Control Lever And Linkage Systems Patents (Class 74/469)
  • Patent number: 9598142
    Abstract: A support assembly for supporting a front derailleur at a bicycle frame is provided. The bicycle frame includes a longitudinal axis, a support portion arranged lengthwise about the longitudinal axis and a mounting portion projecting outwardly from the support portion. The front derailleur includes a base member attachable to the mounting portion of the bicycle frame at a derailleur mounting axis. The base includes a support mounting surface facing the bicycle frame. The support assembly includes a support member and a support member mount. The support member is displaceable relative to the base member along the support mounting surface of the base member. The support member includes a contact surface configured to contact the support portion of the bicycle frame. The support member mount is configured to attach the support member to the support mounting surface of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Santurbane, Brian Jordan
  • Patent number: 9315256
    Abstract: A flap arrangement includes a basic body, a hinge arrangement, and a flap that by the hinge arrangement is movably held on the basic body. The hinge arrangement includes at least three bearing points spaced apart from each other and arranged on a shared hinge line, wherein two bearing points are rigidly connected to the basic body and to the flap, and wherein the remaining bearing points in each case allow local movement between the basic body and the flap in at least one first spatial direction perpendicularly to the hinge line. Thus, load-induced constraint forces between the basic body and the control surface can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Maenz
  • Patent number: 9198813
    Abstract: A movement device having a Stewart platform has a supporting body disposed on a horizontal plane, a movable platform, and four extensible links rotatably connected between the supporting body and the platform. The extension directions of the upper extensible links are in parallel with one another. When the movement device is in an equilibrium condition, the upper extensible links lie in a first common plane. When the movement device is in an equilibrium condition, vertical projections of the extension directions of the extensible links on a normal plane slant toward the horizontal plane; the vertical projection of the extension direction of the first bottom extensible link slants toward a first direction whereas the vertical projections of the extension directions of the other three extensible links slant toward a second direction, which is opposite to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yeh-Liang Hsu, Po-er Hsu, Cheng-Hao Chang
  • Patent number: 9194193
    Abstract: A pipe handling apparatus has a boom pivotally movable between a first position and a second position, a riser assembly pivotally connected to the boom, an arm pivotally connected at one end to the first portion of the riser assembly and extending outwardly therefrom, a gripper affixed to an opposite end of the arm suitable for gripping a diameter of the pipe, a link pivotally connected to the riser assembly and pivotable so as to move relative to the movement of the boom between the first and second positions, and a brace having a one end pivotally connected to the boom and an opposite end pivotally connected to the arm between the ends of the arm. The riser assembly has a first portion extending outwardly at an obtuse angle with respect to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: T&T Engineering Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith J. Orgeron
  • Patent number: 9186222
    Abstract: An articulated arm for applying a laser beam to a treatment zone has an arm section and a horizontal pivot joint. A spring arrangement acts on the pivot joint and has a cam disk and a pressure member following the cam disk contour as the arm section pivots. The arm section has, relative to a vertical direction, positive and negative pivot angle ranges. In the positive range the spring arrangement relieves the pivot joint from weight forces. When a resting angle in the negative range is reached the articulated arm rests in a support device. A total moment resulting from a weight force moment of the articulated arm and a restoring moment of the spring arrangement acts on the articulated arm about the pivot joint; cam disk contour and spring pretension are matched such that for the resting angle the total moment is oriented toward the support device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Fotona d.d.
