Means For Adjusting Belt Tension Or For Shifting Belt, Pulley Or Guide Roll Patents (Class 474/101)
  • Patent number: 10677326
    Abstract: A tensioner system may be replaced by selecting replacement components. Components such as a housing, roller arm, pulley, and index plate locating pin may be selected from a group of housings, roller arms, pulleys, and index plate locating pins, respectively. The selection of the components allows a user to assemble multiple variations of tensioner that are commercially available. The location of the index plate locating pin on the index plate allows for proper orientation of the tensioner in the vehicle in order to apply the proper tension to a belt. The selection of the components may be based on current tensioner model, or based on dimensions measured from the current tensioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: KIT MASTERS
    Inventors: Craig Swanson, Dale Scherman, Daniel Huwe
  • Patent number: 10654048
    Abstract: The present invention discloses mining collector compositions containing sodium metabisulfite and a thiocarbonate compound. Flotation processes for recovering molybdenum from a copper-molybdenum concentrate using the collector compositions also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
    Inventor: Benigno Ramos
  • Patent number: 10514086
    Abstract: Some belt-driven integrated-starter generators (BISGs) have twin-arm tensioners mounted directly to the BISG. Because the distance between the tensioner and the BISG pulley is quite short, any stack up tolerance leads to relatively high misalignment, which, in turn, leads to belt wear and noise. To minimize misalignment, a process is disclosed to machine the tensioner pulley bearing seats on the tensioner arms after assembly to the BISG. The BISG pulley is rotated with three probes recording the axial position change of the BISG pulley over a complete revolution. These data are used to establish a best-fit plane and the tensioner pulley bearing seats are machined to match the best-fit plane so that during operation belt twisting and shifting are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Willis, Joseph A Skrobowski, James Basile
  • Patent number: 10502281
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a frictional power transmission belt containing an extensible layer to form a belt back surface, a compressive layer formed on one surface of the extensible layer and having a power transmission surface at least a part of which can be in contact with pulleys, and a tension member embedded between the extensible layer and the compressive layer along a belt length direction, in which at least the compressive layer is formed of a rubber composition containing a polymer component, short fibers and a surfactant and in which the short fibers contain at least short fibers of water-absorbing fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisato Ishiguro, Yorifumi Hineno, Masashi Tamura, Hiroki Imai
  • Patent number: 10458525
    Abstract: A tensioning system including a base and an arm pivotally coupled to the base, the arm having an engagement surface and being configured to pivot relative to the base about a pivot axis. The system further includes a biasing mechanism operatively coupled to the arm to bias the arm relative to the base, and a seal assembly sealingly positioned between the arm and the base. The seal assembly is coaxial with the pivot axis and configured to accommodate relative axial movement between the base and the arm and relative radial movement between the base and the arm while still maintaining a seal therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Dayco IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin G. Dutil, Anthony E. Lannutti, James Kevin Lindstrom
  • Patent number: 10267393
    Abstract: Provided is an actuator, preferably a linear actuator, including a carriage (16) having a lateral support surface (144, 152) for supporting a first longitudinal section of a belt against lateral deflection and a space (164) adjacent to and longitudinally offset from the lateral support surface for partially surrounding a second longitudinal section of the belt that is deflected relative to the lateral support surface to take up slack and/or tension the belt. By containing the slack within the carriage using the space and the lateral support surface, slack may be removed from the belt or the belt may be tensioned in an easy and cost efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Baric, Mike Bridges, Adis Halimic
  • Patent number: 10240681
    Abstract: A pressure relief valve includes a valve housing having an inlet end with an inlet opening having a valve seat surface surrounding the inlet opening. The valve housing defines an outlet end with a plurality of outlet holes and a valve chamber disposed between the valve seat and the outlet end. One of the plurality of outlet holes has a smaller cross section than the other outlet holes. The valve chamber includes a plurality of radially protruding grooves extending radially beyond a base diameter. One of the plurality of radially protruding grooves has a groove cross section that is smaller than a groove cross section of the remaining grooves, which along with the smaller outlet hole cause a lateral pressure imbalance on the valve member so that the valve member tends to remain in contact with a side of the valve seat while permitting relief flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Andy Bennett, Sr., Joel H. Pike
  • Patent number: 10221924
