Patents Examined by Gary Graham
  • Patent number: 10829092
    Abstract: A wiper blade with a modular mounting base, having a wiper strip and a primary frame. The primary frame may be provided with a recessed portion having a base portion, a proximal end and a distal end, and may further be provided with a projection disposed on the proximal end, and with receiving holes on the base portion. The primary frame is capable of securing a mounting base having a bottom, a proximal end and a distal end such that one or more locking legs descending from the bottom of the mounting base can engage the receiving holes in the bottom portion of the primary frame, and such that the projection on the proximal portion of the recessed portion engages a guiding channel on the proximal end of the mounting base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventors: Robert Peter Peers, Hiroshi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10155501
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking device (14, 45, 52, 56, 66) between a windscreen wiper blade holder (2) and a windscreen wiper blade (13), said blade (13) consisting of a top part (15) that is capable of cooperating with said blade holder (2) and a bottom part (16) in direct contact with the windscreen or window to be wiped, said device (14, 45, 52, 56, 66) having a shape that complements said top part (15) of said blade (13), characterized in that it is capable of being solidly attached to linking means (29), said linking means (29) connecting one of the ends of said blade holder (2) to one of the ends of said blade (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Frederic Boussicot, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Gérald Caillot
  • Patent number: 10150450
    Abstract: A heated windshield wiper system includes a vehicle has a wiper motor and a windshield. The wiper motor is electrically coupled to the vehicle. A pair of windshield wipers is provided and each of the windshield wipers is movably coupled to the vehicle. Each of the windshield wipers is operationally coupled to the wiper motor. The wiper motor selectively urges each of the windshield wipers across the windshield. Thus, each of the windshield wipers may clear the windshield. A heating unit is coupled to each of the windshield wipers. The heating unit is electrically coupled to the wiper motor. The heating unit selectively heats each of the windshield wipers. Thus, each of the windshield wipers may melt snow and ice from the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Blain Whitford
  • Patent number: 10150454
    Abstract: A vehicle window washer device having: a washer tank that stores washer fluid; a washer pump having one end connected to the washer tank and another end connected to one end portion of a hose; a washer nozzle connected to another end portion of the hose; a control unit that drives the washer pump to supply the washer fluid stored in the washer tank to the washer nozzle via the hose; and a supply portion that is placed in a wiping region, wiped by a wiper blade, of a windshield glass, is disposed in the washer nozzle or the windshield glass so as to not project from a wiping surface, and supplies the washer fluid from a supply port to the wiping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hirokatsu Aramaki, Satoru Okuya
  • Patent number: 10150452
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes a wiper blade that is made of an elastomeric material and extends in a longitudinal direction. The windscreen wiper device also includes a joint part with a U-shaped cross-section that includes a top wall and a pair of side walls. At least one of the side walls has a spring loaded interference finger which projects outwardly for engaging an inner surface of a wiper arm to reduce side to side play between the joint part and the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Jesus Yee, Dennis E. Cox
  • Patent number: 10131324
    Abstract: A spline for use in a windshield wiper assembly including a wiping element is provided. The spline is composed of a pair of elongate strips, and each strip includes a first curved portion having at least one pointed protrusion to penetrate the wiping element, a notched portion having a notch, a second curved portion provided at a side of the elongate strip, and a body portion to seat within the wiping element. An overall shape of the spline is convex or concave with a bottom surface of the spline directed toward a wiping lip of the wiping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ALBEREE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Albert Lee
  • Patent number: 10124771
    Abstract: A wiper system for wiping off deposits deposited on a surface of a wiped member comprising a pair of carriages attached to frame members holding the wiped member so as to face each other across the wiped member and moving back and forth over the frame members along two facing sides of the wiped member, a pair of wiper arms respectively attached to the pair of carriages and extending from the frame member sides to the wiped member sides, and a pair of wiper blades respectively attached to the pair of wiper arms, extending substantially parallel to the other two facing sides of the wiped member, and arranged at the surface of the wiped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: Takao Tsuruta
