Device Includes Vertically Swinging Arm And Receptacle Support Pivotably Attached Thereto Patents (Class 414/408)
  • Patent number: 11358792
    Abstract: A refuse container lifter is provided that comprises a base, a cross member, and first and second side plates; first and second masts connected on a first end to the first and second side plates, respectively; a first piston/cylinder actuator having first and second ends associated with each of the first and second masts for moving the masts between first and second positions; a cross bar rotatably mounted between the first and second masts at the second end of each mast and having a crank arm associated therewith; a second piston/cylinder actuator having first and second ends associated with each of the first and second masts for rotating the cross bar; first and second spaced-apart forks rigidly mounted to the cross bar and configured to be received in fork pockets of commercial refuse collection containers; and a residential refuse cart lifter secured to the cross member of the base at a position intermediate the first and second forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: PERKINS MANUFACTURING CO.
    Inventor: James Rimsa
  • Patent number: 11332308
    Abstract: The mechanical arm system can include a garbage container holder and at least one mast. The holder can have guiding wheels engaged with adjacent tracks of the mast, the two adjacent tracks both having a lower portion extending upwardly along the mast, the lower portion of the first track being located forwardly of the lower portion of the second track, the lower portion of both tracks leading into corresponding upper portions which are curved rearwardly. The system can have a primary mast and a secondary mast slidably mounted to the primary mast, with the garbage container slidable mounted to the secondary mast. A driving link can simultaneously connect the primary mast to the secondary mast, and the secondary mast to the holder in a manner that when the driving link is moved, both sliding movements are performed in the same direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: GESTION CLAUDE BOIVIN INC.
    Inventors: Claude Boivin, Eric Boivin, Hugo Marsan
  • Patent number: 11332307
    Abstract: A refuse collection vehicle includes a grabber that is operable to engage a refuse container, a lift arm that is operable to lift a refuse container, at least one sensor that is arranged to collect data indicating an angular position of the grabber, at least one sensor that is arranged to collect data indicating a relative positioning of the lift arm, a first controller for adjusting the angular position of the grabber, and a second controller adjusting the relative positioning of the lift arm. The adjustment of the angular position of the grabber is coordinated with the adjustment of the relative positioning of the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Stanley L. Maroney, David G. Lewis, Robert B. Williams
  • Patent number: 11319147
    Abstract: Operating a refuse collection vehicle to collect refuse from a refuse container includes positioning a refuse collection vehicle with respect to a refuse container to be emptied, and manually engaging a switch to initiate a dump cycle to be performed by the refuse collection vehicle on the refuse container. The dump cycle includes engaging the refuse container with a portion of the vehicle, lifting the engaged refuse container to a dump position, and moving the refuse container to release contents of the refuse container into a hopper of the refuse collection vehicle. The dump cycle continues to completion as long as the switch remains manually engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Stanley L. Maroney, David G. Lewis, Robert B. Williams
  • Patent number: 11254499
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle includes a chassis, a body assembly coupled to the chassis and defining a refuse compartment, an electric energy system, and a lift assembly. The lift assembly includes a pair of lift arms pivotally coupled to the body assembly, a pair of forks pivotally coupled to the pair of lift arms, a lift arm actuator positioned to facilitate pivoting the pair of lift arms relative to the body assembly, and a fork actuator extending between the pair of lift arms and the pair of forks. The fork actuator is positioned to facilitate pivoting the pair of forks relative to the pair of lift arms. The lift arm actuator and the fork actuator are powered by the electric energy system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Rocholl, Derek A. Wente, John T. Kellander, Cody D. Clifton, Vincent Hoover, Zachary L. Klein, Clinton T. Weckwerth, Skylar A. Wachter, Andrew Kotloski, Wallace Buege, Caleb Binder, Martin J. Schimke
  • Patent number: 11254498
