Patents Examined by Tashiana Adams
  • Patent number: 8640817
    Abstract: A steering apparatus (10) responsive to rotation of a handwheel (40) for turning steerable wheels (14, 16) includes a first steering gear (22) actuatable to affect turning of a first set (14) of steerable wheels (14a, 14b) and a second steering gear (24) actuatable to affect turning of a second set (16) of steerable wheels (16a, 16b). A torque transmission device (70) includes an input member (72) connected to the handwheel (40). A first output member (82) is mechanically coupled to the input member (72) and connected to the first steering gear (22) for actuating the first steering gear (22). A second output member (92) is mechanically coupled to the input member (72) and connected to the second steering gear (24) for actuating the second steering gear (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Daniel E. Williams
  • Patent number: 8640797
    Abstract: An endless belt tensioner system adapted to apply a minimum tensioning force on a ground-contacting endless belt of a vehicle is provided, the minimum tensioning force being managed to prevent the endless belt to disengage from an operating configuration. A vehicle and a method of use thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: L'Équipe Fabconcept Inc.
    Inventor: Marius Allaire
  • Patent number: 8641058
    Abstract: The hand truck brake provides automatic braking for a hand truck as it negotiates a stairway or other uneven surface. The brake is adaptable to various types of hand trucks, including powered stair-climbing trucks. The brake includes two major assemblies. The first is a reciprocating plunger having a distal roller that travels along the surface. When the roller travels over the nose of a stairway tread, the plunger extends to actuate the brake. The second major assembly is a rotary cam rotated by the plunger as it extends. The cam has an extension and a brake shoe, the brake shoe engaging the underlying surface to stop the hand truck when the cam is rotated to its brake-engaging position. The assembly automatically retracts when the hand truck is oriented vertically. Additional controls are provided for the operator to extend or retract the brake mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Escalera, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Torrison
  • Patent number: 8640811
    Abstract: A frame-steered vehicle includes a powertrain configured to provide drive torque to a transverse axle in a front vehicle section and at least one transverse axle in a rear vehicle section. At least one longitudinal drive shaft is connected to the at least one transverse axle in the rear vehicle section. At least one controllable longitudinal clutch is variably adjustable between an engaged operational state and a disengaged operational state is arranged in the at least one longitudinal drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventor: Jörgen Ahlberg
  • Patent number: 8636296
    Abstract: In one example, mobile industrial equipment for coupling to a truck for on highway transportation is provided. The mobile industrial equipment includes a frame to connect to the truck, a plurality of wheels connected to the frame, and a track assembly connected to the frame. In another example a method for using mobile equipment is provided. The method includes transporting mobile industrial equipment over the highway with a plurality of wheels connected to a frame of the mobile industrial equipment. The frame of the mobile industrial equipment is separated from the truck. The mobile industrial equipment is moved while separated from the truck using a track connected to the frame of the mobile industrial equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Crusher Rental & Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve L. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8636097
    Abstract: A suspension system for use with a motorcycle includes a single body having two pneumatic cylinders in axial alignment therein. The suspension system may be sold in a kit, and may be installed in an existing front wheel fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Schwindt
  • Patent number: 8636092
    Abstract: A battery is integrated with a down frame and a bottom frame. When fixation of the battery to a main frame is released upon release of locking means, the down frame, the bottom frame, and the battery are allowed to swing pivotally around an engagement position where the bottom frame is engaged with pivot frames. A front wheel is located on at least any one of swing loci of the down frame, the bottom frame, and the battery drawn when the down frame, the bottom frame, and the battery swing pivotally around the engagement position. The front wheel deviates from the swing locus in a state where the handlebar is turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Kawatani
  • Patent number: 8636098
