Plural Roll Axes Relatively Shiftable Patents (Class 404/126)
  • Patent number: 9419424
    Abstract: A bushing structure for switchgear includes first and second separate support structures each having surfaces defining at least one opening. The support structures are coupled together so that the openings define a passage through the bushing structure and so that a slot is defined between the first and second support structures, surrounding the passage. A bushing is disposed in the passage and has a body, a bus receiving member, and a compression structure. The bus receiving member has an opening there-through sized to receive a bus bar. When the first and second support structures are coupled together with the bushing in the passage, the compression structure is disposed in the slot, sandwiched between the first and second support structures so that they exert pressure on the compression structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Robert S. Karnbach, Harshavardhan M. Karandikar, Rahul Pawar
  • Patent number: 8888405
    Abstract: A road roller is described comprising a front carriage and a rear carriage, which are interconnected by an articulated swivel joint, wherein the front carriage and the rear carriage each comprise a front carriage frame and a rear carriage frame. The front carriage frame and/or the rear carriage frame consist of beams including a main beam, which extends horizontally along the longitudinal median plane of the road roller and at one end of which the articulated swivel joint is disposed, and comprises two side beams diverging from the free end of the main beam to form a ā€œVā€. Disposed thereon are the supports for supporting the drums, wherein the side beams are upwardly oriented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Kreutz, Jens Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140044483
    Abstract: A road roller is described comprising a front carriage and a rear carriage, which are interconnected by an articulated swivel joint, wherein the front carriage and the rear carriage each comprise a front carriage frame and a rear carriage frame. The front carriage frame and/or the rear carriage frame consist of beams including a main beam, which extends horizontally along the longitudinal median plane of the road roller and at one end of which the articulated swivel joint is disposed, and comprises two side beams diverging from the free end of the main beam to form a ā€œVā€. Disposed thereon are the supports for supporting the drums, wherein the side beams are upwardly oriented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: BOMAG GMBH
    Inventors: Tobias Kreutz, Jens Wagner
  • Patent number: 7934886
    Abstract: Rolling apparatus for rolling of turf or grass surfaces is provided which includes a mobile main frame (11) and at least three undercarriages (61, 62, 63) attached to the main frame (11). Each undercarriage has one or more smoothing rollers (64) in the form of idler rollers; there is further provided a control frame for each of the undercarriages (61, 62, 63) pivotally mounted to each undercarriage with one (63) of the at least three undercarriages located rearwardly or forwardly of the other two (61, 62) undercarriages in a direction of travel of the rolling apparatus. In the direction of travel, each undercarriage is located adjacent to each other presenting substantially no gaps in a front view between adjoining undercarriages or smoothing rollers attached to the undercarriages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Tru Turf Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Raymond Jeffrey Dufty
  • Publication number: 20100086354
    Abstract: An extension plate for use in a compactor includes an elongate body extending between a first surface configured to be coupled to the compactor frame and a second surface configured to be coupled to a support of the compactor. The first surface includes a first opening aligning with an opening into an interior of the compactor. A second opening in at least one of the elongate body or the second surface communicates with the first opening to allow passage of a hose through the extension plate and through the opening in the frame into the interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products, Inc.
    Inventors: JOHN L. MARSOLEK, Ryan J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7614821
    Abstract: This invention relates to an impact compactor including a wheeled chassis structure and at least one non-round roller carried on an axle assembly. The axle assembly is rotatably mounted on a drag link, which is pivotally mounted on the chassis structure. The compactor includes also a lifting arrangement for lifting the roller from the ground, including a lifting arm, located above the drag link and pivotally displaceable with respect to the chassis structure, and a piston/cylinder mechanism for pivoting it. The lifting arm has a depending lifting formation that can releasably engage either one of the drag link and the axle assembly carried by the drag link for raising the roller from the ground. The configuration of the lifting arrangement provides for suitable accommodation of the piston/cylinder mechanism, which is problematic in some conventional-type compactors and associated with certain risks of mechanical failure during compaction operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Impact Compaction (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventor: Roger Arnold Stromsoe
  • Patent number: 7563053
    Abstract: A roller assembly is provided for connection behind a towing vehicle, for example a road grader vehicle. The roller assembly includes a frame supporting a plurality of walking beams extending generally in the forwarding working direction of the grader with packing rollers supported at each end thereof. Each walking beam is centrally pivoted on a support arm which is in turn pivoted on the frame to permit each pivot of each walking beam to be moveable generally upwardly and downwardly in relation to the pivots of the other walking beams. A common hydraulic circuit is arranged to provide a common downward force to the pivots of the walking beams. Pivoting movement of the walking beams accommodates for varying ground contours in the longitudinal direction while independent upward and downward movement of the walking beam pivots relative to one another permits accommodation of varying ground contours in the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Minic Industries Limited
