Patents by Inventor Robert Reiner

Robert Reiner 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: 10385941
    Abstract: A truck bed of a vehicle includes a sheet metal panel defining a drain opening, a mass damper plug disposed within the opening and including a mass casting having a predefined mass configured to tune a frequency of a sound wave of the panel and plug into a predefined range, and defining bolt threads, and a bolt engaged with the bolt threads and configured to secure the plug with the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Malone, Robert Reiners, Sara E. Veyo, Hariharan Ganesan
  • Publication number: 20190210507
    Abstract: A tailgate tie down system includes a first plate assembly and a second plate assembly. A strap is connected between each of the first plate assembly and the second plate assembly. In an exemplary method, the strap can be routed through at least one accessory tool before securing the first plate assembly and the second plate assembly within tailgate latch openings. Once the plate assemblies are locked within the latch openings, the accessory tool is also locked relative to the tailgate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Publication date: July 11, 2019
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jeffrey Gray, Dragan B. Stojkovic
  • Publication number: 20190185073
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly includes a truck bed, an inner side panel, and a D-pillar. The truck bed is secured on a rear edge to a rear cross-member. The inner side panel is mounted to the truck bed. The D-pillar includes an inner part secured to the cross-member and inner side panel, and an outer part secured to the inner part and disposed between an outer side panel and the inner part. The D-pillar inner part includes a U-shaped portion and a first flange extending rearward substantially ninety degrees from the U-shaped portion in a plane substantially parallel to the side panel and a second flange extending from the U-shaped portion outboard of the inner side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua R. Hemphill
  • Publication number: 20190126993
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly including a header, a truck bed, an upper header rail, and a toolbox is provided. The truck bed has a forward end supporting the header, a rear end having a tailgate pivotally mounted thereto, and a pair of wheel wells disposed on opposing sides of the truck bed. The upper header rail may be secured at an upper portion of the header. The toolbox may include an extruded body defining a channel extending laterally a width of the truck bed. A lower surface of the body may be spaced from the truck bed a distance greater than a height of the wheel wells. First and second body side panels may be mounted to the truck bed and arranged with the toolbox to define sidewalls of the toolbox. The upper header rail and the toolbox may be formed by extrusion as a single component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Publication date: May 2, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic
  • Patent number: 10259509
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly includes a truck bed, an inner side panel, and a D-pillar. The truck bed is secured on a rear edge to a rear cross-member. The inner side panel is mounted to the truck bed. The D-pillar includes an inner part secured to the cross-member and inner side panel, and an outer part secured to the inner part and disposed between an outer side panel and the inner part. The D-pillar inner part includes a U-shaped portion and a first flange extending rearward substantially ninety degrees from the U-shaped portion in a plane substantially parallel to the side panel and a second flange extending from the U-shaped portion outboard of the inner side panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua R. Hemphill
  • Publication number: 20190084466
    Abstract: A winch is disclosed for a pick-up bed having a floor, and a front wall. The winch includes a winch motor and spool assembled to the truck body below the floor. An upper pulley is assembled to the front wall with a cable wound around the spool that is extendable and retractable from the spool. The cable is routed over the upper pulley through an opening defined by the front wall. The opening is spaced from the floor to facilitate loading articles into and unloading articles from the truck bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Publication date: March 21, 2019
    Inventors: Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Vincent Anthony CHIMENTO, Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Robert REINERS, Jeffrey GRAY
  • Patent number: 10214250
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a truck bed and an extruded tailgate that is rotatably secured to the bed. The extruded tailgate forms laterally extending internal, external, upper, and lower panels. The exterior surfaces of each of the internal, upper, and lower panels define T-slots that are configured to receive accessory components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jeffrey Gray, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 10207623
    Abstract: An entertainment support system is attached to a pickup truck having a plurality of receptacles in sidewalls of a truck box spaced above a truck bed. The entertainment support system includes a first mount having a first horizontal arm extending between opposing sidewalls of the truck box, and a vertical arm extending orthogonal to the first horizontal arm. The entertainment support system further includes a second mount including a second horizontal arm extending between the opposing sidewalls parallel to and spaced from the first horizontal arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jeffrey Gray, Robert Reiners
  • Patent number: 10202152
    Abstract: A pickup truck box assembly may include a header, an extruded upper rail, and a toolbox. The header may include a first flange extending at an angle away from a tailgate. The extruded rail may include a second flange for securing to the first flange. The toolbox is integrated with the rail and includes an extruded body having a rear wall, a forward wall, and a lower wall. The walls are arranged with one another to define a cell therebetween. A lid may be mounted to the forward wall for pivotal movement between at least a closed and an open position. Each of a pair of lateral channels may extend laterally beneath the cell and may be formed by an extrusion process with the walls. Each of a first and second truck bed side panel may be arranged with the forward and lower walls to form sidewalls of the toolbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Dragan B. Stojkovic
  • Publication number: 20190039501
    Abstract: An entertainment support system is attached to a pickup truck having a plurality of receptacles in sidewalls of a truck box spaced above a truck bed. The entertainment support system includes a first mount having a first horizontal arm extending between opposing sidewalls of the truck box, and a vertical arm extending orthogonal to the first horizontal arm. The entertainment support system further includes a second mount including a second horizontal arm extending between the opposing sidewalls parallel to and spaced from the first horizontal arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Jeffrey GRAY, Robert REINERS
