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GANGWAY, RAMP, OR DOCK LEVELER

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20130042423PAPER RAMP - A paper ramp for use in unloading a wheeled or castered product from a pallet or shipping base is provided. The ramp is wedge shaped and comprises a folded bottom member affixed to a pre-formed top member having integrally formed guide rails. The bottom member has closure flaps that fold together in interlocking fashion inside the wedged shaped ramp to support and stabilize the load bearing top surface of the ramp.02-21-2013
20120174325MODULAR BICYCLE GUTTER - Embodiments herein provide a modular gutter for use by bicycles and other conveyances. When utilized, a conveyance may be guided along the gutter either by an individual on the conveyance or adjacent to it, whether up or down the gutter. The gutter may be manufactured in various lengths and arrangements, and additionally, the components of the gutter are designed to permit multiple subunits to be coupled to form longer gutters. Alternatively, the gutters may be cut to a desired length should the manufactured length be too long. Thus, the gutter may be sized for any of a variety of staircases. The gutter may be removably installed on existing staircases without the need to redesign or reconstruct the staircase.07-12-2012
20090158536WHEELCHAIR PLATFORM AND DETACHABLE RAMP, AND METHODS OF CONSTRUCTING AND UTILIZING SAME - A combination wheelchair platform and detachable ramp to allow a person seated in the wheelchair to be at the proper height for an opthalmologic slit lamp examination, or for a standard size dining table. The platform and ramp have raised side members to prevent accidental rolling off.06-25-2009
20130055511ADJUSTABLE, MODULAR HANDICAP-ACCESS-RAMP SYSTEM - An adjustable, modular handicap-access-ramp system enables transport of wheelchairs and temporarily or permanently physically handicapped individuals and no-step access thereof into and out of a structure. The system comprises a plurality of core modules and at least one additional module adapted to be combined with each other and the core modules to configure a customized ramp. At least one combined locating and support pin is adapted to connect to each other those of the core and additional modules disposed adjacent to each other. At least one substantially infinitely adjustable column assembly allows movement of predetermined core and additional modules up or down and to a desired angle. At least one connector allows attachment to each other of adjacent core and additional modules that require a change in grade with respect to each other.03-07-2013
20090300859Hinged Ramp Assembly - A ramp is assembled from first and second boards such that the first and second boards are foldable relative to one another. Rail assemblies comprising first and second channels are fastened along opposing sides of the boards. First and second hinge members, fastened to the sides of the first and second channels, pivotally couple the channels. Two central hinge members are mounted on the boards respectively to pivotally couple the boards at a central location between the opposing sides of the boards. An auxiliary hinge member is supported on the bottom of the first channels to provided added support to the pivotal coupling between the first and second channels. The auxiliary hinge member and the central hinge members are interchangeable with one another.12-10-2009
20110010871DOCK LEVELER BLANKET - An insulative blanket is sized and shaped to cover a dock leveler deck and the gaps between the deck and a surrounding dock platform to prevent the transfer of heat through the deck or across the gaps. A batten structure is combined with the blanket such that the combination forms a relatively rigid structure which can be easily placed and maintained in its desired position. The combination is raised and lowered by an attached line and a suspended overhead container is provided to further collapse the combination as it is raised and stored within the container.01-20-2011
20110088177COUNTERBALANCE MECHANISM FOR FOLD OUT RAMP - A ramp assembly includes a ramp portion configured for reciprocating motion between a stowed position, a deployed position, and a neutral position. The ramp assembly further includes a counterbalance that provides a force to bias the ramp portion toward the stowed position when the ramp portion is between the deployed position and the neutral position, and toward the deployed position when the ramp portion is between the stowed position and the neutral position. A shaft rotates in a first direction when the ramp portion moves toward the stowed position, and in a second direction opposite the first direction when the ramp portion moves toward the deployed position. A crank is fixedly coupled to the shaft. A rod is rotatably coupled at a first end to the crank about a first axis and at a second end to a cylinder. The cylinder is coupled for rotational movement about a second axis.04-21-2011
