Cam Controlled Patents (Class 368/269)
  • Patent number: 9705217
    Abstract: An electrical connector includes a body having a tongue, a pair of first differential signal terminals and a pair of second differential signal terminals fixed to the body, and a middle shielding sheet fixed to the tongue, and located between the first and second differential signal terminals. The tongue includes an upper surface having two depressed first receiving slots and a lower surface having two depressed second receiving slots. A first groove is depressed from each first receiving slot. A second groove is upward depressed from each second receiving slot. Each first differential signal terminal has a first contact portion fixed to and exposed from the upper surface of the tongue. Each second differential signal terminal has a second contact portion fixed to and exposed from the lower surface of the tongue. The first and second contact portions are partially accommodated in the first and second receiving slot respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LOTES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Ted Ju, Wen Wei Lin, Li Ming Zhang, Han Qing Guo
  • Patent number: 8842502
    Abstract: This watch movement part comprises a frame (1) bearing a striking work mechanism which comprises: a motor member (10) kinematically linked with a striking work wheel (20), a striking work hammer (40), an anchor (30) with two pallets (31, 32) engaged alternately with said striking work wheel (20) and cooperating with said striking work hammer (40) to make it oscillate between a first position striking a resonant member (50) and a second position, and a limiting spring (60) defining said second position, and wherein the anchor (30) and the striking work hammer (40) form a single striking work member mounted to pivot on the frame (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Montres Tudor S.A.
    Inventors: Christian Chatelain, Grégory Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8547803
    Abstract: The watch striking mechanism (1) includes a gong, which is fixed via one end thereof to a gong-carrier integral with a plate, a hammer rotatably mounted on the plate to strike the gong at determined times, a damper counter-spring (5) for keeping the hammer away from the gong in an idle mode, and a drive spring (3) for the hammer. The drive spring includes an end (3b) fixed to the plate and an end (3a) that is free to move. The spring can be wound so that the free end (3a) of the spring drives the hammer (2) against the gong (21) in a strike mode to produce an acoustic sound. The striking mechanism includes means (10) for actuating the damper counter-spring (5) in a strike mode with a time lag after the hammer (2) strikes the gong, so that after the hammer strikes the gong, the counter-spring pushes said hammer towards an idle position. The actuating means includes a stop member mounted on the damper counter-spring to be actuated via the drive spring when in action just after the hammer strikes the gong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-François Pesenti, Sylvain Maréchal, Nakis Karapatis, Jérôme Favre
  • Patent number: 8537642
    Abstract: The watch striking mechanism (1) includes at least one gong (11) fixed to a gong-carrier (12) and at least one hammer (2) for activating the vibration of the gong. The striking mechanism includes a first magnetic element (20) in the form of a moving micro-magnet, which is arranged on a striking portion of the hammer, and a second magnetic element (21) in the form of a fixed micro-magnet, which is arranged in one part of the gong. The second magnetic element is at least partly opposite the first magnetic element and is capable of generating a magnetic field of opposite polarity to the magnetic field of the first magnetic element. In a striking mode, said hammer may be driven in the direction of the gong to activate the vibration of said gong via a magnetic impulse due to the repulsion force of the two magnetic elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breuguet SA
    Inventors: Nakis Karapatis, Davide Sarchi
  • Patent number: 8531922
    Abstract: The striking watch (1) includes at least one gong (3) fixed to a gong-carrier (2) and at least one hammer (4) for striking the gong. The watch further includes a magnetic gong insulator arrangement (20) for preventing any inadvertent contact between the gong and a neighboring part (5, 6) of the watch. This magnetic insulator arrangement (20) includes at least one moving permanent magnet (21) arranged on one part of the gong (3) at a distance from the gong-carrier (2) and at least one fixed permanent magnet (22, 23) arranged on a watch part (5, 6) close to the gong. This fixed permanent magnet is capable of generating a magnetic field of opposite polarity to the magnetic field of the moving permanent magnet facing the fixed permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Jerome Favre, Nakis Karapatis
