Having Plural Energy Outputs (e.g., Plural Motors, Etc.) Patents (Class 60/484)
  • Patent number: 10767523
    Abstract: A vehicle engine pump assembly (100, 1000, 1100) has a gerotor pump (102), a mechanical drive (106) driven by the engine and an electrical drive (104). A controller (107) selectively engages the mechanical drive to boost pumping effort when required via a clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Concentric Birmingham Limited
    Inventors: Paul Shepherd, John Magee
  • Patent number: 10279789
    Abstract: Hydraulic transmission apparatus (20) including a pump (24) having a variable cylinder capacity and feeding one or more hydraulic motors (26A, 26B), and a control unit (50). In the apparatus, the feed and discharge orifices of the motors are arranged in such a manner that, when the pressures at said orifices are equal, the outlet torque from the motors is zero. To make the apparatus inactive, without physically bypassing the motors, the control unit is suitable for operating the apparatus in a “torque-free” mode by regulating the cylinder capacity of the pump in such a manner that the pressures at said feed and discharge orifices remain substantially equal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: POCLAIN HYDRAULICS INDUSTRIE
    Inventors: André Prigent, Pierre-Louis Houillon, Julien Lambey
  • Patent number: 10202741
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a closed circuit hydraulic system for a construction machine including a plurality of actuators and a plurality of hydraulic pumps selectively supplying working oil to the plurality of actuators bidirectionally and the closed circuit hydraulic system includes: a charge line selectively connected with a low-pressure side hydraulic line which returns to the hydraulic pump from the actuator among hydraulic lines connecting the hydraulic pumps and the actuators; a charge pump supplying a supplement flow to the charge line; and a variable relief valve selectively changing a normal mode to limit a pressure of the charge line to a predetermined pressure or less and a boost mode to limit the pressure of the charge line to a pressure lower than the pressure of the charge line in the normal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: DOOSAN INFRACORE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Byung Il Kang, Ki Hwan Hong
  • Patent number: 10161422
    Abstract: A pressurized fluid supply system for a vehicle transmission is provided. The fluid supply system has a pump with at least high and low pressure outputs that supplies high and low pressure components via a directional valve. The pressurized fluid supply system minimizes the parasitic loss upon a vehicle engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: BorgWarner Inc.
    Inventor: Chengyun Guo
  • Patent number: 10164270
    Abstract: Among other things, a gas storage system includes a group of capsules and an activation element coupled to the group. The group of capsules are formed within a substrate and contain gas stored at a relatively high pressure compared to atmospheric pressure. The activation element is configured to deliver energy in an amount sufficient to cause at least one of the capsules to release stored gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Encite LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Alan Marsh, Donald M. Parker, William J. Grande
  • Patent number: 10066644
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for a work implement is provided. The hydraulic control system includes first hydraulic circuit and second hydraulic circuit. The first hydraulic circuit includes a selector valve and a pair of hydraulic cylinder assembly. Each hydraulic cylinder assembly includes a head end, a rod end, a cylinder, and a rod. The selector valve is configured to operate in neutral position and at least one operating position to selectively connect either the head end or the rod end to a fluid source, and the other of the head end or the rod end to fluid tank. The second hydraulic circuit includes a counterbalance valve and a shuttle valve. The counterbalance valve selectively connects the head end to the fluid tank. The shuttle valve is configured to maintain predefined pressure at relief side pressure port of the counterbalance valve to maintain a threshold pressure at the head end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpilllar Forest Products Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Opdenbosch
  • Patent number: 10017917
    Abstract: A drive device of a construction machine includes a pump passage connected to a hydraulic pump, first and second supply passages connected to the pump passage, first and second passages connected to the first supply passage, third and fourth passages connected to the second supply passage, a first valve connected to the first and third passages, a second valve connected to the second and fourth passages, a first bucket passage connecting the first passage to a cap-side space of the bucket cylinder through the first valve, a second bucket passage connecting the third passage to a rod-side space of the bucket cylinder through the first valve, a first arm passage connecting the second passage to a rod-side space of an arm cylinder through the second valve, and a second arm passage connecting the fourth passage to a cap-side space of the arm cylinder through the second valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Kawaguchi, Teruo Akiyama, Koji Saito, Takayuki Watanabe, Noboru Iida
