Of Loading Or Unloading Load-transporting Type Vehicle And External Means Cooperating In Loading Or Unloading Thereof Patents (Class 414/809)
  • Patent number: 10843882
    Abstract: Cable robots may be used to automatically load items onto one or more surfaces in any environment. An item may be received on a carrier that is connected to tensioning actuators of a cable robot by one or more cables in tension. The actuators of the robot may be manipulated in concert to move the carrier from a first position to a second position, which may be fixed or in motion, at which the item may be expelled from the carrier. The carrier may include induction wheels and/or conveyors for receiving the item thereon and for expelling the item therefrom. The cable robot may be provided in series with a conveyor and mounted to a frame, and used to load items onto a delivery vehicle, such that the frame may be withdrawn as items are loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Craig Worsley, Karl Eric Schrader, Michael Ellsworth Bundy, Charles Edward Rice
  • Patent number: 10759614
    Abstract: An apparatus for rotary dumping of rail cars, including a material receiving pit. A rotary rail car dumper includes a rotational frame supporting at least one baffle. The rotational frame is configured to dump a load from a rail car during rotational motion of the rotational frame between an upright position wherein the entire load is in the rail car and a dumping position wherein the load can exit the rail car. A backside airflow diverter is located beneath the rotational frame and includes a curved upper surface. A lower margin of the at least one baffle contacts the curved upper surface during at least part of the rotational motion of the rotational frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Air-Cure, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael R. Harris, Dennis D. Hall, Kal N. Ugargol
  • Patent number: 10597269
    Abstract: A transportable jack system includes a jack disposed on a base. The base includes a base plate with a plurality of wheel openings formed therein, and a biasing member disposed between a wheel and the base plate. The biasing member is configured from a single piece of material consisting of a top horizontal portion, a bottom horizontal portion, and an angled middle portion disposed between the top horizontal portion and the bottom horizontal portion. The biasing member biases the base away from a ground surface when a load applied to the jack is below a predetermined threshold and deforms when the load is above the predetermined threshold, wherein the deformation allows the base plate to contact the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Steven Huang
  • Patent number: 10434924
    Abstract: An automated guided vehicle (AGV) that is configured to operate with a navigation and guidance system includes a base frame structure that supports a material handling apparatus. Casters may be attached at peripheral portions of the base frame structure to movably support the base frame structure away from a ground surface. Drive wheel assemblies may be disposed between two of the casters and configured to propel and steer the AGV. A suspension system may have intersecting swing arms that are pivotally mounted at the base frame structure and independently attach at each of the drive wheel assemblies. The suspension system biases the drive wheel assemblies against the ground surface to maintain friction of the drive wheel assemblies against the ground surface, such as for traversing sloped or uneven surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventors: Rene D. Alfaro, Mark D. O'Brien, Matthew Geldersma, Riju Kuruvila, David M. Berghorn, Michael S. Khodl, David M. Grasch
  • Patent number: 10357104
    Abstract: An equipment rack having one or more caster bracket assemblies. The caster bracket assembly is selectively mountable on a frame of the equipment rack at multiple mounting locations. The caster bracket can define a gap between the caster bracket assembly and a brace of the equipment rack frame which may be used for ingress/egress of cables or wires. Associated methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Henry D. Jost, Richard M. Latino, Lorena E. Sandoval, Joseph Rau
  • Patent number: 9120632
    Abstract: An apparatus for loading a shipping container comprising a metal trough having a bottom, a front end, a back end and two sidewalls. A push plate disposed at the back end of the metal trough. A force mechanism coupled to the push plate and configured to move the push plate from the back end of the metal trough to the front end of the metal trough. A support mechanism configured to support the metal trough to allow a shipping container to be moved into a position to encompass the metal trough through a door of the shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Venture Metals Machinery, LLC
    Inventors: Michael R. Uhrick, Ronnie L. Latham
  • Patent number: 9108809
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that reduce release of dust generated during rotary dumping of rail cars in a dumping facility. The method includes removing dust laden air from a space bounded by a backside airflow diverter, a rotational frame, a first baffle and a second baffle while the rotational frame is rotating with a rail car by drawing the dust laden air through a secondary air intake that passes through the backside airflow diverter into a backside hood. A dust control apparatus includes a diverter, overlying a backside hood having a concave curved upper surface; and at least one secondary air intake positioned to pass through the diverter being located approximately where pressure in the backside hood remains neutral or negative relative to a pressure even there is a transient increase in air pressure in a lower portion of the backside hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: Air-Cure, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael R. Harris, Jason Santers
  • Publication number: 20150132092