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle includes a chassis, a battery, a vehicle body, an electric power take-off system, and a lifting system. The chassis supports a plurality of wheels. The battery is supported by the chassis and is configured to provide electrical power to a first motor. Rotation of the first motor selectively drives at least one of the plurality of wheels. The vehicle body is supported by the chassis and defines a receptacle for storing refuse. The electric power take-off system is coupled to the vehicle body and includes a second motor configured to convert electrical power received from the battery into hydraulic power. The electric power take-off system is positioned within the receptacle. The lifting system is coupled to the vehicle body and is movable relative to the receptacle using hydraulic power from the electric power take-off system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Koga, Emily Davis, Jerrod Kappers, Vince Schad, Robert S. Messina, Christopher K. Yakes, Vincent Hoover, Clinton T. Weckwerth, Zachary L. Klein, John Beck, Brendan Chan, Skylar A. Wachter, Nader Nasr, Chad K. Smith, Logan Gary, Derek A. Wente, Shawn Naglik, Mike J. Bolton, Jacob Wallin, Quincy Wittman, Christopher J. Rukas, Dylan Hess, Jason Rice, Zhenyi Wei, Bashar Amin, Catherine Linsmeier, Joshua D. Rocholl, Dale Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 11130629
    Abstract: A refuse container or can tipper apparatus is mounted at the passenger side of a refuse collection vehicle having a refuse box with an open upper end. The apparatus includes a pair of lifting arms and a pair of pivot arms which are pivotally connected to a vertically disposed support member which includes a hydraulic cylinder or an electric linear activator for pivotally moving the pair of lifting arms and the pair of pivot arms. The outer ends of the lifting arms and pivot arms have a can or container engagement assembly secured thereto which may be a grip arm assembly or a hook plate assembly. The can engagement assembly is moved into contact with the refuse container and lifts the refuse container to a position above the refuse box and dump the refuse in the refuse container into the refuse box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Cory A. Vaselaar, Craig G. Broyhill
  • Patent number: 11124360
    Abstract: A collection body is designed and coordinated so that equipment and frequently serviced components can be easily accessed by any operator while also staying away from lanes of traffic. The collection body is further designed so the main hopper is substantially rectangular, so that sidewalls are continuous and support operation of ejection pushers and related component. This configuration is also coordinated with the collection hopper and other collection mechanisms, so that overall coordination of all components is efficient and effective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Garwin McNeilus, Grant McNeilus, Brian Meldahl, Jay Attleson, Ryan Smith
  • Patent number: 11091319
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a compaction apparatus having a hopper housing defining a hopper chamber to receive materials; a container storing the materials in a compacted fashion; a screw conveying the materials from the hopper chamber to the container and comprising a screw hopper segment extending in the hopper chamber; a partition assembly located between the hopper and the container; and a containment assembly comprising a flap mounted to the hopper housing and being movable between a loading configuration wherein the flap uncovers the screw hopper segment, and a containment configuration in which the flap at least partially covers the screw hopper segment to contain the materials in the hopper chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Scranton Manuactunng Company Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Lapointe, Maxime Cantin
  • Patent number: 11046329
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle has a chassis supporting a plurality of wheels, as well as a motor. A vehicle body is also supported by the chassis and defines a receptacle for storing refuse. A lifting system is coupled to the vehicle body and is movable between a first position and a second position vertically offset from the first position. The refuse vehicle also has a processing unit in communication with the lifting system and the motor. The processing unit is configured to access and toggle through a plurality of preset operational modes stored within a memory to adjust performance parameters of the refuse vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Cody Clifton, Jerry Shirley, Josh Rocholl, Zhenyi Wei
  • Patent number: 11008185
    Abstract: A system for transporting a proppant for fracking may include a transport vehicle, a proppant container, a container clutch part, and a floating clutch part. The transport vehicle may include a carriage having forks for engaging fork pockets of the proppant container. The proppant container may house proppant releasable using a release gate and actuator. The container clutch part may be connected to the proppant container and configured to transfer rotational movement to the actuator. The floating clutch part may be connected to the carriage of the transport vehicle and configured to engage and selectively rotate the container clutch part when the forks engage the fork pockets. The forks and fork pockets vary in size which leads to a potential for misalignment between the container and floating clutch parts. The floating clutch part is vertically and laterally positionable to compensate for misalignments between the container and floating clutch parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: The Taylor Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Craig Hillyer, Richard Warren Patterson, David Todd Palmer, Quinton Frank Stevenson
  • Patent number: 11001440
