Adjustable Patents (Class 74/522)
  • Patent number: 10682537
    Abstract: Embodiments of a storage compartment for self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA) are provided. The storage compartment includes a deployment mechanism to facilitate efficient and ergonomic donning of the SCBA. Advantageously, the storage compartment is closed off from the cabin of a firetruck and is accessed from the exterior of the firetruck so that any chemicals that off-gas from the SCBA are contained in their own compartment separate from the interior of the firetruck's cabin. The SCBA are able to be deployed from the storage compartment in a variety of different ways. Each embodiment of the deployment mechanism is configured to deploy the SCBA from an elevated position within the storage compartment to an exterior position that is roughly at the level of a firefighter's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Spartan Fire, LLC
    Inventor: James Roger Lackore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9180838
    Abstract: A motor control device is provided which controls a motor by performing switching between forward rotation and reverse rotation so as to cause an object to be controlled to reciprocate, the motor control device including a lead angle map storage unit configured to store a lead angle map in which a motor rotation speed and a lead angle to be set are associated for each of the forward rotation and the reverse rotation, a target rotation speed-setting unit configured to set a target rotation speed of the motor based on an input signal from outside, a lead angle-setting unit configured to obtain the lead angle associated with the set target rotation speed by referring to the lead angle map and set the lead angle as a lead angle of the motor, and a driving control unit configured to control rotation of the motor so as to achieve the set target rotation speed and the set lead angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Amagasa, Hiroto Tanaka, Tamotsu Iwazaki
  • Patent number: 9057426
    Abstract: A swiveling joint system for a horse head on a pump jack includes a working beam, a worm drive, a horse head member, and at least one locking pin. The swiveling joint system improves access to parts of the well because the horse head member can be swiveled out of position instead of being completely disassembled. The locking pin holds the horse head member in alignment with the working beam. When the locking pin is removed, the worm drive controls the swiveling of the horse head member in either direction towards either side of the working beam. The worm drive has a worm gear attached to the horse head member so that movement and position of the horse head corresponds to movement of the worm gear. The horse head member and working beam are rotatable relative to each other on a pivot pin, which can be connected to a lubricator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: IBY Outlet Group LLC
    Inventor: Jianhui Gan
  • Patent number: 8943924
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable lever assembly with a lever having an adjustment section and a grip section, where the adjustment section includes a slide passage in communication with an adjuster passage, and an adjuster positioned at least partially inside the adjuster passage, the adjuster having a threaded inner passage extending therethrough. The adjustable lever assembly further includes a slide positioned substantially inside the slide passage, the slide including an outer wall surface that is keyed to the slide passage and a threaded outer portion for rotatably engaging the threaded inner passage of the adjuster, wherein rotation of the adjuster translates the slide about the adjuster passage, and wherein the slide includes a bottom portion configured for securing pivotally to a pushrod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: HB Performance Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John Larry Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140216199
    Abstract: A curled variable radius lever comprises a lever arm of variable effective length that curls and uncurls about a drive axis. In a preferred arrangement the lever assembly has a plurality of rigid blocks linked together by a chain or spring steel strip. Each block has a pair of walls 11 that face and abut each other in an uncurled, straightened state of the lever arm. The abutment of the walls of the lever arm rigidifies the arm and prevents the arm from bending further in the direction of uncurling when a driving force is applied by users to a handle. The lever may be used with socket sets, yacht winch, fishing rod reel, a bicycle crank or a jack assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Malory Maltby
  • Patent number: 8714049
    Abstract: A control system for a work vehicle includes an armrest having a first support and a control grip having a second support. The first support is configured to permit selectable movement of the armrest. The second support is configured to permit selectable movement of the control grip. The armrest and the control grip are independently movable from each other. The first support and the second support are configured to receive a common fastener to secure the first support and the second support to a surface of the work vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Bradley A. Ast, Lance A. Taylor, Ryan L. Swenson
  • Publication number: 20140110182
    Abstract: A riding lawn care vehicle may include a frame and a steering assembly. Wheels of the riding lawn care vehicle may be attachable to the frame. The steering assembly may be operably coupled to at least two drive wheels of the riding lawn care vehicle to facilitate turning of the riding lawn care vehicle based on drive speed control of the at least two drive wheels responsive to positioning of steering levers of the steering assembly. The steering assembly may include a vertical adjustment assembly configured to enable telescopic adjustment of a height of a corresponding one of the steering levers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: HUSQVARNA CONSUMER OUTDOOR PRODUCTS N.A., INC.
