Yieldability In Gear Trains Patents (Class 74/411)
  • Patent number: 10641130
    Abstract: A turning device includes: a driving source; a main drive gear rotationally driven by the driving source; a driven gear that engages with the main drive gear and is rotated integrally with a rotated body, wherein the turning device rotationally drives the driving source to rotate the rotated body; a movement mechanism that causes the main drive gear to reciprocate in an axial direction between a separated position at which engagement of the main drive gear and the driven gear is released and an engaged position at which the main drive gear engages with the driven gear; a forward rotation mechanism that intermittently rotates the main drive gear; and a reverse rotation mechanism that intermittently rotates the main drive gear in a direction opposite to a direction by the forward rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES COMPRESSOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuichi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10480640
    Abstract: This power transmission device includes a motor, a worm connected to a rotating shaft of the motor, and a worm wheel engaged with the worm and disposed at an operation pedal side with respect to the worm, wherein a biasing member which biases the motor in a direction in which the worm and the worm wheel come in contact with each other when the motor is driven is disposed between the motor and a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Lock Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kouzuma, Kohei Hirotani
  • Patent number: 10393245
    Abstract: The reducer includes a screw, threaded internal rollers, and a tapped internal casing. The internal rollers each being in mesh firstly with the screw and secondly with the internal casing by means of at least one thread of opposite hand to a thread of the screw and of the same hand as a thread of the internal casing. The reducer further includes a tapped external casing and external rollers each in mesh firstly with the internal casing and secondly with the external casing. The external rollers are provided with at least one thread of opposite hand to a thread of the internal casing and of the same hand as a thread of the external casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Chassis Brakes International B.V.
    Inventors: Thierry Pasquet, Philippe Telega
  • Patent number: 10357871
    Abstract: A transducer assembly for use in a power tool includes a bracket affixed to a housing of the power tool and a protrusion having an arcuate outer periphery. The protrusion is offset from a central axis of the bracket and extends from the bracket in a direction parallel with the central axis. The transducer assembly also includes a transducer having an inner hub with an aperture through which a distal end of the protrusion is received. The arcuate outer periphery of the protrusion is in substantially line contact with a wall segment at least partially defining the aperture. The transducer also includes an outer rim affixed to a ring gear of the power tool, a flexible web interconnecting the inner hub to the rim, and a sensor affixed to the flexible web for detecting strain of the flexible web in response to a reaction torque applied to the ring gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: MILWAUKEE ELECTRIC TOOL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Troy C. Thorson, Matthew J. Mergener, John S. Dey, IV, Toby Lichtensteiger, Jacob P. Schneider, Trent Sheffield
  • Patent number: 10343511
    Abstract: In a vehicle in-wheel motor drive device, an in-wheel motor unit is supported by a supporting member in a posture in which a direction from a first axis to a center-of-gravity position of the in-wheel motor unit has a horizontal direction component in an axially perpendicular plane perpendicular to the first axis, and the supporting member is provided with a stopper brought into contact with the in-wheel motor unit to regulate vibrations having a component in a vertical direction around the first axis of the in-wheel motor unit before an elastic member reaches an elastic limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenji Odaka
  • Patent number: 10236747
    Abstract: A strain wave gearing with a built-in motor is provided with a motor, a wave gear mechanism enclosing the motor coaxially, and a heat-insulation spacing formed therebetween. The wave gear mechanism has a wave generator attached to the motor rotor so as to rotate integrally with the motor rotor. A wave generator plug of the wave generator is fixed to a rotor magnet back yoke of the motor rotor so as to enclose the rotor magnet back yoke. The spacing is formed in a contact surface portion between the rotor magnet back yoke and the wave generator back yoke, whereby heat transfer from the motor to the wave gear mechanism is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: HARMONIC DRIVE SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Tomoki Terashima, Kiyoto Kobayashi, Sachio Oshima
  • Patent number: 10128719
    Abstract: To permit a torque support (4) having the most play-free introduction of force into the supporting structure with a compensation of tolerance at the same time, it is provided that a guide bushing (24), which is arranged in a recess (28) on the second end (13) and a connecting pin (20), which is pivotably mounted in the guide bushing (24) all arranged on a connecting part (10) of the torque support (4), a gap (29) being provided in the radial direction (R) between the guide bushing (24) and the recess (28) and the guide bushing (24) being arranged in a play-free manner in the tangential direction (T) in the recess (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: B&R INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION GMBH
