With Operator For Movably Mounted Closure Patents (Class 49/324)
  • Patent number: 10183404
    Abstract: Linear motion devices that may include a band configured to be helically interlinked into a tube, where the band includes a plurality of protrusions and a plurality of recesses that engage the plurality of protrusions to link the band with itself. The linear motion devices also include a sliding guide configured to link and unlink the band, where the sliding guide includes an outer layer, an inner layer, and a ramp between the outer and inner layers having a helical incline to support a bottom portion of the band. The linear motion devices include a driving mechanism that is in contact with the band, the driving mechanism configured to move the band through the sliding guide up the helical incline to link the band, thereby extending the tube, and to move the band through the sliding guide down the helical incline to unlink the band, thereby retracting the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventor: Mark Yim
  • Patent number: 10072452
    Abstract: An operator for a window comprising a base designed to be secured to a window sash, an arm having first and second ends with the first end being secured to the base and a first end of the arm having a worm wheel formed thereon, a shaft having a worm operatively connected to the worm wheel, a handle secured to the shaft, a locking mechanism comprising a multipoint tie bar, and an actuator connected to a rack and pinion gear arrangement to move the multipoint tie bar between open and locked positions. The arrangement provides for a compact efficient design which includes a locking mechanism and an opening mechanism located at the same point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Christian Carrier
  • Patent number: 9807998
    Abstract: A remotely activated door-opening mechanism is provided for a cage trap having an animal enclosure, preferably a cage trap as disclosed in U.S. Publ. No. US2008/0115405. The mechanism is mounted outside the enclosure of the trap and is preferably remotely activated by an IR or RF transmitter to open a door of the trap and release a trapped animal when the operator is at a safe distance away. The mechanism may also be manually set with a time delay and may be associated with either a main entry door to the trap or with a secondary escape door located at an opposite end of the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher Kamery, Marko Lubic, Christopher T. Rich
  • Patent number: 9010026
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of operating a movable barrier operator includes engaging a flexible driven member with a drive of the movable barrier operator. The method includes moving the flexible driven member in a first direction to move a movable barrier connected to the driven member and monitoring the position of the movable barrier. In response to the movable barrier reaching a given position, the driven member is moved in a second direction without moving the movable barrier to remove slack from the driven member. A movable barrier apparatus includes a movable barrier controller operatively coupled to the movable barrier operator. The movable barrier controller is configured to cause the movable barrier operator to reverse direction of the flexible driven member a distance after stopping movement of the movable barrier without moving the movable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James Scott Murray, William George Gioia
  • Patent number: 8950117
    Abstract: A sliding door drive assembly is provided for a vehicle. The assembly includes at least one grooveless drum. The drum has a cable wrap surface and is rotatable to wind cable thereon and unwind cable therefrom. A guide is positioned to be aligned generally with a first axial edge of the cable wrap surface. As cable is wrapped on the drum, the angle of the cable (due to the position of the guide) biases the cable towards the first axial edge, so that successive wraps of cable are snuggly positioned adjacent prior wraps. In another aspect, a cable drum includes a ramp at a second axial edge of the cable wrap surface, which guides the cable radially outwardly to start a second layer of wraps of cable on the first layer of wraps. In another aspect, an absolute position sensor is provided for a powered sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Nebojsa Djordjevic, Kristopher B. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8935884
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement (10) for closing an opening for the input and/or output of notes of a device for handling notes. The arrangement (10) comprises a pivotable shutter element and a rotary solenoid. An armature of the rotary solenoid is connected to the shutter element via a connecting element. In a first position of the armature the shutter element is arranged in a closed position, and in a second position of the armature the shutter element is arranged in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Tee Meng Pang, Hengky Wirawan
  • Patent number: 8931216
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sliding door systems, apparatus and methods of using and making the same. Specifically, the present invention relates to systems for opening horizontally sliding doors on a structure, such as, for example, a barn, warehouse, hangar, or other building or structure. Moreover, the present invention relates to apparatuses for providing the automatic opening of sliding doors. In addition, methods of making and using the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Propel Doors LLC
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence Gazda, James Michael Norris
  • Patent number: 8926773
