Patents Examined by Victor MacArthur
  • Patent number: 9784025
    Abstract: A worm gear drive operator having immovable flat thrust bearing surfaces at each end of a worm gear drive for absorbing thrust forces and keeping direct mechanical rotational forces away from the cover plate and housing base during rotation of the worm gear drive. The worm gear drive operator assembly is capable of vertical adjustment of the actuator arm while providing thrust support. A threaded post about which rests a bearing for the actuator arm, and is secured in place by an adjustment screw received within a threaded post on the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Interlock USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Minter, Marc W. Fullenwider
  • Patent number: 9784250
    Abstract: A power generation apparatus includes a rocker arm having a first end and a second end and is mounted pivotally between the first end and the second end, wherein reciprocal movement of the first end between raised and lowered positions urges reciprocal movement of the second end between lowered and raised positions. A pulley apparatus couples the second end of the rocker arm to a drive member, wherein reciprocal movement of the second end of the rocker arm between its lowered and raised positions urges reciprocal rotation of the drive member between first and second positions. A transmission interacts between the drive member and the output shaft, wherein reciprocal rotation of the drive member between its first and second positions urges rotation of the output shaft in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Issa Saad Al Tamsheh
  • Patent number: 9776508
    Abstract: An all-wheel drive vehicle driveline that includes a housing assembly with a housing structure and a cover. In one form, components of the driveline can be assembled to the housing structure and cover in such a way that an intermediate shaft, which is assembled to the cover, and an input shaft, which can be rotatably mounted to the housing structure, can be slidably engaged to one another. In another form, the cover defines a reservoir that is configured to feed fluid to a pump that is mounted to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Amerla, Christopher D. Pump, Paul Reichert
  • Patent number: 9772034
    Abstract: A power unit having a crankcase and peripheral devices wherein a driving source for a gear shifting device is disposed so as to be displaced below the crankcase. An engine includes a gear speed change mechanism having a plurality of gear pairs for changing the speed of a rotational force of a crankshaft. A gear shifting device includes at least a plate-shaped shift arm rocking about a shift spindle to perform a gear pair changing operation on the gear speed change mechanism. A crankcase houses the gear speed change mechanism and the gear shifting device with an oil pan attached to a lower portion of the crankcase. A communicating hole communicating with the oil pan is formed in a bottom portion of the crankcase with the bottom portion being located below the shift arm, and a rocking range of the shift arm partly overlaps the communicating hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Atsushi Chiba, Tensei Hayashi, Masazumi Naito
  • Patent number: 9764461
    Abstract: The present invention is to provide an industrial robot, which is placed in vacuum for use, capable of efficiently cooling down hand- or arm-driving motors which are arranged inside the arm in air. The industrial robot is provided with a motor for rotating a second arm unit with respect to a first arm unit, a motor for rotating a hand with respect to the second arm unit, a reduction gear for reducing the rotation of the motor and transmitting it to the second arm unit, and a reduction gear for reducing the rotation of the motor and transmitting it to the hand; the hand and the arm are placed in vacuum. The reduction gears and are coaxially arranged so that the center of rotation of the second arm unit with respect to the first arm unit coincides with the axial centers of the reduction gears. The interior space of the hollow first arm unit is kept at atmospheric pressure in which the motors and the reduction gears are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Takayuki Yazawa, Yoshihisa Masuzawa, Tomoki Tanabe, Hirokazu Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9765810
    Abstract: Provided is a technique whereby a DLC film having a desired surface roughness and a desired film hardness can be easily formed within a short period of time while preventing cost increase so that a large quantity of boll joints, which are less expensive and yet have stable sliding characteristics, can be supplied. A method for manufacturing a ball joint provided with a ball stud that has a spherical surface section and a holder section that pivotally holds the spherical surface section, said method comprising: an intermediate underlayer-forming step for forming an intermediate underlayer, that has a fine irregular surface structure, on the surface of the spherical surface section using a sputtering method; and an amorphous hard carbon film-forming step for forming an amorphous hard carbon film, that has a root mean square roughness on the surface of 6.5-35 nm, on the intermediate underlayer using a PIG plasma film formation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Miyake, Ryohei Nishiumi, Kentaro Komori
  • Patent number: 9752608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system for mounting a component on a support of a motor vehicle. The mounting system comprises a first fixing device for fixing the component without tools in a first region of the component and a second fixing device for fixing the component without tools in a second region of the component. The first fixing device includes a snap closure for fixing the first region of the component in three linearly independent directions, and the second fixing device includes a rail for fixing the second region of the component so as to be displaceable in one direction on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventor: Manfred Winklbauer
  • Patent number: 9751404
    Abstract: A transfer includes an input shaft, an output shaft, an output member, a high-low switching mechanism, a clutch, an actuator, a screw mechanism, a first transmitting mechanism, a cam engaging member, a drum cam, and a second transmitting mechanism. The high-low switching mechanism is configured to change a rate of rotation of the input shaft and transmit a resultant rotation to the output shaft. The second transmitting mechanism is configured to transmit a movement of one of the drum cam and the cam engaging member that is connected to a second shaft to the high-low switching mechanism via the second shaft such that the high-low switching mechanism switches between the high-speed gear and the low-speed gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Mizuki Imafuku
  • Patent number: 9744985
    Abstract: A rack bar unit of a vehicle steering device may include a rack bar body and a rack gear made of different materials, in which the rack gear may be coupled to the rack bar body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Sang Woock Ryu
  • Patent number: 9737767
