Patents by Inventor Steve William Gallagher

Steve William Gallagher 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: 20200353988
    Abstract: A chassis brace includes a body having a first end and a second end, a chassis structure abutment at the first end and a body structure abutment at the second end. Together, the chassis brace, the chassis component secured the chassis structure abutment of the chassis brace and the body component secured to the body structure abutment of the chassis brace form a small offset rigid barrier reinforcement assembly. A method of reinforcing a vehicle is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Publication date: November 12, 2020
    Inventors: Kevin Alexander Gardner, Krishnakanth Aekbote, Hassen Hammoud, Brent Michael White, Steve William Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10759254
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes a cabin portion, a bed portion, and an air extractor. The cabin portion defines a passenger cabin and includes a hollow pillar having an opening to the passenger cabin. The bed portion defines a bed and includes a hollow frame rail elongated from the pillar. The pillar and the frame rail define an airflow path from the opening. The air extractor is positioned in the frame rail and is in communication with the airflow path and an ambient environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Steve William Gallagher, Michael Murphy McElroy, Musheeruddin Syed, Eric R. Yerke, Mukdam Kena
  • Publication number: 20200269652
    Abstract: A vehicle body includes a cabin portion, a bed portion, and an air extractor. The cabin portion defines a passenger cabin and includes a hollow pillar having an opening to the passenger cabin. The bed portion defines a bed and includes a hollow frame rail elongated from the pillar. The pillar and the frame rail define an airflow path from the opening. The air extractor is positioned in the frame rail and is in communication with the airflow path and an ambient environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steve William Gallagher, Michael Murphy McElroy, Musheeruddin Syed, Eric R. Yerke, Mukdam Kena
  • Patent number: 10703420
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a first member including a first side and a second side. The vehicle assembly includes a coupler extending from the first side to the second side, the first side and the second side being crimped to the coupler. The vehicle assembly includes a second member and a fastener fastening the first member and the second member to the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Vladimirovich Bogachuk, Shawn Michael Morgans, Steve William Gallagher, Michael William Danyo
  • Publication number: 20200102021
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a first member including a first side and a second side. The vehicle assembly includes a coupler extending from the first side to the second side, the first side and the second side being crimped to the coupler. The vehicle assembly includes a second member and a fastener fastening the first member and the second member to the coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH BOGACHUK, SHAWN MICHAEL MORGANS, STEVE WILLIAM GALLAGHER, MICHAEL WILLIAM DANYO
  • Publication number: 20180032822
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a side view mirror housing mountable to a vehicle exterior. A first LIDAR sensor is disposed in the side view mirror housing, has a first field of view, and is pointed in a first direction. A second LIDAR sensor is disposed in the side view mirror housing, has a second field of view, and is pointed in a second direction opposite the first direction. A camera is also disposed in the side view mirror housing, and the camera is spaced from the second LIDAR sensor. The camera has a third field of view and is pointed in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Frank, Steve William Gallagher, Bruno M. Barthelemy
  • Patent number: 9815217
    Abstract: Various approaches for forming holes onto a sheet-metal assembly are described. In one implementation, a sheet-metal assembly is received through a conveyor system within a manufacturing cell. Once received, the type of sheet-metal assembly is identified based on associated information. Corresponding to the identified sheet-metal assembly, a set of position coordinates corresponding to one or more points on the sheet-metal assembly are obtained. Subsequently, a work-performing apparatus may be used for forming holes onto the sheet-metal assembly, at one or more points on the sheet-metal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Steve William Gallagher, Jon A. Wilcox, Vladimir Vladimirovich Bogachuk, Richard Daniel Pastrick, Timothy D. Parker
  • Publication number: 20170253279