    Abstract: A five-legged moving and storage container has self-leveling or self-raising ability: two wheeled legs at the second end of the device extend as the first end is pulled up a tilted tow truck bed. By extending the legs to raise the second end of the moving container at the same rate that the first end is pulled up the slope of the bed, the container is maintained level. As the tow truck bed is leveled, the legs can then be retracted to match and again the device remains level. No special infrastructure is required: it may be loaded and unloaded in any location having a normal flat-bed tow truck. It may have three additional legs at the other end: one in the middle with a wheel, two at the corners without, allowing it to raise itself or be raised and stabilized at dock height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Jack Rust Burrell
  • Publication number: 20150125256
    Abstract: An improved tarp specifically configured and adapted for transporting cargo in a truck bed, and unloading cargo from the truck bed at a desired location. The tarp includes several foldable flaps or panels which may be used to secure the cargo within the tarp. The tarp may include several loops which may be used for pulling the tarp out of the truck bed and unloading the cargo from the tarp. Also, the tarp may have several strengthening strips which pull the cargo out of the truck bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: David G. Bemis
  • Publication number: 20150098776
    Abstract: A shuttle van system for a container terminal, including: at least one rail and a transfer device. The transfer device includes a plurality of shuttle vans and a plurality of transition platforms. Each shuttle van includes: a base frame, a wheel group, a wheel driving device, a lifting device, and a supporting plate. Each transition platform includes brackets. The shuttle vans run on the rail between the brackets. The lifting device of the shuttle van is configured to lift the container from the supporting plate. The container is transferred from the supporting plate of the shuttle van to the bracket after contraction of the lifting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Wei Li, Xun LI, Guoli AN, Lianyi ZHU, Qingxin LV, Rong YANG, Qiang LI
  • Publication number: 20150086324
    Abstract: A transport container, in particular as a component part of a rail vehicle, having a transportation space for receiving goods to be transported, which on its upper side includes at least one opening, wherein the transport container includes a grate which at least in part covers the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Markus Hecht, Christian Maengel, Harald Jakatt, Christian Nayeri, Rami Shoeib, Guenther Alsdorf, Uwe Wullstein
  • Publication number: 20150078878
    Abstract: A transportable drive-over conveyor system comprising a drive-over hopper for receiving grain or other material and having a belted conveyor for conveying the grain or other material, a transition section pivotally connected at an upstream end to the drive-over hopper, an auger mounted at a downstream end of the transition section, wherein the transition section transfers the grain or other material from the belted conveyor to the auger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Wilcox, Dave Friesen, Chris Manning, Ron Braun, Brayden Jaspers
  • Publication number: 20150071750
    Abstract: A loading apparatus assists in loading particulate bulk material into a transport container, for example a railcar having a loading opening in a top side thereof. The loading apparatus is used with a main loading spout extending in a longitudinal direction and having a discharge opening at a bottom end for discharging particulate bulk material therethrough. The loading apparatus has a pair of secondary spouts operatively connected with the main loading spout such that: i) a primary flow of the particulate material is discharged into the transport container downwardly through the discharge opening in the longitudinal direction of the main loading spout; and ii) a secondary flow of the particulate material is discharged into the transport container through said at least one secondary spout in a respective lateral direction transversely to the longitudinal direction of the main loading spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Glen Foster
  • Publication number: 20150063959
    Abstract: A method includes positioning a vehicle on a vehicle base station such that a first payload is aligned with an aperture in the vehicle base station. The method includes aligning an empty docking station of a payload advancing assembly with the aperture. The method includes removing the first payload from the vehicle and placing the first payload in the empty docking station of the payload advancing assembly, where the full docking station includes a second payload. The method also includes aligning a full docking station of the payload advancing assembly with the aperture and securing the second payload to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Emad W. Saad, John L. Vian, Matthew A. Vavrina, Jared A. Nisbett, Donald C. Wunsch
  • Publication number: 20150063960
    Abstract: A method for positioning a mobile platform at a station that includes moving the mobile platform near a bumper by applying torque to a drive shaft. The mobile platform is maneuvered until a contact stop of the platform is touching the bumper. A locking mechanism is engaged to the mobile platform before the torque to the drive shaft is released to assure position retention at the station. A system for precise positioning of a mobile platform at a station is provided that includes a stationary bumper at said station. A mobile platform has stop contacts, a drive shaft, and sensors for measuring contact with said stationary bumper. The mobile platform having a locking mechanism for preventing movement of the drive shaft in response to input from at least one of the sensors in response to contact with the stationary bumper to provide the precise positioning of said mobile platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Edzko Smid, Bill Edwards, Wade Hickle