    Inventor: Sean Dwyer
  • Patent number: 8689661
    Abstract: A curled variable radius lever comprises a lever arm 2 of variable effective length that curls and uncurls about a drive axis. In a preferred arrangement the lever assembly has a plurality of rigid blocks 3 articulated together by a chain 4 with link pivots 5 which are affixed to respective blocks 3. Each block 3 has a pair of facing walls 11 and a pair of facing mutually inclined sloping walls 12 which abut when the lever arm 2 is in a curled condition. The lever arm 2 is pulled into the curled condition by a coiled tension spring 13 and restrained in this position by a magnet 9. When it is uncurled the walls 11 abut. The chain 4 then prevents the arm 2 from bending further when a driving force is applied by users to a handle 6. The lever may be used with socket sets, yacht winch, fishing rod reel, a bicycle crank or a jack assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Malory Maltby
  • Patent number: 8459142
    Abstract: A reach-adjustable lever assembly mounted to a handlebar for actuating one of a gear-change and braking device. The lever assembly generally including a support member, a lever pivotably connected to the support member and a reach adjust mechanism. The reach adjust mechanism includes a follower, a cam and a cam seat for retaining the cam in a current user-selectable position. The follower is fixedly supported on one of the support member and the lever and the cam is rotatably supported on the other of the support member and the lever. The cam has a plurality of user-selectable positions. The lever is rotatably biased toward a rest position to position the cam against the follower. The cam and the follower are configured to provide a different rest position of the lever for each of the user-selectable positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventors: James Orrico, Matt Morris, Paul Feurstein
  • Publication number: 20130104535
    Abstract: A control arm assembly connected with a hydraulic pump allows for the adjustment of pump displacement by turning a threaded adjustment rod clockwise or counter-clockwise to move a half nut connected with a control rod vertically up or down in a slot of an arm to the desired set point. The half nut has a partial thread that engages the thread of the adjustment rod to control the vertical movement. The design allows for the positive repeatable finite adjustment of the half nut with minimal backlash that reduces the difficulty of the setting process in labor and assembly time. Once the desired set point has been met the adjustment rod is clamped tight to the second arm by tightening the nut against the notch to lock up the assembly to prevent any movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas A. Nichols, David V. Rotole
  • Publication number: 20130047777
    Abstract: A lever positioner assembly that is coupled to a handlebar of a vehicle comprises a lever, a lever holder, and a lever positioner. The lever moves relative to the handlebar between a released position and an engaged position. The lever holder holds the lever. Additionally, the lever holder is coupled to and movable relative to the handlebar. The lever positioner is coupled to the lever and is positioned on the opposite side of the lever from the handlebar. Additionally, the lever positioner can include an adjuster screw that is selectively rotated to adjust the released position of the lever relative to the lever holder and the handlebar. The lever and the lever holder can move as a unitary structure during movement of the lever between the released position and the engaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Mon Spencer Owyang
  • Publication number: 20130014608
    Abstract: A trigger has a body, two adjusting buttons, a connecting shaft, a pressing tab and a torsion spring. The body has a back, two sidewalls and two elongated slots. The adjusting buttons are slidably mounted respectively in the elongated slots and are connected to each other with the connecting shaft. The pressing tab is rotatably mounted around the connecting shaft and has a connecting segment, a first pressing segment and a second pressing segment. The first pressing segment is formed on and protrudes from the connecting segment and has a first distance to the back of the body. The second pressing segment is formed on and protrudes from the first pressing segment and has a second distance to the back of the body being different from the first distance of the first pressing segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Brad Yang
  • Publication number: 20130008280
