With Rotary To Linear Motion Converting Mirror Adjustment Patents (Class 359/873)
  • Patent number: 10232778
    Abstract: Adjusting instrument for an exterior mirror of a motor vehicle, comprising a foot for attachment to a fixed element of the motor vehicle, and a housing adjustably connected with the foot, the housing being adjustable around a rotation axis extending through the adjusting instrument, while around the rotation axis a passage opening is provided for passing through a cable tree, the housing being provided with a slot along a height thereof which provides lateral access to the passage opening and the foot being provided with a slot along a height thereof which provides lateral access to the passage opening, the housing being furthermore adjustable relative to the foot into an assembly position in which the slot of the foot aligns with the slot of the housing to provide lateral access to the passage opening for laterally introducing a cable tree into the passage opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MCi (Mirror Controls International) Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Stefan Frits Brouwer, Rudolf Pieter Hoogenboom, Peter Alexander Hamming
  • Patent number: 10100916
    Abstract: A motor actuator includes a housing, and a plurality of output mechanisms accommodated in the housing. The housing includes a fastening unit that fastens a first case and a second case. Each of the plurality of output mechanisms includes a motor and a plurality of deceleration gears. The motor is supported by the housing. A final state deceleration gear is rotatably supported by the housing. The fastening unit is arranged in a first fastening unit formation range. The first fastening unit formation range is a range formed by connecting contours of a plurality of motors and contours of a plurality of final state deceleration gears, and is a range that surrounds the plurality of motors and the plurality of final stage deceleration gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroto Inoue, Tomonobu Hyodo
  • Patent number: 10017119
    Abstract: An adjustment device for an automotive wing mirror includes an adapter fixed to the wing mirror and having a virtual rotation center and first and second virtual axes perpendicularly intersecting with each other relative to the virtual rotation center, and an adapter driving module to drive the adapter. The adapter driving module includes a bowl-shaped lower shell, an upper shell covering on the lower shell, and two actuator mechanisms. Each actuator mechanism includes a driving motor, a reduction gear set, a clutch assembly meshing with the reduction gear set, and a ring gear meshing with the clutch assembly. The ring gears partially extend through the upper shell and are connected to the adapter on the first virtual axis and the second virtual axis. The adapter is operable of revolving relative to the virtual rotation center in two intersecting directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Kyongchol Chong
  • Patent number: 9925922
    Abstract: A mirror assembly includes a stem attached to a mirror head. The stem includes a first portion directly attached to the mirror head. The first portion includes a catch. The second portion is attached to a support structure, and includes a retention portion. The catch of the first portion is engaged with the retention portion of the second portion for supporting the first portion and the mirror head relative to the second portion. Once the first portion is supported by the interaction between the catch and the retention portion, fasteners may be installed to fixedly attach the first portion to the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Dziurda, Andrew K. Beach, Michael J. Wesner, James C. O'Kane
  • Patent number: 9678331
    Abstract: An optical path switching device is configured to selectively direct electromagnetic radiation toward one detector of a plurality of detectors. The switching device includes a platform, a mirror mount rotatably mounted on the platform by a bearing, a mirror coupled to the mirror mount, and an active actuator configured to rotate the mirror mount with respect to the platform a predetermined amount to direct electromagnetic radiation toward a desired detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: Kirk A. Miller
  • Patent number: 9563035
    Abstract: A mirror mounting assembly for mounting a mirror in a laser rangefinder, comprising: a mirror mount configured for receiving and mounting a mirror and configured such that when connected to the laser rangefinder, the position and/or orientation of the mirror mount relative to the body of the laser rangefinder can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: IKEGPS Group Limited
    Inventors: Leon Mathieu Lammers Van Toorenburg, Donald Mawson
  • Patent number: 9199577