  • Publication number: 20150063976
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for the flush transfer of large-surface-area panels of different types of construction to a transporting vehicle, having the following features. At least one conveyor for supplying panels of at least one type of construction. At least one pivoting-stack apparatus, having a gripper frame and having adhesion elements fastened thereon. At least one stack framework on a mobile carriage, wherein the latter is connected to at least one transporting vehicle by a switchable coupling. The transporting vehicle is supplied with power, and controlled electronically and/or electrically, by a multiplicity of lines installed in the floor region. An electrically controlled parking brake on each transporting vehicle, for arresting purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Egbert Wenninger, Roland Jenning, Franz Krommer
  • Patent number: 8967943
    Abstract: A load carrier includes a load changing frame that has first and second end portions. The load changing frame has two longitudinal frame beams, two transverse frame beams arranged at the end portions of the load changing frame, and a first, upwardly tapering lifting stand. The second end portion of the load changing frame includes a second lifting stand, which is shaped and arranged in accordance with the first lifting stand. The transverse frame beams are elongated to extend outward from the longitudinal frame beams for mounting of supports facing the support surface. A plurality of such load carriers are adapted to be stacked on top of each other, wherein each overlying load carrier with its lifting stands is adapted to straddle the lifting stands of the underlying load carrier vertically from above, wherein the length of the stack corresponds to the length of the load carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Green Wood Logistics AB
    Inventors: Maria Drott, Torbjörn Eriksson, Lennart Olving
  • Publication number: 20150050119
    Abstract: A method for unloading a loaded railcar in a rotary dumper, comprising moving a railcar having a railcar cover into an unloading position within a dumper and bracing the railcar for inversion; rotating the railcar approximately 180 degrees in a forward direction while simultaneously rotating the cover about one longitudinal side sill of the railcar in a reverse direction into an open position; maintaining the railcar in an approximately inverted position until the load has been unloaded; rotating the inverted railcar in a reverse direction back into an upright position, while simultaneously rotating the railcar cover in a forward direction into a closed position atop the railcar; unbracing the railcar and moving it out of the rotary dumper. The method may include locking and unlocking the cover, and engaging and disengaging cover lifting components within the dumper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Trevor Low, Mark Doldon, John Cruikshank
  • Patent number: 8954354
    Abstract: An IV product transport device is configured to transport an IV product from one location to another in automated fashion. The transport device may comprise a chassis with one or more ports for IV products. A drive mechanism is configured to move the transport device. In one embodiment, the transport device includes a controller. Information may be provided to the controller about an IV product, such as its intended destination or use. The controller may also exchange information with a delivery device, such as an infusion pump, to verify that the IV product is delivered to the proper destination. The transport device may include a delivery mechanism for off-loading an IV product. The transport device may deliver IV products of various configurations, including one in which the product comprises a flexible bag and a container housing for supporting and protecting the fluid bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: CareFusion 303, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham Ross
  • Publication number: 20150030421
    Abstract: A truck dumper including a material receiving hopper, a tilt table configured to dump a load from the truck or truck trailer into the material receiving hopper. The invention includes a stilling shed positioned above the material receiving hopper and at least one curtain baffle suspended below the roof of the stilling shed. The curtain baffles are positioned such that there is a gap located near the roof and an upper margin of the at least one curtain baffle through which air can flow. The invention further includes an air exhaust structure configured to exhaust dust laden air from the interior of the stilling shed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Michael R. Harris
  • Patent number: 8939703
    Abstract: A system for the shipment of less than a full load in a secured collapsible sub-container from the shipper's location to a first central hub for combination with other partial shipments to make a full load for transfer to a second hub and ultimate delivery to a destination. The sub-container being readily foldable for storage in a full load freight container without taking up freight carrying capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: James Lawrence
  • Publication number: 20150023767
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for loading a railcar with crop material. A grain cart has a frame, ground wheels, a hitch assembly, a storage container and an auger assembly having a discharge end for removing particulate material from the storage container discharging it out the discharge end. A spout can be moveably connected to the discharge end of the auger. The method can include loading the storage container of the grain cart with crop material, maneuvering the grain cart adjacent to a railcar using a tow vehicle and discharging crop material from the storage container of the grain cart into the railcar using the auger assembly. A mobile computer or other processing device can be used to determine how much crop material is being loaded into the railcar during the loading by the grain cart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Sheldon Affleck
