Patents by Inventor Joen C. Bodtker

Joen C. Bodtker 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: 11345389
    Abstract: A rake assembly for a steering column includes a pin adapted to move along a first axis between a locked position and an unlocked position. The rake assembly also includes a first tray fixed to a support structure, the first tray having a plurality of teeth. The rake assembly further includes a rocker tray having a plurality of teeth adapted to mesh with the plurality of teeth of the first tray when in the locked position and un-mesh when in the unlocked position, the rocker tray being adapted to rock about a second axis from an un-tilted state when in the locked position and to a tilted state when in the unlocked position to provide a degree of motion to facilitate meshing of the plurality of teeth of the first tray and the plurality of teeth of the rocker tray, the second axis being transverse to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 11225281
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket. The steering column assembly also includes an upper jacket at least partially received within the lower jacket. The steering column assembly further includes a jacket wall integrally formed with the lower jacket, the jacket wall extending longitudinally form a first end to a second end and having a first side and a second side. The steering column assembly yet further includes an energy absorption strap offset from the first side of the jacket wall to form a recess extending along the jacket wall, the energy absorption strap having a first end and a second end, the energy absorption strap having at least one tear line at an interface with the jacket wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Anspaugh, Joen C. Bodtker, Donald A. Buzzard, Tyler M. Reno
  • Patent number: 11186307
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement for an adjustable assembly includes a lever operatively coupled to the clamping arrangement for moving the assembly between a locked position and an unlocked position, an aperture extending from an inner face of the lever to an outer face of the lever. The clamping arrangement also includes an outer cam having an outer radial surface at least partially disposed within the aperture of the locking lever. The clamping arrangement further includes an inner cam engaged with the outer cam and adjustable assembly. The clamping arrangement yet further includes a rake bolt extending through the lever, the outer cam, the inner cam, and the adjustable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy W. Jones
  • Patent number: 11180180
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a steering column shaft having a first end and a second end. The steering column assembly also includes an intermediate shaft coupled to the steering column shaft first end. The steering column assembly further includes a steering input pinion coupled to the intermediate shaft. The steering column assembly yet further includes a counter rotation mechanism causing a non-rotational condition of at least a portion of the steering shaft via counter rotational movement of the steering column assembly during rotation of the steering input pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Eric D. Pattok, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 11104370
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket assembly extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end and having an energy absorption (EA) plate. The steering column assembly also includes an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within the lower jacket assembly. The steering column assembly further includes an energy absorption strap integrally formed with the lower jacket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Tyler M. Reno, John F. Schulz, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 11097776
    Abstract: An energy absorption strap assembly for a steering column is provided. The assembly includes an upper jacket. The assembly also includes a first energy absorption strap extending from a first end to a second end, the first energy absorption strap operatively coupled to the upper jacket proximate the second end of the first energy absorption strap. The assembly further includes a second energy absorption strap surrounding a portion of the first energy absorptions strap, the second energy absorption strap not directly coupled to the upper jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy Jones, Jorge Flores
  • Patent number: 11091198
    Abstract: An energy absorption strap assembly for a steering column includes a first strap. Also included is a second strap, the first and second strap having respective edge regions that are laterally engageable with each to switch the energy absorption strap assembly between a high load condition and a low load condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy Jones, Jorge Flores
  • Publication number: 20210129889
    Abstract: A clamping arrangement for an adjustable assembly includes a lever operatively coupled to the clamping arrangement for moving the assembly between a locked position and an unlocked position, an aperture extending from an inner face of the lever to an outer face of the lever. The clamping arrangement also includes an outer cam having an outer radial surface at least partially disposed within the aperture of the locking lever. The clamping arrangement further includes an inner cam engaged with the outer cam and adjustable assembly. The clamping arrangement yet further includes a rake bolt extending through the lever, the outer cam, the inner cam, and the adjustable assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Randy W. Jones
  • Publication number: 20210061342
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket assembly extending longitudinally from a first end to a second end and having an energy absorption (EA) plate. The steering column assembly also includes an upper jacket assembly at least partially received within the lower jacket assembly. The steering column assembly further includes an energy absorption strap integrally formed with the lower jacket assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Tyler M. Reno, John F. Schulz, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10913493
    Abstract: A power steering system including a first linkage arm pivotally coupled to a cross-link member extending in a transverse direction. Also included is a first shaft generally orthogonal to the first linkage arm, the first shaft configured to rotate the first linkage arm. Further included is a power portion of the first linkage arm extending from a first end of the first linkage arm to the first shaft. Yet further included is an assist portion of the first linkage arm extending from the first shaft to a second end of the first linkage arm. Also included is an electric actuator. Further included is a linkage member extending from the electric actuator and operatively coupled to the assist portion of the first linkage arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Eric D. Pattok, Patrik Ryne, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Publication number: 20200324802
