Separable Rack Patents (Class 414/608)
  • Patent number: 11059622
    Abstract: A bulk material shipping container including a pallet, a compartment mounted on the pallet, a material unloading assembly, and a material loading assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: SANDBOX ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventors: C. John Allegretti, Anthony M. Raso, Lyndon Just
  • Patent number: 10913642
    Abstract: A side lift spreader (20) for lifting an upper intermodal transport container (10?) and a lower intermodal transport container (10) stacked on each other comprises a container locking arrangement (30) arranged at a first longitudinal end of the spreader, the container locking arrangement (30) comprising an upper male lock insert configured to be connected to a bottom corner casting of the upper container (10?) and a lower male lock insert configured to be connected to a top corner casting of the lower container (10), wherein said container locking arrangement (30) comprises an indicator configured to provide an indication if an attempt is made to connect the lower male lock insert to the bottom corner casting of the upper container (10?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Erik Förander, Örjan Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10843718
    Abstract: The construction industry ranks among the largest and most dangerous industries in the world. To promote worker safety, government regulations require use of fall protection equipment, such as railings, many of which are expensive, wasteful, and/or time consuming to use. Accordingly, the present inventor devised some alternatives. One exemplary system incorporates a dual post base plate configured for attachment to a concrete floor via a single concrete anchor bolt, instead of the multiple bolts used conventionally, thereby reducing assembly time and cost. Another embodiment includes a rolling cart assembly which stores the rails in a side-by-side vertical arrangement and the base plates in an interleaved sequence, promoting easy access during installation and inventory control during disassembly and storage. Additionally, some embodiments include four stacking posts that extend upward from the cart, enabling multiple carts to be stacked vertical on atop the other to save space on construction sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Debra Lee Hilmerson
  • Patent number: 10717598
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a storage unit for containment, shipping, and storage of articles. The storage unit includes a base and a frame. In various embodiments, the frame may be generally rectangular and defining a storage region therein. The base of the storage unit is designed to matingly engage with a removable wheeled dolly. In a typical embodiment, the dolly facilitates maneuverability and positioning of the storage unit, particularly in confined areas. In various embodiments, a single dolly may facilitate manipulation of multiple storage units, wherein the dolly may be attached to a storage unit while the storage unit is in use and removed when the storage unit is in long-term storage, thereby reducing the space required to store the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Daniel P. Davison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10377616
    Abstract: A side lift spreader (1) for handling empty containers (6), and a method for adjusting a main frame (10) of an inverted side lift spreader. The inverted side lift spreader (1) comprises a main carriage (8) which is connectable to a lifting device (2) to be movable along a front side (39) of a mast (4) of the lifting device (2), the main frame (10) being carried by and sideways movable with respect to the main carriage (8), and main frame guiding means (27) for guiding a movement of the main frame (27) comprises at least two links (30, 31, 32, 33), one first portion (52, 56, 60, 64) of each link (30, 31, 32, 33) being connected to the main frame (10) and one second portion (54, 58, 62, 66) of each link (30, 31, 32, 33) being connected to the main carriage (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: ELME SPREADER AB
    Inventor: Gösta Karlsson
  • Patent number: 10364135
    Abstract: A protection bumper for a vehicle handling fork preferably includes a bumper portion and an attachment bracket. The bumper portion preferably includes the shape of a substantial right hand triangle. At least two through cavities are formed in a thickness of the bumper portion. The first and second cavities allow an angled side of the bumper portion to deflect. The attachment bracket preferably includes a C-shaped cross section. An inside width of the C-shaped cross section is sized to receive a thickness of the bumper portion. The attachment bracket is preferably attached to the bumper portion with at least one fastener. The attachment bracket may be welded to a vertical portion of a fork member of the vehicle handling fork. Alternatively, a retention strip extending from the vertical portion of the fork member is inserted into a gap between the attachment bracket and the bumper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: S.A.S. OF LUXEMBURG
    Inventors: Adam W. Lindley, Colten D. Jensen
  • Patent number: 10329084