  • Publication number: 20190031072
    Abstract: A winch is mounted in a pick-up truck bed having a floor, sidewalls, and a front wall. The sidewalls each include at least one receptacle that are each adapted to receive a connector. A frame includes a beam that is held spaced from the floor and extends in a transverse direction across the truck bed. The beam may be arcuate or straight and is connected to right and left connectors on right and left ends of the beam. The connectors may be connected directly to the receptacles or may be connected through right and left rails to the receptacles. The winch is attached to a winch mounting plate provided on the beam and is used to facilitate loading and unloading objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: January 31, 2019
    Inventors: Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Vincent Anthony CHIMENTO, Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Robert REINERS
  • Publication number: 20190009725
    Abstract: A workpiece support is provided for a pickup truck tailgate. The tailgate includes a retractable step including a pair of step support members. The attachment brackets include a workpiece support bar and a riser that are attached to the step support members and to each other at a right angle. The workpiece support bar and riser may be fixedly attached to each other or attached by a pivot connector. Detachable connectors are provided to connect a workpiece support bar and riser detachably to the step support members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Joshua R. HEMPHILL, Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Robert REINERS, Jeffrey HEMPHILL
  • Publication number: 20180361944
    Abstract: A bicycle rack is attached to a pickup truck having a plurality of receptacles in sidewalls of a truck box spaced above a truck bed. The bicycle rack comprises a bicycle receiver attached to a set of arms. A pair of connectors are attached to the arms to detachably assemble the arms to the receptacles with the arms and the receiver being held in a position spaced from the bed. A method is disclosed for transporting a bicycle with a pickup truck by providing connectors attached to the arms that are detachably assembled to the receptacles by sliding the connectors downwardly relative to the receptacles. The bicycle and bicycle rack do not require support from the truck bed and do not obstruct the truck bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Robert REINERS, Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Jeffrey GRAY
  • Publication number: 20180355948
    Abstract: A truck bed of a vehicle includes a sheet metal panel defining a drain opening, a mass damper plug disposed within the opening and including a mass casting having a predefined mass configured to tune a frequency of a sound wave of the panel and plug into a predefined range, and defining bolt threads, and a bolt engaged with the bolt threads and configured to secure the plug with the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Inventors: Kenneth MALONE, Robert REINERS, Sara E. VEYO, Hariharan GANESAN
  • Publication number: 20180346039
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bed and a tailgate. The bed has first and second side panels. The tailgate is rotatably secured to the bed along a horizontal axis and has a plurality of extruded sections that are arranged in a longitudinally extending chain. Each section extends laterally between the first and second side panels. Adjacent sections are secured to each other via hinges that rotate about axes that are substantially parallel to the horizontal axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventors: Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Jeffrey GRAY, Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Robert REINERS
  • Publication number: 20180334071
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a bed, first container, second container, first elongate tubular platform, second elongate tubular platform, and extendable ramps. The bed has first and second side panels that extend upward from a floor panel. The first and second containers are secured to the floor panel adjacent to the first and second side panels, respectively. The first and second elongate tubular platforms are rotatably secured to tops of the first and second containers, respectively, such that flat bottoms of the platforms face upwards when rotated inboard relative to bed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Jeffrey GRAY, Robert REINERS
  • Publication number: 20180334198
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a truck bed and an extruded tailgate that is rotatably secured to the bed. The extruded tailgate forms laterally extending internal, external, upper, and lower panels. The exterior surfaces of each of the internal, upper, and lower panels define T-slots that are configured to receive accessory components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Publication date: November 22, 2018
    Inventors: Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Dragan B. STOJKOVIC, Jeffrey GRAY, Robert REINERS
  • Patent number: 10124837
    Abstract: A tailgate pivotally mountable to a vehicle includes a tailgate body comprising first and second sidewalls, and a strainer disposed between the first and second walls and extending in a longitudinal orientation. The tailgate further includes a stake pocket disposed between the first and second sidewalls and extending substantially orthogonal to the strainer. The stake pocket includes a channel body defining an interior channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Reiners, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua R. Hemphill, Michael William Danyo
  • Patent number: 10106087
    Abstract: A workpiece support is provided for a pickup truck tailgate. The tailgate includes a retractable step including a pair of step support members. The attachment brackets include a workpiece support bar and a riser that are attached to the step support members and to each other at a right angle. The workpiece support bar and riser may be fixedly attached to each other or attached by a pivot connector. Detachable connectors are provided to connect a workpiece support bar and riser detachably to the step support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Joshua R. Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski, Robert Reiners, Jeffrey Hemphill
  • Publication number: 20180290527
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a truck bed, tailgate, and cover. The tailgate is rotatably secured to the bed. The tailgate has internal and external panels secured to each other via a sidewall extending therebetween. The external panel defines an outer periphery. The sidewall and internal panel collectively form a first radius extending adjacent and internal to a corner of the periphery. The cover is secured to the tailgate and over the first radius.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Jack MARCHLEWSKI, Joshua Robert HEMPHILL, Jeffrey GRAY, Robert REINERS, Jeffrey Alan FIRZLAFF, Casey Ray TANNER, Sara E. VEYO