Patents Represented by Attorney Rankin, Hill, Porter & Clark LLP
  • Patent number: 7226271
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a plate feeder and a method of supplying plates. The plate feeder supplies plates on an as-needed basis and includes a holding structure for holding a plate. A proximity sensor detects whether a plate is held by the holding structure. A control system is connected to the proximity sensor to receive a plate absent signal therefrom. When the control system receives a plate absent signal, the control system commands a pusher to move a plate into an ejection area and then commands a blade with a non-linear front edge to engage a rear edge of the plate and push the plate from the ejection area to the holding structure, where the plate is available for use by a technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Clint Fullenkamp, Matt Tangeman, David Oglesbee
  • Patent number: 7225516
    Abstract: A fixture is provided for supporting a vehicle hub assembly during manufacturing operations that include rotating the assembly. The fixture includes a base with an upper surface, a linearly movable housing slidably supported on the base, an adjustable support block defining two selectable bores, each for slidably receiving a stud from one of two corresponding hub assembly types, and a handle for sliding the housing along the base. An operator checks the type of hub assembly to be worked on and rotates the support block if necessary to select the proper bore. The operator then slides the housing, causing the bore in the support block to slidably engage the stud. Each bore is configured within the support block so as to be accurately aligned with a stud on a corresponding hub assembly when supported in a jig, thus, allowing repeated fixture and hub assembly engagement without any additional adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Meridith Grimsley, Terry Coker
  • Patent number: 7226008
    Abstract: A briquette meeting required strength that is formed in an energy-saving manner from ferrous metal working scrap, such as grinding chips, and a method of making the briquette are provided. In a briquette formed by applying a pressing pressure to a ferrous metal working scrap, the percentage by weight of grinding chips is in the range of 10 wt % to 35 wt %. Viscous water-containing grinding chips crushed to a desired size and metal working scrap, such as gear cutting chips, are mixed in a feed hopper 7, and a pressing pressure is then applied to the raw mix by use of a compression pressing machine 8 to form a briquette B of ferrous metal working scrap. The content of a grinding fluid of the viscous water-containing grinding chips is 20 wt % to 60 wt %.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akira Nishio
  • Patent number: 7227089
    Abstract: In electronic balance, an analog computation portion determines at least a differential control signal according to an amount of displacement of a beam. A digital computation portion determines at least an integral control signal is determined by after the amount of displacement of the beam is digital-converted. The control signal component determined by the digital computation portion is analog-converted. Thereafter, a synthetic PID control signal is determined by being synthesized from a resultant signal and the control signal component, which is determined by the analog computation portion. Subsequently, a coil current based on the synthetic PID control signal is passed through the coil. A weight value is obtained according to the control signal component determined by the digital computation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Kunio Shimauchi, Hiroshi Hamamoto, Kimitoshi Tamura
  • Patent number: 7225691
    Abstract: An airbag inflator performance test system includes: a cylindrical tank; a disk-shaped piston vertically movably disposed with a gap between the piston and an inner peripheral face of the tank, the gap allowing gas to flow; a piston rod that projects upward from the piston and runs slidably through the tank so as to guide vertical movement of the piston; a lower chamber defined within the tank beneath the piston; an upper chamber defined within the tank above the piston; an inflator disposed in the lower chamber; a pressure sensor for detecting a pressure of the upper chamber; and a piston displacement sensor for detecting a displacement of the piston in order to detect a volume in the upper chamber. After ignition of the inflator, an inflator local work and an inflator total work, which are indexes of the energy of the inflator, are calculated based on the pressure and the volume of the upper chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daiei Tonooka, Takeshi Kai, Yoshihiko Morita
  • Patent number: 7225360
    Abstract: When an instruction by a person in charge is required during an analysis operation, a transmitted e-mail processing unit creates an e-mail that includes, as a message or an attached file, information concerning data to be currently analyzed and an analysis condition, and transmits the e-mail to the e-mail address of the person in charge. The person in charge, at a remote area, employs a locally available PC to read the e-mail, and transmits, to an analysis apparatus, a response e-mail that includes an instruction command. The e-mail is read through a communication controller, and a received case name confirmation unit and a sender verification unit examine the received e-mail to determine whether it is a control e-mail issued by an authorized sender. Thereafter, a command extraction unit extracts a control command from the e-mail. Upon receiving this command, an analysis controller controls the individual sections of an analysis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Kihara
  • Patent number: 7224171
