Roll-up Covers Patents (Class 296/98)
  • Patent number: 11007855
    Abstract: An end cap for a roller tonneau cover of a truck includes, among other things, an end portion having a primary sliding surface and a first interlocking feature that provides an interface between the end cap and a slat of the tonneau cover, a tooth portion including teeth for engaging with a pinion gear, and a connection portion between the end portion and the tooth portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan Rawnsley, Geoffrey Robert Wilson
  • Patent number: 10919368
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering an open top of a transportation trailer container includes a frame on top of the container. The frame surrounds an aperture for flow of material into the container. The apparatus also includes an arm pivotable between a closed position and an open position. The arm holds a rotatable roller for dispensing and receiving a flexible cover. The flexible cover is wrapped around the roller when the arm is in the open position. The flexible cover is unrolled from the roller to cover the aperture due to motion of the arm from the open position to the closed position. The frame includes a side portion having an inwardly and upwardly tapered outer surface. The roller contacts the outer surface when the arm is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Ty-Crop Manufacturing Lid.
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Teichrob, Patrick Scott Mason, Alan Arthur Martens, Kevin Brent Thiessen, James Ryan Brezden, Robert Douglas Younie, Dennis Keith Ho, Brent Douglas Van Kleeck, Kevin James Standeven
  • Patent number: 10913337
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system, comprising: a control system; a pivot arm assembly, the pivot arm assembly comprising plural arms joined by a transverse arm; and plural electromagnetic assemblies, each comprising an electromagnetic device, wherein the control system is configured to selectively activate each electromagnetic device when the plural arms are in contact with the plural electromagnetic assemblies to magnetically constrain movement of the plural arms relative to the plural electromagnetic assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventor: Shea O'Neal Williams
  • Patent number: 10703180
    Abstract: An arm assembly for a cover system includes a force mechanism contained within a hollow arm of the assembly that includes a resiliently compressible element, such as a compression spring, with a cable or wire extending through the element. The cable is fastened at one end to an end cap that bears against one end of the compression spring. The opposite end of the cable is fastened to a base mounted to the container body. The base includes a pulley about which the cable is wound as the arm pivots relative to the base. As the arm pivots and the cable winds about the pulley, the end cap bears against the spring to compress the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 10596891
    Abstract: The present invention is a protective cover arrangement for a vehicle. The protective cover arrangement includes a housing and a cover cartridge positioned inside the housing. The housing is installed substantially in a middle of a roof of the vehicle. The cover cartridge includes two coiled-up rolls, namely a first roll including a cover sheet and a second roll including a cover sheet. When the cover sheets are pulled out, it causes the corresponding first roll and the second roll to unroll from spiral configuration to be disposed in deployed configuration, thus covering the vehicle. The cover sheets are rolled back into the corresponding rolls to dispose the protective cover arrangement in retracted configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Angel L. Garcia
  • Patent number: 10562384
    Abstract: A dual action truck cover provides two modes, actions or ways to access contents in a truck bed. Side rails can be mountable to a cargo box so as to be pivotable between a raised position to provide a rear opening in an open pivot arrangement, and a lowered or closed pivot arrangement. The side rails can be spaced apart to define an inter-rail area therebetween. A door can include a plurality of elements hingedly coupled together and extending between the side rails and movable between a closed door arrangement wherein the elements cover the inter-rail area, and an open door arrangement in which the elements are positioned to permit access through the inter-rail area. The door can move between the open and closed arrangements by rolling up the hingedly coupled elements together or folding the elements together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: A.R.E. ACCESSORIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew N. Rohr, Robert E. Hill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10434852
    Abstract: A drive assembly mounted on a pivot arm for a cover system having a cover supported on an axle for the cover to be wound and unwound, the drive assembly including a housing, a drive motor including a hypoid pinion gear in meshed engagement with a hypoid ring gear, a transfer gear engaged to the hypoid ring gear for rotation therewith, an output gear in meshed engagement with the transfer gear, and an output shaft engaged to the output gear for rotation therewith, the output shaft engaged to the axle to transmit rotation from the drive assembly to the axle. The hypoid ring gear, the transfer gear and the output gear are sized and arranged so that the output gear overlaps the hypoid ring gear, and so that the hypoid pinion gear and the output gear are on the same side of the hypoid ring gear and laterally overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 10377293
