at its forward end to the tractor unit and at its rear end to the trailer, and in such a way that the equipment remains suspended above the ground while at the same time forming an articulated connection between the tractor unit and the trailer. The tractor unit has a fifth wheel coupling to which the forward end of the piece of equipment can be coupled. The trailer has an inclined support ramp on which the rear end of the piece of equipment can be supported. A coupling plate is provided which is able to couple the forward end of the piece of equipment to the fifth wheel coupling. Upon uncoupling of the piece of equipment from the tractor unit and the trailer, when it has reached its destination, the trailer can then be coupled directly to the tractor unit so as to form a tractor unit/combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Extec Screens and Crushers Limited
    Inventors: Paul Douglas, Terence Bratton
  • Publication number: 20040135344
    Abstract: A tractor unit/trailer combination which is capable of carrying out suspended transport of a heavy duty piece of equipment, with the equipment being coupled at its forward end to the tractor unit and at its rear end to the trailer, and in such a way that the equipment remains suspended above the ground while at the same time forming an articulated connection between the tractor unit and the trailer. The tractor unit has a fifth wheel coupling to which the forward end of the piece of equipment can be coupled. The trailer has an inclined support ramp on which the rear end of the piece of equipment can be supported. A coupling plate is provided which is able to couple the forward end of the piece of equipment to the fifth wheel coupling. Upon uncoupling of the piece of equipment from the tractor unit and the trailer, when it has reached its destination, the trailer can then be coupled directly to the tractor unit so as to form a tractor unit/combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Paul Douglas, Terence Bratton
  • Publication number: 20040135343
    Abstract: A wheeled bogie unit is engageable with one end of a chassis of a treatment plant to support that end of the chassis above the ground for the suspended transport of the plant. The bogie unit has a chassis, at least one wheel set supporting the chassis, a lifting cradle mounted on the chassis and having a projecting end which is engageable with the end of the plant chassis, a support and guide surface provided on the projecting end of the cradle which is engageable with a lifting surface provided on the end of the plant chassis, in order to suspend one end of the plant chassis above the ground, and a slide mounting the cradle on the bogie chassis for relative slidable movement between a lowered position and a raised lifting position. In the lowered position, the end of the plant chassis is standing on the ground adjacent thereto. In the raised lifting position, the end of the plant chassis is lifted off the ground and is supported by the support and guide surface of the lifting cradle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Paul Douglas, Christopher William Wagstaffe