Patents Examined by Robert A. Siconolfi
  • Patent number: 10774894
    Abstract: A damping valve for a hydraulic damper comprises a valve housing comprising an inlet chamber and an outlet chamber. A valve seat is arranged between the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber. A valve element having a cylindrical first portion is slidably received in a cylindrical bore of the valve housing. A second portion of the valve element has a valve surface for selectively engaging and disengaging the valve seat to allow passage of hydraulic fluid between the inlet chamber and the outlet chamber. A spring element is mounted within the valve housing for biasing the valve element into engagement with the valve seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Zbigniew Jaśkiewicz
  • Patent number: 10766470
    Abstract: This brake control device includes: an operation amount sensor which detects the brake operating member operation amount; front-wheel and rear-wheel actuators which generate braking force in front/rear wheels; front-wheel and rear-wheel sensors which detect the outputs of the front-wheel and rear-wheel actuators; and a controller which controls the front-wheel and rear-wheel actuators based on the operation amount and the outputs of the front and rear wheels. On the basis of the operation amount and/or the output of the rear wheels, the controller determines whether or not a long-term low-load state in which the friction member is continuously pressed against the rotary members of the rear wheels within a predetermined range over a long period of time is established. If so, the distribution ratio of the rear-wheel braking force to the total applied braking force is decreased compared to when a long-term low-load state is not determined to be established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Yukoku, Takahisa Hishikawa
  • Patent number: 10759404
    Abstract: An actuation system, in particular for a vehicle brake, may include an actuating device, such as a brake pedal, at least one first pressure source, e.g., a piston-cylinder unit (master cylinder), which can be actuated in particular by means of the actuating device and a second pressure source, in particular a piston-cylinder unit, with an electro-mechanical drive. The pressure sources may each be connected to at least one brake circuit via a hydraulic line, in order to supply the brake circuit with pressurising medium and to pressurise the vehicle brake. There may further be a valve device for regulating the brake pressure. It is planned that during forward and return stroke at least one brake circuit can be fed controlled pressurising medium by way of the second pressure source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: IPGATE AG
    Inventors: Thomas Leiber, Anton Van Zanten, Christian Köglsperger, Valentin Unterfrauner, Heinz Leiber
  • Patent number: 10760645
    Abstract: A rotary viscous vibration damper or absorber has a hub part which can be fastened to a crankshaft of an engine, in particular of an internal combustion engine, and a vibration damper ring which is mounted such that it can be rotated relative to the hub part. A shear gap which is filled with a silicone oil is formed between the hub part and the vibration damper ring, in which shear gap flange bushings for guiding the vibration damper ring are mounted. The flange bushings are composed of a liquid crystal polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Hasse & Wrede GmbH
    Inventor: Florian Knopf
  • Patent number: 10760631
    Abstract: A caliper brake (10) includes a housing (12) formed of a first housing portion (16) and a second housing portion (18). Each of the first housing portion and second housing portion include a channel (104) extending therethrough. The channels (104) include pins (102) for receiving one or more shims (94) thereon. Brake (10) includes a first stator assembly (60) and a second stator assembly (64) that are separated by a first distance when no shims (94) are on the pins (102). The first stator assembly (60) and the second stator assembly (64) are separated by a second distance less than the first distance when one or more shims (94) are on the pins (102).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: AUSCO PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Brian P. Dennis, Kenneth A. Dodd, Keith McAllister, James Haines
  • Patent number: 10753422
    Abstract: A switchable hydraulic mount includes a first fluid chamber delimited by a spring body, a second fluid chamber fluidically connected to the first fluid chamber, a decoupling element for decoupling the chambers, and arranged between the first fluid chamber and a decoupling chamber, the chambers being fluidically separated from one another, and a switchable valve to selectively open or close the decoupling chamber with respect to the environment, the switchable valve including a valve housing with a linear actuator including an actuator head displaceable in the valve housing between closed and open positions, the valve housing including at least one valve opening which, in the open position, connects the decoupling chamber to the environment and which, in the closed position, is closed by the actuator head, and the valve opening including at least a component of extension transverse with respect to the movement axis of the actuator head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Sumitomo Riko Company Limited
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Raida, Waldemar Hermann, Dimitri Khlistunov, Holger Ries
  • Patent number: 10744981
