Floor/under Frame Patents (Class 296/184.1)
  • Patent number: 11235817
    Abstract: A vehicular body structure includes a polymeric deck panel. The deck panel includes an adjacent ridge and valley with a leg shared therebetween, a crossbeam footprint crosswise to the adjacent ridge and valley, and a rib extending along the adjacent ridge and valley. Outside the crossbeam footprint, the rib extends along the ridge, approaching the crossbeam footprint, the rib extends along the leg into the valley, and across the crossbeam footprint, the rib extends along the valley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher M. Higgins, Matthew A. Jansma
  • Patent number: 11046370
    Abstract: An example reinforced wood flooring for use in forming a truck trailer or container floor may include a wood member. The wood member may include a plurality of wood strips that are attached together. The wood member may also have a top surface and a bottom surface. An essentially water impermeable fiber-reinforced thermoplastic underlay may be adhered to the bottom surface of the wood member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Rockland Flooring LLC
    Inventors: Ziqiang Lu, Marc Chorney
  • Patent number: 11040648
    Abstract: A dump body pivot pin, suspension node, and rear frame connection comprises a dump body pivot pin boss, a rear suspension connection boss, outer and inner upper rear frame tube connection bosses, outer and inner lower rear frame tube connection bosses, upper and lower beams, a beam connection web, and a support tube connection boss. The dump pivot pin boss has a pivot bore, a pin bore center axis, and inner and outer flat surfaces. The rear suspension connection boss includes a suspension connection center axis and inner and outer flat surfaces. The upper beam connects the outer and inner upper rear frame tube connection bosses to the dump body pivot pin boss. The lower beam connects the outer lower rear frame connection boss to the rear suspension connection boss and the dump body pivot pin boss and the inner lower rear frame tube connection boss to the dump body pivot pin boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Tad W Miller, David W Holthaus, Timothy D Harman, Venkara R Dantuluri
  • Patent number: 10900821
    Abstract: A cargo body includes a floor, a roof, a first sidewall extending between the floor and the roof, and a second sidewall extending between the floor and the roof, the second sidewall cooperating with the first sidewall, the floor, and the roof to define a cargo receiving volume. The floor is defined by at least one composite panel including a core and a pair of skins sandwiching the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: STI HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 10604089
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vehicle and method of controlling a display therein. Herein, the vehicle supports auto driving. The present invention includes sensors, a display including a display area formed on a glass of the vehicle and a controller configured to cause the display to display data obtained via at least one of the sensors on the display area based on an operation mode of the vehicle and vehicle passenger information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hangtae Kim, Kyungdong Choi
  • Patent number: 10596925
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a rail system coupled to a floor pan and a floor covering having a bridge. The vehicle further includes one or more anchors that couple a seating assembly to the rail system and are configured to displace the bridge as the anchors traverse the rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Johnathan Andrew Line, Amaury Diaz-Serrano
  • Patent number: 10358078
    Abstract: A kit for illuminating chain slots on a trailer includes a plurality of brackets, each having a first arm and a second arm. The second arm is oriented at an angle to the first arm and has a mounting area. A tool is provided for positioning a bracket adjacent a respective chain slot on the trailer and for holding the bracket in place adjacent the chain slot until the bracket is attached to the trailer. The tool has a portion configured to engage with the mounting area of the bracket. Lights are also provided, each light configured to be attached to a respective mounting area of the bracket after the bracket has been attached to the trailer and the portion of the tool has been disengaged from the mounting area. An electrical conductor is configured to connect the plurality of lights to an electrical wiring harness of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Fontaine Commercial Trailer, Inc.
