US Pat. No. 9,079,226

HIGH-PRESSURE LIQUID JET CLEANER AND HIGH-PRESSURE LIQUID JET CLEANING METHOD FOR CLEANING THIN FILM SOLAR CELL PANEL

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A high-pressure liquid jet cleaner for use in cleaning a thin film solar cell panel, comprising:
a plurality of high-pressure liquid jet nozzles each configured to jet out a high-pressure liquid in a straight line from
a jet hole to a corresponding one of a plurality of scribe lines to clean the scribe lines which continuously extend in a
direction perpendicular to the width direction of the thin film solar cell panel and which are arranged in the width direction
at consistent intervals;

a nozzle holder holding the plurality of jet nozzles which are arranged in the longitudinal direction of the nozzle holder
and which correspond to the respective scribe lines;

a support configured to support the nozzle holder,
a conveyor configured to convey the solar cell panel in relation to the nozzle holder in a direction that is perpendicular
to the longitudinal direction of the nozzle holder and that is parallel to the direction in which the scribe lines of the
solar cell panel extend continuously; and

a scribe line position sensor disposed directly above one of the scribe lines, wherein
the support supports the nozzle holder in a manner to allow the nozzle holder to move in the longitudinal direction of the
nozzle holder, and the support includes a micro-positioning device configured to move the nozzle holder in the longitudinal
direction by a micro distance for positioning the jet nozzles,

the support supports the nozzle holder in a manner to allow the nozzle holder to rotate around an axis extending in the longitudinal
direction of the nozzle holder, such that a direction in which the high-pressure liquid is jetted out from the jet nozzles
is adjustable,

the scribe line position sensor detects a position of the one of the scribe lines in advance, and based on the detected position,
the micro-positioning device performs the positioning of the jet nozzles such that the high-pressure liquid jetted out from
the jet nozzles hits the respective scribe lines, and

each of the plurality of high-pressure liquid jet nozzles includes:
a nozzle body with a tip hole formed in a central portion of the nozzle body; and
a nozzle tip formed of a material having a higher hardness than a hardness of a material forming the nozzle body, the nozzle
tip being embedded in the tip hole of the nozzle body, the nozzle tip having a straight let hole drilled therein at a central
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,554,960

WEARABLE MOTION SUPPORTING DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A wearable motion supporting device that assists or substitutes for muscle strength of a wearer, comprising:
a waist portion frame adapted to be worn around a waist of the wearer, the waist portion frame including:
a base portion that is long in a right-left direction of the wearer,
a right side portion extending forwardly from a right end of the base portion, and
a left side portion extending forwardly from a left end of the base portion,
wherein the base portion, the right side portion, and the left side portion behave entirely and integrally;
a right lower extremity frame and a left lower extremity frame that are connected to a lower portion of the waist portion
frame and adapted to be worn on lower extremities of the wearer;

a back portion frame that is connected to an upper portion of the waist portion frame and has a locking fixture adapted to
tie the back portion frame on a shoulder of the wearer; and

a rotational mechanism of one DOF (Degree Of Freedom) on a frontal plane that connects the back portion frame and the base
portion of the waist portion frame, wherein

the right lower extremity frame is connected to a front end of the right side portion such that the right lower extremity
frame is turnable, on a first sagittal plane with respect to the base portion of the waist portion frame, and

the left lower extremity frame is connected to a front end of the left side portion such that the left lower extremity frame
is turnable on a second sagittal plane with respect to the base portion of the waist portion frame.

US Pat. No. 9,340,217

RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:
a frame configured to be located under a carbody of a railcar;
an air spring including an air spring main body in which air is stored, the air spring being configured to be arranged between
the carbody and the frame;

an elastic member arranged between the air spring and the frame and configured to separate the air spring from the frame by
restoring force thereof in a state where a height of the carbody is maintained at a certain height regardless of the air spring;
and

a limiting member configured to limit an amount of displacement of the elastic member to limit an amount of separation between
the air spring and the frame, wherein

the elastic member is configured to provide the restoring force and to be displaced while providing the restoring force until
the elastic member reaches a position where the limiting member limits the amount of displacement of the elastic member.

US Pat. No. 9,308,589

DRILL

Sumitomo Electric Industr...

1. A drill for drilling a hole, comprising:
a cutting edge (3) disposed on a front end of a body (1) as to extend from a rotation center of the drill to an outer periphery of the drill, the cutting edge being shaped symmetric
with respect to the rotation center of the drill, the cutting edge including at least a rotation center side cutting edge
portion (3a) and an outer peripheral side cutting edge portion (3c) connected to a diameter-direction outer end of the rotation center side cutting edge portion, point angles (?) of the respective
cutting edge portions reducing gradually from the rotation center side cutting edge portion (3a) to the outer peripheral side cutting edge portion (3c),

wherein a small diameter portion (6) is provided on a front end side of the body (1), the small diameter portion having an outside diameter smaller than a diameter of the drill, the cutting edge (3) with the point angles varied is formed in the small diameter portion, and a flat cutting edge (8) having an inclination angle (?) of 30° or less with respect to a line perpendicular to an axis of the drill is provided
in a step portion formed between the small diameter portion (6) and a large diameter portion (7), the large diameter portion being provided on a rear side of the small diameter portion and having an original outside diameter,
and

wherein a main helix angle (?2) of a helical flute (5) formed in the drill is set at an angle of 5° to 45°, and a helix angle (?1) in the small diameter portion (6) is set to be smaller than the main helix angle (?2) by varying a helix angle of the helical flute (5) at an axial-direction rear end of the small diameter portion (6).

US Pat. No. 9,109,553

FUEL INJECTOR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel injector comprising:
a pilot fuel injector configured to inject the fuel into a combustion chamber; and
a main fuel injector provided coaxially with the pilot fuel injector so as to surround the pilot fuel injector and configured
to have a main flow path to generate a premixed air-fuel mixture,

the main flow path including an outer main air passage, located radially outwardly and configured to supply a compressed air
in an axial direction into an annular premixed air-fuel mixture passage, and an inner main air passage located radially inwardly
and configured to supply the compressed air into the premixed air-fuel mixture passage from a radially inner side towards
a radially outer side, and

a main fuel injection port to inject the fuel in the axial direction from an axially upstream side into the inner main air
passage.

US Pat. No. 9,254,566

ROBOT HAVING END EFFECTOR AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An end effector configured to be provided to an arm of a robot, comprising:
a plurality of blade members configured to respectively hold substrates, the blade members being configured such that each
interval between the blade members is changeable;

a blade support unit configured to support the plurality of blade members, the blade support unit being configured to be driven
integrally with the plurality of blade members by the robot; and

a blade drive unit configured to change the interval between the blade members by moving at least one of the plurality of
blade members relative to another blade member,

wherein a total thickness of the plurality of blade members in a direction perpendicular to a surface of the substrate is
reduced to be less than a predetermined thickness when the interval between the blade members is shortened by the blade drive
unit, the predetermined thickness being set as a blade-insertable thickness defined between adjacent stages of multiple stages
on which the substrates are placed,

wherein each of the blade members has a holding unit configured to hold the substrate in order to prevent the substrate from
being detached from the blade member upon transferring the substrate,

wherein the holding unit includes an edge guide mechanism having a movable contact part configured to be brought into releasable
contact with an edge of the substrate,

wherein the edge guide mechanism of each of the blade members is configured to be driven independently with each other, and
wherein the movable contact part is configured to be vertically moved together with the blade member.

US Pat. No. 9,350,018

NEGATIVE ELECTRODE FOR USE IN SECONDARY BATTERY AND SECONDARY BATTERY INCLUDING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A secondary battery comprising:
at least one fiber negative electrode, each fiber negative electrode including a carbon fiber and a negative electrode active
material coating, the negative electrode active material coating being formed on a surface of the carbon fiber, the negative
electrode active material coating containing a compound represented by a chemical formula 1;

at least one fiber positive electrode, each fiber positive electrode including a carbon fiber and a positive electrode active
material coating, the positive electrode active material coating being formed on a surface of the carbon fiber, the positive
electrode active material coating containing nickel hydroxide;

an aqueous electrolyte solution; and
a separator, wherein
the negative electrode active material coating has a surface that is uncoated with an electrically conductive material,
the chemical formula 1 is LiMneNifO2, in which 1?f/e?1.5,

protons are an intercalating species of the secondary battery,
the at least one fiber negative electrode directly absorbs the protons that move from the at least one fiber positive electrode
in charging, and

the at least one fiber negative electrode directly desorbs the protons that move to the at least one fiber positive electrode
in discharging.

US Pat. No. 9,160,214

COOLING STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A cooling structure for an electric vehicle including an electric motor for traveling and a power supply circuit for supplying
electric power to the electric motor, the cooling structure comprising:
a coolant supplier that supplies a non-conducting coolant such that the non-conducting coolant comes into direct contact with
at least one of an electromagnetic coil of the electric motor and a substrate of a power supply circuit;

a heat exchanger that is disposed outside cases of the electric motor and the power supply circuit, and is disposed so as
to allow a traveling wind to pass through the heat exchanger; and

a circulation fluid path which circulates the coolant between the case of at least one of the electric motor and the power
supply circuit, and the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 9,057,436

SHIFT DEVICE FOR TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A shift device for switching a dog clutch mechanism in a transmission, comprising:
a shift shaft arranged so as to be movable in an axial direction of the shift shaft;
a shift member fit onto the shift shaft so as to be movable in the axial direction within a predetermined waiting stroke range,
the shift member transmitting an axial movement of the shift shaft to an operation member of the dog clutch mechanism;

an elastic member holder for a waiting mechanism provided on the shift shaft; and
an elastic member arranged outside of the shift shaft in a radial direction of the shift shaft, the elastic member being arranged
so as to be compressed and expanded in the axial direction between the elastic member holder and the shift member, and the
elastic member biasing the shift member toward one side in the axial direction.

US Pat. No. 9,156,512

SPROCKET COVER IN STRADDLE VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A sprocket cover in a straddle vehicle, which is attached to a side wall of a case of the straddle vehicle to cover a sprocket
fastened to an end portion of an output shaft protruding in a vehicle width direction from the case, from outside in the vehicle
width direction, the sprocket cover comprising:
an outer cover member attached to the side wall of the case such that the outer cover member is exposed to outside of a vehicle
body; and

an inner cover member attached to an inner side of the outer cover member to cover the sprocket in a state in which the inner
cover member is covered with the outer cover member;

wherein the outer cover member includes an outer lid portion for covering the sprocket from outside in the vehicle width direction,
a side wall portion protruding from the outer lid portion toward the case, and a rib provided on an inner surface of the outer
lid portion;

wherein the inner cover member includes an inner lid portion covering the sprocket from outside in the vehicle width direction,
and an engagement groove which is formed on an outer surface of the inner lid portion and engaged with the rib of the outer
cover member;

wherein the rib includes an annular rib portion provided at a center portion of the inner surface of the outer lid portion,
and a plurality of radial rib portions which are provided on the inner surface and extend radially from the annular rib portion;
and

wherein the engagement groove includes an annular groove portion which is provided at a center portion of the outer surface
of the inner lid portion and is engaged with the annular rib portion, and a plurality of radial groove portions which are
provided on the outer surface of the inner lid portion, extend radially from the annular groove portion, and are engaged with
the radial rib portions, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,132,813

BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM IN VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A brake control system in a vehicle which executes anti-lock brake control for controlling a braking force applied to a
wheel to prevent the wheel from being locked during braking of the vehicle, the system including one or more control units
comprising:
an initiation determiner section configured to:
receive a signal from one or more wheel speed sensors;
determine whether or not an initiation condition used to initiate the anti-lock brake control is met, the initiation condition
including a condition in which a decrease rate of a wheel speed which is a rotational speed of the wheel is not less than
a predetermined threshold; and

generate output indicating whether the initiation condition is met;
a brake control section configured to:
receive the output from the initiation determiner section indicating whether the initiation condition is met; and
initiate control of the braking force applied to the wheel in the anti-lock brake control, if the initiation determiner section
determines that the initiation condition is met; and

a driving state detector section configured to:
receive a signal from one or more brake sensors;
detect a brake amount command value of a driver's brake operation during braking; and
generate output indicating the brake amount command value,
wherein the initiation determiner section changes the threshold used to determine whether or not to initiate the anti-lock
brake control, such that the threshold is smaller as the detected brake amount command value is smaller, and

wherein the detected brake amount command value includes one or more of a hydraulic brake pressure, a displacement amount
of a brake lever, a displacement amount of a brake pedal, or a displacement amount of a brake pad.

US Pat. No. 9,065,139

FIBER ELECTRODE FOR LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY, FABRICATION METHOD THEREFOR, AND LITHIUM SECONDARY BATTERY INCLUDING FIBER ELECTRODE

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ADV...

1. A fiber negative electrode for a lithium secondary battery, comprising:
a carbon fiber current collector;
an outer layer which is a tubular composite layer of a Sn oxide and MxOy formed on the carbon fiber current collector; and

an intermediate layer formed of a Sn alloy, which has a lithium occlusion capacity and which is present at an interface between
the carbon fiber current collector and the outer layer (M of MxOy is at least one kind of metal atom selected from the group consisting of Fe, Mo, Co, Ni, Cr, Cu, In, Sb, and Bi; x is 0 and the number y of oxygen atoms O is 0?y?w if the number of oxygen atoms O in a chemical bond with metal atoms M is w based
on the stoichiometry).

US Pat. No. 9,120,223

METHOD OF CONTROLLING SEVEN-AXIS ARTICULATED ROBOT, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND ROBOT CONTROL DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

4. A robot control device configured to control a seven-axis articulated robot including seven joints sequentially arranged
from a proximal end of the robot to a distal end of the robot, the seven joints including rotational axes each causing a next
joint to turn and rotational axes each causing a next joint to pivot, such that the rotational axes causing turning and the
rotational axes causing pivoting are arranged alternately, the seven-axis articulated robot being configured such that at
least one of rotational axes of three proximal end side joints of the robot does not intersect with other rotational axes
of the three proximal end side joints at one point, the robot control device comprising:
a detector configured to detect a position of the robot:
a maximum and minimum value calculator configured to calculate a maximum value and a minimum value, which are possible values
of a joint angle of a middle joint of the three proximal end side joints and which are values to be taken from an initial
state at a start of operation of the robot, by performing inverse transformation while setting a joint angle of a distal end
side joint among the three proximal end side joints to 0° (a reference position) or 180° (a maximum displacement position
from the reference position);

a ratio calculator configured to calculate, as an index indicating an assumed elbow angle in a case where a rotational axis
of the middle joint is assumed as a shoulder, a ratio of the joint angle of the middle joint in the initial state within a
range from the maximum value to the minimum value; and

an inverse transformation unit configured to perform inverse transformation using, as a constraint condition, such a joint
angle of the middle joint as to cause the calculated ratio to be constant; and

a controller configured to control the seven-axis articulated robot to move a tool member to a target position.

US Pat. No. 9,290,226

OIL PASSAGE STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An oil passage structure for an electric vehicle which supplies lubrication oil to an electric traction motor of the electric
vehicle and to a power transmission mechanism for transmitting an output of the electric motor to a wheel, including:
a main passage connected to an oil supply source;
a first oil passage which guides oil from the main passage to an oil cooler; and
a second oil passage which branches from the main passage before the oil cooler and supplies the oil to at least the power
transmission mechanism, the second oil passage being different from the first oil passage,

wherein the oil is supplied from the oil cooler to at least one of the electric motor and an electric drive circuit of the
electric motor.

US Pat. No. 9,308,822

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIAGNOSING ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A method of diagnosing an electric vehicle incorporating an electric component, the method comprising:
detecting a physical load applied to a vehicle body of the electric vehicle, which is other than an electric characteristic
of the electric component;

storing a history of a magnitude of detected physical load applied to the vehicle body; and
performing a diagnostic operation for the electric component based on the electric characteristic of the electric component
concurrently with performing the diagnostic operation for the electric component based on the history of the magnitude of
the physical load applied to the vehicle body,

the history being stored before the diagnostic operation for the electric component is performed.

US Pat. No. 9,291,255

PLANETARY GEAR DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A planetary gear device comprising:
a sun gear having external teeth;
a plurality of planet gears, each having external teeth and meshed with the sun gear;
a ring gear having internal teeth and meshed with the planet gears; and
a baffle unit disposed between the planet gears adjacent to each other and configured to collect lubricant oil into a collection
chamber formed therein,

the baffle unit including a discharge outlet to discharge a portion of the lubricant oil collected in the collection chamber
in an axial direction; and a ring gear oil supply hole to discharge another portion of the lubricant oil collected in the
collection chamber in a radially outward direction to supply it to the ring gear, and a weir member attachable/detachable
from the discharge outlet of the baffle unit and configured to cover a portion of the discharge outlet to reserve the lubricant
oil to be discharged through the ring gear oil supply hole.

US Pat. No. 9,233,672

CONTROL SYSTEM IN VEHICLE AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A control system in a straddle-type vehicle configured to rotate a drive wheel by a driving power generated in a driving
power source mounted in the vehicle, comprising:
a slip value measuring unit configured to measure a slip value indicating an extent to which the drive wheel spins by:
detecting a first value which is a rotational speed of a drive wheel;
detecting a second value which is a rotational speed of a driven wheel or a vehicle speed; and
obtaining the slip value using a subtraction value derived by subtracting the second value from the first value;
a change rate calculator configured to calculate a change rate of the slip value measured by the slip value measuring unit,
the change rate being a change rate of the slip value per unit time;

a road surface condition determiner configured to determine a road surface condition according to the change rate of the slip
value calculated by the change rate calculator, wherein the road surface condition determiner is configured to determine that
a friction coefficient of the road surface condition decreases as the change rate increases, the friction coefficient of the
road surface condition increases as the change rate decreases, and to decide an output value indicating the road surface condition
based on a plurality of instant values indicating the road surface condition which are obtained at different time points;
and

wherein the road surface condition determiner chooses as the output value, a road surface condition selected from a plurality
of predetermined road surface conditions, based upon a maximum value of the change rate of the slip value obtained within
a predetermined time period back from a time point when a latest value indicating a latest result of the determination of
the road surface condition is obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,604,309

OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE AND LASER MACHINING DEVICE HAVING PLURALITIES OF FLAT REFLECTIVE SURFACES CORRESPONDING TO DIVIDED VIRTUAL ARCS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A laser machining device configured to form a machining line with a laser beam in a thin-film layer formed on work, the
laser machining device comprising:
an optical scanning device configured to scan light as the laser beam along a predetermined scanning line on the work, the
optical scanning device comprising:

a light projector configured to radiate light while causing the light to make angular movement at a constant speed; and
a light reflector configured to reflect the light radiated from the light projector to guide the light to an intended irradiated
point on the predetermined scanning line, wherein

the light reflector includes a plurality of reflecting portions and reflects, at least twice, the light radiated from the
light projector to guide the light to the intended irradiated point, each of the reflecting portions including a plurality
of reflecting surfaces that are flat surfaces,

the plurality of reflecting portions reflect the light radiated from the light projector at least twice such that a plurality
of virtual chords respectively corresponding to a plurality of divided virtual arcs, which are obtained by dividing a virtual
arc in a circumferential direction, are rearranged such that the plurality of virtual chords are sequentially continuous and
linearly aligned to form the scanning line,

the virtual arc is an arc drawn by a focal point of the light radiated from the light projector when it is assumed that the
light reflector is absent, the arc having a center coinciding with a center of the angular movement,

the plurality of reflecting surfaces of each reflecting portion correspond to the plurality of divided virtual arcs, respectively,
and

a length of an optical path from the light projector to the irradiated point is substantially constant for all of irradiated
points on the scanning line, and a scanning speed, on the scanning line, of the light radiated from the light projector is
substantially constant.

US Pat. No. 9,308,813

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising a single or a plurality of seat rows, a cargo bed provided behind the seat rows, a cabin accommodating
the seat rows, and an engine, the utility vehicle further comprising:
a fuel tank accommodated in a lower space of one of the seat rows;
a fuel system mounting bracket provided next to the fuel tank in the lower space and fixed to a seat frame; and
a fuel feed pump and a single or a plurality of fuel system accessories mounted to the fuel system mounting bracket.

US Pat. No. 9,297,788

DETERMINATION ASSIST SYSTEM OF ULTRASONIC TESTING, DETERMINATION ASSIST METHOD OF ULTRASONIC TESTING, DETERMINATION ASSIST PROGRAM OF ULTRASONIC TESTING, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM FOR STORING DETERMINATION ASSIST PROGRA

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A determination assist system for use in ultrasonic testing, which generates a determination image used to determine whether
or not porosity is present in a composite material component, based on data of plural kinds of test indices obtained in an
ultrasonic testing device, the determination assist system comprising:
a first image generating section for generating a first planar image which is a gradational image, based on data of a signal
intensity of a reflected sound wave;

an interpolation section which interpolates data of a thickness of a region of the composite material component for which
a reflected sound wave from a bottom surface of the composite material component is not displayed clearly in the first planar
image, based on data of a thickness of a surrounding region of the said region in the composite material component; and

a deriving section for deriving a degree of the porosity based on the interpolated data of the thickness of said region, and
a difference between a signal intensity of a reflected sound wave from the bottom surface of the composite material component
and a signal intensity of a reflected sound wave from a portion where the porosity is present.

US Pat. No. 9,114,935

PLATE MEMBER CONVEYING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF CONVEYING PLATE MEMBER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

7. A method of conveying a plate member, comprising:
causing a belt to contact one of surfaces of the plate member in a vertical state, the belt being configured to feed the plate
member in a conveying direction;

ejecting a liquid to an other surface of the plate member, which is opposite the one of surfaces, to apply pressure of the
liquid to the other surface of the plate member and press the plate member toward the belt;

sandwiching the plate member between the belt and the liquid by the causing and applying steps to hold the plate member; and
conveying the plate member in a floating state.

US Pat. No. 9,327,737

RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:
a cross beam configured to extend in a railcar width direction and support a carbody of the railcar;
a pair of front and rear axles respectively arranged at both sides of the cross beam in a railcar longitudinal direction so
as to extend in the railcar width direction;

bearings respectively provided at both railcar width direction sides of each of the axles and configured to rotatably support
the axles:

axle boxes configured to respectively accommodate the bearings;
plate springs extending in the railcar longitudinal direction so as to respectively support both railcar width direction end
portions of the cross beam and load applied to the cross beam by the earbody, each plate spring including both railcar longitudinal
direction end portions respectively supported by the axle boxes;

contact members respectively provided at both railcar width direction end portions of the cross beam and respectively disposed
on railcar longitudinal direction middle portions of the plate springs so as not to be fixed to the plate springs in an upper-lower
direction by separably contacting the railcar longitudinal direction middle portions of the plate springs; and

an auxiliary supporting mechanism configured to, in a case where the railcar width direction end portion of the cross beam
is displaced downward beyond a predetermined elastic deformation range of the plate spring, receive from below and support
a load applied from the cross beam, via the plate spring or one end portion of the cross beam.

US Pat. No. 9,302,761

HIGH-LIFT DEVICE OF FLIGHT VEHICLE

THE SOCIETY OF JAPANESE A...

1. A high-lift device of a flight vehicle,
the high-lift device comprising:
a flap main body provided at a trailing portion of a main wing of the flight vehicle so as to be extracted from and be retracted
in the trailing portion and extending in a wing span direction of the main wing; and

a vortex suppressing portion provided at a tip end portion of the flap main body in an extending direction of the flap main
body and configured to suppress a vortex rolling up from a lower surface of the tip end portion of the flap main body to an
upper surface of the tip end portion of the flap main body, wherein the vortex suppressing portion is formed by partially
cutting out the tip end portion of the flap main body.

