Patents by Inventor Sadanori Nishimura

Sadanori Nishimura 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: 5230519
    Abstract: A hydraulically operated power transmission apparatus transmits the output power from a power source at a selected speed ratio. The power transmission apparatus includes a casing having an opening in one end thereof, a base plate attached to the end of the casing in covering relation to the opening, the casing and the base plate jointly serving as a transmission case defining a closed space therein, a hydraulic pump having a pump drive shaft adapted to be operatively coupled to the power source, the hydraulic pump being disposed in the closed space, a hydraulic motor having a motor output shaft and drivable by a hydraulic pressure generated by the hydraulic pump, the hydraulic motor being disposed in the closed space, a pair of output shafts extending through the casing and the base plate, respectively, and disposed coaxially with each other, a differential mechanism disposed in the closed space and operable by the motor output shaft, the differential mechanism being coupled to the output shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Hiroshige Makita, Makiro Ishimoto, Atsuyoshi Kawai, Makoto Ninomiya
  • Patent number: 5119632
    Abstract: A continuously variable hydraulic transmission operatively interconnects a transmission mechanism and a clutch mechanism. The hydraulic transmission includes an oil pump having an inlet port and an outlet port and a transmission ratio control member such as a swash plate which is displaceable for varying the transmission ratio between a higher-speed position, a lower-speed position, and a neutral position, an oil motor having an inlet port and an outlet port and drivable by the oil pump, a first oil passage hydraulically interconnecting the outlet port of the oil pump and the inlet port of the oil motor, a second oil passage hydraulically interconnecting the inlet port of the oil pump and the outlet port of the oil motor, a housing accommodating the oil pump, the oil motor, the first oil passage, and the second oil passage, and an oil passage control unit for selectively bringing the first oil passage into and out of hydraulic communication with the second oil passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Kichiji Misawa, Tomoaki Ishikawa, Masae Takamizawa
  • Patent number: 5094078
    Abstract: A continuously variable hydraulic transmission operatively interconnects a transmission mechanism and a clutch mechanism. The hydraulic transmission includes an oil pump having an inlet port and an outlet port and a transmission ratio control member such as a swash plate which is displaceable for varying the transmission ratio between a higher-speed position, a lower-speed position, and a neutral position, an oil motor having an inlet port and an outlet port and drivable by the oil pump, a first oil passage hydraulically interconnecting the outlet port of the oil pump and the inlet port of the oil motor, a second oil passage hydraulically interconnecting the inlet port of the oil pump and the outlet port of the oil motor, a housing accommodating the oil pump, the oil motor, the first oil passage, and the second oil passage, and an oil passage control unit for selectively bringing the first oil passage into and out of hydraulic communication with the second oil passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Kichiji Misawa, Tomoaki Ishikawa, Masae Takamizawa
  • Patent number: 4974472
    Abstract: A hydraulic power transmission apparatus for reducing the speed of rotation of output from a power source and changing the speed of rotation thereof at a given transmission ratio, includes an oil pump having a drive shaft to which the power from the power source can be applied, the oil pump being drivable by the power from the power source, a pair of oil motors having output shafts, respectively, and associated with a pair of axles, respectively, the oil motors being drivable by hydraulic pressure generated by the oil pump, a pair of speed reducer mechanisms disposed between the outupt shafts of the oil motors and the axles for reducing the speeds of rotation of the output shafts, respectively, and transmitting the rotation of the output shafts to the axles, respectively, an inner case having a closed space defined therein, the oil pump and the oil motors being housing in the closed space, and a transmission case having a transmission chamber defined therein, the inner case and the speed reducer mechanisms be
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Horishige Makita
  • Patent number: 4856264
    Abstract: A hydraulic transmission apparatus comprises an input unit to which power from a power source is applied in a first direction, a direction changing unit hydraulically coupled to the input unit for extracting power in a second direction which is different from the first direction, and a case supporting the input unit and the direction changing unit. The input unit and the direction changing unit comprise an oil pump and an oil motor mounted respectively on one surface and another surface of the case. The case is filled with working oil for operating the oil pump and the oil motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Hiroshige Makita, Tomoaki Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 4831891
    Abstract: A power transmission device for a tractor in which a main shifting device and a secondary shifting device are disposed in front and back of one another within a transmission case which is mounted on a rear part of the tractor body is disclosed. Drive power, which is transmitted from an engine, is changed in speed by the main shifting device and secondary shifting device and then transmitted to an axle through a differential shaft. The differential shaft is disposed between the main shifting device and secondary shifting device. A lower link for connecting a piece of agricultural machinery is pivotably connected to the transmission case on the side of the secondary shifting device and behind the differential shaft. Various shafts within the transmission case are arranged on two different vertical level above and below the differential shaft, which extends at right angles with respect to these shafts. The differential shaft is connected to the axle through a reduction gear apparatus which has a counter-shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Kato, Sadanori Nishimura, Yuji Kishizawa
