Patents Examined by Justin Rephann
  • Patent number: 10138673
    Abstract: A hinge mounted assembly for existing door constructions for supporting articles between a door and a door jamb in a door construction that has upper and lower hinges; including a first ā€œUā€ shaped bracket mounted above one of the hinges to prevent downward movement of the hinge mounted assembly, and a second ā€œUā€ shaped bracket mounted below one of the hinges to prevent upward movement of the hinge mounted assembly, and a vertically running support rod connected to the two brackets, such that it abuts closely against the protruding portion of both hinges on the back side of the door, to prevent lateral movement of the hinge mounted assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventor: Adam C. Chapman
  • Patent number: 9896875
    Abstract: A window frame supports a central panel, with two adjacent pivoting side panels. The pivoting side panel includes two frames coupled by a hinge. Two side panel pivot actuators couple to the pivoting side panels. Movable awnings support photovoltaic modules to provide a power source. An awning open-close actuator couples to the movable awnings. Indoor and outdoor sensors send measurements to the controller that, based on the measurements, selectively operates the awning open-close actuator and the side panel pivot actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Masoud Valinejadshoubi, Alireza Bozorgi, Saeideh Bagheri rad
  • Patent number: 9868522
    Abstract: A rotorcraft autopilot system includes a series actuator connecting a cockpit control component to a swashplate of a rotorcraft, the series actuator to modify a control input from the cockpit control component to the swashplate through a downstream control component. The rotorcraft autopilot system also includes a differential friction system connected to the cockpit control component, the differential friction system to control the series actuator to automatically adjust a position of the cockpit control component during rotorcraft flight based, in part, on a flight mode of the rotorcraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Carl D. Griffith, Brady G. Atkins, Awais Raza, Paul M. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9869117
    Abstract: A door closer with an electric motor-assisted closing feature, that may generate its own power to assist in closing, and controls the speed of opening and closing of the door during generation is disclosed. Embodiments of the present disclosure are realized by a motorized door closer that electrically creates a latch boost force for a closing door. The door closer includes a motor disposed to operatively connect to a door so that the door will be moved toward closed when the motor moves, and a position sensor to determine a position of the door. A processor is programmed to exert a closing force on the door in the latch boost region or when it otherwise detects that a motor assist is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: YALE SECURITY INC.
    Inventors: Blue Houser, Dustin E. Lawhon, Peter E. Zasowski
  • Patent number: 9850631
    Abstract: Retractable floor barriers are provided that can be quickly opened and closed by pneumatic actuators and operated by the closing and opening of an electrical circuit. The retractable floor barriers can be used at the docks of trains and subway stations to prevent accidental falls therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: PH-15 S.R.L.
    Inventor: Vittorio Curci
  • Patent number: 9845627
    Abstract: The invention concerns a strap hinge (1) for a separating element. The separating element takes the form of a door, for example, in particular a swing door. The strap hinge (1) comprises two active units. The strap hinge (1) is provided with securing units (27 to 29), which are actively connected to a surface owing to a radial movement. The strap hinge further comprises pressure units (40, 43). The strap hinge (1) offers the same properties as a strap hinge which is provided with a hydraulic braking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: KL-Beschlage Karl Loggen GmbH
    Inventors: Jorg Loggen, Martin Frielingsdorf, Siggi Wistoff
  • Patent number: 9845638
    Abstract: A garage door stop mold comprises a base and a seal strip. The base mounts to a door jamb near a garage door opening. The seal strip attaches to the base. Tabs on the bottom surface of the seal strip insert into grooves extending from the base to attach the seal strip to the base. The seal strip has a door seal edge and a jamb seal edge. The door seal edge seals against a garage door when the door is closed and the jamb seal edge seals against the jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Chris Cunningham
  • Patent number: 9845115