    Abstract: A hydraulic steering control valve, including a valve core. When an automobile runs in a straight line or the steering angle is maintained, the valve core of the hydraulic steering control valve is positioned in a middle position to cut off hydraulic pipelines of oil cylinders on two sides of a steering power cylinder or a hydraulic shock-absorbing part, and a piston of the steering power cylinder or the hydraulic shock-absorbing part is unable to move. A self-aligning mechanism is arranged at an input shaft end of the hydraulic steering control valve, and after a driver eliminates the steering torque and loosens the control to a steering wheel, the self-aligning mechanism drives the input shaft or the steering wheel to turn to the middle position, so as to fulfill the self-aligning function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Liming Fu
  • Patent number: 8636099
    Abstract: Disclosed are a rack-driven steering apparatus and a rack-driven auxiliary power steering apparatus including the same. The present invention can protect peripheral parts such as a motor for driving a nut pulley and an electronic control unit to improve durability when an excessive load reversely input from the outside is transmitted during an operation of a belt by the motor, and prevent a steering disabling state during a high speed travel of the vehicle, thereby providing a driver with a stable steering condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: MANDO Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoung Min Kim
  • Patent number: 8627915
    Abstract: Inside of a swing arm (30) that pivotally supports a rear wheel (WR) of an electric two-wheeled vehicle (1) and that is freely swingably attached to a vehicle body, a battery (56), an electric motor (M) for driving the rear wheel (WR), and a board (50) serving as a control device for controlling the electric motor (M) are equipped. Coupling a throttle grip (80) and a throttle position sensor (60) by physical transmission means (62, 85, 86) therebetween allows a configuration so that a turning angle of the throttle grip (80) can be detected, and the throttle position sensor (60) is attached to the board (50). The board (50) is disposed with a planar portion oriented in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Tsukamoto, Takashi Tominaga, Kazumi Shibata, Hisao Nishiura, Seiji Kato, Susumu Akutsu
  • Patent number: 8628106
    Abstract: A boat coupling including a jaw for receiving an eye which is attached to the hull of a boat. A pin is movable to bridge across the jaw to capture the eye between extended and retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Indigo Sierra Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Gregory Staples
  • Patent number: 8628107
    Abstract: A trailer hitch system for equalizing trailer loads and reducing trailer sway. The trailer hitch system may include spring bars that may be attached to a hitch head using a trunnion style connection. The spring bars may be attached to the trailer using rigid brackets that reduce swinging of the spring bars. The rigid brackets having a plurality of contact points may include an upward extending portion for attaching to the trailer tongue, and a lateral extending portion for receiving the spring bars thereupon. The rigid brackets may include a spacing member and an attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Progress Mfg. Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Robert Harper, Raymond L. Conger, Joshua A. Jones, Jed Anderson
  • Patent number: 8627908
    Abstract: A semi-autonomous vehicle couplable to a parent vehicle is described, and includes a chassis supported on first and second axles coupled to a plurality of wheels, a propulsion system configured to transfer torque to one of the wheels, a steering system configured to control direction of travel of the semi-autonomous vehicle, a braking system configured to apply braking force to the wheels, a high-voltage electrical energy storage system, an extra-vehicle communications system, and an extra-vehicle sensory system. A control system operatively couples to the propulsion system, the steering system, and the braking system. A coupling device is configured to electrically couple the semi-autonomous vehicle to the parent vehicle, the coupling device consisting essentially of a high-voltage DC electrical power bus electrically coupled to the high-voltage electrical energy storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Carl W. Wellborn, Mary Ellen Decaluwe, Jim K. Rainbolt, Roger A. Clark
  • Patent number: 8628115
    Abstract: A storage system for a vehicle is disclosed. The storage system includes a pressure vessel, a plurality of mounting systems disposed on each end of the pressure vessel, each mounting system having a vessel shell having an end coupled to the end of the pressure vessel, a mounting shell having a first end coupled to the vehicle and a second end coupled to another end of the vessel shell, and an impact element formed in one of the vessel shell and the mounting shell having a yield strength less than a yield strength of the vessel shell and the mounting shell, a clamping element for coupling the vessel shell to the pressure vessel, and a coupling means for coupling the vessel shell and the mounting shell together through the impact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Valentin Schultheis, Thorsten Schutz, Helmut Schuermann, Wolfgang Bleser
