Patents Examined by Jacob D. Knutson
  • Patent number: 10568792
    Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating movement of a patient transport apparatus. The patient transport apparatus has a support structure and a patient support surface. Caster assemblies are coupled to the support structure to roll about a roll axis and swivel about a swivel axis. A control system is configured to control brake mechanisms, steer-lock mechanisms, and pre-swivel mechanisms of the caster assemblies based on one or more inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Derenne, Kevin M. Patmore
  • Patent number: 10569606
    Abstract: A plug for insertion into a through hole of a king pin coupler plate of a trailer includes a body defining an axial direction and having an outer surface defining a perimeter with a distance around the perimeter. A plurality of pliable ears extend from the outer surface. The ears are each individually aligned in the axial direction. The ears each have a width that is less than ten percent of the distance around the perimeter of the outer surface of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Strick Trailers, LLC
    Inventor: Caleb Averill
  • Patent number: 10569818
    Abstract: A vehicle for a standing rider has a single surface-engaging wheel; a pair of foot supports, one on each side of the wheel, for supporting a standing rider astride the wheel in a position facing forward; a frame that mounts the wheel and forms a forward riser extending up and forward from the wheel to a position to be grasped by a rider standing on the foot supports to enable the rider to achieve balance and stability while standing and riding. A rearward riser extends up and rearward of the wheel to a position to be grasped by a pusher to enable the pusher to advance, balance and guide the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Joshua Dewain Rogers
  • Patent number: 10562560
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment of the present invention an eccentric adjuster assembly is provided. The eccentric adjuster assembly includes a housing, an eccentric adjuster, an axial retainer, and an eccentric adjuster retainer configured to retain the eccentric adjuster relative to the housing, the eccentric adjuster having an eccentric adjuster radial position and an eccentric adjuster axial position. The eccentric adjuster retainer includes a retainer body having an inner perimeter with a cavity disposed therein and an outer perimeter, the eccentric adjuster extending through the cavity and at least a portion of the outer perimeter engaging the housing to retain the eccentric adjuster radial position relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: William D. Cymbal, Patrick D. McCall, Jeffrey E. Beyerlein, Jason T. Rutkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10562340
    Abstract: In order to improve a wheel unit for a bicycle, comprising a hub and a wheel rim, which is arranged rotatably about an axis of rotation, wherein the hub and the wheel rim are connected to one another by spokes, it is proposed to arrange a brake disc and a sensor ring, which comprises a sensing region, on the hub and to position the sensing region between the brake disc and the spokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Christian Neutsch
  • Patent number: 10562435
    Abstract: A ground-level access operating system for a tank trailer. The ground-level system includes a cleaning/washing device, a venting device, an inspection access port, and device for loading/unloading the compartments. All devices in this system are located on the side of the semi-trailer, within an operator's reach on the ground. The devices locations are meant to be reachable to ensure operator safety. The operator of the trailer can execute all work without having to reach the top of the tank. Both of venting and cleaning/washing devices have their access port on top of the tank but are hooked up at a position proximate ground level, for an easy-to-reach operation and inspection by on operator on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TREMCAR INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Beaudette, Alexandre Laforest
  • Patent number: 10556476
    Abstract: An agricultural vehicle includes a frame and a plurality of suspension assemblies coupled to the frame. The plurality of suspension assemblies configured to together increase or decrease a vertical distance between the frame and a surface supporting the agricultural vehicle. The agricultural vehicle also includes a plurality of wheels. One wheel of the plurality of wheels is coupled to each suspension assembly, and at least two wheels of the plurality of wheels are movable about a steering axis. The agricultural vehicle further includes at least two actuators. Each of the at least two actuators is coupled to a respective suspension assembly of the plurality of suspension assemblies and is configured to move one of the at least two wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Hagie Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Matthew W. Dames, Michael M. Miller
  • Patent number: 10556473
