Cable Operated Patents (Class 414/500)
  • Patent number: 11142111
    Abstract: A hoist apparatus assembly for a vehicle having a vehicle frame. The hoist apparatus assembly includes a hoist apparatus comprising a hoist apparatus frame. The hoist apparatus frame has a first end, a second end opposite the first end, and a longitudinal axis. The hoist apparatus assembly also includes an apron plate disposed at the hoist apparatus frame first end, and the apron plate defines at least one slot therethrough. Also, the hoist apparatus assembly includes at least one first bracket including a plate and a stem disposed at a right angle to the plate. The plate of the at least one first bracket is coupled with the hoist apparatus frame at the hoist apparatus frame first end. The stem of the at least one first bracket extends through the at least one slot in the apron plate and is coupled with the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Wastequip LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Stephen Franiak, John Jason Downing, Steven J. Kopka, Matthew Mock
  • Patent number: 11001186
    Abstract: An exemplary ramp system for an automotive vehicle includes a ramp member including an upper ramp surface and a lower ramp surface, the upper ramp surface including a retention feature, a first channel, and a second channel, the lower ramp surface including a guide member, a platform including an upper platform surface and a lower platform surface, the upper platform surface including a guide rail and a support assembly, and a drive assembly coupled to the platform. The drive assembly is actuatable to move the ramp member relative to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Wade W. Bryant
  • Patent number: 10968011
    Abstract: A pallet system has a pallet having two sides, two ends, a load area, and at least two feet. At least one of the feet has inside of it a reel rod holding a first gear, a front compartment cover, a hinge to allow the front compartment cover to open, and at least one cable on the reel rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AMERISTAR SOLAR, LLC
    Inventor: Sidney William Boyk
  • Patent number: 10504632
    Abstract: A movement system for moving a dry shielded canister includes a stabilization portion, and a canister support portion engaged with the stabilization portion, the canister support portion including a roller interface for supporting and moving a canister. A method of moving a dry shielded canister includes moving a roller interface from a retracted position to an extended position to engage with the canister; and moving the canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TN AMERICAS LLC
    Inventors: Uwe Wolf, Aleksandr Kofman, Anthony Payumo Villaflores
  • Patent number: 10173572
    Abstract: A roll off trailer includes first and second trolley assemblies and a hoisting cable connected at one end to the first trolley assemble and extending about a sheave in each of the first and second trolley assemblies. The cable connects to a container. The second trolley is displaced in a first direction while simultaneously drawing the container via the cable from the first grounded container position to a second container position generally midway atop the trailer. Then, the first trolley is displaced in a second direction while simultaneously drawing the container via the cable from the second container position to a third container position generally adjacent the front of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Kibler
  • Patent number: 9976419
    Abstract: In combination a loader unit and haul unit for use in a block caving mining operation. Each of the loader unit and the haul unit comprise a removable bucket, which can be used for loading ore. In use the bucket carrying a load of ore can be transferred from the loader unit to the haul unit so that the haul unit can transport the ore from a loading site to a crusher. The loader unit and haul unit have a respective longitudinal axis extending from the fore end to the aft thereof, and the bucket is elongate with a longitudinal axis. In use when the bucket is mounted to the loader unit the longitudinal axis of the bucket is disposed orthogonally to the longitudinal axis of the loader unit. When the bucket is transferred to the haul unit, the bucket is placed upright on the haul unit with the longitudinal axis of the bucket parallel to the longitudinal axis of the haul unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Russell Mineral Equipment Ptd Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter John Rubie
  • Patent number: 9902305
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading and unloading containers of various sizes onto and off of a roll-off vehicle comprises a top frame and at least one lift actuator operable to pivot the top frame away from a horizontal home position to rearwardly incline the top frame. The top frame includes a main portion, a head portion longitudinally displaceable relative to the main portion, a plurality of sheaves, a cable extending through the sheaves, and a hoist actuator operable to displace the head portion between a retracted position and an extended position. The cable has a fixed end coupled to the head portion and a free end for coupling to a container. The hoist actuator is operated while the top frame is away from the home position to displace the head portion toward the extended position to load a container onto the vehicle, and toward the retracted position to unload the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Omaha Standard, LLC
    Inventors: Lazar Marmur, Kenneth E. Bailey, Wayne Harry Davis
  • Patent number: 9534355
