Optical-member-attachable Cleaner (e.g., Windshield Wiper) Patents (Class 15/250.001)
  • Patent number: 10604121
    Abstract: A camera module for a vehicle vision system for a vehicle includes a camera fixedly disposed at an exterior portion of a vehicle so as to have a field of view exterior of the vehicle. A transparent cover element includes an at least partial cylindrical element that at least partially surrounds the camera with a portion of the transparent cover element disposed in front of a lens of the camera. At least one wiping element engages an exterior surface of said transparent cover element. The transparent cover element is rotatable relative to the camera about a longitudinal axis of the transparent cover element to move portions of the transparent cover element across the at least one wiping element to clean dirt or contaminants from the transparent cover element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventor: Rodney K. Blank
  • Patent number: 10589323
    Abstract: There is provided a signaling apparatus including a plurality of LED elements provided in a signal lamp body; a transparent panel provided in the LED elements and configured to transmit outgoing light from the LED elements on a rear side to a front surface to which snow adheres; a frame unit provided on an outer periphery of the panel; and vibration generators provided in the frame unit and configured to vibrate the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasushi Kuribayashi
  • Patent number: 10543814
    Abstract: A wiper assembly includes a wiper arm, a wiper blade carried on the wiper arm and a light source provided between the wiper arm and the raised wiper blade. The wiper assembly may also include a heating element and a controller to control operation of the light source and the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Cornel Lewis Gardner, Andre Sykula
  • Patent number: 10391979
    Abstract: Clip (15) for a wiper blade (10), which clip is configured to be interposed between an end-piece (22) of the blade (10) and an aerodynamic spoiler (20) of a longitudinal cover member of the blade (10), characterized in that the said clip (15) comprises first means (25) able to collaborate by friction and/or anchorage with the end-piece (22) and second means (27) able to collaborate by friction and/or anchorage with the spoiler (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Guillaume Barret, Giuseppe Grasso
  • Patent number: 10308224
    Abstract: A convertible vehicle includes a door having a window and a powered actuator that moves the window from a closed position to a partially open (set) position to permit the vehicle door to open. A controller actuates the powered actuator to shift the window to a set position upon receiving a door open request signal. The controller actuates a powered vibrating mechanism to break ice on the window if actuating the powered actuator does not cause the window to move to the set position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Kosta Papanikolaou, Erin Rose Briggs, Muhammad Omer Khan, Livianu Dorin Puscas, Christopher Matthew Radjewski
  • Patent number: 10272885
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade adapter unit with a wiper blade adapter (10), which is provided for a connection to a wiper arm adapter and has at least one receiving area (12, 14) having at least one contact surface (16, 18) provided for fastening at least one carrier element (20, 22) of a wiper blade. The invention states that the at least one contact surface (16, 18) has a maximum length of 20 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hubert Verelst, Jan Van Hoye, Jan Bonroy, Geert Jans, Dominik De Rop, Peter Sprafke
  • Patent number: 10179569
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to apparatus for controlling operation of a vehicle system. The apparatus includes a processor operable in an automatic mode to output a control signal to automate operation of the vehicle system. The processor is configured to receive a measurement signal from a sensor associated with the vehicle system. The processor outputs the control signal in dependence on a comparison of the measurement signal to a control function. A user override of the automated operation of the vehicle system is detected and the processor re-calibrates the control function in dependence on the detected user override. The present disclosure also relates to a vehicle and to a method of controlling operation of a vehicle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Jaguar Land Rover Limited
    Inventor: Daren Steward
  • Patent number: 10166908
    Abstract: A vehicular lamp cleaning system includes an isolation solenoid, an air reservoir and a discharge nozzle. The isolation solenoid is configured to be fluidly connected to the vehicular air tank of the vehicle. The air reservoir is configured to be fluidly connected to the isolation solenoid. The discharge nozzle is configured to be fluidly connected to the air reservoir. The discharge nozzle is also configured to (A) receive the pressurized air from the air reservoir, and (B) release and direct the pressurized air towards the exterior signal lamp of the vehicle. This is done in such a way that the pressurized air, which is released from the discharge nozzle, removes debris from the exterior signal lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Roderick Jones, Lawrence Gordon
  • Patent number: 10109120
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: determining, by a computer device, a value of an operating condition of a component of a vehicle; obtaining, by the computer device, a comparison value for the operating condition from one of: a same type component on the same vehicle; a same type component on at least one other vehicle; and a remote database; comparing, by the computer device, the determined value to the comparison value; determining, by the computer device and based on the comparing, whether the determined value deviates from the comparison value by more than a threshold amount; and generating an alert in the vehicle based on the determining the determined value deviates from the comparison value by more than the threshold amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Andrew R. Jones, Charles S. Lingafelt, Kevin C. McConnell, John E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10080257
