Patents Examined by David M. Fenstermacher
  • Patent number: 10202164
    Abstract: The described actuation device comprises a casing, intended for the attachment to the handlebar of the bicycle, a cable-winding bobbin, angularly mobile in the casing about a main axis of the device, a first driving mechanism, acting on the bobbin to rotate it in a first angular direction, a second driving mechanism, acting on the bobbin to rotate it in a second angular direction opposite the first, as well as indexer assembly for removably holding the bobbin in predetermined angular positions. In accordance with the invention, the indexer assembly comprise first countering member, to counter the rotation of the bobbin in the first direction, and second countering member, distinct from the first countering member, to counter the rotation of the bobbin in the second direction. Asymmetric operation is thus obtained which allows active actuation to be set both for upward gearshifting and for downward gearshifting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Dal Pra′, Marco Caiazzo, Andrea De Pretto
  • Patent number: 10190436
    Abstract: A power transmission system for use with a turbine, a turbocharger, or a compressor has a housing, a first shaft mounted within the housing, a second shaft rotatably mounted within the housing and positioned exterior of the first shaft, a second set of blades affixed to the first shaft, and a second set of blades affixed to the second shaft. The first set of blades is positioned adjacent to the second set of blades. The first set of blades are rotatable in a direction opposite to the second shaft and the second set of blades. A shroud is affixed to an outer periphery of one of the sets of blades so as to have a portion overlying at least a portion of an outer periphery of the other of the first and second sets of blades. A power receiver is driven by the second shaft so as to convert rotational energy of the second shaft into energy or motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Jay Haskin
  • Patent number: 10192666
    Abstract: A magnetic device for locking a gear shift lever of a vehicle in a predetermined position, where the magnetic device has a coil, a tie component, which is or can be movably supported in the coil, and a spring, which is disposed outside the coil, where the spring is designed to push the tie component out of the coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Joachim Spratte, Thorsten Sander
  • Patent number: 10184557
    Abstract: Shift device for vehicle includes housing and shift lever. Shift lever includes cylindrical shaft portion which proximal end is pivotably supported inside housing, cylindrical shaft portion having elongated holes extending through peripheral wall of cylindrical shaft portion and are elongated in longitudinal direction of cylindrical shaft portion, shift knob fixed to distal end of cylindrical shaft portion, detent pin inserted through elongated holes in state where both ends of detent pin protrude from corresponding elongated holes, detent rod inserted in cylindrical shaft portion, detent rod being configured to transmit operating force of operating button in shift knob to detent pin, and shift lock member. Detent pin is fitted to detent rod. When operating button has been operated in state where brake depression operation is not performed, shift lock member contacts with one end of detent pin to block movement of detent pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TSUDA INDUSTRIES CO., LTD., KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO, MANNOH INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shori Kato, Etsuo Shimizu, Takayoshi Kitahara, Saburo Kato, Hironori Mizuno, Takayoshi Masuda, Hideaki Ito
  • Patent number: 10184559
    Abstract: A device for selecting an operating mode of a transmission of a vehicle is presented. The device has a control panel thereby, having at least one selector switch for selecting an operating mode, and one release switch for enabling a function of the at least one selector switch. The release switch has a touch sensitive button, serving as a first interface to a sensor circuit for enabling the function of the at least one selector switch. The sensor circuit has a second interface on an actuator for a driving function of the vehicle thereby. The sensor circuit can be closed by producing an electrically conductive connection between the first interface and the second interface via a driver region of an interior space of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Lemförder Electronic GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Pfeifer, Andreas Peukert
  • Patent number: 10167069
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment the present invention provides an improved mounting and actuation device having a mounting body defining a stowage cavity and an actuation arm operable for movement from a first stowed position to a second actuated position, the actuation arm operably connected to the mounting body at a first proximal end and having a second distal end having a mounting surface adapted to receive an accessory wherein the actuation arm is received in the stowage cavity in the first stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: SIDESHIFT INC.
