Patents by Inventor Francis V. Rolland

Francis V. Rolland 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: 8387581
    Abstract: A subassembly for a valve device for controlling air flow in an intake manifold. The subassembly includes a cartridge including a plurality of compartments having partially open opposing sidewalls, wherein adjacent partially open side walls of adjacent compartments are spaced apart a distance to define a groove therebetween, a plurality of partitions each having a through-hole therein and being disposed in the grooves defined between adjacent partially open side walls of the adjacent compartments. The partitions complete the formation of the opposing side walls of the adjacent compartments and each compartment is alignable with an air intake runner of an intake manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mark IV Systemes Moteurs USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Iliya Goldin, Raffik Said, Eric E. Pain, Thomas Kern, Francis V. Rolland
  • Patent number: 8316812
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an actuator for regulating the flow of fluids in first and second flow paths of an internal combustion engine. The actuator includes a motor having a rotatable drive shaft, a gear assembly driven by the drive shaft of the motor, and first and second output shafts rotated in opposite directions by the gear assembly. The first and second output shafts are operatively linked to valves in the first and second flow paths, respectively, to regulate the flow of fluids in the first and second flow paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Mark IV Systemes Moteurs USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen G. Crowley, Francis V. Rolland, Thomas Kern
  • Publication number: 20120210970
    Abstract: A subassembly for a valve device for controlling air flow in an intake manifold. The subassembly includes a cartridge including a plurality of compartments having partially open opposing sidewalls, wherein adjacent partially open side walls of adjacent compartments are spaced apart a distance to define a groove therebetween, a plurality of partitions each having a through-hole therein and being disposed in the grooves defined between adjacent partially open side walls of the adjacent compartments. The partitions complete the formation of the opposing side walls of the adjacent compartments and each compartment is alignable with an air intake runner of an intake manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: SOGEFI AIR & COOLING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Iliya Goldin, Raffik Said, Eric E. Pain, Thomas Kern, Francis V. Rolland
  • Patent number: 8191526
    Abstract: A method of modifying an air intake manifold to control air intake runners. The method includes the steps of providing a cartridge including a plurality of compartments, each spaced apart to define a groove therebetween, snap-fitting a bushing carrier having a rotatable bushing into each of the grooves, positioning a flap having a slot over each of the compartments, inserting a shaft through each slot and each bushing thereby rotatably retaining each of the flaps within one of the plurality of compartments, positioning the cartridge over the air intake manifold so that each of the plurality of compartments is substantially axially aligned with one of the air intake runners, and removably connecting the cartridge with the air intake manifold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Mark IV Systems Moteurs, Inc.
    Inventors: Iliya Goldin, Raffik Said, Eric E. Pain, Thomas Kern, Francis V. Rolland
  • Patent number: 8181620
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an intake manifold assembly that comprises a first outer covering, a second outer covering connected to the first outer covering that together define a chamber having an intake port, and a flow channel insert. The second outer covering has an outlet port positioned within its interior surface and the flow channel insert is nestingly connected to the outlet port with the rest of the flow channel insert received within the chamber. The flow channel insert being a single piece that defines a channel having a first end and a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Mark IV Systems Moteurs USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis V. Rolland, Iliya Goldin, Eric F. Grimminger, Allen G. Crowley, Thomas E. Rossman, Tony A. Price
  • Patent number: 8119046
    Abstract: An extruded multilayer seal member having an expanded temperature range and an improved compression set resistance wherein the seal member comprises a first fluoroelastomer as the inner layer of the multilayer seal member and a second elastomer as the outer layer of the multilayer seal member; and a method for manufacturing the multilayer seal member which comprises extruding a multilayer tubular structure, crosslinking the extruded multilayer tubular structure on a mandrel, cutting the multilayer tubular structure to provide a plurality of uniform seal members and recovering the seal members, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Mark IV Systemes Moteurs USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Duke, Eric Frey, Kenneth Scott Jackson, John Mobley, Francis V. Rolland, Edi J. Wink
  • Publication number: 20110303178
    Abstract: A method of modifying an air intake manifold to control air intake runners. The method includes the steps of providing a cartridge including a plurality of compartments, each spaced apart to define a groove therebetween, snap-fitting a bushing carrier having a rotatable bushing into each of the grooves, positioning a flap having a slot over each of the compartments, inserting a shaft through each slot and each bushing thereby rotatably retaining each of the flaps within one of the plurality of compartments, positioning the cartridge over the air intake manifold so that each of the plurality of compartments is substantially axially aligned with one of the air intake runners, and removably connecting the cartridge with the air intake manifold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: lliya Goldin, Raffik Said, Eric E. Pain, Thomas Kern, Francis V. Rolland
  • Patent number: 8074616
    Abstract: Apparatus includes a motor-vehicle, internal-combustion-engine air intake manifold having an intake-manifold first shell attachable or monolithically joined to an intake-manifold second shell to surround an internal manifold volume. The first shell has a wall with at least a portion having undulating concave and convex regions as defined exterior to the internal manifold volume of the attached or monolithically-joined first shell and second shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Mark IV Systemes Moteurs USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis V. Rolland, Thomas E. Rossman, Allen G. Crowley, Raffik Said
