Patents Examined by Ernesto Suarez
  • Patent number: 11028905
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transmission, including: an input shaft; an output shaft; a gear system connected between the input shaft and the output shaft, the gear system including: a first epicyclical gear set that includes a first ring gear coupled to the input shaft, a first sun gear, a first planetary gear set, and a first planetary carrier connected to the first planetary gear set; and a second epicyclical gear set that includes a second ring gear, a second sun gear, a second planetary gear set, and a second planetary carrier connected to the second planetary gear set, wherein: the input shaft is coupled to the first ring gear and the second planetary carrier; and the first planetary carrier is coupled to the second ring gear; and clutches that engage the first epicyclical gear set and the second epicyclical gear set, the clutches shifting the transmission to generate overlapping transmission speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron M. Finke, Stephen Michael Bortoli, Mark J. Franklin
  • Patent number: 11028886
    Abstract: There is provided an indicator system for a torque limiter. The system comprises a first component extending around an axis (A) and comprising one or more radially extending cam surfaces, and a second component in combination with a third component. The third component is fixed against rotation relative to the second component, but is axially movable relative to the second component. The third component comprises one or more notches, each receiving one of the radially extending cam surfaces. Upon relative rotation between the first component and the combination of the second component and the third component, a surface of each of the notches is configured to ride up a corresponding cam surface of the first component, causing the third component to move axially away from the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Jeremy Kracke
  • Patent number: 11022186
    Abstract: A selectable one-way clutch includes a clutch module and an electromagnetic actuator module. The electromagnetic actuator module includes an electromagnetic actuator and a strut assembly. The electromagnetic actuator having a coil assembly with a magnetic pole piece. The strut assembly having a strut and a magnetic armature mechanically interconnected to the strut for moving the strut between released and deployed positions in response to energization of the coil assembly. A contamination shroud is disposed between the armature and the pole piece to prevent collection of debris therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Ranjit Uppal, Myron R. Samila, Sean A. Steele, Dusan Milacic
  • Patent number: 11022188
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an overload clutch, comprising a cylindrical clutch housing having a housing body and a housing cover, and comprising two clutch elements arranged within the clutch housing, via which a drive movement is transmissible in an engaged state, wherein the clutch elements, for transmitting the drive movement in the engaged state, are engaged with each other in an interlocking and/or frictional manner and, can be brought out of engagement when an overload occurs. The housing body comprises a plurality of engagement elements, and the housing cover comprises a plurality of retaining structures corresponding to the engagement elements, wherein the engagement elements are able to be brought into engagement with the retaining structures by rotating the housing cover relative to the housing body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignees: MINEBEAMITSUMI TECHNOLOGY CENTER EUROPE GMBH, TESLA, INC.
    Inventors: Sasan Nawabi, Jan Egberink
  • Patent number: 11007871
    Abstract: Driveline of two driving tandem axles comprising a first axle and a second axle parallel to the first axle, having opposite ends, each suitable to support at least one wheel, an auxiliary shaft having a first end and a second end opposite the first, wherein said first end is provided with a joint to connect the auxiliary shaft coaxially to a main driveline shaft and wherein said second end is stably connected to said first axle to guide it in rotation, an intermediate shaft having a first end and a second end opposite the first, wherein said second end is stably connected to said second axle to guide it in rotation, a transmission device reversibly connected with said auxiliary shaft to transfer a rotation from said auxiliary shaft to said intermediate shaft, actuation means configured to deactivate said lifter when said actuator controls said connection and to activate said lifter when said actuator activates a disconnection between said transmission device and said auxiliary shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: FPT INDUSTRIAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Rossia
  • Patent number: 11002322
    Abstract: A clutch includes a roller arranged between a clutch housing and a driven side rotating body. The roller is rotated about a rotation axis of a drive side rotating body together with the drive side rotating body when the drive side rotating body is rotationally driven. The roller hinders rotation of the driven side rotating body by being sandwiched between the clutch housing and the driven side rotating body when the drive side rotating body is not rotationally driven. The support member sandwiches the roller between the clutch housing and the driven side rotating body. The support member rotates about the rotation axis of the drive side rotating body together with the drive side rotating body. The grease is arranged between the clutch housing and the roller. The support member restricts rotation of the roller about a central axis of the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryousuke Oguri, Nakatsune Shirai, Tomoaki Ozaki, Shusuke Kijima, Kenta Suzuki, Daisuke Sawamoto, Akiyoshi Ohara, Hiroyuki Okada
  • Patent number: 10995841
    Abstract: A member joining structure for a differential device, the member joining structure includes a ring gear including a helical tooth extending in a rotation axis direction; a differential case that is rotated with the ring gear; and a first support that is disposed in a first position at a back surface corresponding to one end of a rotation axis of the ring gear and that connects the differential case and the ring gear, and a second support that is disposed in a second position at a back surface corresponding to another end in the rotation axis direction of the ring gear and that connects the differential case and the ring gear; wherein the first support and the second support are spaced apart from each other with a cavity therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 10995852
