Process Patents (Class 404/72)
  • Patent number: 9989954
    Abstract: A facility for automated modelling of the cutting process for a particular material to be cut by a beam cutting tool, such as a waterjet cutting system, from empirical data to predict aspects of the waterjet's effect on the workpiece across a range of material thicknesses, across a range of cutting geometries, and across a range of cutting quality levels, all of which may be broader than, and independent of the actual requirements for a target workpiece, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: OMAX Corporation
    Inventors: Axel H. Henning, James M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 9897123
    Abstract: Connector to slip-fit into a cross-shaped gap between barriers. The barriers are engaged by a lock extending in the gap into slots through sidewalls terminating the barriers. The connector includes a saddle and fork. The saddle includes a base plate and peripheral plates. The base plate is to extend over the gap and partially atop the barriers. The peripheral plates are to be disposed over front and back walls of the barriers. The base plate and peripheral plates define open ends. The fork extends below the base plate and includes a base, flanges, and legs. The base is to he disposed atop the lock between the sidewalls. The flanges are disposed transversely to the base forming a cross-shaped structure to be disposed atop the lock with the flanges extended toward the open ends into the slots. The legs extend separately from the base to straddle the lock between the sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: JCNY Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Esposito, Carlos A. Casal
  • Patent number: 9864347
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for optimizing an operating function of a ground milling machine by way of the adaptation of operating parameters and to a ground milling machine which is implemented, in particular, for carrying out this method. In an essential aspect an operating parameter of a milling machine is provided starting from a starting value of the operating parameter to optimize an operating function of the ground milling machine in milling operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Laux, Marco Reuter
  • Patent number: 9637868
    Abstract: A bitumen containing composition, comprising bitumen and a phosphate compound, which is obtainable by the esterification of a polyhydric alcohol having at least three hydroxyl groups, with a carboxylic acid having 8-24 carbon atoms, preferably 12-22 carbon atoms, or a derivative thereof, wherein at least one but not all of the hydroxyl groups are esterified, provided that when the polyhydric alcohol has 5 or more hydroxyl groups then at least two but not all of the hydroxyl groups are esterified, followed by reacting the ester obtained with a phosphatising reagent; wherein the said composition is not a bitumen-in-water emulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AKZO NOBEL CHEMICALS INTERNATIONAL B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Nordberg, Daniel Hagberg, Natalija Gorochovceva
  • Patent number: 9574311
    Abstract: A vibratory pod system for a vibratory compactor includes a central bulkhead defining a first mounting orifice and a plurality of second mounting orifices. The first mounting orifice is defined at a center of the central bulkhead and the second mounting orifices are defined at a location radially outward from the first mounting orifice. The vibratory pod system includes a transfer bearing hub supporting a transfer shaft for transferring rotary motion, and the transfer bearing hub is mounted within the first mounting orifice. The vibratory pod system includes a plurality of vibratory pods, each of the vibratory pods having a pod shell for rotatably supporting an eccentric mass. Each of the vibratory pods is partially inserted through one of the plurality of second mounting orifices and mounted to the central bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: John Marsolek
  • Patent number: 9534348
    Abstract: A paving machine for reducing transition marks in a mat. The paving machine may comprise a frame, a tow arm, a screed assembly, a sensor and a controller. The screed assembly includes a main screed plate and an extension plate. The main screed plate is configured to pave a first surface section of the mat. The extension plate includes an extension trailing edge having an inner end. The extension plate is configured to pave a second surface section of the mat. The sensor is configured to sense transition marks in the mat proximal to an intersection between the first and second surface sections and to transmit data indicative of such to the controller. The controller may be configured to determine from the data received from the sensor when the inner end is disposed above or below the first plane, and move the inner end to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Federico Rio, Ricky Leon Mings
  • Patent number: 9447549
    Abstract: A road finishing machine, comprising a screed for laying a paving layer on a subsoil and at least one temperature sensor. According to the disclosure, the temperature sensor is fixed to the road finishing machine and directed to the subsoil such that it may detect a temperature at least of a region of the subsoil which is located in front of the screed, seen in the direction of travel. In accordance with the disclosure, the temperature data of the subsoil region may be georeferenced and sent to a following compacting vehicle for determining a rolling pattern, said vehicle determining or adapting its rolling pattern based on said data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventors: Martin Buschmann, Tobias Gotterbarm, Arnold Rutz