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a refuse vehicle, a carry can, and an electric energy system. The refuse vehicle includes a chassis, a body assembly coupled to the chassis, and a lift assembly. The body assembly defines a vehicle refuse compartment. The carry can is selectively couplable to the lift assembly. The carry can includes a container defining a container refuse compartment and an articulating collection arm coupled the container. The articulating collection arm has an actuator positioned to facilitate manipulating the articulating collection arm. The electric energy system is at least one of positioned on the refuse vehicle or positioned on the carry can. The electric energy system is configured to facilitate operating the actuator of the articulating collection arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Joshua D. Rocholl, Derek A. Wente, John T. Kellander, Cody D. Clifton, Vincent Hoover, Zachary L. Klein, Clinton T. Weckwerth, Skylar A. Wachter
  • Patent number: 10994929
    Abstract: An attachment for a vehicle includes an implement and a plate coupled to the implement. The plate has a top end, a bottom end, a right side, a left side, a first interface, and a second interface. The first interface includes (i) a first hook extending from the top end and positioned proximate the left side of the plate and (ii) a first aperture positioned proximate the bottom end and the left side of the plate. The second interface includes (i) a second hook extending from the top end and positioned proximate the right side of the plate and (ii) a second aperture positioned proximate the bottom end and the right side of the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. Haddick, Jarud H. Hoefker, Leslie H. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10974895
    Abstract: A fully automated container handling system for a refuse vehicle is provided that utilizes a vehicle-includes an extending, pivoting arm with a base equipped with a converging grabber to seize and empty the container. The base that grabs the container includes a sonar transducer that functions with a hydraulic system that operates the arm and grabber using a programmable mounted video camera which feeds video to a cab-mounted monitor to inform a driver of the location of a container of interest enabling accurate alignment of the vehicle. The system is operated by a single button in the cab and logic controller (PLC) computer program to run the hydraulic controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant McNeilus, James R. Cunningham, Brian R. Meldahl
  • Patent number: 10961095
    Abstract: An electric lift, including a base including one or more wheels, a column connected to the base, the column including a first end, a second end, a front surface, a rear surface, and a line, the line being displaceable between the first and second ends, a motor connected to the line, and a carriage connected to the line, the carriage being operatively arranged to engage a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Steven B. Hitchcock
  • Patent number: 10865827
    Abstract: A telescopic side arm for a refuse vehicle has an inner and outer boom. A mounting assembly secures the outer boom with a refuse vehicle. A plurality of bearing pads is positioned between the inner and outer booms to provide smooth movement between the inner and outer booms. A plurality of shims is associated with the bearing pads to assure a tight fit between the inner and outer booms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: David C. Gentry, Bryan Stewart
  • Patent number: 10814896
    Abstract: A drum transporter that can be used to move a drum from a first bed at a first location to a second bed at a second location is described. The drum transporter can be coupled to a drive cart and powered thereby. The drum transporter is operable to grab a drum on the first bed and pull the drum onto a support bed of the drum transporter for subsequent movement to the second location. The drum transporter is operable to push the drum off the support bed and onto the second bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James O. Eagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10752454
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing debris from job sites are disclosed. Carts for receiving the debris are also disclosed. Each cart has a base, a plurality of wheels extending downwardly from the base relative to a vertical axis, and a plurality of walls extending upwardly from the base. The walls and the base of each cart cooperate to define a debris-receiving space. The carts can be engaged by a lifting apparatus that rotates along an arcuate path to position the carts in an unloading position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: RICHARD S. BURNS & COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Allen T. Burns
  • Patent number: 10730694
    Abstract: A collection mechanism for a side loading refuse collection vehicle that can move both horizontally and vertically to service multiple compartments designed for specific types of refuse or recyclables. A grabber assembly can move horizontally on a rail in either a lowered position or in a raised dumping position. The grabber assembly can move vertically on a mast. Preferably a sprocket wheel and a track are utilized to move the grabber assembly vertically from a street position to a dumping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Goedken, Jared Rowland, Marlin Johnson, Roger Taake
  • Patent number: 10730695
