Including Energy Absorbing Means, E.g., Fluid Or Friction Damping Patents (Class 248/636)
  • Patent number: 11524605
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion supported on a frame. The seat cushion is removable from the frame to allow access an area beneath the seat. A handle is formed on a projecting portion of the seat cushion to facilitate grasping the seat cushion and to allow the seat cushion to be removed from the frame. A seat stopper is provided for preventing the projecting portion from contacting directly against a console or other surrounding part of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael V. Peterson, Kathleen H. McClellan
  • Patent number: 11260261
    Abstract: A weightlifting machine that includes a pulley system and a cable system that attaches to a weight rack frame to allow a user to perform a weightlifting exercise. The pulley system may include a first pulley and a second pulley where the cable system engages each pulley. The cable system may have a first end connected to a grip attachment and a second end attached to a resistance element. The resistance element may include a resistance band, a weight support that holds a weight plate, a set of weight plates, or other type of resistance element. The cable system may extend from the pulley through an opening located one of the frame members that form the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Coulter Ventures, LLC.
    Inventors: William Henniger, Nash Dunahay
  • Patent number: 11205133
    Abstract: Aspects of a vibrationally isolated cryogenic shield for local high-quality vacuum are described. More specifically, a cryogenic vacuum system is described that is replicated in a small volume in a mostly room temperature ultra-high vacuum (UHV) system by capping the volume with a suspended cryogenic cold finger coated with a high surface area sorption material to produce a localized extreme high vacuum (XHV) or near-XHV region. The system ensures that paths from outgassing materials to the control volume, including bounce paths off other warm surfaces, require at least one bounce off of the high surface area sorption material on the cold finger. The outgassing materials can be pumped before reaching the control volume. To minimize vibrations, the cold finger is only loosely, mechanically connected to the rest of the chamber, and isolated along with the cryogenic system via soft vacuum bellows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: IONQ, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Madjdi Amini
  • Patent number: 11059390
    Abstract: Disclosed is one example of a sliding device in which a movable rail can be inhibited from being largely deformed even when a load such as a compressed load acts on the movable rail. The sliding device includes a fixed rail, a movable rail, and a load receiving portion. The fixed rail is configured to be fixed to a vehicle. To the movable rail, the seat body is attachable. The movable rail is slidable with respect to the fixed rail. The load receiving portion extends from a fixed rail side toward a movable rail side. The load receiving portion is configured to receive a load directed from the movable rail toward the fixed rail in conjunction with the movable rail when the load acts on the movable rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Inventors: Takashi Hattori, Motohisa Nakamura, Takuya Mizuno, Tsutomu Oya
  • Patent number: 10968976
    Abstract: A detachable server comprising an upper cover, sidewall plates, a base and vibration-absorbing assemblies; the base comprises a bottom plate, transverse plates a, vertical plates a and vertical plates b; two vertical plates a are symmetrically and vertically arranged on the edges of the two ends of the top of the bottom plate; the edge of the top of the inner side surface of the vertical plate a is vertically connected with the transverse plate a, and the edge of the other end of the bottom of the transverse plate a is vertically connected with the vertical plate b; a plurality of threaded holes c are equidistantly formed in the outer side surface of the vertical plate a; two sidewall plates are symmetrically arranged at the two ends of the top of the base; the sidewall plate comprises a transverse plate b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Chongyi Liao
  • Patent number: 10744863
    Abstract: To provide a power unit structure for an electrically driven vehicle which can decrease design man-hours, as well as raise the rigidity of the unit. A control device unit for an electrically driven vehicle includes: a first mounting part which is a mounting part of a power supply unit that supplies electric power to an electric motor, and a second mounting part which fixes the control device unit to an electric motor unit; and the control device unit is mounted from a transmission case side of the electric motor unit towards an electric motor case side, the first mounting part being mounted to a central case, and the second mounting part being mounted to the transmission case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takanori Suzuki, Yuya Ishihara, Takuro Tominaga
  • Patent number: 10519029
