Patents Assigned to Exedy Corporation
  • Patent number: 12005947
    Abstract: A drive unit includes a support frame, a drive wheel and a prime mover. The support frame is disposed to be pivotable about a pivot axis. The drive wheel is supported by the support frame. The prime mover is supported by the support frame. The prime mover drives the drive wheel. The support frame and at least one member form a pivot unit. The at least one member pivots together with the support frame. The pivot unit has a center of gravity disposed on the opposite side of the pivot axis with respect to the drive wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Hitoshi Katsura, Taichi Kitamura, Chika Baba
  • Patent number: 11994196
    Abstract: A drive unit includes an electric motor, first and second torque transmission paths, a torque converter, first and second gear trains, and a first switch mechanism. The first and second torque transmission paths are provided parallel to each other. The torque converter is disposed in the first torque transmission path. The torque converter amplifies a torque outputted from the motor when the torque is directed in a first rotational direction. The first gear train is disposed in the first torque transmission path. The first gear train is disposed downstream with respect to the torque converter. The second gear train is disposed in the second torque transmission path. The first switch mechanism switches between the first torque transmission path and the second torque transmission path as a path for transmitting the torque outputted from the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11993300
    Abstract: An assist control device controls an electric motor assisting traveling of a mobile object. The assist control device includes an operating switch and a control part. The operating switch is configured to be turned on when operated by a user. The operating switch is configured to be turned off when released from being operated by the user. The control part controls the electric motor to output an assist force when the operating switch is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Ohashi, Taichi Kitamura, Hitoshi Katsura
  • Patent number: 11965575
    Abstract: A hysteresis torque generating mechanism includes a first rotor having a slide surface, and a second rotor opposed to the first rotor. The second rotor is configured to slide against the slide surface of the first rotor so as to generate a hysteresis torque. The second rotor includes an initial contact portion and a main friction surface. The initial contact portion is provided to protrude toward the first rotor. The initial contact portion is configured to slide in contact with the slide surface of the first rotor. The main friction surface is configured to slide in contact with the slide surface of the first rotor after abrasion of the initial contact portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Senoue, Masahiro Nakatani
  • Patent number: 11965576
    Abstract: A damper device includes a first rotor, a second rotor, an elastic coupling part elastically coupling the first and second rotors in a rotational direction, and a hysteresis generating mechanism. The hysteresis generating mechanism generates a hysteresis torque and includes a friction member. The friction member is configured to make frictional contact with the first or second rotor. The friction member does not make frictional contact with the first and second rotors in a first torsion angular range where torsion is caused from a neutral condition to a first side and a second side in the rotational direction. The friction member makes frictional contact with the first or second rotor so as to generate a hysteresis torque in a second torsion angular range exceeding the first torsion angular range. The friction member is set in a neutral position by actuation of the elastic coupling part in the neutral condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uehara, Masahiko Aoki
  • Patent number: 11927254
    Abstract: A rotary device includes a first rotor, a second rotor, a centrifugal element, and a first rolling member. The first rotor includes an accommodation portion having first and second guide surfaces. The first and second guide surfaces face both sides in a circumferential direction. The first rotor is disposed to be rotatable. The second rotor is disposed to be rotatable with and relative to the first rotor. The centrifugal element is disposed within the accommodation portion. The centrifugal element is disposed to be radially movable by a centrifugal force acting thereon in rotation of the first or second rotor. The centrifugal element rotates about a rotational axis thereof in radial movement thereof. The first rolling member is disposed between the first guide surface and the centrifugal element. The first rolling member rolls on the first guide surface in accordance with rotation of the centrifugal element about the rotational axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Okamachi, Koichi Higuchi
  • Patent number: 11920663
    Abstract: A drive unit includes a prime mover, a torque converter, and a torque converter casing. The torque converter is configured to amplify a torque generated by the prime mover. The torque converter is disposed to be rotatable. The torque converter casing is disposed to be non-rotatable. The torque converter casing accommodates the torque converter. The torque converter casing includes a first air intake port and a first air discharge port. The first air intake port is configured to draw air into the torque converter casing therethrough. The first air discharge port is configured to discharge the air inside the torque converter casing therethrough. The drive unit allows the torque converter to be cooled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11913531
