Patents Examined by Emily P Pham
  • Patent number: 11183951
    Abstract: A flexure stage with modularized flexure units for convenient manufacturing, assembly and repair is provided. The flexure stage comprises a base, a platform separated from the base, and a plurality of flexure units disposed between the base and the platform. Each flexure unit comprises a first section, a second section, and a third section. The first section is located on the base. The second section is connected with the platform and separated from the first section. The third section is coupled with the first section and the second section through the first bending part and the second bending part respectively wherein the first bending part and the second bending part comprises flexibility in different axial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: HIWIN MTKROSYSTEM CORP.
    Inventors: Chun-Hsiang Li, Chih-Kai Fan, Yu-Jung Chang
  • Patent number: 11183952
    Abstract: A rotating piezoelectric motor including a piezoelectric actuator including a resonator having a pair of arms connected at one of their ends in a connection area, the other two ends being referred to as ‘free’, a passive element including a cylindrical part extending orthogonally to the resonator, the cylindrical part being able to be rotated by the friction of the free ends of the arms on the cylindrical part, each free end including a protuberance such that the protuberances extend towards one another and together form a housing for a portion of the cylindrical part, the motor including a device for holding the portion of the cylindrical part inside the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Lagorgette, Pascal Meyer
  • Patent number: 11183949
    Abstract: A power conversion device includes a semiconductor stack, a reactor, and a capacitor. The semiconductor stack includes a plurality of semiconductor modules stacked on one another in a stacking direction. Each semiconductor module includes a semiconductor element. The reactor constitutes a boost circuit that boosts a direct-current voltage. The capacitor is electrically connected to the plurality of semiconductor modules. The semiconductor stack, the reactor, and the capacitor each include a coolant flow passage, and the reactor and the capacitor are located adjacent to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiromi Ichijo, Kazuya Takeuchi, Kenichi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 11183895
    Abstract: An electric motor comprising: a frame; and a stator assembly; the stator assembly including a bobbin assembly and at least one c-shaped stator core. The frame comprises at least one lug, the bobbin assembly includes at least one recess, and the stator assembly is fixed to the frame by fixing the lug inside the recess of the bobbin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Simon Alexander Locke, Nigel Youatt Dymond, Andrew Simeon Barnes
  • Patent number: 11171547
    Abstract: One aspect of an electric actuator of the disclosure includes: a motor having a motor shaft rotating about a central axis; a speed reduction mechanism connected to a portion on one side in an axial direction of the motor shaft; a case accommodating the motor and the speed reduction mechanism; an output part to which rotation of the motor shaft is transmitted via the speed reduction mechanism; a rotation detector having a rotation sensor detecting rotation of the output part; and a wiring member electrically connected with the rotation sensor. The case has a first concave part located on an outer surface of the case. One end part of the wiring member penetrates the case from inside the case and protrudes inside the first concave part. The rotation sensor is located inside the first concave part and connected with one end part of the wiring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shirai, Yutaka Uematsu, Kazuhiro Saito, Shuichi Kinjo, Toshihiko Akiba, Koichi Ishige
  • Patent number: 11165312
    Abstract: This invention reduces the shaft voltage of an axial-air-gap dynamo-electric machine while ensuring high output and high efficiency. Said axial-air-gap dynamo-electric machine comprises the following: a stator comprising a plurality of stator cores, each of which comprises a core and a coil, arranged in a circle around a shaft; a housing, the inside surface of which faces the stator radially; and at least one rotor, the surface of which faces the surface of the stator with a prescribed air gap interposed therebetween in the radial direction of the shaft. The rotor has, on the outside thereof, a conductive section comprising a conductive member. This axial-air-gap dynamo-electric machine has a first region where the inside surface of the housing faces the aforementioned conductive section radially and a second region, closer to the stator than the first region is, that extends to the coil side surfaces that face the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirooki Tokoi, Shuuichi Takahashi, Yasuei Yoneoka, Toshifumi Suzuki, Toru Sakai, Katsuyuki Yamazaki, Norihisa Iwasaki, Ryousou Masaki, Yuji Enomoto
  • Patent number: 11165345
    Abstract: A multi-level boost apparatus. Voltage allocation among N first switches is achieved by connecting N voltage dividing modules, sequentially connected in series, in parallel with the N first voltage switches, respectively. Thereby, a voltage across each of the N first switches is within a safety range. Even if an input voltage is high and a voltage across a flying capacitor is zero at an instant of being powered, it is prevented that a second one to an N-th one of the N first switches break down due to overvoltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: SUNGROW POWER SUPPLY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jiacai Zhuang, Jun Xu, Bing Zhang, Peng Wang, Peng Wen
  • Patent number: 11165369
