Cylindrical Patents (Class 384/222)
  • Patent number: 10953917
    Abstract: A steering mechanism including a steering rack mounted with the ability to slide in a steering box connected to a steering tie rod which includes a rod connecting a first articulation member to a second articulation member intended to be connected to a steering knuckle, the mechanism also including an elastic sealing sleeve which delimits a fluidtight protective enclosure around the end of the rack, the rod of the steering tie rod being subdivided into an upstream rod portion, bearing the first articulation member, and a downstream rod portion distinct from the upstream rod portion and bearing the second articulation member, the upstream rod portion connected to the downstream rod portion by a joint includes an elastic damping member designed to damp relative movements of the downstream rod portion with respect to the upstream rod portion, and the joint being situated inside the protective enclosure delimited by the fluidtight sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: JTEKT EUROPE
    Inventor: Philippe Durand
  • Patent number: 10804778
    Abstract: A method of assembling an integrated drive generator includes the steps of providing a bore in a center housing portion, pressing a bearing liner into the bore, with a portion of the bearing liner extending proud of a surface of the center plate, and machining the surface around and adjacent to the bearing liner to provide a machined surface parallel to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Henry R. Vanderzyden, Jonathan C. Dell
  • Patent number: 10352453
    Abstract: The concentration of a sealed fluid in the vicinity of a sliding face between a stationary-side seal ring and a rotating-side seal ring is prevented without increasing the number of components and without providing a large-scale external circulation device. A seal cavity includes a radial sliding bearing 11, 25 for supporting a rotating shaft 2, and a sealing means 4, 30 on the side opposite to a sealed fluid source of the radial sliding bearing 11, 25 in a rotation axis direction, for sealing a sealed fluid. Fluid introduction holes 20 are provided in the radial sliding bearing 11, 25 for connecting the sealed fluid source side and the vicinity of the sealing means 4, 30 on the high-pressure fluid side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: EAGLE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Itadani
  • Patent number: 10287005
    Abstract: A tail rotor drive system (TRDS) has a shaft, a housing extending around the shaft, a mount coupled to the housing via a friction assembly and a flexure, and a bearing assembly disposed between the housing and the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Kirk Spears, Andrea Cheri Chavez, Brad Jeffrey Ekstrom
  • Patent number: 9856910
    Abstract: A bearing for a hinge in a hinged raked aircraft wing tip includes an outer member that has a concave inner surface and an inner member that has first and second inner segments. Each of the first and second inner segments has a base that has a bearing section extending therefrom. The bearing sections together form a convex outer surface that is complementary in shape to the concave inner surface. A preload feature is positioned between and engages a portion of the bearing sections. A lubricous liner is positioned between the concave inner surface and the convex outer surface. The bearing sections are positioned in the outer member to compress the preload feature to limit axial movement between the outer and inner members to a predetermined magnitude. The preload feature flexes outward as a result of wear to the liner to maintain the axial movement to the predetermined magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Roller Bearing Company of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy Tyler, Ryan Peaslee, Michael Heligman, David Coombe, Matthias Duenner, Philippe Charmillot
  • Patent number: 9797443
    Abstract: An elastic bushing (1), particularly for use in the goods transport vehicle sector includes: a cylindrical tubular element (2) made of self-lubricating material, and an intermediate ring (3) made of an elastically deformable material, wherein the tubular element (2) and the intermediate ring (3), at one end (2?, 3?) thereof, are respectively provided with stop collars (4, 5). The elastic bushing (1) further includes an outer ring (6) made of plastic material adapted to deform, on assembly, to allow the bushing (1) to be forced into a respective assembly seat (100), wherein the outer ring (6) has along its side wall a reinforced annular section (16) and at least one gradual coupling surface (26) between the reinforced annular section (16) and the end (6?) of the outer ring opposite the stop collars (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SAV SRL
    Inventor: Giuseppe Spinella