    Abstract: To provide a chain tensioner capable of constantly applying an appropriate pressing force under any situations including high-speed, high-load operation, at the start of an engine, and normal range operation, without an increase in size or amount of oil consumption. A check valve unit 150 is disposed between an oil pressure chamber 101 and an oil supply part 103. A second oil pressure chamber 102 is formed between an outer circumferential surface of a plunger 120 and a cylindrical surface 113 of a plunger bore 111, into which oil leaking from the oil pressure chamber 101 flows and whose volume increases as the plunger 120 retracts. Further provided is a relief valve unit 130 that releases oil when the pressure of the second oil pressure chamber 102 reaches or exceeds a predetermined high level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventor: Yuji Kurematsu
  • Patent number: 10107368
    Abstract: A chain tensioner is provided which is configured such that the air remaining in a pressure chamber can be discharged to the outside through a helical gap defined between a screw and a threaded hole, and through between circumferentially separate radial ends of a spring washer mounted between the screw and a housing. The chain tensioner includes an air discharge groove or grooves formed in the seat surface of the head of the screw such that an annular space defined between the neck of the screw and the inner diameter surface of the spring washer communicates with the outside through the air discharge groove or grooves. Even if foreign objects clog the space between the separate radial ends so as to hinder air from being discharged through between the separate radial ends, the air remaining in the pressure chamber can be discharged to the outside through the air discharge groove or grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NTN Corporation
    Inventors: Kouichi Onimaru, Tasuku Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10066707
    Abstract: Provided, is a simple-structured tensioner that can. favorably expel the air that has entered an oil pressure chamber, while enabling a reduction in size in the axial direction, and in processing and assembling workload. The tensioner 10 includes a relief mechanism made up of a relief hole 22 and a disc-like orifice member 60. A first main surface 61 of the orifice member 60 is provided with an outer circumferential annular groove 61a formed along an outer peripheral edge and a communication groove 61b that extends from a central portion of the first main surface 61 to the outer circumferential annular groove 61a, The orifice member 60 has a plurality of notches 63 arranged along a circumferential direction in the outer peripheral edge of the orifice member 60.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Masanori Watanabe, Kohei Kunimatsu
  • Patent number: 10040665
    Abstract: The tensioning system for the traction belt of an elevator is installed or can be installed in connection with the car and/or the counterweight of the elevator for pretensioning at least one traction belt running between these and comprises means for storing energy. In addition to this, the tensioning system is configured to use the energy stored in the means intended for storing energy for pulling in the traction belt in question for returning tension when the tension of the traction belt falls. The patent application also contains an independent claim for an elevator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Matti Räsänen, Janne Mikkonen, Esko Aulanko, Ilpo Suominen, Pentti Alasentie, Markku Haapaniemi
  • Patent number: 9989131
    Abstract: A chain guide is provided that allows for stable running of a chain, causes less wear or damage on the inner surface of mounting holes or on mounting shafts, and improves the durability without increasing production cost. The guide shoe includes a guide rail and a unit holding part that accommodates a reinforcing unit inserted thereinto from the backside of the guide rail. The reinforcing unit includes a plate and a spacer. The plate and spacer are aligned in a guide width direction, so that a plate through hole and a spacer through hole are continuous in the guide width direction, and are disposed in the unit holding part 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Takahiro Matsushita, Manabu Hirayama, Ryo Segawa
  • Patent number: 9958040
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a tensioner and a rocking lever that have simple configurations and that enable an increase in the volume of a space provided inside a plunger, the tensioner and the rocking lever being capable of preventing a stopper pin from being damaged or falling out. A plunger pin hole 121 is formed in a plunger 120 of a tensioner 100. In a tensioner body 110, a body pin hole 113 is formed in a tip protruding portion 112 provided so as to protrude from a side of an opening of the plunger housing hole 121. One of lips 154 provided on opposite sides, in a width direction, of the pressing surface 153 of a rocking lever 150 so as to protrude from the pressing surface 153, has a thinned portion 155 thinned in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Takagi, Osamu Yoshida, Munehiro Maeda, Yuji Kurematsu
  • Patent number: 9805552
    Abstract: A multi-state opportunity interleaved wagering system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 9777809
