Plural Resilient Mountings For Oscillation About A Distinct Axis Patents (Class 248/605)
  • Patent number: 10060293
    Abstract: The baseplate comprises a central elongate torsion and bending resisting member and at least a first load bearing cross-member, which extends transversely to the elongate torsion and bending resisting member. At least one machinery support platform is rigidly connected to the elongate torsion and bending resisting member and to the first load bearing cross-member. The elongate torsion and bending resisting member comprises vertically extending longitudinal lateral walls, where along auxiliaries of the rotating machinery are supported. The machinery support platform projects sideways beyond the longitudinal lateral walls of the elongate torsion and bending resisting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Nuovo Pignone Srl
    Inventor: Alessandro Del Bono
  • Patent number: 9834412
    Abstract: An elevator car arrangement includes an elevator car body including a roof, a bottom and side walls, and an elevator car sling for being guided along vertically extending guide rails. The elevator car sling includes at least a first vertical side support, a second vertical side support and an upper horizontal support, which supports are connected to each other to form the sling. The elevator car body is connected to the elevator car sling such that the elevator car body is supported in the elevator car sling. The elevator car arrangement further includes a connection element for connecting the elevator car body to the elevator car sling such that the connection element is arranged between the roof of the elevator car body and the vertical side support of the elevator car sling, the connection element including a damper for damping vibrations caused by guide rails. A connection element for connecting an elevator car body to an elevator car sling is provided to form the elevator car arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventors: Gabriela Roivainen, Mikko Vesterinen
  • Patent number: 9713392
    Abstract: The invention concerns a bouncer comprising a base frame and a seat frame. In a use position the seat frame is inclined relative to the base frame. The baby bouncer further comprises a support device movably connecting the seat frame to the base frame. The support device is attached to the seat frame at one or ore respective first connection portions, and to the base frame, such that the inclination alternately increases and decreases during operation of the bouncer, and such that when the inclination of the seat frame decreases, the one or more first connection portions are moved forward relative to base frame, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Stokke AS
    Inventors: Tore Vinje Brustad, Andreas Murray, Anders August Kittilsen, Jon Andre Teigen
  • Patent number: 9673678
    Abstract: An inner rotor motor may include a shaft, a rotor, a stator, an upper bearing, a lower bearing, a motor casing that includes an opening at an upper portion, a casing cover that holds the upper bearing and covers the opening of the motor casing, and a lower damping member. The motor casing may include a cylindrical portion, a bottom wall portion that extends inward from the cylindrical portion, and a lower boss portion that is formed in the shape of a bottomed cylinder protruding downward from a bottom of the bottom wall portion. The lower bearing is disposed inside the lower boss portion, and the lower damping member is disposed outside the lower boss portion ion. The lower boss portion is provided with a lower boss recess, and the lower damping member is provided with a concave or convex rotation prevention portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventors: Takeshi Okada, Yasunobu Yuki, Lu Qiang, Hirotada Tanaka, Yusuke Inaki
  • Patent number: 9281111
    Abstract: There is provided an electromagnetic actuator which can secure a sufficient thrust force at least at a certain level over a wide range of displacement. The electromagnetic actuator 1 having a point of amplified displacement includes: a displacement amplification mechanism 1A made of a magnetic material and having two surfaces 2as, 2bs that form a gap 5 therebetween; and a coil 6 provided in the displacement amplification mechanism 1A. A magnetic flux is generated by passing an electric current through the coil 6, thereby generating an attraction force between the surfaces 2as, 2bs. The attraction force displaces the point of amplified displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignees: TOKYO WELD Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiro Higuchi, Hiroyuki Nabae, Koji Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9206877
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vibration damping receptacle device for receiving a motor (1) on a fan housing wall (2) having a motor support element (3) on which a plurality of attachments (4) are formed, a plurality of receptacles (6) disposed directly on the housing wall, and a plurality of elastic damping elements (5) disposed between the attachments and the receptacles such that the axial center axes thereof are each oriented at least in sections in the direction of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: ebm-papst Landshut GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Hertreiter, Frank Schlopakowski, Josef Lutz
