Applying Means Moves With Cleaning Element Patents (Class 15/250.04)
  • Patent number: 11560125
    Abstract: A surface wiper device which includes a carrier which supports a blade. The carrier attaches to a wiper arm which urges the blade against and moves the blade across the surface of a windshield. The carrier further provides a plurality of outlets each of which communicate between a hollow passage inside the carrier and a location on the external surface of the carrier. A fluid can be delivered from a fluid source fluidicly coupled to the hollow passage of the carrier under sufficient pressure to be dispersed from the plurality of outlets onto the windshield during movement of the blade. A fluid heater can be thermally coupled with the fluid delivered from the fluid source to the plurality of outlets to increase the temperature of the fluid dispersed onto the windshield. The fluid can be sufficiently heated to generate a heated gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: Steam Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Hartman
  • Patent number: 11509867
    Abstract: A method for determining a structural image of a window of a motor vehicle with the aid of a camera, the window separating the camera from surroundings of the motor vehicle. The method includes a highlighting of image structures present in the structural image with the aid of an illumination of the window, the image structures being suitable for ascertaining a visual impairment of a view of the camera through the window. The illumination is configured in such a way that it is not detected by a driver. A device for implementing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Mihály Dezsõ Baki, Karoly Varga-Umbrich
  • Patent number: 11491955
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motor vehicle's windscreen wiper, that includes a wiper blade and driving system; where the driving system includes a wiper motor, a wheel plate that pivots about a central rotational axis; where the wheel plate's angular position is associated with the wiper blade's angular position; where a parking cam on the wheel is associated with two parking contact springs with parking electrodes that press against the wheel plate surface under a resilient bias of the parking contact spring; where a parking trace is defined by a track slid by the parking electrode on the wheel plate during the wheel plate's rotation such that distances between the contact spring parking electrodes and the wheel plate's central rotation axis is substantially equal to each other such that traces of the parking electrodes generally coincide with each other; where the invention further includes a single-trace parking cam consisting of only one arc-segment such that the parking trace substantially follows
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Changshu Valeo Automotive Wiper Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jing Xu, Raphael Meneguz, Yang Zhao
  • Patent number: 11465594
    Abstract: Described is a windshield wiper apparatus that is formed to dispense fluid. The wiper apparatus includes an elongate body member having a length with a sealable channel therein that runs along the length. At least one blade protrudes downward along the length of the elongate body member. Further, a series of holes are formed such they pass from the sealable channel and through the elongate body member proximate the at least one blade. Thus, a fluid passing through the sealable channel is dispensed onto a surface proximate the at least one blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Inventors: Kenneth Arthur Gross, Michael Anthony Gross
  • Patent number: 11465589
    Abstract: An attachment for a wiper arm of a windscreen wiper of a vehicle, having a rod arm, comprises a fluid channel for conducting a fluid and a first dimensionally stable element, wherein a first fluid channel section is formed in the first dimensionally stable element. The attachment also comprises a second dimensionally stable element, wherein a second fluid channel section is formed in the second dimensionally stable element. A wiper arm including the attachment is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignees: A. Raymond et Cie, Audi AG
    Inventors: Karl Bode, Stephan Häfner, Axel Feger
  • Patent number: 11447103
    Abstract: Disclosed is an arrangement of nozzle units for a wiper arm, wherein at least one nozzle unit comprises a rigid body, has a channel through which liquid can flow into the nozzle unit and/or out of the nozzle unit, and comprises a nozzle, which is connected to the channel. The nozzle units are in communication with each other in series such that a liquid can flow from a nozzle unit into a following nozzle unit in the series, wherein at least one nozzle unit has a contact surface which is formed such that the nozzle unit cannot rotate about the longitudinal axis thereof if the contact surface contacts a surface of a wiper arm. A wiper arm comprising the arrangement is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: A. RAYMOND ET CIE
