Patents Assigned to Nifco Inc.
  • Patent number: 11432376
    Abstract: A heating device for off-vehicle information acquisition means, which has high heating efficiency, which is thin, and which has a high degree of freedom for layout of a heating element is provided. A heating device (100), which is arranged inside a vehicle, heats a window glass portion (Wa) located in an information acquisition path (5) of an off-vehicle information acquisition means (50) for acquiring information outside the vehicle. The heating device (100) comprises a hood (10) provided inside the vehicle below the information acquisition path (5) of the off-vehicle information acquisition means (50) and a heating element (20) provided on the surface of the hood (10) or inside the hood (10) and having a PTC heater layer (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ochiai
  • Patent number: 11420410
    Abstract: A sound absorbing body includes a cup-shaped main body and a porous sheet. The cup-shaped main body includes an opening portion and a bottom portion. The porous sheet covers the opening portion. The main body includes, between the opening portion and the bottom portion, at least one hole that is larger than pores of the porous sheet and extends through the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Taeko Ueno
  • Patent number: 11415259
    Abstract: A hole plug for waste water includes a protruding portion having a flange with a dish shape, and a drain hole therein; and a cylindrical portion projecting from the protruding portion and formed at an inner face side of the flange, the cylindrical portion being configured to be inserted into and pass through an attachment hole of a panel. The cylindrical portion includes an engagement leg provided in a circumference configured to detachably engage the attachment hole, a cylinder inside, and a shielding wall which is positioned above the drain hole, is larger than a horizontal cross-sectional surface of the drain hole, and is provided such that the cylinder inside and the drain hole can communicate with each other for allowing a liquid entering into an inside of a vehicle to flow into the cylinder inside and flow out to an outside of a vehicle from the drain hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Yamada
  • Patent number: 11415194
    Abstract: This damper comprises: a housing accommodating a damping medium; and a rotor rotatable relative to the housing, inside the housing. A unidirectional clutch which stipulates rotation in one direction and a rotating shaft can be connected to each other coaxially. The unidirectional clutch, when supporting the rotating shaft, constitutes a first input object, whereas the rotating shaft constitutes a second input object when not being supported by the unidirectional clutch. A connection object comprises a first connection part capable of connecting to the first input object coaxially, and a second connection part capable of connecting to the second input object coaxially. Two separate connection states are provided, namely a state in which the first connection part and the first input object are connected to each other, and a state in which the second connection part and the second input object are connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Makoto Muranaka
  • Publication number: 20220227320
    Abstract: A bumper attachment retainer including: a support portion configured to support, from a back face of a bumper, an upper face section of the bumper at which an upper face of the bumper is formed; a first upper restricting portion configured to make contact with the upper face section of the bumper, which is disposed at a reference position with the upper face section supported by the support portion, to restrict a position of the bumper in an attachment direction, and to release positional restriction of the bumper in a case in which a motive force in the attachment direction acting on the bumper disposed at the reference position is a predetermined force or greater; and a second upper restricting portion configured to make contact with the upper face section of the bumper disposed at the reference position and to restrict a position of the bumper in a detachment direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Applicant: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Kota SAWANO
  • Patent number: 11383648
    Abstract: A shielding member comprises a generally rectangular and flexible sheet member including a first part and a second part, a first wire surrounding at least a portion of the first part, and a second wire surrounding at least a portion of the second part. The shielding member is foldable in two about a portion between the first wire and the second wire such that the first part with the first wire and the second part with the second wire overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignees: HAYASHI TELEMPU CORPORATION, NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Asai, Atsuko Inukai, Jun Fujimatsu, Yuto Aoki
  • Patent number: 11377158
    Abstract: A hole plug includes: a tubular outer periphery wall portion for insertion into a burring hole formed in an attachment member; an annular flange portion that protrudes toward a radial direction outer side of the outer periphery wall portion, from an end portion side of the outer periphery wall portion at an opposite side from an insertion direction side of the outer periphery wall portion; a pawl portion that projects toward the radial direction outer side from the outer periphery wall portion; a closure portion that extends between inner sides of the outer periphery wall portion; and an abutting portion provided at at least one of the flange portion or the outer periphery wall portion, the abutting portion overlapping with a periphery edge portion of the burring hole as seen in the insertion direction, and the abutting portion configured to abut the periphery edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Takehiro Sato
