Patents Examined by Jeffrey Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10408307
    Abstract: A multi-stage transmission for vehicles includes an input shaft for receiving power from an engine; an output shaft for outputting the power; and a first, a second, a third, and a fourth planetary gear device. Each of the planetary gear devices has three rotary elements. The transmission further includes a first rotary shaft connected to the input shaft; a second rotary shaft; a third rotary shaft; a fourth rotary shaft; a fifth rotary shaft; a sixth rotary shaft; a seventh rotary shaft connected to a first rotary element of the third planetary gear device; and an eighth rotary shaft connected to a third rotary element of the fourth planetary gear device and to the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Sik Kwon, Seong Wook Ji, Ki Tae Kim, Ju Hyeon Park, Il Han Yoo, Seong Wook Hwang, Won Min Cho
  • Patent number: 10392094
    Abstract: Example transmissions for rotating coaxial drive shafts in opposite directions are described herein. An example apparatus includes a first face gear coupled to a first drive shaft, a first elliptically interfacing gear coupled to a second drive shaft and facing toward the first face gear, the second drive shaft disposed within and coaxially aligned with the first drive shaft, and a wobble plate disposed between the first face gear and the first elliptically interfacing gear. The wobble plate has a second face gear on a first side of the wobble plate engaged with the first face gear and a second elliptically interfacing gear on a second side of the wobble plate engaged with the first elliptically interfacing gear. The wobble plate is to rotate the first face gear and the first elliptically interfacing gear in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Atmur, William Patrick Sargent
  • Patent number: 10378643
    Abstract: A planetary drive includes a planet carrier and planetary gears. The carrier includes two axially-facing carrier plates and at least one connecting element. The connecting element is a linear strip of metal that is bent to take the shape of a cylinder for assembly. The strip of metal connects the two carrier plates while maintaining them in a spaced apart relationship. The strip includes a plurality of openings or holes for receiving a part of the planetary gears as they rotate. The strip is a separate element from the carrier plates, but is assembled to and between the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Marian Cintula
  • Patent number: 10380820
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein involve systems and methods for handling an increased capacity of coins. In one implementation, an increased capacity coin hopper assembly comprises a bucket assembly, a coin hopper, and a funnel assembly. The bucket assembly has an opening through which one or more coins are receivable, and the coin hopper has a payout disc rotatable by at least one motor. The funnel assembly is disposed between the bucket assembly and the coin hopper and directs the one or more coins from the bucket assembly to the payout disc with a controlled flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: TIDEL ENGINEERING L.P.
    Inventor: Doug Powers
  • Patent number: 10370203
    Abstract: A device for handling objects includes an unloading head, onto which the objects can be transported and from which the objects can be unloaded by an operator. A lifting apparatus is connected to the unloading head. The height of the unloading head can be adjusted by way of the lifting apparatus and a sensing apparatus that can be activated and the height of the unloading head can be adjusted. In order to achieve a throughput increase in the handling of objects, the sensing apparatus is arranged in such a way that the sensing apparatus can be triggered by the operator by way of an object that is located on the unloading head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Peter Enenkel
  • Patent number: 10366558
    Abstract: A cash box (18) is provided along with a device (12) for handling notes of value, in which such a cash box (18) is receivable. The cash box (18) has a receiving area (30) for receiving a value note stack and a housing (32) with at least one mechanical coding unit (50) for optional assignment of the cash box (18) to first or second receiving compartments (16) of the device (12). The coding unit (50) has a coding element (60) that is adjustable between first and second positions. The coding element (60) is designed so that the cash box (18) is feedable only to the first receiving compartment (16) when the coding element (60) is in the first position, and only to the second receiving compartment (16) when the coding element (60) is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Florante Go, Kelvin Joon Ho Chow, Hengky Wirawan, Kan Weng Kit, Joerg Plotzitzka
  • Patent number: 10354473
    Abstract: A validator having multiple modes of operation is contemplated. The validator may be operable in a standard mode where notes are escrowed and subsequently directed to a secure storage area depending on validity and a note-verify mode where notes are escrowed and subsequently returned to a user regardless of validity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: FireKing Security Products, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Smith, Kevin Wanke, John Rhoads
  • Patent number: 10347067
    Abstract: In a coin depositing and dispensing machine 10, a plurality of storing and feeding apparatuses 50 disposed below a deposited-coin transport unit 20 are arranged vertically on plural levels. A transport direction in which a coin is transported by the deposited-coin transport unit and a feeding direction in which a coin is fed out from each storing and feeding unit are substantially perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Shuji Onishi
  • Patent number: 10319171
    Abstract: A device includes a pocket having an opening to receive media. A filament assembly is coupled such that filaments protrude from a gap between the opening of the pocket and a self-service terminal (SST) in which the pocket is mountable to inhibit media from entering the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Peters, Gordon Hanna
  • Patent number: 10315225
    Abstract: A drum (100) for sorting objects is provided. The drum has a cylindrical shape, and said drum (100) comprises a cylindrical body (101), with an inner and an outer envelope surface. A plurality of pockets (104) are arranged on the inner envelope surface of the cylindrical body (101), and said pockets (104) are provided with openings (105) opening up into the outer envelope surface. At least one groove (106) is arranged on the outer envelope surface, said groove (105) interconnecting at least two openings (105). A machine (1000) comprising such a drum (100) and a method for manufacturing such drum (100) are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: BOMILL AB
    Inventors: Bo Löfqvist, Peter Larsson
  • Patent number: 10309490