    Abstract: A closure panel including an outer shell for closing an opening defined by a vehicle body and an inner reinforcement. The outer shell and inner reinforcement are formed as a plurality of additive layers. The inner reinforcement includes an integral thickened edge formed around the periphery of the outer shell, an integral latch buttress provided on a first side of the inner reinforcement and a pair of integral hinge buttresses provided on a second side of the inner reinforcement. Internally threaded protrusions may be formed as additive deposits on the integral buttresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Mohammed Omar Faruque, Dean M. Jaradi
  • Patent number: 9834070
    Abstract: A door assembly for a vehicle is provided. The door assembly includes an inner panel and an outer panel which are joined together to define a central space therebetween. The central space has a front which faces towards the front of a vehicle and a back which faces towards a back of the vehicle. Both the inner and outer panels are made of aluminum, and at least one reinforcement beam made of steel is disposed in the central space between the aluminum inner and outer panels to provide the door assembly with increased impact resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Venugopal Garimella, Mari Chellman, John Johnson, Alexander Zak
  • Patent number: 9837735
    Abstract: A cover for a vehicle electrical system component, such as a pre-fuse assembly, that includes an integrated hinge and locking mechanism. The integrated hinge allows a pivoting cover portion to easily be rotated out of the way in order to give access to an underlying component (e.g., a jump post), while the integrated locking mechanism allows that same cover to be securely locked onto itself when no access is needed. The cover is not limited to a pre-fuse assembly and may be used with other vehicle electrical system components, such as a power distribution device (e.g., a power distribution box, an electrical connection box, a junction box assembly, etc.), a wire harness protector, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Brian Carnick, Bennie James Malcom
  • Patent number: 9834977
    Abstract: A new door system and related technology for a passenger carrying rail vehicle, such as a President's Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar rail vehicle, and a method for retrofitting a rail vehicle door system with the new door system. In some embodiments, the new door system includes an electro-mechanical angle drive motor, a solid door control pivot rod, a door leaf panel clamp that is permanently connected to the solid door control pivot rod, a lever arm that includes a positive locking device and that is coupled to the solid door control pivot rod, and a connecting rod that is attached to the electro-mechanical angle drive motor and to the lever arm to enable the connecting rod to impart motion generated by the electro-mechanical angle drive motor to the lever arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: JAKES ASSOCIATES, INC.
    Inventor: John David Mori
  • Patent number: 9822571
    Abstract: A window clamp and assembly for an automotive window regulator assembly. The window clamp provided features a body foundation and a U-shaped bridge extending from the foundation configured to deflect away from the foundation to allow a window panel to be inserted into a slot of the window clamp. Claws formed on the bridge pass through and interlock with holes in the window panel to secure and support the panel. Shoulders formed on and protruding from the bridge guide the window panel into position and aid in supporting the panel. The window clamp design facilitates rapid and accurate assembly of the window clamp assembly while providing increased stability of the window panel and reduced size of the window clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Controls Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Reinke, Masayuki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9816305
    Abstract: A system and method which allows automatic recognition of any of three common monitored motorized door or gate safety edges or other entrapment protection devices. The invention allows retrofitting existing motorized door operators without enough monitored input ports to allow for more monitored entrapment devices required on laterally moving motorized gates. The system interfaces with obstruction monitoring devices in normally closed, pulsed, or resistive termination operating environments found in entrapment protection systems. Firmware logically analyzes the state of each edge or entrapment protection device to select and direct an appropriate output signal for a motorized gate operator. An operational example is disclosed which provides for up to six different device inputs and two separate outputs for the motorized door operator, which can be configured through dual inline package switches allowing field configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Miller Edge, Inc.
