Patents Examined by Jacob S Scott
  • Patent number: 11953093
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuator having a drive device which drives a drive shaft, a first actuating element which is operatively connected to the drive shaft, a spring element which can be supported on one side on a housing component of the actuator and is supported on the other side on a second actuating element which is configured for stressing the spring element, wherein a rotational element which can be driven by means of the drive shaft and is rotatably mounted is provided. According to the invention, a further actuating element for actuating a switching device is provided, which further actuating element is operatively connected to the first actuating element, and a transmission device with a transmission element is provided between the first actuating element and the actuating element of the switching device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Küster Holding GmbH
    Inventors: René Engel, Thomas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11951513
    Abstract: A granular material manipulation device may include an upper handle and a lower handle. One or more upper arms may be coupled to the upper handle so that the upper arms may extend away from the upper handle. One or more lower arms may be coupled to the lower handle so that the lower arms may extend away from the lower handle. A positioning pivot may be configured to enable the device to be movable between a first and a second position. The lower arms may be positioned relatively closer to the upper arms in the first position, and the lower arms may be positioned relatively farther from the upper arms in the second position. Preferably, the device may be biased to the first position. A plate may be pivotally coupled to the first upper arm and/or to the second upper arm via one or more plate pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventor: James Leonard
  • Patent number: 11954638
    Abstract: A task allocation method and apparatus are provided. The method includes: receiving orders of merchandises stored on shelves; determining a merchandise picking time of each merchandise of the received orders; determining an order picking time for each received order according to the merchandise picking time of each merchandise; determining an order set according to the order picking time for each received order, and selecting orders from the order set as target orders; locating shelves on which merchandises in the target orders are stored; obtaining merchandise status of the merchandises in the target orders, and determining a target shelf according to the merchandise status; allocating, a picking task of the merchandises to the target shelf; determining a picking workstation corresponding to the target shelf; instructing the target shelf to move to the picking workstation to execute the picking task, and to leave the picking workstation after the picking task is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Inventors: Haoyuan Hu, Longfei Wang
  • Patent number: 11953094
    Abstract: A method for resetting a parking lock operating system for a motor vehicle includes providing the parking lock operating system and switching the parking lock operating system. The parking lock operating system includes a hydraulic fluid supply line with a hydraulic fluid, a base position in which a parking lock is active, and a transport position in which the parking lock is active. The parking lock operating system is switched from the base position to the base position or from the transport position to the base position by, in the following order: increasing a pressure of the hydraulic fluid above a second pressure threshold, lowering the pressure below a first pressure threshold, less than the second pressure threshold, increasing the pressure above the second pressure threshold, and lowering the pressure of the hydraulic fluid below the first pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Peter Greb, Laszlo Man
  • Patent number: 11945660
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure generally relate an apparatus for inspecting and sorting a plurality of substrates. The apparatus includes a sorting unit, a first conveyor lane disposed within the sorting unit in a first direction and a first plane, and at least a second conveyor lane disposed within the sorting unit, the second conveyor lane positioned in a second direction at an angle of greater than about 45 degrees relative to the first direction, wherein the second conveyor lane is positioned in a second plane that is different than the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Asaf Schlezinger, Markus J. Stopper
  • Patent number: 11944981
    Abstract: The invention relates to a crusher (10), in particular a rock crusher, having a crusher unit (40), to which a band conveyor unit (60) having an endlessly circulating band conveyor is indirectly or directly assigned, wherein a magnetic separator (70) having a magnet (79) is held in the area of the band conveyor unit (60) above the band conveyor in the direction opposite from the direction of gravity, and wherein an adjustment unit (80) is provided, which can be used to change the height of the magnet (79) above the band conveyor. To enable the reliable operation of such a crusher, it is provided according to the invention that the magnetic separator (70) is suspended from at least two limp ties (81, 82, 84, 85), and that the limp ties (81, 82, 84, 85) can be adjusted by means of at least one actuator unit (90) to change the height of the magnet (79).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Kleemann GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Köpf, Steffen Häberle
