Patents Examined by James M Dolak
  • Patent number: 11014592
    Abstract: A collapsible cart may include a first frame member, a second frame member, a front spacing member, a rear spacing member, and a base member. The front and rear spacing members are configured to separate the first frame member and the second frame member for a predetermined distance to create a receiving space for the cart when it is in a fully open status. The base member may have a plurality of base connecting bars and a center unit that has four opening to pivotally engage with the base connecting bars, and the center unit and the four base connecting bars are positioned on the same plane surface when the cart is in a fully open status. The user can start collapsing the cart by simply pushing down the center unit to disengage the center units with the base connecting bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Shou Qiang Zhu
  • Patent number: 11008030
    Abstract: Various apparatuses and methods relate to coolers or other containers having attachment features to which modular accessories may be attached. Various apparatuses and methods relate to wheel and modular accessory attachment systems for attaching to a cooler or other container. Various apparatuses and methods relate to rails and channels for sliding attachment couplers. Various apparatuses and methods relate to keyed male-female attachment couplers. Various apparatuses and methods relate to a chassis configured to adjust in size for adapting the chassis to fit a variety of container sizes. Various apparatuses and methods relate to a coupler assembly for mechanically securing a container to a container undercarriage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Santiva Outdoors, L.L.C.—Series IP
    Inventors: William Jason Cohen, Tomas L. Ortiz Ferrer, Nicholas Zager, R Barrett Kotnik
  • Patent number: 11001250
    Abstract: A waste heat recovery (WHR) hybrid power system can be utilized in vehicles to convert heat energy into mechanical energy. The WHR system can include a WHR power unit structured to convert thermal energy into rotation of a WHR drive shaft. A motor/generator having a motor/generator shaft can selectively operate as a motor or a generator. A mechanical linkage can be structured to selectively link a output shaft to one of the WHR drive shaft and the motor/generator drive shaft independently of the other of the WHR drive shaft and the motor/generator drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Manik Narula, Timothy C. Ernst, Michael J. Ruth, Jonathan A. Dickson, J. Steven Kolhouse, Nimish Bagayatkar
  • Patent number: 11001398
    Abstract: A wireless remote controlled rotorcraft tug assembly and method of maneuvering a rotorcraft positions a rotorcraft, of the type having skids, through use of a remote controlled low-profile tug vehicle that maneuvers in a tight 360° motion to maneuver the rotorcraft to a desired location, and operates multiple arms to raise, lower, and support the rotorcraft. A forward support arm and at least one lever arm are selectively movable through hydraulic or electrical means to engage the undercarriage of the fuselage for raising, lowering, and supporting the rotorcraft. A lateral arm connects to the skids from free ends to raise and lower the rotorcraft by the skids. A motor advances the tug vehicle by powering a drive wheel. A guide wheel attaches to a steering mechanism and enables 360° turns and precise maneuverability. A radio receiver and transmitter work to remotely control the motor and the arm control subassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Jim D. Salyer
  • Patent number: 11001164
    Abstract: An improved electric vehicle powered by a plurality of rechargeable batteries which are discharged and simultaneously charged during the vehicle's operation. The batteries are discharged as the energy used to operate the vehicle is drawn from the batteries. The operation of the vehicle activates two power systems configured to generate voltage and to recharge the depleting batteries. The two power systems are: (1) dual-purpose electric motors configured to convert the mechanical energy created by the rotation of the vehicle's wheels into electric current; and (2) a thermocouple which converts energy created by temperature difference between two objects into voltage, a process commonly known as the thermoelectric effect or Seebeck effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Isaac M Aburto
  • Patent number: 11002359
    Abstract: A hybrid drive module, comprising a housing (170) enclosing a chain drive (120) connecting an electrical motor (110) with a crank shaft (22) of an associated internal combustion engine (20) via at least one coupling (130, 140). Said housing (170) further comprises a reservoir (190) having an inlet (212) configured to receive oil from the chain (126) during operation, and an outlet (214, 214?) arranged to distribute oil back to the chain (126).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Hans Aulin, Robin Gustafsson, Tim Olsson, Bradley Duane Chamberlin, Rupert Tull De Salis
  • Patent number: 11001122
