Self-loading Or Unloading Vehicles Patents (Class 414/467)
  • Patent number: 10607172
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate an intelligent automated trolley system. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving a trolley request. The method further includes determining one or more luggage characteristics of one or more luggage items. The method further includes determining one or more trolleys to send based on the luggage characteristics of the one or more luggage items. The method further includes assigning the one or more trolleys to assist the user based on the one or more characteristics of the one or more luggage items. The method further includes sending the one or more trolleys to a meeting location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Phani Kumar V. U. Ayyagari, Manish Bhide, Madan K. Chukka, Purna Chandra Jasti
  • Patent number: 10583849
    Abstract: A motorized apparatus is provided to lift, tilt and transport heavy tank-like objects such as water heaters. Structurally, the apparatus includes a hitching assembly which can be engaged with an elongated tank to hold it on the apparatus. A guide rail, which is mounted for rotation around a pivot point on a chassis of the apparatus, is also engaged with the hitching assembly. Screw-drives, which are engaged between the guide rail and the hitching assembly, are activated to move the hitching assembly in translation on the guide rail. Also, a screw-drive, which is engaged between the chassis and the guide rail, is activated to rotate the hitching assembly and tank together around the pivot point on the chassis. Further, drive wheels on the apparatus can be selectively activated to transport the entire apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: MASTER PLUMBING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michael S. Logsdon, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20150117995
    Abstract: A mobile drive unit is provided for transporting an inventory holder. The mobile drive unit is operable to dock with the inventory holder, move the inventory holder in a first translational direction, and while docked with the inventory holder, selectively rotate the inventory holder while continuing to move in the first translational direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Rafaello D'Andrea
  • Patent number: 8944741
    Abstract: A transport system for moving containers comprises a plurality of elevated supports having powered rollers and a transport having rails engaging the powered rollers. The transport has a member(s) for supporting the containers and means for moving the transport over the elevated supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Tubular Rail, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Pulliam
  • Patent number: 8930133
    Abstract: A system for transporting inventory items includes an inventory holder and a mobile drive unit. The inventory holder has a frame with device openings. The mobile drive unit is operable to dock with an inventory holder and undock with an inventory holder. When undocked from an inventory holder, the mobile drive unit is further operable to traverse a path from a first location to a second location. The path passes through at least a first device opening of the inventory holder such that the mobile drive unit passes beneath the inventory holder while moving along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter R. Wurman, Raffaello D'Andrea, Michael T. Barbehenn, Andrew Edward Hoffman, Michael Cordell Mountz
  • Patent number: 8858153
    Abstract: This invention relates to a top mount method, a top mount system and a combination of forklift truck and carrying vehicle having such a top mount system. The top mount method differs from the known methods in that the forklift truck lifting assembly at least is provided with a remote control unit to permit the operator of the forklift to mount the forklift onto the carrying vehicle from a position remote from the forklift. The top mount system comprises a track having a carriage slidably mounted therein and a ram for moving the carriage relative the track. The obviates the need to use the drive of the forklift under remote operation. Finally, there is provided a combination of a forklift and a carrying vehicle having the top mount system which together provide a useful and safer alternative to the known combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Barry McGrane, Kevin Turnbull, John McFadden
  • Publication number: 20140234059
    Abstract: A wellsite system that includes a bulk material transporter, a mobile tagger, and an uplink. The bulk material transporter includes a supply of a bulk material, a meter to measure output from the supply, and a data logger to log the output as a function of a predetermined parameter. The mobile tagger assigns transfer parameters to each transfer of the bulk material from the supply to one of multiple assets located at the wellsite, including the output measured by the meter. The uplink wirelessly transmits data from the log and the transfer parameters to remote data storage not located at the wellsite.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hubertus V. Thomeer
  • Publication number: 20140199146
