Elevator Or Hoist And Loading Or Unloading Means Therefor Patents (Class 414/592)
  • Patent number: 10046912
    Abstract: A stack operating vehicle for storage and retrieval storage units. One embodiment of the stack operating vehicle comprises a first bearing device with a first bearing base and a first holding device for handling at least one storage unit; a second bearing device with a second bearing base and a second holding device for handling at least one storage unit. The second holding device is movably supported by a guiding device along a horizontal direction; a vertical guide arrangement at which the first bearing base and the second bearing base are respectively guided on an adjustment path along the vertical direction which are formed such that the first bearing base and the second bearing base overlap one another over their entire adjustment paths in the vertical direction. The disclosure also relates to a method for execution of storage orders with storage units with such a stack operating vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventor: Jan Behling
  • Patent number: 9656771
    Abstract: A packaging loader for loading products into packaging has a conveyor, a collator, and a nesting assembly. The conveyor conveys products to the collator, where the products are collected and, subsequently, transferred to the nesting assembly. The nesting assembly rearranges at least some of the products for placement into the packaging. Once the products have been properly arranged by the nesting assembly, they are placed within the packaging. The process repeats, as desired, to arrange one or more layers of products within the packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Delkor Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Scott Thompson, Adam Mark Koller
  • Patent number: 9546082
    Abstract: A boom accessory for a fork truck comprises a frame having a back stiffener, a convertiplate attached to the back stiffener, receiver tubes for receiving forks of a fork truck, a boom extending forwardly from the frame, and an anchor assembly on the frame. Top and bottom connectors are configured to securely engage cross bars on the fork truck's carriage. The anchor restrains the boom frame from horizontally sliding off the forks when the forks are used for lifting. The anchor can be left on when the top and bottom connectors are used for lifting the boom accessory, or can be removed. The anchor attaches to either the back stiffener or the convertiplate, or can be taken off and stored on the boom apparatus, thus providing different attachment mechanisms for attaching the boom accessory to a fork truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: David E. Balcom
  • Patent number: 9512676
    Abstract: A mast system includes a first leg of a mast pivotally connected to a pivot support and a second leg of the mast pivotally connected to a leg support. The leg support has a first support end with a surface connector to attach to a rig surface and a second support end with a leg connector to connect to the second leg to form a joint. A cable with a first cable end is attached to the leg support, and a force is exerted on the leg support through the cable that causes the leg support to rotate about the joint when the mast is lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: PATTERSON-UTI DRILLING COMPANY LLC
    Inventors: Katherine J. Holst, Michael F. Jones, Tyson Andrew Springer, Kristopher Landon Murray Butler, Bradley James Schroeder, Christopher Medland
  • Patent number: 9081768
    Abstract: A book support and optical scanner assembly for converting printed text to an audio output includes a support for supporting an open book and a pair of optical scanners adapted to scan opposite pages. The assembly also includes means for moving the scanners from the top of the page to the bottom of a page. Further, both scanners can be rotated off of the book for turning a page. In addition, the assembly includes a text to audio converter for converting the scanned text into spoken words and in one embodiment a translator to translate the scanned text into a pre-selected language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Khaled Jafar Al-Hasan
  • Publication number: 20150003946
    Abstract: A platform for an order picker assembly is disclosed. The platform includes a frame assembly. The frame assembly includes a first support member and a second support member. The first and second support members are laterally spaced apart from one another and define a first axis therebetween. The platform also includes a support assembly coupled to the frame assembly. The support assembly includes a plurality of rollers. Each of the plurality of rollers is configured to rotate about a plurality of second axes. The support assembly also includes a plurality of support arms. The platform further includes at least one bar member extending between the first support member and the second support member. The platform further includes a pin element attached to the frame assembly, wherein the pin element has a circular cross section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher N. Verbeck, Jason W. Cornwell
  • Patent number: 8892278
    Abstract: A method for implementing an overhead rail guided transport system includes the following steps: a vehicle transport system is provided, which includes an upper rail guided transport system, a lower rail guided transport system, a vehicle exchange equipment, and a plurality of vehicles operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport system; respective vehicle utilizing rates in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems are provided; the vehicle exchange equipment is used to interchange the vehicles respectively operating in the upper and lower rail guided transport systems in order to equilibrate the respective vehicle utilizing rates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Inotera Memories, Inc.