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator capable of achieving suppression of decrease in weight of a counterweight and appropriate arrangement of an exhaust gas treatment device is provided. First and second exhaust gas treatment devices are disposed in an order of the second exhaust gas treatment device and the first exhaust gas treatment device from a center toward an end in a lateral direction. A rear end of the first exhaust gas treatment device is arranged forward relative to a rear end of the second exhaust gas treatment device. A counterweight has, in its inner peripheral surface, a second surface portion on a central side in the lateral direction in a plan view and a fourth surface portion on an end side. The fourth surface portion protrudes forward relative to the second surface portion, and a step portion is formed between the second surface portion and the fourth surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Hikaru Kanou
  • Patent number: 9380881
    Abstract: A bed lift system for a vehicle includes a first moving member, a guide member, a second moving member, and a flexible drive member. The first and second moving member are configured to be coupled to a bed. The guide member is configured to be coupled to the vehicle and cooperate with the first moving member to guide vertical movement of the bed. The flexible drive member is coupled to the first moving member and the second moving member. The bed lift system is configured so that raising the first moving member exerts tension on the flexible drive member which raises the second moving member and lowering the first moving member releases tension on the flexible drive member which lowers the second moving member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20150110590
    Abstract: An interchangeable platform that encompasses side beams at the sides and at least one support structure, with what the side beams are fastened to each other. Side beams are into sideways direction, perpendicular to the longitudinal direction, at least partially open and closed from up and down and they have an upside-down G-profile. An interchangeable platform encompasses at least one longitudinal guide. The interchangeable platform can be guided by the guide to the transport device, can be locked by side beams to the transport device and load fastening equipment can be fastened to side beams. Additionally a transport device that encompasses side guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Seppo Narinen
  • Patent number: 9004842
    Abstract: A hoist apparatus is provided for loading an article onto a vehicle. The hoist apparatus generally includes a frame; a stationary sheave block including at least a first pulley and a second pulley; a moveable sheave carrier adapted for movement along the length of the frame, the moveable sheave carrier including at least a third pulley and a fourth pulley. At least one powered winch mechanism is attached to the moveable sheave carrier for moving the moveable sheave carrier along the length of the frame. A cable is provided which includes a first end detachably fixed to an article to be loaded onto a vehicle and a second end fixed to the hoist apparatus, the cable being adapted for travelling through the first pulley and the second pulley of the stationary sheave block and the third pulley and fourth pulley of the moveable sheave carrier in a predetermined path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Wastequip, LLC
    Inventors: John J. Downing, Nathan L. Martindale
  • Patent number: 8998557
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading a camper-insert, or other large-volume load, onto the bed of a pickup truck comprises a stiff-leg frame for supporting the load from the ground, the frame preventing the load from applying weight to the tail end of the bed with damaging consequences while the load is being cantilevered into position over the frame by the draw of a winch and cable system. The apparatus uses at least one telescoping leg to lift the rear of the load as part of a novel hoist assembly, which dynamically braces the telescoping leg on a foot while providing minimal interference to nesting the camper-insert closely to the host surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: David Douglas Dieziger
  • Publication number: 20140271070
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading a camper-insert, or other large-volume load, onto the bed of a pickup truck comprises a stiff-leg frame for supporting the load from the ground, the frame preventing the load from applying weight to the tail end of the bed with damaging consequences while the load is being cantilevered into position over the frame by the draw of a winch and cable system. The apparatus uses at least one telescoping leg to lift the rear of the load as part of a novel hoist assembly, which dynamically braces the telescoping leg on a foot while providing minimal interference to nesting the camper-insert closely to the host surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: David Douglas Dieziger
  • Patent number: 8727692
    Abstract: A movable frame is adapted to be loaded onto and unloaded from a stationary frame mounted on a vehicle. A platform is releasably mountable onto said movable frame. The platform and movable frame may be hoisted simultaneously when being loaded and unloaded from the stationary frame. The platform includes a downwardly depending support legs which are of sufficient length to maintain the platform elevated above a first portion of the movable frame which is inserted under said platform when said movable frame is resting in a lowered position when unloaded from the stationary frame. The movable frame may be raised to engage with the underside of said platform. Interlocks cooperate between said platform and said movable frame so that the movable frame centers onto and mates with said underside of said platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Dana William Simpson
  • Patent number: 8700274
    Abstract: A method implemented by a programmable controller in a hauling machine having an engine, moveable ground engaging elements, and a bed actuable by at least one hoist cylinder controlled by an operator hoist control device, determines whether the bed is empty by determining a position of the operator hoist control device, applying a gain dependent upon the position, applying an integrator over time to provide a resultant hoist figure, comparing the resultant hoist figure to a hoist minimum constant, and, if the hoist figure is less than or equal to the hoist maximum constant, concluding that the bed is empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Balmes Tejeda, James W. Landes
