Patents Examined by Richard W. Ridley
  • Patent number: 10443646
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing that includes an inner space, an inlet connected to the inner space, and a plurality of outlets connected to the inner space. The housing allows an inner cable of a Bowden cable to pass therethrough such that the inner cable passes through the inlet, the inner space, and any of the plurality of outlets. The apparatus also includes an inner hub rotatably mounted in the inner space of the housing. The inner hub is configured to receive and guide the inner cable passing through the housing such that the inner cable forms a curved path about the inner hub. The apparatus includes a socket configured to receive the Bowden cable. The socket can be coupled to the housing at a plurality of different positions to select any of the plurality outlets such that the inner cable of the Bowden cable passes through the selected outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Alexander Steele Kernbaum, Roy Kornbluh
  • Patent number: 10401893
    Abstract: A pedal system containing a right foot pedal, a left foot pedal and a motion inverter mechanism. The right foot pedal is moveable from a right foot pedal neutral position to a depressed acceleration position. The left foot pedal is moveable from a left foot pedal neutral position to a depressed braking position. The motion inverter mechanism operatively couples to the right and left foot pedals, for movement of the right foot pedal or the left foot pedal in an opposite direction to a raised position upon depression of the other of the right foot pedal or the left foot pedal. Also disclosed is a method of preventing concurrent depression of the gas and brake pedal. The pedal system disclosed can allow left foot braking and can also prevent concurrent depression of the gas and brake pedals, and hence, avoid stalling an automobile. The pedal system may also be installed with “drive by wire” type automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Constantin Alexandru Dumitrescu
  • Patent number: 10398192
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention comprise devices, systems, components, and methods for use with bicycle pedals. For example, implementations of the invention provide a bicycle pedal system that efficiently and easily allows a cyclist to securely engage an engagement assembly located on the spindle with a cleat. In particular, implementations of the present invention provide an engagement assembly with a first and a second grabber. The first grabber and second grabber are easily guided to come into contact with protrusions located on the cleat such that the engagement assembly securely engages the cleat, thus allowing a cyclist to take advantage of both down-strokes and up-strokes, while at the same time providing an easy and efficient way for the cyclist to engage the pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Samuel R. Hunter
  • Patent number: 10393241
    Abstract: The invention relates to a camshaft, especially for motor vehicle engines, comprising a hollow outer shaft (1) and an inner shaft (2) arranged coaxially in the outer shaft (1) and mounted in such a way that it can rotate in relation to the outer shaft (1). Said camshaft also comprises first cams (3a) arranged on the outer shaft (1) in a rotationally fixed manner, and second cams (3b) that are arranged on the outer shaft (1) and fixed to the inner shaft (2). According to the invention, a supporting element (7) is provided on at least one of the end regions of the inner shaft (2), said supporting element projecting past the outer shaft (1) in the radial direction. An outer peripheral surface (8) of the outer shaft (1) and an associated inwardly facing surface (9) of the supporting element (7) form a radial bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA TECCENTER AG
    Inventors: Michael Kunz, Bernd Mann, Markus Melzer, Juergen Meusel
  • Patent number: 10393253
    Abstract: A transmission case include: a wall portion; a bearing portion having a through-hole penetrating through the wall portion such that a power transmission shaft is inserted into the through-hole, the bearing portion projecting from the wall portion in a cylindrical shape; and a rib projected from the wall portion in the same direction as a projection direction of the bearing portion, the rib having an arc portion. When viewed from a direction along the center line of the bearing portion, the wall portion includes i) a first wall portion in a region surrounded by the bearing portion, the arc portion of the rib and two common tangent lines to the bearing portion and the arc portion of the rib, and ii) a second wall portion in another region; and the first wall portion is offset in the projection direction of the bearing portion relative to the second wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Nakagawa, Kozo Yamamoto, Hirofumi Nakada, Haruki Shirasaka
  • Patent number: 10385911
    Abstract: When each of the crank arms is divided by the crank arm centerline-into a right arm portion and a left arm portion, an area moment of inertia of one of the right and the left arm portions that is in a side that is subjected to the maximum load is greater than an area moment of inertia of the other arm portion that is in a side opposite to the side that is subjected to the maximum load, and, the area moment of inertia of the arm portion that is in the side opposite to the side that is subjected to the maximum load is greater than the area moment of inertia of the arm portion that is in the side that is subjected to the maximum load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Ishihara, Ken Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10385912