  • Patent number: 10112583
    Abstract: According to the inventive concept, the distribution of the pressing pressure applied to the elastic member is controlled, and the contact force with which the contact member is pressed against the windshield of a vehicle is controlled by controlling the distribution of the pressing pressure of the elastic member, and, this improves the ability of the contact member to follow the windshield of the vehicle, thereby improving wiping characteristics of the wiper blade assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Cap Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Woong Kim, Young Hun Lim
  • Patent number: 10112584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiping device, in particular a wiping device for a motor vehicle pane, comprising a spoiler unit (22a-22p). According to the invention, said spoiler unit (22a-22p) is produced in a co-extrusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Koen Bex, Helmut Depondt, Dirk Herinckx
  • Patent number: 10106127
    Abstract: A windshield wiper system for an aircraft is provided and includes a motor, an output shaft, a wrap spring and crank rocker mechanism (WSCRM) to which the motor and the output shaft are coupled and a controller. By way of the WSCRM, first directional rotation input to the WSCRM from the motor via a two-stage gear reduction is converted such that the output shaft drives wiper blade oscillation through a first sweep angle and second directional rotation input to the WSCRM from the motor is converted such that the output shaft drives wiper blade oscillation through a second sweep angle. The controller is configured to control the motor such that the first directional rotation is continuously or non-continuously input during first or second flight conditions, respectively, and the second directional rotation is continuously input during third flight conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH AEROSPACE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Santyar Srivatsa, Guru Prasad Mahapatra
  • Patent number: 10106128
    Abstract: There is provided a wiper arm rotatably connecting an arm body to an arm head and including a spring member provided between the arm head and the arm body, the thickness of which is decreased while its mechanical strength is sufficiently maintained. A gap section reaching a pivot shaft hole is provided in a head connection section of a retainer. A recess is provided on a pivot shaft section of an arm head. During the retainer rotates, a straight section of the coil spring moves from the gap section to the recess. When the retainer reaches its upright position, the straight section is disposed within the recess. The pivot shaft section includes a projection disposed within the gap section and in contact with the divided pieces, on the both sides of the gap section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NIPPON WIPER BLADE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Katsuhiro Ouchi
  • Patent number: 10081337
    Abstract: A windshield wiper comprising: a connector, an adapter, a steel blade, a rubber blade, a retainer, a retainer cover, and a sleeve; the connector having a third slot and a spring plate; the steel blade having holes disposed; the steel blade passing through the third slot, so that the steel blade is coupled with the third slot, and the spring plate is coupled with the holes; the connector and the adapter have multiple engaging components, so that the connector can combine together with the adapter by snap-fit connection. Therefore, the windshield wiper of the present invention has simple structure and secure assembly, not only reducing the production cost, but also easing maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Inventor: Xiangdong Luo
  • Patent number: 10081338
    Abstract: A connection arrangement to connect a wiper blade to a wiper arm is disclosed. A connection element includes an upper part formed to fasten the connection element to the wiper arm, on which upper part a lower part formed to hold a basic body of the wiper blade is mounted to be pivotable around a rotational axis. A slider encloses the wiper arm in an end region, where the slider is able to move along the wiper arm from an assembly position into a functional position securing the connection element. A securing element prevents a movement of the slider into the assembly position during a pivot movement of the lower part around the rotational axis by a first value and allows the movement of the slider into the assembly position if the lower part is pivoted by a second value which is greater than the first value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Heiko Schmid, Eric Schumacher
  • Patent number: 10077027
    Abstract: A wiper device having a wiper blade adapter unit (10a-10i) which is provided for a releasable coupling of a wiper blade (12a-12i) to a wiper arm adapter unit (14a-14i) and which comprises at least one wiper blade adapter base member (16a-16i) which is able to be fixedly connected to the wiper blade (12a-12i). The wiper device comprises an adapter wind deflector unit (18a-18i) which is provided to deflect incident air and to press the wiper blade (12a-12i) against a vehicle windscreen (20a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Zeiser, Florian Hauser, Frank Moser, Dominik De Rop, Hervé Bratec, Stijn Truyens, Peter Epacher
