Patents Examined by Mark K Buse
  • Patent number: 10914422
    Abstract: A grease discharge device includes a motor, a plunger, a grease supply unit, a pump, a check valve, and a relief valve. The plunger reciprocates by driving of the motor. The grease supply unit supplies grease to a forward movement side with respect to a backward movement side dead center of the plunger. The pump performs a discharge behavior of the grease by the reciprocation of the plunger. The check valve is disposed at a downstream side with respect to a forward movement side dead center of the plunger in a discharge path of the grease inside the pump. The relief valve is disposed between a supply portion of the grease by the grease supply unit and the check valve. The relief valve releases the grease inside the discharge path to the grease supply unit side according to a pressure rise inside the discharge path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Tomofumi Kawai, Akihito Hara, Koji Tanaka, Yuki Miwa
  • Patent number: 10914198
    Abstract: The invention relates to a turbojet engine oil tank (30). The tank (30) comprises a main chamber and an envelope (34) delimiting the main chamber, and a fixing portion (44) for example with fixing flanges (46) and a branch (48). The envelope (34) features in particular an envelope part (34) relative to which the fixing portion (44) projects. The envelope part (34) and the fixing portion (44) are produced by layered additive fabrication so as to be in one piece. The invention also relates to a method of fabricating an oil tank (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Inventors: Florian Cleyet, Stephane Bougelet
  • Patent number: 10907767
    Abstract: A guide rail oiling tool includes: a sliding body, which is capped on a guide rail and slidable along the guide rail, and has an inner side surface facing a surface to be oiled of the guide rail, a shape of the inner side surface being matched with a shape of the surface to be oiled of the guide rail; an oil inlet disposed on the sliding body; and an oiling groove in communication with the oil inlet, disposed on the inner side surface of the sliding body and surrounding the surface to be oiled of the guide rail, so that the oiling groove applies oil to the surface to be oiled of the guide rail when the sliding body is sliding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Huan Liu, Xunze Zhang, Gan Song, Hao Zhu, Dong Ding, Xiaokun Wang, Qingliang Wen, Jian Wang, Wenjun Zhang, Zengzhi Xuan, Wei Dong, Jinwei Huang, Hu Wang, Hualu Wang
  • Patent number: 10906148
    Abstract: A microlubrication system for a machining unit with a rotating spindle, the system having a rotary feedthrough via which compressed air and lubricant can be fed to the rotating spindle to combine them in a mixing chamber close to a tool, and a metering valve by means of which the amount of the fed lubricant can be dosed. In order to improve the monitoring and the control of the system, the rotary feedthrough and/or the metering valve are designed as smart components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Reiner Haas
  • Patent number: 10900559
    Abstract: An automatic lubricating arrangement for a chain hoist in which a lubricating body is inserted in a downwardly angled hole in a fixed structure enclosing a rotary drive member engaging the chain. The lower end of lubricating body rubs a surface on the rotary drive member to deposit lubricant thereon as the drive member is rotated, which lubricant body is pushed laterally along and onto adjacent chain links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: James Zaguroli, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10876605
    Abstract: In an aspect, a tensioner is provided for tensioning a belt and includes first and second tensioner arms having first and second pulleys respectively. The first and second pulleys are configured for engagement with first and second belt spans, and are biased in first and second free arm directions respectively. A second tensioner arm stop is positioned to limit the movement of the second tensioner arm in a direction opposite the second free arm direction. The second tensioner arm stop is positioned such that, in use, the second pulley is engaged with the endless drive member while the second tensioner arm is engaged with the second tensioner arm stop throughout a first selected range of operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Litens Automotive Partnership
    Inventors: John R. Antchak, Geoffrey W. Ryeland, Ron Farewell
  • Patent number: 10876621
    Abstract: A power transmission device is provided. A rotary shaft is provided in a housing via a bearing. A lubricant passage that is opened at an end is formed in the rotary shaft. A discharge channel that discharges the lubricant in the lubricant passage in a radial direction from an opening at the end of the rotary shaft and supplies the lubricant to the bearing is provided. An annular protruding portion is provided in the discharge channel. The annular protruding portion is formed on an inner surface of the housing facing an axial direction of the rotary shaft and protrudes to between the rotary shaft and the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10871208
