Patents Examined by Terence Boes
  • Patent number: 10738870
    Abstract: A two-color molding method in which, when a secondary molded body is formed by covering the surface of a primary molded body made of a reinforcing-fiber-containing synthetic resin material with a reinforcing-fiber-free synthetic resin material, these synthetic resin materials may differ and the production cost does not increase. When a primary molded body is formed by injecting a molten reinforcing-fiber-containing synthetic resin material into a primary molding cavity, the molten reinforcing-fiber-containing synthetic resin material flows from one end toward the other end of the primary molding cavity and a short shot is performed. This exposes reinforcing fiber in a tooth of the primary molded body positioned at the other end of the primary molding cavity. In the secondary molding cavity, the tooth in which the reinforcing fiber is exposed is covered with a reinforcing-fiber-free synthetic resin material to form a synthetic resin gear as a two-color molded body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: ENPLAS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuma Yanagisawa
  • Patent number: 10731566
    Abstract: An accessory system for a gas turbine engine having a driveshaft with an axis of rotation is provided. The system includes a towershaft coupled to the driveshaft and rotatable about a towershaft axis of rotation. The towershaft includes a towershaft bevel gear. The system includes a primary shaft including a first bevel gear and a second bevel gear that each revolve about a primary shaft axis of rotation. The first bevel gear is coupled to the towershaft bevel gear. The system includes a secondary shaft including a third bevel gear and a fourth bevel gear that each revolve about a secondary shaft axis of rotation. The third bevel gear is coupled to the second bevel gear. The system includes a tertiary shaft including a fifth bevel gear that revolves about a tertiary shaft axis of rotation. The fifth bevel gear is coupled to the fourth bevel gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Shawn Alstad, Tomasz Dobosz, Rocio Chavez Felix
  • Patent number: 10718411
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus in one aspect of the present disclosure comprises at least one gear that transmits an inputted driving force to at least one output part; at least one shaft that supports the at least one gear; a displacement portion configured to be mechanically interlocked with a displacement gear among the at least one gear and displaced in association with the displacement gear; a housing that houses the at least one gear and the at least one shaft; and an abutting portion that is disposed in the housing and configured to restrict a possible displacement range of the displacement portion by abutting the displacement portion. The abutting portion is configured so as not to be displaced along with a rotation of the at least one gear and is disposed in the housing at a location spaced apart from the at least one shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sadao Ito
  • Patent number: 10718413
    Abstract: An assembly of a robot includes a first member, a second member rotatably connected to the first member to construct a robot joint structure, a driving assembly arranged within the first member, a speed reducer assembly to rotatably connect the first member to the second member, and a belt drive assembly connected to the driving assembly and the speed reducer assembly. The belt drive assembly is used to transmit rotary motion from the driving assembly to the speed reducer assembly, thereby rotating the first member with respect to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Youpeng Li, Hongyu Ding
  • Patent number: 10710453
    Abstract: A transfer case for a four-wheel drive vehicle having a disconnectable secondary axle assembly. The transfer case is configured to include a pumpless lubrication sump maintained in relation to a mainshaft for lubricating rotary components surrounding the mainshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Devin P. Ryman, Timothy J. Filkins
  • Patent number: 10710250
    Abstract: A robot includes a first arm rotatable around a first axis and a second arm having an extending direction. The first arm includes a first base and a first extending portion. The first base includes a first through hole passing through the first arm along the first axis. The first extending portion extends from the first base along the first axis. The second arm includes a second base and a second extending portion. The second base includes a connection portion connected to the first extending portion such that the second arm is rotatable around a second axis that is substantially orthogonal to the first axis. The second base includes a second through hole passing through the second arm along the extending direction. The second extending portion is provided opposite to the connection portion in the extending direction and extends from the second base along the extending direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA YASKAWA DENKI
    Inventors: Atsushi Ichibangase, Tsuyoshi Ito
  • Patent number: 10711872
    Abstract: A selectively self-locking actuator includes a threaded shaft having a first threaded portion and a second threaded portion. The first threaded portion includes a semicircular ball screw threadform and the second threaded portion includes a power screw threadform. The actuator further includes a ball nut mated to the first threaded portion, a split nut selectively mated with the second threaded portion, and a nut coupler plate configured to secure the ball nut and split nut at a fixed distance from each other. The split nut includes at least a first split nut portion and a second split portion each mated to a spring and a driver. The spring is configured to bias the first split nut portion and the second split nut portion either radially inward or radially outward with respect to the threaded shaft, and wherein the driver is configured to selectively oppose the bias of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: David B. Doman, Michael W. Oppenheimer
  • Patent number: 10695917
