Belt Has Spherical Or Hemispherical Drive Faces Patents (Class 474/154)
  • Patent number: 10767729
    Abstract: A number of variations may include a product that may include a linking member that may have links arranged in rows that have multiple pitch lengths. Each of the rows may have at least one link. Each of the multiple pitch lengths may be a discrete length that may be different from others of the multiple pitch lengths. The rows may be arranged along the linking member in a repeating sequence of the multiple pitch lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Chengwu Duan, Chi-kuan Kao, Jian Yao
  • Patent number: 9234547
    Abstract: A split bearing generally includes first and second bearing halves each having complementary partial shaft receiving portions, wherein the first and second bearing halves are substantially identically configured. The split bearing further includes means for releasably coupling the first and second bearing halves together, such that when coupled, the complementary partial shaft receiving portions of the first and second bearing halves define a center bearing thru-hole for receiving a shaft, and when decoupled, the first and second bearing halves can be removed from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Moxee Innovations Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Sandin
  • Patent number: 9192716
    Abstract: The drive mechanism is suitable for a permanent delivery of a drug from a compact drug delivery device, which may be carried on the body. The drive mechanism comprises a flexible advance cable bearing a coupling feature of longitudinal extension. The advance cable is guided by a guide means. A drive means engages the coupling feature and thus enables an advancement of the advance cable according to the guide means. An end piece is provided to push a plug or bung of a cartridge containing a drug, and the end piece is driven by the advance cable. The drive means is permanently engaged with the coupling feature. This allows a permanent advancement of the plug or bung by means of the drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: SANOFI-AVENTIS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Jugl, Torsten Kraft
  • Patent number: 8308589
    Abstract: A belt and chain drive for vehicles or for use in drive technology with an input shaft and an output shaft supported on a frame, the input shaft and the output shaft project out of the frame, with the following features: a) gear transmissions with gear wheels, which are embodied as belt and chain drives, are located between the input shaft and the output shaft, b) all of the gear wheels are constantly in rotation during operation, c) the gear transmissions located between the input shaft and the output shaft are embodied as belt and chain drives with toothed belts as traction mechanisms and with pulleys as gear wheels, d) the traction mechanism are reinforced with aramide, Kevlar, carbon fibers or other fibrous materials, is characterized in that e) the traction mechanism is pressed into a kidney-like shape onto the pulleys by at least one component during no-load rotation, and that under the effect of load this component does not touch the traction mechanism, and f) the kidney-like shape of the traction mech
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: The Gates Corporation
    Inventors: Karlheinz Nicolai, Arthur Jack Clarke
  • Patent number: 8157246
    Abstract: A deflecting roller for link chains, for example, round link chains or profiled steel chains, presents, on the periphery, chain pockets for lying chain links. Furthermore, chain pockets for standing chain links are provided. The chain pockets for the standing chain links are separated from each other by teeth. The tooth flank surfaces of the teeth, against which a standing chain link bears under the action of a load, are dimensioned and profiled in a specific way. The dimensioning is carried out so that, up to a certain chain loading, the standing chain link does not bear with its nose against the tooth flank. A contact between the tooth flank surface and the nose of the standing chain link concerned occurs only starting at a certain chain loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Konecranes Plc
    Inventor: Jurgen Weingartner
  • Patent number: 8118699
    Abstract: A sprocket for a chain drive using a roller or bushing chain has a plurality of different pitch angles, including both pitch angles larger than the standard pitch angle, and pitch angles smaller than the standard pitch angle. The number of pitch angles in the sprocket larger than the standard pitch angle is greater than the number of pitch angles in the sprocket smaller than the standard pitch angle. The sprocket teeth are integrally molded with the sprocket by sintering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Shunji Sakura, Akira Hirai, Yuji Kurematsu
  • Patent number: 8096528
    Abstract: A chain sprocket for link chains, for example, round link chains or profiled steel chains, has chain pockets for horizontal chain links. Chain pockets for vertical chain links are also provided. The chain pockets for the vertical chain links are separated from one another by teeth. The tooth flank surface of the tooth that a vertical chain link contacts under the effect of a load is dimensioned and profiled in a special manner. The dimensioning is such that up to a defined chain load the vertical chain link does not contact the tooth flank with its nose. A contact between the tooth flank surface and the nose of the respective chain link occurs only above a defined chain load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Konecranes Plc
    Inventors: Jurgen Weingartner, Manfred Finzel, Volker Dietrich
  • Patent number: 7942771