    Abstract: Provided is a tensioner with which efficiency of recirculation of oil can be improved and dependency on oil supplied from an oil pump or the like can be reduced. The tensioner includes a pressure adjustment mechanism, wherein the pressure adjustment mechanism includes a cylinder portion and a piston that is disposed in the cylinder portion so as to be capable of moving in a front-rear direction and that divides an interior space into an oil storage chamber and an adjustment space, and a liquid-tight state is maintained between the cylinder portion and the piston in all positions between a position of the piston where the piston has moved closest to the oil storage chamber side and a position of the piston where the piston has moved closest to the adjustment space side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Osamu Yoshida, Masanori Watanabe, Yudai Takagi, Yuji Kurematsu
  • Patent number: 10851940
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for supplying lubricant to a plurality of lubrication sites. Embodiments include a pump with venting and non-venting piston return, a pump with stirrer and direct feed mechanism, a pump with CAN system and self-diagnostics, a pump with heated housing and reservoir and a pump with stepper motor and overdrive control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Lincoln Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: Paul G. Conley
  • Patent number: 10851689
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine in a shutdown mode comprises one or more rotatable shafts, a first oil sump, a second oil sump, and an oil drainage conduit fluidically connecting the first oil sump and the second oil sump. The one or more rotatable shafts are oriented with an axis of rotation less than 90 degrees from vertical. The first oil sump has a selected critical vertical level. The second oil sump is positioned at an elevation lower than the elevation of the first oil sump. The oil drainage conduit effects oil drainage by gravity from the first oil sump to the second oil sump to prevent the level of oil collected in the first oil sump from exceeding the selected critical vertical level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Corporation
    Inventor: Chadd D. Engel
  • Patent number: 10837540
    Abstract: A method and a lubrication system for lubricating a transmission system component. The lubrication system may include a lubrication system reservoir for storing a lubrication liquid; and a distribution system. The distribution system may be configured to refill, with the lubrication liquid, a transmission system reservoir that is configured to lubricate the transmission system component. The refill occurs while the transmission system component and the lubrication system are positioned within a vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Erez Admoni, Efim Vinnitsky
  • Patent number: 10837541
    Abstract: Provided is a lubricant guiding structure in an automatic transmission in which a baffle plate configured to regulate the movement of a lubricant agitated by a driven sprocket is provided at one side, where an oil pump is located, in the direction of a rotational axis of the driven sprocket. As viewed from the rotational axis direction, a division wall disposed to extend across a chain is provided closer to the chain than a base of the baffle plate. As viewed from the rotational axis direction, the baffle plate is provided with a guide wall extending along a torque transmission-side chain of the chain wound on the driven sprocket. As viewed from the rotational axis-direction, the guide wall includes an inclined portion inclined in the direction coming closer to the chain as the distance to the distal end side decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventors: Tsutomu Itou, Tou Ou, Shinji Higashide, Yoshiteru Ueno
  • Patent number: 10830333
    Abstract: A gearbox filler assembly includes a cylindrical insert attached to an interior of a port disposed within a housing of the gearbox. The cylindrical insert has a first end disposed within the port, a second end extending outward from the port and is configured to receive a detachable filler cap, a retaining lip around at least a portion of a first interior circumference proximate to the first end, and a retaining slot around at least a second interior circumference between the retaining lip and the second end. A retaining ring is detachably coupled within the retaining slot. A cylindrical baffle is detachably retained between the retaining ring and the retaining lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Scott David Poster
  • Patent number: 10816083
    Abstract: A lubrication system of a power assembly of an electric scooter includes a case duct and a bearing seat duct formed in a case of the power assembly, and a driven gear shaft duct formed in a driven gear shaft of a driven gear. Lubricant flows to the case duct, the driven gear shaft duct, a driven gear bearing seat in the case, the bearing seat duct, a driving bearing seat in the case in sequence. The lubrication system has a short flowing distance of the lubricant to enhance the effects of lubrication and reducing temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Fukuta Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chin Feng Chang, Hung Chun Ke
