Patents Assigned to Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10464449
    Abstract: A web management system includes a base that is configured to be secured to the seat of a vehicle. A retraction member has a first end and a second end. The first end is fixedly secured to an anchor attached to the base. The retraction member is configured to expand and retract in length between a first length and a shorter second length. The expansion and retraction are biased in favor of retraction to the second length. A web having at least a portion is fixedly secured to the base. A roller is attached to the second end of the retraction member. The roller is configured to slidably couple the web to the retraction member. Retraction of the retraction member takes up slack in the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Geist
  • Patent number: 10399468
    Abstract: An apparatus for dynamically stiffening a vehicle seat back may include a vehicle seat including a seat bottom mountable within a vehicle, a seat back extending upwardly away from the seat bottom, and a bight defined at a forward-facing interface between the seat bottom and the seat back, an occupant restraint harness coupled to the vehicle seat and engaging a top end of the seat back, and a seat back stiffening apparatus having a seat back stiffening member and an actuator coupled to the occupant restraint harness adjacent to or near the bight of the vehicle seat. The actuator may be responsive to a first force applied thereto by the occupant restraint harness in excess of a first threshold force to deploy the seat back stiffening member to couple to and between the seat bottom and the seat back to add stiffness to the seat back frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Gale, John G. Glover, Guy R. Dingman, Douglas W. Bittner, Jacob C. White
  • Patent number: 10328894
    Abstract: A switchable retractor system includes a retractor with a spool. The spool is rotatable in an extension direction for extending a web and in a retraction direction for retracting the web. A first clutch has an engaged state where the first clutch inhibits rotation of the spool in the extension direction and a disengaged state where the first clutch allows rotation of the spool in the extension direction. A release actuator actuates the first clutch into the disengaged state when actuated by a user to allow extension of the web. A second clutch has a locked state where the second clutch inhibits rotation of the spool in the retraction direction and an unlocked state where the second clutch allows rotation of the spool in the retraction direction. A tension actuator actuates the second clutch into the unlocked state when actuated to allow retraction of the web into the retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Geist, Guy R. Dingman
  • Patent number: 10259357
    Abstract: A passenger seat is described for use with a vehicle seat and includes, a base, an attachment assembly, a restraint assembly, and a non-rigid back. The base includes a central front opening. The attachment assembly includes a plurality of straps, which are configured to adjustably secure the base to the vehicle seat. The restraint assembly includes a shoulder strap assembly, a crotch strap assembly, and an adjustment strap. The adjustment strap is in communication with the shoulder strap assembly, extending from the shoulder strap assembly through the base and out of the central front opening of the base. The adjustment strap assembly is configured to adjust the shoulder strap assembly in response to translation of the adjustment strap through the central front opening of the base. The back encompasses at least a portion of the restraint assembly and the attachment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc
    Inventors: Guy R. Dingman, Jason Boyer, Rachael Blake
  • Publication number: 20190075891
    Abstract: A snap hook assembly includes a base assembly that has a hook at one end. A lever assembly including an actuation mechanism and an arm assembly fits through an opening defined through the base assembly. The arm assembly is positioned on one side of the base assembly and the actuation mechanism of the lever assembly is positioned on the opposite side of the base assembly. The actuation mechanism is fit within a housing so that the lever assembly may pivot with respect to the base assembly. A clasp is attached to the base assembly so that an end of the clasp is biased to contact the hook of the base assembly. When the lever assembly pivots, the arm assembly contacts and rotates the clasp to create a gap between the clasp and the hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Applicant: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Geist
  • Patent number: 10130529
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for mounting at least one wheelchair securement devices to a pair of spaced-apart vehicle seat mounting structures each secured to and within an occupant transport vehicle and extending in a direction parallel to a direction of travel of the occupant transport vehicle. The apparatus includes an elongated support member extending transversely along a floor of the occupant transport vehicle between the vehicle seat mounting tracks, anchors coupled to opposite ends of the elongated support member and each releasably attachable to a different one of the vehicle seat mounting structures, and at least one wheelchair securement device secured to the elongated support member between the two anchors. In some embodiments, the at least one wheelchair securement device is slidably mounted to the elongated support member and selectively securable to and along the elongated support member between the two anchors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Gale
  • Patent number: 10131212