    Abstract: A bicycle sprocket apparatus comprises a larger diameter sprocket and a smaller diameter sprocket, wherein the larger diameter sprocket has on its outer periphery a plurality of sprocket teeth, the smaller diameter sprocket has on its outer periphery a plurality of sprocket teeth, and a number of sprocket teeth on the smaller diameter sprocket is less than a number of sprocket teeth on the larger diameter sprocket. The larger diameter sprocket includes a tooth and a first chain receiving tooth disposed immediately behind the tooth in the driving rotation direction, wherein the tooth includes a control side surface and an inclined side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Kamada
  • Publication number: 20100190596
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved ball-chain drive which is quiet and less prone to jamming. The ball-chain drive includes a sprocket having a plurality of regularly spaced peripheral pockets, the pockets being configured to mesh with the balls of the ball chain. The pockets of the sprocket are each dimensioned to snugly receive each of the balls of the ball-chain. In particular, the pockets each have an internal circumference greater than 180° of the external circumference of each of the balls. The balls in the ball-chain are separate from each other by a segment of cord. The pockets of the sprocket are separated from each other by a plurality of walls, each wall having a V shaped notch formed thereon having sides and a meniscus. The pockets and the V shaped notch both being dimensioned such that the segments of cord do not touch the sides of the V shaped notch when the ball-chain is wound onto the sprocket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Norman Wills
  • Patent number: 7442139
    Abstract: In a slat conveyor, slats for supporting conveyed articles and personnel extend between two side-by-side, spaced, endless roller chains engaged with driving sprockets at one end of the conveying path and driven sprockets at the other end. At a location radially outward from the pitch circle, the distance between the front surface of the sprocket teeth to the tooth center line is at least as great as the distance from the centerline to the front surface at the pitch circle. The tooth faces merge smoothly with the tooth gap bottom, and the root diameter is smaller than the root diameter according to ISO standards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Aizoh Kubo, Hiroki Ishida, Masatoshi Sonoda
  • Patent number: 7294078
    Abstract: An over-molded beaded driving cable which has an inner core, a plurality of inner core structures. An outer jacket may encompass the inner core and inner core structures. Each of a plurality of outer beads concentrically surrounds an inner core structure. The outer beads are over-molded in this position, forming an interlocking inner core structure and outer bead configuration capable of high load and high flexible performance. An end fitting placed at each end portion of the inner core provides for a driving cable assembly with a variety of end fitting configurations, including a closed loop connection, for automotive and non-automotive applications. Alternatively, the over-molded beaded driving cable has a plurality of clamps and/or pins surrounded by the outer beads respectively. The cables may also be provided with seamless connection structure for forming closed loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xinhua (Sam) He, Mansour Ashtiani
  • Patent number: 6849016
    Abstract: An over-molded beaded driving cable which has an inner core, a plurality of inner core structures. An outer jacket may encompass the inner core and inner core structures. Each of a plurality of outer beads concentrically surrounds an inner core structure. The outer beads are over-molded in this position, forming an interlocking inner core structure and outer bead configuration capable of high load and high flexible performance. An end fitting placed at each end portion of the inner core provides for a driving cable assembly with a variety of end fitting configurations, including a closed loop connection, for automotive and non-automotive applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mansour Ashtiani, Xinhua (Sam) He
  • Publication number: 20030220165
    Abstract: An over-molded beaded driving cable which has an inner core, a plurality of inner core structures. An outer jacket may encompass the inner core and inner core structures. Each of a plurality of outer beads concentrically surrounds an inner core structure. The outer beads are over-molded in this position, forming an interlocking inner core structure and outer bead configuration capable of high load and high flexible performance. An end fitting placed at each end portion of the inner core provides for a driving cable assembly with a variety of end fitting configurations, including a closed loop connection, for automotive and non-automotive applications. Alternatively, the over-molded beaded driving cable has a plurality of clamps and/or pins surrounded by the outer beads respectively. The cables may also be provided with seamless connection structure for forming closed loops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventors: Xinhua (Sam) He, Mansour Ashtiani
  • Publication number: 20030069099
    Abstract: An over-molded beaded driving cable which has an inner core, a plurality of inner core structures. An outer jacket may encompass the inner core and inner core structures. Each of a plurality of outer beads concentrically surrounds an inner core structure. The outer beads are over-molded in this position, forming an interlocking inner core structure and outer bead configuration capable of high load and high flexible performance. An end fitting placed at each end portion of the inner core provides for a driving cable assembly with a variety of end fitting configurations, including a closed loop connection, for automotive and non-automotive applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventors: Mansour Ashtiani, Xinhua (Sam) He
