Specific Arm Structure Patents (Class 15/250.351)
  • Patent number: 10676068
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cap A comprising a first portion 1 that is able to cover a first end of a wiper arm of a wiping system of a vehicle, and a second portion 2 comprising an attachment means for attaching the cap A to the driving arm, characterized in that this attachment means comprises at least one rotation zone 222 that is arranged so as to allow the cap A to rotate with respect to the driving arm, and a zone 223 for locking said cap A to said driving arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Nicolas Kuchly, Cyrille Girodot
  • Patent number: 10501056
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a windscreen wiping device (100) for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) with an elongate upper part (10) and an elongate lower part (12), which are configured to be at least partially bendable. Furthermore, a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12) are provided, said connecting elements being spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2) and being designed to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part relative to each other with a movement component along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2). Furthermore, the windscreen wiping device (100) comprises a fastening device. The fastening device comprises a wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) and a fastening element (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Viktor Hackl, Peter Deak, Michael Weiler
  • Patent number: 10322701
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windshield wiper device (100) for a vehicle, comprising a wiper blade (2) having an elongated upper part (10) and an elongated lower part (12), which are configured to be flexible, at least in part. Furthermore, the device comprises a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), which are spaced apart from each other along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2), and which are configured to allow a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part relative to one another with a motion component along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2). The windshield wiper device (100) further comprises a fastening device. The fastening device comprises a wiper-blade-side fastening part (20) and a fastening element (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Viktor Hackl, Michael Weiler, Peter Deak
  • Patent number: 10189444
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper arm, particularly for automobiles, includes a mounting head mountable on a drive shaft and an arm member pivotally connected to the mounting head by means of a pivot pin. The arm member has a substantially U-shaped cross-section near the pivot pin comprising two side walls. A part of the mounting head extends between the side walls and beyond the pivot pin. Protrusion/groove features are provided on the part and the side walls for limiting a pivot angle of the arm member. The protrusion/groove means comprise at least one groove and at least one protrusion cooperating with the groove, the protrusion is movable in the groove between a first position corresponding with a wiping position of the arm member and a second position corresponding with a mounting position of the arm member. The part is provided with opposite abutting surfaces for abutting against the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 9914434
    Abstract: A wiper apparatus which removes foreign matters from a windshield by rotating by a pivot of a vehicle may include an arm piece connected to one end of an arm retainer to connect a wiper blade, and a coupling portion having a step portion formed to extend along a longitudinal direction so that an upper surface of the arm piece and an upper surface of the arm retainer form a same surface when coupled to correspond to a coupling hole formed in the arm retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Korea Wiper Blade Co., Ltd., Denso Korea Automotive Corporation
    Inventors: Nak Kyoung Kong, Hyun Sub Kim, Jin Hee Lee, Bock Cheol Lee, Young Sub Oh, Hong Yeon Na, Young Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 9604598
    Abstract: A wiper system wiper system for wiping a window is provided. The wiper system has an arm head and an arm retainer connected to the arm head via a pivot. The wiper system includes a latch for controlling pivoting of the arm retainer with respect to the arm head. The latch is configured to restrict pivoting of the arm retainer with respect to the arm head to an operating range close to the window when the latch is in a latched state. The latch is further configured to allow pivoting of the arm retainer with respect to the arm head from the operating range to a servicing position away from the window when the latch is in an unlatched state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Bradley T. Gerwatowski, James P. Maluchnik
  • Patent number: 9539985
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper arm, particularly for automobiles, includes comprising a mounting head mountable on a drive shaft and an arm member pivotally connected to the mounting head by means of a pivot pin, and wherein the arm member can be pivoted between a wiping position, wherein the arm member extends parallel to a windscreen to be wiped, and an elevated position, wherein the arm member and/or a windscreen wiper blade to be attached thereto can be repaired or replaced, characterized in that the windscreen wiper arm is provided with locking means arranged to lock the arm member onto the pivot pin in order to prevent the arm member from disengaging from the pivot pin in the elevated position of the arm member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Davy Mouth