  • Patent number: 9914356
    Abstract: A center section/motor sub-assembly for use in a hydrostatic transmission includes a center section having a pump running face for interfacing with a pump and a motor running face for interfacing with a motor, and a bore extending laterally through the center section from the motor running face. A spool valve is received in the bore and includes a fluid pathway for providing fluid communication between the pump running face and the motor running face. The sub-assembly further includes a motor having a rotor and a motor stator secured to the center section adjacent to the motor running face in a manner that permits rotation of the rotor. The center section is configured for the hydraulic separating forces of the motor to be reacted only into the center section. A hydrostatic transmission includes the sub-assembly enclosed by a housing, in combination with a pump and output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Herman Simon, David Mark Heathcoat, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9771957
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive, preferably for a hydraulic press, having a first synchronized cylinder that comprises a piston between first and second pressure chambers; at least one hydraulic pump whereby the pump outlet is hydraulically connected with the first pressure chamber of the first synchronized cylinder and the pump inlet is hydraulically connected with the second pressure chamber of the first synchronized cylinder; at least a second synchronized cylinder that comprises a piston between first and a second pressure chambers; whereby the piston of the first synchronized cylinder is mechanically movably coupled with the piston of the second synchronized cylinder; whereby the first pressure chamber of the second synchronized cylinder is hydraulically connected with the pump outlet; and whereby the second pressure chamber of the second synchronized cylinder can be connected with the pump inlet when a pressure limit in the second pressure chamber of the second synchronized cylinder is exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventor: Anton Maier
  • Patent number: 9506561
    Abstract: A flow divider assembly for use with a hydraulic pump provides flow to separate drive motors for use in a vehicle or other application. A pair of flow divider motors may be mounted on a block and have a common axis of rotation. The ratio between the two may be controlled by adjustment of the angles of the respective thrust bearings of the flow divider motors. A valve may connect the outlet of one of the flow divider motors or the outlet of the other flow divider motor. passage to the second outlet passage. Additional bypass valves may be provided to permit direct connection between the hydraulic pump and the separate drive motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Nathan W. Bonny
  • Patent number: 9400003
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hydraulic pump control system for minimizing flow loss by optimally limiting the discharge flow volume of the hydraulic pump when an upper swivel body is made to swivel abruptly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
    Inventors: Mi-Ok Kim, Sang-Ho Bang
  • Patent number: 9343757
    Abstract: Among other things, a gas storage system includes a group of capsules and an activation element coupled to the group. The group of capsules are formed within a substrate and contain gas stored at a relatively high pressure compared to atmospheric pressure. The activation element is configured to deliver energy in an amount sufficient to cause at least one of the capsules to release stored gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Encite LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Alan Marsh, Donald M. Parker, William J. Grande
  • Patent number: 9308817
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive unit having a center section for a hydraulic pump and hydraulic motor mounted in a casing. The center section includes a cylindrical protuberance for locating the center section in the casing, and at least one fastener opening formed in the center section for receiving a fastener engaged to the casing. The drive unit may also include a pair of flat surfaces formed on the center section and adapted to mount with features in the casing, and a bypass shaft extending into the casing and at least partially disposed in the center section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Eric S. Phanco, Kenneth J. Rawski
  • Patent number: 9140275
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive and method for controlling such a drive includes two drive motors configured to be controlled by at least one continuously adjustable distribution valve. The two drive motors are configured as adjustable hydraulic machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Dengler
  • Patent number: 9080569
