Patents Assigned to Regal Beloit America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 12021462
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling an electric motor using a motor controller including a processor are provided. The method includes transmitting, by the processor, a no-spin signal commanding the electric motor not to spin, receiving temperature information associated with a temperature of the electric motor, comparing the temperature information to a predetermined threshold temperature to determine whether the temperature is at a sufficient level to prevent icing, and adjusting current applied to the electric motor when the temperature measurement is below the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Joseph Stauffer, Mark Lyon Klopp, David Allen Clendenen, Ronald William Blotkamp, Maung Saw Eddison, Ludovic Andre Chretien
  • Patent number: 12009701
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for use in a radial flux electric motor assembly is provided. The rotor assembly includes a rotor core having a plurality of circumferentially spaced rotor poles and a plurality of magnets alternately spaced with the plurality of rotor poles. The plurality of rotor poles define a radial aperture between each pair of circumferentially adjacent rotor poles, and each radial aperture is configured to receive a magnet of the plurality of magnets therein. The rotor assembly further includes an end cap coupled to the rotor core and to the plurality of core magnets. The end cap includes a plurality of deformable members positioned between the rotor core and the plurality of magnets and configured to restrict movement of the plurality of magnets within the radial apertures. The deformable members are configured to deform upon insertion into a cavity defined between the rotor core and the plurality of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Emma Murphy, Matthew Scott, Stephen English
  • Patent number: 11984763
    Abstract: A permanent magnet rotor core includes a plurality of rotor poles circumferentially-spaced about a central axis and including a first rotor pole and an adjacent second rotor pole that each include an outer wall, and wherein the rotor core includes a rotor diameter. The rotor core also includes a plurality of radial apertures alternately-spaced with the plurality of rotor poles. The rotor core also includes a first protrusion extending from the first rotor pole into a first radial aperture of the plurality of radial apertures positioned between the first rotor pole and the second rotor pole. The rotor core further includes a second protrusion extending from the second rotor pole into the first radial aperture such that a circumferential opening is defined between the first protrusion and the second protrusion. The opening extends a first length of between approximately 0.052% and approximately 0.058% of the rotor diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignees: Regal Beloit America, Inc., Regal Beloit Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Thiele, Greg Heins, Subhash Brahmavar, Steve Long, Lester Benjamin Manz, Kerry Shelton
  • Patent number: 11971196
    Abstract: A draft inducer blower assembly for use with a water heater has a housing, a motor, and a fan. The housing has an exhaust volute surrounding the fan and a base adapted to be mounted atop a water heater. The housing has an inlet port adapted to receive exhaust gas from the water heater. The fan is connected to the motor for rotation about a rotation axis. The exhaust volute has a cut-off at a cut-off angle relative to the rotation axis. The exhaust volute has an exhaust outlet passageway that extends to an exhaust port. The exhaust port is lower than the top of the exhaust volute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Post, Jeffrey Jay Long, William S. Gatley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11965686
    Abstract: A control system for a cooling system configured to selectively operate one or both of a condenser fan an evaporator fan in a reverse direction RD, measure power draw at the motor against configuration data and fan motor profiles, and determine if a blockage has occurred before the static pressure has reached a critical point static pressure where the efficiency, performance, and cooling capability of the cooling system is hindered and maintenance is required to clear the blockage. By determining if blockage has occurred before the static pressure has reached the critical point static pressure, an alert or corrective action can be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Silva, Paul Mullin, Ramin Rezaei, Bin Yang
  • Patent number: 11959679
    Abstract: A fan drive circuit for a variable speed fan motor in a cooling system, includes an inverter configured to supply a current signal to stator windings of the variable speed fan motor, a frequency detection circuit coupled to an output stage of an inverter of a compressor motor of the cooling system and configured to detect a first frequency of a compressor current signal at the output stage of a variable speed compressor drive circuit and generate a frequency signal, and a digital signal processor (DSP) coupled to the inverter and the frequency detection circuit. The DSP is configured to receive the frequency signal corresponding to the first frequency from the frequency detection circuit, select a second frequency corresponding to the first frequency at which to operate the variable speed fan motor, and transmit control signals to the inverter to supply current to the stator windings at the second frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Mullin, Daniel E. Thompson, Ludovic Andre Chretien
