Patents by Inventor Adam Uhler

Adam Uhler has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210140557
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for an actuator design that comprises a compact package, a more efficient use of power, and dual manual overrides for easy access. An electrically operated motor provides rotational power to a series of gears in a gearbox. The gears reduce speed and increase torque, and rotate a worm shaft gear that is engaged with a worm gear. The worm shaft gear is disposed parallel to the motor, and the worm gear rotates at a ninety degree angle from the rotation of the motor. The worm gears is coupled with a trunnion, which is engaged with a ball of a valve. Rotation provided by the motor to the gears is transferred to the worm shaft gear, which provides rotation to the worm gear, to the trunnion, resulting in rotation of the ball in the valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 13, 2021
    Applicant: AKRON BRASS COMPANY
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 9675826
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for a water monitor with a stationary fluid inlet. A movable portion has a first piece rotatably coupled to the stationary portion and a second piece rotatably coupled to the first piece. The second piece has an inlet portion that extends through a second end of the first piece. The second piece couples with a power transmission disposed on a first side of the first piece, and couples with the first piece at a second side of the first piece. In this way, the power transmission can remain outside a path of fluid flow, and may be able to apply rotational force to the second piece to alter an elevation of the fluid outlet in the second piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Akron Brass Company
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Publication number: 20160096052
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for a water monitor with a stationary fluid inlet. A movable portion has a first piece rotatably coupled to the stationary portion and a second piece rotatably coupled to the first piece. The second piece has an inlet portion that extends through a second end of the first piece. The second piece couples with a power transmission disposed on a first side of the first piece, and couples with the first piece at a second side of the first piece. In this way, the power transmission can remain outside a path of fluid flow, and may be able to apply rotational force to the second piece to alter an elevation of the fluid outlet in the second piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Publication date: April 7, 2016
    Applicant: Akron Brass Company
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Publication number: 20160025251
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are disclosed for a fluid monitor system that can mitigate a number of bends/curves in the fluid way of the monitor, which can improve an amount of friction loss through the monitor, and may reduce potential turbulence of the fluid stream. A flexible member can couple a positionable outlet of the monitor to an outlet of a rotation joint coupled with the base. The flexible member can span the fluid-way across an elevation actuator, coupled with one or more supports, which may be used to adjust an elevation angle of the outlet member. The flexible member may be rotationally coupled with the base to provide for adjustment of outlet direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Applicant: AKRON BRASS COMPANY
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 9233265
    Abstract: A water monitor includes a stationary portion having a fluid inlet. A movable portion has a first piece rotatably coupled to the stationary portion and a second piece rotatably coupled to the first piece. The first piece has a first sleeve and an opposing second sleeve configured to rotatably couple to the second piece. The second piece has an inlet portion and a fluid outlet. The inlet portion includes a fluid opening and is configured to extend through the first sleeve and the second sleeve. A fluid flow path extends between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet and is configured to communicate fluids from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet. A power transmission is coupled to the inlet portion adjacent the first sleeve and the fluid flow path bypasses the power transmission. The movable portion is rotatable with respect to the stationary portion to position the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Akron Brass Company
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 9188167
    Abstract: The present invention broadly comprises a spring-retaining clutch housing including a housing wall and at least one opening in the wall. The opening is arranged to accept at least a portion of a lever spring for a clutch assembly. The lever spring includes at least one protrusion, extending from an outer circumference of the spring, with top and bottom sides. The opening defines edges in the housing wall axially displaced one to the other. The edges are arranged to be contacted by the top and bottom sides, respectively. In some aspects, contact with edges is arranged to provide forces in two, opposite axial directions. In some aspects, the housing is arranged for installation in a clutch assembly with a bearing and a clutch and the forces are for a pre-load force for the assembly bearing or with respect to an axial force generated during operation of the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Todd Sturgin, Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8944229
