Patents Examined by Jeffrey J. Restifo
  • Patent number: 10780929
    Abstract: An automated guided trolley for transporting and/or handling a load. The trolley has a main frame for receiving the load and a supporting frame having two walking beams extending respectively towards the front and the rear of the trolley. The walking beams are mounted rotatably with respect to the main frame respectively about a first axis and a second axis and such a walking beam includes elements for securing one arm of one walking beam to one arm of the other walking beam and for supporting the first of these arms on the other arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: EXOTEC SOLUTIONS
    Inventors: Romain Moulin, Renaud Heitz
  • Patent number: 10773599
    Abstract: Provided is a drive source control device that can suppress increase in the rotation speed of a drive source. This drive source control device (67) includes: an overspeed determination module (68) to determine whether the rotation speed of each of two drive sources (2L, 2R) is overspeed; and a correction module (69) to, when the overspeed determination module (68) determines that the rotation speed of at least one of the drive sources is overspeed, correct command values for outputs of the two drive sources, supplied from a command module (66a). The correction module (69) corrects the command values of the outputs of the two drive sources (2L, 2R) so that the torque of the drive wheel having greater rotation speed decreases from the torque before the correction, and the torque of the drive wheel having smaller rotation speed maintains or decreases from the torque before the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Junichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 10773583
    Abstract: A vehicle lower structure includes: a floor of a vehicle; a cross member that is provided under the floor and extends in a vehicle width direction; a battery pack mounted under the floor; a suspension member with which a movable part of a suspension is connected so that the movable part is able to operate, the suspension member being positioned on a front side or a rear side of the battery pack and fixed to a vehicle body; and a hanging bracket that is hung from the cross member and is connected with an end surface of the battery pack on a suspension member side by a fastening component such that the hanging bracket supports the battery pack in a hanging manner. The battery pack and the hanging bracket are connected with each other below the suspension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryosuke Fukui
  • Patent number: 10770740
    Abstract: A method of shutting down operation of a fuel cell vehicle includes: blocking, by a controller, an air supply to a fuel cell stack when an operation shutting down command of the fuel cell vehicle is applied; increasing, by the controller, a voltage at an rear end of a stack main relay connected to the fuel cell stack; and opening, by the controller, the stack main relay when the voltage at the rear end of the stack main relay is higher than a stack voltage by a predetermined voltage or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Dae Jong Kim
  • Patent number: 10766478
    Abstract: A through the road (TTR) hybridization strategy is proposed to facilitate introduction of hybrid electric vehicle technology in a significant portion of current and expected trucking fleets. In some cases, the technologies can be retrofitted onto an existing vehicle (e.g., a trailer, a tractor-trailer configuration, etc.). In some cases, the technologies can be built into new vehicles. In some cases, one vehicle may be built or retrofitted to operate in tandem with another and provide the hybridization benefits contemplated herein. By supplementing motive forces delivered through a primary drivetrain and fuel-fed engine with supplemental torque delivered at one or more electrically-powered drive axles, improvements in overall fuel efficiency and performance may be delivered, typically without significant redesign of existing components and systems that have been proven in the trucking industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: HYLIION INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Joseph Healy, Eric Weber
  • Patent number: 10766348
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure secures a battery pack to rear side members by suspension. Each rear side member includes a less-strengthened portion further rearward of a vehicle with respect to a coupling portion with a rear cross member. The coupling portion is a suspending portion configured to fasten the rear end of the battery pack by suspension. The less-strengthened portion causes the rear side member to deform by bending when a collision load F is applied from rearward of the vehicle to the rear side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ryosuke Fukui, Masahiro Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 10766516
    Abstract: A modular cart assembly includes a first cart and an identical second cart. Each cart has a latching assembly that vertically slides along the cart and a coupling arm spaced apart from the latching assembly. The first cart is coupled to the second cart by positioning the first cart next to the second cart, vertically sliding the latching assembly of the first cart along the first cart until the latching assembly of the first cart couples to the coupling arm of the second cart, and vertically sliding the latching assembly of the second cart along the second cart until the latching assembly of the second cart couples to the coupling arm of the first cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Cannon Equipment LLC
