With Structure Adapted To Receive Or Support A Motor, Change-speed Gearing, Or Other Power Train Element Patents (Class 180/312)
  • Patent number: 10715076
    Abstract: The invention provides a motor control device configured to feedback-control state quantity of a motor or a load, the device including a first notch filter disposed inside a feedback control system and configured to change a frequency component to be removed, a first notch controller configured to change a first notch frequency as a center frequency of the first notch filter, and a change forecaster configured to calculate to output, in accordance with the first notch frequency at each of a plurality of past times, at least one of a forecast value of the notch frequency at a specific future time, a forecast value of elapsed time from current time until the notch frequency is to become out of a specific frequency range, and a forecast value of time when the notch frequency is to become out of the specific frequency range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fujiwara, Toru Tazawa, Fumitake Saegusa
  • Patent number: 10703415
    Abstract: A frame assembly includes a rail including a straight portion, the straight portion including a first portion, a second portion, and a deformation trigger between the first and second portions, and a bracket attached to the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jamil M. Alwan, Chelliah Madasamy, Matthew B. Makowski
  • Patent number: 10676139
    Abstract: A linking structure (1) is provided for linking a fiber-reinforced plastic component (2) to a support. The linking structure (1) has a main body (3) produced from a fiber-composite material and has a linking portion (4) configured so that a fastening screw can pass through the linking portion (4). The fastening screw is screw-fittable to the support. The linking portion (4) has two opposite end sides, and a fiber-reinforced cross-laid structure (7) extends between the two end sides of the linking portion (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Patrick Kuehner, Markus Flaig
  • Patent number: 10648526
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a transmission (TM) mount that is capable of reducing costs and a weight by removing a separate stopper (component). The transmission (TM) mount improves handling performance taking advantage of elastic properties of a rubber component in a left/right direction (lateral direction). The stopper for a transmission (TM) mount includes a housing bracket into which an insulator is press-fitted, a lower plate which is positioned at a lower end of the insulator and connected, together with the housing bracket, to a vehicle body through a curling structure, an inner core which is disposed at a central portion of the insulator, and a bridge which is installed at a lower side of the inner core so as to control a lateral displacement. The bridge is tightly fixed to a fixing piece formed in the lower plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, PYUNG HWA INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwan-Ho Lee, Yong-Hee Hahn, Hee-Sung Lee, Jong-Su Park
  • Patent number: 10625804
    Abstract: A vehicle includes left and right front wheels, a left shock absorber, a right shock absorber, a linkage mechanism including a right side member, a left side member, a plurality of cross members, and an air bag housing case having a bottom surface and side surfaces, and housing an undeployed air bag in a housing space defined by the bottom surface and the side surfaces. The air bag housing case is located behind the linkage mechanism in a front-rear direction and below an upper end of a handlebar in a top-bottom direction, and at least partially located above a lower end of a movable region of the right side member, the left side member, and the cross members of the linkage mechanism. The bottom surface is disposed along a surface including a rear portion of the movable region when seen from a side of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Motoaki Deguchi, Masashi Matsuo, Eisuke Furuse
  • Patent number: 10597050
    Abstract: An air spring includes an outer cylindrical member, an inner cylindrical member combined with the outer cylindrical member, a diaphragm coupling the outer cylindrical member and the inner cylindrical member to each other, the diaphragm providing an internal space between the outer cylindrical member and the inner cylindrical member, a first element located on a side of the internal space in at least one of the outer cylindrical member and the inner cylindrical member and defining a part of the internal space, a second element adjacent to the first element, the second element defining a part of the internal space, and a cover layer covering a boundary portion between the first element and the second element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takayuki Sawa, Hideki Kitada, Yasuhiko Ura, Takehiro Nishimura, Keiichiro Kamura, Yoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 10583861
    Abstract: A vehicle frame assembly can include a lower frame member extending in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle; a pillar member extending upwardly away from the lower frame member, and a first frame member including a first end connected to the lower frame member and a second end connected to the pillar member. The pillar member can extend upwardly along a vertical direction of the vehicle. The first frame member can include an inward bend located between first end and the second end such that the first frame member can extend upwardly from the lower frame member along the vertical direction of the vehicle from the first end of the first frame member to the inward bend and the first frame member can extend from the inward bend rearwardly along the longitudinal direction of the vehicle and outwardly along a transverse direction of the vehicle toward the pillar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Taracko, Luke M. Upah
  • Patent number: 10550927
