Patents Assigned to Kiekert AG
  • Publication number: 20120111073
    Abstract: A motor vehicle lock containing mechanical locking elements and/or latching elements as well as electrical, electromotive, and/or electronic components that interact with the mechanical locking elements and/or latching elements, wherein the electrical, electromotive, and/or electronic components are attached to a part of a housing (10), wherein an electric line attached to the part of the housing (10) is connected to at least one of the electrical, electromotive, and/or electronic components, wherein the electric line comprises a single-strand or multi-strand, flexible cable, wherein a cable path (19a, 19b) of the cable (8) passes through a cable conduit (15) disposed in the part of the housing (10), wherein the cable conduit (15) comprises a permanently, plastically-deformed material, at least at one side of the cable path (19a, 19b), whereby a deformation (V) in the material immobilizes the cable (8) in the cable conduit (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Karsten Barth, Serkan Gülkan, Ulrich Weichsel
  • Publication number: 20120068480
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock for a motor vehicle with a locking mechanism comprising a catch (4), a first-position pawl (13), a primary-position pawl (6), a blocking lever for blocking the primary-position pawl, and a driver for the first-position pawl, wherein the driver is a lateral contour area of the first-position pawl (13) and functions to rotate the primary-position pawl out of its notched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Serkan Gülkan, Karsten Barth, Ulrich Weichsel
  • Publication number: 20120068479
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock for a motor vehicle with a locking mechanism including a catch and a pawl. The object of the invention is to simplify the locking of a lock of the type mentioned above. To achieve the object of the invention, a catch of the claimed lock comprises a stop projecting upwards, e.g., in the form of a pin extending from the catch. Furthermore, a bracket is provided, which can be moved against the stop by means of a motor such that the catch is moved in this way from the first position and into the primary position. It is thus possible to move from the first position to the primary position in a motorized manner, which makes it easier to close the vehicle door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Karsten Barth, Serkan Gülkan, Ulrich Weichsel, Claus Töpfer
  • Patent number: 8025319
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is a vehicle door latch with a locking mechanism (1, 2) comprising mainly a catch (1) and pawl (2). In addition, the vehicle door latch contains at least one sensor (4) for detecting the position of the catch (1). The invention provides an intermediate element (5) that transfers the movements of the catch (1) onto the sensor (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Ludger Graute
  • Patent number: 8020903
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch with a locking mechanism including at least: a catch having a first axis of rotation; a pawl; at least one sensor for detecting the position of the catch; and an intermediate element having a second axis of rotation; wherein the intermediate element transfers movement of the catch around the first axis of rotation onto the sensor; the intermediate element directly contacts the catch and the sensor; and the first axis of rotation and the second axis of rotation are not parallel in space with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Ludger Graute
  • Publication number: 20110210565
    Abstract: A lock unit (1) comprising at least one catch (2), a first pawl (3) with a pawl rotation axis (4), and a blocking lever (5), wherein in a locked state of the lock unit (1), the catch (2) transfers a moment of rotation onto the first pawl (3) and the first pawl (3) is held in place by means of the blocking lever (5), wherein a second pawl (6) is pivotably arranged on the pawl rotation axis (4) and is engageable with the blocking lever (5) and the catch (2), and the first pawl (3) has a curved first blocking surface (12) for the primary position (13) of the catch (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Michael Scholz, Marek Dragon
  • Publication number: 20110204690
    Abstract: A locking device (1) comprising at least one locking mechanism (2) having a catch (3), a pivotal first pawl (4), and a second pawl (5), with which the first pawl (4) can be blocked from being swiveled. The locking device (1) further comprises a motor-driven actuating mechanism (6), which displaces at least one operating lever (7) in such a manner that the operating lever (7), during its movement cooperates with both pawls (4, 5) one after the other. The locking device is used to lock or unlock seat backs of motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Torkowski, Karsten Barth, Serkan Gülkan, Ulrich Weichsel, Thorsten Bendel, Kevin Zhang
  • Publication number: 20110193353
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for a motor vehicle lock (2), includes at least a catch (3) with an axis of rotation (14), a work arm (4), an impact arm (15), and a catch bolt recess (16) arranged between the work arm and the impact arm, wherein the work arm comprises a first metallic member (9) and forms a first position (5) and a primary position (6). The apparatus further includes at least a latch case (19) and a pawl (7) with a cantilever arm (17), an axis of rotation (18), and a locking position (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventor: Holger Schiffer
  • Publication number: 20110167882
    Abstract: A drive unit (1) comprising at least one electric drive motor (2) that moves a functional element (3), wherein the functional element (3) assumes, during its movement, a stop position (4) for switching off an electric drive motor (2), and at least one frictional element (6) cooperating with the functional element (3), wherein the frictional element (6) is disposed along a segment of a motion pathway (5) before the functional element (3) reaches the stop position (4). In addition, a motor vehicle lock (10) having a central locking mechanism (11) with such a drive unit (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Nass, Johannes-Theodor Menke, Frank Kunt, Lars Kretschmer, Philippe Mih
  • Publication number: 20110169280
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock unit (1) for a motor vehicle (2) comprising at least one catch (3) with a first position (4) and a primary position (5), a first pawl (6) with a pawl axis of rotation (7), which is engageable with the primary position (5), a second pawl (8) mounted on the pawl axis of rotation (7) and engageable with the first position (4), a blocking lever (9) with a blocking lever axis of rotation (10), which blocks the second pawl (6) when the first pawl (6) engages the catch (3), and a release lever (11) for pivoting at least the blocking lever (10), wherein the release lever (11) during the opening process interacts with the blocking lever (9) such that the first pawl (6) and the blocking lever (9) are pivoted in the same rotational direction (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Michael Scholz, Oliver Götz