  • Patent number: 8627907
    Abstract: A steering drive system includes a drive arrangement having a first drive and a second drive, a summing gear unit for summing driving torques of the drives on an output shaft of the summing gear unit, a first drive connection device by which the first drive is drivingly connected to a first input shaft of the summing gear unit, and a second drive connection device by which the second drive is drivingly connected to a second input shaft of the summing gear unit. The two drive connection devices are arranged in each instance such that no driving torque directed to the drives from the summing gear unit can be transmitted to the drives during a continuously produced drive connection between the drives and the summing gear unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Renk Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jörg-Peter Karrie, Nikolaus Müller, Dieter Schwarz
  • Patent number: 8622413
    Abstract: A front tow extended saddle is disclosed. The saddle allows a first towing truck to mount a second truck, facing forward, behind the first truck, in order to tow the second truck to a distant location. The saddle allows the towed truck to face forward during transport, thus allowing for the normal loads and stresses of movement on the towed truck. This configuration is preferable to movement with the towed truck facing-rearward, in which the typical aerodynamic surfaces of a large truck act as a drag during transport, imposing high wind loads and unusual stresses. The front tow extended saddle is also designed to minimize the required vertical rise on the towed truck, which also avoids additional stresses during loading and unloading onto the towing truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: ATC Transportation LLC
    Inventor: Donald W. Schuettenberg
  • Patent number: 8622164
    Abstract: When a count value concerning with the travel of the vehicle in a two-wheel drive state reaches or exceeds a predetermined value, the state of drive in a transfer is temporarily switched to a four-wheel drive state by connecting a synchromesh mechanism while keeping a mesh clutch disconnected, so that rotary members that do not rotate during the two-wheel drive state, such as a second output shaft, are temporarily rotated. Thus, the rotary members are restrained from remaining in contact at fixed portions and therefore being partially worn. Besides, there is no need to provide a mechanism for temporarily rotating the rotary members, such as the second output shaft, separately from the synchromesh mechanism that is normally provided for the four-wheel drive travel in the related art. Therefore, it is possible to improve durability without involving cost increase, space efficiency deterioration, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Koji Takaira
  • Patent number: 8622159
    Abstract: This motorized track unit is for use with a wheelchair seating system or other undefined cargo systems. The Smart Trak device is capable of carrying its intended cargo across solid or loose surfaces such as grass, mud, dirt, sand or snow. It is also capable of traversing uneven or unsteady ground surfaces and having the abilities to scale incline/declines of approved stair sets. The device itself can be outfitted with a multitude of add-ons giving it the ability to allow handicapped persons the abilities to have a full function wheelchair system that allows them to go up/down stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey David Jacobs
  • Patent number: 8622411
    Abstract: A bicycle assembly can include a bicycle frame that can have a main frame, a sub-frame and a shock absorber. The sub-frame can move in relation to the main frame and the shock can be used to regulate that relationship. A extension body can be used to establish a rear pivot point of the shock absorber. In some embodiments, the extension body can also be used to adjust the length of the combined shock absorber and extension body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason L. Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8616326
    Abstract: A torque detection device includes: a torsion bar that couples a first shaft to a second shaft such that the first shaft and the second shaft are rotatable relative to each other; an annular magnet that is fixed to the first shaft; a pair of magnetic yokes that are fixed to the second shaft and that are arranged to face the magnet; and Hall ICs. Each of the magnetic yokes has a plurality of lugs arranged at equal intervals in a circumferential direction, and each lug becomes narrower toward its distal end, and has a curved profile with rounded corners when viewed from a radial direction of the corresponding magnetic yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventor: Kaname Aoki