Patents Assigned to Ford Motor Company
  • Publication number: 20200324441
    Abstract: A method of forming a molding tool includes performing a computer aided engineering (CAE) analysis on a molding tool design. The CAE analysis predicts flow of injection molded material and a location of gas entrapment within a molding recess of the molding tool design. At least one venting design constraint is applied to the molding tool design as a function of the gas entrapment location. Also, a biomimetic shaped passageway for venting gas away from the gas entrapment location is selected from a plurality of biomimetic shaped passageways. A computational fluid dynamic (CFD) CAE analysis of the molding tool design with the selected biomimetic shaped passageway is performed and modifications of the selected biomimetic shaped passageway are CFD CAE analyzed until a final biomimetic shaped passageway is determined and a molding tool with the final biomimetic shaped passageway is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Derren Woods, Robert D. Bedard
  • Patent number: 10800266
    Abstract: A mobility system includes an electrically drivable motor vehicle and an electrically drivable battery transport cart. A rechargeable drive battery of the motor vehicle is received in the battery transport cart. The battery transport cart can be releasably inserted into a downwardly open region of a supporting structure of the motor vehicle. The disclosure also relates to a battery transport cart, an electrically drivable motor vehicle and a method to charge a rechargeable drive battery of an electrically drivable motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Arnulf Sponheimer, Markus Kees
  • Patent number: 10799905
    Abstract: A method of controlling application of material onto a substrate includes ejecting atomized droplets from an array of micro-applicators while the array of micro-applicators cyclically moves about at least one axis. The atomized droplets from each of the plurality of micro-applicators overlap with atomized droplets from adjacent micro-applicators and a diffuse overlap of deposited atomized droplets from adjacent micro-applicators is provided on a surface of the substrate. The array of micro-applicators cyclically rotates back and forth around the at least one axis and/or moves back and forth parallel to the at least one axis. For example, the at least one axis can be a central axis of the array of micro-applicators, a length axis of the array of micro-applicators, a width axis of the array of micro-applicators, and the like. Also, the array of micro-applicators can be part of an ultrasonic material applicator used to paint vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Wanjiao Liu
  • Publication number: 20200316833
    Abstract: A method for molding a part includes forming a mold having a part cavity and an associated electromagnet, placing resin in the part cavity, the resin including a ferromagnetic pigment, energizing the electromagnet and moving the ferromagnetic pigment towards an A-surface area of the part, and curing the resin with the ferromagnetic pigment concentrated at the A-surface area of the part. The A-surface of the part is free of flow marks and dark spots. Also, the ferromagnetic pigment is introduced into the resin before the resin is placed in the part cavity, or in the alternative, the ferromagnetic pigment is introduced into the resin after the resin is placed in the part cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Junko PAUKEN
  • Publication number: 20200317269
    Abstract: An assembly includes a suspension link, a worm screw, a worm wheel rotatably engaged with the worm screw, and an arm fixed to the worm wheel and connected to the suspension link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Publication date: October 8, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Nicholas Anthony Quatrano
  • Patent number: 10794747
    Abstract: A powertrain controller of a vehicle provides a fuel pump actuator signal indicative of fuel flow to a vehicle bus. A processor is configured to receive data from the vehicle bus. The processor performs an integration of the actuator signal to accumulate fuel usage of the vehicle, and periodically sends the accumulated fuel usage, vehicle speed, engine speed, engine status, and vehicle location to a remote server. A subset of accumulated fuel usage is retrieved for a set of the vehicles of a fleet traversing a route during a timeframe, the accumulated fuel usage compiled from fuel pump actuator signals. Fuel waste is computed for identified idle time periods within the accumulated fuel usage. Monetary waste is computed from the fuel waste. A report is generated including the monetary waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Brian Hofmann, John William Schmotzer, Richard Gordon, Darcy Salman
  • Patent number: 10792693