    Abstract: A construction material transport container includes four side doors that form substantially all of two side walls of the container. The container includes transversely disposed forklift pockets that can be used to load the container onto a flatbed truck. With the container on a truck and the side doors open, new construction materials can be loaded onto the container from both sides. Both the container and the new materials can be delivered to a job side by a single delivery using a truck-attached forklift. The empty container can then be used as a receptacle for recyclable materials. The container further includes roll-off or hook lift vehicle tracks configured so that the container can be picked up and hauled to a recycling or refuse center. A rear door of the container can be opened so that the container can be tilted by the vehicle to offload the used material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathon Daniel Horton
  • Patent number: 9701466
    Abstract: A construction material transport container includes four side doors that form substantially all of two side walls of the container. The container includes transversely disposed forklift pockets that can be used to load the container onto a flatbed truck. With the container on a truck and the side doors open, new construction materials can be loaded onto the container from both sides. Both the container and the new materials can be delivered to a job side by a single delivery using a truck-attached forklift. The empty container can then be used as a receptacle for recyclable materials. The container further includes roll-off or hook lift vehicle tracks configured so that the container can be picked up and hauled to a recycling or refuse center. A rear door of the container can be opened so that the container can be tilted by the vehicle to offload the used material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: ASR Holding Company
    Inventor: Jonathon Daniel Horton
  • Patent number: 9415984
    Abstract: A cart for improving the efficiency of a forklift as it performs the task of removing pallets of merchandise from a trailer, transporting them, one or two pallets at-a-time, to storage racks, and placing them in their assigned storage slots at various levels. Likewise, the forklift pulls the pallets from the storage racks above the floor of the warehouse loads the pallets on a cart and transports them, again one or two pallets at a time, to the loading dock area where they are loaded onto trailers. A transport system includes a specifically equipped cart and a means to secure and unsecure the forklift to the cart, and a method for employing the cart to be used in conjunction with the forklift so that the forklift can transport two pallets instead of just one as it travels between the loading dock area and locations in the rows of storage racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Leonard W. Shinosky, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9329068
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for measuring, in accordance with a standard measure, any of a fractional part, whole and multiple of a quantity of chopped wood, such as firewood, for delivery to a customer are provided. The apparatus may be a bucket having one or more markers disposed thereon, using one or more measurement scales adapted to at least one of the bucket size, chopped wood size, and measurement system, where the markers indicate the quantity of chopped wood contained in the bucket. The apparatus may further comprise an attachment section to allow the apparatus to be attached to a vehicle to transport the apparatus. The method may include filling the apparatus to the markers with a plurality of pieces of chopped wood, delivering the chopped wood to a customer, and providing the customer with an assurance that the quantity of chopped wood is accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Clifford K. Bebout, IV
  • Patent number: 9260125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pallet transportation assembly comprising a first tine, a second tine, and a body coupled to the first and second tines comprising a tine adjustment system, a wheel, and a vertical backing portion, wherein the first or second tine further comprises a riser hinged to the first or second tine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley Charles Ellington, Nicholas Elsworth Petroff, Jr., Melvin D. Reeves, II, John P. Barry, Ira Donavan Youmans, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9162603
    Abstract: A method of delivering proppant to a well site has the steps of transporting a load of proppant in a vessel to a desired location, moving the load of proppant from the vessel into a container so as to create a proppant-loaded container, unloading the proppant-loaded container into a pneumatic bulk trailer, and transporting the unloaded proppant in the pneumatic bulk trailer to well site. The container is placed onto a bed of a truck and moved in proximity to the vessel. The proppant-loaded container is placed onto a tilting mechanism and then tilted so that the proppant is discharged through a flow gate of a container into a hopper. The proppant in the hopper can then be conveyed to the pneumatic bulk trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: OREN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: John Oren
  • Patent number: 9022718
    Abstract: A safety feature prevents a two wheeled electric paper lift from raising a paper tray on uneven ground that includes a tilt switch positioned in parallel with an upper limit switch that controls the height in a vertical direction of the paper tray. When a tilt angle of the paper lift is greater than 5° the tilt switch will prevent the paper tray from being raised and thereby prevent the load on the paper tray from shifting or tipping over and causing injury to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald E Groth, Charles R Brewer, III, Thomas C Palumbo
