Patents Examined by Charles A. Fox
  • Patent number: 10385969
    Abstract: A magnetic lock device includes a lock shaft having an abutting portion capable of abutting against a roller of a piston rod of a hydraulic pressure actuator, a transfer shaft configured separately from the lock shaft, the transfer shaft abutting against an end surface of the lock shaft, and a magnetic portion locking (restricting movement to the right side in the drawing) the lock shaft, the transfer shaft, and a plunger by attracting the plunger toward an attracting portion using a magnetic force. The lock shaft is surface-hardened to have a higher hardness and the transfer shaft is made of non-magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kokubu, Masaya Nakai
  • Patent number: 10371254
    Abstract: A vehicle drive device that includes an input member that is drivingly connected to a driving force source for wheels; a hydraulic transmission device that includes a transmission input member coaxially disposed with the input member and changes a speed of rotation of the transmission input member and transmits the rotation to a transmission output member; a differential gear device that has an axis different from an axis of the input member and distributes a drive force transmitted from the transmission output member to the wheels; a case that houses at least the transmission device and the differential gear device; an electric oil pump that is driven by a pump rotary electric machine; and a hydraulic control device that controls a hydraulic pressure of oil discharged from the electric oil pump and supplies the oil at least to the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taisuke Fukui, Satoru Kasuya, Nobukazu Ike, Masashi Kito, Seigo Kano
  • Patent number: 10370823
    Abstract: A power transmission device of a work vehicle includes a mode switching mechanism configured to switch a drive power transmission route to one mode of at least two modes. A second mode is used in a range with the higher transmission speed ratio than a first mode. A controller increases the rotation speed of the engine from a first rotation speed for the engine corresponding to a first vehicle speed when the vehicle speed is within a range greater than the first vehicle speed where the transmission speed ratio reaches a predetermined first value that is less than the maximum value of the transmission speed ratio obtainable by the power transmission device. When the transmission route is in the second mode, the first value is greater than a second value of the transmission speed ratio at which the rotation speeds of the first motor and the second motor are equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Miyamoto, Masao Yoshizawa, Yasuo Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 10364569
    Abstract: A retention tie system for pre- or post-construction installation to stabilize masonry or composite walls. The system comprises a tie member anchored in an anchor hole bored into the existing foundation and a tensioned against a base plate and a cover plate seated along the top of the wall. A bracing member is used to provide lateral stability to the respective plate members. A tension washer is used to ensure that the tie members are tensioned to the appropriate load. A guide member is installed within the masonry wall to brace the tie members against lateral deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Harvel K. Crumley
  • Patent number: 10359104
    Abstract: A powertrain includes an engine having a crankshaft. The engine is operable to rotate the crankshaft about a central axis. A torque converter includes a housing that is rotatable about the central axis. A selectable one way clutch system interconnects the housing of the torque converter and the crankshaft. The selectable one way clutch system includes a notch plate and a pocket plate. One of the notch plate and the pocket plate is defined by the housing of the torque converter, and the other of the notch plate and the pocket plate is connected to the crankshaft for continuous rotation with the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC.