    Inventors: Marko Marincek, Jozica Kranjec, Matjaz Lukac
  • Publication number: 20150129259
    Abstract: A lift system for an implement has the lift cylinder near the implement front end. A rocker link with three vertically spaced pivot holes is located rearward of the cylinder and connected to an implement frame by a pivot pin through the center one of the holes. The lift cylinder is connected to the lower pivot hole while two further links are connected to the top hole and extend longitudinally away from one another to control raising and lowering of front and rear wheels respectively. As the cylinder extends and retracts, the rocker pivots causing the front and rear wheels to raise and lower in synchronism with each other. Fore and aft leveling adjustment may be achieved by including a turnbuckle in one of the further links to vary the length thereof relative to the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew R. Sudbrink, Dean A. Knobloch
  • Publication number: 20150122067
    Abstract: A force transmission unit that has a rope, particularly a wire rope, and a device for introducing a force into the rope, that includes a sleeve enclosing the rope and connected to the rope under deformation. The force transmission unit has a connecting member which is arranged between the sleeve and the rope and formed from a material that has a lower strength than the materials from which the sleeve and the outer strands of the rope are formed and which preferably has a hollow cylindrical shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Johannes Weirich
  • Publication number: 20150075312
    Abstract: A method and a device for orienting an actuator of an exhaust-gas turbocharger which has an actuator that is equipped with an actuator housing and is connected to a control rod. First, an actuator holder is fastened to the compressor housing of the exhaust-gas turbocharger. Then the actuator is inserted into the actuator holder. Then the actuator is positioned within the actuator holder. Then a compensating material is introduced through an injection opening into a compensating-material receiving space which is provided in the actuator holder. Finally, the compensating material is hardened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Ralf Böning, Simon Baensch, Bruno Ferling, Dirk Frankenstein
  • Publication number: 20150047678
    Abstract: The application discloses an auxiliary device for a tank of an ultrasound apparatus which comprises a rack and at least one adapter for a medical instrument. Thereby, the adapter comprises a housing and at least one coupling element which is movable with respect to the housing by way of a drive and which can be coupled to the medical instrument, so that a movement of the coupling element effects an active movement of at least one region of the medical instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: BANDELIN patent GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rainer JUNG, Jonas Möhricke
  • Publication number: 20150048667
    Abstract: A system that makes up at least a portion of a utilitarian article and having: a first body; a second body; and a first linkage assembly acting between the first and second bodies and configured to allow the first and second bodies to be relatively positioned to thereby reconfigure the article into which the system is incorporated. The first linkage assembly has first and second linkage parts. The first linkage assembly is configured so that: a) the first linkage part is movable relative to the first body around a first axis; b) the second linkage part is movable relative to the first linkage part around a second axis; and c) the second linkage part is movable relative to the second body around a third axis. At least one of the first, second, and third axes is non-parallel to the other two of the first, second, and third axes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Aaron DeJule
  • Publication number: 20140375109
    Abstract: A device that limits a load of a seat belt includes various elements. For example, the device includes a seat-belt webbing and a shoulder anchor to which a portion of the webbing is secured. A button is attached to the webbing at a position that is a distance away from the portion secured to the shoulder anchor. The button able to engage a lever, when the webbing is pulled out, to control energy absorption of the seat belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Mangala A. Jayasuriya, Brian Robert Spahn, James Chih Cheng
  • Patent number: 8806974
    Abstract: A device for transmitting movements comprising a parallel kinematics transmission structure adapted to provide at least one degree of freedom including three translational degrees of freedom, the parallel kinematics transmission structure further comprising a base member (2), a moveable member (4), and at least one parallel kinematics chain (6) coupling the base member (2) and the moveable member (4), each parallel kinematics chain (6) having a first arm (8) moveable in a movement plane wherein the movement planes are at a distance to a symmetry axis (40), and each parallel kinematics chain (6) comprising a second arm (10) coupled to the moveable member (4), wherein a first end (18) of the second arm (10) is adapted to be coupled to the first arm (8) and a second end (16) of the second arm (10) is adapted to be coupled to the moveable member (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Novint Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Helmer, Francois Conti, Patrice Rouiller, Sebastien Grange
