Patents Examined by Curtis A. Cohen
  • Patent number: 6557300
    Abstract: A propping support for a chest, having a lid rest fastened on an inside surface of the lid of a chest, and a wall rest connected with the body of the chest. The lid rest and the wall rest are connected by a support device which secures the lid of the chest in a flipped-open position. To improve operational safety, the propping support has a spring holder with a spring element. An actuating element, which is prestressed by a spring against the spring element, can be displaced in a guide between two tilt positions of the chest lid when the lid of the chest is closed. The lid rest and the wall rest are coupled to the spring holder by swivel bearings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Karl Simon GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ulrich Bantle
  • Patent number: 6481584
    Abstract: A plastic pegboard includes a generally flat sheet of plastic material with multiple holes positioned at regular intervals. The sheet has a generally smooth front face and an opposed rear face. The rear face includes a ring projecting about each of the holes, as well as multiple ribs extending between some of the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Richard W. Cantley
  • Patent number: 6460295
    Abstract: An electrically operated actuator (10) for a slideable door (8) of a motor vehicle (6) includes a planetary gear set (12) having a sun gear (22), a number of pinion gears (24) rotatably mounted on a planet carrier (26) and interengaging with the sun gear, and a ring gear (28) interengaging with the pinion gears, the sun gear, planet carrier and ring gear being rotatable about an axis (A). An electrical motor (14) is connected to the ring gear to rotate the ring gear about the axis and an electrically actuated brake (16) is connected to the sun gear to brake rotation of the sun gear about the axis. A cable drum (18) is rotatably driven by the planet carrier (26). A cable (20) is wound around the cable drum and connected to the slidable door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Michael Johnson, Joseph D. Cranston
  • Patent number: 6460294
    Abstract: A window and door opening and closing mechanism is disclosed which is particularly well suited for use in casement and awning window fittings. The opening/closing mechanism has a hinge arrangement with two linked arms pivoting from a runner which may be attached to the window frame. One or both of the pivoting arms is mounted to the runner on a slider which is movable along the runner in relation to the pivot mounting of the other arm. The mechanism is operable by way of a cable or cord which has portions wound around a spool which is rotatable by the user. Winding the spool in one direction applies a tension to one portion of the cord or cable to apply a force between the pivot mountings of the arms and draw them together on the runner to open the window by pivoting the arms outwardly from the window frame. Winding the spool in the other direction applies a tension to another portion of the cord or cable coupled to one of the arms to draw them back toward the runner and close the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Peter W. Harkins
  • Patent number: 6460292
    Abstract: The present device is directed to a new and improved barrier gate assembly which comprises an automatic vehicle gate operating mechanism and a barrier arm assembly. The barrier arm assembly, attached to the automatic vehicle gate operating mechanism, comprises of a bracket assembly with a hinge assembly attached thereto. The hinge assembly, having a pivot axis transverse to the bracket assembly, pivotally joins the bracket assembly to a plate assembly permitting pivotal movement of the plate assembly away from the bracket assembly. The plate assembly is fixedly attached to the hinge assembly for securing and holding a barrier arm. The barrier arm longitudinally extends from the plate assembly. A magnet-type device is provided on the bracket assembly in alignment with the plate assembly to hold both the plate assembly and the barrier arm in place next to the bracket assembly while preventing pivotal movement of the hinge assembly and thereby the extended barrier arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventors: Carlos A. Rodriguez, Robert E. Castaneda
  • Patent number: 6453615
    Abstract: A vehicle door (10) and subassembly (16) thereof are made by mounting vehicle door hardware including a door latch actuator mechanism (32) and a window regulator mechanism (34) directly on a hidden surface (28) of a lower trim panel portion (20) of a two piece inner trim panel (18) that also includes an upper trim panel portion (22). A wire harness (50) is also mounted directly on the hidden surface (28) of the lower trim panel portion (20) of the inner trim panel (18). The window regulator mechanism (34) has a construction that permits pivoting thereof to facilitate assembly within a vehicle door outer structure (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Berta, Klaus Witte, Holger Reusswig, Jeffery W. Kolar, Thomas J. Strickland
  • Patent number: 6446696