    Abstract: An electromechanical braking (EMB) connector for electrical communication between an interior of a brake caliper assembly and an exterior of the brake caliper assembly is disclosed. The EMB connector includes a body having a distal end for insertion into the interior of the brake caliper assembly and a proximal end for exposure on the exterior of the brake caliper assembly, with the distal end and the proximal end defining a body axis. The EMB connector also includes a load sensor connector for coupling with a load sensor disposed on the interior of the brake caliper assembly. The load sensor connector is compressible along a load sensor axis that is substantially perpendicular to the body axis. The EMB connector further includes a conductive component coupled to the load sensor connector. The conductive component enables electrical connection of the load sensor to the exterior of the brake caliper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Ruben Auer
  • Patent number: 10744608
    Abstract: A device for damping vibrations of a machine, in particular for damping vibrations of a machine tool, wherein the device includes a first linear motor primary part, a pendulum mass, mounted via at least one supporting sheet-metal assembly provide a relative motion of the pendulum mass along the first linear motor primary part, a first linear motor secondary part fastened to the pendulum mass such that the pendulum mass is actuated via the first linear motor primary part to dampen vibrations of the machine, a second linear motor primary part, and a second linear motor secondary part fastened to the pendulum mass such that the pendulum mass is additionally actuated via the second linear motor primary part to dampen vibrations of the machine so as to achieve an especially compact device that makes it possible to dampen vibrations of machines, in particular machine tools, effectively and without maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Siemen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Markus Stephan Haschka, Elmar Schaefers, Torsten Schuer, Dietmar Stoiber
  • Patent number: 10746238
    Abstract: The invention concerns a centrifugal positive blocking brake for shutter drives. The brake includes centrifugal blocks, central spring element, and a drive motor comprising a drive shaft. A turntable is coupled with the drive shaft. The central spring element having a preloaded spring is centrifugally guided in a recess of the turntable. Either side of the spring is connected with a radially movable engaging tab element. Two different radially acting abutments are disposed on the central spring element and are movable towards recess. The engaging tab element has at least one engaging tab pointing radially inwards. The centrifugal block is attached to the engaging tab element. In the de-energized state of the drive motor, the engaging tab elements together with the centrifugal blocks disposed on them engage into detents of a frame-fixed detent disc with at least one engaging tab in a frictionally and positively locking manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Sten Währisch
  • Patent number: 10737543
    Abstract: The invention provides a vehicle suspension system, comprising a jounce bumper made of elastomeric thermoplastic material, having improved design to maximize energy absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventors: Peter Laszlo Szekely, Damien Van Der Zyppe
  • Patent number: 10730498
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for building pressure within a secondary braking system (SBS) of a vehicle having a plurality of brakes. The system may comprise a reservoir and a primary braking system (PBS) including a master cylinder including a primary circuit portion, a plurality of valve subsystems, a primary path connecting the master cylinder to the plurality of valve subsystems, and at least one valve disposed along the primary path between the master cylinder and the plurality of valve subsystems. The PBS also includes a secondary path connecting the reservoir to at least one valve subsystem of the plurality of valve subsystems, and no valves are disposed within the secondary path. The SBS is connected to the at least one valve subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Veoneer Nissin Brake Systems Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnie Spieker, Alexandru Versin
  • Patent number: 10731724
    Abstract: A suspension system includes a first suspension member movable relative to a second suspension member, a fluid reservoir having a volume, the volume variable in response to a relative movement between the first and second suspension members, and a fluid flow circuit having a first end in fluidic communication with the fluid reservoir and a second end in fluidic communication with an isolated suspension location, the fluid flow circuit comprising a first valve, a second valve and a third valve, wherein said first and third valves are in parallel with each other and the second valve is in series with each of the first and third valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Laird, William M. Becker
  • Patent number: 10723192
    Abstract: A coil air spring combination (13) in this case includes a coil (11) and airbag (12) and an airbag protective sleeve (13) fitted over the airbag. The sleeve may be made from an inextensible fabric with tapered elastic ends so that the sleeve can fit over the airbag for installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Richard James Clamp, Leon Hart