  • Patent number: 9441332
    Abstract: This invention is in the field of road construction as it relates to improving the quality and lifetime of asphalt roads and pavement surfaces. The invention relates to methods and compositions utilizing co-polymers in combination with soil to form improved subgrade soil binder compositions for supporting asphalt roads and pavement surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: THE TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM 3369 TAMU
    Inventors: Howard J. M. Hanley, Eyad A. Masad, Srinath R. Iyengar, Ana K. Rodriguez, Hassan S. Bazzi
  • Patent number: 9394653
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a road finishing machine with a thermographic device releasably fixed to a portion of the machine for recording a georeferenced thermographic data record of at least one region of a pavement layer. The thermographic device includes a housing in which a detection unit for detecting a thermographic data record and a further detection unit for detecting a space-related data record for the thermographic data record are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventors: Arnold Rutz, Henning Delius, Martin Buschmann, Tobias Gotterbarm, Christian Pawlik
  • Patent number: 9359727
    Abstract: A paving machine for spreading, leveling and finishing concrete having a main frame, center module, bolsters laterally movably, and a crawler track associated with respective aft and forward ends of the bolsters. A bolster swing leg for each crawler track supports an upright jacking column. A worm gear drive permits rotational movements of the crawler track and the jacking column. A hinge bracket is interposed between each swing leg and a surface of the bolsters to enable pivotal movements of the swing leg. A length-adjustable holder engages the pivot pin on the hinge bracket and pivotally engages the swing leg. The holder permits pivotal motions of the swing leg in its length-adjustable configuration and prevents substantially any motion of the swing leg in its fixed-length configuration. A feedback loop cooperates with transducers keeping the crawler tracks position. The paving machine can be reconfigured into a narrowed transport configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: GUNTERT & ZIMMERMAN CONST. DIV., INC.
    Inventors: Ronald M. Guntert, Jr., Gerald L. Dahlinger, Richard Wood Francis
  • Patent number: 9341327
    Abstract: A concrete paver comprising a workbridge, which moves along a path to be paved. A carriage mounted on and reciprocating along a longitudinal axis of the workbridge, which is orthogonal to the path to be paved. A plurality of electrical lights disposed on and illuminating a surface which is fixed relative to the carriage, but variable or moving with respect to the workbridge. The electrical lights providing a substantially constant illumination to workers who work with the concrete surface as the carriage moves along the workbridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Terex USA, LLC
    Inventor: John C Sweeney
  • Patent number: 9309632
    Abstract: An automotive construction machine, in particular a slipform paver or a road milling machine, has at least one front running gear and one rear running gear in the working direction. As the construction machine advances, the lifting systems of the front running gear are extended or retracted such that the machine frame remains in a predetermined orientation to the surface of the ground in the longitudinal direction. Irregularities in the ground surface are detected as the construction machine advances, and the position of the front lifting systems, predetermined by the control or regulating unit, is monitored to keep the machine frame in a predetermined orientation to the ground surface. As the construction machine advances, the control of the rear lifting systems is engaged with a time delay subject to the control of the front lifting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Matthias Fritz, Achim Busenbender, Cyrus Barimani, Günter Hähn
  • Patent number: 9298991
    Abstract: An apparatus for locating, inspecting, or placing marks on a roadway. The apparatus includes a GPS-based machine vision locator for sampling discrete geographical location data of a pre-existing roadway mark evident on the roadway. A computer may determine a continuous smooth geographical location function fitted to the sampled geographical location data. And a marker is responsive to the GPS-based locator and geographical location function for replicating automatically the pre-existing roadway mark onto the roadway. The apparatus is typically part of a moving vehicle. A related method is disclosed for locating, inspecting, and placing marks on a resurfaced roadway. A similar apparatus can be used to guide a vehicle having a snow plow along a snow-covered roadway, or a paving machine along an unpaved roadway surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: LimnTech LLC
    Inventors: Douglas D. Dolinar, William R. Haller
  • Patent number: 9230177
