Patents Examined by Christopher Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9939034
    Abstract: This invention relates to a brake clip for use with a disc brake assembly. The brake clip includes a U-shaped section having a base leg with opposing first and second legs extending from the base leg. An abutment leg extends from at least one of the first and second legs of the U-shaped section. An extension leg extends from the abutment leg. The abutment leg is in contact with an anchor bracket of the disc brake assembly and the extension leg is in contact with a brake pad of the disc brake assembly when the brake clip is disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventors: Harry Miller, Mauro Marconcin, Kraig Gerber, Joseph Willey, Eduardo Morais
  • Patent number: 9903671
    Abstract: Systems and methods disclosed herein may be useful for aircraft heat shield assemblies. In this regard, a heat shield assembly is provided comprising a heat shield having an aperture, the aperture comprising an end portion and an insertion portion, the insertion portion having a width larger than the end portion, a spacer comprising an upper portion, an undermount flange and a gap between the upper portion and the undermount flange, wherein a surface of the gap is engaged with the heat shield, and wherein the undermount flange has a width less than the insertion portion of the aperture and greater than the width of the end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventors: Joshua Craig Houser, Katrina Lynn King
  • Patent number: 9903428
    Abstract: A brake disc assembly including a brake disk ring, a bell and a connecting mechanism between the brake disk ring and the bell, wherein the connecting mechanism includes a form-locked and/or force-locked connecting element in an axial direction DO of the brake disc ring, the connecting mechanism comprises a bushing for the connecting element and a distance element arranged between the brake disk ring and the bell, wherein the bushing includes a shoulder and a loss prevention, wherein the bushing further includes a region A1 provided for the brake disk ring and a region A2 provided for the bell, wherein the region A1 has an average expansion E4 in an direction perpendicular to DO and the region A2 has an average expansion E2 in an direction perpendicular to DO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Harald Reulein
  • Patent number: 9896076
    Abstract: A control device for controlling a brake system of a vehicle comprises a first output for controlling a first solenoid valve; a second output for controlling a valve device; an input for receiving a requested brake pressure; and a port for receiving messages on a databus. The control device is capable of receiving an automatic brake request on the databus; determining a desired brake pressure in response to the automatic brake request; receiving a requested brake pressure in response to a driver actuating a service brake valve; comparing the desired brake pressure to the requested brake pressure; transmitting a control signal to close the first solenoid valve and transmitting a control signal to change the valve device to a first operating position in response to the requested brake pressure being less than the desired brake pressure in order to provide pressure to at least one brake actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Gerhard Wieder, Peter Holobradi
  • Patent number: 9897160
    Abstract: A vibration isolator of the present invention includes a first attachment member (11), a second attachment member (12), an elastic body (13), a partition member (15), and a movable member (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Keita Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 9896112
    Abstract: A brake apparatus includes a pair of link arms having supporting portions between one end parts and other end parts rotatably supported on a brake main body, a lever configured to rotate by advancing and retracting movements of an output member of an actuator and a booster unit provided on at least one of the one end parts of the link arms and configured to rotate the link arms with the supporting portions as fulcrums by boosting a force transmitted by the rotation of the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Suzuki
  • Patent number: 9889865
    Abstract: The present disclosure increases the braking force of a parking spring brake mechanism without enlarging a device and without substantial increase in cost. The subject of the present disclosure is a brake cylinder device provided with a parking spring brake mechanism wherein a first piston moves in a prescribed braking direction. The brake cylinder device is provided with a brake force transmitting section having an inclined surface 38 that is inclined so as to press a brake output section in an advancement direction by moving along with the first piston in the braking direction. The inclined surface includes a first inclined surface provided in a distal end portion, and a second inclined surface provided in a proximal end portion and inclined more than the first inclined surface with respect to the advancement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshio Asano, Hideyuki Oie
  • Patent number: 9885201