    Abstract: A portable, rotary vane vacuum pump with an automatic vacuum breaking arrangement that vents the pump to atmosphere whenever the drive motor ceases to rotate the pump. The arrangement prevents lubricating oil in any substantial amount from being undesirably drawn into the evacuated pump when the drive motor is shut off either intentionally or unintentionally. If the system being evacuated is also still connected to the pump, the arrangement will additionally vent it and greatly limit any amount of oil that may be undesirably sucked back into it. The pump further has a primary oil container that essentially holds all of the oil for the system. The primary container is preferably made of clear, rigid plastic and is also removable from the main body of the pump so it can be quickly and easily replaced with another container of fresh oil even while the pump is still operating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Gregory S. Sundheim
  • Publication number: 20150135700
    Abstract: This invention consists of the addition of a novel clutch arrangement which facilitates speed changing gears on both the output and input of the transmission and provides for a compact packaging configuration for a plurality of hydraulic pump/motors. The use of a small accumulator without a valve and a related reservoir absorbs the pressure shocks from rapidly opening and closing the valves that that select or de-select the pump/motors. It is also disclosed that two adjacent pump/motors on the same shaft can be constructed such that they share an input or output port thereby reducing the size of the combination. The transmission can perform the retarder function by placing a flow retarding valve in the re-circulating path in one or more of the pump/motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: ROBERT HUGH FRANCIS LLOYD
  • Publication number: 20150121859
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an apparatus and a method for supplying a fuel to an engine of a ship. The apparatus for supplying a fuel to an engine of a ship includes: a high pressure pump pressurizing a liquefied natural gas (LNG) and supplying the pressurized LNG to the engine; a hydraulic motor driving the high pressure pump; and a lubricating pump supplying lubricating oil to the high pressure pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Nak Hyun KIM, Dong Chan KIM, Cheong Gi PARK, Je Heon JUNG
  • Publication number: 20150013317
    Abstract: A system to generate and control a three-dimensional (3D) surface may include a surface supported by a plurality of actuating units, a control center, and a common media tank. The control center may include a movement control assembly that has a plurality of movement control unit, and each movement control unit is configured to control the movement of a corresponding actuating unit. In one embodiment, a predetermined amount of medium, such as air or liquid, is arranged in each actuating unit. The surface can be actually considered an array of small pieces divided from the surface, and supported and actuated by the actuating units. Since the control of the surface is through the control of every single piece thereof, the control of the surface would be more precise if the surface can be divided into more pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: CALEX LLC
    Inventor: Li-Da Huang
  • Patent number: 8925311
    Abstract: A drive train configuration is disclosed. The drive train incorporates an engine having hydraulic pumps contained substantially inside the engine housing and with an engine shaft driving the hydraulic pumps. A porting block or center section is mounted to the engine housing to provide hydraulic communication between the hydraulic pumps located inside the engine housing and hydraulic motors located outside the engine housing. The hydraulic motor output shafts drive gears connected to axles to propel a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8919114
    Abstract: A hydraulic system is disclosed having first, second, and third pumps. The hydraulic system may also have a first actuator connected to the first pump in closed-loop manner, a second actuator connected to the second pump in closed-loop manner, and a third actuator. The hydraulic system may further have a selector valve associated with the third pump, and a first switching valve associated with the third pump and the third actuator. The first switching valve may be movable between a first position at which the third pump is connected to the third actuator in a closed-loop manner to move the third actuator in a first direction, a second position at which the third pump is connected to the third actuator in a closed-loop manner to move the third actuator in a second direction, and a third position at which the third pump is connected to the selector valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brad A. Edler, Jeffrey L. Kuehn, Jeremy T. Peterson, Michael T. Verkuilen
  • Patent number: 8899034
