Patents Examined by Marlon A Arce
  • Patent number: 11459044
    Abstract: A microtransporter system includes a plurality of microtransporters and a housing. The microtransporters each include a rigid base structure, three wheels rotatably mounted in the base structure, an electric motor drivingly connected to one of the wheels, and a load support surface connected to the base structure. The housing includes a storage chamber sized to store a plurality of microtransporters, and a passageway connecting the chamber to an outside of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Eike Schmidt, Maximilian Julius Engelke
  • Patent number: 11447206
    Abstract: A vehicle propellable by a human comprising a front assembly having a front wheel and a pair of hand pedals connect thereto; a rear assembly having a first rear wheel and a second rear wheel rotatably connected thereto; a chest rest located between the front assembly and the rear assembly, the chest rest configured to support the chest of a rider lying forward on the vehicle; and a first foot support structure operatively coupled to rotate the first rear wheel, and a second foot support operatively coupled to rotate the second rear wheel wherein the first rear wheel and second rear wheel are independently rotated by opposite feet of a rider when said feet are within said first and second foot support, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Dylan Weitz, Ashraf Elghandour, Gabriel Elghandour
  • Patent number: 11447197
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to a trailer having a frame suitable for transporting an item, such as an oil drilling pipe. The trailer includes a plurality of stabilizers for supporting the frame over a surface, at least one axle attached to a plurality of wheels. The trailer further includes an axle pin group includes first and second axle pins interconnected to respective hydraulic cylinders. The trailer further includes leaf springs connected to respective sides of the frame and mounted to the axle. Retraction of the axle pins away from the leaf springs enables movement of the frame with respect to the axle due to the weight of the frame, if the stabilizers are retracted. In this configuration, the frame can be raised and lowered with respect to the surface. Methods of use are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: CW10K40 LLC, Paracorp Incorporated
    Inventor: Torsten Leines
  • Patent number: 11440598
    Abstract: A platform trailer includes a neck reinforcement structure located in the neck region to provide for a reduced height in the neck region of the trailer to increase the cargo-carrying capacity of the trailer. The height in the neck region of the trailer is less than 30% of the height in the rest of the trailer. A fifth wheel plate includes a main portion secured to both the first and second beams of the trailer. The fifth wheel plate includes a bifurcated tail portion including a first tail portion connected to the first beam and a second tail portion connected to the second beam. A kingpin is connected to the fifth wheel plate and is adapted to be engaged by an associated tractor fifth wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: EAST MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Howard D. Booher, Russell D. Pittman, Derek Davies
  • Patent number: 11440599
    Abstract: A fifth wheel hitch assembly for mounting to a towing vehicle and receiving a kingpin of a trailer incorporating a comfort assembly is provided. The fifth wheel hitch assembly may comprise a kingpin receiving assembly attached to a mounting rail via a comfort assembly. The comfort assembly may include one or more pivot bushing assemblies, as well as vertically adjustable, anti-rattle attachment systems. These attachment systems may include a cam assembly and/or a T-pin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Mark Scruggs, Curt Nowack, Derek Jolly, Gregoire Mercier
  • Patent number: 11433723
    Abstract: A fifth wheel cover is disclosed herein. The fifth-wheel hitch cover includes a magnetically attachable support with an integrated reel apparatus. Additionally, the reel supports a cover that is retractable, and the cover has a magnetic anchor bar on the end opposite the reel. The fifth wheel cover may come in the form of a storage box containing the cover therein. The storage box is then mounted onto a frame of a truck. A user may then retract the cover to provide protection to the fifth wheel from weather and debris. Additionally, a heated underplate may be included beneath the fifth wheel to provide protection from debris that may come in contact with the fifth wheel. Another embodiment includes a fifth wheel cover having a frame including foldable arms which extend a cover over the fifth wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Jammie Guy
  • Patent number: 11427269
    Abstract: An articulated/swivel joint for the articulated connection between a rear section and a front section of a construction machine includes a joint mechanism assigned to a swivel-stop arrangement for limiting the swivel movement of a front joint part in relation to a rear joint part. The swivel-stop arrangement includes a first swivel stop for predetermining a maximum amount of swivel deflection during deflection of the front joint part in relation to the rear joint part in a first swivel-movement direction and a second swivel stop for predetermining a second maximum amount of swivel deflection during deflection of the front joint part in relation to the rear joint part in a second swivel-movement direction. When an articulated movement is performed, the maximum swivel-deflection range decreases as the amount of articulated deflection increases, starting from a neutral position of articulation of the front joint part in relation to the rear joint part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Hamm AG