    Abstract: A retractable screen is located within a frame portion of a window. The screen accumulates on and pays out from a spring biased roller located in said frame portion. The screen is fully retractable and for the most part hidden for viewing, egress or cleaning purposes, and is available as desired when moved to the operable position. The screening material utilized includes “T” shaped members for easy installation in compatible grooves provided with the handle and the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Preferred Engineering Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: John Robert Davies, Sean Davies, Sinnathamby Kupenthirarajan
  • Patent number: 6446391
    Abstract: A cable actuator for a casement sash includes a cable engager that moves against an opening pull cable and diverts the cable to an elongated path when the sash is closed. When the opening pull cable is tensioned to open the sash, this moves the cable back to a shorter tensioned path that moves the cable engager in a way that initiates opening the sash. Thereafter, the sash opens further in response to winding in of the opening pull cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Caldwell Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: E. Erik Timothy
  • Patent number: 6442897
    Abstract: A counterbalance system (10) for an upwardly acting door (D) movable on tracks (T, T) between a closed position and an open position having, a drive tube (31) adapted to be mounted above the door in the closed position, a cable drum assembly (30) mounted proximate each end of the drive tube, a cable connecting each cable drum assembly and the door, a cylindrical member (40) on the cable drum assembly, a cable receiving surface (42) on the cylindrical member extending laterally between the door and the tracks and receiving multiple layers (F, S) of the cable during movement of the door from the closed position to the open position, whereby the cable avoids engagement with the door during movement between the closed position and the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Wayne-Dalton Corp.
    Inventor: Willis J. Mullet
  • Patent number: 6442900
    Abstract: The sliding door is secured by a locking mechanism in a closed position wherein the sliding panel is held against a frame. When the locking mechanism is released, the weight of the sliding door causes the panel to move away from the frame while tilting the wheels in which the sliding panel slides into tilted positions. The panel is then free to roll along guide rails on the tilted wheels. When in the closed position, seals on the movable panel seal against the frame. During travel of the panel, the seals are in spaced relation to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Olav Johan Silseth Kvasnes
  • Patent number: 6434888
    Abstract: The present door gap finger guard is comprised of an elongated rigid fixed plate connected to an elongated rigid movable plate by a narrow springy strip. The fixed plate, springy strip, and movable plate are coplanar when relaxed. The fixed plate is adapted to be attached to an interior surface of a doorjamb, and the movable plate is adapted to be biased against a door hinged to the door jamb. Both plates are transparent for blending in with the surrounding architecture. The movable plate is biased against the door regardless of the door's position to cover the door gap at all times. The springy strip is significantly narrower than either the movable plate or the fixed plate, so that most of the guard is of a rigid material that cannot be collapsed when pushed upon for preventing fingers from getting into the door gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventors: William Shaw, Wayne Carson
  • Patent number: 6430871
    Abstract: A door controlling device for opening and closing a door in a wall having a linkage connecting between the door and a wall and an arm pivotable about a pin. A drive member on the pin has a stand by position which does not interfere with the manual movement of the door. Rotation of the drive member in one direction rotates the arm around the pin to move the door to the open position and rotation of the drive member in the opposite direction rotates the arm around the pin to move the door to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas J. Hebda
  • Patent number: 6430875
    Abstract: A power drive system is adapted for a sliding door mounted on at least one side of a vehicle for sliding movement forwardly and rearwardly of the vehicle. The system includes a reversible motor. A bracket is guided within a guide along a fixed path between the opened and closed positions of the door. An elongated drive member is slidably disposed within the guide and connected to the bracket at one end for driving the bracket along the fixed path. A translator mechanism operably engages with the drive member for powering movement of the door. The translator mechanism can include a rotatable hub, operably engageable with the drive member, a gear transmission for driving the hub, and a clutch mechanism for connecting the motor to the transmission. The translator mechanism preferably has sufficient power to pull the sliding door into a primary latch position with respect to the corresponding portions of a latch mechanism attached to the door and frame defining the door opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Valeo Electrical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Marian E. Clark, Harry Charles Buchanan, Jr., James A. Jackson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6430876