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8393848
    Abstract: A bale sweep having a plate assembly mounted on a rearward side of an upright frame for attaching to a skid steer loader. The bale sweep includes a step mounted to a forward side of the upright frame for easy entry into the skid steer loader. A plurality of spaced apart parallel tines are secured to the upright frame and extend in a forward direction. A brace rod, provided for each tine, has an end secured to an upper portion of the upright frame and extends forwardly and downwardly toward a brace connector secured adjacent a forward end of each tine. The brace connector includes a faceplate facing the brace rod. The faceplate having an opening for slidably receiving a forward end of the brace rod. A tension spring is connected between the brace rod and face plate allowing each tine to move upwardly independent of one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: George Krizenawski
  • Patent number: 8257008
    Abstract: The disclosed warehouse loader has two platform sections. One section is hinged to a deck where the operator stands when moving the loader. The other section is hinged to the first section and can be aligned with the first section to create a platform that extends outwardly from the deck and can be accessed by the operator directly from the deck. The second section is narrower than and folds against the first section. A spring-loaded latch holds the first section in an upright position, with the second section folded against it. A manually-operable positioning hook engages receptacles in the platform sections, making it easier to fold the sections. To retrieve a spilled article, the loader is first positioned at an open location adjacent the spilled article. The platform is extended into the open location. The operator can then stand on the platform while retrieving the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventor: Gary L. Ellingson
  • Patent number: 8147175
    Abstract: This is a stacker cart useful to collect a paper stack in a paper-handling system. The stacker cart has wheels so that it can be moved into and out of a housing in the system. At a top section of the stacker cart is a slidable plate that receives the paper stack after processing, finishing or marking. This slidable plate has on its lower surface sliders that allow easy moving of the slidable plate off the stacker cart. The slidable plate has at least one hook that is connected to a rope or other remover for moving the slidable plate to a second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R Brewer, III, Thomas C Palumbo
  • Patent number: 8128334
    Abstract: A support assembly provides for a method of mobilization that does not require removal of shelving and restocking of items on gondolas and warehouse pallet racking, even if the gondola or pallet racking is too wide for prior art mobilization methods. The support assembly comprises a pair of tubular members capable of engaging fork-like extensions of a hand truck or the like. The hand truck may have caster wheels for mobilization and may have a lifting mechanism for raising and lowering the support assembly by the fork-like extensions, when tongues extending from the tubular members are aligned and matingly engaged at a middle support and outer supports of the gondola. By using a plurality of such lift assemblies engaged along the length of the gondola or gondola run, a row of gondolas may be lifted and mobilized without removing shelving and restocking items on the shelves, even if the gondola is wide and the items stocked on the shelves of the gondola add substantial weight to the gondola.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Mobex of North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Arensdorf, Troy Thompson, William Thompson
  • Patent number: 8105006
    Abstract: This is a stacker cart useful to collect a paper stack in a paper-handling system. The stacker cart has movables so that it can be moved into and out of a housing in the system. At a top section of the stacker cart is a transfer plate that receives the paper stack after processing, finishing, or marking. This transfer plate and the stacker cart have on their lower surface movables that allow both easy moving of the slidable plate off the stacker cart and easy moving of the stacker cart from one location to another. The transfer plate has at least one hook that is connected to a rope or for moving the transfer plate to a second surface. The movables used in both the transfer plate and the stacker cart can be wheels, slides, or bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R Brewer, III, Thomas C Palumbo, Timothy Kelley, Gary A Kelpin
  • Patent number: 8016300
    Abstract: A mobile cart for carrying a plurality of fluid canisters. The cart includes a platform configured to support the fluid canisters. The cart also includes a base having a base body and a plurality of wheels movably connected to the base body so that the wheels can be selectively moved with respect to the base body between an extended position and a retracted position. In the extended position, the plurality of wheels extends from the base body so the cart can roll, on the plurality of wheels, over the support surface supporting the cart. In the retracted position, the plurality of wheels is retracted relative to the base body so that the cart cannot roll, on the plurality of wheels, over the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Cramer Decker Industries
    Inventors: Paul Cramer, Steven Coffman
  • Patent number: 7789612
