Patents by Inventor Manfred Link

Manfred Link 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: 10712043
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air vent including a housing; plural louvers extending horizontally or vertically, pivotably arranged in the housing and aligned relative to an air outlet opening arranged in the housing, wherein the plural louvers are controllable jointly with an identical orientation by a pivot movement from a starting position into a pivot position by an adjustment device for changing an air outflow direction from the air outlet opening, wherein the plural louvers are controllable by at least one actuation element made from a shape memory alloy to adjust a diffuse air flow independently from a control by the adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: GRAMMER Interior Components GmbH
    Inventors: Manfred Link, Pierre Stehle, Gunter Link, Christian Schreck
  • Publication number: 20200122648
    Abstract: An interior component of a vehicle, the interior component including a metal surface element that includes at least one graphic feature, wherein the at least one graphic feature is configured as an engraving that is fabricated by material removal, and wherein the engraving includes a micro perforation made from a plurality of boreholes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2019
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Publication number: 20170370611
    Abstract: The invention relates to an air vent including a housing; plural louvers extending horizontally or vertically, pivotably arranged in the housing and aligned relative to an air outlet opening arranged in the housing, wherein the plural louvers are controllable jointly with an identical orientation by a pivot movement from a starting position into a pivot position by an adjustment device for changing an air outflow direction from the air outlet opening, wherein the plural louvers are controllable by at least one actuation element made from a shape memory alloy to adjust a diffuse air flow independently from a control by the adjustment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Publication date: December 28, 2017
    Inventors: Manfred Link, Pierre Stehle, Gunter Link, Christian Schreck
  • Patent number: 9272467
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a decorative part that has a closed cross-section having an external visible side and that has at least two support parts to be connected along a connecting joint. The support parts are held spaced at a distance from one another such that a gap is formed between the edges of the support parts which adjoin one another at the connecting joint. The support parts are inserted in at least two halves of a molding tool. A reaction plastic is injected into the molding tool, such that the reaction plastic penetrates the gap. The support parts are moved toward each other such that the gap closes while the reaction plastic is still liquid. The support parts are fixed against each other in this position at least until the plastic has sufficiently cured so as to form a bond seam in the connecting joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: QUIN GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Bieniek, Norbert Zwiessler, Rudi Artem, Thomas Weisser, Manfred Link, Uwe-Joachim Friedrich
  • Publication number: 20140147605
    Abstract: A method is provided for producing a decorative part that has a closed cross-section having an external visible side and that has at least two support parts to be connected along a connecting joint. The support parts are held spaced at a distance from one another such that a gap is formed between the edges of the support parts which adjoin one another at the connecting joint. The support parts are inserted in at least two halves of a molding tool. A reaction plastic is injected into the molding tool, such that the reaction plastic penetrates the gap. The support parts are moved toward each other such that the gap closes while the reaction plastic is still liquid. The support parts are fixed against each other in this position at least until the plastic has sufficiently cured so as to form a bond seam in the connecting joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: QUIN GMBH
    Inventors: Klaus Bieniek, Norbert Zwiessler, Rudi Artem, Thomas Weisser, Manfred Link, Uwe-Joachim Friedrich
  • Patent number: 6561912
    Abstract: A shaft, in particular a drive shaft, for transferring torques, includes a basic member made of an elastic first material, and connecting pieces shaped at their ends for being received by the basic member and prevented by positive engagement from rotating and displacing axially relative to the basic member. The connecting pieces are made of a second material which is inelastic or less-elastic than the first material or. The first and second materials are plastics which are crosslinked with one another at interfaces of the basic member and the connecting parts. The shaft is reliably functional while having a compact design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 6298750
