Patents Examined by Darlene P Condra
  • Patent number: 10465763
    Abstract: An end member assembly can include a first end member section and a second end member section that together form an end member volume. A partition section is provided separately and is disposed within the end member volume to separate the end member volume into at least two volume portions. At least one passage extends through the partition section and at least one control device is disposed in fluid communication along the passage. The control device substantially fluidically isolates the two volume portions under conditions of use below a predetermined differential pressure threshold. The control device permits fluid communication between the two volume portions under conditions of use in which the predetermined pressure threshold is exceeded. Gas spring assemblies including such an end member assembly as well as suspension systems and methods of manufacture are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph A. Bounds, Paul P. Koeske
  • Patent number: 10464414
    Abstract: A working machine including a working assembly that can be driven by an engine, with the engine being connectable to the working assembly via a power branching transmission including a first mechanical power branch and a second electric or hydraulic power branch, the first and second power branches being combined by a summation transmission that can be coupled to the working assembly on the output side and provides a variable transmission ratio between the first mechanical power branch and the working assembly that can be adjusted by the rotational speed of the second electric or hydraulic power branch. A blocking device is provided for blocking the variability of the transmission ratio that can be adjusted between the first mechanical power branch and the output side of the summation transmission by the rotational speed of the second electric or hydraulic power branch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-COMPONENTS BIBERACH GMBH
    Inventors: Clemens Christ, Viktor Schindler, Norbert Hausladen
  • Patent number: 10457315
    Abstract: A first sliding member is held by an upper jacket. A second sliding member includes a fixed portion fixed to the first sliding member, and an extension portion that extends in a column axis direction and that has a coupled portion coupled to the fixed portion at a predetermined location in the column axis direction. The second sliding member being clamped by the clamping mechanism slides relative to a supporting member and a lower jacket during a secondary impact. The second sliding member includes a slit that reduces coupling stiffness between the fixed portion and the coupled portion of the extension portion so as to facilitate, in a clamping state of the clamping mechanism, deflection of the coupled portion of the extension portion relative to the fixed portion in a lateral direction as seen from the column axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Sakuda, Atsumune Nagatani, Michiaki Yamaoka, Yoshihito Yoshihara, Satoki Yoshimura, Yu Myohoji
  • Patent number: 10449921
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back, and an airbag that deploys in the seat back. After having deployed, the airbag has such a shape that a deployment amount, in a front-back direction, of the airbag near an upper part of the seat back differs from that near a lower part of the seat back. The airbag deploys in the seat back in such a way that, after having deployed, the airbag elastically supports an upper body of an occupant and elastically receives an impact force applied to a back surface of the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10449992
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column may include a casing tube that rotatably supports a steering spindle, a holding part that has two lateral cheeks between which the casing tube is positioned, and an electromechanical fixing device. In a release position of the fixing device, the casing tube may be adjustable relative to the holding part. In a fixing position, a set position of the casing tube may be fixed relative to the holding part. The fixing device may include a clamping bolt that passes through the lateral cheeks and is rotatable about its axis by an electric motor positioned in a housing as the fixing device is opened and closed, a cam mechanism, and a support bearing. The lateral cheeks and the casing tube may be positioned between the cam mechanism and the support bearing. A first cam disk of the cam mechanism may rotate with the clamping bolt, and a second cam disk may be guided on the clamping bolt so as to be axially movable in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Simon Blättler, Jean-pierre Specht
  • Patent number: 10442263
