Rotary Electric Actuator Patents (Class 251/129.11)
  • Patent number: 12000498
    Abstract: A valve actuator includes a motor and a gear assembly that receives driving force of the motor and controls a valve. In the gear assembly, a power transmission gear for transmitting rotational force of an input gear to an output gear includes a selective power transmission unit. When the output gear is in physical contact with a stopper, the power transmission gear transmits the rotational force of the input gear to the output gear is blocked. Accordingly, even after the valve is actuated to close a path, the rotational force of the input gear is not transmitted to the output gear even though the motor is continuously driven.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Inventors: Joohang Kang, Youngchan Ahn, Deokkyu Lee
  • Patent number: 11984752
    Abstract: A motor driven actuator device includes an actuator motor; a controller; an input for receiving an external power supply; and a battery pack electrically connected to selectively drive the actuator motor, and electrically connectable to the external power supply for charging. During charging of the battery pack, the controller is configured to compare a measured charge level with a pre-determined charge level required to complete at least two battery shutdown events under battery power alone. During subsequent actuator device operation, the controller is configured to: determine if the external power supply is invalid, instruct a battery shutdown event causing the battery to be discharged, with enough charge in the battery to complete at least one further battery shutdown event; and, subsequently detect when the external power supply becomes valid, and resume actuator device operation under the external power supply, while simultaneously recharging the battery pack to at least the pre-determined charge level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Inventors: Jonathan Wiggins, David Ware, Nian You Tan
  • Patent number: 11971108
    Abstract: A rotary valve of a cryocooler includes a valve stator, a valve rotor, a rotation member that rotates the valve rotor around an axis with respect to the valve stator, and a rotor holder connected to the valve rotor so as to rotate around an axis together with the valve rotor, and forming a low pressure section having a pressure lower than an ambient pressure between the valve rotor and the rotor holder so as to reduce an axial force of pressing the valve rotor against the valve stator. The rotation member is connected to the rotor holder so as to rotate the valve rotor around the axis via the rotor holder. The rotor holder is disposed between the rotation member and the valve rotor in an axial direction, and is movable in the axial direction with respect to the rotation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventors: Mingyao Xu, Qian Bao
  • Patent number: 11906064
    Abstract: An electric valve can be further miniaturized while reducing the number of manufacturing man-hours. The electric valve contains: a motor including a stator member and a rotor member that displace a valve body, and a housing for accommodating the motor. The housing is formed by joining a heat generation portion formed of a first material to a heat receiving portion formed of a second material. The light transmittance in the first material is lower than the light transmittance in the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Inventors: Tatsuya Yoshida, Yusuke Arai, Satoshi Uehara, Takeshi Hosoya
  • Patent number: 11885433
    Abstract: An actuator (1) having two detent devices (2) which include in each case at least one terminal detent element (3) for a part (27) of a drive train, and at least one adjustment element (4, 19) which is operatively connected to the terminal detent element (3) and is specified for setting a position of the terminal detent element (3). The at least one gear unit (5, 18) is disposed between the at least one terminal detent element (3) and the at least one adjustment element (4, 19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: AUMA Riester GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Benjamin Hofmann
  • Patent number: 11833605
    Abstract: A workpiece of Ti or a Ti alloy includes a surface with a coating layer of titanium nitride. A region of the surface includes a connection zone of a Ti—N solid solution alloy. A second Ti or Ti alloy workpiece is contacted with the connection zone, and a weld joint is formed across the connection zone with a resistance welding process. The weld joint extends into the first Ti workpiece and the second Ti workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Hailiang Zhao
  • Patent number: 11708999
    Abstract: A biomass heating system for firing fuel in the form of pellets and/or wood chips is disclosed, comprising: a boiler with a combustion device; a heat exchanger with an inlet and an outlet; wherein the combustion device comprises a combustion chamber with a primary combustion zone and with a secondary combustion zone provided downstream thereof; the combustion device having a rotating grate on which the fuel can be burned; the secondary combustion zone of the combustion chamber being fluidically connected to the inlet of the heat exchanger and the primary combustion zone being laterally enclosed by a plurality of combustion chamber bricks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: SL-TECHNIK GMBH
    Inventor: Thilo Sommerauer
  • Patent number: 11703299
