Patents Examined by Xuan Lan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10843676
    Abstract: A compressed-air brake assembly for a rail vehicle includes at least one brake cylinder for producing a pressing force for a friction brake, wherein at least one control valve forms a corresponding brake-cylinder pressure in accordance with a pressure in a main air line conducted to the at least one brake cylinder via a line arranged therebetween. The at least one control valve interacts with at least one compressed-air sensor. A reserve-air tank can be controlled by the at least one control valve and stores the reserve air for the at least one brake cylinder. At least one compressed-air sensor arranged on the at least one control valve is connected to an energy source and a data memory having an interface for reading out data, wherein the data in the data memory contain information about a pressure level in the at least one brake cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FÜR SCHIENENFAHRZEUGE GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Heller, Thomas Anton, Jorg-Johannes Wach, Michael Holz, Matthias Cordes
  • Patent number: 10836366
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed for automatic calibration of electronic trailer brake gain. An example apparatus includes a trailer brake gain calibration module programmed to compare a calculated trailer brake torque to at least one of a first or second threshold, adjust a gain value based upon satisfaction of at least one of the first or second threshold, and apply a pressure to a trailer brake based on the gain value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alex James, Thomas Salmon, Donald A. Perlick, Bang Kim Cao
  • Patent number: 10829096
    Abstract: A vehicle brake system operable to simultaneously apply an equal amount of braking pressure to a plurality of tires. The system includes a pair of brake guides, a brake bar secured to the brake guides, and a control bar secured to the brake bar. The control bar is operable to move the brake bar back and forth so that a portion of the brake bar selectively abuts the plurality of tires to apply the braking pressure. The system may be retrofitted to existing vehicles or fitted to new vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Par-Kan Company, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Keller, Michael Atchison, Kyle Bruner
  • Patent number: 10828990
    Abstract: The invention relates to an autonomous retarder system for a vehicle including a retarder (10) having a central rotor (11) and two stators (12), one on each side of the rotor (11). The rotor (11) is rigidly coupled to an axle (1). A generator (20, 30, 50) is also included, coupled to the retarder (10), for supplying same with electrical energy. In addition, the generator (20, 30, 50) comprises a stator (22) and a rotor (21, 31, 51) coupled to the retarder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: RALENTIZADORES Y TRANSFORMACIONES, S.A.
    Inventor: Pablo Carballo Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10816094
    Abstract: The spring includes an elastic member having a liquid accommodating chamber. The sealing member includes a base plate, a pressure plate, and a pressure elastic membrane provided in the liquid accommodating chamber. The pressure elastic membrane has a lip portion radially extending from an end portion of the pressure elastic membrane. The lip portion is provided with a projection. The pressure plate and the base plate define a clamping recess together. The lip portion is pressed in the clamping recess to seal the liquid accommodating chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Sheng Lin, Weihui Hu, Zetao Su, Tao Yue, Pengfei Yuan, Congcong Chen, Zhan Pan, Hui Zeng
  • Patent number: 10814854
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly for a vehicle brake system, which comprises at least one brake cylinder and an electromechanical brake booster, having a drive arrangement for driving at least one actuating device designed for actuating a brake cylinder, wherein the drive arrangement has at least one electric motor and a gear mechanism for coupling the electric motor to the at least one actuating device, wherein at least one fastening device is provided for fastening the assembly to a vehicle, said fastening device defining a fastening plane. According to the invention the rotary shaft of the electric motor is arranged perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the actuating device and at an angle of between 60° and 120° to the fastening plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignees: ZF Active Safety GmbH, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
    Inventors: Kurt Wingender, Martin Hofmann, Boris Koeth, Jose Manuel Calvo Martinez, Jens Sparfeld, Stefan Kammers, Paul Warkentin, Ingo Decker, Klemens Humm, Detlef Baasch
  • Patent number: 10808790
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods to reduce unwanted motion in a payload of a precision instrument are described. The payload may be supported by an intermediate mass. A feedback signal based upon sensed motion of the intermediate mass may be applied to an intermediate-mass actuator arranged to drive the intermediate mass. Additionally, a feedforward signal may be applied to a payload actuator arranged to drive the payload and used to suppress unwanted motion of the payload. The feedforward signal may be derived from a source within the apparatus or external to the apparatus that would otherwise cause unwanted motion of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Technical Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Emil Kraner, Antonio Lopes, Justin Nealey
