Patents by Inventor Victor Corona Martinez

Victor Corona Martinez 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: 11518428
    Abstract: An article for a steering column assembly (10) including a connection member (60) having a base portion (62) adapted to be attached to a column tube (30) of the steering column assembly (10) and opposing side walls (64) extending from the base portion (62). The article further includes an energy absorption member (80) having a first generally flat segment (82), a second generally flat segment (84) generally parallel to the first generally flat segment (82), and a curved portion (86) therebetween. The energy absorption member (80) extends from the base of the connection member (60). The present teachings also envision a telescoping adjustment subassembly and a steering column assembly (10) employing the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Isabel Chong Hok Yuen, Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman
  • Publication number: 20220227409
    Abstract: A tilt assembly (30) for a steering column assembly (10) including a pair of downwardly disposed plates each having a slot (36); an elongated member adapted to be rotated, wherein the elongated member penetrates the slot (36) of each downwardly disposed plate and extends therebetween; a rotational member (50) located within each slot (36) and having an opening through which the elongated member is received; a biasing member (60) with a first end (62) and a second end (68), where at least one end engages with the rotational member (50). The biasing member (60) is adapted to drive rotation of the rotational member (50). When the tilt assembly (30) is in an unlocked position, the rotational member (50) is adapted to travel with respect to the slot (36), and when the tilt assembly (30) is in a locked position, the rotational member (50) is adapted to rotate and engage with a wail that is fixed with respect to the slot (36).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Alex Carl, Daviel Gazzerro, David Ray Hartman, Victor Corona Martinez
  • Publication number: 20220219750
    Abstract: The present teachings relate to a spacer having a body portion and two or more opposing contact surfaces extending from the body portion, forming an angle with the body portion. The spacer may be adapted to engage with a portion of a steering column assembly to reduce or prevent rotation of a column tube during a telescoping adjustment. The teachings also include an adjustable steering column assembly having a column tube with a portion extending therefrom; a steering shaft supported for rotation at least in part by the column tube; a column housing for at least partially supporting the column tube; and the spacer. The spacer may be secured to the column tube to reduce or prevent rotation of the column tube. The teachings further contemplate a method of limiting rotational travel of a column tube during telescoping adjustment using the spacer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Publication date: July 14, 2022
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, Logananth Chinniah, David Ray Hartman
  • Patent number: 11345387
    Abstract: In an electrically adjustable steering of the present embodiment, a first telescopic actuator is disposed between a top bracket or a mount bracket on a vehicle body side and a steering jacket. The steering jacket includes a plurality of jacket members that overlap each other so as to be able to expand and contract in an axial direction. A motor of the first telescopic actuator is fixed to the top bracket or the mount bracket on the vehicle body side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Kurokawa, Jessica Elaine Lipa, Victor Corona Martinez, Juan Antonio Hernandez Otero
  • Publication number: 20220032990
    Abstract: An article for a steering column assembly (10) including a connection member (60) having a base portion (62) adapted to be attached to a column tube (30) of the steering column assembly (10) and opposing side walls (64) extending from the base portion (62). The article further includes an energy absorption member (80) having a first generally flat segment (82), a second generally flat segment (84) generally parallel to the first generally flat segment (82), and a curved portion (86) therebetween. The energy absorption member (80) extends from the base of the connection member (60). The present teachings also envision a telescoping adjustment subassembly and a steering column assembly (10) employing the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Publication date: February 3, 2022
    Inventors: Isabel Chong Hok Yuen, Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman
  • Publication number: 20210394813
    Abstract: An electric steering device includes a top bracket fixed to a vehicle body, a steering shaft to which a steering wheel is connected, a steering jacket which is held by the top bracket and rotatably supports the steering shaft inside, a tilt actuator which adjusts a tilt of the steering jacket, and a link member which is pivotally supported by the top bracket, the steering jacket, and the tilt actuator. The tilt of the steering jacket can be adjusted by transmitting power of the tilt actuator to the steering jacket via the link member. The link member is placed only on one side of the steering jacket in a vehicle left-right direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Applicant: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi KUROKAWA, Victor Corona MARTINEZ
