With Transporting Feature Patents (Class 52/143)
  • Patent number: 6155279
    Abstract: A portable sports shed is adaptable for resting on the ground or for residing within the bed of a pick-up truck. The shed has a lower section which is sized to fit within the truck bed, and a wider upper section that has side walls and a transversely arcuate roof. Laterally extending bench sections interconnect the lower and upper sections. Each end wall of the shed has a pair of doors providing access to the shed and the floor has at least three parallel grooves therein which define skids on the exterior bottom. The grooves will accept the skids of a snowmobile or the wheels of an ATV, a lawn and garden tractor or one or more bicycles or motorcycles. When the shed is mounted in the truck it can protect a vehicle housed therein from the elements or it can be used as a camper. When resting on the ground it acts as a garage, permitting a vehicle to be driven in via one set of doors and out via the other set of doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Bruce S. Humphrey
  • Patent number: 6119412
    Abstract: A plywood trailer pad system is provided for use with a trailer home including a plurality of trailer beams mounted thereunder and a plurality of trailer supports each mounted to one of the trailer beams and depending therefrom. Also included is a plurality of pads for being situated between a recipient surface and each trailer support of the trailer home. Each pad includes at least one piece of plywood with a planar configuration and a plurality of layers adhered with an adhesive and compacted with a predetermined force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Richard F. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6098346
    Abstract: A plumbing assembly is provided which is formed from a plurality of rigid pipe sections, connected between a movable sink and a relatively fixed fluid outlet. These pipe sections are joined together by swivel fittings that permit the pipe sections to rotate with respect to each other. In this manner, different distances between the sink and the fluid outlet are accommodated by a folding and unfolding motion of the plumbing assembly in a minimum of space behind the wall of an expandable portion of the room. Fluid supply lines for providing hot and cold water to the sink faucet can be mounted within the same spacial area by means of similar swivel fittings that create an offset parallelogram structure. The lengths of at least the fluid draining pipe sections and the supporting structure behind the wall are selected such that a downward slope is maintained over the entire fluid flow path between the sink and the fluid outlet regardless of sink position during usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Newmar Corporation
    Inventors: William J. Miller, Kenneth W. Nisley
  • Patent number: 6098349
    Abstract: Collapsible structure are provided having a first base panel and a second panel, each having a foldable frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, and a material partially covering the frame member when the frame member is in the unfolded orientation, with the material assuming the unfolded orientation of its associated frame member. The second panel is flexed so that the first and second panels define an interior space, with the second panel having opposing first and second end edges that are coupled to the outer periphery of the first panel. The second panel can have two or more supporting frame members to allow the collapsible structures to be provided in different configurations and sizes. In addition, the first base panel can be replaced by a fabric or similar piece of material that is coupled to the first and second end edges of the second panel. The second panels can be coupled within, or outside, the outer periphery of the first base panel or fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 6088974
    Abstract: A mobile cover for scrap metal containers located in outside areas that are open to the elements, such as snow and rain. The cover includes a waterproof covering material stretched over a framework that is able to substantially enclose the scrap metal container. The cover has wheels allowing the cover to be moved from its covering position over the scrap metal container. With such a cover, rain and snow, as well as other undesirable debris, are prevented from collecting in the bottoms of these types of containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald D. Kloeden, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6089604
