Tire Stem Attachments Patents (Class 73/146.8)
  • Patent number: 10549586
    Abstract: An electronic unit for measuring operating parameters of a vehicle wheel, including an electronic casing; an inflation valve; and elements for attaching the electronic casing and the inflation valve. The elements for attaching the electronic casing and the inflation valve include an insert provided with an axial bore and mounted with the ability to pivot in the continuation of the body of the inflation valve; a sleeve secured to the electronic casing, designed to be mounted with the ability to slide around the insert, a way of assembling the sleeve of the electronic casing and the insert of the valve body; and a spring-effect elastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Jérémy Mieyan
  • Patent number: 10309847
    Abstract: The torque sensor has a body. A first gastight chamber is defined at least partly by the body. A pressure sensor is connected with the gastight chamber for measuring the pressure in the gastight chamber. A pressure to torque converter is connected to the pressure sensor. The gastight chamber is arranged to change its volume by deformation of the body when the body is subjected to a torque wherein the volume change causes a change of pressure of the enclosed gas in the gastight chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Peng Cheng, Bengt Oelmann, Muhammad Nazar Ul Islam
  • Patent number: 10252581
    Abstract: Device (10) for detecting and indicating wear of a tire (15), where the device (10) comprises at least one moisture detector (30) located in a tread of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Fyster AS
    Inventor: Wiggo R. Hellerud
  • Patent number: 9783014
    Abstract: A device for measuring the tire pressure in a wheel of a vehicle provided with a pneumatic tire is accommodated in a shell-shaped housing which is arranged at the valve base of a tire valve. Provision is made that there is only a single location on the housing by which the housing can rest on the rim well of a rim of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: HUF HÜLSBECK & FÜRST GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Sven Arnoldo, Ralf Kessler, Andre Seifert
  • Patent number: 9475350
    Abstract: A tire pressure measurement apparatus is provided with a housing including a dome-shaped cavity on a rear end, bottom projections, and a channel communicating with the cavity; a valve including a curved head complimentarily disposed in the cavity, an internally threaded cylindrical member projecting out of the head through the cavity into the channel wherein the cylindrical member is limited by either side of the channel; and an externally threaded fastener driven through the channel into the cylindrical member to threadedly secure the housing and the head of the valve together. The housing is configured to rotate about the valve along a lengthwise axis of the valve. The housing is configured to pivot about the valve along a line passing through the channel. The pivot of the housing about the valve is stopped when the housing contacts either side of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Chi-Liang Lo
  • Patent number: 9446636
    Abstract: At a portable tool, vehicle identification information is requested from a vehicle and responsively received from the vehicle. Based upon the vehicle information, one or more tire pressure sensor activation/trigger methods or parameters are determined. The determined one or more tire pressure sensor activation/trigger methods or parameters are used to activate singularly or a plurality of tire pressure monitoring (TPM) sensors at the vehicle. Tire pressure information is responsively received from the activated TPM sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Christophe Deniau, Steven Landis
  • Patent number: 9417158
    Abstract: The electronic unit includes an inflation valve adapted to be secured to a wheel rim and including an abutment head against the rim, extending in the continuation of which are a rigid tube, an electronic module mounted in a slidable manner along the tube, and elements for the relative locking in translation of the module along the tube, defining at least two positions of relative locking, each adapted to correspond to a preselected thickness of the rim intended to be equipped with the unit. The module and abutment head include two complementary front faces adapted in order to come into correspondence at a predetermined minimum distance from each other that is identical for all the preselected widths of rims intended to be equipped with the unit. Optical tracking devices are provided to permit verification of whether the distance separating the two complementary front faces corresponds to the predetermined minimum distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignees: CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Kempf
  • Patent number: 9321314
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wireless sensor for sensing temperature and pressure within a dual passage shell. The wireless sensor comprises a dual passage shell, an intake valve, an exhaust valve, a power supplying module, and a circuit board. The dual passage shell includes a cover, a base body, and a fixing receptacle. A receiving space is formed by assembling the cover and the base body. An air chamber is formed by disposing the fixing receptacle in the receiving space and by combining the base body. The base body is provided with an intake passage and an exhaust passage both communicating with the air chamber. The intake valve is provided and integrally formed within the intake passage. The exhaust valve is provided and integrally formed with the exhaust passage. Thus, a user can inflate the tire without disassembling wireless sensor, and the usage convenience of the wireless sensor is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Inventor: Ta-Min Peng
  • Patent number: 9315079
