Patents Examined by Dennis H. Pedder
  • Patent number: 11040615
    Abstract: A tank flap or charging flap arrangement for a vehicle, including a housing which can be inserted into a mounting opening in the vehicle and has at least one connection part for the refueling or electrical charging of the vehicle, furthermore including a flap arranged on a hinge arm of the tank flap or charging flap arrangement, the hinge arm mounted on the housing so as to be pivotable about a first pivot axis, wherein the flap is mounted on the hinge arm so as to be pivotable about a second pivot axis, and therefore the flap can be pivoted between a closed position, in which the flap closes the housing, and a first opening position, in which the flap opens up access to the at least one connection part for refueling or electrical charging, and a second opening position, which is opened further than the first opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Jürgen Herzig
  • Patent number: 11040680
    Abstract: A crash box may include one or more layers arranged to absorb crash energy. In some embodiments, the crash box includes a first layer having an outer skin defining a periphery of the first layer and at least one of: 1) a rib and web structure, and 2) an array of tubes disposed within the outer skin for absorbing crash energy, and a second layer adjacent to the first layer, the second layer having an outer skin defining a periphery of the second layer and at least one of: 1) a rib and web structure, and 2) an array of tubes disposed within the outer skin for absorbing crash energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Tesseract Structural Innovations, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry L. Renegar
  • Patent number: 11040648
    Abstract: A dump body pivot pin, suspension node, and rear frame connection comprises a dump body pivot pin boss, a rear suspension connection boss, outer and inner upper rear frame tube connection bosses, outer and inner lower rear frame tube connection bosses, upper and lower beams, a beam connection web, and a support tube connection boss. The dump pivot pin boss has a pivot bore, a pin bore center axis, and inner and outer flat surfaces. The rear suspension connection boss includes a suspension connection center axis and inner and outer flat surfaces. The upper beam connects the outer and inner upper rear frame tube connection bosses to the dump body pivot pin boss. The lower beam connects the outer lower rear frame connection boss to the rear suspension connection boss and the dump body pivot pin boss and the inner lower rear frame tube connection boss to the dump body pivot pin boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Tad W Miller, David W Holthaus, Timothy D Harman, Venkara R Dantuluri
  • Patent number: 11040603
    Abstract: A sliding roof system for a motor vehicle comprises a front lifting mechanism and a rear lifting mechanism which are assigned to a front and a rear edge respectively of a cover of the sliding roof system, wherein the front lifting mechanism has a guide rail with a lifting slotted guide for a cover-side lifting slider as well as a controlling carriage which is displaceable along the guide rail in order to control the movement of the cover. The controlling carriage has a controlling slotted guide for a cover-side controlling slider, and the controlling slotted guide is provided in a slotted guide component which is pivotably attached to the controlling carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ROOF SYSTEMS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Biewer, Heiko Albert
  • Patent number: 11040604
    Abstract: A frame of a vehicle roof which may have a cable guide element in which a cable duct for accommodating a drive cable for a displaceable roof element is formed, the cable duct being limited by a duct wall. The duct wall may have a buckling cutout whose length in the longitudinal direction of the cable duct is greater than a buckling limit length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Gabriel Kalkbrenner, Peter Reihl, Thomas Weiderer
  • Patent number: 11040602
    Abstract: Roof frames and methods of making the same are disclosed. Roof frames may comprise at least a first, second, third, and fourth structures. One or more of the structures may comprise a first surface formed from a first continuous fiber composite comprising a multidirectional laminate. At least one of the first, second, third, and fourth structures may comprise a second surface formed from a second continuous fiber composite comprising a unidirectional laminate, wherein the first surface and the second surface are selected to be formed from the first continuous fiber composite and the second continuous fiber composite, respectively, based at least upon a stress analysis for the respective surface, wherein the first surface exhibits a higher stress profile as compared to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
    Inventors: Harold Van Aken, Sandeep Chandrakant Kulkarni, Warden Schijve
  • Patent number: 11034311
    Abstract: A bracket assembly comprises a body that includes a base that has a first end and a second end. The bracket assembly further includes a receiving member that is coupled to the first end of the base, and an engagement portion that is defined by the second end of the base. A support is operably coupled to the engagement portion between a raised position and a lowered position, and includes a retention tab that is proximate to the engagement portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jorge Adolfo Miranda Nieto, Martín Mauricio Camacho Carrillo
