Patents by Inventor Ronald S. Plantan

Ronald S. Plantan 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).

  • Publication number: 20200044514
    Abstract: A drum brake apparatus is provided for a vehicle air braking system. The drum brake apparatus comprises a wheel drum having a first interior chamber. The drum brake apparatus also comprises a drum brake assembly disposed in the first interior chamber of the wheel drum and mounted on inboard side of the wheel drum. The drum apparatus further comprises a brake drum adapter mounted on outboard side of the wheel drum and providing a second interior chamber in which an electric drive motor can be disposed. The drum brake apparatus also comprises a wheel hub disposed in the second interior chamber of the brake drum adapter and to which a wheel rim can be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Publication date: February 6, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel E. Banks, Fred W. Berwanger, Ronald S. Plantan, Manouchehr Sabeti
  • Patent number: 10065617
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for protecting an intact portion of a service brake system from a failed wheel end of a vehicle is provided. A failure in a wheel end is detected by determining an operation state of each of the wheel ends by monitoring parameters including the pressure in a parking brake air supply line. When it is determined that a failed wheel end is present in the service brake system, a service brake isolation valve is switched to a state in which the failed wheel end is isolated from the rest of the brake system. The service brake of the failed wheel end is disabled, while the service brakes of the other wheel ends are enabled for normal operation. The parking brake of the failed wheel end is enabled, while the parking brakes of the other wheel ends are disabled to prevent immobilization of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Charles E Eberling, Fred W Hoffman, Ronald S Plantan
  • Patent number: 9903426
    Abstract: A brake actuator comprises a housing having an end wall and a pushrod projecting through an opening in the end wall and terminating at a movable plate in the housing. A spring is enclosed in the housing and surrounds the pushrod. At least one unitary resilient member is disposed on the push rod proximate to the end wall and partially extends through the opening for centering the spring around an axis of the pushrod and restricting contamination into the housing. The unitary resilient member comprises a central aperture and an annular flange surrounding the central aperture. At least one section of a collar radially outward from the annular flange has a thickness less than half of the annular flange thickness for constraining movement of the spring and the push rod in a radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Brett S Darner, Zeeshan Phansopkar, Ronald S Plantan
  • Publication number: 20180038430
    Abstract: A brake actuator comprises a housing having an end wall and a pushrod projecting through an opening in the end wall and terminating at a movable plate in the housing. A spring is enclosed in the housing and surrounds the pushrod. At least one unitary resilient member is disposed on the push rod proximate to the end wall and partially extends through the opening for centering the spring around an axis of the pushrod and restricting contamination into the housing. The unitary resilient member comprises a central aperture and an annular flange surrounding the central aperture. At least one section of a collar radially outward from the annular flange has a thickness less than half of the annular flange thickness for constraining movement of the spring and the push rod in a radial direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Brett S. Darner, Zeeshan Phansopkar, Ronald S. Plantan
  • Patent number: 9816574
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mounting, removing and retaining brake pads in disc brakes, such as air-operated disc brakes utilized on commercial vehicles, in a manner which does not require the use of separate brake pad retaining devices while providing positive retention of the brake pad. A preferred embodiment includes a brake caliper mount having brake pad abutment surfaces having radially-oriented and lateral grooves which permit a brake pad with corresponding projections on is lateral sides to be inserted through an opening of the brake caliper into the radially-oriented grooves until the backing plate projections are aligned with the lateral groove, and advancing the brake actuator behind the brake pad to place the brake pad in an operating position in which the actuator prevents the brake pad from realigning with the radially-oriented grooves until the actuator is retracted to permit brake pad extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Harish Radhakrishnan, Dennis A. Wolf, Richard L. Lantz, Will E. Roberts, Steven C. Bell
  • Patent number: 9765835
    Abstract: In a brake actuator including a plurality of actuator housing portions, a diaphragm seal, partially delimiting a parking brake de-actuation chamber, is retained between adjacent actuator housing portions, and an elastic element disposed between the diaphragm seal and one of the housing portions opposes expansion of the parking brake de-actuation chamber. A push rod extends into and out of a service brake actuation chamber upon respective release of fluid pressure from the parking brake de-actuation chamber and supply of fluid pressure to the parking brake de-actuation chamber. In order to constrain a central portion of the diaphragm seal for movement together with both the push rod and a piston, a clamping arrangement is used to axially clamp the central diaphragm seal portion between an end of the push rod and a surface of the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Brett S. Darner
  • Publication number: 20170146082
