Patents Represented by Attorney Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP
  • Patent number: 7254887
    Abstract: A fuel cell separator manufacturing method including the steps of removing an abnormal layer (91) arising at the surface layer of a metal material for use as a separator (20) when it is rolled, exposing portions of conductors (92) included in a surface layer part of the metal material itself to project, and carrying out a passivation treatment on the surface layer part of the metal material itself. The steps of removing the abnormal layer and exposing portions of the conductors are possible in the same process, chemically or electro-chemically. Therefore, the number of steps can be cut and increased productivity and reduced cost of separators can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Osamu Ishigami, Tetsuya Kondo
  • Patent number: 7256508
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wind-driven power-plant comprising a rotor (100) which is fitted with at least one rotor blade and which is connected directly or indirectly to a generator for power generation, further including an electrical assembly made up of different electrical sub-assemblies including electronic, electrical and/or electromechanical and/or sensor elements and/or electrotechnical safety elements, where, depending on their purposes, all elements/components of one or more electrical sub-assemblies or specific elements of the electrical sub-assembly are combined into one or more function modules that implement at least one function in relation to the generation of electric power, where a parallel module is associated with at least one function module, and the parallel module is able to implement the same or nearly the same function as the function module in normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Repower Systems AG
    Inventors: Jens Altemark, Björn Matzen, Jörg Zeumer
  • Patent number: 7256509
    Abstract: A wind power plant including a rotor having at least one angle-adjustable rotor blade, a generator that, for generating electrical power, can be directly or indirectly coupled to the rotor and, for supplying the electrical power, can be directly or indirectly coupled to an electrical grid, at least one rotor blade adjusting device for setting an angle of the rotor blade including at least one blade adjusting drive having at least one direct-current motor that can be coupled to the electrical grid via a converter, a control device, coupled to the converter and via which the control and/or regulation of the blade adjusting drive ensues, and a direct current voltage source that ensures a power supply to the blade adjusting drive in the event of grid power failure, whereby the direct current voltage source can be directly coupled to the blade adjusting drive or indirectly to the blade adjusting drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Repower Systems AG
    Inventors: Karsten Brandt, Jörg Zeumer
  • Patent number: 7255965
    Abstract: The use of lithium bis(oxalate)borate (LiBOB) as an additive in a lithium secondary battery provides improved battery performance such as long life and high capacity retention after high temperature storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Ferro Corporation
    Inventors: Wu Xu, Zhongyi Deng, Pascal Bolomey
  • Patent number: 7252343
    Abstract: A demonstration seat assembly includes a frame on which a demonstration vehicle seat is supported, and a plurality of seat belt assemblies and child seat securing structures. The seat belt assemblies include a lap belt assembly, a lap/shoulder belt assembly, and a plurality of anchorage points adapted to receive tethers or a fixed anchoring latch assembly provided by one or more types of child safety seats. The lap belt assembly includes an emergency locking retractor that is secured to the frame on a first side of the vehicle seat, while the lap/shoulder belt assembly includes a switchable locking retractor that is secured to an upstanding support bar provided by the frame on the first side of the vehicle seat. The anchorage points include first and second lateral anchorage points that are accessible on a front side of the demonstration vehicle seat at a location between the seat cushion and seat back, as well as a center anchorage point that is accessible at a rear side of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lee Pence
  • Patent number: 7250881
    Abstract: An offset error, an amplitude error, a phase error and a third harmonic component contained in two-phase sinusoidal signals are removed using relatively simple digital computations. An offset error contained in two-phase sinusoidal signals with a phase difference output from an encoder is detected and corrected. Then, an amplitude error contained in the offset-corrected two-phase sinusoidal signals is detected and corrected. Subsequently, a phase error contained in the amplitude-corrected two-phase sinusoidal signals is detected and corrected. Further, a third harmonic distortion contained in the phase-corrected two-phase sinusoidal signals is detected and corrected. Each correction step includes detecting an error from an ideal Lissajous waveform contained in the corrected two-phase sinusoidal signals, and adding the detected error to an accumulatively added last value to yield a new correction coefficient, thereby dynamically updating the correction coefficient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kiriyama, Ryuichi Koiso, Toshirou Yoshinaka
