Outward Projection On Movable Member Patents (Class 192/69.91)
  • Patent number: 11052937
    Abstract: A rack and pinion assembly for a vehicle steering assembly includes a pinion shaft having a splined region comprising a plurality of splines extending longitudinally in an axial direction of the pinion shaft. The rack and pinion assembly also includes an axial retention feature integrally formed on the splined region to axially retain a component matable with the pinion shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin L. Bekemeier, Troy M. Kinne
  • Patent number: 10794430
    Abstract: A collar and a torque transmission apparatus having a collar. The collar may have a set of collar teeth. Each collar tooth may include a first end surface, a second end surface, a first collar side surface, and a second collar side surface. The first and second collar side surfaces may be concave from the first end surface to the second end surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Wagner Yukio Hirao, Dhanapal Vittala Raya
  • Patent number: 10744893
    Abstract: A locking mechanism includes a drive motor; a locking member configured to perform a linear reciprocating motion along a predetermined movement path by the drive motor, and selectively locking or unlocking a predetermined object to be locked according to a position of the locking member on the movement path; a position sensor including a sensor gear rotatably driven by the drive motor and a variable resistor of which a resistance value is varied according to a rotation angle of the sensor gear; and a controller configured to determine an operating state of the locking member on the basis of a voltage value applied to the variable resistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Jung Hwan Na, Myoung Seok Lee, Jee Hye Jeong
  • Patent number: 10563738
    Abstract: A vehicular automatic transmission includes a plurality of engagement devices and a plurality of planetary gear sets. Each of the planetary gear sets includes rotating elements. At least one of the rotating elements of one of the plurality of planetary gear sets is coupled to one of the rotating elements of another planetary gear set or one of the engagement devices, via a spline engagement portion. The rotating elements other than the at least one of the rotating elements coupled via the spline engagement portion is coupled to another rotating element or a non-rotary member directly or via one of the engagement devices. The at least one of the rotating elements coupled via the spline engagement portion is configured to be co-rotated with no torque transmitted via the spline engagement portion, when the automatic transmission is placed in a predetermined gear position as one of the plurality of gear positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masashi Ikemura, Hirofumi Ota, Yasuyuki Hagino, Mitsuhiro Toyoda, Yosuke Michikoshi
  • Patent number: 9926690
    Abstract: A dispensing arrangement for water comprises a tap, in particular a kitchen tap such as a boiling water tap, provided with a shut-off valve and an operating element, such that the dispensing arrangement is operable with a compound movement of the operating element. For dispensing of the water at least a portion of the compound movement serves to release the shut-off valve prior to operation and comprises at least one of a movement to-and-fro, a repeated movement and a movement of at least a predetermined duration and wherein a subsequent portion of the compound movement serves to operate the shut-off valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: HENRI PETERI BEHEER B.V.
    Inventor: Niels Theodoor Peteri
  • Patent number: 9469281
    Abstract: An external mount travel limiter for landing gear extension legs which employs a pair of mechanically-operable cross-port valves fluidly coupled to the hydraulic circuit that are operably synchronized for actuation based on movement of the telescoping upper and lower leg assemblies of the landing gear between respective extend and retract travel stop limit positions. The valves are connected to the leg assemblies via an external drive shaft which synchronously drives a valve actuator that actuates one of the valves upon the lower leg assembly reaching a travel stop limit position in either direction. When actuated, each valve cross-ports the system's fluid flow from the valve's inlet port to the system's return line, thereby permitting all fluid flow and power to bypass the power drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Paul L. Klassy
  • Patent number: 9091311
    Abstract: A torque transmission device includes a magnetic pole rotating body having magnetic poles arranged in a row on a circumference thereof; a yoke rotating body configured to rotate about the same center axis of rotation as the magnetic pole rotating body and including tooth-shaped portions arranged in a row so as to oppose the magnetic poles; and a side magnetic body formed of a magnetic material provided on the side of the tooth-shaped portions of the yoke rotating body, wherein the magnetic pole rotating body and the yoke rotating body are supported so as to be rotatable about the direction of center axis of rotation and so as to allow the magnetic poles and the side magnetic body to be relatively movable in the direction toward and away from each other along the center axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: KITO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Kasai
  • Patent number: 9038797