    Abstract: A crossbow includes a rail and an arrow retention device including a bridge, a supporting element, a rolling unit, and two springs. The bridge includes a first section connected to the rail and a second section extending over the rail. The supporting element is connected to the second section of the bridge. The supporting element includes a pocket intersecting a bore. The rolling unit includes a roller and an axle. The axle includes a middle section for supporting the roller and two lateral sections extending from the roller. The lateral sections of the axle are located in two portions of the bore divided by the pocket. The roller includes a portion located in the pocket and another portion extending from the pocket to contact an arrow. The roller includes a smooth periphery. Each of the springs is compressed between the bridge and one of the lateral sections of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: Combis Sport Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chu-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 11668407
    Abstract: A motorized valve includes a body with at least one intake duct and one outlet duct, a plugging member movably mounted in the body to plug or release a passage between the intake duct and the outlet duct, and a motorized control system for controlling the movement of the plugging member. The motorized control system also includes a plug valve connecting intake and outlet ducts, a gear motor including an electric motor and a reduction gear train. The gear train includes an exit wheel rotating the plug of the valve so as to allow progressive opening of the valve, and the gear motor is formed by a casing including the electric motor and reduction gear train, the valve body being integrally formed with the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: MMT AG
    Inventors: Jonas Monnin, Daniel Sigg
  • Patent number: 11614171
    Abstract: A solenoid valve with a hard seal structure includes a valve body having a fluid passage and an accommodating cavity, and a valve assembly mounted inside the accommodating cavity. The valve assembly includes a fluid inlet seat, a valve core cooperating with the fluid inlet seat, and a driving mechanism for driving reciprocating motion of the valve core. The fluid inlet seat has a guide hole that allows the value core to stretch therein, a middle section of the fluid inlet seat has fluid inlet holes, and a lower section of the fluid inlet seat has a valve core fluid passage and a fluid passage slant located at the valve core fluid passage. The valve core includes a bigger-diameter section, a slant section, a smaller-diameter section and a valve core end slant sequentially arranged from up to down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Inventors: Jianliang Su, Haihong Zhang, Junjie Shen
  • Patent number: 11555637
    Abstract: An electronic expansion valve is provided including: a valve body provided with a first port and a second port, a first cavity being defined in the valve body and being in fluid communication with the first port, the valve body also being provided with a valve port between the second port and the first cavity; a drive mechanism including a rotor having a rotor screw and a stator; a valve spindle assembly at least partially disposed in the valve body and being capable of operatively cooperating with the rotor screw for reciprocating motion to adjust the degree of opening of the valve port; and a second cavity isolated and sealed off from the first cavity, wherein a balancing passage is formed in the rotor screw and the valve spindle assembly to enable the second cavity to be in fluid communication with the second port via the balancing passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yufeng Wang, Jingxi Liu, Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 11473820
    Abstract: An electronic expansion valve comprises: a valve body, the valve body comprising a main body section, an extension section, and a step section, wherein a valve seat core being in a tubular shape and having openings at two ends, wherein the valve seat core comprises a tubular body and a limiting step formed at one end of the tubular body, the tubular body penetrates through the extension section, the limiting step abuts against the inner wall of the step section, and one end of the tubular body away from the limiting step extends out of the extension section; and an air outlet pipe, which is sleeved in the extension section and abuts against an outer wall of the step section, a groove is defined by an inner wall of the air outlet pipe, the extension section, and an outer wall of the tubular body in a surrounding mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: Shaojun Zhan, Qiubo He, Guigang Feng
  • Patent number: 11411514
    Abstract: A system for control of a torque developed by an electric machine, based on a rotary position of a rotary component. The rotation of the rotary component is dependent on a rotation of a rotary shaft of the electric machine. The system utilizes a rotary position sensor to detect specific positions of the rotary component and allows altering the torque of the electric machine based on the specific rotary positions. The system allows altering the torque when a specific gear tooth of a downstream or upstream gear is in a contact position with another meshing component. The electric machine may be configured to operate as an electric motor driving a gearbox or an electric generator driven by a gearbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Inventor: David Russell Trawick