  • Publication number: 20110310712
    Abstract: A timepiece, including: a power source; a control member (32) movable between a first and second position defined by a power reserve mechanism; an additional mechanism; a triggering nose (16), the movement of which triggers the additional mechanism; and a triggering member (10) to be actuated for interaction with the triggering nose (6) for triggering the additional mechanism. The triggering member is capable of assuming a first position in which it engages with the triggering nose (16), and a second position in which it cannot engage with the triggering nose (16). The control member (32) is arranged so as to engage with the triggering member (10) and to move into the first or second position depending on whether the control member (32) is in the first or second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicants: SOWIND S.A., VAUCHER MANUFACTURE FLEURIER S.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Papi, Pedro Nunes Marques
  • Patent number: 7965585
    Abstract: A ringing mechanism includes a power source (10) for driving rakes (18) and a gear (12) connecting the power source (10) to a regulation member (14), characterised in that the rakes (18) are kinetically connected to the power source (10) through a differential (20) provided in the gear (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Christophe Claret SA
    Inventor: Alain Schiesser
  • Patent number: 7881161
    Abstract: A timepiece equipped with an alarm mechanism having a striking device and a minute repeater mechanism provided with a striking device. The two striking devices share at least one gong and one hammer. A power source can be locked when the mechanism is at rest and unlocked when the mechanism is in operation. An adjustment system can be used to program the alarm time. A trigger system includes a control member which controls the unlocking of the power source and a cam which is kinematically connected to the movement and performs one revolution every 24 hours. A first striking mechanism is equipped with at least one hammer arranged to strike at least one gong, and a supplemental striking mechanism is equipped with at least one hammer arranged to strike at least one non-resonant object, wherein the power source drives one or the other of these striking mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventors: Yves Corthesy, Jean-Pierre Charpier
  • Patent number: 7742362
    Abstract: A timepiece with an alarm mechanism having: a power source (24) which is locked when the mechanism is at rest and unlocked when the mechanism is in operation; an adjustment system which can be used to program the alarm time; and a trigger system that includes a control member (16) which controls the unlocking of the power source and a cam (10) which is kinematically connected to the movement and performs one revolution every 24 hours. The alarm mechanism also has a first striking train mechanism equipped with at least one hammer (54) arranged to strike at least one gong (56), and a second striking train mechanism equipped with at least one hammer (70) arranged to strike at least one non-resonant object (72), wherein the power source (24) drives one or the other of the striking train mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventors: Yves Corthesy, Jean-Pierre Charpier
  • Patent number: 7742365
    Abstract: A timepiece having a movement having a hammer and a hammer drive device that drives the hammer, a case that houses the movement, a sound source that produces sound by vibrating when struck by the hammer, and a striking force transmission member that can move bidirectionally between the hammer and the sound source, and transmits the striking force of the hammer to the sound source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masatoshi Moteki, Noriaki Ozawa
  • Publication number: 20100054091
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ringing mechanism comprising a power source (10) for driving rakes (18) and a gear (12) connecting the power source (10) to a regulation member (14), characterised in that the rakes (18) are kinetically connected to the power source (10) through a differential (20) provided in the gear (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: CHRISTOPHE CLARET S.A.