  • Patent number: 9556903
    Abstract: A rubber-metal sleeve bearing includes an inner sleeve, an outer sleeve disposed in concentric relationship to the inner sleeve, and an intermediate sleeve disposed in concentric relationship to the inner and outer sleeves and having first and second elastomer layers to connect the intermediate sleeve to the inner and outer sleeves, respectively. The intermediate sleeve has inner and outer surfaces, each having at least one non-round section, with the non-round section of the inner surface and the non-round section of the outer surface being arranged in offset relationship in a circumferential direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Thomas Conrad, Friedrich-Oskar Winter, Jörg Roland
  • Patent number: 9416820
    Abstract: Embodiments of a bearing having integrally formed parts are provided herein. In some embodiments, a damper assembly of a gas bearing may include a housing having a fluid filled cavity formed therein; a compliant seal disposed within an opening of the cavity to seal the cavity; a damper plunger disposed within the cavity, wherein the damper plunger is movable within the cavity; and a bearing pad disposed outside of the cavity and coupled to the damper plunger, wherein the damper plunger and bearing pad are integrally formed with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bugra Han Ertas, Adolfo Delgado Marquez
  • Patent number: 9279450
    Abstract: A structure of a bush bearing includes: a bush on which a groove is formed; and an endless annular-shaped elastic member which is installed in the groove of the bush, and that supports a rack shaft, in which an inner circumferential surface of the bush includes a first inner circumferential surface that is in slide contact with an outer circumferential surface of the rack shaft, which is positioned opposite to a formation position of rack teeth, a second inner circumferential surface that faces the outer circumferential surface of the rack shaft with a gap interposed between the outer circumferential surface and the second inner circumferential surface, and the groove formed in a formation range of the first inner circumferential surface has a depth shallower than that of the groove formed in a formation range of the second inner circumferential surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SHOWA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Zaike, Yusuke Hamaguchi, Tsutomu Kimijima, Tatsuya Saito
  • Patent number: 9187062
    Abstract: A windshield wiper system for a vehicle includes a wiper arm pivot shaft having a pivot axis extending through the pivot shaft. An energy-absorbing feature is arranged to absorb energy of an external force applied to the wiper arm pivot shaft. The energy-absorbing feature enables the wiper arm pivot shaft to move away from the external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Thomas W. Jozwiak, Jay H. Ovenshire
  • Patent number: 9071089
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bushing (30) for a drive unit, in particular an eccentric bushing (30) for a wiper drive of a windshield wiper, having an axial mounting section (32) and a radial flange section protruding therefrom, wherein the bushing (30) can be mounted having the mounting section (32) and having the flange section in/on a component, wherein the bushing (30) has a relief channel (322, 342) such that a fluid can flow through the relief channel (322, 342) upon mounting of the bushing (30) in/on the component and/or in a mounted state on/in the component. The invention furthermore relates to a drive unit, in particular a wiper drive for a windshield wiper of a motor vehicle, having a bushing (30) according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Kastinger, Norbert Wegner, Alexander Dudek, Markus Petry, Ottmar Seiler
  • Patent number: 9046176
    Abstract: A hydraulic auto-tensioner includes a cylinder containing hydraulic oil, a rod inserted in the cylinder, and two coupling pieces mounted to the bottom of the cylinder and the top end of the rod, respectively. A support ring is inserted in the mounting hole of each coupling piece, and a bush is inserted in the support ring. One of the radially inner surface of the mounting hole and the radially outer surface of the support ring is a curved surface such that the support ring is alignable. Radially outwardly extending flanges are formed at one end of the support ring and at the other end of the bush such that the flanges axially face the respective end surfaces of the coupling piece with gaps left therebetween. A coupling arrangement is provided between the support ring and the bush which is adapted to engage both the support ring and the bush when the bush is inserted into the support ring, thereby axially inseparably coupling them together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Sato, Hisashi Hayakawa, Tasuku Furukawa, Tadahisa Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8616773
