Vehicle Handling Patents (Class 414/611)
  • 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: 8360388
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for lifting and supporting a vehicle is described. The system includes at least one vehicle hoist fitting configured to distribute the weight of the vehicle along a skin of the vehicle, at least one removable bearing cup assembly configured to attach to said vehicle hoist fitting, and at least one trunnion assembly configured for attachment to a support structure and further configured to engage said removable bearing cup assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roy P. Murata, Raymond D. Fierro, John J. Brown
  • Patent number: 8075237
    Abstract: A multi-level vehicle lift comprising a first platform mounted for movement between a lowered position and a raised position. A second platform is positioned below the first platform and is coupled to the first platform by a lift member such that movement of the first platform above a first raised position causes movement of the second platform. A third platform is positioned below the second platform and coupled to the first platform by a lift member such that movement of the first platform above a second raised position causes movement of the third platform A pit may be positioned below the platforms, and the lower-most platform is in the pit when the first platform is in the lowered position. Preferably, the pit is recessed into a ground surface, and an upper surface of the first platform is substantially flush with the ground surface when in the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Pflow Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Webster, Gene M. Barth
  • Patent number: 8066252
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for lifting and supporting a vehicle is described. The system includes at least one vehicle hoist fitting configured to distribute the weight of the vehicle along a skin of the vehicle, at least one removable bearing cup assembly configured to attach to said vehicle hoist fitting, and at least one trunnion assembly configured for attachment to a support structure and further configured to engage said removable bearing cup assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roy P. Murata, Raymond D. Fierro, John J. Brown
  • Patent number: 7770695
    Abstract: A vehicle lift device and method are provided wherein the lift device has upper and lower platforms that may receive vehicles for parking or storage. The lower platform may be selectively raised or lowered between two levels of a parking structure. The upper platform is mounted on telescoping supports. When the car lift device is raised to place the lower platform at the upper level of the parking structure, the telescoping posts retract allowing the upper platform to lower, thereby providing clearance between the upper platform and a ceiling of the parking structure. The posts retract by the weight of the upper platform, and no hydraulic assist is required. When the lift device is lowered to place the lower platform at the lower level of the parking structure, the upper platform engages the floor of the upper level of the parking structure and thereby covers the opening in the floor. The telescoping posts then extend as the lower platform travels to its lowered position at the lower level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Harding Steel, Inc.
    Inventor: James W. Myers
  • Patent number: 7520711
    Abstract: A system for collecting liquids from scrapped vehicles, suitable for completely collecting liquids remaining in a scrapped vehicle, such as fuel, engine oil, brake oil, transmission oil and the like. The system includes a floor having rails positioned in a longitudinal direction on which a bogie frame moves, a lift having posts and carriages for raising the bogie frame together with a scrapped vehicle loaded thereon, a first scaffold and a second scaffold, hydraulic cylinders installed at each corner of the second scaffold, thereby adjusting the height of the second scaffold and a control panel for controlling the operation of collection of liquids from a scrapped vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Won Bae Lee
  • Publication number: 20080169410
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for lifting and supporting a vehicle is described. The system includes at least one vehicle hoist fitting configured to distribute the weight of the vehicle along a skin of the vehicle, at least one removable bearing cup assembly configured to attach to said vehicle hoist fitting, and at least one trunnion assembly configured for attachment to a support structure and further configured to engage said removable bearing cup assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Roy P. Murata, Raymond D. Fierro, John J. Brown
  • Patent number: 5297917
    Abstract: A method of remote control of a mobile carriage including at least one transmit and receive antenna for movement into an underground gallery connected to the surface by a shaft provided with an elevator for effecting deep storage of radioactive wastes. The method involves fitting the site with a plurality of waveguides from a control station which includes a signal generator and a signal receiver and being situated on the surface. The plurality of waveguides are disposed with at least one first waveguide at the surface extending from the control station to the entrance to the shaft. At least one second waveguide is disposed along the shaft and connected at its top end to the first waveguide. At least one third waveguide is disposed along the gallery and connected to the second waveguide in the vicinity of the entrance to the gallery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Assignee: ACB
    Inventor: Gerard Freneix
  • Patent number: 4279563
    Abstract: An unmanned material handling system for servicing a plurality of vertically spaced levels of a structure is provided. This system includes an unmanned, selfpropelled vehicle driven by an electromechanical device such as an electric motor. The vehicle includes an energy storage device, such as a flywheel, for storing energy and for supplying that energy to the electro-mechanical device. The vehicle can be moved from one level to another within the structure by an elevator. One half of a split transformer is embedded in the floor of the elevator and, when the vehicle is disposed thereover, that half of the split transformer is energized and becomes electromagnetically coupled with a second half of the split transformer which is disposed within the vehicle. This coupling provides electrical energy to drive a motor/generator which, in turn, causes the flywheel to rotate and store energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventor: William R. Miller