Patents Assigned to Ford Motor Company
  • Patent number: 10403905
    Abstract: Simplified methods for preparing a catalyst coated membrane (CCM) for solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The CCM has two reinforcing, expanded polymer sheets and the methods involve forming the electrolyte membrane from ionomer solution during assembly of the CCM. Thus, the conventional requirement to obtain, handle, and decal transfer solid polymer sheets in CCM preparation can be omitted. Further, CCM structures with improved mechanical strength can be prepared by orienting the expanded polymer sheets such that the stronger tensile strength direction of one is orthogonal to the other. Such improved CCM structures can be fabricated using the simplified methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignees: Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Yuquan Zou, Owen Thomas, Scott McDermid, Yunsong Yang, Jing Li, Carmen Chuy
  • Publication number: 20190265719
    Abstract: Vehicles can be equipped to operate in both autonomous and occupant piloted mode. Refueling stations can be equipped to refuel autonomous vehicles without occupant assistance. Refueling stations can be equipped with a fueling control computer that communicates with vehicles via wireless networks to move vehicles between waiting zones, service zones and served zones. Refueling stations can include liquid fuel, compressed gas and electric charging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Publication date: August 29, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Shiqi QIU, Oliver LEI, Jayanthi RAO, John Robert VAN WIEMEERSCH
  • Patent number: 10393627
    Abstract: A chock assembly for a vehicle test rig includes a guide member, a chock, and a securing member. The chock is coupled to the guide member, and the securing member is configured to secure the guide member to the vehicle test rig. The guide member is movably coupled to the securing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Mickey Kevin Etches, Doug Blair
  • Patent number: 10391537
    Abstract: A method and system for flanging a metal part is provided to improve the final dimensions of the part to a desired shape. Residual stresses from flanging operations can distort a final shape of the metal part. This disclosure provides an initial flanging step in which metal gainers are formed into the metal during a first flanging step. The metal gainers provide an increased amount of metal at select regions. Then, during a next flanging step, the metal gainers are smoothened or removed during that flanging step while the metal is additionally bent. The metal gainers help combat the residual stresses and allow the flange to better take the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: John W. Davis, Kenneth James Schmidt, Christian Richard Genereux
  • Publication number: 20190256958
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed toward a high volume manufacturing method for forming high strength aluminum parts. The method includes acquiring material blanks that are made of 7xxx series aluminum alloy, heating the blanks to a solvus temperature of the material, and stamping and quenching the heated blanks to form multiple parts. The parts are cooled to a second temperature lower than the solvus temperature during the quenching operation. The method further includes performing one or more structural modifications of the parts within a set time period that is less than or equal to 24 hours. The method further includes racking the parts with a gap defined between two adjacent parts, artificially aging the parts with an industrial oven, and pretreating the parts with a chemical solution.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Nia HARRISON, S. George LUCKEY, JR., Elizabeth BULLARD
  • Publication number: 20190255794
    Abstract: A method of forming a compact includes removing material from a workpiece, transferring metallic dust released during the material removal into a conduit, operating a plurality of slide gates to selectively control movement of the dust from the conduit to either one of a primary collector and a back-up collector, drawing the dust through the conduit to a compactor, and compacting the dust in the compactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Frank Bishop
  • Publication number: 20190258727
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a method and system for deconstructing and searching binary based vehicular data. The method includes extracting a vehicle filename metadata for one or more vehicular files; parsing data of the vehicular files to generate categorized objects based on a vehicular data dictionary for the vehicular files; associating each of the categorized objects with a respective vehicle filename metadata; storing vehicular documents indicative of the categorized objects with associated vehicle filename metadata in a database system; building a query based on a search input acquired by way of a search interface being displayed; and transmitting search results in response to the search input. The vehicular data dictionary defines multiple terms indicative of decoding logic provided in the vehicular files.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: John SCHMOTZER, Yao GE, Pol LLADO, Taylor HAWLEY
  • Publication number: 20190255751
    Abstract: A method of forming a thin-walled skin includes coating at least one side of a mold cavity of a molding tool, evacuating air from the mold cavity, and filling the mold cavity with a molten polymeric resin. Among other optional variations of the disclosed method, an inert gas is injected into the molten polymeric resin simultaneously with the step of filling the mold cavity with a molten polymeric resin. As a result, high quality, large, thin-walled skins are produced by the teachings of the present disclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Publication date: August 22, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Bernard Gerard MARCHETTI, Derren WOODS, Bari BROWN, Ryan MOWERY
  • Publication number: 20190250592
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a dimensional automated linkage system for correlating a fixture with a workpiece. The system includes a fixture module repository, a barcode stamp, and a fixture-workpiece data controller. The fixture module repository stores a fixture record for a registered fixture module, where the fixture record includes a workpiece entry portion to link a fixture of the registered fixture module with a subject workpiece. The workpiece entry portion includes a fixture modification field to identify modifications made to the fixture for mounting the subject workpiece on the fixture. The barcode stamp is configured to include data to identify the fixture record for the registered fixture module. The fixture-workpiece data controller is communicably coupled to an external computing device and operable to populate the workpiece entry portion of the fixture record based on information acquired from the external computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Hossein Jacob SADRI, Stephen JUSZCZYK, Jerry GALINIS
  • Publication number: 20190249271