    Inventors: Jochen Zimmer, Axel Feger
  • Patent number: 11420598
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper arm comprising a wiper arm member having a substantially U-shaped cross-section arranged to be pivotally connected to a mounting head mounted on a drive shaft, and a wiper rod having a first end rigidly connected to and extending inside said wiper arm member and a second end arranged to be connected to an elongated wiper blade to be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped. The windscreen wiper arm includes a nozzle for spraying a washing liquid onto said windscreen to be wiped, where said nozzle is detachably connected to said wiper rod inside the U-shaped cross-section of the wiper arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: TRICO BELGIUM SA
    Inventor: Guillaume Seiller
  • Patent number: 11400892
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper arm device with an integrally formed wiper arm element (10) which is provided with a fastening part (12) for articulated connection and which has at least one wiper arm element portion (14) with a longitudinal extent of at least 10% of the total longitudinal extent of the wiper arm element (10). According to the invention, it is proposed that the wiper arm element portion (14) has a cross-section that differs from an at least substantially U-shaped cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Godelieve Kraemer
  • Patent number: 11364878
    Abstract: A wiper system for a vehicle is provided. The wiper system includes a driving assembly. The wiper system further includes a supplementary wiper having a first end that is coupled to a first pivot point of the driving assembly. When the wiper system is activated, the driving assembly is configured to swing the supplementary wiper about the first pivot point from a resting position to an extended position. The supplementary wiper is configured to be statically disposed at the extended position to prevent water from passing over one of two A-pillars of the vehicle to a side window of the vehicle. When the wiper system is deactivated, the driving assembly is configured to stow the supplementary wiper back from the extended position to the resting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kurt A. Zielinski, Eric J Schumaker
  • Patent number: 11358570
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper arm, particularly for automobiles, that is able to oscillate upwardly and downwardly between a downward position and an upward position. One end of the windscreen wiper arm is adapted to be pivotally connected to a mounting head mounted on a drive shaft. Another end of the windscreen wiper arm is rigidly connected to an adapter adapted to be connected to an elongated wiper blade to be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped. The adapter, at the location of its connection to the wiper blade, has a U-shaped cross-section with a base and two spaced-apart legs. The U-shaped cross-section is preferably mounted offset in a plane of the base relative to a longitudinal axis of the windscreen wiper arm. The windscreen wiper arm is provided with a nozzle for spraying a washing liquid onto the windscreen to be wiped. The nozzle is detachably connected to the adapter through a key hole connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: TRICO BELGIUM SA
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 11332101
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing heated cleaning fluid to a vehicle surface includes an inlet port for receiving an amount of fluid, a housing bounding a reservoir in fluid communication with the inlet port, and an outlet port in fluid communication with the reservoir for dispensing an amount of heated fluid. A heater element heats fluid passing from the inlet port to the outlet port through the reservoir. A heat exchanger in thermal contact with the heater element for conveying heat to fluid within the reservoir has a strut that divides fluid entering the housing through the inlet port into two flow paths and elongated fins extending outwardly from the strut at transverse angles that bound fluid flow channels for fluid moving through the reservoir. A control circuit energizes the heater element to heat the heating element and the fluid passing from the inlet port to the outlet port through the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: UUSI, LLC
    Inventors: David Shank, Justin Lawrence Paquette, Demetris Andreou Agrotis, Edward J. Cox, II
  • Patent number: 11325567
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper arm, particularly for automobiles, that is able to oscillate upwardly and downwardly between a downward position and an upward position. One end of the windscreen wiper arm is adapted to be pivotally connected to a mounting head mounted on a drive shaft. Another end of the windscreen wiper arm is rigidly connected to an adapter adapted to be connected to an elongated wiper blade to be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped. A joint part is adapted to be interposed between the adapter and the elongated wiper blade. The adapter, at the location of its connection to the wiper blade, has a U-shaped cross-section with a base and two spaced-apart legs. The windscreen wiper arm is provided with a nozzle for spraying a washing liquid onto the windscreen to be wiped. The nozzle is detachably connected to the adapter. At least one protrusion of the nozzle engages into a corresponding hole in one of the legs of the U-shaped cross-section of the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: TRICO BELGIUM