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a drive device for a rotor of s carousel door, In addition to a main drive motor (10), which has a main-drive-motor shaft (12), the drive device according to the invention comprises a secondary drive motor (12) with a secondary-drive-motor shaft (22). The main-drive-motor shaft (12) is coupled at least indirectly to the secondary-drive-motor shaft (22, 62) in terms of rotation, and therefore the secondary-drive-motor shaft (22, 62) is coupled to the rotor in terms of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Agtatec AG
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Aeppli, Samuel Hedinger
  • Publication number: 20140373453
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for opening/closing wings in a wing body vehicle, and the device for opening/closing comprises: one pair of wings, which are installed so as to rotate with respect to a frame that is formed on an outer edge of a loading box; and the wing body vehicle comprising an opening/closing device for binding together lower ends of the wings and the frame, wherein the opening/closing device comprises a forward/reverse motor which is seated on the frame; an elevating plate, which is elevated and lowered vertically by driving the forward/reverse motor, for blocking a portion of lower end portions of the wings, a close button for elevating the elevating plate, and an open button for lowering the elevating plate. According to the present invention, an actuation button is operated when the wings are lowered thereby securely fixing the wings, and a user can solidly fix or release the wings by using the open button and the close button.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Soon Chase LEE
  • Patent number: 8907608
    Abstract: Disclosed are alternate embodiments of various components of a barrier operator system. and methods of operation, including of the mechanical drive subsystem with segmented and self-locking rail unit, rail mounting supports, belt and chain drive tensioning, and drive assembly carriage and interface; the electronics and software routines for controlled operation of the various barrier operator functions; wall console communications with the barrier operator; encryption and decryption of access codes; establishment and monitoring of travel limits and barrier speed and force profiles; thermal protection of barrier operator drive motors; and establishment and control of communications from the barrier operator to accessories by way of a wireless adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Leroy G. Krupke, Mark Kenneth Siegesmund, Mark Raymond Wilzbach
  • Patent number: 8904710
    Abstract: A door operator for operating a swing leaf in a door assembly. The door operator is configured to be mounted to a reception body such as a door transom, a wall or the like, and has a connector module for connecting with at least one connecting line. The connector module from a direction of the reception body and from at least one lateral direction, has at least one opening, through which the connecting line can be optionally guided to the connector module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Martin Römer, Michael Hufen, Alexander Hellwig, Holger Hänsch
  • Publication number: 20140352215
    Abstract: A modular gate system for a vehicle travel lane employs a plurality of various modules to control the traffic flow and to sense and monitor the vehicles traversing the travel lane. The power and communication for the modules are provided by power and communication lines which are carried in a conduit is mounted to the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: James S. Bianco
  • Publication number: 20140352222
    Abstract: A modular unit for opening and closing doors, in particular of motor vehicles, includes a first module which has at least one actuating unit and a second module which has at least one lock assembly. The first module and the second module are coupled together via a coupling member in order to actuate a lock of the lock assembly when the first module, in particular the actuating unit, is actuated in order to initiate the opening and/or closing procedure of the door. A connecting element is arranged between the first module and the second module. The connecting element maintains the distance between the modules relative to one another substantially constant when a force F acts on at least one of the modules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: HUF HÜLSBECK & FÜRST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ralf Lennhoff
  • Publication number: 20140331560
    Abstract: A platform screen gate system having a tower, a gate secured to the tower. The gate is movable between an open position, to facilitate access to and from the platform, and a closed position, to block access to and from the platform. The system further includes at least one roller secured to the tower and a track secured to the gate. The track is supported by and movable on the least one roller such that the door cantilevers from the tower and remains above the platform when the door is moved between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Federico Romero
  • Patent number: 8882168
    Abstract: A tailgate for an associated automotive vehicle. The tailgate is coupled via a rod to a motor. The tailgate includes a frame having a point of attachment to the rod. The rod passes through an opening in the vehicle body. The rod has a longitudinal axis that travels in a substantially linear axial direction in the region passing through the opening when the tailgate moves from a closed to an open position and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jacob Ivan Wasser, Makoto Watanabe, Travis Lonas
  • Publication number: 20140290139
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a drive apparatus for a rotor of a revolving door, wherein the drive apparatus comprises a drive device, which is motion-coupled to the rotor via a drive belt. The drive apparatus further comprises a tensioning device for tensioning and deflecting the drive belt, wherein the drive belt runs via the drive device and via the tensioning device. The tensioning device and/or the drive device are mounted with a variable distance between one another, so that an extension of the drive belt caused by acceleration or deceleration of the rotor is compensated by varying the distance between the tensioning device and the drive device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: AGTATEC AG
