Patents by Inventor Ryan Strand

Ryan Strand 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).

  • Patent number: 11161408
    Abstract: A multi-speed transfer case equipped with a planetary reduction gearset and a range clutch disposed between an input shaft and an output shaft. A clutch actuation mechanism controls actuation of the range clutch to establish distinct ratio drive connections between the input shaft and the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: John Zalewski, Michael Bujold, Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20210285536
    Abstract: A pumpless lubrication system for a power transfer assembly equipped with a hypoid gearset having a ring gear and a hollow pinion unit. Lubricant splashed from one of the ring gear and the pinion unit is collected in a collection reservoir and directed through a conduit unit into the hollow pinion unit. The lubricant is delivered to a torque transfer coupling for lubricating and cooling a multi-plate clutch pack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: September 16, 2021
    Inventors: Bradley KETCHEL, Wade SMITH, Ryan STRAND, Ryan SHAW
  • Patent number: 11053988
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain system and powertrain actuator therefor is provided. The powertrain actuator selectively couples a first rotatable member to a second rotatable member to transfer torque therebetween and selectively decouples the first rotatable member from the second rotatable member to prevent the transfer of torque therebetween. The powertrain actuator includes a tubular cam assembly having a tubular first member and a tubular second member. The tubular first and second tubular members have end surfaces that interact with one another upon energizing a unidirectional solenoid. Upon a first energization of the solenoid, the first and second tubular members interact to operably couple the first and second rotatable members to allow torque to be transferred therebetween, and upon a second energization of the solenoid, the first and second tubular members interact to selectively decouple the first the second rotatable members to prevent the transfer of torque therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Strand, Wade Smith, Ryan Shaw
  • Patent number: 11021054
    Abstract: An integrated pinion/bearing/coupling (PBC) assembly for use with a hypoid gearset in power transfer assemblies of motor vehicles having mounting features and venting features, The integrated PBC assembly includes a hollow pinion unit made of steel and including a pinion shaft segment and a pinion gear segment, and a coupling unit having a hub segment made of aluminum. A brazing sleeve is used to braze the aluminum hub segment of the coupling unit to the steel pinion shaft segment of the pinion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Ketchel, Wade Smith, Ralph Larson, Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20210146775
    Abstract: A multi-speed transfer case equipped with a planetary reduction gearset and a range clutch disposed between an input shaft and an output shaft. A clutch actuation mechanism controls actuation of the range clutch to establish distinct ratio drive connections between the input shaft and the output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 20, 2021
    Inventors: John ZALEWSKI, Michael BUJOLD, Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20210115984
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain system and powertrain actuator therefor is provided. The powertrain actuator selectively couples a first rotatable member to a second rotatable member to transfer torque therebetween and selectively decouples the first rotatable member from the second rotatable member to prevent the transfer of torque therebetween. The powertrain actuator includes a tubular cam assembly having a tubular first member and a tubular second member. The tubular first and second tubular members have end surfaces that interact with one another upon energizing a unidirectional solenoid. Upon a first energization of the solenoid, the first and second tubular members interact to operably couple the first and second rotatable members to allow torque to be transferred therebetween, and upon a second energization of the solenoid, the first and second tubular members interact to selectively decouple the first the second rotatable members to prevent the transfer of torque therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Publication date: April 22, 2021
    Inventors: Ryan STRAND, Wade SMITH, Ryan SHAW
  • Patent number: 10964156
    Abstract: Reel-based wagering games and associated methods and gaming apparatuses are disclosed. Examples of reel-based wagering games comprise a number of reels and multiple paylines or a multi-way payout scheme associated with the number of reels. Evaluation of payouts associated with the multiple paylines or the multi-way payout scheme starts with a first reel to stop and resets at a subsequent reel to stop when the subsequent reel does not result in a payout with previously stopped reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Ryan Strand
  • Patent number: 10759274
    Abstract: An integrated pinion/bearing/coupling (PBC) assembly for use with a hypoid gearset in power transfer assemblies of motor vehicles having mounting features and venting features. The integrated PBC assembly includes a hollow pinion unit made of steel and including a pinion shaft segment and a pinion gear segment, and a coupling unit having a hub segment made of aluminum. A brazing sleeve is used to braze the aluminum hub segment of the coupling unit to the steel pinion shaft segment of the pinion unit. The PBC assembly can further include a constant velocity joint (CVJ) unit connected to, or formed as part of, the coupling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Ketchel, Wade Smith, Ralph Larson, Ryan Strand
  • Patent number: 10600288
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing an extended display of game indicia symbols for a gaming device. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to have a primary display area and a secondary display area, where the secondary display area is used to show extended portions of game indicia symbols apart from the symbols displayed on the primary display area. The symbols shown in the secondary game may be used to modify, enhance, or otherwise influence game play on the primary display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro, Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20200066109
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for awarding gaming payouts in slot games are provided. Embodiments are directed to initiating a reelspin and moving at least one modifying symbol to a new symbol location. If a predetermined symbol appears in the new symbol location as a result of the reelspin, the predetermined symbol is replaced with the modifying symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley BERMAN, Chad SHAPIRO, Sara MINOR, Ryan STRAND
  • Publication number: 20190378373