  • Patent number: 9145047
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a powertrain of a vehicle, the powertrain comprising an engine operable to produce a torque about a torque axis and the mounting arrangement comprising: a primary coupling connected at a primary mounting point of the powertrain and configured to securely couple the powertrain to a structural member of the vehicle; and, connected between the powertrain and one or more structural members of the vehicle: a pair of pitch control struts configured to substantially inhibit movement of the powertrain in directions perpendicular to the torque axis; and a roll control strut configured to substantially inhibit rotational motion of the engine about the torque axis; wherein the pitch control and roll control struts are connected to the powertrain and the one or more structural members of the vehicle at strut mountings configured to compliantly resist movements of the powertrain about the primary coupling in a direction parallel to the torque axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventor: Anthony R. Glover
  • Patent number: 9033301
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising an interface section and a vibration reduction structure associated with the interface section. The vibration reduction structure extends from a surface of the interface section. The interface section and the vibration reduction structure are configured to reduce vibrations at a number of frequencies that travel through the interface section and the vibration reduction structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Mostafa Toossi, Murugappan Meyyappa
  • Patent number: 8925892
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support device for the gun sight of a military vehicle, incorporating a head to which the gun sight is fastened and a foot which is integral with the vehicle, the head being integral with a column with a vertical axis which is introduced into the foot, the column being made integral with the foot by spring means wherein the spring means are constituted in the form of tongues arranged along at least two parallel planes perpendicular to the vertical axis of the support, each plane incorporating at least three tongues evenly spaced angularly around the column and integral with it by a first end and integral with the foot by their second end, these spring means imparting stiffness to the link between the column and the foot that is less along the vertical axis than along the other directions (X, Y) orthogonal to this vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nexter Systems
    Inventor: Olivier Germenot
  • Patent number: 8537476
    Abstract: A support system for a vibrating component of an optical assembly that is adjacent to a frame, wherein the component is driven to vibrate along an X-direction of a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. The support system includes a support member connected to the frame. The support system has contact elements that are adjustable for movement into and out of contact with the vibrating component to constrain motion of the vibrating component in the Y-direction and in the Z-direction, without constraining motion of the vibrating component in the X-direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Hinds Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Mansfield, Baoliang Wang
  • Publication number: 20120168599
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for hanging a vibration-generating member (8) attached inside an axle (3) of a running gear of a vehicle, in particular an automobile, said member (8) being attached to the axle (3) by at least one first (9A), one second (9B) and one third (9C) anti-vibration attachment elements, the three attachment elements (9A, 9B, 9C) not being on the same horizontal plane XY, said attachment elements (9A, 9B, 9C) providing isostatic hanging of the member (8) in the axle (3), and in which the first and second attachment elements (9A and 9B) are arranged separated from one another and aligned on a diagonal connecting the centre of the first attachment element (9A) with the centre of the second attachment element (9B), passing through the centre of gravity of the member (8); the third attachment element (9C), separated from the first and second attachment elements (9A, 9B), does not pass through said diagonal line; and the centre of the third attachment element (9C) and the centre of gra
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Jacques Dusi, Dominique Poupard, Herve Remond
  • Patent number: 7909303
    Abstract: A movement device (1) having a Stewart platform includes a movable platform (9) that has platform joints (8) connecting it in an articulated manner by at least six rods (6) to a base (3). The rods (6) have base joints (7) resting in an articulated manner on carriages (4, 5) that can be displaced in the longitudinal direction on rails (2a, 2b) that are fixed to the base. Each carriage (4, 5) has a dedicated drive, and the carriages (4, 5) can be moved independently of one another. Exactly two rails (2a, 2b) are provided, and each rail (2a, 2b) supports at least three carriages (4a, 4b, 4c and 5a, 5b, 5c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignees: DLR Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft - und Raumfahrt E.V.