    Abstract: A trailer (102) for connecting to a vehicle (101), comprising a trailer coupler (103), at least one means for support (104) of the trailer (102) when not connected to the vehicle (101), and at least one parking brake (105) further characterized in that a control center (106) is connected to a at least one motor (108) for automatically raising and lowering said at least one means for support (104), and the control center (106) automatically engages and disengages said at least one parking brake (105) via a control mechanism (107) when the trailer coupler (103) is connected to a tow bar (201).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Smart Patents AS
    Inventor: Dag Arild Aamodt Strand
  • Patent number: 10551256
    Abstract: A magnetostrictive torque sensor is provided that is capable of maintaining high detection accuracy, even when an excessive torque acts on a rotary shaft. The magnetostrictive torque sensor includes a magnetostrictive film 71 that is arranged on a second steering shaft 23, or a rotary shaft, having a substantially columnar shape so as to surround the second steering shaft 23 around its axis, and detects a rotational torque about the axis acting on the second steering shaft 23 based on a change in a magnetic property of the magnetostrictive film 71. Compressive stress remains on an outer circumferential surface of a sensor region 77 of the second steering shaft 23 around which the magnetostrictive film 71 is arranged. A plated layer of the magnetostrictive film 71 is arranged on the outer circumferential surface of the sensor region 77 in which compressive stress remains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Arimura, Yosuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10538339
    Abstract: A mobile self-leveling landing platform vehicle is disclosed that includes a landing surface and one or more wheel assemblies. Each wheel assembly includes a wheel, a control arm coupled with the wheel and the body of the landing platform vehicle, and an actuator coupled with the control arm and the body of the platform vehicle. Methods for self-leveling the landing platform vehicle are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Colorado Seminary, which owns and operates the University of Denver
    Inventors: Stephen A. Conyers, Nikolaos Vitzilaios, Matthew J. Rutherford, Kimon P. Valavanis
  • Patent number: 10525829
    Abstract: An AWD drivetrain is configured to primarily direct drive torque from a transversely-aligned powertrain assembly through an auxiliary power transfer unit to a rear driveline and selectively transmit drive torque to a front driveline via actuation of at least one power-operated clutch. The auxiliary power transfer unit includes an input component drivingly connected to the powertrain assembly, and an output component connected to the input component by a hypoid gearset The output component is operatively connected to the rear driveline and is configured to normally transfer the drive torque to the rear driveline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Girlando, John D. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 10518803
    Abstract: An articulated work vehicle with linked front and rear frames includes a joystick lever, a hydraulic actuator, a control valve, a force imparting component, a joystick displacement sensor, a steering angle sensor, and a controller. The joystick lever is operated to allow a target steering angle to be set. The hydraulic actuator is driven hydraulically to change an actual steering angle. The control valve controls flow of fluid supplied to the hydraulic actuator to eliminate deviation between the target and actual steering angles. The force imparting component imparts an assist force or a counterforce to the operation of the joystick lever. The controller controls the force imparting component so that a counterforce is imparted to the operation of the joystick lever when the joystick lever has been operated in an opposite direction from a rotation direction of the front frame based on detections of the sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventors: Yuita Takenaka, Masanobu Nakabayashi, Masanori Ikari
  • Patent number: 10518840
    Abstract: The present invention is a removable device/mechanism which is installed onto a bicycle. The installed device assists a user in pedaling in a unique fashion which removes the stresses and forces of ordinary cycling. The movement of the pedals becomes such that force is caused only during half of the circumferential movement of each pedal, similar to a step/climbing machine. The movement is achieved by placing two shafts which move alongside planes parallel to the user during motion, the two shafts being interconnected at their top and bottom ends. The bottom ends are connected to the gears and chain of the bicycle as described herein. The top ends are connected to a reverse mechanism as described herein. The combination of elements assists the user by turning an ordinary bicycle into a more relaxed use machine, allowing more people to use bicycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Efim Gimpel
  • Patent number: 10514000
    Abstract: To provide an engine side cover structure of a saddle type vehicle that can also cover the back side of a crankcase. An engine side cover structure of a saddle type vehicle includes a vehicle body frame arranged between a front wheel and a rear wheel; an engine including a crankcase, and a cylinder extending upward from the crankcase, the engine being supported by the vehicle body frame; and a side cover covering a side of the crankcase; where the side cover includes a cover main body that covers the side of the crankcase, and an extended portion that extends backward from the cover main body; and the cover main body is fixed to the crankcase, and the extended portion is fixed to the vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Kisaichi, Hiroyuki Kaga, Tomoya Matsuo
