Patents Examined by Zakaria Elahmadi
  • Patent number: 10889316
    Abstract: A steering gear apparatus includes a rack shaft, a pinion shaft, and a housing. The rack shaft has rack teeth and moves in an axial direction to steer front wheels. The pinion shaft has pinion teeth and rotates in accordance with steering operation of a steering wheel. The housing supports the rack shaft and the pinion shaft, and houses a meshing area between the rack teeth and the pinion teeth. When the steering wheel is in its neutral position, the pinion teeth mesh with the rack teeth at a rotational position of the pinion shaft that minimizes torque required to move the rack shaft in the axial direction during one rotation of the pinion shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: Yoshinori Hirokawa
  • Patent number: 10877508
    Abstract: A robot that enables a stopper to be installed even when it is difficult to allow a space for providing the stopper. The robot includes a first component; a second component movably coupled to the first component; a first stopper provided on one of the first component and the second component, the first stopper extending along an axis parallel to a movement direction of the second component relative to the first component; and a second stopper provided on the other of the first component and the second component, the second stopper configured to come into contact with the first stopper when the second component moves relative to the first component and limit a movement range of the second component relative to the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventor: Genki Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10871216
    Abstract: A gear unit is described as having a first and a second housing part, an intermediate shaft of the gear unit being mounted via two bearings in a bushing accommodating the bearings, the bushing centering the first housing part against the second housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Miki Tegeltija, Oliver Bühn
  • Patent number: 10871210
    Abstract: A gear drive assembly is used with an actuator of an actuator system. The gear drive assembly includes a housing and a gear arrangement disposed in the housing and including at least three gear stages having at least three driven gears. The at least three driven gears alternate between a plastic material and a metal material for each gear of the at least three driven gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventors: Martin P. Bogen, Cody J. Paupert
  • Patent number: 10870346
    Abstract: A shift lever mounting bracket includes a vehicle-side fixing plate having a virtually flat shape; a lever-side fixing plate having a virtually flat shape; a connecting plate having a virtually flat shape, and extending virtually parallel to both a direction orthogonal to the vehicle-side fixing plate and a direction orthogonal to the lever-side fixing plate; a vehicle-side bend part connecting a part of an edge of the vehicle-side fixing plate with a part of an edge of the connecting plate; and a lever-side bend part connecting a part of an edge of the lever-side fixing plate and a part of the edge of the connecting plate. The entirety of the shift lever mounting bracket is constituted with a continuous flat plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masanori Fujita
  • Patent number: 10865862
    Abstract: In some examples, a ball nut includes a first end and an outer cylindrical surface having a first diameter. A pulley may be mounted on the first end of the ball nut. The pulley may include an inner cylindrical surface having a second diameter larger than the first diameter of the ball nut and sized to engage with the outer cylindrical surface in a press fit. Furthermore, a circumferential groove may be formed in a portion of the first end of the ball nut extending beyond the pulley when the pulley is mounted on the first end of the ball nut. A retaining ring is disposed in the circumferential groove to prevent removal of the pulley from the first end of the ball nut. Furthermore, a portion of the ball nut may engage with a portion the pulley to prevent relative rotation between the pulley and the ball nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Charles Durbin, Satoru Muto, Bikal Adhikari, Ryo Tashiro
  • Patent number: 10843560
    Abstract: A transfer device is provided, which includes an input shaft configured to receive a driving force generated by a drive source, an output shaft configured to output a portion of the driving force to part-time drive wheels of a vehicle, a transfer case accommodating the input and output shafts, at least two output bearings rotatably supporting the output shaft, and a constant-velocity (CV) joint connected to the output shaft and provided on a first side of the part-time drive wheels with respect to the output shaft. The output shaft is formed with a recessed opening portion opening toward the first side and receiving at least a part of the CV joint therein. The transfer case has an annular intruding part extending from the first side of the output shaft into the recessed opening portion. A first output bearing is located inside the recessed opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Yuzo Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 10837572