    Abstract: A pre-loaded piezoelectric stack actuator comprising a stack of piezoelectric material. Caps are coupled at opposed ends of the stack. Each of the caps includes projecting fingers. Insulating plates are stacked between the ends of the stack and the caps. A pair of pre-loaded spring plates are coupled to the stack. The spring plates define slots. The fingers on the caps extend through respective ones of the slots at respective ends of the spring plates for coupling the spring plates to the stack. A method of pre-loading the piezoelectric stack actuator includes the step of mounting the stack, the caps, the insulating plates, and the spring plates in a pre-load tool that applies a pre-load tensile stretching force to the spring plates. The pre-load tensile force is subsequently released and the actuator is removed from the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: CTS Corporation
    Inventor: Charles E. Mangeot
  • Patent number: 11159078
    Abstract: A motor for a vehicle may include: a shaft member rotatably installed; a magnet attached to the outside of the shaft member; a cover covering the magnet, and fixing the magnet on the shaft member; and a stator disposed outside the cover and the magnet. A distance between the cover and the stator may be equal to a distance between the magnet and the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Mobis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae Woo Jung
  • Patent number: 11159103
    Abstract: A six-degree-of-freedom large-stroke uncoupling large hollow series-parallel piezoelectric micro-motion platform includes a base, a movable platform top, a second platform and a first platform, wherein a first guide unit, a second guide unit, a third guide unit, a fourth guide unit, a fifth guide unit and a sixth guide unit are respectively connected in sequence to the second platform and the first platform; the first guide unit is internally provided with a first drive unit, the second guide unit is internally provided with a second drive unit, and the third guide unit is internally provided with a third drive unit; and the base is provided with a fourth drive unit, a fifth drive unit, a sixth drive unit and a seventh drive unit, the fifth drive unit is provided below the second drive unit, and the sixth drive unit is provided below the third drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ningbo University
    Inventors: Yuguo Cui, Qifang Xie, Yiling Yang, Guoping Li, Qianjun Shao
  • Patent number: 11159073
    Abstract: A motor may include a motor body having a rotor having a shaft, a stator, a first bearing, a second bearing, and a housing having an accommodating space; a connector disposed to the motor body; and a wiring member electrically connected to the motor body. The connector may have an exposed surface. The wiring member may include external connection terminals. The connector may include a through hole which extends from the exposed surface toward the accommodating space. A portion of the through hole may be positioned inside of the plurality of external connection terminals. The motor body may include a main body, a groove portion, a first sealing member between the main body and the housing, and a second sealing member in the groove portion. The through hole may be positioned between the first sealing member and second sealing member in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tadashi Hotori, Yusuke Yasuda
  • Patent number: 11152858
    Abstract: A circuit having a DC-to-DC converter and an input circuit connected on the line side of the DC-to-DC converter, having a first terminal and a second terminal for connection to a power supply and a third terminal and a fourth terminal for connection to the DC-to-DC converter. Between the first and third terminals, the input circle has a semiconductor element, wherein a first component terminal of the semiconductor element is connected via at least a first capacitor and a second capacitor to a second component terminal of the semiconductor element, wherein a resistance of the semiconductor element is controllable by a voltage between the first component terminal and the second component terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: WAGO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
    Inventor: Walter Bindseil
  • Patent number: 11152873
    Abstract: A piezo-electric motor 100 includes an actuation portion including an actuation surface 106 and a piezo stack 102 that is operable in response to the application of a voltage to move the actuation surface along an actuation axis 116 between a retracted position and an extended position. A spring strap 112 partially surrounds the actuation portion and is operable to bias the actuation surface toward the retracted position and a movable portion 108,110 is frictionally engaged with the actuation surface. The voltage is selected such that the movable portion sticks to the actuation surface as the actuation surface moves toward one of the retracted position and the extended position and slips on the actuation surface as the actuation surface moves toward the other of the retracted position and the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: William Culpi
  • Patent number: 11152874
    Abstract: A multi-spoke-type ultrasonic motor has: a rotating shaft (1), a fastening sleeve cylinder (2), a spring (3), a rotor (4), a stator (5), a fastening screw (6), and piezoelectric ceramics (7). The rotor (4), the stator (5), the spring (3), and the fastening sleeve cylinder (2) are sequentially connected via the rotating shaft (1). The stator (5) is an annular metal plate having internal spoke-like teeth. The upper surface and the lower surface of the stator (5) are provided with identical stator spoke-like teeth for contacting the rotor (4). The rotor (4) and the stator (5) are in close contact under the effect of prestressing of the spring (3). The piezoelectric ceramics (7) are annular plates; upper and lower plates respectively are affixed on the upper and lower surfaces of the stator (5). The motor is capable of increasing the output power of the ultrasonic motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: NANJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
