Panel Or Frame, Wall-to-wall Patents (Class 410/129)
  • Patent number: 10384593
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a front end, a rear end, a driver's side, and a passenger's side, the vehicle defining a cargo compartment proximate the rear end; a partition wall movably disposed within the cargo compartment, the partition wall defining a partition such that the cargo compartment defines a delivery cargo compartment and a collection cargo compartment; a one delivery storage unit disposed within the delivery cargo compartment; and a collection system disposed within the collection cargo compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Pratt Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Altobelli
  • Patent number: 9090195
    Abstract: A partition assembly is mountable within the cargo area of a vehicle, for example by being vertically slidable at opposing ends into vertical channels formed in opposing side walls of a truck box and the like. The partition assembly includes a first partition member and a second partition member which are coupled to one another by interlocking connection of the respective bodies forming the partition members such that an overall length of the partition assembly is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Alfred D. Peters, Peter Friesen
  • Patent number: 8998547
    Abstract: A cargo holding apparatus configured to secure cargo in a pickup truck cargo bed and facilitate unloading of the cargo therefrom is provided with a holding frame having cross members forming a top and a bottom of the holding frame; and side support members forming a left side and a right side of the holding frame, where the cross members being joined to the side support members at each end; a strap secured to each side support member, the strap being dimensioned to extend at least a length of the cargo bed; and a clamping member disposed and a left and a right side vertical walls of the cargo bed at a position nearest a lift gate of the cargo bed, each of the straps being fed through respective clamping members, the respective clamping members securely holding each strap when in an engaged aspect and allowing each strap to slide unrestricted when in a disengaged aspect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Richard H. Ferriggi, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150063938
    Abstract: A partition assembly is mountable within the cargo area of a vehicle, for example by being vertically slidable at opposing ends into vertical channels formed in opposing side walls of a truck box and the like. The partition assembly includes a first partition member and a second partition member which are coupled to one another by interlocking connection of the respective bodies forming the partition members such that an overall length of the partition assembly is adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Alfred D. Peters, Peter Friesen
  • Patent number: 8939490
    Abstract: An off-road utility vehicle with a reconfigurable cargo bed with fore and aft sections joined to the vehicle. Each section has three walls and a floor. The fore section pivots with respect to the aft section between an open position and a closed position with the fore section on top of the aft section. In the closed position, the reconfigurable cargo bed is a container with an opening in the foremost side of the container. A movable bulkhead is provided that is adapted to close the opening of the foremost side of the container, as well as being repositionable to serve as an extended surface for hauling cargo, a work bench that extends from a side of the cargo bed, or as a divider in the center of the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Centro, Inc.
    Inventor: David G. Surridge
  • Patent number: 8834083
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a system for partitioning cargo spaces in a temperature-controlled cargo container can include one or more longitudinal panel assemblies with a user-selectable height feature. In such circumstances, a user can readily adjust the overall height of each longitudinal panel assembly while the longitudinal panel assembly is in the trailer so as to accommodate the interior height of the trailer (which might vary from trailer to trailer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Nelson, Matthew Nelson
  • Patent number: 8613407
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for dividing a space into a plurality of areas, said arrangement comprising at least one frame with at least one fixing means for holding the frame in corresponding frame receiving elements, and at least one foldable defining means. The frame is formed in such a way that the arrangement essentially fits onto at least one wall of the space when it is fixed, the foldable defining means being able to be held on the frame and preventing an air flow between adjacent areas of the space separated by the arrangement. The arrangement according to the invention enables a thermal separation of two adjacent areas of a space, that can each be air-conditioned differently, without forming an area containing air which is a mixture from two regions at different temperatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Hartel, Volkhard Wendt
  • Patent number: 8505998
    Abstract: A system is provided for storing items in the bed of a pickup truck. The system includes a bed liner, storage bin sides, storage bin tops, and storage bin dividers. The storage bin sides and storage bin tops are attached to the bed liner to create storage bins, and the bin dividers attach to both the storage bin sides and bed liner to divide the storage bins into smaller sections. Storage bin tops may include a center section cover to selectively cover the center section in between the storage bins in order to provide the full bed area above the storage bins for transporting construction material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Kip D Weller
