Link Connections Patents (Class 74/105)
  • Patent number: 11634236
    Abstract: An autothrottle for an aircraft that includes a power-control input (PCL) manually movable by a pilot along a travel path to effect a throttle setting that controls engine power of the aircraft. The autothrottle determines a control-target setting for a throttle of the aircraft and dynamically adjusts the throttle according to the control-target setting, including moving the PCL to achieve the control-target setting. A virtual detent is set and dynamically adjusted at positions along a travel path of the PCL corresponding to the control-target setting. The virtual detent is operative, at least when the autothrottle is in a disengaged state for autothrottle control, to indicate the control-target setting to the pilot via a haptic effect that applies a detent force opposing motion of the PCL in response to the PCL achieving the position of the virtual detent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2023
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick, Markus Knopf, Shahram Askarpour
  • Patent number: 11605927
    Abstract: A crimping hand tool configured to crimp a cable and a connector together is provided. The crimping hand tool includes a first body, a second body, a limiting member, a crimping member, and an adjustment member. The second body is pivoted to the first body. The limiting member is disposed in the second body. The crimping member is movably disposed in the second body and linked with the first body, the crimping member being partially interfered with the limiting member and having only one degree of freedom of movement along an axis. The adjustment member is disposed in the second body, rotating about the axis, and screwed with the crimping member. The adjustment member being forced by an user to adjust a position of the crimping member in the second body along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: JETOOL CORP.
    Inventor: Kai-Yen Lin
  • Patent number: 10252614
    Abstract: A utility vehicle throttle pedal includes a one piece molded plastic body pivotably mounted to a bracket, and having a face, an underside and first and second sidewalls between the face and underside. A throttle connect rod is positioned on the underside of the plastic body and has first and second ends entering first and second openings in the first and second sidewalls. A throttle cable is adjustably attached to the throttle connect rod. The throttle connect rod may be manually connected and disconnected from the throttle pedal without use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Brian D. Seegert
  • Patent number: 8973620
    Abstract: The connecting rod (6) for two articulations with parallel axes and for transmitting the rocking movements of an output lever of a shedding device to a heald frame belonging to a weaving loom, having a first connecting tip connecting to a first articulation and secured to a longitudinal bar, a second connecting tip (62) connecting to a second articulation and including members for clamping the bar that are accessible from one side of the connecting rod, and members (64) for separating the tips along a longitudinal axis (X6) of the connecting rod. The separating member having a bearing member (640) on an inclined surface (612; 630) whereof the normal is comprised in a plane (P6) perpendicular to the axes of the articulations and is inclined relative to the longitudinal axis (X6) of the connecting rod, while the bearing member (640) can be moved in a direction perpendicular to a plane (P34) containing the axes (X3, X4) of the articulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Staubli Faverges
    Inventors: Bastien Tardy, Julien Murat
  • Publication number: 20150013231
    Abstract: A car door-shaft door coupling for arrangement on a door wing with a door leaf plane includes a pivoting lever, which is rotatably mounted on a rotational axis on a support element, and a moveable element, which is coupled to the pivoting lever in such a manner that a movement of the moveable element carried out parallel to the door leaf plane causes the pivoting lever to perform a rotational movement for coupling a car door to a shaft door and change the distance between the lever and the door leaf plane by horizontal movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Willy Walker
  • Publication number: 20150000438
    Abstract: This device comprises a pair of parallel arms (1, 2) having clamps (11, 21) for clamping the packages (E) to be transported and means for regulating separation which comprise:—a scissor mechanism (4) having two rods (41, 42) articulated to the rear end of the arms (1, 2) and carrying roller means (46, 47);—guide sections (5, 5a . . . ) distributed on the packaging machine, provided with a longitudinal track (51) for guiding the roller means (46, 47) of the scissor mechanism (4) and—actuating means (7) suited to moving each guide section (5, 5a) and arranging the latter in a position suited to determining the separation of each pair of parallel arms (1, 2) in each area of the route of the transport device by means of a variation in longitude of the scissor mechanism (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: BOSSAR PACKAGING, S.A.