    Inventors: John Clifford Denson, Gregory C. Benson
  • Patent number: 10246192
    Abstract: A passenger seat module in which one or more of the modules can be installed in the cabin of a vehicle, such as an airplane, train, bus, automobile, etc. The passenger seat module includes a passenger seat, such as an adjustable reclining seat. A movable console having a table top is positioned in front of the seat and is slidably coupled to at least one rail mounted in the floor of the vehicle or to the module. The rail extends from the front of the module to about proximate the front portion of the seat, such that the console is slidable along the rail between the front of the module and a position just in front of the seat. The video monitor may be liftable substantially vertically through an opening in the table between a stowed position below the table to a viewing position above the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC AVIONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Birendra Prasad
  • Patent number: 10189427
    Abstract: Disclosed are a vehicle and method of controlling a display therein. Herein, the vehicle supports auto driving. The present invention includes sensors, a display including a display area formed on a glass of the vehicle and a controller configured to cause the display to display data obtained via at least one of the sensors on the display area based on an operation mode of the vehicle and vehicle passenger information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hangtae Kim, Kyungdong Choi
  • Patent number: 10029737
    Abstract: A floor panel has: a floor panel main body whose central portion and both outer side portions in a vehicle transverse direction are joined together, and that is formed by plural plate members being joined together at the central portion and the both outer side portions in the vehicle transverse direction. Among the second joining portions, a position of a central joining portion at the central portion in the vehicle transverse direction of the floor panel main body is offset in the vehicle longitudinal direction with respect to positions of outer side joining portions at the both outer side portions in the vehicle transverse direction of the floor panel main body. A different-type member joining portion, which is formed by plate members being joined together, is provided at at least one of the central portion, one of the outer side portions, and another of the outer side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koichi Daigaku
  • Patent number: 9987968
    Abstract: A hook device for securing or releasing a deck panel used in a cargo section of a trailer, the hook device including: a guide bracket configured with at least first and second sides, the guide bracket including a groove formed on the first side and extending to the second side; and a hook configured to operate within the groove to secure or release the deck panel, the hook configured to secure the deck panel in a stored position when the hook is on the first side of the guide bracket and to release the deck panel in a work position when the hook is on the second side of the guide bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HYUNDAI TRANSLEAD
    Inventors: Humberto Benitez, Young Jae Park, Joel Maldonado Contreras
  • Patent number: 9802241
    Abstract: The invention relates, in a first aspect, to a flat semi-finished product made of metal (1), wherein said semi-finished product comprises at least out structured section (2) and at least one non-structured section, wherein said semi-finished product has non-structured edge sections (4) and exhibits a high strength. The semi-finished product made of metal (1) according to the invention is characterized in that it is designed as one piece and predetermined sections (2) are structured and predetermined sections are non-structured, wherein at least one non-structured section (4) is designed as a connecting region for positive or non-positive connection or for connecting by bonding. Furthermore, methods for producing the semi-finished products according to the invention are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: DBW Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Gerd Zielke, Karl-Christian Regent
  • Patent number: 9707905
    Abstract: A reinforcement assembly is provided for a pickup truck bed. The reinforcement is assembled to a cross member that supports the pickup truck bed. The reinforcement includes a bridge spanning a channel defined by the cross member. The reinforcement assembly is suspended on tabs that are received in recesses defined by a front weld flange and a rear weld flange. A urethane isolator is utilized to secure the cross member to a frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Courtright, John Comiez, Vincent Anthony Chimento
  • Patent number: 9487246
    Abstract: A cargo bed assembly for a pickup truck includes an aluminum truck bed above a pair of frame rails. A plurality of roll-formed 6000-series aluminum cross-members extend along a width of the truck bed and contact the underside of the truck bed. The cross-members include longitudinal channels. Each cross-member contacts a pair of extruded 6000-series aluminum spacers underneath the cross-member at spaced locations to align with the frame rails. The spacers contact the frame rails and at least partially surround a portion of the outer surface of the cross-members to separate the cross-members from the frame rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Courtright, Vince Chimento, Joshua Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Jeffrey Alan Firzlaff, Lawrence J. Dupuis
  • Patent number: 9346491
    Abstract: A deck plate assembly is provided for mounting between the first and second frame members of a truck. The assembly includes a horizontally disposed deck plate which is positioned between the first and second frames. Structure is provided for securing the deck plate to the first and second frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Adam J. Wurzer, Terry D. Wurzer, David T. Wurzer
  • Patent number: 9102287
