Patents Examined by Jake Cook
  • Patent number: 10533604
    Abstract: A linear module includes: a base, a slide stage, two support frames, two retaining units and a steel belt. With the pivoting freedom given by the guide portions of the retaining units, when the slide stage moves, the rolling elements can be abutted more closely against the contact surface of the steel belt via the pivoting of the guide portions, so as to reduce the occurrence of deformation and clearance produced by the steel belt, which not only improves the sealing performance of the steel belt and operation smoothness of the linear module, but also produces a dust proof effect, thus achieving the purposes of automatically adjusting contact angle, preventing deformation while extending the life of the steel belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hiwin Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Yan Jun Wang, Ciao Cun Hong
  • Patent number: 10532792
    Abstract: A gear shift lever assembly includes a gear shift lever arm which includes a distal foot-peg end and a bifurcated proximal end and first passageway for facilitating securement of the gear shift lever arm to a gear selector spindle shaft of a motorcycle. The assembly also includes a spindle shaft mount insert sized to fit within the bifurcated ends of the gear shift lever arm. The insert has a splined aperture that matches the splines of the splines of the gear selector spindle shaft, and a second passageway having a longitudinal axis transverse to the longitudinal axis of the splined aperture. The gear shift lever assembly is mountable to the gear selector spindle shaft of the motorcycle with the spindle shaft mount insert interposed between the bifurcated proximal end of the gear shift lever arm with a mounting bolt passed through the aligned first and second passageways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Hammerhead Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Weston Rocco Furia, John Clark
  • Patent number: 10525585
    Abstract: A robot fixing system includes a base member having a front surface in which an insertion hole is formed; a power transmission member configured to supply a rotational driving force to a movable part, which is supported on the base member in a rotatable manner about a first axis of rotation, by rotating about a second axis of rotation while opposing the front surface, a through hole being formed in the power transmission member to extend parallel to the second axis of rotation in a penetrating manner at a position separated from the second axis of rotation by a distance equal to a distance from the second axis of rotation to the insertion hole; and a fixing pin configured to be simultaneously inserted into the through hole and the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoshi Adachi
  • Patent number: 10527149
    Abstract: A gear system includes gears that each have a tooth flank profile that includes a convex addendum and a concave dedendum, and when in mesh satisfy the Euler Savory equation for conjugacy with contact over the entire tooth flank such that lines of contact are unbroken. The portion between the addendum and dedendum is an involute or other geometric curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gear Innovations LLC
    Inventors: Bernard E. Berlinger, Jr., John Robert Colbourne
  • Patent number: 10518697
    Abstract: An adjuster mechanism includes a housing having a neck and an adjustment shaft extending from the housing. The adjustment shaft is engageable in a reflector of a headlamp. An input shaft extends through the neck of the housing and rotation thereof causes movement of the adjustment shaft. At least one lobe is situated on the input shaft so as to create a non-circular interference fit that establishes a resistance to rotation of the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Burton Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: John E. Burton
  • Patent number: 10520069
    Abstract: A ball screw includes a load path and a non-load path defined between the screw shaft and the screw nut with the two ends of the non-load path respectively connected to the load path and a reflow channel of the return tube. The ball screw defines an imaginary horizontal plane and an imaginary sloping surface that are intersected with each other at the center axis of the screw shaft. The imaginary horizontal plane passes through the non-load path. The imaginary sloping surface passes through the junction between the non-load path and the load path. The imaginary sloping surface defines a negative included angle within 1˜3 degrees with respect to the imaginary horizontal plane to reduce the impact force rendered by each rolling member to the return tube, enhancing operational smoothness and reducing operational noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: HIWIN TECHNOLOGIES CORP.