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for determining the geographical location of a roadway mark or portion thereof not meeting roadway mark standards data. The system includes a GPS antenna; a GPS receiver responsive to the GPS antenna for determining the geographical location of the GPS antenna; and a system responsive to the GPS receiver. The system (a) determines the GPS geographical location of the roadway mark or portion thereof, (b) determines characteristic data of the roadway mark or portion thereof, (c) inputs roadway mark standards data, (d) compares the roadway characteristic data with the roadway mark standards data, and (e) determines the geographical location of the roadway mark or portion thereof based upon the comparison of the roadway characteristic and standards data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: LimnTech LLC
    Inventors: Douglas D. Dolinar, William R. Haller
  • Patent number: 9200415
    Abstract: A method for preparing a screed assembly for starting a new paving operation is provided. The screed assembly is reset to a pre-stored screed position in response to a user command. A user defined paving depth associated with the new paving operation is received. The screed assembly is positioned to rest on a paving surface and to a float mode in response to a user command. An angle of attack of the screed assembly associated with the new paving operation is set in response to a user command. Further, a height of the screed assembly is adjusted based on the user defined paving depth. A confirmation message indicative of the screed assembly prepared for the new paving operation is provided to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Toby A. Frelich, Jameson M. Smieja, Ricky L. Mings
  • Patent number: 9181662
    Abstract: A screed assembly includes a screed assembly frame and a screed plate removably connected to the screed assembly frame to define a space between the screed assembly frame and the screed plate. A heating element and a hold down device for securing the heating element can be provided in the space between the screed assembly frame and the screed plate. The heating element is configured to be removed from the space by sliding the heating element out of the space and disengaging the heating element from the hold down device without removing the screed plate from the screed assembly frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Kopacz, Timothy Wehrenberg, Joseph P. Spee, Tobin D. Rasmusson, Igor Ramos, LaTanya Turner, John Jorgensen
  • Patent number: 9127414
    Abstract: A paving machine includes a screed. The screed further includes an endgate, a mount, a platform, and a pavement edge forming member. The pavement edge forming member has a longitudinal member and a shaping plate coupled to the longitudinal member and is inclined at an angle to a non-paved surface. The shaping plate is configured to form a ramped surface between a mat and the non-paved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony P. Steinhagen
  • Patent number: 9057162
    Abstract: A portion of a street surface to be removed for access to a manhole cover is defined by placing a design mask on the street with a cutout overlying an electronic marker embedded in the street proximate the manhole. The design mask is oriented such that a larger cutout overlies the manhole cover, by aligning the design mask along an established direction. The design mask can be a template with a circular cutout, or a stencil with a ring cutout. When the marker is located proximate a curb line, the established direction may correspond to a normal from the curb line. A rectangular design mask can be oriented by keeping an edge of the design mask which is closest to a curb line parallel with the curb line. Alternatively, a compass heading may be used, and a pointer feature of the design mask can be aligned with the compass heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventor: Joe T. Minarovic
  • Patent number: 9011038
    Abstract: A method and a system for applying a road surface using a mixing plant for producing laying material, a road finishing machine processing the laying material to a road surface, and a supply chain transporting the laying material from the mixing plant to the road finishing machine. Request commands are transmitted from the road finishing machine to the mixing plant and/or to the supply chain, and, depending on these request commands, the production rate of the laying material in the mixing plant, the temperature of the laying material produced in the mixing plant, and/or the mass flow of laying material supplied to the road finishing machine per time unit by means of the supply chain are adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Joseph Vogele AG
    Inventors: Martin Buschmann, Ralf Weiser, Arnold Rutz, Achim Eul
  • Publication number: 20150093193
    Abstract: A slipform paver includes a chassis 2 able to be adjusted in the heightwise direction and having a mounting unit 10 arranged on the chassis for fastening on an arrangement 8 for molding flowable material. The slipform paver is characterised in that the mounting unit 10 for fastening on the concrete mold 8 is mounted on the chassis 2 of the paver to be pivotable on an axis 14 extending in the direction of operation of the slipform paver. To produce parts of a structure whose orientation varies along their length, the concrete mold fastened 8 to the mounting unit is pivoted on the axis of pivot 14 by means of a pivoter unit 15 whereas the chassis of the paver maintains its orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Markus Zimmermann, Ralf Schug, Cyrus Barimani, Günter Hähn
