Vehicle Mounted Patents (Class 406/39)
  • Patent number: 10915353
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for an intelligent processor for user-provided routines (IPUR) in a transaction processing system are provided. An interface module, interposed between a transaction processing module and a user-provided routine intercepts a request for an operation. If the user-provided routine is supported for the request, the interface module asynchronously passes the request to the user-provided routine and synchronously passes the request to the IPUR. Thus, the IPUR learns the processing of the user-provided routine, which eventually can be removed from the transaction processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Chiu-Chiu Yuan, Jeffrey L. Maddix, Nai-Wen Shih
  • Patent number: 10625192
    Abstract: A vacuum installation includes a vacuum chamber having an inlet for aspirating a quantity of liquid or particulate material. A cyclone separation unit having a plurality of cyclones, communicating in parallel with the interior of the vacuum chamber is connected to a vacuum pump to draw air from the vacuum chamber through the cyclones and induce a separating vortex flow within the cyclones. A controller is arranged to control the vacuum pump to provide a chosen flow rate and to selectively deactivate one or more of the cyclones according to the chosen flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Koks Group B.V.
    Inventor: Nic Spierdijk
  • Patent number: 9581475
    Abstract: A multiphase flow meter comprising two Venturis separated by a choke. The choke may be varied to adjust the properties of the multiphase fluid flow being measured. The two Venturis may be identical and may be arranged horizontally with respect to the multiphase fluid flow. The choke may be a choke in a return line of a managed pressure drilling system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashley Bernard Johnson, Paul Simon Hammond, Gary Martin Oddie, Cheng-Gang Xie
  • Publication number: 20150115691
    Abstract: A material haulage system that transports mining materials, such as but not limited to, coal, ore, etc., from a mine is provided. The material transport system includes a continuous conveyor that transports the mining material, a movable assembly that moves and/or supports the continuous conveyor, and a propulsion assembly attached to the movable assembly that maneuver the continuous conveyor through the mine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Cecil T. Brinager, Danny Keith Justice
  • Patent number: 8925839
    Abstract: The spreader has a movable container and at least one elongated tube, and can thus be moved along a path in the forest, and the tube successively deployed to blow the soil conditioner between the trees, away from the path. Satisfactory efficiency can be achieved using an eductor device to transfer the powdery soil conditioner into the air flow in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Innovation Danago Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Gosselin
  • Publication number: 20140017018
    Abstract: A vacuum truck for the collection and discharge of a waste particulate material which includes a storage tank, waste collection and discharge assemblies and an air pump assembly. The air pump assembly is operable to induce negative and positive pressures within the storage tank. The collection assembly includes a vacuum inlet for fluid flow between the vacuum inlet and the storage tank inlet during air pump operation to induce said negative pressure. The waste discharge assembly includes a discharge conduit for conveying a pressurized fluid flow and entrained collected material from a tank materials outlet to an outlet end while the air pump assembly is operated to induces a positive pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventors: Denis Blais, Shayne Smith
  • Publication number: 20140010603
    Abstract: A portable storage tank for use with a vacuum truck for the collection and discharge of a waste particulate material which includes a storage tank, waste collection and discharge assemblies and an air pump assembly. The air pump assembly is operable to induce negative and positive pressures within the storage tank. The collection assembly includes a vacuum inlet for fluid flow between the vacuum inlet and the storage tank inlet during air pump operation to induce said negative pressure. The waste discharge assembly includes a discharge conduit for conveying a pressurized fluid flow and entrained collected material from a tank materials outlet to an outlet end while the air pump assembly is operated to induce a positive pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Denis BLAIS, Shayne Smith
  • Patent number: 8418731
    Abstract: A method for the filling and optionally emptying transport containers with plastics granular materials, in which a flexible plastics inliner is inserted into a transport container. A front side of the inliner includes at least one receiving flexible hose connection for filling the inliner with plastics granular material, at least one discharge hose connection for discharging blown in conveying air from the inliner, and at least one emptying hose connection for emptying plastics granular material from the inliner. The front side of the inliner also includes a protective liner. The cabin and the transport container are positioned at a decanting station, the cabin being adapted to transfer plastics granular material from the decanting station and decant the transferred plastics granular material into the transport container through the receiving hose connection. The transport container is then filled with plastics granular material utilizing the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Christian Kords, Reiner Horl, Uli Franz, Raimund Zimmermann, Norbert Schniesko
  • Publication number: 20130078042
    Abstract: Method in a pneumatic waste conveying system, which conveying system comprises at least one input point (61) of waste material, a material conveying pipe (100), which can be connected to an input point (61), and a separating device or container (25), in which the material to be conveyed is separated from the conveying air, and also means for achieving a pressure difference and/or a conveying air flow in the conveying pipe (100) at least during the conveyance of material, which means comprise at least one vacuum source. In the method a vacuum source (1) is arranged in a mobile means (2), such as in a vehicle or trailer, which vacuum source is connected to a waste conveying system, and the partial vacuum/pressure difference needed for the transfer of waste material is achieved in the system, in which case waste material is transferred along the conveying piping (100, 100A, 100B, 100C, 100D, 100E, 100F) to a container (25), which is a separate container to the means (2) moving the vacuum source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: MARICAP OY