    Abstract: An elastomeric bushing includes an inner component, first, second and third elastomeric or plastic members and an outer component. The first elastomeric or plastic member is disposed over the inner component. The second elastomeric or plastic member is disposed over the first elastomeric or plastic member. The third elastomeric or plastic member is disposed over the second elastomeric or plastic member. The outer component is disposed over the third elastomeric or plastic member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Pullman Company
    Inventor: Jay W. Thornhill
  • Patent number: 8579510
    Abstract: A rotatable bar pin bushing assembly is disclosed for connecting components in a vehicular system, such as a suspension and/or axle system. The rotatable bar pin bushing assembly includes an inner sleeve, an outer sleeve positioned around the inner sleeve, and an insert positioned between the inner and outer sleeves. The rotatable bar pin bushing assembly also includes a bar pin rotatably positioned within the inner sleeve. The bar pin has at least one end with at least one bore extending therethrough to receive a fastener. The bar pin is rotatable within the inner sleeve to allow indexing of the bar pin for registering the at least one bore of the bar pin with a connector of a different component. A method for assembling the rotatable bar pin bushing assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Shawn D. Noble, Hormoz Kerendian, Ashley T. Dudding, Louis F. Mattia, Charles A. Parrish
  • Patent number: 8556512
    Abstract: Elastomeric compression preloaded support insulators for automotive drive shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Larry Verbowski
  • Patent number: 8434749
    Abstract: A body mount for use in motor vehicles in which the mount is sandwiched between the subframe and body. The mount has an insert member with an oblong shape in the lateral displacement direction of the vehicle. The insert member is surrounded by a microcellular urethane body. The oblong shape increases the compression of the microcellular urethane body that can be used to respond to lateral forces. The lateral response rate can be stiffer than the fore and aft response rate. The isolation mount also can facilitate fine tuning thereof by selectively indenting a cup member surrounding the microcellular urethane body to adjust the vibration characteristics of the body mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Vibracoustic North America, L.P.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Rogge, Neil Stewart Cummings, Mickey L. Love, Robert James Ramm
  • Patent number: 8376332
    Abstract: The invention relates to an elastomer metal element for an elastomer metal bearing, particularly as a bearing connection between a dome module and a vehicle, with an inner cylindrical metal part (2) for connection to a first structural element which is to be supported, with two outer sheet metal shell parts (4, 5; 4?, 5?) lying opposite each other and partly overlapping the inner cylindrical metal part, and with elastomer bodies (6, 7, 8, 9) adhering between the inner metal part (2) and the sheet metal shell parts (4, 5; 4?, 5?), wherein the elastomer metal element (1), with the application of a radial tensioning in the elastomer bodies (6, 7, 8, 9), can be pressed into an accommodating eye (19) at a second structural element which is to be supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hübner GmbH
    Inventors: Lothar Scharf, Oliver Lippke, Bernd Zawadzki
  • Patent number: 8127639
    Abstract: A telescopically collapsible vehicular steering column assembly includes inner and outer shaft tubes which are joined in a sliding fit by a bushing. The bushing includes a pair of spaced journal bearings formed of steel-backed PTFE held in a plastic carrier body. The bushing is located in a receiving chamber in the outer shaft tube. A clearance compensator reacts against the receiving chamber to exert a radial compressive force through the carrier body and the journal bearings to improve the sliding fit with the inner shaft tube and remove lash. The clearance compensator can take any form, such as a hollow annular rib, a skirt with a flexible free end, or an array of nubs carried in thinned sections of the carrier body. The clearance compensator in all of these variations operates within a clearance space and has dimensional attributes which can be changed during the design and manufacturing phases of the bushing to optimize a characteristic of the steering column assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Company, a Delaware corporation
    Inventors: Marvin V. Manwaring, Richard K. Riefe, Ray G. Armstrong, Ravi Ravindra
  • Patent number: 7942580