  • Patent number: 11402031
    Abstract: An expansion valve operable by a stepper motor, the expansion valve including a housing; a hollow shaft arranged in the housing; a valve base that supports the hollow shaft and closes the housing; a rotor drivable by a stator of the stepper motor; a center spool arranged in the hollow shaft and drivable by the rotor so that a rotation of the center spool is transferrable by a threaded connection into an axial movement of the center spool that opens or closes the expansion valve; and a sleeve that includes a receiving portion that includes at least portions of the center spool, of a compression spring and of a force transmission element respectively and a valve needle, wherein the receiving portion of the sleeve element is closed by a bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: ECO Holding 1 GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Dehrmann, Adrian Eslava Orradre, Daniel Reimann, Toni Schneider
  • Patent number: 11365822
    Abstract: An electrically operated valve, comprising a valve body component, a drive component and a nut sleeve piece. The drive component comprises a magnetic rotor, a screw rod and a nut, the magnetic rotor being arranged in an inner cavity of a valve cover body, the screw rod being threadedly connected to the nut, the screw rod being incapable of movement in the axial direction with respect to a valve body. The nut sleeve piece comprises a first limiting portion which limits rotation of the nut in the circumferential direction, the cross-section of the first limiting portion being non-circular. A compact structure, which helps to reduce the size of the electrically operated valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Ming Lv, Jiancheng Zhi, Damai Yang
  • Patent number: 11352031
    Abstract: A wayside friction management system, and method for monitoring and controlling a wayside friction management system is described. The system comprises one or more wayside device for mounting on a track of a rail system and configured to apply, through a delivery system, a friction control media onto a track. The wayside device further comprises one or more data collection module configured to collect and transmit data to a remote performance unit. The transmitted data is compared to reference values, and adjustments are made to the friction control media dispensing parameters, for example pump time, as required per the comparison. The data at least comprises measurements of the internal voltage of the delivery system. The wayside device may comprise a power source operatively connected to one or more components of the wayside device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: L B Foster Rail Technologies Canada Ltd
    Inventors: Stefan Alexandru Suciu, Mark Wylie, Petar Gueorguiev
  • Patent number: 11226052
    Abstract: An electric valve includes a valve member switchable between a closing state to close a flow passageway of a valve body and an opening state to open the passageway. An adaptor is connected to the valve member. A motor drives rotation of a rotation shaft connected to the adaptor. A circuit board is electrically coupled to the motor and a backup battery pack. A microprocessor control unit is electrically coupled to the circuit board. The motor drives the valve member through the rotation shaft and the adaptor to switch between the opening and closing states. The microprocessor control unit controls a time delay for switching the valve member from the opening state to the closing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventor: Tien-Shou Tsai
  • Patent number: 11221076
    Abstract: Device for regulating and controlling a flow-through and distributing a fluid in a fluid circuit has a housing with ports connecting fluid lines that are connected across a passage aperture with an interior volume of the housing, a valve element disposed in the interior volume of the housing, a drive element for moving the valve element relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Hanon Systems
    Inventors: Toni Spies, Tobias Haas, Dominik Wiechard, Markus Herzog
  • Patent number: 11162719
    Abstract: An electronic expansion valve (EEV) is operated by a motor controlling a variable restriction valve in which a liquid refrigerant enters at a high pressure and exits at a reduced pressure. The motor controls the depth of a tapered needle which, as extended, penetrates multiple fixed orifices, aligned in series. Additional fixed orifices, downstream of the fully extended needle, provide further restriction and management of refrigerant flashing. Depending on the desired operating range, the following elements may be controlled: needle length, diameter, and taper; diameter, thickness, and relative elevation of each orifice; response and maximum torque provided by the motor; and geometry of the valve enclosed volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: Stone Mountain Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael A. Garrabrant, Roger E. Stout, Christopher M. Keinath, Matthew C. Blaylock, Paul E. Glanville
  • Patent number: 11143116
