Patents Examined by Hilary L Gutman
  • Patent number: 10988148
    Abstract: A universal chain tie down assembly includes an anchor base and an associated turret, with a cannon pivotally connected to the turret. The proximal portion of a tensioning rod is associated with the cannon. The tensioning rod further includes a distal portion associated with a hub, along with a tool attachment portion that is configured for engagement by a tool for rotation of the tensioning rod. First and second arms of a constant tensioning device extend from proximal ends associated with the hub to distal ends spaced distally of the hub. A chain is associated with a distal end of the constant tensioning device, such as by being linked to the curved portion of a U-bolt of the constant tensioning device. A tension lock assembly and/or an anti-vibration assembly may be employed to prevent a vibration-induced change in the tension in the universal chain tie down assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Ireco, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. Maki, Jace H. Frechette
  • Patent number: 10981490
    Abstract: A positioning apparatus that is configured to assist in the placement of cargo securing chains or similar elements so as to secure a cargo load. The positioning apparatus includes a cable having a first end and a second end. The first end of the cable is secured to a weight member. The second end of the cable is secured to a mounting plate. The mounting plate of the present invention is planar in manner having an upper peripheral edge that is arcuate in form. The mounting plate has a first aperture proximate the upper peripheral edge. A pair of lower apertures are formed in the mounting plate along the lower edge thereof. A first fastener and a second fastener are operably coupled to the pair of lower apertures. Chains are secured to the first fastener and second fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Jolene Marie Gorrie
  • Patent number: 10974619
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a frame member provided on a floor of a vehicle, a seat part such as a seat cushion detachably attached to the frame member, a mechanical connector device provided on the frame member and the seat part for detachably attaching the seat part to the frame member; and an electric connector device provided on the frame member and the seat part for electrically connecting an electric component provided on the seat part to an electric component provided on the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kaku, Hiroyuki Numajiri, Hitomi Kobayashi, Takako Miyoshi, Satoshi Fujita, Katsuhiko Abe, Hajime Yoshida, Takahiro Mitsui, Tomoyuki Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 10974578
    Abstract: A door impact beam is provided. The beam includes a beam body that has a W-shaped cross section and a reinforcement portion. The reinforcement portion is disposed in middle of the beam body and has a width greater than that of the beam body. Additionally, the reinforcement portion has first and second edges that are symmetrically convex with respect to a central axis of the beam body and the first and second edges have a curved streamlined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hee Jin Im, Hyun Sup Kim
  • Patent number: 10968011
    Abstract: A pallet system has a pallet having two sides, two ends, a load area, and at least two feet. At least one of the feet has inside of it a reel rod holding a first gear, a front compartment cover, a hinge to allow the front compartment cover to open, and at least one cable on the reel rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: AMERISTAR SOLAR, LLC
    Inventor: Sidney William Boyk
  • Patent number: 10960745
    Abstract: A pickup truck that includes a cab section located in front of a bed section is provided. The pickup truck comprises a tonneau cover that covers the bed section. The tonneau cover includes a plurality of panel sections; and wherein each of the plurality of panel sections is movable with respect to each other to allow access to, or conceal the bed section underneath. At least one prop rod assembly includes a longitudinally extending first rod having a first end and a second end. The first end of the longitudinally extending first rod is pivotably and removably coupled to a side rail that is secured to the first side of the bed section, and the second end of the longitudinally extending first rod is located opposite the first end and pivotably coupled to the first latch assembly of the third panel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: TRUCK ACCESSORIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Eugene A. Dylewski, II, Adrian Cook, Justin J. McGraw, Christopher David Mattison, Ernest M. McDonald, II
  • Patent number: 10960929