  • Publication number: 20110169282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lock unit (1) comprising at least one catch (2), wherein the catch (2) has a primary position (8) and a first position (9), a main pawl (3) having an axis of rotation (4), a blocking pawl (5), which blocks the main pawl (3) upon engagement with the catch (2), and a first pawl (6), which is rotatably disposed on the axis of rotation (4) of the main pawl and is engageable with the catch (2), wherein the lock unit (1) comprises at least one elastic element (7) that biases the blocking pawl (5) and the first pawl (6) against each other, at least part of the time, such that the tension between the blocking pawl (5) and the first pawl (6) is preferably the largest in the open position of the catch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Michael Scholz
  • Publication number: 20110127780
    Abstract: A lock unit (1) having at least one catch (2) with a primary position (3) and a first position (4), as well as a first pawl (5) and a second pawl (6), wherein the first pawl (5) cooperates with the catch (2) in the primary position (3) and the second pawl (6) cooperates with the catch (2) in the first position (4), and wherein position detection means (7) are provided for both pawls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Karsten Barth, Thorsten Bendel, Serkan Gülkan, Ulrich Weichsel
  • Publication number: 20110089706
    Abstract: Device (1) for a motor vehicle lock (2) comprising an inlet (3) for a latch pin (4), wherein the inlet (3) has an entrance region (5) and an end region (6) with at least one damper element (7) which can absorb the contact force from the latch pin (4), wherein the damper element (7) has at least one opening (8), in which at least the rigid insert (9) is disposed against the damper element (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Thorsten Bendel, Klaus Götzen, Dieter Meyer, Jens Richter, Kay-Olaf Loock, Kai Schrenke, Wolfgang Hogräfer
  • Publication number: 20110089705
    Abstract: Locking device (1) comprising at least one locking mechanism (2) having a catch (3) and a pivotal first pawl (4), the operating lever (7) being movable so that during its movement the operating lever (7) interacts with a drive pin (20) of the first pawl (4) and a lateral pawl spring (35) acts between the drive pin (20) and the operating lever (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Karsten Barth, Thorsten Bendel, Serkan Gülkan, Ulrich Weichsel
  • Publication number: 20110012376
    Abstract: A lock unit for a vehicle includes a rotatable catch biased in an opening direction about a catch rotation axis toward an open position of the lock unit in which a first recess of the catch is configured to receive a striker of the vehicle. Additionally, the catch includes a second recess disposed before the first recess in the opening direction. A pawl including a slot rotatable about a fixed pawl pivot axis is biased toward both the catch and the pawl pivot axis. The pawl includes a blocking arm which extends into the second recess of the catch when the lock unit is in a secondary latched position. A blocking lever of a ratchet abuts the blocking arm of the pawl against the catch in a primary latched position of the lock unit preventing rotation of the pawl away from the catch. When the lock unit is forced from the secondary latched position to the primary latched position, the pawl moves in a longitudinal direction of the slot avoiding the rotational blocking action of the ratchet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Robert Hunt, Jim Zhuang, Werner Pohle
  • Patent number: 7845692
    Abstract: Taught is motor vehicle door latch with at least one locking mechanism (1, 2) comprising a catch (1); a pawl (2); a friction brake device (10); an end stop (13); and at least one cam (14). The friction brake device (10) cooperates with the cam (14) during the closing movement of the locking mechanisms (1, 2) and shortly before said friction brake device (10) reaches the end stop (13). The cam (14) and the catch (1) each comprise means for reducing noise associated with the closing movement of the locking mechanisms (1, 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Ömer Inan, Frank Kunst
  • Publication number: 20100236305
    Abstract: Motor vehicle lock (1) having a lock housing (2) with at least a locking mechanism (3) and actuating means (6), wherein at least one actuating means (6) extends through an opening (8) in the lock housing (2) and the opening (8) is provided with at least one reinforcing insert (9).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventors: Andreas Beck, Kay-Olaf Loock, Kai Schrenke, Willi Kammerbauer
  • Patent number: 7789440
    Abstract: Vehicle door latch, in which the catch comprises a casing made of sound-proofing material, the casing containing a buffer pocket, situated behind the primary position in clockwise direction and the buffer pocket being stretched around up to the area of the primary position, forming an overtravel stop cooperating with the pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Ludger Graute, Ömer Inan
  • Patent number: 7780205
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch comprising a catch, the catch having a main catch surface; a reset spring for resetting the catch; a cushioning stop mounted on the catch for rotation therewith and for providing a point of attachment for the reset spring; a cushioning element for cushioning the catch; and a latch housing having a receiving groove; wherein the cushioning element is disposed in the receiving groove; the cushioning element is stacked above the main catch surface; the cushioning stop limits opening movement of the catch by engaging against the cushioning element; and the reset spring is connected to the cushioning stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Ludger Graute
  • Publication number: 20100140963
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch with a locking mechanism including at least: a catch having a first axis of rotation; a pawl; at least one sensor for detecting the position of the catch; and an intermediate element having a second axis of rotation; wherein the intermediate element transfers movement of the catch around the first axis of rotation onto the sensor; the intermediate element directly contacts the catch and the sensor; and the first axis of rotation and the second axis of rotation are not parallel in space with respect to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: KIEKERT AG
    Inventor: Ludger GRAUTE