Patents by Inventor Eric Michalak

Eric Michalak 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: 10843611
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that includes a lateral occupant support structure that is movable based on a position of a backrest. The vehicle seat includes a lateral occupant support structure setting system that adapts a position of one or more lateral occupant support structures based on one or more of a position of the backrest and movement of the backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Nathan Caruss, Eric Michalak, Brent Burton
  • Patent number: 10829018
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (10, 100, 200, 300, 400) includes a seat base (14,114, 214, 314, 414) a backrest (12, 112, 212, 312, 412) with a seat base and backrest pivot connection between the seat base and the backrest. An armrest (16, 216, 216, 316, 416) is connected to the vehicle seat at an armrest to vehicle seat support connection (20,120, 220, 320, 420). An armrest linkage system changes an inclination of the armrest relative to the backrest upon changes in inclination of the backrest relative to the seat base, over a pivot range of motion of the backrest relative to the seat base. This may maintain the inclination of the armrest relative to the seat base and the seat floor or may change the inclination of the armrest relative to the seat base and the seat floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Brent Burton, Eric Michalak, Nathan Caruss, Mark Shafer, Michael J. Kapusky
  • Patent number: 10829010
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a cushion, a seatback connected to the cushion and a track arrangement. The track arrangement includes a curved fixed track and a flexible track follower that is moveable along the curved fixed track between a full slouch and a full upright position. The curved fixed track is connected to a vehicle seat support base and the moveable track is connected to the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kapusky, Eric Michalak, Nathan Caruss, Jennifer Carlson, Brent Burton, Alexander Saveski
  • Patent number: 10780799
    Abstract: A vehicle seat and a vehicle, with the vehicle seat are provided. The vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a backrest, and at least one of a cavity located under the seat cushion and a cavity located under the backrest. The at least one cavity includes at least one air intake, at least one air outlet, and at least one drain port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à r.l.
    Inventor: Eric Michalak
  • Patent number: 10759318
    Abstract: A head restraint for a seat being adjustable in a vertical direction, and angularly adjustable with regard to lateral portions of the head restraint. A mechanism providing this adjustability is a linear and rotational locking mechanism with a shaft and a slide. The slide is selectively slidably and rotatably mounted on the shaft. The slide has a locked state which linearly and rotationally fixes the slide on, and with respect to, the shaft. The slide has a release state where the slide is linearly and rotatably movable on the shaft. The slide is fixable in a plurality of linear and rotational positions on the shaft in the locked state. The number of linear and rotational positions on the shaft is considered infinite since for all practical purposes, the slide is not restricted to individual discrete positions, but is continuously adjustable to practically any linear and rotational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Michael Kapusky, Eric Michalak, Nathan Caruss, Jennifer Carlson, Brent Burton, Matthew McClelland
  • Publication number: 20190315252
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base and a backrest. A seat base track arrangement has a fixed track and a moveable track that is moveable along the fixed track. The seat base fixed track is connected to a vehicle seat support or fore/aft track to adjust an entire vehicle seat position. The seat base moveable track is connected to the seat base. A backrest track arrangement has a backrest fixed track and a backrest moveable track that is moveable along the backrest fixed track. The backrest fixed track is connected to a vehicle backrest support. A link arm pivotably links the seat base and the backrest. A seat base pivot connection is formed between the link arm and the seat base. A link arm and backrest pivot connection is formed between the link arm and the backrest and the moveable track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Applicant: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à r.l.
