Patents Examined by Frank B Vanaman
  • Patent number: 10559989
    Abstract: A hybrid drive module, comprising an annular diaphragm spring having an inner surface and one or more fingers protruding radially inward from the inner surface and a carrier hub concentric with the diaphragm spring and connected to a rotor of an electric motor and a cover of a torque converter, the carrier hub having an outer surface with one or more retention grooves configured to interlock with the one or more fingers of the diaphragm spring to inhibit axial movement of the diaphragm spring relative to the carrier hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Justin Persinger
  • Patent number: 10549716
    Abstract: An electrostatic sensor system is carried on two relatively movable objects between which a person can be disposed for determining the presence or absence of the person between the objects. One electrode on is one of the objects and first and second electrodes are on the other of the objects. A controller or control means applies an electrical charge to the one electrode on one object or the first and second electrodes on the other object, determines a coupling factor between the one electrode on the one object and the first electrode arranged on the other object and a coupling factor between the electrode arranged on one object and the second electrode arranged on the other object can be detected, and compares the two coupling factors with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: paragon AG
    Inventor: Ralf Moenkemoeller
  • Patent number: 10543716
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, devices, brackets, assemblies, and methods for a wheel hub with interchangeable caps for changing the appearance of wheels having exposed lug nuts about a center hole. A bracket invention having both a small cap and a large cap can be used on an existing wheel which exposes a center hole and the lug nuts. A smaller cap can be used to cover only the center hole of the wheel. A larger cap can be used to cover both the center hole and the exposed lug nuts on the wheel. An adapter ring can be used for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) wheels to allow for using the base that allows for either a small cap or large cap to be interchangeably used to change the exterior appearance of the wheel. The bracket can be integrated with the wheel, or be attachable onto the wheel. The caps can be mounted and dismounted by pressing and rotating spring biased emblems with either ball bearings or studs from the bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: Demetrios Mavrofrides
  • Patent number: 10532259
    Abstract: A golf club carrier comprising a body separated into two compartments, a first compartment to receive the shaft, handle first, of a golf club in a first direction and a second compartment to receive at least two spoked wheels used for transporting the golf club carrier over ground in a coaxial manner and parallel to and in a second direction opposed to the first direction to be stored at the second compartment, the interface between the first compartment and second compartment being shaped and adapted to allow the handle of the golf club to extend into each wheel between spokes of each wheel yet remain separated from the wheels by the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Andrew Logan
  • Patent number: 10532645
    Abstract: A drive package includes a remote located CVT and a motor where the CVT is positioned rearward (or forward) of the motor. An auxiliary drive mechanism couples a drive shaft of the CVT to a crankshaft of the motor. The auxiliary drive mechanism is a belt or chain. The drive shaft is substantially parallel to, and longitudinally offset from, the crankshaft. Thus, the width of the drive package is reduced as compared to ATVs having a CVT located adjacent the motor. A method of making an ATV with the drive package is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: ARCTIC CAT, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Tiry
  • Patent number: 10525925
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a door trim panel, a first airbag coupled to the door trim panel and inflatable to an inflated position, a second airbag coupled to the door trim panel and spaced in a vehicle-rearward direction from the first airbag and inflatable to an inflated position, and an inflator in simultaneous fluid communication with both the first and second airbags when the first and second airbags are in the inflated positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventors: Zhibing Deng, Krish E. Aekbote, Deepak Patel
  • Patent number: 10518624
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain utilizes a motor with a permanent magnet rotor. The rotor is formed by inserting parallelepiped magnets into slots. To reduce the likelihood of demagnetization, the net magnetization of each magnet is oriented parallel to a sidewards surface of the magnet and not perpendicular to an outwards surface of the magnet. The magnets may be arranged in multiple rows. The magnets in each row may be perpendicular to a rotor radial or diagonal to a rotor diagonal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Liang, C Bing Rong, Michael W. Degner, Lusu Guo
  • Patent number: 10518733