    Abstract: A rear suspension (10) for an aircraft engine assembly comprises a structure comprising two three-point shackles (12, 12?) and one two-point shackle (14). One of the hinge pins in waiting on the two-point shackle (14), preferably the hinge pin (26) fixed to the engine yoke joint, is mounted with clearance and with a damping ring acting as a spring to prevent vibrations of the engines as long as the hinge pin (26) is not engaged. Each of the suspension connecting pins (10) is a ball joint connection, the beam (16) of the suspension (10) being provided with five aligned orifices (24, 24a, 28, 24?, 24a?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Virginie Audart-Noel, Stephane Levert
  • Publication number: 20110002565
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bearing bush (1) comprising an essentially cylindrical bush section (1a) and at least one radial flange (1b) arranged on an axial end of said cylindrical bush section (1a). The bearing bush according to the invention is characterized in that the at least one flange (1b) has a mushroom shaped cross section so as to allow axial and radial tolerance compensation in a bearing assembly. Furthermore the invention relates to a bearing assembly and a forming tool for producing a bearing bush.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Applicant: SAINT-GOBAIN PERFORMANCE PLASTICS PAMPUS GMBH
    Inventors: Caroline Ambroise, Lars-Boris Kuentzler, Juergen Hartman
  • Patent number: 7695194
    Abstract: Member for the guidance of a movable piece, including at least one surface in friction and sliding contact with a complementary surface of the movable piece, including several separate ceramic elements carried by a support having resilience characteristics, and for example, made of an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: SNECMA
    Inventor: Michel Andre Bouru
  • Patent number: 7416342
    Abstract: A vehicle suspension comprising a frame and a pair of levers carried by the frame on opposite sides thereof. Each lever is pivotally mounted on the frame for swinging movement on an axis intermediate opposite ends of the lever transverse to the frame. The suspension includes a pair of beams, one extending forward from one of the levers and the other extending forward from the other lever, each of the forwardly-extending beams having a pivotal connection with the respective lever forward of the lever axis and having a support for a forward axle. The suspension also includes a pair of beams, one extending rearward from one of the levers and the other extending rearward from the other lever, each of said rearwardly-extending beams having a pivotal connection with the respective lever rearward of the lever axis and having a support for a rearward axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: SAF-Holland, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Peters, Bob G. Baxter, Zoran Tomic
  • Patent number: 7311446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a swivel bearing that is characterized by at least one elastic, radially prestressed bearing element, which closely encircles a rotation axis completely or at least in areas, is inserted into a bearing opening of a first bearing part, preferably pressed therein, and which is axially tensioned against at least one face of a second bearing part by means of a screw connection acting coaxial to the rotation axis. The invention also relates to a steering axle that is equipped with a swivel bearing of the aforementioned type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Otto Sauer Achsenfabrik GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert B. Koschinat
  • Publication number: 20070258671
    Abstract: An elastomer bush bearing, wherein the bearing body (2) is encapsulated through axial flanges (4, 4?) of the outer bearing sleeve (3), with the bush bearing having an elastomer bearing body (2) with a special profile in the axial direction. The bearing body (2) is employed in constructing the bush bearing of the invention, which is capable of supporting high radial loads even with low radial stiffness and without adversely affecting its stability and service life. The two axial end faces (5, 5?) of the bearing body (1) each have undulated contours which extend in the circumferential direction (u) in the same direction, both with respect to one another and also over the entire region of the material thickness (d) of the bearing body (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Applicant: ZF FRIEDRICHSHAFEN AG
    Inventors: HUBERT SIEMER, TIM-MALTE FRANKE, CLAUDIA HOPING
  • Patent number: 7273220
    Abstract: In a wheel suspension for a motor vehicle, comprising an A-arm with front and rear pivot bearings for connection to a vehicle body via A-arm-bearing eyes receiving, pressed into them, elastic bearings, at least the front bearing includes an inner tube and an outer tube with an elastic element disposed therebetween wherein the inner tube is axially engaged by a bearing console of the vehicle body and the outer tube is disposed, together with the elastic element, axially displaced forwardly from the center of the bearing eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Andress Gaupp, Wolfgang Mödinger, Achim Ritzmann