    Abstract: A vehicle is provided. The vehicle may include a vehicle floor that defines a transmission tunnel and a crossmember. The crossmember may include a pair of longitudinal beams disposed along and sandwiching sled runners to the floor. Crossbeams may extend from and span between the pair to define an inner periphery that extends below and surrounds an outer periphery of an oil pan. One or more of the crossbeams may cap a tunnel that is defined by the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James William Dunham, Kyle Mattinson
  • Patent number: 10538154
    Abstract: A smart active mount apparatus configured for removing a complicated wiring for connecting a controller, a mount, and an engine ECU, a vacuum negative pressure hose, and a controller may include an insulator disposed in a case to define a liquid chamber; a lower orifice plate disposed in the case to partition the liquid chamber into upper and lower liquid chamber; an upper orifice plate disposed above the lower orifice plate; a membrane disposed between the lower and upper orifice plates; a diaphragm disposed under the lower orifice plate, an air chamber defined between the membrane and the lower orifice plate; a solenoid valve connected to the air chamber; and a generator disposed to the diaphragm, the generator generating electrical energy by movement or deformation of the diaphragm to supply the electrical energy as actuating power of the solenoid valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10479302
    Abstract: An impact absorbing structure includes an impact absorbing member made of CFRP, and the impact absorbing member includes a pair of left and right side wall portions and upper and lower coupling wall portions each coupling the side wall portions. Each of the pair of side wall portions includes a plurality of curved portions. Each of the curved portions is formed such that a leftward/rightward direction depth thereof decreases toward a front side. Each of the pair of side wall portions includes: a plurality of first carbon fibers arranged to extend in a forward/rearward direction and constituting most of reinforced fibers contained in the side wall portion; and a plurality of second carbon fibers arranged to extend in a direction intersecting with the first carbon fibers. The plurality of second carbon fibers are arranged at both thickness direction end vicinity parts of each of the side wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Chikara Kawamura, Taiki Yotsuyanagi, Hiroaki Takeshita, Tsuyoshi Nishihara, Tsuneki Shimanaka, Takayuki Kimura, Yoshiaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 10422270
    Abstract: In an engine room, heat insulators are provided on the rear side in the forth and back direction of a vehicle with respect to an engine and on the front side in the forth and back direction of the vehicle with respect to a dash panel arranged on a back side of the vehicle with respect to the engine. A top flange portion is formed at a top of a first heat insulator. The top flange portion is extending in a direction obliquely upward and backward of the vehicle to guide air heated by an exhaust system from the engine in an upward direction of the vehicle. A top bent portion is formed at a top of a second heat insulator such that the top bent portion is arranged in the vicinity of the cowling panel in order to guide the heated air in an upward direction of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Tanno, Yuto Korogi, Kazuyoshi Ogata, Akira Nishino
  • Patent number: 10377422
    Abstract: A chassis and a method of forming the chassis comprising assembling a framework of interconnected tubular-section metallic members and a plurality of composite panels, each panel being adhesively bonded to a plurality of the metallic members, wherein at least one bond between a composite panel and a metallic member is formed by an arcuate formation integral with and extending from an edge of a planar section of the composite panel and fitting around an exterior of the metallic member, and providing a layer of adhesive along the gap there between extending substantially from the edge of the planar section across a part of but less than the complete angular extent of the arcuate section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GORDON MURRAY DESIGN LIMITED
    Inventors: Ian Gordon Murray, Frank Coppuck
  • Patent number: 10377423
    Abstract: An engine compartment support arrangement for an agricultural machine includes first and second support rails disposed within an engine compartment, a horizontal platform disposed between the first and second support rails and coupled thereto, and a plurality of engine accessory mounts welded to at least one of the first support rail and the second support rail. The first support rail includes a horizontal portion and an angled portion, wherein a second end of the horizontal portion is aligned with a first end of the angled portion. The second support rail includes a horizontal portion and an angled portion, wherein a second end of the horizontal portion is aligned with a first end of the angled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Blaine Schwalbe, Lawrence R. Borucki, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10358006
    Abstract: An axle support for a vehicle has a left longitudinal member for fastening a left wheel suspension, a right longitudinal member for fastening a right wheel suspension, and at least one cross member connecting the longitudinal members. The cross member is formed by two shells placed on top of each other. The two shells are detachably interconnected in a non-destructive manner. At least one component of an axle steering system is installed in the hollow space between the two shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Kai-Uwe Stoerk
  • Patent number: 10286960
    Abstract: A suspension member includes: a pair of left and right front body mounts, each of which has a front side rail part extending in a front-rear direction of a vehicle body, and a cross part extending inward in a vehicle width direction; a front cross member extending in the vehicle width direction, in which both end parts of the front cross member in the vehicle width direction are joined to the cross parts, respectively; and a protective member that extends in the vehicle width direction and covers an entire lower wall of the front cross member, has a jack-up part for a jack to be applied, and is joined to the lower wall of the front cross member, the jack-up part being provided integrally in the protective member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Ayaka Kagami, Hideaki Kanasugi, Kazuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10279849
