With Means For Changing Number Of Supporting Wheels, Or For Adjusting Relative Location Thereof Patents (Class 180/209)
  • Patent number: 10987829
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a chassis, an engine, a drum assembly, and a control system. The drum assembly includes a drum configured to receive drum contents and a drive system coupled to the drum. The drive system is configured to rotate the drum to agitate the drum contents. The control system is configured to operate the drive system at a drive speed; receive data comprising at least one of (i) a drum speed command from a remote monitoring system, (ii) a signal from a mixture sensor configured to acquire mixture data indicative of a current property of the drum contents, (iii) the current property of the drum contents from the remote monitoring system, and (iv) an initial property of the mixture from at least one of a batching system, the mixture sensor, and a user input device; and adjust the drive speed of the drum based on the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan S. Datema, Christopher K. Yakes
  • Patent number: 10953966
    Abstract: A wheel suspension and retraction apparatus (2) for an amphibious vehicle comprises a suspension unit having transverse upper and lower suspension links (4, 8); spring and damper unit (12), and suspension upright (6) supporting wheel (10), and pivotally connected to outboard ends of links (4 and 8). The wheel retraction mechanism has a retraction linkage (14, 16, 18), pivotably connectable to the vehicle, and an actuator (38) for moving the wheel suspension between a protracted position for land use and a retracted position for use on water. The retraction mechanism supports the suspension unit spaced apart transversely from the vehicle. Tie bar (16) is connected to upper retraction arm (14) at an intermediate location (30) to ensure a large angle of tilt on retraction, to ensure that the wheel is retracted above hull line (156). The wheel suspension does not have to be compressed on retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: GIBBS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
    Inventors: Jonathan Austin King, Neil Graham Jenkins
  • Patent number: 10912691
    Abstract: A configurable assistive device comprising: a platform; at least three wheels; and, at least three independent leg mechanisms, each respective leg mechanism coupled to the platform and a respective one of the at least three wheels, each respective leg mechanism configured to move the platform relative to the respective wheel for positioning the platform at an elevation and for inclining the platform to an inclination to configure the assistive device into one of a plurality of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: 9302204 CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Eugene Cherny, Evelio Goderich, Dmitry Paltsev, Gennadiy Lisnyak
  • Patent number: 10906589
    Abstract: Provided are an adjusting base and a self-driven robot. The flexible base includes: a chassis, a carrying plate and an adjusting mechanism. The bottom of the chassis is provided with at least one second driven wheel and at least two driving wheels. The bottom of the carrying plate is provided with at least a first driven wheel. The adjusting mechanism is configured to connect to the carrying plate and the chassis or connect to the carrying plate and the second driven wheel. When the ground is uneven, the adjusting mechanism is configured to dynamically adjust the second driven wheel in such a manner that the first driven wheel, the second driven wheel and the driving wheels are in contact with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Beijing Geekplus Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yan Tang
  • Patent number: 10834731
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for managing events. A method receives mobile sensor information from mobile devices operated by human nodes in a location and determines whether the event has occurred at the location in which event management is needed for the event using the mobile sensor information. The method identifies resources needed for the event using the mobile sensor information in response to a determination that the event has occurred and allocates the resources identified to handle the event using the mobile sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian Dale Laughlin, William David Kelsey
  • Patent number: 10798863
    Abstract: A track-width adjustment system, apparatus and method limit track-width adjustments in a self-propelled product applicator, according to a first speed-based protocol for track-width adjustments initiated by an operator of the applicator, and according to a second speed-based protocol for track-width adjustments initiated by an automatic track-width control arrangement of the applicator. An automatic track-width control arrangement continually monitors and adjusts track-width, as required to maintain a desired track-width at substantially any ground speed while the applicator is in motion. Operator initiated adjustments to track-width are allowed only within a prescribed range of ground speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: David J. Hafvenstein, James Beaucaire
  • Patent number: 10780930
    Abstract: A system for detachably coupling subassemblies to vehicles or other components is discussed herein. The system can include one or more driveshafts and worm drives to drive fasteners to couple the subassembly to the vehicle. The system can enable drive interfaces located in a substantially conventional location (e.g., located vertically on the bottom of the vehicle) to drive fasteners horizontally into the body or other subassembly. In this manner, fasteners can be hidden and to utilize blind holes in the body of the vehicle. The system can be partially disassembled in situ to enable parts replacement and fastener access in the event of a failure. The system can be used in conjunction with a robotic cart to enable subassemblies to be removed from the vehicle for service and repair. A portion of the system can also act as a portion of, or to reinforce, the crash structure of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Zoox, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy David Kentley-Klay, Nicholas Liotta, Chao Lu, Paul Choin, Daniel Elliot Schabb, Forrest Craft, Kevin Hothem, James Hedden, Brandon Loeb
  • Patent number: 10773564
    Abstract: A swing arm suspension for suspending a rear drive wheel in a three-wheeled electric vehicle has an adjustable arm which allows the tension on the drive belt to be easily adjusted for installing or removing the drive belt or adjusting tension for operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRAMECCANICA VEHICLES CORP.