    Inventor: Sáez López Abel
  • Publication number: 20140371785
    Abstract: A number of improvements to laparoscopic devices are described herein, primarily to improve the ergonomic functionality of the devices. For example, an articulating rod system is described, a gripping mechanism is described, and an end effector is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: M. Susan Hallbeck, Jakeb Riggle, Adam de Laveaga, Jake Kaufman
  • Publication number: 20140318292
    Abstract: A multi-stage drive includes a linear actuator configured for linear movement along an actuation axis, and a control surface. The control surface is operatively connected to the linear actuator for rotation about a deployment axis in a deployment stage, and for rotation in a control stage about a control axis that is different from the deployment axis, so that movement of the linear actuator along the actuation axis drives rotation of the control surface in both the deployment stage and in the control stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Plumer, Randy Buker
  • Publication number: 20140116168
    Abstract: A furniture device (1) comprising a fundament (3), a support member (5) comprising a first section (7), a second section (9) and a pivoting member (15) adapted to pivot the second section between a first and a second orientation. The pivoting member comprising an arm arrangement (20, 20a, 20b) comprising a first arm (22) extending between the fundament and the second section and comprising a displaceable end (50), a second arm (40) extending between the fundament and the second section, a first pivot (24) between the first arm and the fundament and a second pivot (42) between the second arm and the fundament. The pivoting member comprises a pivoting mechanism (30) adapted to pivot the second section from the first orientation to the second orientation by inducing a displacement of the displaceable end towards the second pivot (42) while the first and the second arm act on the second section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: PASS OF SWEDEN AB
    Inventor: Michael Viberg
  • Publication number: 20130255414
    Abstract: A stage apparatus includes at least one tube having a first section and a second section, the first section being coupled to a point of reference. The apparatus also includes at least one magnet, a precision stage, and a tube carrier. The precision stage is positioned at least partially over the at least one magnet, and has a first set of coils. The first set of coils cooperates with the at least one magnet to drive the precision stage. The tube carrier is at least partially positioned over the at least one magnet, and includes an end effector portion arranged to carry the second section, wherein the tube carrier further includes a second set of coils, the second set of coils being supported by the end effector portion and arranged to cooperate with the at least one magnet to control motion of the end effector portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Parker-McCormick Bjork, Michael B. Binnard, Scott Coakley
  • Patent number: 8418954
    Abstract: An aircraft wing assembly comprising: a wing; a spoiler pivotally attached to the wing; and a spoiler deployment mechanism. The deployment mechanism comprises a scissor linkage mechanism comprising an upper link pivotally attached to the spoiler at an upper pivot, and a lower link pivotally attached to the wing at a lower pivot and to the upper link at a central pivot. An actuator is pivotally attached to the wing at a proximal pivot and to the scissor linkage mechanism at a distal pivot. The actuator is adjustable between expanded and contracted configurations so as to vary the distance between the proximal and distal pivots. This opens up the angle between the upper and lower links of the scissor linkage mechanism and pushes the spoiler up into the air-stream above the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Damian Allen
  • Publication number: 20130061700
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an opening/closing device including a fixed plate, a moving plate that can be moved relative to the fixed plate, a slide plate that is formed having a slide groove, a hinge arm including a first shaft part rotatably connected to the fixed plate, a third shaft part rotatably connected to the moving plate, and a second shaft part provided between the first shaft part and the third shaft part, and configured to move the moving plate between a closed position and an open position relative to the fixed plate by centrally rotating about the first shaft part, a slide arm including a fourth shaft part rotatably connected to the moving plate and a fifth shaft part connected slidably along the slide groove of the slide plate, and configured to move the moving plate between the closed position and the open position relative to the fixed plate by rotating about the fourth shaft part, a link arm having one end part connected to the second shaft part and another end part connected to the fi
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Mitsui, Hironobu Sayama
  • Publication number: 20100229664
    Abstract: An action ornament composes of a decoration housing formed by a front and back cases, a main body which engages with said housing, a linkage unit which is partially provided inside the main body and a protracting element hidden and incorporated in the housing and jointed with the linkage unit. A seat is provided on the top of the main body for engaging the case. A hollow tube for attaching a rod object is provided to the bottom of said seat. To actuate the mechanism, a pin is pulled down, driving the linkage unit and causing the housing to open slightly and exposing the protracting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Pao-Feng Lee
  • Publication number: 20100148561
