Patents Examined by Robert Siconolfi
  • Patent number: 10427741
    Abstract: An assembly for enabling continuous seat post function during extreme conditions is described and includes: a first valve at least partially, slidably disposed within a stationary piston and for controlling a first fluid pathway there through, wherein the first fluid pathway runs from a first portion and to a second portion of the oil chamber, wherein the stationary piston separates the oil chamber into the first portion and the second portion; and a second valve at least partially disposed within the stationary piston and disposed in series with the first valve and having a second fluid pathway disposed through the first valve and the second valve, being in parallel with the first fluid pathway, running from the first portion to the second portion of the oil chamber, and providing a bypass for oil to flow from the first portion to the second portion when the first fluid pathway is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Barna Madau, Jeremiah Docter
  • Patent number: 10428884
    Abstract: A brake pad for a motor vehicle is provided. The brake pad includes a body having upper and lower edges and a friction surface extending between the upper and lower edges for engaging a rotor. A notch is located along a section of the upper edge of the brake pad. The notch has an arc length of about ¼ to about ½ of an arc length of the pad and a depth of about ? to about ? of a height of the pad. During engagement with the rotor, the notch is configured to reduce squeal noise caused by tangential modes of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Yuri Anatoly Karpenko, Charles K. Evans, J. Chris Oakwood, Peter Kowalow
  • Patent number: 10414261
    Abstract: An antivibration device capable of simplifying its manufacturing process with an antivibration base body being precompressed. A first attached member includes an upright portion upstanding toward a displacement restriction member, and when a second attached member is retained on a retainer member with an antivibration base body being precompressed, the interposition of the upright portion enables a space into which one side of a connecting member is insertable, to be formed between the first attached member and the displacement restriction member. Thus, after the completion of a step (for example, a press-fitting step) of retaining the second attached member of a mount body on the retainer member, the one side of the connecting member is inserted into the space between the first attached member and the displacement restriction member to be fixedly fastened to the first attached member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignees: TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tatsuki Ikawa, Nobuya Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10414234
    Abstract: A shock absorber includes a first tube defining a first chamber and a piston head movably disposed within the first chamber. A hollow piston rod extends from the piston head. The hollow piston rod defines a rod chamber, and a tuned vibration absorber is disposed within the rod chamber of the hollow piston rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. McGuire, Robert P. Marble, Christopher A. Stirlen
  • Patent number: 10408291
    Abstract: A brake disk for mounting on a rail vehicle wheel that comprises a multitude of elongate cooling elements on one side, wherein a plurality of cooling elements are configured as transverse elements, and the size of the transverse elements is smaller in the radial direction than in the direction perpendicular to the radius of the brake disk at the location of the transverse element so as to reduce windage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Mobility GMBH
    Inventor: Ruediger Zenz
  • Patent number: 10407040
    Abstract: A hydraulic unit of an electronic control brake system is disclosed. The hydraulic unit of the electronic control brake system includes a modulator block having a plurality of accommodating bores in which a plurality of valves and pressure sensors coupled to a master cylinder to control braking hydraulic pressure supplied towards vehicle wheels are installed. Passages connecting between the accommodating bores are formed in the modulator block, and the passages are formed to be divided into two layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: In-Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 10406904
    Abstract: Disclosed is an engine mount which includes a core installed in a case and supporting a load of an engine, an insulator mounted on the core and elastically deformed according to a load applied to the core, a diaphragm installed at a lower portion of the case, and an orifice assembly that divides a fluid-filled space between the insulator and the diaphragm into an upper liquid chamber and a lower liquid chamber and has at least one orifice for inducing a flow of fluid between the upper and lower liquid chambers, wherein the engine mount further includes a rubber membrane mounted between the orifice assembly and the insulator so as to be in close contact with a lower surface of the insulator, and wherein the orifice assembly includes a fluid transfer member for forcibly transferring a fluid, and operates according to driving conditions of a vehicle and selectively moves the fluid to the upper liquid chamber or the lower liquid chamber to regulate the liquid amount of the upper liquid chamber and the lower liqui
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Seung Won Kim
  • Patent number: 10400844
    Abstract: A shock absorber having a shock absorber tube (10) is disclosed and has an external module tube (11) which is arranged retentively on the outside of the shock absorber tube (10) by a flange (12), wherein the flange (12) has one or more fluid ducts (13, 14) which fluidically couple the module tube (11) to the shock absorber tube (10). The flange (12) has a plastics body (15) in which the fluid ducts (13, 14) are formed, and the flange (12) furthermore has metallic connecting elements (16, 17) which extend between the shock absorber tube (10) and the module tube (11) and by which the mechanically retentive connection between the shock absorber tube (10) and the module tube (11) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Bilstein GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Schmidt, Ole Götz, Bastian Schnerch
  • Patent number: 10399550
    Abstract: A method for controlling a pneumatic or electro-pneumatic service brake device of a vehicle is provided. In the method a driver brake request occurs by actuating a service brake actuating element of a service brake valve device of the braking device. In response to actuating the service brake actuating element, at least one control piston of the service brake valve device is loaded with a first actuating force in order to generate a pneumatic brake pressure or brake control pressure in at least one pneumatic service brake circuit of the service brake device. The control piston directly or indirectly controls at least one double-seat valve of the service brake valve device. The at least one double-seat valve includes an inlet seat and an outlet seat. The at least one control piston of the service brake valve device in addition is loaded by a second actuation force additionally or instead of the first actuation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Falk Hecker, Friedbert Roether, Thilo Schmauider