20110197378STRUCTURAL ASSEMBLIES FOR CONSTRUCTING BRIDGES AND OTHER STRUCTURES - Structural assemblies for constructing bridges and other structures. A structural assembly may comprise an elongated member defining an internal space. The structural assembly may also comprise a plurality of framing members connected to the elongated member at a plurality of pin connection nodes, each pin connection node comprising a pin interconnecting the elongated member, a first one of the framing members, and a second one of the framing members, the pin having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end, at least one of the first longitudinal end and the second longitudinal end of the pin being located in the internal space of the elongated member.08-18-2011
20100281635Connection assembly for a modular footbridge - A connection assembly for a modular footbridge having two or more bridge segments, the connection assembly comprising a first connector member and a second connector member, wherein one segment of the modular footbridge is provided with the first connector member and is connectable to another adjacently disposed segment having the second connector member by connecting the first connector member to the second connector member.11-11-2010
20080229524Gangway Apparatus - A gangway apparatus (09-25-2008
20090178214Ramp With Vehicle Attachment - The present invention relates to a ramp. The ramp includes at least two stiles. Each stile has a top, a bottom and four sides. A plurality of shoulders are equally spaced apart and mounted on one side of each stile. A plurality of rungs are aligned with the shoulders. Each rung has a right end, a left end and four sides. A plurality of notches are located on the right end and left end of each rung. The number of shoulders equals the number of the notches and the shoulders and notches are tightly fitted together to form the ramp.07-16-2009
20090100613PORTABLE RAMP FOR MOTOR VEHICLES - A portable ramp for motor vehicles molded from co-polymer where the ramp has a longitudinal spine extending through a grid, has a sloped portion and a horizontal upper portion to support a wheel of a vehicle. The wheel is in direct contact with the grid and the grid is open from top to bottom between the spine and the side walls. The spine has an arc-shaped cross-section.04-23-2009
20100154148Famp With Side Reinforcements06-24-2010
20100162496GOODS GUIDING DEVICE AND METHOD - A device for guiding goods to be fed between a first floor and a second floor over a gap formed between the first and second floors, the device includes: a first plate member to be placed on the first floor; a second plate member to be placed on the second floor, at least one of the first and second plate members having a hook portion engageable with a groove; and a hinge connecting the first plate member and the second plate member, the hinge protruding downwardly from the surfaces of the first and second plate member, the hinge having a size adapted to the gap such that when the device placed between the first and second floors, the hinge can be accommodated within the gap, and engagement of the hinge with the gap and the hook portion provides a stable guide surface for feeding the goods.07-01-2010
20110072596EXTENDABLE RAMP FOR STORAGE IN A TAILGATE OR FLAT BED - An extendable ramp system extending a ramp from a storage position on a vehicle tailgate or flatbed is provided. A collection box is shown having a collection box channel with a sliding member slidingly engaged and moving within the collection box channel and coupling an end of the ramp to the collection box, the sliding member being coupled to the end of the ramp closest to the collection box when the ramp is extended. An at least two folding structural members are provided having an at least one coupling member coupling the at least two folding structural members and the at least two folding structural members coupling to the at least one sliding member. An at least one horizontal structural member is coupled to the at least two folding structural members and being oriented parallel and horizontal relative to the collection box. An at least two folding support members are provided along with an extension member coupled to the at least two folding support members. A control element within the at least two folding support members or the extension member is provided, the control element slidingly engaging and coupling the at least two folding support members or the at extension member. An at least two support hinge members couple the at least two folding support members, where the at least two folding support members extend, unfold, and pivot on the at least two support hinge members and straighten and the extension member extends on the at least one control element to extend the ramp.03-31-2011
20110072598COUNTERBALANCE ASSEMBLY FOR A FOLD OUT RAMP - A counterbalanced ramp assembly includes a ramp portion coupled for reciprocating motion between a stowed position, a deployed position, and a neutral position. A first biasing element is coupled to a first endless loop and compresses a first spring when the ramp portion moves from the neutral position toward the deployed position. The first biasing element is disengaged from the first spring when the ramp portion is located between the neutral position and the stowed position. A second biasing element is coupled to the second endless loop and compresses a second spring when the ramp portion moves from the neutral position toward the stowed position. The second biasing element is disengaged from the second spring when the ramp portion is located between the neutral position and the deployed position.03-31-2011
