Patents Examined by Joseph M Rocca
  • Patent number: 10286559
    Abstract: A self-moving robot comprises a robot body (1). A control device is provided in the robot body (1), and a functional processing module (11) and a moving module (12) connected to each other are provided in the robot body (1). The moving module (12) is controlled by the control device to drive the functional processing module (11) to conduct mobile processing work in a working space (100). An opening hole (111) is formed inside the functional processing module (11) so that the moving module (12) is arranged rotatably in the opening hole (111) in an embedded manner. The moving module (12) can freely rotates relative to the functional processing module (11) through a connection mechanism. A walking method of the self-moving robot is further disclosed. The present invention is of simple structure, low cost and significantly improved moving mode, and the cleaning efficiency of the self-moving robot is improved with the same amount of time or power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ecovacs Robotics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoming Lv
  • Patent number: 10286976
    Abstract: A swing arm structure includes pivot shafts extending in a vehicle width direction and disposed in a vehicle body frame, a pair of wall portions disposed in the vehicle width direction in the vehicle body frame, and an interposed portion disposed between the wall portions in a swing arm. The wall portions have wall portion-side pass-through portions, which receive the pivot shafts passed therethrough. The interposed portion has interposed portion-side pass-through portions formed therein at, out of both end portions in the vehicle width direction, portions facing the wall portion-side pass-through portions. The interposed portion-side pass-through portions receive the pivot shafts passed therethrough. The interposed portion has a non-pass-through portion formed therein at a middle portion in the vehicle width direction of the interposed portion. The non-pass-through portion does not receive the pivot shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Kuwabara, Kenji Kofuji, Kazuho Nakai, Takafumi Irie, Katsumasa Mukai
  • Patent number: 10279674
    Abstract: A wheel driving system includes a generator connected to an engine and configured to generate electrical energy, a front axle configured to drive a front wheel and including a front electric motor configured to produce a driving torque and a front transmission configured to convert the driving torque into a conversion torque and transmit the conversion torque to the front wheel via a front drive shaft, a rear axle configured to drive a rear wheel and including a rear electric motor configured to produce a driving torque and a rear transmission configured to convert the driving torque into a conversion torque and transmit the conversion torque to the rear wheel via a rear drive shaft, and a central connection unit operatively connected to the front drive shaft and the rear drive shaft and configured to transmit the conversion torque between the front axle and the rear axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Eun-Soo Jung, Chang-Hyun Kim, Dong-Mok Kim, Lee-Hyoung Cho
  • Patent number: 10279836
    Abstract: A steering system includes: a steering shaft to which a steering member is coupled; a worm wheel attached to the steering shaft so as to be rotatable integrally with the steering shaft; a housing that houses the worm wheel; an output shaft that is coaxial with the steering shaft and rotatable relative to the steering shaft and coupled to a steering operation mechanism; and a clutch mechanism that enables and disables transmission of power between the steering shaft and the output shaft. The clutch mechanism is housed and disposed in an internal space in the housing. A solenoid in the clutch mechanism is disposed on the opposite side of the worm wheel in an axial direction from a mechanical portion of the clutch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Akihiko Shiina
  • Patent number: 10285286
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic control device, including: a connector case; two or more connectors including a power supply connector and another connector, the connectors being mounted to an external side of the case; a control unit mounted to an inner side of the case; and a power supply circuit unit including circuit components mounted to the external side of the case, the connectors being mounted apart from each other. The another connector is connected to the control unit by passing through the case not via the power supply circuit unit. The power supply circuit unit includes power supply conducting bars adjacent to each other on an inner side of the case. The power supply conducting bars are connected to the circuit components and the power supply connector by passing through the case and are also connected to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihito Asao, Akihiko Mori
  • Patent number: 10279487
    Abstract: A foot structure for contacting the ground and connecting to a leg structure of a humanoid robot, includes: a foot assembly for contacting the ground; a first servo mounted on the foot assembly and including a first output shaft; a connecting assembly rotatably connected to the foot assembly and to constitute an ankle portion; and a second servo mounted on the connecting assembly and connected with the leg structure, the second servo including a second output shaft perpendicular to the first output shaft; the connecting assembly being arranged perpendicularly to the foot assembly and including a first connecting structure used to mount the first output shaft and rotatably connected to the foot assembly, and a second connecting structure connected to the first connecting structure and used to mount the second output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: UBTECH Robotics Corp.
