Patents Examined by Kevin Hurley
  • Patent number: 11124031
    Abstract: A fifth wheel for locking to a kingpin of a towed trailer includes an operating arm pivotable into and between a locked position for locking the kingpin in the fifth wheel and an unlocked position in which the kingpin can be removed from or inserted into the fifth wheel and a housing coupled to the operating arm. A pull handle is slidable in the housing into and between an extended position in which the pull handle extends from the housing and a retracted position in which the pull handle is retracted into the housing. A spring in the housing biases the pull handle towards the retracted position. When the operating arm is pivoted into the locked position the pull handle is forced into the extended position, and after the operating arm is pivoted to the unlocked position the pull handle moves to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Fontaine Fifth Wheel Company
    Inventors: Michael Shane Wolfe, Russell Wayne Melton
  • Patent number: 11117613
    Abstract: A power assist device for supporting steering of a motor vehicle includes a steering column shaft and a housing. The shaft has a rotor and the housing has a stator. The stator is arranged in the radial direction with respect to the rotor. The rotor is a disk, and at least one magnet is arranged on the radially outer edge of said rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Georg Figura, Alexander Ein Waldt, Armin Schymczyk
  • Patent number: 11117432
    Abstract: Components and devices are disclosed which are made from or otherwise include a protective material configured to release corrosion protection molecules. These exemplary components and devices can be included with trailer hitch mounts, hitch mount assemblies, and associated hardware to provide protection against rust and corrosion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Process4, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Taylor, Matthew Hanson
  • Patent number: 11117431
    Abstract: A towing hook mounting structure includes a frame of a vehicle and a towing hook. The frame includes a first surface and a second surface having a planar direction different from that of the first surface. The towing hook includes a first hook portion and a second hook portion different from the first hook portion. The first hook portion of the towing hook is fixedly mounted to the first surface of the frame, and the second hook portion of the towing hook is fixedly mounted to the second surface of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidenobu Takahashi, Maiko Ikeyoshi, Yusuke Kimura, Yuichiro Maruishi
  • Patent number: 11118680
    Abstract: A hydrostatic drive includes a transmission having a pump and motor disposed on a center section, and a charge pump to provide fluid to a charge gallery. A power take off (PTO) driven by a prime mover includes a clutch assembly, solenoid valve, and PTO drive member driven by a prime mover input. When the solenoid valve is in a first position, fluid flows from the charge gallery to the clutch to connect the input with the PTO drive member, and when the solenoid valve is in a second position, fluid flows from the PTO mechanism to the sump to disengage the PTO drive member from the input. A filter may be disposed on a land on the center section and seated in a filter pocket in the housing. The filter engages with a bottom surface of the filter pocket to maintain a seal against the land.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Thomas J. Langenfeld
  • Patent number: 11110989
    Abstract: A handlebar stem connection mechanism for connecting a handlebar stem with a front wheel fork comprises a steerer tube connectible with the front wheel fork. Further, a handlebar stem tube connectible with the handlebar stem is provided, the handlebar stem tube surrounding the steerer tube. Using a clamping element arranged between the steerer tube and the handlebar stem tube, the steerer tube is clampingly connected with the handlebar stem tube. For fixing, in particular a screw is provided in the clamping element as the fixing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Canyon Bicycles GmbH
    Inventor: Lukas Schuchnigg
  • Patent number: 11110994
    Abstract: A snowmobile comprises a chassis with a front portion and a tunnel, and a power train unit supported by the chassis. The snowmobile further includes a plurality of ground-engaging members cooperating with the power train unit to operate the snowmobile. The plurality of ground-engaging members includes a pair of front skis and an endless track assembly. The track includes a wide track belt and the snowmobile body portions and chassis are adapted to fit the wide track belt. A rear rack assembly is positioned on a rear of the snowmobile frame and can support a passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Hedlund, Corey D. Omdahl, Jeffrey A. Eaton, Ronald W. Bachleitner, Joel R. Schildgen
  • Patent number: 11110763
