Patents Examined by Daniel S Collins
  • Patent number: 11022152
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a system for converting linear motion to rotary motion. The system includes at least first and second cylinders. The first and second cylinders are in fluid communication with each other. The system also includes a first piston. The first piston is slidably disposed in the first cylinder. The system further includes a second piston. The second piston is slidably disposed in the second cylinder. The first and second cylinders contain an incompressible fluid. The first piston is in operative connection with the second piston such that movement of the first piston in a first direction causes movement of the second piston in a second direction, wherein the second direction is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Inventor: Thomas Earl Clark
  • Patent number: 11007640
    Abstract: A rotary drive device has a fluid-actuated rotary drive, which has a drive housing and a drive unit rotatable relative thereto. The drive unit has a pivot piston and a drive shaft connected thereto, whereby the drive shaft projects from the drive housing on an axial front side with a drive section. On the rear side, several components are mounted in axial succession on the drive housing of the rotary drive, which together with the rotary drive form a uniformly practicable drive assembly. These components include a valve carrier device carrying a control valve arrangement, a pneumatic connection unit, and an electronic control unit electrically connected to the control valve arrangement. A robot arm is also proposed, which includes the rotary drive device as an arm joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FESTO SE & CO. KG
    Inventors: Simon Markowski, Artem Beger
  • Patent number: 10995475
    Abstract: A hydraulic circuit (11) of a hydraulic excavator (1) is provided with a main hydraulic circuit (11A) including a boom cylinder (5D), a pilot hydraulic circuit (11B) for operating the boom cylinder (5D) and a recovery hydraulic circuit (11C) including an accumulator (29). In this case, the recovery hydraulic circuit (11C) is provided with a recovery control valve (31) that recovers pressurized oil discharged from the boom cylinder (5D) to the accumulator (29), a main supply control valve (34) for supplying pressurized oil accumulated in the accumulator (29) to the main hydraulic circuit (11A) and a pilot supply control valve (37) for supplying pressurized oil accumulated in the accumulator (29) to the pilot hydraulic circuit (11B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiji Hijikata, Yasutaka Tsuruga, Kouji Ishikawa, Kiwamu Takahashi, Masatoshi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 10975892
    Abstract: A hydraulic reservoir (10), for use for example in a marine pleasure craft, comprises a vortex chamber (16), a hydraulic fluid return line (18) and a hydraulic fluid suction line (20) respective entering and exiting substantially tangentially to an internal wall surface of the vortex chamber. An upper chamber (26) is disposed above the vortex chamber (16) and in fluid communication with the vortex chamber. The upper chamber is capable of expansion and/or contraction in use in order to adjust continuously to the volume of the hydraulic fluid to be accommodated in the hydraulic reservoir. Also disclosed is a method of operating such a hydraulic reservoir, in which hydraulic fluid is directed into the vortex chamber (16) along the hydraulic fluid return line (18) and extracting hydraulic fluid from the vortex chamber along the hydraulic fluid suction line (20), to thereby generate a vortex flow in the vortex chamber. Dissolved air, if present, becomes entrained into bubbles which rise to the upper chamber (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: LEWMAR LIMITED
    Inventor: David Frank Bailes
  • Patent number: 10967933
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, an operating member, a hydraulic unit, an electrical switch, a wireless communicator, and a power supply. The base member includes a first end and a second end opposite to the first end. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base member about a first pivot axis. At least part of the hydraulic unit is disposed closer to the second end than the first pivot axis when viewed from a first direction parallel to the first pivot axis. The power supply is electrically connected to the wireless communicator to supply electrical power to the wireless communicator. At least one of the wireless communicator and the power supply is at least partly disposed closer to the first end than the first pivot axis when viewed from the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi Komatsu, Takafumi Nishino, Takehiko Nakajima
  • Patent number: 10961994
    Abstract: A plunger tool and method relating thereto is designed to remove and insert plungers of a reciprocating pump such as during maintenance and other disassembly operations. The tool has a guide which receives and supports the plunger after removal from, and before reinsertion into, the pump. The tool also has a rack and pinion actuator for moving the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Bertrom Ballard, Jr., Justin Steven Merchant, Bernt Olsen
  • Patent number: 10954967
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a hydraulic machine including a support assembly and a main cylinder device connected with the support assembly. The main cylinder device includes at least two main cylinder assemblies and at least two piston rods respectively. The at least two piston rods are opposite to each other and move along opposite directions and on the same straight line. A support worktable device is disposed on the support assembly and spaced with the main cylinder device. At least two pressing mechanisms are formed between the support worktable device and the at least two main cylinder assemblies or between the support worktable device and the at least two piston rods. The at least two pressing mechanisms are configured for pressing work pieces simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Xiangyi Dong