    Abstract: A lock device body includes a brake member fastening a rod to lock the rod, a piston that press-opens a pair of pressure-bearing sections of the brake member by using an expansion member to unlock the rod, and an operation element for manually operating the piston, the operation element includes a shaft threaded in a screw hole, a pressure plate formed on one end of the shaft and located in the pressure chamber, and a sealing member disposed on the pressure plate. When the shaft is threaded into a lock release position, an operation end becomes an unextending state while the pressure plate displaces the piston to the lock release position, and, when the shaft is threaded back to a lock position, the operation end extends from the screw hole to the outside while the sealing member seals the screw hole to isolate the screw hole from the pressure chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: Mitsuo Miyamoto, Masayuki Kudo
  • Patent number: 9879720
    Abstract: One embodiment describes a bearing damper including a housing; a damper with an annular gap and an internal spring, in which the annular gap is formed between an inner rim and an outer rim of the damper, the internal spring circumferentially bounds the annular gap, the outer rim is coupled to the housing, and the annular gap is configured to be filled with fluid used to dampen vibrations produced on a drive shaft; and an external spring coupled to the housing and to the inner rim, in which the external includes an axial stiffness engineered to externally offset axial forces exerted on the inner rim of the and a radial stiffness engineered to externally offset a first portion of radial forces exerted on the inner rim and to permit a second portion of the radial forces to propagate the vibrations from the drive shaft to the inner rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bugra Han Ertas, Kyle Robert Snow
  • Patent number: 9878193
    Abstract: A linear displacement damper structure includes a screw shaft, a metallic disk, a screw barrel, a controlling member, and a driving member. The screw shaft is fixed in a position, connected to the metallic disk, and threaded with the screw barrel. The screw barrel is connected to an external device and driven by the external device to perform a linear displacement along a length direction of the screw shaft relative to the screw shaft, so that the screw shaft drives the screw shaft and the metallic shaft. The controlling member has a permanent magnet and is disposed near to the metallic disk, so that the metallic disk generates a magnetic resistance to reduce the rotation speed of the metallic disk. The driving member drives the controlling member to move to change a distance between the controlling member and the metallic disk to adjust the magnitude of the magnetic resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Singularity Ltd.
    Inventor: Chia Min Lai
  • Patent number: 9878760
    Abstract: A hydraulic brake having a master unit, a slave unit, and a hydraulic line. The hydraulic line is filled with a hydraulic fluid and connects the slave unit to the master unit. Further, the hydraulic line has a continuous internal cross-section reduced in at least one longitudinal portion thereof. A method for the installation of a hydraulic brake having a master unit and a slave unit connected to a hydraulic line is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Hujer, Stefan Ruckh
  • Patent number: 9874258
    Abstract: An electromechanical brake integrates a function of a parking brake by adding a simple structure to an existing electromechanical brake. In particular, the electromechanical brake includes a parking braking releasing structure configured to automatically release parking braking after a parking brake operates. In addition, the electromechanical brake is implemented to perform and release parking braking by using a drive unit which may operate in a single direction instead of using a drive unit which may operate in two directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventors: Joung Hee Lee, Jong Yun Jeong, Dong Yoon Hyun
  • Patent number: 9873301
    Abstract: A hydraulic damper (3) includes a tube (4), a piston assembly (5) disposed slidably inside the tube (4), and an additional valve assembly (13). A compression chamber (9) is defined between the piston assembly (5) and the additional valve assembly (13). An additional compensation chamber (14) is defined between the additional valve assembly (13) and one side of a slideable partition (10). A gas chamber (11) is defined at the other side of the slidable partition (10). The damper includes an additional chamber assembly (15) to retain all the advantages of a twin-tube damper while providing the single construction offered by a mono-tube damper. One end of the additional chamber assembly (15) is attached to the slidable piston chamber (5) or to said piston rod (6) at the compression side thereof and the other end of said additional chamber assembly (15) is terminated with the additional valve assembly (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventors: Pawel Slusarczyk, Janusz Goldasz
  • Patent number: 9873149