    Inventors: Daniel Stanley Watt, Jerry Kroll, Scott Stuart Hargrove, Henry Reisner, Edward Theobald
  • Patent number: 10717325
    Abstract: A drive line arrangement for self-propelled agricultural product applicator includes an engine connected to a remotely mounted pump arrangement by a driveshaft that passes through an axle of a frame of the applicator. The axle includes an axle tube extending transversely across the frame and defining front and rear facing surfaces of the axle tube, and a tubular-shaped tunnel fixedly attached to and extending through the axle from the front to the rear facing surfaces of the axle tube, and defining an internal opening of the tunnel for passage of the driveshaft through the tunnel. The tunnel extends beyond at least one of the front and rear facing surfaces of the axle tube to structurally reinforce the axle tube around the opening in the tunnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy A. Amundson, William A. Roach, Martin L. Krohn
  • Patent number: 10710631
    Abstract: A mechanism for swinging and steering a support leg for a pavement milling machine is provided having a milling machine frame, a swing rod, a steering rod, a first guiding rod and a second guiding rod, the support leg includes a support leg exterior sleeve and a interior sleeve, the support leg exterior sleeve is sleeved onto the support leg interior sleeve, the support leg interior sleeve rotates relative to the exterior sleeve; one end of the swing rod is hinged to the milling machine frame, and the other end is fixedly connected to the exterior sleeve; one end of the second guiding rod is hinged to the milling machine frame, the other end is hinged to one end of the first guiding rod, the other end of the first guiding rod is hinged to one end of the steering rod, and the other end of the steering rod is connected to the support leg interior sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DYNAPAC (CHINA) COMPACTION & PAVING EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Biao Zhang, Jixue Chen, Tingjian Xu
  • Patent number: 10689047
    Abstract: A gyro-stabilizer for a two-wheeled single-track vehicle, preferably a motorcycle, applicable in several driving modes, is configured in the form of a gyroscope in a gimbal mount, an outer ring of which is connected by a two-way axial pivot joint to the vehicle frame, wherein the axis of said joint is oriented along the longitudinal axis of the vehicle; an inner ring of the gimbal mount is connected by a two-way axial pivot joint to the outer ring; and a spin axis of the gyroscope is connected by a two-way axial pivot joint to the inner ring, wherein the axes of all three pivot joints are mutually perpendicular, and wherein the gyro-stabilizer has a means for locking rotation of the outer ring about the axis of the pivot joint between said outer ring and the frame of the vehicle. The gyro-stabilizer is disposed on the rear wheel swingarm and has a means for locking rotation of the inner ring about the axis of the pivot joint between the inner ring and the outer ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU “GYROBAYK”
    Inventor: Alexey Valerievich Krylatov
  • Patent number: 10647197
    Abstract: A ground drive hose routing system and method for a self-propelled agricultural product applicator utilize segments of a hose arrangement that are constrained to lie and move primarily in only one direction, to isolate horizontal hose movement related to track-width adjustment from vertical hose movement resulting from action of suspension members. For steerable wheels, an additional pivotable segment is utilized to accommodate turning motion while maintaining isolation between other primarily horizontally and vertically constrained movable segments of the hose arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey C. Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 10647365