    Abstract: A brake handle of the present invention includes a handle member and an adjusting member. The handle member has a slide block, and the adjusting member has a slide chute corresponding to the slide block, so that the slide block can be movably received in the slide chute, wherein the slide block is disposed with an aperture, a bead and an elastic member. The aperture receives the bead and the elastic member therein. The slide chute is disposed with several notches. The bead elastically abuts against one of the notches when the slide block is received in the slide chute. Thereby, the adjusting member can be moved with respect to the handle member so as to change the length of the brake handle. As a result, a rider can rapidly adjust the brake handle with ease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Chia-Wei HSU
  • Publication number: 20120255390
    Abstract: A collapsible lever assembly for controlling a system is pivotable between a neutral position and an actuated position relative to a pivot base to control the system. The lever assembly is also moveable between the neutral position and a collapsed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventors: Vincent M. Warren, Loretta E. Warren, Loretta E. Warren
  • Patent number: 8276684
    Abstract: A machine tool with an auxiliary cushion structure includes a machine tool having a grip portion and a trigger switch mounted on the grip portion. The grip portion has a control lever pivotally mounted thereon to enable the control lever to rotate against the grip portion, so as to press the trigger switch during rotation and drive the machine tool to operate. The grip portion further has an auxiliary cushion mounted thereon and a gap is formed between the auxiliary cushion and the control lever. The auxiliary cushion has a supporting surface which is tilted upwards from one end close to the control lever to the other end. Thus no matter the control lever is pressed by the operator or released, the operator's hand can rest on the supporting surface to alleviate or ease the fatigue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: X'Pole Precision Tools Inc.
    Inventor: Bach Pangho Chen
  • Publication number: 20120204672
    Abstract: A control system for a work vehicle includes an armrest having a first support and a control grip having a second support. The first support is configured to permit selectable movement of the armrest. The second support is configured to permit selectable movement of the control grip. The armrest and the control grip are independently movable from each other. The first support and the second support are configured to receive a common fastener to secure the first support and the second support to a surface of the work vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Bradley A. AST, Lance A. Taylor, Ryan L. Swenson
  • Publication number: 20120160053
    Abstract: An improved, adjustable hand-operated motorcycle lever is disclosed for actuating hydraulic motorcycle braking and clutching mechanisms. The adjustable lever comprises, inter alia, a base member, a proximal member, a center member, a distal member, an actuator nut, and a barrel component. The lever is easily adjustable to accommodate the hand sizes of different riders, and can be laterally adjusted to augment or reduce leverage to a motorcycle rider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: Charlie Hon
  • Publication number: 20120125143
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable lever assembly with a lever having an adjustment section and a grip section, where the adjustment section includes a slide passage in communication with an adjuster passage, and an adjuster positioned at least partially inside the adjuster passage, the adjuster having a threaded inner passage extending therethrough. The adjustable lever assembly further includes a slide positioned substantially inside the slide passage, the slide including an outer wall surface that is keyed to the slide passage and a threaded outer portion for rotatably engaging the threaded inner passage of the adjuster, wherein rotation of the adjuster translates the slide about the adjuster passage, and wherein the slide includes a bottom portion configured for securing pivotally to a pushrod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: HB PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: John Larry Thomas
  • Publication number: 20120065029
    Abstract: Provided herein are selectable angle eccentric arms, devices comprising selectable angle angle eccentric arms, and methods for making such devices. Examplary devices are exercise devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Creig Dunlap
  • Publication number: 20120055280
    Abstract: In one aspect, a device includes a first portion having a length substantially the same as a length of a gap of a slot of a free link of a reel feeder. The device is configured to be placed in the gap to limit movement of a take-up arm along the slot. In another aspect, a method includes placing a device in a gap of a slot of a free link of a reel feeder to limit movement of a take-up arm along the slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: W. Royce Taylor, IV, Ryan J. Koller
  • Publication number: 20120052477
