Patents Examined by Harold Eric Pahlck, III
  • Patent number: 11110762
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates in a first aspect to a trailer hitch guide adaptor for a trailer tongue coupler, comprising: a mounting plate configured for attachment to the trailer tongue coupler, the mounting plate having an mounting plate upper-surface and a mounting plate front-end; a pair of guide plates, each of the guide plates attached below the mounting plate, each of the guide plates having a guide plate front-end and a guide plate back-end, wherein said guide plates are angled relative to each other, whereby each of the guide plate back-ends converge towards each other; and a third guide plate extending outwards from the mounting plate front-end, the third guide plate having a third guide plate upper surface, wherein the third guide plate upper surface defines an obtuse angle relative to the mounting plate upper surface, such that a hitch ball is able to be guided towards the mounting plate front-end via the third guide plate, and/or from below the mounting plate and towards the guide plate back en
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Klintfax Design IVS
    Inventors: Steen Klintø, Thomas Faxe
  • Patent number: 11084521
    Abstract: An electronic control unit includes: a substrate (10); a heat generating component (20) provided on one surface (11) of the substrate and generates heat during operation; a heat conducting component (40) formed of a material having a heat conductivity equal to or higher than a predetermined value and provided on the one surface of the substrate such that at least a part of the heat conducting component is located in a range (R1) of a predetermined distance (L) from the heat generating component; a controller (60) provided on the substrate and controlling the operation of the heat generating component to control the object to be controlled; and a radiator (70) provided adjacent to the one surface of the substrate to radiate heat from the heat generating component and the heat conducting component. A distance (d1, d3) between the heat generating component and the radiator is equal to or shorter than a distance (d2, d4) between the heat conducting component and the radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Tashima, Takayuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 11077001
    Abstract: A puncture resistant wheel apparatus, and method of use, for safely climbing obstacles are disclosed herein. A plurality of wheel apparatuses is mounted on a vehicle (e.g. a wheelchair, cart, mountain bicycle, etc.) to enable it to safely traverse obstacles, such as a flight of stairs, road curbs, etc. without slipping, and while creating a smoother ride. Each wheel apparatus comprises: a tire comprising a plurality of teeth sections separated via a thin space to grip an obstacle edge between the teeth; a circular rim attachable to the tire inner surface via T-joints, and a plurality of evenly spaced spokes extending to a central hub; and two hoop rings, mounted on opposing tire sidewalls. The center of each tire tooth section further comprises an elastic unit, comprising a vertical spring and two horizontal springs that further act to dampen the vibrational and jarring forces exerted on the wheel apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Daniel Matan, Yavgeni Torgovizki
  • Patent number: 11072365
    Abstract: A pneumatic steering system includes a cylinder movable in relation to a through rod, steering tie rods coupled to the cylinder, a control valve that controls motion of the cylinder in relation to the through rod, a spring-biased pivoting actuator operably coupled to a steering linkage and to a control input of the control valve. The actuator is pivotally mounted to a structure attached to the cylinder. The control valve is attached to that structure. The steering linkage is an articulated assembly that transforms rotation of the steering column into pivoting movement of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Foley Company, LLC
    Inventor: Glen Black, II
  • Patent number: 11046358
    Abstract: An estimated axial force computation circuit of a control device has an axial force computation circuit that computes an axial force that acts on a steered shaft on the basis of a current value of a steering motor. The estimated axial force computation circuit has a friction compensation circuit, an efficiency compensation circuit, and a gradient compensation circuit as static characteristic computation circuits that compensate for an effect of the static characteristics of a steering mechanism on the axial force computed. The estimated axial force computation circuit has a filter as a dynamic characteristic computation circuit that compensates for an effect of the dynamic characteristics of the steering mechanism. The filter removes, from the axial force, an effect of the viscosity and the inertia of the steering motor. The axial force after compensation is used to control a reaction force motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takashi Kodera, Masayuki Kita
  • Patent number: 11034198
    Abstract: In order for a trailer hitch, comprising a bearing unit mountable on a rear end portion of a vehicle body, in fixed relation to the vehicle, said bearing unit having a bearing base and a ball neck carrier supported for movement on the bearing base, and further comprising a ball neck which at a first end is fixedly connected to the ball neck carrier and at a second end carries a hitch ball and which is movable, by the movement of the ball neck carrier relative to the bearing base, between two final positions, one of which is an operating position and the other one of which is a rest position, to be improved such that the position of the ball neck can be detected as simply and unambiguously as possible, it is proposed that a sensor system be provided for detecting the position of the ball neck relative to the bearing base, which sensor system detects the positions of the ball neck relative to the bearing base mounted in fixed relation to the vehicle and generates position information representative of the respe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: ACPS Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Aleksej Kadnikov, Wolfgang Gentner, Bernhard Rimmelspacher
