Patents Examined by Vicky A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10641379
    Abstract: An electronic parking lock actuator includes a driving motor and a gearbox coupled to the driving motor. The gearbox includes a casing which comprises a base and a cover mounted on the base, a gear housed in the casing and engaged with the driving motor for outputting a driving force generated by the driving motor, and a controller fixed in the casing. The base includes a bottom plate, and a plurality of peripheral walls extending upward from edges of the bottom plate. The bottom plate defines at one or more cavities. The controller includes a printed circuit board and a plurality of electronic components disposed on a side of the printed circuit board facing the bottom plate. The electronic components are accommodated in the cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Electric International AG
    Inventors: Hang Su, Linan Li, Yong Shuai, Jinan Nie, Yajie Chen
  • Patent number: 10642308
    Abstract: An apparatus for unlocking an actuator, such as a RAT actuator includes a first member; and a second member movable between a blocking position in which said second member is engaged with said first member so as to block movement of said first member and an unblocking position in which said second member is disengaged from said first member so that movement of the first member is not blocked. The first member is an arm arranged such that in the blocking position it is disposed between said second member and a lock release element of said actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Piotr J. Zajac
  • Patent number: 10626911
    Abstract: A connecting rod of an example in the present disclosure is divided into a rod body and a cap at an oblique division at a large end, the rod body and the cap fastened by bolts. The connecting rod includes a joining plane and first and second restricting parts. The joining plane is a flat joining surface parallel to the division surface of the large end and is formed on at least one of two abutting portions on which the rod body and the cap join. The first and second restricting parts restrict lateral deviations of the rod body in first and second directions with respect to the cap, respectively. The first and second directions are opposite directions. Each of the first and second restricting parts restricts the lateral deviations by a single set of first or second opposing surface provided between the rod body and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Tada
  • Patent number: 10627848
    Abstract: The footwear-protecting gear shift cover is a semi-rigid structure. The footwear-protecting gear shift cover is configured for use with a motorcycle. The motorcycle is further defined with a gear shifting pedal. The gear shifting pedal is further defined with a lever and a crank. The footwear-protecting gear shift cover attaches to the gear shifting pedal of a motorcycle. The footwear-protecting gear shift cover attaches to the crank of the gear shifting pedal. The footwear-protecting gear shift cover comprises a protective structure and a motorcycle. The protective structure is a rectilinear block structure. The rectilinear block structure of the protective structure comprises two parallel planar surfaces in diametric opposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Jeremi Massey
  • Patent number: 10625387
    Abstract: An adjustable safety guard includes first, second and third portions which are operable to extend from a collapsed position where it can be easily stored, to an expanded position to where it operates as a functioning guard to protect a machine operator. One of the sections of the guard is expandable between an infinite number of positions which provides a flexible system that can be used in many different manufacturing applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Gemini Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim McCormick
  • Patent number: 10625814
    Abstract: A bicycle crank assembly has a sprocket, a first crank arm, a second crank arm and a crank axle, A first axial distance is defined between the first pedal attachment surface and the second pedal attachment surface in an axial direction. A second axial distance is defined between the first transverse center plane of the sprocket and the second axial center plane of the crank axle in the axial direction. The first axial distance is smaller than or equal to 170 mm. The second axial distance is larger than or equal to 55 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Kamada
  • Patent number: 10617483
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes: an adjustable end effector; an elongated instrument shaft defining an internal bore; and a drive assembly including a housing coupled to an end of the instrument shaft and an input device configured to facilitate controlled adjustment of the end effector via a drive cable extending along the bore of the instrument shaft. The input device includes: a drive shaft attached to a first portion of the drive cable, the drive shaft including an upstanding stem portion having a radially tapered outer surface; and a capstan attached to a second portion of the drive cable, the capstan defining an internal bore sized to receive the stem portion of the drive shaft, at least a lower portion of the internal bore having a radially tapered inner surface. The capstan and drive shaft are configured to transition from a disengaged state to an engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Grant M. Kadokura, William A. McDonald, II
  • Patent number: 10619703