    Abstract: A drive unit includes an electric motor, a torque converter, a power transmission unit, a first shaft, a second shaft, and a first switching mechanism. The torque converter amplifies torque from the electric motor in a first rotation direction. The power transmission unit includes first and second forward drive gear trains. The first shaft transmits torque from the electric motor to the torque converter. The second shaft transmits torque from the torque converter to the second forward drive gear train. The first switching mechanism transmits torque from the first shaft to the first forward drive gear train in a first forward drive state. The first switching mechanism does not transmit torque from the first shaft to the first forward drive gear train in a first neutral state. The first switching mechanism is configured not to allow the first forward drive gear train to rotate in a locking state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11859702
    Abstract: A flow channel structure forms a first flow channel which makes a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber communicate with each other therethrough. The flow channel structure includes first to third plates. The first plate includes a first through hole penetrating the first plate in a thickness direction to open to the first fluid chamber. The second plate includes a second through hole penetrating the second plate in the thickness direction to open to the second fluid chamber. The third plate includes a first connecting through hole penetrating the third plate in the thickness direction. The first connecting through hole is larger in flow channel area than each of the first and second through holes. The first and second through holes are disposed in different positions from each other as seen in the thickness direction. The first connecting through hole communicates with the first and second through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Exedy Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 11831221
    Abstract: A drive device includes a fluid coupling, a transmission shaft, and a rotary electrical machine. The fluid coupling includes a cover, a turbine, and an impeller. The turbine is fixed to the cover. The impeller is disposed inside an outer shell formed by the cover and the turbine. The impeller is opposed to the turbine. The transmission shaft extends to penetrate the outer shell of the fluid coupling. The transmission shaft is connected to the impeller. The rotary electrical machine includes a first stator and a rotor. The first stator is disposed in a non-rotatable manner. The rotor is attached to the outer shell of the fluid coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kitada, Yuki Kawahara, Tomohiro Wada, Takuma Shimada, Yukiyoshi Takada
  • Patent number: 11815148
    Abstract: A damper device includes a damper unit and a torque limiter unit. The damper unit includes first and second plates each including a plurality of window portions, a hub flange including a plurality of window holes, and a stopper mechanism. The first plate includes an engaging portion and a fixing portion fixed to the second plate. The engaging portion and the fixing portion are disposed radially outside the plurality of window portions. The hub flange includes a protrusion disposed circumferentially between and radially outside adjacent two of the plurality of window holes. The stopper mechanism is configured to be actuated by contact of the protrusion with the engaging portion. A fixation member, by which the first plate and the torque limiter unit are fixed, is disposed circumferentially between adjacent two of the plurality of window portions as seen in a direction along a rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uehara
  • Patent number: 11808315
    Abstract: A torque limiter embedded damper device includes a torque limiter unit and a damper unit. The damper unit includes a first rotor, a second rotor, and a stopper mechanism. The second rotor includes a flange axially opposed to the first rotor. The stopper mechanism restricts an angle of relative rotation between the first rotor and the second rotor to a predetermined angular range. The stopper mechanism includes a cutout and a stop pin. The cutout is provided in the flange of the second rotor. The stop pin is fixed to the first rotor. The torque limiter unit includes a friction plate having an annular shape. The annular friction plate is fixed at an inner peripheral part thereof to an outer peripheral part of first rotor or the second rotor by a fixation member. The fixation member is fastened in a state of penetrating the cutout of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Exedy Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uehara
  • Patent number: 11796010
    Abstract: A torque limiter device for limiting a torque transmitted between a power source-side member and an output-side member is disclosed. The torque limiter device includes a cover, a friction disc and an urging member. The cover includes a coupling portion, a tubular portion and a support portion. The coupling portion is coupled to the power source-side member. The tubular portion axially extends from the coupling portion. The support portion extends from the tubular portion to an inner peripheral side. The friction disc is accommodated in an inner peripheral space of the tubular portion of the cover, and is pressed toward the power source-side member. The urging member is supported by the support portion of the cover, and urges the friction disc toward the power source-side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Tomita, Yusuke Okamachi