    Abstract: A load due to combustion pressure is applied to each of the crank pins via a connecting rod in a direction from the axis of a piston pin to the axis of the crank pin. Each of the crank arms includes a recess in a surface adjacent to the journal, in a region inward of a peripheral region along the edge of the surface. The recess extends along the peripheral region, and is asymmetric with respect to a crank arm centerline connecting the axis of each of the crank pins to the axis of each of the journals. Each of the crank arms has a maximum flexural rigidity at a point of time when the load onto each of the crank pins due to the combustion pressure reaches a maximum. The crankshaft has a reduced weight and an increased torsional rigidity in combination with an increased flexural rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIPPON STEEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koichiro Ishihara, Ken Yoshino, Kunihiro Yabuno
  • Patent number: 10377037
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a speed reduction device, a joint servo and a robot. The speed reduction device includes a driving device, a first stage speed reduction assembly and a second speed reduction assembly. The first speed reduction assembly includes a power gear and a face gear. The second speed reduction assembly includes a sun gear that rotates coaxially with the face gear, a planet gear set driven to rotate by the sun gear, a fixed gear, an output gear for outputting power and a fixed shaft. The speed reduction device uses the first speed reduction assembly and the second speed reduction assembly for power transmission and is compact in structure and has a high single stage transmission ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: UBTECH Robotics Corp
    Inventors: Xuchao Du, Wenquan Shu, Youjun Xiong
  • Patent number: 10372151
    Abstract: An adjustable clamping mechanism for a throttle control device on a handlebar of a vehicle includes a throttle lever and a clamp assembly that retains the throttle control device at a desired angular position upon said handlebar. The clamp assembly includes a body having a main section and a secondary section, the secondary section being disposed in a slot of the main section. A clamping member provides a clamping force upon the main section and secondary section. In an engaged position of the clamping member, the clamping member provides a clamping force to retain the throttle lever in a predetermined angular orientation upon said handlebar during operation of said vehicle. In a disengaged position of the clamping member, the clamping member does not provide the clamping force in order to permit the throttle lever to rotate about a longitudinal axis of said handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WILLIAMS CONTROLS, INC.
    Inventors: Colt Kincade Stuart, Craig Allen McConnell
  • Patent number: 10352431
    Abstract: The transmission case is provided with a bearing portion having a through hole in which a power transmission shaft is inserted, a fitting portion having a mating surface on which another member is superimposed, a plurality of fastening portions provided in the fitting portion, and ribs provided between the bearing portion and the fastening portions, respectively. The ribs are arranged between the bearing portion and the fastening portions, respectively, the fastening portions being other than the fastening portion that is the closest to the bearing portion amongst the plurality of fastening portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideki Nakagawa, Kozo Yamamoto, Hirofumi Nakada, Takeo Matsuo, Haruki Shirasaka
  • Patent number: 10343663
    Abstract: A brake mechanism is provided, including: a main body, for connecting to a vehicle, having a penetrating hole for a wire to dispose therethrough, the wire having an insertion end which is smaller than the penetrating hole in radial dimension; a handle, restrictably pivoted to the main body via a pivot portion, having an assembling portion; the insertion end being directly axially penetrable through the penetrating hole to be fixedly connected to the assembling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Yuan-Hung Wen
  • Patent number: 10336401
    Abstract: A bicycle crank assembly includes a fixing member for fixing a sprocket to a crank arm. The fixing member includes a radially-extending projection, to prevent the sprocket from moving relative to the crank axle in an axial direction, and an axially-extending base portion, which is secured to the crank arm. A contact part is provided on an inner periphery of the base portion and contacts the crank axle or is provided on the crank axle and contacts the base portion. The contact part permits force to be transmitted between the crank axle and the fixing member to limit flexing of the crank axle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Furuya, Masahiro Yamanaka, Atsuhiro Emura
  • Patent number: 10323691
    Abstract: A needle bearing assembly includes a seal such as a double lip metal stiffener seal, and a washer within the shell. The double lip seals are accommodated within a chamber of the needle bush bearing assembly. The metal stiffener is used on a body of the double lip seal. A washer is used between one of the plane surfaces of double lip seal having a metal stiffener and the needle surface. The washer serves as a contact portion and is guided by the shell. A portion of the shell provides room to the external lip of the seal for proper placement inside the shell internal diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: NRB Bearing Ltd.