    Abstract: An adjustable tire pressure detector is installed on a tire rim, and includes a detector body, a gas intake nozzle and a gas nozzle assembly member. The detector body includes a housing and a gas nozzle assembly hole. The gas nozzle assembly hole includes two parallel limiting contact surfaces and at least one connecting surface connecting the two limiting contact surfaces. The gas intake nozzle includes two compact surfaces corresponding to and tightly pressing against the limiting contact surfaces, at least one abutting contact surface connecting the compact surfaces and contacting with the connecting surface, and an assembly hole facing the gas nozzle assembly hole. A distance between the two compact surfaces gradually increases from the coupling section towards the gas intake section. The gas nozzle assembly member is coupled with the assembly hole of the gas intake nozzle to fasten the gas intake nozzle onto the detector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: SUNG JUNG MINUTE INDUSTRY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Wen-Huo Huang
  • Patent number: 9242517
    Abstract: The utility model provides a tire pressure monitor cap utilizing colors to indicate tire pressure. The tire pressure monitor cap comprises a transparent cover, an alarm bolt, a spring, a floating seat, a rubber pad, a ventilating plate, a metal housing and a gasket; the rubber pad includes a circular protruding seat having a wall higher than that of the outside wall, and a circumferential depression therein, wherein the center is provided with the conical portion, an circular groove arranged outside the protruding seat to receive a hard O-ring inserted thereinto and facilitate inner wall of the O-ring integrated with outer wall of the protruding seat; the O-ring not only increases intensity of the outer wall of the rubber pad by its hard plastic material, but also decreases pressure from the flange of the transparent cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Chien-Chuan Hsiao
  • Patent number: 9238389
    Abstract: An adjustable tire pressure detector is installed on a tire rim, and includes a detector body, a gas intake nozzle, and a gas nozzle assembly member for fastening the gas intake nozzle onto the detector body. The detector body includes a housing and a gas nozzle assembly portion. The gas nozzle assembly portion includes two parallel limiting contact surfaces, an assembly surface connecting the two limiting contact surfaces and including an opening, and an assembly space surrounded by the two limiting contact surfaces and the assembly surface. The gas intake nozzle includes a coupling section inserted in the assembly space and a gas intake section connected to the coupling section. The coupling section includes two assembly contact surfaces corresponding to the limiting contact surfaces, and an arched assembly surface connecting the two assembly contact surfaces, including a ventilation hole and being in line contact with the assembly surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: SUNG JUNG MINUTE INDUSTRY CO., LTD
    Inventor: Wen-Huo Huang
  • Patent number: 9217698
    Abstract: A device and method for simulating a blast shock wave of the type produced by explosive devices such as bombs. A pneumatic charge releases a blast shock wave along a conduit which terminates in a first outlet that communicates with the atmosphere and a second outlet that is sealed to a specimen chamber. The first outlet has a quick release valve that prevents venting of the pneumatic charge to the atmosphere until the pressure at the valve reaches a predetermined level that opens the valve. The pneumatic charge therefore initially flows through the second outlet to direct the blast into the specimen chamber, until subsequent opening of the quick release valve redirects the gas flow out of the first outlet and rapidly reduces pressure in the chamber. The blast wave closely simulates the Friedlander curve, and its effects are viewed during instead of only after the blast is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America, as Represented by the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Rea Ravin, Paul S. Blank, Alex Steinkamp, Kim Lee Mcafee, Joshua Zimmerberg, Sergey Bezrukov
  • Patent number: 9116007
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for selecting a path defining a journey through a time-tabled transportation network comprises determining forming a data set comprising a sequence of K shortest paths through the transportation network from an origin location “o” to a destination location “d”, each path with an increasing cost; and selecting a path from the K shortest paths based upon a filter criteria which may be one not used in the determination of the K shortest paths. The network comprises a public transportation network. The filter criteria not used in the determination of the K shortest paths may be one that does not obey the principal of optimality. The determining step is performed utilizing an algorithm that filters the available paths through the network according to a selected filter criteria plus a selected buffer amount ? of the filter criteria. The selecting step utilizes only the rankings of the K shortest paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Owen Griffiths
  • Patent number: 9114752
    Abstract: An automotive safety device is provided including a housing having a plurality of support members pivotally attached thereto and moveable between a first, closed position and a second, open position. In the second position, the support members allow the device to be freestanding. A first light source is arranged on the housing such that the device may function as an emergency roadside light. The device further includes a tire pressure gauge, including a pressure sensor, a processor, and a display, wherein the processor is configured to output a value on the display indicative of a measured pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: MEASUREMENT LTD.
