Patents Examined by Vicky A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11186965
    Abstract: An excavator pedal valve, including: a body part in which a flow path for controlling forward and backward traveling is formed in a front and a rear of an interior in a vertical direction; a cam part provided at an upper end of the body part and provided so as to be rotatable in a forward direction and a rear direction with respect to a central axis by driving of a pedal; a rod part provided in each of a front lower portion and a rear lower portion of the cam part to apply force in a vertical direction along the flow path of the body part; and a return elastic part provided in a lower portion of the rod part to return the rod part upward. A rotation part is formed at a lower portion of the cam part having a contact surface with the rod part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: YOUNG DONG TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan Heon Yoon, Chul Ki Song
  • Patent number: 11180900
    Abstract: A pedal operation switching mechanism can switch a foot pedal to any movement pattern of three movement patterns of a front/rear step pattern of being capable of the operation of depressing a front side of the foot pedal from a neutral position of a rotational part of a pilot valve and of being capable of the operation of depressing a rear side of the foot pedal from the neutral position of the rotational part, a front step limit pattern of being capable of the operation of depressing only the front side of the foot pedal from the neutral position of the rotational part, and a fixing pattern of fixing the movement of the foot pedal in the neutral position of the rotational part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Daisuke Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11162558
    Abstract: A torsional vibration damper in which collision noise resulting from collision of a rolling member against a rotary member is reduced. The torsional vibration damper comprises a restriction mechanism that establishes a restriction force in a direction to restrict the relative rotation between the rotary member and the inertia body, when the rolling member centrifugally pushed onto a raceway surface is pushed radially inwardly by the raceway surface toward a radially inner limit position of a guide section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Taiki Nakamura, Hideyuki Nishida
  • Patent number: 11162547
    Abstract: A clutch-by-wire system includes a clutch lever body (60) which is operated by an occupant, a knocker (70) which engages with the clutch lever body (60) and rotates around a rotation axis (O), a reactive force generation device (130) which engages with the knocker (70) and generates an operation reactive force on the clutch lever body (60), and a rotation sensor (160) which detects a rotation angle of the knocker (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Shimizu, Kuniaki Wakamatsu, Yoshinobu Shiomi
  • Patent number: 11162578
    Abstract: A shift device for a vehicle includes: a shift body that is moved and whose shift position is changed to a plurality of shift positions; a moving unit that moves the shift body; and a restricting body that restricts movement of the shift body by the moving unit at a predetermined shift position among the plurality of shift positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Naomi Asahina, Yutaka Inamura, Kenji Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 11160627
    Abstract: A surgical tool includes a drive housing having an input shaft arranged therein for rotation, a shaft extending from the drive housing and having an end effector arranged at a distal end thereof, and a drive cable extending within the shaft and operatively coupled to the end effector. A cable band is coupled to the input shaft and operatively couples the input shaft to the drive cable, and an idler pulley is rotatably mounted within the drive housing, the cable band being routed at least partially around the idler pulley. Rotation of the input shaft moves the cable band and thereby controls longitudinal movement of the drive cable to articulate the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Cilag GmbH International
    Inventors: Eric Adams, John Evans
  • Patent number: 11148701
    Abstract: A steering wheel of a motor vehicle, with a hub arranged parallel to a longitudinal axis, and with a segment of a steering wheel rim comprising a rim portion. The rim portion is attached to the first spoke, which is attached to the hub, and the rim portion is attached to a second spoke, which is attached to the hub in a manner rotatable about a pivot axis running parallel to the longitudinal axis and offset in relation thereto. A steering device of a motor vehicle comprising a steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Coburg
    Inventor: Denis Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11148702
    Abstract: A damper structure provided in a steering wheel of a vehicle to be able to achieve an improved effect of reducing vibration in a low frequency region and structurally prevent noise generation. The damper structure includes a plate member which faces the steering wheel and to which an airbag module is to be attached, an insulator attached to the plate member, a connector inserted into the insulator and having one end fixed to the steering wheel to be oscillated by vibration of the steering wheel, an elastic member surrounding the connector in the insulator, a ring provided with the elastic member to transmit the oscillation of the connector to the elastic member, a stopper provided around another end of the connector to face the elastic member, and a coil spring which brings the elastic member of the insulator into pressure contact with the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: AUTOLIV DEVELOPMENT AB, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Ikeda, Shoma Fushimi, Eisuke Kurata, Yosuke Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 11148700
    Abstract: A steering wheel assembly for a vehicle includes a support member connectable to a vehicle steering column. A steering wheel has first and second rim portions that are pivotable about at least one pivot axis between a steering position and a folded position. At least one gear drive is rotatable relative to the support member and operably connected to the first and second rim portions. Rotation of the gear drive causes each of the first and second rim portions to pivot about the at least one pivot axis between the steering and folded positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignees: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC., ZF AUTOMOTIVE SAFETY GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias Helmstetter, Jeff Harvey, Christopher Baucher, Marco Tumminello, Christopher Staab
  • Patent number: 11142236
    Abstract: A rake lever assembly for a steering column is provided. The steering column is adjustable in an unlocked position of the rake lever assembly and is in a fixed position in a locked position of the rake lever assembly. The rake lever assembly includes a rake lever, the lever being rotatable for moving the clamping arrangement between the locked position and the unlocked position. The rake lever assembly also includes a metal stamping press fit to the rake lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Randy W. Jones, Michael P. Anspaugh, Robert W. Dubay
  • Patent number: 11143277
    Abstract: Rotor hubs described herein include a frustoconical body having a base, a frustum, and a longitudinal axis extending therebetween, and a plurality of elongated protrusions spaced about a circumference of the base and extending from the base parallel to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Helix Power Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew L. Lazarewicz, Eric R. Larson, Jay L. Cummings
