Patents Examined by Jeffrey Shapiro
  • Patent number: 10543748
    Abstract: A transmission includes input and output shafts, a hybrid module coupled to the input shaft and a gearbox coupled to the module and output shaft. The hybrid module includes a first electric motor under driven by a gearset; a second electric motor coupled to a module output, a disconnect clutch coupled to the gearset and selectively to the input shaft; and a launch clutch coupled to the disconnect clutch and selectively to the module output. The gearbox includes three gearsets and five torque transmitting devices operable to generate six forward speeds. One torque transmitting device is a clutch brake applied with a piston that reaches over a park gear, and one is a selectable one way clutch. Two of the torque transmitting devices are radially stacked rotating clutches. The transmission includes and/or facilitates an engine only mode, an electric only mode, a hybrid mode and a battery charging mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Michael L Duhaime, Michael B Solt, Gurunath S Kedar-Dongarkar, Robert S Smyczynski, Ali Sarikhani, Cody J Rhebergen, Sachin A Bhide, Tejinder Singh
  • Patent number: 10544862
    Abstract: A starting method for a variable speed accelerator includes an electric device that generates a rotational drive force, and a transmission device that shifts the rotational drive force generated by the electric device to transmit the changed speed to an object to be driven. The transmission device includes a sun gear that rotates about an axis, a sun gear shaft that is fixed to the sun gear and extends in an axial direction, a planetary gear that meshes with the sun gear, revolves around the axis, and rotates about its own center axis, and an internal gear that has a plurality of teeth aligned annularly about the axis and meshes with the planetary gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Okamoto, Masahiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10539218
    Abstract: An axle assembly having a drive pinion assembly. The drive pinion assembly may have a drive pinion body, a pinion gear, and a side gear. The pinion gear may be fixedly disposed on a first end portion of the drive pinion body. The side gear may be fixedly disposed on a second end portion of the drive pinion body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Aniruddh P. Annigeri, Brian D. Hayes, Pedro Garcia, Robert J. Martin
  • Patent number: 10540560
    Abstract: A device for decoding magnetic patterns printed on documents comprising a reading head (12) having: a reader (20) arranged to read first magnetic signals belonging to the magnetic patterns and to electromagnetic noise due to sources internal and/or external to the device. The device further comprises: a further reader (40), arranged to read second magnetic signals belonging to the electromagnetic noise, an adder component (25) arranged to algebraically subtract the amplified second magnetic signals from the amplified first magnetic signals, and a converter (16) arranged to convert the resulting signal into a digital signal representing the read magnetic patterns. A method for decoding magnetic patterns is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHENZHEN PU YING INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION LIMITED
    Inventor: Sergio Aiello
  • Patent number: 10540837
    Abstract: A coin processing apparatus eliminates quickly and surely a coin congestion in the cases where (a) a Tawara state and/or a Keirin phenomenon of coins is/are generated on a conveying surface, (b) additional coins are overlapped or stacked on existing coins having a Tawara state or a Keirin phenomenon, and (c) additional coins are placed on the conveying surface on the upstream side of the existing coins. A conveying belt has a protrusion on its conveying surface. A reversing roller is provided opposite to the conveying surface. Screw-like members with spiral projections on their outer surfaces are respectively provided at two sides of the conveying surface. Coins placed on the conveying surface in their standing state are moved backward due to engagement with the screw-like members to topple down naturally toward the conveying surface during conveyance and then, moved forward due to engagement with the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI SEIKO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 10515501
    Abstract: The invention relates to a testing device 10, that can be a component of a feeding device to feed coin blanks 11 to a coining press or a minting station 12. The testing device 10 has a contactless measuring first sensor device 30 and/or a second sensor device 40. Every sensor device 30, 40 that is present controls an associated removal device 32 or 41. Each sensor device 30, 40 detects a certain property of the coin blank and compares it with a corresponding standard specification. If an unacceptable deviation from the specification is detected, the sensor device 30, 40 in question controls the respective associated removal device 32, 41 to discharge the coin blank from a main conveyor device 13 which transports the coin blanks from a feeding end 14 to an exit end 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: SCHULER PRESSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Carsten Brechling, Simon Kneer, Horst Jaeschke, Andreas Horeld
  • Patent number: 10513282
