Patents Examined by Robert A. Siconolfi
  • Patent number: 11565880
    Abstract: A securement system for restricting rolling of a rollable cart residing on a ground surface includes a first mechanism including a first mechanism base defining a first cavity structured to receive a rolling element of the rollable cart therein while the rolling element is in direct contact with the ground surface. The first mechanism may also include a first mechanism blocking member operably coupled to the first mechanism base so as to be adjustably positionable to a closing position in which the first mechanism blocking member blocks a path of the rolling element out of the first cavity, and also to an opening position in which the first mechanism blocking member does not block the path of the rolling element out of the first cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Rommel B. Ceniza
  • Patent number: 11566680
    Abstract: Provided is a valve device and a shock absorber that can prevent them from being in a failure state at the normal time and can freely set a passive valve even when both pressure control and passage opening/closing are performed by a solenoid valve. For this reason, the valve device includes a first passage and a second passage connected downstream of the pressure introducing passage, a solenoid valve that opens the first passage to control the upstream pressure and closes the second passage when energized, and that closes the first passage and opens the second passage when not energized, and a passive valve provided downstream of the solenoid valve in the second passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: KYB Corporation
    Inventors: Hidemasa Kato, Ryosuke Kamakura
  • Patent number: 11566679
    Abstract: A bumper cap for a damper, the damper including an outer tube with a tube end. A rod extending through the tube end. The damper including a damping fluid, such as a hydraulic oil, that is movable within the damper in response to movement of the rod to provide a damping effect. The bumper cap has a cup shaped body having a side wall and a base, the side wall having an inner surface and an outer surface, the inner surface having a dimension that is sized to be press fit over the outer tube. The base of the bumper cap has a through hole in the base, the through hole configured to have the rod pass therethrough. The base has at least one fluid passage extending away from the through hole that is in fluid communication with a fluid reservoir in the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: DRiV Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Görski, Grzegorz Franciszek Burzawa
  • Patent number: 11565677
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an electric brake system including: a hydraulic feeder configured to move a piston forward or backward according to a pedal effort from a brake pedal to discharge oil; a motor position sensor configured to measure a position of the piston; and a controller configured to control, when an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) control starts, a change in direction of the piston based on predicted displacement information of the piston while the ABS control is performed such that the piston is at a target position at target vehicle speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: HL MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Youngeun Cho
  • Patent number: 11565675
    Abstract: A control valve (12) for applying a spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) to spring-loaded parts of a rear-axle wheel brake is provided. The control valve (12) is activatable pneumatically via a second control input (12b) with a parking-brake control pressure (p5). The parking-brake control pressure (p5) can act in such a manner on a control mechanism (14b, 15b, 17c, 22, 23, 24) arranged in a valve housing (12f) of the control valve (12) that a spring-loaded brake pressure (p3b) arises at a control output (12c) of the control valve (12) as a function of the parking-brake control pressure (p5) for bringing about a parking-brake braking specification with the spring-loaded parts of the rear-axle wheel brakes. The control valve (12) has a first control connection (12a) connectable to an adjustable first control chamber (14a), which is operatively connected to the control mechanism (14b, 15b, 17c, 22, 23, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: ZF CV Systems Europe BV
    Inventors: Peter Beier, Robert Otremba, Julian Van Thiel
  • Patent number: 11565679
    Abstract: A brake release mechanism for a spring brake actuator includes a brake release bolt having a threaded portion, a running engaging the threaded portion, the running nut being adapted to axially travel along the threaded portion in order to move a spring brake actuator piston against a force of an actuator power spring, an indicator device comprising an indicator pin being at least partially accommodated in a receiving space of the release bolt, wherein the indicator device further comprises a pin actuator for axially moving the pin relative to the receiving space. It is proposed according to the invention that the pin actuator comprises an indicator cap being attached to the pin, the indicator cap comprising a basic body and at least one spacing element being attached to the basic body, the spacing element being configured to abut against the running nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: WABCO Europe BVBA
    Inventors: Michal Franczuk, Lukasz Szczuplak
  • Patent number: 11565676
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic brake system that includes a master cylinder unit including a master cylinder to which a master cylinder reservoir coupled to generate a hydraulic pressure, a hydraulic block provided with a hydraulic pressure supply device to generate the hydraulic pressure by an electrical signal outputted in response to a displacement of a brake pedal and a hydraulic control unit to transmit the hydraulic pressure discharged from the hydraulic pressure supply device to wheel cylinders provided in each wheel, and disposed to be separated from the master cylinder unit, a hydraulic block reservoir coupled to the hydraulic block, and a connection hose to connect the master cylinder reservoir and the hydraulic block reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: HL MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jin Seok Lee
  • Patent number: 11560932
    Abstract: A damping device (1) for a suspension (100) of a bicycle includes: a first tubular body (2) defining a first chamber (4); a second tubular body (3) defining a second chamber (5) fluidically communicating with the first chamber (4); a third tubular body (8) disposed inside the second chamber (5), the interior thereof defining a third chamber (9) fluidically communicating with the second chamber (5); a hollow stem (10) integral with the first tubular body (2), defining a through cavity (11) which establishes a fluid communication between the third chamber (9) and the first chamber (4); a first static valve (12) disposed between the second chamber (5) and the third chamber (9); a second static valve (14), connected to the stem (10), operatively disposed between the third chamber (9) and the cavity (11) of the stem (10); a dynamic valve (15) connected to the first tubular body (2) inside the first chamber (4), operatively disposed between the cavity (11) of the stem (10) and the first chamber (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: HIRIDE SUSPENSION S.R.L.
