Patents Assigned to Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
  • Patent number: 10317251
    Abstract: A device for actuating a door of a vehicle in a contact-free manner includes a capacitive proximity sensor. The proximity sensor has at least one sensor electrode for emitting an electric detection field in a detection area in front of the sensor electrode. An insulated electric conductor is arranged in front of the sensor electrode for shaping the detection field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Felix Sterk, Udo Geuther
  • Patent number: 10197377
    Abstract: During operation of a capacitive proximity sensor that is provided with at least two measuring electrodes, a first capacitance measurement variable and a second capacitance measurement variable are detected. The first capacitance measurement variable is correlated with the capacitance of at least one of the measuring electrodes to earth, while the second capacitance measurement variable is correlated with the capacitance between at least one of the measuring electrodes and at least one further measuring electrode. A change in the first capacitance measurement variable is evaluated together with a synchronous signal profile of the second capacitance measurement variable in order to distinguish a proximity of a conductor coupled electrically to earth from the proximity of dielectric matter. In this manner, a body part passing into the detection space of the proximity sensor can be distinguished effectively from other substances and objects, particularly water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Florian Pohl, Holger Wuerstlein, Christoph Brand
  • Patent number: 10020150
    Abstract: A method operates an electromotive adjusting device of a motor vehicle. The adjusting device contains a relay which has two contacts. The relay is switched by an electric current flow across the contacts or by an electrical voltage drop between the contacts given a first condition. The relay is switched without an electric current flow across the contacts or without an electrical voltage drop between the contacts given a second condition. An electromotive adjusting device of a motor vehicle, in particular an electromotively operated tailgate, contains such a relay which has two contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Toni Nagler, Markus Rosenthal
  • Patent number: 9995601
    Abstract: A capacitive proximity sensor for a motor vehicle contains a transmission electrode for producing a measurement field and a reception electrode for detecting at least part of the measurement field. Furthermore, the proximity sensor contains a screen electrode that is disposed to form the measurement field between the transmission electrode and the reception electrode. The proximity sensor is in particular provided for use in a collision protection device for the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: BROSE Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Florian Pohl
  • Patent number: 9982473
    Abstract: An actuating apparatus for adjusting a first vehicle door which can be automatically adjusted between a closed position and an open position is used in a vehicle. To this end, the actuating apparatus has a capacitive distance sensor for detecting a movement of a person who is in the vicinity of the vehicle, and also has a control and evaluation unit. The control and evaluation unit is configured to identify a first door actuation request on the basis of the detected movement, and to trigger adjustment of the first vehicle door when the first door actuation request is identified. In this case, a sensor electrode of the capacitive distance sensor is arranged in a vehicle corner region which is associated with the rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Bernd Herthan, Dominik Hagel
  • Patent number: 9744835
    Abstract: An actuating apparatus for a vehicle part contains an actuating motor for generating an actuating force under the action of which the vehicle part can be adjusted between a closed state and an open state along an actuating path. The actuating apparatus also contains a control unit which is configured to carry out an actuating method in which, according to the method, a position measure is continuously ascertained when the vehicle part is adjusted, the position measure being characteristic of the current actuating position of the vehicle part along the actuating path. Furthermore, the position measure is set to a prespecified reference value when the vehicle part is in the closed state and when a further condition is additionally met, the further condition being linked in a reproducible manner with a specific actuating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Florian Pohl, Sebastian Habermann, Juergen Schmitt, Maximilian Goetz
  • Patent number: 9661773
    Abstract: An electrical assembly for a motor vehicle includes a housing and two groups of electronic components that are installed in the housing and are encased using a thermosetting potting compound. Furthermore, the assembly includes two groups of connecting contacts. One of the connecting contacts is allocated respectively to one of the two groups of the electronic components. The connecting contacts are guided through the housing so as to electrically contact the respective electronic component. At least one of the groups of connecting contacts is surrounded on the inner side of the housing by a sealing collar that protrudes from the housing. The sealing collar is embedded during the process of assembling the assembly entirely or in part in the potting compound prior to the curing of the thermosetting potting compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Anto Mijac, Maik Ruemmler, Johannes Dippold
