Patents by Inventor Shawn Michael Morgans

Shawn Michael Morgans 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: 20190077462
    Abstract: A rocker assembly for a vehicle comprising a rocker panel and a side sill that enclose an injection molded reinforcement. The reinforcement includes a plurality of intersecting fins that may be provided in horizontal and vertical planes. An intermediate wall formed by frames within four sided cells that define windows. The rocker assembly may include two different types of reinforcements, one with intersecting fins, or walls, extending laterally and one formed by a plurality of longitudinally extending tubular members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Publication date: March 14, 2019
    Inventors: Herbert YANG, Praveenmanickam RENGANATHAN, Shekar Prabhakar ERASALA, John Michael McGUCKIN, Shawn Michael MORGANS
  • Publication number: 20190047392
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody including a rear underbody structure, a rear differential, a sub-frame, and a traction battery is provided. The rear differential is mounted to the rear underbody structure. The sub-frame is mounted to the rear underbody structure rearward of the rear differential. The traction battery is mounted between the rear underbody structure and the sub-frame. A base portion of the traction battery defines a base portion plane that does not extend through the rear differential. The sub-frame may include at least two reinforcement members each having a ramp-shaped end extending toward the rear differential. The sub-frame may include a rear lateral member and a trailer hitch mount extending rearwardly therefrom. One of the reinforcement members and the trailer hitch mount may be aligned in parallel with a central longitudinal axis defined by the rear underbody structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Publication date: February 14, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Corey John Jarocki, Randall Ray Roth, Steven William Gallagher, Jon A. Wilcox, Hassen Hammoud, Stephen Thomas Kozak, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 10202028
    Abstract: A vehicle underbody including a rear underbody structure, a rear differential, a sub-frame, and a traction battery is provided. The rear differential is mounted to the rear underbody structure. The sub-frame is mounted to the rear underbody structure rearward of the rear differential. The traction battery is mounted between the rear underbody structure and the sub-frame. A base portion of the traction battery defines a base portion plane that does not extend through the rear differential. The sub-frame may include at least two reinforcement members each having a ramp-shaped end extending toward the rear differential. The sub-frame may include a rear lateral member and a trailer hitch mount extending rearwardly therefrom. One of the reinforcement members and the trailer hitch mount may be aligned in parallel with a central longitudinal axis defined by the rear underbody structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Corey John Jarocki, Randall Ray Roth, Steven William Gallagher, Jon A. Wilcox, Hassen Hammoud, Stephen Thomas Kozak, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Publication number: 20180370573
    Abstract: A rocker including a sill elongated along an axis and a reinforcement disposed in the sill. The reinforcement, in cross-section transverse to the axis, includes an intermediate portion, a first lobe, and a second lobe. The first lobe has a first wall extending from the intermediate portion to a first end. The second lobe has a second wall extending from the intermediate portion to the second end. The first and second ends abut opposite surfaces of the intermediate portion. The first lobe and the second lobe of the reinforcement resist buckling in response to components of the impact force applied to the sill reinforcement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Publication date: December 27, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Herbert Yang, Praveenmanickam Renganathan, Shekar Prabhakar Erasala, John Michael McGuckin, Michael Luchtman, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Publication number: 20180214927
    Abstract: A process includes producing a group of automotive components by forming components having various global geometries via a common tooling configured to bend a blank sheet of metal to create a variable cross section profile, forming an addendum as an integral portion of each formed component, and altering the global geometries in a series of incremental deformations to create local geometries while each component is affixed to a deforming machine via the addendum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Publication date: August 2, 2018
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Raj Sohmshetty, Richard Taube, Peter A. Friedman, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 9505439
    Abstract: A method of varying vehicle width on a single platform includes providing a plurality of vehicles, where each vehicle includes a side sill extending longitudinally along a lower portion of a vehicle body. The side sill defines a door opening interface on each opposing side of the vehicle body. Each of the plurality of vehicles also includes a floor panel extending laterally across a width of each vehicle. The floor panel is joined at a lateral edge to the side sill. The method also includes maintaining a common lateral position of the joint between the floor panel and the side sill across each of the plurality of vehicles. The method further includes positioning the door opening interface at first lateral position corresponding to a first one of the plurality of vehicles and at a second lateral position corresponding to a second one of the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Vladimirovich Bogachuk, Monica Blair, Maria J. Heirtzler, Shawn Michael Morgans, Steve William Gallagher, Joshua Jacob Clement, Eric Layton Stratten, Jon A. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20160304128