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to carry solid refinery waste is disclosed. The vehicle includes a mobile tank including a plurality of compartments and at least one buffer disposed between each of the plurality of compartments. The vehicle further includes a plurality of manhole openings on a top wall of the tank, each manhole opening being associated with one of the plurality of compartments and being sized to enable an agitator to pass therethrough. The vehicle also includes a plurality of connectors, each connector being affixed to the mobile tank for movement therewith to selectively secure the agitator and a plurality of fluid valves sized to permit an emulsion of the solid refinery waste and at least one diluent to pass therethrough in flowable form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Maitland Company
    Inventor: Robert M. RUMPH
  • Publication number: 20140140796
    Abstract: A lifting system for lifting a person into a construction vehicle for operation thereof, including a wheelchair compatible seat which detaches from a wheelchair; and a lifting mechanism including a rack and pinion mechanism, mounted to a top portion of the construction vehicle, a rack portion of the rack and pinion mechanism being movable outwardly and inwardly with respect to a side of the construction vehicle, a crane assembly disposed on the rack portion and having a lifting cable with a clip mounted on the end, and a lifting harness connected to the wheelchair compatible seat and connected to the clip, wherein when the clip is connected to the harness, the crane assembly of the lifting mechanism is activated and the wheelchair compatible seat is lifted up from the wheelchair, moved inwardly by the rack portion to a seat position of the construction vehicle, and lowered into the seat position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: John CUNNINGHAM
  • Patent number: 8660692
    Abstract: The system includes a robot body and a main robot control platform. The robot body includes a mechanical part and an electrical control part. The mechanical part includes a horizontal moving unit, an objective carrying platform unit and a bearing unit which are arranged in X, Y and Z cartesian coordinate directions. The objective carrying platform unit includes an objective carrying platform and a battery drive mechanism arranged on the objective carrying platform. A battery pushing mechanism is arranged on the battery drive mechanism. The electrical control part includes a data collection device connected with a main control computer system, a power drive mechanism, an I/O model and a wireless communication model I. The wireless communication model I, the wireless communication model II of a control backend and the wireless communication model III in the remote control device wirelessly communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignees: State Grid Corporation of China, State Grid Shandong Province Electric Power Company, Electric Power Research Institute of State Grid Shandong Electric Power Company, ShanDong LuNeng Intelligence Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peiqing Miao, Bingqiang Li, Tongbin Wang, Lin Tan, Jinlong Zhao, Tongzhi Li, Liangmin Yu, Jun Du, Jinxing Wang, Chuanqing Wang, Hongmei Li, Jidong Liu, Yan Zhao, Shiyou Mu, Yutian Sun, Guanbin Wu, Yuming Gao, Huadong Zhang, Naiyuan Xu, Yong Sun
  • Publication number: 20130055512
    Abstract: The invention provides a special launching carrier with variable position platform and a method for bridge erection using the same. The special launching carrier with variable position platform comprises a special carrier for erection bridge beam and an under-bridge machine with platform. The special carrier for erecting beam comprises a main beam, a front wheel group, a rear wheel group and a lifting device; the under-bridge machine with platform comprises a under-bridge, a rotatable rear leg, a front roller, a middle roller, a rear roller and an erecting trolley arranged on the under-bridge, and the variable position platforms are installed on both sides of tail portion of the under-bridge. When erecting bridge beam, the front wheel group moves onto the variable position platforms, which may be elevated and folded in terms of conditions of the first and last spans of different bridges, so that the bridge erection is achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: BEIJING WOWJOINT MACHINERY CO
    Inventors: Yabin Liu, Shengjun Zhang, Da Pan, Fude Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130022432
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an engine cooling system. The engine cooling system includes a first heat exchanger receiving a first fluid and a second heat exchanger receiving a second fluid. The second heat exchanger is located adjacent the first heat exchanger, thereby creating a stacked heat exchanger. The engine cooling system also includes a third heat exchanger receiving a third fluid. The third heat exchanger is located apart from the stacked heat exchanger. A venturi is located between the stacked heat exchanger and the third heat exchanger. An air mover is mounted to the venturi and located within the venturi. The air mover is configured to move air through the stacked heat exchanger and through the third heat exchanger. In a specific embodiment, the engine cooling system is incorporated into a vehicle, such as a skidder vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: Caterpillar Forest Products Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Spitler
  • Publication number: 20130022433