    Abstract: A vehicle temperature regulation system includes: a power unit including a motor driven by a supply of electrical power from a battery to cause wheels to rotate; a first cooling unit including a first heat exchanger disposed at a vehicle front side of the power unit, and a first circulation path that allows refrigerant to circulate between the power unit and the first heat exchanger to perform heat exchange; a second cooling unit including a second heat exchanger disposed at a vehicle rear side of the power unit, an air conditioning unit, a compressor, and a second circulation path that allows refrigerant to circulate between the second heat exchanger, the air conditioning unit, and the compressor to perform heat exchange; and a duct that interconnects the air conditioning unit and the battery and through which cool air or warm air is supplied from the air conditioning unit to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Satoshi Ajisaka
  • Patent number: 10980686
    Abstract: A collapsible mobility aid with two frame elements, on each of which at least one wheel is secured or can be secured, and with a folding mechanism by which the frame elements are connected to each other, and a distance between the frame elements in a first position of the folding mechanism can be adapted to a transport distance and in a second position of the folding mechanism can be adapted to a use distance, wherein the folding mechanism has a central element with a slide arranged moveably with respect thereto, at least two connection arms which are each articulated on a frame element and on the central element, and at least two levers which are each articulated on a connection arm and on the slide, wherein the swivel axes, about which the levers are arranged on the connection arms and the slide such that they can be swiveled, are on one plane when the folding mechanism is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventors: Florian Doring, Dmitrij Hildebrand, Christof Meier
  • Patent number: 10974754
    Abstract: Proposed is a baby carriage having improved convenience of use, the baby carriage including a main frame, a seat frame, a storage basket, and a wheel unit, wherein the baby carriage is generally used as a single baby carriage and a seat is detachably coupled to the rear of the single baby carriage such that the single baby carriage is utilized as a twin baby carriage when a second baby is born, and wherein it is possible to carry a pet in the baby carriage irrespective of carrying a baby or an infant in the baby carriage, whereby the baby carriage is used in various forms depending on circumstances of a user or a home.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Yejin Choi
  • Patent number: 10967720
    Abstract: A body-on-frame vehicle includes a left frame rail, a right frame rail, a plate, a plurality of cross-members, a plurality of power storage modules, and a first electric motor. The plate is attached to both frame rails. The plurality of cross-members are attached to both frame rails. Adjacent cross-members cooperate with the plate and frame rails to define compartments. The plurality of power storage modules are disposed within a plurality of the compartments. The first electric motor is supported by a section of the frame rails forward or rearward of the power storage modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ari Caliskan, Arnold Kadiu
  • Patent number: 10960769
    Abstract: In an onboard charging apparatus, a plurality of main electric-power storage apparatuses are connected in series to one another. A main electric-power storage apparatus on a lowest potential side of the main electric-power storage apparatuses is a lowest potential electric-power storage apparatus. The lowest potential electric-power storage apparatus has a nominal voltage that is set to 12 V, and supplies electric power to an electrical component mounted to a vehicle. In the onboard charging apparatus, a connecting unit selectively connects, by switching control, the output terminal and any of high potential side terminals of the main electric-power storage apparatuses. A switching control unit controls switching of the connecting unit to switch the high potential side terminal selected as a connection destination of the output terminal among the high potential side terminals of the main electric-power storage apparatuses, based on an output voltage of the output terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Keiji Kondo, Makoto Taniguchi, Asaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 10960911
    Abstract: A trolley for medical equipment includes a base mounted on a plurality of wheels. A brake device including at least one deformable brake pad is located beneath the trolley base. A release mechanism is provided to move the brake pad between a raised position in which it is spaced above a floor surface on which the trolley wheels rest, and a lowered position in which the brake pad is pressed against the floor surface under the weight of the brake device to a exert a braking force on the trolley.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Keymed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd.
