Patents Examined by Bryan A Evans
  • Patent number: 10328929
    Abstract: A hybrid drive apparatus is provided to allow setting a variety of driving modes while achieving improvement in transmission efficiency. The hybrid drive apparatus includes an engine, first and second motor generators and a planetary gear mechanism. An output shaft of the first motor generator, an output shaft of an engine and an output shaft of the second motor generator, and an input shaft of the continuously variable transmission mechanism are coupled respectively to a sun gear, ring gear and carrier of the planetary gear mechanism. The hybrid drive apparatus includes first, second and third clutches which can switch engagement/disengagement respectively between the output shaft of the engine and the ring gear, between the carrier and the ring gear, and on the input shaft of the continuously variable transmission mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Toru Yagasaki
  • Patent number: 10328961
    Abstract: A packaging system includes a packaging body defining an internal cavity, an auxiliary body disposed at least partially within the internal cavity, a wheel assembly receiving chamber disposed in the auxiliary body, a support plate joined to a bottom of the packaging body, and a wheel assembly including a wheel housing pivotally mounted to the support plate. A wheel is mounted to the wheel housing, the wheel assembly being selectively disposed in an operational position or a stowed position, wherein the wheel assembly is disposed substantially within the wheel assembly receiving chamber when the wheel assembly is disposed in the stowed position and wherein the wheel assembly is disposed at least partially substantially external to the wheel assembly receiving chamber when the wheel assembly is disposed in the operational position. The packaging system according to the present disclosure can facilitate the transportation without affecting the display, stacking, loading thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: BESTWAY INFLATABLES & MATERIAL CORP.
    Inventors: Shuiyong Huang, Changde Wan, Zhibin Chen, Haifei Chen, Kunlong Ren
  • Patent number: 10322331
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a system for optional dynamic positioning of a ski binding (2) or parts of this, on or in a ski during use. The invention is characterized in that the system comprises an electrical actuator (6), an energy source (7) in order to run the electrical actuator, in addition to a control system (8) adapted to control the electrical actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Rottefella AS
    Inventors: Øyvind Aanes, Thomas Goverud-Holm, Øyvar Svendsen, Håkon Johan Seiness, Øivind Grønli, Odd Øystein Ra, Even Wøllo
  • Patent number: 10323557
    Abstract: On a revolving frame (5), a counterweight (6), an engine (7), a cooling fan (9), a heat exchanger (10), an exterior cover (14) forming a machine room (15) on the revolving frame (5), an exhaust gas purifying device (16) including a urea selective reduction catalyst (24), a urea water injection valve (26) injecting a urea water which is a reducing agent toward an upstream side of the urea selective reduction catalyst (24), and a urea water supply line (28) through which the urea water to be supplied to the urea water injection valve (26) flows are provided. A horizontal support member (34) supporting the exterior cover (14) is provided on a front side of the counterweight (6), and a heat shield cover (38) is mounted on the horizontal support member (34). A line accommodating space (41) is formed between the horizontal support member (34) and the heat shield cover (38), and a urea water supply line (28) for shielding heat from the engine (7) is accommodated in this line accommodating space (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hayato Kubota, Kazuhiko Mizoguchi, Hiroki Sugawara, Shigeru Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10315100
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting a snowboard to a longboard-type skateboard. The resulting longboard combines the properties of a snowboard with those of a skateboard to provide a unique ride. The longboard-skateboard conversion kit uses a board from either a new or reclaimed source; skateboard truck assemblies; and one or more support structure(s) made of firm but flexible materials that allow strength to account for longer length; flexion, rebound, stability and vibration-damping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Roberto Alegre Smith
  • Patent number: 10315501
    Abstract: An apparatus for starting an engine of a mild hybrid electric vehicle may include: an ignition switch including a plurality of contact points; a mild hybrid starter & generator (MHSG) including a stator and a rotor internally disposed within the stator, and starting the engine or generating electricity according to an output of the engine; an MHSG wheel rotating integrally with the rotor, and having at least three teeth on a circumference thereof; an MHSG position detector configured for detecting positions of the teeth; and a controller configured for determining a top dead center (TDC) of a predetermined cylinder according to a signal of the MHSG position detector, and rotating the MHSG to start the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: YoungMin Kim, Hwa Yong Jang
  • Patent number: 10315899
    Abstract: Method for transporting a container or pallet with cargo, wherein at least one transport device is used comprising a frame consisting of an elongate central member (11) and carrying beams (12), each carrying beam (12) extending perpendicular to the central member (11) in the same direction from a different end of the central member (11) thus forming a generally U-shaped frame, wherein in use said U-shaped frame extends in a generally horizontal orientation, said carrying beams being arranged to engage and carry a bottom part of a container or a pallet, wherein the bottom side of said frame is provided with a plurality of air bearings (13) arranged to lift said frame with said cargo from a flat floor surface, wherein a container or pallet to be transported is moved into or out of a vehicle at an transshipment location, wherein for transporting said container or pallet in or out of said vehicle said container or pallet is engaged and lifted by said at least one transport device by activating said air bearings (
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Aerofilm Systems B. V.