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mounting, removing and retaining brake pads in disc brakes, such as air-operated disc brakes utilized on commercial vehicles, in a manner which does not require the use of separate brake pad retaining devices while providing positive retention of the brake pad. A preferred embodiment includes a brake caliper mount having brake pad abutment surfaces having radially-oriented and lateral grooves which permit a brake pad with corresponding projections on is lateral sides to be inserted through an opening of the brake caliper into the radially-oriented grooves until the backing plate projections are aligned with the lateral groove, and advancing the brake actuator behind the brake pad to place the brake pad in an operating position in which the actuator prevents the brake pad from realigning with the radially-oriented grooves until the actuator is retracted to permit brake pad extraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Inventors: Ronald S. PLANTAN, Harish RADHAKRISHNAN, Dennis A. WOLF, Richard L. LANTZ, Will E. ROBERTS, Steven C. BELL
  • Patent number: 9574627
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mounting, removing and retaining brake pads in disc brakes, such as air-operated disc brakes utilized on commercial vehicles, in a manner which does not require the use of separate brake pad retaining devices while providing positive retention of the brake pad. A preferred embodiment includes a brake caliper mount having brake pad abutment surfaces having radially-oriented and lateral grooves which permit a brake pad with corresponding projections on is lateral sides to be inserted through an opening of the brake caliper into the radially-oriented grooves until the backing plate projections are aligned with the lateral groove, and advancing the brake actuator behind the brake pad to place the brake pad in an operating position in which the actuator prevents the brake pad from realigning with the radially-oriented grooves until the actuator is retracted to permit brake pad extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Harish Radhakrishnan, Dennis A. Wolf, Richard L. Lantz, Will E. Roberts, Steven C. Bell
  • Patent number: 9546700
    Abstract: A brake actuator is provided, in which a diaphragm, used in conjunction with a piston which compresses a parking brake-actuating spring, is arranged such that its outer peripheral region is captured between opposing housing flange portions such that a seal between the interior and exterior of the brake actuator housing is provided in a radially-oriented region of the diaphragm and the housing flange portions away from housing portion jointing components such as a clamp ring or individual fasteners. The diaphragm may also be provided with a wedge-shaped portion at its outer periphery which is axially oriented and configured to reside in a corresponding annular gap between the opposing housing flange portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Eugene E. Clair
  • Patent number: 9506512
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for a disc brake is provided, in which a torque plate affixed to a vehicle axle and a brake caliper mounting frame affixed to the torque plate have corresponding opposing projections and recesses provided to laterally and circumferentially limit relative motion between the torque plate and the mounting frame. A wedge element with at least one angled face is located between correspondingly-angled faces of the mounting frame and/or the torque plate to generate lateral and/or circumferential loading in response to tightening of vertically-oriented fasteners. The use of the angled components substantially reduces the amount of loading required to be applied by the vertical fasteners to resist relative motion between the torque plate and the mounting frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Dennis A. Wolf
  • Publication number: 20160272179
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for protecting an intact portion of a service brake system from a failed wheel end of a vehicle is provided. A failure in a wheel end is detected by determining an operation state of each of the wheel ends by monitoring parameters including the pressure in a parking brake air supply line. When it is determined that a failed wheel end is present in the service brake system, a service brake isolation valve is switched to a state in which the failed wheel end is isolated from the rest of the brake system. The service brake of the failed wheel end is disabled, while the service brakes of the other wheel ends are enabled for normal operation. The parking brake of the failed wheel end is enabled, while the parking brakes of the other wheel ends are disabled to prevent immobilization of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Publication date: September 22, 2016
    Inventors: Charles E Eberling, Fred W Hoffman, Ronald S Plantan
  • Patent number: 9409267
    Abstract: A bushing adapted to secure an O-ring seal in position relative to an area of a passage permitting reciprocation of a push rod forms a generally circular bushing body with opposed end faces. The end faces are separated by a gap so as to provide the bushing with an approximately C-shaped structure. The bushing includes a plurality of locking elements resistant to axial loads imposed on the bushing by the push rod disposed at least substantially within a corresponding plurality of recesses distributed around a circumferential exterior of the bushing. Solid ribs are interspersed with the locking fingers to resist radial loads imposed on the bushing by the push rod during operation. The O-ring seal is secured in position within the passage area of the passage by an end surface of the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventor: Ronald S. Plantan
  • Patent number: 9381899
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for protecting an intact portion of a service brake system from a failed wheel end of a vehicle is provided. A failure in a wheel end is detected by determining an operation state of each of the wheel ends by monitoring parameters including the pressure in a parking brake air supply line. When it is determined that a failed wheel end is present in the service brake system, an antilock braking modulator or a service brake isolation valve is switched to a state in which the failed wheel end is isolated from the rest of the brake system. The service brake of the failed wheel end is disabled, while the service brakes of the other wheel ends are enabled for normal operation including antilock braking. And the parking brake of the failed wheel end is enabled, while the parking brakes of the other wheel ends are disabled to prevent immobilization of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Charles E. Eberling, Fred W. Hoffman, Ronald S. Plantan
