Patents Examined by Tisha D Lewis
  • Patent number: 11186284
    Abstract: A control device performs upshifting in a state in which an operating point of a rotating electrical machine for outputting requirement-based torque at wheel-based rotational speed falls within an operable range of the rotating electrical machine both before and after shifting a shift speed by the upshifting, and in which before shifting the shift speed, output torque from the rotating electrical machine is less than or equal to determination torque (T1), the wheel-based rotational speed being rotational speed of the rotating electrical machine based on rotational speed (V) of a wheel, the requirement-based torque being output torque from the rotating electrical machine based on required wheel transmission torque, and the determination torque (T1) being torque obtained by subtracting an amount of increased torque (?Tmg) resulting from torque increase control from maximum torque (Tmax) that can be outputted from the rotating electrical machine at the wheel-based rotational speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryo Watanabe, Yasuyuki Sato, Kenta Kimata, Takuro Iwase, Junichiro Ohtsubo
  • Patent number: 11187319
    Abstract: A method for learning a reference position of a DCT gear motor is proposed. The method includes: a first voltage supply step of supplying voltage to the motor to allow the motor to rotate to a stored reference point; a second voltage supply step of repeating a process that increases the level of the voltage supplied to the motor to a higher level than the level of the voltage applied in the first voltage supply step and decreases the level, wherein the voltage is supplied to the motor to gradually increase the level thereof; a step of monitoring a position change of the motor; a step of stopping voltage supply to the motor when a temporary position change is generated in the motor to remove the temporary position change; and a step of setting the current position of the motor as a new reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Hyundai Kefico Corporation
    Inventors: Nam Hun Kim, Tae Su Kim
  • Patent number: 11187318
    Abstract: A vehicle includes an engine; a continuously variable transmission; an output clutch disposed between the continuously variable transmission and the drive wheel; a drive motor coupled between the output clutch and the drive wheel; a traveling mode controller; and a speed ratio controller. In a case where required driving power based on an accelerator position is less than a first threshold, the traveling mode controller switches a traveling mode to a first traveling mode. In a case where the required driving power is equal to or greater than the first threshold, the traveling mode controller switches the traveling mode to a second traveling mode. In a case where the required driving power is less than the first threshold and equal to or greater than a second threshold, the speed ratio controller causes a speed ratio of the continuously variable transmission to change depending on a vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Inventors: Satoshi Inoue, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Takuya Machida
  • Patent number: 11167765
    Abstract: Provided is a wheel loader in which the speed position of the transmission can be easily changed with a small number of switches. The wheel loader 1 includes a tilting angle sensor 9 for detecting the tilting angle of the vehicle body. In case that the vehicle body is traveling on an uphill or a downhill with a transmission 33 in a higher speed position than the lowest speed position, and the tilting angle detected by the tilting angle sensor 9 is not smaller than a prescribed threshold value, a transmission control device 45 sends the transmission 33 a command to downshift the transmission 33 one speed position by each operation of a shiftdown switch 62.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventors: Keisuke Naitou, Ryou Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11168672
    Abstract: A mounting of an intermediate shaft of a gearbox includes a gear element disposed between a first shaft end and a second shaft end of the intermediate shaft. A first radial bearing is disposed at the first shaft end of the intermediate shaft, a second radial bearing is disposed at the second shaft end of the intermediate shaft, a first axial bearing is disposed at the first shaft end of the intermediate shaft, and a second axial bearing is disposed at the second shaft end of the intermediate shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: FLENDER GMBH
    Inventor: Thomas Meyer
  • Patent number: 11162582
    Abstract: A control system for a power transmission unit configured to shift an operating mode smoothly by manipulating engagement devices, and to simplify a structure of the power transmission unit. The control system is configured to reduce a speed difference between an axially stationary engagement element and a reciprocatable engagement element of a second engagement device when shifting from a first continuously variable mode to a second continuously variable mode by engaging the second engagement device. After the second engagement device has been engaged completely, a first engagement device is disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventors: Tatsuya Imamura, Hiroaki Ebuchi, Hiroyuki Shioiri, Takahito Endo, Hidekazu Nagai, Yoichiro Isami, Hirotsugu Yoshino, Hiroki Yasui
  • Patent number: 11155165