    Inventors: Michael KAPUSKY, Eric MICHALAK, Nathan CARUSS, Jennifer CARLSON, Brent BURTON, Matthew MCCLELLAND
  • Publication number: 20190315257
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that includes a lateral occupant support structure that is movable based on a position of a backrest. The vehicle seat includes a lateral occupant support structure setting system that adapts a position of one or more lateral occupant support structures based on one or more of a position of the backrest and movement of the backrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 17, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan CARUSS, Eric MICHALAK, Brent BURTON
  • Publication number: 20190210501
    Abstract: A head restraint for a seat being adjustable in a vertical direction, and angularly adjustable with regard to lateral portions of the head restraint. A mechanism providing this adjustability is a linear and rotational locking mechanism with a shaft and a slide. The slide is selectively slidably and rotatably mounted on the shaft. The slide has a locked state which linearly and rotationally fixes the slide on, and with respect to, the shaft. The slide has a release state where the slide is linearly and rotatably movable on the shaft. The slide is fixable in a plurality of linear and rotational positions on the shaft in the locked state. The number of linear and rotational positions on the shaft is considered infinite since for all practical purposes, the slide is not restricted to individual discrete positions, but is continuously adjustable to practically any linear and rotational position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Michael KAPUSKY, Eric MICHALAK, Nathan CARUSS, Jennifer CARLSON, Brent BURTON, Matthew McCLELLAND
  • Publication number: 20190210492
    Abstract: A vehicle seat and a vehicle, with the vehicle seat are provided. The vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a backrest, and at least one of a cavity located under the seat cushion and a cavity located under the backrest. The at least one cavity includes at least one air intake, at least one air outlet, and at least one drain port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventor: Eric MICHALAK
  • Publication number: 20190184879
    Abstract: Reclining seat mounted on a foundation through first and second slides. The seat cushion is mounted on the first slide, and the seat back is mounted on the second slide. The slides, the seat cushion and the seat back are arranged to move together as one unit to have the seat recline. A head restraint is mounted at a top side of the seat back to follow and move with the back during movement of the back. The second slide has a non-linear curved shape to rotate the head restraint when the seat back moves. The curved shape rotates the headrest in a backward and downward direction when the seat back moves downward and the seat cushion moves forward, and vice versa. From the different seat positions, the head restraint follows the motion of the occupant as they move to the different seat positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Applicant: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.á r.l.
    Inventors: Michael KAPUSKY, Eric MICHALAK, Nathan CARUSS, Jennifer CARLSON, Brent BURTON, Kurt SEIBOLD
  • Publication number: 20190168640
    Abstract: A vehicle seat system includes a vehicle seat having a seat base, a backrest, a seat base track arrangement, a backrest track arrangement having a backrest fixed track and a backrest moveable track that is moveable along the backrest fixed track, a link arm, a seat base pivot connection between the link arm and the seat base and a link arm and backrest pivot connection between the link arm and the backrest and the backrest movable track. The seat base track arrangement includes a seat base fixed track and a seat base moveable track that is moveable along the seat base fixed track. The seat base fixed track is connected to a vehicle seat support and the seat base moveable track is connected to the seat base. The backrest fixed track is connected to a vehicle backrest support. At least one locking device is connected to the vehicle seat. A release/lock mechanism is connected to the locking device for releasing and locking the at least one locking device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Michael KAPUSKY, Eric MICHALAK, Nathan CARUSS, Jennifer CARLSON, Brent BURTON, Matthew MCCLELLAND
  • Publication number: 20190152354
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a cushion, a seatback connected to the cushion and a track arrangement. The track arrangement includes a curved fixed track and a flexible track follower that is moveable along the curved fixed track between a full slouch and a full upright position. The curved fixed track is connected to a vehicle seat support base and the moveable track is connected to the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Michael KAPUSKY, Eric MICHALAK, Nathan CARUSS, Jennifer CARLSON, Brent BURTON, Alexander SAVESKI
  • Publication number: 20190135151
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (10, 100, 200, 300, 400) includes a seat base (14,114, 214, 314, 414) a backrest (12, 112, 212, 312, 412) with a seat base and backrest pivot connection between the seat base and the backrest. An armrest (16, 216, 216, 316, 416) is connected to the vehicle seat at an armrest to vehicle seat support connection (20,120, 220, 320, 420). An armrest linkage system changes an inclination of the armrest relative to the backrest upon changes in inclination of the backrest relative to the seat base, over a pivot range of motion of the backrest relative to the seat base. This may maintain the inclination of the armrest relative to the seat base and the seat floor or may change the inclination of the armrest relative to the seat base and the seat floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Brent BURTON, Eric MICHALAK, Nathan CARUSS, Mark SHAFER, Michael J. KAPUSKY
  • Publication number: 20190077330