    Abstract: A shopping cart bagging station that couples to a shopping cart is described. The shopping cart bagging station includes a center piece, a first and a second handle arm assembly, and a shopping cart coupler assembly. The center piece includes a bag holder hook that holds at least one shopping bag. The first and the second handle arm assembly each include a handle holder arm that holds the arms of one or more shopping bag. The first and the second handle arm assemblies slidingly insert into a hollow body of the center piece and are adjustably coupled to the center piece. The shopping cart coupler assembly couples the bagging station to a shopping cart. The shopping cart bagging station can be mounted in various locations on a shopping cart, making it easy and convenient for a customer to carry and load a number of shopping bags as they shop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventor: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao
  • Patent number: 10513177
    Abstract: A bogie axle system having a slew bearing assembly that pivotally couples a chain housing to an axle housing. The slew bearing assembly includes a plurality of bearing elements that are received in a bearing groove of a spindle and that are disposed between the spindle and an outer race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Tomaz Dopico Varela
  • Patent number: 10510202
    Abstract: A coin identification device includes: a first magnetic sensor detecting an amount of magnetic variation while the coin passes in the carrying direction; a second magnetic sensor installed where the second magnetic sensor detects a passage of an arc of a small-diameter coin when the first magnetic sensor detects a passage of the small-diameter coin; and a third magnetic sensor installed where the third magnetic sensor does not detect a passage of an arc of the small-diameter coin when the first magnetic sensor and the second magnetic sensor detect a passage of the small-diameter coin and detects a passage of an arc of a large-diameter coin; and an identification control unit identifying an outer diameter of the small-diameter coin and the large-diameter coin based on the amount of magnetic variation of the first magnetic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: FUJI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Machida, Takamasa Asano, Yu Taniguchi, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Nobuyuki Niizuma, Shuhei Saito
  • Patent number: 10508717
    Abstract: A planetary gear train may include input and output shafts, first to fifth planetary gear set, respectively having first to third, fourth to sixth, seventh to ninth, tenth to twelfth, and thirteenth to fifteenth elements, a first shaft fixedly connected to the second element and the input shaft, a second shaft fixedly connected to the fourteenth element and the output shaft, a third shaft fixedly connected to the third and fourth elements, a fourth shaft fixedly connected to the eighth element and the thirteenth element, a fifth shaft fixedly connected to the ninth element, a sixth shaft fixedly connected to the eleventh and fifteenth elements, a seventh shaft fixedly connected to the first and fifth elements, an eighth shaft fixedly connected to the sixth, seventh, and tenth elements, and a ninth shaft fixedly connected to the twelfth element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jin Ho Kim, Jae Joon Lee, Jong Sool Park, Kyeong Hun Lee, Jong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10502311
    Abstract: A method of controlling a fluid level around a transmission gear of a vehicle includes the steps of providing a set of predetermined operating conditions, each predetermined operating condition having a corresponding predetermined fluid level requirement, operating the vehicle at an actual operating condition, determining a predetermined operating condition equivalent to the actual operating condition, and arranging the fluid level around the transmission gear to be equivalent to the predetermined fluid level requirement corresponding to the predetermined operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Meritor Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Roberto Gianone, Chiara Cesari, Marco Bassi, Marco Fratelli
  • Patent number: 10504315
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for transporting items of media along a transport path. The apparatus comprises at least one clamp member to apply a clamp force to a bunch of media items located between a support surface and said clamp member, wherein said clamp member is selectively moveable towards or away from said support surface to apply a predetermined clamp force to the bunch of media items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Frank B. Dunn, Matthew Sonnenberg
  • Patent number: 10504084
    Abstract: A cash box, an automated teller machine and a data transmission method for transmitting data between an external control unit and a cash box are provided. The cash box is configured for a mechanical and communications-related installation in an automated teller machine. It comprises a storage module which is configured for storing a number of banknotes, an internal control device arranged in the cash box for controlling the cash box, and a transceiver which is coupled to the internal control device and is formed to wirelessly transmit data to a communications interface of an external control unit disposed outside the cash box and receive the data from the same. The transceiver is formed to transmit and receive the data according to the Near-Field-Communication transmission standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International, GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Schreckenberg
  • Patent number: 10502286
    Abstract: Disclosed is a multi-stage transmission for a vehicle. The multi-stage transmission includes: an input shaft, an output shaft, and a first planetary gear set, a second planetary gear set, a third planetary gear set, and a fourth planetary gear set provided between the input shaft and the output shaft to transfer a torque. Each planetary gear set includes three rotating elements and six shifting elements connected to the rotating elements of the first, second, third and fourth planetary gear sets. A first rotating element of the first planetary gear set is fixedly connected to a first rotating element of the second planetary gear set. The second rotating element thereof is fixedly connected to a first rotating element of the third planetary gear set. A third rotating element thereof is fixedly connected to a third rotating element of the fourth planetary gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyun Sik Kwon, Seong Wook Ji
