Patents Examined by Sunsurraye Westbrook
  • Patent number: 10926607
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first wall defining a portion of a cargo bed of the vehicle. The first wall has an opening. The vehicle also includes at least one duct having a first opening, a second opening, and an airflow passage extending between the first and second openings. The at least one duct first opening is in fluid communication with the opening in the first wall. An airflow regulation mechanism is operably coupled to the at least one duct first opening and is configured to enable control of an air flow into the at least one duct first opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Paxton S. Williams, Scott Louis Frederick
  • Patent number: 10926811
    Abstract: The reinforcement member includes a body made of a press hardened steel having a tensile strength greater or equal to 1200 MPa. The body is coated with a zinc-based coating or with an aluminum-based coating and extends along a main direction. The reinforcement member also includes at least one tab extending from the body along a transversal direction forming a non-zero angle with the main direction. The bend between the body and the tab defines an intrados and an extrados. The tab is made of a cold bent part of the body, and the elongation of the extrados is between 10% and 25%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ARCELORMITTAL
    Inventors: Jimmy Lam, Joël Wilsius, Nicolas Schneider
  • Patent number: 10920472
    Abstract: A hinge to removably mount a tailgate to a vehicle is provided. The hinge comprises a tailgate leaf connected to a tailgate and a body leaf connected to the box of the vehicle. The tailgate leaf is attached to the slider through a hinge pivot. The body leaf has a first chamber in which a slider can be locked and unlocked through a locking mechanism in the second chamber. The locking mechanism comprises a locking wedge, a threaded shaft, and a cam lever to operate the locking wedge without the requirement of a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Trentin, Dave Spink
  • Patent number: 10906448
    Abstract: A dumper vehicle includes: a frame comprising a front end and a rear end; front and rear wheels mounted to the frame; an operator seat mounted to the frame; and an open topped container for carrying a load therein mounted to the frame between the front and rear wheels, wherein the container is moveable between a transport position for transporting a load and a discharge position for discharging of a load; wherein the container defines an upper extent thereof, and wherein said upper extent of the container decreases in height with respect to a lower extent of the wheels towards the front end of the frame, when the container is in the transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: JC Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventors: Simon J. Ratcliffe, Christopher J. Streat, Richard J. Brindle
  • Patent number: 10899205
    Abstract: A cargo cover apparatus configured to selectively enclose a space above an upper surface of a cargo support bed may include at least one bulkhead mountable on the bed toward one said end of the bed, and a cover assembly mountable on the bed in a position between the forward and rearward ends of the bed and toward the at least one bulkhead. The cover assembly has a front end and a rear end, with one of the ends of the cover assembly being orientable toward the at least one bulkhead, and may be extendable and retractable to change a distance between the front end and the rear end of the cover assembly along the longitudinal axis of the bed. The apparatus also include a securing assembly configured to secure one of the ends of the cover assembly to the at least one bulkhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Shur-Co, LLC
    Inventors: Steven J. Knight, Joseph J. Healy, Jason Eugene Anderson
  • Patent number: 10894502
    Abstract: This disclosure details tie down systems for securing cargo within vehicle cargo spaces. An exemplary tie down system may include a corner bracket mounted in a corner of the cargo space. The corner bracket may include a plurality of openings for tying down cargo at different heights within the cargo space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Vince Anthony Chimento, Robert Reiners, Jeffrey Gray
  • Patent number: 10889334
    Abstract: A vehicle rear structure includes a pair of rear side frames provided on right and left sides at a rear part of a vehicle body, and an on-board component disposed between the rear side frames. Each rear side frame includes a protecting part arranged side by side with the on-board component in a vehicle width direction, and a rear extending part extending rearward from the on-board component. A cross member is provided to connect the rear extending parts to each other at positions each located away from a front end and a rear end of the corresponding rear extending part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaaki Tatsuwaki, Junya Harada, Shinji Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10889231
