Patents Examined by Robert J. Oberleitner
  • Patent number: 6530458
    Abstract: The invention provides a lightweight brake drum (10) having a lightweight, tubular inner member (14), a length of wire (16) wrapped around the inner member (14) and an outer shell (18). The inner member (14) and the outer shell (18) are made of a lightweight material. Typically, multiple layers of length of wire (16) are wrapped around the inner member (14) to support and inhibit expansion of the inner member (14). Since the length of wire (16) provides support against expansion, the inner member (14) and the outer shell (18) can be made of lightweight materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Charles B. Rau, III
  • Patent number: 6443296
    Abstract: A conveyor ratcheting apparatus for advancing a conveyor in one direction in discrete steps. A ratchet arm is pivotally supported on a frame. A ratchet actuator drives the arm reciprocally between first and second positions. A ratchet wheel is rotatably supported on the frame. Circumferentially spaced teeth are formed around an outer rim of the ratchet wheel. The ratchet arm sequentially engages each of the teeth and causes the ratchet wheel to rotate in one direction each time the ratchet arm engages one of the teeth and moves toward the second position from the first position. The ratchet arm disengages whenever the ratchet arm moves from the second position back toward the first position. A detent engagement member is supported on the frame and is moveable into engagement with one of four stop detents in the ratchet wheel when the first ratchet arm is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Unova IP Corp.
    Inventors: Jason A. McNamara, Gerald A. Brown
  • Patent number: 6439552
    Abstract: The overhead wire tensioning device of the present invention is improved in reliability and eliminates the need for constant maintenance work by protecting the slide mechanism between the cylinder case of the gas spring type overhead wire tensioning device and the cylinder rod, and the pivoting mechanism for the connecting rod connecting this cylinder with the overhead wire from external influences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignees: Central Japan Railway Company, Dengyo Incorporated, NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Ageishi, Hiroshi Amano, Yoshio Narumiya, Toru Uchikoshi, Shoji Konta, Yoshinori Wakabayashi, Takeyoshi Shinbori, Takeshi Uchida
  • Patent number: 6422357
    Abstract: A braking apparatus for imparting constant mechanical torque to effect a braking action is capable of operating in a constant, smooth, and adjustable manner, yet operates essentially independent of friction and temperature, as well as independent of rotational speed. The braking apparatus includes a hub assembly having a hub, a collar, a plurality of torsional springs, a spring cap, a spring bushing, and damping means, and a sprocket assembly having a sprocket, a hub bearing, a retaining ring, and a plurality of roller assemblies each of which has a roller. The sprocket assembly is rotatably connected to the hub assembly by a hub assembly spring, a sprocket assembly spring, an adjustment cap, and an adjustment means. The apparatus provides braking by releasably contacting at least one of each of the rollers with at least one of each of the torsional springs so as to deflect and then release the torsional spring as the sprocket assembly rotates about the hub assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignees: ILC Dover, Inc., AEC-Able Engineering Co.
    Inventors: Matthew Murray Botke, David P. Cadogan, John Kun Hung Lin
  • Patent number: 6422618
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for locking and unlocking a camper shell from the inside. The device can be purchased as an inexpensive after market part and easily and quickly installed without the need for expensive tooling. The device includes a handle having proximal and distal ends and fashioned with a lateral bore at its proximal end for connecting with a torsion bar already existing on the latching mechanism of the camper shell. The distal end of the handle includes a cam, pivotally connected thereto, which can move between a position which in which the cam is generally flush with the handle and other positions in which the cam extends laterally from the handle. A cam lock is provided to engage the cam and hold it in one or more selected positions, the positions providing corresponding amounts of lateral extension from the handle. The when extended, the cam prevents the handle from being turned, thereby preventing the camper shell from being opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventors: David Guldner, Efrain Quiles
  • Patent number: 6406102
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling an electrically operated parking brake-by-wire system is disclosed. More particularly to a method and system for control of electrically operated parking brake-by-wire systems that interfaces with various elements and systems of a motor vehicle; processes information obtained from vehicle systems, parking brake by wire systems, and the driver/user; and uses this information to safely control the operation of the parking brake-by-wire system, alerting the driver/user to potential problems associated with operation of the parking brake-by-wire system and related vehicle systems. The present invention also includes provisions to provide feedback to users and handle situations where the parking brake is actuated while the vehicle is in motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Orscheln Management Co.
