Patents Examined by Erik Preston
  • Patent number: 7345396
    Abstract: Metallic laminations for magnetic circuits. Some of the illustrative embodiments may be a magnetic circuit comprising a low reluctance magnetic flux path comprising a plurality of stacked metallic laminations (each lamination having an edge), and an air gap in operational relationship to at least a portion of the edges of the stacked metallic laminations (wherein magnetic flux flows at least partially through the stacked metallic laminations and the air gap). Adjacent edges of the stacked metallic laminations are intentionally offset by an amount greater than manufacturing tolerance of edge position for the stacked metallic laminations to improve eddy current loss occurring from lamination-to-lamination contact at the edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: National-Oilwell, L.P.
    Inventors: Greg P. Cervenka, Forrest M. Martino
  • Patent number: 7332840
    Abstract: A fan motor includes a printed circuit board (200), an IC (100) and an insulating frame (50) mounted on the printed circuit board. The insulating frame includes an annular main body (44) with a number of arms (11) extending radially from an outer-periphery thereof, and a retaining member (14) formed thereon corresponding to the IC. The retaining member includes a pressing portion (12) pressing the IC to prevent slant thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin-Long Ku, Chin-Wen Yeh
  • Patent number: 7282832
    Abstract: A superconducting rotating machine includes a stator assembly having at least one stator coil assembly. A rotor assembly, which includes an axial shaft, is configured to rotate within the stator assembly. The rotor assembly includes at least one superconducting winding assembly. A first and second end plate are rigidly attached to the axial shaft at distal ends of the at least one superconducting winding assembly. An asynchronous field filtering shield surrounds the at least one superconducting winding assembly. A first interconnection assembly connects the shield to the first end plate. The first interconnection assembly allows for axial movement between the shield and the first end plate but restricts tangential movement between the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: American Superconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond T. Howard
  • Patent number: 7274119
    Abstract: A first yoke member is received on a first reference plane defined on a support body. A second yoke member is coupled to the first yoke member so as to define a space for accommodation of a voice coil between the first and second yoke members. The second yoke member is opposed to a second reference plane, different from the first reference plane, defined on the support body. A screw member is engaged with the second yoke member for movement in the direction intersecting the second reference plane. The second yoke member is received on the second reference plane of the support body based on the movement of the screw member. Even if a gap happens to exist between the second yoke member and the second reference plane due to dimensional errors, the second yoke member is reliably supported on the support body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Yoshinori Ogawa
  • Patent number: 7268449
    Abstract: A stopper member is included in a linear actuator comprising a stator assembly, a rotor assembly, an output shaft, and a stopper pin which is fixedly disposed at a frontward portion of the output shaft, and which is adapted to axially control the mode and amount of movement of the output shaft initiated by rotation of the rotor assembly. The stopper member is disposed fixedly with respect to the stator assembly and stops the axial movement of the output shaft without making it happen that the stopper pin which moves together with the output shaft touches the rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuzuru Suzuki, Shinji Tamaki
  • Patent number: 7265465
    Abstract: The present invention is constituted such that a motor is small in size and can be mounted simply, with a sure electrical connection by means of power terminals. There is provided a terminal seat made of insulating resin fitted and fixed to one end of a motor housing, a pair of support pins are held by the terminal seat so as to project in a direction approximately parallel to a surface of a circuit board and in a cylinder axial direction of the motor housing from the end surface of the terminal seat, respective leads of a motor drive circuit are provided in a plane direction perpendicular to the cylinder axial direction of the motor housing so as to come out from the terminal seat, and there are provided a pair of torsion coil springs as the power terminals that have central spirals fitting over the axes of support pins, ends projecting outward from the terminal seat as points of contact with power supply lands, and opposite ends connected to leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Namiki Seimitsu Houseki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshio Suzuki, Takanobu Hoshiba
  • Patent number: 7265475
