For Rotary Member Patents (Class 74/609)
  • Patent number: 10774922
    Abstract: A gear unit includes a housing, a trough for guiding oil and reducing losses due to splashing surrounding a circumferential section of a toothing part, particularly a gear wheel, especially in the radial and axial direction. The trough includes at least three parts, e.g., at least one bottom plate and two side walls, the bottom plate being screw-connected to the two side walls. The trough is fastened to the housing and includes an opening, particularly a channel, especially at its lowest surface area, e.g., particularly at the surface area having the greatest radial distance. In particular, during rotational movement of the gear wheel, oil is conveyed from the oil pan of the gear unit through the opening between the trough and gear wheel, especially to a position higher than the level of the oil pan. The bottom plate and the side walls are stamped bent parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SEW-EURODRIVE GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Zili Wu
  • Patent number: 10343733
    Abstract: PROBLEM: To provide a cover body (18) at a space X formed between a motor housing (14) and a sprocket (15) which are the components of a drive sprocket (10) of a base carrier (2) in a hydraulic shovel, so as to prevent foreign substances such as sand from entering into the space, and to be installed to the motor housing side (14) without forming a bolt hole. SOLUTION: A cover body (18) is formed to be a split-body divided to an upper half (19) and a lower half (20), and to be connected to each other to form a ring shape by connecting a connect bolt (23) formed at an adjacent part of the cover body (18). The cover body (18) is installed to the space X by inserting an adjust bolt (21) into a ring shaped main body part (19a and 20a) till abut the motor housing (14) tightly. An outlet (26) is formed as a notch on a cover body (19d and 20d) to discharge the foreign substances entering into the space X between the sprocket housing (15) and a tip end of the cover part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Caterpillar SARL
    Inventors: Seiji Iijima, Takayuki Shiokawa, Shinya Nakagawa, Junichi Furukawa
  • Patent number: 10047907
    Abstract: A container processing installation includes a carousel with processing modules disposed around a periphery thereof, each pair of adjacent processing modules being separated a screened gap. The screen that screens this gap is a multi-part panel arrangement having a first panel mounted to a processing module such that it can swivel and a second panel having a connector mounted thereon. This connector interacts with a counter-connector that is either on an adjacent second processing module or on the container-processing installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: KHS GmbH
    Inventors: Hanno Gollek, Klaus Krämer
  • Patent number: 9027215
    Abstract: A production apparatus for producing a component assembly by sequentially performing predetermined processes in a plurality of processing areas (A1 to A6) arranged in a ring formation and then, by separating a jig. The apparatus includes a rotational table main body (20), a plurality of holding/transfer units (30) rotatable integrally with the rotational table main body and capable of holding an object and transferring the same onto processing tables in the plurality of processing areas, a plurality of loading portions (40) provided on the rotational table main body corresponding to the plurality of holding/transfer units and capable of loading the jig, and a plurality of processing units (60 to 110) provided for performing predetermined processes in the plurality of processing areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Hirata Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayuki Sueoka, Susumu Noguchi, Hiroyuki Shiga, Hitoshi Tsugawa
  • Patent number: 8882415
    Abstract: A telescopic cover of a machine tool is provided with two movable covers connected by a joint, two pulleys mounted on the joint, and a single wire stretched around and between the two pulleys. One and the other ends of the wire are secured to the mobile element, and a middle portion of the wire to a fixed portion. In this arrangement, the two movable covers connected by the joint move half the movement stroke of the mobile element in association with the action of the mobile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Fanuc Corporation
    Inventors: Akihiko Nagao, Naoki Sato
  • Patent number: 8783133
    Abstract: A seal protector assembly is provided. The seal protector assembly includes an expandable cylinder for protecting a seal. A plug or cap is removably attached to the expandable cylinder. After shipment of the transmission, the plug or cap is removed. Once any potential damage to the seal during assembly has passed, the expandable cylinder is then removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations, LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Pietras
  • Publication number: 20130277076
    Abstract: The invention relates to an edge guard for a road milling machine and to a runner segment for such an edge guard. According to the present invention, the runner segment comprises an insertion projection that can be inserted into an insertion receptacle of the edge guard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: WIRTGEN GMBH
    Inventors: Herbert Ley, Philip Verhaelen, Cyrus Barimani, Günter Hähn
  • Publication number: 20130255437