    Abstract: A system for reinforcing door hardware used to associate a door with a door jamb. The door hardware includes a substantially flat body and a projection extending transversely to the body. The hardware is coupled to the jamb and the projection is at least partly overlain by a reinforcement plate attachable to the jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Edward Wayne, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald E. Olberding, David W. Allen
  • Patent number: 6430874
    Abstract: The present invention relates to device (50) for guiding and sealing a moveable window (10), especially a side window of a motor vehicle. The device (50) includes at least one guide rail (15, 16) which comprises an inner space for guiding lateral edges (11, 12) of the window (10) and has sealing elements for sealing the window (10). The device comprises at least one driving means (17, 18, 19; 20, 21, 22) for moving the window (10) and which interacts with the guide rail (15, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Metzeler Automotive Profiles, GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Bernd Korte
  • Patent number: 6430873
    Abstract: A window regulator system has a first rail and a second rail. The second rail is spaced in a parallel relation with the first rail. A first slider assembly slidably engages the first rail and a second slider assembly slidably engages the second rail. A first cable engages the first slider and has opposite ends thereof wound about a first drum assembly. The first cable is guidedly mounted on the first rail. A second cable engages the second slider and has opposite ends thereof wound about a second drum assembly. The second cable is guidedly mounted on the second rail. A drive system simultaneously rotates the first and second drum assemblies. Rotating the first and second drum assemblies effects parallel movement of the first and second sliders. When a window is mounted on the sliders, the window regulator system effects opening and closing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Atoma International Corporation
    Inventors: Ken C. Borchuk, Luc R. Regnier
  • Patent number: 6427386
    Abstract: Motor/gear unit for adjustment devices in motor vehicles with a base plate 2 supporting the motor/gear unit and able to fit in an opening 10 of a wall 1 separating a wet space A from a dry space B. The output 5 of gear is mounted on the wet space side A and at least the elements for the electrical contact of the electric motor 6 and where applicable a switch and/or an electronic control device 7 are mounted on the dry space side B. A seal 3 enclosing the opening 10 is mounted between the wall 1 and the base plate 2. The base plate 2 forms one unit at least with a part of the gear housing 20 and is mounted on the wall 1 from the wet space side A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Roland Kalb, Henry Perschke, Bernd Münekhoff, Manfred Sünkel, Thomas Fröhlich
  • Patent number: 6425205
    Abstract: A power operating system for opening and closing a vehicle liftgate has a pair of drive units supported on the vehicle roof and connected to the liftgate for opening and closing the liftgate. Each drive unit includes a housing having a curved track and a curved gear rack that is bodily movable endwise in the housing and guided by the curved track, the rack also serving as the drive link between the housing and the liftgate. The combined rack and drive link is extended and retracted by a pinion gear that is journalled interiorly in the housing and engages the teeth of the curved gear rack. The pinion gear is rotated by the output shaft of the motor, which in turn is fastened to the side of the housing. The motor is a reversible electric motor and is adapted to be operably coupled to the vehicle ECU unit and preferably includes an internal transmission and electrically operated clutch controlled by the ECU unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael G Wygle, Ian Martin, Douglas Dombrowski, Howard Warren Kuhlman
  • Patent number: 6425210
    Abstract: A slat tensioning mechanism is provided for holding interconnected slats of a louver assembly in a desired angulated position. The slat tensioning mechanism comprises a housing having wheel positioning means for rotationally receiving a bearing wheel. The bearing wheel has an outer circumferential flat wall, and hub means adapted for securement to an end connector of a slat, whereby the bearing wheel and the slat rotate together. A tensioning arm assembly is pivotedly engaged to the housing and has an arm disposed at a predetermined location with respect to the outer circumferential flat wall of the bearing wheel. The arm has a friction surface at a free end thereof for applying a pressure on the outer circumferential flat wall of the bearing wheel for frictionally arresting the bearing wheel at the desired position. The slat tensioning mechanism is adapted to be disposed in an upright of the louver assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: Ricci Tools Inc.
    Inventor: Fernando Ricci
  • Patent number: 6418669
    Abstract: A structure for reinforcing doorjambs wherein first and second reinforcement plates (32 and 42) are located between the doorjamb (16) and the structure frame (34). Reinforcement plates (32 and 42) are arranged in overlapping fashion and are provided with respective bolt holes (26 and 48) that are in registry with a bolt hole (26) of the doorjamb (16). The overlapped reinforcement plate structure provides increased strength and greater flexibility for ease of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Paul J. Suter