Patents Examined by Greg Binda
  • Patent number: 11125276
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an output shaft component and a power output mechanism. The output shaft component includes a housing connected to the driven member, an adapter shaft connected to an output shaft of the power output mechanism, and an elastic body mounted in the housing. The adapter shaft is rotatably mounted in the housing. The elastic body includes an inner ring, an outer ring located outside the inner ring, and an elastic portion connected between the inner ring and the outer ring. The adapter shaft is sheathed in the inner ring, the inner ring is synchronously rotatably connected to the adapter shaft, and the outer ring is fixed on the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Kunlei Zhao, Wenhua Yu, Zheng Xie, Zhaohui An
  • Patent number: 11118631
    Abstract: A propshaft with first and second propshaft segments, a bearing assembly, a slinger and a boot seal. The first and second propshaft segments have connection members that are non-rotatably but axially slidably coupled together. The bearing assembly is mounted to the first propshaft segment and supports the first propshaft segment for rotation. The slinger has a first slinger member, which is mounted to the bearing assembly, and a second slinger member that is mounted to the first propshaft segment. The first and second slinger members cooperate to shroud an axial end of the bearing assembly and are spaced apart from one another to form a labyrinth. Opposite ends of the boot seal are fixedly coupled to the second slinger member and the second propshaft segment. A vent is disposed through the second slinger member to fluidly couple the boot seal and the labyrinth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Guilherme Targa Poleti
  • Patent number: 11118633
    Abstract: A coupling ring for couplings having at least two coupling parts. The object of the invention is to provide a coupling ring for couplings which have at least two coupling parts, which can be applied to the two coupling parts of the coupling in a simpler and easier manner during installation, in particular in the event of a repair for defects in the coupling ring designed as a wedge packet ring and in the coupling region of the wedge packet ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Hähnel, Thomas Klitzsch
  • Patent number: 11111964
    Abstract: A universal joint configured to transfer rotational movement from a first shaft to a second shaft at an angle and method of manufacturing the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Angle X, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Anthony Lock
  • Patent number: 11105378
    Abstract: A wheel drive unit for a vehicle includes a connecting member separably coupled to a constant velocity joint, a hub housing accommodating the constant velocity joint, and a hub cap to seal the hub housing. In particular, a fixing groove is formed around a first end of the constant velocity joint, and the connecting member is fitted in the fixing groove in a ring shape. When the hub cap is separated from the hub housing, the connecting member can be easily disassembled from the constant velocity joint such that inner components of the wheel drive unit can be easily replaced and repaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: HYUNDAI WIA Corporation
    Inventor: Soo Kyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 11105379
    Abstract: A joint arrangement includes comprising a joint, a nut and an adapter unit. The joint has an inner hub, an outer hub, balls and a cage with recesses for the balls. The inner hub has a recess with an inner toothing for receiving a first shaft. A cavity of the joint arrangement located around the balls is closed on two end sides by a respective sealing device. The adapter unit includes a first adapter portion and a second adapter portion which cooperate to transmit torque across the joint arrangement to or from a second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Neumayer Tekfor Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Fuchs, Martin Lehmann, Daniel Schoener
  • Patent number: 11099097
    Abstract: An apparatus for hydrostatic testing of items containing flanged openings and which items require periodic pressure testing, such as flanged pipe sections, flanged pipelines, flanged hose assemblies, as well as other flanged equipment requiring periodic pressure testing. The apparatus is clamp-like and is comprised of multiple circular plates that are designed and arranged to hold a blind flange against the flange of the item to be tested. One of the circular plates contains a circular cavity into which the blind flange can be stored when the apparatus is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Pressure Technologies
    Inventors: Randall M Smith, Beau Giglio
  • Patent number: 11097837
    Abstract: A gimbal joint may employ a plurality of wear sleeves, each disposed between a pin or pin receptive bore of a first structure and a corresponding bore or pin of a second structure and between another pin or bore of the second structure and a corresponding bore or pin of a third structure. Each of these structures may be adapted to rotate in a single plane, with one structure adapted to also tilt about a first axis, and one other structure adapted to tilt about a second axis. Each integral flanged wear sleeve may comprise a right circular hollow cylindrical body portion, which may be interiorly sized to be retained on one of the pins and externally sized to be retained in one of the pin receptive bores, and a flange portion may radiate from one end of the cylindrical body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler Wayne Baldwin, Kyle Thomas Cravener