    Inventors: Chia-Ming Yang, Yen-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10520077
    Abstract: A gear selection shift lever device for a vehicle is presented, which comprises a housing and an attachment device connected to the housing, wherein the housing has a cover surface, on which a shift lever can be or is disposed, and wherein the attachment device connected to the housing has a shaft and an eccentric disk coupled to the shaft, wherein a center of the eccentric disk lies outside the shaft axis of the shaft, wherein the attachment device is designed to connect the gear selection shift lever device to a mount for the gear selection shift lever device that can be or is attached to the vehicle, when the eccentric disk is moved about the shaft axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Alex Hessel
  • Patent number: 10513883
    Abstract: A slat angle adjustment mechanism for Venetian blind includes a body shell and a transmission unit including a transmission gear set and retractable member. The transmission gear set includes a gear having a position-limiting hole corresponding a second through hole of the body shell, and a screw rod with an extension shank. The retractable member is connected to and movable back and forth along the extension shank of the screw rod. When pulling the retractable member, the retractable member is moved along the extension shank of the screw rod from a first position; when pushing the retractable member, the retractable member is moved along the extension shank of the screw rod from the second position back to the first position. Thus, subject to the retractable characteristic, the slat angle adjustment mechanism prevents damage during packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: CHING FENG HOME FASHIONS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chien-Chih Huang, Wei-Ming Shih
  • Patent number: 10514091
    Abstract: A vehicle including a transmission apparatus is provided to distinguish a difference between an automatic shifting operation and a manual shifting operation. The vehicle includes a shift lever that is configured to receive a gear shift command and a transmission apparatus that is configured to perform a gear shifting operation according to the gear shift command received by the shift lever. The shift lever is rotatable to one side and is configured to receive an automatic gear shift command in a laid-down state and to receive a manual shift command in a standing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Gi Beom Hong, Seunghyun Woo, Daeyun An
  • Patent number: 10507717
    Abstract: A gear operating mechanism comprises: a power source; an operation shaft driven using the power source and rotatably supported in a rotational direction and an axial direction; members to be operated corresponding to fork parts; an operation engagement piece attached to the operation shaft and configured to move each member to be operated between a reference position and an engagement position; a release engagement pieces attached to the operation shaft and configured to return the members to be operated from the engagement position to the reference position; and a control unit configured to control an operation of the operation shaft is provided, wherein the control unit has a first release mode using the release engagement pieces and a second release mode using the operation engagement piece when the member to be operated is returned from the engagement position to the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Iwashita, Hiromichi Konishi, Kazuhiko Kitano
  • Patent number: 10507400
    Abstract: A robot includes a control circuit that detects a changing maximum value of a pitch angle, when the robot moves to a predetermined target point by rotating its main body. The control circuit determines a minimum control amount corresponding to the maximum value of the pitch angle, when the robot arrives at a predetermined distance short of the predetermined target point. The control circuit generates a deceleration control amount for the second drive mechanism that is greater than or equal to the minimum control amount, according to a remaining distance to the predetermined target point. The control circuit decelerates the rotation of the main body by controlling the second drive mechanism in accordance with the deceleration control amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Seiya Higuchi
  • Patent number: 10493630
    Abstract: An industrial robot apparatus comprises an apparatus main body, a handling device, a moving device. The moving device comprises a first groove, a first motor in one inner wall of the first groove, a first lead screw on one end of the first motor. The first motor is turned on to drive the first lead screw to rotate to move the slide block on the first lead screw and a clamp block to the same side. The upper end of the slide block is fixedly connected with a first working block. A second motor in the upper end of the first working block is turned on to drive a revolving shaft to rotate, so a second working block rotates to drive the clamp block to rotate to the designated position so as to intelligently and automatically carry out handling works to multi-directional designated positions in industrial production process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Xiong Wang
  • Patent number: 10495212
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a gear selection unit for an automatic transmission. The gear selection unit may include a mount having a gate, where the gate has an automatic channel oriented in a longitudinal direction and a tapping channel disposed adjacent to the automatic channel, and where the automatic channel and the tapping channel are connected to one another via a connecting channel. A selection lever may be inserted in the gate, and the selection lever may be pivotably supported in the mount. A cable pull slider may be movably supported in the longitudinal direction in the mount, where the cable pull slider is coupled to the selection lever via a releasable first coupling device when the selection lever is disposed in the automatic channel. A connector may be coupled in the longitudinal direction to the cable pull slider via a second coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Berthold Grosse Kohorst
  • Patent number: 10482790
