Patents Examined by F. Daniel Lopez
  • Patent number: 11415126
    Abstract: A piston for a compressor is disclosed. The piston for the compressor compressing and discharging a refrigerant sucked into a cylinder includes a sliding portion disposed in the cylinder and having a suction space to receive the sucked refrigerant, a head portion coupled to the sliding portion, a compression space being formed at a front of the head portion and the suction space being formed at a rear of the head portion, the head portion comprising a suction port communicating the suction space with the compression space, a press-fit cap coupled to the front of the head portion, the press-fit cap comprising a suction hole connected to the suction port, and a first elastic member disposed between the press-fit cap and the head portion. A gas layer is formed between the head portion, the press-fit cap, and the first elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Youngmun Lee, Kyunyoung Lee, Kiwon Noh
  • Patent number: 11408445
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a motion control unit that is capable of receiving electrical power from an electrical power source and hydraulic power from a hydraulic power source. The motion control is configured to produce a blended power output derived from the electrical and hydraulic power which can be used to power a hydraulic actuator. The motion control unit can also split hydraulic power recovered from hydraulic actuator to the electrical power source and the hydraulic power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: DANFOSS POWER SOLUTIONS II TECHNOLOGY A/S
    Inventors: Meng Wang, Jalpa Shah, Damrongrit Piyabongkarn
  • Patent number: 11408444
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator includes a housing and with a chamber, which is arranged or formed in the housing and in which a piston is mounted movably and divides the chamber into a flexion chamber and an extension chamber. A channel for hydraulic fluid leads from the flexion chamber and the extension chamber into the housing in order to produce a fluidic connection between the flexion chamber and the extension chamber. At least one valve is arranged in the fluidic connection. The channels lead from the housing to a valve block in which the at least one valve is arranged and is fluidically coupled to the channels, and the valve block is connected to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH
    Inventors: Juan Pablo Mejia Nino, Florian Grafl
  • Patent number: 11401811
    Abstract: Stepper motor with a housing 1,2,4,6,16, in which a cylindrical rotor 11,15 fixed on a central shaft 12 can rotate but not translate along an axial direction. There are cylindrical translators 9, 14 on both sides of the rotors 11, 15, where the translators 9, 14 are sealed fit in a cylindrical space within the housing 6 and around the central shaft 12 and where the translators 9, 14 can only translate in an axial direction, where in one axial position of a translator 9, 14 a set of triangular asymmetric teeth 20 located on the translator 9, 14 can interact and fit into a set of triangular asymmetric teeth 21 on the rotor 11, 15, where the shape of the teeth 21 on both sides of the rotor 11, 15 is symmetric and where one of the sets of teeth 20, 21 between one translator 9 (14) and the rotor 11 (15) and a set of teeth 20, 21 between the other translator 9 (14) and the rotor 11 (15) are tangentially shifted, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Eindhoven Medical Robotics B.V.
    Inventor: Marc Janssens
  • Patent number: 11401688
    Abstract: A control device of a loading machine includes an adjustment determination unit and an operation signal output unit. The loading machine includes a swing motor and a swing body. The adjustment determination unit determines whether or not an angle formed by an azimuth direction of a swing body when the swing body stops and a target stop azimuth direction is less than an allowable angle based on an azimuth direction, a swing speed, and the target stop azimuth direction of the swing body during braking of the swing motor. The operation signal output unit outputs a swing control signal for driving the swing motor in a case in which it is determined that the angle formed by the azimuth direction of the swing body when the swing body stops and the target stop azimuth direction is equal to or greater than the allowable angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuta Okuwaki, Yusuke Saigo
  • Patent number: 11391301
    Abstract: An electrohydraulic poppet valve device control system includes a main body, an extend poppet valve, a retract valve body, a retract poppet valve, and an actuator. The actuator is movable to an extend position, a retract position, and a null position, and moves to, or remains in, the null position when electrical power is not supplied to the actuator. In the extend position, the extend poppet valve is in its open position and the retract poppet valve is in its closed position. In the retract position, the extend poppet valve is in its closed position and the retract poppet valve is in its open position. In the null position, the extend poppet valve is in its closed position and the retract poppet valve is in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Larry A. Portolese, Matthew Arend, Paul Futa
  • Patent number: 11391305
    Abstract: The subject matter of this specification can be embodied in, among other things, a fluid actuator including a housing defining a first chamber having a first cavity and a first open end, a first piston assembly including a tubular first piston defining a second chamber having a second cavity and a second open end, disposed in said first housing for reciprocal movement in the first chamber through the first open end, wherein a first seal, the first cavity, and the first piston define a first pressure chamber, and a second piston assembly having an second piston disposed in said first piston assembly for reciprocal movement in the second chamber through the second open end, wherein a second seal, the second cavity, and the second piston define a second pressure chamber, and a first portion of the second piston contacts a first end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Woodward, Inc.
