Patents Examined by Victor MacArthur
  • Patent number: 9664256
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transmission (2) which can be switched between at least three switching stages. A transmission in accordance with the invention has a frame (6) in which a first drive shaft (4) with a first gear (12) non-rotatably mounted thereon and a second drive shaft (20) with a second gear (24) non-rotatably mounted thereon, having longitudinal axes (8, 22) disposed in parallel with one another, are rotatably mounted, and the transmission has a switching device. The first gear (12) is in the shape of a truncated cone at least in regions, with a first end (14) and a second end (16) with different numbers of teeth, and has first main teeth (30) which extend completely from the first end (14) to the second end (16) of the first gear (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Richter Helmut
  • Patent number: 9656685
    Abstract: Construction is achieved that is able to effectively prevent the displacement in the axial direction of a ball bearing 16 that supports the middle section of a pinion shaft 6 so as to be able to rotate freely, and that is compact and low cost. A fastening groove 28b is formed around the entire circumference of a portion near an opening of the inner circumferential surface of a sub housing section 12c of a casing 10c, and a radially outside portion of a C-shaped retaining ring 29b is fastened in this fastening groove 28b. As a result, a side surface in the axial direction of a radially inside portion of the retaining ring 29b is pressed against a side surface in the axial direction of an outer ring 18 of a ball bearing 16 that is fitted inside and supported by the inner circumferential surface of the sub housing section 12c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Masato Iwakawa
  • Patent number: 9657837
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a shift actuator assembly that includes a housing having a retaining mechanism. A holding pawl is biased into engagement with the retaining mechanism. A solenoid releasably engages the pawl when the shift shaft is disposed in its first position such that once the solenoid disengages the pawl, the cam surfaces on the retaining mechanism cooperate with the holding surfaces on the pawl to drive the pawl out of engagement with the retaining mechanism thereby releasing the biasing force of the biasing mechanism to drive the housing and the shift fork axially on the shift shaft between engaged and disengaged positions with respect to the associated gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Dan J. Showalter
  • Patent number: 9657811
    Abstract: A center axis of a worm shaft is offset in an offset direction with respect to a plane that is orthogonal to a center axis of a worm wheel and that passes through a central position of the worm wheel in a tooth width direction. A bias member biases a second end of the worm shaft in a preloading direction in which a center distance between the worm shaft and the worm wheel decreases. When the worm shaft is configured like a right-hand thread, in a left-handed coordinate system, a direction toward a first end of the worm shaft in an axial direction (a direction toward an electric motor) corresponds to a thumb direction. The preloading direction corresponds to an index finger direction. The offset direction corresponds to a middle finger direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Jun Hamakita, Arata Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 9643101
    Abstract: A construction system uses a comb connector element in combination with flat or generally planar polygonal shapes of various types. The comb connector elements connect to the edges of the planar polygonal shapes. Each comb connector has at least one pair of connector members. Each connector member has a proximal end connected to the polygonal member, and a distal end. Each connector member having a face portion that includes a recess extending from a central region of the face portion. The recess extends to the distal end of the face member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Michael James Acerra
  • Patent number: 9636990
    Abstract: A hybrid drive apparatus includes a rotary electric machine including a rotor capable of transmitting driving force to at least a speed change mechanism and a rotor hub that holds the rotor; a clutch; an oil hole that supplies oil from a radial inner side of the clutch toward the clutch; and a partition member disposed with a clearance provided in at least a portion in a circumferential direction between the rotor hub and the partition member on a radial inner side of the rotor hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru Kasuya, Masashi Kito, Yuichi Seki, Muneyuki Tsumura
  • Patent number: 9637924
    Abstract: Reinforcing is disclosed comprising a reinforcing bar extending along a portion of the length of the reinforcing and a termination extending along an end portion of the reinforcing. The termination may have a body extending in a longitudinal direction and a lateral engagement face formed on the body. The engagement face may incorporate locking formations thereon arranged to interfit with a complementary shaped termination to form an interlock arranged to accommodate loading applied in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MB Couplers Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Ernest Comerford