  • Publication number: 20210394816
    Abstract: An assembly for a steering column assembly including an engagement plate and a telescope plate at least partially disposed within the engagement plate. The engagement plate may be adapted to be located between a column tube of a steering column assembly and the telescope plate. The engagement plate and the telescope plate have one or more features for engaging with or contacting each other to provide energy absorption during an impact exceeding a threshold load. These features may include one or more projections or protrusions, one or more slots, one or more ribs, or a combination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Abhishek Mathur, Gerald Lim, Jonathon Lyte, Victor Corona Martinez, Simon Read, David Ray Hartman
  • Publication number: 20210309280
    Abstract: A device for assembling a column tube in an adjustable steering column assembly, comprising a spacer portion adapted to provide rotational damping; provide damping during adjustment of the steering column assembly (e.g., telescope adjustment); and assist in centering the column tube when in an unlocked position and assist in resisting lash. The device may further comprise a stop bracket portion adapted to limit rotational travel of the column tube when in an unlocked position; and retain the column tube longitudinally within the steering column assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2021
    Publication date: October 7, 2021
    Inventors: Scott Lewis Strong, Victor Corona Martinez, Jun Yamada, Dale E. Estes
  • Publication number: 20210229733
    Abstract: In an electrically adjustable steering of the present embodiment, a first telescopic actuator is disposed between a top bracket or a mount bracket on a vehicle body side and a steering jacket. The steering jacket includes a plurality of jacket members that overlap each other so as to be able to expand and contract in an axial direction. A motor of the first telescopic actuator is fixed to the top bracket or the mount bracket on the vehicle body side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2020
    Publication date: July 29, 2021
    Applicant: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshifumi KUROKAWA, Jessica Elaine LIPA, Victor Corona MARTINEZ, Juan Antonio HERNANDEZ OTERO
  • Patent number: 11040737
    Abstract: A device for assembling a column tube (30) in an adjustable steering column assembly (20), comprising a spacer portion (70) adapted to provide rotational damping; provide damping during adjustment of the steering column assembly (e.g., telescope adjustment); and assist in centering the column tube when in an unlocked position and assist in resisting lash, The device further comprises a stop bracket portion (50) adapted to limit rotational travel of the column tube when in an unlocked position; and retain the column tube longitudinally within the steering column assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Lewis Strong, Victor Corona Martinez, Jun Yamada, Dale E. Estes
  • Patent number: 10919562
    Abstract: An energy absorption plate (52) for a steering column assembly (10) having a first end (54) and a second end (56), an arcuate segment (62), a first generally flat segment (58) between the first end (54) and the arcuate segment (62), and a second generally flat segment (64) between the second end (56) and the arcuate segment (62). The first generally flat segment (58) is situated generally parallel to the second generally flat segment (64). The first generally flat segment (58) is configured to face away from a column tube (18) of a steering column assembly (10). The second generally flat segment (64) is adapted to be secured to the column tube (18) of the steering column assembly (10). The first generally flat segment (58) includes one or more features, such as a toothed portion (66), for engaging with a fastener, such as a spring-biased fastener (44), to lock the column tube (18) in proper position. A steering column assembly (10) including this energy absorption plate (52) is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Scott Lewis Strong, David Ray Hartman, Victor Corona Martinez
  • Patent number: 10899379
    Abstract: An energy absorption strip (40) having a generally elongated body portion (46), a first end (42) and a curved portion (44) between the first end (42) and the generally elongated body (46) portion that forms and angle between the first end (42) and the generally elongated body portion (46). The energy absorption strip (40) is adapted to be carried within a steering column assembly (10) and absorb energy by plastic deformation during translation of a column tube (20) during an impact exceeding a threshold load. A steering column assembly (10) including the energy absorption strip (40) is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: NSK LTD.
