Motor-carrying Attachments Patents (Class 180/11)
  • Patent number: 10384742
    Abstract: A system (1) for controlling the motion of an impulsive-type human-powered vehicle (100), includes: a motor (2) associable to at least one vehicle (100) driving element, suitable for generating a total torque/driving force (T); a system (4) for storing energy to be supplied to the motor (2); a sensor (5) for detecting the vehicle (100) longitudinal speed (v); a module (7) for controlling a main torque/driving force (T?) of the motor (2) based on at least the signal representative of the vehicle (100) longitudinal speed (v); a module (9) for determining the vehicle longitudinal acceleration (Ax); a module (8) for estimating the presence or absence of a thrust (Fk) of the user on the vehicle (100); an activation signal when it is estimated the absence of the thrust (Fk) of the user: a deactivation signal when it is estimated the presence of the thrust (Fk) of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ZEHUS S.P.A.
    Inventors: Matteo Como, Sergio Matteo Savaresi, Paolo Lisanti, Giovanni Alli, Fabio Busnelli
  • Patent number: 10369454
    Abstract: A drive module for a skateboard, the drive module comprising at least one axle with at least one wheel which is or can be driven by an electric motor, and a frame, which is connected to the axle and has a receiving space for an energy storage unit, in particular for a secondary battery, the drive module being replaceably connectible to the skateboard. Also, a set and a skateboard comprising the drive module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Mellow Boards GmbH
    Inventors: Kilian Green, Christoph Schreiber
  • Patent number: 10370053
    Abstract: An electric powered personal mobility vehicle that includes at least one front wheel and an electric motor that provides rotational force to a wheel of the vehicle. The electric motor is supported by the vehicle and is powered by a rechargeable battery that is also supported by the vehicle. The vehicle can also include swivel caster wheels each configured to rotate about a wheel axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: RAZOR USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Chen, Robert Hadley, William Griggs
  • Patent number: 10350121
    Abstract: An electrically powered wheelchair includes a chassis, seat frame, seat frame tilt and lift system, armrest assembly pivotally coupled to the seat frame, and armrest adjustment arrangement including: a first force transmitting arrangement having a first set of four pivot points and pivotally coupled to: an arm of the seat frame tilt and lift system via a first pivot point of the first set of four pivot points, and lifting member of the seat frame tilt and lift system via a second pivot point of the first set of four pivot points, and a second force transmitting arrangement having a second set of four pivot points and pivotally coupled to: the first force transmitting arrangement via a first pivot point of the second set of four pivot points, the seat frame via a second pivot point of the second set of four pivot points, and the armrest assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: PERMOBIL AB
    Inventor: Häkan Bergman
  • Patent number: 10279865
    Abstract: Embodiments of a friction drive system include a battery, a drive motor, a control unit, and a speed wheel. When the friction drive system is mounted on a wheeled vehicle, the speed wheel provides an accurate measurement of the vehicle speed by maintaining contact with a tire of the vehicle. An automatic traction control system, which may be part of the control unit, compares the speed of the speed wheel with the speed of the drive motor to determine whether slippage is occurring. If slippage is detected, then embodiments of an automatic traction control system automatically increase an amount of normal force between a contact surface on the drive motor and the tire, by advancing a position of the drive motor relative to a fixed mounting point. If no slippage is detected, then embodiments of an automatic traction control system automatically reduce the amount of normal force, by retracting a position of the drive relative to a fixed mounting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ShareRoller LLC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Guida
  • Patent number: 10245194
    Abstract: Drifting karts in accordance with embodiments of the invention are described that include a front wheel drive train and rear caster wheels that can be dynamically engaged to induce and control drift during a turn. One embodiment of the invention includes a chassis to which a steering column is mounted, where the steering column includes at least one front steerable wheel configured to be driven by an electric motor, a battery housing mounted to the chassis, where the battery housing contains a controller and at least one battery, wiring configured to provide power from the at least one battery to the electric motor, two caster wheels mounted to the chassis, where each caster wheel is configured to rotate around a rotational axis and swivel around a swivel axis, and a hand lever configured to dynamically engage the caster wheels to induce and control drift during a turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Ali Kermani