    Inventors: Clemance Bernard Finstad, Thomas J. Raway, Bruce L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10752104
    Abstract: An auxiliary power unit equipped wheel support bearing assembly is provided which includes a wheel support bearing assembly and an auxiliary power unit. The auxiliary power unit is of a direct drive design that includes a stator mounted to a stationary ring of the wheel support bearing assembly and a motor rotor mounted to a rotational ring of the wheel support bearing assembly. An entirety of the auxiliary power unit is sized to extend less than an outer peripheral segment of a brake rotor, with the outer peripheral segment defining an area against which a brake caliper is intended to be pushed. The auxiliary power unit is, with respect to an axial direction, sized to be situated between a hub flange of the wheel support bearing assembly and a mounting face of the wheel support bearing assembly for mounting to a vehicle body of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsuo Kawamura, Kentaro Nishikawa, Tomomi Ishikawa, Takushi Matsuto
  • Patent number: 10752263
    Abstract: A vehicular cooling device includes an opening, a discharge port, an air channel, and a fan. The opening is formed in a surface parallel to a travelling direction of a vehicle. The discharge port is formed in a surface of the housing and connected to the opening via the air channel. The fan is provided inside the air channel. First blockers are spaced apart in the travelling direction in the opening. Each first blocker extends in a direction perpendicular to both the travelling direction and an inflow direction of the outside air, and includes first and second members. The first member is a plate-like member having a main surface intersecting the travelling direction. The first member and the second member are symmetric with respect to a plane perpendicular to the travelling direction, and have a travelling-direction spacing therebetween that increases along the inflow direction of the outside air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuya Sakurada, Kenichi Nakagawa, Kazuki Iwasa, Seiji Haga
  • Patent number: 10730728
    Abstract: A vehicle body and controller plug-in module for a material handling vehicle. The vehicle body having an upstanding body portion having an upwardly open compartment having a bottom including an upward extending wall surrounding electrical contacts associated with controller functions of the vehicle. The controller plug-in module includes a housing configured to be received by the upwardly open compartment of the vehicle body. The housing has a lower portion that includes an upward extending wall defining a recess surrounding electrical contacts. The controller plug-in module is configured to be removably electrically connected to the vehicle when the upward extending wall surrounding the electrical contacts of the upwardly open compartment of the upstanding body is plugged into and received by the recess in the lower portion of the housing of the controller plug-in module having the upward extending wall surrounding the electrical contacts of the controller plug-in module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ZHEJIANG E-P EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ma Qichen, Huang Chao, Weng Lijian, Yu Jiandong
  • Patent number: 10729236
    Abstract: A reconfigurable carrying device, such as a cart, is provided for storing and/or transporting objects. The cart may include a first storage section for receiving the objects, and a second storage section pivotally attached to the first storage section. The second storage section may be movable upwards relative to the first storage section to be positioned on top of the first storage section in a first mode of operation of the cart and may be movable downwards relative to the position in the first mode of operation to be positioned adjacent to the first storage section in a second mode of operation of the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGRATED HEADQUARTERS, LLC
    Inventor: Bernard S. Martin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10723193
    Abstract: A vehicle incorporates a gravity-assist energy harvesting suspension system including one or more gravitational positive displacement pumps. The positive displacement pump has a cylinder and a reciprocating piston inside the cylinder. The piston is adapted for movement along a compression stroke and an opposite extension stroke in response to a gravitational bounce of the vehicle when in motion. A turbine comprising a rotor shaft and attached blades is mounted relative to a distal end of a fluid outlet hose connected to the pump. Fluid discharged through the outlet hose acts on the blades, thereby moving and imparting rotational energy to the rotor shaft. A generator is operatively connected to the turbine, and is adapted for converting the rotational energy generated by the rotor shaft to electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Alan Kaskowicz
  • Patent number: 10723288
    Abstract: An in-wheel motor power line (93) includes, between its one end and the other end, an in-wheel motor drive device-side region (93d), an intermediate region (93e), and a vehicle body-side region (93f) which extend continuously. The in-wheel motor drive device-side region (93d) extends in the vertical direction, and the lower side of the in-wheel motor drive device-side region is connected to the intermediate region. The vehicle body-side region extends in the vertical direction, and the lower side of the vehicle body-side region is connected to the intermediate region. The intermediate region is curved with its both sides located at a higher position and its intermediate part located at a lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shogo Okamoto, Shiro Tamura, Minoru Suzuki, Yusuke Shibuya, Shinya Taikou