    Abstract: The present invention broadly comprises a clutch housing including a substantially cylindrical housing wall and an opening in the housing wall. The opening is operatively arranged to accept at least a portion of a lever spring for a clutch assembly and at least a portion of a protrusion for a torque-transmitting element in the assembly. The present invention also broadly comprises a clutch housing including a first and second protrusions extending from a substantially cylindrical housing wall, axially displaced from each other, and arranged to engage a torque-transmitting element in a clutch assembly. The first protrusion is arranged to receive torque from the element and to support the clutch housing in an axial direction. The second protrusion is arranged to preload a lever spring. The present invention further includes a clutch assembly with the preceding clutch housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8944346
    Abstract: A rotatable apparatus for a water monitor. A flange assembly has a stationary portion, a rotatable portion disposed in the stationary portion, and a duct extending through the stationary and rotatable portions. A water-driven turbine has a rotatable water wheel in communication with the duct and an output shaft coupled to the water wheel. Fluid flowing through the duct causes the water wheel to rotate, the rotation of the water wheel causing the output shaft to rotate. An output crank, a first linkage, a rocker arm, and a second linkage comprising a first linkage member and a second linkage member are operable by the output shaft to convert the rotating motion of the output shaft to an oscillatory motion. Fluid exiting the duct is distributed by the rotatable portion in a determinable oscillatory pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Akron Brass Company
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Publication number: 20140224347
    Abstract: A water monitor includes a stationary portion having a fluid inlet. A movable portion has a first piece rotatably coupled to the stationary portion and a second piece rotatably coupled to the first piece. The first piece has a first sleeve and an opposing second sleeve configured to rotatably couple to the second piece. The second piece has an inlet portion and a fluid outlet. The inlet portion includes a fluid opening and is configured to extend through the first sleeve and the second sleeve. A fluid flow path extends between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet and is configured to communicate fluids from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet. A power transmission is coupled to the inlet portion adjacent the first sleeve and the fluid flow path bypasses the power transmission. The movable portion is rotatable with respect to the stationary portion to position the fluid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: Akron Brass Company
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8678022
    Abstract: A water monitor includes a stationary portion having a fluid inlet. A movable portion having a fluid outlet is coupled to the stationary portion. A fluid flow path extends between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet and is configured to communicate fluids from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet. A power transmission is coupled to the movable portion such that the fluid flow path bypasses the power transmission. The movable portion is rotatable with respect to the stationary portion to position the fluid outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Akron Brass Co.
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Publication number: 20130340841
    Abstract: A water monitor includes a stationary portion having a fluid inlet. A movable portion having a fluid outlet is coupled to the stationary portion. A fluid flow path extends between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet and is configured to communicate fluids from the fluid inlet to the fluid outlet. A power transmission is coupled to the movable portion such that the fluid flow path bypasses the power transmission. The movable portion is rotatable with respect to the stationary portion to position the fluid outlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8393863
    Abstract: A torque converter including a cover with at least one slot located about a periphery and a pump with at least one protrusion located about a periphery of the pump. The protrusion extends axially through the slot and is bent radially about the slot to join the cover and the pump. In some aspects, the converter includes a sealing element disposed between the cover and the pump and the sealing element is selected from the group consisting of an o-ring and a gasket. A method of transferring torque including: inserting at least one peripherally disposed protrusion for one of a pump and cover of a torque converter through at least one peripherally disposed opening in the other of the pump and cover, radially bending the protrusion to clamp the cover and pump, and transmitting torque from the cover to the pump through the protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Adam Uhler, Todd J. Sturgin
  • Patent number: 8328647
    Abstract: A connection for a torque converter including a cover, a piston plate, and at least one leaf spring having a first portion with a resilient segment and a second portion rotationally connected to one of the cover or the piston plate. The other of the cover or the piston plate comprises a first protrusion and the resilient segment grips the first protrusion. In an example embodiment, the second portion is riveted to the one of the cover or the piston plate. In an example embodiment, the one of the cover or the piston plate includes a second protrusion and the second portion includes a resilient segment that grips the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael C. Davis, Craig Kneidel, Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8201674
