Patents Examined by David M. Fenstermacher
  • Patent number: 10292500
    Abstract: A quick-exit assembly for reclining furniture, including motorized versions, is provided. An exemplary quick-exit assembly may include a linkage assembly configured to move between a first position and a second position. A drive mechanism may be coupled to the linkage assembly, and may be configured to move the linkage assembly between the first position and the second position using an actuator, and also, allow movement of the linkage assembly between the first position and the second position using manual force with reduced restriction from the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: L&P property management company
    Inventor: Walter Clark Rogers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10295047
    Abstract: A printed circuit board for electronic function control for a vehicle is created, comprising at least one actuator connection, of which a first part is attached to the printed circuit board and a second part extends away from the printed circuit board, and a connecting element, of which a first part is attached to the printed circuit board and a second part extends away from the printed circuit board, characterized in that the printed circuit board is coated, such that the printed circuit board and the first parts of the at least one actuator connection and the connecting element are protected, such that a seal against external effects acting on the printed circuit board is obtained. Furthermore, a system having a printed circuit board according to the disclosure is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Josef Habenschaden
  • Patent number: 10285572
    Abstract: An actuator for a surgical instrument. The actuator including: a sliding tube; and a rotor arranged in said sliding tube; wherein the sliding tube has at one end a receiving cavity for a rotor positioning key, the receiving cavity being configured such that after the rotor positioning key has been positioned in the receiving cavity, and after the rotor positioning key has been twisted in the receiving cavity, the rotor positioning key is releasably locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: OLYMPUS WINTER & IBE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Wieters
  • Patent number: 10271911
    Abstract: A surgical system (200) includes a surgical instrument (260) that is sensitive to backlash that would adversely affect the transmission of controlled torque and position to the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument (260) is coupled to motors in a surgical instrument manipulator assembly (240) via a mechanical interface. The combination of the mechanical interface and surgical instrument manipulator assembly (240) have low backlash, e.g., less than 0.7 degrees. The backlash is controlled in the surgical instrument manipulator assembly (240). From the drive output disk (545) in the surgical instrument manipulator assembly to the driven disk (964) of the surgical instrument, the mechanical interface has zero backlash for torque levels used in surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Anthony K McGrogan, Robert E Holop
  • Patent number: 10266228
    Abstract: A drive train for a treadle scooter using a locking roller clutch on each side of a drive wheel substantially equalizes drive line pull at actuation pulleys operatively associated with the locking roller clutches as a user pivots a rocker board having its ends attached to ends of the drive line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Easy2.Company B.V.
    Inventor: Gerardus Johannes Christiaan Blom
  • Patent number: 10267392
    Abstract: In order for it to be also possible to transmit relatively high torques in an operationally reliable manner with low power loss and with a low or inexpensive design outlay in a bevel friction ring gear mechanism, consisting of at least two component transmissions which are configured as bevel friction ring gear mechanisms and have a first adjusting device for a friction ring of the first component transmission and a second adjusting device for a friction ring of the second component transmission, wherein the bevel friction ring gear mechanism has a regulating device for regulating an axial position of the friction rings, it is proposed that the regulating device has at least one first part regulating device with a first reference variable and a second part regulating device with a second reference variable which is separate from the first reference variable, wherein the first component transmission has the first part regulating device for regulating the position of the friction ring of the first component tra
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Ulrich Rohs
    Inventor: Ulrich Rohs
  • Patent number: 10267404
    Abstract: Gearing (1), in particular coaxial gearing or linear gearing, having a toothing (5), a tooth carrier (11) in which there is received a multiplicity of teeth (7) for engagement with the toothing, wherein the teeth (7) are mounted so as to be radially displaceable relative to the tooth carrier (11), a cam disk (20) for the radial drive of the radially displaceably mounted teeth (7), wherein the cam disk (20) has two encircling rims, between which there is arranged a raceway, rolling bodies (23) which are arranged on the running surface between the rims, and a multiplicity of pivot segments (24) which are arranged in encircling fashion on the rolling bearing bodies and which lie in each case by way of a rolling bearing surface against the rolling bodies (23), wherein, on both sides of the rolling bearing surface, there is arranged in each case one rim bearing surface, wherein the two rim bearing surfaces lie at least partially against the rims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Wittenstein SE
