Patents Examined by Vicky A. Johnson
  • 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
    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
    Inventors: Sehoon Oh, Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 10533647
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for releasably locking a lock bolt against axial movement, the mechanism comprising an axially moveable member, arranged to move axially with the lock bolt biasing means, arranged to bias the piston towards the lock bolt; rotation means in threaded engagement with the piston such that rotation of the rotation means causes axial movement of the piston, and a solenoid assembly arranged to prevent rotation of said rotation means in a locked state, the solenoid assembly comprising: a solenoid plunger having a solenoid tip and a solenoid arranged to cause movement of the solenoid plunger relative to the rotation means, the solenoid assembly arranged such that in a locked state the solenoid causes the solenoid tip to engage with the rotation means such as to prevent rotation thereof, thus preventing axial movement of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventors: Piotr Sobolak, Izabela Pawelec
  • 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
  • Patent number: 10520011
    Abstract: The first to ninth crank webs are roughly divided into three groups. The first group is from the second, fifth and eighth webs. These crank webs of the first group have similar shapes. In the crankshaft, the shapes of these crank webs belonging to the first group are adjusted to satisfy the first stiffness condition below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Yuya Miyazono
  • Patent number: 10514718
    Abstract: A quick disconnect handle assembly includes a handle and a handle mount. The handle includes a shaft, a spring, and a pin at or near an end of the shaft and configured to restrain movement of the spring in a first direction. The handle mount includes a body having a first end and second end opposite the first end, a passageway through the body, and a first recess configured to receive the pin and lock the handle in the handle mount. The passageway has an inlet at the first end and an outlet at the second end and has a cross-sectional shape substantially the same as a cross-sectional shape of the shaft at the location of the pin, such that the shaft including the pin can be received in the passageway. The first recess opens at the outlet and extends longitudinally toward the inlet of the handle mount body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Graco Minnesota Inc.
    Inventors: Rehmer Wang, Steven Shao
  • Patent number: 10514067
    Abstract: A windmill drive adapter assembly converts a male-female windmill drive coupling to a male-male windmill drive coupling. The windmill drive adapter assembly includes a gearbox hub lock secured to a gearbox shaft extending from a gearbox assembly. A gearbox drive plate engages the gearbox hub lock to rotate with the gearbox shaft. A motor hub lock is secured to a motor shaft extending from a motor assembly. The motor hub lock is coupled to a motor drive plate such that the motor hub lock and the motor drive plate rotate together. The motor drive plate is coupled to the gearbox drive plate. An adapter couples to the gearbox assembly and the motor assembly and is positioned around the motor drive plate and the gearbox drive plate. A method of conversion is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Cory Mittleider
  • Patent number: 10508680
    Abstract: In a Bowden cable, a shield thereof is formed from a hollow strand that is formed by twisting a plurality of metal individual wires. An end part of this hollow strand is exposed by removing an outer skin and is increased in diameter, thereby forming a first flare part. An end part of a liner is also increased in diameter to form a second flare part. An end piece is injection molded so as to envelop these flare parts. A synthetic resin as a material of this end piece is made to enter between the metal individual wires. The end piece includes a mounting part and a bent pipe part for covering and surrounding an outer periphery of an outer cable in a state in which the outer cable is curved. The mounting part and the bent pipe part are formed as a unit by injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Yamato Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keita Asano, Kengo Maeda
  • Patent number: 10508477
    Abstract: A handle device operating an inner cable inserted in an outer cable, the handle device includes a handle base fixing an operation handle to which the inner cable is connected and a cable holding portion provided in the handle base to hold the outer cable and configured to be fitted to a circumferential groove portion reduced in diameter in a radial direction in an outer circumferential surface of the outer cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Ryoya Okuma
  • Patent number: 10502306
    Abstract: The present invention is a device and method for aligning a bellhousing without a centered opening at the transmission mounting surface to an engine block. The device and method of using the device permit the alignment of the bellhousing to be performed without requiring the user remove a portion of the transmission for use in the alignment process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Accel Performance Group LLC
    Inventor: Ross A. McCombs
