Patents Represented by Attorney Leo H. McCormick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7178882
    Abstract: A boosted brake for actuating a primary piston (54) of a master cylinder through a feeler and a reaction disk having a decompression piston (62) that is elastically returned by a spring (70). The decompression piston (62) has at least two radial branches (64) that are housed in the primary piston (54) of the master cylinder to provide two boost ratios that differ according to the intensity of an input force applied by an operator to effect a brake application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Berthomieu, Juan Simon Bacardit, Fernando Sacristan
  • Patent number: 7178642
    Abstract: An adjuster for a strut located between first and second friction members for a drum brake. The strut has a shaft that is free to rotate in a first end member and threaded into the second end member. A lever pivots during a brake application and engages a ratchet wheel on the shaft to rotates the shaft and expand the strut to maintain a minimum running clearance with respect to a rotatable member. A bi-metal coil strip that is fixed to the strut has a free end that is aligned with the lever arm. The strip responds to a predetermined temperature by moving the lever arm away from the ratchet wheel such movement of the lever does not rotate the ratchet wheel and expand the strut. Thus, on termination of a brake application a current running clearance is sustained without being affected by the predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Djamel Chamat
  • Patent number: 7159953
    Abstract: This invention mainly relates to a reaction-disk device, to its manufacturing process and to a pneumatic servomotor for an assisted braking, including such reaction device. A reaction device according to the present invention comprises a receiving cavity, fitted with a reaction disk made of incompressible or substantially incompressible materials, comprising: a) an applying surface for the plunger (or a similar member, connected to a member, actuated by the driver, such as the brake pedal, and advantageously connected to at least one element of the three-way valve of a pneumatic assistance servomotor); b) an applying surface for the push rod (or a similar member for a force transmission to the master cylinder, more particularly a tandem master cylinder); and c) a surface with a resilient response to the working pressures exerted on the reaction disk, so as to be elastically deformable on braking or, at the very least, during an emergency braking operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Juan Simon Bacardit
  • Patent number: 7159316
    Abstract: A module corner assembly wherein a wheel hub is permanently attached to a knuckle and various surfaces on the wheel hub and knuckle are machined in a same fixture utilized in holding the knuckle to deform an end on the wheel hub against a cone of a bearing. When a rotor is thereafter attached to the wheel hub it is also machined in the same fixture such that a perpendicular relationship is established between the axis of the wheel bearing and braking surfaces on the rotor and as a result a desired lateral run out relationship is achieved between the axis of the bearing and rotor surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: David Thomas Sadanowicz, Larry William Brackmann, Don Paul Ward
  • Patent number: 7152717
    Abstract: A disk brake having a support (2) for a pad (3) having a first lug (21) located in a first cavity (41.2) of a holder (41) and a second lug (22) located in a second cavity (42.2) of a holder (42) to guide the support (2) in a direction perpendicular to a plane of a rotor on movement of the brake pad (3) toward the rotor to effect a brake application. The improvement comprising a plate (10) attached to the support (2) by branches (11.1,11.2,11.3) of a first spring (11) that extends from a first end (10.1) and by branches (12.1,11.2,12.3) of a second spring (12) having hat extend from a second end 10.2 to respectively resiliently retain lug (21) in cavity (41.2) and lug (22) in cavity (42.2) while moving with the support (2) during a brake application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Lelievre, Nicolas Oudin, Jean-Pierre Boisseau
  • Patent number: 7121186
    Abstract: A pneumatic servomotor for an assisted braking including an emergency-braking assistance device to increase the assistance ratio when an input force is applied to the control rod that is higher than a predetermined value through an extrusion of the reaction disk. The device (D) has a plastically-deformable first member (68) and second member (74) to accurately set a jump height of the servomotor and the activation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Berthomieu, Juan Simon Bacardit, Fernando Sacristan
  • Patent number: 7117600
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing and assembling a corner assembly for a vehicle to achieve a perpendicular relationship between an axle of a vehicle and first and second braking surfaces on a rotor. In this process, after an inner race of a bearing is pressed onto a wheel hub and an outer race is pressed into a support structure to define a sub-assembly. The sub-assembly is placed onto a locating fixture such that the outer race supports the sub-assembly in a desired alignment where an out board surface on a radial flange is in a perpendicular relationship with the axis of the wheel hub. An arbor is inserted into an axle bore surrounding the axis of the wheel hub and the sub-assembly is rotated on the inner race to simulate operational condition of a vehicle as the surface of the out-board flange is finished machined to define a perpendicular relationship with the axis of the wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: David Thomas Sadanowicz, Don Paul Ward, Larry William Brackmann, William A. Reimer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7117599
    Abstract: A knuckle (16) for a corner assembly (10, 210, 310) wherein a cylindrical body (18) has an outboard race (39) and an inboard race (45) located therein for correspondingly receiving a first roller assembly (52) and a second roller assembly (94) carried by a wheel hub (56) such that brake engagement surfaces (12a) and (12b) on a rotor (12) are located in a parallel relationship with faces on a friction members (14a) and (14b) associated with caliper (14) and perpendicular with the axis of the wheel hub (56) to obtain a desired lateral run out relationship between the rotor (12) and the axis of the first (52) and second (94) roller assemblies retained in the wheel hub (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: David Thomas Sadanowicz, Larry William Brackmann
  • Patent number: 7114600
    Abstract: A brake device for a motor vehicle having a friction first element with a first face that is pressed against a first face of a second element secured to a wheel of the motor vehicle during a brake application and an third element for applying a braking force bearing via a first end against a second face of the friction first element that is opposite from the first face of the friction first element. The brake device including an amplifier arrangement with a first part separated from a second part by a mutual and a tiltable plane containing a bearing surface located between the friction first element and the application third element relative to a plane for the first face of the second element. The amplifier arrangement rotating applied during a brake application to modify the pressing of the first face against the second face on the friction first element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Boisseau
