And Sheath Support, Connector, Or Anchor Patents (Class 74/502.4)
  • Patent number: 10989031
    Abstract: An electric driven hydraulic fracking system is disclosed. A pump configuration that includes the single VFD, the single shaft electric motor, and the single hydraulic pump that is mounted on the single pump trailer. A power distribution trailer distributes the electric power generated by the power generation system at the power generation voltage level to the single VFD and converts the electric power at a power generation voltage level to a VFD voltage level and controls the operation of the single shaft electric motor and the single hydraulic pump. The power distribution trailer converts the electric power generated by the power generation system at the power generation level to an auxiliary voltage level that is less than the power generation voltage level. The power distribution trailer distributes the electric power at the auxiliary voltage level to the single VFD that controls an operation of the of the auxiliary systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: National Service Alliance-Houston LLC
    Inventors: John Fischer, John J. Crosetto, David Kubricht, Richard Cheatham, Jeffrey Pollack, Chad Lawman, David Todd, Tyler Nolen
  • Patent number: 10939904
    Abstract: A rotation adapter for a minimally invasive surgical apparatus is disclosed. The rotation adapter has a proximal journal and a distal journal. The rotation adapter also has a rotation index coupled between the proximal and distal journals. The rotation adapter further has an actuator input and an effector output. A rotation adapter receiver for a minimally invasive surgical apparatus is also disclosed. The rotation adapter receiver has opposing beams and a proximal bushing coupled between the opposing beams. The rotation adapter receiver also has a distal bushing coupled between the opposing beams. The rotation adapter receiver further has a rotation constraint coupled between the opposing beams and positioned between the proximal and distal bushings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: LSI SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Jude S. Sauer, Jason C. Patti
  • Patent number: 10927711
    Abstract: A tunable compliant mount structure for an engine such as a turbine engine can include a fluid conduit coupled to a fan casing by a connector. At a junction between the connector and the fluid conduit, a compliant mount structure can provide compliance and can be tuned to operate under variable stresses at the junction. The compliant mount structure can include a set of nested convolutions to provide compliance. The geometry of the convolutions can be used to tune the compliance, stiffness, or directionality. The tunable compliant attachment structure provides for additive in-situ manufacturing at the fluid conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Unison Industries, LLC
    Inventors: Gordon Tajiri, Emily Marie Phelps, Dattu GV Jonnalagadda, Joseph Richard Schmitt, Yanzhe Yang
  • Patent number: 10920821
    Abstract: [Problem] To provide a terminal securing device the size of which can be reduced. [Solution] When a key lock 7 is positioned in a second position a key 6 and the key lock 7 are arranged at overlapping positions in the lengthwise direction of a rod 3, so a portion of a space for displacing the key lock 7 from the second position to a first position can be provided at a position overlapping the key 6 in the lengthwise direction of the rod 3. Thus, an increase in the size of a holder 4 in the lengthwise direction of the rod 3 can be avoided, so the size of the terminal securing device 1 can be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: CHUO HATSUJO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenta Imai, Shinji Okamoto, Seiji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10323680
    Abstract: Cable splitter devices, assemblies, and methods of use are disclosed. A cable splitter device is disclosed. A cable splitter assembly includes a housing, a slider, first cables, and second cables. The housing defines a first number of first slots and a second number of second slots different from the first number. The slider is slidably coupled to the housing. The slider defines the first number of first channels and the second number of second channels. The first cables extend through the first number of first slots and have an end positioned within a respective first channel of the slider. The second cables extend through the second number of second slots and have an end positioned within a respective second channel of the slider. A clipping element may be configured to fix a longitudinal position of a respective first cable at multiple different locations along the first channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Southco, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Carabalona
  • Patent number: 10323681
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a device (1) for axially fixing one end (9) of a Bowden cable (3), in particular a motor vehicle lock, comprising a housing (2), a Bowden cable (3), wherein the housing (2) has a receptacle (11), in which the end (9) of the Bowden cable (3) can be fixed, wherein the housing (2) has a means for introducing (12) the Bowden cable (3) into the receptacle (11) so that an incorrect assembly of the Bowden cable (3) can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Nikolaus Hundsdorfer