    Abstract: A remote controlled mirror is provided which comprises: 1) a mirror assembly, 2) a dual axis pivot bracket, and 3) a fixed mounting bracket and further comprises a horizontal drive actuator and a vertical drive actuator. The remote controlled mirror is for use in heavy equipment and comprises mirror that weigh over 10 pounds, in some embodiments 50 pounds or more and in some embodiments 80 pound or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Chantilly Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Messina, Adam Reau, Robert Skilliter, III
  • Patent number: 9187040
    Abstract: The invention is a vehicular mirror assembly for a rectangular shaped mirror typically found on industrial trucks, earthmovers, and dump trucks. The mirror is placed in a holder with two or more pillow block bearings secured on the back of the holder. A circular rod, creating a first axis, extends longitudinally through the pillow block bearings and is swivelly secured to a mounting bracket thereby forming a second axis. A remotely controlled ram is secured to the mounting bracket and proximate to the edge of the holder allowing operator control of the left/right motion around the second axis; a second remotely controlled ram is swivelly secured to the circular rod for up/down adjustment by the operator for movement of the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: William Ebert
  • Publication number: 20150116855
    Abstract: A manual mirror, capable of obtaining optimum clamp force on a mirror support stay while reducing the number of components and simplifying the structure of the mirror, includes a mirror body and mounting section for attaching the mirror body to the mirror support stay. The mounting section is constructed mainly of a pair of brackets projecting from and integrally formed with a side of mirror housing and a U-shaped clamp member and a fastener, and the mirror housing being integrally formed with, on another side, projection fitting between a pair of arms of the U-shaped clamp member for restricting a displacement of arms which come close to each other while allowing a displacement which reduces clamp width of a holding part of the U-shaped clamp member when the fastener is tightened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: DAITO PRESS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takashi YOSHIDA
  • Patent number: 8876077
    Abstract: A spherical orienting device includes a base, first and second actuation shafts, an orientable device, an inner member, a middle member, and an outer member. The first and second actuation shafts are rotatably held by the base for rotary actuation about first and second actuation axes, respectively, which intersect orthogonally at a spherical center of rotation. The orientable device is supported by first and second revolute support joints which are disposed for rotation about an orientation axis of the orientable device and a support axis, respectively. The inner member is fixed to the first actuation shaft and linked to the second support joint. The middle member is inwardly linked to the first support joint and outwardly linked to a middle revolute joint disposed for rotation about a linkage axis. The outer member is fixed to the second actuation shaft and linked to the middle revolute joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Patrick Maillard
  • Patent number: 8864325
    Abstract: A power transmission device which is free from a possibility of breakage of a driving member is provided. A stepping motor (driving member) 61a configured to be driven on the basis of a command signal from a controller 70, a lead screw portion 61c configured to be rotationally driven in association with the drive of the stepping motor 61a, and a power transmitting member 65 configured to move along an axial direction X of the lead screw portion 61c in accordance with the rotation of the lead screw portion 61c and transmit a power to a power transmitted member 42e are provided, and the controller 70 is configured to control the output of the command signal to the stepping motor 61a to be stopped when the power transmitting member 65 is not moved along the axial direction X.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuya Maruyama, Kouichi Jinushi, Yoshiko Adachi
  • Patent number: 8707948
    Abstract: Non-tracking solar collector device (1) comprising at least an absorber element (2), at least a couple of reflector elements (3) disposed on opposite sides of the absorber element (2) for conveying the solar radiation onto the absorber element itself and said reflector elements (3) comprising at least one fixed portion (8a,8b) and at least one rotating portion (9); the rotating portions (9) being movable between at least a first extreme position (10), in which the rotating portions are moved away from each other and the entire surface of said reflector elements (3) is substantially continuous, and a second extreme position (11), in which the rotating portions are moved close to each other in order to substantially obscure said absorber element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Kloben S.A.S. di Turco Adelino EC.