  • Patent number: 7219883
    Abstract: An isolation assembly for use with a vehicle. The isolation assembly includes a collar having a continuous wall. A carriage is disposed within a cavity of the wall and is displaceable relative to the collar. A fastener supports the carriage relative to a frame portion of the vehicle. An insulator is disposed between the carriage and the wall of the collar for coupling the carriage to the collar and for isolating the carriage and the fastener from the collar. The insulator has a first portion and a plurality of second portions. The first portion encapsulates one of the second end surface and the peripheral surface of the carriage. The second portions are movable relative to the first portion about a living hinge to encapsulate the other of the peripheral surface and second end surface of the carriage such that the carriage is adequately isolated from the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventor: Anand Huprikar
  • Patent number: 6997614
    Abstract: An elastic rubber bearing is provided with an intermediate tube, namely, a bush bearing with a reinforcing insert arranged in the elastomeric bearing body. The design of the bearing includes a pretension, which is distributed as uniformly as possible both in relation to the circumference and in the axial direction. The pretension is generated in the elastomer in a bearing body after the vulcanization by calibrating the outer sleeve. A reinforcing element of the bearing includes an intermediate tube slotted on two sides in relation to its axial extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: ZF Lemförder Metallwaren AG
    Inventors: Helmut Kammel, Bernd Kümper, Axel Sichler
  • Publication number: 20040213491
    Abstract: An elastic rubber bearing is provided with an intermediate tube, namely, a bush bearing with a reinforcing insert arranged in the elastomeric bearing body. The design of the bearing includes a pretension, which is distributed as uniformly as possible both in relation to the circumference and in the axial direction. The pretension is generated in the elastomer in a bearing body after the vulcanization by calibrating the outer sleeve. A reinforcing element of the bearing includes an intermediate tube slotted on two sides in relation to its axial extension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Applicant: ZF Lemforder Metallwaren AG
    Inventors: Helmut Kammel, Bernd Kumper, Axel Sichler
  • Patent number: 6709247
    Abstract: A compressor is driven by a drive shaft rotatably supported by a main bearing housing and a lower bearing housing. The main bearing housing positions a main bearing at or near a nodal point of the drive shaft during vibration by the drive shaft. The main bearing housing is designed such that the main bearing pivots during the vibration of the drive shaft in order to maintain surface contact between the bearing and the drive shaft to eliminate edge loading of the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Copeland Corporation
    Inventors: Harry B. Clendenin, Keith J. Reinhart, Wei Hain Sun, Troy R. Brostrom, Macinissa Mezache, Tom R. Hodapp
  • Patent number: 6702467
    Abstract: Rubber bearing for chassis parts in motor vehicles includes an inner tube which can be installed in a first chassis part, a concentrically arranged intermediate part which is slideably rotatable on said inner tube, an elastomeric body which surrounds and tightly adheres to the intermediate part and which can be installed in a second chassis part. The intermediate part which is fixedly connected with the elastomer body is provided with a sliding coat on its inner circumferential surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: ZF Boge GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Testroet
  • Patent number: 6688767
    Abstract: A self-aligning dynamic hinge sleeve for attachment to a pitch hinge in a position that places the hinge sleeve in contact with a pitch bearing. The hinge sleeve is comprised of an inner race, a middle race and an outer race, wherein the middle race is an elastomeric material, or another soft material, that bonds the inner and outer races together and allows the inner race and outer race to rotate with respect to each other. As the pitch hinge transmits forces and moment to a pitch shaft, the dynamic hinge sleeve aligns with a pitch bearing secured onto the pitch shaft. This results in a self-aligning pitch bearing rotor that significantly reduces the level of peak that loads upon a bearing and thereby permits the use of self-lubricating bearings in a rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Edward G. Schellhase, Frank A. Smith, Jr., Steven J. Spear