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Aeppli, Kari Oila
  • Patent number: 8839559
    Abstract: A door urging apparatus, for use with an existing door hingedly mounted in a frame, the door moving between a closed, a crossover, and open states, the door urging apparatus including an offset bracket with a base and an arcuate planar element having a proximal end that extends from the base and a distal end with a first pivotal attachment. Also included is a plate affixed to a frame portion opposite of the hinged mount, the plate having a second pivotal attachment. Further included is a gas spring assembly having a lengthwise cylinder with a telescoping rod, the gas spring provides a dampened force extending the rod outward. The gas spring is pivotally attached between the first pivotal attachment and the second pivotal attachment, wherein operationally the door is urged into the open state by the gas spring and is also urged into the closed state by the gas spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Garry D. Neff
  • Publication number: 20140206460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a coupling device (200) to be installed between an output shaft and an input shaft, such as an output shaft of an electric motor and an input shaft of a reducing gear of an actuator for driving a screen or a hatch that is part of home-automation equipment for closure, solar protection, or projection. Said coupling device (200) includes a first member (201) which is rotatably secured, or suitable for being rotatably secured, to the output shaft, and which is provided with at least one longitudinal outer groove (2013), and a second member (202) which is rotatably secured, or suitable for being rotatably secured, to the input shaft, and which is provided with at least one longitudinal outer groove (2023).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: SOMFY
    Inventors: Norbert Dupielet, Eric Lagarde
  • Publication number: 20140196372
    Abstract: A no touch lavatory has a first sensor outside the lavatory that is operable to cause a motor assembly to open the door of the lavatory in response to a person making a motion in close proximity to the first sensor, a second sensor inside the lavatory that causes the motor assembly to close the door and causes a lock to lock the door in response to the second sensor detecting the person entering the lavatory, and a third sensor inside the lavatory that causes the lock to unlock the door and causes the motor assembly to open the door in response to the third sensor detecting a motion made by the person inside the lavatory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20140182207
    Abstract: A vehicle includes sidewalls, a tailgate located proximate to rear ends of the sidewalls, and a tailgate energy management system. The tailgate energy management system includes a governor coupled to one of the sidewalls and to the tailgate. The governor selectively applies a governing force to the tailgate to reduce an opening speed of the tailgate. The tailgate energy management system also includes a speed sensor sensing an opening speed of the tailgate and an electronic control unit electronically coupled to the governor and the speed sensor. The electronic control unit includes a processor and memory storing an instruction set. The electronic control unit receives a speed signal indicative of the opening speed of the tailgate and the processor executes the instruction set to cause the electronic control unit to transmit a control signal to the governor to slow the opening speed of the tailgate based on the speed signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman Charles Kerr, III
  • Publication number: 20140173989
    Abstract: A sliding door includes a door body, a slider member, a rail, a rotating unit, a sliding unit, and a driving unit. The door body opens or closes an opening part of a vehicle body. The slider member is fixed to an inner side of the vehicle body adjacent to the opening part. The rail is slidably disposed on the slider member. The rotating unit has one side rotatably connected to the rail and the other side rotatably connected to a door to rotate the door body with respect to the rail. The sliding unit slides the rail with respect to the slider member. The driving unit is disposed at the rail and drives the sliding unit and the rotating unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hong CHOI
  • Patent number: 8707627
    Abstract: A method of operating a movable barrier operator includes engaging a flexible driven member with a drive of the movable barrier operator. The method includes moving the flexible driven member in a first direction to move a movable barrier connected to the driven member and monitoring the position of the movable barrier. In response to the movable barrier reaching a given position, the driven member is moved in a second direction without moving the movable barrier to remove slack from the driven member. A movable barrier apparatus includes a movable barrier controller operatively coupled to the movable barrier operator. The movable barrier controller is configured to cause the movable barrier operator to reverse direction of the flexible driven member a distance after stopping movement of a movable barrier without moving the movable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James Scott Murray, William George Gioia
  • Patent number: 8677690
