GB2260550A - A guide rail assembly - Google Patents

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GB2260550A
GB2260550A GB9221784A GB9221784A GB2260550A GB 2260550 A GB2260550 A GB 2260550A GB 9221784 A GB9221784 A GB 9221784A GB 9221784 A GB9221784 A GB 9221784A GB 2260550 A GB2260550 A GB 2260550A
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E01CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, OR BRIDGES
    • E01FADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE
    • E01F13/00Arrangements for obstructing or restricting traffic, e.g. gates, barricades ; Preventing passage of vehicles of selected category or dimensions
    • E01F13/02Arrangements for obstructing or restricting traffic, e.g. gates, barricades ; Preventing passage of vehicles of selected category or dimensions free-standing; portable, e.g. for guarding open manholes ; Portable signs or signals specially adapted for fitting to portable barriers
    • E01F13/022Pedestrian barriers; Barriers for channelling or controlling crowds

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A guide rail assembly 1 for guiding a queue of people to a desired location such as a teller point comprises at least two support posts 2 and a rail 3 extending between the posts 2. Each rail 3 comprises a hollow rail section 4 having end caps 5 at either end. The end caps 5 each have an elongate lug 6 for sliding engagement, in use, in one of a plurality of mounting slots in a mounting element 10 of a support post 2. Each post 2 comprises a base 15, a tubular post section 20 in which the mounting element 10 is inserted, a threaded rod 25 and an end cap 27. The end cap 27 is removed for fitting the rail 3. Instead of rail 3, a flexible rope may be used (Fig 9, not shown). <IMAGE>

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"A Guide Rail Assembles" The invention relates to a guide rail assembly and particularly to a guide rail assembly for guiding a queue of people into a desired location, for example, in banking halls for guiding a queue of people to one or a number of teller points.
This invention is directed towards providing an improved guide rail assembly.
According to the invention there is provided a guide rail assembly for guiding a queue of people to a desired location, the assembly comprising at least two support posts and a rail for extending between a pair of spacedapart support posts, each support post having a plurality of mounting locations and the rail having mounting means at each end for engagement with a mounting location of a support post.
In a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention the mounting locations comprise a plurality of peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element.
In a preferred embodiment the mounting locations comprise a plurality of peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element. Preferably the mounting slots are closed at an upper end in use of the post by an end cap. In a particularly preferred arrangement the end cap is removable from the post for mounting and de-mounting of a rail to the post.
In one embodiment of the invention the lower end in use of the slots is- closed by portion of the support post.
In a preferred embodiment of the invention the mounting element is releasably mounted to the support post. In this case preferably the mounting element includes a spigot portion which is engagable in a socket of the support post. Most preferably the spigot is stepped inwardly to locate the mounting element in the socket of the mounting post and to define a closure for a lower end in use of the mounting slots of the mounting element.
In one embodiment of the invention each mounting slot includes an enlarged head portion for receiving a complementary shaped portion of the mounting means of the rail. Preferably the enlarged head portion is of arcuate shape for engagement by a complementary shaped mounting means of the rail.
In a preferred arrangement there are at least four, preferably at least six and typically eight peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element. Preferably the mounting slots are equispaced around the mounting element.
In one embodiment of the invention the support posts and mounting element are of substantially circular shape in transverse cross section.
In a particularly preferred embodiment the support post comprises a base, a tubular post section mounted on the base and a mounting element mounted to the tubular post.
Advantageously washer means are provided between the base and the tubular post section, the washer means having a shoulder portion to locate the support post substantially centrally on the base. Preferably a rod extends from the base through the tubular post section and mounting element. Advantageously the rod is threaded over at least portion of its length for engagement with a nut portion provided by or fixed to the base.
In one arrangement an end cap is provided for fitting over the mounting element. Preferably the end cap includes a threaded portion for engagement with a complementary threaded portion of a rod extending through the mounting element. Advantageously the end cap includes means for receiving tightening means for tightening the end cap to the rod.
Preferably the assembly includes a cover for the base, the cover being interposed between the base and the support post section.
