Patents Examined by Melanie Torres Williams
  • Patent number: 11143251
    Abstract: A disk brake includes an attachment member (11) having a pair of pin support sections (26) in which pin holes (29) extending in a disk axial direction are formed and disposed to cross an outer circumferential side of a disk, and fixed to a non-rotating section of a vehicle, a caliper (13) having slide pins (30) slidably inserted into the pin holes (29) at both sides in a disk circumferential direction and movably supported by the attachment member in the disk axial direction, and a pair of pads movably supported by the attachment member and pressed against both surfaces of the disk by the caliper, wherein the slide pin includes a pin main body having an annular groove (153) on a tip side, and a tubular elastic deformation member (131) having a plurality of convex sections (162) on an inner circumferential side and provided in the annular groove (153).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: HITACHI ASTEMO, LTD.
    Inventors: Hayuru Inoue, Tsuyoshi Chiba
  • Patent number: 11135889
    Abstract: A latching assembly includes a lift housing extending along a center axis between a first and a second opened ends and defining a chamber extending therebetween. A support tube is disposed in the chamber and extends between a first and a second end. A moving member is disposed between the support tube and the lift housing for moving the lift housing between an extended position and a lowered position. The moving member includes an inner ring and an outer ring. The inner ring extends about the support tube. The outer ring is attached to the lift housing for translating an axial movement of the support tube into a rotational movement. A plurality of engagement members located between the inner ring and the outer ring for moving the inner ring and said outer ring axially along the center axis from the extended position to the lowered position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: BEIJINGWEST INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jerzy Piotr Szymanski
  • Patent number: 11125289
    Abstract: An article includes a structural core, one or more friction pads, and a plurality of elongated fasteners. The structural core includes two core surfaces and a plurality of pockets extending between the core surfaces. Each friction pad includes a pad surface and a friction surface opposite the pad surface. Each pad surface includes a planar pad surface configured to contact the core surface and a plurality of bosses extending from the first planar pad surface and including a bore. Each planar pad surface is at least about 50% of a surface area of the respective first and second pad surfaces. The plurality of bosses engages with the plurality of pockets to position the respective first and second friction pads relative to the structural core. The plurality of elongated fasteners passes through bores of corresponding bosses of friction pads to fasten the friction pads to the structural core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Bourlier, William E. Pajak, David R. Cole, Eric Payton
  • Patent number: 11111978
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a force breaker assembly. The assembly includes a housing having a first channel, a body within the housing and including an engagement surface. A second channel is formed in the body. A spring is positioned adjacent the body. A snap ring is positioned within the housing and about the body. When a load is applied to the engagement surface that is below a preset limit, the ring remains engaged within the first and second channel, retaining the body in an extended position. When a load is applied to the engagement surface that is at or above the preset limit, the ring is expanded out of the second channel and into the first channel or is compressed out of the first channel and into the second channel, such that the body is forced into a depressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: XR Reserve, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Prevost, William W. King, Edward C. Spatz
  • Patent number: 11105389
    Abstract: A metallic liner includes a cylindrical body defining a wear resilient surface, and a bearing carrier extending radially inward from the wear resilient surface, wherein the wear resilient surface and the cylindrical body are formed as a monolithic piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Goldring, Rony Giovanni Ganis
  • Patent number: 11104319
    Abstract: A braking control device for imparting brake fluid pressure on wheel cylinders in response to operation of a braking operation member to produce braking force includes: first and second fluid pressure units for imparting brake fluid pressure by first and second power sources respectively; and a determining device for determining whether or not operation of the first fluid pressure unit is appropriate. When the determining device determines that operation is appropriate, the first fluid pressure unit imparts brake fluid pressure based on a suitability characteristic, which is the relationship between the brake fluid pressure and the braking operation member operation amount, set in advance. The second fluid pressure unit has proximity characteristics, generally matching the suitability characteristic, and notification characteristics, different from the suitability characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuhito Ishida, Takayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11105390
