Patents by Inventor Sebastian FORTE

Sebastian FORTE 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: 10717458
    Abstract: A displaceable steering column for motor vehicles may include an actuating unit in which a steering shaft is rotatably mounted. The actuating unit may be displaceable relative to a holding unit in the axial direction of the steering shaft, and optionally in the vertical direction, and can be clamped by means of a clamping device so that the actuating unit is fixed in an non-displaceable manner when the motor vehicle is operating normally. The steering column may also include an energy absorption device disposed between the actuating unit and the holding unit, which in the event of a vehicle crash absorbs at least part of the energy applied to the steering column by material deformation of an energy absorber. The energy absorption device may have a central portion on which an energy absorber is disposed and is engaged with the actuating unit. The central portion may be connected to a clamping portion that can be clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10710627
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering system includes a steering wheel hub which has a longitudinal axis and can be attached coaxially on a rotatably mounted steering spindle, and a steering wheel rim which is attached on the steering wheel hub at a radial spacing from the longitudinal axis and extends in a planar manner transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is mounted on the steering wheel hub in a bearing such that it can be inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis between an operating position and a stowed position about an inclination axis which lies transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is inclined at a flatter angle with respect to the longitudinal axis in the stowed position than when in the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte, Tim Bayer
  • Patent number: 10633013
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column for a steer-by-wire steering device may include an actuating unit that comprises a steering spindle mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis in a casing unit. The casing unit may have a first casing tube in which a second casing tube is arranged in a rotationally fixed manner with respect to the longitudinal axis and is mounted so as to be movable axially in a telescopic fashion. An actuating drive is connected to the first casing tube and the second casing tube and can move the second casing tube relative to the first casing tube. The actuating drive may comprise a spindle drive with a threaded spindle that is parallel to the longitudinal axis, rotatably drivable by a servomotor, supported on and extending within the first casing tube, and screwed into a spindle nut attached in a rotationally fixed manner to the second casing tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Patent number: 10611398
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a support unit in which the adjustment unit is mounted so as to be adjustable along the longitudinal axis, and a stop device with a movably mounted stop element positionable in a blocking position and a release position. In the blocking position the stop element limits the adjustment travel of the adjustment unit relative to the support unit. In the release position, the stop element allows adjustability in the direction of the longitudinal axis beyond the adjustment travel limited in the blocking position. The stop device has an actuation body that has an inert mass, is actively connected to the stop element, and is mounted movably relative to the support unit. In a crash event, the mass inertia of the actuation body causes it to interact with the stop element to move the stop element from the blocking position into the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Huber, Christoph Munding, Sebastian Forte
  • Publication number: 20200086908
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle includes a steering shaft, mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis in a steering column housing, and a rotation limiter, and has a smooth and quiet construction of the rotation limiter. The rotation limiter includes two oppositely directed flat spiral springs, which are operatively arranged between a coupling part, disposed in a rotationally secure manner on the steering shaft, and the steering column housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sebastian FORTE, Robert GALEHR
  • Publication number: 20190291772
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering system includes a steering wheel hub which has a longitudinal axis and can be attached coaxially on a rotatably mounted steering spindle, and a steering wheel rim which is attached on the steering wheel hub at a radial spacing from the longitudinal axis and extends in a planar manner transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is mounted on the steering wheel hub in a bearing such that it can be inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis between an operating position and a stowed position about an inclination axis which lies transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis. The steering wheel rim is inclined at a flatter angle with respect to the longitudinal axis in the stowed position than when in the operating position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Daniel KREUTZ, Sebastian FORTE, Tim BAYER
  • Patent number: 10343708
    Abstract: A steering column may comprise an adjusting unit that holds a steering spindle rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, a holding unit that receives the adjusting unit, a clamping device that locks the adjusting unit relative to the holding unit in a fixing position and permits adjustment in an unlocked position, and an energy absorption element attached to the adjusting unit and extending through an opening of a wedging housing parallel to the longitudinal axis. The energy absorption element is longitudinally movable in the opening in the unlocked position and lockable within the opening in the fixing position. The opening may have a wedging section with inner wall regions that converge longitudinally. A wedging element is movable into the wedging section and disposed between the energy absorption element and the inner wall regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Sebastian Forte, Hieronymus Schnitzer, Daniel Kreutz, Thomas Werner Heitz