  • Patent number: 8760152
    Abstract: A device for detecting the position of a gear step selector lever (2?) for selecting a gear setting of a motor vehicle has a signal transmitter (14) arranged at the gear step selector lever (2?) and a signal receiver (16) arranged spaced apart from the signal transmitter (14). The relative position between signal transmitter (14) and signal receiver (16) varies for different gear steps which can be selected. The signal transmitter (14) may be a magnet and the signal receiver (16) may be a triaxial Hall sensor system, designed so as to detect the relative position in three dimensions. Where the gear step selector lever (2?) has a ball joint (20), the signal transmitter (14) is arranged at one ball (22) of the ball joint (20). In this arrangement, a north-south-axis (18) of the magnet (14) does not run through a ball center (26). The invention further relates to a motor vehicle comprising a corresponding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: ECS Engineered Control Systems AG
    Inventor: Falk Uhlenbruck
  • Patent number: 8725371
    Abstract: A speed changing control apparatus for use in a vehicle includes: a driving power source configured to generate driving power for running; a transmission having a synchromesh mechanism configured to synchronize an input shaft revolution number with an output shaft revolution number and an actuator configured to automatically carry out a shift operation; and an automatic clutch disposed between the driving power source and the transmission. The speed changing control apparatus is configured to start a shift disengaging operation for the transmission after a speed change is requested and before the automatic clutch turns into a decoupled state, so as to suppress torsional vibration at the time of decoupling the automatic clutch. Such control enables the synchromesh mechanism to carry out revolution synchronization with the input shaft revolution number of the transmission in a lowered state, and diminishes a revolution difference subjected to synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Shimizu, Masato Tateno, Masayasu Mizobuchi
  • Publication number: 20140096498
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle includes a chassis and a windrow assembly carried by the chassis. The windrow assembly includes a windrow chute and a width adjustment device operatively mounted to the windrow chute. The windrow chute includes a discharge panel and a pair of side walls attached and movable relative to the discharge panel. The width adjustment device includes a manual adjustment member mounted to the discharge panel, and a pair of linkages with each linkage interconnecting between the manual adjustment member and a respective side wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Estock, Nathan E. Isaac
  • Publication number: 20140083068
    Abstract: A lifting assembly for a mower deck includes a lifting shank having a curved surface following a lifting shank radius of curvature, and a deck lifting link interconnecting the mower deck lifting assembly and the mower deck. Actuation of the mower deck lifting assembly lifts the mower deck through the deck lifting link. The deck lifting link includes a slot having a width of more than twice the lifting shank radius of curvature and a slot end describing an arc having a radius of curvature substantially equal to the lifting shank radius of curvature. The lifting shank is received in the slot end with substantially surface contact between the lifting shank curved surface and the slot end. The lifting shank is freely movable in the slot to accommodate vertical travel of the mower deck with respect to the deck lifting assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Ariens Company
    Inventor: Brent P. Berglund
  • Patent number: 8665328
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining an overtravel time of a machine, which has a moveable machine part and an optoelectronic protection device, has a light source designed to produce a defined light spot. The protection device for the machine comprises a camera having an observation area in which at least one protection zone having a protection zone boundary is defined. The protection device produces a stop signal when an object enters the protection zone. The light spot simulates an object within the protection zone. The light source is supported by a support element designed to position the light source in the area of the protection zone boundary. An evaluation and control unit of the apparatus is designed to switch on the light source at a defined starting time, and to determine a time interval between the defined starting time and the reception of an “end” signal indicating that the machine part has come to rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Dietmar Doettling
  • Patent number: 8632060
