Patents by Inventor Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner 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).

  • Publication number: 20210107570
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a quarter panel comprised of a sheet molding compound and a fascia bracket. The fascia bracket includes a first flange integrated into the quarter panel, a second flange comprising a vehicle body mount interface, and a gripping feature configured to grip a portion of a fascia to be attached to the quarter panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Darrin Neil Wagner, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 10967913
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a bracket having a first attachment feature configured for attachment to a quarter panel and a second attachment feature configured for attachment to a body inner structure. A BLIS module attaches to the body inner structure without covering the first attachment feature. A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, attaching a quarter panel to a bracket via a first attachment feature, attaching the quarter panel with the bracket to a body inner structure, attaching the bracket to the body inner structure via a second attachment feature, and attaching a BLIS module to the body inner structure without covering the first attachment feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Darrin Neil Wagner, Robert Reiners
  • Publication number: 20210061364
    Abstract: An apparatus, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a bracket having a first attachment feature configured for attachment to a quarter panel and a second attachment feature configured for attachment to a body inner structure. A BUS module attaches to the body inner structure without covering the first attachment feature. A method according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, attaching a quarter panel to a bracket via a first attachment feature, attaching the quarter panel with the bracket to a body inner structure, attaching the bracket to the body inner structure via a second attachment feature, and attaching a BUS module to the body inner structure without covering the first attachment feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Publication date: March 4, 2021
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Darrin Neil Wagner, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 10914448
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp installation method includes, among other things, engaging both a mounting bracket and an outer panel of a vehicle with an alignment fixture that locates the mounting bracket relative to the outer panel in a mounting position. The method further includes securing the mounting bracket to a body structure of the vehicle when the mounting bracket is in the mounting position. A vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a body structure of a vehicle, a mounting bracket secured to the body structure in a mounting position, and an outer panel secured to the body structure. The mounting bracket is located in the mounting position relative to the outer panel using an alignment fixture that engages with both the outer panel and the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10882563
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10843640
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle with a locator device configured to maintain outer body panel alignment, and a corresponding method. In particular, an example method includes temporarily attaching a locator device to one of a body of a motor vehicle and an outer body panel connectable to the body. The method further includes connecting the outer body panel to the body, and rigidly connecting the locator device to the other of the body and the outer body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Darrin Neil Wagner, Robert Reiners
  • Publication number: 20200279026
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed toward a method that includes simulating, by an adhesive analytic model, transformation of at least one vehicular joint joined by a selected adhesive based on one or more system variables, and outputting, by the adhesive analytic model, an adhesive analysis identifying deformation for the selected adhesive along the at least one vehicular joint based on the simulated transformation and a deformation rating scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Scott Christopher Sterbenz, Thomas Norton, Darrin Neil Wagner, Forrest W. Eddings
  • Publication number: 20200217478
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp installation method includes, among other things, engaging both a mounting bracket and an outer panel of a vehicle with an alignment fixture that locates the mounting bracket relative to the outer panel in a mounting position. The method further includes securing the mounting bracket to a body structure of the vehicle when the mounting bracket is in the mounting position. A vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a body structure of a vehicle, a mounting bracket secured to the body structure in a mounting position, and an outer panel secured to the body structure. The mounting bracket is located in the mounting position relative to the outer panel using an alignment fixture that engages with both the outer panel and the mounting bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Publication number: 20200189491
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle with a locator device configured to maintain outer body panel alignment, and a corresponding method. In particular, an example method includes temporarily attaching a locator device to one of a body of a motor vehicle and an outer body panel connectable to the body. The method further includes connecting the outer body panel to the body, and rigidly connecting the locator device to the other of the body and the outer body panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Darrin Neil Wagner, Robert Reiners
  • Publication number: 20200140019
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Publication date: May 7, 2020
    Inventors: Edgar Edward DONABEDIAN, Darrin Neil WAGNER
  • Publication number: 20200086738