    Inventors: Domenico Borgese, Fabio Noce
  • Patent number: 11555525
    Abstract: A vibration damper with an adjustable damping force may comprise an inner cylinder having at least one working chamber, an outer cylinder that surrounds the inner cylinder, and at least one damping valve element that in terms of flow is connected via a flow connection to the working chamber. An adapter sleeve may guide the flow connection, with the adapter sleeve being inserted in the inner cylinder on an internal circumference of the inner cylinder. The flow connection may be guided into the damping valve element by way of a flow opening that is configured in a wall of the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP BILSTENN GMBH, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventor: Klaus Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11548491
    Abstract: An electronically controlled pneumatic (ECP) overlay control valve can selective switch between a conventional pneumatic mode and an ECP mode. In ECP mode, the overlay control valve shunts the brake cylinder pressure of the pneumatic control valve which allows a relay valve to build or exhaust pressure in the brake cylinder in response to an electronically controlled apply/release circuit. In conventional pneumatic mode, the overlay control valve disconnects the relay valve and allows a conventional pneumatic control valve to control the pressurization and exhausting of the brake cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC
    Inventors: Keith Parnapy, Derick Call
  • Patent number: 11548342
    Abstract: A coilover shock absorber includes a damper element and a coil spring, where the coilover shock absorber includes a first mount for the damper element and a second mount for the damper element, and where the coilover shock absorber includes a first seat for the coil spring and a second seat for the coil spring, where the first mount for the damper element is operatively separate from the first seat for the coil spring, where the second mount for the damper element is operatively separate from the second seat for the coil spring. The resulting inverted coilover shock absorber allows for separate load paths for the damper element and the coil spring to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: NINGBO GEELY AUTOMOBILE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CO.
    Inventor: Magnus Nilsson Gatenholm
  • Patent number: 11549565
    Abstract: A method for controlling vehicle motion is described. The method includes: comparing a measured acceleration value associated with a movement of a vehicle component of a vehicle with a predetermined acceleration threshold value that corresponds to the vehicle component, wherein the vehicle component is coupled with a frame of the vehicle via at least one vehicle suspension damper; monitoring a state of at least one valve within at least one vehicle suspension damper of the vehicle, wherein the state controls a damping force within the at least one vehicle suspension damper; and based on the comparing and the monitoring, regulating damping forces within the at least one vehicle suspension damper by actuating the at least one valve to adjust to a desired state, such that an acceleration of the frame is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Everet Owen Ericksen, George O'Neal, Matt McLellan
  • Patent number: 11549566
    Abstract: A hydraulically damping mount for mounting a motor vehicle unit on a motor vehicle body includes a support and a support mount which are interconnected by a support spring made of an elastomeric material. In embodiments, a support spring limits a working chamber which is separated from a compensating chamber by a separating device, wherein the working chamber and the compensating chamber may be filled with a fluid and may be connected to one another via a damping channel included in the separating device, wherein the separating device may include two nozzle discs between which a first membrane and a second membrane are arranged, and wherein one of the membranes has at least one through-hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Vibracoustic SE
    Inventors: Roland Holz, Stefan Gölz, Robert Jambor, Tina Heilmann
  • Patent number: 11541850
    Abstract: A brake booster for a brake system of a vehicle, having a first input piston component, and a valve body. The brake booster has a second input piston component, which is pushed away from the first input piston component in the braking direction using a compression spring, and a locking mechanism is embodied such that when the differential travel between the booster travel and the input travel is smaller than a predefined first limit value, the second input piston component is adjustable using the compression spring together with the valve body away from the first input piston component, and when the differential travel exceeds the first limit differential travel, the second input piston component is locked in place on the first input piston component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Fernando Sacristan Pamies
  • Patent number: 11541856
