Traveling Crane Patents (Class 414/561)
  • Patent number: 10220921
    Abstract: A self-propelled vehicle used to lay pipe sections within trenches located on sloped terrain, and a method for using it, including: an undercarriage carrying a vehicle chassis and capable of climbing sloped terrain; a rotating platform which can be maintained level relative to the sloped terrain; and a boom with an angled boom head, capable of using two independent winch cables to lift and position individual pipe sections having differing lengths and diameters. The vehicle may be used to sequentially lift two or more pipe sections, one at a time, and to swing and position the pipe sections in a trench, end-to-end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Miller Towing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph Edward McConnell
  • Patent number: 9181764
    Abstract: A pipe handling apparatus for handling pipe stands and stands of collars. The pipe handling apparatus improves the safety and efficiency of a rotary drilling operation. The pipe handling apparatus is integrated with a derrick monkey board, away from the heavy machinery within the derrick. The pipe handling apparatus is used for handling, storing and replacing pipe stands during the tripping out and tripping in processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Honghua America, LLC
    Inventor: Guoqiang Hu
  • Patent number: 9043022
    Abstract: A robot system includes a crane unit, a crane moving mechanism, a robot, and a controller. The crane unit is to suspend a workpiece. The crane unit moves in a horizontal direction via the crane moving mechanism. The robot is to move the crane unit in the horizontal direction via the crane moving mechanism. The controller is configured to control the crane unit to move upwardly to suspend the workpiece after controlling the robot to bring the crane unit into an engaging state in which the crane unit engages with the workpiece located at a first position. The controller is configured to control the crane unit suspending the workpiece to move downwardly to place the workpiece at a second position after controlling the robot to move the crane unit toward the second position while the crane unit suspends the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kohei Miyauchi, Yuusuke Hirano
  • Patent number: 8991626
    Abstract: A portable lifting system includes a moveable base component including a scissors lift assembly, and a crane assembly coupled the movable base component, the crane assembly including a support member and a boom coupled to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: The Timken Company
    Inventors: Billy Ray Crain, Wayne E. Wilson, Christopher D. Huskey
  • Publication number: 20150063963
    Abstract: A transport device includes a large-article drive portion that moves each of a pair of large-article supporting portions between a large-article supporting position and a large-article retracted position, and a small-article drive portion that moves each of a pair of small-article supporting portions between a small-article supporting position and a small-article retracted position. The small-article retracted position is set at a height at which the pair of small-article supporting portions are located above a supported portion supported by the pair of large-article supporting portions, and the pair of small-article supporting portions are provided between the pair of large-article supporting portions in a lateral width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Tomotaka Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 8862419
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for calibrating and initializing/aligning an attitude and heading reference system of a crane jib. Magnetometer measurements are generated using a magnetometer that is attached to the crane jib, while crane jib maneuvers are performed including crane jib slewing. The magnetometer measurements are supplied to a processor that is configured to generate magnetometer calibration parameters using the magnetometer measurements and to initialize and align a plurality of filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vibhor L. Bageshwar, Michael Ray Elgersma, Balaji Mahadev, Brian E. Fly, Steven P. Cienciwa
  • Patent number: 8651793
    Abstract: Method and system for transferring standard cargo holders, especially ISO containers and swap bodies, between railways and roads. The standard cargo holders are loaded onto driverless transport vehicles by means of handling equipment or are received by said transport vehicles, and the driverless transport vehicles transport the standard cargo holders between the handling equipment and a loading and unloading zone. Alternatively, a driving zone for driverless transport vehicles for transporting standard cargo holders to or from the handling equipment adjoins the handling equipment, and a loading and unloading zone for transporting standard cargo holders adjoins the driving zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gottwald Port Technology, GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Franzen, Armin Wieschemann, Mike Hegewald, Jannis Moutsokapas
  • Publication number: 20140023471
