Patents by Inventor Horst Brackmann

Horst Brackmann 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: 6824177
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a latch mechanism, a locking lever movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, a motor drive, and a blocking lever engageable with the locking lever. The locking lever can be decoupled from the blocking lever during fast unlocking so that the locking lever can move into its unlocked position. A spring-loaded force-transmitting lever is coupled to the drive so as to, when displaced thereby in one direction, entrain the locking lever for fast unlocking and so as to, when displaced by the drive in an opposite direction, deflect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Nass, Alexander Buschmann, Andreas Beck, Dominik Scholz, Horst Brackmann
  • Patent number: 6375234
    Abstract: A latch is mounted between the inside and outside of a motor-vehicle door provided with a plurality of actuating elements and respective links extending from the elements and each having a respective movable part. The latch has latching and locking mechanism, a closed housing enclosing the mechanism and formed with a respective openings receiving free ends of the links, and seals in the openings engaged hermetically around the link free ends. The free ends are connected inside the housing to the mechanism. The housing includes a pair of housing parts that are hermetically joined to each other and the mechanism includes locking and latching elements received in the respective parts. The holes are all formed in one of the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Frank Kleefeldt, Volker Westerwick
  • Patent number: 5961163
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a latching fork and a release pawl engageable with the fork and pivotal between a latched position retaining the fork in a latched position engaged around a bolt and an unlatched position in which the fork can release the bolt. A coupling lever is pivotal between a coupling position connecting an actuating lever to the release pawl for actuation of the release pawl by the actuating lever and a decoupling position in which movement of the actuating lever does not move the release pawl. An inside locking lever pivotal between a locked and unlocked position is connected by a coupling to a central-locking lever also pivotal for joint synchronous pivoting thereof. A spring engaged between the locking lever and the coupling lever normally moves the coupling lever into its decoupling position on movement of the locking lever into its locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Klaus Feist, Armin Handke, Rainer Kipka
  • Patent number: 5921595
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a housing, a latching fork pivotal on the housing, and a release pawl pivotal on the housing between a latched position retaining the fork in a latched position engaged around a bolt and securing a motor-vehicle door closed and an unlatched position in which the fork can release the bolt and allow the door to open. An inside door handle can move between a center rest position, an end open position, and an end lock position. A bowden cable has a sheath fixed to the housing and a core having a pair of ends one of which is attached to the handle for displacement of another end of the core jointly with the door handle. A locking lever can pivot between a locked position and an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Michael Strathmann
  • Patent number: 5868444
    Abstract: A latch has a bolt mounted a trunk lid, a housing mounted on a motor-vehicle body and having a notch in which the bolt is receivable, and a fork pivotal on the housing about a main axis and displaceable between a closed and an open position. A plate pivoted on the housing at the main axis carries a pawl pivoted on the plate about a pawl axis offset from the main axis and displaceable between a holding position engaging the fork and, in the locked position of same, retaining the fork in the locked position and a releasing position clear of the fork and permitting same to pivot freely. An opening lever pivotal on the plate about a lever axis offset from the main axis is engageable with the pawl and formed with an actuating formation engageable with a formation of a link member displaceable relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Bernhard Funk
  • Patent number: 5853206
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a housing and a locking mechanism in the housing having an inside locking lever displaceable between a locked position in which the latch is locked and an unlocked position in which the latch is unlocked. An output element rotatable about an axis on the housing is formed with a spiral main groove having a pair of ends and with a transverse connecting groove extending between the ends. A pin mounted directly on the locking lever rides directly in the spiral groove. A reversible electric motor can rotate the output element so that the pin travels between the ends of the spiral groove for displacing the locking lever into the locked position when the pin engages one of the groove ends and for displacing the locking lever into the unlocked position when the pin engages the other of the groove ends. A locking element connected to the inside locking lever displaces same manually between its positions with movement of the pin along the connecting groove between the spiral groove ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Peter Bartel, Horst Brackmann, Theodor Menke
  • Patent number: 5810423
