Patents Examined by Michael J. Gonet
  • Patent number: 4483213
    Abstract: In an automotive manual transmission including a common fork shaft on and along which shift forks are slidable, a control rod rotatable about and slidable along the axis thereof which is normal to the axis of the fork shaft, a pivoting pin extending normal to both the axes of the common fork shaft and the control rod, a supporting member removably connected to the transmission housing and mounting therein the pivoting pin, pivoting levers pivotally supported by the pivoting pin and jointly engaged at their one ends with the corresponding shift forks to induce sliding movements of the shift forks in response to rotational movements thereof, a selecting head member secured to the control rod to be movable therewith, the head member being brought into engagement with the other end of the selected one of the pivoting levers upon rotation of the control rod into an angular position, and an interlock plate rotatably mounted on the control rod to ensure that only the selected pivoting lever is rotatable at any given
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1984
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Kotei Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4481834
    Abstract: In a balance device for a mechanical press, a press body or frame rotatably mounts a crankshaft. A slide is supported from the crankshaft by connecting rods so that it reciprocates transverse to the axial direction of the crankshaft as the shaft is rotated. To avoid the development of an oscillating effect in the press body during operation a first gear is positioned on the crankshaft. Balancing gears are supported on the press body in meshed engagement with the first gear. Each of the first gear and the balancing gears has a balance weight for counteracting the tendency of the slide to cause oscillation and vibrations in the press body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuo Sato, Yuu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 4480489
    Abstract: A crank mechanism in a pushbutton tuner which comprises a side plate secured on associated one end of crank bars and a crank gear mounted on the outer surface of the side plate, both being supported together by a caulked shaft and one of the crank gear and the side plate being formed with a protuberance formed by deforming a part thereof while the other is formed with a hole for receiving the protuberance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Assignee: Clarion Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Chaki
  • Patent number: 4479398
    Abstract: An anti-jamming mechanism for a device providing linear rotary movements consisting of a simple one-piece collar having split end portions with one of the portions anchoring the collar to a rotatable and axially movable sleeve driven by a screw mechanism, the other end portion acting as a spring-like flexible finger reacting against a stepped stationary housing portion to stop rotation of the sleeve while permitting its axial movement upon continued rotation of the screw until the finger clears the end of the step, whereupon the sleeve is permitted to rotate freely with the screw without further axial movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Shunso F. Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4479402
    Abstract: A microtome actuable both manually and by a motor, with a single coupling element, whereby rotation of the hand wheel when the motor drive is engaged and thus the risk of injury by the manual grip are excluded. The coupling element is located in the hand wheel and is capable of locking in two positions by means of pulling and rotating, the respective positions establishing the manual or motor drive mode. The drive mode is made readily apparent from the outside by means of symbols. In the hand wheel, an equalizing weight for the object carriage is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Assignee: Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH
    Inventors: Artur Reichel, Kurt Richter
  • Patent number: 4479394
    Abstract: An electric starter apparatus for small internal combustion engines wherein engagement of a starter pinion gear with engine flywheel gear teeth is produced by the axial translation of a nut member mating with helices formed on the motor shaft. An elastomer drive and cushion member is interposed between the nut and pinion gear wherein axial displacement of the pinion gear is through the elastomer, as is the transmission of torque to the gear. The elastomer includes an annular axially extending projection received within an annular recess defined in the pinion gear whereby the recess partially confines the elastomer during torque transmission and engine cranking, and concentrically locates the elastomer relative to the motor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1984
    Assignee: Eaton Stamping Company
    Inventors: Leon D. Greenwood, Clifford L. Dye
  • Patent number: 4478104
    Abstract: A lever mechanism (10) suitably, amongst other uses, for use in the control of tractor draft links (22) from a location remote from the tractor operators station.The lever mechanism includes an operating member (40), a support (43) relative to which said operating member is displaceable (Z), a lever (42) pivotally mounted on the support about a pivot axis (44) which is also translationally moveable (X), a first formation (56) on the lever, a second formation (57) on the operating member, and bias means (53) acting to translationally move the lever on its axis (44) away from the second formation (57) to hold the first and second formations (56,57) disengaged when the lever is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Assignee: Massey-Ferguson Services N.V.