  • Patent number: 11364849
    Abstract: A one-way damper mechanism, which can properly operate a damper by appropriately engaging a gear and a rotary damper so as to reduce wobbling, is provided. A one-way damper mechanism includes a gear-holding member provided with a gear engaging with a rack, which relatively moves to the rack; and a damper-holding member provided with a rotary damper, which relatively moves to the rack, and the one-way damper mechanism changes between a braking state wherein the gear and a damper gear are engaged, and a release state wherein the gear and the damper gear are separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Naoto Jinbo
  • Patent number: 11351857
    Abstract: In a sleeve member for a filler pipe, the filler pipe passes through the sleeve member internally and is positioned with an upper end thereof on a fuel supply portion formed on an outside panel forming an outside of an automobile through a through hole formed in an inside panel forming a wheel house of the automobile. The sleeve member includes an attachment portion relative to the outside panel; a main seal portion elastically deformed and pressed against an inner face facing a space formed between the inside panel and the outside panel in such a way so as to surround the through hole by an insertion into the through hole; and an engagement portion which becomes engageable with a hole edge portion of the through hole positioned on an outer-face side of the inside panel by the insertion into the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Jumpei Horikawa, Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11351843
    Abstract: An air vent unit includes a vent portion communicating with an outlet of an air conditioning device; and a container holding portion communicating with the vent portion to hold a container. In a vent-portion attachment state wherein the vent portion is attached to an outlet by facing the vent portion toward an interior side, the container holding portion is stored inside the outlet. In a container-holding-portion attachment state wherein the air vent unit is removed from the outlet from the vent-portion attachment state and the vent portion is attached by facing toward the outlet, the container holding portion projects toward the interior side, and at that time, the container holding portion is held not to be pushed toward an inside of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Takehiko Nemoto
  • Patent number: 11345319
    Abstract: A device for spraying a fluid on a vehicle camera includes a flow passage for connecting a suction portion with a discharge portion; a cylinder for communicating a pressure chamber in front of a piston with the flow passage; a drive mechanism for the piston including a motor; a first valve located between the suction portion and the pressure chamber, and functioning such that the first valve opens when the piston moves backward and closes when the piston moves forward; a second valve located between the pressure chamber and the discharge portion, and functioning such that the second valve opens when a pressure in the pressure chamber reaches a predetermined value by a forward movement of the piston; and a casing for housing the flow passage, the cylinder, the drive mechanism, the first valve, and the second valve to be combined with the vehicle camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Mikio Nezu
  • Patent number: 11338742
    Abstract: A bracket for holding an in-vehicle device inside a window glass includes a base configured to be fixed to an inside surface of the window glass; right and left side portions protruding downward from the base; a locking member assembled so as to be movable between a first position and a second position; and at least one support portion configured to receive a supported portion provided in the in-vehicle device and inserted between the right and left side portions from a lateral direction while the locking member is located at the first position. When the locking member is moved to the second position while the supported portion is received by the support portion, the locking member is pressed against the supported portion so that the in-vehicle device is held in any of the front to rear direction and the up to down direction without rattling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Inayoshi
  • Patent number: 11325542
    Abstract: An airbag device attached to a vehicle body frame member and covered by a garnish is configured such that when a bag body is deployed, the airbag device pushes out the garnish to create a gap between the garnish and the vehicle body frame member to allow the bag body to be inflated out of the gap. The clip for securing the garnish to the vehicle body frame member includes a first member configured to be fixed to the vehicle body frame member, a second member configured to be fixed to the garnish, and a connecting member for keeping the first member and the second member connected when the airbag is deployed. The connecting member is tiltable with respect to the first member and the second member so that the movable range of the clip can be maximized without using flexible material for the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Hajime Naoi
  • Patent number: 11319846
    Abstract: An oil separator is provided, which can accurately control an interval between an introduction hole of a gaseous body and a separation member, and can ensure a stable and high separation performance. An oil separator 30 includes a wall portion 31 having a plurality of orifices 32, and a holding portion 34 holding a separation member 33. A facing surface 33A of the separation member 33 is disposed along a front face portion 42A of a positioning portion 42 having a plurality of opening portions 42D, so that an interval L between the orifices 32 and the facing surface 33A of the separation member 33 accurately has a desired distance. A gas separated from an oil smoothly flows downward along a flow path formed by the opening portions 42D so as to reduce a pressure loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Nakaya, Kenji Takahashi, Keisuke Utsu