    Abstract: Steering wheel having a steering wheel rim which is hollow at least in some places and has ventilation openings for stabilizing the temperature of the steering rim. In the region of the at least one cavity, the steering wheel rim has a holder for fixing a fan module which sucks in environmental air and passes it into the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignees: DaimlerChysler AG, TRW Automotive Safety Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Kerner, Manfred Link, Claudia Nowak, Helmut Patzelt
  • Patent number: 6264239
    Abstract: A steering column arrangement has an interior steering column tube which can be axially and telescopically adjusted by a spindle drive relative to an exterior steering column tube. A threaded spindle of the spindle drive is disposed by way of energy-absorbing bearing blocks. The longitudinally extending adjusting member is provided with a desired buckling point. At the level of the desired buckling point, a supporting bow is provided which is stationarily arranged on the exterior steering column tube, reaches at least partially over the desired buckling point and is designed to be plastically deformable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Daimler Chrysler AG
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 6254131
    Abstract: A steering column arrangement has an adjusting spindle of a spindle drive for the axial adjustment of the interior steering column tube relative to the exterior steering column tube which is fixed by a holder on the interior steering column tube. The holder is a ring-shaped collar which, by way of a ring arrangement positioned between the outer jacket of the interior steering column tube and the inner circumference of the collar, is axially form-lockingly and frictionally engaged in the circumferential direction fixed on the interior steering column tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 6086096
    Abstract: An air bag for a motor vehicle has catch straps which are located on the inside and by means of which an upper bag surface directed towards a vehicle occupant and a lower-lying bag surface of the unfolded air bag having an opening for a gas generator are held against one another along the length of the catch straps. By one end, the catch straps integrally adjoin a flat connecting part via which they are fixed on the upper bag surface by means of at least one connecting seam which runs around said connecting part and lies nearest to the catch straps, the connecting seam being disposed perpendicular to the pulling direction of said catch strap in the region of each catch-strap connection at least over the greatest part of the connection width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Manfred Link, Wolfgang Russ
  • Patent number: 5735631
    Abstract: A joint is disclosed for the swivel bearing of a casing tube of an inclination-adjustable steering column on a casing tube suspension, having a joint head which is held between laterally surrounding fork legs, coaxial passage bores in the surrounding fork legs from which a longitudinal section of a bearing axle projects into an opposite fitted seat of the joint head, and two bearing bushes which surround the projecting longitudinal section of their bearing axle and which are conically constructed on their outer circumference and engage in their associated, fittingly conical fitted seat. An axial loading of the bearing bushes tapering toward one another is by way of a screwed advance of their bearing axle by means of which the bearing bushes are pressed without play into their fitted seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Helmut Patzelt, Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 5538279
    Abstract: Collision-protection devices for vehicle passengers, are disclosed which include a gas cushion which is connected to a gas generator and inflates under sensor control in the event of an accident and hence protects the body of a vehicle passenger from a collision causing injury, e.g., against the instrument panel or windscreen. The gas cushion has, in this instance, one or more escape openings. According to the invention, the escape opening points towards an open cover flap when the gas cushion is inflated, which cover flap, in the closed state, covers the folded-up gas cushion. Only once a predetermined pressure has been exceeded does the cover flap free the escape opening to enable gas to be discharged in an escape flow distributed over an area of the gas cushion surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: Mercedes Benz AG
    Inventors: Manfred Link, Ulrich Tschaschke, Manfred Muller, Helmut Patzelt
  • Patent number: 5358410
    Abstract: According, two casing parts is disclosed for a spiral cable for connecting electrical line terminals between a stationary vehicle steering column and a rotatable steering wheel. One of the two casing parts has an annular space for the spiral cable which is open towards an axial face and the other casing part is in the form of a plate for covering the annular space. It is thus possible to arrange the two casing parts at an axial distance from one another and thus to prevent the two parts from rubbing against one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Joachim Kieserling, Manfred Link, Andreas Franke
  • Patent number: 5291800
