Patents Examined by Hilary L Gutman
  • Patent number: 10434922
    Abstract: An inertia-driven dump load apparatus is provided in association with motor vehicles. The inertia-driven dump load includes a container defined by two side walls and a front wall; and at least one pivotable connection means connecting the container to the vehicle bed. To operate the inertia-driven dump load apparatus, the apparatus is first placed within a vehicle bed. Once the apparatus is in place, material to be dumped can be loaded into the apparatus. Then, the vehicle is driven to a location where the dumping of the materials is desired. Finally, a force is applied to the apparatus such that the apparatus moves across the vehicle bed so that the apparatus tips over a tailgate of the vehicle bed so that the material to be dumped is dumped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas Alexander Ross, Sr., Deborah Starwalt Feldman
  • Patent number: 10427623
    Abstract: A vehicle door trim panel having a vehicle occupant-facing A-side and a vehicle door structure-facing B-side, and includes a first storage pocket partially open to the A-side and fully-closed to the B-side disposed along a first portion of a length of the vehicle door trim panel and a second storage pocket that is substantially fully closed to the A-side and fully closed to the B-side disposed adjacent to the first storage pocket along a second portion of the length of the vehicle door trim panel. The first portion of the length and the second portion of the length are adjacent to one another and do not overlap. The second storage pocket is open laterally to the first storage pocket. The second storage pocket includes a B-side interior portion and a B-side periphery portion. At least some of the B-side periphery portion has a tiered configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Fernando A. Siqueira, Adelchi R. Tiboni, Edson B. Cantarino
  • Patent number: 10427728
    Abstract: An air conduction element for reducing the air resistance of a load-carrying vehicle having a load space structure. The air conduction element can be externally mounted in the rear region of the load space structure and includes an air conduction duct with a front air inlet opening and a rear air outlet opening, front and rear being in relation to the direction of travel (x). The air inlet opening overlaps the load space structure in the direction of travel (x) and the air outlet opening is arranged behind the load space structure within the cross-sectional contour thereof. The air conduction element has a cover which delimits the air conduction duct. It was therefore the aim to devise an air conduction element which does not increase the dimensions of the load space structure when the vehicle is driving slowly or is at a standstill. For this purpose, the cover is produced from a flexible flat material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventors: Dirk Schmidt, Martin Richter, José Manuel Algüera
  • Patent number: 10414348
    Abstract: A vehicle pillar trim piece bracket includes a body carrying a panel- or flange-engaging portion held in a first plane and a trim piece stand-off portion held in a second plane that is different from the first plane. In combination, the body, the panel- or flange-engaging portion, and the trim piece stand-off portion may define a three-dimensional L shape. The body includes an elongated positioning wall and a fore-aft positioning rib disposed on a first end and one or more up-down control fingers disposed on a second, opposed end. The trim piece stand-off portion includes a neck and a pillar trim piece-supporting head which includes one or more vertical rotation controlling ribs and an edge configured to matingly abut a pillar trim structural feature. The panel- or flange-engaging portion includes a plurality of staggered fingers and a plurality of offset tunable ribs disposed to define an interference-fit panel receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Diego Fabricio Villacres Mesias
  • Patent number: 10414270
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for opening a refueling door of a vehicle. The method comprises adjusting a speed of opening the refueling door based on a fuel tank vapor pressure in response to a detected refueling request. Another aspect of the present disclosure provides a refueling door assembly for a vehicle. The refueling door assembly comprises a fuel tank; a refueling inlet to receive a fuel dispensing nozzle; a fuel fill line coupled between the fuel tank and the refueling inlet; a refueling door located at a vehicle body; an operating mechanism connected to the refueling door to open and close the refueling door; and a control module configured to open the refueling door responsive to a refueling request and control an opening speed of the operating mechanism based on a fuel tank vapor pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Charles Qin, Russell Randall Pearce, Neil Wu, Le Hong
  • Patent number: 10407949
    Abstract: A tray device for a vehicle may include a tray provided in the vehicle and having a cover configured for being opened, a locking module provided in the cover to lock or unlock the cover, and a touch pad provided on an outer side of the cover and interworking with the locking module to unlock the cover through a touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, KOREA HITEK CO., LTD, LS Automotive Technologies Co., Ltd., Ecoplastic Corporation
