Patents Examined by Michael R. Mansen
  • Patent number: 10710849
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile articulated crane having a boom for carrying a load when the crane is stationary and while the crane is mobile. The boom has an end for engaging with a load and an opposed end. The crane further comprises a counterweight attached to the boom at or close to the opposed end of the boom. A rear body of the crane can comprise first and second rear axles, each for supporting the rear body on the ground. The first rear axle can be arranged to be displaced relative to the second rear axle such that wheels of the first rear axle selectively engage or disengage with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: TEREX AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventor: Dallas Elvery
  • Patent number: 10711875
    Abstract: A bicycle chain ring for engaging a chain link of a bicycle chain, the bicycle chain ring including an inner edge fully circumscribing both an opening and an axis of rotation, an inner surface extending between the inner edge and an outer edge where a plurality of chain ring teeth emanate, and a plurality of ramps disposed about the inner surface, wherein at least one of the plurality of ramps includes a lifting surface for initiating lift of a bicycle chain without assistance from the plurality of chain ring teeth. The lifting surface extends radially along the inner surface toward the outer edge, and the at least one ramp has a first end proximate the inner edge and a second end proximate the outer edge. The second end of the at least one lifting surface terminates before reaching the bottom of a trough positioned between two or more of the plurality of chain ring teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: WICK WERKS, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher A. Wickliffe, Eldon Goates
  • Patent number: 10711644
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a bearing compartment that has an inlet. A supply line splits into a supply conduit and a reservoir conduit that are fluidly parallel to one another for a length. The reservoir conduit fluidly rejoins the supply conduit at a junction. The supply conduit is fluidly connected to the inlet, and the reservoir conduit includes a flow restrictor upstream from the junction. A main pump is fluidly connected to the supply line and is configured to supply a lubricant to the bearing compartment through the supply line and supply and reservoir conduits in an operating state. The main pump has a non-operating state in which the reservoir conduit is configured to slowly refill the supply conduit through the flow restrictor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Thomas Bruce Avis, Francis Parnin
  • Patent number: 10710847
    Abstract: In a crawler crane, while a fly jib is in use, the fly jib is suspended from a coupling flange by a jib raising/lowering wire rope that is wound around a sheave, the sheave being slidably attached to a tip end side section of the fly jib. If the sheave is caused to slide by a jib raising/lowering cylinder attached to the fly jib, the fly jib suspended from the coupling flange by the jib raising/lowering wire rope inclines with respect to a boom. The raising/lowering mechanism of the fly jib is installed on the fly jib side, thus making it possible to easily perform work to extract/store the fly jib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAEDA SEISAKUSHO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinya Tokutome, Tatsufumi Tomura, Ryosuke Nakamura, Eiji Ichimura, Mitsuaki Wada
  • Patent number: 10711668
    Abstract: An exemplary monitoring assembly includes a sensor that provides a first output when a lubricant reservoir holds a first amount of a contaminant, and a different, second output when the lubricant reservoir holds a different, second amount of the contaminant. A lubrication system monitoring controller operatively coupled to the sensor and configured to initiate a maintenance mode in response to the second output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Md Shahnoor Amin
  • Patent number: 10703439
    Abstract: A bicycle sprocket comprises a sprocket body and a plurality of sprocket teeth provided on an outer periphery of the sprocket body and including at least one first tooth and at least one second tooth. The at least one first tooth has a driving surface side and a non-driving surface side. The at least one first tooth has a bevel cut shape in the non-driving surface side. The bevel cut shape is configured to avoid initially engaging with a bicycle chain in a shifting operation where the bicycle chain shifts from an adjacent smaller bicycle sprocket to the bicycle sprocket. The at least one second tooth is configured to initially engage with the bicycle chain in the shifting operation. The at least one second tooth is disposed adjacent to the at least one first tooth in a circumferential direction with respect to a rotational center axis of the bicycle sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Fukumori
  • Patent number: 10704656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a belt or chain tensioner (1) for a belt or chain drive of an internal combustion engine, having a base unit (2), an annular tensioning arm (3) which is mounted so as to be rotatable relative to the base unit (2) about an axis of rotation and on which a tensioning roll (4) prepared for pre-tensioning a section of an endless belt or chain is arranged, and two interconnected bearing parts (5, 6), by which the tensioning arm (3) is pivotally mounted on the base unit (2), and the bearing parts (5, 6) are designed as identical parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventors: Zoran Maricic, Alexander Weidner