    Inventors: Mark Houle, Robert Griffin, Norman Boulard
  • Patent number: 10167935
    Abstract: An automatic torque regulating system includes a base, a plurality of positioning rods mounted on the base, a first disk mounted on the positioning rods, a second disk moved with the first disk, a hollow bushing sandwiched between the first disk and the second disk and pivotally connected a force input shaft and a force output shaft, a plurality of cams moved in concert with the first disk and the second disk and pressing a conic face of the force output shaft. Thus, when the first disk and the second disk are moved, the cams are moved axially relative to the force output shaft to change different contact points between the cams and the conic face of the force output shaft so as to regulate the torque automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Fu-Hung Ho
  • Patent number: 10161477
    Abstract: The present invention relates an actuator including a housing, a drive unit installed in the housing and provided with a rotatable shaft, a bearing part installed in the housing to rotatably support the shaft at different positions, at least one bearing part included in the bearing part being fixed to the housing, and a gear unit accommodated in the housing, the gear unit being rotated about different axes rotational power transmitted thereto from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: MOATECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: In-Yong Park, Yun Choi, Seong-Gi Park
  • Patent number: 10151375
    Abstract: The improved motorized gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies, which transfer power from an integral rotor and stator assembly contained in a cam/rotor assembly, 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. When energized, the stator assembly interacts with the rotor assembly inducing the cam/rotor assembly to rotate about its central axis, thereby driving the output gear element via the plurality of cam-actuated gear block assemblies. The motorized gearbox mechanism may be powered electrically, hydraulically, pneumatically or by steam, or any conventional power source that can be adapted to use an integral stator/rotor assembly configured in the cam assembly body to generate rotative power in the cam/rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Motus Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Carlos A. Hoefken
  • Patent number: 10151385
    Abstract: A transmission device may be provided for transmitting an angle of activation of a selector lever for a vehicle transmission, where the selector lever can assume a plurality of angles of activation. The transmission device may include a transmission lever, where the transmission lever may be rotatable about a first axis and may be configured to receive the angle of activation of the selector lever. The transmission device may further include a signal lever, where the signal lever may be rotatable about a second axis and may be configured to provide a transducer angle to a transmitter element of a sensor. A drive device may be included. The drive device may couple the transmission lever with the signal lever and may be configured to transmit the angle of activation received by the transmission lever to the transducer angle provided by the signal lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Michael Voelz, Dirk Bormann
  • Patent number: 10143525
    Abstract: A remote center manipulator for use in minimally invasive robotic surgery includes a base link held stationary relative to a patient, an instrument holder, and a linkage coupling the instrument holder to the base link. First and second links of the linkage are coupled to limit motion of the second link to rotation about a first axis intersecting a remote center of manipulation. A parallelogram linkage portion of the linkage pitches the instrument holder around a second axis that intersects the remote center of manipulation. The second axis is not coincident with the first axis. Third and fourth links of the linkage are coupled to limit motion of the fourth link to rotation about a third axis intersecting the remote center of manipulation. The third axis is not coincident with either of the first and second axes. Various combinations of hardware-constrained remote center of motion robotic manipulators with redundant mechanical degrees of freedom are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Michael Schena, Roman L. Devengenzo, Gary C. Ettinger, Eugene F. Duval, Nicola Diolaiti, Daniel H. Gomez
  • Patent number: 10145471
    Abstract: A dog clutch operable to bypass a variator of a transmission is disclosed. The dog clutch includes a housing engaged with an input ring of the variator. The dog clutch also includes a piston engaged with the housing and movable from a first position in which the piston is disengaged from an output ring of the variator to a second position in which the piston is engaged with the output ring. The variator input ring and output ring are locked together when the dog clutch is in the second position to prevent the variator from producing continuously variable torque output. The variator is operable to produce continuously-variable torque output when the dog clutch is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Allison Transmission, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Raszkowski, Jeremy A. Turner, Brad Philip Pohl
  • Patent number: 10147866
    Abstract: A piezoelectric driving device includes a vibrating plate and a piezoelectric vibrator provided on the vibrating plate. The piezoelectric vibrator has a first electrode, a second electrode, and a piezoelectric body located between the first electrode and the second electrode, and a thickness of the piezoelectric body is within a range from 50 nm to 20 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Osamu Miyazawa, Akio Konishi