US Pat. No. 9,197,180

AUDIO UNIT MOUNTABLE IN PERSONAL WATERCRAFT

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An audio unit mountable in a personal watercraft, comprising:
a speaker;
an automated adjustment device connected to the speaker for obtaining an automated sound volume value corresponding directly
to an engine speed or a watercraft speed, the automated sound volume value being automatically adjusted based on a change
in the engine speed or the watercraft speed, and automatically adjusting a volume of a sound emitted from the speaker based
on the automated sound volume value; and

a sound volume manipulation member configured to be manipulated by a rider to input a change amount of the sound volume with
respect to the automated sound volume value,

wherein the automated adjustment device is configured to adjust the volume of the sound emitted from the speaker such that
the volume of the sound is changed from the obtained automated sound value by the change amount of the sound volume, in response
to the rider's manual manipulation of the sound volume manipulation member, when a predetermined manipulation permission condition
is satisfied, and

wherein when the engine speed or the watercraft speed satisfies a predetermined deceleration condition, the automated adjustment
device cancels a sound volume increase amount with respect to the automated sound volume value which was caused by the rider's
manual manipulation of the sound volume manipulation member before the predetermined deceleration condition is satisfied and
adjusts the volume of the sound emitted from the speaker such that the volume of the sound becomes the automated sound volume
value.

US Pat. No. 9,194,354

FUEL GAS SUPPLYING AND FILLING SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel gas supplying and filling system comprising:
a supply passage configured to connect a fuel gas consuming unit configured to consume a fuel gas and a high-pressure tank
configured to store the fuel gas of high pressure;

a normally closed electromagnetic pressure regulating valve provided on the supply passage and configured to regulate pressure
of the fuel gas flowing through the supply passage, to pressure corresponding to a current supplied to the electromagnetic
pressure regulating valve and close the supply passage when the current supplied to the electromagnetic pressure regulating
valve is stopped;

an electromagnetic on-off valve provided on the supply passage so as to be located upstream of the electromagnetic pressure
regulating valve and configured to be able to open and close the supply passage;

a low-pressure-side pressure detector provided on the supply passage and configured to detect the gas pressure at a portion
closer to the fuel gas consuming unit than the electromagnetic pressure regulating valve; and

a control unit configured to control the current supplied to the electromagnetic pressure regulating valve such that the gas
pressure detected by the low-pressure-side pressure detector becomes predetermined target pressure, wherein:

a fill passage is connected to a portion of the supply passage, the portion being located between the electromagnetic pressure
regulating valve and the electromagnetic on-off valve;

the fill passage is configured such that the fuel gas of the high pressure is able to be filled through a filling opening;
when the fuel gas of the high pressure is introduced through the filling opening, the electromagnetic on-off valve opens the
supply passage;

the electromagnetic pressure regulating valve includes
a housing including a valve passage connecting a primary port connected to the high-pressure tank and a secondary port connected
to the fuel gas consuming unit,

a valve body provided in the housing and configured to move between a closed position where the valve body closes the valve
passage and an open position where the valve body opens the valve passage to control an opening degree of the valve passage,

a return spring configured to bias the valve body in a direction toward the closed position,
an electromagnetic proportional solenoid configured to apply a magnetizing force, corresponding to the current supplied from
the control unit, to the valve body to cause the valve body to move in a direction toward the open position,

a bearing member interposed between the valve body and the housing and configured to support the valve body such that the
valve body is able to slide between the closed position and the open position, and

a first sealing member and a second sealing member configured to respectively seal both sides of the bearing member;
a pressure return chamber connected to the secondary port is formed in the housing; and
the first sealing member applies an acting force, corresponding to internal pressure of the pressure return chamber, to the
valve body to cause the valve body to move in the direction toward the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,141,115

PRESSURE REDUCING VALVE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A pressure reducing valve comprising:
a housing including a valve passage connected to a primary port and a secondary port;
a valve element provided in the housing, configured to adjust an opening degree of the valve passage by moving between a closed
position where the valve element closes the valve passage and an open position where the valve element opens the valve passage,
and configured to be pressed by secondary pressure toward the closed position;

a biasing member configured to bias the valve element toward the open position against the secondary pressure; and
a rolling bearing configured to be externally fitted on the valve element and support the valve element such that the valve
element is movable, wherein:

the housing further includes:
a secondary pressure chamber to which the secondary pressure is introduced from the valve passage, and
a bearing accommodating space in which the rolling bearing is accommodated; and
the bearing accommodating space is arranged between the secondary pressure chamber and the valve passage and is isolated from
the secondary pressure chamber and the valve passage by a sealing member such that the rolling bearing is not exposed to a
fluid in the secondary pressure chamber and the valve passage.

US Pat. No. 9,114,728

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An electric vehicle comprising:
an electric motor for generating driving power transmitted to a drive wheel via a driving power transmission path;
a manual transmission which selects one driving power transmission path from among plural driving power transmission paths
and shifts a present driving power transmission path to the selected driving power transmission path by operating mechanically
by force exerted by a rider's operation;

a shifting state detecting device for detecting whether the manual transmission is in a driving power transmission state in
which the driving power from the electric motor is transmittable to the drive wheel or in a driving power cut-off state;

an estimating device for estimating the driving power transmission path to which a present driving power transmission path
is to be shifted, when the shifting state detecting device detects that the manual transmission is in the driving power cut-off
state; and

a motor controller for controlling the electric motor by executing a control routine to perform torque control of the electric
motor when the shifting state detecting device detects that the manual transmission is in the driving power transmission state,
and executing a control routine to perform rotational speed control of the electric motor, when the shifting state detecting
device detects that the manual transmission is in the driving power cut-off state;

wherein in the rotational speed control, the rotational speed of the electric motor is controlled such that an angular velocity
of an upstream rotary member in a shifting location of the driving power transmission path estimated by the estimating device
gets close to an angular velocity of a downstream rotary member in the shifting location;

wherein when the motor controller determines that the manual transmission is shifted from the driving power cut-off state
to the driving power transmission state, the motor controller switches the rotational speed control to the torque control
after performing predetermined transit control, the transit control being a type of transitional torque or rotational speed
control; and

wherein the motor controller controls the electric motor such that a change rate of the torque output from the electric motor
which occurs until the torque output from the electric motor reaches target torque demanded by a rider is made less in the
transit control than in the torque control.

US Pat. No. 9,410,512

AIR INTAKE APPARATUS FOR FOUR WHEELED UTILITY VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An air intake apparatus for a utility vehicle having a front seat, a rear seat, a cargo bed, an engine arranged below the
rear seat and/or the cargo bed, and a V-belt type continuously variable transmission arranged sideward of the engine, the
apparatus comprising:
an air cleaner to be connected to an air intake portion of the engine via an intake manifold;
a cooling duct to be connected to an air intake portion of the V-belt type continuously variable transmission for cooling
the V-belt type continuously variable transmission; and

a space arranged below the rear seat and in which front, rear, right, left, and lower sides thereof are surrounded by surrounding
members;

wherein the air cleaner, an air intake opening thereof, and an air intake opening at an end of the cooling duct are arranged
in the space and located at a side of the engine opposite the V-belt type continuously variable transmission;

wherein the air intake portion of the V-belt type continuously variable transmission is located at a side wall of the V-belt
type continuously variable transmission facing the engine; and

wherein an entire length of the cooling duct is located in an area extending between a front end of the V-belt type continuously
variable transmission and a rear end of the V-belt type continuously variable transmission with respect to a longitudinal
axis of the utility vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,302,343

PROCESS FOR SPOT-JOINING STACKED METAL FOILS

UACJ Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. A process for spot-joining stacked metal foils by a friction stir spot-welding operation, the process comprising placing
a stack of 10 to 100 metal foils superposed on each other on a lower metal sheet, wherein each of the metal foils has a thickness
of 3 ?m to 50 ?m, and a rotary tool rotated about its axis is inserted through the stack into the lower metal sheet, whereby
the stack and the lower metal sheet are friction-stirred and joined integrally with each other, wherein:
the rotary tool is a double-acting type rotary tool comprising: a hollow member which has an end face perpendicular to its
axis and which is movable in its axial direction; and a pin member which is disposed coaxially within the hollow member, formed
independently of the hollow member, and movable in its axial direction independently of the hollow member;

a cylindrical clamp member which is movable in its axial direction is fitted on an outer circumferential surface of the hollow
member so as to be coaxial with the hollow member;

the friction stir spot-welding operation is performed by holding the clamp member in pressing contact with an outer annular
part of a portion to be friction-stirred, and advancing either one of the hollow member and the pin member of the double-acting
type rotary tool into the portion to be friction-stirred, while retracting the other of the hollow member and the pin member,
so that a space is formed between the portion to be friction-stirred and said other of the hollow member and the pin member,
whereby a metal mass is generated by insertion of said one of the hollow member and the pin member into the portion to be
friction-stirred, and is accommodated within said space; and

subsequently to the friction stir spot-welding operation, said other of the hollow member and the pin member is advanced,
while said one of the hollow member and the pin member is retracted, so that the metal mass accommodated within said space
is pressed by said other of the hollow member and the pin member, into a hole formed by retraction of said one of the hollow
member and the pin member, whereby the hole is filled with the metal mass.

US Pat. No. 9,305,694

OIL-IMMERSED SOLENOID

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An oil-immersed solenoid used for hydraulic control equipment, the oil-immersed solenoid comprising:
a casing including a base, a cylindrical cylinder extending from the base, and a flange extending from the base to an outside
of the cylinder in an integral manner;

a fixed magnetic pole disposed to extend from the base into the cylinder;
a plunger including a shaft inserted into an insertion hole extending along an axis of the fixed magnetic pole, and an armature
to which the shaft is fixed;

a cylindrical guide pipe fitted to an outer circumference of the fixed magnetic pole to cover the plunger;
a coil unit including a main body around which a coil is wound, and a connector provided on an outer circumferential face
of the main body; and

a cover disposed in the cylinder to cover the guide pipe and the coil unit from an opposite side to the base of the casing,
wherein

the fixed magnetic pole is integrated with the casing or the fixed magnetic pole is attached to the casing,
the cylinder of the casing has a notch cut in a circumferential direction to correspond to the connector of the coil unit,
and

the plunger is attached in the cylinder of the casing so as to insert the shaft into the insertion hole of the fixed magnetic
pole, the guide pipe is fitted to the outer circumference of the fixed magnetic pole to cover the plunger, the coil unit is
inserted into a gap between the cylinder of the casing and the guide pipe, the cover is attached to cover the guide pipe and
the coil unit, and in this state, a front end of the cylinder is swaged to the cover, to hold the plunger, the guide pipe,
the coil unit, and the cover in the casing.

US Pat. No. 9,283,515

CARBON DIOXIDE RECOVERY DEVICE AND CARBON DIOXIDE RECOVERY SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A carbon dioxide recovery device configured to:
cause a carbon dioxide adsorbing material to adsorb carbon dioxide contained in a treatment target gas, the carbon dioxide
adsorbing material being prepared by causing a porous substance to support an adsorbing liquid for adsorbing the carbon dioxide;

separate the carbon dioxide adsorbed by the carbon dioxide adsorbing material; and
causing the carbon dioxide adsorbing material or the porous substance to support the adsorbing liquid,
the carbon dioxide recovery device comprising:
a casing including
a fluid treatment passage through which a fluid flows,
one or two or more gas supply ports through which a gas is supplied to the fluid treatment passage, and
one or two or more gas exhaust ports through which the gas supplied to the fluid treatment passage is discharged;
a housing tank provided in the fluid treatment passage and configured to house the carbon dioxide adsorbing material; and
an adsorbing liquid supplying portion configured to supply the adsorbing liquid to the housing tank, wherein
a passage opening-closing mechanism configured to open or close the fluid treatment passage to discharge or store the adsorbing
liquid supplied to the housing tank is provided at a bottom portion of the housing tank or under the housing tank.

US Pat. No. 9,260,241

PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER TRANSFER FACILITY

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A plate-shaped member transfer facility comprising:
a rack configured to store a plurality of plate-shaped members such that the plurality of plate-shaped members are arranged
in an arrangement direction intersecting with a conveying direction, the plurality of plate-shaped members being supported
by supporting portions and standing to extend in the conveying direction, the rack further configured such that the plurality
of plate-shaped members are able to be carried therein in the conveying direction and carried out therefrom in the conveying
direction; and

a plate-shaped member transfer mechanism configured to carry the plate-shaped members in the rack in the conveying direction
and carry the plate-shaped members out from the rack in the conveying direction, wherein:

the plate-shaped member transfer mechanism includes
a flip rotating mechanism including a flip and configured to cause the flip to rotate to stand or lay the plate-shaped member,
the flip being configured to support the plate-shaped member and be rotatable about a rotation axis line parallel to the conveying
direction,

a conveying mechanism including a conveyance body in which a feed portion is formed, the feed portion extending in the conveying
direction and being configured to transfer the plate-shaped member in a standing state in the conveying direction, and

a transporting mechanism configured to cause the flip rotating mechanism and the conveying mechanism to move in the arrangement
direction; and

the conveying mechanism is configured to be able to cause the conveyance body to move in the conveying direction from the
flip to extend into the rack and is also configured such that the plate-shaped member in the standing state is transferred
between the rack and the flip by the feed portion.

US Pat. No. 9,133,771

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A fuel supply device of a gas turbine engine, which supplies fuel to a combustor including a fuel injection unit including
a pilot burner and a main burner; the fuel supply device comprising:
a pilot fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the pilot burner;
a main fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the main burner;
a collecting fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the pilot fuel passage and to the main fuel passage; and
a fuel divider which divides the fuel supplied from the collecting fuel passage to feed the fuel to the pilot fuel passage
and to the main fuel passage;

wherein the fuel divider includes:
a fuel entrance into which the fuel supplied from the collecting fuel passage is introduced;
a pilot port connected to the pilot fuel passage;
a main port connected to the main fuel passage; and
a movable member which is movable according to a fuel pressure at the fuel entrance; and opens and closes the pilot port and
the main port according to a distance of movement of the movable member;

wherein when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is not higher than a predetermined value, the fuel is supplied only to
the pilot fuel passage;

wherein when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is higher than the predetermined value, the fuel is supplied to the pilot
fuel passage and to the main fuel passage;

wherein the pilot port of the fuel divider includes a plurality of pilot ports and the main port of the fuel divider includes
a plurality of main ports; and

wherein the number of the pilot ports which are open decreases and the number of the main ports which are closed decreases,
as the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance increases.

US Pat. No. 9,067,606

RAILCAR

EAST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPAN...

1. A railcar including a under frame, paired side bodyshell parts respectively provided on opposite sides of the under frame
in a car width direction, a roof bodyshell part provided to bridge between upper end portions of the paired side bodyshell
parts, and an end bodyshell part, the railcar having a reinforcement structure,
wherein the reinforcement structure includes
hanging members having one ends fixed to the roof bodyshell part to extend downward from the roof bodyshell part,
an upper horizontal member provided in an upper portion of a car interior and disposed to bridge between the paired side bodyshell
parts;

a lower horizontal member provided in the upper portion of the car interior and disposed in a position displaced downward
from the upper horizontal member to bridge between the paired side bodyshell parts, and

a connection member for connecting the upper horizontal member and the lower horizontal member,
wherein the upper horizontal member has a plurality of upper reinforcement members at least one ends of which are respectively
connected to the hanging members,

the lower horizontal member has a plurality of lower reinforcement members at least one ends of which are respectively connected
to the hanging members, and

the plurality of upper reinforcement members and the plurality of lower reinforcement members constitute first reinforcement
structure parts disposed diagonally in a vertical direction and a second reinforcement structure part disposed horizontally,
one of the first reinforcement structure parts being located between the roof bodyshell part and one of the paired side bodyshell
parts, an other first reinforcement structure part being located between the roof bodyshell part and the other side bodyshell
part.

US Pat. No. 9,388,703

GAS TURBINE ENGINE HAVING A GAP BETWEEN AN OUTLET GUIDE VANE AND AN INNER WALL SURFACE OF A DIFFUSER

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A gas turbine engine comprising:
an outlet guide vane downstream of a compressor;
an outer casing supporting a radially outward part of the outlet guide vane; and
an inner diffuser supporting a radially inward part of the outlet guide vane;
wherein the outlet guide vane includes:
a radially inward inner flange;
a projecting part projecting radially inward from the inner flange; and
an engagement part protruding to one side in an axial direction from a foreside of the projecting part;
wherein the inner diffuser includes a smaller-diameter part having a smaller outer diameter than a part adjacent to the smaller-diameter
part;

wherein the inner diffuser is provided with an engagement groove extending to the one side in the axial direction from an
outer peripheral surface of the smaller-diameter part or a region in the vicinity of the outer peripheral surface of the smaller-diameter
part;

wherein the engagement part is inserted into the engagement groove with a gap between the engagement part and the engagement
groove;

wherein a last-stage stator vane of the compressor is upstream of the outlet guide vane;
wherein the outer casing supports a radially outward part of the stator vane;
wherein the inner diffuser supports a radially inward part of the stator vane;
wherein the stator vane includes:
a radially inward stator vane inner flange;
a projecting part projecting radially inward from a foreside of the stator vane inner flange; and
a stator vane engagement part protruding to a downstream side from the projecting part;
wherein the inner diffuser includes an engaged part at a foreside of the smaller-diameter part and protruding forward; and
wherein the engaged part is between the stator vane engagement part and the stator vane inner flange.

US Pat. No. 9,366,442

PILOT FUEL INJECTOR WITH SWIRLER

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A fuel injector comprising:
a pilot injector configured to spray fuel so as to form a first combustion region in a combustion chamber;
a main injector provided coaxially with the pilot injector so as to surround the pilot injector and configured to supply a
fuel-air mixture that is a mixture of the fuel and air to form a second combustion region in the combustion chamber; and

an annular dividing wall configured to define a boundary between the pilot injector and the main injector, wherein
the pilot injector includes: a central body provided on a central axis of the pilot injector; an inside tubular body provided
coaxially with the central body; a strut fixed inside the inside tubular body and supporting the central body on the inside
tubular body, wherein the strut is straight in an axial direction; a center nozzle formed between the central body and the
inside tubular body and configured to eject air jet flowing straight in the axial direction on a central axis of the pilot
injector; an inside swirler provided on a radially outer side of the center nozzle and configured to cause inflow air to swirl
around the central axis; and a pilot fuel injecting portion configured to inject the fuel from between the center nozzle and
the inside swirler to air flow in the center nozzle.

US Pat. No. 9,309,645

DRIVE CONTROL METHOD OF OPERATING MACHINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A drive control method of an operating machine configured to drive a structure by a hydraulic motor and an electric motor
configured to cooperate with the hydraulic motor, the hydraulic motor being configured to be driven by operating oil supplied
from a hydraulic pump through a control valve, the hydraulic pump being configured to be able to change an ejection flow rate
by control of a tilting angle of the hydraulic pump,
the method comprising the steps of:
causing a speed command, generated based on a manipulation amount of a remote control valve configured to determine an operation
amount of the structure, to be subjected to speed feedback control, performed based on an actual rotation speed of the hydraulic
motor, and pressure difference feedback control, performed based on an operating oil pressure difference between a suction
port and a discharge port of the hydraulic motor, to generate a tilting angle command such that the operating oil, the amount
of which is necessary at the actual rotation speed of the hydraulic motor, is ejected;

controlling the tilting angle of the hydraulic pump; and
at the time of deceleration by a reverse lever operation of the remote control valve, minimizing the tilting angle of the
hydraulic pump and setting the control valve to a neutral position to generate a deceleration resistance on the hydraulic
motor.

US Pat. No. 9,234,485

FUEL GAS SUPPLY SYSTEM OF GAS ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel gas supply system of a gas engine, the fuel gas supply system being configured to supply a fuel gas to the gas engine,
the fuel gas supply system comprising:
a fuel gas supply unit configured to supply the fuel gas to the gas engine;
a supply passage configured to connect a high-pressure tank configured to store the fuel gas of high pressure and the fuel
gas supply unit;

an electromagnetic pressure regulating valve provided on the supply passage and configured to regulate pressure of the fuel
gas, flowing through the supply passage, to pressure corresponding to a current supplied to the electromagnetic pressure regulating
valve;

a control unit configured to control the current supplied to the electromagnetic pressure regulating valve; and
a low-pressure-side pressure detecting unit provided closer to the fuel gas supply unit than the electromagnetic pressure
regulating valve and configured to detect the pressure of the fuel gas,

wherein the electromagnetic pressure regulating valve is a normally closed valve configured to close the supply passage when
the current supplied from the control unit is stopped;

wherein the control unit controls the current such that gas pressure detected by the low-pressure-side pressure detecting
unit becomes predetermined target pressure,

wherein the electromagnetic pressure regulating valve includes:
a housing including a valve passage connecting a primary port connected to the high-pressure tank and a secondary port connected
to the gas engine,

a valve body provided in the housing and configured to move between a closed position where the valve body closes the valve
passage and an open position the valve body opens the valve passage to control an open degree of the valve passage,

a return spring configured to bias the valve body in a direction toward the closed position,
an electron proportional solenoid configured to apply a magnetizing force, corresponding to the current supplied from the
control unit, to the valve body to cause the valve body to move in a direction toward the open position,

a bearing member interposed between the valve body and the housing and configured to support the valve body such that the
valve body is able to slide between the closed position and the open position, and

a first sealing member and a second sealing member configured to respectively seal both sides of the bearing member;
wherein a pressure return chamber connected to the secondary port is formed in the housing, and
wherein the second sealing member applies an acting force, corresponding to internal pressure of the pressure return chamber,
to the valve body to cause the valve body to move in the direction toward the closed position.

US Pat. No. 9,358,989

RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:
a cross beam configured to support a carbody of a railcar;
a pair of front and rear axles sandwiching the cross beam and respectively arranged in front of and behind the cross beam
in a railcar longitudinal direction so as to extend in a railcar width direction;

bearings respectively provided at both railcar width direction sides of each of the axles and configured to rotatably support
the axles;

axle boxes configured to respectively accommodate the bearings;
plate springs extending in the railcar longitudinal direction;
contact members respectively provided at both railcar width direction end portions of the cross beam, respectively disposed
separably on railcar longitudinal direction middle portions of the plate springs so as not to be fixed to the plate springs
by fixtures in an upper-lower direction; and

supporting members respectively provided at the axle boxes and respectively supporting the railcar longitudinal direction
end portions of the plate springs, wherein

an upper surface of the railcar longitudinal direction middle portion of each of the plate springs has a substantially circular-arc
shape that is convex downward in a side view.

US Pat. No. 9,314,802

SPRAYING TUBE DEVICE AND HEAT EXCHANGER USING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A spraying tube device comprising:
a spraying tube configured to eject a spray solution upward through a plurality of ejection holes arranged at a top most portion
of the spraying tube along a tube axis;

a cover arranged above the spraying tube so as not to contact an outer surface of the spraying tube and configured to receive
the ejected spray solution and cause the spray solution to flow through a space between nail portions of the cover and the
spraying tube to flow downward on an outer surface of the spraying tube; and

a uniformizing structure configured to uniformize in a tube axis direction a distribution of the spray solution having flowed
downward from the nail portions of the cover, wherein:

the cover has an inverted U-shaped cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction along the tube axis and includes
cutout portions and the nail portions, the cutout portions being each formed by cutting out the cover upward from a lower
end edge of each of both side walls of the cover and being arranged at a predetermined pitch along the longitudinal direction,
the nail portions being each formed between an adjacent cutout portions; and

a width of each of the cutout portions along the longitudinal direction at the lower end edge of each of the side walls is
larger than a width of each of the nail portions.

US Pat. No. 9,314,870

FRICTION STIR SPOT WELDING DEVICE AND FRICTION STIR SPOT WELDING METHOD

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A friction stir spot welding device that is configured to weld an object to be welded by partial stirring of a rotating
tool, the device comprising:
a cylindrical pin member as the rotating tool, the pin member configured to rotate about an axis and be advanceable and retractable
in the axial direction;

a tubular shoulder member configured to surround the pin member, rotate coaxially with the pin member, and be advanceable
and retractable in the axial direction;

a tool driving section configured to cause each of the pin member and the shoulder member to advance and retract along the
axis;

a tool driving control section configured to control the action of the tool driving section, to advance and retract the pin
member and/or the shoulder member so that the pin member and/or the shoulder member is brought into contact with a surface
of the object to be welded and to adjust a press-fit depth of the pin member and/or the shoulder member from the surface of
the object to welded; and

a memory section configured to store pressurizing force adjusting data used for controlling the action of the tool driving
section, by the tool driving control section;

wherein the tool driving control section is configured to control the tool driving section based on the pressurizing force
adjusting data read from the memory section so that a multiplication value of a cross-sectional area of a front end surface
of pin member and a distance the pin member advances or retracts from the surface of the object to be welded is substantially
equal to a multiplication value of a cross-sectional area of a front end surface of the shoulder member and a distance the
shoulder member retracts or advances from the surface of the object to be welded.