    Abstract: A rake assembly for a steering column includes a pin adapted to move along a first axis between a locked position and an unlocked position. The rake assembly also includes a first tray fixed to a support structure, the first tray having a plurality of teeth. The rake assembly further includes a rocker tray having a plurality of teeth adapted to mesh with the plurality of teeth of the first tray when in the locked position and un-mesh when in the unlocked position, the rocker tray being adapted to rock about a second axis from an un-tilted state when in the locked position and to a tilted state when in the unlocked position to provide a degree of motion to facilitate meshing of the plurality of teeth of the first tray and the plurality of teeth of the rocker tray, the second axis being transverse to the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Publication date: October 15, 2020
    Inventors: Donald A. Buzzard, Michael P. Anspaugh, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Publication number: 20200198685
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a lower jacket. The steering column assembly also includes an upper jacket at least partially received within the lower jacket. The steering column assembly further includes a jacket wall integrally formed with the lower jacket, the jacket wall extending longitudinally form a first end to a second end and having a first side and a second side. The steering column assembly yet further includes an energy absorption strap offset from the first side of the jacket wall to form a recess extending along the jacket wall, the energy absorption strap having a first end and a second end, the energy absorption strap having at least one tear line at an interface with the jacket wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Michael P. Anspaugh, Joen C. Bodtker, Donald A. Buzzard, Tyler M. Reno
  • Publication number: 20200180675
    Abstract: A motion control assembly for a steering column assembly includes a rake bracket having a first leg and a second leg. Also included is a clamping mechanism intersecting the upper jacket and positioned on the first leg of the rake bracket, the on-center, single-sided clamping mechanism moveable between a clamped condition and an unclamped condition, the clamped condition securing a lower jacket against telescoping movement relative to an upper jacket. Further included is a mechanical fastener extending through the second leg of the rake bracket and at least partially through the lower jacket and operatively coupled to the lower jacket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Inventor: Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10676121
    Abstract: A selectively autonomous steering column assembly includes a steering column shaft. Also included is a steering input device coupled to the steering column shaft. Further included is a column adjustment assembly configured to translate the steering column shaft between a retracted position and a driving position. Yet further included is at least one signal indicating when the steering column shaft is in the driving position. When steering column shaft is in the retracted position, directional control is automated, and when the steering column shaft is returned to the driving position as indicated by the at least one signal, direction control via the steering input device is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Frank P. Lubischer, Richard K. Riefe, Joen C. Bodtker, Bryan L. Faist
  • Patent number: 10676126
    Abstract: A rotation control assembly for a steering column assembly includes a steering shaft. The rotation control assembly also includes a driving tab rotatable with the steering shaft. The rotation control assembly further includes a driven tab rotatable relative to the steering shaft, the driving tab adapted to engage the driven tab upon rotation of the steering shaft. The rotation control assembly yet further includes an end stop positioned to engage the driven tab upon rotation of the driven tab to the end stop, engagement of the driven tab and the end stop limiting rotation of the steering shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Joen C. Bodtker, Melvin Lee Tinnin
  • Publication number: 20200148251
    Abstract: A steering column assembly includes a steering column shaft having a first end and a second end. The steering column assembly also includes an intermediate shaft coupled to the steering column shaft first end. The steering column assembly further includes a steering input pinion coupled to the intermediate shaft. The steering column assembly yet further includes a counter rotation mechanism causing a non-rotational condition of at least a portion of the steering shaft via counter rotational movement of the steering column assembly during rotation of the steering input pinion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Eric D. Pattok, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10611396
    Abstract: A motion control assembly for a steering column assembly includes a rake bracket having a first leg and a second leg. Also included is a clamping mechanism intersecting the upper jacket and positioned on the first leg of the rake bracket, the on-center, single-sided clamping mechanism moveable between a clamped condition and an unclamped condition, the clamped condition securing a lower jacket against telescoping movement relative to an upper jacket. Further included is a mechanical fastener extending through the second leg of the rake bracket and at least partially through the lower jacket and operatively coupled to the lower jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10589774
    Abstract: A steering column assembly configured to couple to a steering wheel is provided. The assembly includes a steering column shaft having a first end and a second end, the second end configured to couple to the steering wheel. The assembly also includes an intermediate shaft coupled to the steering column shaft first end. The assembly further includes a steering input pinion coupled to the intermediate shaft. The assembly yet further includes a counter rotation mechanism configured to counter rotate rotational movement of the steering column assembly such that the steering wheel does not rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOLDING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric D. Pattok, Joen C. Bodtker
  • Patent number: 10577009
    Abstract: A selectively autonomous steering column assembly includes a steering column shaft. Also included is a steering input device coupled to the steering column shaft. Further included is a column adjustment assembly configured to translate the steering column shaft between a retracted position and a driving position. Yet further included is at least one signal indicating when the steering column shaft is in the driving position. When steering column shaft is in the retracted position, directional control is automated, and when the steering column shaft is returned to the driving position as indicated by the at least one signal, direction control via the steering input device is enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Frank P. Lubischer, Richard K. Riefe, Joen C. Bodtker, Bryan L. Faist
  • Publication number: 20190322306
    Abstract: A selectively autonomous steering column assembly includes a steering column shaft. Also included is a steering input device coupled to the steering column shaft. Further included is a column adjustment assembly configured to translate the steering column shaft between a retracted position and a driving position. Yet further included is at least one signal indicating when the steering column shaft is in the driving position. When steering column shaft is in the retracted position, directional control is automated, and when the steering column shaft is returned to the driving position as indicated by the at least one signal, direction control via the steering input device is enabled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: Frank P. Lubischer, Richard K. Riefe, Joen C. Bodtker, Bryan L. Faist