    Abstract: A four bar drive link system simulator 10 has a frame assembly 11, a proximal hinge attachment bracket 20, a bottom bracket simulator 40, a pair of crank levers 31L, 31R, a pair of coupling levers 32 and a pair of pedal simulator levers 22L, 22R. The frame assembly 11 has a plurality of guide rails, including at least a proximal hinge adjustment rail 22, and a frame simulator rail 13. The proximal hinge attachment bracket 20 is connected to the proximal hinge adjustment rail 22. The bottom bracket simulator 40 is attached or otherwise connected to the frame simulator rail 13. The pair of crank levers 31L, 31R is each attached at a first end to an axle 42 having its axis of rotation in the bottom bracket simulator 40, one crank lever being on one side of the bottom bracket simulator 40, the other on the opposite side. The pair of coupling levers 32 is each attached to an opposite second end of the crank lever 31L or 31R.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: ZIKE, LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Anthony Scolari, Daniel Robert Cabral, Geoffrey Michael Bergmark, Robert Wayne Lewis, JR.
  • Patent number: 8096013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper having a wiper arm (1) and a fastening element (3), the fastening element (3) being fastened on the wiper arm (1), and the fastening element (3) having a hub (4) which can be plugged onto a drive shaft (5). Precision alignment of the wiper relative to the drive shaft (5) is made possible in that the fastening element (3) is plugged into a cutout (2) in the wiper arm (1) in a form-fitting manner in one of at least two possible alignments. A wiper constructed in this way is, in addition, compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Nicolas Eschenbrenner, Achim Kraus
  • Patent number: 8061234
    Abstract: An adjustable lever assembly for a motorcycle master cylinder includes a first element pivotally connected to the master cylinder, and a manually operable second element pivotally connected to the first element. An adjuster rotatably mounted on the second element can be turned to adjust the angular rest position between the first and second elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventors: Roberto Lavezzi, Ivan Maggioni
  • Publication number: 20110271789
    Abstract: An actuating device with lever for vehicles, comprising a support structure, an actuation unit, an actuating lever connected rotatably to the support structure and an adjustment lever, mechanically distinct from the actuating lever and set in such a way as to transmit the angular actuation stroke of the actuating lever to the actuation unit in order to actuate the latter. The adjustment lever comprises adjustment means suitable for adjusting the rest position of the adjustment lever; the said adjustment means are mechanically separate from the actuating lever. The actuating lever comprises elastic preload means suitable for elastically influencing the actuating lever in abutment against the adjustment lever.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: FRENI BREMBO S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marcello Colombo, Roberto Lavezzi
  • Publication number: 20110162144
    Abstract: A bed frame having the functionality of providing varying degrees of elevation to moveable head-rest and back-support sections of the bed frame. Adjustable arms couple a pivotal section of the frame of slats with a front rail panel. The pivotal section of the frame of slats is positioned in the head-rest and back-support sections of the bed frame. Since the pivotal section of the frame of slats is configurable to be tilted, the adjustable arms may be used to tilt the pivotal section of the frame of slats and hence tilt the head-rest and back-support sections of the bed frame to varying degrees of elevation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: Lifestyle Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Abedan Kanthasamy
  • Publication number: 20100275722
    Abstract: A curled variable radius lever comprises a lever arm 2 of variable effective length that curls and uncurls about a drive axis. In a preferred arrangement the lever assembly has a plurality of rigid blocks 3 articulated together by a chain 4 with link pivots 5 which are affixed to respective blocks 3. Each block 3 has a pair of facing walls 11 and a pair of facing mutually inclined sloping walls 12 which abut when the lever arm 2 is in a curled condition. The lever arm 2 is pulled into the curled condition by a coiled tension spring 13 and restrained in this position by a magnet 9. When it is uncurled the walls 11 abut. The chain 4 then prevents the arm 2 from bending further when a driving force is applied by users to a handle 6. The lever may be used with socket sets, yacht winch, fishing rod reel, a bicycle crank or a jack assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Malory Maltby
  • Publication number: 20100180714
