Having Means To Facilitate Changing Brake Element Patents (Class 188/73.32)
  • Patent number: 11002325
    Abstract: A brake caliper and method of manufacture. The brake caliper may have a first portion, a second portion, a first bridge and a second bridge that may be provided as a single casting. A first housing side may have a machined feature that may be axially aligned with a hole in the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Alex Howard, Mark Burnard, Gordon Onions, Phil Smith
  • Patent number: 10948035
    Abstract: A disc brake half-caliper includes at least one cylindrical recess formed in a central portion of the half-caliper, the at least one cylindrical recess configured to support a piston for movement in an axial direction, and a pair of bridge portions formed on opposite sides of the central portion. At least one of the bridge portions extends further in the axial direction toward a first side of the disc brake half caliper than the central portion, defines at least one through hole extending therethrough in the axial direction, and terminates on the first side at a flat surface perpendicular to the axial direction, and has at least one cavity formed in the flat surface with a bottom at which the at least one through hole opens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 10927906
    Abstract: A brake pad, a disc brake, and a method of fitting a brake pad. At least one of a first brake pad and a second brake pad and corresponding support structures may have complementary profiles on circumferential faces thereof arranged so as to permit the brake pad to be inserted into a corresponding support structure in a transverse direction of the brake pad and at an angle to a circumferential direction of the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Dietmar Knoop, Neel Shah, Sean Cleary, Dave Hubbard
  • Patent number: 10781875
    Abstract: A disc brake having at least one brake pad, a brake caliper, an actuation mechanism, and a brake pad support structure. The brake pad has a moveable pad retainer formation to permit assembly and retention of the brake pad in the brake pad support structure such that the brake pad is held for operation of the disc brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Dietmar Knoop, Matthew McGinn
  • Patent number: 10619684
    Abstract: A partially lined motor-vehicle disk brake of the first caliper type, with a housing including an actuator system as a normal force generator mounted in a slidably guided fashion on a holder, with at least one friction lining which is configured in a hammerhead shape with claws and which is accommodated in a guided fashion with pull-support in holder arms with receptacle recesses in the holder. In order to avoid reversing clicks, the holder is embodied as a closed frame in that holder webs connect the holder arms to one another, and the holder webs are positioned tangentially in front of the housing limbs of the housing. Accordingly, the force flux in the holder is closed, and in the case of pull suspension all the holder arms are nevertheless included in the force flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Thorsten Adam, Jens Bauer, Dietrich Golz, Mathias Haag, Valentin Hummel, Christoph Kalff, Norman Langer, Christian Lankes, Ralph Petri, Dirk Simon
  • Patent number: 10544843
    Abstract: A brake caliper (100) with first and second parts (104a, 104b) between which is received a pair of braking members (102a, 102b). The caliper (100) includes a service brake mechanism having at least two piston and cylinder assemblies (108a, 110a and 108b, 110b) forming an opposed piston mechanism for forcing each of the braking members (102a, 102b) towards a brake disc to apply a service braking force thereto. The caliper (100) also includes a park brake mechanism including an actuator mechanism (112) for applying a driving force to a first opposed braking member (102a) towards the brake disc and a force transmitting member (116) for transmitting the driving force to a second opposed braking member (102b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Liberty Vehicle Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Philip Thomas, Anthony Blackwell, Daniel Mutch-Mathieson, Anthony Philips, Laurie Rippin, Benjamin Shepherd
  • Patent number: 10167911
    Abstract: An electric parking brake includes a driving shaft, an actuator, first and second braking members, and first and second linings. The driving shaft has a threaded portion threadedly engaging the first braking member such that, through operation of the actuator, the first lining is driven by the first braking member to move toward a side surface of a brake disk in a direction to thereby move the second braking member to move toward an opposite side surface of the brake disk in an opposite direction, so that the first and second linings are moved toward each other to clamp the brake disk therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Chih-Hsien Liao
  • Patent number: 9970495
    Abstract: The invention relates to a disc brake caliper (100) comprising: a caliper body (10) placed astride the disc of a disc brake, fitted with a pair of half-bodies (11, 12) connected to each other by means of a first and a second end bridge (20, 21) adapted to delimit a central aperture (22) of the caliper body (10), and by means of a first (13) and a second (14) connection bridge placed astride the disc of the disc brake at such a central aperture (22). The caliper body (10) houses brake pads (2, 3) supported by suspension pins for pads (4, 4?, 5, 5?) arranged in an axial direction (X-X) of the caliper body; said pads have a first side (42) facing the disc of the disc brake connected to an opposite second side (44) by means of a corner (43) facing said central aperture (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Freni Brembo S.p.A.
