Patents by Inventor Thomas Dill

Thomas Dill 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: 10729116
    Abstract: A pest control and/or detection system generally includes an electrically conductive bait matrix including at least one carrier material that is at least one of palatable, a phagostimulant and/or consumable and/or displaceable by pests, and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The electrically conductive particles are substantially randomly interspersed throughout the at least one carrier material. The at least one carrier material includes a thermoplastic material and/or a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BASF CORPORATION
    Inventors: James H. Cink, Greggory K. Storey, Kyle K. Jordan, James W. Austin, Charles E. Evanhoe, Bart Ivy, Daniel W. Engels, Daniel Freeman, Kenneth Lauffenburger, Thomas Dills, Kenneth S. Brown, Cheryl Leichter
  • Publication number: 20190366880
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat part, a pivotable backrest, a lockable fitting connecting the backrest to the seat part for pivoting, a rail pair for seat longitudinal adjustment and a seat rail locking device. An additional rest lock includes a stop part rotationally fixed to the backrest, a retaining catch, a control lever and a control contour connected to a rail. The control contour acts on the control lever and the control lever acts on the retaining catch so these assume a different angular position in a seat access position than in a use position, such that the stop part pivots beyond the retaining catch in the use position, and the retaining catch prevents a pivoting beyond of the stop part in the access position. In the access position, the retaining catch is pivoted directly by a control catch to prevent a pivoting beyond of the stop part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Publication date: December 5, 2019
    Inventors: Thomas DILL, Heinrich HAMANN, Olaf KREUELS, Christian WOLF
  • Patent number: 10493869
    Abstract: A backrest adjuster (4) is provided for a seat. The seat includes a backrest (1) that can be adjusted relative to a seat part (2) by a fitting (5) and which is arranged in a longitudinally displaceable manner. When the backrest (1) is displaced from a seating position (P1) to an entry position (P2), a gear unit (9) actuates a tension element (7) that unlatches a rail adjuster (10.1) and latches same when the backrest (1) is displaced in the opposite position. A vehicle seat is provided that includes such a backrest adjuster (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Thomas Dill, Olaf Kreuels, Wolfgang Pluta, Jan Simo, Christian Wolf
  • Patent number: 10421374
    Abstract: The invention relates to a forward pivot mechanism for positioning a seat back of a vehicle seat into at least one forward position and for positioning the seat back beyond the forward position into at least one further forward position, comprising a comfort lock for positioning and locking the seat back into a least one seated position, and comprising an easy entry latch for positioning the seat back into the at least one forward position, wherein a pivot range of the seat back into one of the forward positions can be limited by means of the easy entry latch, wherein the easy-entry latch is designed in such a way that it forms a forward limit stop during the shifting of the seat back from one of the seated positions into one of the forward positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURGH HOLD S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pluta, Christian Wolf, Thomas Dill, Thomas Christoffel
  • Publication number: 20190239499
    Abstract: A pest control and/or detection system generally includes an electrically conductive bait matrix including at least one carrier material that is at least one of palatable, a phagostimulant and/or consumable and/or displaceable by pests, and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The electrically conductive particles are substantially randomly interspersed throughout the at least one carrier material. The at least one carrier material includes a thermoplastic material and/or a resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: James H. CINK, Greggory K. STOREY, Kyle K. JORDAN, James W. AUSTIN, Charles E. EVANHOE, Bart IVY, Daniel W. ENGELS, Daniel FREEMAN, Kenneth LAUFFENBURGER, Thomas DILLS, Kenneth S. BROWN, Cheryl LEICHTER
  • Patent number: 10189383
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) with a seat segment (14) which includes a first seat area (11) with a first backrest (21) that can be pivoted about a pivot axis (A) running in a transverse direction (y) and a second seat area (12) with a second backrest (22) that can be pivoted about the pivot axis (A). The second backrest (22) is equipped with a locking device (9) which interacts with a locking bracket (8) provided on the first backrest (21). The locking device (9) includes at least one axis pin (92) with a longitudinal axis (94) that is inclined relative to the transverse direction (y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPONENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Dill, Joerg Rapedius, Viktor Enns
  • Patent number: 10183593
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) has an easy-entry module (6). A backrest (2) is adjustable relative to a seat part (3) between at least one comfort position (P1) and at least one easy-entry position (P3). The backrest (2) is, together with the seat part (3), arranged so as to be longitudinally displaceable by way of rails (4) along a movement travel (W) over a longitudinal adjustment range (L) at least between two seat positions (S1.1 to S1.n). To limit the movement travel (W), at least one switchable abutment (10) is provided in the region of the rails (4). The backrest (2) is, at a predefined seat position (S2), settable upright by way of the switchable abutment (10) from the easy-entry position (P3) into the comfort position (P1) and lockable to the seat part (3) in the predefined seat position (S2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Adient Luxembourg Holding S.àr.l.