    Abstract: A seat includes a seatback including a top portion, a seat bottom coupled to the seatback, an airbag, a tether fixed to the seatback below the top portion and attached to the airbag, and an airbag extension. The airbag is inflatable from an undeployed position in the top portion to a deployed position attached to the top portion and extending in front of a front panel of the seatback. The airbag extension is inflatable from the airbag in the deployed position in front of the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Brian Robert Spahn, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss
  • Patent number: 10517361
    Abstract: Attachment for a pole, in particular for a trekking pole, cross-country ski pole, Nordic-walking pole, or Alpine ski pole, comprising a substantially cylindrical sleeve (3) which can be fastened to the bottom free end (25) of a pole shaft (1), comprising a blind hole (22) open towards the top to accommodate the bottom free end of the pole bar, and an interchangeable element (2), which can be fastened to the sleeve in a detachable form-fitting and force-fitting manner. The sleeve comprises a head region (4) and an adjoining body region (5) extending downwards, and an outer thread (6) on at least one axial section of the body region. The interchangeable element comprises a tip or a rolling surface on the bottom end (21) thereof, wherein the interchangeable element has an axial blind hole (15) open towards the top for accommodating the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: LEKISPORT AG
    Inventor: Eberhard Heim
  • Patent number: 10507870
    Abstract: A vehicle frame having a calibrated frame stiffness gradient is provided by fixedly attaching a series of cladding plates to an external surface of a tubular member of the frame, with the series of cladding plates including at least one immediately preceding cladding plate and one successive cladding plate. The cladding plates have thicknesses and peripheral shapes that are cooperatively configured to provide the desired stiffness gradient in the frame member. A trailing raised bead extending from the last cladding plate in the series along the surface of the frame member provides a further means for achieving the desired stiffness gradient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Moen, Yong-chang Liu
  • Patent number: 10492971
    Abstract: A trolley (10) for a medical waste container (12) is provided for use in a medical treatment facility such as an operating theatre or other hospital or medical environment. A cart (100) is provided for transporting a collection of medical waste containers (12) throughout a medical treatment facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Catilina Nominees Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Bert Pennings, Chris Hart
  • Patent number: 10486633
    Abstract: A vehicle airbag device includes: an airbag; a gas generator which supplies an inflation gas to the airbag; and a wrapping material, which covers a periphery of an airbag assembly including the airbag and the gas generator. The wrapping material includes: a combining part which is formed of a sheet material and combines both edges, which are overlapped with each other in a length direction; an engagement part which is formed in parallel with the combining part in a width direction of the sheet material and is engaged in the gas generator; and a notch portion formed between the combining part of both edges and the engagement part, wherein a position of a deepest part of the notch portion in the length direction of the sheet material is less than or equal to a depth of the combining part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Kino, Norihisa Taya
  • Patent number: 10486743
    Abstract: An auxiliary cross-member structure for supporting elements of a motor-vehicle front suspension includes a metal sheet hollow frame in a form of a hollow shell, with two opposite end portions, for connection of two respective oscillating arms of the suspension. The metal sheet hollow frame is defined by a single metal sheet folded on itself and having portions which are overlapped and welded. In a preferred implementation, within the metal sheet hollow frame is provided an additional filling structure at least partially constituted of synthetic material or composite material incorporating reinforcing fibers. At each end of the auxiliary cross-member structure there are two pairs of holes aligned with each other along two vertical axes which are used both for mounting elastic bushings for connection of a respective oscillating arm, and for the engagement of connecting screws for connecting the auxiliary cross-member structure to the motor-vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Carlo Pavesio, Silvano Sandri, Michele Maria Tedesco, Roberto Toffetti
  • Patent number: 10486514
    Abstract: A vehicle includes: a vehicle interior; a front room provided on a front side of the vehicle interior; a luggage room provided in a rear side of the vehicle interior; a weight part which includes at least one of a drive unit to drive a vehicle wheel and a power source to supply fuel or power to the drive unit; and a battery. The weight part includes a first weight part and a second weight part, at least one of the first weight part and the second weight part includes the drive unit, the battery is provided below the vehicle interior, the first weight part is provided in the front room, the second weight part is provided below the luggage room, and a height of the second weight part is lower than a height of the first weight part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taku Takayanagi, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Masanori Hayashi, Naoki Hashirayama, Yuichiro Saneyoshi, Junichi Ogino