    Abstract: A micromechanical component is provided, the micromechanical component including a deflection device which is deflectable parallel to a deflection direction, and the micromechanical component including a damping device, a surface of the deflection device facing the damping device being greater than a sectional area of the deflection device disposed perpendicular to the deflection direction and situated in a region of the deflection device that is facing away from the damping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Odd-Axel Pruetz
  • Patent number: 10473094
    Abstract: A thermally-controlled actuator includes a cylindrical anisogrid structure formed from a plurality of circumferentially offset clockwise and counter-clockwise helical members, and a plurality of longitudinally offset cylindrical ring members. A thermal control element is configured to control the temperature of at least some of the members. The cylindrical anisogrid structure has a top interface constraint and a bottom interface constraint, and the thermal control element is configured to control a displacement of the top interface constraint relative to the bottom interface constraint via control of the temperature of at least one of the helical members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: The Government of the United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Austin Phoenix
  • Patent number: 10468006
    Abstract: A transportation vehicle part includes: a patch member 13 constructed of a plate-like metal patch panel 12, and a vibration attenuating resin layer 14 provided along a surface of the patch panel 12; and a metal base plate 16 closely adhered with the vibration attenuating resin layer 14 of the patch member 13 and affixed with the patch member 13. The patch panel 12 is produced via a rolling step. An acute angle between a longitudinal direction and a rolling direction of the patch panel 12 is 30 to 70 degrees. According to this structure, the natural frequency in a primary mode is made high, whereby the vibration characteristic is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventors: Atsushi Seto, Koichi Hamada
  • Patent number: 10363805
    Abstract: A handling strut connects the powertrain of an automobile to a structural member, such as a panel in the engine bay. The handling strut is comprised of two strut members, one connected to the powertrain, the other connected to the structural member. A shaft attached to one strut member, extends through a bushing provided in the other strut member and an air gap is provided between the bushing and the shaft, such that when the engine is idle, or not accelerating, and in the absence of hard cornering, the strut members are decoupled. The isolation of the strut members when not required to control engine roll, reduces/avoids transmission of noise, vibration and/or harshness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Gallagher, Jonathan Layfield, Paul Kennings, Paul Furnival, Martin Robert Peel
  • Patent number: 10352395
    Abstract: A vibration-damping electromagnetic actuator including: a tubular stator including at least one coil member having a coil and an outer yoke attached to the coil; a mover including a permanent magnet and at least one inner yoke superposed in an axial direction of the stator, the mover being inserted into the tubular stator as axially displaceable relative to the stator through energization to the coil; and an inner tubular part provided at the outer yoke being superposed on an inner peripheral face of the coil to have a magnetic gap, wherein the at least one inner yoke has a thick part at an outer peripheral part thereof, and a lightening part at an inner peripheral part thereof so that an axial dimension of the inner yoke is smaller in a formation part of the lightening part than in the thick part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventors: Takayoshi Yasuda, Hironori Koyama, Masahiko Nagasawa, Yushi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 10214067
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension having a frame attachment portion attached to a saddle, first and second bolster springs mounted to spring mounts on an outboard side of the saddle and mounted on walls of a spring mount on an outboard side of an equalizing beam, and third and fourth bolster springs mounted to walls of a spring mount on an inboard side of the saddle and mounted to spring mounts on an inboard side of the equalizing beam, wherein upwardly extending flanges on the bottom of the first and second bolster springs are mounted to each other using a common fastener, and wherein upwardly extending flanges on the bottom of the third and fourth bolster springs are mounted to each other with a common fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Noble, Matthew J. Van Meter, Randy Joseph Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 10151370
    Abstract: An electromagnetic actuator including: an inner axial member; an outer housing member; a stator and a mover configured to have electromagnetic oscillation force exerted between them, each being securely assembled to different one of the members; and plate springs elastically connecting the members at opposite axial sides thereof, wherein the outer housing member includes an outer tubular member and first and second lid members attached to opposite axial openings thereof, and a first axial side of the outer tubular member has a small-diameter constricted section, and the constricted section has axially inner and outer stepped walls, and the axially inner stepped wall positions a first axial side of the stator or the mover assembled to the outer housing member, while the axially outer stepped wall and the first lid member support a periphery of the corresponding plate spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Tomohiro Kanaya, Kei Okumura