    Abstract: A skid plate for a powertrain component of a vehicle includes a base and first and second flanges at opposing edges of the base. The base includes a notch to form a tow point when attached to a V shaped tow frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dakota D. Kirtland, Daniel T. Sellars
  • Patent number: 10281024
    Abstract: A drive assembly is disclosed, with a variable speed transmission in a housing. A pair of clutch assemblies are engaged to a transmission output shaft, and engaged to and selectively driving a pair of axle shafts. A power take off includes a power take off output shaft and a clutch/brake mechanism. A first and a second output gears are driven by the transmission output shaft and disposed on a first and second jack shafts, respectively. A first intermediate gear is disposed on a third jack shaft and driven by the first output gear, and a second intermediate gear is disposed on a fourth jack shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 10246132
    Abstract: A device for rear impact mitigation of a vehicle is disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the device includes a Y-shaped frame having a first leg, a second leg, and a reaction member, the reaction member having a first end and a second end, the first leg and the second leg extending from the first end of the reaction member at a first area and defining an angle therebetween, the reaction member having a straight portion proximate the first end and a curved portion defining a second area proximate the second end, wherein the frame is configured to deform at one or more of the first area and the second area upon application of a force from a rear impact event to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Bradley Leier, Anne M. Stibich, Bharath Kumar Baburajan
  • Patent number: 10215252
    Abstract: A hydraulic body mount with a combined rubber cushion and a hydraulic module may include an inner shaft, a mounting plate, a mounting bracket, a main rubber element, an inner ring, a fluid track, an upper bellows, a washer, a lower bellows, an outer can, a rate plate, a lower bushing, a crash washer, a doubler plate, and a retainer bracket. The fluid track may be configured to receive a fluid via a fluid port. The upper and/or lower bellows may be configured to interact with the fluid. The rate plate may be configured to engage the lower bushing and may be deformed when receiving the at least a portion of the inner shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VIBRACOUSTIC NORTH AMERICA L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew Charles Parr, Steven Carleton Molesworth, Heath Allan Ehlinger
  • Patent number: 10215249
    Abstract: The vibration damping device 1 comprises an outer cylinder member 9 formed by winding a flat plate member into a cylindrical shape; an inner mounting member 11 connected to the outer cylinder member via elastic members 14; and a rod portion 30, wherein: the outer cylinder member has a meeting portion 60 where end surfaces of the flat plate member on both circumferential ends of the outer cylinder member face each other; a joint portion 61, where joining was performed, is formed on at least a part of the meeting portion; and the rod portion is connected to an outer circumferential surface of the outer cylinder member so as to not overlap the meeting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akinori Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10202151
    Abstract: A cargo carrier having a depressed loading space includes a base carrier member, and a pair of right and left side carrier members disposed on right and left sides, respectively, of the base carrier member, and fastened to the pair of right and left rear frame members, respectively, from above. The base carrier member includes a bottom wall portion forming a bottom surface of the loading space, a front wall portion protruding upward from a front end of the bottom wall portion, and a pair of right and left side wall portions protruding upward from a right end and a left end, respectively, of the bottom wall portion. The pair of right and left side wall portions of the base carrier member are removably mountable on the pair of right and left side carrier members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Nakamura, Takashi Hisamura, Itsuo Takegami
  • Patent number: 10189343
    Abstract: A case structure of a power equipment unit, which accommodates a power equipment mounted in a vehicle and is disposed in a power equipment unit accommodating part provided on a floor panel, includes: a case body having an upper portion opened to accommodate the power equipment; a lid member which covers the upper portion of the case body; and a cover member which is attached to the lid member and covers at least an opening part formed in the lid member. The cover member has an intake port which takes in air from outside, and a levee wall is provided in front of the intake port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Ogawa, Yuta Tsumura
  • Patent number: 10161105
    Abstract: A revolving frame includes a center frame and a plurality of beams welded to a side surface of the center frame and extending away from the center frame along a transverse direction. The plurality of beams includes a skirt beam that includes a pair of beam side plates having a first end that is welded to the side surface of the center frame. An upper surface of each beam side plate has a notch surface that extends from the first end to a notch edge. The notch surface defines a notch groove, such that the notch edge of each beam side plate is separated from the center frame along the transverse direction by a gap across the notch groove. The skirt beam further includes a beam upper plate integrally fixed to the pair of beam side plates, and a notch connection plate welded to each beam side plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventor: Takeshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10124832
