Patents Examined by Tony Winner
  • Patent number: 9878734
    Abstract: An electric power steering apparatus according to the present invention is characterized in that a motor frame (20), a housing (25) and a plate (21) are integrally formed in such a way as to be concentric with an output axle (28) of a motor (11) and in that at least one of the motor frame (20), the housing (25), and the plate (21) is formed of magnesium or magnesium alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kohei Ushio, Yoshihito Asao, Satoru Akutsu, Akihiko Mori
  • Patent number: 9878748
    Abstract: A drive unit for a tracked vehicle includes a track support beam, at least one drive wheel, a set of support wheels and an endless track, the drive wheel being arranged to drive the endless track running over the drive wheel and the set of support wheels. The drive wheel and the support wheels are rotatably attached in the track support beam. The drive unit further includes and electric motor attached to the drive wheel and integrated in the track support beam, and a support beam integrated lubrication system having a pump unit arranged for pressurized supply of lubricant to parts of the drive unit in need of lubrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS HÄGGLUNDS AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventors: Björn Hellholm, Jens Wågberg, Niclas Jonsson
  • Patent number: 9878587
    Abstract: A robotic body includes a first section and a second section. The first section includes a first wheel, and the second section includes a second wheel. A coupling assembly couples the first section and the second section. The coupled first section and second section are movable together via operation of the wheels. The coupling assembly includes a housing defining an interior chamber, a spindle disposed in the interior chamber of the housing, and a bearing device disposed in the interior chamber and between the housing and the spindle. The bearing device allows the spindle to rotate inside the interior chamber and relative to the housing. The first section is coupled to the housing and the second section is coupled to the spindle. The first section rotates relative to the second section according to a rotation between the spindle and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: John Zevenbergen
  • Patent number: 9873485
    Abstract: A snow vehicle is disclosed comprising a vehicle frame, a propulsion unit coupled to the frame, and a front ski steered by a steering mechanism. The front of the vehicle includes a first front suspension and a second front suspension coupled to the ski. The rear suspension includes a bumper assembly preventing bottoming out of the rear suspension. The rear suspension is coupled to the vehicle frame such that the longitudinal spacing between the vehicle frame and rear suspension is adjustably controllable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Allen M. Mangum, Justin R. York
  • Patent number: 9868481
    Abstract: A fifth wheel hitch plate assembly adapted to be mounted to a vehicle frame includes a hitch plate component coupled to the frame by a vertical lift component. In one implementation, the vertical lift component includes at least four linkages that are pivotally connected to the hitch plate component and pivotally connected to the vehicle frame, wherein the four linkages operate, together with one or actuating members, to elevate a fifth wheel hitch plate assembly in a vertical or substantially vertical path, i.e., a path substantially perpendicular to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ring-Co Transit, LLC
    Inventors: Chad A. Ringer, Jarrett D. Waters
  • Patent number: 9840301
    Abstract: A cargo cycle includes a frame, a plurality of wheels and a rider seat assembled on the frame, and a passenger compartment supported on the frame. The passenger compartment includes a plurality of side walls and at least one passenger seat disposed inwards of the side walls. The passenger seat has a plurality of reclining positions reclined at different angles relative to the side walls. The passenger seat includes a back support and a seat portion. The back support has a folded orientation in which it is folded down parallel to the seat portion and forms a cover of the passenger compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Taga Bikes Ltd
    Inventors: Hagai Barak, Amit Barak, Michael Heimann, Oron Lazarovich
  • Patent number: 9815508
    Abstract: The dumpster moving apparatus is a device capable of providing motorized assistance for moving large containers such as refuse dumpsters. The apparatus includes an enclosure containing a motor and having a pair of wheel assemblies. The electric motor is operatively coupled to the wheel assemblies to provide the motorized assistance for moving the container. The motor includes a transmission to provide for both forward and rearward variable-speed motion. A rechargeable battery pack and a control module supply electrical power and a control means to the motor. A tongue and hitch ball extend from a front portion of the enclosure to engage the container during a moving operation. In one (1) embodiment, the apparatus can include associated bracketry for removable connection of the device to a trash collection vehicle when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Bryan W. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 9809070
