Multiple Controlling Elements For Single Controlled Element Patents (Class 74/479.01)
  • Patent number: 9643705
    Abstract: A navigation controller for a watercraft includes a grip member and control head that act as an integrated grab bar to be grabbed by a hand of a user and transfer an applied force to a mount. The grip member is engagable by fingers on the hand of the user for providing a grab bar to the user to resist movement of the body of the user caused by the applied force. A control plate supports control switches and is configured and dimensioned relative to the grip member to enable a thumb of the user to engage with one or more of the control switches while the fingers remain engaged with the grip member so that the resistance of the applied force to keep the user steady does not cause a unintended activation of one or more of the control switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Fox I Steven
  • Patent number: 9403281
    Abstract: Various robotic devices and related medical procedures are disclosed herein. Each of the various robotic devices has an arm. The arm can have two arm components coupled at a joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Shane M. Farritor, Dmitry Oleynikov, Stephen R. Platt, Mark Rentschler, Jason Dumpert, Adnan Hadzialic, Nathan A. Wood
  • Patent number: 9237837
    Abstract: An insertion device sets engage range which it prescribed in return power to the neutral position by elastic force of the spring and rotation resistance force by the slide power by elastic member for dial portion performing curving operation of a curving portion. If a rotary angle is beyond an engage range, the dial part lets a rotary point of view to order return in an engage range and, if there is a rotary angle in an engage range, the dial part keeps a target part in an observation field of vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: OLYMPUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keijiro Omoto, Hiroki Moriyama, Yasuhiro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 9145955
    Abstract: A reducing device having a cable or a belt and cable, providing a high reduction ratio, and including: two driving drums; two sheave wheels; at least one driving cable traveling from a first driving drum to one sheave wheel, from the one sheave wheel to the second driving drum, from the second driving drum to the other sheave wheel, and from the other sheave wheel to the first driving drum; a driven cable, including one strand which travels from a fork of the one sheave wheel to a driven wheel, and one strand which travels from the driven wheel to a fork of the other sheave wheel. The driving drums have different diameters and/or different rotation speeds so rotation thereof causes movement of the sheave wheels driving the driven cable, and rotation movement of the driven wheel. The reducing device is applicable, for example, to robots and haptic interfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives
    Inventors: Fabien Ferlay, Florian Gosselin
  • Patent number: 9140350
    Abstract: The interior space of a cup-shaped flexible externally toothed gear of a cup-type wave gear device is divided into a front interior space and a rear interior space by a partition mechanism. A lubricant is filled in the front interior space at the side of a wave generator, to which lubrication is required. The volume of the front interior space is set so that a necessary amount of lubricant is filled. Since the lubricant is not necessary to fill in the entire interior space of the flexible externally toothed gear, the amount of lubricant to be filled can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Masaru Kobayashi, Yuki Honda
  • Patent number: 9128507
    Abstract: Compact haptic interface (100) includes a base (102) and a yoke (304) rotatably disposed within the base. A first drive coupling (312) between a first motor (301) and the yoke rotates the yoke about a yoke axis (308). A carrier (306) is mounted to the yoke and rotatable about a carrier axis (310) transverse to the yoke axis. A rod (110) mounted to the carrier extends along a rod axis (346) transverse to the yoke axis and the carrier axis. A second drive coupling (314) rotates the carrier about the carrier axis responsive to operation of a second motor (302) which is mounted to the yoke. A third motor (303) is supported on the carrier and rotatable with the carrier about the carrier axis of rotation. A third drive coupling (340) facilitates linear movement of the rod along a linear direction responsive to operation of the third motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew D. Summer, Paul M. Bosscher
  • Patent number: 9021914
    Abstract: Controls for a zero turn mower comprise a foot control pedal assembly mechanically coupled to a transmission control lever. The transmission control lever is mechanically coupled to a control rod. The control rod is mechanically coupled to a control lever assembly. The control lever assembly is mechanically coupled to an enhanced lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Harold Gene Newcomb
  • Publication number: 20150107394
    Abstract: For proving a pedal assembly module to improve the productivity, this invention assembles and integrates a forward pedal, a backward pedal, a first shaft supporting the forward pedal and the backward pedal, a brake pedal, a second shaft supporting the brake pedal, and a frame box supporting the first shaft and the second shaft with their functions ensured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: TAKASHI GOTO, MASAHIRO HANAFUSA, KEISUKE IIDA
  • Publication number: 20150016931
    Abstract: A mechanism for a winch assembly includes a link assembly and a bracket. The link assembly includes an actuator having an end configured to be coupled to a winch free spool device, a bushing coupled to the actuator, and a projection extending from the bushing. The bracket defines an aperture that receives the actuator, and the aperture includes a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion of the aperture is sized to receive the bushing therethrough and the upper portion of the aperture is sized to engage the projection such that the winch free spool device is selectively locked in an engaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Sanjeev T. Kuriakose, Laura M. Carson