  • Patent number: 10801667
    Abstract: A system for harvesting energy from a lubrication event includes a fluid pump, a fluid injector, an energy harvesting device, a wireless transmitter, and a controller unit. The fluid injector receives fluid from the fluid pump. The fluid injector is connected to the energy harvesting device, which is configured to produce electrical energy in response to a firing of the fluid injector. Electrical energy produced by the energy harvesting device powers the wireless transmitter, which is configured to transmit a wireless signal. The wireless signal indicates that the fluid injector fired. The wireless signal is received by the controller unit, which controls the fluid pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin J. Paar, Eric J. Mjolhus, Igor V. Radzyuk, Andrew M. Grunloh, Anna M. Hegdahl, Benjamin R. Stassen, Christopher J. Stack, Walter L. Franklin, III
  • Patent number: 10794534
    Abstract: The subject matter described herein includes a fill tube apparatus's and methods of manufacturing a fill tube apparatus. The fill tube can include an inner tube funnel element comprising an inner wall portion, a mouth opening portion, a hollow shaft portion, a hollow stem portion, and a stem opening portion. Furthermore, the fill tube can include an outer tube element comprising an outer wall portion comprising a base portion, a grip portion, a valley portion, and a threaded stem portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin C Gardner, Leo Edward Sadzewicz
  • Patent number: 10787228
    Abstract: A pin for a crown of a bicycle crankset that includes a mounting portion configured to be fixed to the crown, a chain engaging portion having a first face that faces towards said mounting portion for engaging a plate of a link of a bicycle chain, and a second face that faces the opposite way with respect to said mounting portion. The second face has at least one first surface portion inclined by a first angle smaller than 90° when measured in a longitudinal section plane of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventors: Marco Minto, Nicola Sgreva
  • Patent number: 10780965
    Abstract: A quarter-twist pedal propeller includes a propeller blade and a support frame. A large synchronous wheel is mounted on an upper part of the support frame through a main shaft, a pedal assembly is mounted on each end of the main shaft. A small synchronous wheel is mounted on a lower part of the support frame through a secondary shaft. A waterproof plate is mounted outside the support frame. The waterproof plate is disposed above the propeller blade. A portable cover that covers the large synchronous wheel is provided on top of the support frame. A grabbing part is provided on the portable cover. A balancing pole is transversely connected to the portable cover. The present invention is practical and cost-effective, has novel and simplified structure, and can reduce power loss due to multiple transmissions. It is convenient during pedaling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Cixi Luosaifei Kayak Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Zhengyun Li
  • Patent number: 10781971
    Abstract: An autofill shutoff valve includes a valve body mounted to a lubricant reservoir and secured to a fill tube extending into the reservoir. The autofill shutoff valve has a valve stem extending through the valve body and into the lubricant reservoir. The valve stem is actuated by a plate disposed within the reservoir from a first position, wherein lubricant flows from a lubricant inlet to a lubricant outlet through the valve body, to a second position, wherein the valve stem blocks the flow of lubricant through the valve body. The autofill shutoff valve provides lubricant directly to the reservoir, thereby eliminating external plumbing and the autofill shutoff valve also prevents overfill of the reservoir by cutting off the flow when the reservoir is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Holman, Mike V. Atkinson, Brandon T. Gustafson, Benjamin J. Paar
  • Patent number: 10774988
    Abstract: A vent valve for an actuator disposed in a lubricant reservoir includes a bore extending through the plate, a seal disposed within the bore proximate a top surface of the plate, a retaining member extending about a lower opening of the bore, and a ball disposed within the bore between the seal and the retaining member. The vent valve is configured to allow air to pass from a lower portion of a lubricant reservoir as lubricant fills the lower portion. The vent valve also allows air to pass to the lower portion of the lubricant reservoir as lubricant is dispensed from the reservoir. The vent valve closes when the lubricant level reaches the vent valve, thereby preventing lubricant from flowing through the vent valve. The sealed vent valve allows the actuator to rise in response to a rising lubricant level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: John C. Holman, Brandon T. Gustafson