    Abstract: According to one aspect of the present invention there is provided an adjustable connector including at least two parts, each having a main body with a bore having a longitudinal axis therein, wherein an external surface of the main body of a first part is configured to bear against an internal surface of the bore of a second part when the first part is at least partially inserted into the bore of the second part to form a connection, characterized in that the positioning of the bores with respect to the main bodies is such that when the parts are connected to each other, rotation of one part with respect to the other changes the inclination of the longitudinal axes of the bores with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Garry Moore
  • Patent number: 9739345
    Abstract: A transmission includes a transmission housing, five co-planar gear sets, a transmission input shaft, an output member, a first and second countershaft, and five synchronizer assemblies. The five synchronizer assemblies are selectively engaged to establish one of at least seven forward speed ratios and one reverse speed ratio between the transmission input shaft member and the output member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventors: Yogesh Kumar Dewangan, Bhaskara Ch, Raphael Demelezi, Ganesan Sp
  • Patent number: 9726132
    Abstract: A barring-tool system improving safety, speed, effectiveness, and number of personnel required for maintenance, repair, and inspection of large engines, generators, and turbines, providing controlled bidirectional rotation and locking of crankshafts during maintenance, and a method for maintenance of large engines, generators, and turbines using the barring-tool system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: Phillip Pawlicki
  • Patent number: 9726138
    Abstract: The engine starter includes a pinion-mobile component which is linked to an output shaft by a helical spline and can be slid in a shaft direction, in a state where the pinion-mobile component includes; an overrunning clutch which is idled when the pinion gear, which is engaged to the ring gear, is driven by the engine via the ring gear so as to be rotated at a rotational speed which is higher than a rotational speed of the output shaft; and a breaking mechanism in which the overrunning clutch breaks a transmission of a torque, which is generated in accordance with a rotation of the motor and is transmitted to the ring gear, when a value of the torque is a predetermined condition value with respect to a direction where the torque is transmitted to the ring gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Sasaki, Daisuke Mizuno, Hiroaki Kitano, Koichiro Kamei, Kazuhiro Odahara, Takenobu Matsubara
  • Patent number: 9725931
    Abstract: The invention relates to an actuating unit for a motor vehicle lock, comprising a motor element and a drive for moving the motor element, a Bowden cable connected to the motor element and a connecting element for the Bowden cable. The invention further relates to a method of production. The aim of the invention is to simplify production of an actuating unit having a Bowden cable. According to the invention, the connecting element for the Bowden cable is angular, especially L-shaped, and a leg thereof, in the case of an L shape preferably the long leg thereof, is connected to the remainder of the housing. The angular form or L shape and the connection of one leg of such a shape to the remainder of the housing of the motor element results in a large surface or a large peripheral edge of the connecting part which can be connected to the remainder of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Claus Topfer, Winfried Schlabs
  • Patent number: 9726281
    Abstract: A compact and lightweight range switching apparatus is provided by suppressing the increase in the size of components in the range switching apparatus. The range switching apparatus includes: a motor mounted in a housing; a pinion placed on a shaft of the motor; a sector-shaped gear wheel having an opening inside which a gear engaging the pinion is formed; and an output shaft rotatably supporting the gear wheel in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Kurita, Takuya Uryu, Chiaki Sugano, Masayuki Aota
  • Patent number: 9700376
    Abstract: A multi-joint fixture including a proximal base unit, one or more arms serially connected by electromagnetically lockable ball joints, and a distal hub. The ball joints unlock when not powered. A centering mechanism biases the ball joints toward a neutral position. A control system activates the electromagnetic brake with a high-then-low voltage profile. A headpiece attaches to the hub and holds a drape that covers the fixture. A connector connects a surgical device to the headpiece. A switch on the hub can be actuated via actuators on the headpiece or connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventors: Christopher P. Scott, Edward J. Laganis, Anthony J. LaRosa, Jason R. Cahayla
  • Patent number: 9695856
    Abstract: Composed element, wherein this composed element comprises at least two panel-shaped elements, which substantially are formed from a board material; wherein said panel-shaped elements are interconnected at an angle by means of coupling devices including a tongue and a groove, which coupling devices substantially are made as profiled parts in the board material; and wherein said coupling devices also include locking elements, which, in coupled condition, prevent the moving apart of the tongue and groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: UNILIN, BVBA
    Inventors: Luc Maertens, Mark Cappelle, Luc Vanhastel, Luc Deman, Guy Van Hooydonck
  • Patent number: 9682790
    Abstract: Attachment apparatuses are attached to a pallet to allow rope or string, such as that made from stretch film, to securely attach a load or object to the pallet for shipping. The apparatuses can be clip or nail based to secure to the pallet or wedge based to wedge into the middle of the pallet. These devices orient an engagement surface designed to engage the rope or string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Encore Packaging LLC
    Inventor: Timothy H. Nelson
  • Patent number: 9683653
    Abstract: A rotating device includes a rotating disc and a combined transmission shaft. The rotating disc includes a turret and multiple driven rollers. The combined transmission shaft includes a first roller gear cam and a second roller gear cam. The first roller gear cam includes a first shaft, a combined shaft and a first helical tooth. The combined shaft protrudes outward from a side of the first shaft. The first shaft is surrounded by the first helical tooth and has a first outer surface and a first inner surface. The second roller gear cam includes a second shaft and a second helical tooth. The second shaft has a combination hole. The second shaft is surrounded by the second helical tooth and has a second outer surface and a second inner surface. The combined shaft passes through the combination hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Ching-Huei Wu, Tien-Hsi Tai, Chang-Chia Hsieh, Min-Chang Wu, Sheng-Feng Tsai, Ming-Ju Wu
  • Patent number: 9669542
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transmission mechanism for a drive system, having at least one tensioning device and acting in two directions. For force transmission, the tractive device runs between a drive roll and an output roll, which are carried by a frame. A spring coupling is connected in the force transmission section between the drive roll and the output roll and has a nonlinear force-distance characteristic curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Andreas Karguth, Olaf Mollenhauer