  • Patent number: 8894346
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a motor associated with selectable movement of a frame by a first operator control. The frame structurally carries a cab structure and a manipulating structure associated with an implement for performing work. The manipulating structure is selectably movable by a second operator control located in the cab structure. All control functions associated with positioning the implement with respect to three different rotational axes are manipulable using the second operator control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Brady Lewis
  • Publication number: 20140305244
    Abstract: A bearing is interposed in the revolute pair between a proximal end side link hub (2) and each proximal side end link member (5). A control device controls an actuator, to perform work-time control for causing a determined work operation to be executed and to perform, while the work-time control is stopped, grease circulation control for circulating grease sealed in the bearing. The maximum value ?max of a bending angle in the work-time control does not exceed the maximum allowable bending angle ??max being the maximum value of the bending angle allowable in the mechanism, and the maximum value of the bending angle in the grease circulation control is greater than the maximum value ?max of the bending angle in the work-time control and smaller than the maximum allowable bending angle ??max.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Yamada, Hiroshi Isobe, Keisuke Sone
  • Publication number: 20140260751
    Abstract: An operator interface having actuators associated therewith for controlling functions of a paving machine. The operator interface includes an interactive display and a configurable lockout control associated therewith. The interactive display is enabled to allow an operator to configure the configurable lockout control by selecting at least one function that is locked out of control by an associated actuator when the lockout control is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Luke E. Graham, Ricky L. Mings, Jameson Michael Smieja
  • Patent number: 8837122
    Abstract: A front panel apparatus improves aesthetic qualities while avoiding interference between a display panel and a surrounding member. The front panel apparatus includes a display panel capable of pivoting in opening and closing directions, power transmission mechanisms that operate in tandem with the opening and closing operations of the display panel, and a lock mechanism that locks the display panel in a closed state and unlocks the display panel. Each power transmission mechanism includes a biasing lever linked to the rear surface of the display panel and capable of advancing and withdrawing, a driving gear, a pivot lever provided on a driving gear and linked to the biasing lever, an intermediate gear that interlocks with the driving gear, and a rack member that interlocks with the intermediate gear and is capable of ascending and descending. The rack members support corresponding pivot support shafts of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasushi Shibuya, Masahi Endo, Kiminori Yabuki
  • Publication number: 20140238173
    Abstract: Cement or other liquid-like material fills the hollow tubes of a machine tool under construction. The machine tool structures are held rigidly against a fixture while the substance dries. The machine tool so constructed is relatively lightweight and rigid, and obviates the need for precision machining of large portions of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Impossible Objects, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Swartz, Ilan Moyer
  • Patent number: 8671584
    Abstract: A fixture for positioning a drill, vector or the like, has a gimbal mechanism with a tubular bushing extending therethrough. The gimbal mechanism is angularly adjustable and is held by a mounting assembly which is horizontally adjustable along an x-axis and y-axis. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the mounting assembly is supported on a base which carries an x-axis mechanism for adjusting the location of the ball member along an x-axis and a y-axis mechanism for adjusting the location of the ball along a y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Anthony Meisman
  • Patent number: 8393242
    Abstract: A remote controlled actuator includes a spindle guide section (3) of an elongated configuration, a distal end member (2) fitted to a distal end of the spindle guide section (3) through a distal end member connecting unit (15) for alteration in attitude, a tool (1) rotatably provided to the distal end member (2), a tool rotating drive source (41) for rotating the tool, and an attitude altering drive source (42) for manipulating the attitude of the distal end member. The distal end member rotatably supports a spindle (13) then holding the tool (1). The spindle guide section (3) includes a rotary shaft (22) for transmitting rotation of the tool rotating drive source to the spindle and a guide hole (30a). A flexible attitude altering member (31) capable of altering the attitude of the distal end member is reciprocally movably inserted within the guide hole (30a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Takayoshi Ozaki, Hiroshi Isobe
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120299363
