Patents Examined by Jose A Gonzalez Quinones
  • Patent number: 11689083
    Abstract: Cable-actuated position sensors are described that employ multiple block and tackle arrangements to measure displacement of a draw wire or flexible cable. The disclosed sensors are relatively small and inexpensive. The disclosed sensors may also be used as part of a servo motor, or in conjunction with gear motors to provide positional information for operation of the gear motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Inventor: Shaun William Fetherston
  • Patent number: 11682932
    Abstract: An electric machine stator includes a soft magnetic yoke having a cylindrical yoke body extending along a central axis, with an outer surface and an inner periphery defining a central opening about the central axis, and a plurality of soft magnetic stator teeth. Each stator tooth defines a first set of air pockets, and a second set of air pockets. An electric machine rotor and permanent magnet material with air pockets are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Leyi Zhu, Chun Tang, Franco Leonardi, Michael W. Degner
  • Patent number: 11670992
    Abstract: An electric machine for a drive of a motor vehicle, having a stator, a rotor which can be rotated relative to the stator, a temperature sensor arranged and designed to capture a temperature of the stator and a rotor condition capture sensor which is arranged and designed to capture a rotational speed and/or rotational position of the rotor accommodated in a stator-fixed manner. The temperature sensor and the rotor condition capture sensor are implemented as subsystems of a common sensor system, wherein a first subsystem having the temperature sensor has an elastic thermally conductive contact element connected to the temperature sensor, which contact element is permanently fitted to a contact region of the stator. A hybrid module having this electric machine is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Ruppert, Michael Marsetz, Thomas Fritz
  • Patent number: 11670977
    Abstract: A brushless direct-current motor is provided includes an inner stator and an outer rotor. A rotor shaft extends through a stator core of the inner stator. A first end cap includes a radial back plate disposed on a first side of the stator and a front center opening through which the rotor shaft is supported via a front bearing. A second end cap includes an inner annular body extending axially inwardly and forming a rear center opening, an outer annular body, and a main body extending on a second side of the stator. The inner annular body includes a first portion that extends at least partially into an opening of the stator core and supports the rotor shaft via a rear bearing, and a second portion rearward of the first portion that received a rear end of the rotor shaft therein and houses a sensor board therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Fogle, Dustin Jeffries, Michael R. Marjomaa, Kevin L. Pulley, Vincent W. Zou, Jarrett A. Dunston, David J. Smith, Rene Thieme, Tim Heimrich, Tobias Heep, Daniel Bernhart, Dieter Schmidtfrerick
  • Patent number: 11660638
    Abstract: Circular force generator devices (100), systems, and methods for damping vibrations which include two complementary rotor assemblies (110, 120) that are rotatable together about a common shaft (102) but that have an adjustable rotational position (P1, P2) with respect to one another such that a significant reduction in rotor inertia and bearing drag relative to conventional CFG configurations is provided. The present architecture creates virtually zero rotating moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: LORD Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Bieber
  • Patent number: 11649059
    Abstract: An integrated multimode thermal energy transfer system, method and apparatus for full-scale clean fuel electric-powered multirotor aircraft with automatic on-board-capability to provide sensor-based temperature awareness and adjustment to critical components and zones of the aircraft. Automatic computer monitoring, including by a programmed triple-redundant digital autopilot computer, controls each motor-controller and motor to produce pitch, bank, yaw and elevation, while simultaneously measuring, calculating, and adjusting temperature and heat transfer of aircraft components and zones, to protect critical components from exceeding operating parameters and to provide a safe, comfortable environment for occupants during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: Alakai Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Brian D. Morrison
  • Patent number: 11652393
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for an electric motor for a turbomachine defines an axis of rotation. The rotor assembly includes a jacket member that is hollow and that defines an inner radial surface facing inwardly toward the axis of rotation. Furthermore, the rotor assembly includes a magnet member that is received within the jacket member. The magnet member includes an outer radial surface facing outwardly from the axis of rotation. The jacket member is made of a sintered composite material having carbon filament and a sintered matrix. Additionally, the inner radial surface of the jacket member abuts against the outer radial surface of the magnet member to retain the magnet member in a radial position relative to the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: GARRETT TRANSPORTATION I INC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lotterman, Todd Ratke, Sushank Singampalli, Antoine Costeux, Carlos Chavez Castellanos