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes, among other things, a first and a second housing of a fuel inlet assembly. The first housing is securable to an outer panel of a vehicle. A fuel inlet fastener connects together the first and second housings. The fuel inlet fastener is configured to be accessed through a fuel inlet aperture of the outer panel to disconnect the first housing from the second housing. A panel removal method includes disconnecting a first and second housing of a fuel inlet assembly through a fuel inlet aperture in an outer panel of a vehicle. The method further includes removing the outer panel and the first housing from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Darrin Neil Wagner, Duncan Whipps
  • Patent number: 10549790
    Abstract: A vehicle flooring system including a floor. A flooring component is positioned above the floor to define a gap. A drain assembly is coupled with the flooring component which includes a plug having a one-way valve and defining a plug opening. A drain defines a drain aperture to accept the plug. The drain defines a drain opening in alignment with the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10526021
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10464612
    Abstract: A header beam couples between A-pillars of a vehicle frame. The header beam is formed from a generally straight beam segment that is extruded to have a hollow body portion with supportive legs extending within the hollow interior along the length of the beam segment, defining uninterrupted forward and rearward box sections for supporting continuous load paths on the header beam. The end portions of the beam segment are clamped and the beam segment is stretch bent to form a curvature between the end portions that remain generally straight. A front flange extends forward along the body portion and is struck proximate the end portions to form an edge that is parallel to the curvature formed between the end portions. The end portions are attached to the A-pillars and the edge of the front flange is attached to a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: John Joyce, Jack Lashbrook, Duncan Whipps, Christopher John May, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Publication number: 20190329828
    Abstract: A vehicle flooring system including a floor. A flooring component is positioned above the floor to define a gap. A drain assembly is coupled with the flooring component which includes a plug having a one-way valve and defining a plug opening. A drain defines a drain aperture to accept the plug. The drain defines a drain opening in alignment with the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Publication date: October 31, 2019
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Publication number: 20190061827
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Publication date: February 28, 2019
    Inventors: Edgar Edward DONABEDIAN, Darrin Neil WAGNER
  • Patent number: 10137936
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure, a side bracket secured to the body structure, and a spacer bracket secured to the side bracket. The spacer bracket extends in a lateral direction toward an interior of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a roof bow secured to the spacer bracket. The roof bow extends in the lateral direction toward the interior of the vehicle. The roof bow may be secured to the spacer bracket through at least one fastener adapted to shear under a predetermined shear stress. The roof bow may be secured to the spacer bracket such that a distal end of the roof bow is disposed in spaced relation relative to a distal end of the of the spacer bracket. The roof bow may be secured to a K-brace which extends toward roof rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Matthew Alan Niesluchowski, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10093360
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure assembly includes a mounting bracket having a first aperture disposed therethrough. The vehicle roof structure assembly further includes a roof bow having a longitudinal body portion defining an inner channel. The longitudinal body portion includes a bottom wall having a second aperture axially aligned with the first aperture. The vehicle roof structure assembly further includes an insert block disposed within the inner channel of the roof bow. The insert block defines a third aperture disposed through a thickness of the insert block. The third aperture is axially aligned with the first aperture and the second aperture. The vehicle roof structure assembly further includes a fastener disposed through the first aperture, the second aperture, and the third aperture to rigidly secure the roof bow to the mounting bracket, and to rigidly secure the insert block to the roof bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Robert Reiners, Darrin Neil Wagner, Yu-Kan Hu, Leonard Anthony Shaner
  • Publication number: 20180281865
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure, a side bracket secured to the body structure, and a spacer bracket secured to the side bracket. The spacer bracket extends in a lateral direction toward an interior of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a roof bow secured to the spacer bracket. The roof bow extends in the lateral direction toward the interior of the vehicle. The roof bow may be secured to the spacer bracket through at least one fastener adapted to shear under a predetermined shear stress. The roof bow may be secured to the spacer bracket such that a distal end of the roof bow is disposed in spaced relation relative to a distal end of the of the spacer bracket. The roof bow may be secured to a K-brace which extends toward roof rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Publication date: October 4, 2018
    Inventors: Muhsin M. HAMDOON, Marwan Ahmad ELBKAILY, Matthew Alan NIESLUCHOWSKI, Darrin Neil WAGNER
  • Patent number: 10081393
    Abstract: A vehicle canopy includes a vehicle body defining a roof opening. A roof is connected to the vehicle body across the roof opening. A headliner is supported by at least one of the vehicle body and the roof. A frame is supported by the vehicle body. A fabric partition is engaged with the frame and extends across the roof opening between the headliner and the roof. The fabric partition may assist in preventing occupant test dummies and/or other objects from moving through the roof opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner, Mark Keller, Bruno M. Barthelemy