    Abstract: A side-loading robotic arm for use with front-end loaders. The robotic arm is configured for disposition forward of a liftable container. The robotic arm includes a tip arm that is pivotable between a stowed position and an operational position. The stowed position stores the tip arm and gripper arms inside a vertical plane of the lifting forks of the front-end loader. Preferably, the tip arm and gripper arms are disposed in a cut-out recess on a sidewall of the liftable container. The operational position extends the tip arm and gripper arms outside of the vertical plane of the major lifting arms of the front-end loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony Stephen Kouri
  • Patent number: 10358287
    Abstract: A fully automated container handling system for a refuse vehicle is provided that utilizes a vehicle-mounted video camera which feeds video to a cab-mounted monitor to inform a driver of the location of a container of interest enabling accurate alignment of the vehicle. The system is operated by a single button in the cab and includes an extending, pivoting arm with a base equipped with a converging grabber to seize and empty the container. The base that grabs the container includes a sonar transducer that functions with a hydraulic system that operates the arm and grabber using a programmable logic controller (PLC) computer program to run the hydraulic controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Con-Tech Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant McNeilus, James R. Cunningham, Brian R. Meldahl
  • Patent number: 10274006
    Abstract: A telescopic side arm for a refuse vehicle has an inner and outer boom. A mounting assembly secures the outer boom with a refuse vehicle. A plurality of bearing pads is positioned between the inner and outer booms to provide smooth movement between the inner and outer booms. A plurality of shims is associated with the bearing pads to assure a tight fit between the inner and outer booms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: The Heil Company
    Inventors: David C. Gentry, Bryan Stewart
  • Patent number: 10239689
    Abstract: A multi-use garbage truck has an ability to not only to front load containers of garbage into a hopper in a refuse collection body, but also an ability to swap out the forks, if not arm connection assemblies, or even entire frame arms, to be replaced with one of a plurality of attachments which connect to at least one, if not both frame arms with attachments for various uses such as snow plow, leaf blower, street sweeper, bucket, grapple, etc. Furthermore, an ability to independently operate the left frame arm relative to the right frame arm can now be provided so that the left frame arm can utilize and perform one function and the right frame arm provide another or at least be independently operable from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Shane Peek, Richard Ford, Chad Gentry, John Smith, Bobby McKinney, John Bedwell, Brian Parker, Ken Beaver
  • Patent number: 10214350
    Abstract: An intelligent and information multi-vehicle collaboratively operating municipal refuse collection and transfer system and method are provided. The system comprises an automated system with multiple-degree of freedom intelligent dustbin grabbing, an operating system with two types of refuse vehicles collaborating, a multi-vehicle collaborative operation information system, and a fixed-point refuse collection operation confirmation and remote monitoring information management system for coordinating overall operation of the systems. The automated system with multiple-degree of freedom intelligent dustbin grabbing system is used for the refuse vehicles to automatically collect dustbins; the operating system with two types of refuse vehicles collaborating comprises a plurality of small- and medium-sized refuse vehicles and large capacity refuse vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: HUNAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Keli Liu, Guilin Wen
  • Patent number: 10196205
    Abstract: A refuse vehicle includes a chassis and a body assembly. The chassis includes a cab positioned at one end of a frame. The body assembly includes a plurality of panels configured to contain a volume of refuse therein, a ramp, and an ejector. The plurality of panels define a longitudinal direction, a hopper volume and a storage volume, the ramp is disposed within the hopper volume, and the ejector is configured to fully eject refuse from the storage volume. The ejector includes a wall at least partially defining an opening within a plane and a panel pivotally coupled to the wall. The panel is selectively rotatable relative to the wall between a closed position and an open position, the panel spanning the opening when selectively rotated into the closed position and angularly offset relative to the plane of the opening when selectively rotated into the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Gerard G. Betz, II, Yanming Hou, Gregory H. McCarty
  • Patent number: 10044390
    Abstract: In an illustrative example, an apparatus includes a passive-on-glass (POG) device integrated within a glass substrate. The apparatus further includes a semiconductor die integrated within the glass substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Changhan Yun, Chengjie Zuo, Mario Velez, Niranjan Sunil Mudakatte, Shiqun Gu, Jonghae Kim, David Berdy
  • Patent number: 9649174
