Patents Examined by David M. Fenstermacher
  • Patent number: 10384341
    Abstract: The present invention is related a redundant parallel positioning table device. More particularly, the present invention relates to a redundant parallel positioning table device for a precise positioning of heavy load samples, instrument and/or apparatus, e.g. in the context of diffractometer machines for synchrotron facilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Huber Diffraktionstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Gheorghe Olea
  • Patent number: 10384707
    Abstract: A robot swing structure uses a swing bracket to be in combination with a curved rack, and a transmission gear of a power mechanism to be in engagement with the curved rack. Whereby, when a first end of the curved rack is positioned at the transmission gear, the curved rack and swing bracket are allowed to be swung to incline downward (as if the robot head lowers or bows); when a second end of the curved rack is positioned at the transmission gear, the curved rack and swing bracket are allowed to be in a transverse state; and when a stop section of the curved rack is positioned at the transmission gear, the curved rack and swing bracket are allowed to be in a upright state, thereby making the curved rack and swing bracket to have three swing stopping states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ROBOTELF TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ling-Feng Chen
  • Patent number: 10379193
    Abstract: A slew gear drive including a housing having a tubular portion having a longitudinal axis, a shaft formed with a worm gear configured for rotational movement about the longitudinal axis within the tubular portion of the housing, and a torque tube having an outer surface, the torque tube carried by the housing for rotational movement about a rotational axis perpendicular to the worm gear, wherein an inner race coupled to the torque tube including a gear having teeth configured to engage the worm gear, the teeth extending less than a 360 degrees around the inner race. Rotation of the worm gear about the longitudinal axis engaging the teeth of the inner race, thereby rotating the inner race the torque tube about the rotational axis relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NEXTracker Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander W. Au
  • Patent number: 10378621
    Abstract: A continuously variable transmission includes an input disk and output disk rotatable about a disk axis of rotation. An input ring member rotatable about an input axis of rotation engages the input disk at an input contact patch. An output ring member rotatable about an output axis of rotation engages the output disk at an output contact patch. A sum of a length of a first input contact patch vector extending from the input contact patch to the disk axis of rotation and a length of a first output contact patch vector extending from the output contact patch to the disk axis of rotation is greater than a length of at least one of a second input contact patch vector extending from the input contact patch to the input axis of rotation and a second output contact patch vector extending from the output contact patch to the output axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Hornblower Meyer
  • Patent number: 10378636
    Abstract: A method for repairing a gear part (1) in a wind turbine, in particular repairing damaged teeth of a toothed rim (2). A repair cavity (10) is formed by removing material, including one or more damaged teeth, from the gear part (1) by drilling one or more holes through the gear part (1) along a direction which is substantially parallel to an axis of circular symmetry of the gear part (1). A repair segment (15) comprising one or more replacement gear teeth (16), and having a geometry which matches a geometry of the repair cavity (10), is arranged in the repair cavity (10), and attached to the gear part (1) by introducing one or more fasteners (17) into fastener openings (11, 13, 14) formed in the gear part (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Vesta Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Nicholas Brown, David Grossen
  • Patent number: 10371251
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a device for adjusting a movement of an operating element for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. The device comprises a rotatable shaft and a bearing apparatus for the supporting of the operating element. At the same time, by means of the operating element, the bearing apparatus can be moved with the operating element in relation to the shaft toward a first movement axis and between a resting position and a deflecting position toward a second movement axis. The device is characterized by a blocking element for blocking a movement of the bearing apparatus from the resting position to the deflecting position. An actuating element for actuating the blocking element and a resetting element for resetting the bearing apparatus from the deflecting position to the position are arranged on the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Joerg Meyer, Sascha Rosentreter
  • Patent number: 10371252
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a device for regulating a movement of an operating element for an automatic transmission of a vehicle. The device comprises a rotatable shaft and a bearing element for bearing the operating element. The bearing element can be moved together with the operating element relatively to the shaft with respect to a first axis of movement and between a rest position and a deflection position with respect to a second axis of movement. The device is characterized in that on the shaft are arranged a locking element for locking the movement of the bearing element from the rest position to the deflection position and/or a resetting element for resetting the bearing element from the deflection position to the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Ludger Rake, Sascha Rosentreter, Karsten Straßburg