    Abstract: Vehicle apparatus includes a glass windshield and a wiper system. A wiper blade has a parking region on the windshield. A deicer selectably provides heat to the parking region. A windshield temperature sensor detects a temperature of the windshield at the parking region. A head-up display is mounted proximate the windshield to display a temperature indicator responsive to the detected temperature. An automatic control circuit is configured to automatically deactivate the deicer when detecting a deiced condition in response to the detected temperature. A manual control element is configured to manually activate and deactivate the deicer. Thus, excessive heating can be avoided based on feedback of the windshield temperature. In addition, the driver is reminded that the deicer is active in a way that simultaneously provides information enabling the driver to independently evaluate the vehicle conditions and to make informed decisions about when to intervene in the automatic operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, James J. Surman
  • Patent number: 10071711
    Abstract: A coating agent for a wiper blade rubber having superior friction performance and wiping performance, both initially and during use for an extended period, and having superior durability by inhibiting wear and the like, and a wiper blade rubber using the same. The coating agent for the wiper blade rubber includes a solid lubricant and a binder containing a polycarbonate-based polyurethane resin. The wiper blade rubber has the coating agent on both lateral surfaces of a lip portion of the wiper blade rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FUKOKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Okamoto, Atsushi Morikami, Masahiro Naiki
  • Patent number: 9942948
    Abstract: A method of preventing a windshield wiper from freezing to a windshield of a vehicle is provided. The method broadly includes the steps of: (a) monitoring a state of the windshield wiper; (b) initiating a timer when the state of the windshield wiper changes from an off state to an on state; sensing an ambient temperature of the vehicle a first period of time after initiation of the timer if the windshield wiper remains in the on state; and (c) warming a portion of the windshield where the windshield wiper resides in the off state if the sensed ambient temperature of the vehicle is near or below zero degrees Celsius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: William Joseph Wamsley
  • Patent number: 9931925
    Abstract: A system for controlling an air flap of a vehicle such as a commercial bus is intended to control an opening degree amount of an air flap installed for cooling an engine mounted in the vehicle. The system controls an open amount of the air flap when the vehicle enters a specified stop section such as a bus stop of a bus service route, so that the transmission of hot air and noise of the engine to pedestrians is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Seung Ho Choi
  • Patent number: 9919685
    Abstract: A wiper including a support mount for a wiper blade designed to come into contact with the glass to be wiped, and a blade engaging portion for connection of a wiper connector which is arranged between the support mount and the blade, is disclosed. The support mount includes at least two separate cavities which extend longitudinally, the at least two cavities being separate in that at least one first cavity receives a stiffening element and in that a second cavity is adapted to allow the circulation of liquid between a liquid supply means and at least one evacuation hole for said liquid, which is formed in a wall of the said second cavity. The wiper as described has an application in particular in the sector of cleaning motor vehicle windscreens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Denis Thebault, Guillaume Barret
  • Patent number: 9915090
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for preventing damage to a vehicle interior due to precipitation. The systems can include a location module, window control module, and rain sensor all communicatively linked to a processor. In the event a vehicle's windows are determined to be down, the processor can determine the likelihood of precipitation in the area of the vehicle's location. If precipitation is likely, the processor causes the rain sensor to be powered. If the rain sensor indicates the presence of precipitation, the processor directs the window control module to close the vehicle's windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Brandon Beauvais
  • Patent number: 9714064
    Abstract: A windshield of a saddle-riding vehicle is adjustably vertically movable on a windshield support structure, which also suppress windshield rattling. An operating lever is connected to one of two windshield support members. A coupling member extends in a vehicle width direction, and includes end portions connected to left and right fixed rail brackets, which have guide slots formed therein and are pivotally movable about a first rotation axis. The coupling member is also connected to the windshield support members so as to be pivotally movable about a second rotation axis disposed forward of the first rotation axis. The windshield support members and the coupling member constitute parts of a link mechanism. A guide projecting portion is provided on at least one of the windshield support members, and this guide projecting portion is slidably fitted into the guide slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shota Suzuki, Ippei Kawamura, Haruka Tsuda
  • Patent number: 9616850