    Abstract: A valve comprises a kinematic chain having a rotary driving member, a rotary driven member, and an intermediate member. The driving member has a driving contact element in flat or linear abutment on a complementary driving contact element of the intermediate member. The driven member has a driven contact element in flat or linear abutment on a complementary driven contact element of the intermediate member. The complementary driving contact element and the complementary driven contact element (49) together form an angle between 45° and 135°. A driving elastic member urges the driving contact element against the complementary driving contact element. A driven elastic member urges the driven contact element against the complementary driven contact element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventors: Gilbert Delplanque, Raphael De Matos, Alain Mercier, Jean-Pierre Leon
  • Patent number: 11125142
    Abstract: A cooling water control valve controls a flow amount of a cooling medium of an engine, and includes a housing and a valve body. The housing includes output ports. The valve body is enabled to rotate about a central axis in the housing and includes openings. The openings are located at different positions in an axial direction and configured to communicate to the output ports, respectively. The valve body changes a communication degree between the opening and the output port according to a rotational position. The cooling water control valve is placed such that an axial direction of the valve body is substantially orthogonal to an axial direction of a crankshaft of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Shogo Kanzaki
  • Patent number: 11035488
    Abstract: A vacuum valve for driving a valve body arranged facing a valve opening up and down relative to the valve opening to perform valve opening/closing operation, comprises: a first up-down driver configured to drive the valve body up and down with a first minimum drivable amount; and a second up-down driver configured to drive the valve body up and down with a second minimum drivable amount smaller than the first minimum drivable amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Junichiro Kozaki
  • Patent number: 10954110
    Abstract: A removable winch handle assembly for engaging a winch gear within a gearbox comprises: a handle receiver having at least a portion thereof exposed outside the gearbox, a seal between the handle receiver and the gear box, an engagement mechanism in the gearbox, the engagement mechanism coupled to the handle receiver to rotate with the handle receiver, wherein rotation of the engagement mechanism engages the winch gear, and a winch handle selectively coupled to the handle receiver, wherein, rotation of the winch handle causes rotation of the handle receiver when attached, the winch handle detachable from the handle receiver, wherein the gearbox opening is sealed by the seal when the winch handle is detached from the handle receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Quadratec, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Bowes
  • Patent number: 10931178
    Abstract: A control system is disclosed for an electric actuator comprising an electric motor, an external supply of electric energy, an energy storage device and a first motor control module which controls the supply of energy to the motor in normal operation. A second motor control module controls the supply of energy to the motor in fail-safe mode. The first motor control module and the second motor control module are connected in parallel via a fail-safe switch which is arranged to override the control executed by the first motor control module to set the control system in fail-safe mode by activation of the second motor control module in either case of: the energy level in the energy storage device reaching, or falling below, a predetermined value, or failure in the external energy supply, or in response to an operator command. A method of controlling an electric actuator in a control system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Scandinavia AS
    Inventor: Terje Hjertvikrem
  • Patent number: 10900582
    Abstract: A zone valve control system for a flow valve comprising a direct current rotary electric motor connected to a valve shaft, an electronic control system comprising a microprocessor, an electric measuring device for signaling the presence of a predetermined electrical stall current, a rectifier and a regulator to convert and regulate external AC voltage to a desired DC power output; and an electrical storage system having a total storage capacity sufficient to power the DC electric motor to move the valve between the closed and opened positions; an external sensor for signaling when a certain condition exists in an external zone; the microprocessor controlling the flow and polarity of DC current to the motor; whereby the electronic control system controls movement of a valve operably connected to the output shaft to open or close a valve to maintain a desired predetermined condition in the external zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Taco, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kellicker, Richard F. Brindamour, Jr., Robert J. Carreiro
  • Patent number: 10859143
    Abstract: The linear driving system comprises a motor, a screw shaft and a table. The motor comprises a rotor, a stator and a ball bearing. The stator comprises a shaft part and a spiral part. The shaft part and the spiral part jointly comprise an accommodation space. The spiral part comprises a first helical protrusion formed on the inner surface thereof. The screw shaft is coaxially coupled with the rotor. One end of the screw shaft comprises a second helical protrusion formed on the outer surface thereof, and the screw shaft is accommodated within the accommodation space. The table is fixed on the other end of the screw shaft. The first helical protrusion is engaged with the second helical protrusion. When the rotor is rotated, the rotor drives the screw shaft and the table to move forward or backward linearly in the direction of the axial of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Wen Chung, Chun-Chin Su
