Patents Examined by Mark A Manley
  • Patent number: 11326651
    Abstract: A shifting system includes an input member, a disconnect, an output member, and a shifting assembly to selectively rotationally couple the input member and the output member. The shifting assembly includes an input hub having a disconnectable component engageable with the disconnect and a clutch engagement component extending radially away from an axis. A plurality of clutch plates is coupled to the clutch engagement component and is moveable between engaged and disengaged positions. A biasing member is coupled to the clutch plates to bias the clutch plates toward the engaged position, and an apply plate is coupled to the biasing member. The apply plate is moveable between a first plate position where the clutch plates are in the engaged position, and a second plate position where the clutch plates are in the disengaged position. A clutch plate carrier is coupled to the clutch plates and to the output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Borg Warner Inc.
    Inventors: Xinqian Xiang, Calahan B. Campton, R. Keith Martin
  • Patent number: 11320002
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism that is configured to be driven in rotation about an axis and includes two assemblies, each assembly including at least an outer disc carrier externally delimiting a cavity, a clutch comprising a stack of coupling discs, and friction discs, the stack being housed in the cavity and configured to be driven in rotation about the axis, a reaction member configured to allow compression of the coupling discs against the friction discs in an engaged position of the clutch, the clutch mechanism comprising at least one device for assembling the two assemblies, the clutch mechanism including at least one device for adjusting an axial distance between the two clutches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: VALEO EMBRAYAGES
    Inventors: Laurent Caumartin, Rabah Arhab, Herve Ribot, David Delplace
  • Patent number: 11300186
    Abstract: A launch device for coupling a rotary output of a prime mover to a rotary input of a transmission. The launch device includes a front cover connected to the rotary output member of the prime mover and an output hub connected to the rotary input of the transmission. A rear cover cooperates with the front cover to define a chamber in which an impeller and a turbine are located. A damper is coupled between the turbine and the output hub and a lock-out clutch is coupled to the damper to releasably lock the damper for rotation with one of the front and rear covers. Connecting the clutch assembly to the damper is a clutch plate in which a clutch drum of the clutch assembly is unitarily formed with the input members of the damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Exedy GlobalParts Corporation
    Inventor: Hanjun He
  • Patent number: 11293535
    Abstract: A launch device coupling a prime mover to a transmission. The launch device includes a front cover for connecting to the output of the prime mover and an output hub for connecting to the input of the transmission. A rear cover is connected to the front cover and cooperates to define a chamber. Within the chamber are an impeller and a turbine having a plurality of opposing blades such that hydraulic fluid is directed from the impeller blades and toward the turbine blades. A main damper is provided between the turbine and output hub of the launch device. Coupled to the main damper is a lock-out clutch configured to releasably lock the main damper for rotation with one of the front and rear covers. The launch device also includes an active dynamic damper system coupled to the main damper and configured to reduce resonance influence on the main damper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: EXEDY GLOBALPARTS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Kitada, Scott Binder, Ken Mototsune, Daniel Leschuk
  • Patent number: 11280393
    Abstract: A torque converter comprises a front cover, an impeller including an impeller shell fixed to the front cover, and a turbine including a turbine shell axially movable to frictionally engage the impeller shell such that the turbine shell forms a piston of a lock-up clutch. A reaction plate is positioned axially between the front cover and the turbine shell. A first pressure chamber is defined axially between the reaction plate and the turbine shell, a second pressure chamber is defined axially between the turbine shell and the impeller shell, and a third pressure chamber is defined axially between the reaction plate and the front cover. An output hub includes a first bore and a second bore radially offset from each other, wherein the first bore is in fluid communication with the first pressure chamber and the second bore is in fluid communication with the third pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Angel Salvador Flores
  • Patent number: 11268585
    Abstract: A driving apparatus 100 includes a motor 20 that generates drive power and power transmission units 30, 40, and 50 that transmit drive power of the motor 20 to an output shaft 60. The power transmission units 30, 40, and 50 include at least one of a clutch mechanism 30 that switches between a state where the motor 20 and the output shaft 60 are connected and a state where the motor 20 and the output shall 60 are disconnected, in accordance with movement of an operation rod 32, and a brake mechanism 40 that brakes rotation of the output shaft 60 in accordance with movement of an operation rod 43.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoki Matsunaga, Tsuyoshi Yoshigasaki, Kenta Kohigashi
  • Patent number: 11261967
    Abstract: A device for locking a piston rod of a piston includes a latching mechanism actuatable by an actuating element. The actuating element is fixedly arranged on an armature rod of an electromagnet, is clamped between two preloading springs, and includes two actuating contours. Components of the device are configured with respect to geometry and with respect to forces acting upon each of the components such that a permanent magnet holds the armature rod in a first position in the non-energized condition of an electromagnet and in the engaged condition of the parking lock and such that the electromagnet holds the armature rod in a second position in the energized condition and in the disengaged condition of the parking lock. The parking lock is disengageable in the pressurized condition of the piston and in the energized condition of the electromagnet, and the parking lock is engageable in the non-pressurized condition of the piston and in the non-energized condition of the electromagnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Maik Wiesner, Florian Weinl, Dirk Leutheuser, Thomas Schwegler
  • Patent number: 11248702
    Abstract: A parking lock unit for a transmission assembly of a motor vehicle includes a parking ratchet wheel defining a longitudinal axis and a first spring arrangement. A second spring arrangement is arranged radially outwards of the first spring arrangement with respect to a longitudinal axis. A supporting sleeve is arranged coaxially to the parking ratchet wheel and is supported in a circumferential direction by the transmission assembly. The supporting sleeve has at least one opening. At least one locking element is arranged between the first and second spring arrangements and is radially movable in the at least one opening with respect to the longitudinal axis. The locking element is spring loaded by at least one of the first and second spring arrangements. The at least one locking element is movable radially inwards into a locked position and radially outwards into a release position by rotation of an actuating ring about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Ltd.