    Abstract: To provide a chain guide that implements stable running of a chain, causes less wear or damage on the inner surface of mounting holes or on mounting shafts, and improves the durability of a reinforcing plate thereof without increasing production cost. A guide shoe includes a guide rail and a plate holding part accommodating a reinforcing plate inserted thereinto from the backside of the guide rail. The reinforcing plate includes a tubular part integral with a first plate surface and protruding from the edge of a mounting hole that extends through the reinforcing plate in a guide width direction. In the chain guide, a plurality of surface irregular parts are provided on a peripheral outer side of the tubular part in stripes along a plurality of imaginary circles concentric to the tubular part on at least one of the first plate surface and a second plate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Manabu Hirayama, Ryo Segawa, Kaori Mori
  • Patent number: 9759292
    Abstract: A tensioning rail (2) for tensioning an endlessly circulating tensioner (4) is provided, wherein the tensioning rail (2) for tensioning the ternsioner (4) is curved in a longitudinal direction (L), the tensioning rail (2) has a base wall (6) and two jaws (8) protruding from the base wall (6), and the tensioning rail (2) has at least one U-shaped profiled segment (10) and a T-shaped profiled segment (12), which are each formed by the base wall (6) and the jaws (8), wherein the tensioning rail (2) includes a guiding element (14) for a rotary bearing (16) in the U-shaped profiled segment (10) and a guiding element (18) for a contact bearing (20) in the T-shaped profiled segment (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Carlos Moura, Cesar Almeida, Daniel dos Anjos Sayao
  • Patent number: 9741201
    Abstract: A connected interleaved wagering system is disclosed, including an interactive controller configured to: communicate, to an application controller, first application telemetry, the first application telemetry associated with a first interactive application; communicate, to the application controller, second application telemetry, the second application telemetry associated with a second interactive application; receive a wager outcome; provide a display of the received wager outcome; a wager controller constructed to: receive a wager request; determine a wager outcome; and communicate, to the application controller, the wager outcome; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, the application controller constructed to: receive the first application telemetry; communicate, to the wager controller, the wager request; receive the wager outcome; communicate, to a session controller, updated user session information; receive, from the interactive cont
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 9726233
    Abstract: A hydraulic system for operating an automatic transmission for motor vehicles includes a hydraulic actuator for operating a clutch and a stop valve, whereas the actuator has a pressurizable actuating pressure chamber, which can be closed in a pressure-tight manner by means of the stop valve, such that the clutch pressure is maintained independent of the other pressures of the hydraulic system. The stop valve includes a closure device that is movable by means of a hydraulic control pressure (p_S) into a closed position, in which an actuating pressure chamber port, and thus the actuating pressure chamber, is closed by means of the closure device. The closure device is movable into an open position at least by means of the force of a spring, in which the actuating pressure chamber port is opened. Thereby, the stop valve features a shiftable locking device, by means of which the closure device can be fixed in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Christoph Margraf, Stefan Brom
  • Patent number: 9714693
    Abstract: A tensioning rail for an endless drive, in particular a timing chain drive of an internal combustion engine, comprises a sliding lining body and a reinforcement body inserted in the sliding lining body and connected thereto by a detent connection, the sliding lining body comprising a slide rail for contact with an endless drive and a press-on region for the tensioning piston of a tensioning device. The tensioning rail is characterized in that the press-on region is arranged in a resiliently movable fashion on the slide rail and comprises a detent device as a constituent part of the detent connection such that the detent device is adapted to be locked due to the resilient movement of the press-on region. An endless drive having a tensioning rail of the type disclosed is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: IWIS MOTORSYSTEME GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Ulrich Lindner, Yannick Guyot
  • Patent number: 9696227
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for measuring the force present in the drive chain of an electric bicycle that basically comprises a metal plate (1) with an axle area for being attached to one end of the wheel axle (2) to receive the force F1 applied to the bicycle's frame by said wheel axle (2) in the longitudinal axis of the bicycle and a frame area for being to the bicycle frame were said frame area comprises tapped holes (3) to be attached to the bicycle frame, at least a force sensor (4), an adjusting screw (5) to adjust said force sensor (4), an elastic overload protection element (6), such as an helical spring, designated to maintain the sensor (4) within a secure load range for protecting it from overloads, and a system of transmission for receiving the horizontal force component F1? and transmitting a proportional elastic reaction force to the force sensor (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: BH BIKES EUROPE S.L.