    Abstract: A wheeled chassis including at least one traction bar pivotable about a horizontal axis between a substantially vertical position and a substantially horizontal, towing position, and two spaced from each other axle elements for supporting each pair of freely rotatable wheels, a driving wheel supported on the chassis, and a device for steering the driving wheel about an upright-extending axes, with the wheels supported by one of the two axle elements pivoting about vertical axes, with the pivotal wheels forming apexes of corners of an imaginary rectangular frame and with the driving wheel being located inside of the imaginary rectangular frame adjacent to a longitudinal side of the frame in an offset relationship with respect to a vertical longitudinal central plane of the chassis, while the pivotal freely rotatable wheels located in a trailing relationship with respect to the driving wheel in to a towing direction of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Anton Kahlbacher
  • Patent number: 6082059
    Abstract: A building construction system for forming reinforced concrete building components on-site includes a form assembly with movable side form components which can be moved between an open position and a closed position. A bottom forming arrangement is placed between the side form members, and cooperates with the side form members to define a form cavity when the side form members are closed. The form assembly is preferably mounted to a mobile frame and can be moved to various positions on the construction site. Core form assemblies are engageable with the bottom forming arrangement for forming cores in concrete components when concrete material is placed between the side form members. Each core form assembly includes peripheral outer wall structure which is movable between a forming position to form the core, and a collapsed position in which the wall structure is moved away from the surfaces of the concrete material defining the core. Reinforcement is also engaged with the bottom forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: David C. Loomans
  • Patent number: 6076311
    Abstract: A floor frame assembly for modular housing units that includes longitudinally extending floor support beams, an outer end beam comprised of a pair of generally parallel angled members, and transverse supports that have a first end attached to and extending outwardly from an outer one of the longitudinal floor support beams and a second end attached to the angled members to support an edge section of the floor assembly. The second end has a height less than the height of the first end. For further support, the floor frame assembly includes vertical first stabilizing members installed at the second end of the transverse supports to keep the transverse supports from buckling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Robert E. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 6044610
    Abstract: A floor frame assembly for facilitating the construction of buildings including mobile homes and modular homes. The floor frame assembly includes longitudinally extending structural support beams which are arranged side by side. The structural support beams are rigidly connected by a plurality of cross members extending therebetween. A plurality of one-piece outriggers are separately secured to the longitudinal beams and transversely extend laterally outward therefrom. The outriggers are substantially rectangular in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Banks Lumber Co., Inc.
    Inventors: David L. DeVon, Brian J. Ellias, David E. Ganger, John F. Hughes
  • Patent number: 6038824
    Abstract: A noncombustible transportable building has a floor structure that includes a floor frame constructed of steel members. A concrete floor is disposed within the steel floor frame. Steel wall studs are welded to the floor frame to form the wall frame for the building. In addition, a steel roof frame, constructed of steel roof studs, is welded to the wall frames for supporting a roof and ceiling. Polystyrene foam insulation is secured to the roof frame and wall frames, between consecutive wall and roof studs. A cement mixture is applied to both the interior and exterior of the building along the four outer walls, the roof and ceiling. A steel mesh is secured to the exterior and interior of the building along the roof and walls. A lifting frame including four vertical columns mounted to the frame positioned at points on the frame to evenly distribute the weight of the building as it is lifted or lowered. Cross members and diagonal members extend intermediate the columns to support the columns for lifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: William T. Hamrick, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6035590
    Abstract: A peripheral beam system for a manufactured home comprising a multiplicity of transverse beams secured perpendicular to plural longitudinally extending beams. Plural peripheral beams are secured to the multiplicity of transverse beams to extend parallel to the plural longitudinally extending beams. The peripheral beams extend downwardly from the manufactured home for resting on a foundation to support the manufactured home relative to a foundation. The downwardly extending peripheral beams enabling the manufactured home to be mounted onto a foundation at a permanent home site through the use of simple lifting jacks and without the use of lifting cranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Frederick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 6018921