  • Patent number: 11646633
    Abstract: Aircraft electric motors are described. The electric motors include a substantially annular shaped motor housing having an outer wall and an inner wall, wherein a rotor-stator cavity is defined between the outer wall and the inner wall and a gear assembly cavity is defined radially inward from the inner wall and a gear assembly arranged within the gear assembly cavity. The gear assembly includes a sun gear operably connected to a first shaft, at least one planetary gear arranged radially outward from the sun gear and rotationally engaged with the sun gear, and a ring gear arranged radially outward from the at least one planetary gear and rotationally engaged with the at least one planetary gear, wherein the ring gear is operably connected to a second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jagadeesh Kumar Tangudu, Huan Zhang, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Andrzej Ernest Kuczek
  • Patent number: 11646641
    Abstract: A stator of an external rotor motor supports a plurality of excitation windings. At least one heat dissipation means is provided, for discharging heat in an axial direction. The heat dissipation means contacts the end face of at least one excitation winding or a potting compound or insulation enclosing the excitation winding and is also connected to a heat sink, in the form of the stator carrier, a cooling element and/or a housing, for removing the heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: IPGATE CAPITAL HOLDING AG
    Inventor: Thomas Leiber
  • Patent number: 11646616
    Abstract: A rotor assembly for an electric motor includes a rotor core that is fabricated from a plurality of stacked laminations. The rotor core has a plurality of arcuately arranged, axially extending magnet receiving slots. The rotor core includes a plurality of magnets received in respective ones of the magnet receiving slots. The laminations include radially extending deflectable magnet retaining tabs that extend into the magnet receiving slots. The magnet retaining tabs engage and are deflected by a corresponding one of the magnets to exert a reactive force against the magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Sherman, Chetan O. Modi, Steven R. Palmer, Ryan M. Bastien, Joey Mitchell Bomar, Paul G. Michaels, Daniel E. Bailey
  • Patent number: 11646619
    Abstract: An electronically commutated machine, in particular an electronically commutated electric motor is disclosed. To detect an angle of rotation completed by a rotor shaft of the machine or a rotational speed, this rotor shaft is equipped with a signal generator of a sensor device. This latter component has a magnet element, which is fastened on the rotor shaft by way of a holding element. A clamping body is included, which is arranged on the rotor shaft with force fit and onto which the holding element is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Loeffler, Michael Schlitzkus, Thomas Zander
  • Patent number: 11646630
    Abstract: A system and method for generating rotation of a body includes a rotating body configured to rotate about a rotation axis, at least one permanent flanking magnet and a bias object (or material non-uniformity) both arranged at least partially on or within the rotating body, and a drive or ring element. An axial gap between the ring element and the rotating body exists in an axial direction parallel to the rotation axis. The ring element may be a ferrous body, permanent magnet or electromagnet, and the bias object may be made from one or more materials of magnetic states, such as magnetic, ferromagnetic, paramagnetic, and diamagnetic or be a change in material properties of the rotating body. In some embodiments, a center of the ring element is not aligned with the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: GREEN WAVE POWER SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence Clymer, Brenda Lee McConnell
  • Patent number: 11646639
    Abstract: A vibration driver drill as an electric power tool includes a brushless motor that includes a rotor and a sensor circuit board that detects a rotation of the rotor. The rotor includes a tubular rotor core and four permanent magnets held in the rotor core so as to extend in an axial direction of the rotor core. The sensor circuit board is adjacent to a front-end part (first end portion) of the rotor core. The rotor core is provided with a recessed groove on a side surface outward between the mutually adjacent permanent magnets. The recessed groove extends from the front-end part in the axial direction of the rotor core without reaching a rear-end part (second end portion) facing the front-end part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Aoyama
  • Patent number: 11643159
    Abstract: An electric power generator is provided for a human-powered vehicle. The electric power generator includes an axle, a stator, a rotor and a first electrical cable. The axle has a first axial end, and a second axial end. The stator has a first axial stator-end that faces the first axial end of the axle with respect to the rotational center axis and a second axial stator-end that faces the second axial end of the axle with respect to the rotational center axis. The rotor is rotatably mounted on the axle to rotate around a rotational center axis of the electric power generator. The first electrical cable is electrically connected to the stator on the first axial stator-end of the stator. The first electrical cable extends axially through the stator toward the second axial stator-end of the stator with respect to the rotational center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Azusa Yamazaki, Kenkichi Inoue, Yuuya Yoneda
