Patents Examined by Katy M Ebner
  • Patent number: 11040610
    Abstract: A battery assembly for an electric vehicle is provided that includes a housing, one or more battery units, and a mounting system. The one or more battery units are disposed within the housing. The mounting system is disposed adjacent to a top surface, e.g., on a planar top surface or within an upwardly oriented concavity. The mounting system has a frame member bracket and a housing bracket system. The housing bracket system includes a housing bracket, a load member and a vibration isolator. The housing bracket is configured to be coupled to the frame member bracket. The load member has a first portion disposed adjacent to an upper surface and a second portion disposed along a lateral portion of the housing. The vibration isolator is disposed between the load member and the housing bracket. The vibration isolator is configured to reduce load transmission from the frame member of the vehicle to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Hexagon Purus North America Holdings Inc.
    Inventors: Todd F. Sloan, Chris Forsberg, Eric M. Coupal-Sikes, Landon Tyerman
  • Patent number: 11014593
    Abstract: According to some embodiments, an improved tugger and rider cart assembly system is presented. The system comprising a tugger cart with a central space to receive a rider cart; the tugger cart having both front side and rear side pluralities of transport wheels approximately parallel to, but not touching, ground; a front side and a rear side loading wheel positioned closer to the ground than the transport wheels; a rider cart having a first wing and a second wing, both wings having a curved portion; and wherein the loading wheels and wing curved portions can be operatively connected to allow a user to move the rider cart onto the tugger cart thereby allowing the tugger cart to transport the rider cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventors: Joseph Wayne Knepp, Kris A. Buckert, Nicholas Michael Kaiser, Ryan Wilham Greiner
  • Patent number: 10994660
    Abstract: A tailgate assembly includes, among other things, a tailgate coupled to a vehicle body, and a step moveable from a stowed position where the step is held within a chamber of the tailgate to a step position where the step provides a step surface to a vehicle cargo bed. A method includes, among other things, moving a step from a stowed position where the step is held within a chamber of a tailgate to a step position where the step provides a step surface to a vehicle cargo bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Tom Thanh Ngo
  • Patent number: 10974584
    Abstract: A controller is provided for a hybrid system including an electric supercharger, a motor generator, and an energy storage system for supplying electric power to the electric supercharger and the motor generator controls the electric supercharger (and the motor generator in accordance with a required torque. Specifically, even when the required torque can be achieved by an engine alone, the controller for the hybrid system activates at least one of the electric supercharger and the motor generator to provide torque assist to the engine when the state of charge of the energy storage system is sufficiently high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Naoto Kinzuka
  • Patent number: 10966896
    Abstract: A braking system for a rollator with a frame includes an adjustable handle to be installed on a right subframe or a left subframe of the frame of the rollator, a bracket fixedly connected to the handle, a lever rotatably connected to the bracket, a lock movably connected to the bracket and configured to fix the lever in a locked position when the lock is moved relative to the bracket once the lever is rotated toward the frame, and a wire operably connected between the lever and a brake on the frame of the rollator, such that the wire applies the brake when the lever is rotated toward the bracket and when the lever is fixed in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Heather DeBrock, Drew DeBrock
  • Patent number: 10967803
    Abstract: A stackable transportable apparatus and method for storing or transporting at least one cylinder, having first and second lateral sides, a front side, a rear side, a bottom side and an opening in the top. The opening in the top and the bottom side are in a plane that is orthogonal to the longitudinal axis. Adjacent sides of each container are operably coupled to form a wall of the container. The wall includes front and rear proximal edges, and front and rear distal, edges. The front and rear proximal edges are closer to the center of a vehicle, by which the container is transported, than the front and rear distal edges. A top portion of the front side of the wall of the container, and the front proximal and distal edges have a plurality of open slot grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Richard A. Siciliano
  • Patent number: 10955025
