Patents Examined by Thomas J. Williams
  • Patent number: 11066053
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for engaging the brake pedal of a vehicle using only the weight of the device, allowing a single person to check for proper functioning of the vehicle's brake lights without having to further attach the device to a seat or steering wheel of the vehicle, and methods of using the same. The device may include an elongated arm or lever, an attachment member at one end of the arm for engaging it with the brake pedal, and a weighted member at the opposite end of the arm for providing downward force against the brake pedal. The attachment member may comprise a bracket with one or more widths, allowing the device to securely engage with brake pedals of varying sizes and thicknesses, such that the same bracket may be used to engage a relatively small and thin brake pedal of a car, or a larger, thicker brake pedal of a commercial vehicle such as a bus or a semi-truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Jason Kedwards
  • Patent number: 11060581
    Abstract: An energy absorber includes a flexible tensile member having lengthwise sections arranged serially along a length of the flexible tensile member. Lengthwise sections define convolutions. Features are provided for both restricting straightening of the convolutions and automatically reconfiguring, in response predetermined tension in the flexible tensile member, to allow straightening of the convolutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Barrier1 Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Michael John Lamore
  • Patent number: 11060577
    Abstract: A friction material containing a fiber base material, a binder, an organic filler, and an inorganic filler, wherein the copper content in the friction material in terms of elemental copper is 0.5% by weight or less relative to the whole friction material, and a particulate or fibrous aluminum alloy and zinc oxide are contained as the inorganic filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yuta Koike, Takuo Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11060578
    Abstract: A conical spring washer includes a symmetrical annular body, a plurality of inner tabs and a plurality of outer tabs formed in the body. Each of the plurality of inner tabs has a width that tapers radially inwardly. Each of the plurality of outer tabs has a maximum width that is greater than a maximum width of each of the plurality of inner tabs. An intermediate portion is defined in the body and disposed between the plurality of inner tabs and plurality of outer tabs. The plurality of inner tabs and plurality of outer tabs are flexibly coupled to the intermediate portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ALLISON TRANSMISSION, INC.
    Inventor: Mickey Jay Hunt
  • Patent number: 11059467
    Abstract: A braking force control device is provided which has a control unit that controls an upstream braking actuator that generates a common upstream pressure for four wheels and a downstream braking actuator that individually controls the braking pressure supplied to each wheel using the upstream pressure. The control unit controls the upstream pressure so that the braking pressure of the front wheels is permitted to be higher than a lock pressure of the rear wheels but does not become higher than a lock pressure of the front wheels, and suppresses an increase of the braking pressure of the rear wheels so that the braking pressure does not become higher than the lock pressure of the rear wheels, in a situation where the upstream pressure can be supplied to each braking force generating device but the braking pressure of any one of the wheels cannot be decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoru Akahane
  • Patent number: 11052887
    Abstract: An electric component assembly includes a housing with which an electric component is fitted, and the electric component and the housing are fixed to one surface of a base body. The electric component includes a connection terminal press-fitted to a through-hole (201a) of a board provided in the housing, and an insertion direction of the connection terminal into the through-hole is a fitting direction of the electric component with the housing. The electric component assembly includes a rib which is protrudingly provided on either one of an outer surface of the electric component intersecting the fitting direction and an inner surface of the housing facing the outer surface, and a groove portion which is provided as a recess on another one of the surfaces and the rib is inserted into; and a protrusion that abuts onto the rib is provided on an inner surface of the groove portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignees: Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd., Veoneer Nissin Brake Systems Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kentaro Chiba, Takaaki Komaba
  • Patent number: 11052893
    Abstract: A redundant brake control system for a locomotive consist that employs corresponding air brake control units in each locomotive that are interconnected by an inter-unit cable extending between the locomotives. Power to the air brake control units may be selectively connected and disconnected to select which air brake control unit is controlling the brakes of the train. The electronic brake valves associated with the air brake control units remain powered so that braking command may be send from either electronic brake valve and responded to by whichever of the air brake control valves have been provided with power. The control of power may be performed by the locomotive control system so that an operator can easily switch control between the air brake control units from the cab of any locomotive in the consist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC
    Inventors: Wayne Chlumecky, Vincent Guarrera
  • Patent number: 11046292
    Abstract: A method for decreasing brake-pressure of an electronically slip-controllable power braking system (ESPBS) and an ESPBS. The wheel-brake pressure is generated by electronic activation of a drive motor (DM) of a pressure generator (PG) (external force). The driver indicates braking intention by actuating a master brake cylinder, which is set indirectly by a control unit via electronic activation of the DM. Plunger devices (PDs) include a plunger piston (PP), accommodated moveably in a plunger cylinder (PC). Driven by the DM, PP and PC execute a translational movement in relation to one another. A pressure buildup/decrease is performable in a BC connected to the PD as a function of movement direction. To avoid pressure medium contaminated with gas entering the BC undetected during pressure decrease after cancellation of the intention, actuation of the PD in the pressure-decrease direction is performed until the BC pressure has dropped to a pre-determinable threshold and ended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Frank, Tim-Philipp Jesse, Kevin Wodrich
  • Patent number: 11047447
    Abstract: A hydraulic valve includes a closure member, wherein the closure member is actuable toward an opening sealed thereby in the valve, but is unconstrained to move with respect to the opening when the valve is in a closed position. In an aspect, the closure may be a thin disk, in the shape of a flat washer, which is located between the valve and piston of a hydraulic damper, and when the valve is positioned away from an opening through the piston by virtue of differential pressure across the valve in a dampening r rebound stroke, the disk is free to rotate, move from side to side, and move away from and toward the piston. By employing such a disk, sympathetic vibrations in the damper created during compression events are eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Wesley Anderson
  • Patent number: 11040754
    Abstract: Example dampers for bicycle suspension components are described herein. An example damper includes a damper body defining a chamber, a shaft extending into the chamber of the damper body, and an adjustable piston system having a piston body coupled to the shaft. The adjustable piston system controls a flow of fluid between the first and second chambers. The adjustable piston system includes an adjustable rebound orifice forming part of a rebound flow path to control the flow of fluid from the first chamber to the second chamber across the piston body, an adjustable compression orifice forming part of a low flow compression flow path to control the flow of fluid from the second chamber to the first chamber across the piston body, an isolation member to separate the rebound flow path and the low flow compression flow path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Lynch
  • Patent number: 11035432
    Abstract: A vibration damper for use particularly on wheeled vehicles. The damper has a cylinder formed to receive damping fluid and a working piston axially moveable therein, which piston is arranged on a piston rod formed with an axial passage and which divides the inner space of the cylinder into first and second working spaces. The vibration damper has a fluid communication axial passage for a fluid flow from the second working space to the first working space, and has a first adjustment device for adjusting the pressure stage damping and a second adjustment device for adjusting the traction stage damping. The first adjustment device has adjustable valve devices to change throughflow openings for the pressure stage, and the second adjustment device has a setting rod arranged in the axial passage of the piston rod for changing a first throughflow opening of a third valve device for the traction stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: KTM AG
    Inventor: Roberto Pegoraro
  • Patent number: 11034339
    Abstract: A method for operating a brake system for a motor vehicle, wherein the brake system has a braking pressure source and at least one wheel brake which can be pressurized with a braking pressure which is provided by means of the braking pressure source and acting on a brake piston. For performing a diagnosis of the brake system, the wheel brake is pressurized with a braking pressure which corresponds to a diagnosis braking pressure and which applies a certain force on the brake piston, and a counterforce directed oppositely to said force is applied to the brake piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: AUDI AG
    Inventor: Kai Volkmar
  • Patent number: 11027716