    Abstract: An armrest assembly for a vehicle seat includes a bracket and an armrest. The bracket includes first and second elongated slots. The armrest includes a first pin pivotally and slidably disposed in the first slot and a second pin pivotally and slidably disposed in the second slot. Pivotal movement of the armrest between a stowed position and a deployed position urges the first pin along the first slot and the second pin along the second slot thereby lifting the armrest to prevent interference between the armrest and the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: David M. Runde
  • Publication number: 20080187394
    Abstract: An external control assembly for a quick-release device of a linear actuator comprises a collar and a handle and the purpose of the quick-release device for promptly returning a workpiece driven by the linear actuator can be achieved by implementing the handle to rotate the collar. According to the present invention, the collar has a polygon-shaped out periphery and the handle comprises a assembling hole shaped in a polygon shape corresponding to the out periphery of the collar so that when the handle is mounted onto the out periphery of the collar, a combined motion of simultaneous rotation about the axis of the collar of the handle can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Wen-Chia Tsou
  • Patent number: 6692093
    Abstract: Device for adjusting a mounting angle of an LCD for a refrigerator including an LCD rotatably mounted on a front surface of a door of a refrigerator by a hinge, and mounting angle adjusting means in rear of the LCD for rotating the LCD to an angle centered on the hinge shaft, thereby permitting the user to watch the most clear image, and improving a freedom of design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jin Koo Park, Sang Ho Seo, Young Hoon Roh
  • Patent number: 6276895
    Abstract: A fan has an associated centrifugal mechanism and a shutter, comprising a plurality of pivoted vanes and a central vane pivotally interconnected with a pair of heavy tie rods. The centrifugal mechanism is driven by the fan propeller and comprises a hermetic housing wherein are located, symmetrical spaced apart in rapport to the fan axis, at least a pair of radial sliding masses operatively connected with flexible cables to an axial sliding reciprocating actuator which is disposed at proximity of the shutter central vane. When the fan starts to operate in either direction by an electric motor, the radial masses slide radially by centrifugal action and pull the axial reciprocating actuator away from the central vane, allowing the shutter heavy tie rods, to open the shutter. When the fan stops, an internal spring housed within the axial sliding reciprocating actuator pushes it against the central vane causing the closing of the shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Inventor: Angelo Milana
  • Patent number: 6145548
    Abstract: A connector for a drawing mechanism including at least one tubular connecting rod of flattened cross section for connecting the connecting rod to a rocking lever of a heddle mechanism wherein the connector includes two cheeks adapted to be disposed on opposite sides of the lever and where at least two generally parallel pins include first ends which are welded to inner faces of the cheeks. The pins include second ends adapted to be connected within the connecting rod and which second ends are spaced from the first ends by a deformable portion of each pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Staubli Faverges
    Inventor: Andre Fumex
  • Patent number: 5975597
    Abstract: An outside handle of a vehicular sliding door to open/close an opening of a vehicle body, having a bell crank portion which is formed into an L-shape having a first joint and a second joint at its leading ends and is turnably supported at its L-shaped bent portion on a the base portion through a crank pin. A fixed link is formed between the handle pin of the handle portion and the crank pin of the bell crank portion to construct a four-point link mechanism together with the handle portion, the sub-link portion and the bell crank portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuya Makiuchi, Mamoru Nishihira, Kunihiko Hisamoto, Masaji Hirano, Ryoichi Fukumoto, Morihito Nomura, Masakatsu Tsubouchi
  • Patent number: 5934731
    Abstract: A discharge control apparatus for the rear slide gate on the tail gate of a truck box comprises a rod mounted horizontally across the tailgate from a free beyond one side of the tail gate. The rod is formed in two portions which can divided as a coupler between a center section of the tail gate and a side section of the tailgate. The rod portion of the center section is connected by a pair of cranks to the slide gate. A lever on the free end of the rod can be rotated manually and the rod locked at a required position to hold the slide gate at the required opening. The coupling can be disconnected by pulling the side rod portion away from the center rod portion to allow the center section to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Elgin Routledge
    Inventor: Elgin Routledge
  • Patent number: 5934147
    Abstract: A linkage arrangement supports an implement such that the implement is movable relative to a support member which is also movable relative to a structure. Movement of the implement and support member is limited by mechanical and/or mechanically operated limits. The linkage mechanism enables an increase in the ability to move and orientate the implement within a limit envelope. In a preferred form, a first linkage arm is pivotably mounted to a prime mover. At a distal end of the first linkage arm an orientation member is pivotably attached, the orientation member pivotably attached to a first limit actuating arm. The rotation of the first linkage arm causes rotation of the orientation member. The orientation member provides a base for the attachment of a further arm or implement. The first arm or implement is prevented from contacting the prime mover by the limits provided by the orientation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Telepoint New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: Clifford Allan Parker