    Abstract: Vehicle cab windscreen air distribution system for a windscreen (1) provided with an external windscreen wiper (5) and a windscreen wiper motor (2a) mounted on the inside of the windscreen. The distribution system comprises an air distribution housing (3) which at least partially surrounds the wiper motor (2, 2a), the housing defining a passage (3a) for the supply of air onto the windscreen (1a) in the vicinity of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AGCO International GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Geiss, Alexander Zeller, Andreas Stieglitz, Patrick Hoerting
  • Patent number: 9493139
    Abstract: A wiper apparatus is provided with: a wiper arm (14) which is swung about a rotation shaft (18); and a wiper motor (13) for generating drive power to be transmitted to the rotation shaft (18), the wiper apparatus is provided with a power transmission mechanism (19) for transmitting the drive power from the rotation shaft (18) to the wiper arm (14), the power transmission mechanism (19) is provided with: a link member (19a) fixed to the rotation shaft (18); and a support shaft (19b) fixed at a position on the link member (19a), which deviates from the rotation shaft (18), and configured to support the wiper arm (14), a coupling section between the support shaft (19b) and the wiper arm (14) is positioned in front of the front end of the front glass (11), and at least one part of the wiper motor (13) is located within the projection region of the front glass (11), thereby suppressing the increase in the number of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Iwazaki, Jun Abe
  • Patent number: 9421946
    Abstract: An arrangement to reduce refreezing of meltable snow includes a wiper arm configured to wipe the meltable snow from an ambient-facing surface of a window positioned on a vehicle. The arrangement also includes a sensor coupled to the wiper arm that is configured to gather and transmit a parameter on the vehicle and environment. The arrangement also includes a processor that is configured to receiving the parameter, determining refreezability of the meltable snow based on the parameter, and defining an action to be performed by the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John R Dangler, Thomas D Kidd
  • Patent number: 9409549
    Abstract: At least one datum is received relating to a condition of a window in the vehicle. A determination is made to change a parameter based on the at least one datum, the parameter governing clearing the window. An instruction is provided to initiate or change operation of a vehicle component based on the change of the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Wilford Trent Yopp, Mark Allan Lippman
  • Patent number: 9316436
    Abstract: A method of clearing precipitation from a surface of a window comprises ultrasonically vaporizing the precipitation. A vehicle windscreen, for example, has transducers distributed around the edge and bonded to the windscreen to insonify it. The transducers are energized by a drive system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: ECHOVISTA GMBH
    Inventors: David Robert Murray Trevett, Patrick Naven Trevett
  • Patent number: 9272676
    Abstract: Methods in a driver assistance system of a vehicle for detecting wetness on a road surface as well as a corresponding driver assistance system having a rearview camera are described. The method may include the following: recording an image of an area located behind the rear end of the vehicle, using the rearview camera; evaluating the recorded image for the presence of a spray trail caused by the vehicle; and selectively outputting, based on the evaluation, a wetness signal for triggering an automatic response by the driver assistance system to the wet road surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Heger, Michael Helmle
  • Patent number: 9233664
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade for a windscreen wiper, comprising a wiper strip on which at least one support rail (312, 314) is disposed, wherein said support rail has a spring element (412, 415) provided with a plastic sheath (313, 315), and further comprising a base connection device (160), which includes plastic and is welded to plastic sheath (313, 315), wherein a flat weld seam (419, 421) is formed between the base connection device (160) and the at least one support rail (312, 314).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jochen Weidlich
  • Patent number: 9227597
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a windshield and a wiper assembly. The windshield presents a surface. The wiper assembly includes an arm and a wiper blade. The arm is movably attached to the vehicle. The wiper blade is operatively attached to the arm. The wiper blade includes a wiping member. The wiping member defines a longitudinal axis and extends between a first end and a second end. The wiping member has a plurality of radially extending protrusions that circumferentially surround the longitudinal axis such that the wiping member has a generally polygonal shaped cross-section. At least one of the protrusions is configured to maintain wiping contact relationship with the surface of the windshield as the arm moves the wiper blade to wipe the surface of the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Eduardo C. Villena
  • Publication number: 20150114431
    Abstract: An air blast wiper system and method for removing snow from a vehicular marker light includes an automatic control system connected to an air reservoir for regulating a flow of air into predetermined intermittent gushes of air. Supply tubing distributes air from the automatic control to a predetermined location on the vehicle. A uniquely oriented truncated conical nozzle is used for directing the intermittent gushes of air from the supply tubing toward a surface of the warning light in order to maintain the warning light in a visible state when the vehicle is driving in a snowy or icy conditions. The automatic control includes a pressure switch for determining if the pressure in the air reservoir is below a predetermined level and for preventing use of the blast wiper system to enable the vehicle's air braking system to remain operative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Glacial Blaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick J. Manning, JR.