    Inventors: Huan-Cheng Lin, Chin-Hsiao Chuang
  • Publication number: 20140308105
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for rigging up intervention equipment (111) in a lifting arrangement (104) utilized on a floating vessel, and moving the intervention equipment between an inoperative and an operative position, wherein the method comprising: a) providing the lifting arrangement (104) with vertically extending guiding means (203) capable of transferring a load to the lifting arrangement; b) connecting a load transferring means (215) to the guiding means (203); c) connecting the intervention equipment (111) to a load carrying device (209) provided with displacement means (214) arranged in a manner allowing a load to be horizontally displaced while carried by the load carrying device; d) connecting the load carrying device (209) to the load transferring means (215); e) moving the intervention equipment from an inactive position to an operating position by moving the displacement means (214); and f) moving the intervention equipment from the operating position to the inactive position by moving the displ
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventors: Haavar Soertveit, Harald Wahl Breivik, Kenneth Skinnes, Kjetil Samuelsen
  • Patent number: 8825226
    Abstract: An automated mobile vehicle configured to autonomously provide coverage for inoperable infrastructure components at various locations. A plurality of automated mobile vehicles may be deployed to provide emergency lighting, a wireless network, audio, video, etc., at an event area. The event area may be indoors and/or outdoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William Spencer Worley, III, Eric Mathew Clayton
  • Patent number: 8790062
    Abstract: A distribution system (100) is disclosed. The system includes the steps of: providing (105) a multi-level pathfinder with a containment cavity having a ground level cell and an elevated level cell; configuring (110) the containment cavity to receive containers; and loading (115) the containment cavity with a first container and moving the first container vertically to allow a second loading of a second container. This system provides a simple, robust and efficient automatable buffer to load and unload, a container between a chassis and rail or port terminal and/or at distribution hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Lanigan, Sr., Peter W. Mirabella, John Lanigan, Jr., Myron Glickman, Richard Marec
  • Patent number: 8706361
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selectively activating a gravity down mode of a hydraulic system during operation of a lift gate. An electronic control circuit is added to hydraulic control circuitry and is configured to selectively interrupt the power down mode or gravity down mode of operation of the hydraulic system based on either a manual input (override) or a sensed condition and switch to the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: RS Drawings, LLC
    Inventor: Karapet Ablabutyan
  • Publication number: 20140023462
    Abstract: A universal load-handling device to be used with an industrial truck comprising a longitudinal support fixable in a transverse direction to a lifting carrier in a transversally displaceable manner by a longitudinal-support drive; a plurality of prongs and a plurality of linear conveyors respectively assigned to the prongs, wherein the linear conveyors protrude vertically over the prongs, in order to carry the loading goods on the linear conveyors and to move the loading goods in the transverse direction relative to the prongs; and wherein the prongs are supported on the longitudinal support by a width-adjustment drive so that they are displaceable longitudinally.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Rob Lalesse
  • Patent number: 8591161
    Abstract: A maneuvering autonomous rotorcraft cargo attachment system for engaging two mating elements of a coupling mechanism includes a first system on a ship deck to position a first coupling mechanism element in response to positioning commands and a second system attached to a rotorcraft hoist cable to position the second coupling mechanism element in response to positioning commands. A controller calculates and issues the positioning commands to the first and second positioning systems thereby effecting engagement of the two coupling elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Roger D. Bernhardt
  • Publication number: 20130272832
    Abstract: A workstation to aid in the manual unloading of a pallet. The workstation comprises a work area bounded on tows ides by a pallet load platform, a takeaway conveyor, and two parallel conveyors. An operator standing in the work area removes pallet elements from the top layer of the pallet load and places them on one or the other parallel conveyors, which convey them to the takeaway conveyor. The parallel conveyors, which may be tilted gravity conveyors or powered conveyors, are hinged so that they can be raised to an open position allowing operator to enter or exit the work area. The pallet layer may be supported on a tilted scissor lift.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Stephen G. Wargo, Dane Briddell
