Wall Patents (Class 296/186.1)
  • Patent number: 11136073
    Abstract: A container including a first panel with a first edge having a first protrusion with a first contoured profile with at least one projection, a second panel with a second edge having a second protrusion with a second contoured profile with at least one projection, and a spline with a first channel that defines a recess with an interior profile, and a second channel separate from the first channel that defines a recess with an interior profile. The first and second channels receive the first and second protrusions, respectively, such that the first contoured profile is complementary to a portion of the interior profile and the second contoured profile is complementary to a portion of the interior profile. The first and second panel include a mid-section extending from the first and second edges, respectively. The first and second edges have a greater thickness than the thickness of the mid-sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 11136072
    Abstract: A cargo body panel includes an interior side, an exterior side, a primary recess, a secondary recess positioned within the primary recess, and a logistics track. The interior side defines an interior plane. The exterior side defines an exterior plane. The primary recess includes a primary recess interior side defining a primary recess interior plane and a primary recess exterior side defining a primary recess exterior plane. The primary recess interior plane is recessed from the interior plane in a direction toward the exterior plane. The secondary recess includes a secondary recess interior side defining a secondary recess interior plane and a secondary recess exterior side defining a secondary recess exterior plane. A distance between the secondary recess interior plane and the interior plane is greater than a distance between the primary recess interior plane and the interior plane. The secondary recess exterior plane is non-coplanar with the exterior plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 10946912
    Abstract: A chassis and skin of a delivery Autonomous Ground Vehicle include an aluminum structure and polymer panels affixed to the AGV by fasteners. The panels are mutually overlapping. A method of assembly includes hooks and clips to put and hold the panels in place during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Hostein, Ennio Claretti, Nicolas Kurczewski, Brett Skaloud, Andrew Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10875476
    Abstract: A thermal radiation shield for the floors and roofs of trailer reefer units. The shield includes a low-emissivity, heat reflecting film that includes a metal coating layer, preferably vapor deposited, further protected by a layer of durable PET film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Michael C. LaRocco
  • Patent number: 10843714
    Abstract: A carbody of a railcar includes an underframe, a side bodyshell, and a roof bodyshell. At least one of the underframe, the side bodyshell, and the roof bodyshell includes: an outer plate portion facing a car outside; and a reinforced portion joined to an inside surface of the outer plate portion and forming at least one internal space between the reinforced portion and the outer plate portion. At least one sound absorbing hole communicating with the internal space is formed on the outer plate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoru Akiyama, Jyoji Yamada, Shinichiro Hata, Yoshikazu Ohashi, Shinya Kimura
  • Patent number: 10814766
    Abstract: A frameless dump trailer is provided. The frameless dump trailer includes a forward body portion and a rear body portion. Each body portion is formed from two or more panels joined together with butt-joint welds. The forward portion is first formed by welding planar sections together. After the body portion is formed from the plurality of planar panels, the larger planar portion is rolled in a rolling system to define the arcuate shape of trailer body. Then, the forward and rear body portions are welding together with a transversely extending butt-weld.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Maiorana
  • Patent number: 10814581
    Abstract: A composite molded cargo body panel including a core, an interior skin secured to a first side of the core having a thickness, and exterior skin secured to a second side of the core, and a plurality of recesses. The plurality of recesses are dispersed along a first direction at intervals in the interior skin, with the core thickness at each of the plurality of recesses being reduced compared to a maximum core thickness, and each of the plurality of recesses defines a support surface. A pocket is formed in each of the plurality of recesses, with the core thickness at the pocket being less than the core thickness at each of the plurality of recesses. A plurality of logistics inserts are attached to the respective support surfaces of the plurality of recesses so that, at each of the plurality of recesses, the logistics insert extends across the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Iinc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 10578473
    Abstract: A cargo body includes a floor configured to support a cargo load and a roof positioned above the floor. The roof includes a roof panel having a composite construction including a first skin, a second skin, and a core positioned between the first and second skins. The cargo body includes first and second lateral sidewalls, each having an upper rail extending along an upper edge thereof. An edge portion of the roof panel is joined to one of the first and second upper rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 10564018
    Abstract: A cargo body includes a floor configured to support a cargo load and a roof positioned above the floor. The roof includes a roof panel having a composite construction including a first skin, a second skin, and a core positioned between the first and second skins. The cargo body includes first and second lateral sidewalls, each having an upper rail extending along an upper edge thereof. An edge portion of the roof panel is joined to one of the first and second upper rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 10507875
    Abstract: A trailer wall apparatus includes at least one logistics post. In another aspect, a vertically elongated cargo-securing or logistics post is attached adjacent to a vertically elongated depression within a sandwich panel of a cargo container, the sandwich panel employing at least one core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys therein in addition to attached interior and exterior face sheets. A further aspect employs a logistics post including internal lips which contact against and/or assist with alignment to diagonal surfaces of a depression in a container or trailer wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Celltech Metals Inc.
