Patent Number: 6,251,020

Title: Ball cam centering mechanism

Abstract: A universal, joint (300) includes a centering device (110) for supporting the universal joint and forcing the two joint halves to operate at the same angle thereby causing the joint to operate at constant velocity at all angles. Each shaft (115, 116) of the joint (300) is connected to the centering device (110). Movement of one of the shafts (115, 116) at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the coupling device (317) is transmitted to the other shaft (116, 115) by the centering device (110) and the centering device (110) causes the other shaft (116, 115) to likewise move at the same angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the coupling device (317). The centering device (110) includes a cam bearing (cam 101) longitudinally aligned with a cam bearing (cam 102), which arrangement of cam bearings allows a full range of movement of the shafts (115, 116).

Inventors: Cornay; Paul J. (Longmont, CO)

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International Classification: F16D 3/16 (20060101); F16D 3/33 (20060101); F16D 003/33 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018