  • Publication number: 20130230375
    Abstract: A rail transport system and method for a semiconductor fabrication facility (FAB). In one embodiment, the system includes a network of stationary rails and a wheeled vehicle movable on the rails via rolling movement. The vehicle is operable to hold a wafer carrier that stores a plurality of wafers. A cross-floor transport system is provided that may include a vehicle lifter positioned near the network of rails that extends between a first elevation and a second elevation in the FAB. The lifter is configured and operable to receive the vehicle from rails at the first elevation and vertically transport the vehicle to rails at the second elevation without removing the wafer carrier from the wheeled vehicle. In one embodiment, the lifter is configured so that the vehicle may be rolled directly onto and off of the lifter for vertical transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Feng TUNG, Mao-Lin Kao, Hsiang-Yin Shen, Chin-Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 8521370
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selectively activating a gravity down mode of a hydraulic system during operation of a lift gate. An electronic control circuit is added to hydraulic control circuitry and is configured to selectively interrupt the power down mode or gravity down mode of operation of the hydraulic system based on either a manual input (override) or a sensed condition and switch to the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: RS Drawings, LLC
    Inventor: Karapet Ablabutyan
  • Patent number: 8490268
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for laser-cutting sheet steel (1), wherein a sheet steel (1) is gradually inserted in a defined position into the cutting area (2) of a laser cutter in a direction of advance V in order to machine it. The sheet steel (1) is machined by laser cutting in a machinable area corresponding to the length of the cutting area (2), in the entire machinable area or only in a section thereof. The machined part (8) and the non-machined part (8) of the sheet steel may also only overlap in some sections (10). An automatic discharge device is also provided. The manufactured parts and the remaining grid are likewise cut from the sheet steel (1) by laser cutting. The method can be repeated in several machining steps until the sheet steel (1) is completely machined, the results of the preceding machining step being taken into consideration for the subsequent machining step. The invention allows to optimally utilize the sheet steel (1) even when using smaller laser cutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Bystronic Laser AG
    Inventor: Thomas Plüss
  • Publication number: 20130183127
    Abstract: A method for operating a materials handling vehicle includes activating the materials handling vehicle and performing a warm up cycle. During the warm up cycle, energy is provided to at least one valve within the materials handling vehicle so as to energize the valve without providing a working fluid to the valve. Providing energy to the at least one valve effects a heating of oil located within the at least one valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Inventors: Karl L. Dammeyer, Nicholas D. Thobe, David J. Obringer, Cole T. Steinbrunner, Marc A. McClain, Darrin R. Ihle
  • Patent number: 8469651
    Abstract: A conveyance device suitable for an automobile final assembly facility has an elevating table for supporting an object to be conveyed in a conveyance carriage which travels along a conveyance path. The elevating table has a table bearing base removably mounted on a table main body for supporting a bottom portion of the object to be conveyed. The table main body has a top surface flush with a flat work floor on the conveyance carriage when the table main body is at a lowering limit position. On the conveyance carriage, a strut bearing base formed of a pair of left and right strut members located on left and right sides of the object to be conveyed, when viewed in plan, and a bearing portion, provided for the strut member, for supporting left and right edges of the object to be conveyed is mounted removably in a state in which the pair of left and right strut members are positioned at both left and right sides of the elevating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeyoshi Nishihara
  • Patent number: 8464414
    Abstract: A vertical mounted motor hoist and a method of hoisting a motor are provided. The motor hoist includes a threaded eye bolt for lifting the motor hoist; a sleeve threaded inside one end, and attached and held to the threaded eyebolt by means of a threaded plug and dowel pins and welding; and two safety chains for placement around the motor, each safety chain attachable to the sleeve by means of two oppositely positioned pinch bolts, each pinch bolt having a welded nut welded on to the sleeve and a jam nut tightened against the welded nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Inventor: Lorenzo R. Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 8322924