    Inventors: Fabien Ebnöther, Douglas P Cox
  • Patent number: 10501001
    Abstract: Sensor systems, methods and machine readable medium are provided for a cargo vehicle. A plurality of sensors are arranged about an opening associated with a door through which packages are unloaded from a vehicle or trailer. The plurality of sensors are configured to measure an unpacked depth of the vehicle or trailer. A processor is provided in communication with each of the plurality of sensors. The processor is configured to receive measured data generated by the plurality of sensors, determine an empty volume over time of the vehicle or trailer based on the measured data as packages are being unpacked from the vehicle or trailer, and generate instructions regarding loading packages in a subsequent vehicle or trailer based on the determined empty volume over time of the vehicle or trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Walmart Apollo, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholaus Adam Jones, Aaron Vasgaard, Robert James Taylor, Matthew Allen Jones
  • Patent number: 10266098
    Abstract: A cargo transportation system includes a sandwich panel and a channel. In another aspect, a cargo-securing or logistics track, or tie-down slat, is attached to a continuously slotted channel which is secured within a sandwich panel of a cargo container, which employs at least one core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys therein in addition to attached interior and exterior face sheets. Yet another aspect of a cargo transportation system includes an interior face sheet flange of a sandwich panel overlapping a flush mounted lateral segment of a slotted channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Celltech Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas P Cox, Fabien Ebnöther
  • Patent number: 10144582
    Abstract: A container apparatus includes a sandwich structure. In another aspect, a cargo-securing or logistics track is attached to a sandwich structure of a container apparatus which employs at least one core sheet including alternating peaks and valleys therein in addition to at least one adhesively bonded outer face sheet. Yet another aspect of a container apparatus includes a depression in a sandwich structure adapted to receive a flush mounted track or post therein. Another aspect of a container apparatus includes a ship-lap and/or bent peripheral flange at a panel-to-panel interface seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: CellTech Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabien Ebnöther, Douglas Cox
  • Patent number: 10118653
    Abstract: A cargo body includes sidewalls constructed of pairs of panels secured together at respective joints. Each panel is an assembled panel having a core, an interior skin, and an exterior skin. Each of the joints is formed as a lap joint in which edge portions of first and second panels overlap each other. The first panel has a reduced-thickness core portion throughout the edge portion in which a core thickness measured between the interior and exterior skins is less than half of a maximum core thickness of the first panel. The second panel has a reduced-thickness core portion throughout the edge portion in which a core thickness measured between the interior and exterior skins is less than a maximum core thickness of the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 9932049
    Abstract: A railcar bodyshell includes: a plurality of modules into which at least one of a floor portion, side portion, and roof portion of the bodyshell is divided in a car longitudinal direction; and an elongated member extending in the car longitudinal direction, the plurality of modules being attached to the elongated member. The elongated member includes a groove portion for fixing the plurality of modules to the elongated member the groove portion extending in the car longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiichi Kato, Chihiro Okayama, Toshiyuki Hirashima, Akihiko Tada
  • Patent number: 9884661
    Abstract: A cargo body includes sidewalls constructed of pairs of panels secured together at respective joints. Each of the plurality of panels is a composite panel having a core, an interior skin secured to a first side of the core facing the cargo receiving volume, and an exterior skin secured to a second opposite side. Each joint includes an interior splice plate and an exterior splice plate, and co-facing edge portions of the adjacent pair of panels are sandwiched between the interior and exterior splice places. Each edge portion defines a region of reduced core thickness in which a core thickness measured between the respective interior and exterior skins is less than a maximum core thickness. A recess is formed by the pair of interior or exterior skins to receive the corresponding splice plate, such that the corresponding one of the interior and exterior splice plate is nested into the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 9855980
    Abstract: A method of constructing a wall assembly of an operator cab involves: fastening a generally planar inner surface of a sheet-metal exterior wall body of the wall assembly to a generally planar outer surface of a sheet-metal structural wall body of the wall assembly; and fastening a generally planar inner surface of the sheet-metal structural wall body to a generally planar outer surface of a sheet-metal interior wall body of the wall assembly. Also, a method of constructing an operator cab involves: fastening a floor body to first and second spaced-apart sheet-metal wall assemblies; fastening a rear wall body to the first and second sheet-metal wall assemblies and to the floor body; fastening a front wall body to the first and second sheet-metal wall assemblies and to the floor body; and fastening a ceiling body to the first and second sheet-metal wall assemblies. Operator cabs and kits are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: ONE FIFTY LABS INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Joseph Kazakoff, Zachary Lee Atkinson, Ronald Gordon Van Der Linden
