Motion Conversion Patents (Class 310/80)
  • Patent number: 11112802
    Abstract: An automated steering system for an agricultural vehicle operating in a row crop field. The automated steering system includes a correction system having a controller and an alignment sensor. The alignment sensor is disposed between two adjacently spaced crop rows and generates output signals indicative of the alignment sensor's lateral position relative to the two adjacently spaced crop rows as the vehicle advances in the forward direction of travel. The controller receives the generated output signals from the alignment sensor and determines an offset distance of said alignment sensor from a centerline between the two adjacently spaced crop rows. The controller outputs a modified vehicle position signal corresponding to the latitude and longitude position received from said GPS receiver shifted by the offset distance. The vehicle's on board navigation controller causes the vehicles on-board steering control system to steer the vehicle based on the modified vehicle position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: 360 Yield Center, LLC
    Inventors: Reid J. Aberle, Jonathan T. Welte, Timothy Sauder
  • Patent number: 11088607
    Abstract: An axial flux-type rotary electric machine includes a rotor having a rotor axis and a stator having a stator axis. The stator is positioned adjacent to the rotor such that an axial airgap is defined between the rotor and the stator. First and second non-parallel rotor shafts are respectively collinear with the stator axis and the rotor axis. A nutating gear pair is connected to a stationary member and the rotor, and is configured to impart nutating motion to the rotor with respect to the stator, such that a size of the axial airgap changes with a rotational position of the rotor, and such that the rotor has two degrees of freedom of motion. An electrical system includes direct and alternating current voltage buses, a power inverter module connected to the voltage buses, and the axial flux-type rotary electric machine connected to the alternating current voltage bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Derek F. Lahr, Alireza Fatemi
  • Patent number: 11083477
    Abstract: A portable, self-contained vacuum tongue cleaning device uses a removable cleaning head so that different heads can be used with different users. The device includes a debris and saliva separator that removes the debris and saliva from the vacuum flow. This separator is carried by the cleaning head in order to minimize required cleaning of the base of the device. The base carries a vacuum pump, a power supply, a switch, and an inlet that allows the power supply to be recharged. The device is configured for emergency use in an oral surgeon's office wherein vacuum flow is required during surgeries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: BIO-LIFE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Ripich, David J. Boord
  • Patent number: 11063481
    Abstract: A radial flux electrical machine is disclosed. The machine comprises a body of the stator having a body that defines a longitudinal axis a substantially cylindrical inner surface and an inner volume, and having a plurality of electromagnetic elements, each of which includes a stator core of ferromagnetic material and a winding of electrically conductive material located around at least part of the stator core of the electromagnetic element, the electromagnetic elements being arranged around the inner surface of the stator, and operable to induce a magnetic flux field in a radial direction in the inner volume of the stator, and a rotor located within the inner volume of the stator, and rotatable with respect to the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Ashwoods Electric Motors Limited
    Inventor: Lloyd Ash
  • Patent number: 10982741
    Abstract: A step actuator includes a housing, a stator in the housing, a rotor including a magnet provided radially inward of the stator and a nut member inserted into the magnet and protruding through one side of the housing, a bearing rotatably supporting the nut member, a screw member coupled with the nut member to linearly move as the rotor rotates, and a mounting member supported on one side of the housing to support the screw member in such a manner that the screw member is linearly movable. The nut member includes an end portion passing through the bearing and a coupling portion extending from the end portion to couple with the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Woo Jin Hyun
  • Patent number: 10974839
    Abstract: An autothrottle system for an aircraft includes a motor, an actuator assembly, and a position sensor connected to a moving portion of the actuator assembly. An electronic controller is provided for receiving an aircraft engine operating parameter and to control the motor to rotate the shaft to adjust the engine operating parameter based on the engine operating parameter and a position signal received from the position sensor. The actuator assembly has a bearing assembly having a plurality of bearings configured to contact a surface of the shaft to effect movement of the throttle lever attachment end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Inventor: Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick
  • Patent number: 10940730
    Abstract: An extension-retraction link includes: a stationary shaft having a tubular shape; a first universal joint that connects the stationary shaft to a vehicle body side member; a movable shaft that can slide with respect to the stationary shaft; a second universal joint that connects the movable shaft to a hub carrier; and an actuator that moves the movable shaft. The movable shaft includes: a first plane surface; a second plane surface making an angle with respect to the first plane surface; a third plane surface opposite the first plane surface; and a fourth plane surface opposite the second plane surface. The stationary shaft includes: first to fourth bushes in contact with the first to fourth plane surfaces, respectively; a first elastic member pressing the third bush to the third plane surface; and a second elastic member pressing the fourth bush to the fourth plane surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Kishida, Yasuyuki Matsuda
  • Patent number: 10826372
    Abstract: The magnetic gear includes a magnetic force generator (8), a driving shaft (1), a driven shaft (2) and a gear carrier (3) which are magnetically coupled in movement to one another. Only one magnetic force generator (8) is provided, which one magnetic force generator (8) has a north-south alignment that runs in the axis direction (111) of a shaft (1, 2) or parallel to this.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: GRUNDFOS HOLDING A/S
    Inventors: Allan Ivo Søegaard, Flemming Buus Bendixen, Alexandru Sorea, Henrik Rassmusen
  • Patent number: 10804767
    Abstract: A flywheel kinetic accumulator provides an accumulator assembly, in which a flywheel that is mounted on roll bearings rotates about a rotation axis; the flywheel is axially supported by two sets of magnetic elements (16, 16?) facing each other, arranged in two parallel planes, along two circular paths having the same diameter; one set is connected to the accumulator assembly, and the other to the flywheel; the magnetic elements (16, 16?) of the two sets are arranged in rotation, such that when a magnetic element (16) of the one set is aligned with a respective magnetic element (16?) of the other set along an axis that is parallel to the rotation axis, all other magnetic elements (16, 16?) are offset with respect to one another in order to reduce/eliminate the magnetic forces acting in the direction opposite to the rotation direction (V).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: SPINNING TOP ENERGY S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giancarlo Costantino, Alessandro Dondi, Lauro Pagani
  • Patent number: 10753450
    Abstract: A magnetic type rotation transmitting mechanism has a rotating plate made of a magnetic material, and a magnet to which the rotational movement of the rotating plate is transmitted through a magnetic coupling between the magnet and the rotating plate. When the rotating plate is rotated, a plurality of oblique edge portions formed on the outer peripheral edge of the rotating plate rotate while sequentially passing through a magnet-facing area. The oblique edge portions move in the direction of the rotation centerline of the rotating plate, the rotation centerline being perpendicular to the center axis line of the magnet. The magnet is rotated about the center axis line by a magnetic force occurring between the magnet and the oblique edge portions passing through the magnet-facing area. It is possible to realize a small and compact mechanism for extracting rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Naoki Kanayama, Toru Takeda
  • Patent number: 10727723
    Abstract: A motor of the present invention includes a stator having windings. The stator includes: a cylindrical outer member; a mold resin portion that molds the windings with a resin; and a stress non-transmitting portion provided between the mold resin portion and the outer member so as not to transmit stress to the outer member due to shrinking of the mold resin portion or reduce the amount of transmitted stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tatsuya Senoo
  • Patent number: 10648545
    Abstract: An electric linear actuator has a housing with an electric motor mounted on the housing. A speed reduction mechanism and ball screw mechanism converts rotational motion to axial linear motion. A nut is rotationally but axially immovably supported by bearings on the housing. A screw shaft is coaxially integrated with the drive shaft. The shaft is inserted into the nut, via helical grooves and a large number of balls. The screw shaft is non-rotationally supported on the housing but is axially movable. The housing has a first housing and a second housing arranged with their end faces abutting against each other. Joining surfaces of the end faces of the first and second housings are sealed by a curing liquid curable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventor: Takao Mizuuchi