    Abstract: An electropneumatic brake system, for a commercial vehicle which is provided for pulling a trailer, includes at least one service brake circuit configured to activate service brake actuators, a parking brake circuit having parking brake actuators on at least one axle, a trailer brake circuit configured to provide a trailer brake pressure at a trailer brake pressure port, and a manually actuatable operating unit in a driver's cab. The manually actuatable operating unit has a first operating element and a second operating element. In the case of actuation of the first operating element when the vehicle is driving, the parking brake actuators are activated and a trailer brake pressure is output at the trailer brake pressure port. In the case of actuation of the second operating element when the vehicle is driving, only a trailer brake pressure is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: ZF CV SYSTEMS EUROPE BV
    Inventors: Thomas Schmidt, Julian van Thiel
  • Patent number: 11541851
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a passenger capsule having a first end and a second end, a front module coupled to the first end of the passenger capsule and including a front axle assembly, a rear module coupled to the second end of the passenger capsule and including a rear axle assembly, and a braking system. The braking system includes a pump, an actuator including a rod that extends through a brake housing to apply a biasing force to a brake and inhibit movement of the vehicle, and a line coupling the pump to the actuator. Engagement of the pump provides a pressurized fluid flow through the line that overcomes the biasing force and releases the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    Inventors: Don Verhoff, Gary Schmiedel, Chris Yakes, Rob Messina, Brian Wilkins, Kent Schulte, Daniel R. Seffernick, Joseph Holda, Michael Peotter, David McGraw, Anthony Seefeldt, Dave Pelko, Jesse Gander, Jerry Reineking, Jesse Steinke
  • Patent number: 11536335
    Abstract: A backing plate and associated brake pad that includes a reinforcement plate and a retention plate. The reinforcement plate has an outboard surface, an inboard surface, and a mold hole. The retention plate has an outboard surface, an inboard surface, and a locking projection that cooperates with the mold hole of the reinforcement plate to mechanically lock the retention plate to the reinforcement plate so that the inboard surface of the reinforcement plate faces the outboard surface of the retention plate. A dampening layer may be included between the reinforcement plate and the retention plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: FEDERAL-MOGUL MOTORPARTS LLC
    Inventors: Jason Scott Foster, Stefan Ulrich Anger
  • Patent number: 11535076
    Abstract: A damper mount structure improves accuracy of positioning to increase assembling efficiency and includes a damper mount for fixing an upper portion of a suspension device to an attachment opening formed in a vehicle body. The damper mount includes: a housing to be mounted on the upper portion of the suspension device; a stay which protrudes from an outer circumferential surface of the housing and is brought in contact with a lower surface of a circumferential edge of the attachment opening in a state that the housing has been inserted through the attachment opening to attach the housing to the circumferential edge of the attachment opening; and a plurality of ribs which connect the stay with an outer circumferential surface of the housing. A first rib, a second rib, and a third rib include side surfaces, respectively, facing an inner circumferential surface of the attachment opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Kubota, Yasufumi Nakajima, Takashi Okazaki
  • Patent number: 11536344
    Abstract: The valve includes a valve case; an annular valve body, an outer peripheral end of which is a free end movable to both sides in an axial direction with respect to the valve case; a facing portion provided in the valve case, the facing portion including an annular facing surface which is located on an outer peripheral side of the valve body and is configured to face the free end with a gap; and first and second valve stoppers which are located on both sides respectively in the axial direction of the valve body. The first and second valve stoppers, respectively, have a plurality of support portions that are configured to support different positions of the valve body in a radial direction at different heights when the valve body deflects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: KYB CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kimishima, Takeshi Yasui
  • Patent number: 11536336
    Abstract: The invention relates to an axle-mounted brake disk for a rail vehicle, comprising two friction rings which are arranged in parallel and at a distance from each other and are interconnected by a plurality of ribs extending in the direction of the rotational axis of the friction rings, where at least some of the ribs are embodied with different cross-sections from each other, where the cross-sections of a first subset of the ribs, embodied as supporting elements transmitting pressure forces, do not fall below a minimum cross-section, defined by the stability required in relation to the mechanical load during a brake process, and the cross-section of a second subset of the ribs, used to radiate thermal energy, falls below the minimum cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventors: Bernhard Hämmerl, Marc-Gregory Elstorpff, Martin Schmid, Nils Arkenberg, Thomas Volk