Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Dennis Kelly Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6729020
    Abstract: An instrument panel of an automotive vehicle has an original circuit board (10). An LED (16) is disposed on a bridge (34) in the board and faces a driver of the vehicle. Two terminals (16T1, 16T2) extend through the bridge to conductive continuity with respective conductive traces (24, 26) on the rear board face 12. Should the LED fail, it is replaced by severing the bridge from the board and removing it along with the LED on it. The severing creates a through-hole (36) in the board. A socket (40) that contains a replacement LED (16R) is installed in the through-hole and provides conductive continuity of the respective traces on the board with respective terminals of the replacement LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Robert V. Brown, Robert D. Dannenberg
  • Patent number: 6732026
    Abstract: A park-brake monitoring-system monitors the operating state of a park-brake system of a vehicle. The park-brake monitoring-system comprises operating-state sensors that produce and communicate sensed operating-state signals in manners dependent upon the operating state of the park-brake system to other components of the vehicle. The configuration and interaction with the park-brake system and the park-brake monitoring system of the operating-state sensors is refined such that the sensed operating-state signals produced thereby include signal types that are implicative of the park-brake system having a fully-set operating state, signal types that are implicative of the park-brake system having a fully-released operating state, signal types implicative of the park-brake system having a not-fully-released operating state, and signal types implicative of the park-brake system having a not-fully-set operating state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: William R. Fleming, Norman K. Arnold
  • Patent number: 6729442
    Abstract: A wheel hub magnetic filter fits within a wheel hub mounted for rotation on an end of the axle. The lubricating oil filter is positioned in a lubricating oil path upstream from the wheel hub bearings and is mounted with the wheel hub for rotation. The lubricating oil filter comprising a circular ring section which fits into an annular plenum in the wheel hub and includes flow directing barriers positioned radially inwardly from an outer edge of the circular ring section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventors: Michael B. Merkler, Vincent O. Valenzuela, Daniel A. Grohnke, Richard L. Overman
  • Patent number: 6725957
    Abstract: A truck cab suspension system provides improved lateral location of the cab and restrains the cab from detachment from the vehicle chassis during accidents. The suspension system offers simplification over the prior art by providing a lateral locating wheel set in a vertical travel between the chassis and the vehicle cab. The travel provides a backup link between cab and chassis. The locating wheel is cushioned to provide bumper like protection for lateral, and both up and down vertical shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Anthony D. Sutton
  • Patent number: 6726272
    Abstract: Two and four point truck cab suspensions comprise combined spring/damping element units at at least the rear corners of the cab, and preferably at all four corners of the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin S. Puterbaugh, Anthony D. Sutton
  • Patent number: 6725147
    Abstract: A method of deriving a formula (FIG. 4) for calculating a quantity of fuel injected by an electric-actuated fuel injector (16) during an injection wherein duration of the injection is set by duration of an electric signal (P1, P2) applied to the fuel injector and pressure (ICP) at which the fuel is injected is set by pressure of hydraulic fluid applied to the fuel injector. The fuel injector is mapped by applying, various combinations of different selected hydraulic fluid pressures and different selected durations of the electric signal to create data sets of the corresponding selected hydraulic fluid pressure, the corresponding selected electric signal duration, and the quantity of fuel injected. Data from the data sets is processed to create terms of a multiple term mathematical formula that is used to calculate the quantity of fuel injected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Chad Mollin
  • Patent number: 6722121
    Abstract: A control (30) for controlling a variable valve actuation mechanism (26) of an internal combustion engine (10) to regenerate a NOx adsorber catalyst (35) in the exhaust system (22) of the engine. The control comprises an operating program (50) for regenerating the catalyst while the engine is running under its own power by causing the variable valve actuation mechanism to change the timing of operation of the intake valves (18) so as to transition the fuel-air ratio of mixture that is being combusted in the cylinders (16) from a relatively leaner mixture to a mixture that sufficiently richer than stoichiometric to effectively regenerate the catalyst.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Xinqun Gui, Jinhui Sun, Steven T. Omachi, Xiaoyan Lei, Russell P. Zukouski
  • Patent number: 6724102