    Abstract: A lever (2) is disclosed that is rotatably mounted on the upper part of a manually manoeuvrable machine (1) for machining surfaces, that provides the rotation fulcrum (3) interposed between the head (20) of the supporting lever (2) of the front part of the palm of the hand (30) of the operator, and the tail (21) of the thrust lever (2) of the rear part of the palm of the hand (30) of the operator (FIG. 1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Guido Valentini
  • Patent number: 7650816
    Abstract: On a high-voltage power switch there is provided a shaft for transmitting a rotary motion through a wall. A deflection lever is disposed on the shaft. The shaft and the deflection lever are part of a kinematic chain. For adjustment of the deflection lever in its position on the shaft, the deflection lever has an adjusting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Chyla, Friedrich Löbner
  • Publication number: 20090193929
    Abstract: The invention is related to a foldable control lever structure of motorcycle handle which mainly comprises a control lever, a pivot base and a pivot set, wherein said pivot base is pivotally combined with said control lever enabling said control lever to relatively perform 0-90 degrees pivotally folding effect, thereby said control lever can be properly folded without causing damage in case of motorcycle falling down causing the control lever to hit the ground, and further through pivotal offset between said pivot base and pivot set matching with the external top-pushing spring and internal adjuster buttoning bolt design, relative relationship between said control lever and said motorcycle handle grip can be micro-adjusted according to palm size difference of riders, thereby to obtain best handiness of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Chen-Feng Lin
  • Patent number: 7568406
    Abstract: An adjustable control pedal includes an upper arm and a lower arm carrying a pedal. The lower arm can be selectively moved relative to the upper arm to adjust the position of the pedal between a forward position and a rearward position. A control pin is operably connected to the upper arm for rotation with the upper arm to supply a control signal when force is applied to the pedal. An adjuster is operably connected to the control pin to adjust the position of the control pin relative to the pivot axis so that a ratio of a distance between the pivot axis and the pedal and a distance between the pivot axis and the control pin remains constant as the pedal is adjusted between the forward position and the rearward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Allen Booher, James Robert Allen, Brian John Eckerle
  • Publication number: 20090094747
    Abstract: A bed with a leg assembly coupled to a support link assembly by a joint, the joint comprising a slot having at least two paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: INVACARE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert R. Bly, Kevin S. Wysocki
  • Patent number: 7497175
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for setting the position of a singulator in a seed meter. The singulator comprises an arm pivotally mounted about a pivot adjacent a seed disk. A shaft with an eccentric connection to a radially outward portion of the arm has a lever pivotally connected on it. The lever has a cam mechanism to displace an actuating sleeve into a resilient sleeve to lock the shaft in a given position when the lever is extending in the direction of the axis of rotation of the shaft. When the lever is moved to a right angle orientation the shaft is free to pivot and thus set the position of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Michael Eric Friestad, Nathan Albert Mariman
  • Publication number: 20080210042
    Abstract: A control device for a bicycle, has a first body adapted to be associated with a bicycle handlebar, at least one control member of at least one bicycle component, and a second body, distinct from the first body, associated with the first body to increase a grip surface of the control device and/or to vary the relative position of the at least one control member with respect to the handlebar of the bicycle, so as to adapt the control device to the size of the cyclist's hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Dal Pra'
  • Publication number: 20080022804
    Abstract: An adjustable set of pedals for a motor vehicle provided with at least two pedals for acceleration and, respectively, braking of the motor vehicle, which are mounted on a supporting element. A position of the supporting with respect to a fixed frame of the motor vehicle is controlled selectively by a regulation device defined by a crank mechanism set between the supporting element and the frame itself.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Applicant: Ferrari S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giovanni Stefani
  • Patent number: 7181992