  • Patent number: 11632014
    Abstract: A joint shaft includes at least one cross pin, the at least one cross pin including oppositely disposed pins on each of which a shaft member is attached; and a generator attached to at least one of the shaft members. The joint shaft may further include a sensor energized by the generator and attached to the joint shaft and/or a logic configured to evaluate an electrical output of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Off-Highway Powertrain Services Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Timur Mehmet Kisla, Max Kr├╝ger
  • Patent number: 11626776
    Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a system for cooling an electric motor that includes a rotor shaft rotatably mounted inside a motor housing, a lamination stack integrally connected to the rotor shaft, an encoder-end balance plate integrally connected to a first end of the lamination stack and a first end of the rotor shaft, an output-end balance plate integrally connected to a second end of the lamination stack and a second end of the rotor shaft, an oil supply coupled to the output-end balance plate and the rotor shaft. A closed-looped coolant pathway is formed between the transmission, the rotor shaft, the encoder-end balance plate, the lamination stack, and the output-end balance plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: Dana Belgium N.V.
    Inventors: Shawn P.A. Jackson, Steven Vanhee
  • Patent number: 11626783
    Abstract: An electric power generator comprises a rotor and a plurality of stators arranged coaxially and concentrically about a central axis. There is an inner stator provided radially inwardly of the rotor separated by an inner airgap and an outer stator provided radially outwardly of the rotor separated by an outer airgap. The rotor includes a plurality of magnetic pole structures configured to provide or generate a magnetic field having plurality of magnetic poles. The rotor is not of uniform cross-sectional thickness, wherein: an inner surface of the rotor bulges inwardly at the pole structures, the inner airgap being non-uniform as it is radially shorter at the pole structures and longer in between the pole structures; and an outer surface of the rotor bulges outwardly at the pole structures, the outer airgap being non-uniform as it is radially shorter at the pole structures and longer in between the pole structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Inventor: Kabu Walter Makgeru
  • Patent number: 11626824
    Abstract: The identifier for identifying the slider is given to this slider. In contrast, the control signal transmitted to the plurality of linear drivers indicates the position command value and the speed command value for the slider and the identifier of this slider in association with each other. The linear driver reads the identifier for identifying the slider from this slider overlapping the assigned region thereof and supplies the current corresponding to the position command value and the speed command value associated with this identifier by the control signal to the linear motor stators. In this way, it is possible to cause the linear driver corresponding to the assigned region, in which the slider is present, to precisely drive the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji Ueno, Takayoshi Fujita, Shunsuke Aoki
  • Patent number: 11622486
    Abstract: A motor includes: a rotating shaft; a motor portion; a circuit board; a case having a circuit housing recess portion for housing the circuit board; and a cover made of a synthetic resin and sealing the opening portion of the circuit housing recess portion. The cover has an outer circumference rib and an inside rib. The outer circumference rib is located on the outer circumferential side from the opening end surface of the circuit housing recess portion and projects from the outer circumferential edge of the cover toward the front surface side of the cover and the rear surface side of the cover. The inside rib is located inside from the opening end surface and projects at least either on the front surface side of the cover or on the rear surface side of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akihiro Otawara, Yuki Fujita, Yosuke Kanbe, Kenji Kani, Hiroyuki Okada, Yoshiaki Fukuta
  • Patent number: 11621602
    Abstract: A motor is provided. The motor includes a motor body and a rotor assembly. The rotor assembly includes a magnetic core mounted to a rotor shaft. The rotor assembly may include standoffs for accurately axially locating the magnetic core relative to rotor bearings. A drive nut adjustment arrangement may be provided. A mechanical interconnection between the drive nut and rotor shaft may be provided. A trailing end lead screw support may be provided. An axial preload arrangement may be provided to axially locate the rotor assembly within the motor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Pacific Bearing Corp.
    Inventors: Robert Schroeder, Jonathan R. Schroeder, Timothy Joseph LeCrone, Kent Proffitt, Kollin Proffitt, Keith Cummings