American Axle and Manufacturing Inc.

Rochester Hills, MI, United States

American Axle and Manufacturing Inc.

Rochester Hills, MI, United States
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American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-08-05

A method for forming a propshaft assembly that includes: providing a propshaft tube having a wall member that defines an inner tubular surface; providing a yoke with a yoke body and a pair of yoke arms that extend from the yoke body, the yoke body defining first and second locating portions and an adhesive groove that is disposed between the first and second locating portions; assembling the yoke to the propshaft tube such that the first locating portion engages the inner tubular surface in a slip-fit manner and the second locating portion engages the inner tubular surface in an interference-fit manner; heating the propshaft tube and the yoke; and injecting an adhesive through the propshaft tube into the adhesive groove when the propshaft tube and the yoke are at a temperature that is greater than or equal to a predetermined minimum adhesive injection temperature. A propshaft assembly is also provided.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-11-07

An actuator assembly can include a housing, first and second pistons, and spring. The housing can include first and second cylinders disposed about an axis. The first piston and cylinder can define a first chamber in fluid communication with an inlet. The second piston and cylinder can define a second chamber in fluid communication with an outlet. Opposite ends of the spring can be coupled for axial translation with the first and second piston, respectively. The spring can translate the first piston to provide high volume, low pressure fluid to the outlet when a pressure in the first chamber is less than a predetermined pressure. When the pressure in the first chamber is equal to, or greater than, the predetermined pressure and the second piston is translated in the first axial direction, the spring can compress and the second piston can provide low volume, high pressure fluid to the outlet.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-11-01

A power transmitting component having a actuator with a lead screw, which is driven by a motor and a transmission, a pusher assembly driven by the lead screw, and a clutch fork. Translation of the pusher coordinates movement of the clutch fork along its axis.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-11-22

A family of axle assemblies that employ a modular concept to maximize part commonality amongst the several axle assemblies. The axle assemblies have a housing assembly that employs a main housing that is formed from a casting that is common to all of the axle assemblies.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-11-11

A vehicle with a primary driveline that is configured to distribute rotary power to a first set of vehicle wheels and a power transmitting device that can be selectively operated to transmit rotary power to a secondary driveline. The power transmitting device has an input member, which is driven by the primary driveline, and an output member that is selectively coupled to the input member to receive rotary power therefrom. The secondary driveline comprises a differential, a pair of shafts, and a side shaft coupling that selectively interrupts power transmission between the differential and one of the shafts.


A method that includes: providing a structure that is movable along a first axis; coupling a sensor assembly to the structure, the sensor assembly comprising first and second eddy current sensors and first and second targets that are mounted to the structure for movement along the first axis; sensing the first target with the first eddy current sensor and responsively generating a first sensor signal; sensing the second target with the second eddy current sensor and responsively generating a second sensor signal; and using the first and second sensor signals to determine a location of the structure along the first axis in a manner that is insensitive to coordinated movement of the first and second targets along a second axis that is perpendicular to the first axis and a third axis that is perpendicular to both the first and second axes.


An actuator can include a housing, core assembly, and first and second electromagnets. The housing can have a first pole piece, second pole piece, and central pole piece disposed between the first and second pole pieces. The central pole piece can have a central body and a bridge. The bridge can be between the first and second pole pieces and axially movable relative thereto. The core assembly can be received in the housing. The core assembly can be movable along a first axis between a first core position and a second core position. The core assembly can include a permanent magnet, a first core, and a second core. The first and second cores can be coupled to the permanent magnet for common axial movement. The first and second electromagnets can be spaced axially apart by the central body and can have opposite polarities.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-08-04

An actuator can include a coil spring, a plunger, and a rotating member. The coil spring can include a plurality of coils disposed about an axis. The plunger can include a body and a follower. The follower can be fixedly coupled to the body. The body can be disposed about the axis. The follower can be received between adjacent ones of the coils. The rotating member can be rotatable about the axis and drivingly coupled to one of the coil spring and the plunger to rotate the one of the coil spring and the plunger about the axis. Rotation of the rotatable member can effect translation of the plunger, compression of the coil spring, or both translation of the plunger and compression of the coil spring.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-02-24

A brushless DC electric motor having a rotor with a single bearing, a multi-pole oriented magnet, an output coupling and a rotor shell. The rotor shell is formed of an electrically insulating material and can be overmolded onto the magnet, the bearing and the output coupling.


Patent
American Axle and Manufacturing Inc. | Date: 2016-02-24

An actuator that includes a housing, first and second drive portions, a rotary-to-linear converter and an output member. The housing defines a first housing part and a second housing part that is segregated from first housing part by a housing wall. The first drive portion is housed in the first housing part and has a source of rotary power and an intermediate output that is driven by the source of rotary power. The second drive portion is housed in the second housing part and has an intermediate input and a transmission. The intermediate input receives rotary power from the intermediate output and transmits rotary power to the transmission. The intermediate input does not physically contact the intermediate output and the housing wall is disposed between the intermediate output and the intermediate input. The rotary-to-linear converter driven by the transmission. The output member translated along an axis by the rotary-to-linear converter.

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