    Abstract: A material transfer system including a first vehicle and a second vehicle. The first vehicle has a pressurized compartment maintaining a first air pressure therein. The ambient air outside of the pressurized compartment is at a second air pressure, with the first air pressure being different than the second air pressure thereby defining a pressure differential. The second vehicle has a material discharge device. The material discharge device is capable of delivering material to the first vehicle. The second vehicle having a reservoir for receiving the material. The material passing from the reservoir into the pressurized compartment without substantial loss of the pressure differential.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Noel W. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130004274
    Abstract: A hopper trailer for hauling bulk material. The trailer has a hopper, a gate mounted to the hopper, and a discharge system mounted to the gate. The gate has a frame with first and second discharge outlets. The first discharge outlet is positioned to discharge material by gravity beneath the gate. The discharge system receives material passing through the second discharge outlet, moves the material to an elevation that is above the gate, and discharges the material from that elevation. Preferably, the gate frame has first and second side walls within which the first and second discharge outlets are formed, respectively. Preferably, the gate has first and second doors each of which being moveable between a closed position that blocks one of the discharge outlets and an open position in which material can pass through one of the discharge outlets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventors: BRYCE ENGLE, Larry Minter, Jon Simonsen
  • Publication number: 20120315115
    Abstract: The present combination ladder rack and loader device is designed for use with pickup trucks. This device can function as a typical ladder rack, but also has the ability to lift large and heavy objects both into and out of the truck's bed. In one embodiment, the combination ladder rack and loader device can connect to the pick-up truck primarily through a receiver hitch allowing it to be easily disconnected from the truck when desired. This device can also comprise either a mechanical or an electrical winch to assist in the loading and unloading of large or heavy objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: James E. Prosser
  • Patent number: 8308417
    Abstract: A method and system for transporting, loading, and unloading various types of goods can include a motor vehicle having a tractor portion and a rectilinear shaped cargo area portion. The cargo area portion can include three traditional sides and a curtain side. The various parts of the system can include, but are not limited to, the following: a front, first width, solid side of the rectilinear shaped cargo area that is adjacent to a tractor portion. The system can further include a solid side along a first length of the rectilinear shaped cargo area. A first door can be contained with the solid side along the first length. Adjacent to the first door, a side-mount liftgate can be positioned. A rear, second width, solid side of the rectilinear shaped cargo area can contain a second door. The second door can be a rolling type door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Verrochi
  • Publication number: 20120141239
    Abstract: A technique is provided to limit the number of vehicles required during a well project involving a plurality of well construction related procedures. The technique utilizes a modular unit, e.g. a vehicle, and a plurality of modules that may be interchanged on the modular unit according to the scheduled well procedure. A separate crane unit can be used to move the modules to and from the vehicle as required for specific phases of well construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Glenn, Lars R. Halvorsen, Kirby Jon Walker, John Reinhart
  • Publication number: 20120087768
    Abstract: This loader is for transferring cargo containers between vehicles having an exposed center sill and end platforms to receive the loader between them. The loader has top and bottom frames for respectively extending over and under the center sill of the vehicle. The bottom frame is supported on wheels that fit under the sill. The top frame extends over the vehicle's sill and over the bottom frame of the loader and fits between platforms on the vehicle which supports the ends of the container to align. Air-lift bags on the top frame lift the container off or set it in place on the vehicle. The top and bottom frames are connected along one side to support the loader on its wheels to straddle the sill of the vehicle. The wheels are lifted to carry the loader on the vehicle for transport under the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Leonard D. Barry
  • Publication number: 20120082534
    Abstract: A wheeled vehicle such as a truck or trailer is disclosed including an apparatus thereon which may be connected to a recycle container so that the recycle container may be lifted from the ground onto the vehicle and then transported to a processing site. Once at the processing site, the apparatus causes the refuse container to be pivotally moved with respect to the vehicle so that the contents of the container are dumped from the container without the removal of the container from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: RALPH R. ROGERS
  • Patent number: 8142130