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method is disclosed in which a lock sensing mode is entered for a robotic surgical instrument. In the lock sensing mode, the degrees of freedom of movement in the robotic surgical instrument are switchably reduced. Further in the lock sensing mode, one or more end effectors of the robotic surgical instrument are switchably clamped together in the robotic surgical instrument. An increased level of torque may also be applied to the end effectors to increase a gripping force applied by the one or more end effectors in response to the reduced degrees of freedom of movement in the robotic surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Nitish Swarup, Scott Manzo
  • Patent number: 9592957
    Abstract: This invention includes embodiments which disclose a collection and delivery vehicle with a cab portion, a chassis and a container box. The container box includes a lift mechanism, a material storage area which may include multiple individual storage areas, some dual use, and a conveyor, auger or other desirable material handling mechanism to receive the material from bins and move it to the material storage area and/or storage containers from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventors: David Rajewski, Rocky Rajewski
  • Patent number: 9586756
    Abstract: A weighing system for a waste-hauling vehicle having a front end loader with at least two arms for lifting a waste container, the weighing system comprising: an extensometer mounted on at least one arm of the front end loader, the extensometer secured to separate extensometer mounts so that the extensometer is operative to detect deflections in the front end loader arm in response to loads of varying weights; and a vehicle data hub in communication with the extensometer, the vehicle data hub operative to receive inputs from the extensometer and determine therefrom: (i) the weight of a waste container containing waste as the waste container is lifted by the front end loader for emptying into a waste receptacle on the vehicle; (ii) the weight of the waste container as it is lowered by the front end loader after the waste container has been emptied into the waste receptacle on the vehicle; and (iii) the net weight of the waste that was contained in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CONTROL SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventors: Gary O'Riordan, Thomas Lawlor, Cornelius Broderick, Eamon Hynes
  • Patent number: 9573756
    Abstract: A device for commercial waste collection has a first container and a second container. A lid covers the first container. A first pair of lifting sleeves is attached to side surfaces of the first container for lifting the first container. A second pair of lifting sleeves is attached to side surfaces of the second container and positioned below the first pair of lifting sleeves. A third pair of lifting sleeves is attached to the side surfaces of the first container and aligned with the second pair of lifting sleeves. The second pair of lifting sleeves and the third pair of lifting sleeves are used together to lift both the first container and the second container together. A latching mechanism is provided for preventing opening of the lid when lifting both the first container and the second container together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hybrid Containers, LLC
    Inventors: David Bennett, James A. Spahn, Steven D. Veatch
  • Patent number: 9533827
    Abstract: A container lifter and a low-encumbrance rubbish collection bin that can be used for a rear loading rubbish collection vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: PB Environment
    Inventors: Frédéric Le Palud, Philippe Quarteroni, Christian Reverdy
  • Patent number: 9272843
    Abstract: A refuse collection container has a box shape. A movable arm is movably mounted on the container. The movable arm grasps refuse cans and dumps the refuse cans into the container. A slot is formed on a rear wall of the container to enable a portion of the arm to extend through the container. The arm is positioned adjacent the slot such that a movable portion of the arm is positioned inside of the container. The arm moves horizontally in and out of the container to grasp and return refuse cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. Parker
  • Patent number: 9221602
    Abstract: An improved recyclables collection vehicle includes a lift mechanism for selective loading into any one of multiple hoppers on the vehicle. The lift mechanism includes a track which extends past the rear of the vehicle such that a moveable carriage may move along the track to collect a refuse bin located to the rear of the vehicle or on an elevated dock behind or alongside the vehicle. The carriage can be aligned with any one of the hoppers such that the lift mechanism will elevate the refuse bin and invert it over the hopper container. The movement of the carriage along the track and the raising of the lift mechanism are operated with a wireless remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Goedken, Jared L. Rowland, Marlin L. Johnson, Roger Taake, Keith Drewelow
  • Patent number: 9216856
    Abstract: There is disclosed a self-contained cart-tipping system for residential applications that can be installed on a variety of refuse collection truck types, including front loading, side loading and rear loading models. The cart tipper system of the invention includes independent hydraulic and electrical systems and needs only to be served by a source of electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Howell, Daniel F. Kubista