  • Patent number: 8932000
    Abstract: A method for positioning a large load into a transport position is provided. According to the method, the load is placed upon a frame structure with a substantially horizontal extension. The raising device is placed transport plane underneath the frame structure. The raising device is then extended in a vertical extension reaching between the transport plane and the frame structure so that the frame structure and the load are raised above the transport plane and are held in position by the raising device. Subsequently, the vertical extension of the raising device is decreased into the transport position. Further, a method for positioning a large load into a storage position and a transport system for such methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Henning Poulsen, Jan Emil Westergaard
  • Publication number: 20140377043
    Abstract: A system for loading and unloading a cargo compartment of a vehicle, such as an aircraft, with a cargo receiving device is provided. The system includes a cargo receiving device including a base structure arrangement having a horizontal lower contact surface, and a locking mechanism configured to engage one or more corresponding holding members provided in a cargo compartment of a vehicle. The system also includes a transport device including a horizontal upper contact surface configured to be disposed in abutting contact to said lower contact surface, a drive unit configured to initiate horizontal movement of the transport device, a lift unit configured to initiate vertical movement of the upper contact surface, and an actuating unit configured to actuate the locking mechanism of the cargo receiving device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Uwe PANZRAM, Joerg KLOCKGETHER, Philippe LE BIGOT, Peter ESTEIE, Netra GOWDA
  • Publication number: 20140369794
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a step apparatus includes a post device, at least one step platform, and a hitch connecting device. Step platform includes a rectangular loop and two parallel plates, each of the parallel plates connecting on a first end to opposing side walls, respectively, of the post device and on a second end to the rectangular loop. The hitch connecting device connects the post device to a transport vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: John Boguslawski
  • Publication number: 20140369798
    Abstract: A device and method for exchanging a discharged traction battery (113) of an electric or hybrid vehicle (3) for a recharged traction battery (114). The device comprises means (220, 221) for aligning the vehicle on a reference dimension relative to the direction (Y) transverse to the vehicle, means (219) for aligning the vehicle on a reference dimension relative to the direction (X) longitudinal to the vehicle, vehicle lifting means (21) for raising and lowering the vehicle, means (25) for immobilising the vehicle relative to the vertical direction, lifting means for raising or lowering the means (23) for unlocking the battery from or locking the battery to the vehicle. The device further comprises handling means (115) for transporting the batteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: RENAULT s.a.s.
    Inventors: Bruno Escande, Faouzi Benachour
  • Publication number: 20140356112
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which includes a bed coupled to extendible legs that extend away from the bed. The extendible legs comprise lift the bed to a desired height level, whereas the bed attaches to a vehicle and facilitates transferring weight from the extendible legs to a vehicle attachment component on the bed. A vehicle is also disclosed, which includes extendible arms, which extend away from an arm housing component. The extendible arms attach to a load and hold the load in a suspended position. In another aspect, a method is disclosed which includes ascertaining parameters associated with loading a load onto a vehicle and determining a placement configuration of an arm component onto the vehicle according to the parameters. The arm component attaches to the vehicle according to the placement configuration and facilitates holding the load in a suspended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence Garcia
  • Publication number: 20140356111
    Abstract: An example of an aim with the disclosed method and system may be seen to provide a method and system which does not require more square meters of footprint than existing solutions or even requires less square meters of footprint, while still being as effective as, or even more effective than reference methods and systems. The handling system comprises a moveable unit 101 adapted to move linearly in a travelling direction 406 of said moveable unit, where the moveable unit comprises a loading device 100 adapted to load one or more objects 102 at a time into or onto the airport trolley by activation of the loading device 100.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: CRISPLANT A/S
    Inventors: Uffe Lykkegaard, Lasse Lund Jensen
  • Publication number: 20140356110
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to a cargo transfer system, a method of transferring cargo containers, and a method of handling cargo containers including a cargo transfer pallet capable of supporting a plurality of cargo containers thereon, a cargo loader vehicle capable of receiving the cargo transfer pallet thereon, and a cargo staging structure capable of receiving the cargo transfer pallet thereon and capable of receiving the cargo loader vehicle therein such that the cargo transfer pallet is supported by the cargo staging structure over at least a portion of the cargo loader vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Blaine Knight Rawdon, Matthew Jonathan Segal
  • Publication number: 20140348628
