Detents Patents (Class 74/527)
  • Patent number: 10894595
    Abstract: A redundant mechanical control system incorporates a jam override subsystem to enable a breakout or break-away feature of the redundant mechanical control system. The jam override subsystem includes a spring and detent system to apply an axial force to a portion of an interconnect. The interconnect mechanically links a first portion of the redundant mechanical control system with a second portion. When a failure occurs, rendering inoperable the first portion or the second portion of the redundant mechanical control system, the axial force of the spring and detent system is overridden by a compression or extension force of the operable portion of the redundant mechanical control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew M. Wright, Paul D. March, Noelle E. Wadsworth, Andrew S. Murrell
  • Patent number: 10873180
    Abstract: Conductor spacer assemblies are disclosed that can be easily and rapidly clamped to parallel electrical conductors suspended between supports, and that can be easily and rapidly secured together with an automatically actuated fastener assembly. The conductor spacer assembly includes an upper spacer body that is coupled to a lower spacer body and an automatically actuated fastener assembly that facilitates quick and safe installation of the conductor spacer assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: BURNDY, LLC
    Inventor: Robert V. DeFrance
  • Patent number: 10743850
    Abstract: A surgical instrument includes a shaft assembly and an articulation control assembly. The shaft assembly includes an articulation section that is configured to deflect a distal end portion from the longitudinal axis. The articulation control assembly includes an articulation control member and a transmission assembly. The articulation control member is rotatably mounted relative to the shaft assembly. The transmission assembly is operatively connected between the articulation control member and the articulation section of the shaft assembly. The transmission assembly is configured to transmit selective manipulation of the articulation control member to the articulation section and selectively actuate the articulation section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: John A. Hibner, Barry C. Worrell, Gregory W. Johnson, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Daniel J. Mumaw
  • Patent number: 10653108
    Abstract: An automatic locking joint for use with a reconfigurable device to permit the device to be selectively reconfigurable between various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Adjustajoints LLC
    Inventors: Shane Nelson, Gary Nielsen
  • Patent number: 10612571
    Abstract: An actuator in which the abrasion of a piston and a cylinder can be prevented and it is difficult for the smooth movement of the piston to be hindered is provided. The actuator includes a cylinder (51), a piston (52) that moves inside the cylinder (51) according to a supplied fluid pressure, and a detent mechanism (54) that fixes a position of the piston (52) until the fluid pressure exceeds a predetermined value. The detent mechanism (54) includes a first elastic member 54a and a second elastic member 54b which are arranged to face each other with an axis (a) of the piston (52) interposed therebetween and press the piston (52) so as to sandwich the piston (52) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Mukai, Shunsuke Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10466735
    Abstract: A knob structure includes a base, a rotational element, a clicking plate and a clicking sheet. The rotational element is rotatably disposed on the base and includes inner peripheral surfaces. The clicking plate is joined to the inner peripheral surfaces of the rotational element and includes a plurality of first engaging members. The clicking sheet is joined to the base and includes at least one second engaging member. The clicking plate is held between the base and the clicking sheet to force the clicking sheet against the clicking plate. The rotational element is configured to rotate the clicking plate with respect to the clicking sheet so that the second engaging member continuously engages with the first engaging members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: SINTAI OPTICAL (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD., ASIA OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Tsung-Mou Tsai, Chia-Kan Chang
  • Patent number: 10318139
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for external accessory knob using a motion tracking device are disclosed. A portable electronic device may include a housing including a processor coupled to a memory and a motion tracking device. The external accessory knob may be mounted to the housing and may comprise a position holding mechanism. The motion tracking device may be operable to detect perturbation in at least one feedback parameter perturbed by movement of the external accessory knob. The movement may overcome opposition by the position holding mechanism. The processor may receive and compare the perturbed feedback parameter to a motion profile defined by data stored in the memory to identify a characteristic of the movement of the external accessory knob by matching the perturbed feedback parameter with at least one portion of the stored data defining the motion profile associated with known perturbations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Namm, Goktug Duman, Jorge L. Garcia
  • Patent number: 9937880
    Abstract: A seat actuating element for a motor vehicle seat has an element head (9) and a guide rod (10) that is received movably in a seat wall (7) of the motor vehicle seat (1). The element head (9) is arranged on the seat wall (7) and can be actuated. The seat actuating element (6) has an adjustment protector (11) to avoid inadvertent actuation of the seat actuating element (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Adriano Morozini de Lira, Philipp Straub
  • Patent number: 9770811
    Abstract: A ratcheting tool has a drive tang with a socket retaining detent and a linkage to engage the detent. A locking element is disposed movably between a first position wherein the locking element engages the linkage when a first actuator is in a first position so that the locking element blocks movement of the linkage so that the detent remains in a socket-retaining position and a second position in which the locking element disengages the linkage. A storage device for retaining sockets has a frame and one or more docks attached to the frame, each dock having a first retainer member, a second retainer member, and a third retainer member, at least one of which is selectively movable with respect to a socket receiving space so that a socket is removable from the socket receiving space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: APEX BRANDS, INC.
