Supporting Member Separable From Endless, Member-transporting Carrier, Or Disengageable From Endless Drive Means, And Movable Away Therefrom For Receiving, Discharging, Or Storing Vehicle Patents (Class 414/235)
  • Publication number: 20140219751
    Abstract: A storage structure (10) according to the invention comprises a plurality of pallets (14) that is each configured to carry a load such as a car (16), a vertical conveyor (12) including a number of endless chains (26), a support structure (24) that defines storage bays (18) in which the pallets (14) and cars (16) can be stored, a number of brackets (30) on each chain (26), and a sliding mechanism (44,46) on each level, for sliding the pallets (14) between the bays (18) and a position in which the pallet (14) is supported on some of the brackets (30) on the chains (26). The bays (18) are provided on opposing sides of the vertical conveyor (12) and are spaced apart vertically on multiple levels, with equal vertical spacing between the levels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Maurice Segal
  • Patent number: 8011870
    Abstract: A structure having floors for receiving and delivery of cars, and parking floors. Receiving and delivery floors have slat conveyors with platform carriers placed in slots in the conveyor. Cars are parked by patrons on the platform carriers. After the patron exits the car the conveyor conveys the carrier on which the car is parked to the front of an elevator. A power arm in the elevator draws the carrier into the elevator, and the elevator rises to a parking floor. On the parking floor the elevator power arm pushes the platform carrier with the car on top onto a waiting transfer module, which moves laterally to the front of an allotted parking slot. A power arm on the transfer module pushes the platform carrier with the car on top into the parking slot. Upon the patron's return the car is retrieved as described above but in reverse order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventors: Subramanian Venkatraman, Venkatraman Guruprasad
  • Patent number: 7169263
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coarse dirt collector (7) for removing coarse material from a pulper (1). The coarse dirt collector (7) comprises a support arm (8) with a collecting basket (9). The collecting basket (9) consists of a frame (11) on which tines (Z) are fixed by means of a grid. The coarse dirt collector can be pivoted into and out of the pulper, to which end it moves about an axis of rotation (A) positioned at an angle to the plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis (P) of the pulper. Said angle is between 20° and 40°. The advantage of said device is that the coarse dirt collector (7) has to carry out only one movement between its collecting and unloading position and unloading can take place automatically without need for a special scraping device. Because of the position of the tines (Z) there is no risk of undesirable loss of coarse material prior to unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Fea Gesellschaft F. Recycling V.E.U.A.M.
    Inventors: Harry Wiljan, Roland Carra
  • Patent number: 5668056
    Abstract: A manufacturing system for individually processing semiconductor wafers through a plurality of processing stations. The system has a plurality of processing stations, a multilevel track system that interfaces with the processing stations, and guided transport vehicles that operate on the track system to move individual wafers in wafer carriers between the stations. The carriers have a storage memory that contains the required process sequence and the capability to remember the completed process steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: United Microelectronics Corporation
    Inventors: Hong Jen Wu, Taylor Chen, Jack Lai, I. I. Chen
  • Patent number: 5399531
    Abstract: A manufacturing system and method for processing semiconductor wafers through a plurality of processing stations that perform manufacturing operations on wafers includes a plurality of processing stations, each of which are capable of performing at least one processing operation on a wafer, each of the processing stations having a controlled environment for processing the wafers, and a branched tunnel joined and communicating with the controlled environment. A means is provided for maintaining a clean environment in the tunnel. Within the tunnel there are provided a plurality of guided transport vehicles adapted to travel between the process stations. A plurality of wafer carriers, each adapted to support a single wafer and be carried by the transport vehicles, are part of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: United Micrpelectronics Corporation
    Inventor: H. J. Wu
  • Patent number: 5173027
    Abstract: An underground circular and non circular parking place where vehicle parking areas are obtained and arranged radius-like on several underground stories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Soilmec S.p.A.