    Abstract: A bumper includes a supporting member, a base, a flange, a connecting arm, and a resetting assembly. The base is fixedly connected to the supporting member. The connecting arm has a rotating portion rotatably positioned between the flange and the supporting member. The resetting assembly includes a resisting member and an elastic member. The resisting member is slidably connected to the supporting member. The elastic member is configured for producing an elastic force to drive the resisting member to resist the rotating portion of the connecting arm. One of the rotating portion and the resisting member defines a receiving groove, and the other one of the rotating portion and the resisting member defines a restricting protrusion rotatably engaging in the receiving groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8627738
    Abstract: A general purpose linkage apparatus is adaptable for moving or guiding objects along a linear or curvilinear path. The apparatus includes linkages with revolving joints. In self-powered adaptations, a rotating motor may extend and retract the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Scott Breidenbach
  • Publication number: 20130340555
    Abstract: A bracket for use with a four bar linkage, has a head portion having a triangular shape, and a shank extending from a corner of the triangular head portion, the shank thickening depthwise and narrowing widthwise along its length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Ryan Edward LeBlanc, Kevin J. Cummings
  • Patent number: 8579070
    Abstract: A speed changer lever and a lift lever are supported to a lever supporting structure that extends from the front end of an armrest disposed laterally of a driver's eat to the forward side of the vehicle body. A speed changer lever guide face portion is provided at a transversely inner portion of an upwardly oriented face of the lever supporting structure. A lift lever guide face portion is provided at a transversely outer portion of the upwardly oriented face of the ever supporting structure. The lift lever guide face portion is set at a disposing height lower than the speed changer lever guide face portion. An upper end of the lift lever is set at a disposing height lower than the upper end of the speed changer lever. A speed changer lever guide groove and a lift lever guide groove are disposed parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Keishiro Nishi, Akiyoshi Ono
  • Patent number: 8573089
    Abstract: A speed change operation apparatus includes a pivotal body operatively connected to a trunnion shaft to be pivotally displaced in response to an operational displacement by an operational tool, a positioning body operatively coupled with the pivotal body so as to be pivotally displaced in response to a pivotal displacement of the pivotal body, a main urging mechanism for applying an urging force to the pivotal body via the positioning body for returning the pivotal body from an operational position to the neutral position, and an auxiliary urging mechanism for applying an auxiliary urging force to the pivotal body for returning the pivotal body from the operational position to the neutral position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Akifumi Nishino, Kiyokazu Nakanishi, Shinichi Morita
  • Patent number: 8536482
    Abstract: A laser processing machine is provided which has a machine frame and a laser generator fastened to the machine frame. The laser generator is movable relative to the machine frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: TRUMPF Laser -und Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Link
  • Publication number: 20130233109
    Abstract: An auxiliary braking system and method of controlling the braking a towed vehicle is provided that includes a remote control that is in selective communication with an auxiliary braking unit positioned in a towing vehicle. More specifically, it is often desirable for the operator of the towing vehicle to assess the performance of the auxiliary braking apparatus positioned in a towed vehicle. In addition, it is often advantageous for the operator to perform real time adjustments to the performance parameters of the auxiliary braking apparatus positioned in the towing vehicle without having to cease driving and physically access the auxiliary braking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Hopkins Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Gary Kaminski, Vicki Sickler, Jonathan Gray
  • Patent number: 8504241
    Abstract: A steering mechanism includes a handle with a tiller arm coupled to the handle via a flexible joint allowing relative movement of the handle about the tiller arm. A handle centering mechanism forming part of the steering mechanism includes a first end fixedly secured to the handle and a second end extending into a channel of the tiller arm. The second end compresses bumpers disposed on opposing sides of the second end. The bumpers urge the handle toward a neutral position wherein when a force is applied to move the handle away from a home position relative to the tiller arm, one of the compressed bumpers of the pair of compressed bumpers is further compressed. When the force is removed, the handle is returned to the home position by action of the pair of compressed bumpers. Preferably, the steering mechanism includes a torque sensing arrangement having a sensor and a magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Hanna, Richard M. Day, James M. McDonough, Jeffrey A. Coppola