  • Patent number: 10343707
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle that is mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a supporting unit that supports the adjustment unit, and a clamping device that controls movement between the adjustment unit and the supporting unit in a longitudinal direction. The clamping device may comprise an actuating element that interacts with a clamping mechanism for clamping the supporting unit to the adjustment unit. The clamping device may further comprise a locking part. In the securing position a form-fitting element of the locking part engages non-displaceably in the longitudinal direction with a form-fitting element of an engagement part connected to the adjustment unit. In the release position the form-fitting element of the locking part may be spaced apart from the form-fitting element of the engagement part to release the adjustment unit. The actuating element may be connected to a lifting mechanism separate from the clamping mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte, Hieronymus Schnitzer
  • Publication number: 20180354546
    Abstract: A displaceable steering column for motor vehicles may include an actuating unit in which a steering shaft is rotatably mounted. The actuating unit may be displaceable relative to a holding unit in the axial direction of the steering shaft, and optionally in the vertical direction, and can be clamped by means of a clamping device so that the actuating unit is fixed in an non-displaceable manner when the motor vehicle is operating normally. The steering column may also include an energy absorption device disposed between the actuating unit and the holding unit, which in the event of a vehicle crash absorbs at least part of the energy applied to the steering column by material deformation of an energy absorber. The energy absorption device may have a central portion on which an energy absorber is disposed and is engaged with the actuating unit. The central portion may be connected to a clamping portion that can be clamped by the clamping device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: December 13, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Daniel KREUTZ, Sebastian FORTE
  • Publication number: 20180319419
    Abstract: An adjustable steering column for a steer-by-wire steering device may include an actuating unit that comprises a steering spindle mounted rotatably about a longitudinal axis in a casing unit. The casing unit may have a first casing tube in which a second casing tube is arranged in a rotationally fixed manner with respect to the longitudinal axis and is mounted so as to be movable axially in a telescopic fashion. An actuating drive is connected to the first casing tube and the second casing tube and can move the second casing tube relative to the first casing tube. The actuating drive may comprise a spindle drive with a threaded spindle that is parallel to the longitudinal axis, rotatably drivable by a servomotor, supported on and extending within the first casing tube, and screwed into a spindle nut attached in a rotationally fixed manner to the second casing tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: November 8, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Daniel KREUTZ, Sebastian FORTE
  • Publication number: 20180297626
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a support unit in which the adjustment unit is mounted so as to be adjustable along the longitudinal axis, and a stop device with a movably mounted stop element positionable in a blocking position and a release position. In the blocking position the stop element limits the adjustment travel of the adjustment unit relative to the support unit. In the release position, the stop element allows adjustability in the direction of the longitudinal axis beyond the adjustment travel limited in the blocking position. The stop device has an actuation body that has an inert mass, is actively connected to the stop element, and is mounted movably relative to the support unit. In a crash event, the mass inertia of the actuation body causes it to interact with the stop element to move the stop element from the blocking position into the release position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sebastian HUBER, Christoph MUNDING, Sebastian FORTE
  • Patent number: 10040472
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may comprise a steering column jacket with a jacket surface having a retaining segment. The retaining segment may at least partially surround a bearing for rotatably mounting a steering spindle about an axis of rotation. The retaining segment may have at least one tab that secures the bearing in the steering column jacket in a direction of the axis of rotation. The tab may be connected to the retaining segment of the steering column jacket along a bending edge. The bending edge may form a projection angle of at maximum 45° with a projected axis of rotation. The free end of the tab is bent around the bending edge towards the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Hansjörg Sulser, Sebastian Forte, Richard Wiebe, Mathias Senn
  • Patent number: 9969421
    Abstract: An energy absorption device for a steering column for a motor vehicle may include a bending bracket for energy absorption in a crash event. The bending bracket may comprise a first fastening element and a second fastening element, with the first fastening element being displaceable relative to the second fastening element if, in a crash event, the bending bracket is deformed along a guide track delimited by a start and an end. The energy absorption device may further include one or more collision elements arranged on the guide track. An example collision element may interact with the first fastening element or an element on a retaining part that is secured to the first fastening element such that the collision element, the first fastening element, and/or the element on the retaining part are deformed and absorb additional energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG
    Inventors: Arne Klepp, Hansjörg Sulser, Felipe Segatto, Sebastian Forte
  • Publication number: 20180093697
    Abstract: A steering column may comprise an adjusting unit that holds a steering spindle rotatably mounted about a longitudinal axis, a holding unit that receives the adjusting unit, a clamping device that locks the adjusting unit relative to the holding unit in a fixing position and permits adjustment in an unlocked position, and an energy absorption element attached to the adjusting unit and extending through an opening of a wedging housing parallel to the longitudinal axis. The energy absorption element is longitudinally movable in the opening in the unlocked position and lockable within the opening in the fixing position. The opening may have a wedging section with inner wall regions that converge longitudinally. A wedging element is movable into the wedging section and disposed between the energy absorption element and the inner wall regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Publication date: April 5, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Sebastian FORTE, Hieronymus SCHNITZER, Daniel KREUTZ, Thomas Werner HEITZ
  • Patent number: 9926001
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a support element, an adjusting element that is displaceable relative to the support element for the rotatable mounting of a steering spindle, and a locking device for locking the adjusting element relative to the support element in a crash event. The locking device may include a blocking element disposed on the support element, which can be brought into engagement with an engagement part of the adjusting element. Further, a switching element may be provided for bringing about the engaging of the blocking element in the engagement part in a crash event. The switching element may bring about the engaging based on its mass inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Stefan Sawall, Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Publication number: 20180037250
    Abstract: A steering column may include an adjustment unit with a steering spindle that is mounted rotatably about its longitudinal axis in a casing tube, a supporting unit that supports the adjustment unit, and a clamping device that controls movement between the adjustment unit and the supporting unit in a longitudinal direction. The clamping device may comprise an actuating element that interacts with a clamping mechanism for clamping the supporting unit to the adjustment unit. The clamping device may further comprise a locking part. In the securing position a form-fitting element of the locking part engages non-displaceably in the longitudinal direction with a form-fitting element of an engagement part connected to the adjustment unit. In the release position the form-fitting element of the locking part may be spaced apart from the form-fitting element of the engagement part to release the adjustment unit. The actuating element may be connected to a lifting mechanism separate from the clamping mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicants: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, thyssenkrupp AG
    Inventors: Daniel KREUTZ, Sebastian FORTE, Hieronymus SCHNITZER
  • Publication number: 20170137051
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may include a support element, an adjusting element that is displaceable relative to the support element for the rotatable mounting of a steering spindle, and a locking device for locking the adjusting element relative to the support element in a crash event. The locking device may include a blocking element disposed on the support element, which can be brought into engagement with an engagement part of the adjusting element. Further, a switching element may be provided for bringing about the engaging of the blocking element in the engagement part in a crash event. The switching element may bring about the engaging based on its mass inertia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Applicants: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ThyssenKrupp AG
    Inventors: Stefan Sawall, Daniel Kreutz, Sebastian Forte
  • Publication number: 20170096159
    Abstract: A steering column for a motor vehicle may comprise a steering column jacket with a jacket surface having a retaining segment. The retaining segment may at least partially surround a bearing for rotatably mounting a steering spindle about an axis of rotation. The retaining segment may have at least one tab that secures the bearing in the steering column jacket in a direction of the axis of rotation. The tab may be connected to the retaining segment of the steering column jacket along a bending edge. The bending edge may form a projection angle of at maximum 45° with a projected axis of rotation. The free end of the tab is bent around the bending edge towards the axis of rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicants: ThyssenKrupp Presta AG, ThyssenKrupp AG
    Inventors: Hansjörg Sulser, Sebastian Forte, Richard Wiebe, Mathias Senn
  • Publication number: 20160121920
    Abstract: An energy absorption device for a steering column for a motor vehicle may include a bending bracket for energy absorption in a crash event. The bending bracket may comprise a first fastening element and a second fastening element, with the first fastening element being displaceable relative to the second fastening element if, in a crash event, the bending bracket is deformed along a guide track delimited by a start and an end. The energy absorption device may further include one or more collision elements arranged on the guide track. An example collision element may interact with the first fastening element or an element on a retaining part that is secured to the first fastening element such that the collision element, the first fastening element, and/or the element on the retaining part are deformed and absorb additional energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Applicant: THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG
    Inventors: Arne KLEPP, Hansjörg SULSER, Felipe SEGATTO, Sebastian FORTE