    Abstract: An improved drop hitch apparatus has at least one hitch plate for coupling to a portion of a hitch assembly of a trailer, a support assembly for supporting the hitch assemblies of a trailer and a towing vehicle, and a mounting assembly for mounting the apparatus to at least a portion of a hitch assembly of a towing vehicle. The drop hitch apparatus is useful as a height adjustment adapter to couple a trailer and a towing vehicle when the trailer has a hitch assembly lower than that of the towing vehicle's hitch assembly. The mounting assembly has a mounting shelf, a mounting bar, a stability member. The support assembly has an upstanding support plate and an upstanding shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Wright
  • Patent number: 9802667
    Abstract: A vehicle includes left and right main frames that may have their front ends connected to a head pipe, and may be disposed such that the distance between the left and right main frames is progressively greater in a rearward direction. The left and right main frames may be connected to each other by an upper plate-like member, and the upper plate-like member may have a front edge spaced rearwardly from the head pipe and have left and right ends welded respectively to the left and right main frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Ishida, Masao Akieda
  • Patent number: 9796436
    Abstract: A track link assembly is disclosed. The track link assembly may have a left link pair having left links. The left links may be disposed in-line with each other and separated by a left link gap. The track link assembly may also have a right link pair having right links. The right links may be disposed in-line with each other and separated by a right link gap. The right link pair may be disposed opposite the left link pair. The track link assembly may have at least one pin configured to pivotably connect the left link pair and the right link pair. The left link gap may be offset from the right link gap relative to an axis of the at least one pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Eric James Johannsen
  • Patent number: 9789900
    Abstract: A modular steering system is adapted to be installed in a vehicle. The vehicle includes a steering column. The modular steering system includes an input unit, a first output unit, and a second output unit. The input unit includes an input shaft that extends along a first axis, that is adapted to be connected to the steering column, and that is adapted to be driven rotatably by the steering column about the first axis. The first output unit includes a first output shaft that extends along and is rotatable about a second axis parallel to the first axis. The second output unit includes a second output shaft that extends along and is rotatable about a third axis. The second axis and the third axis cooperatively define an angle therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Automotive Research & Testing Center
    Inventors: Hsien-Yu Kuo, Chih-Jung Yeh
  • Patent number: 9789916
    Abstract: A pneumatic tank trailer includes a carriage and a tank supported on the trailer that can selectively discharge fluidizable material through hoppers of the tank. A nose portion of the trailer has a generally conical shape. The nose portion has a top that slopes downward and sides that taper inward as it extends forward. A cross-sectional center point of a front end of the nose portion is lower than a cross-sectional center point of a rear end of the nose portion along the height of the trailer. The length of the nose portion is at least 15% of the length of the trailer. Adjacent hoppers intersect at hopper crotches. The hopper crotches have short heights and the hoppers are arranged relatively close together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Racehorse Investments, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Frank J. Beelman, III, David Smith
  • Patent number: 9777776
    Abstract: A joint structure includes first and second engagement members, and an elastic member. The first engagement member includes a first body and a first engagement claw. The second engagement member includes a second body and a second engagement claw. The elastic member is disposed between the first and second engagement portions in a circumferential direction. When a relative rotation angle between the first and second engagement members is less than a predetermined angle, the first and second engagement claws are not in direct contact with each other in the circumferential direction, and a rotational force is transmitted through the elastic member while the elastic member is being elastically deformed. When the relative rotation angle is equal to the predetermined angle, the first and second engagement claws are in direct contact with each other in the circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SHOWA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Kogure
  • Patent number: 9764610
    Abstract: A hitch ball with a locking bail for use with gooseneck hitch assemblies. The hitch ball includes a hitch ball body having a ball-mount on a first end. A second end forms a base that is insertable into a mating receiver mounted in a tow vehicle. A locking bail is pivotably coupled to the hitch ball body and is moveable from an unlocked orientation overlying the ball-mount to a locked orientation extending generally transversely to the hitch ball body. The locking bail is configured to function as a handle when in the unlocked orientation to provide a clean and easily graspable structure for handling and installing the hitch ball in a tow vehicle. The locking bail prevents coupling of a trailer or hitch assembly with the hitch ball when in the unlocked orientation and provides a visual indication of the locked or unlocked state of the hitch ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: B & W CUSTOM TRUCK BEDS, INC.
