Patents Examined by Conan D Duda
  • Patent number: 10294634
    Abstract: A method for retrofitting a high drive track-type tractor with a rear entry electric drive motor module. The method includes inserting the rear entry electric drive motor module into a frame housing. The rear entry electric drive motor module includes an electric drive planetary gear assembly, and an electric motor. The method further includes attaching a reaction member to the rear entry electric drive motor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Tigue, Vance M. Buatte, Jonathan M. Baumann, Gregory Austin, Timothy J. Schlack
  • Patent number: 10286953
    Abstract: A system and strategy for reducing rapid steering wheel movement at the end of an autopark maneuver. The strategy includes maintaining or ramping-out power-steering motor torque to reduce steering wheel movement that may occur due to tire windup that has occurred up to that point in the autopark maneuver. The strategy may include the stopping of an autopark maneuver at any time during the maneuver, or functioning at the end of an autopark maneuver. The autopark event may be a park-out maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Erick Michael Lavoie, Nathaniel Abram Rolfes
  • Patent number: 10272968
    Abstract: In a saddle-riding-type vehicle sensor unit attachment structure, a brake caliper bracket that holds the brake caliper is attached to the rearward extension stay of the front fork, the wheel speed sensor is attached to a lower position than the rearward extension stay of the brake caliper bracket, and the sensor cable is arranged toward an upward direction at an inner side in a vehicle width direction of the rearward extension stay and is then drawn to an outer side in a vehicle width direction of the brake caliper bracket at an upper position than the rearward extension stay to be supported by the brake caliper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mafumi Yasuhara, Tomohiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 10234004
    Abstract: A ball screw device and a steering system that include a retainer having more uniform stiffness are provided. Between a rack shaft and a ball screw nut, a cylindrical retainer having a plurality of retainer grooves that retain balls in a rollable manner is provided. Each retainer groove has two short inner surfaces that intersect the extending direction of the retainer groove and two long inner surfaces that intersect these short inner surfaces and extend along the extending direction of the retainer groove. In each of interior-angle portions where the short inner surfaces and the long inner surfaces intersect, a corner round surface is formed. The radius of the corner round surface is set to be smaller than one half of the width of the retainer groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshihiro Asakura, Takuya Nakayama, Keisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10232707
    Abstract: A power transfer unit for an all-wheel drive drivetrain that includes an engine, a transmission having a pump for circulating hydraulic fluid from a sump, and a driveshaft. The power transfer unit includes an input for receiving driving power from the transmission, an output for delivering driving power to the driveshaft, a first clutch, a first fluid supply path for delivering the hydraulic fluid from the pump to the first clutch, and a fluid return path for returning the hydraulic fluid from the power transfer unit to the sump of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Pritchard
  • Patent number: 10232782
    Abstract: A mobile vessel for refueling engines at remote refueling sites. The vessel has a tank with side walls and a rectangular bottom portion. The bottom portion is configured to rest on the ground and it includes an inner wall and a lower plate. The bottom portion further includes spacer elements between the inner wall and lower plate that defines a gap there between for collecting fuel that may leak from the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: BNJ Leasing Inc.