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a transmission having a plurality of friction elements selectively engageable to establish power flow paths within the transmission. A controller of the vehicle is programmed to, during a boost phase of a shift, command a first hydraulic boost pressure for a plurality of control loop cycles to an oncoming one of the friction elements (oncoming friction element) and subsequently command a second hydraulic boost pressure less than the first hydraulic boost pressure for only a single control loop cycle that defines an end of the boost phase to the oncoming friction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jaewon Choi, Stephen Michael Cicala, Bradley D Riedle, Eric Frank Banners, Cory Benson Laroche, Kurt Howard Nickerson
  • Patent number: 10995828
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transmission (100) for a hybrid drive arrangement which can be coupled to two drive assemblies (7, 8), comprising an input shaft (10) and an output shaft (11), at least one first and one second shifting element (SE1, SE2) and at least one double planetary gear (5). The input shaft (10) is connected to the planetary carrier of the double planetary gear (5) and the output shaft (11) can be coupled to the first ring gear of the double planetary gear (5) by means of the first shifting element (SE1) and can be coupled to the second ring gear of the double planetary gear (5) and by means of the second shifting element (SE2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Lucius Dempel, Dominik Eszterle, Thomas Huber, Christian Wirth, Simon Brummer, Tom Smejkal
  • Patent number: 10995803
    Abstract: An electromagnetic system for controlling the operating mode of a non-friction coupling assembly and a coupling and magnetic control assembly are provided. Magnetic circuit components include a ferromagnetic or magnetic element received within a pocket of a coupling member. The element controls the operating mode of the coupling assembly. A stationary electromagnetic source includes at least one excitation coil which generates a magnetic field between poles of the source when the at least one coil is supplied with current. Ferromagnetic or magnetic first and second inserts are received and retained within first and second spaced passages, respectively, of the coupling member. The electromagnetic source, the element, the inserts and air gaps between the various magnetic circuit components make up a closed loop path containing magnetic flux so that the element moves between first and second positions of the element when the at least one coil is supplied with current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Riley C. Moore, Brice A. Pawley, Joshua D. Hand, Ryan W. Essenmacher
  • Patent number: 10995818
    Abstract: A torque transmission device for a powertrain of a motor vehicle has an input area and an output area. A torque path runs from the input area to the output area. A torsional vibration damping unit is positioned first, followed by a gear unit, along the torque path between the input area and the output area. The torsional vibration damping unit provides a first spatial area and an adjoining second spatial area along the torque path, and the gear unit provides an adjoining third spatial area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Paul Weber, Daniel Pittner, Peter Hammer, Alexander Strom, Kyrill Siemens, Steffen Einenkel, Peter Frey, Wolfgang Grosspietsch, Christoph Sasse, Martin Hertel, Alexander Manger
  • Patent number: 10995838
    Abstract: The invention relates to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) comprising a ratio varying unit and a compound epicyclic gear set. The ratio varying unit has a rotating first side and a rotating second side, the rotational axes of the first and second sides being coaxial. The compound epicyclic gear set comprises a first set of planets, being rotationally mounted within a carrier and meshing with a sun gear. The epicyclic gear set also has a first annulus gear and a second set of planets; the second set of planets also being rotationally mounted within the carrier and meshing with a second annulus gear. One of the first or second rotating sides of the ratio varying unit is coupled to the carrier and the other of the first or second rotating sides of the ratio varying unit is coupled to the sun gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Gaskell
  • Patent number: 10995824
    Abstract: A transmission for an outboard motor, the transmission having an input shaft with an input gear. A countershaft has a countershaft driven gear and a reverse driving gear, where the countershaft driven gear meshes with the input gear. An output shaft has first and second driven gears. First and second driving gears mesh with the first and second driven gears. A reverse idler gear meshes with the reverse driving gear and also with a reverse driven gear. A plurality of clutches includes first, second, third, and reverse clutches. The first and second clutches selectively rotate the first and second driving gears with the countershaft in first and second modes in forward rotation, respectively. The third clutch selectively rotates the second driving gear with the input shaft in a third mode in forward rotation. The reverse clutch selectively rotates the output shaft with the reverse driven gear in reverse rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Brett Bielefeld, David J. Belter, Jeremy L. Alby
  • Patent number: 10989257
