Patents Assigned to Methode Electronics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 11014417
    Abstract: A magneto-elastically-based active force sensor, used with a tow coupling between a towed and a towing vehicle or a coupling between a vehicle body and a suspension of the vehicle, which outputs a signal useful for determining forces acting on the coupling. The outputted force information may be provided by processor-enabled embedded software algorithms that take inputs from the force sensor and other sensors, may be used by one or more vehicle systems during operating of the vehicle, such as engine, braking, stability, safety, and informational systems. The force sensor includes directionally-sensitive magnetic field sensing elements inside the sensor, and shielding may be used around the sensors to reduce the influence of external magnetic fields on the sensing elements. The force sensor may be used with different tow and vehicle weight sensing coupling devices installed on different types of automobile cars and trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Reed, Julius Beck, Florian Burghardt, Johannes Gießibl
  • Patent number: 10953817
    Abstract: A locking bracket for a vehicle accessory that has a main portion and a secondary portion, the main portion is configured to position the vehicle accessory in an operating position and includes opposite first and second faces extending between opposite ends, a spring leaf extending from the first face, first and second ribs extending from the second face, the first and second ribs being spaced from one another and having cooperating geometry to provide force to the spring leaf, at least first and second hinges separated by a distance, the first rib being located between the first and second hinges, and a locking mechanism provided on at least one of the ends, the locking mechanism being configured to maintain the vehicle accessory in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Karasik, Mark Muscat
  • Publication number: 20210031703
    Abstract: A locking bracket for a vehicle accessory that has a main portion and a secondary portion, the main portion is configured to position the vehicle accessory in an operating position and includes opposite first and second faces extending between opposite ends, a spring leaf extending from the first face, first and second ribs extending from the second face, the first and second ribs being spaced from one another and having cooperating geometry to provide force to the spring leaf, at least first and second hinges separated by a distance, the first rib being located between the first and second hinges, and a locking mechanism provided on at least one of the ends, the locking mechanism being configured to maintain the vehicle accessory in the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Publication date: February 4, 2021
    Applicant: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Karasik, Mark Muscat
  • Patent number: 10899183
    Abstract: Systems and methods for magnetoelastic hitch receiver force detection are disclosed. An example vehicle includes a chassis, a trailer hitch receiver configured to receive a trailer hitch arm along an axis, a first pin having a first magnetic field, the first pin disposed above and perpendicular to the axis, a second pin, the first pin and the second pin coupling the trailer hitch receiver to the chassis and a first sensor configured to detect changes in the first magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Niedert, Rinku Patel, Anton Rogness, Elliott Pearson, Chad Reed, Johannes Gießibl
  • Patent number: 10845230
    Abstract: An active three-wire fluid level sensor employed in an application designed for a two-wire switch is disclosed. A fluid level sensor assembly includes a fluid level sensor including first, second, and third wires. The third wire carries an output signal configured to fluctuate between a low output signal level and a high output signal level. The fluid level sensor assembly also includes a supply modulation driver electrically connected to the third wire. The fluid level sensor, via the first, second, and third wires, is configured to serve as an input to a two-wire input electronic control unit (ECU). A method of operating a two-wire circuit function by supply modulation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Assed Mir, Antony Brough
  • Patent number: 10746615
    Abstract: A system and method for magnetizing a ferromagnetic element is disclosed. Electrodes are positioned on opposite surfaces of the ferromagnetic element and a current is applied to the electrodes, resulting in the formation of a magnetically conditioned region on the ferromagnetic element. Magnetic field sensors may be placed proximate the magnetically conditioned region. Output signals from the magnetic field sensors may be indicative of a load or torque applied to the ferromagnetic element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ursetta, Joshua C. Sautner, Christopher Liston
  • Patent number: 10682988
    Abstract: A washing device for a vehicle accessory that includes a washer housing with a ring portion and a fluid source attachment. The ring portion has a main opening for receiving a portion of the vehicle accessory, an attachment side configured for mounting the washer housing, a washing side configured to frame the vehicle accessory, and a transition portion between the ring portion and the fluid source attachment. A nozzle end of the fluid source attachment has at least one fluid channel defined by a nozzle protrusion on the nozzle end. The fluid channel is configured to discharge the fluid to the washing side for cleaning the vehicle accessory by creating a plurality of fluid flow pathways of the fluid between the nozzle end and the transition portion, wherein the plurality fluid flow pathways interact with one another to form at least one vortex in the flow of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Karasik
  • Patent number: 10670479
    Abstract: A magneto-elastically-based active force sensor, used with a tow coupling between a towed and a towing vehicle, which outputs a signal useful for determining forces acting on the coupling. The outputted force information may be provided by processor-enabled embedded software algorithms that take inputs from the force sensor and other sensors, may be used by one or more vehicle systems during operating of the vehicle, such as engine, braking, stability, safety, and informational systems. The force sensor includes directionally-sensitive magnetic field sensing elements inside the sensor, and shielding may be used around the sensors to reduce the influence of external magnetic fields on the sensing elements. The force sensor may be used with different tow coupling devices installed on different types of automobile cars and trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad Reed, Julius Beck, Florian Burghardt, Johannes Gießibl
  • Patent number: 10634573
    Abstract: A system and method are provided related to replacing components of a fully assembled torque sensor system having been previously calibrated, whereby the new system with its new components, which may be installed in a larger system, can be recalibrated at the location where the component replacement or servicing occurs. Individual components are provided with individual characteristics information, either on or associated with the shipped component, so the end user may retrieve the information and enter it in the software, such as that associated with a control unit, which is used with the fully assembled torque sensor. A database storing information about each manufactured component and their respective characteristics information, and fully assembled systems and their collective characteristics information, may be maintained and accessible by end users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: METHODE ELECTRONIC, INC.
