Patents Examined by Pamela Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10377242
    Abstract: A regenerative brake control device of a vehicle, which is configured to control a rotary electric motor that is configured to drive wheels at a regeneration ratio corresponding to a selected regeneration stage to thereby obtain a regenerative brake force, includes: a selecting section which is manually operated to select a regeneration stage from a plurality of regeneration stages which have been set; and a control section which is configured to make control so that, when a predetermined operation is performed on the selecting section, a regeneration stage in which the predetermined operation has not been performed on the selecting section is automatically changed to another regeneration stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Murase
  • Patent number: 10377363
    Abstract: A parking brake for a vehicle includes an electric brake motor, a transmission, and a brake piston. The transmission transfers a drive movement of the motor to the brake piston. The transmission has a transmission efficiency that steadily increases as a temperature in the transmission rises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Wolff, Simon Hauber
  • Patent number: 10364859
    Abstract: A bush for a vehicle includes: an inner cylindrical member; a substantially cylindrical rubber member provided outside the inner cylindrical member; and a substantially cylindrical metal spring member inserted between the inner cylindrical member and the rubber member. A gap portion for allowing the metal spring member to be elastically deformed in a radial direction of the metal spring member is provided between the inner cylindrical member and the metal spring member. The bush for a vehicle works such that when impact force belonging to a relatively low vibration frequency area or impact force resultantly accompanied with great displacement is inputted into the bush for a vehicle, mainly the rubber member absorbs vibrations; and when impact force belonging to a relatively high vibration frequency area is inputted into the bush for a vehicle, mainly the metal spring member absorbs vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Shinkawa
  • Patent number: 10358327
    Abstract: A wet brake includes a housing, non-rotatable brake discs, rotatable brake discs, a parking lever, a piston, a plate, and a connector. The non-rotatable and the rotatable brake discs are disposed in engagement with the housing and an outer peripheral surface of a rotary shaft, respectively. The piston, the plate, and the rotary shaft are accommodated in the housing. The piston is configured to be pushed by the parking lever toward the non-rotatable and the rotatable brake discs. The plate is in contact with one of the non-rotatable brake discs or one of the rotatable brake discs. The connector is disposed at a position between the piston and the plate. The housing has a recess that is formed in an outer peripheral surface of the housing at a position corresponding to the position of the connector. An outer diameter of the connector is smaller than that of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventor: Hideo Masuda
  • Patent number: 10357412
    Abstract: A stretcher has a rectangle-shaped subject placement portion on which a subject is placed and a carrying device carrying the subject placement portion, comprising: a switching part switched to any one of at least two states; and a switching device switching a state of the switching part in accordance with a supplied gas pressure. The at least two states include a state in which the switching part prevents movement of the subject placement portion and a state in which the switching part allows the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignees: FUJIDENOLO CO., LTD., MEDIPOLIS MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Takeshi Arimura, Mitsugi Matsuyama, Yoshio Hishikawa, Takashi Ogino, Hideki Miyazaki, Keiichi Noma, Akari Sakuragi
  • Patent number: 10352380
    Abstract: A brake assembly having a brake spider that may receive an anchor pin or a sleeve that receives an anchor pin. Features such as splines may be provided with the anchor pin to help secure the anchor pin to the brake spider or the sleeve. Engagement features may be provided with the sleeve to help secure the sleeve to the brake spider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Scott A. Jenkinson
  • Patent number: 10352384
    Abstract: A disc brake device for a vehicle, the disc brake device is equipped with: a piston slidably fitted into a cylinder hole provided in one arm section of a brake caliper, and capable of pressing against one friction pad; a shim plate mounted on a back plate of the one friction pad and interposed between the back plate and the piston; and a pressing device that applies pressing force to the piston while causing rotational force to act on the piston. Multiple protrusions protruding toward the piston are provided, with intervals between the protrusions, on the back plate of the friction pad facing the piston with the shim plate therebetween, and multiple engaging holes, into which the multiple protrusions are fitted, are provided on the shim plate so as to prevent the shim plate from rotating together with the piston due to the rotational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiromasa Satoh, Takashi Ono
  • Patent number: 10337576
