Patents by Inventor Willi Nagel

Willi Nagel 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: 8002088
    Abstract: A self-boosting electromechanical friction brake for a motor vehicle in which, with an electromechanical actuator, a friction brake lining can be pressed against a brake disk, and the friction brake lining is braced in the brake caliper via a wedge mechanism, which effects a self boosting. A friction brake lining which is pressed by the actuator has with a lower coefficient of friction, and in particular with less relative fluctuation in the coefficient of friction, than another friction brake lining positioned fixedly in the brake caliper. An operation-dictated fluctuation in the coefficient of friction and thus a change in the self boosting is reduced, and as a result the disk brake, with a low coefficient of friction, can be actuated with less actuation force and less actuation energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20110174581
    Abstract: The invention relates to a brake caliper of an electromechanical disk brake. According to the invention, in order to measure a widening of a brake caliper when the brake is activated, a rod-shaped holder which is clamped on one side, is arranged in a cavity in a yoke of the brake caliper, perpendicular to a brake disk and a movement of the free end of the holder is measured, for example by means of a magnetic sensor. The widening of the brake caliper is a measurement for the clamping force when the brake disk is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Herbert Vollert, Anton Dukart, Bertram Foitzik, Willi Nagel, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20100258386
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-reinforcing, in particular electromechanical disk brake having a wedge mechanism as the self-boosting device, for example. The invention proposes that the actuating device be attached to a separate holder, which does not have forces or torques of the wedge mechanism applied thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Inventors: Herbert Vollert, Dietmar Baumann, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Willi Nagel, Dirk Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20100243387
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromechanical friction brake, for example in the form of a disc brake having an electromechanical actuation device. The electric motor of the actuation device presses a frictional brake lining against a brake disc by means of a reduction gearbox and a ball ramp mechanism. The actuation device is supported by a spring washer that is pretensioned so strongly that when the disc brake is released it acts on a segment with a falling spring characteristic; that is, a spring force exerted by the spring washer on the frictional brake lining increases with increasing tension of the disc brake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventors: Herbert Vollert, Chi-Thuan Cao, Nguyet-Minh Cao, Bertram Foitzik, Willi Nagel, Bernd Goetzelmann, Dirk Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20100193298
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-amplifying electromechanical disc brake, having a friction brake lining, which is able to move on a helical path and having a rack-and-pinion mechanism for moving the friction brake lining and for actuating the disc brake. According to the invention, a rack of the rack-and-pinion mechanism is connected to the friction brake lining in articulating fashion and in the region of a pinion, an abutting support keeps the rack engaged with the pinion, with play, thus permitting the rack to pivot in order to compensate for the helical movement of the friction brake lining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Patent number: 7735613
    Abstract: A self-boosting electromechanical friction brake, having a friction brake lining which is displaceable for actuation in the direction of rotation of a brake disk and which is braced via roller bodies on ramps of an abutment plate. When the brake is actuated, brake disk exerts a frictional force on the brake lining pressed against it, which urges the lining in the direction of an increasingly narrow gap between the ramps and the brake disk to exert a contact pressure that is in addition to that exerted by an actuation device to attain self-boosting. The roller bodies are supported fixedly and rotatably in bearing block on the brake lining whereby the roller bodies move in slaved fashion with the brake lining and always brace the brake lining at the same points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20100126167
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromechanical brake booster for a master brake cylinder of a hydraulic vehicle braking system. The invention provides to configure the brake booster such that it preferably includes a switchable freewheel, which enables an actuation of the master brake cylinder without any movement of the electric motor of the brake booster. The invention further provides to configure the brake booster such that it includes a mechanical gear having a variable transmission ratio, which has a high path transmission at the beginning of an actuation of the master brake cylinder, and a force transmission that rises with increasing actuation. A variable gear ratio is possible using a rack and pinion gear, the toothed rack of which has a soothing with a pitch that changes across the length of the toothed rack. A further possibility of a mechanical gear having a variable ratio is a toggle lever mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Willi Nagel, Dirk Hofmann
  • Publication number: 20100114444
    Abstract: The invention relates to a braking system (1) comprising an actuator unit (10), said actuator unit comprising a brake pedal (2), a pedal simulator (4), and a brake servo (12), and a main brake cylinder (20) by way of which at least one wheel brake (42, 44, 46, 48) may be actuated, said wheel brake having a braking pressure that may be predetermined, wherein the brake pedal (2) or the brake servo (12) acts on the main brake cylinder (20) to increase or decrease a braking force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Armin Verhagen, Jochen Mayer, Willi Nagel
  • Patent number: 7588128
    Abstract: A self-boosting electromagnetic disk brake having an electromechanical actuating device and a mechanical self-boosting device that has a wedge mechanism. A wedge is displaceable parallel to a brake disk and relative to a friction brake lining, and the relative displaceability of the wedge is limited relative to the friction brake lining to one direction, by means of a slaving device. The wedge is decoupled from the friction brake lining in one direction of rotation of the brake disk. As a result, the self-boosting device is operative in only one direction of rotation of the brake disk; in the reverse direction of rotation of the brake disk, the disk brake is neutral in terms of self-help.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20090194385