  • Patent number: 8475097
    Abstract: A cargo barrier net for an aircraft includes a net mesh, defined by a plurality of net strands, a securing members coupled to one of the net strands, for securing the cargo barrier net across an internal space of an aircraft; and a tear webbing located between the securing members and the net strand. The tear webbing is configured to tear progressively when a load is applied to it, thereby increasing the effective length of net strand to which it is coupled and redistributing the load to other net strands in the cargo barrier net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: AMSAFE Bridport
    Inventors: David Ackerman, James Barry Homewood, Stephen Mark Richards, Russel Neil Willats
  • Publication number: 20130064621
    Abstract: An adjustable cargo bar applied to a cargo bed of pickup trucks and comprising: a frame element; at least one adjusting element coupled to the frame element, for adjusting the width of the adjustable cargo bar; at least one elevation element, for raising the height of the cargo bar, so that the width and height of the cargo bar can be adjusted to fit different models of pickup trucks and serve as a good life helper for household use, traveling and camping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: SHANGHAI ITPC HARDWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Wang
  • Patent number: 8371782
    Abstract: An adjustable array of gates and partitions for vehicles, particularly pickup truck beds, that enables succinct partitioned areas for a more organized load. A partition apparatus extends from between the two sides of a truck bed and may be moved forward or backward, including over wheel wells, through the use of rails. In addition, telescoping panels secured perpendicularly from the partition apparatus offers additional partition capabilities as the telescoping panels move from side to side through the use of additional rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Steven B Hill
  • Patent number: 8328481
    Abstract: A retaining device which can be fitted in a vehicle interior, in particular as part of a storage system. The retaining device contains at least one retaining strut with a length-adjustable rod structure and two plate-like supporting elements attached to the end sides thereof. The supporting elements can be fixed to the vehicle walls by a respective adhesive fastening device. This results in a secure support for the retaining struts without it being necessary to brace the retaining struts fixedly between the vehicle walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Tanos GmbH Verpacken Ordnen Prasentieren
    Inventors: Andreas Koenig, Jurgen Rittler, Lutz Wolle
  • Patent number: 8317442
    Abstract: A vehicle cargo area divider assembly includes a vehicle cargo area having a plurality of walls defining at least one wall projection and at least one wall groove. The vehicle cargo area divider assembly further includes a plurality of partition members each having a first end defining a first end projection and at least one first end groove orthogonally oriented relative to the projection, and having a second end defining a second end groove. The first end projection of a first partition member of the plurality of partition members is alternately receivable in the at least one wall groove of the vehicle cargo area, in the at least one first end groove of at least one other partition member of the plurality of partition members, or in the second end groove of the at least one other partitioned member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryosuke Daikuzono
  • Patent number: 8303221
    Abstract: An assembly of a number of perforated sheets with fasteners and braces to temporarily and adjustably provide variable partitions and means for securing items within the cargo bed of a truck or trailer, uses a set of flat rectangular sheets that are perforated by an array of regularly spaced holes to accept connectors and bolts to secure braces or fixtures to the sheets in a variety of configurations including at least a base sheet sized to fit horizontally on the cargo bed and/or vertical partition sheets with sockets along the long edges, spaced the same as the sheet holes and secured to the base sheet by pegs and braces and fixtures such as rings, adjustable length bars or hooks are usefully attachable to the sheets by bolts or by pegs inserted into the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Arthur W. Lenz
  • Patent number: 8196997
    Abstract: A sting trailer has a front end-wall located at a first standard trailer length from a rear end of the sting trailer, a false end-wall located at a second standard trailer length from the rear end of the sting trailer, and a hidden compartment located between the front end-wall and the false end-wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Foster
  • Patent number: 8186917
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a system for partitioning cargo spaces in a temperature-controlled cargo container can include one or more longitudinal panel assemblies with a user-selectable height feature. In such circumstances, a user can readily adjust the overall height of each longitudinal panel assembly while the longitudinal panel assembly is in the trailer so as to accommodate the interior height of the trailer (which might vary from trailer to trailer).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Nelson, Matthew Nelson
  • Patent number: 8162574
