Abstract: A system for moving a carriage along a guide comprises: at least one sliding block that slidingly connects the carriage to the guide; a control shaft associated to the carriage; a driving unit suitable for moving said control shaft in rotation; and rotary-translatory connecting means between said control shaft and said guide. The control shaft is movable between a working position wherein it is connected to said guide for moving the carriage by said driving unit, and an idle position wherein it is disconnected from said guide for free manual pulling of the carriage through said at least one sliding block.
Abstract: An autonomous vibration-driven device, for motion through a lumen or along a surface, utilizing an array of flexible fibers attached to the body of the device. The outer surface of the fibers have an anisotropic coefficient of friction with the surface along which the device is to move, and the fibers extend from the device body such that at least some of the fibers are in contact with the walls along a part of their length. A transducer is used to vibrate the device, such that it moves down the lumen. The transducer can be either device borne or external. A rotary device is also described, utilizing an array of fibers disposed on the rotor's body, the fibers having an anisotropic coefficient of friction with a central stator or with an outer circular wall. A planar motion device is also described for crawling over a planar surface.
Abstract: The invention concerns a device for transforming alternating rectilinear motion into intermittent rotary motion, in particular for the command of indexed rotary tables. It comprises at least one fixed base element (11) with cam guide means (14), a moving slide element (12) associated with the fixed element, equipped with mechanical locator means (15) following said cam guide means (14) and susceptible to alternating movements on and with respect to said fixed base element commanded by an actuator, and an index plate (13) rotatably associated with the fixed element, interacting mechanically with the moving slide element (12) and susceptible to angular rotation pitch in answer to the alternating movements of said moving slide element. The index plate is connected to an indexed rotary table to be commanded.
Abstract: A vehicle powertrain incorporates a planetary gearset which is coupled with a front wheel drive mechanism and a rear wheel drive mechanism. The planetary gearset is controlled by two torque-transmitting mechanisms to establish an input member of the planetary gearset as well as a grounded member for the planetary gearset in combinations that will provide a two-wheel low drive ratio, a two-wheel high drive ratio, a four-wheel low drive ratio, and a four-wheel high drive ratio.
Abstract: A method and solenoid assembly for extending the wear life of the solenoid. These include: enabling rotation of the solenoid plunger within the solenoid housing to expose a new solenoid plunger surface when solenoid plunger surface reaches a failure mode; reducing and/or eliminating side load on the solenoid; reducing the clearance or tolerance between the solenoid housing and the solenoid plunger to reduce solenoid wear; and a stop feature improvement with less stress concentration.
November 1, 1995
Date of Patent:
July 29, 1997
Daniel L. Carter, Geoffrey C. Williams, Philip A. Billings
Abstract: The device comprises a support element (6) arranged in parallel with the free end of a cassette lid (1b) which is to be opened. The support element is driven by a lever gear (7, 8, 9, 33, 34, 35) and, guided on arms (2, 3), can be lifted and lowered. Spring-biased pressure bolts (19, 20) guided on the support element (6) serve to reduce the pressure exerted on the cassette locking mechanism (1c, 1d) during unlocking as well as to close the cassette 1. A mounting plate (23) on which an unlocking member (25, 36) and its driving rotary magnet (26) are arranged is spring-biased into contact with the pressure bolts (19, 20). Moreover, an opening element (15) with check arms (15a, 15b) associated with the cassette lid (1b) is also pivotably mounted on the support element (6) and can be brought into an operative position in response to the position of the unlocking member (25, 36) and the position of the support element (6) respectively.
Abstract: A compact transmission for an automatic washer which converts unidirectional rotary motion to oscillating rotary motion without the use of gears is provided. An input shaft is rotatingly driven by an electric motor and has a reversing thread connection to an intermediate member through a thread follower to cause the intermediate member, which is restrained against rotation, to reciprocate vertically. The intermediate member has an angled cam slot and follower connection with an output shaft which results in oscillating rotary motion of the output shaft. The drive member can be carried on the outside of the coaxial input and output shafts or can be sandwiched between the output shaft and coaxial, nested input shaft.
Abstract: A reversing drive for a triple action agitator is provided in which the agitator has an upper portion with helical grooves formed therein and a thruster barrel is received over the agitator upper portion. The thruster barrel has inwardly directed pegs which cammingly ride in the grooves to provide vertical movement to the thruster relative to the agitator. A two position clutch has an alternating rachet-type engagement between the agitator and the thruster to prevent rotary motion between the thruster and agitator when the agitator is rotating in a first direction, but to permit rotary motion between the thruster and agitator when the agitator is rotating in a second direction when the clutch is in a first position. When the clutch is in the second position, relative rotary motion is permitted when the agitator is rotating in the first direction and is prevented when the agitator is rotating in the second direction.
Abstract: An anti rotational device is illustrated for use in a down hole pumping unit operated by a sucker rod driven by a hydraulic pump, fixing the cylinder rod of the hydraulic pump while permitting rotation of the sucker rod driven thereby.
Abstract: A fail-safe solenoid switching mechanism (11) uses a reciprocating switch (15) to establish make-or-break connections. In order to increase the effective life of shorting bars on the switch, the switch's reciprocating part 23 is rotated by a ratcheting mechanism each time the switch (15) is cycled.Advantages include enhanced reliability, even when the switching mechanism (11) sees extended quiescant periods between operations.
Abstract: A hand-powered tool in which a spindle for driving a tool attachment is driven by a bevel gear. The spindle is supported in bearings on both sides of the bevel gear and extends through an opening in a stationary transverse shaft on which the bevel gear is journaled. Two pinions fixed to the spindle on opposite sides of the transverse shaft are moved into and out of meshing engagement with the bevel gear by shifting the spindle longitudinally in order to reverse the direction of rotation of the spindle.
Abstract: The lever mechanism includes an easy-to-clean cowl which covers the end of a fixture containing a mixing valve. A generally cylindrical fulcrum bracket, attached to the valve body, forms the topmost static element of the fixture. The cowl has a central cup that projects centrally into the fulcrum bracket. The mixing valve control stem is pivotally coupled to the bottom of this cup. A cowl skirt surrounds the fulcrum bracket. A fulcrum member, advantageously either a pin or a ball, is attached to the cowl interior and projects into an annular, outwardly opening receiving groove at the periphery of the fulcrum bracket. Tilting of the operating lever cowl moves the valve stem axially to control flow volume. During such tilting the fulcrum member moves radially in the receiving groove; this changes the location of the fulcrum point so as to prevent lateral displacement of the valve stem. Angular motion of the cowl imparts concomitant mixture controlling angular movement to the mixing valve stem.