  • Patent number: 9802662
    Abstract: A base rail of a trailer includes an upper portion configured to be coupled to the inner surface of a sidewall of a trailer. The upper portion includes a plurality of spaced-apart ridges configured to extend inwardly away from an inner surface of the upper portion and into a storage area of the trailer. The base rail also includes a lower portion configured to be coupled to the floor assembly of the trailer, and a bumper guard coupled to the inner surface of the upper portion and positioned between spaced-apart ridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventor: Rodney P. Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 9701348
    Abstract: A structural support and hinge member for a trailer tarpaulin latching system includes a mounting face, a support bracket, and a pivot defining a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TARPSTOP, LLC
    Inventor: Everest Damsi
  • Patent number: 9701350
    Abstract: A trailer for transporting bulk material has a container mounted on a chassis and wheeled suspension. The container has opposing sidewalls, a floor, a front wall, and a rear opening. The trailer further has an unloading system comprising a plow and a plow motor system. The plow is disposed in the container and shaped and sized to span substantially a transverse cross-section of the container. The plow motor system is operable to move the plow longitudinally in the container to urge or push the bulk material in the container toward and out of the rear opening of the container. At least one of the sidewalls comprises a removable panel installed longitudinally along a bottom of the sidewall, wherein an inward-facing surface of the removable panel and an inward-facing surface of the sidewall are substantially co-planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: TITAN TRAILERS INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Maertens, Michael Kloepfer
  • Patent number: 9302349
    Abstract: There are often difficulties in producing materials that are wide and long, such as from the availability of properly dimensioned feedstock materials, processing costs, engineering challenges, and the like. As such, new methods for joining materials are needed. The present invention relates to composite materials, such as a sandwich composite, articles prepared from a composite material, and methods for preparing articles, that employ an edge joint. The edge joint may be employed for attaching the composite material to another composite material, or for attaching it to a monolithic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: PRODUCTIVE RESEARCH LLC
    Inventors: Stephen John Peca, Eyal Mizrahi
  • Patent number: 9242591
    Abstract: A logistics assembly is configured to be coupled to a sidewall of a trailer. The logistics assembly includes a logistics strip configured to be coupled to an inside surface the sidewall of the trailer and a splicing plate configured to be coupled to an outside surface the sidewall of the trailer. The splicing plate is spaced-apart from the logistics strip to define a channel therebetween, and the logistics strip includes a plurality of vertically-spaced slots aligned with the channel. The logistics assembly further includes an insert engaged with the logistics strip and the splicing plate. The insert is configured to block access from inside the trailer through at least one slot of the logistics strip in order to prevent debris from entering through the slot and into a channel between the logistics strip and the splicing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventor: Rodney P. Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 8998295
    Abstract: A sidewall construction arrangement for a trailer includes a plurality of upstanding panels. Each panel includes two opposing flanges. The flanges are disposed on opposing lateral edges of the panel. Adjacent flanges of two adjacent panels partially overlap each other. Each of a plurality of vertically oriented logistics posts includes two lateral margins. A first of the margins is attached to a respective first of the flanges of the two partially overlapping panels. A second of the margins of the post is attached to each of the first and second flanges of the two partially overlapping panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Strick Trailers, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Katz, James J. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20150033962
    Abstract: An ejector for a refuse vehicle including a structural frame, a first shoe, and a second shoe. The structural frame includes a first side plate offset from a second side plate, and the distance between the first side plate and the second side plate defines a side plate spacing. The first shoe is coupled to the first side plate and includes a first surface configured to interface with a first ejector track. The second shoe is coupled to the second side plate and includes a second surface configured to interface with the second ejector track. A lateral spacing between the first surface and the second surface is less than or equal to the side plate spacing such that loading imparted on the structural frame is transmitted directly into the first ejector track and the second ejector track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Leslie Schwartz, Jason Gillmore, Shashank Bhatia, Jarud Hoefker
  • Patent number: 8876193