  • Patent number: 9296362
    Abstract: A windshield wiper (1,1a) with an even pressing force is connected to a driving arm (2) and includes a primary wiper frame (10,10a), two auxiliary wiper frames (20,20a), connecting frames (30,30a), and a wiper blade (40,40a). The primary wiper frame (10,10a) includes a fixing base (11,11a) connected to the driving arm (2). The auxiliary wiper frames (20,20a) are disposed on both ends of the primary wiper frame (10,10a). Each auxiliary wiper frame (20,20a) includes an elastic piece (21,21a) and a pivotal base (22,22a) fixed to the elastic piece (21,21a) and pivotally connected to the primary wiper frame (10,10a). The connecting frames (30,30a) are evenly provided on each auxiliary wiper frame (20). Each connecting frame (30) includes a pressing piece (31,31a) and buckling brackets (32,32a). The wiper blade (40,40a) is disposed through the buckling brackets (32,32a) to be connected below the pressing piece (31,31a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: DANYANG UPC AUTO PARTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Yang, Chuan-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 9211867
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade (12) with an elongated, spring-elastic carrier element (36) which is pre-curved concavely with respect to a vehicle window (22) and has at least one spring rail, and with a wiper strip (24) which is held by the carrier element (36), wherein the wiper blade (24) is secured relative to the carrier element (36) by an end cap (44) at least near to one end in the longitudinal direction (20), which end cap (44) has, on one longitudinal side, an opening which can be closed off by a flap (46) which can pivot about a pivoting axis (84) running in the longitudinal direction (20) into an open position and into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Hans Beelen, Paul Criel, Eric Windmolders, Peter Saevels, Mohamed Aznag, Peter De Block, Jan Bonroy
  • 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: 8959701
    Abstract: A multi-adaptor for a vehicle wiper, which interconnects an arm and a blade for wiping window glass, wherein both side walls of the arm have stopper pieces and a free end, wherein a selective hook protrudes from the free end. The multi-adaptor for a vehicle wiper includes: a main body, a coupling portion formed at one end of the main body so as to enable the free end of the arm to be coupled thereto, and support portions formed at both side walls of the other end of the main body to support the stopper pieces of the arm. Accordingly, the multi-adaptor significantly increases arm-coupling force as compared to conventional adaptors, and thus preemptively prevents the arm from being separated from the adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Cap Corporation
    Inventors: Tae Hun Kim, Kyoung Joon Song
  • 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: 8881337
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device, particularly for automobiles, includes comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade is of the flat blade type and includes at least one groove, in which groove a longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed. The windscreen wiper device further includes a mounting head for transferring a reciprocal movement to the wiper blade, with the special feature of a connecting device for detachably connecting the wiper blade directly to the mounting head, wherein the connecting device is positioned near one end of the wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8881338
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly adapted to be mounted to the attachment portion of a wiper arm including a coupler assembly mounted to a wiper blade and serving to interconnect the wiper blade to the wiper arm. The coupler assembly includes a coupler having a body with a pair of sidewalls, a channel defined between the sidewalls and extending substantially parallel thereto. The channel is adapted to cooperatively receive the attachment portion of the wiper arm. A latching mechanism is operatively mounted to the body and movable between an open position spaced from the channel and a closed position disposed over the channel to secure the attachment portion of the wiper arm between the latching mechanism and the body thereby securing the coupler to the attachment portion of the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: C. Joseph Thielen, Valentin Avasiloaie
  • Patent number: 8782846
    Abstract: A wiper blade for cleaning vehicle windows including a wiper blade body extending in a wiper blade longitudinal axis is disclosed. A wiper blade adapter allows for a mechanical detent connection, of the wiper blade with a wiper arm adapter arranged on a wiper arm. The wiper blade adapter has an elastically arranged detent tongue, which cooperates in a form-fitting manner with the wiper arm adapter to form the detent connection. The wiper arm is U-shaped in cross section and has legs on opposing sides of a base section, which embrace the wiper blade adapter laterally. The connecting or releasing between the wiper blade adapter and the wiper arm adapter takes place at least substantially in a direction perpendicular to the wiper blade longitudinal axis. The detent tongue has a mounting region, which embraces the holding section of the wiper arm adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Michael Schaeuble, Bruno Egner-Walter
  • Publication number: 20140182077