    Inventors: Jason M. Wirth, Timothy T. McKenzie, Mark J. Momola, Jonathan S. Beckwith, Alan D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9746100
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a pneumatically drivable actuator for setting a position of a valve closure element in a valve, comprising a piston, which is moveable in a pressure chamber by influence of a drive gas, and a locking mechanism for mechanically locking the piston relative to the pressure chamber. The actuator further comprises a ventilation device for venting the drive gas from the pressure chamber while the piston is mechanically locked relative to the pressure chamber, such that pressurization of the pressure chamber is prevented. A method of locking a valve closure element relative to a valve body of a valve that is controllable by a pneumatically driven actuator is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: NAF AB
    Inventors: Karsten Aldmo, Per Lundqvist
  • Patent number: 9580145
    Abstract: An actuator device for a bicycle gearshift, comprising an actuation kinematic mechanism adapted to be deformed in order to move a derailleur of the gearshift; a driving member adapted to control the deformation of the aforementioned kinematic mechanism, the driving member comprising a motor and a threaded drive shaft put in rotation by the motor; a nut associated with the aforementioned kinematic mechanism and with the drive shaft. The actuator device comprises a snap mechanism that, in a first operative configuration, holds the nut in an engaged condition with the drive shaft such that the rotation of the drive shaft causes the deformation of the actuation kinematic mechanism and that, when the actuator device is subjected to a force greater than a predetermined threshold force, defines a release configuration in the nut, such that the rotation of the drive shaft does not cause the deformation of the actuation kinematic mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrea Capogna
  • Patent number: 9504198
    Abstract: An agricultural device associated with reduced tillage techniques in a field includes a frame and a separator supported by the frame. The separator is configured to form a strip of exposed soil in residual plant matter in the field. A crimping device associated with the separator is configured to at least partially crush stems of residual plant matter while maintaining the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventors: Charles H. Martin, Dominic R. Martin
  • Patent number: 9463716
    Abstract: A vehicle slide rail device in which a rear portion of the front locking section and a front portion of the rear locking section each contact inner surfaces of corresponding lock grooves; and a forward/rearward distance between a front surface of the front locking section and a front surface of a corresponding said forward/rearward movement restriction groove, and a forward/rearward distance between a rear surface of the rear locking section and a rear surface of a corresponding said forward/rearward movement restriction groove, are narrower than a forward/rearward distance between a rear surface of the front locking section and a rear surface of a corresponding said forward/rearward movement restriction groove, and a forward/rearward distance between a front surface of the rear locking section and a front surface of a corresponding said forward/rearward movement restriction groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoki Hayashi
  • Patent number: 9372497
    Abstract: A rotary actuator has a first rotatable part having a control surface with an undulating or sawtooth profile, and has a fixed second part having at least one detent element running on the control surface. The detent element is accommodated, in a manner which allows movement against a restoring force, in an aperture which tapers in a V shape towards the first part. The detent element is accommodated with play between the side walls bounding the aperture. The detent element interacts with the radially oriented control surface in such a way that, as it runs up a projection on the control surface as a result of a movement of the first part, it is moved against one side wall and, upon passing beyond the projection, strikes against the other side wall due the restoring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventors: Christian Wall, Sten Währisch
  • Patent number: 9315205
    Abstract: This invention involves a set of exclusive methods of folding mechanisms for means of collapsing and opening a baby stroller. The methods aims for the compact ability, ease of use, versatility and easy manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Khai Gan Chuah
  • Patent number: 9297965
