Elevator With Laterally Shiftable Guides Patents (Class 414/544)
  • Patent number: 9550442
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Howard H. Hanson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9463732
    Abstract: A latching system for automatic securement of a container to a container chassis is provided. The latching system includes an actuation device that extends through a surface of the container chassis, a linkage mechanism disposed below the surface, and a latch coupled to a pivot. The latch is positioned above the surface of the container chassis. Placement of the container on the container chassis actuates the actuation device causing the linkage mechanism to move the latch such that the latch automatically secures the container to the container chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Lanigan, Sr., Martin C. Conneally, Kenneth E. Svihlik
  • Patent number: 9387792
    Abstract: A latching system for automatic securement of a container to a container chassis is provided. The latching system includes an actuation device disposed on an upper surface of the container chassis, a linkage mechanism disposed below the upper surface, and a connector positioned on a further surface elevated above the upper surface. Placement of the container on the container chassis actuates the actuation device causing the linkage mechanism to move the connector and automatically secure the container to the container chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Lanigan, Sr., Martin C. Conneally, Kenneth E. Svihlik
  • Patent number: 9144863
    Abstract: A system and method for handling a wind turbine tower section generally includes a fixture that supports an end of the tower section in a substantially horizontal orientation. The fixture includes a plurality of adaptor holes. A corresponding number of inserts are positioned within the adaptor holes. Each of the inserts include at least one bolt hole aligned with a bolt hole in a flange of the tower section when positioned in the corresponding adaptor hole. This allows the fixture to be secured to the tower section by bolting the inserts to the flange. The fixture can then be used as a storage foot, a lifting point, a lashing point to a truck, railcar, or vessel, or in other ways to handle the tower section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventor: Gunnar K. Storgaard Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8998558
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compact wheelchair lift mechanism useable within a relatively small vehicle cabin space, such as a pickup truck with an extended cabin. The wheelchair lift includes a lateral actuator and a vertical actuator that cooperate to move a wheelchair support laterally in and out of a vehicle cabin and vertically between the cabin floor and the ground. The vehicle includes a lowered floor for expanding the vertical opening available to the lift, wheelchair, and vehicle occupant. The lift is positioned within the vehicle cabin such that no loss of seating capacity results from the installation of the lift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Mobility SVM, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Kitchin, Kraig James Schlosser
  • Publication number: 20140044513
    Abstract: An loading and unloading system is described that allows a load to be loaded and unloaded to and from the bed of a vehicle on which the loading and unloading system is mounted. The loading and unloading system is affixed to a vehicle bed and includes an enclosure providing structural support for the lifting mechanism and shelter for cargo security and protection. The lifting mechanism, in conjunction with the enclosure structure, loads or unloads cargo that is secured to a lifting platform using vertical linear motion as well as horizontal linear motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Garry Alexander GOWANS
  • Patent number: 8434991
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading a container (e.g., a 16-foot container or other storage box) onto a truck, trailer, or other vehicle, includes first and second container-engaging beams (e.g. 20-foot long steel tubes) mounted on the vehicle in longitudinally extending, laterally spaced-apart, horizontal positions so that an operator can deploy the beams rearwardly of the vehicle, engage the container with them, and then lift and withdraw the beams with the container onto the vehicle. Beam-holding components on the vehicle hold the proximal end portions of the beams forward of the vehicle's rearward end for hydraulically powered, operator-controlled movement vertically, laterally, and longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: William Shawn Hacker
  • Patent number: 8177471
    Abstract: A goods handling' apparatus for a cargo storage and transport vehicle includes a movable cargo platform continuous with a portion of cargo enclosure floor, when the cargo platform is in an upper position. Cargo may be slid between the trailer floor and the cargo platform. A vertical actuator raises and lowers the cargo platform between the upper position and a lower position atop the ground or other vehicle support surface whereupon cargo may be slid between the cargo platform and the ground or other positions. The cargo platform is disposed substantially within the plan perimeter of the floor of the cargo module during raising and lowering. A modular system may be integrated into the cargo enclosure, or may be incorporated into a modular enclosure for appending to a cargo box of the prior art. An underside is disposed in vertically adjusting communication with the cargo platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald R Nespor
  • Publication number: 20110070057