  • Publication number: 20150086268
    Abstract: A system for controlling a cutting machine for cutting continuous sinusoidal strips in a road surface includes a rotatable cutting head, a cylinder for driving the cutting head out of and into contact with the road surface, and a controller. The controller is programmed to execute an input/output function to control the cylinder to cut a subsurface sinusoidal strip wherein the cutting drum remains in the road surface once the cutting operation begins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: H. Matthew JOHNSON, Jeffrey M. DOWS
  • Patent number: 8985894
    Abstract: A method of constructing a pump island protector to alleviate continuous maintenance required for a deteriorating existing steel pump island base, and a pump island protector constructed by the method. Using an adjustable form system and the combination of stainless steel members and new concrete, the existing pump island is re-wrapped with the stainless steel member and the new concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Peter R. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8985892
    Abstract: A method of constructing a pump island protector to alleviate continuous maintenance required for a deteriorating existing steel pump island base, and a pump island protector constructed by the method. Using an adjustable form system and the combination of stainless steel members and new concrete, the existing pump island is re-wrapped with the stainless steel member and the new concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Peter R Hunter
  • Patent number: 8979422
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cast-iron cover fitted with at least one traffic-bearing surface which in turn comprises at least segment-wise a wear-resistant layer constituted by chilling the cast iron. Preferably the wear-resistant layer exhibits a Brinell hardness larger than 275 HBW but less than 350 HBW. A method of the invention furthermore relates to manufacturing a cast-iron cover, first manufacturing a shaped body. Then an activation layer is made within the shaped body. Cast iron is poured-in in a way to be at least partly chilled at a contact surface with the activation layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: MeierGuss Limburg GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Künze, Stefan Weis, Peter Merkl
  • Patent number: 8979423
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for controlling material feed for asphalt pavers. The material feed system includes a screed, feeder conveyor and a spreader auger. A sensor measures a material volume and transmits this information to an electronic control module (ECM). This information may be used as the target material volume, which the ECM may use to calculate a corresponding conveyor speed and auger speed. The sensor monitors the material volume as paving commences, and the ECM maintains the initial calibrated target size by adjusting the auger and conveyor rotational speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jameson Michael Smieja
  • Patent number: 8967908
    Abstract: In a slipform paver with a tractor including a machine frame with longitudinal members and telescopable cross members, the machine frame comprises a central frame module in which the cross members are supported in a telescopable fashion. A mold adjustable to the working width comprises at least one permanent central mold element fixed relative to the central frame module and at least one permanent outer mold element movable relative to the central frame module. The permanent outer mold element is permanently attached to one of the cross members and/or one of the longitudinal members and the outer mold element is movable together with the cross member and/or the longitudinal member during the adjustment of the working width of the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Thieme, Cyrus Barimani, Günter Hähn
  • Publication number: 20150056013
    Abstract: A permeable paving mat for installation onto a surface. The mat includes a top side, a bottom side, a notched side, and a continuous side, and is composed of shapes forming a structure. The top side includes a series of groves at the edges of the shapes with the corner of the shapes including an aperture to allow for the infiltration of water from the top side. The notched side secures to an adjacent notched side through interlocking with the continuous side including a plurality of through holes to receive a fiberglass rod. The continuous sides are secured to each other by using an extended rod. The bottom side of the shapes are frustum shaped to provide a raised surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Brown
  • Patent number: 8962071
    Abstract: Cold-in-place asphalt recycling is disclosed. A foamed asphalt may be produced by injecting water and optionally compressed air into a hot asphalt stream. A lubricating surfactant may be added to the hot asphalt stream to improve performance. The foamed asphalt may be mixed with reclaimed material to provide a uniformly coated paving material that can compacted to a desired density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Alm Holding Co.