  • Patent number: 11027770
    Abstract: A steering system for a road vehicle; the steering system comprises: a steering wheel provided with an outer ring, which is mounted so as to rotate around a rotation axis and has no mechanical connection to steering wheels; a support element, which, on one side, can be rigidly fixed on the inside of the vehicle and, on the other side, is connected to the steering wheel so as to support the steering wheel; and a position sensor, which is designed to detect the angular position of the outer ring of the steering wheel around the rotation axis. The support element is telescopic so as to vary its axial size along the rotation axis in order to change the axial position of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Franco Cimatti
  • Patent number: 11027768
    Abstract: A steering system for a road vehicle; the steering system comprises: a steering wheel provided with an outer ring, which is mounted so as to rotate around a rotation axis and has no connection to steering wheels; a position sensor, which is designed to detect the angular position of the outer ring of the steering wheel around the rotation axis; and a mechanical limit stop device, which is coupled to the outer ring of the steering wheel and limits, in both directions, the maximum angular width of the rotation of the steering wheel around the rotation axis, so that the steering wheel can make, on the whole, a rotation around the rotation axis that is greater than 360°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: FERRARI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Franco Cimatti
  • Patent number: 11013649
    Abstract: A bathroom compatible wheelchair assembly includes an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant toilet of any conventional design. A wheelchair is provided that has a seat portion for bearing a disabled person. The seat portion has a height of at least 20.0 inches thereby facilitating the seat portion to be positioned over the ADA compliant toilet when the wheelchair is rolled over the ADA compliant toilet. Moreover, the seat portion has an opening extending therethrough and the opening is aligned with the ADA compliant toilet when the seat is positioned over the ADA compliant toilet for directing the disabled person's waste into the ADA compliant toilet. A control circuit is coupled to the wheelchair and a cover unit is movably coupled to the wheelchair. The cover unit is electrically coupled to the control circuit and the cover unit is positionable into a covering position to cover the opening. Thus, the cover unit can be sat upon by the disabled person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Sean Sonoda
  • Patent number: 11014610
    Abstract: A chassis component for a motor vehicle has a core module with at least one first load-conducting element, at least one second load-conducting element and at least one load transfer element connecting the at least one first load-conducting element and the at least one second load-conducting element, and an insert molding. A method for producing the chassis component first of all produces the core module by joining the at least one first load-conducting element and the at least one load transfer element and also the at least one load transfer element and the at least one second load-conducting element, and then overmolds the produced core module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andreas Bierbaumer, Philipp Engelhardt, Elmar Jaeger, Ruediger Keck, Oleg Konrad
  • Patent number: 10993860
    Abstract: This invention is a rotational manual propulsion wheel chair hand pedal to be fitted to the axles of both wheels of a wheel chair. The rotational wheel chair hand pedal is attached to the two large wheels of a wheel chair by means of being directly attached to the axles and or hubs securely of the wheel chair's wheels, or surrounding the hubs of the wheel chair's wheels. The rotational wheel chair hand pedal has an arm, which fits from the wheel chair's axle and or hub to the wheel chairs wheel's rim. The position of the handles is fixed by retractable and is adjustable by pressing a button at the end of the handle to retract the pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Simon S. McNally
  • Patent number: 10988205
    Abstract: A bicycle control device includes an electronic controller that receives data indicative of a detected gas pressure of a gas chamber of a bicycle component provided to a bicycle. The electronic controller controls an electric component provided to the bicycle in accordance with the detected gas pressure of the gas chamber of the bicycle component. The gas chamber of the bicycle component is configured to maintain a gas in a compressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa, Hiroshi Matsuda, Takuya Katsuki
  • Patent number: 10953912
    Abstract: Example steering wheel systems and torque feedback actuator assemblies for use in steer-by-wire vehicles are described herein. An example steering wheel system includes a steering wheel and a torque feedback actuator assembly. The torque feedback actuator assembly includes a housing and a helical gear rotatably disposed in the housing. The steering wheel is coupled to and coaxially aligned with the helical gear. The torque feedback actuator assembly also includes a motor with a worm gear engaged with the helical gear to provide torque feedback to the steering wheel by driving the helical gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Rawlings, Robert Mrozek, Lodewijk Wijffels, Eugene Lau