    Abstract: A rail-road intermodal freight system. In an embodiment, a plurality of L-cars are provided. In an embodiment, each L-car may be configured for support at its forward end on a preceding L-car, and at a rear base on a set of flanged rail wheels. In implementing the system, a freight yard is provided with rail components which are switchable to enable decoupling and a turn-in-place operation, wherein each care is lifted from the preceding L-car in the train, and the neck portion of the L-car lowered to the ground. When in the lowered position, downwardly extending legs on the over-the-road trailer enable an over-the-road tractor to attach the over-the-road trailer in conventional fashion, for removal of the over-the-road tailer from the L-car. Loading of an over-the-road trailer on the L-car takes place via a reverse process, wherein the trailer is backed up on to the L-car.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: David KUN
  • Publication number: 20140348619
    Abstract: A method for moving a packed column section about a remote manufacturing yard is provided. In one embodiment, the packed column section can include a first course, a second course, packing disposed within the first course and second course, and a plurality of distributors. The method can include the steps of placing the packed column section on top of a movable platform, the movable platform configured to support and distribute the weight of the packed column section; and moving the packed column section from a first point to a second point, the second point being in an open area adapted for stacking a plurality of packed column sections on top of each other to form a column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: Claude GRANGER, Jean ROY, Sylvain MADE
  • Publication number: 20140341701
    Abstract: A method of transporting containers on a rail car is described. The method includes the steps of, first, providing a frame having at least two longitudinal beams and at least two cross beams. The at least two cross beams extend substantially perpendicular to, and interconnect, the at least two longitudinal beams. The two longitudinal beams may be cambered along the length of the beams. Next, the method includes the step of attaching a first container to a first end of the frame. Then, the first container and the frame are loaded into the rail car. Finally, the method includes the step of loading a second container into the rail car and onto a second end of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Load Distribution Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Bernard S. Sain, David N. Messer
  • Publication number: 20140328655
    Abstract: Assemblies and methods for the handling, transporting and/or positioning component parts include a jig assembly for supporting a component part is provided with an elongate spar assembly, a plurality of rib assemblies attached to the spar, and a plurality of tensionable strap assemblies operatively associated with the rib assemblies for capturing and holding the component part against the rib assemblies. The strap assemblies may include a strap ratchet mechanism and a strap, so that operation of the strap ratchet mechanism allows strap slack to be removed thereby tensioning the strap. The jig assembly may be positioned and oriented by suspension cables and a hoist mechanism to allow it to be removably connected to a moveable transport dolly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Embraer S.A.
    Inventor: Embraer S.A.
  • Patent number: 8858152
    Abstract: A system for replacing a discharged battery in a vehicle featuring a trolley with wheels operatively connected to a driving mechanism, the trolley can be directed to a battery tunnel of a vehicle via sensors; a moving battery tray mounted atop the trolley via a hydraulic cylinder, which functions to move the moving battery tray upwardly and downwardly; a charged battery removably disposed atop the moving battery tray; a locking system for locking the charged battery into the battery tunnel of the vehicle. The system allows the trolley to deliver the charged battery from a charging station to the vehicle. The discharged battery is removed from the vehicle in the same process the charged battery is installed in the vehicle. The trolley can carry the discharged battery back to the charging station for recharging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Steven D. McDaniel
  • Publication number: 20140286731
    Abstract: A system and method for discharging material from a chute on a farm implement into a container or bin such that the discharged material is evenly distributed in the container or bin. The system and method includes a farm implement with a bin for holding material, a conveyor for discharging material from the bin and a chute at the end of the conveyor for directing the material discharged from the conveyor. The chute may be moved into a plurality of positions based on sensor outputs to facilitate the even distribution of material in the container or bin receiving the discharged material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Unverferth Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael D. Van Mill, Ronald J. Schlimgen, Shawn W. Gerdeman
  • Publication number: 20140255134
    Abstract: Example manual wheel restraint systems and methods for restraining a vehicle at a loading dock include are disclosed herein. An example wheel restraint disclosed herein includes a retractable wheel-blocking barrier mounted to a carrier that can be repositioned along a track, where the track is anchored to a driveway of a loading dock. The track runs generally parallel to a vehicle path that a wheel of a vehicle travels along as the vehicle backs into the dock. To block a rear wheel of the vehicle parked at the dock, the barrier extends laterally into the wheel path, adjacent or in front of the wheel. To release the vehicle, the barrier retracts out from within the wheel path. In some examples, to ensure that the vehicle is secured, the barrier and/or the carrier include barrier or carrier catches to help hold the barrier and carrier in a fixed position. In some examples, one or more sensors determine or sense whether the catches are secured or released and generate signals accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Brooks, IV, Benjamin Wieberdink, Bradley J. Stone, Norbert Hahn, Steve Fleischman, Timothy Cotton