  • Patent number: 10523098
    Abstract: An efficient energy saving progressive magnetic rotation motor utilizing interacting rows of magnets on field pole rotors and a main rotor. The field pole rotors have rows of permanent magnets with increasing numbers of magnets per row. The main rotor has magnets and an electro-magnet. Magnets are arranged in opposite direction and polarity on the field pole rotors in relation to the main rotor. Magnetic attraction of the field pole rotors to the main rotor magnets results in a progressive magnetic rotational action producing rotational output. The motor is started, operated and stopped utilizing an electronic controller. Constant rotation is maintained by pulsing the electro-magnet with the controller from a positive to negative pulse synchronized to a feedback sensor located on the main rotor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Dale Bowen
  • Patent number: 10422333
    Abstract: An ultra high pressure pump having a servo motor coupled to a piston having a head arranged within a cylinder to define a pumping chamber, whereby the servo motor rotation causes reciprocal displacement of the piston to pressurize fluid in the pumping chamber to pressures greater than 50,000 psi, the servo motor having a feedback loop coupled to a computer, the feedback loop including a pressure feedback signal to control the pump pressure in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: QUANTUM SERVO PUMPING TECHNOLOGIES PTY LTD
    Inventor: Darren Reukers
  • Patent number: 10105742
    Abstract: A draw press die assembly includes an upper die, a lower die positioned beneath the upper die, a blankholder for supporting an associated workpiece, and a blankholder drive mechanism connected with at least one of the upper die and the blankholder. The blankholder drive mechanism is configured to provide a pulsating movement of the blankholder with respect to the upper die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dennis O'Connor, Julio Malpica, Hideo Yazaki
  • Patent number: 9997980
    Abstract: A connector case of a receiving member includes a peripheral wall portion, in which a seal groove is formed. An inserting portion of a cover member projects from a cover main body toward the connector case and is inserted into the seal groove. Positioning portions project from the cover main body toward the connector case on a side of the inserting portion where a receiving space is placed. Furthermore, a distal end of an inner wall portion of the seal groove is placed on a top side of a distal end of an outer wall portion. A distal end of the positioning portion is placed on a base side of a distal end of the inserting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 9845851
    Abstract: The present invention provides a spring mechanism which can elastically deform an elastic deformation part with a film shape of a transducer into a shape having high symmetry, and also can be structured in a small size. A spring mechanism 2 includes: a cylindrical member 7 that is provided so as to extend toward a first element member 21 from an elastic deformation part 11 of a transducer 5, and also is arranged so as to slidably penetrate the first element member 21 in the direction of a central axis line C of the elastic deformation part 11; and a rod member 32 that is provided so as to extend toward the cylindrical member 7 from a second element member 22 side, and is slidably inserted in the cylindrical member 7 in the direction of the central axis line C of the elastic deformation part 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Atsuo Orita
  • Patent number: 9776553
    Abstract: A stepping motors includes a bracket including a first protruding line and a second protruding line formed on both sides, a stator and a rotor disposed on the bracket, a lead screw coupled with the rotor, and a moving member which moves back and forth according to a rotation of the lead screw, in which the moving member includes a first guide groove which slides on the first protruding line and a second guide groove which slides on the second protruding line, and the first guide groove and the second guide groove include first sections which have widths corresponding to the first protruding line and the second protruding line, respectively, and second sections which have greater widths than the first sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Su Hyoung Lee
  • Patent number: 9768670
    Abstract: Provided is a motor including a rotor section including a rotor core, a drive magnet attached to the rotor core, and a screw disposed in the rotor core and rotated with the rotor core; a nut member coupled to the screw and vertically moved upon rotation of the rotor section; a stator section disposed to be opposite to the rotor section; a sensor magnet disposed under the screw; and a circuit board on which a magnetic device disposed to be opposite to the sensor magnet is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seong Jin Kim, Jinho Kim, Kyung Sang Park, Chang Hyun Park, Woo Seob Shim