  • Patent number: 8497767
    Abstract: This invention discloses a haptic interface system that uses Lorentz forces to provide magnetic levitation for a handle which can be manipulated by a person, typically a computer user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Butterfly Haptics, LLC
    Inventor: Ralph LeRoy Hollis, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130175846
    Abstract: A seating unit that includes a linkage mechanism adapted to move the seating unit between closed, extended, reclined, and seat-lift positions is provided. The linkage mechanism includes a footrest assembly and a back-mounting link coupled to a seat-mounting plate, a base plate coupled to a lift-base assembly via a lift assembly, a seat-adjustment assembly including a drive bracket, and a linear actuator for automating adjustment of the linkage mechanism. In operation, a stroke in a first phase of the linear actuator rotates the drive bracket a first angular increment causing the seat-adjustment assembly to bias the seat-mounting plate. A stroke in a second phase rotates the drive bracket a second angular increment causing the footrest assembly to extend or retract without affecting the bias of the back-mounting link. A stroke in a third phase causes the lift assembly to raise and tilt the base plate directly over the lift-base assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory M. Lawson
  • Publication number: 20130175847
    Abstract: A seating unit that includes a linkage mechanism adapted to move the seating unit between closed, extended, reclined, and seat-lift positions is provided. The linkage mechanism includes a footrest assembly and a back-mounting link coupled to a seat-mounting plate, a base plate coupled to a lift-base assembly via a lift assembly, a drive bracket, a motor tube, and two linear actuators for automating adjustment of the linkage mechanism. In operation, a first phase involves a second linear actuator rotating the motor tube, thereby causing the seat-adjustment assembly to bias the seat-mounting plate. A second phase involves a first linear actuator rotating the drive bracket, thereby causing the footrest assembly to extend or retract without affecting the bias of the back-mounting link. A third phase involves the first linear actuator causing the lift assembly to raise and tilt the base plate directly over the lift-base assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory M. Lawson
  • Patent number: 8439899
    Abstract: A remote controlled actuator includes an elongated spindle guide section and a distal end member fitted to a distal end thereof for alteration in attitude. The distal end member rotatably supports a spindle for holding a tool. The spindle guide section includes a rotary shaft for transmitting rotation of a tool rotation drive source to the spindle. An attitude altering member inserted in a guide hole is selectively advanced or retracted by an attitude control drive source. An initial attitude hold control unit controls the attitude control drive source so that an initial attitude holding force necessary to maintain the distal end member in the initial attitude can be applied to the attitude altering member. An attitude alteration control unit controls the attitude control drive source so that the attitude of the distal end member can be altered by a force larger than the initial attitude holding force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Yukihiro Nishio, Hiroshi Isobe, Yoshitaka Nagano
  • Publication number: 20130096781
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle wheel apparatus includes a turnable cover or door for a wheelhouse opening in a fender. In another aspect, a sheath or liner is provided close to at least half of a circumference of a wheel. A further aspect blocks and/or removes circumferential air moving with a wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Aptera Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas George Reichenbach, Paul Beringer Wilbur, Marques McCammon
  • Publication number: 20130082136
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided, including an actuator system that may be connected to a wing frame for controlling an active element. The actuator system may include sliding elements movable along an axis parallel to the span-wise axis of the wing. The sliding elements may be connected to fixed elements and a crank element, the crank element generally comprising a beam element and a pivot element. The beam element may be offset from the pivot element so that the crank element is rotatable about the pivot element with a negative stiffness under an external force that tends to pull the sliding elements away from the fixed elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Troy C Schank, Peter H Kintzinger, Paul B Sherrill, Thomas Parham
  • Patent number: 8392049
