Patents by Assignee Ford Motor Company

Patent number: 9120140
Abstract: An apparatus, tool and method for clearing a rivet from an automated riveting tool. The riveting tool has a nose that supports the rivet as the rivet is installed by a punch. A clamping ring engages a work piece while installing the rivet. A clamping ring engages a block, but defines a clearance area into which the rivet is ejected when an unsuitable rivet is detected. A sensor monitors the rivets in the nose and prevents installation of the rivet when the rivet in the nose is not suitable for installation. System controls are provided to stop insertion of an unsuitable rivet while the robot continues to move the rivet tool through the complete cycle without inserting rivets until the unsuitable rivet is cleared.
Type: Grant
Filed: January 18, 2013
Issued: September 1, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: William C. Moision, Loi V. Nguyen
Patent number: 9105885
Abstract: A system and method for conditioning the temperature of at least one fluid stream that is passed through a fuel cell stack is provided. The system comprises a system module, at least one inlet and a conditioning device. The system module is operable to humidify the fluid stream to a reach a predetermined humidity level that corresponds to a predetermined temperature. The one inlet of the fuel cell stack receives the fluid stream at a first temperature that is different from the predetermined temperature. The fuel cell stack includes at least one outlet operable to present coolant having a temperature that is different from the first temperature of the fluid stream. The conditioning device is operable to receive the fluid stream and the coolant and present the fluid stream to the coolant to change the first temperature of the fluid stream to be equal to the predetermined temperature.
Type: Grant
Filed: August 16, 2007
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Shazad Mahmood Butt, Matthew N. Zuehik, Jaswant-Jas S. Dhillon, Joseph Stanek, Scott Aaron Black, James A. Adams
Patent number: 9101886
Abstract: A small molecule or polymer additive can be used in preparation of a membrane electrode assembly to improve its durability and performance under low relative humidity in a fuel cell. Specifically, a method of forming a membrane electrode assembly comprising a proton exchange membrane, comprises providing an additive comprising at least two nitrogen atoms to the membrane electrode assembly.
Type: Grant
Filed: November 10, 2010
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Yunsong Yang, Jing Li, Keping Wang
Patent number: 9105883
Abstract: The flow field plates in a bipolar plate assembly for a fuel cell can be both bonded and sealed appropriately using microencapsulated adhesives. This offers several advantages over using other adhesives which may have limited pot life and/or require lengthy curing periods at elevated temperature during which time the plates must be stably positioned and under compression.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 10, 2011
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
Inventor: Simon Farrington
Patent number: 9102789
Abstract: A proton conducting copolymer electrolyte with competitive voltage versus current density characteristics and superior durability comprises a proton conducting hydrophilic domain comprising a sulfonated poly(phenylene) polymer, and a hydrophobic domain comprising a main chain comprising a plurality of bonded arylene groups wherein essentially all of the bonds in the main chain of the copolymer are carbon-carbon or, to a certain extent, carbon-sulfone bonds. More particularly, none of the bonds in the chains of the copolymer are ether bonds. Due to the absence of ether bonds, the copolymer electrolyte is less susceptible to degradation in solid polymer fuel cells.
Type: Grant
Filed: October 25, 2012
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Yunsong Yang, Yuquan Zou, Jing Li, Keping Wang
Application number: 20150219442
Abstract: A laser inspection fixture for facilitating visual inspection of attachments to an object such as adhesive, sealant, wax or mastic daubs or lines on the article in a manufacturing process. The intended location of each object is illuminated by one laser that is provided with a dot profile template. The fixture may also be used to facilitate visual inspection of production tools and dies to verify tool set-up configurations.
Type: Application
Filed: February 6, 2014
Issued: August 6, 2015
Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Inventors: William Carl BUSHEY, Eric CZARNIOWSKI
Patent number: D735623
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2013
Issued: August 4, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Bradley A. Richards, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Jonathan Fontaine, Anthony Meyer
Patent number: D735625
Type: Grant
Filed: May 2, 2014
Issued: August 4, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Ehab Kaoud, Kemal Curic, Garen Nicoghosian
Patent number: D735912
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2013
Issued: August 4, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Darrell Behmer, Kemal Curic
Patent number: D735913
Type: Grant
Filed: December 16, 2013
Issued: August 4, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: J C. Mays, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Darrell Behmer, Kemal Curic
Patent number: D735915
Type: Grant
Filed: February 18, 2014
Issued: August 4, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: James E. Grake, George Bucher, Michael Smith, Joel Piaskowski
Patent number: D735917
Type: Grant
Filed: February 18, 2014
Issued: August 4, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: James E. Grake, George Bucher, Michael Smith, Joel Piaskowski
Patent number: D736119
Type: Grant
Filed: May 2, 2014
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company Brazil LTDA.
Inventors: Ehab Kaoud, Joao Marcos Ramos, James Conner, Robert T. Laster, Bonghoon L. Chung, Fabio Sandrin
Patent number: D736120
Type: Grant
Filed: May 21, 2014
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Dillon R. Blanski, Murat Gueler, Christopher Hamilton, Max Wolff
Patent number: D736128
Type: Grant
Filed: May 21, 2014
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Dillon R. Blanski, Murat Gueler, Christopher Hamilton
Patent number: D736131
Type: Grant
Filed: December 15, 2014
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: David Mahoney, Jesse Diephuis
Patent number: D736132
Type: Grant
Filed: January 6, 2015
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M Platto, Bradley A Richards, William K Moore
Patent number: D736134
Type: Grant
Filed: December 3, 2013
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: Gordon M. Platto, Bradley A. Richards, Moray S. Callum, Joel Piaskowski, Dong H. Park, Richard Howard
Patent number: D736135
Type: Grant
Filed: February 18, 2014
Issued: August 11, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company
Inventors: James E. Grake, George Bucher, Michael Smith, Joel Piaskowski
Patent number: D737176
Type: Grant
Filed: May 2, 2014
Issued: August 25, 2015
Assignee: Ford Motor Company Brazil LTDA.
Inventors: Ehab Kaoud, Joao Marcos Ramos, Robert T. Laster, Fabio Sandrin, Bonghoon L. Chung, James Conner
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