  • Patent number: 8602712
    Abstract: This invention relates to a demountable vehicle body system, in which a variety of different body types can be mounted and demounted from a vehicle chassis or trailer to enable a single vehicle chassis or trailer to be utilized for a variety of different purposes. In particular, the present invention relates to a demountable vehicle body system for motor vehicles and trailers which provides for a convenient and cost effective use of a variety of vehicle body types. Advantageously, the present invention provides a demountable vehicle body system that is capable of safely mounting or demounting a wide variety of vehicle body types, including fully-loaded heavy bodies, in a smooth and efficient manner. The vehicle body system described herein can be mounted or demounted in a matter of minutes by a single operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Alvin Ritson
  • Patent number: 8534978
    Abstract: A simplified apparatus is provided to exploit certain unique characteristics of DC winches, whereby two winches may be cooperatively joined to load and unload a light-duty truck. Since the speed and torque are linearly related in a DC motor, it possible to manipulate certain parameters, such as the resistance of the armature and the mechanical leverage applied to the load, to result in a stable dynamic between two oppositely-directed DC-motor winches. The novel concept avoids the need for controls to coordinate the winches, and no installation is required that would otherwise limit the use of the truck for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: David Douglas Dieziger
  • Patent number: 8444365
    Abstract: A container handling system and method for a wheeled transport vehicle is disclosed that is capable of loading and unloading containers, particularly in locations where the overhead height is limited. A hinged tail member at the rear end of the elongated body (a/k/a tilt frame member) is rotated adjacent the ground allowing the containers to be loaded and unloaded without rotating the tilt frame to its maximum height. A cable reeving arrangement, such as a dual reeving arrangement, can be utilized to load and unload the containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: The Heil Co.
    Inventors: Charles A. Duell, Richard T. Williams
  • Patent number: 8376684
    Abstract: A loader and carrier apparatus for recreational vehicles such as boats, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, all terrain vehicles. The loader and carrier apparatus includes a rack assembly mountable on a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, as well as a wheeled trailer assembly with an upwardly slanted front end. A winch is connected to the rack assembly and functions to pull the slanted front end of the trailer assembly into engagement with a lower horizontal crossbar of the rack assembly so as to guide the frame in an upward direction and thereafter pulls the frame of the trailer assembly over a middle horizontal crossbar until the trailer assembly is caused to rotate to a substantially horizontal position on the rack assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Pedro A. Juarez-Ortega
  • Patent number: 8360710
    Abstract: A device and method for transferring cargo are disclosed, including transferring cargo between an aft-loading aircraft and a ground transportation vehicle. In one embodiment, the invention may include a tilt frame, a transfer bed, and an adjustable carriage. The tilt frame may be pivotally engaged to a vehicle chassis where the tilt frame has a first end near the cab of the vehicle and a second end distal from the cab. The transfer bed may have a first end connected to the tilt frame and may be movable along an upper surface of the tilt frame. The adjustable height carriage may support a second end of the transfer bed. The transfer bed may be leveled at varying heights by moving the first end of the transfer bed along the upper surface of the tilt frame, and by varying the height of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc
    Inventors: John M Cullum, David W Bannon, Dean T Mullin, Christopher L Wilcox
  • Patent number: 8197176
    Abstract: This invention relates to a folding ramp for vehicle access, made up of two frames. (5 and 6), linked to one another by a hinge (7) and with the door frame through a hinge (8), which frames can shift between a folded position, folded upon the door, and a deployed position, each frame being made up of two longitudinal beams (15 and 16) and an intermediate floor formed by a moving section (17) and at least one fixed section (18), the moving section (17) being able to shift between a position superimposed with the fixed section (18) and another extracted position, in which it is extended with the fixed portion (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Javier Salazar Corcuera
  • Patent number: 8029228
    Abstract: A cable hoisting apparatus for loading and unloading of containers with respect to vehicles including a modular assembly allowing the apparatus to be easily attached or detached with respect to the vehicle. This modular assembly includes a subframe directly attachable detachably to the vehicle which includes a reeve cylinder and a lifting cylinder mounted therewithin. A top frame is included which is pivotally movably mounted to the subframe. The lifting cylinder powers pivotal movement of the top frame. Loading and unloading of the container is powered by the reeve cylinder. The reeve cylinder moves a shoe within a shoe track which extends or contracts a cable attached to a container which is positioned about a plurality of sheaves one of which is attached to the slideable shoe. A positively engaging locking construction is included defined between the subframe and the top frame for positively retaining the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Omaha Standard, Inc.