    Abstract: A switchable coupling with a coupling system between a driving element and an output element is provided. The switchable coupling includes an actuator, an elastic actuating element and a switching element movable between starting, central and end positions. In the central position the switchable coupling has a different state (open or closed) than in the starting position. The switchable coupling further includes a bolt constrained between first and second bolt stops. Axial movement of the switching element causes operative surfaces connected to the switching element or the bolt to engage with elements on other of the switching element and the bolt, such that the bolt rotates relative to the switching element. The bolt alternately moves relative to the switching element into a first relative position blocking switching element movement in the central position, and into a second relative position permitting movement of the switching element toward the starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Van Der Seylberg, Peter Tenberge, Rico Baumgart
  • Patent number: 8985705
    Abstract: A mining machine including a frame, a motor, a drive shaft having a first end and a distal end, a driven component coupled to the drive shaft at the distal end, and a connector assembly between the motor and the drive shaft. The connector assembly including a connection mechanism operable to drivingly connect the motor and the drive shaft, and an adjustment mechanism operable to adjust the connection mechanism between a connected condition, in which the connection mechanism drivingly connects the motor and the drive shaft, and a disconnected condition, in which the driving connection between the motor and the drive shaft is disengaged, the adjustment mechanism including an actuator pivotable about an axis between a connected position corresponding to the connected condition of the adjustment mechanism and a disconnected position corresponding to the disconnected condition of the adjustment mechanism, the actuator being axially fixed relative to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Joy MM Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Bremerkamp, Joshua Lutz
  • Patent number: 8887889
    Abstract: A device for uncoupling a drive shaft of a piece of equipment from an input shaft. The device includes a claw including first teeth and first splines to (i) move longitudinally along a first of the shafts by co-operating with second splines borne by the second of the shafts and (ii) engage or disengage the first teeth in relation to the second teeth positioned on the second shaft. The device also includes a longitudinal movement mechanism including a stationary part acting on a longitudinally mobile piece to move the claw between a coupling position and an uncoupling position. The longitudinal movement mechanism drives the claw by co-operation between a rotationally fixed piece and a piece that is linked to the claw and rotated therewith, a longitudinal clearance being maintained during operation between the piece that is rotationally fixed and the rotated piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Hispano Suiza
    Inventors: Vincent Abousleiman, Sylvain Canard, Andre Raymond Christian Deperrois, Romaric Fritz
  • Patent number: 8602191
    Abstract: The clutch assembly includes a controlling lever, a push bar, a locking shaft, a guiding sleeve, a driving sleeve, and a restoring spring member. The locking shaft has several locking protrusions and several guiding protrusions formed thereon. The push bar is driven by the control lever to push the locking shaft axially move along a rotation axis, and the guiding protrusions therefore engage with the driving sleeve. The driving sleeve is driven to rotate for making the locking protrusions aligned with the locking grooves. The restoring spring member bounds and pushes the locking shaft to an engaging position while the locking protrusions are received in the locking grooves. Thus, the clutch assembly is easily switched from a disengagement status to an engagement status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wen-Sheng Tai, Wei-Chou Chiu
  • Publication number: 20120285786
    Abstract: An arrangement for shifting a gearbox. The arrangement having first and second transmission components (14) and an axially movable shifting sleeve (17) such that the shifting sleeve (17) and the second transmission component (14) each have respective drive teeth (14a, 17a) that can be brought into engagement with one another. The drive teeth are in the form of beveled teeth (14a, 17a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: Michael SCHIFFHAUER, Jörg BÖRNER, Gabor DIOSI
  • Patent number: 8261899
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method of using the apparatus to disengage a shifting collar from a fixed holding feature with reduced force regardless of whether the vehicle is positioned on an inclined or a declined slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Dana Heavy Vehicle Systems Group, LLC
    Inventor: Allan Ernest Geyer
  • Publication number: 20120216968