  • Publication number: 20150113752
    Abstract: A glass-wiping device comprises a machine body (1) and a control unit. The machine body (1) is provided with an edge detection unit (100), the edge detection unit (100) comprises a sensor switch (101, 101?) and an action element (102). The action element (102) is provided at a lower end thereof with a contact leg (1021, 1021?) that presses against the surface of a glass (200). When the contact leg (1021, 1021?) leaves the surface of the glass (200), the action element (102) correspondingly generates a displacement and triggers the sensor switch (101, 101?); the sensor switch (101, 101?) transmits a switch signal to the control unit; the control unit controls, on the basis of the switch signal, the glass-wiping device to cease running or to change the running direction. The glass-wiping device has a simple structure, reduced costs, high sensitivity and great controllability, and effectively implements the detection of the edge of a plate glass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Xiaoming Lv
  • Publication number: 20150104212
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes a cleaning member that includes a cleaning portion that cleans a light transmission member, which has a substantially elongated shape and which transmits light, and a support portion that supports the cleaning portion and a wall portion that is disposed on one end side of the light transmission member in a longitudinal direction of the light transmission member and that has a surface that is formed along a direction that intersects the longitudinal direction of the light transmission member. The cleaning member and the wall portion each have a configuration in which when an end of the cleaning member makes contact with the wall portion and is pressed, the support portion is bent in a convex manner toward a side opposite to a side on which the light transmission member is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Satoru NISHIKAWA, Akira NUMAZAKI, Hirotake EGUCHI, Shinya MITORIDA, Satoshi TAKADA, Taichi FUCHU, Nobuyuki OTANI
  • Patent number: 8980010
    Abstract: In a piezoelectric device, a first electrode and a second electrode are disposed to be opposed to each other on plate surfaces of the piezoelectric device, a first electrode plane of the piezoelectric device is fixedly bonded to a plate surface of a vibrating plate, a piezoelectric material forming the piezoelectric device is polarized in a direction parallel to the first electrode plane, the piezoelectric device is fixed to a base through a second electrode plane of the piezoelectric device, and the piezoelectric device generates a thickness-shear vibration with the fixed second electrode plane being a reference plane. The piezoelectric vibration generated by the piezoelectric device generates a flexural vibration in the vibrating plate, to thereby remove dust adhering to a surface of the vibrating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ifuku, Tatsuo Furuta, Hiroshi Saito, Kenichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 8973207
    Abstract: In a wiper blade (100) for a windscreen wiper, having a wiper strip (112) and an adapter unit (105) for hinging the wiper blade (112) to a wiper arm, wherein the adapter unit (150) is attached at a base connection device (160) provided on the wiper strip (112) and is configured for connection to a connection member associated with the wiper arm. The adapter unit (150) comprises a guide adapter (250) permanently connected to the base connection device (160) and having guide elements (352, 354, 356, 358) that are spherically curved at least in sections. The guide adapter is detachably connected to a function adapter (280) configured for connection to the connection member and comprising slide elements (382, 386) that are slidably displaceable on the guide elements (352, 354, 356, 358) such that the function adapter (280) is movable at least from a released position into a holding position by a combined translatory and rotary movement relative to the guide adapter (250).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Depondt
  • Patent number: 8966704
    Abstract: In a piezoelectric device, a first electrode and a second electrode are disposed to be opposed to each other on plate surfaces of the piezoelectric device, a first electrode plane of the piezoelectric device is fixedly bonded to a plate surface of a vibrating plate, a piezoelectric material forming the piezoelectric device is polarized in a direction parallel to the first electrode plane, the piezoelectric device is fixed to a base through a second electrode plane of the piezoelectric device, and the piezoelectric device generates a thickness-shear vibration with the fixed second electrode plane being a reference plane. The piezoelectric vibration generated by the piezoelectric device generates a flexural vibration in the vibrating plate, to thereby remove dust adhering to a surface of the vibrating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiro Ifuku, Tatsuo Furuta, Hiroshi Saito, Kenichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 8952086
