Patents Examined by Nathaniel L Adams
  • Patent number: 11661194
    Abstract: A power transmission system that is adapted to transmit forces from a motor to a component comprises an externally threaded shaft 551 that is rotatably attached to the motor, an internally threaded fastener that is movably attached to the externally threaded shaft, a first element, and a second element that is movably attached to the first element at a second joint and that is rigidly attached to the component at a third joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Inventors: Marc Cortes-Fargas, Wouter Beckers, Juergen Fischer, Thomas Kellner
  • Patent number: 11660238
    Abstract: Provided herein is a electronically-controlled wheelchair securement system with a winch apparatus that is adapted for pulling and steering a mobility device (e.g., wheelchair, scooter, stretcher, etc.) up and down the ramp of a rear-entry wheelchair accessible vehicle and for providing securement for the mobility device during transport. The system includes two motorized front tie-down units adapted to be positioned in the vehicle at the front of the wheelchair securement area. The front tie-down units have extendable/retractable restraints adapted to connect to the front corners of the mobility device frame. By varying the motor speed between the two front tie-down units, the mobility device can be steered up the ramp. For example, when pulling the mobility device up the ramp, the mobility device can be directed to the left by increasing the speed of the right tie-down unit, slowing the speed of the left tie-down unit, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2023
    Assignee: VALEDA COMPANY
    Inventors: Edgardo Cardona, Patrick Girardin
  • Patent number: 11655127
    Abstract: The present invention refers to loading crane comprising: an articulated arm, comprising at least one first and one second bodies successively connected in order to form an open kinematic chain, wherein the second body is translatingly and/or rotatably movable with respect to the first body; a hydraulic circuit adapted to convey a working fluid for actuating the articulated arm. Said hydraulic circuit comprises a segment associated to one of the first and second bodies comprising: at least one sliding rigid tube slidingly translatingly connected to the body to which the segment of the hydraulic circuit is associated; at least one stationary tube integrally connected to the body to which the segment of the hydraulic circuit is associated; a flexible tube fluidically interconnecting the sliding rigid tube and the stationary tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Fassi Gru S.P.A.
    Inventors: Rossano Ceresoli, Piantoni Giorgio
  • Patent number: 11643306
    Abstract: A winch integrated with a permanent magnet brushless motor and a controller includes a brushless motor and a controller. The brushless motor includes a stator having a wire coil, and a motor bracket. The stator is fixedly provided in the motor bracket. A rotor and a rotating shaft fixed in a rotor center are provided inside the stator. The rotating shaft is rotatably connected to the motor bracket, one end of the rotating shaft is fixedly connected with a magnet mount, and a cylinder magnet is mounted in the magnet mount. The controller includes a control circuit board fixed to one end of the motor bracket proximal to the cylinder magnet. A sensor chip for angle sensing in conjunction with the cylinder magnet is provided on the control circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: Zhejiang Nowvow Mechanical and Electrical Corp., Ltd
    Inventors: Yong Yang, Kunlei Zhao, Jun Zhou, Chunxiang Zhang, Liangdao Tang, Guogang Zhang
  • Patent number: 11629033
    Abstract: Disclosed are an integral lifting system and lifting method for assembled members. The integral lifting system includes fixing mechanisms and more than four vertical stand columns. The four vertical stand columns are located at four corners of a building, the building is located in a region encircled by the vertical stand columns, a transverse rail beam is disposed between every two vertical stand columns, one end of the transverse rail beam is mounted at the top of one vertical stand column, and the other end is mounted on the top of the other stand column. The transverse rail beam is provided with an operation trolley, a jib crane is disposed on an upper surface of the operation trolley, and a lifting mechanical arm is disposed on an outer side surface of the operation trolley. A hydraulic jacking mechanism is disposed at the bottoms of the vertical stand columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Southeast University
    Inventors: Hui Jin, Haihan Jiao, Zhaozhong Li, Guansi Liu, Libin Wang
  • Patent number: 11613450
    Abstract: A lifter is disclosed. The disclosed lifter comprises: a frame; a motor part coupled to the frame; a drum rotatably coupled to the motor part and including a plurality of winding parts formed at regular intervals along the rotary shaft direction; and a plurality of wires coupled to be wound on the plurality of winding parts, respectively. Ends of the plurality of wires at one side thereof may be connected to the plurality of winding parts, respectively, and other ends of the plurality of wires may be detachably fixed to a ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: Dongryol Jang, Kangsuk Lee, Jeongdoo Jang
  • Patent number: 11603295
    Abstract: In a cable-driven three-dimensional crane system, an end-effector is moved within an operating volume defined by dynamically shifting draw points. Winch assemblies pull the end-effector toward the respective draw points. Each winch assembly includes a cable router that manages travel of its drive cable through the associated draw point. Cable length encoders determine the effective length of each drive cable, from which one method of end-effector position calculations can be made. Draw point angle trackers assess the instantaneous lateral and vertical angles of each drive cable as it vectors away from its draw point toward the carrier from which another method of end-effector position calculations can be made as well as enabling self-calibration techniques. Sensitive mechanical and electrical components are sheltered in heated enclosures that wipe debris from the drive cable and track with its changing position. Multi-zone applications allow sharing of winch assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: MRB AutoLab LLC