    Abstract: A container covering deployment system includes a covering deployment device and a pair of worm drive mechanisms. The covering deployment device has a pair of ends pivotally mounted adjacent to opposite sides of a load bed so as to undergo pivotal movement about a transverse axis extending between the opposite sides. Each worm drive mechanism is mounted adjacent to and drivingly coupled with one of the pivotally mounted ends of the covering deployment device so that the worm drive mechanisms are operable to translate rotational drive input motion about respective longitudinal axes extending along the opposite sides and between opposite ends of the load bed into rotational driven output motion about the transverse axis to thereby pivotally actuate the covering deployment device to either draw or withdraw the covering over or from an open-top container on the load bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Richard J. Coughtry
  • Patent number: 10336168
    Abstract: An apparatus for covering an open top of a transportation trailer container, such as a chip train carrying wood chips, is provided. A flexible cover (e.g., tarp) is deployed and retracted using a roller moved overtop of the container using pivotable arms. A recessed region houses the base of the arm and associated components. A secondary cover covers the recessed region and is biased toward a cover closed position. An actuating surface associated with the arm pushes the secondary cover to a cover open position. Other features include inwardly angled container sides, a foam sealing member integral with the flexible cover, the secondary cover closing when the flexible cover is both fully opened and fully closed, channels between the recessed region and the container, narrow and/or sloped surfaces, and a retaining hook for capturing a roller connected to the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TY-CROP MANUFACTURING LTD.
    Inventors: Gary Wayne Teichrob, Patrick Scott Mason, Alan Arthur Martens, Kevin Brent Thiessen, James Ryan Brezden, Robert Douglas Younie, Dennis Keith Ho, Brent Douglas Van Kleeck, Kevin James Standeven
  • Patent number: 10328777
    Abstract: A drive assembly mounted on a pivot arm for a cover system having a cover supported on an axle for the cover to be wound and unwound, the drive assembly including a housing, a drive motor including a hypoid pinion gear in meshed engagement with a hypoid ring gear, a transfer gear engaged to the hypoid ring gear for rotation therewith, an output gear in meshed engagement with the transfer gear, and an output shaft engaged to the output gear for rotation therewith, the output shaft engaged to the axle to transmit rotation from the drive assembly to the axle. The hypoid ring gear, the transfer gear and the output gear are sized and arranged so that the output gear overlaps the hypoid ring gear, and so that the hypoid pinion gear and the output gear are on the same side of the hypoid ring gear and laterally overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 10315669
    Abstract: A railcar has a pair of sidewalls, a cover, a take up spool, and a motor. The take up spool may store panels of the cover, and the motor moves the cover between a retracted position and an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 10160297
    Abstract: A retractable trailer enclosure system includes a flexible cover, rotatable winding spindle moveable by way of a spindle guide assembly. The spindle guide assembly includes a drive assembly actuable to rotate the spindle, a shuttle assembly mounting a spindle end and a guide track assembly which guides the shuttle assembly in reciprocal movement along both a vertical cover deployment/retraction path, and laterally along a spindle storage path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Philip Poyntz
  • Patent number: 10131214
    Abstract: A tarp deploying apparatus for use on a trailer includes a fiberglass tarp roller. The fiberglass tarp roller is constructed from two fiberglass tubes. A splined joint is used to join the two tubes together. Each end of the tarp roller also includes a female socket with grooves to engage splines on a motor shaft that drives the tarp roller or to connect the roller tube to a universal joint. A pin or bolt may also be used at the splined joint to securely hold the tarp roller together without the need for a welding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Sioux City Tarp, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald William Bremer
  • Patent number: 10112465
    Abstract: A vented tonneau cover for a cargo bed of a pickup truck. The cargo bed of the pickup truck is defined by a pair of side walls having tops, respectively, and a tailgate to access the cargo bed of the pickup truck. The top of each side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck has a pair of ends. Each end of the top of each side wall of the cargo bed of the pickup truck has a through bore therein. The vented tonneau covering includes netting that covers the cargo bed of the pickup truck, and an apparatus that holds down the netting over the cargo bed of the pickup truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Richard Flocco
  • Patent number: 10029547