    Abstract: A torque limiter (120) includes a coil spring (124), an inner shaft which is connected to a drive shaft (58) and is disposed to be inserted into a coil portion of the coil spring (124) so that the coil portion of the coil spring (124) is configured to come into close contact with an outer peripheral surface, a bottomed cylindrical outer member (122) which is disposed at the outside of the coil portion with a gap interposed therebetween and is provided relatively rotatable with respect to the inner shaft so that both end portions of a wire forming the coil spring (124) are locked thereto, and a drive gear (123) which is integrally formed with a plate portion (122a) of the outer member (122) and is configured to transmit a rotational force to the screw shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10837775
    Abstract: A method, for providing spatial stability and electrical power with a hybrid power source and control moment gyroscope (HPCMG), includes producing spatial stability force for the HPCMG by spinning a central mass within a first transverse gimbal assembly about a first axis of rotation of a control moment gyroscope (CMG). The CMG includes the first transverse gimbal assembly, the central mass, and a second gimbal assembly rotationally connected to the first transverse gimbal assembly. The first transverse gimbal assembly is rotationally connected to the central mass at a first position of the first transverse gimbal assembly and at a second position of the first transverse gimbal assembly along the first axis of rotation. The method includes producing a voltage potential with the central mass. The method includes charging or discharging the central mass through conductive bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher C. Veto
  • Patent number: 10830336
    Abstract: A re-circulating ballscrew assembly comprises a plurality of balls. A ballnut has a ballnut body with a radially inner surface and a helical ballnut groove formed on the radially inner surface. A ballscrew is disposed within the ballnut, the ballscrew comprising a radially outer surface and a ballscrew groove formed on the outer surface, the ballscrew groove cooperating with the ballnut groove to define a helical raceway for the plurality of balls, the helical raceway having a start point and an end point. The ballscrew assembly comprises a return track for the plurality of balls, the return track disposed radially outward of the radially inner surface of the ballnut and connecting the start point and the end point of the helical raceway. The return track extends at least in part through an annular lubricant bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Stephen Davies
  • Patent number: 10830321
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an actuator assembly having a ball nut comprising a helical track and a ball screw. The ball screw of the actuator assembly includes a first translation bearing track having a first diameter, wherein the helical track and the first translation bearing track form a first translation bearing raceway in which a first translation bearing ball is disposed. The ball screw further includes a second translation bearing track having a second diameter, wherein the helical track and the second translation bearing track form a second translation bearing raceway in which a second translation bearing ball is disposed. The first diameter and the second diameter are not equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: David Drennen, Harald Klode, Kevin Rehfus, Satinder Mann, Marc Georgin, Robert French
  • Patent number: 10823284
    Abstract: Provided is a power transmission control device capable of reliably performing engagement between an engagement member and a target engagement member, by operating the engagement member to slide by an actuator having an elastic member deformed by transmitting a load received by the engagement member. An actuator has an elastic member, and a control unit calculates the differential rotation between an engagement member and target engagement members on the basis of the detected rotation speeds of a first rotation shaft and a second rotation shaft, and makes differential rotation coincide with a predetermined differential rotation by adjusting the rotation speed of power sources. After the differential rotation coincides with the predetermined differential rotation, in establishing the engagement, the predetermined differential rotation sets the differential rotation on the basis of a natural frequency generated in conjunction between the actuator and the engagement member by the elastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN AW CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideto Manta, Mitsutoshi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 10821447
    Abstract: A small-form-factor high-security destruction machine for optical media has a weight empty of about 16.3 lbs and holds about 5 lbs of residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Charles A. Castronovo
  • Patent number: 10822053
    Abstract: A bicycle internal transmission hub is provided that can be easily coupled to a bicycle body. The bicycle internal transmission hub includes a hub shell, a shifting unit, and an electric actuator. The hub shell defines an accommodation cavity. The shifting unit is located in the accommodation cavity, and is configured to select one speed stage from a plurality of speed stages. The electric actuator is located in the accommodation cavity to drive the shifting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kazutaka Niki
  • Patent number: 10813712