    Inventor: Patrice Lavergne
  • Patent number: 9624959
    Abstract: In order to provide a connecting means for connecting a first component and a second component, in particular for connecting furniture parts or machine parts, by means of which the components may be connected to one another simply and reliably, it is proposed that the connecting means includes a first connecting element which in the connected condition of the components is arranged on the first component, and a second connecting element which in the connected condition of the components is arranged on the second component, wherein, for connecting the first component and the second component, a spring element of the first connecting element is configured to come into engagement with a receiving element of the second connecting element, wherein the connecting means, in particular the first connecting element and/or the second connecting element, includes a reinforcing element for reinforcing a spring force of the spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Lamello AG
    Inventors: Franz Baur, Franz Haser, Patrick Jeker, Philipp Seiler
  • Patent number: 9464675
    Abstract: A wedge friction clutch with controllable clutch locking function, having an axis of rotation, an inner race, an outer race located radially outward of the inner race, and, a wedge assembly including a wedge plate located between the inner and outer races in a radial direction, a first piston arranged to displace the wedge plate in a first circumferential direction, a second piston arranged to displace the wedge plate in a second circumferential direction, opposite the first circumferential direction, and, a hydraulic circuit arranged to control the first and second pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Simon Xunnan He
  • Patent number: 9382982
    Abstract: A guide device for guiding an endless torque-transmitting member of a belt-driven, conical-pulley transmission. The device includes an outer guide section, and an inner guide section that is spaced from the outer guide section and between which guide sections the endless torque-transmitting member is guidable in a direction of travel of that member. The device is formed from two halves that are connected to each other by a plug-in and slide connection arrangement, in order to improve the guide device structurally, functionally, and from a producibility standpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Pierre Werny
  • Patent number: 9347372
    Abstract: A control module-implemented method for estimating an end of life a belt transferring torque between at least two rotating members of a belt drive system includes monitoring a plurality of belt parameters during a life cycle of the belt and determining an instantaneous damage factor of the belt based on the plurality of belt parameters. The end of life of the belt is estimated based on the instantaneous damage factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Brian L. Spohn, Todd M. York, Brenton J. Bergkoetter
  • Patent number: 9274459
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a rotation input section that is supported to one side roller axis so as to freely rotate integrally with an intermediate transfer belt in contact with the intermediate transfer belt when it has meandered to one side in an axial direction from a predetermined travel position, a rotation output section that is connected to the rotation input section via a speed reduction mechanism, a rotation gear section that is connected to the rotation output section, a fixed rack bar section that is engaged with the rotation gear section, and an urging member that urges the rotation gear section to return to an initial position when there is no rotation input, wherein an axis center of a meandering correction roller inclines in the state in which the rotation gear section so that the intermediate transfer belt meanders the one side in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: KYOCERA DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Tokoro
  • Patent number: 9086121
    Abstract: A chain guide is provided in which durability is increased, weight can be reduced, material cost is reduced, the uniformity of resin orientation is improved, dimensional errors, errors in shape, internal strains, and defects are reduced, and bending rigidity such as rigidity against deflection and torsion is augmented with a simple configuration. The chain guide is provided with reinforcing ribs at a guide main body. The reinforcing ribs include first inclined reinforcing ribs and second inclined reinforcing ribs that cross each other. A zone in which the reinforcing ribs are not present is provided in the intermediate portion between two support porting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Kaori Mori, Masahiko Konno, Yuji Kurematsu
  • Publication number: 20150080159
    Abstract: A timing belt spacer tool with an arcuate spacer portion of predetermined uniform thickness and an extension tab extending in an axial direction from the mid-section of the spacer portion. The extension tab may have a grip, which may be in the form of a protrusion, bulge, thickness variation, edging, bead, or the like. The opposing ends of the arcuate spacer portion may be flexible enough to be straightened in use but still return to their original arcuate shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: THE GATES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Scott Johnson