  • Patent number: 4828087
    Abstract: An inertia lock type synchronous clutch mechanism wherein a shifting sleeve is splined to a clutch hub and has circumferentially spaced cam portions on each axial side for engaging axially convex portions of an elastic ring on each side which convex portions fit within circumferentially spaced notches formed in the rim of the clutch. The convex portions of the elastic ring engage a blocking ring to cause frictional engagement with the selected gear and synchronize the rotation of that gear and the clutch hub for smooth engagement between the shifting sleeve and that gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Satoru Kudo, Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4793213
    Abstract: A compact transmission apparatus for a vehicle of the type wherein an input shaft and an output shaft are provided in parallel in a casing with the shaft supported at a middle wall and the front wall of the casing. Various speed driving trains are provided in the order from front to rear of third speed, second speed, fourth speed, reverse and first speed. The second speed driving train utilizes a front clutch mechanism of a double-type clutch, while the fourth speed driving train uses the rear clutch mechanism of the double-type clutch. The driving gear of the reverse driving train is made integral with the driving gear of the fourth speed driving train. A selection mechanism is provided between the driven gears of the reverse driving train and the fourth speed driving train to select for forward, highest speed movement or reverse movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4787293
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for raising and lowering a working machine in a working vehicle such as agricultural tractors, which comprises a hydraulic cylinder, a hydraulic pump, an oil tank, a manual valve shiftable between three positions: a stationary position in which a working oil discharged from said hydraulic pump is released into the oil tank; a raised position in which the working oil is supplied into the hydraulic cylinder; and a lowered position in which the working oil supplied into the hydraulic cylinder is passed back into the oil tank, and a check valve for permitting only a flow of the working oil from the manual valve toward the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuji Kishizawa, Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4785682
    Abstract: A power transmission device for use in a motor vehicle in which an engine is mounted on the front part and a transmission case is mounted on the rear part of the vehicle. A plurality of shifting shafts are axially supported within the transmission case in parallel with one another. Between these shift shafts, a plurality of shifting gear trains, which are engaged and disengaged by a hydraulic clutch, are provided. One of the shifting shafts is connected to the output side of a wet multi-disc main clutch which is disposed in a separate chamber within the transmission case. The input side of the clutch is connected to the engine. An oil pump is disposed within the transmission case. Oil discharged from the pump is controlled by a control valve and is then supplied to the respective oil clutches and bearings through an oil passage disposed along the wall of the transmission case and an oil passage disposed in the axial direction within the shifing shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Yuji Kishizawa, Yukio Kato
  • Patent number: 4751989
    Abstract: A clutch for equipment which is powered by an internal combustion engine, comprising a drive member which is connected to an output shaft of the engine, a driven member connected to an input shaft of a power transmission device, a number of clutch plates which are interposed between the drive member and the driven member for frictional engagement between the two members by a pressure member which is axially moveable and is biased by a spring, a lifter member for disengagement of the two members against the biasing force acting on the pressure member, and a brake device for stopping the motion of the driven member when the power transmission between the two members is disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahide Shinokawa, Takanori Suzuki, Hideyuki Akaba, Sadanori Nishimura, Yuji Kishizawa
  • Patent number: 4697475
    Abstract: A controller for the hydraulic clutch of two speed auxiliary transmission connected in series with the main transmission and engine of a vehicle wherein the hydraulic clutch is applied for the higher speed drive and released for the lower speed drive which is through a one-way clutch that overruns in the higher speed drive operation. The controller is responsive to engine throttle opening to apply the hydraulic clutch for throttle openings below a predetermined amount to allow braking of the vehicle by the engine during deceleration rather than coasting by the overrunning of the one-way clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Noboru Sekine
  • Patent number: 4674358
    Abstract: A vehicular transmission in which a multiple speed manual transmission of the two parallel shaft type has an auxiliary transmission connected in series between the two shafts for some of the multiple speeds. The auxiliary transmission providing a high speed and a low speed. The auxiliary transmission includes gearing for providing the high or low speeds to the gears on one of the shafts. A hydraulic clutch and a one-way clutch in said auxiliary transmission selectively connect the high or low speed gearing, with the one-way clutch engaging when the hydraulic clutch is disengaged and being overrun when the hydraulic clutch is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4646886