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Feng Hu, Xinpu Chen
  • Patent number: 10279637
    Abstract: An example apparatus is configured to couple to a trailer and a tow vehicle. The apparatus includes a frame; one or more clamps mounted to the frame and configured to couple the frame to an underplate of the trailer; and a shaft having a first end rotatably coupled to the frame and a second end configured to couple to at least one replicated element of a towed vehicle. The at least one replicated element is configured to engage the tow vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christian Brunckhorst, Nicholas James Brimlow
  • Patent number: 10279638
    Abstract: A dump truck safety light device for a transfer dump truck system. The dump truck safety light device is coupled to a trailer reach or tongue. The dump truck safety light device is configured to be in a raised configuration or in a lowered configuration. The dump truck safety light device announces the presence of a trailer reach to another vehicle that is following slightly behind a dump truck in the next lane to the left. Without the dump truck safety light device, the trailer reach would be hidden to the driver of the other vehicle in a blind spot created by the passenger door of the other vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Eric Dale Erickson
  • Patent number: 10272774
    Abstract: A work vehicle according to the present invention includes an engine installed in a traveling machine body supported by traveling units, and a transmission case incorporating a hydraulic continuously variable transmission. The transmission case incorporates a forward/backward traveling switching mechanism. The work vehicle includes forward traveling valves for forward traveling hydraulic clutches, a backward traveling valve for a backward traveling hydraulic clutch, and a master valve configured to control hydraulic oil supplying to the forward traveling valves and the backward traveling valve. A part of a hydraulic circuit is formed on a front lid member of the transmission case. The forward traveling valves, the backward traveling valve, and the master valve are attached on a front surface side of the front lid member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Yanmar Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yusuke Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10274008
    Abstract: An axial load bearing assembly that may be for a steering gear box apparatus includes a first member, a second member, a jacket, and an elastomeric ring. The first member includes a first surface facing axially with respect to a centerline. The second member is constructed and arranged to move axially with respect to the first member between an extended state and a compressed state. The second member includes a second surface that axially opposes the first surface. The jacket is engaged to one of the first and second members, and includes a face facing radially inward. The elastomeric ring is disposed axially between the first and second members for axial compression, and is in biased contact with the face at least when in the compressed state preventing radial expansion of the elastomeric ring during axial compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventors: Brad S. Sundholm, Jason Rutkiewicz, Nik von Matt, Robert E. Beyerlein
  • Patent number: 10272965
    Abstract: Provided is a saddled-vehicle cowl structure capable of effectively supplying outside air to a power unit. A saddled-vehicle cowl structure includes a main seat on which an occupant is seated, a side cowl that covers a side lower part of the main seat, an air cleaner box provided below the main seat and connected to a power unit, and an air intake duct for supplying outdoor air to the air cleaner box. The side cowl includes an inner side cowl and an outer side cowl disposed on a vehicle width direction outer side of the inner side cowl. An air intake port for supplying traveling wind to the air intake duct is provided near a front end portion of the inner side cowl. The air intake port is covered by the outer side cowl from an outer side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Haraguchi, Shin Yokoyama, Takayoshi Tsujinaka, Hiroki Mori, Hiroaki Takashiba, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Kazuro Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10266219
    Abstract: A lifting jack assembly for use on a walking machine to raise it off the ground and preselect a steering direction before the walking machine is lowered onto the ground for travel therealong includes a hydraulic power-driven lift cylinder for actuating an extendable/retractable rod, wherein the lift cylinder is rotatable about its vertical axis. A roller assembly is provided with rollers mounted to the rod. A foot plate mounted below the roller assembly engages the rollers, and a power-driven shifter mechanism mounted on the foot plate and connected to the roller assembly shifts the roller assembly along the foot plate. A linkage assembly interconnects the lift cylinder to the foot plate. A steering mechanism rotates the lift cylinder about its vertical axis to impart rotation to the foot plate and the roller assembly to orient and fix the direction of travel of the walking machine in a preselected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Ken Van Raden
  • Patent number: 10266215
    Abstract: Track systems for traction of an off-road vehicle, such as an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a snowmobile, etc. The track systems may have various features to enhance their traction and/or other aspects of their use and/or performance, such as, for example, to better adapt to a suspension of the off-road vehicle (e.g., by compensating for and/or otherwise adapting to alignment settings, namely camber, caster and/or toe), to improve ride quality (e.g., by better absorbing impacts or vibrations within the track systems), and/or to facilitate their installation and/or adjustment on the off-road vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Camso Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard Jean, Jeremie Zuchoski, Tommy Leduc
  • Patent number: 10266003