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compact wheelchair lift mechanism useable within a relatively small vehicle cabin space, such as a pickup truck with an extended cabin. The wheelchair lift includes a lateral actuator and a vertical actuator that cooperate to move a wheelchair support laterally in and out of a vehicle cabin and vertically between the cabin floor and the ground. The vehicle includes a lowered floor for expanding the vertical opening available to the lift, wheelchair, and vehicle occupant. The lift is positioned within the vehicle cabin such that no loss of seating capacity results from the installation of the lift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: GOSHICHI, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Kitchin, Kraig James Schlosser
  • Publication number: 20110010057
    Abstract: Disclosed is a storage container loading/unloading and transporting apparatus, which loads one storage container or a plurality of storage containers on a loading table of a vehicle, transports the storage container(s) to a designated place, and then unloads the storage container(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Hyuk-Ki Kim
  • Publication number: 20100329831
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lift for use with a vehicle that includes a lifting surface, a telescoping assembly that telescopes horizontally further than the length of the lifting surface, a pair of moving pivots operatively coupled to an actuator and carried by the telescoping assembly, a pair of linkage rods pivotally connected between the lifting surface and the telescoping assembly by fixed pivot points and a second pair of linkage rods pivotally connected between the moving pivots and lifting surface, where the second pair of linkage rods are connected to the lifting surface by fixed pivot points, where the lifting surface is suspended from the telescoping assembly by the first and second pairs of linkage rods, where the lifting surface is raised and lowered by moving the pair of moving pivots with the actuator and where the telescoping assembly allows the lifting surface to move into and out of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Lin O. Tornese, Russell G. Ferrell
  • Publication number: 20100215468
    Abstract: A loading lift for a vehicle, in particular for a motor vehicle and/or to overcome a difference of level in buildings, at public transportation ramps and the like comprising a holding stand (1,) to be attached to the motor vehicle and/or a wall or a ground area of the building or at the public transportation, a carriage (2) which can be moved backwards and forwards in a first direction on the holding stand (1) and a loading device (3) which can be mounted on the carriage (2) and can be moved backwards and forwards in a second direction substantially vertical to the first direction between a loading position and a transporting position is described. Therein the holding stand (1), the carriage (2) and the loading device (3) each consist of a module, it being possible for these modules to be selectively handled individually or to be inserted one inside another and connected together to produce a ready-made constructional unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Dieter Kollewe
  • Publication number: 20100086389
    Abstract: A container transfer system for a transport vehicle includes a lift assembly which has spaced lift lugs that can extend into spaced recesses in the floor of a mating storage container and attachment straps that respectively extend from opposite ends of a mast to connection elements on the respective sides of the container to connect the container to the lift assembly and enable the lift assembly to lift the container onto the vehicle for transport to another location and thereafter download the container off the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Jack M. Johnson, Matt Romito
  • Patent number: 7568877
    Abstract: A goods handling apparatus for a cargo storage and transport trailer of, or connectable to, a vehicle. The preferred apparatus includes a movable cargo platform forming a separate part of, and continuous with, the trailer floor when the cargo platform is in an upper position whereupon cargo may be slid between the trailer floor and the cargo platform. A vertical actuator attached to the cargo platform raises and lowers the cargo platform between the upper position and a lower position atop the ground or other vehicle support surface whereupon cargo may be slid between the cargo platform and the ground or other vehicle support surface. The cargo platform is positioned substantially within the plan perimeter of the floor of the trailer when cargo on the cargo platform is lifted or lowered. A side module is also available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Ronald R. Nespor
  • Publication number: 20090155037
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wheelchair lift apparatus (1) for mounting to a vehicle, e.g.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventors: Christian Sahr, Alexander Heckel
  • Patent number: 7210590
    Abstract: A transportation cart primarily for transporting deceased animals through the alleyways of a barn has a swivelling mast and boom mounted on the front section of a frame driven by powered wheels with a slide panel attached to the mast below the boom over which the object can slide as it is pulled by actuating a winch to be carried. A coupling is provided between the front frame section and a rear frame section with castor wheels for providing side to side movement of the rear frame section relative to the front frame section transverse to a longitudinal center line to provide ballast when the lifting is to one side and to provide manoeuvrability. The boom has an inner end mounted on the mast for pivotal movement about a transverse axis such that an outer end of the boom can be raised and lowered and the slide panel is movable from its inclined slide position below the boom to a raised stored position attached to an underside of the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Conception Ro-Main Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Labrecque, Ghyslain Labrecque, Germain Labrecque
