Patents Assigned to JAC Products, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10336259
    Abstract: An accessory component for a vehicle is disclosed which may incorporate an elongated frame element having an elongated channel formed there along. The elongated frame element is adapted to be fixedly secured to a portion of the vehicle. A resilient metallic applique having a contour generally in accordance with at least a portion of the elongated frame element may be incorporated. The applique may have a feature adjacent a first end for engaging with the elongated channel, and a second end of the applique may be shaped to engage with a different portion of the elongated frame element such that the applique is secured to the elongated frame element without adhesives or mechanical fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Michie, Michael F. Wood
  • Patent number: 10279748
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a low profile, highly aerodynamic swing-in-place style vehicle article carrier system for use on a wide variety of passenger cars and trucks. The system makes use of a pair of side rails that are used to support a pair of cross bars in stowed positions thereon where the cross bars are secured parallel to the side rails, or in operative positions where the cross bars are secured perpendicularly between the side rails. The side rails each incorporate a rotating end support subsystem which automatically elevates one end of its associated cross bar when the cross bar is moved pivotally into its operative position. This enables the cross bars to form a very low profile when in their stowed positions, but to be automatically raised a predetermined distance when moved into their operative positions, to thus provide additional clearance between the cross bars and an outer body surface of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 10252680
    Abstract: In one aspect the present disclosure relates to a cargo management system for use in a cargo area of a vehicle. The system may use a track secured to a wall of the cargo area. An articulating system is secured to the track and adjustably positionable at a plurality of positions along the track. The articulating system includes a mounting panel adapted to be secured to the track, at least a first frame section, and a first articulating hinge system for supporting the first frame section for movement on the mounting plate. The first articulating hinge system has a first actuating element normally held in a locked orientation to hold the first frame section stationary, and movable into an unlocked position by a rotational force applied by a user, to enable the first articulating hinge system to be rotated on the mounting plate into a new orientation, and then held in the new orientation when the first actuating element is released by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 10196008
    Abstract: A cargo management system for use with a motor vehicle cargo area having a floor. The system uses front, center are rear divider panels each configured to lay flat adjacent the floor when in a stowed position, and each is pivotally moveably into an upright, operative position. A first latching mechanism is used to releasably latch the front divider in the upright, operative position. The center divider panel is pivotally moveable from a stowed position to an operative position. The rear divider panel is pivotally moveable from a stowed position resting generally flat on the floor of the cargo area to an upright, operative position. A second latching mechanism is used to releasably hold the rear divider panel in the upright, operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel V. Ranka, Gerard J. Kmita, Gerald J. Gomes, Brandon T. McMahan, Conde M. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 10166930
    Abstract: A cargo supporting and restraining system is disclosed for use within a cargo area of a vehicle. The system may have a pair of support rails fixedly secured to opposing interior wall surfaces of a pair of sidewalls of a vehicle cargo area. A load bar assembly may be used which has a generally U-shaped frame, and which is supported for sliding movement and adjustable positioning along the support rails. A locking system may be associated with the load bar assembly for locking the load bar assembly at a desired longitudinal position along the support rails. A cargo box assembly may also be provided which is removably secured to the load bar assembly. A locking assembly is operably associated with the cargo box assembly for locking the cargo box to the load bar assembly to prevent removal of the cargo box assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 10160393
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle article carrier apparatus for securing articles above an outer body surface of a vehicle. The apparatus may make use of a pair of low profile support rails fixedly secured generally parallel to one another on the outer body surface. A pair of cross bars may be configured to be coupled to the support rails in a stowed orientation extending parallel to the support rails, so as to be generally not visible from a side of the vehicle, and an operative orientation extending perpendicularly between the support rails and elevationally above the support rails for supporting articles thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel V. Ranka, Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gordon Michie, Michael J. Presley
  • Patent number: 10144335
    Abstract: A tie-down apparatus is disclosed which is adapted to be removably secured over an opening in a structure. The apparatus may have a base plate, a knob, a biasing member, a cam plate and a fastening member. The knob may be used to rotate and depress the cam plate away from the base plate against the biasing force of the biasing member, to permit securing and detachment of the apparatus from the structure. The biasing member maintains the cam plate biased toward the base plate when no pressure is being applied on the knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald J. Gomes, Michael J. Presley, Gordon Michie, Benjamin K. Kay
  • Patent number: 10071692
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an article carrier system particularly adapted for use with a pickup truck. The system employs a first pair of support tracks secured to a roof surface of a pickup truck, and a rear spoiler portion coupled to each of the first support tracks and extending therebetween adjacent a rear area of the roof surface. A second pair of support tracks is secured to a pair of truck bed sidewalls. A combination spoiler/support subsystem is supported from the second pair of support tracks and is adjustably positionable to provide a variable spacing between the rear spoiler portion and the spoiler/support subsystem, to thus tailor the system to support articles of various lengths thereon. The rear spoiler portion and the spoiler/support subsystem provide an appearance of a single, integrated spoiler when positioned closely adjacent one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Kmita, Brandon T. McMahan, Noel v. Ranka, Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gerald Gomes, Michael R. Makin
  • Patent number: 10059274
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system is disclosed for use on an outer body roof surface of a vehicle to removably support articles above the outer body roof surface. The system makes use of a cross bar assembly having a central tubular portion and telescopically coupled outer cross bar portions. A locking lever may be used to lock at least one of the outer cross bar portions to prevent telescopic movement. A pair of end supports is used to latch to door jam areas of the vehicle. The end supports each have a construction such that both can be configured in a generally planar configuration to enable easy stowage of the cross bar assemblies, and each pivoted into an angled configuration which places the tubular cross bar portion above the vehicle outer body surface when the cross bar assembly is secured to the door jam areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 10000160
