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Portable Modular Landings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121852D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 3 page(s) / 75K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Otis, BP: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a concept in modular landings. The essential elements include a platform of lightweight construction having a grated surface which knocks debris off boots and three sets of female receptacles which accommodate a set of stairs, another platform, or an associated railing. There is one set of male hooks that interface with fixed female receptacles located on the vehicle. The platform also has folding legs with adjustable pads for leveling.

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Portable Modular Landings

      This article describes a concept in modular landings.
The essential elements include a platform of lightweight construction
having a grated surface which knocks debris off boots and three sets
of female receptacles which accommodate a set of stairs, another
platform, or an associated railing. There is one set of male hooks
that interface with fixed female receptacles located on the vehicle.
The platform also has folding legs with adjustable pads for leveling.

      The stairs are of lightweight construction with a similar
grated surface, as described above, with similar female receptacles
for accommodating railings.  The platform railings are of lightweight
tubular construction that interface with the platform's female
receptacle.

      The modular landings are made of custom fabricated parts with
the exception of commercial fasteners.  The adjustable pads of the
platform's stairs are commercially available.

      The new features include modular design allowing for a wide
variety of platform configurations, folding and adjustable legs
allowing for quick set up and tear down, and lightweight components.
Prior art landing designs are bulky and time consuming to set up and
tear down.  Furthermore, they do not have the capability of being
arranged in the various landing configurations.  The modular landing
concept provides the user flexibility in the landing configuration
which is accomplished by intermating platforms, sta...