  • Patent number: 10697461
    Abstract: A vacuum pump lubricant supply system has a lubricant reservoir and a wicking element. The body portion has opposed major surfaces and a finger. The lubricant reservoir has a major surface engaging one of the opposed major surfaces of the body portion so that lubricant can migrate through the engaging major surfaces into the body portion. The finger projects from the body portion to engage a lubricant transfer device provided on a rotor shaft so that lubricant can wick from the body portion to the lubricant transfer device via the finger. The body portion has an edge provided with a cut-out so that the major surface of the body portion that engages the major surface of the lubricant container has a total surface area that is less than the total surface area of the major surface of the lubricant container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Edwards Limited
    Inventor: Oliver James Rudge
  • Patent number: 10696357
    Abstract: A rocker for a bicycle gear that has an inner plate, an outer plate, a pair of pins integral with said inner and outer plates and a pair of toothed wheels arranged between them. Each toothed wheels is rotatably mounted on a respective pin. At least one pin is inserted in non-threaded through holes formed in the inner and outer plates and is defined by a screw with an outer threading and a female screw with an inner threading engaged with the outer threading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventors: Leopoldo Lazzarin, Paolo Pasqua, Alessandro Sorio
  • Patent number: 10696358
    Abstract: A bicycle derailleur comprising a chain guide, an electric motor that displaces the chain guide and an electrically controllable device configured to, selectively, block the rotation of the electric motor and let the electric motor free to rotate. A method for actuating a bicycle derailleur comprising a chain guide and an electric motor that displaces the chain guide, comprises the steps of: receiving a gearshifting request signal; making the electric motor free to rotate; driving the electric motor to displace the chain guide until the chain guide is in an intended position while the electric motor is made free to rotate; and, blocking the rotation of the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Davide Bernardele
  • Patent number: 10697533
    Abstract: A power transmission system includes a first case, a second case, a first tube, and a shaft. The first tube is configured to supply a lubricating oil to a first bearing and a second bearing. A shaft is rotatably supported by the first bearing and the second bearing. The shaft is provided with a through-hole extending through the shaft in an axial direction of the shaft. The first tube is insertedly fixed to an insertion hole of the first case from an outside of a space where the shaft is disposed. The first tube includes a first opening and a second opening, the first opening is configured to supply the lubricating oil to the first bearing, and the second opening is configured to supply the lubricating oil to the second bearing via the through-hole of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kozo Yamamoto, Hideki Nakagawa, Hirofumi Nakada, Miki Natsume, Haruki Shirasaka
  • Patent number: 10690224
    Abstract: The tensioning pulley arrangement for a belt drive in an engine, is provided. In one example, the tensioning pulley arrangement includes a first tensioning pulley and a second tensioning pulley tensioning a belt with a spring force and a spring preload force generated by a first spring device coupled to the first and second tensioning pulleys. The tensioning pulley arrangement further includes an intensifying device that decreases belt tension during low belt load conditions and increases belt tension during high belt load conditions. In this way, friction losses during low belt loads may be reduced and belt slippage caused by high belt loads and/or dynamic shifts in belt loads may also be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joachim Hansen, Stefan Quiring, Moritz Klaus Springer
  • Patent number: 10688402
    Abstract: A cord management device is provided and includes a first section, wherein the first section includes two top portion second openings configured to receive one or more blades of an electrical plug and a top portion third opening configured to receive at least one of a USB plug and a blade of the electrical plug. The two top portion second openings are located to represent eyes of the animal and/or cartoon figure and the top portion third opening is located to represent a mouth of the animal and/or cartoon figure. A third section is provided and includes a curvilinear structure shaped to represent a tail of the animal and/or cartoon figure. A second section is provided and located between the first section and the third section, wherein the second section includes one or more second section top protrusions and/or one or more bottom protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Paradigm Sourcing, LLC
    Inventors: Hollie Barnas, David Barnas
  • Patent number: 10689067