  • Patent number: 10239369
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trailer (2) for a bicycle (1), having a braking device acting on wheel(s) (4) of the trailer (2); a sensor device (12) which supplies a measured variable, which is a measure of an acceleration force acting on the trailer (2) via a tow bar (5); a controller (18) for controlling the braking device and that is configured to act on the braking device, depending on the measured variable determined by the sensor device (12), such that an inertial force of the trailer (2) generated in the pulling mode or during braking of the bicycle (1) is compensated for or is at least reduced; and a decoupling device (10; 410; 510) which is configured for the partial mechanical decoupling of a movement of the bicycle trailer (2) with respect to the bicycle (1) in the longitudinal direction of the bicycle trailer (L).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: BRUEGGLI
    Inventors: Reto Guntersweiler, Simon Hasenfratz
  • Patent number: 10172750
    Abstract: A power assist apparatus that converts a hand-propelled wheelchair to a motorized wheelchair without the use of tools or mounting brackets. The apparatus has a motorized mechanism, a pair of outrigger assemblies, pivot mechanisms and position sensors. The motorized mechanism has a battery, a control mechanism and a pair of motorized sections that each have an electric motor and a wheel. The outrigger assemblies have arms that support the drive wheels of the wheelchair above the surface to be traversed. The position sensors determine movement of the outrigger assemblies or a wheel support mechanism attached thereto in response to rotation of the drive wheels by the occupant and transmit data to the control mechanism to operate the motors to move the wheelchair in the direction indicated by the drive wheels, thereby controlling movement of the apparatus in the same manner as the hand-propelled wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Paul C. Dickie
  • Patent number: 10106184
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein relate to powered pusher devices configured to push wheeled objects from one location to another. Further embodiments relate to wheeled objects such as carts for transporting items from one location to another. Other embodiments relate to platform powered pushers that can be coupled to a family of various wheeled objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Dane Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Johnson, Andrew Dvorak
  • Patent number: 10086891
    Abstract: A modular electric vehicle includes a first body module having a lateral connecting side, a second body module having a lateral connecting side, two first wheels mounted to the first body module, two second wheels mounted to the second body module, and a connection unit. The connection unit includes a first electrical connector disposed at the lateral connecting side of the first body module, and a second electrical connector disposed at the lateral connecting side of the second body module. The first electrical connector is operable to be selectively and electrically coupled to the second electrical connector, so that the first and second body modules can be selectively assembled to form a relatively light electric vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: National Taiwan Normal University
    Inventors: Yi-Hsuan Hung, Cheng-Sian Li, Min-Chen Cho, Hsueh-Chung Han, Chen-Wei Hu, Shao-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 10071758
    Abstract: A load transporting apparatus is described including: a main body; a ground engaging wheel positioned at or towards one end of the main body and supported for rotation about a generally horizontal axis; a support member, which is connected to the main body, and which supports a pair of wheel assemblies, each assembly including a wheel which is supported for rotation about a generally horizontal wheel axis, wherein said wheel assembly permits the wheel to swivel about a swivel axis which is substantially perpendicular to the wheel axis and off-set therefrom; wherein the support member is connected to the main body by connection means which permits movement of the main body towards and away from the support member. Also described is an apparatus where the or a further connection means is configured to permit rotation of the support member relative to the main body about an axis which extends generally in a fore-aft direction of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: M-MOVER HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Derrick Fowler, Sam Matthew Dance, Andrew John Owen
  • Patent number: 10000230