US Pat. No. 9,308,923

REGENERATIVE BRAKING EMERGENCY STOP SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A regenerative braking emergency stop system comprising: a substation; a power-feed rail fed with power from the substation;
a running rail; and an electric vehicle configured to collect power from the power-feed rail and run on the running rail,
the substation including: a rectifier transformer configured to transform AC power received from outside; a rectifier configured
to convert the AC power transformed by the rectifier transformer into DC power; and a switch disposed on an electrical path
between the rectifier and the power-feed rail and configured to be in a closed state or an opened state, the electric vehicle
including a power collector configured to collect power from the power-feed rail, wherein
the substation further includes:
a simulated ripple transmitter configured to transmit a simulated ripple, the simulated ripple being an AC signal having a
predetermined frequency;

a superimposing circuit connected to the power-feed rail in parallel with the rectifier and configured to superimpose the
simulated ripple transmitted from the simulated ripple transmitter on DC power outputted from the rectifier; and

a relay device configured to allow the simulated ripple transmitter to transmit the simulated ripple when the rectifier is
receiving power from outside and the switch is in a closed state, and

the electric vehicle further includes:
a simulated ripple receiver configured to detect the simulated ripple from DC power collected by the power collector; and
a controller configured to perform control to stop regenerative braking of the electric vehicle when having detected that
the simulated ripple to be detected by the simulated ripple receiver has disappeared.

US Pat. No. 9,302,684

RAILCAR DOOR APPARATUS AND RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar door apparatus comprising:
a side sliding door configured to open and close a door opening portion of a side bodyshell of a railcar;
a first elastic member attached to a door end of the side sliding door in a vertical direction; and
a second elastic member opposed to the first elastic member such that the entire second elastic member does not contact the
first elastic member when the side sliding door is completely closed, wherein:

the first elastic member includes a first base portion and a first projecting wall portion projecting from the first base
portion toward the second elastic member;

the second elastic member includes a second base portion and a second projecting wall portion projecting from the second base
portion toward the first elastic member;

when the side sliding door is completely closed, a gap space is formed between the first elastic member and the second elastic
member, and the first projecting wall portion and the second projecting wall portion are located so as to overlap each other
when viewed from a normal direction of the side sliding door;

a plurality of grooves or projections extending in the vertical direction are formed on an outer surface of at least one of
the first projecting wall portion and the second projecting wall portion, the outer surface facing the gap space; and

when the side sliding door is completely closed, the grooves or projections do not contact the first projecting wall portion
or the second projecting wall portion.

US Pat. No. 9,140,229

KNOCKING CONTROL SYSTEM FOR GAS ENGINE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A knocking control system for a gas engine including a plurality of cylinders for power generation comprising:
a main controller including:
a knocking determiner for determining whether or not knocking with a predetermined intensity or higher has occurred in each
cylinder of the gas engine in each cycle;

a counter calculator, setting a counter individually for each cylinder, which adds a predetermined number to the counter when
the knocking determiner determines that the knocking with the predetermined intensity or higher has occurred, and subtracts
a predetermined number from the counter when the knocking determiner determines that the knocking with the predetermined intensity
or higher has not occurred;

a power output reduction controller which controls a power output of each cylinder based on the counter corresponding to each
cylinder by reducing a power output of the cylinder if the counter is not less than a predetermined threshold;

a power output limiter which sets a total power output upper limit value of the gas engine;
a power output reduction cylinder number determiner which calculates a number N of cylinders in a cycle for which the control
of the power output by the power output reduction controller is performed, and decreases the total power output upper limit
value of the power output limiter if the number N is more than one and exceeds a predetermined number; and

an engine load controller which controls the gas engine such that, after the total power output upper limit value has been
decreased, if a power output measurement value of the as engine exceeds the total power output upper limit value, a total
power output of the gas engine is reduced by the engine load controller, and if the power output measurement value of the
as engine does not exceed the total power output upper limit value, the total power output of the gas engine is not reduced
by the engine load controller, so that the total power output of the as engine is allowed to increase after the total power
output upper limit value has been decreased.

US Pat. No. 9,302,683

RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar comprising:
a driver's cab including a first driver's cab device unit and a second driver's cab device unit, the first driver's cab device
unit and the second driver's cab device unit forming at least two railcar-width-direction portions of the driver's cab, the
first driver's cab device unit and the second driver's cab device unit being modular;

the first driver's cab device unit including:
a plurality of first driver's cab devices disposed in a plurality of areas in the first driver's cab device unit,
a first driver's cab device wire that connects the first driver's cab devices located in the different areas to one another,
and

a first driver's cab floor surface plate, a first driver's cab side plate, a first driver's cab back plate, and a first driver's
cab ceiling plate forming an outer body of the first driver's cab device unit; and

the plurality of first driver's cab devices, the first driver's cab device wire, the first driver's cab floor surface plate,
the first driver's cab side plate, the first driver's cab back plate, and the first driver's cab ceiling plate are integrated
to form a box shape.

US Pat. No. 9,303,603

AIR INTAKE STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An air intake structure for a vehicle including an engine having an engine rotary shaft extending in a widthwise direction
of a vehicle body, the engine comprises:
a crankcase to support the engine rotary shaft;
a cylinder block to protrude upwardly from the crankcase;
a cylinder head mounted on the cylinder block;
a supercharger disposed rearwardly of the cylinder block and operable to supply an intake air to the engine under pressure;
and

an air intake duct, with a front end opening, fluidly connected with an air intake port of the supercharger and operable to
guide an incoming wind, which flows forwardly of the engine, towards the supercharger; in which

the air intake port is positioned below an upper end of the cylinder head;
the air intake duct passes across a lateral space of the cylinder block and below the cylinder head;
the air intake duct has an inner side surface with respect to the widthwise direction, the inner side face being curved at
a position forwardly of the air intake port of the supercharger in a direction inwardly of the vehicle widthwise direction
towards a rear; and

the supercharger includes a centrifugal impeller and the air intake port of the supercharger opens on one side in the widthwise
direction.

US Pat. No. 9,296,080

GLASS PLATE CONVEYING DEVICE AND BEVELING APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

19. A glass plate conveying device configured to transfer a glass plate in a horizontal state,
the glass plate conveying device comprising a transfer mechanism including:
a belt portion configured to support at a middle portion of a non-pattern surface of the glass plate and transfer the glass
plate in a conveying direction; and

a fluid guide arranged at a position opposed to the belt portion and configured to apply predetermined fluid pressure to a
pattern surface of the glass plate, wherein:

the fluid guide includes a plurality of pattern surface supporting fluid guides provided at predetermined intervals in the
conveying direction of the glass plate so as to be opposed to the belt portion;

each of the plurality of pattern surface supporting fluid guides comprises a fluid supply opening at an top portion of the
fluid guide and a fluid storage portion having a predetermined volume formed under the fluid supply opening;

a pressure storing portion to which a fluid is supplied through a supply hole formed under the fluid storage portion that
is configured to increase in diameter at a portion thereof; the pressure storage portion is configured to store fluid in a
state where the fluid leaks through a space between the pattern surface supporting fluid guide and the pattern surface of
the glass plate,

a volume of the pressure storing portion being set such that predetermined fluid pressure acts on the pattern surface of the
glass plate, the plurality of pattern surface supporting fluid guides being arranged so as to maintain a state where the glass
plate is pressed against the belt portion by pressure storing portions of two or more pattern surface supporting fluid guides
provided at predetermined intervals in the conveying direction of the glass plate, and

the transfer mechanism is configured such that the glass plate is pressed against the belt portion by fluid pressure of the
fluid guide, and the glass plate is sandwiched between the fluid guide and the belt portion is a state where the pattern surface
of the glass plate is in a non-contact state;

width-direction end portion fluid guides comprising (i) a non-pattern surface fluid guide configured to support a non-pattern
surface of the glass plate by applying fluid pressure thereto and (ii) a pattern surface fluid guide that is arranged at a
position opposed to the non-pattern surface fluid guide and that is configured to apply fluid pressure to the pattern surface
of the glass plate, wherein each of the width-direction end portion fluid guides is further arranged at an end portion of
a width of the glass plate; and

intermediate fluid guides configured to apply fluid pressure to the non-pattern surface of the glass plate, the intermediate
fluid guides being arranged at an intermediate portion of the glass plate between the belt portion and the width-direction
end portion fluid guides.

US Pat. No. 9,180,894

FLOOR STRUCTURE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

10. The floor structure of the railcar according to claim 2, further comprising
third support members supporting the structural floor on the lower side of the structural floor and on an upper surface of
a second metal plate covering an upper surface of the first heat insulating material, wherein

the third support members are provided at intervals in the railcar longitudinal direction and the railcar width direction.


US Pat. No. 9,180,595

MULTIPLE-JOINT INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A multiple-joint industrial robot comprising:
an arm portion;
a wrist portion coupled to a tip end portion of the arm portion; and
a plurality of motors configured to drive the wrist portion, wherein:
the wrist portion includes
a first movable portion coupled to the arm portion and configured to rotate relative to the arm portion around a first wrist
axis,

a second movable portion coupled to the first movable portion and configured to rotate relative to the first movable portion
around a second wrist axis extending in a direction perpendicular to the first wrist axis,

a third movable portion, which is coupled to the second movable portion and configured to rotate relative to the second movable
portion around a third wrist axis extending in a direction different from a direction in which the second wrist axis extends,
and to which an end effector is attached, and

a cable insertion portion through which an effector cable is inserted, the effector cable being used to supply at least one
of electric power, power, signals, and materials to the end effector;

a cable guide is disposed in the cable insertion portion, the cable guide being attached to an inner surface of the first
movable portion so as to be extending along the first wrist axis and configured to rotate integrally with the first movable
portion, the cable guide including a guide hole extending along the first wrist axis, the guide hole having an opening at
an end portion at an arm tip side in a direction along the first wrist axis and an opening at an end portion at an arm base
side in the direction along the first wrist axis, and the effector cable being inserted through the guide hole;

two motors among the plurality of motors are attached to an outer surface of a middle portion, which is middle in the direction
along the first wrist axis, of the cable guide so as to overlap each other in a direction which is perpendicular to the first
wrist axis and is parallel with the second wrist axis, and sandwich the cable guide in the direction which is perpendicular
to the first wrist axis and is parallel with the second wrist axis, and

a portion of the guide hole which is sandwiched between the two motors is constricted such that a length of the portion of
the guide hole in a direction perpendicular to both the first wrist axis and the second wrist axis is shorter than a length
of the portion of the guide hole in a direction parallel with the second wrist axis, and the guide hole is spreading from
the portion of the guide hole toward the arm tip side.

US Pat. No. 9,315,199

DRIVER'S CAB AND RAILCAR INCLUDING DRIVER'S CAB

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar driver's cab comprising:
side bodyshells;
a roof bodyshell;
an interior panel unit including:
a pair of side panels located at an inner side of the side bodyshells;
a ceiling panel located at an inner side of the roof bodyshell; and
a back-surface panel that separates the driver's cab from a passenger room;
an opening portion in one of the panels through which an adjusting member is inserted, the adjusting member being configured
to adjust a relative position of the one panel and one of the side bodyshells or a relative position of the one panel and
the roof bodyshell;

coupling portions that couple adjacent panels to each other and are not used to couple the adjacent panels to the side bodyshells
or the roof bodyshell; and

an interior space of the driver's cab defined by the side panels, the ceiling panel, and the back-surface panel, which are
coupled to one another by the coupling portions to form the interior panel unit prior to coupling the panels to the bodyshells,

wherein the adjusting member adjusts a position of the driver's cab relative to the side bodyshells or the roof bodyshell.

US Pat. No. 9,225,075

HIGH VOLTAGE DEVICE SYSTEM OF RAILCAR AND RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A high voltage device system for use with a railcar and at least one overhead contact line, the high voltage device system
comprising:
a plurality of high voltage devices to which high-voltage electric power from the at least one overhead contact line is supplied;
a plurality of high-voltage cables configured to connect the high voltage devices with one another; and
a joint device to which the high-voltage cables are connected, wherein:
the high-voltage cables respectively each include cable connector portions at tip end portions of the high-voltage cables,
each of the cable connector portions including: (i) a base tubular portion configured to cover the high-voltage cable, and
(ii) a fit tubular portion extending from the base tubular portion in a direction substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal
direction of the high-voltage cable;

the joint device includes joint connector portions, each of which is fitted to the fit tubular portion of the cable connector
portion to be connected to the high-voltage cable; and

the joint connector portions of the joint device are four projecting joint connector portions.

US Pat. No. 9,103,428

STRUCTURE FOR COUPLING V-BELT TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION WITH ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A structure for coupling a V-belt type continuously variable transmission with an engine, the structure comprising:
a plate mounting surface formed on one end surface of an engine case in a crankshaft direction, the plate mounting surface
including a first opening through which a crankshaft passes, a lower end of the first opening being closed by an upper end
flange of an oil pan mounted on a lower end of the engine case;

a coupling plate mounted on the plate mounting surface, the coupling plate including a second opening through which the crankshaft
and the upper end flange of the oil pan pass and a transmission case mounting surface,

a first seal plate that is mounted on a lower surface of the upper end flange and that covers a lower portion of the second
opening from an engine case side, the first seal plate having an L-shaped cross section; and

a second seal plate that is mounted on a transmission case side of the coupling plate and that includes a recess covering
ends of connected portions between the upper end flange and the first seal plate.

US Pat. No. 9,079,654

ASSEMBLING METHOD OF MANDREL USED FOR MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE MATERIAL STRUCTURE AND ASSEMBLING APPARATUS OF MANDREL

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An assembling method of a mandrel for assembling a tubular mandrel by joining a plurality of segments together, the segments
having a substantially rectangular shape, and the segments being parts into which the mandrel is divided along a center axis
direction, the assembling method comprising:
a segment fastening step of fastening one of the segments, which is a fastened target, to a specified fastening portion, the
specified fastening portion being one of a plurality of fastening portions set along a circumferential direction on each of
a pair of support rings facing each other, wherein the fastened target is (i) placed between the pair of support rings; (ii)
lifted up to a height position corresponding to the specified fastening portion along a vertical direction; and (iii) is fastened
to the pair of support rings; and

a rotation step of rotating the pair of support rings to position the specified fastening portion at an uppermost portion
of each of the support rings before the segment fastening step, each of the pair of support rings being supported from below
at two or more locations sandwiching a vertical line passing through a center axis of each of the pair of support rings, each
of the pair of support rings being applied with a rotational force, and each of the pair of support rings being supported
on a respective upper portion such that movement of each of the pair of support rings in a direction of the center axis is
restricted.

US Pat. No. 9,482,170

DECELERATION CONTROL SYSTEM IN A VEHICLE, VEHICLE INCLUDING A DECELERATION CONTROL SYSTEM, AND DECELERATION CONTROL METHOD

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A deceleration control system in a vehicle comprising:
a throttle valve which changes its opening degree to change an air-intake amount to change torque generated in an engine;
a driving state detector for detecting a driving state of the vehicle; and
a controller including a memory for storing a control rule including a normal state rule which defines a target opening degree
of the throttle valve corresponding to an operation position of an acceleration operation member operated by a driver and
a deceleration state rule which defines the target opening degree of the throttle valve corresponding to at least one of an
engine speed and a reduction gear ratio in a transmission,

wherein the controller is configured to:
derive the target opening degree based on the operation position of the acceleration operation member detected by the driving
state detector with reference to the normal state rule;

detect whether or not deceleration of the vehicle has started, and detect a slip value of a drive wheel, based on the driving
state detected by the driving state detector during a period in which the controller is referring to the normal state rule;

derive the target opening degree according to at least one of the engine speed and the reduction gear ratio detected by the
driving state detector with reference to the deceleration state rule, when the controller detects that the deceleration of
the vehicle has started, the target opening degree derived according to the deceleration state rule having a value which is
greater than a value of a fully closed position; and

compensate the target opening degree derived with reference to the deceleration state rule to reduce the target opening degree,
when the slip value of the drive wheel indicates that rotations of the drive wheel are greater than rotations of a driven
wheel.

US Pat. No. 9,393,973

DUAL-STRUCTURE STORAGE BOX OF RAILCAR AND RAILCAR INCLUDING SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A dual-structure storage box of a railcar, the dual-structure storage box being positioned along an interior member located
inside a carbody of the railcar and being provided at a case receiving frame fixed to a floor or ceiling plate located inside
the carbody, the dual-structure storage box comprising:
a device receiver case including a device receiving member at which a device unit is placed and a pair of side walls; and
a storage case configured to cover the device unit and the device receiver case from an outer side of the device unit and
the device receiver case and including at least an upper surface portion or lower surface portion, a front surface portion,
and a side surface portion, wherein:

both end portions of the device receiving member respectively include overlapping portions respectively formed along the side
walls and respectively coupled to side surfaces of the side walls;

the side walls respectively include attachment legs respectively formed by bending lower end portions of the side walls and
coupled to the case receiving frame fixed to the floor or ceiling plate located inside the carbody; and

an attaching portion formed by bending a lower end portion of the front surface portion of the storage case is coupled to
the case receiving frame fixed to the floor or ceiling plate located inside the carbody, and an attaching portion formed by
bending an end portion of the side surface portion of the storage case is coupled to a side bodyshell of the railcar or the
interior member.

US Pat. No. 9,212,902

DISTANCE IMAGE OBTAINING SYSTEM FOR TRACK

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A range image obtaining system for a track comprising:
a laser slit light source disposed within a plane perpendicular to a tread of a rail and emits laser slit light within the
plane;

a two-dimensional image imaging device which is disposed to have an angle with respect to the plane perpendicular to the tread
of the rail and obtains from a running railcar a plurality of light sectioning images generated from the laser slit light;

an image signal processing device for calculating as distance information distances from the two-dimensional image imaging
device based on respective ones of the plurality of light sectioning images; and

an information processing device which arranges light sectioning lines in the plurality of light sectioning images along the
rail, and generates a range image representing a height of a contour of a target object, whose images are taken by the two-dimensional
image imaging device, by gray scales or color, based on the distance information respectively corresponding to the plurality
of light sectioning images.

US Pat. No. 9,296,444

STRADDLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A straddle electric vehicle which drives by driving power generated by an electric motor, the straddle electric vehicle
comprising:
a battery case accommodating a battery which is an electric power supply for the electric motor; and
an air box attached to an upper portion of the battery case,
wherein the air box includes a ram air inlet through which ram air flows into an inner space of the air box, a ram air supply
port through which the air is supplied from the inner space of the air box to the battery case, and an open section which
is provided separately from the ram air supply port and through which the air flows out of the inner space of the air box,
and

wherein an air flow moving from the ram air inlet toward the ram air supply port and an air flow moving from the ram air inlet
toward the open section are formed in the inner space of the air box.

US Pat. No. 9,182,031

V-BELT TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A V-belt type continuously variable transmission for a utility vehicle, to be arranged in a side of an engine with respect
to a vehicle width direction, the vehicle width direction being orthogonal to a vehicle length direction extending from a
front of the vehicle to a rear of the vehicle, the engine having a crankshaft parallel to the vehicle width direction, said
variable transmission comprising:
a transmission case assembly covering a drive pulley assembly and a driven pulley assembly, said transmission case assembly
including:

a transmission case main body in an end of a crankcase with respect to the vehicle width direction, and
a transmission cover attached to a cover attachment surface formed on an end of only said transmission case main body,
wherein said cover attachment surface has a first end and a second end opposite said first end, said cover attachment surface
extending within only one plane inclined with respect to a vertical plane which is orthogonal to the crankshaft in such a
manner that the first end of said cover attachment surface is located on an outer side of the second end of said cover attachment
surface in the vehicle width direction, and said cover attachment surface having female screw holes each having a central
axis orthogonal to said cover attachment surface, and

wherein said transmission cover is attached to said cover attachment surface of said transmission case main body by a group
of bolts screwed into said female screw holes.

US Pat. No. 9,221,603

PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER STORAGE RACK, PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER TRANSFER FACILITY, AND PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER STORING METHOD

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A plate-shaped member transfer facility comprising:
a rack main body including a storage space and a carry-in opening,
the storage space being configured to store a plurality of plate-shaped members such that the plurality of plate-shaped members
stand and are arranged in an arrangement direction so as to be adjacent to one another in a thickness direction of the plate-shaped
member, and

the carry-in opening being an opening through which the plate-shaped members are carried in the storage space in a horizontal
carry-in direction intersecting with the arrangement direction;

a transfer device configured to carry the plate-shaped members in the storage space through the carry-in opening;
a plurality of upper supporting portions provided in the storage space in the arrangement direction when viewed from the carry-in
direction;

lower supporting portions provided in the storage space, each lower supporting portion respectively located under an upper
supporting portion;

lower edge portion storage portions provided in the storage space, each lower edge portion storage portion located at an outer
side of an end of the upper supporting portion and an end of the lower supporting portion in the arrangement direction;

a posture changing mechanism provided at a lower portion of the rack main body and including supporting bodies which are movable
upward, downward, and in the arrangement direction; and

a controller configured to control the transfer device and the posture changing device, wherein:
the controller causes the transfer device to:
carry the plate-shaped member in the storage space through the carry-in opening in the carry-in direction in a state where
the plate-shaped member is inclined such that an upper edge portion of the plate-shaped member is supported by one of the
upper supporting portions and a lower edge portion of the plate-shaped member is stored in the lower edge portion storage
portion corresponding to the one of the upper supporting portions, and

the controller causes the posture changing mechanism to:
cause the supporting bodies to support the lower edge portion of the plate-shaped member stored in the lower edge portion
storage portion,

cause the supporting bodies to move up and lift up the plate-shaped member from below,
cause the supporting bodies to move in the arrangement direction, and
mount the lower edge portion, from the supporting bodies, onto the lower portion corresponding to the one of the upper supporting
portions.

US Pat. No. 9,121,333

COOLING DEVICE OF V-TYPE ENGINE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A cooling device of a V-type engine in which a front cylinder and a rear cylinder are arranged in a V-shape and an exhaust
pipe of the rear cylinder is placed at one side in a width direction of a vehicle body, the cooling device comprising:
a duct having a suction port which opens toward the exhaust pipe of the rear cylinder; and
a fan which suctions air into an interior of the duct through the suction port and exhausts the suctioned air to a location
distant from the exhaust pipe;

wherein the suction port of the duct has a region which does not overlap with the exhaust pipe when viewed from one side in
the width direction of the vehicle body.

US Pat. No. 9,353,689

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel supply device of a gas turbine engine, which supplies fuel to a combustor including a pilot burner and a main burner;
the fuel supply device comprising:
a pilot fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the pilot burner;
a main fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the main burner;
a collecting fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the pilot fuel passage and to the main fuel passage; and
a fuel divider which divides the fuel supplied from the collecting fuel passage to feed the fuel to the pilot fuel passage
and to the main fuel passage;

wherein the fuel divider includes:
a fuel entrance into which the fuel supplied from the collecting fuel passage is introduced;
a pilot port connected to the pilot fuel passage;
a main port connected to the main fuel passage;
a pilot port needle valve element which adjusts an opening degree of the pilot port;
a main port needle valve element which opens and closes the main port; and
a drive element which is actuated according to the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance to drive the pilot port needle valve
element and the main port needle valve element;

wherein when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is not higher than a predetermined value, the fuel is supplied only to
the pilot fuel passage; and

when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is higher than the predetermined value, the fuel is supplied to the pilot fuel
passage and to the main fuel passage.