    Abstract: The present invention comprises: a fixed four-node link in which four links are joined together in a hinged fashion, comprising a fixed link of which the position is fixed, a connecting rod positioned on the opposite side of the first link, an input-side transmission link connecting the end on one side of the connecting rod and the first link, and an output-side transmission link positioned on the opposite side of the input-side transmission link; an input link part to which an actuator is attached, and which is joined in hinged fashion between the two ends of the input-side transmission link; and an output link part which is fixedly joined to the output-side transmission link and is rotated by means of the output-side transmission link, and the one-degree-of-freedom link device according to the present invention and the robot arm using the same can be used to allow easy attachment and detachment between link devices and achieve smooth action in a robot arm in accordance with what is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Industry-University Cooperation Foundation Hanyang University ERICA Campus
    Inventors: Youngjin Choi, Byung-Ju Yi, Hoyul Lee
  • Patent number: 10687694
    Abstract: A linear-member-driven manipulator is provided that includes a bendable member that is bendable along a bending plane and includes a plurality of bendable portions; a linear member used to bend at least one of the bendable portions; a plurality of guiding members that guide the linear member that is driven; and a plurality of support members, each support member extending from one of the guiding members to the bendable member, wherein each guiding member is swingable with respect to the bendable member; and wherein, for each support member, a projection distance between the linear member and the support member on the bending plane is greater than or equal to a projection distance between the linear member and a bending neutral line of the bendable member on the bending plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Tanaka, Ichiro Okumura
  • Patent number: 10690219
    Abstract: A flexplate assembly comprising a central plate having a general disc shape disposed about and extending radially from an axis. The central plate has a first radial width. A ring gear is annularly secured about the central plate and presents an outer circumference that defines a plurality of ring teeth extending therefrom. At least one noise plate is disposed adjacent to the central plate and extends circumferentially about the axis for reducing vibrations and noise from the flexplate assembly. The noise plate has a second radial width that is at least one half of the first radial width of the central plate. A method of constructing such a flexplate assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN, INC.
    Inventors: Andrzej Kowalski, Gunter R. Ladewig, Georges Issa, Dusan Milacic
  • Patent number: 10683921
    Abstract: An actuator for a differential lock includes an actuator pin that is resiliently coupled to a lead screw to prevent excess force on the actuator pin under otherwise damaging conditions, such as a tooth-on-tooth state of the differential. The actuator may include sensors for sensing the position of a lead screw nut and sensors for sensing the position of the actuating pin to provide improved control by sensing multiple states of the actuator, including a state in which a tooth-on-tooth condition is present in the differential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: THOMSON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Peter Gnebner, HÃ¥kan Persson
  • Patent number: 10675753
    Abstract: A robot includes an arm that includes an arm main body and a motor and rotates about a rotation axis, and an amplifier unit that is provided in the arm and includes a drive circuit which drives the motor, in which at least a portion of the amplifier unit or the motor is positioned on the outside of the arm main body as seen from an axial direction that is parallel to the rotation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Hahakura, Hidenori Hama
  • Patent number: 10677296
    Abstract: An electronic, high-efficiency vehicular transmission, an overrunning, non-friction coupling and control assembly and switchable linear actuator device for use in the assembly and the transmission are provided. The device controls the operating mode of at least one non-friction coupling assembly. The device has 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Means Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Kimes, Patrick J. McCleer
  • Patent number: 10664004
    Abstract: An actuating element for actuating an instrument for performing minimally invasive interventions comprises a first handle half-shell and a second handle half-shell movable relative to each other and connected with each other at one end by a biasing mechanism; a tube arranged substantially centrally between the handle half-shells; a linkage mechanism arranged between the handle half-shells and the tube in order to transmit an actuating movement of the handle half-shells; a locking mechanism with a latching rocker arranged on the first handle half-shell and a locking rocker arranged on the second handle half-shell, wherein the two rockers enter into locking connection with each other through an opening provided therefor in the tube when the handle half-shells are moved together, and wherein the rockers are mounted around a pivot axis such that a swiveling or pivoting movement of the rockers lies within a plane defined by the handle half-shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: JAKOUBEK MEDIZINTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Franz Jakoubek
  • Patent number: 10661455
    Abstract: An apparatus including a plurality of robot arm links movably connected to one another, where a first one of the robot arm links includes a frame, where the frame has a first end movably connected onto a second one of the robot arm links; and at least one vibration damper arrangement on the frame of the first robot arm link, where the at least one vibration damper arrangement includes at least one viscoelastic element connected to the frame of the first robot arm link by a connection such that, as the frame of the first robot arm link experiences vibrations, the at least one viscoelastic element dampens the vibrations in the frame of the first robot arm link based upon viscoelasticity and the connection of the at least one viscoelastic element to the frame of the first robot arm link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Persimmon Technologies, Corp.