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first control configured to operate the vehicle from a first operator position facing a front of the vehicle and a second control configured to operate the vehicle from a second operator position facing a rear of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a processor configured to monitor for an operator presence in the first operator position or the second operator position and receive a vehicle operating request, wherein the operator presence is monitored independent of receiving the vehicle operating request. The processor is further configured to enable either the first control or the second control and select a vehicle operating parameter associated with the vehicle operating request, wherein the vehicle operating parameter varies according to which control is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: NMHG Oregon, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher J. Goodwin, Brian R. Crowell, Timothy L. Rose, James W. Davis, Gerald A Johnson, Kevin J. McGoldrick, Michael Curry
  • Patent number: 8388251
    Abstract: A writing instrument with a multivariate mechanical doll consists of an elongated pen body having a seat mounted on an end thereof, a working piece and a doll. The action of the doll is in response to the mechanism of the working piece which is driven by extending and retracting the refill within the pen body. The doll which composes of a frontal and a rear casing incorporates a decorating object pin jointed to the working piece. Said seat includes a plate which attaches to the rear casing extended upwardly from a top thereof; and a rail is provided at a frontal portion of said plate and a locating post is provided at a rear portion thereof. The locating post is sheathed by a spring and engages to a male junction piece. Said junction piece connects to a female junction piece which fastened onto the frontal casing and engaged with a third driving element of the working piece which has a waving surface. The waving surface exerts and lifts the frontal casing allowing the decorating object to expose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Pao-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 8371187
    Abstract: A user interface system comprises a plurality of linkages connected between a platform and a base. The linkages permit motion of the platform over at least a portion of a spherical surface. A support assembly coupled between the platform and the base comprises a spherical joint having a center of rotation substantially concentric with a center of the spherical surface. The spherical joint constrains motion of the platform to the spherical surface. The system may include a sensor corresponding to each linkage. Each sensor may be coupled to sense a movement of its corresponding linkage in response to motion of the platform over the portion of the spherical surface. A user-manipulable handle may be coupled to the platform so that the user can move the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Simon Fraser University
    Inventors: Shahram Payandeh, Hendrik Van der Wal, Temei Li
  • Patent number: 8308129
    Abstract: A fail-safe electromagnetic linkage has a support device for a valve head, and an actuator component actuable by an actuator. The support device is coupled to the actuator component while power is supplied to the electromagnet and decoupled from the actuator component while power is not supplied to the electromagnet. The assembly further comprises a return mechanism configured to drive the support device relative to the actuator component if power is not supplied to the electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventors: Matthew L Strange, Frank R Watson, Robert A Barker, Neil R Horn, Adrian J Miller
  • Publication number: 20120240709
    Abstract: A force multiplying linkage comprising a first linkage connector, a second linkage connector, a first force output member, a second force output member, the first end pivotably attached to the linkage end of the second linkage connector. The first force output member comprises a first link and a second link. A first end of the first link is attached a second end of the second force output member, a second end of the first link is pivotably attached to a first end of the second link, a second end of the second link is pivotably attached to the second linkage connector. A first stop affixed to the second link, wherein the first stop limits an angle theta when the first stop rests against the second end of the first link, and a first travel limiter interacting with the second link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: John Joseph LYDA, Jacques Laplante
  • Publication number: 20120228436
    Abstract: A spacecraft payload element is rotated by a mechanism about virtual pivot point (VPP) substantially distant from the mechanism. The mechanism couples the payload element to a spacecraft main body structure, and has a four-bar linkage configured to rotate the payload element about a virtual pivot point (VPP). The VPP may be proximate to the focus or center of gravity (cg) of the payload element. Rotation of the payload element about the VPP may be controlled by linear or rotary actuators which drive the four-bar linkage. The four-bar linkage may be configured to provide a mechanical advantage to the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, INC.