  • Patent number: 11092190
    Abstract: A steering shaft having an outer shaft and an inner shaft accommodated therein in a torque-locking, axially displaceable manner and an axial inner stop which projects radially outwards from an outer face of the inner shaft. When the inner shaft is pulled out of the outer shaft, the axial inner stop strikes against an axial outer stop projecting radially inwards from an inner face of the outer shaft, wherein the axial displacement of the inner shaft is limited in the pull-out direction. With regard to simple production of the outer stops with the least possible deformation of the entire cross section of the outer shaft, the outer stop is introduced by at least one forming process into an end portion of the outer shaft, wherein the axis of the direction of introduction in each case forms an angle of more than 20° with the radial direction of the outer shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Josef Märk
  • Patent number: 11092199
    Abstract: A universal joint (U-joint) assembly transmits torque from a drive component to a driven component across an articulating joint. The U-joint assembly includes male and female U-joint members, a central ball joint, and a retaining device configured to secure the assembly in an assembled configuration. The female U-joint member includes a cavity extending into a receptacle end thereof. The cavity terminates in a circular receptacle and includes four flat surfaces extending longitudinally therefrom at 90-degree intervals. The male U-joint member has a drive end with four multi-angled surfaces extending longitudinally from the drive end at 90-degree intervals about a periphery of the drive end. When in an assembled configuration, each of the multi-angled surfaces of the drive end of the male U-joint member opposes a corresponding one of the four flat surfaces of cavity of the female U-joint member. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: New Ventures Marketing, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Clarence Goff, Patrick Daniel Gallagher, Daniel Robert Gallagher
  • Patent number: 11092189
    Abstract: A head shaft assembly has a center tube, an end tube, a collector sprocket and a collar. The center tube has drive and driven ends. The center tube has a center tube diameter. The end tube has a key extending longitudinally along an outer surface and inner and outer ends. The key defines a key length and the end tube has an end tube diameter. The collector sprocket is mountable to the end tube and rotationally secured to the end tube by the key. The collar is hollow between a first end and a second end. The center tube diameter is substantially the same as the end tube diameter and the drive end is proximate to the inner end. The drive end and the inner end are positioned within the collar between the first end and the second end. The collar fixes the center tube to the end tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Jason C. Ruch, Daniel Eckman, Christopher Stephan Fredericks, Alexander Ivanovich Mitchell
  • Patent number: 11085520
    Abstract: A coupling system is configured to axially couple a motor shaft rotating in a motor housing to a gearbox shaft rotating in a gearbox housing. The coupling system has a set screw and a socket. The set screw couples the two housings together. The socket is configured to receive the set screw. The socket being configured to can slide in a first of the motor housing and the gearbox housing in a direction of a second of the motor housing and the gearbox housing under a thrust force of the set screw during tightening thereof, in order to press the socket against the second of the motor housing and the gearbox housing at a mating surface of the second of the motor housing and the gearbox housing, so as to eliminate any play between the second of the motor housing and the gearbox housing at the mating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Stéphane Decaux, Emmanuel Motte
  • Patent number: 11073179
    Abstract: A plunging type constant velocity universal joint includes outer and inner joint members that transmit torque therebetween through intermediation of a ball while allowing angular displacement. The outer joint member is configured to receive an internal component comprising the ball and the inner joint member so that the internal component is slidable in an axial direction. The universal joint also includes a stopper mechanism that has an annular groove, and is configured to restrict axial displacement of the internal component by allowing the ball to interfere with a circlip fitted to the annular groove. The annular groove has a conical surface, which is inclined with respect to an axial direction so that the conical surface and an axial tangent line at a contact point between the ball and the circlip form a wedge angle opened from an opening end portion of the outer joint member toward a far side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Tatsuro Sugiyama, Kazuhiro Azuma, Ritsuki Sakihara
  • Patent number: 11073180
