With Transporting Feature Patents (Class 52/143)
  • Patent number: 5349793
    Abstract: A building system in which knock-down buildings are shipped in stacked packages. The skids are standard width for loading on an oil field trailer and cooperating with guides on the trailer. The buildings have a greater width dimension than the skid and outriggers extend outwardly from the skid to support stacking plates between stacked skids at spaced points on each side of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Inventor: Floyd E. Bigelow, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5333987
    Abstract: An automated high-raised parking system includes a parking rack structure having a plurality of racks disposed one above another for parking an automobile, an entrance/exit section for allowing entrance and exit of the automobile and a lift-translator device for transporting the automobile between the entrance/exit section to the racks. The lift-translator device includes a lift table vertically movable along a lift passage extending along a side of the parking rack structure and communicating with the entrance/exit section. In this system, the invention provides a shielding member for shielding an upward view from the entrance/exit section up through the lift passage when the lift table is positioned at the entrance/exit section for entrance or exit of the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Daifuku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigekazu Takaoka
  • Patent number: 5331781
    Abstract: An automated car park (10) is illustrated having a plurality of storage locations (21) arranged on a plurality of levels (42) and transportation means (53) for transporting the cars to or from selected storage locations (21). The transportation means (53) includes a pallet truck (57) which travels along guide rails (32) positioned on either side of an aisle (44) separating opposing rows of storage locations. A pallet dolly (56) supports a pallet (55) upon which a car (54) may be supported and enables a selected pallet to be transferred between storage locations (21) and the pallet truck (57). Lifting means are provided to lift the pallet truck between levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: Ultrapark Australia Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: David L. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 5301480
    Abstract: A stanchion unit assembly for supporting floor boards comprising: a plurality of vertical stanchion units including rests which constitute the upper portions of the vertical stanchion units and support the floor boards, and base plates which constitutes the lower portions of the vertical stanchion units and are disposed in contact with a floor foundation; a plurality of oblique member support stanchion units including rests which constitute the upper portions of the oblique member support stanchion units and support the floor boards, and base plates which constitute the lower portions of the oblique member support stanchion units and are provided with oblique member support parts; a plurality of floating rests supporting the floor boards on the tops of the floating rests and provided with oblique member support parts at the lower portions of the floating rests; and a plurality of oblique members extending from the oblique member support parts of each of the oblique member support stanchion units to those of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumihiro Oyama, Koji Marui, Yoshinari Kawai
  • Patent number: 5285604
    Abstract: A special mobile kitchen provides an impact-resistant food service trailer and a rapid deployment, containerized field kitchen unit which can be quickly transported to a remote field location by helicopter or other aircraft as well as by ship or land transportation. Advantageously, the mobile kitchen has thermally insulating composite walls so that the kitchen unit can effectively function even at freezing temperatures and dessert conditions. The composite walls can be readily assembled from modular components comprising lightweight, high strength fiberglass panels for easy storage and economical transport. Desirably, the high tech panels are constructed with numerous access openings for ready access to work stations in the kitchen for better service, repair, maintenance, and adjustments and for enhanced supply and delivery of food. During storms and inclement weather, the access openings can be closed and secured with impact-resistant doors and shutters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: TCBY Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Carlin
  • Patent number: 5279436
    Abstract: A knock down shipping container is provided with the walls of the container constructed of composite panels that are usable as exterior sheathing in building construction at the point of destination of the shipped goods. The container is assembled with a plurality of bolts as well as four upright corner posts formed by a pair of steel angle brackets, an inner bracket containing a plurality of threaded studs extending through the walls of the container and an outer bracket where tamper resistant nuts are threaded onto the studs connecting the inner and outer brackets together and thereby attaching the side walls together at the upright corners of the shipping container. The outer brackets include upper and lower standard corner fittings for use in stacking multiple containers and in securing the containers to a shipping vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Assignee: Tecco, Ltd.