  • Patent number: 10513288
    Abstract: An electric power steering device includes an electric motor driven by electric power from a power supply and configured to apply an assisting force to a steering shaft, a booster circuit connected to the power supply and configured to supply a boosting voltage to the electric motor, and a control device configured to manage at least one of a boosting duration time that is a continuous operation time of the booster circuit and a boosting prohibition time that is a continuous stoppage time of the booster circuit on the basis of a boosted electric power value during an operation of the booster circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroaki Tanikawa, Shuichi Matsuhashi, Toru Furusawa, Tamotsu Iwazaki
  • Patent number: 10507145
    Abstract: Powered patient support apparatuses—such as beds, cots, stretchers, or the like—include a plurality of user controls that allow a caregiver to control the steering and/or driving of one or more powered wheels from multiple different locations around the patient support apparatus (e.g. head end, foot end, and/or the sides). The control is carried out by force sensors that detect both an orientation of the applied forces and a magnitude of the applied forces. Translational and/or rotational movement is effectuated, depending upon the magnitude and direction of the forces, as well as the physical location of the applied force relative to a reference point on the support apparatus, such as the center. One or more object sensors may also be included in the support apparatus to assist in steering and/or navigating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Thomas DeLuca, Richard A. Derenne
  • Patent number: 10507865
    Abstract: A steering apparatus includes a steering shaft; a steered shaft; a ball screw mechanism; and a motor. A plurality of rolling elements includes large-diameter rolling elements and small-diameter rolling elements. A prescribed diameter difference is set such that when a magnitude of power transmitted between a first screw groove and a second screw groove is a prescribed value or less, only the large-diameter rolling elements transmit the power between the first screw groove and the second screw groove, and when the magnitude of the power transmitted between the first screw groove and the second screw groove exceeds the prescribed value, both the large-diameter rolling elements and the small-diameter rolling elements transmit the power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi Asakura, Kiyoshi Uchiyama, Hirotsune Suzuki, Shunji Inoue, Hirokazu Kondo
  • Patent number: 10501142
    Abstract: A motorcycle (1) having front and rear ground-engaging wheels, the motorcycle (1) comprising a swing arm (5) supporting the rear wheel (3), a rear suspension unit (RSU) (12), a drop link (14) pivotally connected to the RSU (12) and pivotally connected to the swing arm (5), and a drag link (16) pivotally connected to the drop link (14). The drop link (14) extends between the RSU (12) and the drag link (16) for increasing a travel distance of the RSU (12) relative to a travel distance of the swing arm (5). The RSU (12) is mounted underneath a seat (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Triumph Designs Limited
    Inventor: Ian Michael Kimber
  • Patent number: 10501117
    Abstract: The present invention provides a vehicle including wheels, and a steering module configured to steer the wheels in one of two mutually opposite right and left directions, or in one and the other of the two mutually opposite right and left directions, respectively. In the vehicle, a caster angle is set within the range of ±3 degrees relative to a kingpin angle. Though each wheel usually forms a camber angle when steered, by setting in the wheel the caster angle beforehand within the above range, the wheel does not or is less likely to form the camber angle because the camber angle and the caster angle cancel each other. Therefore, it is possible to prevent the steering angles of the wheels from being restricted, and to prevent the deterioration of steering operability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ohba, Taisuke Igi
  • Patent number: 10501139
    Abstract: A wheelchair accessible cycle that can be driven on a surface and operated from a wheelchair. The wheelchair accessible cycle comprising a frame and a platform. The frame has a front portion with a first wheel and a rear portion with second and third wheels. The platform is disposed laterally between the second and the third wheels and longitudinally between the front and rear portions of the frame. The platform is configurable to transport the wheelchair and pivotally moveable between a tilted position, where a free edge of the platform is in contact with the surface for rollably receiving the wheelchair, and a horizontal position, where the platform is generally horizontal and the wheelchair is adjacent to the front portion of the frame when the wheelchair is loaded onto the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Dale Ryan, Kara Ryan, Ike Reynolds