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 11325568
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade device, in particular a windscreen wiper blade device, comprising: at least one wiper blade (10); at least one adapter unit (12) for coupling the wiper blade (10) to a wiper arm (14) of a wiper (16), in particular a windscreen wiper; at least one spraying unit (18) integrated in the wiper blade (10); and at least one washing water distributor unit (20) for supplying washing water to the spraying unit (18), in particular to nozzle elements (22) of the spraying unit (18) which are arranged substantially parallel to a main extension direction (54) of the wiper blade (10) along the wiper blade (10), wherein the washing water distributor unit (20) has at least one channel coupling element (24) for coupling at least one portion of the washing water distributor unit (20) to a washing water channel (26) of the spraying unit (18), the coupling being provided in particular for passage of a fluid and being preferably fluid-tight, and wherein the washing water distributor unit (20)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Godelieve Kraemer
  • Patent number: 11305736
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper device (10) comprising a wiper blade adapter (12) having at least one first wiper blade adapter element (14) and at least one second wiper blade adapter element (16), which is connected to the first wiper blade adapter element (14) in at least one assembled state, and is provided for connecting to at least one wiper arm adapter (18), and comprising a spraying unit (20). According to the invention, in the assembled state, the spraying unit (20) is arranged at least partially between the first wiper blade adapter element (14) and the second wiper blade adapter element (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Helmut Depondt
  • Patent number: 11305735
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper arm device, in particular a windscreen wiper arm device, comprising: at least one hose-holding unit (12) which can be mounted on at least one wiper arm (10) and which comprises at least one hose guide (14) provided for guiding at least one washing water hose (16); at least one auxiliary nozzle unit (18); and at least one coupling unit (20) which is provided to couple the auxiliary nozzle unit (18) to the hose-holding unit (12) and comprises at least one first coupling element (22) and at least one corresponding second coupling element (24) for coupling. According to the invention, the first coupling element (22) is formed at least in part by the hose guide (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Godelieve Kraemer
  • Patent number: 11299129
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a system and method for cleaning the light scattering film (LSF) from the surface of a windshield in a vehicle, and more particularly, is directed to a magnetically associated cleaning element that is moved across the interior surface of a windshield by an interactive magnetic force transmitted through the windshield, with magnets associated with the wiper assembly on the other side of the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph E. Kovarik
  • Patent number: 11292433
    Abstract: An interior windshield wiper apparatus for cleaning the interior of an automobile windshield includes a housing with a pair of wiper apertures extending therethrough. An engagement member is coupled to the housing to selectively engage a dashboard of a vehicle adjacent a windshield. An electric motor is coupled within the housing. A gearbox and a wiper linkage are coupled to the electric motor to drive a pair of wiper arms. The wiper arms are pivotably coupled to the housing and extends through the pair of wiper apertures. A pair of wiper blades is coupled to the pair of wiper arms to clean the windshield of the vehicle as the pair of wiper arms pivots. A wiper button is coupled to the housing to activate the movement of the pair of wiper arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: LuAnn Hardy
  • Patent number: 11292435
    Abstract: A windshield wiper system (WWS) blade assembly is provided. The WWS blade assembly includes a composite frame and a blade that has a length which is normally shorter than a corresponding length of the composite frame. The blade includes first and second ends attachable to corresponding first and second ends of the composite frame, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: ROSEMOUNT AEROSPACE INC.
