Patents Assigned to MAGNA EXTERIORS INC.
  • Patent number: 10969313
    Abstract: A lap shear test fixture and method of use to test the performance of the weld interface in welded thermoplastic composite parts such as infrared welded or resistive implant welded or adhesive bonded composite parts. The specimens to be tested are provided from production-ready parts with typical geometry. The test fixture has at least two aligned blocks with at least two lateral support blocks that operably hold the specimen including two welded substrates. The test is performed in compression-mode at a predetermined crosshead speed until the maximum load produced by a universal testing machine makes the weld interface between the two thermoplastic substrates fail in shear mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Marius Chitu, Alexis Baltazar y Jimenez, Steven J. Mori, Keith Ward
  • Patent number: 10960754
    Abstract: An active grille shutter system (AGS) that is assembled from modular components, thereby allowing the AGS to be any desired width or height when assembled. This allows for the creation of different sized AGS for different vehicle platforms, while assembling the AGS from a stock of components that is common to each AGS. The invention is also directed to a method of forming a base integrated end cap with moveable vane retainers and a link arm using a two shot molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA EXTERIORS, INC.
    Inventors: Braendon R. Lindberg, Ross J. Parpart, Anthony J. Povinelli, Daniel Vander Sluis
  • Patent number: 10946823
    Abstract: A kinematic assembly with a plurality of moveable members moveable in synchronized movement by way of a connection rod wherein the connection rod is configured to buckle if one of the members becomes somehow disengaged for providing a tactile indication of a fault condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA EXTERIORS, INC
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Manhire
  • Publication number: 20210060606
    Abstract: A method of masking and pretreating a plastic part prior to being spray-painted including the steps of providing a plastic part having one or more adhesive bond lines (12, 12?). The plastic part is typically an exterior automotive component having a painted show surface. Examples of plastic parts include but are not limited to lift gates, running boards, door trim pieces, spoilers, tail gates, front fascias and rear fascias. The method can also be used in connection with metal parts or any other application where a surface of the part will be painted and other surfaces on the part need to be protected from direct paint spray or paint overspray.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin James BARBER
  • Patent number: 10919453
    Abstract: An articulating step assembly for a vehicle which includes a mount for attachment to a vehicle, a step member and an articulating linkage connecting the mount and the step for stowing and deploying the step. A motor is attached to the linkage to provide raising and lowering of the step. A weather sealed non-contact switch located on the assembly for actuating the motor and linkage in response to movement of the step in a predetermined direction for deploying the step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley E. Watson
  • Publication number: 20210039722
    Abstract: A modular gate combined with multiple functions which can be easily employed with existing tailgates without any hardware or mounting modifications to existing truck beds. There is provided a modular tailgate system having a tailgate portion in combination with a plurality of functions. The modular tailgate system integrates any combinations of at least two of the plurality of features without affecting existing body sides and/or existing truck beds. Integrated features include a multi-functional gate (e.g., swing, drop, etc), storage (e.g., normal, sealed, refrigerated, heated, etc), step(s), lighting (e.g., ingress/egress, bed interior, removable, trailer hitch, parking, etc), bed extension(s), power (e.g., 12 v and/or 110 v), tie downs (e.g., ratchets, anchors, etc), sawhorse, magnet(s), table(s), bench(es), seat(s), net(s), any other predetermined desired function, etc., and combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Publication date: February 11, 2021
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Williamson, Robert M. Horner, Marc Cogswell, Larry R. Erickson, Brian Staley
  • Patent number: 10913335
    Abstract: A composite liftgate system with an inner panel construction having a strengthening channel structure. Structural composite reinforcements are bonded to the inner panel where additional strength is needed to meet predetermined performance requirements. Where the extra structure is needed, no steel or a minimum amounts of steel is used and the structural reinforcements are bonded in place using adhesive prior to application of additional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Kuntze, Stephen R. Roddy, Eric R. Langley
  • Patent number: 10914337
    Abstract: A fastener locating and retention structure which includes a dog house attached to a part. The doghouse includes at least three walls and an opening in the fourth wall large enough for allowing a T-stud shaft portion to enter. A top surface it provided for extending inward from the walls. The top surface has an aperture formed there in by two pairs of spring retention legs which oppose each other engage the shaft portion of the T-stud on either side of the shaft thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Dobbs, Gregory A. Engele
  • Patent number: 10906598
    Abstract: An active front deflector assembly having a deflector panel, actuator, and linkage assemblies each with a predetermined ratio of the links to each other for motion of the deflector panel. The assembly deploys and retracts based on vehicle requirements, and, when deployed, redirects the air flow in the front of the vehicle to improve the vehicle aerodynamics for either fuel economy or performance characteristics. Additionally, it allows for the deflector panel to retract so the vehicle meets ground clearances, etc. The deflector panel is also both rigid and semi-rigid to absorb impact energy. The drive shaft transmits the drive from the actuator coupled to one linkage assembly to the other linkage assembly for moving the deflector panel between the deployed/retracted positions. The actuator is clutched to prevent damage to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony J. Povinelli, Martin R. Matthews, Jeffrey B. Manhire
  • Publication number: 20210009210
    Abstract: An active front deflector assembly for a vehicle capable of moving between an extended position and a retracted position or any position there between. The active front deflector assembly has a cross member for attaching to an underbody of a vehicle. The frame member also includes a plurality of slip joint connections for connecting to the underbody of the vehicle. The cross member is a fixed link of an actuator link assembly that has an actuator, drive link, floating link and a blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Publication date: January 14, 2021
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. MATTHEWS, Braendon R. LINDBERGv, Yao WANG
  • Publication number: 20200406992
