Patents Assigned to Joseph Pollak Corporation
  • Patent number: 6413101
    Abstract: A unitary adapter for vehicular use for transferring power from a multi-contact connector socket to a 2-terminal power outlet in which individual components are assembled without wired connections. At one end of the adapter is a base serving as a plug for insertion in a connector socket, two of said multi-contacts being in circuit with a power source in said vehicle. At the other end of the adapter two output terminals are disposed, one disposed centrally of a cylindrical sleeve and the second disposed upon said sleeve and carrying a spring-biased lead urged against one of said contacts in circuit with said power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Stephan R. Divoll, John E. Truesdell
  • Patent number: 6298741
    Abstract: An actuator for driving two separate gear trains having separate loads. The actuator includes: a drive motor; a drive gear attached to an output shaft of the drive motor; and first and second mating gears in meshing engagement with the drive gear. The first mating gear is axially fixed relative to the drive gear and adapted for driving the first gear train. The second mating gear is axially movable relative to the drive gear and adapted for driving the second gear train. Upon application of power to the drive motor, the first mating gear drives the first gear train, and the second mating gear drives the second drive train. The second mating gear is adapted to travel axially relative to the second gear train for disengaging therefrom when a load causes the second gear train to stall. The first mating gear may continue to drive the first gear train to stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventor: Henry Minasian
  • Patent number: 5889246
    Abstract: An automotive brake switch including a body having a linearly traveling profiled carriage which makes or breaks various circuits as the carriage travels. The switch includes a plunger which, at first, is free to move relative to the carriage, but upon installation is locked to the carriage. A rotatable lever arm holds the carriage in a desired neutral operating position, and maintains free movement of the plunger relative to the carriage. When the switch body is installed, the plunger comes into contact with an arm of the brake which causes the brake to move against the force from a spring to assume a desired adjustment position relative to the carriage for proper operation. The rotatable lever arm is turned to lock the plunger to the carriage and to free the carriage for travel within the body. Thereafter, the carriage responds to movement of the plunger caused by the brake arm to make and break circuits in the normal fashion to control the operation of cruise control, stop lamps, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignees: Joseph Pollak Corporation, Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Frank, Mark Susser, Mark S. Grimes
  • Patent number: 5873752
    Abstract: A tow socket connector for receiving a plug from a towed vehicle and having multiple electrical terminals sealed axially through the socket from one side to the other. Each terminal is locked in its associated opening in the connector by a snap member and the thickness of each terminal is expanded by jogs formed along a portion of its length to provide a slide fit and a sealant block between the terminal and its opening. Each terminal includes a horizontal opening to permit the flow of sealant in a well formed at the upper end of the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Gennady Baskin, David R. Cummings, Kayvan Hedayat
  • Patent number: 5831554
    Abstract: A non-contact angular position sensor for sensing the position of a pivotably mounted device, which includes a housing containing a generally spherical socket having a relatively large pivot ball mounted for rotation in the socket, the ball including a spherical magnet having its center coincident with that of the pivot ball, magnetic sensing elements cooperating with and mounted at a fixed distance from the magnet, a joystick having its axis passing through the center of the spherical magnet, and output apparatus connected to the magnetic sensing elements to provide a signal representative of the orientation of the joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Kayvan Hedayat, Gerald A. Tromblee
  • Patent number: 5800188
    Abstract: A direct-connect trailer tow interconnector for connecting the electrical circuits of a tow vehicle with similar circuits of a trailer in which a one-piece shell socket accepts a standard trailer plug at one end and is compatible with the fitting of a tow vehicle harness at the other end. Pass-through conductors, each of which is made from a single metal blank, form terminals compatible with those of the trailer plug and also with those of the vehicle harness fitting. A cover is provided with a spring-loaded floating hinge to permit flat sealing protecting the interconnector from environmental hazards, and a flushing passage is formed through the cover to remove debris from the floating hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Barber, Kayvan Heydayat
  • Patent number: 5788008
    Abstract: A system for selecting either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive in a vehicle which includes an actuator mounted on the differential housing of the vehicle drive system for engaging and disengaging the externally splined ends of opposing shafts in response to a signal switched from a power source in the vehicle cab. The actuator converts the rotary output of a DC motor to linear output of a carrier-mounted lead screw and drive nut which is transferred to a plunger which moves an internally splined ring between the opposing splined shaft ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: William H. Fort, Carl Frank
  • Patent number: 5777285
    Abstract: An automotive inertia switch including a switch body which houses a movable plunger weight; a button guide structure with a cylindrical nest, a switch reset button, a wiper contact, and a compression spring. Switching action is caused by the vertical movement of the weight. In an untripped state, a tip of the weight is spring biased by the compression spring into the nest. In response to a rapid change in the acceleration of the vehicle, e.g. a crash, the tip is dislodged from the nest and the weight is forced by the spring to move upwardly against the button. Vertical movement of the weight causes the wiper contact, which is in pressing engagement with the opposite end of the weight, to move between switching positions to make and break electrical connection of a common terminal to the fuel pump or a switch status indicator. The tripped status of the switch may be indicated by the switch status indicator, or by visual observation of the outward projection of the button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Carl Frank, James A. Mallett
  • Patent number: 5719364