    Abstract: An improved transverse truss is disclosed for cooperating with a first and a second longitudinally extending beam of a building structure. The transverse trust comprises a lower transverse member. A first and a second truss portion is secured to a first and a second end of the lower transverse member. A first and a second upstanding member are secured to the lower transverse member adjacent to the first and second truss portions for defining a first and a second slot therebetween. The first and the second slots receive the first and the second longitudinally extending beam. An upper transverse member is secured to the first and second truss portions for entrapping the first and second longitudinally extending beams within the first and second slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Fredrick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 6000192
    Abstract: The method of manufacturing standard size dwellings using a movable manufacturing facility brings standard size home building comprehensively within a controlled factory environment. The main structure of the movable manufacturing facility is sufficiently tall to allow assembly and movement of standard size homes within. Multiple independent production lines are established to each produce portions of the dwelling in the form of subassemblies. Finishes, cabinets, appliances, roofs, paint, etc. are installed in the partially completed dwellings prior to houses leaving the production floor. The movable manufacturing facility allows a standard size home under construction to be advanced via a transport element from one production line to the next until complete. The completed homes are subsequently transported on the transport element over a controlled access roadway to individual sites with pre-constructed foundations specifically designed to accept these standard size dwellings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Cohen Brothers Homes, LLC
    Inventors: David Leslie Cohen, Roger Blair Cohen
  • Patent number: 5992121
    Abstract: An improved modular support assembly is disclosed for reinforcing an end of a transverse beam disposed upon a longitudinally extending beam of a manufactured home. The modular support comprises a truss portion comprising an upper member, a depending member and a brace. The upper member is positioned to be supported by the longitudinally extending beam. The depending member is connected to extend downwardly from the upper member. The brace interconnects the upper member and the depending members. The truss portion is connected to the transverse beam for enabling the brace to coact with the longitudinally extending beam of a manufactured home for providing a bracing between the upper member and the longitudinally extending beam for supporting the end of the transverse beam thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Fredrick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 5983578
    Abstract: A penetration-resistant modular security passway (20) includes a concrete vestibule (24), a doorframe (70), and a penetration-reactive security door (32). The vestibule (24) has a plurality of reinforcing members (36), a plurality of lifting lugs (26), and an embedded passive antipersonnel device (56). The doorframe (70) has hinge and strike jambs (108,110) attached to the reinforcing members (36). The hinge jamb (108) has a plurality of studs (124) and the strike jamb (110) a plurality of deadbolts (126) for protrusion into the door (32). The door (32) has a substruction (72), to which are affixed grates (86,92) and cladding (84,90). A girdle (100) is affixed to the cladding (84,90). Within a space (76) within the substruction (72), a metallic cable (78) is woven and a plurality of individually sealed tubes (96) containing a foaming agent (98) under pressure are suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Arizona Public Service Company
    Inventors: A. David Huttie, Maurice A. Black
  • Patent number: 5979125
    Abstract: A system of grandstand with foldable bleachers, comprises an under-frame (1) mounted on wheels (2) and supporting a central horizontal floor (3). The floor (3) is provided with upright elements (8, 9), upon which are externally mounted, around horizontal axis (11, 12), two pivotable longitudinal lateral floors (15, 16), which can pivot between a first configuration in which they are folded one towards the other to form a space assembly meeting the legal dimension requirements which apply to trailers, and which can be hauled by a vehicle comprising the underframe (1) and wheels (2, and a second configuration in which they are unfolded externally at different levels to form a generally plane and oblique structure upon which seats (17) and (18) are mounted as bleachers forming an autonomous grandstand. An apparatus is also provided for folding and unfolding said floors in a unique manual operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Guillet S.A.