    Inventors: Gerald H. Reinke, David Lange, Gaylon L. Baumgardner, Ervin Dukatz
  • Patent number: 8961065
    Abstract: A method of milling asphalt is disclosed. The result of a survey of the unmilled asphalt pavement surface adjacent to the area to be milled is received. The result of the survey is stored in a computer memory. A map of the design surface specifying the design elevation of the milled surface over the area to be milled is stored in the computer memory. The relative elevation of the unmilled asphalt pavement surface adjacent to the area to be milled with respect to the machine body and rotatable milling drum of an asphalt milling machine is sensed. The elevation of the bottom surface of the rotatable milling drum is determined using a computer processor. The elevation of the milling machine body and the rotatable milling drum is automatically adjusted such that the milling drum mills the asphalt surface to the design elevation over the area to be milled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventors: Jeroen Snoeck, Richard Paul Piekutowski
  • Publication number: 20150030391
    Abstract: The invention relates to a binder composition comprising water glass and psyllium. It relates further to path material comprising such a binder composition, and to the use of the binder composition for binding an aggregate. The invention relates further to a method for providing a traffic area or parts of a traffic area, wherein the binder composition is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Sven Fritsche
  • Publication number: 20150023731
    Abstract: A system and method for forming concrete tiles for use in concrete walkways and concrete patios and courtyards. The system includes a unitary frame with two or more slanted sidewalls with a plurality of pickup points placed within an interior opening of the unitary frame. Concrete poured into the interior opening of the frame forms a beveled or slanted concrete sidewalk tile. The pickup points are buried in the beveled concrete sidewalk tiles. When an opening in the pickup points is uncovered, a means to pick and place the beveled concrete sidewalk tiles is provided. Slanted or beveled sidewalls prevent binding to or interference with adjacent slanted or beveled sidewalk tiles to facilitate lifting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Brent M. Kaylor, Steven T. Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20150010354
    Abstract: A removable and serviceable paving apparatus including an access port for providing access to the interior of the slab. The access port is operable to improve access to components of the paving system prior to, during, and/or after installation. The paving apparatus further includes a removable fastener for improving removability and serviceability. The removable fastener attaches the paving apparatus to its neighboring structures to form a paving surface, may be disengaged from the neighboring structures for removal, repair and/or service of the paving apparatus, and may be re-engaged upon re-installation of the paving apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: INTEGRATED ROADWAYS, LLC
    Inventor: Tim SYLVESTER
  • Publication number: 20150010351
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Publication number: 20150010352
    Abstract: An end treatment array for crash attenuation includes a transition barrier module formed of side walls, end walls, a top wall, and a bottom wall, wherein the module walls together define an enclosed interior space. The end treatment array further includes a containment impact sled having an axially extending frame. The frame has a width sufficient to contain the transition barrier module within the frame when in an assembled configuration, and has an axial length which is at least one-half the length of the transition barrier module. The frame defines an interior volume, the purpose of which is to contain a substantial portion of the transition barrier module in the assembled configuration, and to contain debris caused by destruction of the plastic barrier modules in a vehicular impact. The containment impact sled is attached to the transition barrier module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: TRAFFIX DEVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Geoffrey B. Maus, Felipe Almanza, Jeremy Smith
  • Publication number: 20140369749
    Abstract: Among the various aspects of the present disclosure is the provision of a methods and compositions for the installation and formation of roads and construction materials. The use of base materials and stabilizing agent provide affordable roads and construction materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Robert D. Friedman, Donald Hawkridge
  • Publication number: 20140363230
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a paving screed to be employed on a road finisher. The paving screed according to the disclosure comprises a base screed, the operating width of which may be modified by protractable extending units and/or separate removable bolt-on extensions. The paving screed also includes a plurality of side plates, each being mountable on an outer end of the base screed or an extending unit or a bolt-on extension and which delimit the operating width. At least one reference element for determining the operating width is provided on one of the side plates, and that the at least one reference element is detectable by one or more sensor units when the side plates are each mounted on the outer ends of the base screed, an extending unit or a bolt-on extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Martin BUSCHMANN, Ralf WEISER