  • Patent number: 9726166
    Abstract: A well pump includes a plunger reciprocally carried within a barrel between up stroke and down stroke positions. A tubular linear actuator housing located below the barrel has a rotatable rotor. An array of rotor magnets is mounted to the rotor, directing rotor magnetic fields in an outward direction. A cage is fixed against rotation relative to the housing and carried within the housing for axial movement relative to the rotor and the housing. The cage has a cylindrical inner sidewall surrounding the outer sidewall of the rotor. An array of cage magnets is mounted to the inner sidewall of the cage. The cage magnets direct cage magnetic fields in an inward direction relative to the axis. The cage and rotor magnetic fields interact such rotation of the rotor causes axial movement of the cage. A motor rotates the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven K. Tetzlaff, Peter F. Lawson, Kevin R. Bierig, Lance T. Robinson, Sean A. Cain
  • Patent number: 9667118
    Abstract: There is provided a vibration generating device including: a driving magnet of a rotor part rotated around a shaft and a coil part disposed to face the driving magnet and electromagnetically interacting with the driving magnet to rotate the rotor part, wherein the number of poles of the driving magnet and the number of coils of the coil part are the same as each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: MPLUS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 9587725
    Abstract: An actuator includes a ball nut, a ball screw, and a ball screw stop. The ball nut is adapted to receive an input torque and in response rotates and supplies a drive force. The ball screw extends through the ball nut and has a first end and a second end. The ball screw receives the drive force from the ball nut and in response selectively translates between a retract position and a extend position. The ball screw stop is mounted on the ball screw proximate the first end to translate therewith. The ball screw stop engages the ball nut when the ball screw is in the extend position, translates, with compliance, a predetermined distance toward the first end upon engaging the ball nut, and prevents further rotation of the ball screw upon translating the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Paul T. Wingett, Casey Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9531248
    Abstract: An aspect of the present invention has a first disk-shaped member coupled to a first rotating shaft to rotate and a first plate-shaped member having a surface perpendicular to a surface of the first disk-shaped member and holding a first magnet. Moreover, a second disk-shaped member provided so as to face the first disk-shaped member and coupled to a second rotating shaft to rotate, and a second plate-shaped member having a surface perpendicular to a surface of the second disk-shaped member and holding a second magnet are provided. A magnetic pole of the first magnet on a side facing the second magnet and a magnetic pole of the second magnet on a side facing the first magnet have the same pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: EMERGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tetsuo Kubo, Tomofumi Shibata, Takashi Tsukahara, Tatsutaro Demura
  • Patent number: 9444303
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for mounting a shaft (1; 26) in a housing (100), having a bearing (5; 5b; 5c) which is connected to the shaft (1; 26) and which is arranged at least indirectly in the housing (100) by means of a positive or non-positive fit, wherein the bearing (5; 5b; 5c) is held in a separate holding body (11; 11a to 11c). It is provided according to the invention that the holding body (11; 11 a to 11c) is held so as to be fixed to the housing (100) in at least one direction by means of a positive and/or non-positive fit, and that the holding body (11; 11a to 11c) is connected directly to components of an electric motor (25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Mario Huesges, Detlef Lauk, Tarek Mili, Stephan Scheurich
  • Patent number: 9302058
    Abstract: A system for tracing tubing which forms a conduit from a source of infusion liquid to a patient by way of an infusion pump has a vibration generator manually operable by a user to generate vibrations at an origin location along the tubing, wherein the vibrations are propagated by the tubing and have a vibration signature. A vibration sensor arranged at a destination location along the tubing receives the vibrations and generates a digital vibration signal. Signal processing circuitry connected to the vibration sensor processes and evaluates the digital vibration signal to determine a trace status of the tubing between the vibration generator and the vibration sensor. An indicator connected to the signal processing circuitry provides an indication of the determined trace status. Trace status possibilities include clear, cross-over, and null. A likely number of cross-overs may also be indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: CURLIN MEDICAL INC.