    Abstract: Automatic placement of safety cones from a moving vehicle is provided. The preferred safety cone would have a flexible cone part. A receptacle holds a plurality of safety cones either with the flexible cone part in non-compressed position or in spring-loaded position. The receptacle is removably attached to the vehicle. A releasing means that is attached to the receptacle is controlled and advances the safety cones in an automatic and controlled fashion, one-by-one, to different locations on a ground surface from a moving vehicle. The advantage is that it automatically handles the placement of a plurality of safety cones while driving. There would be no more need for a person to manually place the safety cones. It provides for increased road safety since it decreases or even eliminates the number of fatal or non-fatal accidents as well as chronic injuries of road-workers that are involved in placing safety cones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Worldwide Safety, LLC
    Inventor: Guadalupe C. Garcia
  • Patent number: 8137045
    Abstract: A bin tunnel having collapsible sides is used with a truck box of a truck to load content into the truck box from a bin that is sized to fit within the bin tunnel when the bin tunnel is in an open position. When the bin tunnel is in a closed position a footprint of the bin tunnel is very small compared to the open position because the sides are retracted. The footprints can be less when the bin tunnel is in the closed position from thirty (30) percent of the footprint of the bin tunnel in the open position. When the bin tunnel is closed, the contents of the truck box are secure as the space inside of the closed bin tunnel is too small to allow access to the interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Shred-Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph F. Roberto, David K. Yamamoto, Ian R. Pollock
  • Publication number: 20120057955
    Abstract: A commuter train ferry system comprises a plurality of railcars being joinable to each other to form a train. The railcars are operable for transporting a plurality of vehicles during a commuter trip. At least one flatbed railcar is joinable to an end of the train of railcars. At least one ramp system is operable for loading and unloading the vehicles from the railcars. The at least one ramp system comprises a plurality of driving surfaces. At least one ramp truck is configured for supporting at least a portion of the ramp system on a side of the ramp truck. The at least one ramp truck is operable for turning and moving the at least a portion of the ramp system on a ground surface in a plurality of directions to dock with the train in which the vehicles can be loaded and unloaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Anwar M. Farooq
  • Patent number: 8118532
    Abstract: A container transportation system that includes a dolly system that can be mounted underneath the container and then used, optionally in cooperation with a boom or lift, to navigate a container to a desired location. The dolly includes a motor mounted in a swivel bracket that facilitates movement of the dolly for storage. The dolly includes a locking mechanism to clamp in on a load. The dolly can be navigated through the use of a wireless remote control unit that is either held by an operator or by a device that is integrated into the electronics of a road tractor and/or dolly system. The system may include a mounting system for mounting the dolly to a road tractor and a boom for lifting the dolly from a deployed state to a loaded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Versa-Dol Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Herbert J Phillips
  • Publication number: 20120020763
    Abstract: Disclosed is system configured to place a load in a motor vehicle. The system includes a beam defining a first end configured to receive the load, and a second end configured to receive a counter force to the load; and a base defining a fulcrum for the beam, such that the second end of the beam receives a constraining force from a ceiling of the vehicle, the constraining force thereby acting as the counter force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Yoshisuke KURAMOTO
  • Publication number: 20110286823
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention can have one or more of the following features for a vehicle lifter: (a) a floor, (b) a frame operably coupled to the floor, the frame having a support extending from one end of the frame to an opposite end of the frame, (c) a trolley frame located between the frame and the support, (d) a support bar capable of being coupled to a vehicle, (e) a hydraulic lifter operably coupled to the support bar and the trolley frame, (f) a wheel operably coupled to the trolley frame, (g) a winch operably coupled to the trolley frame, (h) a winch line operably coupled to the winch at one end and to the frame at another end, (i) a housing coupled to the trolley frame, (j) a hydraulic motor within the housing, and (k) a hydraulics container within the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: U-Seelift, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Rogge
  • Publication number: 20110222997
    Abstract: A combination trailer is provided that includes a rear self-discharge trailer having a bottom surface, a front portion, a back portion, and two opposing side panels. The side panels of the combination trailer have a height that is less than the height of the front portion. An enclosure system is also included in the combination trailer and selectively covers an open top of the rear self-discharge trailer. One or more one locking pin assemblies are also included in the combination trailer and are attached to at least one of the side panels of the rear self-discharge trailer such that the locking pin assemblies can be used to secure the enclosure system in a desired position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: FIRST CLASS SERVICES, INC.