    Inventor: Gilles Guillet
  • Patent number: 5970676
    Abstract: An improved outrigger is disclosed for a building structure having a longitudinally extending I-beam. The outrigger comprises an inner member having an upper end and a lower end and an outer member having an upper end and a lower end. A brace coacts between the lower end of the inner member and the upper end of the outer member and coacts between the upper end of the inner member and the lower end of the outer member. The inner member is connected to the I-beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Fredrick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 5960593
    Abstract: A collapsible building including a semi-trailer chassis. At each side of the chassis a pair of sidewalls are foldable between a collapsed position on the chassis for transport and an outwardly extended in-use position. Ground-engaging support legs are provided at an outer end of each sidewall. In the extended in-use position, a collapsible floor extends between each pair of sidewalls, the floor having a number of hinged panels which collapse onto the chassis sliding along the sidewalls. A folding roof is formed by a number of rafters movable from a nested position on the chassis to extend out along a top of the sidewalls, slidably engaging the sidewalls. An end wall extends between free ends of the sidewalls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Pat's Tent Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Murphy
  • Patent number: 5950373
    Abstract: A transportable structure kit which is readily transportable within a container. The container has exterior container panel sections adapted to attach together to form a completely enclosed transportable container. A number of interior panel sections are placed within the enclosed transportable container. Lugs are placed on corners of the completely enclosed transportable container to allow the container to be lifted and moved. The exterior container panel sections detachably attached together to form the enclosed transportable container in a transportation mode. The exterior panel sections not used to form the floor, namely are used to form a second story floor of the assembled structure. The transportable structure kit further includes telescoping footing sections to permanently yet adjustable adjust the height of the floor relative to a foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Oakwood Homes Corporation
    Inventors: Christiane von Hoff, John C. Dingemanse
  • Patent number: 5947502
    Abstract: A portable stage, transportable in a stacked configuration on a conventional truck trailer, has two modular units manually or vehicularly positionable side-by-side to define the platform of the stage. The platform of one unit is laterally and angularly relocatable relative to the supporting frame to position it contactingly adjacent the platform of the other unit. A plurality of carts, nestable as pairs intermediate the stacked units during transport, are deployed to convey the equipment used on the stage from a source or depot to the assembled stage and return. A pair of ramps serve multiple functions of loading and unloading the units and the carts and are configured to be anchored to different load bearing receiving elements. A specifically configured detachably attached yoke permits turning of pivotally mounted paired wheel trucks while positioning a unit to assemble or disassemble the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: K-Zell Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald L. Kammerzell, Don T. Engler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5934026
    Abstract: A road transportable home consisting of a floor having a drop floor aperture therethrough; a drop floor, the drop floor being fitted so that it may underlie the drop floor aperture; and a series of slide shafts and slide sleeves capable of movably attaching the drop floor to the floor so that the drop floor may travel between a first position and a second position, the first position having an elevation below that of the floor, the second position having an elevation above that of the first position, the slide shafts and slide sleeves interconnecting the drop floor and the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Blake Green
  • Patent number: 5934038
    Abstract: A unique method of pre-glazing a structural frame and window assembly for an office/commercial building in a controlled factory environment at a remote location from the installation site, transporting the pre-glazed frame and window assembly to the installation site, and installing the pre-glazed frame and window assembly in an opening in the office/commercial building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Charles K. Clausen
  • Patent number: 5921034
    Abstract: A self-contained compartment used in a construction site. It is all-steel, and it includes vertical lifting plates forming hooks welded to the frame of the compartment for insertion of the bucket of a construction machinery piece for carrying it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Timothy J. Tobin
  • Patent number: 5916096
    Abstract: A portable care facility includes at least one container defining a generally box-shaped configuration in a closed condition. The container is sized for transport and shipping and is constructed and arranged to be openable and expandable from the box-shaped configuration into a larger, operative configuration defining a space sufficient to conduct certain procedures therein. Tenting structure is provided in the container and is sized and configured to be supported over the space to define a ceiling over the space and to extend in at least one direction generally outwardly from the space to define a covered triage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventors: William P. Wiesmann, Charles L. Linden, Jr., Louis M. Guzzi
