Patents Examined by William C. Joyce
  • Patent number: 10465767
    Abstract: An actuator includes a motor having a rotation shaft, and an output shaft disposed coaxially to the rotation shaft. A rotation shaft side gear is provided so as to be rotatable as a unit with the rotation shaft, and an output shaft side gear is provided so as to be rotatable as a unit with the output shaft. An intermediate gear configuration body is provided between the rotation shaft side gear and the output shaft side gear. The intermediate gear configuration body includes a first intermediate gear that meshes with the rotation shaft side gear, and a second intermediate gear that is provided so as to be rotatable as a unit with the first intermediate gear and that meshes with the rotation shaft side gear. A detected portion is provided at an end portion of the intermediate gear configuration body and detects a rotation speed of the intermediate gear configuration body. A detecting portion detects the detected portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Okada, Yasuhide Ito, Kohei Shibata, Takafumi Negi
  • Patent number: 10436310
    Abstract: An activation apparatus for a transmission of a motor vehicle includes a gear selector that is configured to move in a shift gate to thereby select first drive programs, and an activation device that is connected to the gear selector. Actuation of only the gear selector activates the first drive programs. The first drive programs include a forward drive program and a reverse drive program. The gear selector is configured take up a monostable rest position in the shift gate. Simultaneous actuation of both the gear selector and the activation device activates a second drive program that is different from the first drive programs. The activation device is a spring-loaded switch that is activated by actuating the gear selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Matthias Lindner, Thomas Tille
  • Patent number: 10428941
    Abstract: A drive member selection mechanism is described, including at least one drive member and at least two selector members, wherein the drive member includes a first and second face, and further includes, on each face, at least one projection, and the selector members include, on at least one face thereof, at least one complementary projection arranged to selectively engage with a projection of a drive member, the arrangement being such that the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the first face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a first torque connection and the projection(s) of a selector member and the projection(s) of the second face of a drive member may be drivingly engaged in a second torque connection, wherein the second torque connection is opposed to the first torque connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: QINETIQ LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert William Thompson
  • Patent number: 10422424
    Abstract: A control element, in particular a shifting device for manually selecting and/or triggering functions in a motor vehicle, having a handle that is mounted in such a way on and/or in a housing that the handle can be moved manually. A drive is situated in the housing, such that the drive is in operative connection and/or can be brought into operative connection with the handle, and the handle can be positioned non-manually by the drive and/or the manual movement of the handle can be blocked and/or the manual movement of the handle can be enabled. An elastic element is provided on the drive and/or in the housing, such that the drive is decoupled acoustically from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Marquardt GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Lange
  • Patent number: 10415531
    Abstract: A starter for an engine is equipped with a planetary gear train as a torque variator to change torque used to start the engine. The torque variator is capable of changing the degree of torque which is transmitted between a planetary carrier and an outer gear of the planetary gear train, thereby changing a ratio of speed of a sun gear to speed of the planetary carrier of the planetary gear train to increase or decrease the degree of torque required to start the engine. This ensures the stability in starting the engine, for example, in cold conditions and achieves a quick start of the engine as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Fujita
  • Patent number: 10414263
    Abstract: A transmission for a vehicle includes a first input shaft installed to receive power from an engine, a second input shaft concentrically disposed with the first input shaft and installed to receive power from a motor, an output shaft disposed in parallel with the first input shaft and the second input shaft, a first synchronizer provided at the first input shaft to selectively connect the first input shaft and the second input shaft, a first stage driving gear and a second stage driving gear provided at the second input shaft, a first stage driven gear and a second stage driven gear disposed at the output shaft to be freely rotated and meshed with the first stage driving gear and the second stage driving gear, respectively, to form a first stage shift ratio and a second stage shift ratio, and a second synchronizer installed to selectively connect any one of the first stage driven gear and the second stage driven gear with the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jong Yun Park
  • Patent number: 10415690
    Abstract: A toroidal-type stepless transmission includes: at least a pair of an input disc and an output disc; a power roller tiltably provided between the pair of the input disc and the output disc, the power roller being configured to transmit a driving force from the input disc to the output disc; and disc shrouds covering the input disc and the output disc, respectively. Each of the disc shrouds has an outer peripheral portion formed with an oil discharge groove configured to discharge an oil within each disc shroud to the outside, the oil discharge groove penetrating from an inner surface of the disc shroud to an outer surface of the disc shroud and extending in a circumferential direction of the disc shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenichiro Tanaka, Hideyuki Imai, Tatsuhiko Goi, Hidenori Arisawa, Masahide Kazari