  • Publication number: 20230313860
    Abstract: A friction generating mechanism of a damper apparatus includes a bushing in contact with an annular friction surface of a spline hub, and a cone spring arranged in a compressed state between a retaining plate and the bushing. A first load support surface of the bushing and a second load support surface of the retaining plate have step portions recessed so as to respectively receive an outer peripheral edge and an inner peripheral edge of the cone spring, when the taper of the cone spring is reversed. The radial positions of boundaries of the step portions are in a relationship of D1>D2, which inhibits the cone spring from being reversed even when an excessive load in the axial direction is input.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Publication date: October 5, 2023
    Applicants: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., EXEDY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Makoto OGATA, Masayuki OOTANI, Takeshi SENOUE, Masahiro NAKATANI
  • Patent number: 11777368
    Abstract: A drive device includes a fluid coupling and a rotary electrical machine. The fluid coupling includes an impeller and a turbine, and is configured such that a torque is inputted thereto from one axial side and outputted therefrom to another axial side. The rotary electrical machine includes a first stator and a rotor. The first stator is disposed in a non-rotatable manner. The rotor is disposed to be rotated about a rotational axis of the fluid coupling. The first stator includes a first stator core, first and second coil ends. The first coil end protrudes from the first stator core in an axial direction. The second coil end protrudes from the first stator core to an opposite side of the first coil end in the axial direction. The first coil end is bent radially outward and located in part radially outside an outer peripheral surface of the first stator core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Kitada, Yuki Kawahara, Tomohiro Wada, Takuma Shimada, Yukiyoshi Takada
  • Patent number: 11761523
    Abstract: A rotary device is disclosed. The rotary device includes a first rotor, a centrifugal element, and a tilt preventing mechanism. The first rotor is disposed to be rotatable. The centrifugal element is supported to be axially movable with respect to the first rotor. The tilt preventing mechanism prevents the centrifugal element from tilting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Tomita, Yusuke Okamachi
  • Patent number: 11754144
    Abstract: A damper device includes a first rotor, a second rotor, a plurality of elastic members and a stopper mechanism. The stopper mechanism includes a first stopper hole, a second stopper hole and a plurality of stop members. The first and second stopper holes are provided on both circumferential sides of each of a plurality of first window holes of the second rotor so as to circumferentially extend therefrom. One or both of the first and second stopper holes communicates at one end thereof with each first window hole and extends at the other end thereof to a position radially outside one of a plurality of second window holes of the second rotor. The stop members are fixed to the first rotor. Each stop member axially penetrates each of the first and second stopper holes and is circumferentially movable within each of the first and second stopper holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uehara
  • Patent number: 11745577
    Abstract: A torque converter includes a torque converter body and a rotary electrical machine. The torque converter body includes a cover, an impeller, a turbine, and a first stator. The rotary electrical machine includes a rotor and a second stator. The rotary electrical machine is disposed inside the torque converter body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: EXEDY Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 11661995
    Abstract: A torque fluctuation inhibiting device is disclosed. The torque fluctuation inhibiting device includes an input member, an elastic member, a mass body and a centrifugal element. The input member includes a pair of input plates disposed in axial alignment. The input member is disposed to be rotatable. The elastic member is held by the pair of input plates. The mass body is disposed to be rotated with the input member and be rotatable relative to the input member. The centrifugal element is disposed to be radially movable by a centrifugal force acting thereon in rotation of the input member. The centrifugal element is disposed between the pair of input plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Exedy Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Tomita, Yusuke Okamachi
  • Patent number: 11661971
    Abstract: A damper device includes first and second rotors, a first pre-damper, and a first main elastic member. The second rotor includes a hub and a flange. The first pre-damper elastically couples the hub and the flange in a rotational direction, and is actuated in a first range of torsion angle between the first and second rotors. The first main elastic member elastically couples the first and second rotors in the rotational direction, and is actuated in a greater second range of torsion angle. The first pre-damper includes first and second subordinate elastic members. The first subordinate elastic member is compressed in a neutral state, and urges the flange to a first side in the rotational direction with respect to the hub. The second subordinate elastic member is compressed in the neutral state, and urges the flange to a second side in the rotational direction with respect to the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: Exedy Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uehara