    Abstract: A power-takeoff (PTO) unit for a work vehicle includes a planetary gear driven by an engine of the work vehicle; a PTO spline connected in power transmission to the planetary gear and defining a gear ratio; a hydrostatic transmission driven by the planetary gear to control the gear ratio; a pressure sensor unit for sensing a differential pressure across a loop of the hydrostatic transmission; and a control unit. The control unit is configured to calculate a differential pressure in the loop from a calibration mathematical model representing an unloaded functioning of the PTO spline. The control unit is also configured to calculate a PTO spline torque from a further mathematical model. The model is based on the pressure drop, on pressure signals from the sensor unit, and on kinematic or hydraulic factors of the planetary gear and the hydrostatic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Alessandro Benevelli, Marco Pietro Ciarrocchi
  • Patent number: 11149839
    Abstract: In at least some implementations, an automotive driveline unit includes a main housing having an interior and a first reservoir in the interior arranged to collect lubricant, the main housing also having a feed passage that is open to the first reservoir, a gear located within the interior and having a periphery arranged in the first reservoir so that rotation of the gear causes the gear to engage and displace some of the lubricant from the first reservoir, and a second housing carried by the main housing. A second reservoir is defined between the main housing and the second housing, the second reservoir is communicated with the first reservoir via the feed passage and includes multiple, spaced apart outlets through which lubricant exits the second reservoir at different locations to provide lubricant to different areas of the interior of the main housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: GKN Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Anders Jansson, Brent M. Peura, Robert Pettersson, Daniel Lindberg
  • Patent number: 11149847
    Abstract: A power transmission device in an automatic transmission includes a friction tightening element (a second brake) having a drum member, and a transmission path constituent member (a third ring gear) coupled to the drum member via a coupling part extending circumferentially along the drum member, the drum member having low-rigidity parts (long holes) provided at a plurality of circumferential positions on the drum member in at least one of portions radially outside and inside the coupling part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Sasaki, Masamichi Fujikawa, Kazuhiro Yamada, Kensuke Ueda, Sayaka Katayama, Yasuo Miura, Takeyuki Tanaka, Hirokazu Kouno, Takashi Miyamoto, Ryohei Hanamure, Siyuan Tao
  • Patent number: 11149833
    Abstract: An electric drive module that includes a housing, a pair of drive units and a coupling unit. The drive units are disposed in the housing and each drive unit includes a motor unit and a friction brake. The motor unit has a stator, which is non-rotatably coupled to the housing, and a rotor that is rotatable about a motor axis and configured to drive a wheel of a vehicle. The friction brake has a first portion, which is non-rotatably coupled to the housing, and a second portion that is drivingly coupled to the rotor. The friction brake can be operated to create a rotational drag force that resists rotation of the second portion relative to the first portion. The coupling unit is configured to selectively rotatably couple the second portions of the friction brakes to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Maguire, Paul Diemer, Hakan Yilmaz
  • Patent number: 11148656
    Abstract: In a hybrid vehicle, when the engine is started and caused to make a transition from a stopped state into an operating state, the control device performs an operation control of the rotary machine and an output control of the engine to increase the rotation speed of the engine so that the rotation speed reaches a target rotation speed after the transition of the engine into the operating state, determined by the shifting control, and during increasing the rotation speed, when suppression conditions further including a condition that a vehicle speed is equal to or lower than a predetermined vehicle speed, and a condition that an output request amount by a driver is smaller than a predetermined output request amount, are satisfied, the control device suppresses an increase rate of the rotation speed until a predetermined time elapses from an initiation of starting of the engine as compared with when the suppression conditions are not satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Yasutaka Tsuchida, Takahiro Kimura
  • Patent number: 11143293
    Abstract: A power train device for a vehicle is provided with a selector valve that is switched between a first state in which oil discharged from an electric oil pump is able to be supplied as a hydraulic fluid to an engagement hydraulic chamber of a vehicle-starting frictional engagement element, and a second state in which the oil is able to be supplied as a lubricating oil to the vehicle-starting frictional engagement element through a first lubricating oil supply circuit, depending on a magnitude of a discharge pressure of a mechanical oil pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Keitaro Kageyama, Shotaro Nagai, Takashi Ishiyama, Takuya Sugisawa
  • Patent number: 11137023
    Abstract: A roller and cage assembly (1) includes a roller (2) and a cage (3). The cage has a plurality of annular portions (30), a plurality of pillars (31) that couple the plurality of annular portions, and a pocket (40) formed between adjacent pillars. The pillars include a protrusion (35) that protrudes from a side wall surface towards the pocket and contacts the roller, which side wall surface configures the pocket, and within the protrusion, a plane facing the roller in a circumferential direction has a first plane (36), and a second plane (37) connecting to the first plane, the first plane being a flat plane, and the second plane being a curved plane, or a flat plane inclined against the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Masaru Tsuchiya, Rino Fukami
