Patents Examined by Paul N. Dickson
  • Patent number: 10583802
    Abstract: A method of weaving fabric for use in the manufacture of a vehicle air-bag includes: providing a weaving reed having a plurality of adjacent cells; introducing regular warp yarns into at least some of the cells; introducing an additional warp yarn into one of the cells that already includes a regular warp yarn; and carrying out a weaving process. In the weaving process, weft yarns are interwoven with the regular warp yarns and the additional warp yarn. The regular warp yarns each remain within one cell throughout the weaving process. The additional warp yarn is moved from a first cell to a second cell during the weaving process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB
    Inventors: Brita Hirsch, Ralf Koehnen
  • Patent number: 10583860
    Abstract: A steering arm assembly includes a steering arm body, a first rotary connecting part and a second rotary connecting part. A first end and a second end of the steering arm body are fixedly connected with a first rocker arm and a second rocker arm, respectively. The first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part are respectively connected with the first end and the second end of the steering arm body, and the steering arm body is configured to rotate relative to the first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part. The steering arm body is able to be detachably located on a mounting bracket through the first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part; and the first rotary connecting part and the second rotary connecting part respectively include a first shaft housing and a second shaft housing, which are engaged with a first mounting plate and a second mounting plate respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Xuzhou Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zenghai Shan, Honggang Ding, Yafu Zhu, Zhifang Wang, Yunwang Ma, Li Li
  • Patent number: 10576924
    Abstract: An airbag is installed in a storage section of an instrument panel. The airbag includes a bag body, a part of which is constituted by a peripheral wall panel section. The peripheral wall panel section includes a pair of panels arranged in the vehicle width direction. At least one of the panels includes an assembled panel, in which adjacent fabric pieces are joined by a peripheral edge joint section. The assembled panel includes a support inflation section, which, when the bag body is deployed and inflated, projects outward of the bag body further than the other sections of the assembled panel so as to be in contact with the instrument panel. The support inflation section is constituted by a part of the peripheral edge joint section and a part of each of the two fabric pieces that are joined by the peripheral edge joint section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: John Ruddy, Brandon Streeter, Akira Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10576928
    Abstract: An engine starting device includes: a portable unit including a transmitting unit capable of transmitting an ID code; a control unit including a receiving unit receiving the ID code, and a determination unit determining whether the received ID code is a pre-registered legitimate ID; a main body part including an operation knob rotationally operated between an off position and an on position; and a regulation unit configured to regulate a rotational operation of the operation knob, and to release a rotation-regulated state of the operation knob on condition that the received ID code is determined as a legitimate ID. The regulation unit is attached to a left side part of the main body part and the control unit is attached to a right side part of the main body part, as seen from a driver seat-side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ASAHI DENSO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuki Matsuyama
  • Patent number: 10576864
    Abstract: A cart is disclosed for carrying a gas bottle. The cart includes a wheeled frame and a bottle support platform. The support platform is configured to pivot between a loading position in which a gas bottle may be loaded and/or unloaded from the bottle support platform and a cradle position in which the gas bottle and the bottle support platform are elevated. A bottle rest may support the bottle when the bottle support platform is in the cradle position. A bottle support spine may also, or alternatively, support the bottle during transportation and act as a lever for pivoting the bottle support platform between the loading position and the cradle position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: David Paul Marcusen, Nicholas James Dessart, Daniel James Helein
  • Patent number: 10561483
    Abstract: The invention generally encompasses an animal cart system for safely carrying, transporting and offloading an animal from an examination or surgery area to a recovery area, the cart system comprising a floor cart, the floor cart comprising an upper platform having rails, a lower platform, an actuator secured to the upper platform and the lower platform, and a pivoting connection coupled to the upper platform and the lower platform that tilts the upper platform in response to the actuator, and an examination cart slidably and releaseably coupled to the upper platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Inguran, LLC
    Inventor: Ted L. Funk
  • Patent number: 10562365