    Abstract: A motor vehicle has a body, a door movable on the body between an open and a closed position. and a body-mounted roof channel fixedly mounted on the body adjacent and above the door. A window is displaceable in the door between a down position below and clear of the channel and an up position fitting in the closed position of the door in the roof channel. A drive including a motor in the door displaces the window between its up and down positions. A latch has a bolt on the frame, a retaining element on the door engageable in the closed position of the door with the bolt and movable between a latched position capturing the bolt and retaining the door in the closed position and an unlatched position releasing the bolt and allowing the door to moved between the closed and open positions, and a mechanism in the door coupled to the retaining element and displaceable between an actuated position freeing the element to move into the freeing position and an unactuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Kurt Raffelsiefer, Clemens Tantow
  • Patent number: 5667263
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a housing and a locking mechanism in the housing having an inside locking lever displaceable between a locked position in which the latch is locked and unlocked position in which the latch is unlocked. An output element rotatable about an axis on the housing is formed with a spiral main groove having a pair of ends and with a transverse connecting groove extending between the ends. A pin mounted directly on the locking lever rides directly in the spiral groove. A reversible electric motor can rotate the output element so that the pin travels between the ends of the spiral groove for displacing the locking lever into the locked position when the pin engages one of the groove ends and for displacing the locking lever into the unlocked position when the pin engages the other of the groove ends. A locking element connected to the inside locking lever displaces same manually between its positions with movement of the pin along the connecting groove between the spiral groove ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellshaft
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Peter Bartel, Horst Brackmann, Theodor Menke
  • Patent number: 5653484
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a pivotal latching fork, a release pawl engageable with the fork and displaceable between latched and unlatched positions, and a release lever engageable with the pawl for displacing same between its positions and formed with an elongated slot. An outside actuating lever is provided with an entrainment nose aligned with an end of the release-lever slot. Separate inside and outside locking levers are coupled via a spring to a main locking lever displaceable by the inside and outside levers between a locked and an unlocked position. A link lever pivoted on the main locking lever carries a coupling pin projecting through the slot and engageable with the entrainment nose in the unlocked position of the main locking lever and unengageable with the entrainment nose in the locked position of the main locking lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Rainer Kipka
  • Patent number: 5474340
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has a latch fork pivotal on a housing between a holding position in which it is adapted to retain a door of the vehicle closed and a releasing position in which it allows the vehicle door to be opened. A latch pawl is pivotal on the housing between a retaining position engaging the fork and retaining it in the holding position and a freeing position out of engagement with the fork and permitting it to move into the releasing position. A door handle and lock mechanism in the housing are connected to the pawl for moving the pawl into the freeing position on actuation of the handle. A locking lever connected to the mechanism is displaceable between a locked position in which it disconnects the mechanism from the pawl and prevents the mechanism from moving the pawl into the freeing position and an unlocked position in which it permits the mechanism to move the pawl into the freeing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Rainer Kipka
  • Patent number: 5419597
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch has inside and outside locking elements and an actuator having an electric motor having a threaded output spindle and a drive nut threaded directly on the spindle and displaceable by the motor between unlocked, locked, and antitheft positions. An inside lever assembly includes a first inside lever pivoted on the housing and connected directly to the inside locking element for displacement jointly with the inside locking element between locked and unlocked positions and a second inside lever pivoted on the first inside lever and coupled to the actuator drive nut for pivotal displacement jointly therewith between unlocked, locked, and antitheft positions. A spring braced between the first and second levers urges abutments on them into engagement with each other so that when the abutments are spaced apart the spring is loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Peter Bartel, Frank Kleefeldt
  • Patent number: 5074603
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch for securing together two relatively movable body parts has a housing mounted on one of the parts, a bolt mounted on the other part and engageable in the housing, a fork pivotal in the housing between a locked position engaging around the bolt when therein and an unlocked position permitting the bolt to enter and exit the housing, a pawl pivotal in the housing between a holding position retaining the fork in the locked position and a freeing position permitting the fork to move between its positions, and an actuating lever engageable with the pawl and pivotal in the housing between a holding position holding the pawl in its freeing position and a freeing position in which it does not impede movement of the pawl between its position. A position-holding element engageable in the housing with the lever is movable between a blocking position preventing movement of the lever of the freeing position and an unblocking position permitting movement of the lever between its positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Brackmann