    Abstract: A shifting device includes a first shifting element operable to establish a torque-proof, positive-locking connection between a first element and a second element. A second shifting element is operable to establish a torque-proof, positive-locking connection between the second element and a third element. The first element is coupled to the third element such that displacement of the first element by a common actuating element in one of a first and a second displacement direction provides rectified displacement of the third element. The third element is coupled to the first element such that displacement of the third element by the common actuating element in one of the first and second displacement directions provides rectified displacement of the first element. The second element is fixed in position in both the first and second displacement directions. A related transmission is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Peter Ziemer
  • Patent number: 10297099
    Abstract: A media transaction device comprising: a device housing having a front panel; a media processor provided at an interior of the device housing; a media accommodating unit provided at an interior of the media processor; and a foreign matter sensor detecting absence/presence of a foreign object at the media accommodating unit. The front panel includes a first port for inserting and dispensing the media, and a first shutter opening and closing the first port. The media processor includes a second port disposed to face the first port, and a second shutter for opening and closing the second port. The media are inserted into and dispensed from the second port such that the media are inserted into and dispensed from the first port, and opening and closing of the first shutter and the second shutter are controlled based on detection results by the foreign matter sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuta Iizuka, Atsushi Takada, Naoto Kondou, Yuuji Oota
  • Patent number: 10287125
    Abstract: A banknote rolling-out control method and apparatus and a banknote storage device are provided for solving the technical problem of device failure caused by the case where a banknote can easily be stuck in the device after being stored on a reel for a long time. The method includes: storing a rolling-in time at which a banknote enters a device and a corresponding banknote sequence number; obtaining a rolling-out time of a current banknote which needs to be rolled out; obtaining the rolling-in time corresponding to the banknote sequence number of the current banknote; and determining whether the rolling-in time and the rolling-out time satisfies a preset time condition, and rolling out the current banknote at a rolling-out speed lower than a preset speed in a case of a positive determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GRG Banking Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Zhang, Zhiqiang Sun, Hanfeng Xiao, Wenqing Wu
  • Patent number: 10290168
    Abstract: A method for determining the fill level of at least one coin tube comprises capturing at least one spatially resolved image of an upper side of the at least one coin tube using a spatially resolving optical sensor disposed at a defined distance above the at least one coin tube. Transmitting the at least one spatially resolved image to an evaluation unit configured to evaluate the at least one spatially resolved image using image processing to determine a fill level of the at least one coin tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Crane Payment Innovations GmbH
    Inventor: Thorsten Schneider
  • Patent number: 10288152
    Abstract: A power-split drive train having a main drive, three output shafts (Ab1, Ab2, Ab3) and a continuously variable powersplit transmission with three additional drive units. The transmission enables rotational speed variability at the shafts (Ab1, Ab2, Ab3). Furthermore, each drive unit (2a, 2b, 2c) has a respective energy converter (3a, 3b, 3c) which are all electrically connected. Drive unit (2a) has planetary gearset (4a) that is connected, via a first shaft (W1), to the main drive. Shaft (Ab1) is connected, via a second shaft (W2), to gearset (4a) and energy converter (3a) is connected, via a third shaft (W3), to gearset (4a). The drive unit (2a) is at least indirectly connected to drive unit (2b) which is connected by a fifth shaft (W5) to shaft (Ab2). Drive unit (2a) is at least indirectly connected to drive unit (2c) which is connected by a seventh shaft (W7) to shaft (Ab3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Benedikt Reick, Raphael Himmelsbach
  • Patent number: 10282931
    Abstract: In a coin depositing and dispensing machine 10, a plurality of storing and feeding apparatuses 50 disposed below a deposited-coin transport unit 20 are arranged vertically on plural levels. A transport direction in which a coin is transported by the deposited-coin transport unit and a feeding direction in which a coin is fed out from each storing and feeding unit are substantially perpendicular to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10272764
    Abstract: A power transmitting apparatus of a hybrid electric vehicle includes an input device including four input shafts disposed with several input gears, torque converting device including a planetary gear set having rotation elements connected with the input shafts, and a shifting output device for shifting torques received from the input shafts and outputting the shifted torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Kyeong Hun Lee, Jong Soo Kim, Jong Sool Park, Dong Hwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 10266356
    Abstract: A paper sheet storage device includes a supply reel that supplies a rolled tape; a winding drum around which a banknote is wound together with the tape supplied from the supply reel; a first detection unit that detects a supply amount of the tape supplied from the supply reel; and a second detection unit that detects the winding drum of which the outer diameter becomes equal to or larger than a predetermined outer diameter when the banknote is wound around the winding drum together with the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU FRONTECH LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yanagida, Daiki Harai, Ryo Fujiwara, Tomoyuki Tamahashi, Koichi Hosoyama
  • Patent number: 10267383
    Abstract: A self-aligning wobble plate drive, including a stator gear, a wobble plate, and an output plate. The stator gear has a central stator axis and a plurality of stator teeth. The wobble plate has a wobble axis, a plurality of face teeth, and a plurality of wobble teeth, and is disposed such that the wobble axis is at a non-zero wobble angle relative to the stator axis. The output plate includes a plurality of output teeth and is substantially aligned with the stator axis. At least two of the pluralities of teeth are configured to engage with each other in a self-aligning manner such that as the wobble plate nutates around the stator gear, the wobble angle remains constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert J. Atmur, William Patrick Sargent
  • Patent number: 10255741
    Abstract: Chip sorting devices may include at least one chip collection tube having at least one adjustable wall that at least partially defines an inner diameter of the at least one chip collection tube. The at least one adjustable wall may be at least partially rotatable to define different inner diameters. Chip sorting devices may include a chip hopper having a relief mechanism for clearing chips that become jammed between a chip chamber and a base plate of the chip hopper. Methods of sorting chips may include actuating the relief mechanism to increase a space between a top plate of the relief mechanism and the chip chamber. Methods of setting up a chip sorting device may include adjusting an inner lateral dimension of the at least one chip collection tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Peter Krenn