    Abstract: An active underbody panel system having a frame arrangement mounted under the vehicle and at least one deployable panel moveable between stowed and deployed positions to improve aerodynamics under the vehicle. A deployment/retraction mechanism is provided having a pair of linkage assemblies and driven by an actuator, which allows the deployable panel(s) to be moved automatically downward into the air flow as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mandl, Martin R. Matthews, Thomas E. Cobb
  • Publication number: 20200406813
    Abstract: A rear liftgate assembly with at least one rear lamp applique assembly and process for manufacturing same. The lamp applique assembly includes a rear lamp applique housing with at least one attachment surface for attaching to an outer panel of the liftgate assembly. A plurality of integrated snap attachment features are provided to connect the lamp applique assembly to the outer panel, thereby eliminating additional bonding and fasteners. A self-sealing wire harness connected accepts an integrated lamp connector, thereby eliminating the need for access openings, to further minimize water intrusion, and eliminate gaskets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Brian M. Cobb
  • Publication number: 20200392779
    Abstract: A multi-way liftgate assembly providing a plurality of dividers dividing the rear cargo area of a passenger vehicle into a plurality of secure areas assessable from a plurality of panels forming a liftgate to provide controlled access to one or more of those compartments. The vehicle operator has secure control of which portions of the cargo area can be selectively accessed. The multi-way liftgate assembly provides multiple secure openings to the cargo area of a vehicle that typically has only one secure opening to the cargo area. The multi-way liftgate assembly provides on-demand open height adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2020
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Luyao Zhu, Marc Cogswell, Robert M. Horner
  • Publication number: 20200391418
    Abstract: A manufacturing process for an active grille shutter arrangement including in-mold assembly of an active aero hinge modular frame that allows for the joining of multiple components that are to be assembled directly out of the molding process tooling. These components could be the vane end pivots, vane end stops, drive linkages, frame end stops, etc. Final assembly of the system is facilitated by geometrical considerations and molding material considerations in the in-mold assembly (IMA) design.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Braendon Lindberg, Ross J. Parpart, Anthony J. Povinelli
  • Publication number: 20200391685
    Abstract: A kinematic connection rod assembly with a plurality of moveable members moveable in synchronized movement by way of a connection rod wherein the connection rod is configured to buckle if one of the members becomes somehow disengaged for providing a tactile indication of a fault condition
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Publication date: December 17, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. MANHIRE
  • Publication number: 20200386282
    Abstract: A sealed actuator with internal clutching assembly including an output shaft, output detent ring, moving detent ring, and a wave spring, which is fit inside a sealed housing. The moving detent ring is able to move axially to the output shaft and the output detent ring is able to rotate on the output shaft. Intermeshing ramped teeth of these rings are held together by a wave spring and allow the output shaft to rotate and transmit torque of a motor through a main gear operably coupled to an output gear mounted on the output shaft to the outside of the housing. During predetermined high loads, the output and moving detent rings ramped teeth create an axial force that overcomes the load from the wave spring, which allows moving detent ring to disengage and output shaft to rotate freely to help prevent damage to the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Publication date: December 10, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Martin R. Matthews, Anthony J. Povinelli
  • Publication number: 20200375006
    Abstract: An illumination system and method of ground and other illuminating that comprises a plurality of sensors that scan/detect the exterior area around the vehicle and at least one controller, the system selectively turning on/off a series of lighting elements placed strategically around the vehicle to allow light to be directed to at least one ground or other surface at the persons at all times or any predetermined time. A controller is provided to activate ground lighting in coordination with sensor signals identifying where an individual or object are located in predetermined proximity to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Larry R. Erickson, Robert M. Horner
  • Publication number: 20200369331
    Abstract: A deployable applique assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The assembly includes a housing having a wall with at least one through opening extending through the wall and a panel configured to overlie at least a portion of the wall when in a stowed position, with an outer surface of the panel being configured to form a smooth surface with a body panel of the motor vehicle. The assembly includes a drive link extending through the at least one through opening and having a first end operatively coupled to the inner surface of the panel and a second end. An actuator has a drive member operably coupled with the second end of the drive link, wherein the actuator is operable to selectively pivot the drive link to move the panel between the stowed position and a deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2018
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: James J. FERRI, J.R. Scott Mitchell, Jeffrey Richard F. DOMENCHINI
  • Publication number: 20200369209
    Abstract: A moveable link for an active exterior component on a vehicle. The moveable link provides a sealed connection between the outer link and the base link and fixed link. This sealed connection prevents debris from contaminating the area where the outer link rotates about the pin, thereby preventing unwanted noises. Furthermore, the sealed connection also prevent corrosion between the outer link and the pin, which can lead to failure of the moveable link.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Publication date: November 26, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Sorin Ovidiu PANTEA, Robert Dale Brimm, Kevin C. Molligoda, Jason D'Antimo
  • Publication number: 20200362183
    Abstract: A primer containing graphene as an additive and a method of priming a filled polymer substrate for providing a Class A final paint surface. The method includes providing a substrate with reinforcement materials. A primer which includes from 0.5-5% by weight of graphene as an additive is applied to the substrate for coating the substrate. The primer is cured during heating of the resulting product for drying the substrate. The graphene acts to dissipate heat providing less differential of heat between the primer and the substrate and/or coatings applied on top of the primer which produces an improved final appearance of a paint over a fiber reinforced polymer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 19, 2020
    Applicant: Magna Exteriors Inc.
    Inventors: Ganesh SINGH, Benjamin James BARBER, Alexis BALTAZAR-y-JIMENEZ