  • Patent number: 10118578
    Abstract: A bumper beam body 13 and upper and lower parts of a flange portion 22 each contain a continuous fiber reinforced polymer layer 20, and a first flange tip portion 22a made of thermoplastic resin that has an L-shaped cross section extending outward in a vertical direction and then curving outward in a vehicle rear-front direction is connected to edges of the flange portion 22. Thereby, even when continuous fibers and matrix resin of the continuous fiber reinforced polymer layer 20 stick out from the edges of the flange portion 22 as flash, this flash can be covered with the first flange tip portion 22a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoya Yabu, Shigeto Yasuhara, Tadayuki Uchida, Akira Hojo, Masakazu Kashiwagi
  • Patent number: 10107353
    Abstract: A nozzle plate of an engine mount may a lower nozzle plate which has a flow path groove formed in an upper surface, and a lower opening hole that communicates with the lower liquid chamber; an upper nozzle plate which is coupled to the lower nozzle plate so as to cover an upper side of the flow path groove and form a flow path, and has an upper opening hole that communicates with the upper liquid chamber; and a membrane which is mounted such that a rim portion thereof is engaged between the lower nozzle plate and the upper nozzle plate, and upper and lower surfaces thereof are exposed through the upper opening hole and the lower opening hole, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyo-Seok Kim
  • Patent number: 10096344
    Abstract: A holding frame for an electronic device that is to be inserted and extracted into and from a pair of grooves formed in a chassis so as to face each other, the holding frame includes a pair of plates that are parallel to each other and that form portions of the holding frame, the portions extending along the grooves, three protrusions that are arranged along the grooves and that protrude from the plates toward the grooves, and two support portions that are arranged at portions of the holding frame each of which corresponds to a center portion between a corresponding two of the three protrusions, the two support portions supporting the electronic device between the plates and the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Shinichirou Okamoto, Shinichirou Kouno, Satoru Yamada, Atsushi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10030738
    Abstract: A partitioning member (16) of a vibration-damping device (10) is provided with a communication chamber (30), a first communication hole (31) and a second communication hole (32). The first communication hole (31) and the second communication hole (32) are arranged to be offset from each other in the axial direction (O). The first communication hole (31) is formed by the inside of a first protruding tube (31a) that protrudes into the communication chamber (30) from the first wall surface (30a). The second communication hole (32) is formed by the inside of the second protruding tube (32a) that protrudes into the communication chamber (30) from the second wall surface (30b). By including the configuration as described above, simplification of structure can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventors: Akira Ueki, Masakazu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 9939503
    Abstract: A cylindrical superconducting magnet system for use in magnetic resonance imaging has axially aligned primary superconducting coils surrounded by a thermal radiation shield within a vacuum vessel. A gradient coil assembly is axially aligned with and located radially within the primary superconducting coils. An assembly support is, radially positioned outside of the primary superconducting coils and is mechanically attached to the gradient coil assembly at a number of locations around the circumference of the gradient coil assembly, and at a number of axial locations along the gradient coil assembly, by radially-directed mechanical attachments that pass though through-holes through the vacuum vessel and the thermal radiation shield, and mechanically isolated from the vacuum vessel. At least some of the mechanical attachments each comprise an active force transducer arranged to provide impulses of force onto a surface of the gradient coil assembly to oppose vibrations of the gradient coil assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Simon James Calvert
  • Patent number: 9926999
    Abstract: A first mounting metal fitting is connected to an engine while a second mounting metal fitting is mounted on a vehicle body. A vibration isolating elastic body provides a connection between the first and second mounting metal fittings. Middle portions of opposed upwardly extending wall sections are formed in a concave curve surface, and expanded recess portions are provided between the opposed upwardly extending wall sections. A projecting section provided on the first mounting metal fitting is accommodated in the expanded recess portions. The projecting section overlaps with the expanded recess portions in the X direction so as to regulate the movement in the X direction of the first mounting metal fitting. The X direction elastic leg for regulating the movement in the X direction is not provided, so that the molding can be performed by demolding a molded object in the X direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kadowaki