    Inventor: Alain Schiesser
  • Patent number: 7613077
    Abstract: An alarm control mechanism, which is of reduced size widthways and can trigger the striking mechanism with precision. The mechanism includes a group of coaxial wheels (1) including: an hour cam (3), which makes one revolution in 24 hours; a trigger wheel (4) provided with a pinion (6) and an external circular toothing (5), which cooperates with a striking mechanism trigger (30); a programming wheel (7) carrying a cam follower lever (8) and angularly positioned by means (25) for setting the alarm time; a retaining disc, which is called a surprise-piece (11) and is provided with a return spring (12); and a minute cam (14) that makes one revolution per hour. The lever (8) includes a pin (40), which can press against the cams (3, 14) and the surprise-piece (11), and a rack engaged on the pinion (6), such that a radial movement of the lever (8) pivots the trigger wheel (4) in relation to the programming wheel (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 7545706
    Abstract: The device for mounting and fastening at least one gong of a striking mechanism of a watch movement in which each gong (1, 14) is solidly attached to a heel (2, 15) and includes means for the positioning and temporary fastening (5, 6, 8, 9, 20) of the heel or heels and their gongs to a bottom plate (7) of the watch movement. It includes at least one crystal support (21) fastened underneath the crystal (22) of a case holding the watch movement, and means for guiding and positioning (5, 6, 11) that allow the gongs (1, 14) and their heels (2, 15) to be moved into their working position where each heel is in touch with the crystal support (21) or with another heel. It further includes means for fastening (13) gongs and their heels to the crystal support (21) in such a way that these gongs and their heels are tied to the crystal (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International SA
    Inventor: David Candaux
  • Patent number: 7522478
    Abstract: A timepiece has a timekeeping mechanism for keeping and displaying the time, a hammer, a bowl-shaped sound source that sounds when struck by the hammer, a sound source mounting member for fastening the bowl-shaped sound source to the timekeeping mechanism, and a striking control means for causing the hammer to operate. The bowl-shaped sound source has a bottom part and a side wall part. The hammer, the striking control means, and at least a part of the timekeeping mechanism are disposed in an internal space between the bottom part and the side wall part of the bowl-shaped sound source. The sound source mounting member is attached to the center of the bottom part of the bowl-shaped sound source, and fastens the bowl-shaped sound source to the timekeeping mechanism so that the bowl-shaped sound source can move a prescribed distance within a range not contacting the case of the timepiece or the timekeeping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masatoshi Moteki
  • Patent number: 7443769
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a striking mechanism (20) which includes a mobile part (60, 70), and a time-setting mechanism (16). The time-setting mechanism (16) cooperates via a first arm (72) with the mobile part (60) of the striking mechanism (20) and via a second arm (78) with an element (30) of the time-setting mechanism (16). The time-setting mechanism includes a control member (88) whose pivoting is controlled by a time-setting lever (30). The pull-out piece (50) which causes the locking lever (24) to pivot to a locked time-setting position, when the time-setting lever (30) pivots to the time-setting position thereof and the locking lever (24) includes locking means (74) which cooperate with the striking mechanism (60) to prevent the release of the striking work in the striking work locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 7420882
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a striking mechanism (20) which includes a mobile part (60, 70), and a time-setting mechanism (16) which cooperates with a winding stem (26). The time-setting mechanism (16) includes a pull-out piece (50) whose pivoting is controlled by a time-setting lever (30). The pull-out piece (50) controls the sliding of a sliding pinion (36) from a winding position to a time-setting position. The pivoting of an isolating lever (94) is controlled by the mobile part (70) of the striking mechanism (20) so as to cause the sliding pinion (36) to slide from the winding position to an intermediate position, located axially between the winding position and the time-setting position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 7420885
    Abstract: A watch with a clockwork comprising a ringer whose actuation is controlled from outside the watch by means of a control unit, a dial plate comprising an opening, a shutter (10) movable between a first position covering the opening and a second position leaving the opening free. The control unit (12) is arranged in such a way that it enables the shutter to be moved from the first position to the second position when the ringer is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Christophe Claret S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Claret, Jan Dubois, Alain Schiesser, Fawaz Gruosi
  • Patent number: 7403450
