Patents Examined by Ramon M. Barrera
  • Patent number: 11018541
    Abstract: A multi-phase electric machine having plurality of windings are mounted on the stator core and define a plurality of phases with each phase having at least two parallel windings. A standard pitch is defined between each pole of each phase, the pitch being a common circumferential spacing between corresponding slots of each pole. Each of the windings has a position change end loop at the same location, wherein the position change end loops define a non-standard pitch to thereby change the relative positions of the parallel windings in the slots. At each set of such position change end loops, the windings defining a greater pitch extend over the windings defining a lesser pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk E. Neet, Timothy J. Sailors
  • Patent number: 11018568
    Abstract: A torque motor for a servovalve is provided, the torque motor comprising an armature and a first pole piece. The first pole piece has a first portion and a second portion that is selectively moveable relative to the first portion such that a size of an air gap formed between the second portion and the armature is adjusted in response to the movement of the second portion relative to the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Piotr Sawicki, Marcin Cis
  • Patent number: 11011324
    Abstract: A contact device including a fixed contact member having a fixed contact; and a movable contact member which includes a movable contact and is movable between a position where the movable contact is in contact with the fixed contact and a position where the movable contact is away from the fixed contact, a first contact member which is one of the fixed contact member and the movable contact member further including a recess in a surface to which a first contact of the first contact member is provided. The first contact protrudes toward a second contact of a second contact member which is another of the fixed contact member and the movable contact member, and a periphery of the recess at least partially surrounding a periphery of the first contact in a surface perpendicular to a protruding direction of the first contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 11005321
    Abstract: The current invention relates to a magnetic pole assembly, providing flux to an air gap, comprising one or more magnetic pole pieces and one or more sources of magnetic flux. Said one or more sources of magnetic flux lie adjacent to the axial faces and circumferential faces and one of the radially inner face or radially outer face of each magnetic pole piece. Thereby to allow flux created by said one or more sources of magnetic flux to enter the one or more magnetic pole pieces in order to focus the magnetic flux of said pole piece towards and out of the radial surface not having a source of magnetic flux adjacent thereto. Such an arrangement, increases the flux density in the air gap adjacent to said radial surface not having a source of magnetic flux adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Petr Chmelicek, Ashish Goel
  • Patent number: 11005325
    Abstract: Provided is a stator of a rotating electric machine including: a stator core; windings of multiple phases wound around the stator core via insulators attached to the stator core; and tab terminals that each have at least one slit and a plate-shaped tab and that electrically connect an end portion of a winding, of one of the multiple phases, of the windings to an end portion of an other of the windings of a different one of the multiple phases, wherein a portion of each of the insulators or a resin component different from the insulators has a connection terminal insertion hole into which the tab terminal is inserted, and the connection terminal insertion hole is formed on a circle centered on a shaft center of the stator, and a plate surface of the tab of the tab terminal to be inserted into the connection terminal insertion hole is placed to be tangential to the circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yuki Tamura, Kazuhiro Shono, Yusuke Nakagawa, Ryohei Uno, Keisuke Kato
  • Patent number: 10998779
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a housing, an electric machine configured to propel the vehicle, and a clamp. The housing defines an internal cavity, and has first and second stepped surfaces extending radially inward and into the cavity. The electric machine is disposed within the cavity. The electric machine has a stator that includes third and fourth stepped surfaces that extend radially outward. The clamp engages the first and third stepped surfaces, and axially forces the fourth stepped surface into engagement with the second stepped surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Christian Orr
  • Patent number: 10988076
    Abstract: A steering column control module includes a stalk assembly pivotably connected to a control module housing. A plurality of magnets is connected to and movable by the stalk assembly. A plurality of sensors senses the positions of the plurality of magnets and sends signals indicating the positions of the magnets. A controller receives the signals to control vehicle functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: BCS AUTOMOTIVE INTERFACE SOLUTIONS US LLC
    Inventors: Sudhakar Gudimalla, Madan Mohan Padarthi, Vivek V. Mohile, Jeffrey Wiersing, Roberto Tomassi