  • Patent number: 9821681
    Abstract: A vehicle system includes a base, a seat rotatably disposed on the base, a magnet generating a magnetic field, and a sensor. The sensor is programmed to measure an angular displacement of the seat relative to the base based at least in part on an orientation of the magnetic field generated by the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Manoharprasad K. Rao, Jialiang Le, Saeed David Barbat
  • Patent number: 9815361
    Abstract: A split bushing torque strut isolator assembly for a vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a lower bushing configured to be disposed in a vehicle structural component, a bushing housing configured to be coupled to the vehicle structural component, an upper bushing disposed at least partially within the bushing housing, the upper bushing being separate from the lower bushing, and a torque rod having a first end and a second end, the second end being disposed between the upper and lower bushings. A method of assembling the split bushing torque strut isolator assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Krishant Patel, Brian D Dwyer, John C St. Pierre, Jr., Daniel L Brown, Jacob W Brown
  • Patent number: 9785206
    Abstract: A method and apparatus discloses a tray configured to house a hard-disk drive (“HDD”) using at least one semi-flexible anchoring strip. An HDD assembly device, in one aspect, includes a tray, a U-shaped semi-flexible anchoring frame, and an HDD. The tray has a base, a front panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel, wherein the first side panel and the second side panel includes tracks along longitudinal edges of the first and the second side panels. The U-shaped semi-flexible anchoring frame includes a front piece, a first strip, and a second strip, wherein the first strip is configured to fit in the track of the first side panel allowing the first strip to slide along the track of the first side panel. The HDD has at least two mounting holes on each side and able to seat in the U-shaped semi-flexible anchoring frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Netgear, Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmy Lo, Zhiqiang Zeng
  • Patent number: 9624991
    Abstract: A method is provided for reducing chatter vibrations in a motor vehicle drivetrain having a drive unit, a vehicle transmission and an automated friction clutch, wherein a vibration absorber is emulated by an appropriate operation of the friction clutch in order to improve the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Neuberth, Michael Reuschel
  • Patent number: 9550440
    Abstract: A conveyance seat includes a seat frame; a seat pad; and a support body disposed based on a center portion of a distribution of a sitting pressure applied by a seated occupant to the seat pad. The support body is supported with respect to the seat frame such that a front end portion thereof is rotatable in a right-left direction about a straight line tilted upward in a direction from a front side toward a rear side, and a rear end portion thereof is movable in the right-left direction. The seat pad includes a fixed portion that is supported at a fixed position by the seat frame, and a movable portion that is supported by the support body such that the movable portion is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Hidetaka Nagayasu, Kohshi Katoh, Eishi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 9506522
    Abstract: A fluid-filled vibration device including a pressure receiving chamber and an equilibrium chamber communicated by an orifice passage and a connecting hole provided on a partition member partitioning the two chambers. The connecting hole is closed by a closing rubber elastic plate to which pressures of the two chambers are applied from the respective sides. The closing rubber elastic plate includes at its outer circumference edge part abutting retaining parts held by the partition member, an elastic deformation area which is provided circumferentially between the abutting retaining parts and elastically deformed to open the connecting hole, and a mass part provided at a circumference direction intermediate part of the elastic deformation area to constitute a mass-spring system together. The resonance frequency of the system is tuned to 50 Hz or greater and set higher than a tuning frequency of the orifice passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Komiya, Akihito Tanahashi, Kei Okumura
  • Patent number: 9476479
    Abstract: Provided are a tubular vibration-damping device for a vibration-damping connecting rod, a vibration-damping connecting rod using the same and a method of manufacturing the vibration-damping connecting rod. The device including an inner shaft member and an outer tubular member being connected by a main rubber elastic body, the inner shaft member having a structure wherein first and second connecting members are inserted into a sleeve member bonded to the main rubber elastic body, the connecting members being axially overlapped with and spaced from each other to provide a rod-end insertion space communicated with outside via rod insertion holes that open through peripheral walls of the sleeve member and the outer tubular member, one end of a rod main body being inserted via the rod insertion holes into the rod-end insertion space and fixed to the first and second connecting members by a fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Satoki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9431208