    Inventor: Colin M. FRANCIS
  • Patent number: 8257031
    Abstract: A position adjustment device of a turbo compressor that supports an annular member of which at least a portion is capable of being disposed in a diffuser flow path and that can be disposed in and adjusts the height of the annular member. The position adjustment device has a plurality of lever mechanisms that each have a rod connected to the annular member and are disposed separated from each other in the circumferential direction; and a transmission mechanism that transmits a drive force that at least one of the plurality of lever mechanisms has received to the other lever mechanisms. The transmission mechanism has a substantially circumferential linkage in which an open section is partially provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Tsukamoto, Kentarou Oda
  • Patent number: 8250942
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for exerting on a regulating piston of a control device a regulating force that is a function of the position of an actuating lever. The apparatus comprises a bearing arrangement for supporting the actuating lever, a first arm and a second arm, each of which is rotatably mounted on the bearing arrangement independently of the others. The apparatus additionally includes a carrier element that is connected to the actuating lever, and an elastic element connecting the first arm and the second arm to one another. The apparatus is especially distinguished by the fact that the position of the carrier element relative to the first arm and to the second arm is adjustable to establish freedom from backlash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Steffen Loritz
  • Patent number: 8237388
    Abstract: A manipulator has a working unit including an end effector and a posture axis for changing the orientation of the manipulator, a compound mechanism provided on the working unit, and a controller for actuating a gripper axis, a yaw axis, and a roll axis by respectively controlling movement positions of three motors. The controller includes a torque generation detector for detecting a timing at which torque is generated on the gripper axis. When the controller detects the timing at which a torque ?g? is generated on the gripper axis under operation of a given motor, the movement positions of the plural motors are shifted and set, corresponding to the directions at which interference torques are generated with respect to the yaw axis and the roll axis, and to predetermined positions of the same directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignees: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Makoto Jinno, Takamitsu Sunaoshi, Shigeru Omori
  • Patent number: 8210065
    Abstract: Configuration-adjusting mechanisms include linkages interconnecting first and second layers of a sheet material. The linkages have hinges positioned and oriented to cause motion of at least a portion of the linkages out of a plane of the first and second layers when the mechanisms are actuated. An apparatus, system, and method include one or more of the mechanisms for changing a contour of a surface provided by a cover overlying the mechanisms. An array of mechanisms or mechanisms corresponding to an array of positions on the surface may be selectively actuated to change the contour or texture of the surface. The array of mechanisms for changing the contour can provide user interface buttons selectively actuated by the mechanisms, which cause the buttons to emerge from the surface. A reconfigurable contour may be provided by selectable sets of the buttons associated with respective functions of a control panel, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Brigham Young University
    Inventors: Larry L. Howell, Brian Geoffrey Winder, Erik Kent Bassett, Allen Boyd Mackay, Spencer P. Magleby
  • Publication number: 20120154131
    Abstract: A force vector transferring apparatus to transfer a force vector to a finger of a human being. The force vector transferring apparatus may include an outer wall being formed of a hard material, an inner wall being formed of a flexible material to surround an inserted object, and an actuator being disposed between the inner wall and the outer wall to transfer a force to the object through the inner wall. The force vector transferring apparatus may transfer, to an end portion of a finger of a human being, a force from a plurality of directions acting on an end portion of a robot finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Hyung Kew Lee, Joon Ah Park
  • Patent number: 8182165
    Abstract: An action ornament composes of a decoration housing formed by a front and back cases, a main body which engages with said housing, a linkage unit which is partially provided inside the main body and a protracting element hidden and incorporated in the housing and jointed with the linkage unit. A seat is provided on the top of the main body for engaging the case. A hollow tube for attaching a rod object is provided to the bottom of said seat. To actuate the mechanism, a pin is pulled down, driving the linkage unit and causing the housing to open slightly and exposing the protracting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Pao-Feng Lee
  • Patent number: 8144242
    Abstract: An image sensor holder includes a frame, first and second slidable holders, first and second driving devices, first and second driving arms, and at least two elastic members. The first slidable holder is slidably mounted on the frame. The second slidable holder is slidably mounted on the first slidable holder. The first and second driving devices are separately mounted on the frame. The first driving arm is mounted on the frame and contacts to the first slidable holder and the first driving device by opposite ends thereof. The second driving arm is slidably mounted on the frame extending from the second slidable holder, and contacts the second driving device by an end thereof. The two elastic members are separately positioned between the first holder and the frame and between the first holder and the second holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen-Lin Chiang
  • Patent number: 8100030
    Abstract: A joystick for controlling the functions of machines and/or vehicles comprises an actuator which can be moved in different directions by means of a joint having preferably two degrees of freedom, wherein the back-and-forth motions of the actuator occurring in a first plane are subjected to an active force feedback in the form of an electromotor and a reduction gear, and the back-and-forth movement of the actuator which occurs in a second plane perpendicular to the first plane is subjected to a passive force feedback in the form of a sprung reset device. In order to make such a joystick which allows for a low-cost serial production, the invention proposes that the reduction gear is designed with low backlash and is connected on the output side to the actuator via a preferably leaf-spring assembly which connects a swing arm to a joint part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: CoActive Technologies, LLC.