    Abstract: A shielding apparatus is provided in which operations of raising and lowering a middle rail and operations of raising and lowering a bottom rail can be performed independently from each other by means of a common operation cord. In a shielding apparatus equipped with an elevation apparatus configured to raise and lower a middle rail 3 and a bottom rail 5, whereby a shielding member 2, 4 can be pulled out in the vertical direction or folded in, the elevation apparatus comprises an operation cord 16 of an endless type hanging down from a head box 1, and selective operation means 13 configured to raise or lower the middle rail 3 through an operation of the operation cord 16 in one direction, and to raise or lower the bottom rail 5 through an operation in the other direction, wherein the selective operation means 13 is configured to push up the middle rail 3 by the bottom rail 5 so that the bottom rail 5 and the middle rail 3 can be raised together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: Tachikawa Corporation
    Inventor: Hajime Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20120184379
    Abstract: A two-wheel drive motorcycle having a drive train that supplies power to the front wheel and includes a series of rigid shafts or other internalized drive systems. The front wheel drive consists of components located on the axis of steering within the head tube and positioned symmetrically in a counterbalancing fashion within the front fork in order to counteract the torque reactions from the rotating front wheel drive while providing a full range of steering. The front wheel drive lengthens and shortens in parallel with the shock-absorbing front fork. An engagement clutch, a one-way hub, and torque limiting clutch operatively engaged with the front wheel drive are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: CHRISTINI TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Steven J. CHRISTINI, Michael J. DUNN
  • Publication number: 20110011695
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus and method of using the apparatus to disengage a shifting collar from a fixed holding feature with reduced force regardless of whether the vehicle is positioned on an inclined or a declined slope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Allan Ernest Geyer
  • Patent number: 7815542
    Abstract: A transfer case comprising a rotational input member, a rotational output member, a rotational planetary gear portion operatingly engaged between the input member and the output member, a moveable cam member selectively engagable with the planetary gear portion, whereby the rotation of the planetary gear portion is stopped when the cam member is engaged with the planetary gear portion, the rotational direction of the output member is in the same direction as the input member when the cam member is not engaged with the planetary gear portion, and the rotational direction of the output member is opposite the rotational direction of the input member when the cam member is engaged with the planetary gear portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: The Gates Corporation
    Inventor: Andrzej Dec
  • Patent number: 7682099
    Abstract: A indexable, lockable mechanism for a hand tool, and hand tools with such mechanism, the mechanism comprising a first member having a first splined orifice, a second member having an upper prong with a second splined orifice and a lower prong with a third splined orifice, and a splined pin assembly for insertion through said first, second and third orifices. The first member is positioned in a gap between the upper prong and the lower prong of the second member with the first splined orifice coaxially aligned with the second and third splined orifices of the second member. The splined pin assembly of either the first embodiment or the second embodiment is disposed in the three splined orifices and is axially movable between an unlocked position and a locked position. The splined pin assembly is allows a user to move the splined pin axially in the first and second orifices between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Charles A. Cole
  • Patent number: 7665690
    Abstract: A structural mechanism for an aircraft includes a support, a hinged surface, and a hinge assembly joining the hinged surface to the support. An actuation system includes an actuator shaft engaged to the hinges and lying coincident with a hinged-surface hinge axis and extending through the aligned center passageways of the hinges of the hinge assembly. A lock is selectively operable to lock the hinged surface to the support when the actuator shaft engages the lock. An actuator structure is controllably operable to move the actuator shaft longitudinally along the hinge-surface hinge axis between a first shaft axial position wherein the actuator shaft engages the lock and the hinges, and a second shaft axial position wherein the actuator shaft does not engage the lock but does engage the hinges, and is controllably operable to rotate the actuator shaft about the hinged-surface hinge axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Sheahan, Jr., Charles E. Morris
  • Patent number: 7654376
    Abstract: A clutch capable of cushioning forward movement and guarding backward movement comprises a first mandrel, a second mandrel, a clutch sleeve, a driving stick, a clutch ring, a cushioning springs and a safety springs. The first mandrel further comprises an engagement gear surface formed on the section close to the second mandrel for the engagement with the clutch sleeve mounted on the second mandrel. The clutch sleeve is driven by the driving stick to shift longitudinally. The clutch ring is slidably mounted on the clutch sleeve, having a cushioning mechanism with the clutch sleeve. The safety springs and the cushioning springs are included in the cushioning mechanism for slowing down the engagement between the clutch ring and the engagement gear surface on the first mandrel when the driving stick drives the clutch sleeve but they are not precisely aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jen-Chih Liu
