Patents Examined by Prasad V Gokhale
  • Patent number: 10557548
    Abstract: An apparatus for preventing mal-operation for an automatic transmission, which is formed as one body including a plurality of parts, is provided, whereby it is possible to simplify the structure and the manufacturing process thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kyuhwan Ahn, Choonghee Rhew
  • Patent number: 10551866
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a vehicle, including a pedal arm moveable between a first position and a second position, and a pivot shaft is operatively attached to the pedal arm. The pivot shaft defines a pivot axis. A housing having a mount adapted for attachment to the vehicle is provided. The housing defines a bore supporting at least a portion of the pivot shaft to permit rotation of the pedal arm about the pivot axis. A debris filtering mechanism is formed in at least one of the pivot shaft and the bore to direct contaminants away from the pedal assembly and out of the bore as the pedal arm moves between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Kongsberg Power Products Systems I, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse L. Henrikson
  • Patent number: 10533629
    Abstract: In the centrifugal pendulum damper, a plurality of pendulums are swingably supported on a rotating body. The pendulum includes a swinging shaft serving as the swing center and a rolling shaft including a rolling surface on the outer periphery thereof. The rotating body includes a plurality of pendulum support portions, and the pendulum support portion includes a swinging shaft guide portion that guides the swinging shaft in a radial direction of the rotating body, and a rolling shaft guide portion that is in rolling-contact with the rolling surface of the rolling shaft to cause the pendulum to swing around the swing axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Nagao Dohi, Hiroki Nishii, Shohei Kaneko, Eisaku Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10526151
    Abstract: In one example, a printing device is described. The printing device may include a transport roller to move a print medium through the printing device, a sensor to detect a trailing edge of the print medium, a processor, and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing instructions. In one example, the instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to move the print medium toward an output of the printing device via the transport roller after a printing to the print medium, detect the trailing edge of the print medium via the sensor during a movement of the print medium via the transport roller, and hold the print medium in a position in contact with the transport roller, in response to a detection of the trailing edge of the print medium via the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Keith Jariabka
  • Patent number: 10526148
    Abstract: A sheet feeder includes: a casing; a first roller; a pressing portion; a first spring; and a second spring. The pressing portion is movable between a first position and a second position via a third position. The pressing portion in the first position faces the first roller within a conveying region defined in the casing. The pressing portion in the second position is separated from the first roller farther than in the first position. The third position is located between the first position and the second position. The first roller is exposed to the conveying region. The first spring urges the pressing portion toward the first roller when the pressing portion is disposed between the first position and the second position. The second spring urges the pressing portion toward the first roller when the pressing portion is disposed between the second position and the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuichiro Kuriki
  • Patent number: 10518997
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is an in-body sheet discharge type image forming apparatus including an image forming portion and an image reading portion that is arranged above the image forming portion. The image forming apparatus comprises a sheet discharge tray and an operating panel. The sheet discharge tray is provided in an in-body sheet discharge portion between the image forming portion and the image reading station. On the sheet discharge tray, a sheet having been formed with an image by the image forming unit is discharged. The operating panel is provided on a front side of the sheet discharge tray. A part of a rear side of the operating panel overlaps with a sheet placement area having a front edge that is set on a front side compared to a rear end portion of the sheet discharge tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nakai, Masao Saeda
  • Patent number: 10518991
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a housing unit that includes an intermediate plate, a lift-up unit, a first detection unit, a second detection unit, a feeding unit, a control unit, a first acquisition unit that acquires a first driving amount, a storage unit that stores a threshold, a determination unit that determines that a recording material is overloaded on the intermediate plate when the first driving amount is smaller than the threshold, a second acquisition unit that acquires a second driving amount, a correction unit that obtains a differential amount by subtracting a predetermined driving amount from the second driving amount acquired by the second acquisition unit, and corrects, on a basis of the differential amount, the threshold stored in the storage unit or the first driving amount acquired by the first acquisition unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shingo Harada
