Patents Examined by Richard M. Lorence
  • Patent number: 10851848
    Abstract: A synchronizer unit for a manual transmission, in particular of a motor vehicle, has a hub which is adapted to be connected to a gear shaft for joint rotation therewith and includes a circumferentially continuous external toothing, a sliding sleeve which is received on the external toothing of the hub for displacement in the axial direction, but so as to be coupled in the circumferential direction to prevent relative rotation, at least one synchronizer ring which includes a preferably cone-shaped friction surface for friction coupling of the synchronizer ring to a speed change gear of the manual transmission and is adapted to be actuated by the sliding sleeve, and a spring ring which is arranged at an axial side of the external toothing of the hub and is configured to lock the sliding sleeve in a neutral position. The spring ring rests against a face side of the sliding sleeve and being operatively arranged between the sliding sleeve and the synchronizer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Koelzer, Juergen Binder, Peter Echtler, Wolfgang Voelk
  • Patent number: 10844912
    Abstract: A clutch actuator (1) has a preload plunger able to move a clutch actuating pushrod (49) wherein the preload plunger (19) is able to be preloaded by a preload spring (21) arranged between the preload plunger and a movable body (17). The clutch actuator is adapted to be operated such that during use when the clutch is engaged there is a force-reducing gap (61) of width (x5) between the movable body and the preload plunger. Control means for controlling such a clutch actuator are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Geir Brudeli, Daniel Norheim, Stein-Erik Arne
  • Patent number: 10816044
    Abstract: A wedge clutch selectively locks an outer race to an inner race to transfer torque therebetween. The inner race includes a first plurality of tapered surfaces, tapered in a first direction about an axis. The inner race includes a second plurality of tapered surfaces, tapered in an opposite second direction about the axis. At least two wedge plates are provided, each having a plurality of segments with a tapered inner surface disposed on a respective one of the first or second plurality of tapered surfaces of the inner race. The tapered inner surfaces of the wedge plates are tapered in opposite directions. An electromagnetic actuator is provided for each of the wedge plates. Electrically energizing one of the actuators constricts that respective wedge plate, unwedging the wedge plate from between the inner race and outer race and to no longer inhibit relative rotation therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Nicholas Hrusch
  • Patent number: 10808776
    Abstract: A clutch device for a clutch system has an input member that rotates at a first speed. A friction drive system is disposed between the input member and an output member. The clutch device is selectively movable by a fluid actuator assembly, between an engaged position in which the friction drive system drives the output member to rotate at the first speed, and a disengaged position in which a viscous drive system rotates the output member at a second speed slower than the first speed. A variable viscous fluid supply assembly includes a viscous fluid storage chamber, a valve, and a valve actuator that selectively drives the valve to move between an open position and a closed position to control an amount of viscous fluid available to the viscous drive system, thereby varying the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Kit Masters Inc.
    Inventors: Dale Scherman, Daniel Huwe
  • Patent number: 10808774
    Abstract: A clutch includes an inner race, an outer race defining an inner cam surface having lobes and valleys, and a plurality of wedge segments configured to selectively couple the inner and outer races. The wedge segments are circumferentially arranged around the inner race with each segment disposed between adjacent ones of the lobes and valleys. Each segment is circumferentially movable towards the adjacent lobe to increase friction with the inner race and towards the adjacent valley to decrease friction with the inner race. A cage is configured to drive the circumferential movement of the wedge segments. Rotation of the cage relative to the outer race in a first direction permits overrunning of the inner race in a second direction that is opposite the first direction while a second set of the segments locks the inner race from rotating in the first direction relative to the outer race.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Brian Lee
  • Patent number: 10801561
    Abstract: A one way clutch comprises an outer race including a radially outer first annular part to which rotation is input from outside and a radially inner second annular part capable of rotating when receiving rotation from the first annular part, an inner race provided radially inside the outer race and rotatable relative to the outer race, a plurality of torque transmission members provided between the outer race and the inner race to transmit torque between the outer race and the inner race, and a coupling mechanism that couples the first annular part and the second annular part together to make them integrally rotatable when the speed of rotation input from outside is lower than a specific speed and decouples them when the speed of rotation exceeds the specific speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: NSK-WARNER K.K.