    Inventors: Kamran Eftekhari Shahroudi, Nolan Polley
  • Patent number: 11391303
    Abstract: A linear to rotary motion converter includes a rigid body having first and second opposing end plates interconnected by at least one rigid crossmember. Each of the end plates is adapted to receive a rolling diaphragm linear actuator to thereby cause linear displacement of the rigid body in an axial direction upon actuation of the rolling diaphragm linear actuators. The linear to rotary motion converter also includes a capstan operably coupled to and located between the end plates such that linear motion of the rigid body caused by actuation of the rolling diaphragm linear actuators is translated to rotational motion of the capstan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
    Inventors: Michael Yip, Dimitri Schreiber, Alex Grant
  • Patent number: 11378106
    Abstract: A position sensor (1.1, 1.2) for a working cylinder (2.1, 2.2) with a cable drum (4.1, 4.2), a cable (5) with a piston anchor (7.1, 7.2) and an interface (13.1, 13.2) for determining a position and a movement of a piston (3.1, 3.2) of the working cylinder (2.1, 2.2), the position sensor (1.1, 1.2) is to be operatively connected to the working cylinder (2.1, 2.2) from outside in the area of a cylinder head (15.1, 15.2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SIKO GmbH
    Inventors: Hanspeter Thoma, Joachim Reichle, Matthias Roth
  • Patent number: 11378105
    Abstract: A gas cylinder actuator with safety device for uncontrolled return of the piston-stem, comprising: a tubular containment jacket, two opposing heads for closing the tubular jacket, a first head which is provided with a through hole for passage and for translation guidance with respect to an axis of symmetry for a piston-stem, and a second, opposing head, a piston-stem, which comprises a stem portion and a piston portion, sealing elements which are arranged so as to act against the stem portion at the passage and guidance hole, a chamber for pressurized gas being defined between the tubular jacket, the heads and the piston-stem; such gas cylinder actuator comprises, between the first head and the piston portion, a bushing, which is coupled to the tubular jacket with elements of preventing translation with respect to the axis, and is designed to encounter the piston portion, the bushing being configured to at least be deformed in the event of impact with the piston portion owing to the uncontrolled return of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SPECIAL SPRINGS S.R.L.
    Inventors: Massimo Fiorese, Daniel Fantinato, Francesco Bordin
  • Patent number: 11378107
    Abstract: A piston and cylinder unit (1) of a working machine, for example a wheel loader, excavator, tipper, crane or stacker or a lifting platform serves to steer, support, extend, pivot, lift or other movements of the working machine or of a tool or a different part of the working machine. The piston and cylinder unit (1) includes a cylinder (2), a piston (7) being arranged in the cylinder (2) to be axially movable and a piston position detection unit (28) detecting the axial position of the piston (7) in the cylinder (2) by high frequency technology. The piston position detection unit (28) includes a housing (3) and an electronic unit being arranged in the housing is arranged in a mounting bore (27) extending radially in the cylinder (2). The piston position detection unit (28) is arranged in the mounting bore (27) such that the interior (3) of the cylinder (2) is sealed from the surroundings of the piston and cylinder unit (1) by the housing (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Precision Nanosensors, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl-Wilhelm Herwig, Alexander Pik
  • Patent number: 11378101
    Abstract: A shovel according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a lower traveling body, an upper turning body pivotally mounted on the lower traveling body, a hydraulic pump mounted on the upper turning body, a hydraulic actuator driven by hydraulic oil discharged from the hydraulic pump, an operating device used to operate the actuator, and a control device configured to control an acceleration/deceleration characteristic of the hydraulic actuator in response to an operation of the operating device depending on a work mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: SUMITOMO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11370645
    Abstract: A system for parasitic power generation and control of a load-handler configured to be coupled to a lift truck, with a parasitic energy convertor mounted on the load-handler and coupled via a hydraulic feed line to a hydraulic pump on the lift truck. The parasitic energy convertor configured to generate electrical power for components of the load-handler, including a load-side control transceiver. The load-side control transceiver is configured for controlling control valves based on commands received wirelessly from a truck-side control transceiver. The load-side control transceiver configured for monitoring and control of the load-handler including event logging and notification of maintenance needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Rightline Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Jim D. Hamlik, Joel D. Hamlik
  • Patent number: 11365526
    Abstract: A rotation device arrangement includes a structure and a suspension part for suspending the rotation device from a boom. The structure includes a first inner body part and first conduits for leading a pressure medium through the first inner body part. A second outer body part is arranged at least partly around the first inner body part completely rotatably. First connections are fitted for leading the pressure medium through the second outer body part. Second conduits are fitted to at least one of an outer surface belonging to the first inner body part and an inner surface belonging to the second outer body part for leading the pressure medium from the first conduit to the first connections. A bearing is arranged to permit the second outer body part to rotate and to carry loads axially and radially. Second connections attach a direct-drive pressure-medium operated turning device to the structure coaxially to transmit torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: PONSSE OYJ