    Abstract: A torque fluctuation inhibiting device includes plural centrifugal elements movable in a radial direction when receiving a centrifugal force generated in rotation of a rotor and a mass body. Each centrifugal element receives a rotational moment of inertia about an axis arranged in parallel to a rotational axis of the rotor when receiving the centrifugal force. When a relative displacement is produced between the rotor and the mass body in a rotational direction due to the centrifugal force acting on each centrifugal element, each cam mechanism converts the centrifugal force into a circumferential force directed to reduce the relative displacement. Support portions are provided on either the rotor or the mass body, and each makes contact with part of each centrifugal element when each centrifugal element receives the rotational moment of inertia. Each support portion supports each centrifugal element such that each centrifugal element is movable in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: EXEDY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuki Kawahara, Yusuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 10590982
    Abstract: A thin-skin side-stay beam may include an upper arm with thin skin and a mating flange extending longitudinally from the thin skin. A lower arm may also have a thin skin and a mating flange extending longitudinally from the lower arm. A joint may include a pin and/or a bushing extending through the mating flanges to pivotally couple the upper arm to the lower arm. The upper arm and/or the lower arm may include one or more internal walls defining one or more internal cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 10591051
    Abstract: A sensor mounting may include an accommodation unit; a sensor case; and a screw member. A flow passage body may include the accommodation unit, and a flow passage opening. The fluid pressure sensor may include a sensor main body, and the sensor case. The sensor case may include a sensing hole. The sensor case may include a columnar portion disposed along a center axis, and a flange portion which protrudes from the columnar portion. The accommodation unit may include a female screw provided in a radially inside surface of the accommodation unit. The screw member may include the screw member may include a hole portion, and a male screw. The screw member may be disposed to be opposed to an upper side of the flange portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shirai, Tomoka Osawa, Toshiaki Nakamura, Kenichi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 10584764
    Abstract: A viscous torsional vibration damper of the kind operating on the shear film principle has an annular shaped housing providing an annular working chamber within which is mounted an annular complementary inertia mass ring and a viscous damping fluid substantially fills shear film spaces between the working surfaces of the inertia ring and confronting working surfaces of the housing within the chamber. The cover has one or more lugs extending from the outside of an axially extending wall that engage with lugs inside the housing near the bottom wall. Rotation of the cover relative to the housing causes an axial force through the lugs that forces the cover into sealing engagement with the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Horschel Brothers Precision LLC
    Inventors: Karl G. Horschel, Aaron J. Neyman
  • Patent number: 10584965
    Abstract: A variable inductor direction sensor may include a rotatable body having a first circumferential tooth array and a stationary body having a second circumferential tooth array. The second circumferential tooth array may be concentric with the first circumferential tooth array. The rotatable body may be disposed relative to the stationary body such that one of the first circumferential tooth array and the second circumferential tooth array circumscribes the other of the first circumferential tooth array and the second circumferential tooth array. Further, at least one of the first circumferential tooth array and the second circumferential tooth array has a non-uniform circumferential geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Eric Stein
  • Patent number: 10576624
    Abstract: A rotational driving mechanism for driving a first member and a second member, which are part of a robot, to rotate relatively on a predetermined rotational driving plane by means of a linear motion actuator having a linear motion output shaft, includes: a first link unit with which the output shaft is connected, and which is arranged so as to be rotatable with respect to the first member through a first rotation shaft, and which is also arranged so as to be rotatable with respect to the second member side through a second rotation shaft; a second link unit which is connected with a first support shaft arranged at the first member side, and which is connected with a second support shaft arranged at the second member side, with a center distance between the first support shaft and the second support shaft being made constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Nagatsuka
  • Patent number: 10563690
    Abstract: A thin-skin side-stay beam may include an upper arm with thin skin and a mating flange extending longitudinally from the thin skin. A lower arm may also have a thin skin and a mating flange extending longitudinally from the lower arm. A joint may include a pin and/or a bushing extending through the mating flanges to pivotally couple the upper arm to the lower arm. The upper arm and/or the lower arm may include one or more internal walls defining one or more internal cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard A. Himmelmann