    Abstract: A vehicle for line marking, having a steering mechanism (10) including: a directional wheel (5) that pivots about a steering shaft (12) coupled to a steering actuator (13); a control actuator (21) responsive to a steering wheel (22); and a universal joint coupling the control actuator (21) and the steering actuator (13) at a fixed angle between 20° to 70°, preferably 30° to 60°; the angle of the universal joint acting to produce a varying steering ratio as the steering wheel is moved away from its centered position. The vehicle includes a hydraulic pump circuit for a motor (101) driven line marking spray device (77) having a hydraulic supply line (105) for the motor with a check valve (107) and a high pressure accumulator (109) between the check valve and the motor and a pressure actuated ram (102) to deactivate the pump (100) when the pressure exceeds a threshold; the motor return line having a low pressure accumulator (110) and a restricted (112) bypass line (111).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Rex Cameron Lucas, Carl William Watson
  • Patent number: 9988114
    Abstract: A trailer configured to couple to a self-balancing personal transporter, the trailer including a seat, at least one wheel rotatably coupled to the seat and oriented in an axial direction, the seat configured and positioned to support a user in a seated position with the user's feet in contact with a foot rest of the self-balancing personal transporter, and a yoke including a first end coupled to the seat and a second end configured to couple with a central portion of the self-balancing personal transporter, wherein the yoke extends in the same axial direction as the at least one wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony Freakes
  • Patent number: 9970499
    Abstract: The electric linear motion actuator includes an electric motor, a drive shaft configured to be rotated by the electric motor, a rotation-to-linear motion converting mechanism configured to convert the rotational motion of the drive shaft to the axial linear motion of an axially movably supported outer ring member, and an electric locking mechanism incorporated in a reduction gear mechanism in which the rotation of a rotor shaft of the electric motor is reduced in speed and transmitted to the drive shaft. When the electric locking mechanism is energized, the power transmission path shifts to the locked state in which power cannot be transmitted, and when the electric locking mechanism is de-energized thereafter, the power transmission path is kept in the locked state. The electric locking mechanism is built in a motor case of the electric motor so that the electric motor and the electric locking mechanism are unitized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yamasaki, Makoto Muramatsu, Yui Masuda
  • Patent number: 9915302
    Abstract: In a drive unit attached to a vehicle-body frame of an electric-motor-assisted bicycle including a one-way clutch including an outer member, an inner member, a plurality of clutch lugs, a plurality of springs, and a plurality of pins. Clutch teeth are located on one of an inner peripheral portion of the outer member and an outer peripheral portion of the inner member. The clutch lugs and the springs are located on the other of the inner peripheral portion and the outer peripheral portion. A number of the clutch lugs is an even number not smaller than four. A number of the clutch teeth is an even number that is not a multiple of the number of the clutch lugs. A number of the springs is half the number of clutch lugs. Each spring exerts a biasing force on two of the clutch lugs that are circumferentially adjacent. Each pin is in contact with one of the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro Usami
  • Patent number: 9808384
    Abstract: A transition means for adapting a wheelchair is disclosed wherein a user or an occupant of the wheelchair is enabled to repeatably alternate the wheelchair between an original mode and an adapted mode by engaging and disengaging a unilaterally-connected adaptive implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Inventor: Stephen C. Golden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9757290
    Abstract: An adjustable coupling device for use with a conventional wheelchair and a conventional vehicle. The wheelchair has a transverse foot support with a length. The vehicle has a support deck with a width. The coupling device is removably secured to the support deck. The coupling device is formed with a rectangular base plate. Upstanding components extending upwardly from the base plate are configured to receive and retain the transverse foot support. The width of the base plate is less than the length of the transverse foot support. The base plate has two spaced holes laterally spaced by a distance greater than the width of the support deck. A mechanism has a central section beneath the support deck and has upstanding ends extendable upwardly through the holes in the base plate. The mechanism is adapted to hold the base plate to the support deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventor: Sergio Paolo Scognamiglio
  • Patent number: 9751372
    Abstract: A system for determining an axle load for an agricultural tractor. The system includes an axle or wheel suspension device arranged on a front axle of the agricultural tractor and has a hydraulic spring strut having a hydraulic cylinder and a hydraulic piston dividing the hydraulic cylinder into an annular space and a piston space. A first pressure sensor detects a first working pressure, which is present in the annular space. A second pressure sensor detects a second working pressure, which is present in the piston space. A control device calculates a front axle load variable which represents an axle load acting on a front axle on the basis of a pressure force difference derived from the first and second working pressures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Sebastian Traut, Guenther Wolf, Michael Meid