    Inventor: Göran Sundholm
  • Publication number: 20130017023
    Abstract: A mobile infill reclamation system comprising a mobile platform configured to be readily moved from a first location to a second location in relatively close proximity to an existing synthetic turf surface, a support structure mounted on the mobile platform, multiple processing components supported by the support structure and configured and arranged to process used infill material from the existing synthetic turf surface, an infill intake supported by the support structure and configured and arranged to receive the used infill material, and an infill output supported by the support structure and configured and arranged to discharge infill material processed by the processing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: TURF ALLIANCE, LLC
    Inventors: Mark H. Nicholls, Michael A. Hartwell
  • Publication number: 20120292414
    Abstract: A sealed collection container may be used for collecting glass, imploding glass into sharp free particles, and storing the imploded sharp free glass particles. A vacuum collection truck may be used for emptying the sealed collection container. The vacuum collection truck may include a tube or suction hose that engages the sealed collection container for emptying the sealed collection container via vacuum collection of the imploded sharp free glass particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Maurice Collins
  • Patent number: 8313268
    Abstract: A method for the filling and optionally emptying transport containers with plastics granular materials is disclosed. A flexible plastics inliner is inserted into a transport container. A front side of the inliner includes at least one receiving flexible hose connection for filling the inliner with plastics granular material, at least one discharge hose connection for discharging blown in conveying air from the inliner, and at least one emptying hose connection for emptying plastics granular material from the inliner. The front side of the inliner also includes a protective liner. The cabin and the transport container are positioned at a decanting station, the cabin being adapted to transfer plastics granular material from the decanting station and decant the transferred plastics granular material into the transport container through the receiving hose connection. The transport container is then filled with plastics granular material utilizing the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Bayer MaterialScience AG
    Inventors: Christian Kords, Reiner Horl, Uli Franz, Raimund Zimmermann, Norbert Schniesko
  • Publication number: 20110162838
    Abstract: A method of transferring proppant materials, wherein the method includes providing a first pressurized container (102) containing proppant materials on a first vessel (106). The method also includes connecting the first pressurized container (102) on the first vessel (106) to a second container (102) on a second vessel (114) and transferring pneumatically, proppant materials from the first pressurized container (102) on the first vessel (106) to the second container (102) on the second vessel (114). Also, a method of transferring proppant materials, the method including removing a wellbore fluid comprising excess proppant materials from a well, and screening the excess proppant materials from the wellbore fluid. The method also includes transferring the excess proppant materials to a first pressurized container (102) and transferring pneumatically, the excess proppant materials from the first pressurized container to a second pressurized container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER NORGE AS
    Inventors: John Mackenzie, Peter Wright, Jan Thore Eia
  • Publication number: 20110103901
    Abstract: A vacuum loader truck that includes a storage tank that can be loaded and unloaded with debris. The vacuum loader truck includes a debris level sensor that generates a sensing beam to detect the level of debris within the storage tank. The level of debris within the storage tank is determined by a control module and displayed. The debris level sensor may be an ultrasonic sensor that generates a sensing beam that is reflected off of the top surface of the debris within the storage tank. The control module determines the height of the debris within the storage tank based upon the time delay between the generation of the sensing signal and the reflected signal. The control system further includes a particle sensor to determine whether particles are entrained in the airflow from the storage tank. A pair of pressure sensors are located on opposite sides of an air filter to sense the differential pressure across the air filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUPER PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Jason David Hetcher, Thomas Harold Leidolf
  • Patent number: 7871090
    Abstract: A powder spraycoating cart comprising two lateral posts fitted at their upper ends with a grip system and connected to each other by a control implement bin, said posts being connected at their lower ends by a base designed to support any one of several different powder containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: ITW Gema GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Staub
  • Patent number: 7862260
    Abstract: A high capacity particulate loader having an intake hose on one sidewall thereof which communicates with a source of negative pressure formed by a multi-stage suction mechanism, to create a high suction, high volume and high speed air stream that draws particulate materials through the hose and propels them into a separation chamber where they separate from the air stream and are directed into a discharge auger assembly on the opposite sidewall of the loader. The multi-stage suction mechanism communicates with a separation chamber and/or a settling chamber, the settling chamber providing an area where dust or fine chaff from the suctioned particulate materials, which may be present in the air stream, can settle, through gravity, on a bottom surface of the settling chamber, thus avoiding contact with the blowers so as to prevent clogging of the blowers and rotor wear thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: REM Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Rempel
  • Publication number: 20100296879
    Abstract: A system to transport solids in liquid media, especially in the field of maritime and land transportation of fruits or vegetables in the agricultural produce area, or of any product having to be transported in liquid media for their protection against environment and the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: ANDESOCEAN S.A.