    Abstract: A vehicle chassis is provided. The vehicle chassis may comprise one or more vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures that are formed from a plurality of customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes. The customized chassis nodes and connecting tubes may be formed of one or more metal and/or non-metal materials. The customized chassis nodes may be formed with connecting features to which additional vehicle panels or structures may be permanently or removeably attached. The vehicle chassis modules or chassis substructures may be interchangeably and removeably connected to provide a vehicle chassis having a set of predetermined chassis safety or performance characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Divergent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Czinger, William Bradley Balzer, Praveen Varma Penmetsa, Zachary Meyer Omohundro, Matthew M. O'Brien, Broc William Tenhouten, Richard W. Hoyle
  • Patent number: 10953929
    Abstract: A reinforcement unit joins a B-pillar and a side sill of a vehicle. The side sill includes an inner side sill panel and an outer side sill panel having an upper flange and a lower flange. The reinforcement unit includes an outer reinforcement member located between the inner panel and the outer panel of the side sill, the outer reinforcement member having an upper flange and a lower flange, an inner reinforcement member located between the inner panel and the outer panel of the side sill, and a shear plate attached to the upper flange and to the lower flange of the outer panel and spanning from the upper flange to the lower flange between the outer reinforcement member and the inner reinforcement member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Carolyn A. Leblanc, Aron K. Madsen, Joseph M. Riggsby, Timothy J. Palesano
  • Patent number: 10940772
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises a frame member provided on a floor of a vehicle, a seat part such as a seat cushion detachably attached to the frame member, a mechanical connector device provided on the frame member and the seat part for detachably attaching the seat part to the frame member; and an electric connector device provided on the frame member and the seat part for electrically connecting an electric component provided on the seat part to an electric component provided on the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kaku, Hiroyuki Numajiri, Hitomi Kobayashi, Takako Miyoshi, Satoshi Fujita, Katsuhiko Abe, Hajime Yoshida, Takahiro Mitsui, Tomoyuki Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 10933794
    Abstract: A heated slurry transport system for receiving, transporting and unloading a cuttings slurry in a non-frozen manner in cold weather environments. The heated slurry transport system generally includes a portable tank having an interior surface, at least one wall, and a rear door. A layer of insulation surrounds at least a portion of the portable tank to help retain heat within the portable tank. A heating unit is attached to the portable tank and adapted to heat a fluid that is transferred through at least one heat loop attached to the portable tank to heat the interior of the portable tank and the contents of the portable tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Magtec Alaska, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Peterkin, William J. Galloway
  • Patent number: 10933721
    Abstract: An air freshener holder for use in automobiles having cabins is dimensioned to removably attach to a rear-side of a rear-view mirror of the automobile. The air freshener holder includes an elongated enclosure having a top, bottom, and side walls defining a volume of the enclosure. A wing-shaped pair of flaps extend from the bottom of the enclosure. The flaps are semi-flexible and can attach to the rear side of a rear-view mirror. The enclosure having an opening for receiving the air-freshener cartridge and a number of apertures for air flow. A transponder can be attached to the top wall of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Inventors: Steve Pirovolikos, John Fuller
  • Patent number: 10933918
    Abstract: A vehicle-body upper structure includes a roof panel constituting an outer plate of a vehicle-body upper part, a roof side reinforcement provided below, in a vehicle up-down direction, an outer region of the roof panel in the vehicle width direction, and a roof side rail provided in an outer end portion, in the vehicle width direction, of the vehicle-body upper part so as to extend along a vehicle front-rear direction. The roof panel includes an outer joining portion in an outer end portion of the roof panel in a vehicle width direction. The roof side reinforcement includes a rail joining portion and a roof joining portion, and the roof joining portion is joined to a predetermined part of the roof panel. The roof side rail is joined to the outer joining portion of the roof panel and the rail joining portion of the roof side reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Norimasa Koreishi
  • Patent number: 10919630
    Abstract: A restraint assembly includes a base configured to be mounted to a tray of the cargo system, a lateral restraint, and a vertical restraint. The lateral restraint comprises a guide face and a top edge, wherein the lateral restraint is rotatably coupled to the base, according to various embodiments. The vertical restraint extends from the top edge of the lateral restraint, according to various embodiments. The restraint assembly comprises a stored position and a raised position. In the stored position both the lateral restraint and the vertical restraint are configured to be disposed within a volume defined by the tray of the cargo system. In the raised position the vertical restraint and at least the guide face of the lateral restraint are configured to be disposed above the volume defined by the tray of the cargo system to provide guidance and restraint to cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brandon Lee, Wallace Harold Larson, Mark L Olson