  • Patent number: 10138922
    Abstract: A fastener clip assembly including a cap configured to be secured to a chassis through a chassis slot. The cap comprises one or more wings configured to collapse upon inserting the cap into the chassis slot and to expand upon full insertion. The cap is further configured to be secured to the chassis slot at least upon the wings expanding into the chassis slot. The clip further includes a pin configured to be secured to a body panel. The pin is configured to be secured to the cap. The cap comprises one or more releases. The releases are accessible from a side of the cap configured to receive the pin. The releases are configured, upon release, to collapse the one or more wings. The cap is configured to be extracted from the chassis based at least upon releasing the releases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: TERMAX LLC
    Inventors: Daniel James Dickinson, Michael Tirrell, John Clasen
  • Patent number: 10052858
    Abstract: The present apparatus relates to a standardized assembly unit for building objects by utilizing connection elements that mechanically attach together permanently. By utilizing particular surface features and characteristics, such as compressive tabs and interlocking structures, the interlocking units described herein are able to impart structural stability to various objects without the need to provide overlapping layers of material or fasteners. More specifically, utilizing only mechanical linkages and connectors, a collection of interlocking units are utilized to assemble complex objects having high strength, durability and permanence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Edo Segal
  • Patent number: 9850689
    Abstract: A cable fitting includes a hollow cylinder sized to receive a portion of a sheath therein; and a lever including a blade supported on the cylinder; a pivot about which the blade pivots; an engagement member secured to the blade and spaced from the pivot in a first direction; and a tab secured to the blade and including a surface spaced from the pivot in a second direction opposite the first direction and on which force can be applied to elastically pivot the engagement member away from an engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Kristyna Salamey, Richard K. Mette
  • Patent number: 9605450
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door structure and a movable door handle that is connected to a latch mechanism by a cable. A rotatably biased stop member is connected to the cable. The vehicle door further includes a housing having a channel that receives portion of the stop member. The channel includes first and second linear portions and a transverse stop portion that is engaged by the follower to prevent further lengthwise movement of the lock member and cable if a speed of the cable exceeds an allowable value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Livianu Dorin Puscas, Kosta Papanikolaou, Bhupendra A. Patel, David Manuel Rogers
  • Patent number: 9586540
    Abstract: A cable anchoring device may be provided that includes: an anchoring cap which includes a fastening protrusion for the fastening to a bracket; an anchoring socket which includes a first body in which a bracket anchoring groove is formed, and a second body which is inserted into the anchoring cap; and a pressing member which is disposed between the second body and the anchoring cap. When the bracket is inserted into the bracket anchoring groove, the anchoring cap moves by the pressing member, so that the fastening protrusion is inserted into a fastening groove of the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: KYUNG CHANG INDUSTRIAL CO.
    Inventors: Kyu-Jung Kim, Gi-Won Bae
  • Patent number: 9403433
    Abstract: A shifter cable assembly of a vehicle includes a vehicle panel selected from a floor panel and a dash wall panel. A transmission is disposed on a first side of the vehicle panel. A shift member is disposed on a second side of the vehicle panel opposite the first side. A mounting bracket is rigidly attached to the vehicle panel. A sealing grommet has a sealing portion sandwiched between the mounting bracket and the vehicle panel. A shifter cable is received by a conduit portion of the sealing grommet. A first end of the shifter cable is connected to the transmission, and a second end of the shifter cable is connected to the shift member. A damper member is connected to the mounting bracket. The damper member is configured to reduce application to the mounting bracket of vibration generated by the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Knight, Christopher Gleason
  • Patent number: 9291191
    Abstract: An improved vehicle air conditioning system and a method for its installation, having a control assembly used for temperature and blower adjustments or settings which makes use of existing control panel equipment, as well as new electrical controls, where cables are provided between the original equipment and the new electrical control assembly, and the cables are engaged with a cable integrator including a potentiometer to enable marking of the desired setting adjustments within the vehicle and translation of the settings or adjustments from the manual control panel adjustment to the electrical control assembly which regulates the system output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: CLASSIC AUTOAIR MANUFACTURING LP
