Hand Patents (Class 74/523)
  • Patent number: 10253534
    Abstract: A door handle device (1) for a motor vehicle has a holding device (2) with a door handle (6) arranged on an outer side (3) of the holding device (2) so as to be pivotable between a basic position (4) and a pivoted opening position (5). A damping device (7) is provided for damping a closing movement (8) of the door handle (6) from the pivoted opening position (5) into the basic position (4). A pivotable balancing device (10) for interaction with the damping device (7) is arranged on an inner side (9) of the holding device (2) and is coupled via a coupling device (11) to the door handle (6) so that a pivoting movement of the door handle (6) brings about an opposite rotational movement of the balancing device (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Martin Haussermann
  • Patent number: 9855931
    Abstract: The invention relates to an activation device (1) for a parking brake and is comprised of a bearing block (3), a parking brake lever (2) and a swivel bearing. The parking brake lever (2) is swivel-mounted on the bearing block (3) via the swivel bearing. The parking brake lever (2) can be fixed in place in a swivel position on the bearing block (3) with a blocking device. The swivel bearing is formed by an axle receptacle (5) and two inserts (6) allocated to it; the axle receptacle (5) is made of a die-cast part and has a limiting element (7). To form the swivel bearing, the inserts (6) are fixed in position at opposite ends of the axle receptacle (5). The inserts are in an operative connection with the limiting element (7), connected to it or connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Power-Cast Light Metal Solutions GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Kaltenmaier
  • Patent number: 9696748
    Abstract: A vehicle grip structure including a body member and a grip, in which the body member is covered by the grip made of a synthetic resin, the grip includes an insertion hole in which the body member is inserted and a space portion provided along the insertion hole, multiple elastic protrusions are formed integrally with the grip and dispersedly on one of an inner peripheral-side wall surface and an outer peripheral-side wall surface of the space portion so as to protrude toward the other wall surface, when the grip is held by a driver, the elastic protrusions are pressed against the other wall surface and elastically deformed, and the elastic protrusions are arranged in a grid pattern in which adjoining ones of multiple polygons of the same shape have a common side, and are positioned so as to form each side of the polygons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: TOYODA IRON WORKS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideaki Sakai, Osamu Miyashita, Hiroaki Tsuzuki, Tomonori Yanagiya
  • Patent number: 9454175
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a control lever comprises a lever body and a grip. The lever body comprises a base and an arm. The grip is attached to the arm so as to be extractable, and comprises a handle positioned on the opposite side of the base. A switch is provided at the end of the handle. The arm is configured to allow the grip to be attached from a right side or a left side of the arm so as to be selectively extractable. A cable of the switch has a length enough to extract the grip from the arm, and is guided from between the arm and the grip to the control box through the base. The base comprises a storage portion in which a middle portion of the cable is stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taishi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9163718
    Abstract: Automotive vehicles having a manual shift transmission, with driver feedback to indicate when a shift change is recommended or to provide other event notifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary D. Nelson, David A. Evans, Thomas J. Giuli, David P. Melcher, Christopher J. Peplin, Jayanthi Rao
  • Publication number: 20150135888
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a control device and to a control system of a bicycle electronic system as well as to a bicycle electronic system using the same, in particular a bicycle electronic gearshift. In particular, the control device of a bicycle electronic system comprises a containment casing, containing inside it at least one switch, and at least one manual actuation member faced at the containment casing and acting on a respective switch of the at least one switch for imparting at least one manual command to the bicycle electronic system. The containment casing is provided with a housing seat suitable for receiving at least one input multiplier able to be connected to the at least one switch to receive the manual command when the at least one manual actuation member activates the respective switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: CAMPAGNOLO S.R.L.