  • Patent number: 5931202
    Abstract: A holding and guiding mechanism (5, 5') for connecting shaft drive rods (6, 6') in a loom includes a plurality of parallel guide tracks arranged next to each other and extending substantially vertically and defining a guide curve for a prescribed motion path of the drive rods (6, 6'). The guide curve is preferably formed by a circular guide track for a respective drive rod. The upper end of each drive rod is connected through cooperating first and second couplings to one of the heald frames and the lower end of each drive rod is journalled to a shaft drive (8D) for the shed formation when the respective drive rod is an active rod connected to the heald frame or when the respective rod assumes a passive state in which it is also held in the drive and holding mechanism, but the coupling at the upper rod end is disconnected or decoupled at this time from the heald frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Lindauer Dornier Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Horst Haeussler, Hubertus Ludwig, Horst Kerner
  • Patent number: 5931415
    Abstract: A door assembly for covering an opening (12) formed in the body (26) of an aircraft including a door (10) with two gooseneck hinge arms (28) are rotatably connected at one end to the aircraft body above the door opening and rotatably connected at their other end to the door. An actuator (30) is provided to pivot the hinge arm about its rotatable connection to the body. Two mounting panels (106) are located between the two gooseneck hinge arms. A torque tube (104) is supported by the door and rotates by turning an interior door handle (100) that is located between the two mounting panels. The door assembly further includes a latching assembly (32), hinge guide assembly (34), and frame guide assembly (36) that cooperate to give the door a desired motion. The latching, hinge guide, and frame guide assemblies each include various rollers that engage with tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: George F.D. Lingard, Donald R. Noble, Michael A. Fleming, Robert A. Kasper
  • Patent number: 5924325
    Abstract: In machines for opening of a tapping hole, for example in tapping hole boring machines, carriage holder (4) with boring bar and boring machine is swung up via four-bar linkage (5) by a lifting cylinder (10) out of an optionally obliquely sloped working or boring position into a neutral position out of the area of a runner. The boring angle is adjustable on connecting rod (7) of four-bar linkage (5). To securely keep the lifting device for automatic changing of the boring bar always in the horizontal neutral position, piston rod (11) of lifting cylinder (10) is linked to the free end of angle lever (13) which is pivoted around axis (16) located stationary on lifting frame (8). The angle lever is hinged via link plate (14) to upper short lever arm (15) of lifting arm (6). Link plate (14) with short lever arm (15) and angle lever (13) in the horizontal neutral position of the lifting device forms self-locking knee link (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Dango & Dienenthal Maschinenbau GmbH
    Inventors: Eberhard Brucher, Wolfgang Klaas
  • Patent number: 5875678
    Abstract: A device with a pivoting work arm for carrying and positioning a tool which is moved by a modified Watts linkage powered by a linear actuator is provided with shock absorption adjacent both the fully extended and fully retracted work arm positions. The modified Watts linkage engages a pawl which rotates a lever arm in the same direction to actuate the same shock absorber(s) when the work arm is moved to both its fully extended and fully retracted positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: UNOVA IP Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. McNamara
  • Patent number: 5857683
    Abstract: A creeper having a base and an inclinable back portion and an apparatus for inclining the back, the apparatus including lever arms, pull bars, a sliding member, rocker arms and a sprocket wheel about which a length of chain attached the lever arm rolls. A point of target contact between the chain and sprocket wheel moves along the length of the lever arm resulting in a variable mechanical advantage for a force applied to the lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Carl Clark Auel Living Will
    Inventor: Carl C. Auel
  • Patent number: 5823471
    Abstract: A system for controlling a control surface articulated to a structure of a vehicle about a first axis includes a tab articulated to the trailing edge of the control surface about a second axis parallel to the first axis, an elastic link provided between the control surface and the tab, a pilot input control mechanism to which the elastic link is connected and which acts on the tab, and an actuating member provided between the control surface and the link for keeping the tab/control surface assembly in any position whatever. The elastic link and the actuating member are arranged to be at least substantially parallel to the first axis of articulation of the control surface. The first axis is disposed near, and upstream from, the elastic link and the actuating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Aerospatiale Societe Nationale Industrielle
    Inventor: Francis Dazet
  • Patent number: 5810092