    Abstract: A system including apparatus and methods for compressively retaining cargo to a vehicular or other surface may, after an initial “rough” adjustment, allow for the operation of a compression force enhancement element to enhance a compression force through relative sliding movement and so that cargo may be retained as intended. Aspects of the inventive technology may relate to the allowance for one-handed manipulation of the compression force enhancement element (e.g., a rotatable lever) through perhaps less than one-quarter of a rotation in order to enhance the compression force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Bill V. Keramidis
  • Patent number: 8128327
    Abstract: An adjustable bulkhead is disclosed. The adjustable bulkhead includes a compressible section that may be compressed in order to change the height or width of the bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Fred Jevaney
  • Patent number: 8066460
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a unique system providing for the quick and efficient movement of cargo such as pallets, containerized loads, and the like while providing enhanced safety measures to reduce or eliminate some of the injuries that are typically associated with cargo transport. By deploying a cargo transport system constructed from a fiberglass cargo loading grid with one or more cargo restraining latches, the movement of cargo within the trailer or bed of the truck can be more efficiently restrained, thereby minimizing inadvertent exposure of personnel to accidents associated with the movement of the cargo and damage to the cargo during transport. The cargo restraining latch is a spring-loaded, multi-fingered mechanism that is selectively and removably inserted into a portion of the cargo transport system, thereby restraining any undesired movement of the cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis M. Brierton
  • Patent number: 8029219
    Abstract: Interlocking load dividers for a utility vehicle cargo box include a primary load divider with a plurality of notches in its top edge, and one or more secondary load dividers slidably interlocked to the primary load divider. Each secondary load divider has a downwardly facing L-hook interlocking with one of the notches such that the secondary load divider is perpendicular to the primary load divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: John T. Toutant, Terry L. Zwart
  • Patent number: 8016528
    Abstract: A bed divider apparatus for use in a bed of a pickup truck. The divider apparatus includes a frame that supports first and second parallel disposed divider members each in the shape of a panel. The divider members are secured to one another so that one of the divider members is slidable relative to the other. A pair of user engageable fastening members can be used to secure the second divider member at a desired height relative to the first divider member. The frame is secured by end supports to a pair of tracks that are mounted on inside walls of the pickup truck bed. Thus, the divider apparatus can be positioned at various points along the lengths of the tracks. The apparatus enables larger cargo items to be restrained within the bed, while still enabling elongated items such as lumber planks, tubing, etc. to be supported on the full length of a floor of the bed without interference from the divider apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 7946644
    Abstract: A sting trailer has a front end-wall located at a first standard trailer length from a rear end of the sting trailer, a false end-wall located at a second standard trailer length from the rear end of the sting trailer, and a hidden compartment located between the front end-wall and the false end-wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Foster
  • Patent number: 7909379
    Abstract: A kit from which a plurality of parts are selected and arranged in a cargo vehicle to obtain bulkhead assembly for the cargo vehicle is provided. The assembly partitions or divides a cargo area from a driver area in the vehicle. The kit includes a reinforced composite first panel of a cellular core sandwich-type for positioning proximate a first side of and within the vehicle. The kit also includes a reinforced composite second panel of a cellular core sandwich-type. The second panel includes a first portion for positioning proximate a second side of and within the vehicle, a door portion disposed between the first panel and the first portion and a living hinge portion disposed between the first and door portions to allow the door portion of the second panel to pivot between open and closed positions to allow the driver to move between the areas in the open position of the door portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Global IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Larry J. Winget, Darius J. Preiser
  • Patent number: 7871229
    Abstract: A temporary, disposable bulkhead disposed within a refrigerated structure such as a refrigerated cargo trailer for separating frozen product from non-frozen product and maintaining the integrity of both types of product includes a pair of pivotally attached insulation members with each insulation member including a cavity containing a flexible, inflatable air bag and a measuring device for measuring the interior dimensions of the cargo trailer so that the bulkhead can be cut to fit the interior dimensions whereupon the air bags are inflated for sealing against the cargo trailers' sidewalls and a foam insulation strip extending along the upper side of both insulation members seals against the cargo trailer ceiling thereby creating two separate compartments within the cargo trailer that are airtight sealed from each other for maintaining the integrity and quality of the frozen and non-frozen product throughout the transport and shipping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel Anthony Haddad, Joyce Christine Frieze