    Inventors: Stewart S. Elliott, John S. Barrie
  • Patent number: 5265385
    Abstract: A storage apparatus for a small vehicle is disclosed. This apparatus is constructed with modular panels which can be assembled together by hand without any tools. The modular panels are of substantially flat construction which can be stacked and stored in a relatively small space when the apparatus is disassembled and not in use. The apparatus includes tanks of water to provide additional weight to the apparatus to inhibit easily moving the apparatus with its stored vehicle. These tanks of water may be filled prior to the vehicle being loaded into the apparatus, or may be filled after the vehicle is in place. The tanks are removable from the apparatus with the vehicle in place, allowing easy movement of the apparatus by simply removing the tanks, without removing the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Inventors: Andrew M. Smith, Steve T. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5244346
    Abstract: A portable wind machine comprising a vehicle movable along the ground and a support carried by the vehicle and extending upwardly substantially above the vehicle. A transverse member is coupled to the support at a location substantially above the vehicle, and it extends transversely of the support on both sides of the support. The transverse member is pivotable between a travel position in which the transverse member extends generally along the vehicle in generally a direction from fore to aft of the vehicle and an operational position in which the transverse member extends laterally of the vehicle. First and second propellers are mounted on the transverse member on opposite sides of the support for rotation about first and second rotational axes, respectively. A tilt angle between each of the rotational axes and a vertical plane is adjustable. At least one power source is provided for rotating the propellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: Alec H. B. Fergusson
  • Patent number: 5226266
    Abstract: An outdoor newsstand is mounted on wheels to be easily moved into and out of a business position. The newsstand has supports for removable shelves and magazine racks, and the shelves can be easily rearranged for the display of a variety of merchandise. Weatherproof panels partially enclose the newsstand. The panels can be leased for advertising space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: Jeffrey Cernuto
  • Patent number: 5201152
    Abstract: A containment device for contaminated building demolition. A pre-engineered rigid steel frame building is supported on rail trucks movable on railroad tracks. The railroad tracks are positioned on opposite sides and along the length of the contaminated building to be demolished. The rigid steel frame building has one open end and is sized larger than the width and height of the contaminated building. This allows a portion of the contaminated building to be movably enclosed by the pre-engineered building. A flexible liner material inside the pre-engineered building, at the open end attached to the contaminated building, and at the bottom of the pre-engineered building draped to be in contact with the ground seals off the interior of the pre-engineered building to prevent the release of contaminated particles during demolishing operations. A hoist and cable are used to move the pre-engineered building on the railroad tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: The Babcock & Wilcox Company
    Inventor: David C. Heffner
  • Patent number: 5201546
    Abstract: A towable unified floor frame assembly derives lengthwise strength from two elongate I-beams disposed symmetrically about a longitudinal axis. The I-beams are separated by a plurality of angle-sectioned metal cross members welded therebetween. A plurality of trusses, corresponding in number and location to the metal cross members, is disposed to support an outer perimeter and a floor thereabove. Each truss incorporates upwardly inclined bracing elements located outwardly of the I-beams connected to flat metal connecting elements individually unified to the I-beams, preferably by welding. A waterproof and dirt-excluding cover entirely covers the underneath of the floor frame assembly. Heating and ventilating ducts, power and telephone wires, water and waste pipes, thermal insulation and the like, are installed within the floor frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Lindsay Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Fredrick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 5193325
    Abstract: A housing unit built with load bearing structures (12) at the two ends thereof and including lifting eyes (26) at the corners of the unit such that units can be stacked vertically on each other for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventor: Robert S. Allison
  • Patent number: 5185973
    Abstract: An aircraft or road vehicle transportable operating assembly comprises a central body, to which there are telescopically coupled side bodies which can be withdrawn into the central body, during a transportation step, and extended from the central body during the use step, the side bodies including a trampling floor which can be arranged with a coplanar relationship with respect to a trampling floor of the central body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Gaetano Oldani
  • Patent number: 5171059
    Abstract: An enclosure for use with an outdoor lounge chair includes a rigid base that defines a liquid containing cavity and integral front, back and side walls which, along with a top, define a rigid enclosure having a top opening through which a lounge chair may be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: William D. Patrick
  • Patent number: 5163360
    Abstract: A live storage facility provides for the storage of large containers of product in a gas-tight enclosure containing an atmosphere precisely controlled to a preselected gas composition. Containers are introduced into the enclosure through a tunnel and removed through another tunnel, without significantly altering the gas atmosphere or temperature within the enclosure. An externally controlled crane moves and stacks the containers within the enclosure. The storage facility is preferably formed as a hemispherical dome with continuous walls that are impermeable to the gas. In one form, the product is agricultural produce, and there is additionally provided a cooling capability so that the product is stored at reduced temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: California Ammonia Co.
