Patents by Inventor Nathan Gregory Smith

Nathan Gregory Smith 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: 10573446
    Abstract: A holding tool to handle a first permanent magnet in a stack of permanent magnets is provided. The holding tool comprises a body including a holding portion including an electromagnet, and a switch disposed on the body and electrically connected to an electrical circuit of the electromagnet and configured to energize the electromagnet by connecting the electrical circuit and de-energize the electromagnet by disconnecting the electrical circuit. The holding portion includes a hollow member made of ferromagnetic material and a coil surrounding the hollow member to form the electromagnet and the electromagnet is configured to, when energized in a first current direction, have a polarity opposite to a polarity of the permanent magnets in the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Gregory Smith
  • Patent number: 10385602
    Abstract: A door system to provide a check function and door closing assistance in a vehicle is provided. The door system comprises a door hinge, a clip assembly attached to the door hinge and a door closing assist device disposed adjacent to the door hinge. The door hinge includes a body leaf fixed to a body of the vehicle, and a door leaf attached to a door of the vehicle and configured to be movable relative to the body leaf and the door leaf includes an engagement member. The clip assembly includes a check member having a distal end and a base end and the check member includes at least a first check portion adjacent to the distal end and a second check portion adjacent to the base end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Gregory Smith
  • Publication number: 20190084387
    Abstract: An inner panel assembly of a side door of a vehicle comprises an inner panel including an inner panel portion and a reinforcement part. The inner panel portion includes a base, an outer edge and an inner edge along a length direction and partially defines a window aperture. The reinforcement part has a first end and a second end along the length direction, and is connected to the inner panel portion via a clinched herring process, and the first end and the second end of the reinforcement part are received in an outer clinched hem flange and an inner clinched hem flange of the inner panel portion formed by the outer edge and the inner edge during the clinched hem process, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Nathan Gregory Smith, Dave Spink
  • Publication number: 20180211753
    Abstract: A holding tool to handle a first permanent magnet in a stack of permanent magnets is provided. The holding tool comprises a body including a holding portion including an electromagnet, and a switch disposed on the body and electrically connected to an electrical circuit of the electromagnet and configured to energize the electromagnet by connecting the electrical circuit and de-energize the electromagnet by disconnecting the electrical circuit. The holding portion includes a hollow member made of ferromagnetic material and a coil surrounding the hollow member to form the electromagnet and the electromagnet is configured to, when energized in a first current direction, have a polarity opposite to a polarity of the permanent magnets in the stack.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventor: Nathan Gregory Smith
  • Publication number: 20170306679
    Abstract: A door system to provide a check function and door closing assistance in a vehicle is provided. The door system comprises a door hinge, a clip assembly attached to the door hinge and a door closing assist device disposed adjacent to the door hinge. The door hinge includes a body leaf fixed to a body of the vehicle, and a door leaf attached to a door of the vehicle and configured to be movable relative to the body leaf and the door leaf includes an engagement member. The clip assembly includes a check member having a distal end and a base end and the check member includes at least a first check portion adjacent to the distal end and a second check portion adjacent to the base end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 26, 2017
    Inventor: Nathan Gregory Smith