  • Publication number: 20140348584
    Abstract: A construction machine apparatus includes a plurality of ground engaging supports, a machine frame supported from the ground engaging supports and a milling drum supported from the machine frame. A milling drum location detection system is configured to determine a drum location in an external reference system. A location indicator system includes a memory configured to store information identifying a location of one or more areas to be avoided in the external reference system, and a controller configured to compare the drum location to the location of the one or more areas to be avoided, and to provide an output corresponding to a proximity of the milling drum to the location of the one or more areas to be avoided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Matthias Fritz, Christian Berning, Cyrus Barimani, Günter Hähn
  • Patent number: 8894320
    Abstract: The apparatus and method provide for the removal of well fluids from well cuttings and a method of disposal thereof. A vibratory separator mechanically shakes the well fluids from the cuttings into a first compartment and the well cuttings fall into a second compartment. Once the well cuttings are dried, cement kiln dust (CKD) is added to neutralize any remaining well fluids on the well cuttings. The neutralized well cuttings are applied to the roadbed of a gravel or dirt road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Environmental Recovery Solutions & Rental, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Horton, Jr., Larry O. Williams
  • Patent number: 8894321
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a warm mix asphalt comprising a hydrated lime slurry additive, methods of producing the same, methods of producing an asphalt pavement and methods of paving a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Western Emulsions, Inc.
    Inventors: Iain Jack, Willer de Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8888404
    Abstract: A spraying device for introducing a fluid into the working chamber of a construction machine for processing ground or road surfaces comprises at least one outlet nozzle by which the fluid is introduced into the working chamber, a line system by which the fluid is conveyed to the at least one outlet nozzle, and a control unit by which the fluid supply to the outlet nozzle is controllable. The present invention further relates to a construction machine for processing ground or road surfaces, especially a milling machine for milling off road or ground surfaces, a stabilizer for stabilizing ground of low bearing capacity and a recycler for repairing pavements in need of repair, comprising such a spraying device, and a method for operating a working device of such a construction machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: BOMAG GmbH
    Inventors: Juergen Heusinger, Andreas Nacke, Thorsten Joerig
  • Patent number: 8882385
    Abstract: A composite tack film is provided. The composite tack film includes a) a first polymer layer including a thermally conductive polymer having a melting temperature of less than about 100° C.; b) a second polymer layer adjacent the first polymer layer, the second polymer layer including a visco-elastic, thermally conductive polymer having a melting temperature of less than about 110° C.; and c) a third polymer layer adjacent the second polymer layer, the third polymer layer including a thermally insulative polymer having a melting temperature of less than about 100° C. Further included is a method of reinforcing pavement with the aforementioned composite tack film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain ADFORS Canada, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Yu, Fei Wang
  • Publication number: 20140328620
    Abstract: A barrier assembly includes a barrier having a chamber adapted to hold a ballast, an inlet being formed on the barrier in communication with the chamber. A flag assembly includes a post having a first end and an opposing second end with a flag disposed on the first end. A retainer is disposed on the post and includes a catch radially outwardly projecting from the post, the catch being movable between an outwardly extended position and an inwardly retracted position, the catch resiliently urging toward the extended position when in the retracted position, the first end of the post being received within the inlet on the barrier so that the catch is disposed within the chamber in the extended position, the catch being configured so that the first end of the post cannot be pulled out through the inlet without moving the catch to the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Marc E. Christensen, James Schaffner
  • Publication number: 20140314479
    Abstract: A barrier system includes a plurality of elongated barriers each having longitudinally spaced ends, each configured with a connector having a pair of laterally spaced openings. The barriers are arranged in an end-to-end configuration, wherein at least two adjacent barriers are arranged with both of the pairs of openings of adjacent connectors being aligned. In one embodiment, at least two other adjacent barriers may be arranged with only one of the openings in each pair of adjacent connectors being aligned. A barrier and methods of assembling a barrier system are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: TRINITY HIGHWAY PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: BARRY D. STEPHENS, JAMES B. WELCH