    Abstract: A robot system includes a crane unit, a crane moving mechanism, a robot, and a controller. The crane unit is to suspend a workpiece. The crane unit moves in a horizontal direction via the crane moving mechanism. The robot is to move the crane unit in the horizontal direction via the crane moving mechanism. The controller is configured to control the crane unit to move upwardly to suspend the workpiece after controlling the robot to bring the crane unit into an engaging state in which the crane unit engages with the workpiece located at a first position. The controller is configured to control the crane unit suspending the workpiece to move downwardly to place the workpiece at a second position after controlling the robot to move the crane unit toward the second position while the crane unit suspends the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Kohei MIYAUCHI, Yuusuke HIRANO
  • Publication number: 20140017047
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transportation system for transporting at least one drive train component (7a, 7b, 7c) of a wind turbine (1) comprising a tower (2) and a nacelle (3) arranged on the top of said tower, said transportation system comprising a displacement system comprising one or more transportation rails (8, 8a, 8b) being arranged to support said at least one drive train component during displacement thereof, the displacement system facilitating displacement of the drive train component substantially parallel to the rotor axis between an installation location for the drive train component and a second location (10) by means of a first drive arrangement of said displacement system, and a second drive arrangement (11) mounted on said nacelle and comprising at least one winch (12), said second drive arrangement being separate to said displacement system and facilitating transportation of said drive train component between said second location and a lower level when connected to the drive train componen
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
    Inventors: Michael Lundgaard Bitsch, Abolfazlian Mazyar, Morten Mogensen
  • Patent number: 8550763
    Abstract: A carriage with a cell carrier engages and retains a vertically driven cell so that the cell and its contents, such as a data storage cartridge, may be moved laterally from one linear library to another. A portal engagement device of the cell carrier includes a movable rack so that a pinion of the cell may move up or down the rack, and has pins that, when the device is down, engage a library vertical portal having a fixed rack. A cam state machine of the cell carrier guides a spring loaded cam follower hook of the cell in a pattern to lock the hook in position and, when hooked, attempted downward movement of the vertically driven cell moves the portal engagement device upward to disengage the pins of the portal engagement device from the vertical portal. The carriage may then transport the cell to another vertical portal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Shawn Michael Nave, Raymond Yardy
  • Publication number: 20130259617
    Abstract: An overhead cartridge placement system is hung from a ceiling to suspend in an area over a machine and can be optionally configured for connecting to an overhead transport (OHT) system, and includes a platform, a suspension device, and a cartridge transport device. The cartridge transport device can grip a cartridge from the platform, and transports the gripped cartridge to a predetermined position for the OHT system to further transport the cartridge to the machine, or directly transports the gripped cartridge to the machine. The cartridge transport device can also grip the cartridge from the predetermined position or directly from the machine, and transport the gripped cartridge to the platform for storage. With these arrangements, the space over the machine can be effectively utilized for placement of more cartridges to avoid occupying floor areas, and the infrastructure cost for a plant can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Ming WANG
  • Patent number: 8348588
    Abstract: An article transport facility includes an article transporting mobile body configured to move along a path and having an article holder; an article support for storing an article, the article support is configured to be moved between an article transfer position and an article storage position; a lock device provided on the article support to be switchable between a locking state for locking the article support in the article storage position, and an unlocking position for releasing the locking state; and an operating device provided on the mobile body for moving the article support and switching the lock device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Yoshida, Yoshitaka Inui
  • Publication number: 20110182706
    Abstract: A heavy duty vehicle recovery system employs a crane/tow boom assembly which is pivotally mounted to an upright assembly and is transformable between various positions. Two variably positionable booms with slidable extensions are provided. The crane/tow boom assembly extends rearwardly from the lower portion of the upright assembly. When the upright assembly is in an upright position, the boom assembly is upwardly pivotal from the upright assembly. When the upright assembly is in a reclined position, the crane/tow boom assembly is pivotally transformable to a transport position generally parallel to the upright assembly. The crane booms may be independently positioned at different elevational angles and different extensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Martin A. Marola
  • Patent number: 7931320