    Inventors: Michael W. Rejkowski, Dwight A. Dow
  • Patent number: 9291096
    Abstract: A throttle cable locking assembly (16) for a power tool (1), in which the power tool (1) includes a source of power (2) having an internal combustion engine, a machine implement (4) engaged to the source of power (2), and a throttle handle (6) connected to the internal combustion engine for regulating power supply to the machine implement (4). The throttle cable locking assembly (16) includes: a cable assembly (18), the cable assembly (18) including a throttle cable (20) extending from the internal combustion engine, an outer cable (30) extending from the internal combustion engine and enclosing a portion of the throttle cable (20), and an engagement member (36) carried by a first end portion of the outer cable (30); and an adjuster bolt capable of being engaged with the engagement member (36) provided on the first end of the outer cable (30). A locking case (48) is provided for securing one end of the adjuster bolt and a portion of the engagement member (36).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA ZENOAH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masanori Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9279443
    Abstract: A device (1) is provided for reversing the movement and/or actuation direction of an actuating cable (2) of a mechanism. A sliding piston (5) is arranged in a housing (3), which is fixed to the frame, so as to be displaceable in a sliding manner. The sliding piston can be displaced by the actuating cable (2). At least one actuating element (6) is arranged laterally on the sliding piston (5). A direction of movement of the actuating element is opposite to a direction of movement of the actuating cable (2) and the actuating element is mechanically coupled to the mechanism that is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Ketan Kulkarni, Thomas Beiling
  • Patent number: 9221435
    Abstract: There is provided a parking brake device including a link plate which is disposed on a bracket and relays movement of a parking brake lever to a brake cable, and a connection rod with one end being connected to the link plate and the other end being connected to the brake cable, an approximately center portion of the connection rod being provided with a columnar portion. The columnar portion is provided with mutually facing flat faces on which a tensile load detector is mounted such that a tensile load applied to the brake cable is detected by the tensile load detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fumikage Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 9157522
    Abstract: A shift control device for an automatic transmission comprises a referee shift control bracket mounted to a vehicle and an actuated shift control bracket that is actuated relatively to the referee shift control bracket. The referee shift control bracket cooperates with the actuated shift control bracket to define a path of travel of the actuated shift control bracket relative to the referee shift control bracket. The actuated shift control bracket is coupled, through a shift linkage system, to the automatic transmission such that a movement of the actuated shift control bracket along the path of travel to a first position corresponds to actuation of the automatic transmission into a first gear position. The referee shift control bracket cooperating with the actuated shift control bracket to define at least one detent positioned along said path of travel, said at least one detent corresponding to the first gear position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Vermeersch, Arthur W. Nellett
  • Publication number: 20150143942
    Abstract: An automotive cable assembly for mechanically linking a first mechanical system to a second mechanical system for facilitating a transfer of tension loadings there-between, the cable assembly having a multi-stranded polymer-based core element having a first polymer based end fitting at a first end and a second polymer based end fitting at a second end such that the first polymer based end fitting is for retaining a coupling to the first mechanical component of the first end and the second polymer based end fitting is for retaining coupling to the second mechanical component at the second end during the transfer of tension loading. The first mechanical system can be a door latch, the first mechanical component a latch lever, the second mechanical system a door handle/remote and the second mechanical component a door lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Sarah A. Lalonde, Frank Stoof
  • Patent number: 9038496
    Abstract: An adjusting device is equipped with a rod and a holder disposed movably in the direction of the length of the rod at an end of the rod, and adjusts the allowance length of the inner cable coupled to the rod and (or) holder. The adjusting device is provided with a lock-discriminating member protruding from the periphery of the holder and a cover covering the periphery of the holder including the lock-discriminating member and the lock. The lock piece does not protrude from the periphery of the holder in the lock state and protrudes to the same height with the lock-discriminating member in the unlock state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Horinaka, Atsushi Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9016165
