Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10179565
    Abstract: In a load limiting device (10), especially for a seat belt in a vehicle, comprising a controllable braking device (16) which has a fluid-filled compartment (24) including a conduit (34) through which the fluid (23) can flow, an element to be decelerated (32) which is coupled to the seat belt, at least one sensor (18) for detecting vehicle operating data, especially an acceleration sensor, a sensor (20) for detecting the webbing extension, and a controller (22) for controlling the braking power of the braking device (16) as a function of the vehicle operating data measured and the webbing extension measured, the fluid (23) is a magnetorheological fluid and a control magnet is provided which is adapted to generate a variable magnetic field inside the conduit (34) and to vary the viscosity of the magnetorheological fluid inside the conduit (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: TRW Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Joachim Biller, Hans-Peter Bausch
  • Patent number: 10174794
    Abstract: A power take-off clutch assembly having a rotatable input member configured to receive a torque input, a rotatable output member coaxially located with the rotatable input member, a synchronizing clutch configured to selectively synchronize the rotation speed of the output member with the rotation speed of the input member, and a locking clutch configured to selectively lock the rotation of the output member with the rotation of the input member. A single actuatable member selectively sequentially actuate the synchronizing clutch to match the rotational speed of the output member with the rotational speed of the input member and then the locking clutch to lock the rotation of the second member to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Larry D. Diemer
  • Patent number: 10173631
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thorax occupant protection device (10) comprising a side airbag (12), especially for being mounted in a door or the seat of an automotive vehicle, which in the inflated and mounted state of the side airbag (12) at its upper end includes at least one occupant-side inflatable inner wing (22) for shifting the occupant's adjacent arm forward and at least one door-side inflatable outer wing (24) for protecting the thorax, wherein the inner and outer wings (22, 24) in the inflated state are juxtaposed at least in portions and are separated from each other by an indentation (26) of the airbag wall (13) extending from the upper end in the downward direction. The present invention further relates to a method of protecting the thorax of a vehicle occupant in the event of a side impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Dalphi Metal Espana S.A.
    Inventors: Azucena Perez Garcia, Maria Crespo Vizan, Oscar Ugarte Alba, Luis Jose Duarte De Arez
  • Patent number: 10166842
    Abstract: To provide a grill installation structure that is capable of firmly supporting an air outlet of a grill body of an air-conditioning grill to a grill installation part of an installation member even when the grill installation part of the installation member is designed to have a notched shape. A finisher of the grill installation part is formed in a notched shape such that an air-conditioning grill unit is insertable in a direction (grill insertion direction Ig) orthogonal to an opening direction of the air outlet, and the finisher includes a grill fixing part on the back. The air-conditioning grill unit includes an outer peripheral flange disposed frontward to a front surface side of the finisher, and the air-conditioning grill unit includes a grill holding plate that is installed in the grill fixing part from a back thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hirota
  • Patent number: 10160491
    Abstract: A sub-frame assembly supports a pair of wheels on a vehicle. The base may be an extrusion having a matrix of panels extending in a vertical direction. The sub-frame assembly has control arm brackets disposed on opposing ends of the base and attachment towers extending above the brackets providing attachment points to connect portions of an independent suspension to the vehicle and support a pair of wheels. The base, control brackets and attachment towers may be individual modular pieces. Left and right hand control brackets and attachment towers may be provided by respective unitary support pieces attached to opposing ends of the base. The unitary support pieces may be extrusions having panels extending in a transverse direction, nonaxial to the base. The base, control arm brackets and attachment towers, alternatively, may be provided by a single unitary extrusion having a matrix of panels extending in a transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Joseph Uicker, Sanjay Mehta, Patrick Marchena, Xiaoming Chen, David Anthony Wagner, Michael M. Azzouz, Allen Li, Gerald Heath, Sunil K. Kasaragod
  • Patent number: 10160406
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a mobile platform and an operating method of the mobile platform. The mobile platform comprises: a base; a housing disposed above an upper surface of the base and forming a placement space placing a work device with the upper surface of the base; and a travel mechanism disposed below a lower surface of the base for driving the housing and the base to move, wherein the lower surface of the base is provided with a groove and a bottom of the housing is disposed outside of an edge of the base. Moreover, during movement of the mobile platform, a dripping liquid drips down along the housing when the mobile platform is in an upright state, and the dripping liquid drips into the groove when the mobile platform is in an inverted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Chongshan Wang, Huiyuan Tan