  • Patent number: 7506559
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shift mechanism disposed in a housing for providing operable communication between a shift actuator and a shift sleeve. The shift mechanism generally includes a shift rail, a shift fork, a first biasing member, and a second biasing member. The shift rail is slidably supported by the housing. The shift fork is slidably disposed on the shift rail and engages the shift sleeve. The first biasing member is disposed between the shift actuator and the shift rail for selectively biasing the shift rail in a first direction upon actuation of the shift actuator. The second biasing member is disposed between the housing and the shift fork for biasing the shift fork in a second direction that is substantially opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Magna Powertrain USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Swanson, Carl H. Vonnegut
  • Patent number: 7419041
    Abstract: A transmission shaft is divided into a first shaft portion releasably connectable to a first electric motor/generator via a first gear set and a second shaft portion connected to a second electric motor/generator via a second gear set. The first and second shaft portions are operatively connected to one another for rotation together. The first shaft portion is selectively slidable with respect to the second shaft portion to connect and disconnect the first shaft portion and the first gear set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Diemer, Boris I. Burgman, Henryk Sowul
  • Publication number: 20080060898
    Abstract: A clutch capable of cushioning forward movement and guarding backward movement comprises a first mandrel, a second mandrel, a clutch sleeve, a driving stick, a clutch ring, a cushioning springs and a safety springs. The first mandrel further comprises an engagement gear surface formed on the section close to the second mandrel for the engagement with the clutch sleeve mounted on the second mandrel. The clutch sleeve is driven by the driving stick to shift longitudinally. The clutch ring is slidably mounted on the clutch sleeve, having a cushioning mechanism with the clutch sleeve. The safety springs and the cushioning springs are included in the cushioning mechanism for slowing down the engagement between the clutch ring and the engagement gear surface on the first mandrel when the driving stick drives the clutch sleeve but they are not precisely aligned.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Jen-Chih Liu
  • Patent number: 7331894
    Abstract: A hydraulically-actuatable clutch and method is operable as an overdrive clutch in a transmission system having a transmission main shaft portion. The clutch is engageable between a transmission housing and a sun gear and rotor hub to provide for grounding of the sun gear and rotor hub to the transmission housing. The clutch may either be engaged or disengaged from the transmission housing. The clutch does not allow the rotor and sun gear to rotatably slip with respect to the transmission housing when the clutch is engaged to ground the rotor and sun gear to the transmission housing. When the clutch is disengaged, the rotor and sun gear may rotate with the transmission main shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Henryk Sowul, Michael H. Pohl
  • Patent number: 7101304
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shift mechanism disposed in a housing for providing operable communication between a shift actuator and a shift sleeve. The shift mechanism generally includes a shift rail, a shift fork, a first biasing member, and a second biasing member. The shift rail is slidably supported by the housing. The shift fork is slidably disposed on the shift rail and engages the shift sleeve. The first biasing member is disposed between the shift actuator and the shift rail for selectively biasing the shift rail in a first direction upon actuation of the shift actuator. The second biasing member is disposed between the housing and the shift fork for biasing the shift fork in a second direction that is substantially opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Magna Powertrain USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Swanson, Carl H. Vonnegut
  • Patent number: 6830142
    Abstract: A transfer case for a vehicle having two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive operating modes operatively established by a drive transfer mechanism that is selectively employed to interconnect a main power drive shaft construction for the drive of a first set of wheels with an auxiliary drive shaft for the drive of a second set of wheels. The drive transfer mechanism includes a clutch assembly package comprising a control rod supported for movement in a direction coaxial to the longitudinal axis of the auxiliary drive shaft. The clutch assembly includes a clutch collar supported within the auxiliary drive shaft on the control rod for movement therewith to alternately connect and disconnect the power shaft with the auxiliary drive shaft. For multi-ratio case operation, the power shaft construction may have an input and output power shaft sections that are selectively interconnected by a planetary gear set and a speed shift collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Borgwarner, Inc.