  • Patent number: 5071179
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch for mounting in a door having an outside panel has a housing fixed in the door, a latching fork pivotal in the housing, and a latching pawl pivotal in the housing and engageable with the fork. An outside door handle is displaceable on the outside door panel between an outer actuating position and an inner rest position. A linkage includes an outside-handle lever coupled to the outside door handle and movable thereby, a latch lever pivoted on the outside-handle lever and engageable with the pawl to operate same and release the fork, and a releasable coupler including a bolt for coupling the outside-handle and latch levers together for joint pivoting and for decoupling them for relative pivoting. Thus when these levers are decoupled the outside-handle lever can move between an operating position and an installation position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventor: Horst Brackmann
  • Patent number: 4911488
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door-latch assembly for securing a door to a doorpost invention has a latch fork pivoted on the door, a support mounted on a doorpost, and a bolt projecting from the support and engageable by the fork to retain the door against the doorpost. An electric switch mounted on the support adjacent the bolt is operated by an actuating element engageable by the fork on closing of the door to actuate the switch. Thus the switch can be tucked out of the way inside the post-mounted bolt assembly where it is not exposed to the elements. In addition according to this invention the fork has a curved camming edge which slides over the actuating element. As a result the switch is actuated gently even if the door is slammed, since the camming edge, which typically extends as a spiral centered on the rotation axis of the fork, can reduce a substantial travel of the door to a small travel of the actuating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Assignee: Kiekert GMBH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Brackmann, Peter Barte
  • Patent number: 4837567
    Abstract: A security system has a key including a transmitter for emitting a coded signal and a receiver for the signal and connected to a latch of the vehicle for unlocking a door secured by the latch only when the coded signal is received. A column bolt is displaceable in a housing fixed around the steering column between a locking position preventing the column from rotating and a freeing position. A barrel rotatable in the housing is formed with an axially open pocket generally complementary to the key. A switch is actuatable in one end position of the barrel for starting the vehicle and a locking pin is displaceable in the barrel and engageable into the pocket and into a lateral recess of the key when same is fitted in the pocket. A lever can engage in the recess of the barrel in the other of the end positions and can also engage in this other end position with the pin to push same into the pocket and into the recess of the key therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Horst Brackmann, Peter Bartel
  • Patent number: 4357815
    Abstract: A lock assembly has a tubular secondary lock housing having an inner wall generally centered on an axis and formed with an axially extending and inwardly open groove. A core plug is rotatable in this housing and has a central axially extending and open key-receiving passage. Axially spaced tumblers are exposed at this passage in the plug and are diametrally displaceable therein along a diametral plane between outer positions projecting radially beyond the outer surface and inner positions lying radially within the outer surface. These tumblers are only displaceable into the outer positions when they are radially aligned with the groove and when they are in the outer position and engaged in the groove they block the core from rotating in the housing. The tumblers have respective control edges subdivided at the diametral plane into first edge regions and second edge regions which are out of line with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Horst Brackmann
  • Patent number: 4320639
    Abstract: A tubular lock housing receives a core plug which is rotatable in the housing about an axis between a pair of angularly offset unlock and antitheft positions and through an intermediate lock position. Pluralities of first and second tumblers are exposed at the key-receiving passage of the plug and are diametrally displaceable therein between outer positions lying radially within the outer surface of the core. Differently bitted first and second keys are engageable in the key-receiving passage with the respective tumblers to displace them into the inner positions. At least one inwardly open first recess is formed in the inner wall of the tubular lock housing in radial alignment with the first tumblers only in one end position of the plug, so that these tumblers engage in the first recess when in the outer positions and thereby prevent angular displacement of the plug from the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Frank Kleefeldt, Horst Brackmann