  • Patent number: 7866926
    Abstract: A retainer for a vehicle cargo area that is bounded in part by a floor and a door moveable between open and closed positions includes a retaining member spanning at least a portion of the cargo area, a pivot feature operably associated with the retaining member, and a retaining feature that yieldably retains the retaining member in its second position to facilitate retaining cargo within the cargo area. The retaining member pivots about the pivot feature relative to the cargo area between a first position and a second position wherein the retaining member is inclined relative to the floor of the cargo area. When the door is open the retainer is normally in its second position to facilitate retaining cargo within the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventor: Stephen T Lim
  • Patent number: 7828356
    Abstract: A cargo bed management system including a storage system composed of a receptacle integrated into a sidewall of a bed of a motor vehicle and a dividing system that divides or extends a bed of the motor vehicle. The dividing system includes a main panel having a length approximately equal to a width of the bed, and a pair of side panels hingedly connected to the main panel so that the side panels may rotate relative to the main panel from a stowed position where the side panels are integral with the main panel to an extended position where the side panels extend outward from the main panel. At least one bumper is affixed to an end of each of the side panels that are hingedly connected to the main panel such that the bumper increases a length of the main panel when said the panels are in the stowed position. The bumpers compress to secure the main panel and the side panels to the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Chrysler Group LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Wood, Ian N. Dupret, Derek Lane-Waters, Arif Abbasi
  • Patent number: 7798074
    Abstract: A loading rack with an oblong table body having a lateral extent and posterior and anterior ends and a pair of legs attached closably/foldably to posterior and anterior side parts of the body. The loading rack further has a plurality of leg holders which are attached at laterally spaced locations to the posterior and anterior side of the table body and a supporting hole which opens downwardly on each leg holder. Multiple insertion parts on an upper part of each of the legs can be inserted one each into the supporting holes. Each leg is held and fixed in a vertically standing position by peripheral walls surrounding the supporting holes as insertion parts are inserted into the supporting holes and the table body is loaded on the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Nankai Kyogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teruo Kashihara
  • Patent number: 7780385
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a unique system providing for the quick and efficient movement of cargo such as pallets, containerized loads, and the like while providing enhanced safety measures to reduce or eliminate some of the injuries that are typically associated with cargo transport. By deploying a cargo transport system constructed from a fiberglass cargo loading grid with one or more cargo restraining latches, the movement of cargo within the trailer or bed of the truck can be more efficiently restrained, thereby minimizing inadvertent exposure of personnel to accidents associated with the movement of the cargo and damage to the cargo during transport. The cargo restraining latch is a spring-loaded, multi-fingered mechanism that is selectively and removably inserted into a portion of the cargo transport system, thereby restraining any undesired movement of the cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Dennis M. Brierton
  • Publication number: 20100183398
    Abstract: Some embodiments of a system for partitioning cargo spaces in a temperature-controlled cargo container can include one or more longitudinal panel assemblies with a user-selectable height feature. In such circumstances, a user can readily adjust the overall height of each longitudinal panel assembly while the longitudinal panel assembly is in the trailer so as to accommodate the interior height of the trailer (which might vary from trailer to trailer).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: FG PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Chad Nelson, Matthew Nelson
  • Patent number: 7731462
    Abstract: A bulkhead for dividing a cargo container into separate compartments. The bulkhead has a first side facing a first compartment and a second side facing the second compartment. One or more bars are attached to the first side of the bulkhead. In one aspect, mounting brackets having a vertically aligned elliptical opening permits the fastening bar to have some play to better operate during instances of rough transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: JPS Corporation
    Inventors: Jerrell P. Squyres, Kelly Lee Miller
  • Publication number: 20100122981