  • Patent number: 9114931
    Abstract: A container includes an enclosure housing an interior compartment for containing waste and further defining slots on sides of the enclosure for receiving lifting forks, a lockable rear lid pivotally connected to the enclosure, and an automatic unlocking mechanism actuated by lifting forks inserted into the slots for unlocking the rear lid to enable waste to be dumped from the container. The container may also be automatically re-locked when the forks are withdrawn from the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Haul-All Equipment Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Spahmann
  • Patent number: 9033640
    Abstract: A support rack for a side loading arm of a refuse vehicle has a frame to secure with the refuse vehicle. A support member is pivotally coupled with the frame. The support member receives the side loading arm. An actuating mechanism is coupled between the frame and the support member. The actuating mechanism moves the support member between a first and a second position. In the first position, the support member is in a locked position which locks the side loading arm in position with the support rack during over road traveling conditions. In the second position, the support member is in an unlocked position to enable the side loading arm to move away from the support rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Brian T. Parker, David C. Gentry
  • Patent number: 9028193
    Abstract: An adapter for front forks of a front loading commodity collection truck allows the truck to collect from rear load and side load style containers. An intermediate container is carried on the forks of the truck. An engagement apparatus is mounted on the intermediate container and is laterally extendible to engage the commercial container at curbside and draw the container to the intermediate container. The engagement apparatus will lift the commercial container and tip it over the intermediate container. Controls in the cab of the truck control operation of the adapter. The adapter can be removed easily from the forks when a front loading refuse container is encountered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Goedken
  • Patent number: 9028192
    Abstract: A lift apparatus includes an elongated spine having a top portion and a bottom portion, a traveler operatively connected along the elongated spine for traveling up and down the elongated spine, a single linear actuator operatively connected to the traveler configured to move the traveler up and down the spine, an arm, and a single hinge operatively connected between the traveler and the arm allowing the arm to hinge outwardly and upwardly to a dump position when the traveler is proximate the top portion of the elongated spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Stephen L. Wahls
  • Patent number: 8998555
    Abstract: A lightweight waste gathering vehicle is used to automate trash collection and removal from soft landscapes within recreation venues minimizing or eliminating damage to landscape. The lightweight vehicle can be used in crowded areas or areas where height, width and/or weight restrictions prevent the use of large refuse trucks. The lightweight waste gathering vehicle includes an automated arm, a tow-behind trailer and turf tires. In one implementation, the automated arm includes a lift arm type system. In another implementation, the automated arm includes a transport rail type system where the grabbers are mounted to a carrier and the carrier is mounted to a transport rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Little Giant Refuse Vehicle, LLC
    Inventor: James P. Ingham
  • Publication number: 20150093220
    Abstract: A refuse collection container has a box shape. A movable arm is movably mounted on the container. The movable arm grasps refuse cans and dumps the refuse cans into the container. A slot is formed on a rear wall of the container to enable a portion of the arm to extend through the container. The arm is positioned adjacent the slot such that a movable portion of the arm is positioned inside of the container. The arm moves horizontally in and out of the container to grasp and return refuse cans.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: THE CUROTTO-CAN, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. PARKER
  • Publication number: 20150093223
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable collection arm assembly for picking up refuse cans has an arm mechanism to pick up the cans. A lift mechanism raises and lowers the arm mechanism. The lift mechanism is coupled with the arm mechanism and a structure. The lift provides vertical movement to lift and lower the arm mechanism with respect to the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: THE CUROTTO-CAN, LLC
    Inventor: Brian T. PARKER
  • Publication number: 20150093221
    Abstract: A collection arm for a refuse vehicle or intermediate container has a collection arm adapted to be coupled with the refuse vehicle or the intermediate container. The refuse arm includes a pivot mechanism to secure it with a bumper of the vehicle or with the container. A telescopic boom is adapted to couple with the pivot mechanism. The boom has a grasping mechanism coupled with an end of the telescopic boom. The grasping mechanism moves garbage cans from a pick up position to an empty position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Brian T. PARKER