    Inventor: Steven Petrucelli
  • Patent number: 9095966
    Abstract: A torque tire arbor contains a body, and the body includes a driving post and a digital seat. The digital seat covers and connects with the driving post, the driving post has a connecting segment defined on a first end thereof so as to couple with a wrench and has a working segment formed on a second end thereof so as to join with a socket. The body also includes a torque sensing unit for sensing a torque value and a pressure sensing unit for detecting a tire pressure value, the digital seat includes a display unit electrically connected with the torque sensing unit and the pressure sensing unit so as to display the torque value and the tire pressure value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Wei-Ning Hsieh
  • Publication number: 20150122006
    Abstract: A structure 11 for attaching an electronic component to the inner surface of a pneumatic tire includes: a case 13 which has a bottom plate 18, a side wall 19, and a lid 20 and in which the electronic component is mounted inside an inner space defined by these; and a rubber patch 12 disposed between the case 13 and the inner surface of the pneumatic tire. The rubber patch 12 has a bottom surface 14 to be attached to the inner surface of the pneumatic tire, and a front surface 15 provided on the opposite side from the bottom surface. A seating surface 17 having such a shape as to be capable of receiving the bottom plate 18 of the case 13 is formed in the front surface 15. The rubber patch 12 has a groove 21 in the front surface 15.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Shigeru Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20150090025
    Abstract: An adjustable tire pressure detector is installed on a tire rim, and includes a detector body, a gas intake nozzle, and a gas nozzle assembly member for fastening the gas intake nozzle onto the detector body. The detector body includes a housing and a gas nozzle assembly portion. The gas nozzle assembly portion includes two parallel limiting contact surfaces, an assembly surface connecting the two limiting contact surfaces and including an opening, and an assembly space surrounded by the two limiting contact surfaces and the assembly surface. The gas intake nozzle includes a coupling section inserted in the assembly space and a gas intake section connected to the coupling section. The coupling section includes two assembly contact surfaces corresponding to the limiting contact surfaces, and an arched assembly surface connecting the two assembly contact surfaces, including a ventilation hole and being in line contact with the assembly surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: SUNG JUNG MINUTE INDUSTDRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen-Huo HUANG
  • Patent number: 8988209
    Abstract: A monitoring device (20) of a vehicle wheel (11) is configured for detecting and transmitting, by a wireless connection, information relating to at least one characteristic quantity of the status of the wheel (11), such as the inflating pressure of a tire thereof. The device (20) has a casing (21-22) housing a circuit (30) adapted to transmit said information, the casing (21-22) being designed for coupling to an end portion (3a) of electrically conductive body (3) of a tire valve (2) of the wheel (11). The casing (21-22) includes a casing body (21) integrating interconnection means (28, 29, 40) prearranged to obtain both an electric connection of the circuit (30) to the end portion (3a) of the electrically conductive body (3) of the valve (2; 2?; 2?), and a mechanical coupling of the casing (21-22) to the end portion (3a) of the electrically conductive body (3) of the valve (2; 2?; 2?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Eltek S.p.A.