  • Patent number: 10415673
    Abstract: A vehicle power unit is provided in which a transmission including a gear transmission mechanism and a gear selector mechanism is housed in a transmission case, the gear transmission mechanism having gear trains with a plurality of gear positions that can be established alternatively, the gear selector mechanism being capable of operating s as to alternatively establish the gear trains with the plurality of gear positions, and a plurality of rotational speed sensors individually detecting the rotational speed of a plurality of rotating members forming part of the transmission are mounted on the transmission case, wherein the plurality of rotational speed sensors are disposed in a distributed manner so as to sandwich the plurality of shaft members of the gear selector mechanism in a projection on a plane orthogonal to a central axis of a crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takeshi Sugano, Tensei Hayashi, Toshimasa Mitsubori
  • Patent number: 10406697
    Abstract: A stable extension and retraction motion is realized in a robot arm mechanism including a linear extension and retraction joint. In the robot arm mechanism including the linear extension and retraction joint, the linear a extension and retraction joint includes an arm section, and an ejection section for supporting the arm section. The arm section includes a first connection piece string and a second connection piece string. The first connection piece string includes a plurality of first connection pieces. The second connection piece string includes a plurality of second connection pieces each having a substantially flat plate shape. The first connection piece string is joined to the second connection piece string to thereby constitute a columnar body. The columnar body is sent out forward from the ejection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: LIFE ROBOTICS INC.
    Inventor: Woo-Keun Yoon
  • Patent number: 10408335
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a case, a motor, a gear mechanism, a lubrication mechanism, and a cooling mechanism. The motor and the gear mechanism are housed in the case. The gear mechanism includes a specified gear and a first gear. A vertical lower section of the first gear is positioned above a surface of the oil. The lubrication mechanism lubricates the gear mechanism by the oil thrown up by the specified gear. The cooling mechanism includes an oil pump and a pipe. The oil pump and the pipe supply the oil reserved in the case to the motor. The pipe is located above the first gear. The pipe has a hole, and the oil discharged from the hole. The hole is positioned above the first gear. A normal line direction of the hole differs from a vertically downward direction. The first gear does not overlap the normal line direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinichiro Suenaga, Ryuichi Hasegawa, Masato Watanabe, Tatsuo Obata, Satoshi Miyanaga
  • Patent number: 10399672
    Abstract: A method for fixing to an aircraft landing gear (1) at least one actuator (30) for rotatably driving a wheel (3) which is rotatably mounted on an axle (2) of the landing gear, the wheel being associated with a brake (5). The brake has an actuator carrier (8) which carries brake actuators, the actuator carrier being fitted onto the axle and stopped in terms of rotation by an obstacle (12) which is fixedly joined to the landing gear and which is introduced into one of several stop holes (11) of the actuator carrier. The drive actuator is fixedly joined to the actuator carrier in the region of a stop hole of the actuator carrier which does not receive the obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: MESSIER-BUGATTI-DOWTY
    Inventor: Frederic Martin
  • Patent number: 10390900
    Abstract: A surgical instrument arrangement has a modular motor drive unit which has a drive arrangement having at least one output element, an instrument shaft that can be detachably connected to the drive unit, and a drive arrangement having at least one input drive element. The output drive arrangement and the input drive arrangement can be coupled to each other by a mechanical interface that has at least one single-sided linkage, a pin, and a cut-out, wherein the pin can be radially expanded in the cut-out. Alternatively, a gap may be formed between the pin and the cut-out, which gap is wavy in the radial direction, and in which a radially displaceable, axially fixed intermediate element arrangement is arranged. The surgical instrument arrangement may also include a sterile barrier, which is provided to envelop the drive unit and to be arranged between the drive unit and the instrument shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: KUKA Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Sebastian Lohmeier, Wolfgang Schober, Sven Brudniok
  • Patent number: 10385968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a control device for a continuously variable transmission (4) that has, as forward speed change stages, a first speed change stage (32) and a second speed change stage (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiichiro Takahashi, Takuichiro Inoue, Koutarou Tagami, Fumito Shinohara, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Yuji Okamoto, Takashi Nobukawa
  • Patent number: 10378624
    Abstract: An actuator for driving a rotatable component includes a first, rotating member comprising a screw and a second member comprising a nut threaded to said screw, wherein rotation of said first member causes axial movement of said first or second member. The component also includes a third member coupled to the second member, wherein axial movement of said first or second member causes axial movement of said third member and a fourth, rotating member coupled to said third member and connectable to said component. The system also includes a bearing system located between said third member and said fourth member, said bearing system configured to cause said fourth member to rotate upon said axial movement of said third member so as to drive said component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HS WROCLAW SP. Z O. O.