    Abstract: A bicycle sprocket assembly comprises a first sprocket and a second sprocket. The first sprocket includes a first sprocket body, first sprocket teeth, and a first pitch circle. The first pitch circle has a first diameter. The second sprocket includes a second sprocket body, second sprocket teeth, and a second pitch circle. The first sprocket teeth include a large-sprocket downshifting tooth and an additional large-sprocket downshifting tooth. The second sprocket teeth include a first small-sprocket downshifting tooth, a second small-sprocket downshifting tooth, a first adjacent tooth, and a second adjacent tooth. A circumferential area is defined from a driving surface of the first adjacent tooth to a non-driving surface of the second adjacent tooth in a driving rotational direction about a rotational center axis when viewed in an axial direction. The large-sprocket downshifting tooth is disposed in the circumferential area when viewed in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Kenji Kamada
  • Patent number: 10690228
    Abstract: An isolator is provided for use with an engine and in particular an engine that is assisted or started by MGU (Motor-Generator Unit) or a motor through an endless drive member. It comprises a double acting spring system for isolating crankshaft pulley from torsion vibration at the crankshaft, and in extreme conditions, such as during engine startup and accelerations or decelerations of the engine crankshaft relative to the pulley and when isolator operates in an “engine-driven” mode with the engine crankshaft is driven by the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: LITENS AUTOMOTIVE PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Vladimir I. Starodoubov, John Antchak, Andrew M. Boyes, Boris Replete
  • Patent number: 10683914
    Abstract: A tensioner comprising a base, a pivot arm pivotally engaged with the base, a pulley journalled to the pivot arm, a torsion spring urging the pivot arm, the torsion spring loaded in the unwinding direction, the torsion spring engaged with a damping shoe, the damping shoe frictionally engaging the base, and the damping shoe having a damping shoe portion comprising PTFE mixed within a plastic matrix material, the PTFE comprising between 2% and 4% of the plastic matrix material by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Sukhdeep Singh, Michael J. Koppeser, Anil Kumar Bhalla
  • Patent number: 10683057
    Abstract: A guiding belt pulley, which is configured to engage a belt with belt teeth, includes a ring configuration having a root circle at an edge thereof and a plurality of pulley teeth projected from the root circle of the ring configuration, wherein each of the pulley teeth slants related to a radial line of the ring configuration. A shift gap and a move gap are left between each pair of the pulley teeth and the belt teeth to provide spaces for the deformed belt. It may reduce a risk of disengagement of the belt and provide a safe way of power transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Drivetrain Tech Solution Inc.
    Inventor: Po Cheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10683913
    Abstract: Provided is a tensioner which can ensure, with a simple structure, both the stability of the installation state of a check valve and the capacity of an oil storage chamber. A tensioner has a plunger, a housing, a check valve, and a coil spring. The plunger has a front-side plunger part having a pressing front end portion, and a rear-side plunger part disposed on the rear side of the front-side plunger part and having a valve movement restricting portion. The check valve is disposed on the rear side of the valve movement restricting portion. The coil spring is disposed so that one end thereof is in contact with a housing bottom portion and the other end thereof is in contact with the rear side of the check valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Munehiro Maeda, Yuji Kurematsu, Osamu Yoshida, Yudai Takagi
  • Patent number: 10676327
    Abstract: A method for damping rotational oscillations of a load-handling element of a lifting device is created, wherein at least one controller parameter is determined by a rotational oscillation model of the load-handling element as a function of the lifting height (lH) and wherein, to damp the rotational oscillation of the load-handling element at any lifting height (lH), the at least one controller parameter is adapted to the lifting height (lH).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Staudecker, Thomas J. Frauscher, Ralf Skotschek
  • Patent number: 10677338
    Abstract: A bicycle chain ring, including an inner edge fully circumscribing both an opening and an axis of rotation; an inner surface extending between the inner edge and an outer edge where a plurality of chain ring teeth emanate; and a plurality of ramps disposed about the inner surface, wherein at least one of the plurality of ramps has a lifting surface configured to concurrently engage at least one link of a bicycle chain at two or more distinct pivot points along the length of the chain link to initiate stable lift of the bicycle chain without assistance from any of the plurality of chain ring teeth; wherein the lifting surface has a first end proximate the inner edge and a second end proximate the outer edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: WICK WERKS, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher A. Wickliffe