  • Patent number: 9341220
    Abstract: A brake pad retaining device is provided for holding a brake pad within a brake caliper of an air disc brake system. The device may be formed as a spring which provides at least four retention forces at longitudinal ends of the brake pad in order to suppress brake pad kick motion and vibration, while applying a biasing force that pre-loads a caliper to its mounting pins. The device may include a mounting section that is coupled to a brake carrier, a first projection and a second projection. The first projection extends from one region of the mounting section to a region near a longitudinal end of the brake pad to thereby exert a radially inward force against the brake pad. The second projection extends from another region of the mounting section to an inner surface of the brake caliper to thereby exert a biasing force against the brake caliper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Harish Radhakrishnan, Dennis A. Wolf, Ronald S. Plantan
  • Patent number: 9322446
    Abstract: A drum brake assembly and a drum having an annular drum wall with an open end and an attachment end. The drum wall further includes an outer drum surface and an inner braking surface, each of which extends between the open end and the attachment end. The drum includes a hub attachment section which is attachable to an associated wheel hub. The drum also has a drum wall connection section extending between the attachment end of the drum wall and the hub attachment section, where the drum wall connection section comprises a plurality of radially angled vanes interspersed with a corresponding plurality of air openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Dennis A. Wolf, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20160040735
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mounting, removing and retaining brake pads in disc brakes, such as air-operated disc brakes utilized on commercial vehicles, in a manner which does not require the use of separate brake pad retaining devices while providing positive retention of the brake pad. A preferred embodiment includes a brake caliper mount having brake pad abutment surfaces having radially-oriented and lateral grooves which permit a brake pad with corresponding projections on is lateral sides to be inserted through an opening of the brake caliper into the radially-oriented grooves until the backing plate projections are aligned with the lateral groove, and advancing the brake actuator behind the brake pad to place the brake pad in an operating position in which the actuator prevents the brake pad from realigning with the radially-oriented grooves until the actuator is retracted to permit brake pad extraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: Ronald S. PLANTAN, Harish RADHAKRISHNAN, Dennis A. WOLF, Richard L. LANTZ, Will E. ROBERTS, Steven C. BELL
  • Patent number: 9193018
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mounting, removing and retaining brake pads in disc brakes, such as air-operated disc brakes utilized on commercial vehicles, in a manner which does not require the use of separate brake pad retaining devices while providing positive retention of the brake pad. A preferred embodiment includes a brake caliper mount having brake pad abutment surfaces having radially-oriented and lateral grooves which permit a brake pad with corresponding projections on is lateral sides to be inserted through an opening of the brake caliper into the radially-oriented grooves until the backing plate projections are aligned with the lateral groove, and advancing the brake actuator behind the brake pad to place the brake pad in an operating position in which the actuator prevents the brake pad from realigning with the radially-oriented grooves until the actuator is retracted to permit brake pad extraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Harish Radhakrishnan, Dennis A. Wolf, Richard L. Lantz, Will E. Roberts, Steven C. Bell
  • Patent number: 9156456
    Abstract: A brake system and a valve device for a brake system are provided which provide at least partial front brake actuation in the event of a failure in the front brake pneumatic supply circuit. The valve device may be configured as a biased orifice double check valve which permits compressed air flow from the front brake pneumatic supply circuit to a front brake actuator during normal brake operation, but in the event of lack of sufficient front brake pneumatic pressure permits compressed air to be supplied to the front brake actuator from a rear brake pneumatic supply circuit, as well as permitting compressed air in the front brake actuator to be ventilated back through the rear brake pneumatic supply circuit when the brake is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Brett S. Darner, Ken E. Scheckelhoff, Ronald S. Plantan
  • Patent number: 9156458
    Abstract: A braking system is provided that enables application and release of a parking brake with fluid control and that also maintains application of the brake during a loss of fluid pressure—all without using springs and using only a single fluid control conduit. The brake actuator for the system includes a housing defining service and parking chambers. A pushrod in the parking chamber is configured for movement with a diaphragm in the chamber. The parking brake is applied by introducing fluid on one side of the diaphragm. A clutch surrounds the pushrod and includes a tooth configured to engage corresponding teeth on the pushrod to hold the position of the pushrod even during a loss of fluid pressure. The clutch is rotated under fluid control to move the clutch tooth into and out of alignment with the teeth on the pushrod to hold and release the parking brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Ronald S. Plantan, Charles E. Eberling, Fred W. Hoffman
  • Patent number: D764987
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Harish Radhakrishnan, Ronald S. Plantan, Dennis A. Wolf, Richard L. Lantz