    Abstract: A system has a variable displacement pump that supplies pressurized fluid to power a plurality of hydraulic functions. Each hydraulic function has a control valve with a variable source orifice controlling fluid flow between the pump and a flow summation node, and a variable metering orifice controlling fluid flow between the flow summation node and a hydraulic actuator. Variable bypass orifices in the control valves are connected in series between the flow summation node and a tank. As the metering orifice in a control valve enlarges, the source orifice enlarges and the bypass orifice shrinks. This alters pressure at the flow summation node, which is used to control the output of the pump. Components are provided to give selected hydraulic functions different levels of priority with respect to consuming fluid flow from the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: HUSCO International, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Ballweg, Gary J. Pieper, Corey K. Quinnell, Jonathan M. Starkey, Eric P. Hamkins
  • Publication number: 20140283507
    Abstract: A method is used for synchronizing the speed of a hydraulic crane drive having at least one hydraulic consumer, which is fed with a variable volumetric rate of flow by way of at least one hydraulic variable displacement pump. The at least one hydraulic variable displacement pump is driven by way of a drive unit of the crane. By way of the crane control system, a swashplate angle of the at least one variable displacement pump is open and/or closed loop controlled as a function of the demanded volumetric flow rate for at least one consumer and/or on the basis of one additional parameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander KISSELBACH
  • Patent number: 8838314
    Abstract: A control system for a hydraulic system comprises an electronic control module, an electronic system controller, a remote power module, and a solenoid valve. The electronic control module monitors torque output of an internal combustion engine, an electric motor and generator. The electronic system controller monitors torque demand of a first and a second hydraulic circuit. The remote power module is in electrical communication with the electronic system controller. The solenoid valve is in electrical communication with the remote power module. The solenoid valve connects to a combination valve and has a first open position and a closed position. The combination valve is in fluid communication with a first hydraulic circuit and a second hydraulic circuit. The solenoid valve moves to the open position in response to an output signal from the electronic system controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jay E. Bissontz
  • Publication number: 20140245729
    Abstract: A hydraulic control device includes: a recovery oil passage; a regenerative motor that rotates an output shaft of an engine in response to a supply of the hydraulic fluid and is driven to rotate by rotation of the output shaft of the engine; a regenerative oil passage for guiding return oil from a boom cylinder to the regenerative motor without passing the return oil through the recovery oil passage; a coupling oil passage that couples the recovery oil passage and the regenerative oil passage to each other; and a regeneration-side check valve that is provided on the coupling oil passage, and allows the hydraulic fluid to flow from the recovery oil passage toward the regenerative motor, and moreover restricts the hydraulic fluid from flowing from the regenerative motor toward the recovery oil passage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicants: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KOBE SEIKO SHO (Kobe Steel, Ltd.), KOBELCO CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Nanjo, Saburo Senoo, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 8820061
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and to a working equipment for actuating a hydraulically movable working element (24), which is provided on a main body (14) of a working equipment (11), comprising at least one main cylinder (19) and at least one additional cylinder (28), which are supplied with pressure medium to generate a pivoting movement, wherein the pivoting movement in the rapid motion mode is actuated in a first working pressure range of the hydraulic control device (32), the pivoting movement in a working motion mode is actuated in a second working pressure range, which is higher than the first working pressure range, the pivoting movement in the heavy load motion mode is actuated in a third working pressure range, which is higher than the first and second working pressure ranges, and the pivoting movement of the working element (24) in the operating modes of rapid motion, working motion or heavy load motion is actuated in accordance with the prevailing working pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Wolfgang Gmelin
  • Patent number: 8813487
    Abstract: A hydraulic circuit for a vehicle includes a first loop that includes, in serial order, a first hydraulic pump, a first hydraulic line, a hydraulic motor and a second hydraulic line. A second hydraulic pump and a third valve control low pressure fluid from the second pump to the hydraulic motor casing. The low pressure fluid through the third valve maintains the motor pistons retracted when the motor is not being used. For actuating the motor, the third valve is actuated for disconnecting the second pump and relieving pressure from the motor casing. Low pressure is then provided to the first and second lines for extending the motor pistons. The first and second valves are then actuated for isolating the first and second lines from one another, and the first pump is used to power the motor. The first, second and third valves are advantageously solenoid cartridge valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Terra Drive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Mears, James E. Smith, Brad A. Meyerholtz