  • Patent number: 7033128
    Abstract: Transport accessories useable with a vehicle for supporting cargo and a method of loading cargo onto a transport accessory useable with a vehicle. In one embodiment, the transport accessory includes a base frame connectable to the vehicle, a second frame slidably connected to the base frame and movable between a retracted position and an extended position relative to the base frame, a carriage pivotally connected to the second frame and pivotable between a substantially horizontal position and an inclined position relative to the second frame, a support frame rigidly connected to the carriage and pivotal therewith between the substantially horizontal position and the inclined position and a transport platform slidably connected to the support frame and slidable between a retracted position and an extended position relative to the support frame. Cargo is loadable on and unloadable from the transport platform when the transport platform is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: David A. Poindexter
  • Patent number: 6779960
    Abstract: A lifting device for a vehicle comprises a rail chassis which can be fitted transversely across the vehicle in a luggage compartment underneath a load deck of a vehicle, and a carriage assembly which extends outwardly of the vehicle, along the chassis, the carriage assembly comprising an inner frame and an outer frame which operate telescopically in a vertical direction, to carry a load platform between a raised and lowered position, in which at lower position the load platform is at ground level, and in which at raised position, the load platform is at a same level as a passenger deck of the vehicle. The lifting device saves space, due to its vertical installation in a luggage compartment underneath a passenger deck, and is easily installed by fitment directly to the floor of the luggage compartment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Peak Mobility And Handling Limited
    Inventor: Neil Hewitt Cockbain
  • Patent number: 6648584
    Abstract: A heat exchanger bundle extractor apparatus (1), comprises: a supporting base (2, 29, 40), onto which a hoisting column (6) is rotatably mounted; a guide frame (7), mounted onto supports (8) on the hoisting column (6), and controlled hoisting and lowering means (9) for the moving of said supports (8) and said guide frame (7) along said hoisting column (6); a push/pull device (14) suitable for coupling to a respective front flange of a bundle, mounted on said guide frame (7); longidudinal translation means (15) apt to longitudinally moving said guide frame (7) with respect to said supports (8); and transversal translation means (19) mounted at said supports (8) and apt to transversally move said guide frame (7) with respect to said supports (8) and to the hoisting column (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Good Rock S.p.A.
    Inventors: Danilo La Ferla, Franceso Viglianti
  • Publication number: 20020037212
    Abstract: A lift gate assembly particularly adapted for use in a vehicle having a side opening. The assembly includes a platform that folds and pivots to the interior of the vehicle when in a stored mode. When deployed, the platform pivots to the exterior of the vehicle and unfolds. A telescoping column allows movement of the unfolded platform between upper and lower levels. Movement of the platform may be accomplished by employing hydraulic means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: March 28, 2002
    Inventors: Ken Rock, Andy Grow
  • Patent number: 6287073
    Abstract: The lift fork rack includes a first beam, a second beam and at least two spacer elements which fix the first and second beams at a distance from and substantially parallel to each other. The load-bearing fork members can be mounted on the first and second beams. The fork members can be displaced along the length of the beams. The spacer elements have fastening devices which are intended to releasably fasten the lift fork rack to a lift mechanism, the upper beam has a web and a flange which are joined to each other at an angle &agr; different from 90°. The upper beam is joined to each spacer element via the web. The web is directed away from the lower beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Volvo Wheel Loaders AB
    Inventors: Gunnar Lindgren, Daniel Back, HÃ¥kan Ripell
  • Patent number: 6022182
    Abstract: A sidelift truck, comprising: a main body (3) providing a load platform (5); a lifting assembly (7) for handling loads to and from the load platform (5); and a cab (9) mounted to the main body (3) and rotatable about a substantially vertical axis (X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Boss Group Limited
    Inventor: William G. Everett
  • Patent number: 5915912
    Abstract: A fork lift with retractably extendable loading prongs for lifting loads from either side of a vehicle. The fork lift includes a mechanism for displacing the prongs over and across the vehicle, which mechanism has front and rear transverse girders which can be rigidly secured to the vehicle's chassis. The mechanism further includes front and rear masts, sprocketed wheels mounted on the masts to move the front and rear masts reciprocally, and a longitudinal beam which is coupled to the masts. The longitudinal beam can move up and down. Front and rear uprights extend downwardly from the longitudinal beam. The prongs are retractably engaged to the bottom of the uprights and are moved with hydraulic pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Ofakim Nerhavim Construction and Investments 1990 Ltd.
