Patents Examined by Vinh Luong
  • Patent number: 10927931
    Abstract: An arm assembly of a robot includes a servo coupled to the chest of the robot, an upper arm driven by the servo, a forearm rotatably coupled to the upper arm, a hand connected to an end of the forearm and rotatable about a first axis extending along a lengthwise direction of the forearm; and a hand transmission mechanism configured to transmit motion from the servo to the hand so as to drive the hand to rotate about the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: UBTECH ROBOTICS CORP
    Inventors: Youjun Xiong, Zuyi Mao, Xinpu Chen, Gao Yang, Defu Liu
  • Patent number: 10920869
    Abstract: A system, a differential, and method for maintaining temperature of a fluid circulating in a housing enclosing a gear system, contains a first heat exchanger positioned interior the housing. A first insulation layer is coupled to the housing and having a face in complete contact with the housing. A second fluid passageway formed between the outer surface of the gear and the primary heat transfer surface for the flow of the fluid circulating within the housing therethrough, wherein the fluid is brought into heat transfer relationship with the first heat exchange fluid flowing through said heat exchanger by means of rotation of the gear system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ihab Edward Gerges, Dario Bettio, Michael J. R. Bardeleben
  • Patent number: 10901451
    Abstract: An input device includes a base member, a motor, a rotation shaft, a worm gear, a first gear, a rotor, a movement member, an elastic member, a change amount detection unit, and a controller. The rotation shaft is rotated by the motor. The worm gear is rotated by the rotation shaft. The first gear is rotatable and engaged with the worm gear. The rotor is rotatable relative to the base member, includes a second gear engaged with the first gear, and is rotated by an operator. The movement member is moved as the worm gear is moved. The elastic member generates urging force. The change amount detection unit detects a change amount of a state that is changed in accordance with the movement of the movement member. The controller performs drive control for the motor to change a sense of force applied to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi Uenomachi, Toshio Ogawa, Shinya Muto, Yoshitsugu Wakita, Ikuyasu Miyako, Wataru Kimura
  • Patent number: 10892113
    Abstract: A rotating handle device formed by the the mounting of an assembly including an attachment base that receives a grip and a sliding button, a sliding limiting drive member, and a fixing cover. The fastening between the sliding button, grip, attachment base, and fixing cover is achieved by pressure fastening engagements snap-fits. The assembly includes a mounting method that prevents removal of the grip from the attachment base unless the sliding button is removed first, and a mounting or dismounting process between the grip and the attachment base that may only take place upon the coincidence between pairs of flaps and passing recessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: WEG DRIVES AND CONTROLS AUTOMAÇÃO LTDA
    Inventor: João Paulo Abdala
  • Patent number: 10889226
    Abstract: An assembly includes a floor, a vehicle pedal disposed above the floor, and a cover. The cover is rotatably connected to the floor. The cover is rotatable relative to the floor from a closed position in which the cover is disposed above the vehicle pedal to an open position in which the vehicle pedal is disposed above the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: William Henry Dean, Gregory Pfirman, John Q. White, Pablo Isaac Villalva Sanchez, Steffen Schoenfuss, Richard Alan Kreder
  • Patent number: 10882578
    Abstract: A motorcycle metal handle bar assembly for receiving a length of an internally routed wire harness assembly. The motorcycle metal handle bar assembly includes a first pipe having a first open end defined by a first angled cut, wherein the first open end defines a first periphery; a second pipe having a second open end defined by a second angled cut, wherein the second open end defines a second periphery; a joint at an interface of the first open end and the second open end, wherein at least one of the first open end and the second open end is flared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Magnum Shielding Corporation
    Inventor: Scott L. Hurwitz
  • Patent number: 10876623
    Abstract: A compensating arrangement for compensating axial play for a transmission housing unit, having a housing base body and a rotatable shaft, a first guide surface transversely to the axial direction and a second guide surface obliquely to the axial direction, wherein the shaft is supported between the guide surfaces with the interposition of the compensating arrangement, is configured in the shape of a wedge and is displaceable along the second guide surface in a feed direction transversely to the axial direction in order to compensate axial play of the shaft, wherein the transmission housing unit contains a pre-stressed spring element for the compensating arrangement in the feed direction, wherein the compensating arrangement is configured to increase the frictional force at least in the direction opposite the feed direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: NIDEC MOTORS & ACTUATORS (GERMANY) GMBH
    Inventors: Rainer Bruhn, Jian Yang
  • Patent number: 10864963