    Abstract: A fuel door opening/closing apparatus for a vehicle is configured to lock and release a fuel door for opening and closing an oil filling opening of the vehicle. The fuel door opening/closing apparatus for a vehicle includes a housing mounted to a hinge of a fuel door rotatably mounted to a fuel door housing, a motor installed within the housing, a locking rod configured to be moved between a locking position for locking the fuel door and a releasing position for releasing a locked state of the fuel door, and a power transmission configured to receive power of the motor, convert rotation of the motor to linear movement, and transmit the linear movement to the locking rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Lee, In Chan Kim, Won Seok Oh
  • Patent number: 8671619
    Abstract: In a drive apparatus for a swiveling swing-out element of a motor vehicle, in particular for a swing-out window, which is adjustable between an open position and a closed position, an adjusting lever that is flexurally elastic in the x direction in relation to the motor vehicle coordinate system is provided for compensating the swivel movement of the swing-out element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Manfred Stenzel, Uwe Sommer
  • Patent number: 8667736
    Abstract: A barrier apparatus and method are provided to reciprocate a gate or barrier between an open or closed position with one or more linear drives having one or more traveler mechanisms where at least one motor rotates the one or more shafts and moves the traveler mechanisms to move the barrier. The moving traveler mechanisms are coupled to one or more connecting arms which are coupled to the gate and the movement traveler mechanisms push and pull the arms which in turn push and pull the barrier to reciprocate the barrier between and open and closed position. The gate may be rotated and reciprocated around a horizontal axis from a generally vertical position (i.e., generally perpendicular to the ground where access to a controlled area is open) to a generally horizontal position (i.e., generally parallel to the ground where the gate extends across the entryway to the controlled area).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward S. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8607504
    Abstract: A stator element is disclosed for an electrical driving of a slidable body, such as a sliding door. Such a sliding door and a method for displacing thereof are also disclosed. In at least one embodiment, he stator element includes an elongate holder; a number of carrier elements arranged adjacently of each other and connected to the holder, wherein the carrier element includes a number of plate-like strips; and at least one winding arranged round each carrier element, wherein during use the winding is connected to a voltage source for the purpose of generating an electromagnetic field which during use is operatively connected to at least one counter-element in the form of a magnet or magnetizable element provided on the slidable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventor: Petrus Johannes Maria Peeters Weem
  • Patent number: 8601744
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door operator (1) with a drive unit, wherein the drive unit presents a gear with a gear housing (2). According to the invention, it is intended that the gear housing (2) has at least one first shell element (3) and at least one second shell element (4), wherein the shell is elements (3, 4) are able to be brought into mutual abutment for forming an inner gear compartment (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Wildförster, Michael Hufen, Matthias Drux
  • Patent number: 8601742
    Abstract: An orientation-independent hydraulic system comprises a dynamic fluid reservoir defining a first volume substantially equal to the volume of the fluid therein, and a hydraulic cylinder in fluid communication with the dynamic fluid reservoir. The hydraulic cylinder has a second volume of hydraulic fluid and a piston rod configured to extend and retract in response to changes in the second volume. A first hydraulic pump is configured to pump hydraulic fluid between the hydraulic cylinder and the dynamic fluid reservoir, thereby moving the piston rod between the extended and retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: NPC Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Norman L. Domholt, John David, Richard Reid
  • Publication number: 20130310173
    Abstract: A display device for a gaming machine according to an embodiment of the present invention includes: a shutter assembly configured to cover and uncover the display panel at least in part, the shutter assembly including a first sliding door configured to move along a guide; and a driving unit configured to drive the first sliding door
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicants: Aruze Gaming America, Inc., Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi JOKO, Hiroatsu IKE, Kenta KITAMURA, Kazuo OKADA
  • Patent number: 8567125
    Abstract: A push-pull chain and actuator. The push-pull chain has lateral flexibility in two opposite directions. The actuator in which the chain is used can be mounted with either side of the chain up with substantially equally lateral flexing capacity. The push-pull chain bends sidewards in both opposing directions without being forced to assume a straight-line configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventor: Jens Jørren Sørensen
  • Publication number: 20130276372
    Abstract: The attachment device (1) for attaching a glass pane (200) to a carrier (100) of a window regulator (51) comprises a holder (11) arranged for being mounted in a hole (201) of the glass pane (200), the holder (11) comprising a first part (12) configured to be arranged on a face of the glass pane (200) and a second part (13) configured to be arranged on another face of the glass pane (200), said first part (12) and said second part (13) being attached to one another by means of at least one hinge (17), said holder (11) further comprising coupling means (16) for coupling and retaining said first part (12) and said second part (13) to one another, the attachment device (1) further comprising a flexible retainer (31) which can adopt an assembly state and a retaining state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: GRUPO ANTOLIN-INGENIERIA S.A.