    Inventors: Nouduri Phani Srinivas, Venkata Anil Kumar Mothe, Sujoy Khanra, Elbert Jeyapaul
  • Patent number: 11254290
    Abstract: A vehicle wiper device includes a wiper arm, a wiper blade, a nozzle body, a hose, and a cleaning fluid supply section. A leading end side portion of the wiper arm is configured by an arm piece, and the wiper arm swings back and forth. The nozzle body is attached to the arm piece, is disposed on an outward movement side of the wiper blade, and jets cleaning fluid toward a windshield. The hose conveys cleaning fluid under pressure. The cleaning fluid supply section is at an opposite side of a rubber holder from the windshield, extends from the nozzle body so as to extend across the rubber holder from the outward movement side toward a return movement side of the wiper blade, is connected to the hose, and supplies cleaning fluid to the nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takashi Umeno
  • Patent number: 11255476
    Abstract: A modular fluid delivery assembly is provided. The modular fluid delivery assembly comprises a fluid conduit. The modular fluid delivery assembly also comprises an electrical heating element disposed within the fluid conduit. The electrical heating element is configured to provide a heat source within the fluid conduit. The modular fluid delivery assembly also comprises a connection assembly, located proximate an end of the modular fluid delivery assembly, coupled to the heating element and the fluid conduit. The connection assembly is configured to provide a hydraulic coupling to the fluid conduit, and to provide an electronic coupling to the electrical heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Wagner Spray Tech Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Jerdee, Thomas P. Daigle, Shawn C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 11167728
    Abstract: The invention proposes an arm assembly comprising an arm adapter (20) comprising a distal section (20D) for supporting a wiper blade, a proximal section (20P) for housing a terminal section of a fluid delivery tube (26) and a terminal portion (21) for connecting the arm adapter (20) to a wiper arm rod (23), wherein the arm adapter (20) is provided with at least one retention device for fixedly retaining the terminal section of the fluid delivery tube with respect to said arm adapter, for example in the form of a retaining clip (32) attached to the proximal section (20P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Jarasson, Gérald Caillot, Vincent Izabel, Andrzej Rogala
  • Patent number: 11142167
    Abstract: A wiper including wiper bracket which couples a wiper arm to blade carrier which carries one or more blades and includes an internal flow path which conducts fluid from a wiper bracket inlet through a hollow passage in a wiper blade carrier cover to plurality of outlets aligned with passthroughs in the blade carrier through which fluid egresses from the wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: Steam Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Hartman
  • Patent number: 11091127
    Abstract: The present invention is a windshield wiper with jet ejectors for use in vehicles. Each windshield wiper with jet ejectors includes a movable arm that oscillates a frame. Frame is provided with and oscillates along with at least one flexible element and a jet ejector. Cleaning fluid tube is connected to jet ejector and supplies cleaning fluid to jet ejector. Oscillation of frame causes distribution of cleaning fluid in jet ejector. Jet ejector has a number of openings though which distributed cleaning fluid is ejected out on windshield of vehicle. Simultaneous action of ejection of cleaning fluid and oscillation of flexible element(s) provide cleaning of windshield along the entire length of frame. Thus, conventional partial cleaning of windshield due to inappropriate distribution of cleaning fluid is eliminated by distributing fluid along the entire length of windshield wiper. Appropriate and fast cleaning of windshield increases visibility improvement for the driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: James L. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 11091125
    Abstract: A wiper apparatus 4 is configured to wipe a rear windshield of a vehicle body rear portion. Above the vehicle body rear portion, the wiper apparatus is arranged on a rear side and a lower side of an ornamental member arranged to form a space to flow air between the ornamental member and an upper surface portion of the vehicle body rear portion. The wiper apparatus is provided with a flow straightening portion standing on the wiper apparatus and including a surface portion that inclines to a vehicle body rear side from a base portion toward a top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Okabe, Masashi Miyazawa, Masaki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 11027702