    Abstract: Provided is a linkage mechanism for a recliner that includes a seat rail, an arm mounting plate that is vertically supported by one or more legs, a footrest assembly adapted to extend ottoman(s) when the recliner is adjusted from a closed to an extended position, and a roller link that translates forward when the recliner is adjusted from the extended position to a reclined position. The arm mounting plate includes a forward guide slot and a rearward guide slot having respective tracks installed thereto. The roller link includes a forward roller and a rearward roller that are rotatably coupled thereto. Further, the forward and rearward rollers are moveably engaged to the tracks of the forward and rearward guide slots, respectively, facilitating the forward translation of the roller link. A pair of substantially parallel-spaced TV links act in cooperation to pivotably couple the roller link to the arm mounting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: L & P PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: MICHAEL CRUM
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120180590
    Abstract: A fixture for positioning a drill, vector or the like, has a gimbal mechanism with a tubular bushing extending therethrough. The gimbal mechanism is angularly adjustable and is held by a mounting assembly which is horizontally adjustable along an x-axis and y-axis. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the mounting assembly is supported on a base which carries an x-axis mechanism for adjusting the location of the ball member along an x-axis and a y-axis mechanism for adjusting the location of the ball along a y-axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen Anthony Meisman
  • Patent number: 8172028
    Abstract: A vehicle driving control is provided. The vehicle driving control includes a dead man's system (VACMA) processing device and a lever arm capable of moving in a predetermined actuation direction with a handle. The handle is arranged at one end of the arm and includes an upper face, at least one lateral face, and a touch button which is electrically connected to the processing device. The touch button is located in the region of the lateral face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Alstrom Transport SA
    Inventors: Denis Miglianico, Jean-Michel Delemotte
  • Publication number: 20120103123
    Abstract: A two degree-of-freedom parallel device for orienting or pointing an end effector with vibration suppression is described. The two end effector degrees-of-freedom are decoupled by connecting fast actuators to the effector by passive joints. The stiffness of the linkages and the high speed of the revolute and prismatic actuators employed permit the application of large feedback useful for disturbance rejection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
    Inventors: John E. McInroy, John F. O'Brien
  • Publication number: 20120096974
    Abstract: A mechanical device for maintaining parallelism includes first, second, third and fourth bars. The first side surface of the first bar and the first side surface of the second bar are bridged by a first flexure, leaving a gap between the bottom surface of the first bar and the upper surface of the second bar; the second side surface of the second bar and the second side surface of the third bar are bridged by a second flexure, leaving a gap between the bottom surface of the second bar and the upper surface of the third bar; and the first side surface of the third bar and the first side surface of the fourth bar are bridged by a third flexure, leaving a gap between the bottom surface of the third bar and the upper surface of the fourth bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: THORLABS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith DHESE, Alin RISTEA
  • Publication number: 20120070259
    Abstract: A three-point linkage system includes a frame, an upper lift arm assembly pivotally mounted to the frame and a lower lift arm assembly pivotally mounted to the frame. The lower lift arm assembly is linked to the upper lift arm assembly for movement therewith. An actuator is connected to the frame and the upper lift arm assembly to move the upper lift arm assembly and the lower lift arm assembly linked to the upper lift arm assembly relative to the frame. A top link arm is pivotally connected to the upper lift arm assembly such that the top link arm moves with the upper lift arm assembly as the upper lift arm assembly is moved by the actuator. The top link arm including connecting structure for connecting the top link arm to an implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Altemeier
  • Publication number: 20120038294
    Abstract: What is described is an actuator system (2) comprising at least one actuator (29, 29?) and an associated control system (8) which is designed for at least two operating modes, at least one of which may be deactivated, whereby one of the operating modes is a high efficiency operating mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
    Inventors: Alexander Schulz, Michael Wehse, Johann Wassermann, Manfred Neumann
  • Publication number: 20120024099
    Abstract: An instrument including an elongate portion having a first part movable from a first configuration to a second, different configuration and a second part, at a different elongate extent along the elongate portion than the first part, movable from a first configuration to a second, different configuration, at least one of the parts including a control whereby a force required to move the first part from the first configuration towards the second configuration is less than the force required to move the second part from the first configuration towards the second configuration. A method of using the instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: David Main
  • Patent number: 8100217
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention is a vehicle that includes a hand control system that allows for vehicle acceleration and braking by using hand controls. The hand controls are electronically connected to vehicle controllers, which electronically control the propulsion system and brake system. The hand controls do not mechanically manipulate the accelerator and brake pedals and so can be easily removed from the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Dale S. Crombez
  • Publication number: 20110308347
