Patents Examined by Randell J Krug
  • Patent number: 11453119
    Abstract: A driving-unit that rotates a first-member and a second-member constituting a robot-arm about a rotary-axis. The driving-unit includes: a bracket fixed to the first-member and including a first-hollow-hole penetrating along the rotary-axis; a motor fixed to the bracket and accommodated in the first-member; a reducer that connects the bracket and the second-member rotatable about the rotary-axis and that includes a second-hollow-hole penetrating along the rotary-axis; and a driving power transmission mechanism accommodated in the bracket and transmitting a rotation of the motor to the reducer. The driving power transmission mechanism includes a driving-shaft, a first-transmission-mechanism that transmits the rotation of the motor to the driving-shaft, and a second-transmission-mechanism that transmits a rotation of the driving-shaft to an input-shaft of the reducer. A distance between a shaft of the motor and the rotary-axis is shorter than a distance between the driving-shaft and the rotary-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Inventor: Masahide Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 11446811
    Abstract: A robot includes a mobile robot provided with driving wheels, a frame provided in the mobile robot, a housing having an opening formed therein, a drawer guide having a fixed bracket installed in the housing and a moving bracket moving along the fixed bracket and drawable out through the opening, and a drawer mounted on the moving bracket to be inserted into the housing or drawn out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Iljae Lee, Hoseong Kang, Sunil Cho, Jaeyoung Kim, Sunghee Han, Seungjong Park, Jaemyoung Hong
  • Patent number: 11433530
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to a mobile robotic manipulator with telepresence system which includes a chassis assembly, a tilting arm assembly, and a rotary gripper assembly. The chassis assembly includes a chassis plate which mounts plurality of drive motors coupled with plurality of omni wheels through plurality of L mounting brackets; plurality of anti-toppling arms includes a plurality of linear guides which is mounted on a C mount plate; and plurality of linear actuators is mounted to expand or retract the plurality of anti-toppling arms. The tilting arm assembly includes a bottom fixed end of a front long actuator is mounted to a large rotating plate through plurality of C clamps. The rotary gripper assembly includes a top plate of a gripper is mounted and separated by gap with a bottom plate of the gripper to place a gripper actuator on top surface of the bottom plate of the gripper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventors: Venkatesh Prasad Bangalore Srinivas, Rajasilpi Sureshkumar Presannakumari, Pradeep Prabhakar Kamble, Venkat Raju Chintalapalli Patta, Balamuralidhar Purushothaman, Sreehari Kumar Bhogineni
  • Patent number: 11426886
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to protective covers, for example, suitable for protecting parts of a robot. The present disclosure relates more particularly to a protective wrap for a robot component. The protective wrap includes a continuous strip of a material sheet configured to wrap around the robot component in a plurality of loops so as to form a tubular body that surrounds a portion of the robot component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: RJ Hanlon Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Joseph Hanlon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11426866
    Abstract: A robot that includes a base that is provided with a flat installation surface member that is disposed on an installation target surface and a columnar member that extends upward from the installation surface member; and a first arm, one end of which is supported so as to be rotatable about a first horizontal axis located above the columnar member of the base and that has a motion range below the first horizontal axis. The columnar member has a length that is equal to or longer than the length of the first arm and has a uniform transverse sectional area that is the same as the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventors: Kazutaka Nakayama, Kenichirou Abe, Masahiro Morioka
  • Patent number: 11415206
    Abstract: Linear actuator comprising an electric motor (2) which through a transmission (3) drives a spindle unit, where the spindle unit comprises at least one spindle (4) with a spindle nut (5), where the spindle (4) is equipped with a bearing (8). In connection with the spindle unit there is an adjustment element (6), typically tubular. In order to retain the adjustment element (6) in a given position when the power supply for the electric motor (2) is interrupted, a brake (11) comprising a spring (15) and a cylindrical element (12) is provided. The cylindrical element (12) has a threaded pin (12a) on which a nut (13) is arranged, and where the spring (15) is positioned around the cylindrical element (12) between one side of the nut (12) and a stop (14) on the cylindrical element (12) such that the spring (15) presses the nut (13) with its other side against a contact surface (16). The brake power is thus generated by the nut rubbing against the contact surface with its one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Jens Lück
  • Patent number: 11407101