    Abstract: An outer panel is provided for a motor vehicle. That outer panel includes an outer panel body made from a non-ferromagnetic material and a ferromagnetic element connected to an inner surface of the outer panel body. The ferromagnetic element serves as a magnetic attachment point through the outer panel body for a magnetic accessory on the outer panel body of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Publication date: September 7, 2017
    Inventors: Joshua R. Hemphill, Vincent Anthony Chimento, Azazhusen V. Khatri, Dragan B. Stojkovic, Steve William Gallagher, Colleen Marie Hoffman
  • Patent number: 9738204
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a vehicle tailgate includes a base, a first attachment member, a second attachment member and a ramp. The first attachment member and second attachment member are spaced apart from each other and extend from the base. The ramp is irremovably secured to the base. The attachment members are configured to be received in a latch of the vehicle tailgate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Dragan B. Stojkovic, Jack Marchlewski, Joshua R. Hemphill, Robert Reiners, Steve William Gallagher
  • 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: 20160167247
    Abstract: Various approaches for forming holes onto a sheet-metal assembly are described. In one implementation, a sheet-metal assembly is received through a conveyor system within a manufacturing cell. Once received, the type of sheet-metal assembly is identified based on associated information. Corresponding to the identified sheet-metal assembly, a set of position coordinates corresponding to one or more points on the sheet-metal assembly are obtained. Subsequently, a work-performing apparatus may be used for forming holes onto the sheet-metal assembly, at one or more points on the sheet-metal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: STEVE WILLIAM GALLAGHER, JON A. WILCOX, VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH BOGACHUK, RICHARD DANIEL PASTRICK, TIMOTHY D. PARKER
  • Patent number: 8701352
    Abstract: A seal for an automobile body opening comprising a plastic carrier, an elastomeric bulb operably connected to the plastic carrier, and a plastic clip operably connected to, and extending away from, the plastic carrier for engagement to a flange for retaining the seal to the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: David Arthur Wade, Steve William Gallagher, Marius A. Mitrofan, Tad J. Siedlecki, Georgette Eaton
  • Publication number: 20130067822
    Abstract: A seal for an automobile body opening comprising a plastic carrier, an elastomeric bulb operably connected to the plastic carrier, and a plastic clip operably connected to, and extending away from, the plastic carrier for engagement to a flange for retaining the seal to the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: David Arthur Wade, Steve William Gallagher, Marius A. Mitrofan, Tad J. Siedlecki, Georgette Eaton
  • Patent number: 7841652
    Abstract: A wheelhouse reinforcement bracket provides increased torsional rigidity for the rear wheelhouses of an automotive vehicle. The wheelhouse bracket is positioned in alignment with the location on the vehicle body where the shock absorber is located, and in alignment with the rear suspension cross frame member to create a structural ring formed by the wheelhouse bracket, the C-pillar and the rear suspension cross frame member. The wheelhouse bracket is formed with a mounting flange positionable within the inside of the U-shaped rear side frame rail to facilitate welding thereto instead of being welded to the top of the underbody floor structure. The mounting flange has a first portion configured to be mated against a first generally vertically extending wall of the rear side frame rail and a second portion configured to be mated against a generally horizontally extending wall of the rear side frame rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Philip John Leonetti, Ron Allen Carpenter, Steve William Gallagher
  • Publication number: 20100133879
    Abstract: A wheelhouse reinforcement bracket is provided for the rear wheelhouses of an automotive vehicle to increase torsional rigidity for the vehicle. The wheelhouse bracket is positioned in alignment with the location on the vehicle body where the shock absorber is located, and in alignment with the rear suspension cross member to create a structural ring formed by the wheelhouse bracket, the C-pillar and the rear suspension cross member. The wheelhouse bracket is formed with a mounting flange positionable within the inside of the U-shaped rear side rail to facilitate welding thereto instead of being welded to the top of the underbody floor structure. The mounting flange has a first portion configured to be mated against a first generally vertically extending wall of the rear side rail and a second portion configured to be mated against a generally horizontally extending wall of the rear side rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: Philip John Leonetti, Ron Allen Carpenter, Steve William Gallagher