    Abstract: A two speed direct current electric motor comprising: an armature having a commutator assembly that is adapted to receive an electromotive force to cause the armature to operatively rotate. A brush assembly having a common brush and a low-speed brush is disposed about and in electrical communication with the commutator to provide a first electromotive force to cause the armature to provide a low-speed rotational output. The brush assembly further includes a high-speed brush having a convex shaped end in physical and electrical communication with the commutator to provide a second electromotive force to cause the armature to provide a high-speed rotational output. The convex shaped end of the high-speed brush is further adapted to wear to take the shape of the commutator such that as the high-speed brush wears the high-speed rotational output decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: David Suminski
  • Patent number: 7262538
    Abstract: A tooth coil of a concentrated winding stator includes a first layer coil arranged by successively winding a flat type wire around a tooth in a direction advancing from a proximal end portion to a distal end portion of the tooth and a second layer coil arranged by successively winding the wire around and on the first layer coil in a direction advancing from the distal end portion to the proximal end portion of the tooth. The second layer coil of the tooth coil has no turn at a most proximal end portion of the tooth corresponding to a start turn of the first layer coil, so that the tooth coil has an odd turn number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: DENSO Corporation
    Inventors: Shigenori Yoneda, Soichi Yoshinaga
  • Patent number: 7262528
    Abstract: In a motor unit integrating a motor and a drive control section, the drive control section has a stack structure in which two circuit component containing sections are arranged three-dimensionally with a bus bar being arranged between both containing sections. A printed wiring board on which signal system circuit components, e.g., a rotation sensor and a position sensor, are mounted is arranged in the first circuit component containing section. Power system circuit components, e.g., a FET and a relay, are arranged in the second circuit component containing section. The power system circuit components are mounted directly on the bus bar and are arranged substantially in parallel with the printed wiring board, with the bus bar interposed therebetween. The circuit component containing section is arranged on the outer surface side of the unit with respect to the circuit component containing section, and a heat sink is fixed to the outside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Amagasa
  • Patent number: 7259483
    Abstract: In a Y linear driving mechanism 6 for moving an X linear driving mechanism 8 in a direction Y by a linear motor comprising a stator 16 and a moving element 17, there is provided a drive transmission portion which is connected to the moving element 17 so as to transmit a driving force of the moving element 17, acting in the direction Y, through a moving plate 18 and a connecting member 25. A first air gap G1 is formed between the moving element 17 and the moving plate 18, and a second air gap G2 is formed between the moving plate 18 and the connecting member 25. With this construction, the transfer of heat from the moving element 17 is interrupted in an operating condition, so that troubles, caused by the thermal expansion and contraction due to heat generated by the linear motor, can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takahiro Komiya, Kazuhide Nagao
  • Patent number: 7259488
    Abstract: A rotary electric machine comprises a rotating shaft rotatably supported by bearings, a rotor attached integrally with the shaft and a stator facing the rotor. The stator includes a plurality of coils arranged substantially in a circular form in a rotating direction of the shaft. The rotor includes a circular-disc rotor yoke made of a ferromagnetic material, such as iron. Depressed and raised portions on a surface of the rotor yoke facing the stator, except for the center portion, are arranged in a circumferential direction of the rotor yoke. N-pole and S-pole magnets are alternately arranged in the depressed portions. Therefore, in addition to torque generated by the magnets, reluctance torque is generated between the raised portions on the rotor yoke side and the teeth on the stator side, thus making it possible to increase the range of rotation speeds of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Naito, Hino Haruyoshi
  • Patent number: 7259487
    Abstract: An electric machine having a stator assembly that includes a stator core and a coil supported by the stator core and a rotor assembly that includes a shaft and a rotor supported by the shaft that is in magnetic interaction with the stator core. The electric machine may include a single sensor configured to detect magnetic polarities of the rotor as the rotor rotates relative to the sensor and to generate a signal representing the detected magnetic polarities of the rotor. The signal and an inverted version of the signal are utilized to control current through the coil. The current may be controlled indirectly by controlling the application of voltage to the coil. The sensor may be encapsulated on a circuit board to positively position the sensor relative to the circuit board. The circuit board may be mounted to a bearing housing of the electric machine. The sensor may be received in a pocket of a bearing housing of the electric machine so the sensor is positively positioned relative to the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: A.O. Smith Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Steven Mullin, Albert Keith Pant, Dan Mircea Ionel, Brian Thomas Branecky, William Louis Mehlhorn, Alan Edward Lesak, Anthony Joseph Coloma
  • Patent number: 7256520
