Patent from B&M...

Friday, May 17, 2002 10:05 AM

Have a look at the drawings of the loading process on a B&M prone coaster. You think it'll be built sometime?

http://l2.espacenet.com/espacenet/viewer?PN=EP1201280&CY=ep&LG=en&DB=EPD

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Friday, May 17, 2002 10:35 AM

That looks like a prone coaster to you? I am not sure what that looks like to me. It was filed on May 2, 2002.

I wonder if it's for something they're currently working on. Looks mighty interesting...

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Friday, May 17, 2002 10:38 AM
Yes it does look interesting. It sort of looks like a prone coaster. Might be an easier way to load if it works than what they are using now. Not that in itself is bad. I have only one question. Why would any company spend the time or money to attempt to get a patent on something that they won't use?

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Friday, May 17, 2002 11:16 AM

beast7369 said: I have only one question. Why would any company spend the time or money to attempt to get a patent on something that they won't use?


Because, if it is something that they have designed and developed, they want to protect it from being used and built by some other company. B&M has a very industrious mind and they patent everything they develop to protect themselves. Most other coaster companies tend to be lazy when it comes to getting patents on designs.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 11:20 AM

It looks like a flying coaster with an easier loading system - the seats rotate around for boarding. Is that what you mean by prone?

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Friday, May 17, 2002 11:27 AM
Looks like a 4d type ride. Looks kind of amazing.
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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:22 PM

Here what it says about the patent:

1. Known to amusement parks as a roller coaster, it includes a circuit of rails the length of which circulates a train that has a first part joined with the rails in order to be able to move along the circuit and a second part, gone up in mobile coupling on the first part and arranged in order to be able to accomodate a (single) passenger in a (single) seat, formant file and sat, associated a device of reserve of the passenger in the seat, so that, when the train runs the circuit, the passenger is suspended under the rails with his back nonperpendicular to the the way made up by rails, characterized in that the joining of the second part of the train with the first part makes it possible the second part og the train to carry out a rotation on itself around an axis appreciably perpendicular to the plan of the file of the seat.

2.Installation according to claim 1, characterized in that the vehicle is arranged so that in position of course of the circuit the angle between the plan of the file of the seat and the plan of the way is selected in the interval ranging between 0 and 30 DEG.

3.Installation according to one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the rotation of the second part of the train compared to the first part of the train is carried out by means of a crown of orientation.

4.Installation according to one of the preceding claims, including a station of loading and unloading passengers, characterized in it in what in the station the plan of the way consisted the rails transversely forms an angle (alpha) compared to the horizontal one, this angle being selected so that, after the aforementioned second part of the vehicle carried out a rotation of approximately 90 DEG on itself, the plan of the back of the passengers is in appreciably vertical position.

5. Installation according to claim 4, characterized in that in the aforementioned station of embarquement/débarquement the angle which form transversely the plan of the way compared to the horizontal one is appreciably equal to the angle between the plan of the file of the seat and the plan of the way in position of course of the vehicle.

6. Convey for installation of attractions known as roller coaster, vehicle including/understanding a first part comprising of the means of coupling of the vehicle to the rails of the installation, in order to allow the vehicle to move along the circuit, and a second part, assembled in mobile coupling on the first part and arranged in order to be able to accomodate at least a passenger in at least a seat forming file and sat, associated a device of reserve of the passenger in the seat, characterized in that the coupling of the aforementioned second part to the aforementioned first part makes it possible the aforementioned second part to carry out a rotation on itself around an axis appreciably perpendicular to the plan

7. Convey according to claim 6, characterized in that the rotation of the aforementioned second part compared to the aforementioned first part is carried out by means of a crown of orientation.Can we get one of you techno dudes over here to explaining what its does?

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*** This post was edited by Vertigo on 5/17/2002. ***

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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:33 PM
What is a prone coaster?

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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:36 PM

Vertigo said:

Here what it says about the patent:

(snippet warning) characterized in that the joining of the second part of the train with the first part makes it possible the second part og the train to carry out a rotation on itself around an axis appreciably perpendicular to the plan of the file of the seat.


That sure sounds like a 4d to me..... thanks to Vertigo for translating, I'd hate to think how my pitiful attempt at translation might come out...(I know some Latin and Spanish)....

B&R-TC...."prone" is what we call a flying coaster, prone being the position where your body is facing the ground, and parallel to it....

*** This post was edited by rollergator on 5/17/2002. ***

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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:54 PM
rollergator, thats what babel fish is for :-)

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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:58 PM

And WHO says B&M isn't innovative ? Regardless of what "type" of coaster this turns out to be, this is a VERY innovative loading proceedure.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 12:59 PM

Look at figure 5 - it looks like the four people spin (move) sideways (not up and down). But if B&M has the track slanted throughout the ride, like in figure 2 and 3 (for loading), then it might be more like a 4-D. Who knows...

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*** This post was edited by garik_law on 5/17/2002. ***

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Friday, May 17, 2002 1:07 PM
Looks like a flying with revolving cars .. look at the last picture
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Friday, May 17, 2002 1:16 PM
How did you find that?

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Friday, May 17, 2002 1:20 PM

2 questions

1. What is a prone coaster?

2. How do i view the drawings? When i click on it nothing happens, just sord of refreshes the page.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 1:43 PM
This is actually a coaster in which you sit facing outwards. The interesting thing is the prototype was designed by a enthusiast and sold to B&M!
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Friday, May 17, 2002 2:04 PM

Well it's just a flying coaster with another kind of loading. That's how i see it. So when you leave the station the track will go inverted and the cars will spin into the right direction (90 degrees heads forward). It seems like the space for the loading is less than the ordinary loading, not sure though and maybe it's little easier to load. And since it's just a lapbar there's alittle bit more freedom in this version, just the safetywest that holds you in, the lapbar and the ancle pads. Looks pretty fun, i doubt you'll spin like a 4d,,,

BTW Claude and Walter are the inventors...

*** This post was edited by olov on 5/17/2002. ***

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Friday, May 17, 2002 2:06 PM
Same thing happens to me that Danny is experiencing...do I need some certain type of viewer?

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Friday, May 17, 2002 2:11 PM
A prone coaster is just another name for a flying coaster. And you need Adobe Acrobat Reader (4.0) to get the images of the trains.

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Friday, May 17, 2002 2:13 PM
An Acrobat Reader helps...
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