  • Patent number: 9638228
    Abstract: A telescopic tube having an adjusting device comprising an inner toothing angularly interrupted by a longitudinal recess and a male element having an outer toothing angularly interrupted by a second recess so as to axially slide along the longitudinal recess in a first predetermined angular position and selectively engage with the inner toothing in a second predetermined angular position different from the first predetermined angular position for rigidly connecting the bushing to the male element in axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Big Astor Srl
    Inventors: Carmelo Montalto, Daniele Montalto
  • Patent number: 9624959
    Abstract: In order to provide a connecting means for connecting a first component and a second component, in particular for connecting furniture parts or machine parts, by means of which the components may be connected to one another simply and reliably, it is proposed that the connecting means includes a first connecting element which in the connected condition of the components is arranged on the first component, and a second connecting element which in the connected condition of the components is arranged on the second component, wherein, for connecting the first component and the second component, a spring element of the first connecting element is configured to come into engagement with a receiving element of the second connecting element, wherein the connecting means, in particular the first connecting element and/or the second connecting element, includes a reinforcing element for reinforcing a spring force of the spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Lamello AG
    Inventors: Franz Baur, Franz Haser, Patrick Jeker, Philipp Seiler
  • Patent number: 9624958
    Abstract: This invention comprises an adaptor device for connecting an electronic device having a camera to a range of optical devices, including but not limited to binoculars, monoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, telescopes, and microscopes. This adaptor device has a plurality of protrusion that provide a self-centering and fitted connection between the electronic and optical device, so that the optical axes are aligned so that the user may take images or video on their electronic device through the optical device. The structure of the adaptor device allows the adaptor to fit a range of differently sized optical device, denoted by the diameter of the eyepiece end of the optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Carson Optical, Inc.
    Inventor: Michelle Hyers
  • Patent number: 9624955
    Abstract: A multiple quick connector (MQC) assembly is described herein. The MQC assembly includes a male sub-assembly that includes a plurality of quick connectors coupled to a first circular plate, and an actuator coupled to the first circular plate. The actuator is configured to actuate a shaft having a draw nut attached to an axial end of the shaft. The MQC assembly also includes a female sub-assembly that includes a plurality of couplers coupled to a second circular plate. Each of the couplers is configured to couple to a respective quick connector of the male sub-assembly. The second circular plate comprises an aperture disposed therethrough. Actuation of the shaft causes the draw nut to extend axially through the aperture, and to rotate with respect to the aperture to lock the male sub-assembly axially with respect to the female sub-assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Randolph Dale Lewkoski
  • Patent number: 9624965
    Abstract: Actuator stem and rod end bearings having locking mechanisms are described. An example apparatus for use with a control valve actuator includes a rod end bearing having a bearing retainer and a shaft portion extending from the bearing retainer, where the shaft portion defines a first face. An actuator stem has a first end to be operatively coupled to a diaphragm plate of the control valve actuator and a second end to be coupled to the rod end bearing, where the second end defines a second face. The first face engages the second face to provide a lock that prevents rotation of the actuator stem relative to the rod end bearing when the actuator stem is rotated in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Bryan Quinn Leger
  • Patent number: 9616783
    Abstract: A seat driving apparatus includes: a tubular member into which an output shaft is fitted, into which an input shaft is fitted, and which includes a tubular portion and a pressing piece; a first biasing member biasing the tubular member in an axial line direction toward the input shaft; an intermediary member into which the tubular portion is loosely inserted and which is turnable about an axial line extending in a direction different from a direction of an axial line of the tubular member; a cam member supported turnably around an axial line extending in a direction different from the directions of the axial lines of the tubular member and the intermediary member, pressing the pressing piece via the intermediary member, and allowing the input shaft to fit into the tubular member; and a second biasing member biasing the cam member, wherein a counterface of the intermediary member pressing the pressing piece includes a curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Sadao Ito
  • Patent number: 9611650