    Inventor: Geoffrey Lester Harding
  • Patent number: 8702251
    Abstract: Disclosed is a light-collecting heliostat using flat mirrors of enhanced light-collecting efficiency. The gradients of low-price flat mirrors are adjusted when reflecting sunlight by the heliostat equipped with the flat mirrors, thereby causing reflection focal areas having the same size as each of the mirrors to overlap, in the same number as the number of the reflective plates constituting the heliostat, on a heat collecting unit of collecting lights, so that a high temperature light-collecting focal area with a uniform temperature distribution is obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Energy Research
    Inventors: Sang-Nam Lee, Jong-Kyu Kim, Yong-Heack Kang
  • Patent number: 8622559
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mirror support used in a door mirror vehicle which provides stability and distributes the forces in an uniform way due to two gear knees which are attached to the first ends of two perpendicular arms, a first arm and a second arm setting up a cross and also relates to a device to adjust the orientation of a mirror comprising the clutch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Fico Mirrors, S.A.
    Inventor: Moises Caballero Tapia
  • Publication number: 20130208373
    Abstract: Foreign matter is effectively ejected from between a sliding portion and protruding portions. In a mirror surface angle adjustment device of a vehicle door mirror device, while a mirror holder is rotated and an angle of a mirror surface of a mirror is adjusted, a sliding portion of the mirror holder slides on protruding portions of the case. The protruding portions extend to be directed toward a rotating direction of the mirror holder. Therefore, when the sliding portion slides on the protruding portions, foreign matter is easily ejected from between the sliding portion and the protruding portions to sideward of the protruding portions, and foreign matter can be effectively ejected from between the sliding portion and the protruding portions. Therefore, the sliding portion can slide smoothly against the protruding portions, and the rotating of the mirror holder can be made stable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
  • Publication number: 20130050863
    Abstract: An adjustable dressing mirror assembly includes a support, a mirror-mounting unit, and a positioning device. The positioning device includes a guiding seat connected pivotally to the support, a driving plate connected pivotally to the mirror-mounting unit, a sliding block, a movable member, a positioning rod, and a resilient member. The guiding seat includes an accommodating chamber and a plurality of positioning grooves. The driving plate and the sliding block are movable in the accommodating chamber. The positioning rod is disposed fixedly on the movable member. Engagement between the positioning rod and the positioning grooves is allowed with assistance of the resilient member during movement of the driving plate within the accommodating chamber from a rear limit position to a front limit position, and is prevented during movement of the driving plate within the accommodating chamber from the front limit position to the rear limit position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Chen-Chieh Lin
  • Publication number: 20130021214
    Abstract: Systems are provided for positioning passive reflectors, such a lens/mirror assemblies, and other types of reflectors that need to be pointed in a particular direction. The systems can effectuate control of both the elevation and azimuth angles of the reflector. The systems can be configured so that a mount can rotate so as to vary the azimuth angle of the reflector by 360° or more without a need to reverse the direction of rotation of the reflector, and without the use of slip rings, RF rotary joints, or electrical cable wraps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Applicant: HARRIS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kurt Zimmerman, Robert Meehan, Mark Mannarino, Courtney D. Miller
  • Patent number: 8317332
    Abstract: An adjustment device for adjusting an angle of a dichroic mirror of a projector with respect to an optical engine base of the projector is disclosed. The dichroic mirror is pivotably mounted to the optical engine base. The adjustment device includes a link and an eccentric screw. The link has a first end and a second end. The first end is adapted to be fixedly mounted to the dichroic mirror. The second end has an opening. The eccentric screw is adapted to extend through the opening to be screwed to the optical engine base. The eccentric screw includes an eccentric section disposed within the opening. The eccentric section pushes the link such that the link drives the dichroic mirror to pivot with respect to the optical engine base upon rotating of the eccentric screw. A projector including the adjustment device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Shiuan-Ting Lin, Hung-Lin Lee, Wei-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 8235606
    Abstract: A mirror unit that can decrease the wait time before distance measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 8210692
    Abstract: A mirror unit of the present invention includes a base member constituted of an upper plate portion, a lower plate portion, a connecting portion connecting the upper plate portion and the lower plate portion, and wall portions. A mirror holder for holding a mirror is pivotally supported between the upper plate portion and the lower plate portion. A recess is formed in the wall portions. An adjuster is mounted in the recess. Screw holes extend through the recess, and adjusting screws are engaged in the screw holes. Lifting amounts of plate portions of the adjuster can be adjusted by the adjusting screws. The tilt angle of the mirror is adjusted so that the mirror is properly tilted with respect to a light flux from either one of two lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taichi Yoshimura, Naoya Ishida
  • Publication number: 20120075735
    Abstract: An exterior mirror for mounting on a vehicle with a mirror base and a mirror head attached to the mirror base is suggested, whereby the mirroring element is rigidly connected to the housing of the mirror head. The mirror head and mirror base are rotatably connected to one another by means of a ball joint. The adjustment of the mirroring element is done by two bars, of which the length can be adjusted by actuators, which bars are arranged between the mirror head and mirror base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: SMR Patents S.a.r.l.