    Inventors: Cristian Crippa, Mirko Castelana, Andrea Teruzzi, Diego Comito
  • Patent number: 9903432
    Abstract: A brake caliper may include a housing having a cavity. The brake caliper also includes a brake pad and a heat shield disposed in the cavity. The heat shield may be positioned substantially orthogonal to the brake rotor and include a slot to receive a portion of a brake rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Paul D. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9829056
    Abstract: A disk brake includes a brake caliper and two brake pads, which can be pressed onto a brake disk on both sides and which each have a pad carrier plate and a friction pad fastened thereto. A pad retaining clip, which is retained on the brake caliper and which spans an installation opening, is supported on the brake pads. The pad retaining clip is fastened to a form closure element of at least one brake pad so as to be secured against movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Peschel, Alexander Asen, Christian Stoeger, Matthias Klingner, Christian Brandl, Alexander Werth, Abdelaziz Rguichi
  • Patent number: 9828059
    Abstract: A bicycle disc brake caliper is provided that may include a caliper body with a brake disc slot configured to at least partially accommodate a disc brake rotor removably arranged therein, first and second brake pads movably arranged in the brake disc slot relative to one another to contact the disc brake rotor arranged at least partially in a space between the first and second brake pads, and a spacer movably attached to the caliper body. The spacer may be configured to be positioned in a first position outside the space when the disc brake rotor is arranged in the brake disc slot, and the spacer may be configured to move from the first position to a second position in which the spacer is positioned in the space when the disc brake rotor is removed from the brake disc slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nakakura
  • 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: 9784328
    Abstract: A disk brake includes a brake caliper and two brake pads, which can be pressed onto a brake disk on both sides and which each have a pad carrier plate and a friction pad fastened thereto. A pad retaining clip, which is retained on the brake caliper and which spans an installation opening, is supported on the brake pads. The pad retaining clip is fastened to a form closure element of at least one brake pad so as to be secured against movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Peschel, Alexander Asen, Christian Stoeger, Matthias Klingner, Christian Brandl, Alexander Werth, Abdelaziz Rguichi
  • Patent number: 9677629
    Abstract: A pad clip comprising two or more discrete pieces comprising: one or more clip body sections including a bridge attachment segment located at a bridge end, a spring attachment segment located at a spring end, or both; and one or more bridge sections, one or more retraction springs, or both; wherein the two or more discrete pieces are adapted to be attached together at the bridge attachment segment, spring attachment segment, or both. The teachings also include a method of forming the pad clip, comprising: forming two or more clip body sections, each clip body section including a spring attachment segment; forming one or more retraction springs; attaching the one or more retraction springs to the spring attachment segment of the two or more clip body sections; and installing the pad clip about a support bracket of a brake assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Brian Lewis Boyle, Gang Lou
  • Patent number: 9574631
    Abstract: A brake caliper of a hydraulic brake system comprises several pistons, each of which is slidably disposed in a cylinder along the axis of the cylinder, several brake pads that are forced against a brake disk by the pistons upon actuation of the brake, and at least one spring device having a base and opposite legs that extend from the base to the brake pads. The opposite legs extend from a side of the base to a brake pad that is disposed on the opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Michael Ruopp
  • 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: 9086109
    Abstract: An adjuster system for adjusting the position of a brake pad relative to a brake disc so as to maintain a suitable running clearance between the pad and disc in a disc brake. The system comprises a manual rewind apparatus to reset the position of the brake pad when replacement thereof is required. The manual rewind apparatus has a transmission path extending from a rewind tool engaging portion to a brake pad engaging portion of the system. The manual rewind apparatus is configured such that when a rewind torque above a pre-determined torque is applied to the transmission path by a rewind tool no damage is caused to components along the transmission path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Paul Roberts
  • Patent number: 8973720
    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: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 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: 8960381
    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 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Plantan, Harish Radhakrishnan, Dennis Wolf, Will Roberts, Steven Bell, Richard Lantz
  • Patent number: 8919503
    Abstract: A brake lining for a railroad car brake includes friction members which are pressed onto the sliding surface of a brake disc, and a back plate which is attached to a brake caliper in order to support the friction members. The friction members are dividedly arranged in a radial direction and in a circumferential direction of the brake disc. A disc spring is disposed between each respective friction member and the back plate. An outer peripheral surface of the friction members facing the back plate is formed in a convex curved shape in an area outside the elastic member. When a light pressing force is applied, a pressing force is transmitted from the back plate to the friction members via the disc springs. When a heavy pressing force is applied, the back plate and a rounded surface portion make contact, thereby directly transmitting a pressing force to the friction members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichiro Hiramatsu, Takanori Kato
  • Publication number: 20140299424