    Inventors: Domenico Cantarelli, Paolo Colombo
  • Patent number: 8984937
    Abstract: A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) wheel mounting bracket that is designed to attach a TPMS to an air flow tube having means for being attached to a vehicle wheel rim. The TPMS wheel mounting bracket includes a first end that terminates with a vertical section having a threaded bore, and a second end that terminates with a tube/bracket attachment bore. When a threaded bolt is inserted through a bracket attachment bore located on the TPMS and into the threaded bore on the vertical section, the TPMS is secured to the first end of the TPMS wheel mounting bracket. The tube/bracket attachment bore located on the second end is dimensioned to fit over the air inlet tube that is secured to the TPMS mounting bracket by means of a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: William C. Falkenborg
  • Publication number: 20150068297
    Abstract: A tyre monitor for mounting on a wheel rim, the tyre monitor comprising a housing having a first part (644A) configured to receive a component substrate (645) and a second part (644B) configured to receive one or more other components of the tyre monitor, for example a battery. The first and second parts of the housing are non-coplanar and non-parallel with one another. When the tyre monitor is mounted on the wheel rim, the substrate is non-coplanar and non-parallel with a plane (T) that is tangential to the wheel rim at the location where the tyre monitor is mounted on the rim and preferably the substrate plane is substantially radial with respect to the wheel rim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mark Duffy, Samuel Strahan, Philip Dorman, Emmanuel Marguet, Nicolas Henriet, Thomas Guillemin
  • Publication number: 20150059462
    Abstract: Disclosed is a testing device for a tire inflation device, comprising a housing (10) which includes a bottom (11) and an annular outer wall (12) with a cylindrical inner surface (16), a piston (15) which is movably guided on the cylindrical inner surface (16), is sealed and has an annular engagement surface (20) for sealingly engaging an inflation ring (3) and a central piston opening (19), a spring (26) arranged between the bottom (11) and the piston (15), its spring force seeking to move the piston (15) away from the bottom, and sensors detecting the pressure in an inner chamber (18) adapted to be filled with compressed gas and the temperature of the housing (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Schenck RoTec GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas PEINELT, Martin ROGALLA
  • Patent number: 8919190
    Abstract: A tire pressure sensor device includes a tire pressure sensor including a housing and a mounting block defining a through portion in a coupling means thereof, and an air valve including an extension rod having a rod body rotatably inserted through the through portion and a stop block located at one end of the rod body and rotatable with the rod body between a first angular position where the stop block is kept in accurate alignment with the through portion and axially movable with the rod body through the through portion for allowing separation between the tire pressure sensor and the air valve and a second angular position where the stop block is stopped at the coupling means of the mounting block in a staggered manner relative to the through portion to prohibit separation between the tire pressure sensor and the air valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cub Elecparts Inc.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Tsan-Nung Wang, Shih-Chieh Tseng
  • Patent number: 8912896
    Abstract: A TPMS setting tool includes a housing carrying a display unit and an input device on the outside and a circuit board and a power supply device on the inside, the power supply device and the circuit board being electrically coupled together to provide the TPMS setting tool with the necessary working power supply. The housing has a receptacle provided at one side thereof and a connection port with multiple pins mounted inside the receptacle for the connection of a TPMS, enabling the desired communication protocol and ID code to be written into the inserted TPMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Cub Elecparts Inc.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Yuan-Tung Hung, Tsan-Nung Wang, Chi-Hung Chen, Chao-Ching Hu
  • Publication number: 20140318231
    Abstract: A tire pressure measurement apparatus is provided with a housing including a dome-shaped cavity on a rear end, bottom projections, and a channel communicating with the cavity; a valve including a curved head complimentarily disposed in the cavity, an internally threaded cylindrical member projecting out of the head through the cavity into the channel wherein the cylindrical member is limited by either side of the channel; and an externally threaded fastener driven through the channel into the cylindrical member to threadedly secure the housing and the head of the valve together. The housing is configured to rotate about the valve along a lengthwise axis of the valve. The housing is configured to pivot about the valve along a line passing through the channel. The pivot of the housing about the valve is stopped when the housing contacts either side of the channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Chi-Liang Lo
  • Publication number: 20140311233
    Abstract: A tire pressure sensor device includes a tire pressure sensor including a housing and a mounting block defining a through portion in a coupling means thereof, and an air valve including an extension rod having a rod body rotatably inserted through the through portion and a stop block located at one end of the rod body and rotatable with the rod body between a first angular position where the stop block is kept in accurate alignment with the through portion and axially movable with the rod body through the through portion for allowing separation between the tire pressure sensor and the air valve and a second angular position where the stop block is stopped at the coupling means of the mounting block in a staggered manner relative to the through portion to prohibit separation between the tire pressure sensor and the air valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: CUB ELECPARTS INC.