    Inventor: Raimund Negel
  • Patent number: 8143820
    Abstract: A motor control device operable to rotate a motor based on an actuated direction of an operation knob of an operation switch in a direction corresponding to the actuated direction has direction selector switches provided corresponding to respective actuated directions of the operation knob, and open/close elements provided between the direction selector switches and a power supply. Each of the open/close elements is turned on when a control current is supplied thereto. When the operation knob is actuated, the direction selector switch corresponding to the actuated direction is turned on, a control current is supplied from the power supply to the open/close element connected to the relevant switch, and the predetermined open/close element is turned on. A drive current that flows from the power supply into the motor through a current carrying path of the open/close element is controlled according to a ON/OFF status of each of the open/close elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventor: Yoichi Sakuma
  • Publication number: 20110194202
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror apparatus comprising a mirror provided at a vehicle; a pivoting member holding the mirror; a sliding part provided at the pivoting member; a holding member pivotably holding the pivoting member, whereby an angle of a mirror surface of the mirror is adjusted; and a pivoting surface provided at the holding member. The sliding part is made slidable on the pivoting surface while a gap is provided between an edge of the holding member at a side of the pivoting member and the pivoting member in a pivoting radial direction of the pivoting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI-RIKA-DENKI-SEISAKUSHO
    Inventors: Nobuhiro KUDO, Isao SUMI
  • Patent number: 7899281
    Abstract: Optical delay line system that includes a retro-reflection mirror which is displaced along a circular path while being maintained in angular alignment with launch and return sources of light subject the components of the system to minimum levels of unbalanced linear acceleration. A retroreflector is pivotally mounted on a rotating element such that the optical axis of the retroreflector's motion is mobile such that its angle or position changes relative to a fixed observer. There is no linear stopping and starting of the retroreflector and all acceleration of the retroreflector is rotational acceleration with small angles so the required forces in the optical delay line are greatly reduced. Both large displacement and high repetition rates are achieved. The system can be configured so that optical fibers serve as launch and return optics. Alternatively, free space beam paths deliver light to the optical delay and return the reflected light from the retroreflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell ASCa Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Beselt
  • Patent number: 7798655
    Abstract: A projection unit 17 effectively corrects out of focus due to a temperature rise. A mirror holding mechanism of a concave mirror 25 has a mirror holder 41 and a mirror holder base 42. The concave mirror 25 is slidably housed in the mirror holder 41. A focus correction member 57, which expands by heat, is disposed between a back face of the concave mirror 25 and reference plane S formed in the mirror holder. The concave mirror 25 and the focus correction element 57 are urged to the reference plane S by a mirror retainer spring 59.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Konica Minolta Opto, Inc.
