Patents Assigned to CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
  • Patent number: 9194631
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (20) includes an inlet connector (22) having a flat joint surface (23) and an outlet connector (24) having a flat joint surface (25). The heat exchanger (20) also includes a round tube (26). The round tube (26) includes an inlet aperture (28), an outlet aperture (30) and flat surfaces (32, 34) adjacent each of the inlet aperture (28) and the outlet aperture (30). The flat joint surface (23) of the inlet connector (22) is coupled to the flat surface (32) adjacent the inlet aperture (28) and the flat joint surface (25) of the outlet connector (24) is coupled to the flat surface (34) adjacent the outlet connector (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: James Dean Snow, Wassim Mohsen Hussein
  • Publication number: 20140262179
    Abstract: A heat exchanger assembly is provided. The heat exchanger assembly comprises a core body, a plate fixedly coupled to the core body, the plate defining an aperture therein, and a tank having a foot thereon, wherein under the condition that the plate and the tank are coupled to one another, the aperture functionally engages the foot. The plate sidewall comprises the aperture and further comprises a crimping member in a distal end of the sidewall. The foot further comprises a securing surface and an engagement surface, the engagement surface being configured to engage the aperture and the crimping member being configured to be bent about the foot to engage the securing surface. A sealing member is placed between the tank and the plate to fluidicly seal the tank and the plate once coupled together. Such a configuration provides two means of coupling the plate to the tank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: James Dean Snow
  • Publication number: 20140262184
    Abstract: Two components necessary to make up a heat exchanger assembly generally need to be brazed. Two components may be secured which do not contain a cladded alloy. Staking or crimping is used to hold the two components together while securing a braze ring captured between the two components which acts as a brazing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: James Dean Snow, William Tracey Guffey
  • Publication number: 20140138070
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (20) includes an inlet connector (22) having a flat joint surface (23) and an outlet connector (24) having a flat joint surface (25). The heat exchanger (20) also includes a round tube (26). The round tube (26) includes an inlet aperture (28), an outlet aperture (30) and flat surfaces (32, 34) adjacent each of the inlet aperture (28) and the outlet aperture (30). The flat joint surface (23) of the inlet connector (22) is coupled to the flat surface (32) adjacent the inlet aperture (28) and the flat joint surface (25) of the outlet connector (24) is coupled to the flat surface (34) adjacent the outlet connector (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Dean Snow, Wassim Mohswn Hussein
  • Patent number: 8092285
    Abstract: A sensor system (24) for controlling a ventilation unit (22) of a vehicle (20) includes a sensitivity selector (70) for enabling a user to select a setting (76) corresponding to an air quality threshold (94, 98), and an air quality sensor (62) proximate an exterior of the vehicle (20) for detecting an air quality parameter (71). A controller (66) is responsive to the selector (70) and the sensor (62), and is in communication with an inlet air valve (32) of the ventilation unit (22). A method (118) of operating the sensor system (24) entails receiving a current value of the air quality parameter (71) at the controller (66) for comparison with the air quality threshold (94, 98). The controller (66) generates a switch signal (74) in response to the comparison for adjusting the inlet air valve (32) between an outside air mode (44) and a recirculation mode (46).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Calsonickansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Gursaran Das Mathur, Carl Hugh Schell
  • Patent number: 7959189
    Abstract: A tube interface (53) includes a first tube (28) and a second tube (34). The first tube (28) has an oblong opening (54) exhibiting a first major dimension (58), and the second tube (34) has an oblong end (52) exhibiting a second major dimension (72). The oblong end (52) of the second tube (34) is inserted into the oblong opening (54) so that the second major dimension (72) is aligned with the first major dimension (58). The second tube (34) is turned in the oblong opening (54) to move the second major dimension (72) out of alignment with the first major dimension (58) of the oblong opening (54) to secure the second tube (34) to the first tube (28) prior to brazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Calsonickansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Snow, Tyler W. McCamey
  • Patent number: 7696656
    Abstract: A motor assembly (20) includes a motor (22) and an end cap (26). The end cap (26) includes an electrically insulating body (28) having a peripheral edge (30) that interfaces with a conductive housing (24) of the motor (22). Motor terminals (94, 102) and an electromagnetic suppression (EMD) chip device (54) are located within the body (28). The chip device (54) has an input terminal (74) in electrical communication with the motor terminal (94), an input terminal (76) in electrical communication with the motor terminal (102), and an earth terminal (78). A conductive ground strap (56) is in electrical communication with the earth terminal (78). The ground strap (56) encapsulates and retains the chip device (54) in the end cap (26) and has an end (60) fitted onto the peripheral edge (30) of the end cap (26) between the end cap (26) and the conductive housing (24) of the motor (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Calsonickansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rocco Ragnone, Aron Rozenberg, David Lightfoot, Lawrence Johnson
  • Patent number: 7615177