    Inventors: Gary Tyhy, Alan Titheridge, Kevin Tyhy, Hilmar Agostinho, David Wallwin
  • Patent number: 7354222
    Abstract: A belted asphalt compactor and method are provided. The compactor includes a first unit with a roller frame. A second unit is coupled to the first unit, and is generally identical thereto. At least one mid roller and two end rollers are mounted in the roller frames, and a compactor belt extends about the rollers. Load adjusters are associated with each of the units and operable distribute a load among the rollers. A steering system is operable to rotate one of the first unit and the second unit about a vertical axis relative to the other unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald L. Satzler
  • Patent number: 7334964
    Abstract: A combination compacting and smoothing asphalt finishing machine comprising primary finishing elements which may be either compacting tires or smoothing rollers. The primary elements are driven and steered by engine and hydraulic mechanisms conventionally. The machine further comprises secondary asphalt finishing elements which complement the primary elements, being either smoothing rollers or ganged rubber tires. The secondary elements are pivotably attached to the frame of the machine. In a first position, the secondary elements are not in contact with the asphalt layer or with the primary elements and the weight of the machine is borne only by the primary elements. The secondary elements are hydraulically actuable and may be pivoted into a second position wherein only the secondary elements are in contact with the asphalt layer and are in driving contact with the primary elements which are thus raised from contact with the asphalt layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Inventors: Freddie Lee Brown, Sr., Freddie Lee Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6793437
    Abstract: A compaction roller particularly useful for vibration compaction of the shoulder area of roadways. The compactor is designed as an attachment for side-mounting to self-propelled or motorized machinery (e.g. a skid steer front loader). The compaction roller contains: (a) a front section comprising a frame connected to a front cylindrical roller; (b) a rear section comprising a frame connected to a rear cylindrical roller; (c) a joining means pivotally connecting said front and rear sections; and (d) a means for attaching to a self-propelled machinery in a side-mounted fashion. The pivoting compactor allows for simultaneous pinching and compacting on two different planes and reduces the hazards of operating a road roller compactor directly on a sloped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Kitko, Michael C. Wolf
  • Patent number: 6345932
    Abstract: A control system for an industrial vehicle having an articulated frame with front and rear movably connected frame halves. The control system includes a steering mechanism disposed between the frame halves and is configured to pivot the rear frame half about the front frame half. A first hydraulic actuator is operably connected with the steering mechanism. An offset mechanism is disposed between the frame halves and is configured to displace the rear frame half with respect to the front frame half in a direction generally toward one of the lateral sides of the vehicle. A second hydraulic actuator is operably connected with the offset mechanism. A hydraulic circuit includes a hydraulic fluid source and a selector valve device connected with the fluid source and with each of the first and second actuators. The selector valve is configured to selectively direct hydraulic fluid to the first actuator to operate the steering mechanism and alternatively to the second actuator to operate the offset mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Robert L. Fix
  • Patent number: 5851086
    Abstract: A road surface condition changing apparatus which increases a coefficient of friction between a wheel of a vehicle and a road surface without using any consumable materials. A cylinder member is provided in front of the wheel of the vehicle. The cylinder member is rotatable about a rotational axis corresponding to a longitudinal center of the cylinder member. The cylinder member is pressed against a road surface so as to change a road surface condition while being rotated. A support mechanism supports the cylinder member so that the rotational axis of the cylinder member is parallel to the road surface and is inclined with respect to the rotational axis of the wheel. Protrusions, brushes or a water absorbing material may be provided on an outer surface of the cylinder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ryoichi Kurasako
  • Patent number: 5562175
    Abstract: The invention relates to a dual steering system for a tandem-type surface compacting machine equipped with two independent steering modes, for example, a machine equipped with both frame steering (3) and with individual steering (6) of one of the rollers (4a). The invention provides a control of both systems, one enabled by a steering-wheel activated steering valve (11) and the other enabled by a joystick-activated control valve ( 12). The control valve ( 12) is operatively connected to the switching valves (14a to 14d) which are activated with an electric switch in such a way that the machine operator can instantly select the steering mode whose activation with the steering wheel or joystick he deems most appropriate at any given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Dynapac Heavy Equipment AB
    Inventors: Mats Bjorsne, Bo Svensson
  • Patent number: 5494375