    Inventor: James B. Garber
  • Patent number: 11584623
    Abstract: A pin actuator assembly for a telescoping boom includes a locking head having a base, an operating plate operably coupled to the base, one or more cylinder pins and/or one or more section lock arms movable in response to movement of the operating plate relative to the base. The pin actuator assembly also includes an actuator operably coupled to the operating plate and configured to move the operating plate relative to the base. The actuator includes an electric motor and a drive arm. The electric motor is configured to drive the drive arm between an extended drive arm position and a retracted drive arm position. The pin actuator assembly further includes a motion mitigator having a housing, a rod movable relative to the housing and operably coupled to the actuator, a first biasing member coupled between the rod and the housing and a second biasing member coupled between the rod and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Manitowoc Crane Companies, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen J. Schoonmaker
  • Patent number: 11577942
    Abstract: A vehicle crane having a lower carriage with a longitudinal axis and a superstructure that is rotatable about a vertical axis includes at least one base support and at least two side supports arranged on the lower carriage, where the base support and the side supports can be supported with respect to the ground. The two side supports are each arranged on the lower carriage via a support carrier and oppositely in relation to the longitudinal axis of the lower carriage, and precisely two side supports are arranged on the lower carriage. Each base support is arranged oppositely with respect to the two side supports in relation to the vertical axis and as seen in the direction of the longitudinal axis, and a rotary connection support for the superstructure is arranged on the lower carriage and the two support carriers are arranged remotely from the rotary connection support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: Tadano Demag GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Moritz Urban
  • Patent number: 11554940
    Abstract: A crane apparatus with an integrated assembly for overcoming each dead position between primary and secondary parts of its operational arm includes a bearing framework attached to a chassis and is furnished with at least two telescopic supporting legs that are vertically arranged, and a bearing mast that is connected with the bearing framework, and an operational arm is attached in a pivot point and pivotable around a horizontal axis. The operational arm includes a primary part and a secondary part that are pivotally connected with each other. The secondary part is pivotal around the horizontal axis connected with the primary part of the operational arm via a dead position overcoming assembly that includes a rotational driving subsystem as well as a mechanism that is attached to part of a hydraulic cylinder for pivoting relative to the secondary part of the operational arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Inventors: Branko Gril, Iztok Span
  • Patent number: 11549317
    Abstract: A drawworks assembly including a drum including a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis, a coupling assembly configured to transmit torque to the drum, and a cradle assembly configured to support the drum, wherein the coupling assembly is releasably coupled to the drum at a first planar engagement interface disposed at the first end of the drum, wherein the cradle assembly is releasably coupled to the drum at a second planar engagement interface disposed at the second end of the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Mike Netecke, Roy Cabrera
  • Patent number: 11542131
    Abstract: This crane is configured by being provided with: a telescopic boom having an inside boom element and an outside boom element that overlap each other in an extendable and contractible manner; an extension/contraction actuator that displaces one boom element among the inside boom element and the outside boom element in the extending and contracting directions; at least one electric drive source provided in the extension/contraction actuator; a first coupling mechanism that operates on the basis of power from the electric drive source and that switches between the coupled state and the uncoupled state of the extension/contraction actuator and one of the boom elements; and a second coupling mechanism that operates on the basis of power from the electric drive source and that switches between the coupled state and the uncoupled state of the inside boom element and the outside boom element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventors: Masahide Zushi, Kazu Nagahama
  • Patent number: 11535499
    Abstract: The invention relates to a free fall winch comprising a drum, which can be rotationally driven by a winch drive, wherein a free fall brake is provided for braking the drum in free fall operation. According to the invention, a torque acting on the free fall winch, which depends on the free fall braking torque, is detected by means of a detection device, and a brake actuation force with which the free fall brake is actuated is controlled or adjusted by a control device according to the detected torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Liebherr-Components Biberach GmbH
    Inventors: Norbert Hausladen, David Führle
  • Patent number: 11535496