    Inventors: Randy Stroup, Benjamin J. Pritchett
  • Patent number: 8016539
    Abstract: A telescoping adjustable length trailer hitch with an hydraulic actuator for adjusting the length of the trailer hitch. The hitch being adjustable to provide for a longer hitch for road travel and for a shorter hitch for use in farm fields what used with a chemical applicator. The adjustable length hitch having an outside roller on the top of the tube which telescopes into the main tube and a roller on the bottom of the outside roller for rolling on the inside of the main tube to prevent binding as one tube moves inside the other. The telescoping tubes having a hinged safety link connecting the telescoping tubes so that they will not separate. The distal end of the trailer hitch having a bracket for adjusting the height of the trailer hitch relative the towing vehicle and a safety chain for ensuring trailer and towing vehicle will not become separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Fast Distributing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scot L. Potter, Darrell L. Dick, Verlyn K. Fast
  • Patent number: 8010220
    Abstract: A parts delivery management system and method that synchronizes production line side parts deliveries with a production schedule to facilitate delivering the right part to the right production line location at the right time. A consolidation center for receiving parts from suppliers is co-located with an assembly plant. Parts are received in returnable containers and organized for line side delivery according to the manufacturer's production schedule. Parts are delivered to production line locations using multi-cart “trains” that transport parts to the locations. Trains made of multiple carts are assembled throughout the production day and loaded with containers holding the parts that are then delivered line side. A delivery management system application executing on a computer receives production schedule data as well as part and container data to determine which parts are needed throughout the day at the various production line side locations and when they are needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Midwest Express Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Christopher Ames, John Campbell, Yozo Handa, David Wayne Hicks, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Joseph P. Lewis, Masahiko Minamikawa, Steven Michael Swank, Toshihide Tanaka, Yasushi Nagura
  • Publication number: 20110194920
    Abstract: The Jezco Waste Collection Truck provides a completely new method of picking up garbage on the residential and commercial garbage route. Instead of the garbage going into a vehicle that has to be dumped at an intermediate location then reloaded, the garbage goes into a leak proof container which is not dumped till the garbage reaches it final destination. The Jezco Waste Collection Truck is a medium duty 2 axle truck that holds the patented Jezco Container. This truck is a lighter duty vehicle than the standard garbage truck which is typically a 3 axle unit and much heavier. As a result the Jezco Waste Collection Truck is a less expensive unit. The Jezco Container is 100 percent leak proof and will not spill garbage juices onto the roadways and will eliminate the transmission of rodents. The Jezco Container has the ability to access back haul trucking which will reduce the fuel consumption used in hauling garbage and reduce the number of trucks on the road for garbage hauling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Gesuale
  • Patent number: 7980805
    Abstract: An ejector blade adapted to be combined with an ejector truck or trailer body. In one embodiment, the blade comprises fluidly actuated vibrators for loosening material that has become adhered to the ejector blade. In another embodiment, the blade is heated to help prevent material from being frozen to the blade. In yet another embodiment, the blade comprises a plurality of low friction guides to aid the blade in moving through the receptacle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventors: James Holmes, Peter Prillinger
  • Publication number: 20110156903
    Abstract: A solid medical waste collection system for collecting solid medical waste. The system includes a mobile cart with a bag for storing the waste. A pre-detection apparatus detects metal-containing objects prior to placing them inside the bag to reduce costs to the facility in which the cart is employed. The system may also include a bag-tensioning mechanism for securing the bag to the cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Bruce D. Henniges, Richard F. Huyser, Douglas L. Tyler, SR., Jerry A. Culp, Chris Philipp, Donald M. Malackowski, James G. Walen, Dennis A. Stratton, Paul A. Welch, Steven J. Carusillo, David S. Goldenberg
  • Publication number: 20110150606