  • Patent number: 5440944
    Abstract: A power window mechanism designed to be retrofitted onto the crankshaft of a conventional handcrank operated window opening and closing mechanism includes a motor, a rack with ball-type cogs driven by the motor, a gear driven by the rack, a transmission gear driven by the driven gear, and a separate conversion gear having a central hole shaped to fit onto the shaft and whereby transmit power from the motor to the shaft. The position of the motor is detected by a sensor which generates pulse generated in response to turning of the motor, without the need for an electrical input. The control circuit itself is provided with a processor capable of counting the pulses and controlling the operation of the motor, including its direction, in response to the pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Inventor: Tse-Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 5413537
    Abstract: A positive drive system has drive and driven sprockets, coupled by a chain. The chain is trained around and operatively engages the drive and driven sprockets to transmit positive drive therebetween. The drive and driven sprockets have infinite relative planes of rotation ranging from 0 to 360 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: Daniel A. Hume
  • Patent number: 5411445
    Abstract: A ball chain for interior decoration, sprocket drive or the like which includes a connecting mechanism in the form of a wire or yarn, a multiplicity of chain balls secured in place at equally spaced intervals along a length of the connecting mechanism, and a coupling interposed between adjacent chain balls. A splicing mechanism provided for splicing the ball chain includes a socket having a cavity dimensioned to receive the coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Oda
  • Patent number: 5400721
    Abstract: An improved load compensator for a spring counter-weighting mechanism including a snail cam to provide a constant counter-weight force is described. The cam provides a constant torque to a drum on which are wound cables for exerting a constant counter-weighting force. A manually operable device for altering the relative radial positions of the cam and drum varies the amount of the constant counter-weighting force. The cam is rotated with respect to the drum by a spur gear fitting within a ring gear fixed to the drum and rotated by a knob connected to an axle carrying a pinion gear engaging the spur gear. The spiral surface can be effectively reconfigured with respect to a portion of the cable fitting therearound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: H. Peter Greene
  • Patent number: 5338086
    Abstract: An automobile window shade system comprises a frame (20) formed of hollow horizontal elements (20a through 20d) and hollow vertical elements (22a through 22f) interconnected by T-shaped connectors (24a through 24f). The frame is installed inside the automobile and contains a beaded cord (128) with beads or expansions (130) rigidly attached to the cord. Two adjacent shades (142 and 144) are made of a light-impermeable flexible material and are attached to a yoke. An embodiment with a beaded thread (128) and an expandable spring-loaded C-shaped portion of the yoke makes it possible to shield and unshield windows selectively by fixing the yoke and pulling the beaded cord through the spring-loaded C-shaped hole of the yoke. As a result, the shades are shifted to a new initial position and then moved from this new position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Adolf Tyutinman
  • Patent number: 5230665
    Abstract: A light driving force transmission apparatus performs driving force transmission without the use of friction and with high lubrication, applicable, for example, in a space environment. A plurality of connection members are secured to an endless rope to form a ball chain. The ball chain is stretched between a pair of sprockets each of which has on the periphery thereof a guide groove for guiding the endless rope and recesses engageable with the connection members. Driving shafts and driven shafts of at least two sprocket pairs are respectively coaxially located. A connecting rod is bridged between the endless ropes by securing the two ends thereof to two opposed connection members. The driving shafts of the sprocket pairs are rotated to cause a specific rotational reciprocating motion of the connecting rod so as to move a hook member of an object in a desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1993
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Arata Tanaka, Kenichi Takahara
  • Patent number: 5006097
    Abstract: A control unit for single and double track blinds is provided and consists of a sprocket wheel having a hub rotatably carried in the center of a passageway within a housing. An operating handle extends into the hub that extends through a central aperture in a front cover plate on the housing. The operating handle can be turned to rotate the sprocket wheel, thus driving a bead chain through the passageway to operate louvers in the single and double track blinds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: Henry Cook
  • Patent number: 4962847