    Abstract: In a link actuating device, a distal end side link hub is coupled to a proximal end side link hub via three or more link mechanisms. A posture control drive source configured to arbitrarily change the posture of the distal end side link hub is provided to each of two or more link mechanisms. The link actuating device includes a storage unit configured to store therein an operating position of the posture control drive source when the distal end side link hub is in a defined posture. In each of the two or more link mechanisms, a positioning portion is provided to at least one of the proximal side end link member, the distal side end link member, and the intermediate link member. A positioning member configured to position the distal end side link hub in the defined posture is dismountably mounted between a plurality of the positioning portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Kenzou Nose, Hiroshi Isobe
  • Patent number: 11408492
    Abstract: An electric actuator 1 includes a drive unit 2, a driving force transmission mechanism 3, a motion conversion mechanism 4, an accommodation space accommodating the drive unit 2, the driving force transmission mechanism 3, and the motion conversion mechanism 4, and a ventilation section 5. The ventilation section 5 includes a vent 53 penetrating a partition wall partitioning the driving force transmission mechanism 3, an air flow path 46 communicating with the vent 53, and a filter 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventors: Tatsunori Shimizu, Shinsuke Hirano
  • Patent number: 11402003
    Abstract: A threaded spindle module includes a threaded spindle which extends along a longitudinal axis and has an external thread at an output-side end and, offset with respect to the external thread, a drive-side end with a peg for rotationally fixed coupling to an actuator interface, and with a threaded nut which is screwed onto the external thread, and a joint-like curved support point of the threaded nut is provided as a pivot joint of the threaded spindle module, with a pivot joint center relative to an associated receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Thomas Winkler, Lazar Milisic, Thomas Hess, Mario Zach
  • Patent number: 11383375
    Abstract: A positioning unit includes two control carriages and a work carriage, it being possible to move the two control carriages and the work carriage on tracks that extend in parallel with one another. There is a working arm being articulated on a work base point on the work carriage and a control arm being articulated on a control base point on each of the control carriages. The control arms are articulated on the working arm at a control point of the working arm, the control point being spaced apart at a predefined lambda distance (d) from an end of the working arm that forms a working-point end and faces away from the work base point, and the two control base points and the work base point defining a triangle. At least two carriages of the two control carriages and the work carriage are movably arranged on a shared guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Manz AG
    Inventor: Martin Freundt
  • Patent number: 11378173
    Abstract: Power takeoff devices (PTOs) are useful for mounting on transmissions and for performing, directly or indirectly, useful work via the mechanical energy generated by the PTO's rotatable output shaft. Systems and methods for reducing PTO gear rattle include a moveable input gear engaging and intermediate to an output gear and a transmission gear. The input gear is carried on an input gear carrier moveable such that the input gear centerline moves along a plane substantially perpendicular to a plane running between the centerlines of the output and transmission gears. The input gear travel is limited by the output and transmission gears such that the input gear is biased to engage at least one of the output gear and the transmission gear, thereby reducing or eliminating gear rattle from overly loose engagement between meshing teeth on the input gear and the transmission gear or output gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Muncie Power Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Abbott, Thomas W. Funk
  • Patent number: 11376730
    Abstract: Disclosed is an actuator mechanism for a modular robotic system. The actuator mechanism includes a motor, a carrier configured to be secured to the motor, and an actuating member operable by the motor to cause the actuating member to move relative to the carrier. The motor has a drive shaft which defines an output axis, and a body extending away from the shaft, the body defining a maximum width dimension orthogonal to the output axis. The carrier defines a longitudinal axis parallel to the output axis. The output axis is arranged, by the carrier, to be offset from the longitudinal axis by at least half of the maximum width dimension. Also disclosed is a module for a modular robotic system, and a modular robotic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventors: Paul Michael Phillips, Mark Creighton Sproule
  • Patent number: 11365789
    Abstract: Provided is a servo cylinder. The servo cylinder includes a reducer comprising a reducer main body connected to a motor and a speed reduction output part provided in the reducer main body, the speed reduction output part outputting power from the motor by reducing a rotation speed and increasing torque; a ball screw coupled to the speed reduction output part inside the reducer when one end portion region of the ball screw is inserted into the reducer, the ball screw performing a rotational motion by the speed reduction output part; and a motion conversion output part connected to the ball screw and converting the rotational motion of the ball screw to a linear motion and outputting a converted motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: SEJIN-IGB CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sun Ho Lim