    Abstract: A process for pre-conditioning a hot stamped part is provided. The process includes continuously annealing a boron steel material having an aluminum coating for a predetermined time and at a predetermined temperature such that less than 10% Iron (Fe) is in the aluminum coating and AlSi pockets are formed in the aluminum coating prior to a subsequent hot stamping process, wherein the predetermined time and temperature are a function of a thickness of the boron steel material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2018
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Constantin Chiriac, Raj Sohmshetty, Elizabeth Bullard, James Engle, Stephen Kernosky
  • Publication number: 20190241987
    Abstract: A method of quenching a press hardenable steel is provided. The method includes an initial step of die quenching a part stamped within a stamping die followed by a partial quenching after the initial step of die quenching. In various methods, the press hardenable steel is a 36MnB5 grade steel and/or the initial step of die quenching is performed at a temperature of approximately 200° C.±10° C. in a die configured for 36MnB5 grade steel. At least one method further includes opening the die followed by the partial quenching, the partial quenching comprising spraying a cooling liquid onto the part to reduce a temperature of the part below approximately 130° C.±10° C., with the option of spraying to reduce the temperature of the part below approximately 100° C.±10° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Raj Sohmshetty, Constantin Chiriac, Mikhail Minevich, Jason Balzer, S. George Luckey, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190232317
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Wanjiao Liu
  • Publication number: 20190232320
    Abstract: A nozzle for an atomizer includes a plate, a piezoelectric actuator, a body, and a connector. The plate defines an aperture. The actuator is configured to oscillate the plate. The body supports the plate. The connector is configured to reversibly mount the body to the atomizer in a first orientation and in a second orientation. In the first orientation, fluid exits the nozzle along a first axial direction through the aperture. In the second orientation, fluid exits the nozzle along an opposite axial direction through the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Wanjiao Liu, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Mark Edward Nichols, Christopher Michael Seubert
  • Publication number: 20190232318
    Abstract: An atomizer for applying a coating includes a nozzle plate, an actuator, and an acoustic focusing device. The nozzle plate defines at least one aperture. The actuator is configured to oscillate to form pressure waves within a fluid to eject the fluid from the nozzle plate. The acoustic focusing device focuses the pressure waves toward the apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Wanjiao Liu, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Mark Edward Nichols, Christopher Michael Seubert
  • Publication number: 20190232321
    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: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Wanjiao Liu
  • Publication number: 20190232354
    Abstract: A method of forming a part includes extruding a billet through a die, forming a round, closed geometry tube from the billet, and hydroforming the round, closed geometry tube. The extrusion die contains an orifice with a central mandrel, a plurality of bridges, and a corresponding plurality of portholes between the bridges. A spacing of the bridges around the mandrel is non-equiangular. As a result, the round, closed geometry tube has non-equiangular welds after emerging from the die.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Andrey Ilinich, Stephen Kernosky, Mark Salmonowicz, S. George Luckey, JR.
  • Publication number: 20190232323
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a coating to a substrate includes a base, an applicator, and a quick-connect connector. The base includes a fluid conduit. The applicator includes at least one actuator and an array of nozzle plates. Each nozzle plate defines at least one aperture. The at least one actuator is configured to oscillate the nozzle plates to eject fluid from the apertures. The quick-connect connector couples the fluid conduit to the applicator for fluid communication therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Scott Adams, Kevin Richard John Ellwood, Wanjiao Liu, Christopher Michael Seubert, Mark Edward Nichols
  • Publication number: 20190232322
    Abstract: A method of controlling application of at least one material to a substrate is provided. The method includes configuring at least one array having a plurality of micro-applicators such that a subset of the micro-applicators is individually addressable to apply the at least one material to the substrate. Individually addressing the subset of micro-applicators provides control of a pattern width of a coating applied to a substrate, control of a flow rate of the material applied to the substrate, control of an angle of application of the material to the substrate, control of which and how many materials are applied to the substrate, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Publication date: August 1, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Kevin Ellwood, Mark Nichols, Wanjiao Liu, Christopher Seubert
  • Patent number: 10363178
    Abstract: The disclosure concerns a motor vehicle with a mobile vehicle seat. The seat includes a frame that forms a seating surface and a backrest. An energy source is arranged in the frame. A drive motor is arranged in the frame and connected to the energy source. At least one wheel is arranged on the frame and in drive connection with the drive motor. A control device controls the drive motor, and a first coupling is arranged on the frame to releasably fix the frame to the motor vehicle. A second coupling corresponding to the first coupling of the vehicle seat is arranged on an inside of a vehicle door, which is mounted pivotably on a vehicle superstructure. The second coupling can be brought into releasable engagement with the first coupling of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Mahdi Garoosi
  • Patent number: 10363601
    Abstract: A method for forming a product having cast-in components provides an insulating barrier of solidified sand formed next to the insider diameter of the cast-in component. The center of the solidified sand is hollow. Before pouring the molten metal into the primary runner/riser system that feeds the portion of the mold that will create the actual part, the molten material is poured into the hollow portion of the solidified sand through a separate runner/riser system. This molten metal provides the energy necessary to heat the cast-in part to an acceptable temperature. The temperature can be controlled by the shape, thickness and material of the insulating member. This controlled time/temperature profile enables the creation of a final cast product that demonstrates good quality properties at the cast/insert interface. The method of the disclosed inventive concept has the added benefit of not altering the resulting part itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Paul Christopher Susalla, Ronald H. Hassenbusch