Patents Examined by Nguyen Hanh
  • Patent number: 7449802
    Abstract: In a vibration wave linear motor, a coupled driving contacting parts are respectively provided on the top and the bottom of a vibrator unit, and 2 upper and lower guide shafts which contact concave parts of the coupled driving contacting parts are supported by erecting parts of a supporting part. The lower guide shaft is pressed upward by spiral springs, so that the two guide shafts press and sandwich the vibrator. Alternating current voltages having different phases are applied to the vibrator unit, whereby the vibrator unit generates a vibration wave to generate elliptical rotation vibrations in the driving contacting parts. As a result, the vibrator, and the two guide shafts and the supporting part make a relative move in the shaft direction. Either the guide shafts or the vibrator is fixed, and the other is linked to an object to be driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Sasaki, Toshihiro Nakao, Kazutoshi Shiratori
  • Patent number: 7391136
    Abstract: An in-slot conductor part of a stator winding of a rotary electric machine has multiple in-slot conductors disposed in multiple slots. In each of the multiple slots a plurality of the in-slot conductors are disposed in a line in the depth direction of the slot, in the coil end parts each of the multiple coil end conductors has a root part led out through a slot opening at one of the end faces of a stator core in substantially the same direction as the extension direction of the in-slot conductors and a connecting part disposed farther from the end face of the stator core than this root part and bent so as to form a bridge between two root parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kashihara, Wakaki Miyaji
  • Patent number: 7378772
    Abstract: A metal film 4 is disposed between a permanent magnet 3 and a rotor yoke 1, and the permanent magnet 3 and the rotor yoke 1 are subjected to beam welding. Since the metal film 4 is disposed between the permanent magnet 3 and rotor yoke 1, and the metal film 4 as a laser beam irradiated portion is melted by vacuum beam or laser beam, the metal film 4 has brazing metal function in welding, so that the connection between the permanent magnet 3 and the rotor yoke 1 is strong. Since there is no need of embedding the permanent magnet 3 in the rotor yoke 1 and there is no need to use polymer adhesives, the cost can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Haruhiko Shimizu, Teruyoshi Kita, Takayuki Higashi, Shigeki Muroga
  • Patent number: 7375448
    Abstract: A motor having a fluid dynamic bearing generating a fluid dynamic pressure by forming an oil gap between a rotor and a stator such that oil is accommodated in the oil gap, and a first and second air dynamic bearing generating an air dynamic pressure by forming an air gap between the rotor and the stator such that air is introduced into the air gap. The fluid dynamic bearing generates a fluid dynamic pressure by forming an oil gap between an axial hole of a sleeve and a shaft such that oil is accommodated in the oil gap, and the first and second air dynamic bearings generate an air dynamic pressure by forming an air gap between an inner circumferential surface of a hub and an outer circumferential surface of the sleeve and between the inner circumferential surface of the hub and an upper plane surface of the sleeve, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: G & W Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sang Uk Kim
  • Patent number: 7372182
    Abstract: An axial gap alternator comprises a first carrier associated with or secured to an output shaft of an internal combustion engine. A first carrier carries a first set of magnets arranged radially about a rotational axis. A second carrier carries a second set of magnets arranged radially and spaced apart axially from the first set of magnets. A stator intervenes axially between the first set of magnets and the second set of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Bernard Brandt Poore, Barnard Edwin Romig
  • Patent number: 7368843
    Abstract: A commutator motor includes a stator and a rotor, and the stator includes a stator yoke and a field magnet. The field magnet is fixed onto the inner peripheral surface of the substantially cylindrical stator yoke. The stator yoke is configured by coaxially stacking a plurality of plate-like annular bodies, and the annular bodies are fixedly connected to each other by caulking at a caulking portion disposed on the annular body. In manufacture, the length of the stator yoke in the axial direction can be arbitrarily changed with the thickness of the annular body in the axial direction as a minimum unit. In case of manufacturing various stator yokes that are different in the axial length, the necessity of replacing a manufacturing machine is eliminated, thereby providing a commutator motor having the stator yoke which is low in the manufacturing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyoshi Yokota, Shinichi Sakamoto, Chikai Yoshimizu, Katsuhiro Oomori, Tadayoshi Mineta, Kenichi Kato
  • Patent number: 7358633
