Patents Examined by C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10903723
    Abstract: A motor includes a rotor housing, at least one magnet operably coupled to the rotor housing, a stator disposed within the rotor housing, and at least one sensor. The magnet corresponds to a rotor pole that provides a magnetic flux including a main flux and a leakage flux. The stator includes a plurality of stator poles. The main flux is configured to extend in a first direction towards at least one of the stator poles. The at least one sensor is configured to measure the leakage flux. The leakage flux is configured to extend in a second direction towards the at least one sensor. The first direction lies on a radial plane and the second direction lies out of the radial plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Zihan Chen
  • Patent number: 10903712
    Abstract: A motor includes a rotor including a shaft extending along a central axis, a stator radially facing the rotor, a circuit board electrically connected to a coil of the stator, and a motor case. The motor case includes a first case portion with a bottomed tubular shape to accommodate the rotor, the stator, and the circuit board, and a second case portion with a bottomed tubular shape that axially faces the first case portion and is connected to the first case portion. A grounding terminal to electrically connect an inner peripheral surface of the second case portion and a grounding electrode on the circuit board is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Runxiang Mao, Makoto Yajima
  • Patent number: 10902470
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for dynamically managing advertiser affiliate links for online marketing. A global redirect server accepts a visitor's web browser request for a product or non-product webpage associated with an affiliate network advertiser URL, and returns a corresponding product or non-product webpage to the visitor that is corrected for the visitor's geographic region if such a webpage exists, or returns the originally requested webpage if it does not. The server determines the visitor's geographic region based upon request metadata, and can generate a corrected webpage that affords analytic and commission tracking even if no corresponding affiliate network exists in the determined geographic region. The server includes a database for locating products within the determined geographic region that are comparable to the product of the product webpage request, in the event that the exact product is not available in the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: rewardStyle, Inc.
    Inventors: Forrest Jordan, Baxter Box
  • Patent number: 10894607
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a drive system for a vehicle, the system comprising: an internal combustion engine for converting chemical energy stored in a liquid fuel into mechanical energy; a fuel tank for storing fuel for use by the internal combustion engine; and an electric machine having a rotor, a stator, and a cooling system for cooling at least one component of the electric machine using a cooling liquid. The cooling liquid comprises the fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Mykhaylo Filipenko, Michael Frank, Thomas Gleixner, Johannes Richter, Peter van Hasselt
  • Patent number: 10895282
    Abstract: A controller performs, in a first mode, a first operation for controlling composite electromagnetic force of electromagnets such that a target member moves within a predetermined moving range, and a second operation for acquiring temperature drift correlation information indicative of a correlation between a reference value and an input-output characteristic of a position sensor, based on the reference value and the input-output characteristic of the position sensor in the first operation. The controller performs, in a second mode, a third operation for controlling the composite electromagnetic force of the electromagnets according to a signal level of a detection signal from the position sensor, and a fourth operation for compensating the input-output characteristic of the position sensor in the third operation, based on the temperature drift correlation information and the reference value in the third operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Kazuya Hirata, Atsushi Sakawaki
  • Patent number: 10895314
    Abstract: A gear box includes a gear box body, and a terminal which is integrated with the gear box body. The gear box body includes a storage portion which stores a gear, a motor insertion portion, recessed in an attachment surface of a motor, and a connector connection portion on the same side as the motor insertion portion with respect to a rotation center of the gear and is open in a direction different from the motor insertion portion. The terminal includes the connector terminal which is exposed to the inside of the connector connection portion, a motor feeding portion which is exposed to the inside of the motor insertion portion, a connecting portion which is in the gear box body and connects the connector terminal and the motor feeding portion, and a fixing tab extending from the connecting portion and exposed to the inside of the motor insertion portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: MABUCHI MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Makoto Takeda
  • Patent number: 10892662