  • Patent number: 5890341
    Abstract: A modular structure consisting of three modular units of approximately the same size, the center module being the primary module containing the mechanical components of the building, with plumbing, air conditioning and heating ducts, and electrical wiring in the slab floor structural foundation and door jambs. The primary module used to transport the entire structure is completed at the factory, requiring no further work at jobsite, with heating and cooling unit, hot water heater, cabinets and appliances, plumbing and light fixtures and accessories installed at the factory in permanent locations. The major exterior walls, slab floor foundation panels, and ceiling/roof panels for all three modules are similarly manufactured in one piece in full width and the length of the building, eliminating joints, speeding assembly and strengthening the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Archie C. Epes
  • Patent number: 5864991
    Abstract: A mobile booth, which is mounted upon a truck, comprising a primary housing and a canopy that is slidably mounted exterior to the primary housing. The canopy is mounted to the primary housing with a roller track. The canopy comprises a top panel, and side panels that are hingeably connected thereto. The side panels have a tri-partite construction, including an upper panel, middle panel, and lower panel which are hingeably connected to allow an enclosure created by canopy to be wider than the truck. To deploy the canopy, the middle panel and lower panel are lowered to the ground, and the truck is pulled forward until the primary housing is forward of substantially all of the canopy. Hydraulic jacks may extend downwardly from the primary housing to selectively engage the ground surface, raise the primary housing slightly, and allow the truck to be driven away to create a semi-permanent installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Gary Burns
  • Patent number: 5862827
    Abstract: Invention relates to an environmentally protected, mobile and adjustable elevated platform, such as for observation, or as a hunting blind. The platform is supported on a mobile stand by plural telescopic legs, and a centrally positioned telescopic lifting mechanism. The observation enclosure is formed by wall panels hingedly secured to the platform, and a roof panel secured to one of the wall panels. Access means to the enclosure, in the form of a door and extension ladder, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Harry N. Howze
  • Patent number: 5845457
    Abstract: A floor for buildings is disclosed. The floor comprises a prefabricated reinforced concrete slab (1) with a smooth flat top surface (15), said slab (1) having been cast upside-down in a mould with a smooth flat bottom (2). Said slab (1) is supported on a base (11) arranged beneath the slab (1) with the weight of the slab (1) uniformly distributed thereover. A method for making said floor is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Rebuild World RBW S.A.
    Inventor: Jacques Wybauw
  • Patent number: 5822930
    Abstract: A portable and collapsible deck suited for use at the entrance of a house trailer or mobile home includes a floor formed from wood or metal. The floor has opposed longitudinally extending side edges and opposed laterally extending front and rear edges. The deck also includes at least one movable wall with an edge at the level of the floor that is connected to one of the side edges of the floor. Each wall is movable between a horizontal deployed position extending laterally from the floor and a collapsed, i.e., withdrawn position when the deck is being transported. The deck includes ground-engaging wheels mounted for rotation for supporting the floor. A coupling at the front of the deck facilitates connecting the deck to a towing vehicle such as a truck for moving the deck from one location to another. When the deck is set up for use, a plurality of spaced apart foundation columns are located beneath the deck and extend upwardly from the ground to support the deck in a fixed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Darrel J. Klein
  • Patent number: 5787650
    Abstract: An expandable room structure is provided having relatively movable room portions supported by telescopically sliding tubes, at least one of those tubes being movable also laterally to pivot as the room portion floors slide into the same horizontal plane when the room structure is moving into expanded positions. In retracted positions the room portion floors are vertically spaced to permit one room portion to nest within the other. A rack and pinion drive arrangement is provided to cause relative movement between the tubes. Selective lateral movement of one of the tubes is permitted by engagement with an adjustably inclined surface extending out of the other tube such that the laterally moving tube pivots about the pinion to a desired degree. A ramp surface is formed on the abutting edge of the floor of one room portion, and the abutting edge of the floor of the other room portion moves up and down that ramp portion when transitioning between expanded and retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Newmar Corporation
    Inventors: Mahlon A. Miller, David A. Blosser, Stanley L. Yoder
  • Patent number: 5784849