  • Patent number: 10935054
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, an articulated joint includes a first rotary actuator having a first housing defining a first arcuate chamber comprising a first cavity, and an arcuate-shaped first piston having a first radius of curvature and disposed in said first housing for reciprocal movement in the first arcuate chamber, a second rotary actuator having a second housing defining a second arcuate chamber comprising a second cavity, and an arcuate-shaped second piston having a second radius of curvature and disposed in said second housing for reciprocal movement in the second arcuate chamber, wherein a first radial side of the first piston relative to the first radius of curvature is in bearing contact with a first radial side of the second piston relative to the second radius of curvature at a contact point between the first axis and the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamran Eftekhari Shahroudi, Barry T. Brinks, Brian Hoemke
  • Patent number: 10935052
    Abstract: Described herein is a safety valve for a hydraulic circuit comprising a pump designed to supply a hydraulic fluid at a first pressure value to a pressure line, comprising: a chamber, which can be fluidically connected to the pressure line and is filled with the hydraulic fluid at a pressure value and a temperature value; and a casing with an opening, which can be connected to a reservoir of the hydraulic circuit; a shutter, which delimits the first chamber and can be displaced between a first position, in which it occludes the first opening, and a second position, in which it leaves the opening at least in part free; the valve comprises a thermally expandable element, which can be displaced, as a result of the temperature of the hydraulic fluid, between a first configuration that it assumes when the temperature of the hydraulic fluid is below the threshold value and a second configuration that it assumes when the temperature of the hydraulic fluid is above the temperature threshold value and in which it holds
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: LEONARDO S.P.A.
    Inventors: Giacomo Bacchiega, Lucas Martin Piccinini, Roberto Bozzi
  • Patent number: 10933935
    Abstract: A linear actuator system includes a linear actuator including an outer body, an inner body disposed within the outer body, a fluid chamber at least partially extending between the inner body and the outer body, a piston chamber extending at least partially within the inner body, a valve configured to selectively fluidly couple the fluid chamber and the piston chamber to each other, a piston assembly including a piston, a variable volume within the piston chamber that extends between the piston and the valve, and a gas collector assembly including a fluid passageway. The piston assembly is disposed within the piston chamber, wherein a movement of the piston assembly causes a gas separated from a liquid within the variable volume to flow through the fluid passageway, through the valve, and into the fluid chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Wolf Tooth Components, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Scott Jordan
  • Patent number: 10935024
    Abstract: A lubricating sealing system for a fluid end includes a fluid end, a sleeve, a plunger, and a lubrication system. The sleeve is coupled to an internal surface of the fluid end. The plunger reciprocates in a linear manner through the sleeve and into a pressure chamber of the fluid end. The lubrication system is in communication with the plunger and configured to provide lubricant through an interior of the plunger for routing to surfaces between the plunger and the sleeve. The lubricant is pressurized and moved via the reciprocating of the plunger and create a positive pressure on the lubricant over the pressures experienced in the pressure chamber of the fluid end. The positive pressure creates a barrier and pushes away contaminants from the plunger seals thereby avoiding wash out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: ST9 Gas and Oil, LLC
    Inventor: Chris Buckley
  • Patent number: 10920801
    Abstract: An actuator assembly includes an actuation member, a release member, and a source of pressurized gas, wherein during a normal mode of operation, the actuation member and the release member are engaged to move in unison, and wherein during an emergency mode of operation, pressurized gas automatically decouples the actuation member from the release member to move separately. In accordance with yet other aspects of the present disclosure, an electro-mechanical actuator includes an electro-mechanical drive system and an integrated backup system operated by a gas generator, wherein when the backup system is activated, the electro-mechanical drive system is decoupled, and the actuator moves to a predetermined position and mechanically locks in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Christopher L. Fenn, Patrick Cronin
  • Patent number: 10920800
    Abstract: A method is disclosed wherein two sheets of a flexible, inelastic substance are sealed along a periphery thereof, creating an interior reservoir preferably containing two or more elongate chambers, organized normal to an axis of traction. The disclosed axis of traction is an axis along which the disclosed device reduces length as a medium is introduced into the reservoir. Further disclosed is a method by which one or more bladders of flexible, inelastic substance are woven through two or more preferably parallel strips or strings. The bladders are adapted to receive a preferably gaseous or liquid medium. As the medium is moved into the bladders, the flexible strips or stings are deformed to cause the strips or strings to have a reduced length along the axis of traction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Alexander Sergeev
  • Patent number: 10920803