    Abstract: Provided is a rotary electric machine which includes a stator having an annular stator core and a winding mounted on the stator core and configured to have a coil end protruding in an axial direction of the stator core, a conductive member electrically connected to the winding of the stator and in which at least a portion thereof is disposed above the coil end, a cover member covering the conductive member from below and disposed above the coil end, and a refrigerant supply unit configured to discharge a refrigerant in a predetermined direction and supply the refrigerant to the stator. A hole penetrating in a vertical direction is provided in the cover member at a position corresponding to the coil end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Seki
  • Patent number: 10891654
    Abstract: A method for generating location-based advertisement includes receiving a selection of a first radio station from a user of a mobile device, receiving an electronic program guide from the first radio station including a plurality of advertisement time slots, where each advertisement time slot in the plurality of advertisement time slots includes an advertisement sequence for a first advertisement content, receiving a second advertisement content from a second radio station located in a geographic location matching a real-time geographic location of the user as determined by a location-based service of the mobile device, substituting the first advertisement content in the advertisement sequence of one of the plurality of advertisement time slots with the second advertisement content from the second radio station, and broadcasting the second advertisement content to the user via the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Albee Jhoney, Mahantesh S. Meti, Kalpesh Sharma
  • Patent number: 10891633
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are directed towards providing advertisement insertions at a point of consumption into digital content, such as broadcast television content. A content provider may initially mark the content for advertisement insertion, and create a metadata file indicating constraints, targets, expirations, or the like. A downstream user employs a plug-in component and provides an initial user profile, in part, to access the content with advertisements. As the content is played, and an advertising marker is encountered, fast forwarding or other skipping features are disabled, and an advertisement stream is spliced into the content stream. The advertisement stream is determined based on the user profile and/or other metadata. Moreover, the advertisement stream may be obtained over a network such that advertisements may be refreshed even years after the content has been acquired by the user. In one embodiment, the advertisement consumption may be tracked and reported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Glenn A. Morten, Brian A. Baker
  • Patent number: 10879775
    Abstract: An electric machine includes an electrical steel rotor having openings defining magnet pockets and outer side pockets, and having spaced apart axial stripes of increased compressive residual stress layers around a perimeter thereof. The outer side pockets and the perimeter form top bridges therebetween. Each of the axial stripes is aligned with one of the top bridges to strengthen outer edges of the top bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Leyi Zhu, Edward Chan-Jiun Jih, Feng Liang, Michael W. Degner
  • Patent number: 10871331
    Abstract: A cooling device and a motor are provided. The cooling device that cools a heating element is provided with: a cooling chamber for cooling the heating element with a first cooling medium; a radiator chamber for releasing the heat of the first cooling medium to the outside; and a first connection path and a second connection path for connecting the cooling chamber and the radiator chamber. When part of the first cooling medium in the cooling chamber is gasified, at least part of the gasified first cooling medium moves into the first connection path, thus causing a circulation in which the first cooling medium in the cooling chamber flows into the radiator chamber via the first connection path, and the first cooling medium in the radiator chamber flows into the cooling chamber via the second connection path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Quing Yu, Tatsuya Noda, Shunichi Tanaka, Yoshinobu Nakamura, Masato Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 10868456
    Abstract: A false tooth assembly for a generator stator core is presented. The false tooth assembly has a tapered shape including multiple tapered false tooth pieces. The multiple tapered false tooth pieces are installed into a damaged area in a tooth of a lamination of the stator core such that a wide end of the false tooth assembly is disposed into a wide opening of the damaged area and a narrow end of the false tooth assembly is flushed with a narrow opening of the damaged area at a tip of the tooth. The tapered shape of the false tooth assembly enables the false tooth assembly to fill the entire damaged area and to lock the false tooth assembly into the damaged area. The false tooth assembly can be used to repair stator core in any region of the stator core including step iron region without being dislodged during generator operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIEMENS ENERGY, INC.