    Abstract: One example embodiment is a tow bar retention mechanism for a vehicle tow bar of a combat vehicle. The tow bar retention mechanism includes a tow bar retention arm, an elongated locking beam, a quick-release locking mechanism, and a quick-release safety mechanism. The quick-release locking mechanism locks the tow bar retention arm in a locked position placing the vehicle tow bar in a stowed position. The quick-release locking mechanism also unlocks the tow bar retention arm allowing the tow bar retention arm to move to an unlocked position allowing the vehicle tow bar to move to a tow position. The quick-release safety mechanism may be placed in a first position preventing the quick-release locking mechanism from moving from the locked position. The quick-release safety mechanism may also be placed in a second position allowing the quick-release locking mechanism to move from the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Government of the United States, as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Kirill Pavlov, William E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11110593
    Abstract: Automated storage and retrieval systems which include robots that move along ceilings and/or walls to retrieve and/or transport goods. The robots use magnetic adhesion to hold to the surfaces. The robots adjust the magnetic adhesion force in response to changes in weight or other conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Ferromotion Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Vira Tarbaieva, Andriy Volodymyrovych Shvydky, Mykhailo Anatolievich Smetaniuk, Victor Anatolievich Smetaniuk
  • Patent number: 11110843
    Abstract: A drop-deck trailer for hauling heavy loads (e.g., jumbo glass panes) positioned on each side of the drop-deck and which minimizes trailer twisting/leaning is provided. The drop deck includes a plurality of transversely-mounted A-frames that are coupled through an anti-torsion structure (ATS) to each other and to at least two trailer main beams at an elevated front deck and at a rear portion of the drop-deck for transferring the load from each side of the trailer and into the at least two main beams. The ATS includes tie bars for connecting the tops of the A-frames together, a front support for connecting the forward-most A-frame to the main beams and an end support for connecting the rear-most A-frame to the main beams. The ATS minimizes twisting/leaning of the trailer without adding any significant weight to the trailer itself. This permits the transport of increased payload on the trailer, including a continuous tarp for covering the payload during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventor: Miles A. Reitnouer
  • Patent number: 11110958
    Abstract: A steerable track system usable with a vehicle that has a chassis, an axle frame extending laterally outwardly from the chassis and having an attachment portion at an end thereof to which the steerable track system is connectable, and a driven shaft extending laterally outwardly from the chassis suitable for driving the steerable track system. The steerable track system has a frame having a cavity defined therein and being operatively connectable to the axle frame so as to be pivotable about a steering axis for steering the track system, and a gear train with components disposed in the cavity. The gear train transmits driving forces from the driven shaft to a driven wheel assembly of a plurality of track-supporting wheel assemblies. An endless track extends around the track-supporting wheel assemblies and is drivable by the driven wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: SOUCY INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Charles St-Arnaud, Pascal Lafreniere, Steve Frechette, Frederik Martel
  • Patent number: 11104192
    Abstract: A trailer coupling for a motor vehicle is disclosed, which comprises a carrier assembly having a transverse carrier designed as a profiled part and a retainer retained on the transverse carrier for retaining a coupling element, of the trailer coupling, wherein the coupling element is provided for fastening a trailer or a load carrier, wherein the retainer is connected to the transverse carrier by a tension anchor of a tension anchor assembly wherein the tension anchor penetrates the transverse carrier along the tension anchor load axis of the tension anchor and loads an abutment surface of the retainer, through which abutment surface the tension anchor load axis or an axis parallel to the tension anchor load axis passes, against a side wall of the transverse carrier, said side wall having a through-opening for the tension anchor wherein the tension anchor assembly has a support element having a support surface and a support protrusion, which protrudes from the support surface in the direction of the tension a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Kay Angermann, Hendrik Graute, Raphael Gringel, Arne Kuhlen
  • Patent number: 11105394
    Abstract: According to electric power steering apparatuses of these embodiments, power of a motor is secondarily reduced and a torque is amplified by connecting a worm wheel and a steering shaft using a cycloid gear, a weight and a cost of the motor can be reduced, and various reduction ratios can be realized, and a secondary deduction structure can be realized while minimizing a change in the structure of an existing reducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyung Tack Lee
  • Patent number: 11104398