    Abstract: A polyolefin rubber composition comprising (A) an ethylene/?-olefin/nonconjugated polyene random copolymer, (B) an organohydrogenpolysiloxane containing on average from 1 to less than 2 Si—H groups in a molecule, and (C) an addition reaction catalyst can be compression molded or steam vulcanized into a cured product having heat resistance and surface lubricity. The cured product is especially suited as weatherstrips and windshield wiper blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsuneo Kimura, Masayuki Yoshida, Masaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8938846
    Abstract: A screen wiper arrangement is provided including a window screen and a screen wiper for cleaning the window screen, wherein the window screen is arranged in an opening of a cabin and inserted in a window frame, and wherein the window screen includes at least one screen portion which can be moved between an open and a closed position. The window screen includes an electrically conductive element coupleable to an electrical circuit which has at least a first state in response to a first position of the at least one screen portion and a second state in response to a second position of the at least one screen portion. One or more contact points are available for detecting if the electrical circuit is in the first or the second state, and a wiper control element is provided which controls the activation of the screen wiper system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Volvo Construction Equipment AB
    Inventor: Oliver Bichler
  • Patent number: 8931133
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting device which has a connecting element (18) of flat beam design fixed to a wiper blade (10) and an adapter (16) joined to said connecting element in an articulated manner, and also a joining element (14) that is joined to a wiper arm (12) and into the u-shaped cross-sectional profile of which the adapter (16) is inserted and, by means of a spring tongue (64) arranged on the top wall (42) thereof, is fixed to a pushbutton (66), the connecting element (18) having a central web (28) running in the longitudinal direction of the wiper blade (10) and bearing a hinge shaft (30) projecting on the long sides thereof, which is mounted in laterally flexible hubs (46) in side walls (40) of the adapter (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Kris Coart, Peter Saevels, Mohamed Aznag, Eric Windmolders, Robert Vertongen, Jan Bonroy
  • Patent number: 8893349
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus to hold one or more windshield wipers stationary against a vehicle window. The apparatus comprises a window placement module comprising a vacuum cup that has a vacuum zone and an attachment means that is located at a point on the cup other than within the vacuum zone. The attachment means is linked to a first point of each of one or more arms; a second point of each arm is linked to a clamping module optionally in a rotatable way. When in use the clamping module constrains movement of a windshield wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Isaac M. Rabin, Steven Wang
  • Patent number: 8832900
    Abstract: There is provided a windshield washer system. The windshield washer system includes: washer nozzles for injecting washer fluid onto a top portion of a windshield, in which an imaging area is included in a field of view of an imaging device that is located in a vehicle cabin; and a washer fluid supplier for supplying the washer fluid to the washer nozzles by pressurizing the washer fluid. The washer nozzles include a first nozzle having a spray pattern covering an area other than the imaging area and a second nozzle having a spray pattern covering the imaging area. The spray pattern of the second nozzle is narrower than the spray pattern of the first nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Kaminaga, Koichi Mashiko, Isamu Nagasawa
  • Patent number: 8757820
    Abstract: A vehicle rear viewing device includes a rear under view mirror provided to face an inner surface of a rear windshield and capable of reflecting an area below and behind a vehicle to an occupant in an interior of the vehicle. A marker indicator is to allow the occupant to view the area below and behind the vehicle through the rear under view mirror to visually recognize a position of a rear end of a vehicle body. A rear wiper is provided on a rear part of the vehicle body so as to face an outer surface of the rear windshield. The marker indicator is provided so as to be covered with at least a part of the rear wiper along a front rear direction of the vehicle in front of the rear wiper when the rear wiper is in an initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uematsu, Yuya Kishimoto, Toshihiro Hashimoto, Yuji Kuwashima, Miku Sasaki, Tomoyuki Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8759449
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper rubber for windshield wipers, which contains at least one rubber component that is cured by vulcanization, the material of the wiper rubber containing, at least in the unvulcanized state, a combination of a cross-linking agent with sulfur and/or with a sulfur donor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Pieters, Reiner Lay, Harald Kleinknecht, Hilde Parton