    Abstract: A frame structure of a utility vehicle includes: a left bottom first frame and a right bottom second frame that extend in a front-rear direction and support a floor plate; a bottom front frame that couples a front end of the left bottom first frame and a front end of the right bottom second frame and extends linearly in a vehicle width direction and to which a first support member for a first gear box for front wheels is welded; and a bottom rear frame that couples a rear end of the left bottom first frame and a rear end of the right bottom second frame and extends linearly in the vehicle width direction and to which a second support member for a second gear box for rear wheels is welded, each of the bottom front frame and the bottom rear frame being a cylindrical pipe frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tsumiyama, Teruaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10118476
    Abstract: An engine mount for a drive unit in a vehicle includes a bracket having first and second joining points for attachment of the bracket to the drive unit. A first mounting member connects the bracket to the drive unit in the first joining point along a first joining axis. An engine mount is arranged on a vehicle body and supports the drive unit via the bracket. A second mounting member connects the bracket to the drive unit in the second joining point along a second joining axis. The first and second joining axes extend at a slant to each other by an axis angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Marek Bujak, Andreas Fischer
  • Patent number: 10076953
    Abstract: An engine mounting structure is configured to includes an engine which is disposed in an engine compartment; an engine mount which fixes the engine to a vehicle body; and an engine support bracket which fixes a first side surface of the engine to the engine mount, in which the engine support bracket includes a cooling portion which cools the engine support bracket by use of a fluid flowing into the engine compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ki-Seok Han, Tae-Woo Kim, Jeong-Hun Choi
  • Patent number: 10059377
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle frame structure including (1) a first frame member that has a closed cross-sectional shape as seen in a cross-sectional view orthogonal to an extension direction and (2) a second frame member that extends along the first frame member, overlaps a wall surface of the first frame member, and has a hole portion that exposes the wall surface, with an edge portion of the hole portion being joined to the wall surface by a linear welded portion, wherein both end portions of the welded portion are disposed in close proximity to a neutral axis of the first frame member and the second frame member in a case in which the first frame member and the second frame member have undergone bending deformation in an in-plane direction of the wall surface in which the welded portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuki Shimizu
  • Patent number: 10054188
    Abstract: A spring functional component for a hydroelastic bearing (1), comprising an inner mounting connection and comprising an outer mounting connection that radially surrounds the inner mounting connection, comprising a spring body which at least partially delimits at least two working chambers (21, 23) for receiving a damping fluid and which couples the inner mounting connection and outer mounting connection to one another in order to permit a relative movement between the inner mounting connection and the outer mounting connection, and comprising a supporting frame (7) which surrounds the inner mounting connection and which is composed of a rigid material such as plastic or metal, wherein each of the at least two working chambers (21, 23) issues into at least one radial opening which is open to the radially outer side of the spring functional component and which can be closed off by a connection part for coupling to the outer mounting connection, wherein at least one radially inwardly extending radial stop is fas
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: ANVIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Waldemar Hermann, Dmitry Khlistunov
  • Patent number: 10029562
    Abstract: A power take-off (PTO) transmission unit transfers power between an input shaft and an output shaft. A gear set selectively couples the input shaft to the output shaft. A shift device includes a shift rail with ends forming inner pistons within chambers. The shift rail is configured to translate between first, second, and third positions based on the pressures of the chambers. Inner pistons nest within the outer pistons in the chambers. A shift fork and shift collar translate with the shift rail to, in the first position, engage the gear set such that power is transferred at a first speed ratio; in the second position, engage the gear set such that power is transferred at a second speed ratio; and in the third position, engage the gear set to provide a neutral mode in which the output shaft is free to rotate relative to the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Eric T. Lammers, David G. Reid, Joel R. Brummer, Brian E. Biles, Roman Cisek, Allan N. Schott
  • Patent number: 9995168
    Abstract: A hover aircraft rotor having a hub which rotates about an axis and has a number of blades; a drive shaft connectable to a drive member of the aircraft and connected functionally to the hub to rotate the hub about the axis; and damping means for damping vibration transmitted to the shaft, and which include a mass designed to oscillate, in use, to oppose transmission to the shaft of vibration generated by rotation of the blades; the mass being free to oscillate parallel to the axis, to oppose transmission to the shaft of vibration having main components along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AGUSTAWESTLAND S.P.A.