    Inventor: David Petz
  • Patent number: 5161753
    Abstract: System for applying compounds protective against ice formation on airplanes and for also cleaning and washing at respective first and second locations of at least one unitary covered structure. The unitary covered structure can be at least seasonally, or more often as requirements dictate, shuttled between a location immediately adjacent the clear zone of a runway for cold weather, or storm, operations and a location remote from said clear zone for washing in warm weather operations. Both positions of the covered structure have dedicated supply and drainage system for the fluids supplied at each position. Several unitary covered structures of various dimensions at several locations adjacent to the clear zone of a runway are also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Assignee: Amstrarch, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Vice, James K. Kunkle
  • Patent number: 5152109
    Abstract: A portable performance platform for the performing arts includes a wheel mounted chassis adapted for towing by an automobile or truck. A staging compartment is mounted on the chassis that includes front and rear end walls, opposed sidewalls, an overhead roof, and a compartment floor. Opposed telescoping towers are mounted on the front and rear ends of the chassis to provide right and left upright supports for the overhead roof. The compartment sidewalls are pivotally carried along opposed side margins of the roof, and are outwardly extendible to present an extended canopy in conjunction with the roof when the platform is set up in its performance configuration. A unique actuating assembly raises and lowers the sidewalls in tandem, and tilts the raised canopy to an acoustically desirable orientation. In the performing configuration, the platform aprons of the portable performance platform are pivoted downwardly so as to be flush with the compartment floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Wenger Corporation
    Inventor: Arie Boers
  • Patent number: 5113625
    Abstract: A modular building formed from non-combustible materials which includes a support frame. The frame includes subflooring with a connected concrete pan which allows the concrete floor to be directly into the frame. The building also includes roof edge supports for connecting beams which allow two or more buildings to be joined to form a single complex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: Miller Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Davis
  • Patent number: 5111626
    Abstract: A modular unit having a double shelled module housing closed by a door secured by a locking system and being substantially portable and self-contained requiring only an AC plug and telephone and television lines. A service unit supplies all water and collects all waste from the modular unit which contains a shower, toilet, lavatory and sleeping facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Fortune
  • Patent number: 5094048
    Abstract: A transportable modular home includes at least four extensible supporting members correspondingly extending therefrom to the ground and a rotatable bearing member mounted to the bottom of the modular home for easily loading and aligning the modular home with a trailer so as to comply with the law and affix the modular home to the trailer for traveling on a public highway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Chi G. Woo
  • Patent number: 5069143
    Abstract: A platform for supporting a movable storage building employing a pair of parallely and spacedly positioned rails between which are supported a plurality of laterally extending floor joists. The rails each provide a U-shaped channel for receiving the ends of the floor joists and a pair of spacedly positioned openings which expose channels juxtapositioned to and parallel with the floor joists for receiving the prongs of a forklift mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Richard E. Bunger
  • Patent number: 5033493
    Abstract: A collapsible shelter has a pair of floor panels hinged together edge-to-edge, and front and rear wall panels hinged along the outer edges of the floor panels such that when the floor panels are collapsed in a side-by-side relationship, the wall panels are disposed closely adjacent one another. When the floor panel is unfolded and the wall panels are disposed in an upright position, various forms of covers may be mounted on the edges of the wall panels to form a shelter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventor: Earl L. Senchuck
  • Patent number: 5028072
    Abstract: A unified floor frame assembly has two elongate outer load-supporting beams formed of wooden elongate beam sections that may be selected to have different vertical cross-sectional dimensions and, optionally with two thicknesses united, are butt-spliced to be cambered in parallel vertical planes to counter forces that may tend to cause sagging of the floor frame assembly during transportation. A wheel carrier assembly is detachably mountable thereto with a plurality of wheels partially recessed within the floor frame assembly and a towing hitch assembly is attachable to a forward end of the floor frame assembly for applying a towing force thereat. Wooden I-beams are used as transverse frame members to provide lightweight strength and floor frame widths of the order of 18 ft. to 20 ft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Lindsay Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick H. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 4987706
    Abstract: A controlled-environment entertainment system comprising a reclining chair entirely enclosed in a sound-proof rectangular enclosure, an audio-visual entertainment system, and a ventilation system. The enclosure is constructed of two modules arranged for quick disengagement. Retractable wheels on the enclosure provide an added measure of mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Inventors: William E. Hughes, Pamela K. Hughes