    Abstract: A sustaining manipulator arm capable of being set on a ground comprises a first linkage set. The first linkage set comprises a first link, a second link, a first ball joint, a second ball joint, a third link, and a first elastic element. A first end of the first link is connected to a first revolution element, and the first revolution element has a first revolution direction. A first end of the second link is connected to a second revolution element. The second revolution element has a second revolution direction. The first revolution direction and the second revolution direction being the same direction, and the first revolution element and the second revolution element are on a first plane. The first ball joint is set in the first link. The second ball joint is set in the second link. A first end of the third link is connected to the first ball joint. A second end of the third link is connected to the second ball joint, and the third link is parallel to the first plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Dar-Zen Chen, Po-Yang Lin, Wen-Bin Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20110303796
    Abstract: A transition section forms a continuous contour across a gap between a pair of structures. The transition section comprises at least one rib mounted within the gap and being pivotable relative to the structures. A tip may be mounted to an aft end of the rib and may be rotatable about a tip axis. A skin panel may extend between the structures and may at least partially cover the tip. The skin panel may be deformable during pivoting of the rib such that the tip may rotate into substantial alignment with the skin panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Keith A. Etling
  • Patent number: 8074369
    Abstract: A pivot joint has a first structure comprising a ball mounted in a receptacle, wherein the location of the ball is held with respect to the receptacle, and a second structure mounted on and movable with respect to the ball, wherein the second structure has at least one bearing surface which defines its position with respect to the ball. The ball may be held in location by contact with the receptacle at at least two positions. At least one of the positions of contact may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Renishaw PLC
    Inventor: David Roberts McMurtry
  • Publication number: 20110229309
    Abstract: A ram air turbine (RAT) includes a movable turbine support structure that is prevented from moving to a stowed position by a stow abort mechanism when turbine blades are not locked in a desired position. The stow abort mechanism includes a pawl that is driven by a cam on a release lever. The release lever is movable in response to a position of a release pin that prevents rotation of a turbine drive shaft from a desired orientation that locks the turbine blades in a desired position required for stowage. Disengagement of the release pin causes the stow abort mechanism to maintain a position where the pawl blocks movement to the deployed position. Engagement of the release pin to prevent rotation results in movement of the pawl to a position that provides for movement to the stowed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: David Everett Russ
  • Patent number: 8003916
    Abstract: An industrial robot has a base for installation, a first arm, a second arm, a third arm, a wire feeder, a welding torch, and a torch cable. The first arm rotates with respect to the base. The second arm pivots with respect to the first arm. The third arm pivots with respect to the second arm. The torch cable is coupled to the wire feeder and feeds a welding wire to a welding torch. The wire feeder is provided to the second arm and is rotatable around a rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takayasu Ohara, Seiji Iwai
  • Patent number: 7966985
    Abstract: A valve operating system that includes a drive shaft, a drive lever that is fixedly provided thereon and can pivot in a direction of movement of a valve body, a follower arm that is fixedly provided on the valve body, a link, a first connecting shaft that connects one end of the link and the drive lever, and a second connecting shaft that connects the other end of the link and the follower arm; in response to a movement of the valve body from a first position to a second position by pivoting of the drive lever, a center of the first connecting shaft approaches from one side a straight line connecting two centers of the drive shaft and the second connecting shaft, and after the valve body reaches the second position, further pivoting of the drive lever is carried out through a predetermined angle so that the center of the first connecting shaft moves to the other side of a dead point on the straight line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Keihin Corporation
    Inventors: Shigehiko Ota, Fumio Kawamata, Makoto Hirata, Takashi Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20110146440
    Abstract: A manipulator arm mechanism includes a pivot shaft, a first arm, a second arm, and an actuator. The first arm includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The second arm also includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The pivot shaft is connected to the first end of the first arm, and the pivot shaft has a first axis. The first end of the second arm is rotatably connected to the second end of the first arm and rotates around a second axis, and an angle between the first axis and the second axis is between 0° to 180°. The actuator is connected to the second end of the second arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YONG FENG
  • Publication number: 20110097131
    Abstract: A platen support mechanism of a printer moves a platen unit of the printer. When moving the platen unit from a closed position to an open position, the platen support mechanism of the printer first moves the platen unit along a straight first path, and then moves the platen unit along a curved second path. A posture of the platen unit is held constant during this time by a six joint linkage mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tetsugo Ishida