    Inventors: Baruch Parnes, Nachum Frankel
  • Patent number: 5816768
    Abstract: A reach type forklift truck is provided with a vehicle body and a reach leg extending forwards from the vehicle body. The reach leg has a guide rail fixedly attached thereto and provided with a vertical wall, a top flange and a bottom flange cooperating together to define a guide groove. A mast assembly with a base is supported on the reach leg and movable along the guide rail toward and away from the vehicle body. Front and rear support rollers are rotatably attached to the base of the mast assembly in a spaced apart relationship with each other and received in the guide groove of the guide rail. A front vertical clearance compensator is mounted to the mast base adjacent the front support roller for making contact with the underneath surface of the top flange of the guide rail, while a rear vertical clearance compensator is similarly provided adjacent the rear support roller for making contact with the top surface of the bottom flange of the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Sung Yoo
  • Patent number: 5641261
    Abstract: A fork lift truck having a "lazy tong" or "scissor-like" horizontal motion control system attached to the mast carriage which allows the load carried by the mast to be retracted from forward of the front wheels to between the front and rear wheels and to be extended in a reverse fashion. Also, two horizontally and vertically forward-extending outriggers are deployed independently of each other with consideration to the terrain, obstacles, the load and other factors to prevent the truck from tilting forward in response to a load on the tines while the tines are extended forwardly and the truck is not traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Taylor Iron-Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Talbert, Robert Patterson, Arnold C. Cuba, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5613825
    Abstract: A wheelchair lift mechanism adapted for use particularly in the accessway of a train car is disclosed which comprises a generally planar collapsible platform assembly for receiving a wheelchair and its occupant thereon; a lift mechanism for lifting and lowering the platform between first and second elevations; a vertical support column mounted inside the train car adjacent the accessway having a support portion rotatably mounted thereto; and an extensible lift mechanism support assembly attached between the support portion and the lift mechanism frame to move the lift mechanism and platform assembly horizontally between a retracted position and an extended position away from the vertical support column to provide lateral clearance for the platform assembly outside the vehicle in the deployed position. The extensible assembly comprises a pair of parallel fixed sleeve members and a pair of parallel slide members telescopically attached between the frame and the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Stewart & Stevenson Power, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell J. Dorn
  • Patent number: 5480275
    Abstract: An improved fork lift truck having a scissor-actuated horizontal carriage motion system mounted on a horizontal frame. The carriage motion system providing for selectable positioning in a compact space of a lift assembly between a position forward of and behind the front wheels. The lift assembly provides downward pressure and is vertically moveable from and to a position which is below ground level and a further position above the level of the fork lift truck. The fork lift truck also provides a pair of outriggers which discontinue movement and remain stationary if they contact an obstruction, while the other outriggers continue to extend, the outriggers being moveable both horizontally and vertically relative to the remainder of the lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Taylor Iron-Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Talbert, Robert Patterson, Arnold C. Cuba, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5403145
    Abstract: The invention relates to a street legal mobile mounted tube bundle pulling apparatus which is moveable from a lifting position to a travelling position. A longitudinal track is attached to the bed of the vehicle. A sled which is contiguous with said track supports a turntable. A vertical telescoping column is mounted on the turntable. A bundle pulling apparatus is attached to the vertical telescoping column. Hydraulic cylinders are used for actuating both the turntable and the sled. By actuating the sled the telescoping column and bundle pulling apparatus which is a majority of the mass can be dragged to and between a rearward lifting position and a forward travelling position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: Serv-Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Cradeur, Richard W. Krajicek
  • Patent number: 5395201
    Abstract: A container 1 has a support member 3 which ascends and descends freely and is provided at back of a container body 2, a top connecting member 11 which is fixed at front of the container body 2 and can couple and decouple with a carrier 45, a bottom connecting member 16 which is provided at the front of the container body 2 so as to be able to move and which couples and decouples with the carrier 45, and transmitting members 21, 40 which transmit the movement of the bottom connecting member 16 to the support member 3 and raise and lower the support member 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Kyokuto Kaihatsu Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Megumi Yamashita, Takashi Yoneda, Takashi Asakura
  • Patent number: 5391043
