Patents Examined by Allan D. Herrmann
  • Patent number: 6427552
    Abstract: A rack and pinion steering gear (10). The rack and pinion steering gear (10) comprises a housing (12) having a chamber (18). A portion of the chamber (18) is a relief pocket (22). A pinion gear (26) is rotatably mounted in the chamber (18) of the housing (12). A rack bar (38) is movable relative to the pinion gear (26). The rack bar (38) is at least partially disposed in the chamber (18) of the housing (12) and has teeth (44) in meshing engagement with the pinion gear (26). A spring (60) is disposed in the chamber (18) of the housing (12) for supporting and guiding movement of the rack bar (38) relative to the pinion gear (26). The spring (60) extends across an opening to the relief pocket (22). The spring (60) extends into the relief pocket (22) as a load applied to the spring (60) from the rack bar (38) increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Sahr
  • Patent number: 6422100
    Abstract: A translation system comprising: a linear support having first and second opposite ends; a carriage slid ably mounted on said support for movement in reciprocal linear directions between said first and second ends of said support; a rotary drive rotatable in opposite rotary directions located at one end of said support; a rotatable member mounted at the other end of said support; and a multiple cable assembly attached to said carriage and extending around said rotary drive and said rotatable member moving said carriage in said reciprocal linear directions as a function of rotation of said rotary drive in said opposite rotary directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter Y. Li, Paul C. Schubert, Timothy S. Vraa
  • Patent number: 6422102
    Abstract: A wiper drive (10, 12, 14) with a reversible geared motor (16) is fastened to a motor mounting plate (18). The driven shaft (22) of the wiper drive supports a crank (28, 30, 32), which is connected by means of at least one joint (34, 36, 38, 40) to a leaver (68, 70) of a lever mechanism. The crank is a crank plate (28, 30, 32) on which at least two adjacent joints (34, 36) for two levers (68, 70) are disposed adjacent to each other in a plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Kuehbauch
  • Patent number: 6422347
    Abstract: A closed loop apparatus for the input, storage, and output of mechanical energy having a closed loop with active and inactive segments, a rotatable power input shaft for shortening the active segment with the input of kinetic energy, a rotatable power output shaft for the output of rotational kinetic energy with the lengthening of the active segment; and having at least one additional rotatable shaft for separating the active segment form the inactive segment so that shortening of the inactive segment does not interfere with lengthening of the active segment enabling all of the stored potential energy to be output as rotational kinetic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Wellesley Rolland Kime
  • Patent number: 6422348
    Abstract: A transmission wheel comprises a gear having a hole and a pinion having a plurality of teeth and being removably mounted in the hole of the gear. The hole of the gear has at least one chord-shaped stop portion engaging two adjacent teeth of the pinion to prevent relative rotation between the pinion and the gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Koichiro Jujo, Mitsuru Ishii
  • Patent number: 6418807
    Abstract: A stabilizer for a ball screw actuator of the type having a housing, and externally threaded lead screw and a drive nut movable along the lead screw in which the stabilizer includes a first member rotationally fixed but movable linearly relative to the cylinder housing and a second member rotatable relative to, but linearly fixed, relative to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Tol-O-Matic, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul B. Gladen
  • Patent number: 6419061
    Abstract: A fabricated gear is provided which is formed from a plurality of plates disposed in series one on top of another. Each of the plates include a plurality of teeth along an outer circumference thereof. An aperture extending through a center portion of each of the plates is provided. This aperture forms an inner circumference within each of the plates and is capable of receiving a shaft member therethrough. The plates are secured together to form the fabricated gear. This fabricated gear may be keyed onto a shaft member. Alternatively, an anti-backlash mechanism may be provided in the fabricated gear to achieve one direction rotation of a shaft member in a manner similar to a pawl and ratchet mechanism. This anti-backlash mechanism is formed by providing at least one indentation within an inner circumference of at least some of the plates which cooperates with a cylindrical member positioned within an opening formed by this indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Ring, Scott L. Natschke
  • Patent number: 6418809
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive spindle, in particular to drive garage doors, having recesses or projections disposed on the circumferential surface which can be connected to corresponding projections or recesses of a guide element for the purpose of the axial movement. In accordance with the invention, the drive spindle consists of at least two components which can be detachably connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Marantec Antriebs-und Steuerungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Hörmann
  • Patent number: 6416439
    Abstract: In a toroidal-type continuously variable transmission, a plurality of trunnions is respectively swingable about a pair of mutually concentric pivot shafts through a plurality of radial needle roller bearings respectively supporting the pivot shafts. Each of the radial needle roller bearings includes: an outer race interposed between an outer peripheral surface of the pivot shaft and an inner peripheral surface of the circular hole of the support plate, the outer race having an outer peripheral surface formed in a spherically convex surface; and a plurality of needle rollers respectively disposed on the inside diameter side of the outer race. The outer race is formed with an inwardly facing flange portion on the inner peripheral surface of the end portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Itoh, Seiji Higuchi, Nobuo Goto, Masami Tanaka, Norihisa Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6415677
    Abstract: Maneuvering apparatus is disclosed including a console, a maneuvering lever disposed relative to the console and movable between a plurality of predetermined positions, a planar detector mounted with respect to the console, a code bar mounted parallel to the planar detector for interacting with the planar detector based upon the relative positions of the code bar and the planar detector, the planar detector adapted to detect the relative position of the code bar, and a connector for connecting the maneuvering lever to the code bar whereby movement of the maneuvering lever between the plurality of positions causes the code bar to move substantially only in a single plane parallel to the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Kongsberg Automotive AB
