Patents Examined by Lesley D. Morris
  • Patent number: 8307939
    Abstract: Disclosed is a steering gear for a power steering system of a vehicle, comprising a component that is mounted axially displaceably in a housing of the steering gear, a tie rod fixed in an articulated manner on at least one axial end of the component by way of a joint, wherein a rotational center of the joint is disposed on a radially directed adapter part laterally offset with respect to a central longitudinal axis of the axially displaceable component, and the adapter part is fixed to the axially displaceable component by way of a shaft-hub connection, which is fastened on the axial end of the axially displaceable component using a nut on an external thread so as to provide a steering gear that has a high-strength, play-free connection between the axially displaceable component thereof and the adapter part, and which is easy to produce, the shaft-hub connection being formed by a play-free, conical serrated connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: ZF Lenksysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Hauck, Helmut Bareis, Wilfried Doster
  • Patent number: 8302997
    Abstract: A system for integrating and embedding a fuel storage tank in the roof of an automotive vehicle is provided. The automotive vehicle may include a roof assembly having inner roof panels and outer roof panels. The roof panels may define a cavity that protrudes into the passenger compartment below the roof line of the automotive vehicle. A pressurized fuel tank may be disposed within the cavity of the roof assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Jon Veenstra
  • Patent number: 8302728
    Abstract: A four-wheel steering system for a remote control vehicle. The system includes a pair of steering actuators driving a pair of front bell cranks. A front toe link is pivotally connected to each of the spaced front bell cranks for lateral translation. Right and left front tie rods are each pivotally connected between corresponding ends of the front toe link and a corresponding front steering knuckle. An elongated center tie rod is pivotally connected between one front bell crank and one of a pair of rear bell cranks. An elongated rear toe link is dependently pivotally connected to the pair of rear bell cranks for lateral translation. Right and left rear tie rods are each pivotally connected between corresponding ends of the rear toe link and corresponding right and left rear steering knuckles whereby the front knuckles steer in one direction while the rear knuckles steer in an opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Jerry T. Dotson
  • Patent number: 8302339
    Abstract: A display system utilizing a graphics box as a primary component is disclosed. The graphics box greatly increases the flexibility and aesthetic appeal of displayed graphics cards. The ability to mass produce the graphics box, use multiple graphics boxes to deliver displays of different size and information content and, especially, the ability to reuse the graphics boxes, means that costs of the disclosed display system are relatively low and are achievable without a decrease in the aesthetic appeal of the entire display. Structures for supporting the graphics box to further increase the flexibility of the display system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Randy Pender, Van Stry Erik
  • Patent number: 8302945
    Abstract: A cover assembly for an air spring for vehicles includes a cover (1) and a buffer (2) in the cover (1). The cover (1) is made from plastic and has reinforcing ribs (3) on the inside. The stop buffer (2) has slots on the side thereof facing the cover (1) in a manner corresponding to the reinforcing ribs (3) of the cover (1). The ribs (3) of the cover (1) are inserted into the slots (8). Damage to the buffer (2) by impact of the ribs (3) on the buffer (2) is thus avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: ContiTech Luftfedersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Hubertus Gawinski, Christoph Bank, Hans Werner Kopplow, Rolf Steinbach
  • Patent number: 8297383
    Abstract: An endless track suspension is comprised of a suspension support beam having an idler wheel assembly connected to a respective one of opposed ends thereof. At least one of the idler wheel assemblies has an endless track binding mechanism. Support wheels are secured to the suspension support beam and project from a lower face thereof. A drive sprocket is secured elevated above the suspension support beam by a support arm. The drive sprocket is secured to a vehicle drive axle by a coupling ring. The drive sprocket, the support wheels and idler wheels constitute an endless track support assembly for supporting an endless track in drivable engagement thereabout. A flexible connection of the drive sprocket support arm and the support wheels absorbs shocks and vibrations transmitted to the vehicle drive axle by the displacement of the endless track over a rough ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Jean Després
  • Patent number: 8297395
    Abstract: A scooter-type vehicle can freely set a capacity of a fuel filter without being restricted by swing of a unit-swing type engine. A fuel supply device includes a fuel tank and a fuel supply passage for supplying fuel to an engine. A pump-anterior filter for purifying the fuel in the fuel tank, a fuel pump, a fuel filter disposed on the downstream side of the fuel pump, and an injector for injecting fuel are arranged on the fuel supply passage in this order. The fuel filter is disposed between the upper surface of the fuel tank and the step floor. The size of the fuel filter can freely be set without being restricted by swing of the engine located rearward of the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yamada, Mitsuru Terada, Tsubasa Ishii