    Abstract: A timepiece having an external case, a sound source disposed inside the external case, an internal filter that is gas permeable and waterproof and is disposed opposite with a gap to the external case and the sound source, and a communication opening that communicates the space between the external case and the internal filter with the outside. The internal filter is a porous thin film that has a large number of small holes and assures waterproofness preventing water from passing the small holes for at least ten minutes when in contact with water at normal pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noriaki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 7330403
    Abstract: The invention proposes a timepiece comprising a repeater striking mechanism (14), the striking mechanism being released either automatically, or manually by a manual control member (22), wherein the striking mechanism (14) includes a release lever (24) fitted with a click (26) which meshes with the teeth of a ratchet detent wheel (28) such that, during automatic release, a release cam causes the release lever (24) to pivot towards the detent wheel (28), characterized in that the release lever (24) is fitted with a toggle lever (104) which carries the click (26) and which is pivotably connected to the release lever (24) during automatic release, and in that manual release is caused by the pivoting of the toggle lever (104) relative to the release lever (24) via the action of the manual control member (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventor: Eric Goeller
  • Patent number: 4803673
    Abstract: The invention relates to a striking mechanism clock including a clock movement and a mechanical strike mechanism. The mechanical striking mechanism includes a plurality of striking hammers which have contact levers, the hammers being positioned on a common turning arbor of a hammer shaft. A lifting stud cylinder is provided with a mantle surface having a plurality of groups of lifting studs disposed staggered axially with respect to each other. Each group of lifting studs effect a different striking sequence of the striking hammers. Each of the lifting stud groups is adapted to be brought into a working position by adjusting the working position of the stud cylinder by axially displacing the lifting stud cylinder with respect to contact levers associated with respect to striking hammers. An adjusting element or correcting element including a camming surface or step surface. The steps of the correcting element being connected to the lifting stud cylinder by a contact slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1989
    Assignee: Joseph Kieninger Uhrenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Hepfer, Jurgen Runzler
  • Patent number: 4748602
    Abstract: An alarm mechanism for an alarm clock has an alarm hand and an hour hand mounted coaxially with respect to each other and the alarm hand and the hour hand are formed with integral hubs having cam grooves and cam pawls. The cam grooves and cam pawls are positioned with the same positional relationship with respect to the hub portions of the alarm hand and the hour hand so that at a preselected alarm time, the cam grooves and cam pawls cooperatingly engage one another to thereby actuate a mechanism to sound the alarm of the alarm clock. The alarm hand has an alarm pinion gear formed integrally with the annular hub portion of the alarm hand. Thus, in attaching the hands to the clock during assembly, it is possible to attach the alarm hand and the hour hand at any random angular position without having to pay special attention to the respective positional relationships of the two hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Yoshizawa, Kastuya Moritaka
  • Patent number: 4693612
    Abstract: An alarm mechanism for an alarm clock has an alarm hand and an hour hand mounted coaxially with respect to each other, and slideably contacting hub portions of the alarm hand and the hour hand are formed with cam grooves and cam pawls respectively. The cam grooves and cam pawls are positioned with the same positional relationship with respect to the hub portions of the alarm hand and hour hand so that at a preselected alarm time, the cam grooves and cam pawls cooperatingly engage one another to thereby actuate a mechanism to sound the alarm of the alarm clock. In attaching the hands to the clock during assembly, it is possible to attach the alarm hand and the hour hand onto respective shafts at any random angular position without having to pay special attention to the respective positional relationships of the two hands. The hands can be formed in multiple parts and molded together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiichi Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 4508456