    Inventor: Manfred Albrecht
  • Patent number: 10022193
    Abstract: A surgical system (200) includes a surgical instrument (260) that is sensitive to backlash that would adversely affect the transmission of controlled torque and position to the surgical instrument. The surgical instrument (260) is coupled to motors in a surgical instrument manipulator assembly (240) via a mechanical interface. The combination of the mechanical interface and surgical instrument manipulator assembly (240) have low backlash, e.g., less than 0.7 degrees. The backlash is controlled in the surgical instrument manipulator assembly (240). From the drive output disk (545) in the surgical instrument manipulator assembly to the driven disk (964) of the surgical instrument, the mechanical interface has zero backlash for torque levels used in surgical procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Cooper, Anthony K McGrogan, Robert E. Holop, Todd R. Solomon, Eugene F. Duval, Kent M. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9976631
    Abstract: A primary objective of the present embodiments is to provide a transmission that may be simple in design, low in weight, and have a reduced cost of manufacture while being capable of a relatively high ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Brian Wittig
  • Patent number: 9903466
    Abstract: A worm backlash adjustment device includes a drive unit, a backlash adjustment unit, and a control device. The drive unit includes a first motor device, a first drive member, a linking member, a passive member, and a second drive member. The first drive member and the linking member are coaxially driven by the first motor device. The passive member is coaxially connected with the second drive member and linked by the linking member to turn reversely. The two drive members are disposed at two sides of a driven member to drive the driven member, respectively. The backlash adjustment unit includes a second motor device, a screw member, and a backlash adjustment member. Through the screw member, the backlash adjustment member is driven by the second motor device to move linearly. The second drive member has a drive function and a backlash adjustment function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Johnson Jan
  • Patent number: 9731745
    Abstract: A stroller includes: a first stroller component and a second stroller component. At least one of the first and second stroller components is movable from a first position to a second position. The stroller also includes: a drive mechanism operatively engaged with the at least one of the first and second stroller components to move the at least one of the first and second stroller components from its first position to its second position; and a disengaging mechanism for disengaging the operative engagement between the drive mechanism and the at least one of the first and second stroller components to facilitate manual movement of the at least one of the first and second stroller components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Thorley Industries LLC
    Inventors: Henry F. Thorne, Robert D. Daley, Mary J. Koes
  • Patent number: 9617924
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a valve assembly and, more particularly, to a valve assembly which has a simple configuration to return a valve from an open or closed position to an initially-set position when the supply of electric power to a drive motor which controls the open ratio of the valve is shut off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HYUNDAI KEFICO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yong-Soon Park
  • Patent number: 9568104
    Abstract: A piston assembly for a torque converter is provided. The piston assembly includes a seal assembly including an inner ring configured for fixing to an outer circumferential surface of a transmission input shaft. The seal assembly also includes an outer ring on an outer circumferential surface of the inner ring. The piston assembly also includes a lock-up clutch piston including a radially inner end engaging the seal assembly. A method of forming a piston assembly for a torque converter is also provided. The method includes providing an outer ring on an outer circumferential surface of an inner ring to form a seal assembly configured for fixing to an outer circumferential surface of a transmission input shaft and connecting the seal assembly to a radially inner end of a lock-up clutch piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Shane Hague, Scott Strong
  • Patent number: 9534630
    Abstract: A fixed bearing for a steering gear having a rotary bearing which comprises an inner bearing shell which is provided for receiving a pinion shaft of the steering gear, and an outer bearing shell which is accommodated in a bearing bushing, and having a pivoting ring which has an outer ring and an inner ring which are pivotably connected via one or more torsion webs, wherein the outer ring is provided for supporting the fixed bearing in a housing of the steering gear, wherein the inner ring of the pivoting ring is mounted and axially secured on the outside of the bearing bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Hafermalz, Dennis Fuechsel
  • Patent number: 9393951
    Abstract: Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, a method for transitioning between regenerative braking and providing positive torque to a driveline is presented. In particular, an electric machine of the hybrid vehicle may be operated in a speed control mode to reduce the possibility of gear lash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Craig Reed, Alex O'Connor Gibson, Jeffrey Allen Doering, Adam Nathan Banker, Seung-Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 9212724