    Abstract: A plug-in connection system for a two-piece plug-in connection, comprising a plug-in connector and a matching mating connector, wherein the plug-in connector includes a latching unit with latching hooks provided thereon, which engage in groove areas on the mating connector. Here, a plurality of groove areas is circumferentially provided on the mating connector implemented in a sleeve-type way, which are offset relative to each other by a certain distance ds in relation to the plug-in edge of the mating connector. In the case of groove areas which are arranged in multiple pairs on the external side of the plug-in sleeve, only one latching hook pair engages at any one time during the plug-in operation into a latching groove in the groove area, whereas the other latching hooks respectively remain on a sawtooth flank before or after the one occupied latching groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: HARTING ELECTRONICS GMBH
    Inventors: Hartmuth Schmidt, Martin Lueckemeier
  • Patent number: 9271437
    Abstract: An agricultural device associated with reduced tillage techniques in a field includes a frame and a separator supported by the frame. The separator is configured to form a strip of exposed soil in residual plant matter in the field. A crimping device associated with the separator is configured to at least partially crush stems of residual plant matter while maintaining the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventors: Charles H. Martin, Dominic R. Martin
  • Patent number: 9241438
    Abstract: An agricultural system includes a tow bar for attachment to a towing vehicle in a trailing position relative to a direction of movement along a field. The system includes a plurality of row-cleaning devices attached in parallel strip positions along the tow bar. Each row-cleaning device has a rigid frame, a leading coulter, one or more furrow-opener disks, and a pivotable row-cleaning linkage. The disks have a leading edge adjacent to a trailing edge of the coulter. The row-cleaning linkage is attached to the rigid frame, with the coulter and disks being coupled to the rigid frame via the row-cleaning linkage. The system further includes a roller device between two adjacent parallel strip positions and attached at each end to a respective rigid frame via a respective pivotable roller linkage. The roller linkage is independently movable relative to the row-cleaning linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9232687
    Abstract: An agricultural implement includes at least one row unit having a plurality of support members, each of which is pivotably coupled to an attachment frame or another of the support members to permit vertical pivoting vertical movement of the support members, and a plurality of soil-engaging tools, each of which is coupled to at least one of the support members. A plurality of hydraulic cylinders are coupled to the support members for urging the support members downwardly toward the soil. A plurality of controllable pressure control valves are coupled to the hydraulic cylinders for controlling the pressure of hydraulic fluid supplied to the cylinders. A plurality of sensors produce electrical signals corresponding to predetermined conditions, and a controller is coupled to the sensor and the controllable pressure control valves. The controller receives the electrical signals from the sensors and produces control signals for controlling the pressure control valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9226440
    Abstract: An agricultural row unit includes an attachment frame adapted to be rigidly connected to a towing frame, and a linkage assembly pivotably coupled to the attachment frame to permit vertical pivoting movement of the linkage assembly relative to the attachment frame. The row unit further includes a hydraulic actuator coupled to the linkage assembly for urging the linkage assembly downwardly toward the soil, and a hose connection manifold mounted adjacent to the hydraulic actuator for circulating hydraulic fluid between a hydraulic source and the hydraulic actuator. The hose connection manifold has a modular port for accepting, one at a time, a removable control valve and a port plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9222280
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is disclosed including: a plunger; a plurality of locking elements; a cage including apertures in which the locking elements are housed; and a sleeve; the sleeve is moveable with respect to the cage between an unlocked position and a locked position; in the locked position, the sleeve maintains the locking elements in engagement with a recess on the plunger to restrict the movement of the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: FIRE & SECURITY HARDWARE PTY LTD
    Inventor: Trevor Mackle
  • Patent number: 9215838
    Abstract: An agricultural row unit assembly includes an attachment frame configured for attachment to a tow bar that is movable in a direction of travel. A proximal end of a swing-arm is coupled to the attachment frame, and an opener disk is mounted to and offset from a distal end of the swing-arm for forming a furrow. The opener disk is configured to rotate about a first axis relative to the direction of travel. A deflecting disk is mounted to the distal end for deflecting debris from entering the furrow, and is mounted between the distal end of the swing-arm and the opener disk. The deflecting disk is configured to rotate about a second axis, which is different than the first axis, relative to the direction of travel. A closing wheel is coupled to the attachment frame for closing the furrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9215839