    Inventors: San-Chuan YU, Tsan-Nung WANG, Shih-Chieh TSENG
  • Patent number: 8839667
    Abstract: An electronic unit includes an inflation valve (2) designed to be attached to a wheel rim (J) and an electronic module (1) assembled with the inflation valve. The inflation valve includes a rigid tube (12) extending in the extension of the valve, on the periphery of which is formed at least one transversal detent (20, 21), and the electronic module is attached to a ring (15) slideably mounted around the rigid tube. A latch plate (22) having a locking tooth (24) for insertion into a transversal detent, is mounted on the electronic module with a capacity to travel between a locking position and an unlocking position, the latch plate being associated with elastic elements designed, in the absence of stresses, to exert a force maintaining the latch plate in its locking position, and, upon an action exerted on these elastic elements, to displace this latch plate to its unlocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignees: Continental Automotive France, Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Kempf
  • Patent number: 8813773
    Abstract: A valve device having a valve body (1, 1?) releasably connected by a retaining unit (4, 4?) to a housing (3, 3?) designed for receiving electronic tire pressure measuring device, so that the retaining unit fixes the valve body in a relative position to the housing in a locked state, and the valve body can be displaced in an axial extension direction relative to the housing and released from the same in an unlocked state. The retaining unit is provided on or in the housing, so that it engages laterally in a jacket-side locking segment of the valve body for producing the locked state, and are designed so that the retaining unit is secured or locked on or in the housing in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Alligator Ventilfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Renato Palaoro, Ulf Klaiber, Sven Kindelmann, Timo Oppold, Gerd Haeussler
  • Publication number: 20140196531
    Abstract: An external tire pressure gauge mounting structure includes a base and a cap; the base and cap are locked together to provide an internal mounting space; the mounting structure also includes a gear, a cushion ring and a locking member; the gear is fixed on the base and has teeth; a through hole is defined in the cushion ring and teeth is provided on a sidewall of the through hole; the gear is inserted into the cushion ring, and the teeth of the cushion ring and gear mesh each other; the locking member is pressed against the cushion ring and gear; the locking member, gear and base all have their threaded holes. Also disclosed is a handling tool used for above mounting structure. The invention makes improvements upon the mounting structure of the tire pressure gauge and provides a handling tool which is easy to use. As such, mounting and dismounting of the tire pressure gauge becomes convenient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Steelmate Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Zhitao Li
  • Patent number: 8763658
    Abstract: A tire having an internal surface includes an electronic device and an anchoring body mounted on the internal surface for engagement between the electronic device and the internal surface of the tire, wherein the anchoring body includes a crosslinked elastomeric material obtained by crosslinking a crosslinkable elastomeric composition including a synthetic diene rubber, preferably in an amount of from 20 to 80 phr, and a halogenated butyl rubber, preferably in an amount of from 80 to 20 phr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Nahmias Nanni, Luisa Montinaro
  • Patent number: 8760278
    Abstract: A tire information monitoring system includes a transmission device, a receiving device, and a monitoring section. The transmission device includes a sensor which detects tire information, a transmitter which wirelessly transmits the detected tire information and a housing. The housing includes a wall surrounding the sensor and the transmitter, an inner space divided from the tire cavity area by the wall, and an air vent passing through the housing and connecting the inner space and the tire cavity area. An outer opening portion of the air vent formed on a surface of the housing facing the tire cavity area has an opening area of 0.4 mm2 or smaller. An inner opening portion of the air vent formed on a surface of the housing facing the inner space has an opening area larger than that of the outer opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanenari, Yasuhiko Araki
  • Patent number: 8742265
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tire mountable apparatus and method that includes a substrate defining a longitudinal direction, a top surface and a bottom surface. The substrate has a plurality of conductor terminals arranged in a substantially linear relationship. A first support element is located below the bottom surface of the substrate and a second support element is located above the top surface of the substrate. The plurality of conductor terminals are positioned between the first and second support elements. The substrate may be a piezoelectric device having a piezoelectric layer arranged between first and second conductive layers. The plurality of conductor terminals may be arranged in a substantially linear relationship along a line about 80° to about 100° to the longitudinal direction of the substrate, and the longitudinal direction of the substrate being substantially perpendicular to the direction of rotation of the tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique S.A.