    Abstract: It is provided a meshed gear for a vehicle disposed in a power transmission path between an engine and drive wheels and made up of a pair of gears meshed with each other, at least one gear making up the meshed gear having a ring shape, and the one gear having an outer circumferential portion disposed with an additional vibration system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroshi Takekawa
  • Patent number: 9134069
    Abstract: In a device for transmitting a torque to a rotary kiln (13), including a drive shaft driven by a motor and having a drive pinion driving a gear rim connected to the rotary kiln, the drive pinion (5) drives the gear rim (12) via an interposed transmission (6), wherein a gear wheel (7) of the transmission (6) engages with the drive pinion (5) in a manner displaceable in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: Holcim Technology Ltd., CMD Engrenages et Reducteurs
    Inventors: René Burkhalter, Laurent Chichery
  • Patent number: 9074953
    Abstract: Various packaging designs for placement of a magnetic torque sensor at the output shaft of a front wheel drive transmission are provided. One design provides for mounting a sensor on a chain drive sprocket or integrating a sensor into a modified sprocket bearing mount. Another design provides for mounting a sensor at the grounded ring gear of a final planetary drive. Another design provides for mounting a sensor at the differential housing. Another design provides for mounting a sensor at the output planetary carrier hub/park gear. Another design provides for mounting a sensor at a multi-piece transfer gear face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Michael Pietron, Nimrod Kapas, Yuji Fujii, Joseph F. Kucharski, Gregory Daniel Goleski, Jeffrey Edward Maurer
  • Publication number: 20150143937
    Abstract: A damper structure for a gear device includes a first gear (2) mounted to turn with respect to a shaft (1) in a circumferential direction, a second gear (3) mounted on the shaft (1) to rotate integrally, a stopper rubber (33) mounted on the second gear (3) to face the first gear (2), and a pressing protrusion (24) at the first gear (2) to face the second gear (3). The stopper rubber (33) is configured to be elastically deformed by pressing the pressing protrusion (24) in a circumferential direction of the second gear (3) during rotation of the first gear (2) and be restored to the initial shape by separating the pressing protrusion (24) during stop of the first gear (2). A recess (25) for accumulating lubricating oil in the first gear (2) is formed to face the stopper rubber (33).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, OTICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Yamanari, Kazunori Ueno, Fumihisa Ishiguro, Jun Hattori
  • Patent number: 9003910
    Abstract: An instrumental unit includes: a step motor; a gear including: a gear body rotated by torque of the step motor, the gear body including a first surface formed with a recess and a second surface opposite to the first surface; and a rotary shaft projecting from the first and second surfaces; a controlling spring accommodated in the recess, a center of the controlling spring through which the rotary shaft projects, the controlling spring having lengths in long and short axis directions orthogonal to each other and having a line-symmetric shape with respect to each of the long and short axis directions; and a case accommodating the step motor, the gear body and the controlling spring, an inner surface of the case including: a first portion supporting the second surface; and a second portion pressing the controlling spring in the recess of the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Taisei Fukuda
  • Patent number: 8943918
    Abstract: A power unit for a vehicle includes a buffering device provided on a final shaft parallel to a countershaft of a speed change gear. The buffering device includes a damper gear wheel supported for relative rotation on the final shaft, a lifter coupled against relative rotation but for relative movement in an axial direction on the final shaft and engaged by a cam provided on one face of the damper gear wheel, a spring retainer supported at a position on the final shaft spaced apart from the lifter, and a coil spring provided between the lifter and the spring retainer for biasing the lifter toward the damper gear wheel. The buffering device is disposed on the final shaft and positioned between a pair of imaginary planes, the pair of imaginary planes extending perpendicularly to an axial line of the idle shaft and passing opposite ends of the idle shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Sotani
  • Patent number: 8904896
    Abstract: A gear device includes a gear, a pin, a plate member, a retainer portion, a contact part and a non-contact part. The pin is inserted into an opening of the gear. The plate member is disposed on a face of the gear and attached along an outer peripheral surface of the pin. The retainer portion is disposed in a vicinity of an end portion of the pin, with the plate member being interposed between the retainer portion and the face of the gear. The contact part is formed by faced surfaces of the retainer portion and the plate member with parts of the faced surfaces annularly making contact in a position closest to an outer peripheral surface of the pin. The non-contact part is formed by the faced surfaces with parts of the faced surfaces not making contact in a position away from the outer peripheral surface of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventors: Masao Ohno, Junichi Matsui, Terumasa Imajyou, Masahiko Ishiyama
  • Patent number: 8899123