  • Patent number: 10859146
    Abstract: An actuator for adjusting a pilot valve in a gas supply regulator, includes a drive electric motor to provide rotational movement to a first drive shaft, an emergency electric motor to provide rotational movement to a second drive shaft, a differential gear arrangement coupled to the first drive shaft and coupled to the second drive shaft to generate rotational movement of an actuator drive shaft from the rotational movement provided by one of the first drive shaft and the second drive shaft, and a rotary to linear device coupled to the actuator drive shaft to convert rotational movement of the actuator drive shaft into a linear movement for adjusting the pressure valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Utonomy LTD
    Inventors: David Bracey, Stephen John Lewis
  • Patent number: 10859071
    Abstract: A rotary traveling valve for subterranean pumping system is disclosed herein. The traveling valve includes a rotary lock configured for back and forth rotary motion in response to up stroke and down stroke movements of a driver. The bottom face of the rotary lock rests against a seating face of a housing of the valve, and a fluid passage in the seating face is opened due to rotary motion of the rotary lock during a down stroke movement of the driver, and closed during an up stoke movement of the driver. The bottom face of the rotary lock is pressed against the sealing face by a back pressure spring to prevent excessive bottom pressure to cause pumping interruption due to gas and fluid blow-by through the valve. It also compensates for any wear that may take place on the two surfaces. In addition traveling valve incorporates bearing balls to minimize friction between moving parts such as driver and housing as well as between driver and rotary lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Roy Jones
  • Patent number: 10852041
    Abstract: A two temperature electronic expansion valve control for variable speed compressors that utilizes a correlation between airflow percentage and heat exchanger pressure drop to control the operation of an expansion valve. An indoor airflow percentage request may be communicated from an outdoor controller to an air handler controller. Using a correlation between airflow percentage and pressure drop across the heat exchanger, the airflow percentage may be used in predicting an outlet pressure of refrigerant exhausted from the heat exchanger. The predicted pressure drop may be used in determining a saturated temperature for the exhausted refrigerant. The determined saturated temperature may be compared to a sensed temperature of the refrigerant at the outlet of the heat exchanger to determine a superheat value, which is compared to a reference superheat value in determining the degree to open or close the expansion valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Trane International Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Walter Rite, Don Alan Schuster, Jonathan Thrift
  • Patent number: 10845105
    Abstract: An electronic expansion valve with high flow control precision, comprises a valve seat (1) and a valve rod (3). A through groove (11) penetrating the top and bottom of the valve seat is formed on the valve seat (1). A bearing seat (2) matching the through groove is inserted in the through groove (11). The bearing seat (2) includes a seat body (23), a through hole, (21) passing through the seat body, is formed in the seat body (3), and the through hole (21) matches the valve rod (3). An internal thread segment (24) is formed in the middle of the inner wall of the through hole (21). A matched straight tube is welded to the bottom of the through groove (11). The outer wall of the valve seat (1) is provided with a side hole communicated with the through groove (11), and a matching elbow pipe (4) is welded to the side hole. An isolating sleeve (10) is welded to the outer wall of the valve seat (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Xiaoshui He, Huajun Chen, Yulong Chen
  • Patent number: 10781932
    Abstract: There is provided a valve drive device comprising: a motor including a stator with a core member and a drive coil, and a rotor provided with a drive magnet; a drive gear configured to rotate together with the rotor, a driven gear configured to rotate a valve element; and a power transmission switching unit configured to switch between a power transmission state where the drive gear and the driven gear mesh with each other and a power non-transmission state where a meshing state between the drive gear and the driven gear is released. The power transmission switching unit includes a plurality of convex units formed on the drive gear, and a rotation restriction unit provided in the driven gear and configured to engage with each of the convex units to perform switching of the power transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Inventor: Satoru Yokoe
  • Patent number: 10763725