US Pat. No. 9,945,233

DOUBLE-JET FILM COOLING STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A double-jet film cooling structure comprising:an injection port, formed on a wall surface facing a passage of a high-temperature gas, to inject a cooling medium toward a downstream side of the passage;
a main passage in the form of a straight round hole formed in the wall to supply the cooling medium to the injection port;
a pair of branch passages formed in the wall, branching from a branch point on the main passage, each in the form of a straight round hole having the injection port as an outlet; and
communication passages formed in the wall that allow the main passage to communicate with respective branch passages and have the injection port as an outlet,
wherein injection directions of cooling medium components injected from the pair of branch passages are inclined with respect to a flow direction of the high-temperature gas so as to form respective swirl flows of the cooling medium components oriented in directions to push each other against the wall surface,
the main passage and the branch passages have transverse cross-sections having the same constant inner diameters,
each of the communication passages has an envelope surface obtained by continuously arranging straight round holes each of which passes the branch point and has a transverse cross-section having the constant inner diameter,
transverse injection angles ? of the injection directions from the pair of branch passages with respect to the flow direction of the high-temperature gas, along the wall surface, are set to be oriented in opposite directions from each other with respect to the flow direction, and
a main longitudinal angle ?1 formed between an axial direction of the main passage and the wall surface is set to be greater than a branch longitudinal angle ?2 formed between an axial direction of each branch passage and the wall surface.

US Pat. No. 9,187,008

STRADDLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A straddle electric vehicle comprising:
a steering shaft for steering a front wheel;
a seat which is placed rearward relative to the steering shaft and on which a rider is seated in a straddle state;
an electric motor for generating driving power for moving the straddle electric vehicle;
a battery unit which is an electric power supply for activating the electric motor; and
a battery case for storing the battery unit;
wherein the battery case is placed between the steering shaft and the seat in a forward or rearward direction;
wherein the battery case includes at least a seat vicinity portion which is placed in front of the seat and faces the seat
in the forward or rearward direction; and

wherein the seat vicinity portion is smaller in dimension in a rightward or leftward direction than a portion of the battery
case which is other than the seat vicinity portion and is placed above the seat.

US Pat. No. 9,272,747

BODY FRAME OF MOTORCYCLE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE BODY FRAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A body frame of a motorcycle comprising:
a head pipe supporting a steering shaft;
a main frame extended rearward of a vehicle body from the head pipe; and
a down frame extended downward of the vehicle body from the head pipe,
wherein the down frame includes a front down frame member forming at least a front portion of the down frame, and a rear down
frame member forming at least part of a rear portion of the down frame, which are joined, and

wherein the rear down frame member has an arm supporting the main frame and a gusset reinforcing a joined portion of the main
frame to the head pipe, the arm and the gusset being integrally formed with the rear down frame member as a one-piece construction.

US Pat. No. 9,238,495

STRADDLE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A straddle electric vehicle which drives by use of driving power generated by an electric motor, the straddle electric
vehicle comprising:
a battery unit which is an electric power supply for the electric motor;
a vehicle body frame including a head pipe supporting a steering shaft for steering a front wheel such that the steering shaft
is rotatable, and a main frame unitarily joined to the head pipe; and

a sub-frame extending rearward from an upper portion of the main frame;
wherein the main frame includes a down frame member extending downward from the head pipe and a lower frame member extending
rearward from a lower end of the down frame member, and the sub-frame is detachably joined to the vehicle body frame by use
of a bolt;

wherein a bottom portion of the battery unit is supported on the lower frame member of the main frame, and a side portion
of the battery unit is covered with the sub-frame;

wherein at least the lower frame member of the main frame is composed of a pair of right and left lower frame members; and
wherein the bottom portion of the battery unit is supported on the pair of right and left lower frame members.

US Pat. No. 9,391,458

CONTROL METHOD AND CONTROL SYSTEM FOR PARALLEL OPERATION OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF POWER GENERATION APPARATUSES

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A parallel operation control method for different types of power generation apparatuses to shift the plurality of power
generation apparatuses that have respective different drooping characteristics, in which the drooping characteristic is defined
as a characteristic of decrease of a rated frequency along with an increase of a load, from an independent operation of each
of the power generation apparatuses under respective suitable drooping characteristics to the parallel operation of the apparatuses
to drive a common drive target, which method comprising:
determining a load of one of the power generation apparatuses by subtracting a load of the other of the power generation apparatuses
from a predetermined required load;

changing a drooping characteristic of the one of the power generation apparatuses so as to coincide with a drooping characteristic
of the other of the power generation apparatuses; and

controlling the one of the power generation apparatuses so as to maintain frequency thereof at the time of changing the drooping
characteristic.

US Pat. No. 9,429,324

FUEL INJECTOR WITH RADIAL AND AXIAL AIR INFLOW

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A fuel injector comprising:
a pilot injector configured to spray fuel so as to form a first combustion region in a combustion chamber;
a main injector provided coaxially with the pilot injector so as to surround the pilot injector and configured to supply a
fuel-air mixture that is a mixture of the fuel and air to form a second combustion region in the combustion chamber; and

an annular dividing wall configured to define a boundary between the pilot injector and the main injector, wherein:
the main injector includes:
a first inflow channel configured to take the air therethrough and give the air a major flow component in an axial direction;
a second inflow channel configured to take the air therethrough and give the air a major flow component in a radial direction;
a premixing chamber located downstream of the first inflow channel and the second inflow channel such that the air from the
first inflow channel and the air from the second inflow channel meet in the premixing chamber; and

a main fuel injecting portion configured to inject the fuel only to the second inflow channel;
the first inflow channel supplies to the premixing chamber the air having the major flow component in the axial direction;
the second inflow channel supplies to the premixing chamber the air having the major flow component in a direction from a
radially outer side toward a radially inner side;

a position of an exit end of the pilot injector is upstream of a position of an exit end of the main injector in the axial
direction; and

the exit end of the pilot injector is an exit end of the annular dividing wall.

US Pat. No. 9,327,829

METHOD OF ATTENUATING NOISE IN AIRCRAFT LANDING GEAR AND STRUCTURE

THE SOCIETY OF JAPANESE A...

1. A landing gear structure of aircraft comprising:
a main strut member for supporting wheel components at a tip end portion thereof;
a functional component provided at the main strut member; and
a first noise attenuating section for increasing a static pressure in the vicinity of the functional component to reduce airflow
speed, thereby attenuating an amount of aerodynamic noise produced by the functional component,

wherein the main strut member is extendible and contractible in a lengthwise direction, and includes a cylinder portion which
is supported on an airframe, and a rod portion protrusively stored into the cylinder portion,

wherein the functional component includes a first support link and a second support link provided between the cylinder portion
and the rod portion such that the support link extends over the cylinder portion and the rod portion,

wherein a portion of the functional component, which portion is upstream in an airflow direction, is opened, and the first
noise attenuating section has a flat plate shape, and covers a lateral side of the functional component and a lateral side
of the main strut member;

wherein each support link includes a first arm coupled to the rod portion, and a second arm coupled to the cylinder portion
such that the second arm is pivotally attached to the first arm,

wherein the first noise attenuating section includes a first side plate fastened to the first arm, and a second side plate
fastened to the second arm and positioned closer to the main strut member relative to the first side plate,

wherein the first noise attenuating section comprises the first side plate being fastened to a bracket and the second side
plate being fastened to the cylinder portion of the main strut member,

wherein each support link is covered with the first and second side plates when the rod portion is at a maximum stroke,
wherein an upper edge of the first side plate and a lower edge of the second side plate substantially conform to each other
when the rod portion is at the maximum stroke, and

wherein the second side plate is movable in the lengthwise direction of the main strut member, and
wherein the second side plate moves downward inwardly relative to the first side plate and overlaps with the first side plate
according to movement of the rod portion protruding from and stored into the cylinder portion.

US Pat. No. 10,018,053

TURBINE BLADE COOLING STRUCTURE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A turbine blade cooling structure for internally cooling a turbine blade, comprising:a cooling medium passage provided in the turbine blade and having a shape in which a plurality of cylindrical spaces, each having a substantially cylindrical shape, extending in parallel with each other partially overlap each other; and
a cooling medium supply passage to supply a cooling medium to the cooling medium passage connected to a portion of the cooling medium passage that includes a peripheral wall, said cooling medium passage forms an acute angle with respect to a longitudinal direction of the cooling medium passage.

US Pat. No. 9,347,580

VALVE DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

5. The valve device according to claim 1, wherein the first pilot passage extends through the pilot valve body.

US Pat. No. 9,664,391

GAS TURBINE COMBUSTOR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An annular gas turbine combustor comprising:
one or more fuel nozzle assemblies disposed on a circumference, each fuel nozzle assembly of the one or more fuel nozzle assemblies
comprising:

a respective first fuel injection unit configured to spray a first fuel from a respective spraying nozzle into a combustion
chamber,

a respective second fuel injection unit surrounding each respective first fuel injection unit and configured to spray a second
fuel into the combustion chamber,

a respective main outlet flare forming a respective outlet, each respective main outlet flare flaring outwardly towards a
respective downstream side of each fuel nozzle assembly of the one or more fuel nozzle assemblies,

wherein the first fuel and the second fuel are provided to the combustion chamber through each respective main outlet flare;
and

a respective flow guide mounted on a respective downstream side of each respective second fuel injection unit, each respective
flow guide having a respective cross sectional area of a respective passage for an air and an air-fuel mixture from the respective
second fuel injection unit, the respective cross sectional area of each flow guide increasing towards a respective downstream
side of each flow guide;

wherein the respective flow guide is disposed radially outwardly of the respective main outlet flare, and
wherein each flow guide comprises:
a respective annular radially inner portion separated from a respective annular radially outer portion by a respective annular
conduit;

each annular radially inner portion and each annular radially outer portion having a respective upstream portion, wherein
a respective inner surface of each respective upstream portion is sloped relative to a respective central axis so as to diverge
away from the respective central axis in a downstream direction;

each annular radially inner portion and each annular radially outer portion each having a respective downstream portion, wherein
a respective inner surface of each respective downstream portion is either sloped less relative to the respective central
axis than the respective upstream portion or is at a respective constant distance from the respective central axis.

US Pat. No. 9,499,124

OFF-ROAD VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An off-road vehicle comprising a driver's seat; a seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat; a driver's seat belt
detecting device for detecting the set state of the seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat; and a controller for
controlling the off-road vehicle, wherein:
the controller has a rotation speed control mode for controlling the rotation speed of the engine to a predetermined rotation
speed or less;

the controller releases the rotation speed control mode when the driver's seat belt detecting device detects the set state
of the seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat; and

while the off-road vehicle is travelling at an engine rotation speed exceeding the predetermined rotation speed, if the driver's
seat belt detecting device detects that the set state of the seat belt apparatus provided for the driver's seat has been released,
the controller gradually decreases the engine rotation speed, and when the engine rotation speed is decreased to the predetermined
rotation speed or less, the mode is shifted to the rotation speed control mode.

US Pat. No. 9,343,341

END EFFECTOR DEVICE AND SUBSTRATE CONVEYING ROBOT INCLUDING END EFFECTOR DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An end effector device attached to a tip end portion of a robot arm,
the end effector device comprising:
a blade including a base end portion and a tip end portion; and
a support unit provided at the blade and configured to support peripheral portions of a plurality of plate-shaped members
such that the plate-shaped members are parallel to one another and spaced apart from one another in an upper-lower direction
and also configured to change intervals of the plate-shaped members,

wherein the support unit is one of a plurality of support units, and each of the support units includes:
a plurality of nail pieces arranged so as to be spaced apart from one another in the upper-lower direction and configured
to support the peripheral portions of the plate-shaped members such that the plate-shaped members are parallel to one another
and spaced apart from one another in the upper-lower direction; and

a pitch changing mechanism configured to support the plurality of nail pieces and change upper-lower intervals of the plurality
of nail pieces,

wherein:
the plurality of nail pieces include a plurality of movable nail pieces; and
the pitch changing mechanism includes
one or more elastic members provided at the blade and configured to support the plurality of movable nail pieces such that
the movable nail pieces are spaced apart from one another in the upper-lower direction and also configured to elastically
deform in the upper-lower direction, and

an operating mechanism configured to cause said one or more elastic members to elastically deform in the upper-lower direction.

US Pat. No. 9,506,364

SEALING ARRANGEMENT AND GAS TURBINE ENGINE WITH THE SEALING ARRANGEMENT

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A sealing arrangement for use with a mechanism, the mechanism comprising
an inner annular member having a central axis and an outer annular member surrounding around the inner annular member;
a plurality of segments disposed between the inner and outer annular members and peripherally around the central axis;
an inner connecting mechanism connecting between the segments and the inner annular member; and
an outer connecting mechanism connecting between the segments and the outer annular member;
wherein at least one of the inner connecting mechanism and the outer connecting mechanism includes a sealing arrangement;
the sealing arrangement comprising
a pair of first seal surfaces each of which extending radially from the central axis and formed on an associated one of segments;
a pair of second seal surfaces each of which extending radially from the central axis and formed on said at least one of the
annular members connected to the associated segment by an associated one of the connecting mechanisms, the second seal surfaces
being positioned so that each of the second seal surfaces opposes each of the first seal surfaces;

the first seal surfaces or the second seal surfaces having respective grooves that extend linearly along respective sides
of a polygon defined around the central axis; and

elastic seal members fitted in the grooves to retain sealing contacts with the opposed first and second seal surfaces,
wherein the respective grooves extend in a direction perpendicular to a radial axis extending from the central axis when viewed
in a radial cross-section.

US Pat. No. 9,482,138

EXHAUST DEVICE OF MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An exhaust device in a motorcycle including a pannier at a side portion of a rear portion of the motorcycle, wherein
the exhaust device comprising a muffler configured to discharge exhaust gas to an outside, the muffler having a rear end surface
located frontward of a front end surface of the pannier, and the muffler has a plurality of expansion chambers therein, and
also a plurality of outlet pipes are disposed one above the other, and an upper outlet pipe is curved;

wherein at least one upstream side expansion chamber is disposed rearward of the downstreammost expansion chamber which communicates
with the curved outlet pipe so that the exhaust gas is discharged to a region below the pannier.

US Pat. No. 9,242,657

RAILCAR BOGIE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:
a cross beam configured to support a carbody of a railcar, the cross beam extending in a railcar width direction;
a pair of front and rear axles between which the cross beam is disposed, the front and rear axles being respectively arranged
in front of and behind the cross beam in a railcar longitudinal direction so as to extend in the railcar width direction;

bearings respectively provided at both railcar width direction sides of each of the axles and configured to rotatably support
the axles:

axle boxes configured to respectively accommodate the bearings;
coupling mechanisms configured to couple the axle boxes to the cross beam;
plate springs extending in the railcar longitudinal direction so as to respectively support both railcar width direction end
portions of the cross beam and each including both railcar longitudinal direction end portions respectively supported by the
axle boxes; and

an auxiliary supporting mechanism configured to support at least one of the railcar width direction end portions of the cross
beam in a case where said one end portion of the cross beam is displaced downward beyond a predetermined elastic deformation
range of the plate spring, wherein:

the auxiliary supporting mechanism includes stoppers each configured to limit a rotation angle of the axle box around the
axle within a predetermined angular range;

in a case where the plate spring is within the elastic deformation range, there is a gap between each of the stoppers and
a portion provided integrally with the axle box; and

in a case where the railcar width direction end portion of the cross beam is displaced downward beyond the elastic deformation
range of the plate spring, and this causes the axle box to rotate around the axle, each of the stoppers contacts the portion
provided integrally with the axle box, to prevent the axle box from rotating, thereby supporting the railcar width direction
end portion of the cross beam via the coupling mechanism.

US Pat. No. 9,810,312

PLANETARY GEAR DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A planetary gear device comprising:
a sun gear having external teeth;
a plurality of planet gears that have external teeth and mesh with the sun gear;
a ring gear that has internal teeth and meshes with the planet gears; and
a baffle unit disposed in a circumferential gap defined between the planet gears adjacent to each other,
the baffle unit including:
a first introduction opening portion that is open in a radially inward direction, and configured to introduce lubricating
oil into the baffle unit after the lubricating oil has lubricated tooth surfaces of the sun gear and tooth surfaces of the
planet gears;

a radially outer end wall that is disposed in a vicinity of a radially inner side of the ring gear;
an end wall disposed at one end portion of the radially outer end wall and forming one end, in an axial direction, of the
first introduction opening portion;

a discharge opening portion to discharge the lubricating oil in the baffle unit; and
a guide portion disposed at least at a side portion of the baffle unit on a rear side in a rotation direction of the sun gear,
and configured to cover the first introduction opening portion in the circumferential direction, and to guide the lubricating
oil into the first introduction opening portion,

wherein a circumferential width of the first introduction opening portion is configured to be greater than a minimum gap between
two planet gears adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,409,361

MOLD, MOLDING JIG AND MOLDING METHOD

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A molding jig comprising:
a mold used for molding a surface of a laminate when curing the laminate obtained by laminating prepreg; and
a retaining mechanism that brings the mold into tight contact with the laminate which allows the mold to be covered with a
bag film in a state in which the mold is in tight contact with the laminate,

the mold having a planar plate shape, and elastically deforming from the planar shape into a shape corresponding to a shape
of the laminate so as to come into tight contact with the laminate.

US Pat. No. 9,352,496

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a roll-over protective structure enclosing a passenger space;
a cargo bed behind said passenger space, said cargo bed having side walls; and
a screen between said passenger space and said cargo bed, said screen being divided into a lower screen attached to said cargo
bed and an upper screen attached to said roll-over protective structure;

wherein said cargo bed is rotatably supported on a pivot shaft of a chassis of the utility vehicle so as to be movable up
and down between a normal position, in which said cargo bed is in a non-raised state, and a dump position, in which said cargo
bed is in a raised state; and

wherein said lower screen includes:
a lower frame portion including an intermediate connection member connecting a left side and a right side of said lower frame
portion at a substantially upper location thereof with respect to a vertical direction; and

a lower screen body portion mounted within said lower frame portion, said lower screen body portion being made of a resin
material and having a lower screen portion extending upwardly from said side walls of said cargo bed, said lower screen portion
having openings penetrating in a front-rear direction at a substantially central location thereof with respect to the vertical
direction, said intermediate connection member extending in a vehicle width direction within said openings.

US Pat. No. 9,108,647

BODYSHELL STRUCTURE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A bodyshell structure of a railcar, the bodyshell structure comprising:
a side bodyshell including a plurality of side window opening portions formed along a railcar-longitudinal-direction; and
a plurality of seats arranged in the railcar-longitudinal-direction, wherein:
the side window opening portions include a plurality of large window opening portions arranged on a railcar-longitudinal-direction
center portion of the side bodyshell and a plurality of small window opening portions arranged on each of both railcar-longitudinal-direction
sides of the large window opening portions, the plurality of small window opening portions being disposed between a plurality
of fulcrums corresponding to truck bolsters of truck frames supporting a carbody, and each of the plurality of small window
opening portions having a smaller opening area than the large window opening portion;

a pitch between the small window opening portions in the railcar-longitudinal-direction is equal to a pitch between the seats
in the railcar-longitudinal-direction;

the small window opening portions are arranged such that one small window opening portion corresponds to one seat, and the
large window opening portions are arranged such that one large window opening portion corresponds to two seats;

a first longitudinal length between each of the plurality of large window opening portions, a second longitudinal length between
each of the plurality of small window opening portions, and a third longitudinal length between the plurality of large window
opening portions and the plurality of small window opening portions are equivalent; and

a length of the large window opening portion in the railcar-longitudinal-direction is equal to a sum of a length of a pier
panel portion in the railcar-longitudinal-direction and lengths of two small window opening portions in the railcar-longitudinal-direction,
the pier panel portion being a portion between the small window opening portions.

US Pat. No. 9,101,965

HIGH-PRESSURE WASHING LIQUID EJECTING WASHING APPARATUS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A high-pressure washing liquid ejecting washing apparatus comprising:
a conveyor mechanism that conveys an object in a predetermined direction;
a bar-shaped holder; and
a plurality of high-pressure washing liquid ejecting nozzles arranged at constant intervals along a longitudinal direction
of the bar-shaped holder, the holder being supported at both sides in a longitudinal direction thereof such that the holder
is rotatable around its longitudinal axis, the holder being reciprocatingly rotated around the longitudinal axis within a
predetermined rotational angle and the ejecting nozzles ejecting a high-pressure washing liquid to a washed surface of an
object in a single straight-line shape to wash the object while the object is conveyed at a constant speed with respect to
the holder by the conveyor mechanism,

wherein the holder extends across the predetermined direction and is disposed such that the holder is oblique with respect
to the predetermined direction, when viewed from a normal line direction of the washed surface.

US Pat. No. 9,073,151

DISSIMILAR MATERIAL JOINT, STRUCTURE IN WHICH DISSIMILAR MATERIAL JOINT IS USED, AND METHOD OF PRODUCING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A dissimilar material joint including a plurality of segments arranged consecutively in a longitudinal direction, each
segment comprising:
a first member;
an intermediate member formed of a material different from a material of the first member, the intermediate member being joined
to the first member in a stacking direction by explosive welding;

a second member formed of a material different from the material of the first member and different from the material of the
intermediate member, the second member being joined to the intermediate member in the stacking direction by explosive welding;
and

a recess formed in a joint end face joined to another one of the segments, the recess spacing apart an end face of the first
member and an end face of the second member from each other in the stacking direction along the joint end face, wherein

the end faces of the respective first members of the segments that are adjacent to each other are joined together by welding,
the end faces of the respective second members of the segments that are adjacent to each other are joined together by welding,
and

each of the segments includes hollow space formed at a position that is set back from the joint interface further than the
recess in the longitudinal direction, the hollow space spacing apart the first member and the second member from each other
in the stacking direction.

US Pat. No. 9,073,004

CARBON DIOXIDE SEPARATION APPARATUS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A carbon dioxide separation apparatus that separates carbon dioxide from a treatment-target gas containing carbon dioxide
using a carbon dioxide adsorbent and that regenerates the carbon dioxide adsorbent having adsorbed the carbon dioxide, the
carbon dioxide separation apparatus comprising:
a moving bed-type adsorption tower in which carbon dioxide is adsorbed from the treatment-target gas by the carbon dioxide
adsorbent, the adsorption tower discharging the treatment-target gas having undergone adsorption, the adsorption tower discharging
the carbon dioxide adsorbent having adsorbed the carbon dioxide;

a moving bed-type regeneration tower that receives the carbon dioxide adsorbent having adsorbed the carbon dioxide and discharged
from the adsorption tower, the regeneration tower allowing desorption-purpose steam to be condensed on the carbon dioxide
adsorbent such that the carbon dioxide is desorbed from the carbon dioxide adsorbent, the regeneration tower thereafter discharging
the carbon dioxide adsorbent;

a moving bed-type drying tower that receives the carbon dioxide adsorbent discharged from the regeneration tower, the drying
tower heating the carbon dioxide adsorbent such that condensed water contained in the carbon dioxide adsorbent is vaporized
as steam and such that the carbon dioxide adsorbent is dried, the drying tower thereafter discharging the dried carbon dioxide
adsorbent; and

a conveying mechanism that conveys the dried carbon dioxide adsorbent discharged from the drying tower to the adsorption tower,
wherein

the steam generated by the heating in the drying tower from the condensed water contained in the carbon dioxide adsorbent
is used as the desorption-purpose steam in the regeneration tower such that water is used in a circulating manner through
the regeneration tower and the drying tower.

US Pat. No. 9,050,887

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A supporting structure for an exhaust system of a vehicle employed in an exhaust system of a vehicle including at least:
an engine; a transmission arranged on a rear side in a vehicle traveling direction relative to the engine; an exhaust pipe
connected to the engine and discharging exhaust gas; and an exhaust muffler connected to a downstream end part of the exhaust
pipe, said supporting structure comprising:
an exhaust muffler support member for elastically supporting the exhaust muffler on the transmission, the exhaust muffler
support member to be arranged and located between the transmission and the exhaust muffler, the exhaust muffler support member
including:

a support stay to be attached to the exhaust muffler so as to support the exhaust muffler from an under side, the support
stay having a support end part extending from a rear end part of the support stay toward a rear side in the vehicle traveling
direction;

an elastic cylindrical body extending in the vehicle traveling direction and having an insertion hole into which the support
end part of the support stay is inserted; and

a transmission mounting bracket to be attached to the transmission and having a holding part for holding the elastic cylindrical
body.

