Patents Examined by Andre J. Allen
  • Patent number: 11446970
    Abstract: A reception control section obtains the rotation angles of wheel assemblies when receiving transmission data by a reception circuit. The reception control section divides 360°, which is the range of the possible rotation angles of the wheel assembly, into equal parts to obtain angle ranges and assigns each of the obtained rotation angles to one of angle ranges. The reception control section derives the angle range in which the number of times (frequency) the obtained rotation angles are included is a maximum value. The reception control section calculates a reception-side angle difference, which is the difference between the median values of the angle ranges in which the number of times the obtained rotation angle is included is a maximum value. The reception control section associates the ID codes with the wheel assemblies based on the correspondence between the reception-side angle difference and the angle difference between specific angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiyu Fujii
  • Patent number: 11441584
    Abstract: Example aspects of an over-pressure protection system and a method for operating an over-pressure protection system are disclosed. The over-pressure protection system can comprise a main body housing defining a main body chamber; a fluid received in the main body chamber, the fluid defining a fluid pressure; a pressure sensor configured to measure the fluid pressure of the fluid, the pressure sensor configurable in an activated mode and a deactivated mode; and a control system configured to place the pressure sensor in the deactivated mode when the fluid pressure is equal to or above a pre-determined threshold pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Mueller International, LLC
    Inventors: Daryl Lee Gibson, Timofey Sitnikov, Bruce Robertson
  • Patent number: 11444236
    Abstract: A polymer composite thin film exhibiting piezoelectric properties may include a polymer matrix with base material of Polyoxymethylene (POM) and a piezoelectric additive of greater than approximately five (5) percent by weight of the polymer composite thin film. The piezoelectric additives may include BaTiO3 and KNN. The polymer composite thin film exhibits piezoelectric characteristics and may be used in electronic devices in piezoelectric actuators and piezoelectric sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Meghna Markanday, Pradeep Singh, Arun Kumar Sikder, Theo Hoeks, Venkata Ramanarayanan Ganapathy Bhotla, Anantharaman Dhanabalan
  • Patent number: 11441959
    Abstract: A pressure indicator includes a body, a piston, first and second biasing elements, and a rotatable disc. The piston is disposed at least partially in a bore of the body at a first longitudinal axial position relative to the body when pressure of fluid acting on the base is below a threshold pressure. The first biasing element is disposed between a base of the piston and a shoulder of the body, wherein a force of the first biasing element is overcome by pressure of fluid acting on the base at or above the threshold pressure, thereby allowing the piston to move to a second longitudinal axial position. The rotatable disc has a first rotational position when the piston is in the first axial position. The second biasing element is configured to urge the disc to a second rotational position when the piston is in the second axial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Hexagon Technology AS
    Inventors: Seth Andrew Wortman, Brad James Moutray
  • Patent number: 11440360
    Abstract: A first tire pressure sensor module is configured to provide information related to a pressure of a tire of a vehicle and comprises a pressure sensor configured to determine the information related to the pressure of the tire. The pressure module further includes a controller configured to selectively operate the tire pressure sensor module in an active state and in an inactive state, wherein an energy consumption of the tire pressure sensor module is lower in the inactive state than in the active state. The controller is further configured to control an output of the information related to the pressure of the tire in the active state, and operate the tire pressure sensor module in the inactive state based on determining that information related to a velocity of the tire indicates a velocity above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Andre Peine, Thomas Lange
  • Patent number: 11440358
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tire-wear detection sensor for a vehicle having a telematics system and tires including a temperature sensor, a pressure sensor, and an RF antenna in electronic communication with the sensors, and capable of transmitting the temperature signal and the pressure signal to the telematics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Charles Lee Oakes, III, Jess W. Gingrich
  • Patent number: 11433707
    Abstract: The invention described tires resisting temperature over 180 degrees Fahrenheit, using both pneumatic and non-pneumatic properties in conjunction to support the integrity of the tire on pneumatic rims where the tire's main sections are the two beads, the air pocket, the elastomeric flection design, shear band, and the tread. A premium tire assembly comprising of elastomeric and flexible properties, which supports the pneumatic air pocket and is reasonably secured onto the rim with circularly radial beads. The said tire uses elastic and flexible properties to support the load of the vehicle instead of using pneumatic properties alone. All of the sections are joined by a framework. The elastomeric flection and pneumatic air pocket combination technology alone makes Hybrid Tires unique and revolutionary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Matthew J. Brax