    Abstract: The truck mounted lifting mechanism is carried on a truck frame having a pair of opposed C-shaped tracks extending rearward from the cab. A mast having a base carrying an axle engages the outside of the tracks with a pair of flanged rollers. A carriage is mounted at one end on the base axle of the mast. The other end of the carriage is provided with an axle and a pair of flanged rollers which engage the inside of the tracks. The carriage is provided with a threaded central opening and a screw gear extends through the threaded opening and along substantially the entire length of the truck frame. The screw gear is coupled by a chain drive to an hydraulic drive motor. Operation of the drive motor rotates the screw gear causing a lateral displacement of the carriage and the mast between the cab and the rear end of the truck frame. The rear end of the truck frame is provided with a pair of telescoping jacks to stabilize the truck during lifting. The mast is provided with a vertically movable and rotatable fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventors: John F. Bohata, Anthony Leteri
  • Patent number: 5346356
    Abstract: A materials-handling fork-lift truck comprising a chassis (11) which is fitted with two forwardly extending, mutually parallel support legs (18), and a chassis-mounted lifting mast assembly (16) provided with a raisable and lowerable lifting fork (17). The lifting mast assembly can be moved along the support legs (18), between a first, mast-withdrawn position and a second, mast-extended position, in which the lifting fork is located close to the outer ends (19) of the support legs. The lifting mast assembly (18) is intended to be supported on the support legs (18), and a linkage mechanism (20) is provided for effecting movement of the mast assembly along the support legs. The linkage mechanism is also intended to constitute a horizontal support for the mast assembly (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: BT Industries AB
    Inventors: Lars Eriksson, Anders Fransson
  • Patent number: 5112183
    Abstract: A side-loading all-terrain fork lift vehicle for handling heavy loads which are long relative to their width, e.g., junked cars, in a storage facility having multi-level racks separated by narrow aisles and with restricted vertical clearance between levels. The vehicle body has an elongated load-carrying frame section which includes a longitudinal torsion beam at one side, two transverse torsion beams at its front and rear ends, two transverse medial beams defining a guideway for the mast-carrying trolley, and cross-brace beams between the torsion beams and the medial beams. The front and rear wheel axles are supported by respective rocker frames pivotally mounted on the associated transverse torsion beams and adapted to be angularly moved up and down by respective hydraulic piston and cylinder units which enable the frame section to be lowered so as to rest on the ground during on-loading and off-loading for maximum stability of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Howard G. Nusbaum
    Inventors: Howard G. Nusbaum, James A. Bevan
  • Patent number: 5087166
    Abstract: A handling vehicle is used for the interchanging or replacement of printed product reels and empty reel cores. The vehicle body has a substantially U-shaped frame in plan. On the frame is a structure (1), into which is integrated a working module (35) with a vertically adjustable manipulating device (4). This working module is movable at right angles to the vehicle body (2) and is arranged in the central area of the vehicle body. Longitudinally spaced from the working module (35) is a laterally movable gripping arm (12) fixed to the structure (1) on the vehicle body (2). The working module (35) is used for the handling and transportation of printing product reels (8) and the gripping arm (12) for handling and transporting empty reel cores (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: SFT AG Spontanfordertechnik
    Inventor: Werner Honegger
  • Patent number: 5067869
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a vehicle which is used to pick up and transport and place heavy cargo. In particular, the invention relates to a vehicle which is capable of picking a vehicle from a confined space and transporting it to the appropriate location, thereby replacing a conventional tow truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventors: George F. Reuss, George D. Reuss
  • Patent number: 4995774
    Abstract: A side-loading all-terrain fork lift vehicle for handling heavy loads which are long relative to their width, e.g., junked cars, and are stored in multi-level racks separated by narrow aisles and having restricted vertical clearance between levels. The vehicle body, which is about 28 feet long, has a longitudinal, low-slung, load-carrying frame section in front of an operator's cab and at its front and rear ends is mounted by hydraulic piston and cylinder units on front and rear ground wheels which can be independently driven and steered in forward or reverse through a full 180.degree. arc for straight ahead and sideways movements, for radius turning movement, and for crabwise movement. The mast is mounted on a trolley guided for reciprocal movement along a pair of transverse beams in the mid-region of the frame section which can be lowered by the hydraulic units so as to rest on the ground during on-loading and off-loading for maximum stability of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Assignee: Robert R. Gerzel
    Inventor: Howard G. Nusbaum
  • Patent number: 4690609
    Abstract: A beverage truck having unique unloading and loading apparatus. The apparatus, which may be mounted to an existing beverage truck, or built into one as original equipment, has a framework at the front and back of the truck body which supports a track that spans the length of the body roof along its longitudinal center line. A trolley is carried on the track and moved by a powered chain drive from one end of the body to the other. Mounted to the trolley is a pivoting telescoping arm assembly that carries at the end of the arm a fork lift assembly. By operating simple controls, the user can move the trolley, extend the arm, raise, lower, rotate and tilt the forks to cause the forks to enter into the cargo area of the body, under the roof, to unload cargo from the truck and place it, e.g., on a loading dock or on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventor: James M. Brown
  • Patent number: 4370796