  • Patent number: 10145465
    Abstract: A gear shifter performs an abutment learning, having a reference value learner that sets a reference value of a position signal when abutting a drive object to a stopper, and reduces warpage by (i) an all phase power supply supplying to the electric current to all of the plural phase coils of the direct current motor, and (ii) by reducing an amount of the electric current supplied to the coils, and by decreasing a pressing force of the drive object pressing the drive object against the stopper. The reference value determined at a warpage diminish time enables a reduction of variation of the reference value due to an influence of the warpage, thereby setting a robust reference value to account for an environmental condition such as a temperature change, for an accurate shift operation of the gear shifter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuusaku Kawaguchi, Jun Yamada
  • Patent number: 10132713
    Abstract: Provided herein is an active joint module, and a robot for inspecting pipelines having the active joint module, the active joint module including a frame unit; a first bracket connected to one side of the frame unit in a rotatable manner, and to which a first module is coupled; a second bracket connected to another side of the frame unit in a rotatable manner, and to which a second module is coupled; and a bracket rotating unit supported to the frame unit, and is configured to rotate the first bracket and second bracket independently from each other in response to receiving an operating signal, and to unconstrain rotation of the first bracket and second bracket in response to there being no operating signal received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Research & Business Foundation Sungkyunkwan University
    Inventors: Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Homoon Kim, Hyeong Min Moon, Chanmin Park, Seung Ung Yang, Yun Seok Choi
  • Patent number: 10125855
    Abstract: In a transmission device, a flange portion includes: first outer peripheral portion fitted and welded to inner peripheral portion of ring gear; second outer peripheral portion small in diameter and adjacent to the first outer peripheral portion via first connecting surface; and third outer peripheral portion smaller in diameter and adjacent to the second outer peripheral portion on the opposite side from the first outer peripheral portion via second connecting surface. The ring gear includes space forming portion defining, between it and the flange portion, space faced by inner end of welded portion and extending radially inward and outward of the welded portion. Side surface of the stopper portion abuts against the second connecting surface, the stopper portion being formed in the ring gear and having inner peripheral surface press-fitted to the third outer peripheral portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoichi Yanase
  • Patent number: 10119609
    Abstract: A final gear box accommodates a pinion gear and a bevel gear in a rotatable manner and contains an oil. A recess is provided at a downstream end of a drive shaft. The recess and the upstream end of the pinion gear shaft portion are splined coupled with each other so that the drive shaft and the pinion gear can be rotated together and relatively moved in an axial direction. A space permitting relative movement between the drive shaft and the pinion gear is provided between the pinion gear and the recess. The pinion gear is provided with a hollow portion which pierces the pinion gear in the axial direction and conducts oil to the space portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Takahashi, Hiroyuki Makita
  • Patent number: 10113636
    Abstract: A device and method for manually controlling a system including a first lever movable between multiple positions and a movable component. The method including: activating a manual engagement device; engaging a manual control to couple a first lever and a movable component; disengaging an automatic control coupling the first lever and the movable component; and moving the movable component by moving the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: John R. Rice, Ian J. Dow, Donald M. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10107395
    Abstract: The disclosed transmission shift fork has improved contact areas that engage a gear that is shifted into and out of engagement with the drive train. As a result of the improved contact areas the gear and the shift fork have a more stable alignment that reduces wear during shifting and avoids uneven wear of the parts. The shift fork has an elongated pin that is positioned inside of a biasing spring. The pin has a length that is greater than the length of a compressed biasing spring, which contributes to increased stability and reduced wear from linear movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: RB Distribution, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Pritts, Steven William Butcher
  • Patent number: 10107388
    Abstract: A shift lever assembly may include a shift lever movable about a pivot axis to permit changing a transmission mode, and a sensor element coupled to the shift lever for movement with the shift lever when the shift lever is moved to cause a transmission mode change. The sensor element is movable relative to the shift lever during at least a portion of the movement of the shift lever. This may permit the sensor element to remain at a relatively consistent distance from the sensor, where that distance is measured perpendicular to the sensor, over the path of movement of the sensor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dura Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Dale A. Beattie, Brian D. Howe, Alberto P. Morales