Driving Lever With Adjustable Pivot Point Patents (Class 74/834)
  • Patent number: 7765916
    Abstract: A lever with a shifting pivot or fulcrum point such that in pivoting of the lever between a first position and a second position for at least one angular segment of such pivoting about a first fulcrum point and for a second angular sector of such pivoting, pivots about a second fulcrum point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Gotohti.com Inc.
    Inventors: Hermann Ophardt, Martin Anhuf
  • Publication number: 20090273894
    Abstract: A torsion spring assembly includes a torsion spring body and a fixed base. The torsion spring body has a first coil part and a second coil part. The first coil part connects to the second coil part. The fixed base has a first fixed arm and a second fixed arm. The first coil part is wound around the first fixed arm and the second coil part is wound around the second fixed arm. The winding direction of the first coil part is perpendicular to the winding direction of the second coil part. A portable electronic device with the torsion spring assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Wei-Te YANG
  • Patent number: 7516937
    Abstract: The present provides deformable molds and methods for manufacturing ophthalmic lenses using deformable molds. The molds of the invention may be used in the custom manufacture of ophthalmic lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Hofmann, Thomas R. Rooney, David Pearson, Zaffir A. Chaudhry, Jacqueline M. Roche, Jeffrey H. Roffman, Larry G. Jones, Mark A. Ealey
  • Publication number: 20090040637
    Abstract: A bearing apparatus for pivotally moving a carrying arm relative to an anchorage is provided. The carrying arm may carry a mirror for a vehicle, the anchorage mountable to the vehicle. The bearing apparatus has a bushing located between the carrying arm and the anchorage in which a pivot bearing apparatus is moveably disposed. In one embodiment the pivot bearing apparatus has a control component and a come-along part relationally disposed about a shaft and movably connected to the control component. When the shaft is rotated, the come-along part moves along the shaft to rotate the control component. In turn, the control component transfers its rotation to pivot the carrying arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Heinrich Lang, Albrecht Popp
  • Patent number: 6308586
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gear transmission with a steplessly adjustable translation ratio for converting of rotary speeds and of torques of shafts. The uniform rotary motion of a drive shaft is transferred to a driven shaft with the aid of time staggered operating gear transmission units. The rotary motion is transformed by a cam transmission initially into a uniform translational motion and in the following this uniform translational motion is transformed into another, also uniform translational motion, with a speed depending on the translation ratio setting with a translation device. Finally this translational motion is transferred again into a uniform rotary motion by a further planar cam transmission and transferred to the driven shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Matthias Berger
  • Patent number: 6230575
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transmission gear with a steplessly adjustable translation for converting rotation speeds and torques between two shafts. Such converters are employed in all areas of the drive technology, as for example in machine tools and vehicle drives. The transmission gear according to the present invention allows a uniform motion transfer from the drive shaft to the driven shaft while simultaneously inducing substantially less wear appearances at its function determining transmission gear elements, in particular of the transmission gear part system at the side of the driven shaft. Means are furnished for reducing wear, which means superpose an additional motion influencing the speed of the driven shaft only unsubstantially to the translation motions of the translation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Matthias Berger
  • Patent number: 5660151
    Abstract: An apparatus for mutual conversion between circular motion and reciprocal motion includes a lever member which is rotatably mounted on a line connecting a rotational center and a circumference of a rotary disk, the lever member having a fulcrum, an action point and a force point, and being provided with a first regulator serving as an action point regulator land a second regulator serving as a movable fulcrum regulator. The first regulator is coupled to a reciprocating body. The movable fulcrum regulator has support members for supporting the fulcrum point and the first regulator has support members for supporting the action point in a longitudinal direction of the lever member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Yoshiki Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuo Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 5479838
    Abstract: A lever unit 11 having a fulcrum regulator 12 movably connected to a first motor 14 and a force point regulator 13 movably connected to a second motor 15, in which the motor 15 is driven while the motor 14 is stopped, thereby moving an injection mold 20A to come close to the other mold 20B, and mold locking of the molds 20A and 20B is executed by driving the motor 15 at this position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Yoshiki Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasuo Yoshizawa
  • Patent number: 5301535