    Inventor: Attilio Colombo
  • Patent number: 9953627
    Abstract: An exemplary engine noise control includes directly picking up engine noise from an engine of a vehicle at a pick-up position to generate a sense signal representative of the engine noise, and active noise control filtering to generate a filtered sense signal from the sense signal. The control further includes converting the filtered sense signal from the active noise control filtering into anti-noise and radiating the anti-noise to a listening position in an interior of the vehicle. The filtered sense signal is configured so that the anti-noise reduces the engine noise at the listening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Harman Becker Automotive Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Christoph, Nikos Zafeiropoulos
  • Patent number: 9907456
    Abstract: An apparatus for accessing a bodily passageway includes: an endoscope including an insertion portion configured to inserted into the bodily passageway; a drive tube including a lumen configured to receive the endoscope; a helically-wound thread disposed on an outer wall of the drive tube and configured such that rotation of the drive tube causes the drive tube with the endoscope to move along the passageway; a flexible drive shaft configured to transfer rotary motion generated by a power supply; and a rotatable drive collar disposed on the endoscope and configured to rotate the drive tube relative to the endoscope, the rotatable drive collar including a stator, a rotor rotatable over the stator and detachably coupled to the drive tube, a rotary gear configured to transfer the rotary motion from the flexible drive shaft to the rotor to rotate the drive tube, and a watertight seal disposed between the stator and the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignees: OLYMPUS CORPORATION, OLYMPUS ENDO TECHNOLOGY AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Miyoshi
  • Patent number: 9895965
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for a dual state hydromount in order to passively introduce air underneath a decoupler such that the stiffness of the air pocket adds to the stiffness of the decoupler, thereby increasing a level of damping available in a vehicle ride mode, the ride mode defined by vehicle speeds greater than a threshold speed. In one example, a dual state hydromount is described wherein a partitioning structure may be alternately coupled to either vacuum or atmosphere, and when coupled to atmosphere an air spring is created under the decoupler via the passive directing of air to the decoupler via a one way check valve. In this way, introduction of an air spring is achieved without additional active control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Mathai, Hassan Dakhlallah, Nagari Achar
  • Patent number: 9849774
    Abstract: A mount for supporting a motor vehicle radiator in a substantially upright, transverse orientation. The mount includes a resiliently flexible pair of opposed grip members that grip a support portion of the radiator. The mount is configured such that, when the support portion of the radiator is placed between the grip members and the support portion is urged against the mount, the grip members exert a gripping force on the support portion to retain the support portion therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: William Hutchins
  • Patent number: 9849912
    Abstract: A vehicle body anti-collision structure, which is mounted within a vehicle body covering and used for buffering an impact force applied to a vehicle body, the structure having two buffering frames capable of buffering the applied impact force and a connecting frame, wherein the connecting frame is disposed at the bottom end of the vehicle body and fixed to a chassis of the vehicle body, and the two buffering frames are respectively disposed at the front end and rear end of the vehicle body and are fixed to both ends of the connecting frame. The above-mentioned vehicle body anti-collision structure is of an overall structure, such that when the buffering frames at the front and rear of the vehicle body are impacted, the impact force will be dispersed to the whole vehicle body anti-collision structure and the chassis, instead of being completely withstood by themselves, so that a greater impact force can be withstood, improving the safety of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SHENZHEN ZHILUN DRIVING TECHNOLOGY FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shugang Gong, Ping Yang, Changwei Zhu, Zhihua Hu, Jinjun Li
  • Patent number: 9828058
    Abstract: A swingarm supporting structure can prevent rigidity of a case from becoming excessive and can improve a degree of freedom of design. The swingarm supporting structure includes: a case in which a power unit is stored; and a bracket for freely pivotally supporting a swingarm up and down through a pivot shaft. The swingarm supports an axle, and the bracket is detachably fixed to the case in a fixed direction intersecting the pivot shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Daisuke Saeki
  • Patent number: 9816599
    Abstract: A modular transmission support secures a variety of transmissions to various vehicle frames. The modular transmission support comprises a pair of frame mounting brackets including a series of holes, slots or other openings to allow for user-selectable positioning and attachment of a crossmember for mounting a transmission. The crossmember comprises one or more trusses and a mounting pad or a set of mounting pads that may be secured at various positions at a concave section of the crossmember's trusses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Victor Products LLC