  • Publication number: 20110097184
    Abstract: A parallel link robot (10) provided with a base (11), a moving part (12), three links (20a to 20c) coupling the base and the moving part and having respectively single degrees of freedom with respect to the base, and three actuators (13a to 13c) respectively driving the links, each of the links comprised of a drive link (21a to 21c) coupled with the base and two driven links (22a to 22c, 23a to 23c) coupling the drive link and the moving part and parallel to each other, and further provided with a posture changing mechanism (15) which changes a posture of an element (19) attached to the moving part, an additional actuator (13d to 13f) arranged between the two driven links of at least one link in parallel to these driven links, and a power transmission shaft (39) which extends coaxially from the additional actuator and transmits rotational drive force to the posture changing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: FANUC LTD
    Inventors: Satoshi KINOSHITA, Tomoaki NAGAYAMA, Masahiro YAMAMOTO, Hidenori KUREBAYASHI, Katsumi FUJIMOTO, Tokitaka UEMURA
  • Publication number: 20110088498
    Abstract: An instrument comprises a headpiece at a proximal end, a shaft connected to said headpiece, said shaft can be deflected at least in a distal end area thereof. A deflection mechanism is provided for deflecting said shaft. Said deflection mechanism has control wires and a control element for controlling a deflection movement of said deflection mechanism. A lock is provided for locking said deflection mechanism. Said lock has a catch mechanism connected to said control element in such a way that said catch mechanism, without actuation, is automatically forced into a locking position and a movement of said control element first opens said catch mechanism and only then permits a deflection of said shaft. A release of said control element in any position of said deflection mechanism causes an enforced locking by said catch mechanism in said position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: PIERRE ETTWEIN, MARCEL JAEGGLI, MARTIN KLUMPP, ROLF FULLEMANN, ELIZABETH JAEGGLI-OTT
  • Publication number: 20110072929
    Abstract: A moveable linkage for a parallel mechanism includes a swing arm, a four-link structure rotatably connected to the swing arm, and a plurality of pivotal shafts. The four-link structure includes a first connection shaft, a second connection shaft, a first link bracket and a second link bracket. Each of the first and second link brackets includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portions of the first and second link brackets overlap and rotatably connect two ends of the first connection shaft by the pivotal shafts. The second end portions of the first and second link brackets overlap and rotatably connect two ends of the second connection shaft by the pivotal shafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD, HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YONG FENG
  • Patent number: 7891261
    Abstract: A clutch actuation system for engaging and disengaging a clutch includes a hydraulically-actuated piston movable in response to hydraulic pressure to an apply position in which the piston is operable to engage the clutch. An electro mechanical actuator is movable in response to electric power to contact the piston at the apply position such that the clutch is maintained in an engaged state by the actuator, thereby permitting hydraulic pressure to be released. A method of controlling engagement of the clutch is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Vijay A. Neelakantan
  • Publication number: 20100313693
    Abstract: The subject of the present invention is a vehicle that includes a hand control system that allows for vehicle acceleration and braking by using hand controls. The hand controls are electronically connected to vehicle controllers, which electronically control the propulsion system and brake system. The hand controls do not mechanically manipulate the accelerator and brake pedals and so can be easily removed from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Dale S. Crombez
  • Publication number: 20100275717
    Abstract: The invention relates to a precision positioning device comprising a base, moveable stage and four double parallelograms connecting the stage to the base. Each double parallelogram comprises six deformable vertices forming six pivots so that the stage can move in translation in a reference plane. Thanks to the four double parallelograms, the moveable stage is over-constrained so that the undesired rotational motions are very limited. The precision positioning device can further comprise a moveable platform connected to the moveable stage thanks to flexure strips. The moveable platform is over-constrained to only move in translation according to the Z axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Benoit Poyet, Jean David, Sebastien Ducourtieux
  • Patent number: 7822466
    Abstract: A system and method for CT guided instrument targeting including a radiolucent instrument driver; a robot and a control box. The robot includes a robotic module that positions the radiolucent driver about two directions coincident a predetermined point. The control device is connected to the robot and the radiolucent instrument driver. The control driver sends a robot control signal to the robot that causes the robotic module to place the radiolucent instrument driver in a desired orientation with respect to the predetermined point. After the radiolucent instrument driver is in the desired orientation, the control device sends a driver control signal to the radiolucent instrument driver that causes the radiolucent driver to insert a medical instrument or device through the predetermined point to a location proximate a target point in a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dan Stoianovici, Dumitru Mazilu, Louis R. Kavoussi
  • Publication number: 20100229672