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper arm apparatus (10) for motor vehicles, having a wiper arm head (12), which comprises a drive lever (18), which can be connected to a drive shaft (20), whereby an intermediate lever (22) pivotally supported on the drive lever (18) cooperates with a control lever (24), which control lever (24) is arranged pivotably about a shaft (26) on the side facing away from the intermediate lever (22), and with a fastening device (30; 30a) for at least one hose (1, 2) for supplying a cleaning fluid to a wiper arm (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Valeo Wischersysteme GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Buß
  • Patent number: 10994703
    Abstract: A surface wiper device which includes a carrier which supports a blade. The carrier attaches to a wiper arm which urges the blade against and moves the blade across the surface of a windshield. The carrier further provides a plurality of outlets each of which communicate between a hollow passage inside the carrier and a location on the external surface of the carrier. A fluid can be delivered from a fluid source fluidicly coupled to the hollow passage of the carrier under sufficient pressure to be dispersed from the plurality of outlets onto the windshield during movement of the blade. A fluid heater can be thermally coupled with the fluid delivered from the fluid source to the plurality of outlets to increase the temperature of the fluid dispersed onto the windshield. The fluid can be sufficiently heated to generate a heated gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Steam Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Hartman
  • Patent number: 10875504
    Abstract: A wiper blade end cap (22 and 22?), comprising at least one sealing element (22a) for sealing a channel for delivering windscreen washer fluid of a member of the blade (10), characterised in that said at least one sealing element (22a) comprises a channel (22a1), referred to as the end channel, intended to be brought into communication with said delivery channel when said delivery channel is sealed, and at least one spray opening (22a2 and 22a2?) originating at said end channel (22a1) and emerging on the outside of said cap (22 and 22?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Gérald Caillot
  • Patent number: 10793116
    Abstract: A windshield cleaning assembly for a vehicle includes a wiper that is operationally coupled to a wiper motor of a vehicle. A pipe is coupled to the wiper and extends from proximate to opposing ends of a blade of the wiper. The pipe has a first end that is closed. A pump is coupled to the vehicle is operationally coupled to an electrical circuit of the vehicle. A tank is coupled to the vehicle and is fluidically coupled to the pump. The tank is configured to position a fluid. A tube is fluidically coupled to and extends between the pump and a second end of the pipe. The pump is positioned to selectively pump the fluid from the tank through the tube and the pipe. The fluid exits the pipe under pressure through a plurality of holes to clean the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventors: Adrienne Sonja Bonne, Valerie Lynn Bonne
  • Patent number: 10710556
    Abstract: A wiper blade (10; 10a to 10c) with, attached to a wiper arm (1), a wiper arm side adapter (11) to which the wiper blade (10; 10a to 10c) can be interchangeably attached, with, arranged on a wiper blade (10; 10a to 10c), a wiper blade side adapter (12) which interacts with the wiper arm side adapter (11), whereby the wiper blade side adapter (12) comprises a wiper blade side adapter section (24) and, swivel -mounted on a wiper blade side adapter section (24), a wiper arm side adapter section (23; 23c) which interacts with the wiper arm side section (11), with nozzle openings arranged on the wiper blade (10; 10a to 10c) and with, arranged on the wiper arm side adapter section (23; 23c), a hydraulic plug-type connection (20; 60; 70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Wischersysteme GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Schaeuble, Bruno Egner-Walter
  • Patent number: 10703340
    Abstract: A system includes a processor and a memory. The memory stores instructions executable by the processor to detect an object exterior to a vehicle, and to actuate a fluid dispenser device based on an opacity of a window and a location of the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Venkatesh Krishnan, Segundo Baldovino
  • Patent number: 10661758
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connection module 10 for a wiper device 1 of an outer surface 20 of a window 2 of a motor vehicle intended to be arranged between a windscreen wiper 30 and a driving arm 60, the connection module 10 comprising a hydraulic connector 12 and an electrical connector 14, one of the hydraulic 12 and electrical 14 connectors, called first connector, comprising at least one longitudinal electrical or hydraulic routing channel 120, the other of the hydraulic 12 and electrical 14 connectors, called second connector, comprising two longitudinal electrical or hydraulic routing channels 120, the connection module 10 being characterized in that the first connector is at least partially arranged laterally between the two longitudinal routing channels of the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systémes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Jarasson, Vincent Izabel, Gérald Caillot, Thomas Vuillardot
  • Patent number: 10627035