    Abstract: A switch module in an instrument panel of a motor vehicle contains multiple switch assemblies connected by wiring to a controller. Multiple devices controlled by the switch assemblies are connected by wiring to the controller. The controller has a programmed matrix correlating a switch input from each particular switch assembly in the module with a particular device to place each particular device under control of the corresponding switch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: H. Edward Kelwaski, Robert D. Dannenberg
  • Patent number: 6718574
    Abstract: A pneumatically supported bunk assembly is dynamically leveled using compressed air provided by the vehicle. Level sensors determine deviation from the horizontal. Extension sensors associated with the pneumatic cylinders prevent over or under extension of the pneumatic cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Bradley, Rodney J. Klinger, Joseph Thaddeus Tiglao Penaloza
  • Patent number: 6718935
    Abstract: There is provided a hydraulic fuel system having an integrated and internally mounted oil circuit for providing high pressure in a hydraulically operated electronically controlled fuel injector fuel system. There is provide an internally mounted high pressure pump in a pump housing in the crankcase and connected to internally routed high pressure lines that deliver the oil to high pressure oil rails. There is provide an integrated low pressure oil reservoir in the crank case that comprises a low pressure oil cooler and reservoir. The oil cooler is preferably immersed inside the low pressure oil reservoir to optimize available engine space and improve heat transfer. There is also provided a high pressure pump filter that covers a high pressure pump inlet feed passage to prevent debris from passing into the high pressure oil pump and other components on the high pressure oil circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: David B. Meisner, Griselda Collet-Santacruz, Ruben D. Varela
  • Patent number: 6719116
    Abstract: Clutching arrangements for motor vehicle standard transmissions. The force required to clutch a vehicle transmission using a foot pedal is reduced by providing a compressed air actuated boost device attached to the clutch linkage. The degree of boost is selectable using a hand controlled air pressure regulator. Activation of the boost device is controlled by switches which are sensitive to clutch pedal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Burnell L. Bender, Brian P. Marshall
  • Patent number: 6719077
    Abstract: A hood-latching system for a vehicle that has an engine-compartment hood that can be moved between a closed position and one or more open positions. The hood-latching system comprises one or more novel hood latches that are operable, when secured in a latched state to apply hood retention forces to the engine-compartment hood and thus, to secure the engine-compartment hood in its closed position. The novel hood latches of the hood latching system comprise prop legs that support the novel hood latches out of a path of travel of the engine-compartment hood when the novel hood latches are not secured in a latched state. The prop legs of the novel hood latches, thus, enable one person to close the engine-compartment hood of the vehicle without pinching the novel hood latches between the engine-compartment hood and latch-anchor components to which the novel hood latches are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jerry J. Connett, Lawrence Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6712043
    Abstract: A control system for controlling the flow of an actuating fluid to an accumulator, the accumulator serving the fuel injectors of an internal combustion engine, includes a controller being in communication with a plurality of engine related sensors. A variable output pump is in fluid communication with a source of actuating fluid and has at least two selectable output conditions, the pump being operably coupled to the controller, the controller acting to selectively port a portion of the actuating fluid to the accumulator in a first pump output condition and to vent the portion of the actuating fluid to a reservoir in a second pump output condition resulting in power saving. A fuel injection system and a method of control are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Sidi Ould Sadfa
  • Patent number: 6709287
    Abstract: An electrical connection module is disclosed for electrically connecting electrical components disposed upon opposite sides of a module mounting component to one another. The electrical connection module comprises a rigid body with a first electrical terminal and a second electrical terminal engaged to the rigid body of the electrical connection module. The electrical connection module is to be fixedly mounted to the module mounting component (cable) with the first electrical terminal protruding from a second side of the module mounting component, through a passageway defined in the module mounting component, to a first side of the module mounting component. The second electrical terminal of the electrical connection module is disposed upon the second side of the module mounting component (cable). An electrical component is electrically connected to an electrical terminal of the electrical connection module at a point disposed upon one side of the module mounting component (cable).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Charles D. Sims, Brian G. Smith, Stanley W. Larison
  • Patent number: 6709328