  • Patent number: 6547440
    Abstract: The cab is supported at the front by elastic bearings mounted on bearing axles in alignment with each other and supported by at least two brackets attached to the vehicle frame. The elastic bearings are mounted in bearing shells attached to the floor of the cab. Each elastic bearing includes a rubber bearing with a plain bearing coaxial to it. An arresting device between the plain bearing and the elastic bearing presents relative rotation until a threshold torsional load is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Mannesmann Boge GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Testroet, Ralf Steinhöfer
  • Patent number: 6485180
    Abstract: The expandable rack bushing has a tubular portion with front slots and rear slots. An axial overlap between the front and rear slots permits expansion and retraction of the tubular portion. Retainer blocks on the tubular portion are received in a radial groove in a rack and pinion housing to axially fix the rack bushing. When the steering rack is positioned in the rack bushing, the retainer blocks cannot be removed from the radial groove. Radial forces on the steering rack expand the rack bushing and move the steering rack toward one side of the rack housing bore. Spring fingers absorb energy as the rack bushing is expanded. These spring fingers continuously urge the steering rack toward the housing bore center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodolfo Mena
  • Patent number: 6474869
    Abstract: A bushing comprising a main body that is adapted to be supported by the first member. The main body is comprised of a rigid layer and one or more other layers supported by the rigid layer. One of the layers defines an axial bore that is adapted to receive a pin that movably couples the second member to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Sunrise Medical HHG Inc.
    Inventors: Dean R. Sommerfeld, Todd C. Kramer
  • Publication number: 20020141669
    Abstract: Rubber bearing for chassis parts in motor vehicles includes an inner tube which can be installed in a first chassis part, a concentrically arranged intermediate part which is slideably rotatable on said inner tube, an elastomeric body which surrounds and tightly adheres to the intermediate part and which can be installed in a second chassis part. The intermediate part which is fixedly connected with the elastomer body is provided with a sliding coat on its inner circumferential surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Publication date: October 3, 2002
    Applicant: ZF Boge GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Testroet
  • Patent number: 6435757
    Abstract: Mechanical coupling for elastic axial and radial constraint with torsional freedom, especially for elastic pivots and suspensions and the like, comprising, according to the invention, a composite tubular member made of metal and elastomer (11) that exhibits high axial and radial rigidity and the ability to absorb vibrations induced by the mechanical system in which it is fitted and to compensate for manufacturing tolerances in that system, and a tubular insert (15), made of nonwear plastic material with a low coefficient of friction which is coaxial and integral, in the form of a fixed inner sleeve, with said composite tubular member (11) and engages with a rotating metallic component (16) fitted coaxially with respect to said tubular insert to provide the torsional freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: F.I.B.E.T. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Casella
  • Patent number: 6416226
    Abstract: In a bearing assembly for a steering column assembly for example, the bearing assembly comprising an axially split bearing and elastomeric crown, the crown acting to close the split, there is disclosed an improved elastomeric crown. The crown includes a plurality of passageway extending through the crown. The crown also includes a plurality of ribs extending outwardly of the crown. The improved elastomeric crown allows more constant pressure fields and low torque variations of a shaft running in the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Glacier Garlock Bearings, Inc.
    Inventors: Marc Provence, Phillipe Bariod
  • Patent number: 6182996
    Abstract: A fifth wheel is described with a coupling plate having elements for fastening to the vehicle frame. It is supposed to facilitate the mounting on the vehicle frame, while it should be possible to equalize manufacturing tolerances of the frame in simple fashion. The fastening elements attach to pivot pins, which are detachably arranged on the fifth wheel and project outward to the side beyond the coupling plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Jost-Werke GmbH & Co., KG.
