Patents Examined by Daniel G. DePumpo
  • Patent number: 6893047
    Abstract: A mounting structure for a canister for collecting fuel vapors generated in a fuel tank is provided. The canister is disposed within the space between a front end and a rear end of a subframe for supporting rear suspensions. The subframe is mounted to a rear portion of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Chou, Shoichiro Kumagai
  • Patent number: 6892839
    Abstract: The present invention is for a multi-combination vehicle or road-train consisting of a powered prime mover, at least one powered trailer and which may include a number of non-powered trailers. The power trailer includes a cooling device separated from the engine to provide improved cooling and enabling the road-train to be used in confined areas such as in underground mines. Typically the cooling device located at the front or rear of the power trailer. The engines of the prime mover and power trailer(s) are controlled either by a synchronisation-system and a dual-pot accelerator pedal by controlling their relative torques or by manual controls in the truck cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: James W. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6889794
    Abstract: An electric power steering system according to the present invention comprises: a sensor module including a steering torque sensor and a control circuit housed therein; and a motor module including an electric motor and a motor driving circuit housed therein. The sensor module and the motor module are physically separately mounted in the electric power steering system. Since the sensor module and the motor module are physically separated, these modules can separately be produced, and the steering torque sensor and the electric motor can independently be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Koyo Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Higashira, Yoshiaki Nakano
  • Patent number: 6889783
    Abstract: A remote controlled inspection vehicle provides interchangeable modules, permitting the vehicle to be easily configured to perform a wide variety of tasks. The vehicle includes at least one frame module having a pair of drive modules on either side. Each drive module includes a continuous track surrounding a permanent magnet, and is dimensioned and configured to pivot around its longitudinal axis. The frame modules are dimensioned and configured to be hingedly secured to other frame modules, end effectors including various sensors for performing inspections, and tail units to assist in placing the vehicle in the desired environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation
    Inventors: Charles C. Moore, James A. Bauer, Mark W. Fischer, Harry L. Sill
  • Patent number: 6886652
    Abstract: A torque distribution control device for a four-wheel drive vehicle is disclosed, wherein a torque transmitted from an engine to prime drive wheels is distributed by an electromagnetic clutch to sub-drive wheels on an on-demand basis. A pre-torque is determined based on a vehicle speed and a throttle opening degree in a feed-forward sense. A compensation torque is determined based on the rotational speed difference between the prime drive wheels and the sub-drive wheels and the vehicle speed in a feedback sense. The pre-torque and the compensation torque are added for a command torque, depending on which the electromagnetic clutch is controlled to transmit the torque from the engine to the sub-drive wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Toyoda Koki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akio Maekawa, Yasushi Yamada
  • Patent number: 6883817
    Abstract: A folding bicycle comprises a retractable front tube set. Handles at two sides of the top of the front tube set can be folded to the same side. An eccentric rotation device is pivotally provided at the top of the front tube set to drive an internal tube to retract in an outer tube for positioning. A seat tube is pivotally connected with the front tube set. A saddle is provided at the top of the seat tube. A rear tube is pivotally connected with the seat tube. A fastening device is provided between the rear tube and the seat tube to fix the seat tube. The front tube set, the seat tube and the rear tube are connected together by a joint link, which provides the function of a joint to let the front tube set, the seat tube and the rear tube unfold or fold with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Kuo Yi Chu
  • Patent number: 6880658
    Abstract: A detachable passenger seat is selectively mountable onto a base frame of a snowmobile having a straddle-type rider seat. The passenger seat includes a cushioned seat portion supported by a seat frame. A forward portion of the passenger seat includes a bottom surface contoured to fit over and be supported by at least a portion of a rearward end of the rider seat when the passenger seat is attached to the snowmobile. Upwardly extending flexible grab handles are mounted to the lateral sides of the seat frame. Upper portions of the flexible grab handles extend higher than at least a portion of an upper surface of a cushioned seat portion of the passenger seat. The flexible grab handles are designed to be rigid enough to provide support to a passenger and flexible enough to allow a passenger to easily dismount the snowmobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Bombardier Recreational Products Inc.