    Abstract: A disc brake device includes: a disc rotor assembled to a rotating body; a caliper assembled to a supporting member so as to straddle an outer periphery of part of the disc rotor; a pair of brake pads disposed so as to clamp the disc rotor; pistons disposed in a caliper to press the brake pads; a supporting shaft inserted into a supporting portion provided on the caliper to support the respective brake pads so as to be movable in a rotor axis direction; and a retaining member inserted into a through hole provided at one end of the supporting shaft to prevent the supporting shaft from coming apart from the supporting portion of the caliper. The retaining member includes a head portion configured to engage with one of opening portions of the through hole, and a pair of leg portions to be inserted into the through hole, and at least one of a pair of the leg portions is bent, and includes a barb shape configured to engage with the other opening portion of the through hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ADVICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shohei ARAKANE
  • Publication number: 20140196993
    Abstract: A disc brake for a motor vehicle and a corresponding brake lining are provided. The disk brake includes a brake caliper straddling a brake disc, at least one brake lining with a lining carrier plate and friction lining, and a stationary brake mounting fixed to the vehicle having support protrusions that support the pad support plate on the inlet and on the outlet side. The support protrusion of the brake support on the inlet side and the support surface of the lining support plate adjacent to the support protrusion positively engage one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Johann IRASCHKO
  • Publication number: 20140196992
    Abstract: A disc brake for a motor vehicle and a corresponding brake lining are provided. The disk brake includes a brake caliper straddling a brake disc, at least one brake lining with a lining carrier plate and friction lining, and a brake carrier fixed to the vehicle having carrier flanges supporting the lining carrier plate on entry and exit sides. The entry-side carrier flange and the adjacent lining carrier plate support surface interlockingly engage with one another, and the exit-side carrier flange and a corresponding contact contour of the lining carrier plate form a support surface inclined at an angle relative to the Y-axis in certain areas or at least in the radially highest area of the lining support on the brake carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventor: Johann IRASCHKO
  • Patent number: 8662261
    Abstract: A brake pad holder of a disc brake, in particular for a commercial vehicle is provided, wherein brake pads assigned to both sides of a brake disc are held by a respective pad-holding spring in a spring-loaded manner in a pad shaft of a positionally fixed brake anchor plate or of a brake caliper. A pad-holding clip, which extends in the axial direction of the brake disc and is fastened to the brake caliper, is supported on the brake pads. The brake pad holder is designed such that the pad-holding clip has at least one limb which extends approximately radially with respect to the brake disc and enters into a recess of at least one brake pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Raffin, Markus Gruber, Wlodzimierz Macke, Thomas Lehner
  • Patent number: 8544613
    Abstract: A disc braking system (10) for a vehicle comprises a service caliper (12) suitable to be arranged astride a disc (14) rotating about an axis (16), said service caliper comprising at least one couple of service pads (18, 20). The system further comprises a floating parking caliper (30) suitable to be arranged astride the disc (14) and comprising a least one couple of parking pads (32, 34) housed in a floating structure (36) of the parking caliper. The floating structure comprises a side portion (38) and a bracket portion (40) extending from the side portion (38) in the axial direction to the disc (14). An individual mount structure (22) is provided which is suitable to be mounted on a fixed portion of the vehicle, and suitable to receive the couple of service pads (18, 20) and the floating parking caliper (30), which is slidably mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Freni Brembo S.p.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Cantoni, Enrico Battista Ongaretti, Tomasz Grabiec
  • Patent number: 8544614
    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: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    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: 8540061
    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: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    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: 8453804
    Abstract: There is disclosed a disc brake system incorporating a split caliper having a first caliper half integrally formed with a mounting plate for mounting the caliper on a vehicle. A second caliper half is fixedly and removably attached to the first caliper half in spaced apart relation to provide room for a rotor to be disposed between the caliper halves. The joiner plates permit adjustment of the distance between the caliper halves to accommodate rotors of different thickness. The split design provides a slimmer caliper profile permitting the use of larger diameter rotors in the same space. A splined rotor carrier permits mounting of the rotor on to a wheel hub housing having a corresponding spline. The disc brake system of the present invention is particularly useful in retrofitting existing vehicles, especially light armored vehicles (LAV's).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: 2040422 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Karl Gerhard Pfister
  • Publication number: 20130087416
    Abstract: An illustrative brake apparatus includes: a brake body; a first retaining means for retaining a brake shoe against the brake body while permitting the brake shoe to be actuated in a brake actuation direction; and a second retaining means for selectively retaining the brake shoe against lateral movement in a direction of movement of an object to be braked. An illustrative brake shoe retainer apparatus includes: first and second brake shoe connectors connectable to respective spaced apart regions of a brake shoe; a force transfer element connectable to the first and second brake shoe connectors; a guide connectable to a brake body and configured to guide the force transfer element relative to the brake body in a brake actuation direction and in a direction opposite the brake actuation direction; and a means for urging the force transfer element in the direction opposite the brake actuation direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: Interkob Holdings Ltd.