    Inventor: Lloyd Brooks Compton
  • Patent number: 9772003
    Abstract: A laminar flow path (34) is opened into the vortex chambers (33a and 33b) from inner peripheral surfaces that face in radial directions of the vortex chambers (33a and 33b) being aimed in circumferential directions of the vortex chambers (33a and 33b) among wall surfaces defining the vortex chambers (33a and 33b). A communication hole (32b) is opened into the vortex chamber (33a and 33b) from an end surface that faces in a direction of center axis of the vortex chamber (33a and 33b) being aimed in a direction of a center axis among the wall surfaces defining the vortex chamber (33a and 33b). Blocking members (36a and 36b) extending in the direction of the center axis so as to surround the communication hole (32b) from an outside in the radial direction are provided within the vortex chambers (33a and 33b). The blocking members (36a and 36b) are provided with flow openings (37a and 37b) penetrating the blocking members (36a and 36b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Ueki
  • Patent number: 9719576
    Abstract: A vibration isolator includes a partition member (15) that partitions a liquid chamber (16) in a first mounting member (11) into a primary liquid chamber (16a) using an elastic body (13) as a part of a wall surface thereof and a secondary liquid chamber (16b), and a movable member (23) housed in a housing chamber (20) provided within the partition member (15), the movable member being free to be deformed or displaced in an axial direction of the first mounting member (11). The partition member (15) is provided with a plurality of communicating holes (22) that extend from a portion of the partition member (15) which is exposed to the primary or secondary liquid chamber (16a or 16b) toward the inside of the partition member and are open toward the movable member (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Nagasawa, Akira Ueki, Shuhei Ono, Yasuyuki Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9702116
    Abstract: A shovel according to an embodiment of the present invention includes an upper swivel body, an engine, a motor generator which can assist the engine, a capacitor, a swiveling electric motor which swivels the upper swivel body, a DC bus which is connected to the motor generator, the capacitor, and the swiveling electric motor, and a controller which controls charging and discharging of the capacitor. In a case where a swiveling operation is performed, the controller drives the swiveling electric motor by discharging power discharged by the capacitor, and thereafter, drives the swiveling electric motor by power generated by the motor generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo (S.H.I.) Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jitsutaka Takeo
  • Patent number: 9651111
    Abstract: A fluid-filled vibration damping device including a vibration damping device main unit which has a main rubber elastic body elastically connecting first and second mounting members, and a fluid chamber whose wall is partially constituted by the main rubber elastic body. The vibration damping device main unit further includes a temporary joint member locked on the second mounting member and temporarily coupled thereto in an axial direction, and an annular sealing part provided to the temporary joint member and overlapped on the second mounting member in the axial direction with a sealing rubber sandwiched therebetween for achieving a temporary seal. A sealing coupling member is mounted on the second mounting member while exerting a pressing force in a direction of overlapping on the second mounting member and the temporary joint member for increasing a compression ratio of the sealing rubber and achieving a full seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Mutsumi Muraoka, Tomomi Suzuki, Kei Okumura, Wakako Michiyama
  • Patent number: 9610978
    Abstract: A method of assembling a sub-frame of a vehicle with the front side member of the vehicle includes integrally forming a supporting end of a mounting nut that protrudes in a radial direction in a center of an external circumference of the mounting nut, forming a through hole in a lower surface of the front side member, forming a seat as a groove in an internal surface of the through hole, inserting a lower end of the mounting nut into the through hole so that the supporting end is supported by a circumference of the through hole, settling a head of the mounting nut in the seat, and welding the supporting end and the head along the circumference of the through hole and a side of the seat to assemble the sub-frame to the front side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTOR COMPANY, SHIN YOUNG CO., LTD., SUNGWOO HITECH CO., LTD., MS AUTOTECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Seung Kim, Chang Wook Park, Heui Won Yang, Log Won Do, Sang Hoon Chae, Jang-Su Kim, Sang-Lae Lee, Mun Yong Lee, Daeho Yang, Sungyong Park, Dae Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 9598118