20110072597ARTICLE HANDLING MACHINE EQUIPPED WITH A FOLDABLE CATWALK - Article handling machine (03-31-2011
20110252582RAMP INSERT - The present invention is directed to a ramp insert for insertion between rails and/or rungs of a ramp. An embodiment of the present invention includes a body that may have an adjustable length. The body may include a first section that may include a track portion and a second section that may include a groove portion. The groove portion may be capable of fitting together with the track portion. The first or second section may be capable of slidably moving with respect to the other section via the track portion and the groove portion. The ramp insert may be placed between the rails and/or rungs of the ramp whereby the ramp insert may be adjusted to various lengths. Since the ramp insert may be adjusted to various lengths, the ramp insert may fit many different kinds of ramps having various widths.10-20-2011
20110061182FOUR WHEELER TRAILER LOADING RAMPS - The present invention relates to a loading ramp for loading an all terrain vehicle for transport purposes comprising: a center plate, where said center plate includes a mounting plate and at least one mounting pin as a means to attach the loading ramp to a trailer; at least one truck bed plate, where said truck bed plate extends from the center plate into a bed of a truck; at least one trailer plate, where said trailer plate extends from the center plate into the trailer; and a plurality of pipe hinges, where said pipe hinges adjoin the at least one truck bed plate, center plate and the at least one trailer plate. The truck bed plates and trailer plates may be extended for loading purposes or folded and adjoined for storage purposes.03-17-2011
20100031455Fall Restraint Equipment Component and Method for Manufacturing the Same - Uprights and lateral or connecting posts to be used in conjunction with a gangway or other fall restraint equipment where the uprights and posts are created by cutting portions of integral, continuous pieces of tubular metal rather than welding smaller pieces of stock material together. Sidepost assemblies or handrails are created by connecting the uprights and posts together.02-11-2010
20100017976DOCK LEVELER INSULATION - The bottom surface of a dock leveler is insulated by attaching sheets of insulative material between adjacent support beams. Attachment is by way of magnet attached to the bottom surface of the deck to hold downwardly projecting spikes that penetrate the insulative material, with a self locking washer then being placed over the spike in order to secure the sheet of material in place. Installation with variable widths between adjacent support beams is facilitated by pre-perforating the sheets of insulative material along longitudinal lines to thereby allow easy separation and width adjustment to match the variable widths between the support beams.01-28-2010
20100223740Motorcycle Ramp with Resting Platform - Motorcycle ramps that permit a single individual to safely and easily load a motorcycle to/from an elevated surface, such as a truck bed, without assistance of a second individual are described. The motorcycle ramp includes a fixed or moveable resting platform that receives and secures a rear wheel of the motorcycle, thereby preventing gravity from causing the motorcycle to roll uncontrolled down the ramp. When the rear wheel is resting on the platform, the person pushing the motorcycle up or down the ramp is more easily able to climb to and from the elevated surface, as the individual only needs to steady the motorcycle against sideways motion and needs not worry about backward motion down the ramp. The person is commonly able to prevent unwanted sideways motion using a single hand, freeing the person's other hand to assist in climbing up to or down from the elevated surface.09-09-2010
20120036653RAMP - The present invention provides two aspects :02-16-2012
20090106918Retractable Ramp - A ramp assembly includes an elongated frame sized and shaped to extend between a first door and a second door aligned opposite each other on opposed sides of a vehicle; a first sectional ramp section having a first end and a second end; and a second sectional ramp having a first end and a second end. The first sectional ramp is slidably moveable along the frame from a stored position to a deployed position on either of the opposed sides of the vehicle. The second sectional ramp is positioned adjacent the first sectional ramp and is slidably moveable along the frame from a stored position to a deployed position on either of the opposed sides of the vehicle. The ramp assembly also includes a first locking mechanism coupled to the first end of each of the first sectional ramp and the second sectional ramp; and a second locking mechanism coupled to the second end of each of the first sectional ramp and the second sectional ramp. The first locking mechanism is placed in a locked position and the second locking mechanism is placed in an unlocked position to allow the first and second sectional ramps to be coupled together and moved from the stored position to the deployed position through the first door. The second locking mechanism is placed in a locked position and the first locking mechanism is placed in an unlocked position to allow the first and second sectional ramps to be coupled together and moved from the stored position to the deployed position through the second door.04-30-2009