    Inventor: Suresh T. Salunke
  • Patent number: 10323680
    Abstract: Cable splitter devices, assemblies, and methods of use are disclosed. A cable splitter device is disclosed. A cable splitter assembly includes a housing, a slider, first cables, and second cables. The housing defines a first number of first slots and a second number of second slots different from the first number. The slider is slidably coupled to the housing. The slider defines the first number of first channels and the second number of second channels. The first cables extend through the first number of first slots and have an end positioned within a respective first channel of the slider. The second cables extend through the second number of second slots and have an end positioned within a respective second channel of the slider. A clipping element may be configured to fix a longitudinal position of a respective first cable at multiple different locations along the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Carabalona
  • Patent number: 10321627
    Abstract: A multi-axis adjustable machine handle may comprise a handle assembly and a handle mounting assembly. The handle mounting assembly may comprise a clamping assembly including an elongate clamp with first and second sides rotatably engaging the handle assembly and first and second cup-shaped members slidably engaging the elongate clamp. The handle mounting assembly may further comprise a locking assembly extending through the first cup-shaped member, second cup-shaped member, and elongate clamp to selectively prevent relative movement. Finally, the handle mounting assembly may also comprise a support brace engaging the second cup-shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SCHILLER GROUNDS CARE, INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan Lapp
  • Patent number: 10286973
    Abstract: A product may include a pair of handles that may be foldable. A wedge may be engaged between the pair of handles and may lock the pair of handles in a first position. A release mechanism may be connected to the wedge. Operation of the release mechanism may move the wedge to disengage from and to unlock the handles and may enable moving the pair of handles to a folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Radu D. Sotir, George C. Floarea, David Begleiter, Hung H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10260595
    Abstract: A flywheel (6) is provided that comprises a rotatable shaft (7). At least one end of the rotatable shaft (7) is provided with a recess (51) and two magnets (15, 20, 31, 36). The flywheel (6) is provided with support means (18, 23, 34, 39) with the support means comprising: a first arrangement (18, 34) of magnets (17, 33) for vertical stabilization of the shaft (7); and a second arrangement (23, 39) of magnets (22, 38) for horizontal stabilization of the shaft (7). The first of the two magnets (15, 31) of the shaft (7) interacts with the first arrangement (18, 34) and the second of the two magnets (20, 36) interacts with the second arrangement (23, 39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: HEPTRON POWER TRANSMISSION LIMITED
    Inventor: Gary Murphy
  • Patent number: 10259533
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device includes a base member, a positioning ratchet, a positioning member, a pulling member, a pulling pawl and first and second release members. The positioning ratchet pivots in first and second directions. The positioning member moves between a holding position that prevents pivoting of the positioning ratchet in the first direction, and a releasing position that releases the positioning ratchet in the first direction. The pulling member pivots the positioning ratchet in the second direction as the pulling member is moved by the pulling pawl. The first release member moves the positioning member from the holding position to the releasing position. The second release member moves the pulling pawl away from the pulling member. The second release member extends between opposite axial sides of the positioning ratchet. The first release member and the pulling member are positioned on opposite axial sides of the positioning ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 10252765
    Abstract: A handle attachment of the present invention is attached to a bullhorn handle of a time trial bike equipped with downhill bars, armrests and bullhorn handles. The handle attachment includes a locking part attached to the vicinity of the tip end of the bullhorn handle. Moreover, the locking part has a wall surface portion protruding outward from the surface of the bullhorn handle and forming a wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Kei Morita
  • Patent number: 10247285
    Abstract: A locking mechanism comprising a linkage assembly comprising a first link and a second link joined at a pivot point; a linkage assembly spring to bias the linkage assembly into a first, locked, position; a cam assembly having a cam 1 with a cam surface in engagement with the linkage assembly; a cam biasing member such as a spring arranged to bias the cam surface to press against the linkage assembly sufficiently to overcome the linkage assembly spring and to force the linkage assembly into a second, unlocked position; and a solenoid assembly arranged to engage the cam in a locked position in which the cam is prevented from forcing the linkage assembly into the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Piotr Sobolak