Patents by Inventor Robert Kopetzky

Robert Kopetzky 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: 8136882
    Abstract: A multi-way adjustment device, in particular a two-way adjustment device, is proposed for a seat component, which is suitable in particular for the seat-back width adjustment of a seat. The multi-way adjustment device comprises an adjustment part (7) adjustably mounted relative to a mounting plate a (1), which when moved in a first adjustment direction (A) requires less energy expenditure than when moved in a second adjustment direction (B). In order to compensate this, there are provided mechanical energy accumulation means (5), which takes up mechanical energy when the movement is in the first adjustment direction (A), in order to release this when the movement is in the second adjustment direction (B) and thus to assist the movement of the adjustment part (7) in the second adjustment direction (B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Schukra Geratebau AG
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Veit Stossel
  • Patent number: 7775595
    Abstract: A hollow axle motor assembly (10) includes an armature (13) and a hollow axle (12) attached to the armature (13). The hollow axle (12) has an outer diameter (14) and an inner diameter (16). The inner diameter (16) of the hollow axle (12) receives a shaft or tube, such as a drive shaft (52). A gear (20) is attached to the outer diameter (14) of the hollow axle (12). The gear (20) is in driving communication with a planetary gear drive assembly (30). In turn, the planetary gear drive assembly (30) is in driving communication with a drive shaft mount (40). The drive shaft mount (40) can be used to drive any number of conventional items, including, for example, the drive shaft (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Schukra of North America
    Inventors: Robert J. McMillen, Robert Kopetzky, Joseph Benson, Hans Kogel, Horia Blendea
  • Patent number: 7445290
    Abstract: An adjuster is proposed for the vertical adjustment of a head restraint (1, 2) of a seat (3), said head restraint being equipped with adjustment means (4) movable in an adjustment direction (A) which are formed in such a manner that it can engage with a head restraint (1, 2), that can be inserted into the head restraint holder, whereby drive means (8) for producing an adjustment movement of the adjustment means (4) are additionally provided. The drive means (8) in this case form a unit spatially separate from the head restraint holder. The adjustment movement of the drive means (8) in this case is transferred to the adjustment means (4) by flexible transmission means (16), such as, for example, a flexible shaft or a Bowden cable. As a result, the drive unit (8) can be placed independently of the head restraint holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Schukra Geratebau AG
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Walter Schindlegger
  • Publication number: 20070236039
    Abstract: A hollow axle motor assembly (10) includes an armature (13) and a hollow axle (12) attached to the armature (13). The hollow axle (12) has an outer diameter (14) and an inner diameter (16). The inner diameter (16) of the hollow axle (12) receives a shaft or tube, such as a drive shaft (52). A gear (20) is attached to the outer diameter (14) of the hollow axle (12). The gear (20) is in driving communication with a planetary gear drive assembly (30). In turn, the planetary gear drive assembly (30) is in driving communication with a drive shaft mount (40). The drive shaft mount (40) can be used to drive any number of conventional items, including, for example, the drive shaft (52).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: L8 P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Robert McMillen, Robert Kopetzky, Joseph Benson, Hans Kogel, Horia Blendea
  • Publication number: 20070152492
    Abstract: A multi-way adjustment device, in particular a two-way adjustment device, is proposed for a seat component, which is suitable in particular for the seat-back width adjustment of a seat. The multi-way adjustment device comprises an adjustment part (7) adjustably mounted relative to a mounting plate a (1), which when moved in a first adjustment direction (A) requires less energy expenditure than when moved in a second adjustment direction (B). In order to compensate this, there are provided mechanical energy accumulation means (5), which takes up mechanical energy when the movement is in the first adjustment direction (A), in order to release this when the movement is in the second adjustment direction (B) and thus to assist the movement of the adjustment part (7) in the second adjustment direction (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Publication date: July 5, 2007
    Applicant: SCHUKRA GERATEBAU AG
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky
  • Publication number: 20070144301
    Abstract: An adjustment device for a Bowden cable arrangement is described in the form of a manual lock or tensioning lock, which comprises a housing (10), a threaded spindle (70) guided in the housing (10) in a torsionally-resistant and axially movable manner, which is to be connected by a wire to the Bowden cable arrangement, and two half-shell elements (50), which are arranged in the housing (10) in an axially-secure and rotatable manner, and are in threaded engagement with the threaded spindle (70). Located at the housing (10) is a shoulder element (16) with an opening (13) through which the wire of the Bowden cable arrangement is guided in the axial direction out of the adjustment device. Allocated to the shoulder element (16) is a sleeve (30), which is to be placed in positive fit on the shoulder element (16) and prevents any deformation of the shoulder element (16) when the adjustment device is actuated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Applicant: Schukra Geratebau AG
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Veit Stossel, Frank Falster
  • Publication number: 20070145803