    Abstract: A replaceable valve includes a spring preload adjuster and a spring. The spring is configured to be positioned at a first side of the spring preload adjuster. The replaceable valve includes a valve cap positioned at a second, opposite side of the spring preload adjuster. The valve cap is configured to attach to a shock absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: QA1 Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew J. Hulstein, Charles C. Olson, Marshall J. Fegers
  • Patent number: 11104312
    Abstract: A vehicle control ECU determines a road surface ? state of a forward road of a vehicle based on a front image. The vehicle control ECU changes, in accordance with a determined result, a split determination threshold value which is used to determine whether to perform a vehicle behavior stabilization control for stabilizing a behavior of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryochi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11097710
    Abstract: A method (purge procedure) for purging a decoupled brake system including: a brake fluid reservoir, a master cylinder, a brake circuit connected to the wheel brakes, a pump equipped with a plunger. A segment of the brake circuit to be purged is isolated by closing the solenoid valves at the extremities of the segment, a vacuum is created with the plunger, and an extremity of this segment is placed in communication with the exterior to evacuate the trapped air bubble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Chris Anderson
  • Patent number: 11092944
    Abstract: An integrated online dynamic balance terminal by 3D rapid prototyping includes a central tapered hole formed at a lower portion thereof, a plurality of identical balance cavities peripherally and spacedly formed on the integrated online dynamic balance terminal. Each two the adjacent balance cavities are separated by a cavity partition. The integrated online dynamic balance terminal further has a plurality of guiding channels indently formed on an inner peripheral surface thereof, wherein each of the four guiding channels communicates with a corresponding balance cavity through a corresponding trapezoidal hole. The integrated online dynamic balance terminal has a plurality of bored holes spacedly formed on an engagement surface. The integrated online dynamic balance terminal is configured from 3D rapid prototyping so as to form an integral one-piece structure, wherein some portions requiring high precision are arranged to undergo additional machining processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: XueSong Mei, XiaLun Yun, GeDong Jiang, ZunHao Zhang, Tao Tao
  • Patent number: 11091136
    Abstract: A method of controlling the fluid pressure at wheel brakes of a brake system, the method comprising: (a) providing a brake system capable of delivering fluid pressure to the wheel brakes during an autonomous braking event, and wherein the brake system includes a brake pedal and sensor for sensing a driver's braking intent when applying force to the brake pedal; (b) controlling the fluid pressure at the wheel brakes at a predetermined pressure during an autonomous braking event, wherein the sensor detects no depression of the brake pedal; (c) cancelling the autonomous braking event when the sensor detects depression of the brake pedal; and (d) subsequently to step (c), the brake system enters into a handoff procedure to maintain the predetermined pressure at the wheel brakes after the sensor senses the brake pedal being depressed when a requested pressure by the driver is less than the predetermined pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: ZF Active Safety US Inc.
    Inventors: Wenbo Yu, Shawn Hawley
  • Patent number: 11085504
    Abstract: A vibration isolator comprises: a first member in which an end portion of a shaft portion being fixed to a mating member; a vibration-isolation base made of an elastic body connecting a second member and the first member; and a stopper made of an elastic body arranged between the second member and the mating member with the first surface. The shaft portion is arranged in the hole of the stopper with the end portion facing the matching member. The inner surface of the hole of the stopper, prior to the shaft portion is inserted into the hole, includes: a first portion having a span smaller than the thickness of the end portion of the shaft portion; and a second portion arranged between the first portion and the second surface. A span of the second portion is greater than the span of the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Sayaka Arakawa
  • Patent number: 11078974
    Abstract: A disc brake and a brake lining for a commercial vehicle are provided. The disc brake includes a brake caliper on a stationary brake carrier and straddling a brake disc. The brake carrier has at least one brake lining space, in particular two brake lining spaces, each of which is delimited by lateral brake carrier lugs and accommodates a brake lining. At least one respective dimensionally stable blocking element is provided as a counter bearing against the insertion direction of the brake pads. The blocking elements are supported on the brake pads and/or or the brake carrier and are held on the brake carrier and/or on the brake pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Fricke, Werner Koch, Robert Theil, Andreas Petschke, Wolfgang Pahle, Tobias Schoefberger, Alexander Werth, Matthias Adelung, Markus Gerhardinger, Julian Dahlenburg