US Pat. No. 9,511,831

UNDERWATER MOBILE INSPECTION APPARATUS AND UNDERWATER INSPECTION EQUIPMENT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An underwater mobile inspection apparatus capable of inspecting an inspection object on a seafloor while cruising,
the underwater mobile inspection apparatus comprising:
a cruising body configured to submerge under water and cruise along the inspection object in such a manner as not to come
into contact with the inspection object;

a first movable arm provided on the cruising body;
an inspection tool unit for use in inspecting the inspection object, the inspection tool unit being provided on the first
movable arm; and

a controller configured to, when the cruising body cruises along the inspection object in such a manner as not to come into
contact with the inspection object, operate the first movable arm to move the inspection tool unit, such that a positional
relationship of the inspection tool unit with the inspection object becomes a predetermined target positional relationship,
wherein

the inspection tool unit includes an anti-corrosion inspection device, which includes an anti-corrosion potential measurement
device, and

the anti-corrosion potential measurement device includes:
a potential measurement probe provided on the inspection tool unit; and
a remote electrode connected to a linear object reeled out from an electrode winch provided on the cruising body.

US Pat. No. 9,403,467

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a chassis;
at least one seat row arranged on the chassis;
a cargo bed arranged behind the at least one seat row and supported in a freely rotatable manner about a pivot of the chassis
so as to be changeable between a dumping position in which a front portion of the cargo bed is raised and a normal position
in which the front portion of the cargo bed is not raised;

a holding part for biasing the cargo bed toward the dumping position so as to hold the cargo bed;
a support rod provided separately from the holding part and supporting the cargo bed at the dumping position; and
a screen provided between the at least one seat row and the cargo bed,
wherein the screen has at least one crossbar extending in a vehicle width direction;
wherein the support rod has a hook at a distal end thereof; and
wherein the hook can be engaged to the crossbar.

US Pat. No. 9,399,301

JOINT SEAL STRUCTURE OF ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A joint seal structure of a robot, including a first member and a second member fittingly inserted into a tubular end portion
of the first member, the joint seal structure comprising:
a fitting end portion which is provided on an end portion of the second member and fittingly inserted into the tubular end
portion;

a peripheral groove provided on an inner circumferential surface of the tubular end portion to extend over an entire periphery;
and

an annular seal member which is accommodated into the peripheral groove and is in sealing contact with an outer circumferential
surface of the fitting end portion,

wherein the fitting end portion has a smaller diameter than a body of the second member,
wherein a stepped surface formed between the body and the fitting end portion faces an end surface of the tubular end portion
and is located close to the end surface of the tubular end portion in an axial direction, and

wherein a gap is provided between the stepped surface and the end surface of the tubular end portion such that the gap extends
over the entire periphery, is opened to outside of the first member and the second member, and is expanded as the gap extends
radially outward.

US Pat. No. 9,399,497

STRADDLE VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A straddle vehicle comprising:
a steering stem coupled to a handle;
a front fork extending in parallel with the steering stem and supporting a front wheel at a lower end portion thereof such
that the front wheel is rotatable;

a head pipe into which the steering stem is inserted;
a ring-shaped seal member provided at an end portion of the head pipe to seal a gap between the head pipe and the steering
stem;

a bearing retaining section provided on an inner peripheral side of the end portion of the head pipe;
a bearing retained in the bearing retaining section to support the steering stem such that the steering stem is rotatable;
and

a circular tubular portion pressed against an end surface of the bearing, the circular tubular portion having a circular outer
shape when viewed from an axial direction;

wherein the ring-shaped seal member has a lip portion provided on an inner peripheral portion thereof and an engagement portion
provided on an outer peripheral portion thereof;

wherein the engagement portion is engaged with an inner peripheral surface of the head pipe;
wherein the lip portion extends radially inward from the engagement portion to be close to the circular tubular portion and
is biased to slidably contact an outer peripheral surface of the circular tubular portion;

wherein the circular tubular portion is separate from an inner ring of the bearing;
wherein a portion of the circular tubular portion, the portion on which the lip portion slidably contacts, has a smaller outer
diameter than the inner ring of the bearing, the portion of the circular tubular portion being located radially inward relative
to the inner peripheral surface of the head pipe; and

wherein the bearing retaining section is placed between the inner peripheral surface of the head pipe and an outer peripheral
surface of the steering stem.

US Pat. No. 9,308,958

ENGINE SUPPORT STRUCTURE IN MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An engine support structure for a motorcycle, which comprises:
a first main frame segment extending rearwardly from a head pipe to support a front wheel;
a second main frame segment to pivotally support a swingarm to support a rear wheel; and
an engine casing interposed between the head pipe and the swingarm;
wherein the engine casing includes a crankcase section to support a crankshaft, a cylinder forming section protruding upwardly
from a front portion of the crankcase section and a transmission casing section disposed rearwardly of the crankcase section;

wherein the first main frame segment includes a first mount portion, which is connected with a front portion of the cylinder
forming section, and a second mount portion which is connected with a rear portion of the cylinder forming section; and

wherein the second main frame segment includes a third mount portion which is connected with a rear portion of the transmission
casing section.

US Pat. No. 9,242,818

SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF TRANSFERRING PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER WITH INTERLEAVING PAPER THEREON

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A system for transferring a plate-shaped member with interleaving paper thereon, the system being configured to transfer
an uppermost plate-shaped member from a plurality of plate-shaped members that are stacked with pieces of interleaving paper
placed on respective upper surfaces of the plate-shaped members, the system comprising:
a suction adhesion device including a plurality of suction pads configured to adhere to a surface of the uppermost plate-shaped
member by suction with the interleaving paper in between the surface and the suction pads;

an air blowing device configured to blow air between the adhered plate-shaped member and the plate-shaped member that is positioned
below the adhered plate-shaped member;

a robot configured to move the suction adhesion device;
a pushing device disposed at a side of the stacked plate-shaped members, the pushing device including a pushing member configured
to move toward the plate-shaped members; and

a controller configured to control operations of the pushing device, the suction adhesion device, the air blowing device,
and the robot, wherein

the plurality of suction pads are arranged such that adhering surfaces thereof are positioned substantially on a predetermined
imaginary plane,

the suction pad that is disposed at a forefront position is configured such that the adhering surface thereof moves upward
relative to the imaginary plane, and

the controller is configured to:
after causing the plurality of suction pads to adhere to the plate-shaped member by suction, cause the suction pad disposed
at the forefront position to move upward to warp a portion of an outer edge of the plate-shaped member;

cause the air blowing device to blow air between the warped portion and the plate-shaped member that is positioned below the
warped portion, and then cause the suction adhesion device to be lifted upward; and

at least over a period from before the suction adhesion device is lifted until the plate-shaped member is lifted, cause the
pushing member to push protruding portions of the respective pieces of interleaving paper, the protruding portions protruding
from the side of the plate-shaped members.

US Pat. No. 9,187,243

PLATE-SHAPED MEMBER TRANSFER FACILITY

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A plate-shaped member transfer facility comprising:
a rack configured to store a plurality of plate-shaped members, which are supported by a support so as to be raised and extend
in a conveying direction, such that the plurality of plate-shaped members stored in the rack are arranged in an arrangement
direction crossing the conveying direction, the rack being configured to allow each of the plurality of plate-shaped members
to be carried into and out of the rack in the conveying direction through an insertion opening; and

a plate-shaped member transfer mechanism configured to carry each plate-shaped member into or out of the rack in the conveying
direction through the insertion opening, wherein

the plate-shaped member transfer mechanism includes:
a flip rotation mechanism positioned in track-side space facing the insertion opening of the rack, the flip rotation mechanism
including a flip configured to support the plate-shaped member and be rotatable around a rotation axis parallel to the conveying
direction, the flip rotation mechanism being configured to both rotate the flip such that the plate-shaped member on a conveyor
is placed on the flip and raised, and rotate the flip such that the plate-shaped member on the flip is laid down and placed
on the conveyor;

a conveyance mechanism extending in the conveying direction and including a sender configured to send, in the conveying direction,
the plate-shaped member that has been raised by the flip rotation mechanism; and

a moving mechanism configured to move the flip rotation mechanism and the conveyance mechanism in the arrangement direction,
the conveyor is a wheel conveyor formed by a plurality of wheel shafts,
the flip is configured to come between the wheel shafts when the plate-shaped member on the conveyor is placed on the flip
or when the plate-shaped member on the flip is laid down and placed on the conveyor,

the flip rotation mechanism is configured to lay down the flip such that the flip becomes flush with or positioned lower than
the wheel shafts when the plate-shaped member on the conveyor is placed on the flip or when the plate-shaped member on the
flip is laid down and placed on the conveyor, and

the conveyance mechanism is configured to transfer the plate-shaped member in the raised state between the track-side space
and the rack by means of the sender.

US Pat. No. 9,045,031

POWER UNIT FOR UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A power unit for a utility vehicle to be mounted to a chassis frame, the power unit comprising:
an engine;
a transmission arranged on one side in a vehicular lengthwise direction with respect to the engine and formed independently
of the engine;

a V belt continuously variable transmission for connecting a crankshaft of the engine and an input shaft of the transmission
to each other in a power transmittable manner; and

a connecting bracket interposed between the engine and the transmission;
wherein the engine includes a first connector having, at a surface facing the transmission, a first mounting hole substantially
parallel to a vehicular lengthwise direction, and a first tightening member to be inserted into the first mounting hole on
a side opposite to the engine in the vehicular lengthwise direction connecting a first end of the connecting bracket to the
first connector; and

wherein the transmission includes a second connector having, at an end facing the engine, a second mounting hole penetrating
in a vehicular widthwise direction, and a second tightening member to be inserted into the second mounting hole in the vehicular
widthwise direction connecting a second end of the connecting bracket to the second connector.

US Pat. No. 9,481,860

METHOD FOR REMOVING BACTERIAL CONTAMINANTS FROM SACCHARIFIED SOLUTION AND FERMENTATION SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method for producing ethanol, comprising:
a rough separation step A of recovering yeast without recovering bacterial contaminants by drawing out part of a saccharified
solution in a fermentation tank, and centrifugally separating the saccharified solution by a first centrifugal separator at
50G or higher and 500G or lower;

a fine separation step B of separating bacterial contaminants from the saccharified solution from which yeast has been recovered,
by centrifugally separating the saccharified solution by a second centrifugal separator at 1000G or higher and 15000G or lower
after the rough separation step A;

a fermentation step C of fermenting the saccharified solution to alcohol with yeast in the fermentation tank to produce a
fermentation solution; and

a distillation step D of distilling the fermentation solution, after the step C, to produce ethanol,
wherein by returning the yeast recovered by the rough separation step A, and the saccharified solution from which the bacterial
contaminants have been separated by the fine separation step B to the fermentation tank, bacterial contaminants are selectively
removed while the yeast in the saccharified solution is recovered.

US Pat. No. 9,435,448

RELIEF VALVE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A relief valve configured to adjust relief pressure, the relief valve comprising:
a plunger configured to be pushed forward by an elastic unit to block communication between an inflow opening and an outflow
opening, the plunger being moved rearward by an increase in pressure of the inflow opening against an elastic force of the
elastic unit to cause the inflow opening and the outflow opening to communicate with each other; and

a piston configured to push a rear end of the elastic unit forward, the piston being moved forward by the increase in the
pressure of the inflow opening to compress the elastic unit, wherein:

the elastic unit includes
a first elastic member and a second elastic member arranged in series, and
a spring seat inserted around the plunger so as to be interposed between the first elastic member and the second elastic member;
the second elastic member has a smaller elastic constant than the first elastic member and is arranged between the spring
seat and one of the plunger and the piston;

said one of the plunger and the piston includes a large portion spreading radially outward;
the plunger is inserted through the spring seat so as to be movable relative to the spring seat;
the spring seat is formed in a cup shape having an opening end portion; and
the opening end portion of the spring seat (i) opposes the large portion, (ii) is located away from the large portion by a
predetermined maximum compression length, and

(iii) contacts said one of the plunger and the piston to restrict a compression length of the second elastic member such that
the compression length of the second elastic member becomes equal to or less than the predetermined maximum compression length.

US Pat. No. 9,200,559

COMBUSTION CHAMBER FOR LARGE GAS ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A gas engine combustion chamber applied in a gas engine including: a main combustion chamber including, at a central portion
of its ceiling, an auxiliary combustion chamber having nozzle holes exposed within the main combustion chamber; and a piston
inserted in the main combustion chamber in a slidable manner, wherein
a peripheral portion of a top surface of the piston is a flat surface,
a raised portion is formed at a central portion of the top surface of the piston, the raised portion being raised upward from
the peripheral portion,

the nozzle holes of the auxiliary combustion chamber are formed such that, when the piston is positioned at a top dead center,
central axes of the respective nozzle holes are directed to a portion, of the piston, at which the raised portion and the
flat surface are joined together, and

when the piston is positioned at the top dead center, the nozzle holes of the auxiliary combustion chamber jet out a nozzle
gas to the portion, of the piston, at which the raised portion and the flat surface are joined together.

US Pat. No. 9,132,875

ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE FOR WINDSHIELD OF VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An attachment structure for a windshield to be located at an upper part of a front portion of a vehicle body of a vehicle,
said attachment structure comprising:
a plate to be attached to the windshield;
a shield stay to be attached to a vehicle body; and
a clamp for holding said plate and said shield stay together from a front side and a rear side of said plate and said shield
stay, both said plate and said shield stay being located at the same side of the windshield, said clamp including an operation
portion configured to allow manual fastening of said clamp to fix a position of the windshield and allow manual unfastening
of said clamp to allow upward and downward position adjustment of the windshield along said shield stay, said clamp being
arranged and configured to apply a clamping force to said plate and said shield stay in a thickness direction of the windshield.

US Pat. No. 9,090,301

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An electric motorcycle which drives a drive wheel by driving power generated by an electric motor, comprising:
a charging port which is provided in a vehicle body and to which an outside charging connector connected to an outside electric
power supply is removably attached; and

a battery which is built into the vehicle body and configured to be charged with electric power supplied from the outside
electric power supply in a state in which the outside charging connector is connected to the charging port, and to discharge
the electric power stored therein to supply the electric power to the electric motor;

wherein the charging port is oriented in one direction in a vehicle width direction to allow the outside charging connector
to be fitted into the charging port from one side in the vehicle width direction,

wherein the vehicle body is capable of standing independently in a state in which the vehicle body is inclined in one direction
in the vehicle width direction; and

wherein the charging port is placed at the one side in the vehicle width direction, and the charging port is inclined inward
in the vehicle width direction in a direction from its upper portion to its lower portion in a state in which the vehicle
body is standing independently.

US Pat. No. 9,659,332

GRID CONTROLLER FOR USE IN SMART GRID SYSTEM, SMART GRID SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND METHOD OF CONTROLLING SMART GRID SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A grid controller having a hardware processor configured for use in a smart grid system in which at least one power generating
unit and a plurality of power storage units are connected to each other and to an external power system in such a manner as
to allow the power generating unit and the plurality of power storage units to transmit electric power to and receive electric
power from each other and the external power system, each power storage unit including a power storage part storing electric
power and a controller performing charge-discharge control of the power storage part, wherein
the grid controller is communicably connected to the controllers of the respective power storage units,
the grid controller:
obtains transmission power Pall transmitted from the smart grid system to the external power system, the transmission power
Pall being a sum of electric power generated by the power generating unit, electric power consumed by loads in the smart grid
system, and electric power charged into and discharged from the power storage units;

calculates differential power ?P between the transmission power Pall and a smoothing operation output Pall?, the smoothing
operation output Pall? being obtained by performing smoothing operation on the transmission power Pall by using a smoothing
filter; and

performs control of smoothing the transmission power Pall by performing allocation of the differential power ?P of the transmission
power Pall in accordance with a charge-discharge state of each of the power storage parts of the plurality of power storage
units.

US Pat. No. 9,556,797

FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE OF GAS TURBINE ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel supply device of a gas turbine engine, which supplies a fuel to a combustor including a pilot burner and a main
burner; the fuel supply device comprising:
a pilot fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the pilot burner;
a main fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the main burner;
a collecting fuel passage through which the fuel is supplied to the pilot fuel passage and to the main fuel passage; and
a fuel divider which divides the fuel supplied from the collecting fuel passage to feed the fuel to the pilot fuel passage
and to the main fuel passage;

wherein the fuel divider includes:
a fuel entrance into which the fuel supplied from the collecting fuel passage is introduced;
a pilot port connected to the pilot fuel passage;
a main port connected to the main fuel passage;
a movable member which is movable according to a fuel pressure at the fuel entrance, the movable member being configured to
open only the pilot port when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is lower than a first pressure, and to open both of the
pilot port and the main port when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is higher than the first pressure; and

an adjusting means for adjusting a value of the first pressure in such a manner that the adjusting means applies to the movable
member a counter force in a direction opposite to a direction in which the movable member moves according to the fuel pressure
at the fuel entrance, and adjusts the counter force,

wherein the fuel divider further includes a pilot port needle valve element, and a main port needle valve element;
wherein the movable member closes the main port via the main port needle valve element when the fuel pressure at the fuel
entrance is lower than the first pressure;

wherein the movable member gradually decreases an opening degree of the pilot port via the pilot port needle valve element,
and gradually increases an opening degree of the main port via the main port needle valve element, with an increase in the
fuel pressure at the fuel entrance, when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is higher than the first pressure and lower
than a second pressure; and

wherein the movable member maintains the opening degree of the pilot port at a constant value via the pilot port needle valve
element, and maintains the opening degree of the main port at a constant value via the main port needle valve element, irrespective
of an increase in the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance, when the fuel pressure at the fuel entrance is higher than the second
pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,255,623

ENGINE WITH INCLINED CYLINDER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An engine comprising:
a crankcase;
an inclined cylinder having a center line inclined relative to a vertical line;
a crankshaft disposed substantially horizontally in the crankcase;
a first balancer shaft arranged substantially in parallel to the crankshaft in the crankcase;
a second balancer shaft arranged substantially in parallel to the crankshaft in the crankcase;
a drive gear for the first and second balancer shafts, the drive gear being secured to the crankshaft;
a first driven gear secured to the first balancer shaft;
a second driven gear secured to the second balancer shaft, the first and second driven gears being meshed with the drive gear;
and

a cam shaft for driving valves positioned between the second balancer shaft and the cylinder, wherein:
the crankcase is provided with a horizontal bottom surface and a starter motor attachment portion having an attachment hole
for a starter motor;

a fuel tank is directly fixed on an upper portion of on the crankcase;
a cylinder head and a head cover are fastened to the cylinder;
an exhaust muffler and an air cleaner are arranged on an upper side of the cylinder head and the head cover so as to be arranged
in line with each other in the lateral direction;

the first and second balancer shafts are arranged and divided into areas on opposite sides of the center line of the cylinder
and into upper and lower regions relative to an axis of the crankshaft;

axes of the first and second balancer shafts are arranged so as to be substantially within a range of a diameter of the drive
gear and within a range of the fuel tank in a horizontal direction perpendicular to the axis of the crankshaft;

the axes of the first and second balancer shafts are arranged so as to have a phase angle difference of substantially 180
degrees between the first and second balancer shafts around the axis of the crankshaft;

the first balancer shaft is arranged above the second balancer shaft;
the axis of the second balancer shaft is positioned on the same side of the cylinder relative to the axis of the crankshaft;
the axis of the first balancer shaft is positioned on the opposite side of the cylinder relative to the axis of the crankshaft;
an oil gauge is disposed on an opposite side of the cam shaft relative to the second shaft in the crankcase;
the starter motor attachment portion is formed in an end wall of the crankcase positioned on an opposite side of the cylinder
relative to the first balancer shaft, and the starter motor attachment portion is provided with an arc shape recess portion
recessed on the cylinder side;

a starter motor is fit in the arc shape recess portion of the starter motor attachment portion,
the starter motor is positioned under the fuel tank, and positioned on the opposite side of the cylinder relative to the first
balancer shaft; and

the oil gauge is positioned under the fuel tank and the starter motor.

US Pat. No. 9,238,497

ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An electric motorcycle which activates a rear wheel by using driving power generated by an electric motor, the electric
motorcycle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a motor case which is provided at a rear portion of the vehicle body frame and accommodates the electric motor;
a swing arm which is pivotably coupled at its front end portion to the rear portion of the vehicle body frame and supports
the rear wheel by its rear end portion such that the rear wheel is rotatable; and

a rear suspension coupled to the vehicle body frame and the swing arm,
wherein a lower end portion of the rear suspension is located below the swing arm, and the rear suspension extends vertically
in a location close to a pivot around which the swing arm is pivotable,

wherein the electric motorcycle further comprises a link mechanism which is placed below the swing arm and operates according
to a pivot motion of the swing arm,

wherein the link mechanism includes a suspension bracket which is pivotable with respect to the vehicle body frame and the
swing arm,

wherein the lower end portion of the rear suspension is coupled to the suspension bracket and connected to the swing arm via
the link mechanism, and

wherein the suspension bracket is pivotably coupled to a bottom portion of the motor case.

US Pat. No. 9,238,469

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION STRUCTURE FOR RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An interior equipment installation structure for a railcar comprising:
a first installation member capable of being mounted to a roof body shell of a railcar; the first installation member having
one end extending in the horizontal direction and the other end extending in the vertical direction, the other end having
through holes extending in an up-down direction; and

at least two adjacent second installation members each including a horizontal portion capable of installing car interior equipment
therein and vertical portions provided at respective long side ends of the horizontal portion and attached to the first installation
member with first fixing tools passing through the through holes so that the positions of the vertical portions can be adjusted
in the up-down direction, wherein

the first installation member has first brackets and a second bracket,
the second bracket is longer in the longitudinal direction than each of the first brackets, and
the first brackets and the second bracket support the vertical portions of the second installation members.

US Pat. No. 9,233,694

RAILCAR INCLUDING HEAT-RESISTANT FLOOR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar comprising:
a cross beam extending in a railcar width direction; and
a heat-resistant floor supported by the cross beam, wherein:
the heat-resistant floor includes
a floor panel,
a heat absorbing layer provided under the floor panel and configured to absorb heat, and
a supporting plate located above the cross beam and configured to support the heat absorbing layer from below; and
the supporting plate includes
contacting portions each configured to contact the heat absorbing layer, and
separated portions each continuously formed from the contacting portion in the railcar width direction, separated downward
from the heat absorbing layer so as not to contact the heat absorbing layer, and extending in a railcar longitudinal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,116,525

REFERENCE ANGLE DETECTING DEVICE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A reference angle detecting device comprising:
a control shaft connected to a controlled object in order to control an angle of the controlled object;
a worm wheel connected to the control shaft so as to cause the control shaft to rotate about an axial center thereof;
a worm gear that meshes with the worm wheel;
an electric motor for rotating the worm gear;
a controller that controls the electric motor;
a stopper disposed on a motion track of the worm wheel in order to restrict a rotatable range of the control shaft; and
an angle sensor capable of detecting a rotation angle of the control shaft,
wherein the stopper includes a spring member that is elastically deformable in an operation direction of the worm wheel, and
the controller drives the electric motor to operate so that the worm wheel comes to face the stopper, and stores as a reference
angle a rotation angle at a time point when a change rate of the rotation angle detected by the angle sensor during drive
of the electric motor changes from a value equal to or higher than a predetermined threshold to a value less than the threshold.

US Pat. No. 9,073,211

CONTROL SYSTEM AND TEACHING METHOD FOR SEVEN-AXIS ARTICULATED ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

5. A control method for a seven-axis articulated robot having: (i) a hand end provided at a leading end of the seven-axis
articulated robot, (ii) at least seven joints arranged in series from a base to the hand end, each of the seven joints having
a pivot axis configured to pivot about the pivot axis of the preceding adjacent joint, and (iii) a three-axis shoulder portion,
a one-axis elbow portion and a three-axis wrist portion are arranged in series from the base, the control method comprising:
setting a specified plane;
controlling a movement of the seven-axis articulated robot such that a motion trajectory of the elbow portion is restricted
within the plane;

performing an inverse transform operation to calculate the pivot angle of each pivot axis based on a change in a position
of the hand end;

applying a restriction of the movement of the elbow portion as a constraint condition in the inverse transform operation,
if the position for the hand end is taught;

outputting the calculated pivot angle of each pivot axis to the seven-axis robot; and
moving one or more of the at least seven joints based on the calculated pivot angles.

