Raymond has filed a patent for a cradle system designed for material handling vehicles. The system includes elongated legs that can be attached to the vehicle’s mast and sleighs that can be attached to the base. When the vehicle is in a horizontal position, the legs and sleighs support it above the ground. The system can also be nested together for compact storage. The patent claim emphasizes that the legs and sleighs can combine into a single unit. GlobalData’s report on Raymond gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Cradle system for material handling vehicle

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO). Credit: Raymond Ltd

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230202745A1) describes a cradle system for material handling vehicles. The system consists of at least two legs that can be attached to the mast of the vehicle and at least two sleighs that can be attached to the base of the vehicle. When combined, the legs and sleighs form a singular unit that supports the material handling vehicle above the ground when it is in a horizontal position.

The cradle system also includes a crossmember that can be inserted into openings in the sleighs when they are attached to the base of the vehicle. Additionally, a brace can be removably attached to the legs for added support.

The outer surface of each sleigh is designed with a curved shape, with a first portion, a second portion perpendicular to the first portion, and a third portion between them. When the legs and sleighs are attached to the material handling vehicle, the system allows for the rotation of the vehicle from an upright position to a horizontal position. In the upright position, the second portions of the sleighs contact the ground, while in the horizontal position, the legs and first portions of the sleighs make contact with the ground.

One of the sleighs in the cradle system can be configured to receive a fork of the material handling vehicle. Each leg is equipped with a bracket at one end, which can be used to removably couple the leg to the mast. The bracket also includes an extension piece that retains a movable portion of the mast.

The cradle system can be stored by positioning one leg on top of another leg, attaching the sleigh to the top leg, and fastening them together. A brace can also be positioned next to the second leg and fastened to it for storage.

Overall, this patent describes a cradle system that allows for the safe and efficient handling and storage of material handling vehicles. The system provides support and stability during rotation and can be easily assembled and disassembled for storage purposes.

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