    Abstract: A pickup truck including a cargo box having a truck bed and a rear sill adjacent the rear of the truck bed. The sill attaches beneath the truck bed. The sill includes a drain trough on its upper surface facing the underside of the truck bed. The drain trough includes a groove extending along the length of the sill. A plurality of apertures is formed in the sill within the groove. The apertures are formed toward an inner surface of a side panel of the sill. The drain trough irrigates liquid (e.g., e-coating paint) that resides between the truck bed and the sill to collect in the groove and exit the groove via the apertures, enabling the liquid to drain down the inner surface instead of an exterior visible surface of the sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Courtright, Vincent Chimento, Eric MacDonald, Elizabeth Theeck
  • Patent number: 9090210
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes, but is not limited to a loading floor, a height adjusting device for the loading floor with a guide, on which the loading floor is mounted pivotably on a front end portion about a pivot axis and movably for a movement with a component in vertical direction and the loading floor with the guide can be mounted in at least two different height positions, at least two support elements formed in a different vertical orientation for supporting a rear end portion of the loading floor in the at least two different height positions. The guide includes, but is not limited to a first guideway for moving the front end portion towards the top and a second guideway for moving the front end portion towards the bottom and the first and second guideway are formed spatially separated on the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Dino Demma
  • Publication number: 20150145281
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a flooring apparatus provides improved fraction, improved wear resistance and improved structural support. The flooring apparatus may include an elongated member that includes a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface may include a cutout portion that extends along at least a portion of a longitudinal axis of the elongated member. One or more inserts are positioned at least partially within the cutout portion. The insert may include a texturized top surface and may be constructed of a polymer material or other material with improved traction and, in certain embodiments, improved wear resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Kyle R. Gillin
  • Publication number: 20150076861
    Abstract: A composite wood floor board assembled adjacent to another composite wood floor board, each the board comprising: a top layer of laminated hardwood comprising: a top side; a bottom side; a first lateral side; and a second lateral side opposite the first lateral side, wherein at least one of the first and second lateral sides is formed without shiplap lips; and a bottom layer comprising a planar fiber-reinforced polymer composite that is bonded to the bottom side of the top layer of the laminated hardwood and reinforces the top layer, wherein the bottom layer of fiber-reinforced polymer composite extends laterally outwardly by a distance up to two inches (2?) from the first lateral side of the top layer, and wherein a part of the bottom layer of the composite wood floor board is bonded to the top layer with a first adhesive and a part of the bottom layer is bonded with a second adhesive or sealant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: GOPALKRISHNA PADMANABHAN
  • Patent number: 8960772
    Abstract: A heavy goods vehicle has a dropped frame that includes an upper skin, a lower skin and lateral beams between the skins. The frame is self-supporting. In a vehicle independent real wheel motors are provided. The vehicle may be a diesel-electric hybrid. The dropped body is suitable for delivery and collection vehicles, and particularly refuse vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dennis Eagle Limited
    Inventors: Roger Michael Lane, Jonathan Alan Sayers, Mark Hopkins, David Anthony Collins, Paul Mark Bridden
  • Patent number: 8950144
    Abstract: A composite lap joint for the assembly of a first and a second floor board from a plurality of boards, used to make the floor for a vehicular trailer, each board composed of a layer of wood at the top side and a layer of fiber reinforced composite at the bottom side, wherein the composite layer is at least partly bonded to the wood layer; the composite layer of a first board forming a lip, wherein the lip is a lateral extension of the composite layer and the lip is disposed under the bottom side recess of an adjacent second board to form a composite joint, whereby the joint provides improved flexibility, moisture sealing ability at the seam of the joint and higher strength to the edges of the boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Havco Wood Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gopalkrishna Padmanabhan
  • Patent number: 8899661
    Abstract: The combination of a cargo carrying vehicle and a deck panel. The cargo carrying vehicle has a storage space and a plurality of parallel elongate load beams in the space. A lower surface of the deck panel engages each of the first and second elongate load beams. The body has a plurality of discrete components depending from the lower surface that are abuttable to the load beams to thereby limit shifting of the deck panel. The upper surface has at least a first opening and the lower surface has at least a first complementary projection. A second deck panel, the same as the first deck panel, can be stacked on the first deck panel so that a corresponding at least first projection on the second deck panel extends into the at least first opening to maintain the first and second deck panels in a predetermined stacked relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ancra International LLC
    Inventors: Howard T. Knox, Paul W. Baker
  • Patent number: 8888164
    Abstract: A connecting structure for a heavy vehicle may include a floor frame, a side pillar, and a skirt rail having a side rail to be selectively connected with the floor frame and an upper rail to be selectively connected with the side pillar, wherein the floor frame and the side rail may be joined together by a first fastening member and the side pillar and the skirt rail may be joined to each other by a second fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Munjin Kim
  • Patent number: 8876160