    Abstract: In a kit comprising a self-propelled two-track stilt vehicle and a transportation trailer, a lifting device, braced on the trailer, is provided that acts on central elements of the running and carrying structure of the stilt vehicle. The running and carrying structure of the stilt vehicle having four wheels comprises, oriented transversely relative to the travel direction, front and rear transverse structures, on which two stilt structures respectively having a wheel-carrying unit that carries at least one wheel are disposed on both sides at the end. The transverse structures are constructed in multiple parts having a middle piece and left and right end pieces, which can be fixed in various width positions. The stilt structures are constructed in multiple parts having primary parts connected to the associated end piece of the transverse structure and secondary parts, fixable thereon in various height positions and on which associated wheel-carrying units are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: BIOCARE GESELLSCHAFT FUR BIOLOGISCHE SCHUTZMITTEL MBH
    Inventors: Wilhelm Beitzen-Heineke, Stephan Schmidt, Martin Schünemann, Hannes Heidfeld, Ralf Hinzelmann
  • Patent number: 10602657
    Abstract: A protected tread widening system for a self-propelled high clearance sprayer. The system includes a frame with side rails and a first cross member and a second cross member extending between the opposite side rails, with the cross members being substantially hollow. Each of the cross members form slider receivers. The system also includes axle slider assemblies that are telescopically inserted into the slider receivers. Additionally, actuators are mounted within the cross members. These actuators are secured to the frame and to the axle slider assemblies to allow for telescopic movement of the axle slider assemblies into and out of the cross members. The actuators run substantially through a central axis of the first cross member and a central axis of the second cross member. This minimizes the bending moment of each actuator. Additionally, this system isolates the actuators from materials outside of the cross members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Brian Pilney, Blaine A. Schwalbe
  • Patent number: 10603236
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a bearing surface transporter comprising an upper part for receiving an object to be transported, such as a patient bearing surface of an operating table, and a lower part. The lower part may comprise: at least three castors for manually moving the bearing surface transporter in any horizontal direction, at least one motorized drive wheel/roller, and a lowering mechanism for selectively lowering and raising the at least one drive wheel/roller relative to the castors, wherein the drive wheel(s)/roller(s) assume(s) an upper position for moving the bearing surface transporter manually and a lower position for moving the bearing surface transporter in a motorized manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MAQUET GMBH
    Inventor: Heiko Kottmann
  • Patent number: 10578406
    Abstract: A vehicle has improved energy absorbing capability and occupants have increased blast survivability. The vehicle includes a suspended floor assembly. The floor assembly may be suspended by, at least in part, one or more suspensions arms that have an extendable portion. The floor assembly may also have a yaw plane energy absorber between the floor assembly and a wall of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: PRATT & MILLER ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION, INC.
