Patents Represented by Attorney David P. Wood
  • Patent number: 7559488
    Abstract: An injection nozzle for an internal combustion engine includes a nozzle body having a first nozzle outlet, a second nozzle outlet and a delivery chamber for fuel, an outer valve needle engageable with an outer valve seating to control fuel injection through the first nozzle outlet and an inner valve needle engageable with an inner valve seating to control fuel injection through the second nozzle outlet. The outer valve needle is provided with an axial bore within which the inner valve needle is slidable. The injection nozzle further includes a sleeve member coupled to the inner valve needle and a ring member coupled to the outer valve needle, wherein the ring member is brought into engagement with the sleeve member when the outer valve needle is moved axially through a distance that is greater than a predetermined distance ‘L’ so as to cause axial movement of the inner valve needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D Smout, Louise A Connelly
  • Patent number: 7531944
    Abstract: An enclosure for enclosing piezoelectric elements of a piezoelectric actuator comprises a side wall that is shaped to define at least one strain compensation formation selected from a longitudinally-extensible part at which the side wall can be extended or contracted parallel to a longitudinal axis of the enclosure; and an inwardly-deflectable part at which the side wall can be deflected transversely to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Oakley, Jack C. Webb
  • Patent number: 7525234
    Abstract: A drive circuit (20a,20b) for an injector arrangement having at least one piezoelectric injector (12a,12b) is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J Martin
  • Patent number: 7523875
    Abstract: An injection nozzle (4) for an internal combustion engine, the injection nozzle (4) including a nozzle body (6) provided with a bore (8) defining a valve seating surface, and having a first nozzle outlet and a second nozzle outlet, a first delivery chamber upstream of said nozzle outlets, an outer valve member, moveable within the bore (8) and itself provided with an axial bore (8), wherein the outer valve member is engageable with an outer valve seat defined by the valve seating surface so as to control fuel flow from a first delivery chamber to at least the first nozzle outlet when the outer valve member lifts from its seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Peter Cooke, Godfrey Greeves
  • Patent number: 7525052
    Abstract: A multifunction six-way switch assembly having a plurality of sealed dome type or membrane switches disposed on a circuit board and arranged in pairs such that a single knob actuator may be slidably moved in opposite directions along a first axis for actuating either one of a first pair of membrane switches and slidably moved in opposite directions along a second perpendicular axis for actuating either one of a second and third pair of membrane switches in the same direction for controlling seat adjustment servomotors. Rotation of the single-knob actuator about a third axis normal to the first two axes results in a mutually opposite direction of actuation of the second and third pair of membrane switches. The six-way actuator has only one portion extending externally of the switch housing for attachment of the user knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Novelle, Claus D. Raddatz, Steven J. Long, Kenneth F. Tomerlin
  • Patent number: 7516906
    Abstract: A fuel injector for use in an internal combustion engine includes a valve needle which is engageable with a valve needle seat to control fuel injection through an injector outlet. An actuator, typically in the form of a piezoelectric actuator stack, is arranged to control fuel pressure within a control chamber and a surface associated with the valve needle is exposed to fuel pressure within the control chamber. A load transmitter, preferably in the form of a motion inverter, transmits movement of the actuator to the valve needle. The load transmitter includes a bellows arrangement which is compressible and expandable in response to said actuator movement so as to vary fuel pressure within the control chamber, thereby to control movement of the valve needle relative to the valve needle seat. A piezoelectrically operable injector is operable in an energize-to-inject mode to provide efficient opening of the valve needle and to enable rapid closure of the valve needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Cooke
  • Patent number: 7509942
    Abstract: A fuel system for supplying pressurised fuel to a plurality of fuel injectors (14a-14f) comprises an accumulator assembly (16) having first and second accumulator volumes (18, 20) defined within a common accumulator housing (22), supply means (42) for supplying fuel at a supply pressure level to the first accumulator volume (18) and a plurality of unit pumps (10a-10f). Each unit pump is arranged to receive fuel at the supply pressure level from the first accumulator volume (18) and pressurises said fuel to an injectable pressure level for supply to the second accumulator volume (20). Each unit pump (10a-10f) includes a pumping plunger (50) for pressuring fuel within an associated pump chamber (52) and being integrated with the accumulator housing (22) so as to permit communication between the first accumulator volume (18) and the pump chamber (52) internally within the accumulator housing (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R Knight, Adam Wilkin
  • Patent number: 7509947