    Inventors: Christian Wolf, Jan Simo, Thomas Dill, Olaf Kreuels, Heinrich Hammann
  • Publication number: 20190000060
    Abstract: A pest control and/or detection system generally includes an electrically conductive bait matrix including at least one carrier material that is at least one of palatable, a phagostimulant and/or consumable and/or displaceable by pests, and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The electrically conductive particles are substantially randomly interspersed throughout the at least one carrier material. The at least one carrier material includes a thermoplastic material and/or a resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: James H. CINK, Greggory K. STOREY, Kyle K. JORDAN, James W. AUSTIN, Charles E. EVANHOE, Bart IVY, Daniel W. ENGELS, Daniel FREEMAN, Kenneth LAUFFENBURGER, Thomas DILLS, Kenneth S. BROWN, Cheryl LEICHTER
  • Patent number: 10150393
    Abstract: A fitting (2) with a pivoting-forwards mechanism, positioning a backrest (1.1) of a vehicle seat (1) into a forward position, a comfort lock, positioning the backrest into a comfort region seat position (A to C), and an expanded comfort function, positioning the backrest beyond the front position into a loading platform position (E). The fitting includes a fitting part (2.1, 2.2) and a driver (4). A pivoting range of the backrest is limited in the forward position by an easy-entry latch (5) engaging in the fitting part (2.1). The easy-entry latch, when the backrest is adjusted between the seat positions in the comfort region, bears against a stop (7) mounted on the backrest and, in the forward position, is prevented by the stop from pivoting further forwards, and, when the backrest is set upright from the forward position into one of the seat positions, pivots controlled by the stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pluta, Christian Wolf, Thomas Dill, Heinrich Hammann
  • Patent number: 10085435
    Abstract: A pest control and detection system generally includes an electrically conductive bait matrix including at least one carrier material that is at least one of palatable, a phagostimulant, consumable, and displaceable by pests, and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The electrically conductive particles are substantially randomly interspersed throughout the at least one carrier material. The at least one carrier material includes at least one of a thermoplastic material and a resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventors: James H. Cink, Greggory K. Storey, Kyle K. Jordan, James W. Austin, Charles E. Evanhoe, Bart Ivy, Daniel W. Engels, Daniel Freeman, Kenneth Lauffenburger, Thomas Dills, Kenneth S. Brown, Cheryl Leichter
  • Publication number: 20180132468
    Abstract: A pest control and detection system generally includes an electrically conductive bait matrix including at least one carrier material that is at least one of palatable, a phagostimulant, consumable, and displaceable by pests, and a plurality of electrically conductive particles. The electrically conductive particles are substantially randomly interspersed throughout the at least one carrier material. The at least one carrier material includes at least one of a thermoplastic material and a resin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Publication date: May 17, 2018
    Inventors: James H. Cink, Greggory K. Storey, Kyle K. Jordan, James W. Austin, Charles E. Evanhoe, Bart Ivy, Daniel W. Engels, Daniel Freeman, Kenneth Lauffenburger, Thomas Dills, Kenneth S. Brown, Cheryl Leichter
  • Patent number: 9914374
    Abstract: An easy-entry system (EE) for a vehicle seat (1) with a backrest (1.1) and a seat cushion (1.2), in arrangement with a fitting (2) for adjusting the inclination of the backrest (1.1) relative to the seat cushion (1.2) at least within a comfort range and optionally with an extended comfort function for positioning the backrest (1.1) beyond an easy-entry position into a loading floor position. The system includes, for initiating an easy-entry function, at least one actuating lever (4) which is coupled via at least one tension element (6) to an unlocking lever (8) for unlocking the inclination adjustment of the backrest (1.1). A translatory movement of the tension element (6) is transformed by means of a sliding element (7.2) of a transmission arrangement (7) into a rotatory movement of the unlocking lever (8) for opening the fitting (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pluta, Christian Wolf, Thomas Dill, Heinrich Hammann
  • Patent number: 9758061
    Abstract: A longitudinally adjustable vehicle seat (1) includes a lower rail (5) and a longitudinally displaceably guided upper rail. A lower rail mounted end stop (40, 40b) delimits a comfort adjustment region interacting with an upper rail mounted stop element (36). The upper stop element (36) can be displaced beyond the comfort adjustment region into an easy entry region and is part of a stop module (30) that is pivotable about a pivot axis (S). The stop module (30) includes a deflector element (34) that moves upwards, when the stop element (36) has not been shifted away, in the vertical direction upon contact with a screw head (22) that is located in the cavity between the upper rail (3) and the lower rail (5). The upper stop element (36) form-fittingly engages with the end stop (40, 40b) when the end stop (40, 40b) is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPONENTS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Pluta, Thomas Dill, Christian Wolf, Thomas Christoffel
  • Publication number: 20170217336