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for stabilizing a hoisted object. A hoisted object such as a litter can have a tendency spin while being retrieved on a lift line. A device may be connected to the hoisted object to reduce a spin or other angular velocity of the hoisted object. The device may monitor stability of the hoisted object and determine that the hoisted object is unstable. The device may be configured to rotate at least one flywheel to apply torque to an enclosure of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Vita Inclinata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mahdi Al-Husseini, Joshua Lamar Barnett, Anthony Chen
  • Patent number: 11505437
    Abstract: A crane, in particular a loading crane, includes an arm system that has a plurality of arms. The crane also has a crane controller that is configured, in a coordinate control operating mode, to control the coordinates of the arm system. The crane controller has a user interface, and the user interface has at least one function which can be selected by a user and by way of which at least one of the degrees of freedom of the arm system can be restricted or is restricted in the coordinate control operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: PALFINGER AG
    Inventors: Christoph Hoffmann, Thomas Deimer, Harald Vierlinger
  • Patent number: 11505439
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a wireline drum configured for use in a material handling system. The wireline drum may have a core extending between a pair of flanges. The core may be configured to receive a spooled wireline. Each flange may have a neck extending from an inner surface toward the core and configured to nestably engage the core. The present disclosure further relates to methods of manufacturing such a wireline drum. In some embodiments, each flange, including the flange neck, may be cast as substantially a single component. At a joint between each flange neck and the core, a V-shaped groove may be defined for receiving a weld. Each flange may be welded to the core at the V-shaped groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: NOV CANADA ULC
    Inventor: Gheorghe Eftimie
  • Patent number: 11492237
    Abstract: The invention relates to a continuous cable winch comprising a drive unit (20) and an output unit (60) for applying a drive force to a cable, which output unit is coupled to the drive unit (20). According to the invention, it is proposed that the drive unit (20) has a frequency converter (30) with a primary side (32) for drawing current from a power supply system (33) and a secondary side (36) for outputting an AC voltage (UU, UV, UW), an AC motor (40) for driving the continuous cable winch (10) at a variable rotation speed (?1), which AC motor is supplied with the AC voltage (UU, UV, UW) by the frequency converter (30), a control unit (50) which is interconnected with the frequency converter (30) and the AC motor (40) for the purpose of controlling the drive unit (20), wherein the control unit (50) is designed to change the rotation speed (?1) of the AC motor (40) by means of the frequency converter (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: DUALLIFT GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Lülfing
  • Patent number: 11485618
    Abstract: A fairlead for use with a winch is disclosed. The fairlead includes: a device for detecting a speed at which a line is being spooled or unspooled from the winch, a first and second roller adapted to aid in spooling or unspooling a line, a fairlead motor for driving at least the first roller, and a controller connected to the fairlead motor. The controller is in communication with the device for detecting the speed. The controller is configured to direct the fairlead motor to drive at least the first roller at a speed that maintains tension on the line as it is unspooling or spooling. Alternatively, the device measures current drawn by the fairlead motor and the controller directs the fairlead motor to drive the rollers at a speed that maintains a target current draw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Daniel Madsen, Jerome Miles, Dustin Clouse
  • Patent number: 11472680
    Abstract: This crane is provided with: a telescopic boom that can be extended; an extension device for extending the telescopic boom; a hydraulic pressure source provided in the extension device; a cylinder connection mechanism connected to the hydraulic pressure source and switching between the states of connection and non-connection with the telescopic boom on the basis of the supply and discharge of hydraulic oil; a first oil path for connecting the hydraulic pressure source and the cylinder connection mechanism; a first valve that is provided on the first oil path and switches the supply and discharge state of the hydraulic oil with respect to the cylinder connection mechanism; and a second oil path that bypasses the first valve and connects the hydraulic pressure source and the cylinder connection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: TADANO LTD.
    Inventors: Naoto Kawabuchi, Hisanori Wada, Naotaka Masuda
  • Patent number: 11472683
    Abstract: A winch (100, 200) includes a rope (105), an overwinding sensor (106) coupled to the rope (105) where the overwinding sensor (106) is moveable between a first position and a second position upon winding and/or unwinding of the rope (105). The overwinding sensor (106) includes a first electrically conducting member, a contact member (104) having a second electrically conducting member which is contactable by the first electrically conducting member when the overwinding sensor (106) is in the second position. The second electrically conducting member is not contactable by the first electrically conducting member when the overwinding sensor (106) is in the first position. The winch (100, 200) is configured to stop and/or prevent and/or hamper winding of the rope (105) upon establishment of an electrical contact between the first electrically conducting member and the second electrically conducting member when the overwinding sensor (106) is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventor: Dmitrijs Volohovs