  • Publication number: 20140308073
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a road finishing machine, comprising a screed for laying a paving layer on a subsoil and at least one temperature sensor. According to the disclosure, the temperature sensor is fixed to the road finishing machine and directed to the subsoil such that it may detect a temperature at least of a region of the subsoil which is located in front of the screed, seen in the direction of travel. In accordance with the disclosure, the temperature data of the subsoil region may be georeferenced and sent to a following compacting vehicle for determining a rolling pattern, said vehicle determining or adapting its rolling pattern based on said data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: JOSEPH VOEGELE AG
    Inventor: Henning DELIUS
  • Patent number: 8851792
    Abstract: A rotary mixer herein includes: a rotor chamber configured to receive a first surface and produce a reclaimed surface, the rotor chamber including: a front door, a rear door, and a rotor; a particle size detector configured to detect a particle size of the reclaimed surface; and an electronic control module (ECM) electronically coupled to the rotor chamber and the particle sensor, the ECM configured to: receive a particle size from the particle sensor, compare the detected particle size to a desired particle size, adjust the degree of pulverization of the reclaimed surface according to the difference between the detected particle size and the desired particle size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Schlenker, Brent P. Bachmeier, Jason W. Muir, Mario J. Souraty, Maria L. Biberdorf
  • Patent number: 8843279
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and sensor apparatus for determining a spatial positioning of loading equipment is disclosed. The loading equipment has an operating implement for loading a payload, the operating implement being coupled to a support for movement relative to the support. The apparatus includes an orientation sensor disposed on the support and being operable to produce an orientation signal representing an orientation of the support. The apparatus also includes a displacement sensor operable to produce a displacement signal representing a displacement of the operating implement relative to the support. The apparatus further includes a processor circuit operably configured to receive the orientation signal and the displacement signal, use a kinematic model of the loading equipment to compute a spatial positioning of the loading equipment, and produce an output signal representing the spatial positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Motion Metrics International Corp.
    Inventors: Shahram Tafazoli Bilandi, Amir Mohammad Ahani, Abdol Rasul Rasuli
  • Publication number: 20140270949
    Abstract: An improved road basket including a non-metallic dowel, a first support frame including a first support frame first leg and a first support frame first cup moldably secured to the dowel first end, and a second support frame including a second support frame first leg and a second support frame first cup moldably secured to the dowel second end. Multiple dowels can be secured in similar fashion to additional leg members. Preferably, the first support frame first leg and a first support frame second leg are connected by a base frame member. In addition, the first support frame first leg and the first support frame second leg may be connected by an intermediate frame member. The frame may be constructed of a single piece. The dowel is preferably made from fiberglass or glass fiber reinforced polymer and the frame is preferably high density polyethylene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Timothy P. Heady, Joseph L. Keeran
  • Publication number: 20140270941
    Abstract: A pavement marker includes a plastic base having an exposed upper surface, a reflector supported by the plastic base, and a metal rub rail coupled to the plastic base. The rub rail has an exposed rub surface positioned above the exposed upper surface of the plastic base. Methods of making and installing a pavement marker are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: JOHN D. INTAGLIATA
  • Publication number: 20140270950
    Abstract: A rotary mixer herein includes: a rotor chamber configured to receive a first surface and produce a reclaimed surface, the rotor chamber including: a front door, a rear door, and a rotor; a particle size detector configured to detect a particle size of the reclaimed surface; and an electronic control module (ECM) electronically coupled to the rotor chamber and the particle sensor, the ECM configured to: receive a particle size from the particle sensor, compare the detected particle size to a desired particle size, adjust the degree of pulverization of the reclaimed surface according to the difference between the detected particle size and the desired particle size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR PAVING PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Brian J. Schlenker, Brent P. Bachmeier, Jason W. Muir, Mario J. Souraty, Maria L. Biberdorf
  • Publication number: 20140255095
    Abstract: A method for construction of earthen fills that comprises use of actual, cumulative field compaction energy generated by soil compactors as a function of rolling resistance with soil densification, to determine the asymptotic energy-density approach range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Earthworks Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Philip A. Tritico