  • Patent number: 4986037
    Abstract: A collapsible shed for a vehicle and other objects includes a fixed enclosure anchored to the ground surface having an open front and a telescoping enclosure of inverted U-shape guidably mounted upon the fixed enclosure and at one end movably supported upon the ground surface, to overly the fixed enclosure when collapsed and retractable for an increased storage area. The telescoping enclosure is closed by retractable roller curtain that can be locked down with the movable enclosure in any position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Inventor: Payton Jackson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4951433
    Abstract: A CMR (Cellular Mobile Radiotelephone) Cell Site includes a structurally compact and easily transportable foundation for a CMR equipment edifice. The foundation, together with the edifice, rests on a leveled surface. An antenna tower is mounted on the roof of the edifice and is secured by an antenna mounting brace embedded in the roof of the edifice. The antenna is guyed at three elevations along the antenna's height to three points on the foundation. The edifice encloses a 10-inch-square, steel support column, positioned within the edifice directly beneath the antenna mounting brace, for supporting the antenna tower. Four-inch-thick slabs of concrete are inserted between the floor of the edifice and the support column and between the support column and the roof so as to isolate the interior of the building from electrical disturbances such as lightening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Inventors: Harmon R. Miller, William J. Smith, Hollie M. Stanley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4934113
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable stage riser comprising a plurality of individual stage sections at different heights. The stage sections are telescopically interconnected with one another by a track system for sliding from a collapsed to an extended position. The stage when collapsed is tipable on to its back surface which is reinforced with a dolly receiving guide for upright storage of the stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventors: Robert Hall, P. Reginald Taylor
  • Patent number: 4912893
    Abstract: CMR (Cellular Mobile Radiotelephone) equipment is disposed in a configuration that facilitates both transportation to a cell site and, at the site, rapid installation of the CMR equipment and accompanying antenna tower. The CMR equipment incorporates a foundation that includes (i) a rectangular center structure formed from a front horizontal section, a rear horizontal section, a left vertical section, and a right vertical section, and (ii) a nose structure attached to and extending vertically from the front horizontal section. A self-contained CMR equipment edifice, having four walls, a floor and a roof, is secured to the rectangular center structure of the foundation by a plurality of flanges positioned at predetermined locations on the edifice and affixed to both the foundation and walls of the edifice. Several antenna tower sections are attached to the edifice by a number of identical antenna mounting assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventors: Harmon R. Miller, William J. Smith, Hollie M. Stanley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4912890
    Abstract: The present invention deals with a new hoisting and supporting machine used for supporting and lifting loads from the base level to different levels. The machine is essentially an air and water crane which is a combination of water pressure together with uplifting buoyancy forces acting directly or indirectly on the top platform of the hoisting machine. It consists generally of an outer upright water retaining telescopic column and an inner upright air filled floating telescopic column, which develops the buoyancy forces that lift up and support the top platform of the unit. When used in sub-zero temperature, the unit is provided with means to prevent the water, inside the column, from freezing, while for severe arctic low temperatures the unit is converted into an all ice column with provisions to accommodate the expanding ice inside the columns, resulting in an ice pillar acting like a concrete pillar to support the top platform of the unit with its loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventor: Ralph H. Hoyeck
  • Patent number: 4903441
    Abstract: The residential building is composed of an indeformable triangulated framework provided with a covering defining a volume having a triangular, square or hexagonal base and three or four faces whose pitch is greater than 45 degrees and facades or connecting planes between modules, resulting from the division of a pyramid by vertical planes. The apex is provided with a hook intended for the transport of the modules by helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1990
    Inventor: Pierre Nierle
  • Patent number: 4882883
    Abstract: A modular unit for use in constructing a framework of a building consisting of a plurality of modular units in connected relationship having a floor portion with longitudinal and lateral perimeter members. The longitudinal and lateral perimeter members are joined by joists interconnecting the perimeter members and welded thereto with a corrugated metal decking overlying the joists. The joists are made from a sheet steel configuration which has been bent into a Z shaped configuration with upturned lateral portions. Plywood sheeting overlies the corrugated metal decking. The entire structure incorporates wheel wells for the enplacement of wheels so that the modular unit can be towed into place. Trusses in the roof are support the roof and are attached at the cord sections to upright structural columns. The modular unit are held together by bolts which can be later secured by welding between the perimeter members, the columns, and the truss areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: PBS Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Horn