    Abstract: An exemplary gear transmission device includes a driving assembly including a driving shaft, a shaft coupling, a circular driving gear, a resilient mechanism and a driven gear engaging with the driving gear. The shaft coupling is fixed to the driving shaft and rotatable in unison with rotation of the driving shaft. The circular driving gear substantially surrounds and is operatively coupled to the shaft coupling and rotatable under urging of the shaft coupling. The resilient mechanism is held between the driving gear and the shaft coupling and is elastically deformable in circumferential directions of the shaft coupling. When the driving gear moves axially and collides with the driven gear without meshing with the driven gear, the driving gear rotates slightly relative to the shaft coupling thereby elastically deforming the resilient mechanism and the driving gear reaches a position where it can mesh with the driven gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cheng-Yi Lai, Tzu-Hsiu Hung
  • Publication number: 20140319764
    Abstract: A driving force transmission device includes a first rotating portion having a first facing portion, and a second rotating portion having a second facing portion. The second rotating portion has an operation range partially overlapping with that of the first facing portion. A cushioning member is provided between the first facing portion and the second facing portion. The cushioning member is deformed by being applied with a pressure. The first rotating portion and the second rotating portion transmit a driving force in a state where the cushioning member is deformed by application of the pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: OKI DATA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi SAITO
  • Publication number: 20140290408
    Abstract: A vibration isolating structure for a power unit. The power unit includes an internal combustion engine equipped with transmissions. The vibration isolation structure includes torque dampers disposed between transmission gears of the transmission and a power transmission shaft supporting the transmission gears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi KUDO, Toshimasa MITSUBORI, Hiromi SUMI
  • Patent number: 8844395
    Abstract: A torque transmission assembly includes two structural component parts for coupled engagement to one another so as to rotate together around an axis of rotation, a first of these structural component parts has an inner circumferential toothing and a second of these structural component parts has an outer circumferential toothing for a rotary coupling engagement with the inner circumferential toothing. The teeth in one toothing of an inner circumferential toothing and outer circumferential toothing are bounded by end faces in a first axial end area of the one toothing. The one toothing has at least one tooth with an end face which is extended forward axially relative to the end faces of the other teeth of the one toothing, and the end face of at least one tooth of the one toothing with the end face which is extended forward axially forms a circumferentially deflecting end face for the other toothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Georg Mencher, Thomas Walter
  • Patent number: 8826764
    Abstract: A braking device for a rotating shaft and a gear motor system using the same. The braking device includes a brake subassembly, a rotating shaft, and a sleeve. The rotating shaft is sheathed with the sleeve. The brake subassembly includes an adjustable screw, a spring, and a brake disc. One end of the spring presses on top of the brake disc and the other end presses at the bottom of the adjustable screw. After the adjustable screw is fixed, the bottom surface of the brake disc is tightly against the outer surface of the sleeve. When the adjustable screw is adjusted, the amount of compression of the spring is changed and the pressure imposed on the brake disc by the spring varies accordingly such that the friction between the brake disc and the sleeve is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hui Hu
  • Patent number: 8757029
    Abstract: Provided is a strain wave gearing having a high stiffness and no limitation imposed on rotation, and a robotic arm including the strain wave gearing. A strain wave gearing includes an electric motor and a strain wave gearing reducer. The strain wave gearing reducer includes: an outer ring member including a first internal gear; a pair of second internal gears each having internal teeth formed along an inner periphery thereof, and the pair of second internal gears differing from the first internal gear in number of teeth; a flexible gear; and a cam member, which distorts the flexible gear in a radial direction to cause the flexible gear to engage with the first internal gear and the pair of second internal gears. The pair of second internal gears is fixed to a pair of fixing plates coupled to each other by a shaft penetrating the cam member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mahito Negishi
  • Patent number: 8746649
    Abstract: A system and method to control vibrations exerted on a non-vibrating structure. The system includes an adjustable variable stiffness support securely attached to both the non-vibrating structure and a vibrating structure. A driver operably associated with the variable stiffness support is configured to selectively adjust the variable stiffness support. A control system in data communication with both a sensor system and the driver includes an algorithm to determine whether adjustment of the variable stiffness support is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Haynes, David L. Williams, Michael R. Smith, Robert J. Pascal, David E. Heverly, Taeoh Lee