  • Publication number: 20140212251
    Abstract: The invention described herein provides methods, systems and apparatuses for loading and unloading freight from railcars and methods for intermodal transportation of freight on railcars. The freight may be a shipping container or a semi-trailer. The system for loading and unloading freight on railcars includes a sled capable of moving laterally between a loading location and a railcar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: Nathan J. Sonnenfeld
  • Publication number: 20140212258
    Abstract: A device for transporting freight articles in a ground or rail haul operations comprises a hollow housing including four corner sections, side walls, two center sections defining four openings each disposed between one edge of a center section and an edge of a respective corner section, a bottom portion and a top portion, wherein the two center portions are manufactured from see through or clear material. A door is mounted to selectively open and close a respective opening and swinging outwardly and towards a respective corner portion to selectively open the respective opening. Two channels are provided in the bottom portion, each in open communication with opposite sides of the bottom portion. Four feet or wheels are mounted on the bottom portion. Four receptacles are provided in the top portion, each sized and shaped to receive a foot therewithin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: RICHARD C. HATHAWAY, M. Kent Bridges
  • Publication number: 20140205400
    Abstract: In a method for milling an opencast mining surface or for milling off layers of an asphalt or concrete traffic surface with a milling machine removing the ground surface, by milling the ground surface along a predetermined milling track and by transporting the milled material via a conveying device to at least one container of a truck that travels along next to the milling machine, a relative position between the container and the conveying device is automatically controlled to regulate the loading of the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Winfried von Schönebeck, Stefan Wagner
  • Publication number: 20140205401
    Abstract: One variation may include a system including a mobile host having a vehicle compartment defined therein and a receiving platform in the vehicle compartment having a plurality of guide features for guiding vehicles into the vehicle compartment of the mobile host, and a loading station including a loading platform having a plurality of vehicle guide features for guiding vehicles over the loading platform and onto the receiving platform. One variation may include a method comprising loading a vehicle into a mobile host having a vehicle compartment defined therein, wherein the mobile host includes a receiving platform having a plurality of raised guide features, and wherein the loading comprises guiding the vehicle onto the receiving platform using the plurality of raised guide features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Wade W. Bryant, Gael Buzyn
  • Publication number: 20140205403
    Abstract: An automatic truck unloader for unloading/unpacking product, such as boxes or cases, from trailers and containers is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, an industrial robot having a suction cup-based gripper arm selectively removes boxes from the trailer and places the boxes on a powered transportation path. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon the distance measurement subassembly detecting objects, including boxes, within a detection space, and dimensions of the trailer provided to the control subassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Wynright Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Criswell
  • Publication number: 20140205402
    Abstract: A handling installation (1) for handling flat articles (2) stacked on edge and a loading method, the handling installation (1) including a transport trolley (300) provided with a box (303) having an inclined bottom wall (307), an end wall (306) facing which an opening (304) is provided, first and second storage units (100, 200) respectively having a loading zone (101) and a storage zone (201), and an unloading zone (203) provided upstream from said storage zone (201) and mounted to move between a transfer position in which it is coplanar with said storage zone (201) and an unloading position in which it is coplanar with said bottom wall (307).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Arnaud Caron, Damien Hugues, Benoit Chidaine, Mickael Dauvergne
  • Publication number: 20140199146
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to carry solid refinery waste is disclosed. The vehicle includes a mobile tank including a plurality of compartments and at least one buffer disposed between each of the plurality of compartments. The vehicle further includes a plurality of manhole openings on a top wall of the tank, each manhole opening being associated with one of the plurality of compartments and being sized to enable an agitator to pass therethrough. The vehicle also includes a plurality of connectors, each connector being affixed to the mobile tank for movement therewith to selectively secure the agitator and a plurality of fluid valves sized to permit an emulsion of the solid refinery waste and at least one diluent to pass therethrough in flowable form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Maitland Company
    Inventor: Robert M. RUMPH
  • Publication number: 20140199142
