Patents Examined by Vicky A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10442050
    Abstract: In a method of controlling a rotary table device, a clamp mechanism drive unit is controlled to unclamp a brake disk. Thereafter, a pressure of working fluid supplied to an unclamp fluid chamber is decreased, and a motor drive unit is controlled to rotate a motor. Then, the abrasion quantity of the piston and the clamp member is calculated based on a reference pressure and a pressure when the load torque of a spindle exceeded a reference load torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Zhizhen Xia
  • Patent number: 10441372
    Abstract: A surgical instrument support arm of a teleoperated patient side cart may include a first arm portion including a first connector end and a second a second arm portion including a second connector end. The second arm portion may be removably connectable to the first arm portion via mating engagement of the first and second connector ends. The first and second connector ends may each include complementary mechanical connections and complementary electrical connections. At least one of the electrical connections of the first and second connector ends may include electrical shielding to protect against electrical interference in a position in which the electrical connections are matingly engaged. The electrical shielding may be configured to axially compress when the electrical connections of the first and second connector ends are matingly engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman L. Devengenzo, Alan W. Petersen, Bruce M. Schena
  • Patent number: 10428917
    Abstract: Shaft assemblies include an elongate shaft having a plurality of closely spaced apart external notches with wall segments having a greater outer diameter than an outer diameter of the notches residing therebetween and at least one self-retaining locking ring that engages one of the notches to axially lock into position on the shaft and provide a pull out force that is between about 100 lbf to about 1000 lbf. The notches can have a width that is between about 0.010 inches to about 0.020 inches, on average, and a depth that is between about 0.001 inches to about 0.010 inches, on average.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventors: Yuri Spitsberg, Perry Robert Gibson, David Parks
  • Patent number: 10426079
    Abstract: A declutching device for a seed drill distribution element including a locking element and a support element on which the locking element is mounted, in which the locking element allows two stable positions relative to the support element and can be moved between these, the locking element being configured, when in a stable position, to be able to declutch the distribution element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: KUHN S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Constant
  • Patent number: 10415629
    Abstract: A crankshaft for a reciprocating piston engine is disclosed. The crankshaft has at least two shaft journals adjoined by respective crank webs which are connected to one another by an associated crank pin. Respective material accumulations, which in each case have a surface oriented at least substantially orthogonally with respect to the axis of rotation, are provided on the crank webs in the region of the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Frank Liebmann, Heiko Breuning, Christian Harms, Ulrich Holtmann, Uli Wiedenmann
  • Patent number: 10415203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for engaging a first body with a second body, for example, for locking an oil rig platform to a rig leg. The apparatus comprises a driving portion, for example in the form of a driving wedge, which is moveably attachable to the first body, and an engaging portion, for example in the form of an engaging wedge, which is moveably attached to the driving portion. The driving portion is adapted to move in a first direction with respect to the second body and the engaging portion defines an engaging profile adapted to engage a complementary profile on the second body. Movement of the driving portion results in movement of the engaging portion. The apparatus also comprises an adjustment device connecting the driving portion to the engaging portion and adapted to move the engaging portion independently of the driving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: CEDECO CONTRACTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Iain Steven
  • Patent number: 10415687
    Abstract: A transmission adapter apparatus and method includes an adapter with a first side and a second side, an inside and an outside, and a circumferential edge with a width surrounding a hollow center with a diameter. A speed sensor receiver is provided in the circumferential edge from the outside to the inside with an opening from the outside into the hollow center where the speed sensor receiver is configured to receive and retain a speed sensor and where the speed sensor receiver is perpendicular to a centerline through the hollow center of the adapter. A speed sensor retainer lip is provided in the receiver such that a speed sensor located in the speed sensor receiver is retained at a selected distance from the hollow center of the adapter. Holes are provided in the adapter where the holes are configured to align with a transmission housing and a transfer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventors: David Hemry, Karen Hemry
  • Patent number: 10410173
    Abstract: A bicycle component operating device is basically provided with a first base member, a first operating member, a second base member and a second operating member. The first operating member is pivotally mounted to the first base member to pivot about a first axis to control a first bicycle component. The second base member is different from the first base member. The second base member is separably attached to the first base member along an axial direction parallel to the first axis. The second operating member is pivotally mounted to the second base member to control a second bicycle component that is different from the first bicycle component. The first operating member remains with the first base member and the second operating member remains with the second base member upon separation of the first base member from the second base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Kentaro Miyazaki, Kazutaka Fukao
  • Patent number: 10399588
    Abstract: Wheelchair handlebars coupled to a pair of arm rests of a wheelchair. Each of the handlebars include an outer bar defining an internal slot, an inner bar slidably engaged within the internal slot of the outer bar, and a lock configured to releasably lock the outer bar to the inner bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Albert Gallatin Grantham, IV
  • Patent number: 10400825
    Abstract: A vibration damper for a torque transmission device comprising a first element and a second element which are rotatable relative to each other around an axis of rotation X; and damping means for transmitting a torque and damping the rotational acyclisms between the first element and the second element. The damping means comprise an elastic blade mounted securely on the first element and provided with a cam surface; and the damper comprises a cam follower carried by the second element and arranged to cooperate with the cam surface. The cam surface is arranged such that, for an angular travel between the first element and the second element relative to an angular rest position, the cam follower exerts a flexion force on the elastic blade producing a reaction force able to return the first and second elements to the angular rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Embrayages