In one embodiment of the invention the rail comprises a rail section having end cap means at each end, each end cap means having the mounting means for engagement with a mounting location on a support post. Preferably each end cap means includes a spigot portion for engagement in a corresponding socket portion defined at the end of a tubular rail section. Advantageously locking means are provided between the tubular rail section and rail end cap. Preferably the spigot of the end cap is a force fit in a socket defined by the tubular rail section.
Typically the locking means includes a locking screw extending between the tubular rail section and rail end cap.
In another embodiment the end cap means is mounted to a socket for receiving a rail section rope. Preferably, the rope receiving socket is pivotably mounted to the end cap means. Particularly in this case and most preferably the mounting means is a snap-fit in the mounting locations.
The invention also provides a rail and associated end caps for use in the assembly. The invention further provides a mounting element for use in the assembly. In addition the invention provides a support post for use in the guide assembly of the invention.
The invention will be more clearly understood from the following description thereof given by way of example only with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Fig. 1 is an exploded perspective view of part of a guide rail assembly according to the invention; Fig. 2 is a view of the guide rail assembly of Fig. 1, partially assembled; Fig. 3 is a cross sectional view of a detail of the assembly; Fig. 4 is a cross sectional view of another detail of the assembly; Fig. 5 is a perspective view of the assembly; Fig. 6 is an exploded view of part of the assembly; Fig. 7 is a plan view of part of a side rail of the assembly; Fig. 8 is a plan view of the guide rail assembly in use; Fig. 9 is a perspective view of portion of another guide rail assembly according to the invention; and Fig. 10 is an elevational view of the assembly of Fig.
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Referring to the drawings and initially to Figs. 1 to 8 thereof, there is illustrated a guide rail assembly according to the invention indicated generally by the reference numeral 1 for guiding a queue of people to a desired location such as to one of a plurality of teller points in a bank or the like.
The guide rail assembly 1 comprises at least two support posts 2 and a rail 3 for extending between the support posts 2. The rail 3 comprises a hollow rail section 4 having rail end caps 5 at either end. Each end cap 5 has a mounting means in the form of an elongate lug 6 extending from the free end thereof for engagement, in this case sliding engagement, with a complementary shaped mounting location. In this case the mounting locations comprise a plurality of mounting slots 7 in a mounting element 10, fitted to the support post 2. Each rail end cap 5 is a force fit in the rail section 4 and a locking means in the form of a screw 9 extends between the rail section 4 and cap 5.
In this case there are eight slots 7 which are equi-spaced around the periphery of the mounting element 10. Each of the slots 7 in the mounting element 10 includes an enlarged portion 12 which is of generally arcuater typically circular, shape for engagement with a corresponding head portion 13 of the lug 6 of the rail end cap 5.
In more detail, the support post 2 comprises a base 15 of cast iron material over which an aluminium cover 16 is laid. A washer 19 is placed on the cover 16. The washer 19 has a recess 21 for receiving a nut 23 and a peripheral shoulder 24 defining a spigot for receiving a lower end of a tubular post 20. The post 20 extends upwardly from the base 15 and the upper end defines a socket for receiving a spigot part 22 of the mounting element 10. An elongate threaded rod 25 extends from the base through the tube 20, through the mounting element 10, and is retained by an upper nut 29. An end cap 27 screw threadingly engages the uppermost end of the rod 25 to complete the post assembly.
The end cap includes a hole 30 for receiving a tightening means such as an allan key.
In use, posts 2 are assembled at desired locations and, with the post end caps 27 removed, a lug 6 of a rail assembly 3 is inserted in the appropriate slot 7 of the mounting element 10. When the assembly is complete, the post end caps 27 are screwed into position on the posts 2 and are tightened in position. The posts 2 may be further secured in position by fixing the bases of the posts to the ground.
It will be appreciated that the guide rail according to the invention may be used to form a guide rail of any suitable shape or configuration such as the arrangement illustrated in Fig. 8. The provisions of rail end caps 5 for the rail allow rails of any desired length to be cut and assembled.
The guide rail assembly of the invention is of relatively cheap and robust construction.