    Inventor: Daniel Trybula
  • Patent number: 10371259
    Abstract: A control device for a continuously variable transmission with an auxiliary transmission includes: a cooperative control section being configured to shift the auxiliary transmission mechanism during the first inertia phase time period, and to shift the variator during the second inertia phase time period, when the cooperative control in which an input torque to the continuously variable transmission is equal to or smaller than a predetermined value in the cooperative control is judged, and being configured to shift the auxiliary transmission mechanism during the first inertia phase time period, and to shift the variator during the first inertia phase time period when the cooperative control in which the input torque to the continuously variable transmission is greater than the predetermined value is judged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: JATCO LTD, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mamiko Inoue, Takuichiro Inoue, Hiroyasu Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10369877
    Abstract: A hybrid drive system includes a transmission having first and second parallel input shafts. The first and second parallel input shafts are selectively coupled together via a plurality of gearwheels operable to vary the rotational speed of the second parallel shaft relative to the first parallel shaft. The hybrid drive system includes at least one irreversible drive machine coupled to the transmission and operable to provide torque to at least one of the first or second parallel input shafts, and at least one reversible drive machine coupled to the transmission and operable to provide torque to at least one of the first or second parallel input shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: UVic Industry Partnerships Inc.
    Inventors: Guang Wu, Zuomin Dong
  • Patent number: 10364889
    Abstract: A cylindrical shift drum is rotatable around a third rotational axis. The cylindrical shift drum includes at least one lead groove in an outer circumferential surface of the cylindrical shift drum. A shift fork shaft extending in parallel to the third rotational axis is disposed opposite to the outer circumferential surface. At least one shift fork includes a main portion slidably supported by the shift fork shaft and a pin portion rotatably supported by the main body portion. The main body portion includes a fork portion to be engaged with at least one shifter gear. The pin portion is inserted in one of the at least one lead groove. The cylindrical shift drum is to be rotated to guide the pin portion along the one of the at least one lead groove to move the at least one shift fork to shift the at least one shifter gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Adachi, Takashi Ozeki, Yoshiaki Tsukada
  • Patent number: 10352435
    Abstract: An integrated electronic shift lever assembly for a vehicle includes a shift lever installed inside the vehicle and operated by a driver for a shift position operation. A fixed knob is fixedly attached to an end of the shift lever. A shaft extends outwards from the fixed knob. A movable knob is detachably connected to the fixed knob such that the movable knob slides along the shaft to be decoupled from the fixed knob and rotates about the fixed knob. When a signal according to a rotational direction of the movable knob is input to a transmission control unit (TCU), the TCU changes a current shift position or a drive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Han-Gil Park
  • Patent number: 10352440
    Abstract: A shift-by-wire actuator and a method for selecting drive positions of a motor vehicle transmission is provided. The actuator comprises an actuating field, in which a scrolling surface for selecting one of the drive positions, and a release button, which transmits a release signal based on an actuation, are disposed. The actuator is characterized in that the scrolling surface and the release button are coupled via a locking and releasing mechanism, such that a shift-effecting selection of at least one of the drive positions can be executed by manipulation of the scrolling surface after release by the locking and releasing mechanism, based on the release signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Vitali Fribus, Alexander Kirilenko
  • Patent number: 10337587
    Abstract: A dual-clutch seven speed transmission arrangement comprises a dual-clutch gearbox, a drive machine and a transfer transmission. The dual clutch gearbox comprises first and second input shafts provided with first and second input clutches. The first input shaft is provided with at least first and second gearwheels, which are arranged to host three even and one reverse drive gear, and the second input shaft is arranged to host four odd drive gears. Furthermore, the first input shaft is a hollow shaft enclosing the second input shaft. The drive machine is a flywheel and the transfer transmission meshes with the first gearwheel that also hosts a fourth drive gear of the dual clutch gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: VOLVO CAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ahmet Dzafic, Mathias Jorgensson