    Inventors: David Alan Weston, Raymond Leslie Hodgkinson
  • Patent number: 8733161
    Abstract: This invention solves the problem of what to do with the valve cap when it is removed from the valve while checking tire pressure. A cap holder elastic or rubbery projection on the pressure gauge is adapted to removably receive the cap. Caps have a standard internal female thread. The projection has ridges that increase the outside diameter to greater than the inside diameter of the threaded portion. The ridges as composed of a rubbery material that is so soft that they will bend without damage to the cap threads when the cap is pressed on to the projection. It will remain there securely while the operator is checking or adjusting the tire pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Diego Decal, Alvin S. Blum
  • Patent number: 8707778
    Abstract: A tire condition monitoring system includes a transmission device, a receiving device, and a monitoring section. The transmission device includes a sensor which detects a condition of gas in a tire cavity area surrounded with a tire and a rim as tire information, a transmitter which wirelessly transmits the tire information, and a housing which houses the sensor and the transmitter. An opening portion of an air vent connecting a housing inner space and the cavity area is formed on top of a protruding portion protruding from the surface of the housing. An area of the opening portion is 0.4 mm2 or smaller. An area of contact between the top portion and a contact plane in contact with the top portion and perpendicular to a protruding direction of the protruding portion is not larger than 30% of the opening portion area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kanenari, Yasuhiko Araki
  • Patent number: 8680980
    Abstract: A blank tire pressure monitoring device includes a housing having an air valve at one end and connection terminals at an opposite end, a circuit board mounted in the housing and carrying a pressure sensor, a temperature sensor, an acceleration sensor, an analog-digital converter electrically connected with the pressure sensor, the temperature sensor and the acceleration sensor, a general purpose I/O terminal unit electrically connected with the connection terminals of the housing; an embedded microcontroller module electrically connected with the general purpose I/O terminal unit and the analog-digital converter and having built therein a flash memory, a microcontroller core and a special-function register controller, a LF receiver electrically connected to the embedded microcontroller module, and a transmitter electrically connected to the embedded microcontroller module; and a method is still also disclosed for setting up a blank tire pressure monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cub Elecparts Inc.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Chih-Ming Chiang, Yuan-Tung Hung, Chao-Ching Hu
  • Patent number: 8671747
    Abstract: A TPMS monitor mounting bracket consisting of a flat square base having a centrally located clearance hole therein. The bracket includes an upward-extending S-shaped angular arm that is integral with the base. The bracket also includes a first flat mounting surface located on the same horizontal plane above the square base, and includes a centered first tapped hole. An upward-extending inverted V-shaped angular arm having a second flat mounting surface integral with and positioned essentially 87-degrees from the square base, and having an centered second tapped hole therein. A hollow screw is disposed within the square base clearance hole for attachment to a tire inflation valve, and a threaded screw engages the S-shaped angular arm tapped hole for attachment of a TPMS monitor into a steel or aluminum wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: William C. Falkenborg
  • Publication number: 20140060171
    Abstract: A tire monitoring device includes a housing mounted within a cavity of a tire/wheel assembly. A sensor within the housing senses a condition within the cavity via an open passage in the housing. A hollow first tube extends away from the housing coaxial to an axis of the open passage. The first tube has an internal bore aligned with the open passage, and includes: a first tubular portion having a first cross sectional width; and a second tubular portion having a second cross sectional width smaller than the first cross sectional width. The second tubular portion further has a free end opening positioned in the cavity above a level of a liquid present in the cavity when the tire monitoring device is positioned at a lowest point in the cavity. The opening has a cross sectional width sized to prevent entrance of the liquid past the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Junfeng Hu
  • Patent number: 8661886
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a valve stem assembly for a tire pressure monitoring system sensor. The assembly can comprise a valve stem body, and a grommet for purposes of engaging a vehicle wheel. The valve stem body can comprise an attachment end to be attached to a pressure sensor to determine tire air pressure, and an air transfer end to receive a gas to fill the tire. The grommet can further comprise flanges with dimensions such that the grommet can limit movement of the valve stem assembly relative to the vehicle wheel. Methods for installing the valve stem assembly are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Seunghun Choe
  • Patent number: 8659412
