Patents Assigned to NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10704634
    Abstract: A lower-side spring receiving member is adapted to receive a compression spring provided with an effective part, end turn parts which do not elastically deform, and rising parts located between the effective part and the end turn parts, at a lower side of the compression spring. The lower-side spring receiving member is provided with a contact part which is formed to protrude outward from an end at one side in the extending direction thereof, and which is in contact with the rising part so as not to form a gap between the contact part and the rising part. The contact part is in contact with the rising part of the compression spring by an elastic force caused by elastic deformation, regardless of a load on the compression spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Ohmura, Shohei Hosomi, Jun Umeno
  • Patent number: 10696122
    Abstract: An annular reference surface is formed around a through-hole of an eye portion. A distal-end-side curved portion is formed at a first corner portion, on an outer side of the annular reference surface. The thickness of the distal-end-side curved portion is reduced in a range of a length from the first flat surface toward the distal end surface. A hole-side curved portion whose thickness is reduced toward an inner surface of the through-hole is formed at a second corner portion, on an inner side of the annular reference surface. The length of the hole-side curved portion is less than the length of the distal-end-side curved portion. The hole-side curved portion is curved with a greater curvature than that of the distal-end-side curved portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sakurai, Yoshihiro Koshita, Akihiko Nishikawa, Akifumi Otani
  • Publication number: 20200189343
    Abstract: A coil spring includes a wire shaped to be helical, and is compressed between an upper spring seat and a lower spring seat. The coil spring includes an upper portion and a lower portion. A positive pitch winding end portion is formed on the upper portion of the coil spring. A terminal-point-strong-abutting-portion is formed at a distal end of the winding end portion. The terminal-point-strong-abutting-portion is in contact with the upper spring seat at one point at a position deviated to an inner side of a vehicle with respect to a coil central axis. On the lower portion of the coil spring, an end turn portion which contacts the lower spring seat is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ken OKURA, Shuji OHMURA, Shusaku HAYASHI
  • Publication number: 20200171910
    Abstract: A stabilizer link includes a support bar and a ball joint. The ball joint includes a ball stud having a ball portion and a stud portion. The stabilizer has two end portions, each of which includes an attachment portion for joining the stabilizer link. The attachment portion has a through hole, through which an elastic member provided at the stud portion is attached to the attachment portion. The elastic member includes a body portion and tab portions. The stud portion is joined to the attachment portion through the elastic member in such a manner that while the elastic member is attached to the through hole, the body portion abuts on an inner circumferential wall portion of the through hole and the tab portions are located to cover circumferential edge portions of the through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shigeru KURODA, Shuji OHMURA
  • Patent number: 10654437
    Abstract: In the state in which the first reinforcing cloth and the second reinforcing cloth are in loops, two end portions of the first reinforcing cloth are sewn to the first skin, and two end portions of the second reinforcing cloth are sewn to the second skin. Thus, the first reinforcing cloth and the second reinforcing cloth are sewn to the first skin and the second skin, respectively, in two-layer states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yaegashi, Tomoyuki Iyama, Akihiko Hoshino
  • Publication number: 20200139783
    Abstract: A stabilizer includes bend sections. With respect to positions in a circumferential direction of a radial cross section of each of the bend sections, a center of an inside of a bend is defined as 0°, and a center of an outside of the bend is defined as 180°. The bend sections each include a bend interior section located at 0°, a bend exterior section located at 180°, a first side section located at 90°, and a second side section located at 270°. The bend interior section has compressive residual stress from a surface to a first depth. The bend exterior section has compressive residual stress to a second depth. The first side section has compressive residual stress to a third depth. The second side section has compressive residual stress to a fourth depth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2020
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Applicant: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuharu SAKURAI, Yoshihiro KOSHITA, Akihiko NISHIKAWA, Akifumi OTANI
  • Patent number: 10644329
    Abstract: A fuel cell stack has a stacked plurality of single cells. Each of the single cells has a membrane electrode assembly, and a pair of separators sandwiching the membrane electrode assembly therebetween. A cooling fluid channel where a cooling fluid flows is formed between adjacent single cells. The fuel cell stack further comprises a displacement absorbing member disposed in the cooling fluid channel to absorb a displacement between the single cells. The displacement absorbing member comprises a channel flow resistance reduction structure that reduces a channel flow resistance of the cooling fluid channel against the cooling fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Fukuyama, Keita Iritsuki, Yusuke Terada, Norihiro Tajima
