Patents by Inventor Michelle A. PERENY

Michelle A. PERENY 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: 10736435
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system having a seat part includes a non-foam base material covered with a trim material. The non-foam base material may include a plurality of different firmness zones based at least in part on at least one of a seated-occupant pressure map and a structural arrangement disposed adjacent to the seat part. The seat part may be, for example, a seat cushion, a seat back, or a seat bolster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley C. Duncan, Paul S. Severinski, Louella Ann Patterson, Lisa Townley, Kevin W. Peabody, Michelle A. Pereny, Michael R. Puhalla, Vineetha Mathew
  • Patent number: 10647235
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat cushion and a seat back. A controller is in electrical communication with an actuator. The controller is programmed to receive a data input indicative of occupant anthropometry data. The data input is compared with predetermined data ranges. A setting of the actuator is adjusted to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined data range. A data input indicative of a selected driving mode is received by the controller. The setting of the actuator is adjusted to another predetermined setting based on the selected driving mode. The actuator includes an inflation device, side bolster air bladders, a seat back recline actuator, a tilt actuator, and a central air bladder. The driving modes include a touring mode, a sport mode and a performance mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald Patrick, Samuel Hanlon, Michelle A. Pereny, Marie-Eve Cote
  • Patent number: 10640010
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom adapted to be mounted to a vehicle body. A seat back is adapted to be mounted adjacent to the seat bottom. At least one actuator is oriented in a region of one of the seat bottom and the seat back to adjust a seating position. A controller is in electrical communication with the actuator and is programmed to receive input indicative of a total travel time or distance, and adjust the seating position after a predetermined portion of the total travel time or distance to limit occupant discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun Yetukuri, Michelle A. Pereny, Marie-Eve Cote
  • Patent number: 10569668
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with sensors. A controller measures pressure in a plurality of regions with a seated occupant over a period of time. A change in pressure is determined from an initial seating position to a second seating position and evaluated to determine a vector of pressure change. A fidget is identified if the vector exceeds a predetermined value. A camera is directed at the seat bottom and the seat back. The controller evaluates a camera input to determine anatomical dimensions of the seated occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Migneco, David Gallagher, Samuel Hanlon, Karl Henn, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Patent number: 10569678
    Abstract: A seat air bladder assembly is provided with at least one central air bladder region having a support surface. At least one pair of lateral air bladder regions extend from opposed sides of the at least one central bladder region. The at least one pair of lateral air bladder regions are oriented at a non-zero angle to incline laterally and support a thoracic region of a seat occupant. A seat assembly is provided with a seat back with a contact surface with a thoracic region. An air bladder assembly is oriented within the thoracic region of the seat back with a support surface that is reclined relative to the contact surface to provide support, and wedge-shaped so that during inflation the air bladder assembly inflates in an upward and forward direction relative to the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Publication number: 20190193591
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with sensors. A controller measures pressure in a plurality of regions with a seated occupant over a period of time. A change in pressure is determined from an initial seating position to a second seating position and evaluated to determine a vector of pressure change. A fidget is identified if the vector exceeds a predetermined value. A camera is directed at the seat bottom and the seat back. The controller evaluates a camera input to determine anatomical dimensions of the seated occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: June 27, 2019
    Inventors: Francesco MIGNECO, David GALLAGHER, Samuel HANLON, Karl HENN, Michelle A. PERENY
  • Patent number: 10328823
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a translatable seat cushion, a pivotal seat back, and a head restraint adapted to be mounted for translation adjacent the seat back. An actuator is operably connected to at least one of the seat cushion and the seat back for adjustment of a plurality of settings of the seat assembly. A controller is in electrical communication with the actuator and is configured to receive input indicative of occupant anthropometry data, current physical condition and/or activity level, compare the input with predetermined data ranges, and adjust at least one of the plurality of settings of the actuator to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined range. A computer-program product is programmed for automatically adjusting a seat assembly. A method for adjusting a seat assembly receives anthropometry data for an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Terry O'Bannon, Michelle A. Pereny, Samuel R. Hanlon, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Gerald Patrick, Karl Henn
