Patents Examined by Thomas C Diaz
  • Patent number: 12036936
    Abstract: A pedal assembly with integrated disable switch for turning off the engine of an automobile or other motorized transport which may be activated by the driver's foot. The disable switch may be triggered by the raising of the foot while in place on the accelerator pedal. The disable switch may include detent positions including a first detent position which allows for engine function, and a second detent position after activation of the disable functionality such that the switch is not easily deactivated once activated. The disable switch may comprise a switch lever arm above the driver's foot, which is coupled to the main accelerator pedal extension lever. The disable switch may include a mechanically activated switch which is activated by relative motion of the switch lever arm relative to the main accelerator pedal extension lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Inventor: Alexander Jeffrey Mead
  • Patent number: 12038081
    Abstract: A composite transmission housing for a vehicle drive train transmission is configured for sealingly enclosing transmission shafts, gearwheels, and a lubricant fluid within an internal space of the housing and includes: a first carbon-fibre skeleton part having a first attachment region; a second carbon-fibre skeleton part having a first attachment region; a first sealing cover part made of plastic material and having a first sealing surface; and a second sealing cover part made of plastic material and having a second sealing surface. The first attachment regions of the first and second carbon-fibre skeleton parts are mutually connected for providing a rigid structural framework that defines said internal space, and the first and second sealing surfaces of the first and second sealing cover parts are pressed together or against corresponding sealing surfaces associated with the first and second carbon-fibre skeleton parts, for providing a sealing envelope around said internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2023
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2024
    Assignees: Ningbo Geely Automobile Research & Dev. Co., Ltd., ZHEJIANG GEELY HOLDING GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eva Barrientos Blanco
  • Patent number: 12030474
    Abstract: A brake pedal module for a brake-by-wire brake system of a vehicle is disclosed. The brake pedal module includes a pivotably mounted brake pedal and a damping unit. The damping unit is mechanically coupled to the brake pedal to generate a resistance when the brake pedal is actuated. The brake pedal module comprises a sensor unit for detecting a braking intention of a driver. The sensor unit comprises at least one sensor for detecting an actuating travel, which is arranged on a pivot bearing of the brake pedal, and at least one further sensor for detecting an actuating force, which is arranged on a rear side of the brake pedal when considered in a plan view of an actuating surface of the brake pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: ZF Active Safety GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Beuerle, Marcus Janson
  • Patent number: 12024144
    Abstract: Aspects hereof relate to a stand-on terrain working vehicle having a foot-operated parking brake system. The parking brake system includes a pedal assembly having a first pedal and a second pedal, an actuator coupled to the pedal assembly, a brake configured to be actuated between a set/engaged state and a released/disengaged state, and an over-center linkage. When the first pedal of the pedal assembly is depressed, the brake is actuated to the set/engaged state, and when the second pedal of the pedal assembly is depressed, the brake is actuated to the released/disengaged state. The over-center linkage is configured to bias the brake towards one of the set/engaged state and the released/disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Excel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Funk, Robert C. Esau, Brian L. Nebel
  • Patent number: 12024143
    Abstract: A brake pedal module for a brake-by-wire brake system of a vehicle is disclosed, having a carrier component for securing the brake pedal module on the vehicle, a brake pedal pivotably mounted on the carrier component, and a damping unit for producing a resistance during actuation of the brake pedal. The damping unit has an insert, which comprises at least one elastic element. A receptacle for the insert is formed on the carrier component, which receptacle forms a housing of the damping unit and into which the insert is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: ZF Active Safety GmbH
    Inventors: Marcus Janson, Christoph Beuerle, Peter Polke
  • Patent number: 12024017
    Abstract: A selection controller for manual selection of an operating mode and/or operating characteristics of an audio control device is disposed within an interior of a vehicle. The selection controller includes a selector element that is designed to allow a user to make the manual selection. The selecting element can be arranged at least in a first position that is not elevated from a control surface of the audio control device and in a second position that is elevated from the control surface of the audio control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jakob Rohr
  • Patent number: 12018744