    Abstract: A power tool has a drive motor with an actuating element. The power tool has a power tool housing with a first subassembly and a second subassembly that is connected with the first subassembly. An operating element is supported on the first subassembly. A Bowden cable is disposed within the power tool housing and has a Bowden cable housing and a Bowden cable inner wire arranged in the Bowden cable housing. The actuating element is a part of the second subassembly. The Bowden cable inner wire has a first end connected to the operating element and a second end connected to the actuating element, wherein the operating element acts on the actuating element through the Bowden cable. The Bowden cable housing has a first end and a second end and the first and second ends are secured on the same one of the first and second subassemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christopher Tost, Arno Kinnen, Igor Klaric
  • Patent number: 9010789
    Abstract: A head parts assembly for a bicycle includes two bowls, a plurality of inserting members, two bead nests, and two end caps. The two bowls each are a circular structure and include a pipe-inserting hole, and a plurality of cable-inserting holes around the pipe-inserting hole. Each of the bowls further includes a receiving cavity in communication with the pipe-inserting holes, and the two bowls are disposed at two ends of the front frame pipe. The inserting members each are a hollow tubular structure with a cable hole for insertion of cables of the bicycle, and are screwed in the cable-inserting holes. The bead nests are rotatably disposed in the receiving cavities and abutted against the close ends, respectively. The two end caps are disposed in the open ends of the receiving cavities, and capable of rotating by abutting against the balls of the bead nests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Neco Technology Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Hsin Wang
  • Patent number: 8997604
    Abstract: An anchoring device including a support member having a slot open out at one edge thereof for receiving a first cylindrical portion of the sheath terminal, a retainer for receiving and retaining a second cylindrical portion of the sheath terminal, and a guide for guiding the retainer as the second cylindrical portion of the sheath terminal is received therein, the guide including guide members that are formed integrally with the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Fico Triad, S.A.
    Inventors: Santiago Gimeno Grané, Juan Manuel Doña Contero, Jaume Prat Terradas
  • Publication number: 20150068356
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cable assembly. Specifically, the cable assembly includes a segment having a first cable and a second cable. The first cable defines an inner channel. The second has a non-circular cross-sectional shape and is slidably disposed in the inner channel. The non-circular cross-sectional shape of the second cable may improve the frictional coefficient between the first cable and the second cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: CABLE MANUFACTURING & ASSEMBLY, INC.
    Inventors: Eric M. Bernhardt, Claude D. Ousley, Werner H. Steuernagel
  • Publication number: 20150059513
    Abstract: An insert is removably fastened in an opening on a bicycle frame for securing cables, cable pulls, or lines routed through the opening. The insert includes a pass-through opening for the cable, the cable pull, or the line. The insert includes at least one thrust block to be inserted in the opening, by which the insert is supported in the region of the opening on the inner side of the bicycle frame after being inserted in the opening. The insert is removably fastened by at least one fastening element disposed at a distance from the thrust block such that the insert makes sealing contact at least in segments under pre-tension due to the interaction of the fastening element with the thrust block in the edge region transitioning into the peripheral contour of the underside of the insert facing the bicycle frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Ingo BEUTNER
  • Patent number: 8955408
    Abstract: A control cable system for interconnecting an actuator (21) with a slave device (12) and comprising two Bowden cables (24,25) each comprising a sleeve (31, 33) and inner traction cord (32, 34) and a cable connector (26) for interconnecting the two cables, one cable (24) connecting to the actuator (21) and the second cable (25) connecting to the slave device (12), the connector (26) holding the two sleeves (31, 33) in a fixed relationship with the two traction cords (32, 34) being interconnected via a connecting device (29) which permits movement of the slave device (12) and second traction cord (33) without transmission of said movement to the said one traction cord and which transmits movement from the actuator (21) to said second traction cord (33).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Graham Tarver
  • Publication number: 20150007683
