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Number: 180/125
Name: Motor vehicles > Surface effect vehicles (i.e., ground effect machines) > Fluid bearing or fluid pad
Description: A vehicle wherein the basal area of the vehicle conforms to the contour of the supporting surface, usually planar, and is supported above the surface by a thin film of high pressure fluid.










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Patent Number Title Of Patent Date Issued
8464820 Air cushion platform for carrying a manipulator arm and movable robot Jun. 18, 2013
8256541 Transferring device using aero-levitation style Sep. 4, 2012
7661498 Fluid cushion conveyance system Feb. 16, 2010
7431552 Method and equipment for moving a group of objects Oct. 7, 2008
7426974 Air bearing base and workstation Sep. 23, 2008
7204672 Multi-modal forced vortex device Apr. 17, 2007
7174982 Displaceable support stand Feb. 13, 2007
6585069 Fluid levitated caster integrating external debris scraper Jul. 1, 2003
6485247 Engine uplift loader Nov. 26, 2002
6382336 Guide wheel integrated with ground rubbing brake controls fluid levitated loads May. 7, 2002
6379107 Method of introducing heavy article and method of discharging heavy article Apr. 30, 2002
6318488 Fluid levitated caster integrating brake or brake with guide wheel combination Nov. 20, 2001
6318489 Ground effect machine Nov. 20, 2001
6309289 Air flotation and locking material handling apparatus and method of use Oct. 30, 2001
6276469 Light weight transporter propelling fluid levitated loads includes load weight absorption device to provide controllable wheel traction Aug. 21, 2001
6164229 Air bearing pontoon system for shipping containers Dec. 26, 2000
5544903 Air bag toy Aug. 13, 1996
RE35299 Air chamber type patient mover air pallet with multiple control features Jul. 23, 1996
5483709 Low air loss mattress with rigid internal bladder and lower air pallet Jan. 16, 1996
5454441 Method and apparatus for transporting portable upright stage panels Oct. 3, 1995
5320369 Air bag toy Jun. 14, 1994
5308218 Transportation device having an air-foil bearing May. 3, 1994
5129778 Container loading and unloading Jul. 14, 1992
5087280 Floating mold changer carriage Feb. 11, 1992
5067189 Air chamber type patient mover air pallet with multiple control features Nov. 26, 1991
5065464 Apparatus for transferring a patient between patient support surfaces Nov. 19, 1991
5044866 Containerizing and decontainerizing a load Sep. 3, 1991
4883140 Sheet material dispensing for air bearing structures Nov. 28, 1989
4844194 Air cushion shoe Jul. 4, 1989
4843969 Multi-plenum air float for load transportation and amusement ride system Jul. 4, 1989
4832562 Integrated air bearing slip sheet material handling system and slip sheet employed therein May. 23, 1989
4832560 Apparatus and methods for containerizing and de-containerizing a load May. 23, 1989
4815926 Air pallet and materials moving system Mar. 28, 1989
4813508 Modular independent air cushion suspension system Mar. 21, 1989
4789039 Air-cushion element for air-cushion transport equipment Dec. 6, 1988
4753311 Hydrostatic translation slide support Jun. 28, 1988
4686719 Semi-rigid air pallet type patient mover Aug. 18, 1987
4683658 Manually controllable machine such as a fabric cutting machine Aug. 4, 1987
4673050 Fluid-operated transporting crawler-type track Jun. 16, 1987
4643268 Air lifted and propelled vehicle Feb. 17, 1987
4627362 Air sliding device for work pallets or the like Dec. 9, 1986
4607715 Proportional pneumatic control system for aircushions Aug. 26, 1986
4596506 Air bearing wheel lift Jun. 24, 1986
4595070 Cursor control support device Jun. 17, 1986
4569410 Apparatus for carrying and transporting loads Feb. 11, 1986
4567957 Air pallet with endless belt interface Feb. 4, 1986
4538699 Fluid-cushion supporting arrangement for horizontal conveyance Sep. 3, 1985
4528704 Semi-rigid air pallet type patient mover Jul. 16, 1985
4520888 Load supporting structure Jun. 4, 1985
4517690 Air pallet having multiple entry integrated air inlet valves May. 21, 1985

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