    Abstract: A crank arm for a bicycle may include a body extending along a body axis and having a first body end and a second body end axially spaced apart from the first body end. The insert may also include an insert provided toward the first body end. The insert may include a base portion having a radially outer surface. At least one extension may extend outwardly from the radially outer surface and may be encased within a corresponding recess in the body whereby relative planar movement between the body and the at least one extension in a first plane. The retaining portion may have a retaining portion width measured in the first direction and the retaining width may be greater than the throat width thereby inhibiting relative radial movement between the at least one extension and the recess and preventing radial extraction of the extension from the corresponding recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Staples, Paul Sidlick
  • Patent number: 10851869
    Abstract: A crank cap assembly provided with a crank cap rotatably supporting a crankshaft includes a mass portion, two cap bolts fixing the crank cap to an engine body, and an elastic supporter disposed between the two cap bolts. The elastic supporter elastically supports the mass portion with respect to the crank cap in an axial direction of the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Ono
  • Patent number: 10844955
    Abstract: Provided are an actuator and a vehicle transmission including the same. The actuator includes a magnet gear unit which transmits a driving force and a driving unit which drives the magnet gear unit. The magnet gear unit includes a first magnet, a second magnet disposed outside the first magnet to face the first magnet, and a pawl member inserted in parallel between the first magnet and the second magnet. The driving unit includes a circular rotor on a central axis, and any one of the first magnet, the second magnet or the pawl member is mounted to the rotor; a third magnet mounted along a circumference of the rotor: and a stator including an annular core having a plurality of protrusions that face the third magnet and coils connected to the protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: SL Corporation
    Inventors: Chunnyung Heo, Minsoo Kim, Sungjin Kim, Yongjae Kim
  • Patent number: 10836363
    Abstract: A brake pedal assembly installation method includes installing a brake operation simulator to a lower part of a dashboard; pivotally mounting a brake pedal arm to a mounting feature associated with brake operation simulator; providing an elastic member with first and second free ends that are normally biased toward one another; securing the first free end of the elastic member to a yoke mounted to an end portion of the push rod; extending the elastic member and securing the second free end of the extended elastic member to the brake pedal arm; aligning an opening on the brake pedal arm with an opening on the yoke; and inserting a lock pin through the openings of the brake pedal arm and the yoke to secure the yoke to the brake pedal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: David J. Bartlett, Evan R. States, Scott A. Paul, Akihiko Koike
  • Patent number: 10830307
    Abstract: Vibration isolators can be dimensioned for securement between a rotational motion source and a rotational motion target. The vibration isolators can include a first end member and a second end member supported in substantially-fixed axial position but axially-rotatable relative to the first end member. An intermediate member can be disposed between and operatively engaging the first and second end members. A rotational motion-to-axial motion conversion system is operatively disposed between the intermediate member and the first end member such that rotation of the intermediate member and the second end member generates axial displacement of the intermediate member relative to the first and second end members. A biasing element can be operatively disposed between the intermediate member and one or more of the first and second end members to bias the intermediate member in an axial direction. Rotary power transmissions or system are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Leonard, Pradipta N. Moulik
  • Patent number: 10822050
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to a pedal system having a cuff for retaining a foot or footwear at the pedal in a manner that supports different sizes and form factors of feet or footwear. The pedal system has a rod secured to a pedal in a rotatable manner and the cuff is coupled to the rod. A lever may be coupled to the rod in a manner where engagement of the lever by the user's foot or footwear affects the rod and thus, a position of the cuff relative to the user's foot or footwear. The lever and the cuff may retain the user's foot or footwear at the pedal in an engaged mode and release the user's foot or footwear from the top surface in a disengaged mode. The pedal system is switchable between the engaged mode and the disengaged mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Vectus Sport
    Inventors: Gregory William Davis, Robert Edward Glaspie
  • Patent number: 10816081
    Abstract: A spur gear transmission with at least two intermeshing spur gears the teeth of which are in meshing engagement with one another, and each of which are rotatable via an axis of rotation. The spur gear transmission has an enveloping wall which surrounds the two spur gears in circumferential direction and in the direction of the axes of rotation. The enveloping wall has an inner contour which is adapted to the outer diameter of the spur gears in such a manner that two annular gaps which merge into each other are formed between the enveloping wall and the spur gears. One annular gap respectively is arranged at least substantially concentrically with respect to a respective axis of rotation. The enveloping wall is formed by a two-part housing which is closed along a parting line and which has an upper part and a lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Kämmerer, Matthias Rauch, Marco Schneider
