Woodward has been granted a patent for a control apparatus featuring a unique design with multiple components including mounting members, pivot members, elongate members, retainer brackets, gimbals, force brackets, and bias members. The apparatus allows for precise control and movement in different directions. GlobalData’s report on Woodward gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Woodward, Photovoltaic drones was a key innovation area identified from patents. Woodward's grant share as of February 2024 was 60%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Control apparatus with pivot member, elongate member, and bias member

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Woodward Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11921536B2) discloses a control apparatus designed to provide compound force profiles for restoring a self-centering joystick controller to a center pivotal position after being displaced. The apparatus includes a first mounting member, a pivot member defining an axis, an elongate member with first and second elongate portions, a retainer bracket, a gimbal, a force bracket, and a bias member. The design allows for precise control and movement of the joystick controller, ensuring accurate and responsive operation.

Furthermore, the patent details a method of actuating the control apparatus, involving applying torque to the elongate member, pivoting it about the pivot member, and contacting the force bracket to the gimbal at predetermined angles. The bias member then provides a second torque to the elongate member, aiding in its movement back to the center pivotal position. The method outlines a series of steps to ensure the proper functioning of the control apparatus, emphasizing the importance of the force bracket's interaction with the gimbal and the constraints provided by slots and pins within the apparatus. Overall, the patent highlights a sophisticated system for joystick control, offering a unique and efficient solution for self-centering joystick controllers in various applications.

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