    Inventor: Sreelal Chandrasenan
  • Patent number: 9234582
    Abstract: In one aspect, the disclosure herein provides an apparatus that in one configuration includes a first hydraulic power unit for supplying a first fluid under pressure to a first chamber for controlling motion of a first movable member and a second hydraulic power unit for supplying a second fluid under pressure to a second chamber for controlling motion of a second movable member, an input device configured to provide an input signal for controlling the motions of the first and second movable members and a processor configured to: receive the input signal from the input device; and independently set, in response to the input signal from the input device, a first electrical actuator to control an amount and flow rate of the first fluid to the first hydraulic power unit and a second electrical actuator to control an amount and flow rate of the second fluid to the second hydraulic power unit for controlling the motion of the first and second movable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: THOMSON LINEAR LLC
    Inventor: Anthony R. Smith
  • Patent number: 9209662
    Abstract: A linear motor includes a stator module, a rotor module and an extension rod. The stator module includes a first stator unit and a second stator unit. The first stator unit includes an upper end cap including an upper holder member and an upper bobbin integrally extended from the upper holder member. The second stator unit includes a bottom end cap and a second winding. The bottom end cap includes a bottom holder member and a bottom bobbin connected to the bottom holder member and abutted against the upper bobbin. The rotor module is rotatably mounted in the stator module. The extension rod is linearly movably mounted in the stator module. The upper bobbin is integrally extended from the upper holder member. The fabrication of the linear motor is simple, ensuring a high level of precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: TRICORE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ping-Ju Hsieh
  • Patent number: 9172287
    Abstract: A rotary drive includes: a support structure; and a linear actuator supported by the support structure. The linear actuator includes: a first member; a second member that moves in a linear direction relative to the first member when a drive signal is applied to the linear actuator; and a bearing arrangement supporting the first and second members within the support structure and enabling independent movement of the first member and the second member relative to the support structure. The rotary drive also includes a linear-to-rotary converter to which the second member of the linear actuator is coupled. The linear-to-rotary converter includes an output member having a rotational axis. During operation, the linear-to-rotary converter converts linear reciprocating movement of the second member of the linear actuator to rotary movement of the output member about the rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: NUCLEUS SCIENTIFIC, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Fofonoff, Ian W. Hunter
  • Patent number: 9157408
    Abstract: The invention relates to a starter device (10) for cranking an internal combustion machine in a vehicle, having a pinion shaft (202) comprising a cranking pinion (22) at the front end and a pinion shaft (204) at the opposite end, slidingly guided and supported on a drive shaft (44) of the starter device (10) and received in a bearing by a bearing shell (210) of the starter device (10), characterized in that the cranking pinion (22) has a solid lubricant coating (216) at least in the area of the circumferential toothing (143).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Dornhoefer
  • Patent number: 9151598
    Abstract: A position measuring device includes a position detection unit, which may be used to process positional signals that result from scanning a code track by a scanning unit, into digital positional values, a first interface unit for the communication with a control unit via a data transmission channel, and a second interface unit for the communication with at least one peripheral unit. The first interface unit is a hard-wired interface, and the second interface unit is a wireless radio interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GMBH
    Inventor: Marc Tiemann
  • Patent number: 9118221
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a magnetic motor including a drive magnet, a motion magnet, and an acceleration field. The drive magnet includes magnetic shielding, typically on a portion thereof, altering the magnetic field of the drive magnet. In some embodiments, the motion magnet has a cross-section that is generally in the shape of a ‘V’ or ‘A’. The acceleration field is created by the interaction between the drive magnet and the motion magnet as the motion magnet is passed through the altered magnetic field of the drive magnet. The altered magnetic field of the drive magnet may often be near a first end of the drive magnet. In further embodiments, the motion magnet can be operably coupled to an output shaft and rotate around the central axis of the output shaft. The present disclosure, also relates to a device, including the magnetic motor, for generating energy from a turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Future Force, LLC
