Patents by Inventor Carl A. Munch

Carl A. Munch has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10234478
    Abstract: A method for detecting a malfunction or defect of a sensor of a vehicle safety device uses a control unit of the vehicle safety device and at least one self-testing sensor which is separate from the control unit and transmits measuring values to the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE GmbH
    Inventors: Dominik Weiland, Paul Melton, Carl A. Munch, Oliver Buntz, Matthias Webert
  • Patent number: 9937887
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) is provided for controlling an actuatable restraint (14, 16) in a vehicle (12). An sensor (24) is mounted in the vehicle (12) and outputs an electrical signal having a characteristic indicative of a vehicle event. A discrimination circuit (42) is coupled to the sensor (24) and determines if a predetermined event occurred. A safing circuit (50) is copied to the sensor (24) signal and sequestered from the discrimination circuit (42) for determining if the predetermined event occurred. An actuation device is actuates the restraint when both the discrimination circuit (42) and the safing circuit (50) determine the predetermined event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Munch
  • Publication number: 20170269121
    Abstract: A method for detecting a malfunction or defect of a sensor of a vehicle safety device uses a control unit of the vehicle safety device and at least one self-testing sensor which is separate from the control unit and transmits measuring values to the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2017
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Inventors: Dominik WEILAND, Paul Melton, Carl A. Munch, Oliver Buntz, Matthias Webert
  • Patent number: 9175959
    Abstract: A measurement device (10) mounting arrangement includes a support member (30) and a sensing device (12) in a circuit housing (22). The circuit housing (22) is electrically and mechanically connected to the support member (30) through a mounting structure (32). The circuit housing (22) has a resonance frequency and the sensing device (12) has an operational resonance frequency. The sensing device (12) measures a physical parameter and provides a signal indicative thereof. An under-fill material (40) is located between the support member (30) and the circuit housing (22) for shifting the resonance frequency of the circuit housing (22) away from the operational resonance frequency of the sensing device (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: TRW AUTOMOTIVE U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Mike Babala, Carl A. Munch, Paul Zatyko, Michael F. O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20150100209
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) is provided for controlling an actuatable restraint (14, 16) in a vehicle (12). An sensor (24) is mounted in the vehicle (12) and outputs an electrical signal having a characteristic indicative of a vehicle event. A discrimination circuit (42) is coupled to the sensor (24) and determines if a predetermined event occurred. A safing circuit (50) is copied to the sensor (24) signal and sequestered from the discrimination circuit (42) for determining if the predetermined event occurred. An actuation device is actuates the restraint when both the discrimination circuit (42) and the safing circuit (50) determine the predetermined event occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Carl A. Munch
  • Patent number: 8996255
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) is provided for controlling an actuatable restraint (14, 16) in a vehicle (12). An sensor (24) is mounted in the vehicle (12) and outputs an electrical signal having a characteristic indicative of a vehicle event. A discrimination circuit (42) is coupled to the sensor (24) and determines if a predetermined event occurred. A safing circuit (50) is coupled to the sensor (24) signal and sequestered from the discrimination circuit (42) for determining if the predetermined event occurred. An actuation device is actuates the restraint when both the discrimination circuit (42) and the safing circuit (50) determine the predetermined event occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: TRW Vehicle Safety Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Carl A. Munch
  • Publication number: 20120210787
    Abstract: A measurement device (10) mounting arrangement includes a support member (30) and a sensing device (12) in a circuit housing (22). The circuit housing (22) is electrically and mechanically connected to the support member (30) through a mounting structure (32). The circuit housing (22) has a resonance frequency and the sensing device (12) has an operational resonance frequency. The sensing device (12) measures a physical parameter and provides a signal indicative thereof. An under-fill material (40) is located between the support member (30) and the circuit housing (22) for shifting the resonance frequency of the circuit housing (22) away from the operational resonance frequency of the sensing device (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Mike Babala, Carl A. Munch, Paul Zatyko, Michael F. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 7744123
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for controlling a vehicle actuatable occupant restraining system. A central crash accelerometer senses crash acceleration at a central vehicle location provides a first crash acceleration signal. A side-satellite accelerometer senses crash acceleration substantially parallel with a front-to-rear axis of the vehicle and provides a signal indicative thereof. A controller actuates the actuatable occupant restraining system in response to the central crash acceleration signal and the side-satellite signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Chek-Peng Foo, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Carl A. Munch, Kevin Daniel Weiss
