Patents Examined by Gary K. Graham
  • Patent number: 10889268
    Abstract: A wiper system for a machine is provided. The wiper system includes a first motor configured to operate a first wiper and a second motor configured to operate a second wiper wherein the first motor and the second motor are connected in a parallel configuration. The wiper system further includes a power source which is in electrical connection with the first and the second motors for energizing each motor to move the respective wipers. The wiper system includes a switch configured to simultaneously operate the first motor and the second motor in one of a high speed mode, a low speed mode, or a park mode. The wiper system includes an isolating circuit configured to isolate the first motor from the power source and allow the second motor to run independent of the first motor when the switch is set in the park mode and speed of the first motor is different from speed of the second motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Nithyanandam Nagendran, Richard Franklin Shults
  • Patent number: 10882494
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper motor (10), with an output shaft (11) which rotates in exclusively one direction (12) and is designed at least indirectly to move at least one wiper blade (1) between two reversal positions (A, B). According to the invention, it is provided that the wiper motor (10) has means (30) which are designed at least indirectly to activate a pump (25) for conveying a cleaning fluid in such a manner that cleaning fluid can be applied to a vehicle window (2) exclusively in front of the wiper blade (1) in the respective wiping direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Siegfried Stefani, Jörg Bürkle
  • Patent number: 10875505
    Abstract: The invention proposes a system (10) for wiping a vehicle window (12), comprising: at least one windscreen wiper blade (14) adapted to be driven by a drive arm (16) of the wiper system (10) with alternating movements sweeping at least one portion of the exterior surface of a window to be wiped between two positions at which the sweeping direction is reversed; a device (18) for spraying a liquid onto the exterior surface; a pump for feeding the sprayer device (18) with liquid; a circuit (CP) for controlling the feeding of the sprayer device (18) by the pump (38) as a function of the sweeping direction, characterized in that it includes a sensor (CA) of acceleration of the windscreen wiper that is carried by the windscreen wiper and that is connected to the control circuit (CP) in order to supply to the control circuit (CP) signals representing the value of the acceleration of the windscreen wiper (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Guillaume Mouleyre, William Terrasse
  • Patent number: 10875504
    Abstract: A wiper blade end cap (22 and 22?), comprising at least one sealing element (22a) for sealing a channel for delivering windscreen washer fluid of a member of the blade (10), characterised in that said at least one sealing element (22a) comprises a channel (22a1), referred to as the end channel, intended to be brought into communication with said delivery channel when said delivery channel is sealed, and at least one spray opening (22a2 and 22a2?) originating at said end channel (22a1) and emerging on the outside of said cap (22 and 22?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Gérald Caillot
  • Patent number: 10843667
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a deflector (2; 20) for a wiper blade (1; 10) for a motor vehicle, made from a flexible material characterised in that it is split longitudinally by a groove (11; 110) communicating with a longitudinal cavity (8; 80) of the deflector (2; 20) in such a way as to form two half-foil members (2a, 2b; 20a, 20b) that can assume a deformed position in which the deformed half-foil members (2a, 2b; 20a, 20b) increase the deflection surface area of the deflector (2; 20). The present invention also concerns a wiper blade (1; 10) comprising such a deflector (2; 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Yvan Gironde
  • Patent number: 10843663
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to techniques for implementing a windshield wiper system with an actively movable platform. The windshield wiper system can include a windshield wiper arm mechanically coupled to a platform and an actuator mechanically coupled to the platform. The windshield wiper arm can be configured to move through a planar range of motion that is substantially parallel to a surface of a vehicle when the platform is positioned at a first spatial location and the movable windshield wiper arm can be configured constrained from moving through the planar range when the platform is positioned at a second spatial location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY & FUTURE INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Clyde Bennett
  • Patent number: 10843665