    Abstract: A method is provided for assembling a load bar assembly. The method includes providing a first linear stage having a first alignment mechanism that is configured to move the load bar assembly in a first direction. A second linear stage is provided that includes a second alignment mechanism that is configured to move the load bar in a second direction that is different from the first direction. The first alignment mechanism is positioned with respect to the second alignment mechanism such that the first alignment mechanism and the second alignment mechanism are prevented from being back-driven. The first alignment mechanism and the second alignment mechanism are configured to lock if one of the first alignment mechanism and the second alignment mechanism fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Innovation Egineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Vern J. Alway, Michael L. Timmer
  • Patent number: 7780392
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a stocker. The stocker comprises multiple container storage locations arranged in a horizontal array. The horizontal array of storage locations may be suspended from the facility ceiling or supported by the facility floor. The stocker may include one or more stocker robots for transporting a workpiece container within the stocker and/or to a material transport system. The stocker may also include features such as container elevators and conveyor loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Muratec Automation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Theodore W. Rogers, Norma Riley
  • Publication number: 20090279992
    Abstract: A material handling system includes a composite beam including an upper rail and a lower track connected through a plurality of spaced apart transverse members. A trolley includes an upper set of wheels and a lower set of wheels. The lower set of wheels is received within two parallel channels defined by the lower track. A drive tube is positioned between the upper rail and the lower track such that the upper set of wheels are in frictional engagement with the drive tube. A drive system is configured to rotate the drive tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: John M. Spangler, David G. Bilson
  • Publication number: 20090269177
    Abstract: A linkage clamping system that may be used both for moving a clamp laterally and for rotating the clamp. The device includes a linear actuator, a rotational linkage assembly, and a clamping member. The linear actuator may first rotate the clamp, then move the clamp laterally, or may be configured to move the clamp laterally first, then rotate it. Both the lateral and rotational movements are achieved in distinct motions with a single linear actuator. The clamp may be rotated about 180 degrees and the lateral movement may only be limited by the lateral movement provided by the linear actuator. The linkage clamping system may be used to secure equipment, such as a material handler for unloading an open top railroad car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Charles W. Aaron
  • Publication number: 20090151955
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rig assembly for use in the oil and gas exploration and production industry. In an embodiment of the invention, a rig assembly (12) for a drill ship (10) is disclosed. The rig assembly (12) comprises a rig floor receiving area (14); a plurality of movable rig floor units (18, 20, 22 and 24), each rig floor unit (18, 20, 22 and 24) configured for location in the rig floor receiving area (14), to thereby define a rig floor of the rig assembly (12); and a transporter (26) configured to receive any one of the rig floor units (18, 20, 22 and 24), for transporting a selected one of the rig floor units (18, 20, 22 and 24) from a storage area (28) to the rig floor receiving area (14).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: Geoprober Drilling Limited
    Inventors: Anthony Stephen Bamford, Roger Alfred Bacon
  • Publication number: 20080297322
    Abstract: A system is described for determining a relative location of a plurality of items upon a plurality of platforms. The system may include a memory, an interface, and a processor. The memory may store a first item, a second item, a first period of time and a second period of time. The interface may be operative to communicate with a user and an antenna. The antenna may be able to detect an item for a period of time. The processor may be operative to receive from the antenna, via the interface, the first item, the first period of time, the second item and the second period of time. The processor may determine whether the periods of time overlap. If the periods of time overlap the processor may communicate to the user that the items are upon the same platform, otherwise that the items are on consecutive platforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Olivier Krener, Loic J. Feinbier, Lars Schittko
  • Patent number: 7413394
    Abstract: A telescoping bridge crane system arranged to be mounted over a floor of a structure, e.g., a vehicle trailer, and including a pair of enclosed mounting tracks for slidably supporting a runway frame. Trucks are located within the tracks. Each truck includes a hanger. The runway frame also includes two enclosed tracks which are directly supported by the hangers and located beside and parallel to the mounting tracks. A bridge section is mounted between the enclosed tracks of the runway frame by another pair of trucks. The a bridge section supports an extremely low headroom hoist assembly including an actuator, a cable, plural rotatable sheaves and a hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Transol Corporation