  • Patent number: 10978927
    Abstract: A generator stator used in applications where rotational speed of a rotary body varies over a wide range and a generator having a stator. The generator stator having at least two coil sets formed by winding wires, the at least two coil sets are independent of each other to form power outputs independent of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ganjun Zhu
  • Patent number: 10976391
    Abstract: A magnet arrangement having a hollow-cylindrical magnet element that has an axial length Lz,M and an inner radius Rin, is constructed from magnet segments arranged concentrically around the z-axis, and has a Halbach magnetization. At least one ring-shaped magnet element has a notched, hollow-cylindrical cutout extending circumferentially around the z-axis symmetrically with respect to the plane z=0, the axial extent Lz,A of the cutout being less than the axial length Lz,M of the magnet element. The cutout has a radial depth TA and an axial length Lz,A<Lz,M between the z-positions z=?zA to z=+zA. The radial depth TA and the axial length Lz,A of the cutout are to ensure that the remaining inhomogeneity of the homogenous magnetic field B0 in a predefined measurement volume having an axial plateau length LP in the center of the magnet arrangement does not exceed 10 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: BRUKER BIOSPIN GMBH
    Inventors: Rainer Pietig, Volker Niemann, Lukas Haenichen
  • Patent number: 10971291
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a chamber and a bulk superconductor disposed within the chamber. The apparatus also includes a heating element coupled to the bulk superconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: John R. Hull, Michael Strasik, Daniel Elliott Sievers
  • Patent number: 10971974
    Abstract: A charging device for an internal combustion engine with a shaft, a compressor wheel arranged on the shaft, a stator housing and a stator. The stator is arranged within the stator housing. A rotor is arranged on the shaft and a cooling channel for accommodating a coolant extends axially between the stator housing and the stator. A split tube is provided between the rotor and stator. A first seal is provided in the axial direction between the stator housing and a first end of the stator and a second seal is provided in the axial direction between the stator housing and a first end of the split tube. Alternatively to the split tube, a separation tube is arranged between the stator and the stator housing so that the cooling channel is formed in the radial direction between the separation tube and the stator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Christoph Rachor
  • Patent number: 10971294
    Abstract: This invention entails the use of fractal shapes as cores for electromagnets, and a concurrent shape of a fractal for the windings which surround it. The novelty of this invention lies not only with the shaping, but the advantage of such shaping, which includes producing a smaller form factor electromagnet for the same desired magnetic field strength, when compared to a conventional electromagnet. It will be appreciated that a range of devices including electromagnets, based on such fractal shaping, are additionally novel and include but are not limited to solenoid switches, relays, and other devices in which the fractal electromagnets are used to make a change in state of some device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Cohen
  • Patent number: 10965184
    Abstract: A rotary electric machine of the present invention includes: a stator; a rotor placed on an inner diameter side of the stator through an air gap and fixed to a rotating shaft; a stator frame supporting the stator; a casing storing the stator and the rotor; an outer fan fixed to the rotating shaft; a heat exchanger installed above the casing for heat exchange between outside air taken through the outer fan and internal air to remove heat; and an outer fan duct installed on an end portion of the casing in an axial direction, provided with the outer fan in an inside of the outer fan duct, and formed with a ventilation path through which the outside air is delivered to the heat exchanger. A plate-shaped member has at least a curved surface portion. The plate-shaped member forms the ventilation path of the outer fan duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Industrial Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Misato Sato, Takeshi Mori, Kenichi Sugimoto, Takayuki Koyama
  • Patent number: 10964502
    Abstract: An electromagnetic switch including a first stationary electric contact, a second stationary electric contact, a mechanical contact, and a moveable contact. The electromagnetic switch is configured for reciprocal motion of the moveable contact into and out of contact with the first stationary electric contact and the second stationary electric contact, wherein the moveable contact remains in contact with the mechanical contact (e.g., a non-conducting contact) throughout the reciprocal motion. In various embodiments, the moveable contact is configured so that at the end of the reciprocal motion three contact points occur, and a triangle defined by the three contact points encloses a center of force of the reciprocal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Tesla, Inc.