  • Patent number: 10520070
    Abstract: Disclosed is an actuator for varying the position of a flight control surface on an aircraft, wherein the actuator comprises a no-back device including a backlash adjuster, which is arranged to select a plurality of different backlash lengths. The backlash adjuster may be a nut which moves relative a housing of the no-back device by rotating the nut. Also disclosed is a method of adjusting the backlash (B) in a flight control surface actuator, by moving the backlash adjuster axially to adjust the backlash (B) to a desired value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEMS SAS
    Inventors: Pierre M. Turpin, Thomas M. Moulon
  • Patent number: 10514128
    Abstract: A drive gear assembly for a roll that is detachably supported in a machine body, the assembly comprising a drive gear mounted for a rotation about a stationary axis in the machine body, a driven gear mounted on an end portion of the roller, and a bearing formed in the machine body for supporting said end portion in an operative position in which the drive gear meshes with the driven gear, the assembly further comprising by a safety cover that is pivotally supported on the machine body to be movable between an active position in which it covers at least a part of the periphery of the driven gear, except a portion where the drive gear meshes with the driven gear, and an open position in which it permits an insertion of the end portion of the roll into the bearing, the cover being elastically biased into the open position and having an engagement surface arranged to be engaged by at least one of the roll and the driven gear for holding the cover in the active position as long as the roll is in the operative posi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Anne A. Wind, Bart J. M. Coumans, Juan C. Perez Munoz, Joseph A. Schulkes
  • Patent number: 10508709
    Abstract: In a vibration damping device 20, the moment of inertia J1 of a driven member 15, the moment of inertia J2 of an inertial mass body 23, the mass m of crank members 22, the distance L3 between the center of gravity G of the crank member 22 and the fulcrum of swinging of the crank member 22 with respect to the inertial mass body 23, and the distance L4 between this fulcrum and the center of rotation RC are determined so that torque fluctuation of an object for which vibration is to be damped, which is derived based on angular displacement and angles obtained by solving an equation of motion for the driven member 15 and an equation of motion for the entire vibration damping device 20 is equal to a target value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: AISIN AW CO., LTD., NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION OITA UNIVERSITY, Kagoshima University
    Inventors: Yoichi Oi, Masaki Wajima, Hiroki Nagai, Takao Sakamoto, Takahiro Ryu, Takashi Nakae, Kenichiro Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 10503199
    Abstract: A foot pedal system for controlling a surgical robotic system, the foot pedal system comprising a foot pedal assembly movably coupled to a foot pedal assembly platform. The foot pedal assembly having a foot pedal base, a foot pedal pivotally coupled to the foot pedal base, and a foot pedal platform, the foot pedal base operable to slide across the foot pedal platform along an x-axis and a y-axis to an arrangement of activation positions. The foot pedal platform operable to translate and rotate with respect to the foot pedal assembly platform to any position along the foot pedal assembly platform, and the foot pedal platform is operable to engage or disengage with the foot pedal assembly platform at the any position along the foot pedal assembly platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: VERB SURGICAL INC.
    Inventors: Taylor Cone, Joan Savall
  • Patent number: 10502294
    Abstract: A linear electro-mechanical actuator (1) preferably for water cutting, makes it possible to significantly improve the working conditions of the actuator (1), so as to optimize its load capacity and increase the working life of the actuator (1), and makes it possible to reduce the risk of breakage or damage of the actuator (1) following loss of control of the movement aimed at producing the force applied by the actuator (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: UMBRAGROUP S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marcello Piermarini, Massimiliano Bosi, Luciano Pizzoni, Nicola Borgarelli
  • Patent number: 10494052
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable-compression suspension kit for a wheeled vehicle, comprising a first suspension with adjustable compression (24), a second suspension with adjustable compression (26), an actuator device (32) for actuating the first and second suspensions, a first cable (34) connected to the actuator device and to the first suspension, a second cable (36) connected to the actuator device and to the second suspension; the actuator device (32) being configured to move the first cable (34) in a first direction while moving the second cable (36) in a second direction in order to increase compression of the first and second suspensions (24, 26). Characteristically, the actuator device is configured to move the first cable in the second direction while moving the second cable in the first direction, in order to reduce the compression of the first and second suspensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: DECATHLON
    Inventors: François Poupart, Gautier Destrebecq, Alexandre Francois, Rémi Lozach, Zigor Garate
  • Patent number: 10495179