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a backrest and a seat base as a seat part. The seat part includes a seat part frame, a trim side and an opposite harder side. The harder side has an outer peripheral surface with a recess contour. Fittings form a seat base to backrest pivot connection, for pivoting the seat base relative to the backrest and/or pivoting the backrest relative to the seat base. Pivotable hoop connections are connected to the vehicle seat frame adjacent to the opposite harder side. A storage hoop has hoop ends respectively connected to the respective pivotable hoop connections. The storage hoop is received in the recess in a stowed position, in which the hoop is disposed inwardly of a remainder of the outer peripheral surface. The stowed hoop may pivot out of the recess to a hoop deployed position, with the hoop extending outwardly from the opposite harder side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Eric MICHALAK, Brent BURTON, Mason PIKE, Nathan CARUSS, Alex SAVESKI, Michael J. KAPUSKY
  • Patent number: 10144315
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a backrest and a seat base with a fitting with pivot connections for pivoting relative to the backrest. The seat base pivots between a seating position and a stadium flipped up position. A storage hoop has ends pivotably connected to an underside of the seat base at hoop pivot connections. The storage hoop pivots between a stowed position—with the hoop extending along a seat underside—and a hoop deployed position—with the hoop extending outwardly from the seat underside. The fitting with pivot connection has an inertial load lock to maintain the seat base in the stadium flipped up position upon exposure to inertial loads above a crash threshold. A cable is moved upon moving the hoop to the deployed position to move a latching cam, associated with the fitting, to prevent the seat base from pivoting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Eric Michalak, Brent Burton, Mason Pike, Nathan Caruss
  • Patent number: 10086728
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle seat configured to support an occupant in a vehicle may include a seat cushion portion, a seat back portion including a backrest movable relative to the seat cushion portion, and a contour linkage linked to the seat cushion portion and the backrest. The contour linkage may be configured to impose force on the backrest upon movement of the seat cushion portion relative to the backrest in at least one of a fore/aft, vertical, and rotational direction. The backrest may be configured such that a backrest contour is altered based on force imposed by the contour linkage in response to movement of the seat cushion portion relative to the backrest. The backrest contour may include at least one of a contour angle of an occupant-side surface of the backrest, a maximum offset of the occupant-side surface, and vertical height of a contour apex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Brennon White, Mason Pike, Ken Clark, Nathan Caruss, E J Zadina, Jeff Laho, James Hollowood, Nicholas Petouhoff, Patricia White, Dan Ridgeway, Eric Michalak, Alex Saveski, Jennifer Carlson, Brad Feiler, Mark Milner, Dalibor Dimovski
  • Patent number: 9873354
    Abstract: A stowable vehicle seat and seat arrangement are provided for a vehicle having a vehicle floor. The arrangement includes a first outboard seat with a seat base, a vehicle floor connection and a backrest connected to the seat base. A second outboard seat includes a seat base, a vehicle floor connection and a backrest and a lateral guide rail for lateral movement. The stowable seat includes a seat base, a backrest, a floor connection and a linkage between the seat base, the floor connection and the backrest for movement from a seating position blocking lateral movement of the second outboard seat to a stowage position in which the second outboard seat is moveable laterally along the lateral guideway to a position directly adjacent to the first outboard seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Yannis Poulos, Dawn Macleod, Eric Michalak, Reinier Soliven, Sylviane Mayer, Bradford V. Feiler, Steven E. White, Prasanna Korlahalli, John M. Beranek
  • Publication number: 20170036578
    Abstract: A seat structure including at least one frame having one or more thin walled complex geometry structures and a process for forming the at least one frame via an additive manufacturing process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Publication date: February 9, 2017
    Inventors: Brennon WHITE, Mark HARRIS, Dan SAKKINEN, Eric MICHALAK, Jeff LAHO
  • Publication number: 20160297337
    Abstract: An adjustable vehicle seat configured to support an occupant in a vehicle may include a seat cushion portion, a seat back portion including a backrest movable relative to the seat cushion portion, and a contour linkage linked to the seat cushion portion and the backrest. The contour linkage may be configured to impose force on the backrest upon movement of the seat cushion portion relative to the backrest in at least one of a fore/aft, vertical, and rotational direction. The backrest may be configured such that a backrest contour is altered based on force imposed by the contour linkage in response to movement of the seat cushion portion relative to the backrest. The backrest contour may include at least one of a contour angle of an occupant-side surface of the backrest, a maximum offset of the occupant-side surface, and vertical height of a contour apex.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 13, 2016
    Applicant: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Brennon White, Mason Pike, Ken Clark, Nathan Caruss, E. J Zadina, Jeff Laho, James Hollowood, Nicholas Petouhoff, Patricia White, Dan Ridgeway, Eric Michalak, Alex Saveski, Jennifer Carlson, Brad Feiler, Mark Milner, Dalibor Dimovski
  • Publication number: 20160264026
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a backrest and a seat base with a fitting with pivot connections for pivoting relative to the backrest. The seat base pivots between a seating position and a stadium flipped up position. A storage hoop has ends pivotably connected to an underside of the seat base at hoop pivot connections. The storage hoop pivots between a stowed position—with the hoop extending along a seat underside—and a hoop deployed position—with the hoop extending outwardly from the seat underside. The fitting with pivot connection has an inertial load lock to maintain the seat base in the stadium flipped up position upon exposure to inertial loads above a crash threshold. A cable is moved upon moving the hoop to the deployed position to move a latching cam, associated with the fitting, to prevent the seat base from pivoting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Eric MICHALAK, Brent BURTON, Mason PIKE, Nathan CARUSS