    Abstract: A rail system that may be comprised of various components such as an upper rail, support rail, bottom rail, squash blocks, balusters, post covers, and ancillary components, such as post skirts and caps. In one exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be uniquely designed to accommodate perpendicular and angled installations (e.g., both in the horizontal and vertical planes). Furthermore, in another exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be easily assembled such that the support hardware is substantially hidden from view after installation, thereby enhancing the appearance of the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: CPG International LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Bizzarri, Chip Herr, John M. Previte, Kevin T. Burt, William G. Taylor, Matthew T. Fenneman, Jeffrey R. Burr, Timothy C. Rothwell
  • Patent number: 9599138
    Abstract: An attachment device for an aircraft monument is disclosed having a pair of spaced apart parallel plates having vertical sides and a rounded upper surface defining an arch. A panel attaches the spaced apart parallel plates along an inner radius, and a pair of lugs including a vertical channel is disposed below the plates for receiving fasteners to connect the attachment device to a rail or planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Leslie Burd
  • Patent number: 9599211
    Abstract: In a transmission, an inner end portion in a radial direction of a washer abuts on an inner race of a first bearing, and a seal surface provided on an outer end in the radial direction of the washer abuts on an outer race of a second bearing. Therefore, load in an axial direction which acts on a second gear can be supported with a second rotary shaft via the outer race of the second bearing, the washer and the inner race of the first bearing. Additionally, on a side surface at the second bearing side, of the washer, a lubricating oil guide surface is formed, that guides lubricating oil which is supplied from an inside of a second rotary shaft, to a one-way clutch through the second bearing, and therefore, a lubricating effect can be enhanced by efficiently supplying the oil to the second bearing and the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Kumagai, Takeshi Uchino, Shin Fukasawa
  • Patent number: 9598121
    Abstract: A coupling assembly includes a mounting bracket including a first mounting wall and a second mounting wall coupled to the first mounting wall. The coupling assembly further includes a connection bracket including a first connection wall, a second connection wall, and a third connection wall interconnecting the first and second connection walls. The connection bracket defines a first bracket opening extending through the first connection wall and a second bracket opening extending through the second connection wall. The coupling assembly further includes a flange extending from the second mounting wall. The flange extends through the connection bracket via the first and second bracket openings. The coupling assembly further includes a fastener extending through the third connection wall and the flange such that the mounting bracket is coupled to the connection bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Mark Pulleyblank
  • Patent number: 9593751
    Abstract: Disclosed is a swivel actuator, the swivel actuator including a driving motor, a linear screw shaft rotating in conjunction with rotational force of the driving motor, a nut member reciprocating to a lengthwise direction of the linear screw shaft in response to the rotation of the linear screw shaft, a lever member, one end of which being rotatably coupled to the nut member and the other end being connected to a rotating counterpart, and an elastic member arranged at a coupled position between the nut member and the lever member to maintain a coupling between the nut member and the lever member by applying elastic restoring force to the lever member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Hyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9593765
    Abstract: An electronic auto shift lever, and more particularly, a smart touch type electronic auto shift lever configures a shift operating unit of the auto shift lever. The auto shift lever includes a touch screen and provides a predetermined shift pattern to a user to perform a shift operation by an input through the touch screen, in which the user is allowed to arbitrarily change the shift pattern to provide various shift patterns corresponding to a user's taste, in an auto shift lever of an automatic transmission vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Eun Sik Kim, Jeongseop Lee
  • Patent number: 9593643
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (3) for driving actuators (7-10) for a thrust reverser, comprising a motorized drive unit (15), a brake (16) and a manual drive unit (17) for rotatably driving a drive shaft, and a control part (44) which can be actuated by an operator, the control part (44) being mobile between a motorized drive position and a manual drive position, the movement of the control part (44) from the motorized drive position into the manual drive position causing the movement of a clutch part (40) into an engaged position in order to connect the manual drive unit (17) to the drive shaft (14), and the movement of the brake (16) into the loosened configuration in order to authorize the driving of the drive shaft (14) in rotation by the manual drive unit (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Inventor: Julien Tisseau