  • Patent number: 10800386
    Abstract: A brake actuator system may comprise a brake actuator comprising a ball screw, a ball nut coupled to the ball screw, and a ram coupled to a ram end of the ball nut; a position sensor coupled to the brake actuator; a processor in electronic communication with the brake actuator and the position sensor; and a tangible, non-transitory memory configured to communicate with the processor, the tangible, non-transitory memory having instructions stored thereon that, in response to execution by the processor, cause the processor to perform operations. The operations may comprise commanding the brake actuator to translate the ball nut in a first direction toward a brake stack; detecting the pusher reaching a furthest forward position; and commanding the brake actuator to translate the ball nut in a second direction opposite the first direction for a predetermined retraction distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naison Mastrocola, Michael Abbott
  • Patent number: 10800306
    Abstract: A vehicular locking device includes a bore having first and second ends. A gas generating device is proximate the first end. A piston is movable along an interior of the bore. The vehicular locking device includes first and second plates. The second plate includes an aperture. Activation of the gas generating device accelerates the piston through the aperture and the second plate preventing displacement of the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Susko
  • Patent number: 10801577
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a vibration isolator comprises a housing having a base portion and a wall portion. A plurality of bearings are disposed within the housing. The bearings are arranged in a configuration comprising a plurality of layers. A first layer comprises a bearing and a second layer comprises a plurality of bearings. Each bearing in the second layer contacts the wall portion of the housing. Each bearing comprises a plurality of contact points in contact with another portion of the vibration isolator, and no two contact points of a bearing are diametrically opposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Stillpoints LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Wakeen, Bruce Jacobs, Craig Shirley
  • Patent number: 10781871
    Abstract: A disc brake caliper body, having a second elongated element on a side opposed to a wheel has at least two portions each defining a connecting seat adapted for the connection of the caliper body to a support element for supporting the caliper to a vehicle. At least one thrust device seat faces freely in an axial direction so that the at least one thrust device seat can be accessed entirely along straight directions parallel to the axial direction avoiding to interfere with the caliper body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Freni Brembo S.p.A.
    Inventor: Roberto Lavezzi
  • Patent number: 10773695
    Abstract: An electronically pressure-controllable braking system and methods for controlling an electronically pressure-controllable braking system. Each wheel brake of the braking system is connected respectively to at least two brake circuits, pump units and valve devices of one brake circuit are operable respectively independently of the pump units and the valve devices of the respective other brake circuit. This provides a cost-effectively and compactly designed redundant braking system, which is suitable for use in autonomously, i.e., driverlessly drivable, motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Fanny Palomba, Horst Beling, Thomas Friedrich, Vaclav Kocourek
  • Patent number: 10774897
    Abstract: Generally described, aspects of the disclosed subject matter are directed to electronically controlled dampers having shimmed pistons. In accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, the dampers generally include a shaft having a piston with compression and rebound valves extending therethrough. For further damper tuning and adjustment, a fluid bypass assembly permits damping fluid to bypass the piston during operation. The fluid bypass assembly may include a metering pin for manual adjustment of the fluid bypass, and a control valve for electronic adjustment of the fluid bypass. In this regard, the control valve may be controlled automatically, manually, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: MF IP Holding, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Paul Cox
  • Patent number: 10759402
    Abstract: Provided is an electric braking system configured to prevent antilock control from being unintentionally ended so that the braking behavior can be stabilized. An antilock control function unit includes an antilock control intervention determination unit configured to determine whether or not to execute antilock control. A braking force control device includes a switching function unit configured to switch between follow-up control by a normal control unit and the antilock control by the antilock control function unit on the basis of the determination by the antilock control intervention determination unit. The antilock control intervention determination unit ends execution of the antilock control when, for example, a braking force under the antilock control becomes equal to or higher than a required braking force while the antilock control is being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NTN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yui Masuda