  • Patent number: 9701346
    Abstract: The present invention relates to all terrain vehicles having at least a pair of laterally spaced apart seating surfaces. More particularly, the present invention relates to side-by-side all terrain vehicles having plural rows of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron D. Deckard, Brian M. Safranski, Richard L. Sunsdahl
  • Patent number: 9682743
    Abstract: A bicycle control system is basically provided with a plurality of electric units. Each of the plurality of electric units is configured to be mounted to a bicycle. Each of the plurality of electric units includes a storage unit. At least two of the storage units of the plurality of electric units store at least two common pieces of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Jun Gao, Ayumi Kato
  • Patent number: 9676438
    Abstract: A method and kit for converting a two-wheeled motorcycle into a three-wheeled reverse trike. To convert the two wheeled motorcycle to a reverse trike, the front fork tubes, including the front wheel, are removed from the triple-tree of the motorcycle. A frame assembly mounts to a forward end of the motorcycle. Left and right wheels are mounted to the frame assembly with wheel suspension systems. A steering shaft is attached to the triple-tree of the motorcycle. Steering tie rods are linked to the steering shaft and the wheel spindles, whereby turning of the handle bars causes the steering shaft to rotate about its longitudinal axis and causes the left and right steering tie rods to effect corresponding turning of the left and right front wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: IDO-Endeavor Inc.
    Inventor: Norm Kokes
  • Patent number: 9676280
    Abstract: A system for managing braking torque in a machine uses a first braking system, a second braking system that is independent of the first braking system and a controller that monitors activity in both braking systems. The controller selectively reduces torque in the first braking system as torque in the second braking system increases to limit undesired effects of possible over-braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Ruth, Christopher P. Braet, Alexander C. Crosman, III, Jonathan M. Baumann
  • Patent number: 9656682
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a stroller system includes a stroller frame connected to three or more wheels, a housing unit operable to accommodate a rider, a motor coupled to the frame and to at least one of the wheels, and a brake coupled to at least one of the wheels. The system further includes one or more processors coupled to the frame, a first electronic display coupled to the frame and communicatively coupled to at least one of the one or more processors, and sensors coupled to the frame and to at least one processor. A distance sensor measures a distance between the distance sensor and an object, and a speed sensor measures the speed of the frame. The one or more processors are operable to receive measurements from the distance sensor and speed sensor, and to determine, based on the received measurements, whether to apply the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Eli Ahlemeier
  • Patent number: 9649236
    Abstract: A dynamic seating and walking wheelchair includes an active seat and a frame. The active seat is configured to move from a seated position to a standing position. The active seat includes a seat back with an upper end and a lower end, and a seat bottom with a front end and a rear end. The rear end of the seat bottom is rotatable about a movable pivot axis approximate to the lower end of the seat back from the seated position of approximately horizontal to the standing position of approximately vertical. The frame is configured to support the active seat. Wherein, when the active seat moves from a seated position to a standing position, the movable pivot axis moves both up and backwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Active Body, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Kenneth Wike, Jr., Michael Alan Kapp, Richard Michael McEntyre
  • Patent number: 9550443
    Abstract: A system of the present disclosure has a housing that has at least two female indentations, and each indentation has tapered walls that form a cavity. The system further has a trailer that has at least two protrusions, including a first protrusion on a first leg of the trailer and a second protrusion on a second leg of the trailer, and the protrusions are arranged to mate with the at least two female indentations when the housing is placed on the trailer. Each protrusion has a lock slat slidably moveable in a slot formed in a side of the protrusion and the lock slats are adapted to engage one of the tapered walls of the protrusions thereby retaining the housing on the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Bike Box, LLC