    Abstract: A low suspension arm strut coupling is provided for a suspension of an off-road vehicle. The suspension comprises a lower suspension arm that is hingedly coupled between a chassis of the off-road vehicle and a spindle assembly that is coupled with a front wheel. An upper suspension arm is hingedly coupled between the chassis and the spindle assembly. A strut is coupled between the lower suspension arm and the chassis. A lower pivot couples the strut to the lower suspension, and an upper pivot couples the strut to the chassis. The upper and lower pivots provide a lower center of gravity of the off-road vehicle and a relatively smaller shock angle. The lower suspension arm is reinforced to withstand forces due to movement of the front wheel and operation of the strut in response to travel over terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Robby Gordon
  • Patent number: 10435278
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile machine, in particular a crawler crane, comprising: an undercarriage with a tracklaying gear, and an uppercarriage which is rotatably mounted with respect to the undercarriage, wherein the tracklaying gear includes two crawler supports aligned parallel to each other, along whose longitudinal direction a crawler chain each is movably arranged, wherein one cantilever arm each is provided on the inner sides of the crawler supports facing each other, and at the distal end of the respective cantilever arm a support cylinder is arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH
    Inventor: Walter Mietschnig
  • Patent number: 10427738
    Abstract: A suspension for a vehicle includes a pair of opposing upper and lower control arms that longitudinally locate an axle along the frame. The upper and lower control arms include first ends pivotably mounted to the ends of the axle at upper pivotable axle joints and a second lower pivotable axle joints, respectively. The upper and lower control arms include second ends that are pivotably mounted to frame hanger brackets at upper and lower pivotable hanger joints, respectively. The frame hanger bracket are laterally interposed between an upper and lower hanger joint so that an upper pivotable hanger joint is on one side of each frame hanger and a lower pivotable hanger joint is on an opposite side of the each frame hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Volvo Truck Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur Nalson Fowler, Robert Renie Brewer
  • Patent number: 10427484
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension support includes a housing including an opening to receive an upper end of a damper and a top mount bushing fixed to an upper surface of the housing, the top mount bushing having an aperture aligned with the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brett Anderson, Jeffrey Lipa
  • Patent number: 10427636
    Abstract: A motor vehicle includes a frame, a first pair of wheels connected to the frame, a second pair of wheels connected to the frame, a motor supported by the frame and operatively connected to at least one of the pair of wheels, a cockpit in the frame, a first seat disposed in the cockpit, a bed in the frame longitudinally rearward of the cockpit, the bed having at least one side wall, a second seat disposed in the bed, the second seat having a seat base and a seat back, the seat back having a storage position and a seating position, and a lateral retention member fixed to the at least one side wall of the bed, at least a portion of the lateral retention member being disposed higher than the seat base and forward of the seat back of the second seat when in the seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael J Hokes, Joseph H Korte, Dustin L Hinders, Matthew L Taracko, Stephen L Paulos, Kirk M Rausch, Jacob O Borth, Luke M Upah
  • Patent number: 10427481
    Abstract: A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle including a control arm having a control arm portion and a cantilever spring portion fixed to the control arm portion. A retainer spaced from the control arm connects the cantilever spring portion to a vehicle subframe. The control arm portion may be made at least partly of fiber-reinforced plastic and having a wheel connecting point for a wheel carrier and at least one superstructure connecting point for a vehicle superstructure, for mounting pivotally about a pivot axis S. The spring portion may also be made at least partly from fiber-reinforced plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Peter Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10427746
    Abstract: An automatic tilting vehicle includes left and right wheels rotatably supported by carriers, a vehicle tilting device, and a control unit. The vehicle tilting device includes a swing member swinging about a swing axis, an actuator that swings the swing member, a pair of tie rods pivotally connected to the swing member and the carriers. The control unit controls the actuator so that the tilt angle of the vehicle conforms to a target tilt angle and determines that the vehicle tilting device is abnormal when a relationship between the swing angular velocity of the swing member and the tilt angular velocity of the vehicle deviates from an allowable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hayato Yoshino, Takahito Ishino, Koichi Nishimura, Yoshikazu Kameda, Mitsuyuki Ohuchi, Osamu Yasuike, Hirotaka Kamano
  • Patent number: 10427638