    Abstract: A bulkhead is provided. The bulkhead includes a panel that extends between first and second primary and secondary edges that are perpendicular to each other. The first primary edge includes a plurality of cutouts, and the second primary edge includes a first plurality of fingers and a second plurality of fingers. Each of the first plurality of fingers includes a first tongue extending from a first side of the second primary edge and away from a primary centerline and also includes a first groove extending from a second side of the second primary edge and toward the primary centerline. Each of the second plurality of fingers includes a second tongue extending from the second side of the second primary edge and away from the primary centerline and also includes a second groove extending from the first side of the second primary edge and toward the primary centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: ANCRA INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventor: H. Thomas Knox
  • Patent number: 10890163
    Abstract: A transport frame having a longitudinal, lateral and upright extent for receiving a tip portion of a wind turbine blade is disclosed. The frame is stackable with identical frames and has a tip saddle assembly including a saddle with a support surface shaped to receive a blade tip, and a clamping mechanism having a hinged clamping arm operable between an open position and a closed position, the clamping arm, when open, allowing a blade tip to be lowered into the saddle, and when closed, securely restraining the blade tip against upward movement. The tip saddle assembly further includes a preventer serving to maintain the clamping arm in the closed position over a blade. A method of using the transport frame to clamp a wind turbine blade is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: Michael Kastrup, Lucia Quintana, Adrian Botwright, Troels Vahle, Martin Damm, Kristoffer Lolk Fredriksen, Carsten Jasper
  • Patent number: 10882440
    Abstract: A strap securement apparatus for a refrigeration unit of a refrigerated semi-trailer. The apparatus includes: a curbside vertical strap, a roadside vertical strap, and a horizontal strap having connectors at each strap end configured to attach to the refrigeration unit or the front wall of the semi-trailer, also including curbside and roadside anti-vibration pads configured to reduce vibration of the panels and doors of the enclosure of the refrigeration unit. The strap securement apparatus secures the panels and doors of the refrigeration unit, is easy to install and remove from the refrigeration unit, and can include strap adjustment features to fit to a wide variety of refrigeration unit models. The strap securement apparatus can also be partially removed to provide easy access to doors and panels of the refrigeration unit. It is lightweight, can be folded into a compact size, and is easily transported to and from a refrigerated semi-trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Inventors: John Jonathan Hadley, Barbara G. Freridge-Hadley
  • Patent number: 10882562
    Abstract: A roof side rail inner member and a roof side rail outer member of a roof side rail are coupled to each other in a first coupling portion. The roof side rail and a center pillar are coupled to each other in a second coupling portion. A bulkhead is coupled to the roof side rail outer member in a third coupling portion in a space within the roof side rail. The bulkhead is coupled to the roof side rail inner member in a fourth coupling portion. The roof side rail inner member and the roof side reinforcement are coupled to each other in a fifth coupling portion below the first coupling portion. The second, third, fourth, and fifth coupling portions together form a route along which impulsive force exerted to the center pillar is transmitted to the roof side reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Ryusuke Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10864951
    Abstract: An air-directing device for a motor-vehicle body includes an air-directing element having a longitudinal axis and being accommodated in a guide element of the air-directing device. The air directing device additionally includes a flow channel formed in between the guide element and the air-directing element, wherein flow can take place through the flow channel starting from an entry opening, which faces toward a front of the motor-vehicle body, and extending through an exit opening, which faces away from the entry opening. The air-directing device is designed so that the air flowing through the flow channel is guided thereby such that it can flow out of the exit opening transversely to an outer contour of the air-directing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thomas Wolf
  • Patent number: 10864862
    Abstract: A vehicular interior trim includes: an interior trim member provided with an engagement hole; and an elastic member attached to a surface of the interior trim member and including a protrusion provided on a back surface and to be inserted in the engagement hole. The protrusion includes an engagement piece to be engaged with an external edge of the engagement hole, and the interior trim member includes a recess that surrounds an internal edge of the engagement hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: MORIROKU TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kenta Shinohara
  • Patent number: 10864816