    Inventors: Gerd Köstler, Stefan Reber
  • Patent number: 11420695
    Abstract: An unmanned and self-powered vehicle or Towable Autonomous Dray (TOAD) may follow a vehicle and tow a trailer, haul a load, and/or recharge a pilot vehicle. The TOAD may be semi-autonomous and may attach to a pilot vehicle by an electronic identification. Further, wireless charging of the pilot vehicle may be provided by the TOAD. Smart trailer brakes, electric trailer axles, and a mechanically coupled tow vehicle may be provided by the TOAD in combination with additional units. A smart trailer controller may include a smart head unit and a smart tail unit in a trailer that may offer trailer security and increased safety. A smart trailer brake controller on the pilot vehicle and a smart module on the trailer may be applied where no unmanned vehicle is employed, such as, in a classic pick-up/trailer combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Vieletech Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Viele, David Glass
  • Patent number: 11420701
    Abstract: A mirror assembly for a handlebar of a vehicle has a stem assembly and a mirror connect to the stem assembly. The stem assembly includes a base, a stem connected to the base, and a clamp connected to and extending from the base. The clamp is adapted for being disposed inside a handle of the handlebar. The base, the stem and the clamp are integral. The clamp defines a ramp. A threaded fastener inserted through the base and extends in part in the clamp. A nut engages the threaded fastener, and at least a portion of the nut abuts the clamp. Translating the nut toward the base by rotating the fastener causes the nut to move over the ramp thereby deflecting the ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Driant, Kevin Cyrenne
  • Patent number: 11400972
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes a hydraulic actuator that changes an actual steering angle, an actual steering angle detecting part, an operating unit that performs a steering operation, a position adjusting control part that controls the position adjusting part based on the actual steering angle, and a steering control part that controls the hydraulic actuator. The operating unit includes a support part, a rotating part supported rotatably by the support part, an operating part supported rotatably by the support part or the rotating part, a biasing part that biases the operating part to a predetermined position with respect to the rotating part, a position adjusting part that adjusts a rotation angle of the rotating part with respect to the support part, and a rotation angle detecting part configured to detect the rotation angle of the operating part with respect to the support part or the rotating part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KOMATSU LTD.
    Inventor: Yuichi Teranishi
  • Patent number: 11400999
    Abstract: The front fork of the present invention has a wheel-side bracket that closes another end of an inner tube which is movably inserted inside an outer tube from one end thereof; a cylinder provided inside the inner tube; and a head member that is fitted to the cylinder side on the opposite side from the wheel-side bracket, in which the cylinder and the head member are sandwiched, while subjected to an axial force, by a fastening portion formed on the inner tube and the wheel-side bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: KYB MOTORCYCLE SUSPENSION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wataru Ishihara, Takahiko Jinnouchi
  • Patent number: 11396342
    Abstract: A front suspension (4) of the telescopic type with anti-dive effect, comprising at least one sheath (32) and at least one stem (36), housed and guided telescopically inside said sheath (32) according to a direction of the fork axis Z-Z, the suspension (4) comprising a foot (44) associated to the sheath (32) or to the stem (36) that rotatably supports a wheel spindle (44) of an associable front wheel (12) defining a rotation axis X-X, a braking device (52) for the associable front wheel (12), having a support (56) rotatably mounted with respect to the wheel spindle (44) so as to be able to oscillate about the rotation axis X-X. Between the support (56) of the braking device (52) and the foot (44) of the suspension (4) are interposed transfer means (64) of the braking force, exerted by the braking device (52), on an element (32, 36) between the sheath (32) and the stem (36) that does not support the foot (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Angelin
  • Patent number: 11390338
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an urban vehicle for transporting large volume and light weight cargo that is subdivided into two: a mini-tractor unit and a lightweight semi-platform. These are coupled by means of a fifth wheel with a kingpin, allowing transporting high cubic coefficient products including long formats. The mini-tractor unit of the invention is shorter between the steering and drive axles compared with a vehicle for transporting cargo of the common type. The wheelbase between the steering (front) and driving (rear) axles of the mini-tractor unit is 1.3 to 1.7 times the width of the steering axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Edgardo Washington Salas Palacios
  • Patent number: 11390352
    Abstract: Motorcycle including at least one rear wheel, at least two front steering wheels, a handlebar, the front wheels being rotatable about respective lateral steering axes, according to lateral steering angles; the handlebar being rotatable according to a central steering angle about a central steering axis, the front wheels being kinematically connected to the steering handlebar by transmission means that realize a transmission ratio defined by the ratio between the lateral steering angles and the central steering angle, where the transmission means has a steering bar, kinematically connected to the handlebar, which directly links the front wheels together, wherein the transmission ratio between the front wheels and the steering handlebar is variable as the central steering angle of the handlebar varies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: PIAGGIO & C. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Raffaelli