    Inventors: Stefan Koetter, Wolfgang Pohl, Rainer Spitz, Josè Manuel Algëera Gallego
  • Patent number: 5967668
    Abstract: A central bearing for a rear axle of a motor vehicle consists of a U-shaped stirrup with whose free leg ends wheels are connected by receptacles. The central bearing consists of two elastic bearing elements fitted together, with a bearing axle located parallel to the crossbar of the rear axle stirrup. The bearing elements are held together by an annular stirrup and contained in a sleeve that is connected with a bearing bracket that can be fastened to the rear axle stirrup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.f. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Francesco Germano
  • Patent number: 5961219
    Abstract: A split taper bushing assembly includes a bearing member, an inner sleeve received in a hollow center defined by the bearing and an optional outer sleeve which receives the bearing member in an open center defined therein. The bearing member also includes a tapered skirt. The skirt includes a slit which permits the bearing member to contract during assembly to account for variances in its dimensional tolerances, thus ensuring a proper fit between the bearing member and any mating part. The bearing member is formed using a polyurethane type material. Since such a material resists deterioration due to contact with lubricants commonly used in the automotive industry, the bushing assembly can be relubricated during operation without any destructive affect on the bearing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Dana Corporation
    Inventor: Garth B. Maughan
  • Patent number: 5820115
    Abstract: A slipper bushing assembly including a series of concentric members for permitting controlled sliding movement between a support element and a movable element. The concentric members of the slipper bushing assembly include a rigid one piece inner metal member joined to the support element, a hollow cylindrical elastomeric member, a rigid, one piece hollow outer metal member, a solid slip surface and structure for preventing the inner metal member from disengaging from the outer metal member. The inner metal member has a pair of opposing ends and an outer cylindrical-like surface. The elastomeric member encircles the outer surface of the inner metal member and has a pair of opposing ends, an outer surface and an inner surface. The outer metal member is joined to the movable element and has a pair of opposing ends and an outer cylindrical surface. The slip surface is contiguous to the inner or outer surface of the elastomeric member and coextensive therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: BTR Antivibration Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Stevenson, Jeffry D. Cotton
  • Patent number: 5798155
    Abstract: Composite material 19 comprising outer member 17 having ring form section and inner member 18 mounted into said outer member so as to form a unitary construction, wherein inner surface 24 of said outer member 17 and outer surface 22 of said inner member 18 are at least partially opposed to each other through a gap .delta. and wherein said members 17,18 are joined together by means of anaerobic adhesives filling said gap .delta..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Yanagawa Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuichi Yanagawa, Eigoro Tsukagoshi
  • Patent number: 5746673
    Abstract: A tensioning eye for use in a tensioner for a traction drive, in particular a belt drive, in an internal combustion engine, includes a fastening sleeve, a bushing, and an elastic ring circumscribing the bushing for securing the bushing in a bore of the fastening sleeve. The elastic ring has opposite ends formed with radially outwardly directed flanges which are spaced from opposing end faces of the fastening sleeve and define an outer diameter which is greater than a greatest inner diameter of the recess so as to form a radial overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Ina Waelzlager Schaeffler OHG
    Inventors: Rudolf Polster, Werner Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5678930
    Abstract: A bearing assembly has first and second trunnions supporting a bearing and defining a trunnion pivot axis. In the improvement, each of the trunnions is mounted in and supported by a separate cushion member of annular shape. The assembly permits bearing pivoting about the trunnion pivot axis (i.e., about the X axis) and the cushion members permit limited freedom of movement of the trunnions in axes (i.e., the Y and/or Z axes) which are angular to the pivot axis. The new bearing assembly is ideal for use on an earth-working implement such as a disc harrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Case Corporation
    Inventors: Jimmy R. Kreftmeyer, Theodore M. Clarke, Timothy A. Olson
  • Patent number: 5593233