  • Patent number: 8715795
    Abstract: In a molded plastic part 1 including a body 2 constituting a design surface 2a and a reinforcing structure 3 projectingly provided on a design back surface 2b of the body 2, the body 2 and the reinforcing structure 3 being integrally molded by injection molding, the reinforcing structure 3 is formed by a combined body of a plurality of transverse ribs 7a, 7b, 7c and 7d which are arranged at appropriate intervals in the resin flow direction at the time of injection molding in the direction intersecting with the resin flow and longitudinal ribs 6p and 6q which extend at right angles to the transverse ribs and connect the transverse ribs to each other. The transverse ribs are connected to the design back surface 2b, and a gate 8 for injection molding is set on one of the transverse ribs. The longitudinal ribs are disposed so as to be separated from the design back surface 2b.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Ryutaro Shinohara, Hisashige Uebayashi
  • Patent number: 8656800
    Abstract: A harmonic drive according to the present invention comprises a plurality of internal gears; a band type of flexible gear provided with teeth engaged with each of the internal gears on its outer circumferential surface, the flexible gear having a pitch circumference length shorter than that of said internal gears; and a wave generating part disposed on an inner side of said flexible gear, the wave generating part generating a plurality of harmonic motions by deforming said flexible gear as the wave generating part rotates. Further, said flexible gear is formed integrally to engage with said plurality of internal gears so that the plurality of harmonic motions are overlapped, and one or more of said plurality of internal gears and said flexible gear are formed of profile shifted gears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chang-hyun Cho, Munsang Kim
  • Patent number: 8621951
    Abstract: A divided toothed wheel having two toothed wheel halves which are tensioned in relation to each other. The first toothed wheel half includes a hollow cylindrical collar with a groove, to which the second toothed wheel half is secured in a form-fitting engagement by a securing element inserted into the groove. The divided tooth wheel takes up a minimum amount of space from the axial direction and has two halves which are permanently connected together. The second toothed wheel half has a radially extending recess and the securing element is designed as an elastically shapeable ring which is arranged in a receiving chamber defined by the groove and the recess and the two toothed wheel halves are permanently joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Presta TecCenter AG
    Inventor: Alex Meier
  • Publication number: 20130319150
    Abstract: An overload protection device in combination with a prime mover and gearbox transmission supplies torque through a gearbox transmission to a load. An input shaft with is driven by the prime mover and rotates therewith. An external spline on the input shaft mates with an input gear having an internal spline. Upon overload of the gearbox transmission, the input shaft fractures an annular groove in the input shaft. A bushing prevents travel of the portion of the input shaft which is driven by the prime mover and which continues to spin after the fracture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: FAIRFIELD MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: KENNETH E. CARLTON, DENNIS BUUCK
  • Publication number: 20130220044
    Abstract: A slat controller for a window blind has a gear, a worm member, and a connector. The gear connects to slats through cords, and the worm member having spiral teeth meshed with the gear. The connector has flexible arms, and the flexible arms have teeth. The worm member has teeth normally engaging the teeth of the connector, and the teeth of the worm member disengage the teeth of the connector to protect the meshed gear and the worm member when the user keeps turning the tilting rod beyond the allowable turning range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Yu-Che Wen, Chih-Yao Chang
  • Patent number: 8515308
    Abstract: A gear center-distance maintaining mechanism includes a first support body that rotatably supports a first gear to be rotated by driving force from a driving unit, a second support body that rotatably supports a second gear to be meshed with the first gear so as to transmit rotational force from the first gear to a rotating body, the second support body being movable relative to the first support body in a direction such that the second gear moves away from the first gear, an arc-shaped face provided in the second support body and centered on an axis of the second gear, and a restricting portion provided in the first support body and shaped like an arc centered on an axis of the first gear, the restricting portion restricting the movement of the second support body relative to the first support body by contact with the arc-shaped face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toyohiko Awano
  • Patent number: 8475315
    Abstract: An easily structured swing internal contact type planetary gear device is proposed which can achieve a higher meshing ratio when an involute tooth profile is adapted. Each of an internal tooth of an internally toothed gear wheel and an external tooth of an externally toothed gear wheel is formed with an involute tooth profile. Under a driving condition, one of an internal tooth body of the internally toothed gear wheel and an external tooth body of the externally toothed gear wheel is elastically deformed in an extending direction and the other thereof is elastically deformed in a contracting direction so that the number of meshing teeth becomes larger than the number of meshing teeth under a non-driving condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: JTEKT Corporation