    Inventor: Lazar Marmur
  • Publication number: 20110076122
    Abstract: This invention relates to a demountable vehicle body system, in which a variety of different body types can be mounted and demounted from a vehicle chassis or trailer to enable a single vehicle chassis or trailer to be utilised for a variety of different purposes. In particular, the present invention relates to a demountable vehicle body system for motor vehicles and trailers which provides for a convenient and cost effective use of a variety of vehicle body types. Advantageously, the present invention provides a demountable vehicle body system that is capable of safely mounting or demounting a wide variety of vehicle body types, including fully-loaded heavy bodies, in a smooth and efficient manner. The vehicle body system described herein can be mounted or demounted in a matter of minutes by a single operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Alvin Ritson
  • Patent number: 7901174
    Abstract: A device and method for transferring cargo are disclosed, including transferring cargo between an aft-loading aircraft and a ground transportation vehicle. In one embodiment, the invention may include a tilt frame, a transfer bed, and an adjustable carriage. The tilt frame may be pivotally engaged to a vehicle chassis where the tilt frame has a first end near the cab of the vehicle and a second end distal from the cab. The transfer bed may have a first end connected to the tilt frame and may be movable along an upper surface of the tilt frame. The adjustable height carriage may support a second end of the transfer bed. The transfer bed may be leveled at varying heights by moving the first end of the transfer bed along the upper surface of the tilt frame, and by varying the height of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc
    Inventors: John M. Cullum, David W. Bannon, Dean T. Mullin, Christopher L. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7895956
    Abstract: A firebox apparatus is adapted for transport on a vehicle having a roll-off hoist mechanism by providing parallel guides on the underside of a supporting skid assembly of the firebox apparatus for engaging siderails of a tiltable roll-off track of the hoist mechanism, and by providing reinforced front and rear portions connecting parallel longitudinal skid members to maintain an opening at the bottom of the firebox apparatus yet make the firebox apparatus sufficiently sturdy to withstand loads encountered during loading an unloading from the transport vehicle. The firebox apparatus includes an air curtain system for limiting pollution resulting from incineration of waste. The present invention enables easy installation and removal of the firebox apparatus in crowded environments, such as urban environments, to cleanly burn waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Air Burners LLC
    Inventor: Brian M. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 7866934
    Abstract: A loading device can be mounted quickly and easily to a roll-off vehicle by mounting a yoke assembly to the frame of the roll-off vehicle. The yoke assembly includes a pair of attaching potions which extend from the vehicle, and each of the attaching portions is provided with an opening. A pair of hydraulically actuated hooks are pivotally mounted on the loading device. The loading device is pulled onto the roll-off vehicle so that the hooks are adjacent the attaching portions of the yoke assembly. The hooks are then pivoted to extend through the openings in the attaching portions so that the hooks are secured to the attaching portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Petersen Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Osburn, Lee F. Rathbun
  • Publication number: 20100272549
    Abstract: A platform and trailer assembly which permits a user to load an object on a cargo platform at ground level and hoist the platform onto a trailer. Also, a kit for adaptation of the standard trailer is shown with the subassemblies of the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Carl Petty
  • Patent number: 7780393
    Abstract: A transporter for transporting and deploying vehicle security barriers includes a central carrier that is rotatable between a longitudinal transport orientation and a transverse deployment orientation. A cable lift apparatus is connectable to the security barriers on the ground and operable to lift the barriers into the central carrier irrespective of the orientation of the central carrier. A plurality of pivoted dogs is arranged around the central carrier at vertically spaced levels to define transport positions for the security barriers within the central carrier. The pivoted dogs are mounted to allow the barriers to pass upwardly past the dogs, but not be lowered past the pivoted dogs unless the dogs have been manually pivoted to permit the barriers to be lowered. The barriers can be transported longitudinally on the transporter and deployed transversely through rotation of the central carrier which can rotate ninety degrees to either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Pro Barrier Engineering, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas E. Potter
  • Patent number: 7695237