    Abstract: A vehicle floor brace has a tubular body formed by rounding a sheet metal material, and a pair of attachment portions made of the sheet metal material and formed integrally with the tubular body at both ends in a longitudinal direction of the tubular body, and the vehicle floor brace is fixedly attached to an underside of a floor panel of a vehicle via the attachment portions to reinforce the floor panel, each of the attachment portions being configured to include a flat portion having an attachment surface to be attached to the floor panel, and a pair of reinforcing flanges formed by bending both side portions of the flat portion at right angles so that the side portions extend downward to an opposite side from the attachment surface and so that the attachment portion has a dish-shaped section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Toriyama, Akira Obayashi, Nobuhiro Ando, Keisuke Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9586451
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle, in particular military, amphibious vehicle, includes a first end region (2) and a second end region (3) opposite the latter in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle. The first end region (2) is designed as a land driving front and the second end region (3) is designed as a ship's bow for water travel. In a method for operating an amphibious vehicle (1), the main travel direction of the amphibious vehicle (1) is reversed upon transfer between land travel and water travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KRAUSS-MAFFEI WEGMANN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Rudiger Baus, Harald Bachmann
  • Patent number: 9586627
    Abstract: An off-road vehicle is provided with a front-side housing that has a rear end that defines a gap with an upper end of a front-floor cover that is spanned by a flexible member that is a separate component from the front-side housing and the front-floor cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Uzaki, Shinichi Karube
  • Patent number: 9553491
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for mounting an alternator is disclosed. The mounting assembly includes a first bracket, and a second bracket. The first bracket includes a first member, a second member, a third member, a fourth member, and a fifth member. The second bracket includes a first section, a second section, a third section, and a fourth section. The alternator is mounted using the first bracket and the second bracket for reducing vibrations during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jay S. Underwood, Eric L. Abernathy
  • Patent number: 9499036
    Abstract: A utility vehicle including a chassis, a seat provided on the chassis, a cargo bed provided behind the seat, an engine provided on the chassis, and a storage box provided below the cargo bed for storing an air cleaner of the engine, a battery, and the like. The storage box stores the air cleaner, the battery, and the like, and includes a box body having an opening provided in a top surface facing the cargo bed, and a top cover covering the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Itoo, Shinichi Tanaka, Ayumi Hamada
  • Patent number: 9416843
    Abstract: Controllable hydraulic vibration-damping support comprising a main hydraulic circuit comprising a working chamber, a compensation chamber, and a first constricted passageway, and an auxiliary hydraulic chamber separated from the working chamber by a decoupling valve and communicating with the main hydraulic circuit by means of a second constricted passageway having a resonance frequency of less than 5 Hz. The auxiliary chamber is separated from a pneumatic chamber by a movable wall, and a control device is provided for selectively either connecting the pneumatic chamber to the open air, or bleeding air from the pneumatic chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: HUTCHINSON
    Inventors: Gabriel Lemaire, Alain Bellamy
  • Patent number: 9394000
    Abstract: A body frame connection member connects a first side frame portion and a second side frame portion which constitute each side frame. The body frame connection member is provided with a mount surface, an opposite-side surface, and a reinforcing rib. The mount surface is configured such that a loading platform can be mounted thereon, and includes an outer-side edge. The opposite-side surface is facing the opposite side from the mount surface, and is a recessed surface recessed toward the mount surface. The reinforcing rib extends upward from the outer-side edge of the mount surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HINO MOTORS, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenzo Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9387751
    Abstract: A frame structure of an electric vehicle including right and left drive wheels is capable of being simplified while communalizing components and achieving an efficient arrangement of a running gear and electrical components. An electric vehicle includes a running gear including an electromotor and a speed reduction gear, and a running gear support frame provided to surround the running gear. The speed reduction gear is arranged in the right-to-left center of a vehicle body. The electromotor is configured in such a manner that an axis direction is arranged along a vehicle right-to-left direction so that the electromotor extends to one side in a right-to-left direction of the speed reduction gear and is arranged between the speed reduction gear and a left lower side frame of the running gear support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mikio Kashiwai, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Nobuo Kambara, Shinya Agatsuma