    Inventors: Fernando Revilla Lopez, Felix Debreda de la Iglesia, David Camara Gomez
  • Publication number: 20130219793
    Abstract: A door securing system includes a block member and a brace member. The block member is secured to a door jamb. The brace member including a mounting portion secured to an interior surface of a door, a rail portion extending in a lateral direction from the interior surface of the door, and a flange portion extending in a lateral direction from the rail portion. The interior surface of the door, the rail portion, and the flange portion together define a recess sized and positioned to receive the block member when the door is in the closed position to provide a lock point between the first jamb and the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: MASTER LOCK COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Master Lock Company LLC
  • Publication number: 20130199095
    Abstract: [Problem] It is difficult to determine a state of an opening/closing body for opening/closing an opening section of a building. [Solution] A crime prevention device according to an exemplary aspect of the invention an excitation means for applying vibration to an opening/closing body for opening/closing an opening section of a building; a detection means for detecting the vibration of the opening/closing body to which the vibration has been applied by the excitation means; and a determination means for determining the state of the opening/closing body on the basis of the feature of the detected vibration of the opening/closing body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeki Shinoda, Shigeru Kasai, Yasuhiro Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20130174489
    Abstract: A viewing gyro window includes a fixing housing, an air-transmitting element, a center bracket, a first driving element having multiple first plates, a second driving element having multiple second plates, and a transparent element attached on the first driving element and the second driving element. A first tunnel and a second tunnel are defined on the center bracket, and are linked through a tube. When the first plates and the second plates are driven by air from the air-transmitting element emitted out of the first tunnel and the second tunnel via the tube, the first driving element and the second driving element rotate simultaneously. Because the transparent element is attached on the first driving element and the second driving element, simultaneous rotations of the first driving element and the second driving element increase a torque and angular velocity of the transparent element so as to accelerate its rotation speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: Derstrong Enterprise Co., LTD.