    Abstract: Airbag assemblies are disclosed that can reduce rotational velocity of an occupant's head during a collision event and thereby mitigate traumatic brain injury/head injury to an occupant. An airbag includes a pair of lobes or protrusions to deploy and extend from the rear face of the airbag on either side of the occupant's head to limit rotation of the head. A pair of vertical tethers within an interior of the airbag configure the lobes and contour the rear face to form one or more low fabric tension zones or bubbles. The lobes maintain high fabric tension, similar to a pressurization of a main inflatable chamber of the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventor: Changsoo Choi
  • Patent number: 10421428
    Abstract: A method for cushioning a pedestrian during contact with a moving vehicle. The method includes steps providing an energy-absorbing pedestrian interface structured to cushion the pedestrian during contact, providing an interface deployment mechanism operatively coupled to the interface and structured to move the interface between a stowed position and a deployed position, and moving the pedestrian interface to the deployed position when the vehicle is in motion and prior to contact between the pedestrian and the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: JOYSON SAFETY SYSTEMS ACQUISITION LLC
    Inventors: Vidyakant Chandrakant Revankar, Larry M. Wilmot
  • Patent number: 10421426
    Abstract: Provided is an occupant protection device which is disposed side by side with an under-cover of an instrument panel and has a harness connected to an inflator disposed on a front side of the under-cover in a vehicle traveling direction to protect a knee portion of an occupant, including a case having a side wall on which the harness is disposed, and a protrusion configured to extend from the side wall of the case toward a front of the under-cover in forward and backward direction of a vehicle, to come in contact with the under-cover, and to restrict movement of the under-cover to the front side in the forward and backward direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinsuke Odai, Kento Maeda
  • Patent number: 10421488
    Abstract: An axle assembly having an axle beam and a kingpin. The axle beam may have a kingpin receiving hole that may have a tapered portion that extends between a lower surface of the axle beam and an upper surface of the axle beam. The kingpin may be disposed in the kingpin receiving hole and may have a kingpin taper that mates with the tapered portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Duy Lam, Robert Brazeau
  • Patent number: 10414434
    Abstract: A leading-edge steering system is provided for a front suspension of an off-road vehicle. The leading-edge steering system is comprised of a spindle assembly that supports a drive axle assembly to conduct torque from a transaxle to a front wheel. A first rod-end joint pivotally couples an upper suspension arm and the spindle assembly, and a second rod-end joint pivotally couples a lower suspension arm and the spindle assembly. A steering rod-end joint pivotally couples a first end of a steering rod with a leading-edge portion of the spindle assembly. A steering gear is coupled with a second end of the steering rod and configured to move the steering rod, such that the spindle assembly rotates with respect to the upper and lower suspension arms. The leading-edge portion is configured to exert primarily tensile forces on the steering rod during travel over rough terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Robby Gordon
  • Patent number: 10407016
    Abstract: Airbag cushion covers and related methods. Some embodiments may comprise an airbag cover comprising a weakened pattern configured to facilitate separation of the cover during deployment of an airbag cushion. The weakened region may comprise a first tear seam comprising a first shape defined by a first line comprising at least one of regions of curvature and angled regions, and a second tear seam comprising a second shape defined by a second line comprising at least one of regions of curvature and angled regions. In some embodiments, the first shape may overlap and/or intersect with the second shape in a desired pattern to facilitate desired airbag deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Witt, Jr., David W. Schneider, Jan Pontus Söderström, Uriel Hernandez Padilla
  • Patent number: 10407870
    Abstract: A hydraulic excavator includes an upper revolving unit revolvably mounted on a lower traveling unit. A counterweight is disposed on a rear end part of the upper revolving unit. A first GNSS antenna supporting part is configured to support a first GNSS antenna. The first GNSS antenna supporting part is disposed in front of the counterweight on the upper revolving unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Minetaka Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10399529
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat, two arms coupled to the seat, and an airbag coupled to each arm. Each arm is movable from a stowed position beside the seat to an extended position abutting the other arm. The airbags are inflatable toward the seat when the arms are in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spahn, Alan Dry, Johnathan Line, Daniel Ferretti, Benjamin Yilma