  • Patent number: 10479278
    Abstract: A vehicle step apparatus including a first extending and retracting device having a first mounting bracket, a first step bracket, and a first arm assembly configured to drive the first step bracket to move between a first extending position and a first retracting position; a second extending and retracting device comprising a second mounting bracket, a second step bracket, and a second arm assembly configured to drive the second step bracket to move between a second extending position and a second retracting position; a step mounted on the first and second step bracket; a first permanent magnet direct current motor mounted on the first mounting bracket and coupled with the first arm assembly to drive the first arm assembly; and a second permanent magnet direct current motor mounted on the second mounting bracket and coupled with the second arm assembly to drive the second arm assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventors: Xinfa Du, Qi Zhang, Yiming Wang
  • Patent number: 10479410
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure includes a powertrain, a pair of side members, a suspension member, a first load transmission member and a second load transmission member. The powertrain has an engine and a continuously variable transmission that are juxtaposed to each other along the vehicle width direction. The side members are disposed on the outside of the power train in the vehicle width direction. The suspension member is disposed below the side members. The first and second load transmission members mounted to the side members and the suspension member. In the power train, the continuously variable transmission is disposed on the load-transmission-member side, and has a pair of variable speed pulleys (an input-side pulley and an output-side pulley). Thus, the load received by the first and second load transmission members can be reliably transmitted to the engine through the variable speed pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouji Hosomi, Tsuyoshi Matsunaga, Ryuuji Ootani
  • Patent number: 10479191
    Abstract: A cooling system for an agricultural vehicle includes a housing configured to support one or more cooling components, a debris conduit extending from the housing of the cooling system, a suction fan configured to rotate to apply negative airflow, and a valve configured to move between an open position in which the debris conduit is fluidly coupled to the suction fan and a closed position in which the debris conduit is isolated from the suction fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Cameron Jackson Ivey, Jeffrey D. Thomas, Scott Douglas Wilson
  • Patent number: 10479433
    Abstract: A ride on toy vehicle comprising a vehicle body. The body having an upper surface that is molded in shape of a seat including a saddle having a laterally widened rear end portion and narrow front end portion. The upper surface of the body configured to vertically receive a detachable handle where the handle is projecting upwardly from the upper surface of the body when mounted in the upper surface of the body. The detachable handle is configured to form a grip for the rider. The body of the vehicle having a bottom surface configured to protrude outwardly from the body at each horizontal end of the bottom surface to act as a safety bumper. The bottom surface has independent holes at each of its four corners. A wheel assembly independently inserted in each independent hole at the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Minjal, Inc.
    Inventors: Masako Kogure, Kapil Gupta
  • Patent number: 10464439
    Abstract: A powertrain for an electric vehicle includes a casting that houses an electric motor, an inverter, and a gearbox. The inverter, which is coupled to the electric motor, converts direct current from a battery to alternating current for the electric motor. The gearbox is connected to the electric motor. The electric motor includes a stator and a rotor with a rotor shaft that extends beyond the stator. The inverter may be situated on an opposite side of the rotor shaft from an axle to which the gearbox is coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GALATECH, INC.
    Inventors: Wenjun Liu, Robert J. Ramm
  • Patent number: 10464590
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket, an upper jacket, a telescope actuator assembly, and an energy absorbing system. The upper jacket is at least partially received within the lower jacket. The telescope actuator assembly is arranged to translate the upper jacket relative to the lower jacket along a steering column axis. The telescope actuator assembly includes a telescope drive bracket that defines a first pathway. The energy absorbing system includes a first strap that extends at least partially through the first pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Scott A. Stinebring, Robert D. Maida, Brandon M. McComb, Nicholas M. Messing