    Abstract: The application relates to shipping container systems that include a large multi-layered flexible container (“flexitank”) disposed inside a large rigid shipping container which has an open end with one or more doors capable of an open or closed position, and further including one or more bulkhead assemblies, one of the bulkhead assemblies interposed between the flexitank and the open end of the rigid container and/or the doors. In at least one specific embodiment, the bulkhead assembly includes a first brace disposed vertically along a portion of the first side wall inner surface; a second brace disposed vertically along a portion of the second side wall inner surface; and a bulkhead panel member extending horizontally between the first brace and the second brace. In other embodiments, bulkhead assemblies may utilize generally curved or “swept” bulkhead bars, which do not require vertical braces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 20, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Sims
  • Publication number: 20100092264
    Abstract: An adjustable bulkhead is disclosed. The adjustable bulkhead includes a compressible section that may be compressed in order to change the height or width of the bulkhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Fred Jevaney
  • Patent number: 7681935
    Abstract: An improved truck bed extender particularly adapted for ease of installation and removal. When not being used to extend the truck bed, the extender is advantageously adapted to quickly and easily create a secondary storage area. In one embodiment, the extender includes a first side wall, a second side wall, a connecting wall, a first mount and a second mount. The connecting wall extends between the first side wall and the second side wall, and cooperates with the first side wall and second side wall to form a generally U-shape frame. The first mount is secured to the first side wall and includes a first interlocking member. The second mount is secured to the second side wall and comprises a second interlocking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: 89908, Inc.,
    Inventors: Horst Lietner, Jonathan Weisel
  • Publication number: 20100014935
    Abstract: A reinforced bulkhead and method of manufacturing a reinforced bulkhead are disclosed. The bulkhead includes at least one rod that increases the strength and rigidity of the bulkhead. The rod is inserted during the manufacturing process. The size and shape of the bulkhead may be customized after the rod is inserted into the bulkhead core, allowing a manufacturer to prefabricate a large number of bulkhead cores and then customize the prefabricated cores on an as-needed basis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Fred Jevaney
  • Publication number: 20090279979
    Abstract: Interlocking load dividers for a utility vehicle cargo box include a primary load divider with a plurality of notches in its top edge, and one or more secondary load dividers slidably interlocked to the primary load divider. Each secondary load divider has a downwardly facing L-hook interlocking with one of the notches such that the secondary load divider is perpendicular to the primary load divider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: John T. Toutant, Terry L. Zwart
  • Patent number: 7607874
    Abstract: An improved bulkhead and partition system in which at least two panels are independently attached to mounting members such that each panel can be moved independently. In a preferred embodiment, two bulkheads or panels are slidably attached to separate pairs of ceiling-mounted rails in a refrigerated trailer such that each bulkhead or panel can be independently slid toward the front of a trailer or toward the rear of a trailer to define, in cooperation with a removable center partition wall, a plurality of different cargo areas to be maintained at different temperatures. Alternatively, two bulkheads or panels may advantageously operate without a partition wall such that the panels may be placed side-by-side and fastened together to make a full-width bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Nelson, Chad Nelson
  • Patent number: 7600955
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting or moving a partition or panel may in one embodiment include a frame that is mountable to an interior surface of a cargo area and a locking mechanism comprised of smooth and knurled guide and locking pins through which a strap is fed. In preferred embodiments at least one knurled locking pin can slide between a locking position which inhibits strap movement and a non-locking position in which the strap is substantially free to slide through the lift mechanism. In certain embodiments a knurled locking pin may be operable to slide into a locking position when a load is placed on a lifting end of the strap, such as when the strap is connected to a panel which is being lifted or moved. The knurled locking pin may also be operable to slide to a non-locking position when a user pulls on the opposite end of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Nelson, Chad Nelson
  • Publication number: 20090250962
    Abstract: A deployable storage system for a vehicle bed is provided. The vehicle bed is partly defined by a tailgate, first and second opposing side walls and a floor. The deployable storage system includes a panel assembly secured to and that may be nested within at least one of the tailgate, the side walls and the floor of the vehicle, and movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The panel assembly does not enclose the bed when in the stowed position and generally defines along with the tailgate, the walls and the floor, an enclosure of a portion of the bed adjacent the tailgate when in the deployed position. Because the deployable storage system encloses a rear portion of the vehicle bed, air drag on the vehicle is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Kevin G. Kolpasky
  • Publication number: 20090226276