    Abstract: The present invention comprehends a forklift attachment, generally comprising a pair of forks rotatably mounted to a fork plate using a pair of pivot pins with each pivot pin having a center axis normal to the fork plate. Upper bore pins and lower bore pins are adapted to travel within bores of the fork plate. As such, actuators connected to the upper bore pin rotate the forks about the center axis such that the forks can apply opposing lateral compression forces to a flexible dumpster. In a method for collecting waste, a disposer places the flexible dumpster near the waste disposal site whereby a truck-mounted forklift can be utilized to engage the forks with the side portions of the flexible dumpster for loading and disposal. Accordingly, large dumpsters do not have to dropped off at the waste disposal site and large trucks no longer have to be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventors: Thomas Milani, Stephen V. Milani
  • Patent number: 7559736
    Abstract: A wheeled cart having a bed, two side walls, a front wall and an open end which is connected to a towing vehicle. The bed of the cart is raised or lowered to be inclined toward the open end to load the cart. The bed is level when the cart is loaded. A latch secures the rack within the cart and the latch is manually releasable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Streett Mohan
  • Patent number: 7140516
    Abstract: The invention pertains to an emptying device for large-volume receptacles which consists of an auxiliary transport apparatus that is composed of at least four uprights, on the lower ends of which one respective stacking leg is arranged and in the lower end of which one respective lifting mechanism is arranged. This lifting mechanism can be connected to the carrying straps of the large-volume receptacle by means of carrying strap holders, wherein the uprights are respectively connected to one another by means of transverse braces in their lower region in order to accommodate a bottom plate. The bottom plate contains a central opening for accommodating a shutter mechanism with a shutter that is situated in a base plate arranged on the bottom plate and can be actuated by means of a hand crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventors: Kerim Patrick Bothor, Olaf Torge
  • Patent number: 6918732
    Abstract: A changing station for sleeves of printing machines with a lifting platform, disposed on the side of the printing machine, and with a wagon, in which a vertically adjustable shelf with carrying mandrels for receiving sleeves is received, whereby the shelf can be coupled to the lifting platform for joint lifting and lowering while the wagon remains on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG
    Inventors: Rainer Jendroska, Alois Thoele
  • Publication number: 20040033127
    Abstract: A motor assisted mover is provide for lifting and moving a device having wheels contacting a floor surface. The mover includes a tiltable mainframe including a plurality of free spinning wheels and at least one drive wheel, the tiltable mainframe being tiltable to selectively lift one of at least one of said plurality of free spinning wheels and the at least one drive wheel out of contact with a floor surface. The mover also includes a lifting frame including a lever arm and lifting attachments for removably attaching to a first end of the device. The mainframe and lifting frame are pivotably connected along a common horizontal axis. The lifting frame is structured and arranged to lift at least a first end of the device. The lifting frame and the tiltable mainframe are arranged such that, when the lifting frame is positioned so that the at least one end is lifted, the tiltable mainframe is arranged such that the at least one drive wheel contacts the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Bruce Roseman, Wayne Goldman
  • Patent number: 6604897
    Abstract: Transport racks for shipment of a variety of objects are described. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, transport racks are configured with vertical and horizontal support members. Cross-braces positioned atop the horizontal support members support partitions of a variety of configurations creating a plurality of longitudinally extending cells forming compartments for secure storage of the cargo. A panel is positioned atop the framework creating a covered storage area with a first and second open end. Netting and lattice gates positioned at the first and second open end secure the cargo, provide high visibility of the rack contents, and maximize ease of loading and unloading of the racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Variform, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher L. Yeomans
  • Patent number: 6592319
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading, storing, and unloading cargo such as glass panes upon a truck or trailer bed, the truck or trailer bed having a pivoting gate, the apparatus consisting of left and right “C” channel beams, the lower flanges of the left and right “C” channel beams forming left and right bed roller tracks; a load bearing rack having a plurality of left and right wheels or rollers oriented for rolling motion along the left and right bed roller tracks, left and right gate roller tracks formed of rectangular steel tubing, and left and right hinges respectively pivotally attaching the left and right gate roller tracks for pivotal motion between the first extended positions overlying an opened pickup truck or trailer gate, and second retracted positions allowing closure of the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Unruh Fab, Inc.