  • Patent number: 8296979
    Abstract: A banner apparatus comprising a base having a substantially symmetrical central core formed in an upper end of the base and a banner-insert sub-assembly removably installed within the core from either open end. The core has a substantially symmetrical and central stepped inner surface that is accessible from each open end. The banner-insert sub-assembly comprises an insert having at least one passage therethrough and a windsock banner installed over the insert so as to be pinched between the insert and the core when the banner-insert sub-assembly is removably installed within the core during use, the banner having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one airflow channel in communication therebetween and with the passage and the core so as to allow airflow through the base and the banner to aid its substantially horizontal flight during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Steve Pereira, Kris Stewart, Carl Tenbrink, Scott Willis
  • Patent number: 8297655
    Abstract: A fuel tank mounting mechanism which enhances backward visibility of an operator and performs the loading/unloading work of a fuel tank by a single motion to improve replacement workability. In the mechanism for mounting a fuel tank (30) on a counterweight (8) provided in the rear of an industrial vehicle, the front upper surface of the counterweight (8) is dented to form a recess (9) for receiving the fuel tank (30) in the width direction of the body. The recess (9) is provided with an arm (14) having a member (15) for fixing the fuel tank (30), and the arm (14) is supported rotatably for the body fixing portion through an arm rotating shaft (13) and arranged to rotate about the shaft (13) as the center of rotation to the right or left side in a vertical plane. The arm (14) hangs down from the body side when it rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kiyomitsu Ogawa, Nobutaka Umezawa
  • Patent number: 8297398
    Abstract: A two-wheeled motor vehicle provided with a drive shaft (32) rotatably supported by a swing arm (28) rockable on a pivot shaft (27). The longitudinal center axis (32J) of the drive shaft (32) is located below a line (28C) interconnecting the pivot shaft (27) and an axle (40). The drive shaft (32) is surrounded by the swing arm (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taisuke Nimura, Kenji Kofuji, Kiyotaka Sakai, Saiji Suzuta, Toshiyuki Iwai, Satoshi Kogo, Eiji Toriyama
  • Patent number: 8296978
    Abstract: The invention provides systems for removably attaching flexible signage to transportable containers, including systems adapted for attaching advertising banners to truck trailers. An aspect of the invention is a support line length adjustment mechanism adapted to be actuated to alternatively shorten and tension a signage sheet support line, and to lengthen and thereby untension the support line, to release the support line and the signage from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Glen Stewart
  • Patent number: 8296980
    Abstract: An adjustable display board system comprises a display board, first and second grippers, first and second racks, and a handle. The first and second grippers are coupled to the display and include a plurality of teeth. The first and second racks are mounted to a rigid structure and include a plurality of teeth generally greater than the number of teeth of the first and second grippers. The teeth of the first and second grippers mesh with the teeth of the first and second racks to maintain the vertical position of the display board. The handle is pushed to disengage the grippers from the racks and allow vertical motion of the display board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Jorge Garcia, Sam Minnich
  • Patent number: 8297638
    Abstract: An external line connection for a semitrailer of a semitrailer truck, comprising a frame structure having a skid plate closing off the underside, on which plate a king pin is arranged, and a connector bracket, arranged to be swivelable about the king pin, at least one line section being led out of said bracket and being connectable to a power supply system of the semitrailer. The aim of the invention is to provide a low-wear external line connection from the connector bracket to the semitrailer. For this purpose, the connector bracket of the external line connection acts upon a turntable which is swivelably received on the skid plate. At least one line section is led out from the top of the turntable and rests on both sides of the turntable in subsections, the subsections being maintained under tensile stress via a prestressing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Jost-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: José Manuel Algüera, Michael Eiermann
  • Patent number: 8297401