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a windscreen wiper drive of a windscreen wiper device of a rail vehicle. The drive includes at least one electric motor, a gear, the input shaft of which being connected to an output shaft of the electric motor, wherein an output shaft of the gear is provided for driving at least one windscreen wiper arm of a windscreen wiper, which arm swings back and forth with the output shaft, a rotation angle sensor unit, which detects a rotation of at least one element of the windscreen wiper drive, and a mechanical rotation angle limitation, which mechanically limits a rotational movement of at least one element of the windscreen wiper drive. The electric motor is formed by a disc motor and the gear is formed by a planetary gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Gerhardus De Vries, Gerd Noll
  • Patent number: 10836361
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adapter (13) designed to connect a wiper blade (1) to a drive arm (2) of a windscreen wiping system (3) for vehicles, the adapter (13) being outfitted with at least one locking means (18) designed to lock the adapter (13) in a terminal portion (11) of the drive arm (2), the adapter (13) comprising a pivoting means (27) of the locking means (18), characterized in that the adapter (13) comprises a portion (40) at least partially bounding off a volume (26) of the adapter (13), the locking means (18) comprising at least one appendage (39) which extends into the inside of the volume (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Vincent Gaucher, Stéphane Houssat, Guillaume Mouleyre
  • Patent number: 10836357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle wiper blade having two or more edges, including: a pair of stopping parts coupled to a wiper body in such a manner as to be branched from the undersides thereof; bent parts disposed on the underside surfaces of the pair of stopping parts; and wiping parts disposed on the undersides of the bent parts to wipe a window glass surface of a vehicle, wherein the bent parts and the wiping parts are left and right symmetrical with each other around a center line of the blade, and each wiping part includes a wiping contact part disposed on the lower end thereof in such a manner as to come into contact with the window glass surface to wipe the window glass surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SPARK CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Se-Heon Park
  • Patent number: 10836359
    Abstract: A wiper system for vehicles is provided. The system includes a heated wiper blade assembly, a heated cowl assembly and a controller. The controller receives input from one or more sensors or systems and causes a power source to provide, reduce or stop power to heating elements in the blade and/or cowl depending upon sensed conditions. At least some components in the assembly comprise thermally conductive polymers. The system provides surprisingly advantageous results in that it is effective for melting and clearing ice and snow with a lower than expected pull on a power source such as a battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: CRYSTAL CLEAR BLADES INC.
    Inventor: Trent Coleman
  • Patent number: 10836360
    Abstract: The windscreen wiper device includes a wiper element and a carrier element. A base of a connecting device is fixedly attached with the carrier element, and a joint part is pivotably attached with the base. The joint part has a top wall and a pair of side walls and a button configuration for locking attachment with different types of oscillating arms. The button configuration includes a first button and a pair of resilient strips that extend from the side walls to the first button and bias the first button into a raised position. The resilient strips also allow the first button to move to a pressed position. A second button is attached with the first button, and the second button is pivotable about a living hinge from a first position, wherein the second button projects above the top wall, to a second position wherein the second button is recessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: David Reyes Lopez, Miguel Angel Gallegos, Esteban Figueroa Ortiz, Miguel Gutierrez, Jesus Yee
  • Patent number: 10821940
    Abstract: Wheel (100) for a vehicle window wiper drive system, said wheel comprising electrical contact means (400), a first and a second electrical contact means (410, 411) of said electrical contact means being in electrical continuity, and the first and the second electrical contact means being for a respective slider (200a, 200b), said wheel being characterized in that the angular extension (?) of said electrical contact means in the plane of the wheel is strictly less than 360° and said electrical contact means being situated on a face of the wheel intended to receive a linkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Alain Servin, Laurent Collinet, Stephane Beauchamps
  • Patent number: 10814836
    Abstract: The invention has as its object an adapter (100) intended to attach a wiper blade to a drive arm of a wiper system for a motor vehicle, the adapter (100) including a head (1) and a body (2) which extend, one as an extension of the other, in a longitudinal direction (Ox) of the adapter (100), the adapter (100) comprising a means of connection (6) in rotation to a connector (8) that is integral with the wiper blade, the head (1) and the body (2) of the adapter (100) each being formed at least by an upper wall (10, 20), from which at least two lateral flanks (11a, 11b, 21a, 21b) emerge so as to define an internal volume (101) into which the connector (8) is capable of extending, the body (2) of the adapter (100) comprising at least one means of engagement (3) to engage the adapter (100) with a yoke (500) of the drive arm (5), characterized in that the head (1) of the adapter (100) includes a second means of engagement (4) defining at least one housing (400) capable of accepting both an upper wall (50) of the yok