    Abstract: An automatic tire loader/unloader for stacking/unstacking tires in a trailer is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, tires advance through a powered transportation path to an industrial robot which places the tires within the trailer in a vertical stacking pattern or a rick-stacking pattern, for example. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon the distance measurement subassembly detecting objects, including tires, within a detection space, dimensions of the trailer provided to the control subassembly, and dimensions of the tires provided to the control subassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Wynright Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Criswell
  • Publication number: 20140193234
    Abstract: A control arrangement and method for controlling the transfer of agricultural crop from a harvesting machine to a transport vehicle comprises a loading container. The control arrangement is able to be operated to automatically deposit the crop during the harvesting mode successively at different points in the loading container, following a predetermined loading strategy, by means of a discharging device of the harvesting machine, where the loading strategy may be changed and/or a choice may be made between different loading strategies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: GEORG KORMANN
  • Publication number: 20140186149
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for palletizing cargo on a rack for shipment are provided. The system generally includes a tiered rack having a base tier, a support framework extending from the base tier, and a second tier adjustably attached to the support framework. The system may further include a plurality of lower frame support members positioned longitudinally across the bottom of the base tier, and a plurality of pneumatically actuated rollers spaced to cooperatively engage the plurality of lower frame support members, the rollers being selectively extendable from a plurality of raised tracks positioned longitudinally along a floor of the railcar, where the rollers are configured to pneumatically extend past an upper surface of the track when actuated and allow for linear motion thereover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: American Refrigerated Express, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Campbell, Art Shoener
  • Publication number: 20140178172
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for loading a transport container with a load of bulk material has a load bin (20) positioned for axial movement atop a base assembly (40). A packer blade (90) is positioned inside the load bin for movement relative to the load bin in the same axial direction. The load bin has an open first end (22) and a second end (24), with a pair of vertical side walls (66) and a substantially open top surface. Drivers (60, 92) are provided for the axial movements. Material is loaded into the load bin, the openable end of the transport container is placed around the first end of the load bin, and the load bin is extended into the transport container until the packer blade is inside the transport container. By retracting the load bin while retaining the packer blade inside the container, the load is transferred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Greg R. Bushong
  • Publication number: 20140135083
    Abstract: An agricultural combine with a plurality of grain tanks and an unloader system for unloading grain harvested by the combine. The unloader system has an unloader tube, a sensor and a controller. The unloader tube includes an interior passageway with a conveyor inside the interior passageway for moving the grain through the unloader tube and at least two discharge assemblies on the unloader tube for discharging grain traveling through the unloader tube to one of the plurality of grain tanks. The sensor is used for sensing an attribute of the grain that is to be unloaded through the unloader tube. The controller is operatively connected to and in communication with the unloader system and sensor so as to discharge the grain from the unloader tube through one of the at least two discharge assemblies based upon the attribute detected by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: CNH AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Eugene Ricketts, Kevin Scott Richman, Robert A. Matousek
  • Publication number: 20140133953
    Abstract: An industrial truck battery assembly includes a case that defines an upper opening that is covered by a lid. The lid defines at least one lift truck fork pocket and is assembled to the housing to span the upper opening. A method is disclosed for providing a plurality of charged batteries on a trailer to a facility that uses batteries for a plurality of industrial trucks. The batteries on the trailer are charged out-of-doors at a remote charging location and the trailer with the charged batteries is returned to the facility. The battery charging facility may comprise a plurality of battery chargers disposed inside a van trailer. A tine for the battery assembly has a distal end that includes a stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Energy Products Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt H. Smith
  • Patent number: 8721255
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatuses and methods for use thereof for loading bulk material into freight containers. One apparatus comprises a hopper configured to receive bulk material that is sized and shaped to be at least partially en do sable by a container to occupy a substantial volume of the container and a ram. The ram comprises a plate and a driver configured to move the plate from a back end of the hopper to an open end of the hopper to expel material into a container. Another apparatus comprises a hopper configured to receive bulk, material that is sized and shaped to be at least partially enclosable by a container to occupy a substantial volume of the container and a reciprocating conveyor floor system. Optionally, the apparatuses further include a stand and/or collapsible legs to further support the hopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: SA Recycling LLC
    Inventors: George Adams, Terry Scot Adams, Michael J. Adams