Patents by Inventor Spencer Robert Hoernke

Spencer Robert Hoernke 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: 20200086768
    Abstract: A seating system comprises a plurality of seating assemblies having first and second-row seating assemblies. Each seating assembly includes a cradle pivotally coupled to a seat base and to a seatback. The seat base is movable between first and second positions. The seating assembly includes a base having first and second supports and a swivel plate assembly including first and second frames. The first frame is coupled to the cradle, and the second frame is coupled to the base. The swivel plate assembly includes first and second swivel plates, the first swivel plate coupled to the first frame and the second swivel plate coupled to the second frame. The first swivel plate is configured to allow the cradle to rotate between first and second positions relative to the base. The seating system includes a track assembly. The first and second supports of the base are slidably coupled to the track assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Publication date: March 19, 2020
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Daniel Ferretti, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Jerry R. Brown, Joseph Michael Kish, Macit Aktas
  • Publication number: 20200047648
    Abstract: A method of making a cushion assembly includes forming a first foam pad with a plurality of air cooling columns through the first foam pad. The plurality of air cooling columns terminate at a topper pad. A second foam pad is operably coupled with the first foam pad to define a non-linear flow channel between the first foam pad and the second foam pad. The non-linear flow channel is in fluid communication with the air cooling columns. An air mover is operably coupled to the non-linear flow channel to move air within the air cooling columns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2019
    Publication date: February 13, 2020
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Publication number: 20200023757
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle includes a seat base pivotally and slidably coupled with a seatback and a support frame operable between a deployed position and a collapsed position. The support frame includes a first member that is pivotally coupled with a bottom portion of the seat base and pivotally coupled to a lower frame member fixedly attached to a floor support and a second member that is slidably coupled with a bottom portion of the seat base, pivotally coupled with the first member, and slidably coupled with the floor support. The support frame also includes a kickstand pivotally coupled to the floor support and slidably coupled to the seat base. The kickstand is operable between a forward position and a rearward position, wherein the kickstand is biased to and lockable in the forward position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Amaury Diaz Serrano, Daniel Ferretti, Jerry R. Brown, Paul Iacoban
  • Publication number: 20200018341
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle comprises: a cushion comprising an outer edge and a plurality of snap-fit-fasteners; and a carrier comprising an outer edge surface and a plurality of snap-fit receivers near the outer edge surface of the carrier arranged to receive the plurality of snap-fit fasteners; wherein the plurality of snap-fit receivers have received and are retaining the plurality of snap-fit fasteners such that the cushion is interconnected with the carrier; and wherein the plurality of snap-fit fasteners and plurality of receivers are arranged to prevent the edge of the cushion from rolling up. The cushion further comprises a lip having an inward facing surface; wherein the cushion at least partially surrounds the carrier with at least a portion of the inward facing surface of the lip facing the outer edge surface of the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Publication date: January 16, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Kevin Mozurkewich, Andrew Matusko, Brian M. Thiel
  • Publication number: 20200001765
    Abstract: A work surface is provided with a lock assembly. The lock assembly includes an actuator plate and a locking plate. The actuator plate includes a pin. The locking plate includes an angled slot that receives the pin of the actuator plate. Actuation of the actuator plate in a first direction causes the pin to move within the angled slot of the locking plate. The movement of the pin within the angled slot causes movement of the locking plate in a second direction, thereby actuating the locking plate between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Publication date: January 2, 2020
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Rodney Charles Brinker, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Line
  • Publication number: 20190389339
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Publication date: December 26, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10513204
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket detachable from and rotatable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Adam Ewel, Jimmy Moua, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Robert Damerow, Johnathan Andrew Line, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10507745
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly includes a seating surface and a tube arranged proximate the seating surface. The tube has an inlet fluidly coupled with a fluid mover and an outlet proximate the seating surface. A thermoelectric device is in communication with the outlet. The thermoelectric device is configured to thermodynamically affect heat exchange at the seating surface. The fluid mover is selectively operable to release a pressurized fluid through the tube proximate the thermoelectric device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Wayne Preuss, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 10479243