    Abstract: An agricultural row unit assembly includes an attachment frame configured for attachment to a tow bar that is movable in a direction of travel. A proximal end of a swing-arm is coupled to the attachment frame, and an opener disk is mounted to and offset from a distal end of the swing-arm for forming a furrow. A deflecting disk is mounted to the distal end for deflecting debris from entering the furrow, and is mounted between the distal end of the swing-arm and the opener disk. The deflecting disk has a top peripheral edge spaced away from a top peripheral edge of the opener disk. A support bracket is attached as a cantilevered structure depending from the proximal end of the swing arm and extends in a space between the top peripheral edges. A tube is routed long the support bracket for dispensing a material into the furrow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9211623
    Abstract: The present invention provides a safety device for a rotating feed rod, the safety device preventing the accidental rotation of the rotating feed rod and being provided with: a rotating member which is provided in any rotating shaft of a power transmission mechanism of the rotating feed rod and in which a plurality of openings are formed in the circumferential direction thereof; and at least two plunger pins which are disposed apart from each other in the circumferential direction of the rotating member in a housing of the rotating feed rod and provided to be movable forward and backward so as to be accepted in the openings of the rotating member. Even when the rotating shaft is indexed at an arbitrarily defined rotational position, at least one plunger pin among the plunger pins is accepted in the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: MAKINO MILLING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihiro Suzuki, Shinji Terakawa
  • Patent number: 9199658
    Abstract: This invention involves a a folding mechanism of a baby stroller comprising: a pair of gear components, each gear component comprising at least one gear having a plurality of teeth along a majority of the outer circumference of the gear and being configured to protrude towards a central plane between the gear components, said gear components configured to couple together and rotate about a common axis of rotation, the first gear component connected to a front wheel support of the stroller; the second gear component connected to a push handle support of the stroller; a gear controller, said gear controller having a plurality of teeth correspondingly configured to constrain the movement of said gear components; and a locking mechanism, wherein said locking mechanism configured to constrain the movement of said gear controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Khai Gan Chuah
  • Patent number: 9192091
    Abstract: An agricultural furrow opening system having a hybrid single-disk, double-disk opener is disclosed including a swing-arm, a primary disk, and a deflecting disk. The primary disk is coupled to a distal end of the swing-arm and configured to rotate about a first axis. The primary disk is rolled about a direction of travel at a first oblique angle ?P and yawed about a vertical direction at a second oblique angle ?P. The deflecting disk is coupled to the distal end of the swing-arm and configured to rotate about a second axis. The deflecting disk is rolled about the direction of travel at a third oblique angle ?D and yawed about the vertical direction at a fourth oblique angle ?D. The first oblique angle ?P is between the vertical direction and the third oblique angle ?D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: DAWN EQUIPMENT COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9192089
    Abstract: An agricultural row unit for use with a towing frame hitched to a tractor includes an attachment frame adapted to be rigidly connected to the towing frame, a linkage pivotably coupled to the attachment frame, and a row unit frame having a leading end pivotably coupled to the linkage to permit vertical pivoting movement of the row unit frame relative to the attachment frame. A hydraulic cylinder coupled to the attachment frame and the linkage, for urging the row unit frame downwardly toward the soil, includes a movable ram extending into the cylinder, and a hydraulic-fluid cavity within the cylinder for receiving pressurized hydraulic fluid for advancing the ram in a direction that pivots the linkage and the row unit frame downwardly toward the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9167740
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an agricultural row unit for use with a towing frame hitched to a tractor includes an attachment frame adapted to be rigidly connected to the towing frame. A support member is pivotably coupled to the attachment frame to permit vertical pivoting movement of the support member relative to the attachment frame, and at least one furrow-closing device is mounted on the support member. A hydraulic cylinder is coupled to the support member for urging the row unit frame downwardly toward the soil. The hydraulic cylinder includes a movable ram extending into the cylinder, and a hydraulic-fluid cavity within the cylinder for receiving pressurized hydraulic fluid for urging the ram in a first direction that pivots the support member in a first vertical direction. An accumulator has a fluid chamber containing a pressurized gas for urging the ram in a second direction that pivots the support member in a second vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9162596