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) has an easy-entry module (6). A backrest (2) is adjustable relative to a seat part (3) between at least one comfort position (P1) and at least one easy-entry position (P3). The backrest (2) is, together with the seat part (3), arranged so as to be longitudinally displaceable by way of rails (4) along a movement travel (W) over a longitudinal adjustment range (L) at least between two seat positions (S1.1 to S1.n). To limit the movement travel (W), at least one switchable abutment (10) is provided in the region of the rails (4). The backrest (2) is, at a predefined seat position (S2), settable upright by way of the switchable abutment (10) from the easy-entry position (P3) into the comfort position (P1) and lockable to the seat part (3) in the predefined seat position (S2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Inventors: Christian WOLF, Jan SIMO, Thomas DILL, Olaf KREUELS, Heinrich HAMMANN
  • Publication number: 20170136921
    Abstract: A backrest adjuster (4) is provided for a seat. The seat includes a backrest (1) that can be adjusted relative to a seat part (2) by a fitting (5) and which is arranged in a longitudinally displaceable manner. When the backrest (1) is displaced from a seating position (P1) to an entry position (P2), a gear unit (9) actuates a tension element (7) that unlatches a rail adjuster (10.1) and latches same when the backrest (1) is displaced in the opposite position. A vehicle seat is provided that includes such a backrest adjuster (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 18, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas DILL, Olaf KREUELS, Wolfgang PLUTA, Jan SIMO, Christian WOLF
  • Patent number: 9649954
    Abstract: A vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, has a seat part and a backrest which is provided with a backrest frame which runs all around as a load-bearing structure. The backrest frame has a lower crossmember, two side parts and an upper crossmember. The backrest can pivot relative to the seat part by at least one fitting which is attached to the backrest frame. At least one corner piece is provided as part of the backrest frame, which corner piece connects the lower crossmember to one of the seat parts. The fitting is attached to the corner piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Christian Markel, Thomas Dill, Wolfgang Pluta
  • Publication number: 20170106770
    Abstract: A connecting arrangement (1), for a linkage of a vehicle seat, includes a coupling rod (10) and a securing element (40) for securing the coupling rod (10) to a further component (20) of the vehicle seat. The linkage is a part of a lever mechanism for operating a component of the vehicle seat. The further component (20) is a pivotable lever. The coupling rod (10) is introduced into a bearing bush (30) which is connectable to the further component (20) and has a cavity (31), into which the securing element (40) is introduced. A vehicle seat is provided which has at least one such connecting arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2015
    Publication date: April 20, 2017
    Inventors: Christian WOLF, Wolfgang PLUTA, Heinrich HAMMAN, Viktor ENNS, Thomas DILL
  • Publication number: 20160368406
    Abstract: A backrest structure for a vehicle seat (1) includes a flat base sheet (30) and another structural part (20, 40) which are connected to each other by at least one laser weld seam (50) using a laser welding procedure. In a process, at least one tongue (28, 36, 38) of the base sheet (30) is bent by 180 DEG in the region of the weld seam (50) and placed on the remaining base sheet (30). The at least one weld seam (50) connects the bent tongues (28, 36, 38), the remaining base sheet (30), and the other structural part (20, 40) to one another. A vehicle seat (1) is also provided with such a backrest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 22, 2016
    Inventors: Wolfgang PLUTA, Heinrich HAMMANN, Thomas DILL, Christian WOLF
  • Publication number: 20160347209
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) has a seat part (3), a backrest (5), pivotable about a pivot axis (S) with respect to the seat part (3), a pair of seat rails (11, 13) for longitudinally adjusting the vehicle seat (1), and a seat rail locking device (17) for locking the at least one pair of seat rails (11, 13). The backrest (5) can take up a use position (5.1) suitable for transporting a person, and an easy-entry position (5.2) in which the backrest (5) has been pivoted forward about the pivot axis (S) and the seat rail locking device (17) has been opened via a Bowden cable unit (80). To pivot the backrest (5) back out of the easy-entry position (5.2) in the direction of the use position (5.1), a limit force has to be overcome that is generated by a compensation spring unit (85) of the Bowden cable unit (80).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: December 1, 2016
    Inventors: Wolfgang PLUTA, Christian WOLF, Thomas DILL, Thomas CHRISTOFFEL
  • Publication number: 20160339810
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (1) has a seat segment (14) including a first seating location (11) having a first backrest (21), a second seating location (12) having a second backrest (22), and a seat part (24). The first backrest (21) and the second backrest (22) are connected to the seat part (24) and can be pivoted about a pivot axis (A) in relation to the seat part (24). A first fitting (61) has a first fitting part which is connected to the seat part (24) in a rotationally fixed manner and a second fitting part which is connected to the first backrest (21) in a rotationally fixed manner. A second fitting (62) has a first fitting part which is connected to the first backrest (21) in a rotationally fixed manner and a second fitting part which is connected to the second backrest (22) in a rotationally fixed manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Inventors: Wolfgang PLUTA, Heinrich HAMMANN, Thomas DILL, Christian WOLF