    Abstract: A torque converter including: a turbine; a first stator; a first interlocking clutch; and a second interlocking clutch. In a first operating mode, to enable rotation of the turbine in a first direction, the first clutch is for engaging with the turbine and is engageable with an input shaft of a transmission and the second clutch is for engaging with the first stator and is engageable with a fixed shaft of the transmission. In a second operating mode, to enable rotation of the first stator in a second direction, opposite the first direction, the first clutch is for engaging with the first stator and is engageable with the input shaft and the second clutch is for engaging with the turbine and is engageable with the fixed shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gregory Heeke, Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8167103
    Abstract: A torque converter including: an impeller clutch arranged to transmit, when closed, torque from a first cover for the torque converter to a shell for an impeller; a lock-up clutch arranged to transmit, when closed, torque from a second cover for the torque converter to an output hub; a release chamber for the impeller clutch, connected to a first channel; an apply chamber for the impeller clutch, connected to a second channel; an apply chamber for the lock-up clutch, connected to a third channel; and a torus connected to a fourth channel. The second, third, and fourth channels open to a space including a longitudinal axis for the torque converter and the space is arranged to receive an input shaft for a transmission. The first channel is arranged to connect to a line in a pump housing for a transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Adam Uhler, Philip George
  • Patent number: 8152646
    Abstract: A damper for a torque converter, including: a first plate with at least one first opening; a second plate with at least one second opening; and at least one first spring disposed in the at least one first and second openings and including: a radially inward portion in contact with the at least one first opening; and first and second radially outward ends in contact with first and second sides of the at least one second opening and free of contact with the first plate. In one embodiment, the at least one first opening includes third and fourth sides and the radially inward portion includes first and second radially inward ends in contact the third and fourth sides. In another embodiment, the third and fourth sides are free of contact with the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Jonathan Jameson, Adam Uhler, Andre Soto
  • Patent number: 8132656
    Abstract: A one-way clutch, including: a first annular element; a second annular element arranged to lockingly engage with the first element for relative rotation of the second element, with respect to the first annular element, in a first rotational direction; a third annular element at least partly rotatable about the axis and axially disposed between the first and second elements; and a fourth annular element at least partly rotatable about the axis and including a radially disposed body and an axial protrusion extending from the body and connected to the third element. The axial protrusion forms a portion of a space arranged to at least partially enclose fluid to dampen energy associated with the locking engagement of the first and second annular elements, and the first or second element is axially disposed between the third and fourth elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: William Brees, Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 8025136
    Abstract: A torque converter including a turbine, an output shaft, and a damper having at least one cover plate radially fixed to the turbine, a flange driven by the damper and non-rotatably connected to the output shaft, the flange having an axially extending surface centering the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies GmbH $ Co. KG
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Patent number: 7975820
    Abstract: The present invention broadly comprises a clutch assembly with a radial flow chamber including a first hub and a carrier. The first hub and carrier form at least one first opening and a first portion of at least one radial chamber or passageway in the clutch assembly. First and second radially disposed segments of the first hub and carrier, respectively, partially define the first portion. A second portion of the chamber is formed between the first segment and a third radially disposed segment connected to a second hub. Openings in the first segment connect the first and second portions. A third portion of the passageway is formed between the second segment and a fourth radially disposed segment. A plate forms at least a portion of an axial barrier with respect to a second clutch in the clutch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Schaffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Adam Uhler
  • Publication number: 20110162718
    Abstract: A water monitor. A flange assembly has a stationary portion, a rotatable portion disposed in the stationary portion, and a duct extending through the stationary and rotatable portions. A water-driven turbine has a rotatable water wheel in communication with the duct and an output shaft coupled to the water wheel. Fluid flowing through the duct causes the water wheel to rotate, the rotation of the water wheel causing the output shaft to rotate. An output crank, a first linkage, a rocker arm, and a second linkage comprising a first linkage member and a second linkage member are operable by the output shaft to convert the rotating motion of the output shaft to an oscillatory motion. Fluid exiting the duct is distributed by the rotatable portion in a determinable oscillatory pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: AKRON BRASS COMPANY
    Inventor: ADAM UHLER