    Abstract: A method of varying vehicle width on a single platform includes providing a plurality of vehicles, where each vehicle includes a side sill extending longitudinally along a lower portion of a vehicle body. The side sill defines a door opening interface on each opposing side of the vehicle body. Each of the plurality of vehicles also includes a floor panel extending laterally across a width of each vehicle. The floor panel is joined at a lateral edge to the side sill. The method also includes maintaining a common lateral position of the joint between the floor panel and the side sill across each of the plurality of vehicles. The method further includes positioning the door opening interface at first lateral position corresponding to a first one of the plurality of vehicles and at a second lateral position corresponding to a second one of the plurality of vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Publication date: October 20, 2016
    Inventors: Vladimir Vladimirovich BOGACHUK, Monica BLAIR, Maria J. HEIRTZLER, Shawn Michael MORGANS, Steve William GALLAGHER, Joshua Jacob CLEMENT, Eric Layton STRATTEN, Jon A. WILCOX
  • Publication number: 20160251033
    Abstract: A hood assembly for a vehicle includes an outer panel and an inner panel. The inner panel includes a plurality of slots or apertures defined in a portion of an edge thereof, disposed to cause a controlled deformation of a left side edge and a right side edge of the hood assembly on receiving a frontal impact. Optionally, at least one lateral crest line may be defined across a width of the inner panel. A hood hinge assembly fixedly attaches the hood assembly to a frame member of the vehicle. In combination, the slots or apertures, optional crest line, and fixed hood hinge assembly reduce rearward displacement of the hood assembly on receiving a frontal impact, thereby reducing damage to vehicle components such as the a-pillar, body side panels, and fenders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Publication date: September 1, 2016
    Inventors: Theodore Victor Kolar, JR., Sushil Shastry, Matthew B. Makowski, Aileen M. DeVoe, Se Kyoon Shin, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 9085327
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure comprises body side panels each comprising a roof mounting surface, a roof panel having opposing sides, and a brazed joint attaching the roof panel to the body side panels along a line of contact. The roof panel comprises a raised bead portion on each side of a central portion, character lines having sloped surfaces extending downward from each raised bead portion to the central portion, and a side mounting flange at each side of the roof panel that curls under the raised bead portions. Each side mounting flange has a line of contact with a corresponding roof mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Michael Morgans, John Patrick Joyce
  • Patent number: 8973809
    Abstract: A method for attaching a roof panel to a roof rail of a vehicle bodyside frame, wherein the roof rail prohibiting access to an underside of an area at which the roof panel attaches to the roof panel, can include applying a single-component adhesive to a roof rail or to a portion of a roof panel that rests on the roof rail, placing the roof panel onto the roof rail, attaching the roof panel to the roof rail using single-sided spot welds, and heating the roof panel and vehicle bodyside frame to a temperature that cures the single-component adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David John Hill, Stephen William Gallagher, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 8818543
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include a computerized system and method for determining a selection of technologies or processes for use in part production. A dataset of technologies or processes may be considered and standardized. Generic CAD models may be generated from the standardized dataset. Optimization metrics for each generic CAD model may be received. Data from a sourcing, a manufacturing and a design data source may also be received. An optimization algorithm may be used for each generic CAD model based on the optimization metrics and the data from the data sources. One or more optimized CAD models may be generated and one or more optimized technologies or processes for use in part manufacturing may be obtained. The optimized technologies or processes may be based on the one or more optimized CAD models. The optimized technologies or processes may be transmitted for selection and use in producing manufactured parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Raj Shekar Sohmshetty, Zhiyong Cedrick Xia, Nicholas P. Warrick, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Publication number: 20140123495
    Abstract: A method for attaching a roof panel to a roof rail of a vehicle bodyside frame, wherein the roof rail prohibiting access to an underside of an area at which the roof panel attaches to the roof panel, can include applying a single-component adhesive to a roof rail or to a portion of a roof panel that rests on the roof rail, placing the roof panel onto the roof rail, attaching the roof panel to the roof rail using single-sided spot welds, and heating the roof panel and vehicle bodyside frame to a temperature that cures the single-component adhesive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David John HILL, Stephen William GALLAGHER, Shawn Michael MORGANS
  • Patent number: 8636197
    Abstract: A method for attaching a roof panel to a roof rail of a vehicle bodyside frame, wherein the roof rail prohibiting access to an underside of an area at which the roof panel attaches to the roof panel, can include applying a single-component adhesive to a roof rail or to a portion of a roof panel that rests on the roof rail, placing the roof panel onto the roof rail, attaching the roof panel to the roof rail using single-sided spot welds, and heating the roof panel and vehicle bodyside frame to a temperature that cures the single-component adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David John Hill, Stephen William Gallagher, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Patent number: 8346381
