Abstract: A device is described for opening and closing the discharge door of a bulk seed box. The device comprises a portable lightweight structure which is attached to the box and which uses an electrically operated screw actuator to move the discharge door of the box from its closed position to its open position and vice versa. The device also includes a spreader mechanism which relieves the stress or tension on the supporting slide or track for the discharge door so that the discharge door may be more easily opened and closed.
Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a linear motion flexural apparatus to provide friction-free linear travel for large stroke motion. In one embodiment, a linear motion flexural apparatus comprises a first member having a first surface, and a second member having a second surface which is spaced from the first surface of the first member. One of the first member and the second member is movable relative to another one of the first member and the second member in a linear direction. At least one sheet is disposed between the first surface of the first member and the second surface of the second member. Each sheet has a first edge portion and a second edge portion generally opposite from the first edge portion. The first edge portion is attached to the first surface of the first member. The second edge portion is attached to the second surface of the second member.
April 11, 2003
Date of Patent:
August 8, 2006
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Donald F. Zacharie, Kenneth R. Lorell, Jean-Noel Auburn