Referring to Figs. 9 and 10 there is illustrated another guide rail assembly 50 which is similar to the assembly described above with reference to Figs. 1 to 8 and like parts are assigned the same reference numerals. The post is similar to the post of Figs. 1 to 8 and only portion of the mounting element 10 is illustrated. In this case the rail comprises an end cap means 52 which is pivotally mounted by a pivot pin 53 to a socket portion 54 in which a guide rope 55 is adhesively mounted. The end cap means 52 is formed with elongate lugs 57 which are a snap-fit in an appropriate slot 7 in the mounting element 10. In the event of excessive pressure being applied to the rope 55, for example, if a person accidentally trips over the rope the lugs 57 will disengage from the slot 7, preventing the posts from collapsing.
Many variations on the specific embodiments of the invention described will be readily apparent.
Accordingly, the invention is not limited to the embodiments hereinbefore described which may be varied in both construction and detail.

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1. A guide rail assembly for guiding a queue of people to a desired location, the assembly comprising at least two support posts and a rail for extending between a pair of spaced-apart support posts, each support post having a plurality of mounting locations and the rail having mounting means at each end for engagement with a mounting location of a support post.
2. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 1 wherein the mounting locations are provided in a mounting element.
3. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 2 wherein the mounting locations comprise a plurality of peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element.
4. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 3 wherein the mounting slots are closed at an upper end in use of the post by an end cap.
5. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 4 wherein the end cap is removable from the post for mounting and de-mounting of a rail to the post.
6. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 4 to 6 wherein the lower end in use of the slots is closed by portion of the support post.
7. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 2 to 6 wherein the mounting element is releasably mounted to the support post.
8. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 7 wherein the mounting element includes a spigot portion which is engagable in a socket of the support post.
9. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 8 wherein the spigot is stepped inwardly to locate the mounting element in the socket of the mounting post and to define a closure for a lower end in use of mounting slots of the mounting element.
10. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 3 to 9 wherein each mounting slot includes an enlarged head portion for receiving a complementary shaped portion of the mounting means of the rail.
11. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 10 wherein the enlarged head portion is of arcuate shape for engagement by a complementary shaped mounting means of the rail.
12. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 3 to 11 wherein there are at least four peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element.
13. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 3 to 12 wherein there are at least six peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element.
14. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 3 to 13 wherein there are eight peripherally spaced-apart axially extending mounting slots in the mounting element.
15. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 3 to 14 wherein the mounting slots are equi-spaced around the mounting element.
16. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 2 to 15 wherein the support posts and mounting element are of substantially circular shape in transverse cross section.
17. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the support post comprises a base, a tubular post section mounted on the base and a mounting element mounted to the tubular post.
18. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 17 wherein washer means are provided between the base and the tubular post section, the washer means having a shoulder portion to locate the support post substantially centrally on the base.
19. A guide rail assembly as claimed in either of claims 17 or 18 including a rod extending from the base through the tubular post section and mounting element.
20. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 19 wherein the rod is threaded over at least portion of its length for engagement with a nut portion provided by or fixed to the base.
21. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 17 to 20 including an end cap for fitting over the mounting element.
22. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 21 wherein the end cap includes a threaded portion for engagement with a complementary threaded portion of a rod extending through the mounting element.
23. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 22 wherein the end cap includes means for receiving tightening means for tightening the end cap to the rod.
24. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 17 to 23 including a cover for the base, the cover being interposed between the base and the support post section.
25. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the rail comprises a rail section having end cap means at each end, each end cap means having the mounting means for engagement with a mounting location on a support post.
26. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 25 wherein each end cap means includes a spigot portion for engagement in a corresponding socket portion defined at the end of a rail section.
27. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 26 wherein locking means are provided between the rail section and rail end cap means.
28. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 27 wherein the spigot of the end cap is a force fit in a socket defined by a tubular rail section.
29. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 27 or 28 wherein the locking means includes a locking screw extending between the tubular rail section and rail end cap.
30. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 25 to 27 wherein the end cap means is mounted to a socket for receiving a rail section rope.
31. A guide rail assembly as claimed in claim 30 wherein the rope receiving socket is pivotably mounted to the end cap means.
32. A guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 25 to 31 wherein the mounting means is a snap-fit in the mounting locations.
33. A guide rail assembly substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
34. A rail and associated end caps for use in an assembly as claimed in any of claims 1 to 33.
35. A mounting element for use in an assembly as claimed in any of claims 1 to 33.
36. A support post for use in a guide rail assembly as claimed in any of claims 1 to 33.
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