    Inventors: Jason Kremar, Kevin R. Kwiatkowski, Aaron Ward, Christopher Watson
  • Patent number: 10549800
    Abstract: A stabilization apparatus for a two-wheeled vehicle includes a rotationally mounted gyroscope and a drive unit, as well as a rotational-direction reversal unit disposed between the drive unit and the gyroscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Henzler, Matthias Klews
  • Patent number: 10518579
    Abstract: A split offset axle joins a front cycle wheel to a first and a second fork of a cycle. The axle has two rigid structures joined together with a fastener to form a singular axle. The axle has a cylindrical first end, a cylindrical second end and a cylindrical offset center section. The center section locates and supports a cycle wheel hub. The first and the second ends are housed in a pinchable split axle housing of the first and the second fork, respectively. Rotation of the axle adjusts the center section axis to a plurality of positions relative to the forks. The center section is adjusted to a desired position, thereby adjusting the cycle's steering and handling characteristics, the desired position is secured with pinched split axle housings. The pinched split axle housings rotationally and rigidly secure the respective axle ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Brent Lorscheider
  • Patent number: 10493798
    Abstract: A system, apparatus and method for controlling the height of a frame of a self-propelled high ground clearance, agricultural product applicator above a ground surface utilize a trailing link suspension system including an extensible air strut, for connecting ground engaging wheels of the applicator to the frame of the applicator. The trailing arm suspension system includes an upper suspension arm attached to the frame, a lower suspension arm providing sole support of a ground engaging wheel attached to the lower arm, and the extensible air strut interconnected between the upper and lower arms. Height of the applicator above the ground surface is controlled by regulating a flow of pressurized air to the air strut, to thereby control extension of the air strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventor: Richard A. Moen
  • Patent number: 10315900
    Abstract: A wheel assembly includes a constant force mechanism and a wheel coupled to the constant force mechanism. The wheel is displaceable in at least one dimension, and the constant force mechanism imparts a substantially constant force on the wheel in the dimension. In one aspect, the wheel is displaceable in a first regime and a second regime. For a wheel displacement in the first regime, the constant force mechanism imparts a substantially constant force on the wheel, and for a wheel displacement in the second regime, the constant force mechanism imparts a variable force on the wheel. The variable force can be linear or non-linear to the magnitude of the displacement in the second regime and is equal to or greater than the substantially constant force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: The Raymond Corporation
    Inventors: Fernando D. Goncalves, Paul F. Finnegan, Greg Sigman, Michael V. Brown
  • Patent number: 10292877
    Abstract: A patient transport apparatus for moving a patient from one location to another. The patient transport apparatus comprises a suspension system to limit discomfort to the patient when the patient transport apparatus moves over disturbances in floor surfaces. The suspension system comprises suspension devices such as a spring and/or a damper. The suspension system is operable in an energy-absorbing mode in which the suspension system absorbs energy as wheels move over the disturbances during transport or a lockout mode in which the suspension system is relatively more rigid as compared to the energy-absorbing mode. A control system operates to place the suspension system in one of the modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jerald A. Trepanier, Kevin M. Patmore, Anish Paul, William D. Childs, Kurosh Nahavandi, Clifford E. Lambarth
  • Patent number: 10266221
    Abstract: The subject matter of the present invention relates generally to a vehicle that has axles with tires mounted thereon with at least one axle that is a lift axle, and more specifically, to a method that optimizes the effective tire rolling resistance by adjusting the load on the tires, resulting in an improvement in the fuel economy of the vehicle. According to one embodiment, the method takes into consideration the rolling resistance characteristics of the tires placed onto the axles of the vehicle and provides an algorithm for optimizing their rolling resistance by raising or lowering the lift axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: William Bennett Clayton, Calvin Rhett Bradley
  • Patent number: 10266051
    Abstract: A ground drive hose routing system and method for a self-propelled agricultural product applicator utilize drive hose bulkhead connection arrangements mounted on transversely movable axle members to define segments of a hose arrangement that are constrained to lie and move primarily in only one direction, to isolate horizontal hose movement related to track-width adjustment from vertical hose movement resulting from action of suspension members. For steerable wheels, an additional pivotable segment is utilized in conjunction with the drive hose bulkhead connection arrangements to accommodate turning motion while maintaining isolation between other primarily horizontally and vertically constrained movable segments of the hose arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Trowbridge, David Hafvenstein