    Abstract: An air cylinder includes a tubular cylinder and a piston which is moved by pressure of a fluid supplied to a chamber provided inside the cylinder. A monitoring device includes a heat flux sensor and a detection part. The heat flux sensor is provided to the cylinder and detects heat flux that flows between inside and outside of the cylinder due to compression or expansion of the fluid in the chamber caused in accordance with the movement of the piston. The detection part detects the moving state of the piston based on the output signal of the heat flux sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Toshikazu Harada, Atusi Sakaida, Toshihisa Taniguchi, Norio Gouko, Keiji Okamoto, Keita Saitou
  • Patent number: 10920802
    Abstract: A harvester head having at least one hydraulic actuator with a cylinder and a piston. The hydraulic actuator having at least a cylinder chamber and a piston rod chamber, both chambers being connected to a hydraulic circuit. The piston separating the cylinder chamber and the piston rod chamber, a cavity provided in the piston, hydraulically connecting the cylinder chamber with the piston rod chamber and a check valve in connection with the cavity that allows hydraulic medium flow in an opening direction of the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Arto Alfthan, Timo Neuvonen, Joni Turunen, Samuli Jormanainen, Esa Jääskeläinen
  • Patent number: 10914010
    Abstract: A refrigerant compressor includes: an electric component; and a compression component driven by the electric component to compress a refrigerant. At least one sliding member constituting the compression component is made of a base material (185) that is an iron-based material. An abrasion resistance film (180) including a surface layer constituted by at least fine crystals is formed on a sliding surface of the sliding member. The surface layer (181) includes an A portion in which a component contained most is diiron trioxide (Fe2O3). The A portion exists within a range of at least 0.3 ?m or less from an outermost surface of the sliding surface. The abrasion resistance film (180) may include at least one intermediate layer (182 to 184) located between the surface layer (181) and the base material (185). With this, self-abrasion resistance of the sliding member can be improved, so that the refrigerant compressor having excellent reliability and efficiency can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Yoshinori Ishida, Shingo Oyagi
  • Patent number: 10900478
    Abstract: A pump diaphragm for a diaphragm pump for conveying a fluid includes a solid core with a connection device for a drive rod of the diaphragm pump, and a plate-shaped elastic diaphragm body made of rubber having a peripheral clamping edge. The solid core is embedded at least partially in the diaphragm body and the solid core is produced from a thermoplastic and forms covalent bonds with the elastic diaphragm body made of rubber without adhesive. For this purpose, the thermoplastic, for example polyamide 612 or polyphenylene ether, and the rubber, a periodically cross-linked rubber such as EPDM, are selected in such a way that they are covalently cross-linked with one another at the boundary layer. In this way, a bonding layer that is susceptible to weakening or destruction is not present between the core and the diaphragm body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Maria Del Mar Diez Diaz, Rudolf Randler, Raphael Kälin, Norbert Haberland
  • Patent number: 10900825
    Abstract: Hydraulic valve circuitry adapted for automatic weight-responsive control of load-clamping members of a load-lifting system having a free lift mast. The load-lifting system generally includes one or more fluid power actuator for applying a gripping force to a load, at least one elongate, longitudinally-extensible fluid power lifting device having a free lift range of motion and at least one main lift range of motion, and manually operated load-clamping and load-lifting selector valves. The hydraulic valve circuitry provides, independently, weight-responsive control of the load-clamping members when lifting a load, full-time automatic weight-responsive force control of the load-clamping members without concurrent manual actuation of load-clamping or load-lifting selector valves, and equalization of sensed load weight so that the sensed load weight is substantially independent of the longitudinally-extensible position of the lifting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventor: David W. Petronek
  • Patent number: 10895249
    Abstract: A hydraulic transaxle comprises an axial piston hydraulic pump having a variable displacement, and a transaxle casing incorporating the hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump includes a movable swash plate and a pair of trunnion shafts. The transaxle casing includes a pair of side walls, and includes a pair of casing holes each of which penetrates each of the side walls between an inside and an outside of the transaxle casing. The pair of trunnion shafts are passed through the respective casing holes. The swash plate is formed with a pair of swash plate holes in the respective side portions facing the respective side walls in the inside of the transaxle casing. Proximal end portions of the respective trunnion shafts are inserted into the respective swash plate holes. A distal end portion of one of the trunnion shafts projects from the corresponding casing hole to the outside of the transaxle casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Murashima, Koji Iwaki, Toshifumi Yasuda, Katsumoto Mizukawa
  • Patent number: 10895271
    Abstract: There is disclosed a rotary actuator apparatus for hydraulically or pneumatically rotating a robotic joint. In an embodiment the apparatus comprises: a curved piston rotatably coupled to an axle shaft, and positioned within a curved piston chamber; resilient barrier modules are adapted to separate the curved piston within the curved piston chamber from first and second hydraulic or pneumatic chambers on either side of the curved piston chamber; whereby, in use, the curved piston is configured to rotate about the axle shaft upon hydraulic or pneumatic pressure being applied to at least one of the first and second hydraulic or pneumatic chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventor: Robert David Ings