20110061183RAMP ASSEMBLY FOR MOBILE SHELVING - The present invention relates to a ramp assembly for a mobile shelving system including at least one longitudinal track body having a central channel and transverse edges, said ramp assembly including a plurality of ramp sections disposed on either side of the track body, whereby each ramp section includes a hooked edge adapted to rotatably engage a transverse edge of the track body, the angle of the ramp section being adjustable by way of rotation of the ramp section to thereby accommodate track bodies of different height.03-17-2011
20110047723CLOSED-LOOP CONTROL SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING A DEVICE - A closed-loop hydraulic control system that may arrest the motion of attached devices in the event of loss of electrical or hydraulic power or in the event of an emergency. Gangways from a ship to a platform and ladders on fire trucks may have hydraulic control systems that allow for free motion in several different directions in order to keep stability in rough waters or shifting ground. If the gangway or ladder begins to fall due to loss of hydraulic power or a failure in the securing of one end, the closed-loop control system may detect these situations and actuate the closing of valves to limit or stop the falling motion of the gangway or ladder. Various control or damping algorithms may be employed to yield a desired and controlled arresting of motion so as to prevent injury and damage.03-03-2011
20110088176COUNTERBALANCE MECHANISM FOR FOLD OUT RAMP - A ramp assembly includes a ramp portion configured for reciprocating motion between a stowed position, a deployed position, and a neutral position. A counterbalance comprises a shaft and a crank fixedly coupled to the shaft. A rod is rotatably coupled to the crank with an end fitting, and an end stop is slidably coupled to the rod. A compression spring is disposed between the end fitting and the end stop, wherein the compression spring provides a force to bias the ramp portion toward the stowed position when the ramp portion is between the deployed position and the neutral position, and toward the deployed position when the ramp portion is between the stowed position and the neutral position.04-21-2011
20110088175COUNTERBALANCE MECHANISM FOR FOLD OUT RAMP - A ramp assembly has a ramp portion configured for reciprocating motion between a stowed position, a deployed position, and a neutral position. A counterbalance is associated with the ramp portion and includes a drive element with a spring fitting. The drive element is rotatably coupled about a first axis of rotation that moves along an arcuate path. A restraint is slidably coupled to the drive element and is also rotatably coupled about a fixed axis of rotation. An end stop is associated with the restraint. A compression spring is disposed between the spring fitting and a portion of the restraint so that the compression spring provides a force to bias the ramp portion toward the neutral position.04-21-2011
20110088174COUNTERBALANCE MECHANISM FOR FOLD OUT RAMP - A ramp assembly has a ramp portion configured for reciprocating movement between a stowed position, a deployed position, and a neutral position, and a counterbalance. The counterbalance includes a restraint slidably coupled to a driving element having a spring fitting. The drive element includes a first engagement surface for engaging a first bearing surface associated with the ramp portion and a second engagement surface for engaging a second bearing surface associated with the ramp portion. A compression spring is disposed between a portion of the restraint and the spring fitting so that the compression spring provides a force to bias the ramp portion toward the stowed position when the ramp portion is between the deployed position and the neutral position, and toward the deployed position when the ramp portion is between the stowed position and the neutral position.04-21-2011