    Abstract: A brake pad wear measuring system for measuring brake pad wear for a vehicle disc brake system includes a first coil excitable to create a first magnetic field, and a first target associated with the first coil. The first coil and the first target are configured for movement relative to each other in response to application of the disc brake system. The relative movement causes the first target to move within the first magnetic field and affect the inductance of the first coil. The brake pad wear measuring system also includes a second coil excitable to create a second magnetic field, and a second target associated with the second coil. The second coil and the second target are configured for movement relative to each other in response to application of the disc brake system. The relative movement causes the second target to move within the second magnetic field and affect the inductance of the second coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Xing Ping Lin, David Leonard Juzswik
  • Patent number: 10329105
    Abstract: Wheel chock systems for use at loading docks and other locations are described herein. In some embodiments, the wheel chock systems can include a wheel chock assembly that is positionable in contact with a vehicle wheel to restrain the vehicle at a loading dock. The wheel chock assembly can include a sensor target, and a corresponding sensor can be mounted to, for example, an outer wall of the loading dock or a wheel chock storage cradle mounted to the outer wall. In operation, the sensor can emit a wireless signal (e.g., an electromagnetic signal) that is reflected off of the sensor target and received back by the sensor when the wheel chock has been positioned in a blocking relationship relative to the vehicle wheel to restrain the vehicle at the loading dock. The sensor can be operably connected to a loading dock signal system (e.g., a signal light system) that displays appropriate signals to loading dock personnel based on detection of proper wheel chock placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoofard, Daryl Day
  • Patent number: 10323704
    Abstract: A bicycle brake disc includes: a disc body, having connecting portions extending from an inner periphery of the disc body, and each connecting portion including a connecting hole, and first connecting elements; a rotor carrier having a center hole and carrier arms formed by extending from the center hole to an outer periphery of the rotor carrier, and each carrier arm having a through hole; each heat dissipation baffle has a first and second end portions, and fitting holes, the first and second end portions of each heat dissipation baffle respectively clamped between two adjacent connecting portions and two adjacent carrier arms, so that the connecting hole, the fitting hole, and the through hole are sequentially aligned; and the first connecting element passing through the holes to fixedly connect the disc body, the heat dissipation baffles, and the rotor carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: TIEN HSIN INDUSTRIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tzu-Tai Huang
  • Patent number: 10323705
    Abstract: An adjuster assembly for manually adjusting the position of a brake pad relative to a brake rotor of a disc brake, the assembly comprising: a continuous wear sensor; and a manual rewind apparatus to manually reset the position of the brake pad when replacement thereof is required; the manual rewind apparatus comprising a shaft arranged to extend into a housing of the disc brake; wherein the continuous wear sensor is arranged to be located within the housing of the disc brake and is located proximate to the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Dietmar Knoop, Sean Cleary
  • Patent number: 10322633
    Abstract: A regenerative brake control device of a vehicle, which is configured to control a rotary electric motor that is configured to drive wheels at a regeneration ratio corresponding to a selected regeneration stage to thereby obtain a regenerative brake force, includes: a selecting section which is manually operated to select a regeneration stage from a plurality of regeneration stages which have been set; and a control section which is configured to make control so that, when a predetermined operation is performed on the selecting section, a regeneration stage in which the predetermined operation has not been performed on the selecting section is automatically changed to another regeneration stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masahiro Murase
  • Patent number: 10316910
    Abstract: Method of obtaining a backing plate (11) for a brake pad (13), comprising the steps of: providing a band (113) of a material suitable for the making of the backing plate (11); carrying out, on the band (113), the blanking of the backing plate (11) so as to define, on the backing plate (11), a front surface (11a) and a back surface (11b) essentially parallel to each other, the flat front surface (11a) being adapted to receive a layer of friction material; carrying out, on the band (113), the coining of a plurality of engagement recesses (19) on the front surface (11a); characterized in that the engagement recesses (19) are distributed over the front surface (19a) in a non-uniform way and in accordance with a predetermined pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Util Industries S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Rangoni, Raffaele Gabriele Vironda, Rodolfo Pizzio