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a trash collection and removal system that includes a flexible, foldable heavy-duty dumpster bag configured to engage with specially designed clamps that are secured onto the tines of a front loader truck and that engage with the dumpster bag by means of connecting and receiving pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Noble, John Calo
  • Publication number: 20120201638
    Abstract: Method for moving a heavy load, in which method the heavy load is lifted or lowered with an elevator including an elevator car and a hoisting machine, which hoisting machine is arranged to move the elevator car from one level to another in the normal operation of the elevator, in which method the heavy load is moved to be supported by the elevator car and the elevator car is moved until the load is at the desired height, and the load is removed from the support of the elevator car. In the method a hoist that does not belong to the hoisting machine is temporarily connected to the elevator car for the purpose of moving the load, and the elevator car, which supports the load, is moved by the hoist until the load is at the desired height, and the load is removed from the support of the elevator car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jussi PERÄLÄ, Jouni RATIA
  • Patent number: 8234046
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selectively activating a power down mode of a hydraulic system during operation of a lift gate. An electronic control circuit is added to hydraulic control circuitry and is configured to selectively interrupt the gravity down mode or power down mode of operation of the hydraulic system based on either a manual input (override) or a sensed condition and switch to the other mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: RS Drawings, LLC
    Inventor: Karapet Ablabutyan
  • Publication number: 20120063872
    Abstract: An attachment for handling hay bales comprising a fork member having a bottom portion including a plurality of tines, and a back portion attached to the bottom portion and extending perpendicularly upwards therefrom. A hydraulically operated push frame member having a shape and size that is similar to the back portion. An articulated frame attached between the back portion and the push frame that is adapted to push the push frame linearly from one end of the tines adjacent the back portion to a distal end of the tines, the articulated frame including an elongated rod member rotatably attached to the back portion, a piston adapter member attached to the rod member and adapted to be pivotally attached to a hydraulic cylinder for rotating the rod member when the hydraulic cylinder is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Jacques Messier
  • Publication number: 20110236172
    Abstract: A card elevating/lowering device for use with cards may include a card storage part in which the cards are stacked and accommodated, and an elevating/lowering mechanism by which the cards accommodated in the card storage part are elevated and lowered. The elevating/lowering mechanism may be provided with a placing table on which the cards accommodated in the card storage part are placed and an urging member which urges the placing table in an upper direction, and a spring constant of the urging member may be substantially equal to a weight per unit thickness of the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: NIDEC SANKYO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chisato Hiyama, Keiji Ohta, Takeki Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8020667
    Abstract: A lift apparatus to deploy from a storage position in a ceiling to a working position supported by the floor of a room below the ceiling where the lift apparatus is stored. A electrically motor powered drive raises a lift platform and lowers a lift platform to carry items from the room to an attic above the room. Controls are used to deploy the lift apparatus and to operate the lift platform on the lift apparatus. Preferred method of operating the lift apparatus is an acme screw drive which provides an appropriate mechanical advantage reducing the size of the motor required, but also will prevent downward movement either of the lift apparatus during the deployment procedure or of the lift platform while moving items from the attic to the room below the attic or from the room below the attic to the attic. The lift apparatus is supported by the floor and does not require any special bracing or strengthening of floor joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Johnson
  • Patent number: 7963230
    Abstract: A shield for protecting an exterior wall of a railroad car during a lifting operation includes a body having a first face for engaging that exterior wall. The first face may have a radius of curvature to substantially match the radius of curvature of the tank car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: R.J. Corman Derailment Services, LLC
    Inventors: Ernie Simpson, Noel Rush