    Inventors: Michael John STEAD FAILLE, Peter Herbert BURGER
  • Publication number: 20100236207
    Abstract: A continuous flow transport system is disclosed for transporting harvested crops from a forage harvester to a processing plant in a slurry form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Timothy J. Kraus
  • Publication number: 20100040421
    Abstract: An apparatus for pneumatically conveying particulate material from a container to an application site includes a mill that is operative to reduce the particle size of the material. The apparatus further includes a blower. Pneumatic lines are configured to connect the blower pneumatically with the application site through the container to convey material-laden air from the container to the application site. The pneumatic lines are configured for connection in alternative milling and non-milling arrangements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: O'BRIEN & GERE ENGINEERS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric T. Fleckten, David M. Gerber, Stephen C. Palin
  • Patent number: 7597506
    Abstract: An elongate container (7) for the transport of bulk powders is provided along its base with a longitudinally sloping membrane support. A gas permeable membrane (11) is mounted on the support and the support is itself unsupported relative to the container between its longitudinal and transverse ends. A method of conveying bulk powder using such a container is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Inbulk Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Brian Snowdon
  • Patent number: 7547162
    Abstract: A high capacity particulate loader having an intake hose on one sidewall thereof which communicates with a source of negative pressure formed by a multi-stage suction mechanism, to create a high suction, high volume and high speed air stream that draws particulate materials through the hose and propels them into a separation chamber where they separate from the air stream and are directed into a discharge auger assembly on the opposite sidewall of the loader. The multi-stage suction mechanism communicates with a separation chamber and/or a settling chamber, the settling chamber providing an area where dust or fine chaff from the suctioned particulate materials, which may be present in the air stream, can settle, through gravity, on a bottom surface of the settling chamber, thus avoiding contact with the blowers so as to prevent clogging of the blowers and rotor wear thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: REM Enterprises Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Rempel
  • Patent number: 7537418
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of an apparatus for delivering lost circulation material, particularly cottonseed hulls, into oil and gas drilling pits. According to one exemplary embodiment, a lost circulation material delivery apparatus for delivering lost circulation material from a bulk source of the material into a drilling well mud pit for controlling lost circulation within an oil or gas drilling well bore can include a bulk source of lost circulation material positioned in the vicinity of but removed from the drilling well mud pit. The apparatus can also include a sorting mechanism in receiving communication with the bulk source where the sorting mechanism includes a lost circulation material metering portion. A lost circulation material conveying portion can be in material receiving communication with the material metering portion at a first end portion and in material expelling communication with the drilling well mud pit at a second end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Hi-Plains Trading Company
    Inventors: Benny J. Deal, Justin Dodd
  • Patent number: 7516908
    Abstract: The present invention may be used for discharging a fire retardant material. A container element may be connected to a pressurized gas source controllable to pressurize the container element and to flow a gas and fire retardant material mixture through a discharge conduit. A discharge device may be connected at an inlet to the discharge conduit. The discharge device may have an inlet duct attached to an inlet end of an expansion section. The expansion section may be connected to an inlet end of an outlet duct having an outlet nozzle. A diffuser may be disposed in the inlet duct and an upstream portion and may be attached in the upstream portion. The diffuser may have a nose element attached by a diffuser shaft to a base element with a rotor element having multiple vanes rotatably attached to the diffuser shaft intermediate the nose and base elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: George E. Sack
  • Patent number: 7476060
    Abstract: A bulk material system generally consisting of a container having an upper wall, a vertical wall and an opening in the vertical wall; a support frame detachably mountable on the upper and vertical walls of the container; a hopper mounted on the support frame; a material conveying conduit mounted on the frame having an inlet communicating with an outlet of the hopper for receiving material therefrom and an end portion with an outlet insertable through the vertical wall opening of the container when the frame is detachably mounted on the container; and a conduit supported on the support frame having an outlet communicating with the material conveying conduit and an inlet communicable with a source of gas under pressure, function to supply gas under pressure to the material conveying conduit for pneumatically conveying material fed from the hopper into the material conveying conduit, therethrough, into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: The Young Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Boroch