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a radially and axially elastic slide bush bearing for chassis parts in motor vehicles with thrust bearings between an inner pipe (1) and an outer bush (2) and with an elastomer body (4) surrounding the outer bush (2). To obtain a one-part design, a thrust bearing transmitting axial forces, consisting of a disk (8 and 9) and an abutment (10 and 11), is provided with a sealing lip (12 and 13) surrounding this thrust bearing at both axial bearing ends, wherein the thrust bearing has a smaller diameter compared with the diameter of the bearing eye in the chassis part (5) at one bearing end in the external diameter of the sealing lip (13) axially surrounding the thrust bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Lemforder Metallwaren AG
    Inventors: Helmut Kammel, Jurgen Weitzmann
  • Patent number: 5352044
    Abstract: A plastic bearing consisting of an elastically deformable material for stabilizers in motor vehicles of a one-part design, slotted on one side in an axial plane, which can be opened for mounting, with an inner contact surface (6), which is slidingly movable on the jacket surface of the stabilizer and is delimited by sealing lip rings (19) at the axial ends, on which pockets (7) filled with a lubricant are provided between radially extending beads (20) and longitudinal ribs (21) extending axially between them, and which plastic bearing can be mounted in a housing under pretension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Lemforder Metallwaren AG
    Inventors: Ernst-Gunter Jordens, Helmut Kammel
  • Patent number: 5330273
    Abstract: A support member for use in a soccer table comprises a male retainer and a female retainer. The male retainer has a first columnar portion and a first disk portion attached to one end of the first columnar portion which is provided thereon with an arresting portion and has an axial hole. The female retainer has a second columnar portion and a second disk portion attached to one end of the second columnar portion which has an axially-oriented fitting hole provided on the inner wall surface thereof with a stopping portion. The first columnar portion of the male retainer is received in the fitting hole of the female retainer such that the arresting portion of the male retainer and the stopping portion of the female retainer engage to confine each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Lore Tsai
  • Patent number: 5330322
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cylindrical elastomeric bearing with wide angular deflection comprising three cylindrical elements: a central element (1) and two lateral elements (2, 3) arranged either side of the central element (1). Each torsible cylindrical element is made up of a deformable elastomeric central part, relatively flexible angularly and relatively rigid radially, which is rigidly locked to an inner armature and to an outer armature; the outer armature (6) of the central element (1) and the inner armature (8, 11) of each lateral element (2, 3) are rigidly locked together so as to form a single part, the common armature (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Assignee: Aerospatiale Societe National Industrielle
    Inventor: Jacques A. Aubry
  • Patent number: 5261748
    Abstract: A structure for a bushing disposed between inner and outer cylindrical members arranged concentrically to each other, comprises an elastical member fitted into the inner periphery of the outer cylindrical member, a substantially cylindrical slidable member disposed between the inner cylindrical member and the elastical member, and a projecting lip portion formed on at least one of the outer circumferential surface of the inner cylindrical member and the inner circumferential surface of the slidable member, such that the projecting portion keeps in contact with the opposing circumferential surface with a small contact area and defines a slight aperture between the outer periphery of the inner cylindrical member and the inner periphery of the slidable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Kinugawa Rubber Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masanao Kameda
  • Patent number: 5224783
    Abstract: The radially and axially load-bearing rotary sliding friction bearing for chassis parts in motor vehicles includes a rigid inner bushing (1) and an outer bushing (2), which is rotatable relative to it and is arranged in an elastomeric body (3) that adheres to it. Both bushings have, at least on one axially outer end, axial bearing surfaces at one radially directed flange projection (6, 7) each, wherein the flange projection associated with the outer bushing (2) is provided on an annular axial bearing on a sliding disk (7) and on a support ring (8) pressed onto the adjacent tubular end of the outer bushing (2). The sliding disk and the clamping ring are connected to one another by an elastomeric material in an adhering manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: Lemforder Metallwaren AG
    Inventors: Elisabeth Schmidt, Klaus Kramer