  • Patent number: 7934681
    Abstract: A rapid air transportation system for humans, animals, materials or facilities, comprises of rapid coupling of a carriage on land to the tether of a hovering aircraft using quick coupling methods and rapid de-coupling of the same at the end of transportation and landing of the carriage, without landing the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Sastry Ganti
  • Publication number: 20110070058
    Abstract: A magnetic lifting assembly for a fork lift vehicle auxiliary implement, the vehicle having a pair of laterally spaced lift tines, the magnetic lifting assembly comprising a cross beam; lateral tine receiving means fixedly attached to the cross beam's lateral end, the lateral tine receiving means being adapted for receiving one of the fork lift vehicle's lift tines; oppositely lateral tine receiving means fixedly attached to the cross beam's oppositely lateral end, the oppositely lateral tine receiving means being adapted for receiving the fork lift vehicle's other lift tine; a permanent magnet fixedly attached to the cross beam, the permanent magnet emanating a magnetic field downwardly from the cross beam; and magnetic strength varying means connected operatively to the permanent magnet, the magnetic strength varying means being adapted for alternatively increasing and decreasing the strength of the downwardly emanated magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: BUNTING MAGNETICS CO.
    Inventor: Don Lindstrom
  • Publication number: 20090324376
    Abstract: A trough hoist apparatus that raises, dumps and lowers dough troughs includes a column assembly comprising a first column and a second column spaced laterally from the first column. A first externally threaded screw is mounted within the first column such that the first threaded screw extends vertically along a height of the first column. A second externally threaded screw is mounted within the second column such that the second threaded screw extends vertically along a height of the second column. A first drive assembly includes a first internally threaded drive nut internally receiving the first threaded screw. The first drive assembly is configured to rotate the first drive nut relative to the first threaded screw to move the first drive assembly vertically along the first threaded screw. A second drive assembly includes a second internally threaded drive nut internally receiving the second threaded screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Dale K. Wells, Ankush B. Mittal
  • Publication number: 20090279993
    Abstract: A cover removal apparatus includes a frame, an electromagnet and a power source, which is electrically coupled to the electromagnet for selectively energizing the electromagnet. The removal apparatus may further include means for positioning the electromagnet relative to a cover and/or means for loosening the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Applicant: ROCK MILLS ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Dave Roberts
  • Publication number: 20090078533
    Abstract: Apparatus for processing generally elongate curved products having two ends and having a longitudinal axis extending in the elongate direction, in particular vegetables or fruit, for instance cucumbers, the processing comprising in succession at least: conveying the products with an endless conveyor in a conveying direction T in a substantially horizontal plane, the products positioned with their longitudinal axis substantially perpendicular to the conveying direction T; orienting these products with an orienting unit, and taking up the oriented products with a take-up unit for a further handling; wherein the orienting unit comprises two supporting points for each product, with at least one supporting point situated at some distance from an end of the product, wherein the orienting unit is configured for orienting during conveying, and wherein the products upon orienting rotate substantially about their longitudinal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Johannes Cornelis Joseph Tas, Petrus Johannes Koot
  • Publication number: 20090067969
    Abstract: A rider lift truck with a drive portion, in which is arranged a travelling drive featuring at least one electric travelling motor for at least one steered driving wheel, with a steering device for the driving wheel, a load portion featuring a mast, an electric control unit for the travelling drive and operational controls for the travelling drive and the steering device and with a standing platform, wherein a horizontally arranged travelling motor is provided below the flatly built standing platform as a wheel hub drive for the driving wheel, and a steering motor is arranged below the standing platform alongside to the travelling motor, which is coupled with a fifth wheel for the driving wheel via a steering gear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Applicant: JUNGHEINRICH AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Andreas KNIE, Ernst-Peter MAGENS, Frank MAENKEN, Christoph WEBER
  • Publication number: 20090060698