    Abstract: An inverter output current detection device is provided which can calculate an output current of an inverter easily by using a low-performance calculating device without lowering a calculation accuracy. A current ic? equivalent to a capacitor current ic is digitally calculated according to a predetermined expression. This expression is ic?=V×?0×C×[cos Wavedata]×K, where V is an effective value or average value of an output voltage vo, C is a capacitance of a capacitor C, ?0 is an angular frequency of the output voltage, and K is a value obtained by multiplying a detection ratio for detecting the output voltage vo, a conversion ratio for converting an analog value into a digital value, and a conversion ratio for converting the effective value or average value V into a maximum value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Nagai, Hiroyuki Hanaoka
  • Patent number: 7224460
    Abstract: A mapping-measurement apparatus includes a light illumination unit, a photodetector for detecting, through an aperture, reflection light or transmission light from a sample, and adjustable scanning mirrors on the illumination and detection sides of the sample, each mirror having two independent rotational axes about which they can be independently rotated by a controller. The aperture restricts light incident on the photodetector from a predetermined portion of the sample surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Jasco Corporation
    Inventors: Noriaki Soga, Jun Koshoubu, Hiroshi Tsukada
  • Patent number: 7222667
    Abstract: A vehicular air-conditioning apparatus includes a hot-water heater and an electric heater provided downstream of the hot-water heater. The apparatus also includes a bypass passage for allowing air-conditioning air flowing past the hot-water heater to bypass the electric heater and a bypass door provided in the bypass passage for opening and closing the bypass passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Fujiki, Hitoshi Hakamada
  • Patent number: 7222434
    Abstract: A supporting device (300) for supporting a guide rail (200) for guiding a movable member subjected to relative displacement in relation to the base table (3). The supporting device includes, base bodies (410, 510) engaged onto the base table (3) and carrying the guide rail (200), and holding section (440, 530) for holding the guide rail (200) intervening between the guide rail (200) in the state where the guide rail is carried by the base bodies (410, 510). The holding section (440, 530) supports the guide rail (200) in the state where it can move swingingly. A change in the posture or position of the base bodies (410, 510) is offset with a swinging movement by the holding section, and does not affect the guide rail. As a result, excessive force is not applied on the guide rail, so that the form of the guide rail is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeo Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 7225104
    Abstract: Measured values obtained in a measuring machine to be estimated are provided to estimate errors in the measured values. Based on the estimated errors in the measured values, a covariance matrix or correlation matrix of measured values is derived. The covariance matrix or correlation matrix is then subjected to eigenvalue decomposition to derive eigenvalues and eigenvectors. A normal random number with an expected value of 0 and a variance equal to an eigenvalue corresponding to the eigenvalue is generated as a coefficient of coupling for each eigenvector, and all eigenvectors are linearly coupled to generate pseudo-measured values of the measuring machine. The generated pseudo-measured values are subjected to statistic processing to estimate uncertainty of the measuring machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Mitutoyo Corporation
    Inventors: Masayuki Nara, Makoto Abbe
  • Patent number: 7224141
    Abstract: A position controller of a motor in which the position time can be shortened even if an external force is applied. A speed control unit (13) comprises a compensation low-pass filter (133) having a transfer function corresponding to a delay of a speed control system. The speed control unit (13) further comprises an integral control system including a speed integrator (132) for integrating the difference between a speed and a delay speed command to the low-pass filter (133) compensating the delay in the speed control unit. A proportional control system outputting a command proportional to the speed command, and a multiplying means (134) for multiplying the sum of outputs from the integral control system and the proportional control system by a speed proportional gain and outputting the result as a torque command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Sanyo Denki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuuji Ide
  • Patent number: 7222904
    Abstract: There is provided a multi-finger hand device which can perform smooth bending and stretching operations of finger mechanisms in holding work of an object or the like while reducing the number of actuators as driving sources of the bending and stretching operations of the finger mechanisms. Wires 29a and 29b, and wires 30a and 30b extending from the finger mechanisms 2b to 2e biased to the stretching side by springs 16 or the like are joined to joining element 32 and 33, respectively. A wire 31 provided extensionally from the finger mechanism 2a is wound onto a pulley 36 and drawn from the base side of the hand 3. The joining elements 32 and 33 are rockably held by a holding element 43 via spindles 44 and 45. The holding element 43 is provided movably and rockably around a spindle 42. The pulley 36 is held by the holding element 43 and moves together with the holding element 43. By pulling the wire 31, the bending operations of the finger mechanisms 2a to 2e are performed collectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsuda
  • Patent number: 7222894