  • Publication number: 20080283142
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering biomass fuel to a structure through an external wall of the structure is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a hopper disposed within a delivery vehicle. The hopper includes an inlet disposed on its top surface to receive biomass fuel and an outlet located proximate the bottom of the hopper to release the fuel by opening a gate valve. A delivery hose is connected to the hopper outlet at one end and is sealably connectable at its other end to an externally accessible coupling disposed on an external wall of the structure to which fuel is to be delivered. The coupling is connected on the interior side of the external wall to a delivery pipe that connects to a fuel bin for storing the biomass fuel. Sensors within the bin can signal the operator when the level of fuel within the bin reaches a preselected level, allowing the operator to stop delivery when the bin is full.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Charles J. Steffl, Joel W. McCoy
  • Patent number: 7431537
    Abstract: A high capacity particulate loader having an intake hose on one sidewall thereof which communicates with a source of negative pressure formed by a multi-stage suction mechanism, to create a high suction, high volume and high speed air stream that draws particulate materials through the hose and propels them into a separation chamber where they separate from the air stream and are directed into a discharge auger assembly on the opposite sidewall of the loader. The multi-stage suction mechanism communicates with a separation chamber and/or a settling chamber, the settling chamber providing an area where dust or fine chaff from the suctioned particulate materials, which may be present in the air stream, can settle, through gravity, on a bottom surface of the settling chamber, thus avoiding contact with the blowers so as to prevent clogging of the blowers and rotor wear thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: REM Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Lane Francis, Bob Sonntag, Frank Rempel, Max Noble, Jody Duclos
  • Publication number: 20080152437
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting powder from a powder container is adapted to engage a wall of the powder container. The apparatus is adapted to support a pickup tube with a region of the pickup tube through which powder is picked up from the powder container adjacent the lowermost interior region of the powder container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Merritt, Michael J. Thies
  • Patent number: 7360719
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for applying loose fill insulation generally includes an insulation feed portion and an insulation gun. The insulation feed portion is driven by a motor which is controlled by a clutch and a clutch control circuit. An insulation gun is mounted to a hose which communicates with the insulation feed portion. A switch mounted on the gun opens and closes the clutch control circuit. When the switch is closed, the clutch is engaged and air blown insulation is supplied to the gun. When the switch is open, the clutch is disengaged and air blown insulation is not supplied to the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventors: Kirk Alan Emmons, Timothy Sha Vanderford
  • Patent number: 7337992
    Abstract: An assembly for distributing particulate material comprising a blower assembly preferably removably mounted on a mobile platform and structured to generate a forced flow of air along a flow path and through a manifold assembly connected to a supply of material being distributed. The manifold assembly includes a receiving segment incorporating a Venturi section facilitating the introduction of the particulate material into the forced air flow passing through a discharge conduit. The discharge conduit preferably has an extended length to facilitate distribution of the material to a plurality of locations in a variety of different environments. An applicator is selectively attached to the discharge conduit so as to facilitate distribution of the particulate material to a substantially confined space, such as a potted plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Michael S. Blatt
  • Patent number: 7278804
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a method and system for delivering lost circulation material, particularly cottonseed hulls, into oil and gas drilling pits. According to one exemplary embodiment, a method of delivering lost circulation material from a bulk source to a drilling well mud system for controlling lost circulation within a drilling well bore includes positioning a bulk container of lost circulation material at a location in the vicinity of but removed from drilling well mud system. Lost circulation material is introduced from the bulk container into a sorting mechanism. The method further includes conveying the lost circulation material with a moving device from the sorting mechanism to the drilling well mud system along a path separated from the moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Hi-Plains Trading Company
    Inventors: Benny J. Deal, Justin Dodd
  • Patent number: 7275893
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for the disbursement of relatively heavy materials, such as aggregate or wet compost out of a moveable container are provided. Material is conveyed within the container to a feeder that meters the material into an air stream. The air stream is provided at a relatively high pressure and flowrate with respect to other mobile blowing systems. The air stream carries the material though a hose that is manned by an operator. The operator points the hose towards a desired location for application of the dispersed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Finn Corporation