    Inventor: CHENG-TSONG LIN
  • Patent number: 8474184
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for opening a door (48) from a remote location including a lever assembly (20) and a pulling line (22), the pulling line (22) having attached thereto a door handle engagement (60), the lever assembly (20) including at least a first guide (40) and a second guide (42) for guiding the pulling line (22) and a mounting apparatus (24) for mounting the lever assembly (20) to or adjacent a door (48), the first and second guides (40,42) being positioned such that when the pulling line (22) is prevented from moving through the first guide (40), pulling on the pulling line (22) acts to cause the lever assembly (20) to apply a force to urge the door to open (48). This apparatus allows an operator to gradually open a door or to apply a suitable force if, for example, the door (48) is stuck in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Wisbey
  • Patent number: 8468749
    Abstract: A gate entry system that includes a gate and a gate drive system mounted to a gate post and including a drive roller and a passive roller is disclosed. In specific implementations of the gate entry system, extension rollers may be removably coupled to one or both of the drive roller and passive roller. Opposing sides of the gate may be in constant direct contact with the drive roller (or any extensions coupled thereto) and the passive roller (or any extensions coupled thereto). Rotation of the drive roller when the gate is between the passive roller and drive roller acts to move the gate in a linear direction. The drive roller may include a shaft coupler and a threaded female coupling opposite the shaft coupler. A threaded male coupling of an extension roller may be threadedly coupled to the drive roller threaded female coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Dufresne
  • Publication number: 20130152475
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement (10) for closing an opening for the input and/or output of notes of a device for handling notes. The arrangement (10) comprises a pivotable shutter element and a rotary solenoid. An armature of the rotary solenoid is connected to the shutter element via a connecting element. In a first position of the armature the shutter element is arranged in a closed position, and in a second position of the armature the shutter element is arranged in an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: WINCOR NIXDORF INTERNATIONAL GMBH
    Inventors: Tee Meng Pang, Hengky Wirawan
  • Patent number: 8464468
    Abstract: A drive unit for a door includes a guiding device comprising guide rail and a guide element extending in a movement direction of the door. A drive device arranged inside a carriage moves back and forth along the guide rail and is engaged in the guide element. The drive unit is supplied with power via the guide rail and the guide element. Electrical plug connectors are provided on an external power source for the electrical connection of the guide element and the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Sommer Antriebs-und Funktechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Sommer, Ralf Weissinger
  • Publication number: 20130140971
    Abstract: A cover opening-closing device for opening or closing a cover relative to a base is provided. The cover opening-closing device includes an actuation module, a transmission module, and a rotating shaft. The actuation module is disposed on the base and between the base and the cover. The transmission module is engaged to the actuation module. The rotating shaft has a first end and an opposite second end. The first end is joggled to the actuation module, and the second end is connected to the cover. The actuation module drives the rotating shaft to rotate through the transmission module, so as to allow the cover connected to the rotating shaft to move to an open position or a close position relative to the base. Thereby, a user's time is saved and proper opening and closing of the cover is ensured. A multi-function printer with the cover opening-closing device is further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: Kinpo Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Yen-Jui Wu
  • Publication number: 20130118080
    Abstract: Door and frame assemblies are disclosed by the present application. In one exemplary embodiment, the a door is connected to a door frame, such that the door is moveable between an open position and a closed position. Activation of a trigger causes a door frame coupling arrangement to couple the door frame to the door in a closed position to thereby inhibit movement of the door relative to the frame. In another exemplary embodiment, a door is coupled to a door frame by a hinge. The hinge is configured to move the door in translation as the door is rotated from the open position to the closed position. For example, the hinge may move the door downward, toward the sill, when the door is moved from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: THERMA-TRU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Klaus Fink, Michael Braun
  • Publication number: 20130111815
    Abstract: A door opening spring assistance apparatus is set forth that will automatically apply a door opening assistance force using a combination of rods and coil springs. The release of the rods by the coil springs reduces the force required to set the door in motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: SAVANNAH RIVER NUCLEAR SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130111835
    Abstract: A paneled partition assembly is disclosed that can be used to selectively separate a first space from a second space. The paneled partition assembly can cover an opening when in a closed and extended position and uncover the opening when in an opened and retracted position. The paneled partition assembly can include a first panel and a second panel configured such that rotation of a handle on the first panel causes linear movement of the second panel. The partition assembly can include a pair of mating assemblies that selectively move from open and retracted positions on opposite sides of an opening to closed and extended positions in which opposite leading edges abut one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130091773