    Abstract: A quay-wall system for loading and unloading containers includes a quay-wall having a open-air storage yard, a floating body berthed to the quay-wall and resting a ramp on the quay-wall, a pallet formed for receiving one or more containers, and a transporting device transporting the plurality of pallets in parallel. A mobile harbor for use in the quay-wall system includes the ramp, a loading space in which one or more pallets having one or more containers accommodated therein can be placed, wherein the loading space has guide grooves formed thereon for guiding a transporting device. A transporting device for use in the quay-wall system includes a transporting device for being coupled a plurality of pallets in parallel and transporting the pallets from the open-air storage yard to a floating body or from the floating body to the open-air storage yard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Tae-Eog Lee, Kook-Jin Choi, Seokhyun Lee, JungHoon Kim, HyunJung Kim
  • Patent number: 7927061
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved mounting system for mounting a forklift to the rear of a vehicle such as a truck or trailer. The mounting system includes in combination a forklift and a vehicle, the forklift having a frame, a pair of spaced apart front wheels and at least one rear wheel. The forklift also has a pair of forks that are movably mounted to the frame, the pair of forks movable in at least a vertical direction relative to the frame. The vehicle has a rearward end with a fork support that receives the pair of forks of the forklift. The mounting system includes a pair of mounting brackets, each of the mounting brackets being fixedly attached to the forklift frame or the rearward end of the vehicle and having an opening defined therethrough. The opening has a closed perimeter. Also included is a pair of receiving pins, the receiving pins being dimensioned such that they can slide through the opening in each of the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Moffett Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Keenan, Kevin Turnbull, Barry McGrane
  • Patent number: 7927063
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for mounting a forklift to the rear of a vehicle such as a truck or trailer. The method includes providing a forklift in a vehicle, the forklift having a frame, a pair of spaced apart front wheels and at least one rear wheel. The forklift also has a pair of forks that are movably mounted to the frame, the pair of forks movable in at least a vertical direction relative to the frame. The vehicle has a rearward end with a fork support that receives the pair of forks of the forklift. The mounting system includes a pair of mounting brackets, each of the mounting brackets being fixedly attached to the forklift frame or the rearward end of the vehicle and having an opening defined therethrough. The opening has a closed perimeter. Also included is a pair of receiving pins, the receiving pins being dimensioned such that they can slide through the opening in each of the mounting brackets. The receiving pins have a supporting position and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Moffett Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Patrick Keenan, Kevin Turnbull, Barry McGrane
  • Patent number: 7870922
    Abstract: A forklift truck (10) comprising a truck body, a fork mechanism at one end of the body, and at least one wheel (18) at an opposite end of the body, said at least one wheel (18) being mounted on the body for translational movement relative to the body between a working position and a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Moffett Research & Development Limited
    Inventors: Martin McVicar, Robert Moffett, Meredith Hall, Mark Whyte
  • Patent number: 7819618
    Abstract: A device and method for loading bulky objects such as Kayaks, canoes and sailboards on a higher level. The device is an expandable and flexible platform to be used as an extra pair of hands for holding one end of the object and pivoting the other end on the loading platform such as a car roof. An expandable pole from a base with a platform on the top permits one end of an ungainly object to be fixed to the platform to hold and act as a pivot point. The flexibility allows for loading from multiple directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC
    Inventor: Harlie D. Frost
  • Publication number: 20100247278
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for deploying a payload at a location are provided. The apparatus includes a mount adapted to be attached to a mobile unit while allowing normal operation of the mobile unit, and a deployment mechanism. The deployment mechanism supports a payload securing mode in which the deployment mechanism secures the payload to the mount and a payload deployment mode in which the deployment mechanism causes the payload to be ejected from the mount. The deployment mechanism is adapted to transition from the payload securing mode to the payload deployment mode in response to a control signal. The deployment mechanism includes a securing means adapted for securing the payload to the mount, an ejecting means adapted for ejecting the payload from the mount, and a breaking means adapted for breaking the securing means in response to a control signal, thereby causing the ejecting means to eject the payload from the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Eric C. Beck, Theodore Sizer, Cuong Tran, Susan J. Walker
