Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jeffrey P. Calfa
  • Patent number: 8169104
    Abstract: A control system for a battery powered vehicle of the kind which is provided with an electric power source and at least one switch means, such as a contactor, which is operable to connect the output of the power source to a high power electrical item fitted to the vehicle, such as an electric drive motor, in which the control system is operable to set the vehicle in one of at least 3 different operating modes comprising a first mode in which the vehicle is immobilized and the contactor is held in an open position to isolate the battery from the electrical item, a second mode in which the vehicle is not immobilized and the contactor is held in a closed position to connect the battery to the electrical item, and a third mode in which the vehicle is immobilized but the contactor remains in an closed position to connect the battery to the electrical item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Iain Douglas Cunningham, Chris Sheehan
  • Patent number: 8167364
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide a vehicle roof having a roof panel formed of molded fiberglass. The panel has a first surface and a second surface. An insert is molded into the roof panel. The insert has an interior surface generally concentrically disposed about an axis that is generally perpendicular to the first surface and the second surface of the roof panel. The insert is at least substantially embedded in the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen F. Burns
  • Patent number: 8151556
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to internal combustion engine exhaust after-treatment systems and to methods of treating exhaust of an internal combustion engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Navistar Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo P. Oriet, Nouri Matar
  • Patent number: 8146559
    Abstract: A vehicle control system is programmed to stop the vehicle's internal combustion engine upon certain conditions including the vehicle being stopped and engine temperature having reached a minimum operating level. On vehicles equipped with air brakes and having an engine driven air compressor, engine restarts are provided by an air pressure supported hydraulic motor once triggered by operator actions such as releasing the brake and/or depressing the vehicle's accelerator indicative of the driver's intention to move the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald L. Larson
  • Patent number: 8146948
    Abstract: A motor vehicle frame having parallel frame rails and at least one cross member constructed from a tube. The tube is sealed at its opposite ends by first and second mounting plates to provide a sealed, closed space for the storage of fluids. The mounting plates directly abut the frame rails for attachment of the cross member to the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Francis Burns
  • Patent number: 8123281
    Abstract: A power or motive source for an extensible fairing for an articulated motor vehicle is based on a fluid power system. The fluid power system is disposed on the vehicle to be exposed to airflow around the vehicle resulting from forward movement of the vehicle. A coupling mechanism responsive to exposure of the fluid power system to airflow for extending and retracting the extensible fairing responsive to changes in vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Patricia M. Perkins, James C. Bradley
  • Patent number: 8120476
    Abstract: A rear-view system for a vehicle has a camera disposed on the vehicle. An electronic control unit receives and processes the image information from the camera. A display displays the processed image information from the electronic control unit. An alarm is operated by the electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is used to detect an object from the processed image information. If the distance between the vehicle and the object is less than a predetermined distance, the electronic control unit will activate the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Cheng Chen, Fong-Ioon Pan, Gary Wagner
  • Patent number: 8118186
    Abstract: A torque-limiting cap (100) for an air conditioning service port (14) includes an inner body assembly (122) having a retaining body (116) configured for engagement on the service port, and an outer body assembly (134) annularly disposed around the inner body assembly. The outer body assembly (134) has a first ratchet portion (140) configured for engagement with a second ratchet portion (146) that is disposed on the inner body assembly (122). When the outer body assembly (134) is torqued, the outer body assembly transmits the torque to the inner body assembly (122) from the first ratchet portion (140) to the second ratchet portion (146) to threadably engage the retaining body (116) onto the service port (14). When there is a preset amount of torque resistance, the first ratchet portion (140) slips with respect to the second ratchet portion (146) such that no additional torque is transmitted to the inner body assembly (122) from the outer body assembly (134).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Mark S. Ehlers, James A. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8118005