    Abstract: A cable pulley transmission has a plurality of pulleys with flight receiving pockets, an endless cable trained about the pulleys, and a plurality of flights located at spaced intervals along the cable. The flights on the cable fit into the flight receiving pockets of the pulleys for transmitting motion between the pulleys and the cable. Each of the flights are formed by two half-sections that are mounted together about the cable. Such a transmission can be used as a lift for liquid. One pulley is located in a source of liquid and at least one pulley is located above the liquid source. The cable has an ascending section and a descending section. The flights are spaced to maintain a column of liquid surrounding the ascending cable section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: Cablelift Oil Corporation
    Inventors: George L. Pisors, James T. Taoka
  • Patent number: 4609365
    Abstract: A universal or ball pivot-link chain is guided in two substantially tubular-shaped guide channels and is deflected or turned between such guide channels by means of a driven chain or sprocket wheel. At its circumference the chain wheel possesses a profiled structure formed by recesses or depressions which substantially correspond to the profile or outer contour of the universal link chain. The guide channels extend to the circumference of the chain wheel and form in conjunction therewith a respective transfer or transition region. At each such transfer region the chain wheel protrudes by an amount, essentially corresponding to the depth of the recesses, into the interior of the related guide channel. At such transfer or transition regions the chain links are guided both by the chain wheel and the guide channels. Consequently, there is ensured for a gentle and jerk-free transfer of the chain links from the chain or sprocket wheel to the guide channels and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Feramatic AG
    Inventor: Jurg Eberle
  • Patent number: 4501577
    Abstract: A sprocket wheel has a plurality of equi-spaced circumferential teeth, and a plurality of pockets positioned between the teeth. A central circumferential groove in the sprocket wheel divides each of the teeth into two parts. Each of the pockets is shaped to engage with a link of a drive chain, each of the pockets being formed partially by flanks provided on each of the two parts of each of the pair of adjacent teeth defining that pocket. The flanks constitute chain link bearing faces, and each of the flanks has at least three separate bearing surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1985
    Assignee: Gewerkschaft Eisenhutte Westfalia
    Inventors: Franz Roling, Gunther D. Schoop
  • Patent number: 4452594
    Abstract: A toothed belt having fore and aft tooth flank surfaces defined in cross section by arcs having radii generally equal to the pitch spacing of the belt teeth. A sprocket having teeth with fore and aft flank surfaces defined in cross section by arcs having radii generally equal to the pitch spacing of the sprocket teeth. In combination, a drive comprising the belt and sprocket as described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: The Gates Rubber Company
    Inventor: Philip M. Patterson
  • Patent number: 4424619
    Abstract: A positive drive system including a coined drive cable (26) having a plurality of regularly spaced nodules (29) rigidly attached along at least a portion of its length, and one or more positive drive sheaves (20, 22, 23, 24) configured to receive the cable and its nodules to provide a positive, nonslip drive engagement between the drive cable and the sheaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Inventor: Rene A. Conrad
  • Patent number: 4424852
    Abstract: A bead-chain drive system for operating and positioning a window shade comprises a roller having a window shade mounted thereon, the roller being urged by the weight of the window shade in a direction to lower the shade. The drive system further includes a sprocket for driving the roller that is driven by a bead-chain, trained about the sprocket. The bead-chain includes a chain length urged toward the sprocket by the weight of the shade applied to the roller and the sprocket. The drive system also includes a bead-chain retainer having a holding device operative to hold at least one of the beads of the chain length against movement toward the sprocket to position the window shade and from which the chain length can be easily freed upon movement thereof away from the sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1984
    Inventor: Thomas P. Hopper
  • Patent number: 4367067
    Abstract: A ball chain positive drive stepless transmission comprising two V sheaves deployed on a pair of parallel shafts and an endless ball chain serving as transmission medium therebetween and characterized in, each sheave having a V shaped groove formed by two opposite bevel members with an undulating surface readily disposed thereon. Each link of the chain has a ball set adapted to be positively engaged with the undulating surface and also to enable the stepless change of speed while the unit is at rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Yau-Shing Chao
  • Patent number: 4315751
    Abstract: A positive drive system including a coined drive cable (26) having a plurality of regularly spaced nodules (29) rigidly attached along at least a portion of its length, and one or more positive drive sheaves (20, 22, 23, 24) configured to receive the cable and its nodules to provide a positive, nonslip drive engagement between the drive cable and the sheaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Inventor: Rene A. Conrad
  • Patent number: 4214488
    Abstract: A positive drive system including a drive cable consisting of a flexible line means having a plurality of regularly spaced nodules rigidly attached along its length, and a positive drive sheave having a curved surface configuration receptive to the drive cable's nodules for providing a positive, nonslip rotary drive engagement between the drive cable and the sheave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1980
    Assignee: Dynaloc Corporation
    Inventor: Rene A. Conrad