  • Patent number: 9592720
    Abstract: A vehicle door is provided. The vehicle door comprises a door body which forms a cavity between a door outer panel and a door inner panel with an installation opening, an installation cover closing the installation opening with a lead-through opening for leading through connecting lines from the wet space side to the dry space side of the vehicle door, a multifunctional support for connecting functional elements of the vehicle door to the door body, a covering element connected with the multifunctional support for covering the lead-through opening in the installation cover, a first seal circumferentially extending along the edge of the installation cover, a second seal circumferentially extending along the lead-through opening of the installation cover, clip hooks protruding from the side of the covering element facing the dry space and positionally fixed sealing elements for accommodating the connecting lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventor: Michael Moebius
  • Patent number: 9585280
    Abstract: An electronic modular unit having electronics has a printed circuit board, a housing receiving the electronics and an electrical conductor. The conductor is in this connection directly soldered with a flat connection end to a contact surface of the printed circuit board. In order to simplify the soldering process, a spring element is arranged in the housing and presses the connection end of the conductor on the contact surface of the printed circuit board for the purpose of fixing the connection end during soldering. The modular unit is, in particular, a capacitive proximity sensor for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Thomas Weingaertner, Christian Weidenbacher, Holger Schmitt, Thorsten Kuhnen
  • Patent number: 9567786
    Abstract: A braking device for braking a movement of a first vehicle part and a second vehicle part with respect to each other includes a housing element having an inner bore and a piston element having a shaft extending in the inner bore along a longitudinal axis and being mounted on the housing element such that the shaft is displaceable along the longitudinal axis with respect to the housing element along a displacement path. A braking element is arranged within the inner bore of the housing element and constituted to provide a friction force for braking a displacement movement of the piston element and the housing element with respect to each other at least within a portion of the displacement path. A tensioning device is constituted to radially, with respect to the longitudinal axis, act onto the braking element to provide a radial tensioning force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GMBH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Michael Buchheim, Linda Loeffler
  • Patent number: 9543674
    Abstract: An electronic unit has an electronic assembly that comprises a circuit board, and also having a conductor that is connected to said electronic assembly and is provided with a flat connection end. At least one piercing contact protrudes down from the circuit board and connects the conductor electrically to the electronic assembly. The piercing contact penetrates the connection end of the conductor while forming an electrical connection with a conductor track of the conductor. The electronic component is particularly suited as a capacitive proximity sensor for a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Thomas Weingaertner, Christian Weidenbacher, Holger Schmitt, Thorsten Kuhnen
  • Patent number: 9540858
    Abstract: In the course of an easily implemented anti-trap protection method for an adjustable vehicle part, a test variable is continuously determined by way of a distance sensor during the adjustment of the vehicle part. A direct anti-trap protection test determines, based on the test variable, whether an obstacle is detectable in the adjustment path of the vehicle part. The adjustment is stopped or reversed if necessary. An indirect anti-trap protection test determines on the basis of the same test variable whether the movement of the vehicle part has slowed down irregularly or come to a stop, and the adjustment is stopped or reversed if necessary. An associated anti-trap protection device includes an anti-trap protection control unit, which is designed for automatically performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Christian Herrmann, Florian Pohl
  • Patent number: 9541590
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a circuit arrangement for detecting a capacitance of a capacitive component and/or a change in the capacitance of a capacitive component, which circuit arrangement comprises, inter alia a monostable flipflop controllable by a control signal and having at least two inputs and one output, wherein a first input of the flipflop is provided for the control signal, and a second input is connected to a capacitive component. The circuit arrangement further comprises a conversion device, which is connected to the output of the monostable flipflop, and an evaluation unit, which is connected to the conversion device in order to evaluate the signal voltage and from this to generate at least one detection value, which indicates the capacitance and/or a change in the capacitance of the capacitive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Udo Geuther, Ralf Daiminger, Detlef Russ
  • Patent number: 9484914