  • Patent number: 7780394
    Abstract: The present invention overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art by providing a rotative platform powered manually through a hand crank or motor connected to a worm gear as the system motive force. Each of the arm bar lift is connected to a worm screw shaft providing synchronization as each arm bar rotates from the load position to the travel position. The device can rotate 360 degrees keeping a level platform through its entire rotation. This level platform rotation can only be achieved by having both arm bars connected and kept in time with each other with the worm gears and worm screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Shane Becker
  • Publication number: 20100196129
    Abstract: A compact mobile vacuum boring, and excavation method comprising a device which will create a vacuum condition within a vacuum container and having a vacuum conduit to air convey a liquid and or solid particles into the vacuum container. The vacuum container air inlet & outlet conduit arrangement may also facilitate the separation of solids from the vacuumed air flow by producing a cyclone effect within the vacuum container. A circular cyclone effect is created within the vacuum container by the arrangement relationship between the inlet and outlet vacuum air conduits and baffles. As the air velocity slows, the solids precipitate out of the air and settle in the vacuum container. A housing with filters disposed within it is also adjacently mounted near the vacuum container in order to reduce the quantity of connecting conduits and facilitate a compact, efficient and clean interaction between the vacuum container and the filter housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Lynn A. Buckner
  • Publication number: 20100129185
    Abstract: A loading apparatus having a base frame mounted to a vehicle. The loading apparatus has a first frame system connected to the base frame and a second frame system having a carriage slidably connected to the first frame system and a pivot frame connected to the carriage. The loading apparatus has a cable assembly having a stationary pulley mounted to the carriage and a pulley bracket mounted to the pivot frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Howard H. Hanson, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100129184
    Abstract: A cart for storage of items, such as air passenger luggage, and transport thereof between, e.g., airport sorting apparatus and aircrafts, comprises a chassis and a storage section. The storage section comprises one or more shelves, each of which is inclined with respect to the chassis, to allow items to be moved under the action of gravity between a loading end and an unloading end of the cart. A releasable closure structure is provided at the lower end of the shelf. The closure structure may form a continuation of the shelf when in its non-closing position. The cart is suited for automatic or manual loading and unloading of items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: CPH DESIGN A/S
    Inventor: Lars Thøgersen
  • Publication number: 20100104407
    Abstract: A transport system for moving containers comprises a plurality of elevated supports having powered rollers and a transport having rails engaging the powered rollers. The transport has a member(s) for supporting the containers and means for moving the transport over the elevated supports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: TUBULAR RAIL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert C. Pulliam
  • Publication number: 20100080678
    Abstract: A lift system for mounting on a vehicle comprising a platform, the platform comprising a main platform and a platform extension slidable relative to the main platform. A handrail is pivotably mounted on the platform and movable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The lift system also comprises handrail deployment means arranged to be actuated by movement of the platform extension to raise the handrail from the stowed position to the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Passenger Lift Services Limited
    Inventors: Adam Beck, Paul Edwards
  • Patent number: 7673889
