Patents Represented by Attorney Van Dyke, Gardner, Linn & Burkhart, LLP
  • Patent number: 8011158
    Abstract: A foundation system, such as a frost-protected foundation system, includes an elongated body having a lower base surface, an upper support surface and side surfaces between the lower base surface and the upper support surface. The base surface is adapted to be supported on a ground surface and the upper support surface is adapted to supporting at least a portion of a structure. The body may be made substantially from a polymeric material, such as a high density crush resistant material, an extruded polystyrene insulation, or the like. At least one of said side surfaces is at an acute angle to said base surface. An architectural structure made with the frost-protected foundation system includes a slab supported with the upper support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Sable Developing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly J. Powell
  • Patent number: 8001696
    Abstract: A calibration method for calibrating a compass system suitable for use in a vehicle includes sampling data points of a magnetic field with a magneto-responsive sensor and processing output signals of the sensor via compass circuitry. The compass circuitry includes an analog-to-digital converter for converting analog signals of the sensor to digital signals and a digital-to-analog converter for converting digital signals to analog signals that are supplied to the sensor for adjusting the sensor. The output signals of the sensor are adjusted to be within an operable range of an analog-to-digital converter via an initial calibration mode. After completion of the initial calibration mode, output signals of the sensor are processed to determine when the output signals are outside a range of the analog-to-digital converter. An output of a digital-to-analog converter is adjusted to reposition the output signals of the sensor to be within the range of the analog-to-digital converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Schierbeek, Eric J. Hoekstra, Rodney K. Blank, Merdad Veiseh, Gregory H. DeVette, Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 7992701
    Abstract: A conveyor system aligner, method of aligning and continuous aligning belt includes providing a belt support assembly having a generally vertical support surface and a channel defined in the support surface. A belt drive propels the aligning belt along the support surface and items, such as cartons, are conveyed past the aligning belt. A continuous aligning belt is provided that has a contact portion and a guide member. The contact portion has a contact surface and a glide surface. The glide surface is configured to travel along the support surface. The guide member is adapted to be captured by the channel and travels in the channel to support the aligning belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Dematic Corp.
    Inventor: Stephen C. Wolf
  • Patent number: 7994462
    Abstract: A vehicular image sensing system includes an imaging sensor having a forward field of view to the exterior of and through the windshield of an equipped vehicle. The imaging sensor is operable to capture image data and the image sensing system includes a control having an image processor. The image sensing system identifies objects of interest in the forward field of view of the image sensor via processing of the captured image data by the image processor. Identification of objects of interest may be enhanced by comparing objects over successive frames of captured image data. Objects of interest may be qualified and/or disqualified based at least in part on object motion in the field of view of the imaging sensor. The image processing may include pattern recognition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Mark L. Larson, Keith J. Vadas
  • Patent number: 7994471
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror system includes an attachment element attached at an in-cabin surface of a vehicle windshield and an interior rearview mirror assembly that includes a structure that includes a mount for attaching the mirror assembly to the attachment element, a pivot element, and an interior rearview mirror head pivotally attached at the pivot element. The interior rearview mirror head is adjustable by a driver of the vehicle about the pivot element to adjust a rearward field of view. At least one accessory is encompassed by the structure of the mirror assembly. The structure covers the at least one accessory from view by the driver operating the vehicle. One of the accessories is a forwardly-viewing camera and, with the interior rearview mirror assembly attached to the attachment element, the forwardly-viewing camera views through the vehicle windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Heslin, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 7991522
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle includes an imaging array sensor and a control. The imaging array sensor comprises a plurality of photo-sensing pixels and is disposed at an exterior rearview mirror assembly at a side of the vehicle with a field of view exterior of the vehicle. The imaging array sensor is operable to capture an image exterior of the vehicle. The control may process the captured images and may determine that the imaging array sensor is misaligned when the imaging array sensor is disposed at the exterior rearview mirror assembly at the side of the vehicle. The control, responsive to a determination of misalignment of the imaging array sensor, may at least partially compensate for the determined misalignment of the imaging array sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Higgins-Luthman
  • Patent number: 7988544
