Multiple Clutch Patents (Class 192/145)
  • Patent number: 6669072
    Abstract: Disclosed and taught is a novel drive mechanism for a cyclic operating tool employing an energized flywheel to provide the necessary energy to perform a working cycle. The drive mechanism disclosed is particularly useful in hand tool applications such as a hand held nailing machine. The flywheel may be energized by a corded or battery powered motor. The herein disclosed mechanism teaches a novel pair of ball ramp cam plates wherein a first pair of ball ramps cause an initial engagement of a clutch with the energized flywheel whereupon rotation of the clutch causes activation of a second pair of ball ramps which affect compression of a spring which acts to increase the pressure applied to the clutch thereby assuring a slip free engagement between the clutch and he flywheel throughout the working cycle of the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Senco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Burke, Shane R. Adams, Richard L. Leimbach, Conrad A. Garvis
  • Patent number: 5868229
    Abstract: A device for overload protection and for braking a machine part driven by a motor (2), in particular a tool driven by a cam gear in a stamping and/or bending machine, comprises a module (3), an overload clutch (4)disengaging after exceeding a torque threshold, and a freewheel (6) which, during the braking of the drive shaft (1), blocks in the direction of drive, each being arranged on the drive shaft (1) behind one another in the drive line extending from the motor (2) to the machine part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerhard Hinterlechner
  • Patent number: 5555964
    Abstract: A power transmission for a servodrive or the like has for the connection of a spindle nut with a structure an overload clutch operating in dwell-free manner and for the fixing of the structure a stopping device, so that the overload clutch releases the drive transmission despite the adjusting spindle continuing to run in the case of a path-dependent controlled stopping of the structure. The clutch can also be used as a self-engaging overload clutch for the transmission of driving torques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: bielomatik Leuze GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Rolf Thamphald
  • Patent number: 5127501
    Abstract: A brake adjusting apparatus for a vehicle includes an engine brake detector for detecting that the engine brake is applied; a drive wheel speed detector for detecting speed or acceleration of a drive wheel; a reference drive wheel speed setting circuit for setting a reference drive wheel speed or reference drive wheel acceleration to be compared with the output of the drive wheel speed detector; and an idle speed controller for controlling an idle speed of the engine, wherein the idle speed controller is so adjusted that the drive wheel is rotated at the reference drive wheel speed or the reference drive wheel acceleration, when engine brake application is detected by the engine brake detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Nippon A B S Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Arikawa
  • Patent number: 4964503
    Abstract: A manipulator features the use of a single motor and a plurality of flexible cables which are interconnected with the motor via a plurality of clutches which can be selectively engaged and disengaged. The cables transmit rotational energy to elements of the manipulator via translation devices which convert the rotational motion into linear motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Nishiyama, Hiroshi Minakami
  • Patent number: 4842113
    Abstract: A clutch (3) which can be engaged and released by a controllable clutch drive (11) is arranged in the torque transmission path between an engine (1) and a gear transmission (5) of a motor vehicle. By means of a control switch (15) the clutch (3) is released whereby the vehicle can coast free-wheeling, saving fuel, with the engine (1) working in idling rate. On actuation of a brake pedal (15) a control circuit (13) engages the clutch (3) and at the same time shuts off the fuel supply to the engine (1) by means of a fuel valve (23). The engine (1) thus brakes the vehicle without additional fuel consumption. Alternatively the control circuit (13) can have constantly shut off the fuel supply of the engine (1) in free-wheeling operation. Under control of a pressure detector (45) detecting the suction in a servo-brake unit (41) the control circuit (13) engages the clutch (3) when the pressure rises to values which no longer guarantee operation of the brake unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: SACHS-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Dieter Lutz
  • Patent number: 4190143
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a method and apparatus for facilitating safe operation of mechanical presses. The press includes a press ram mounted on a crank shaft and adapted for reciprocatory movement along a vertical path between uppermost and lowermost points on the path. A motor is provided for turning the crank shaft through 360 degrees rotation including an upper dead center position. The press further includes main clutch and brake means for disconnecting the crank shaft from the motor and stopping the ram at the uppermost point of its path of travel after completion of a stroking cycle. At this point the crank shaft is at its upper dead center position. The press also includes an auxiliary clutch which is operatively connected in series with the main clutch and which is normally engaged for transmitting power from the motor to the crank shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: Amada Company, Limited
    Inventor: Naoki Orita
  • Patent number: 3982616
    Abstract: A safety coupling for quickly disconnecting a cutting instrumentality from the power source of a hand-held power tool comprises a pawl on a rotating driving member engaging an abutment on a coaxial driven member. During normal operation a trip arm holds the pawl engaged. When the trip arm is tripped to release the pawl, a latch prevents reengagement of the pawl until reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1976
    Assignee: Textron, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward J. Bidanset