    Abstract: A tripping and re-cocking mechanism (202) is applied to an apparatus (200) by which a shifted apparatus (200) is re-positioned for operation after having shifted from its operational mode. A pivot mount (205) of a second-class lever (204) is connected to a member or casting (209) of apparatus (200). At the point of resistance of lever (204) a roller bearing (215) cooperates with, by latching onto a platform (217), the platform (217) on a standard (221) that is part of apparatus (200), to cock mechanism (202) so that apparatus (200) is returned to its operational position. The shaft (228) of an energized solenoid (227) releases roller bearing (215) from its latched seat on platform (217) in the operation of apparatus (200) thereby shifting it to a non-operational position. Arm (232) re-cocks mechanism (202) to shift apparatus (200) again into its operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel L. Riffe
  • Patent number: 7153128
    Abstract: A thermal pressing machine has a case in which a fixed-side press plate is fixedly provided, a main shaft to which a moving side press plate is attached, a lever arm pivotally attached to the main shaft, a first drive mechanism coupled to a force point at one end of the lever arm, and a second drive mechanism coupled to a supporting point at the other end of the lever arm. The first drive mechanism first causes the lever arm to pivot on the supporting point to greatly move the press plate, and the first drive mechanism is then stopped to operate the second drive mechanism, so that the lever arm pivots on the force point to press the press plate against the press plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Bionics Corporation
    Inventor: Shoji Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7014022
    Abstract: A clutch pedal (1) for a vehicle, in particular, a motor vehicle, includes at least one side plate (2a, 2b) mounted for rotation spindle (3) connectable to the bulkhead of the vehicle. A peg (5) is fixed to one end of a pedal web (4) and slides in a first slot (21) provided in the side plate. A movement mechanism (7) causes the peg to slide in the slot, defining a length (L) between the rotation spindle of the side plate and the other end of the pedal web. A stud (8) is mounted in the side plate (2a) at a distance (R) from the rotation spindle, for receiving the end of the rod of the clutch mechanism of the vehicle. The clutch pedal operates to provide a constant step-down ratio (L/R).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignees: Peugeot Citroën Automobiles SA, Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Franck Sauvonnet, Brian N. Orr, Waldemar W. Gmurowski
  • Publication number: 20040261567
    Abstract: A steering wheel has a ring portion, spoke portions and a hub portion. The steering wheel is provided with a thermoelectric reversible heat pump to heat or cool a fluid. A closed hydraulic circuit includes a hydraulic pump and at least one duct extending along the ring portion of the steering wheel. The fluid is heated or cooled by the thermoelectric heat pump and is circulated by the hydraulic pump within the ring portion of the steering wheel to heat or cool the ring portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Lorenzo Menaldo, Giuseppe Testa, Alberto Muscio, Stefano Soragni
  • Patent number: 6805228
    Abstract: A plurality of clutch levers transmit force to a pressure plate of a clutch. The lever ratio of the clutch lever is variable as the clutch lever moves from an engaged to a disengaged state. When the clutch is engaged, the clutch lever presses the pressure plate to engage clutch discs. The lever ratio of the clutch lever is relatively large, allowing for an acceptable clamp load. When the clutch is disengaged, the clutch lever lifts from the pressure plate, disengaging the pressure plate from the clutch discs. When the clutch is disengaged, the lever ratio is relatively small, allowing for more clearance between the pressure plate and the flywheel and an increase in pressure plate lift. By using a clutch lever having a variable lever ratio, both clamp load and clutch lift can be maximized. The conditions exist during the entire lift of the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: ZF Sachs AG
    Inventors: Andrzej Szadkowski, Ronald B. Morford, Muneer Abusamra
  • Patent number: 6651291
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper assembly capable of adjusting a wiping angle, which changes the rotating angle of drive arms in accordance with the change of the operating mode (high-speed operating mode or low-speed operating mode) of a wiper assembly by means of an auxiliary motor so that the wiping angle can be properly changed. The wiper assembly capable of adjusting a wiping angle comprises an auxiliary motor mounted on a main frame and having a variable crankshaft for moving the center axis of the variable crankshaft from one position (P1) to another position (P2); and a variable link of which the first end is operatively coupled to one end of the variable crankshaft and the second end is coupled to the first connecting rod, the second connecting rod coupled to one drive arm, and a link rod coupled to the other drive arm. The variable link moves the location of drive arms between the points in accordance with the movement of a pivot (C1 or C2) occurred by operating of the variable crank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Keun-Sik Lim