    Inventors: Arlen Rexius, David Looney, Jason Wedmore, Chris Forsman
  • Patent number: 7080961
    Abstract: An assembly for distributing particulate material comprising a blower assembly which is preferably removably mounted on a mobile platform and structured to generate a forced flow of air along a flow path and through a manifold assembly connected to a supply of material being distributed. The manifold assembly includes a receiving segment incorporating a Venturi section facilitating the entrainment of the material into the forced air flow passing through a discharge conduit preferably having an extended length to facilitate distribution of the material to a plurality of locations in a variety of different environments. A vent assembly is provided to relieve back pressure from within the discharge conduit, which may be created due to its extended length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Michael S. Blatt
  • Patent number: 7004688
    Abstract: A gas-powered, variable speed vacuum-blower device, which has as its primary purpose the pneumatic conveying of loose, granular material in accomplishing landscaping tasks. The vacuum-blower device is mounted on a hand truck for easy portability. Suction and discharge hoses are disposed on the device for conveying and distributing the loose material. Control means are provided at the distal ends of each hose whereby the speed of the device may be controlled for efficiency and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Donald R. Tasker
  • Patent number: 6923340
    Abstract: An apparatus attachable to a bag containing a bulk particulate material and having a discharge spout for dispensing material from the bag generally consisting of first and second annular clamping members displaceable axially between a first, spaced apart condition permitting a portion of the spout to be drawn in position therebetween, and a second, adjacent condition clamping the spout portion position therebetween, and means for releasably retaining the members in the clamping condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: The Young Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Ambs
  • Patent number: 6792646
    Abstract: A tank truck for collecting and transporting flowable material, the tank truck including a tank for storing flowable material and a suction hose connected to the tank so that at least a portion of the suction hose extends into the tank. A drive assembly engageable with the suction hose is provided for drawing the suction hose into and out of the tank, thereby varying the length of the suction hose outside the tank. The boom preferably includes a boom tube through which the suction hose extends. Also an extendable nozzle assembly may be attached to an end of the suction hose outside the tank. The drive assembly may take various forms and may be supported on the end of the boom. A combination of movement of the suction hose into and out of the tank, in combination with the extendable nozzle assembly, varies the effective length of the suction hose outside the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Vactor Manufacturing
    Inventors: Michael C. Greene, Bernie Jon Bossom
  • Patent number: 6789291
    Abstract: A telerobotic nozzle positioning system for a mobile debris vacuum vehicle or for fixed particulate vacuuming applications. The apparatus has a vacuum source coupled to an adjustable boom and nozzle assembly. The nozzle assembly is mounted to the boom with a compliant upper joint that will allow the nozzle assembly to withstand impacts with obstructions without shearing the nozzle assembly from the boom. A base with an extensible fly is pivotally coupled to the upper joint and can swing with respect to the joint upon actuation of a short stroke hydraulic cylinder. The distal end of the extendable fly has a nozzle bracket assembly with a nozzle bracket, flexible hose and nozzle tip. The nozzle bracket and nozzle tip can pivot with respect to the fly. A pair of long hydraulic cylinders allows the extension of the fly from the base as well as rotation of the nozzle bracket and tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Steven A. Velinsky, Wilderich A. White, Andrew A. Porterfield
  • Publication number: 20040136791
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for moving and placing in hard to reach locations granular and other particulate material such as sand, gravel, earth and similar materials. The system includes an improved augar for moving the material and an improved rotary airlock mechanism designed to withstand the abrasive action of the particulate material and at the same time move the material several hundred feet through a flexible conduit for placement in a pre-designated location. A system and apparatus is also disclosed for transporting on one vehicle all of the devices needed at a remote site for operation the particulate placement system, including a front loader.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventors: Richard Dunlop, Robert Griffin, Stephen C. Stokes, Denis A. Stokes, Gary Bonney
  • Publication number: 20030235473