    Abstract: A terminal supporting apparatus is provided with: a hub that is attached to an end of the outer cable and is provided with a flange on an outer periphery; a cushion member that is provided to surround the outer periphery of the hub and abuts on the flange at both a front surface and a back surface of the flange; and a housing that houses the cushion member. The cushion member includes a large-diameter portion that abuts on the flange. At least within a range contacting with the hub, at least a part of an outer peripheral surface of the large-diameter portion is fixed to an inner surface of the housing, while a clearance is formed between the cushion member and the inner surface of the housing over an entire region of an end surface of the large-diameter portion in a cable axis direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: CHUO HATSUJO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiko Aoki, Kazuyoshi Nono, Takashi Goto, Yuichi Hirata
  • Patent number: 8919221
    Abstract: A cable gland and gasket ring assembly includes a gasket ring and a cable gland formed of a shell, a collar, a packing ring and a connection ring for securing a cable to a junction box. The gasket ring is an annular member, having a first end face, a second end face opposing the first end face, a plurality of annular ribs concentrically arranged on the first end face and an annular convex portion located on the second end face, which is mounted on the first connection ring segment for enabling the annular ribs to be stopped against the stop face and a tapered inner surface located on the inside of the stop flange segment for stopping against a tapered outside surface of the packing ring. The packing ring further has at least one outer annular groove extending around the periphery of the second packing ring segment thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: AVC Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Jiun Wei Chiou
  • Publication number: 20140318307
    Abstract: A bicycle end cap has a first end and a second end that is opposite to the first end for attaching to a bicycle line shape member. The bicycle end cap includes a tubular portion and an attachment structure. The tubular portion defines a first opening that is arranged at the first end and a receiving space that is dimension to axially receive the line shape member from the first opening. The attachment structure is configured to attach a pulling member having a cable portion and a head portion that has larger diameter than the cable portion. The attachment structure is configured to position the head portion relative to the tubular portion as the cable portion is pulled toward the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu KARIYAMA, Masahiro NAKAKURA, Takahiro YAMASHITA
  • Patent number: 8857288
    Abstract: A connection structure of a control cable includes one control cable, the other control cable, a joint case separable into pieces on respective sides of one and the other control cables, a joint member, and an attachment member. The other control cable includes first and second control cables. The attachment member has a fitting portion allowing fitting of an inner cable of each of the first and second control cables into an outer circumferential surface of the attachment member. The fitting portion can be exposed from an internal space when the joint case is separated. Thus, a connection structure of a control cable with which an inner cable can readily be removed can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: HI-LEX Corporation
    Inventors: Ritsu Sano, Takahiro Horinaka
  • Patent number: 8857289
    Abstract: Automotive push-pull type transmission shift cable assemblies are disclosed that meet new specifications for extended performance at high temperatures, including certain embodiments suitable for use at elevated temperatures of at least 165° C. The cable comprises a conduit and a core wire extending through the ends of the conduit to a shifter end portion and transmission end portion. The transmission end portion comprises a core wire length adjuster and a conduit end fitting. The core wire length adjuster comprises a core wire adjuster isolator and a retainer cap. At least certain embodiments of the transmission shift cable assemblies pass one or a combination of the following tests: a. Lash 200,000 Cycles Test, b. Attachment Pin Installation 200,000 Cycles Test, c. Attachment Pin Extraction 200,000 Cycles Test, and d. Cable Efficiency Test e. In-Vehicle Routing 165° C. Cable Strength Test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Dura Operating, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Gene Gordy, Kent Birt
  • Patent number: 8850920
    Abstract: A remote control assembly having a conduit and a core element slidably disposed in the conduit. An adjustment device is selectively connected to one of the conduit and the core element for adjusting an effective length thereof. The adjustment device includes an adjustment housing and a slider. A locking element, having locking teeth, engages with slider teeth of the slider. The locking element defines a cavity for allowing insertion of a tool to facilitate movement of the locking element from a locked position to an unlocked position. Also, a cover is slidably supported on the housing and the cover includes a detent to further facilitate movement of the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kongsberg Driveline Systems I, Inc.