  • Patent number: 6595083
    Abstract: A steering wheel includes a boss for fastening the steering wheel to a steering shaft. Among other features, the steering wheel has a pair of lower spokes that are deformable to absorb energy in a collision. The boss conserves space and has relatively long splines for engaging the steering shaft. The boss includes a plate that facilitates insert molding and conserves space. The spokes include integrally formed airbag supports. A bolt retainer is included in the steering wheel. The bolt retainer holds a bolt for tightening the boss on the steering shaft, and the bolt retainer permits one-handed attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Hosoi, Atsushi Nagata
  • Publication number: 20030126941
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clutch pedal (1) intended to equip a vehicle, particularly a motor vehicle, comprising at least one side plate (2a, 2b) mounted to rotate about a rotation spindle (3) designed to be connected to the bulkhead of the vehicle, a pedal web (4) to one end of which is fixed a peg (5) designed to slide in a first slot (21) made in the side plate, a movement mechanism (7) to cause the peg to slide in the slot, defining a length (L) between the rotation spindle of the side plate and the other end of the pedal web, a stud (8) mounted in the side plate (2a) at a distance (R) from the rotation spindle and designed to receive the end of the rod of the clutch emitter of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: Franck Sauvonnet, Brian N. Orr, Waldemar W. Gmurowski
  • Patent number: 6422108
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly consisting of a steering shaft and a steering wheel secured thereto. The steering shaft is provided with a groove at an end associated with the steering wheel, and the steering wheel is provided with a holding part which may engage into the groove in order to secure the steering wheel to the steering shaft in an axial direction. The holding part is movable between a release position in which it does not engage the groove, and a holding position in which it engages into the groove. A blocking element is provided, adapted to hold the holding part in the release position, and an indicator element is provided, which is connected with the holding part and is adapted to display at an outside of the steering wheel whether the holding part is in its holding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Assignee: TRW Automotive Safety Systems GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Guido Hirzmann
  • Patent number: 6311818
    Abstract: A clutch fork assembly for use with a motor vehicle clutch includes a shaft and a fork. The shaft has an axis of fork rotation at a first location. The fork has a pair of tines and a lever arm. Each tine has a first bearing engagement point at a first bearing distance from the axis of fork rotation. The lever arm has a first linkage engagement point at a first linkage distance from the axis of fork rotation. The link engagement point is a predetermined distance from the bearing engagement point. A first clutch fork lever ratio is established by dividing the first linkage distance by the first bearing distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher D. Cole, Daniel V. Gochenour
  • Patent number: 6308998
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door holding a lock provided with actuating elements operable to lock the door has an actuating system having an outside opening handle displaceable on the door, a pivot on the door, a first compensating lever pivotable on the pivot and having an outer end forming a seat, and a first rod part having an outer end connected to the handle and an inner end bearing on the seat in a predetermined direction. A second rod part having an outer end connected to the lock actuating elements and an inner end connected to an outer end of a second compensating lever pivotable on the pivot. A spring braced between the levers urges their outer ends angularly apart with the outer end of the first compensating lever bearing against the predetermined direction on the first rod-part inner end. A screw engaged between the levers offset from the pivot can releasably fix the levers together for joint pivoting. This screw is loosenable for relative pivoting of the levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Stefan Armbruster, Johannes-Theodor Menke, Thomas Schönenberg
  • Patent number: 6151985