    Inventor: Chad S. McElhiney
  • Patent number: 9511656
    Abstract: To suppress the height of a vehicle body frame of an inverted pendulum type vehicle in consideration of mounting and dismounting the vehicle. Left and right drive units are disposed so as to be juxtaposed in the left-right direction at same-height positions higher than a main wheel. The left and right drive units and a battery pack are disposed so as to be juxtaposed in front and behind a vehicle body frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yusuke Muto, Wataru Yada
  • Patent number: 9487146
    Abstract: A trailer hitch step apparatus including a hollow square-shaped hitch sleeve, with a perimeter of a channel of the hitch sleeve substantially conforming to a perimeter of a trailer hitch receiver. A base mounting support is attached to a bottom side of the hitch sleeve. Each of a right step member and a left step member of a pair of step members is attached to a right area and a left area, respectively, of the base mounting support. Each of a right side mounting support and a left side mounting support of a pair of triangular side mounting supports is disposed on a side edge of the right step member and the left step member, respectively. The channel of the hitch sleeve is selectively slidably disposable around the trailer hitch receiver, and a tightening bolt secures the channel of the hitch sleeve around the trailer hitch receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Richard Lowell, Debra Lowell
  • Patent number: 9474665
    Abstract: A wheelchair has a chair, an electrical power device, a foot stand, and a control device. The chair has two arm rest frames, and each arm rest frame has a connection board. The electrical power device is detachably connected with the connection boards and has a holding frame, a driving device, and two rear wheels. The holding frame has two holding boards respectively connected with the connection boards by multiple securing assemblies. Each securing assembly has a holding sleeve, a connecting rod, a knob, and a spring. The holding sleeve has multiple abutting ribs. The connecting rod is mounted through the holding sleeve and has a first end and a second end selectively extending into one of the connecting holes defined in a corresponding connection board. The knob is mounted securely around the second end of the connecting rod and has multiple engaging grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Shu-Chen Chan
  • Patent number: 9428040
    Abstract: The stiffness in supporting an electric motor is increased in an electric motor mounting structure for mounting an electric motor for driving the wheels on the vehicle body. In an electric motor mounting structure for mounting an electric motor (60) for driving a wheel on a vehicle body (1) formed by combining a plurality of frame members, the electric motor is mounted on one of the frame members (front middle cross member) (43) via a first mount member (front mount member) (71), the one frame member is provided with a receiving hole (101), and at least a part of the first mount member projects into the receiving hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Shibata, Hirotomo Yamada
  • Patent number: 9365254
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobility scooter and in particular to a mobility scooter having a base with a platform. The base further has a receiver at the front of the platform, a rear hitch, two risers with vertical holes for receiving chair legs and a rear axle. Two batteries and motors can be further provided. The chair can fold flat to either allow greater movement upon the platform or for storage. Multiple attachments can be provided, including a single wheel, a double wheel and coupler attachments. The attachments easily engage and are disengaged from the base. Several other attachments can also be provided, including side bars, handlebars and a car seat holder. Further, a movable throttle is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Richard Leo Durrett
  • Patent number: 9358163
    Abstract: A detachable electric drive unit for a wheelchair is provided. The detachable electric drive unit includes a housing having an interior volume and two guide rails disposed on opposing sides of the housing. Each guide rail includes a channel to receive a wheelchair wheel and has at least two wheels attached to opposing ends of each guide rail. A roller assembly is disposed within the channels of each guide rail. An electric motor is coupled to the roller assembly in each guide rail. The electric motor drives the roller assembly imparting rotational motion to the wheelchair wheels supported within each channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Charles E. Studebaker
  • Patent number: 9302691
    Abstract: A folding mechanism of vehicle includes a pivot unit having a stationary gear, a chassis unit having a frame pivotally connected with the pivot unit, a swivelable unit pivotally connected with the chassis unit and fixedly connected with a driven gear, and a rack engaged with the stationary gear of the pivot unit and the driven gear of the swivelable unit. When the chassis unit is pivotally folded relative to the pivot unit, the rack is moved to drive the driven gear to rotate, such that the swivelable unit swings relative to the chassis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: MERITS HEALTH PRODUCTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ming-Chuan Cheng
