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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC | Date: 2016-10-20

A control device for controlling a brake system of a vehicle comprises a first output for controlling a first solenoid valve; a second output for controlling a valve device; an input for receiving a requested brake pressure; and a port for receiving messages on a databus. The control device is capable of receiving an automatic brake request on the databus; determining a desired brake pressure in response to the automatic brake request; receiving a requested brake pressure in response to a driver actuating a service brake valve; comparing the desired brake pressure to the requested brake pressure; transmitting a control signal to close the first solenoid valve and transmitting a control signal to change the valve device to a first operating position in response to the requested brake pressure being less than the desired brake pressure in order to provide pressure to at least one brake actuator.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC | Date: 2016-08-29

Various embodiments of a heat-exchange dryer apparatus are disclosed. In one embodiment, a heat-exchange dryer apparatus includes a desiccant cartridge comprising desiccant material, a purge-air reservoir secured to the desiccant cartridge, and a compressed-air conduit disposed inside the purge-air reservoir. In another embodiment, a vehicle air-brake system includes an air compressor, a desiccant cartridge comprising desiccant material, and a heat exchange dryer apparatus disposed between the compressor and the desiccant. The temperature of the compressed air is decreased while the temperature of the purge air is increased and the desiccant adsorbs a greater amount of contaminants form the compressed air for improved drying.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Llc | Date: 2015-03-23

When mitigating collisions between a host vehicle and a forward vehicle, the forward vehicle is monitored and real-time data regarding distance and relative acceleration between the host and forward vehicles is used to continuously calculate a collision probability. The collision probability is used to calculate a deceleration request value sufficient to slow or stop the host vehicle within the following distance to the forward vehicle. The deceleration request value is transmitted to an antilock braking system (ABS) controller that caches the most-recently received value for execution upon receipt of an execution command. When the collision probability exceeds a first threshold, the ABS is instructed to arm the braking system. Upon detection of a brake pedal engagement, the ABS executes the brake request with the currently-cached value.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Llc | Date: 2015-08-18

Various embodiments of an apparatus and method for configuring a tire pressure monitoring system are disclosed. One method comprises rotating a first tire of a plurality of tires on a vehicle and receiving a signal indicative of the speed of rotation of the first tire from a wheel speed sensor associated with the first tire. A controller associates the first tire with a wheel location in response to receiving the signal from the wheel speed sensor. A tire pressure sensor in the first tire generates a tire characteristic signal in response to the rotation of the first tire. The controller receives the tire characteristic signal and associates the tire characteristic signal with the wheel location in response to receiving the tire characteristic signal within a predetermined time period from receiving the signal indicative of the speed of rotation of the first wheel.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC | Date: 2016-08-10

Various embodiments of an apparatus and method for monitoring a brake operation are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect, the brake operation monitoring system comprises a plurality of wheel speed sensors, a brake demand sensor; a plurality of stability sensors and a controller. The controller comprises wheel speed ports; a brake demand port; stability sensor ports; a communication port for receiving a plurality of messages; and a processing unit comprising control logic. The control logic receives a brake demand signal, at least one stability signal indicative of the cornering of the vehicle, and individual wheel speeds. The control logic calculates a master value to compare to individual wheel speed signals if the brake demand signal indicates no braking.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Llc | Date: 2015-07-20

Various examples of a transmitting device with an antenna are disclosed. In one example, a transmitting device comprises a planar circuit board; a sensor mounted on the planar circuit board; a transmitter mounted on the planar circuit board and in communication with the sensor, the transmitter configured to periodically transmit signals containing a plurality of packets; and an antenna mounted on the planar circuit board and in electrical communication with the transmitter for transmitting the signals containing the plurality of packets. The antenna comprises a first end connected to the planar circuit board and a first support section; a meander line section connected to the first support section and a second support section and lying in a plane parallel with the circuit board; a second end connected to the second support section and an electrical ground.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Llc | Date: 2015-03-03

In order to mitigate a need for reprogramming tire pressure sensors after tire rotation, tire change, etc., all sensors on a vehicle are preprogrammed with a lookup table that correlates modulation frequency to axle and wheel end positions on the vehicle. Dual antenna initiator coils are mounted to a vehicle such that each wheel end has one directional antenna directed toward it. Each initiator coil is programmed to modulate its transmission frequency by a predetermined modulation frequency such that each antenna transmits using a different modulation frequency. Each sensor receives a modulated signal, identifies the modulation frequency, and performs a table lookup to determine its axle and wheel end location. The sensor transmits its identified wheel end and axle location to a controller unit along with tire pressure status information for its wheel.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC | Date: 2015-01-21

A system for conveying information includes a visual signaling device and a processor. The visual signaling device is capable of simultaneously displaying a plurality of messages. The processor electrically communicates with the visual signaling device. The processor receives a plurality of messages from respective systems via a communication system, identities a respective priority and at least one respective attribute of each of the messages, and transmits signals based on the priorities of the messages to cause the visual signaling device to simultaneously convey the respective priority and at least one attribute of at least one of the messages. The respective priorities and the at least one attributes of each of the messages is previously assigned, and a diagnostic message having a lowest of the priorities is previously assigned.


Patent
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC | Date: 2016-04-11

Systems and methods that facilitate protecting vehicle impact event data from overwrite include an electronic control unit (ECU) having a processor that records event data related to vehicle operation, a memory that stores the event data, and an electronic tool that communicates with the ECU and comprises a data locking module that sends a data lock signal to the ECU to lock the stored event data as locked data such that the stored event data cannot be overwritten. The ECU, in response to the data lock signal, stores the event data as locked data in a dedicated portion of the memory to preserve the event data for subsequent review.


An apparatus and method for protecting an intact portion of a service brake system from a failed wheel end of a vehicle is provided. A failure in a wheel end is detected by determining an operation state of each of the wheel ends by monitoring parameters including the pressure in a parking brake air supply line. When it is determined that a failed wheel end is present in the service brake system, a service brake isolation valve is switched to a state in which the failed wheel end is isolated from the rest of the brake system. The service brake of the failed wheel end is disabled, while the service brakes of the other wheel ends are enabled for normal operation. The parking brake of the failed wheel end is enabled, while the parking brakes of the other wheel ends are disabled to prevent immobilization of the vehicle.

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