Patents Examined by Adam D Rogers
  • Patent number: 10995790
    Abstract: An elongate member assembly having an elongate member, a connecting member provided between one end and another end of the elongate member, and a swaging member that swages and fixes the connecting member to the elongate member, and fixing member connected to the connecting member. The connecting member includes a swaging portion pressed by the swaging member on the elongate member, and a connecting portion connected to the fixing member. The fixing member includes an anchor portion mounted to a mounting object member, and a ring-shaped portion connected to the connecting portion. The connecting portion includes, a rotation permitting portion that permits the ring-shaped portion to move, and a movement limiting portion that limits movement of the ring-shaped portion. The elongate member assembly facilitates the fixing thereof onto the mounting object member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takuma Imagawa, Hiroshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 10995844
    Abstract: In a breather structure of a transmission, a gear chamber of the transmission is disposed between an engine and an electric motor control device for an electric motor, and a breather piping is inserted into a breather hole in an upper wall of the gear chamber. When viewed from above, in a vehicle width direction, a part of an intake system member and the electric power control device are overlapped together, and a part of the intake system member and the gear chamber are overlapped together. Therefore, a direction of water splashed up from a road surface and flowing forward is changed downward so that the breather hole is easily covered with water. However, since an atmosphere opening part of the breather piping is disposed above the electric motor chamber, even if the breather hole is covered with water, a breather function is not lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kita, Takafumi Maruyama, Katsuhisa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10988209
    Abstract: A bicycle control system includes a housing having an upper mounting surface and housing a brake actuation system. A lever is pivotally coupled to the housing about an axis and is operably coupled to the brake actuation system. An electronic module includes a housing releasably coupled to the upper mounting surface. The housing sealingly encloses at least one electronic component. The lever may be pivotally coupled to the housing about both a shift axis and a brake axis, wherein the shift axis and the brake axis being non-orthogonal. A bicycle control kit includes different first and second electronic modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Luman, Christopher Shipman, Patrick Gruse
  • Patent number: 10981628
    Abstract: A control device for a bicycle is disposed on a handlebar and includes a body, an electronic module, at least one switch, and at least one input member. The body includes a plugged portion and a holding portion. The plugged portion is disposed inside the handlebar via an opening of the handlebar. The holding portion is connected to the plugged portion and is disposed outside the opening. The electronic module is disposed in the plugged portion and has at least one surface. The switch is disposed on the surface of the electronic module to selectively control the electronic module to send an electronic signal. The input member is disposed on the holding portion and extends into the plugged portion and moves in an operating direction to actuate the switch. The operating direction is not perpendicular to the surface and a longitudinal axis direction of the plugged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fong-Syuan Gu
  • Patent number: 10981627
    Abstract: An integrated handlebar for a bicycle includes a handlebar and at least one integrated control device, wherein the handlebar has at least two free ends and the integrated control device includes a base engaged with at least one of the free ends, a brake lever and an electronic controller. The brake lever has a front end pivotally connected with the base and a rear end. The brake lever has a mounting portion, being located at a distance not greater than ¾ length of the brake lever from the rear end and not on the rear end. The electronic controller includes an operation member disposed on the brake lever, which includes at least one operation part adapted to be triggered by fingers of a rider to control an action of the operation member so as to drive the electronic controller to output an electronic signal to an electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mark Vandermolen
  • Patent number: 10976766
    Abstract: A pedal device for a vehicle includes a pedal arm that is rotatable about a rotational axis in a pedal housing, a pedal reaction force generator for generating a pedal reaction force in a direction opposite to a direction in which an operating force of the pedal arm is applied via a pedal pad formed on the pedal arm, a friction force generator comprising a contact disposed at an end of the pedal arm proximate to the rotational axis and a contact surface formed on an inner surface of the pedal housing to be in contact with the contact of the pedal arm, and a position detection unit for detecting a position of the pedal arm. The position detection unit includes a magnet, in which two or more poles are arranged in a displacement direction and in a direction perpendicular to the displacement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Woojin Kang, Changwen An, Intae Hwang
  • Patent number: 10976767
    Abstract: A control knob for controlling the operation of a component of a household appliance is disclosed. The control knob includes a body configured to be attached to a rotatable rod extending from the appliance. A locking element reversibly secures the body in at least one rotational position. The locking element is movable between a first position and a second position. The locking element is configured to engage with a notch to rotatably secure the body in the at least one rotational position when the locking element is in the first position, and to disengage from the notch to permit the body to be rotated when the locking element is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Swayne, Desirea Lewis, Andrew Worley, Brendan McGinnis