    Abstract: A floor frame assembly for facilitating the construction of buildings including mobile homes and modular homes. The floor frame assembly includes longtitudinally extending structural support beams which are arranged side by side. The structural support beams are rigidly connected by a plurality of cross members extending therebetween. A plurality of one-piece outriggers are separately secured to the longtitudinal beams and transversely extend laterally outward therefrom The outriggers are substantially rectangular in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Banks Lumber Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. DeVon, Brian J. Ellias, David E. Ganger, John F. Hughes
  • Patent number: 5786082
    Abstract: A loose-fill insulation product having irregularly shaped glass fibers is provided. The loose-fill insulation product shows improved recovery, lower thermal conductivity and requires lower product densities than prior art loose-fill insulation at equivalent fiber diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Owens Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael E. Evans, John R. Mumaw, Roberta L. Alkire, W. Scott Miller, Ronald A. Houpt, Russell M. Potter, Tod D. Green, David P. Aschenbeck, Clarke Berdan, II
  • Patent number: 5784837
    Abstract: A portable and collapsible deck suited for use at the entrance of a house trailer or mobile home includes a floor formed from wood or metal. The floor has opposed longitudinally extending side edges and opposed laterally extending front and rear edges. The deck also includes at least one movable wall with an edge at the level of the floor that is connected to one of the side edges of the floor. Each wall is movable between a vertical collapsed position extending upwardly from a side edge of the floor when the deck is being transported and a horizontal deployed position extending laterally from the floor. The deck includes a framework supporting the floor of the deck and the framework includes ground-engaging wheels mounted for rotation at the bottom of the framework. A coupling at the front of the deck to facilitates connecting the deck to a towing vehicle such as a truck for moving the deck from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventors: Darrel J. Klein, Darin D. Klein
  • Patent number: 5769011
    Abstract: A transaction security system is disclosed which provides protection and security for transaction customers while conducting their business, such as those visiting a remote bank automatic teller machine. The enclosure can accommodate either or both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. A system of detectors and operators open the appropriate door for ingress of an authorized customer and maintain the doors to the facility closed and locked while the customer is transacting business. When the customer exits the facility, door opening mechanisms are again enabled to offer admittance and service to the next authorized customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Robert R. Daniel
  • Patent number: 5765316
    Abstract: A building module collapsible for transport and expandable for use, includes an elongated core section which has substantially vertical, lateral and longitudinal walls and a core floor section which together define a partially enclosed interior area. A floor assembly is connected to the core floor section for movement between folded and unfolded positions. Telescopic, as well as foldable wall, ceiling, floor and roof sections are provided and allow the building module when in its collapsed for transport condition to comply with the current United States Department of Transportation regulations pertaining to the maximum shipping sizes for standard ground transportation, as well as the current International Standards Organization codes pertaining to maximum shipping sizes for standard ground and water transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Raymond R. Kavarsky
  • Patent number: 5727353
    Abstract: A self-contained portable medical diagnostic suite includes an enclosure transportable by a plurality of different modes of shipping and transportation. The enclosure has an exterior surface, and an interior area. Access is provided to the interior area of the enclosure via at least one door. At least one medical diagnostic device is supported within the interior area of the enclosure. A modular climate control system for maintaining the climate in the interior area of the enclosure is removably mounted to the exterior surface of the enclosure. The climate control system can be easily removed from the enclosure's exterior and stored in the interior area during shipment. Integral couplings are provided on the exterior of the enclosure for coupling the enclosure to a load handling device or mode of transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventors: John E. Getz, Roy W. Howard, Maria Janu, Charles T. Bergman
  • Patent number: 5706616
    Abstract: A system for operating a transportable cinema room including a truck for carrying a trailer or body, hydropneumatic pistons with sufficient support to convert such body into a projection cinematographic room incorporating enough seats for a number of attending spectators, a candy shop with an electronic device to dispense different kinds of food or similar products, men and women toilet rooms, an illuminated marquee with collapsible sign, both illuminated access stairs and handrails which are also collapsible, independent air conditioner, distributing water reservoir for the toilet rooms, easily operated film projector, collapsible projection screen with adaptable outside viewers, a demountable electric power plant, a water hydropneumatic pumping, an emergency exit accommodation ramp including handrails and a ticket office with an electronic ticket dispatcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Hector Raul Lopez Fernandez
  • Patent number: 5706615