  • Patent number: 10724585
    Abstract: A brake pad for a heavy vehicle disc brake and a disc brake. The brake pad defines a first and second circumferential surfaces. A first spring forms at least part of the first circumferential surface and is arranged to contact the first circumferential pad abutment surface and urge the brake pad, in use, towards the second circumferential pad abutment surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Dietmar Knoop
  • Patent number: 10724589
    Abstract: A brake pad retention system is provided for a disc brake of a motor vehicle, in particular of a commercial vehicle. The disc brake includes a brake caliper which engages over a brake disc, a brake carrier which is positionally fixed on the vehicle, the brake carrier having entry-side and exit-side carrier horns and having a bridge which connects the carrier horns to one another, and at least one brake pad which is provided with a pad carrier plate and a friction pad fastened thereto and which is guided in a pad shaft formed by the carrier horns and by the bridge. At least one of the carrier horns of the carrier and the support surface, adjacent thereto, of the pad carrier plate can be fixed to one another in a positively locking manner with play. The at least one brake pad is held in the pad shaft under spring loading exerted by a pad retention spring which extends transversely with respect to the axial direction of the brake disc and which is radially deflectable on the brake pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Johann Baumgartner, Michael Peschel, Alexander Werth
  • Patent number: 10724587
    Abstract: A brake pad having a backing plate and a friction pad, with the friction pad including a particular slot configuration in the friction surface. The friction pad includes a slot with a main body portion and an angled cutout portion. The angled cutout portion includes a radial arc extension that helps form a continuous cooling arc at a portion of a top radius of the peripheral edge of the friction pad. The slot features can help promote desirable airflow patterns while the brake pad is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC
    Inventors: Carl Richard Buxton, Joshua Roberts
  • Patent number: 10704641
    Abstract: A shock absorber includes a pressure tube forming a working chamber. A reserve tube is concentric with and radially outward from the pressure tube. A baffle is positioned radially outward from the pressure tube. A reservoir chamber is formed between the reserve tube and the baffle. A piston is attached to a piston rod and slidably disposed within the pressure tube. A rod guide is attached to the pressure tube and supports the piston rod. An electromechanical valve is positioned within the rod guide. A plurality of non-linear passageways are disposed between the baffle and at least one of the pressure tube and the reserve tube for transporting fluid between the electromechanical valve and the reservoir chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Roessle, Michael Golin
  • Patent number: 10704640
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a vehicle shock absorber comprising a main damper cylinder, a first reservoir and a second reservoir. One embodiment includes a first operational mode where both reservoirs are in fluid communication with the cylinder. In a second operational mode, only one reservoir communicates with the cylinder during fluid evacuation from the cylinder. In each mode, rebound from either or both reservoirs may travel through a single, user-adjustable metering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Galasso, Dennis K. Wootten, Bryan Wesley Anderson
  • Patent number: 10704635
    Abstract: A spring assembly is provided which decreases the fatigue and wear on the springs of the assembly. The spring assembly includes upper and lower pistons separated by a substantially incompressible fluid. The lower piston is attached to one or more springs. The surface area of the upper surface of the lower piston is greater than the surface area of the lower surface of the upper piston. As such, the springs are deflected by a distance less than the distance traveled by the upper piston. By decreasing the length the springs are compressed, the springs are subject to less fatigue and wear. As a result, the life span of the springs is increased and the maintenance required of the spring assembly is minimized relative to that of typical spring assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Silgan Containers LLC
    Inventors: Gerald James Baker, Jianwen Hu
  • Patent number: 10704630
    Abstract: A vehicle brake slack adjuster includes a housing coupled to a brake actuator and supporting a driving worm wheel engaging the brake cam shaft and a driving worm screw meshed with the driving worm wheel and transferring a brake actuating force, imparted by the brake actuator to the housing, to the driving worm wheel and cam shaft. The adjuster further includes a wear adjustment mechanism including a reference arm fixed against movement and including a control ring gear, a pinion gear meshed with the control ring gear and configured for rotation about an axis, a clutch ring disposed about the axis and configured for rotation with the pinion gear, a control worm screw disposed about the axis, a wrap spring engaging surfaces of the clutch ring and control worm screw and a control worm wheel meshed with the control worm screw and configured for rotation with the driving worm screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventor: John M. Louis