    Inventors: Shane Bell, Randy Edward Whitener, Donald Yaffee
  • Patent number: 10861061
    Abstract: A first instance of a messenger application having a plug-in communicates with a second instance of the messenger application lacking the plug-in. The plug-in provides enhanced functionality to the first instance of the messenger application, while also providing corresponding functionality to the second instance, which lacks the plug-in. For example, the plug-in may provide rich, non-thread-native content to the first instance, while also providing corresponding thread-native content to the second instance. As another example, the plug-in may obtain data from the second instance and provide tailored advertisements to the second instance based upon that data. An another example, the plug-in may obtain location data from one or more of the instances and provide access to location-specific services that take the location data into account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Duane Clark, Benjamin Kyle Padget, Christopher Jon Lang
  • Patent number: 10862368
    Abstract: Disclosed is a brushless DC vibration motor. An eccentric weight of a rotor is securely sandwiched between a back yoke and a permanent magnet, being heavier to provide an increased vibrational force. A bearing coupling portion with upper and lower stopping protrusions prevents detachment of a bearing. A bracket is formed with grooves, instead of through holes, to strongly support a cogging plate of which pieces are connected with each other to form a single body for easy-placement on the bracket. An optimized area of the cogging plate can suppress the rotor not to rise during starting of the motor, resulting in no frictional noise, and a high stopping speed and uniform horizontal level of the rotating rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Sang-eui Lee
  • Patent number: 10855122
    Abstract: Provided is a stator for rotating electrical machine that can avoid the sagging of teeth stacked at the distal ends under the self-weight. A stator core is a laminate of metal foil members stacked in a direction of a rotation axis of the rotating electrical machine. Each tooth has a pair of side walls facing the neighboring teeth in the circumferential direction. The stator includes a pair of insulating reinforcing members so as to become a bridge between the corresponding tooth and a part of the yoke and sandwich the corresponding tooth from both sides in the direction of the rotation axis while exposing the pair of side walls; insulating fixing members, each fixing member fixing the corresponding pair of reinforcing members to the corresponding tooth while wrapping around the pair of reinforcing members and tooth; and coils formed as distributed windings at the teeth fixed with the fixing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Kensuke Komori, Hisamitsu Toshida, Kazuaki Haga
  • Patent number: 10848043
    Abstract: A vibrator includes a frame, a swing unit, and an elastic member. The swing unit is disposed within the frame and holds a magnet. The elastic member connects the swing unit and the frame. The swing unit is movable with respect to the frame while deforming the elastic member. The frame, the swing unit, and the elastic member are integrally molded with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Manabu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10848042
    Abstract: A brushless electric motor includes a stator and a rotor. The stator includes a core defining a plurality of stator teeth, a first end cap proximate a first end of the core, a second end cap proximate a second end of the core, and a plurality of coils disposed on the respective stator teeth. The stator also includes a plurality of coil contact plates overmolded within one of the first end cap or the second end cap that short-circuit diagonally opposite coils on the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew T. Beyerl, Keith Boulanger, Matthew R. Bailey, Carl B. Westerby
  • Patent number: 10840749
    Abstract: A rotary electric machine stator (2) includes a stator body (20) and a stator winding (22) supported by the stator body (20), in which the stator body extends around an axis (X) while being delimited by an internal radial surface (3) and an external radial surface (4), said stator bodies having a plurality of teeth (6) formed respectively between two slots (5) arranged in said stator body from the internal radial surface and extending axially to receive at least one stator winding element (22). The stator has at least one deformed tooth (6) which comprises, at its loose end (7) helping to define the internal radial surface, at least one protrusion (10) extending across an adjacent slot, said protrusion (10) being obtained by material deformation of said deformed tooth (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Jimmy Chaillou, Pierre-Yves Bilteryst, Henri Delianne, David Margueritte, Eric Jozefowiez, Sylvain Perreaut, Mohamed El-Ghazal
  • Patent number: 10839407
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to generate consumer data are disclosed. An example method of selecting a sample of transaction data corresponding to a membership program includes defining a first type of member of the membership program; defining a second type of member of the membership program; calculating, via a processor, a target for the sample; selecting, via the processor, a first portion of the transaction data for the first type of member in accordance with the target; generating, via the processor, an updated target by recalculating the target with the first portion of the transaction data removed from consideration; and selecting, via the processor, a second portion of the transaction data for the second type of member in accordance with the updated target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Frank W. Piotrowski, Julie F. Banks, Kyle T. Poppie, Ryan Koralik
  • Patent number: 10840759
    Abstract: In a rotary electric machine, a rotor including a rotor shaft and a rotor main body provided to the rotor shaft. A baffle plate, which is fixed at a plurality of positions to an end portion of the rotor main body in the axial direction, and is configured to define an airflow passage for cooling gas. Further, the baffle plate is segmented into a plurality of baffle segments which are arrayed in a circumferential direction of the rotor. The baffle segments each include an overlapping portion which overlaps an adjacent baffle segment in an axial direction of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Kohei Samata, Takeshi Nakamura, Ryutaro Kawaguchi, Norihiko Hana, Nobuaki Muroki