  • Patent number: 8028677
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling an air intake runner of an air intake manifold. The assembly includes a cartridge including a plurality of compartments. Each of the compartments has a plurality of that are joined to define a central opening and an outer perimeter. Adjacent compartments are spaced apart to define a groove between each of the compartments. The assembly also includes bushing carriers that are configured to be snap-fit into one of the grooves of the cartridge. The assembly further includes bushings configured to rotatably fit within the central openings of the bushing carriers. Each of the bushings has an outer rim and an open center. Flaps including a slot and having a shape configured to substantially adjustably seal the central opening are also included and a shaft is included that extends through the slots of the flaps and the open centers of the bushings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Mark IV Systemes Moteurs USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Iliya Goldin, Raffik Said, Eric E. Pain, Thomas Kern, Francis V. Rolland
  • Publication number: 20100059009
    Abstract: An assembly for controlling an air intake runner of an air intake manifold. The assembly includes a cartridge including a plurality of compartments. Each of the compartments has a plurality of that are joined to define a central opening and an outer perimeter. Adjacent compartments are spaced apart to define a groove between each of the compartments. The assembly also includes bushing carriers that are configured to be snap-fit into one of the grooves of the cartridge. The assembly further includes bushings configured to rotatably fit within the central openings of the bushing carriers. Each of the bushings has an outer rim and an open center. Flaps including a slot and having a shape configured to substantially adjustably seal the central opening are also included and a shaft is included that extends through the slots of the flaps and the open centers of the bushings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Iliya Goldin, Raffik Said, Eric E. Pain, Thomas Kern, Francis V. Rolland
  • Publication number: 20100059700
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an actuator for regulating the flow of fluids in first and second flow paths of an internal combustion engine. The actuator includes a motor having a rotatable drive shaft, a gear assembly driven by the drive shaft of the motor, and first and second output shafts rotated in opposite directions by the gear assembly. The first and second output shafts are operatively linked to valves in the first and second flow paths, respectively, to regulate the flow of fluids in the first and second flow paths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Allen G. Crowley, Francis V. Rolland, Thomas Kern
  • Publication number: 20100031912
    Abstract: Apparatus includes a motor-vehicle, internal-combustion-engine air intake manifold having an intake-manifold first shell attachable or monolithically joined to an intake-manifold second shell to surround an internal manifold volume. The first shell has a wall with at least a portion having undulating concave and convex regions as defined exterior to the internal manifold volume of the attached or monolithically-joined first shell and second shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Francis V. Rolland, Thomas E. Rossman, Allen G. Crowley, Raffik Said
  • Publication number: 20100031913
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an intake manifold assembly that comprises a first outer covering, a second outer covering connected to the first outer covering that together define a chamber having an intake port, and a flow channel insert. The second outer covering has an outlet port positioned within its interior surface and the flow channel insert is nestingly connected to the outlet port with the rest of the flow channel insert received within the chamber. The flow channel insert being a single piece that defines a channel having a first end and a second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventors: Francis V. Rolland, Iliya Goldin, Eric F. Grimminger, Allen G. Crowley, Thomas E. Rossman, Tony A. Price
  • Patent number: 7552520
    Abstract: An extruded seal member having a corrugated axial surface exhibiting alternating peaks and valleys extending longitudinally along the axial surface of the seal member; a method for manufacturing the seal member which comprises extruding a tubular structure having a corrugated axial surface, crosslinking the extrude tubular structure, cutting the tubular structure to provide a plurality of uniform seal members and recovering the seal members; and a method of using such multilayer seal members, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Dayco Products, LLC
    Inventors: Edi J. Wink, Francis V. Rolland, John Mobley, Eric Frey, Kenneth Scott Jackson, Jeremy Duke
  • Patent number: 7479316
    Abstract: An extruded multilayer seal member having an expanded temperature range and an improved compression set resistance wherein the seal member comprises a first fluoroelastomer as the inner layer of the multilayer seal member and a second elastomer as the outer layer of the multilayer seal member; and a method for manufacturing the multilayer seal member which comprises extruding a multilayer tubular structure, crosslinking the extruded multilayer tubular structure on a mandrel, cutting the multilayer tubular structure to provide a plurality of uniform seal members and recovering the seal members, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Dayco Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy Duke, Eric Frey, Kenneth Scott Jackson, John Mobley, Francis V. Rolland, Edi J. Wink
  • Publication number: 20080284056
    Abstract: An extruded multilayer seal member having an expanded temperature range and an improved compression set resistance wherein the seal member comprises a first fluoroelastomer as the inner layer of the multilayer seal member and a second elastomer as the outer layer of the multilayer seal member; and a method for manufacturing the multilayer seal member which comprises extruding a multilayer tubular structure, crosslinking the extruded multilayer tubular structure on a mandrel, cutting the multilayer tubular structure to provide a plurality of uniform seal members and recovering the seal members, are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Jeremy Duke, Eric Frey, Kenneth Scott Jackson, John Mobley, Francis V. Rolland, Edi J. Wink