Patents by Assignee Ford Motor Company
  • Patent number: 9732689
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for operating a fuel system configured to deliver a gaseous fuel to an engine. While the engine is shutdown, diagnostic routines may be performed to identify fuel system leaks or breaches. When the engine is subsequently restarted, fuel rail pre-priming is adjusted based on the presence of fuel system leaks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Jamie Terence Slaymaker, Andrew Paul Chee Aun Wong, Adam Nolan, Phuoc (Bui) Buiquang, Michael Lanksch
  • Patent number: 9710816
    Abstract: A method of measuring customer satisfaction with a product. The method may assess customer satisfaction from information collected after purchasing the product. This post-purchase information may be collected, for example, by monitoring customer expressions made while interacting with the product. Optionally, the settings and operating conditions of the product may be separately monitored and cross-referenced with the customer expressions to tie the expressions with specific characteristics of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Peter H. Hodges, Shuh-Yuan Liou
  • Patent number: 9694419
    Abstract: An injection molding system and method of operating the system are disclosed. The system may include a hopper, a barrel configured to receive injection material from the hopper, a screw disposed within the barrel, and a mold defining a mold cavity configured to receive the injection material from the barrel. A pressure-balancing conduit may connect the mold cavity and a rear end of the barrel and be configured to allow air to flow from the mold cavity to the rear end of the barrel. A mold valve may be disposed between the pressure-balancing conduit and the mold cavity and a barrel valve may be disposed between the pressure-balancing conduit and the rear end of the barrel. The method may include opening the mold valve and injecting a material into the mold cavity from the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Kevin Lucka
  • Patent number: 9669459
    Abstract: A system and method of making a part. The part may cast in a die. A gripper assembly may be provided that has a gripper and a spray nozzle that provides a fluid. The part may be quenched with a fluid when the part is in the die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Bradley D. Guthrie, Venkat Nara, Paul Harrison, Ronald H. Hasenbusch
  • Patent number: 9657782
    Abstract: A drivetrain assembly includes a transmission and a driveshaft that are joined together by a transmission flange and a driveshaft flange that has a plurality of pre-assembled bolts. The driveshaft flange defines a plurality of holes and countersink recesses and the bolts are secured to the driveshaft flange by a bolt retainer disposed in each of the countersink recesses between the transmission flange and the driveshaft flange. A method is disclosed for assembling a transmission flange and a driveshaft flange that defines a plurality of holes and countersink recesses. A bolt is assembled into each of the holes and countersink recesses and a bolt retainer is attached to each of the bolts and nested inside the countersink recesses to retain the bolts on the driveshaft flange. The bolts on the driveshaft flange are then installed into the threaded holes of the transmission flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Christopher Peter Nicholas, Scott Wilson, Brian John Brown, Duane Allan Lewis
  • Patent number: 9638242
    Abstract: After a connecting rod for an engine is formed, it is broken or fractured at a fracture point to allow the connecting rod to assemble around a portion of a crankshaft. However, before fracturing the connecting rod, the connecting rod is provided with a layer of paint across the eventual fracture point such that when the connecting rod is fractured the paint extends across both sides of the fracture point. Also before fracturing the connecting rod, serial numbers or symbols are etched into the paint on either side of the eventual fracture point. These serial numbers are unique to that connecting rod, and have similar indicia on either side of the connecting rod. The combination of the paint and serial numbers increase the ability of an assembly worker to assure matching parts of an original connecting rod are re-attached during assembly about the crankshaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gene Reed Andersen, Jimmy Darrell Parker
  • Patent number: 9634345
    Abstract: The reactant distribution in a gas diffusion layer adjacent the landings of a solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell can be improved by using a flow field plate in which suitable sequential protrusions have been incorporated in the channels. The reactant flow field in the plate comprises a plurality of parallel channels in which protrusions are arranged in a sequence along each channel's length and the sequential protrusions in any given channel are offset with respect to the sequential protrusions in the channels immediately adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Alireza Roshanzamir, Robert Henry Artibise
  • Patent number: D783488
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Anthony Meyer
  • Patent number: D783498
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Jonathan Fontaine
  • Patent number: D783499
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Dong Park
  • Patent number: D784015
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: David Woodhouse, Bonghoon L Chung, Moray S Callum, Soo Y Kang-Morales
  • Patent number: D784236
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Anthony Meyer
  • Patent number: D784237
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Dong Park
  • Patent number: D784240
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Dong Park
  • Patent number: D784895
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Jonathan Fontaine
  • Patent number: D788006
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Dong Park
  • Patent number: D788007
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Dong Park
  • Patent number: D789848
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, William K. Moore, Jonathan Fontaine
  • Patent number: D792822
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, William K. Moore
  • Patent number: D793325
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Dong Park