    Inventors: Tsune Kobayashi, Motoyasu Yamamori, Atsushi Ando, Katsuhito Yoshinaga, Hideki Shibata, Akira Saito, Tohru Onozaki, Naomasa Mukaide, Tomohiko Haruyama
  • Patent number: 8468904
    Abstract: First gear for use in a gear set including a second gear has a hub to which are attached a plurality of arms made of an elastic material. Each pair of adjacent arms defines a slot between them into which the arms may bend. The arms can deflect elastically in the plane as a cantilevered beam. Each arm has on the end thereof, a tooth for meshing with a tooth on the second gear to allow transfer of force between the first gear's tooth and the meshing second gear's tooth. A load distributor in contact with at least first and second arms distributes to the second arm at least a portion of force received by the first arm's tooth while the first arm's tooth meshes with a tooth on the second gear. In one embodiment, the load distributor comprises an insert within the slot between the first and second arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Nowicki
  • Publication number: 20130156481
    Abstract: A durable gear strap couples components in an imaging device to a driving force. The gear strap includes a strip having a plurality of rigid sections and a plurality of flexible sections. Gear teeth on the strip enable rotation of a gear to move the gear strap in a track. At least one engagement member extends from one of the rigid sections to couple a component to the gear strap for movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy Carlyle Shaw, Jamie Kelso, David W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8453539
    Abstract: In one version of this invention, a gear box has mounting means such as a pair of facing walls for mounting the bearings for the axles carrying the gears. Each mounting means supports its bearing with a different stiffness to compensate for different loads imposed by gears that are closer to one of the bearings supporting the axle than the other. The different stiffness of each bearing mounting equalizes load-induced shifts of the position of the bearings holding the axle. Such a mounting equalizes such shifts, allowing the axles to remain substantially parallel and the gears in alignment. Aligned gears better maintain line contact between individual gear teeth, thereby reducing wear and breakage of the teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Crown Iron Works Company
    Inventor: George E. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20130081494
    Abstract: The invention relates to a breaking device for a chain (5) of a screen, comprising a housing formed by first and a second housing parts (10, 20), that are attachable to each other by a detachable coupling. In operational position, first and a second toothed wheel (11, 21) are in engagement with each other and the chain engages onto a sprocket (12) connected to the first toothed wheel (11). The detachable coupling is arranged to release when a pulling force on the chain reaches or exceeds a predetermined threshold value. The first toothed wheel (11) and the second toothed wheel (21) are mutually positioned such that the chain (5) has an engagement side (5A) and a non-engagement side (5B), such that the pulling force (Fup) on the engagement side (5A) can be larger than the pulling force (Fdown) on the non-engagement side (5B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: Coulisse B.V.
    Inventor: Coulisse B.V.
  • Patent number: 8387480
    Abstract: A scissors gear may include a main gear and a sub-gear co-axially combined by a scissors spring therebetween to integrally rotate, a first oil supply hole formed in the main gear or the sub-gear to supply oil from the outside, an oil groove formed in the sub-gear or the main gear to receive the oil by being selectively communicated with the first oil supply hole, and a check valve that is disposed in the main gear or the sub-gear to open/close the oil groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignees: Kia Motors Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Byungok Park
  • Patent number: 8365629
    Abstract: A configuration of a gear wheel (4, 5) on a main shaft (1) of a transmission, having at least two lay shafts (2, 3). The wheel (4, 5) is designed as a sum wheel or gear wheel, meshes with both of the lay shafts (2, 3), and is movable in the radial direction between lay shafts (2, 3). An elastic element (8, 13) is positioned, between the gear wheel (4, 5) and the main shaft (1), and/or between the gear wheel and the lay shaft to reduce radially movement of the gear wheel (4, 5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Josef Bader, Stefan Renner
  • Publication number: 20130025392
    Abstract: A pop-up monitor is provided. A pop-up monitor with a double rack gear includes a driving unit, a rack gear set, and a monitor frame. The driving unit includes a spur gear set having first and second spur gears, and generates first and second rotational motions with the first and second spur gears. The rack gear set includes an outer gear with a rail groove in one surface thereof along, changing the first rotational motion to a first rectilinear motion, and an inner gear with a rail rail-coupled to the rail groove changing the second rotational motion to a second rectilinear motion. The monitor frame includes a support frame supporting a monitor. The monitor frame is fixed by the inner gear which vertically ascends by the second rectilinear motion without forward and rearward movement when the support frame has vertically ascended to a position according to the first rectilinear motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joung Hoon Lee, Jai Hyun Jeon