  • Patent number: 10634245
    Abstract: A shift device for a boat includes a lever which can be operated about a predetermined axis, and a lever operation suppression mechanism which suppresses an operation of the lever. The lever operation suppression mechanism includes a load applying portions (a first load applying portion and a second load applying portion) which apply different loads to the lever in a first operation period of operating the lever between a neutral position of the lever and a first position corresponding to a forward movement of the boat, and in a second operation period of operating the lever between the neutral position and a second position corresponding to a backward movement of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kentaro Kitada
  • Patent number: 10625554
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a vehicle suspension member includes a body of a vehicle suspension member made of a metal, a first layer provided to cover a surface of the body and a second layer provided to cover at least a portion of a surface of the first layer. The first layer includes an epoxy resin, and the second layer includes an epoxy resin and a fluororesin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Mori, Tatsuya Nishimura, Masayoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10626942
    Abstract: A lower-side spring-receiving member of a suspension device, receiving a suspension spring structured to have a rising section at a lower side of the suspension spring, having a partially annular shape and including: a base end portion arranged at one end of the lower-side spring-receiving member wherein an end of the suspension spring is inserted into the base end portion; a slope portion arranged at the other end of the lower-side spring-receiving member and having a thickness in a cross-sectional view varying so as to follow a shape of the rising section of the suspension spring; and a holding portion that is arranged between the base end portion and the slope portion and holds the suspension spring, wherein the slope portion has a recess portion (Nk) formed on its bottom-surface; the recess portion includes a ridge portion is formed in a substantially mountain shape in a cross-sectional view taken along a radial direction of the partially annular shape and may be or may not be in contact with a mounting s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuji Ohmura, Shohei Hosomi, Jun Umeno
  • Patent number: 10596932
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a child safety seat and a seat for a vehicle, which are capable of easing a restriction on a position of the child safety seat on the vehicle seat due to a limited width of the vehicle, so as to enhance the degree of freedom of such a position. At the same time, the apparatus and seat allow mounting of the child safety seat on the vehicle seat in a precise and reliable manner in such a way that the child safety seat can endure an impact load in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle or a lateral direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichiro Fujiwara, Ryousuke Tanaka, Masaharu Sanpei
  • Patent number: 10591011
    Abstract: An elastic member is an elastic member formed of a wire having a cross section that is substantially circular, the cross section being orthogonal to a longitudinal direction, and the elastic member being expandable and contractible in a predetermined direction; and including: a first alloy portion that is made of an aluminum alloy having a tensile strength larger than 950 MPa and equal to or less than 1100 MPa at room temperature; and a second alloy portion configured to cover the first alloy portion, the second alloy portion having a thickness in a radial direction smaller than a radius of the first alloy portion, and being made of an aluminum alloy having a tensile strength of 100 MPa to 650 MPa at room temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Kazama, Noritoshi Takamura, Shigeki Ishikawa, Takeshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10589590
    Abstract: A stabilizer includes a stabilizer main body, and eyes formed on both ends of the stabilizer main body. Through-holes are formed in fastening surfaces of the eyes, respectively. The stabilizer main body is covered with a main body coating film. The eye is covered with an eye coating film whose thickness is less than a thickness of the main body coating film. An inner surface of the through-hole is covered with an inner surface coating film. An incomplete coating portion is formed at a part of the inner surface of the through-hole in a circumferential direction. The incomplete coating portion is located on an extension of a straight line connecting a center of the through-hole and the center of gravity of the stabilizer main body in a side view of the stabilizer main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuharu Sakurai, Yoshihiro Koshita, Akihiko Nishikawa, Akifumi Otani
  • Patent number: 10589640
