Patents Examined by Pam Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8632060
    Abstract: A bumper includes a supporting member, a base, a flange, a connecting arm, and a resetting assembly. The base is fixedly connected to the supporting member. The connecting arm has a rotating portion rotatably positioned between the flange and the supporting member. The resetting assembly includes a resisting member and an elastic member. The resisting member is slidably connected to the supporting member. The elastic member is configured for producing an elastic force to drive the resisting member to resist the rotating portion of the connecting arm. One of the rotating portion and the resisting member defines a receiving groove, and the other one of the rotating portion and the resisting member defines a restricting protrusion rotatably engaging in the receiving groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin-Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8020675
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromechanical disk brake which has a switchable freewheel in order to be configured as a parking brake. The switchable freewheel includes a clamping roller freewheel having rollers for locking a motor shaft of an electric motor of the brake. A locating bearing of the motor shaft of an electric motor, and the freewheel are accommodated on a cover of a housing of the electric motor, and all the electric connections of the disc brake are routed via the cover. The number of components used can be reduced considerably by the integrated design. Moreover, the positional tolerances of the freewheel in relation to the motor shaft can be reduced with the aid of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann, Hans Frick
  • Patent number: 8006965
    Abstract: A vibration isolator having an inner passage of a communication tube that communicates the negative pressure chamber with the valve chamber. A pipe connection part and a supply/discharge pipe communicate the valve chamber with the supply/discharge port of a switching valve on the outside of the vibration isolator. The switching valve selectively communicates the supply/discharge port to either an intake manifold as the negative pressure supply source, or an atmosphere space. The negative pressure chamber communicates with the valve chamber through the communication tube on the inner peripheral side of the outer cylinder member. Thus, either of a negative pressure and an atmospheric pressure, which is same as a pressure in the valve chamber, can be supplied into the negative pressure chamber, by supplying either of the negative pressure and the atmospheric pressure into the valve chamber through the supply/discharge pipe and the pipe connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kojima
  • Patent number: 8002089
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a haptic device are described. In one described system, a first brake surface of a first element contacts a second brake surface of a second element. At least one actuator is configured to exert a force on at least one of the first and second elements. A flexure is coupled to at least one of the first element, the second element, a housing, a manipulandum, and a shaft coupled to the manipulandum. The flexure provides a degree of rotational flexibility to the manipulandum when the at least one actuator exerts the force. The described system may include a processor in communication with the at least one actuator for providing the haptic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Jasso, David W. Bailey
  • Patent number: 7992847
    Abstract: An earthquake-proof plinth includes a display floor plate that has an aperture configured to fit a middle section of an article seated on the plinth and that has a seat panel passing through the aperture and supported by a shaft extending vertically downward from the seat panel; a vibration sensor; a shaft stopper that stops the seat panel and shaft in a shock-absorbing elastic fashion when the article still on the seat panel falls and eventually has its middle section fitted in the aperture of the floor plate; and a retainer that normally retains the shaft in position to keep the seat panel flush with the display floor plate while it releases the shaft in response to a detection signal from the vibration sensor to let the seat panel and shaft drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Musashi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomonao Kaneko, Noboru Yamane, Kouichi Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 7992690
    Abstract: The present invention describes a device for locking a lever of a motor vehicle. The device permits an operator to quickly lock the lever in an engaged position and unlock the lever from the engaged position. The device may be used even when the manual dexterity of the operator is limited by protective equipment. The device includes a pin and spring. The pin passes through aligned holes in the flange and lever. Releasing the lever exerts a lateral force on the pin, thereby preventing the pin from lifting from the lever hole and locking the lever in the engaged position. The spring lifts the pin from the locked position when the lateral force is reduced. The device may be used on a brake or clutch lever of a motorcycle, thereby permitting the operator to have at least one free hand at a stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: James William Cross
  • Patent number: 7987953
    Abstract: A brake cylinder for pneumatically actuated vehicle brakes includes a parking brake spring-loaded brake section and a service brake section combined to form a structural unit in a housing. The housing is divided into two chambers by a piston. A cylinder spring of the spring-loaded brake section acts on another spring-loaded piston in the chamber, which can be blocked in relation to the first piston by a pneumatically actuated locking mechanism, and can be released from the first piston by the releasing action of the blocking mechanism. Following the release, the cylinder spring acts between the two pistons and moves the two pistons in relation to each other during a parking brake process. The pneumatically actuatable blocking mechanism acts only in an expansion direction of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Johann Iraschko