20100050348Modular ramp system - A modular ramp system contemplates two molded plastic ramps placed back-to-back with one another so that in a direction of travel, one would travel up one ramp and then immediately down the other. The ramps are interconnected by a spine including connectors interfacing with connectors provided on the facing surfaces of the ramps. In the preferred embodiment, the connectors consist of dovetail recesses and dovetail projections. The ramps also have connection structure on their lateral sides, so that other ramps may be assembled to the two back-to-back ramps to make a ramp that is incrementally wider. The ramp may consist of a plurality of ramp sections assembled together to create a ramp. A table is designed to be used with ramps and other components and includes openings to facilitate installation of a grind rail or a support rail. The table surface includes peripheral coping integrally formed with the table during manufacture. A grind rail system includes support legs with arcuate bottoms to facilitate safe support of a grind rail regardless of angulation. Curved sections of grind rails allow lateral and vertical curvature of an elongated grind rail configuration. Connectors are provided to interconnect adjacent grind rail sections.03-04-2010
20100011520Lightweight portable wheelchair ramp - A set of generally rectangular fiber reinforced thermoplastic panels are combined by convolving selected ones thereof to form a generally longitudinal apex ridge that is then bonded to the underside of the other panel by application of heat. Preferably the convolved panels are of a planform that is smaller than the other panel, thus exposing an edge portion of the underside thereof on which an adhesive strip is deposited and covered by a removable cover. In use the adhesive strip is exposed and then adhered to the surface of a door sill or a step surface with the joined panels then providing a bridging surface allowing a wheelchair to cross the height differential.01-21-2010
20100192313MODULAR STEEL BRIDGE - A modular steel bridge is configured by combining at least two steel girder segments, and it includes a bearing block installed to be connected to an upper flange of a connection end of each steel girder segment and a web, and a hinge assembly installed to be attachable to the lower flange of each connection end and hinge-connecting the connection ends.08-05-2010
20100071140FLUID FLOW SYSTEM BRIDGE WITH WALKWAY - A method for transferring fluids and personnel between a work vessel and an offshore marine platform includes the placement of an elongated self-supporting frame between the work vessel and the marine platform. A walkway is provided on the frame. Pipe racks are provided on the frame, one pipe rack on each side of the frame so that a pair of pipe racks are on opposing sides of the frame. Hand rails are mounted in between the walkway and each pipe rack. A fluid holding pan extends under the walkway and the flowlines. In this fashion, fluid that falls from either a pipe rack or a walkway to the pan can travel through a common drain or collection area.03-25-2010
20130019417EXTENDABLE RAMP FOR STORAGE IN A TAILGATE OR FLAT BED - An expandable ramp system contained in a truck bed having a collection box with slots therein is shown. One or more sliding members are contained within the collection box and are coupled to the slots. Two or more folding structural members with one or more coupling members coupling them are provided and coupled to the one or more sliding members. One or more horizontal structural members are coupled to the at least two folding structural members and oriented in a parallel and horizontal fashion relative to the collection box. One or more support members fold or collapse and are stored within the collection box. The sliding member slides as the two or more folding structural members and the one or more support members extend along with the one or more horizontal structural members to form an expandable ramp.01-24-2013
20110047724GANGWAY HANDRAIL AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME - A handrail for a gangway and a method for manufacturing the same where the handrail comprises a single, continuous piece of plastic.03-03-2011
20110225743EXTENSION SECTION FOR RAMP PLATFORM - An extension section for a ramp platform generally includes a first sloping portion including a lip releasably that is receivable by a lip receiving channel, wherein the first sloping portion includes a stepped surface configured to interface with a transition plate, and a second sloping portion oriented with respect to the first sloping section such that the first and second sloping portions converge to form an obtuse angle at their juncture.09-22-2011
20120297558ARCHED LOADING RAMP - A dual traction cutout ramp having a top surface and a back surface, and having plurality of apertures punched through the top and the back surfaces in alternative forming protrusions and indentations throughout the surface of the ramp. This dual traction cutout ramp can remove mud and dirt from the wheels of vehicles that move onto the ramp.11-29-2012
20130133143CURB RAMP - A curb ramp can be positioned next to a curb or a raised walkway to allow a cart to be wheeled up or down the curb ramp to or from the curb. The curb ramp allows people and equipment to move safely up or down a curb or walkway. The curb ramp can have a length at least as long as the wheel base of a cart used on the curb ramp to prevent tail drag of the cart. The curb ramp can include side rails to prevent sideways fall off therefrom. The curb ramp includes a curb-stop piece that is disposed against the curb during use and a plurality of cross braces to support and carry the load. A strong, effective and safe curb ramp can accommodate all wheeled devices that people can push or pull thereover, while being light enough to be easily transported and moved as needed.05-30-2013