  • Patent number: 11072313
    Abstract: A motor vehicle having: running gear having a chassis and wheel suspensions, which include longitudinal and transverse links for attaching wheels to the chassis; a body having an underfloor and/or an underfloor paneling, the underfloor and/or the underfloor paneling exposing the links; paneling for the links having a recess for air to cool a brake; and a flow guide upstream of a respective paneling. The flow guide is connected to the underfloor or to underfloor paneling and which, together with the respective paneling, divides up the air flow into: a first air flow, which can be fed, upstream of the recess, via a first flow channel of the respective paneling to a first region of the brake, and into a second air flow, which can be fed via the recess of the respective paneling and a second flow channel of the respective paneling to a second region of the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hannes Schuemann, Jakob Weissert
  • Patent number: 11073192
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to a novel system, device, and methods for providing an isolator for components and instrumentation to isolate vibrations, shock, static or quasi-static loads, thermal loads, and electrical currents. The novel isolator has an asymmetrical shape, experiences uniform motion under quasi-static loading, and reduces the effective modal mass across a range of frequencies. The novel isolator outperforms conventional vibration isolators in terms of cost, schedule (manufacturing time and lead time), heat dissipation, and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: United Launch Alliance, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Ryan Lee Shannon
  • Patent number: 11073186
    Abstract: A coated backing plate for a brake pad and method of manufacturing a brake pad having a coated backing plate, where the coating for the backing plate includes a bond layer. The bond layer includes an inboard surface, an outboard surface, a closed pore network toward the outboard surface that faces the inboard surface of the reinforcement plate, and an open pore network at the inboard surface of the bond layer. The open pore network includes a recessed topology having a plurality of craters configured to interlock a friction material of a friction pad or one or more intermediate layers, such as a transition layer and/or a thermal barrier layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: TENNECO INC.
    Inventors: David Douglas Muffley, Gregory Michael Vyletel, Warran Boyd Lineton
  • Patent number: 11065932
    Abstract: Altering the damping rate of a vehicle suspension damper. A pressure of a damping fluid is exerted against a second valve mechanism connected to the vehicle suspension damper. The pressure of the damping fluid is increased beyond a threshold of the second valve mechanism that is adjustable by an adjustment member. The adjustment member is exposed through a high pressure side of the vehicle suspension damper. The second valve mechanism is then opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Laird, Robert C. Fox
  • Patent number: 11067146
    Abstract: A composite vibration-damping body including a first elastic body and a second elastic body overlapped with each other, wherein the first elastic body is formed of a material having higher attenuation than that of the second elastic body, the first elastic body includes a recessed part opening onto a surface of the first elastic body, and the recessed part forms a gap, and a strain concentration part configured to be subjected to an increased strain during load input is set to a wall of the gap of the of the first elastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Akira Ohji
  • Patent number: 11060576
    Abstract: The linear motion mechanism and the electric motor are arranged in the axial direction with a rotary input-output shaft of the linear motion mechanism interposed therebetween. In the electric motor, orientation of a magnetic pole generating interlinkage flux is parallel with a rotation shaft of the motor. The linear motion mechanism has a thrust bearing for retaining a reaction force against a load in the axial direction in association with linear motion of the linear motion part. The control unit has a thrust force applying section for applying a thrust force such that a force acting in the axial direction of the rotary input-output shaft due to interlinkage flux between the stator and the rotor causes generation of a force, in the axial direction, acting on the thrust bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yui Masuda
  • Patent number: 11059574
    Abstract: An electronic braking arrangement includes a brake stack assembly, a driver circuit, a current limiter circuit, and a voltage limiter circuit. The driver circuit is operably connected to the brake stack assembly. The current limiter circuit and the voltage limiter circuit are connected in series between the driver circuit and the brake stack assembly to drive friction brake loads in the brake stack assembly with a voltage limited constant drive current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Durkee