  • Patent number: 4883306
    Abstract: A deck for a mobile home is supported on the undercarriage of the mobile home to roll in and out between a retracted position in which the deck is wholly located beneath the mobile home and an extended position in which the deck extends laterally from the mobile home. Channels secured to the frame of the mobile home receive wheels on opposite sides of the deck. The deck has fold up rollers on its leading end which roll along the ground and elevate the deck above the ground. Each roller is carried on a leg which is adjustable in its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: E Z Dek, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Stucky
  • Patent number: 4882887
    Abstract: A mobile home anchor apparatus that withstands high wind loading and other forces in any direction includes a pylon-mounted support member for supporting a frame flange of a mobile building structure. The support member has a bladed clamped member that permanently deforms a flange portion of the frame when it it tightened against the support member, and a stop member that receives an opposite side portion of the flange. The clamp member is mountable in selected locations on the support member for accommodating variant flange widths of the frame, blade members of the clamp member extending in sloped relation to the support member across an edge of the first flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Assignee: C & R Pier Manufacturing
    Inventors: Charles E. Giles, Richard J. Clifton
  • Patent number: 4833841
    Abstract: A prefabricated transportable building module comprising a metal floor frame having a reinforced concrete floor provided within the perimeter thereof, four upstanding vertical posts secured at each corner of the floor structure and a roof structure including a transverse beam extending between and secured to the pair of vertical columns at each end of the building module and further including a plurality of spaced-apart and parallel open web trusses extending between and secured at each end thereof to the pair of transverse beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Assignee: Systems Craft
    Inventor: Joseph C. Ellington, III
  • Patent number: 4805356
    Abstract: A collapsible building comprises first, second, third and fourth panels which in use form a floor, a roof and side walls of the building being pivotally connected so as to be able to be folded down to lie parallel to each other, and fifth and sixth end panels. The end panels are each pivotally attached to both the first and second panels and also have a pivotal joint so that an outer face of each panel may be collapsed onto itself in accordian fashion. Each end panel has a substantially circular rim to allow the erected building to be rolled into location. Stabilizers are provided to stabilize the building once in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Feisst
  • Patent number: 4800701
    Abstract: A portable motorcycle garage is provided with a forward portion pivotal about a rear portion enabling entry into said garage. A storage compartment is positioned within said forward pivotal portion accessible for storage of paraphernalia associated with use of a motorcycle when said rear section is pivoted upwardly. A trailer hitch and wheels are selectively securable to said garage for transport of said garage. Pivotal loading feet are positioned proximate said securable wheels to ease in attachment of said wheels to said portable motorcycle garage by spacing said wheels above ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Inventor: Ewell E. Dunsworth
  • Patent number: 4765104
    Abstract: A transportable brick panel consisting of a top reinforced concrete beam, a bottom reinforced concrete beam, brickwork consisting of a plurality of courses of bricks with mortar filled joints extending between said beams and including door or window openings where required, aligned holes passing through some at least of the columns of bricks, reinforcing bars passing through said holes and extending between and being connected with the beams, and a damp course and sealing means on each reinforcing bar where said bar passes through said damp course for preventing passage of moisture along said reinforcing bar. A method of making a transportable brick panel as also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Inventor: Phillip H. Boot
  • Patent number: 4744182
    Abstract: A building structure comprising a core unit including bathroom and kitchen facilities and a plurality of entrance and exit openings and a plurality of other separate building units having entrance and exit openings therein positioned adjacent the core unit and in communication therewith and with each other through aligned entrance and exit openings, separately constructed at a remote location and secured together in vertically adjusted level position at the building site. The invention further includes the method of constructing the building structure including the steps of constructing the separate core and other building units at a remote location, transporting them to a building site, locating them on foundation structures, vertically adjusting the individual structures and securing them together and subsequently adding additional other separate building units to expand the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Trus-Us, Inc.