  • Patent number: 9187128
    Abstract: A conversion kit for converting an ATV into a low profile, vehicle with a driver cage and roll bar. The conversion kit includes a sub-frame assembly made of lightweight tubular material. During assembly, the ATV's front suspension, handlebars, front wheels, front shocks, and hand and foot controls are disconnected from the ATV. The sub-frame assembly is longitudinally aligned and connected to the A-Arm mounting brackets on the ATV's main frame assembly. The sub-frame assembly includes a protective cage frame and a roll bar. The ATV's front suspension and A-arms are re-connected to A-arm mounting brackets attached to the front section of the sub-frame assembly. The sub-frame assembly includes foots pedals and receives the ATV's handlebars with the hand controls. The kit includes a cable and wire harness sets and a seat belt assembly. It may also include an optional seat, mirrors, wheel extension adaptors, a foot shield and a rear wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: John K. Koberstein
  • Patent number: 9145264
    Abstract: A grain auger has a frame, a conveyor mounted on the frame for movement between a lowered transport position and a raised use position, and an axle with a pair of wheels to rollably support the auger. The axle has angular disposed hollow members with telescoping arms extending therefrom so that the length and height of the axle is adjustable. A cradle is provided on top of the axle, with a support block at the top of the lift assembly for nesting in the cradle when the conveyor is in the lowered transport position, to minimize the cantilever of the conveyor during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Meridian Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Douglas Houssian, Bradley Metro Zazula
  • Patent number: 9114844
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for bicycles to make them more utilitarian and functional. The attachment is easily attached, and potentially attached without damage or significant modification to the bicycle. The apparatus includes a frame member attached to the bottom bracket portion of the existing bicycle, and a gimbal attached to the fork of the existing bicycle in place of the original front tire. The apparatus is steerable using the handle bars and fork on the existing bicycle frame, and is configured for stability when cornering. The apparatus includes a cargo carrier located in front of the cycler where it is easy to see, while maintaining a stable center of gravity and also an ability to lean into corners for cornering stability. Variations include one or two front wheels, and one or two steering drive links. Also, the apparatus is a flexible design providing multiple potential utilitarian uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Hauler Cycles, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Walter
  • Patent number: 9045382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for separating off solvents from solvent-comprising hydrogenation outputs from a catalytic hydrogenation process, which comprise at least one water-soluble hydrogenation product having at least one alcohol, lactone, ether, lactam or amino group in a solvent which is immiscible or not completely miscible with water and has a boiling point below 100° C., wherein water is added to the hydrogenation output, the solvent-comprising phase is separated off and recirculated to the hydrogenation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rolf Pinkos, Jens Heimann, Hans-Martin Polka, Heiko Urtel, Gunther Windecker
  • Publication number: 20150136498
    Abstract: This invention relates to a transport cart having an X-Y orientation with an X-direction essentially being the driving direction and a Y-direction essentially being perpendicular to the X-direction, both relative to a fixed A-Point, which transport cart is for working on a surface and thereon moving a bed with a bed end and a duct raised from the surface to a height and entering underneath a bed in depth and which bed is supported by bed wheels, which bed preferably is a hospital bed, which transport cart comprises: a chassis supported by at least a first wheel arrangement and a second wheel arrangement, which wheel arrangements are configured to support the chassis and to drive the chassis in the X-direction, which first wheel arrangement interacts with steering means and which second wheel arrangement is spaced from the first wheel arrangement in the X-direction and is arranged to face and enter a duct of a bed end, and which chassis further supports at least one grip configured to grip a bed wheel of a
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Hans Wichmann Madsen, Arne Just Bech
  • Patent number: 8997903