  • Patent number: 7249420
    Abstract: A slider device includes a base (200), a running head (300) slidably provided on the base (200), a main guide mechanism (410) for guiding in a first direction in which the running head (300) runs, and sub-guide mechanism (450) allowing displacement to a second direction different from the first direction. The main guide mechanism (410) includes two main rails (421, 422) provided on the base (200) substantially parallel to each other along the first direction, and main sliders (431, 433) sliding on the main rails (421, 422). The sub-guide mechanism (450) includes a sub-rail (461) provided on the main slider (431) along the second direction, and a sub-slider (471) sliding on the sub-rail (461).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Seiichi Otsubo, Koji Takesako, Mitsuru Fukuda
  • Patent number: 7251137
    Abstract: An electronic component, cooling apparatus comprises a so-called water-cooled heat sink, a radiator to be cooled by a motor-driven fan, first and second coolant paths for circulating a coolant between the heat sink and the radiator, and a motor-driven pump for giving a moving energy to the coolant. A plurality of engaging pieces of the motor-driven fan and a plurality of engaged portion of the radiator are engaged to connect the motor-driven fan and the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Iijima, Masashi Miyazawa, Kouji Ueno
  • Patent number: 7250573
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automotive cable holding system for securing a vehicle body to a cable which is connected at one end to a locking mechanism for a rear seat backrest and at the other end to a releasing mechanism. The automotive cable holding system includes a bracket for holding an end of the cable and an insertion opening in the vehicle body into which the bracket is inserted, wherein the bracket has provided thereon abutment surfaces which abut the inner circumferential surfaces of the insertion opening, an engagement portion extending further outwards than the abutment surfaces at a position lying further inwards than the insertion opening inside the vehicle body and a clip portion disposed on the opposite side to the engagement portion inside the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaki Shimadu
  • Patent number: 7251580
    Abstract: A theoretical expression of a workpiece (W) the curved surface of which is measured by a measuring probe (110) equipped with a stylus (111) is specified, a measuring area where the measurement is executed on the measuring surface of the workpiece (W) is determined, and the axis angles of the stylus (111) are determined based on the coordinate values and the normal vector of a representative point determined in the measuring area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichi Nomura, Hirokazu Michiwaki
  • Patent number: 7249979
    Abstract: The invention specifically relates to a plug-and-socket connection part (1) of a plug-and-socket connection for a data transmission cable with a plurality of electrical conductors, comprising a connection housing, and per electrical conductor, a connection contact element (31) held by the connection housing, in each case with one insulation displacement contact (31.1) or a piercing contact, for contacting the electrical conductor, as well as in each case a contact (13.1) for contacting corresponding contacts of a corresponding counter piece with the plug-and-socket connection part. Each insulation displacement contact (31.1) or each piercing contact is electrically connectable to one of the contacts. The invention is characterized essentially in that the connection housing is shaped, such that the connection contact elements (31) may not be introduced from the outside into the connection housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Reichle & De-Massari AG
    Inventors: Matthias Gerber, Rolf Weber, Patrick Zollinger
  • Patent number: 7251021
    Abstract: A substrate transfer apparatus has pluralities of pairs of substrate support mechanisms. The substrate support mechanism includes a first roller provided on a first rotary shaft and a second roller provided on a second rotary shaft, the substrate support mechanism transfers a substrate in a transfer direction while supporting the substrate between the first and second rollers in a thickness direction of the substrate. The pair of the substrate support mechanisms are disposed so as to oppose to each other in a width direction of the substrate and the pairs of the substrate support mechanisms are arranged along with the transfer direction. Further, a substrate position regulating member that regulates a position of the substrate by contacting with a side surface which is parallel to the transfer direction is provided on either of the first and second rotary shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Suyama, Makoto Kawahara, Masaru Yamazaki, Takahiro Rokugawa
  • Patent number: 7248943