    Inventors: Harry Edward Koontz, John William Harrison, Joseph Matthew Laperriere, III
  • Publication number: 20140251062
    Abstract: An assembly for adjusting a cable that includes a locking sleeve and an adapter that is connected to the cable. The adapter includes male and female-threaded portions that are coupled together. The locking sleeve is configured to be displaced between engagement and disengagement positions. When in the engagement position, securing devices of the male and female-threaded portions engage inner sections of the locking sleeve in a manner that prevents the male and female-threaded portions from being rotated relative to each other, thereby preventing a change in the length of the adapter so as to prevent an adjustment of the cable. When the cable is to be adjusted, the locking sleeve is displaced to disengagement position such that the securing device of either the male or female-threaded portion is disengaged from the locking sleeve, thereby allowing rotation of the male or female-threaded portions relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: John Snodgrass
  • Patent number: 8825322
    Abstract: A bicycle component controlling includes at least a first sensor and a controller. The first sensor detects a first operating condition, whether a rider is sitting on a bicycle seat. A second sensor is provided that detects a second operating condition. The sensors output signals indicative of the respective operating conditions. The controller is operatively connected to at least the first sensor and possibly the second sensor. The controller is configured to generate a component control command to control a bicycle component based on at least the first signal and the possibly the second signal. The bicycle component is a component other than an automatic transmission and a suspension when the second sensor is not provided. If the second sensor is provided, a suspension and automatic transmission is controlled, or components other than an automatic transmission and a suspension is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Hideki Ikemoto, Tadashi Ichida, Nobukatsu Hara, Toyoto Shirai
  • Patent number: 8757561
    Abstract: The invention relates to a stop, or hanger, for a brake cable of a bicycle. The lever and caliper of a bicycle brake are connected by a Bowden-type cable, with an inner wire and an outer housing. The invention describes a stop for the outer cable housing that mounts underneath the crown race component of a bicycle's headset bearings. A washer-shaped piece sits under the crown race, with a forward section connected to the front of the washer section that extends upward. The top of the forward section includes a hole or slot that serves as a stop for a brake cable housing. A reinforcing web of material may wrap laterally from the outside of the washer portion to the forward section to prevent unwanted flex of the stop under high braking loads. An alternate version integrates the hanger and crown race into one piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Alan Cote
  • Patent number: 8746107
    Abstract: A bicycle cable structure is provided with an inner cable, a first outer case, a second outer case and an adjustment structure. The first and second outer cases are disposed over first and second sections of the inner cable and the adjustment structure is disposed between adjacent ends of the first and second outer cases. The adjustment structure includes a main body and an operating member. The operating member is movably connected to the main body by a non-slidable connection between a first position and a second position. The operating member maintains the adjacent ends of the first and second outer cases farther away from each other while the operating member is in the first position as compared to the second position of the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Osamu Kariyama, Masahiro Nakakura
  • Patent number: 8742257
    Abstract: A cable cap of a control cable has a small-diameter portion and a large-diameter portion on an outer tube side, and a large-diameter portion on a tip side. A bracket includes a cutout groove, into which the small-diameter portion of the cable cap can be inserted from above, an engaging projection that is formed in such a manner as to project from an inner wall of the cutout groove toward another inner wall opposite to the inner wall, and an engaging recess to be engaged with an edge portion of an outer peripheral surface of the large-diameter portion on the outer tube side in a state in which the outer tube side of the control cable is inclined around the small-diameter portion as a fulcrum engaged with the engaging projection by operating force from the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: U-Shin Ltd., Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Uda, Satoshi Yoshihara, Shigeharu Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 8727287
    Abstract: A fitting assembly adapted for securing an elongate member to a bracket having an open-ended slot into which the fitting assembly is received. The fitting assembly includes a first fitting member adapted for attachment to the elongate member and having an axis and a second fitting member adapted for receipt into the open end of the slot and fixed engagement with the bracket through relative movement between the second fitting member and the bracket solely in a direction substantially lateral to the axis. The first and second fitting members are connected together and have first and second positions relative to each other in a direction substantially lateral to the axis and are constrained against relative movement substantially along the axis. The first and second fitting members are substantially immovable relative to each other in a direction substantially lateral to the axis in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Kongsberg Driveline Systems I, Inc