    Abstract: A seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining at least one air cooling column disposed therethrough. A topper pad is disposed over the first foam pad and the at least one air cooling column. A second foam pad is disposed below the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the at least one air cooling column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Patent number: 10473136
    Abstract: A seating assembly for a vehicle comprises: a cushion comprising an outer edge and a plurality of snap-fit-fasteners; and a carrier comprising an outer edge surface and a plurality of snap-fit receivers near the outer edge surface of the carrier arranged to receive the plurality of snap-fit fasteners; wherein the plurality of snap-fit receivers have received and are retaining the plurality of snap-fit fasteners such that the cushion is interconnected with the carrier; and wherein the plurality of snap-fit fasteners and plurality of receivers are arranged to prevent the edge of the cushion from rolling up. The cushion further comprises a lip having an inward facing surface; wherein the cushion at least partially surrounds the carrier with at least a portion of the inward facing surface of the lip facing the outer edge surface of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Christian J. Hosbach, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Kevin Mozurkewich, Andrew Matusko, Brian M. Thiel
  • Patent number: 10464460
    Abstract: A work surface for a vehicle includes an actuator plate that engages with a locking plate. Actuation of the actuator plate in a first direction induces actuation of the locking plate in a second direction, thereby actuating the locking plate between a locked and an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Rodney Charles Brinker, Corbin Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Line
  • Patent number: 10442326
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10434905
    Abstract: A seat assembly forms a substantially horizontal plane for an exposed surface of each of a lower seat cushion and a seatback cushion of a seatback. The seat assembly comprises a lifter mechanism for a rearward edge of the lower seat cushion. The lifter mechanism further comprises a main lift arm coupled to the edge, a slotted support arm having a distal end thereof pivotally coupled to a distal end of the main lift arm, a linkage arm pivotably coupled with the main lift arm and a slot in the slotted support arm, and a translational arm coupled with the linkage arm. The rearward edge of the lower seat cushion is raised by the translational arm being displaced to a fully displaced position to thereby raise a distal end of the linkage arm and the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Jimmy Moua, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Corbin Shea Johnston, Adam Ewel, Kevin Mozurkewich
  • Patent number: 10427567
    Abstract: A vehicle seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining a ventilating column disposed therethrough, a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad, and a second foam pad disposed adjacent the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the ventilating column. A thermally conductive tape includes a thermoelectric device disposed between the first foam pad and the topper pad. The thermoelectric device is disposed near an end of the ventilating column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Alan George Dry
  • Publication number: 20190241101
    Abstract: A vehicle seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining a ventilating column disposed therethrough, a topper pad disposed over the first foam pad, and a second foam pad disposed adjacent the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the ventilating column. A thermally conductive tape includes a thermoelectric device disposed between the first foam pad and the topper pad. The thermoelectric device is disposed near an end of the ventilating column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Alan George Dry
  • Publication number: 20190168647
    Abstract: A seat cushion assembly includes a first foam pad defining at least one air cooling column disposed therethrough. A topper pad is disposed over the first foam pad and the at least one air cooling column. A second foam pad is disposed below the first foam pad. The second foam pad and the first foam pad define a flow channel in fluid communication with the at least one air cooling column. An air mover moves air from an air intake of the flow channel to an air exhaust of the flow channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Alan George Dry, Spencer Robert Hoernke
  • Patent number: 10308203
    Abstract: A seating assembly includes a seat and a seatback. The seatback is operably coupled with the seat. A back panel is disposed on a backside of the seat and includes a metal insert. An injection molded polymeric panel is formed around the metal insert. The metal insert is retained by the polymeric panel by a ribbon style mechanical lock. Peripheral attachment features are disposed about an outer perimeter of the back panel for securing the back panel with a frame of the seatback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Matusko, Kevin Mozurkewich, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Andrew Line, Moises Abraham Hernandez Soto
  • Publication number: 20190143852
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket detachable from and rotatable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Adam Ewel, Jimmy Moua, Corbin Shea Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Robert Damerow, Johnathan Andrew Line, Paul Iacoban, S.M. Akbar Berry
  • Publication number: 20190143870
    Abstract: A work surface for a vehicle includes an actuator plate that engages with a locking plate. Actuation of the actuator plate in a first direction induces actuation of the locking plate in a second direction, thereby actuating the locking plate between a locked and an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Marcos Silva Kondrad, Rodney Charles Brinker, Corbin Johnston, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Johnathan Line
  • Publication number: 20190143854
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Publication date: May 16, 2019
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S.M. Akbar Berry