    Inventors: Davide Bernardele, Flavio Cracco
  • Patent number: 8989916
    Abstract: A system includes a turn signal lever, at least one exterior sensor configured to detect a condition of an area surrounding a vehicle, and a display configured to display information about the condition of the area surrounding vehicle. The turn signal lever includes at least one sensor configured to detect a touch or a proximity of a user's finger or hand. The turn signal lever includes a top sensor and a bottom sensor, which are configured to distinguish between intended actuation of the lever by the user for a left turn or a right turn. The display is configured to display information indicating a degree of safety for performing the intended turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventors: Mario Tippelhofer, Trevor Shannon
  • Publication number: 20150059517
    Abstract: A universal lawn spreader control handle extension kit comprising connectors, cables, clamps, brackets, telescoping sleeves, and other components, and enabling extension of the handle of a typical lawn spreader. Such spreaders may be used to apply lawn fertilizer, salt, or other ingredients or granular particulate compatible with such spreader devices. Extensions may be associated with various configurations of lawn spreader handle, herein referred to by the letter they most resemble (e.g. a “T” handle may consist of a single extended strut with two grips extending perpendicularly from the end, while a “U” handle may be a closed loop) and generally limited to the configurations “T,” “U,” “M,” “X,” and “H.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jesse Calloway
  • Publication number: 20150059516
    Abstract: A bicycle shift lever having a lever member and a base member that can be combined with other commonly available parts to enable connection of the lever member and base member to the derailler on a bicycle so that it can enable a user of the bicycle to shift between gears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Sue Knaup
  • Publication number: 20150053042
    Abstract: A hand cart includes a handlebar, a handlebar holder, a handlebar sensor, and a drive mechanism. The handlebar has a right grip and a left grip at ends of the handlebar in a lengthwise direction. The handlebar holder supports the handlebar while permitting displacement of the handlebar relative to the handlebar holder within a specific range. The handle sensor is configured and arranged to sense the displacement of the handlebar. The drive mechanism is configured to perform power assist according to sensing result of the handle sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Tomohiro SHIRAKAWA, Hiroyuki ARASE, Hideyuki TANAKA, Osamu ZAITSU, Naotake HIRAGA
  • Patent number: 8960649
    Abstract: A joystick control is coupled to an air discharge pipe (9) of a motorized backpack sprayer for controlling flow of liquid to an atomizer, the air discharge speed, and for aiming the discharge pipe. A handle (5) carries a filter (11) that can be accessed and cleaned, even with a full reservoir, by closing a fluid stop valve (12) and releasing the handle (5). Fluid flow to the atomizer is controlled (open/closed) by a control lever (6) that releases the flow of fluid through a fluid valve (13) when pressed, and closes the valve (13) automatically by a spring when released. A locking lever (8) can lock valve (13) open or closed. An engine throttle lever (7) is lateral to the valve (13) and an electrical on/off switch (4) is next to the lever (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Guarany Indústria e Comércio Ltda.
    Inventor: Carlos Alberto Fleury Bellandi
  • Patent number: 8960050
    Abstract: The invention provides a lever assembly for controlling a lock of a steering column assembly. The lever assembly includes a first lever portion pivotable about a locking axis between a locked position for substantially preventing adjusting movement of a steering column assembly and an unlocked position spaced from the locked position. The steering column assembly is moveable in adjusting movement when the first lever portion is in the unlocked position. The lever assembly also includes a second lever portion defining a handle portion and operable to rotate about the locking axis. The lever assembly also includes a lost motion linkage disposed between the first lever portion and the second lever portion. The lost motion linkage is operable to transmit rotation of the second lever portion about the locking axis to pivot the first lever portion between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: William D. Cymbal, Michael P. Anspaugh, Damir Menjak, Olivier Pugliese
  • Publication number: 20150020635
    Abstract: Provided is an operation lever adapted to make a blade perform an action other than an up and down action by rotatably a grip around the shaft center of a lever shaft. The operation lever has a lever shaft operable back and forth, corresponding to an up and down action of a blade of a dozer unit, and a grip provided on an upper part of the lever shaft and capable of rotating in a clockwise direction and counterclockwise direction from a neutral position around a shaft center of the lever shaft by a predetermined rotation angle, corresponding to an angle action or a tilting action of the blade. The grip includes a return-to-neutral spring adapted to return the grip from a rotated position to a neutral position, and the rotation angle of the grip in the clockwise direction is set to be different from that in the counterclockwise direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Takayuki TOKUDA, Masahiro YAMAMOTO, Teruo KUNIZAWA