    Abstract: A fuel pump for use in an internal combustion engine comprises a pump housing provided with a plunger bore, a pumping plunger which is movable within the plunger bore by means of a cam drive arrangement to perform a pumping stroke to pressurise fuel within a pumping chamber and a cam follower arrangement interposed between the cam drive arrangement and the pumping plunger so as to transmit a drive force of the drive arrangement to the pumping plunger. The cam follower arrangement includes a timing advance piston for advancing or retarding the timing of the pumping stroke, and control means for controlling the timing advance piston so as to advance or retard the timing of the pumping stroke. The timing advance piston is provided with a groove on its outer surface for receiving fluid, thereby to provide a centralising force to the timing advance piston, in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Onur Mehmet Tansug, George N Felton
  • Patent number: 7510407
    Abstract: A filtered electrical connection header assembly for an electrical device, and methods for assembling a filtered connection header assembly for an electrical device, are disclosed. An electrical connection header may include a housing for an electrical circuit and a connection header assembly secured to the housing that includes a plurality of electrical pins. The pins may each include a first portion, and a second portion oriented generally orthogonal to the first portion. The second portions of the pins extend into the housing to contact the electrical circuit. A forward end of a connector shroud may receive a pin stabilizer having a plurality of apertures that receive the first portion of the pins for engagement with a mating connector. The electrical connection header may further include a filter assembly configured to filter a signal transmitted though the pins that is secured to the external surface of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond J. Blasko, Dominic A. Messuri, Peter M. Politsky, Christopher A. Margrave
  • Patent number: 7504839
    Abstract: A flexible circuit includes a plurality of electrical traces and a plurality of probe tips directly formed thereto. The electrical traces are made of a first electrically conductive material and the probe tips are made of a second electrically conductive material that is harder than the first electrically conductive material. The first material is copper or a copper alloy and the second material is nickel or a nickel alloy, where the second material may be plated with gold. Portions of the probe tips are exposed to facilitate electrical contact with contact pads of another electrical circuit. The flexible circuit may also include a ground layer to facilitate electrical correction with another electrical circuit at relatively high frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Haim Feigenbaum, Bao Q. Le, Long T. Hoang, Robert K. Betz
  • Patent number: 7486005
    Abstract: An electrical connector arrangement for a piezoelectric actuator (10) having a stack (26) of one or more piezoelectric elements, the electrical connector arrangement including positive and negative terminals (30, 32) for connection with distribution electrodes (44a, 44b) of the piezoelectric stack (26). Each of the positive and negative terminals (30, 32) has a lower end face (30d, 32d) which locates adjacent to an upper end face of the stack (26), in use, and a radially outer contact face (30e, 32e) for contact with the distribution electrodes (44a, 44b). The terminals (30, 32) also connect with an external voltage supply, in use. A block (30c, 32c) of each terminal (30, 32) defines the radially outer contact face (30e, 32e) for the stack distribution electrodes (44a, 44b) and thus provides a robust terminal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Manfred Kolkman
  • Patent number: 7485012
    Abstract: An electrical connection system comprises a connector shell and a plurality of wafer connectors that plug into the connector shell. Each wafer connector holds a plurality of electric terminals that are attached to ends of electric cables, and a lock bar that is attached to the connector shell to retain the wafer connectors in the connector shell. The connector shell has an upper wall, a lower wall and side walls that are spaced apart to define a stack of wafer connector compartments that extends from the upper wall to the lower wall, an uppermost compartment being defined in part by the upper wall and an lowermost compartment being defined in part by the lower wall. The side walls each have slots in their confronting surfaces for each compartment in the stack of wafer connector compartments for locating a wafer connector in each compartment, the slots being longitudinal and open ended so that a wafer connector can be inserted longitudinally into each compartment from an insertion end of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Daugherty, Christopher A. Margrave, Thomas E. McLain, John T. Kightlinger, Theodore R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7479613
    Abstract: Control device for activating/deactivating functions, comprising a supporting plate comprising a contact surface providing electrical contacts, a control member for selecting a function with the actuation of a switching means, the control member mounted rotatably about an axis of rotation and pivotably about a pivot axis separate from the axis of rotation, rotation and pivoting of the control member facilitating selection of a function and confirmation of the selected function. The control member may be associated with an actuating lever, of which one end comprises the axis of rotation, and of which the other end is mounted pivotably about the pivot axis, the lever being displaceable between a rest position and at least one active position in which at least one electrical switching means on the supporting plate is actuated for purposes of confirming a function, the axis of rotation and the pivot axis extending in separate extension planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Olivier Zann, Dominique Bidard, Cedric Ritondo