    Abstract: A power actuated rear gate arrangement for a vehicle includes at least one seat arranged in a rear area of the vehicle; a drive device for providing an external force, a rear gate which is pivotal between a closed position and an open position by the external force, detectors for detecting an occupation of the at least one seat, and control points for controlling the drive device, wherein the drive device is at least indirectly controllable from more than one of the control points, and wherein when the at least one seat is occupied less than all of the control points are authorized or activated for at least a pivoting of the rear gate from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: Audi AG
    Inventor: Audi AG
  • Publication number: 20130091772
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a duct door rotatably mounted in relation to an ice dispenser recess, and a selectively energizable shape memory alloy wire coupled to the duct door such that the shape memory alloy wire causes the duct door to rotate between its open and closed positions, when the wire is energized and de-energized respectively. A method of using an apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventors: Justin BERGER, Jedediah Taylor DAWSON
  • Patent number: 8381442
    Abstract: A hand pulling drive mechanism includes a hand drive device and a shaft connected with the hand drive device. The mechanism further includes a gear pair, a rotation propelling device connected with the shaft, and an eccentric pulling device including a shaft pin placed on the shaft and a torsion jacket pivotally connected to the shaft and rotated relative to the shaft pin. The gear pair includes a drive gear sleeved on the shaft for switching, and a follower gear secured to a motor shaft. The rotation propelling device is connected with the drive gear. The torsion jacket and the drive gear pull the torsion jacket through eccentric rotation of the shaft pin when the shaft is rotated, so that the drive gear moves in an axial direction and the follower drive engages with and disengages from the drive gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Wei Wan
  • Publication number: 20130042532
    Abstract: A pneumatic door system and a method of using the same are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, a trailer may include a seamless main door and at least one side door. The doors may be configured to be locked shut with a system of pneumatic locks. The main door may be configured to open and close as controlled by pneumatic pressure applied to a door cylinder. The pneumatic system may be configured to be controlled by an interior control box. The pneumatic system may be configured to operate off of pneumatic pressure in an auxiliary air tank, the pressure being protected by a series of one-way check valves. The pneumatic system may also be configured to operate wirelessly using RFID or Bluetooth technology, among other things, to secure the cargo and facilitate ingress and egress to the trailer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel M. Aragon, Peter J. Wachtell, John T. Prehn, Todd J. Lindsey, John C. Cash
  • Publication number: 20130036673
    Abstract: The invention concerns a container or vehicle body comprising a floor (14), a roof (22) and vertical posts (5) for connecting the floor and the roof, a longitudinal side with a side opening, a side door (3, 6) for closing the side opening, a first hinge for connecting an upper rim (17) of the side door to an upper frame (21) of the side opening and a drive unit (12) for opening the side door from a closed position at one of the sides of the container or vehicle body to an open position above the roof. In accordance with the invention the drive unit comprises a drive link (24) connected by a second hinge (43) to the upper rim, a connecting part connected to the top of the side door and by a third hinge (42) to the drive link, a first actuator (28, 29) for rotating the drive link in the second hinge and a second actuator (31, 32) for rotating the connecting part (7) in the third hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: HYVA INTERNATIONAL BV
    Inventor: Hendrik Wassenaar
  • Patent number: 8365469
    Abstract: A door operator operates a door that is rotatable about an axis of rotation between an open position and a closed position. The door operator comprises an output shaft, a closing assembly, and a motor. The output shaft is rotatable between a first position and a second position, and is coupled to the door such that rotation of the output shaft pivots the door about the axis of rotation and rotation of the door about the axis of rotation rotates the output shaft. The closing assembly is coupled to the output shaft to apply a torque to the output shaft, wherein the torque applied by the closing assembly rotates the output shaft such that the rotation of the output shaft by the closing assembly rotates the door toward the closed position. The motor is coupled to the output shaft via a clutch to selectively apply opening and/or closing torque to the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Kowalczyk, Michael S. Tignor
  • Patent number: 8347553
    Abstract: An arrangement comprises a housing, in particular of a cooling and/or freezing device, a door which is articulated to the housing so as to be pivotable about a pivot axis of a hinge, and at least one drive device for pivoting the door relative to the housing, with the drive device comprising a drive unit by means of which a moment is exertable on the door relative to the hinge axis via at least one force transmission means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: SUSPA GmbH, Liebherr-Hausgeraete Ochsenhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Josef Hecht, Dietmar Blersch, Armin Pfister, Florian Stephan, Jens Scharg, Markus Kegel, Herbert Müller
  • Patent number: 8341931
    Abstract: A lift-driving engagement chain capable of improving buckling strength of a pair of lift-driving engagement chains, by modifying the buckling restricting flat surfaces in order to suppress the force which causes a relative slippage along buckling restricting flat surfaces between hooked inner tooth plates and outer tooth plates that contact each other through the buckling restricting flat surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Takahisa Ando, Michio Oitaka