  • Patent number: 10368950
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for an endoscopic shaft instrument, preferably an instrument which is intended for use in connection with a surgical robot, has a drive arrangement that has an instrument housing (12) on a proximal shaft end. At least one housing shaft (22) is mounted in the instrument housing (12). The shaft is drivingly connected to a traction device which is provided for controlling an instrument head on a distal shaft end. Furthermore, the drive arrangement has a drive unit having at least one drive shaft. The housing shaft (22) can be drivingly connected to said drive shaft. The at least one housing shaft (22) is oriented at an angle to the drive shaft (30) and the drive shaft can be drivingly connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: RICHARD WOLF GMBH
    Inventors: Frank Wehrheim, Alexander Schweigert, Stephan Prestel, Sören Münnig, Matthias Lambertz, Eberhard Körner
  • Patent number: 10363671
    Abstract: A horizontal multi-joint robot includes: a first joint capable of swiveling around a first axis; a second joint capable of swiveling around a second axis that is parallel to and spaced apart from the first axis; and a duct connected between the first joint and the second joint. The first joint has a first connecting portion forming a predetermined angle relative to the first axis. The second joint has a second connecting portion forming a predetermined angle relative to the second axis. The duct has a first end and a second end. The first end is connected to the first connecting portion. The second end is connected to the second connecting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Ono
  • Patent number: 10359103
    Abstract: A positioning device, comprising a base element, a carrier element to be positioned relative to the base element along a z-axis as well as at least one first, second, third and fourth slide element, wherein the first, second, third or fourth slide element on the one hand is disposed displaceably by means of a first, second, third or fourth base guide device along a first, second, third or fourth base line on the base element and on the other hand by means of a first, second, third or fourth ascent guide device along a first, second, third or fourth ascent line on the carrier element, wherein the first, second, third or fourth ascent line and the first, second, third or fourth base line run in a projection along the z-axis parallel to one another and with respectively constant different angles of inclination relative to the z-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SCHNEEBERGER HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Patrick Krauer
  • Patent number: 10352410
    Abstract: A toroidal continuously variable transmission include a pair of disks which is provided rotatably and concentrically with each other in a state where inner surfaces of respective disks are opposed to each other and a power roller held between the disks opposing to each other. One of the disks is supported on a shaft. The other of the disks is rotatably supported, via a first bearing, on a hollow shaft into which the shaft is inserted and which is non-rotatably supported by a support member. The shaft is rotatably supported on the hollow shaft via a second bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventor: Hirotaka Kishida
  • Patent number: 10337610
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is gear actuator for dual clutch transmission, including: a driving motor having a driving shaft formed with gear part, a pair of first and second gears gear-coupled to the gear part, first and second guide cams respectively connected to the first and second gears to rotate, a first power transfer unit transferring or cutting off the power from the driving motor to the first guide cam according to rotating direction of the first gear, a second power transfer unit transferring or cutting off the power from the driving motor to the second guide cam according to rotating direction of the second gear, a first finger shaft linearly moved by rotation of the first guide cam and performing a selection operation of an odd-numbered stage, and a second finger shaft linearly moved by rotation of the second guide cam and performing a selection operation of an even-numbered stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Seung Ik Kang, Man Bok Lee
  • Patent number: 10330181
    Abstract: In a continuously variable transmission including: a first transmission unit including a first input disc and a first output disc disposed coaxially and a power roller tiltably interposed between these discs; and a second transmission unit disposed coaxially with the first transmission unit, including a second input disc and a second output disc disposed coaxially and a second power roller tiltably interposed between these discs, and disposed such that a back surface of the second input disc is opposed to a back surface of the first input disc, a tubular back surface cylinder wall is provided on each of the back surfaces of the first input disc and the second input disc so as to project therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichiro Tanaka, Hideyuki Imai, Tatsuhiko Goi, Isao Fujii
  • Patent number: 10330190
    Abstract: A gear lever for motor vehicles is provided, of the type including a lever body, a grip, a block and a rod. The lever body defines a main axis and is configured for being associated to a gearshift device of a motor vehicle. The block is arranged to be displaced between an operative position and an inoperative position, respectively, for blocking and releasing the lever in or from a given gearshift position. The rod is slidably mounted within the lever body, and connected to which is said lever block, and which is arranged to be governed via a control member positioned on the lever body or on the grip for shifting the block from the operative position to the inoperative position. The lever is also height-adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FCA Italy S.p.A.