    Inventors: Éric Fournier, Jean-Rhillipe Crépeau
  • Patent number: 6880651
    Abstract: An articulated vehicle is made up of two independently moveable vehicle bodies, for instance tracked vehicle bodies. The first vehicle body has an engine and the second one has a motor/generator. An articulation device connects them to allow the first vehicle body to drive the second vehicle body or vice versa or even for them to act together. A drive transmission that can be used in the vehicle allows power to be input from two shafts or for one of the shafts to be an additional power output. An articulation device that can be used in the vehicle allows quick alignment and/or coupling and decoupling of the two bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Singapore Technologies Kinetics Ltd.
    Inventors: Heng Fong Loh, Jun Shu, Shi Jin Tu, Choon Mong Tay, Dominic Phoon Yong Soon, Yew Chuen Poon, Hin Chee Leong
  • Patent number: 6871867
    Abstract: A rear suspension system for two-wheeled motor vehicles having a generally triangular configuration includes upper and lower pivot arm assemblies pivotally connected to a frame of the vehicle. A control arm is interconnected between the pivot arm assemblies. A rear wheel supporting unit, including upper and lower arm assemblies, is connectable to an axle of a rear wheel of the vehicle at a first end thereof. The upper arm assembly of the supporting unit is connected to the upper pivot arm assembly. The lower arm assembly of the supporting unit is connected to the lower pivot arm assembly. A compressible shock unit is provided to dampen movement of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Greg M. Parigian
  • Patent number: 6866282
    Abstract: A motorcycle support stand has a horizontally large base plate which stably engages a flat floor and mounts thereon a pair of sidewardly spaced uprights which define a gap therebetween for accommodating a motorcycle tire. The uprights have lower ends fixedly securable to the base plate, with at least one upright being slidably adjustable to vary the width of the gap. The upright has a leg part with a curvature similar to the rear tire so as to engage the side of the tire when the uprights are clamped together with the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Todd W. Heerspink
  • Patent number: 6863292
    Abstract: A roller peg includes a housing, a roller, a pin, and a keeper. The pin affixes the roller inside the housing such that a surface of the roller protrudes from a hole in the side of the housing. The keeper holds the pin and roller in place within the housing. The roller spins within the housing when a surface of the roller contacts an exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Roller Peg, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert William Paasch, Keith Allen Paasch
  • Patent number: 6860490
    Abstract: A children's cycle comprising frames, wheels under the frames and a push-handle connected with the frames. The push-handle is arcuate in shape and movably connected with the frames. The push-handle may be turned down to the underside of the cycle body with its arcuate concave facing upward so that the cycle body is supported by the push-handle. The push-handle may be used for pushing or pulling the cycle, and may be turned down to the underside of the cycle body for rocking the cycle forward and backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Jiangsu Goodbaby Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhenghuan Song
  • Patent number: 6857489
    Abstract: A crawler crane having identical left and right crawler assemblies. The left and right crawler assemblies each comprise an identical crawler drive assembly to power the individual crawlers. Each crawler drive assembly comprises a hydraulic drive motor connected to the crawler. Both crawler drive assemblies utilize identical mounting configurations for connecting the hydraulic drive motor to the frame of the crawler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Lakes
  • Patent number: 6857651
    Abstract: A tow-bar having a skeletonized tongue portion is described. A stopper is typically includes on the bottom portion of the tongue. A head piece having handles internal to the head piece is connected to one end of the tongue. The handles are typically positioned in a triangular arrangement. The end of the tongue, opposite the end including the head piece, includes a hinging portion that can be connected to the respective cart having the tongue. The hinging portion and the head piece include “keyed” ends so that they can connect to the tongue like puzzle pieces. These keyed portions are welded to the tongue. In this way, the pull points are not straight welds but rather keyed and welded portions thereby able to withstand typical abuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Innovative Peening Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Dickey, Bryan Peters
  • Patent number: 6857494