US Pat. No. 9,744,928

ATTACHMENT STRUCTURE OF FRONT FENDER COVER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An attachment structure of a front fender cover of a utility vehicle, the attachment structure comprising:
a front fender;
a front fender cover attached to the front fender by being inserted to a first end of the front fender and locked at a second
end of the front fender; and

a retaining member attached to the front fender or the front fender cover and configured to retain the front fender cover
at the second end of the front fender at a predetermined distance from the front fender in a state where the front fender
cover is inserted to the front fender and is not locked.

US Pat. No. 9,650,100

VEHICLE BODY FRAME STRUCTURE OF STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A vehicle body frame structure of a straddle-type vehicle in which a driving power transmission mechanism which transmits
rotational power of a driving source to a rear wheel is placed on a first side in a vehicle width direction, with respect
to a center line of a vehicle body in the vehicle width direction, the vehicle body frame structure comprising:
a head pipe; and
a pair of main frames extending rearward and outward in the vehicle width direction from the head pipe in such a manner that
the main frames are spaced apart from each other in the vehicle width direction,

wherein the pair of main frames include portions, respectively, facing the driving power transmission mechanism in the vehicle
width direction, and

wherein the portion facing the driving power transmission mechanism and located on a second side in the vehicle width direction
has a stiffness lower than that of the portion facing the driving power transmission mechanism and located on the first side
in the vehicle width direction.

US Pat. No. 9,517,568

MULTI-AXIS ROBOT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A multi-axis robot comprising:
a base with a hollow;
a support member with a hollow, the support member constituting a proximal end portion of an arm of the multi-axis robot,
the support member being rotatable relative to the base around a central axis of the base;

a guide pipe positioned in the support member and being rotatable together with the support member, the guide pipe having
a length and including

a first end positioned in the base and being rotatable relative to the base; and
an inner space in communication with an inner space of the support member and an inner space of the base; and
a first linear body inserted in the guide pipe in a longitudinal direction of the guide pipe, wherein
a rotational center of the guide pipe deviates from a center of the first linear body,
a notch, through which the first linear body is passed, is formed in a peripheral surface of an end portion of the guide pipe,
the end portion being positioned in the base,

the first linear body extends (i) from radially outside of the guide pipe to the notch, such that a bending portion is formed
around an outer peripheral surface of the guide pipe in a plane parallel to a rotation direction of the guide pipe, and (ii)
from the notch to the inner space of the support member by passing inside the guide pipe from the notch,

the guide pipe is divided by a partition wall into a first passage and a second passage, the first passage and the second
passage extending in an axial direction of the guide pipe,

the first linear body is inserted in the first passage,
a second linear body extends to an outside of the support member by passing through the second passage, and
the first linear body and the second linear body are prevented from coming into contact with each other by the partition wall
along the length of the guide pipe.

US Pat. No. 9,500,274

TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A transmission apparatus comprising:
a case;
a gear transmission housed in the case;
an intra-shaft oil passage formed in at least one rotating shaft of the gear transmission;
an oil supplying passage for supplying oil to the intra-shaft oil passage;
a guide plate facing one end surface in an axial direction of a gear with a predetermined distance in the axial direction
of the gear, the gear being dipped into the oil in the case; and

an oil passage formed between the one end surface and the guide plate, the oil passage extending along an outer peripheral
portion of the one end surface,

wherein the guide plate includes a recess portion for expanding the oil passage, and the recess portion is formed in an arc-like
shape so as to extend along the oil passage.

US Pat. No. 9,343,344

END EFFECTOR DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An end effector device comprising:
a hand having a storing space; and
a plurality of holding portions provided to the hand and configured to hold parts of each of a plurality of plate members
so as to hold the plurality of plate members respectively, the parts being different from each other in a peripheral direction
of a peripheral edge portion of each plate member respectively,

wherein each of the holding portions includes a plurality of receiving portions which respectively receive peripheral edge
portions of the plurality of plate members so that the plurality of plate members are arranged substantially parallel with
one plane and at an interval or intervals mutually in a first direction which is substantially perpendicular to the one plane,
and a pitch changing mechanism configured to linearly move the plurality of receiving portions in the first direction respectively
so as to change the interval or intervals,

wherein a plurality of linearly moving portions configured to respectively move linearly integrally with the plurality of
receiving portions of the pitch changing mechanism are provided to the hand so as to be exposed outside of the hand, and

wherein a plurality of drive portions configured to drive the plurality of linearly moving portions of the pitch changing
mechanism respectively are stored in the storing space of the hand.

US Pat. No. 9,308,966

SADDLE TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A saddle electric vehicle which travels by using an electric motor as a power source,
the saddle electric vehicle comprising:
a power supply unit including a power supply for the electric motor;
a vehicle body frame including a head pipe and a pair of left and right main frames extending rearward from the head pipe,
the vehicle body frame defining an accommodating space located between front and rear wheels and accommodating the power supply
unit; and

a power transmission mechanism configured to transmit driving force, generated by the electric motor, to a driving wheel,
wherein:

one of the main frames constitutes a detachable frame portion located at an outer side of the power supply unit in a vehicle
width direction, defining the accommodating space, and detachably coupled to a remaining portion of the vehicle body frame;

by detaching the detachable frame portion from the remaining portion, the accommodating space is open in the vehicle width
direction such that the power supply unit is attachable to and detachable from the accommodating space in the vehicle width
direction;

the power transmission mechanism is provided at one of two vehicle width direction sides relative to a vehicle width center
line; and

the one main frame constituting the detachable frame portion is provided at the other vehicle width direction side opposite
to the one vehicle width direction side where the power transmission mechanism is provided.

US Pat. No. 9,205,850

DISPLACEMENT DETECTING APPARATUS FOR RAILROAD RAILS

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A displacement detecting apparatus operable to detect displacement of a rail relative to a preset reference position to
calculate irregularities of right and left rails of a railroad, the displacement detecting apparatus comprising:
a self-position detector operable to detect a position and an orientation of the apparatus relative to a preset reference
position and a preset reference orientation;

an irradiator operable to irradiate an upper surface and a side surface of the rail with slit light;
an image pickup camera operable to image the surfaces of the rail that are irradiated with the slit light by the irradiator;
and

a controller operable to calculate the displacement of the rail at an upper surface reference point and a side surface reference
point relative to the preset reference position from image data of the surfaces of the rail imaged by the image pickup camera
using an optical cutting method, and to correct the calculated displacement of the rail using data obtained by the self-position
detector, thereby compensating for errors caused by differences in position and orientation of the apparatus associated with
a vehicle running motion,

wherein the controller determines an outline of the rail based on a cross-sectional shape of the rail detected, calculates
an upper surface line and a side surface line of the rail from a plurality of points on the outline of the rail determined,
obtains an intersection of the upper surface line and the side surface line calculated, and sets a point on the upper surface
line and another point on the side surface line each a predetermined distance away from the obtained intersection as the upper
surface reference point and the side surface reference point, respectively, thereby calculating the displacement of the rail
relative to the preset reference position.

US Pat. No. 9,187,023

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a chassis;
one or more rows of seats disposed on the chassis; and
a cargo bed disposed behind the one or more rows of seats;
wherein the cargo bed is rotatably supported by a pivot shaft of the chassis so as to be movable up and down between a normal
position in which the cargo bed is in a non-raised state, and a dump position in which the cargo bed is in a raised state;
and

wherein concave portions for raising the cargo bed by hand are integrally formed, respectively, in a left side wall and a
right side wall of the cargo bed, the concave portions being located inward of and spaced apart at a predetermined interval
from an outer wall surface of a bottom portion of a respective one of the left side wall and the right side wall with respect
to a widthwise direction of the cargo bed, each of the concave portions projecting upwardly.

US Pat. No. 9,175,769

SPEED CHANGE APPARATUS OF VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A speed change apparatus of a vehicle comprising:
a gear transmission;
a shift lever device arranged in a zone where an operation thereof is achievable from a driver's seat; and
an operation force transmission mechanism for transmitting an operation force of the shift lever device to the gear transmission,
wherein

the shift lever device is provided with a detent mechanism for positioning and holding a shift lever at each of a plurality
of shift positions,

the detent mechanism includes a recess-formed member having a plurality of recesses, and a detent member biased toward the
recess-formed member by an elastic member,

each of the recesses corresponds to a respective one of the shift positions,
the recess-formed member is arranged on the shift lever which is turnable around a center of a shift lever shaft, and
the detent member and the elastic member are arranged on a lever holder for holding the shift lever.

US Pat. No. 9,783,256

HEAT-SHIELDING STRUCTURE FOR PERIPHERY OF IGNITION SWITCH

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a main frame having a front portion to which a head pipe is connected;
a combustion engine;
a cowling to cover an outer side of at least a front portion of the combustion engine;
an ignition switch disposed above the combustion engine and in the rearward neighborhood of the head pipe; and
a first heat shielding member configured to cover at least a rear face and opposite side faces of the ignition switch to shield
a heat raising upwardly from the combustion engine, wherein:

the ignition switch is disposed above the main frame; and
a part of the first heat shielding member seals between the ignition switch and the main frame.

US Pat. No. 9,592,873

MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a head pipe;
a seat;
a fuel tank disposed between the head pipe and the seat;
a combustion engine disposed below the fuel tank;
a canister disposed in a region from a gap between the head pipe and the fuel tank in a front-rear direction to a space below
a front portion of the fuel tank, the canister containing an adsorbent which adsorbs fuel evaporative gas from the fuel tank;

a throttle body disposed at the combustion engine, the throttle body forming an air intake passage on which a throttle valve
is provided; and

a communication pipe connecting the canister and the air intake passage, the communication pipe having one end supported by
the throttle body and the other end supported by the combustion engine.

US Pat. No. 9,518,504

AIR INTAKE STRUCTURE OF ENGINE AND MOTORCYCLE HAVING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

17. An air intake structure of a supercharged engine for a vehicle comprising
a supercharger supercharging air;
an air intake chamber receiving the air supercharged by the supercharger and sending the supercharged air to the engine;
a throttle body connected to an air intake downstream side of the air intake chamber;
an air intake port of a cylinder head of the engine connected to an air intake downstream side of the throttle body;
a liquid cooling type intercooler provided in the air intake chamber; and
a radiator,
wherein
intake air flows in the air intake chamber in a front-back direction of the motorcycle;
the intercooler is a plate type cooling device having a plurality of plates which each incorporate a cooling liquid passage
therein, the plates being stacked so as to be spaced from each other in a direction perpendicular to an air intake direction
such that cooling air passes through between the plates, the plates extending in a vehicle width direction, and the cooling
liquid passages being connected to an inlet and an outlet of the intercooler;

the inlet of the intercooler is arranged at one side of the intercooler in the vehicle width direction, the outlet of the
intercooler is arranged at an opposite side of the intercooler in the vehicle width direction; and

an inlet of the radiator is arranged at one side of the radiator in the vehicle width direction, and an outlet of the radiator
is arranged at an opposite side of the radiator in the vehicle width direction; and

the vehicle is a motorcycle.

US Pat. No. 9,499,037

MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR POWER UNIT OF UTILITY VEHICLE AND UTILITY VEHICLE EMPLOYING SAME MOUNTING STRUCTURE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A mounting structure for a power unit of a utility vehicle, wherein the power unit includes:
a body part;
an output shaft extending in frontward and rearward directions through the body part;
a first attaching member provided with a first damper and attaching a lower end part of the body part to a vehicle body frame
of the utility vehicle; and

a torque rod located in an upper part of the body part and constructed between the body part and the vehicle body frame so
as to restrict rolling of the body part in vehicle width directions, and wherein

a body side attaching part of the torque rod attached to the body part is located on an extension line of a compression axis
direction of the first damper in side view of the power unit.

US Pat. No. 9,493,207

MOTORCYCLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a front wheel;
a rear wheel;
a seat placed between the front wheel and the rear wheel;
a vehicle body frame including a front frame supporting the front wheel, and a seat frame connected to the front frame and
supporting the seat;

a swing arm which is rotatably connected to the front frame and supports the rear wheel such that the swing arm is vertically
pivotable around a location at which the swing arm is connected to the front frame; and

a rear suspension which connects the vehicle body frame to the swing arm via a link mechanism and serves to damp a pivot motion
of the swing arm, wherein

the seat frame includes:
a front section extending rearward from the front frame and supporting the seat;
a pair of branch sections extending rearward from a rear end portion of the front section, forming a spacing between the branch
sections in the vehicle width direction; and

a pair of rear sections located on right and left sides relative to the rear wheel and extending rearward from rear end portions
of the pair of branch sections, respectively,

a pair of rail sections having rear end portions which are placed to be spaced apart from each other on both sides in a vehicle
width direction relative to the rear wheel and located above an axle of the rear wheel, wherein each rail section of the pair
of rail sections includes a respective branch section of the pair of branch sections and a respective rear section of the
pair of rear sections,

the rear suspension is placed on one side in the vehicle width direction relative to a vehicle body center line extending
in a forward and rearward direction and extends in the forward and rearward direction, and

the rear suspension is placed laterally in the vehicle width direction relative to the front section.

US Pat. No. 9,397,546

FIELD ROTOR WITH COOLING PASSAGES FOR SUPERCONDUCTING ELECTRIC MACHINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A field rotor of a superconducting rotary machine, comprising:
a rotary shaft;
a plurality of coil boxes; and
a plurality of superconducting coils;
wherein the coil boxes extend in a center axis direction of the rotary shaft, have walls defining spaces within the coil boxes,
respectively, and are removably fastened to a peripheral surface of the rotary shaft,

wherein the superconducting coils are disposed in the spaces of the coil boxes, respectively, and constitute field windings
of the superconducting rotary machine,

wherein a wall of each of the coil boxes is made of a heat-conductive metal, and
wherein each of the coil boxes includes therein a cooling medium passage through which a cooling medium used for cooling the
superconducting coil via the wall flows.

US Pat. No. 9,368,381

TRANSFER ROBOT, ITS SUBSTRATE TRANSFER METHOD AND SUBSTRATE TRANSFER RELAY DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A transfer robot comprising:
a first hand having a predetermined N holding sections, each of the N holding sections for holding a substrate among a plurality
of substrates;

a second hand having a predetermined N holding sections, each of the N holding sections for holding a substrate among a plurality
of substrates;

a moving device configured such that the first hand and the second hand rotate together to move to: (i) a standby position
where the substrates are located, and (ii) a plurality of different transfer positions, each of the holding sections of the
first hand receives a substrate from among the plurality of substrates located at the standby position, substrates previously
placed at the transfer positions are then received by each of the holding sections of the second hand, and the substrates
held by the holding sections of the first hand are sequentially handed over to the transfer positions; and

the controller programmed such that: (i) the first hand receives the substrates at the standby position, and (ii) the second
hand hands over the substrates at the standby position, wherein

the transfer positions include N transfer positions located at one side of the standby position in the rotation direction
and N transfer positions located at the other side of the standby position in the rotation direction, and

the moving device is configured such that:
in a first transfer step, subsequent to receipt of substrates at the standby position, the first hand and the second hand
are rotated towards the one side to sequentially move to the N transfer positions situated on the one side so that the received
substrates are handed over to the respective N transfer positions situated on the one side, and

in a second transfer step, subsequent to receipt of substrates at the standby position, the first hand and the second hand
are rotated towards the other side to sequentially move to the N transfer positions situated on the other side so that the
received substrates are handed over to the respective N transfer positions situated on the other side.

US Pat. No. 9,356,485

STARTING ASSIST METHOD AND STARTING ASSIST SYSTEM OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A starting assist method of an electric vehicle including an electric driving unit including an electric motor for rotating
an output shaft by electric power supplied to the electric motor and a power transmission mechanism for transmitting rotational
power of the output shaft to a drive wheel to rotate the drive wheel, the method comprising the steps of:
applying rotational power of a rotary member included in the electric driving unit to a predetermined rotary element to rotate
the rotary element to store a rotation energy in the rotary element;

determining whether or not the electric vehicle is decelerated based on whether or not a deceleration operation is performed,
in a state in which a rotary element disconnection mechanism disconnects the rotary member and the rotary element from each
other;

disconnecting the rotary member and the rotary element from each other, by the rotary element disconnection mechanism, to
keep the rotation energy of the rotary element stored in the step of storing the rotation energy, during a stopped state of
the electric vehicle; and

during starting of the electric vehicle, connecting the rotary member and the rotary element to each other, by the rotary
element disconnection mechanism, transmitting the rotation energy of the rotary element kept in the step of keeping the rotation
energy to the drive wheel as starting assist power, and starting the electric vehicle using the starting assist power,

wherein the step of storing the rotation energy is started after it is determined that the electric vehicle is decelerated
in the step of determining whether or not the electric vehicle is decelerated, and the rotary member and the rotary element
are connected to each other to store the rotation energy of the drive wheel in the rotary element in the step of storing the
rotation energy.

US Pat. No. 9,352,653

CIRCUIT BREAKING UNIT AND RAILCAR INCLUDING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar comprising:
a power collector configured to collect electric power through overhead contact lines;
a circuit breaking unit connected to the power collector and arranged on a roof of a car; and
a plurality of electric power cables connected to the circuit breaking unit, wherein
the circuit breaking unit includes:
a circuit breaker arranged above the roof of the car and connected to a circuit connected to the power collector; and
a branch joint that is integrally connected to a terminal portion of the circuit breaker and arranged under the circuit breaker,
and to which the plurality of electric power cables are connected,

the circuit breaker includes a main body portion configured to open and close the circuit and the terminal portion projecting
from the main body portion, and

the terminal portion includes an input-side terminal portion projecting from the main body portion toward one side of the
car in a substantially horizontal direction and an output-side terminal portion projecting from the main body portion toward
another side of the car in the substantially horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 9,199,682

MOTORCYCLE FAIRING

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fairing unit for a motorcycle for enclosing a front portion of a vehicle body, which comprises:
a fairing body;
a front edge member removably mounted on the fairing body and forming a principal component of a front edge of the fairing
unit,

wherein the front edge member in its entirety is of an elongated strip-like shape, enclosing a front edge of the fairing body,
and the front edge member extends from an upper portion of the fairing body to a lower end of the fairing body; and

a turn signal lamp fitted on the fairing body.

US Pat. No. 9,108,559

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a chassis;
one or a plurality of seat row(s) provided on the chassis;
a cargo bed provided behind the seat row(s) and supported in a freely rotatable manner about a pivot of the chassis so as
to be changeable between a dumping position in which a front portion of the cargo bed is raised and a normal position in which
the front portion of the cargo bed is not raised;

one or more cargo bed locking mechanisms capable of locking the cargo bed positioned at the normal position to the chassis;
and

chassis side covers for covering at least part of the sides of the chassis in a vehicle width direction; wherein
each of the outer faces of the chassis side covers in the vehicle width direction has a main body portion and a concave portion
being recessed inward from the main body portion in the vehicle width direction, and

the cargo bed locking mechanism is provided inside the concave portion of the chassis side cover.

US Pat. No. 9,108,649

UNDERFRAME STRUCTURE OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An underframe structure of a railcar comprising:
an underframe having a pair of side sills extending in a railcar longitudinal direction and a cross beam arranged between
the side sills and extending in a railcar width direction;

a structural floor provided on an upper surface of the underframe; and
an underfloor equipment suspended down in a center part in the railcar width direction of the cross beam,
the underframe structure further comprising:
a passenger cabin floor provided on an upper side of the structural floor, the passenger cabin floor forming a lower surface
of a passenger cabin; and

floor receiving members supporting the passenger cabin floor and extending in the railcar longitudinal direction between the
structural floor and the passenger cabin floor, wherein

among the floor receiving members, a floor receiving member provided in a substantially center part in the railcar width direction
is attached to the structural floor so as to bear at least a part of a load of the underfloor equipment, and

the underframe structure further comprising a piping hole extending in the railcar longitudinal direction in the cross beam
within a range not corresponding to a part substantially immediately below the floor receiving member which is provided in
the substantially center part in the railcar width direction, wherein

among the floor receiving members, the floor receiving member provided in the substantially center part in the railcar width
direction is fixed to the structural floor over the entire length in the railcar longitudinal direction of the floor receiving
members by welding.

US Pat. No. 9,604,561

GRIP MOUNTING STRUCTURE FOR UTILITY VEHICLE, UTILITY VEHICLE WITH THE SAME, AND GRIP

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A grip mounting structure for a utility vehicle, the structure comprising:
a R.O.P.S. surrounding a riding space provided with a seat;
a first grip provided to the R.O.P.S. and having a first holding portion configured to be held by a crew member sitting on
the seat; and

a second grip detachably mounted on at least one of the R.O.P.S. and the first grip, the second grip having a second holding
portion configured to be held by the crew member; wherein

the second holding portion has a projection amount to the riding space larger than a projection amount of the first holding
portion to the riding space.

US Pat. No. 9,341,255

V-BELT TYPE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A V-belt type continuously variable transmission constructed such as to accommodate in a transmission case a transmission
mechanism including: a drive shaft connected to an engine flywheel and provided with a drive pulley; a driven shaft provided
with a driven pulley; and a V-belt wound around between the drive pulley and the driven pulley,
the V-belt type continuously variable transmission comprising:
an air intake chamber for introducing cooling air to surroundings of the drive shaft; and
a flywheel cover for covering at least a periphery of the flywheel located in the air intake chamber.

US Pat. No. 9,291,241

TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A vehicle-use transmission comprising:
an input shaft into which a driving force from an engine is inputted;
a power extraction shaft for transmitting the driving force of the input shaft to front wheels;
a transmission mechanism for transmitting the driving force of the input shaft to rear wheels;
a rear-wheel intermediate shaft in a power transmission path between the power extraction shaft and the transmission mechanism,
the rear-wheel intermediate shaft being configured to transmit the driving force through a helical gear attached to the rear-wheel
intermediate shaft; and

tapered roller bearings for supporting the rear-wheel intermediate shaft, each of the tapered roller bearings including:
an outer race abutting against a transmission case of the transmission;
an inner race abutting against the rear-wheel intermediate shaft; and
rollers revolving and located between the outer race and the inner race;
wherein each of the tapered roller bearings is configured such that an imaginary extension of a raceway surface of the outer
race, an imaginary extension of a raceway surface of the inner race, and a vertex of an imaginary cone formed by the respective
rollers intersects with each other at one intersection point on an imaginary longitudinal centerline of the rear-wheel intermediate
shaft; and

wherein each of the tapered roller bearings is configured such that the intersection point of each of the roller bearings
is located outside of the rear-wheel intermediate shaft and beyond a shaft end closest to the respective one of the roller
bearings.

US Pat. No. 9,291,249

GEAR STRUCTURE OF TRANSMISSION

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A gear structure of a transmission, comprising:
a first gear including:
a first gear body including first gear teeth formed on an outer periphery thereof, and
a boss part fit into an inner diameter part of the first gear body so that a driving force can be transmitted therebetween,
and the boss part having integral first dog claws and an integral expanded diameter part at a first end thereof extending
in a first axial direction such that the boss part has a one-piece construction, and the boss part being axially non-movably
and rotatably fit onto an outer periphery of a transmission shaft;

a second gear including:
a second gear body arranged in the first direction of the first gear body and including second gear teeth formed on an outer
periphery thereof, and

a cylindrical part including integral second dog claws at an end part extending in the first axial direction from the second
gear body, and the second gear being axially non-movably and rotatably fit onto an outer periphery of the boss part; and

a shift sleeve axially movably spline-fit onto the transmission shaft and arranged in the first direction relative to the
second gear, the shift sleeve including sleeve-side dog claws capable of engaging with the first dog claws and the second
dog claws,

wherein the second gear body is axially non-movably arranged between the first gear body and the expanded diameter part.

