Patents Assigned to ADAC Plastics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10415276
    Abstract: A gesture access and object impact avoidance system for a motor vehicle, includes a radar signal assembly configured to be mounted to the motor vehicle and to transmit radar signals and detect reflected radar signals, and a processor to operate in (i) a gesture access mode, when the motor vehicle is not moving or is disabled from moving, by controlling an access closure actuator to lock, unlock, open or close an access closure of the motor vehicle if an object is within a sensing region of the radar signal assembly and exhibits a predefined gesture, and (ii) an object impact avoidance mode, when the motor vehicle is moving or enabled to move, by activating a warning device or controlling an impact avoidance device actuator if an object is within a predefined distance of the radar signal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Bussis, Anne Adamczyk, James Jetton
  • Patent number: 10273727
    Abstract: An inertial blocking member subassembly being part of a release handle assembly associated with a vehicle door, the inertial blocking member subassembly being activated by an acceleration force associated with an impact event, the release handle assembly having a release handle framework supporting a bell crank assembly and a manually actuatable door handle grip, the door handle grip operatively coupled to the bell crank assembly to unlatch the vehicle door upon manual actuation of the door handle grip. The inertial blocking member subassembly includes a blocking member associated with the release handle assembly framework, movable in at least one of rotation about an axis of rotation and translation along the axis of rotation. The blocking member has a center of gravity which is offset from the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Cort Corwin, Jeff Stokes, Drew Fouchea
  • Patent number: 9892583
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a motor vehicle includes a grip disposed between opposing mounting members. The mounting members are secured in an abutting relationship to a door panel of a vehicle door. The grip is spaced from the door panel by the opposing mounting members. A plurality of digitals comprising a keypad is disposed along the grip between the opposing mounting members. The grip includes a first appearance characteristic and the plurality of digitals includes a second appearance characteristic. The first appearance characteristic is substantially indistinguishable from the second appearance characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Bingle
  • Patent number: 9745778
    Abstract: A spacer for a keyless-entry vehicle door handle of the type including mateable body and cover portions, and at least one electronic component disposed in an internal space of the handle defined by the body and cover portions, the at least one electronic component having first and second portions each arranged in proximity to one or the other of opposing interior surfaces of the body and cover portions of the handle. The spacer includes a compressible member disposed in the internal space of the handle, the compressible member having a body with opposite surfaces each facing one of the opposing interior surfaces of the body and cover portions of the handle, and recesses formed in each of the opposite surfaces, each recess dimensioned to receive therein one or the other of the first and second portions of the at least one electronic component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Bingle
  • Patent number: 9696839
    Abstract: A user-actuatable vehicle door control, comprising: at least one force sensing member disposed beneath at least one force transfer member, the at least one force sensing member operative to detect the intensity of forces applied thereto, and the at least one force transfer member moveable upon user application thereto of one or more forces so as to transfer the one or more user-applied forces to one or more locations on the at least one force sensing member; and a controller operatively connected to the at least one force sensing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bingle, C. Bruce Banter
  • Patent number: 9644394
    Abstract: A vehicle door handle assembly, comprising: a door handle having opposite first and second ends, the first end including a handle leg connectable to a bellcrank; a door handle end-cap; a slide-lock cassette supporting the bellcrank; and a frame mounting the door handle and the door handle end-cap. The frame is securable to a vehicle door and defines an opening receiving the slide-lock cassette therein. The opening is dimensioned to permit sliding movement of the slide-lock cassette therein. The slide-lock cassette is slidingly moveable relative to the frame between a first position, in which the handle leg is not connected to the bellcrank and the door handle end cap is not secured in place relative to the frame, and a second position, in which the handle leg is connected to the bellcrank and the door handle end-cap is captured by the slide-lock cassette against removal from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Breimayer, Andrew Fouchea, Jeffrey Stokes
  • Patent number: 9567777
    Abstract: An inertial blocking member subassembly includes an inertial blocking member associated with a release handle assembly framework, the blocking member having a center of gravity which is offset from an axis of rotation, and the blocking member being rotationally and/or translationally movable between an at-rest position, in which the blocking member does not prevent actuation of the release handle, and an engaged position, in which the blocking member prevents actuation of the release handle. An accelerator body, freely mounted relative to the inertial blocking member for rotational movement about the axis of rotation, has a center of gravity which is offset from both the axis of rotation and center of gravity of the inertial blocking member. As a result of a negative acceleration force acting on the accelerator body center of gravity, the accelerator body rotates about the axis of rotation and carries the blocking member toward the engaged position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Allyn VandenBrink