    Abstract: Apparatuses are disclosed and directed to a substantially cylindrical containment layer, and methods for containment, for a flywheel apparatus comprising a plurality of predictably deformable brackets oriented to contain an impact. The brackets each have a plurality of layers and a surface for absorbing an impact, with the surface providing a glancing angle in the direction of an impact of from about 0.1° to about 5°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John R. HULL, John A. MITTLEIDER, Michael STRASIK
  • Patent number: 8544362
    Abstract: A crankshaft flange protector comprising a cover having a top wall, a bottom wall and a sidewall, the top wall having a recessed portion formed of an interior sidewall and a recessed portion bottom wall sized to correspondingly receive and support the crankshaft flange therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: SpeedRanger Aviation, LLC
    Inventor: Curtis L. Nielson
  • Patent number: 8505570
    Abstract: A mobile crane has at least two crane booms which are connected together by a joint such that the angular position with respect to each other can be adjusted. At least one hose between the crane booms, and the hose is exposed in the region of the joint in at least one angular position of the crane booms. At least one flexurally elastic sheet is connected with the at least one hose or covers it at least in the exposed region and can flex when the angular position of the at least two crane booms is changed. The at least one flexurally elastic sheet can be moved into or respectively out of one of the crane booms upon a change in the angular position of the crane booms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Palfinger AG
    Inventor: Eckhard Wimmer
  • Publication number: 20130087172
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rotor housing for a milling device for soil processing, in particular, for a road milling machine, a recycler, or a stabilizer, having a cleaning apparatus, with an interior open toward the ground for receiving a milling rotor, comprising two side walls, one front wall, and one rear wall, the side walls, the front wall, and the rear wall delimiting the interior to the outside, comprising an internally arranged cleaning strip. Furthermore, the present invention relates to a milling device with a rotor housing having such a cleaning apparatus and a method for cleaning a rotor housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: BOMAG GMBH
    Inventor: BOMAG GmbH
  • Publication number: 20120304814
    Abstract: A crankshaft flange protector comprising a cover having a top wall, a bottom wall and a sidewall, the top wall having a recessed portion formed of an interior sidewall and a recessed portion bottom wall sized to correspondingly receive and support the crankshaft flange therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: Curtis L. Nielson
  • Publication number: 20120298061
    Abstract: A stator-cover unit (1) for a camshaft adjuster (31), which is produced in one piece from a sintered material, including a stator (3) and a locking cover (5) which has a slot (17) for rotationally locking a rotor (33). According to the invention, the sintered material has at least in the region of the slot (17) a Vickers hardness of 400 HV to 850 HV. The invention further relates to a camshaft adjuster (31) having such a stator-cover unit (1) with the aforementioned properties, in which a rotor (33) having a number of radially outwardly extending rotor vanes (35) is positioned. The stator-cover unit (1) is simple to produce. A separate insertion part for the slot (17) is not required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: SCHAEFFLER TECHNOLOGIES AG & CO. KG
    Inventor: Olaf Boese
  • Patent number: 8241191
    Abstract: The present invention aims at improving the efficiency of tool management by improving the arrangement of a tool magazine in a composite working lathe. The composite working lathe 1 includes a spindle stock and a tool spindle disposed on a bed 20, and a cover 2 covering the surrounding area thereof. A door 4 allowing access to a machining portion is provided on a front side F of the machine, and the machining portion can be visually observed through a window 5. A tool magazine unit 100 is disposed in front of the spindle stock of the machine. A door 120 and a window 130 are provided on the cover of the tool magazine unit 100, allowing operators to observe the tool stored in the magazine through windows 122 and 130. The present composite working lathe enables to improve the efficiency of tool management, such as the confirmation of the tool used in the subsequent step or the removal of chips on the used tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Yamazaki Mazak Corporation
    Inventors: Naokazu Okabe, Kenji Arisue, Yasuhiro Goshima, Minoru Kitayama
  • Patent number: 8122620
    Abstract: A screening, crushing or mixing bucket is formed into a bucket of an excavating machine or bucket loader. The bucket comprises a bottom plate, side walls, and at the back of the bucket working drums rotatable about their shafts, which screen, crush or mix the material in the bucket as they rotate and at the same time deliver screened, crushed or mixed material out of the bucket, between or through the working drums. In the bucket are casings for the power transmission and bearings of the working drums. The casings are limited by frame plates to which the bearing housings of the drums are attachable. On the frame plate and/or on the inner side of the inner wall is fixed a mudguard, which extends between the shafts of the working drums, next to the lead-throughs of the shafts, and the mudguard comprises cut-outs for receiving the shafts of the working drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Allu Finland OY
    Inventors: Ari Männikkö, Joonas Eloranta, Anatoli Lappalainen