  • Publication number: 20130025393
    Abstract: A gear structure for supporting a vertical motion of an electric pop-up monitor is provided. More specifically, a double rack gear structure for supporting a pop-up monitor is disclosed. The rack gear structure includes an outer gear and an inner gear. The outer gear is coupled at a side of the monitor frame to operate integrally with the monitor frame, and enables the vertical motion of the monitor frame with an ascending or descending motion. The inner gear is received inside the outer gear. The inner gear performs an ascending or descending motion simultaneously with the outer gear, and supports forward and rearward or right and left shaking, which occurs in the outer gear, by maximizing a portion overlapping with the outer gear when the outer gear has ascended to the maximum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: HYUNDAI MOBIS Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joung Hoon LEE, Wan Woo Lee
  • Publication number: 20130029801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adjustment drive, in particular for a vehicle, for driving a component, comprising a drive unit having comprises a first output shaft, wherein an output unit or an intermediate unit, which is disposed between the input unit and the output unit, can be adapted in a modular manner to the first output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2010
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Hans-Juergen Oberle, Wilhelm Braun, Roland Braun
  • Publication number: 20130008272
    Abstract: The invention relates to machine building and may be used in large-size mechanism drives. A gear rim comprises a centre which is a whole piece or comprises at least two sectors. At least two elastic tooth cassettes are located on the sectors, each comprising an elastic metal sheet plate with cut teeth and a plate fixture system upon the centre. The invention allows to significantly increase the service life and reduce the total weight of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Dmitriy A. Salov
  • Patent number: 8347751
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transmission device comprising a first gear wheel and a second gear wheel that is rotatably coupled thereto, wherein a damping element acting in the circumferential direction is provided axially between the gear wheels. According to the invention it is provided that the damping element can be tensioned by the gear wheels during the operation of the transmission device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Walter Haussecker, Max Fiedler, Volker Hertweck, Franz Tasch, Peter Bohr, Holger Thoene, Dieter Depner
  • Publication number: 20120285280
    Abstract: A transmission assembly including a frame, driving and driven shafts, driving and driven gears and a knob is provided. The shafts are pivotally connected to the frame, and axes of the driving and driven shafts are intersected mutually. The driving gear is disposed at an end portion of the driving shaft, and the driven gear is disposed at an end portion of the driven shaft to engage with the driving gear. The knob is disposed at another end portion of the driving shaft for receiving torque to conduct the rotation of the driving and driven shafts and the driving and driven gears. When the torque is excessively large, the knob rotates against the driving gear, so the torque will not be transmitted to the gears. Moreover, when the gears are stuck, one of the driving and driven gears can move along the axis to increase backlash therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Chih-Hsien CHANG
  • Patent number: 8307731
    Abstract: A driveline component with a first drive member, which is rotatable about an axis, a second drive member and a clutch. The second drive member has a hub, which is supported on the first drive member for rotation about the axis, and a transmission portion. The transmission portion, which is configured to engage a flexible power transmitting member, is disposed about the hub and aligned to a transmission axis that is generally perpendicular to the axis. The clutch has a spring and a set of interleaved clutch plates having portions that are coupled for rotation with a respective one of the first drive member and the second drive member. The spring generates a force that is transmitted through the hub such that the clutch plates frictionally engage one another. The location of the transmission portion relative to the transmission axis is unaffected by wearing of the set of clutch plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: MAGNA Powertrain USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Burns, Sankar K. Mohan, Anupam Sharma
  • Patent number: 8302438
    Abstract: A driving device for an electric lock latch, comprises a housing, a motor having a power output shaft connected to a drive shaft with an external thread on a part thereof, an unequal diameter coil spring having a cylindrical spiral in the middle thereof screwing with the drive shaft, and a first and second conical spiral on both end thereof not screwing with the drive shaft, and a lock latch secured to the second conical spiral. The drive shaft is driven and rotated by a motor to pass the rotation power to the cylindrical spiral, and a rotary motion of the drive shaft is converted into a linear motion of the unequal diameter coil spring for moving the lock latch to change the locked and unlocked state of the lock device. Accordingly, the lock structure and the installation thereof may be simplified and the power-saving effect is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Pang-Cheng Lui