    Abstract: A tool apparatus and a method for actuating a tool apparatus are disclosed. The tool apparatus includes an actuator housing, and an elongate tool manipulator extending outwardly from the actuator housing and having a plurality of control links extending along a length of the tool manipulator. The control links are operable to cause movement of a distal end of the tool manipulator in response to movement of the control links in an actuating direction generally aligned with the length of the tool manipulator. The apparatus also includes a plurality of actuators, each actuator being associated with at least one of the control links and being mounted in the actuator housing to facilitate a range of travel in a transverse direction substantially orthogonal to the actuating direction, and a plurality of linkages. Each linkage is associated with one of the control links and extends between the control link and the respective actuator and is operable to transmit drive forces between the actuator and the control link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: TITAN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventors: Rene Robert, David Allen Zitnick
  • Patent number: 10808833
    Abstract: In a shift device, when a switch is operated, a moving portion, a first lock plate, a second lock plate and a third lock plate are moved toward a vehicle front side, and placement of the first lock plate, the second lock plate and the third lock plate at a return path is cancelled. Therefore, if the switch is operated when a lever is placed at other than a “P” position, due to a guide pin being moved along the return path toward an upper side by urging force of a return spring, the guide pin is returned to a vehicle front side end of a first lateral path, and the lever is returned to the “P” position. Due thereto, the lever can easily return to the “P” position from other than the “P” position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Susumu Mega, Yoshihisa Hirano
  • Patent number: 10801595
    Abstract: To provide a ball screw device and a steering device capable of securing smooth circulation of balls while suppressing occurrence of clogging of the balls caused by displacement in a radial direction between a deflector and a nut main body. A ball screw device includes a ball screw nut and a circulation path. The ball screw nut includes a nut main body and a deflector. The deflector includes an inclined portion provided at a peripheral part of a connection portion between a passage and the circulation path of the nut main body for securing passing of the balls at the connection portion when an insertion position of the deflector with respect to the deflector mounting hole is displaced from a desired position within a range of a given distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventors: Takuya Nakayama, Keisuke Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10794682
    Abstract: A ball screw with tilt detector includes a screw rod, two screw nuts, a channel, a plurality of balls, and a tilt detector. The screw rod is extended along a direction of an axis. The two screw nuts are installed on the screw rod and capable of moving along the axis. The tilt detector is disposed between the two screw nuts to detect a tilt angle and a preload of the two screw nuts. The tilt detector includes a force receiving element, at least one first strain sensor, and at least one second strain sensor. The force receiving element includes a point symmetric ring-type structure, and the ring-type structure has two planes which are parallel to each other and respectively contact the two screw nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chih-Yuan Chen, Chung-Yuan Su, Chih-Che Lin, Chao-Ta Huang
  • Patent number: 10746269
    Abstract: A linear actuator comprises a motor for producing a bi-directional rotational output. A casing is connected to the motor at a proximal end, the casing having an inner cavity defining a joint surface. A threaded shaft is within the inner cavity of the casing and actuated by the motor for rotation. A sliding tube assembly has a sliding tube in sliding arrangement with the inner cavity of the casing for moving in translation in an axial direction relative to the casing. A pair of traveling nuts is connected to the sliding tube assembly for moving with the sliding tube in the axial direction, the traveling nuts being operatively engaged to the threaded shaft for converting a rotational motion of the threaded shaft into a translation of the sliding tube, the traveling nuts being on opposite sides of a member of the sliding tube assembly connecting the traveling nuts to the sliding tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Rousseau, Steve Boulais, Benoit Lupien, Jean-Francois Menard
  • Patent number: 10737770
    Abstract: Proposed method and device could be applied as controlling system facilitating the maneuverability and stabilization parameters of UAV, as well as various flight objects and small satellites. The aim of the invention is to reduce the occurrences of imbalances of UAV in strong wind or atmospheric turbulence situations and simultaneously rehabilitation of maneuverability and stabilization parameters without increasing flight speed. Thus, in order to upgrade the above mentioned parameters of UAV along with the gyroscopic momentum compensation it's necessary to increasing of the kinetic moment by means of gyroscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Arif Mir Jalal ogly Pashayev, Toghrul Isa ogly Karimli