    Abstract: An educational tool for teaching principles of parametric resonance, linear force and angular momentum is presented herein. The tool includes a frame having a spindle assembly with a shaft. The upper end of the shaft is connected to an upper coupling and the lower end of the shaft is connected to a lower coupling. A turntable is positioned below the shaft and includes an offset mounting pin extending from a top surface thereof. Furthermore, a weight assembly is positioned through a hole in the shaft via an axle, wherein the axle is rotatable about a longitudinal axis of rotation within the axle hole of the shaft. The upper motor will rotate the shaft in one direction, while the lower motor rotates the turntable in a second, opposite direction causing the weight assembly to rotate and oscillate about the longitudinal axis with a varying moment of inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Theodore N. Pittman
  • Patent number: 10473198
    Abstract: A device for power transmission includes a drive plate, a support plate, an output plate, a first main slide rail, a first drive train element, a first counterforce element, a first power transmission element, and a first output element, wherein the drive plate, support plate, and output plate are disposed above one another. The counterforce element generates a counterforce such that the total force from the driving force and the counterforce acting on the first main slide rail leads to a rotational movement of the support plate. The first power transmission element causes a rotational power transmission during rotational movement of the support plate and the first output element is connected to the output plate such that during the rotational movement of the support plate, an output power transmission connection exists from the moving part of the first main slide rail to the first output element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: KKD GETRIEBEBAU UG
    Inventor: Klaus Plath
  • Patent number: 10464592
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket assembly extending along a steering column axis. Also included is an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within the lower jacket assembly, the upper jacket assembly extendable along the steering column axis relative to the lower jacket assembly. Further included is a telescope actuator assembly configured to translate the upper jacket assembly relative to the lower jacket assembly. Yet further included is a telescope drive bracket of the telescope actuator assembly, the telescope drive bracket operatively coupled to the upper jacket assembly with a mechanical fastener disposed in a bracket slot located within the telescope drive bracket, the mechanical fastener moveable with the upper jacket assembly in a single axial direction along the steering column axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Messing, Benjamin D. Reichard, Scott A. Stinebring
  • Patent number: 10465792
    Abstract: A shifting device (2) for an automatic gearbox of a motor vehicle has a housing (4) and a selector lever (6) for selecting a gear stage which selector lever is guided in the housing (4). The shifting device (2) has an automatic shift gate (18) and a sequential shift gate (20), and the housing (4) has fasteners (projections and recesses) (10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5) for fixing the shifting device (2) in the motor vehicle. The housing (4) can be fixed in a first position for right hand driving and in a second position which is rotated by 180 degrees relative to the first position for left hand driving. The fasteners are arranged point-symmetrically in order to rotate the shifting device (2) by 180 degrees, with the result that the respective fastening points coincide with the original fastening points after the rotation and the fasteners are fixed on in each case the same motor vehicle-side fastening points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Küster Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Schmidt, Martin Blücher
  • Patent number: 10463437
    Abstract: A robotic surgical instrument comprising: a shaft; an articulation at a distal end of the shaft configured to articulate an end effector, the articulation driveable by a pair of driving elements; and an instrument interface at a proximal end of the shaft, the instrument interface comprising: an instrument interface element configured to drive the pair of driving elements, the instrument interface element displaceable over a displacement range, the pair of driving elements fast with the instrument interface element such that a displacement of the instrument interface element is transferred to the pair of driving elements; a tensioning mechanism configured to tension the pair of driving elements; and an alignment mechanism configured to set the displacement position of the instrument interface element to a predetermined alignment position when the end effector has a predetermined configuration, the alignment mechanism being independent of the tensioning mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: CMR Surgical Limited
    Inventors: Ben Robert Chaplin, Keith Marshall, Nikki Priyam Su-Ling Phoolchund, Rebecca Anne Cuthbertson
  • Patent number: 10461419
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present application provide an antenna adjustment apparatus. The antenna adjustment apparatus includes a first drive wheel, a first gear, a second drive wheel, a second gear, and multiple output gears. The first drive wheel is meshed with the first gear, the second drive wheel is meshed with the second gear, an axis of the second gear coincides with an axis of the first drive wheel, and the output gears are connected to the phase shifters. When the second drive wheel propels the second gear to rotate, the first gear revolves around the axis of the second gear, is selectively meshed with one of the output gears, and is driven by the first drive wheel to propel the output gear to rotate and drive the phase shifter connected to the output gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Fangqing Duan
  • Patent number: 10458530
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a ballscrew comprises a seal body. The seal body comprises a helical body portion having a central axis and extending through substantially a single helical turn about the central axis from a first end to a second end axially spaced from the first end. A connecting portion extends generally parallel to the central axis (A) and connects the first and second ends of the helical body portion. A channel is formed in a radially outer surface of the seal body, the channel extending continuously around the helical body portion and the connecting portion. An arcuate scraper seal portion extends inwardly from a radially inner surface of the connecting portion for sealing engagement within a helical groove of the ballscrew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Stephen Davies