  • Publication number: 20190090656
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system having a seat part includes a non-foam base material covered with a trim material. The non-foam base material may include a plurality of different firmness zones based at least in part on at least one of a seated-occupant pressure map and a structural arrangement disposed adjacent to the seat part. The seat part may be, for example, a seat cushion, a seat back, or a seat bolster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: Bradley C. DUNCAN, Paul S. SEVERINSKI, Louella Ann PATTERSON, Lisa TOWNLEY, Kevin W. PEABODY, Michelle A. PERENY, Michael R. PUHALLA, Vineetha MATHEW
  • Publication number: 20180345823
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom and a seat back. A first actuator is oriented in a lower lumbar region. A second actuator is oriented in an upper lumbar region. A controller is programmed to operate the first actuator to adjust the lower lumbar region, and operate the second actuator to subsequently adjust the upper lumbar region to provide a seat assembly motion pattern. A third actuator is oriented in a thoracic region or a seat bottom region. The controller operates the third actuator to adjust the thoracic region or the seat bottom region after adjusting the lumbar regions to provide a seat assembly motion pattern. A plurality of sensors is provided on the seat back and the seat bottom to initiate the pattern in response to a lack of detected occupant motion to induce muscle activation upon an occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Winsen C. ZOUZAL, Gerald PATRICK, Samuel HANLON, Michelle A. PERENY, Marie-Eve COTE
  • Patent number: 10085565
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom and a seat back mounted adjacent the bottom. The seat back and seat bottom are provided with an occupant seating surface. At least one air bladder is oriented in a sacral region the seat bottom or the seat back. The air bladder has a support surface defined by a enlarged width portion and extends to an elongated tapered portion. When the air bladder is inflated, the support surface is inclined from the taper portion to the enlarged width portion relative to the seating surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick, Walter T. Cichocki, Ted Smith, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Publication number: 20180264981
    Abstract: A seat air bladder assembly is provided with at least one central air bladder region having a support surface. At least one pair of lateral air bladder regions extend from opposed sides of the at least one central bladder region. The at least one pair of lateral air bladder regions are oriented at a non-zero angle to incline laterally and support a thoracic region of a seat occupant. A seat assembly is provided with a seat back with a contact surface with a thoracic region. An air bladder assembly is oriented within the thoracic region of the seat back with a support surface that is reclined relative to the contact surface to provide support, and wedge-shaped so that during inflation the air bladder assembly inflates in an upward and forward direction relative to the seat back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: September 20, 2018
    Inventors: Winsen C. ZOUZAL, Gerald PATRICK, Ashford Allen GALBREATH, Michelle A. PERENY
  • Publication number: 20180186251
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom adapted to be mounted to a vehicle body. A seat back is adapted to be mounted adjacent to the seat bottom. At least one actuator is oriented in a region of one of the seat bottom and the seat back to adjust a seating position. A controller is in electrical communication with the actuator and is programmed to receive input indicative of a total travel time or distance, and adjust the seating position after a predetermined portion of the total travel time or distance to limit occupant discomfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Arjun YETUKURI, Michelle A. PERENY, Marie-Eve COTE
  • Patent number: 9987961
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat cushion and a pivotal seat back. Sensors are connected to the seat cushion and/or the seat back to detect a seating position. An actuator is connected to the seat cushion and/or the seat back for adjustment. A controller is configured to receive data from the plurality sensors, compare the data to determine if the occupant is seated evenly, and adjust the actuator to balance the occupant posture seating position. The controller is in electrical communication with an inflation device to inflate a first air bladder assembly in a thoracic region of the seat back. A second air bladder assembly oriented in a lumbar region, a sacrum region, and/or a scapular region of the seat back is inflated after initiating inflation of the first air bladder assembly for sequential posture alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Gerald Patrick, Karl Henn, Kim Krulek, Michelle A. Pereny, Samuel Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9981577
    Abstract: A seat air bladder assembly is provided with at least one central air bladder region having a support surface. At least one pair of lateral air bladder regions extend from opposed sides of the at least one central bladder region. The at least one pair of lateral air bladder regions are oriented at a non-zero angle to incline laterally and support a thoracic region of a seat occupant. A seat assembly is provided with a seat back with a contact surface with a thoracic region. An air bladder assembly is oriented within the thoracic region of the seat back with a support surface that is reclined relative to the contact surface to provide support, and wedge-shaped so that during inflation the air bladder assembly inflates in an upward and forward direction relative to the seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Patent number: 9949568