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain variable vibration absorber assembly can be equipped in a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV). The vehicle powertrain variable vibration absorber assembly includes a rotary device, a drive-ratio assembly, and a spring. The rotary device, in an example, is a motor-generator unit (MGU). The drive-ratio assembly, in an example, is a planetary gear assembly. The drive-ratio assembly receives rotational drive input from the rotary device, and transmits rotational drive output to a powertrain component. The spring, in an example, is a variable stiffness spring. The spring is connected to the drive-ratio assembly and is connected to a grounded component. During use, the vehicle powertrain variable vibration absorber assembly absorbs different frequencies of vibration brought about by a vehicle engine amid different operating modes. The operating modes can involve cylinder deactivation technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventors: Derek F. Lahr, Neeraj S. Shidore, James B. Borgerson, Chunhao J. Lee, Norman K. Bucknor
  • Patent number: 10953928
    Abstract: Generally described, an articulated wheel fairing system for a vehicle having a steering system with a neutral steering input and a non-neutral steering input is provided. The articulated wheel fairing system provides clearance to the steer tire and wheel of the vehicle during non-neutral steering input, such as when the vehicle is turning at slower road speeds. The wheel fairing system generally includes an articulating fairing panel configured to cover at least a portion of the steer wheel, where the fairing panel movable from a first position adjacent to the steer wheel, such as when the vehicle is traveling at higher road speeds, to a second position outwardly from the first position. The wheel fairing system includes a mechanical linkage or actuator coupled to the fairing panel and the vehicle and configured to move the frame between the first position and the second position relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc
    Inventor: Gerald Jay Angelo
  • Patent number: 10899211
    Abstract: A battery system for use in a vehicle is disclosed. The battery system includes a tray having a plurality of battery receptacles. A plurality of batteries are also provided, each battery in the plurality of batteries being received in a battery receptacle. A conductive layer in electrical communication with the plurality of batteries and a terminal for electrically coupling to a vehicle are also provided in the battery system. A cover interlocks with the tray. The cover carries a computer and a diagnostic identification system for the plurality of batteries. A housing for a battery system and a vehicle including a battery system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: CPS Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Michael W. Leonard, Peter A. Ojeda, Jason Gamache
  • Patent number: 10858030
    Abstract: The present application provides a baby carrier with a convertible seat frame which includes a stroller frame, a stroller frame mount, the resting member, and the seat frame. The seat frame is pivotally mounted to the stroller frame mount so as to pivot between a seat mode and a lay-flat mode relative to the stroller frame. By fixing the resting member to the stroller frame mount mounted to the stroller frame to form a firm integral, the resting member does not pivot along with the seat frame pivoting. The resting member stays at a designated horizontal position when the seat frame pivots independently of the resting member. Therefore, the resting member does not intervene between caregivers and the child in the baby carrier so that a space substantially above the seat frame is kept clear for ease access to the child in the baby carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Wonderland Switzerland AG
    Inventor: Andrew Horst
  • Patent number: 10858060
    Abstract: A roller board device like a skateboard or scooter operated by a user with one or more user-maneuverable wheel assemblies that are automatically returned to their “true north” position is provided according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Roll, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Clos, William Charles Vetter, Troy A. Pongratz
  • Patent number: 10850759
    Abstract: A pallet truck wheel assembly for use on a pallet truck comprises an axle extending in a horizontal plane that includes a central portion configured to couple with a steering column of a pallet truck and shoulders at each terminal end of the axle. A pair of rear steer wheels having center bores receiving and rotatable about the axle are mounted on the axle in a spaced-apart configuration so that a central portion of the axle spaces the wheels apart between inboard portions of the steer wheels and the shoulders are exposed on each outboard portion of the steer wheels. A toe guard coupled only to the shoulders of the axle includes a protective element that extends around the back of the wheels and below the axle so that an operator's toes are prevented from sliding under the rear steer wheels of the pallet truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GPS, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Scott Loveless
  • Patent number: 10836450
    Abstract: A deflector assembly for protecting a driver of an open-topped vehicle includes a pair of rods, a connector, and a pair of couplers. The connector is coupled to a first end of each rod so that the connector extends between the rods. Each coupler is coupled to a second end of a respective rod. The coupler is configured to couple to an open-topped vehicle proximate to a respective front corner of the open-topped vehicle so that the rods extend upwardly from the open-topped vehicle. The rods are configured to sweep an object from a path in front of a driver of the open-topped vehicle to prevent contact between the object and the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Alfred Bradberry, William Bradberry