    Abstract: A charged-particle beam drawing apparatus has an airtight first elastic tube that is provided on an outer surface of the vacuum chamber and communicates with an inner space of the vacuum chamber, a vibrator that is airtight and provided at an end of the first elastic tube at an opposite side to the vacuum chamber, and communicates with an inner space of the first elastic tube, a second elastic tube that is airtight and provided at an end of the vibrator at an opposite side to the first elastic tube and communicates with an inner space of the vibrator, a terminal closer that is provided at an end of the second elastic tube at an opposite side to the vibrator, and closes the end of the second elastic tube, and a gap holder to keep a gap between the outer surface of the vacuum chamber and the terminal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NuFlare Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Shuichiro Fukutome
  • Patent number: 9409375
    Abstract: Anti-slip coverings for underlying surfaces are shown and described. The anti-slip coverings include a first layer made of a semi-flexible material that is configured to receive contact from an object and has slits at least partially extended through the first layer. The slits are configured to at least partially open when one or more of a downward force and a horizontal force is applied by the object onto the anti-slip covering In some examples, the anti-slip covering includes a second layer disposed between the first layer and the underlying surface to allow compression of the first layer when a downward force is applied on the anti-slip covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Matthew S. Abrahams
  • Patent number: 9314923
    Abstract: A robotic limb is described. The robotic limb has a closed tubular casing made of viscoelastic material defining a chamber containing an incompressible fluid. The closed tubular casing has a sheath formed by substantially inextensible intertwined wires. In the chamber there are groups of transverse actuators axially spaced from each other, connected to the sheath and adapted to reversibly contract the closed tubular casing at least partly in the radial direction. The robotic limb also has longitudinal actuators adapted to reversibly contract the closed tubular casing at least partly in the axial direction being connected to each of the groups of transverse actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventors: Matteo Cianchetti, Maurizio Follador, Andrea Arienti, Cecilia Laschi, Barbara Mazzolai, Paolo Dario
  • Patent number: 9180914
    Abstract: A support structure for a vehicle is interposed between a vehicle body and a vehicle part and is connected with fastening members to support the vehicle part. The support structure is made of a non-ferrous light alloy. Among connecting surfaces of the support structure to which the vehicle body and the vehicle part are connected, an electrochemical corrosion inhibitor is applied to a connecting surface that is located on a lower side, in a vertical direction of the vehicle, of one of the vehicle body and the vehicle part. The one of the vehicle body and the vehicle part corresponds to the applied connecting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Naoaki Yamamoto, Takafumi Maruyama, Katsumi Iwasa, Ryuji Furusawa, Takashi Kuroiwa, Hideaki Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20150113744
    Abstract: The damping device comprises an interconnecting structure between cables of a group of at least three cables of the suspension system which extend substantially in one and the same suspension plane P. The interconnecting structure has, outside the plane P, at least one bearing point for an energy dissipating element arranged so as to develop a damping force in response to a movement of one of the cables of the group relative to the other cables of the group in a direction perpendicular to the suspension plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jerome STUBLER, Erik MELLIER
  • Publication number: 20150115126
    Abstract: A seat suspension system for a vehicle comprising a system frame, an elongated seat bracket having one end pivotably mounted to said system frame and the opposite end adapted to support a seat, and a dampening device attached between said system frame and a location on said seat bracket between said one end and said opposite end thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey Donald Linnberg
  • Publication number: 20150117696
    Abstract: A buffer member includes a first buffer portion, a pin, a bending portion and a second buffer portion. The pin is located on the first buffer portion. The bending portion is connected with the first buffer portion. The second buffer portion is connected with the bending portion, and the first buffer portion is connected with the second buffer portion via the bending portion. A reinforcing member is located inside the pin for raising the rigidity of the pin. The pin is used for fixing a vibration source. The first buffer portion and the second buffer portion reduce the transmission of the vibration energy from the vibration source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corp.