    Inventors: Arnold Jan Nicolaas Raymond M. Smit, Michael Ernst Cohen
  • Patent number: 10308266
    Abstract: A tool hand cart incorporates a body with a pair of wheels rotatably mounted on opposite sides of the body proximate a lower rear edge of the body. A collapsible handle is retractably extendable upward from the body. A pair of arms having vertically oriented channels extends from a front of the body and are arranged in spaced relation to define opposing first and second slots configured to receive side frame members of a drill. The handle is retractable to a first position enhancing insertion of the drill and extendible to a second position and the body is configured to tilt from an upright standing position to a canted position in which the body is supported by the pair of wheels and rolled by pulling the handle to thereby transport a drill positioned in the first and second slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Rebecca Cook
  • Patent number: 10307322
    Abstract: A rolling walker comprises a frame, a seat supported by that frame, and a backrest supported by the frame. By one approach the backrest is configured to selectively move between a first position that provides back support for a person sitting in the seat facing in a forward direction and a second position that provides back support for a person sitting in the seat facing in a rearward direction. If desired, this backrest can be comprised of a material (such as a memory foam material) that biases the backrest towards that first position when the backrest is in the first position and that biases the backrest towards the second position when the backrest is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret M. Andersen
  • Patent number: 10308269
    Abstract: A shopping cart with sensor system is used by customers of a retail store to collect and scan items to be purchased. The shopping cart with sensor system includes a shopping cart and a shopping cart sensor system. Items to be purchased are placed in the shopping cart, where they are automatically scanned by the sensor system. The shopping cart sensor system includes a frame and a sensor coupled to the frame. The frame rotates with respect to the shopping cart so that the sensor can collect product information from items in the shopping cart. A first and a second light bar and a microcomputer are also coupled to the frame. The product information is used to ring up the items a customer wishes to purchase, so the customer does not have to visit a checkout station to have their items rung up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Joshua David Osmon
  • Patent number: 10307321
    Abstract: A collapsible wheeled walker with two side frames and two height adjustable upper body supports. The apparatus includes a seat that is slidably attached to the two side frames and is movable between a front position to facilitate an ample walking space inside the frames and a rear position for a user to sit. The apparatus may include an X-folder that facilitates collapsing the walker to a small footprint for storage and transportation. It may also include a left forearm gutter and a right forearm gutter as part of the upper body supports that give the user an upright walking posture for health benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ProtoStar, Inc., a Delaware Corporation
    Inventors: Yichuan Pan, Peter James Fellingham, Zelin Zhang, Craig Timothy Shugert, David Michael Petersen
  • Patent number: 10300785
    Abstract: A cooling system for an automotive propulsion system is provided. The cooling system includes a housing defining a housing inlet and a housing outlet. An exhaust pipe may be configured to be fluidly connected to an automotive engine, the exhaust pipe and defining a passageway for exhausting exhaust gases originating with the automotive engine. The housing outlet is connected in fluid communication with the passageway of the exhaust pipe, which may be through a cooling conduit. The exhaust pipe is configured to suck air from the housing outlet into the exhaust pipe to define a cooling air flow path from the housing inlet to the passageway of the exhaust pipe. In one variation, the outlet of the cooling conduit has an open end placed in a slipstream of the vehicle rather than in the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Demetrio Vettorazzo Neto, Paulo A. Riedel, Luiz H. Riedel, Robert Delmotte
  • Patent number: 10300933
    Abstract: A convertible cargo case for a wagon is provided. The cargo case has a housing having a first side wall, a second side wall opposing the first side wall, a third side wall joining the first side wall and the second side wall, a fourth side wall opposing the third side wall and joining the first side wall and the second side wall, and a bottom wall joining a bottom end of the first side wall, second side wall, third side wall and fourth side wall to define a cavity. A connector extends from the cavity. The connector has a receiver for removably securing the housing to the wagon, wherein the housing is convertible between three configurations: an open cargo configuration, a closed cargo configuration, and a wagon storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventor: Garrett Lyle DeBry