    Abstract: A gate assembly for a motor vehicle having an open doorway includes an elongated gate having a pivoting end mounted to a first frame component at one side of the doorway and a latching end opposite the pivoting end, a latch striker pin mounted to a second frame component at the opposite side of the doorway, a latch cam at the latching end of the gate and having a latched position and an unlatched position, and an actuator having an engaged position in which the latch cam is in its unlatched position and a disengaged position in which the latch cam is in its latched position. The gate is pivotable from a stowed position adjacent to the one side of the doorway to a deployed position across the doorway in which the latch cam in its latched position engages the striker pin to secure the gate in its deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Gale, Guy R. Dingman, Jeffrey A. King
  • Patent number: 9902366
    Abstract: A locking retractor includes a frame, a spool shaft rotatably mounted thereto, an outer surface of a base of a housing mounted to the frame with one end of the spool shaft extending into an opening defined through the base, one or more locking components arranged on an inner surface of the housing and configured to cooperate with the spool shaft to selectively block rotation of the spool relative to the frame, a sealing member configured to extend about and engage a periphery of the first opening and to extend about and engage a periphery of the spool shaft to form a seal between the base of the housing and the spool shaft to block ingress of moisture and particles, and a cover hermetically attached to the housing with the locking components sealed between the cover and the base of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris P. Jessup, Guy R. Dingman, Grant Bryant
  • Patent number: 9896006
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for pre-tensioning an occupant restraint harness coupled to a seat portion of a motor vehicle seat and/or for pulling down the seat portion of the vehicle seat toward a seat base in embodiments in which the seat portion is suspended above the seat base. An elongated housing is secured to the seat portion, a web is coupled between the restraint harness or seat portion and the seat base or a support structure to which the seat base is mounted, and a piston carried by the housing defines a web guide in contact with the web between its two ends. As the piston moves along and relative to the housing in response to actuation thereof, the web guide displaces the web within the housing to pre-tension the occupant restraint harness and/or to pull the seat portion toward the seat base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Carr Duncan, Douglas W. Bittner, Guy R. Dingman, Marius Magdun
  • Patent number: 9884609
    Abstract: A web tightening apparatus is disclosed for a multi-point restraint harness having a web extendable about an occupant of a motor vehicle seat. A base frame is mounted between the seat and a floor of a motor vehicle, a web turning guide is mounted to and within the base frame with the web extending into the base frame and through the web turning guide, a ratcheting device is mounted to the base frame and has a handle, and a ratcheting web is coupled at one end to the web extending from the web turning guide and coupled at an opposite end to the ratcheting device. The ratcheting device is responsive to ratcheting actuation of the handle to draw the ratcheting web therein, wherein movement of the ratcheting web into the ratcheting device draws the web further into the base frame and thereby tightens the web about the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas W. Bittner, Jacob C. White
  • Publication number: 20170267130
    Abstract: A passenger seat is described for use with a vehicle seat and includes, a base, an attachment assembly, a restraint assembly, and a non-rigid back. The base includes a central front opening. The attachment assembly includes a plurality of straps, which are configured to adjustably secure the base to the vehicle seat. The restraint assembly includes a shoulder strap assembly, a crotch strap assembly, and an adjustment strap. The adjustment strap is in communication with the shoulder strap assembly, extending from the shoulder strap assembly through the base and out of the central front opening of the base. The adjustment strap assembly is configured to adjust the shoulder strap assembly in response to translation of the adjustment strap through the central front opening of the base. The back encompasses at least a portion of the restraint assembly and the attachment assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Publication date: September 21, 2017
    Applicant: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc
    Inventors: Guy R. Dingman, Jason Boyer, Rachael Blake
  • Patent number: 9738248
    Abstract: A web position and attenuation apparatus includes an elastically deformable body having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, one of the first and second ends configured to be affixed to a frame of a movable vehicle, a web coupling member received on the elastically deformable body, the web coupling member movable relative to, and positionable along, the elastically deformable body, the web coupling member defining a web slot, and a flexible web extending through the web slot, the flexible web part of a restraint system to restrain an occupant of a vehicle seat mounted within the vehicle. The elastically deformable body is responsive to dynamic loads applied by the occupant through the flexible web to the web coupling member to absorb energy and attenuate tension in the flexible web via elastic deformation of the elastically deformable body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy R. Dingman, Jeffrey A. King, James T. Anthony
  • Publication number: 20170144624
