Patents Examined by Vicky A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10744612
    Abstract: To provide a rotary table device that can prevent the occurrence of malfunction before it happens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroki Tezuka
  • Patent number: 10746279
    Abstract: A transmission housing (2) including two housing elements (9) that can be positioned to press against each other and that in the assembled state define: a cavity (13); a shaft (6) projecting at least in part from the housing; 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 adhesive connection means (16) for connecting together housing elements (9) that are arranged in the zone where said housing elements (9) are pressed together and referred to as a join plane (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: FRANCE REDUCTEURS
    Inventor: Wouter Barendrecht
  • Patent number: 10737777
    Abstract: An upper casing with a hollow shell made of composite materials. The shell was a side wall that extends in elevation from a housing flange to a housing collar, the side wall including at least one cutout. The upper casing includes an internal liner that is inserted inside the shell and that is fastened to an inside face of the shell, the liner comprising a base and a top, together with at least two legs extending in elevation from the base to the top, the liner further comprising at least one equipment support in register with a cutout, each equipment support being for carrying a removable piece of equipment of the upper casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Cyril Sola, Thierry Rey, Jean-Victor Lapeyre, Philippe Moniot, Laurent Bourdier
  • Patent number: 10730582
    Abstract: This brake pedal device includes an arm portion (21) pivotally supported on a vehicle body to be rotatable, and a pedal portion (22) provided at a distal end portion (21b) of the arm portion (21). The pedal portion (22) includes a first operation portion (31) configured to operate a brake (102), a first uneven portion (33) formed on at least a part of the first operation portion (31), a second operation portion (32) provided at a position different from the first operation portion (31), and a second uneven portion (34) formed on at least a part of the second operation portion (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masashi Tada, Kyohei Kawai, Kohta Murakami, Mikio Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 10730587
    Abstract: An apparatus disclosed herein includes a heel-shift lever. When the heel-shift lever is coupled to a motor vehicle, a first portion of the heel-shift lever is disposed higher than a first area of a floor of a floorboard of the motor vehicle, a second portion of the heel-shift lever is disposed lower than the first area of the floor of the floorboard, and a third portion of the heel-shift lever is disposed higher than a second area of the floor of the floorboard. The second portion is disposed between the first portion and the third portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Inventor: Paul Yaffe
  • Patent number: 10724476
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for an aircraft propulsion system with an axial centerline. The assembly includes a translating sleeve, a sleeve actuator and a locking apparatus. The sleeve actuator is connected to the translating sleeve. The sleeve actuator is configured to move the translating sleeve along the axial centerline between a stowed position and a deployed position. The locking apparatus includes a lock and a lock actuator. The lock comprises a locking element. The lock actuator is configured to move the locking element between a locked position and an unlocked position. The locking element is configured to lock the translating sleeve in the stowed position when the locking element is in the locked position. A first portion of the locking apparatus axially overlaps the sleeve actuator along the axial centerline. A second portion of the locking apparatus does not axially overlap the sleeve actuator along the axial centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Rohr, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Gormley, Imad D. Ghandour
  • Patent number: 10722804
    Abstract: A wraparound peripheral device grip comprising a substantially flat continuous sheet is provided. The grip includes a first side and a second side. The first side is configured to adhere to a grip of a peripheral device and the second side is configured to provide improved gripping to a user of the peripheral device. The substantially flat continuous sheet can be cut to fit a geometry of a particular model of peripheral device, or gaming controller. The wraparound peripheral device grip is capable of being placed onto a peripheral device by wrapping the grip around the factory surfaces of a peripheral device. The gripping friction of the grip can be achieved by disposing abrading particles thereon, such as sandpaper, silicon carbide, or grip tape material. Alternatively, the grip side can be made from an elastomer, such as a synthetic rubber, or other material with the property of viscoelasticity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: GAMING GRIPS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Lee Morris, Michael Jeffrey Kozer
  • Patent number: 10711827