    Abstract: A retractable canopy assembly for mounting to a truck rack to provide shade to a bed of a truck is provided. The retractable canopy assembly comprises a housing sized to fit within a footprint of the truck rack mounted to a vehicle. The housing comprises a mount for mounting to a lower plane portion of the truck rack such that the mounting of the housing does not interfere with a load on an upper plane portion of the truck rack. In addition, a canopy is retractably stowed in the housing, the canopy less than a width of the footprint of the truck rack such that the canopy can be deployed and retracted without interfering with the load on the truck rack, the deployed canopy providing shade to the bed of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Light Lee Dunn
  • Patent number: 10023033
    Abstract: An arm assembly for a cover system includes a force mechanism contained within a hollow arm of the assembly that includes a resiliently compressible element, such as a compression spring, with a cable or wire extending through the element. The cable is fastened at one end to an end cap that bears against one end of the compression spring. The opposite end of the cable is fastened to a base mounted to the container body. The base includes a pulley about which the cable is wound as the arm pivots relative to the base. As the arm pivots and the cable winds about the pulley, the end cap bears against the spring to compress the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 9969248
    Abstract: A cover system includes a flexible cover, a pair of bail arms connected to one end of said flexible cover, and a corresponding pivot mechanism for pivotably supporting each bail arm. Each pivot mechanism is mounted on a corresponding gliding assembly, and each gliding assembly includes a pair of oppositely disposed rails fixedly mounted to the frame of the vehicle, a gliding body slidably supported on the pair of rails, and a cylinder supporting the gliding body and slidably supported on a rod assembly. The rod assembly includes a pair of collinearly disposed rods, coupled together by a piston element, the piston element defining opposite fluid paths for a pressurizing fluid conveyed under pressure to the cylinder. A fluid circuit is configured to selectively supply pressurized fluid to each cylinder through the pair of rods to move the cylinder, and therefore the gliding body and bails arms supported thereon, in one of two opposite directions along the length of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy K. Searfoss
  • Patent number: 9834067
    Abstract: The vehicle sunshade is adapted for use as a sunshade within a vehicle. The vehicle sunshade is a retractable shade that is mounted in the vehicle where front windshield meets the roof of the vehicle. The shade contained on the retractable shade is adapted to fit around the rearview mirror mounted on the windshield of the vehicle and to extend laterally to partially block sunlight from passing through the front windows. The vehicle sunshade comprises a roller, a shade, a first clip, and a second clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Jermaine Johnson
  • Patent number: 9827838
    Abstract: A retractable cover system includes a frame that provides an opening and a drive system. A flexible cover is configured to slide relative to the frame between first and second positions within the opening in response to actuation of the drive system. Multiple spaced apart bows are configured to slide relative to the frame and relative to the flexible cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BOS AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Mickey Alan Hannan, Andrew Charles Stewart, Juergen Josef Salewski, Michael David Uhazie, Huan Tran, Markus Hintennach
  • Patent number: 9421900
    Abstract: A motorized conversion kit for converting manually operated roll tarps includes front and rear arm assemblies and a roll tube extension. The front arm assembly includes a drive assembly that drives an output shaft. The output shaft is removably connectable to the roll tube extension that is connected to a modified roll tube. The connection between the output shaft and the roll tube extension has two distinct modes. The output shaft can be removably connected to the roll tube extension with a clevis pin such that the output shaft and the roll tube extension rotate together or the output shaft can be retained within the roll tube extension by a roll pin residing in a peripheral grove in the output shaft so that the output shaft may rotate independently of the roll tube extension. Methods of installing and using the conversion kit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Schmeichel, Shawn J. Wock
  • Patent number: 9393854
    Abstract: A tonneau cover apparatus for removable attachment of a cover to a pickup truck. The tonneau cover apparatus includes two opposing side rails that can be secured to respective side walls of the pickup truck and a securing apparatus that can be attached to the cover and is engageable with respective side rails to secure the cover to the pickup truck. The securing apparatus includes a channel, a locking member and a draw cord secured to the locking member. The locking member is biased toward a first position in which the securing apparatus can be prevented from disengaging from the respective side rail; wherein the draw cord can draw the locking member from the first position to a second position, in which the securing apparatus can be disengaged from the respective side rail. A tonneau cover apparatus including a cover, a support frame and a securing apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Schmeichel, Steven C. Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 9283832