    Inventor: David Robert Weilant
  • Publication number: 20040009834
    Abstract: A two speed shift mechanism for a belt drive, including a rotatable shaft including a first pulley mounted thereon for rotation therewith, a tube concentric with the shaft and rotatable therearound, the tube including a shift hub mounted around a portion thereof for rotation therewith, and the shift hub supporting a second pulley in axially spaced relation to the first pulley for concentric rotation about the shift hub. The mechanism includes a collar mounted around the shift hub in the space between the pulleys for rotation with the shift hub and for axial movement relative thereto between a position adjacent the first pulley and a position adjacent the second pulley.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Laufenberg, Peter J. Ungs
  • Patent number: 6659249
    Abstract: A dual disconnect differential assembly for four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle is disclosed. This disconnect differential assembly connects/disconnects both output shafts of a differential assembly simultaneously from the respective universal joints of the drive assembly. Both output shafts are interconnected to provide simultaneous sliding along an axial direction. A clutch mechanism associated with the inboard side of each universal joint (which may be a constant velocity joint) and with the output shafts is provided for simultaneous connection and simultaneous disconnection of the output shafts from the outboard side of the universal joint. The dual disconnect differential assembly herein is simple, compact, and reliable. It overcomes the disadvantages associated with single axle disconnect mechanisms presently in use. It also provides a simpler, more compact, and more reliable dual disconnect differential mechanism than any such mechanism presently known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Torque-Traction Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Lee Borgen, William Gordon Hunt, Ernest Campbell
  • Patent number: 6601681
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for a rotating component of a printing machine uses a drive motor. The drive motor is connected to the rotating component by a coupling and is supported for axial displacement between coupled and uncoupled positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Koenig & Bauer Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Erich Max Karl Gerner, Christoph Alfons Schmitt
  • Patent number: 6595893
    Abstract: A motorized gear reducer wherein a first external gear 41 is mounted on an input rotary shaft 11 coupled to a driving motor 3 and wherein a second external gear 43 is capable of engaging with the first external gear. The front end portion 63 of the first external gear side of the input rotary shaft is unable to make a relative rotation with respect to the input rotary shaft but made movable in the axial direction of the input rotary shaft. The front end portion thereof movably axially engages with the first external gear. The front end portion and the first external gear are allowed to select one of the conditions including making an integral rotation and freely making relative rotations in accordance with the axial movement of the front end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Teijin Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sukeo Takayama, Michiaki Yatabe, Shigeru Takai
  • Publication number: 20030121747
    Abstract: A locking clutch comprises a toothed member and a slide assembly which are connectable to drive and driven parts. The two members are movable between an engaged position in which the clutch transfers power and/or torque to the driven part and a disengaged position in which power and/or torque is not transferred. The toothed member comprises a cylindrical surface and a plurality of teeth spaced about and extending from the cylindrical surface. The slide assembly comprises a body having a circumferential surface with a plurality of channels formed in said surface. Slide members are received in the channels to be movable between an extended position in which they can engage the teeth of the toothed member and a retracted position in which they do not engage the teeth of the toothed member. A resilient member biases the slide members to their extended positions. The slide assembly can be formed so that the slide members move either axially or radially relative to the slide assembly body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Xiaolan Ai
  • Publication number: 20030121745
    Abstract: A locking clutch comprises a toothed member and a slide assembly which are connectable to drive and driven parts. The two members are movable between an engaged position in which the clutch transfers power and/or torque to the driven part and a disengaged position in which power and/or torque is not transferred. The toothed member comprises a cylindrical surface and a plurality of teeth spaced about and extending from the cylindrical surface. The slide assembly comprises a body having a circumferential surface with a plurality of channels formed in said surface. Slide members are received in the channels to be movable between an extended position in which they can engage the teeth of the toothed member and a retracted position in which they do not engage the teeth of the toothed member. A resilient member biases the slide members to their extended positions. The slide assembly can be formed so that the slide members move either axially or radially relative to the slide assembly body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Xiaolan Ai
  • Patent number: 6572480
    Abstract: A universal joint adapted to interconnect a pair of rotating shafts at an angle relative to one another including a first member and a second member wherein the first member has a first longitudinal axis and includes an elongated semi-spherical head having a plurality of circumferentially spaced and radially outward facing facets which are curved along the first longitudinal axis and the second member has a second longitudinal axis and includes a pocket adapted to receive the elongated head. The pocket further includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced and radially inward facing facets which correspond to the plurality of radially outward facing facets on the elongated head and are tapered relative to the second longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Hsin-Hong Huang