    Inventor: John Hynes
  • Patent number: 10958134
    Abstract: An electric machine includes a stator assembly, a rotor positioned within the stator assembly, and a rotor carrier coupled to the rotor. The rotor carrier includes a hub portion, a first cylindrical portion coupled to the hub portion and defining a first diameter that is less than an inner diameter of the rotor, and a second cylindrical portion extending from the first cylindrical portion and defining a second diameter that is greater than the inner diameter of the rotor. A first clutch is positioned within the rotor carrier and engages an inner surface of the first cylindrical portion of the rotor carrier. A second clutch is positioned within the rotor carrier and engages an inner surface of the second cylindrical portion of the rotor carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Chamberlin, Sven N. Altlay, Jomon Kaniampalackal
  • Patent number: 10946265
    Abstract: Rear holding element for a ski boot comprising a heel grip (11), a lever (6) and a fitting pedal (7), characterized in that the fitting pedal (7) is mobile relative to the heel grip (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: SKIS ROSSIGNOL
    Inventor: Reinhold Zoor
  • Patent number: 10926148
    Abstract: A snowboard support apparatus, attached to the snowboard in such a way that it extends from the board and provides a physical support for the rider to lean against in order to aid in the process of learning to snowboard. The support apparatus provides support to the rider to allow them to develop skills in being able to ride a snowboard in an incremental and natural manner without constraining the riding experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: David Chalfant Manley
  • Patent number: 10921819
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automated guided vehicle system including at least one AGV for following predetermined magnetic paths on a ground surface to carry cargo to selected points on the paths. The AGV includes a chassis, top plate mounted on the chassis for receipt of cargo, a pair of driving wheels coupled to driving motors, and plural passive omni-wheels. Control and navigation circuitry is provided to operate the motors to drive the driving wheels to cause the AGV to follow a desired one of the paths. The AGV provides illumination indicating its direction of travel and status. It also includes laser scanners for obstacle detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: ASI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Brucker, Jeffrey Grabner, John William Cross, Joseph Robinson
  • Patent number: 10919379
    Abstract: A fuel tank includes a tank main body and a fuel filler neck. A breather hole is provided in an inner surface of the fuel filler neck. A connecting pipe opens to the inside of the fuel filler neck though the breather hole and extends from the fuel filler neck in the radial direction. The inside of the fuel filler neck includes a first vapor-liquid separation chamber therein that is partitioned from the tank main body and connected to the breather hole. Liquid fuel entering the breather channel is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventor: Tatsuya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10919375
    Abstract: A device that supports a motor vehicle component includes a plate that is equipped with a securing device for securing a protective casing of the component and an attachment device for attaching to a structural element of the chassis of the motor vehicle. The attachment device is designed to break in the event of a collision involving the motor vehicle. The support device also includes a deflector that forms a ramp tilted upwards, one end of which extends at the height of the plate and an opposing end of which is tilted relative to the plate. This support device helps protect the occupant in case of a frontal impact collision by preventing rigid members from stacking up in a critical manner in the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: RENAULT s.a.s
    Inventors: Lionel Blanc, Celine Lafoy
  • Patent number: 10910616
    Abstract: Disclosed is a battery pack for a vehicle, which includes a pack case forming an appearance of the battery pack, a static electricity inducing pattern forming a conductor pattern of a predetermined form on a BMS circuit board provided in the pack case and a discharge terminal connected to the static electricity inducing pattern, and a cable connector for both communicating and grounding, which is composed of a pack connector having a first connection portion configured to be connected to a data transmission terminal on the BMS circuit board and a second connection portion configured to be connected to the discharge terminal, and a vehicle connector connected to the pack connector by a harness cable and installed to the pack case to be exposed out through a connector mounting hole formed through the pack case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Yong-Joon Choi, Do-Hyeon Kim, Hwa-Joong Kim, Jun-Yeob Seong, Sung-Chun Yu
  • Patent number: 10876460
    Abstract: An exhaust pipe assembly comprises an exhaust pipe extending along a pipe axis and a fastening panel that is mounted to the exhaust pipe. The cross-section of the fastening panel is configured in a curved manner, and two contact surfaces of the fastening panel, which are spaced apart in the circumferential direction, are soldered to the exhaust pipe. A support connected with the fastening panel is arranged between the two contact surfaces of the fastening panel. The fastening panel can be fastened to the exhaust pipe by the following steps: an exhaust pipe and a sheet-metal tab are provided; a soldering material is then captively fixed to the sheet-metal tab; and the sheet-metal tab is then arranged on the exhaust pipe such that the soldering material contacts the exhaust pipe to finally solder the sheet-metal tab to the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Holger Lampe, Bernhard Mayereder, Julian Raphael Olm