  • Patent number: 10400837
    Abstract: A brake carrier and a method of manufacture. The brake carrier may have leading and trailing brake pad abutments. The leading brake pad abutment may have an unmachined leading wall surface and an unmachined leading floor surface. The trailing brake pad abutment may have a trailing wall surface and a trailing floor surface, at least one of which may be machined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Philpott, Soumar Jabbour
  • Patent number: 10399581
    Abstract: A deadhead return control system for a locomotive or a control car similar to a locomotive having a deadhead stop and a piston valve with the connection status of the piston valve being controlled by the status of the deadhead stop. A first end of the deadhead stop is connected to a pilot end of the piston valve, a second end of the deadhead stop is connected to the atmosphere, a third end of the deadhead stop is connected to the external main air pipe. When the deadhead stop has a closed status, the first end of the stop is connected to the second end of the stop and when the stop has an open status, the first end of the stop is connected to the third end of the stop to allow for the air from said main air pipe to flow into the piston valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse Systems For Rail Vehicles (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zili Huang, Minye Zhang
  • Patent number: 10400850
    Abstract: A shock absorber includes a cylindrically-shaped mounting member having an outer peripheral surface bonded at one end or both ends, the mounting member having an outer diameter at an end surface side smaller than an outer diameter at a center portion, and a reinforcement welding performed at the end surface side of the mounting member at a bonding portion of the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: KYB Corporation, HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Miwa, Kazuma Ando, Yuki Watanabe, Takafumi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 10393213
    Abstract: A vibration-damping device comprising: first and second attachment members connected elastically by a main rubber elastic body; an inner bracket fixed to the first attachment member with its basal end superposed on an outside end face of the first attachment member while extending laterally relative to the first attachment member; a bag-shaped stopper rubber mounted covering the basal end of the inner bracket in a non-adhesive way; a through hole formed in the stopper rubber so that the first attachment member inserted through it and the inner bracket are mutually fixed; and an elastic contact part provided at a rim of the through hole and pressed against an outer peripheral face of the first attachment member from a distal end side of the inner bracket so that the stopper rubber is positioned relative to the inner bracket in extension direction of the inner bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RIKO COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Junji Abe, Kei Okumura
  • Patent number: 10378608
    Abstract: A temperature-independent rotation damper 100 is presented. A housing 108 and a piston 102, between which a viscous liquid is located in annular gaps 118, 120, rotate one around the other. When the temperature falls, the damping by the viscous liquid increases. This effect is countered by reducing the effective area which constitutes the braking action, or by enlarging the volume in the annular gaps 118, 120. As the drive, a material having a positive expansion coefficient is used, which material drives a piston 132. In this way, the damping of the rotation damper 100 is broadly practically independent of the temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventors: Sever Alexandru Haba, Zoltan Bara
  • Patent number: 10371313
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided. A load relief tie rod comprises a body, a rod, and at least one pin extending from and perpendicular to the rod. The body has a cavity extending longitudinally through a cylindrical section of the body and two obround slots in the cylindrical section. The rod is configured to extend longitudinally within the cavity. The at least one pin extends through the two obround slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Darren Carl McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10369978
    Abstract: An electric brake system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: In-Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 10352382
    Abstract: A bicycle disc brake rotor, having a rotational center axis, comprises an outer portion having plural layers including first and second braking surfaces in opposite axial directions. The plural layers include a first layer made of a copper or a copper alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Takeshi Oi, Masanori Taniguchi, Toru Iwai, Masahiro Nakakura, Noriko Masuta, Yusuke Hosomi
  • Patent number: 10344822
    Abstract: A negative stiffness structure for vibration isolation, shock mitigation, and/or signal processing includes a flexible tensile member and a curved compressive member. A first end of the tensile member is attached to a first structure. A first end of the curved compressive member is coupled to a first structure and a second end of the curved compressive member is coupled to a second end of the flexible tensile member. A length of the tensile member is greater than a length of the compressive member. A tip of the negative stiffness structure is configured to exhibit a negative stiffness mechanical response to a load applied to the tip. The negative stiffness mechanical response acts in a direction orthogonal to the length of the tensile member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher B. Churchill, David W. Shahan, Geoffrey P. McKnight, Guillermo A. Herrera
  • Patent number: 10337584
    Abstract: A bicycle fork includes a pair of fork leg assemblies, each of the leg assemblies having an upper leg telescopingly engaged with a lower leg. A damping assembly is provided in at least one of the legs. The damping assembly includes lock-out and blow-off compression circuits. These compression circuits are externally adjustable without tools. Furthermore, these two compression circuits may be adjusted independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Becker, Brian Lampman
  • Patent number: 10328912
    Abstract: A method of detecting a leak in an air trailer brake circuit of a trailer includes providing a controller, a base valve, a first sensor, a second sensor, a leak control valve having a solenoid, a pneumatic fluid supply, a first brake output, and a second brake output. The method further includes supplying a first pressure to an inlet of the base valve and outputting a second pressure from an outlet of the base valve. The first pressure is detected with the first sensor and the second pressure is detected with the second sensor. The method also includes communicating the detected first pressure and the second pressure to the controller, and comparing a difference between first pressure and the second pressure to a threshold. A leak is detected in the air trailer brake circuit if the difference satisfies the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Troy E. Schick, Brandon J. McMillen, Jordan Tagtow