    Abstract: Overrunning coupling and control assembly and control system for use therein are provided. The system includes a control member mounted for controlled shifting movement between the coupling faces of first and second coupling members. An actuator arm includes an output member and a one-way locking member which is pivotally connected to output member which, in turn, is coupled to the control member. The locking member moves between a disengaged position in which the control member is permitted to shift or rotate relative to the second coupling member and an engaged position with a locking member-engaging portion of the second coupling member to lock the control member and the second coupling member together to prevent the control member from inadvertently shifting in a first direction relative to the second coupling member in the absence of an actuator command signal received by a bi-directional actuator assembly of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua D. Hand, Brice A. Pawley
  • Patent number: 10989277
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus may include a first input shaft fixedly connected to an engine output shaft, a second input shaft external and selectively connectable to the first input shaft, a third input shaft selectively connectable to the first input shaft, an intermediate shaft and an output shaft mounted in parallel with the input shafts, a planetary gear set having first to third elements and mounted on the intermediate shaft where two of the three elements are selectively connectable to the intermediate shaft, a plurality of gear sets allowing torque flows between the various shafts and the planetary gear set, first and second synchronizers mounted on the at least one output shaft to selectively receive torques from the second and third input shafts through a plurality of paths and to transmit the received torque to the at least one output shaft, and four clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Chon Ok Kim, Seong Wook Hwang, Soonki Eo, Minho Chae, Sun Sung Kwon, Yong Uk Shin
  • Patent number: 10982724
    Abstract: A clutch carrier includes a first component and a second component. The first component has an undulating ring, a cylindrical ring, and a connector portion. The undulating ring has an inner surface, and an outer surface for mating engagement with a clutch plate spline. The connector portion is between the undulating ring and the cylindrical ring. A plurality of apertures are defined at least partially in the connector portion. The second component has a first radial wall, a plurality of segments, and a plurality of formable tabs. The plurality of segments extend axially from the first radial wall and contact at least a portion of the inner surface to radially position the second component within the first component. The plurality of formable tabs extend from the first radial wall through the plurality of apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Hodge, Kenneth Hunt
  • Patent number: 10982745
    Abstract: A differential drive system includes an electric motor for generating an electric motor torque and an input planetary gear-set operatively connected to the electric motor to receive the electric motor torque. The input planetary gear-set has first, second, and third members. The first member receives the electric motor torque, the second member provides a first input torque in a first rotational direction in response to the electric motor torque, and the third member provides a second input torque in a second rotational direction, opposite the first direction, in response to the electric motor torque. The system also includes a first output gear-set operatively connected to the input planetary gear-set, and providing a first output torque in response to the first input torque. The system additionally includes a second output gear-set operatively connected to the input planetary gear-set and providing a second output torque in response to the second input torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan G. Holmes, Joseph R. Littlefield, Brendan M. Conlon
  • Patent number: 10975924
    Abstract: Fluid control apparatus for use with vehicle clutches are disclosed. A disclosed clutch coupling assembly for a vehicle includes a housing defining a cavity. The clutch coupling assembly also includes a fluid reservoir fluidly coupled to the cavity. The clutch coupling assembly also includes a clutch positioned in the cavity. Rotation of the clutch is to convey a fluid from the cavity to the fluid reservoir. The clutch coupling assembly also includes a pump operatively coupled to the housing to control the fluid. Operation of the pump is to convey the fluid from the fluid reservoir to the cavity when the clutch is in an engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: JTEKT AUTOMOTIVE NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Desing, Shun Ono, Mike Kocevar, Junji Ando, Kenji Korenaga
  • Patent number: 10975960
    Abstract: A transmission system includes a fluid-coupling device, an electro-hydraulic control system, and a clutch. The fluid-coupling device includes an input coupled to an impeller, an output coupled to a turbine, and a stator disposed between the impeller and the turbine. The electro-hydraulic control system includes a flow valve disposed in fluid communication with the input and the output of the fluid-coupling device that is movable between at least a first position and a second position, at least one trim valve system fluidly coupled to the flow valve, and a solenoid disposed in fluid communication with the flow valve that is electrically controllable between an energized state and a de-energized state. The clutch is disposable in fluid communication with the flow valve and controllable between an applied position and an unapplied position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Rietdorf, Charles F. Long
  • Patent number: 10975936
    Abstract: A variable-speed accelerator includes: an electric device that generates a rotational driving force; and a planetary gear transmission device that changes a speed of the rotational driving force to a constant-speed input shaft and a variable-speed input shaft, and transmits the rotational driving force to a driving target via an output shaft, wherein the electric device includes a constant-speed electric motor including a constant-speed rotor that rotates the constant-speed input shaft in a second direction, and a variable-speed electric motor that includes a variable-speed rotor connected to the variable-speed input shaft, which functions as a generator in a generator mode and as an electric motor in an electric motor mode, and which rotates the output shaft at a maximum rotational speed by rotating the variable-speed rotor at the maximum rotational speed in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Okamoto, Masahiro Kobayashi