Patents by Inventor Robert E. Crink

Robert E. Crink 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: 4902063
    Abstract: A sunshade panel is mounted on a support rod by a bearing assembly which permits the sunshade to pivot about the rod and to slide axially along the rod. The bearing assembly includes a sleeve of roll formed sheet metal which encircles the rod and is rotatable thereon. The sunshade panel is mounted on a sunshade carrier which encircles the sleeve in radially spaced relation from the sleeve. A low friction slide element is interposed in the space between the carrier and the sleeve. The slide element is preferably a VELCRO-like material including a base of plastic or fabric and having a plurality of radially projecting resiliently flexible friction fingers which project to fill the radial space and enable sliding movement of the sunshade panel relative to the support rod by virtue of the frictional slip and resilient flexure of the fingers. The fingers of the slide element readily accommodate dimensional irregularities between the shape of the carrier and the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Crink