    Abstract: A motorized rolling cover system for covering the top of an open-top vehicle. The system includes a cover, a shaft, a motor assembly, an arm assembly and a motor mount that supports the motor assembly on the arm assembly. The motor mount is pivotally attached to the end of the arm assembly to provide pivotal movement of the mount in a single plane. The plane of pivotal movement is either the same as (i.e., parallel to) the plane defined by the arm and the shaft, or is perpendicular to the arm-shaft plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Shur-Co, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Knight
  • Patent number: 9150259
    Abstract: A vehicle having a front wall, two side walls, and a truck bed that altogether define a tonneau is provided. The vehicle includes a tailgate that has a front panel, a rear panel, two side panels, and a top panel that altogether define a cavity. The tailgate also has a tonneau cover deployable from and retractable to within the cavity. The tonneau cover is selectively movable between a stowed position, a deployed position, and a partially deployed position. In the stowed position, the tonneau cover is substantially within the cavity. In the deployed position, the tonneau cover substantially covers the tonneau of the vehicle. The partially deployed position is any position between the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technologies Operations LLC
    Inventors: Brian J. Jutila, Jeffrey A. Diegel, Ronald J. Wojciechowski
  • Patent number: 9126471
    Abstract: A system for selectively covering and uncovering an opening of a trailer for trucks, comprising at least two tracks mounted to the trailer, at least two roller assemblies, each mounted for rolling movement along one of the tracks between a covered position and an uncovered position, an elongate roller bar extending between and supported by the at least two roller assemblies, and a drive mechanism operatively connected to the roller bar to rotate the roller bar about its elongate axis. The roller bar is adapted to receive a cover in a rolled configuration in which the opening of the trailer is not covered by the cover, when the roller assemblies are in the uncovered position. The roller bar is further adapted to receive the cover in an unrolled configuration in which the cover covers the opening, when the roller assemblies are in the covered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Petelka
  • Patent number: 9088311
    Abstract: A transportation system comprising a vehicle having a first electrically operated component, a second electrically operated component and a wireless controller system. The wireless controller system is used for selectively controlling the operation of the first electrically operated component and the second electrically operated component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Shur-Co, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Knight, Timothy Jack Gilmore, Wade Anthony Dangler
  • Patent number: 9051773
    Abstract: A rollo assembly comprises a rollo screen with opposite longitudinal ends and opposite transverse ends, a winding shaft for winding and unwinding the rollo screen at one of said longitudinal ends, a pull beam connected to the other one of said longitudinal ends and two longitudinal guides for cooperation with the transverse ends of the rollo screen and for guiding the pull beam. At least one support member for the rollo screen extends underneath the rollo screen between two opposite longitudinal support member guides. The support member moves in said longitudinal direction along the support member guides when the rollo screen moves between its fully wound position and a partially wound off position, and is kept stationary in an end position when the rollo screen moves between its partially wound off position and its fully wound off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventors: Petrus Marinus Josephus Clephas, Michael Cornelis Anthonius Relouw
  • Patent number: 9045069
    Abstract: A tonneau cover apparatus for securing a flexible cover about a cargo box of a pickup truck. The apparatus comprises the cover and a support frame for attachment to the cargo box. The frame has two opposing side rails, each of which has a lock engaging surface. The support frame further includes a pair of securing plate engagement members, each of which is secured to one of the respective opposing side rails. The apparatus further comprises a flexible cover securing plate attached to the cover. The flexible cover securing plate includes a channel and least one locking member. Each locking member is secured within the channel and each respective locking member is engagable with the lock engaging surface of the respective side rail such that the flexible cover securing plate is prevented from disengaging with respect to the respective side rail when it is in a first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Schmeichel, Steven C. Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 9039065
    Abstract: A roll-up tarp apparatus for a truck box having first and second ends, first and second longitudinal sides and an open top. The apparatus includes a tarp, a roll bar, an arm and a biasing member. The first longitudinal edge of the tarp is interconnected to the first longitudinal side of the truck box and the second longitudinal edge of the tarp is attached to the roll bar member. The roll bar is operatively connected to the truck box and is rotatably movable between the first and second longitudinal sides of the truck box, which enables the tarp to close or open the truck box. At least one biasing member is operatively connected to the roll bar or the arm, with the biasing member able to exert a tensioning force in the direction of the second longitudinal side of the truck box so that the tarp is under tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles M. Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 8998287