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering wheel has flat steel deformable spokes which connect a steering-wheel rim to a hub to be mounted on a steering shaft. The associated free ends of the spokes are cast into the cast hub, and each spoke has in the cast-in area a passage bore which extends in the axial direction of the steering wheel and penetrated by the hub material during the casting process. In order to achieve an increase in rigidity in the hub/spokes connecting area, the passage bore is arranged directly adjacent to the entry area of the spoke into the hub, forming a rolling step, such that in this area a tension-rod connection is formed between the hub material located above and below the spoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Mercedes-Benz AG
    Inventors: Helmut Patzelt, Wolfgang Russ, Joachim Kieserling, Walter Ruckert, Klaus Kuhn, Karl Peitsmeier, Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 4820066
    Abstract: A method for automatically coupling a typewheel rotatably mounted in a cassette to a typewheel positioning shaft. After the insertion of the typewheel supporting cassette into a typewriter or printer, a coupling sequence is initiated under the control of a microprocessor. During the coupling sequence the typewheel positioning motor is driven to turn a clutch part first in one and then in another direction by a certain angle causing coupling projections on the clutch part to engage corresponding coupling slots on the typewheel. During the coupling sequence, the typewheel is prevented from co-rotating unintentionally due to its moment of inertia and due to active frictional forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Assignee: TA Triumph-Adler Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 4722414
    Abstract: A shifting arrangement for the shifting between a single-axle standard drive and an all-wheel drive having a first clutch for the locking of a central differential gear and a second clutch for the connecting and disconnecting of one vehicle axle actuated by first and second pressure medium control element respectively against the force of a spring having first and second shift valve respectively controlled by an electronic control unit, to either supply working pressure or relieve from pressure respective control elements. The improvement including a hydraulic identifying valve for bringing the control elements into a mutual interaction. The identifying valve operates, as a function of the working pressure of at least one of the control elements and exclusively during the simultaneous controlling of both shift valves, in such a way that the clutch torque at both clutches increases and decreases approximately to the same extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Arno Rohringer, Manfred Link, Jurgen Frank
  • Patent number: 4407594
    Abstract: An error correcting typewriter having separate elevating and feed mechanism for carbon and error correction ribbons includes a common cyclic motive source operable in response to type commands to drive a cam shaft which is axially shiftable by means of an electromagnet energized by a correction signal. Normally, the cam shaft is positioned in engagement with a carbon ribbon drive lever and out of engagement with an error correction ribbon drive lever. A shift of the cam shaft disengages it from the carbon ribbon drive lever and engages it with the error correction ribbon drive lever. The carbon ribbon drive lever simultaneously operates a carbon ribbon elevating mechanism and a feed mechanism. Energization of the electromagnet operates a lever which directly operates the correction ribbon feed mechanism and simultaneously shifts the cam shaft to engage it with the error correction ribbon drive lever which when driven is operative on the correction ribbon elevating mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Assignee: Triumph-Adler A.G. fur Buround Informationstechnik
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 4351201
    Abstract: A crankshaft assembly for precision low load applications has cylindrical crankpins mounted on concave peripheral grooves on the ends of a crankshaft and coupled thereto by clamps which lockingly engage aligned annular grooves in the crankshaft and crankpin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Triumph-Adler A.G.
    Inventor: Manfred Link
  • Patent number: 4334790
    Abstract: Keyboard generated signals are digitally encoded and converted to varying voltages for application to a coil for generating magnetic forces. The magnetic forces act on a spring mass system including a type disc to rotate the type disc to a selected angular position. The rest position of the disc at any selected angular position is established when the applied magnetic force and the force of an oppositely acting spring reach equilibrium condition. The spring stores or releases energy according to whether the applied magnetic force is greater or less than the existing spring force. The parameters of the system are so chosen that movement from one angular position of rest to another is smoothly accomplished in a given time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1982
    Assignee: Triumph Werke Nurnberg A.G.
    Inventors: Manfred Link, Diethelm Puch, Peter Zahner, Karel Suc
  • Patent number: D287025
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Triumph Adler AG
    Inventors: Manfred Link, Robert Schwarz