  • Patent number: 8745809
    Abstract: A cleaning device includes a first expansion unit in which a first expansion member is received and the first expansion unit is connected to a cylinder which has a piston received therein and the piston defines a first room and a second room in the cylinder. The piston has a first magnetic member which magnetically drives a movable member with a second magnetic member connected thereto. The movable member moves along the cylinder. A cleaning unit is co-movably connected with the movable member. By expansion of the first expansion unit by the sun, the movable member is moved and the cleaning unit is moved along the glass surface. The action consumes no electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Kun Shan University
    Inventor: Song-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 8728367
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing extruded profiled elements (3) from an elastomer material. In said method, the extruded profiled element (3) is formed from the elastomer material in a first step, the extruded profiled element (3) is entirely or partly surrounded by a thermoplastic material, the elastomer material that is surrounded by the thermoplastic material is cured, and the thermoplastic material is finally removed again once the elastomer material has been cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Reiner Lay, Paul Wynen
  • Patent number: 8695152
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning the touch or display touch or display surface of an electronic device such as a cell phone or computer tablet comprising a wiper coupled to cleaner bar. The cleaner bar moves longitudinally and/or laterally across the electronic device with the wiper in contact with the touch or display surface. The wiper comprises both a moist pad and a dry pad. The moist pad is fluidly communicated to a reservoir defined within the cleaner bar. On its “cleaning stroke”, cleaning fluid is released into the moist pad and then deposited onto the touch or display surface. The cleaner bar moves longitudinally across the touch or display surface by manual or motorized means. The cleaner bar may also be in communication with the electronic device to detect when a task has been completed on the electronic device. After detection, the cleaner bar automatically traverses the touch or display surface, thereby cleaning it after every use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Marc Lemchen
  • Patent number: 8671504
    Abstract: A vehicle optical sensor device has a snow/ice removal orifice for jetting the cleansing fluid toward an upper space of a lens and an optical sensor cleansing orifice for jetting the cleaning fluid toward a lens surface of the lens of a camera. The jetted fluid from the snow/ice removal orifice and the optical sensor cleansing orifice removes snow/ice protruding from a sensor top cover of a case into a front upper space of the lens in an eaves shape and foreign matter on the lens surface of the lens of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Manabu Ono, Toshihiro Hattori
  • Publication number: 20140007904
    Abstract: A method for cleaning a surface that is deployed in an outdoor location includes mounting a wiper so as to traverse the surface along a predefined path in order to remove dirt from the surface. The wiper is driven to traverse the surface responsively to a difference between an ambient nighttime temperature and an ambient daytime temperature in the outdoor location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Noam Shapira, Shmuel Glick
  • Patent number: 8621705
    Abstract: A spraying windshield wiper assembly is provided for delivering cleaning fluid to a windshield surface from a wiper arm holding a wiper blade. The assembly includes a wiper arm having a first end and a second end. The first end is configured for coupling to a vehicle. An elongated blade housing is coupled to the second end of the wiper arm. A channel extends through the blade housing. A supply tube is coupled to the wiper arm and fluidly coupled to the channel for delivering a fluid to the channel. A plurality of nozzles is coupled to the wiper arm. Each nozzle is fluidly coupled to the channel whereby each nozzle is configured for dispensing the fluid from the channel onto the windshield of the vehicle. A wiper blade is coupled to the blade housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Nelu Valeanu
  • Patent number: 8552113
    Abstract: A rubber material of a wiper blade for windshield wipers is described, which comprises a first rubber component of a first polarity and a second rubber component of a second greater polarity. To equalize the first and second polarities, the first rubber component is at least partially replaced by a chemically functionalized derivative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Pieters, Reiner Lay, Hilde Parton
  • Patent number: 8510895