    Abstract: A method of forming an invisible frangible tear seam in a multi-layered vehicle trim panel for deployment of an air bag therethrough. The method involves the use of a jig or mask that is configured in the desired shape of the tear seam. The tear seam is produced by providing a first polymeric layer on a trim panel mold surface and then positioning the jig or mask on the first polymeric layer. Next a second polymeric layer is applied to the first polymeric layer using a spray process. After the second polymeric layer has been applied the jig or mask is removed, leaving a foot-print of the jig or mask which defines the tear seam. The resulting bi-layered structure is joined to a support panel using an adhesive foam to form a multi-layered vehicle trim panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Masao Izumi, Yukihisa Fujita
  • Publication number: 20090160268
    Abstract: A motor assembly (20) includes a motor (22) and an end cap (26). The end cap (26) includes an electrically insulating body (28) having a peripheral edge (30) that interfaces with a conductive housing (24) of the motor (22). Motor terminals (94, 102) and an electromagnetic suppression (EMD) chip device (54) are located within the body (28). The chip device (54) has an input terminal (74) in electrical communication with the motor terminal (94), an input terminal (76) in electrical communication with the motor terminal (102), and an earth terminal (78). A conductive ground strap (56) is in electrical communication with the earth terminal (78). The ground strap (56) encapsulates and retains the chip device (54) in the end cap (26) and has an end (60) fitted onto the peripheral edge (30) of the end cap (26) between the end cap (26) and the conductive housing (24) of the motor (22).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Rocco Ragnone, Aron Rozenberg, David Lightfoot, Lawrence Johnson
  • Publication number: 20090145587
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (40) includes first and second headers (44, 46). Multiple flat core tubes (54) are arranged spaced apart from one another and connected between the headers (44, 46). A fin pack (56) has multiple rows (58) of fins (60) and multiple tabular portions (62, 64). Pairs (70, 72) of adjacent multiple rows (58) are interconnected by the tabular portions (62, 64). The tabular portions (62, 64) define channels (78) between each of the rows (58) of fins (60). A method (90) for producing the heat exchanger (40) entails concurrently inserting multiple core tubes (54) into the channels (78), with one row of fins (60) being disposed between each pair of the core tubes (54).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darrell V. Young, James D. Snow
  • Publication number: 20080196782
    Abstract: A tube interface (53) includes a first tube (28) and a second tube (34). The first tube (28) has an oblong opening (54) exhibiting a first major dimension (58), and the second tube (34) has an oblong end (52) exhibiting a second major dimension (72). The oblong end (52) of the second tube (34) is inserted into the oblong opening (54) so that the second major dimension (72) is aligned with the first major dimension (58). The second tube (34) is turned in the oblong opening (54) to move the second major dimension (72) out of alignment with the first major dimension (58) of the oblong opening (54) to secure the second tube (34) to the first tube (28) prior to brazing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: James D. Snow, Tyler W. McCamey
  • Patent number: 7380327
    Abstract: A tube interface (53) includes a first tube (28) and a second tube (34). The first tube (28) has an oblong opening (54) exhibiting a first major dimension (58), and the second tube (34) has an oblong end (52) exhibiting a second major dimension (72). The oblong end (52) of the second tube (34) is inserted into the oblong opening (54) so that the second major dimension (72) is aligned with the first major dimension (58). The second tube (34) is turned in the oblong opening (54) to move the second major dimension (72) out of alignment with the first major dimension (58) of the oblong opening (54) to secure the second tube (34) to the first tube (28) prior to brazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Snow, Tyler W. McCamey
  • Publication number: 20080083526
    Abstract: A heat exchanger evaluation system (84) includes a refrigeration subsystem (126) and a platform (94) in communication with the subsystem (126) for attachment of a heat exchanger (32). The system (84) further includes a thermal imaging camera (168) and a monitor (100). A method (180) entails routing a fluid (38) through the heat exchanger (32) via the refrigeration subsystem (126). The camera (168) detects the temperature variation across the heat exchanger (32) as the fluid (38) flows through the heat exchanger, and provides successive thermal images representing the temperature variation responsive to the flow of the fluid (38). The thermal images are utilized to determine an efficacy of the flow through the heat exchanger (32). In particular, a determination can be made as to whether the flow deviates from a pre-determined flow path (79) of the fluid (38) through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: David Young, John Coates, James Snow
  • Patent number: 7350375
    Abstract: A receiver (24) for a condenser system (20) includes a body (32) in fluid communication with a header (28) of the condenser system (20). A first cap (38) is coupled to an end (34) of the body (32) and has a saddle portion (40) coupled to the header (28). The receiver (24) further includes a tube section (42) coupled to a second end (36) of the body. A second cap (50) is removably interconnected with the tube section (42) following insertion of a service cartridge (76) into the body (32). The service cartridge (76) includes a substantially-rigid tubular member (78) having rib members (84) radially extending from an outer surface (86) of the tubular member (78). Covers (90, 92), each having openings (94, 96), are coupled to opposing ends of the tubular member (78). The service cartridge (76) includes multiple features for drying, filtering, and/or leak detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Knecht, James D. Snow
  • Patent number: 7165785
