Patents Examined by Darrell G. Dayoan
  • Patent number: 10099540
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door is provided. That door includes a door body that carries a door handle and a decorative trim feature remote from the door handle. A key cylinder is carried on the door body behind an access door in the decorative trim feature. The positioning of a hidden key cylinder at a position remote from the door handle frees designers to provide a motor vehicle door with a cleaner and more aesthetically appealing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paulina Vazquez Orpinel, Jeffrey Scott Mayville
  • Patent number: 10077015
    Abstract: An impact absorber includes an energy absorbing member that is formed of a composite material and absorbs impact energy by crushing in a predetermined crush direction, an outer tube member surrounding the periphery of the energy absorbing member over the energy absorbing member along the crush direction to prevent foreign objects from entering or impacting the energy absorbing member, and a pressing member in contact with the front end of the energy absorbing member and the front end of the outer tube member to press the energy absorbing member and the outer tube member simultaneously in the crush direction to thereby crush them. The outer tube member formed in a shape in which tubular portions are coupled in the crush direction, and is crushed in the crush direction while the tubular portions are regularly folded when the outer tube member is pressed by the pressing member in the crush direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventors: Yuya Mukainakano, Satoshi Ikeda, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 10071767
    Abstract: A floor structure (1) of a motor vehicle has a vehicle floor (2). A central tunnel (3) extends in a longitudinal direction of the motor vehicle and is connected to the vehicle floor (2). Two seat crossmembers (4a, 4b) are spaced apart from one another in a transverse direction of the motor vehicle and the central tunnel (3) extends between the seat crossmembers (4a, 4b) in sections. The floor structure (1) has regions of attachment to the central tunnel (3) on both sides of the central tunnel (3) and cast bridges (5a, 5b) are inserted into the floor structure (1) in the regions of attachment to the central tunnel (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kai Zielke, Dennis Tegelkamp, Philipp Butz
  • Patent number: 10071773
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure for concealing one or more sensors therein includes a roof panel, a windshield extending up to the roof panel, and a spoiler. The spoiler extends across at least a portion of a width of the roof panel and includes a leading portion that is substantially parallel to a windshield-roof interface, an apex, wherein a height of the spoiler increases from a height of the roof panel to a height of the apex as the spoiler extends from the leading portion to the apex in a vehicle longitudinal direction, and a trailing portion extending from the apex to the roof panel. A sensor volume is formed between the spoiler and the roof panel. One or more sensors are at least partially positioned within the sensor volume, wherein the one or more sensors output a signal indicative of a characteristic of an environment of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Jaime N. Moore, Crystal J. Mink
  • Patent number: 10065567
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo area at least partially defined by a first sidewall, a second sidewall disposed opposite the first sidewall and a floor cooperating with and extending between the first and second sidewalls. At least one tie down member is disposed on at least one of the first and second sidewalls. An auxiliary storage unit having a housing and a mounting bracket extending from the housing is removably secured to the at least one tie down member. The auxiliary storage unit is adjustable about the mounting bracket between at least a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Cheryl A. Garrison, Nicole T. Bickley, Michael J. Briskey
  • Patent number: 10053038
    Abstract: A front carriage for a motor vehicle includes a bumper covering and a support structure, which supports the bumper covering. At least one support device supports the bumper covering against the support structure in the direction of the vehicle height (z) and enables a deformation movement of the bumper covering relative to the support structure in longitudinal vehicle direction (x) in the event of a crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Stefan Wolff
  • Patent number: 10035548
    Abstract: An active spoiler system for a vehicle includes a spoiler body having an airfoil shape in a cross-sectional view. The vehicle includes a vehicle body arranged along a longitudinal body axis and having a first vehicle body end configured to face oncoming ambient airflow and an opposing second vehicle body end. The spoiler body is configured to be moveably mounted between the first vehicle body end and the second vehicle body end to generate an aerodynamic downforce on the vehicle body when the vehicle is in motion. The spoiler system also includes a first mechanism configured to selectively translate the spoiler body along the longitudinal body axis to thereby adjust along the longitudinal body axis a location of the aerodynamic downforce generated by the spoiler body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Christopher J. Barber