    Abstract: An assembly of a number of perforated sheets with fasteners and braces to temporarily and adjustably provide variable partitions and means for securing items within the cargo bed of a truck or trailer, uses a set of flat rectangular sheets that are perforated by an array of regularly spaced holes to accept connectors and bolts to secure braces or fixtures to the sheets in a variety of configurations including at least a base sheet sized to fit horizontally on the cargo bed and/or vertical partition sheets with sockets along the long edges, spaced the same as the sheet holes and secured to the base sheet by pegs and braces and fixtures such as rings, adjustable length bars or hooks are usefully attachable to the sheets by bolts or by pegs inserted into the holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Arthur W. Lenz
  • Patent number: 7513555
    Abstract: A cargo enclosure for a vehicle includes a side panel having at least one pocket is formed therein. The pocket has a back wall, a pair of opposing side walls and a front wall having an aperture therein. A bottom surface of the pocket is canted downwardly from the back wall toward the aperture in the front wall such that any debris or other material that may infiltrate the pocket will readily slide down the canted bottom surface, through the aperture and onto a bottom surface of the cargo enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Wilson, Bradley J. Hanson, Anthony J. Sanville
  • Publication number: 20090074532
    Abstract: A cargo bed management system including a storage system composed of a receptacle integrated into a sidewall of a bed of a motor vehicle and a dividing system that divides or extends a bed of the motor vehicle. The dividing system includes a main panel having a length approximately equal to a width of the bed, and a pair of side panels hingedly connected to the main panel so that the side panels may rotate relative to the main panel from a stowed position where the side panels are integral with the main panel to an extended position where the side panels extend outward from the main panel. At least one bumper is affixed to an end of each of the side panels that are hingedly connected to the main panel such that the bumper increases a length of the main panel when said the panels are in the stowed position. The bumpers compress to secure the main panel and the side panels to the bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Wood, Ian N. Dupret, Derek Lane-Waters, Arif Abbasi
  • Publication number: 20090041558
    Abstract: An improved bulkhead and partition system in which at least two panels are independently attached to mounting members such that each panel can be moved independently. In a preferred embodiment, two bulkheads or panels are slidably attached to separate pairs of ceiling-mounted rails in a refrigerated trailer such that each bulkhead or panel can be independently slid toward the front of a trailer or toward the rear of a trailer to define, in cooperation with a removable center partition wall, a plurality of different cargo areas to be maintained at different temperatures. Alternatively, two bulkheads or panels may advantageously operate without a partition wall such that the panels may be placed side-by-side and fastened together to make a full-width bulkhead.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Applicant: FG PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Nelson, Chad Nelson
  • Patent number: 7445412
    Abstract: An improved bulkhead and partition system in which at least two panels are independently attached to mounting members such that each panel can be moved independently. In a preferred embodiment, two bulkheads or panels are slidably attached to separate pairs of ceiling-mounted rails in a refrigerated trailer such that each bulkhead or panel can be independently slid toward the front of a trailer or toward the rear of a trailer to define, in cooperation with a removable center partition wall, a plurality of different cargo areas to be maintained at different temperatures. Alternatively, two bulkheads or panels may advantageously operate without a partition wall such that the panels may be placed side-by-side and fastened together to make a full-width bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Nelson, Chad Nelson
  • Patent number: 7413231
    Abstract: A cargo bed management system for dividing or extending a bed of a motor vehicle. The cargo bed management system includes a main panel having a length approximately equal to a width of the bed, and a pair of side panels hingedly connected to the main panel so that the side panels may rotate relative to the main panel from a stowed position where the side panels are directed toward the main panel to an extended position where the side panels extend outward from the main panel. At least one bumper is affixed to an end of each of the side panels that are hingedly connected to the main panel such that the bumper increases a length of the main panel when said the panels are in the stowed position. The bumpers compress to secure the main panel and the side panels to the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Chrysler LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Wood, Liam J. McGuirk, Paul D. Lopez
  • Patent number: 7410335
    Abstract: Stabilizing devices having elongate telescoping tube segments and end clamps. The end clamps of certain of the devices are clamped onto side rails of a cargo bed for segmenting a cargo bed length way. The end clamps of other of the devices are clamped to the tube segments of the first devices for segmenting a cargo bed width way. Thus providing stabilization of segmented loads having length and/or width dimensions less than the length and/or width of the cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Burns Bros., Inc.