    Inventors: Sheldon Shacket, Robert Helfman
  • Patent number: 4741133
    Abstract: A transportable shelter with a basic structure having the dimensions of a container and being transportable as such, wherein, in order to enlarge the inner space, at least one side wall can be moved generally parallel to its position in the transport state towards the outside, wherein additional side walls, connected with the movable side wall, can be folded in accordion-like fashion, while a floor and ceiling element for the enlarged room area are fastened to the upper or lower longitudinal edge of the basic structure having the dimensions of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Inventor: Jurgen Kutzner
  • Patent number: 4726158
    Abstract: A transportable structure to form houses and the like, for immediate use in case of calamities and for other uses, comprises a supporting framework made up of closed longitudinal frames, floor platform, roof covering and head walls, all of which delimiting a useful volume, and mobile panels that are able to form additional side rooms. The mobile panels are finished with protruding elements, which form, at least in part, cylindrical surfaces slidingly cooperating to form articulations. Angle bars are provided at the ends of the structural sections to make up the seats for pins that are able to prevent the cooperating cylindrical surfaces from incidentally moving away from each other. Further angle bars perimetrically complete the panels while seals mounted on the sections coact with the sections being coupled at the articulations to ensure sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1988
    Assignee: Edil.Pro S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giovanna M. Fagnoni
  • Patent number: 4720945
    Abstract: Theater stage according to the invention consisting of three bodies which, in a deployed position, confer a pavilion or shell shape. The central body, built on the chassis, consists of a central floor, raised platforms, side walls and a roof. The rear body, in the form of a box is built on a high floor which slides over the central floor and the platforms. The front body consists of a lifting canopy and of several floors: a sliding low floor which may comprise a higher level and two side floors in the form of pivoting quarters which hold up the low floor and which fold back between the said low floor and the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Euterpe
    Inventors: Yvon Berranger, Jean-Maurice Bouchard, Yves Guerin, Jean-Marc Sorin
  • Patent number: 4712966
    Abstract: A storage rack with moveable lifting jacks. The rack includes horizontally extending members joined but spaced apart by a pair of upper and a pair of lower cross members. Two upright posts extend above the horizontally extending support members and are secured in place by the cross members. A powered lifting jack and a follower lifting jack each include tongues insertable between the horizontally extending support members at the opposite ends of the rack. The tongues are biased between the upper and lower cross members preventing the pivotal motion of the tongues which are mounted to wheels rotatably mounted to frames having hydraulic cylinder motors mounted thereatop. Piston rods are extendable from the hydraulic cylinder motors and are attached to the tongues to apply lifting force in an upward direction along an axis extending through the wheel axis of rotation applying lifting force to the opposite ends of the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Assignee: Thomas L. Gross
    Inventor: Peter L. Gross
  • Patent number: 4700513
    Abstract: A system for facilitating the construction of wood frame panels in which a mobile truck body having tool receiving bays along one side thereof has an enclosure formed on the top thereof for housing a component assembling machine. A normally retracted bridge crane is adapted to move panels from stowed positions on top of the body to operative positions at which they form an upper working area adjacent to the component assembling machine and a lower working area adjacent to the bays. One of the upper panels has an extension and hinged portion adapted to form a material support rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Inventor: Kenneth W. Smith
  • Patent number: 4640412
    Abstract: A floor or ceiling unit is prefabricated in two halves which can be assembled together to form the unit or one of the halves can be turned upsidedown and nested underneath the other half thus forming a package with upper and lower panels. These panels can be secured together and reduce the overall width of the package to a dimension which is smaller than the maximum allowable width for transportation on world roads.Also included are vertical support members and the pair of perimetrical beams which extend between the vertical support members and means on the beams and support members to receive and support the assembled floor or ceiling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: Joseph Skvaril