    Abstract: A seat slide apparatus for a vehicle includes an upper rail, a lower rail, a lock mechanism including a lock lever that includes an engaging portion engageable and disengageable relative to an engaged portion formed at the lower rail, and an unlock operation inhibition apparatus including a mass member arranged at an inner void of the upper rail, a moving axis forming member forming a moving axis of the mass member, and a restriction portion inhibiting a movement of the mass member on the moving axis, the unlock operation inhibition apparatus restricting the engaging portion from moving to disengage from the engaged portion by the movement of the mass member on the moving axis to a position at which the mass member interferes with the lock lever in a case where a collision load greater than a retraining force specified for the restriction portion is input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Haruo Kato, Muneto Inayoshi, Hideo Nihonmatsu, Katsusuke Araki, Kenichi Usami, Naonori Hioki
  • Patent number: 9144187
    Abstract: An agricultural row unit includes an attachment frame adapted to be rigidly connected to a towing frame. A linkage assembly is pivotably coupled to the attachment frame to permit vertical pivoting movement of the linkage assembly relative to the attachment frame. A hydraulic cylinder is coupled to the linkage assembly for urging the linkage assembly downwardly toward the soil. A hose connection manifold is mounted adjacent to the hydraulic cylinder for circulating hydraulic fluid between a hydraulic source and the hydraulic cylinder. The hose connection manifold has a plurality of ports including an inlet port, an outlet port, and a valve port, the inlet port being adapted to receive an inlet hose, the outlet port being adapted to receive an outlet hose, and the valve port being adapted to receive an end of a hydraulic control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9126511
    Abstract: A self-locking step-by-step mechanism for an adjustment device of a vehicle seat has a clamping roller lock and a step-by-step device. The clamping roller lock a rotatable release wheel and a toothing. The step-by-step device has a) a pivotably mounted actuating lever, b) a driver pivotably mounted on the actuating lever and which has two driver regions which interact with the toothing of the release wheel, c) a drag lever which has supporting surfaces which enter into contact with the driver, and d) a spring. The spring has at least one projection. The drag lever has at least one indentation which is normally in engagement with the projection. The spring is fixed against rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: C. ROB. HAMMERSTEIN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Karthaus
  • Patent number: 9113589
    Abstract: An agricultural system includes a towing frame to which a planting row unit is attached. The planting row unit is movable in a forward direction on a field having soil of varying hardness conditions, including a soft soil and a hard soil. The planting row unit includes a planting bin positioned rearwardly of the towing frame for carrying at least one of a fertilizer and seeds to be deposited into the soil. The planting row unit further includes a linkage assembly for coupling the planting bin to the towing frame, and an opener device forward of the towing frame. The opener device prepares the soil and includes an opener blade and a soil-hardness sensor. The opener blade maintains the same soil-penetration depth Z in the soft soil and the hard soil based on soil-hardness changes detected by the soil-hardness sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Patent number: 9102379
    Abstract: An actuator device for a bicycle gearshift, comprising an actuation kinematic mechanism adapted to be deformed in order to move a derailleur of the gearshift; a driving member adapted to control the deformation of the aforementioned kinematic mechanism, the driving member comprising a motor and a threaded drive shaft put in rotation by the motor; a nut associated with the aforementioned kinematic mechanism and with the drive shaft. The actuator device comprises a snap mechanism that, in a first operative configuration, holds the nut in an engaged condition with the drive shaft such that the rotation of the drive shaft causes the deformation of the actuation kinematic mechanism and that, when the actuator device is subjected to a force greater than a predetermined threshold force, defines a release configuration in the nut, such that the rotation of the drive shaft does not cause the deformation of the actuation kinematic mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Campagnolo S.r.l.