    Inventor: Jacob Kobelt
  • Patent number: 8371422
    Abstract: A torque plate for a vehicle brake is comprised of a sheet metal body. The sheet metal body includes a center opening that defines a lateral axis and a plurality of mounting holes. The center opening receives an axle housing and the mounting holes are used to secure the vehicle brake to the torque plate. Each mounting hole is defined by a center axis that is non-parallel to the lateral axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Meritor Wabco Vehicle Control Systems
    Inventors: Mark L. Frost, Daniel J. Philpott
  • Patent number: 8317001
    Abstract: The invention provides an electromechanical actuator for a vehicle brake, the actuator comprising: a motor; a screw-and-nut system having a first element, the screw or the nut, rotated by the motor; and an antirotation member preventing rotation of the second element of the screw-and-nut system, the nut or the screw, so that the second element moves linearly in response rotation of the motor so as to exert compression selectively on friction elements of the brake. According to the invention, the actuator is subdivided into a first portion comprising the screw-and-nut system, and a second portion comprising the motor, the portions being designed to be separable while the actuator is mounted on a brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
    Inventors: Sylvain Solignat, Patrick Baldassara
  • Patent number: 8096394
    Abstract: A clutch brake for use in association with a braking mechanism for braking rotation of a shaft connecting an engine to a transmission. The clutch brake includes first and second clutch brake sections having first and second lock plates. The first and second clutch brake sections are selectively configurable in a disconnected configuration and a connected configuration. The clutch brake further comprises a fastening mechanism on the first and second lock plates for fastening the first and second clutch brake sections in the connected configuration. The fastening mechanism includes a first fastening component on the first lock plate and a second fastening component on the second lock plate. The first fastening component further includes a fastener body movably mounted in an opening in the first lock plate, and a fastening arm extending from the fastener body. The fastener body is movable from a fastening position, to a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Ace Manufacturing & Parts Company
    Inventors: John Alex Settles, Brian Robert Ley, James Michael Chapman
  • Patent number: 7631733
    Abstract: A brake assembly includes a caliper having a first side portion connected to a second side portion by two circumferentially spaced bridge arms. The brake assembly includes a first brake pad and a second brake pad that are interchangeable and each having first and second circumferential ends. Each of the first and second brake pads have a pad formation remote from the first and second circumferential ends. The first brake pad is fitted in the first side portion of the caliper with the pad formation of the first brake pad engaging a caliper formation of the first portion side of the caliper for transferring braking torque loads from the first brake pad to the first side portion of the caliper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Meritor Heavy Vehicle Braking Systems (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Paul Roberts, Royston Leonard Morris, Nagaraja Gargeshwari, Pradeep Mirji, Kishan Kumar Udupi, Rajaram Kumble
  • Publication number: 20090120739
    Abstract: An electrically actuated aircraft brake and method characterized by radial mount actuator modules which can be easily and quickly replaced as a unit. Quick and easy replacement of the actuator modules can be effected without disassembly of the overall brake and wheel assembly. Accordingly, brake manufacturing, repair costs, overhaul, parts stocking and maintenance costs and requirements are minimized and/or greatly simplified compared to integrated brake designs used in the prior art. Also, a malfunctioning actuator module on an aircraft can be replaced and preferably quickly enough to allow the aircraft to remain in scheduled service and/or with a minimum of downtime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Lawrence F. Corio
  • Patent number: 7523816
    Abstract: A method and a brake assembly retention device are disclosed. The method discloses the automatic operation of the brake assembly retention device to retain releasably the brake assembly upon a stationary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Tong, Jon T. Beehler, Michael J. Zarembka
  • Publication number: 20090008194
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a disc brake, comprising a brake support, a brake caliper, a brake disc and at least one brake lining. According to embodiments of the invention, in the assembled state of the disc brake, the brake support comprises no component extending over the brake disc and/or extending into the rotation contour of the brake caliper or extending over the rotation contour of the brake caliper, and the brake caliper comprises an opening through which the brake lining passes for assembly/disassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2005
    Publication date: January 8, 2009
    Applicant: WABCO RADBREMSEN GMBH