    Abstract: A roll tarp system is provided which includes a container, a roll pipe, a tarp sized to cover an open top of the container, a power mechanism for rolling the roll pipe from a closed position in which the tarp covers the open top to an open position in which the open top is exposed, and an arm assembly having a flexible arm portion. The arm assembly biases the roll pipe toward the closed position when the roll pipe is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wastequip, LLC
    Inventors: Fred P. Smith, Nathan H. Morrill, Carlson Smith
  • Patent number: 8985669
    Abstract: A motorized conversion kit for converting manually operated roll tarps includes front and rear arm assemblies and a roll tube extension. The front arm assembly includes a drive assembly that drives an output shaft. The output shaft is removably connectable to the roll tube extension that is connected to a modified roll tube. The connection between the output shaft and the roll tube extension has two distinct modes. The output shaft can be removably connected to the roll tube extension with a clevis pin such that the output shaft and the roll tube extension rotate together or the output shaft can be retained within the roll tube extension by a roll pin residing in a peripheral groove in the output shaft so that the output shaft may rotate independently of the roll tube extension. Methods of installing and using the conversion kit are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles M. Schmeichel
  • Patent number: 8931823
    Abstract: A tarp deploying apparatus includes radial arm with a proximal arm and a distal arm. A flexible inelastic limit element is provided between the proximal and distal arms to prevent them from crossing over center to an angle that would cause the apparatus to bind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sioux City Tarp, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald William Bremer, Terry L. Berg
  • Patent number: 8910996
    Abstract: A tarp deploying apparatus includes radial arm with a proximal arm and a distal arm. The distal arm is formed from a flexible material such as a double-walled hydraulic hose. The distal arm attaches to a tarp roller having a splined end. The distal arm is selectively removable from the distal arm to permit a hand crank with a female splined socket to be attached to the splined end of the tarp roller to permit hand operation of the tarp deploying system when the electric motor is not functional. A mounting bracket including two feet, a pair of legs and a support span allows easy mounting of the tarp deploying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Sioux City Tarp, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald William Bremer
  • Publication number: 20140354006
    Abstract: A roll-up tarp apparatus for attachment to an open top truck trailer having a truck box, having end caps at each end that partially cover the top opening. Preferred embodiments include at least one magnet on at least one of the end caps; even more preferably, a plurality of magnets along each end of the end caps, which are configured to releasably secure the flexible tarp to the end cap when the flexible tarp is in the secured position. Preferably, the flexible tarp is wound around an elongated roll bar that is secured to at least one arm that connects the elongated roll bar to the truck box and selectively activates movement of the elongated roll bar to move the flexible tarp from an open position to a secured position. Various embodiments include biasing members to bias the arm(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: AGRI-COVER, INC.
    Inventors: Charles M. Schmeichel, Shawn J. Wock
  • Patent number: 8876187
    Abstract: Generally disclosed is a device for simply and inexpensively tarping the payload of any truck bed without placing the tarper, the tarp, or the payload in danger of injury. In a preferred embodiment, the disclosed device generally comprises: (1) a rolled or bunched tarp that is installed on a first portable and adjustable riser; (2) a cable and cable crank installed on a second portable and adjustable riser; (3) wherein the cable may be attached to the tarp so that cranking the cable crank will unroll or unbunch the tarp and suspendedly draw the same toward the second riser; and (4) wherein the risers are removable from the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventors: John Rodriguez, Jr., William Vernon Lancon, III
  • Patent number: 8857885
    Abstract: A roll-up tarp apparatus for attachment to an open top truck trailer having a truck box, having end caps at each end that partially cover the top opening. Preferred embodiments include at least one magnet on at least one of the end caps; even more preferably, a plurality of magnets along each end of the end caps, which are configured to releasably secure the flexible tarp to the end cap when the flexible tarp is in the secured position. Preferably, the flexible tarp is wound around an elongated roll bar that is secured to at least one arm that connects the elongated roll bar to the truck box and selectively activates movement of the elongated roll bar to move the flexible tarp from an open position to a secured position. Various embodiments include biasing members to bias the arm(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Agri-Cover, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Schmeichel, Shawn J. Wock
  • Patent number: 8857884