    Inventor: Andrea Cap{dot over (o)}gna
  • Patent number: 9055712
    Abstract: An agricultural row unit includes a linkage assembly that is pivotably coupled to an attachment frame. A hydraulic cylinder is coupled to the linkage assembly and applies pressure to the linkage assembly. A controller is mounted in the row unit such that is coupled to the hydraulic cylinder for controlling the pressure applied by the hydraulic cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Dawn Equipment Company
    Inventor: Joseph D. Bassett
  • Publication number: 20150143946
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locking device for locking a movable component, in particular a superposition drive, comprising a locking element which in a locking position is formed to cooperate with the movable component. The locking element includes a damping mechanism which during the movement of the locking element into the locking position attenuates a mechanical contact of the locking element with the movable component. The damping mechanism comprises an elastically mounted contact element movable relative to the locking element, which is arranged such that during the movement of the locking element into the locking position it gets in contact with the movable component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: TAKATA AG
    Inventor: Laszlo Mitre
  • Publication number: 20150135883
    Abstract: In accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the invention, an adjustment assembly for allowing or preventing adjustment of a component is provided. The adjustment assembly includes a first bracket at least partially surrounding the component, a second bracket at least partially surrounding the first bracket, and a piezoelectric device biasing against one of the first bracket or the second bracket in a first position, the piezoelectric device configured to contract and release the bias against one of the first bracket and the second bracket in a second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Richard P. Nash, Ravi Ravindra
  • Publication number: 20150119213
    Abstract: A removable locking shoulder stop assembly for use on a reformer exercise apparatus is disclosed that includes a flat rectangular lock plate fastenable to the platform adjacent the head rest on the carriage platform. The lock plate has a first locating member and a keyway spaced from the first locating member. An L-shaped shoulder stop bracket has a second locating member configured to mate with the first locating member of the lock plate. An elongated locking handle assembly is connected to the mounting portion of the bracket and spaced apart from the second locating member. The handle assembly aligns with the keyway when the first locating member is mated with the second locating member and is operable to clamp the shoulder stop bracket to the lock plate when the locating members are mated and the locking handle assembly is hand tightened against the mounting portion of the shoulder stop bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher J. Savarino
  • Publication number: 20150114176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotary drive (100) comprising: an output shaft (330); a motor (20), acting on the output shaft (330) via a downstream gear mechanism (30); an energy-store module with a linear line of action and with transmission elements (32, 326) to apply pressure circumferentially to an eccentric cam disk (331) arranged on the output shaft (330) for conjoint rotation therewith; and an intermediate shaft (320), being offset in relation said line of action and being provided between the motor (20) and the output shaft (330). The transmission elements (32, 326) comprise a roller lever (32), having a cam-follower roller (326) spaced apart from the intermediate shaft (320), wherein the cam-follower roller (326), pressed circumferentially against the eccentric cam disk (331), interacts with the output shaft (330). The energy-store module is arranged on the motor side in relation to the intermediate shaft (320).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: GILGEN DOOR SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Hans Rudolf Bisang, Ivan Wismer, Ernst Burri
  • Publication number: 20150075319
    Abstract: A timing pin module for an engine is disclosed herein. The timing pin module includes a mount end, an engagement end, an adapter, a pin, and a resilient member. The adapter, with a through hole is disposed on the mount end and is mountable to the housing cover. The pin has a longitudinal axis, a first end disposed on the engagement end, and a second end disposed on the mount end. The pin is slideably disposed in the through hole of the adapter and moves between an extended position and a retracted position. The resilient member has a first end engaged with the pin and a second end engaged with the adapter. Further, the first end of the pin engageably retains the flywheel in the top dead center position while extended, and makes sliding contact with a portion of the flywheel that is in the retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: GNANASEKAR JEEVANANTHAM, ANUPAM RADHAKRISHNAN, RAJESH SAMPATH, SIVAKUMAR RAMAIYAN
  • Patent number: 8955813
    Abstract: A locking unit of a longitudinal adjustment device of a motor vehicle seat includes a latching strip, which has detent openings and detent ridges, and b) a catch unit, which includes at least two catch pins, each catch pin having a front region, a tapering region, and a shaft region. The tapering region tapers from an upper point B to a lower point A. The tapering region is delimited by a line which connects the points A and B and which does not have a rectilinear progression. The line is not located outside of a straight line connecting points A and B, and is located within the straight line over at least one third of the distance AB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Wilfried Beneker
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8920060