    Inventors: Heiko Schreiber, Michael Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10260606
    Abstract: The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies, which transfer power from a power shaft to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. In a preferred embodiment the interface surface comprises a plurality of projections or teeth which correspond to complementary projections or gear teeth on the output gear element. Each gear block assembly further includes a plurality of linkage assemblies, which connect or link the gear block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly includes about its circumference a unique pathway or groove for each linkage assembly of a particular gear block assembly so that the movement of the gear block may be controlled in two dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Motus Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Carlos A. Hoefken
  • Patent number: 10260566
    Abstract: An actuator for a marine antenna having a base with a mount adapted to be fixed to a surface of a vessel, a fixed worm gear arranged on the base, a worm arranged in a gear housing and engaged with the fixed worm gear, a motor comprising an output shaft connected to the worm, the motor being arranged in a motor housing mounted to the gear housing, and an antenna coupler connected to the gear housing. The gear housing is adapted to mate with the base for rotation about the fixed worm gear upon rotation of the worm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Mark H. Salerno
  • Patent number: 10260367
    Abstract: A power transmission for a turbine or a compressor has a housing, a first shaft rotatably mounted so as to be rotatable in one direction in the housing, a barrel rotatably mounted so as to be rotatable in a direction opposite to that of the first shaft within the housing, a first plurality of blades affixed to the first shaft and extending radially outwardly therefrom, and a second plurality of blades affixed to the barrel and extending inwardly therefrom. Each blade of the second plurality of blades is interposed between adjacent blades of the first plurality of blades. A second shaft is mounted exterior of the housing so as to drive the barrel in rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Jay Haskin
  • Patent number: 10253878
    Abstract: A device for locking an operation element of an automatic transmission of a vehicle may comprise a rotationally mounted locking comb including a locking contour configured to be coupled with an operation element. The device may further comprise a locking element, where the locking element is configured to be arranged in a first position outside the locking contour to release the locking comb for a rotational movement to allow a shifting movement of the operation element. The locking element may be configured to be arranged in a second position in the locking contour to fix the locking comb for locking the operation element. The device may further comprise a rotationally mounted set ring with a control contour for guiding the locking element between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Lemförder Electric GmbH
    Inventors: Ludger Rake, Andreas Giefer, Sascha Rosentreter, Ralf Hartrampf
  • Patent number: 10253866
    Abstract: A drive transmission mechanism includes a rotatable member provided with a drive transmitting portion; and a shaft supporting the rotatable member; wherein the shaft has a large diameter portion, a small diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter portion, at least one middle diameter portion having a diameter smaller than that of the large diameter portion and larger than that of the small diameter portion, and a stepped portion at a boundary between the small diameter portion and the middle diameter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Tsukahara, Hideyuki Matsubara
  • Patent number: 10253828
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an output shaft including a columnar part and a D cut part connected to the columnar part and having a D section, and an electromagnetic clutch including a cylindrical member fitted to the output shaft. The image forming apparatus further includes a key member. The key member includes a conductive member. When the D cut part of the output shaft is employed as an insertion tip side and the output shaft has been inserted to the cylindrical member from one side in an axial direction, the key member is configured to fill a space between the sectional circular part of the inner peripheral surface of the cylindrical member and the D cut part of the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamaguchi, Yasutaka Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10247284
    Abstract: A single-cavity toroidal continuously variable transmission capable of suppressing gyro slippage and achieving mitigation of bearing loss and a longer service life. A pitch circle diameter (PCD) of the output-side bearing is smaller than that of the input-side bearing and a ball diameter of the output-side bearing is smaller than that of the input-side bearing. Therefore, centrifugal force acting on the ball of the output-side bearing on a speed increasing side with a low load can be suppressed. Therefore, gyro slippage can be suppressed and mitigation of bearing loss can be achieved. Furthermore, with a groove R ratio of the output-side bearing smaller than that of the input-side bearing, a longer service life can be achieved even when the pitch circle diameter (PCD) and ball diameter of the output-side bearing are smaller than those of the input-side bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kishida, Junji Ono