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydraulic connector, particularly for a motor vehicle windscreen wiper system. The connector is designed to be mounted on a wiper blade fitted with a perforated pipe carrying cleaning and de-icing fluid, and comprises at least one inlet coupling suitable for connection to a fluid feed, and at least one distributor provided with at least one outlet coupling designed to be connected to the perforated pipe. The connector also includes at least one internal path for carrying the fluid from the inlet coupling to the distributor. Thus, by means of the presence of the internal path through the connector, the inlet coupling can be positioned at various locations on the connector, without feeding directly into the distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gérald Caillot, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Vincent Izabel
  • Patent number: 10556250
    Abstract: An exemplary system for applying a water-repellent coating to the outside of a window of a vehicle includes at least one reservoir for a hydrophobic fluid, at least one wiper with a wiper blade, and a control device. A first line leads from the reservoir to the wiper. The first line extends at least over part of the length of the wiper and has, in the region of the wiper blade, at least one opening by way of which the hydrophobic fluid can be applied to the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Theo Geuecke, Abidine Ould-Merzough, Clemens Maria Verpoort
  • Patent number: 10538224
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning arrangement (40; 40a-40d) for cleaning a vehicle window, with a wiper arm (10; 10a-10d) and with at least one hose (31, 32), fastened to the wiper arm (10; 10a-10d), for a cleaning fluid. It is provided according to the invention that the hose (31, 32) is connected by a form-fitting fastening, secure with regard to rotation angle, at least indirectly to the wiper arm (10; 10a-10d).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Siegfried Waible, Kristina Kalmbach, Claudia Schober
  • Patent number: 10507803
    Abstract: A nozzle unit 34 which jets washer fluid toward a windshield is fixed to an arm piece 33 whose front end side is fitted to a hook fixing member 23e. As a result, the nozzle unit 34 can be fixed without using the fitting member adopted in the conventional case, and located closer to the hook fixing member 23e. This reduces a positional shift of the nozzle unit 34 relative to the wiper blade 20 to the minimum, thus stabilizing the injection-target locations of washer fluid on the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: Mitsuba Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Shimoyama, Masayuki Arima, Masaya Yonaga, Takeshi Sasaki, Tatsuya Ohmaru, Taisuke Goto
  • Patent number: 10471936
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an assembly that can be used in windscreen wipers of vehicles and is consisting of an adapter and a nozzle structure, and also the assembling method thereof. Here the adapter presents a first adapter assembling feature (1a) and a second adapter assembling feature (1b). The nozzle structure (2) presents a first nozzle structure assembling feature (2a) and a second nozzle structure assembling feature (2b). The first adapter assembling feature and the first nozzle structure assembling feature are matched with each other to form a first connection in the form of pin-aperture between the adapter and the nozzle structure, and the nozzle structure and adapter are rotatably pre-assembled together when they are connected only be means of the first connection. The second adapter assembling feature and the second nozzle structure assembling feature are matched with each other to form a second connection in the form of snap fit between the adapter and the nozzle structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Taizhou Valeo Wenling Automotive Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bin Deng, Xu Cheng, Denis Grandjean, Shilu Chen
  • Patent number: 10449932
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper device (10) for cleaning vehicle windows, with a wiper arm (11) and with a wiper blade (12) able to be fastened on the wiper arm (11), with a cleaning device (25), having at least one spray nozzle (44, 45), for spraying a washing fluid, wherein the at least one spray nozzle (44, 45) is arranged in the region of the free end of the wiper arm (11) and is connected directly therewith, and with a fastening device (35) for connecting the wiper blade (12) with the wiper arm (11), wherein the wiper arm (11) has a mount (28), having an at least substantially U-shaped cross section, with two parallel side wall (17, 18) for the fastening device (35) of the wiper blade (12), and wherein the cleaning device (25) is constructed on a component (27) which is separate from the fastening device (35) for the wiper blade (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Michael Schaeuble, Kristina Kalmbach
  • Patent number: 10414382