    Abstract: There is provided an electric actuator including a motor part, a deceleration mechanism, an output part, and a housing. The housing has a housing main body and a lid member. An output shaft is positioned at a first corner of the housing. The lid member and the housing main body are fastened by bolts. The bolts include corner bolts positioned at respective corners of the housing other than the first corner and an intermediate position bolt positioned at the intermediate between the first corner and a second corner adjacent to the first corner. In a plane view, the intermediate position bolt is positioned on the side of the planar center with respect to an edge connecting the first corner and the second corner and on the side of an outer edge with respect to an imaginary line connecting the center of the output shaft and the second corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Saito, Hiroaki Takahashi, Tadayuki Hatsuda
  • Patent number: 10756602
    Abstract: The disclosure presents a geared motor unit including a housing having an electric motor formed of a coiled stator assembly and of a magnetized rotor, the housing further including a printed circuit board for connecting and controlling the motor, a movement-reducing gear train, a sensor magnet and a magnetosensitive probe. The gear train includes a toothed movement output gear, the sensor magnet being ring-shaped and being rigidly connected to the output gear. An output gear is extended on either side of the sensor magnet by two guides cooperating with the two opposite walls of the housing; a ring-shaped magnet surrounds the axis of rotation of the output gear; a printed circuit board includes a controller controlling the motor and extends up to the vicinity of the output gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Moving Magnet Technologies
    Inventors: Mathieu Watrin, Christophe Adler, Damien Laforge, Gaël Andrieux
  • Patent number: 10716451
    Abstract: A lifting device for a dishwashing machine includes an electrical drive mechanism constructed to move a dishware receptacle of the dishwashing machine between a start position and an end position. A detection unit detects a current draw of the electrical drive mechanism over a travel distance of the dishware receptacle in the dishwashing machine, and an identification unit identifies a status of the lifting device on the basis of the current draw of the electrical drive mechanism detected over the travel distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
    Inventors: Ersin Isbilen, Hans-Holger Pertermann, Martin Rittner, Thomas Steck, Christian Wolf
  • Patent number: 10704703
    Abstract: A coolant control valve unit is provided. The valve unit includes a valve that opens and closes a coolant path and a rod that is extended from one side of the valve. A cam is also provided which includes a track formed with a predetermined inclination and a predetermined height along a rotation direction with respect to a rotation axis. The track thus presses the rod according to the rotation of the cam which is rotated about the rotation axis by and an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hyo Jo Lee, Yonggyu Lee
  • Patent number: 10700586
    Abstract: A gate driver circuit includes a comparator and a gate driver. The comparator is configured to detect a short circuit in a first power field effect transistor (FET). The gate driver is configured to drive a gate of the first power FET by generating a first signal at a first drive current. In response to the comparator detecting a short circuit in the first power FET, the gate driver is further configured to pulse the first signal at a first pulldown current. After the pulse has ended, the gate driver is further configured to drive the gate of the first power FET at a first hold current. The first hold current is less than the first pulldown current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventors: Shyamsunder Balasubramanian, Toshio Yamanaka, Toru Tanaka, Mayank Garg
  • Patent number: 10683912
    Abstract: A planetary gear mechanism includes a plurality of planetary gear units each including a sun gear member to be rotationally driven by a driving source, an internal gear member, planetary gear members, and a carrier member, and a case body that internally houses the planetary gear units and includes an inner circumferential surface to be brought into surface contact with outer circumferential surfaces of the internal gear members. Engagement portions having concave shapes or convex shapes that can be fitted to convex shapes or concave shapes formed in the outer circumferential surfaces of the internal gear members are formed in the inner circumferential surface of the case body. The engagement portions are engaged with the convex shapes provided in the outer circumferential surfaces of the internal gear members, from an opposite direction to a rotating direction of the carrier members, to thereby inhibit the internal gear members from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chigusa Ohishi, Takanari Matsuda, Keiji Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10677333
    Abstract: A rotation transmission mechanism may include a drive wheel structured to rotate to one side, a driven wheel turned by the drive wheel to one side, and an urging member urging the driven wheel to turn to the other side. The drive wheel may include a drive teeth forming part where drive teeth structured to turn the driven wheel to the one side are provided at positions different from each other in an axial line direction, and a cam face forming part on which the driven wheel is slid. The driven wheel is provided with a driven teeth forming part where driven teeth provided at positions different from each other in an axial line direction are disposed over an angular range so that, when the drive wheel is turned to the one side, the drive teeth are sequentially abutted with the driven teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventors: Satoru Yokoe, Takehiko Yazawa