    Abstract: The invention relates to an implement for treating soil and, in particular, to an implement used to improve the hygroscopic properties of the soil by making holes in it using one or more tools mounted on an irregular, variable, quadrilateral jointed structure pivoted to a frame and actuated by a linkage system which can modify its configuration in such a way as to drive the tool into the soil and then angle it gradually so as to widen the bottom of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Franco Selvatici
  • Patent number: 5768957
    Abstract: A hand tool comprising a housing 1 with a ratchet wheel 2 in one end of the housing 1 and a lever assembly mounted on the housing adjacent the other end of the housing. The lever assembly comprises two linkages 23,24 pivotably attached to a lever 21 and to a mounting bracket 25. A rod 5 is disposed axially in the housing 1. A link chain 6 and ratchet tooth 7 are connected to the other end of the rod 5 about the ratchet wheel 2. The lever 21 is attached to the end of the rod 5 to form a ball socket. When the lever 21 is squeezed, the end portion 22 of the lever 21 pulls the rod 5 substantially straight outwards from the housing 1 which pulls the link chain 6 and ratchet tooth 7 on the ratchet wheel 2 to rotate the ratchet wheel 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Rodney William Baker
  • Patent number: 5704569
    Abstract: A counterbalance mechanism (10) counters the weight of a door in an airplane. The door hingedly mounts to the fuselage of the airplane, and rotates upward and inward relative to the fuselage along a hinge axis. The counterbalance mechanism includes a housing (12) for affixing the counterbalance mechanism to the fuselage of the airplane. A guide tube (14) rotatably mounts to the housing for swinging movement about an axis of rotation generally parallel to the hinge axis of the door. The guide tube includes a rod (40) that extends outwardly from the guide tube. Compression springs (34) within the guide tube oppose outward movement of the rod. A linkage assembly that includes a bell crank (50) and a push rod (56) connects the guide tube to the door via rod (40) to assert counterbalancing force during the door opening and closing sequence of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Dyrk L. Daniels
  • Patent number: 5699896
    Abstract: A transfer device includes a transfer tool which is activated by a rectilinear guide, i.e. by a mechanism made such that a point of attachment of the transfer tool describes a rectilinear trajectory when the guide is activated. A drive element for activating the guide is provided with non-rectilinear motion, and in particular with angular motion. Preferably, the rectilinear guide consists of an articulated oscillating linkage. The transfer device is used in a packaging machine for cigarettes or the like, in which, whenever possible, for each transfer of product into the processing path of the machine, rectilinear transfer units for the products are used, which transfer units are actuated by transfer devices activated by articulated oscillating linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: SASIB S.p.A
    Inventors: Walter Spada, Orazio Di Camillo
  • Patent number: 5653268
    Abstract: A modulator mechanism for a rotary dobby, the input side of the modulator mechanism being connected to a drive which rotates at an essentially constant angular velocity and the output side thereof providing an output which is applied to a main shaft controlling heald shafts and which is temporally modulated inch a way that a delay of the movements of the heald shafts their maximum displacement positions is caused. To permit a sufficiently large shed rest angle for aft insertion in the case of fabrics having a very large width, a substantially enlarged shed rest angle is provided by a rotatable cam body, which is connected to the drive, and by at least one cam body follower in the form of an articulated lever, which, when the cam body rotates, carries out an oscillating pivoting movement modulated in accordance with the cam shape of the cam body, the pivoting movement being transmitted to the main shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Staubli GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Burkert
  • Patent number: 5645249
    Abstract: An airfoil is provided for an aircraft such as a helicopter, wherein the airfoil can be folded to a stowed position and unfolded to an operational position, without requiring an adjustment of the control rod assembly which lies within the airfoil. The control rod assembly (50, FIG. 2) includes inboard and outboard control rods (60, 62) with adjacent ends lying below the main axis (86) about which the foldable airfoil parts pivot, with a linkage (64) connecting the control rods. The linkage includes a long first link (90, FIG. 5) pivotally connected at a first axis (92) to an end of the inboard control rod and a second link (96) pivotally connected at a second axis (102) to the first link and at a third axis (106) to the outboard control rod. The links are constructed so they overlap in the operational position of the horizontal stabilizer, with the first, second, and third axes lying substantially along a force line (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: McDonnell Douglas Corporation
    Inventor: Jeff M. Hein
  • Patent number: 5522304
    Abstract: A driver, used as a link between a piston of an injection pump and a drive element which rests freely against the end of the piston nearest the driver and moves with the piston, is attached to the drive element in such a way that, in order to establish the link between the piston and the drive element, the driver can be rotated over the widened face of a baseplate located at the end of the piston until it reaches a final position in which it is secured by the fact that it grips the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Motorenfabrik Hatz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gunter Kampichler, Herbert Geier
  • Patent number: 5463913