  • Publication number: 20030047403
    Abstract: A dual disconnect differential assembly for four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle is disclosed. This disconnect differential assembly connects/disconnects both output shafts of a differential assembly simultaneously from the respective universal joints of the drive assembly. Both output shafts are interconnected to provide simultaneous sliding along an axial direction. A clutch mechanism associated with the inboard side of each universal joint (which may be a constant velocity joint) and with the output shafts is provided for simultaneous connection and simultaneous disconnection of the output shafts from the outboard side of the universal joint. The dual disconnect differential assembly herein is simple, compact, and reliable. It overcomes the disadvantages associated with single axle disconnect mechanisms presently in use. It also provides a simpler, more compact, and more reliable dual disconnect differential mechanism than any such mechanism presently known.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Wayne Lee Borgen, William Gordon Hunt, Ernest Campbell
  • Publication number: 20030047402
    Abstract: A dual disconnect differential assembly for four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle is disclosed. This disconnect differential assembly connects/disconnects both output shafts of a differential assembly simultaneously from the respective universal joints of the drive assembly. Both output shafts are interconnected to provide simultaneous sliding along an axial direction. A clutch mechanism associated with the inboard side of each universal joint (which may be a constant velocity joint) and with the output shafts is provided for simultaneous connection and simultaneous disconnection of the output shafts from the outboard side of the universal joint. The dual disconnect differential assembly herein is simple, compact, and reliable. It overcomes the disadvantages associated with single axle disconnect mechanisms presently in use. It also provides a simpler, more compact, and more reliable dual disconnect differential mechanism than any such mechanism presently known.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Wayne Lee Borgen, William Gordon Hunt, Ernest Campbell
  • Patent number: 6523658
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism (17) includes an internal gear (10) and a plurality of cylindrical pins (26) pressed rearward against a front end surface of the internal gear (10) by a coil spring (25) via a flat washer (24). Provided on the internal gear's front end surface are a plurality of cam protrusions (28) corresponding in number and position with the pins (26). Each cylindrical pin (26) has at its rear end surface a circumferentially chamfered edge (27) and each cam protrusion (28) has a pair of guide slope surfaces (29) with same inclination as the chamfered edge (27) of the pin (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Takefumi Furuta, Takao Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 6513634
    Abstract: A drive disconnect device is provided in which input and output shafts are provided in splined engagement. The splines are aligned with the axes of the input and output shafts such that the force acting between the shafts in a separating direction is substantially invariant of the torque being transmitted. The shafts are spring biased to a disengaged position. The biasing force is resisted by a meltable restraining element which is arranged to melt when the temperature exceeds an acceptable value so as to allow the spring to cause the shafts to disengage from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Goodrich Control Systems Limited
    Inventor: John Cooper
  • Patent number: 6422369
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a wheel end assembly for engaging and disengaging the wheel end of a vehicle that is convertible between four-wheel and two-wheel drive. The invention is further directed to clutch ring engagement at the inboard end of a wheel hub whereat a retention feature retains the support bearings for the wheel hub on the vehicle suspension and whereat, independent of the retention feature, the clutch ring is operable directly between the wheel hub and axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: Warn Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. McCalla
  • Publication number: 20010035326
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism (17) includes an internal gear (10) and a plurality of cylindrical pins (26) pressed rearward against a front end surface of the internal gear (10) by a coil spring (25) via a flat washer (24). Provided on the internal gear's front end surface are a plurality of cam protrusions (28) corresponding in number and position with the pins (26). Each cylindrical pin (26) has at its rear end surface a circumferentially chamfered edge (27) and each cam protrusion (28) has a pair of guide slope surfaces (29) with same inclination as the chamfered edge (27) of the pin (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Applicant: Makita Corporation
    Inventors: Takefumi Furuta, Takao Kuroyanagi
  • Patent number: 6250446
    Abstract: A clutch assembly 10 is provided and includes a clutch housing 12 which provides an output torque, and a clutch hub 16 which provides an input torque. Housing 12 and hub 16 each respectively include splined portions 52 and 40. Assembly 10 includes a frictional member which is coupled to housing 12 and which selectively and operatively engages hub 16 effective to cause the rotational speeds of housing 12 and hub 16 to become substantially equal. Assembly 10 further includes a member 22 having a splined portion 26 which is selectively movable to a position in which splined portion 26 is engaged with both splined portion 52 and splined portion 40, thereby providing a mechanical link between housing 12 and hub 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Ford Global Tech., Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Joseph Leite