    Abstract: A modular structure consisting of three modular units, the center module being the primary module containing the mechanical components of the building, with plumbing, air conditioning and heating ducts, and electrical wiring in the slab floor structural foundation and door jambs. The primary module is completed at the factory. The major exterior walls, slab floor foundation panels, and ceiling/roof panels for all three modules are similarly manufactured in one piece. The major components of the side modules, consisting of the slab floor foundation panels, ceiling/roof panels and the exterior side walls, are all hinged so that they fold to the side and on top of the primary module. Accessories and wall panels and partitions not hinged are placed on top of the primary module for transportation. Two end walls are bolted to the center module during transportation to the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventors: Robert E. Bridges, Archie C. Epes
  • Patent number: 5701705
    Abstract: A prefabricated modular portable livestock shelter shipped unassembled includes a pair of end walls 22 and 24 attached to a side wall 26. In addition a roof 28 is attached to the end walls 22 and 24, and the side wall 26. The end walls 22 and 24 are connected by a front tubular side rail 30, a back tubular side rail 32, and a pair of tubular skids 34 by means of a tubular connector 36 and tubular connector fastener 38. Upturned ends 40 allow the shelter to slide easily over the surface of the ground. The shelter is secured by placing metal earth anchors 42 into the ground and fastening them to the shelter with a steel cable and clamp 44. The shelter can be configured in the winter to provide protection from wind while allowing exposure to sun. The summer configuration provides additional shade while allowing breeze to pass through the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Land Resource Associates
    Inventors: Richard L. Davis, Philip G. Balch
  • Patent number: 5656491
    Abstract: A mobile-module plant (1) for the development and the production of biotechnological products on a pilot scale comprising equipments for the production, separation, purification and finishing of said products (11, 17, 18, 19, 20; 40, 47, 48, 50, 52, 54; 71-76, 82, 86, 89, 92, 95, 98) and auxiliary equipments (102; 107, 109, 110; 112; 113; 119; 123; 129; 134; 135; 141-143), wherein (i) the plant (1) consists of at least two mobile modules (2; 3; 4; 5; 8) suitable for being connected together and integrated one with the other. Each of the mobile modules (2; 3; 4; 5; 8) comprises a movable container (6). At least one of the movable containers (6) is provided with a preselected own set of said equipments (11, 17, 18, 19, 20; 40, 47, 48, 50, 52, 54; 71-76, 82, 86, 89, 92, 95, 98; 102; 107, 109, 110; 112; 113; 119; 123; 129; 134; 135; 141-143). At least one of the movable containers (6) is aseptic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignees: Snamprogettibiotecnologie S.p.A., Tecnogen S.c.P.A.
    Inventors: Giovanni Rodolfo Cassani, Marina Barbara Lani
  • Patent number: 5640814
    Abstract: A floor frame assembly for modular housing units that includes longitudinally extending floor support beams and transverse supports that are attached to and extend outwardly from an outer one of the longitudinal floor support beams to support an edge portion of the floor assembly. The transverse supports have an outer end substantially less than the height of the end that is secured to the outer beam. A hanger is secured to the outer edge of each of the transverse supports. The height of the hanger is greater than the height of the outer end edge so that a gap is created between the bottom of the outer end and the bottom of the hanger to facilitate the attachment of the hanger to a sill plate of a foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Schult Homes Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 5572840
    Abstract: A window frame profile for forming into a window frame with a number of other similar profiles includes a separate nailing strip extruded from aluminum and attached to the outer surface of the frame profile. The nailing strip includes a planar strip member and a cylindrical bead portion along one side edge of the strip member. The bead is snap fastened into a cylindrical recess in the outer surface of the frame allowing rotation of the strip about the axis of the bead from a retracted position for transport in which the strip is received in a flat recess on the outer surface. The strip can be rotated from the retracted storage position to an erect position at right angles to the outer surface by rotation about the axis of the bead and snap fastened in the erect position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventors: William A. Fast, Richard M. Desautels, David R. Campbell
  • Patent number: 5566515
    Abstract: In order to provide a pre-assembled, relocatable building structure which can be transported by road from one site to another, a metal skeleton which is formed of 6.times.2 inch rectangular cross-section hollow steel tubing, is welded together and provided with horizontally extending anchor brackets at the bottom of each vertically extending column member. These anchor pads allow the building to be lowered onto foundations in which anchor bolts are imbedded, and bolted in place. The foundations are formed so as to take the form of continuous elongate footers which break the passage of wind which tends to flow sideways under the housing structure. A shallow crawl space can formed between the foundation footers to facilitate service connections. To prevent winds from tearing off side and roof panels of roof and wall structures secured to the skeleton, metal brackets are used to enclose or encapsulate the edges of the panels in a manner which prevents the direct contact with the wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: Paul F. Curry