    Inventors: Martin Hosek, Dennis Poole
  • Patent number: 10655707
    Abstract: A gearbox (1) for agricultural and industrial motor vehicles comprises an input shaft (2) and an output shaft (3), a first clutch (12) and a second clutch (13) arranged in a position between the first and second transmission shafts (16, 17), the first and second transmission shafts both being hollow. The gearbox further comprises a first intermediate shaft (20) and a second intermediate shaft (21), the first intermediate shaft extending coaxially inside the second intermediate shaft. A first engaging device (22) is capable of selectively connecting the first intermediate shaft to the output shaft, a second engaging device (23) is capable of selectively connecting the second intermediate shaft to the output shaft and a third engaging device (24) alternately connects the second intermediate shaft to the first intermediate shaft or to the output shaft. The first engaging device and second engaging device are coaxial with the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: CARRARO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Enrico Mangiaracina
  • Patent number: 10641378
    Abstract: A play take-up device comprising a push button that is movably mounted and translationally guided, along a thrust axis 5, in a housing, to exert a thrust force against a rack, said device further comprising a resilient shock-absorbing member that is positioned between the push button and the housing, in contact, respectively, against a first bearing surface belonging to the push button, which is angled in relation to the thrust axis, and is preferably frusto-conical, and a second bearing surface belonging to the housing, referred to which has, opposite the distribution surface and counter to the resilient shock-absorbing member, both a radially extending component and an axially extending component, such that the shock-absorbing member simultaneously returns the push button axially towards the rack and transversely towards the thrust axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventor: Pascal Vizier
  • Patent number: 10638740
    Abstract: A gear mounting structure includes a worm shaft, a gear, and an elastic member. The worm shaft includes a shaft body, on the outer surface of which is formed intersecting spiral grooves, and a gear locking portion with a non-circular cross section, on at least a portion of the outer surface of which is formed a curved surface portion and a planar portion. The gear includes a gear body, on the outer surface of which are formed teeth, and to which the handle rotation is transmitted, and a boss portion protruding from the gear body and having an engagement portion engaging the gear locking portion. The elastic member is mounted so as to abut the outer surface of the boss portion of the gear, and at least a portion of the curved surface portion of the gear locking portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kei Saito, Tsutomu Takada
  • Patent number: 10641377
    Abstract: A multi-stage gear is provided with a planetary gear and a strain wave gear adjacent to the multi-stage gear, wherein a output of the planetary gear maintains a drive connection with a wave generator of the strain wave gear, and wherein the planetary gear is arranged at least partially radially within the strain wave gear. It is provided that the wave generator is mounted radially on a ring gear of the planetary gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LAKEVIEW INNOVATION LTD.
    Inventors: Dominik Frey, Marco Schelb, Alexander Rissler
  • Patent number: 10634230
    Abstract: A wave generator of a flat-type strain wave gearing has an insertion member disposed between two wave bearings. The insertion member is pressed into an elliptical outer peripheral surface of a plug and is fixed thereto by an adhesive. An inner ring contact part of the insertion member is in contact with inner rings of the wave bearings from the direction of a center axis. When the flat-type strain wave gearing is in an operating state, the wave bearings can be prevented from moving relative to the plug in the direction of the center axis by means of thrust force acting on the wave bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Jun Handa, Hiroaki Kimura, Sotaro Miyake