    Abstract: A fastening structure is provided which mounts a spoiler between a front bumper face and an under cover. The front bumper face has a lower end portion disposed in overlapping relation to a front end part of the under cover such that the lower end portion of the front bumper face is located below the front end part of the under cover. Downwardly projecting spacer portions are formed on an under surface of the front end part. When the lower end portion of the front bumper face and the front end part of the under cover overlap each other, the lower end portion of the front bumper face and the front end part of the under cover are spaced from each other by the spacer portions to define a clearance therebetween. The spoiler has a mounting portion retained in the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takaki Suwa
  • Patent number: 7222911
    Abstract: A vehicle body frame structure includes a side sill and a rear frame continuously joined, with a curved portion formed in the vicinity of a boundary between the side sill and the rear frame. In the curved portion, a continuous change is achieved extending from the side sill side to the rear frame side from a side sill side closed cross-sectional structure portion where a first stiffener is provided to a rear frame side closed cross-sectional structure portion where a second stiffener is provided having a different direction of alignment from that of the first stiffener. An improvement is obtained in the strength of a curved portion in the vicinity of a boundary between a side sill and a rear frame when these are joined together so as to be continuous with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Abe, Yasuhiro Morisaki
  • Patent number: 7223094
    Abstract: A blower for combustion air in a wall/floor furnace is provided that includes a blower housing (26), and blower wheel (27), with an air inlet (28) and an air outlet (29), and with a fuel feeder line (1) for fuel, wherein a mass current sensor (13) for determining the air mass current is located on the air inlet (28), which is functionally connected with a data processing device (4) and sends signals to the data processing device for calculation of a ratio of combustion medium to combustion air in dependence on a desired heating capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Emb-Papst Landshut GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Goebel
  • Patent number: 7221999
    Abstract: When an operator attempts to move a robot from a current position to a desired position, she/he operates a manipulator lever (26) corresponding to a desired direction of a manipulator (23) of a remote control device (22), for example, a number of times corresponding to a predetermined moving amount in the moving direction. At this point, the moving amount for each moving direction depending on this number of operations is set, and a leg of the robot is actuated according to a setting value of the moving amount for each moving direction to move the robot. The moving amount that can be set by the operation of the manipulator lever (26) has a relatively small moving amount that the robot may be moved by performing a lifting/landing action once for each of the legs of the robot, and a relatively large moving amount requiring multiple walking steps of the lifting/landing action for each leg of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeo Sano
  • Patent number: 7221859
    Abstract: A multi-function heat exchanger for use with a dispensing gun for dispensing hybrid plastisol hot melt material, the heat exchanger having an elongated tubular high temperature heater assembly having a front end hydraulically connected to an inlet port of a dispensing gun and a rear end connected to a heat dissipating assembly which in turn is connected to the outlet end of a supply hose for providing hybrid plastisol material which is liquid at room temperature and under sufficient hydraulic pressure to move the plastisol material through the heat dissipating assembly and the high temperature heater assembly into the dispensing gun when the gun is operated. The heater assembly has a heat source providing sufficient heat to turn the plastisol into a molten liquid as it passes into the dispensing gun. The heat dissipating assembly prevents heat from the high temperature heater assembly from migrating back into the plastisol supply hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Liquamelt Corp.
    Inventors: William C. Stumphauzer, Hugh F. Groth
  • Patent number: 7219954
    Abstract: Front upper members and front side members located laterally inward of the front upper members are joined with connecting members of pipe form. A first end portion of each connecting member extends through the front side member and is welded to both sides of the side member. The joint has high rigidity. When impact energy acts on either front upper member, the energy is transmitted to the front side member via the connecting member, and the front side member and the front upper member plastically deform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Gomi, Yasuhiko Otsuka
  • Patent number: 7220231
    Abstract: A device and a method that permit easy and accurate determination of a walking condition regardless of differences in foot landing points on soles or lengths of legs of a walker are provided. According to this device, a measuring device measures a parameter indicating a displacement amount of a bottom end portion of a leg of the walker. A first storage device stores patterns of plots in a determination space corresponding to parameters and walking conditions of the walker such that they are associated with each other. Furthermore, a generating device generates plots defined in the determination space by parameters measured by the measuring device. Then, a determining device determines walking conditions of the walker on the basis of the patterns of the plots stored in conjunction with the walking conditions by the first storage device and the patterns of the plots generated by the generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Jun Ashihara, Hisashi Katoh