  • Patent number: 5560150
    Abstract: A housing for telecommunication equipment is provided having a supporting base including a concrete floor poured in place and supported above the surface of a concrete pad or in ground excavation on a supporting framework formed of expanded metal, preferably steel. A layer of metal foil, insulation or other sheet material in interposed on the expanded metal to form a fluid tight surface for pouring thereon of the liquid concrete mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Professional Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon I. Pearson
  • Patent number: 5493817
    Abstract: An improved mobile workshop system for manufacturing, maintaining, inspecting, servicing, or testing downhole equipment, which provides a structure having four walls, a top, and a floor portion, the structure having the capacity to be transported as a closed container or box to the work site. Within the structure is provided a plurality of stationary machinery items, such as hydraulic vises, floor jacks, and hydraulic tongs, the machinery items mounted to the sidewalls of the container; thus, providing valuable tool and equipment storage space on the floor of the container. There is further provided a retractable crane system along the top interior of the container, so that when the container is placed on the job site, the walls of the container may retract from the vertical position, as container walls, to the horizontal position, lowering the machinery into operational position upon the horizontally positioned sidewalls, now defining the secondary base of the workshop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Jerry Speer
  • Patent number: 5491934
    Abstract: A two story building provided by modules which may be shipped with one or both stories collapsed and with plumbing manifolds factory installed in the base frame and in the ceiling-floor between stories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventors: Floyd E. Bigelow, Jr., William H. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 5488809
    Abstract: A lightweight, strong, economically-manufactured, and safely transportable modular unified floor assembly includes a lengthwise wooden girder beam formed with male and female ends to facilitate cooperative integration thereby to another similar floor assembly. In another aspect of the invention, the floor assembly is manufactured with a stairwell opening of selected size and at a selected location. The floor assembly even with a stairwell opening according to this invention is strong enough to be transported comfortably and safely from its point of manufacture to the site at which it is to be located for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Assignee: Lindsay Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Fredrick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 5467561
    Abstract: An automated high-raised parking system is disclosed. The system has a parking construction including a parking rack structure having a plurality of stories of parking racks for parking an automobile as mounted on a pallet, a lift passage for a lift-translator device, the passage being formed besides the parking racks. The lift-translator device includes a lift table and a translator device. An automobile entrance/exit section is provided for allowing entrance and exit of the automobile to and out of the construction. A holding unit is provided at a predetermined height of the entrance/exit section for holding the pallet so as to maintain a horizontal posture of this pallet mounting the automobile. The automobile as mounted on the lift table is vertically moved to a predetermined rack and then translated by the translator device onto this rack. A turntable device is provided at the entrance/exit section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigekazu Takaoka
  • Patent number: 5461832
    Abstract: The invention is a transportable foldable building for being mounted on a supporting foundation, and method of erecting a transportable foldable building. The building includes a central roof section, first and second outer roof sections, and first and second side walls. The central roof section is supported in vertically spaced relation above the foundation. The first and second outer roof sections are pivotally attached to opposing edges of the central roof section, and extending downwardly from the central roof section during transport of the building to reduce the width of the building. The first side wall is pivotally attached to the first outer roof section for being folded in overlying relation to the first outer roof section during transport of the building. The second side wall is pivotally attached to the second outer roof section for being folded in overlying relation to the second outer roof section during transport of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventor: Gene A. Smith
  • Patent number: 5414966
    Abstract: A vehicle enclosure for storing and protecting a vehicle having a base plate; a cover disposed over the base plate to create an enclosed space therein adapted for receiving a vehicle; a hinge mechanism for pivotally coupling the cover to the base plate; a handle mechanism coupled to the cover for allowing the cover to be opened and closed; a retaining mechanism coupled between the base plate and cover for holding the cover open; and a retractable dolly coupled to the cover with the dolly having a retracted orientation for placing the vehicle enclosure in a stowed configuration and an extended orientation for placing the vehicle enclosure in a transportable configuration for moving it from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Robert F. Montoya