  • Patent number: 10156865
    Abstract: An anti-rotation device includes a main body pin and a retaining element coupled to the main body pin. The retaining element includes an attachment body and at least one flexible member extending therefrom, and the at least one flexible member is configured to compress toward the attachment body when the retaining element is inserted into an anti-rotation pin opening of a steering column jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Chet A. Hickmott, Kathleen M. Brown
  • Patent number: 10150342
    Abstract: A component connection for a wheel suspension of a motor vehicle, with a control arm having a mounting, in particular a rubber mounting, at least at one of its ends. An inner sleeve and a connection component, in particular a wheel carrier, are fixed to one another by a fixing element. The fixing element presses a first contact surface of the inner sleeve, in the axial direction, toward the connection component against an abutment surface of the connection component. The connection component has a supporting surface against which a second contact surface of the inner sleeve rests. Furthermore, the supporting surface is inclined relative to the abutment surface in such a manner that transverse forces occurring, in the radial direction in the area of the mounting, can be supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventor: Dirk Graeuler
  • Patent number: 10144460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suspension device for tracked vehicles, which vehicle comprises at least one pair of track assemblies, where each track assembly of the pair of track assemblies comprises a track support beam, at least one drive wheel, a plurality of support wheels and an endless track, wherein the drive wheel and the plurality of support wheels are rotatably secured to the track support beam. The drive wheel is arranged to drive the endless track running over the at least one drive wheel and the plurality of support wheels. The suspension device comprises a first suspension configuration constituting a support wheel suspension configuration configured to resiliently secure the support wheels to the track support beam, and a second suspension configuration configured to connect the track assembly pair with a centrally arranged center beam. The invention also relates to a tracked vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems Hägglunds Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Björn Hellholm, Björn Nordberg
  • Patent number: 10144316
    Abstract: A mining shuttle car that trams on underground roadways includes a conveyor system and an operator's compartment adjacent to the conveyor system. The operator's compartment includes a rotatable seat and a control station. The operator's seat module is coupled to one or more joysticks that control the car, and the operator's seat module and the control station are mounted on a rotatable platform so as to be rotatable as a unit between a plurality of secured positions for operating the mining shuttle car. Forward movement of the joystick control relative to the seat steers the shuttle car about a point in front of the seat, and rearward movement of the joystick control relative to the seat steers the shuttle car about a point behind the seat. Forward and rearward movement of one of the joysticks steers the mining shuttle car in the same manner regardless of the rotational position of the rotational position of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Joy Global Underground Mining LLC
    Inventors: Adam S. Peterson, Douglas F. Anderson, Terry M. Thomas, Darin M. Sutton, Randy Arnold
  • Patent number: 10144464
    Abstract: A locomotion subassembly for a biped robot is disclosed. The locomotion subassembly includes several unique energy transfer mechanisms and arrangements for efficiently powering the motion of the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Buerger, Clinton G. Hobart, Curt M. Salisbury, Steven J. Spencer, Anirban Mazumdar, Michael Kuehl, Kevin J. Dullea
  • Patent number: 10144384
    Abstract: A cover for an airbag device includes: a cover body including an opposed part covering an airbag housed underneath, and a tear line provided on the cover body and splitting when the airbag is inflated; and a covering material covering the opposed part of the cover body. The covering material includes: a fragile portion provided on a back surface of the covering material and at least partly overlapping with the tear line; and a stitched portion, at least part of the stitched portion being located at a position overlapping with the tear line and connected to the fragile portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Ooka, Akihiko Yamami, Akito Urushibata, Yohei Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 10137954
    Abstract: An integrated high-performance and light-weight electric drive system for a bicycle is disclosed comprising an integrated unitary motor-controller-drive system that can be inserted into and removed from a first tube portion of a bicycle frame through an open bottom bracket shell portion of the bicycle frame. A longitudinally-extending battery pack configured to be electrically connected with and to provide electrical power to the electric motor and the controller may be configured to be inserted into and removed from a second tube portion of the bicycle frame through the open bottom bracket shell portion of the bicycle frame. Some or all of the electrical components may not be visible from the exterior of the bicycle. A unique digital torque sensing and control system is described along with regenerative braking and other unique features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Hendey, Stephen Moore, John Waters