  • Patent number: 11942837
    Abstract: In one aspect, axial flux rotor, for use in an axial flux motor prepared by a process, provided. The process includes the steps of stamping a plurality of laminations and overlying one of the external planar faces of one of the plurality of laminations over one of the external planar faces of another of the plurality of laminations. The process also includes the steps of providing a plurality of rotor poles, providing a plurality of magnetizable permanent magnets, and overmolding rotor poles with a moldable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Subhash Marutirao Brahmavar
  • Patent number: 11879499
    Abstract: A transmission shaft assembly for a rolling stand for use in a metal rolling mill. The transmission shaft assembly transmits lubricant through the assembly. The transmission shaft assembly includes a shaft having an outer periphery and defining a centrally positioned longitudinal opening extending from a first end to an opposed second end of the shaft. The shaft defines a plurality of internal passageways in the shaft. The transmission shaft assembly also includes a rotary distributor mounted on the outer periphery of the shaft. The shaft assembly provides a conduit for the lubricant through the plurality of internal passageways in the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Adriano Savio, Marcos Louredo Casado, Koldo Puyadena
  • Patent number: 11879472
    Abstract: A control system for an electric motor for a fluid moving apparatus includes a drive circuit and a processor. The drive circuit regulates power supplied to the motor to generate fluid flow. The processor is coupled to the drive circuit and controls the drive circuit to operate the motor at a first speed and torque, and at a second speed and torque, receive a first flow corresponding to the first speed and torque, determine a second flow based on a ratio of the first flow to the first speed, and corresponding to the second speed and torque. The processor is configured to define an algorithm based on the first and second speed, torque, and flow, compute a set point for a demanded flow using the algorithm, and control the drive circuit based on the set point to supply power to the motor and generate the flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Yang, Brian Lee Beifus, Roger Carlos Becerra
  • Patent number: 11873820
    Abstract: A blower has a blower housing of clamshell construction, including two housing members having a scroll back wall molded with radial draft, an impeller and a motor within the housing, and a static tap connected to the housing. The impeller has a backplate with a backplate back surface region of substantially the same radially converging shape as that of a front surface region of the scroll back wall formed by the radial draft, providing a substantially uniform axial gap between the backplate back surface region and the scroll back wall. The impeller has a ring connected by a skirt to the back plate to define a stepped area behind the ring. The impeller includes impeller blades extending forwardly from the impeller backplate and the ring and back fins extending rearwardly from the ring. The blower has a scroll width of about twice an impeller exhaust width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Post, Lyn D. Coones, Jeffrey J. Long
  • Patent number: 11873836
    Abstract: A blower assembly for a gas-burning appliance includes a blower and a motor coupled to the blower and configured to turn the blower to provide airflow through the gas-burning appliance. The blower assembly also includes a housing enclosing the blower and the motor. The housing includes a first portion and a second portion coupled to the first portion. The first portion and the second portion define a cavity therebetween to receive the motor and the blower. The blower assembly further includes an inlet sleeve coupled between the first portion and the second portion. The inlet sleeve is configured to couple to the gas-burning appliance and receive the airflow from the gas-burning appliance. The blower assembly also includes a seal extending at least partially around the inlet sleeve and at least partially between the inlet sleeve and at least one of the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Post, Michael D. Smith
  • Patent number: 11859634
    Abstract: A electric motor assembly includes an electric motor and a fan assembly coupled to the electric motor and configured to rotate therewith about an axis. The fan assembly includes a hub including a core ring, a first inner ring circumscribing the core ring, and a first plurality of circumferentially-spaced ribs extending between the core ring and the first inner ring. The hub also includes a second inner ring circumscribing the first inner ring and a second plurality of circumferentially-spaced ribs extending between the first inner ring and the second inner ring, and a plurality of circumferentially-spaced blades coupled to an outer periphery of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeevan Gnana Robinson, Neha Kumari, Yunpeng Yang
  • Patent number: 11858752
    Abstract: A modular transfer system with a primary flow system and a diverter system. The primary flow system includes a primary flow belt for conveying an article along a primary flow path from an infeed side of the modular transfer system to a pass-through side of the modular transfer system. The diverter system includes one or more diverter belts for diverting an article from the primary flow path towards a divert side of the modular transfer system. The primary flow belt includes multiple movable components contacting the diverter belt. The movable components can have one or more rotational degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: John William Kuhn, Robert D. Lundahl, Robert W. Cutlip, Mark G. Bankard, William D. Finch