  • Patent number: 11034386
    Abstract: A vehicle frame structural member assembly method includes an elongated frame member and a reinforcement member. The reinforcement member is complementarily arranged adjacent the elongated frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eric J. Boettcher
  • Patent number: 11034389
    Abstract: A roof frame (1) for a roof structure (2) of a motor vehicle is closed in the circumferential direction and can be mounted on a body shell structure of the motor vehicle and connected to a roof outer shell (3). The roof frame (1) is produced from a fiber composite material. A side of the roof frame (1) that faces the body shell structure of the motor vehicle has height-adjustable installation domes (5) and spacer elements (6) are attached to each of the installation domes (5). The roof frame (1) and the roof outer shell (3) are connected to each other in an integrally bonded manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Inventors: Patrick Jost, Ines-Larissa Fels
  • Patent number: 11027784
    Abstract: A vehicle trailer assembly includes a moveable bracket or frame member mounted to a trailer at a location outboard from one or more rear wheels of the trailer; and at least one undercarriage skirt wall at least partially affixed to the moveable bracket or frame member positioned along a bottom portion of a trailer. The at least one undercarriage skirt wall is selectively positioned laterally around the one or more rear wheels of the trailer, and the at least one undercarriage skirt wall is retractable in at least one direction to expose a portion of an underside of the trailer and/or the one or more rear wheels of the trailer. Another vehicle trailer assembly includes at least one undercarriage skirt wall positioned on a bottom side portion of the trailer. The at least one undercarriage skirt wall may be made of a pliable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: INRANGE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Brereton, Brett Simmons
  • Patent number: 11027601
    Abstract: A shade roller apparatus is provided to achieve stable attachment of a pull bar to a shading sheet, and reduce the numbers of components and process steps required for the attachment. The pull bar may include a clip portion clipping a front hem of the shading sheet along an entire length of the pull bar, and a bottom wall below the clip portion. While having a front end retained by the clip portion, the shading sheet can wrapped around the pull bar such that the shading sheet sequentially passes over an upper surface and a front surface of the clip portion and then continues along the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakaoka, Yosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 11021092
    Abstract: A positionable platform for an interior of a vehicle comprising: a planar top surface; a bottom housing with a channel; and a releasable locking mechanism disposed between the planar top surface and the bottom housing. The releasable locking mechanism includes: a first bracket; a second bracket layered beside the first bracket; a button accessible for manipulation connected to the first bracket; a locked state where the second bracket extends into the channel; and an unlocked state where the movement of the button in a first direction causes movement of the first bracket in the first direction, which causes movement of the second bracket in a second direction different than the first direction that withdraws the second bracket from the channel or reduces the extension of the second bracket into the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Diego Santillan Gutierrez, Raul Javier Elias, Luis Enrique Gloria, Ignacio Adan Bautista
  • Patent number: 11014619
    Abstract: An inflatable active flow control device includes a first surface, a second surface, and a spring including one end connected to the first surface and an opposite end connected to the second surface. A flexible material is connected to both the first surface and the second surface around the spring, defines an inflatable internal volume, and includes a plurality of threads extending between opposing inner surfaces of the flexible material at spaced locations through the inflatable internal volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Taeyoung Han, Wonhee M. Kim, Paul W. Alexander, Chih-hung Yen, Bahram Khalighi
  • Patent number: 11014504
    Abstract: Provided is a receiving device for a vehicle interior, having a receiving section for receiving objects in a receiving position of the receiving section, a base body in which the receiving section is arranged in a rest position of the receiving section, a drive unit for moving the receiving section from the rest position via an intermediate position into the receiving position, in which the receiving section projects from the base body, the drive unit applying a first drive force to the receiving section for moving from the rest position into the intermediate position and applying a second drive force to the receiving section for moving from the intermediate position into the receiving position, the first drive force being smaller than the second drive force, further comprising a damping device for applying a first damping force against said first driving force and a second damping force against said second driving force to said receiving portion, said second damping force being greater than said first dampin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: HS Products Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Specht, Dietmar Christian Huber