    Inventor: Monte R. Berger
  • Publication number: 20010055523
    Abstract: A vertical lifting rack and methods of moving items, such as industrial shelving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Publication date: December 27, 2001
    Inventors: HENRY M. SLODDEN, KEITH R. BELLOWS
  • 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, Håkan Ripell
  • Patent number: 6022183
    Abstract: A mobile machine for lifting massive objects which includes a primary hydraulic cylinder whose piston chamber is hydraulically connected on a high pressure end thereof to a high pressure end of one or more secondary hydraulic lifting cylinders for operation of the lifting cylinder(s) in unison to lift the object. The total maximum effective volume of the piston chamber(s) of the secondary cylinder(s) is at least equal to the maximum effective volume of the piston chamber of the primary cylinder. The sum total effective cross-sectional area of all of the secondary cylinder piston chambers is greater than the corresponding cross-sectional area of the primary cylinder chamber to provide an output lifting force of the secondary cylinder(s) which is greater than the input force applied to a piston rod of the primary cylinder necessary to transfer hydraulic fluid from the primary cylinder to the secondary cylinder(s) to produce the enhanced output lifting force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Steel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Walters, Kelley R. Brooks
  • Patent number: 5938398
    Abstract: A dispensing bucket apparatus that removably connects to a loader vehicle. The apparatus is a bucket that is adapted to receive and hold a flowable material and has an exit opening in its front end that is selectively opened and closed by a gate. The position of the gate may be controlled by the user from within the loader vehicle to control the flow and flow rate of the flowable material from the bucket. The side walls of the bucket converge toward the front of the bucket and form a funnel that directs the flowable material to the exit opening. The construction of the apparatus is such that the user can view the pour at all times and, thereby, reduce spillage and waste. An alternate embodiment includes a tilting mechanism that provides for attachment of the bucket to a forklift and for tilting of the bucket. A removable chute allows the pour opening to be extended further from the front of the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Akard & Griffin
    Inventor: Rodney E. Brown
  • Patent number: 5927931
    Abstract: An apparatus for raising and lowering stacks of tires includes a stationary mast having a base end attached to a support frame and an opposite free end. A transport structure is attached to the mast and is engageable with a hook member to transport the hook member between a first position adjacent the base end of the mast and and second position adjacent the free end of the mast. The hook member is releasably connectable to a lifting end of a tire stacker which includes a frame capable of supporting a number of tires in side-by-side relation when the stacker is in a horizontal position and a support structure capable to supporting a stack of tires when the stacker is in a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas M. Raben
  • Patent number: 5897286
    Abstract: Pallet stops are provided for blades of a forklift truck. The pallet stops have elongated bodies of a predetermined length, and are easily placed on or removed from forklift blades in predetermined locations. For retrofitting existing forklift blades, the elongated bodies include magnets for removably securing the pallet stops to the blades, while for new forklift blades, the blades may have threaded openings formed in predetermined locations, and elongated pins may be selectively inserted into one of the threaded openings on each blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Howard E Whittaker
  • Patent number: 5833431
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for the transportation and storage of compressible items in a compressed state, the apparatus comprising a lower member featuring a horizontal floor; an upper member featuring a horizontal roof, the upper member being slideably connected to the lower member; a platform between the floor and roof that is slideably connected to the upper and lower member; a rotational expulsion mechanism attached to the lower member, upper member, and platform; and an attachment point, said attachment point facilitating the connection of the apparatus to a vehicle. Compressible items may be loaded onto the platform, after which the platform is raised so that compressible items may be loaded between the floor and platform. The roof may then be lowered, compressing both those items between the roof and platform and those items between the platform and floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventors: Sammy A. Rosse, III, Steven Ray Price
  • Patent number: 5826744
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for stacking newspapers is disclosed which obviates the need to fasten individual stacks. Once ejected from a stacking device, stacks of newspapers pass through an assembly station where they are arranged into groups of three, called slugs, and compressed. The slug then enters a collector where a layer consisting of four slugs is positioned on a sliding table. This positioning requires lateral movement of slugs. Lateral support is provided throughout this movement to prevent the stacks from toppling over. Once a full layer has been accumulated, the sliding table is retracted, and the layer of newspapers falls onto a floating table below. This floating table, which serves as the bottom floor of the container in which it is housed, is automatically lowered by discrete amounts as layers are received. Extendible cylinders located below the collector vertically move the floating table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Los Angeles Times, a division of Times Mirror Company
    Inventors: Richard E. Kwasniewski, Jose Salinas, Jr., Philip Medina, Edward McLaughlin, Randall Wienke, Vernon Bundy, Klaus Kurz, Lawrence Foster, Gary Fain
  • Patent number: 5779430
    Abstract: A material handling system generally consisting of a base assembly including a support means mountable on the operating arms of a vehicle, an arm member pivotally connected to the support means and movable between open and closed positions relative to the support means for clamping an article mounted on the support means therebetween and means for displacing the clamping member between the open and closed positions; a material container assembly including a support means mountable on the support means of the base assembly, a container mounted on and pivotally connected to the support means of the material container assembly and engageable by the clamping arm member of the base member when the support means of the material container assembly is mounted on the support means of the base assembly; and means operatively interconnecting the clamping arm member of the base assembly and the container of the material container assembly when the material container assembly is mounted on the base assembly for effecting
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Rockland, Inc.
