Patents Examined by James J Taylor, II
  • Patent number: 11906034
    Abstract: In a drive apparatus, a ring gear of a differential device is rotatable about a third axis in a direction opposite to a counter gear of a deceleration device. The inner surface of the gear housing accommodating the deceleration device, the differential device, and the reservoir capable of storing a fluid includes first and second curved surfaces disposed in the +X direction with respect to the third and second axes, respectively. At least a part of the first curved surface faces the radially outer end portion of the ring gear in the radial direction and extends in the circumferential direction. At least a part of the second curved surface faces the radially outer end portion of the counter gear in the radial direction and extends in the circumferential direction. The position of the reservoir in the Y-axis direction overlaps the first curved surface and the second curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: NIDEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shuhei Nakamatsu, Keisuke Aso, Ayumi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11906005
    Abstract: A coupling and control assembly including a non-contact, linear inductive position sensor is provided. The assembly includes a coupling housing and a stator structure disposed within the coupling housing and including a stator housing. A translator structure is coupled to a coupling member of the assembly to rotate therewith about a rotational axis. The sensor is mounted on one of the housings. The translator structure includes a coupler element made of an electrically conductive material. The sensor is configured to create a magnetic field to induce eddy currents in the electrically conductive material. Movement of the coupler element changes a magnetic field caused by the eddy currents. The sensor provides a position feedback signal for vehicle transmission control. The signal is correlated with the linear position of the translator structure along the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan W. Essenmacher
  • Patent number: 11892067
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, a mechanical differential assembly for a wheeled vehicle is disclosed including a housing, a pinion gear operable to both rotate relative to the interior surface of the housing and be fixed relative to the interior surface of the housing, and a clutch portion fixed to the pinion gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey I. Peterman
  • Patent number: 11892065
    Abstract: A drivetrain component provides an electronically controlled, overrunning drivetrain disconnect, such as a differential with different operating modes. The drivetrain component includes a case and a ring gear connected to the case. A carrier is supported for movement relative to and independent of the case. The carrier includes a differential gear set. The differential gear set has a pinion shaft tied to the carrier, pinion gears mounted on the pinion shaft, differential gears engaging the pinion gears, and differential gear shafts connected to the differential gears. The drivetrain component including a first locking structure, the first locking structure coupling the case to the carrier for torque transmission from the case to the carrier in a first direction only, wherein the first locking structure does not inhibit carrier rotation in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Conner S. Jurs, Earl A. Getchel
  • Patent number: 11892038
    Abstract: A clutch system includes a rotary input member, a wrap spring clutch and a rotary output member. The wrap spring clutch has a first end, a second end, and a plurality of coils. The stiffness of the wrap spring clutch is selected such that, when transmitting less than a selected coil engagement torque, the clutch system transmits torque helically from the rotary input member, to the second end, helically through the wrap spring clutch to the first end, and into the rotary output member. When transmitting more than the selected coil engagement torque, the clutch system transmits torque in parallel from the rotary input member, to the second end, helically through the wrap spring clutch to the first end, and into the rotary output member, and from the rotary input member through the coil engagement surface, to the first end, and into the rotary output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: LITENS AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: David Balsdon, Evan Hurry, Hao Tran, Andrew Malcolm Boyes
  • Patent number: 11885397
    Abstract: A torque converter includes a front cover, an impeller, a turbine, a lock-up clutch, and a damper assembly. The front cover is arranged to receive a torque. The impeller has an impeller shell non-rotatably connected to the cover. The turbine is in fluid communication with the impeller and includes a turbine shell. The lock-up clutch includes a clutch plate. The damper assembly includes a spring and a cover plate supporting the spring. The cover plate includes a spring window configured to receive the spring, and a plurality of tabs extending from a radial side of the spring window towards the front cover. The plurality of tabs are configured to drivingly connect to the clutch plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Subramanian Annamalai, Kyle Nelson
  • Patent number: 11867270