  • Patent number: 11948454
    Abstract: A method and a system for controlling at least one of a traffic infrastructure device, an actuator of a traffic participant based on enhanced traffic data is provided. The method comprises steps of monitoring, by a trigger processor, an area; generating, by the trigger processor, trigger data in case a trigger event is determined in the monitored area and providing the generated trigger data indicating an area-of-interest to an image data source; obtaining image data on the area-of-interest based on the transmitted trigger data and transmitting the obtained image data to a traffic evaluation processor; evaluating, by the traffic evaluation processor, the obtained image data to generate enhanced traffic data on the area-of-interest; and outputting, by the traffic evaluation processor, the generated enhanced traffic data in a control signal, wherein the control signal is configured to control the traffic infrastructure device and/or the actuator of the traffic participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH
    Inventors: Benedict Flade, Nils Einecke
  • Patent number: 11945451
    Abstract: An electronic anomaly detection unit for use in a vehicle includes an input component for capturing an input variable, wherein the input variable contains state information for at least one component of the vehicle, a memory component for storing state values based on the input variable, a selection component for selecting selected state values from the stored state values, an association component for associating the selected state values with predefined values, wherein the predefined values define a normal state of the component of the vehicle, and a decision component for deciding whether there is an anomalous behavior in the at least one component of the vehicle, based on the association, wherein one or more of the input component, the memory component, the selection component, the association component and the decision component are implemented in hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Alexander Zeh, Harald Zweck
  • Patent number: 11938833
    Abstract: An electric or Hybrid vehicle is provided, the electric or Hybrid vehicle including: a battery configured to provide motive power to the vehicle; one or more electrical systems controlling one or more operations of the vehicle; a turbine configured to be exposed to airflow while the vehicle is in motion; a generator coupled to the turbine and configured to generate electricity in response to rotation of the turbine; and a control system configured to selectively control flow of electricity from the generator to the battery for charging the battery and to the one or more electrical systems for powering the one or more electrical systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Cooley Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Maryam Cooley
  • Patent number: 11933372
    Abstract: An engagement and disengagement device used in a seat belt retractor including a first rotating member capable of being driven to rotate about a rotation axis thereof, a second rotating member provided coaxially with the first rotating member and connected to a reel of the seat belt retractor in an anti-torsion manner, and a transmission member provided between the first and second rotating member. The first rotating member is capable of transmitting torque to the second rotating member by means of the transmission member. The transmission member includes a holder and a transmission element in the holder. A first elastic component elastically holds the transmission element by radially exerting a force that enables the transmission element to be located away from the first or the second rotating member, and the first elastic component is integrated on the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventors: Liang Ge, Licheng Yu
  • Patent number: 11933374
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a saddle-ride type vehicle comprising a clutch assembly (4), interposed between an engine (2) and a gearbox (3), which includes a clutch device (11) in turn comprising two clutch elements (one integral with the shaft of the engine and the other with the input shaft of the gearbox) and return means (12) that keep these elements (11A, 11B) in contact in a closure condition of the clutch. According to the invention, the clutch assembly (4) further comprises an operating device (21) of the clutch device that causes detachment of the elements (11A, 11B) of the clutch device up to an opening condition of the clutch assembly. This latter further comprises a control device (6) to limit the torque peaks during gear change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Piaggio & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Romano Albesiano, Walter Scattolin, Francesco Grisotolo
  • Patent number: 11933370
    Abstract: Methods and systems for a vehicle transmission are provided herein. The vehicle transmission includes an input interface configured to mechanically couple to a motive power source. The vehicle transmission further includes a first disconnect device releasably mechanically coupling a first output to a first drive axle and a second disconnect device releasably mechanically coupling a second output to a second drive axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: DANA BELGIUM N.V.