    Inventor: Mark William Beard
  • Patent number: 10227103
    Abstract: In a saddle-riding-type vehicle sensor unit attachment structure, a brake caliper bracket that holds the brake caliper is attached to the rearward extension stay of the front fork, the wheel speed sensor is attached to a lower position than the rearward extension stay of the brake caliper bracket, and the sensor cable is arranged toward an upward direction at an inner side in a vehicle width direction of the rearward extension stay and is then drawn to an outer side in a vehicle width direction of the brake caliper bracket at an upper position than the rearward extension stay to be supported by the brake caliper bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mafumi Yasuhara, Tomohiro Kudo
  • Patent number: 10207756
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a load transporting apparatus that automatically aligns a support foot of the apparatus with a load-bearing frame connected to the load transporting apparatus during a recovery phase of an incremental walking movement. In particular, the load transporting apparatus includes a linking device attached to a support foot of the apparatus and a biasing device connected to the linking device that is deflected during non-linear load transporting movements, where the biasing device acts to automatically return the support foot to an aligned position relative to the load-bearing frame after a non-linear movement has been completed and the support foot is raised above a ground surface. Other embodiments of the present invention are directed to a load transporting apparatus that automatically centers a support foot of the apparatus about a roller assembly during a recovery phase of an incremental walking movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ENTRO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn R. Smith, Harlan B. Smith
  • Patent number: 10202167
    Abstract: A front fork is provided with a plurality of adjusters, while including a spring adjuster. In a front fork according to the means for solving the problem of the present invention, a spring adjuster is rotatably mounted on a position eccentric to a center of a cap as viewed in an axial direction and includes a screw portion disposed in an outer periphery protruded into a fork main body, and a plate in which the screw portion of the spring adjuster is screwed to change support positions of a suspension spring is brought into contact with a case (tubular member) at two points on both sides in a circumferential direction of the normal of the case that passes a mounting center of the spring adjuster. Accordingly, while being prevented from rotating, the plate can be downsized and can be disposed so as not to interfere with first and second adjusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KYB MOTORCYCLE SUSPENSION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Tomiuga
  • Patent number: 10202141
    Abstract: A drive assembly is provided and includes a rotatable housing, a motor disposed within and to rotate with the housing, the motor including a drive element and first and second drive shafts, which are independently rotatably drivable by the drive element, a first drivable element coupled to the first drive shaft such that rotation thereof is transmitted to the first drivable element and configured to propel the housing in a first direction during first drive shaft rotation and a second drivable element coupled to the second drive shaft such that rotation thereof is transmitted to the second drivable element and configured to propel the motor in a second direction, which is transversely oriented relative to the first direction, relative to the housing during second drive shaft rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HURDLER MOTORS
    Inventors: Michael Goren, Jeremy E. Goren
  • Patent number: 10183576
    Abstract: A support system is provided for a vehicle. The support system can include one or more bracket assemblies in which each includes a coupling member and a curved member in which the coupling member is affixed to a structure of the vehicle. A housing can be supported by the one or more bracket assemblies in which the housing encloses a container that stores a material such that the housing protects the container and the material. The support system provides movement between a length of the container so as to reduce deterioration of the support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: WORTHINGTON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: James B. Rike, Steven J. Tiede, Michael A. Pintz
  • Patent number: 10179488
    Abstract: A drawbar assembly for coupling a drawbar to a tongue of a towed implement includes a drawbar pin and a drawbar clevis having a bore configured to receive the drawbar pin. A locking plate is coupled to the drawbar clevis and movable between a pin-locked position in which the locking plate is configured to obstruct at least a portion of the bore, and a pin-unlock condition. An ejector mechanism is configured to dislodge the drawbar pin from the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: Derek Hruska, Matthew Benjamin Shaw
  • Patent number: 10166827
    Abstract: A multi-function hitch accessory retaining device and method which includes an assembly comprising a housing, receiver engagement pin, biasing mechanism, fastener, and coupling pin that is inserted into an accessory shank and configured to easily engage and disengage a conventional hitch receiver as well as a method of firmly securing the shank within the hitch receiver tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: John R. Columbia
  • Patent number: 10167035