    Inventors: Artur Grunwald, Sascha Miebach
  • Patent number: 11248663
    Abstract: A clutch unit for a powertrain of a motor vehicle is disclosed, comprising a torque input component acting as a drive element and a torque output component acting as an output element, which can be connected to transmit a torque to the torque input component through a clutch which can be switched through friction elements, the clutch having two partial clutches by which the torque input component and the torque output component can be connected so as to transmit a torque, in which one of the two partial clutches is configured as a positive-fit clutch and the other of the two partial clutches is configured as a friction clutch. In addition, the disclosure relates to a hybrid module with a first drive machine the output shaft of which can be connected through such a clutch unit to an output shaft of a second drive machine or a transmission input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Marco Grethel, Loyal George MacMillian, Carsten Mayer, Markus Baehr
  • Patent number: 11248662
    Abstract: A dual clutch unit includes an outer disk carrier rotationally driven about a rotation axis, first and second inner disk carriers, first and second disk packs for torque transmission between the outer disk carrier and the respective inner disk carrier, wherein the first and second inner disk carriers are arranged rotatably relative to each other about the rotation axis, a central oil supply to supply the first and second disk packs with coolant, a first distributor channel being formed in the first inner disk carrier and comprising a feed opening through which the first distributor channel is fluidly connected to the central oil supply, a second distributor channel being formed in the second inner disk carrier and being fluidly connected to the central oil supply via the first distributor channel, and drain channels being formed in the inner disk carriers to conduct the coolant into the disk packs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Christoph Chatenay, Jan Haupt
  • Patent number: 11242920
    Abstract: Presented are torque converters (TC) with planetary-type vibration dampers, methods for making/using such TC assemblies, and vehicles equipped with such TC assemblies. A TC assembly includes a TC housing drivingly connected to a prime mover to receive torque therefrom, and a TC output member drivingly connected to a transmission to transfer torque thereto. Rotatably mounted within an internal fluid chamber of the TC housing are juxtaposed turbine and impeller blades. The impeller blades are rotatably mounted to the housing. A TC clutch is operable to lock the TC housing to the TC output member. A torsional vibration damper, which is disposed within the internal fluid chamber, includes a sun gear attached to the TC output member for unitary rotation, a ring gear attached to the TC clutch for unitary rotation, and a planet carrier intermeshed with the ring and sun gears and attached to the turbine blades for unitary rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Dongxu Li, Leonid Basin
  • Patent number: 11221070
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an actuating device for actuating an emergency release of a transmission, including a parking lock, which transmission is mechanically locked by the parking lock when the parking lock is activated, of a motor vehicle, having at least one vehicle-fixed actuating element, by which the parking lock is manually and mechanically deactivatable, and having a tool formed separately from the actuating element via which the actuating element is manually and mechanically actuatable to manually deactivate the parking lock, wherein the actuating element comprises a roller rotatable around an axis of rotation which is rotatable around the axis of rotation by the tool to thus actuate the actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Georg Scheiblecker, Bodo Wilke, Maximilian Steffan, Iris Puckelwaldt
  • Patent number: 11221048
    Abstract: A unidirectional rotary bearing contains a bearing body, multiple rollers, two rotatable driving rings, and at least two homing springs. The bearing body includes an internal surface and two peripheral surfaces, the internal surface has multiple receiving grooves each having an engagement segment and a disengagement segment, and each peripheral surface has a circular groove. Each of the multiple rollers is columnar and has a diameter which is more than an engaging depth of the engagement segment of each receiving groove of the bearing body and is less than a disengaging depth of the disengagement segment of each receiving groove of the bearing body, and each roller has two drive extensions. A diameter of each of the multiple apertures is more than each of the two drive extensions and is less than the diameter of each roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Tai-World Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sen-Tien Shih
  • Patent number: 11215282
    Abstract: A parking lock includes a locking pawl (2) and an interlocking element (6) arranged on a connecting bar (5) to a selector lever (4). During engagement of the parking lock, the selector lever (4) is rotated by a spring (9). A hydraulically actuatable actuator (10) including two pistons (11, 12). A first piston (11) is pressurized in order to disengage the parking lock and axially displace the second piston (12) against a spring (9). Axial movement of the second piston (12) rotates the selector lever (4) and vice versa. A detent device (13) of the actuator (10), is actuatable by an electromagnet (13a). An emergency release device (15) is operatively connectable with the selector lever (4) so that the second piston (12) is axially displaceable by the selector lever (4) without displacing the first piston (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Julia Klein
