Patents Examined by Matthew Luby
  • Patent number: 7426974
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, there is provided a workstation or other heavy object which is easily moved, yet steady and stable when parked. Underneath this object is attached a multiple air-bearing device having a backplate, a membrane which is selectively bonded to the backplate, and a stencil and dimple which further prevent separation of the membrane from the backplate and which also provide a bearing surface for the workstation to rest with stability against the floor. Pressurized air is introduced through the base and behind the unbonded portions of the membrane, inflating the membrane and creating lift, and additionally forming a pneumatic seal against the floor. Air passages through the membrane and within the sealed footprint allow air to flow into and through the region between the membrane and the floor, creating an air-lubricated bearing that allows nearly frictionless motion of the heavy object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventors: Arra D. Yeghiayan, Raffi P. Yeghiayan
  • Patent number: 7137643
    Abstract: An anti-sway trailer hitch connection is provided for use between a towing vehicle and a trailer and includes structure whereby slight left and right lateral movement of the forward end of the towing vehicle will not be translated into right and left lateral movement, respectively, of the forward end of the trailer, and thereby eliminates the tendency of a trailer to sway back and forth while a towing vehicle changes lanes on a highway or is acted on by cross-wind gusts from the passing of a large vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Y J Hsueh
  • Patent number: 7125036
    Abstract: A hitch for presenting different sized ball hitches for towing use. The hitch may include a first ball and pedestal extending in a first direction. A second ball and pedestal may extend in a second direction, distinct from the first direction. The first ball and pedestal and the second ball and pedestal may be homogenously formed of a single material to form a monolith. A stem may connect to the monolith to support and present the first ball and pedestal and the second ball and pedestal for towing use. The stem may extend away from the monolith in a third direction, distinct from both the first and second directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: B&W Custom Truck Beds, Inc.
    Inventors: Newall Ryan Moss, Jack W. Bowers, H. Arthur Wing
  • Patent number: 7100734
    Abstract: An assist apparatus for electric-powered power steering apparatus is provided to have a torque sensor, steering shaft, preload pad 70, a torsion coil spring 30, and an electric motor 31. With the preload pad 70 and torsion coil spring 30, an elastic force is applied to the worm shaft 29 in the direction toward the worm wheel 28, whereby noises due to colliding teeth are prevented from occurring in the meshing portion between the worm wheel 28 and worm shaft 29.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Toru Segawa
  • Patent number: 7090041
    Abstract: A patient support including a propulsion device for moving the patient support. The patient support includes a propulsion system having a propulsion device operably coupled to an input system. The input system controls the speed and direction of the propulsion device such that a caregiver can direct the patient support to a desired location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 7090040
    Abstract: A transporter for transporting a subject over a surface that may be irregular. The transporter includes a support platform for supporting a load, the loaded support platform defining fore-aft and lateral planes and characterized by a load distribution. A plurality of ground contacting elements are coupled to the support platform. At least one of the plurality of ground contacting elements is driven by a motorized drive arrangement. A sensor module generates a signal indicative of the load distribution of the loaded support platform. Based at least on the load distribution, a controller commands the motorized drive arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean L. Kamen, Robert R. Ambrogi, J. Douglas Field, John D. Heinzmann, Richard Kurt Heinzmann, Christopher C. Langenfeld
  • Patent number: 7083012
    Abstract: A patient support including a propulsion device for moving the patient support. The patient support includes a propulsion system having a propulsion device operably coupled to an input system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Service, Inc.