  • Patent number: 8002068
    Abstract: A motorcycle includes a swing arm, a rear wheel mounted on a leading end of the swing arm, a drive shaft disposed in the swing arm, and a final gear transmission mechanism interposed between the drive shaft and the rear wheel. The final gear transmission mechanism includes a gear case mounted on the leading end of the swing arm for supporting a rear axle; a first end bearing and a second end bearing for supporting a first end and a second end of the rear axle, respectively, a ring gear mounted on the rear axle for transmitting the rotary drive force of an engine to the rear axle; a holding portion for holding the first end of the rear axle in the axial direction of the rear axle; and a fastening member for fastening the second end bearing to the second end of the rear axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Taisuke Nimura, Kiyotaka Sakai, Kenji Kofuji, Yoshinobu Shiomi, Hidetoshi Toyoda, Yasuhiro Higashi
  • Publication number: 20110197706
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes a device for guarding an end of a rotating shaft or bearing. The device is designed to protect against worker injury from an exposed rotating shaft or bearing. The device is also designed to mount around the rotating shaft or bearing in a manner that uses existing equipment mounting points. Hence, the device minimizes the cost associated with retroactively guarding a rotating shaft or bearing for a piece of existing equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Alan Dean Matthes
  • Patent number: 7886711
    Abstract: An oil drain passage that guides, to an oil pan, lubrication oil in a space surrounded by a side wall of an engine block and an inner wall of a chain cover is formed with a partition formed by contacting a rib provided on the inner wall of the chain cover and a rib provided on the side wall of the engine block. An opening is provided in a portion of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasushi Iwata, Tatsuhiro Terada
  • Patent number: 7753815
    Abstract: A bicycle chain wheel assembly is provided with a chain wheel and a chain wheel cover. The chain wheel has a central mounting portion and an outer gear with a plurality of outer gear teeth. The chain wheel cover is disposed on an exteriorly facing side of the chain wheel. The chain wheel cover has a mounting portion coupled to the chain wheel and an outer peripheral portion with a chain drop prevention protrusion projecting outwardly from the outer peripheral portion at a location that is radially inward of the outer gear teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Shimano Components (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
    Inventors: Muhd Àdi Saifuddin, Noor Adian Bin Mohsin, Masahiro Hanatani
  • Patent number: 7597082
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement of a timing case cover on a reciprocating-piston internal combustion engine, having an engine block (ZKG), a crankshaft pivot-mounted in the engine block, an oil pan which tightly seals the engine block to the bottom, and a timing case cover which is located on the engine block on the front side, which adjoins the engine block via a second, end-side sealing surface, and which has a through opening to rout out the drive torque of the crankshaft for an accessory drive. To achieve reliable sealing and a short structure of the internal combustion engine, the sealing surface of the timing case cover or timing case covers, examined in a side view, is made to run obliquely down to the inside such that on the engine block-side a timing case chamber which decreases in its depth downward is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventor: Xaver Stemmer
  • Patent number: 7585138
    Abstract: A guard for a power-feed drill having a fluid inducer protects an operator from coming in contact with a rotating drive assembly. The drive assembly is enclosed by a cylindrical housing having a slotted opening through which a fluid inducer connection extends. The guard comprises a rotatable tube concentrically disposed within the housing and sleeved over the drive assembly so as to cover the opening presented by the slot. The fluid inducer connection passes through a helical groove in the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: E-Charles Clark, Robert S. Schempp
  • Publication number: 20090017920
    Abstract: A die cast aluminum front cover plate for application in a vane-type camshaft phaser includes a plurality of bores and a plurality of steel threaded inserts press fitted into the bores. Steel threaded inserts add the required strength to the stator bolt threads to enable a shorter thread engagement, which in turn enables a thinner aluminum front cover plate that may be packaged in tight applications where prior art aluminum front covers cannot be used due to their larger thickness. The steel threaded inserts not only provide a higher stiffness but also have a flanged shape that effectively spreads the clamp load generated during the tightening of the stator bolts further out preventing local clamp load points and, consequently, reducing cover deflection over the span of the front cover plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Michael J. Fox, Daniel R. Cuatt
  • Patent number: 7396195
    Abstract: A working machine includes a blade seat movable relative to a sheet plate, and a safety protective device mounted on the blade seat to cover the blades of the blade seat and including at least one swing member pivotally mounted on the blade seat, and a protective board pivotally connected to the at least one swing member. Thus, when any portion of the protective board is pushed by the sheet plate, the whole protective board is driven to pivot relative to the blade seat so that the protective board is moved upward and downward in a whole manner without deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Pin-Feng Chang
