Patents by Inventor Edward Joseph Desmet

Edward Joseph Desmet 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).

  • Patent number: 9199560
    Abstract: A self-adjusting seat stiffness system that uses a tension member and tensioning device to maintain or increase tension in a seat component during a perceived vehicle dynamic event. The system may use an inertial latching spool for the tensioning device as an example of a way to maintain tension at a target acceleration of the spool by locking up the tension member, or may have a controller to control the tensioning member to provide variable tensions depending on varying perceived vehicle parameters. The tensioning of the tension member helps to avoid submarining of an occupant under a seatbelt due to unacceptable seat compression during a vehicle dynamic event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Richard Edward Ruthinowski, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Brian Robert Spahn, William Jerome Olsen, Daniel Ferretti
  • Publication number: 20150329041
    Abstract: A lighting system for a vehicle seatbelt assembly is provided herein. The lighting system includes a light source disposed on a seatbelt webbing. A first photoluminescent structure is configured to luminesce in response to excitation by at least a portion of the light source. A controller is configured to control an activation state of the light source. In some embodiments, the light source may implement a thin design, thereby helping to fit the light source into small package spaces of the vehicle where traditional light sources may not be practicable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Publication date: November 19, 2015
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Michael Masserant, Christine Boese
  • Publication number: 20150251626
    Abstract: A seat belt system including a seat belt secured for movement over a D-ring wherein the D-ring includes a magnet and the seat belt includes a plurality of magnetized metal filaments. As the seat belt travels through the D-ring the magnet attracts the plurality of metal filaments and counteracts at least a portion of the normal force of the webbing on the D-ring provided by gravity. The shape or configuration of the magnet may also increase the arc length or radial travel distance about the D-ring to reduce bunching and correspondingly the force necessary to wind and unwind the seat belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 10, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek Board, Srinivasan Sundarajan, Edward Joseph DeSmet
  • Publication number: 20150076879
    Abstract: A self-adjusting seat stiffness system that uses a tension member and tensioning device to maintain or increase tension in a seat component during a perceived vehicle dynamic event. The system may use an inertial latching spool for the tensioning device as an example of a way to maintain tension at a target acceleration of the spool by locking up the tension member, or may have a controller to control the tensioning member to provide variable tensions depending on varying perceived vehicle parameters. The tensioning of the tension member helps to avoid submarining of an occupant under a seatbelt due to unacceptable seat compression during a vehicle dynamic event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Richard Edward Ruthinowski, Edward Joseph DeSmet, Brian Robert Spahn, William Jerome Olsen, Daniel Ferretti
  • Patent number: 8317222
    Abstract: An inflatable member is inflated by compressed gas that flows through the latch and hollow tubular tongue of a seat belt anchor. The inflatable member is retained in an uninflated condition in a split two layer belt. The latch is pivotally secured to a conduit that receives compressed inflation gas from a cylinder that is provided with a diffuser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Key Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Dean M. Jaradi, Edward Joseph Desmet, Rudi Grzic
  • Publication number: 20110068565
    Abstract: An inflatable member is inflated by compressed gas that flows through the latch and hollow tubular tongue of a seat belt anchor. The inflatable member is retained in an uninflated condition in a split two layer belt. The latch is pivotally secured to a conduit that receives compressed inflation gas from a cylinder that is provided with a diffuser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicants: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC, KEY SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: David R. Arnold, Srinivasan Sundararajan, Dean M. Jaradi, Edward Joseph Desmet, Rudi Grzic