  • Patent number: 11008046
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure is provided, which includes rear wheel houses covering left and right rear wheels, left and right rear damper supports supporting upper ends of rear suspension dampers provided to the rear wheel houses, left and right rear side panels, a floor cross member coupling the rear wheel houses in a vehicle width direction, forward and downward of the rear damper supports, a rear header, left and right lower reinforcements coupled at lower ends thereof to the floor cross member and at upper ends to a region adjacent the rear damper supports, and left and right upper reinforcements coupled at lower ends thereof to upper ends of the lower reinforcements and at upper ends to the rear header. A substantially annular shape is formed in a front view by the floor cross member, the rear header, and the left and right lower upper reinforcements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nishioka, Masanori Fukuda, Yusuke Desaki, Tomoya Ozaki
  • Patent number: 11007854
    Abstract: A vehicle sunshade including a foldable screen dimensioned for mounted coverage of a vehicle roof top opening with a leading edge dimensioned for removable attachment to a front periphery of the opening and a rear portion adapted for removable mounted engagement with a corresponding rear portion of the opening and having a magnetic coupling portion extending in a width direction from opposing side edges in substantially parallel alignment to the leading edge such that magnetic coupling of the magnetic coupling strip with the leading edge detachably affixes the sunshade to cover the opening and an interposed live hinge having a front panel flexibly pivotable about a hinge line thereby providing a taut and continuous planar surface when the magnetic coupling portion is coupled and enabling the front panel to fold back over an abutted surface of the rear panel when the magnetic coupling strip is decoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Inventor: Tim Dexter
  • Patent number: 11008045
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a roof panel, a side member outer panel, and a roof side molding. The roof panel includes a flange portion superposed on and coupled with a top surface of a flange portion of the side member outer panel. The roof side molding engages with a plurality of clips and mounted on the flange portion. The flange portion includes raised portions protruding upward between the clips and facing a lower edge of the roof side molding in the vehicle height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tomita
  • Patent number: 11001130
    Abstract: An open roof construction for a vehicle having a roof opening in its fixed roof includes a panel for opening and closing the roof opening. An operating mechanism on each side of the passage opening supports and moves the panel. A bracket on the panel and a support on the operating mechanism each have a plurality of holes and a screw for each pair of holes to attach the bracket to the panel support. At least one pair of holes is provided with a funnel which guides a screwdriver to the respective screw. At least one pair of holes is before or behind the passage opening when the panel is closed. The frame has a mounting opening for the screwdriver is in the same transverse plane as said at least one pair of holes to fasten the screw of said at least one pair of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: INALFA ROOF SYSTEMS GROUP B.V.
    Inventors: Rainer Gerhard Jungling, Marcel Johan Christiaan Nellen
  • Patent number: 11001308
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a first bumper reinforcement, a pair of right and left front side members respectively disposed on a vehicle rear side of outer portions of the first bumper reinforcement in a vehicle width direction, an apron upper member, a first crash box interposed between the first bumper reinforcement and the front side member, a cross member coupling together front ends of the pair of right and left front side members in the vehicle width direction, and a high-voltage component disposed on the vehicle rear side of and at a distance from the cross member. The first crash box is configured to undergo compressive deformation when a load equal to or larger than a predetermined value is input from the first bumper reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventors: Hyuga Atsumi, Shigenori Hashida, Kentaro Nakamura
  • Patent number: 11001312
    Abstract: A hole plug is configured to plug a hole of a component, and includes a first lip that is configured to be positioned on a first surface of the component, and second lip that is configured to be positioned on a second surface of the component. The second surface is opposite from the first surface. At least one of the first lip or the second lip includes a first lip segment, a second lip segment, and at least one gap formed between the first lip segment and the second lip segment. The gap(s) is configured to allow the first lip segment and second lip segment to deflect and rotate relative to one another to adapt a size of the first lip and/or the second lip to the hole of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Michel Kuhm, Stephane Dorschner