    Abstract: A linear vibration motor comprising a movable unit, a base assembly having a coil assembly, a housing and an elastic member, in which the movable unit has the maximum mass from a fixed housing volume. The elastic member has the outer periphery fixed to the ceiling of the housing and the inner periphery fixed to the top of the movable unit opposed to the outer periphery. The elastic member is deformable to the extent that the outer and inner peripheries are shift to a coplanar position from a parallel position where they are spaced for a predetermined distance from each other. The core assembly is distanced downward from the movable unit or a predetermined gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soon Do Kweon, II Oung Park, Yeon Ho Son, Joon Choi, Hwa Young Oh
  • Patent number: 7358630
    Abstract: The ventilating device fixed on a rotor of a rotary electrical machine, comprises a first fan (62a) having a radial plate portion (64a), at least one second fan (62b) having a radial plate portion (64b), and means for fastening the two fans (62a, 62b), each fan (62a, 62b) having, at the outer peripheiy of its radial plate portion, first branches (78a) and second branches (78b) which extend radially outwards, at least some of the branches having a blade (68a, 68b), while at least one first branch (78a) and at least one second branch (78b) includes a first (78a) and a second (78b) mutual overlapping portion to define an overlap zone (Z), the said fastening means (80, 82) being at least partly arranged at the level of the overlap zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Claudiu Vasilescu, Richard Tellier, Nam-Gook Kim
  • Patent number: 7348693
    Abstract: In a vibration wave linear motor, a coupled driving contacting parts are respectively provided on the top and the bottom of a vibrator unit, and 2 upper and lower guide shafts which contact concave parts of the coupled driving contacting parts are supported by erecting parts of a supporting part. The lower guide shaft is pressed upward by spiral springs, so that the two guide shafts press and sandwich the vibrator. Alternating current voltages having different phases are applied to the vibrator unit, whereby the vibrator unit generates a vibration wave to generate elliptical rotation vibrations in the driving contacting parts. As a result, the vibrator, and the two guide shafts and the supporting part make a relative move in the shaft direction. Either the guide shafts or the vibrator is fixed, and the other is linked to an object to be driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Sasaki, Toshihiro Nakao, Kazutoshi Shiratori
  • Patent number: 7348702
    Abstract: In accordance with exemplary embodiments, the present invention provides a transient power source that includes a flywheel that stores kinetic energy. In the event of a loss of main or operating power, the kinetic energy stored in the flywheel is converted into electrical energy. As one example, the rotation of the flywheel drives a generator that converts this mechanical (i.e., kinetic energy) into electrical energy. Additionally, the exemplary flywheel, as one embodiment, generates a cooling airflow for various components of the electrical machine. Thus, the rotation of the flywheel not only generates power, but also cools the various components of the transient power source as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Reliance Electric Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Michael J. Melfi
  • Patent number: 7345388
    Abstract: A brushless motor as an example of the invention has a stationary assembly 2 having a first housing member 10 made of a ferromagnetic material and a stator 20 held in the first housing member 10, and a rotor 6 having a rotor magnet 70 facing the stator 20. A annular shield plate 80 held by the rotor 6 is disposed between the rotor magnet 70 and the first housing member 10 and, further, an outer circumferential face 80a of the shield plate 80 is disposed between a magnetically neutral area 46 in the radial direction in the lower end of the rotor magnet 70 and the outer circumferential face of the rotor magnet 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Nidec Corporation
    Inventors: Takehito Tamaoka, Hiroaki Hirano, Masayoshi Saichi, Junichi Takatera
  • Patent number: 7342342
    Abstract: A rotary electrical machine includes a rotational shaft supported by a housing for rotation about an axis, a rotor coupled with the rotational shaft, and a stator fixed to the housing and oriented to face the rotor. A rotor position changing mechanism moves the rotor in an axial direction of the rotational shaft using a portion of a torque transmitted between the rotational shaft and the rotor as a driving force. The rotor position changing mechanism controls the strength of the magnetic field between the rotor and the stator by moving the rotor toward or away from the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinya Naitou, Haruyoshi Hino, Keiko Murota, Hiroyuki Ishihara, Junji Terada, Tomohiro Ono
  • Patent number: 7339296