  • Patent number: 8979142
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel approach for restricting the movement of a moveable system. The disclosure describes a novel locking mechanism utilizing a gravity hinge assembly and pocket assembly. The disclosure further describes a novel method for locking a moveable system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, LLC
    Inventor: John Michael Curotto
  • Publication number: 20150030419
    Abstract: A loading assembly for a refuse collection vehicle wherein a pair of gripping arms can upend a refuse container into an intermediate container. A first set of gripper arms can be located on a first side of the intermediate container and a second set of gripper arms can be located on a second side of the intermediate container. The two sets allow refuse bins located on a curb side and street side to be serviced by the loading assembly. The intermediate container can then be emptied into a storage compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth D. GOEDKEN
  • Publication number: 20140341685
    Abstract: A track and guide system for a refuse vehicle has at least one track member mounted on a bumper of the refuse vehicle. The track member has a desired length extending transverse to the ground. At least one guide member is mounted on a front loading fork of the refuse vehicle. The at least one guide member contacts the at least one track member to prohibit horizontal movement of the front loading fork with respect to the refuse vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Richard FORD
  • Patent number: 8857024
    Abstract: A modification apparatus to convert an existing front loading refuse collection truck so that the lifted container remains level until the container is near the load opening of the refuse collection body of the truck. A mounting plate is bolted to brackets added to an existing refuse collection body and provides multiple connection points for attachment of one end of a slave cylinder that is hinged at its other end to one of the main lift arms of the collection body. As the rod of the slave cylinder extends or retracts with the movement of the lift arm, hydraulic fluid from the slave cylinder passes to fork cylinders which retract or extend to control the orientation of the lifted container relative to the lift arms. The apparatus can be easily added to a variety of existing front loading collection bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kann Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth D. Goedken, Marlin L. Johnson, Jared L. Rowland
  • Publication number: 20140271066
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for a vehicle includes a first hydraulic circuit, a second hydraulic circuit, and a main actuator. The first hydraulic circuit includes a first pump having a flow outlet; a first pressure line having a pump end coupled to the flow outlet of the first pump; and a first load sensing line having a pump end coupled to the first pump and a pressure end coupled to the first pressure line. The second hydraulic circuit includes a second pump having a flow outlet; a second pressure line having a pump end coupled to the flow outlet of the second pump; and a second load sensing line having a pump end coupled to the second pump and a pressure end coupled to the second pressure line. The main actuator is coupled to the first pressure line and the second pressure line and is configured to oppose a load force. The first load sensing line is separate from the second load sensing line such that the first pump and the second pump respond independently to the load force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: OSHKOSH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yanming Hou
  • Patent number: 8807613
    Abstract: A mechanized gripping apparatus for grabbing collection containers of a range of sizes is disclosed. The apparatus has converging opposed cylinder-operated finger arrangements which pivot together to close about a container for gripping and open to release a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Howell, Daniel F. Kubista
  • Publication number: 20140199143
    Abstract: A refuse collection vehicle has a receiving area in a refuse collection device. The receiving area includes a body cradle to receive at least one CNG tank. At least one CNG tank is positioned in the body cradle. At least one door covers the receiving area. The at least one door is pivotally secured on the refuse collection device to enable access to the at least one CNG tank without use of external lift device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: THE HEIL CO.
    Inventor: David C. GENTRY
  • Patent number: 8764371
    Abstract: A weight based load limiting system for a refuse vehicle. The system includes a weight determination module that generates a signal that varies in accordance with a vehicle weight. If the vehicle weight approaches or exceeds a predetermined maximum weight, the signal inhibits a portion of the loading or packing operation to prevent overloading the vehicle. In various configurations, the inhibiting can be to prevent a lifting of a refuse container to prevent emptying the container into the vehicle hopper. In other various configurations, the inhibiting occurs by maintaining engine power to less than the engine power typically output during a packing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Ralph Waldo Whitfield, Jr., Herman Edward Kelwaski