    Inventor: Kenneth Skogward
  • Patent number: 6413187
    Abstract: In a toroidal type continuously variable transmission, shoulder portions are formed on a trunnion which opposes an upper link or a lower link, and projecting portions are formed on the links which slidably contact the shoulder portions when the links execute swinging movement. The end portions of the projecting portions which slidably contact the shoulder portions are formed with arcuate faces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruhito Mori, Toshifumi Hibi, Masatoshi Fukuyama
  • Patent number: 6412363
    Abstract: A device for relative movement of two elements (1, 2) comprises three link arrangements (A, B, C) and drives (3, 4, 5) for these arrangements. The link arrangements have forearm and upper arm components hinged to the upper arm components and to the second element respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: ABB AB
    Inventor: Torgny Brogårdh
  • Patent number: 6408709
    Abstract: A cable block-locking mechanism of a dual mode shift lever unit having a shift lever pivotally connected to a pivot shaft in a lever housing via a lever bracket provided at a lower end of the shift lever, a rotation member rotationally mounted on the pivot shaft, and a cable block pivotally mounted on the pivot shaft outside the lever housing. The cable block-locking mechanism includes a stud slidably mounted to the cable block for selectively connecting the cable block with the lever housing, a push rod formed on the lever bracket for depressing the stud so as to release the cable block from the lever housing in an automatic mode, and a return spring mounted around the stud for returning the stud to its place so as to couple the cable block with the lever housing in a manual mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyung-Suk Kim
  • Patent number: 6408706
    Abstract: A clearance-adjusting mechanism is provided so that a clearance in a circumferential direction between an inner wall surface of a boss section and an outer wall surface of a spline shaft section is adjusted in such a way that a first spline shaft member and a second spline shaft member, which are divided into two, are rotated and displaced in mutually opposite directions about a center of rotation of an axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: SMC Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigekazu Nagai, Yousuke Shirai
  • Patent number: 6408518
    Abstract: Using a phase matching device 59, the phases of the outside diameter side and inside diameter side ball spline grooves 46, 47 are matched to each other and such phase matched state is maintained as it is. A given number of balls are supplied to between the two ball spline grooves 46, 47 through openings formed in the upper end portions of spaces existing therebetween by a ball supply device 64. An input shaft 15 and an input side disk 2B are shifted reciprocatingly with respect to each other in the axial direction thereof and in the circumferential direction thereof using a lift board 54, a center pin 56, and a swing device 72. As a result of the relatively shifting operation of the input shaft 15 and input side disk 2B, the balls are allowed to drop into the lower portions of spaces respectively defined by and between the two ball spline grooves 46, 47 due to the influence of gravity, that is, due to their own weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Kumagae, Ryota Iwahashi
  • Patent number: 6406401
    Abstract: The toroidal drive has an input shaft (3) and a torque shaft (20) positioned coaxially thereto as well as two input discs (5, 12) and two output discs (6, 11) associated in pairs to the input discs. Between one of the input discs (5) and an axial flange (9), which is firmly connected with the input shaft (3) and upon which supports itself the input disc (5) is not pressurized by a contact-pressure device (4), one universal bearing (18) is provided which assumes both the axial support and the radial support of said input disc (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Walter Kuhn, Jürgen Wafzig, Markus Hoher
  • Patent number: 6405612
    Abstract: An electric steering column for a motor vehicle is provided, which has a steering shaft. A jacket tube extends along the steering shaft to cover the same. A worm wheel is rotatably held by the jacket tube and has a center bore through which a given portion of the steering shaft loosely passes. A collar member is tightly disposed on the given portion of the steering shaft defining an annular clearance between the collar member and the worm wheel. An elastically deformable structure is put and compressed in the annular clearance in such a manner as to induce a rotation of the collar member when the worm wheel is rotated. An electric motor rotates the worm wheel with an electric power. Due to provision of the elastically deformable structure, a possible ill-alignment between the worm wheel and the collar member is absorbed or compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kinoshita, Toshihiko Warashina
  • Patent number: 6401563
    Abstract: A linkage mechanism for linking for example actuator rods to the nozzle ring of a variable geometry turbine. First and second components of the mechanism are interconnected by at least two links which are displaceable in a predetermined direction relative to the first component and connected at spaced apart locations to the second component. At least one of the links incorporates an element which is pivotal relative to the first component about a first axes and pivotal relative to the second component about a second axis, the two axis being parallel to each other, parallel to the predetermined direction, and offset relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Holset Engineering Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Philip C. Franklin
  • Patent number: 6401568
    Abstract: In a hydrostatic transmission or similar axle driving device, a bearing is used to support an axle in a separate axle chamber in the housing, and the bearing has an opening or lobe formed on the outer periphery thereof to allow fluid to flow from a chamber where the axle is housed and a separate chamber in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Raymond Hauser, John Schreier
  • Patent number: 6401560
    Abstract: A shift mechanism of an outboard engine has a shift cam which is remotely-operable to effect change-over of the direction of rotation of a propeller shaft in a gear case. A shift cam support member is a member separate from and detachably secured to the gear case. The shift mechanism permits use of a single design of the gear case adapted to either a rotary shift cam or a vertically-movable shift cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Takuya Sato