    Inventors: Travis M. McCall, Anthony J. Works
  • Patent number: 9764638
    Abstract: A power transfer unit for a front wheel drive (FWD) vehicle includes a housing, a rear wheel drive gear shaft having a first end section configured to be selectively connected to a FWD transmission, a second end section including a gear member, an intermediate drive shaft having a first end configured to be operatively connected to the FWD transmission, a second end configured to be connected to a front wheel, and an intermediate portion having a gear element. A locking member is mounted to one of the rear wheel drive gear shaft and the intermediate shaft. The locking member is selectively shiftable between a first position, wherein the intermediate drive shaft is independent of the rear wheel drive gear shaft, and a second position wherein the gear member is operatively connected to the gear element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: William J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9758133
    Abstract: A vehicle lifting and parking aid system having sidewinder wheel units mounted on the axles between the brakes and the spindle of each wheel of a vehicle controlled from a control module located within the vehicle is disclosed. In the deployed position, each sidewinder unit is against the ground surface and lifts the vehicle approximately 0.5? off the ground. Using joysticks on a control module located within the vehicle, the user is able to operate, i.e. direct, the sidewinders to the left or right at different variations in speed whereby the vehicle is moved to the left or right by way of a rotating gear train.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Don A. Mistrot, Richard P. Duffield
  • Patent number: 9757978
    Abstract: A universal traction device for movement over even and uneven supporting surfaces that includes an all-terrain wheel having a circular wheel assembly with a plurality of spoke-containing components arrayed around an outer perimeter wheel edge and control means for extending spokes from the spoke-containing units when encountering an obstacle that the vehicle is to traverse and retracting the spokes when the spokes are no longer required for traversing the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Emigh
  • Patent number: 9751738
    Abstract: A steering system for an industrial truck includes a first wheel set configured to be hydraulically steerable, a second wheel set configured to be hydraulically steerable, a first hydraulic linear motor connected to the first wheel set, and a second hydraulic linear motor connected to the second wheel set. The first hydraulic linear motor is provided as a first synchronizing cylinder. The second hydraulic linear motor is provided as a second synchronizing cylinder. The first synchronizing cylinder and the second synchronizing cylinder are operatively connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: HUBTEX MASCHINENBAU GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Juergen Keller
  • Patent number: 9744987
    Abstract: According to one exemplary embodiment of the present invention a worm shaft subassembly for supporting a worm shaft is provided. The worm shaft has a worm shaft radial load, a worm shaft axial load, and a worm shaft axial travel. The worm shaft subassembly includes at least one damping member to support the worm shaft axial load. The at least one damping member has at least one damping member axial load. The at least one damping member limits the worm shaft axial travel. The worm shaft subassembly also includes a bearing to support the worm shaft radial load and the at least one damping member axial load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brad S. Sundholm, Jason Rutkiewicz, Nik Von Matt, Steve Klein, Donald J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9744095
    Abstract: An improved walker has a detachable propulsion unit, which is attached to the walker by a platform member which extends forwardly from the propulsion unit, with an upwardly extending walker structure partially attached to the platform member. The user steps onto the propulsion unit while support on either side by the handles of the walker. The platform member is so attached to the propulsion unit as to allow a left section and a right section of the propulsion unit to be independently movable with respect to one another, thereby allowing operation of the propulsion unit. The propulsion unit may be a hover board or power board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Angelo L. Mazzei, Javier Bustamante