    Abstract: A frame assembly includes a central shaft with forward and rearward ends and a central extent, a forward sleeve at the forward end, a central sleeve at the central extent, and left and right brackets adjacent to the rearward end. A steering assembly has central, upper, and lower sections. The upper section is received in the central section with left and right handlebars extending laterally. The lower section extends through the forward sleeve. A forward bracket pivotably couples the central and lower sections. A seating assembly has a support post received in the central sleeve and an upper end supporting a seat. A drive assembly has left and right brackets, left and right wheels, a brace extending through the brackets supporting the wheels, a motor positioned adjacent to one of the wheels, and a source of potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Fred E. Peace
  • Patent number: 11104191
    Abstract: A vertically articulating trailer hitch assembly for use with a vehicle, and particularly for use with an autonomous vehicle. The trailer hitch assembly is pivotally attached to the vehicle frame. The hitch assembly is allowed to swing away from the vehicle frame from a lowered position in which the trailer ball is uncoupled from the hitch coupler of the trailer to a raised position in which the trailer ball is coupled to the hitch coupler. The hitch assembly typically includes a receiver that has a long axis. The vehicle frame has a long axis. When the hitch assembly is in its lowered position, the long axis of the receiver is out of alignment with the long axis of the frame. When the hitch assembly is in its raised position, the long axis of the receiver is aligned with the long axis of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Emil Jackson, Joseph L. Buchwitz, James Adam Drozdowski
  • Patent number: 11103394
    Abstract: A power assist apparatus that converts a hand-propelled wheelchair to a motorized wheelchair without use of tools or mounting brackets. The apparatus has a first motorized section and a support assembly associated with one drive wheel of the wheelchair and a second motorized section and a support assembly associated with the other drive wheel. The motorized sections, each having a motor and a wheel, are connected together but operate independently. Each support assembly has an outrigger assembly with outwardly extending arms that support the drive wheels above the surface to be traversed. The apparatus has a control mechanism controlling the motors and a positioning sensor mechanism determining movement of the outrigger assemblies to transmit positional information to the control mechanism and move the apparatus and wheelchair in the direction indicated by the drive wheels, thereby controlling movement of the apparatus in the same manner as the non-motorized wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Paul C. Dickie
  • Patent number: 11104399
    Abstract: A bicycle has a bicycle frame, two handle bars, and a clamping assembly. The bicycle frame has a front fork having a steerer tube mounted within a head tube of the bicycle frame and a handle mount fastened to the steerer tube and having two receiving tubes longitudinally disposed at two sides of the head tube, respectively. The two handle bars are rotatably mounted to the two receiving tubes, respectively, and each handle bar has a first section inserted inside a corresponding one of the two receiving tubes and a second section integrally fixed to the first section. The clamping assembly has two clamping units respectively mounted around the two receiving tubes and an operating unit connected to the two clamping units and being configured to abut the two clamping units for respectively clamping the two receiving tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Tai-Chih Wang
  • Patent number: 11097794
    Abstract: A suspension system for a tracked vehicle includes a track roller configured to contact and roll relative to an inner surface of a track. In some examples, the track roller includes an axle member, a roller mounting bracket mechanically connected to the axle member, a frame mounting bracket configured to attach to a frame of the tracked vehicle, and a plurality of coil springs disposed between the roller mounting bracket and the frame mounting bracket. The plurality of coil springs is configured to reduce an impact force transferred from the track roller to the frame of the tracked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: SRJ, Inc.
    Inventor: Woo Young Jee
  • Patent number: 11090990
    Abstract: A vehicle hitch assistance system includes a controller acquiring data from an external portable electronic device including position and orientation data of a trailer, including a coupler thereof, and deriving a vehicle path to align a hitch ball of the vehicle with the coupler using the position and orientation data of at least one of the trailer and the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Yu Ling
  • Patent number: 11091029
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for the shape-matching and/or force-fitting fastening of an element, preferably of a tank, to a vehicle frame having at least one upper fastening plate couplable to an upper region of the tank and having at least one lower fastening plate couplable to the tank thereunder, wherein the fastening plates are configured in particular to largely or exclusively conduct the weight force of the tank into a metal top boom plate and/or into a metal bottom boom plate of a longitudinal beam of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: LIEBHERR-MINING EQUIPMENT COLMAR SAS
    Inventors: Frank Hundertpfund, Kai Kugelstadt