US Pat. No. 9,214,663

ALKALINE STORAGE BATTERY POSITIVE ELECTRODE, METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME, AND ALKALINE STORAGE BATTERY

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method of fabricating an alkaline storage battery positive electrode, comprising the steps of:
(A) fixing active material particles to a current collector, a surface of the active material particles being coated with
conductive agent particles, the conductive agent particles containing a cobalt compound as a main component; and

(B) reducing the cobalt compound of the conductive agent particles such that a cobalt atom in the cobalt compound has an oxidation
number of less than +2, by applying a reduction current in an electrolyte solution to the current collector to which the active
material particles are fixed, after the step (A) wherein

the active material particles are formed as aggregates of nickel hydroxide particles, and
the cobalt compound of the conductive agent particles is at least one kind of cobalt compound selected from the group consisting
of cobalt hydroxide, tricobalt tetroxide, and cobalt oxyhydroxide.

US Pat. No. 9,175,672

VALVE PLATE AND AXIAL PISTON HYDRAULIC PUMP MOTOR INCLUDING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A valve plate used in an axial piston hydraulic pump including a rotating shaft and a rotary cylinder block in a housing,
the valve plate comprising:
a sliding supporting surface configured to contact a rear end surface of the cylinder block to support the cylinder block;
a back surface corresponding to and opposite to the sliding supporting surface;
a central hole through which the rotating shaft penetrates;
a plurality of ports formed around the central hole as inlets and outlets for operating oil so as to penetrate the valve plate;
a cooling concave portion formed on the back surface;
a first groove through which the operating oil flows, the first groove being configured to communicate with the cooling concave
portion and at least one of either: (i) the central hole located on an inner side of the valve plate, or (ii) an inner space
of the housing formed on the back surface and located on an outer side of the valve plate; and

a second groove formed on the back surface through which the operating oil flows, the second groove being configured to communicate
with the cooling concave portion and an operation oil suction port that is one of the plurality of ports.

US Pat. No. 9,133,949

VALVE SEAT BODY AND VALVE DEVICE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A valve seat body having a thick cylindrical shape, the valve seat body comprising:
a valve seat portion on which a valve body is seated;
a first sealing member providing portion provided on an outer periphery of the valve seat body; and
a large-diameter portion and a small-diameter portion provided on an inner periphery of the valve seat body, wherein:
the valve seat portion is provided between the large-diameter portion and the small-diameter portion;
the large-diameter portion has an inner diameter larger than an outer diameter of the valve body, the valve body being configured
to move into the large-diameter portion from an axis line direction;

the small-diameter portion has an inner diameter smaller than the outer diameter of the valve body; and
a position of the first sealing member providing portion in the axis line direction is located on a high-pressure side of
the position of the valve seat portion in the axis line direction.

US Pat. No. 9,095,926

FRICTION STIR SPOT WELDING DEVICE AND FRICTION STIR SPOT WELDING METHOD

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A method for friction stir spot welding comprising contacting an object to be welded with:
a cylindrical pin member as a rotating tool configured to rotate about an axis and be advanceable and retractable in the axial
direction, and

a tubular shoulder member configured to surround the pin member, rotate coaxially with the pin member, and be advanceable
and retractable in the axial direction;

wherein:
the object to be welded has a front surface facing the pin member and the shoulder member;
the pin member and/or the shoulder member are configured to advance and retract to be brought into contact with the front
surface of the object to be welded and to adjust a press-fit depth of the pin member and/or the shoulder member from the front
surface of the object to be welded; and

the pin member and the shoulder member are configured during the entire welding process so that a cross-sectional area of
a front end surface of the pin member times a distance the pin member advances or retracts from the front surface of the object
to be welded is substantially equal to a cross-sectional area of a front end surface of the shoulder member times a distance
the shoulder member retracts or advances from the front surface of the object to be welded.

US Pat. No. 9,070,516

ELECTRIC DOUBLE-LAYER CAPACITOR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An electric double-layer capacitor, comprising:
capacitor cells, in each of which a positive electrode and a negative electrode, and a separator interposed therebetween,
are housed in an exterior case that is filled with an electrolytic solution, and lead terminals, connected to the positive
electrode and the negative electrode, respectively, are drawn to the outside of the exterior case;

a pair of end plates, respectively disposed on both sides of a plurality of parallelly arranged capacitor cells;
a metallic case for housing the end plates, and the plurality of capacitor cells; and
an insulating resin, filling the interior of the metallic case to cover the end plates, the plurality of capacitor cells and
the lead terminals,

wherein the electric double-layer capacitor further comprises an external connecting terminal having two end sections, one
of the end sections being disposed in the end plate within the insulating resin, and the other of the end sections protruding
from the insulating resin toward the outside thereof, and

wherein the lead terminal of the capacitor cell disposed adjacent to the end plate is configured to be connected to the one
of the end sections of the external connecting terminal and be fixed to the end plate in a state that a connecting section
therebetween is covered with the insulating resin.

US Pat. No. 9,614,625

VISIBLE LIGHT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A visible light communication system comprising a transmission device and a receiving device arranged separately in a direction
which is vertical relative to the Earth and configured so as to relatively move in a horizontal direction, the horizontal
direction being relative to the Earth, in which data is transmitted from the transmission device to the receiving device by
optical space transmission using visible light, the transmission device including a first light emitting part adapted to output
visible light, a second light emitting part adapted to output visible light, and a selection part configured to select one
of the first and second light emitting parts to output visible light for the optical space transmission while the other of
the first and second light emitting parts does not output visible light, wherein:
the first light emitting part has a light source adapted to emit visible light and a correction part adapted to correct the
light radiated from the light source so as to effect a uniform light intensity distribution on a plane which is horizontal
relative to the Earth; and

the second light emitting part has a light source adapted to emit visible light having a light intensity distribution on said
horizontal plane which is a Lambertian light distribution.

US Pat. No. 9,499,179

RAILROAD VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH LOW ROOF STRUCTURE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railroad vehicle comprising:
a roof structure having an air conditioner installation opening for receiving an air conditioner; and
a low roof main body provided in the opening, the low roof main body including:
a recessed part recessed into the roof structure in a vertical direction of the railroad vehicle away from an upper surface
of the roof structure, the recessed part being a lowest portion of the low roof main body in the vertical direction;

a placing part configured to receive the air conditioner on an upper surface of the placing part, the placing part being flat
and horizontal in a width direction of the railroad vehicle, the placing part being connected to the recessed part and extending
outward away from the recessed part in the width direction of the railroad vehicle, the placing part being disposed above
the recessed part in the vertical direction, and the recessed part extending downward in the vertical direction from the placing
part; and

an edge part formed integrally as one piece with the low roof main body and joined to the roof structure, the edge part being
located above the placing part in the vertical direction, the edge part defining an outer edge of the low roof main body,
the placing part being disposed between the edge part and the recessed part in the vertical direction, the placing part extending
between the edge part and the recessed part, wherein

the low roof main body and the edge part of the low roof main body are made of plastic.

US Pat. No. 9,409,615

MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A motorcycle comprising a detachable pannier, wherein
a rear surface of the pannier includes a first inclined surface extending downward from an upper end so as to be inclined
rearward, and a second inclined surface extending downward from a lower end of the first inclined surface so as to be inclined
rearward at an angle greater than the first inclined surface, and is formed in a V shape opened rearward in a side view by
both of the first and second inclined surfaces, whereby

a light distribution requirement that a tail lamp and a turn indicator can be seen from a rear side, is met in a state where
the pannier is mounted.

US Pat. No. 9,327,548

WHEEL FOR MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A wheel for a motorcycle, comprising:
a hub supported by an axle;
a rim holding a tire; and
a plurality of spokes connecting the hub to the rim,
the hub, the rim and the spokes being integrally provided, wherein:
the plurality of spokes includes a main spoke extending from the hub to the rim and a sub spoke extending from the hub to
an intermediate portion of the main spoke and being connected with the intermediate portion of the main spoke integrally,
and the sub spoke terminating at the intermediate portion of the main spoke such that no spoke extends between the intermediate
portion of the main spoke and the rim,

the main spoke extends outwardly from the hub in a wheel radial direction and is inclined toward a first wheel circumferential
direction with respect to a straight line connecting a first coupling portion between the main spoke and the hub to a wheel
rotational center, and

the sub spoke extends outwardly from the hub in the wheel radial direction and is inclined toward a second wheel circumferential
direction with respect to a straight line connecting a second coupling portion between the sub spoke and the hub to the wheel
rotational center.

US Pat. No. 9,291,125

GAS ENGINE, CONTROL SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD FOR GAS ENGINE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A control system in a gas engine comprising:
a water injector which injects water toward an interior of a cylinder in the gas engine;
a water injection control device which controls an amount of the water injected from the water injector; and
a knocking occurrence ratio measuring device which obtains a measurement value of a knocking occurrence ratio in the cylinder,
the knocking occurrence ratio being calculated based on a number of engine cycles during a predetermined period, which precedes
a present time, and a total value of the engine cycles in which knocking has occurred within the predetermined period, wherein

the water injection control device controls the water injector to set the amount of the water injected toward the interior
of the cylinder, based on a deviation between the measurement value and a target value, and

the water injection control device (i) sets a compensation amount of the water injection amount based on the deviation between
the measurement value and the target value, and (ii) compensates the water injection amount set in a previous engine cycle
based on the compensation amount.

US Pat. No. 9,284,072

COUPLING/UNCOUPLING MECHANISM AND COSMONAUTIC VEHICLE COMPRISING THE SAME

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A coupling/uncoupling mechanism, employed for coupling and uncoupling two couple-able sections to and from each other,
comprising a bar-shaped male coupling body and a female coupling body having an insertion space for inserting and withdrawing
the male coupling body,
wherein said male coupling body has an engageable surface, which intersects a lengthwise direction thereof and faces a withdrawing
direction,

wherein said female coupling body comprises:
a support member having a shape including the insertion space for supporting a state in which said male coupling body is inserted
in said insertion space;

a lever member, provided in a position facing said insertion space, and having one end and the other end, said one end being
connected to said support member by a lever support-coupling section, said other end being configured to be movable in a direction
toward a side opposing to said insertion space by the lever support-coupling section;

an engaging member, rotatably connected at one end thereof to a position between both ends of said lever member via a lever
rotation-coupling section, and having an engaging surface, which is contacted with said engageable surface of said male coupling
body from the withdrawing direction; and

a link member, rotatably connected at one end thereof to the other end of said engaging member via a link rotation-coupling
section positioned away from said lever rotation-coupling section and in proximity to said engaging surface, in an inserting
direction, and rotatably connected at the other end thereof to said support member via a link support-coupling section,

wherein, when said male coupling body is coupled to said female coupling body, said male coupling body is inserted in the
insertion space, the other end of said lever member is disposed in a position in proximity to said insertion space, and a
condition in which said engaging surface of said engaging member is contacted with said engageable surface of said male coupling
body is maintained, and

wherein, when said male coupling body and said female coupling body are uncoupled, the other end of said lever member moves
along a direction of being apart from said insertion space so that said engaging surface of said engaging member moves toward
a withdrawing direction, resulting in releasing the contacting between said engaging surface and said engageable surface of
said male coupling body.

US Pat. No. 9,217,446

HYDRAULIC CONTROLLER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hydraulic controller comprising:
a hydraulic drive circuit driven by a variable speed motor and including a hydraulic pump configured to discharge pressure
oil in an amount corresponding to a rotational frequency of the variable speed motor, the hydraulic drive circuit supplying
to and receiving from a hydraulic actuator the pressure oil discharged from the hydraulic pump to drive the hydraulic actuator;

a hydraulic pressure storage circuit including an accumulator and configured to store the pressure oil in the accumulator
and to supply the pressure oil stored in the accumulator to the hydraulic actuator in a predetermined case;

a flow rate control mechanism including an inlet port, a first outlet port, and a second outlet port, the flow rate control
mechanism being configured such that:

the inlet port is connected to a first main oil passage through which the pressure oil discharged from the hydraulic pump
of the hydraulic drive circuit flows,

the first outlet port is connected to an oil passage leading to the accumulator of the hydraulic pressure storage circuit,
the second outlet port is connected to a second main oil passage through which the pressure oil is supplied to the hydraulic
actuator of the hydraulic drive circuit, and

of the pressure oil that flows into the inlet port,
the pressure oil at a flow rate for storing of pressure in the accumulator, which is a preset flow rate, flows out of the
first outlet port, and

the pressure oil at a surplus flow rate, which is a flow rate obtained by subtracting the flow rate for storing of pressure
from the flow rate of the pressure oil flowing into the inlet port, flows out of the second outlet port; and

a communication allowing/blocking device disposed between the first main oil passage and the second main oil passage and configured
to alternatively allow or block communication between the first main oil passage and the second main oil passage.

US Pat. No. 9,592,839

RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

9. A railcar comprising:
a pair of side sills extending in a railcar longitudinal direction;
end beams respectively located at railcar-longitudinal-direction end portions of the side sills to extend in a railcar width
direction;

bolster beams located at a railcar-longitudinal-direction inner side of the end beams to extend in the railcar width direction
and respectively placed on bogies;

center sills each located between the end beam and the bolster beam to extend in a railcar longitudinal direction;
a plurality of cross beams located at a railcar-longitudinal-direction inner side of the bolster beams to extend in the railcar
width direction;

a corrugated plate fixed to upper surfaces of the cross beams to be displaceable relative to the bolster beams in the railcar
longitudinal direction; and

a floor pan portion including at least one floor pan located between the bolster beam and the cross beam, wherein
surface portions of both railcar width direction end portions of the corrugated plate and upper surfaces of the pair of side
sills are fixed to each other.

US Pat. No. 9,561,754

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle wherein a storage space for containing baggage is formed by an extension part of a floor board and a
generally horizontal sitting part of a seat,
wherein the extension part of the floor board includes a first protruding part and/or a second protruding part protruding
upward with an interval in frontward and rearward directions,

and the first protruding part forms a wall having a height smaller than or equal to half of the height of the front side of
the storage space and the second protruding part forms a wall having a height smaller than or equal to half of the height
of the rear side of the storage space.

US Pat. No. 9,527,378

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. An electric vehicle comprising:
an electric component which generates heat from electric energy for generating rotational power for driving wheels;
an electric component accommodating space accommodating the electric component; and
an air supply mechanism configured to supply cooling air to the electric component accommodated in the electric component
accommodating space, wherein:

the air supply mechanism includes
a first air flowing pipe including a first air inlet which is open in a space outside a vehicle body and a first air outlet
communicating with the electric component accommodating space,

a second air flowing pipe including a second air inlet communicating with the electric component accommodating space and a
second air outlet which is open in the space outside the vehicle body, and

an air blower configured to generate a flow of the air such that air in the space outside the vehicle body flows through the
first air inlet into the first air flowing pipe and is discharged through the first air outlet to the electric component accommodating
space, and air in the electric component accommodating space flows through the second air inlet into the second air flowing
pipe and is discharged through the second air outlet to the space outside the vehicle body;

the first air inlet and the second air outlet are arranged higher than the electric component; and
the first air outlet is formed at a portion of the first air flowing pipe, the portion being away from a lower end of the
first air flowing pipe in an upper direction.

US Pat. No. 9,499,036

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a chassis;
at least one seat row provided on the chassis;
a cargo bed provided behind the at least one seat row;
an engine provided on the chassis; and
a storage box provided below the at least one seat row or the cargo bed, the storage box being configured to store engine
equipment,

wherein the storage box has a box body for storing the engine equipment and an opening in a top surface facing the at least
one seat row or the cargo bed, and a top cover covering the opening, and

wherein air is supplied into the storage box through a space formed by the cargo bed and the top cover.

US Pat. No. 9,440,527

UTILITY VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a body frame supporting a cabin disposed between a pair of left and right front wheels and a pair of left and right rear wheels;
a cabin front wall extending substantially throughout a vehicle width at a front end of the cabin; and
an inner fender covering a lower surface of a front chamber located ahead of the cabin and above the front wheels and extending
substantially throughout the vehicle width; wherein

the cabin front wall and the inner fender are connected to each other substantially throughout the vehicle width and form
a front wheel space including wheel housings of the front wheels and a space between the front wheels.

US Pat. No. 9,434,435

SEAT STRUCTURE FOR MOTORCYCLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a front seat including a front seat body section on which a rider is to be seated, and a protruding section protruding rearward
from the front seat body section;

a rear seat located higher than the front seat and including a rear seat body section on which a passenger is to be seated,
and a recessed section which is provided in a front portion of the rear seat body section and opened upward and forward; and

a seat lock device mounted to the vehicle body frame,
wherein
the protruding section includes an upward protruding portion protruding rearward and upward from the front seat body section,
and an extending portion protruding rearward from the upward protruding portion at an angle with respect to a horizontal direction
which is smaller than an angle of the upward protruding portion with respect to the horizontal direction, and

in a state in which a front portion of the rear seat is placed over the vehicle body frame from above such that the front
portion of the rear seat is movable upward from the vehicle body frame, the extending portion of the front seat is accommodated
into the recessed section of the rear seat and presses the recessed section from above, and the front seat is locked by the
seat lock device.

US Pat. No. 9,434,392

COLLISION ENERGY ABSORPTION COLUMN AND RAILROAD VEHICLE PROVIDED WITH THE COLLISION ENERGY ABSORPTION COLUMN

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A collision energy absorption column to be provided in an end part of a railroad vehicle and extend from an end beam toward
a roof structure, comprising:
an outer member made of metal, the outer member having a channel shape or a hollow shape in a transverse cross section thereof;
and

an inner member made of reinforced plastic, the inner member being provided along an inner circumference of the outer member
and extending in parallel with the outer member,

wherein the outer member includes a first area to be coupled to the roof structure, and a second area to be coupled to the
end beam, the first and second areas being end parts in a longitudinal direction of the column,

the inner member is configured to extend between an upper part of the end beam and a lower part of the roof structure, excluding
the first area and the second area, and the outer member at the first and second areas includes through holes, and the inner
member has upper and lower ends terminated short of the first and the second areas.

US Pat. No. 9,399,411

SLIDING STRUCTURE FOR VEHICLE SEAT

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A sliding structure for a vehicle seat, the sliding structure configured to attach the vehicle seat slidably in an anteroposterior
direction to a vehicle body, the sliding structure comprising:
at least one seat positioning portion configured to position the seat in the anteroposterior direction and a seat slide support
portion configured to support the seat movably in the anteroposterior direction,

wherein the seat positioning portion includes a positioning hole portion including a plurality of positioning holes aligned
in the anteroposterior direction, and a positioning pin attached to a seat frame and configured to be movable to a projecting
position where the positioning pin projects to one of the plurality of positioning holes to be engageable therewith, and to
a withdrawn position where the positioning pin is withdrawn from the positioning holes;

wherein the positioning pin enables the seat to be positioned in the anteroposterior direction at the projecting position,
and the positioning pin allows the seat to slide in the anteroposterior direction at the withdrawn position; and

wherein the seat slide support portion includes: a plurality of seat attachment portions located at four corners of a bottom
of the seat, respectively; a plurality of seat support portions attached to a chassis frame so as to correspond to the seat
attachment portions, respectively; and a plurality of seat guide portions configured to be attached at the seat attachment
portions, respectively, and each of the seat guide portions being movable in the anteroposterior direction relative to the
corresponding one of the seat support portions,

wherein each of the seat attachment portions is attached to the seat frame, extends in the anteroposterior direction parallel
to a seat support surface and is provided, substantially at the center, with an elongated hole that extends in the anteroposterior
direction and vertically penetrates the seat attachment portion, and

wherein each of the seat guide portions has a fastening bolt, a washer, and a collar,
the washer being positioned on an upper surface of the respective seat attachment portion and having a diameter that is larger
than a hole width of the elongated hole in a vehicle width direction,

the collar being fitted and inserted in the elongated hole with an axis thereof being aligned in the vertical direction, the
collar having a vertical height that is larger than a height of the seat attachment portion, and a diameter that is slightly
smaller than the hole width of the elongated hole,

the fastening bolt being inserted through an inner diameter portion of the collar with a head portion thereof being positioned
on the washer and fastened to the seat support portion.

US Pat. No. 9,387,764

REGENERATIVE BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM OF ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A regenerative brake control system of a vehicle including a front wheel which is a driven wheel and a rear wheel which
is a drive wheel, the rear wheel being mounted to a swing arm, the regenerative brake control system comprising:
an electric motor for activating the rear wheel;
a first braking operation member which is operated to mechanically brake the rear wheel;
a regeneration operation member which is provided separately from the first braking operation member and operated to set a
regenerative torque of the electric motor;

a detecting device for detecting a vehicle state which is other than a state of the regeneration operation member; and
a control unit which sets a reference regenerative torque according to the vehicle state detected by the detecting device;
wherein the control unit controls the regenerative torque generated in the electric motor such that a value of the regenerative
torque generated in the electric motor reaches a target value which is a value of an adjusted regenerative torque obtained
by compensating the reference regenerative torque based on an operation amount of the regeneration operation member.

US Pat. No. 9,315,335

CONVEYANCE SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A conveyance system comprising:
a storage case configured to store a plurality of substrates such that the stored substrates are vertically spaced apart from
each other;

a lifting/lowering apparatus configured to lift and lower the storage case to position each substrate stored in the storage
case to a receiving position sequentially;

a handover apparatus configured to receive the substrate at the receiving position, and hand over the substrate at a handover
position; and

a conveying apparatus configured to receive the substrate at the handover position, and convey the substrate, wherein
the conveying apparatus includes:
a plurality of conveying belts each extending in a conveying direction and provided such that the conveying belts are arranged
side by side and spaced apart from each other in a predetermined direction;

a plurality of support members associated with each other and provided on the plurality of conveying belts, respectively;
and

a conveying unit configured to drive the plurality of conveying belts such that the plurality of support members associated
with each other move together in the conveying direction, and

the support members, which are associated with each other and which are provided on the plurality of conveying belts, include
support areas supporting the substrate and tapered surfaces contacted by the received substrate, the tapered surfaces being
tapered downward toward the support areas, and the support members are configured to guide, by the tapered surfaces, the substrate
that has been handed over at the handover position to prescribed positions on the support areas, and support outer edges of
the substrate at the prescribed positions on the support areas.

US Pat. No. 9,145,184

FRONT WHEEL SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A front wheel supporting structure for a straddle-type vehicle comprising:
a front arm for supporting a front axle, the front arm extending rearward from a front axle supporting portion;
a pair of upper and lower link members pivotably connected to two vertically separated portions of a rear end of the front
arm at a location rearward of a rear end of a front wheel, the pair of upper and lower link members extending rearward from
the rear end of the front arm and substantially parallel to each other, and each having a respective rear end pivotably connected
to a link supporting bracket; and

a front suspension mechanism for suppressing turning motion of the front arm.

US Pat. No. 9,768,652

SUPERCONDUCTING FIELD POLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A plurality of superconducting field poles arranged in a circumferential direction so as to correspond to a plurality of
phases of an armature winding in a rotor of a superconducting electrical rotating machine, the rotor being disposed coaxially
with a stator in an internal space of the cylindrical stator in which the armature winding of the plurality of phases is arranged
in the circumferential direction, each of the superconducting field poles comprising:
a superconducting coil body formed by spirally winding a superconducting wire material;
an outer magnetic field-deflecting member made of a ferromagnetic material, the outer magnetic field-deflecting member being
arranged on or in the vicinity of an end face of the superconducting coil body at a radially outer side of the rotor; and

an inner magnetic field-deflecting member made of a ferromagnetic material, the inner magnetic field-deflecting member being
arranged on or in the vicinity of an end face of the superconducting coil body at a radially inner side of the rotor, wherein

the outer magnetic field-deflecting members corresponding to the respective superconducting field poles are separated from
one another, and

the inner magnetic field-deflecting members corresponding to the respective superconducting field poles are separated from
one another, and

in each of the superconducting field poles, a volume of the inner magnetic field-deflecting member is larger than a volume
of the outer magnetic field-deflecting member.

US Pat. No. 9,623,956

HIGH-LIFT DEVICE OF FLIGHT VEHICLE

THE SOCIETY OF JAPANESE A...

1. A high-lift device of a flight vehicle,
the high-lift device comprising:
a flap main body provided at a trailing portion of a main wing of the flight vehicle so as to be extracted from and be retracted
in the trailing portion and extending in a wing span direction of the main wing; and

a vortex suppressing portion provided at a tip end portion of the flap main body in an extending direction of the flap main
body and configured to suppress a vortex rolling up from a lower surface of the tip end portion of the flap main body to an
upper surface of the tip end portion of the flap main body, wherein:

the vortex suppressing portion includes
a side surface ventilation structure provided at a side end surface of the tip end portion of the flap main body and
a cavity provided in the tip end portion of the flap main body; and
the side surface ventilation structure is provided so as to cover the entire side end surface of the tip end portion of the
flap main body and constitutes a side wall defining cavity.