    Abstract: An actuator mechanism for positioning first and second reference members relative to first and second optical axes for use by first and second imaging devices or cameras which are used to image the front and rear sides of a document. A single solenoid is used to move or rotate the first and second reference members into the appropriate positions. A special actuator member which pivots on the operating plunger of the solenoid is used to provide an extra increment of rotation to enable the accurate location of the first and second references members relative to the first and second optical axes mentioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventor: George J. Hroch
  • Patent number: 5462093
    Abstract: A motion damping system for a weaving machine which includes a pair of elastic members connected to supply damping force in opposite directions to an oscillating member. The oscillating member is connected to a control member so as to oscillate to and from a median position. The oppositely directed elastic members apply continous force to urge the oscillating member toward the median position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Assignee: S.A. des Etablissements Staubli (FRANCE)
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Froment
  • Patent number: 5439091
    Abstract: The present invention teaches a method and apparatus for a single stroke kinematic system, having a required mid stroke dwell, which permits positioning of the mid stroke dwell with respect to both space and time. A four bar linkage mechanism is disclosed having a bottom stroke and a top stroke toggle thereby kinematically providing the acceleration ramps into and out of the bottom stroke and top stroke dwells. A cycloidal drive mechanism is provided to drive the four bar linkage and providing time/phase shifting of the cycloidal drive's mid cycle dwell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Utica Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur C. Mason
  • Patent number: 5404744
    Abstract: Position control for pneumatic positioning devices and the like, comprising a sensing lever linked to the drive rod of the positioning device and comprising a measuring lever acting on a measuring system, whereby the one lever is seated on a position control axle with positive lock or form-fit and the other lever is seated on said position control axle with non-positive lock, and comprising at least one detent acting on the measuring lever with which the sensing lever and the measuring lever are brought into an angle relative to one another that corresponds to a zero setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Samson Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Heinfried Hoffmann, Lothar Kemmler, Bernd Mann
  • Patent number: 5379664
    Abstract: A joint of a hydraulic manipulator connects two hollow arm members and includes two indirect linkage members arranged to provide increased scope for the joint. Hydraulic hoses or cables extend through the hollow arm members, so as to be protected, and along a route which intersects the centre axis of the joint so they are not stretched as the joint bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Assignee: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    Inventors: Keith Kershaw, John D. Asquith, Peter Shilton, deceased
  • Patent number: 5365801
    Abstract: A coarse/fine adjustment of a rotary body, comprising: a worm wheel fitted to a rotary shaft of a rotary body; a worm meshing with the worm wheel and having a first screw; a rotary driving shaft having a second screw engaging with the first screw and rotated by a manipulation member and a switching means for effecting a switchover to rotationally or rectilinearly move the worm engaging with the rotary driving shaft. The worm is biased by a biasing means to mesh with the worm wheel while keeping a thrust state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoji Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5349879
    Abstract: An article (30) is controllably and precisely positioned at one of three discrete locations defined by a linkage. The positioning apparatus includes two independently driven cranks (34, 42), with a link (50) pivotably connected between the two cranks (34, 42). Another connector (44) is pivotably connected between one of the cranks (34 or 42) and the article (30) to be positioned. The cranks (34, 42) are rotationally adjusted so that the pivot points (52, 54) of the link (50) are collinear with the axes of rotation of the cranks (40, 48), thereby defining one of the three discrete locations. Additional cranks and links can be provided to define additional discrete locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Assignee: Santa Barbara Research Center
    Inventor: John J. Brooks
  • Patent number: 5343773
    Abstract: A motor-driven cam disk having a radially projecting, eccentrically arranged crank pin which generates a first movement, for example the pumping movement of a bellows pump. A running wheel which is pressed by a spring force against the cam disk in a resilient manner is arranged in the radial direction on the cam disk. The running wheel serves to generate a second movement, for example the swiveling movement of a swivel lever. For this purpose, the motor-driven cam disk has two cam paths which are offset relative to one another in a stepped manner and pass into one another at two locations on the cam disk. The cam disk has a switch tongue to enable the movements generated by the motor-driven cam disk to be decoupled from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Heinz Lehna
  • Patent number: 5335586
    Abstract: A handle linkage including two handle arms rotatably secured to each other, while one handle arm is attached to the body of a tool and the other handle arm is attached to an actuatable member of the tool. One or more links connect the actuatable member to the second handle arm allowing for substantially linear movement of the actuatable member into the body of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: MAC Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark R. Casto, Jeffrey A. Batten, Raymond J. Mathieu