  • Patent number: 10215263
    Abstract: An air spring actuated slider pin release system for a semi-trailer slider includes an actuator shaft oriented to extend in generally parallel relationship to at least one of a pair of parallel main members, being connected to the slider for axial rotation, and having a transverse lever arm secured to each end of the shaft for common rotation. Each lever arm has an end connected to a retractable, biased lock pin via a link so that rotation of the shaft and the lever arms causes retraction of the associated lock pin relative to the main member. The actuator shaft has a normally projecting air spring bracket. An air spring is disposed between one of the main members and the air spring bracket so that inflation of the air spring acts on the air spring bracket, axially rotating the shaft and the lever arms for retracting the lock pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: REYCO GRANNING, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Wall, Michael Gustave Ochse
  • Patent number: 10106215
    Abstract: This patent discloses a climbing vehicle capable of high payload to weight ratio and capable of climbing surfaces with geometric variations and traveling along a single dimension. More specifically, this invention applies to a vehicle well adapted to climbing non-planar surfaces such as pipes or other structural members while traveling along a single dimension, for example traveling parallel to the axis of the pipe. The climbing vehicle makes contact with the climbing surface through drive wheels and a trailing arm. The adhering members are aligned with the primary axis and are rigidly attached or contained in a suspension that is able to conform to a large range of surface irregularities while providing push and pulling forces between the adhering members and the climbing vehicle chassis to uniformly distribute the climbing loads on the adhering members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: James Walter Beard, III, Stephen Lee Canfield, David Andrew Bryant
  • Patent number: 10093364
    Abstract: A balancing apparatus of a vehicle includes: a load sensor installed in a seat of the vehicle to measure a weight of a passenger sitting on the seat; and a balance control apparatus that controls a center of gravity of the vehicle, when the balance control apparatus includes: a battery pack that supplies power to the vehicle, and the battery pack is movably installed on a frame module and moves to control the center of gravity of the vehicle based on a value measured by the load sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Wook Hwan Seo
  • Patent number: 10053180
    Abstract: Improved suspension and steering systems for a trike may include a steering assembly including a power steering assembly coupled to a steering wheel and a front frame assembly. The front frame assembly may include a front plate coupled to a steering hub and two front suspension piston and sleeve assemblies. The front plate and steering hub may be positioned above the front tire so that front tire rotates about an axis that is substantially perpendicular with the surface of the road. This system reduces and/or eliminates problems associated with traditional steering assemblies, such as wheel flop, limited tire life, driver burden, and the like. In addition, the front suspension piston and sleeve assemblies also may be positioned substantially perpendicularly to the road surface to reduce and/or eliminate lateral forces on the trike and changes to the overall geometry of the trike during usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Tower Trikes, Inc.
    Inventor: James Gesto
  • Patent number: 10035555
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention provides a method and system including a sensor on a vehicle and a processor connected to the sensor. The processor determines a probability of falling based on input from the sensor, whether the probability of falling exceeds a threshold, and a state of an operator of the vehicle. An actuator connected to the processor receives a signal from the processor when the probability of falling exceeds the threshold and when the state of the operator includes an impaired state. Stabilizer wheels are connected to the actuator, where the signal includes a command to deploy the stabilizer wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas D. Erickson, Minkyong Kim, Clifford A. Pickover, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 9988027
    Abstract: A brake system includes a brake activator which controls, when a slipping condition is detected at a central rear wheel based on a signal detected by a central rear detector, the operating condition of a central rear brake based on the signal detected by the central rear detector so as to reduce a braking force on the central rear wheel lower than a braking force which is obtained as a result of operation of an input member. In this state, when an operation quantity of the input member increases as a result of operation of the input member, changing the operating conditions of both a right front brake and a left front brake, the brake activator increases the braking forces in both a right front wheel and a left front wheel according to an operation quantity of the input member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignees: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Seto, Kunihide Ohashi, Takeshi Yamamura, Yoshinori Tsuji, Hideki Takada, Kunio Kajihara, Masato Terasaka, Yutaka Hamamoto