  • Patent number: 11209053
    Abstract: A wheel end disconnect system includes an inner race connected to one of an axle half shaft and a wheel hub, an outer race connected to the other of the axle half shaft and the wheel hub, and a plurality of radially actuatable pawls, circumferentially spaced apart, oriented between the inner and outer races, and movable between an outboard locked position and an inboard unlocked position to connect and disconnect the wheel hub from the axle half shaft. The system further includes a plurality of pins attached to an actuator ring. The actuator ring is axially shift-able between a locked and unlocked position. The system also includes one or more permanent magnets forming a permanent magnet ring attached to the actuator ring, with axially spaced apart north and south poles, and an annular tri-pole electromagnet having two counter-wound axially spaced apart coils concentric with the annular permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Neil Wys, Norman Jerry Bird
  • Patent number: 11193585
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a locking unit, in particular for the parking lock of an automatic transmission, for locking the movement of a piston which is movable by a drive and in particular can be acted upon with pressure or hydraulic pressure, wherein the locking unit has an internal tube section which is designed as a guide of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: SVM Schultz Verwaltungs-GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Helmut Mang, Florian Hölzle, Martin Kächler, Wolfgang Schütz
  • Patent number: 11193546
    Abstract: A ball-ramp clutch includes two stamped ramp plates and at least one molded support ring. The molded support ring transmits axial force from one of the ramp plates to a thrust bearing, which, in turn, transmits the axial force to the pressure plate of a clutch pack. The molded support ring may radially locate one of the races of the thrust bearing. The molded support ring may be plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jay Barnes, Shaun Tate, Alaa Makke
  • Patent number: 11187280
    Abstract: A frictional part for a frictionally operating device includes friction lining pieces, which are spaced apart from one another to form an annular disc-like friction surface having grooves, and the friction lining pieces have the shape of triangles and pentagons. The pentagonal friction lining pieces may be provided with a radially inward or outward directed top and may be intrinsically symmetrical with respect to a radial. The pentagonal friction lining pieces may be oriented with the tops thereof alternating radially inward and radially outward. The triangular friction lining pieces may have the shape of acute-angled or right-angled triangles having one short and two longer sides. The triangular friction lining pieces may each have a longest side which is arranged radially inward or radially outward. The pentagonal friction lining pieces may each be arranged in the circumferential direction between four triangular friction lining pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Philipp Tepper
  • Patent number: 11181153
    Abstract: A clutch device includes a case, a clutch housing, a multi-disc clutch, and a rolling bearing. The clutch housing is housed in the case. The clutch housing includes a cylindrical portion including a housing space defined in the cylindrical portion, and a wall extending radially inward from an end of the cylindrical portion. The multi-disc clutch is housed in the housing space and includes a plurality of clutch plates. The rolling bearing includes an inner ring, an outer ring, and a plurality of rolling elements disposed between the inner and outer rings. The inner ring of the rolling bearing is attached to an inner ring attachment portion of the case. The outer ring of the rolling bearing is attached to an outer ring attachment portion of the wall of the clutch housing. The rolling bearing supports the clutch housing such that the clutch housing is rotatable relative to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: JTEKT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koudai Sakazaki, Noriyuki Fujii
  • Patent number: 11181156
    Abstract: A displacement-actuated positive-drive clutch (10; 20) includes an input member (11; 21) having a positive engagement structure (11d; 21d) provided thereon and an output member (13; 23). A clutch plate (16; 25) is connected for rotation with and for axial movement relative to the output member (13; 23). The clutch plate (16; 25) has a positive engagement structure (16b; 25b) provided thereon that positively engages the positive engagement structure (11d; 21d) provided on the input member (11; 21) to engage the displacement-actuated positive-drive clutch automatically in response to the occurrence of a predetermined amount of relative rotational movement between the input member (11; 21) and the output member (13; 23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Hedge