  • Patent number: 10035452
    Abstract: The inventive disclosure is generally directed to an improved tie-down/anchor-point/attachment-point wrap device that can be used for heavy loads and/or shipping of articles in conjunction with various securing mediums such as a bungee cords, tie-down straps, ropes, etc. Each device features an easily changeable, yet securely coupled and pivotable, hardware-attachment point; two parallel strips of heavy-duty webbing for load-bearing that is reinforced with a plurality of high-surface-friction (that is, “gripping”) substrates stitched to the webbing; and reinforcing substrates that include the mating surfaces for a hook-and-loop coupling to secure the device in place when wrapped-around a structural member, with a longitudinal space disposed between the strips of webbing and reinforcing substrates to allow a pivotable connector to extend through when installed on a structural member, and a backup securement loop for the hardware-attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Jerry Hill Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry R. Hill
  • Patent number: 10029743
    Abstract: An insulating panel for a commercial vehicle superstructure, with an outer top layer and an inner top layer, including more than two plies, and with a core layer in a thermally insulating material between the top layers. At least one of the top layers is constructed as an at least three-ply sandwich, including an outer ply in light metal material associated with the respective outside of the insulating panel, an inner ply in light metal material associated with the core layer and a core ply having an integrally joined connection to the outer ply and the inner ply, including a core ply material having a higher strength than the light metal material of the outer and inner ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Schmitz Cargobull AG
    Inventors: Michael Schlumm, Reinhard Beelmann, Peter Schmitz
  • Patent number: 10029734
    Abstract: An elongated beam, or rocker assembly, is disclosed that includes a first panel and a second panel attached to the first panel to define a cavity. A reinforcement is disposed in the cavity that includes a first tubular member adhesively connected to the first panel inside the cavity and a pair of tubular members are connected with an adhesive to the second panel, to each other, and the first tubular member. The tubular members are arranged in a triangular array within the cavity and extend along the length of the elongated beam. The wall thickness and bending strength of the tubular members are selected to provide an insert that collapses preferentially with the outer tubular member of the insert collapsing before the inner tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shaikh Akhlaque-e-rasul, Zhenyan Gao, Cheng Luo, William Moore Sherwood
  • Patent number: 10023027
    Abstract: A window device for a vehicle, the window device including: a light-transmitting plate having light-transmitting property and fixed to a vehicle body to physically partition an exterior and an interior of the vehicle; a light-shielding body having light-shielding property and provided along the light-transmitting plate within a view of a vehicle occupant; and a moving mechanism configured to move the light-shielding body up and down so as to widen or narrow a view obtained through the light-transmitting plate above the light-shielding body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventors: Fumitoshi Akaike, Ryo Tamemura, Mitsutaka Sakoh
  • Patent number: 10023247
    Abstract: A stake pocket anchor attaches an accessory to a vehicle stake pocket. The stake pocket anchor includes an anchor assembly hung from a tensioning member. The anchor assembly includes two channel members slidably attached to sandwich a center block, with an angled slide direction that enables sliding either upwardly and inwardly to a minimum anchor assembly width or downwardly and outwardly to a maximum anchor assembly width. During use, the anchor assembly gravitationally releases to its maximum anchor assembly width after being inserted through the stake pocket opening. The tensioning member is then used to vertically raise the anchor assembly within the stake pocket until a top of the anchor assembly contacts a bottom surface of the lip and thereafter allows further tightening of the anchor assembly against the bottom surface of the lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Curt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Joel D. Diller, Robert G. Fehr, Wolfe C. Parzyck
  • Patent number: 10017213
    Abstract: A vehicle panel structure includes a metal outer panel configuring an outer panel of a vehicle, a metal reinforcing member that is disposed at an end portion of the outer panel and that is joined to the outer panel further toward an inner side of the vehicle than the outer panel, and a resin inner panel that is disposed further toward the inner side of the vehicle than the reinforcing member and that is joined to the reinforcing member so as to form a closed cross-section between the inner panel and the reinforcing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Yoshinori Tanaka, Yoshitsugu Mukaiyama
  • Patent number: 10017081