    Abstract: A vibration damper of a vehicle wheel is supported on a vehicle body by a damper mount having an elastic body. The vibration damper includes a fluid-filled cylinder, a piston guided in the cylinder, and a piston rod. A wherein a damper chamber is formed in the cylinder on each side of the piston. The damper mount includes a hydraulic pressure chamber connected via a fluid-conducting connection to the damper chambers, whose volumes are respectively reduced when the vehicle wheel is deflected in relation to the vehicle body. In addition, a throttle valve is provided in the fluid-conducting connection, wherein the throttle value comprises a valve body that is displaceable in relation to a valve seat counter to a spring force, and a throttle bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Roland Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10562486
    Abstract: A system includes a vehicle body and a seatbelt assembly attached to the vehicle body. The seatbelt assembly includes a webbing and a tongue slidably engaged with the webbing. A pocket is fixed to the webbing. The pocket and the webbing define a cavity therebetween. A magnet is disposed in the cavity and is engageable with the tongue. The magnet is fixed to the webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammad Omar Faruque, S. M. Iskander Farooq
  • Patent number: 10556546
    Abstract: A mount is disclosed for attaching a fixture to a tubular structure. The mount includes an extended mounting member having an inner surface shaped to conform to the tubular structure, and a flat outer surface having a plurality of attachment locations for facilitating attachment of the fixture to the extended mounting member. The mount also includes a plurality of securing members having an inner surface shaped to conform to the tubular structure, each securing member removably attachable to the extended mounting member so as to removably secure the extended mounting member to the tubular structure. The flat outer surface of the extended mounting member includes a plurality of mounting holes to accept bolts to attach the fixture thereto, or the flat outer surface can have an L-track tie-down rail formed therein to secure easily removable L-track fasteners attached to the fixture to attach the fixture to the extended mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Thomas Burton
  • Patent number: 10559793
    Abstract: An example retention method includes, among other things, resting opposing laterally outer regions of a battery array on a respective first and second rails that are disposed on an enclosure structure such that the battery array is spaced a distance from the enclosure structure. The method then includes securing, from at least one position between the laterally outer regions, the battery array relative to the enclosure structure. An example retention assembly includes, among other things, an enclosure, a first and a second rail, and a battery array having a first laterally outer region resting on the first rail and an opposing, second laterally outer region resting on the second rail. The battery array is secured relative to the enclosure at a position spaced from the first and second laterally outer regions to clamp the first and second laterally outer regions against the first and second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Micah Smith
  • Patent number: 10556474
    Abstract: In a double-wishbone type front suspension structure, upper and lower arms are pivotally supported at a vehicle-body side via front-and-rear pivotal portions, axial lines of resilient bushes of the front and rear pivotal portions of the arms extend in a longitudinal direction, a knuckle-side pivotal portion of the upper arm is positioned in back of a knuckle-side pivotal portion of the lower arm, and a lower end portion of a damper unit provided between a vehicle body and the lower arm is connected to the lower arm such that the damper unit is positioned perpendicularly to the axial lines of the lower arm in a side view and an upper end portion is pivotally supported at the vehicle body via a rotational axis extending in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumitaka Andou, Norio Asano, Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10544852
    Abstract: A damping valve includes a valve disc, a ring-shaped leaf valve, and a biasing mechanism. The valve disc includes a passage and a valve seat. The valve seat surrounds an exit end of the passage. The leaf valve is stacked on the valve disc. The leaf valve separates from and is seated on the valve seat to open and close the passage. The biasing mechanism causes a variable biasing force to act on the leaf valve to the valve disc side. The entire leaf valve is configured to axially retreat with respect to the valve disc. A clearance is formed between the leaf valve and the valve seat in a state in which the leaf valve is stacked on the valve disc with no load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Inagaki, Atsushi Sakuta
  • Patent number: 10544846
    Abstract: A suspension assembly for a machine is provided. The suspension assembly includes a first suspension structure and a second suspension structure. The first suspension structure includes a first suspension pad and a first support plate coupled to the first suspension pad. The first support plate has a first interlock component formed therein. The second suspension structure includes a second suspension pad and a second support plate coupled to the second suspension pad. The second support plate has a second interlock component formed therein. The second interlock component is complimentary to the first interlock component and configured to engage with the first interlock component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Scott Laban, Jeffrey Lee Thomas, Dennis Earl Roberts