    Inventor: James H. Arnold
  • Patent number: 6405463
    Abstract: An illuminated display device (10) according to the present invention comprises an image sheet (48) comprising, in turn, a plurality of series of image portions (47a, 47b, 47c) etc. and a mask sheet (62) having alternative opaque strips (63) and transparent windows (61). The mask sheet (62) is located in face-to-face relation to the image sheet (48). First and second roller means (64, 66) are located in a substantially parallel spaced-apart arrangement relative to the image sheet (48) and the mask sheet (62) and are operatively associated with one of the image sheet (48) and the mask sheet (62). The device (10) is provided with means to oscillatingly move the one of the image sheet (48) and the mask sheet (62) relative to the other of the image sheet (48) and the mask sheet (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventors: Norman Stephen Roddy, Adrian Gawain Moir, Robert John Hunt
  • Patent number: 6394242
    Abstract: Undesirable vibrations are controlled in a mechanical structure by confining the vibrations to one or more specified areas of the structure and then dissipating the confined energy by damping. Vibration confinement is achieved using a confinement device which effectively applies both translational and torsional forces to the structure. The strength of the translational and torsional forces, and the position of the confinement device are chosen to select a vibrational energy confinement region. Damping elements are concentrated in the vibration confinement region to dissipate the confined vibrational energy. Judicious selection of the confinement region permits the structure to avoid the transfer of vibrational energy to particularly sensitive portions of the structure, or to direct vibrational energy to a portion of the structure. Optimization procedures are presented for designing structures having optimized placement and selection of the vibration confinement device and damping devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Quality Research, Development & Consulting, Inc.
    Inventor: Daryoush Allaei
  • Patent number: 6390248
    Abstract: It is an object of this invention to provide a drum brake device which solves a problem of decreasing the strength of a back plate near an anchor block and reduces potential damage to the parking brake cable. A pivot lever 60 is pivotally mounted on one brake shoe 20. Upper and lower portions of the pivot lever functionally engage with the other brake shoe 30 via struts 81, 70. A parking brake actuator 90 which pivotally supports on the upper strut 81 and activates upon an activation of a parking brake is arranged to be adjacent to a service brake actuator which activates upon an activation of a service brake. Preferably an operational part of the parking brake actuator is projected out from the brake back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Nisshinbo Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Takashi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 6390254
    Abstract: A constant volume damper which has a very constant damping constant over a considerable range of frequencies by including check valves that prevent cavitation as a piston moves in a chamber. The damper is also sealed for use in space application and is temperature compensated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen E. Bennett, Lawrence P. Davis, David A. Osterberg
  • Patent number: 6386340
    Abstract: A brake disc for a wheel constituted by a peripheral section, forming a brake band with an interior form enabling it to be fitted to its wheel, the brake band forms two lateral flat and parallel surfaces on which a brake shoe can act, said peripheral section having a series of off-sets on its inside and outside edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventors: Giorgio Milesi, Umberto Milesi, Alfredo Milesi
  • Patent number: 6382336
    Abstract: An invention (58) for attachment to a near frictionless fluid levitated transporter includes a guide wheel (18) integrated with a ground rubbing brake (20). Invention (58) both guides and stops transporter movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Jason L. Smith
  • Patent number: 6378961
    Abstract: A brake control apparatus comprising a brake fluid pressure sensor for detecting the brake fluid pressure of the wheel cylinder for a braking system. That is, the brake fluid pressure sensor detects the condition of braking. The brake fluid pressure is controlled. The brake fluid pressure is increased based on a predetermined pressure increase gradient in the initial stage of the automatic braking, and is decreased based on a predetermined pressure decrease gradient in the latter stage of the automatic braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kouichi Hara, Akiharu Kanagawa, Hironori Miyakoshi, Akira Hattori, Nobuyuki Furui
  • Patent number: 6375172
