Patents by Inventor Brian J. Pinkelman

Brian J. Pinkelman has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20180312086
    Abstract: Seats in vehicles may include a seat cushion having a seating surface, a vibration isolation structure and a foam structure, with the seating surface configured to support an occupant. The seat cushion may include either a seat bottom or a seat back, with the vibration isolation structure configured to evenly distribute forces exerted by the occupant. The vibration isolation structure may include a plurality of individual lattice blocks. The plurality of individual lattice blocks may occupy a pattern based on a spatial weight distribution of an average-sized occupant or a pattern based on a spatial weight distribution tailored for a specific occupant. The plurality of individual lattice blocks may cooperate to provide the even pressure distribution against forces exerted by the occupant. The vibration isolation structure may isolate vibration in a range from about 0.5 Hz to about 5.0 Hz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Herbert Meingast, Recep M. Gorguluarslan, Umesh Gandhi, Brian J. Pinkelman
  • Patent number: 10065542
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is provided includes a padding member and at least one phase change material element supported in a passage formed within the padding member. The at least one phase change material element is supported in the passage so as to be movable between a first location in which the at least one phase change material element is spaced apart from an occupant support side of the padding member when the seat is unoccupied, and a second location in which at least a portion of the at least one phase change material element is at least level with the occupant support side of the at least one padding member when the seat is unoccupied. The at least one phase change material element is structured to absorb heat from a vehicle occupant, thereby cooling the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Brian J. Pinkelman
  • Publication number: 20180222517
    Abstract: A vehicle component includes a first volume of phase change material and a second volume of phase change material spaced apart from the first volume of phase change material. The first volume of phase change material contains a greater mass of phase change material than the second volume of phase change material. The component also includes a thermally-conductive structure in direct contact with both the first volume of phase change material and the second volume of phase change material, so as to facilitate heat transfer between the first volume of phase change material and the second volume of phase change material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Publication date: August 9, 2018
    Inventors: Brian J. Pinkelman, Umesh N. Gandhi, Shailesh Joshi
  • Publication number: 20180215293
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle is provided includes a padding member and at least one phase change material element supported in a passage formed within the padding member. The at least one phase change material element is supported in the passage so as to be movable between a first location in which the at least one phase change material element is spaced apart from an occupant support side of the padding member when the seat is unoccupied, and a second location in which at least a portion of the at least one phase change material element is at least level with the occupant support side of the at least one padding member when the seat is unoccupied. The at least one phase change material element is structured to absorb heat from a vehicle occupant, thereby cooling the occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Inventors: Umesh N. Gandhi, Brian J. Pinkelman
  • Patent number: 5171293
    Abstract: A fuse box assembly including a fuse box and a fuse holder. The fuse holder has a saddle configuration and overlies one of the terminal sockets of the fuse box. The fuse holder includes an opening to receive the body of a fuse and the fuse holder is mounted on the fuse box for movement between an operative position in which the terminal tabs of the fuse are received in the associated terminal socket of the fuse box and a raised, inoperative position in which the terminal tabs of the fuse are removed from the terminal socket. The holder includes a pair of legs which extend downwardly along opposite side walls of the fuse box and which include slots which coact with pins on the side walls of the fuse box to provide a detenting action to positively maintain the holder in its raised, inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Umemoto, Brian J. Pinkelman