Patents Examined by Matthew Wiblin
  • Patent number: 10889964
    Abstract: Provided is a work machine that can selectively establish a closed circuit connection between a single rod-type hydraulic cylinder and a plurality of bidirectional-type hydraulic pumps, the work machine being capable of enhancing responsiveness of the single rod-type hydraulic cylinder when a high-speed lever switching operation is conducted in a state in which a rod pressure of the single rod-type hydraulic cylinder is higher than a bottom pressure. When a bucket lever (70a) is operated to a side of extending the bucket cylinder in a state in which a pressure in a rod chamber (5b) of the bucket cylinder (5) is higher than a pressure in a bottom chamber (5a), a controller (50) opens a rod-side proportional valve (45) and discharges a working fluid in the rod chamber to a working fluid tank (25) such that a differential pressure between the pressure in the rod chamber and the pressure in the bottom chamber is reduced below a switching pressure (Psw) of a flushing valve (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Juri Shimizu, Kenji Hiraku, Hiromasa Takahashi, Shohei Sugiki
  • Patent number: 10883245
    Abstract: Provided is a hydraulic driving apparatus capable of operating hydraulic actuators that actuate a boom, an arm, and a tip attachment at respective suitable speeds. The hydraulic driving apparatus includes a first hydraulic pump connected to a first main actuator, a second hydraulic pump connected to a second main actuator and an attachment actuator, a first merging selector valve that allows hydraulic fluid to be supplied from the first hydraulic pump to the second main actuator, and a power distribution control device that operates displacement of the first and second hydraulic pumps so as to decrease power distribution from a pump drive source to the second hydraulic pump and increase power distribution from the pump drive source to the first hydraulic pump when a specified combined operational action is performed on the second main actuator and the attachment actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Natsuki Yumoto, Koji Ueda
  • Patent number: 10876550
    Abstract: A pressure booster is equipped with a pair of cylinders provided on both sides of a center unit, pistons each disposed inside the pair of cylinders, and a piston rod connecting the pistons. Each of the cylinders has a drive chamber and a booster chamber partitioned by the piston therein, and wherein the pressure booster is further equipped with a switching valve that is switched by abutting on each of the pistons, and a reset valve disposed in a fluid passage connecting a supply port to one of the pair of drive chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: SMC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Asaba, Tadashi Igarashi, Ryosuke Sato
  • Patent number: 10870345
    Abstract: A check valve for use with a hydraulic drive apparatus includes a check ball disposed in a cage portion for engaging a valve seat to close the valve. The cage portion has a plurality of flexible ribs composed of a flexible material which permits the check ball to be inserted into to ball retaining area during assembly and to be retained in the ball area after assembly. A filter housing connected to a mounting member has a pair of openings formed in a first surface, and a pair of deformable lips surrounding each opening. A filter screen permits hydraulic fluid to enter a filter housing from a sump. A pair of check valves are disposed in a pair of check valve ports. An external surface of each check valve is engaged to one of the deformable lips to sealingly engage the check valve to the filter housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Ryan S. Buescher
  • Patent number: 10865784
    Abstract: A linear compressor includes a frame including a frame body, a frame head that extends from a front end of the frame body, a flange groove defined in the frame head, and a body hole that passes through the frame body; a cylinder including a cylinder body inserted into the body hole, a cylinder flange, and a cylinder head provided on a front end of the cylinder flange; and a lock ring press-fitted to be coupled to the flange groove and provided in a space defined between the cylinder head and an inner circumferential surface of the flange groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Hyunsoo Kim, Geonwoo Kim, Chulgi Roh
  • Patent number: 10851805
    Abstract: An actuator assist apparatus for use with an actuator has a housing and a piston member slidably disposed in the housing. The piston member divides the interior of the housing into a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber. The actuator assist apparatus is configurable between a first, primed, configuration and an activated configuration. A force applicator is configured to store energy when the apparatus is in the primed configuration and release the energy to move the piston member relative to the housing. Movement of the piston member applies a force which assists in urging the actuator towards an extended configuration, thereby reducing the minimum operating pressure of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: GE OIL & GAS UK, LTD.