    Inventors: John David Vogel, Thomas W. Hanson, Craig Crandall, Joseph A. Kummer, Michael M. Frondorf, David P. Lubbers, Ronald P. Kappeler, Bradley T. Wilson, Darrell L. Metz, Doug K. Smith, Jeffrey A. Ruschke, John Vodzak, Terry J. Stratman, Eric W. Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 7080711
    Abstract: In a rack and pinion type motor-driven power steering apparatus, the motor-driven power steering apparatus is provided with a rack position detecting means for detecting a position of the rack, a rack speed arithmetically operating means for calculating a moving speed (s) of the rack, a memory means for storing a relation between a predetermined rack speed (s) near a stroke end of the rack and a motor damping control start rack position in which a distance from the stroke end is farther in accordance with the rack speed (s) as a relation curve (C) of a coordinate map A collating means is provided for collating with the relation curve (C) between the rack speed (s) stored in the memory means and the motor damping control start rack position so as to determine whether or not a point coordinate (s, p) of the combination between the rack speed (s) calculated by the rack speed arithmetically operating means and the rack position (p) detected by the rack position detecting means gets over the relation curve (C).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Showa Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Koike, Takahiro Kasuga
  • Patent number: 7080842
    Abstract: A device for climbing stairs for a wheelchair having a chassis (1) having a lifting device (3) and having receivers (17, 18) for the running wheels (16) of the wheelchair on arms running transversely to the wheel axles laterally next to the chassis (1) is described. In order to provide advantageous construction conditions, it is suggested that the arms each form at least one bow (10), which is mounted so it is pivotable around a transverse axis (11) positioned in a frame (7) from a stop-delimited pivoted-out position into a positioned pivoted in against the frame (7), and the frame (7), which is linked laterally to the chassis (1) around a longitudinal axis (8), may be folded up from a stop-delimited, folded-down operating position into a rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: Jochum Bierma
  • Patent number: 7077232
    Abstract: An improved system for achieving optimum steering angles for wheels incorporates a sensor which senses the steering angle of a first wheel. The sensed angle is sent to a control which then determines the optimum angle for the other steered wheel based upon known formulas. The optimum angle is determined, and an adjustment structure associated with the tie rod then drives the second wheel to achieve the optimum steered angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Meritor do Brasil, Ltda.
    Inventors: Egidio Miguel Gomes Correia, Marcos Fabio Colombini
  • Patent number: 7077222
    Abstract: An articulate vehicle has first and second frames, which are coupled to each other at proximal ends thereof with respect to the vehicle through a coupling part so as to be relatively rotatable around a vertical axis according to steering operation. The first and second frames are distributed at front and rear portions of the vehicle. The first frame supports a first transaxle apparatus having first axles, and the second frame supports a second transaxle apparatus having a pair of second axles. A gearbox is disposed near the coupling part and provided with a pair of mutually drivingly connected horizontal shafts which are variable in relative angles thereof around the vertical axis according to steering operation. One of the horizontal shafts is drivingly connected to a power take-off shaft for extracting output power of a speed-changing arrangement in the first transaxle apparatus. The other of the horizontal shafts is drivingly connected to an input shaft of the second transaxle apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Ryota Ohashi
  • Patent number: 7073807
    Abstract: A suspension fork assembly is mounted to the front part of a bicycle frame and includes a fork column, a fork shoulder unit, a pair of suspension assemblies, a connector and a lamp mounting unit. The fork column is rotatably mounted to the front part of the frame. The fork shoulder unit is secured at the center thereof to the bottom end of the fork column and extends laterally there from in either direction. Each suspension assembly is secured to a respective end of the fork shoulder unit. The shaft of the front wheel is mounted to the bottom ends of the suspension assemblies. The connector has an arch-like configuration and connects and reinforces the suspension assemblies while avoiding contact with the front wheel. The lamp mounting unit is disposed on a top surface of the connector and a front lamp can be mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Takuji Masui
  • Patent number: 7073824
    Abstract: A fuel tank disposed on a lower face of a floor panel beneath a driver's seat and a passenger's seat. A protruding portion of the fuel tank that protrudes rearward is housed within floor tunnels formed in the floor panel. A fuel supply pipe is connected to the rear end of the protruding portion. This not only enables the capacity of the fuel tank to be increased by utilizing an inner space of the floor tunnels, but also enables the resistance against fuel fed to the fuel tank to be reduced by shortening the fuel supply pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shoji Uhara, Yasuhiro Hasegawa, Ryutaro Shinohara, Ryuji Fujino
  • Patent number: 7073808