    Inventor: Philip E. Risser
  • Publication number: 20080131248
    Abstract: An apparatus, program product, and related methods for gravity stabilizing a suspended load are provided. The apparatus includes an center of gravity stabilized automated adjusting load bar in communication with a mobile cart which allows an operator to enable automated stabilization of a load. The adjusting load bar includes redundant first and second control and drive systems. A third control system can both monitor sensed data and the movement commands of first and second control systems, and can monitor the resulting physical movements. If a movement command and the resulting movement does not match or if there is an out of tolerance mismatch between movement commands of the first and the second control systems, the third control system can automatically detect this condition and shift into an emergency stop condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventors: Daniel C. Friz, Mark R. Bates
  • Publication number: 20080131249
    Abstract: An article transport facility includes an article transporting mobile body configured to move along a path and having an article holder; an article support for storing an article, the article support is configured to be moved between an article transfer position and an article storage position; a lock device provided on the article support to be switchable between a locking state for locking the article support in the article storage position, and an unlocking position for releasing the locking state; and an operating device provided on the mobile body for moving the article support and switching the lock device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Applicant: DAIFUKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuru Yoshida, Yoshitaka Inui
  • Patent number: 7223058
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, a material container discharge assembly includes: a main frame assembly; material container impactors engaged to the main frame assembly; a discharge receiving gate having a material container receiving aperture and first, second, and third movable plates, where the first and third plates are movable between an open and closed position and further define a second plate receiving area for receiving the opposed second plate when the second plate and the first and third plates are in the closed position; and a substantially circular access chamber spaced below the material container receiving aperture that includes at least two access doors on substantially opposite sides of the chamber that operate to substantially air tight seal when closed and a sealing system having a sealing device movable between a disengaged position and an engaged position, where the engaged position operates to seal the container in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Material Transfer & Storage, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott L. Nyhof
  • Patent number: 7214022
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an object storage device with at least two storage spaces for stackers as well as a horizontally tiltable transport platform whose height can be displaced by a hoisting unit. The hoisting unit is arranged at a base point, which can be moved horizontally over an X-Y track system, which has the advantage that, in principle, any number of stackers can be arranged in two parallel rows next to each other. It is preferred that the hoisting unit be suspended from the X-Y track system with the free end hanging down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.
    Inventor: Achim Melching
  • Publication number: 20030190223
    Abstract: For bay type structures of semiconductor wafer transport systems, a configuration includes interbay rail tracks and intrabay rail tracks mounted on each other, vehicles of the interbay system and carrier transfer cars of the intrabay system moving freely bi-directional inside the bay area without obstructing each other. The carrier transfer car is configured such that a wafer carrier can be directly loaded from the vehicle to the load port of a processing machine. The configuration simplifies and accelerates the transfer and enhances the flexibility of vehicles in wafer transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: Martin Peiter
  • Patent number: 6530735
    Abstract: A controlled material transport system (MTS) for carrying materials to and from workstations, test equipment, and processing and assembly tools in a common facility. The present invention includes a rigid robot vehicle mountable to a passive track system, which can be routed to service all processing tools on the factory floor. The robot vehicle includes a hoist assembly and gripper assembly, which together perform such functions as picking up magazines, placing magazines, and loading magazines into the processing tools. The hoist assembly is capable of functioning in an operational envelope, which includes any target location within a 3-axis Cartesian coordinate system, to the extent of the range of motion of the hoist assembly. The hoist assembly also provides rigid and controlled z-axis travel, while being compact when retracted. The gripper assembly facilitates loading of the magazines, especially chute style magazines, which are commonly found on many existing processing tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Amkor Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold L. Trammell
  • Patent number: 6379104