    Abstract: Provided is a wheel which is inexpensive, light, and sufficiently rigid. A wheel 6a includes an annular rim 60 to which a tire 6b is externally fitted, a hub 61 which is arranged at a center portion of the rim 60 and to which an axle is connected, and a disk 62 which is attached with the rim 60 at a periphery portion and which covers one side of the wheel 6a. The disk 62 includes a planar portion 62a and a first rib 62b provided at a surface of one side of the planar portion 62a and extending in the radial direction. The planar portion 62a is provided with a first groove 62d at a surface of the other side at a position corresponding to the first rib 62b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuhiro Toguchi, Katsutoshi Tada, Ikumi Kurihara, Junji Takado, Norifumi Naono
  • Patent number: 10266217
    Abstract: An undercarriage assembly of a work machine includes a drive wheel, front and rear idler wheels and a plurality of supporting mid-rollers. A belt disposed about the drive and idler wheels. A roller frame defines a main pivot axis located between front and rear ends. The front idler wheel is connected to the front end of the track roller frame. A major bogie having a forward bogie arm and a trailing bogie arm pivotably connects to the roller frame. The rear idler wheel connects to the trailing bogie arm. The major bogie pivot is offset from the main pivot along the roller frame such that the major bogie pivot is between the main pivot and the rear end of the roller frame. A minor bogie is connected to the major bogie at a minor bogie pivot defining a minor bogie pivot axis with the mid-rollers mounted on the minor bogie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventor: Alan D. Gustafson
  • Patent number: 10258522
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a seat arrangement (1) for an electrically powered wheelchair, wherein the seat arrangement comprises (1): a mounting arrangement for mounting the seat arrangement (1) to a chassis of an electrically powered wheelchair, a seat frame (3), a backrest frame (5), a backrest actuator (7), wherein the backrest frame (5) is pivotally coupled to the seat frame (3), forming a first pivot axis (A1), and wherein the backrest frame (5) is pivotally coupled to the backrest actuator (7), forming a translatable second pivot axis (A2), a retaining mechanism (11) arranged to retain the backrest frame (5) in an upright position while the backrest frame (5) is subjected to a forward-tilting force smaller than a threshold value, wherein the retaining mechanism (11) is arranged to allow movement of the backrest frame (5) to a forward-tilted position when the backrest frame (5) is subjected to a forward-tilting force equal to or greater than the threshold value, and a locking mechanism (13) arrang
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: PERMOBIL AB
    Inventors: Erik Kalf, Anders Edholm
  • Patent number: 10260214
    Abstract: A slewing assist system for a machine having an upper body structure supported on an undercarriage structure includes a central rotation member. The central rotation member is rotatably coupled to undercarriage structure. A slip member is concentrically coupled to central rotation member and allows a relative rotational motion. At least one pin is coupled to slip member and engages slip member in expanded position such that central rotation member and slip member rotate together. A lever arm is fixedly coupled to slip member. A first end and a second end of an actuating element are coupled to lever arm and upper structure, respectively. The slewing assist system provides additional slewing assist to upper body structure by engaging slip member and central rotation member through pin. The slewing assist system assists in a first and a second rotational direction by extending and retracting second end of actuating element, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Platt Rutherford
  • Patent number: 10258521
    Abstract: An electric locomotion apparatus including a dynamically stabilized vehicle including two wheels, the vehicle including a pivot arranged along a longitudinal axis and rotatable about the longitudinal axis. The pivot is configured to transfer a steering control to the wheels. A seat is positioned on the vehicle, wherein the seat is configured to accommodate a user affected by motor disability of the lower limbs, the seat being tiltable sideways by a lateral shift of the user's weight. The locomotion apparatus further includes one or more transmission device arranged between the seat and the pivot, the transmission device configured to transfer a tilting movement of the seat to the pivot. A first rod and a second rod can be centrally pivoted together, the second rod pivotally fixed to the vehicle, and the seat being associated with a second end of the first rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Marioway S.R.L.
    Inventors: Mario Vigentini, Massimo Ghidelli, Stefano Martinelli
  • Patent number: 10252624
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive device (8) for a motor vehicle (1) having two drivable wheels (6, 7) on a wheel axle (3), said drive device comprising an electric machine (9), which is designed as an asynchronous machine and which has at least one stator (10) and at least one rotor (11, 12), wherein the rotor (11, 12) is or can be operatively connected to at least one of the wheels (6, 7) in order to drive said wheel. According to the invention, the electric machine (9) has two rotors (11, 12), which can rotate independently of one another, each of which is or can be operatively connected to one wheel (6, 7) of the wheel axle (3), and a device for varying the electric rotor resistance of at least one of the rotors (11, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Arndt Kelleter, Dimitrios Stavrianos
  • Patent number: 10253855
    Abstract: An example robot includes: a leg having an upper leg member and a lower leg member coupled to the upper leg member at a knee joint; a screw actuator disposed within the upper leg member, where the screw actuator has a screw shaft and a nut mounted coaxial to the screw shaft such that the screw shaft is rotatable within the nut; a motor mounted at an upper portion of the upper leg member and coupled to the screw shaft; a carrier coupled and mounted coaxial to the nut such that the nut is disposed at a proximal end of the carrier; and a linkage coupled to the carrier, where the linkage is coupled to the lower leg member at the knee joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Boston Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Potter, Zachary John Jackowski, Adam Young