  • Patent number: 11353096
    Abstract: A ball screw drive comprises a spindle that includes a torque input portion and a body portion having a ball-screw drive inner raceway, wherein the body portion and torque input portion are met by a support bearing portion of the spindle that includes a support-bearing inner raceway grooved into a surface of the spindle, an outer ring including a support-bearing outer raceway and forming a channel with the support-bearing inner raceway of the spindle, and one or more support-bearing rolling elements arranged in the channel to contact the support-bearing inner raceway grooved into the surface the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Michael Zinnecker
  • Patent number: 11353078
    Abstract: A planar spring has an outer ring, an inner ring, and two elastic components. The inner ring is disposed in the outer ring, and forms a space therebetween. The two elastic components are disposed in the space, and are symmetric with respect to a central line at a spaced interval. Each elastic component has an outer connecting portion, an inner connecting portion, and a flexible strip. The outer connecting portion is connected to the outer ring at a first connecting point. The inner connecting portion is connected to the inner ring at a second connecting point. The flexible strip is connected between the outer connecting portion and the inner connecting portion. An included angle between the first connecting point and the second connecting point from the center is greater than or equal to 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees. A rotational series elastic actuator is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Chao-Chieh Lan
  • Patent number: 11345022
    Abstract: A collapsible, versatile, multiple axis Cartesian robot system is aimed directly at solving the issue of the inverse relationship of robot portability to workspace volume. The collapsible, multiple axis Cartesian robot, minimizes the collapsed size of the robot while maximizing the workspace volume in the use of multiple, alternating linear and rotary actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Kkrane, LLC
    Inventor: Gary Sill
  • Patent number: 11338453
    Abstract: A joint structure for a robot includes a first link and a second link rotatably coupled to each other through a joint part and a first linear-motion actuator and a second linear-motion actuator coupling the first link to the second link at a part separated from the joint part. The first linear-motion actuator and the second linear-motion actuator are each connected with the first link and the second link so as to be rotatable about two axes perpendicular to each other. When the second link is in an upright state, a first shaft member and second shaft members are disposed so that an angle formed by axial centers thereof becomes a right angle and the axial centers are oriented in a horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Inventor: Masayuki Kamon
  • Patent number: 11326685
    Abstract: The present invention provides a linear module, which includes a casing, and a linear transmission device (20). The casing has an internal cavity, in which the linear transmission device (20) is at least partially disposed, and an output opening (31) which extends along a movement direction of the linear transmission device (20) defined on the case. A sealing band (32) is arranged at the output opening (31). The linear module further includes a first rolling mechanism (50) which is moveable in synchronization with the linear transmission device (20) and is arranged on a side of the sealing band (32) which is away from the internal cavity. The first rolling mechanism (50) is in rolling contact with the sealing band (32). This linear module enables high cleanliness and has good sealing performance, high accuracy and high stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Junpeng Chen, Dongliang Huang
  • Patent number: 11313444
    Abstract: A threaded nut of a ball-screw for a brake booster is constructed as a hydraulic piston and is produced from the group of martensitically hardening steels which are non-corroding with respect to brake fluid and which has in percent by weight: between 0.4% and 1.3% carbon (C), up to 2% silicon (Si), up to 2% manganese (Mn), between 12% and 20% chromium (Cr), and phosphorus (P) and sulphur (S) together at less than 0.015%, the balance being iron and, where applicable, melting-related impurities. Addition of the following materials to the above-described steel may be advantageous: up to 2% molybdenum (Mo), up to 0.2% vanadium (V), and up to 3% nickel (Ni).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sigurd Wilhelm, Dieter Adler, Ernst Strian
  • Patent number: 11312004
    Abstract: The guide robot includes a case having a coupling hole and a door type display structure that is capable of opening or closing the coupling hole. Access to the body part in which main electrical components are provided may be easy. An installation plate coupled to a main frame, a slide guide and a guide plate, which are coupled to the installation plate, and a plurality of link type coupling devices coupled to one side of the guide plate and connected to the display unit may be provided to open or close the coupling hole by rotating the display unit after the display unit slidably moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Sunho Yang, Haemin Choi