    Abstract: In a mail processing system, a support element has a flat floor with elements spaced from each other so that a comb-type or fork-type structure is produced, wherein the elements have front section extending upwards. A first transport device has a number of bands equipped with sectional separators, which are spaced from one another. To transfer piled postal items from the support element to the first transport device the floor is aligned with the transport device, and the floor and the transport device are interlocked, so that at least a part of one of the bands extends between the elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Peter Enenkel
  • Publication number: 20090047110
    Abstract: A hoist system hoists a flat screen television or a heavy object in a room for attachment to a wall mounted attachment fixture. The hoist system has a wheel-supported base, and a central pillar with a raising and lowering element. The central pillar has a counter weight projection arm with a plurality of notches for carrying a counterbalance weight. A projection arm extends from the movable element in the direction opposite to the counterbalance weight arm with a downward pointing extension that carries a plurality of adjustable L-shaped brackets. The hoist system is brought close to a television or heavy weight at ground level and the L-shaped brackets are inserted therebelow. Weight balance is checked and a counterweight is placed on an appropriate notch in the counterbalance weight arm. The flat screen television or heavy object is then lifted to the correct height for wall attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Susan J. Wilkie
  • Publication number: 20090035115
    Abstract: An apparatus for removing and reinstalling the detachable hardtop of an automobile; the hardtop comprising a pair of opposite side panels, each panel comprising a downwardly extending pin at its bottom. The apparatus comprises a bracket for engaging the pins, an overhead winch for elevating and lowering the hardtop about the bracket, and adjustable straps for balancing the hardtop such that the hardtop is maintained in the same horizontal position as on the automobile when elevated and/or lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Larry Hammond
  • Publication number: 20070286714
    Abstract: A device and method for loading bulky objects such as Kayaks, canoes and sailboards on a higher level. The device is an expandable and flexible platform to be used as an extra pair of hands for holding one end of the object and pivoting the other end on the loading platform such as a car roof. An expandable pole from a base with a platform on the top permits one end of an ungainly object to be fixed to the platform to hold and act as a pivot point. The flexibility allows for loading from multiple directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Harlie D. Frost
  • Patent number: 7255201
    Abstract: A lifting frame has a stationary vertical mast (outer mast 1), at least one telescoping lifting mast (inner mast 3), and a lifting carriage (4) movable on the lifting mast. At least one hydraulic line (5) installed on the lifting frame discharges at the lifting carriage (4). When the lifting frame is in the retracted position, the hydraulic line (5) forms a loop (S) which is open on top. The hydraulic line (5) is guided in the vicinity of the loop (S) by a tensioning pulley (6) that dips from above into the loop (S). The tensioning pulley (6) is fastened to a pulley carrier (7). The weight of the pulley carrier can be used to generate a bias force that is exerted on the hydraulic line (5), or drive means connected with the pulley carrier (7) can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Klaus Rieder, Edmund Heiter
  • Patent number: 7204364
    Abstract: Lift device for lifting or, as the case may be, lowering of a support device (2, 3B, 5) of a transport track segment of a transport device for work pieces or the like, which are deposited upon plates, pallets or framework like work piece carriers (58) and upon which the work piece carrier (58) is seated translationally displaceably, with a force producing device (35, 72, 73) for producing a force for lifting or as the case may be lowering the support device (2, 3B, 5) and with a force transmission device for transmitting the force from the force producing device to the support device, the force transmission device includes at least one lever (25a, 25b), which on one side (29a, 29b) is coupled to be essentially horizontally displaceably guided with the force producing device (35, 72, 73) and on the other side (30a, 30b) is coupled with the support device (2, 3B, 5) and is guided for essentially vertical displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Stein Automation GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Allgaier
  • Patent number: 6887029