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus including a horizontal framework having a connector connected to a bridge crane trolley and a motor mounted on the horizontal framework, a telescoping mast unit coupled to one side of the horizontal framework and having upper, middle, and lower mast assembly and adjusting a height of the lifting apparatus, a fork tine assembly adjusting the tine center to center distance, and a counterbalance coupled to the other side of the horizontal framework is provided. The horizontal framework is coupled to an overhead bridge crane and is accessible to any load located within a minimum amount of aisle space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Charles A. Domino, Joseph F. Picarello
  • Patent number: 6364601
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus including a horizontal framework, a pair of extension assemblies, a pair of upper, middle, and lower telescoping mast assemblies, and two pairs of fork tine assemblies is provided. Each pair of the extension assemblies, the telescoping mast assemblies, and the fork tine assemblies is identical to the other one in structure and function. The horizontal framework is coupled to an overhead bridge crane and is accessible to any load located within a minimum amount of aisle space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Joseph F. Picarello, Charles A. Domino
  • Patent number: 6190107
    Abstract: A high density narrow-profile storage system, comprising the steps of: unloading a container from a train car; storing the container in a storage yard substantially adjacent and parallel to a track; loading the container on a buffer in proximity to the storage yard; lowering the container on a chassis of a tractor trailer; and transporting the container away from the buffer. The system can include: a crane; a narrow-profile storage yard substantially adjacent and parallel to a train track; a buffer adapted to receive and raise or lower a container from or onto a chassis of a tractor trailer; and a tractor for transporting the container to or from the buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventors: John J. Lanigan, Sr., John J. Lanigan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6030168
    Abstract: A lifting device constructed as a frame or gantry vehicle which is supported on four movable vertical supports. The gantry vehicle further comprises a crane trolley which is horizontally movable along a frame on a plurality of rails. Two vertically arranged lifting cylinders are rigidly fastened at the trolley in a plane parallel to the vertical longitudinal center planes of the load carrying means and trolley trolley such that at least their synchronously telescoping piston rods project into the space below the trolley and support a load carrying arrangement at their free ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Mannesmann Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Joachim Kroll, Hermann Franzen
  • Patent number: 5857821
    Abstract: Freight is transferred between a car of a train riding on rails extending in a travel direction and a stationary street vehicle while the train is moving slowly in the travel direction by displacing a grab into a position above the rails, identifying the piece of freight and moving the grab in the travel direction synchronously with the train above the piece of freight on the train, and then engaging the grab with the piece of freight while the grab moves synchronously with the train. The piece of freight is then lifted with the grab off the train and the grab are displaced in a transfer direction transverse to the travel direction while the grab moves synchronously with the train until the piece of freight is clear of the train. Movement of the grab in the travel direction is then arrested and the grab and the piece of freight are moved in the transverse transfer direction and the piece of freight is deposited on a stationary support. The piece of freight is then moved from the support to the street vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Krupp Fordertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Norbert Wiedeck
  • Patent number: 5421688
    Abstract: Apparatus for the installation for transferring piece goods between road and railborne vehicles includes a receiving and an issuing store, the outer sides of which remote from the railway line adjoin a loading roadway for the unloading or/and loading of road vehicles, each of the stores is provided with a plurality of loading lifting gears adapted to travel longitudinally for transporting load units beyond the railway lines between the roadway and at least the store, a plurality of train transfer lifting devices are provided to travel longitudinally, their operating radii extending laterally beyond the railway line in the direction towards the stores, and additional transport devices are provided which bridge the mutually separated ranges of the lifting gears and the train transfer lifting devices for transporting load units transversely to the railway line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Krupp Industrietechnik Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung
    Inventors: Heinz Fuchtey, Burkhard Mende, Theo Schmitz
  • Patent number: 5354166