    Abstract: A mobile, ground compacting vehicle includes a front row of compacting wheels and a rear row of compacting wheels. The rear row includes two spaced-apart, driven wheel assemblies, each wheel assembly carrying a pair of rims, with a and tire on each rim. A center wheel assembly carries a single rim and tire thereon and is positioned between the spaced-apart wheel assemblies. For replacement of an inner tire of the driven wheel assemblies, the center wheel assembly can be pivoted to the side to provide access to the adjacent wheel assembly lug nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Steve K. Yates
  • Patent number: 5337833
    Abstract: A machine for ironing golf greens employs two large-diameter rollers on opposite sides. Both rollers are hydrostatically driven, and they pivot in opposite directions for steering of the machine; one of them also oscillates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Salvatore J. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 5154439
    Abstract: An articulated utility vehicle having forward and rearward frame portions, each supported by a roller. A pair of fluid-powered rotary actuators are positioned between the front and rear frame portions of the vehicle. One actuator accomplishes side shifting of the rear frame portion relative to the front frame portion. The side shifting actuator has its drive shaft secured to the front frame portion and is oriented with its longtitudinal axis extending horizontally. The other actuator provides for steering of the vehicle. The steering actuator has its body rigidly attached to the rear frame portion and has its axis oriented vertically. The steering actuator is positioned immediately below the side shifting actuator, and has its drive shaft extending upwardly to pivotally couple to a clevis rigidly attached to the body of the side shifting actuator. The actuators can be separately and simultaneously operated to achieve separate and simultaneous steering and side shifting of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Inventor: Paul R. Weyer
  • Patent number: 4913584
    Abstract: A screeding machine has mounted thereon, in a trailing position, a finishing roller 51 which is driven at a rotational speed sufficient to impart a polish or patina to the surface of the paving material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventors: James D. Garner, John M. Hinnant
  • Patent number: 4793735
    Abstract: A vibratory roller having four drums that can be vibrated. The drums are driven individually, and are mounted in pairs in respective supports. One of the supports is attached to a front frame, and the other support is attached to a rear frame. The object of the invention is to improve the steering condition of vibratory rollers, and especially of trench rollers, in such a way that on the one hand changes in direction during normal travel, or small corrections in direction, can be rapidly undertaken without damaging the already compacted surface of the ground, and that on the other hand it is also possible to make sharp changes in direction practically on the spot. Previously known types of steering for vibratory rollers, namely fifth-wheel steering, transfer steering, articulated steering, and panzer steering, do not permit such a diversified steering condition. Pursuant to the invention, the desired steering condition is achieved by interconnecting the front and rear frames via a hinged or swivel coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Wacker Werke GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Julius Paukert
  • Patent number: 4765773
    Abstract: A mobile paint application and microwave drying apparatus has a downwardly open hollow frame forming a microwave cavity movable over a surface on rollers. The interior cavity of the frame is coated with microwave absorbent material, as are the rollers. The frame in the front and rear conforms to the rollers with a certain gap and ends above the surface at a certain distance. Treads extend between the front and rear rollers on each side and have a thickness which is greater than the gap and distance so as to create a circuitous path from the cavity which blocks microwave radiation. A paint spray nozzle is located in the cavity and applies paint to the surface. This paint is rapidly dried by a microwave generator which is positioned in the cavity and directs radiation onto the wet paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Inventor: Harry C. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 4679962
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automotive rolling machine having a main frame section and a lengthy roller equipped to at least one side of the main frame section. The roller is tapered at the outer peripheries of its end portions, whereby, at the time of changing the advancing direction of the roller, the paved surface is not damaged by the outer peripheral angular portions of the roller. The main frame section has a frame at the front and rear end portions of which slider guides are laterally equipped in such a manner that sliders are slidably fitted into the slider guides. At the central portions of the sides of the frame, center pins are vertically supported. And to the underside of the center pins are fixed the central portions of lower frame members supporting the rollers as viewed in the longitudinal direction. The front and rear end portions of the lower frame members are connected to the sliders so that the lower frame members may be movable with respect to the sliders. Thus, the machine has high steerability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1987
    Assignee: Taisei Road Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tohru Mihara, Kiyoshi Sato, Yasuo Terauchi
  • Patent number: 4662779
    Abstract: A road roller includes a pair of rotatable roller drums each having axially opposite end portions and an axis of rotation, the roller drums pivot between a first position at which the roller drums are generally in line with the direction of travel with the axes thereof generally parallel and a second position at which the roller drums are generally laterally offset relative to each other in the direction of travel, the pivoting is effected by a generally vertical pivot axis lying in the plane of the axis of rotation of one of the roller drums and adjacent one of its axial end portions, a pair of frames positioned one relative to each of the roller drums and having opposite first and second end portions, a carrier position in the direction of travel and generally transversely to the axes of rotation of the roller drums in the first and second positions, the carrier having opposite end portions, one of the carrier end portions being connected at the vertical pivot axis to the first end portion of one of the rol