    Abstract: A bicycle end cap has a first end and a second end that is opposite to the first end for attaching to a bicycle line shape member. The bicycle end cap includes a tubular portion and an attachment structure. The tubular portion is arranged at the first end and defining a receiving space that is dimensioned to axially receive the line shape member from the first end. The attachment structure is configured to attach a pulling member having a cable portion and a head portion that has larger diameter than the cable portion. The attachment structure is configured to position the head portion relative to the tubular portion as the cable portion is pulled toward the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu Kariyama, Masahiro Nakakura, Takahiro Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10710627
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering system includes a steering wheel hub which has a longitudinal axis and can be attached coaxially on a rotatably mounted steering spindle, and a steering wheel rim which is attached on the steering wheel hub at a radial spacing from the longitudinal axis and extends in a planar manner transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is mounted on the steering wheel hub in a bearing such that it can be inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis between an operating position and a stowed position about an inclination axis which lies transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is inclined at a flatter angle with respect to the longitudinal axis in the stowed position than when in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte, Tim Bayer
  • Patent number: 10704707
    Abstract: An actuator for use in a control valve assembly that has a structure amenable to manufacture. The actuator may comprise a housing comprising a plurality of walls secured to one another with fasteners to form an interior cavity, a torque hub disposed in the interior cavity, the torque hub comprising a torque body and a torque arm that are releasably engaged with one another via fasteners, each of the torque body and the torque arm having interfacing geometry that defines surfaces that engage with opposing surfaces on the other; and a load generator coupled with the torque hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Dresser, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Louis Johanning, Mark David Kaczmarek, Abdul Raoof Mohamed, Jayesh K. Shah, Casey Michael Stockbridge, Orie Woodman Van Doran
  • Patent number: 10696259
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a motor vehicle includes a pedal arm pivotably arranged about a rotation shaft at its first end when in an operating position. A bracket is rotatably arranged around the rotation shaft and connected to the first end of the pedal arm through a pedal connection shaft. A locking arrangement, when in a locked state, locks the bracket in a first bracket position relative the pedal arm such that the bracket rotates with the pedal arm, and the pedal arm is held in an operating position. When the locking arrangement changes from the locked state to an unlocked state, the bracket is unlocked from the pedal arm such that, under influence of gravity, the pedal arm is released from the rotation shaft and displaced from the operating position to a safety position, the first end of the pedal arm being connected to the rotation shaft via the pedal connection shaft and the bracket, and the bracket rotated relative the pedal arm to a second bracket position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: CJ Automotive AB
    Inventor: Mahdi Amirian
  • Patent number: 10696352
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device comprises a base member, an operating member, an operating structure, and an operating unit. The operating member is movable relative to the base member between a rest position and an operated position. The operating structure includes a take-up member movable relative to the base member to move a first operation cable in a pulling direction and a releasing direction opposite to the pulling direction. The operating unit is mounted to the base member to operate a second bicycle component in response to an input operation from a user. The operating unit includes an electrical switch and a controller. The electrical switch is configured to receive the input operation from the user. The controller is configured to generate an operation signal to operate the second bicycle component in response to the input operation inputted from the electrical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kazutaka Fukao, Yasuhisa Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10677191
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to a bell housing with an adjustable register plate for providing adjustable engine crankshaft-transmission alignment. The bell housing includes a body adapted for attachment to an engine block. The adjustable register plate includes a register bore for accommodating the transmission. The register plate can be secured to the bell housing by inserting register plate fasteners through register plate fastener holes into the corresponding register plate attachment holes of the bell housing. The alignment of the register plate relative to the bell housing, and thereby alignment of the transmission with the crankshaft, can be adjusted by loosening the fasteners and moving the register plate laterally, about the register plate fasteners, relative to the bell housing, and then tightening the fasteners to locate the register plate in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HGT Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: John Phillips
  • Patent number: 10677119