  • Patent number: 9981520
    Abstract: A removable axle assembly for transporting a load bearing frame includes an axle mounting structure configured to be removably attached to an axle mount. The axle mounting structure includes an inner surface that is aligned with a tapered surface of the axle mount. One or more fastening devices are attached to a clamping structure. In response to securing the one or more fastening devices, the clamping structure is configured to exert a compression force that maintains contact between the tapered surface of the frame support structure and the inner surface of the axle mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: ENTRO INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Shawn R. Smith, Harlan B. Smith
  • Patent number: 9951484
    Abstract: A milling machine includes a frame, a housing, a milling drum mounted on the frame within the housing and a drive assembly. A positioning assembly is provided for moving the drive assembly between a first position which is laterally outside the periphery of the machine housing and a second position which is laterally inside the periphery of the machine housing, and for locking the drive assembly in at least the first and second positions without requiring the operator to manually manipulate a locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Roadtec, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Musil, James H. Bevill
  • Patent number: 9944260
    Abstract: In a method for controlling an electronic braking system for vehicles, in particular for trailer vehicles, signals of wheel-speed sensors are processed. At least signals of one or more sensors that are not wheel-speed sensors are processed for a detection of motion and/or standstill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: WABCO GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Czaja, Hauke Diers, Axel Stender, Markus Wolf
  • Patent number: 9908578
    Abstract: A motorcycle with an integrated drum set positioned about the trike, the motorcycle having a rear-steering assemblage for allowing the integrated drum set to be played by a forward rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Pestritto
  • Patent number: 9848531
    Abstract: A grounds maintenance apparatus such as a lawn mower adapted for movement from a horizontal operating orientation to a vertical storage orientation. Embodiments of the apparatus provide supplemental storage wheels adapted to permit rolling of the apparatus over a ground surface while in the vertical storage orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: THE TORO COMPANY
    Inventors: Chris A. Wadzinski, John O. Hurst, Khari S. Clarke, John T. Gill, Ryan M. Petersen, Mark C. Daly
  • Patent number: 9840262
    Abstract: There is provided an ultrasonic imaging device capable of controlling a moving device according to a movement direction of a platform in the front or the rear thereof. An ultrasonic imaging device includes a platform to which an ultrasound probe is connected, a moving device configured to move the platform, and a manipulation unit configured to control the moving device to be in any mode of an aligned movement mode, a free movement mode and a stop mode, wherein the manipulation unit includes a first manipulation unit that is provided in a first direction of the platform and controls operations of the moving device and a second manipulation unit that is provided in a second direction facing the first direction of the platform and controls operations of the moving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG MEDISON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyeong Gu Woo
  • Patent number: 9776846
    Abstract: A lift device includes a chassis, a lift boom, a sensor, and a controller. The chassis includes a frame, an axle pivotally coupled to the frame, and an actuator positioned to move the axle. The lift boom is rotatably coupled to the chassis and operable within a work envelope, and the sensor is positioned to monitor an orientation of the lift boom. The controller is configured to engage the actuator based on the orientation of the lift boom. Engagement of the actuator moves the axle to adjust the work envelope of the lift boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Oshkosh Corporation
    Inventor: McKenzie M. Ditty
  • Patent number: 9776678
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems, methods, and devices for providing stability to a vehicle using one or more auxiliary support members on the vehicle, such as lateral sides of the vehicle. The auxiliary support members may extend away from the vehicle body to approach and/or touch a support surface and provide stability and in some cases additional centripetal force to facilitate steering of the vehicle. The auxiliary support members may also retract towards the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TWO WHEELS TECHNOLOGY, CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Lingyun Zhu
  • Patent number: 9759635
    Abstract: A carriage structure for a vehicle test may include a power train substitution part provided in a front wheel carriage frame and including weight plates mounted at a connection part at which an upper member and a center beam are connected to each other, door substitution parts provided at both sides of the front wheel carriage frame, connected to the power train substitution part, and including an upper beam and an lower beam formed in the horizontal direction while having a predetermined interval therebetween and coupled to a rear stand formed in the vertical direction; and a rear wheel carriage substitution part provided at the rear of the front wheel carriage frame, connected to the door substitution parts, and including a floor member forming a lower portion thereof, a truss part connecting the floor member and the front wheel carriage frame to each other, and a weight member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Un Chin Park