    Abstract: A wiper arm apparatus having an improved lock-back structure includes: an arm head; a retainer; and a spring that elastically couples the retainer to the arm head, wherein the retainer includes a protruding hooking unit, which protrudes toward the arm head in a direction of a length of the retainer, and the arm head includes: a rotation guide unit which allows the retainer to rotate around the arm head by preventing the protruding hooking unit from being interfered with; an arm stopper unit which is disposed at an end of the rotation guide unit and by which the protruding hooking unit is hooked, so as to restrict a rotation angle of the retainer; and a stopper cover unit that is extended to and formed at the arm head, and forms a structure that covers the rotation guide unit and the arm stopper unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventors: Tae Hun Ju, Kyoung Ho Ko
  • Publication number: 20140182076
    Abstract: A wiper arm assembly is adapted to support a wiper blade as it moves across a surface to be wiped. The wiper arm assembly includes a body and a head supported by the body and adapted to be mounted to a pivot shaft that defines a pivot axis P and drives the wiper blade in an oscillating manner across the surface to be wiped. The body also includes an opening providing access to the head mounted to the pivot shaft. The wiper arm assembly includes a cover pivotally mounted to the body at the opening and is movable about an axis A substantially perpendicular to the pivot axis P from a first position closing the opening to a second position allowing access to the head. A locking mechanism on the cover locks the cover to a nut on the pivot shaft to retain the cover in the first position closing the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: TRICO PRODUCTS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kyle Moll
  • Patent number: 8756749
    Abstract: A windshield wiper adapter and windshield wiper assembly are disclosed. The windshield wiper adapter comprises a main body and a flexible buckling device. A front end of the main body has a notch that is downwardly recessed. The notch is used for snapping with a protrusion portion of a windshield wiper arm at an arbitrary angle. One end of the flexible buckling device is connected to a surface of the main body while another end is upwardly extended toward an upper side of the main body. The flexible buckling device is used for buckling a leaning side of a through hole of the windshield wiper arm. After the notch is coupled to the protrusion portion, the windshield wiper arm is rotated about a coupling portion therebetween, such that the flexible buckling device is propped by the leaning side of the through hole to firstly perform a deformation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Unipoint Electric Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Chuan Chien
  • Patent number: 8752234
    Abstract: A wiper connector which includes a connector body and at least one retaining plate, where the connector body has at least one through structure, and one end of the elastic fin is defined as a fastening portion for establishing secure coupling with the connector body. The elastic fin has an opening formed thereon which correspondingly aligning the through structure so that an inserted bolt is retained in the connector body by the retaining plate. The wiper connector is applicable on all bolt-type wiper arms, therefore, fewer disturbances are brought to the users in selection of the wiper connectors. Furthermore, the wiper connector has a simple structure which can be assembled and dismantled easily, where other advantages includes a low damage rate, a high adaptability, and a significant reduce in the expense. Thus, overcoming disadvantages of conventional wiper connectors such as having a complex structure and a poor adaptability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Hongyi Wiper Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Chin Ku
  • Patent number: 8745812
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing a wiper arm for a window wiper device for a motor vehicle, with an upper arm portion, on which a mount is provided, in order to fix the wiper arm detachably to a wiper drive of the window wiper device, and a lower arm portion, which is pivotably connected to the upper arm portion, as well as at least one wiper blade holder which is pivotably connected to the lower arm portion, characterized by producing the wiper arm in a multi-component injection-molding process in which, in a first process step, the upper arm portion is injection-molded along with at least one first pivot pin formed on it by means of a first material component in a partial portion of a cavity, in a second process step the lower arm portion, pivotably connected to the upper arm portion, is injection-molded along with at least one second pivot pin formed on it by means of a second material component in a second partial portion of the cavity by encapsulation of the first pivot pin, and i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Kruse, Stephan Geise
  • Patent number: 8726452
    Abstract: A wiper device having improved durability includes: an arm head having one end fixed to a pivot shaft installed on a vehicle; and a retainer having one end coupled to the arm head to rotate relative to the arm head and the other end coupled to a blade for wiping a glass of the vehicle, wherein the retainer includes: a body formed of synthetic resins; and a reinforcement member that is coupled to a portion of the retainer, which is adjacent to the arm head, and is formed of a metal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Dongyang Mechatonics Corp.