    Inventor: Davide Trevisani
  • Patent number: 5118239
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cubic parking apparatus vertically formed with parking spaces in a multi-stage fashion to move a car in and out of the parking space through a pallet, in which guides and lateral guides are provided on the parking spaces and a carriage of an elevator, and a transfer device for laterally moving the pallet is provided on the carriage whereby when the pallet is delivered between the carriage and the parking space, a great torsional moment is prevented from being loaded in the carriage to simplify a construction of an elevator device. There is provided a cubic parking apparatus in which a turning device is provided which can be moved forward and backward in an approximately horizontal direction with respect to the carriage passing path, whereby a home position for moving the carriage above and below a position at which the turning device is disposed to move a car in and out of the parking space can be disposed on a suitable story, and parking spaces can be effectively secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Nissei Build Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Morioka
  • Patent number: 4950117
    Abstract: There are defined a lift space (E) and multi-storied housing spaces (X, Y) provided on at least one side out of the left side, right side, front side, and rear side of the lift space (E). A three dimensional housing apparatus comprises a liftable fork unit composed of a pair of liftable forks (5a, 5b) movable up and down in the lift space (E), and a plurality of traversable housing forks (20) each reciprocatingly movable between a corresponding housing space (X, Y) and the lift space (E). An object (C) to be housed can speedily and safely be warehoused in and delivered from a respective housing space (X, Y) by the liftable fork unit (5a, 5b) and a respective traversable housing fork (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: Junichi Go
  • Patent number: 4826384
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing a plurality of chassis in a vertically spaced relationship, which comprises a structure and a pallet support mechanism including a plurality of long guide members suspended from the structure via lifting and rotating mechanisms, includes a plurality of vertically spaced hooks attached to the structure and adapted to support pallets thereon, and a plurality of support elements arrranged in confronting relation to the hooks, the support elements being movable to and from the pallets supported on the hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazumasa Okura, Kazuo Saito
  • Patent number: 4768914
    Abstract: A storage system comprises a building structure having an array of contiguous storage spaces on each of at least one level. A plurality of movable storage platforms, on which such cargo as automobiles, shipping containers and the like may be loaded, is available, each individual platform to be moved into, stored or moved out of any one of the storage spaces. Each storage space is provided with a first apparatus for supporting and moving one of the storage platforms in a longitudinal direction, and with a second apparatus for supporting and moving a storage platform in a transverse direction. The two supporting and moving apparatus in each space may be alternately or selectively placed in contact with, and actuated to move, the storage platform therein, thus shifting the platform with its cargo in the direction desired into or out of the storage space. Remote and automatic programmed control of storage and retrieval movements of the cargo being handled may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Inventor: Peter Sing
  • Patent number: 4625857
    Abstract: An endless belt conveyor system has patterned belt transport surface for engaging loads having spaced protrusions on their bottom surfaces, such as, for example, multi-wheeled carts. The endless belt is trained over a pair of rollers, and has a plurality of nesting elements on its transport surface designed to match and engage the protrusions on the bottom of the loads. As each approaching load is identified, the belt speed is controlled so that the nesting elements on the belt surface engages the protrusions on the loads for securely engaging the loads during their transportation from one station to another. Different patterned belt transport surfaces are provided for engagements of the different protrusions of the loads with corresponding nesting elements on the surface of the belt during the transportation of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Z-Loda Corporation
    Inventor: Guenther L. Kuehl
  • Patent number: 4465417
    Abstract: At least one hanger rail having opposite ends is provided to support a plurality of parked vehicles. Two conveyor lines are associated with the hanger rail and extend transversely thereto to deliver the vehicles to one hanger rail and to receive parked vehicles from the other hanger rail means. Each conveyor line is associated with a respective end of the hanger rail, and the two conveyor lines are driven in mutually opposite directions of conveyance. Each conveyor line comprises an endless series of vehicle carriers, each of which is adapted to carry one of said vehicles and is of like cross section as the hanger rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1984
    Assignee: Voest-Alpine Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Erich Baumann, Klaus Eisenkolb, Werner Morawietz
  • Patent number: 4440090
    Abstract: Storage arrangement for truck conveyor trolleys is provided wherein trolley units are designed to run within a conveyance path defined by a trolley rail. The trolley units are engageable with a truck for receiving articles to be carried and can be attached and detached from the truck by positioning the trolley units on segmented rail portions integrally formed as part of the trolley running rail. By raising or lowering the scissioned rail segments with the trolley units positioned thereon, the trolley units will automatically engage with and disengage from the truck. Once disconnected from the truck, the trolley units can be stored in large numbers in a storage place, either on the rail segments or on separate storage rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Company
    Inventors: Masasumi Murai, Hirokazu Kondo, Shigekatzu Takino