  • Patent number: 10131393
    Abstract: A storage device includes an attachment unit and a storage unit. The attachment unit includes a bracket, a support connected with a bottom end of the bracket, and a first joining member. The bracket includes at least one through-hole adapted for attachment to a bicycle by a fastener. The support includes a first pivoting portion, and the first joining member is inserted through the first pivoting portion. The storage unit includes a container adapted for storing articles and a second joining member. The container includes a second pivoting portion pivotally connected with the first pivoting portion of the support. The second joining member is inserted through the second pivoting portion and is engaged with the first joining member. The storage unit is pivotable with respect to the attachment unit about an axis extending through the first and second joining members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 10131311
    Abstract: A driving seat airbag device includes: a driving seat airbag that is inflated and deployed at a vehicle rear side of a steering wheel on being supplied with gas; and a sliding cloth that is deployed in conjunction with inflation and deployment of the driving seat airbag, that covers an airbag rear face at a vehicle rear side of the driving seat airbag, and that is capable of movement in a vehicle width direction with respect to the airbag rear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Ohno, Osamu Fukawatase
  • Patent number: 10124639
    Abstract: A wheel suspension for a motor vehicle, particularly for a steerable drive wheel, includes a steering knuckle support and at least one transverse arm, which, at a first end thereof, is swivel-mounted about a horizontal axis, and, at the second end thereof, opposite the first end, forming a resting point for the steering knuckle support, is hinged onto the steering knuckle support. The steering knuckle support has a wheel hub with an outer rest surface for receiving a vehicle wheel that turns via the wheel hub. The wheel hub has, radially within the outer rest surface, a through opening for receiving a flange shaft that turns with the vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Danilo Bonera
  • Patent number: 10112649
    Abstract: Electromechanical apparatuses for controlling vehicle suspension settings. Described herein are electromechanical apparatuses for controlling wheel alignment (e.g., camber, castor and/or toe). In particular, described herein are camber adjusting apparatuses for electromechanically adjusting camber or camber and toe that may be retrofitted onto existing vehicle suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Champagne Donuts Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Geoffrey William Rogers
  • Patent number: 10093359
    Abstract: A frame assembly of a vehicle front portion includes a windshield lower beam. A damper mount is disposed on the front portion and deforms when subjected to an impact energy. An A-pillar includes upper and lower pillar portions, the upper pillar portion having a lower end disposed adjacent the windshield lower beam, and the lower pillar portion having an upper end disposed adjacent to the windshield lower beam. A joint includes first and second joint members, the first joint member connecting the windshield lower beam to the lower and upper pillar portions and being connected to the damper mount, the second joint member contained within the first joint member and connected to the windshield lower beam, and upper and lower pillar portions. The joint is configured to resist deformation due to the impact energy such that the damper mount deforms and dissipates the impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fabian J. Vigil, Hirotomo Yamada, Hirokazu Matsuura, Brian E. Dressel, Jason T. Hardesty, Kurtis R. Horner
  • Patent number: 10093273
    Abstract: A utility vehicle includes a seat, a hip guard, and a seat belt which restrains an occupant to seat. The seat belt includes a belt, a tongue plate movably mounted on the belt, an anchor mounted on a distal end of the belt and rotatably mounted on a hip guard, a buckle on which the tongue plate is detachably mounted, and a retractor disposed substantially above the anchor and provided for winding the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10086788
    Abstract: An airbag of a knee-protecting airbag device is mounted on a case together with an inflator with the aid of mounting means of the inflator. The case is provided with an airbag emergence opening at the lower end region. The airbag includes a vehicle body side panel, an occupant side panel, a mounting inflatable region which is located in a lower end region of the airbag as deployed and is secured to the case, and a knee-protecting region deployable in such a manner as to extend rearwardly and upwardly from the mounting inflatable region. The airbag further includes inside the mounting inflatable region a tether which joins the vehicle body side panel and occupant side panel for regulating a clearance between the vehicle body side panel and occupant side panel at airbag deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Ando