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bale wagon comprising a bed upon which bales are stored and a tower mounted on the bed for receiving a bale or bales, lifting the bale(s) to a selected height, and moving the bale(s) longitudinally of the bed length, depositing same on the bed or on a partially formed load already on the bed and wherein said tower can retrieve said bales from said load and eject them from said bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Inventor: Leon R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4326830
    Abstract: A self-propelled, side loading vehicle comprises a chassis supported on front and rear pairs of wheels and having three box-shaped sections separated by two transversely elongate clear ways extending from one side of the chassis to a rigid frame along a side of the chassis opposite the one side. Three mast members are received on guide tracks mounted on the chassis and have means for independent transverse movement within the two clear ways and along one end of the chassis, each mast member comprising upper and lower telescopic sections and a fluid cylinder for raising and lowering the upper section. A load-bearing assembly is supported by the upper section of each mast member and comprises an outwardly extending bracket connected to a roller chain, the chain extending about a powered sprocket for raising and lowering the bracket connected to the chain. The bracket has a transversely extending, horizontal roller for supporting a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Inventor: Lawrence B. Cusack
  • Patent number: 4313707
    Abstract: A trash collection apparatus is described for mounting on a side loading trash collection vehicle. A frame member is extendably secured to the vehicle for movement away from and toward the truck body of the vehicle. A pair of vertically extending guide rails are secured to the frame; each guide rail incorporates a top section that is pivoted about a horizontal axis. A carriage is mounted for movement along the guide rails and incorporates a pair of gripping arms which are pivoted for movement in a horizontal plane to grasp a trash container and are also pivoted for movement in vertical planes for moving to a stowage position. A hydraulic piston and cylinder are utilized to raise the carriage along the guide rails to position the carriage on the top sections of the rails. Hydraulic actuators are provided for tilting the top sections of the rails when the carriage is positioned on the top sections to tip the carriage, gripping arms, and the trash container over the side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1982
    Inventors: John W. Bingman, Julius A. Barker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4219298
    Abstract: A side loading refuse collection truck is equipped with apparatus for lifting containers from the ground at a random lateral distance from the side of the truck, elevating these containers above a refuse collection compartment of the truck and there inverting the container to allow the discharge through gravity of the refuse from the container to the truck. Thereafter, the apparatus permits replacement of the container alongside the truck at precisely the location where the container was first lifted, at the same random lateral distance from the side of the truck. The apparatus is conveniently operated by a single operator without manual handling of the container and is adapted to fit in narrow alleyways and roadways without protruding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1974
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1980
    Assignee: Government Innovators
    Inventors: Marcel G. Stragier, Theodore J. Peterson, John W. Bingman, Julius A. Barker
  • Patent number: 4144978
    Abstract: An industrial truck has at least one axle with a road wheel mounted on each end. Each end of the axle is coupled to a sub-frame which is in turn coupled to the truck chassis by a main suspension spring and by an elastomeric spring.The sub-frame at one end of the axle is coupled to the axle by a pivot. The sub-frame at the other end of the axle is coupled to the axle by way of a strut whose length can be controllably varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1979
    Assignee: Coventry Climax Limited
    Inventor: Ronald Drake
  • Patent number: RE39997
    Abstract: A fork lift with retractably extendable loading prongs for lifting loads from either side of a vehicle. The fork lift includes a mechanism for displacing the prongs over and across the vehicle, which mechanism has front and rear transverse girders which can be rigidly secured to the vehicle's chassis. The mechanism further includes front and rear masts, sprocketed wheels mounted on the masts to move the front and rear masts reciprocally, and a longitudinal beam which is coupled to the masts. The longitudinal beam can move up and down. Front and rear uprights extend downwardly from the longitudinal beam. The prongs are retractably engaged to the bottom of the uprights and are moved with hydraulic pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Samson Lift Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Baruch Parnes, Nachum Frankel
  • Patent number: RE43024
    Abstract: A fork lift with retractably extendable loading prongs for lifting loads from either side of a vehicle. The fork lift includes a mechanism for displacing the prongs over and across the vehicle, which mechanism has front and rear transverse girders which can be rigidly secured to the vehicle's chassis. The mechanism further includes front and rear masts, sprocketed wheels mounted on the masts to move the front and rear masts reciprocally, and a longitudinal beam which is coupled to the masts. The longitudinal beam can move up and down. Front and rear uprights extend downwardly from the longitudinal beam. The prongs are retractably engaged to the bottom of the uprights and are moved with hydraulic pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Samson Lift Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Baruch Parnes, Nachum Frankel