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis for motor homes, busses and similar vehicles is provided. In an embodiment, the chassis includes anti-camber to counteract the bending action provided by the engine being mounted rear ward of the rear axle(s) of the vehicle such that the rear axle(s) act as a fulcrum causing crowning of the chassis. Further, embodiments of the invention utilize through the frame construction for lateral support members to increase storage space of a basement region and to increase strength of the welded joints of the various structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Spartan Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Kyle Olson, Roy Frank Engelbrecht
  • Patent number: 8870272
    Abstract: A floor module for a motor vehicle having a floor trough, which has, in the area of at least two side edges, at least one contact surface in each case for supporting the floor trough on a support structure component of a motor vehicle body and at least one formfitting device shaped onto the floor trough, by which the floor trough is at least temporarily fastenable on the support structure component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Fabian De Luca
  • Publication number: 20140312651
    Abstract: A load carrying body for a vehicle includes a curved metal plate floor (10) and a floor attachment system that attaches the floor to opposite sides of the body so that the floor is suspended between the sides. The floor attachment system includes a plurality of tensile members (38) which are the principal means for transferring forces from the floor to the remainder of the body. Each tensile member is coupled at one end to one of the sides of the body of the vehicle and at the other end to a side edge of the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Alan William Dickerson
  • Publication number: 20140292027
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo area having folding seats and rear doors. The rear doors are provided with a seat stopper on an inner side. The seat stopper presses a seat back plate from above when the door is closed and the seat back plate is folded down to prevent the seat back plate from being lifted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HAJIME UCHIYAMA, HIROYUKI NISHIMORI
  • Publication number: 20140284964
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the present development, a platform trailer includes a chassis comprising first and second aluminum beams each including an upper flange and a lower flange connected by a web. The first and second beams are arranged parallel to each other and each extend from a forward end to a rear end in the direction of a longitudinal axis of the trailer. The first and second beams are each defined with an arch comprising an upwardly oriented apex located between the forward and rear ends. At least one axle assembly connected to the chassis and includes a left wheel and tire assembly and a right wheel and tire assembly. A platform is supported on the first and second beams of the chassis. The platform includes spaced-apart left and right side rails and a plurality of extruded aluminum panels that each extend from a left lateral end abutted with said left side rail to a right lateral end abutted with said right side rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: EAST MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Howard D. Booher
  • Publication number: 20140262591
    Abstract: Self-powered apparatus are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a front chassis portion and a rear chassis portion. The front chassis portion is to be coupled to the rear chassis portion. The front chassis portion is substantially the same as the rear chassis portion. When the front and rear chassis portions are coupled, the front chassis portion includes a first end of the apparatus and the rear chassis portion includes a second end of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: John Deere
    Inventors: Christopher Turner, Kendall Giesemann, Steven A. Duppong, Bryan K. Buerkle
  • Patent number: 8770651
    Abstract: A truck body floor includes a truck body floor frame and a floor plate attached to and supported by the truck body floor frame. The truck body floor frame includes two frame rails extending along a longitudinal length of the truck body floor, and a plurality of bolster structures attached to both of the two frame rails and extending across a width of the truck body floor. The plurality of bolster structures includes at least one layered bolster structure having an inner bolster and an outer bolster that is at least partially flush with and attached to the inner bolster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
  • Patent number: 8745871
    Abstract: A platform trailer includes first and second aluminum beams. The first and second beams are defined with an arch. A platform is supported on the first and second beams. The platform includes a plurality of extruded aluminum panels that each extend from a left lateral end abutted with the left side rail to a right lateral end abutted with the right side rail. The extruded aluminum panels are abutted in series with the first end wall of one panel abutted with the second end wall of an adjacent abutted panel such that the respective upper walls of adjacent abutted panels of the platform together define an upper, cargo supporting surface of the platform. The platform is arched to correspond with the arch of the first and second beams. A method for constructing the platform trailer is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: East Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Howard D. Booher
  • Publication number: 20140130657
    Abstract: A composite structure (10) includes a first outer skin (12); a second outer skin (14); and a core (16) sandwiched between the first outer skin (12) and the second outer skin (14). The core (16) includes a plurality of spaced apart ridges (18) between the first outer skin (12) and the second outer skin (14), each of the spaced apart ridges (18) extending from one end (20) of the composite structure (10) to an opposite end (22); and a plurality of connecting elements (24) between the first outer skin (12) and the second outer skin (14) configured to intersect with the ridges (18) to form open channels (26) within the core (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GORDON HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Edward D. Pilpel, D. Michael Gordon, Benjamin D. Pilpel, Jonathan Spiegel