    Abstract: A hydraulically-damping engine bearing includes a restrictedly deflectable diaphragm separating first and second fluid-filled primary chambers that are bordered at least partially by elastic walls. At least one channel is connected between the first and second primary chambers. An arrangement is connected for adjusting a characteristic of the bearing. The arrangement includes an auxiliary suspension spring that, with the wall of one of the chambers, forms an auxiliary chamber, whereby one of the primary chambers is connectable to the auxiliary chamber via a controllable flow connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Mannesmann Boge GmbH
    Inventors: Ernst Bungart, Heinrich Meyer, Jörn-Rainer Quast
  • Patent number: 6371462
    Abstract: Active hydraulic anti-vibration support comprising two armatures joined by an elastomer body partially bounding a working chamber filled with liquid and communicating with a compensating chamber, an exciter member in contact with the working chamber, a control device designed to displace the exciter member and an elastic return device applying a force to the exciter member to return it to its non-operating position in accordance with a certain elasticity curve which has a tangent for a first displacement value corresponding to the non-operating position of the exciter member. The elasticity curve is located below this tangent in the vicinity of a second displacement value corresponding to the end stop position of the exciter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventor: André Gennesseaux
  • Patent number: 6371459
    Abstract: An active suspension system for supporting a mass, such as a seat on a base of a vehicle includes a hydraulic actuator coupled between the seat and the base, an pneumatic off-load device between the seat and the base, and a control system which actively controls the hydraulic actuator and which controls the off-load member. The control system actively controls the hydraulic actuator as a function of a seat position error signal. The control system also controls the off-load member as a function of a signal used in the active control of the actuator. A compressor and a vent are coupled to the pneumatic device for controlling pressurization thereof. The control system comprises an electronic control unit which repeatedly executes a control algorithm at a predetermined rate, and which controls the operational status of the compressor and the vent as a function of the position error signal and the predetermined rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Troy Eugene Schick, Daniel Lee Dufner
  • Patent number: 6367183
    Abstract: A card assembly or system is provided. The card assembly includes a rectangularly shaped card member defined by first and third opposite edges and second and third opposite edges. The card member has an underside that is formed with an adhesive layer applied therealong. The inventive assembly also includes a rectangular backing sheet having a shape identical to that of the card member and also being adhesively secured to the adhesive layer disposed along the underside of the card member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Haber
  • Patent number: 6367601
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a friction damper, which has been specifically designed for washing machines or the like, comprising a hollow shell (1) and a rod (2), coaxially arranged with respect to one another, which define a telescopic construction. The rod is provided with an outer diameter smaller than the inner diameter of the shell (1) and, between the shell (1) and rod (2), a friction damper element (3) is arranged. The friction damper element (3) comprises at least two friction clamps (4,5) contacting the surface of the rod (2) and axially spaced from one another, along that portion of the rod (2) which is engaged in the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Roberto Ferlicca
  • Patent number: 6367892
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a brake system with electronic brake force distribution which includes additional criteria of deactivation of the electronic brake force distribution. Deactivation of the electronic brake force distribution is intended to occur, on the one hand, if a pressure increase phase lasts longer than a defined time (50). On the other hand, another criterion of deactivation (60) is deceleration-responsive, and an additional check is made whether or not braking is pedal operated (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co., OHG
    Inventors: Thomas Proger, Markus Zenzen
  • Patent number: 6364075
    Abstract: A gas shock absorber has a pressure tube which defines a working chamber. A piston divides the working chamber into an upper working chamber and a lower working chamber. A series of extension passages extend through the piston and are opened and closed by an extension valve assembly. A first and a second series of compression passages extend through the piston and are opened and closed by a first and a second compression valve assembly, respectively. A rod guide assembly is located between the pressure tube and a piston rod. The rod guide assembly includes an oil chamber for sealing and lubricating the piston rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Luc Lemmens, Stefaan Duym