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventor: Benno Kaltenegger
  • Patent number: 4614486
    Abstract: A machine for compacting and leveling a poured floor covering. The machine includes a frame having a pair of side members and a pair of parallel, ground engaging, cylindrical rollers rotatably supported on the side members and supporting the frame for movement in forward and reverse directions. A screw member is rotatably supported on the side members and has a right-hand screw segment over a portion of the length thereof and a left-hand screw segment over a remainder portion of the length thereof. If desired, a second screw member, a trowelling mechanism and a vibratory mechanism, can be provided. Structure is provided on the front screw member for pushing the material arriving at the region between the screw segments forwardly of the machine, the leveled material passing under the screw member, as the machine is moved forwardly, being compacted by successive passage beneath the cylindrical rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1986
    Inventor: Bruno Bragagnini
  • Patent number: 4505349
    Abstract: In the embodiment disclosed, the invention comprises a single, dual-piston cylinder, operable by hydraulic fluid, interpositioned between a pair of pivotably coupled, vehicular units. The cylinder is pivotably secured to pivot coupling elements which join the units, and each piston has its translating rod pivotably coupled to one of the units. Ports opening into the cylinder admit and discharge operating, pressured, hydraulic fluid (a) to displace the pistons apart, whereby a first crab steering is effected, (b) to move the pistons into mutual proximity, whereby a second, alternate crab steering is affected, (c) to displace the pistons in unison, in a first direction, whereby a left-hand or right-hand steering is effected, or (d) to displace the pistons in unison, in an opposite direction, whereby the opposite-handed steering is effected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1985
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Bernard J. Murphy
  • Patent number: 4471850
    Abstract: In the exemplary embodiment shown, the vehicle is a drum-type asphalt compactor having a pair of drum-compactor units coupled together for steering articulation. The units have prescribed axes of travel, and are coupled together for travel with the axes in line with, transverse to, or offset from, each other. A hydraulic piston and cylinder actuator displaces a coupling link, which is commonly, pivotedly joined to the units, to bring the travel axes into a transverse disposition. Another link or lock bar, freely engageable and disengageable from one of the units, is used also to couple the units together for the purpose of cooperating with the actuator and coupling link to bring the travel axes into an offset, parallelism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventor: Dana R. Rotz
  • Patent number: 4109742
    Abstract: An hydraulic system controlling the steering and width of an articulated expandable tandem roller turns both rolls at the same time in opposite directions when the machine is being steered or in the same direction when being expanded or contracted. An operator controlled electrical system, also governing travel of the machine in either opposite direction, controls steering and width adjustment and automatically reverses the "hand" of the steering when the direction of travel of the machine is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1978
    Assignee: Iowa Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Louis F. Fairchild, Robert R. Brecht
  • Patent number: 3966345
    Abstract: A tandem road roller having a pair of rolls arranged one behind the other which are capable of both pivoting relative to each other to negotiate curves and being offset relative to each other to vary the width of the roller track. The roller comprises a first frame member carried on the front roll, a second frame member carried on the rear roll, a connecting bar member hinged at opposite ends to the first and second frame members between the rolls, and an actuating mechanism operating on the first and second frame members to control their angular relationship and to control their lateral offset. Preferably the actuating mechanism includes two fluid pressure operated double-acting piston and cylinder assemblies and in this case one of the piston and cylinder assemblies is preferably arranged parallel to but spaced apart from the intermediate frame member and the other piston and cylinder assembly is connected diagonally between the one piston and cylinder assembly and the intermdiate frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1974
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1976
    Assignee: Koehring GmbH -- Bomag Division
    Inventor: Ferdinand Kofel
  • Patent number: 3947142
    Abstract: A tandem drum-type pavement compacting machine having front and rear drums journaled in substantially identical yokes, each of which is connected with the chassis of the machine for steering rotation about a vertical axis which intersects the axis of its respective drum midway of its axial width, and wherein the front end portion of the chassis to which the yoke of the front drum is steerably connected, is joined to the main section of the chassis by a trunnion or swivel connection that provides for relative oscillation or rocking motion between the front and rear drums about a horizontal axis extending fore and aft along the centerline of the machine and intersecting the vertical steering axes of the drums. An operator's platform is fixed with respect to the yoke of the rear drum and overlies the rear portion of the main section of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1976
    Assignee: Raygo, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry H. Takata, Norman A. Bauer