    Abstract: A new and novel transfer device of the type used to move heavy filled bulk containers from a location outside of the transfer device to a position within the transfer device and above a base footprint of the transfer device where the filled bulk container can then be evacuated. The transfer device is constructed so that the frame is not perpendicular to the surface or substrate on which it is positioned. A heavy filled bulk container located outside the frame work of the transfer device can then be lifted by the transfer device without creating overturning and uplifting moments on the transfer device. When the filled bulk container is then moved to a position inside the framework and above the base foot print, the base footprint operates to maintain load stability on the frame of the transfer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: Charles E. De Crane
  • Patent number: 5100278
    Abstract: An improved locomotive crane boom generally indicated at 10 has of a first member 11, second member 12, and third member 13 each pivotally connected at various pivot points to one another and to locomotive crane 14. A series of pistons and cylinders, 19, 20 and 21, powered by hydraulic pump 23 and fluid source 34, may be selectively extracted or retracted thereby permitting the improved boom to be positioned at any point along the length of a typical gondola car 17 to be unloaded. In operation, locomotive crane 14 with the included improved boom 10 does not need to be uncoupled from gondola car 17 for unloading since the improved boom may be articulated such that unloading magnet 24 or any other appended appliance may be positioned across the entire length of car 17 through the selected extraction and retraction of the pistons and cylinders and pivoting of the boom members 11, 12 and 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Assignee: Eastern Railway Supplies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Westlake
  • Patent number: 5088873
    Abstract: A mixed freight handling system, particularly for limited access areas such as an end-opening trailer at a dock, includes a telescoping conveyor overlapping a fixed conveyor and translatable into the trailer to receive hand liftable articles. A freight manipulator includes an appropriate and changeable freight manipulator tool mounted on an extendible boom and is translatable adjacent and along the conveyors to the dock edge. The tool is extendible into the trailer for engaging and supporting manually nonliftable freight for transfer to or from a freight conveyor extending alongside the path of the manipulator. The telescoping conveyor includes a base section engaged with a track, an inclinable lift section, and a liftable and laterally swingable head section. The manipulator includes a chassis engaged with a track straddling the fixed and telescoping conveyors and has a tunnel formed therethrough, allowing the passage of articles on the conveyors therebeneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Yellow Freight System, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl J. Ruder, Ronald J. Haney, Richard J. Chutorash, Wayne W. Bostad, Arnold A. Zweig, Lyle B. Payne
  • Patent number: 4930970
    Abstract: A hoisting apparatus for the use in trucks has frame members 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 which are pivotally moveable and slidable connected to one another such that the apparatus can be assembled and disassembled by a single person and placed in a transporting position along the edges of the truck bed thereby occupying a very small portion of the load carrying space of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Inventor: Nita K. Sunderland
  • Patent number: 4911599
    Abstract: A mobile installation for loading, transporting and unloading track parts such as ties on, in and from open top railroad cars including a train mounted for mobility along a railroad track and having a plurality of open top railroad cars. Adjacent ones of the railroad cars are coupled together and each one of the railroad cars has two parallel side walls with top edges extending in the direction of the railroad track, and two end walls, the end wals of the adjacent railroad cars defining respective gaps therebetween. A power-driven crane is provided for loading and unloading the track parts and has an undercarriage supporting the crane for mobility in the direction of the railroad track. There is also a track supporting the undercarriage of the crane for mobility above the top edges of the railroad cars in said direction. The track includes two parallel guide rails mounted on the top edges of the railroad cars and is spaced apart a distance corresponding to the gage of the crane undercarriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Franz Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen- Industriegesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Josef Theurer, Johann Hansmann, Friedrich Oellerer
  • Patent number: 4892203
    Abstract: A hoist support and method for fabricating the support are disclosed in which a swivel yoke is provided which has a through opening and is affixed to an overhead frame. A swivel body is affixed to the hoist below the yoke and has a swivel head with a swivelable surface positioned in supporting engagement within the opening in the yoke.The swivel head both retains the hoist suspended from the overhead frame and permits vertical and horizontal swiveling movement of the hoist relative to the frame. The swivel yoke may include bearing inserts supporting the swivel head within the opening in the yoke and providing a replaceable bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Corporation
    Inventor: Ronnie A. Arav
  • Patent number: 4599032
