Patents by Inventor Steven J. Dimig

Steven J. Dimig 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: 10290411
    Abstract: Residual magnetic locks, brakes, rotation inhibitors, clutches, actuators, and latches. The residual magnetic devices can include a core housing and an armature. The residual magnetic devices can include a coil that receives a magnetization current to create an irreversible residual magnetic force between the core housing and the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Gregory J. Organek, Michael G. Feucht
  • Publication number: 20190120370
    Abstract: A multi-function vehicle control for a vehicle having an interior surface and a transmission, the control including a shifter movable to different positions corresponding to different states of the transmission, and an elongate base extending from the interior surface laterally across a fore-aft direction of the vehicle and defining a driver-facing side. The elongate base movably supports the shifter for multiple movements of the shifter relative to the elongate base including: a first movement of the shifter along a longitudinal direction of the elongate base operable to control a first operation of the transmission; a second movement of the shifter away from the driver-facing side, in a forward vehicle travel direction operable to control a second operation of the transmission; and a third movement of the shifter toward the driver-facing side, in a rearward vehicle travel direction operable to control a third operation of the transmission.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 25, 2019
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Zachary S. Husz, Adam Pirkey
  • Publication number: 20170298675
    Abstract: A powered step assembly includes a drive mechanism and a step coupled to the drive mechanism. The step includes a first end and a second, opposite end. When the drive mechanism is activated, the step is both lowered linearly along an axis extending through the first end, and is also rotated about the axis, such that the second end is a free end configured to rotate away from a motor vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Zachary S. Husz, Greg Sproule, Ken Easter
  • Patent number: 9457833
    Abstract: A steering lock for inhibiting rotation of a rotary steering member having a rib. A lockbolt is movable along a first axis between steering member-locking and -unlocking positions. A shuttle moves between a non-blocking position, in which the shuttle does not obstruct movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position, and a blocking position, in which the shuttle obstructs movement of the lockbolt out of the steering member-locking position. An actuator is coupled to the shuttle and operable to drive the lockbolt to the steering member-locking position by moving the shuttle from the non-blocking position to the blocking position. The lockbolt is unbiased along the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Jon W. Behrens, Michael D. Fink
  • Publication number: 20140373665
    Abstract: A steering lock for inhibiting rotation of a rotary steering member having a rib. A lockbolt is movable along a first axis between steering member-locking and -unlocking positions. A shuttle moves between a non-blocking position, in which the shuttle does not obstruct movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position, and a blocking position, in which the shuttle obstructs movement of the lockbolt out of the steering member-locking position. An actuator is coupled to the shuttle and operable to drive the lockbolt to the steering member-locking position by moving the shuttle from the non-blocking position to the blocking position. The lockbolt is unbiased along the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Jon W. Behrens, Michael D. Fink
  • Publication number: 20140069224
    Abstract: A steering lock for locking a rotary steering member against rotation. A lockbolt is movable along a first axis between steering member-locking and -unlocking positions. A shuttle moves between a non-blocking position, in which the shuttle does not obstruct movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position, and a blocking position, in which the shuttle obstructs movement of the lockbolt out of the steering member-locking position. An actuator drives the lockbolt to the steering member-locking position by moving the shuttle to the blocking position. An output gear is drivable by the actuator. A rotary drive member has a first portion formed with gear teeth meshed with the output gear, and a second portion formed with a driving structure engaged with a follower structure of the shuttle, whereby the shuttle is configured to translate axially toward and away from the first axis when the rotary drive member rotates in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: STRATTEC Security Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Jon W. Behrens, Michael D. Fink
  • Patent number: 8541705
    Abstract: An electronic communications device such as a key fob is provided, and in some embodiments comprises a flexible film and a spacer layer defining at least one aperture. The flexible film can cover at least a portion of the spacer layer, and defines an exterior surface of the key fob. The flexible film includes at least one contact surface and a surface adjacent to the at least one contact surface. The at least one contact surface flexes when a force is applied in order to actuate at least one switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Strattec Security Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Dimig
  • Patent number: 8528950
    Abstract: A latch includes a catch pivotable about a first axis between a latched position for retaining a striker and an unlatched position for releasing the striker. The catch has a cam surface. A pawl is pivotable about a second axis and is engageable with the cam surface of the catch. In some embodiments, the pawl secures the catch in the latched position by resting on a first portion of the cam surface, the curvature of which is substantially concentric with the second axis when the catch is in the latched position. The pawl is movable off of the first portion of the cam surface to release the catch from the latched position. The catch can be drivable toward the latched position by the pawl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Strattec Security Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Organek, Steven J. Dimig, Mark S. Paulson, Kyle J. Beutin
  • Patent number: 8424348
    Abstract: An actuation device for a steering lock is operable to selectively lock a rotary steering member against rotation. A lockbolt is movable along a first axis between a steering member-locking position and a steering member-unlocking position. A shuttle is movable between a non-blocking position in which the shuttle does not obstruct movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position to the steering member-unlocking position and a blocking position in which the shuttle obstructs movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position to the steering member-unlocking position. An actuator is coupled to the shuttle and operable to move the shuttle from at least one of the non-blocking position and the blocking position to the other of the non-blocking position and the blocking position. The actuator has an output defining a second axis that is substantially perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Strattec Security Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Jon W. Behrens, Michael D. Fink