    Abstract: A three-wheeled, electrically powered cart is provided for transporting items typically transported using a hand truck. The cart comprises a body section housing rechargeable batteries and a steerable load section that is hinged to the body section. An electric motor powers the front wheel for propelling the cart. The load section pivots about a generally vertical axis and has a movable load rack that pivots about a horizontal axis. A platform is located between the rear wheels for supporting a user during operation. In one embodiment, the width of the cart is approximately 24 inches, allowing the cart to pass through a typical doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald O. Robinson
  • Patent number: 6858119
    Abstract: An exemplary mobile plating system is provided for performing a plating process using virtually any known or available deposition technology for coating or plating as substrate. The mobile plating system may include a vacuum chamber positioned in a mobile storage volume, an external vacuum pump, and a control circuitry to control the operation of some or all of the operations of the external vacuum pump. The external vacuum pump is positioned in the mobile storage volume when the mobile plating system is in transit, and is positioned external to the mobile storage volume when the mobile plating system is stationary and in operation. The external vacuum pump may be mounted on a skid, and, in operation, the external vacuum pump couples with the vacuum chamber to assist with producing a desired pressure in the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Basic Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry D. Kidd, Craig D. Harrington, Daniel N. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20030136670
    Abstract: An exemplary method for using a mobile plating system is provided that includes locating the mobile plating system at a desired location for plating, positioning an external vacuum pump from an interior position of a mobile storage volume of the mobile plasma plating system to an exterior position, and coupling the external vacuum pump to a vacuum chamber within the mobile storage volume of the mobile plasma plating system using a flexible piping segment, rigid coupling with a dampening effect, or other arrangement operable to reduce and/or eliminate the mechanical vibrations within the vacuum chamber due to the operation of the external vacuum pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Jerry D. Kidd, Craig D. Harrington, Daniel N. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20030121776
    Abstract: An exemplary mobile plating system is provided for performing a plating process using virtually any known or available deposition technology for coating or plating as substrate. The mobile plating system may include a vacuum chamber positioned in a mobile storage volume, an external vacuum pump, and a control circuitry to control the operation of some or all of the operations of the external vacuum pump. The external vacuum pump is positioned in the mobile storage volume when the mobile plating system is in transit, and is positioned external to the mobile storage volume when the mobile plating system is stationary and in operation. The external vacuum pump may be mounted on a skid, and, in operation, the external vacuum pump couples with the vacuum chamber to assist with producing a desired pressure in the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: Jerry D. Kidd, Craig D. Harrington, Daniel N. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 6533532
    Abstract: An object-carrying system for facilitating object transportation over various ground or floor surfaces includes a transport frame and a hoist means, which transport frame is adapted to be carried by a user such that articles loaded onto such frame may be easily transported. In a particular embodiment, the transport frame may be removably attachable to an object-carrying means for improved transportation of such object-carrying means over various ground or floor surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6503379
    Abstract: An exemplary mobile plating system and method are provided for performing a plating process using virtually any known or available deposition technology for coating or plating. The mobile plating system may include a vacuum chamber positioned in a mobile storage volume, an external vacuum pump, and a control module to control the operation of some or all of the operations of the external vacuum pump. The external vacuum pump is positioned in the mobile storage volume when the mobile plating system is in transit, and is positioned external to the mobile storage volume when the mobile plating system is stationary and in operation. The external vacuum pump may be mounted on a skid, and, in operation, the external vacuum pump couples with the vacuum chamber to assist with producing a desired pressure in the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Basic Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry D. Kidd, Craig D. Harrington, Daniel N. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20020150455