    Inventors: Graeme Alexander Thomson, Peter John Davey
  • Patent number: 10851807
    Abstract: An energy generating system that utilizes a movement of a fluid/gas includes a plurality of floor tiles, a fluid/gas, and a power generating unit. Preferably, the plurality of floor tiles is layered across an area with high foot traffic. The fluid/gas is confined in a fluid tank positioned underneath the plurality of floor tiles such that a pressure applied on the plurality of floor tiles is transferred onto the fluid/gas, and generates movement in the fluid/gas. The movement allows the fluid/gas to flow towards a plurality of turbines of the power generating unit through a piping network and a plenum passage, and rotate the plurality of turbines. The rotational movement of the turbines is converted into electrical energy by a generator of the power generating unit. The electrical output of the generator is stored in a battery bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventors: Hussain Bassi, Abdulhameed F. Alkhateeb
  • Patent number: 10851522
    Abstract: The work vehicle includes: a working device; an auxiliary machine; and a priority valve that is switched between a normal position for directing pressure oil from an accessory pump toward the auxiliary machine and a merging position for directing the pressure oil from the accessory pump toward the working device. The work vehicle includes a control device that holds the priority valve in the normal position in case either the forward direction or the reverse direction which is indicated by a forward reverse operating device and a travel direction of the work vehicle do not match each other, and that switches the priority valve to the merging position in case either the forward direction or the reverse direction which is indicated by the forward reverse operating device and a travel direction of the work vehicle match each other and an operating device is in an operated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: HITACHI CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jumpei Kamiya, Hideyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10844883
    Abstract: A spacer assembly for restricting actuation of a hydraulic cylinder. The spacer assembly comprises a support bracket configured to be secured to the hydraulic cylinder. The spacer assembly additionally comprises a plurality of shims supported by the support bracket, whereby each of the shims is configured to be shifted between an unengaged position and an engaged position. When the shims are in the engaged position the shims are configured to restrict actuation of the hydraulic cylinder. The spacer assembly further comprises a shifting assembly configured to permit a group of at least two shims to be simultaneously shifted between the unengaged position and the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Thorsell
  • Patent number: 10837471
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a piston cylinder system for a working device, wherein the piston cylinder system comprises at least one tubular element and at least one piston which is guided in the at least one tubular element. The piston cylinder system is characterized in that at least one tubular element consists of high-manganese-steel and the inner side of the at least one tubular element is machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Benteler Steel/Tube GmbH
    Inventor: Helwig Brabander
  • Patent number: 10837157
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for a work machine includes a first control cylinder to move a boom and a second control cylinder to move a bucket. A body of the first control cylinder has a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber. A first control valve is connected to the first fluid chamber via a first fluid path and connected to the second fluid chamber via a second fluid path to control the first hydraulic cylinder. A bucket positioning valve is connected to the second fluid path and a third fluid path to control a second hydraulic cylinder so as to rotate the bucket. A discharge fluid path is connected to the second fluid path between the bucket positioning valve and the first control valve. A discharge control valve is provided in the discharge fluid path to be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Tomita, Yuji Fukuda, Yuya Konishi
  • Patent number: 10830221
    Abstract: A hydraulic device comprises a housing, a shaft rotatable about a first axis of rotation and a flange. A plurality of cylindrical sleeves cooperate with a plurality of pistons on the flange to form compression chambers, wherein the cylindrical sleeves are rotatable about a second axis of rotation which intersects the first axis of rotation by an acute angle such that upon rotating the shaft the volumes of the compression chambers change. A barrel plate is rotatable about the second axis has a first side for supporting the cylindrical sleeves. An opposite second side is supported by a supporting surface of a plate-shaped face element which is fixed to the housing. The supporting surface lies in a first plane. The face element has a back side that lies in a second plane, which forms an angle with the first plane that is smaller than said acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: INNAS BV
    Inventor: Peter Augustinus Johannes Achten
  • Patent number: 10815965
    Abstract: The multi-piston bladeless wind turbine creates electrical energy using hydraulically connected pistons. The system may include a disk, a small piston in fluid communication with a large piston, and a crankshaft attached to the large piston. The disk transfers forces from the wind to the small piston. Hydraulic fluid then transfers the forces to the larger piston. When the disk and associated small piston have been forced to the end of their stroke by the wind, a gate in the disk is opened to reduce wind force on the disk by allowing air to travel through the disk. Subsequently, the disk and associated small piston are pushed back to the beginning of the stroke by the pressure created by the large piston's weight. This process is repeated by closing the gate in the disk. A crankshaft powering an electric generator is turned by the movement of the large piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: Zeyad Abdulwahid Ghaleb Haidar