    Inventor: Mike Tkadlec
  • Patent number: 9071122
    Abstract: A drive unit, which has a first motor and a second motor, for rotationally and linearly moving a working element with respect to a first housing element In order to permit a design and a mounting and to reduce the required axial installation space and cost, the drive unit has bearing arrangement which, in the case of a linear movement of the working element with respect to the first housing element, permits a primary part and a secondary part of the first motor and/or of the second motor to be arranged in an axially non-displaceable fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Daniel Neufeld, Guenter Schmid, Ralf Schueler
  • Patent number: 9050907
    Abstract: A rail guide that has at least one rail pair consisting of a floor rail (22) and a seat rail (24). The seat rail (24) has connectors (30) for fastening a seat frame to be arranged above the rail pair. The rails can be moved relative to each other in a longitudinal direction along a movement path (20). The floor rail (22) and the seat rail (24) are curved by the same circular radius of curvature (42) that ranges between 1,500 and 3,000 mm, in particular between 1,800 and 2,500 mm. The center point of curvature (44) is on the side of the rail pair facing away from the seat frame. The rail guide is a longitudinal adjustment device having a stationary spindle (52) and an associated spindle nut (54) that is longitudinally movable thereon, the spindle (52) being curved at the same circular radius of curvature (42). Also described is a suitable method for producing said curved rails by at least one stamping mold (68) or by bending strips (96).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Metals and Mechanisms GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Burckhard Becker, Ingo Kienke, Alexander Balin, Kurt Seibold
  • Patent number: 9046159
    Abstract: An actuating drive for a rail guide of a longitudinal adjustment of a motor vehicle seat has a rotational drive, which has an output shaft (70), and a transmission, which has a spindle nut (54), which is rotationally connected to the output shaft (70) and which has a spindle (52). The spindle (52) has a spindle thread, with which the spindle nut (54) is engaged. The spindle (52) is curved in a circular radius of curvature (42). The radius of curvature (42) is between 1,500 and 3,000 mm. The spindle nut (54) is a straight nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Metals and Mechanisms GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Burckhard Becker
  • Patent number: 9035512
    Abstract: At least a rotor fixing portion and a bearing fitting portion are combined to form a hollow rotary shaft. The rotor of a rotary motor portion is fixed on the rotor fixing portion. A thrust radial bearing is fitted on the outer periphery of the bearing fitting portion and a screw nut is fitted to the bearing fitting portion. The rotor fixing portion and the bearing fitting portion are coupled with screw member(s) which are inserted into the hollow rotary shaft from one axial end of the hollow rotary shaft and axially extend inside the bearing fitting portion and the rotor fixing portion. A flange portion of the screw nut is fixed on an abutment portion of the bearing fitting portion in abutment with an end surface of an inner race of the thrust radial bearing that is located on the one axial end side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SANYO DENKI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Tanaka, Shigenori Miyairi
  • Patent number: 9024491
    Abstract: An electromechanical actuator includes a first system and a second system. The first system includes a first motor and a first movable element capable of being moved back and forth in an axial direction of a rod. The second system includes a second motor and a second movable element capable of being moved back and forth in the axial direction of the rod. The electromechanical actuator is capable of adjusting a stroke length which is a distance between the first driving section set to or in the proximity of an end portion of the first movable element and the second driving section set to or in the proximity of an end portion of the second movable element. The first movable element and second movable element are configured for back and forth movement in the axial direction of the common rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Sinfonia Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaya Wakita
  • Publication number: 20150115778
    Abstract: An integrated actuator drive unit (ADU) assembly for an electric motor actuator is disclosed. The integrated ADU assembly may comprise at least one of an integrally formed ring gear, an integrally formed thrust bearing and integrally formed load cell. The integrated ADU assembly may comprise a portion of an electromechanical actuator. The electromechanical actuator may be utilized for aircraft braking systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: DAVID DRENNEN, HARALD KLODE, KEVIN REHFUS
  • Publication number: 20150108856