    Abstract: A rotation restricting device for restricting the rotation of a rotating part with respect to a base part, comprising a stopper supported so as to be capable of rotating around an axis of rotation of the base part, a lock mechanism capable of switching between a state preventing and a state allowing the rotation of the stopper with respect to the base part, a first block provided on the rotating part and capable of moving between a position interfering with and a position not interfering with a rotation path of the stopper, and a second block provided on the rotating part and capable of moving between a position interfering with and a position not interfering with the rotation path of the stopper. In a state where the rotation of the rotating part with respect to the base part is not restricted, both the first block and the second block are in the position interfering with the rotation path of the stopper, and the stopper is positioned between the first block and the second block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Wataru Maekita
  • Publication number: 20140362670
    Abstract: Spring (30) for clock mechanism, the spring comprising a body (31) extending between a first end (32) of the spring and a second end (33) of the spring, the spring being intended to be mechanically connected to a housing at each of the first and second ends, the spring comprising, between the first and the second end, at least one member (37) intended to act by contact on an element of the clock mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Fleury, Blaise Fracheboud
  • Publication number: 20140331814
    Abstract: A method for producing a locking device of a longitudinal adjustment mechanism of a vehicle seat, includes producing a locking device having a plurality of round locking pins which can be latched into position independently of one another and can he unlatched together, at least one guide part and a notched strip, wherein the guide part is assigned to a seat rail and has guide bores for the locking pins. The notched strip is assigned to a floor rail. The locking pins have an upper actuating end and a lower engagement region interacting with the notched strip. The locking pins are lubricated during the production step or subsequently thereto. During and/or after the lubrication step, each individual locking pin is rotationally driven by a rotating device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jens Hoppe, Axel Speck, Daniel Urban
  • Patent number: 8881620
    Abstract: A hydraulic operated valve includes an electromagnetic adsorption mechanism and a steel ball. In the electromagnetic adsorption mechanism, when a current is supplied, an adsorption plate is adsorbed by a solenoid. By this adsorption, a steel ball is pressed against an outer surface of a cam disc. The outer surface of the cam disc includes two steps. When the cam disc is rotated clockwise or counterclockwise, the pressed steel ball engages the two steps. Thus, the cam disc is detented. These two steps are configured such that when the cam disc is returned to a neutral position, the adsorption plate is separated from the solenoid against the pressing of the electromagnetic adsorption mechanism. Thus, the detent state of the cam disc is canceled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshio Togashi, Noriaki Inoue, Satoshi Akamatsu, Kenji Nakamura, Fumio Kameyama
  • Patent number: 8869650
    Abstract: A variable position flywheel lock for a rotating engine shaft terminating in a flywheel having plurality of radially spaced slots around the circumference. The flywheel lock includes an elongated base positioned perpendicular to a radius of the flywheel. A body is engaged with the base and is movable vertically toward or away from the base. A top is engaged with the body with the top movable parallel to the base. A toothed device extends from the top and is engageable with the radially spaced slots in the flywheel to hold the flywheel in a desired position and lock it in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Reynolds French & Company
    Inventors: David Martin Harris, Russell Dale Watkins
  • Publication number: 20140238179
    Abstract: In an embodiment of the invention, an anti-rotation assembly for a steering column is provided. The anti-rotation assembly includes a bushing and a pin having a detent for engaging the bushing when the pin is inserted into the bushing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, James C. Russell
  • Publication number: 20140157943
    Abstract: Disclosed are assemblies, systems, devices, methods, and other implementations, including an assembly that includes a moveable mechanical structure (e.g., a lever), and a gate to control movement of the moveable mechanical structure. The gate include a rotatable body, and at least two appendages extending from the rotatable body, including a first appendage configured to stop rotational movement of the gate in a first direction beyond a first angular position when the first appendage contacts a blocking structure, and a second appendage configured to contact the moveable mechanical structure that, when the moveable mechanical structure contacts the second appendage, actuates the gate to cause rotation of the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Kavlico Corporation
    Inventor: BENHAM John
  • Publication number: 20140123803
    Abstract: A sliding parking switch assembly and method for a vehicle includes a transmission operating mode selector for an automatic transmission moveable between a park position and a drive position and a parking switch slidably moveable between a parking brake engaged position and a parking brake disengaged position. The parking switch blocks movement of the transmission operating mode selector from the park position to the drive position when the parking switch is in the parking brake engaged position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hajime Yamada
  • Publication number: 20140102243
    Abstract: An adjusting system is provided. The adjusting system includes: a slug defining an eccentric hole; and a locking structure defined by an outer circumference of the slug, the locking structure dimensioned and configured to lock the slug in a rotational orientation when the slug is placed in a hole having a corresponding locking feature, the locking structure configured to permit the slug to be placed in the corresponding hole in at least two different angular orientations and lock with the locking feature in the corresponding hole at each of the at least two different angular orientations. A method for adjusting stop shoes is also provided. The method includes: rotating a slug to a desired angular orientation; inserting the slug into a hole; locking the slug to a particular angular orientation with locking structure attached to both of the slug and the hole; and securing a stop shoe to the slug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: CATERPILLAR INC.
    Inventors: Ryan Patrick Shea, Aaron Dean Kovar