  • Publication number: 20140127451
    Abstract: A composite laminate comprises a plurality of composite plies including at least a first composite ply and a second composite ply. The first composite ply and the second composite ply each comprises a plurality of fibers in a thermoplastic matrix comprising polyethylene. The plurality of composite plies are bonded together to form the composite laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: GORDON HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin D. Pilpel, Edward D. Pilpel, D. Michael Gordon, Todd Hobbs, Drew Gordon
  • Patent number: 8714633
    Abstract: The invention provides a laminated floor panel for a vehicle cabin. The panel comprises a core (1) shaped as a honeycomb and wrapped in outside metal walls (2, 3, 4). A fastener element (5) for fastening vehicle cabin equipment is set back in the panel, being made integrally in a traffic wall (2) of the panel by machining, the traffic wall (2) being derived from a metal plate (9) from which the fastener element (5) and the side walls (4) of the panel are formed by removing material from the metal plate (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: Alain Wary
  • Patent number: 8696048
    Abstract: A floor system configured for use with a storage container such as a trailer. The floor system includes an upper floor section including a plurality of upper floor boards made of glass fiber reinforced polymer, and a lower floor section including a plurality of lower floor boards made of glass fiber reinforced polymer. The upper floor boards are configured to extend along a length of the trailer and the lower floor boards are configured to extend across the width of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Patrick M. Griffin, David P. Kunkel
  • Publication number: 20140097635
    Abstract: A connecting structure for a heavy vehicle may include a floor frame, a side pillar, and a skirt rail having a side rail to be selectively connected with the floor frame and an upper rail to be selectively connected with the side pillar, wherein the floor frame and the side rail may be joined together by a first fastening member and the side pillar and the skirt rail may be joined to each other by a second fastening member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Munjin Kim
  • Patent number: 8662556
    Abstract: This invention provides an apparatus and method for safely lifting large off-highway truck bodies and also allows for lifting these truck bodies inside off-highway truck service bays with limited overhead lifting clearances. The invention minimizes the stresses on the truck body and on the lifting cables/slings. This lifting apparatus and method incorporates temporary lifting eyes installed through lifting hole receivers in the truck body floor. The temporary lifting eyes can be designed such that their strength is gained thru interlocking steel members versus simply welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
  • Publication number: 20130313857
    Abstract: Floor boards and wood flooring for truck trailers and containers as well as methods for making and using the same are disclosed. An example wood floor for truck trailers and containers may include a wood member having a top surface and a bottom surface. The wood member may include a plurality of wood strips that are attached together. A coating essentially impermeable to liquid water and water vapor may cover the bottom surface. The coating may include crosslinking polyvinyl acetate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL HARDWOOD PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: ZIQIANG LU
  • Publication number: 20130270858
    Abstract: A motor vehicle with a cargo space situated behind a seat arrangement and an adjustable loading panel arranged inside the cargo space is provided. Guides for adjustably accommodating the loading panel are located in the cargo space. Mounted in the loading panel is an actuating handle, which can be moved through exposure to a spring action for swiveling at least one eccentric mounted in the loading panel out of a position that fixes the loading panel in place into a position that releases the loading panel for adjustment purposes, and for adjusting the loading panel. The configuration makes it possible to ergonomically load the cargo space with the continuous adjustment and automatic braking of the loading panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Ralf GAUDIG, Werner BERHARD
  • Publication number: 20130257094
    Abstract: A side rail of a floor assembly of a trailer, such as a flatbed trailer, including a channel formed in a top wall of the side rail and an aperture formed in the top wall of the side rail at a location spaced-apart from the channel. The channel extends along a length of the side rail and is configured to receive a first cargo restraint device therein. The aperture is configured to receive a second cargo restraint device therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Travis Smith McCloud
  • Patent number: 8523271
    Abstract: A vehicle having a structural bed configured to serve as a structural load-bearing member is provided. The structural bed extends rearward from a cab structure of the vehicle and includes a core layer. First and second outer layers flank the core layer and span substantially the entirety of the core layer. The first and second outer layers are composed of a material that has a higher strength than the core layer. The thickness of the core layer may be at least approximately 10 times greater than each of the thicknesses of the first and second outer layers, respectively. The composite structural bed may be integrated with mass-efficient structures to produce an efficient load-bearing structure for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Brian V. Castillo
  • Publication number: 20130223958
    Abstract: An aerial lift (10) having a platform (12) surrounded by a kick plate (14) adjacent the platform with a pair of spaced apart cross members (22) supported on the kick plate and extending transversely of the platform, each cross member (22) being secured to the kick plate (14) by engaging with the kick plate on opposite sides of the platform (12) and having an upwardly projecting stop (26) at each end thereof for sideways location of material(s) D supported on the cross members (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Cummings