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in gaming activities, such as in a slot machine. A first grid comprising a plurality of elements overlayed a second grid comprising a plurality of elements is presented. At least some of the elements of the first grid and the second grid are marked. Marked elements of first grid are then used to form a subportion, the subportion boundary enclosing an area and having a correspondingly marked element of the first grid at each corner. Payouts are issued for marked elements and element combinations of the second grid within the subportion. The payouts may be administered according to a pay table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Publication date: December 12, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley BERMAN, Adam MARTIN, Ryan STRAND, Chad SHAPIRO, Nate NORBIE
  • Patent number: 10467866
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for awarding gaming payouts in slot games are provided. Embodiments are directed to initiating a reelspin and moving at least one modifying symbol to a new symbol location. If a predetermined symbol appears in the new symbol location as a result of the reelspin, the predetermined symbol is replaced with the modifying symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Chad Shapiro, Sara Minor, Ryan Strand
  • Patent number: 10395467
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in gaming activities, such as in a slot machine. A first grid comprising a plurality of elements overlayed a second grid comprising a plurality of elements is presented. At least some of the elements of the first grid and the second grid are marked. Marked elements of first grid are then used to form a subportion, the subportion boundary enclosing an area and having a correspondingly marked element of the first grid at each corner. Payouts are issued for marked elements and element combinations of the second grid within the subportion. The payouts may be administered according to a pay table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Adam Martin, Ryan Strand, Chad Shapiro, Nate Norbie
  • Publication number: 20190226572
    Abstract: A method for joining components of a vehicle drive axle assembly. The method includes heating an axle housing to a first predetermined temperature and cooling a pinion cartridge to be installed with the housing to a second predetermined temperature. Removing the axle housing from exposure to the first predetermined temperature and removing the pinion cartridge from the second predetermined temperature and rapidly installing the pinion cartridge within the axle assembly before the axle assembly and the pinion return to ambient temperature provides a frictional fit, joining the two components without use of additional fastening devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Inventors: Brad Ketchel, Wade Smith, Ryan Strand, Ryan Shaw
  • Publication number: 20190031023
    Abstract: An integrated pinion/bearing/coupling (PBC) assembly for use with a hypoid gearset in power transfer assemblies of motor vehicles having mounting features and venting features, The integrated PBC assembly includes a hollow pinion unit made of steel and including a pinion shaft segment and a pinion gear segment, and a coupling unit having a hub segment made of aluminum. A brazing sleeve is used to braze the aluminum hub segment of the coupling unit to the steel pinion shaft segment of the pinion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley Ketchel, Wade Smith, Ralph Larson, Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20190024772
    Abstract: An integrated pinion/bearing/coupling (PBC) assembly for use with a hypoid gearset in power transfer assemblies of motor vehicles having mounting features and venting features. The integrated PBC assembly includes a hollow pinion unit made of steel and including a pinion shaft segment and a pinion gear segment, and a coupling unit having a hub segment made of aluminum. A brazing sleeve is used to braze the aluminum hub segment of the coupling unit to the steel pinion shaft segment of the pinion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: MAGNA POWERTRAIN OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley Ketchel, Wade Smith, Ralph Larson, Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20190005764
    Abstract: Reel-based wagering games and associated methods and gaming apparatuses are disclosed. Examples of reel-based wagering games comprise a number of reels and multiple paylines or a multi-way payout scheme associated with the number of reels. In some examples, evaluation of payouts associated with the multiple paylines or the multi-way payout scheme resets at a subsequent reel to stop after a first set of reels to stop results in a payout condition and the subsequent reel to stop does not correspond to a payout condition with the first set of reels to stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan Strand
  • Publication number: 20180322727
    Abstract: Reel-based wagering games and associated methods and gaming apparatuses are disclosed. Examples of reel-based wagering games comprise a number of reels and multiple paylines or a multi-way payout scheme associated with the number of reels. Evaluation of payouts associated with the multiple paylines or the multi-way payout scheme starts with a first reel to stop and resets at a subsequent reel to stop when the subsequent reel does not result in a payout with previously stopped reels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Inventor: Ryan Strand
  • Patent number: 10026256
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for facilitating participation in a gaming activity. A reel configuration of a plurality of reels is presented, where each of the reels includes one or more associated gaming symbols. The presentation of the gaming symbols is modified on the plurality of reels, such as by spinning the reels or otherwise changing which symbols are presented on the reels. A replacement reel is presented, to supersede or otherwise supplant at least one of the gaming symbols of the reel configuration. Results of the gaming activity are established using the gaming symbols of the plurality of reels and the replacement reel. The result is thereby based on a resulting presentation of symbols that includes both the symbols of the primary reel configuration and the symbol(s) of the replacement reel(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Ryan Strand, Adam Martin
  • Publication number: 20170323534
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems for awarding gaming payouts in slot games are provided. Embodiments are directed to initiating a reelspin and moving at least one modifying symbol to a new symbol location. If a predetermined symbol appears in the new symbol location as a result of the reelspin, the predetermined symbol is replaced with the modifying symbol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: November 9, 2017
    Inventors: Bradley BERMAN, Chad SHAPIRO, Sara MINOR, Ryan STRAND