    Inventor: Akira Iwano
  • Patent number: 10794430
    Abstract: A collar and a torque transmission apparatus having a collar. The collar may have a set of collar teeth. Each collar tooth may include a first end surface, a second end surface, a first collar side surface, and a second collar side surface. The first and second collar side surfaces may be concave from the first end surface to the second end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Wagner Yukio Hirao, Dhanapal Vittala Raya
  • Patent number: 10781869
    Abstract: A friction clutch for releasable transmission of a torque between a first drive unit and a second drive unit includes a rotational axis, a friction package for transmitting the torque in a pressed state, a first actuating element, and a second actuating element. The friction package has at least one friction plate and at least one friction disk. The first actuating element is arranged on a first side of the friction package for pressing the friction package in a first axial actuating direction to achieve the pressed state, and the second actuating element is arranged on a second side of the friction package, opposite the first side, for pressing the friction package in a second axial actuating direction, opposite the first axial actuating direction, to achieve the pressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Marc Finkenzeller
  • Patent number: 10781865
    Abstract: A power transmitting apparatus inputs or cuts off rotational power of an input member (1) to an output member (3) by press-contacting a plurality of driving-side clutch discs (6) and a plurality of driven-side clutch discs (7) with each other or releases them. A clutch housing (2) includes the driving-side clutch discs (6). A clutch member is (4) connected to the output member (3). A pressure member (5) press-contacts the discs (6) and discs (7) with each other or releases the press-contacting force between them. Application of a resisting force, for resisting relative rotation between the clutch member (4) and the pressure member (5), can be attained. A magnitude of the resisting force is set larger than a sticking torque between the discs (6) and discs (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C.
    Inventors: Kenichiro Isobe, Junichi Nishikawa, Naoki Kishimoto, Yuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10780886
    Abstract: Provided is a hydraulic pressure control device. A hydraulic pressure control device includes a solenoid valve configured to supply hydraulic pressure to switch between an engaged state and a released state of a lock-up clutch, and a transmission control device configured to control the solenoid valve. The solenoid valve supplies hydraulic pressure to switch between a parking locked state and a parking released state of a parking lock mechanism, in addition to switching of the lock-up clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuya Tachibanada, Yutaka Ishikawa, Shunsuke Yoshida, Tomoaki Mukai
  • Patent number: 10746231
    Abstract: A connect-disconnect assembly for a vehicle drivetrain configured to drive a vehicle with a surface engaging traction member. The connect-disconnect assembly includes a coupler located within a final drive element or gear of a final drive assembly wherein in a first position the coupler does not span a gap between the gear and a transmission drive element of a transmission. In a second position, the coupler does span the gap between the gear and the transmission drive element such that the gear and the transmission drive element are connected. The final drive assembly includes an access port to provide access to a user accessible drive actuator to move the coupler between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: James F. Hartz, Rick K. Daugherty, Rick L. Platt, Brian L. Pannell
  • Patent number: 10704689
    Abstract: A motor vehicle parking lock includes a locking pawl, an actuator shaft, a pawl actuating element and a crank mechanism. The locking pawl is pivotable about a first rotational axis and includes a pawl tooth configured for engagement in a recess of a locking tooth system in a positively locking manner. The actuator shaft is rotatable about a second rotational axis to actuate the locking pawl and reversibly bring the pawl tooth into engagement with the recess. The pawl actuating element is linearly moveable along a translation axis to pivot the locking pawl. The crank mechanism converts rotary motion of the actuator shaft into linear motion of the pawl actuating element. The crank mechanism includes a connecting rod with an articulation point at the pawl actuating element, and a joint that connects the connecting rod and a crank. The joint is arranged between the pawl tooth and the articulation point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventors: Markus Rost, Klaus Krämer, Jochen Loeffelmann
  • Patent number: 10697541
    Abstract: A park valve performs a multi-plexing function in which an out-of-park circuit is connected to line pressure when the valve is in an out-of-park position and is vented when the valve is in a park position. When particular clutches are released, the out-of-park circuit biases the park valve toward the out-of-park position. To engage park, a controller commands a low line pressure, reducing the forces that bias the park valve toward the out-of-park position. To accelerate the pressure decay in the line pressure circuit, thereby decreasing the time required to achieve park, the controller commands engagement of one or more shift elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Joseph Gittins, Timothy Fedullo, Samuel Melville Glauber, Derek Kinch, Joseph Scott Slayton
  • Patent number: 10690199