  • Patent number: 9561748
    Abstract: A center high-mount brake-light system for a motor vehicle, comprising a plurality of selectively-illuminatable lights arranged to define each of a center section comprising at least one of the plurality of lights, and at least two outer sections disposed on either side of the center section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Bingle
  • Patent number: 9062478
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a vehicle door, comprising a body supporting a handle that is pivotally moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position, and an actuator assembly comprising a motor and an actuator member interposed between the motor and the handle. The actuator member is operably coupled to the handle and moveable by the motor to effect movement of the handle between the stowed and deployed positions thereof. The actuator member has an accumulator compressible under the force of the motor when an external obstruction acts on the handle in the stowed position thereof to prevent the handle from being moved to the deployed position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Bingle, Jerry Cummins
  • Patent number: 9016910
    Abstract: A vehicular trim component with interior and exterior surfaces, the vehicular trim component comprising: an at least partially light-transmissive substrate having opposite first and second surfaces; an illumination source adjacent the second surface of the substrate, the illumination source actuatable between an illuminated state and a non-illuminated state; and a variably light-transmissive layer on the first surface of the substrate. The variably light-transmissive layer includes a non-light-transmissive opaque portion and a light-transmissive portion. The light-transmissive portion comprises one or more lines defined through the opaque portion and arranged to define visually perceptible indicia when backlit by the illumination source in its illuminated state. Each line is visually imperceptible to the naked eye from a distance of at least as close as approximately 3 feet from the trim component when the illumination source is in its non-illuminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Bingle
  • Patent number: 8926149
    Abstract: A side-view mirror assembly for a vehicle, the side-view mirror assembly comprising: a housing for securement to a side of a vehicle, the housing defining an internal cavity opening toward a rear of the housing; a mirror disposed in the internal cavity, the mirror comprising a reflective element substantially occupying and being visible through the opening of the housing, and the reflective element supported on a first surface of a backplate, the backplate including at least one light-transmissive portion positioned proximate a peripheral edge of the reflective element; and one or more light sources disposed within the housing and operable to selectively illuminate the at least one light-transmissive portion so that the illumination is visible from outside the side-view mirror assembly in an area defined between the peripheral edge of the reflective element and the opening of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Rob Bingle
  • Patent number: 8894108
    Abstract: An inertial blocking member subassembly is activated by an inertial force vector. A release handle assembly has a framework, a door handle grip, and a bell crank actuator. The subassembly has a blocking member and a biasing element. The blocking member is associated with the framework, and movable in at least one of rotation about an axis of rotation and translation. The biasing element is associated with the blocking member for biasing the blocking member to a first position. The blocking member center of gravity is offset from the axis of rotation. When the force vector acts on the center of gravity, the blocking member can rotate into a second position. When the center of gravity, axis of rotation, and force vector are aligned, the blocking member remains in the second position until the force vector has attenuated. The biasing element can rotate the blocking member to the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Adac Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Cort Corwin, Jeffrey Craig Stokes, Drew Fouchea
  • Publication number: 20140246868
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch assembly includes a latch lever connectable to a latch mechanism, a latch rod coupled to the latch lever, and a door handle operative to effect movement of the latch rod to unlatch the latch mechanism via actuation of the latch lever. The latch rod is configured so as to attenuate vertical motion of the latch rod in response to a sufficient force associated with a side-impact event. In one embodiment, the latch rod has a first member operatively connected to the door handle, and a second member pivotally connected to the first member. The second member is coupled to the latch lever, and the-second member is pivotally movable with the latch lever laterally in a direction away from the first member in response to a sufficient force associated with a side-impact event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Cort Corwin, Jerry Cummins, Eric Vandenbrink, Marcus Merideth
  • Patent number: 8113695
    Abstract: A component of an actuatable apparatus has a substrate, a selectively light- transmissive opaque covering, and an illumination source. The opaque covering is applied to an obverse surface or a reverse surface of the substrate to selectively enable and prevent transmission of light therethrough. The illumination source is adjacent the reverse surface for illuminating a selected area of the substrate. The opaque covering is characterized by first and second portions collectively defining a pattern associated with the selected area. The first portion enables transmission of light therethrough, and the second portion prevents or impedes transmission of light therethrough. Actuation of the illumination source directs light through the first portion but not through the second portion to reveal the pattern. The opaque covering renders the pattern invisible when the illumination source is in the non- illuminated state, and visible when the illumination source is in the illuminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph S. Meinke, Robert L. Bingle, Todd Pastrick, Ian R. Pettigrew, Thomas R. Futryk, Todd W. Trap