  • Patent number: 8939856
    Abstract: Deaeration of the high pressure oil chamber of a hydraulic tensioner takes place though a helical orifice formed by opposed flanks of the threads of a threaded hole in the tensioner housing and the threads of a screw inserted into the hole. The opposed flanks are maintained in spaced relationship by a force exerted by a spring washer disposed between the head of the screw and a surface of the tensioner housing surrounding the opening of the threaded hole. The flank of the thread of the hole that forms part of the boundary of the helical orifice can have a concave curvature in order to increase the aperture of the air flow path. A groove in the surface surrounding the opening of the threaded hole prevents the washer from sealing off the flow of air. This groove is disposed with its exit end at a level above its entry end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Yuji Kurematsu, Osamu Yoshida, Munehiro Maeda, Akira Ishii
  • Publication number: 20150024886
    Abstract: A variable flow hydraulic tensioner (10) for a chain or belt can include a fixed member (12) having a first port (12a), and a movable member (14) in engaged with the fixed member (12). The movable member (14) can include a second port (14a) initially aligned with respect to the first port (12a) to allow fluid flow therethrough. A first spring (16) can bias the movable member (14) with respect to the fixed member (12) to align the first and second ports (12a, 14a) with respect to one another to allow fluid flow therethrough. A second spring (18) can have less spring force than the first spring (16) to bias the movable member (14) in an opposite direction with respect to the fixed member (12), such that as the chain or belt wears, a differential force between the first and second springs (16, 18) diminishes until the movable member (14) moves relative to the fixed member (12) sufficiently to offset the first and second ports (12a, 14a) with respect to one another to prevent fluid flow therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Jason Chekansky
  • Publication number: 20150005119
    Abstract: A timing belt system for a vehicle may include a camshaft timing gear, a crankshaft timing gear, a timing belt which connects the two timing gears to each other so as to synchronize rotations of the two timing gears, and a tensioner which adjusts tension of the timing belt, may include: a case which has one side formed in an opened container shape, and is provided to cover the crankshaft timing gear, the camshaft timing gear, the timing belt, and the tensioner from a rear side direction; and a front side plate which is formed in a large plate shape, and coupled to the case from a front side direction so as to close one open side of the case, in which a blow-by gas passage, which recirculates blow-by gas, is formed in the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Yun Sung HWANG, Bong Whoa JEONG
  • Patent number: 8858375
    Abstract: A fixed or adjustable chain guide includes a captured shoulder bolt fastener. An adjustable chain guide such as a chain tensioner arm assembly includes a tensioner arm with a pivot bore defined about a pivot axis. The pivot bore includes an inner end opening through a rear face of the tensioner arm and an outer end opening through a front face of the tensioner arm. The tensioner arm further includes at least one resilient fastener retaining tab located adjacent the pivot bore. The shoulder bolt extends through the pivot bore and is engaged by the at least one resilient fastener retaining tab, and the at least one fastener retaining tab inhibits separation of the fastener from the tensioner arm. The fastener preferably includes an annular groove or other recess to be engaged by the one or more fastener retaining tabs in order to permit the tensioner arm to rotate relative to the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Cloyes Gear and Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Young
  • Patent number: 8858374
    Abstract: A mechanism for pretensioning a cable, or like tension element, of a tension-element drive selectively engages the motor drives of the cable for pretensioning. The mechanism uses a sleeve on which a portion of the cable is wound, with another portion of the cable wound in an opposed direction on a drive shaft on the motor. A clutch connects the sleeve to the motor output shaft. An initiator mechanism selectively stops rotation of the sleeve and the cable portion wound on the sleeve while allowing the motor torque to act on the other end of the cable wound on the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Barrett Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: William T. Townsend
  • Publication number: 20140302954