    Abstract: A power supply unit including a slide rail that has an opening at an upper side a slider that slides along the slide rail, a first connector that is fixed to one end portion of the slide rail, a second connector that is fixed to the slider, and a flexible cable that is housed inside the slide rail, that has one end connected to the first connector, and that has another end folded back and connected to the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Kenichi Katsube, Shota Arimoto, Tomoki Koga
  • Patent number: 10589650
    Abstract: A headrest device includes: a front-rear movement mechanism that moves a moving member in a seat front-rear direction with respect to a base member supported at an upper end portion of a seatback; a head support section that is coupled to the moving member so as to be capable of rotating about an axis running in a seat left-right direction, and that includes a front face configuring a support face to support a head of a seated occupant; and an angle changing mechanism that includes a link member spanning between the head support section and the base member, the link member being rotated with respect to the base member about an axis running in the seat left-right direction by the movement of the moving member so as to rotate the head support section with respect to the moving member about an axis running in the seat left-right direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Kenichi Katsube, Junichi Takada, Masamichi Kobori
  • Patent number: 10589651
    Abstract: A headrest includes: a main frame, left and right side frames, and left and right rotation-coupling portions. The main frame is supported at an upper end portion of a seatback. The left and right side frames that are disposed on left and right sides of the main frame. The left and right rotation-coupling portions couple the left and right side frames to the main frame such that the left and right side frames are capable of rotating with respect to the main frame about left and right up-down-extending axes. Each rotation-coupling portion includes a boss hole, a boss, a hinge hole, and a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakamura, Kenichi Katsube, Junichi Takada, Masamichi Kobori
  • Patent number: 10583706
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a suspension coil spring includes forming first shot peening indentations on a surface of a wire by projecting first shots toward the wire and forming a compressive residual stress portion to which a compressive residual stress is imparted from the surface of the wire to a first depth, and projecting ball shots as second shots toward a lower end turn portion by an ultrasonic apparatus. A size of each ball shot is larger than a size of each first shot. The method includes forming second shot peening indentations on a surface of the lower end turn portion, and a deep residual stress portion in the lower end turn portion, a compressive residual stress of the deep residual stress portion imparted from the surface of the wire to a second depth that is deeper than the first depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Akira Tange, Hideki Okada
  • Patent number: 10584408
    Abstract: A carburization device includes a heating furnace which heats a material, a transfer mechanism, an alcohol vapor generator, an alcohol vapor spraying portion, a quenching tank, and an exhaust heat intake tube. The transfer mechanism moves a plurality of materials. The alcohol vapor generator uses part of heat generated by the heating furnace as a heat source. As the alcohol vapor spraying portion repeats a vapor spraying step and a diffusion step a plurality of times in the heating furnace. In the vapor spraying step, by spraying alcohol vapor on the material which moves inside the heating furnace, carbon in the alcohol is adsorbed to the material. In the diffusion step, an interval for diffusing the carbon adsorbed to the material is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignees: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION YOKOHAMA NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, NHK SPRING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Wataru Nakao, Akira Tange, Koichi Tango, Morimichi Kai
  • Publication number: 20200072272
    Abstract: A fastening member includes a screw thread formed therein. A portion including a crest portion of the screw thread is formed of a first alloy material and includes: a thick portion where the portion is maximized in thickness in a circumferential direction; and a thin portion where the portion is minimized in thickness in the circumferential direction. A portion including a root of the screw thread is formed of a second alloy material having a tensile strength higher than that of the first alloy material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Publication date: March 5, 2020
    Applicant: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriyoshi Kaneda, Takeshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10566016
    Abstract: A flexure includes a metal base, a circuit member, and an actuator. The circuit member includes a base insulating layer, a conductor layer, and a cover insulating layer. The conductor layer includes a second pad, and a reference hole, which is an example of a portion to be protected, in a tongue portion. A second end portion of the actuator is fixed to the second pad via an adhesive. The circuit member includes a wall portion. The wall portion is formed between the second pad and the reference hole. A height of the wall portion is greater than a height of the second pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yukie Yamada, Tetsuya Ueda