    Inventors: Filip D. Schacht, Kurt Cattoor
  • Patent number: 11927553
    Abstract: An apparatus for bulk ore sorting using gamma activation analysis is disclosed. The apparatus includes a conveyor system that includes one or more conveyor belts, surrounded by one or more radiation shields, to transport ore material along a transport path. A pulsed X-ray radiation source is configured to irradiate ore material at an irradiation region and one or more detectors are configured to detect a gamma radiation output from irradiated ore material at a detection region. The transport path has a bend, located between the irradiation region and the detection region, and about a vertical axis, of at least 45 degrees. The one or more detectors are configured to detect a radiation output from the irradiated ore material at times between X-ray pulses of the pulsed X-ray radiation source irradiating the ore material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Peter Coghill, James Tickner, Chanel Tissot, Ian Carter, Nicholas Cutmore
  • Patent number: 11926218
    Abstract: A plug-in hybrid powertrain for automotive vehicle is provided which has an internal combustion engine; an electric machine; multiple planetary gear sets, multiple selectively engageable clutch mechanisms and an output member. Selectively engaging those clutches will achieve multiple operation modes including multiple torque transfer ratio from electric machine to output member; multiple torque transfer ratio from internal combustion engine to output member; electric machine propulsion mode; internal combustion engine propulsion mode; generator assistant vehicle launch modes for forward and reverse in the internal combustion engine vehicle launch operations; motor assistant propulsion when in internal combustion engine vehicle propulsion operations; and engine cranking mode. The plug-in hybrid powertrain achieves more torque transfer ratios and operational mode with given number of planetary gear sets and clutches then any existing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventor: Shushan Bai
  • Patent number: 11925958
    Abstract: A lock assembly for a vibratory separator includes a latch. The latch includes a first inner protrusion and a first outer protrusion. The first outer protrusion defines a first outer protrusion opening. The lock assembly also includes a first spacer. The first spacer includes a first fastener that is configured to be inserted into the first outer protrusion opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Inventors: Muneeb Ahmed, Robert Lunnemann, James McCoy
  • Patent number: 11919401
    Abstract: A device for power transmission within a hybrid motor vehicle and a method of operating the device. The device is a P2 module and includes a torque converter, an electric motor, a connect/disconnect clutch and a one-way clutch. The torque converter is configured to be coupled to an input member of the transmission. The electric motor includes a rotor that is fixedly connected to the input of the torque converter. The connect/disconnect clutch has an input member configured to be coupled to the output of the engine and has first and second clutch members moveable between a disengaged and engaged positons. The second clutch member is also fixedly connected to the torque converter. The one-way clutch is coupled between the connect/disconnect clutch and the torque converter and has a locked up configuration and an overrunning configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Exedy Globalparts Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Gerard Walega, Bryant David Grytzelius
  • Patent number: 11919326
    Abstract: A kinetic device (100) includes a rotator (102), a hub assembly (103), a mover (108), and a pinion assembly (110). The rotator (102) has a rotator axis (102X). The hub assembly (103) is coupled to the rotator (102). The hub assembly (103) includes a hub (104) having an aperture (107). The mover (108) rotates the rotator (102) and the hub assembly (103). The pinion assembly (110) is coupled to the aperture (107). The pinion assembly (110) includes an arm coupler (114). The mover (108) is configured to rotate a portion of the hub assembly (103) so that the pinion assembly (110) and the arm coupler (114) rotate about the rotator axis (102X).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Inventors: Nikola Modrusan, Jacob Bryan
  • Patent number: 11920640
    Abstract: A slave device is provided for a clutch system of a motor vehicle, in particular a clutch slave cylinder, in the form of a concentric slave cylinder. The slave device includes a housing element having, in its interior, a pressure chamber and an annular gap arranged on the outside of the housing element wherein the annular gap is in fluid communication with the pressure chamber. A clutch system for a vehicle includes the slave device, clutch apparatus for connecting an input side to an output side, a transmission housing on the output side, and seals of the slave device lying against the transmission housing in the radial direction for sealing the annular gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Schiebenes, Manuel Bassler, Thomas Niesen
  • Patent number: 11912131
    Abstract: A transmission module for a hybrid drive vehicle adapted to be interposed between an internal combustion engine and a vehicle transmission has a tray-like support structure defining a housing for a decoupling clutch and adapted to be fixed to the internal combustion engine. A module drive is carried by the support structure and has a first transmission member adapted to be connected to the decoupling clutch by means of a torsional vibration damper and has a second transmission member adapted to be connected to an electric machine. The torsional vibration damper has an actuator defining a centering with respect to the crankshaft and to a transmission torque converter and has a seat for a support bearing with respect to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: DAYCO EUROPE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Ronchetto, Alessio Courtial, Gregorio Luciani
  • Patent number: 11912166
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for controlling output of a fuel cell that generates electrical power for an electric machine that propels a vehicle. In one example, a driver demand power reduction is anticipated and output of the fuel cell is adjusted before the driver demand power is reduced so that a greater amount of electric charge may be stored in an electric energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Beck, Walter Joseph Ortmann, Kenneth James Miller, Thomas Joseph Cusumano