    Abstract: An electrical power steering system is configured to assist steering by transmitting, through a belt, a rotational force of a driving pulley coaxially coupled to a rotational shaft of an electrical motor to a driven pulley coaxially coupled to a rotational member of a steering apparatus. The electrical power steering system includes a belt tension adjustment mechanism for adjusting a tension of the belt. The belt tension adjustment mechanism includes: a guide surface and an engagement surface, which are formed as mating surfaces of a housing of the steering apparatus and a casing of the electrical motor so as to engage with each other; and a connector capable of relatively moving the engagement surface along the guide surface due to a connection force for connecting the housing and the casing under a state in which the guide surface and the engagement surface engage with each other. The guide surface is inclined by a predetermined amount with respect to an axial line direction of the rotational shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Mitsuyuki Ouchi
  • Publication number: 20140274509
    Abstract: A belt attachment jig includes a jig body positioned such that a side surface faces a side surface of a pulley, and a belt guide portion located at one end of the side surface of the jig body and protruding along a circumference of the pulley, and having, in a surface on a base side, a holding surface for holding a belt. The belt guide portion being configured to guide the belt onto the holding surface and lead the belt out to a lateral side of the pulley, when fitted in a pulley groove of the pulley. The holding surface has a top at a portion on a side closer to the jig body, and is tilted obliquely downward in radial directions from the top and is curved in an inverted U shape along a lead-out direction of the belt so that an inner circumferential surface of the belt faces the jig body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: BANDO CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi KUNISADA, Hideaki KAWAHARA
  • Patent number: 8821327
    Abstract: An engine includes an engine structure defining a plurality of cylinders. A crankshaft is rotatably mounted to the engine structure and a plurality of pistons are each disposed in a corresponding one of the plurality of cylinders and drivingly connected to the crankshaft. A drive pulley is drivingly connected to the crankshaft. An accessory is mounted to the engine structure and includes a driven pulley connected to the drive pulley by a belt. The belt has a load direction extending through an axis of rotation of the drive pulley and the driven pulley. The accessory includes a housing having two slots extending generally parallel to the load direction of the belt and each receiving a fastener therein. A tensioner bolt is located between the two slots and extends generally parallel to the load direction to apply a tension force on the housing in the load direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Stade, Michael David Lanier, Ricky M. Graves
  • Publication number: 20140235385
    Abstract: A CVT 6 (FIG. 5) comprising of two substantially identical CVT 4's. Each CVT 4 comprises of two cones that are coupled by a transmission belt. The driving cones of the CVT 4's are mounted on a common shaft, and the driven cones of the CVT 4's are mounted on a common shaft. For each CVT 4, one of its cones is mounted on its shaft using an adjuster that can lock or release the rotational position of its cone relative to the shaft it is mounted. Each CVT 4 has a tense side tensioning/support pulley and a slack side tensioning/support pulley (FIG. 6) which can provide and remove slack as needed to compensate for “Transmission ratio change rotation”, to accommodate for the transmission diameter change of a cone, and to compensate for having cones of different diameters mounted on the same shaft during axial position changing of a cone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Armin Sebastian Tay
  • Patent number: 8755999
    Abstract: A cam actuated hydraulic brake system and an in plane tensioner pulley belt drive system may be used on autonomous vehicles, such as dynamic motion elements for the evaluation of various crash avoidance technologies. The brake system utilizes a cam driven by a servo to push the piston push rod of a hydraulic master brake cylinder, thus distributing pressurized brake fluid throughout the brake system. The pulley drive system uses an articulating arm for the driven pulley, and that arm may also have connected to it one or two tension pulleys, each of which is in contact with the belt. Because the drive pulley and the tensioner pulleys pivot about the same pivot axis, the needed belt length remains nearly constant across the entire range of the articulating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamic Research Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Kelly, Peter Broen, Jordan Silberling, John Zellner
  • Publication number: 20140130635
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for controlling an engine drive belt tensioner system in which the engine is controlled by an engine stop-start system. When the engine stop-start system decides to stop the engine, the engine drive belt tensioner system is operated so as to increase the tension in a respective drive belt to a high level during the engine stop process. This reduces the time taken for the engine to stop and will tend to reduce any tendency for reverse rotation of the engine at the end of the stop phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Donatus Andreas Josephine Kees, Anthemios Philemon Petridis