  • Patent number: 11390347
    Abstract: Bicycles and automobiles share the roads and it is imperative that a collision between a car and a bicycle be avoided. A warning system that can be placed on the back of a bicycle that extends upward to alert the general traffic in the area. The top portion of the pole will be equipped with a flag or other warning device and will also be illuminated for greater visibility. The warning system can also be extended outward to alert oncoming traffic to a bicycle in the area. When the arm is extended outward it can also rotate backwards if the warning device is struck by an obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventor: Wade Dallas
  • Patent number: 11392126
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for exploiting modern controls, sensors and actuators to realize a novel family of in-line two-wheeled vehicles (Twills) as robots. Each robot has a front-wheel with a substantially horizontal axis of rotation and a substantially vertical steering axis. The front-wheel with its substantially vertical steering axis has a steering-angle that can be sensed by one or more sensors. There is a rear-wheel with a substantially horizontal axis of rotation. A control module stabilizes the roll angle when the robot is in a forward motion or when it is stopped. There is an energy source to power the controls and to drive one or both the front and rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: TWILL Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Andrew Tacklind, Cameron Tacklind
  • Patent number: 11389348
    Abstract: Systems for facilitating movement of a patient transport apparatus are provided and include user input control device that includes a mode switch selectable between a longitudinal transport mode and a multidirectional mode and a driving assist device actuatable between at least one engaged state and a non-engaged state. The mode switch generates signals based on the selected mode and the driving assist device generates engaged or non-engaged signals which are received by a controller. The controller is configured to generate an output signal sent to a lift actuator, swivel actuator, and/or a powered drive system to assist a user in propelling the apparatus in a desired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Patmore, Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu, Jeffrey S. Dunfee, II, Fanqi Meng, Christopher J. Hopper, Thomas Alan Puvogel, Gregory S. Taylor, Ryan Ross
  • Patent number: 11383564
    Abstract: A coupling plate for a fifth wheel coupling, wherein the coupling plate on a top side includes a planar bearing surface and at a rear end it includes two entrance horns bordering on an entrance opening, the entrance opening extends in a longitudinal axis (x) of the coupling plate and ends in a kingpin bearing region, and the coupling plate is configured with a respective receiving structure for a bearing block on its bottom side, on either side of the kingpin bearing region and spaced apart from each other on a transverse axis (y). The problem which the invention proposes to solve is to provide a standardized coupling plate, having a minimal natural weight, given a slight loading, and whose strength can be adapted for higher anticipated loads. The problem is solved according to the invention in that at least one connection means for the releasable mounting of at least one stiffening element is formed on the coupling plate beneath the planar bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: JOST-WERKE DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Jens Polte, José Manuel Algüera
  • Patent number: 11377136
    Abstract: A steering device includes an electric actuator that applies a steering force to one end side of a steering shaft. The other end side of the steering shaft is provided with a displacement detection part for detecting the movement amount of the steering shaft. Either a detection target or a displacement detection sensor is provided on the steering shaft and the other is provided in a housing so as to output a signal according to a relative position change amount of the detection target with respect to the displacement detection sensor in the direction of the first axis. A first restriction mechanism restricts the relative movement of the detection target and the displacement detection sensor in a radial direction regarding the first axis to limit the change in the relative position in the radial direction of the detection target and the displacement detection sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Kohtaro Shiino, Tadaharu Yokota
  • Patent number: 11370507
    Abstract: The present invention disclose a continuously variable reciprocating prime mover. The feature of this continuously variable reciprocating prime mover is that the reciprocating rotatory motion of the legs is modified into the reciprocating linear flexion and extension of the legs, by which one leg is flexed while the other leg is stretching, the combined force of the legs can be multiplied by the force. After each linear motion stroke is completed, the reverse linear motion stroke is repeated, and the driving direction remains unchanged. At any moment of the full stroke of the reciprocating linear flexion and extension of the legs, both can generate 2 times of the instantaneous power equivalent to the maximum moment point of the circular rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Inventor: Chun-Jong Chang