    Abstract: A tire pressure measuring device is configured with a plurality of communication protocols. Tire pressure information is sensed using the tire pressure measuring device. The tire pressure information is transmitted from the tire pressure measuring device to an external receiver device according to each of the plurality of communication protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Christophe Deniau
  • Patent number: 8650945
    Abstract: A valve stem connectible to a tire pressure sensor includes a valve stem body and a grommet attached to the valve stem body. The grommet includes a first flange and a second flange extending radially outward from the valve stem body. A retention member attached to the valve stem body includes a base member and a standoff extending from the base member. The standoff is selectively moveable between a first position in which a distal end of the standoff is disposed at a first radial distance from a longitudinal axis of the valve stem body, and a second position in which the standoff is disposed at a second radial distance from the longitudinal axis, the first radial distance being greater than the second radial distance. An outer peripheral edge of the second flange is disposed at a third radial distance that is less than the first radial distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yutaka Amamiya, Seunghun Choe
  • Patent number: 8651144
    Abstract: A valve cap includes an internally threaded cap; a sleeve including external threads and an internal passage; a flexible, spring biased insert including a conic top in the passage of the sleeve for blocking, and a transverse bottom groove; a hollow first cylinder including external threads threadedly secured to the cap, internal threads secured to the external threads of the sleeve, and an internal passage; a hollow second cylinder including external threads, lower internal threads, and an internal passage; a moveable, flexible insert member including a conic top, a stem, and a transverse bottom groove; and a hollow, cylindrical positioning member including an axial channel and external threads threadedly secured to the internal threads of the insert member. Groove of the insert member communicates with both the channel of the positioning member and inside of the second cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yao-Sha Tsai
  • Patent number: 8631695
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include a valve stem assembly for a tire pressure monitoring system sensor. The assembly can comprise a valve stem body, and a grommet for purposes of engaging a vehicle wheel. The valve stem body can comprise an attachment end to be attached to a pressure sensor to determine tire air pressure. The valve stem assembly can further comprise a cap that is releasably engaged to the valve stem body which can limit movement of the valve stem assembly relative to the vehicle wheel, the cap having a closed end to cover an air transfer end of the valve stem, and a second open end to overlay the valve stem body and grommet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Seunghun Choe, Hirotake Harada
  • Publication number: 20130340516
    Abstract: A valve stem for mounting and supporting a tire pressure monitoring assembly includes a flange formed after insertion into the wheel rim for preventing movement caused by forces generated during wheel rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: Continental Automotive Systems US, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hettle, Jean-Christophe Deniau, Franz Hillenmayer, Christian Kempf, Francois Gory
  • Publication number: 20130333459
    Abstract: A valve stem for a wireless tire pressure detector has a tube and a hollow and elastic mounting barrel. The tube has an inflating end, a connecting end, a lower flange, an upper flange and an annular groove. The lower flange is formed on and protrudes from the tube near the connecting end. The upper flange is formed on and protrudes from the tube near the inflating end. The annular groove is formed around the tube between the flanges. The mounting barrel is securely mounted around the tube between the flanges and has an engaging segment, a mounting segment, a mounting hole and an annular protrusion. The engaging segment abuts against the lower flange. The mounting segment is formed with the engaging segment and abuts against the upper flange. The annular protrusion is formed on and protrudes from an internal surface of the mounting barrel and engages the annular groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: ORANGE ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hung-Chih YU
  • Patent number: 8610553
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a tire pressure monitoring system, including an electrical device unit including a pressure sensor for detecting an air pressure of a tire; a housing that is accommodated in the electrical device unit and into which the air pressure of the tire is introduced; a valve antenna having one end that is inserted into the housing and the other end into which the air pressure of the tire is introduced; a conduction member having one end that is electrically connected to the electrical device unit and the other end that is electrically connected to the valve antenna; and a coupling member fixing and coupling the housing and the valve antenna to each other, wherein the valve antenna transmits a pressure signal about the air pressure of the tire, which is detected by the pressure sensor, to a receiver of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won Han, Jong Hyeong Song, Kyung No Lee, Hae Seung Hyun, Jong Woo Han