  • Patent number: 9751542
    Abstract: A method for controlling a vehicle system includes determining a vehicle reference speed using an off-board-based input speed and an onboard-based input speed. The off-board-based input speed is representative of a moving speed of the vehicle system and is determined from data received from an off-board device. The onboard-based input speed is representative of the moving speed of the vehicle system and is determined from data obtained from an onboard device. The method includes using the vehicle reference speed to at least one of measure wheel creep for one or more wheels of the vehicle system or control at least one of torques applied by or rotational speeds of one or more motors of the vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: David Bradley Pulliam, Ajith Kuttannair Kumar, Bret Dwayne Worden, Jeremy Thomas McGarry, Kevin Ray Ruybal
  • Patent number: 9669874
    Abstract: A vehicle having two chassis components, which are connected by a sloping plane, especially by a guidance device and/or sliding bearing along a sloping plane, a first drive wheel being situated on at least one of the chassis components, and one wheel on the other chassis component, a rotational speed differential between the rotational speed of the drive wheel and the rotational speed of the wheel being able to be induced by a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Josef Schmidt, Dirk Degen
  • Patent number: 9578868
    Abstract: An agricultural sprayer assembly includes a wheeled carriage, a chassis, and a spray delivery system. The wheeled carriage has a number of adjustable support legs (e.g., four), each formed of hydraulically coupled and actuated upper and lower leg sections or members. The chassis is supported on the wheeled carriage, at an adjustable clearance height defined by the operational height of the support legs. The spray delivery system includes a spray boom coupled to a boom support, and an actuator coupled to the boom support and the chassis. The actuator is configured to adjust the height of the spray boom with respect to the clearance height of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: WINFIELD SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Jones, Steve Anthofer
  • Patent number: 9561143
    Abstract: An exemplary power driven vehicle has a take-apart frame comprising a front frame and a rear frame that are detachably and pivotally connected together. The front frame includes means for receiving at least one steerable wheel and a steering mechanism and means for receiving a seat, and the rear frame includes means for receiving at least two drive wheels. The vehicle also has at least one steerable wheel, a steering mechanism, and a seat connected to said front frame. At least two drive wheels are pivotally connected to said rear frame via a single axle. An electric motor is mounted on the rear frame and adapted to drive at least one of the drive wheels. A shroud partially covers the front frame and is fixedly connected thereto. At least one battery box is detachably mounted on the shroud and is in electrical communication with the electric motor. A locking and unlocking means of the vehicle is adapted to prevent, or alternatively allow, the disconnection of the rear frame from the front frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Invacare International Sarl
    Inventor: Dirk Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 9527140
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automated drill apparatus composed of one or more gang drills mounted to a gang drill chassis, at least one powered drive wheel affixed to the gang drill chassis, and at least three pivotable support wheels. A control panel provides remote operation of drill rotation activation, drill advance, and drill bed position adjustment, and a panic off switch. A control system implements steering the automated drill apparatus and is selectable by the operator for steering in two-wheel mode or crab steer mode. The pivotable drive wheels, in conjunction with the control panel and control system, are used to position the automated drill apparatus along a slab to be drilled, and further activate one or more gang drills for drilling a slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Minnich Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Kern
  • Patent number: 9481415
    Abstract: The subject matter of the present invention relates generally to a vehicle that has axles with tires mounted thereon with at least one axle that is a lift axle, and more specifically, to a method that optimizes the effective tire rolling resistance by adjusting the load on the tires, resulting in an improvement in the fuel economy of the vehicle. According to one embodiment, the method takes into consideration the rolling resistance characteristics of the tires placed onto the axles of the vehicle and provides an algorithm for optimizing their rolling resistance by raising or lowering the lift axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: William Bennett Clayton, Calvin Rhett Bradley
  • Patent number: 9468785