    Abstract: In a striking clock having a striking mechanism, a release lever for releasing the striking mechanism to cause a striking of the clock, a barrel cam associated with the release lever for moving the release lever to release and retain the striking mechanism, a clockwork for rotating the barrel, and a lock disk driven one revolution in 24 hours by the clockwork, a device is provided for disconnecting the striking mechanism at any time, selectively and/or temporarily. The lock disk has a sector type lock cam which extends over a distance corresponding to about a 10 hour period on the lock disk. A feeler lever engages the lock disk and is moveable from a release position to a stop position when the feeler lever encountered the lock cam. A lock lever is couplable to the feeler lever and engageable with the release lever for moving the release lever to retain the striking mechanism when the feeler lever is in its stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Assignee: Joseph Kieninger Uhrenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf Hepfer, Jurgen Runzler
  • Patent number: 4466744
    Abstract: To prevent a striking clock temporarily from striking, a device is provided comprising a sectorial detent disc which is driven by the clockwork to make a revolution once in 24 hours and is mounted in the swing range of an engaging lever. To eliminate the effect of the detect disc for any period of time, or restoring its function again manually, while avoiding an obstruction of the normal function of the striking mechanism, the engaging lever is secured to a shaft which is driven through a lever by the striking mechanism and carries or actuates one or more hammers. The engaging lever is manually arrestable for any time in a position for preventing the striking motion of the hammers and the detent disc can be displaced away from the swing range of the engaging lever. The detent disc may be designed with individual sectors which are displaceable or deflectable into and out of the swing range of the engaging lever, so that the time periods during which the striking is eliminated can be varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: Joseph Kieninger GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Hepfer, Jurgen Runzler
  • Patent number: 4452537
    Abstract: An alarm setting device for a timepiece that can be operated by means of an axle for adjusting the alarm setting wheel, by rotating it in a clockwise and a counterclockwise directions. The device includes an alarm setting wheel, an alarm intermediate wheel, and an alarm setting cam, all disposed coaxially. The alarm setting wheel is rotated and adjusted by the alarm setting wheel adjusting axle. The alarm intermediate wheel rotates together with a wheel train of a timepiece. The alarm setting cam is provided between said alarm setting wheel and alarm intermediate wheel. A protrusion provided in the alarm setting cam engages with a loose joint provided in the alarm intermediate wheel. Through this engagement, the alarm intermediate wheel drives the alarm setting cam by dragging it loosely. On the respectively facing surfaces of the alarm setting cam and the alarm setting wheel, either an alarm finger or an engaging portion is provided, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: Rhythm Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Fukuda, Etsuo Nakada
  • Patent number: 4443113
    Abstract: An alarm clock has a cambered leaf spring traversed by a nest of clock-hand shafts projecting from a mounting plate designed as a printed-circuit board. The leaf spring is supported at opposite ends by posts rising from the mounting plate and is limitedly swingable about a centerline parallel to that plate and perpendicular to the axis of the nested shafts. A toothed control disk centered on the same axis, with a hub carrying an alarm hand, is axially shiftable under pressure of the cambered leaf spring upon alignment of a tooth on that disk with a notch in an adjoining hour wheel; two diametrically opposite metallic contacts formed by lateral tongues on that spring then engage respective countercontacts on the mounting plate to close a circuit for the emission of an acoustic alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Assignee: Kieninger & Obergfell
    Inventors: Wolfgang Fehrenbacher, Hans Heinzelmann, Erich Scheer
  • Patent number: 4358838
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece with a time striking device including an electric preliminary signalling means, an electric time striking means, an electric contact means, a time striking selecting means, and a time striking timing circuit in which a timer circuit is included, and preventing mishearing of time striking numbers at a right hour due to the preliminary signalling action making a time striking action predicted in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: Rhythm Watch Company Limited
    Inventor: Norihiko Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4247933
    Abstract: A time striking device for a timepiece including an electric time striking means, an electric contact means electrically controlling the operation of the time striking means, a time striking selecting cam plate synchronously rotating with a time indicating gear train to control the electric contact means in a state capable of closing circuit action at the striking time, a one-minute cam plate synchronously rotating with the time indicating gear train to control the electric contact means in a state capable of closing circuit action at one minute interval, a one-minute control lever transmitting contact point control force of the one-minute cam plate to the moving contact plates of the electric contact means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1981
    Assignee: Rhythm Watch Company Limited
    Inventor: Norihiko Nakamura