    Abstract: Bulk material discharge assemblies comprise a bulk material hopper, a conduit for delivering an air stream to entrain with bulk material from the bulk material hopper, and a feeding apparatus for introducing additive to the conduit. The feeding apparatus comprises an additive hopper and an airlock positioned adjacent the conduit. In addition, metering apparatus are provided that comprise an axle and first and second metering wheels. A noncircular perimeter of the axle and the shape of each hub opening of each of the metering wheels cooperate to nonrotatably mount each metering wheel to the axle. The first and second metering wheel are adapted to be selectively mounted in at least one of a first relative position and a second relative position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventors: Douglas E. Wysong, Michael P. Essen
  • Patent number: 6575669
    Abstract: A method for transferring an object levitated by sound waves from a transporting device to an unloading device. The transporting device includes a transporting vibrator, which levitates the object with sound waves. The unloading device includes an unloading vibrator mounted on a platform. The platform is arranged at a predetermined position below the object, at which the distance between the top surface of the unloading vibrator and the bottom surface of the object is less than one half the wavelength of a standing wave generated by the unloading vibrator. The platform is then moved upward toward the object from the predetermined position to levitate the object. The unloading vibrator generates sound waves to levitate the object. The object is then levitated by the platform to a position at which the levitating force of the transporting vibrator does not affect the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventor: Masaki Takasan
  • Patent number: 6491479
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing and distributing loose particulate material includes a system for applying an agent to the loose particulate material. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a container for holding and transporting the loose particulate material to the site of application. A feeder regulates the flow of loose particulate material out of the container. Loose particulate material exiting the feeder is blown out of the apparatus through a hose by an air stream produced by a blower. An agent is introduced via a carrier fluid to the air stream carrying the loose particulate material, whereby the resulting mixture of the agent with the carrier fluid is then mixed with the loose particulate material carried by the air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Express Blower, Inc.
    Inventor: Arlen L. Rexius
  • Publication number: 20020136608
    Abstract: Apparatus for handling loosefill and conveying the loosefill from one location to another comprises a container having a bottom and sides, the container being adapted to receive and contain therein a quantify of loosefill, a blower positioned at one end of the container and conduit which channels air from the blower toward the other end of the container, and which redirects the air back toward the one end of the container to thereby convey therewith the loosefill. A vacuum is positioned at the one end of the container which draws the loosefill out of the container. The container may be a trailer of a tractor trailer. A method of conveying loosefill from one location to another comprises providing a container of loosefill, providing an air source at one end of the container, directing air from the air source toward the other end of the container, and redirecting the air back towards the one end of the container to thereby convey therewith the loosefill to the one end of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Applicant: STOROpack, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Eckel, John W. Lakeman, Bernard Parrott
  • Publication number: 20020131828
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for conveying loose material are shown and described. In one embodiment, a plurality of spaced apart, interconnected conveyor elements entrap and move loose material through a hollow conduit having a fixed size and shape, and past a delivery location where high-pressure air enters one hole through the wall of the conduit and a fluidized mixture of high-pressure air and the loose material exits a separate, second hole in the conduit, carrying the loose material at a high rate of speed and a high velocity to a remote location. In a second embodiment, the system is moveably attached to a trailer to rotate between a traveling configuration and an operative configuration to facilitate mobility and operability of the above system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventor: Leo Waddell
  • Patent number: 6409274
    Abstract: Container (10) has a plastic bag (26) filled with a particulate material and sealed within the plastic bag (26). A rear bulkhead (42) at the rear end of the container is positioned adjacent the plastic bag (26) and a tubular discharge fitting (50) is mounted on bulkhead (42). A vacuum unloading device (58) has a pair of rigid conduits (60), (62) secured to each other in a perpendicular relationship. Unloading device (58) is arranged for connection to discharge fitting (50) by coupling (66) and adaptor (72). Upon slitting or puncturing of the plastic bag (26) and tilting of the front end of container (10) about the rear end thereof above the angle of repose of the particulate material being unloaded, the particulate material is discharged by gravity into the vacuum unloading device (58). The particulate material is drawn by a vacuum through conduit (60) into pneumatic conduit (62) for transport to a suitable storage facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Intermodal Container Systems
    Inventor: Ronald G. Merrett
  • Patent number: 6398462