  • Publication number: 20140102822
    Abstract: A bicycle drive assembly includes a rear hub and a cover. The rear hub includes a rear hub axle, a hub shell, a first rear sprocket and a disc brake rotor. The hub shell is rotatably mounted on the rear hub axle. The first rear sprocket is rotatably mounted on a first side of the rear hub axle. The disc brake rotor is rotatably mounted on the first side of the rear hub axle. The cover is disposed around the rear hub axle and axially between the first rear sprocket and the disc brake rotor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Nobukatsu HARA, Michihiro KODAMA
  • Patent number: 8690718
    Abstract: A tightener for a belt drive cooperates with the belt in the presence of oil, and has a pin with a first axis; a base plate integral with and substantially perpendicular to the pin; a cam arm connected in a rotary manner to the pin and movable with respect to the base plate; a contact member carried by the cam arm; and an elastic member connected to the cam arm to activate the contact member against the belt. The tightener also has a friction member made of oil-resistant material and axially supporting the cam arm on the base plate; and axial elastic means for loading the friction member against the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dayco Europe S.r.l. con Unico Socio
    Inventor: Michele Cantatore
  • Patent number: 8651988
    Abstract: A tensioning device for a traction element, such as a belt, band or chain, is provided having a tensioning arm (1) arranged on a machine part on which an idler pulley or deflection pulley for the traction element is rotatably mounted via a roller bearing (2), and includes a protective cap (15) which is in a frictionally locking or positively locking manner on the idler pulley and covers the bearing region of the idler pulley. The idler pulley is a sheet-metal sheave (16) and includes, for securing the protective cap (15), a snap-in groove (17) which is formed in an end region of the sheet-metal sheave (16) which has an outwardly conical shape, with the end region having a thickness (A) which is less than a thickness (E) of the sheet metal of the sheet-metal sheave (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Benoit Kapfer, Jacky Herrmann, Constant Einsetler
  • Publication number: 20140038757
    Abstract: A hydraulic bicycle component includes a first section and a first seal rupturing structure. The first section defines a first fluid path. The first seal rupturing structure is disposed in the vicinity of the first fluid path. The first seal rupturing structure is configured to physically rupture a first seal of a first hydraulic hose when the hydraulic bicycle component is coupled to the first hydraulic hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Osamu KARIYAMA, Masahiro NAKAKURA, Takahiro YAMASHITA
  • Publication number: 20130345946
    Abstract: Disclosed is a power transmission apparatus to detect the deterioration state of a timing belt in use, thereby making it possible to detect at a high accuracy whether or not the timing belt reaches an exchanging time. The power transmission apparatus comprises a crankshaft pulley, an intake camshaft pulley, and a timing belt wound around the crankshaft pulley and the intake camshaft pulley. The timing belt contains a stress light emission material capable of emitting light when receiving an external force. The power transmission apparatus further comprises an optical sensor and an ECU. The optical sensor is disposed to measure light emitted from the timing belt. The ECU is operative to judge whether or not the timing belt is deteriorated and to judge that the timing belt reaches the exchanging time when the timing belt is judged to be deteriorated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Seiji Omura, Hiroyuki Nishiura
  • Patent number: 8608601
    Abstract: ISSUE: A chain tensioning device with a short center distance that can impart a tensioning force to a plurality of chain spans at the same time with a simple structure. MEANS OF RESOLUTION: A tensioning device (1) includes a first tensioner arm (2) having an arm part (20) disposed outside a chain span (C)1 and a flange part (21) integrated with the arm part (20) and projecting toward the internal space between chain spans (C1, C2), a second tensioner arm (3) having an arm part (30) disposed outside a chain span (C2) and a flange part (31) integrated with the arm part (30), projecting toward the internal space between chain spans (C1, C2), and overlapping the flange part (21), a linking part pivotably linking the flange parts 821, 31) at the overlapping portion of the flange parts (21, 31), and a tensioner (4) urging the first tensioner arm (2) toward the chain span (C1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Ji Yong Kim
  • Publication number: 20130331211