    Inventors: Ronald C. Page, Derek J. Smith
  • Patent number: 4476735
    Abstract: A first member defines a plurality of depressions such as V-shaped notches therein and is positioned so that the V-shaped notches are adjacent another plurality of similar notches defined by a second member. The spacing of the recesses in the second member is different than the spacing of recesses in the first member. A movable ball is received in each of the recesses of the first member. A cam is positioned to alternately force one of the balls into engagement between partially aligned recesses on the first and second members forcing relative movement between the members, positioning a load connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Inventor: Gill Cantwell
  • Patent number: 4476741
    Abstract: A tilt type steering device comprises an upper bracket provided on an upper column rotatably supporting a upper shaft, a lower bracket provided on a lower column fitted on a lower shaft and having side plates partly overlapping the side plates of the upper bracket, angle limiting mechanism for making the upper bracket tiltable in a predetermined angle range first biasing member for biasing the upper bracket so that the upper bracket tilts in a jumped-up tilt limit direction, a rod member rotatably and axially movably supported by the other portion of the side plate of one of the upper and lower brackets than the overlapping portion, a connecting member fixed to the rod member adjacent to the side plate of the remaining bracket, and having coupling holes, second biasing member for biasing the connecting member axially of the rod member so that the connecting member is urged toward the side plate of the remaining bracket, an operating member for imparting to the rod member rotation and axial movement, selector
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Assignee: Nippon Seiko K.K.
    Inventor: Mikio Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 4476740
    Abstract: A shift mechanism for a change-speed gear transmission includes a manual gearshift lever arranged to be selectively shiftable toward forward speed-ratio and reverse-ratio positions at the same gate in a gearshift pattern, a movable member integral with a selector shaft mounted within a housing assembly of the gear transmission for both axial and rotary movement and being operatively connected to the gearshift lever to be axially moved in selecting operation of the gearshift lever toward the gate and to be rotated in shifting operation of the gearshift lever toward one of the forward speed-ratio and reverse-ratio positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichiro Ida, Shoichi Ooshima, Ichiro Horiuchi, Mitsufumi Nishu
  • Patent number: 4472982
    Abstract: A tiltable steering apparatus for vehicles is provided wherein a movable bracket is rotatably supported in a holder member of a fixed bracket, a latch member having a toothed portion engageable with teeth of the holder member is provided on the movable bracket and means are provided for positively engaging and disengaging the toothed portion of the latch member and the teeth of the holder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masumi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 4472983
    Abstract: A motion generating system in which multiple movements are to be generated with multiple interrelated elements or multiple movement paths generated by a given input. There is a primary input which drives an acceleration-deceleration device from one stopped dwell position to another stopped dwell position. Associated with the drive device is a primary output member with multiple output means mechanically associated therewith and shift means in the mechanism driven by the input member to selectively connect and disconnect one or more of each multiple output means relative to the primary output means. The connection and disconnection is designed always to occur during a dwell position of the primary output means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1984
    Inventor: John H. Brems
  • Patent number: 4470492
    Abstract: A control assembly particularly for use in marine controls where a single lever thereof actuates a clutch and throttle of a marine power unit. The assembly has a first input shaft rotatable relative to a body thereof, and an extensible and retractable first output structure for controlling a function, e.g. the throttle. The assembly includes a cam mounted on the first input shaft for rotation therewith and a cam follower cooperating with the cam and the first output structure. A lever means cooperates with the body and cam follower so that the first output structure is actuated in an amount dependent on direction and rotation of the input shaft from an initial position thereof. In a preferred embodiment, a second output structure for the clutch is responsive to primary rotation of the input shaft from the initial position thereof and is unresponsive to secondary rotation, and the first output structure is unresponsive to primary rotation of the shaft and is responsive to secondary rotation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Inventor: Jacob Kobelt
  • Patent number: 4470322