    Inventors: Gary M. Scott, Roland R. Boehrer
  • Publication number: 20080159823
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting or moving a partition or panel may in one embodiment include a frame that is mountable to an interior surface of a cargo area and a locking mechanism comprised of smooth and knurled guide and locking pins through which a strap is fed. In preferred embodiments at least one knurled locking pin can slide between a locking position which inhibits strap movement and a non-locking position in which the strap is substantially free to slide through the lift mechanism. In certain embodiments a knurled locking pin may be operable to slide into a locking position when a load is placed on a lifting end of the strap, such as when the strap is connected to a panel which is being lifted or moved. The knurled locking pin may also be operable to slide to a non-locking position when a user pulls on the opposite end of the strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Nelson, Chad Nelson
  • Publication number: 20080131226
    Abstract: A repositionable partition or wall assembly for use within a storage or cargo transport compartment, for dividing the compartment into sub-compartments and allowing for the secured transport of cargo that does not occupy the entire container, is described. The partition or wall assembly comprises at least two vertically extending stiles, and a retaining member or means extending between the at least two vertically extending stiles, wherein the partition or wall assembly is vertically and horizontally adjustable within the compartment. Also provided are methods and systems of secured transportation of partial or full cargo loads within such cargo transportation compartments or containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: Rodney J. Pesson
  • Patent number: 7357611
    Abstract: A bulkhead suited for constraining a bulk material within a shipping container. The bulkhead is foldable about a hinge feature, providing for easy manipulation and installation of the bulkhead within the shipping container. The bulkhead is suitable for construction with corrugated cardboard made from materials such as paper or plastic. The bulkhead optionally includes additional features such as a ripcord enabling quick and easy bulk material unloading, and an RFID tag enabling electronic identification and tracking of bulk material contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Stephen Michael Faivre, Richard Wayne Hook
  • Patent number: 7338239
    Abstract: An improved bulkhead and partition system in which at least two panels are independently attached to mounting members such that each panel can be moved independently. In a preferred embodiment, two bulkheads or panels are slidably attached to separate pairs of ceiling-mounted rails in a refrigerated trailer such that each bulkhead or panel can be independently slid toward the front of a trailer or toward the rear of a trailer to define, in cooperation with a removable center partition wall, a plurality of different cargo areas to be maintained at different temperatures. Alternatively, two bulkheads or panels may advantageously operate without a partition wall such that the panels may be placed side-by-side and fastened together to make a full-width bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: FG Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Nelson, Chad Nelson
  • Publication number: 20080031700
    Abstract: A cargo securing apparatus for holding cargo to the bed of a vehicle such as a pickup truck includes a one-piece body and straps. The body has a first horizontally extending portion, a second vertically extending portion and a third angled portion. The horizontal portion extends either under or over the cargo. The vertical panel extends along the end of the cargo. Straps are used to secure the body to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Ken Dibner