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromechanically switchable form-locking freewheel mechanism for preventing an electromechanical brake from releasing. According to the invention, the freewheel mechanism is embodied in the form of an electric motor in which a pivot angle of the armature is limited, the armature is counterbalanced and has a locking element that cooperates with a gear. The invention permits a compactly designed freewheel mechanism that can be integrated into an electromechanical actuating unit of the electromechanical brake. The counterbalancing of the armature equipped with the locking element prevents external accelerations of the freewheel mechanism of the kind that can occur during driving operation of a motor vehicle from exerting a moment on the armature that could switch off the freewheel mechanism. A method for adjusting the clearance of an electromechanical brake is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Patent number: 7552804
    Abstract: An electromechanically actuatable disk brake with a self-boosting device includes a wear readjusting device which can for instance be adjusted by means of an electric motor as an actuator, to compensate for wear of the friction brake lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik
  • Patent number: 7502973
    Abstract: A method and device for monitoring a distributed system made up of a plurality of users that are connected by one bus system are provided, in which distributed system at least a number of the users are provided as monitoring users. The process data of at least one monitored user are filed in data areas of memory units of the bus system, to which the monitoring users have access, and the process data are evaluated by the monitoring users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Patent number: 7484601
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-boosting electromechanical disk brake with a frame caliper equipped with a wear readjustment device which for instance is automatic and which upon tensing of the disk brake stores energy by prestressing a torsion shaft, which upon release of the disk brake converts this energy into a wear readjustment motion. In the process, a spacing between two brake lining holders of the frame caliper in the disk brake is decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20080296102
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a self-amplifying electromechanical partial lining disc brake, having a ramp mechanism as a self-amplification device. According to the invention, a rack for driving a friction brake pad is situated between roller elements of the ramp mechanism, particularly at a geometrical centroid of an imaginary surface defined by the roller elements. As a result a load is distributed to the roller elements in a more uniform fashion and the pressing force of the friction brake pad against a brake disc when the partial lining disc brake is actuated is distributed more uniformly and counteracts irregular pad wear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann, Hans Frick
  • Publication number: 20080289922
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drum brake having an electromechanical actuating device. The invention proposes to convert a rotating drive movement of the actuating device by use of a gearwheel and two toothed racks. The toothed racks mesh with the gearwheel on opposite sides thereof and are driven in opposite directions by the gearwheel into translational movements for pressing attached brake shoes against a brake drum. The toothed racks are configured in such a way that the two toothed racks have a common line of action, with resulting symmetrical actuating forces. According to one embodiment of the invention, the lines of action of the toothed racks run tangentially with respect to the gearwheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2006
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Dirk Hofmann, Willi Nagel, Oliver Kriese
  • Publication number: 20080283347
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-energizing electromechanical friction brake includes a self-energizing device provided with, for example, a wedge mechanism. According to the invention, the friction brake is equipped with a linear drive, for example an electromagnet, for brake actuation. The self-energizing device converts a friction force exerted by a rotating brake body on a friction brake lining during braking actuated by the linear drive of an actuation device into a second contact pressure that presses the friction brake lining against the brake body in addition to the first contact pressure exerted by the actuation device. The self-energizing device provides a non-proportional characteristic magnetic force curve of the electromagnet of the linear drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20080261773
    Abstract: The invention relates to a selective freewheeling mechanism for developing an electromechanical vehicle brake (service brake) into a parking brake. The freewheeling mechanism according to the invention has an outer ring and a locking element cage which are configured as an electric motor with a rotor and a stator. The rotor and stator can be swiveled in relation to each other when a coil is supplied with current. Due to a symmetric design, the freewheeling mechanism is advantageously insensitive to acceleration forces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann
  • Publication number: 20080245622
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-boosting electromechanical friction brakes particularly in the form of a partially lined disk brake. The friction brake includes a friction brake lining which is helically movable with respect to the direction of rotation of a brake disk and pressed there into. A ramp mechanism is provided with ramps which cooperate with a roller bearing mechanism supporting the brake lining, to obtain the self-boosting effect. According to the invention, two of three rolls of the ramp mechanism are embodied with directing flanges for guiding the rolls on the ramps in order to helically guide the friction brake lining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann, Hans Frick
  • Publication number: 20080217120
    Abstract: The invention relates to a self-reinforcing electromechanical disc brake having a brake caliper produced by means of shaping, in one piece with a housing for electromechanical parts of an actuating device of the disc brake, with the housing forming a dimensionally stable hollow body. It is possible in this way to produce a bending-resistant and torsionally rigid brake caliper with a low wall thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann, Hans Frick
  • Publication number: 20080217118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bellows for a self-energising electromechanical disc brake. According to the invention, a low deformation force may be achieved by means of a bellows with an elliptical, offset cross-section tapering in one direction and, in opposing circumferential sections of the bellows, the provision of circumferential folds of small curvature and inclined folds along the longitudinal sides of the bellows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2006
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Chi-Thuan Cao, Dietmar Baumann, Dirk Hofmann, Herbert Vollert, Willi Nagel, Andreas Henke, Bertram Foitzik, Bernd Goetzelmann