    Abstract: A structure for a lower portion of a vehicle body includes a right side sill (14), a right floor frame (17), a right cross member (68), and a muffler. A fuel tank is provided on an inner side of the right floor frame (17) in a vehicle width direction. The right cross member (68) spans between the right floor frame (17) and the right side sill (14) and extends in the vehicle width direction. Furthermore, the muffler is provided in a region enclosed by the right side sill (14), the right floor frame (17), and the right cross member (68). The right cross member (68) has an upward deformation guiding part (77). The upward deformation guiding part (77) is formed to be able to be deformed upward due to an impact load (F2) input to the right side sill (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kato, Masaaki Yamane, Satoru Kawabe, Takenobu Haga, Ken Yasui
  • Patent number: 10850673
    Abstract: A storage structure for a vehicle interior includes a hollowed storage unit having an opening in the top of the storage unit. The storage unit includes a storage sidewall section surrounding a storage space for an object to be stored. The storage sidewall section includes a sidewall body portion and a sidewall member formed of a member separate from the sidewall body portion. The sidewall member is configured such that an engaging hook provided for the sidewall member is urged against an engaging recess provided for the sidewall body portion when a load is applied on the sidewall member from an outside to an inside of the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: TS Tech Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Makino, Tomomi Sakamoto, Naoki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 10844841
    Abstract: Fixtures for supporting wind turbine blades that have a root end flange, which may be interconnected with twistlock fasteners and stacked for use in plural modes of transportation, including ocean transportation. A root fixture includes a bearing that rotatably engages a mounting flange adapter that is coupled to the blade's root flange. A bearing pivot is coupled to the bearing to allow the blade to pivot during loading, unloading and transport. A tip stand assembly is provided to engage the blade along a tip end support region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: BNSF Logistics, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew J. Sullivan, Alberto J. Alvarez
  • Patent number: 10829024
    Abstract: According to the present disclosure, a vehicle includes: a main body; a first inner side surface and a second inner side surface of the main body located in a widthwise direction of the main body; and a cooling box provided at the first inner side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Zekai Qiu, Hironobu Kitaoka, Naoki Yamamuro, Kozo Kosho, Hiroaki Sugiyama, Makoto Ikegami
  • Patent number: 10829162
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a cargo area having a surface and a floor assembly. The floor assembly includes a pair of elongated trim panels, a floor panel and a pair of locking mechanisms. The pair of elongated trim panels are mounted to the surface of the cargo area at opposite sides thereof. The floor panel is slidably disposed onto the surface of the cargo area and between the pair of trim panels. The pair of locking mechanisms connect the floor panel and the pair of trim panels to prevent vertical and horizontal movement of the floor panel when the floor panel is fully disposed onto the surface of the cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Flor Elena Quiros Perez, Edgar Ceballos, Maurice J Gisler, John H Pray, Uzziel Ramirez, Jacob Wright
  • Patent number: 10822033
    Abstract: A vehicle structure provided with a hollow structural member includes one or more reinforcement members that are located in the hollow structural member and include a foaming member. The hollow structural member includes a first hollow structural portion that is configured by a first panel portion, a second hollow structural portion that is configured by a second panel portion, and a third hollow structural portion that is configured by a third panel portion and couples the first and second hollow structural portions to each other. The one or more reinforcement members include at least one of first and second reinforcement members. The first reinforcement member includes a first foaming member connected to the first and third panel portions. The second reinforcement member includes a second foaming member connected to the second and third panel portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: IIDA INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tetsuya Ichimaru
  • Patent number: 10823209
    Abstract: A clamp assembly includes a housing having an attachment surface defining a keyed slot. The keyed slot includes a first pair of recesses extending in a first direction and a second pair of recesses extending in a second direction. The attachment surface includes an outwardly extending protrusion. The assembly includes a clamp having a main body including an intermediate portion positioned between distal and proximate end portions, and a connection portion extending outwardly from the intermediate portion. The connection portion is configured to be inserted within the keyed slot in an insertion direction. The clamp is configured to be received within the keyed slot and rotatable between an engaged and disengaged position. In the engaged position the connection portion engages the first pair of recesses to inhibit movement in an extraction direction and the proximate end portion abuts the protrusion to inhibit rotation of the clamp to the disengaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingher F. Shen, Braden Cuss, Andrew V. Manzanero, Nora Arellano