  • Patent number: 10975907
    Abstract: An end fitting connector assembly includes an end fitting having a first end, a second end and a through opening that extends in a direction that is transverse to an end fitting axis extending through the first and second ends and in which the through opening is defined by a peripheral wall. An elastically deformable race fitted into the through opening of the end fitting includes an exterior surface that engages the peripheral wall and an interior surface configured to provide snap fitting engagement with a spherical ball mount. At least one feature retaining the race within the end fitting creates an increased disassembly force, which may prevent disassembly without employing a release tool or release feature. The interior and exterior surfaces of the race can include spherical surfaces for conforming to the spherical ball and the peripheral wall of the end fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Boerschig
  • Patent number: 10968584
    Abstract: A security gate actuator includes a main ball screw, a main ball nut, and a drive shaft stage. The main ball screw may further include a circular channel disposed on an outer surface of the main ball screw and at least one drive ball disposed in the circular channel. The main ball nut may be disposed on the main threads of the main ball screw and configured to translate rotational motion of the main ball screw to linear motion of the main ball nut. The drive shaft stage may include a drive shaft end and a drive shaft tube attached to the drive shaft end, the drive shaft end coupled to the main ball nut. The drive ball may push against the drive shaft tube to translate the rotational motion of the main ball screw to rotational motion of the drive shaft tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: K12 Defense Consultants, LLC
    Inventors: David Russell Gardner, Charles Lee Brown, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10969003
    Abstract: An operation lever is rotatable in a vertical rotation direction about a vertical rotation shaft and rotatable in a front-rear rotation direction about a front-rear rotation shaft non-parallel to the vertical rotation shaft. An urging portion urges the operation lever to move to a predetermined initial position. A neutral cam portion rotates following a rotation of the operation lever in the vertical rotation direction; a forward/backward cam portion rotates following a rotation of the operation lever in the front-rear rotation direction; a neutral switch portion is pressed by the neutral cam portion and detects the pressing in a state where the neutral cam portion is rotated to a neutral pressing position; and a forward/backward switch portion is pressed by the forward/backward cam portion and detects the pressing in a state where the forward/backward cam portion is rotated to a forward pressing position or a backward pressing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichi Nakai, Takashi Kosaki
  • Patent number: 10968991
    Abstract: A cam follower is provided. The cam follower includes a polycrystalline diamond element, including an engagement surface. The engagement surface of the polycrystalline diamond element is positioned on the cam follower for sliding engagement with an opposing engagement surface of a cam. The cam includes at least some of a diamond reactive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: XR Downhole, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Miess, Gregory Prevost, Michael Williams
  • Patent number: 10968978
    Abstract: The present damper device includes a large hysteresis mechanism, generating a large hysteresis torque, and a hysteresis inhibiting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: EXEDY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroshi Uehara
  • Patent number: 10960954
    Abstract: A bike pedal shoe platform apparatus for stabilizing a rider's foot on an exercise bike includes a platform dimensioned to receive the entirety of a user's shoe. A pair of mounting posts is coupled to the platform with each mounting post extending perpendicularly from a platform bottom side. A pedal holder is coupled to the pair of mounting posts. The pedal holder secures a pedal against the platform bottom side. A heel plate is coupled to the platform. The heel plate is coupled to the outer perimeter along the heel portion. A strap is coupled to the platform. The strap is coupled to the outer perimeter and extends from the insole portion to the outsole portion. The strap is adjustable to secure the user's shoe to the platform top side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Jerry Snider
  • Patent number: 10962101
    Abstract: A transmission case (10) includes a case (2) and a side cover (3). A rotation sensor (5) including a connector terminal part (52) is attached to the side cover (3). A seal member (FIPG) (4) is interposed between joining surfaces (22a, 32a) of the case (2) and the side cover (3). A notch portion (25) where the seal member (4) is accumulated is provided to an outer peripheral surface (22b) of the joining surface (22a) which is adjacent to the connector terminal part (52). Accordingly, the amount of the seal member (4) protruding outward from the outer peripheral surface (22b, 32b) of the flange portions (22, 32) is reduced, thus suppressing connection failure of a connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Fujii, Mitsuhiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10960915
    Abstract: The invention relates to a steering wheel armature cover (10) for mounting to a steering wheel armature (12) of a vehicle steering wheel (14), comprising a cover portion (16) for closing a profile of the steering wheel armature (12) open in cross-section as well as at least one securing element (18, 20, 22) for fixing the steering wheel armature cover (10) to the steering wheel armature (12). Furthermore, the invention also relates to a method of manufacturing a steering wheel armature cover (10) as well as to a vehicle steering wheel (14) comprising such steering wheel armature cover (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: DALPHI METAL ESPANA S.A.