    Inventors: Bernward Redemann, Eugen Kloos, Peter Blatt, Paul Antony
  • Patent number: 7445093
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a disc brake and to disc brake stabilizing elements to be used in such disc brakes. The disc brake comprises a caliper receiving one or more brake pads and encircling one or more brake discs, of which at least one brake disc is received slideably on a hub or a part connected to the hub, by means of splines or teeth, wherein two or more disc stabilizing elements are placed between each brake disc and the hub or the part connected to the hub and which are configured and arranged such as to deflect in axial direction during application of the brake and create forces assisting the axial retraction of the brake discs at release of the brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Products AB
    Inventors: Patrik Kaell, Goeran Stensson, Joakim Gripemark
  • Patent number: 7438161
    Abstract: A brake caliper has a removable bridge that acts as a rigid mount for a pair of brake pad holders. The removable bridge is retained on the caliper body by spring loaded push button that allows quick removal for replacement of the brake pads, which is especially suited for automotive racing situations. The bridge is snapped in place and rigidly retained on caliper body when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Performance Friction Corporation
    Inventors: Donald Burgoon, Darrick Dong, Grafton Robertson, Wenqi Qian
  • Patent number: 7395905
    Abstract: The invention provides an electromechanical actuator for a vehicle brake, the actuator comprising: a motor; a screw-and-nut system having a first element, the screw or the nut, rotated by the motor; and an antirotation member preventing rotation of the second element of the screw-and-nut system, the nut or the screw, so that the second element moves linearly in response rotation of the motor so as to exert compression selectively on friction elements of the brake. According to the invention, the actuator is subdivided into a first portion comprising the screw-and-nut system, and a second portion comprising the motor, the portions being designed to be separable while the actuator is mounted on a brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Messier-Bugatti
    Inventors: Sylvain Solignat, Patrick Baldassara
  • Patent number: 7353921
    Abstract: A brake (10) for the drive shaft of a vehicle or machine includes a housing (11) having an open end (12) which is adapted to be attached to the vehicle. A shaft is received in the housing (11) and is adapted to be attached to the vehicle drive shaft for rotation therewith. The shaft has a splined outer surface. A disc assembly (30) includes a plurality of rotatable discs (29) carried by the splined surface of the shaft, a plurality of stationary discs (32) which alternate with the rotatable discs (29) and a primary stationary disc (33) located at the end of the disc assembly (30), proximate to the open end (12) of housing (11). As mounted, a plurality of springs (42) cause the stationary discs (32) to engage the rotatable discs (29) to apply a braking torque to the shaft. A piston (21) is moveable to oppose the spring force and allow free rotation of the rotating discs (29). Prior to mounting, a plurality of shipping bolts (25) hold the disc assembly (30) together and axially aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Ausco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian P. Dennis, Kenneth A. Dodd
  • Patent number: 7303051
    Abstract: A brake device for a vehicle such as an all terrain vehicle includes a brake disk fixed to a drive shaft, and a brake caliper for braking by a nipping action of the brake disk. The brake caliper is fitted to a final gear case on an outer side of the vehicle body frame. The brake device permits maintenance work to be easily carried out and with few obstructions from neighboring parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Bunzo Seki
  • Patent number: 7261188
    Abstract: A bicycle brake caliper is disclosed that includes a brake caliper, a brake pad retaining member and a cover. The brake caliper is configured to selectively apply a braking force on a bicycle brake disc. The brake caliper includes a housing that has a brake pad access opening. The brake pad retaining member is removably installed on the brake caliper and extends into the brake pad access opening. A cover is at least partially retained within the brake pad access opening of the housing by the brake pad retaining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Osamu Kariyama
  • Patent number: 7216745
    Abstract: Disk brake friction element mounting system provides spaced mounting elements or guides for the friction elements, the spacing of the mounting elements permitting at least one friction element to be located in its working position by insertion edgewise through the space between the mounting elements without removing the brake discs or disc. The friction element is supported and guided by laterally extending shoulder having downwardly facing receptors for the mounting elements. In this way friction element insertion and removal for servicing purposes is greatly simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Stanford Baylis
  • Patent number: 7100746