    Inventors: Atsushi Matsuura, Shinichi Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20100085544
    Abstract: A mirror unit of the present invention includes a base member constituted of an upper plate portion, a lower plate portion, a connecting portion connecting the upper plate portion and the lower plate portion, and wall portions. A mirror holder for holding a mirror is pivotally supported between the upper plate portion and the lower plate portion. A recess is formed in the wall portions. An adjuster is mounted in the recess. Screw holes extend through the recess, and adjusting screws are engaged in the screw holes. Lifting amounts of plate portions of the adjuster can be adjusted by the adjusting screws. The tilt angle of the mirror is adjusted so that the mirror is properly tilted with respect to a light flux from either one of two lamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taichi YOSHIMURA, Naoya ISHIDA
  • Patent number: 7690800
    Abstract: A mirror angle controller is provided which includes a pivot plate (H) which is attached to a reverse side of a mirror (M), and an actuator (A) which holds the pivot plate (H), in which the actuator (A) includes a housing (A1), a rod (A3) which pushes and pulls the pivot plate (H), and a motor which provides driving force to the rod (A3), in which, a ringed holder (121) which is placed to surround the rod (A3) is formed in the housing (A1), and in which the pivot plate (H) includes a ringed sliding part (H31) which is contact with and arbitrarily slides on the holder (121), and an engaging part which is engaged with an end of the rod (A3) so as to securely hold the mirror (M).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Fukai, Hisaya Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20090015956
    Abstract: Formation of a biaxial microelectromechanical system (MEMS) scanner can comprise, at least in part, providing a frame (11) having an aperture (14) formed therethrough, wherein the frame has a first pair of axially aligned flexures (12 and 13) about which the frame can selectively pivot. A scan mirror (41) can then be operably coupled to this frame by a second pair of axially aligned flexures (42 and 43). By one approach, this scan mirror is disposed co-extensive with but external to the aperture in the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: MOTOROLA, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua LIU
  • Publication number: 20080310040
    Abstract: A mirror angle adjusting device can stably hold a pivot plate (H), while a contact part between the pivot plate (H) and an actuator (A) smoothly slides for a long period of time. The mirror angle adjusting device includes the pivot plate (H) attached to a back side of a mirror (M), and the actuator (A) for holding the pivot plate (H). In the mirror angle adjusting device, grooves (121a) for storing a lubricant are formed on a support surface of the actuator (A), and grooves (311) for storing a lubricant are formed on a sliding surface of the pivot plate (H) which is slidably in contact with the support surface. In the mirror angle adjusting device, the contact part between the pivot plate (H) and the actuator (A) can smoothly slide for a long period of time, and the pivot plate (H) can be stably held.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventors: Hisaya Suzuki, Akira Fukai
  • Patent number: 7441910
    Abstract: A vehicular pivot mirror assembly comprises a reflective element assembly pivotably attached to a support arm to enable rotation of the reflective element assembly relative to the support arm about a pivot connection. A positioning assembly enables rotation of the reflective element assembly in response to a rotational force applied to the reflective element assembly and prevents rotation of the reflective element assembly when the rotational force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Ian Boddy, Keith D. Foote
  • Publication number: 20080088960
    Abstract: A system of a side mirror of a vehicle includes: a driving motor which is driven by input electric power and supplies a driving force for rotating the side mirror from a folding position to an unfolding position or rotating the side mirror from the unfolding position to the folding position; a switch selecting unfolding or folding of the side mirror; an electric power source supplying electric power to the driving motor; and a mirror driving unit supplying electric power to the driving motor from the electric power source according to a signal of the switch, and performing a blocking cancellation operation of reversing a rotation direction of the side mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Young Seok Sim
  • Patent number: 7350931
    Abstract: A vehicular pivot mirror assembly comprises a reflective element assembly pivotably attached to a support arm to enable rotation of the reflective element assembly relative to the support arm about a pivot connection. A positioning assembly enables rotation of the reflective element assembly in response to a rotational force applied to the reflective element assembly and prevents rotation of the reflective element assembly when the rotational force is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: Magna Donnelly Mirrors North America LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth C. Peterson, Ian Boddy, Keith D. Foote
  • Patent number: 7320527