    Abstract: A refuse collection vehicle has a lifting apparatus for lifting a refuse storage container onto and off the vehicle's flat bed body. The lifting apparatus employs a pulley apparatus including a plurality of pulleys and a pulley carrier that is moved reciprocally by a single fluid actuated cylinder. A pulley cable is connected to the pulleys in a predetermined manner to apply to the pulley carrier substantially equal forces so the carrier avoids twisting laterally as it moves reciprocally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Kosti Shirvanian
  • Patent number: 7563065
    Abstract: A system for transporting and maintaining a storage container is shown and described. The system comprises a vehicle including a frame capable of receiving a storage container. The system also includes a winch, a container-conveyor, and a lift. The storage container is sized for being removably received by the frame and includes a winch-interface, a container-conveyor-interface, and a lift-interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Evron Ray Bennett
  • Publication number: 20080279663
    Abstract: A multiple function landscaping method and system is capable of operating with or without a dump box. A lower lift, crane or hoist can be utilized by itself or in combination with an upper positioned dump box. The novel usage of a single truck bed to achieve such functions as tree delivery, debris removal and top soil delivery enables landscaping to be more efficiently and economically performed, thus providing a significant advantage to the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Larry Alexander
  • Publication number: 20080014067
    Abstract: A cargo carrier includes at least one rail and a sled. The sled slidably engages the rail. One end of rail has a downward sloping portion. When the sled slides along the rail the sled will tilt when the rollers engages the sloping portion of the rail. While in the tilted position, cargo can be unloaded from the sled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Publication date: January 17, 2008
    Inventor: Richard A. Calder
  • Patent number: 7112030
    Abstract: A roll off container hoist with a front retractable loading frame includes a hoist with a break or discontinuity of the loadable frame structure at a forward end of the hoist. The roll off container hoist is mounted on a vehicle having hydraulic circuits for operating the hoist. The hoist includes a main hoist frame pivoted to a vehicle frame at a rear pivot point. The hoist includes a main lift cylinder attached to the vehicle frame and the main hoist frame for pivoting the main hoist frame to the loading/unloading position. The hoist includes an extension frame slidably coupled to the main hoist frame and extendable there-from that is loadable at any dump angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Dan C. Renziehausen
  • Patent number: 7037062
    Abstract: A truck has an extendable and retractable truck bed for receiving removable and replacing truck boxes of different lengths. The truck bed can be extended or retracted to fit the size of the truck box. The truck bed has movable supports that can be extended or retracted from inside or outside a cab to support the appropriate length of the truck box. The movable supports also act as guide means to guide the truck box onto or off of the truck bed. In a method of extending or retracting the truck bed, a single truck can be used to mount or remove truck boxes of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: On-Trux Limited
    Inventor: Craig Leslie Oliver
  • Publication number: 20040247420
    Abstract: A load handler with a modular frame and the manufacture and assembly of the frame and loader and components that may be used therein. A frame is provided that has a low pivot point for a boom. The frame has left and right side rails, and front and rear cross rails, each having a closed cross-section construction. The side rails and cross rails are modular and the cross rails of a selected size are configured to fit a plurality of sizes of side rails, such that the same size cross rails may be used to construct a variety sizes and capabilities of load handling vehicles in a flow type manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: James A. Baumann, Travis A. Stuart, Daniel K. Schlegel, David G. Petrovic, Philip G. Schaffner, Richard F. King, James R. Wisnoski
  • Publication number: 20040247421
    Abstract: A method of picking products in a pick-to-light system includes arranging products in first and second rows of adjacent picking locations wherein the products are available for picking. Groups of totes are aligned with the picking locations where products to be picked are matched up with the applicable totes. When indicated, products are picked and placed in the indicated totes. When the indicated products are picked for each indicated tote in a given group of totes and the picks are complete for the upstream totes in a given row of picking locations, the group of totes in the given row are indexed so that the totes align with other picking locations in the given row.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventors: Leland N. Saunders, George J. Zeeff
  • Publication number: 20040240976