  • Publication number: 20130207414
    Abstract: A mounting system for a shipping container or trailer floor having a plurality of apertures positioned to align with mounting holes of machinery having a first diameter to be mounted to the container floor, wherein the diameter of the container floor apertures are larger than the first diameter to allow a margin of error in the alignment with the machinery mounting holes. Non-circular threaded fasteners are located on the bottom surface of the container floor for receiving bolts for mounting machinery to the container floor, and a plurality of non-circular edged bases, each sized for receiving a non-circular threaded fastener such that the non-circular threaded fastener cannot rotate within non-circular edged base. The system also collects spilled machinery liquids for later removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel R. Williams
  • Patent number: 8506005
    Abstract: A trailer floor assembly includes a pair of longitudinally extending side rails supporting a plurality of self-mating transverse panels. The plurality of transverse panels includes extruded aluminum panels interspersed with roll-formed steel panels at locations where extra strength is desired (e.g., king pin, landing dollies, and rear door). The extruded panels include T-shaped slots in a bottom wall thereof to allow the extruded panels to be fastened to the side rails by fasteners engaging the bottom wall of the panel but not the top wall the panel. The assembly eliminates transverse cross-beams used to support longitudinal panels in the prior art, and thereby provides improved aerodynamics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Samuel, Son & Co., Limited
    Inventors: Richard M. Balaz, William A. Willsher, Emad Fakhry Habib Assaad
  • Publication number: 20130154306
    Abstract: A drop deck trailer frame includes a front section having a first upper surface, a rear section having a second upper surface lower than the first upper surface, and an improved connection between the front and rear sections which tends to reduce cracking which commonly occurs in drop deck trailer frames due to the stresses in the region of the connection. The connection preferably includes a semicircular weld. In addition, heat treated bent flanges are typically used to provide additional strength. Fasteners such as bolts are also typically used to connect various flanges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: MAC TRAILER MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventor: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8439431
    Abstract: An attachment bracket in a vehicle for providing integrated support for one or more security features required by law enforcement agencies. The attachment bracket includes a first part including a horizontal cross member extending across the top of a rear panel of the vehicle body. The structure further includes a second part, connected to the first part, which includes two or more intersecting cross members. The second part is mechanically coupled to the vehicle body inside the vehicle cabin below the second row passenger seat. The structure also includes a third part, connected to the second part, which includes one or more arcuate tubular members extending along the vehicle floor panel from the second part towards the first row of seats. The third part is open at the end towards the first row passenger seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Djamal Eddine Midoun, Stephen Thomas Kozak, Erika Kristin Low, Bhimaraddi Venkaraddi Alavandi, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, Robert Sharp, Wanjun Lei
  • Patent number: 8439427
    Abstract: An improved side rail structure is used to form a portion of a flat bed trailer. The side rail structure is integrally formed as one piece. The side rail structure includes an outer side rail wall which is integrally formed as one piece with a rub rail that projects from the outward surface of the side rail wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Fontaine Trailer Company
    Inventor: James H. Adams
  • Patent number: 8398109
    Abstract: A heavy duty wheeled trailer for use in towing the trailer behind a vehicle. The trailer includes an adjustable height tow connection point to adjust and connect to different types of tow vehicles while maintaining the front deck substantially parallel to the trailer main deck. The trailer further includes a modular support frame allowing the trailer to be easily scaled in length and performance capabilities through removal or addition of modular frame cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Altair Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Amrine, Jr., David Coates
  • Patent number: 8382142
    Abstract: A trailer which is sized to be towed behind a motorcycle. The trailer includes a cargo bay for storing luggage, spare parts, tools or other cargo. The trailer is preferably towed behind a motorcycle in a group of motorcycles. In the unfortunate event that one of the motorcycles breaks down or a rider is unable to continue operating his or her motorcycle, the cargo bay can be converted to a towing configuration for towing the disabled motorcycle. This allows the group of motorcycles to continue riding, and the disabled motorcycle can be towed to a repair location at a more convenient time for the entire group of riders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: James B. Edmondson
  • Publication number: 20130043701
    Abstract: A truck body floor includes a truck body floor frame and a floor plate attached to and supported by the truck body floor frame. The truck body floor frame includes two frame rails extending along a longitudinal length of the truck body floor, and a plurality of bolster structures attached to both of the two frame rails and extending across a width of the truck body floor. The plurality of bolster structures includes at least one layered bolster structure having an inner bolster and an outer bolster that is at least partially flush with and attached to the inner bolster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: LeRoy G. Hagenbuch