  • Patent number: 10946916
    Abstract: An assisted spring seat height optimization lift device and method of use thereof is presented herein. The device is generally comprised of a seat frame attached to a scissor lift assembly that can be moved by engaging a releases mechanism attached to a lifting mechanism. The device is used to lift a handcycle user to a height that is manageable to transfer to a wheelchair independently without impeding the functionality of the handcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: University of South Florida
    Inventors: Benjamin Curtis Franklin, Travis Lee Kempf, Ryan Patrick Murphy, Joel Martin Kummer, Myles Christian Waiters, Daniel James Bumiller
  • Patent number: 10940726
    Abstract: The invention provides a sensor assembly for force sensing, the sensor assembly comprising: a first portion having a first and a second through hole, a second portion having a third and fourth through hole, and a first pin and a second pin coupling the first portion to the second portion. At least one out of the first and the second pin comprises a magnetoelastic based sensor for outputting a signal corresponding to a stress-induced magnetic flux emanating from a magnetically polarized region of the pin. The magnetoelastic based sensor comprises at least one direction sensitive magnetic field sensor in an at least partially hollow portion of the pin, which field sensor is configured for determination of a shear force in at least one direction. The invention further provides a tow coupling comprising the sensor assembly. The invention further provides a method for detecting a load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Methode Electronics Malta Ltd.
    Inventor: Johannes Gießibl
  • Patent number: 10940907
    Abstract: A bicycle comprises a frame assembly and a hydration system. The frame assembly includes a main frame and a fork assembly pivotally coupled to the main frame. The hydration system includes a reservoir supported by the frame assembly, a collapsible bladder positioned in the reservoir, and a hose coupled to the bladder and extending through a reservoir opening. The hose enters the main frame through a frame opening and passes through an inside of the main frame above a bottom bracket. The hose exits the main frame through a front opening and enters the fork assembly through a fork opening facing toward the front opening. The fork assembly can also include a nose piece in front of the headset bearing, wherein the hose passes between headset bearing and the nose piece. The fork assembly can also include a handlebar and a riser supporting the handlebar, wherein the hose passes through the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Keith Kimmel, Yann Duez, Daniel Lentz, Brenton Haven
  • Patent number: 10933940
    Abstract: A shock device for an at least partially muscle-powered two-wheeled vehicle, including at least one tube system having two telescopic tubes, the tube system extending from a first end to a second end. A suspension system is provided which is effective between the two ends and which biases the two tubes to an extended position. The suspension system includes a positive air spring and an independent, series-connected supplementary spring. Both the positive air spring and the supplementary spring bias the tube system to the extended position. The supplementary spring shows a lower breakaway force than does the positive air spring, and the ratio of the suspension travel of the positive air spring to the suspension travel of the supplementary spring is higher than 4:1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: DT SWISS INC.
    Inventors: Martin Walthert, Karsten Richter, Samuel Zbinden
  • Patent number: 10926628
    Abstract: A fuel cell vehicle mounted with a fuel gas tank in an underfloor of the vehicle. The fuel cell vehicle includes: a floor that has a projecting portion projecting upward in a height direction of the vehicle and extending along a front and rear direction of the vehicle; a fuel gas tank arranged under the projecting portion in the height direction of the vehicle and fixed to the floor; and an undercover arranged under the fuel gas tank in the height direction of the vehicle. The undercover has a fixation protruded portion that projects upward in the height direction of the vehicle in a side of the fuel gas tank in a width direction of the vehicle, and being fixed to the floor by the fixation protruded portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takanori Otsura, Shigeaki Murata
  • Patent number: 10919594
    Abstract: A bicycle frame assembly includes a frame including a first segment, a second segment connected to the first segment at a first hinge, and a third segment connected to the second segment at a second hinge. A synchronization cable extends through the second segment from the first hinge to the second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Robert George Thompson
  • Patent number: 10919432
    Abstract: A tank and a method of carrying a load and discharging a load therefrom. The tank includes a tank assembly having a first wall that bounds and defines a first compartment for carrying a load therein and a second wall spaced outwardly from at least a portion of the first wall; wherein a second compartment is defined between the first wall and the second wall. The tank assembly includes an air piping system that is selectively actuated to place the first compartment and the second compartment under substantially similar or substantially equal air pressure. In one example the air piping system pumps air into the first compartment and the second compartment. In another example the air piping system evacuates air from the first and second compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott A. Kibler