  • Patent number: 7377549
    Abstract: A saddle ride type all-terrain vehicle includes left and right front wheels supported independently of each other on a vehicle body such that driving power is transmitted to said front wheels by way of a pair of left and right drive shafts extending from a driving source side. The vehicle also includes universal couplings provided at opposite end portions of each of the drive shafts, covered by rubber boots. The vehicle further includes a protector for covering the rubber boots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Hasegawa, Akio Handa, Masahiro Inoue, Makoto Toda, Hiroaki Tomita, Keita Yagi
  • Publication number: 20080066573
    Abstract: A crankcase for a multiple-cylinder four-cycle engine, including an upper crankcase and a lower crankcase which are joined to each other at a joint surface; a separating wall which is integrally cast with the upper crankcase and the lower crankcase to extend from the joint surface toward the opposite side of the joint surface and are configured to define crank chambers corresponding to adjacent cylinders; and a crank journal bearing hole which is formed on the separating wall and is configured to support a crankshaft. At least the separating wall formed in the upper crankcase has a thickness that increases from the joint surface of the crankcase to a region near a deepest portion of the crank journal bearing hole and decreases from the region near the deepest portion of the crank journal bearing hole toward the opposite side of the joint surface of the crankcase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Atsushi Ueshima, Ryo Iwata
  • Publication number: 20070193408
    Abstract: A gearbox arrangement includes a gearbox housing, a first shaft supported in bearings in the housing, the first shaft containing a cavity which extends eccentrically to the axis of rotation of the first shaft, a second shaft supported in the cavity for rotation and having an end region projecting from the cavity and being provided with gear teeth, and a third shaft supported in the gear box housing for rotation, with the axis of rotation of the third shaft cooperating with the axis of rotation of the first shaft to define a plane. Leakage of lubricant from the housing is prevented by fastening a plate to the first shaft so as to prevent axial movement of the second shaft while containing an opening for the end region of the second shaft. Sealing devices are provided for all of the openings of the gearbox housing as well as for the opening in the plate in order to prevent the escape of lubricant from the gearbox housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Publication date: August 23, 2007
    Inventor: Monica Gil Martinez
  • Patent number: 7144051
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for locking a security gate operating shaft contained in a security gate operating mechanism having a housing from which extends the operating shaft, which may comprise: a locking collar, having at least one engageable protrusion extending radially, mounted on the operating shaft for rotary motion with it; an operating shaft locking mechanism slide mounting assembly attachable to the housing in one of at least two positions; a locking plate slideably mounted in the slide mounting and having an opening in registration with the operating shaft with at least one locking finger extending into the opening and adapted to engage at least one engageable protrusion; an electrically operated sliding unit adapted, when energized to move the slideable plate to one position against gravity, when deenergized to allow the slideable plate to move with gravity to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Gillingham, Walter Parsadayan
  • Patent number: 7111522
    Abstract: A containment vessel used to enclose an energy storage flywheel system during certification testing of the energy storage flywheel system includes a plurality of concentrically disposed vessels. One or more intermediate shields are freely disposed within an outer shield, and an inner shield is freely disposed within the intermediate shields. The inner shield includes a deflector rim disposed proximate one of its ends that is configured to absorb the energy of ejected material, in the highly unlikely event of a flywheel failure during testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Wingett, Sharon K. Brault, George J. Klupar, Calvin C. Potter
  • Patent number: 7077754
    Abstract: A guard for covering the union of two rotating drive shafts that are movable in a telescoping manner through a travel distance along a shaft axis includes inner, center and outer guard sleeves disposed about the shafts along the shaft axis. The sleeves are preferably cylindrical and concentric with the shaft axis. The center guard sleeve is radially disposed between the inner and outer guard sleeves in axially overlapping relation. A spring applies an axial force acting on the inner and center guard sleeves to maintain the overlap between the center guard sleeve and both of the inner and outer guard sleeves throughout the travel distance of the shafts. The center and inner guard sleeves are linked by a radial tab slideably retained in a slot in the inner guard sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Weasler Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: George N. P. Hansen, Mark A. Fechter
  • Patent number: 7008173