  • Patent number: 10077024
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade device (10a-f) comprising a base unit (12a-f) and an adapter unit (14a-f), which can be connected to a wiper arm and is fixed to the base unit (12a-f) in a form-fitting manner in at least one mounted state, wherein the base unit (12a-f) and the adapter unit (14a-f) have a form-fit connection in the mounted state, in which at least one of the units surrounds the other of the units, at least in part, in a form-fitting manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Depondt
  • Patent number: 10077025
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter (9) for connecting a windscreen wiper blade (1) to a drive arm (3) of a wiper system, said adapter (9) being configured to be connected to a connector (8) with a degree of freedom in pivoting about an axis of articulation, said connector (8) being fixed to the blade (1), said adapter (9) comprising means for keeping in a nominal position of immobilization on the arm, said adapter (9) being configured to be immobilized, in a direction known as the direction of retraction, situated in a plane perpendicular to the axis of articulation, in a safety position, should said retaining means (20) fail. According to the invention, the adapter (9) is configured to be guided by the arm (3) in a translational movement, in said direction of retraction, from said nominal position to said safety position and/or to have a direction of deliberate disengagement from the arm starting from a position located between the two, nominal and safety positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Xavier Bousset, Giuseppe Grasso
  • Patent number: 10071712
    Abstract: An adapter for attaching a wiper assembly to a wiper arm having an attachment member including an end with a bent tab extending outwardly therefrom, and walls having fins. The adapter includes a body having first and second ends. A retention member is disposed at the first end for abutting the fin. A canard extends from the retention member toward the second end and is adapted to be disposed adjacent to one of the walls. A stop is disposed closer to the second end than the first. A guard is spaced longitudinally from the stop and has a cam surface and an engagement surface. A bridge connects the guard to the body and is adapted to flex when the guard pivots from the stop in response to force translated to the cam surface from the bent tab until the engagement surface abuts at least a portion of the bent tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Valentin Avasiloaie, Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: 10071710
    Abstract: The swing member (63) to be subjected to swinging drive is integrally provided to the output shaft (56) outside the speed reducer case (52), the speed reducer case (52) is provided with a pair of swing regulating portions (61, 62) which prevents the swing member (63) from being moved beyond the wiping-allowable limit angle (b°) by contacting the swing member (63). As a result, the swing member (63) and the swing regulating portions (61, 62) can collectively form the regulating member (60). As a result, essential components (such as fixing plate) can be omitted from the conventional wiper apparatus. Therefore, the wiper apparatus can be improved in assembly workability, size and weight by reducing the number of components thereof, and provided with a regulating member (60) which prevents the wiper member being moved beyond the wiping-allowable limit angle (b°).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Masafumi Takimoto, Shin Akimoto, Masaaki Kimura, Takeshi Kanai, Tomoya Nishikawa, Yukiyoshi Iso
  • Patent number: 10071713
    Abstract: The invention relates to a component (10) for a system (9) for supplying and/or distributing a liquid for a wiping apparatus for a motor vehicle, including a space, defined by a wall, in which the liquid can be accommodated, characterized in that the wall is made of a plastic heat-conducting material. The invention can be used for motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gérald Caillot, Vincent Izabel, Jean-Michel Jarasson
  • Patent number: 10065608
    Abstract: A flow guider and a wiper assembly for wiper, wherein a spring rail is detachably received in the flow guider which is provided with a longitudinal slot providing along the extension direction of the flow guider for accommodating the spring rail, and a receiving portion being able to receive the edges of the spring rail is provided on the side portions of the flow guider forming the longitudinal slot, for restricting the breakaway of the spring rail from the flow guider, wherein at least one stopper is provided on the longitudinal side walls of the longitudinal slot of the flow guider, a stop portion is provided on the spring rail for cooperating with the stopper, and the mutual cooperation of the stopper and the stop portion can stop the breakaway of the spring rail from the flow guider in the extension direction of the flow guider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Unipoint Electric Mfg. Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Andreas Benner, Sam Lai, Irving Chiu, Hsuhui Huang, Chienhung Lai