    Abstract: Cooperative operation of an auxiliary power unit having a mechanical power output shaft with a transmission coupled power takeoff operation system of a vehicle is provided by allowing the vehicle's main engine to be cranked by the auxiliary power unit through the power takeoff operation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: James C. Bradley, Anthony Joseph Cook, Rodney J. Klinger
  • Patent number: 8117747
    Abstract: One or more connectors at one end of a wire bundle are passed through a polarized through-opening in a wall. The wire bundle is advanced to place a grommet having a substantially right angle curved bend, through and along which the wire bundle curves, immediately proximate the polarized through-opening on one side of the wall. One end of the grommet is inserted into and through the through-opening, and the grommet is advanced to pass its curved bend through the through-opening until the curved bend is disposed on the other side of the wall. Then a polarized groove in the grommet is seated in the polarized through-opening to locate a direction in which the portion of the wire bundle exiting the one end of the grommet extends from the grommet's curved bend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Steven W. Fuller, Douglas A. Schlaudroff, Jerald J. Bultemeier, Chad E. Jagger
  • Patent number: 8103395
    Abstract: A hybrid electric work vehicle having an electric traction motor driven power take off used in conjunction with a control system that monitors the hydraulic system for pressure deltas and trend vectors, and that has learning capabilities, is provided for use with a vehicle for operation on the ground. The system is usable for both open center and closed center hydraulic systems. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Jay E. Bissontz
  • Patent number: 8096620
    Abstract: A modular seat frame for a school bus seat includes riser assemblies for supporting the seat fabricated from a moldable material reinforced locally by attachment and reinforcement members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Erik C. Wilson, Yogesh D Aundhkar, Atul P Khanapurkar, Narasimha D Gupta
  • Patent number: 8096603
    Abstract: A lock (57) for a door assist system (12) for use on a vehicle door (10) and connected to a vehicle to lock the door into an open position. The door assist system includes a door handle (40) having a first operable position, a second operable position and a released position, a pneumatic actuator (28) having an actuator rod (32), where the actuator rod is extendable when the door handle is in the first operable position and the actuator rod is retractable when the door handle is in the second operable position. The door assist system also includes a slide block (34) displaceable by the actuator rod of the pneumatic actuator. The slide block (34) also includes a door link (54) connecting the slide block (34) to the vehicle frame. As the slide block is displaced away from the pneumatic actuator (28), the door link opens the door (10) with respect to the vehicle. The lock also includes a hydraulic locking actuator (58) with a hydraulic rod (66) extendable and retractable with the slide block (34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas M Cassaday
  • Patent number: 8096107
    Abstract: In-a vehicle energy management system engine belt or engine direct driven components are replaced with electrical motors. A main fan unit is replaced with smaller single function electrical components. The larger multipurpose heat exchangers such as the vehicle radiator are replaced with smaller single function heat exchangers associated with the smaller electric fans. The energy management system may involve a main vehicle engine crankshaft mounted generator. This generator creates high voltage DC electricity. In one embodiment, the converter is a closed loop converter that makes the conversion of DC to AC alternatively turning on and off at a varying frequency in order to produce a time averaged AC output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald L. Larson
  • Patent number: 8096599
    Abstract: A stowable table unit system for a motor vehicle comprises a table portion, a support leg portion, and a lifting mechanism. The table portion has a top surface and a bottom surface. The lifting mechanism connects to the table portion and positions the table portion between a stowed position and a deployed position. The support leg moves between a stored position within the bottom surface of the table portion when the table portion is in the stowed position and an extended position when the table portion is in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Cheung, Katherine Fu, Jason Jura, Nikhil Kaushal, Gaku Sato, Peter Theis
  • Patent number: D652774
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Steve Charles Aris, Glen Joel Durmisevich, Christopher Lee Koonce, George McCowan, John Song, Rachele Barbara Cocks, Mark Douglas Oberly, Ron Schoon
  • Patent number: D653186
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: David J. Beigel, Scott K. Firman, Graeme M. Kinney, George McCowan, Christopher J. Spurlin, Richard Weiss
  • Patent number: D654837
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Robert B. Riggs, Bryan Young, Eric J. Parkes
  • Patent number: D656075
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Parkes, Zachary Whitaker, Robert B. Riggs, Everard Scott
  • Patent number: D661011
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Eric J. Parkes, Patrick Quinn, L. David Allendorph, Zachary Whitaker