  • Patent number: 10293883
    Abstract: A vehicle has a frame, a ski, an endless track, a motor, a rear suspension assembly supporting the endless track, and a continuously variable transmission operatively connecting the motor to the endless track for driving the endless track. The continuously variable transmission has a primary pulley operatively connected to the motor, a transmission belt, and a secondary pulley operatively connected to the primary pulley via the transmission belt. The secondary pulley is operatively connected to the endless track. The continuously variable transmission is positioned forwardly of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Yvon Bedard, Jonathan Fortier
  • Patent number: 10293678
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a breakable pin for an in-vehicle component disposed on a vehicle body. The breakable pin includes a first portion, a second portion, and a breakable portion. The first portion is inserted into the in-vehicle component along a first direction and detachably connected to the in-vehicle component. The second portion is fixed to the vehicle body. The breakable portion is positioned between the first portion and the second portion. The breakable portion has a cross-section taken along a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The cross-section of the breakable portion has an outer shape shape of rotational symmetry except a circular shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Vandiver, Adam Jones
  • Patent number: 10286939
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shopping cart with a scanner system that is used by customers of a retail store to collect and scan items to be purchased. The shopping cart with scanner system includes a shopping cart, a scanner support structure, and a scanner. Items to be purchased are placed in the shopping cart, where they are automatically scanned by the scanner system. The scanner support structure includes a base bar, an extension bar, and a scanner support bar. The base bar and extension bar are coupled to each other and to a shopping basket of the shopping cart. The scanner support bar holds the scanner and related electronic devices, and is supported above the shopping cart basket by the base bar and the extension bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Natalie L. Scott
  • Patent number: 10287749
    Abstract: A cab includes a dash panel disposed frontward of an operator's seat, and a monitor device disposed above the dash panel. The whole of the monitor device in the right-left direction overlaps a first front window when the monitor device is seen in the front-rear direction. The monitor device is disposed at a position at which the whole of the monitor device overlaps the first front window when the monitor device is seen in the front-rear direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Matsumoto, Masamichi Miyazaki, Shinji Hirose, Masashi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10286778
    Abstract: Outdoor equipment, such as a lawn mower, includes a frame, a riding area, front wheels, and a wheel assembly. One wheel assembly includes an outer plate, a rotating bracket pivotally connected to the outer plate, a primary wheel supported by the rotating bracket, and a secondary wheel supported by the rotating bracket. The rotating bracket is rotatable about a pivot axis, the primary wheel is axially offset from the pivot axis, and the secondary wheel is axially offset from the primary wheel and from the pivot axis. In use, the rotating bracket consistently provides two points of contact (one by the primary wheel and another through the secondary wheel) by rotating automatically about the pivot axis due to gravity and forces transferred through the wheels. This enhanced distribution of forces may provide a more comfortable, cushioned riding experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Briggs & Stratton Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher M. Krajewski
  • Patent number: 10279242
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel skateboard truck. More particularly, the present invention pertains to skateboard truck with two independently adjustable pivot points that achieve a unique variable turning motion without affecting the skateboard's stability. Additionally, the skateboard truck includes an offset axle that swings towards the direction of the turn, thus shifting the wheels away from the side of the skateboard, eliminating wheel bite, and increasing stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Baldauf, Kurt Baldauf
  • Patent number: 10279238
    Abstract: The utility model discloses a width-adjustable skate with an interchangeable function, including a shell, a toe cap, a width adjustment screw, and a width adjustment moving part. The bottom of the shell is provided with a replaceable sliding assembly. By means of the replaceable sliding assembly, a user can mount a blade-type sliding assembly or a roller-type sliding assembly as required, thus implementing interchange. Moreover, the width of the skate is adjustable, such that the user feels more comfortable when wearing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Juei-Chieh Yu