    Abstract: A rotary vibration reduction device for a motor vehicle for transmitting drive power from a drive machine to a drivetrain is provided. The vibration reduction device includes a primary and secondary connectors between the drive machine and drivetrain, and a coupling device between the primary connector and the secondary connector. The coupling device has a vibration reduction actuator with a piston chamber and has a piston element movable to generate a vibration reduction force in response to changes in working pressure in the piston chamber controlled by a pressure-generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michail Gouselis
  • Patent number: 10486927
    Abstract: A sheet feeding apparatus includes a sheet presence/absence detection sensor configured to detect presence or absence of a sheet on a stacking device, a sheet surface detection sensor configured to detect that a stacking tray is raised to enable a sheet to be fed, a separation cam, and a control unit. The control unit is configured to determine that the mounting state of a feeding holder to a holder support unit is defective when the sheet surface detection sensor detects that the sheet can be fed when the sheet presence/absence detection sensor detects absence of a sheet before sheet feeding processing by a pickup roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuhito Fujinuma, Shunsuke Okazaki
  • Patent number: 10486659
    Abstract: A manual park release device includes: a bracket; a pin protruding outwardly from the bracket; a lever pivotably connected to the bracket at a pivot point and configured to rotate about the pivot point in response to a pull of the lever in a pulling direction, such that a first lever position corresponds to a park range of a transmission, and a second lever position corresponds to an out-of-park range of the transmission; and a channel formed in a body of the lever on a side of the lever toward which the pin protrudes, such that the pin interfaces with the channel and is movable in the channel when the lever rotates about the pivot point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Kongsberg Driveline Systems I, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Singleton
  • Patent number: 10480356
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a camshaft device, which allows a plurality of components to be assembled to a main shaft, and a method for manufacturing the camshaft device. The camshaft device may include: a main shaft lengthily extending in the lengthwise direction; at least one cam lobe assembled to the main shaft and formed eccentrically from a rotation axis of the main shaft; at least one journal bearing assembled to the main shaft and formed to rotatably support the main shaft; and at least one guide shaft assembled to the main shaft and installed between the cam lobe and another cam lobe so as to align an assembling position of the cam lobe or the journal bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOREA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Si Young Sung, Beom Suck Han, Se Hoon Kim, Jae Hyuk Shin, Jin Pyeong Kim
  • Patent number: 10479630
    Abstract: A sheet transfer device for transferring a sheet between two sheet processing devices comprising a switch for directing sheets from a first transport path coming from the first sheet processing device onto a two-way transport path or for directing sheets from the two-way transport path onto a second transport path for feeding sheets to the second sheet processing device. A transport pinch is provided along the two way transport path for reversing a sheet on the two-way transport path. When in use, the two-way transport path extends downward in a vertically extending free-hanging chamber wherein the sheet engaged by the transport pinch is allowed to hang freely under the influence of gravity. Thereby, a compact device is formed which is able to adjust the sheet to a suitable orientation for the second processing device. The device further prevents forces from the first processing device to disrupt the sheet's orientation in the second processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: OCÉ HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Mark Rietbergen, Erik E. M. Nolting
  • Patent number: 10472195
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus having a printer for printing an image on a sheet fed from an external sheet feeding apparatus sets the sheet feeding apparatus as a sheet feed source of the sheet to be used by the printer for printing and in accordance with the setting, makes a notification so as to notify a user to set a feeding parameter in the sheet feeding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kosuke Tsujita
  • Patent number: 10471363
    Abstract: This mechanism for driving motions of a surface of spherical, ellipsoidal, plane, or other shape comprises a pair of drive wheels mounted on a freely pivoting frame, each wheel being driven by its own bidirectional motor. The motors and the active electronics of an angle encoder are mounted in an associated fixed frame, so no slip rings or other rotating connections are needed for motor power and control, or for determining the rotation angle of the pivoting frame. Control of the motors provides differential rotation of the two wheels to effect controlled rotation of the pivoting frame, and therefore of wheel direction. This avoids the use of a separate motor for changing the direction of motion of the surface. All parts of the mechanism driving wheel rotation are enclosed by the pivoting frame or the fixed frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: George W. Batten, Jr.