    Abstract: An inner wall liner of a wall panel of a refrigerated trailer includes a liner sheet formed of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) and a scuff plate formed of FRP. The scuff plate and the liner sheet are fused together such that the scuff plate is coupled to a bottom portion of the liner sheet. The inner liner further includes an upper wall plate formed of FRP. The upper wall plate and the liner sheet are fused together such that the upper wall plate is coupled to an upper portion of the liner sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: David P. Kunkel, Patrick M. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8851521
    Abstract: A travel trailer configured to be coupled to and towed by a vehicle is provided. The travel trailer has a compartment that is attached to a chassis which includes a front end and a rear end. A plurality of wheels are attached to the chassis adjacent the rear end, and a hitch assembly is attached to the chassis adjacent the front end. The compartment at the front end of the chassis forms first and second corners. A recess, directed inwardly toward the interior of the compartment, is located at each corner of the compartment. Cavities formed by each recess may receive a portion of the vehicle while the vehicle is engaged in a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rhymer, Scott J. Tuttle
  • Publication number: 20140265440
    Abstract: A cart includes a support body; and two side frames being rectangular wherein each side frame includes two spaced vertical bumpers and two spaced horizontal cross rails, each bumper has a cross section of about rectangle, each bumper includes a top hole and a plurality of spaced side holes along one surface facing an other bumper of the same side frame, each cross rail has a cross section of rectangle, and each cross rail includes a plurality of threaded holes so as to threadedly secure the side frames to both sides of the support body respectively. The cart further includes at least one side container and at least one corner top holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: KUNG-CHENG CHEN, LUNG-CHUAN HUANG
  • Patent number: 8757704
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a composite panel and a method of manufacturing the composite panel. The composite panel includes first and second fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) layers. The composite panel also includes a core layer disposed between the first and second FRP layers. The core layer includes one of: a honeycomb material and a foam material. The composite panel further includes an exterior layer disposed on a surface of the first FRP layer opposite the core layer and an interior layer disposed on a surface of the second FRP layer opposite the core layer. The layers are cured together in one processing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Crane Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Wenping Zhao, Robert A. Barney
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8720974
    Abstract: A method for bonding sidewall panels each comprising first and second skins and a core member sandwiched therebetween. The first skin has a main portion and an overlapping portion extending beyond the core member. The second skin has a main portion and an overlapped portion not extending beyond the core member. The method comprises the following steps. First, an entire exterior surface of the first skin and only an exterior surface of the main portion of the second skin of each of said sidewall panels are painted. Then, the sidewall panels are oriented such that the overlapping portion of the first skin of one sidewall panel is planarly aligned with the overlapping portion of the second skin of another sidewall panel. Next, the overlapping portion of the first skin of one sidewall panel is adhesively bonded to the overlapped portion of the second skin of another sidewall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Morgan Trailer Financial Management, L.P.
    Inventors: William Hurst, Gregory Radanovic
  • Patent number: 8657363
    Abstract: A connector securing a liner to a scuff in a container sidewall is disclosed. The connector is adapted to receive and secure various thicknesses of liners and scuffs. The connector is made of a light weight, high strength flexible material and well suited to secure non-metallic scuffs and non-metallic linings. The connector includes a transition piece that utilizes clamping force (pre-tightening force) to connect two different thicknesses of panels made of continuous glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic material. The connector includes a thick lower opening adapted to secure the scuff and a thin upper opening adapted to secure the liner. In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, the width of the lower opening is between 5.0 mm and 5.5 mm while the width of the upper opening is between 1.5 mm and 2.0 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Vanguard National Trailer Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Roush, Ren Yong Xu
  • Patent number: 8567848
    Abstract: A modular headboard system is provided. The modular headboard system can be positioned on a vehicle, such as a truck, trailer, rail car, or on a shipping structure such as a shipping pallet. The modular headboard system can also be used in association with a cover system for covering or enclosing cargo during shipping on a vehicle or shipping structure. The modular headboard system comprises a plurality of component members that are assembled to form a headboard. The headboard system comprises a headboard, a pair of wings connected to opposite sides of the headboard and extending at least partially above the headboard, and a headboard extension member disposed at the top of the headboard and connected to the wings. The wings and the headboard extension member can be releasably connected to the headboard for easily assembly and disassembly of the headboard system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Roll-Tite Corp.