  • Patent number: 7100746
    Abstract: In order to facilitate assembly and disassembly of a vehicle, the invention provides a method of assembling and disassembly a drum brake (1). In this assembly and disassembly method, the operating spacing of two brake shoes (4 and 5) inside a drum brake (3) is pre-adjusted. The invention makes it possible for the drum brake (1) to be delivered with the brake shoes (4 and 5) in a position where they are clamped against each other, corresponding to assembly clearance, while potentially retaining the spacing needed to match the operating clearance of the drum brake. A single action (A, B) on the hand-brake lever (6) enables the shoes to be moved from assembly clearance to operating clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Vincent Dupuis
  • Patent number: 7100997
    Abstract: A boosted brake (10) having a booster (12) for activating a primary piston (54) of a master cylinder (14) by way of a feeler (42), a reaction disk (28) and a push rod (52). The push rod (52) that is housed a decompression piston (62) and returned elastically by a spring (70) to a position of rest has at least two radial branches (64) in order to provide two boost ratios which differ according to the intensity of the input force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Berthomieu, Juan Simon Bacardit, Fernando Sacristan
  • Patent number: 7086321
    Abstract: A brake system having a master cylinder (14) actuated by a moving piston (24) that is fixed to a moving partition (18) in a booster (12). Piston (24) has a front face (26) that acts on a primary piston (30) of the master cylinder (14) by way of a reaction disk (28) located between a rear end of the primary piston (30). The front face (26) has a feeler (44) that is fixed to a control rod (36) of the booster (12) and comes into contact with the reaction disk (28) to transmit a reaction force from the master cylinder (14) to the control rod (36). The front end (48) of the feeler (44) includes at least one stud (50) which projects parallel to the axial direction and engages the reaction disk (28) to provide for proportionality between the force that is transmitted between the control rod (36) and the force exerted on the primary piston (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ignacio Diaz Bueno, Christian Caquet, Maurice Gebauer
  • Patent number: 7086505
    Abstract: A disc brake has a support with a first end separated from a second end by first and second side walls that retain actuation members to move the first and second friction members into engagement with a rotor and effect a brake application. First and second perpendicular projections that extend from the support are aligned with the first wall and third and fourth perpendicular projections that extend from the support and are aligned with the second wall. The first and second friction members have first and second radial projections located between a first end and a second end. Beams connect the radial projections with the perpendicular projections to align the first and second friction members with the rotor and pivot on the perpendicular projections to carry reaction forces created during a brake application into the first end of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: John Edmund Mackiewicz
  • Patent number: 7082870
    Abstract: An arrangement (10) for the fixing of an axially oriented (A) brake booster (12) on a dashboard (14) of an automobile wherein a rear face (16) of the booster (12) is fixed on a front face (18) of the dashboard (14) through a first bayonet fitting (26) interposed between the rear face (16) of the booster (12) and the front face (18) of the dashboard (14) to prevent the brake booster (12) from rotating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Robert & Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Ulysse Verbo, Jean-Charles Maligne, Philippe Richard
  • Patent number: 7082806
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a diaphragm backing plate for use in a brake booster comprising the steps of moving a coil of metal having parallel first and second sides that define a first width to a first station. Applying a stamping force to remove a section from the coil of metal and create a first plate defined by equal and parallel sides that are connected to each other by an arcuate segments each having a radius that is approximately equal to one-half of the width of the coil plus a minimum width of a lip. Moving the plate to a second station and thereafter rolling a peripheral surface thereon to define a uniform diameter for the plate that is approximately equal to the first width of the roll less twice the minimum width for the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Ryan M Hurlbutt
  • Patent number: 7077051
    Abstract: A pneumatic booster operated by a plunger (9) housed in a bore (61) and bearing on a moving seat (102) which co-operates selectively with a shut-off member (111). The shut-off member (111) is capable of selective co-operating with a stationary seat (101). The plunger (9) being characterized by a cylindrical body (91) and a ring (92). The ring (92) sliding between a front stop (911) and a rear stop (912) on the cylindrical body (91). A front section of the ring (92) being located between the cylindrical body (91) and the bore (61) while a rear section (922) is designed to bear against the moving seat (102). The ring (92) being temporarily retained in a stationary position in the bore (61) independent of any movement of the cylindrical body (91) through the action of a pivoting key (13) and an elastic snap ring (141) to allow permit and extended actuation of the booster after a sharp braking action has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Roland Levrai, Olivier Castello, Philippe Richard
  • Patent number: 7069778
    Abstract: A fixture and technique for testing a coil spring selected from a supply of springs. Each spring has an unstressed generally helical configuration and the test determines an excess departure from the helical configuration of a spring under a compressive load. The first end of a selected spring is radially fixed in a first guide while a second end of the spring end is axially retained in a movable second guide that is supported on rollers to allow omni-directional transverse radial motion of the second end. An axial compressive force is applied to the selected spring while allowing the second end relatively free radial motion. When compression induced radial motion of the second end exceeds a predetermined threshold, the second end the selected spring closes a normally opened electrical circuit to inform an operator that the selected spring is excessively out of square and should be rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Richard E Strehler
  • Patent number: D525181
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Rober Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Charles Byron Horner
  • Patent number: D531020
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel A. Chustak
  • Patent number: D532241
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Bruno Choiniere