    Abstract: A mobile fire extinguishing device includes a motorbike having a base connected to a rear end thereof, and a foam-type fire extinguishing device is connected to the base. Two support units extend from two sides of the base respectively and each support unit has a retractable support rod. A support stand is pivotably connected to the rear end of the base and is positioned either at a retracted first position or an extended second position. When the two support rods are extended, the motorbike is lifted upward and the rear wheel of the motorbike is lifted from the ground. When the support stand is pivoted to the second position, the two support units are retracted, the support stand contacts against the ground so that the motorbike is stable on the ground to bear the reaction force due to the action of the foam-type fire extinguishing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Shang-Hua Wu
  • Patent number: 9457848
    Abstract: A utility vehicle with wheel assemblies that are adjustable to accommodate different weight attachments that are selectively engaged with the vehicle. The vehicle has a frame with a pair of rear wheels and a pair of front wheel assemblies spaced a first distance longitudinally from the rear wheels and a second distance laterally from each other. One or both of the front wheel assemblies are selectively adjustable so as to vary one or both of the first distance and the second distance. This adjustment is made to change the balance between the weight of an overhung load due to different weight attachments and the weight of the rest of the vehicle with the operator. The adjustment of one or both of the right and left front wheel assemblies simultaneously adjusts the first and second distances while maintaining the operational height of the vehicle's frame relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Todd Pugh, Steffon Hoppel
  • Patent number: 9457849
    Abstract: A utility vehicle and method are provided wherein the vehicle has wheel assemblies that are adjustable to accommodate different attachments that may be selectively mounted on the vehicle and may have different weights. The wheel assemblies may be adjusted to alter the distance between the front wheel assemblies and/or between rear wheels and front wheel assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Green Industry Innovators, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Todd Pugh, Steffon Hoppel
  • Patent number: 9415813
    Abstract: A foldable vehicle may include a front floor coupled with front wheels and a rear floor coupled with rear wheels, wherein the front floor and the rear floor increase or decrease a wheelbase of the vehicle by sliding over and under each other, a windshield part hinged to the front floor to turn forward or backward, a rear cabin part hinged to the floor part to turn forward or backward, and a roof part hinged to an upper end of the windshield part and hinged to an upper end of the rear cabin part, wherein the roof part may be configured to be stowed inside the vehicle when the windshield part and the rear cabin part may be folded inward, and may be configured to be exposed to the outside to form a roof of the vehicle when the windshield part and the rear cabin part may be unfolded outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Gwang Hyun Ahn, Yong Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 9387902
    Abstract: An assembly for converting a motorcycle from a two wheel vehicle into a three wheel vehicle having alternate left and right side front wheels. The assembly is constructed to cooperate with an underlying motorcycle frame without physically altering the underlying motorcycle frame. The assembly includes a center frame assembly that is securable to the underlying motorcycle frame and which aligns a support tube of the assembly with a passage defined by a head tube of the motorcycle frame. Respective A-arm assemblies are pivotably secured to alternate lateral sides of the center frame assembly and a steering arm is pivotably attached to each A-arm assembly. A tie rod extends inboard from each steering arm to an area bounded by the center frame assembly and operatively cooperates with a steering shaft that passes through the head tube and the support tube to effectuate turning of the left and right side front wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Scorpion Trikes, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Kroening, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9387881
    Abstract: A land vehicle steering system capable of selectively moving the left and right steerable wheels inboard and outboard of the vehicle, and selectively adjusting the distance between the left and right steerable wheels. The steering system includes left and right steering assemblies. Each assembly includes: a pivot arm pivotally secured to the vehicle about a first pivot axis; a first hydraulic cylinder secured between the pivot arm and the vehicle; a wheel end pivotally secured to the pivot arm about a steering axis; and, a second hydraulic cylinder secured between the wheel end and the pivot arm. Actuation of the first hydraulic cylinders rotates the pivot arms about their first pivot axes and moves the wheel ends inboard and outboard of the vehicle. Actuation of the second hydraulic cylinders rotates the wheel ends and steerable wheels thereon relative to their pivot arm for steering the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Terra Drive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Smith, James L. Jackson, Daniel Pitstick