    Inventor: Everest Damsi
  • Patent number: 8550010
    Abstract: A wagon has two side walls, two end walls and a base. At least a portion of one or each side wall has two side wall parts in the form of panels. Each panel has a respective constant wall thickness and is joined together. In some embodiments, the panels can be integrally formed. The side wall panels are also each of a different material thickness. A bridging member in the form of an angled bracket is arranged to interconnect the respective side wall panels by being separately connected to each side wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bradken Resources Pty Limited
    Inventor: Douglas Gordon Cummings
  • Patent number: 8540099
    Abstract: Presented is a composite panel container sidewall construction that provides additional interior logistics slots in the sidewalls of the container for securing cargo loaded into the container. The sidewall is constructed from posts, outer sheets, inner liners, and logistics panels. The outer sheets have inward protrusions that are secured into pockets in the posts. The logistic panels may include logistic slots that may be used to secure cargo or tie downs to the sidewall of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Vanguard National Trailer Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Roush
  • Patent number: 8534479
    Abstract: An improved panel and sidewall construction is presented. The sidewall includes a post with a pocket, and in the pocket external liners of the sidewall are secured. Flexible interior panels are secured in the posts with two protrusions that extend laterally and inwardly from the post. The posts also include slots for logistics panel that serve as a tie-down points for securing cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Vanguard National Trailer Corporation
    Inventor: Mark Roush
  • Publication number: 20130221702
    Abstract: A sidewall construction arrangement for a trailer includes a plurality of upstanding panels. Each panel includes two opposing flanges. The flanges are disposed on opposing lateral edges of the panel. Adjacent flanges of two adjacent panels partially overlap each other. Each of a plurality of vertically oriented logistics posts includes two lateral margins. A first of the margins is attached to a respective first of the flanges of the two partially overlapping panels. A second of the margins of the post is attached to each of the first and second flanges of the two partially overlapping panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Strick Corporation
    Inventor: Strick Corporation
  • Patent number: 8505974
    Abstract: A travel trailer configured to be coupled to and towed by a vehicle is provided. The travel trailer has a compartment that is attached to a chassis which includes a front end and a rear end. A plurality of wheels are attached to the chassis adjacent the rear end, and a hitch assembly is attached to the chassis adjacent the front end. The compartment at the front end of the chassis forms first and second corners. A recess, directed inwardly toward the interior of the compartment, is located at each corner of the compartment. Cavities formed by each recess may receive a portion of the vehicle while the vehicle is engaged in a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Rhymer, Douglas M. Lantz, Scott J. Tuttle
  • Patent number: 8506221
    Abstract: A logistics strip defining at least one opening therethrough may be bonded to an inner surface of a storage container side wall. At least one channel may be formed in the inner surface of the side wall. A bonding medium may be applied to an underside of the logistics strip along opposite sides thereof with the at least one opening positioned therebetween. The at least one opening may then be aligned over the at least one channel. The underside of the logistics strip may then be contacted with the inner surface of the side wall such that the bonding medium contacts and bonds to the inner surface of the side wall on both sides of the at least one channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: David A. Pattison, Zach Millikan
  • Patent number: 8496286
    Abstract: A sidewall construction arrangement for a trailer includes a plurality of upstanding sidewall panels. Each of a plurality of vertically oriented posts is disposed between and engages a respective substantially coplanar pair of the panels. Each post has an exterior surface that is entirely continuous in a vertical cross-sectional view throughout a portion of the post that extends beyond the panels in a lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Strick Trailers, LLC
    Inventors: Ben Katz, George A. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8424958
    Abstract: A butt joint assembles side panels of a trailer to the base rail of the trailer to form a side wall. The butt joint positions the side panels over the base rail and vertically aligns the outer surfaces of the side panels and the base rail, which provides for an improved trailer side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventors: Andrzej Wylezinski, Melvin R. Norris, Leonard W. Baker
  • Patent number: 8419110
    Abstract: A sidewall construction arrangement for a trailer includes a plurality of upstanding panels. Each panel includes two opposing flanges. The flanges are disposed on opposing lateral edges of the panel. Adjacent flanges of two adjacent panels partially overlap each other. Each of a plurality of vertically oriented logistics posts includes two lateral margins. A first of the margins is attached to a respective first of the flanges of the two partially overlapping panels. A second of the margins of the post is attached to each of the first and second flanges of the two partially overlapping panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Strick Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Katz, James J. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20130069390
    Abstract: A sting trailer has a camera scaffold concealing hidden cameras in a cargo compartment of the trailer. The camera scaffold conceals cameras and wiring so that the cameras are not visible from the interior of the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: TARGET BRANDS, INC.