    Inventor: Tero Kaatrasalo
  • Patent number: 11358359
    Abstract: A hydraulic machine unit that can be operated with various working forces, in which working medium is selectively delivered, via a pump-piston accumulator system, to a main cylinder and at least one driving cylinder, wherein at least for one working stroke a pump system of the pump-piston accumulator system is used to provide working medium to a piston accumulator of the pump-piston accumulator system, and then at least for the working stroke at least the main cylinder is charged with a working pressure from the piston accumulator, and wherein at least for a return stroke the at least one driving cylinder is charged with a return stroke pressure from the pump-piston accumulator system, can be of structurally simple configuration if, at reduced working forces, the working pressure is reduced with respect to the piston accumulator pressure prevailing in the piston accumulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: SMS group GmbH
    Inventor: Frank Zensen
  • Patent number: 11359649
    Abstract: A hydraulic system of a vehicle includes a first pump for supplying at least one first hydraulic circuit and at least one second pump for supplying at least one second hydraulic circuit with hydraulic medium. The second pump supplies the first hydraulic circuit with hydraulic medium in an emergency mode or when an output pressure of the first pump fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael Meid, Christian Brueser
  • Patent number: 11353047
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for a work machine includes a tank to store an operation fluid, a hydraulic device to be operated by the operation fluid, a control valve to control the hydraulic device, a first fluid tube connecting the hydraulic device and the control valve, the first fluid tube being to supply the operation fluid from the control valve to the hydraulic device, a second fluid tube branching from the first fluid tube and connected to the tank, a switch valve provided to the second fluid tube, the switch valve being to control a flow rate of the operation fluid, and an oil cooler provided to the second fluid tube between the switch valve and the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Fukuda, Kazuyoshi Arii, Hiroaki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11353111
    Abstract: A rotary mixer can include a frame, a rotor attached to the frame, four wheels attached to the frame for moving the rotary mixer, and a drive system for driving the four wheels, the drive system can include four independent hydrostatic drive loops, each of the independent hydrostatic drive loops associated with one of the wheels such that each one of the independent hydrostatic drive loops independently drives one of the four wheels; wherein the drive system includes a pressure balance mode of operation for relatively good traction ground or road conditions, and a wheel speed synchronization mode of operation for relatively poor traction ground or road conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Paving Products Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Olson, Corwin E. Storer, Ryan A. Enot, Matthew-David S. Frantz, Derek P. Nieuwsma, Rustin G. Metzger, Nathaniel S. Doy
  • Patent number: 11346373
    Abstract: A pressure accumulator includes an accumulator housing having first and second ports for receiving first and second pressure mediums, respectively, a movable separating element subdividing an interior of the accumulator housing into at least first and second working spaces, the first working space accommodating the first pressure medium and the second working space accommodating the second pressure medium, wherein the first port is in fluid communication with the first working space and the second port in fluid communication with the second working space. At least one sensor is operatively coupled to the first working space for measuring at least one characteristic of the first working space, and a gas generator is operative to generate a gas from ambient air, the gas generator including an outlet for outputting the generated gas, the outlet in fluid communication with the first port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Berkel, Rafael Alberto Toledo, William Mark Mosher, Bruce Besch, Kevin Koenigs, David Connaughton
  • Patent number: 11339805
    Abstract: An artificial muscle that includes a housing having an electrode region and an expandable fluid region and an electrode pair positioned in the electrode region, the electrode pair having a first electrode fixed to a first surface of the housing and a second electrode fixed to a second surface of the housing. The first and second electrodes each have two or more tab portions and two or more bridge portions. Each of the two or more bridge portions interconnects adjacent tab portions and at least one of the first and second electrodes includes a central opening positioned between the two or more tab portions and encircling the expandable fluid region. A dielectric fluid is housed within the housing and the electrode pair is actuatable between a non-actuated and an actuated state such that actuation from the non-actuated to actuated state directs the dielectric fluid into the expandable fluid region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Michael P. Rowe, Shardul S. Panwar, Madison B. Emmett