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Stéphane Houssat, Vincent Gaucher, Olivier Jomard
  • Patent number: 10793114
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device is provided including a longitudinally extending wiper strip of a flexible material. At least one carrier of a spring-like material operatively supports and biases the wiper strip into a predetermined configuration. The windscreen wiper device further includes a connecting device for connection with a wiper arm. At least a portion of the wiper strip has a microtextured surface formed directly into the flexible material. The microtextured surface may be on, for example, any one of or any combination of a wiping portion, a channel, a hinge portion and a spoiler portion of the wiper strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Xavier Boland, Jimmy E. Teal
  • Patent number: 10793116
    Abstract: A windshield cleaning assembly for a vehicle includes a wiper that is operationally coupled to a wiper motor of a vehicle. A pipe is coupled to the wiper and extends from proximate to opposing ends of a blade of the wiper. The pipe has a first end that is closed. A pump is coupled to the vehicle is operationally coupled to an electrical circuit of the vehicle. A tank is coupled to the vehicle and is fluidically coupled to the pump. The tank is configured to position a fluid. A tube is fluidically coupled to and extends between the pump and a second end of the pipe. The pump is positioned to selectively pump the fluid from the tank through the tube and the pipe. The fluid exits the pipe under pressure through a plurality of holes to clean the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Adrienne Sonja Bonne, Valerie Lynn Bonne
  • Patent number: 10780862
    Abstract: The versatility of a water collecting member is raised while improving the ease of assembly of the water collecting member. A water collecting member 80 is formed with plural first marks 90 serving as markers for assembly of the water collecting member 80 to a first pivot holder 20. The first pivot holder 20 is formed with a second mark 92 serving as a guide for the correct assembly orientation of the water collecting member 80 to the first pivot holder 20. The second mark 92 is formed corresponding to one out of the plural first marks 90, and is configured so as to form a pair with that first mark 90. The water collecting member 80 can be assembled in the correct position by aligning the second mark 92 and the first mark 90 that form a pair when assembling the water collecting member 80 to the first pivot holder 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10780860
    Abstract: A windshield-wiper system includes a precipitation-detector, a windshield-wiper actuator, an object-detector, and a controller. The precipitation-detector detects precipitation proximate to a host-vehicle. The windshield-wiper actuator clears the precipitation from a windshield of the host-vehicle. The object-detector detects a distance of an object to the host-vehicle. The controller is in communication with the precipitation-detector, the windshield-wiper actuator, and the object-detector. The controller determines when the precipitation is present based on the precipitation-detector, determines the distance from the object to the host-vehicle based on the object-detector, and adjusts a speed of the windshield-wiper actuator when the precipitation is detected and the object is less than a distance-threshold away from the host-vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Walter K. Kosiak
  • Patent number: 10766462
    Abstract: A connector for a windshield wiper, and a wiper blade assembly including same, that accommodates multiple pin-type windshield wiper arms having varying pin lengths and locking mechanisms. The connector for connecting a windshield wiper assembly to a wiper arm may have a peripheral wall having at least two opposing peripheral side walls and a top surface extending from one of the two opposing peripheral side walls to the other. The opposing peripheral side walls may each have one or more retaining pin apertures aligned with one another and sized to be capable of slideably accepting a retaining pin of at least one pin-type and/or pin-plus-locking-arm windshield wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10766461
    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: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT AEROSPACE INC.
    Inventors: Srivatsa Santyar, Guru Prasad Mahapatra
  • Patent number: 10759390
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tube holder for a wiper arm, comprising a bracket, a positively locking closure and a tube receptacle as well as a wiper receptacle, wherein the bracket can be folded onto the tube receptacle so that the wiper receptacle can be closed by the bracket, the bracket being fixed onto the wiper receptacle by means of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Harald Rapp, Zsofia Horvath