    Abstract: An apparatus for emptying powder from a container, such as an original shipping box includes a support having a vibrating unit for loosening the powder within the container. A powder pick-up tube and an attached powder pump draw powder from the container and transfer the powder to a powder spray gun. The lower end of the pick-up tube includes a positively pressurized fluidization unit for locally fluidizing the powder at the pick-up tube inlet. The pressurized fluidization unit primarily assists in providing a consistent draw of powder up the pick-up tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventor: Terrence M. Fulkerson
  • Publication number: 20020061233
    Abstract: Apparatus for handling loosefill and conveying the loosefill from one location to another comprises a container having a bottom and sides, the container being adapted to receive and contain therein a quantify of loosefill, a blower positioned at one end of the container, and conduit which channels air from the blower toward the other end of the container and which redirects the air back toward the one end of the container to thereby convey therewith the loosefill. A vacuum is positioned at the one end of the container which draws the loosefill out of the container. The container may be a trailer of a tractor trailer. A method of conveying loosefill from one location to another comprises providing a container of loosefill, providing an air source at one end of the container, directing air from the air source toward the other end of the container, and redirecting the air back towards the one end of the container to thereby convey therewith the loosefill to the one end of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: May 23, 2002
    Applicant: STOROpack, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Eckel, John W. Lakeman
  • Patent number: 6312207
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for treatment of blowable thermal insulation, whereby thermal insulation, such as woodfiber wool, cellulose wool, mineral wool, glass wool and/or like is being led by means of one or several filling means (3a) to a transport space (1), such as a container or like, the internal volume of which may be changed, in order to transport thermal insulation in the transport space (1) to its destination of use and to unload same from the transport space (1) to a reception point essentially by blowing carried out by a blow arrangement. Thermal insulation is being led to a filling space (1x), that is limited from the transport space (1) by means of a filling device (3b), which filling space is being expanded along filling of same by moving the filling device (3b) in the transport space (1) in the longitudinal direction of same (s1) towards unloading end (Pp) of same. The invention relates also to an apparatus operating according to the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Termex-Eriste Oy
    Inventor: Keijo Rautiainen
  • Patent number: 6247876
    Abstract: A portable, gas-powered, general purpose, pneumatic transport device is disclosed, comprising a pneumatic transfer system in which a gas powered engine is used to drive a high-volume blower system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Robert E. Stephens
  • Patent number: 6176647
    Abstract: A miniaturized, inexpensive instrument for measuring the mass flow rate of powder, which is capable of directly outputting the mass flow rate of powder and whose characteristics are not influenced by the kind and physical properties of the powder. The instrument can be easily manufactured, installed, operated, maintained, and color change can be easily done. A constant powder feeder, which is constructed based on this instrument and an electrostatic powder coating system utilizing this feeder has a high performance and a high operational efficiency. A measuring gas with a regulated flow rate is turned into a thin-layer of high-speed gas jets by a dispersion means, thereby powder is cross-dispersed and introduced into a measuring tube, the pressure difference generated therein is measured, and a feeding means is subject to feedback control so that the output of the pressure difference coincides with a set value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: RID Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Itoh
  • Patent number: 6158926
    Abstract: A suction system for urban wastes and for recyclable materials comprising a motorized transport means (10) suitable to receive urban wastes and/or recyclable materials placed in a container (36) or left on the ground, wherein said transport means (10) is provided with a sucking tube (15, 17, 18, 23) which can be moved in order to suck and/or which can be inserted by means of actuators (20, 25) inside an opening (30) formed in an underground container (36), closing means (27) are provided for the opening (30), said means being provided with an opening (35) of predetermined size. Preferably, said closing means comprise a sliding turret (27) which can be moved when the sucking tube is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignees: Termomeccanica S.p.A., Massimo Precetti, Cappellotto S.p.A.
    Inventor: Massimo Precetti
  • Patent number: 6045298
    Abstract: A system and corresponding method are disclosed for blowing or spraying loose-fill insulation (e.g. fiberglass) into wall cavities and the like the system including a fiber recovery or recycling subsystem that vacuums up overspray or waste fibers and forwards them back toward the hopper. A fiber collector device having a fiber inlet and outlet is mounted above the hopper, and receives the recovered waste fibers and redistributes them back into the hopper so that they mix with virgin fibers therein. The mix of recovered and virgin fibers is then blown through the blow hose toward a wall cavity or the like to be insulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Guardian Fiberglass, Inc.
    Inventor: C. E. Butch Lytle