    Abstract: A constant velocity joint includes a shaft and an inner race coupled to the shaft. The inner race has a shaft groove formed thereon. A boot assembly engages the shaft and covers the inner race. A pair of grooves is axially formed in the boot assembly. The shaft groove provides communication between the pair of grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Nick Dubiel, Robert J. Wehner, Michael Hopson
  • Patent number: 11067132
    Abstract: A driving tool with universal rotating structure includes a first drive joint member and a second drive joint member. The first drive joint member defines a compartment and at least one slot. The first end of the at least one slot includes is in communication with the compartment. The at least one slot extends through an outer periphery of the first drive joint member. The at least one slot includes a retaining member movably disposed therein. The outer periphery of the first drive joint member includes an enclosing ring disposed thereon. The enclosing ring is elastic and includes an inner periphery abutting against a side of the retaining member. The second drive joint member includes a head rotatably coupled to the first drive joint member. The head is disposed in the compartment. The head extends from a first end to a second end concavely along a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Hong Ann Tool Industries Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Wei Su
  • Patent number: 11060565
    Abstract: A screw nut on which a pulley is mounted is capable of promoting reductions in the size and weight thereof. The screw nut includes: an outer ring; and a nut rotatably assembled to the outer ring via a first rolling element. The nut includes: a nut body having a screw groove in an inner surface thereof; and a recirculation component provided at an end portion of the nut body in an axial direction, the recirculation component having a turn-around path for recirculating a second rolling element rolling along a screw groove. A pulley to be mounted on the nut is fitted on an outer surface of the nut body, and is brought into contact with an end surface of the nut in the axial direction. The pulley is mounted on the end surface of the nut with a fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yohei Amemiya
  • Patent number: 11060566
    Abstract: A torque tube assembly includes a torque tube and a spline coupling coupled to an end of the torque tube. The spline coupling has an opening to receive a spline gear on a drive shaft of an aircraft high lift device. The torque tube assembly also includes a retainer coupled to the spline coupling. The retainer blocks at least a portion of the opening in the spline coupling to prevent the spline coupling from being moved off of the spline gear on the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Meyer, Maxim Popov
  • Patent number: 11053983
    Abstract: Example torque tube assemblies may be used with aircraft high lift devices. An example torque tube assembly includes a torque tube having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. A first fitting is coupled to the first end and a second fitting is coupled to the second end. The first fitting is to be coupled to a first high lift device of an aircraft. The second fitting has a spline section. The torque tube assembly also includes a sliding spline shaft having a channel and a first yoke. The second fitting is slidably received within the channel. The torque tube assembly further includes a spline coupling having a second yoke, which is coupled to the first yoke of the sliding spline shaft to form a U-joint. The spline coupling is to be coupled to a second high lift device of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark R. Meyer, Tyler S. Gregson
  • Patent number: 11053998
    Abstract: An automotive driveline component includes a housing and a dampener carried by the housing. The dampener includes a plurality of shims joined together via at least one joint through which vibrations are transmitted among individual shims of the plurality of shims. When the housing experiences vibrations during use of the automotive driveline component, the vibrations are transmitted to the plurality of shims and relative movement among individual shims of the plurality of shims dampens the vibrations experienced by said housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: GKN Driveline North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig A. Campbell, Gavin B. Streather, David I. Lysse, Daniel P. Vandro, Chadd M. Yagiela, Steven L. Dickens
  • Patent number: 11053985
    Abstract: A joint assembly for a motor vehicle. The joint includes an inner race, an outer race, a plurality of balls and a cage. The inner race is drivingly connected to a sleeve having an axially inboard portion, an intermediate portion and an axially outboard portion. Circumferentially extending from the intermediate portion of the sleeve is an abutment portion. At least a portion of the abutment portion is in direct contact with an end of the inner race. Axially outboard from the abutment portion is a stepped portion. A shaft is drivingly connected to an inner surface of a hollow interior portion of the axially outboard portion of the sleeve. A first end portion of a boot is connected to an outer surface of the outer race and a second end portion of the boot is connected to an outer surface of the axially outboard portion of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Dana Automotive Systems Group, LLC
    Inventor: Seung Tark Oh