  • Patent number: 5326218
    Abstract: A robotic arm for moving product from a first handling station to a second handling station is disclosed. The robotic arm includes a support structure and a driven shaft mounted to the support structure. The driven shaft is adapted for rotation about a first axis. A device is provided for selectively oscillating the shaft through successive, selected arcs of rotation. A crank arm is secured to the driven shaft at a first point such that the crank arm is rotated about the first axis. A linkage member is rotatably secured to the support structure for rotation about a second axis. The linkage member is rotatably secured to the support structure at a first linkage pivot point on the linkage member. The crank arm and the linkage member are interconnected by an elongated boom member having a first end, a cranking point and a product handling end. The boom member is pivotally connected at its first end to the linkage member. The boom member is further pivotally connected at its cranking point to the crank arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Inventor: David M. Fallas
  • Patent number: 5320208
    Abstract: The present invention teaches method and apparatus for a single stroke kinematic system, having a required mid stroke dwell, which permits positioning of the mid stroke dwell with respect to both space and time. A four bar linkage mechanism is disclosed having a bottom stroke and a top stroke toggle thereby kinematically providing the acceleration ramps into and out of the bottom stroke and top stroke dwells. A cycloidal drive mechanism is provided to drive the four bar linkage and providing time/phase shifting of the cycloidal drive's mid cycle dwell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Assignee: Utica Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur C. Mason
  • Patent number: 5315889
    Abstract: An iris drive mechanism has two slidable diaphragms which are operatively connected with a motor through a lever arrangement which, for a given motor output shaft rotational speed moves the diaphragms slowly at their extreme positions wherein the aperture is small and large respectively, and more quickly at an intermediate stage. The slower movement when the aperture is small improves the F number resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shuuji Moro, Kanehiro Tada, Yasuo Nishida, Eiji Ohshima
  • Patent number: 5281049
    Abstract: A rotatable driver comprising a Geneva type wheel is operated by a turning knob associated with climate designations on a mounting dashboard panel. The driver has drive pins that engage slots in tangential movement in driven links connected to push-pull cables. These cables in turn are connected to control doors in air ducts in vehicle climate control systems. The driver includes a wall segment selectively engageable with the driven links to serve as a stop such that upon driving movement of one of the driven links the other driven link is held stationary. One of the driven links has a cam edge that actuates an electric switch for an air conditioning unit on the vehicle in selected positions of the driven link. A directional air flow lever has an axis of rotation in alignment with the axis of rotation of the rotatable driver and operative between the turning knob and the mounting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Sprague Aristo-Aire, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Holt
  • Patent number: 5271652
    Abstract: A device in which an auxiliary force is applied to a loading deck side plate of a truck to reduce the force required for opening and closing the side plate. A spring is provided on the underside of the loading deck to pull a rod substantially horizontally. A swing link is provided below a side end portion of the loading deck, and the tip of the swing link and an outer surface of the side plate are connected together through a connecting link in such a manner that the tip of the swing link points obliquely upward or downward when the side plate is closed or fully open, respectively. The tip of the rod and an intermediate portion of the swing link are connected together through an intermediate link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Assignee: Chuo-Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yosio Watanabe, Masayoshi Ohishi
  • Patent number: 5255719
    Abstract: Connectors which are removably mounted within connecting rods which are used to assemble the rods to levers for controlling the movement of heddle frames in a weaving loom and which include expandable jaws for securing the connectors within the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: S.A. des Etablissements Staubli (France)
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Froment
  • Patent number: 5224808
    Abstract: A wall board lifting and positioning apparatus which includes an elongated boom having first and second ends and apparatus for holding an associated individual panel. The apparatus for holding is carried on the elongated boom proximate to the first end thereof and apparatus for moving the boom through a plurality of substantially coplanar positions. The apparatus includes apparatus for pivoting and rotating the apparatus for holding to position the apparatus for holding. In some forms of the invention the apparatus for moving includes a first elongated control link and a second elongated control link. The boom may be supported on a head member. The first control link and the second control link may be each pivotally connected to the head member and may also be pivotally connected to the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: James Macris