    Abstract: Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for busses achieve improved air distribution by the use of ducts to distribute the air throughout the passenger compartment. The ducts have a varying cross sectional area so that the impedance to air flow appears constant at all points along the duct. The quantity of air distributed from each of a plurality of vents is substantially even is effectively equalized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Sunil K. Jain, Aaron D. Lindsey, Kenneth J. Smith
  • Patent number: 6709037
    Abstract: An accessory-mounting assembly for mounting accessories at a distance from exterior surfaces of a vehicle. The accessory-mounting assembly is constructed such that it has a “break away” feature whereby an accessory-mounting component may pivot about a pivot axis when it is subjected to a substantial impact. Thus, the risk of damage to the vehicle, the accessory-mounting assembly, and the accessories mounted to the accessory-mounting assembly when the accessory-mounting assembly is subjected to a substantial impact is reduced. The accessory-mounting assembly includes four brackets that are fixedly engaged to exterior surfaces of the vehicle and from which the other components of the accessory mounting assembly are suspended. Three of the four brackets that are fixedly engaged to the vehicle are integrally engaged to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: William Frazier, Jason R. Thompson, Matthew R. LaFontaine
  • Patent number: 6705273
    Abstract: A combustion chamber assembly for use in a piston of a diesel engine includes a combustion chamber being defined in a crown of a piston, the combustion chamber having a center portion, the center portion being defined at least in part by a surface being a portion of a convex sphere to define a post, the sphere having a radius and an origin, the origin of the radius lying on a combustion chamber central axis and the combustion chamber further having an outwardly radially disposed sidewall margin, the sidewall margin being defined in part by an annular surface, the annular surface being concave and having an origin and a radius. The combustion chamber is further defined by an annular bowl lip surface. A piston and a method of forming a combustion chamber are further included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Zhengbai Liu, Xinqun Gui
  • Patent number: 6705436
    Abstract: A vehicle has a park brake system, which has set a set operational state for holding the vehicle in a parked position, and a released operational state in which the vehicle may be driven. The park brake system includes a park brake actuator and connecting linkages which are driven by an operator of the vehicle in an engaging direction in order to effect the set operational state of the park brake system. The park brake system further includes a return spring engaged to the connecting linkages in such a manner to drive them and the park brake actuator in a disengaging direction and to ensure maintenance of the released operational state of the park brake system after it is effected by an operator. The park brake system also includes an impact-reduction energy absorber such as a spring, damper, or some combination thereof for absorbing some of the energy transferred to the connecting linkages when the return spring drives the connecting linkages and the park brake actuator in their disengaging directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael L. Noll, Tom E. Harting, Gayle D. Goodrich, Trevor T. Downes
  • Patent number: 6705282
    Abstract: In internal combustion engines that use hydraulic-fluid actuated fuel injectors, enhanced engine compression braking can be realized with simplified hydraulic control systems, by using fuel injector hydraulic fluid to open exhaust valves at or near the top of a compression stroke. Opening the exhaust valves at the top of a compression stroke wastes compressed gas to the atmosphere providing enhanced efficiency of engine compression braking. Using existing fuel injector high pressure fluid or engine oil to actuate a slave piston and thereby actuate the exhaust valve obviates the need for a separate, dedicated high-pressure oil delivery system for engine compression braking purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: David S. Hlavac
  • Patent number: 6698409
    Abstract: Engine speed data N and engine fueling data MFDES are processed by a strategy (22) that multiplies (28) fueling transient data MFDES TRANSIENT and speed-based modifier data EGR_N_TRANS_MULT to develop speed-based fueling transient data. The speed-based fueling transient data is then processed according to a function (32) that correlates values of a fueling transient modifier with values of speed-based fueling transient data to develop exhaust gas recirculation modifier data. The exhaust gas recirculation modifier data and basic exhaust gas recirculation data are multiplied (34) to develop modified exhaust gas recirculation data, and exhaust gas is recirculated in accordance with the modified exhaust gas recirculation data. Using engine speed as a determinant of the extent to which the basic EGR rate should be modified during a fueling transient enables better control over certain exhaust emissions over certain speed ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: International Engine Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Kennedy, Michael J. McNulty, James T. Beaucaire, David V. Rodgers