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for recommending one or more materials used in designing and manufacturing parts may include receiving data from at least three data sources. The data sources may include a sourcing, manufacturing, and design data source. The data source data may be standardized to obtain a collection of data including a dataset of materials for consideration in recommending one or more materials for use in one or more parts. The method may also include receiving optimization metrics and constraints for the dataset of materials. Optimization values for each material based on the dataset of materials and the one or more optimization metrics may be determined. An optimization algorithm on each material may be performed based at least on the optimization values and the constraints to obtain one or more recommended materials from the dataset of materials for use in a design of one or more parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Sohmshetty, Nicholas P. Warrick, Shawn Michael Morgans, Zhiyong Cedric Xia, Michael James Freeman
  • Patent number: 8249740
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include determining a material utilization for one or more assemblies having a plurality of parts. Offal data for one or more parts comprising one or more part assemblies and a blank material utilization status for each of the one or more part assemblies may be received. The blank material utilization status for the one or more part assemblies may be based on a blank material utilization status for each of the one or more parts. The offal data may be standardized to obtain standardized offal data. One or more offal utilization assignments for the part assemblies having a plurality of parts may be determined based on the standardized offal data and the blank material utilization status for the part assemblies. The offal utilization assignments may then be transmitted for assignment to the one or more part assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Sohmshetty, Shawn Michael Morgans, Zhiyong Cedric Xia, Lawrence J. Dupuis, Amir T. Chator
  • Publication number: 20110172794
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include a computerized system and method for determining a selection of technologies or processes for use in part production. A dataset of technologies or processes may be considered and standardized. Generic CAD models may be generated from the standardized dataset. Optimization metrics for each generic CAD model may be received. Data from a sourcing, a manufacturing and a design data source may also be received. An optimization algorithm may be used for each generic CAD model based on the optimization metrics and the data from the data sources. One or more optimized CAD models may be generated and one or more optimized technologies or processes for use in part manufacturing may be obtained. The optimized technologies or processes may be based on the one or more optimized CAD models. The optimized technologies or processes may be transmitted for selection and use in producing manufactured parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Sohmshetty, Zhiyong Cedric Xia, Nicholas P. Warrick, Shawn Michael Morgans
  • Publication number: 20110093105
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for recommending one or more materials used in designing and manufacturing parts may include receiving data from at least three data sources. The data sources may include a sourcing, manufacturing, and design data source. The data source data may be standardized to obtain a collection of data including a dataset of materials for consideration in recommending one or more materials for use in one or more parts. The method may also include receiving optimization metrics and constraints for the dataset of materials. Optimization values for each material based on the dataset of materials and the one or more optimization metrics may be determined. An optimization algorithm on each material may be performed based at least on the optimization values and the constraints to obtain one or more recommended materials from the dataset of materials for use in a design of one or more parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Sohmshetty, Nicholas P. Warrick, Shawn Michael Morgans, Zhiyong Cedric Xia, Michael James Freeman
  • Publication number: 20110093107
    Abstract: Various embodiments may include determining a material utilization for one or more assemblies having a plurality of parts. Offal data for one or more parts comprising one or more part assemblies and a blank material utilization status for each of the one or more part assemblies may be received. The blank material utilization status for the one or more part assemblies may be based on a blank material utilization status for each of the one or more parts. The offal data may be standardized to obtain standardized offal data. One or more offal utilization assignments for the part assemblies having a plurality of parts may be determined based on the standardized offal data and the blank material utilization status for the part assemblies. The offal utilization assignments may then be transmitted for assignment to the one or more part assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Raja Shekar Sohmshetty, Shawn Michael Morgans, Zhiyong Cedric Xia, Lawrence J. Dupuis, Amir T. Chator
  • Publication number: 20100314911
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure comprises body side panels each comprising a roof mounting surface, a roof panel having opposing sides, and a brazed joint attaching the roof panel to the body side panels along a line of contact. The roof panel comprises a raised bead portion on each side of a central portion, character lines having sloped surfaces extending downward from each raised bead portion to the central portion, and a side mounting flange at each side of the roof panel that curls under the raised bead portions. Each side mounting flange has a line of contact with a corresponding roof mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Shawn Michael Morgans, John Patrick Joyce