  • Patent number: 10655617
    Abstract: A suction damping device for a variable displacement compressor includes a rotor rotatably received within a stator disposed in a suction port of the variable displacement compressor. The rotor includes an aperture and the stator includes a pair of opposing openings in selective fluid communication with the aperture of the rotor. An electromagnetic device controls a rotational position of the rotor relative to the stator based on a condition of an electrically controlled valve used to control an angle of inclination of a swashplate of the variable displacement compressor. A changing of the rotational position of the rotor relative to the stator causes a variable overlap to be formed between the aperture of the rotor and the openings of the stator to control a flow of a refrigerant through the suction damping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HANON SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Kanwal Bhatia, Robert C. Trela, Teodor Urdea
  • Patent number: 10605115
    Abstract: A waste gate valve for a turbocharger includes a valve body including a valve plate and a valve shaft, a swing arm including a shaft and a lever, a supporting plate fixed to a portion of the valve shaft that protrudes from the lever, and an elastic member clamped between the supporting plate and the lever or between the lever and the valve plate. One of the supporting plate and the lever that clamp the elastic member or one of the lever and the valve plate that clamp the elastic member includes a protruding portion that is positioned closer to the valve shaft than the elastic member or farther from the valve shaft than the elastic member and that protrudes toward the other of the supporting plate and the lever or toward the other of the lever and the valve plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Akitoshi Iwata
  • Patent number: 10443487
    Abstract: A vehicle powertrain includes an engine having an air intake system and an exhaust system. A turbocharger includes a turbine section connected to the exhaust system and a compressor section connected to the air intake system. A wastegate is disposed in the exhaust system and movable between an open and a closed position by an actuator system. The actuator system includes a gear mechanism for moving the waste gate from a closed to an open position and including a pair of noncircular gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventors: Mark R. Claywell, Dale A. Frank, Maqsood Rizwan Ali Khan
  • Patent number: 10443750
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pilot valve arrangement (1) comprising a pilot valve device (2) which comprises a pilot valve element (13), a pilot valve seat (14) cooperating with the pilot valve element (13) and a presetting mechanism for presetting an opening pressure of the pilot valve element (13), the pilot valve arrangement (1) further comprising a presetting mechanism actuating device (3) which comprises an actuator element (17) adapted to create an actuating force in order to actuate the presetting mechanism in the pilot valve device so as to preset the opening pressure. According to the invention, the pilot valve arrangement (1) comprises a contactless force coupling arrangement adapted to transfer the actuating force from the presetting mechanism actuating device (3) to the pilot valve device (2). An inventive pilot valve device (2) is disclosed and claimed as well. The invention allows to improve maintenance and safety concerning the devices mentioned above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: DANFOSS A/S
    Inventors: Behzad Parastar, Detlef Matzen, Klaus Halldorsson, Simon Ahrens Lassen
  • Patent number: 10428678
    Abstract: A device of a turbomachine actuates a setting device to vary a flow cross-section of a flow channel of the turbomachine passable by a fluid flow. The device includes a displacement mechanism having an adjustable actuation appliance and couplable with the setting device, and a drive device for displacing the actuation appliance. The displacement mechanism has a centrifugal force appliance displaceable between a basic position and a maximally displaced working position depending on a number of revolutions of the drive device, wherein the actuation appliance is displaceable depending on the position of the centrifugal force appliance with respect to the drive device. A reset device applies a force to the centrifugal force appliance by which the centrifugal force appliance is pressed in the direction of its basic position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Predrag Todorovic
  • Patent number: 10352126
    Abstract: An activation device is disclosed that can activate multiple downhole tools in a wellbore. The activation device is cost effective and easy to produce. A method for activating multiple downhole tools in a wellbore is described where at least one downhole tool is activated by magnetic field, while at least one additional downhole tool is activated by mating of the activation device with the downhole tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Nicholas Frederick Budler
  • Patent number: 10302211