    Inventors: Yun-Ping LEE, Hsiang-Ming LU, Kuan-You CHEN, Wenlong CHEN, Min-Hung CHEN
  • Patent number: 9004442
    Abstract: Vibration is transferred through components that pass from an engine compartment to a passenger cell in a vehicle. One such component is the transmission cable (7). An inner cable provides the mechanical movement between the gear shifter and the gear box, and an outer conduit houses the cable. An abutment attaches this conduit to a body of a vehicle. The present invention provides a fixing element (19) or abutment for securing a conduit for carrying a cable (7) therethrough to a vehicle body, the conduit comprising a first portion and a second portion (37), wherein the fixing element (19) is configured to retain a damper for absorbing vibration in the longitudinal length of the conduit between the first and second conduit portion, at least a portion of the damper being formed of silicon rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Cable System Company Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Norris
  • Patent number: 8973312
    Abstract: A self-centering damper has an elongated damping body and at least one returning device. The elongated damping body has at least one first wing plate and a supporting element connected to and extending from the first wing plate. The at least one returning device is connected to the damping body and has two holding rib plates respectively connected to the end segments of the damping body, a supporting rib plate securely connected to the damping body between the holding rib plates and at least one pre-stressed stay wire extending through the supporting rib plate and connected the holding rib plates in a tension condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Chong-Shien Tsai
  • Patent number: 8973887
    Abstract: In a slide structure, a support structure and a seismically isolated structure, a first sliding surface (25) of a sliding member (21) is formed of a sliding body (24) made of synthetic resin. A film (27) made of synthetic resin and having a Young's modulus more than twice as large as that of the first sliding surface (25) is formed on the second sliding surface (28) of the counter member (22). At the same time, fine irregularities having a maximum height Rz of 3 ?m or higher are formed on the surface of the film (27). As a result, the lubricant is trapped in small pits of the irregularities to prevent the lubricant from flowing out, and a stable low friction state can be maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Nakata
  • Publication number: 20150060634
    Abstract: An impact-absorbing wire and/or cable fixture, system, and related methods are disclosed. The impact-absorbing wire fixture apparatus includes a substantially rigid bracket having at least a first arm and a second arm, wherein the first arm is connectable to a utility support structure. A twisted portion is positioned within the second arm, wherein the twisted portion is at least a 90° rotation of the second arm, wherein the twisted portion of the second arm has a width that exceeds a thickness. A fixturing portion is positioned at a distal end of the second arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ashish Munot, Edward Laughlin, Jared Argyle, Evan Moen, Bob Biddle, Brian Boisclair, Leonard P. Jean
  • Patent number: 8967392
    Abstract: A system for performing computing operations includes a rack that rests on a floor and a stabilization device coupled on the top of the rack. The stabilization device includes a mounting portion coupled to the rack, a ballast member, and one or more spring devices coupled between the ballast member and the mounting portion. The ballast member reduces displacement of the rack from seismic loads transmitted from the floor to the rack to mitigate effects of the seismic loads on the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Czamara, Osvaldo P. Morales, Brock R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8969828
    Abstract: This invention stabilizes positioning and provides improved positioning accuracy in a scanning electron microscope provided with stage-driving means utilizing an effect of rolling friction. In this scanning electron microscope that includes a sample stage equipped with an x-table, a y-table, a z-table, a rotation table, and a tilting table, and moved by means of stepping motors each connected to a ball screw via a coupling, a sliding friction element is disposed at a position close to the ball screw, between the x-table and the y-table and between a tilting base and the x-table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Naoki Sakamoto, Kaname Takahashi, Shigeru Haneda, Shinsuke Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 8955832
    Abstract: An operator seat suspension apparatus includes a seat having a seat structure including longitudinal, upright flanges and a vehicle having a frame including longitudinal, upright flanges spaced away from the longitudinal, upright flanges of the seat structure. A set of isolators is fixed to and connects between the upright flanges of the seat structure and the upright flanges of the vehicle frame. The isolators are adapted to allow displacement in shear in the vertical and the longitudinal directions in response to shock forces in either direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Excel Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Harlan John Bartel
  • Patent number: 8955817
    Abstract: A base anchoring structure fixes a base 3 of an apparatus body 2 to a floor F in position. The base is at a lower part of the apparatus body and has casters C to move the apparatus body along the floor. The base anchoring structure includes linear actuators 4 fixed to the base, to downwardly bias, with a uniform pressure provided by air A supplied to the linear actuators, their respective pistons 5 until lower ends of the pistons reach the floor and stopper units (7, 8, 10) to engage with the downwardly pushed pistons and stably maintain the downwardly pushed state of the pistons. The engagement of the stopper units with the pistons stably maintains the anchored state of the base. The plurality of actuator is easily operated only by supplying air thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitaka Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakata, Masao Doi, Tatsuya Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20150028181