  • Patent number: 7984795
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention relate to a vehicle, especially a commercial vehicle, with a braking system for a wheel of the vehicle having an axle arrangement and a brake, especially a disc brake, whereby the cross-section of the axle arrangement has an outer contour differing from a circle, and the brake has a brake carrier. According to one embodiment of the invention, the brake carrier has an opening whose inner contour differs from a circle and the outer contour lies on the axle arrangement such that the brake carrier surrounds the axle of the brake to form a keyed fit with the axle arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: WABCO Radbremsen GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Steinmetz, Bernward Redemann, Hellmut J├Ąger
  • Patent number: 7976109
    Abstract: A hybrid brake apparatus for a vehicle includes a front hydraulically actuated brake circuit, a rear electrically actuated brake circuit, and a controller. The front hydraulically actuated brake circuit includes a master cylinder for providing pressurized fluid to the front brake circuit in response to an input applied to the master cylinder for applying a frictional front braking force. The rear electrically actuated brake circuit is controllable in response to the input for providing a frictional rear braking force. The rear brake circuit is controlled in accordance with a first predetermined relationship between the input and rear braking force during normal operation of the front brake circuit. If the controller detects a degradation of front braking force, the rear brake circuit is controlled in accordance with a second predetermined relationship between the input and the rear braking force, to thereby compensate for the degradation of front braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: BWI Company Limited S.A.
    Inventors: David F. Reuter, E. Wayne Lloyd, Deron C. Littlejohn
  • Patent number: 7971690
    Abstract: A coned disc spring is arranged between a second component and a third component provided inside a tubular first component and movable in an axial direction. The coned disc spring comprises a body having a circular dish shape, teeth closely fitting into spline grooves formed on an inner peripheral surface of the first component and projecting to a radial outer side on an outer periphery of the body, and a stress relaxation portion formed in a flat shape or a curved shape at an edge portion of a circular arc portion at the base of the tooth in a direction at least one of a circumferential direction and a radial direction of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hironobu Imaizumi
  • Patent number: 7967396
    Abstract: A status of one or more subsystems positioned on one or more trailers is communicated to a tractor electrically and mechanically connected to the trailer. The status may be automatically supplied by the subsystem or may be requested either by the operator of the tractor/trailer combination or automatically by another subsystem on either the tractor or the trailer. A spread spectrum data communications signal representing the status of a respective subsystem is superposed on the power bus. The status of the respective subsystem can then be determined from the spread spectrum data communications signal. Preferably, the status of the subsystem is indicated to an operator positioned on the tractor. A command for controlling a subsystem on a trailer can also be communicated from the tractor to the trailer over the power bus. A spread spectrum data communications signal representing the command is produced on the power bus, and the subsystem is controlled based on the spread spectrum data communications signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Power Talk, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Lesesky, Bobby Ray Weant
  • Patent number: 7967115
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brake disc, particularly an internally ventilated brake disc, having at least one friction ring (12), which is connected to a brake-disc chamber (14) via fastening elements, the fastening elements taking the form of threaded bolts (19), which have a cylindrical section (22) and a threaded section (21), which can be screwed into the brake-disc chamber (14) in such a way that the cylindrical section (22) of the threaded bolt (19) extends outward in the radial force direction over an outer circumference (25) of the brake-disc chamber (14), and that the cylindrical sections (22) engage in holding sections (34) of the friction ring (12) and take up the friction ring so as to form an annular gap (36) with respect to the brake-disc chamber (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Otto Zimmermann GmbH
    Inventor: Holger Keller
  • Patent number: 7967393
    Abstract: A pressure balanced supply valve for use in a vehicular braking system. A housing defines a first chamber, a second chamber, a first fluid conduit for connection to a master cylinder, a second fluid conduit for connection to a hydraulic pump, and a third fluid conduit connected between the first and second fluid conduits. The second fluid conduit communicates with both the first chamber and the second chamber. A valve seat is defined in the third fluid conduit. A movable valve element is movable to a first position sealing against the valve seat to prevent fluid flow between the first and second conduits through the third conduit, and to a second position permitting fluid flow between the first and second conduit through the third conduit. The movable valve element is exposed to pressures in both the first and second chambers so as to be pressure balanced in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Kelsey-Hayes Company