    Abstract: Turning radius is calculated from steering angles of steering-wheels and articulation angles of respective frames, and the steering-wheels are automatically rotated faster than rear-wheels based on the turning radius, the revolution number of the rear-wheels, engine speed of an engine and a speed range of hydraulic motors, so that conventional trouble for manipulating operation lever etc. while turning a motor grader and skill-requiring work for adjusting the revolution number of the steering-wheels in accordance with the revolution number of the rear-wheels can be eliminated, thereby easily and accurately controlling the revolution number of the steering-wheels and securely preventing tight-corner braking phenomenon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kobayashi, Kazuhito Nishimaki
  • Patent number: 6854752
    Abstract: A detachable bicycle is disclosed. The bicycle comprises a front frame section including a first crossbar, a rear frame section including a second crossbar having second fastening structure for matingly coupling to first fastening structure of the first crossbar when a rear open end of the first crossbar is inserted into the second crossbar, and a fastening mechanism including two ring fasteners. Each ring fastener is operative to fasten front and rear ends of the second crossbar on the open end of the first crossbar. An adverse effect caused by different forces exerted on the frame sections when a drives propels the bicycle by means of pedals can be substantially eliminated by the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Hung-Chang Chao
  • Patent number: 6854755
    Abstract: A frame of a boat trailer includes longitudinal support beams that extend from a tongue. The support beams are C-shaped in cross section and have a generally hollow interior. Each one of the support beams includes a front wall with a slot formed therethrough; the slot runs the length of the support beam and provides access to the hollow interior. Electrical wiring and hydraulic brake fluid lines are disposed in the interior of the support beams for protection from the elements, road debris, and other hazards. Each of the support beams is removably coupled to side panel such that the side panel covers the slot formed in the support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Charles J. MacKarvich
  • Patent number: 6854558
    Abstract: An overlay steering system for a vehicle includes a mechanical steering apparatus for the transfer of a steering torsional moment at a predetermined transfer ratio to at least one steered wheel, a wheel angle sensor connected to at least one steered wheel for generating a wheel angle signal corresponding to an angle of the at least one steered wheel, a comparison device for comparing the steering angle signal and the wheel angle signal as well as for generating a comparison signal based on the steering angle and the wheel angle, and an electromechanical converter for generating the overlay torsional moment, if the comparison signal indicates the presence of a deviation from the predetermined relation between the steering angle and the wheel angle of the at least one steered wheel, resulting in a reduction of the deviation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Axel Pauly, Goetz Baumgarten
  • Patent number: 6854757
    Abstract: A shock absorbing trailer hitch generally includes a socket adapted to lock onto a ball connected to the towing vehicle. The socket is connected to a lower support member which supports the bottom of a shock absorbing assembly. An inner tube extends up from the socket and lower tube through the shock absorbing assembly. The upper portion of the shock absorbing assembly is connected to an upper support member that is connected to the towed vehicle. A bearing is secured to the upper tube that slidably but non-rotatably receives the upper portion of the inner tube. The shock absorbing assembly includes rubber springs that absorb the forces experienced by the trailer hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Tom and Mark Uniques, Inc
    Inventor: Mark L. Rehme
  • Patent number: 6854751
    Abstract: An apparatus facilitating the lifting and movement of objects. The present invention, in one embodiment, features a curved rim extending around a mounting plate to which an object or an object carrier can be attached. The object is mounted off-center relative to the central axis of the curved rim. According to the invention, a counter-balancing weight offsets the moment associated with the object to allow the moving device to roll along a surface, and thereby move the object, with application of a small amount of force. According to embodiments of the present invention, the curved rims include at least one section having an increased radius of curvature relative to other sections of the curved rim to promote rotation of the moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Paul Halke