    Abstract: A vent assembly for attachment to a fluid discharge conduit of the type connected to a clothes dryer, room exhaust fan, or the like includes a mount having an opening received on the conduit and a door pivotally received by the mount. The door includes a first surface portion for covering at least a portion of the opening and a second surface portion joined to the first surface portion and extending from the door and protruding into the opening. The door is operable for displacement with respect to the opening between an open position and a closed position when engaged by a fluid flowing through the discharge conduit. The door is in the open position only after the door pivots sufficiently to move the first and second surface portions fully out of the opening, whereby birds, animals, and the like are restricted from entering the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: P-tec Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalvin K Vanden Bosch, Brian R Dykstra
  • Patent number: 7988245
    Abstract: A storage system for supporting clothing, textiles, or other delicate articles includes a pair of rails and a tray. The tray includes a frame and an inert liner located in the frame. Further, the frame includes guides for sliding engagement with the rails. Optionally, the rails permit unrestricted sliding movement of the tray so that the tray can be moved in opposed directions and removed or inserted from either side of the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Borroughs Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Joseph Machala, Daniel C. Mehren
  • Patent number: 7978094
    Abstract: An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle includes a reflective element assembly portion and at least one cap portion adapted to attach to the reflective element assembly portion. The reflective element assembly portion includes a reflective element. The reflective element assembly portion comprises a first molding that encompasses at least a perimeter portion of the reflective element. The first molding is formed by molding a first resinous material having a tool shrinkage factor equal to or greater than about 1%. The cap portion comprises at least one second molding formed by molding a second resinous material having a tool shrinkage factor of less than or equal to about 1%. The cap portion preferably includes internal structure for supporting at least one accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Uken, Lee Karner, Richard R. Hook, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 7975447
    Abstract: A decorative trim assembly is provided for decorating a building exterior. The assembly includes a plurality of trim modules that may be assembled together to form various trim subassemblies. Each trim module includes a decorative portion and at least one rail portion coupled to the decorative portion. The rail portions have end portions and define channels having heights and widths that permit other rail portions to be inserted and retained therein. Some of the rail portions may be cut to facilitate joining with other rail portions, and screw blocks, angle adapters, and end caps are provided to further facilitate the assembly of various trim modules to one another and to the building's exterior. Additionally, customizable trim modules permit the insertion and removal of various emblems, characters, symbols, or the like from the trim modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: P-tec Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kalvin K. Vanden Bosch, Brian R. Dykstra
  • Patent number: 7972045
    Abstract: A vehicle headlamp control system includes an imaging sensor and a control. The control processes data from the imaging sensor and generates at least one control output. Selection of a high beam state and a low beam state for a vehicle headlamp is responsive to the control output, and is determined responsive to a detection of an object of interest. The control is responsive to a signal indicative of a vehicle speed of the controlled vehicle, and inhibits adjustment of the vehicle headlamp from a low beam state to a high beam state when the vehicle speed is below a threshold speed level. The control is responsive to data indicative of a vehicle trajectory of the controlled vehicle, and inhibits adjustment of the vehicle headlamp from a low beam state to a high beam state when a radius of curvature of the vehicle trajectory is below a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 7965336
    Abstract: An imaging system for a vehicle includes a camera module positionable at the vehicle and a control. The camera module includes a plastic housing that houses an image sensor, which is operable to capture images of a scene occurring exteriorly of the vehicle. The control is operable to process images captured by the image sensor. The portions of the housing may be laser welded or sonic welded together to substantially seal the image sensor and associated components within the plastic housing. The housing may include a ventilation portion that is at least partially permeable to water vapor to allow water vapor to pass therethrough while substantially precluding passage of water droplets and/or other contaminants. The housing may be movable at the vehicle between a stored position and an operational position, where the image sensor may be directed toward the exterior scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Robert L Bingle, Joseph Camilleri, Peter J Whitehead, Kenneth Schofield
  • Patent number: 7962981
    Abstract: A patient bed includes a base, a patent support supported by the base, and a control system. The patient support includes a pivotal head-end section, with the control system including an actuator to pivot the head-end section and being adapted to control the speed of the actuator and, further, to selectively increase the speed of the actuator to pivot the head-end section at a greater speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Lemire, Jean-Paul Dionne, Marco Morin, Richard Paré, Pascal Castonguay, Luc Petitpas, David Kim Soui Wan Fong