    Abstract: An integrated solenoid valve and a brake system using the same are disclosed. The integrated solenoid valve includes an armature, an elastic member, a magnet core, an orifice unit, a filter member, a lip seal, a bidirectional passage, and a unidirectional passage. The armature is disposed in a sleeve, moves upward and downward in an axial direction, and opens or closes an orifice of a seat disposed at a lower side thereof. The elastic member provides elastic force to the armature in a closing direction of the orifice. The magnet core provides drive force to the armature in a direction opposite to that of the elastic member. The orifice unit is coupled to a lower side of the seat, and includes not only a hollow hole communicating with the orifice of the seat but also a passage hole. The filter member prevents inflow of foreign materials. The lip seal is inserted between the orifice unit and the filter member, and includes an inclined protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: MANDO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 11021121
    Abstract: A deformable element includes a profiled tube having a rectangular cross-section, and a plate which closes the profiled tube at one end, where a bracket is fastened between opposite sides of the profiled tube at the end of the profiled tube that is closed by the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: SIEMENS MOBILITY AUSTRIA GMBH
    Inventor: Philipp Heinzl
  • Patent number: 11015667
    Abstract: A brake mounting bracket mountable onto a trailing arm or a steering knuckle in a vehicle is provided. The bracket includes a first bracket mounting hole via which the bracket is mounted onto the trailing arm or the steering knuckle. The bracket includes at least one second bracket mounting hole via which a parking brake assembly is mounted to the bracket. The bracket includes at least one caliper mounting hole via which a brake caliper is mounted to the bracket. A vehicle including such a brake mounting bracket is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Pagano
  • Patent number: 11007987
    Abstract: A brake operating apparatus operates a brake apparatus of a small vehicle including a bicycle. The brake operating apparatus includes a support, an operating member, an electric actuator and an electronic controller. The operating member is provided to the support. The detector is configured to detect information on input to the operating member. The electric actuator is configured to drive the brake apparatus. The electronic controller is configured to control the electric actuator based on a detection result of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Nakashima, Yasuho Hommoto
  • Patent number: 11009095
    Abstract: A damper including a damper tube, a piston assembly, a piston rod attached to the piston assembly, and a monolithic base. The piston assembly is slidingly disposed within the damper tube. The monolithic base includes a closed end, an open end, a base portion at the closed end, and a wall portion. The base portion is joined to and seals one end of the damper tube. The base portion includes a concave depression that tapers inwardly from a base portion perimeter to a cup bottom. The wall portion extends longitudinally from the base portion perimeter to the open end such that the cup bottom is positioned between opposing sides of the wall portion. Integrally formed fastening eyes are provided in the opposing sides of the wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc.
    Inventor: Amirahmad Mohammadi
  • Patent number: 11007989
    Abstract: Disclosed is a brake control apparatus which starts ABS control on the basis of slip ratio speed and which reduces a variation in the slip ratio at the time of start of the ABS control. A brake ECU computes a braking stiffness BS** in a linearly increasing region of a ?-S characteristic, and computes a slip ratio speed reference value dSref**/dt by dividing a changing speed dFxc**/dt of braking force of a wheel by the braking stiffness BS**. The brake ECU computes, as a slip ratio speed threshold, a value ((dSref**/dt)+dSn) by adding a slip ratio speed noise offset value dSn to the slip ratio speed reference value dSref**/dt and starts ABS control when the slip ratio speed dSc**/dt of the wheel exceeds the slip ratio speed threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kazuaki Yoshida
  • Patent number: 11009093
    Abstract: A mechanism for electronically adjusting a shock absorber includes a cartridge that is located on the fluid path between the main body of the shock absorber and a damping reservoir. A piston valve is mounted for reciprocal movement inside an elongated chamber of the cartridge, and a solenoid is mounted on the cartridge to interact with the piston valve. In operation, the solenoid is electronically controlled to selectively move the piston valve into various positons in the cartridge chamber to thereby vary the volume of liquid flow along the fluid path which will adjust the response characteristics of the shock absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SUSPENSION DIRECT, INC.
    Inventor: Dan J. Worley
  • Patent number: 11001279
    Abstract: The invention relates to an anti-vibration device (100), for example intended for a railroad application, comprising: a first frame (10), a second frame (20), a shock absorbing structure (30) for the vibrations, situated between the two frames (10, 20), and at least one fire barrier layer (40) at least partially covering the shock absorbing structure (30); characterized in that said at least one fire barrier layer (40) is a polychloroprene-based elastomer including at least one fire retardance agent chosen from among alumina trihydrate or magnesium hydroxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: HUTCHINSON
    Inventors: Yann Fromont, Nordine Addes, Stephane Avoinet, Pierre-Emmanuel Gautheret