    Abstract: An electronically locking differential assembly according to the present disclosure includes a differential case, a first and second side gear, a lock actuation mechanism, a first and second tone wheel, a first and second pickup sensor and a controller. The lock actuation mechanism includes a ramp plate that selectively moves between a locked state and an unlocked state. The first tone wheel has a first plurality of teeth formed on the differential case. The second tone wheel has a second plurality of teeth formed on the ramp plate. The first pickup sensor senses a position of the first plurality of teeth. The second pickup sensor senses a position of the second plurality of teeth. The controller determines whether the lock actuation mechanism is in the locked or unlocked state based on the respective positions of the first and second plurality of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventor: Andrew Lee Welling
  • Patent number: 11852228
    Abstract: A differential device includes: an input member; a case member arranged coaxially with the input member; a one-way clutch arranged between the input member and the case member and transmitting torque therebetween only when the input member attempts to rotate in a normal rotation direction; a pinion gear supported by the case member to rotate about the axis perpendicular to the center axis of the case member; and a pair of side gears supported coaxially with the input member to rotate relative to the input member and the case member and meshing with the pinion gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Akihiro Yamamoto, Eiji Inoue
  • Patent number: 11841070
    Abstract: A differential transmission apparatus including: a case that is rotatable around rotation axis that has shaft hole; pinion pin that extends parallel to rotation axis; pinion shaft that is supported by case, that has axial end portion passing through shaft hole of the case, and that bears rotation torque around rotation axis from case via axial end portion when axial end portion is in contact with peripheral wall portion of shaft hole in conjunction with a rotation around the rotation axis of the case; a pinion gear that is rotatably supported around the pinion shaft; and a side gear that meshes with the pinion gear, in which on an end surface in an axial direction of the pinion shaft, the pinion shaft has a groove portion that extends in an extending direction of the pinion pin, and in which the pinion pin is fitted into the groove portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: AISIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sou Okita
  • Patent number: 11841082
    Abstract: A locking pawl arrangement with a motion compliance mechanism for use with various automotive devices having a rotating hub with a plurality of teeth. There is provided a pawl that is moveable between a disengaged position wherein the pawl is not engaged with the rotating hub, an engaged positioned where the pawl is engaged with the hub and an intermediate position that is between the disengaged position and engaged position. A locking cam is in contact with the pawl and moves between a disengaged position, an engaged position, and an intermediate position against the pawl. There is further provided an actuator that is engageable with the locking cam. The actuator moves between a retracted position and an extended position, thereby causing the locking cam to move the pawl between the intermediate position, disengaged position and engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Magna Powertrain Inc.
    Inventors: Tak Man Loui, Adrian Cioc, Romulus Crisan, Stephen Yang, Dusan Milacic, Sean Steele, Myron Samila
  • Patent number: 11841069
    Abstract: A power transmission device has a hub portion of a ring gear is fixed by a weld portion to a flange portion on an outer periphery of a transmission member, an annular groove that is recessed in the inner side of the axial direction is formed in a side face of the hub portion for making axial positions of the annular groove and the cavity part partially coincide with each other, the hub portion is narrowed partway along a part sandwiched between the cavity part and weld portion and the annular groove when viewed in a cross section transecting the annular groove, and a narrowed portion is set to have a thickness that alleviates residual stress produced around the weld portion of the flange portion by the force with which the flange portion and the hub portion pull each other in response to thermal shrinkage of the weld portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: Musashi Selmitsu Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Uchida, Akuto Sekiguchi, Tetsuya Okabe
  • Patent number: 11828355
    Abstract: Proposed is a disconnector apparatus including a support ring mounted in a casing and including a pinion gear mounted in the support ring and configured to engage with a first side gear, the support ring including a first dog gear part provided on one surface directed toward the first side gear, a clutch ring including a second dog gear part provided on one surface facing the support ring, the second dog gear part being configured to engage with the first dog gear part, and a sleeve connected to an actuator device and configured to move in an engagement direction or disengagement direction, the sleeve being connected to the clutch ring and configured to push the clutch ring in a direction toward the support ring or pull the clutch ring in a direction opposite to the support ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Hyundai Transys Inc.