    Inventors: Andreas Bergmann, Ruprecht Altenburger, Peter Aul
  • Patent number: 7900449
    Abstract: A vibration suppressor and a vibration damper are configured in a system including an internal combustion engine and an exhaust-gas turbo charger. The vibration suppressor and vibration damper are secured to an exposed place on the system which is subjected to strong vibrations. As the vibrations are the strongest in said area, the vibration reducer can be used to a maximum. The system including the internal combustion engine and the exhaust-gas charger is enhanced in such a manner that the internal combustion engine can be operated in all of the rotational speed ranges without reducing the service life of individual components or the entire system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Wartsila Finland OY
    Inventors: Alfons Tröndle, Balz Flury, Christoph Mathey
  • Patent number: 7896623
    Abstract: A linear compressor with a pumping chamber, in which a piston moves back and forth, and a frame, fixed to the pumping chamber, on which an oscillating body, connected to the piston, is fixed by at least one spring such as to move back and forth and provided with at least one electromagnet, for driving the back and forth movement of the oscillating body. A one-piece spring connects the oscillating body to the frame and the frame to a fixing body, for fixing the linear compressor to a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Erich Hell, Jan-Grigor Schubert
  • Patent number: 7883071
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for isolation system according to various aspects of the present invention comprise a plurality of elastic elements disposed in one or more planes between an equipment body and a mounting structure and are not symmetric about the center of gravity of the equipment body. The isolation system is configured to modally decouple vibration along one axis from other axes of vibration and provide an isoelastic mounting system in up to all six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gary L. Fox, Nicholas E. Kosinski, Shawn B. Harline
  • Patent number: 7740234
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a low-profile suspension system, which provides coarse and fine suspension control to an object supported by the low-profile suspension system. Coarse suspension is provided to adaptively control a position of the object through pneumatic support devices. Pneumatic pressure is adaptively increased in the pneumatic support devices to support an increasing weight of the object, while pneumatic pressure is adaptively decreased in the pneumatic support devices to support a decreasing weight of the object. Fine suspension control is provided through rotational actuation of a shock absorbing device through a right-angle gear drive. By rotationally actuating the shock absorbing device, a range of stroke of the shock absorbing device along a vertical direction is minimized. Position equalization control is further provided to maintain a position of the object along an axis that is orthogonal to the coarse and fine suspension axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Elliptical Mobile Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jody G. Robbins, William E. Woodbury, II, Richard M. Chaput, Scott A. Boster, Mark J. Miskill
  • Patent number: 7510164
    Abstract: A support (10) for a motor, particularly for a motor vehicle heating, ventilation and/or air-conditioning unit blower, includes a more or less cylindrical hollow sleeve (20) intended to accept the motor, and a fixing housing (30) intended to accept the hollow sleeve (20). The support (10) also includes insulating pads (40) and longitudinal strands (60) for absorbing vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Valeo Climatisation S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Arnaud Geroux, Stephane Talaucher
  • Patent number: 7382504
    Abstract: A shock-absorber structure is mounted in a scanning apparatus including a housing comprised of an upper case and a lower case, and a window transparent board clamped into the lower case. The shock-absorber structure is placed within a slot of the lower case where is clamped a side portion of the window transparent board, and comprises a plurality of resilient elements. The resilient elements are oppositely placed in abutment manner between an inner surface of the slot and the side portion of the window transparent board. The resilient elements respectively have different length so that a multi-stage shock absorption is achieved when the window transparent board successively presses on the resilient elements of different lengths. Collision damages are of the window transparent board thereby prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Transpacific IP, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chien-Liang Yeh
  • Patent number: 7093806
    Abstract: A method and system for calculating a control function for a structural system (10) that can be used to determine an appropriate control force to apply to an active member (18) within a stationary member (12) on the structural system (10). An active member (18) and a stationary member (12) are defined as a two-mass system in which the active member (18) and the stationary member (12) move in opposite directions. The stationary member (12) is mounted to an isolation subsystem (14) that is composed of six isolators (28) at multiple degrees of freedom. The isolation subsystem (14) is softer than the stationary member (12), active member (18) and a spacecraft surface (16) due to a damping element (32) of the isolation subsystem (16). The isolation subsystem (16) is mounted to the spacecraft (16) and decouples the spacecraft (16) from the stationary member (12) and thus the active member (18). An accurate control force for the active member (18) can be determined based upon the above structure (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Osterberg
  • Patent number: 6959922
    Abstract: A transmission mount structure for mounting a transmission connected to an end of a transverse-mounted engine to a vehicle body includes an elastic main vibration-damping member for reducing both vibrations in a vertical direction and vibrations in a roll direction, and an elastic auxiliary vibration-damping member smaller in diameter or thickness than the main vibration-damping member and extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the roll direction. The auxiliary vibration-damping member has a constricted portion formed at a longitudinal central portion thereof and having a smaller cross-section than any other part of the auxiliary vibration-damping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuya Miyahara
  • Patent number: 6390223