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tarping system with dual springs that allow for constant and continuous pressure to be exerted on the tarp and tarp arms. Specifically, it relates to a tarping system comprising a tarp capable of being unrolled to cover said transport container or rolled to uncover said container, a movement means supplying power to said tarping system, at least two springs positioned at the same angle along a shaft, and two arms joined to said tarp at one end and shaft at the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Bromberek
  • Publication number: 20140265424
    Abstract: A tarp deploying apparatus includes radial arm with a proximal arm and a distal arm. A flexible inelastic limit element is provided between the proximal and distal arms to prevent them from crossing over center to an angle that would cause the apparatus to bind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Donald William Bremer, Terry L. Berg
  • Publication number: 20140265425
    Abstract: A tarp deploying apparatus includes an electric motor attached to a radial arm. The electric motor provides rotational force to a tarp roller through a planetary gear transmission. The electric motor can be taken out of engagement with the gear transmission by a quick release lever. A second radial arm at an opposite end of the tarp roller includes a support member that supports a splined end of the tarp roller. The splined end is adapted to be engaged by a hand crank to permit manual rotation of the tarp roller by the hand crank when the electric motor is out of engagement with the gear transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Donald William Bremer, Terry L. Berg
  • Publication number: 20140217768
    Abstract: An actuation assembly for a cover extendable over an open-topped container body from a stowed position to a deployed position includes two actuator mechanisms on each side of the body, each including at least one torsion spring having a base portion and at least one reaction end and at least one reaction post in contact with a corresponding reaction end of the at least one spring. In a first exterior actuator mechanism, the reaction post is connectable to the bail arm, while in the second interior actuator mechanism the reaction post is mountable to the container body. A common shaft extends between the base portions of the spring(s) of each actuator mechanism to transmit torque from the interior spring(s) to the exterior spring(s), serving as a rotating anchor for the exterior actuator mechanism. In one embodiment, only the exterior actuator mechanism is situated outside the side extent of the container body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Barley
  • Publication number: 20140203589
    Abstract: A tarp deploying apparatus includes radial arm with a proximal arm and a distal arm. The distal arm is formed from a flexible material such as a double-walled hydraulic hose. The distal arm attaches to a tarp roller having a splined end. The distal arm is selectively removable from the distal arm to permit a hand crank with a female splined socket to be attached to the splined end of the tarp roller to permit hand operation of the tarp deploying system when the electric motor is not functional. A mounting bracket including two feet, a pair of legs and a support span allows easy mounting of the tarp deploying apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SIOUX CITY TARP, INC.
    Inventor: Donald William Bremer
  • Patent number: 8783602
    Abstract: A furling system adapted for use with an air cushion landing system (ACLS) coupled to a hull of an airship is disclosed. The furling system includes a deployable cover having two lateral edges. The cover is configured to cover at least a first portion of the ACLS when the cover is deployed. The furling system also includes a fairing that has an inlet and is coupled to the hull of the airship. The furling system also includes a pair of cables each coupled to at least one point along respective lateral edges of the cover. The pair of cables is configured to selectably draw the cover into the fairing through the inlet when the pair of cables is activated in a first direction, thereby stowing the cover and exposing the ACLS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: John Morehead, Malcolm Cox, Charles Eden, Robert Boyd, Nicholas Piini
  • Patent number: 8752881
    Abstract: In the coupling of bi-directional, non-freewheeling-type DC motors to the pulling spool of a canopy deployment strap and to a take-up roller, ratchet gears assure automatic alignment and synchronization of the deployment and retraction mechanisms. The reverse direction rotation of the unwinding motor can be uninhibited through the slipping of its ratchet gear when the winding motor is slow to take up the pulling strap or the tarp being wound thereon. The slipping provides sufficient slack to accommodate changes of spool and roller diameters as more material is successively wound thereon. A friction brake acting against a flange of the spool keeps it from spinning freely when not engaged by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Rory H. Chenowth
  • Publication number: 20140159417
    Abstract: A tonneau system for a pickup bed comprising a bracket system connectable with a sidewall of the pickup bed and a plurality of hingeable sections pivotally coupled to each other to define a continuous surface. Each of the plurality of hingeable sections being connected to adjacent hingeable sections to permit at least some of the plurality of hingeable sections to be rolled together into a generally circular cross-section to selectively reveal the pickup bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: TRUXEDO, INC.