    Abstract: A process (100) and apparatus (20) for control of a deployment of an airbag (28) for a seat (30) in a motor vehicle (22). Upon issuance of a deployment request (RD) by a vehicular computer (24) intended for a deployment activator (26), a processor (36) intercepts the deployment request (RD). The processor (36) then receives a load mass (M), a load temperature (T), and a load height (H) from a mass sensor (38), a thermal-imaging sensor (52), and a proximity sensor (54), respectively. The processor (36) adjudicates the load mass (M), load temperature (T), and load height (H), to determine a deployment status (SD). A deployment status (SD) of pass (SP) is adjudicated when the load mass (M) is greater than or equal to a reference mass (MR), the load temperature (T) is greater than or equal to a reference temperature (TR), and the load height (H) is greater than or equal to a reference height (HR). A deployment status (SD) of inhibit (SI) is adjudicated otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Calsonickansei North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Raffi Artine Bouladian
  • Publication number: 20060196647
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (40) includes a first header (42), a second header (44), and a plurality of tubes (46) extending between the first and second headers (42, 44). First and second extension members (48, 52) project from and are longitudinally oriented along a frontward facing side (50) of the headers (42, 44). The first and second extension members (48, 52) serve as guides for facilitating airflow through the heat exchanger (40). Third and fourth extension members (54, 58) project from and are longitudinally oriented along a rearward facing side (56) of the headers (42, 44). The third and fourth extension members (54, 58) serve to seal a gap between the heat exchanger (40) and an adjacent radiator (26), and guide airflow from the heat exchanger (40) through the radiator (26).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Publication date: September 7, 2006
    Applicant: CALSONICKANSEI NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Gursaran Mathur, Quincy Burton
  • Publication number: 20060157135
    Abstract: A tube interface (53) includes a first tube (28) and a second tube (34). The first tube (28) has an oblong opening (54) exhibiting a first major dimension (58), and the second tube (34) has an oblong end (52) exhibiting a second major dimension (72). The oblong end (52) of the second tube (34) is inserted into the oblong opening (54) so that the second major dimension (72) is aligned with the first major dimension (58). The second tube (34) is turned in the oblong opening (54) to move the second major dimension (72) out of alignment with the first major dimension (58) of the oblong opening (54) to secure the second tube (34) to the first tube (28) prior to brazing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2005
    Publication date: July 20, 2006
    Applicant: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: James Snow, Tyler McCamey
  • Patent number: 7032312
    Abstract: A system and method for the manufacture of a laser-welded cone-shell catalytic converter (100) is provided. An unformed shell blank (111) is formed into a cylindroid shell (110) having overlapping edges (112), which are then resistance welded to produce a shell seam (116). The shell seam (116) is planished to a thickness (120) less than 125 percent of a thickness (119) of the unformed shell blank (111). A ceramic catalytic substrate (130) is wrapped in a ceramic-fiber mounting mat (131) and inserted into the shell (110). Ends (125) of the shell (110) are crimped to form a 1 mm turndown (134). A pair of endcones (140) is assembled, where for each endcone (140) an outer cone (141) is loaded with an endcone insulation (142), and an inner cone (143) is pressed into and spot-welded to the outer cone (141). The endcones (140) are fitted to the shell (110) so as to form an overlap zone (151). The endcones (140) and shell (110) are then laser welded by an Nd:YAG laser (253) in the overlap zone (151).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: Calsonickansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen L. Burnette, Larry E. Strunk
  • Patent number: 7003978
    Abstract: A receiver (24) in a condenser system (20) includes a body (32) in fluid communication with a header (28) of the condenser system (20). A service cartridge (154) is insertable into an interior cavity (106) of the body (32). The service cartridge (154) includes a substantially-rigid tubular member (156). Covers (166, 168), each having openings (170, 172), are coupled to opposing ends of the tubular member (78). A spindle (179) is non-detachably coupled to each of the first cover (166) and a cap (180). The cap (180) is configured for threaded attachment to a service end of the body (32) of the receiver (24). Refrigerant 150 is received by the tubular member (156) via the first openings (170), and is discharged from the tubular member (156) via the second openings (172). The service cartridge (154) includes multiple features for drying, filtering, and/or leak detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Knecht, James D. Snow
  • Patent number: 6981389
    Abstract: A receiver (24) for a condenser system (20) includes a body (32) in fluid communication with a header (28) of the condenser system (20). A first cap (38) is coupled to an end (34) of the body (32) and has a saddle portion (40) coupled to the header (28). The receiver (24) further includes a tube section (42) coupled to a second end (36) of the body. A second cap (50) is removably interconnected with the tube section (42) following insertion of a service cartridge (76) into the body (32). The service cartridge (76) includes a substantially-rigid tubular member (78) having rib members (84) radially extending from an outer surface (86) of the tubular member (78). Covers (90, 92), each having openings (94, 96), are coupled to opposing ends of the tubular member (78). The service cartridge (76) includes multiple features for drying, filtering, and/or leak detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: CalsonicKansei North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Knecht, James D. Snow