    Abstract: A street-lighting pole incorporates a vibration-reducing means on the upper end part of a pole provided standing vertically, wherein: the upper end part of the pole is formed so as to have a silicone receiving part of which the upper part is open in such a way that silicone oil can be stored to a predetermined level on the inside thereof; a removable cap is constituted so as to couple in removable fashion to an upper intake part of the silicone receiving part; a resilient supporting body of a predetermined length is constituted in the center of the removable cap; and a mass of a predetermined weight is constituted at the lower end part of the resilient supporting body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Sae Kyou Choi, Moon Sik Yoo
  • 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: 8923720
    Abstract: Provided is a control panel support mechanism having a first support member attached to an image forming apparatus, a second support member supporting a control panel and axially supported by the first support member to be vertically swingable with respect to the first support member, a lock member slidable towards or away from a swing axis of the second support member, and a biasing unit to bias the lock member to slide towards the swing axis. The first support member has a plurality of engaging grooves each positioned along a radial direction with respect to the swing axis and having an opening at an end of the first support member opposite the swing axis, the plurality of engaging grooves being aligned vertically. The biasing unit biases the lock member so that the lock member enters one of the plurality of engaging grooves through the opening to lock in engagement with the engaging groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Naotaka Uchida, Akira Yamamura, Kenji Sawada
  • Publication number: 20140346314
    Abstract: A height safety anchor for fitment to a building support structure, the height safety anchor comprising: first attachment means for fitment to the building support structure; second attachment means remote from the first attachment means for attaching safety equipment; and shock absorbing means having a deformable region extending between the first and second attachment means in a first length when not subject to a deformation force corresponding to a critical sudden load, the shock absorbing means lying substantially in a single plane and comprising a substantially rigid structure that, when subject to the critical sudden load, deforms, elongating to a greater length than the first length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Arvo Poldmaa
  • Publication number: 20140326851
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame (1, 100) for holding an ironing board (2) comprising a floor element to be positioned on a floor and a clamping means (7, 8; 107, 108) provided on said floor element for clamping cooperation with support legs of said ironing board (2). A first preferred embodiment is comprised of a frame that comprises a tubular frame (100). A second preferred embodiment is comprised of a frame that comprises a slab (1). Said frame (1, 100) furthermore comprises a guiding system for a chair (3; 106), so as to be able to move to and fro along the ironing board (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Victorine Gladys DE LEEUW-BROUWN
  • Publication number: 20140299737
    Abstract: Provided is a vibration suppression mechanism for an electronic device, which efficiently absorbs vibrations that adversely affect operation of the electronic device. The vibration suppression mechanism for the electronic device includes a holding unit that is constructed such that a vibration absorbing member is used at a contacting portion on a first surface of a holding member and a contact member protruding from a second surface of the holding member which is opposite to the first surface is held by the vibration absorbing member, the holding unit supporting the electronic device via the vibration absorbing member used at the contacting portion on the first surface or the contact member protruding from the second surface, and a housing for holding the holding unit in a mounted state under a state in which the contact member protruding from the second surface or the vibration absorbing member used at the contacting portion on the first surface abuts against a holding structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: KENJI OKUMURA
  • Patent number: 8844298
    Abstract: A sample mounting apparatus for a cryo-cooler is provided having a housing with an outer wall surface for connecting to the cryo-cooler, and an inner wall surface. An inert gas is sealed inside the housing for thermal transfer, and a delicate mount is attached to the inner wall surface of the housing for supporting the sample and substantially preventing vibrations from being transferred to the sample from the cryo-cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: S2 Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Woidtke, Peter B. Sellin, Luke Mauritsen, David Snow
  • Publication number: 20140263933
    Abstract: A seat suspension for boats and other vehicles having a seat support, a base and a suspension assembly positioned between the seat support and the base and permits relative movement between the seat support and the base. The suspension assembly has a first fluid container, a second fluid container, and an orifice member positioned between the first and second fluid containers. The orifice member includes a first orifice in fluid communication with the first and second fluid containers. A piston is positioned within the second fluid container and movable by fluid flowing through the first orifice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Bauman
  • Publication number: 20140239684
    Abstract: An energy absorbing device for carrying a passenger seat; the device comprises a base fixed to a vehicle; a member displaceable from base; at least one energy-absorbing arrangement interconnecting base and displaceable member. The energy-absorbing arrangement comprises a plastically deformable absorbing element in response to stresses greater than a predetermined threshold stress. In some embodiments the plastically deformable absorbing element is a helically configured ribbon having spaced-apart ribbon laps. In other embodiments the plastically deformable absorbing element is compressible, and/or extendable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Shy Mindel, Anan Hassan, David Engel