    Inventors: Ramon Baña Castro, Jorge Ollero Ollero, Marcelino Moure Fernández, Pedro Pereiro Coto, Fabián Conde Bouza
  • Patent number: 10955026
    Abstract: The disclosed invention is a novel method for constructing an Arcuate Common Vertex Spring Damper System, that can either be used as a single spring for a torsional vibration application or be used in pairs as a Dual Arcuate Common Vertex Spring Dampers System. Both these constructions yield significant improvements over the conventional Common Vertex and Dual Common Vertex seen in prior art, such as promoting a radially tighter packaging envelop, allowing the resulting device to be tuned across a greater torsional frequency range, and improving the modal decoupling response of the resulting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: OPTIMIZED SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Suhale Manzoor
  • Patent number: 10954863
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a compressor, a turbine, and an engine shaft coupled to the compressor and the turbine; a gear assembly including a driveshaft and an accessory gearbox, the driveshaft rotatable by the engine shaft and the accessory gearbox rotatable by the driveshaft, the accessory gearbox including an AGB output, and the gear assembly defining a first overall gear ratio between the engine shaft and the AGB output; and a phasing gearbox coupled to the accessory gearbox and including a PGB output, and the phasing gearbox defining a second overall gear ratio between the AGB output of the accessory gearbox and the PGB output, wherein the second overall gear ratio is an inverse of the first overall gear ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark Edward Neubauer
  • Patent number: 10946929
    Abstract: An operation apparatus includes a supporting element, an operation element including an arm whose basal end is rotatably supported by the supporting element and whose tip is provided with an acting element, and a return spring provided between the supporting element and the operation element, in which the return spring is housed in a compact manner without inviting an increase in the number of components. A return spring is provided between a first spring holder and a second spring holder. A supporting element is provided with a first side wall opposing the return spring in the lateral direction. An arm is provided with a second side wall opposing the first side wall and surrounding the return spring in conjunction with the first spring holder, the second spring holder, and the first side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Daiki Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10941853
    Abstract: When a knob of a shift lever device is being assembled, a pair of design frames are assembled to a knob main body, and then a cover is assembled to the knob main body. When the cover is being assembled to the knob main body, ribs of the pair of design frames are inserted into an insertion hole in the cover. The pair of ribs are put into surface contact with one another in a left-and-right direction, and distal end portions of the pair of design frames are put into surface contact in the left-and-right direction. Consequently, the formation of a gap between the distal end portions of the pair of design frames may be inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Takahiro Miura
  • Patent number: 10942537
    Abstract: A lever latching system comprising: a housing; a lever having a latch pin fixedly mounted to the lever, the lever being movably mounted to the housing so that the latch pin moves in an arc; and a latch plate movably mounted to the housing for linear movement with respect to the housing, the latch plate comprising a labyrinth for receiving the latch pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Gyrus Acmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis G. Lamser, John R. Mensch, Riyad Moe