    Abstract: An arrangement for changing the lever ratio of a two-armed rocker lever, particularly for the transfer movements in a press. The rocker lever is pivotally connected in a lever arm and the starting movement is capable of being tapped by another lever arm. This arrangement includes a frame, a slide guide for the rocking bearing of the rocker lever, a control device, a rotation transmission device and a nut-spindle connection for the sliding movement of the slide guide relative to the rocker lever. The rocker lever, by means of the slide guide, is disposed in a pivot bearing of a support. The support is slidably guided in the frame. The support includes the nut of the nut-spindle connection for interacting with the spindle. The control device, rotation transmission device and the spindle are arranged in the frame, and a device for fixing the position of the pivot bearing in the rocker lever is connected with the rocker lever in an operatively connected manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: L. Schuler Pressen GmbH
    Inventor: Karl Thudium
  • Patent number: 5287728
    Abstract: A power transmission device for a press machine comprises a connection link connected to a crankshaft of the press machine and reciprocated in accordance with the rotation of the crankshaft, a first slider provided in a frame of the press machine so as to be reciprocated in a first direction, and pivotally connected to the connection link, a first link mechanism provided with a pair of first links pivotally connected to each other, wherein one of the first links is pivotally connected to either the connection link or the first slider so as to be folded and extended while following up the reciprocating movement of the connection link, a second slider provided in the frame displaceably in the first direction and pivotally connected to the other first link, and a mechanism for adjusting the position of the second slider in the first direction, whereby the bottom dead center position and the stroke length of a slide can be adjusted by a common mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yamada Dobby
    Inventor: Akihiro Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5255572
    Abstract: A variable stroke mechanism provides a means for varying the stroke and leverage of a linkage between reciprocating power source and crankshaft. The mechanism includes a lever connected at one end to the reciprocating power source and at the other end to the crankshaft with a variable fulcrum point between the two ends. The lever forms a longitudinally extending slot for containing a fulcrum member, the other surfaces of which, while generally cylindrical, secures a series of parallel and equiangularly displaced cylindrical roller bearings. The top of the slot formed within the lever is a flat bearing surface and the opposing bottom surface contains a series of semicircular channels forming a gear train sized and located to successively engage the roller bearings on the fulcrum member and said bearings serving as gear teeth such that rotation of the fulcrum member changes the position of the fulcrum point relative to the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: William C. Pickens
  • Patent number: 5182967
    Abstract: A lever member (1) is pivotally supported on a shaft for a roller (2) which is in rolling contact with a guide plate (3). One end of the lever member (1) is connected to a force point regulator (4), and the other end of the lever member is connected to an action point regulator (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Yoshiki Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuo Yoshizawa, Mitsuo Kato
  • Patent number: 4934217
    Abstract: A multiple speed ratio power transmission apparatus, comprises input mechanism adapted to be connected to a power source for being driven with a constant reciprocating or oscillating motion, output mechanism including a rotatable output shaft, motion transmitting mechanism for controllably coupling the input mechanism to the output means, the motion transmitting means including an energy connecting element drivably connected to the input mechanism so as to be driven into a reciprocating or oscillating motion with a selectively, discretely variable stroke S=NS.sub.min, where S.sub.min is an increment of movement of the energy connecting element corresponding to one complete motion of the input mechanism and N=1,2,3, etc. indicating a selectively variable number of complete motions of the input mechanism, the energy connecting element being drivably connected to the output shaft for driving the output shaft through 180.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventor: Igor Biem
  • Patent number: 4841799
    Abstract: A variable ratio rocker arm is provided for use in combination with the valve stem and push rod of an internal combustion engine. The rocker arm has a toothed rack. A fulcrum rod is provided with a toothed sector and a curved sector. A stationary support member has an elongated slot defined between a rod seat and a toothed rack. The fulcrum rod toothed sector engages the toothed rack of the rocker arm and the toothed rack of the stationary support member. A roller bearing assembly is movably disposed between the rod curved sector and the rod seat, with the roller bearing assembly being rollable along the rod seat. An operating arm is coupled to the fulcrum rod for simultaneously rotating and translating the fulcrum rod along the toothed racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: William W. Entzminger
  • Patent number: 4741195
    Abstract: In a transfer press having feed bars and a press drive, an improved feed bar driving apparatus has a vertical rod reciprocally movable in association with the press drive and having a threaded portion, a drive means to the vertical rod means for rotating the vertical rod means in opposite directions, a feed screw device connected to the threaded portion of the vertical rod for being rotated by the vertical rod in opposite directions by rotation and reciprocation of the vertical rod, a pair of feed bar receptacles slidably supporting the feed bars and connected to the feed screw device for being moved toward and away from each other when the feed screw device is rotated in respective opposite directions for moving the feed bars in a clamping and unclamping movement, a cam rotatable in assocation with the press drive, a lever mounted on a fulcrum and connected to the vertical rod and in contact with the cam for being pivoted around the fulcrum by the cam for moving the vertical rod through a stroke, and a strok