    Abstract: Vehicle vibration device for a vehicle seat or a vehicle cabin comprising a lower part and an upper part mounted resiliently with respect to the lower part by means of a damping device, the upper part being mounted suspended on the lower part by means of at least one pivot mounting, the at least one first pivot mounting comprising at least one first lever, the first end of which is attached to the lower part by means of a first pivot axis and the second end of which is attached to the upper part by means of a second pivot axis, the second end being positioned below the first end in a vertical direction, at least one dimension of the upper part and/or at least one dimension of the lower part being variable by means of an adjustment device so as to vary the position of the first lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Erwin Haller, Jens Kolb
  • Patent number: 10005404
    Abstract: A cup holder assembly includes a door configured for translation between an open and a closed configuration, at least one receiver sidewall, and at least one first cup holder surface provided by a bottom surface of the door and configured to upwardly extend at least a portion of the receiver sidewall when the door is disposed in an open configuration. A retention system for a container is provided, including at least one container biasing member and at least one container supporting member. The container biasing member may be door-mounted or receiver sidewall-mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Adriana Lupsan, Murali Guntur, Peter Joseph Bejin, Jean Waters Taylor, David Steven Chronicle
  • Patent number: 4958722
    Abstract: A lead frame transfer device has a pair of guides and a transfer mechanism. At least one of the guides has a first guide rail adapted for moving in the widthwise direction of a lead frame, a second guide rail which is biased by a biasing mechanism to cause the second guide rail move toward the first guide rail in the widthwise direction of the lead frame so that the position of the second guide rail with respect to the first guide rail can be varied. Depending upon the widthwise size of a lead frame, the first guide rail of the guide is moved in the widthwise direction of the lead frame by a driving unit. In response to the movement of the first guide rail, the second guide rail is moved concurrently under by the force of a biasing mechanism and the lead frame can be held at a predetermined position under the pressure of the biasing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kobayashi, Kenji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4711338
    Abstract: A machine for feeding injection molded plastic lids from a gathering area to which they have been delivered in either scrambled or stacked relationship to a delivery point where the lids are oriented for subsequent delivery to a lid stacking machine or to a point of use. The lid feeding machine comprises a first driven belt in a generally horizontal plane but slightly inclined with respect to the horizontal on its longitudinal axis and a second driven belt in a generally vertical plane but also slightly inclined with respect to the horizontal on its longitudinal axis, the belts being juxtaposed in approximately
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Carson/Burger/Weekly, Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Carson, Gary A. Barnhart
  • Patent number: 4601636
    Abstract: Patent of Invention for a mechanical carrier, comprising a supporting chassis (1), a movable body, (3) in internal position, driven by a pneumatic cylinder (4), having a first jointed set (5), comprising a pair of cross arms, parallel to each other and jointed in a triangular part (8), fixed to a chain (9), which fits to the gear (10) mounted on the movable body (3); said triangular part (8) is coupled to the lower arm (7) and a stem (12) within a jacket (13), the positioning of which is determined by the supports (14) and (15) fixed to the jacket (13) and to the vertex of the triangular part (8), while the support (15) is jointed to the end of the stem (12), by means of a horizontal part (16), which can have coupled thereto a grasping device (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Inventor: Jose P. Daguano
  • Patent number: 4573862
    Abstract: A workpiece transfer device has a carrier which travels on rails between a pick-up station and a delivery station. A pair of parallel tracks extends between the two stations. A workpiece gripper has a roller thereon engaged with one track to retain the work gripper in work-gripping position when the carrier is travelling from the pick-up station to the delivery station. The roller engages the other track to retain the work gripper in the release position when travelling in the opposite direction. At the opposite ends of the two tracks cylinder-operated blocks are arranged to receive the roller from one track and shift it to engage the other track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Lamb Technicon Corp.
    Inventor: Paul L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4572359
    Abstract: A conveyor belt is disclosed, which comprises an upper covering rubber layer, a lower covering rubber layer, and a core layer embedded between the upper and lower covering layers and is adapted for used in conveyance while being elastically deformed in such a cylindrical shape as to overlap the widthwise edge portions thereof with each other. In this type of the conveyor belt, a low friction layer is provided on each of both surfaces of the belt at the overlap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: Bridgestone Tire Company Limited
    Inventors: Mamoru Fujita, Yasuaki Kameta