    Abstract: A containment device for use in retaining debris material traveling radially outward in a rotary device is provided as is a turbine having a containment device. The containment device includes an outer ring that extends generally circumferentially and defines an inner surface directed radially inward. A plurality of energy absorption elements are disposed on the inner surface of the outer ring. Each absorption element extends both radially inward and circumferentially so that each absorption element is configured to be plastically deformed radially outward by debris material impacting the absorption element. Each absorption element can include a base and a cap, the base extending in a generally radial direction and the cap being connected to the radially inward end of the respective base and defining an angle therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Gabrys, Christopher J. Felker
  • Patent number: 6810825
    Abstract: A wood planing machine includes a support carriage mounted movably on a mounting frame, a motor unit and a cutter member mounted on the support carriage, and a shield member mounted on the support carriage and pivotable between covering and uncovering positions. When the shield member is disposed at the covering position, a motor shielding portion of the shield member is disposed to cover an upper housing part of the motor unit, whereas a cutter shielding portion, which extends from the motor shielding portion, is disposed to shield a top side of the cutter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Pei-Lieh Chiang
  • Patent number: 6756091
    Abstract: A lightweight flywheel containment composed of a combination of layers of various material which absorb the energy of a flywheel structural failure. The various layers of material act as a vacuum barrier, momentum spreader, energy absorber, and reaction plate. The flywheel containment structure has been experimentally demonstrated to contain carbon fiber fragments with a velocity of 1,000 m/s and has an aerial density of less than 6.5 g/square centimeters. The flywheel containment, may for example, be composed of an inner high toughness structural layer, and energy absorbing layer, and an outer support layer. Optionally, a layer of impedance matching material may be utilized intermediate the flywheel rotor and the inner high toughness layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: James R. Smith
  • Patent number: 6692366
    Abstract: An improved protective shield for attachment to the A-arms of an ATV for preventing the intrusion of debris that may damage the suspension or CV joint. The improvements enhance the shield's ability to reduce debris build up and to be more easily cleaned by suspending the shield below the suspension members and providing washout and drainage holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Kevin Savant
  • Patent number: 6672982
    Abstract: A motorcycle has a final drive, including a flexible drive member, such as a chain or a belt, that extends between the drive pulley and the driven pulley. A belt retention member is positioned proximate a forward portion of the final drive to reduce the likelihood of the belt skipping free of the drive pulley. The belt retention member preferably includes an upper belt retention portion and a lower belt retention portion. Preferably, the upper drive retention portion is positioned further forward relative to the lower belt retention portion such that the upper portion is moved more forward relative to an axis of rotation of the pulley. In this manner, the belt retention member allows more slack to be thrown during rapid acceleration from a decelerated state in the illustrated motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Ikusue, Daisuke Nakao
  • Patent number: 6658966
    Abstract: A work bench includes a frame, a bench surface on the frame with the bench surface including at least two members, one of which is movable along the frame for clamping a workpiece between the members. A mechanism for moving the member includes two screws coupled with the members. The two screws are spaced with the member for moving the member upon rotation of the screws. A sprocket is coupled with each of the screws. A transmission belt or chain is coupled with the sprockets. At least one handle is coupled with one of the screws to rotate the screws. At least one clutch is coupled with the at least one screw to limit clamping pressure on the workpiece. The clutch enables rotation of one screw with respect to the other screw so that workpieces may be clamped between the members and clamping of the workpiece may be accomplished by rotation of the screws with one hand of the operator. Also, a guard may be present which covers the transmission belt or chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Marc A. Fortin, Murray D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 6568885
    Abstract: A machining cell capable of providing tool movement along at least one axis is provided with at least one, but preferably a pair of articulated debris shields mounted to a tool carriage that translates along an axis of motion. Each articulated debris shield occludes space vacated by the tool carriage as it translates along the axis of motion. In a preferred embodiment, the machining cell provides tool movements along x-, y-, and z-axes and has a stationary housing that supports a z-axis carrier frame slidably mounted thereto for translation along the z-axis. An x-axis carriage is slidably mounted to the z-axis carrier frame for translation along the x-axis. A y-axis spindle frame is slidably mounted to the x-axis carrier frame for vertical translation along the y-axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Ann Arbor Machine Company
    Inventor: Lanny Green
