Big boost for TVS Motor, gets patent for new anti-lock brake system

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In a leg-up to its product technology adaptation, TVS Motor Company has been granted a patent for its invention relating to an improved anti-lock brake system (ABS) for motorcycles.

In a leg-up to its product technology adaptation, TVS Motor Company has been granted a patent for its invention relating to an improved anti-lock brake system (ABS) for motorcycles. The invention claims to have overcome the problems and drawbacks encountered in the known version of ABS system available in the market place for two wheelers.
The Chennai-based two-and- three-wheeler major claims that the ABS system provides increased stability and better control even as it has been aptly placed to make the halting process hassle free.
ABS in motorcycle prevents locking of the front and rear wheels by automatically regulating the braking force acting on the front and rear wheels at the time of braking operation. ABS, consists of a hydraulic-electronic control unit that controls the brake fluid pressure and a typical disc brake system, which includes master cylinders, connecting hoses and calipers for front and rear.
M Ajith, deputy controller of patents & designs, Chennai patent office, on Tuesday granted the patent, after satisfying with the claims submitted by the company during the hearing process.
TVS Motor had filed the application in December 2009 claiming technical advancement and inventive steps, over the known anti-lock brake systems. According to a patent document filed by the company at the Chennai patent office, it was submitted that the new ABS will have a control unit comprising a tubular frame construction with least modifications when compared with the existing tubular frame construction for motorcycles without a provision for ABS unit. The new invention places the ABS unit near the centre of gravity in order to provide better stability to the vehicle and to optimise the braking performance by keeping more or less same brake hose length for the front and rear.
Besides, the ABS helps keep traction and avoid fall downs in the event of immediate braking. The invention locates the ABS unit in a way in which it is easy for servicing without the need for removing any near by parts and to utilise the existing free space available within the vehicle body frame, where the ABS unit can be located.
The company, while responding to the initial objections raised by the patent office, argued that the subject matter provided in the application has a technical advantage of maintaining a balanced centre of gravity in the motorcycle by disposing the ABS unit to an intermediate portion of the obliquely downward portion of the main tube and the ABS unit is situated at the centre of the motorcycle.

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