    Abstract: A setting/operating device includes a sun gear that rotates by receiving a rotating force from a motor; a first internal gear that has teeth on the inner peripheral surface thereof and is provided so as to surround the sun gear; a plurality of planetary gears that are engaged with the sun gear and the first internal gear and capable of rotating on axes thereof while revolving around the sun gear; a rotation mechanism that rotates by receiving rotating forces of the plurality of planetary gears; an output shaft that is coupled to the rotation mechanism; a rotation control member made of a material that expands in response to voltage application; and a housing in which the rotation control member is disposed in a gap between the first internal gear and the housing so as to make contact with the first internal gear and the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Azbil Corporation
    Inventor: Tomofumi Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10302214
    Abstract: A flow control valve for a filling machine configured to fill receptacles with a pourable product, the flow control valve comprising: a tubular body defining a channel for the pourable product, the tubular body having a longitudinal axis and terminating with at least one narrowed end mouth; and a shutter movable within the channel between a closed position, and an open position. The shutter includes a main portion coupled in a sliding manner with an inner surface of the tubular body; and a narrowed closing head, wherein the main portion of the shutter includes a flat plate extending along a diameter of the channel with respect to the longitudinal axis, contacting the inner surface of the tubular body at opposite sides and defining, with the remaining portions of the inner surface, two opposite cavities, which have respective profiles shaped as circular segments and through which the pourable product can flow during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Filippo Bandini, Luca Ferrari
  • Patent number: 10289123
    Abstract: A drive control method for an electric expansion valve is disclosed. In the disclosure, before applying a drive pulse signal corresponding to a rotary pulse number to a motor of the electronic expansion valve, a secondary positioning is performed on a relative position between stator magnetic field of the motor and rotor magnetic field of the motor by applying a holding current of a first duration time to the motor, applying an pulse signal of an additional pulse number to the motor, and applying a holding current of a second duration time to the motor, and a same secondary positioning operation is also performed on the motor after applying the drive pulse signal corresponding to the rotary pulse number to the motor of the electronic expansion valve, which ensures that the electronic expansion valve operates according to the drive pulse signal corresponding to the rotary pulse number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignees: Qingdao Hisense Hitachi Air-Conditioning Systems Co., Ltd., Hisense USA Corp.
    Inventors: Xizhi Li, Yuping Deng, Xianlin Zhang, Shuliang Huang
  • Patent number: 10267434
    Abstract: A motor-operated valve includes a motor, a linear-motion shaft which receives power of the motor and is linearly moved and which includes a valve member that opens and closes a valve port formed at an end of a valve body, and an elastic member which is provided in the valve body and which contacts with an outer circumferential surface of the linear-motion shaft and regulates the lateral movement of the linear-motion shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Terumasa Mitsu, Osamu Takami
  • Patent number: 10260793
    Abstract: A damper apparatus possible to suppress abnormal sounds immediately after the locking of gears has been released is provided. In a first lock mechanism of the damper apparatus, a first arcuate outer-peripheral part peripherally adjacent to a teeth-missing gear in a drive gear enters a portion of a plurality of teeth in which some teeth are narrowed in the axial direction to restrain a sector gear, the teeth being meshed with the drive gear in the sector gear. In the tooth nearest to the first arcuate outer-peripheral part in the teeth-missing gear, the curvature of a first tooth flank on the side opposite the first arcuate outer-peripheral part is less than the curvature of a second tooth flank on the first arcuate outer peripheral part side, and the tooth has a curved surface continuous from the first tooth flank to the second tooth flank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Shunji Saito, Katsuhiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10253903
    Abstract: A motor-operated valve includes a base portion which is provided at one end of a stator, a linear-motion shaft which is screwed into a rotor and which is supported by the base portion such that the linear-motion shaft can be moved linearly and cannot be rotated, and a valve member which is provided in the linear-motion shaft and which opens and closes the valve port. A first contacting portion on the rotor and a second contacting portion on the stator or an intermediate member disposed between the rotor and the stator, the first and the second contacting portions and being provided in each of the intermediate member or the stator and the rotor, and contacting with each other in the rotation axis direction of the rotor are biased by a rotor biasing means such that they are pressed onto each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi Fujimoto, Terumasa Mitsu