    Abstract: A working vehicle which comprises a work machine in the front section of the vehicle body and is provided with a counterweight in the rear section of the vehicle body, in which the counterweight is formed in a condition that the upper surface of the counterweight is positioned higher than the seating surface of an operator seat provided in the vehicle body, and in which a moment of the rear section of the vehicle can be increased without forming the counterweight to bulge backward, thus the work range for the work machine can be expanded without damaging the work performance of other functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Kinichi Otsuka, Sachio Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20040191039
    Abstract: An apparatus for collection and loading of material into hauling vehicles, such as rear-loading trucks. The apparatus includes a receiving member, preferably formed in the shape of a platform or tray, that is attached to the vehicle by a connector proximate its storage area. The connector allows the receiving member to be rotated from a deployed position, in which material is loaded on to the receiving member, towards a generally upright transfer position, in which the material is transferred to the storage area of the vehicle. The apparatus includes an operation means, which is activated to raise and lower the receiving member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Paul H. Lundeen
  • Publication number: 20040161322
    Abstract: This carrier allows you to carry your boat and tow your recreational trailer at the same time. Fitted with the lilting bed, a single person can load and unload the boat in less then a minute using an electrical, 12 volt wench. This carrier can be adjusted to fit any pick-up bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventors: Kenneth Brachman, Carol Brachman
  • Publication number: 20040151565
    Abstract: An apparatus for transporting and filling a freight container, such as an ISO standard intermodal container, with grain or other crop at the point of harvest. The apparatus includes a chassis adapted to support the freight container and a hopper for receiving grain from a harvesting machine. A conveyor moves the grain from the hopper and into the container. The apparatus is pulled by a tractor or can be a self propelled vehicle to move the container through a field to the harvester to receive grain and fill the container while the harvester continues to move through the field harvesting grain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Richard D. Zaun, Richard W. Hook, John D. Long, John Overbeeke, Bruce L. Warman, Gregory M. Knott, John M. Robinson, Christopher G. Kay, Mark Guterman, Dmitry I. Spivak, Thomas E. Sparrow, John A. Madson, Jon Ambuehl
  • Patent number: 6769858
    Abstract: An electrically operated, compact, loader apparatus adaptable to a vehicle such as a truck bed of a cargo rack of an ATV, including a self deploying and recovery load platform and a folding telescopic mast that lies flat on the cargo rack of a truck bed or ATV allowing other cargo to be carried on top of the loader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventors: Adron E. Butler, Jason Nealy
  • Publication number: 20040042883
    Abstract: A truck has an extendable and retractable truck bed for receiving removable and replacing truck boxes of different lengths. The truck bed can be extended or retracted to fit the size of the truck box. The truck bed has movable supports that can be extended or retracted from inside or outside a cab to support the appropriate length of the truck box. The movable supports also act as guide means to guide the truck box onto or off of the truck bed. In a method of extending or retracting the truck bed, a single truck can be used to mount or remove truck boxes of different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Craig Leslie Oliver
  • Patent number: 6641353
    Abstract: A truck has an extendable and retractable truck bed for receiving removable and replacing truck boxes of different lengths. The truck bed can be extended or retracted to fit the size of the truck box. The truck bed has movable supports that can be extended or retracted from inside or outside a cab to support the appropriate length of the truck box. The movable supports also act as a guide to guide the truck box onto or off of the truck bed. In a method of extending or retracting the truck bed, a single truck can be used to mount or remove truck boxes of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: On-Trux Limited
    Inventor: Craig Leslie Oliver
  • Patent number: 6634849
    Abstract: A device for loading and unloading a motorcycle onto and from a transport surface of a vehicle includes a dolly assembly that has a plurality of spaced apart wheels. The wheels carry a frame structure that is adapted to support a front wheel of the motorcycle. The device also has a ramp assembly with a pivotable section. The ramp assembly has a loading surface, a first end disposed near the transport surface, and an opposite second end. The pivotable section can be pivoted about the first end so that the second end can be selectively raised and lowered. The device also has a winch mounted on a part of the vehicle. The winch is operable to selectively load and unload the dolly assembly and motorcycle along the loading surface between a ground surface and the transport surface. The pivotable ramp section can be pivoted as the motorcycle and dolly transfer between the ramp assembly and the transport surface to prevent the motorcycle from bottoming out while transferring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Charles Clary
