Hill & Smith has been granted a patent for a barrier system designed to inhibit vehicle progression. The system includes posts, beams that can move longitudinally, and an articulating link to translate movement from one beam to another. GlobalData’s report on Hill & Smith gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hill & Smith, Cold-formed steel was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hill & Smith's grant share as of March 2024 was 51%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Adjustable vehicle barrier with rotating articulating link

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hill & Smith Holdings Plc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11933003B2) discloses a barrier designed to inhibit the progression of a vehicle. The barrier comprises a series of posts, with a first beam and a second beam arranged in an end-on relation between the posts. These beams are longitudinally displaceable and connected by an articulating link that translates movement from one beam to the other. The design ensures that the beams can move in opposite directions along their longitudinal axes, effectively preventing the vehicle from advancing.

Furthermore, the patent details various configurations and features of the barrier, including the use of connection plates, connection pins, reinforcement members like wire ropes, and internal cavities within the beams. The barrier is designed to withstand impacts, with receiving portions on the posts preventing lateral separation of the beams during collisions. The articulating link, comprising multiple connection plates, facilitates the translation of force from one beam to the other. Additionally, the patent describes the use of carriages within the beams, allowing for floating connections and further reinforcement. Overall, the barrier design aims to provide effective protection against vehicle progression while offering flexibility and durability in various impact scenarios.

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