  • Patent number: 10504362
    Abstract: Velocity information can be beneficial to various entities including other vehicles and a central traffic monitoring and routing system. Vehicles with sensors can serve as velocity probes to update speeds that are shared via a more global service. However, individuals may be reluctant to provide location and velocity information given privacy preferences. Local policies about sharing personal data are described that can be harnessed to enhance privacy while minimizing communication costs. The local data-sharing policies allow devices to monitor their own speeds and locations and to employ models and analyses that determine the value of sharing flow information with a larger service in accordance with privacy preferences, and to make local decisions as to when to respond to broadcasted queries for specific information, while minimizing the redundancy of signals from multiple vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Horvitz, Jonathan David Canan, Gur Kimchi
  • Patent number: 10494172
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable storage system for asphalt and other like material that is required to be maintained at a particular constant heated temperature even in sub-zero ambient temperatures. The system may include an exterior covering over a frame to define an enclosure. The frame defines an interior space where an insulated tank resides. The tank is heated. The interior of the enclosure may be heated. Rails provided along a vertical surface of the enclosure and extending above the roof of the enclosure allow the entire system to be loaded as a roll-off load on a truck. A plurality of lugs with apertures therethrough extend beyond the exterior surface of the enclosure to enable the enclosure to be lifted by cranes and tied down during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: RCM Equipment Company, LLC
    Inventor: Frank Connelly
  • Patent number: 10495192
    Abstract: A system is described comprising a mixer-wagon and a mechanical power transmission unit to actuate the rotating members of the mixer-wagon; the transmission unit comprises a box, a first shaft accessible from the outside of the box and a second shaft accessible from the outside of the box. The first shaft and the second shaft are coupled by means of an epicyclical gear train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Edi Bondioli
  • Patent number: 10487920
    Abstract: A planetary gear train may include input and output shafts a compound planetary gear set having first, second, third and fourth rotation elements by combination of first and second planetary gear sets; a third planetary gear set having fifth, sixth, and seventh rotation elements; a fourth planetary gear set having eighth, ninth, and tenth rotation elements, the first rotation element selectively connectable to the fifth rotation element and the tenth rotation element, respectively, the second rotation element and the tenth rotation element selectively connectable to the transmission housing, the third rotation element fixedly connected to the sixth rotation element, and fixedly connected to the input shaft, the fourth rotation element selectively connectable to the seventh shaft, the fifth rotation element fixedly connected to the eighth shaft, the seventh rotation element selectively connectable to the ninth shaft, the ninth rotation element fixedly connected to the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Seong Wook Hwang, Ki Tae Kim, Juhyeon Park, Hyun Sik Kwon, Ilhan Yoo, Seongwook Ji, Wonmin Cho
  • Patent number: 10487932
    Abstract: A differential housing includes a body including an outer surface. The body has a first end, a second end, and an intermediate portion extending therebetween. A ring gear support member extends outwardly of the body at the second end. A ring gear support surface forms a first section of the intermediate portion. The ring gear support surface defines a first outer diameter of the intermediate portion. A ring gear is mounted to the outer surface of the body. The ring gear includes an inner annular surface having a first region defining a first inner diameter and a second region defining a second inner diameter. The first region includes a sawtooth profile to establish a desired alignment of the ring gear and the body and the second region facilitating an interference fit with the ring gear support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: William J. Wilson, Debkumar Rakshit, Steven G. Trombat, Jevon Kennell, Dan E. Revers
  • Patent number: 10482702
    Abstract: An objective of the present invention is to facilitate the setting of versions of money to be stacked in stacking units of a money handling apparatus. The money handling apparatus includes: a plurality of stacking units that stack money by type; a storage unit that stores a version classification setting in which classification of versions of multiple series of money issued in different years is set for each denominations; a recognition unit that recognizes denominations and series of money; and a control unit that determines, on the basis of the version classification setting, versions of money of which denominations and series have been recognized by the recognition unit, and stacks the money in the stacking units corresponding to the denominations and versions of the money.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GLORY LTD.
    Inventor: Koji Mizumoto