  • Patent number: 7476843
    Abstract: A method for determining the position of one of two components in relative motion with respect to each other, using optical means, comprises: directing at least one light beam emitted by a light source attached to one component towards a diffractive support attached to the second component, calculated and manufactured for generating an optical signal indicative of the positioning of said support, the optical signal being produced by the diffractive support in transmission and/or in reflection, and the optical signal including information indicative of its quality; detecting and reading at least one optical code formed by said signal, which corresponds to a unique position of the diffractive support relatively to the beam; and assigning a position to each detected optical code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: C. David Wright
  • Patent number: 7475462
    Abstract: An automated wire harness machine is capable of manufacturing a wire harness in an automated process. The wire harness is generally a plurality of bundled, preferably un-stripped, insulated wires. Each un-stripped end portion of each wire is preferably terminated by an electrical terminal in one of a series of electrical connectors of the wire harness. Each connector has at least one wafer which houses a plurality of terminals. The wire harness machine utilizes a pallet that holds all of the wafers of one wire harness. A conveyor transports the pallet and wafers through a series of stations which perform automated manufacturing steps. The first station is a terminal inserter which inserts and locks the terminals within pre-assigned cavities of the wafers. The next station is an automated wire loader which measures, cuts and crimps the two ends of each wire into the respective terminals of the loaded wafer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Gourash, John Thomas Kightlinger, Nick M. Loprire, Robert Alan McFall, John C. McLane, Andrew F. Rodondi
  • Patent number: 7472460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamping apparatus comprising a base body and two clamping straps which are arranged opposite one another on one side of the base body, are made flexible at least sectionally, extend convexly to one another in a non-clamping state of the clamping apparatus and can be brought into engagement by being pressed together in order thereby to fasten an object located between the clamping straps and the base body to the clamping apparatus of a clamping fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Urbaniak, Uwe Hoffmann, Mario Luebstorf
  • Patent number: 7453048
    Abstract: An indicator device for vehicles includes a fixed support mounted in the vicinity of a steering column, an actuation lever, a moveable finger mechanically connected to the actuation lever, and safety means. In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, the moveable finger is mounted on the fixed support slidingly between a position of engagement of its free end, pivoting of the moveable finger being possible only in the engagement position. Return means are provided to return the finger into its disengaged position. The moveable finger and the fixed support each include an indexing surface, and the two surfaces are superimposed as to co-operate with an elastic push button on the end of the actuation lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Emmanuel Cordier, Claude Simon
  • Patent number: 7454286
    Abstract: The present invention relates to: self-tuning engine control algorithms using inputs from transducers that measure pressure in the engine cylinders, and from an engine crankshaft rotational position sensor; methods of processing the input signals to “self-tune” or learn accurate values for a) pressure transducer voltage offset, b) crank position encoder error and c) engine compression ratio; improved pressure-ratio-based algorithms for calculating cylinder heat release fraction as a function of crank angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Sinnamon, Mark C. Sellnau
  • Patent number: 7451938
    Abstract: A fuel injector comprising a valve member which is engageable with a valve seating to control fuel delivery from the injector, an actuator arrangement and an amplifier arrangement for transmitting movement of the actuator arrangement to the valve member. The amplifier arrangement comprises a piston member with which the actuator arrangement is cooperable to apply a retracting force to the piston member, and a control chamber for fluid. The amplifier arrangement preferably comprises a mechanical coupling arrangement for coupling movement of the piston member to the valve member upon application of an initial retracting force to the piston member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Peter Cooke
  • Patent number: 7448924
    Abstract: A current distribution bus comprises an electrically conductive conduit which has been brought into a flattened shape at least regionally by pressing and whose end sections are made in sleeve shape for the connection of electrical leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian Staab, Joachim Bock, Frank Ochse