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a damper device for a torque converter. The torque converter comprises a casing, a turbine, a pump and a stator, an input shaft coupled to the pump through the casing, an output shaft coupled to the turbine a clutch plate slidably mounted on the turbine for frictional engagement with the casing, and a plurality of circumferentially extending springs for coupling the clutch plate to the turbine. The damper device comprises a support on the clutch plate for contacting the longitudinal surface of each of the springs and holdind the springs, the springs directly abutting the side surface of the clutch plate. End surface supporting members are coupled to the clutch plate for supporting the ends of each of the springs, the end surface supporting members being positioned in spaces between adjacent springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4640393
    Abstract: A vehicle transmission having an auxiliary transmission with high and low speeds connected in series with a multi-speed manual transmission and clutch to an engine wherein the auxiliary transmission normally is shifted in response to the throttle opening of the engine and the vehicle speed. A control device detects the actuation of the clutch to maintain the auxiliary transmission in the low speed for a predetermined period after such clutch actuation to improve the vehicle operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Noboru Sekine
  • Patent number: 4640396
    Abstract: A wheeled vehicle has an internal combustion engine provided with an air intake having a throttle valve. A change speed transmission drives certain of the wheels and receives power from a fluid torque converter having an impeller driven by the engine and a turbine connected to drive the change speed transmission. A clutch establishes a direct drive between the impeller and the turbine under certain operating conditions of the vehicle and the clutch operation is controlled by an hydraulic circuit. Valves and controls are provided in the hydraulic circuit and responsive to the vehicle speed to allow slipping of the clutch at low speeds and direct drive coupling of the clutch at high vehicle speeds. The clutch is further controlled by the throttle opening to limit the direct drive coupling under high vehicle speeds and large throttle openings. In one form the clutch is also controlled by a fluid by-pass mechanism to allow slipping of the clutch during low torque transmitting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4638897
    Abstract: A damper device for a torque converter clutch to allow slipping of the clutch under low torque transmitting conditions to absorb objectionable torque fluctuations. A fluid communication port in the clutch plate is exposed or covered to control the pressure differential across the clutch plate which operates the clutch. A valve member is connected to the turbine vane wheel on the output side of the torque converter to expose or cover the hole as the torque being transmitted is reduced or increased, respectively. In one form the valve member is mounted on the turbine vane wheel while in another form it is mounted on the clutch plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4624105
    Abstract: A hydraulic torque converter having an impeller, a turbine and a stator form a torus which has a median section of radial size larger than its axial size. The impeller and the turbine are configured to satisfy the relationship of R.multidot.b=K. The stator has vanes each of varying cross-section thickness and shaped in the form of a wing, and the stator is configured so as to satisfy the relationship R.multidot.b>K, whereR indicates the distance of the converter axis from the center of a circle located in each of the impeller, turbine and stator touching the inner and outer wall of the torus,b indicates the diameter of each circle,K equals a constant,whereby a meridian velocity on the median line is maintained substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Noboru Sekine
  • Patent number: 4613022
    Abstract: A fluid torque converter for a vehicle is provided which comprises a pump wheel connected to an engine output shaft via a drive plate, a turbine wheel connected to a turbine shaft and a one-way, on-off clutch arranged in the space between the drive plate and the turbine wheel. The clutch effects the mechanical transmission of power from the engine output shaft to the turbine shaft. The one-way clutch has an annular driving clutch member with a conical surface connected to the drive plate via an inner plate, and an annular driven clutch member with a conical surface is connected to the turbine wheel via a piston and a spring. A plurality of wedge rollers are disposed and held between the conical surfaces of the driving and driven clutch members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Sadanori Nishimura
  • Patent number: 4596322
    Abstract: A wheeled vehicle has an internal combustion engine provided with an air intake having a throttle valve. A change speed transmission drives certain of the wheels and receives power from a fluid torque converter having an impeller driven by the engine and a turbine connected to drive the change speed transmission. A clutch establishes a direct drive between the impeller and the turbine, and the clutch is closed when the vehicle speed exceeds a predetermined level but is prevented from closing when the opening in the engine throttle valve is smaller than a predetermined magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Sadanori Nishimura, Yoji Yamada