  • Publication number: 20030080734
    Abstract: A position sensor including: a reduction gear train having an input gear and an output gear. The input gear is configured for coupling to an output shaft of a drive motor for driving a vehicle seat on an associated seat track, and a magnet disposed on the output gear for rotation therewith. A Hall Effect sensor is disposed adjacent the magnet for providing a sensor output signal in response to rotation of the magnet. A lock out mechanism for a position sensor, a method of sensing the position of a vehicle seat, and a method of calibrating a vehicle seat position sensor are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Inventors: Kayvan Hedayat, Gerald Tromblee, Norman Poirier
  • Patent number: 6502316
    Abstract: A viewing window for covering an aperture in a hand-held circular saw includes an optically transmissive member adapted to be coupled with the guard. The member is movable between a closed position, wherein the member substantially covers the aperture, and the open position, wherein the member at least partially uncovers the aperture, to allow the cleaning of the member. A structure is provided for biasing the member to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Campbell, Gale A. Heslop, Lynn E. Lentino, Michael R. Sell
  • Patent number: 6485088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sheathing material for a construction machine and a method for producing the same, in which lightweighting can be attained without using a reinforcing member, and which is not greatly flexed even if a load is applied. The sheathing material for a construction machine which is lightweighted and has a flexure rigidity is obtained by molding a resined shell 1d having a hollow construction by rotational molding, filling a resin foamed body 1e such as a hard polyurethane foam within the resined shell 1d to set it, thereby providing a sandwiching construction, and adjusting filling density of the resin foamed body 1e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kobe Seiko Sho
    Inventors: Isao Miyachi, Shintaro Sakitani, Kazutaka Yamachi, Tetsukazu Yashima
  • Patent number: 6408768
    Abstract: A pallet guard includes a plurality of modular pallet guard sections. Each pallet guard section comprises a connecting piece and a wall. The connecting pieces are adjustable. The walls are matable with another pallet guard section so that the pallet guard is adjustable to accommodate varying size pallets and/or spill-over merchandise on the pallet. Each connecting piece may be moveable between a first position, wherein the connecting piece is straight, and a second angled position where the pallet connecting piece forms a corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Safe Strap Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Giampavolo, Robert N. Shelton
  • Patent number: 6389701
    Abstract: A hand tool is fitted with a fixed shield and a movable shield which is rotatably mounted around the fixed shield. The two shields are aligned with one another by each shield being keyed into a countersunk washer formed with an anchor slot for the fixed shield and a semi-annular guideway for the movable shield. A torsion spring normally biases the movable shield into a closed position about the fixed shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Gyros Precision Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard Friedland
  • Patent number: 6241618
    Abstract: An adjustable rotating shaft guard includes a base, a first guard half, and a second guard half. A bottom of the first and second guard halves are retained by the base such that they contact each other to fully cover a rotating shaft or coupler. A half sleeve preferably extends outward from at least one end of the first and second guard halves. Preferably, the top of each guard half is fastened to each other. The first and second guard halves are preferably fabricated from a high impact plastic. The bottom area of the first and second guard halves preferably have a plurality of cutting lines which provide a reference for sawing to a specific height. The half sleeves also have a plurality of cutting lines which provide a reference for sawing to a specific length. In a second embodiment, an adjustable rotating shaft guard includes a first sleeve guard half, a second sleeve guard half and two sets of two end cap halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Ronald J. Doll
  • Patent number: 6182531
    Abstract: A containment vessel (10) or retaining projected high energy material fragments produced during the catastrophic failure of a high energy rotary mechanism, such as a composite flywheel (20), includes a continuous outer ring (30) and a plurality of inner shaped elements (40) that produce an inner ring layer. The outer ring (30) is approximately circular in shape and is designed to be unyielding during a flywheel failure. The inner shaped elements (40) are juxtapositioned axially along the inner periphery of the outer ring (30) and are configured and positioned to produce hollow cells (60). These shaped inner elements (40) are adapted of a material and are configured and positioned in such a way as to possess sufficient ductility so that the elements adequately flatten through non-destructive plastic deformation and contain the high energy material fragments (50) of a failed flywheel (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrick Gallagher, Jonathan W. Gabrys
  • Patent number: 6165076