    Inventor: Johannes Gießibl
  • Patent number: 10597055
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling locomotives. The system includes a remote control unit (RCU) comprising a processing device and a computer-readable storage medium and a locomotive control unit (LCU) comprising a processing device and a computer-readable storage medium. The LCU is coupled to a locomotive control system of a locomotive for controlling the locomotive and acquiring data therefrom. The LCU is configured for listening to a common radio-frequency channel for a transmission by a network node, waiting for the channel to become free, and transmitting a message after the channel has become free. The RCU is configured for listening to a common radio-frequency channel for a transmission by a network node, waiting for the channel to become free, and transmitting a message after the channel has become free. The system may include one or more repeaters for extending an operational area of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Paden, Kerry L. Greer
  • Patent number: 10530497
    Abstract: The invention comprises distribution point unit (DPU) including a host for a GPON ONU/ONT module, CPU system-on-chip (SoC) providing a DPU and traffic management, a reverse power harvester and a high speed electrical (HSE) module and the DPU receiving optical signals via the GPON ONU/ONT module and converting to electrical signals and the HSE module transmitting electrical signals via a twisted pair or coaxial cable to a customer premises equipment (CPE) within a home or building and the reverse power harvester receiving power from the HSE module and the GPON ONU/ONT and HSE modules are pluggably mateable to the DPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Torres, Robert Skepnek, Joseph Llorens, Alexandros Pirillis
  • Patent number: 10483707
    Abstract: A pluggable module comprising a housing having a first end and second end, an edge connector disposed at the first end, an F-type coaxial connector at the second end and a release lever including a stamped body that is symmetrical about a centerline bisecting the length of the body. The pluggable module comprises a miniature balun disposed within the module for converting between a single-ended input to a differential load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Torres, Joseph Llorens, Alexandros Pirillis, Robert Skepnek
  • Patent number: 10422992
    Abstract: A compact camera lens washing device received in a shroud for mounting to a vehicle. The device includes a washer housing disposed in the shroud. The washer housing includes a ring portion and a fluid source attachment. The ring portion has a main opening that is generally aligned with a lens opening of the shroud for receiving the camera lens, an attachment side that is configured to mount the washer housing to the shroud, and a washing side that is configured to frame the camera lens. The washing side is in fluid communication with the fluid source attachment. Nozzles are disposed in a transition portion of the washer housing between the ring portion and the fluid source attachment of the washer housing. The nozzles are configured to discharge fluid from the washer side and radially inwardly towards the main opening that receives the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Karasik
  • Patent number: 10391523
    Abstract: A sensor washing device that includes a washer housing that has a ring portion and a fluid source attachment. The fluid source attachment is configured to receive fluid. The ring portion has a main opening for receiving a detecting head of the sensor, an attachment side configured for mounting the washer housing, and a washing side configured to frame the detecting head of the sensor. The washing side is in fluid communication with the fluid source attachment. A plurality of nozzles are disposed in a transition portion of the washer housing between the ring portion and the fluid source attachment of the washer housing. The plurality of nozzles are configured to discharge fluid to the washer side radially inwardly towards the main opening for cleaning the detecting head of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Karasik
  • Patent number: 10367286
    Abstract: A pluggable module comprising a housing having a first end and second end, an edge connector disposed at the first end, an F-type coaxial connector at the second end and a release lever including a stamped body that is symmetrical about a centerline bisecting the length of the body. The pluggable module comprises a miniature balun disposed within the module for converting between a single-ended input to a differential load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Skepnek, Joseph Llorens, Alexandros Pirillis
  • Patent number: 10268038
    Abstract: A camera lens washing device that includes an outer housing that has a main opening for receiving a camera lens, an attachment end configured to mount to a camera housing of the camera lens, and an exposed end remote from the attachment end. The exposed end includes an end face that has a recessed area extending inwardly therefrom. An inner ring is received in the recessed area of the outer housing. The inner ring is configured to frame the camera lens. A plurality of nozzles are defined between the outer housing and the inner ring. The plurality of nozzles are configured to discharge fluid radially inwardly towards the camera lens. The inner ring may be substantially stationary with respect to the outer housing. The nozzles may be disposed at or near a top side of the main opening of the outer housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Karasik
  • Patent number: 10254181
    Abstract: A system and method for creating one or more magnetically conditioned regions on a rotatable shaft or disk-shaped torque sensing element, wherein rotation noise produced by the element due to magnetic field variations is substantially negated, and a system and method for creating one or more magnetically conditioned regions on a rotatable shaft or disk-shaped element to allow the element to function as part of a rotational speed or rotational position sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Ursetta, Joshua C. Sautner
  • Patent number: 10223857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a keyless entry system that contains a visual random code generator so that the possible input pattern is different every time a user accesses the system. A keypad device containing an input device and a display are electronically connected to a processor containing the visual random code generator. Positions and associated values are displayed on the input device, such as a touch sensitive screen, allowing the user to enter an access code. The visual random code generator randomizes and controls the input pattern displayed so that the input pattern changes each time the system is accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: METHODE ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventor: Thomas C. Beshke
  • Patent number: D860139
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Torres, Joseph Liorens, Alexandros Pirillis, Robert Skepnek
  • Patent number: D883226
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Torres, Joseph Llorens, Alexandros Pirillis, Robert Skepnek