    Inventors: Damien Trouvé, Harry Edward Koontz, Joseph Matthew Laperriere, III
  • Patent number: 8720302
    Abstract: An anchoring device for anchoring an elongate member to a fixed member having a slot leading to an edge thereof, wherein the elongate member passes through the slot; the anchoring device comprising a sleeve which is fixable coaxially around said elongate member and which is provided with a peripheral groove that has an axial length sufficient to accommodate the thickness of the fixed member at said slot and has an outer dimension being less than the inner dimension of the slot; the anchoring device further comprising a collar member which is carried by, and axially moveable along, said sleeve, said collar member having a leading edge which extends into said groove and engages the edge of the slot when the anchoring device is located within said slot, the collar member being arranged such that the leading edge of the collar is withdrawn from the groove by moving the collar member along the sleeve in an axial direction away from the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Cable System Company Limited
    Inventors: Graham Foster, Adam Richards
  • Publication number: 20140116189
    Abstract: A terminal supporting apparatus 10 supports at least one of two ends of a control cable having an inner cable and an outer cable. The terminal supporting apparatus 10 includes: a hub 12 attached to an end of the outer cable, and having a flange on an outer periphery thereof; a cushion member 14 disposed to surround the outer periphery of the hub, and being in contact with the flange at both a front surface and a rear surface of the flange; and a housing 17 having a housing part that houses the cushion member. When an angle formed between an axis of the housing part and an axis of the hub is varied in a range of 0.0° to 6.0°, a diagonal static spring constant of the cushion member in an axial direction thereof may be in a range of 350 to 600 N/mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: CHUO HATSUJO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Nono, Masahiko Aoki, Yoshikatsu Tsuge, Kazumichi Miyashita
  • Patent number: 8701520
    Abstract: A cable gland and gasket ring assembly includes a gasket ring and a cable gland formed of a shell, a collar, a packing ring and a connection ring for securing a cable, or, a cable and a flexible conduit, to a junction box. The gasket ring is an annular member, having a first end face, a second end face opposing the first end face, a plurality of annular ribs concentrically arranged on the first end face and an annular convex portion located on the second end face. The connection ring has a recessed portion on a stop flange segment for receiving the annular convex portion and a tapered inner surface located on the inside of the stop flange segment for stopping against a tapered outside surface of the packing ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: AVC Industrial Corp.
    Inventor: Jiun Wei Chiou
  • Publication number: 20140090511
    Abstract: In one embodiment there is provided a multiple piece shifter cable system. The cable pieces may each have a core section with a connector and a conduit section with a connector. The core connectors may be coupled together to connect the core sections of the cable pieces and the conduit connectors may be coupled together to connect the conduit sections of the cable pieces. When the conduit connectors are mated together the core connectors may automatically be mated together, and the core connectors may automatically be locked together as well. In at least some implementations, the conduit connectors may permit adjustment of the total length of the conduit during assembly, and a clamp may be provided to maintain the conduit connectors in a desired assembled position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: DURA OPERATING LLC
    Inventors: Brian D. Howe, Steven P. Levesque
  • Patent number: 8671798
    Abstract: An annular isolator (68, 70) is disposed in an open ended bore (66) of a support body (58) and surrounds an end fitting (26, 28) for attenuating vibrations therebetween. A cap (74) is disposed on the support body (58) to close the open ended bore (66). An inflexible compression ring (76) is sandwiched axially between the isolator (68, 70) and the cap (74) and in abutting engagement with a stop (78) to limit compression of the isolator (68, 70) from the cap (74). The compression ring (76) is inserted into the bore (66) prior to molding the cap (74) to limit compression of the isolator (68, 70) during fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Infac Corporation
    Inventor: Young Dae Kwon
  • Patent number: 8671797
    Abstract: Device for automatic adjustment of tension applied to a control cable has a container element, a first sliding element sliding in the container element, a second sliding element sliding in the first sliding element and connected to a duct of a control cable. A sphere for constraining the translation of the sliding elements is in the container, housed in a seating formed in the first sliding element and having at least one lower portion in contact with the second sliding element and at least one upper portion that can contact the container, there being also provided a first operating on the first sliding element and a second helical spring operating on the second sliding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Meccanica Finnord S.p.A.