    Inventors: Hye Kyung Kim, Gye Young Ahn, Sang Min Lee, Young Ju Lee, Dae Ig Jung, Keon Soo Jin, Hyo Kyoung Jeon, Chul Ho Chun, Won Lee, Moon Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10406963
    Abstract: Vehicle securing apparatuses may include a main support arm. A base arm may be carried by the main support arm. A retainer assembly arm may be carried by the main support arm in spaced-apart relationship to the base arm. A retainer space may be defined by and between the base arm and the retainer assembly arm. A retainer assembly may include a retainer hasp pivotally carried by the retainer assembly arm. The retainer hasp may be pivotal between a retaining position extending into the retainer space and a release position substantially clearing the retainer space by application of force from outside and toward the retainer space against the retainer hasp. A hasp retaining member may be disposed in mechanical cooperation with the retainer hasp to normally maintain the retainer hasp in the retaining position on the retainer assembly arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas Neil Myron, J. J. Keeth
  • Patent number: 10406966
    Abstract: A device for securing loads on a loading surface of a vehicle, comprising at least one floor plate retained on the loading surface and having recesses arranged to be distributed in a grid-like manner, rods or tubes which are able to be releasably fixed in the recesses and at least one limiting element which at two ends in each case comprises at least one fastener, the ends of the limiting element being able to be releasably fastened thereby to a free end of the rods or tubes. The at least one limiting element is configured as a flexible strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Sascha Kaatz
  • Patent number: 10408577
    Abstract: An armor assembly having an armor panel, a base plate, and a resilient member coupled between the armor panel and the base plate is disclosed. An impact blast or projectile will strike the armor assembly and deflect the armor panel and the resilient member. The resilient member and armor panel absorb sufficient energy from the impact blast or projectile to prevent harm to underlying structures. The resilient member can be a spring or a solid member having a desired spring coefficient to protect against a certain impact load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Charles F. Pepka
  • Patent number: 10400951
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a dunnage bag suspender configured to suspend a dunnage bag in place before inflation and to hold the dunnage bag such that the dunnage bag can automatically pull free of the dunnage bag suspender during inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Signode Industrial Group LLC
    Inventors: Anthony K. Beard, Joseph W. Gault
  • Patent number: 10399418
    Abstract: A linkage flap arrangement of a convertible vehicle includes a flap bearing mounted permanently to the vehicle. A cover panel arrangement is pivotably mounted to the vehicle by the flap bearing. The cover panel arrangement is movable between a closed position closing a linkage opening of the vehicle and an open position releasing the linkage opening and includes a main cover panel and an additional cover panel. The additional cover panel is pivotable with respect to the main cover panel and is driven by a drive motor arranged at the flap bearing. The drive motor drives a cover panel transmission when pivoting the cover panel arrangement with respect to the flap bearing, the cover panel transmission being arranged at the cover panel arrangement and driving the additional cover panel in order to pivot it with respect to the main cover panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: Josef Kronschnabl, Detlev Blum
  • Patent number: 10399602
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes a rocker panel elongated along an axis. The vehicle body includes a pillar fixed to the rocker panel and elongated in a direction transverse to the axis. The rocker panel includes a first flange and a second flange. The first flange and the second flange are on opposite sides of the pillar and spaced from each other in a direction parallel to the axis. The vehicle body includes a reinforcement fixed to the first and second flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: GaRam Jun, Bret Kirchner, Chienhom Lee, Ken Garbinski, Christopher John May
  • Patent number: 10399420
    Abstract: A tonneau system for use with a pickup truck is provided. The tonneau system includes a tonneau cover, a first bracket, and a second bracket. The tonneau cover includes a front cross-member, a primary tonneau section hingedly coupled to the front cross-member, and at least one secondary tonneau section hingedly coupled in series to the first tonneau section. The first bracket extends from the front cross-member proximal to a first end thereof for securing the first end of the front cross-member to a first side wall of a cargo box of a pickup truck when the front cross-member is positioned atop a bulkhead of the cargo box. The second bracket extends from the front cross-member proximal to a second end thereof opposite the first end for securing the second end of the front cross-member to a second side wall of the cargo box of the pickup truck when the front cross-member is positioned atop the bulkhead of the cargo box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: WORKSPORT LTD.