  • Patent number: 10563756
    Abstract: The current embodiments provide a control lever. The control lever may have a first connection unit with a plurality of inputs and at least one output. The at least one output may be configured for outputting an operation signal that represents the position of the control lever. The number of inputs of the plurality of inputs may exceed the number of outputs of the at least one output. The first connection unit may be configured to couple a first input of the plurality of inputs to the at least one output at a first point in time, and the connection unit may be configured to connect a second input of the plurality of inputs to the at least one output at a second point in time subsequent to the first point in time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignees: ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Lemförder Electronic GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Pfeifer, Andreas Peukert
  • Patent number: 10539221
    Abstract: A casing structure of a vehicular power transmitting device, includes: a casing; a breather plug; and a stationary removal preventive member, wherein the breather plug includes an attaching portion and a body portion, the body portion of the breather plug including an abutting section which abuts on the removal preventive member when the attaching portion of the breather plug is moved relative to the communication hole in a direction toward the outside atmosphere. The removal preventive member is positioned relative to the communication hole such that the attaching portion of the breather plug is located to keep the breather plug in communication with the communication hole when the abutting section of the body portion comes into abutting contact with the removal preventive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shingo Toyama, Kazutoshi Motoike, Shinya Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 10539175
    Abstract: A connecting rod includes a main body portion of which one end portion is provided with a piston pin and a cap that is fixed to another end portion of the main body portion with a pair of bolts. The cap is provided with a pair of bolt through-holes into which the pair of bolts is inserted respectively. The main body portion is provided with a pair of female screw holes positioned to be respectively coaxial with the pair of bolt through-holes. At least one of the female screw holes is formed as a blind hole. The cap is provided with a communication portion that extends in an outward direction approximately orthogonal to an axial direction of the bolt through-hole coaxial with the female screw hole formed as the blind hole and is open toward an outer wall surface of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masanori Kamakura, Tetsuji Kozuru
  • Patent number: 10537999
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multi-degree of freedom torque-free linkage unit comprising: a root link; a base link; and a first link spaced from a first joint, and comprises a counterbalancer including a first counterbalancer which enables gravity compensation of the first link, and a curved parallelogram unit comprising: a base part location-fixed and arranged at the root link; a first base part rotatably provided to the base link and the first joint formed by the first link, and connected to the first counterbalancer; and a parallelogram transfer part for connecting the base part and the first base part and forming a reference position for gravity compensation of another link connected to the base link by rotating the first base part on the first joint when the base link moves relatively with respect to the root link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Korea University Research and Business Foundation
    Inventors: Jae Bok Song, Hwi Su Kim, Jae Kyung Min
  • Patent number: 10533904
    Abstract: Provided is an elastically actuating device including an actuator configured to generate a rotary force, a gear part connected to the actuator and configured to transfer the rotary force from the actuator to an outside, and an elastic member including one end fastened to a ground and the other end connected to the gear part, and an elastic member including one end fastened to a ground and another end connected to the gear part, disposed outside the actuator to cover the actuator from the one end to the other end, and deformed in response to the gear part rotating relative to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: DAEGU GYEONGBUK INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Sehoon Oh, Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 10532788
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a first base member, a lever and an operating unit. The first base member includes a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is configured to be coupled to a handlebar. The second end portion is opposite to the first end portion. The first base member extends along a longitudinal direction from the first end portion to the second end portion. The lever is pivotally coupled to the first base member about a lever axis. The operating unit includes a second base member and an operating member. The second base member includes a mounting portion that is mounted to the second end portion of the first base member. The operating member is movably coupled to the second base member between a rest position and an operated position to operate a bicycle telescopic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Nobukatsu Hara