  • Patent number: 10316913
    Abstract: A brake drum for a vehicle braking system includes a closed end, an open end opposite the closed end, a braking wall axially extending between the open end and the closed end, and a compression device that applies a radial compressive force to the braking wall thereby increasing the thermo-mechanical fatigue resistance of the braking wall. A first restraining tab on the braking wall to axially restrain the compression device on the braking wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Webb Wheel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Will Brandon Drake
  • Patent number: 10316911
    Abstract: A brake backing plate is provided in which a non-compressible core material is sandwiched between two sheet metal stampings to make a lightweight, composite brake backing plate. Each of the stampings has a textured face with a plurality of integrally formed piercing members. By rolling or pressing, the piercing members of the textured faces are fully embedded in the core material, and thus lock the stampings and the core material together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Gripmetal Limited
    Inventors: Ray Arbesman, Nghi Pham, Winston MacKelvie
  • Patent number: 10288143
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shock absorber (1), in particular for a motor vehicle, which comprises: a cylinder (2) containing a hydraulic fluid; a main piston (4) actuated by a rod (3), defining in the cylinder a first main chamber (5) and a second main chamber (6), the second main chamber containing the rod; a hydraulic fluid vessel (24); and a valve (11) placed in the flow of the hydraulic fluid between the first main chamber and the second main chamber or between the first main chamber and the vessel. The valve comprises a mobile gate (14) engaging with a seat (13), a spring (20) tending to urge the gate against the seat thereof, and a mobile valve piston (17, 78), defining a first valve chamber (18, 82) and a second valve chamber (19, 83) in the valve, said mobile valve piston being capable of compressing the spring and closing the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jacques Sirven, Marc Sirven, Fran├žois Sirven, Aude Sirven, Alain Bordier
  • Patent number: 10286889
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a double-lip seal of a pneumatic spring brake chamber for a vehicle, the double-lip seal has sealing performance between an inner circumferential surface of a through-hole of an adaptor housing and an outer circumferential surface of an actuator rod to prevent degradation in sealing performance of the lip seal, thereby maintaining constant sealing performance and preventing fluid leakage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MIRAEVC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yeon Min Kim
  • Patent number: 10288141
    Abstract: A pressure-adjustable gas spring is invented. A gas spring mainly consists of a cylinder tube, a piston in the cylinder tube, a piston rod, a valve rod and so on; gas and oil liquid are stored in the cylinder tube. Since the piston occupies the volume in the cylinder tube, the piston is compressed into the cylinder tube when working, then the piston moves in the axial direction in the cylinder tube to press the oil liquid, then the oil liquid compresses the gas so that the piston reaches the working position; when the external force loaded on the piston rod is removed, the gas recovers and expands, and the expanded gas pushes the oil liquid to reset the piston and move out the piston rod, so that the gas spring realizes a compression motion and a restoration damping motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CHANGZHOU LANT GAS SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shengrong Tao
  • Patent number: 10266226
    Abstract: A disc brake caliper for applying a braking force on a brake disc rotor configured to be rotatable about a rotational axis. The disc brake caliper comprises an attachment surface and a first threaded hole. The attachment surface is configured to face a pipe portion of a bicycle frame in a state where the disc brake caliper is coupled to the bicycle frame. A first thread bolt is to be inserted in the first threaded hole so as to couple the disc brake caliper to one of the bicycle frame and a base member attached to the bicycle frame, the first threaded hole being provided on the attachment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SHIMANO INC.
    Inventors: Daisuke Noborio, Tsutomu Muraoka, Osamu Kariyama, Masahiro Nakakura
  • Patent number: 10259440
    Abstract: A hydraulic vehicle braking system comprises a master cylinder having at least one piston displacably accommodated therein, a mechanical actuator that is coupled, or can be coupled, to a brake pedal for actuating the piston, and an electromechanical actuator. The electromechanical actuator is likewise provided for actuating the piston and can be activated, at least for boosting or generating brake force, when the brake pedal is actuated. Furthermore, a valve arrangement is provided, which has a first valve per wheel brake for selectively uncoupling the wheel brake from the master cylinder, and a second valve for selectively reducing the brake pressure at the wheel brake. The valve arrangement can be controlled at least within the framework of an ABS control mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lucas Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Leo Gilles