    Abstract: In order to achieve improvement in speed and torque of a rotating electric machine according to an inexpensive, simple, and highly reliable method, Provided is a rotating electric machine including: a stator; a rotor that is rotatably arranged with an intermediation of an air gap in a rotating shaft direction with respect to the stator; and a primary-side mechanism that rotates concentrically with a shaft center of the rotor. The primary-side mechanism includes: a fixed position rotating pulley that is arranged so as to be immovable in the rotating shaft direction; and a variable position rotating pulley that is arranged so as to be movable in the rotating shaft direction with respect to the fixed position rotating pulley. The variable position rotating pulley rotates and moves in an axial direction integrally with the rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: NIPPON PISTON RING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Masafumi SAKAMOTO, Shigeyoshi SATO, Shunsuke TAKEGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150097455
    Abstract: An electromechanical actuator is provided whose structure is simplified and made small, and with which an output portion can be driven even if a jammed state occurs in a screw mechanism. An electromechanical actuator is configured that includes an electric motor having a first rotor portion and a second rotor portion capable of relative rotation with respect to each other, and a jam relief mechanism having a first conversion portion having a first screw mechanism capable of converting rotational force of the first rotor portion into thrust force and moving an output portion back and forth, a sliding support mechanism which can transmit the rotational force of the first rotor portion to the first conversion portion, and a second conversion portion having a second screw mechanism which moves the output portion back and forth together with the first conversion portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masayoshi UEYAMA, Ryoichi HIGUCHI
  • Publication number: 20150092361
    Abstract: A variable display device includes a display panel; a joint plate installed at a rear surface of the display panel and including a plurality of plates each configured to be rotated by a hinge; and a driving system installed at a rear surface of the joint plate and rotating the plurality of plates with respect to a normal direction to the joint plate, wherein the display panel is variably driven in a flat mode having a flat surface or a curved mode having a curved surface by the joint plate and the driving system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: LG Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok-Hyo CHO, Hyun-Yong UHM
  • Patent number: 8978379
    Abstract: The base of an actuator housing 10 is arranged to face the side of a turbine housing, and a motor 16 is fixed to a motor support post that is protrusively provided toward the top of the actuator housing 10 such that the motor 16 is kept at a distance from the turbine housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Gotoh
  • Publication number: 20150069869
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive device for a hatch of a motor vehicle, wherein the drive device comprises two drive sections that are linearly moveable relative to each other between a retracted position and an extended position, wherein the drive sections are spring biased against each other into the extended position by a spring arrangement, wherein an end stop is provided to limit the drive motion between the drive sections to the extended position. It is proposed that the end stop comprises a damping arrangement with a deformation zone, wherein during a drive motion into the end stop, depending on the speed of the drive motion, the damping arrangement damps the drive motion mainly based on plastic deformation of the deformation zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Linda Loeffler, Sebastian Heinze, Alwin Macht
  • Publication number: 20150031037
    Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides a magnetic rack comprising a lateral movement structure and/or a longitudinal movement structure. In particular embodiments, the lateral movement structure and/or longitudinal movement structure move one or more magnets to or away from a reaction tube, in order to control the magnetic forces exerted on microbeads in the reaction tube. The microbeads are attracted onto the reaction tube wall, thereby facilitating separation of the microbeads from a solution in the tube. In particular embodiments, the magnetic rack is used to extract or purify nucleic acid from a sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Hang LI, Jinglin ZHOU, Dong WANG
  • Publication number: 20150015104
    Abstract: An actuator, a stator, a motor, a rotational-to-linear motion conversion mechanism, and a linear actuator are provided. The motor, the actuator, and the linear actuator at least include a screw shaft and a nut. The screw shaft is a rod-like member, and at least a part of the surface of the screw shaft has a thread. The nut is screwed onto the thread on the screw shaft, and moves the screw shaft in a linear motion direction that is a direction in parallel with a rotational center. The stator, the motor, the actuator, and the linear actuator can at least convert a rotational motion into a linear motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kataoka, Yusuke Ota, Toshifumi Taguchi, Hayao Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8914179