  • Patent number: 7503580
    Abstract: A system (10) for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle (12) includes a vehicle occupant protection device (20). An event sensor (14) is operative to sense a vehicle event condition such as a vehicle crash or rollover and provides a vehicle event condition signal (22) indicative of the sensed vehicle condition. A vehicle operating condition sensor (18) senses vehicle operation conditions such as ignition starts, vehicle speed, etc. A controller (16) is operative to determine the occurrence of a vehicle event in response to the vehicle condition signal (22). The controller (16) is operative to provide an actuation signal (24) for actuating the vehicle occupant protection device (20) in response to determining the occurrence of the vehicle event. A software key (100) is provided having a disable mode (106) in which the controller (16) is inhibited from providing the actuation signal (24). The software key is responsive to the signals from the vehicle operating sensors (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Carl A. Munch, Raad Konja
  • Patent number: 7445073
    Abstract: A sensor assembly (14) for sensing an impact to a vehicle (10) includes a light source (34) for emitting light and a sensing channel (40) for receiving the emitted light. The sensing channel (40) is configured to deform in response to an impact to the vehicle (10) and includes at least one void (70) with dimensions that vary in response to deformation of the sensing channel (40). A detector (36) senses an intensity of the light propagating through the sensing channel (40) and provides a signal indicative of the sensed intensity. The sensed intensity varies as a function of the dimensions of the at least one void (70). The sensor assembly (14) also includes a controller (94) for analyzing the signal from the detector (36) to determine whether the sensing channel (40) has been deformed and thereby, whether an impact to the vehicle (10) has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: TRW Automotive U.S. LLC
    Inventors: Carl A. Munch, Michael C. McCarthy
  • Publication number: 20070088480
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) is provided for controlling an actuatable restraint (14, 16) in a vehicle (12). An sensor (24) is mounted in the vehicle (12) and outputs an electrical signal having a characteristic indicative of a vehicle event. A discrimination circuit (42) is coupled to the sensor (24) and determines if a predetermined event occurred. A safing circuit (50) is coupled to the sensor (24) signal and sequestered from the discrimination circuit (42) for determining if the predetermined event occurred. An actuation device is actuates the restraint when both the discrimination circuit (42) and the safing circuit (50) determine the predetermined event occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventor: Carl Munch
  • Publication number: 20060255575
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for controlling a vehicle actuatable occupant restraining system. A central crash accelerometer senses crash acceleration at a central vehicle location provides a first crash acceleration signal. A side-satellite accelerometer senses crash acceleration substantially parallel with a front-to-rear axis of the vehicle and provides a signal indicative thereof. A controller actuates the actuatable occupant restraining system in response to the central crash acceleration signal and the side-satellite signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: Chek-Peng Foo, Huahn-Fern Yeh, Carl Munch, Kevin Weiss
  • Publication number: 20060180380
    Abstract: A sensor assembly (14) for sensing an impact to a vehicle (10) includes a light source (34) for emitting light and a sensing channel (40) for receiving the emitted light. The sensing channel (40) is configured to deform in response to an impact to the vehicle (10) and includes at least one void (70) with dimensions that vary in response to deformation of the sensing channel (40). A detector (36) senses an intensity of the light propagating through the sensing channel (40) and provides a signal indicative of the sensed intensity. The sensed intensity varies as a function of the dimensions of the at least one void (70). The sensor assembly (14) also includes a controller (94) for analyzing the signal from the detector (36) to determine whether the sensing channel (40) has been deformed and thereby, whether an impact to the vehicle (10) has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Publication date: August 17, 2006
    Inventors: Carl Munch, Michael McCarthy
  • Publication number: 20060162984
    Abstract: A sensor (14) for sensing an impact to a vehicle (10) comprises a deformable member (26) through which an elongated chamber (30) extends. Deformation of the deformable member (26) is indicative of an impact to the vehicle (10). A light source (74) emits light through the chamber (30). A first detector (104) senses an intensity of the light emitted by the light source (74) and provides a first intensity signal indicative thereof. A second detector (96) senses the intensity of the light that passes through the chamber (30) and provides a second intensity signal indicative thereof. The intensity of the light that passes through the chamber (30) varies as a function of deformation of the deformable member (26). A controller (62) analyzes the first and second intensity signals to determine whether an impact to the vehicle (10) has occurred.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Inventors: Michael McCarthy, Carl Munch