    Abstract: An anti-trapping method and a corresponding apparatus for a vehicle door that can be adjusted between an open position and a closed position along an adjustment path by an adjustment motor. First, a proximity sensor is used to monitor an adjustment path region ahead of the vehicle door for the presence of an obstacle during a closing movement of the vehicle door. The closing movement is stopped or reversed when an obstacle is identified in the adjustment path region. Second, when the obstacle is identified during the closing movement of the vehicle door, an additional emergency measure is taken at least when the vehicle door is already closed down to a remaining gap having size does not exceed a prespecified threshold value, and when the presence of the obstacle within this remaining gap is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventor: Florian Pohl
  • Patent number: 9476243
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for controlling an adjusting movement of a vehicle closing element of a vehicle to be closed in a manner actuated by an external force, such as a tailgate lid, wherein an obstacle in the path of adjustment of the vehicle closing element can be detected by means of a capacitive anti-trap system in order to prevent this obstacle from being trapped, and the vehicle closing element has a locking part, via which the vehicle closing element can be locked in a closed position. An obstacle in a monitoring region around the locking part provided on the vehicle closing element can also be detected via the capacitive anti-trap system in order to prevent a collision of this locking part with an obstacle at least as the vehicle closing element closes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Christian Herrmann, Florian Pohl
  • Patent number: 9442145
    Abstract: A capacitive sensor for a vehicle includes an evaluation unit as well as a first transmission electrode and a second transmission electrode for transmitting a respectively associated first measurement signal and second measurement signal. The two transmission electrodes are connected to a respective first and second transmitter output of the evaluation unit through an assigned first and second transmission line respectively. The evaluation unit alternately outputs the first measurement signal via the first transmitter output and the second measurement signal via the second transmitter output. The evaluation unit also connects the respective non-transmitting second or first transmitter output to reference potential. Alternatively, a common transmission electrode may output the measurement signal which is then picked up by first and second receiver electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Florian Pohl, Holger Wuerstlein
  • Patent number: 9382744
    Abstract: A method for testing the operation of a capacitive anti-trap system for an adjustable vehicle closing element actuated by external force, such as a side door, a window, a sunroof or a tailgate, wherein a body opening of a vehicle can be locked in a closed position and that is can be moved into a closed position by a motorized drive unit. The capacitive anti-trap system is configured for detecting the trapping of an obstacle when closing the vehicle closing element by evaluating an electrical capacitance that is changed by the obstacle. The electrical capacitance, which also changes when the vehicle closing element is opened, is evaluated on the basis of at least one measured value in order to test the proper operation of the anti-trap system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile Gmbh & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Würstlein, Christian Herrmann, Florian Pohl
  • Patent number: 9345151
    Abstract: The present invention among other things relates to a housing and a construction kit for a control apparatus, e.g. in the form of a controller for a window lifter of a motor vehicle. A controller module with a printed circuit board here is to be accommodated in a housing at least in part, and there are provided two different types of controller modules, e.g. for a right vehicle side on the one hand and for a left vehicle side on the other hand. According to a first aspect of the invention the housing is suitable for both types of controller modules, so that the housing can selectively be combined with the one or the other type of controller module, in order to mount a control apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Rosenthal, Sascha Keim
  • Patent number: 9333930
    Abstract: In the case of a collision protection method for a displaceable vehicle part of a vehicle, during the displacement of the vehicle part, a focused light beam is deflected by a light deflection unit along a predefined scanning path and reflected radiation of the same light beam is detected by a light-sensitive sensor to scan a travel path region upstream from the vehicle part. The presence or absence of an obstruction in the upstream travel path region is concluded on the basis of the reflected radiation, wherein the displacement is stopped or reversed if an obstruction is recognized in the upstream travel path region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Jan Kaiser, Andre Carl, Silvio Schatke, Thomas Weingaertner, Dalibor Rietdijk
  • Patent number: 9315159
    Abstract: A vehicle door, comprising an inner door panel and an outer door panel with an inner surface facing the inner door panel, is provided. A loudspeaker which is arranged on the inner door panel, is spaced apart from the outer door panel and is intended for generating acoustic sound waves. A sound-guiding element which is designed to deflect sound waves radiated in the direction of the outer door panel by the loudspeaker and to guide said sound waves into a wet chamber of the vehicle door, which wet chamber is formed between the inner door panel and the outer door panel, and/or into a dry chamber of the vehicle door, which dry chamber is formed on a side of the inner door panel that faces away from the outer door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventor: Joachim Müller