  • Patent number: 8806862
    Abstract: A smart flow sharing system, useful in hydraulic systems having more than one hydraulically demanding equipment function wherein more than one of the hydraulically demanding functions are sometimes activated at the same time, has modified hydraulic passages and at least two fixed displacement pumps. The system automatically prioritizes hydraulic fluid flow so that when only one of two hydraulically demanding functions is activated by an operator, it receives the hydraulic fluid flow from both fixed displacement pumps, but when both hydraulically demanding functions are activated, one of the functions receives hydraulic fluid flow from the first fixed displacement pump, and the other function separately receives hydraulic fluid flow from the second fixed displacement pump. The smart flow sharing system accomplishes the foregoing without resorting to complex hydraulics or expensive additional components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventor: Jarmo Antero Harsia
  • Publication number: 20140208729
    Abstract: A downhole control system for actuating hydraulically controlled devices positioned in a well. The system includes a first set of N hydraulically controlled devices positioned in the well and a second set of at least one hydraulically controlled device positioned in the well. A common control line is ported to a first side of each of the hydraulically controlled devices in the first set. N control lines are each ported to a second side of one of the hydraulically controlled devices in the first set. A first control line of the N control lines is ported to a first side of a first hydraulically controlled device of the second set and a second control line of the N control lines is ported to a second side of the first hydraulically controlled device of the second set, such that N+1 control lines are operable to actuate N+1 hydraulically controlled devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel David Shaw, Michael Robert Konopczynski, Paul R. Terry, Timothy R. Tips
  • Patent number: 8789553
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a control block provided with a plurality of control block elements in each of which a valve arrangement for controlling an associated hydraulic consumer is provided. Said control block also comprises an oil channel which runs through at least one control block element for controlling the temperature thereof independently of the control of the valve arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Büttner, Robert Rüppel
  • Publication number: 20140182279
    Abstract: A shovel includes a plurality of hydraulic actuators including a first hydraulic actuator and a second hydraulic actuator, a main pump, a hydraulic pump-motor configured to function as a hydraulic motor by using hydraulic oil flowing out of the first hydraulic actuator and configured to function as a hydraulic pump, a control valve configured to control a flow of the hydraulic oil in the plurality of hydraulic actuators, a first oil passage to connect the main pump with the second hydraulic actuator through the control valve, and a second oil passage to connect the hydraulic pump-motor with the second hydraulic actuator. The second oil passage meets the first oil passage between the control valve and the second actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Chunnan WU
  • Publication number: 20140179477
    Abstract: A vehicle using a first MG, a second MG, and an engine as drive sources includes an electric oil pump, a mechanical oil pump driven by power of the engine, and a hydraulic circuit. The hydraulic circuit includes first oil passages for supplying oil to the first MG, a second oil passage for supplying oil to the second MG, a switch-over valve capable of switching over states of communication of the first oil passage, and a switch control valve that outputs pilot hydraulic pressure to the switch-over valve. States of the switch-over valve are switched over in accordance with hydraulic pressure from the switch control valve and hydraulic pressure from the mechanical pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masafumi YAMAMOTO, Atsushi TABATA, Koichi OKUDA, Keita IMAI, Keisuke OMURO
  • Patent number: 8745983
    Abstract: A hydraulic fluid cooling system for a pair of integrated hydrostatic transmissions includes a common reservoir holding hydraulic fluid and having hydraulic lines connecting the common reservoir to each integrated hydrostatic transmission, a hydraulic fluid reservoir inside each integrated hydrostatic transmission, and a pump for pumping fluid from each transmission's hydraulic fluid reservoir to the other transmission. An auxiliary hydraulic circuit is between the pair of integrated hydrostatic transmissions. The system pumps hydraulic fluid from one of the integrated hydrostatic transmission to the auxiliary hydraulic circuit, and the return line from the auxiliary hydraulic circuit may be connected to the other integrated hydrostatic transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: James E. Hardzinski
  • Publication number: 20140137545