    Abstract: An auxiliary reverser switch for a vehicle which includes a housing mounted in the vehicle in proximity to the operator and having a lever for selecting FORWARD, NEUTRAL and REVERSE positions for vehicle movement. The reverser switch is in addition to a standard range controller having a PARK and other positions and overrides control by the range controller only when a solenoid electrically connected in series with the ignition switch, the range controller, and the reverser switch is energized. The lever is mechanically connected to a rotor which breaks and establishes electrical contact to determine the direction of vehicle travel. The switch is self-canceling in that the lever is automatically returned to a HOME position displaced from the NEUTRAL position upon movement of the range controller to the PARK position or turning off the ignition switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Vaccari
  • Patent number: 5672823
    Abstract: A front removable gauge assembly including a case gauge housing for locking the assembly to an instrument panel. A printed circuit board is mounted within the case gauge housing in electrical contact with conductors of a connector shell which extends from the case gauge housing for electrically connecting elements on the printed circuit board to an instrument signal source. A front removable gauge unit is removably mounted within the case gauge housing and contains an instrument assembly which can be mounted for 90-degree or 255-degree pointer sweep. From the bottom of the front removable gauge unit, a connector stud and wiper contacts extend. The connector stud has a protruding key which engages the bottom surface of the printed circuit board upon clockwise rotation of the front removable gauge unit to thereby removably lock it to the printed circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Leonard P. Lachmann, Thomas Lozito, David Williams
  • Patent number: 5237133
    Abstract: A vehicular engine safety switch having two or more functional positions, which includes a removable restraining device such as a clip or a pin which is flexibly attachable to the body or apparel of the vehicle operator. In the primary functional mode, the clip is in place on the switch and the engine may be started. Movement of the operator from the switch by a distance determined by the length of a flexible lanyard removes the clip, and the switch returns under spring pressure to an OFF position. The engine may be restarted with or without the clip in place, the latter condition occurring, for example, if the operator has been ejected from the vehicle. The safety action of the switch is achieved by the interaction of a specially formed detent sleeve and spring-loaded detent ball, and a lock cylinder rotationally and axially spring biased relative to the detent sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventor: Carl Frank
  • Patent number: 4964678
    Abstract: An anti-lock braking system which is adaptable to installation in a wide range of vehicles by means of a self-adjusting connecting linkage between the brake and the control system for anti-lock braking. The brake pedal is linked to the control system by a latched member which releases to permit the linkage to assume the appropriate length for the particular vehicle. The linkage includes frictionally engaged elements which move relative to each other as required and the braking system includes a hydraulic circuit which prevents depletion of hydraulic fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Holloway, James A. Mallett
  • Patent number: 4698466
    Abstract: A vehicular switch for activating and deactivating a circuit or circuits in response to movement of one vehicular component relative to another such as a door relative to a door frame. The switch is a compact miniaturized unit insertable in the fixed component and self-adjusting to accommodate variations in spacing between fixed and movable components. Seals are provided to block access of water or other destructive materials irrespective of the position of the movable vehicle component relative to the fixed component. All electrical elements are completely enclosed in a weather-tight package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Willi K. Beck, Lincoln V. Danielson
  • Patent number: 4684769
    Abstract: A switching system operable in response to the travel of a vehicular lever or pedal such as a clutch for opening and closing operating circuits of the vehicle. The system includes actuators for moving switch contacts to change the conditions of the circuits in which they are incorporated and extension arms connected to said actuators through ratchet-and-pawl mechanisms. The extension arms are contacted and moved by an arm of the vehicular lever or pedal against spring bias which returns the actuators to the positions they were in before contact by the pedal arm. The ratchet-and-pawl mechanisms automatically compensate for increases in travel and may be reset for decreases in travel of the lever or pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Willi K. Beck, Lincoln V. Danielson, Andrew Strange
  • Patent number: 4649238
    Abstract: A multi-function actuator switch attaches onto an actuator of already assembled clutch assembly or the like with a simple sideways snap-fit, is fully enclosed when assembled onto the shaft, and is compact. The switch has a hollow housing with a longitudinal opening. The housing carries in its interior a driver member that snap-fits onto the shaft. A pair of coil springs held on guide arms urge the driver toward an initial position. The arms are mounted on a base plate that closes one end of the housing and also snap-fits on the shaft. A replaceable cover closes the longitudinal opening in the housing and locks the housing onto the shaft. The housing mounts a terminal board that carries a molded in place set of interior contacts that each connect with a terminal at the exterior of the housing. The driver carries a wiper contact that makes electrical connections between selected pairs of contacts as a function of its position in the switch to control the operation of circuits associated with those contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Willi K. Beck, Andrew Strange
  • Patent number: 4292483
    Abstract: An ignition switch having a starter lockout to prevent attempted restarting of a running engine. The starter lockout includes a slide-mounted orthogonally movable plunger which engages a depression formed in the switch housing upon completion of a movement of the switch rotor to the "START" position and its return to the "ON" position. Repeated movement of the switch rotor directly from the "ON" position to the "START" position is prevented by the engagement of the plunger by the depression in the housing. Disengagement of the plunger from the depression when the rotor is turned in a reverse direction from the "ON" position to the "OFF" position is made possible by a sloped camming surface on either the plunger or the depression which cooperate to urge the plunger back to a normally retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventor: Leo F. Roytberg
  • Patent number: D280615
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: Joseph Pollak Corporation
    Inventors: Willi K. Beck, Leo Roytberg