    Abstract: The invention relates to improvements in the technical sector of actuators. To this end, the actuator, inter alia, is proposed, the actuator housing of which has at least one stage, on which at least one functional surface is formed with at least one access to the actuator housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: AUMA Riester GmBH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Robert Achinger, Rudolf Morlang
  • Patent number: 12013715
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foot pedal switch structure for reducing foot fatigue caused by pressing the foot pedal switch that comprises a body, a pedal, and a support pad. The body has a holding space; a pivot shaft is located in each left and right outer side in the rear area thereof separately; and the rear bottom side of the body has a joint unit. The pedal has a pivot hole located in each left and right side separately, wherein the pivot holes are placed over the pivot shafts of the body; the pedal is placed over and covers the holding space of the body. The support pad has a connecting plate extended therefrom, wherein the connecting plate is connected with the joint unit of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: E Sew Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Denny Wung
  • Patent number: 12005816
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a dual release actuator for a vehicle seat according to the present disclosure, since the first latch release cable and the second latch release cable are disposed on one side of the worm wheel gear and the third latch release cable is disposed on another side of the worm wheel gear, the walk-in latch and the folder-lock latch may be simultaneously released using the first latch release cable and the second latch release cable without connecting a separate distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: DAS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sung Won Kang, In Yong Park, Ji Haeng Jung, Kwang Sin Lee, Kwang Su Moon, Jae Yong Lee, Ju Youl Kim
  • Patent number: 12007015
    Abstract: Present embodiments relate to a differential case. More specifically, but without limitation, present embodiments relate to a differential case which will function with differential components of two sizes and a rear axle housing of a different intended size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Holley Performance Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle G. Tucker, Jeffery D. Horton, Christopher R. Stein-Martin, Rodney M. Sanderson
  • Patent number: 11994204
    Abstract: A gear assembly for an aeronautical engine includes a first gear disposed at a centerline axis of the gear assembly, a second gear coupled to the first gear in adjacent radial arrangement to form a first mesh between the first gear and the second gear, a static portion coupled to the second gear in adjacent circumferential arrangement, the static portion defining a pocket, and a spraybar disposed within the static portion such that a supply opening of the spraybar is directed at the first mesh between the first gear and the second gear. The supply opening provides a flow of lubricant to the first mesh between the first gear and the second gear and at least a portion of the flow of lubricant is collected by the pocket. The flow of lubricant is continuously released from the pocket to the gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: GE AVIO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Pietro Molesini, Saypen Baraggia Au Yeung, Miriam Manzoni
  • Patent number: 11994202
    Abstract: During operation of a wet-running gearbox, vapours and/or air can arise in a housing of the gearbox, which can increase an internal pressure in the housing and thus can influence the operating safety of the gearbox. The problem addressed by the invention is that of creating a gearing unit, which is distinguished by an advantageous arrangement of a venting device. To this end, a gearing unit 1 for a drive assembly is specified having: a gearing device 4 for converting a drive torque of the drive assembly, the gearing device 4 having an input shaft 8, and the input shaft 8 defining a main axis H; a gearing housing 2 for accommodating the gearing device 4, the gearing housing 2 defining an accommodation space 3 for the gearing device 4; and a venting device 10 for venting the accommodation space 3, the venting device 10 being mounted on the gearing housing 2, wherein the venting device 10 is arranged coaxially with the main axis H and on an axial end face of the input shaft 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bastian Rupp, Jochen Loeffelmann
  • Patent number: 11994203
    Abstract: A housing part and drive system for a vehicle, including a housing part, having a service access for the actuation of at least one screw that is arranged in the interior of a housing assigned to the housing part. The housing part has an insert is fitted into a provided opening and in which at least one receiving slot is provided, which at least one receiving slot is open at an inner end and advantageously projects over a screw head of one of the at least one screw and is closed at an outer end by a detachable sealing plug. The receiving slot is advantageously dimensioned so as to serve as a guide for a screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventor: Robert Nickel
  • Patent number: 11994191