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device or apparatus for assisting in the operation of a wheelbarrow having a tray, handles and at least one front wheel. The present device may generally include a motor, a power/fuel source, a drive wheel and a drive mechanism for rotationally coupling the drive motor to the drive wheel, the drive wheel able to contact the front wheel of the wheelbarrow in a direct wheel-on-wheel engagement when the present device is attached to the underside of the wheelbarrow tray. The present device may be slidingly attached to the wheelbarrow, such as by one or more slides, to permit its movement forward and backward for the drive wheel to engage or disengage the front wheel. The present invention further includes the present device attached to a wheelbarrow or tray, and methods for assembling and operating the device and attaching it to a wheelbarrow or tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Vandelinde
  • Publication number: 20150053488
    Abstract: A drive and control system is provided for a towing vehicle pulling a towed implement, such as a tractor pulling a scraper. The drive system includes a diesel engine which drives a generator for generating electric power. A tractor axle drive motor is connected to driven wheels of the tractor through a transmission. An assist drive motor is drivingly connected to driven wheels of the scraper. A power distribution unit controls distribution of electric power from the generator to the tractor and implement assist drive motors. A control unit controls the power distribution unit as a function of an operator set power split, and other sensed parameters. A one-way clutch prevents over-speed of the assist drive motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: Deere & Company
    Inventors: GARY S. KEYS, II, JOHN W. REGENAUER, MATTHEW J. HARRIS, BRIAN A. RODRIGUE, CLAYTON P. NEUMANN, ZACHARY KAIL, JOE L. SCHUTTE
  • Patent number: 8960340
    Abstract: A power add-on device for powering a manual wheelchair includes a motorized component including dual electric motors and a power source electrically coupled to the electric motors, wherein each of the motors is configured to turn a respective one of a set of drive wheels. The power add-on device includes a latching mechanism adapted to attach the power add-on device to the camber tube of the manual wheelchair; and a controller, reachable by a person sitting in the manual wheelchair, that controls the latching mechanism, the motors, and a swing arm that allows the rear wheels of the manual wheelchair to be lifted off the ground. The front wheels of the manual wheelchair are allowed to be lifted several inches off the ground to avoid obstacles, or can be lifted by the user leaning back. Advantageously, the power add-on device can be detached from the manual wheelchair and loaded into the trunk of a car when travelling or may be checked in as baggage when flying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick Tallino
  • Patent number: 8939455
    Abstract: This invention is a child's detachable-seat ride-on vehicle which can be used in an autonomous mode for infants, thereby providing soothing motion for the child, or, with a different detachable seat, a child-controlled ride-on vehicle for young children that are beyond the infant stage. For the latter, the vehicle can be driven by the child using finger control on a touch screen, or it can operate in an autonomous mode coordinated with displayed material, thereby providing enhanced game or educational experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: Robert L. Terry, M. Harris Milam, George W. Batten, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150000989
    Abstract: An electric moving device for moving patient beds includes a power unit, a holding unit and a control unit. The power unit is connected to the underside of the moving device and the holding unit is connected to two columns of the moving device so as to connect the moving device with the bed. By operating the control unit to control the power unit, the bed is moved from one place to another by the moving device. Medical equipment is able to go with the moving device to provide sufficient caring surface to the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: SAMUEL LIN, FENG-HUI LIAO, KUO-JONG YANG, KUN-AN HUANG
  • Patent number: 8851210
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for moving a disabled vehicle. More specifically, the invention includes a main frame assembly that is constructed and arranged for placement and adjacent to the outside portion of a vehicle wheel to allow one operator movement of the vehicle. An electric motor and battery(s) operate through a gear train to rotate an adapter plate in both forward and reverse directions. The adapter plate is constructed and arranged to cooperate with the lug nuts or wheel studs to provide rotation to the wheel upon operation of the electric motor. A hand or remotely operable controller is provided for the operation of the electric motor which allows for operation of the device while walking alongside or sitting at the driver's position within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Ertosh Mfg., Co., LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Pezzuti, James J. Pezzuti
  • Publication number: 20140262575