  • Patent number: 8403124
    Abstract: Residual magnetic locks, brakes, rotation inhibitors, clutches, actuators, and latches. The residual magnetic devices can include a core housing and an armature. The residual magnetic devices can include a coil that receives a magnetization current to create an irreversible residual magnetic force between the core housing and the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Strattec Security Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Gregory J. Organek, Michael G. Feucht
  • Publication number: 20120299313
    Abstract: A latch includes a catch pivotable about a first axis between a latched position for retaining a striker and an unlatched position for releasing the striker. The catch has a cam surface. A pawl is pivotable about a second axis and is engageable with the cam surface of the catch. In some embodiments, the pawl secures the catch in the latched position by resting on a first portion of the cam surface, the curvature of which is substantially concentric with the second axis when the catch is in the latched position. The pawl is movable off of the first portion of the cam surface to release the catch from the latched position. The catch can be drivable toward the latched position by the pawl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Gregory J. Organek, Steven J. Dimig, Mark S. Paulson, Kyle J. Beutin
  • Publication number: 20120291499
    Abstract: A steering lock for selectively inhibiting rotation of a rotary steering member having a rib includes a lockbolt movable along a first axis between a steering member-locking position, in which a distal tip of the lockbolt is positioned in interference with the rib, and a steering member-unlocking position, in which the distal tip of the lockbolt is positioned out of interference with the rib. A shuttle is movable between a non-blocking position, in which the shuttle does not obstruct movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position to the steering member-unlocking position, and a blocking position, in which the shuttle obstructs movement of the lockbolt out of the steering member-locking position. An actuator is coupled to the shuttle and operable to drive the lockbolt to the steering member-locking position by moving the shuttle from the non-blocking position to the blocking position. The lockbolt is unbiased along the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Jon W. Behrens, Michael D. Fink
  • Patent number: 8149557
    Abstract: Residual magnetic locks, brakes, rotation inhibitors, clutches, actuators, and latches. The residual magnetic devices can include a core housing and an armature. The residual magnetic devices can include a coil that receives a magnetization current to create an irreversible residual magnetic force between the core housing and the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Strattec Security Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Gregory J. Organek, Michael G. Feucht
  • Publication number: 20120039052
    Abstract: An electronic communications device such as a key fob is provided, and in some embodiments comprises a flexible film and a spacer layer defining at least one aperture. The flexible film can cover at least a portion of the spacer layer, and defines an exterior surface of the key fob. The flexible film includes at least one contact surface and a surface adjacent to the at least one contact surface. The at least one contact surface flexes when a force is applied in order to actuate at least one switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Agustin Valles Rangel, Steven J. Dimig
  • Publication number: 20110248588
    Abstract: Residual magnetic locks, brakes, rotation inhibitors, clutches, actuators, and latches. The residual magnetic devices can include a core housing and an armature. The residual magnetic devices can include a coil that receives a magnetization current to create an irreversible residual magnetic force between the core housing and the armature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Gregory J. Organek, Michael G. Feucht
  • Publication number: 20110220474
    Abstract: An electronic communications device such as a key fob is provided, and in some embodiments comprises a flexible film and a spacer layer defining at least one aperture. The flexible film can cover at least a portion of the spacer layer, and defines an exterior surface of the key fob. The flexible film includes at least one contact surface and a surface adjacent to the at least one contact surface. The at least one contact surface flexes when a force is applied in order to actuate at least one switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Steven J. Dimig
  • Publication number: 20110179836
    Abstract: An actuation device for a steering lock is operable to selectively lock a rotary steering member against rotation. A lockbolt is movable along a first axis between a steering member-locking position and a steering member-unlocking position. A shuttle is movable between a non-blocking position in which the shuttle does not obstruct movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position to the steering member-unlocking position and a blocking position in which the shuttle obstructs movement of the lockbolt from the steering member-locking position to the steering member-unlocking position. An actuator is coupled to the shuttle and operable to move the shuttle from at least one of the non-blocking position and the blocking position to the other of the non-blocking position and the blocking position. The actuator has an output defining a second axis that is substantially perpendicular to the first axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Jon W. Behrens
  • Publication number: 20110162949
    Abstract: An electronic communications device such as a key fob is provided, and in some embodiments comprises a flexible film and a spacer layer defining at least one aperture. The flexible film can cover at least a portion of the spacer layer, and defines an exterior surface of the key fob. The flexible film includes at least one contact surface and a surface adjacent to the at least one contact surface. The at least one contact surface flexes when a force is applied in order to actuate at least one switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Steven J. Dimig
  • Patent number: 7969705
    Abstract: Residual magnetic locks, brakes, rotation inhibitors, clutches, actuators, and latches. The residual magnetic devices can include a core housing and an armature. The residual magnetic devices can include a coil that receives a magnetization current to create an irreversible residual magnetic force between the core housing and the armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Strattec Security Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Gregory J. Organek, Michael G. Feucht
  • Publication number: 20110115605
    Abstract: An energy harvesting system for use with a vehicle including an RF transmitter positionable in a vehicle and a key fob having an antenna configured to receive an RF signal from the RF transmitter and convert the RF signal to electrical energy, a power management circuit configured to distribute the electrical energy in the key fob, and an energy storage device configured to store at least some of the electrical energy converted from the RF signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: STRATTEC SECURITY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven J. Dimig, Abdel Salah