    Abstract: An adjustable pedal apparatus for a motor vehicle is provided. The apparatus includes a pedal that can be translated in a longitudinal fashion parallel to the vehicle floor. The apparatus includes a pedal pivotally attached to a pivot pin. The pivot pin is threadedly attached to a powered screw to allow translation thereon in response to rotation of the screw. The pivot pin is received in a second longitudinal slot formed in a base formation. An attachment link is pivotally attached to the pivot pin and includes an elongated opening for receiving a driving pin and a pushrod attachment. Driving pin and pushrod attachment are free to slide and pivot with their attachment to the attachment link. A power link is also provided. The power link is pivotally attached to the pedal at an elevation lower than the pivot pin. The power link also includes an elongated opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Garber, John Schambre, Dwight S. Brooks, Liliana Neag, Michael O. Forker, L. Guy Montford, Jack Soullier, Howard A. Estes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6154317
    Abstract: A device for stabilizing of a remotely controlled sensor like a camera includes a gimbal system with an inner yaw gimbal carrying the sensor and an outer yaw gimbal and an inner pitch gimbal and outer pitch gimbal; and inner yaw and pitch gimbals are stabilized by a two-axes self-acting rategyro and outer yaw and pitch gimbals are stabilized by a system with set motors, electric rategyros and an electronic unit and a mechanical coupling with a resilient coupling connecting the inner yaw gimbal with the outer pitch gimbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Polytech AB
    Inventors: Torbjorn Segerstrom, Kjell Noren
  • Patent number: 6039153
    Abstract: A bicycle brake apparatus includes a brake arm having an upper portion and a lower portion and a link member having an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion of the brake arm and the lower portion of the link member pivot relative to each other around a common pivot axis. A shoe attachment member is disposed on the upper portion of the link member, and a link fixing mechanism is provided for fixing the link member relative to the brake arm. The link fixing mechanism includes a fixing shaft extending from one of the brake arm and the link member and a shaft opening defined by the other one of the brake arm and the link member so that the fixing shaft extends through the shaft opening. A diameter of the shaft opening is greater than a diameter of the fixing shaft, and an adjusting member is disposed in the shaft opening. The adjusting member defines an adjusting opening for receiving the fixing shaft therethrough at a position offset from a center of the shaft opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Shimano, In.
    Inventor: Masanori Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 5974675
    Abstract: A navigation unit having a gyro sensor mounted thereon. The unit includes a mounting mechanism for changing the mounting direction of the gyro sensor so that the rotation detecting axis of the gyro sensor may be vertical, i.e. normal to a vehicle. In one embodiment, the navigation unit includes a support device for supporting the gyro sensor rotatably with respect to a casing. The gyro sensor may be supported in a rocking manner in the casing, and mounted to be changed between a first mounting direction and a second mounting direction perpendicular to the first mounting direction. In the preferred construction, the gyro sensor has a first pin and a second pin, and the casing has a first guide groove for receiving and guiding the first pin, and a second guide groove extending perpendicular to the first guide groove for receiving and guiding the second pin. The second guide groove provides a rocking center for the gyro sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Aisin Aw Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kunihiro Yamada, Akihiro Shinato
  • Patent number: 5967486
    Abstract: A valve actuator having a pivotal cam-lever driven push-pull mechanical linkage system. A power mechanism moves a cam-lever member which then moves a connecting rod to move a push-pull member to lift out or push in a conventional valve stem. This then opens or closes the valve. In an alternative embodiment, the actuator includes an adjustable block member to which the cam-lever is pivotally attached. This provides a separate adjustability for the ultimate maximum movement of the push-pull member and thereby also of the valve stem in order to ensure a proper closing force is imparted to the valve. Also in this embodiment, it is preferred that the push-pull member includes at least one spring washer disposed therein. This provides a desirable compressibility in the system during the imposition of the force that the push-pull member exerts on the valve stem during the opening and/or closing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventors: Gene A. McCrory, David L. Rehder