    Abstract: A method of controlling application of material onto a substrate is provided. The method includes ejecting an ultraviolet (UV) curable material through a plurality of micro-applicators in the form of atomized droplets. At least one UV light source is positioned adjacent to the plurality of micro-applicators and the atomized droplets are irradiated with UV light by the at least one UV light source and curing of the atomized droplets is initiated. The atomized droplets are deposited onto a surface of the substrate and a UV cured coating on the surface is formed thereon. The UV curable material may include a photolatent base catalyst such that the atomized droplets deposited onto the surface continue to cure after being irradiated with the at least one UV light source. The at least one UV light source can include a UV light ring, a UV light emitting diode, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Wanjiao Liu
  • Patent number: 10796513
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to adjust an advertising rate of a device to reduce battery usage are described herein. An example method includes determining a distance of a device from a vehicle based on a signal, determining a state of motion of the device, and adjusting an advertising rate of the signal based on the distance and state of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Arthur Thomas Bianchi, Kevin F. Militello, John Van Wiemeersch
  • Publication number: 20200309657
    Abstract: A method of detecting a defect in an applied volume of material includes detecting a pressure discontinuity during dispensing the volume of material along a predetermined path on a substrate. The pressure discontinuity is indicative of the defect in the applied volume of material. The location of the defect along the predetermined path is function of a start time of the pressure discontinuity and the size of the defect is a function of a time duration of the pressure discontinuity. The method can further include determining whether or not to repair the defect as a function of the location and the size of the defect in the applied volume of material. The method includes repairing the defect by re-directing the material applicator to the location of the defect and dispensing additional material at the location of the defect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Ahmad Rezaei Mojdehi, David John Hill, Jim Derry
  • Publication number: 20200306918
    Abstract: A device for deburring edges of a pile of metal blanks includes a first roller, a second roller, at least one motor, and a main body. The first roller is supported for rotation about a first axis. The second roller is supported for rotation about a second axis. The at least one motor is drivingly coupled to the first and second rollers to rotate the first roller in a first rotational direction and the second roller in a second rotational direction that is opposite the first rotational direction. The main body supports the first roller, the second roller, and the at least one motor. The main body is movable about a periphery of the pile of metal blanks and is configured to permit contact between the first and second rollers and the edges of the pile of metal blanks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Adrian Llamas, Jesus Alejandro Grageda Miranda
  • Publication number: 20200308375
    Abstract: A rubber composite comprises at least one of a natural and a synthetic rubber polymer and a plasticizer comprising a liquid natural rubber. The liquid natural rubber may be liquid guayule natural rubber. The rubber composite is substantially free of petroleum crude oil. Also provided are methods of making a rubber composite material including liquefying at least one of a guayule solid natural rubber and a guayule latex to form a liquid guayule natural rubber, mixing the liquid guayule natural rubber with at least one of a natural and a synthetic rubber polymer to form a rubber mixture, and vulcanizing the rubber mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Publication date: October 1, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Janice Lisa Tardiff, Cindy Sofia Barrera-Martinez, Katrina Cornish, Xianjie Ren
  • Patent number: 10773323
    Abstract: A thread tap includes a shaft and teeth. The shaft includes helical passages from the threading end to the base end of the shaft. Each passage opens through an aperture in the threading end. A second tap includes a cap and the shaft includes an axially extending passage. The cap is coupled to the threading end and at least partially defines apertures in fluid communication with the passage and the exterior of the tap. A third tap includes teeth spaced apart by a plurality of linear flutes. The shaft includes a central passage and a plurality of flute passages. Each flute passage extends radially outward from a common location in the central passage to a corresponding one of the flutes. The central passage is closed to a terminal end of the threading end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Michael Habel, Ethan Hughey, Shibu Philipose, David Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10774739
    Abstract: The present discloser is directed toward a method for detecting misalignment of a belt for a front end accessory drive system. The method includes acquiring, by a plurality of optical sensors, multiple images of the belt arranged on a series of pulleys of the drive system. The belt includes a contrast element that is detectable by the optical sensors system and is visually distinct from a color of the belt. The method further includes analyzing, by way of a controller, data indicative of the acquired images to determine whether the contrast element is present in the captured images, and identifying the belt as being misaligned in response to the contrast element being in at least one of the acquired images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Matthew Breneman