    Abstract: Systems and methods including spacers comprising a first face configured to engage with a cam shaft, a second face, and a third face operationally coupled to the first face and the second face, wherein the third face is configured to displace a lubricating fluid and permit rotation of the cam shaft are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Cummins Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony A. Shaull, Rodney J. Hemmerlein, Richard Davis Thomas
  • Patent number: 10669757
    Abstract: A hood stay device for a vehicle includes a housing, support, and latch. A proximal end of the housing is pivotably coupled to the hood or vehicle body. An inner end of the support is within the housing. The support extends through a distal end of the housing to an outer end of the support that is pivotably coupled to the other one of the hood or vehicle body. The support is slidable relative to the housing along an axis and includes teeth arranged in a rack along the axis. The latch is coupled to the housing and movable between locked and unlocked positions relative thereto. When in the locked position, the latch engages the teeth to inhibit movement of the support member along the axis. When in the unlocked position, the latch is apart from the teeth to permit movement of the support along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Manimaran Krishnamoorthy, Sundaravadivelu Mohan
  • Patent number: 10670135
    Abstract: A support apparatus for a first gearing and a second gearing or for a drive includes first and second support flanges, a first support mounted to the first support flange and destined to introduce a first supporting force into the second support flange, and a second support mounted on the second support flange and destined to introduce a second supporting force into the first support flange, wherein the first support is sized to extend through the second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FLENDER GMBH
    Inventors: Volker Düvel, Marco Hoffman, Philipp Leuer, Simon Becka
  • Patent number: 10661859
    Abstract: A lever apparatus includes a lever operated by a user, a biasing member that is a source of an operation reaction force of the lever, and a linkage mechanism configured to link the lever and the biasing member. The linkage mechanism includes a lever-side rotating body pivoted according to pivoting of the lever, and a biasing member-side rotating body engaged with lever-side rotating body and installed closer to the biasing member than the lever-side rotating body. The linkage mechanism varies a ratio of a variation of a rotation angle of the biasing member-side rotating body to a variation of a rotation angle of the lever-side rotating body according to an operation amount of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiro Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10654378
    Abstract: This actuator comprises a frame, a motor, an output shaft, and a drive train for driving the output shaft via the motor. The drive train comprises an upstream element, a downstream element, and a device for coupling the upstream element to the downstream element. Said coupling device has a first configuration for transmitting all of the torque exerted by one of the upstream and downstream elements on the coupling device to the other of the upstream and downstream elements when said torque is below a threshold torque, and a second configuration for diverting at least part of said torque exerted by one of the upstream and downstream elements on the coupling device to the frame when said torque is at least equal to the threshold torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ZODIAC ACTUATION SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Sylvain Pons
  • Patent number: 10653489
    Abstract: A surgical system for selective connection to a robotic arm includes an instrument drive unit and a surgical instrument detachably coupled to the instrument drive unit. The instrument drive unit includes a first actuator, a linkage member having opposing first and second portions, and a drive member. The first portion of the linkage member is operatively coupled to the first actuator such that actuation of the first actuator moves the first portion in a first direction and the second portion in a second direction opposite of the first direction. The drive member is operatively coupled to the second portion of the linkage member. The surgical instrument includes a driven member operatively associated with the drive member of the instrument drive unit and an end effector operatively coupled with the driven member, wherein translation of the driven member effects a first function of the end effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Brock Kopp
  • Patent number: 10647008
    Abstract: A robot includes a movable part having a first internal space, a shock-absorbing section disposed outside the movable part, and having a second internal space, and a state switching section capable of switching between a first state of supplying a fluid from a fluid supply source to the first internal space and a second state of supplying the fluid from the fluid supply source to the second internal space. Further, the state switching section includes a first flow channel adapted to supply the fluid from the fluid supply source to the first internal space, a second flow channel adapted to supply the fluid from the fluid supply source to the second internal space, and a valve capable of adjusting opening/closing degrees of each of the first flow channel and the second flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Takeuchi