  • Patent number: 7954186
    Abstract: A cushioning device having a first deep cell inflatable bladder, a first restraint structure, a pump and an attachment. The first deep cell inflatable bladder has a first side, a second side, an upper surface and a lower surface. The first restraint structure has a top surface and a bottom surface. The pump has (a) a maximum inflation mode that inflates the first deep cell inflatable bladder so the bladder's upper surface and the first restraint's top surface are in or approximately in the same plane and (b) a normal operating inflation mode that provides sufficient inflation to (A) prevent the first bladder's upper surface from contacting the first bladder's lower surface, (B) decrease (i) the formation of debuticus ulcers on a patient and (ii) the patient's tissue interface pressure, and (C) allow the restraint structure to inhibit and/or restrain the patient from rolling off the first deep cell inflatable bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Gaymar Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Roland E. Flick
  • Patent number: 7950538
    Abstract: A modular display assembly for displaying merchandise includes a pair of opposite side members and a plurality of shelves adjustably mounted to the side members. The side members have forward and rearward facing edges, which include a plurality of protrusions spaced therealong. The shelf includes a mounting assembly, which includes a handle and first and second movable arms for mounting the shelf to the side members. The arms are configured to engage at least one of the protrusions to limit vertical movement along the side members when the arms are engaged with the edges of the side members. The shelf is positionable between the side members at a desired location and the handle is movable to move the arms into engagement with the forward and rearward facing edges to substantially clamp the side member between the arms and thus to fixedly secure the shelf to and between the side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignees: Harbor Industries, Inc., Altria Sales & Distribution Inc.
    Inventors: Dathan G Zang, Gregory D Gavin, Thomas J Nook
  • Patent number: 7950675
    Abstract: A cargo carrier for movably supporting cargo includes a frame configured to support cargo at the cargo carrier and at least two wheels at each side of the frame. Each of the wheels is rotatably mounted to a respective support arm. The support arms are pivotally mounted to respective sides of the frame and are pivotable relative to the frame to adjust at least one of a height and tilt of the frame relative to a support surface. The cargo carrier is readily adapted to position the frame at a lower position for road applications and a raised position for uneven terrain applications. The cargo carrier may include a deck that is movably mounted to the frame and is longitudinally movable along the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Absolute Electronic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip J Quenzi, Richard W Jenney
  • Patent number: 7953617
    Abstract: A system is provided for tracking and visually displaying golf reservations in a computer-implemented environment. The system provides a display with a grid or array of times arranged according to golf hole numbers. A reservation designator, by its location on the grid, identifies a start time and start hole, and includes an identifier to identify one or more golfers corresponding to a reservation. The duration of the game associated with reservation designator is estimated based upon golf course parameters. The reservation designator thus visually indicates a predicted location of the players corresponding to a golf game reservation. Additionally, the system may provide for tracking and sales of green fees and merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Visual Golf Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Paul A. Smeenge, Jeffrey R. Smeenge
  • Patent number: 7949152
    Abstract: A driver assistance system for a vehicle includes an imaging device having a field of view forward of a vehicle and an image processor operable to process image data captured by the imaging device. The vehicle includes a control system operable at least in part to control the speed of the vehicle. The control system may reduce the speed of the vehicle responsive at least in part to a detection of a curve in the road ahead of the vehicle via processing by the image processor of image data captured by the imaging device. The control system may control the speed of the vehicle to a reduced speed for traveling around the detected curve in the road, and may increase the speed of the vehicle to above the reduced speed when the vehicle is traveling along a straighter section of road after the curve in the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Schofield, Niall R. Lynam
  • Patent number: 7946505
    Abstract: An environmental control system for a vehicle, in particular for predicting internal misting of a vehicle windscreen, the system comprising a windscreen temperature sensor assembly 28, an ambient humidity sensor assembly 32 and a second temperature sensor assembly 30 for sensing the temperature of the humidity sensor assembly 32. The windscreen temperature sensor assembly 28 is mounted on an interior rearview mirror support bracket 10 for engagement with the interior surface 18 of the windscreen, and the second temperature and humidity sensor assemblies are mounted within a rearview mirror housing 12 mounted to the mirror support bracket 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Magna Donnelly Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Niall R. Lynam, Patrick J. Lawlor, Garrett Coady
  • Patent number: D638761
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Darryl P. De Wind