  • Patent number: 10814717
    Abstract: An air guiding unit has a shroud having a vent hole, an air guiding duct, and a valve housed in the air guiding duct. A radiator, an engine cooling heat exchanger, and a blower are fixed to the shroud. The shroud guides an air flowing into an engine room from an engine room opening and passing through the radiator and the engine cooling heat exchanger. The air guiding duct has a first opening, which is connected to the vent hole of the shroud, and a second opening, which is open in the engine room toward a rear space defined on a rear side of the engine. The air guiding duct therein has a duct interior channel through which the air flows between the first opening and the second opening. The valve is configured to increase and decrease an opening degree of the duct interior channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Shingo Okugawa, Ken Mutou, Akihiro Maeda, Tomomi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 10800275
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an electric machine, a detachable lift, and a controller. The detachable lift has a lift battery that is electrically connected to the electric machine. The controller is programmed to, responsive to the vehicle traveling on a predetermined route, transfer power between the electric machine and lift battery such that a lift battery charge is within a desired range at an end of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth James Miller, Jude Berthault, Walter Joseph Ortmann, Jeffrey Alan Palic
  • Patent number: 10800401
    Abstract: When a shift position is changed from a non-forward operating position to a forward operating position during a predetermined operation that shuts off gates of a first inverter and a second inverter and operates an engine, a step-up/down converter is controlled to gradually change the voltage of a high voltage-side power line toward a required voltage that is lower than a reverse voltage of a first motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Yu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10780339
    Abstract: A ski, wherein the ski includes: a ski core; a ski coating which forms an underside of the ski; a lower flange which is arranged between the ski core and the ski coating; steel edges; and side walls; wherein the lower flange includes at least a front region and/or a rear region which is broader, in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the ski, than a distance between the steel edges in the direction transverse to the longitudinal axis of the ski in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Völkl Sports GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Max Schmatz
  • Patent number: 10717322
    Abstract: A variable track wheel comprises a rim suitable for receiving a tire, and a disc through which said wheel is mountable on a hub, said disc being removably secured by fastenings to a connecting member provided in said rim, said connecting member projecting towards a rotation axis of said wheel, said wheel further comprising a plurality of spacers interposed between an annular perimeter zone of said disc and said connecting member of said rim, said disc and said rim being mountable in a plurality of reciprocal axial positions and in a plurality of reciprocal orientations to obtain a variation in the track of said wheel, said wheel further comprising at least one centering device for mutual positioning of said disc and of said rim said centering device comprising a hole and a pin said hole or said pin being provided in said connecting member or in said disc said centering device further comprising a coupling element so conformed as to cooperate with said hole and with said pin for reciprocally coupling said pin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Pasquale Patrizio Pellicano, Graziano Donati
  • Patent number: 10710654
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive system is disclosed. The hydraulic drive system includes a body housing, a rotor assembly, a motor assembly, and an engagement assembly. The first rotor assembly is attached to a first side of the body housing, while the first motor assembly is disposed inside the body housing and includes a first motor actuator. The engagement assembly positions the first motor actuator to engage and disengage with the first rotor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: New Heights, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron Jay Beiler
  • Patent number: 10667590
    Abstract: Luggage that may be mechanically integrated with a platform, including a piece of luggage including a slit through which the piece of luggage is integrated with a platform for the piece of luggage, a handle fastened to the piece of luggage, for pushing or pulling the piece of luggage, luggage wheels fastened to a first outer surface of the piece of luggage, for rolling the piece of luggage, and a release mechanism extending from the luggage unit to the platform, through the slit, for unlocking the platform, wherein the platform locks and unlocks such that the platform is free to be raised and lowered when it is unlocked, and is not free to be raised and lowered when it is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Aviad Berger