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for an engine/transmission combination in a front wheel drive vehicle including a bearing support at either end of the engine/transmission and a pair of elongated torque struts between the vehicle structure and the engine/transmission. The two torque struts extend substantially parallel to one another and are positioned substantially in a vertically extending plane. The torque struts restrain torsionally induced rolling movements of the engine/transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: James C Savage, Robert P Uhlig, Stephen M Leitner, Brian D. Dwyer
  • Patent number: 6076795
    Abstract: In known retaining devices for electric motors, rotationally flexible retaining elements on the order of leaf springs are provided between a receiving housing and the electric motor and serve to decouple noise of the electric motor. The novel retaining device for an electric motor includes retaining elements that extend axially between a receiving housing and the motor housing. These retaining elements enable low-frequency decoupling below the frequencies to be decoupled; on the occurrence of natural resonance when the electric motor is turned on and off or there are shocks from outside, the torsional motion of the retaining elements is limited by stop elements. The retaining device is especially well suited to electric motors of blowers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Scheidel, Peter Froehlich, Christof Bernauer, Thomas Bertolini, Christoph Eitel, Josef Foerstera, Peter Nolting, Reuben Agnon, Otto Brass, Alfred Maier
  • Patent number: 6062527
    Abstract: An improved support boom is disclosed for supporting instrumentation on extraterrestrial vehicles. The support boom includes first and second support legs which are each pivotably mountable at corresponding first ends to a support structure and which are interconnected at second ends to define a support boom structure. In one embodiment, flexure members are interposed in each of the support legs so as to pivot the support boom structure from a stowed position to a deployed, cantilevered position. The flexure members may be elongated with an arcuate cross-sectional configuration when straight (e.g., of carpenter's tape construction). Preferably, three support legs are included to define a tripod support arrangement, wherein each of the support legs includes at least one flexure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Nygren, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5663486
    Abstract: A mechanical linear guide for making a body move in an axial direction, comprising a system which is preferably made up of reinforced leaf springs and/or hole-type hinges, and which is rotationally symmetrical about an axial direction and mirror-symmetrical about a plane perpendicular to the axial direction. The system is connected to a fixed base at six points (A, D, I, L, M, P), and a body (18) is suspended between two points (F, G) in such a way that it can carry out only movement in the axial direction, and not in the lateral direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek Tno
    Inventors: Bernardus Carolus Braam, Jan Hopman, Marinus Pieter Koster
  • Patent number: 5628488
    Abstract: A flexible isolation mount for suspending a motor unit having a motor housing and a mounting bracket attached to the housing to reduce the sound and vibration of the motor. A mounting base is bolted to the bracket securing a flexible belt intermediate the mounting block and bracket. The belt has two loops that extend beyond the periphery of the mounting base and are folded over the base to form a flexible handle. A hook means attached to a support frame engages the flexible handle for an isolation mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: James A. Mann
  • Patent number: 5094425
    Abstract: A front engine mount for mounting an engine to a vehicle frame. The engine mount includes a connecting link pivotably secured at one end thereof to the front of the engine and pivotably secured at the opposite end thereof to the vehicle frame. The connecting link can be installed so as to be in either tension or compression. In compression, the end of the link connected to the engine is above the opposite end connected to the vehicle frame; in tension, the end of the link connected to the engine is below the opposite end connected to the vehicle frame. An alternate mounting arrangement utilizes a plurality of rollers disposed between an engine bracket and the crossmember for supporting the engine. The rollers provide the engine with lateral freedom permitting the engine to rotate, or vibrate, about the least energy axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: PACCAR Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Stephens
  • Patent number: 5028032
    Abstract: A bearing arrangement for the support of a swinging body. The bearing arrangement in which the swinging body is provided with a rotatable bearing shaft. The bearing shaft is supported in the bearing assemblies having deformable bearing bodies. The bearing bodies are provided with external conical surfaces that engage internal conical surfaces of associated bearing shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Rolf W. Peiler
  • Patent number: 5007289
    Abstract: An inertial measurement unit capable of providing information relating to all six degrees of freedom in an orthogonal three axis system is shown having a mechanical oscillator constructed from two counterbalanced platforms which form a single unit for low inertic rotation about a single torsional axis. Each platform has a Y-shaped rotor member whose legs are positioned between inwardly extending, mounting web members. Driving web members are provided on each side of the mounting web members for rotating the rotor member. A plurality of accelerometers are mounted upon at least one of the counterbalanced platforms. Each accelerometer has an input axis, an output axis, and pendulous axis. Each accelerometer is mounted such that the input axis is at a predetermined angle to the single axis of rotation and the counterbalanced platform. The accelerometers are used to measure angular rate along the pendulous axis and linear acceleration along the input axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Stewart, Samuel N. Fersht
  • Patent number: 4988069
    Abstract: A mounting for a stepping motor (42) in a peristaltic pump (20) is provided. The mounting includes a first bracket (81) which rigidly scures stepping motor housing (58) in a radial direction while providing a bearing assembly (96) connecting the first bracket (81) and the stepping motor housing (58) to allow for free rotational movement. A second bracket (62) is also secured to the stepping motor housing (58) which includes at least one spring (72) which dampens tangential forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Baxter International Inc.