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed towards a hydraulic system for providing auxiliary drive to a powertrain (11) and a hydraulic circuit (12) by storing and releasing hydraulic fluid using an accumulator (29). A hydraulic drive system (10) comprises an engine (14), a hydraulic machine (22) operably connected to the engine (14), a pump (17), an accumulator (29) and at least one valve (20, 27). The pump (17) is driven by the engine (14) and is configured to control a hydraulic circuit (12). The accumulator (29) is fluidly connected to the hydraulic circuit (21) and the hydraulic machine (22). In one instance, the at least one valve (20, 27) is operable to direct pressurised fluid from at least one of the hydraulic machine (22) and the pump (17) to charge the accumulator (29). Alternatively, the at least one valve (20, 27) is operable to direct pressurised fluid from the accumulator (29) to at least one of the hydraulic machine (22) and the hydraulic circuit (21).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew John Smith, Robert Nicholas Harper
  • Patent number: 8707692
    Abstract: A center section or other mounting member for mounting and hydraulically connecting a pump and motor, includes a first piece having a running surface for the pump and connected to hydraulic porting and a second separable piece having a running surface for the motor and connected to the hydraulic porting. A spacer is disposed between the first piece and the second piece for hydraulically connecting the first piece and the second piece and for modifying the distance between the pump running surface and the motor running surface, whereby the first piece is physically separated from the second piece. Two such mounting members may be used at opposite ends of a main housing with a drive device having two pumps and two motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Raymond Hauser
  • Publication number: 20140109560
    Abstract: A soft robotic device includes a flexible body having a width, a length and a thickness, wherein the thickness is at least 1 mm, the flexible body having at least one channel disposed within the flexible body, the channel defined by upper, lower and side walls, wherein at least one wall is strain limiting; and a pressurizing inlet in fluid communication with the at least one channel, the at least one channel positioned and arranged such that the wall opposite the strain limiting wall preferentially expands when the soft robotic device is pressurized through the inlet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
    Inventors: Filip Ilievski, Xin Chen, Aaron D. Mazzeo, George M. Whitesides, Robert F. Shepherd, Ramses V. Martinez, Won Jae Choi, Sen W. Kwok, Stephen A. Morin, Adam Stokes, Zhihong Nie
  • Patent number: 8689551
    Abstract: A hydraulic drive unit having a center section for a hydraulic pump and hydraulic motor mounted in a casing. The center section includes a cylindrical protuberance for locating the center section in the casing, and at least one fastener opening formed in the center section for receiving a fastener engaged to the casing. The drive unit may also include a pair of flat surfaces formed on the center section and adapted to mount with features in the casing, and a bypass shaft extending into the casing and at least partially disposed in the center section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Eric S. Phanco, Kenneth J. Rawski
  • Patent number: 8667789
    Abstract: The pressure supply unit has a pressure generating aggregate (10), which generates a supply pressure (PL) for the intermittent operation of a power screwdriver (11). So as to allow also a tensioning cylinder unit (33) to be operated alternatively to the power screwdriver (11), which requires higher pressure, a pressure intensifier (30) is provided which is included in a separate module (31) and generates high pressure (PH) from the supply pressure (PL). The reversal of the pressure intensifier (30) for carrying out strokes is achieved by the same stroke switch valve (20) which otherwise performs the reversal of the power screwdriver (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Wagner Vermogensverwaltungs-GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernd Thelen, Ulf Sittig, Günter Andres
  • Publication number: 20140060019
    Abstract: A hybrid electric drive system including a hydraulic power system for a hybrid powered vehicle which includes a transmission, and a combustion engine and an electric motor both mechanically coupled to the transmission to provide engine and/or motor drive power for the vehicle. A plurality of hydraulic circuits communicate with an electrically driven hydraulic pump. The hydraulic pump is configured to provide fluid circulation to the plurality of hydraulic circuits. The hydraulic circuits are each connected to the transmission and other corresponding vehicle components. An electrical power supply is configured to power the electrically driven hydraulic pump, and the electrical power supply is electrically communicating with a rechargeable high voltage (HV) battery system. The electrically driven hydraulic pump communicates with the plurality of hydraulic circuits to provide fluid pressure in the hydraulic circuits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: BAE SYSTEMS CONTROLS INC.