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror comprises: a mirror surface; an actuator 100 which tilts the mirror surface; a plate pivot 110, which changes its direction together with the mirror surface; a spring 112, which applies a resilient force to the plate pivot 110 in the direction substantially vertical to the mirror surface; a guide spring 114 which is fitted to the end of the spring 112 at the side far from the interlocking member; a semiconductor pressure sensor 116, which is in contact with the guide spring at substantially one point so as to detect a load loaded on the one point from the pressing member; and a signal outputting portion which outputs a signal depending upon the tilted angle of the mirror surface based on the force detected by the semiconductor pressure sensor 116.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Ayako Yamada, Hidenori Sato
  • Patent number: 7311408
    Abstract: An adjustable rear view mirror structure is provided. The rear view mirror structure comprises a flexible body and an adjusting apparatus wherein the body has a reflective surface and an inner surface. The adjusting apparatus is disposed at a rear portion of the body and is utilized to drive the inner surface of the body. Thus, the reflective surface of the body can form a particular curvature whereby the rear view mirror structure can offer a wider viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Kun-Ta Lee
  • Patent number: 7298061
    Abstract: A motor driving unit includes an electric motor and a motor drive control circuit board that is disposed in a position facing the electric motor at a predetermined distance from the electric motor. A pseudo condenser is formed by providing a conductor pattern at a position facing the electric motor, in the motor drive control circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Kyoden
  • Patent number: 7293887
    Abstract: A vehicular exterior mirror system comprises an exterior mirror assembly and an electronic control system. The exterior mirror assembly has a fixed support adapted to be mounted to the side of the vehicle and has a mirror housing supported by a support arm and movable along the support arm from a first position proximate to the fixed support to a second position proximate to a distal end of the support arm. The exterior mirror assembly comprises a first electrically powered mechanism for pivoting the support arm about the fixed support, a second electrically powered mechanism for moving the mirror housing along the support arm and a third electrically powered mechanism operable to adjust a mirror unit of the mirror housing to a desired adjusted position. The electronic control system is operable by the driver of the vehicle to control operation of at least the first electrically powered mechanism independent of operation of the second electrically powered mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Magna Donnelly Mirrors North America L.L.C.
    Inventor: Keith D. Foote
  • Patent number: 7282881
    Abstract: A circuit and method of reducing the occurrence of overheating of a power fold vehicle mirror. The circuit controls the operation of the power fold mirror such that when a portion of the circuit reaches or exceeds a predetermined temperature threshold, the vehicle mirror is prevented from at least folding in. In practice, the vehicle mirror will be allowed to fold out even when the predetermined temperature threshold has been reached or exceeded, to allow the vehicle door to be opened and the car to be driven. The vehicle mirror may be allowed to be folded in when the temperature of the circuit falls to or below a second predetermined temperature threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Schefenacker Vision Systems Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Donald Kay
  • Patent number: 7237917
    Abstract: A vehicle mirror comprises a mirror surface; a plate pivot 110 which tilts the mirror surface by tilting the plate pivot itself, a housing 120 which covers the plate pivot facing to the rear surface of the mirror surface across the plate pivot, which possesses a bottom portion substantially parallel to the plate pivot, and a curved side wall which is brought into contact with the side surface of the plate pivot to guide the side surface; an adjust nut 108 which is provided between the housing and the plate pivot, and which moves toward or backward to the rear surface of the pivot to tilt the plate pivot; a rotational variable resistor 118 which is provided between the housing and the plate pivot, and whose resistance value is varied depending on the rotation amount of a rotor that rotates depending upon the movement of the adjust nut; and a signal outputting portion 124, which outputs a signal corresponding to the titled angle of the mirror surface depending upon the resistance of the rotational variable r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventors: Ayako Yamada, Hidenori Sato
  • Patent number: 7187490