    Abstract: Provided is a method in which a communication state between a main control unit and each sub control unit can be judged to be normal or abnormal, in a condition where a noise may be generated from a drive system power line. This method includes a power supply step s4, a test communication step (see arrows (3) and (4)), and a judgment step s6. In the power supply step s4, power is supplied to first sub control units 2a from a drive system power source 6 while no power is supplied to actuators 7 from the power source 6. In the test communication step, communication of a test signal is performed between the main control unit 1 and each of the sub control units 2. In the judgment step s6, whether the communication state is normal or abnormal is judged based on the result of the communication of the test signal between the main control unit 1 and each of the sub control units 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaki Aihara
  • Patent number: 7246904
    Abstract: A line-of-sight detection method in an imaging system which includes a camera for photographing a face and right and left eyes and a light source for irradiating the right and left eyes with infrared rays, said line-of-sight detection method comprising: obtaining a center point of a pupil of at least one of the right and left eyes; obtaining a center point of a cornea spherical surface of said at least one of the right and left eyes; and obtaining a direction of a vector headed from said center point of said cornea spherical surface to said center point of said pupil, wherein a data based on a morphological information is used in obtaining said center point of said pupil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dotan Knaan, Jeremy Yermiyahu Kaminski, Adi Shavit, Dana Shavit, Kazufumi Suzuki, Norio Ichihashi, Akio Takahashi, Akihito Kimata
  • Patent number: 7243904
    Abstract: A door lifting apparatus includes a frame and a lift mechanism. The lift mechanism includes a slide and a lever. The slide includes a plurality of holders and a plurality of glides, wherein the holders are operable to engage and support a door while the glides cooperate with rails provided upon the frame to guide the slide along the rails. Pivotal movement of the lever moves the slide vertically relative to the upright supports, thereby raising or lowering the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mark Grimes
  • Patent number: 7243686
    Abstract: A hose (10) comprising a tubular body (12) of flexible material arranged between an inner and an outer helically wound wire (22, 24). The hose (10) further comprises an axial strengthening means (20) adapted to reduce deformation of the tubular body (12) when the tubular body (12) is subjected to axial tension, the axial strengthening means (20) being adapted to exert a radially inward force on at least part of the tubular body (12) when axial strengthening means (20) is subjected to axial tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventors: Raymond N. Burke, Eric J. Davis, Gerard A. Hall, Matthew V. Ridolfi, Simon P. A. Thorp, Joel A. Witz
  • Patent number: 7244097
    Abstract: A device for the targeted adjustment of the angle of incidence of a rotor blade (13) which is rotatably mounted, at the foot (14) thereof, on a hub (12) of a rotor (11) of a wind power installation (10). The device includes a gearing, a driving toothed wheel (21, 41) that meshes with the gearing (20, 40), and a lubricating device. The lubricating device, due to a temporary displacement of the driving toothed wheel (21, 41) from an operating position into a lubricating position, can be engaged with a defined point of the gearing (20) or the driving toothed wheel (41), respectively previously engaged with the driving toothed wheel (1) or the gearing (20, 40), so as to transfer lubricant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Repower Systems AG
    Inventors: Uwe Hinz, Ernst Wilhelm Ramundt
  • Patent number: 7244502
    Abstract: The present invention provides a composition for use in forming an abrasion-resistant easy-to-clean coating on a substrate. The composition according to the invention includes a mixture of a fluorocarbon polymer component and an enamel-forming component. The enamel-forming component includes at least a first lead-free and cadmium-free glass frit. The first lead-free and cadmium-free glass frit includes from about 30% to about 50% P2O5, from about 15% to about 30% Al2O3, and from about 2% to about 40% X2O where X=Na and/or K. The present invention also provides a method of forming an abrasion-resistant easy-to-clean coating on a substrate. The method includes applying the composition according to the invention to a substrate and sintering the applied composition to fuse an abrasion-resistant easy-to-clean coating to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Ferro France - S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Alain Aronica, David Coutouly, Damian Macaya, Remy Caisse
  • Patent number: 7240814
    Abstract: A center console storage system for a vehicle includes an enclosure defining a storage space that is easily reconfigured using one or more webs. Each web includes a plurality of fasteners that are easily attached to, and detached from, a plurality of receptacles that are provided by the enclosure. As a result the web configuration may be easily changed to secure different sized items without compromising the usefulness of the remaining storage area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Holmberg
  • Patent number: D548577
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Shiffler Equipment Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Shiffler, William C. Rickard