  • Patent number: 8925414
    Abstract: A device for inputting command signals to a marine vessel control system includes a lever that is selectively operable in a joystick mode and a lever mode. In the lever mode, the lever is confined to pivoting about a horizontal axis to thereby input throttle and shift commands to the control system. In the joystick mode, the lever is freely pivotable in all directions away from a vertical axis that is perpendicular to the horizontal axis to thereby input throttle, shift, and directional commands to the control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: John I. S. Park, Steven J. Gonring
  • Publication number: 20140373669
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is basically provided with a housing, a base member, a user operating member and a fixing member. The housing has an internal space. The base member is at least partially disposed in the internal space and pivotally arranged relative to the housing about a first axis. The user operating member is adjustably mounted to the base member and partially disposed in the internal space. The user operating member has a user contacting portion. The fixing member fixes the user operating member to the base member at one of at least a first position and a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Guang Sheng Elson LIM
  • Publication number: 20140345416
    Abstract: Control devices and systems for self-propelled machinery and related methods are disclosed. In one aspect, a control device for self-propelled machinery includes a central portion disposed between a first gripping portion and a second gripping portion and at least one pressure sensitive trigger control provided over either the first or the second gripping portion. The trigger control can be configured to reduce a speed of the self-propelled machinery by actuating a portion of a potentiometer for varying an electrical signal carried by the control device. In some aspects, the control device can electrically communicate with a control unit of the self-propelled machinery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Scott Kaskawitz, Vincent Andrew Prinzo, Arvic Gutierrez Macapagal
  • Patent number: 8887597
    Abstract: A split grip control lever is suitable for operating heavy machinery and includes a fixed base portion that provides secure operator support during operation of the machine. A movable upper portion is pivotable relative to the fixed base portion by the user's thumb and index finger to control operation of machine components. The movable upper portion and the fixed base portion preferably define a substantially continuous profile. Additionally, a control device is placed inside the fixed base portion of the grip, allowing for a shorter control shaft that pivots at or near the center of the unit. This arrangement facilitates control of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: JLG Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip John Black
  • Patent number: 8875595
    Abstract: An operating mechanism for a parking brake. The operating mechanism includes a manual brake lever pivotably coupled to a bearing block by a tubular holder. The manual brake lever is fixed to the tubular holder. The mechanism also includes a locking device adapted to fix the manual brake lever in a predetermined pivoting position, an activation rod guided inside the manual brake lever and operatively connected to the locking device, and a transfer element connected to the tubular holder. The transfer element is adapted to transmit movement of the manual lever to the parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Dietz-automotive GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Baris Barcin
  • Publication number: 20140318305
    Abstract: A fixing device for an adjustable steering column for a motor vehicle includes a first cam carrier having one or more cams fixedly attached thereto, and at least one further cam carrier having one or more cams fixedly attached thereto. The cam carriers are arranged such as to be rotatable relative to each other about a rotational axis. Upon rotation of the cam carriers relative to each other about the rotational axis, the cam or cams of the first cam carrier interact with the cam or cams of the further cam carrier such as to slide exclusively along each other. The fixing device includes at least one energy-consuming damping device which damps the rotation of the cam carrier in at least one direction of rotation about the rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Konstantin Cron, Simon Blaettler, Hieronymus Schnitzer, Martin Rohr
  • Patent number: 8844880
    Abstract: A heliplane operates with a fixed wing at high velocities, and particularly at high advance ratios, while using a rotary wing maintained in motion at all speeds. At high advance ratios, the rotor wing eventually may be rotated primarily to maintain its stability, rather than depending upon the majority of lift. Meanwhile, a collective pitch control is provided and located between pilot and copilot. A single control provides control of both collective pitch and throttle by both pilots. One pilot will have to operate the control with the left hand, while the other may use their right hand. Nevertheless, both throttles push away from the pilot, regardless of which one is in control of the aircraft, while a single collective lever is relied upon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc.