    Inventors: Ying Yang, Piotr Vasiljev, Dalius Mazeika, Sergejus Borodinas, Jianmin Qiu, Xin Hong
  • Patent number: 11152847
    Abstract: In this invention we introduce the concept of energy injection in a resonant circuit with initial conditions which is part of almost all of the present topologies. The patent will present in details several methods of energy injection in a resonant circuit with initial conditions and how it is applies to different topologies. The patent presents also a simple and economical method of driving the clamp switch in a flyback topology operating in discontinuous mode and a bias circuit in a flyback topology wherein the output voltage varies over a large range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: RompowerTechnology Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Ionel Jitaru
  • Patent number: 11139758
    Abstract: A vibration drive device that is capable of preventing instability when the speed control is switched between frequency control and pulse width control includes a controller that controls driving of a vibration actuator by applying an alternating voltage to an electromechanical energy conversion element. A switching pulse is generated by switching a DC voltage. A maximum duty ratio of the switching pulse is determined based on a driving condition of the vibration actuator. The driving of the vibration actuator is controlled by switching between frequency control and pulse width control. A gain for frequency control and a gain for pulse width control are set according to the maximum duty ratio so as to prevent electric power or electric current from exceeding an electric power limit or an electric current limit set in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akio Atsuta
  • Patent number: 11139757
    Abstract: A rotating piezoelectric motor including a piezoelectric actuator including a resonator having a pair of arms connected at one of their ends in a connection area, the other two ends being free, a passive element including a cylindrical part extending substantially orthogonally to the resonator and passing between the free ends of the arms, the cylindrical part being rotatable by friction of the free ends, the passive element including: a lower and upper truncated cones, the small bases of the cones being arranged facing each other and on either side of the resonator, the cylindrical part of the passive element at least partly axially traversing the cones, the upper truncated cone being movable along the cylindrical part, and at least one of the cones being integral in rotation with the cylindrical part, a device for holding the lateral surfaces of the cones in contact with each of the free ends of the arms of the resonator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Lagorgette, Pascal Meyer
  • Patent number: 11133748
    Abstract: A half bridge DC-DC converter device includes a primary circuit and a secondary circuit, which include separate windings that are disposed around a magnetic core. The first circuit includes two switches and a drive circuit to turn the two switches on and off in an alternating fashion. The primary circuit further includes two thermal regulating components to regulate the current at the base of the two switches over a range of operating temperatures. The regulation of base current over a range of different operating temperatures results in the half bridge converter device being efficient and maintaining a stable switching frequency over the operational temperature range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: MURATA MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gerald Ezekwem, Alireza Harrasi
  • Patent number: 11121628
    Abstract: A buck converter includes a power switch having a first end to receive an input voltage, a synchronous switch connected between a second end of the power switch and the ground, an inductor having a first end connected to the other end of the power switch, and a switch control circuit configured to turn off the synchronous switch when a zero voltage delay time passes after an inductor current flowing through the inductor reaches a predetermined reference value, calculate a dead time based on the input voltage and the zero voltage delay time, and turn on the power switch when the dead time passes following the turn-off time of the synchronous switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: SangCheol Moon, Gwanbon Koo, Chenghao Jin, Bonggeun Chung
  • Patent number: 11114954
    Abstract: An ultrasonic motor and method are disclosed with an element to be driven and a plate-shaped ultrasonic actuator made of polarized electromechanical material with at least two friction elements arranged on one of its side. The ultrasonic actuator can include at least two generators for acoustic standing waves and each of the generators can include two cooperating and spaced sub-generators, and one respective sub-generator of a generator is located between the sub-generators of an adjacent generator, and the sub-generators of one generator are arranged in mirror image to the sub-generators of an adjacent generator. A polarization direction of the electromechanical material of one of the two sub-generators of one generator differs from the polarization direction of the electromechanical material of the other sub-generator of the same generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: PHYSIK INSTRUMENTE (PI) GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wladimir Wischnewskiy, Alexej Wischnewski