    Abstract: A technique is provided capable of favorably preventing generation of a shrinkage cavity in solidification of molten metal poured into a casting mold, and increasing accuracy of an assembling position of a core to a mold, in casting a caliper. A caliper casting device for casting a caliper for a disc brake including a cylinder into which a piston is fitted, and a rotor housing surface that defines a space for housing a disc rotor, includes: a mold; and a core placed in the mold, the mold having a rotor housing surface forming portion that forms a part of the rotor housing surface after casting, and the core being positioned and held in the rotor housing surface forming portion during casting, and forming a part of the rotor housing surface together with the rotor housing surface forming portion after casting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Arai, Iseto Suzuki, Jungo Masuda
  • Patent number: 9868424
    Abstract: An electronically slip-regulated vehicle brake system is configured to change from an external force powered operating brake mode into a muscle-powered auxiliary brake mode, and includes a master brake cylinder configured to be operated, a pedal travel simulator configured to simulate an operating travel of the master brake cylinder during the operating brake mode, and a simulator control valve. The simulator includes two pressure chambers. The control valve is configured to control a flow of pressure medium into a first of the two pressure chambers from the master brake cylinder, and is disposed in a return line connecting a wheel brake to a reservoir tank at a position downstream of a connection point at which a second of the two pressure chambers of the simulator is connected to the return line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Daniel Brenndoerfer
  • Patent number: 9863488
    Abstract: A motor vehicle drum brake (10) includes: two braking segments (18A, 18B); an anchoring element (28) including two bearing surfaces (32A, 32B) of two second ends (24) of the braking segments (18A, 18B); a wheel cylinder (34) which, in a first “simplex” operating mode, is suitable for transversally separating the adjacent first ends (22) of the segments (18A, 18B); the anchoring element (28) including: a fixed body (42) wherein two sliding pistons (50A, 50B) each carry a bearing surface (32A, 32B); and elements (44) for separating the pistons (50A, 50B) between an anchoring position wherein they abut against the body (42), and a sliding position wherein the pistons (32A, 32B) are separated to allow the sliding thereof during operation in so-called “servo-dual” mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Alberto Molinaro, Christophe Dupas, Gerard Luu, Cedric Guignon
  • Patent number: 9856940
    Abstract: A fluid-filled, frequency-dependent damper includes a cylinder connected to a cylinder attachment portion; a piston connected to a piston attachment portion, the piston being displaceable in the cylinder; first and second main chambers; and a throttling member for allowing and influencing a fluid flow between the first and second main chambers within the damper when the cylinder attachment portion and the piston attachment portion move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: KONI B.V.
    Inventor: Paul De Kock
  • Patent number: 9855960
    Abstract: Braking systems for railway cars are provided. A braking system defines a longitudinal axis, and includes a first brake assembly, a second brake assembly, and an actuator operable to generate a linear force, the actuator disposed proximate the second brake assembly. The braking system further includes a movable rod and a fixed rod extending between the first brake assembly and the second brake assembly. In some embodiments, the braking system further includes a dead lever and a slack adjuster disposed proximate the first brake assembly, the slack adjuster connected to the first brake assembly and the dead lever and operable to adjust a distance along the longitudinal axis between a reference point of the first brake assembly and a pivot point of the dead lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Amsted Rail Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan Sunde
  • Patent number: 9850967
    Abstract: A disc brake assembly comprises an anchor bracket, a guide pin, a main damper, and an isolation damper. The anchor bracket has a bore. The guide pin is slidably supported in the bore and has a stem. The main damper is between the stem and an interior surface of the bore. The isolation damper is also between the stem and the interior surface. The isolation damper limits contact between the stem and the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventors: Kraig E. Gerber, Antonio Eduardo De Morais
  • Patent number: 9845798
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a suspension disposed between a compression unit and the hermetic housing of hermetic reciprocating compressors for mobile application, such as, for example, application in automotive vehicles and similar, and to the method of assembly of the components that constitute the referred suspension. According to the present invention, it is disclosed a suspension for hermetic reciprocating compressor for mobile application capable of reducing the effects of an eventual and involuntary sudden movement of the compression unit and also of minimizing the transfer of vibrations and noises deriving from the environment outside the hermetic housing to the compression unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Edson Correa Miguel, Patrick Getnerski