    Inventor: Blaise J. Ganzel
  • Patent number: 7963378
    Abstract: An energy absorbing tubular structure is formed of a molded or extruded polymer. The tube has a quadrangular cross-section with rounded corners. The walls of tube are corrugated with alternating convex and concave corrugations surfaces having a continuous constant radius, preferably with no flat spots. The corrugated walls have a constant thickness. The corrugations progressively deform during impact thereby providing a near perfect square wave force vs. deflection energy absorption curve at any predetermined nearly constant force level. The tube may be filled with polymer foam to vary the impact performance of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: O-Flex Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Glance, Sidney T. Winter, Robert J. Bauer, Eddy R. Finch, Bryant A. Tokarz
  • Patent number: 7963374
    Abstract: The power-off electromagnetic brake (2) attracts an armature that is pressed by a spring force to a rotating member by a magnetic attraction force that is generated by energizing an exciting coil, and brake force that is acting on the rotating member is released. A voltage control circuit (12) continuously energizes the exciting coil for a fixed length of time and generates a considerable magnetic attraction force in order to attract the armature to a yoke when a brake power source (14) is switched on during brake release. After the armature has been attracted to the yoke, the voltage control circuit (12) intermittently energizes the exciting coil at a set cycle and a set on/off duty ratio to hold the armature in an attracted state to the yoke, thereby reducing power consumption and heat generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Kozo Sasaki
  • Patent number: 7954793
    Abstract: An elastomeric tie rod end isolator or an elastomeric cartridge isolator that includes an outer metal sleeve defining a generally cylindrical socket, a generally cylindrical inner metal sleeve disposed coaxially within the socket in radially spaced relationship with the outer metal sleeve, and an elastomeric isolator disposed therebetween. The elastomeric isolator is a unitary annular body formed of an elastomer material and having a radially inboard surface in contact with the inner metal sleeve and a radially outboard surface in contact with the outer metal sleeve. The unitary elastomer body has a generally conical primary load-carrying section and a generally cylindrical secondary load-limiting section, each disposed coaxially about the axis of the socket. The load-limiting section includes a snubber gap formed by an axially extending groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Enidine, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Weisbeck, Mark J. Ott, Gabor Rozsa
  • Patent number: 7950501
    Abstract: A stopper for preventing movement of a bag equipped with casters containing a base mounted on the bag bottom; a swingable member having one end portion rotatably connected to the base, and having the other end portion capable of being manipulated so as to swing the swingable member between a housing position where the other end portion is positioned close to the base and an engagement position for engaging the other end portion with the ground; a first link having one end portion rotatably connected to the swingable member, and having the other end portion rotatably and slidably connected to the base and slidable along the base bottom and a second link having one end portion rotatably connected to the other end portion of the first link, and constructed so as to be slidable with the other end portion of the first link along the base bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Ace Luggage Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7950748
    Abstract: An hydraulically activated internal locking apparatus is disclosed including an hydraulic fluid reservoir, an hydraulically activated locking system and a electronic control system, where the electronic control system is in electrical communication with the locking system and the reservoir is in fluid communication with the locking system so that the locking system can be transitioned from a locked state to an unlocked state when the electronic control system receives a unlock or lock code or instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: InnerLoc, Inc
    Inventors: Richard Alfred Coutermarsh, John Reid Eastman, Mark Miller
  • Patent number: 7950634
    Abstract: A spring including a wire having an elasticity by which the wire is compressible by an external force to a first position at which first and second ends thereof of are separated by a first distance and when the force is removed or an electrical current applied, the wire is extensible in response to an internal spring force to a second position at which the wire is substantially straight. A spring assembly is disclosed including a plurality of inventive wires cross-coupled with a support structure consisting of a plurality of coaxial rings. In the assembly, the wires extend parallel to an axis through a center of the rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Frederick B. Koehler, Ward D. Lyman, Kenneth E. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7931132
    Abstract: The invention relates to a damper having a damper cylinder, in which a piston ram is guided via a piston rod, and for adjusting characteristic damper values, the flow of a damper fluid can be controlled. A piezoelectric valve is disposed inside the damper cylinder, and includes a piezoelectric element and an actuator, and an evaluation and control circuit for adjusting the flow of the damper fluid triggers the actuator via the piezoelectric element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Sigmund Braun