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper device (100) for cleaning vehicle windows, with a wiper arm (10a-10d) and a wiper blade (1) able to be fastened to the wiper arm (10a-10d), with a cleaning arrangement (40a-40d) having at least one first spray nozzle (42, 43) for spraying a washing fluid, wherein the cleaning arrangement (40a-40d) is connected directly with the wiper arm (10a-10d), and with a fastening arrangement (2) for connecting the wiper blade (1) with the wiper arm (10a-10d), wherein the wiper arm (10a-10d) has a mount (21), having an at least substantially U-shaped cross-section, with two parallel side walls (19, 20), and wherein the cleaning arrangement (40a-40d) is constructed as a separate component from the fastening arrangement (2) for the wiper blade (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Siegfried Waible
  • Patent number: 10384654
    Abstract: A surface wiper device which includes a carrier which supports a blade. The carrier attaches to a wiper arm which urges the blade against and moves the blade across the surface of a windshield. The carrier further provides a plurality of outlets each of which communicate between a hollow passage inside the carrier and a location on the external surface of the carrier. A fluid can be delivered from a fluid source fluidicly coupled to the hollow passage of the carrier under sufficient pressure to be dispersed from the plurality of outlets onto the windshield during movement of the blade. A fluid heater can be thermally coupled with the fluid delivered from the fluid source to the plurality of outlets to increase the temperature of the fluid dispersed onto the windshield. The fluid can be sufficiently heated to generate a heated gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Steam Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Hartman
  • Patent number: 10364927
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydraulic connector, particularly for a motor vehicle windscreen wiper system. The connector is designed to be mounted on a wiper blade fitted with a perforated pipe carrying cleaning and de-icing fluid, and comprises at least one inlet coupling suitable for connection to a fluid feed, and at least one distributor provided with at least one outlet coupling designed to be connected to the perforated pipe. The connector also includes at least one internal path for carrying the fluid from the inlet coupling to the distributor. Thus, by means of the presence of the internal path through the connector, the inlet coupling can be positioned at various locations on the connector, without feeding directly into the distributor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gerald Caillot, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Vincent Izabel
  • Patent number: 10343652
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper device (100) for cleaning vehicle windows, with a wiper arm (10; 10a-10d) and a wiper blade (1) able to be fastened to the wiper arm (10; 10a-10d), with a cleaning arrangement (40; 40a-40d) having at least one first spray nozzle (42, 43) for spraying a washing fluid, wherein the cleaning arrangement (40; 40a-40d) is connected directly with the wiper arm (10; 10a-10d), and with a fastening arrangement (2) for connecting the wiper blade (1) with the wiper arm (10; 10a-10d), wherein the cleaning arrangement (40; 40a-40d) is constructed as a separate component from the fastening arrangement (2) for the wiper blade (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Claudia Schober, Siegfried Waible
  • Patent number: 10322702
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper arm (10; 10a-10d) for cleaning a vehicle window, with a carrier element (11), which is able to be connected at a first end region at least indirectly with a drive shaft and at another end region with a wiper blade (1), and with an additional element (30) connected with the carrier element (11), which additional element (30) extends in longitudinal direction of the wiper arm. It is provided according to the invention that the additional element (30) has at least one air guide section (166, 167), extending in longitudinal direction of the wiper arm (10; 10a-10d), which at least one air guide section (166, 167) projects beyond the underside (168) of the carrier element (11) on the side facing the vehicle window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Siegfried Waible, Kristina Kalmbach, Claudia Schober
  • Patent number: 10272880
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper device comprising at least one wiper strip unit (12a-g) which has at least one first wiper lip (14a-g) and at least one second wiper lip (16a-g). The wiper device (10a-g) has at least one automatically activated wiper lip switching unit (20a-g) which is provided in order to switch a wiper lip (18a-g) that is active in at least one sub-process of a wiping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Sauter, Waldemar Ernst
  • Patent number: 10272878
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a wiper arm arrangement comprising a wiper bar (10), a coupling unit (12) and a fastening unit (14) for securing the coupling unit (12) to the wiper bar (10). According to the invention, the coupling unit (12) has a crimped profile (16, 54) which, in a mounted state, is to be connected to a washer fluid hose (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Zsofia Horvath, Harald Rapp, Michael Kruse