    Inventors: Farzad Samie, Derek F. Lahr
  • Patent number: 10359086
    Abstract: A selectable one-way clutch includes: a pocket plate including a plurality of housing concave portions; a notch plate including a plurality of engaging concave portions; plate-like engaging pieces, each being housed in each of the housing concave portions; elastic members, each being provided between a bottom portion of a corresponding housing concave portion of the housing concave portions and a corresponding engaging piece of the engaging pieces; and a selector plate provided between the pocket plate and the notch plate in a rotation axis direction of the notch plate. The bottom portion of the housing concave portion includes: a first bottom surface; and a second bottom surface formed at a position deeper than the first bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Kurosaki, Hiroyuki Shioiri, Hiroyuki Shibata, Shotaro Kato, Hiroki Yasui
  • Patent number: 10352409
    Abstract: A brake of an automatic transmission includes: first and second recessed portions and formed in a center support; a first piston having a first pressure-receiving portion that is disposed in the first recessed portion and defines a first engagement oil chamber and having a plate-pressing portion that presses friction plates and separator plates; a second piston having a second pressure-receiving portion that is disposed in the second recessed portion and defines a second engagement oil chamber and a piston-pressing portion that presses the first piston by supply of oil pressure to the second engagement oil chamber; and a return spring that biases the first piston so that the first piston moves away from the friction plates and the separator plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoya Jinnai, Shota Ikeda, Hiroshi Kato, Takuya Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10350640
    Abstract: A vibratory screening machine includes a primary screening area and a pre-screening assembly including a frame and screen assemblies. The screen assemblies are secured to the frame and form a pre-screening surface. The frame is attached to the vibratory screening machine such that the concave pre-screening surface is above the primary screening area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Derrick Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Wojciechowski, Christian Newman
  • Patent number: 10352374
    Abstract: A new method of manufacturing a torque-transmitting clutch component is provided. The method includes coining an interface between a flange segment and a hub segment of the clutch component. Additionally, a torque-transmitting clutch component manufactured by the new manufacturing method is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Mike Fisher, Peter Heidbuechel
  • Patent number: 10343684
    Abstract: A system includes a sensor designed to detect data corresponding to a speed of a vehicle and a motor designed to convert electrical energy into driving torque. The system also includes a first wheel coupled to the motor and designed to propel the vehicle in response to receiving the driving torque along with a second wheel. The system also includes a brake coupled to at least one of the first wheel or the second wheel and designed to apply a braking torque to the at least one of the first wheel or the second wheel. The system also includes an ECU coupled to the sensor and the motor and designed to control the motor to begin controlled braking by applying the driving torque to the first wheel to at least partially offset the braking torque when the speed of the vehicle is at or below a braking threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Geller
  • Patent number: 10337603
    Abstract: A lubricating structure is for a hybrid vehicle that includes an engine, a first motor, and a second motor as driving force sources. The lubricating structure includes a planetary gear mechanism, a brake mechanism, an oil pump, and a first oil supply mechanism. The brake mechanism selectively fixes a carrier of the planetary gear mechanism by stopping rotation of the carrier. The oil pump is driven by a predetermined power to generate a hydraulic pressure of oil in a state in which the rotation of the carrier is stopped by the brake mechanism. The first oil supply mechanism feeds the oil to an axis portion of each of pinion gears of the planetary gear mechanism by the oil pump generating the hydraulic pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Akiko Nishimine
  • Patent number: 10335796
    Abstract: A grinder for grinding relatively loose materials includes a reducing unit and a screen arrangement. The arcuate screen defines a plurality of tracks of apertures that extend in a cutting direction of the cutters. In some cases, only one respective cutter passes over each track and each cutter passes over only the respective one of the tracks. The width of a cutter may be greater than a width of the apertures of a track. The apertures of the screen arrangement may form chevron patterns. The screens may be clamped to a frame by coupling members extending through notches in the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Duane Allen Harthoorn, Greg Williams, Jerry Patterson
  • Patent number: 10330177
    Abstract: A planetary gear train includes input and output shafts, first to fourth planetary gear sets respectively having first to third, fourth to sixth, seventh to ninth, and tenth to twelfth elements. The planetary gear train includes a first shaft connected with the first element and the sixth rotational element, and selectively connected with the input shaft, a second shaft connected with the ninth element and selectively connected with the input shaft, a third shaft connected with the eleventh element and the output shaft, a fourth shaft connected with the second, fifth, and twelfth rotational elements, a fifth shaft connected with the fourth and seventh rotational elements. The planetary gear train includes a plurality of additional shafts each selectively connecting a corresponding element to a transmission housing, the corresponding element being an element of the first, third, and fourth planetary gear sets that is not interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ilhan Yoo, Seongwook Ji, Juhyeon Park, Hyun Sik Kwon, Seong Wook Hwang, Ki Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 10328580