    Abstract: A drive shaft cover assembly for a drive shaft having a longitudinal axis including a stationary bracket having an axially extending flange at least partially surrounding the drive shaft and having one or more radially extending apertures therethrough. A cover member has a retaining portion sized to fit radially over the flange with apertures therein aligned with the apertures in the flange. A spring retainer is disposed radially within the flange and has a stud projecting radially outward through each aperture in the flange and through the aligned apertures in the cover member to retain the cover member on the flange. The spring retainer is resilient to enable the studs to be pushed radially inward to withdraw the studs from the apertures in the cover member to remove and remount the cover member on the flange without the use of hand tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Michael Wayne Mossman
  • Patent number: 6067877
    Abstract: A safety cover structure for covering working sections such as a drive section and an operating section of an automatic machine from the exterior so as to be capable of being opened and closed to ensure safety. The safety cover structure includes a plurality of support columns arranged in a surrounding relation to the automatic machine; a top board supported horizontally on the support columns to cover the automatic machine; a safety cover disposed vertically and movably between adjacent support columns; a connecting member having flexibility and connected to the safety cover to suspend the safety cover; grooves for guiding the connecting member from the support column to the top board; a tension arm supported horizontally on the top board so as to swing horizontally in a horizontal plane along the top board and connected with the connecting member; and an urging member connected to the tension arm to urge the tension arm in a rising direction of the safety cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Sankyo Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Heizaburo Kato
  • Patent number: 6007430
    Abstract: A carrier made up of two housings includes a plurality of drive members that facilitate transferring a driving force between the two housings. When the carrier is used in a vehicle transmission, for example, the two housings preferably include generally cylindrical wall portions. A plurality of lanced drive members are formed on each of the housings. The two housings are interconnected so that the drive members on the first housing engage the drive members on the second housing and a rotary force imposed on one of the housings is transferred to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Koppy Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald E. Prater
  • Patent number: 5971858
    Abstract: A protective casing with ring for shafts, in particular cardanic shafts. It comprises, coaxially, a casing, a sleeve ring, and a tubular element. A first end of the sleeve of the ring is destined to engage with a circumferentially groove of the joint, and a second end of the sleeve is adjacent to a constraining end of the casing encompassing the ring. The ring and the casing present, in their respective constraining ends, a multiplicity of hook shaped circumferentially equidistant protrusions, destined to be juxtaposed alternatively forming a circumferential throat for a split elastic locking ring. A rigid annular safety element may cover said constraining ends of the casing and of the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Eurocardan S.p.A.
    Inventor: Igino Aurora
  • Patent number: 5906347
    Abstract: A drive shaft containment bracket adapted for attachment to a stationary vehicle support surface, the bracket including an elongated body having a mounting flange at one end and a drive shaft containment device at an opposite end. The elongated body has a length dimension sufficient to extend from a vehicle cross frame member supporting the transmission of the vehicle where said mounting flange is utilized to secure said bracket to the cross frame member and transmission casing, rearwardly beyond a universal joint connecting the drive shaft to the transmission to a location along the drive shaft where said containment device at least partially encloses said drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: E. Bruce Noland
  • Patent number: 5895323
    Abstract: A protection device for a wide-angle transmission joint includes a first casing with a proximal end fixed to a ring sliding into a groove in a disc and a distal end bearing an extension inwardly folded. The casing has a first part covering the intermediate means as well as the zone which connects the latter with the yoke and a second part covering the yoke as well as the end of the transmission shaft. The connection between the two parts is realized by a section which is deformable under the action of the transmission shaft inclining when the joint is bent up to 80.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Benzi & Di Terlizzi S. R. L.
    Inventor: Vito Carlo Benzi
  • Patent number: 5870931
    Abstract: A protective cover assembly for universal joints which is particularly suited for commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses, as well as off-road vehicles, comprises forward, intermediate and rearward shields that overlie but do not touch respective universal joints. In one embodiment, the shields have outside brackets that attach to either the cover of a transmission or the cover of a differential gear mechanism and are adjustable inward and outward relative to the covers. In another embodiment, the shields have brackets that respectively have straps for connecting to the body underside frame rails of the vehicle and are adjustable forward and rearward to cover the universal joints the shields overlie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Louis Sportelli
    Inventor: Lamond N. Frantz