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman, Simon Read
  • Publication number: 20200331514
    Abstract: A device for assembling a column tube (30) in an adjustable steering column assembly (20), comprising a spacer portion (70) adapted to provide rotational damping; provide damping during adjustment of the steering column assembly (e.g., telescope adjustment); and assist in centering the column tube when in an unlocked position and assist in resisting lash, The device further comprises a stop bracket portion (50) adapted to limit rotational travel of the column tube when in an unlocked position; and retain the column tube longitudinally within the steering column assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Publication date: October 22, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Lewis Strong, Victor Corona Martinez, Jun Yamada, Dale E. Estes
  • Publication number: 20200207401
    Abstract: An energy absorption strip (40) having a generally elongated body portion (46), a first end (42) and a curved portion (44) between the first end (42) and the generally elongated body (46) portion that forms and angle between the first end (42) and the generally elongated body portion (46). The energy absorption strip (40) is adapted to be carried within a steering column assembly (10) and absorb energy by plastic deformation during translation of a column tube (20) during an impact exceeding a threshold load. A steering column assembly (10) including the energy absorption strip (40) is also contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman, Simon Read
  • Patent number: 10569798
    Abstract: A steering column assembly (10) including a mounting structure (20); a column housing (50) having a wall opening (54) and being fixed in position for upward and downward pivotal motion; a tilt screw (72) having a threaded shank and a gear; a tilt nut (80) and optionally a bushing surrounding the tilt nut positioned at least partially within and contacting a surface defining wall opening (54) and having a threaded bore adapted to receive the tilt screw, the contact between the tilt nut and the wall opening such that the load transmitted from the wall opening to the tilt nut is substantially on axis with the threaded bore; a motor (96) for raising and lowering the column housing by rotating the gear portion and causing the tilt nut to advance toward or away from the gear, causing the column housing to raise or lower, and wherein the longitudinal axis of the threaded shank can pivot fore or aft as the column housing is raised or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman, Logananth Chinniah
  • Publication number: 20200031382
    Abstract: An energy absorption plate (52) for a steering column assembly (10) having a first end (54) and a second end (56), an arcuate segment (62), a first generally flat segment (58) between the first end (54) and the arcuate segment (62), and a second generally flat segment (64) between the second end (56) and the arcuate segment (62). The first generally flat segment (58) is situated generally parallel to the second generally flat segment (64). The first generally flat segment (58) is configured to face away from a column tube (18) of a steering column assembly (10). The second generally flat segment (64) is adapted to be secured to the column tube (18) of the steering column assembly (10). The first generally flat segment (58) includes one or more features, such as a toothed portion (66), for engaging with a fastener, such as a spring-biased fastener (44), to lock the column tube (18) in proper position. A steering column assembly (10) including this energy absorption plate (52) is also contemplated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Inventors: Scott Lewis Strong, David Ray Hartman, Victor Corona Martinez
  • Publication number: 20180273080
    Abstract: A steering column assembly (10) including a mounting structure (20); a column housing (50) having a wall opening (54) and being fixed in position for upward and downward pivotal motion; a tilt screw (72) having a threaded shank and a gear; a tilt nut (80) and optionally a bushing surrounding the tilt nut positioned at least partially within and contacting a surface defining wall opening (54) and having a threaded bore adapted to receive the tilt screw, the contact between the tilt nut and the wall opening such that the load transmitted from the wall opening to the tilt nut is substantially on axis with the threaded bore; a motor (96) for raising and lowering the column housing by rotating the gear portion and causing the tilt nut to advance toward or away from the gear, causing the column housing to raise or lower, and wherein the longitudinal axis of the threaded shank can pivot fore or aft as the column housing is raised or lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Applicant: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman, Logananth Chinniah
  • Publication number: 20170101125
    Abstract: A collapsing steering column assembly for an automotive vehicle, comprising an inner column tube, a steering shaft, a tilt bracket, and a steering wheel adjustment subassembly. During a secondary impact, at least a portion of the steering wheel adjustment subassembly is adapted to detach relative to the tilt bracket by way of at least one breakaway structure and translate (e.g., at least partially longitudinally) during the impact, such as a secondary impact, for moving away from a vehicle operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Publication date: April 13, 2017
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman
  • Patent number: 9481390
    Abstract: A collapsing steering column assembly for an automotive vehicle, comprising an inner column tube, a steering shaft, a tilt bracket, and a steering wheel adjustment subassembly. During a secondary impact, at least a portion of the steering wheel adjustment subassembly is adapted to detach relative to the tilt bracket by way of at least one breakaway structure and translate (e.g., at least partially longitudinally) during the impact, such as a secondary impact, for moving away from a vehicle operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NSK Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman
  • Publication number: 20150096404
    Abstract: A collapsing steering column assembly for an automotive vehicle, comprising an inner column tube, a steering shaft, a tilt bracket, and a steering wheel adjustment subassembly. During a secondary impact, at least a portion of the steering wheel adjustment subassembly is adapted to detach relative to the tilt bracket by way of at least one breakaway structure and translate (e.g., at least partially longitudinally) during the impact, such as a secondary impact, for moving away from a vehicle operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Victor Corona Martinez, David Ray Hartman