  • Patent number: 10807674
    Abstract: A handle includes handle grips and a handle pipe including an attachment portion, a first grip portion, a second grip portion, a first bent portion between the attachment portion and the first grip portion, and a second bent portion between the attachment portion and the second grip portion. The first grip portion includes a first overlapping region overlapping a first handle grip and a first non-overlapping region not overlapping the first handle grip. The second grip portion includes a second overlapping region overlapping a second handle grip and a second non-overlapping region not overlapping the second handle grip. The first and second non-overlapping regions each include a thick portion having a thickness larger than, or equal to, a thickness of the attachment portion. The first and second overlapping regions each include a thin portion having a thickness smaller than the thickness of the thick portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuya Okuda, Yuki Murayama
  • Patent number: 10808605
    Abstract: An actuating device for operating an actuating element of a turbocharger, comprises an actuating drive for generating an actuating force; and a coupling device which is mechanically coupled to the actuating drive and to the actuating element and which is designed to transmit the actuating force to the actuating element; wherein the coupling device has a coupling rod which is coupled, in each case by means of a joint, both to the actuating drive and to the actuating element; at least one of the joints is formed as a ball joint and has a ball socket and a ball head; and a sphere-like surface either of the ball head or of the ball socket of the corresponding joint is formed such that the ball head and the ball socket are in contact by way of at least two contact points in the assembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Vitesco Technologies GmbH
    Inventor: Mark Paulov
  • Patent number: 10800482
    Abstract: A crank arm for a bicycle may include a body extending along a body axis and having a first body end and a second body end axially spaced apart from the first body end. The crank arm may also include an insert provided toward the first body end. The insert may include a base portion having a radially outer surface. At least one extension may extend outwardly from the radially outer surface and may be encased within a corresponding recess in the body whereby relative planar movement between the body and the at least one extension in a first plane orthogonal to the radial direction is restrained. The retaining portion may have a retaining portion width measured in a first direction and the retaining width may be greater than a throat width thereby inhibiting relative radial movement between the at least one extension and the recess and preventing radial extraction of the extension from the corresponding recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Staples, Paul Sidlick
  • Patent number: 10801592
    Abstract: In accordance with an example embodiment, a mower-conditioner may include first and second conditioning rolls, at least one eccentric assembly, and a linkage. The first and second conditioning rolls are spaced apart a distance. The at least one eccentric assembly is coupled to the mower-conditioner. The linkage is coupled between the eccentric assembly and the first conditioning roll. The movement of the at least one eccentric assembly causes the first conditioning roll to move via the linkage, which adjusts the distance between the first and second conditioning rolls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: David V. Rotole, Ethan C. Conrad
  • Patent number: 10792111
    Abstract: A robot comprising an arm extending between a base and an attachment for an end effector, the arm comprising: a first arm part; a second arm part distal of the first arm part; and a joint whereby the first and second arm parts are coupled together, the joint permitting the first and second arm parts to rotate relative to each other about at least two mutually offset axes; a control rod attached to the second part of the arm at a location spaced from the first and second axes, the control rod extending distally of that location along the first arm part; and a drive mechanism for driving the control rod to move relative to the first arm part and thereby alter the attitude of the second arm part relative to the first arm part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CMR SURGICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Luke David Ronald Hares, Steven James Randle
  • Patent number: 10781900
    Abstract: A planetary roller screw mechanism includes a screw shaft provided with at least one external thread, a nut provided with at least three internal threads and at least three rollers arranged, radially with respect to a central axis of the screw shaft, between the screw shaft and the nut. Each roller is provided with at least two external threads. The number of external threads of the screw shaft is a multiple of the number of external threads of a roller. The number of internal threads of the nut is a multiple of the number of external threads of a roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget SKF
    Inventors: Jerome Dubus, Christian Boch