    Inventors: Jurgen Schulte, Filippo Muggeo, Derek Matthws, Brendan Pancheri
  • Publication number: 20140060035
    Abstract: A folding implement frame having seven sections in a use position and nine sections when folded. The frame design allows a frame having a width of greater than 27 meters to be folded into a transport position having a width of less than eight meters and a height of less than six meters. The hydraulic system transfers weight to the center frame section during folding and unfolding to enhance stability. The hydraulic system uses accumulators to minimize the amount of oil reduction in the tractor reservoir resulting from extension of the hydraulic cylinders of the implement. Implement raise and lower cycle times are minimized by a helper cylinder to lift the frame main section when the entire implement weight is on the main section and allowing a smaller cylinder to lift the frame main section in the use position for shorter cycle times to raise and lower the implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: AARON L. BARFELS, Randall A. Maro
  • Publication number: 20140026550
    Abstract: A machine includes a hydraulic cylinder configured to raise and lower a boom of the machine, and an accumulator selectively fluidly connected to the hydraulic cylinder. The accumulator is configured to receive fluid from the hydraulic cylinder during lowering of the boom. The machine also includes a hydraulic motor fluidly connected to the accumulator via an independent metering valve. The machine further includes a fan driven by the hydraulic motor and configured to assist in cooling fluid displaced from the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventors: Jason Lee Brinkman, Wesley Thomas Payne, Aristoteles Rosa Neto
  • Patent number: 8621855
    Abstract: A work machine (10) comprises an auxiliary electro-hydraulic circuit (22) adapted to operate a hydraulic actuator (16) of an auxiliary tool (12) when the auxiliary tool (12) is attached to the work machine. The auxiliary electro-hydraulic circuit (22) is electrically controlled by a controller unit (24) in a proportional mode or a continuous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Rian Scot Meyeres, Dennis Patrick Reiter, Paul Ernst, Glenn O. Scheer
  • Patent number: 8621860
    Abstract: A work machine includes a fluid circuit for use with an attachment configured to operate using one of a uni-directional flow and a bi-directional flow through the attachment. An operator-enabled mode selection switch operably connects to a controller. An electrical circuit includes the operator-enabled mode selection switch and a second operator-enabled switch. A first control valve is in fluid communication with the attachment. In response to the mode selection switch being operator-actuated to a bi-directional mode setting, the first control valve via the controller is actuatable to one of the bi-directional positions, electrical power being unavailable to the second operator-enabled switch of the electrical circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: CNH America LLC
    Inventors: Matthew J. Hennemann, C. David Anderson, Garrett L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8607821
    Abstract: A stack valve 1 includes a boom direction switching valve 11 (first direction switching valve) connected to an unloading path 21 and a service valve 13 (second direction switching valve) connected to the unloading path 21 at the downstream of the boom direction switching valve 11. At changeover positions 11a and 11c at which the unloading path 21 on the upstream side is connected to one of the supply and discharge paths 29 and 30 and the other one of the supply and discharge paths 29 and 30 is connected to the unloading path 21 on the downstream side, the boom direction switching valve 11 is connected to a boom valve tank return path 27 which connects the other one of the supply and discharge paths 29 and 30 with the tank path 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Nabtesco Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Miki
  • Publication number: 20130305702
    Abstract: A hydraulic additional drive includes a hydraulic or having working ports configured to be connected to a pump via a high pressure branch and a low pressure branch. The hydraulic motor further includes a purging port to which a feed pressure is configured to be applied to set a “free-wheel mode” while the working ports are connected to a tank. The pressure at the purging port is limited to a comparatively low value between the feed pressure and the tank pressure by a pre-charging valve integrated into the hydraulic motor. The pre-charging valve is arranged in a free-wheel duct which hydraulically connects the purging port to one of the working ports.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Heinz-Gerhard Essig
  • Patent number: 8579595