    Inventor: McGregor Lee Corliss
  • Publication number: 20140277825
    Abstract: A system includes a turn signal lever, at least one exterior sensor configured to detect a condition of an area surrounding a vehicle, and a display configured to display information about the condition of the area surrounding vehicle. The turn signal lever includes at least one sensor configured to detect a touch or a proximity of a user's finger or hand. The turn signal lever includes a top sensor and a bottom sensor, which are configured to distinguish between intended actuation of the lever by the user for a left turn or a right turn. The display is configured to display information indicating a degree of safety for performing the intended turn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicants: Audi AG, Volkswagen AG
    Inventors: Mario TIPPELHOFER, Trevor SHANNON
  • Publication number: 20140260770
    Abstract: Manoeuvring element of the type consisting of a crank provided at one end with a protruding handle and at the other end with manoeuvring which actuate a rotation transmission shaft and furthermore provided with a safety system, consisting of button means housed within a cavity obtained in said crank for the actuation of a locking pin characterised in that with said button means there are associated retaining means of said locking pin axially controlled by said button means and apt to rotate between a fastening position and an unlocking position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ELESA S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Bertani
  • Publication number: 20140260769
    Abstract: A bath spout faucet assembly having a handle portion and a hub portion. The handle portion includes a bore disposed therein. The handle portion may also include a cylindrically-formed slot located around the bore. The hub portion is sized to fit into the cylindrically-formed slot of the handle portion. The cylindrically-formed hub portion forms an opening that is configured to be in communication with the bore in the handle portion, and is configured to receive a stem portion of a valve assembly. The bore in the handle portion is configured to receive the stem portion and the handle portion is configured to rotate the stem portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: JAN CHRISTOPHER VAN LEYEN, VICTOR TUNG, ALSTON WILLIAMS
  • Publication number: 20140260768
    Abstract: A lever for use with a plug housing and a method of manufacturing. The method includes molding the housing and lever in one mold, with the housing and lever being separate parts. Extracting the housing and lever from the mold and moving a mating end of the lever into position relative to a mounting portion of the housing. The lever may include a first member having a first handle and a second member having a second handle which are mated together to form the lever. Additionally, the lever may have portions which are movably, hingedly or pivotably connected to a handle at a connection regions which are formed to provide a weakened area about which lever arms can move, rotate or pivot relative to the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TYCO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Galen M. MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20140260771
    Abstract: An operator control element with magnetic return for a number of switching and/or control functions: includes an abutment part; an actuating part which can be moved, for example displaced and/or pivoted, by hand from an inoperative position in at least two opposite directions with respect to the abutment part; magnetic return means for returning the actuating part into the inoperative position; and detection means for producing an electrical signal corresponding in each case at least to the maximum positions and the inoperative position of the actuating part the magnetic return means include at least one actuating part-side ring magnets and one abutment part-side ring magnet arranged in the inoperative position such that the end faces thereof face one another and are spaced apart. They are arranged so as to pull the actuating part towards the abutment part and that they are concentric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Arthur Klossek, Thilo Schultheis, Stefan Schuberth
  • Publication number: 20140271254
    Abstract: A leverage device includes elongated body connected to a pivoting base, and a means for attaching the elongated body to the “T” handle of a pump used in filling air tanks. In use one securely connects the pivoting base to a stationary vertical surface, connects the attachment assembly to a pump, and repeatedly moves the elongated body in an up-and-down motion. This action moves the attached pump's “T” handle, thereby causing the pump's piston to move with decreased effort and increased speed over the conventional motion of pumping. In this manner a compressed air tank can be filled to approximately 3,000 psi using human power only.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Phillip Lewis Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140251070
    Abstract: A joystick controller includes a pivotally mounted joystick having a detent plate assembly having a cam surface around the perimeter of the plate, wherein the detent plate is slidably mounted on the joystick shaft for sliding translation along the shaft and wherein the lower surface of the detent plate includes an annular channel adjacent the cam surface and which is substantially centered relative to the joystick shaft, and wherein the joystick housing includes a spaced apart array of pin receiving apertures formed in its upper wall, and one or more pins which releasably mount into the pin receiving apertures so as to extend upwardly from the upper wall around the aperture, wherein the pins engage into the annular channel when the joystick shaft is deflected so that, as a pin engages against the cam surface as the shaft is deflected, and the pin slips into the annular channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Brenton Arthur Kornelson