    Abstract: A rolling base assembly for truck cranes which allows movement of the truck crane under load-carrying conditions. The device comprises a fixed chain installed along the centerline of a flatbed trailer. A rolling base, having outboard roller housing assemblies, is caused to crawl along the fixed chain by means of motor driven sprocket devices attached to the rolling base. The roller housing assemblies are designed to move along the standard I-beam construction of a flatbed truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: U.S. Truck Cranes, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Haus, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4599027
    Abstract: Cargo containers are moved between a dock and a ship by a crane which has a vertically movable landing platform, a waterside trolley for moving cargo between the ship and the landing platform, and a landside trolley for moving cargo between the dock and the landing platform. The landing platform is moved to different elevations to change the extent of vertical movement performed on the cargo by each of the tolleys. In the course of operations, the landing platform is movable to an elevation which corresponds approximately to the higher of: (a) the elevation of the designated location on the ship where the article of cargo is to loaded or unloaded, or (b) the elevation of the highest obstacle between the dock and the designated location; and, both trolleys are operated while the landing platform is at this elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Assignee: Virginia International Terminals, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard N. Knapp
  • Patent number: 4573856
    Abstract: An overhead apparatus is provided for conveying elements to and from each weaving machine of rows of weaving machines. The apparatus includes a movable rack which is adjustable width-wise and which carries depending actuators with gripping elements at the lower ends for engaging warp beams and cloth beams. A transverse beam is also provided with depending actuators which carry clamping jaws for engaging the heddles for raising and lowering of the heddles.Additional actuators may also be provided to carry nozzles for pneumatic cleaning or lubrication of the weaving machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Sulzer Brothers Limited
    Inventors: Wolfgang K. Meyer, Fritz-Werner Breyer
  • Patent number: 4568233
    Abstract: The storage and retrieval apparatus of this invention comprises parallel tracks, each normally supporting numerous upright storage bins that are in close proximity to one another and to bins on laterally adjacent tracks. Each bin is open at its front and is mounted on wheels to roll rearward along its track. An overhead carrier lifts a desired bin off its track to a level above the other bins and carries it forward. A pusher near the front end of that track pushes rearward on the front bin, moving bins back to fill the space left by the lifted bin, which is then lowered into the space at the front of the track for loading or unloading, through its open front. On the top of each bin is an identifier plate distinctive to the bin. A sensor on the overhead carrier, connected with a computer, reads the identifier plates as the carriage moves rearward along a track and is thus able to find and lift a desired bin even though it is in a random position along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Harnischfeger Corporation
    Inventors: Dale A. Baker, Keith O. Jurkowski
  • Patent number: 4557659
    Abstract: A device can be applied to a lifting and/or transporting unit for the controlled support of loads by generating a vacuum in one or more suction pads. The device includes a vacuum gauge measuring the vacuum level in at least one of the suction pads and safely controlling movement of the device. A safety system prevents erroneous dropping of the suspended load. The suction pads for gripping the load can be mounted on a holding frame which can be changed and/or lengthened for accommodating various types of loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: M. Scaglia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Mario Scaglia
  • Patent number: 4515282
    Abstract: A rescue vehicle has a crane boom, hoist winch and rescue winch mounted on a crane turret that is rotatable about a vertical axis. A cable from the respective winches are extended along the crane boom to an associated block that is mounted near the outer end of the boom. Another block is mounted on the bumper of the vehicle to receive the cable from the rescue winch. The rescue winch is ten to twenty times more powerful than the hoist winch. During a vehicle retrieval operation the rescue winch is used to provide the horizontal pulling power while the hoist winch is used to provide the vertical pulling power. A Y-shaped stay bar is mounted on the block on the bumper and is used to support the crane boom at its outer end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: A/S Moelven Brug
    Inventor: Sverre Falch
  • Patent number: 4430041
    Abstract: An installation for handling a workpiece, particularly a workpiece to be forged includes a manipulator and an overhead crane, the controls of the manipulator and the crane form part of an integrated system so that movement of the crane and the manipulator are controlled together when they are handling a workpiece. Apparatus is disclosed for ensuring that the crane and the manipulator remain in step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Davy-Loewy Limited
    Inventors: Trevor Hemingway, Anthony E. Middleton