  • Patent number: 4638604
    Abstract: A stage system and apparatus for construction of flat stages, choral risers, and the like which utilizes a basic structural flat rectangular panel module with an edge of extruded material having a re-entrant groove on the outer surface and upper and lower sockets on each side of each corner of the panel to receive support legs fashioned to be received in the bottom sockets. Railing stanchions are provided to seat in the top sockets. In the vertically spaced and overlapping choral risers, the top sockets serve to locate the overlap and mechanically lock the panels in an overlap position. Inserts received in the re-entrant groove interengage with the re-entrant groove of an adjacent panel to provide lateral and vertical stability to adjacent panels.Special leg brackets are provided to engage the bottom sockets of two to four adjacent module panels to provide vertical support and lateral retention. Leg assemblies can be formed as a folding frame to facilitate shipping and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Stage Rite Corporation
    Inventors: O. David Rogers, John Bardwick, III, Kenneth Staten
  • Patent number: 4636111
    Abstract: Road working apparatus, towed by a road working vehicle, such as a truck, includes a cage portion for protecting workers performing tasks such as filling potholes. The cage has an opening through the floor, which opening is positioned over the pothole. If necessary the size of the opening can be increased by pivoting up one or more grates. Preferably the apparatus includes machinery and equipment necessary to perform the particular task at hand, such as a hot patch and blacktop dispersing unit, a generator and an air compressor for powering road working tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Joyce Pipe Line Company
    Inventor: James V. Joyce
  • Patent number: 4631877
    Abstract: A collapsible hut useful, in particular, for ice fishing comprises wall and roof panels which can be releasably secured together in a first assembly to form the hut and in a second assembly to form parts of a container. Skis and/or wheels are provided for supporting the container for travel over the ground, so that the hut can readily be transported to remote locations. When the hut is collapsed, the panels can be packed flat to form a very compact storage package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventor: Edward J. Molodecki
  • Patent number: 4626166
    Abstract: A trailer-mounted sand hopper having a trailer pivotally mountable at the front end of a motor-driven truck. The sand hopper is tiltably mounted on the rear portion of the trailer and is releasably secured to the rear portion of the trailer. The hopper is capable of being tilted to vertical and horizontal positions with respect to the trailer by engagement of a winch and cable system. The hopper is provided with backing plates which facilitate the engagement and disengagement of the hopper from the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Arthur E. Jolly
  • Patent number: 4622787
    Abstract: A housing system formed of a plurality of separate, preconstructed living units which housing system is characterized by a unique roof joint system wherein one of the adjacent living units comprises an overhanging casing protruding from and running along the length of its roof edge and the adjacent living unit comprises an uprising flange element extending along the length of its roof edge; and further characterized in that the roof edges of adjoining living units need not be equal in height and the length of any unit comprising the housing system need not be equal to the length of any other unit within the housing system. The present invention allows for a multitude of new and different housing designs for preformed, transportable homes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1986
    Assignee: Scott Housing Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel P. Scott
  • Patent number: 4621972
    Abstract: A silo mover apparatus comprising a main frame that is movable across the ground on a plurality of support wheels, and which has a subframe pivotallymounted thereon adjacent one end. The subframe can be raised about the pivot to a substantially vertical position through the use of hydraulic cylinders, stabilized in position adjacent to a silo to be moved, clamped to the silo by straps, after the silo has been suitably reinforced, and then the silo can be lifted and tilted downwardly with the subframe to rest on the main frame for transport to a new location. At the new location the silo is then raised by raising the subframe about its pivot, to place the silo onto the desired platform, after which the members that clamp the silo and subframe together are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Inventor: Walter D. Grotte