    Inventor: Edmund D. D'Silva
  • Patent number: 4681293
    Abstract: An isolating mount provides vibration isolation for a sensor that is sensitive to external vibration about a rotational axis thereof at low frequencies, and translational vibrations in all axes at high frequencies. The isolation mount comprises a frame surrounding the sensor, and includes a plurality of columnar or beam members which are flexible in shear and stiff in compression. The beam members have longitudinal axes which lie in a common plane, also defined by the X-Y axes of the sensor. Connector members to couple desired beam members between the frame and the sensor and other connector members couple other beam members from the frame to the main support structure. The beam members flex in both the X and Y axis and also the Z axis, which is perpendicular to the common plane, but because the beam members are very stiff in compression, the resistance to any rotational movement about the Z axis is high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1987
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald R. Cucci, Thomas P. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4674272
    Abstract: A resilient element connects the housing of the spindle collar bearing with the spindle rail and contains a circumferential arrangement of resiliently flexible rods surrounding with play the housing of the spindle collar bearing in a substantially parallel relationship thereto. The resiliently flexible rods which are arranged at substantially uniform circumferential spacing from one another extend at both of their ends from an associated common retaining sleeve for the related rod ends. One such retaining sleeve is anchored at the spindle rail. The other retaining sleeve is fixedly anchored at the housing of the spindle collar bearing in a region or at a location spaced from a housing side at which the spindle exits from such housing. The resilient element forms a spatial parallelogram permitting only radial movement of the housing against the spring action of the resiliently flexible rods without inclined positioning of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Assignee: Spindel Motoren & Maschinenfabrik AG
    Inventor: Dieter Widmer
  • Patent number: 4572472
    Abstract: The mounting system comprises a band for encircling a motor frame, the band having outwardly extending apertured projections at which are located the inner scrolled end of a flexible mounting arm. A riveted hinge pin extends through the band projections and the inner end of the arm. In assembly, the arms and band are assembled prior to placement of the mounting elements on the motor to permit separate handling and shipment during which the hinge mounted arms may be folded over for compactness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Eder
  • Patent number: 4520987
    Abstract: A rotor shaft of a stepping motor is elastically held via cushions with respect to a housing of machinery, thereby to reduce disorders or noises to be caused in the stepping motor and exactly position an object to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Janome Sewing Machine Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasukata Eguchi, Susumu Hanyu, Hideaki Takenoya, Mikio Inamori
  • Patent number: 4506757
    Abstract: A tracked vehicle designed to allow easy dismounting, as for servicing, of a power train assembly comprising a torque converter, a transmission, and a steering mechanism detachably joined together. Having its input shaft coupled to the output shaft of an engine via a joint, the torque converter is supported on a pair of main vehicle frame members via a removable support member extending therebetween. The steering mechanism is mounted to the main frame members both detachably and for pivotal motion about the aligned axis of its pair of output shafts separably connected to respective retractable input shafts of final drives secured externally to the main frame members. Thus the power train assembly is either wholly dismountable from the vehicle frame or pivotable relative to the vehicle frame about the aligned output shafts of the steering mechanism for dismounting only the torque converter and the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1985
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Komatsu Seisakusho
    Inventors: Takeshi Matsumoto, Shuji Yoshida, Katsuji Shikimi
  • Patent number: 4501973
    Abstract: A skid is disclosed which is particularly suitable for supporting rotating machinery in environments where it is exposed to temperature variations and external mechanical forces and where failure of the machinery can result in the generation of an extremely high torque which has to be absorbed. The skid basically comprises a machinery support platform which is connected to an elongate torsion resisting member in torque transmitting relationship and only three spaced supporting members each incorporating a universal joint and rigidly connected to the torsion resisting member. The torsion resisting member is preferably of hollow circular cross-section throughout its length and is disposed below the medial center line of the support platform and the three supporting members are disposed at the corners of an isosceles triangle and incorporate means allowing for limited movement of the torsion resisting member relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Assignee: Ingersoll-Rand Company
    Inventors: Keith E. Fenemore, George P. Foden, Christopher J. Baker
  • Patent number: 4487287