    Inventors: Bearge Miller, Daniel G. Lasley, Timothy Castello, William Kalin
  • Patent number: 9810003
    Abstract: An impact resistant releasable retainer is for a door, such as for covering a glove box or other vehicle storage compartment. A pawl retains the door closed and releases to allow the door to open. A pivotally mounted catch engages the pawl, such as within a notch, when the door is closed or moved in a forward direction, opposite the opening direction. An actuator moves the catch allowing the pawl to move, such as by engagement with the actuator following the engagement with the catch, for releasing the door to open. The catch otherwise remains secured to the pawl for preventing the inadvertent release of the door, such as during movement in the forward direction as the result of an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Raj S. Roychoudhury
  • Patent number: 9803412
    Abstract: A device and method for detecting operating conditions of a vehicle that could lead to toxic levels of carbon monoxide (CO) is disclosed. The device is inserted into an On-board Diagnostics (OBD-II) plug on a vehicle. It monitors operating conditions of the vehicle and detects situations that could lead to a toxic buildup of CO. If the situation where the engine running but the vehicle speed is not moving is detected, a signal is generated to cause a garage door to open. As an alternative, the method is accomplished in a processing device integral to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Isabella D. Fontanini, Kyle H. Wang, Kevin D. Kunz, Carlos W. von Borcke
  • Patent number: 9803683
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sheath stop including: a hole through which a window lift cable is to pass; and a sheath abutment for locking the sheath of the window lift cable on one side of the sheath stop and wherein, on the other side of the sheath stop, the sheath stop includes a shaft provided so as to be mounted onto a bracket of the sheath stop such that the sheath stop has a freely rotatable mounting configuration on the bracket. The shaft extends transversely to the main orientation of the passage hole, and the passage hole has a partial side clearance that allows the cable a degree of bending freedom within a plane perpendicular to the shaft when the sheath stop freely pivots about the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS FRANCE SAS
    Inventors: Eric Simonneau, Nicolas Galliot, Eric Remond, Jean-Louis Robalo
  • Patent number: 9800037
    Abstract: An access module for providing access to an opening in a table, includes a grommet mounted to the table within the opening and including a top flange spaced apart from a work surface of the table, such that a flange space of the opening is defined from the work surface of the table to the top flange of the grommet; and a bezel mounted to the grommet and including a flange that is only located in the flange space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Ditto Sales Inc./Versteel
    Inventors: Jerald W. Nichols, Aaron C. Owens
  • Patent number: 9797176
    Abstract: A device for opening and closing an outwardly opening pivoting wing, comprising: an actuating device including a support, a crank rotatable relative to the support and a control mechanism operated by the crank, and an arm having a toothed portion which cooperates with said control mechanism, wherein the control mechanism cooperates with the toothed portion of the arm for the translational motion of the arm along a rectilinear direction between a locked wing position and an unlocked wing position, and vice versa, a first and a second slider intended to engage a groove of the wing in a movable manner in a rectilinear direction, wherein the first slider is articulated at a distal end of the arm and wherein the second slider is connected to a locking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SAVIO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo Di Vinadio
  • Patent number: 9799152
    Abstract: A control device of the present disclosure includes a receiver configured to receive a function enabling signal transmitted from a portable machine used to manipulate a vehicle, a determination unit configured to measure a predetermined time since the receiver receives the function enabling signal and determine whether the predetermined time elapses, and an opening and closing body controller configured to control opening and closing of an opening and closing body of the vehicle. The opening and closing body controller controls an opening operation of the opening and closing body based on user's action detected by a sensor, which is provided in or around the opening and closing body to detect the user's action, before the determination unit determines that the predetermined time elapses and after the receiver receives the function enabling signal from the portable machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: OMRON AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunobu Kamisawa, Yosuke Tomita
  • Patent number: 9790726
    Abstract: A device for opening and closing an outwardly opening pivoting wing, comprising: an actuating device including a support, a crank rotatable with respect to the support and a control mechanism actuated by the crank, an arm having a toothed portion, wherein said control mechanism cooperates with the toothed portion of the arm for swinging the arm between a closed wing angular position and an open wing angular position, and wherein in the closed wing angular position the control mechanism cooperates with the toothed portion of the arm for the translational motion of the arm along a straight direction between a locked wing position and an unlocked wing position, and vice versa, a first slider and a second slider intended to engage a groove of the wing in a movable manner in a straight direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAVIO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Aimone Balbo di Vinadio