  • Patent number: 10502307
    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: December 10, 2019
    Inventors: Shingo Toyama, Kazutoshi Motoike, Shinya Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 10503198
    Abstract: A control knob assembly to control an operation of an appliance comprises a skirt adapted to engage the appliance. The skirt has a side wall, and a front face which in use will face away from the appliance. The assembly has a knob adapted to engage with the skirt, the knob having a side wall, the knob being adapted to move axially relative to the skirt. A spring is located between the knob and the skirt, to bias the knob and the skirt away from each other. The skirt and/or the knob has a spring retaining means adapted to retain the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products PTY Limited
    Inventors: David Wait, Purvag Nanavati
  • Patent number: 10486768
    Abstract: In order to configure a hand-actuated transmitter unit for vehicles, in particular for handlebar-controlled vehicles, comprising a housing, a master cylinder provided in the housing, an actuating lever which is movable relative to the housing and a plunger which transmits a movement of the actuating lever to the master cylinder and which is mounted on the actuating lever, to be as economical and functional as possible, it is proposed that provided on the housing is a reach adjust device for the actuating lever, with which a respective starting position of the actuating lever is pre-settable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joachim Hujer
  • Patent number: 10487913
    Abstract: The flywheel has the ability to vary its behaviour without having to resort to making adjustments when the unit is idle, due to which its inertia movement can be adjusted at the discretion of the technician based on the angular velocity of the system or the possible variations of the flywheel load. The flywheel has the ability to vary the distribution of its point masses due to the influence of at least one magnetic or electromagnetic field that can be modified when in operation. Aimed for the industrial sector dedicated to the construction of machinery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Evaristo Galiana Domínguez
  • Patent number: 10487937
    Abstract: A case for an endless transmission member includes a first case member attached to a vehicle-mounted internal combustion engine and a second case member attached to the first case member. The first and second case members define an accommodation chamber that accommodates an endless transmission member looped over rotating bodies of the engine. The first case member includes a communication hole that connects the accommodation chamber to the inside of the engine. The first or second case member includes a guide rib that guides lubricant from the accommodation chamber to the inside of the engine. In an orientation of the case when the engine is installed in a vehicle, the guide rib is provided along part of the lower side of the opening edge of the communication hole including the lower end of the opening edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventors: Kenta Sakaguchi, Kengo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10480695
    Abstract: An object is to exhibit a higher sealing performance against an external pressure, to more reliably prevent breakage of a sealed state established by an inner seal member, and to maintain the soundness of inner mechanical components. Provided is a joint structure including two joint members, a driving mechanism that rotationally drives the two joint members about a predetermined axis relative to each other, two seal members forming a seal between the joint members at positions doubly surrounding the outside of a lubricant storing part in the driving mechanism, and a pressure-applying means that makes the air pressure in a space provided between the two seal members, higher than the pressure of the outside air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Inventor: Hidenori Kurebayashi
  • Patent number: 10473143
    Abstract: A control device includes an actuation lever, a bearing mounted in the actuation lever, an axle extended through the bearing, and a base supported by the axle, the actuation lever pivotally coupled with the base via the bearing and the axle for rotation relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Wolf Tooth Components, LLC
    Inventor: Marc L. Basiliere
  • Patent number: 10473145
    Abstract: A length-adjustable control rod includes a first part including a cylindrical peripheral face which has a succession of peripheral grooves separated from one another and positioned in transverse planes. A second part includes a barrel configured to at least partially receive the first part and which has several cutouts configured to divide up the barrel into several cylinder sectors and at least one inner rib, protruding from the inner lateral face of the barrel, which has a section configured to be housed in one of the peripheral grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: José Lopez
  • Patent number: 10464656
    Abstract: A system and method for forming a strut. A strut comprises a laminated composite tube having a substantially hollow interior and a pair of longitudinal stiffeners attached to opposite sides of the laminated composite tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Samuel Ray Stewart