    Inventor: Carlos Lopez Perez
  • Patent number: 10400881
    Abstract: A gear housing includes a first receptacle, a second receptacle, an elongated receptacle, a connecting portion, and a mounting arm. The first receptacle is configured to house a worm wheel. The second receptacle is configured to house an output gear. The elongated receptacle is configured to house a first portion of a shaft of a drive assembly. The elongated receptacle extends at least partly alongside the first receptacle and the second receptacle. The connecting portion is connectable to another housing that houses a second portion of the shaft of the drive assembly. The mounting arm extends outward from the first receptacle. The mounting arm is disposed between circumferentially adjacent fastening components along a periphery of the first receptacle. The first fastening component is disposed at a juncture between the first receptacle and the second receptacle. The second fastening component overlaps a part of the elongated receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Luis Angel Ramirez Ortiz, Andrea Elena Tejeda Geurrero
  • Patent number: 10399633
    Abstract: A bicycle pedal comprises a pedal axle, a pedal body, a movable member, and an actuator. The pedal axle is configured to be secured to a crank arm having a longitudinal axis extending from a rotational axis to a crank rotational axis of the crank arm. The pedal body is rotatably coupled to the pedal axle about the rotational axis. The pedal body has a reference axis perpendicular to the rotational axis of the pedal axle. The movable member is movable relative to the pedal body from a rest position toward an actuated position. The actuator is configured to move the movable member from the rest position toward the actuated position in response to a first relative angle defined between the reference axis and the longitudinal axis of the crank aim when viewed in an axial direction parallel to the rotational axis of the pedal axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Akira Inoue, Takuro Yamane
  • Patent number: 10385956
    Abstract: A mechanical system forming one of a cam follower or a rocker arm, the mechanical system comprising: a support element, a pin extending between two opposite ends along a first axis and supported by the support element, and a roller mounted on pin, movable in rotation relative to the pin around the first axis and adapted to roll on a cam. The support element includes a bearing body adapted to receive pin, and an additional retaining member blocking the translation of pin back and forth, along first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Nicolas Berruet, Fran├žois Champalou, Samuel Viault
  • Patent number: 10385957
    Abstract: A follower mechanism including an outer cup having a substantially cylindrical side wall, an annular lip portion disposed at a first end of the side wall, and an annular ledge disposed on the side wall, the annular ledge being disposed in a plane that is transverse to a longitudinal center axis of the follower mechanism. An inner cup includes an annular lip extending outwardly therefrom and a pair of shaft apertures, and is disposed in the outer cup so that the lip abuts the annular ledge of the outer cup and is non-rotatably fixed thereto by the annular lip of the outer cup which abuts the lip of the inner cup. A shaft is received in the shaft apertures, and a roller follower is rotatably received on the shaft such that a portion of the roller follower extends axially outwardly beyond the annular lip portion of the outer cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Koyo Bearings North America LLC
    Inventor: Scott Abrahamson
  • Patent number: 10385942
    Abstract: A pendulum vibration damper in which a retainer is prevented from being moved or tilted in an axial direction. In the pendulum vibration damper, a restriction member formed on any one of the retainer and an inner face of the casing to be brought into contact to the other one of the retainer and the inner face of the casing when the retainer is moved or tilted in an axial direction of the rotary disc. A clearance between the casing and the rolling mass in the axial direction is shorter than a thickness of the retainer in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki Nishida, Hiroyuki Amano, Shuhei Horita, Yuji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10377440
    Abstract: A bicycle includes a handlebar, a handle stem on which the handlebar is disposed, a clamp that is attached to the handle stem to fix the handlebar on the handle stem, and a support extending forward and including a first attachment. The first attachment is located farther forward than the handlebar. A display is attached to the first attachment so that the display is placed at an appropriate height to improve visibility of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Munemitsu Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10371245
    Abstract: A first chamber for introducing thereinto the air inside a transmission case from an introduction opening, a second chamber for leading out air from a lead-out hole to a vent valve, and a shielding part for shielding the first and second chambers excluding a ventilation opening so that the first chamber is larger than the second chamber in volume are formed adjacent to a plate member in a first case. The introduction opening is formed by separating side surfaces of the first and second chambers using the plate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Shinji Nagahama, Yohei Azuma
  • Patent number: 10364879
    Abstract: A housing for a gear unit includes a housing top part mounted on a housing bottom part, a first bearing mounting for a first bearing of a shaft being formed by a first bearing carrier of the housing top part and a first bearing carrier of the housing bottom part, a second bearing mounting for a second bearing of a shaft being formed by a second bearing carrier of the housing top part and a second bearing carrier of the housing bottom part, a first end area of a first bearing carrier of the housing bottom part and a first end area of a second bearing carrier of the housing bottom part being joined by two end plates set apart from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Zili Wu
  • Patent number: 10364870
    Abstract: A switching device (8) for control devices is provided, in which a recess (14) in an element (13) driven by an emergency drive (11) is designed with at least one inclined surface (17, 18) such that a blocking element (15) engaging in the recess (14) can be disengaged from the latter when the emergency drive (11) is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AUMA Riester GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Wilfried Platzer, Benjamin Hofmann
  • Patent number: 10352199
    Abstract: A camshaft may include a tube-like outer shaft and an inner shaft arranged coaxially thereto and at least partially rotatable with respect to the outer shaft. The inner shaft may have an end section with a reduced external diameter. The inner shaft may be sealed with respect to the outer shaft at the end section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mahle International GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Schacherer, Christoph Unrath