    Inventor: Target Brands, Inc.
  • 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: 20130020831
    Abstract: An inner wall liner of a wall panel of a refrigerated trailer includes a liner sheet formed of fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) and a scuff plate formed of FRP. The scuff plate and the liner sheet are fused together such that the scuff plate is coupled to a bottom portion of the liner sheet. The inner liner further includes an upper wall plate formed of FRP. The upper wall plate and the liner sheet are fused together such that the upper wall plate is coupled to an upper portion of the liner sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventors: David P. Kunkel, Patrick M. Griffin
  • Patent number: 8342588
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide an insulated structural panel including a superinsulating, desiccant-filled, vacuum-sealed insulating panel sandwiched between a pair of composite panels. The composite panels are configured to impart structural strength to the panel without introducing heat transfer pathways through the vacuum-sealed insulating panel. The desiccant material disposed within the vacuum-sealed insulating panel is capable of absorbing moisture within the vacuum established within the vacuum-sealed insulating panel and thereby reducing the degradation of the vacuum-sealed panel's insulating capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Martin Marietta Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Joseph Skaradzinski
  • Patent number: 8330817
    Abstract: A sting trailer has a camera scaffold concealing hidden cameras in a cargo compartment of the trailer. The camera scaffold conceals cameras and wiring so that the cameras are not visible from the interior of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Foster
  • Publication number: 20120256444
    Abstract: A convertible cargo bed for a utility vehicle can be easily converted, without tools, between passenger-seating, cargo-storage, and cargo-loading configurations. The hinged cargo bed floor and tailgate convert to a folding seat assembly that can be latched and carry passengers when not hauling cargo. A seat cushion is secured to the seating surface of the hinged floor panel and is not cargo-facing when the bed is storing cargo. The fully-functioning tailgate secures cargo in the interior of the cargo bed and can be unlatched to provide an open-bed. The convertible cargo bed can be tilted to dump cargo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: Stealth Manufacturing LLC
    Inventor: Donald Wayne Thurmon
  • Patent number: 8256827
    Abstract: A sidewall of a trailer includes a side panel, an outer member, a base rail. The side panel is positioned within the channel. The outer member has a planar inner surface. The base rail has an upper portion offset from a lower portion. An outer surface of the upper portion of the base rail is generally parallel to and spaced from the inner surface of the outer member. A channel is defined by an outer surface of the upper portion of the base rail and the inner surface of the outer member. The side panel is positioned within the channel. The lower portion of the base rail is positioned beneath the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventor: Andrzej Wylezinski
  • Publication number: 20120205943
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a system for partitioning cargo spaces in a temperature-controlled cargo container can include one or more longitudinal panel assemblies with a user-selectable height feature. In such circumstances, a user can readily adjust the overall height of each longitudinal panel assembly while the longitudinal panel assembly is in the trailer so as to accommodate the interior height of the trailer (which might vary from trailer to trailer).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Nelson, Matthew Nelson
  • Patent number: 8201874
    Abstract: An integral box-like vehicle body, characterized in that it comprises a three-dimensional truss framework, the framework of the vehicle body includes two lateral trusses, which are connected to each other at the points of an upper longeron (1) of the lateral trusses by a plurality of vaulted crossbeams (7) to form a vault top, and the points of a lower longeron (2) of the lateral trusses are connected to each other to by a plurality of bottom inclined beams 5 and bottom crossbeams 6 to form a bottom truss. The deadweight of the vehicle body is 5-7 tons lower than that of the box-like semi-trailer or the box-like full trailer of the same weight. The vehicle body improves strength, rigidity and stability, and reduces the cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Jiurong Hou