    Abstract: A vehicle steering system transmission comprising a housing, an input shaft journalled to the housing, an electric motor connected to the housing and coupled to the input shaft, an output shaft journalled to the housing, the input shaft and the output shaft coupled by a first pair of sprockets having a first belt trained therebetween and having a first ratio, the first belt and first pair of sprockets comprising a helical tooth configuration, the input shaft and the output shaft coupled by a second pair of sprockets having a second belt trained therebetween and having a second ratio, and the input shaft and the output shaft coupled by a third pair of sprockets having a third belt trained therebetween and having a third ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: The Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Schneider, Alexander Serkh
  • Patent number: 8292017
    Abstract: A silencer for a motorcycle has a front cup which has a tapered tubular shape, a center sleeve which is connected to the front cup, and a tail cup which is connected to the center sleeve. Since the front cup has a tapered tubular shape, the front cup is arranged such that a front end of the front cup is positioned in the vicinity of a main frame. A distal end of the silencer can be shifted frontward in the longitudinal direction of a vehicle compared to a silencer of a prior art. As a result, a length of the silencer can be increased while avoiding interference between the silencer and legs of a rider and hence, silencing performance of the silencer can be enhanced. Since the distal end of the silencer can be shifted frontward in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle, the concentration of a mass can be acquired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yusuke Inoue, Satoshi Matsushima, Tatsuya Sasaki, Hiroshi Nakashima, Yuji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8292007
    Abstract: A wheeled platform 100 is disclosed, which is characterized by high mobility and reliability, and which can be used in a wide range of applications including transport and robotic devices. The wheeled platform 100 has fore and aft body portions 130, 132, each body portion 130, 132 having first and second sides 106, 108. Overlapping wheels 112, 114, 116, 118 are rotatably attached to the first side 106 and overlapping wheels 120, 122, 124, 126 are rotatably attached to the second side 108. The fore body portion 130 can be connected to the aft body portion 132 via an articulation element 133.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas L. DeFazio, David S. Barrett, Chikyung Won, Selma Svendson
  • Patent number: 8296031
    Abstract: Disclosed are an electronic hydraulic pressure control system and a control method thereof, capable of detecting an error in differential pressure between a master cylinder and a wheel cylinder. The control method includes the steps of acquiring pressure of a master cylinder and pedal pressure according to a stroke distance of a pedal, detecting a time point at which the pressure of the master cylinder and the pedal pressure reach predetermined reference pressure, and determining that an error occurs if the time point exceeds a predetermined reference time point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Mando Corporation
    Inventor: Man Bok Park
  • Patent number: 8286985
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a double hinged tow hitch. The tow hitch is attached to a tow vehicle and allows full traction to the ground and complete control of steering. The tow hitch comprises two hinges secured together by a pin positioned at an upper portion of the hinges and a pin positioned at a lower portion of the hinges. The pins secure the hinges together and allow the hinges to flex in two positions. Additionally, the tow hitch comprises springs positioned on either side of the hinges and rubber positioned between the hinges to act as a shock absorber. When pressure is applied to the tow hitch, the springs will collapse into either the upper or lower portions of the hinges, causing the hinges to flex in two positions and pressing against the rubber between the hinges, thus acting as a suspension system for the tow hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: David Frocklage
  • Patent number: 8286983
    Abstract: A trailer chassis is described which includes a gooseneck structure at the forward end thereof to which a two-point beam hitch assembly may be secured or a front axle tongue hitch assembly may be secured. The trailer may also function as a fifth wheel hitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: James A. Hellbusch
  • Patent number: 8286982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a suspension system for a bicycle of the type that comprises: a frame (1); a front fork (6) comprising a front damper (8); a swing arm (16) hinged to the frame (1) and a rear damper (25); and at least one shock sensor (30), said sensor (30) being connected to a monitoring unit (28) controlling the front damper (8) and/or rear damper (25) on the basis of the signal sent by said sensor (30); said system is noteworthy in that the front damper (8) and/or rear damper (25) is a variable-compression damper that has at least three positions, an open position in which compression is greatest, a closed position in which compression is zero, and a so-called medium position; and in that it has, as a minimum, means for detecting pedaling called pedaling sensors (29) connected to the monitoring unit (28) which, when pedaling is not detected by the pedaling sensor (29), sets the damper (8, 25) compression command to the open position and, when pedaling is detected by the pedaling sensor (29)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Cycles Lapierre
    Inventors: Pierre-Geoffroy Plantet, Emmanuel Antonot, Remy Gribaudo