  • Patent number: 10720620
    Abstract: This disclosure details mounting systems and associated methods for mounting a battery pack to an electrified vehicle. An exemplary electrified vehicle may include a frame, a battery pack, and a mounting system for mounting the battery pack to the frame. The mounting system may include one or more side rails. Each side rail may include a predefined crush initiator configured to plastically deform for absorbing and transferring energy during vehicle impact loading events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Ihab Grace, David Edward Paul, Ahteram Khan, Brad Warren Probert, Anil Reddy Pullalarevu, Mike Popovski
  • Patent number: 10710570
    Abstract: There is a control system for a hybrid vehicle including an internal combustion engine including a throttle valve on an intake air passage, and a generator coupled to an output shaft of the engine. The control system includes a controller. The controller is configured to detect shaft torque of the output shaft of the engine by the generator, calculate an actual value of a throttle flow rate based on the shaft torque, the flow rate being an amount of air that flows through the throttle valve, and learn flow rate characteristics indicating a relationship between a throttle opening being a degree of opening of the throttle valve and the throttle flow rate, based on an actual value of the throttle opening and the actual value of the throttle flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoto Kato, Tomoya Ota, Keisuke Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10710442
    Abstract: A transmission system selectively coupled to an engine crankshaft of an internal combustion engine arranged on a vehicle includes a waste heat recovery (WHR) system, a brake assembly and a phase-change thermal heat storage system. The WHR system selectively circulates a WHR fluid in the transmission system. The brake assembly selectively couples a transmission output shaft to a drive axle. The brake assembly is configured to operate in a braking mode that retards relative rotation between the transmission output shaft and the drive axle while generating heat. The heat storage system includes a housing defining at least one cavity and a fluid transfer manifold. A phase-change material is disposed in the cavity that is configured to change phase during the braking mode. The WHR system circulates the WHR fluid through the fluid transfer manifold collecting braking heat to be used at a later time in the form of driveline power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Stoltz
  • Patent number: 10703314
    Abstract: Embodiments of a motor vehicle bumper step include a housing connectable to a bottommost end of a rear bumper. The uppermost end of the housing may include a planar plate containing a curved perimeter portion and, above the planar plate, a bracket including mounting holes. A recessed portion of the housing defines an opening at least partly along two different sides of the housing, with a bottom end of the recessed portion containing a planar step surface having a curved outward-facing perimeter. A first and a second facia portion each located on a different side of the housing are spaced apart from one another by the recess. The facia portions extend downward from the uppermost end of the housing and connect to a respective side of the planar step. The housing may match the bumper profile and not extend past the bumper in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Iron Cross Automotive, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Bundy, Don Bundy, Eric Long, Cole Stevens
  • Patent number: 10696155
    Abstract: A fluid system for a vehicle is provided. The fluid system is configured to couple to a chassis of the vehicle. A frame assembly of the fluid system is configured to couple with the chassis directly or with another component that is coupled, directly or indirectly, with the chassis. A cowling of the fluid system can enclose a fuel pressure vessel and an auxiliary fluid vessel. The auxiliary fluid vessel is configured to be placed in fluid communication with the component powered or operated by the fluid therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Agility Fuel Systems LLC
    Inventors: Todd F. Sloan, Chris Forsberg, Joseph Anthony Leduc, Tobiah R. Halter
  • Patent number: 10696314
    Abstract: A foldable or collapsible cart can be oriented in several different configurations to accommodate different loads and transport requirements. In one configuration, the cart may be folded for direct load the back of a vehicle. In another configuration, the cart can operate in lowboy or dolly mode. In another configuration the cart may be used as a hand truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Invententional Products, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Camarco, Jonathan Albert, Sudhir Kumar, Jason Zerweck, Seth GaleWyrick
  • Patent number: 10688861
    Abstract: An engine airflow adjustment system that includes an engine that powers operation of a vehicle. A fan drives an airflow over the engine to convectively cool the engine. A funnel receives a portion of the airflow from the fan and directs the airflow to a specific location on the engine to blow debris off of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Samrendra Kumar Singh, Anna Jo Reisenauer, Panos Tamamidis