  • Patent number: 8590371
    Abstract: A tire valve for a vehicle comprises a metal housing (1) and an elastic housing (2) around the metal housing (1). The metal housing (1) has a cylindrical portion (13) corresponding to a rim opening (201). The metal housing (1) has an annular flange (6) above the cylindrical portion (13), and has an annular lower flange (12) under the cylindrical portion (13). The elastic housing (2) has a cylindrical elastic portion (21) around cylindrical portion (13), and has a tapered portion (22) around the annular flange (6). The lower end of the elastic housing (2) is placed around the annular lower flange (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignees: Hangzhou Hamaton Tyre Valves Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jianer Zhang
  • Patent number: 8578768
    Abstract: A tire valve with an electronic box 100 of tire pressure monitoring system for automobile comprises a valve metal body 1 and an elastic body 2 around the metal body 1. The metal body 1 comprises an air introducing and discharging hole 4. The metal body 1 has an external threaded stem 5 for connecting with the electronic box 100 of tire pressure monitoring system for automobile at the end. The air introducing and discharging hole 4 is set above the external threaded stem 5. The valve metal body 1 can be mounted on the electronic box 100 of tire pressure monitoring system for automobile through the external thread, therefore the connection strength between the electronic box 100 and the valve can be reinforced conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignees: Hangzhou Hamaton Tyre Valves Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jianer Zhang
  • Patent number: 8576059
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring tires of a vehicle are provided. The systems can include a sensing device adapted to engage a tire of a vehicle and sense properties of a tire such as pressure and/or temperature. The sensing devices can be adapted to transmit sensed data to a system receiver adapted to provide the data to a user. The systems and methods can provide a user the desired information pertaining to one or more tires of a vehicle that are to be monitored, and the respective locations of the tires. The systems and methods can be adapted to monitor tires on any vehicle with inflatable tires, including off-the-road (OTR) vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Dill Air Controls Products, LLC
    Inventors: Brian P. Rigney, Larry Schlesinger, Miguel B. Cavas
  • Patent number: 8567241
    Abstract: An adapter assembly for attaching a tire pressure monitor onto an inflation valve which incorporates a distal end flange. An adapter is included in the assembly that consists of a collar having a configuration sized to fit over and be internally retained by the valve distal end flange. An O-ring is positioned on the flange contiguously engaging the collar. A tire pressure monitoring cap is threadably attached to the collar which is disposed above and compresses the O-ring between the cap, collar and valve end flange. The adapter permits the tire pressure monitor to be attached, for use with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and also prevents minor air leaks. A fourth embodiment incorporates an outward-extending integral arm formed with the collar for mounting the TPMS sensor on the drop center of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: William C. Falkenborg
  • Patent number: 8539826
    Abstract: An assembly includes a nozzle having a curved contact surface curvedly and downwardly extending from two opposite sides of a linear top ridge of the nozzle, a tire pressure sensor having a connection groove with a curved contact surface complementary in shape to and slidable relative to the curved contact surface of the nozzle, and a bolt for fastening the nozzle with the tire pressure sensor. The curved contact surface of the nozzle is slidably movable relative to the curved contact surface of the tire pressure sensor along a specific direction reciprocally so as to adjust a relative connection angle between the sensor and the nozzle and the nozzle is prohibited to move in the connection groove along other directions. Therefore, the work of using the bolt to fasten the tire pressure sensor to the nozzle can be done easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Cub Elecparts Inc.
    Inventors: San-Chuan Yu, Tung-Feng Lin
  • Publication number: 20130233069
    Abstract: A valve stem connectible to a tire pressure sensor includes a valve stem body and a grommet attached to the valve stem body. The grommet includes a first flange and a second flange extending radially outward from the valve stem body. A retention member attached to the valve stem body includes a base member and a standoff extending from the base member. The standoff is selectively moveable between a first position in which a distal end of the standoff is disposed at a first radial distance from a longitudinal axis of the valve stem body, and a second position in which the standoff is disposed at a second radial distance from the longitudinal axis, the first radial distance being greater than the second radial distance. An outer peripheral edge of the second flange is disposed at a third radial distance that is less than the first radial distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yutaka Amamiya, Seunghun Choe