    Inventors: RYAN RUSHER, Michael R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8733816
    Abstract: A cover assembly includes a roller member rotatably supported by a bracket assembly on one end of the intake hopper of an agricultural conveyor such that a sheet member rolled onto the roller member can be unrolled to span across the intake opening. The cover assembly also includes a support frame pivotally coupled to the intake hopper between a working position and a stored position. In the working position a portion of the frame is centrally located above the intake opening and protrudes upwardly beyond respective sides of the housing of the intake hopper to support the sheet member to slope downward from a central apex to prevent accumulation of precipitation thereon. In the stored position the support frame is shorter in height relative to the housing than in the working position and the sheet member is rolled onto the roller so as not to interfere with normal operation of the intake hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Meridian Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Metro Zazula
  • Publication number: 20140138982
    Abstract: A system for selectively covering and uncovering an opening of a trailer for trucks, comprising at least two tracks mounted to the trailer, at least two roller assemblies, each mounted for rolling movement along one of the tracks between a covered position and an uncovered position, an elongate roller bar extending between and supported by the at least two roller assemblies, and a drive mechanism operatively connected to the roller bar to rotate the roller bar about its elongate axis. The roller bar is adapted to receive a cover in a rolled configuration in which the opening of the trailer is not covered by the cover, when the roller assemblies are in the uncovered position. The roller bar is further adapted to receive the cover in an unrolled configuration in which the cover covers the opening, when the roller assemblies are in the covered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Petelka
  • Patent number: 8690223
    Abstract: An actuation assembly for a cover extendable over an open-topped container body from a stowed position to a deployed position includes two actuator mechanisms on each side of the body, each including at least one torsion spring having a base portion and at least one reaction end and at least one reaction post in contact with a corresponding reaction end of the at least one spring. In a first exterior actuator mechanism, the reaction post is connectable to the bail arm, while in the second interior actuator mechanism the reaction post is mountable to the container body. A common shaft extends between the base portions of the spring(s) of each actuator mechanism to transmit torque from the interior spring(s) to the exterior spring(s), serving as a rotating anchor for the exterior actuator mechanism. Only the exterior actuator mechanism is situated outside the side extent of the container body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Aero Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Barley
  • Patent number: 8684444
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compact covering for automobiles. This device is configured to be located on a windshield of vehicles, where it is anchored to the necks of side mirrors by elastic straps. The device has four rolls of cover-sheets and a housing which is constructed of two halves inserted fitly into each other. It is easily placed onto its working position by way of a wheel and suction-cups. Cover-sheets will be pulled out via apertures on the housing and stretched over the vehicle. To help pulling easily, each of the cover-sheets will have a pipe-shaped stopper attached at its outer end. Each of the pipe-shaped stoppers will have hooks which hooks onto the edge of the chassis of the vehicle. The axes of cover-sheets rolls are mounted with the constant springs, so they can rewind after each use. Brushes above the apertures will swipe off dust, tree leaves, etc. from cover-sheets when they are rewound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Thang Manh Dao
  • Patent number: 8678469
    Abstract: A soft top fabric cover supported by an internal frame work provides a removal end support rail in closest range to a cargo bed tail gate, contains a latch system which allows coupling or uncoupling of the fabric cover from both left and right side longitudinal rails. Further, both left and right longitudinal rails incorporate a full length downward angled slot which accepts an incorporated receiver located on the outer edges of the fabric cover. Upon tensioning, the fabric cover is securely coupled to its internal frame work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Vehicle Enhancement Labs
    Inventors: Shi Hang, Zheng Hongjuan
  • Patent number: 8672388
    Abstract: A tonneau system for a pickup bed comprising a bracket system connectable with a sidewall of the pickup bed and a plurality of hingeable sections pivotally coupled to each other to define a continuous surface. Each of the plurality of hingeable sections being connected to adjacent hingeable sections to permit at least some of the plurality of hingeable sections to be rolled together into a generally circular cross-section to selectively reveal the pickup bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Truxedo, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Rusher, Michael R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8641123
    Abstract: A system for covering a vehicle platform defining opposed ends. End elements are mountable to the vehicle platform adjacent its ends and a tarpaulin attachment element extends therebetween. A tarpaulin defines a tarpaulin movable end and a tarpaulin fixed portion extending in a parallel and spaced apart relationship relative to each other, the tarpaulin fixed portion being secured to the tarpaulin attachment element. An end rod is mounted to the tarpaulin adjacent the tarpaulin movable end and a support member is mounted to the tarpaulin a location intermediate the tarpaulin fixed portion and movable end. An actuator moves the tarpaulin between tarpaulin retracted and extended configurations. In the tarpaulin retracted configuration, at least part of the tarpaulin is wound around the end rod. In the tarpaulin extended configuration, the tarpaulin is unwound from the end rod and extends along the end elements, the support member abutting against the end elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Real Royer