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting and handling a cargo platform is provided. The apparatus includes a frame having a cradle beam that receives the cargo platform. The cradle beam supports a lower surface of the cargo platform. The apparatus further includes a locking mechanism operably associated with the cradle beam and actuates to securely fasten the cargo platform to the frame when the cargo platform is rested upon the cradle beam. The apparatus also includes a plurality of wheel assemblies for wheeling the frame along a ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James S. Wells, Anibal J. Garcia, Myles A. Rohrlick, John B. Simmons, Benjamin A. Harber, Thomas K. Reiner
  • Publication number: 20090311084
    Abstract: An agricultural work machine includes a hopper configured to store an agricultural product during harvesting operations, and an unloading system configured to receive the agricultural product from the hopper and to unload the agricultural product from the work machine. The unloading system includes a turret rotatably attached to a portion of the work machine; a base conveyor belt system configured to convey the agricultural product away from the turret; a base support structure pivotably coupled to the turret, the base support structure being configured to support at least in part the base conveyor belt system; and a shock absorption system configured to absorb a shock load transmitted between the base support structure and the turret.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Bruce A. Coers, Daniel J. Burke, Ryan P. Mackin
  • Publication number: 20090304482
    Abstract: A system for loading cargo containers into a storage hold, and offloading cargo containers from the storage hold, especially of a vehicle, such as an aircraft. The system includes at least one guide rail and a motorized platform, onto which cargo containers are loaded, cooperating mechanically with the guide rail. The guide rail guides the cargo laden motorized platform into the storage hold, and the motorized platform deposits the cargo upon remote command. The motorized platform has a chassis; a power source; a control module controlling drive motors of the wheels of the platform; and means for reciprocating at least a portion of an upper surface of the platform sufficient to elevate a load placed thereon above the guide rail height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: William C. Sanford, Trevor Laib, Brad Mitchell, Jesus Sanchez, Robert Mackness, Preston Mackness, Henry V. Fletcher, Kevin S. Callahan
  • Publication number: 20090297310
    Abstract: A pontoon boat trailer guide includes a structure inbetween pontoon bunks or cradles. The guide structure comprises an upper portion which is narrower than a lower portion. The upper portion provides a visual and gross centering guide. The lower structure provides a fine and automatic self-centering guide for alignment and trailering of the pontoon boat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: RONALD R. HECK
  • Patent number: 7597525
    Abstract: A bulk material cargo container liner system comprises an inflatable bulk material cargo container liner which has at least one vacuum discharge tube member disposed internally within the bulk material cargo container liner and extending along the longitudinal extent thereof for discharging bulk cargo material outwardly from the bulk material cargo container liner, and at least one inflatable air bag component for conducting the bulk material, disposed within the bulk material cargo container, toward the vacuum discharge tube member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. McMahon, Stanley Piotrowski, Douglas Miller, Oswaldo Mino, Shelley Stopper
  • Publication number: 20090214324
    Abstract: An adaptable handling system featuring a boundary subsystem and one or more robots. Each robot typically includes a chassis, a container lift mechanism moveable with respect to the robot chassis for transporting at least one container, a drive subsystem for maneuvering the chassis, a boundary sensing subsystem, a container detection subsystem, and a controller. The controller is responsive to the boundary sensing subsystem and the container detection subsystem and is configured to control the drive subsystem to follow a boundary once intercepted until a container is detected and turn until another container is detected. The controller then controls the container lift mechanism to place a transported container proximate the second detected container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Charles M. Grinnell, Joseph L. Jones, Paul E. Sandin, Clara Vu
  • Publication number: 20090142171
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a load. The load can include a perimeter with a first side and a second side, the second side extending substantially parallel to the first side and a plurality of supports extending from the first side to the second side, the supports allowing the load to withstand a lateral compression force suitable to lift the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventors: Frank K. Weigand, Aidan J. Bradley, Jeff Anderson, Gabriel T. Manville