    Inventor: E. Gary Ball
  • Patent number: 5775869
    Abstract: A transportable spill containment pan includes a reservoir that can be disposed between, and rested upon, conventional railroad rails beneath a stationary railroad tank car. The pan includes a pair of flaps that can be moved from a closed position where they overlie the reservoir and provide a cover therefor, to an extended position where they divert inadvertent spills into the reservoir. A pair of parallel, spaced tubes extend across the reservoir and through opposed sidewalls defining the reservoir. The tubes are of a size and shape to receive the forks of a conventional forklift truck, thereby permitting the pan to be moved conveniently from place to place. The pan includes endwalls connected to the flaps, the endwalls having horizontal ledges that enable another pan to be stacked atop the first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Trans Environmental Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Merrill E. Bishop
  • Patent number: 5769591
    Abstract: This apparatus relates to a frame structure for packing multiple vehicles in a stacked configuration into a transport container such that a first vehicle is located above the floor of the container and inclined relative to that floor. The structure includes a base, at least one vehicle support device including two vehicle supports each having a support member vertically and laterally displaced from one another, and attachment devices including at least one pair of attachment members having brackets for being attached across the bottom of the vehicle, laterally spaced from one another and received within receptacle zones defined within the respective vehicle supports, the attachment members being parallel to the vehicle supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Assignee: Kar-Tainer International, Inc.
    Inventor: Salmon Pienaar
  • Patent number: 5692872
    Abstract: The tire-stacking device includes a platform for placing a plurality of tires side by side when the device is in a horizontal position. The device is thereafter raised by the lifting apparatus of a lift truck to a vertical position. The stack of tires is supported in this vertical position by a clamping arrangement attached to the base end of the device. The clamping arrangement is selectively releasable to permit an operator to deposit the stack of tires at a desired location. A hook is also provided for connecting the device to the lifting apparatus of a lift truck. A fork apparatus is further provided to be used in cooperative arrangement with the hook, a pair of existing fork lift forks, and a lift truck to lift and transport objects. A cart apparatus is also provided for facilitating the mounting and dismounting of the hook to the lifting apparatus of the lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas M. Raben
  • Patent number: 5687881
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for conveying solid particulate material which includes a generally flexible receptacle fixedly situated within a frame. The receptacle has a top, a bottom, at least one wall defining an interior and a longitudinal axis perpendicular with the top and bottom. The improvement comprises a dump structure at the bottom comprising a dump aperture, a first flap, and a second flap. The first flap has a first connection along a first flap width with the wall and with the frame adjacent to the dump aperture, extends a first length from the first connection, and is swingable about the first connection from a first position blocking the dump aperture toward an open position. The second flap has a second connection along a second width with the wall and with the frame adjacent to the dump aperture and is swingable about the second connection from a closed position blocking the dump aperture toward an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Bandag, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael W. Rouse, Lowell C. Sundermann
  • Patent number: 5618153
    Abstract: An arrangement for the transportation of goods, such as paper rolls, having a load carrier which includes a goods-carrying bottom plate.The arrangement includes a lifting post (4) which is upstanding centrally from the bottom plate (2) and by which a loaded load-carrier can be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Floatline AB
    Inventor: Leif S. E. Lindgren
  • Patent number: 5590735
    Abstract: A forklift truck having a drive wheel and a plurality of support wheels and a mounting arrangement for independently adjusting the vertical position of each support wheel. The mounting arrangement includes a cylindrical pivot sleeve attached to the forklift truck and a cylindrical pivot member coaxial with the cylindrical pivot sleeve and longitudinally and rotatably adjustable in the cylindrical pivot sleeve. A support wheel is pivotally mounted on the lower end of the cylindrical pivot member and a pin is provided adjacent to the lower end of the cylindrical pivot member for locking the cylindrical pivot member in one of at least two vertical positions in the cylindrical pivot sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Linde Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Guy Cartier
  • Patent number: 5582499
    Abstract: Apparatus for changing a load support by a first pallet to a second pallet comprises a stop member rigidly mounted on a floor surface, the stop member having an opening at a lower end sufficient for the pallet to slide under the stop member and having an abutting surface above the opening for engaging a side of the load on the first pallet. The first pallet has a rear edge facing the stop member opening and a front edge on an opposite side facing away from the stop member. A spacer member fits under the front edge of the first pallet to raise the front edge of the first pallet above the level of the second pallet, the spacer member being moveable inwardly toward the stop member along with the first pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Gary L. White