  • Patent number: 10766080
    Abstract: A cutting tool and method of manufacturing a tool including determining desired flowrates to cutting edges. The method includes calculating pressure drop and passage dimensions for each of an nth-number of passages to the cutting edges based on In=(Pn*Ann)/(?n*Ln), wherein In is nth-passage flow rate, Pn is nth-passage pressure drop, Ann is nth-passage cross-sectional area raised to a power n, the power n being equal to 1 or 0.5, ?n is nth-passage resistivity, and Ln is nth-passage length. The method includes forming the nth-passages in the tool open to each cutting edge based on the nth-passage dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Ethan Hughey, David Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10770736
    Abstract: Structures and methods are disclosed for removing water, and particularly for preventing ice blockages, in solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells comprising reactant vias that fluidly connect a reactant transition region to a reactant port. Water can be removed from the reactant via by making its surface superhydrophobic while incorporating at least one additional via with a hydrophilic surface in parallel therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Alireza Roshanzamir, Yunsong Yang
  • Publication number: 20200279026
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a method that includes simulating, by an adhesive analytic model, transformation of at least one vehicular joint joined by a selected adhesive based on one or more system variables, and outputting, by the adhesive analytic model, an adhesive analysis identifying deformation for the selected adhesive along the at least one vehicular joint based on the simulated transformation and a deformation rating scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Scott Christopher Sterbenz, Thomas Norton, Darrin Neil Wagner, Forrest W. Eddings
  • Publication number: 20200281079
    Abstract: A system for forming a conductive tape trace on a substrate includes a segment feeder arm configured to feed segments of conductive tape to the substrate and a segment placement armature configured to grasp and position the conductive tape segments in a predetermined pattern on the substrate. The conductive tape segments include a plurality of conductive tape bend segments and at least one conductive tape branch segment. The segment placement armature is configured to position and overlap the plurality of conductive tape bend segments on the substrate to form a conductive tape bend and position the at least one conductive tape branch segment in contact with and extending from the conductive tape bend. A roller can be included and be configured to apply a force onto the conductive tape segments positioned on the substrate. A welder that welds the conductive tape segments together can also be included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Galen Keith Thomas
  • Patent number: 10760905
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a steering wheel alignment apparatus that includes a sensor, a sensor housing, an anchor portion, and a weighted portion. The sensor is configured to measure an angular position of the steering wheel. The sensor housing defines a cavity to hold the sensor. The anchor portion extends from the sensor housing and is configured to engage with a low portion of a steering wheel. The weighted portion extends from the anchor portion to bias the sensor housing toward the low portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: John Posey, Todd Sobieralski, Dan Lockwood, Richard Cason
  • Patent number: 10753823
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system for measuring a dynamic response of a machine. The system includes a vibration mechanism, an accelerometer, a controller and a casing. The vibration mechanism is operable to generate an excitation signal, and the accelerometer is operable to measure dynamic energy in response to the excitation signal and output a dynamic response signal indicative of the dynamic energy. The controller includes a communication interface and operates the vibration mechanism to output the excitation signal and transmit a vibration input signal based on the excitation signal by way of the communication interface. The casing houses the vibration mechanism and the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Youssef Ziada, David Stephenson
  • Patent number: 10755580
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to enable vehicle-to-vehicle guidance and tracking are disclosed. An example method includes transmitting, from a first vehicle, a first message to a second vehicle. The first message requests the second vehicle to become a leader vehicle. The example method further includes receiving a second message from the second vehicle. The second message includes leader information indicative of a travel path of the second vehicle. The example method also includes receiving authorization from the second vehicle for the first vehicle to follow the second vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael McQuillen, Gopichandra Surnilla, Daniel A. Makled, Hao Zhang