    Abstract: Steering column with tilt head having tilt locking and release dog controlled by manual lever operable in camming slot therein and normally biased by spring to an over-tilt center position for positive locking of the tilt head in selected tilt position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Howard D. Beauch
  • Patent number: 4466308
    Abstract: A compact, safety, control assembly for lawnmowers having electrically started engines is provided which includes a "dead man" function and which requires two distinct steps for starting the lawnmower engine. The control assembly preferably includes a shiftable handle, a moveable lever, a cable connected to the lawnmower ignition assembly and shiftable between positions corresponding to the off, on and start position of the ignition assembly, a spring biasing the cable to the off position, a rotatable operating mechanism connected to the cable and engageable by the handle and lever, and a guide and slot assembly that enables shifting of the cable to the start position from the off position only after completion of a two-handed, two-step operation. In operation, the operating mechanism is rotated by the operation of the handle, thereby shifting the cable into the on position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: Conchemco, Incorporated
    Inventors: Bruce J. Kester, Arthur L. Urban, Dale C. Kester
  • Patent number: 4466305
    Abstract: A reverse idler gear is mounted for rotation but against axial movement on a swingable reverse idler shaft and adapted to be moved into mesh with other gears to reverse the drive line or disengaged from same in response to the ocillatory motion of the reverse idler shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Hiraiwa, Yoshiyuki Fukuda
  • Patent number: 4464944
    Abstract: A push-button type tuning apparatus comprises a frame consisting of a front side plate part, a rear side plate part, right and left side plate parts, and a bottom plate part, a coil case fixedly provided on the frame, a plurality of guiding members at least having one end fixed to the front side plate part of the frame and extending towards the rear side plate part, a slider capable of sliding under the guide of said guiding members provided on the guiding members, a rotatable member axially supported at both side plate parts in a rotatable state, and a plurality of push-button assemblies arranged and provided in the frame. The frame is formed from a single plate member by unitarily bending the front and rear side plate parts and the right and left side plate parts at four sides of the bottom plate part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1984
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruo Shimazu, Toshio Edamoto, Azuma Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 4462266
    Abstract: A kiln floor system having a plurality of sequentially operated, pivotally mounted trays capable of dumping a load of grain in a minimum of time. Typical field trays of the floor are coupled in pairs to a single air cylinder for economy of operation. The gear rack associated with the turning machine is independently adjustable to insure alignment of the gear rack. The floor includes stringer gage members to insure proper installation and alignment of the stringers. A wall panel is provided for updated restoration and automation of existing kiln floors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1984
    Inventor: Norman H. Andreasen
  • Patent number: 4461187
    Abstract: A pump jack comprises a rocker arm one end of which is fixed to the upper end of a sucker rod. The other limb of the rocker arm has rigidly affixed thereto a downwardly-extending drive support member and a large driven pinion is eccentrically and rotatably mounted at the lower end of this drive support member. The driven pinion is engaged by a chain, which also passes around a driving pinion fixed to the base of the pump jack. This drive arrangement reduces the acceleration and shock loadings imposed upon the sucker rod at the beginning of its upstroke and reduces the size and cost of the gearbox necessary to connect a prime mover to the driving pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1984
    Assignee: NuJack Corporation
    Inventor: George E. Stanton
  • Patent number: 4459867
    Abstract: This invention relates to a resettable force limiting assembly of the ball and screw type employed in a flight control actuation system. The resettable force limiting assembly includes a force transmitting reciprocating output member drivingly carried by an actuating member mounted for rotation in a housing. A reversible torque input is mechanically coupled to the actuating member to cause the output member to move in a direction dependent upon the direction of rotation of the input. A reciprocating reaction plate is secured for rotation with the actuating member. In operating cooperation with the reaction plate is a reaction plate engagement assembly that has elements secured against rotation to the housing. The elements are disposed on either side of the reaction plate. The elements have compression springs coupled thereto to resiliently separate the elements while allowing the elements to individually move towards and away from the reaction plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Teddy L. Jones