    Inventors: Henning Koschke, Thomas Goebelt, Michael Cemerika, Christian Buchhold-Tomazic, Joachim Meyer-Quade
  • Publication number: 20110277582
    Abstract: A control panel for a communications system of an aircraft has at least one transmitter and at least one receiver, with multiple transmission and reception channels, and multiple operating elements that have an on/off function, in each instance. Each operating element is assigned to one of the transmission and reception channels. Reception on the transmission and reception channel, in each instance, can be released by the on/off function. A selection switch has a selection position for each transmission and reception channel, in which it releases the related transmission and reception channel for the transmission and blocks the other transmission and reception channels for transmission. The selection switch has a further selection position, in which it releases the transmission and reception channels that are released for reception by the operating elements, for transmission, and blocks the other transmission and reception channels for transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: Becker Flugfunkwerk GmbH
    Inventors: Dieter Hilzinger, Luis Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8054376
    Abstract: An image sensor holder a frame, a first slidable holder, a second slidable holder, a first and a second driving arms, a first and a second driving device and at least two restoration devices. The first slidable holder is slidably mounted on the frame. The second slidable holder is slidably mounted on the first slidable holder. The first and second driving devices are separately mounted on the frame. The first driving arm rotatably is mounted on the frame and contacts the first slidable holder and the first driving device by both opposite ends thereof. The second driving arm slidably is mounted on the frame and contacts the second slidable holder and the second driving device respectively by both opposite ends thereof. The restoration devices are respectively positioned on the frame and the first holder for restoring the first and second holders back to original positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chi-Wei Chang, Heng-Hsin Huang
  • Patent number: 8028644
    Abstract: A tactor system transforms cable motion to tactor motion. A housing defining a plane is adapted for placement proximate to the skin of a user. A cable is operative to deform a tactor element in the housing, causing a portion of the element to move outwardly from the plane of the housing, thereby imparting a tactile sensation to the user's skin. For example, tension on the cable may cause a strip of flexible plastic or other suitable material to bend at a living hinge that moves outwardly from the plane of the housing. The cable may be driven by an actuator including. Two or more tactor elements may be disposed next to each other or in the same housing, with different elements being activated at different times to enhance the apparent frequency of the stimulus. For example, a reciprocating mechanism may be used to operate a pair of tactor elements out of phase with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Cybernet Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher R. Wagner, Amanda Christiana, Charles J. Jacobus
  • Publication number: 20110227278
    Abstract: A media retrieval mechanism includes a pivot shaft, a media delivery device and a driving device. The media delivery device is capable of rotating about the pivot shaft. The media delivery device includes a contact portion and a rotating arm. The contact portion is capable of engaging at least one media. The driving device is attached to the pivot shaft. The driving device is capable of being driven by the pivot shaft. The driving device includes a driving member and the driving member includes a driving arm. The driving arm is capable of directing the rotating arm to angle the media delivery device thereby elevating the contact portion from the lower position to a lift-up position for disengaging the at least one media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CHANG-HSIU WU
  • Patent number: 8015997
    Abstract: A valve body has a channel extending along an axis and an inlet port open to the channel. A sleeve, received about the valve body, overlies the inlet port and is rotatable about the axis relative the body. A nozzle projects radially outward from the sleeve. The nozzle is rotatable with the sleeve into a range of positions in which the nozzle communicates with the inlet port through the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Gary S. Bass, Ronald J. Mulford