  • Publication number: 20140251071
    Abstract: A control mechanism for manually adjusting a plurality of control parameters, the control mechanism including a mechanical multiple axis handle movable about a plurality of axes of rotation for operating an operated device, wherein each of the axes of rotation pass through the handle, and a movement transformation assembly to transform rotational movements of the handle to control commands to the operated device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Eran Ben-Dor
  • Publication number: 20140245858
    Abstract: A turn signal adaptor for use with a turn signal lever of a vehicle. The turn signal adaptor includes a mounting member and a crossover signal arm. The crossover signal arm extends from the mounting end at the right side of a steering column of a steering wheel of the vehicle to the free end at the left side of the steering column. At least one height adjustment screw allows leveling of the mounting member and the crossover signal arm relative to the turn signal lever such that the crossover signal arm extends across the steering column of the vehicle while creating no or minimal visibility issues with the driver seeing an instrument cluster panel of the vehicle, allowing a user to activate the turn signal lever with the use of the right hand, without taking hands off the steering wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Wesley C. JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 8813601
    Abstract: Provided is a retainer for assisting in installation of a parking brake actuator for use in a vehicle by limiting relative movement of an input lever and a mounting bracket. The retainer has a first part and a second part connected via frangible connection(s). The first part of the retainer is fixed relative to a mounting bracket and the second part is fixed relative to the input lever (via a pivot member). After installation, the lever is moved from its first, installation position to a second, in-use position. The application of force and movement of the lever rotates the pivot member, which rotates the second part of the retainer relative to the first part thereby breaking the frangible connection(s). The input lever of the brake actuator is then ready for use to apply or release brakes of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ventra Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher George Arthur Hind, Peter Revelis, Simon Kwan Hoi Chan, Jaafar Bashiry-Khoshraftar
  • Patent number: 8806979
    Abstract: An operating mechanism for a parking brake includes a manual brake lever pivotably coupled to a bearing block, a locking device adapted to secure the manual brake lever in a predetermined pivoting position, an actuating rod guided inside the manual brake lever and operatively connected to the locking device, and a guiding device for the actuating rod located on the manual brake lever. The guiding device comprises a U-shaped profile having an opening oriented toward a side of the manual brake lever. The opening is adapted to receive the actuating rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Dietz-automotive GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Baris Barcin
  • Publication number: 20140208889
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device for operating at least one bicycle component. The bicycle operating device includes a base member configured to be mounted on a bicycle handlebar that defines a handlebar axis and a first operating member rotatably supported on the base member about the bicycle handlebar when the base member is mounted on the bicycle handlebar. The first operating member is configured to be at least partially adjustably supported on the base member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro KOSAKA, Yoshimitsu MIKI
  • Publication number: 20140208887
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a base member, a first operating member, a second operating member and an electric control unit. The base member is configured to be attached to a bicycle handlebar having a handlebar axis. The first operating member is supported on the base member such that the first operating member is configured to rotate about the handlebar axis while the base member is attached to the bicycle handlebar. The second operating member is supported on the base member such that the second operating member is configured to rotate about the handlebar axis while the base member is attached to the bicycle handlebar. The electric control unit generates a first signal and a second signal as the first operating member and the second operating member are operated respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro KOSAKA, Yoshimitsu MIKI
  • Publication number: 20140208888
    Abstract: A bicycle operating device is basically provided with a base member, a first operating member, a second operating member and a clicking mechanism. The base member is configured to be attached to a bicycle. The first operating member is movably supported on the base member from a rest position to an operated position. The second operating member is movably supported on the base member from a rest position to an operated position. The clicking mechanism includes a first part contacting at least one of the first operating member and the second operating member to produce a haptic feedback response as each of the first and second operating members moves from the rest position towards the operated position, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro KOSAKA, Yoshimitsu MIKI
  • Patent number: 8789442