  • Patent number: 6561746
    Abstract: A loading/unloading system designed to easily load and unload wheeled vehicles from the bed of a larger vehicle. The loading/unloading system generally includes a vertically flexible support surface on wheels, U-shaped loading tracks for receiving the wheels of the support surface, a winch with accompanying cable assembly for pulling the support surface onto the loading tracks and into the bed of a vehicle, and a set of offloading springs with accompanying cable assemblies for pushing the support surface out of the bed of the vehicle when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventors: Cresward Broussard, Robert E. Borison
  • Publication number: 20030086778
    Abstract: A cargo loading and unloading device for use with vehicles having a bed that is suitable for hauling cargo, for example, trucks, trailers. The device, which is configured to handle general or specific types of cargo, such as motorcycles, personal watercraft, and so forth, comprises a guide assembly that is mountable proximal to the opening that provides access to the bed of the vehicle. The guide assembly comprises a frame having a strap guide and at least one support guide mounted thereto. A movable carriage that is configured to hold the cargo is sized and configured to be at least partially receivable within and carried by the bed of the vehicle. A winch that is mountable to the vehicle proximal the end of the bed that is distal the open end of the bed is attached to one end of a connector, and the second end of the connector is attached to the carriage. Before the carriage is loaded into a vehicle, the connector extends from the winch over the connector guide and to the first end of the carriage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Robert L. Smith
  • Publication number: 20030082035
    Abstract: A loading/unloading system designed to easily load and unload wheeled vehicles from the bed of a larger vehicle. The loading/unloading system generally includes a vertically flexible support surface on wheels, U-shaped loading tracks for receiving the wheels of the support surface, a winch with accompanying cable assembly for pulling the support surface onto the loading tracks and into the bed of a vehicle, and a set of offloading springs with accompanying cable assemblies for pushing the support surface out of the bed of the vehicle when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Cresward Broussard, Robert E. Borison
  • Patent number: 6524056
    Abstract: An apparatus for easily loading and unloading a motorcycle or similar vehicle onto and from the bed of a utility vehicle such as a pick-up truck which only requires a single operator. The apparatus comprises a guide rail subassembly secured to the bed of a utility vehicle, a main ramp subassembly detachably secured to the guide rail subassembly, a dolly subassembly which is adapted to support the motorcycle and ride on the main ramp subassembly and the guide rail subassembly, a plurality of adjustable tie down straps for detachably securing the motorcycle to the dolly subassembly, and an approach ramp subassembly which is detachably secured to the dolly subassembly. The dolly subassembly has a winch and a battery mounted thereon with the battery powering the winch which has one end of a flexible cable secured thereto and a free end of the flexible cable having a hook secured thereto which is adapted to be attached to an eye bolt secured to the guide rail subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Kloster
  • Patent number: 6419292
    Abstract: A method of and structure for quickly changing beds upon a truck frame by pivoting tracks to the rear of the truck frame. The front of empty tracks are raised. A bed with the front propped up is pulled upon the tilted rails. The front is secured from moving upward. Skirts on the rails prevent side ways movement by the bed which is pinned to the rails at the rear. To remove the bed, the front of the rails are raised to permit the bed to slid down onto props at front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventors: Bill G. Calcote, Michael P. Calcote
  • Patent number: 6354785
    Abstract: The invention is a device for loading and unloading automobiles from an auto-transport vehicle. The device includes a platform and a telescoping arm mechanism. The platform moves back and forth and up and down continuously in approximately a horizontal position. The platform moves on rails that run from the front to the back and below the chassis of a auto-transport vehicle. When the front end of the platform reaches the back end of the chassis, the platform moves down, in a horizontal position, until it reaches the ground. The rotatable base of the telescoping arm mechanism is attached to the back of the chassis. The front end of the telescoping arm mechanism contacts the bottom of the platform at the back of the chassis to support the platform as it moves back and forth along the rails. The telescoping arm mechanism also supports and moves the platform up and down while maintaining the platform in the horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Mamoru Maeno