    Abstract: An engine guard for a motorcycle is made so that it will mount onto a motorcycle frame and has horizontally extending rail sections on opposite sides of the frame. Foot pegs are mounted at the outer ends of the horizontally extending sections. The foot pegs are positioned on opposite sides of the motorcycle and will pivot about a generally horizontal axis from a deployed position where they extend outwardly from the horizontal rail sections to a stowed position wherein the foot pegs are nested into a recess provided in the top of the respective horizontal rail section. The foot pegs include anti-slip surfaces. The stowed position moves the foot pegs inwardly, and provides a surface for supporting the feet of a rider. When the pegs are extended outwardly, the feet on the pegs are spaced at a greater distance from the center plane of the motorcycle than when the foot pegs are in the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Kuryakyn Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig P. Egan
  • Patent number: 7063180
    Abstract: In a vehicle steering transmission device, a first gear is rotatable on a rotational axis to rotate in accordance with a vehicle steering operation, a second gear is rotatable on the rotational axis and connectable to a vehicle wheel so that an orientation of the vehicle wheel is changed, an intermediate gear engages with the first and second gears, a support member is rotatable on the rotational axis while supporting the intermediate gear in such a manner that the intermediate gear is rotatable on another rotational axis which another rotational axis intersects the rotational axis and extends perpendicularly to the rotational axis, and a driving device drives the support member to rotate on the rotational axis so that a differential rotational motion is generated between the first and second gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takao Kojima, Masahiko Amano, Masatoshi Hoshino
  • Patent number: 7063343
    Abstract: Disclosed is a front fork damper installed in a bicycle front fork formed of a fork pipe, a bottom case coupled and axially movable relative to the bottom case, and a hydraulic fluid filled in between the bottom case and the fork pipe. The front fork damper is joined to the bottom end of the fork pipe to buffer movement of the bottom case relative to the fork pipe in such a manner that the hydraulic fluid passes upwards through the front fork damper rapidly at a high flow rate, and passes downwards through the front fork damper slowly at a low flow rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Spinner Industry Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Leo Chen
  • Patent number: 7063355
    Abstract: A fuel tank mount structure (24), to be placed in a lower area of a floor formed in a vehicle body, is provided including a rear suspension member (13) disposed rearward of the fuel tank and having a front edge portion formed with a front suspension cross member (27) formed in a configuration contoured along a rear profile of the fuel tank (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadayoshi Hashimura
  • Patent number: 7059620
    Abstract: A frame assembly for a bicycle having a front wheel and a rear wheel. The frame assembly preferably includes a main frame and a sub-frame, which is movable relative to the main frame and configured to carry the rear wheel. A shock absorber extends between and is connected to the main frame and the sub-frame. The main frame includes a down tube and a monolithic bottom bracket support. The monolithic bottom bracket support is connected to a rearward end of the down tube and preferably includes an opening configured to support a pedal crank assembly for rotation about a crank axis. Preferably, the shock absorber is connected to the main frame for rotation about a pivot axis positioned forward of the opening of the bottom bracket support. Desirably, the shock absorber pivot axis is positioned forward of a line passing through the crank axis and a center point of the down tube at the junction of the down tube and the head tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason L. Chamberlain, Brandon Dale Sloan
  • Patent number: 7059619
    Abstract: A steering and suspension system for bicycles and motorcycles that consists of an axle that is pivotally attached to the forward ends of two side rails that are postioned along each side of the vehicle wheel. The rearward ends of the side rails are pivotally attached to the ends of a rear rail that is paralled to the axle and positioned at the rear of the vehicle wheel. The length of the rear rail is large enough to allow sufficient clearance between the vehicle wheel and the side rails during a turn so that an acceptable steering lock is achieved. When viewed from the top, the system forms an isosceles trapezoid with pivots at each corner. The axes of all four pivots are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the axle axis. This restricts movement of the axle and side rails in a plane that is perpendicular to the plane of rotation of the wheel. The vehicle wheel is controlled by applying a longitudinal force to the axle through conventional control rods and ball joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas G. Dom
  • Patent number: 7051829
    Abstract: A drive sprocket for a snowmobile, a drive train using the sprocket, and a method of using the sprocket to drive a track for a snowmobile. The drive sprocket includes a round base, a plurality of convolute lugs on the base, and a plurality of involute lugs on both sides of the base. The base is preferably disk shaped, and the convolute lugs are preferably aligned with the involute lugs. In the preferred embodiment, a number of convolute lugs is one half a number of involute lugs. The convolute lugs should line up with windows in a track for the snowmobile, and the involute lugs should line up with gaps between knobs on the track for the snowmobile. Preferably, the sprocket also includes a hub with a through hole for a drive shaft and stiffening arms radiating from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Wahl Bros. Racing
    Inventor: David Wahl