    Abstract: The instant invention is concerned with method and apparatus for induced dipole alignment of solar concentrator micro-mirrors. Novel method and apparatus are taught for coupling to, addressing, and alignment of a micro-optics solar concentrator system for single-axis and two-axis tracking. Mirrored micro-balls are covered with a thin spherical shell of lubricating liquid so that they are free to rotate in an almost frictionless encapsulation in the sheet. Novel method and apparatus are presented for matching the overall ball density with that of the lubricating fluid. Broadly this invention deals with novel concepts used for alignment in the focussing of light wherever mirrors are used for focussing such as for solar propulsion assist, illumination and projection of light, optical switching, etc. A particularly important objective is the focussing of sunlight for solar power conversion and production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventor: Mario Rabinowitz
  • Patent number: 7097313
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flip-flop diagonal with variable viewing angles. It comprises a housing body, an eyepiece adapter unit and a reflective mirror unit. The housing body has a cylindrical sleeve for mounting the diagonal to a telescope. The eyepiece adapter unit includes an eyepiece adapter and an eyepiece support frame, the eyepiece adapter is fixed on the eyepiece support frame, the eyepiece support frame is pivotably mounted on the housing body. The reflective mirror unit includes a reflective mirror, a mirror support bracket and rotary shafts, the reflective mirror is mounted in the mirror support bracket, and the mirror support bracket is pivotally mounted on the eyepiece support frame through the rotary shafts. With the flip-flop diagonal according to the present invention, when observing the sky through the refracting astronomical telescope, wherever the target is, the eyepiece can be located in different positions only by changing the angles of the eyepiece adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Shen Dar-Tson
  • Patent number: 6988809
    Abstract: Due to an ever growing shortage of conventional energy sources, there is an increasingly intense interest in harnessing solar energy. Broadly this invention deals with the general concept of method, apparatus, and consequences of focussing light. Specifically the Coherent-Micro-Macro-Collector of this invention is the unique total solar collector system consisting of concentrator and receiver. Method and apparatus are detailed for systems with: 1. Passive or non-tracking. 2. Semi-Passive tracking 2. Single-axis tracking. 3. Two-axis tracking. Also detailed are means for operating the collector system of micro-optics and receiver on the ground and protection means. A particularly important object of the CMMC is the focussing of sunlight for solar power conversion and production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Mario Rabinowitz
  • Patent number: 6987604
    Abstract: Due to an ever growing shortage of conventional energy sources, there is an increasingly intense interest in harnessing solar energy. The instant invention can contribute to the goal of achieving environmentally clean solar energy to be competitive with conventional energy sources. A novel method is described for manufacturing a transparent sheet with an embedded array of mirrored spheroidal micro-balls for use in a solar energy concentrator, and analogous applications such as optical switches and solar rocket assist. The micro-balls are covered with a thin spherical shell of lubricating liquid so that they are free to rotate in an almost frictionless encapsulation in the sheet. Novel method and apparatus are presented for producing the preferred embodiment of a close-packed monolayer of the array of mirrored micro-balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventors: Mario Rabinowitz, David Vincent Overhauser
  • Patent number: 6964486
    Abstract: Due to an ever growing shortage of conventional energy sources, there is an increasingly intense interest in harnessing solar energy. The instant invention is concerned with method and apparatus for the alignment of solar concentrator micro-mirrors and the maximization of the percentage of incident light that is reflected to the receiver. Novel method and apparatus are taught for operating the addressing and alignment micro-optics solar concentrator system for single-axis and two-axis tracking. Broadly this invention deals with novel concepts used for alignment in the focussing of light wherever mirrors are used for focussing such as for solar propulsion assist, illumination and projection of light, optical switching, etc. A particularly important objective is the focussing of sunlight for solar power conversion and production. The instant invention can contribute to the goal of achieving environmentally clean solar energy on a large enough scale to be competitive with conventional energy sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Mario Rabinowitz
  • Patent number: 6957894
    Abstract: Due to an ever growing shortage of conventional energy sources, there is an increasingly intense interest in harnessing solar energy. The instant invention is concerned with method and apparatus for the group alignment of solar concentrator micro-mirrors and the maximization of the percentage of incident light that is reflected to the receiver. Novel method and apparatus are taught for the alignment in large groups or ensembles of micro-mirrors of a micro-optics solar concentrator system for single-axis and two-axis tracking. Broadly this invention deals with novel concepts used for alignment in the focussing of light wherever mirrors are used for focussing such as for solar propulsion assist, illumination and projection of light, optical switching, etc. A particularly important objective is the focussing of sunlight for solar power conversion and production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventors: Mario Rabinowitz, Felipe G. Garcia