    Abstract: In order to facilitate assembly and disassembly of a vehicle, the invention provides a method of assembling and disassembly a drum brake (1). In this assembly and disassembly method, the operating spacing of two brake shoes (4 and 5) inside a drum brake (3) is pre-adjusted. The invention makes it possible for the drum brake (1) to be delivered with the brake shoes (4 and 5) in a position where they are clamped against each other, corresponding to assembly clearance, while potentially retaining the spacing needed to match the operating clearance of the drum brake. A single action (A, B) on the hand-brake lever (6) enables the shoes to be moved from assembly clearance to operating clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Vincent Dupuis
  • Patent number: 6983830
    Abstract: A disc brake including pads which are supported in sockets having an opening facing towards the disc. The pads each comprise blocks of friction material which are plugged into the sockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Friction Products GmbH
    Inventors: Wilfried Strauss, Robert Allen Emmett, Peter Gareth Denton, Michael Edmund Rohde
  • Patent number: 6962243
    Abstract: A multi-disc brake system for automotive vehicles includes a plurality of discs slideably supported on a hub and a plurality of brake pad assemblies slideably supported on a bridge projecting from a stationary knuckle body. The pad assemblies are moved by a piston into selective braking engagement with the discs. An outer pad retainer is bolted to the bridge. A supplemental mechanical interlock feature couples the retainer releasably but securely to the bridge independently of the bolts. The pad retainer may alternatively be formed as one piece with the bridge and the bridge formed with a slideway having an access opening for installing and removing the pad assemblies for slideable movement therealong. The discs may further be supported on the hub by a supplemental support which enables sliding movement of the discs along the hub but limits the travel beyond at least one end of the hub so that discs remain on the hub independently of any support provided by the interleaved brake pad assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon J. Seeley, Denise M. Strong
  • Patent number: 6874600
    Abstract: A cable control which can be mounted in a simple manner in an expanding lock of a braking device for a motor vehicle, a so-called cable slack of the cable end is required in the area of the expanding lock. For eliminating this cable slack again in a simple manner, a holding device is provided in the wheel carrier which comprises a sliding sleeve and of a fixing sleeve, between which locking devices are arranged, so that the cable slack can be eliminated when the sliding sleeve is slid in the fixing sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG
    Inventor: Edgar Grundke
  • Patent number: 6820727
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wear adjustment device for a brake, especially a motor vehicle brake. The device comprises an adjusting shaft, which is mounted in a housing and is accessible from the outside at a front end. Said adjusting shaft is equipped with a head part in the accessible area, this head part enabling the transmission of a torque. The head part is configured as a separate structural part and can be coupled to the adjusting shaft in such a way that it is resistant to torsion in the axial direction of the adjusting shaft and in relation to said adjusting shaft. The head part is also provided with a predetermined breaking point which enables separation to take place when a maximum permissible torque is exceeded. This constructionally simple configuration reliably prevents the adjusting shaft from being overburdened and therefore prevents any damage to the wear adjustment device or essential parts of the break that this could otherwise cause.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse Systeme fuer Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Armin Theiss, Johann Iraschko, Hans Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 6705437
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a disc brake mainly for road vehicles. The disc brake comprises a fixed caliper straddling one or more brake discs, one or more thrust plates and a number of brake pads. The brake discs are received in a non-rotating but axially moveable relationship on a rotating hub. The brake pads are guided axially moveable in the caliper taking up the load of the brake pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Haldex Brake Products AB
    Inventors: Lars Severinsson, HÃ¥kan Larsson
  • Patent number: 6662907
    Abstract: An electrically actuated aircraft brake and method characterized by the use actuator modules which can be easily and quickly replaced as a unit. Quick and easy replacement of the actuator modules can be effected without disassembly of the overall brake and wheel assembly. Accordingly, brake manufacturing, repair costs, overhaul, parts stocking and maintenance costs and requirements are minimized and/or greatly simplified compared to integrated brake designs used in the prior art. Also, a malfunctioning actuator module on an aircraft can be replaced and preferably quickly enough to allow the aircraft to remain in scheduled service and/or with a minimum of downtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Brundrett, Stephen A. Mascarella, Lawrence F. Corio, Franklin C. Christ