Patents by Inventor Thomas S. Miller, JR.

Thomas S. Miller, JR. 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: 10457263
    Abstract: When detecting a maladjusted brake component on a commercial vehicle, wheel end temperature is determined as a function of resistance measured by a wheel speed sensor at a wheel end. The measured temperature is compared to low and high temperature thresholds defined by a thermal model, as well as to one or more other wheel speed sensor temperatures. If the measured temperature is below the low temperature threshold and substantially different than the one or more other wheel speed sensors, the brake is determined to be under-adjusted and brake force at the under-adjusted brake is increased. If the measured temperature is above the high temperature threshold and substantially different than the one or more other wheel speed sensors, then the brake is determined to be over-adjusted, and brake force is reduced or modulated at the over-adjusted brake to prevent overheating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Miller, Jr., Joseph M. Macnamara, James E. Szudy
  • Publication number: 20190299946
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling wheel brakes on a trailer in a tractor-trailer are provided. Upon receiving a command to apply a trailer wheel brake, the system determines a speed of the tractor-trailer responsive to a speed signal generated by a vehicle speed sensor. The system also estimates a threshold speed based on a level of friction between the tractor-trailer and a road surface on which the tractor-trailer is travelling. The system then generates a control signal to control delivery of fluid pressure to the trailer wheel brake. The control signal causes delivery of a first fluid pressure to the trailer wheel brake when the speed meets a predetermined condition relative to the threshold speed and a second fluid pressure, less than the first fluid pressure, when the speed does not meet the predetermined condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas S. Miller, JR., Jeffrey M. Carbaugh
  • Patent number: 10427681
    Abstract: A controller for a host vehicle having adaptive cruise control comprises control logic that determines an actual time gap behind a detected target object and transmits a deceleration message having a deceleration value in response to the actual time gap being less than a predetermined minimum time gap. The control logic receives a torque message from a vehicle retarder indicating that the vehicle retarder is at a limit. If the actual time gap is less than the predetermined minimum time gap, the control logic transmits a transmission control message requesting the transmission to shift to a lower gear. The control logic transmits another deceleration message if the actual time gap is still less than the predetermined minimum time gap, wherein at least one of an associated transmission and an associated braking system respond to decelerate the host vehicle in response to the transmission control message and deceleration messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Mathew J John, Vipin A Guda, Thomas S Miller, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20190270437
    Abstract: When a vehicle experiences an instability event, an instability event trigger (e.g., a failed modulator, unexpected yaw or lateral acceleration, unexpected steering wheel position change, etc.) is monitored and the magnitude thereof is compared to a corresponding predetermined threshold above which corrective action is initiated. Depending on the magnitude and type of instability trigger, one or more wheel ends are identified as candidates for brake activation. Braking force at the identified wheel ends is gradually increased until the vehicle becomes stable or comes to a stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Publication date: September 5, 2019
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventor: Thomas S. Miller, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190126712
    Abstract: When a vehicle is determined to be traveling on a rough road, wherein increased air consumption is expected by vehicle components, a warning threshold that triggers an alert regarding excessive air consumption is increased. A duty cycle for an on-board air compressor is also increased to a level just below the increased warning threshold. In this manner, the air compressor duty cycle can be increased to meet the increased air pressure demand caused by the rough road conditions without triggering false positive alerts or distracting the driver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Miller, JR., Joseph M. Macnamara
  • Publication number: 20190061754
    Abstract: A controller for a host vehicle having adaptive cruise control comprises control logic that determines an actual time gap behind a detected target object and transmits a deceleration message having a deceleration value in response to the actual time gap being less than a predetermined minimum time gap. The control logic receives a torque message from a vehicle retarder indicating that the vehicle retarder is at a limit. If the actual time gap is less than the predetermined minimum time gap, the control logic transmits a transmission control message requesting the transmission to shift to a lower gear. The control logic transmits another deceleration message if the actual time gap is still less than the predetermined minimum time gap, wherein at least one of an associated transmission and an associated braking system respond to decelerate the host vehicle in response to the transmission control message and deceleration messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Mathew J. John, Vipin A. Guda, Thomas S. Miller, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190023252
    Abstract: When detecting a maladjusted brake component on a commercial vehicle, wheel end temperature is determined as a function of resistance measured by a wheel speed sensor at a wheel end. The measured temperature is compared to low and high temperature thresholds defined by a thermal model, as well as to one or more other wheel speed sensor temperatures. If the measured temperature is below the low temperature threshold and substantially different than the one or more other wheel speed sensors, the brake is determined to be under-adjusted and brake force at the under-adjusted brake is increased. If the measured temperature is above the high temperature threshold and substantially different than the one or more other wheel speed sensors, then the brake is determined to be over-adjusted, and brake force is reduced or modulated at the over-adjusted brake to prevent overheating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S. Miller, JR., Joseph M. Macnamara, James E. Szudy
  • Patent number: 10118597
    Abstract: A controller for a parking brake system for a commercial vehicle is disclosed. The controller receives a signal indicative of a request to park a tractor, a signal indicative of a request to supply air to a trailer and a signal indicative of a vehicle operating condition. The controller transmits a control signal to a tractor parking brake device and a trailer air supply device in order to park the tractor and maintain the air supply to the trailer to suspend the parking of the trailer in response to the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: David J Taneyhill, Thomas S Miller, Jr., Timothy Carritte
  • Patent number: 9873433
    Abstract: A controller comprises a memory, including a maximum rated driveshaft torque for a driveshaft on a vehicle, and an electrical output transmitting an output signal for limiting a torque on the driveshaft of the vehicle during an event while the vehicle is attempting to at least one of maintain and increase velocity. The torque on the driveshaft is limited by controlling braking pressure to at least one brake associated with driven wheels and/or controlling motor torque delivered to the driveshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas S Miller, Jr., Nathan L Moseley
  • Publication number: 20170259827
    Abstract: A controller comprises a memory, including a maximum rated driveshaft torque for a driveshaft on a vehicle, and an electrical output transmitting an output signal for limiting a torque on the driveshaft of the vehicle during an event while the vehicle is attempting to at least one of maintain and increase velocity. The torque on the driveshaft is limited by controlling braking pressure to at least one brake associated with driven wheels and/or controlling motor torque delivered to the driveshaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Publication date: September 14, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas S. Miller, JR., Nathan L. Moseley
  • Publication number: 20170137002
    Abstract: A controller for a parking brake system for a commercial vehicle is disclosed. The controller receives a signal indicative of a request to park a tractor, a signal indicative of a request to supply air to a trailer and a signal indicative of a vehicle operating condition. The controller transmits a control signal to a tractor parking brake device and a trailer air supply device in order to park the tractor and maintain the air supply to the trailer to suspend the parking of the trailer in response to the signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicant: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
    Inventors: David J Taneyhill, Thomas S. Miller, JR., Timothy Carritte