Patents Assigned to Atoma International Corporation
  • Patent number: 6711855
    Abstract: A power drive mechanism (10) for a motor vehicle liftgate includes a linking arm (18) pivotally connected with the liftgate, a crank arm (12) drivable for pivotal movement and connected with the linking arm (18), and a gear train (20) operatively engaging the crank arm (12). A drive motor (34) is operatively connected with the crank arm (12) through the gear train (20) to provide power assisted opening and closing of the liftgate. The gear train (20) is disengageable from the drive motor (34) to permit manual opening and closing of the liftgate without backdriving the drive motor (34). An actuator (74) is operatively connected with the gear train (20) to move the gear train into and out of engagement with the drive motor. A holding linkage (60, 62) is operatively associated with the gear train (20) to maintain the gear train (20) in engagement during power assisted opening and closing of the liftgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew R. Daniels, Peter Lance Oxley, Andre Olivier, Victor Gusev, Thomas P. Frommer, Wieslaw Nowicki, Grzegorz Baniak, Robert B. Mooney, Frederick C. Butler
  • Patent number: 6554328
    Abstract: A power-operated vehicle door locking assembly including separate inner and outer door locking mechanisms connected with a housing assembly and an electric motorized system operable to selectively move (1) the inner door locking mechanism between an inoperative and an inner door locking position in response to inner manual electric motor energizing actuations and (2) the outer door locking mechanism between an inoperative and an outer door locking positions in response to outer manual electric motor energizing actuations. The arrangement is such that an outer manual electric motor energizing actuation without a corresponding inner manual electric motor energizing actuation causes a door latching assembly when in a door latching position to be incapable of being moved into a door unlatching position by an outer door latch releasing mechanism while at the same time the door latching assembly is capable of being moved into the door unlatching position thereof by an inner door latch releasing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Roman Cetnar, Thomas P. Frommer
  • Patent number: 6430873
    Abstract: A window regulator system has a first rail and a second rail. The second rail is spaced in a parallel relation with the first rail. A first slider assembly slidably engages the first rail and a second slider assembly slidably engages the second rail. A first cable engages the first slider and has opposite ends thereof wound about a first drum assembly. The first cable is guidedly mounted on the first rail. A second cable engages the second slider and has opposite ends thereof wound about a second drum assembly. The second cable is guidedly mounted on the second rail. A drive system simultaneously rotates the first and second drum assemblies. Rotating the first and second drum assemblies effects parallel movement of the first and second sliders. When a window is mounted on the sliders, the window regulator system effects opening and closing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Ken C. Borchuk, Luc R. Regnier
  • Publication number: 20020096890
    Abstract: A power-operated vehicle door locking assembly including separate inner and outer door locking mechanisms connected with a housing assembly and an electric motorized system operable to selectively move (1) the inner door locking mechanism between an inoperative and an inner door locking position in response to inner manual electric motor energizing actuations and (2) the outer door locking mechanism between an inoperative and an outer door locking positions in response to outer manual electric motor energizing actuations. The arrangement is such that an outer manual electric motor energizing actuation without a corresponding inner manual electric motor energizing actuation causes a door latching assembly when in a door latching position to be incapable of being moved into a door unlatching position by an outer door latch releasing mechanism while at the same time the door latching assembly is capable of being moved into the door unlatching position thereof by an inner door latch releasing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Applicant: ATOMA INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Roman Cetnar, Thomas P. Frommer
  • Patent number: 6297605
    Abstract: A pinch sensing arrangement for a motor vehicle power liftgate mounted to the body of the motor vehicle and driven by a drive mechanism between an open position and a closed position. The pinch sensing arrangement includes a mounting track, a sensor and a control module. The mounting track is attached to the liftgate. The sensor is attached to the mounting track and elongated along at least one of the lateral sides of the liftgate. The sensor is operative for generating an electrical signal when compressed. The control module is in electrical communication with the sensor and is adapted to control the drive mechanism to articulate the liftgate to the open position upon receiving the electrical signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignees: DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick C Butler, Peter L Oxley
  • Patent number: 6270147
    Abstract: A drive arrangement for articulating a liftgate of a motor vehicle between an open position and a closed position. The liftgate is mounted to a body of the motor vehicle for articulation about a pivot axis. The drive arrangement includes a mounting member for attachment to the body of the motor vehicle. A drive motor is attached to the mounting member. A crank arm is pivotally interconnected to the mounting member. The crank arm includes a driven gear. A linkage includes a first end attached to the crank arm and a second end attached to the liftgate. A drive gear is driven by the drive motor. A clutching mechanism is operative for selectively coupling and decoupling the driven gear to the drive gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignees: DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick C Butler, Peter L Oxley
  • Patent number: 6149210
    Abstract: A hood latch assembly (10) has a housing (14) having a mouth (13). A ratchet (16) is pivotally mounted within the housing (14) to cooperate with the mouth (13) to pivot between an open, a secondary closed and a primary closed condition for receiving, engaging and cinching a keeper of a striker (80). The ratchet (16) is biased to the open condition. A pivotally mounted primary pawl (18) is biased for engagement with the ratchet (16) to releasably retain the ratchet (16) in the primary closed condition. A pivotally mounted secondary pawl (62) is biased for engagement with the ratchet (16) to releasably retain the ratchet (16) in the secondary closed condition. The secondary pawl (62) has a release lever (20) which rotates between a deployed position and a retracted position. As the ratchet (16) engages the striker (80), the ratchet (16) will rotate in a latching sense from the open condition to the secondary closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Trevor Hunt, Ravi Joshi, Dikran Ghorghorian, Kris Tomaszewski