  • Patent number: 5580207
    Abstract: A device for moving beds includes a moveable frame (2); a lifting mechanism (4) which can cooperate with the underframe of a bed (49); and a steering mechanism (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Elaut, Naamloze Vennootschap
    Inventors: Lucas Kiebooms, Joseph Froyen, Paul Plevoets
  • Patent number: 5562392
    Abstract: The tire-stacking device includes a platform for placing a plurality of tires side by side when the device is in a horizontal position. The device is thereafter raised by the lifting apparatus of a lift truck to a vertical position. The stack of tires is supported in this vertical position by a clamping arrangement attached to the base end of the device. The clamping arrangement is selectively releasable to permit an operator to deposit the stack of tires at a desired location. A hook is also provided for connecting the device to the lifting apparatus of a lift truck. A fork apparatus is further provided to be used in cooperative arrangement with the hook, a pair of existing fork lift forks, and a lift truck to lift and transport objects. A cart apparatus is also provided for facilitating the mounting and dismounting of the hook to the lifting apparatus of the lift truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas M. Raben
  • Patent number: 5547333
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods for packing multiple vehicles in a stacked configuration into a transport container using a frame structure such that a first vehicle is located above the floor of the container and inclined relative to that floor. The frame structure includes a lower vehicle support member mounted transversely across and above the base on a pair of first vertical support members, an upper vehicle support member mounted transversely across and above the base on a second pair of vertical support members such that the upper vehicle support member is spaced horizontally from and vertically above the lower vehicle support member and also including at least a first and a second attachment member each having brackets thereon for attaching to the first vehicle body, the vehicle support members supporting the respective attachment members substantially parallel thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventor: Salmon Pienaar
  • Patent number: 5538387
    Abstract: Flat, flexible articles such as carpets are commonly transported on wooden pallets, which are prone to breakage, and which must be returned for re-use after the articles have been delivered to their destination. A simple solution to the problem is to provide a pallet assembly which forms the floor of a truck or tailer, and which includes a casing, a cover on the casing with a load supporting surface, a plurality of support bars vertical slidable in the cover for movement between a lower position substantially flush with the load supporting surface of the cover and an elevated position in which the load is supported by the support bars only, and a drive mechanism at each end of the support bars for simultaneously moving all of the support bars between the lower position and the elevated position. In the elevated position, the forks of a forklift truck can be inserted between the support bars for transferring a load to such bars or for removing a load therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: WCA Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph G. J. Durivage, Joseph B. C. Chouinard, Ernest R. Vaillancourt, Alan C. Russell
  • Patent number: 5535581
    Abstract: A cans exchanging system whereby, out of cans arranged in plural rows in the longitudinal direction of a spinning frame, plural empty cans arranged in the direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction of the spinning frame are carried out from the rows of cans, and plural full-loaded cans are carried in simultaneously to the carried-out position of the empty cans. A sliver piecing device for piecing together slivers, from sliver feeding cans to a spinning machine and slivers from full-loaded cans while carrying both cans on a cans exchanging carrier is mounted on the cans exchanging carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1996
    Assignee: Murata Kikai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryosuke Tahara, Hiroshi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 5503517
    Abstract: A slip sheet for use with bulk containers and a method of use of such slip sheet. An empty bulk container is detachably secured to a slip sheet including one or more movable edges. The slip sheet and container can be manipulated and transported with a forklift or similar machinery. The slip sheet can be easily detached from the container after use via the movable edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: B.A.G. Corporation
    Inventor: Norwin C. Derby
  • Patent number: 5482426
    Abstract: A method of changing a load supported by a first pallet to a second pallet comprises placing the first pallet supporting the load adjacent a stop member rigidly mounted on a floor surface, the stop member having an opening at a lower end sufficient for the pallet to slide under the stop member and having an abutting surface above the opening for engaging a side of the load on the first pallet. The first pallet is first positioned so that it has a rear edge facing the stop member opening and a front edge on an opposite side facing away from the stop member. A spacer member is placed under the front edge of the first pallet to raise the front edge of the first pallet above the level of the second pallet, the spacer member being moveable inwardly toward the stop member along with the first pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Inventor: Gary L. White