    Abstract: An assembled structure of brake release knob that assures a predetermined anchoring force, and reliable anchoring with no damage being caused in assembling. A cap (80) is fixed in a brake lever distal end part (11); a brake release knob (20) is inserted into the cap (80); a flange part (23) formed on a leg part (22) extending from a head part (21) of the brake release knob is engaged with an innermost end (85) of the cap; in the brake lever distal end part (11), a distal end part taperedly extending from a shoulder part (72) of a release rod (70) is inserted closer to the center of the cap (80) than the leg part (22) of the brake release knob; and between the shoulder part (72) and the innermost end (85) of the cap, the flange part (23) of the brake release knob is sandwiched under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiji Kawano, Satoru Masuda
  • Patent number: 8783131
    Abstract: A locking arrangement for locking a brake part held under tension is provided. The locking arrangement includes a gearing having a plurality of adjoining gears, a catch which can be pivoted about a catch coupling and which has at least one engaging nose that is biased in the direction toward the gearing on one engagement end. Either the catch coupling or the gearing can be pivoted about a main axis relative to each other, and a parking brake equipped with the locking arrangement. A locking arrangement, or a parking brake enabling an improved locking is created in that an auxiliary nose is associated with the catch at a distance from the engaging nose, and that the auxiliary nose is disposed such that it may be brought into contact with the gearing in front of the engaging nose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Edscha Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Jose Manuel Gutierrez Fernandez
  • Publication number: 20140174241
    Abstract: A bicycle control device includes a fixed member, an operating member, a rotatable member, a positioning member and a release member. The positioning member is movably to selectively hold the rotatable member in a plurality of predetermined positions. The release member is movably arranged between a non-releasing position and a releasing position, and moves the positioning member to release the rotatable member. Operating the operating member, the release member moves from the non-releasing position to the releasing position as the operating member moves from a rest position towards a first operated position. The release member moves from the releasing position to the non-releasing position as the operating member moves from the first operated position towards a second operated position. The release member moves from the non-releasing position to the releasing position as the operating member moves from the second operated position towards a third operated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Guang Sheng Elson LIM
  • Patent number: 8746109
    Abstract: A parking brake actuator having a mounting bracket, an actuation lever, a cable, a cable reel, a tensioning spring, and a clutch. The clutch is configured for coupling the cable reel to the actuation lever when the actuation lever is pivoted to the working position and uncoupling the cable reel from the actuation lever when the actuation lever returns to the rest position. The clutch includes a first grip face fixed to the cable reel, a disk that is slidable along the pivot axis, the disk having a second grip face and being biased axially to have the second grip face engage the first grip face, and a driver that is fixed to the mounting bracket, wherein the driver axially moves the disk to disengage the second grip face from the first grip face when the actuation lever is in the rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Andrei Tchernyi, William Wimmitoy
  • Patent number: 8746110
    Abstract: An all terrain vehicle parking brake for after market installation on an ATV, UTV, RUV or MUV that relies on placing the vehicle shift lever in a park position to hold the vehicle on a hill. The parking brake includes a brake handle that is mounted to the vehicle dash board to pivot between brake engaged and disengaged positions, extending and retracting a linkage that connects and disconnects through a straight sleeve, with the linkage connecting to a rod end bearing that connects to a brake pedal arm, depressing the brake pedal when an operator activates the parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Ronnie D Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20140150600
    Abstract: A safety handle assembly for use with a surgical instrument having an operative distal end portion is disclosed. The handle assembly includes a handle housing and a drive element movably mounted within the handle housing and connected to an associated operative distal end portion. A drive assembly is positioned within the handle housing and is engageable with the drive element to move the drive element within the handle housing. An actuator is movably mounted on the handle housing and an adjustable force-limiting mechanism is interposed between the drive assembly and the actuator. A force-limiting mechanism releasably connects the actuator to the drive assembly. The force-limiting mechanism is adjustable to preset the force at which the actuator separates or breaks away from the drive assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Michael Zemlok, Paul A. Scirica, Robert J. DeSantis
  • Patent number: 8739650
    Abstract: A control lever device for a work vehicle. The control lever device comprises a plurality of control levers to be movable along paths arranged in parallel with each other, a vertical limit member including lever openings formed therein for the plurality of control levers and extending to allow the movement of the control levers, dust-proof members movable along the back surface of the vertical limit member following the movement of the control levers to close the lever openings, lateral limit members for limiting displacement of the dust-proof members in a lateral direction relative to the moving direction of the control levers, and a base defining a movable surface for the dust-proof members. The vertical limit member and the lateral limit members are formed as a single cover to cover the dust-proof members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Masumoto
  • Publication number: 20140144279