    Abstract: An air bladder assembly for a seat comprising is provided. A central sacral bladder has a support surface defined by an enlarged width portion connected to an elongated tapered portion, wherein the tapered portion is defined by elongated lateral sides. A pair of side iliac bladders is provided so that one of the side bladders is positioned adjacent each of the elongated sides of the central bladder. A support surface of the central air bladder is not parallel to a support surface of the side air bladders when the air bladder assembly is inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Gerald Patrick, Walter T. Cichocki, Ted Smith, Michelle A. Pereny
  • Publication number: 20180037139
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom, a seat back, and a plurality of sensors operably connected to at least one of the seat bottom and the seat back to detect a seating condition of a seated occupant. A controller is in electrical communication with the plurality of sensors and the at least one actuator. The controller is programmed to receive input from the plurality of sensors indicative of a seating condition of the seated occupant. The seating condition of the seated occupant is compared to stored seating conditions of prior seat occupants to determine that the seated occupant is a prior occupant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald PATRICK, Samuel HANLON, Michelle A. PERENY, David HAYNER
  • Patent number: 9884570
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat cushion, and a seat back. Sensors are operably connected to the seat cushion and the seat back to detect a seating position of an occupant. An actuator is operably connected to the seat cushion and the seat back for adjustment of a plurality of settings of the seat assembly. An interactive user interface permits manual adjustment of the actuator. A controller is in electrical communication with the plurality of sensors, the at least one actuator, and the user interface. The controller is configured to receive seating position data input indicative of a manually selected seating position. Detection data is received from the plurality of sensors, and compared to the manually selected seating position to determine if the occupant is seated evenly. The at least one actuator adjusts an occupant seating position to the manually selected seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel R. Hanlon, Karl Henn, Michelle A. Pereny, Gerald Patrick
  • Publication number: 20180022246
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat cushion and a seat back. A controller is in electrical communication with an actuator. The controller is programmed to receive a data input indicative of occupant anthropometry data. The data input is compared with predetermined data ranges. A setting of the actuator is adjusted to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined data range. A data input indicative of a selected driving mode is received by the controller. The setting of the actuator is adjusted to another predetermined setting based on the selected driving mode. The actuator includes an inflation device, side bolster air bladders, a seat back recline actuator, a tilt actuator, and a central air bladder. The driving modes include a touring mode, a sport mode and a performance mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Gerald PATRICK, Samuel HANLON, MIchelle A. PERENY, Marie-Eve COTE
  • Patent number: 9845026
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat cushion adapted to be mounted for translation. A seat back is adapted to be pivotally mounted adjacent the seat cushion. At least one actuator is operably connected to at least one of the seat cushion and the seat back for adjustment of at least one of a plurality of settings of the seat assembly. A controller is in electrical communication with the at least one actuator and configured to: receive a data input indicative of occupant anthropometry data, receive a mode selection input indicative of a selected seat positioning mode, compare the data input with predetermined data ranges for the selected seat positioning mode, and adjust at least one of the plurality of settings of the at least one actuator to a predetermined setting based on the predetermined data range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle A. Pereny, Karl Henn, Samuel R. Hanlon, Gerald Patrick
  • Patent number: 9758079
    Abstract: A seat assembly is provided with a seat bottom and a seat back mounted adjacent the bottom. A first actuator is operably connected to the seat back for applying a first pressure to a seated occupant at a first height. A second actuator is laterally offset from the first actuator and operably connected to the seat back for applying a second pressure to the occupant at a second height. The first and second actuators are operable to provide an asymmetric comfort position to the occupant. The asymmetric comfort position may set the first pressure different than the second pressure or set the first height different than the second height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Winsen C. Zouzal, Ashford Allen Galbreath, Aisha Enid Johnson, Gerald Patrick, Michelle A. Pereny