20080235885Support platform - A support platform includes a hollow frame, and a plurality of support plates mounted in the frame and each having a flat tread portion and a ramp portion. The flat tread portion of each of the support plates is located above and partially covers the ramp portion of an adjacent one of the support plates. Thus, when the heel portion of a high-heel shoe is inserted into one of the conduits of the support plates, the heel portion of the high-heel shoe is stopped and supported by the respective ramp portion to prevent the heel portion of the high-heel shoe from being jammed or upset as to protect a female passenger's safety.10-02-2008
20090255066REARRANGEABLE INTERCONNECTABLE SYSTEM FOR HANDICAP RAMPS AND PLATFORMS - A series of interconnectable foam-block ramps and platforms are provided that are cut from low density EPS foam but coated with durable exterior polyurea coating, and that include optional hard surfaces, and edge-and-corner treatments, and railing with hand grips. The components resist deformation and withstand extreme weather conditions, but are surprisingly lightweight and include integral hook connectors that securely engage. They can be easily assembled/installed to form a handicap ramp and/or arranged to form novel “terrains” for wheeled devices and/or arranged to form stages and platforms. The components are sufficiently durable to support high-stress wheeled devices such as a wheelchairs, trick bikes, skateboards, in-line skates and the like. A variety of optional components include a curb-simulating element, intersection-forming platforms, X-intersection connectors, double-decker platforms, steps, and railings.10-15-2009
20080201873Vehicle ramp - There is provided herein a stackable vehicle ramp comprising: an exterior structure comprising a top formed with an inclined surface, a substantially horizontal resting surface, side surfaces and a rear surface; the resting portion further comprising an upwardly extending rigid member, adjacent to the rear portion and extending transversely across a portion of the width of the resting portion; a support plane comprised of a lowermost portion of the side and rear surfaces and adapted to lie against a medium surface; wherein, the stackable vehicle ramp further comprises at least one hollow and tapered support member extending downwardly from at least the resting portion and the inclined top surface to the support plane, and the side surfaces and the rear surface are substantially beveled such that the ramp is nestably stackable within a second vehicle ramp of a same construction.08-28-2008
20120017383GANGWAY BEARING RETAINER PLATE - A bearing retainer plate for fall restraint equipment made from a single, continuous piece of sheet metal, where the metal is lasered, cut, and/or butterflied to define a plurality of apertures. A bearing, preferably possessing a self-centering characteristic, is inserted into one of the apertures, while an adapter or bracket for an over-travel stop is inserted into another. A foot lock stud is inserted into another aperture defined by the bearing retainer plate and welded into place. The piece of metal may also define apertures configured to receive fasteners for attaching the plate to the fall restraint equipment, such as to a support structure of a gangway.01-26-2012
20130192008METHOD FOR ATTACHING AND REMOVING A TRAILER RAMP - A method is disclosed for connecting a trailer ramp to a trailer. The method includes providing a trailer, wherein either two housing members or two pins are affixed to the trailer. The method further includes providing a ramp, wherein the other of the two housing members or the two pins are affixed to the ramp. Each of the housing members comprises a hollowed-out cylindrical stock having a tubular portion and a semi-tubular portion and the semi-tubular portion has a cutaway that forms a substantially half-tubular surface. A single person then initially engages the semi-tubular portion of the first housing member with the first pin, initially engages the semi-tubular portion of the second housing member with the second pin, and finally slides the ramp along the length of the pins to fully engage the pins into the tubular portions of the housing members.08-01-2013
20130198978Modular System For Assembling Ramps, Decks, And Other Raised Structures - Embodiments of the present invention provide a modular, portable, and adjustable wheelchair ramp that provides advantages and benefits over current wheelchair ramps. The ramp may be sold in a kit with individual elements, but it is also designed to provide a frame substructure that can be used with conventional decking materials, railings, and handrails.08-08-2013

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