  • Patent number: 7980798
    Abstract: An organization and storage assembly movably coupled with a track having a partially enclosed polygonal channelway, and a base, a mounting lug, a lock actuator, and a first organization and storage accessory. The base is at least partially enclosable in, and slidably translatable along, a polygonal channelway. The mounting lug is mounted to the base to extend exteriorly of the channelway when the base is within the channelway. The lock actuator is movably coupled with the base, for engagement and disengagement of the lock actuator under the influence of a biasing element. A first organization and storage accessory is resiliently coupled with the mounting lug, and can be selectively uncoupled from the mounting lug when the base is at least partially enclosed in a polygonal channelway to enable coupling of a second organization and storage accessory with the mounting lug without uncoupling the organization and storage assembly from a track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley T. Kuehn, Jerry Cummins, Andrew P. Higgins, Richard J. VandeKopple
  • Patent number: 7911321
    Abstract: A keyless entry system has a handle housing and a grip cover defining a door handle grip, a keyless entry pad defining a plurality of keys, each identified with a corresponding symbol, a plurality of sensors in proximity to the keys for detecting an object in the vicinity of the keys, an illumination source to selectively backlight the sensors and symbols, and a light-controlling membrane extending over the keyless entry pad. Entering a keyless entry code into the keyless entry pad by selecting keys in a predetermined sequence enables a latch to be selectively disposed in either a locked condition or an unlocked condition. In ambient light, the light-controlling membrane renders the symbol invisible. When the illumination source backlights the sensor and the symbol, the light-controlling membrane renders the symbol visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Bingle, Joseph Meinke
  • Publication number: 20100219935
    Abstract: A keyless entry system has a handle housing and a grip cover defining a door handle grip, a keyless entry pad defining a plurality of keys, each identified with a corresponding symbol, a plurality of sensors in proximity to the keys for detecting an object in the vicinity of the keys, an illumination source to selectively backlight the sensors and symbols, and a light-controlling membrane extending over the keyless entry pad. Entering a keyless entry code into the keyless entry pad by selecting keys in a predetermined sequence enables a latch to be selectively disposed in either a locked condition or an unlocked condition. In ambient light, the light-controlling membrane renders the symbol invisible. When the illumination source backlights the sensor and the symbol, the light-controlling membrane renders the symbol visible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Bingle, Joseph Meinke
  • Publication number: 20100207404
    Abstract: An inertial blocking member subassembly is activated by an inertial force vector. A release handle assembly has a framework, a door handle grip, and a bell crank actuator. The subassembly has a blocking member and a biasing element. The blocking member is associated with the framework, and movable in at least one of rotation about an axis of rotation and translation. The biasing element is associated with the blocking member for biasing the blocking member to a first position. The blocking member center of gravity is offset from the axis of rotation. When the force vector acts on the center of gravity, the blocking member can rotate into a second position. When the center of gravity, axis of rotation, and force vector are aligned, the blocking member remains in the second position until the force vector has attenuated. The biasing element can rotate the blocking member to the first position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Cort Corwin, Jeffrey Craig Stokes, Drew Fouchea
  • Publication number: 20090257241
    Abstract: A component of an actuatable apparatus includes a substrate having an external surface defining a selected area, an illumination source actuatable between an illuminated state and a non-illuminated state, and an opaque indicia coating applied over the selected area. The illumination source is positioned behind the selected area. A portion of the opaque indicia coating defines a pattern having a greater light transmissivity than the portion of the opaque indicia coating not comprising the pattern. The pattern is invisible when the illumination source is in the non-illuminated state, and visible when the illumination source is in the illuminated state and transmits light through the pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: ADAC PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Joe Meinke, Robert L. Bingle, Todd Pastrick, Ian R. Pettigrew, Thomas R. Futryk, Todd Trap
  • Patent number: 7600795
    Abstract: A vehicular door handle assembly comprises a secondary latch with a default active condition for preventing inadvertent opening of a door during an impact, such as a collision. The door handle assembly comprises a primary actuator and a secondary actuator in operative communication with the secondary latch for selective deactivation thereof. When the user's hand grasps and pulls the primary actuator in a normal fashion to open the vehicle door, the user's hand simultaneously grasps the secondary actuator and moves the secondary actuator to deactivate the secondary latch and allow movement of the primary actuator and thereby open the vehicular door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: ADAC Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Cummins, Jim Larabel, Brian L. Herrema, Joe Meinke, Mark McWilliams, Richard Young