    Abstract: A support system for elastically yieldingly supporting an automobile power plant having a transversely mounted engine comprises at least first, second and third elastically yieldable bearing assemblies which are used to connect elastically yieldably different portions of the power plant to different portions of an engine compartment defining structure. While the first and second bearing assemblies support the power plant from lateral directions, the third bearing assembly supports the power plant from below and, for this purpose, the third bearing assembly is interposed between the power plant and a cross member extending widthwise of the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 4399974
    Abstract: Between two elastic resilient blocks are disposed in parallel first and second vibration absorbers. The first absorber is an air-filled annular tube which absorbs a high-frequency small-altitude vibration which is transmitted from the engine to the vehicle body, while the second absorber is an elastic resilient block which absorbs a low-frequency large-altitude vibration which is transmitted from the vehicle body to the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1983
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Hirofumi Takei
  • Patent number: 4317556
    Abstract: A light weight chassis or skid for a turbine or engine-generator combination has a relatively narrow central beam section with laterally extending wing portions which are provided with mounting pads for the engine and the generator. The chassis is supported on a supporting surface by three resilient motor mounts, two of which are connected to wing portions and the third is positioned under the center line of the beam portion and under the engine. The three mounts enable securing the chassis to irregular surfaces without twisting the chassis and affecting alignment problems of the engine output shaft and the generator shaft, which misalignment can cause bearing wear and other maintenance problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1982
    Inventor: Arthur G. Dietrich, III
  • Patent number: 4282566
    Abstract: This invention provides a novel bracket for shock mounting a bulb within a housing for a lamp that is particularly intended for use with motorized vehicles, such as over-the-road trucks and the like. Basically, the novel bracket of the present invention comprises: a serpentine strip having polygonal apertures provided at its opposite ends and a bulb-receiving socket generally centrally located therein, the radial center of which socket is offset from the long central axis that extends between the apertures in the strip. Preferably, the strip is connected to the lamp housing by fastener means, portions of which are respectively passed through the polygonal apertures in the strip and prohibit pivotal movement of the apertures thereabout. It is also desirable that the fastener means portions comprise a pair of studs projecting from the lamp housing and being complementary in size and shape to the polygonal apertures in the strip through which they are respectively passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1981
    Assignee: The Grote Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles J. Newman
  • Patent number: 4274510
    Abstract: Suspension means for mechanical elements which have a plate rigid with an element which is to be suspended. The rigid plate is connected to fixed mountings by flexible studs working in compression and by a deformable articulated system composed of connecting rods and a floating cross-member, ensuring rotationally rigid connection and providing for absorption of a torque originating from the suspended element, while allowing the element to perform translatory movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Assignee: Societe Nationale Industrielle Aerospatiale
    Inventors: Rene L. Mouille, Edwin Ortega
  • Patent number: 4240517
    Abstract: In a front-wheel-drive vehicle having a powertrain with a transversely positioned engine and transmission and independent front-wheel suspensions each with a control arm, there is provided a cradle to which the drive-wheel suspension control arms are swingably mounted. A plurality of cushion mounts support the cradle at high impedance points on the vehicle body and provide a soft substantially linear spring rate at small vibratory amplitudes of the cradle in both a fore and aft direction and a vertical direction relative to the vehicle and a stiff substantially linear spring rate at all vibratory amplitudes of the cradle in a lateral direction relative to the vehicle. The powertrain is directly supported on the cradle by a plurality of cushion mounts which have soft substantially linear spring rates in the same directions as the cradle mounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1980
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Harlow, Jr., Joseph Maywood
  • Patent number: RE30498
    Abstract: .Iadd.A lamp assembly particularly suited for vehicle mounting and adapted to be subjected to vibratory shock loads including a rigid reflector and a relatively flexible bulb suspension structure supported on the reflector having a receptacle or basket formation for receiving a bulb. The suspension structure includes a pair of elastically deformable flexible arms extending laterally oppositely from the receptacle formation along horizontal serpentine paths having portions forming U-curves about vertical axes to accommodate horizontal flexing and are pivotally mounted at their outer ends on the reflector..Iaddend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1981
    Assignee: Truck-Lite Co., Inc.
    Inventor: George D. Baldwin