    Inventors: Se Dong Yang, Jong Bae Ahn, Sangheon Lee
  • Patent number: 11821513
    Abstract: A power transmission device includes a bearing, a differential mechanism, a case that houses the differential mechanism, a pinion gear supported by the case, a wall part that overlaps the case in an axial direction, a plate that is provided between the wall part and the case in the axial direction, and that supports the case with the bearing being interposed, and a parking pawl that is rotatably fixed to the plate in a position that overlaps the plate in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Jatco Ltd
    Inventor: Toshikazu Oshidari
  • Patent number: 11821502
    Abstract: A torque converter includes a front cover, an impeller assembly, a turbine assembly, a lock-up clutch, a backing plate, and a flow plate. The front cover is arranged to receive a torque. The lock-up clutch includes a piston and a seal plate disposed axially between the piston and a turbine shell. The backing plate is non-rotatably connected to the seal plate and is sealed to the piston. The flow plate is disposed axially between the backing plate and the front cover. The flow plate is non-rotatably connected to the backing plate and the front cover. A through-bore extends axially through the backing plate and the flow plate. A first chamber is bounded at least in part by the piston, the seal plate, and the backing plate, and a second chamber is bounded at least in part by the front cover, the piston, the backing plate, and the flow plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ricardo Humberto Garcia, Jose Manuel Alvarez
  • Patent number: 11815167
    Abstract: A lubricant guide shell (32) for includes a first, radially extending section (33), which is provided for being situated axially opposite an end face (35) of a torque converter (9) in an installed state of the lubricant guide shell (32). The first section (33) transitions radially outwardly into a second, axially extending section (34), which, in the installed state of the lubricant guide shell (32), is configured for axially at least partially and radially outwardly encompassing the torque converter starting from the first section (33). The first section (33) as well as the second section (34) are configured to be completely circumferential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Gabriele Glade, Thomas Riedisser, Leschek Debernitz, Stephan Stroph, Peter Reinders, Wolfgang Schmid, Frank Pfarrherr, Florian Lanz, Rudolf Raedler
  • Patent number: 11815174
    Abstract: A differential carrier assembly having a differential, a differential carrier, and a differential bearing support. The differential carrier has a bearing support mount that may extend from a mounting flange of the differential carrier. The differential bearing support is mounted to the bearing support mount and receives a bearing assembly that rotatably supports the differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Dale L Kwasniewski, Mahesh I. Naik
  • Patent number: 11815170
    Abstract: A differential locking mechanism including a differential mechanism and a locking mechanism. The differential mechanism includes a driven gear, a shell, two half shafts, two half-shaft gears and a planetary gear set, planetary gear shafts. The locking mechanism includes a sleeve, a third gear, a toothed sleeve, a shifting fork and a fixing piece. An end of the first planetary gear shaft, facing outside of the shell, is fixedly provided with the third gear. An end of the shell is fixedly provided with the sleeve; a side of the sleeve close to the shell is sleeved with a fourth gear rotationally connected with the sleeve; one end of the fourth gear is fixedly provided with a fifth gear rotationally connected with the sleeve; a side of the sleeve away from the shell is provided with a longitudinal tooth groove; the toothed sleeve is sleeved on the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Inventor: Fang Guo
  • Patent number: 11802613
    Abstract: A work vehicle locking differential energy management system includes axle speed sensors for monitoring the rotational speeds of axle half-shafts. The axle half-shafts are coupled through a locking differential, which contains a differential clutch mechanism. A processing subsystem is configured to: (i) when the locking differential is placed in a locked state, calculate a differential lock force applied to the clutch mechanism, and calculate a differential slip speed from a disparity in the rotational speeds of the axle half-shafts; (ii) estimate an internal temperature of the clutch mechanism based, at least in part, on the differential lock force and the differential slip speed; (iii) detect differential overtemperature events during which the internal temperature of the clutch mechanism exceeds a first critical temperature threshold; and (iv) perform at least one differential overtemperature action in response to detection of a differential overtemperature event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Galen R. Love
  • Patent number: 11796043
    Abstract: A differential device includes a differential case, a first output gear and a second output gear, and an interrupting mechanism. The differential case is rotatable. A drive force can be input to the differential case. The first output gear and the second output gear are accommodated in the differential case. The first output gear and a second output are rotatable with respect to the differential case and output the drive force received from the differential case. The interrupting mechanism is disposed on a side of the first output gear and connects and disconnects power transmission between the differential case and the first output gear. The first output gear is coupled to an output shaft through an intermediate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Isao Hirota, Kazutaka Kawata
  • Patent number: 11787286
    Abstract: A torque sensing assembly of a differential of an axle assembly is described in the present disclosure. The differential may include a differential housing portion, a drive pinion positioned within the differential housing portion, a ring gear, a carrier, a differential pinion, a first side gear, a second side gear, a first bearing, a first bearing support, and the torque sensing assembly. The first bearing is coupled to the differential housing portion and rotatable with the carrier. The first bearing support is coupled to the differential housing portion and used to support the first bearing. The torque sensing assembly is coupled to the first bearing support and operable to measure a characteristic resulted from a separation force created between the drive pinion and ring gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Steven R. Whiteman, Jeffrey D. Miller, Jonathan D. Forster, Andrew McKean