    Abstract: During an inertial energy storage operation, electric power conversion at an inverter is controlled such that a direct current electric power from an electric power storage device is converted into an alternating current by the inverter so as to be supplied to stator windings, such that torque in the direction of engine rotation is applied to an output side rotor from a stator to rotatively drive the output side rotor in a state where power transmission from the output side rotor to a drive axle is stopped. During a cranking operation after the inertial energy storage operation, the electric power conversion at an inverter is controlled to permit application of the alternating current to rotor windings, such that a torque in the direction of engine rotation is applied to an input side rotor from the output side rotor, thereby rotatively driving an input side rotor to crank the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Chuo Kenkyusho, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Eiji Tsuchiya, Takao Watanabe, Shu Asami, Tatsuya Miyano, Akira Murakami, Hiroyuki Ogawa, Tomoyuki Toyama
  • Patent number: 8910720
    Abstract: A downhole tool for positioning in a wellbore comprises a tool main body, an electric motor disposed within the tool main body, the motor comprising a rotor rotatably attached to a stator, and a linear actuator assembly disposed within the motor for transforming a rotary output of the motor into a linear displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Franz Aguirre, Wade D. Dupree, Mark Holly, Derek Copold
  • Publication number: 20140354096
    Abstract: An electromechanical actuator device (17) and method for use under water in petroleum activity, in which, via a transmission element (30, 34, 36), an electric motor (18), including a stator (20) and a rotor (22), is arranged to move an actuation element (36) between at least a first position and a second position, and in which the rotor (22) of the electric motor (18) surrounds and is connected to an actuator nut (30) which is in threaded engagement with the actuation element (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: ELECTRICAL SUBSEA & DRILLING AS
    Inventor: Egil Eriksen
  • Patent number: 8899120
    Abstract: A linear actuator is provided which includes a motor and a screw as an output shaft and in which the rotational movement of the motor is converted into the linear movement of the screw, wherein at least one retainer to hold a plurality of balls is disposed at the inner periphery of a hollow rotor of the motor, a ball screw is formed at the outer periphery of the screw, the balls are engaged with the ball screw such that the screw is set coaxial to the rotor, and wherein the screw provided with the ball screw is moved linearly by means of the rotation of the balls disposed circumferentially at the inner periphery of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Minebea Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Manabu Nakamura, Masahiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8878466
    Abstract: An electro-mechanical linear actuator unit comprising an actuator housing that accommodates at least two electric drives, each of which, when actuated by a control device, sets an associated drive of a respective spindle drive into rotation for adjusting linear movement of the associated spindle drive in order to produce relative linear adjustment of a control rod. The two electric drives are located in the actuator housing in such manner that relative adjustment can be produced by simultaneous actuation of the two electric drives, as the sum of the adjustment movements of the associated spindle drives, or by actuating a single electric drive, as the adjustment movement of the associated spindle drive. A respective brake is provided, in an area of each of the two electric drives, which can be selectively actuated by the control device to then prevent the adjustment movement of the respective associated spindle drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Andre Hausberg, Carsten Wintjen, Werner Pfluegen
  • Publication number: 20140319976
    Abstract: Hobby servo motor linear actuator systems are provided. In certain circumstances, a linear actuator system includes a lead screw attachment mechanism and a lead nut. The lead screw attachment mechanism is configured to be rotatably connected to an output shaft of a hobby servo motor assembly. The lead nut is configured to move linearly along the lead screw attachment mechanism as it is rotated. The system is optionally either open-looped or closed-loop. The lead screw attachment mechanism has an outer surface that can include multiple different types of threads such as, but not limited to, gear teeth and screw threads. The hobby servo motor assembly may include one hobby servo motor or multiple hobby servo motors that work together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Brian T. Pettey