  • Patent number: 10760643
    Abstract: A passive variable negative stiffness device (passive VNSD) configured to facilitate a transition to zero stiffness by using elastic devices (e.g., springs) combined with translating and rotating components. An exemplary embodiment of a passive VNSD may comprise at least one pretensioned and/or precompressed elastic device to produce the desired force-displacement profiles. For instance, an exemplary embodiment of a passive VNSD may be adapted to produce force-displacement profiles that transition from zero stiffness, to negative stiffness, and then to positive stiffness (ZNP) and from zero stiffness, to negative stiffness, and then back to zero stiffness (ZNZ).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Walsh
  • Patent number: 10752226
    Abstract: A brake device having a hydraulic booster stage for a hydraulic motor vehicle brake system is provided, which brake device, within normal boosting operation, can be operated both in an autonomous, driver-independent actuation mode with electronic control and in a manual actuation mode controlled by the driver, and outside normal boosting operation, can be operated in an emergency mode with a non-boosted actuation force generated by the driver alone, in the case of which brake device it is proposed that, within normal boosting operation, each actuation mode is assigned a dedicated piston in a booster housing of the booster stage, which piston is acted on directly with the boosting force and transmits this mechanically to components connected functionally downstream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Falk Petzold, Adrian Messner, Manfred Rüffer, Michael Jürging
  • Patent number: 10744836
    Abstract: Composite suspension components are disclosed. The components are made from resin containing elongated fibers (8). The arms of the suspension components may receive reinforcement (40) using different devices and methods. A composite torque rod also incorporates a tunable compliance feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Zawacki, Michael J. Keeler, Scott Allen Massa, Dmitriy Enrikovich Rubalskiy
  • Patent number: 10746245
    Abstract: A shopping cart foot wheel capable of warning the abrasion status of the braking block comprising an escalator wheel assembly; the escalator wheel assembly comprises an escalator wheel core and escalator wheel discs; the escalator wheel discs are located on the two sides of the escalator wheel core, and are coaxially arranged with the escalator wheel core; the escalator wheel assembly further comprises an escalator wheel support, wherein the escalator wheel support is provided with an escalator wheel axle; locking nuts are simultaneously arranged at the two ends of the escalator wheel axle; the escalator wheel core is connected with the escalator wheel axle in a sleeved mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Jiaxing Xingteng Caster Co,. Ltd.
    Inventors: Leon Lee, Yu Shen
  • Patent number: 10744837
    Abstract: An end member assembly includes first and second end member sections. The first end member section includes a first securement feature integrally formed thereon. The second end member section includes a second securement feature integrally formed therein that is dimensioned to cooperatively engage the first securement feature. In an assembled condition, the first and second end member sections are operatively engaged to substantially inhibit axial displacement therebetween. A substantially fluid-tight joint can be formed between the first and second end member sections such that an end member chamber can be formed within the end member assembly. A third end member section can be included, and can be operatively connected to the second end member section. A gas spring assembly and a suspension system are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua R. Leonard, Stephen C. Street
  • Patent number: 10738850
    Abstract: A disc brake caliper body adapted to be arranged straddling a brake disc. The caliper body includes at least one elongated element connecting bridge which connects a first wheel side elongated element to a second wheel opposite side elongated element adapted to be arranged straddling the brake disc. The caliper body includes at least one air conveying channel which extends longitudinally as a connecting bridge which connects the first wheel side elongated element to said second wheel opposite side elongated element so as to be adapted to be arranged straddling the brake disc. The disc outlet channel side includes a disc outlet channel side portion free edge, a channel bottom includes a channel bottom portion free edge, a disc inlet channel side free edge, a disc outlet channel side portion free edge and a channel bottom portion free edge defining a cooling air collection and conveying inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Freni Brembo S.p.A.
    Inventors: Cristian Crippa, Adriano Bonetti, Lorenzo Nessi, Gabriele Riva