  • Patent number: 10919433
    Abstract: A restraint assembly includes a lateral restraint comprising a guide face, wherein the lateral restraint is configured to be rotatably coupled to a tray of the cargo system. The restraint assembly also includes a vertical restraint rotatably coupled to the lateral restraint. The restraint assembly is configured to have a stored position and a raised position. In the stored position, both the lateral restraint and the vertical restraint are configured to be disposed within a volume defined by the tray of the cargo system. In the raised position, the vertical restraint and at least the guide face of the lateral restraint are configured to be disposed above the volume defined by the tray of the cargo system such that the restraint assembly provides at least one of longitudinal guidance, lateral restraint, and vertical restraint to cargo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brandon Lee, Mark L Olson
  • Patent number: 10919582
    Abstract: An aerodynamic deflector device for a motor vehicle wheel may include a mounting configured to be mounted on a motor vehicle. A deflecting wall may be mounted on the mounting to be movable between a retracted position. In the mounted state, the deflecting wall is raised relative to the mounting, and an extended position in which, in the mounted state, the deflecting wall is lowered relative to the mounting and capable of being placed upstream from the wheel of the vehicle. An actuator may be configured to move the deflecting wall between the retracted and extended positions. The deflecting wall may have, in cross-section, a central part and two side parts flaring out from the central part to obtain a shape which diverges with respect to the direction of the air flow striking said wall. The aerodynamic deflector device may be arranged upstream from a vehicle wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventors: Enzo Mitidieri, Sylvain Gerber, Nathalie Dion
  • Patent number: 10918541
    Abstract: The embodiments described and claimed herein are improved wheelchair passenger securement systems and stations. In particular, one embodiment described and claimed herein is a bumper having a non-flat contour that is adapted to conform to the shape of a contact surface on the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: VALEDA COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Patent number: 10913416
    Abstract: A skeleton structure of a front part of a vehicle has a reinforcement member that has a higher rigidity than a bumper reinforcement and that is housed in an end, in a width direction of the vehicle, of the bumper reinforcement. With this structure, passing-through of the vehicle from a barrier during a small overlap collision is suppressed, and an amount of absorption of collision energy by the skeleton member can be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sosuke Kurogi, Takashi Tagaito
  • Patent number: 10906445
    Abstract: A work surface for a vehicle includes a first leaf, a second leaf, and a dual-stage hinge pivotably coupling the first and second leafs. The dual-stage hinge includes a first pivot axis and a second pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ian S. Johns, Francesco DiDato, Glen D. Skinner
  • Patent number: 10899222
    Abstract: A grill shutter device for vehicle includes a grill, a shutter, and a drive source. The grill is provided with an opening penetrating the grill in the front/rear direction. The shutter includes fins opening and closing the opening, lining up in a vehicular width direction, and curving so as to fit into a curved configuration of the grill. The drive source drives the shutter so that the fins open and close the opening. The fins include a body plate, and a support shaft fixed to the body plate, extending in a direction linearly linking between vehicular-width-direction opposite ends of a corresponding site in the opening, and supported to the grill so as to rotate when actuated by the drive source. Moreover, a universal joint joins between the support shafts of two of the fins neighboring one another in the vehicular width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 10899265
    Abstract: A cargo tie-down assembly including a tie-down loop and a non-metallic, protective housing are provided. The housing includes an integrally molded, non-metallic base and side walls which define a pocket which is sized and shaped to receive and nominally retain the loop. A hinge hingedly connects the loop to the side walls within the pocket to allow the loop to rotate about a rotational axis between a retraced, protected position within the pocket and an extended, use position outside the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Global IP Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: David McKimson, Scott Munro, Ahmet Solu