    Abstract: An adjuster is proposed for the vertical adjustment of a head restraint (1, 2) of a seat (3), said head restraint being equipped with adjustment means (4) movable in an adjustment direction (A) which are formed in such a manner that it can engage with a head restraint (1, 2), that can be inserted into the head restraint holder, whereby drive means (8) for producing an adjustment movement of the adjustment means (4) are additionally provided. The drive means (8) in this case form a unit spatially separate from the head restraint holder. The adjustment movement of the drive means (8) in this case is transferred to the adjustment means (4) by flexible transmission means (16), such as, for example, a flexible shaft or a Bowden cable. As a result, the drive unit (8) can be placed independently of the head restraint holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Publication date: June 28, 2007
    Applicant: Schukra Geratebau AG
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Walter Schindlegger
  • Patent number: 7207515
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive unit for a safety belt tensioner which has a drive which can be triggered on the response of an acceleration sensor and which can be rotationally fixedly coupled to the belt winding reel. The drive is located in a drive chamber which is formed by two plates, which extend parallel to one another and which are provided with a coating material, and which has a drive band of which at least one end is fastened to a drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Takata-Petri (Ulm) GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Roland Schnabl, Andreas Wengert, Gunter Maierhofer, Dieter Beck
  • Publication number: 20060138829
    Abstract: A bowden cable transmission device (10?) is provided between the bowden cable actuator (16) and the lumbar support member (14) of an adjustable lumbar support assembly (12). The bowden cable transmission device converts movement of a first wire portion (52) of a bowden cable (18) attached to the bowden cable actuator (16) into movement of a second wire portion (26) attached to the lumbar support member (14) in accordance with a predetermined transmission ratio such that a movement or adjustment of the second wire portion (26) is facilitated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Publication date: June 29, 2006
    Applicant: SCHUKRA GERATEBAU AG
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Veit Stobel
  • Patent number: 7004503
    Abstract: A safety belt arrangement for a motor vehicle. The arrangement includes a belt deflection device. The belt deflection device is arranged above the shoulder of the passenger to be held by the safety belt. The belt deflection device is mounted to a carrier attached to the vehicle body. The belt deflection device includes an upper reversal member, which deflects the belt downwards, and a deflection member arranged below the reversal member. The deflection member being vertically adjustably secured to a rail mounted to the carrier. The deflection member deflects the belt from an at least substantially vertical direction to a direction toward the shoulder of the passenger which deviates significantly from the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Takata-Petri (Ulm) GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Pleyer, Robert Kopetzky
  • Patent number: 6957596
    Abstract: A braking actuator for an ergonomic support is connected thereto by a Bowden cable. The actuator has a housing with pin slots, friction surfaces and a mount for a disk axle. A disk has frictional surfaces, holes with pin load edges, a Bowden cable wire seat that holds the Bowden cable end and an axle that is supported by the mount in the housing. The friction surfaces of the disk and housing engage each other to brake the actuator and the ergonomic support. A lever having pins is disposed on the housing such that the pins extend through the pin slots to engage the holes in the disk. Turning the lever disengages the friction surfaces and rotates the disk, thereby moving the ergonomic support. Releasing the lever engages the frictional surfaces such that movement of the ergonomic support is braked at a selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Richard Frank
  • Publication number: 20040239094
    Abstract: A safety belt arrangement for a motor vehicle. The arrangement includes a belt deflection device. The belt deflection device is arranged above the shoulder of the passenger to be held by the safety belt. The belt deflection device is mounted to a carrier attached to the vehicle body. The belt deflection device includes an upper reversal member, which deflects the belt downwards, and a deflection member arranged below the reversal member. The deflection member being vertically adjustably secured to a rail mounted to the carrier. The deflection member deflects the belt from an at least substantially vertical direction to a direction toward the shoulder of the passenger which deviates significantly from the vertical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Pleyer, Robert Kopetzky
  • Publication number: 20040080196
    Abstract: A braking actuator for continuously positionable ergonomic support has a continuously positionable ergonomic support connected by a Bowden cable to the actuator. The actuator has a housing with pin slots, friction surfaces and an oval mount for a disk axle. A disk has frictional surfaces, holes with pin load edges, a Bowden cable wire seat that holds the Bowden cable end and an axle that mounts in the oval mount in the housing. The friction surfaces of the disk and housing engage to brake the actuator and the ergonomic support. A lever having pins is disposed on said housing such that said pins extend through the pin slots to operatively engage the holes in the disk such that the friction surfaces can be disengaged and said disk rotated. Turning the lever disengages the friction surfaces to actuate movement of said ergonomic support. Releasing said lever engages said frictional surfaces such that movement of said ergonomic support is braked at a selected position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Richard Frank