    Inventors: Bennett Sprague, Ian C. Dimen, Scott I. Kohn, Andrew Titus, Jeffrey G. Reichbach, Gregory Michael Goetchius, Garland Dughi
  • Patent number: 10965190
    Abstract: Electric motor comprising a rotor and a stator (2), the stator comprising a body (3) forming a frame and a windings assembly (4, 5) housed in slots of the body. The electric motor comprises at least one rod (16, 23) used to connect, to one another, at least two fixed assembled parts of the electric motor, the rod extending into a housing (9) formed in the body over the entire length thereof in order to emerge on each side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Eric Evenor, Francois-Noel Leynaert, Raphael Pierra
  • Patent number: 10960751
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an electric machine and a coolant tube. The electric machine is configured to propel the vehicle. The electric machine has a stator that includes an array of windings that are arranged in a radial configuration. The coolant tube forms a loop that is routed along an axial end of the stator and adjacent to the array. The tube defines an inlet orifice configured to receive coolant and a plurality of outlet orifices configured to direct the coolant onto the windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Patrick Gordon Collins
  • Patent number: 10965175
    Abstract: An air pulse device according to the invention is used, in particular, in a heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning system of a motor vehicle. The air pulse device comprises an electric motor (2) having a rotor (16) and a stator (14). The stator is mounted about a support means (10) such that it is in contact with said support means, the latter being made of an electrically conductive material and connected to an electrical ground. Moreover, a shield (70) is disposed in the vicinity of the stator, said shield also being electrically connected to the electrical ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Pascal Guigou, Geoffroy Capoulun, Xavier Rousseil, Jonathan Fournier, Morgan Le Goff
  • Patent number: 10965286
    Abstract: The invention relates to a remote-control system (1) comprising: a pushbutton (8) that can be pressed by a user for inputting information in that the user applies a pressure in a direction (18); a sensor magnet (23) arranged on the underside of the pushbutton (8), when viewed in the pressure application direction (18); and an armature magnet (27) arranged below the pushbutton (8), when viewed in the pressure application direction (18), and fixed relative to the pushbutton (8), wherein the magnetic poles (39, 41) of the sensor magnet (23) and of the armature magnet (27) are arranged in such a way that the pushbutton (8) is pressed by the sensor magnet (23) away from the armature magnet (27), against the pressure application direction (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: fm marketing gmbh
    Inventor: Ferdinand Maier
  • Patent number: 10957501
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an enclosure and a keyboard positioned within the enclosure. The keyboard includes a substrate and a key mechanism. The key mechanism includes a keycap support mechanism, a keycap supported by the keycap support mechanism and movable relative to the substrate, a ferromagnetic component attached to the keycap support mechanism, and a selectively magnetizable magnet. The selectively magnetizable magnet system may include a magnetizable material and a coil configured to selectively magnetize and demagnetize the magnetizable material. The key mechanism may include a collapsible dome biasing the keycap toward the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Riley E. Brandt, Richard H. Koch, Zhipeng Zhang, John C. DiFonzo, Michael B. Wittenberg
  • Patent number: 10958141
    Abstract: Three substrate side terminal members are provided on a circuit substrate on which electronic components for controlling a brushless motor are disposed. Two of the substrate side terminal members protrude on a side in close proximity to bearing retaining members, and the remaining one substrate side terminal member protrudes on a side separated from the bearing retaining members. Ends of flexible wire members, the other ends of which are held in engagement with stator side terminal members, are held in engagement with the three substrate side terminal members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: KEIHIN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masaaki Ishizaki