    Inventor: Steven Rossi
  • Patent number: 10392062
    Abstract: An example instrument panel includes a plurality of modules and first and second section. Each section includes a module-receiving area. The plurality of modules are interchangeable. The module-receiving areas can each receive at least one of the plurality of modules. An alternate instrument panel and a method of assembling also include interchangeable modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventors: Chain Sandhu, Lev Lilov, Jeffrey Michael Bisson
  • Patent number: 10391006
    Abstract: Roll-in cots having wheel alignment mechanisms. According to one embodiment, a roll-in cot includes a support frame, a pair of legs pivotably and slidably coupled to the support frame, and a pair of hinge members that are pivotably coupled to the support frame and to one of the legs. The roll-in cot also includes a wheel linkage pivotably coupled to the pair of legs and a wheel alignment mechanism. The legs and the hinge members pivot relative to one another in a relative angular rotation ratio and the wheel alignment mechanism rotates the wheel alignment mechanism relative to the hinge members at a reduction ratio. The relative angular rotation ratio of the legs and the hinge members is approximately inverse to the reduction ratio of the wheel alignment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Ferno-Washington, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Magill, Nicholas Vittorio Valentino
  • Patent number: 10392053
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a frame system having a frame rail that extends along and is laterally offset from a longitudinal axis. A body is mounted to the frame system, and includes a rocker panel that extends along the longitudinal axis, and is disposed outboard of the first frame rail. A side load transfer device is positioned between the frame rail and the rocker panel. The side load transfer device is attached to one of the frame rail or the body. The side load transfer device is operable to transfer an applied load from the rocker panel to the frame rail. The applied load being applied to the rocker panel in an inboard direction transverse to the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jungryoung Kim, Huai-yang Chiang, Hari Prasada Reddy Lingala, Terry A. Swartzell, Jayavardhan Tallapragada, Warren J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 10384727
    Abstract: A method for producing a node structure includes providing at least two pre-manufactured profile components having respective profile ends provided with corresponding abutment surfaces; positioning the profile ends in a pressing tool so that a homogenous gap is formed between the abutment surfaces; performing a pressing process in the presence of a fiber-containing plastic mass in the pressing tool for generating a connecting node that form fittingly connects the profile ends, wherein the fiber containing plastic mass also enters into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Florian Eidmann, Oliver Schauerte, Karl Durst
  • Patent number: 10384590
    Abstract: Embodiments of a modular cargo system for use with a vehicle, such as a pickup truck, may include side rails and stanchions securing the side rails to the vehicle. At least one hoop may be provided for connection to either the stanchions or the side rails. Each hoop may include a plurality of legs, a clamp connected to each leg, an elbow connected to each leg opposite the clamp, and a lateral cross bar connected between the elbows. Bed dividers and storage lockers or boxes are disclosed for use with embodiments of a cargo system as applied to a pickup truck. Elevated rails may be attached to the hoops. A cargo loading device for moving cargo into and out of the vehicle is also provided. A cover may enclose a portion of the vehicle, such as the truck bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Jerome Puchkoff
  • Patent number: 10369870
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a door panel slidably operable between a secured position within a door aperture and a staging position partially distal from the door aperture. A latch is engaged with a striker path during operation of the door panel between the secured and staging positions, and is selectively disengaged from the striker path to define open and closed positions of the door panel when the door panel is in the staging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Paul Tsvi Linden, Ronald Patrick Brombach, Kosta Papanikolaou, Christopher Matthew Radjewski, Henry W. Hausler, John Thomas Ricks, George Anthony Bernwanger, Jr., Donald P. Iacovoni, Paul L. Heirtzler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10358075
    Abstract: A hopper door opening and closing apparatus operates a door on a hopper discharge opening. A pair of motorized linear actuators, each having an extendable rod, are mounted to support rails on opposite sides of the door. A bracket connects the rods to the door. A controller selectively activates the linear actuators to extend the rods and thereby move the door to an open position that permits material to flow through the lower opening and selectively activates the linear actuators to retract rods and thereby move the door to a closed position covering the lower opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Sioux City Tarp, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Bremer, Terry L. Berg