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a planetary roller screw having: a nut arranged on a threaded spindle and divided crosswise to a spindle axis into two nut parts; planetary rollers arranged between the threaded spindle and the nut distributed over the circumference, the planetary rollers intermeshing with the nut parts and with the threaded spindle; a rotatingly driven planetary roller carrier arranged on the threaded spindle, in pockets of which, arranged distributed over the circumference, the planetary rollers are mounted, held at a distance in the circumferential direction, so as to be rotatable about the planetary roller axis; and a housing in which the planetary roller carrier is rotatably mounted. A pre-loading device is provided in order to adjust an axial pre-load between the housing and the planetary rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sebastian Weis, Waldemar Heier, Peter Keller
  • Patent number: 11987282
    Abstract: Detection device for a steering wheel of a vehicle, said device being configured to detect contact or proximity of a person with or to the steering wheel, comprising sensors, of which there are only three, of which: a first sensor (21) is intended to be arranged on a left-hand half of a first face of the steering wheel, a second sensor (22) is intended to be arranged on a right-hand half of said first face of the steering wheel, and a third sensor (23) is intended to be arranged on a second face opposed to said first face of the steering wheel, and said first face is a rear face of the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Autoliv Development AB
    Inventors: Pierre Sabourin, Nathalie Potel-Charlette, Laurent Groleau
  • Patent number: 11988275
    Abstract: A differential assembly including a differential housing supporting at least a first shaft having a first gearwheel, the differential housing designed to be connected to a lubricant supply, and a rolling bearing for mounting the first shaft. A cover is fixed to the differential housing and fixes the rolling bearing to the differential housing. A circumferential first lubricant channel is formed in the differential housing on a first side of the rolling bearing. A circumferential second lubricant channel is formed between the cover and the rolling bearing on a second side of the rolling bearing. An inner third lubricant channel is formed in the differential housing and extends from the second lubricant channel within a wall of the differential housing as far as an inner side of the differential housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Tobias Steiner
  • Patent number: 11986915
    Abstract: A rotary table device includes a table provided on one end-side of a main shaft rotatably supported in a frame; and a drive transmission mechanism transmit rotation of an output shaft of a drive motor to the main shaft and including a drive transmission member and accommodated in an accommodation space formed in the frame. The table is supported with respect to the frame by a bearing provided between a lower surface of the table and an upper surface of the frame, and a space is provided between the lower surface of the table and the upper surface of the frame. The frame is provided with a communication passage configured so that the space and the accommodation space communicate with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: TSUDAKOMA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Nitta, Junichiro Ishizaki
  • Patent number: 11986956
    Abstract: A joint according to one aspect of the disclosure includes: a joint body having an input gear meshing with a speed reduction mechanism, the joint body receiving an output shaft of a motor detachably coupled to the joint body; a motor flange disposed between the speed reduction mechanism and the motor and rotatably supporting the joint body; and an intermediate flange connecting between the motor flange and the motor. At least one fixing member for fixing the joint body and the output shaft to each other is provided at at least one position in the joint body that overlaps with the intermediate flange as viewed from a radial direction. The intermediate flange is formed as an annulus surrounding the joint body by a plurality of split pieces that can be split in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Koji Nakamura, Shinji Inoue
  • Patent number: 11987126
    Abstract: An adjustment device for activating or deactivating at least one of a driver assistance system and a driver assistance mode for autonomous driving in a vehicle may include a push-button. The push-button may be configured to select at least one of the driver assistance system and the driver assistance mode upon rotation of the push-button. The push button may also be configured to activate or deactivate at least one of the driver assistance system and the driver assistance mode upon linear movement of the push-button due to a pushing action by an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: SIGNATA GMBH
    Inventors: Andreas Jauch, Christian Jansen
  • Patent number: 11986928
    Abstract: The present invention relates broadly to pawl mechanism for a tool, such as a ratchet wrench. The pawl mechanism includes first and second pawls that are selectively engageable with a drive gear to provide first and second rotational drive directions. Each of the first and second pawls includes an outwardly protruding hook type projections that engage respective recesses or grooves in a pawl carrier to operably couple the pawl carrier to the first and second pawls. The pawl carrier includes first and second pawl pockets that receive the respective first and second pawls. The pawl carrier also includes first and second recesses or grooves proximate to the respective first and second pawl pockets, and that receive the hook type projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: Snap-on Incorporated
    Inventor: David T. Ross