    Abstract: A park brake assembly includes a base. A park brake lever is pivotal about the base. A pawl is pivotal about a pawl pivot. The pawl is linked to the brake lever. A sector is attached to the base and the pawl releasably locks and unlocks relative to the sector. The pawl includes a pivot slot that receives the pawl pivot and wherein the pawl translates about the pawl pivot changing an angle of engagement of the pawl relative to the sector when subjected to a force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: DURA OPERATING, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan M. Pereira
  • Publication number: 20140137696
    Abstract: An electric control device for a bicycle that includes a clamp member adapted to be mounted to a bicycle handlebar, a bracket member adjustably mounted to the clamp member, and a first electric user interface member operatively coupled to the bracket member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Kentaro KOSAKA, Yoshimitsu MIKI
  • Publication number: 20140137697
    Abstract: Provided is a structure for installing a shift knob to a shift lever in which a rod is provided in an upwardly and downwardly movable manner. The shift knob comprises: a button capable of being manually pushed to allow the rod to be moved downwardly from a lock position to a lock release position; a core installing the button and having a lower tubular portion; and a cover ring covering the lower tubular portion of the core. The structure is configured to allow the cover ring to be fitted onto the lower tubular portion of the core, and thereby locked by the lower tubular portion of the core in a snap fit manner, and to allow the shift lever to be inserted into the lower tubular portion of the core, and thereby locked by the lower tubular portion of the core in a snap fit manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: DELTA KOGYO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takushi Ujimoto, Mizuho Ueta, Koichiro Hamaka, Takumi Kusayama
  • Patent number: 8720303
    Abstract: A pivoting structure for a brake lever includes a connector having one end connected to a handle of a bicycle and another end having a assembling space opened thereon; a brake lever having one end which is assembled to the assembling space; and a pivoting set having a horizontal shaft and a vertical shaft, one end of the horizontal shaft inserted through a wall of the assembling space, the vertical shaft passing through one end of the brake lever, another end of the horizontal shaft connected to the vertical shaft. Therefore, the brake lever is vertically and horizontally pivotable on the connector via the pivoting set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Judy Wu
  • Publication number: 20140116194
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling positioning of flaps in an aircraft includes a shift lever movable to each of a plurality of shift lever positions to control positioning of the flaps of the aircraft to each of a respective plurality of associated flap positions. A shift lever indexing plate includes a plurality of engagement positions associated with the plurality of shift lever positions, respectively, the shift lever being coupled to an engagement member, the engagement member moving with the shift lever and being biased to selectively engage a selected one of the plurality of the engagement positions associated with a selected one of the shift lever positions to command the aircraft flaps to the flap position associated with the selected one of the shift lever positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY
    Inventor: Ronald J. Nieman
  • Publication number: 20140109718
    Abstract: A bicycle control device is provided that basically includes a support structure, a control unit, a first operating lever, a first gear and a second gear. The control unit is mounted on the support structure. The first operating lever is operatively connected to the control unit to operate the control unit. The first gear is rotatably mounted on the support structure about a first axis. The second gear is engaged with the first gear, and is rotatably mounted on the support structure about a second axis. The second gear includes indicia indicative of a plurality of states of a bicycle component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Yong Liang Steve TAN
  • Publication number: 20140076084
    Abstract: A multi-piece gear shift knob and a gear shift lever assembly including the same are disclosed. The multi-piece gear shift knob includes a grip portion and a lock portion. The grip portion includes an installation opening that extends through at least one face of the grip portion, and a partial thread form. The lock portion includes a partial thread form. The grip portion and the lock portion include corresponding attachment features such that when the lock portion is installed into the installation opening, the attachment features of the grip portion and the lock portion couple the lock portion to the grip portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140053675
    Abstract: A bicycle control device includes a base member, an operating member and a force sensor. The operating member is movably mounted relative to the base member from a rest position along an operating path. The force sensor is operated by physical contact by movement of the operating member along the operating path. The force sensor is configured to output at least one control signal based upon an operation force of the operating member acting on the force sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventor: Toshio TETSUKA
  • Publication number: 20140053678
    Abstract: A pivot lever actuation unit including an actuating handle which can be folded out of a recess and then swiveled, and an adapter part which can be screwed on under the recess. The actuation unit has a modular construction allowing certain external component parts to be exchanged, and also enables a flexible rebuild.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventors: Reinhard Gottschling, Markus Schulte, Sebastian Koch