Patents by Assignee Ford Motor Company
  • 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: 9608282
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a bipolar plate having a flow field formed therein. The flow field is partially defined by at least two adjacent channel portions separated by a wall portion. The wall portion includes a surface at least partially defining a passageway between the channel portions. The passageway may be sized so as to create a pressure difference between the channel portions. The pressure difference may draw at least a portion of a liquid droplet obstructing one of the channel portions toward and into the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Alireza Pezhman Shirvanian, Shinichi Hirano
  • Patent number: D779398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Gordon Platto, Sean Tant, Richard Howard
  • Patent number: D779716
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Kemal Curic, Darrell Behmer, Christopher Svensson, Moray Callum, Joel Piaskowski
  • Patent number: D780963
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Darrell Behmer, Henry Bernardo, Damon Depeyster, Hyunsoo Kim
  • Patent number: D781202
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: David Mahoney, Jesse Diephuis
  • 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