    Inventor: Eugenio Piccinali
  • Patent number: 8657077
    Abstract: A cantilever brake of bicycle is provided with a triangular cable stop including first, second and third corner attachments and a wheel between the first and second corner attachments; a first pivot member including a first trough; a first cable passing through the first corner attachment, the wheel, and the second corner attachment to be fastened at the first pivot; a second pivot member including a second trough; a second cable having one end fastened in the third corner attachment and the other end fastened in the second pivot member; a first brake arm releasably pivotably secured to the first trough and including two opposite first projections and a spring actuated first adjustment knob distal the first projections; and a second brake arm releasably pivotably secured to the second trough and including two opposite second projections and a spring actuated second adjustment knob distal the second projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tektro Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Szu-Fang Tsai
  • Patent number: 8646355
    Abstract: An automobile cable socket. The automobile cable socket including a first socket member that is disposed to surround the first cable and includes a plurality of sawtooth portions formed on an external surface thereof in a direction in which the first cable extends, a second socket member coupled to the first socket member and including an engaging portion, a spring installed outside of the second socket member, and a position fix member that is disposed between the second socket member and the spring, releases engagement between the engaging portion of the second socket member and the plurality of sawtooth portions of the first socket member by pressing the spring, and engages the plurality of sawtooth portions with the engaging portion when the spring is restored to an original position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Daedong System Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ho Chul Lee, In Seob Ju, Jin Seok Yun, Jung Jo Lim
  • Patent number: 8627916
    Abstract: A saddle riding vehicle having an accelerator operator includes an accelerator operation amount detecting unit connected to a second end portion of an accelerator cable having a first end portion connected to the accelerator operator, the accelerator operation amount detecting unit is disposed at a location less susceptible to the effect from an external force and steering of the steering handlebar with a space to permit removal of screws and other parts that may be dropped during the assembly process. An accelerator operation amount detecting unit includes a rotatable member connected to an accelerator cable so as to be rotated according to displacement of the accelerator cable and a cover plate extending in a longitudinal direction to cover the rotatable member from an upward direction. The accelerator operation amount detecting unit is disposed near a head pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Shinde, Keiichiro Niizuma, Masato Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8621956
    Abstract: An actuator (1) for a vehicle includes a base (4), a covering element (5), a handle piece (6) arranged rotatably in the covering element (5), and a cable (25) with a terminal fitting (26). The actuator (1) is insertable into a metal structure of a vehicle seat backrest. The base (4) has a guiding element (32) that moves the terminal fitting (26) into an initial position for assembling the handling piece (6) to the terminal fitting (26). The guiding element (32) is between a core (24) of the cable (25) and prevents the terminal fitting (26) from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls GmbH
    Inventors: Antonios Simeonidis, Karsten Wehling, Leonid Fissler, Jorg Mantke
  • Publication number: 20140000407
    Abstract: A power tool has a drive motor with an actuating element. The power tool has a power tool housing with a first subassembly and a second subassembly that is connected with the first subassembly. An operating element is supported on the first subassembly. A Bowden cable is disposed within the power tool housing and has a Bowden cable housing and a Bowden cable inner wire arranged in the Bowden cable housing. The actuating element is a part of the second subassembly. The Bowden cable inner wire has a first end connected to the operating element and a second end connected to the actuating element, wherein the operating element acts on the actuating element through the Bowden cable. The Bowden cable housing has a first end and a second end and the first and second ends are secured on the same one of the first and second subassemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: ANDREAS STIHL AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
  • Patent number: 8607661
    Abstract: A mounting aid and a mounting method is provided for a cable pull adjustor (1) which includes a pull element (S) which can be connected to at least one cable pull (5, and a driver which can be connected to the actuating member (4) of the braking device (3) and which is intended for releasably driving along the pull element (8, and also a clamping element (9) which acts between the driver (7) and the pull element (S). The mounting aid comprises a securing element (10) which locks the clamping element (9) in a partially clamped position and automatically releases it through a movement of the actuating number (4) and/or the pull element (S).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Al-Ko Kober SE
    Inventor: Hansjörg Geisler
  • Patent number: 8528445
    Abstract: A remote control for a shock absorber has a gripping body with a first positioning element, a pivoting handle and a positioning assembly. The pivoting handle pivotally connects with the gripping body and has a proximal part and a distal part. The proximal part has an abutting surface facing and selectively abutting the gripping body and a core-fastening hole corresponding to the passing hole of the gripping body. The distal part has a communicating recess formed longitudinally through the distal part and also formed in a bottom of the distal part. The positioning assembly is movably mounted in the communicating recess and has a second positioning element exposed from the bottom of the distal part and corresponding to and detachably engaged with the positioning assembly. A rider is able to conveniently control a shock absorber during riding by using the remote control so that facilitates riding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Jung-Yu Hsu