    Abstract: A chain guide and a chain tensioner device using the chain guide. A roller, brought into contact with a chain, comprises a support shaft supported by an opposing guide base provided along the running direction of the chain, and roller bearings each having a steel outer ring on the outer peripheral surface of the support shaft so as to be brought into contact with the chain. The roller is also configured to be assembled by inserting opposite ends of the support shaft into support recesses on facing wall surfaces of the guide base. The roller, has a vibration damping material between the support shaft and the support recess of each of the plate members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Akio Kato, Takahiro Yamashita, Katsufumi Abe
  • Publication number: 20130281238
    Abstract: In a ring-type tensioner, a resilient ring that cooperates with external grooves formed on a plunger to restrict retracting movement of the plunger in a tensioner housing, is formed with manipulation parts that extend through a cut-out portion in the housing and have bulged portions that are spaced by gaps from opposed walls of the cut-out portions. A rod-shaped tool inserted into one of the gaps cooperates with the bulged portion and the wall on opposite sides of the gap to expand the ring. The manipulation parts can be formed with tool-holding portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Yuji Kurematsu, Osamu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8562465
    Abstract: A clip-type tensioner member having a piston in a housing and a ratchet mechanism. A plurality of rack teeth are formed on the outer periphery of the pistons. A clip member elastically engages with the rack teeth and is positioned in a recess in the housing. The points of contact of the clip member on the housing are different in the retracted and engaged positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: BorgWarner Morse TEC Japan K.K.
    Inventor: Kunihiko Mishima
  • Publication number: 20130274045
    Abstract: There is provide a ratchet-type tensioner that enables to readily disengage a plunger from a ratchet element in maintaining an engine, that engages the plunger reliably with the ratchet element in operating the engine so as to reduce flapping noise, and that prevents seizure of the plunger. A ratchet releasing mechanism X configured to release an engagement of the ratchet teeth 151 of the ratchet element 150 with the rack teeth 122 of the plunger 120 by means of a tool pin T includes a ratchet releasing pin guide hole 114 formed through the ratchet body 110 to insert a pin edge portion T1 of the tool pin T into a plunger-side edge region of the ratchet element 150 and a ratchet releasing pin engaging hole 155 formed in the plunger-side edge region of the ratchet element 150 to guide and engage the pin edge portion T1 of the tool pin T inserted from the ratchet releasing pin guide hole 114.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
    Inventors: Osamu Yoshida, Yuuji Kurematsu, Akira Ishii
  • Patent number: 8541972
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for suppressing a speed ripple occurring during an operation of an AC motor by using a torque compensator based on an activation function. The method includes the steps of calculating a speed error ?err based on a reference speed ?ref and an actual speed ?act; calculating a controller output Trm by using the speed error ?err as an input of a PI control and an operation of a compensated torque Tcom; and determining a torque variation based on the controller output Trm and a reference torque Tref and operating the torque variation in relation to an anti-windup gain Ka to use torque variation as an input of an integral (I) control. The method suppresses the speed ripple by compensating for the torque ripple through a controller which calculates the compensated torque by taking the signs of the speed error and the differential speed error into consideration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Kyungsung University Industry Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Dong Hee Lee, Jin Woo Ahn
  • Patent number: 8529388
    Abstract: A mechanical tensioner for a traction drive element is provided. It includes a housing with a bore having an open end and a closed bottom. A plunger having a first end is located in the bore. The first end of the plunger has a tapered slot or tapered opening defined therein forming a hollow wall portion of the plunger. The hollow wall portion is discontinuous in a circumferential direction. A wedge insert is located at least partially in the slot or opening. The wedge insert has an outer surface with a contact area that is complementary to the tapered slot or tapered opening. A spring is located between the wedge insert and closed bottom of the housing. The spring forces the wedge insert into the tapered slot or tapered opening with an increase in force as the plunger is depressed into the bore in the housing. This forces the hollow wall portion outwardly in order to provide a friction damping feature that increases with the distance that the plunger is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co, KG
    Inventor: Simon Xunnan He