  • Patent number: 11312281
    Abstract: A clip for attachment of a floor carpet includes a male member having a lower flange portion, and a shaft portion projecting from the lower flange portion; and a female member having a cylindrical portion to which the shaft portion is inserted, an upper flange portion projecting around an outer periphery of the cylindrical portion, and an engaging portion at an inner periphery of the cylindrical portion. The male member also includes a hole portion penetrating through the lower flange portion and the cylindrical portion, engaging projections formed around an outer periphery of the shaft portion, and a regulation member inserted into the hole portion. In case the male member is inserted into the female member to engage the engaging projections with the engaging portion and the regulation member is inserted into the hole portion, the regulation member prevents the engaging projections from being disengaged from the engaging portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Suguru Furuuchi, Takuya Hamamoto
  • Patent number: 11292396
    Abstract: A bracket for a vehicle mount device includes an attachment member for a vehicle side, and a holding portion for the vehicle mount device. The holding portion includes a receiving portion for receiving at least a part of the vehicle mount device by a sliding operation of the vehicle mount device, and a guide portion for a projecting portion of the vehicle mount device along a sliding direction of the sliding operation. The receiving portion includes a position setting wall for the side of the vehicle mount device, and a holding piece for one side of the vehicle mount device. The guide portion includes an elastic piece, which is elastically deformed by contacting the projecting portion during a sliding movement and returns to an original posture at an end of the sliding movement to engage the projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Jemin Hwang
  • Patent number: 11285805
    Abstract: The lid device for vehicle includes a link member supporting a lid to open and close; and a basing member moving the lid from a fully-closed position to a first reference position which is a partly-open position, and moving the lid from a second reference position which is further in the open direction than the first reference position to a fully-open position. The link member includes first and second link members pivotally supported at one end on the rear side of the lid, and pivotally supported at the other end within the housing. The biasing member has a pop-up contact part for switching the lid from the closed position to the first reference position, and a deadlock contact part inner surface for switching between biasing toward the first reference position and biasing toward the fully opening position with the second reference position in between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Seiji Yagura
  • Publication number: 20220078936
    Abstract: The display device includes a display, a resin member, and a transparent layer. The display includes a first surface on which an image is displayed, a second surface located oppositely to the first surface, and a side surface extending from the first surface to reach the second surface. The resin member includes an inner wall surface at least partially opposed to the side surface of the display, a first surface connected to the inner wall surface and located on the same side as the first surface of the display, and a second surface connected to the inner wall surface and located on the same side as the second surface of the display. The transparent layer includes a second surface spreading in contact with the first surface of the display and the first surface of the resin member, and a first surface located oppositely to the second surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Publication date: March 10, 2022
    Applicant: NIFCO INC.
    Inventors: Atsushi DOI, Tsuyoshi FUKUDA, Keisuke FUKUSHIMA, Eiichiro NISHIO
  • Patent number: 11214993
    Abstract: A latch device includes a case, a rod juts out from inside the case so as to adopt an advanced position, a rod biasing member biases the rod in a jutting out direction pushing the rod out from inside the case, a lock mechanism that includes a slide cam that moves together with the rod in the jutting out direction and a rotation cam that is relatively rotatable with respect to the slide cam about an axis of the rod, with the lock mechanism locking the rod in a retracted position in the case due to the rotation cam engaging with the slide cam and rotating due to the rod being pressed in, a guide mechanism for rotating the rod about the axial direction thereof when the rod is advancing or retracting, and an engagement portion that engages with an engaged portion when the rod has been locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Watanabe
  • Patent number: 11214141
    Abstract: A vehicle lid device includes a housing disposing a fueling port or an electrical charging port inside an opening; and a lid turnably connected to a housing side, and opening and closing the opening of the housing. A connection portion between the housing side and the lid side includes a fitting portion for a shaft and a hole, and in a fully open position of the lid, when an external force at a predetermined value or above is applied in an opening direction to further open the lid, fitting of the fitting portion is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: NIFCO INC.
    Inventor: Seiji Yagura