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism for moving a highly movable flap of a piece of furniture includes a main body intended for attachment to a furniture body. An actuating arm for moving the flap is mounted at one end on a bearing axis of the main body and at the other end on a bearing axis of a fitting part intended for attachment to the flap. An additional control arm for moving the flap is provided, wherein during the movement of the control arm the effective lever arm length of the control arm can be varied, and the effective lever arm length of the control arm is shortened when opening the actuating arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Harald BRUNNMAYR
  • Publication number: 20100206979
    Abstract: The present invention provides a linkage assembly that is pivotal along a first axis of rotation to cause rotation of another object along a second axis of rotation that is substantially orthogonal to the first axis of rotation. The linkage assembly can therefore be used as a motion transfer device, such as for a paper dispenser, or other assemblies in which it is desired to cause the automatic movement on component upon actuation of another component where components have different axes of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Scott J. Collins
  • Publication number: 20100189513
    Abstract: An actuating device (23) for a lay ramp (6) of a vessel (1) for laying underwater pipelines “(2) has a runner (28), and a carriage (29) connected to the lay ramp (6) and which runs along the runner (28) to lift and lower the lay ramp (6); the runner (28) being defined by a first, a second, and a third portion (31, 32, 33), of which the first and third portion (31, 33) are out of line with respect to each other, and the second portion (32) is mounted on a movable assembly (37) to selectively align the second portion (32) with the first and third portion (31, 33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Giovanni Carlo Alloggio
  • Publication number: 20100164269
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an actuating device (1) having a drive part (2) moving an output part (5) from an initial position into a final position, wherein the output part (5), or the drive part (2), has a first region (9) and a second region (10), and the drive part (2), or the output part (5), interacts with the two regions (9, 10) such that the position of the output part (5) is changed during an interaction with the first region (9), and an interaction with the second region (10) prevents a return movement of the output part (5) into the initial position. The present invention further relates to a vehicle seat comprising the actuating device (1) according to the invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventors: Ludger Muhlenbrock, Jorg Seibt
  • Publication number: 20100162844
    Abstract: An operation device comprises a lock mechanism having a drum case having a cylindrical drum wall, a lock spring containing a coil portion which is fitted into the drum wall and is locked by a friction force against the inner peripheral face of the drum wall, and a shaft guide mounted rotatably in the drum case and operated to exert or cancel a friction force of the lock spring. A transmitting mechanism for transmitting a reaction force and an operation force from an actuating mechanism is provided between the lock mechanism and the actuating mechanism provided at a desired position. A rattling preventing spring for preventing a rattling in the rotation direction of the shaft guide provided between the drum case and the shaft guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Takashi Akutsu
  • Publication number: 20100154578
    Abstract: Actuator elements such as cables or push rods in an instrument are used for manipulating an end effector or distal end of the instrument. Each actuator element extends within a tubular housing and either the tubular housing is axially rotated about the actuator element or the actuator element is axially rotated within the tubular housing to reduce at least one force opposing an axial force exerted through or movement of the actuator element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene F. Duval
  • Publication number: 20100148544
    Abstract: An actuating system for a head restraint of a vehicle seat is provided. The head restraint includes a part that can be shifted from a comfort position to a safety position, such as in the event of an accident. Limbs are expandable from an initial position as a consequence of pressure loading to bring about a lengthening which can be transmitted to force transmission means. The limbs are connected to one another and/or to fastening means by joints, each having a first and a second joint pin which can be inserted axially into holes to form the joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Johnson Control Technology Company
    Inventors: Benjamin Gunther, Klaus Sperling, Marcus Thies, Silvio Hartlaub, Joshua Hesterberg
  • Patent number: RE45906
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of an An articulated robot wrist. One embodiment comprises a includes a first body, a second body and a third body. The first body comprising includes first and second ends, the first end being for mounting on a robot component which is rotatable around a first axis; a. The second body comprising includes first and second ends, the first end being rotatably mounted on said the second end of said the first body around a second axis inclined angled with respect to said the first axis; and a. The third body comprising includes a first and a second end, the first end being rotatably mounted on said the second end of said the second body around a third axis inclined angled with respect to said the second axis. The first and third axes form an angle substantially of 90° with respect to said the second axis, and wherein in. In at least one position of said the robot wrist said the first and third axes are substantially aligned with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Comau S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mauro Amparore, Giorgio Pernechele, Giuseppe Paparella