  • Patent number: 11433718
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to the technical field of vehicle electronics and disclose an upgrading method and apparatus for a tire pressure monitoring module and a tire pressure sensor. The method is applicable to a tire pressure sensor including a signal receiving module. The method specifically includes: controlling the signal receiving module to receive an upgrade file and save the upgrade file; and waking up a tire pressure monitoring module, and controlling the tire pressure monitoring module to read the saved upgrade file and upgrade the tire pressure monitoring module based on the upgrade file. The embodiments of the present invention can realize wireless upgrading of the tire pressure sensor, thereby improving the upgrading efficiency, reducing the upgrading costs, and improving the safety in upgrading of the tire pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: AUTEL INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Tao Wang, Yong Wu
  • Patent number: 11428596
    Abstract: The design of a vacuum gauge utilizing a micromachined silicon vacuum sensor to measure the extended vacuum range from ambient to ultrahigh vacuum by registering the gas thermal properties at each vacuum range is disclosed in the present invention. This single device is capable of measuring the pressure range from ambient and above to ultrahigh vacuum. This device applies to all types of vacuum measurement where no medium attack silicon is present. The disclosed vacuum gauge operates with thermistors and thermopile on a membrane of the thermal isolation diaphragm structure with a heat isolation cavity underneath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Wisenstech Ltd.
    Inventors: Liji Huang, Chih-Chang Chen
  • Patent number: 11423918
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for indicating the presence of a threshold directional differential pressure between separated adjacent spaces. A conduit contains at least one movable element that indicates whether the pressure difference between the two spaces is at least as high as a threshold pressure difference. The apparatus is adjustable to have different threshold set points by adjusting the pivot arm inclination relative to a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: AirFlow Direction, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian M. Wiseman
  • Patent number: 11420486
    Abstract: A method for determining an item of fastening information of a wheel of a motor vehicle, wherein rotational movements of the wheel are detected by at least one sensor. The sensor provides a wheel speed signal to an electronic control unit, which determines the fastening information from the wheel speed signal. A first time-frequency transformation of the wheel speed signal is carried out, whereby a first transformation signal is generated, after which a second time-frequency transformation of the first transformation signal is carried out. A second transformation signal is generated, in particular after which a first fastening parameter is obtained from the second transformation signal, after which the fastening information is calculated/determined as a function of the second transformation signal and/or the first fastening parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Daniel Fischer, Andreas Kulessa
  • Patent number: 11421982
    Abstract: A system is provided for estimating a tread depth of a tire supporting a vehicle. The tire includes a pair of sidewalls that extend to a circumferential tread. The system includes a drive over reader, which includes a housing. At least one sensor is mounted in the housing to generate an image of the tire, which may be an image of the tire footprint or an image of the tread along a lateral line or section, and the tread depth is determined from the image. At least one piezoelectric actuator is mounted on the housing and is electrically connected to the at least one sensor to actuate the at least one sensor. A method for estimating a tread depth of a tire supporting a vehicle is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Tobias Mohaupt, Peter Lenze, Wolfgang Bernt
  • Patent number: 11420487
    Abstract: A tire sensor dock for installing an electronic tire sensor module on the inner surface of a tire, including a base portion with an upper side and an underside, the underside configured for affixation on the inner surface of a pneumatic tire, and a body portion integrally formed on the upper side and configured to receive and securely capture a tire sensor in a fixed position and unchanging orientation relative to the tire sensor dock. The tire dock may include an energy generator which converts tire kinetic energy into electrical current provided to the tire sensor module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Sunjay Dodani, Wing-Hong Andrew Ko, Gregory Staples
  • Patent number: 11420485
    Abstract: A method of detecting a leak from a tire of a vehicle, the tire including a member for measuring the pressure and the temperature having a driving operating mode and a stationary operating mode, comprising determining that the vehicle is stationary; and then launching the stationary operating mode to detect when the vehicle is stationary the presence or the absence of a leak of inflating gas from the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN
    Inventors: Mathieu Greco, Olivier Muhlhoff
  • Patent number: 11413912
    Abstract: A system compensates a drive over reader tire pressure measurement. The system includes a drive over reader, which includes a sensor array. A pressure indication is determined for each tire in a group of tires by the drive over reader. A recommended cold pressure for the tires is provided. An adjusted recommended pressure for the tires is determined from the pressure indication and the recommended cold pressure, and accounts for temperature effects on the tires. An adjusted low pressure threshold is set at a predetermined level below the adjusted recommended pressure. A notice is generated by the drive over reader for each tire that includes an adjusted recommended pressure below the adjusted low pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Pierre Jules A. Collin, Abhijit Ganguly, Andreas Michale Thomas Pietsch, Stefan Bussmann
  • Patent number: 11407260
    Abstract: A tire monitoring apparatus comprises a sensor housing having a connection part integrated with the sensor housing, the connection part having an elongated opening and a corresponding mounting feature in a wheel rim, wherein a screw extends through the elongated opening and connects with the corresponding mounting feature in the wheel rim, thereby when the screw is not tightened fully, the sensor housing can be rotated with respect to the corresponding mounting feature in the wheel rim, and when the screw is tightened fully, the sensor housing is secured in place and does not rotate with respect to the corresponding mounting feature in the wheel rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Sensata Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Weston, Thomas J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 11400772
    Abstract: A method and device may be used for scanning communication protocols for a sensor of a motor vehicle electronic tire pressure monitoring system. The method may include selecting a make and a model of a motor vehicle. The method may include transmitting one or more activation signals. The one or more activation signals may be transmitted in sequential order according to a scanning protocol. The scanning protocol may be based on a predefined parameter. Each of the one or more activation signals may be associated with a different communication protocol. The method may include stopping the transmission of the one or more activation signals on a condition that a signal from a sensor is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Inventors: Michel Bout, Bruno Rousseau
  • Patent number: 11402294
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a technique of configuring flexible photovoltaic tracker systems with high damping and low angle stow positions. Under dynamic environmental loads implementing a high amount of damping (e.g., greater than 25% of critical damping, greater than 50% of critical damping) or a very high amount of damping (e.g., 100% or greater of critical damping, infinite damping) enables the flexible tracker system to prevent problematic aeroelastic behaviors while positioned in a low stow angle. The disclosed technique is further applied to a prototyping process during wind tunnel testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: FCX Solar LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Needham, Frank Carl Oudheusden
  • Patent number: 11400771
    Abstract: A tire pressure detection system that includes a plurality of transmission apparatuses that transmit a request signal for requesting air pressure information of a tire of a vehicle, a detection apparatus that detects air pressure in a tire in accordance with the request signal, and transmits a response signal that includes air pressure information, and an acquisition apparatus that receives the response signal, and acquires the air pressure information, and, in a case of an abnormality where a response signal in response to the request signal of one transmission apparatus is not received by the acquisition apparatus after the one transmission apparatus has transmitted the request signal to the detection apparatus, another transmission apparatus transmits a high-power request signal of a higher output level than the request signal of the one transmission apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignees: AutoNetworks Technologies, Ltd., Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Akinori Usami
  • Patent number: 11400773
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of tire pressure detection technologies, and discloses a tire pressure sensor, including: a sensor assembly provided with a through hole; a valve assembly including a valve rod, a valve cover mounted to one end of the valve rod, a rod sleeve sleeved between two ends of the valve rod and a fastener connected to the other end of the valve rod through threads, one of the fastener and the valve rod passing through the through hole, and the fastener and the valve rod clamping the sensor assembly, where there are at least two sets of valve assemblies, the at least two sets of the valve assemblies being alternatively connected to the sensor assembly, a rod sleeve of one of the at least two sets of the valve assemblies being made of a metal material, and a rod sleeve of the other of the at least two sets of the valve assemblies being made of a rubber material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: AUTEL INTELLIGENT TECHNOLOGY CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Yongliang Luo, Yunhui He