  • Publication number: 20040080197
    Abstract: A bowden cable transmission is provided between the actuator and the lumbar support member of an adjustable lumbar support assembly. The bowden cable transmission converts movement of a first wire of a first bowden cable attached to the actuator into movement of a second wire of a second bowden cable attached to the lumbar support member. The bowden cable transmission converts the motions in a non-proportional manner such that the movement of the second wire in response to the movement of the first wire changes as the movement of the first wire is altered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky
  • Publication number: 20040065763
    Abstract: The invention relates to a safety belt apparatus for vehicles, in particular motor vehicles having at least one safety belt (11), which is wound to a greater or lesser degree onto a belt reel (13) rotatably secured on the vehicle chassis (14) about an axis of rotation (12) and preferably biased by a spring retraction mechanism, in particular a spiral spring (15) in the belt winding up direction and/or having a belt draw out- blocking mechanism (26, 38; 55, 56, 57), which, with an attempted rapid draw out of the safety belt (11) and/or with in particular accident dependent accelerations and/or deviations of the vehicle position from the normal, horizontal arrangement of the vehicle blocks a further draw out of the safety belt (11), with a toothed ratchet wheel (29) being rotationally coupled to the belt reel (13) and cooperating with a blocking pawl (17) secured to the housing and movable into an out of engagement, in such a way that with the blocking pawl (17) moved into engagement with the toothed ratchet wh
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Publication date: April 8, 2004
    Applicant: TAKATA-PETRI (Ulm) GmbH
    Inventors: Harry Hanna, Robert Kopetzky, Martin Wifling
  • Patent number: 6692074
    Abstract: A variable lumbar support has a support assembly mountable on a seat frame, a pressure element engaged with the support assembly to move in relation to it in a first direction and a second direction. The directions are substantially parallel and opposite and usually vertical. A first traction element engaged with the support assembly and the pressure element moves the pressure element in the first direction and a second traction element engaged with the support assembly and with the pressure element moves the pressure element in the second direction. At least one actuator engaged with the traction elements causes the movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Robert Kopetzky, Joseph Benson, Horia Blendea
  • Patent number: 6650982
    Abstract: A method for the restraint of a vehicle occupant with the aid of a vehicle restraint system. The method includes measuring a belt force transferred from a safety belt to the vehicle occupant in the event of an accident and a slackening of the safety belt is controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky
  • Patent number: 6641077
    Abstract: A safety belt apparatus for vehicles, in particular motor vehicles having at least one safety belt, which is wound to a greater or lesser degree onto a belt reel rotatably secured on the vehicle chassis about an axis of rotation and preferably biased by a spring retraction mechanism. A toothed ratchet wheel is rotationally coupled to the belt reel and cooperating with a blocking pawl secured to the housing. The blocking pawl is movable into and out of engagement with respect to the toothed ratchet wheel by a cam ring concentric to the belt reel axis via a step down transmission. A toothed control wheel is connected to the belt reel via an eccentric transmission and has at its periphery a preferably wavelike arrangement of teeth which is surrounded by an inner toothed ring fixed to the housing of larger diameter and with complementary, but with a smaller or preferably larger number of teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Takata - Petri (Ulm) GmbH
    Inventors: Harry Hanna, Robert Kopetzky, Martin Wifling
  • Publication number: 20030062714
    Abstract: A safety belt arrangement for a motor vehicle. The arrangement includes a belt deflection device. The belt deflection device is arranged above the shoulder of the passenger to be held by the safety belt. The belt deflection device is mounted to a carrier attached to the vehicle body. The belt deflection device includes an upper reversal member, which deflects the belt downwards, and a deflection member arranged below the reversal member. The deflection member being vertically adjustably secured to a rail mounted to the carrier. The deflection member deflects the belt from an at least substantially vertical direction to a direction toward the shoulder of the passenger which deviates significantly from the vertical.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Publication date: April 3, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas Herrmann, Matthias Pleyer, Robert Kopetzky
  • Patent number: 6527298
    Abstract: A safety belt arrangement for motor vehicles. The arrangement includes a safety belt and a belt roller from which the belt is retracted and withdrawn. The safety belt arrangement also includes a belt deflection apparatus that includes a deflection member. The belt is guided from the belt roller to the deflection member so that the belt can be deflected as it approaches the passenger. The deflection member moves away from the passenger in the case of an accident due to a force applied by a spring. Normally, the deflection member is retracted against the spring force by a retainer mechanism. The retainer mechanism releases the deflection member in the event of an accident. The resulting tensile force applied to the belt moves the passenger back into the normal seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Takata (Europe) Vehicle Safety Technology GmbH
    Inventor: Robert Kopetzky