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Assignee: Aida Engineering, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Arai, Masaharu Kusunoki, Tadao Odaka, Shozo Imanishi, Yoshinori Kato, Masakazu Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4739667
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus transmits power from a rotatable cam to an output mechanism. A variable length lever, comprised of first and second lever sections, is pivoted to a lever support by a fulcrum. The lever sections telescopingly or otherwise interconnected to allow the over-all length of the lever to vary. In addition, the first lever section includes a cam following end portion which is drivenly coupled to the cam. Also, the second lever section has an output end portion which is pivoted to the output mechanism. The lever oscillates when the cam following end portion is driven by the cam and drives the output mechanism. A drive adjustment device moves the fulcrum relative to the cam following and output end portions of the first and second lever sections. This varies the throw of the output end portion with the zero drive being possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1988
    Inventor: Walter O. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4721007
    Abstract: A variable ratio rocker arm is provided for use in combination with the valve stem and push rod of an internal combustion engine. The rocker arm has an elongated slot defined between a rod seat and a toothed rack. A fulcrum rod is provided with a toothed sector and a curved sector, with the toothed sector being engaged with the toothed rack portion of the rocker arm. A roller bearing assembly is movably disposed between the rod curved sector and the rod seat, with the roller bearing assembly being rollable along the rod seat. An actuator arm is coupled to the fulcrum rod for simultaneously rotating and translating the fulcrum rod through the rocker arm slot. The operating arm causes the fulcrum rod to rotate and translate along the mating toothing from one point of pivotal engagement, corresponding to a first engine operating condition, to another point of pivotal engagement, corresponding to a second engine operating condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Inventor: William W. Entzminger
  • Patent number: 4702428
    Abstract: A variable ratio drive mechanism comprises a reciprocable input member having a toothing, an output gear and an intermediate pivoted gear meshing with the toothing of said input member and said output gear to effect a driving connection between the input member and the output gear. An adjustment device is provided for selectably positioning the pivot of said intermediate gear whereby the distance between the pivot of the intermediate gear and the point of meshing engagement of the intermediate gear and the output gear can be infinitely varied. Preferably the pivot can be moved through a mid-position to positions either side of the mid-position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Allen Coding Machines Limited
    Inventor: Roger B. Kempster
  • Patent number: 4691437
    Abstract: The improvements relate to devices for applying terminals and the like to the ends of filiform bodies such as conductors, lengths of elastic material and other articles. For feeding the metal strip, formed from an interconnected succession of terminals or the like, and for rhythmically moving it into the position in which a terminal is applied to the filiform body and detached from the rest of the strip, the invention provides a pawl, which for this purpose engages the terminal, and is hinged to one end of a lever and subjected to the moment produced by a spring. The lever can rotate about an adjustable point between its ends. At its other end, the lever is hinged to a straight pin adjustably mounted in a guide member. This member is slidably mounted in the frame of the device and carries a roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Siac Industria Accessori Cavaria S.p.A.
    Inventor: Franco Vaglini
  • Patent number: 4649767
    Abstract: A mechanical proportioning trim execution device in the general configuration of a four-bar linkage including input and output levers coupled by a connecting link, with the input lever having its length determined by a movable pivot automatically adjusted by a gear motor to produce the trim function. The movable pivot advances or retracts along a path which is highly skewed to the line of the input lever in a manner such that the path is perpendicular to the connecting link at zero input displacement for minimum trim effect and is parallel to the connecting link at full input displacement for maximum trim effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Cleveland Controls, Incorporated
    Inventor: Dale Banas
  • Patent number: 4635494
    Abstract: An infinitely variable transmission, method of controlling an infinitely variable transmission, and an apparatus utilizing the method. The infinitely variable transmission provides a lever or walking beam having a variable fulcrum point. Power is supplied to one end of the lever, for example by cams on a driving shaft. Power is taken from the other end of the lever by use of a rack cooperating with a gear mounted to a one-way clutch on a driven shaft. The method controlling the infinitely variable transmission includes measuring the intake manifold pressure of the internal combustion engine driving the transmission and displacing the fulcrum point of the lever in response to the measurement obtained to vary the transmission ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Inventor: Emmett D. Conklin
  • Patent number: 4565105