    Abstract: An ac generator for a vehicle includes a rotor having a field coil, a stator having a stator winding disposed around the rotor to provide ac power in cooperation with the rotor, a brush unit disposed near a rotation axis of the rotor, and a voltage regulator for controlling output voltage of the ac power. The voltage regulator has a regulator circuit section and a heat sink for dissipating heat generated by the regulator circuit section. The heat sink has a plurality of axially projecting cooling fins that extends in a circumferential direction of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Denso Corproation
    Inventors: Seiji Kondo, Hitoshi Wada, Motoki Ito
  • Patent number: 7327059
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method and structure for minimizing noise output of the electric motors of an electrically variable transmission by placing springs between the ball bearings of the motors and a housing part of the motor assembly. The springs are preferably disc or wave springs configured to consistently force the balls against the race of the ball bearings, thereby minimizing the noise output of the electrically variable transmission when in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: James A. Raszkowski
  • Patent number: 7327055
    Abstract: A cooling system for a sealed permanent magnet generator is disclosed that has a rotor shaft that is hollow. Permanent magnets mount on the exterior of the hollow rotor shaft. The rotor shaft has a pressed aluminum tube in various configuration on the inside bore with an end-mounted fan. The aluminum tube acts as a heat sink to draw the heat generated by the magnets through the rotor shaft and aluminum tube. The fan draws cooling air through the hollow bore of the rotor shaft thus cooling the magnets and forces the heated air through passages on the exterior of the stator housing. Because the airflow is not in contact with the electrical portions of the generator the cooling system will perform in dusty, wet and explosive environments. In another configuration a refrigeration compressor installed in the rotor shaft bore cools the rotor shaft and the fan cools the stator passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: John C. Devine
  • Patent number: 7319283
    Abstract: A moving apparatus includes a first actuator having a movable element and a stator, and a second actuator for driving the stator. The second actuator drives the stator in a direction to suppress rotation of the stator which accompanies movement of the movable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Koide
  • Patent number: 7312546
    Abstract: A driving unit especially adapted to adjusting devices for motor vehicles having an electric motor, a gear box and an electronic control device. At least one element of the electric motor, for example, at the driving shaft, the magnetic short-circuit or the motor side crankcase casing, additionally provides a gear box mechanical feature and/or a mechanical member, for example, a gear box side crankcase casing, provides an electric motor or electronic control device feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Brose Gahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Helmut Sesselmann, Matthias Hoffmann, Markus Schultz
  • Patent number: 7309933
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibrator for acting on an object in a predetermined direction, comprising a casing and two identical, synchronously driven, electric linear motor coils arranged mirror-symmetrically therein, between which coils there is an armature which can be moved to and fro in an oscillatory fashion by driving the linear motor coils appropriately in their longitudinal direction, the armature being mounted via wires arranged under spring bias in the casing, and also to an apparatus for producing concrete blocks which uses vibrators of this type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Hess Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Backs
  • Patent number: 7307364
    Abstract: The invention provides a motor that is provided with a fluid dynamic bearing for rotatably supporting a shaft body, by the dynamic pressure of fluid filling a clearance between itself and a shaft body support part. The motor is provided with: a stator having cores and coils; a rotor having permanent magnets arranged in a ring shape on the radial inner side of the stator, facing the cores and coils; and a fluid dynamic bearing which rotatably supports the rotor with respect to the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Isamu Takehara, Shinji Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7307367
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a slip-ring element having contact rings includes the following steps: machining and/or coating lateral sides of the contact rings; mounting the individual contact rings side-by-side, so that they touch each other at the end face; at least partially filling the inner space formed by the side-by-side-mounted contact rings with an adhesive agent, so that the side-by-side-mounted contact rings are cemented to each other after the adhesive agent has hardened; and complete removal of material from the contact rings in the region where they touch at the end face, so that a peripheral, electrically insulating recess is produced along a circumferential line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: LTN Servotechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Ludwig Angerpointner, Klaus Drost