    Abstract: A switchable retractor system includes a retractor with a spool. The spool is rotatable in an extension direction for extending a web and in a retraction direction for retracting the web. A first clutch has an engaged state where the first clutch inhibits rotation of the spool in the extension direction and a disengaged state where the first clutch allows rotation of the spool in the extension direction. A release actuator actuates the first clutch into the disengaged state when actuated by a user to allow extension of the web. A second clutch has a locked state where the second clutch inhibits rotation of the spool in the retraction direction and an unlocked state where the second clutch allows rotation of the spool in the retraction direction. A tension actuator actuates the second clutch into the unlocked state when actuated to allow retraction of the web into the retractor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Publication date: May 25, 2017
    Applicant: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Geist, Guy R. Dingman
  • Publication number: 20160304003
    Abstract: A web management system includes a base that is configured to be secured to the seat of a vehicle. A retraction member has a first end and a second end. The first end is fixedly secured to an anchor attached to the base. The retraction member is configured to expand and retract in length between a first length and a shorter second length. The expansion and retraction are biased in favor of retraction to the second length. A web having at least a portion is fixedly secured to the base. A roller is attached to the second end of the retraction member. The roller is configured to slidably couple the web to the retraction member. Retraction of the retraction member takes up slack in the web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Applicant: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc
    Inventor: Christopher Geist
  • Patent number: 9399423
    Abstract: An anchor detachably connects a wheelchair securement apparatus to a support surface within a motor vehicle and includes a plate having a top surface defining an opening therein, a receiving member secured to the plate and defining an elongated bore to receive and engage a pin coupled to the wheelchair securement apparatus, a plunger within and axially movable along the bore, and a first biasing member between a bottom surface of the plunger and a wall of the bore. The plate and the receiving member are together mountable to the support surface. The first biasing member acts against the bottom surface of the plunger to bias the plunger away from the wall of the bore toward the opening defined through the plate, and the plunger movable toward the wall of the bore against a biasing force of the first biasing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith James Williams
  • Patent number: 9381888
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for sealing locking components of a retractor, wherein the retractor has a spool shaft extending therefrom. A base of a housing defines an opening therethrough, and an outer surface of the base is mounted to the retractor with the spool shaft extending into the opening. The locking components are arranged on an inner surface of the base of the housing. A sealing member engages the base of the housing and extends about a periphery of about the opening, and also extends about and engages a periphery of the spool shaft, to form a seal between the spool shaft and the base of the housing to block ingress of moisture and particles to the locking components. A cover is hermetically attached to the housing about a periphery thereof with the locking components sealed between the cover and the base of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris P. Jessup, Guy R. Dingman, Grant Bryant
  • Patent number: 9266497
    Abstract: A method is provided for sealing locking components of a retractor, wherein the locking components cooperate with a spool shaft extending from, and rotatable with, a rotatable spool of the retractor to selectively lock rotation of the spool. The method includes mounting a base of an open-ended housing to the retractor with the spool shaft accessible via an opening in the base when so mounted, positioning a sealing member to extend about and engage a periphery of the opening and to also extend about and engage a periphery of the spool shaft, operatively arranging the locking components within the interior of the housing, and hermetically sealing a cover to the open end of the housing after the housing is mounted to the retractor. The sealing member engages the peripheries of the first opening and the spool shaft and blocks ingress of moisture and particles to the locking components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris P. Jessup, Guy R. Dingman, Grant Bryant
  • Patent number: 9150190
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for hermetically sealing locking components of a retractor wherein the retractor has a spool shaft extending therefrom. An open-ended housing has a base and defines an opening through the base into an interior of the housing. The base of the housing is mounted to the retractor with the spool shaft accessible via the opening. The locking components are arranged within the housing. A sealing member is positioned about the opening to form a hermetic seal between the spool shaft and the opening. A cover is hermetically attached to the open end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris P. Jessup, Guy R. Dingman, Grant Bryant
  • Patent number: 8801509
    Abstract: A device is provided for lifting, hanging, or securing an object. The device includes a hanger, a plate, and a ratcheting assembly. The hanger includes a pair of arms with hook members extending from the arms and a strut secured between the pair of arms. The plate is secured to the hanger and the ratcheting assembly. The ratcheting assembly includes a buckle with a lever pivotable relative to a body portion. The buckle also includes a pawl member that selectively engages a ratcheting gear. A strap is secured to the buckle and is selectively extendable and retractable relative to the buckle. A hook is provided at the free end of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Paul W. VerWys, Norman L. Felker, Jr.
  • Patent number: D860043
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Geist