  • Patent number: 10246059
    Abstract: A washer-integrated type wiper apparatus is provided. The washer-integrated type wiper apparatus includes a nozzle cover that is coupled to one side of a bending component of a retainer to support a wiper blade and a hose module that extends in the longitudinal direction in the interior of the retainer and is positioned in the interior of the nozzle cover and is connected to a washer liquid storing tank. Further, a main nozzle is connected in the interior of the nozzle cover to the hose module and is formed to expose a plurality of spray ports to the outside of the nozzle cover and is configured to spray the washer liquid supplied from the washer liquid storing tank through the spray ports. A heater module is installed in the heating area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, KB Wiper Systems Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Min Park, Nak Kyoung Kong, Choong Yeul Kim, Ki Hong Lee, Keon Soo Jin, Jae Hyuck An, Jin Wan Park, Kwan Hee Kim, Seung Hun Nam
  • Patent number: 10214184
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windscreen wiper device for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) having an elongate upper part (10) and an elongate lower part (12) which are at least partially flexible. Also provided are multiple connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), the connecting elements being mutually spaced along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2) and being attached to the upper part (10) and/or the lower part (12) by a rotary joint, and the connecting elements (18) being designed to allow a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part relative to each another with a movement component along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2). The wiper blade (2) has a fastening arrangement (32) which is designed to be fitted into a hollow shaft (40) of a drive unit and to be connected thereto so to transmit a torque from the drive unit via the hollow shaft (40) and the fastening arrangement (32) to the wiper blade (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Hauser, Michael Weiler
  • Patent number: 10202105
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning arrangement (40) for the cleaning of vehicle windows, wherein the cleaning arrangement (40) has a base body (131) with at least one spray opening (42, 43), wherein the base body (131) is able to be connected to a wiper arm (10), and wherein the base body (131) has a supply connection (51) for a cleaning fluid, which supply connection (51) is hydraulically connected to the spray opening (42, 43) via a connecting duct (121). According to the invention, it is provided that a feed connection (141) branches off from the connecting duct (121), which feed connection (141) opens in a connecting chamber (140) of the base body (131), and that the connecting chamber (140) is able to be closed by means of a closure cap (95).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Siegfried Waible, Kristina Kalmbach, Claudia Schober
  • Patent number: 10202104
    Abstract: A window washer having a brushing arm mounted to a wiping arm of the window washer, and a motion conversion mechanism for converting back and forth rotational motion of the wiping arm to back and forth linear motion of the brushing arm, thereby the brushing arm rotates with the wiping arm motion, and in addition, linearly slides back and forth from the wiping arm, for brushing a window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Inventor: Ehood Yaaqov Hatzor
  • Patent number: 10106130
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (11) for lateral spraying of a washing liquid designed to be attached to a windscreen wiper arm (3) of a system for wiping a pane of a motor vehicle, characterized in that it comprises a supply cannula (35), a duct for distributing the liquid (39) and at least two nozzles (28) for spraying the liquid, the nozzles (28) and the supply cannula (35) being fluidically connected via the intermediary of the distribution duct (39), characterized in that the nozzles (28) are arranged on either side of an axis (A) defined by the supply cannula (35). The invention also relates to a wiper arm (3) for a system for wiping a pane of a motor vehicle, comprising a lateral spraying device (11) such that it is possible to spray on each lateral side of the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Guillaume Barret, Denis Thebault
  • Patent number: 10081339
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade assembly for the windows of a motor vehicle, comprising a longitudinal support (10) intended to receive a pressure application vertebra (20) and a wiper blade (30) and a wiper accessory (40) carrying a device (42a, 42b) for distributing and projecting a washer liquid wherein the accessory is intended to be assembled with the longitudinal support (10). According to the invention, the longitudinal support (10) comprises means for fixing said accessory (40) on said support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Gérald Caillot, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Vincent Izabel