  • Patent number: 11855563
    Abstract: Motor controllers and methods for controlling drive circuit bypass signals are provided. The motor controller includes a drive circuit configured to generate variable frequency power based on input power received from a power source, and a drive contactor coupled between an output of the drive circuit and the motor. The drive contactor is configured to couple the drive circuit to the motor when a drive enable signal is received from an external controller, and decouple a line power enable signal from a line contactor by the external controller based on a presence of the drive enable signal. The line contactor is configured to couple the motor directly to the power source when the line power enable signal is received by the line contactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis D. Morales, Zachary Joseph Stauffer, Paul Bryan Snipes
  • Patent number: 11852164
    Abstract: A blower housing comprises first and second blower housing pieces for surrounding a blower fan. The first blower housing piece comprises a blower discharge section comprising an inner tubular portion, an outer tubular portion, and a drain hole. The inner tubular portion defines a blower discharge passage. The inner and outer tubular portions define an exhaust pipe cavity adapted to receive an end margin of an exhaust pipe. The tubular portions are adapted to enable condensate water that forms on the inner surface of the exhaust pipe to flow into the exhaust pipe cavity. The drain hole extends through the outer tubular portion. The drain hole is configured to enable condensate water flowing into the exhaust pipe cavity to drain from the blower housing. The first blower housing piece is a molded one-piece member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie A Lyons
  • Patent number: 11841022
    Abstract: A control system is provided for an electric motor configured to drive a fluid moving apparatus to generate a fluid-flow. The control system includes a drive circuit configured to regulate power supplied to a stator of the motor to turn a rotor and generate the fluid-flow, and a processor that computes a value proportional to at least one of a system resistance or a static pressure for the fluid moving apparatus based on a fixed set point for a first control parameter and a feedback parameter. The processor receives a fluid-flow rate demand and computes an operating set point for a second control parameter based on the fluid-flow rate demand and the value proportional to the system resistance or the static pressure. The processor controls the drive circuit based on the operating set point to supply power to the motor and operate the fluid moving apparatus to generate the fluid-flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bin Yang, Brian L. Beifus, Roger C. Becerra
  • Patent number: 11817763
    Abstract: A mount assembly for supporting an electric machine assembly is provided. The electric machine assembly includes a base and at least one elastic component disposed between the base and the electric machine assembly. The at least one elastic component dampens vibrations generated by the electric machine assembly. The electric machine assembly may be selectively arranged in at least one of a first orientation, a second orientation, and a third orientation relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Gasser
  • Patent number: 11815279
    Abstract: Described herein is an electric motor assembly for an environmental control system. The electric motor assembly includes a fan configured to rotate to circulate air within a controlled environment chamber of the environmental control system, and an electric motor coupled to the fan and configured to rotate the fan. The electric motor includes a motor controller configured to receive a braking control signal from a sensor associated with the controlled environment chamber. The braking control signal indicates an entrance to the controlled environment chamber is about to be opened. The motor controller is also configured to initiate braking the electric motor in response to receiving the braking control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Ludovic Andre Chretien, Leonard Theodore McElhose, Mohamad Khalil Dahouk, Paul Steven Mullin
  • Patent number: 11806761
    Abstract: A transfer module assembly includes a frame, a conveyor belt with internal rotating elements, where the conveyer belt is supported by the frame, conveyor drive rollers supported by the frame and configured to drive the conveyor belt, a flat transfer belt mounted beneath the conveyor belt and configured to contact undersides of the internal rotating elements of the conveyor belt in operation, and flat transfer belt drive rollers supported by the frame and configured to drive the flat transfer belt. The conveyor drive rollers are friction-based and operate without use of a sprocket, and comprise depressions for receiving the internal rotating elements of the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: Regal Beloit America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Lundahl, Robert W. Cutlip, Mark G. Bankard, William D. Finch
  • Patent number: D1002834
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Jeevan Gnana Robinson, Neha Kumari, Yunpeng Yang