  • Patent number: 11137069
    Abstract: A motor vehicle transmission, particularly a multistage transmission, includes at least one switchgear unit which includes two coupling elements. An actuator actuates the switchgear unit and an open-loop and/or closed-loop control unit controls the actuator. An inductive connector unit connects the open-loop and/or closed-loop control unit to the actuator and supplies the actuator with electric energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventor: Peter Appeltauer
  • Patent number: 11130411
    Abstract: A hybrid powertrain system and method includes a prime mover driving a generator/motor to produce an AC power output. The AC power output is applied to a rectifier which is controlled to transform the applied AC power to DC power to supply a DC Power bus at a selected voltage and current. An energy storage device is also connected to the DC power bus and the current flow between the energy storage device and the DC power bus is monitored and compared to preselected values and the results of that comparison are used to alter the operation of the rectifier to increase or decrease, as needed, the current provided to the DC power bus as electrical loads on the DC power bus change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Matthew McRoberts, Joseph Kinsella, John Biskey, Carl Engelmann
  • Patent number: 11131249
    Abstract: A device includes a central sun gear with a rotation axis X, a ring gear extending about the axis X and the sun gear, and a planetary carrier supporting an annular row of planet gears arranged between the sun gear and the ring gear. Each of the planet gears may be rotationally guided by at least one bearing extending about a tubular support with an axis Y of the planetary carrier. The tubular support includes an inner cavity for receiving oil and substantially radial through-orifices for the passage of oil from the inner cavity to the at least one bearing. The least one bearing may include two bearings mounted coaxially and adjacently around the support. The bearings may include cages with substantially similar diameters of which the facing peripheral edges are shaped to guide the oil supplying the bearings radially outwards with respect to the axis Y.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Jean-Charles Michel Pierre Di Giovanni, Adrien Louis Simon
  • Patent number: 11131365
    Abstract: A reducer includes a fixed housing, a rotation housing, and multi-stage planetary gear mechanisms. The fixed housing contains a motor in the fixed housing. The rotation housing is rotatably supported by the fixed housing via a bearing at an outer surface of a one-end wall of the fixed housing. The multi-stage planetary gear mechanisms are configured to decelerate a rotation of the motor and transmit the rotation that has been decelerated to the rotation housing. The multi-stage planetary gear mechanisms include a final-stage planetary gear mechanism located at a downstream position in a direction in which motive power is transmitted. The final-stage planetary gear mechanism include a planetary gear rotatably supported by a planetary gear shaft that is supported at one end of the planetary gear shaft by the one-end wall of the fixed housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Noriyuki Yamagishi, Koji Kiyooka
  • Patent number: 11125321
    Abstract: A gear shift control device for an automatic transmission device includes a transmission including an output unit setting and outputting a target value of the hydraulic pressure to the hydraulic control device. The output unit, when the shift stage is changed from a shift stage to another, increases the target value for a first friction coupling portion in the decoupled state in the shift stage to a first value, reduces to a second value, increases to a third value after the value is reduced to the second value, sets to a fourth value after the value is increased to the third value, and sets to a fifth value after the target value is set to the fourth value, and the output unit sets the fourth value according to magnitude of input torque to the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Koji Harada, Futoshi Hattori, Kenji Aoki
  • Patent number: 11125200
    Abstract: A control method for a Start Stop Coasting (SSC) function and an Stop and Go (ISG) function of a manual transmission vehicle includes: determining, by a controller, whether an SSC activation condition is satisfied based on vehicle running state information; stopping, by the controller, an engine and disengaging a clutch to activate the SSC function when the controller determines that the SSC activation condition is satisfied; determining, by the controller, whether a first ISG operation is satisfied based on the vehicle running state information in the state that the SSC function is activated; and deactivating, by the controller, the SSC function and activating the ISG function when the controller determines that the first ISG operation condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventors: Jung Hwan Bang, Jun Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 11117459
    Abstract: A hybrid drivetrain for a hybrid-drive vehicle, including an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, the force output shaft of which alternatingly acts either on a first input shaft or on a coaxial second input shaft of a dual clutch transmission via two separating clutches of a dual clutch, wherein a respective first and second sub-transmission can be activated using the input shafts, and wherein fixed and idler gears are arranged in wheel planes on the two input shafts and a common axially parallel output shaft and are combined into gear sets which form gear stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Steffen Hummel