WATSON & CHALIN MANUFACTURING, INC.
|WATSON & CHALIN MANUFACTURING, INC. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20140300076||VEHICLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM WITH RESERVOIR FOR AIR SPRING DAMPING - A suspension system can include an air spring, an air reservoir external to the air spring, and a flow control device which variably restricts flow of air between the air spring and the air reservoir. Flow between the air spring and the air reservoir may be permitted in response to compliance of the suspension system, and the air spring can have an internal air volume at least 2½ times as great may permit flow between the air spring and the air reservoir in response to a predetermined pressure differential level across the flow control device. Multiple air reservoirs can be internal to an axle, or other suspension system or vehicle component, and can be isolated from each other.||10-09-2014|
|20130062852||DEVICE FOR ATTACHING A SUSPENSION TO A VEHICLE FRAME AND RELATED METHOD - A method for securing a suspension may include attaching a frame interface device to a vehicle frame and aligning a first connector set. Two first connectors may straddle a second connector, or a first connector may be straddled by two second connectors, when the connector set is aligned. These aligned connectors may be secured by a fastener, thereby securing the suspension to the frame. A suspension attachment system may include a hanger bracket of a suspension, a frame interface device, and a connector set. Two first connectors may straddle a second connector when the connector set is aligned. The suspension may be secured to the frame as a result of the aligned and secured connector set.||03-14-2013|
|20120274040||STEERABLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM WITH CENTERING ACTUATOR - A steerable suspension system may include a steering knuckle and an actuator, the actuator having an effective piston area which varies in response to rotation of the steering knuckle. A method of stabilizing a steerable suspension system may include applying a first level of pressure, thereby applying a stabilizing force to a steering knuckle and permitting rotation of the steering knuckle, and applying a second level of pressure, thereby preventing rotation of the steering knuckle. Another steerable suspension system may include an axle, a tie rod arm, and a pressure operated actuator interconnected between the tie rod arm and the axle.||11-01-2012|
|20120248725||SUSPENSION SYSTEM WITH ARTICULATION COMPLIANT SPRING BEAM BUSHING - A suspension system can include a spring beam with a bushing receiving opening having outer ends with larger dimensions as compared to an intermediate section of the opening. Another suspension system can include a spring beam having a bushing receiving opening, a resilient bushing received in the opening, and a rigid sleeve received in the bushing, a radial distance between the sleeve and the opening being reduced between opposite ends of the opening. Another suspension system can include an axle, a spring beam attached to the axle, the spring beam including a bushing receiving opening, and a resilient bushing received in the opening, the bushing having outer ends with larger outer dimensions as compared to an intermediate section of the bushing between the bushing outer ends.||10-04-2012|
|20110095503||DROP SPINDLE INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION SYSTEM - A suspension system includes a member which extends laterally relative to a frame of a vehicle. At least one spindle carrier may pivot about the member. Multiple spindle carriers may be pivotably mounted at respective opposite ends of the member. A spindle carrier may rotate about an axis which is collinear with and/or parallel to an axis of the member.||04-28-2011|
|20110089660||SUSPENSION SYSTEM WITH INTEGRATED BRAKE MOUNTING AND SUSPENSION ARM - A method of constructing a vehicle suspension system includes forming a suspension arm having a pivot connection at an end thereof, and a brake mounting integrally formed with the suspension arm; and then securing the suspension arm to an axle. A suspension system includes an axle and a suspension arm having a pivot connection which pivotably connects the axle to a vehicle frame, whereby the axle is vertically displaceable relative to the frame. At least one brake shoe is pivotably mounted to the suspension arm. Another suspension system includes a suspension arm having a pivot connection at an end thereof, and a brake spider integrally formed with the suspension arm. The brake spider includes at least one opening which receives a brake shoe pivot therein.||04-21-2011|
|20110057406||STEERABLE AND LIFTABLE INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION SYSTEM - A liftable independent suspension system which may also be steerable. In a described embodiment, a liftable suspension system for use on a vehicle includes wheel spindles positioned to extend outwardly at each respective lateral side of the vehicle. The spindles are displaceable independent of each other. An actuator is operable to raise at least one of the spindles, so that a tire rotatably connected to the spindle is liftable out of engagement with a road surface when the actuator raises the spindle.||03-10-2011|
|20100140892||SPRING BEAM SUSPENSION SYSTEM - A spring beam suspension system includes a hanger; a flexible spring beam extending between the hanger and an axle; and a generally U-shaped pivot bracket secured to the spring beam, the pivot bracket including opposing legs which are pivotably attached to the hanger. Another spring beam suspension system includes a lift actuator which lifts the axle by applying a biasing force to a portion of the spring beam which extends forward from the hanger. Yet another suspension system has a bushing secured in the hanger, whereby the beam pivots relative to the bushing.||06-10-2010|
|20100133771||DUMP TRUCK TAG AXLE SUSPENSION CONTROL - Dump truck tag axle suspension control. A method of controlling a tag axle suspension includes activating a pusher suspension lift switch; and engaging a steer lock on the tag axle suspension, thereby preventing steering of the tag axle suspension, in response to the lift switch activating step. Another method includes activating a switch to thereby begin operation of a hydraulic pump; and engaging a steer lock of the tag axle suspension, in response to the switch activating step. Yet another method includes applying pressure to a bed lift actuator; sensing the pressure applied to the bed lift actuator; and applying pressure to a tag suspension load actuator, thereby transmitting a load from a frame to a tag axle via the load actuator, in response to the sensed pressure applied to the bed lift actuator reaching a predetermined level.||06-03-2010|
|20100133764||SUSPENSION SYSTEM RUN HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT - A method of adjusting a suspension run height includes: pivotably mounting a leveling valve to a hanger bracket; attaching an indicator arm to a suspension component which displaces relative to the hanger bracket; and pivoting the leveling valve relative to the hanger bracket to thereby adjust the run height of the frame relative to the suspension component. A run height adjustment system includes: a leveling valve having a leveling arm pivotably mounted thereto at a first pivot, and an indicator arm being pivotably mounted to the leveling arm at a second pivot; an adjustment lever for pivoting the leveling valve about a third pivot; and the third pivot being positioned longitudinally between the first and second pivots. Another run height adjustment system includes: a leveling arm pivotably mounted to a leveling valve; an adjustment lever for pivoting the leveling valve; and the adjustment lever pivotably mounted to a hanger bracket.||06-03-2010|
|20100132444||TRACTOR/TRAILER SUSPENSION WITH HUB TEMPERATURE INDICATING DEVICE - A vehicle suspension includes a hub and a hub temperature indicating device visible from an exterior of the hub and exposed to a temperature within an interior of the hub, and including a material which changes color in response to a predetermined change in the hub interior temperature. A hub temperature indicating device includes one of a hub cap plug and a hub cap window, including a material which changes color in response to a predetermined change in temperature in the hub interior. Another hub temperature indicating device includes a material which is operative to change color in response to a temperature change in a hub interior, the material comprising an irreversible temperature change indicating material; another material adjacent the first material, and which is operative to transfer heat between the hub interior and the first material; and the device being configured to attach to a hub cap.||06-03-2010|
Patent applications by WATSON & CHALIN MANUFACTURING, INC.