    Abstract: Lift device for lifting or, as the case may be, lowering of a support device (2, 3B, 5) of a transport track segment of a transport device for work pieces or the like, which are deposited upon plates, pallets or framework like work piece carriers (58) and upon which the work piece carrier (58) is seated translationally displaceably, with a force producing device (35, 72, 73) for producing a force for lifting or as the case may be lowering the support device (2, 3B, 5) and with a force transmission device for transmitting the force from the force producing device to the support device, the force transmission device includes at least one lever (25a, 25b), which on one side (29a, 29b) is coupled to be essentially horizontally displaceably guided with the force producing device (35, 72, 73) and on the other side (30a, 30b) is coupled with the support device (2, 3B, 5) and is guided for essentially vertical displacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Bernhard Allgaier
  • Publication number: 20010000464
    Abstract: A reusable lift-liner and methods transport units of bulk cargo and dispose of an inner cargo-carrying container initially carried within the lift-liner. Via tilt-bed trucks the cargo is transported to a waste site. At the site an openable wall of the reusable lift-liner is opened, the bed is tilted, the inner container slides from the lift-liner and is dumped off the bed. The lift-liner stays on the bed, then is prepared for re-use. Openable wall configurations include releasble closures at corners adjacent to the openable wall. Holes through which strands are laced releasably close the openable wall. Flaps joined to transition sections attached to the walls cause tucks to form when the flaps are closed across the lift-liner. The transition sections also have the releasable closures. Cutting the strands allows the openable wall to open. The strands may be re-laced in the holes for re-use of the lift-liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Publication date: April 26, 2001
    Inventor: Aldon Evans Beale
  • Patent number: 6155772
    Abstract: A system provides a lift-liner for efficient transport of units of bulk cargo (especially bulk cargo that is radioactive hazardous material waste), and economical disposal of the lift-liner for storage of the waste therein. The cargo is transported in the lift-liner from a remediation site to a railroad siding, during transport on a railroad gondola car, from the gondola car to a waste storage site, and within such storage site to a storage cell, in which the lift-liner and the waste therein are placed. The units are defined by the lift-liner, which is capable of containing up to about twelve tons of the waste. A container of the lift-liner is provided with at least five straps connected to two opposite walls, and four straps connected to two other opposite walls, and a bottom between corners of the container. Collectively, the straps may receive up to about twelve tons of vertical lifting force from a lift grid having a connector vertically above and aligned with each strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Aldon Evans Beale
  • Patent number: 6079934
    Abstract: A system provides a lift-liner for efficient transport of units of bulk cargo (especially bulk cargo that is radioactive hazardous material waste), and economical disposal of the lift-liner for storage of the waste therein. The cargo is transported in the lift-liner from a remediation site to a railroad siding, during transport on a railroad gondola car, from the gondola car to a waste storage site, and within such storage site to a storage cell, in which the lift-liner and the waste therein are placed. The units are defined by the lift-liner, which is capable of containing up to ten tons of the waste. A container of the lift-liner is provided with straps connected to four walls and a bottom between corners of the container. The straps receive more than ten tons of vertical lifting force from a lift grid having a connector vertically above and aligned with each strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Aldon E. Beale
  • Patent number: 5861586
    Abstract: Elevator cabs are transferred between elevators, which may be shuttles, in various levels of a building, such as transport floors, in response to car calls registered in the cabs and hall calls registered on the transport floors. The cabs may be transferred from carriages or bogeys onto elevator car frames in a lateral direction, which is perpendicular to the motion of the cab on a carriage or bogey, or in a longitudinal direction which is the same as the direction of motion of a cab on a carriage or bogey. The horizontal/vertical control and transfer may be effected in response to the arrival at transport floors of elevators having cabs therein, or in response to the arrival at an elevator of a bogey carrying a cab which must be transported between a transport floor on one level of a building and a transport floor on another level of a building, in order to serve the need of a car call registered therein or a hall call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Assignee: Otis Elevator Company
    Inventors: Richard C. McCarthy, Joseph Bittar, Frederick H. Barker, Bruce A. Powell, Samuel C. Wan, Paul Bennett, Anthony Cooney, John K. Salmon, deceased