    Abstract: The presently disclosure describes a motion assistance system for a wheelchair, for example, a powered drive wheel system that can continually drive a wheelchair in a circular or elliptical path. The motion assistance system comprises a mounting mechanism attachable to one or more structural elements of the wheelchair, and a drive linkage pivotable with respect to the mounting mechanism. A drive wheel can be mounted to an end of the drive linkage such that the drive wheel contacts the ground when installed on the wheelchair. The drive wheel comprises a plurality of lateral rollers positioned radially about the circumference of the power drive wheel. The lateral rollers can rotate about an axis tangential to the circumference of the drive wheel in order to facilitate driving the wheelchair in a radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Max Mobility, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Richter
  • Publication number: 20140216829
    Abstract: A wheelchair tow device which includes a frame sub-assembly, at least one front ground engaging wheel, at least one rear ground engaging wheel, a motive source capable of rotating at least one of the at least one front ground engaging wheel and the at least one rear ground engaging wheel, an energy storage device, wherein the energy storage device is in electrical communication with the motive source, and a handle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Randall J. Bezile
  • Patent number: 8718898
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stand (10) for holding at least one medical device (W1 to W3), which encompasses a stand foot (6) having multiple casters (16) for displacement of the stand (10). The stand (10) has a sensor unit (22) for ascertaining a displacement motion of the stand (10), a drive unit (18) for driving at least one of the casters (16), and a control unit (20) for controlling the drive unit (18). The control unit (20) applies control to the drive unit (18) in such a way that the latter assistively drives the at least one caster (16) only when the sensor unit (22) detects a displacement motion of the stand (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Leica Microsystems (Schweiz) AG
    Inventor: Joachim Schaible
  • Patent number: 8695736
    Abstract: A bin moving assembly is provided for tipping and moving upright wheeled recycling bins. The assembly includes a jack and a pair of wheels coupled to the jack. A fork is coupled to and extends from the jack. The jack selectively extends the fork upwardly whereby the fork is configured for engaging and tipping an upright wheeled recycling bin. A handle is coupled to the jack to facilitate moving the jack when the fork engages the bin whereby the bin is moved with the jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Devindranath Samaroo
  • Patent number: 8684113
    Abstract: A device for adapting a manual wheelchair to drive with a powered wheel is disclosed. The device attached to the wheelchair provides means for raising the wheelchair front caster wheels and simultaneously having the powered wheel contact the driving surface. The disclosed device may be rotated so that the powered wheel lifts from the surface as the front caster wheels are lowered to contact the driving surface enabling manual operation of the wheelchair. The disclosed device includes a mechanism for steering the powered wheel, controls for varying the forward or backward speeds and braking. The device may be detached from the chair and is adaptable to fit a large variety of wheelchairs with capability for ergonomically adjusting the steering column for the comfort of the user. Optional human interface devices may be incorporated so the chair occupant may control speed and steering by operating a joystick, head array or other such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Edward Laconis
  • Patent number: 8607905
    Abstract: Apparatus for moving a wheeled load comprising: a frame having a two end; at least one wheel attached to at least one frame end; drive wheel(s) between the ends; a drive means for providing drive wheel power; a power source; a load-lifting arm means, the lifting arm means having a proximal end rotatably attached to the frame and a distal end; affixed to the distal end is a locking pickup head having a multi-socket center adapted to receive a ball, and a sliding locking gate to releasably affix the head to the ball; extending outwardly from the second end is a handle; disposed on the handle is a control means for operating the apparatus; and drive disengagement means for mechanically disengaging the powered driving mechanism so that a user can manually move the apparatus in case of battery or other mechanical failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Dan Johnson
  • Patent number: 8590647
    Abstract: A wheelchair tow device which includes a frame sub-assembly, at least one front ground engaging wheel, at least one rear ground engaging wheel, a motive source capable of rotating at least one of the at least one front ground engaging wheel and the at least one rear ground engaging wheel, an energy storage device, wherein the energy storage device is in electrical communication with the motive source, and a handle assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Randall J. Bezile