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device (38) for a wiper blade (10) made up of a plastic piece with a display field (40, 42, 44) with means (52) for clipping to the wiper blade (10). According to the invention, said device has the same cross-sectional profile as a spoiler (30) for the wiper blade (10) of flat bar construction, wherein the inner profile (50) of the display device (38) matches the outer profile (32, 34, 36) of the spoiler (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Beelen, Renaat Van Roelen, Dirk Herinckx
  • Publication number: 20130167314
    Abstract: Provided is a cleaning device for cleaning optical lenses positioned in a tray. The cleaning device includes a supporting base for supporting the tray, two sliding members, a connecting plate, and a magnetic member. The supporting base includes a bottom plate and two parallel rails formed on a surface of the bottom plate. The sliding members are spatially corresponding to the rails, and each sliding member is slidably mounted on a corresponding one of the rails. The connecting plate is fixedly supported on the sliding members. The magnetic member is attached on a surface of the connecting plate facing toward the bottom plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: CHIA-CHUN CHANG
  • Patent number: 8468640
    Abstract: A scrubber assembly (14) for a windshield wiper (10) having a wiper arm (12) includes a scrubber housing (22) attached to the wiper arm. The scrubber housing (22) has an interior volume (66) and at least one opening (58). A rod (68) is at least partially disposed in the interior volume (66) and is displaceable from a first position to a second position. A brush assembly (42) is attached to the rod (68) with at least one flexible connecting member (76) that extends through the at least one opening (58) to the brush assembly. When the rod (68) is in the first position, a first portion of the flexible connecting member (76) protrudes from the opening (58), and when the rod is displaced to the second position, a second portion of the flexible connecting member that is larger than the first portion protrudes from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: International Truck Intellectual Property Company, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Chaise, Esther Chen, Robert Holop, Luke Xie
  • Patent number: 8468636
    Abstract: Debris removal systems and methods are operable to remove debris, such as snow, from a surface. An exemplary embodiment has a wiper blade configured to remove debris from a surface in response to a movement of the wiper blade; a spring coupled to the wiper blade, wherein the spring is configured to store potential energy as the spring is biased from a relaxed position to a biased position; and a motor coupled to the spring, wherein the motor is configured to convert received electrical power into mechanical power that biases the spring. The spring is released from the biased position to release the stored potential energy as the spring returns to the relaxed position. The released potential energy from the spring is converted to mechanical energy that moves the wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Eldon Technology Limited
    Inventors: Geoffrey Thompson, Andy Stanford
  • Patent number: 8468642
    Abstract: A scraper for an optical surface of a device is disclosed. The scraper includes a blade having an edge that is rigid and non-deforming to withstand high shear stresses. The blade is configured to rotate about a first axis parallel to the optical surface and also configured to move in a line with respect to a second axis perpendicular to the optical surface. This allows the rigid, non-deforming blade to maintain contact with the optical surface. Furthermore, the edge is configured to move across the optical surface to remove any materials adhered to the surface. The scraper can be used to clean the optical surface of an instrument, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Mettler-Toledo Autochem, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Becker, Craig J. Cornelius, Oliver Hamann, Evandro Mendonca, Robert E. LaVigueur
  • Patent number: 8468643
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a warning indicator for use with wiper blades are provided. In one embodiment, the warning indicator has a housing, a counting unit disposed in the housing, an indicating unit exposed on the housing and an electrical source. The housing is coupled to an oscillating wiper blade of a windshield wiper device. The counting unit is configured to detect oscillating movements of the wiper blade one at a time. The counting unit is configured such that an oscillating number of the wiper blade is accumulatively increased. The indicating unit indicates a warning under control of the counting unit when the oscillating number comes to a predetermined value. The electrical source supplies an electrical power to the counting unit and the indicating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignees: ADM21 Co., Ltd., ADM Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In-Kyu Kim, Hong-Nam Kim, Tae-Young Kim