  • Patent number: 10543802
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a center console and an airbag inflatable upwardly from the center console. The airbag includes an internal panel defining two chambers. The internal panel includes a plurality of tubes, and each tube includes an opening at which that tube terminates. The openings are proximate a top of the airbag and open to the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew B. Makowski, Deepak Patel, Tahmidur Rahman
  • Patent number: 10543863
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile cart for an organ container. The mobile cart includes a top assembly configured to be releasably secured to the organ container, which is at least one of an organ transporter and an organ perfusion apparatus configured to perfuse an organ. It also includes a support structure attached to the top assembly so as to support the top assembly, the support structure being moveable from an extended position to a collapsed position. The top assembly in turn includes distinct primary and secondary locking mechanisms, each of which is configured to secure the support structure in the extended position. And when the support structure is secured in the extended position, both the primary and secondary locking mechanisms must be actuated for the support structure to be moveable to the collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: LIFELINE SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventors: David Pettinato, Christopher P. Steinman, Alan K. Wu
  • Patent number: 10543800
    Abstract: A side airbag device for a vehicle includes a lower chamber and an upper chamber to protect a passenger from a side impact in the event of a vehicle collision. The upper chamber is bent towards the passenger by a connecting tether to support a passenger's neck region and prevent the neck from being twisted. The restraint belt forms an inserting space in front of a passenger when the upper chamber is bent so that a passenger's shoulder region is inserted into the inserting space when the passenger is moved forwards by collision inertia. The passenger's shoulder region is surrounded and supported by the restraint belt so that the passenger's body is restrained by a seat. A passenger is protected from impact and simultaneously the passenger is restrained by the seat to minimize an injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hyock In Kwon
  • Patent number: 10543804
    Abstract: A first panel 12 includes: a fold-back part 12c formed by folding back the first panel along an edge part 12a of the first panel; and a seam allowance part 12d laid on top of the fold-back part 12c, the second panel 13 is sewed to the first panel with a first chain stitch 17 while being laid on top of the fold-back part 12c, and a chain part 17a of the first chain stitch 17 is located between the fold-back part 12c and the seam allowance part 12d. Thus, because the chain part 17a of the first chain stitch 17 is covered by the seam allowance part 12d of the first panel 12, the chain part 17a of the first chain stitch 17 is prevented from rubbing against other members during deployment of the airbag 11, whereby the reliability of a sewing section 14 can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fumiharu Ochiai, Hiroshi Hanjono, Kanichi Fukuda
  • Patent number: 10538137
    Abstract: A first active stabilizer is installed on a main drive wheel side, and a second active stabilizer is installed on a subordinate drive wheel side. A control device performs load distribution control when a difference in actual driving force between left and right sides of a vehicle exceeds a threshold value during acceleration. A high-? side is one of the left and right sides with a greater actual driving force, and a low-? side is another of the left and right sides. The load distribution control includes a first mode performed when a vehicle speed is equal to or lower than a first reference value. In the first mode, the control device actuates the first active stabilizer in a direction to lift up the high-? side and actuates the second active stabilizer in a direction to lift up the low-? side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Fujita
  • Patent number: 10538160
    Abstract: A combined power take-off and synchronizer assembly selectively connects a source of rotational energy to a driven accessory includes a power take-off portion that includes an input mechanism that is adapted to be rotatably driven by a source of rotational energy and an output mechanism that is rotatably driven by the input mechanism. The combined power take-off and synchronizer assembly also includes a synchronized clutch portion that selective connects the output mechanism of the power take-off portion to an output shaft that is adapted to be connected to a rotatably driven device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Brian L. Rang, Nabil Ibrahim Imam, John Loeffler
  • Patent number: 10538135
    Abstract: The invention relates to an axle suspension on a vehicle frame, comprising: an axle bracket which in its longitudinal direction is arranged transversely to the vehicle frame and at its longitudinal ends each is provided with a wheel carrier, a pendulum support which is connected with the axle bracket via a swivel bearing and is accommodated in a self-aligning bearing attached to the vehicle frame, wherein the swivel bearing has a swivel axis which extends parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH
    Inventor: Gerhard Hemmler