  • Patent number: 11137792
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a knob (100), a controllable device (200) and a combination (500) of a knob and a controllable device. In certain aspects of the disclosure, the controllable device (200) is embodied as a loudspeaker. The knob (100) may be used for controlling one or more functions of the controllable device (200). The knob (100) is a detachable knob configured for detachable attachment to the controllable device (200). Furthermore, the detachable knob (100) is configured to be communicatively coupled to the controllable device (200) to control the one or more functions of the controllable device (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Zound Industries International AB
    Inventors: Marcus Von Euler, Niclas Ihrsén
  • Patent number: 11130547
    Abstract: A mechanical binding that is opened and closed via magnetic forces. This may allow for systems to utilize a strong mechanical lock that is activated and deactivated with simple magnetic mechanisms, allowing for a simple and compact design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Gerald Fowler
  • Patent number: 11125313
    Abstract: A transmission housing (2) of the type including two housing elements (9) that can be positioned to press against each other and that in the assembled-together state define: a cavity (13); a shaft (6) projecting at least in part from the housing (2); a motion transmission mechanism (30) for transmitting motion to said shaft (6), the motion transmission mechanism (30) being housed at least in part inside the cavity (13) of the housing (2); and sealing means (15) arranged in the zone where the housing elements (9) are pressed together and referred to as a join plane (10), the sealing means (15) surrounding said cavity (13). The housing (2) comprises means (17) for connecting the housing elements (9) together by snap-fastening in order to hold the housing elements (9) pressed against each other and the sealing means (15) comprise adhesive connection means (16) for connecting said housing elements (9) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: FRANCE REDUCTEURS
    Inventor: Emmanuel Teillet
  • Patent number: 11124265
    Abstract: A clipless pedal includes a pedal body having a tubular part mounted to an axle. The tubular part divides the pedal body into a first portion and a second portion. A tongue extends from the inside of the first portion. A board is formed between the tubular part and the inside of the second portion of the pedal body. A clip is connected to the pedal body and includes a base and an engaging which is connected to the base. The first end of the baes is fixed to the tongue by two first bolts from the top of the base. The second end of the base is fixed to the board by two second bolds which extend through the board and are connected to the underside of the second end of the base. The base of the clip can bear high torque applied to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Ya-Hsin Liu
  • Patent number: 11103321
    Abstract: A device for robot-assisted surgery with at least one coupling unit (100) of a manipulator arm (16) comprising a first transmitting means (102). A sterile cover (38) comprising a sterile lock (200) serves to shield the manipulator arm (16) from a sterile area (39). The sterile lock (200) is connectable both to the coupling unit (100) and to the sterile unit (400). The sterile lock (200) has at least one lock flap (208, 210) which in a closed state shields the first transmitting means (102) in a sterile manner. The sterile unit (400) comprising a second transmitting means (406) has sterile flaps (402, 404) which in a closed state shield the second transmitting means (406) in a sterile manner. When connecting the sterile unit (400) to the sterile lock (200) the lock flap (208, 210) and the sterile flap (402, 404) are opened so that a direct transmission between the first transmitting means (102) and the second transmitting means (406) is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventors: Marcus Braun, Stephan Barber, Marcel Seeber
  • Patent number: 11092230
    Abstract: An arrangement includes a first oil line, a second oil line, a third oil line, a cavity, and a plate having a continuous first hole and a continuous second hole. The first oil line, the second oil line and the third oil line each have a mouth in the cavity. The plate is arranged in the cavity in such a way that it covers the mouths of the second oil line and the third oil line. The first hole connects the second oil line and the cavity to each other in a fluid-conducting manner. The second hole connects the third oil line and the cavity to each other in a fluid-conducting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, ZF Wind Power Antwerpen N.V.
    Inventors: Wim De Laet, Bart Geudens, Pieter-Jan Francis
  • Patent number: 11084517
    Abstract: A steering wheel cover has an inner core and an outer casing. The inner core has a tubular body portion and a pair of spaced-apart spines. The tubular body portion and spines together define an open-ended hollow channel that can be placed over a vehicle steering wheel via a gap between the spines. The inner core also has a plurality of crush ribs extending inwardly from an inner surface of the body portion. The crush ribs allow the inner core to be easily placed over multiple different sized steering wheels without slipping or otherwise moving on the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Hopkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn Curtis Strong, Kyle M. Bennett
  • Patent number: 11077752
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle accelerator pedal that may include a cylindrical hinge unit, a lever unit having one side configured to operate in a first direction and another side formed to correspond to an inner circumferential edge of the hinge unit and configured to operate in a second direction opposite the first direction. An outer circumferential edge may be configured to come into close contact with an upper inner circumferential edge of the hinge unit such that a moment of force is applied in a first rotation direction by the hinge unit. An elastic unit having one side may be configured to elastically support one side of the lever unit, the other side formed to correspond to the inner circumferential edge of the hinge unit. An outer circumferential edge may be configured to come into close contact with a lower inner circumferential edge of the hinge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Inventors: Hyeon Uk Kim, Beom Jun Kim
  • Patent number: 11077911
    Abstract: A hydraulic operating device is provided for a human-powered vehicle. The hydraulic operating device basically includes a base, an operating member and a handlebar mounting structure. The base including a handlebar contact portion. The operating member is pivotally coupled to the base about a pivot axis between a rest position and an operated position. The handlebar mounting structure is coupled to the base. The handlebar mounting structure defines a handlebar mounting axis that extends linearly along a handlebar in a mounted state. The handlebar mounting structure includes a clamp band, a bracket and a tightening member. The bracket is separate from the base. The tightening member adjustably couples the bracket relative to the clamp band. The bracket has a handlebar contact surface. The bracket is moved relative to the clamp band upon adjustment of the tightening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kentaro Kosaka