    Abstract: An automatic transmission is provided, which includes a brake and an oil channel forming member. The brake includes an inner stationary member coupled to a transmission case, an outer rotary member, a plurality of friction plates, a piston configured to cause the friction plates to be engaged, and a hydraulic chamber for engagement. The oil channel forming member forms a supply oil channel for engagement. The piston includes a pressing part, a hydraulic chamber forming part, and a coupling part. The oil channel forming member includes a bonding part, a hydraulic chamber forming part, and a coupling part. The bonding part and the coupling part of the oil channel forming member are disposed in a cutoff part formed in the coupling part of the piston, and are disposed to overlap with the coupling part of the piston in circumferential directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Shota Yamakawa, Tatsuhiko Iwasaki, Tomotaka Ishizaka
  • Patent number: 10683901
    Abstract: A clutch assembly is disclosed. The clutch assembly includes a rotational component including a hub configured to rotate relative to a mounted component; and a clutch configured to selectively transmit rotational input from the mounted component to the hub. The clutch includes a first ring including a first surface; a second ring including a second surface; a cage defining a plurality of pockets which are bounded by the first surface and the second surface; and a plurality of rollers each positioned in a respective one of the plurality of pockets. The first ring includes a pair of ramps in each pocket. The second ring rotates relative to the first ring when the plurality of rollers are in a neutral position between the pair of ramps, and the second ring rotates with the first ring when the plurality of rollers are positioned on either of the ramps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Todd Sturgin, Nicholas Hrusch
  • Patent number: 10683692
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism for coupling and uncoupling an electric motor and leadscrew has dog-clutch gears that can be engaged by a linear actuator, bell crank, and linkage shaft. Uncoupling force due to narrowed dog teeth are resisted by the alignment of the linkage shaft with the central portion of the bell crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Heidrich, Peter M. Giannis
  • Patent number: 10670082
    Abstract: In an aspect, the invention is directed to a clutched device that includes a clutch input member, a clutch output member, and a wrap spring clutch. The wrap spring clutch is engageable with the clutch input member and the clutch output member and has a radially outer surface and a radially inner surface. One of the radially outer and inner surfaces is engageable with a clutch engagement surface on one of the clutch input member and the clutch output member. The clutch engagement surface has a surface finish that includes peaks and valleys, wherein the peaks engage the wrap spring clutch and each have a selected width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Evan J. Hurry
  • Patent number: 10626631
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pool cleaner. Rotation from a turbine is transmitted to a first wheel that is forwardly driven. A second wheel is switched between corresponding forward rotation and rearward rotation. An axle of the first wheel rotatably supports a sleeve that carries the second wheel. The reverse transmission is effected by a double-sided dog clutch member slidably supported between a pair of clutch gears freely rotatable on a rotating lay shaft. A first clutch gear is connected for reverse rotation and a second clutch gear for forward rotation of the sleeve. A switching mechanism includes a movably mounted lever arm engaging the double-sided clutch member with a cam follower engaging a cam formation carried on an independently supported control gear connected to the turbine and in mesh with a worm gear on the lay shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Integrated Pool Products (Pty) Ltd
    Inventor: Karl-Heinz Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10619682
    Abstract: A device that employs shear forces to transmit energy includes an outer housing assembly, a disk, and a reservoir with a working fluid. The disk is received in and rotatable relative to the outer housing assembly. A working cavity is formed between a rotor portion of the disk and the outer housing assembly into which the working fluid is received to create shear forces. A plurality of flow altering structures are disposed on the outer housing assembly and are configured to reduce a thickness of a boundary layer of the working fluid in the working cavity in areas that are local to the flow altering structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan B. Stagg, Samuel E. Settineri
  • Patent number: 10619681
    Abstract: Overrunning, non-friction coupling and control assemblies, a switchable linear actuator device and a reciprocating electromechanical apparatus for use in the assemblies are provided. The device and apparatus control the operating mode of at least one non-friction coupling assembly. The device and apparatus have a plurality of magnetic sources which produce corresponding magnetic fields to create a net translational force. The net translational force comprises a first translational force caused by energization of at least one electromagnetic source and a magnetic latching force based upon linear position of a permanent magnet source along an axis. One or more cams are utilized to control whether a locking member either couples or uncouples its corresponding coupling assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Kimes