  • Patent number: 10807468
    Abstract: A hydrostatic transaxle with a vent assembly disposed in a port. The vent assembly may include a main fitting having a bottom member having an inner surface forming a floor and a fitting sidewall extending upwardly from the periphery to encircle the floor. A cap is secured to the sidewall and the fitting sidewall, cap and floor form a basin. A valve is disposed in the fitting sidewall. The assembly also includes cylindrical lower section extending downwardly from the bottom member to form a passage between the opening and a sump. A tower extends upwardly from the floor to the vent cap and surrounds an opening in the floor. A passage formed in the tower member to permit fluid flow between the opening and the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Ryan S. Buescher, Ryan D. Gagnon, B. Keith Harshman
  • Patent number: 10808732
    Abstract: A fluid system includes a variable-speed and/or a variable-torque pump to pump a fluid, at least one proportional control valve assembly, an actuator that is operated by the fluid to control a load, and a controller that establishes a speed and/or torque of the pump and a position of the at least one proportional control valve assembly. The pump includes at least one fluid driver that provides fluid to the actuator, which can be, e.g., a fluid-actuated cylinder, a fluid-driven motor or another type of fluid-driven actuator that controls a load. Each fluid driver includes a prime mover and a fluid displacement assembly. The fluid displacement assembly can be driven by the prime mover such that fluid is transferred from the inlet port to the outlet port of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Project Phoenix, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Afshari
  • Patent number: 10808838
    Abstract: A hydrostatic valve arrangement for flushing pressure medium from a working line of a hydraulic circuit includes a flushing valve with a first flushing connection for connecting to a first working line and an output connection for connecting to a pressure medium sink. The arrangement also includes a pressure valve arranged in a pressure medium flow path of the arrangement from the output connection in the direction of the pressure medium sink. The pressure valve has a valve body on which a force equilibrium is formed. The force equilibrium includes a pressure equivalent that acts on the valve body in a direction that blocks the pressure medium flow path and an opening pressure that acts in a direction that opens the pressure medium flow path and is dependent on the pressure at the output connection. The arrangement further includes an adjusting device for shifting the force equilibrium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Gepraegs, Stefan Joksch
  • Patent number: 10801523
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include travel motor hydraulic circuits for controlling the provision of hydraulic fluid to a travel motor. The travel motor hydraulic circuits include a counterbalance valve configured to block the flow of hydraulic fluid when in a neutral position to prevent unintended movement of a power machine, and an anti-cavitation valve configured to direct flow of hydraulic fluid back to the travel motor to prevent cavitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CLARK EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Patrick P. Lacher
  • Patent number: 10774852
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for a working machine includes a hydraulic actuator having a first fluid chamber and a second fluid chamber, an accumulator, an outputting fluid tube to output an operation fluid, and a switching valve to be switched between a first position and a second position. The first position allows the first fluid chamber and the second fluid chamber to be communicated with the outputting fluid tube and thereby allowing a floating operation. The second position allows the first fluid chamber and the accumulator to be communicated with each other, allows the second fluid chamber and the outputting fluid tube to be communicated with each other, and thereby allows an anti-vibration operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuji Fukuda, Keigo Honda, Ryosuke Kinugawa, Ryuki Nishimoto, Yuji Yamashita, Daisuke Sakurai
  • Patent number: 10774854
    Abstract: A tube-fixing tool is improved in assembling property between the tube-fixing tool and the elastic tube, and in production yield of the actuator. A tube-fixing tool is attached to an end of an elastic tube provided with: a soft tube and a cover tube, the soft tube constituting an actuator, the tube-fixing tool comprising: a fixing-tool body having a fitting-cylinder part provided with: a fitting-inner face that is fitted to an outer face of the soft tube; and a fitting-outer face that is fitted to an inner face of the cover tube; and a fixing sleeve having: an inner circumferential face that is opposed to the fitting-cylinder part via the cover tube; and a fastening part that is attached to the fixing-tool body, the cover tube being fixed between the fixing-tool body and the fixing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: KOGANEI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takeshi Yamauchi, Hiraku Sakai
  • Patent number: 10773795
    Abstract: An actuation system for controlling flight control members of a vehicle. Each flight control member is controlled by two or more linear hydraulic actuators. Synchronization members extend between the hydraulic actuators on the same flight control members to synchronize the movements of the hydraulic actuators for consistent movement across the length of the flight control members. Brakes can maintain the positions of the synchronization members and thus the flight control members. Motors can provide for moving the synchronization members to control the positioning of the hydraulic actuators and flight control members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark S. Good