    Abstract: A blow molded toy cycle has a female bearing area with tapered and recess sections. A fork has a corresponding male bearing area that includes a tapered section and an annular protrusion section. A protrusion spaced at a distance from the annular protrusion extends from the shaft and has a surface to contact a top surface of the body to secure the fork when the male and female bearing areas are in contact. The fork has integrally formed tabs that to bend around an axle to form a bearing area for the axle that allows the axle to rotate within the fork. A blow molded pedal attaches to a section of the axle and has a series of ribs disposed between side sections to form a bearing area that allows the pedal to rotate around the axle. Two rear and one front wheels attach to the body and fork respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Custom-Pak, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Anderson, Andrew James McDonnough, Pamela Jo Naeve, Duane David Franzen, Jr., Alan Walter Knapper, Michael Grinnall
  • Patent number: 10160497
    Abstract: An ATV is disclosed having a frame, a seat supported by the frame, front and rear wheels supporting the frame, a drivetrain supported by the frame, and an operator's compartment extending generally between the seat and a front enclosure. The front enclosure extends forwardly to a position proximate an axial centerline of the front wheels. Front lower alignment arms have an inner end and an outer end. Front struts have a shock absorber and a hub portion, where the front struts are coupled to the front lower alignment arms at a lower end of the front struts and the frame at an upper end. A steering mechanism is positioned forward of the axial centerline of the front wheels and is coupled to the front struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Cory A. Wimpfheimer, Jeremy J. Utke, Matthew M. Kvien, Jeff S. Lovold, Jamie D. Omdahl, Timothy S. Wysocki
  • Patent number: 10160483
    Abstract: In one aspect of the invention, a retainer assembly for a power steering assist system is provided. The retainer assembly includes a retainer having an inner wall defining an opening, at least one permanent magnet coupled to the retainer, and at least one spiral channel formed in the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jason A. Dutsky, Sheri L. Bachynski, John W. Kalmar
  • Patent number: 10150529
    Abstract: The present invention is a folding bicycle that folds along a vertical axis into a compact, free standing unit. Specifically, the present invention comprises a front frame assembly and a rear frame assembly connected at a hinge point. The method of folding the bicycle is quick and easy, resulting in a folded position wherein the front and rear wheels are near adjacent. An optional bushing assembly at the hinge point laterally separates the front and rear frame assemblies as the bicycle folds. The folded bicycle can be easily rolled while folded to another location. When stationary, the seat post and saddle act as a floor rest to keep the folded bicycle balanced in its upright position. The folding mechanism can be locked or unlocked using a remote wireless device, such as a mobile phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Agustin Augustinoy, Eric Sevillia, Lucas Daniel Toledo
  • Patent number: 10150363
    Abstract: A scooter-type vehicle including a front vehicle cover covering a head pipe, a rear vehicle cover extending backwards from a foot rest and covering a space below a saddle, and a headlight unit disposed in front of the front vehicle cover. The headlight unit includes a reflector headlight, including a light source disposed at one side further right or left than the head pipe and a first reflector, and a projector headlight, including another light source disposed at the other side further right or left than the head pipe, a second reflector, and a lens disposed in front of the second light source in a convex shape toward the front. In a side view, a portion of the projector headlight overlaps with the reflector headlight. In a top view, a rear end of the reflector headlight is located further forward than a rear end of the projector headlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Chinyu Hsieh, Wenching Hsu
  • Patent number: 10112682
    Abstract: Employing a set of open gears in a bicycle drivetrain allows disengaging the connection between the crank arms and the driven wheel. When the fold axis passes approximately through the mesh plane between the aforementioned gears, and said axis is offset from the center plane of the gears in the direction of the fold by at least one-half the gear width, by design even a small angular displacement around the fold axis opens instantly producing a gap between the gears that increases as the fold proceeds, thus breaking and disengaging the connection between the crank arms and driven wheel, thus leaving the displacement of the fold to complete its angular cycle without regard or interference from the newly separated drivetrain. In its folded configuration, the bicycle can roll backwards, forwards, and spin or pirouette on its own axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: T. PONG COMPANY
    Inventor: Alex Pong
  • Patent number: 10099378
    Abstract: A mobile robot 1 has a lower base body 6 and an upper base body 7, which is relatively rotatable with respect to the lower base body 6. The robot 1 is configured to be capable of performing a travel motion in which the robot 1 travels in a state wherein the front side of the upper base body 7 is oriented to face the same direction as the front side of the lower base body 6, and a travel motion in which the robot 1 travels in a state wherein the front side of the upper base body 7 is oriented to face the same direction as the rear side of the lower base body 6. The middle portion of each of leg links 3 can be bended toward either the front side or the rear side of the lower base body 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kaneko, Tomoki Watabe