  • Publication number: 20060091652
    Abstract: A system (10) for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle (12) includes a vehicle occupant protection device (20). An event sensor (14) is operative to sense a vehicle event condition such as a vehicle crash or rollover and provides a vehicle event condition signal (22) indicative of the sensed vehicle condition. A vehicle operating condition sensor (18) senses vehicle operation conditions such as ignition starts, vehicle speed, etc. A controller (16) is operative to determine the occurrence of a vehicle event in response to the vehicle condition signal (22). The controller (16) is operative to provide an actuation signal (24) for actuating the vehicle occupant protection device (20) in response to determining the occurrence of the vehicle event. A software key (100) is provided having a disable mode (106) in which the controller (16) is inhibited from providing the actuation signal (24). The software key is responsive to the signals from the vehicle operating sensors (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Publication date: May 4, 2006
    Inventors: Carl Munch, Raad Konja
  • Patent number: 6914523
    Abstract: An apparatus for sensing pressure in vehicle tires includes an interrogator (102) for providing a tire pressure interrogation signal, and a tire pressure monitor (70) for sensing pressure within a first tire (24) of the vehicle (20) and providing an actual tire pressure signal. A first wheel speed sensor (42) associated with the first tire (24) provides a reference wheel speed signal upon movement of the vehicle (20). A second wheel speed sensor (40) associated with a second tire (22) of the vehicle (20) provides a wheel speed signal upon movement of the vehicle. A controller (60) activates the interrogator (102), monitors the actual tire pressure signal, and correlates the reference wheel speed signal with the wheel speed signal from the second wheel speed sensor (40) for determining a tire pressure value of the second tire (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Munch, Timothy DeZorzi
  • Patent number: 6734799
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) helps protect an occupant (1) of a vehicle (100). The apparatus (10) includes first means (11) for non-intrusively sensing at least one health condition of the vehicle occupant (1) and for producing a first output signal (110) indicative of the health condition of the vehicle occupant (1). The apparatus (10) further includes 2ND means (21) for transmitting a health condition signal derived from the first output signal (110) to a person at a location remote from the vehicle (100) to convey health condition information to the person and to enable the person to determine a suitable type of response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Carl A. Munch
  • Publication number: 20030201879
    Abstract: An apparatus for sensing pressure in vehicle tires includes an interrogator (102) for providing a tire pressure interrogation signal, and a tire pressure monitor (70) for sensing pressure within a first tire (24) of the vehicle (20) and providing an actual tire pressure signal. A first wheel speed sensor (42) associated with the first tire (24) provides a reference wheel speed signal upon movement of the vehicle (20). A second wheel speed sensor (40) associated with a second tire (22) of the vehicle (20) provides a wheel speed signal upon movement of the vehicle. A controller (60) activates the interrogator (102), monitors the actual tire pressure signal, and correlates the reference wheel speed signal with the wheel speed signal from the second wheel speed sensor (40) for determining a tire pressure value of the second tire (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Munch, Timothy DeZorzi
  • Patent number: 6580364
    Abstract: An apparatus (12) for tracking an abnormal condition of a vehicle tire (20, 22, 24) includes a receiver (62) that receives a data message having data indicative of a condition of the vehicle tire (20, 22, 24). A controller (64) is connected to the receiver (62) and is responsive to the data message received by the receiver (62). The controller (64) includes a counter that has a value indicative of a duration of an abnormal tire condition. The controller (64) adjusts the counter value as a function of the content of the received data message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Munch, Daniel J. Wyman, Timothy DeZorzi, Mark R. Desmarais
  • Patent number: 6501371
    Abstract: A reflective surface positioning apparatus (10) includes first locating device (21), second locating device (22), first utilizing device (51), and second utilizing device (52). The first locating device (21) locates part (32) of an occupant (30) of a vehicle (6) and produces a first location signal (41) indicative of the location of the part (32) of the vehicle occupant (30). The second locating device (22) locates an object (71) external to the vehicle (6) and produces a second location signal (42) indicative of the location of the external object (71). The first utilizing device (51) utilizes the first location signal (41) to cause positioning of a first reflective surface (61) to a first default position. The second utilizing device (52) utilizes the second location signal (42) to reposition the first reflective surface (61) to a first temporary position for providing a view of the external object (71) to the part (32) of the vehicle occupant (30) for a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: TRW Inc.
    Inventor: Carl A. Munch