  • Patent number: 6948822
    Abstract: A mirror mounting apparatus for a mirror glass is provided. According to an aspect of the invention, a mounting rod having a bore and an outlet and affixable to a vehicle is also provided. The mirror mounting apparatus includes a mirror housing assembly with a base member for mounting to the mounting rod. The base member has an opening to deliver a wire from the outlet into the mirror housing assembly. A method for assembling the mirror mounting apparatus is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Lang Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventor: Alexander Stenzel
  • Patent number: 6947191
    Abstract: An adjustment apparatus of a reflection mirror is disclosed, the apparatus comprising a holding base plate, an affixing block affixed on the holding base plate, at least one adjusting set, and a rotatable chassis affixed onto the affixing block, wherein the reflection mirror is affixed on the rotatable chassis. Moreover, the adjusting set comprises an adjusting screw and an adjusting spring. The adjusting screw is mounted onto the holding base plate and transpierces the holding base plate to fix an extending portion of the rotatable chassis. The adjusting spring associated with the adjusting screw supports an extending portion of the rotatable chassis to counterbalance the adjustments in the adjusting screw. When the adjusting screw is rotated in, the rotatable chassis rotates along a first direction and compresses the adjusting spring. When the adjusting screw is rotated out, the rotatable chassis rotates along an opposite direction to the first direction and stretches the adjusting spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Kuo-Wen Chen, Chih-Chung Kang
  • Patent number: 6939017
    Abstract: An exterior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle including an extendable mirror for improved rearward viewing is disclosed. Several embodiments of the rearview mirror assembly each comprise a mirror housing, a mirror disposed in the mirror housing, and some structure to allow extension of the mirror between an inboard position and an outboard position. In one embodiment, the mirror assembly includes structure to allow rotation of the mirror between inboard and outboard positions. The mirror may comprise a post disposed in a mirror shell and extending along a longitudinal horizontal axis which extends through a plane defined by the mirror, offset from a central vertical axis of the mirror. In another embodiment, the means for rotating the mirror comprises a pivot part having a shaft disposed in an aperture in the mirror shell, which is disposed along the longitudinal horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Jimmie L. Lewis
  • Patent number: 6932484
    Abstract: A rear view mirror assembly comprising a frame and a mirror supported by the frame. The mirror includes a first mirror section and a second mirror section pivotally coupled to the first mirror section. A screw drive is supported by the frame for rotation relative to the frame, and has a first threaded surface. An arm has an inner arm end supported by the screw drive and extends outwardly from the screw drive to an outer arm end. The inner arm end has a second threaded surface that engages the first threaded surface. The outer arm end supports the second mirror section. An arm cam projects from the outer arm end away from the second mirror section and defines a first cam surface. A frame cam projects from the frame toward the second mirror section and defines a second cam surface contacting the first cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Dale E. Brandt, Leo Spychalla
  • Patent number: 6918675
    Abstract: An angle detection unit is provided with a pair of arms (temporary fixing mechanism) for temporarily fixing the angle detection unit to a power unit. The arms are fit to a cylinder portion (engagement portion) of the power unit in a manner of holding the cylinder portion. Thus, a mirror drive unit can be easily combined to a mirror housing without increasing the number of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Assignee: Ichikoh Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akito Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 6857754
    Abstract: An adjustment device used for electric power mirrors comprising a motor to rotate a worm wheel, an adjustment nut that can slide along the direction of the rotational axis but cannot relatively rotate against the rotation of worm wheel, and an actuator housing that has a column on which surface a screw portion is made, wherein the adjustment nut is movable along the direction normal to a plane of screw rotation of said screw portion, and the adjustment nut has a salient extending to the outer direction at the leg portion thereof and the worm wheel has stopper portion that bumps the salient of the adjustment nut so that the adjustment nut is not pulled off from the actuator housing. Therefore the mirror exchanging service can be easily done.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Murakami Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Fukai