    Abstract: An apparatus has a vacuum transport chamber having first and second isolation valves coupled to first and second substrate processing locations, and third and fourth isolation valves coupled to a load lock. First and substrate transport vacuum robots are provided. The load lock is between the first and second substrate transport vacuum robots, and has an atmospheric isolation valve. The atmospheric isolation valve, the third and the fourth isolation valves are arranged in a spaced triangular relationship. The first substrate transport vacuum robot transports a processed substrate from the first processing location to the load lock and transports an unprocessed substrate from the load lock to the first processing location substantially simultaneously as the second substrate transport vacuum robot transports a different processed substrate from the second processing location to the load lock and transports a different unprocessed substrate from the load lock to the second processing location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Persimmon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher Hofmeister, Martin Hosek
  • Patent number: 10330347
    Abstract: A positioning foot block for the mounting of an upright bar is disclosed to include a support device having a bottom wall, two side walls respectively extended from opposing left and right sides of the bottom wall and a positioning space surrounded by the bottom wall and the side walls for receiving the upright bar. Each side wall of the support device has two side lugs respectively extended from opposing front and rear sides thereof toward the positioning space and respectively clamped on respective corner ends of the upright bar. Thus, the structural design of the positioning foot block can clamp the corner ends of the upright bar firmly, prohibiting the upright bar from vibration and enhancing its positioning stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Jing-Xin Solar Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Lung Yang
  • Patent number: 10330191
    Abstract: A control system for a transmission reverser having an output gear, a forward disconnect device, a first reverse disconnect device, and a second reverse disconnect device includes one or more controllers with processing and memory architecture configured to execute control logic to control the transmission reverser in a forward mode and a reverse mode. In the forward mode, the one or more controllers command the first reverse disconnect device to disengage and the forward disconnect device to engage to rotate the output gear in a forward direction. In the reverse mode, the one or more controllers command the first reverse disconnect device to engage and the second reverse disconnect device to engage to rotate the output gear in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Clayton P. Neumann, Mehawesh Alkhalil
  • Patent number: 10323719
    Abstract: A planetary gear mechanism includes a plurality of planetary gears, an outer gear, a sun gear, a carrier, and a stick mount. The outer gear meshes with the plurality of planetary gears. The sun gear is coaxially disposed on the same axis as the outer gear and transmits force to the planetary gears. The carrier rotatably supports the plurality of planetary gears and is rotatably and floatingly supported. The carrier includes a hole through which a stick member penetrates in a direction of axis of rotation of the carrier. The stick member penetrates through the hole and is mounted on the stick mount. The stick mount is disposed opposite the carrier. The outer gear and the sun gear are held such that one of the outer gear and the sun gear does not rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Matsuda, Katsuaki Miyawaki, Tetsuo Watanabe, Yasuhiro Maehata, Keisuke Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10323700
    Abstract: A wedge clutch, including: an axis of rotation; a hub; an inner ring located radially inward of the hub; a cage radially disposed between the hub and the inner ring; a plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments radially disposed between the hub and the inner ring; and a circumferentially continuous resilient element engaged with the cage and the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments, and urging the plurality of circumferentially aligned wedge plate segments radially outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marion Jack Ince, Guihui Zhong
  • Patent number: 10322426
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vibrating sieving apparatus and a real time powder sieving system. The apparatus includes a powder pump assembly connected to a vibrating device through a powder suction tube wherein the vibrating device (120) is configured for real time sieving of powder just before spraying. The apparatus further includes a housing (130) connected to the vibrating device (120) wherein the housing (130) includes a sieve section (140) and an anti blinding section (135).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventor: Amal Bhupendra Shah
  • Patent number: 10316949
    Abstract: A bevel gear wheel end assembly having a housing, an input bevel gear, at least one driven bevel gear and a stationary bevel gear. The input bevel gear meshes with at least one driven bevel gear, at least one driven bevel gear is mounted on a shaft fixed relative to the housing, and at least one driven bevel gear meshes with the stationary bevel gear such that rotation of the input bevel gear about a drive axis at a first speed causes rotation of the housing about the drive axis at a second speed. An oil relief arrangement is provided in the shaft of at least one driven bevel gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Systems Cameri SpA
    Inventors: Eugenio Tiziani, Davide Bionaz