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system is disclosed for carrying articles above an outer body surface of a vehicle. The system may incorporate at least one support rail secured to the outer body surface. The support rail may have a support foot portion at each of its opposite ends, with each support foot portion secured to the outer body surface of the vehicle. A sensor may be mounted on the at least one support rail or one of the support feet portions for sensing a characteristic within a field of view around the vehicle and providing related information to a subsystem of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gordon Michie, Michael J. Presley, Gerald J. Gomes
  • Patent number: 9975470
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle accessory component for a vehicle. The component makes use of a structural member having a channel. The structural member is attachable to the vehicle. A modular light assembly is included which has a frame and at least one optical element secured to the frame. Electrical cabling couples the optical element to a power source. The frame is insertable into the channel in the structural member and supported within the channel. The frame has at least one opening over which the optical element is positioned when the modular light assembly is inserted into the channel. This allows the optical element to provide illumination to an area adjacent the vehicle when the optical element is powered on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin W. Kozole, Jeffrey M. Aftanas
  • Patent number: 9855877
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a system readily configurable for use as either a step rail along a side of a motor vehicle, or also as a loading ramp for use in loading and unloading cargo to and from a cargo bed of the motor vehicle. The system makes use of a ramp assembly and a plurality of hangers. The hangers each have a first end which is affixed to a portion of the vehicle, and a second end on which the ramp assembly may releasably be supported from and secured to, and thus used as a step rail. The ramp assembly has at least one latching mechanism that can be secured to a striker post on one of the hangers, and a release element. The release element allows the ramp assembly to be detached from the striker post and used as a loading ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 9643542
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cross bar for a vehicle article carrier that may be releasably secured to a support rail. The cross bar has an end support at each end thereof for securing the cross bar to the support rail. Each end support has a main body configured to engage with a portion of the support rail, an opening in the main body, and a latching element moveably supported from the main body. A threaded member is used for controlling engagement of the latching member with the support rail. The threaded member has a head portion which engages with portions of a spring clip secured in the opening. This helps prevent loosening of the threaded member after it has been tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Scott M. Barel, Conde M. Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9616819
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier is disclosed for use on a vehicle having a roof, where the roof has a pair of parallel extending ditch rails forming elongated recesses in the roof. The vehicle article carrier may incorporate a pair of tracks configured to rest within the ditch rails and to be fixedly secured within the ditch rails. A pair of cross bars may be removably securable to the tracks. Each cross bar may further be configured with a cross sectional shape to rest at least partially within an associated one of the ditch rails when placed in a stowed configuration. Each cross bar may further be securable to the tracks so as to extend perpendicularly between the tracks and above the roof when placed in an operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerard J. Kmita
  • Patent number: 9539948
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a telescoping step system which has at least one stringer assembly having telescopically coupled first and second tubular components. The second tubular component is telescopically extendable relative to the first tubular component. The stringer assembly is operably associated with a structure. The system further has at least one step assembly associated with one of the first and second tubular components. The stringer assembly is telescopically collapsible into a retracted position to form a compact assembly either adjacent to or within a portion of the structure, and extendable into an extended position extending outwardly from the structure. In the extended position the stringer assembly presents the step assembly as a platform which a user is able to step on to, and thus aids the user with ingress into and egress from the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Presley, Conde M. Gonzalez, Giuseppe Cappellino, Sean M. LeFrancois
  • Patent number: 9527435
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system is disclosed for carrying articles above an outer body surface of a vehicle. At least one support rail is secured to the outer body surface. The support rail uses a support foot at each of its opposite ends, with each support foot being adapted to be secured to the outer body surface of the vehicle. A solar panel is used for collecting solar energy. A battery is used for storing electrical energy created using the collected solar energy. A light is powered by the battery, with the light forming an integral portion of the support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Michie, Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Riley Iakovidis
  • Patent number: 9381865
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cargo management system for use in a cargo area of a motor vehicle. The system may have a floor pan configured to be fixedly secured to a surface of the cargo area and a back wall. The back wall may be pivotally secured to the floor pan adjacent an edge of the floor pan. At least first and second divider wall panels may be provided which are each pivotally secured to the back wall and spaced apart from one another. Each may be moveable between a collapsed orientation, wherein the plurality of divider wall panels rest parallel and closely adjacent a surface of the floor pan, and an upright orientation wherein each of the divider wall panels, along with the back wall, form at least one compartment for containing cargo items therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Kmita, Jeffrey M. Aftanas
  • Patent number: 9308947
    Abstract: A tailgate stowage system is disclosed for use with a motor vehicle having a door-like element. The stowage system involves the use of a bin having a bin lid and a bin body hingedly connected to the bin lid. The bin lid may be opened to permit access to an interior area of the bin body, and may be closed to contain at least one component within the stowage bin. The bin lid and bin body form a compartment when the bin lid is in a closed orientation to enable the component to be stowed therein. At least one mounting latch may be used for securing the bin within the recess of the tailgate, and which permits removal of the bin from the recess without the use of external tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Kmita, Jeffrey M. Aftanas
  • Patent number: 9150160
    Abstract: A vehicle article may have cross bars that may be nestably secured together on a trunk lid of a vehicle when not in use, and yet quickly and easily attached to elements mounted in roof ditches on the roof of the vehicle when needed for use. In another embodiment the vehicle article carrier includes a pair of pivotally secured support rails that are supported from frame or body structure of the vehicle below and adjacent the rear bumper of the vehicle. The support rails may be pivoted into stowed positions when not needed to hide them from view, and then quickly and easily pivoted out when needed for use. Attachments such as a cargo box or a bicycle carrier may be easily secured to the support rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Aftanas, Noel v. Ranka
  • Patent number: D765577
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard J. Kmita, Brandon T. McMahan