    Abstract: A cooling device of a construction machine according to the present invention includes: two or more hydraulic motors that rotate positively and reversibly to correspond to a supplying direction of pressure oil and drives rotatably cooling fans connected thereto, respectively; a switching valve switching rotation directions of the two or more hydraulic motors by switching the supplying direction of the pressure oil supplied to the two or more hydraulic motors from the hydraulic motor; and flow rate makeup valves controlling an additional flow supplied upstream of the two or more hydraulic motors when a pressure drop is generated upstream of the two or more hydraulic motors on the basis of the supplying direction of the pressure oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun Su Cho
  • Patent number: 8555631
    Abstract: Hydraulic transmission circuit with N hydraulic motors, wherein each motor comprises N sub-motors, all N2 sub-motors having the same cylinder displacement. The circuit comprises one common feed duct, adapted for receiving fluid under pressure, and to which one feed sub-motor of each motor is connected; one common exhaust duct, adapted for ejecting exhaust fluid, and to which one exhaust sub-motor of each motor is connected; N serial ducts, each serial duct connecting a feed, first sub-motor to an exhaust, N-th sub-motor via N?2 interposed sub-motors, these N connected sub-motors respectively belonging to the N motors. This circuit allows tight synchronization of the N hydraulic motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Poclain Hydraulics Industrie
    Inventors: Kyle Arndt, Jean Heren
  • Publication number: 20130255245
    Abstract: The present application discloses a hydraulic oil cylinder, of which a piston rod (3) is provided with at least two cushion collars (4, 11) which are axially slidable along the piston rod (3). Axial throttle oil channels (301a, 301b) are provided between the cushion collars (4, 11) and a piston (6). A first cushion collar (4) is provided with a sealing end face (401), and an end cover of a rod cavity (1) is provided with a sealing end face (101). The sealing end face (401) of the first cushion collar contacts with the sealing end face (101) of the end cover of the rod cavity to form a seal. Hydraulic oil within the rod cavity is discharged through one axial throttle oil channel (301a) to an oil passage B. A second cushion collar (11) is provided with a sealing end face (111), and an end cover of a rodless cavity (12) is provided with a sealing end face (121). The sealing end face (111) of the second cushion collar contacts with the sealing end face (121) of the end cover of the rodless cavity to form a seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicants: SANY HEAVY INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HUNAN SANY INTELLIGENT CONTROL EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiaogang Yi, Yongdong Liu, Bingbing Chen
  • Publication number: 20130256454
    Abstract: An example ram air turbine drive shaft assembly includes a drive shaft that rotates about an axis to drive a hydraulic pump and a generator. The drive shaft has an interruption that redirects a fluid flowing from the hydraulic pump to the generator when the drive shaft is rotated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: David Everett Russ
  • Publication number: 20130239561
    Abstract: A hydraulic transaxle comprises a transaxle housing, an axle, a hydraulic pump, a hydraulic motor, a hydraulic circuit, and a pair of auxiliary pumps. The transaxle housing defines a fluid sump therein. The axle is supported by the transaxle housing. The hydraulic motor is disposed in the transaxle housing so as to drive the axle. The hydraulic pump is disposed in the transaxle housing so as to supply hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic motor. The hydraulic circuit is disposed in the transaxle housing so as to fluidly connect the hydraulic pump to the hydraulic motor. The pair of auxiliary pumps are disposed in the transaxle housing so as to supply fluid from the fluid sump to outside of the transaxle housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Hideki KANENOBU, Masaru Iida, Koji Iwaki, Shinya Sakakura
  • Patent number: 8528325
    Abstract: A pump apparatus for use on a vehicle or industrial application having a housing in which an end cap is disposed. Multiple hydraulic pumps driven by a prime mover are mounted on the end cap and connected to hydraulic ports formed in the end cap. An auxiliary pump may be drivingly coupled to the prime mover and a power take off unit may also be connected thereto. The end cap may further include a charge pump mounting surface and a charge port for connecting a charge pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hydro-Gear Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Raymond Hauser