  • Patent number: 10240666
    Abstract: The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated simplified gear block assemblies, which transfer power from a power shaft to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. In a preferred embodiment the interface surface comprises a plurality of projections or teeth which correspond to complementary projections or gear teeth on the output gear element. Each gear block assembly further includes a gear block, a torque lever arm, cam followers and/or a socket, which connect or link the gear block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly includes about its circumference a unique pathway or groove for each linkage assembly of a particular gear block assembly so that the movement of the gear block may be controlled in two dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Motus Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Carlos A. Hoefken
  • Patent number: 10239603
    Abstract: An upper attachment system for a trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator (THSA) comprises: a housing, holding a yoke and a ballscrew; a nut coupled to the housing and cooperating with the ballscrew such that rotation of the ballscrew relative to the nut results in linear motion of the ballscrew; a recess formed between the yoke and the ballscrew and arranged to receive, in use, an upper part of a tie bar of the secondary load path of the actuator; and a biasing mechanism arranged such that, in use, when no axial load is applied to the tie bar, the yoke and the ballscrew are held by balanced forces from the biasing mechanism in a position within the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEMS SAS
    Inventors: Raphael Medina, Anh-Vu Abdul-Bari
  • Patent number: 10240663
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive mechanism having a drive motor and a drive element drivable by the drive motor. A first worm gear, which has a first worm gear shaft and a first worm wheel, and a second worm gear, which has a second worm gear shaft and a second worm wheel, are connected between the drive motor and the drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: WITTE AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Nickel
  • Patent number: 10228047
    Abstract: An actuator is suitable for providing linear motion between two points, and may be used, for example, in motorized positioning of an automobile steering column. The actuator includes a threaded spindle connected to a drive motor via a gear set, a first connection interface mounted on the spindle and engaged with the spindle thread, and a second connection interface mounted on the spindle and engaged with the spindle thread. The second connection interface is moveable along the spindle axis relative to the first connection interface when the spindle is driven by the drive motor. The actuator is arranged such that the first and second connection interfaces are disposed on the same side of the gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: Robert Bosch LLC, Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ivan Colin Nunez, Allan Dassaev Cadena Lopez
  • Patent number: 10221929
    Abstract: A transmission device for a power-driven cutting tool includes a base, a transmission component, a linking component, a shaft component and a link component. The base has a through cavity, a sleeve and a receiving portion. The transmission component is penetratingly disposed in the through cavity, so as to couple the transmission component and the base together. The linking component is penetratingly disposed in the sleeve, so as to couple the linking component and the base together. The shaft component and the link component are disposed in the base. A power source drives the linking component and thereby sequentially drives the shaft component, link component, and transmission component, allowing a cutter of the power-driven cutting tool to undergo reciprocating displacements along a linear path for performing a cutting operation. The transmission device features enhanced structural rigidity, allowing the cutter to move back and forth along a linear track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: JYEN HERR ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kevin Yao
  • Patent number: 10213919
    Abstract: A flexible tool comprising: a plurality of rigid members spaced along a longitudinal axis; a plurality of flexible members extending between the plurality of rigid members and being arranged to enable the plurality of rigid members to diverge from the longitudinal axis and define a work volume for the flexible tool, at least some of the plurality of flexible members being unevenly spaced around the longitudinal axis, and/or a physical characteristic of at least some of the plurality of flexible members varying along the longitudinal axis, to cause the work volume and/or stiffness of the flexible tool to be asymmetric relative to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventors: Dragos Aurelian Axinte, Xin Dong, Mark Hugh Raffles, Adam Nagy, James Kell