    Inventors: Dario Luvison, Valter Maggiora, Paolo Mancin, Vincenzo Nuara
  • Patent number: 10316569
    Abstract: A structure for unifying a motor for use with a rear curtain and a power trunk is provided. The structure includes an electromagnetic clutch, which is connected to a hinge arm of a trunk lid via a trunk wire and is connected to a rear curtain via a curtain wire and selectively transmits driving force to the trunk wire or to the curtain wire. Additionally, a rotary motor is connected to the electromagnetic clutch and supplies driving force to the electromagnetic clutch. The trunk wire and the curtain wire are operated by a single rotary motor. Accordingly, the production cost and weight of a vehicle are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Duck-Young Kim, Yong-Hyuck Im
  • Patent number: 10309499
    Abstract: A roller (1) having a rigid reinforcement (4) defining a hub (5) for rotation of the roller about an axis of rotation X and a plurality of bars (6) regularly arranged around the hub (5) and extending parallel to the axis X. The roller further has bushings (10), each engaged on a respective one of the bars (6) and each comprising an outer rigid ring (11) surrounding a bushing body (12) made of deformable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MESSIER-BUGATTI-DOWTY
    Inventor: Norbert Lartigue
  • Patent number: 10309501
    Abstract: A sun roller of a friction roller-type transmission includes a movable sun roller element (23) capable of moving in an axial direction. Furthermore, the sun roller is provided with a loading cam mechanism which is formed along the circumferential direction of an input shaft (12), the loading cam mechanism having a first cam surface (75), a second cam surface (77) arranged facing the first cam surface (75) and secured to the input shaft (12), rolling elements (63) held between the first and second cam surfaces (75, 77), and an annular holding device (51), and the loading cam mechanism axially displacing the movable sun roller element (23). The holding device (51) has an inside-diameter-surface guiding part (81) for positioning the holding device relative to the input shaft by being fitted over the input shaft, the guiding part being provided to the inside diameter surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Yoshioka, Yasuyuki Matsuda, Kazutaka Tanaka, Takashi Imanishi
  • Patent number: 10309500
    Abstract: A drive roller (1) comprising a central hub (4), a body (5) extending around the central hub, the body (5) being made of a deformable material, a deformable band (8) extending over a circumference of the drive roller, and first rigid fins (17) and second rigid fins (18) arranged in alternation and extending radially inside the body (5). Each first fin presents a proximal end (17a) fastened to the central hub, and each second fin presents a distal end (18b) that extends in the proximity of the deformable band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MESSIER-BUGATTI-DOWTY
    Inventors: Norbert Lartigue, Pierre-Guillaume Phelut
  • Patent number: 10309505
    Abstract: The invention relates to a continuously variable automatic transmission that modifies the transmission ratio thereof by means of the accumulation and conversion of potential and kinetic energy. The transmission, which is functionally formed around a device accumulating elastic potential energy (6) with a controlled (7) output (2), has an inflow system (5) suitable for distributing the energy that is absorbed, and an outflow system (9) suitable for delivering the potential energy that has been absorbed and converting it into kinetic energy. The accumulator of elastic potential energy is formed around an elastic spiral spring, the inlet thereof being arranged so as to only allow the inflow of energy and the outlet thereof so as to control the energy delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Jose Antonio Carames Jimenez
  • Patent number: 10295028
    Abstract: A linear actuator provides linear displacement of an actuator plate. The linear actuator includes a set of base flexures that extend from a base plate to an actuator plate and a set of arm flexures that extend from a base arm to an actuator arm. The base arm of the base frame extends up perpendicularly from the base plate and the actuator arm, of the actuator frame, extends perpendicularly from the actuator plate. A base frame and actuator frame may be elbows that are arranged to form a box with the base flexures and arm flexures extending orthogonally within the cavity of the box. A flexure may include an extension element such as a pleated portion of the flexure that has stored length that enables the flexure to extend to increase the linear displacement region. The arm flexures prevent the base flexures from following a radius of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Blockwise Engineering LLC
    Inventor: Jeremiah J. Warriner