US Pat. No. 9,592,891

FLUID TRANSFER DEVICE, SHIP INCLUDING THE SAME, AND FLUID FOR USE IN TRANSFER DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fluid transfer device comprising:
first and second tanks each configured to store a fluid containing fine powder;
a communication pipe through which the first and second tanks communicate with each other; and
a transfer portion configured to transfer the fluid stored in the first tank to the second tank and transfer the fluid stored
in the second tank to the first tank, wherein:

each of the first and second tanks includes a first chamber and a second chamber that are separated by a deformable dividing
wall;

each of the first chambers stores an incompressible fluid;
each of the second chambers stores the fluid having higher specific gravity and viscosity than the incompressible fluid;
the second chambers of the first and second tanks communicate with each other through the communication pipe;
when the transfer portion supplies the incompressible fluid to a desired one of the first chambers, the incompressible fluid
is discharged from the other first chamber;

a stirring device configured to stir the fluid in the communication pipe is provided on the communication pipe;
a pressure adjuster is provided at the stirring device or the communication pipe; and
the pressure adjuster includes a cylinder portion configured to cause an inner side and outer side of the stirring device
or the communication pipe to communicate with each other, a piston portion provided in the cylinder portion, and a biasing
unit configured to bias the piston portion such that pressure in the stirring device or the communication pipe increases.

US Pat. No. 9,586,672

HIGH-LIFT DEVICE OF FLIGHT VEHICLE

THE SOCIETY OF JAPANESE A...

1. A high-lift device of a flight vehicle,
the high-lift device comprising:
a flap main body provided at a trailing portion of a main wing of the flight vehicle so as to be extracted from and be retracted
in the trailing portion and extending in a wing span direction of the main wing; and

a vortex suppressing portion provided at a tip end portion of the flap main body in an extending direction of the flap main
body and configured to suppress strength of a vortex rolling up from a lower surface of the tip end portion of the flap main
body to an upper surface of the tip end portion of the flap main body, wherein

the vortex suppressing portion is a flow suppressing portion formed at an upper surface side of a leading edge portion of
the tip end portion of the flap main body and configured to cause a flow along the upper surface of the tip end portion of
the flap main body to be separated from the upper surface; and

the flow suppressing portion is a projection provided so as to project upward along the wing span direction and provided only
at the leading edge portion of the upper surface side of the flap main body.

US Pat. No. 9,583,925

GASKET FOR ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX OF RAILCAR AND ELECTRICAL JUNCTION BOX OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A gasket for an electrical junction box of a railcar,
the electrical junction box including: a box main body including a side peripheral wall portion defining an opening communicating
with an outer space of the box main body; and a cover closing the opening,

the gasket being fitted in a groove portion formed on a contact surface of the side peripheral wall portion or a contact surface
of the cover,

the gasket comprising:
small width portions, a width of each of the small width portions being smaller than a width of the groove portion; and
large width portions each having projections projecting toward both respective sides of the small width portion in a width
direction and having a larger width than the width of the small width portions,

the small width portions and the large width portions being alternately provided.

US Pat. No. 9,499,226

EXHAUST PIPE SIDE COVER FOR MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An exhaust pipe side covering for a motorcycle, which includes a rear portion supported by a muffler or an exhaust pipe
of an exhaust device and a front portion supported by a motorcycle frame structure through a bracket, which exhaust pipe side
covering comprises:
a main body configured to cover the exhaust pipe from outside; and
a projecting piece formed in an inner side surface of the front portion of the main body and protruding inwardly with respect
to a motorcycle widthwise direction, wherein:

a screw insertion hole is formed in the vicinity of a portion of the main body adjacent the projecting piece;
a plug-in hole, in which the projecting piece is engaged by means of plug-in, and a threaded hole are formed in the bracket;
a mounting screw member is engaged in the threaded hole through the screw insertion hole; and
the projecting piece is of a shape elongated in section perpendicular to a projecting direction.

US Pat. No. 9,482,043

HINGED DOOR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A hinged door comprising:
a door frame portion;
a door main body arranged inside the door frame portion; and
an attaching member by which the door main body is rotatably attached to the door frame portion, wherein:
a cable or a hose extends between the door frame portion and the door main body;
the door main body includes a first through hole formed on an end surface located at an end of the door main body in a rotation
axis direction of rotation of the door main body, the cable or the hose being inserted through the first through hole; and

the door frame portion includes
a second through hole which is formed on a surface of the door frame portion, the surface being located opposed to the first
through hole, the second through hole having a shape corresponding to a movement trajectory of the first through hole when
the door main body is opened or closed, and

a slide supporting member supporting the cable or the hose extending through the second through hole while sliding relative
to the second through hole.

US Pat. No. 9,447,827

CLUTCH WITH BUILT-IN TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A torsional vibration damper equipped clutch for a combustion engine, which comprises:
a clutch drum coupled with a load through a drive shaft;
a clutch shoe connected with a rotary shaft of the combustion engine and capable of being connected with the clutch drum by
the effect of a centrifugal force;

a flywheel fixed to the rotary shaft by means of a fixing member;
a holder connected with the flywheel for relative movement in a circumferential direction through an elastic element, the
holder supporting the clutch shoe;

a stopper structure provided between the flywheel and the holder for transmitting a rotational force of the combustion engine
to the holder;

a receptacle defined in the holder for accommodating therein the elastic element;
a covering body for preventing the elastic element from falling out of the receptacle; and
an urging member fixed to the flywheel for urging the elastic element in a circumferential direction towards an inner surface
of the receptacle, wherein

the urging member is a shoulder bolt threadingly connected with the flywheel, and the holder is supported by a head portion
of the shoulder bolt.

US Pat. No. 9,434,440

SUPPORTING STRUCTURE FOR REAR PARTS OF MOTORCYCLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A motorcycle comprising:
a motorcycle frame structure;
a foot step for a passenger;
a rear wheel shock absorber;
an operation unit for manually adjusting a characteristic of the rear wheel shock absorber;
a reservoir tank for rear wheel brake oil; and
a step stay mounted to the motorcycle frame structure and configured to support the foot step, wherein
the step stay comprises:
a unit supporting portion configured to support the operation unit with the use of a first screw member;
a tank supporting portion configured to support the reservoir tank with with the use of a second screw member; and
a pannier supporting portion configured to support a front portion of a pannier for accommodating an article, the pannier
supporting portion being engaged in a support reception portion defined at the front portion of the pannier thereby to support
the front portion of the pannier when the pannier is mounted to a side portion of a motorcycle body,

the pannier supporting portion is disposed rearward of the unit supporting portion, and
an operation portion of the operation unit is disposed at a position at which overlap of the operation portion with the step
stay and the pannier is avoided as viewed from an outer lateral side.

US Pat. No. 9,425,677

GRID-INTERCONNECTED POWER CONVERTER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A power converter comprising:
a power conversion unit configured to convert DC power inputted thereto into AC power, and output the AC power to an output
line connected to a power system; and

a control unit configured to control the power conversion unit such that the power conversion unit operates as a virtual synchronous
generator, wherein

the control unit includes:
an AVR model unit configured to perform arithmetic operation, based on reactive power and an output voltage that are outputted
from the power conversion unit to the output line, a reactive power command value, and a voltage command value, to obtain
an induced voltage of the virtual synchronous generator in accordance with a deviation of the output voltage from the voltage
command value;

a governor and driving source model unit configured to perform arithmetic operation, based on active power outputted from
the power conversion unit to the output line, an active power command value, an angular velocity command value, and an angular
velocity of a rotor of the virtual synchronous generator, to obtain a driving torque of a virtual driving source in accordance
with a deviation of the angular velocity from the angular velocity command value, the virtual driving source driving the virtual
synchronous generator;

a power generation torque arithmetic operation unit configured to perform arithmetic operation, based on the induced voltage
obtained through the arithmetic operation by the AVR model unit and either a q-axis current command value or a q-axis component
of an output current of the power conversion unit, to obtain a power generation torque of the virtual synchronous generator;

a rotation angle arithmetic operation unit configured to perform arithmetic operation to obtain an acceleration torque of
the rotor of the virtual synchronous generator in a manner to subtract the power generation torque obtained through the arithmetic
operation by the power generation torque arithmetic operation unit from the driving torque obtained through the arithmetic
operation by the governor and driving source model unit, and perform arithmetic operation based on at least the acceleration
torque and inertia of the rotor of the virtual synchronous generator to obtain the angular velocity and a rotation angle of
the rotor of the virtual synchronous generator;

a voltage d-q conversion unit configured to perform arithmetic operation, with use of the rotation angle obtained through
the arithmetic operation by the rotation angle arithmetic operation unit, to obtain a d-axis component and a q-axis component
of an output voltage of the power conversion unit;

a generator model unit configured to perform arithmetic operation, with use of an algebraic expression that is specified by
a phasor diagram representing a relationship among an induced voltage, a phase voltage, and a line current of a synchronous
generator, and based on the induced voltage obtained through the arithmetic operation by the AVR model unit and the d-axis
component and the q-axis component of the output voltage obtained through the arithmetic operation by the d-q conversion unit,
to obtain a d-axis current command value and the q-axis current command value corresponding to a d-axis component and a q-axis
component of an armature current of the virtual synchronous generator; and

a power conversion control unit configured to control the power conversion unit to output a current corresponding to the d-axis
current command value and the q-axis current command value obtained through the arithmetic operation by the generator model
unit.

US Pat. No. 9,404,621

FUEL TANK VALVE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel tank valve comprising:
a valve main body including a filling port through which a fuel gas is filled in a tank and an output port through which the
fuel gas in the tank is output; and

a jet flow deflection piece through which the fuel gas to be filled through the filling port is ejected at a predetermined
angle relative to an axial direction of the tank, wherein

the jet flow deflection piece includes: a fuel ejecting portion including an ejection port through which the fuel gas is ejected
into the tank; a temperature measuring portion in which a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of the fuel
gas to be filled in the tank is provided; and an introducing passage through which a part of the fuel gas to he filled through
the fuel ejecting portion is introduced into the temperature measuring portion.

US Pat. No. 9,356,448

ELECTRIC POWER CONVERTER FOR COMBINED POWER GENERATION SYSTEM

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. An electric power converter for a combined power generation system, the electric power converter being provided at a power
supply system constituted by a plurality of electric power generation facilities each including a power storage facility including
a power storage device and an electric power converting unit,
the electric power converter comprising:
a voltage measuring unit configured to measure a voltage of the power supply system;
a frequency measuring unit configured to measure a frequency of the power supply system;
an electric power measuring unit configured to measure active electric power and reactive electric power at an output terminal
of the power storage facility; and

a system control device, wherein:
the system control device includes
a frequency command value calculating portion including a first proportional calculation unit configured to perform a proportional
calculation of a difference between an active electric power command value and the active electric power measured by the electric
power measuring unit and a first adder configured to add a reference frequency to an output of the first proportional calculation
unit to calculate a frequency command value,

an internal phase angle calculating portion configured to accumulate a difference between the frequency command value calculated
by the frequency command value calculating portion and the frequency measured by the frequency measuring unit, to calculate
an internal phase angle,

an internal electromotive voltage command value calculating portion including a second proportional calculation unit configured
to perform a proportional calculation of a difference between a reactive electric power command value and the reactive electric
power measured by the electric power measuring unit and a second adder configured to add a reference voltage to an output
of the second proportional calculation unit to calculate an internal electromotive voltage command value, and

a current command value calculating portion configured to calculate a command value of an output current of the electric power
converting unit from the internal phase angle, the internal electromotive voltage command value, and the voltage measured
by the voltage measuring unit; and

the system control device outputs the command value of the output current to the electric power converting unit to control
the electric power converting unit.

US Pat. No. 9,334,006

STRADDLE-TYPE VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A straddle-type vehicle comprising:
a vehicle body frame;
a fuel tank; and
a bracket for fastening a front end portion of the fuel tank to a front portion of the vehicle body frame;
wherein the bracket includes:
a bracket body of a flat plate shape; and
a swelling portion which partially swells from the bracket body toward the vehicle body frame, on a reverse surface of the
bracket body, which surface is configured to contact the vehicle body frame;

wherein the swelling portion extends in a forward and rearward direction from the front portion of the vehicle body frame
toward a rear portion of the vehicle body frame; and

wherein the swelling portion is configured to contact the vehicle body frame such that a gap through which a plurality of
cables extend is formed between the bracket body and the vehicle body frame.

US Pat. No. 9,333,846

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle comprising:
a body frame;
a source of power arranged in the body frame; and
an undercover for covering a lower surface of the body frame, the undercover having a region which directly faces the source
of power from a lower side,

wherein both ends of the undercover in the vehicle width direction or the vehicle front and rear direction are fixed to lower
surfaces of a plurality of bottom frame members forming a bottom part of the body frame,

and wherein the region of the undercover is raised upward, and a space is provided between the source of power and the region
of the undercover which directly faces the source of power such that the region of the undercover deforms upwardly upon being
heated.

US Pat. No. 9,308,957

SADDLE-TYPE ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A saddle-type electric vehicle comprising:
an electric motor for driving the electric vehicle;
a power transmission mechanism for transmitting driving power generated by the electric motor; and
a motor unit case including a motor accommodating section for accommodating the electric motor and a transmission mechanism
accommodating section for accommodating the power transmission mechanism such that the motor accommodating section and the
transmission mechanism accommodating section have a unitary construction;

wherein an output shaft of the electric motor extends in a rightward and leftward direction of the vehicle, and one end portion
of the output shaft in the rightward and leftward direction is coupled to the power transmission mechanism;

wherein the transmission mechanism accommodating section of the motor unit case is fastened at right and left sides to a vehicle
body frame, and the motor accommodating section is connected to the transmission mechanism accommodating section in a cantilever
state such that the motor accommodating section is joined at one end portion of the right and left sides in the rightward
and leftward direction to the transmission mechanism accommodating section and is not joined at another end portion of the
right and left sides to the transmission mechanism accommodating section;

wherein the electric motor has a cylindrical motor case which is accommodated in the motor accommodating section;
wherein the motor case is provided with bearings on wall portions at both ends of the motor case, a rotor is supported between
the bearings such that the rotor is rotatable integrally with the output shaft of the electric motor, and a stator of the
electric motor which encloses an outer periphery of the rotor is internally fitted to a peripheral wall of the motor case;
and

wherein the peripheral wall of the motor case has a greater thickness than a peripheral wall of the motor accommodating section
which is adjacent to the peripheral wall of the motor case.

US Pat. No. 9,284,912

COVER STRUCTURE OF PLUG HOLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A cover structure of a plug hole of a cylinder head cover of an engine, the cover structure comprising:
a plug cap detachably attached to the plug hole;
an outer cover covering at least an upper surface of the plug cap; and
a seal member provided on an upper surface of the cylinder head cover and surrounding a periphery of the plug hole,
wherein the outer cover has a projection portion projected toward the cylinder head cover,
wherein the seal member is pressed to the upper surface of the cylinder head cover by the projection portion;
wherein the projection portion is a first projection portion,
wherein the outer cover further has a second projection portion located radially inside the first projection portion and projecting
toward the cylinder head cover,

wherein the seal member has a first convex portion and a second convex portion respectively facing the first projection portion
and the second projection portion,

wherein the plug cap has a disk portion enlarged in a radial direction,
wherein the disk portion has a peripheral projection projecting downwardly at an outer circumferential edge thereof, and
wherein the outer cover, the plug cap, and the seal member are configured such that, when the plug cap is attached to the
plug hole:

(a) the peripheral projection is inserted between the first convex portion and the second convex portion,
(b) the first projection portion presses the first convex portion downwardly, and
(c) the second projection portion faces the second convex portion and substantially contacts with an upper surface of the
disk portion.

US Pat. No. 9,242,655

CRASH ENERGY ABSORBER OF RAILCAR

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A crash energy absorber provided at a front portion of a carbody of a railcar and configured to crush by a load from a
front side to absorb crash energy, the crash energy absorber comprising:
a substrate portion;
a main absorbing portion extending from a front surface of the substrate portion toward a front side;
an upper sub absorbing portion provided at an upper side of the main absorbing portion and extending from the front surface
of the substrate portion toward the front side;

a lower sub absorbing portion provided at a lower side of the main absorbing portion and extending from the front surface
of the substrate portion toward the front side;

a main front wall provided at a front portion of the main absorbing portion and having at least one projection that extends
in a left-right direction and that projects from a front surface of the main front wall;

an upper sub front wall provided at a front portion of the upper sub absorbing portion and having at least one projection
that extends in a left-right direction and that projects from a front surface of the upper sub front wall; and

a lower sub front wall provided at a front portion of the lower sub absorbing portion and having at least one projection that
extends in a left-right direction and that projects from a front surface of the lower sub front wall, wherein:

the upper sub absorbing portion is formed integrally with the main absorbing portion via upper breakable portions extending
in a front-rear direction;

the lower sub absorbing portion is formed integrally with the main absorbing portion via lower breakable portions extending
in a front-rear direction;

the main absorbing portion includes a tubular portion extending in a front-rear direction;
the upper sub absorbing portion has an inverted U-shaped cross section when viewed from the front side and the lower sub absorbing
portion has a U-shaped cross section when viewed from the front side;

the upper sub absorbing portion is coupled to the tubular portion such that a space is formed between the upper sub absorbing
portion and an upper wall portion of the tubular portion;

the lower sub absorbing portion is coupled to the tubular portion such that a space is formed between the lower sub absorbing
portion and a lower wall portion of the tubular portion; and

each of vertical heights of the upper and lower sub absorbing portions is smaller than a vertical height of the main absorbing
portion.

US Pat. No. 9,127,591

ENGINE SUPERCHARGER DRIVE DEVICE

Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushik...

1. A supercharger drive device for a combustion engine, which comprises:
a gear carrier shaft operable to rotate in unison with a rotary shaft of the combustion engine;
a plurality of speed change gears mounted on the gear carrier shaft;
a drive shaft of a supercharger connected directly or indirectly with the plurality of speed change gears for rotation;
a gear shifter for selecting one of the plurality of speed change gears to transmit a motive force from the gear carrier shaft
to the drive shaft by way of such selected one of the plurality of speed change gears;

wherein the gear carrier shaft and the gear shifter are arranged parallel to the rotary shaft, and
the gear carrier shaft has a drive gear formed integrally therewith and is rotatable in unison with the rotary shaft through
an engagement of the drive gear with a rotary shaft gear formed in an outer periphery of a web of the rotary shaft.

US Pat. No. 9,056,576

UTILITY VEHICLE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A utility vehicle, comprising:
a front seat;
a rear seat at a rear side of the front seat;
a cargo bed at a rear side of the rear seat; and
a screen for partitioning the cargo bed and a riding space at a front side of the cargo bed;
wherein the cargo bed includes left and right fixed side walls, a front wall movable into the riding space, and left and right
expansion side walls expandable into the riding space, the cargo bed is changeable between an expanded state in which the
cargo bed is expanded forward into the riding space and a non-expanded state in which the cargo bed is not expanded into the
riding space,

wherein the screen is attached to the front wall,
wherein the left expansion side wall is foldably attached to the front wall and the left fixed side wall, and the right expansion
side wall is foldably attached to the front wall and the right fixed side wall,

wherein a front end of the left expansion side wall is coupled to the front wall via a first left hinge and a rear end of
the left expansion side wall is coupled to the left fixed side wall via a second left hinge, and the left expansion side wall
comprises a plurality of plate members coupled to each other via a third left hinge,

wherein a front end of the right expansion side wall is coupled to the front wall via a first right hinge and a rear end of
the right expansion side wall is coupled to the right fixed side wall via a second right hinge, and the right expansion side
wall comprises a plurality of plate members coupled to each other via a third right hinge,

wherein the first left hinge comprises a first hinge base and a second hinge base configured to regulate each other such that
an angle between the first hinge base of the first left hinge and the second hinge base of the first left hinge can be fixed
at a first degree and at a second degree,

wherein the second left hinge comprises a first hinge base and a second hinge base configured to regulate each other such
that an angle between the first hinge base of the second left hinge and the second hinge base of the second left hinge can
be fixed at a first degree and at a second degree,

wherein the third left hinge comprises a first hinge base and a second hinge base configured to regulate each other such that
an angle between the first hinge base of the third left hinge and the second hinge base of the third left hinge can be fixed
at a first degree and at a second degree,

wherein the first right hinge comprises a first hinge base and a second hinge base configured to regulate each other such
that an angle between the first hinge base of the first right hinge and the second hinge base of the first right hinge can
be fixed at a first degree and at a second degree,

wherein the second right hinge comprises a first hinge base and a second hinge base configured to regulate each other such
that an angle between the first hinge base of the second right hinge and the second hinge base of the second right hinge can
be fixed at a first degree and at a second degree, and

wherein the third right hinge comprises a first hinge base and a second hinge base configured to regulate each other such
that an angle between the first hinge base of the third right hinge and the second hinge base of the third right hinge can
be fixed at a first degree and at a second degree.

US Pat. No. 10,132,499

FUEL INJECTION DEVICE

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A fuel injection device for supplying a fuel to a compressed air from a compressor for combustion, the fuel injection device comprising:a pilot fuel injector located at a radially center portion of the fuel injection device and configured to inject the fuel into a combustion chamber;
a main fuel injector located at an outer periphery of the pilot fuel injector and configured to inject a premixed air-fuel mixture of the fuel and the compressed air into the combustion chamber; and
an air injection unit located between an outlet end portion of the pilot fuel injector and the main fuel injector and configured to inject the compressed air into the combustion chamber,
the air injection unit including:
a partition wall plate provided at a downstream end portion of an inner main shroud that forms a part of the air injection unit;
a flame stabilization plate secured to the partition wall plate and provided at a downstream side of the partition wall plate;
a first opening provided between the flame stabilization plate and the outlet end portion of the pilot fuel injector and opened at a downstream side; and
a second opening which is provided in the partition wall plate and through which the compressed air is supplied to an inflow space defined between the flame stabilization plate and the partition wall plate, and
the flame stabilization plate includes an inclined portion inclined in a radially outwardly and in a downstream direction with respect to a fuel injection centerline axis, and a first portion substantially parallel to the fuel injection centerline axis and a second portion substantially parallel to the partition wall plate,
wherein the partition wall plate is angled radially inward towards the upstream end of the fuel injection centerline axis.

US Pat. No. 10,071,754

RAILCAR WITH BUFFER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar comprising:a buffer installed in an end portion of each of coupled cars, and urging each other in a car longitudinal direction, the buffer having a stem movable in the car longitudinal direction and a spring urging the stem;
an underframe internally enclosing part of the buffer and including an opening on a top plate of the underframe; and
a compression mechanism forcibly compressing the spring to move the stem, part of the compression mechanism being freely brought into and out of the opening.

US Pat. No. 10,053,119

PLATE SPRING COVER AND RAILCAR BOGIE INCLUDING PLATE SPRING COVER

KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIK...

1. A railcar bogie comprising:a cross beam supporting a carbody of a railcar;
wheels provided at each of both car width direction sides of the railcar bogie so as to be lined up in a car longitudinal direction;
front and rear axles each extending in a car width direction and each connecting the wheels positioned at respective left and right car width direction sides of the railcar bogie to each other, the front and rear axles being provided at respective front and rear car longitudinal direction sides of the cross beam with the cross beam interposed between the front and rear axles;
bearings provided at both respective car width direction sides of each of the front and rear axles and rotatably supporting the front and rear axles;
axle boxes accommodating the respective bearings;
plate springs made of fiber-reinforced resin and extending in the car longitudinal direction so as to support both respective car width direction end portions of the cross beam, both car longitudinal direction end portions of each of the plate springs being supported by the respective axle boxes;
electrically nonconductive buffer members each interposed between the plate spring and the axle box;
electrically nonconductive contacting members each interposed between the plate spring and the cross beam; and
an electrically conductive plate spring cover covering at least a part of the plate spring and electrically connected to the wheel.