    Abstract: A power tool comprising an electric motor for driving a tool is disclosed. The electric motor comprises a shaft, an armature, and a brush collector. The stator is configured as a self-supporting unit comprising first and second supporting parts. One of the supporting parts may be configured as an air guide ring allowing air to be routed between a fan and the opposite end of the electric motor along the armature and the brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: C. & E. Fein GmbH
    Inventors: Sigmund Braun, Boris Rudolf
  • Patent number: 7253545
    Abstract: Disclosed within is a fist bracket comprising a base and a circumferential portion extending from the base in which the circumferential portion comprises an outer surface and an inner surface and the outer surface comprises a curved section and a planar section. Also disclosed within is a combination of a motor mount bracket and fist bracket comprising a fist bracket with a base and a circumferential portion extending from the base. The circumferential portion includes an outer surface and an inner surface and the outer surface comprises a curved section and a planar section. The combination further includes a bushing disposed within the circumferential portion of the fist bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Derrick Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Colgrove, Anthony J. Lipa
  • Patent number: 7253547
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a stator of a motor including a circular stator core formed by stacking a plurality of sheets, a plurality of bobbins fixed to the inner circumferential surface of the stator core at predetermined intervals and rotatably connected to each other, and stator coils wound around the outer circumferential surfaces of the bobbins to be connected to each other, and a method for manufacturing the same. The stator of the motor can reduce an assembly time by omitting a process for wiring the stator coils, and also reduce a number of components and manufacturing expenses by omitting a wiring PCB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Hyoun-Jeong Shin, Dong-Il Lee
  • Patent number: 7247957
    Abstract: An electromagnetic transducer which may be driven as a linear electric motor (which may be a permanent magnet motor or a variable reluctance motor) in which coils disposed around first and second cores are positioned on opposite sides of a longitudinal plane in which the longitudinal axis of the armature lies. The transducer may be arranged to work as a generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: ISIS Innovation Limited
    Inventor: Michael William Dadd
  • Patent number: 7247966
    Abstract: A generator includes a shaft and rotor body defining poles and a winding positioned around the shaft on the rotor body. A rotor pole crossover is aligned to the shaft and connects ends of the winding between adjacent poles. The rotor pole crossover includes a body member having a curved medial section and opposing legs extending outwardly from the curved medial section that connect to the ends of the winding. The curved medial section has at least one slot formed therein to add flexibility to the rotor pole crossover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
    Inventors: David Shore, Phillip Keaton
  • Patent number: 7245049
    Abstract: A vibrator of the present invention comprises a coreless coil (2), a driver (4) including a magnet (4a) inserted in the coreless coil (2), a yoke (4b) for pinching the coreless coil (2) and facing the magnet (4a), and a top plate (4c), suspensions (6 and 8) for carrying resiliently the driver (4). The driver (4) is reciprocated in an axial direction of the coreless coil (2) by applying an alternate current to the coreless coil (2) to generate vibrations. The vibrator can be miniaturized without increasing a cost and has a good rising of vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Citizen Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenshi Aihara
  • Patent number: 7235908
    Abstract: A motor includes a motor housing and a rotor that is rotatably received in the motor housing. Holding portions hold the motor in a manner that limits turning of the motor housing around a rotational axis of the motor while permitting movement of the motor housing in a predetermined direction, which is perpendicular to the rotational axis of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naohisa Shinmura, Yukinobu Kujira
  • Patent number: 7235906
    Abstract: The present invention provides a linear, rotary spherical motor with an integrated magnetic bearing. The motor can be a toothless permanent magnet, BLDC design composed of a permanent magnet rotor and a Zigzag stator winding containing at least two-phase windings, where each phase is constructed of at least two circuits. Other exemplary embodiments include a trapezoidal winding configuration. The individual circuits of a phase are displaced away from each other along a line that is at right angles to the direction of the alternating polarity magnet array. The circuits forming a phase share the same “slot”, and each circuit resembles a complete phase winding, however each circuit contains a proportion of the total number of turns of the phase. Controllable axial bearing force is developed through the differential balance of the currents in the circuits, while required motor torque is generated by the sum of the individual currents in a given phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Airex Corporation
    Inventors: David Carroll, John Salwen