    Abstract: A power transmission apparatus includes a housing to which input and output shafts are journalled. The input shaft is rotated by a motor or prime mover to thereby drive a cardioidal-shaped cam. The cam reciprocates a drive rod which has a first end slidably and pivotally connected to one end portion of a plural-section lever. The lever is pivoted to a lever supporting structure for oscillating movement, in response to reciprocations of the drive rod. The lever pivots about a fulcrum pivot axis which is fixed relative to the lever and positioned intermediate the ends of the lever. A first end portion of an output rod is slidably and pivotally connected to the other end portion of the lever. A drive speed adjustment mechanism is provided for shifting the lever supporting structure, and thereby the lever, relative to the input and output loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Inventor: Walter O. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4563916
    Abstract: A dynamically variable oscillating adjustment assembly including a frame and a first link means pivotally connected at one end to the frame and an adjustment mechanism positioned intermediate the one end of the first link means and the frame to adjustably position the first link means with respect to the frame. A second link means pivotally connected at one end to the other end of the first link means and pivotally connected at the other end to a first arm of a bell crank pivotally mounted upon the frame. A second arm of the bell crank is operable to oscillate in response to oscillation of the other end of the first link means. An adjustment mechanism may be interposed between the frame and the intermediate pivot of the bell crank such that the position and stroke of the other arm of the bell crank may be selectively adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Assignee: Coburn Optical Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Tusinski
  • Patent number: 4324155
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for mounting a control actuator has a mounting surface, a mounting portion and a bore in the mounting portion. The control actuator is mounted on the mounting surface and the mounting portion is connected to a wall at an aperture in the wall. An input shaft is pivotally positioned within the bore and extends through the aperture. A device connects the input shaft to the control aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Assignee: Caterpillar Tractor Co.
    Inventor: Robert D. Dorris
  • Patent number: 4286474
    Abstract: A mechanical proportioning trim execution device has a fulcrumed lever which swings between fully retracted and fully advanced positions. The fulcrum is movable back and forth from a neutral point along a fulcrum path. The lever has a fulcrum-engaging slideway extending in skewed relation to the length of the lever such that when the lever is in fully retracted position the fulcrum path and slideway are parallel but become increasingly skewed as the lever moves toward the fully advanced position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1981
    Assignee: Cleveland Controls, Incorporated
    Inventor: James F. McMahon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4235130
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable stroke piston machine assembly wherein the stroke is adjustable steplessly from zero to full displacement. Two connecting rods are provided and a pivotal joint between the rods is guided by an arc shape path of a guide member. The guide member is pivotally adjustable to vary the position of the arc shaped path relative to the piston and thereby vary the stroke of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1980
    Assignee: Viktor Dulger
    Inventors: Viktor Dulger, Franz Ernst
  • Patent number: 4234107
    Abstract: A tube filling and closing machine includes a material feeding device which comprises a container for the material to be packaged which opens into a cylinder in which a piston is movable backwardly and forwardly for taking in the material from the container and dicharging it out through a nozzle discharge into a package to be filled. The piston is moved by a connection to a piston rod which is connected to the piston and a valve is disposed between the filling line to the storage container for the material and a discharge line to a nozzle for filling the package. A mechanism is connected to the piston to change the stroke thereof for varying the quantity of material which is filled and this includes a lever arm which is connected to a fixed pivot at one end and its opposite end provides a journal for a rotatable shaft which carries a cam plate which is in engagement with a cam roller located at a fixed location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1980
    Assignee: Industrie-Werke Karlsruhe-Augsburg Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hermann Gernlein
  • Patent number: 4196829
    Abstract: A stopper valve actuating mechanism for a bottom pour casting container including an adjustable limit motion connection within the lever train which allows for a finer control of the pour of the molten metal. The adjustable limit stop connection comprises a piston and cylinder arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Assignee: Seaton Engineering Company
    Inventor: William W. Seaton
  • Patent number: 4182203
    Abstract: A continuously variable mechanical transmission comprised of a crankshaft or similar device driven by a suitable power source such as an internal combustion engine, which drives one or more pivotally mounted levers, pushrods and ratchet mechanisms. The levers drive pushrods which in turn drive the ratchet mechanism through a rack gear mounted on each pushrod. The output of the ratchet gear mechanism drives an output shaft and is varied by varying the position of the pushrod attachment to each pivotally mounted lever. Each pushrod is connected to a slot or guide on each lever so that the connecting point can be varied from close to the pivot point or pivot axis to the opposite end of the lever. By this means it can be continuously varied from low speed to higher speed by adjusting the connecting point of the pushrods to the pivoting levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Inventor: Marcus D. Drury