    Inventor: Kyoung Ho Ko
  • Patent number: 8720035
    Abstract: A wiper arm assembly and method of assembly thereof includes a mounting head and a wiper arm configured for relative rotation during assembly from a disassembled position to a shipping position, wherein the wiper arm and mounting head are locked against rotation toward the disassembled position once in the shipping position. The mounting head and wiper arm have locking surfaces configured for locked engagement with one another while in the shipping position. The locking surfaces are brought into engagement with one another by a force imparted by a spring while rotating the mounting head relative to the wiper arm from the disassembled position toward the shipping position. When in the shipping position, the locking surfaces confront each other and prevent the mounting head and the wiper arm from rotating back toward the disassembled position from the shipping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Horstman, Alan J. Stahlhut
  • Patent number: 8713747
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper coupler that releasably attaches the superstructure to a wiper arm attachment member. The wiper coupler includes a pair of sidewalls each having a flange to engage a portion of the guides of the attachment member and further includes an elevated platform and a deck each disposed between the sidewalls. The deck and a portion of the sidewalls define a rest to receive the track of the attachment member. The wiper coupler further includes an aperture between the elevated platform and the deck. The aperture receives a portion of the bent tab of the attachment member to facilitate attachment between the superstructure and the attachment member conventionally employed for use with a beam blade-style wiper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 8650701
    Abstract: A connecting assembly (10) for a windshield wiper (10) includes a fixing member (11) and a supporting arm (12). The connecting assembly (20) includes a pivoting base (21) and a cover cap (22). The pivoting base (21) comprises an engaging portion (211) , a first insertion portion (212) and a second insertion portion (213) extending from the engaging portion (211) in opposite directions. The engaging portion (211) is engaged with the fixing member (11). The first insertion portion (212) and the second insertion portion (213) are symmetrical to each other with respect to the engaging portion (211). The cover cap (22) is assembled with the supporting arm (12) and put outside the first insertion portion (212) and the second insertion portion (213) in dual directions. Since the first insertion portion (212) and the second insertion portion (213) are configured to be symmetrical to each other, the supporting arm (12) can be firmly connected to the windshield wiper (10) with a changeable connecting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Danyang UPC Auto Parts Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Yang, Chuan-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 8650702
    Abstract: A spring for windshield wiper assemblies is comprised of a resilient rod having a plurality of sections adapted to removably attach to a windshield wiper assembly of a vehicle. The rod includes a first hook section at one end section thereof; a second hook section located at an opposite end section thereof. An intermediate coiled section attached to and located adjacent the first hook section, and a connector section defining an axis along its length and connected between the intermediate coiled section and the second hook section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jean Koch
  • Patent number: 8627540
    Abstract: A wiper device having an improved function of separating a wiper blade. The wiper device includes: a wiper blade including: a wiper rib for cleaning a glass of a vehicle; a lever member supporting the wiper rib; and a rotary shaft disposed across opposite side walls of a penetration hole formed in a center portion of the lever member, and including a rotary shaft that has a non-circular cross section; a retainer including a receiving recess including an opening corresponding to the non-circular cross section so as to detachably receive the rotary shaft; and an index unit indicating a position where the wiper blade is coupled to or separated from the retainer while the wiper blade is rotated with respect to the retainer within a predetermined angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventors: Jeong Byung Lee, Kyoung Ho Ko
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130333149
    Abstract: A wiper device including: a yoke for supporting a wiper strip; an auxiliary lever including a coupling protrusion coupled to a coupling hole prepared in the yoke and formed of synthetic resin; and a main lever including an assembly protrusion coupled to an assembly hole prepared in the auxiliary lever and formed of the synthetic resin, wherein the auxiliary lever includes: a first vibration prevention portion protrusively formed to contact an upper surface of the yoke on a cross section taken along a width direction of the auxiliary lever in a position where the coupling hole is disposed; and a second vibration prevention portion in which an outer circumference surface of the coupling protrusion is formed in a tapered form so that the coupling protrusion coupled to the coupling hole is fit in a direction in which the coupling protrusion is coupled to the coupling hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventors: Wi Yeong Park, Jong Wook Lee, Sung Jun Yoon
  • Patent number: 8584303
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper arm (1) for a window wiper system, in particular for a motor vehicle, with a wiper rod (2) and a control rod (5) which is movable relative to the wiper rod (2) and is coupled to the wiper rod (2), wherein the control rod (5) can be fixed by means of an articulated shell (21) on an articulated head (13) of a window wiper system. According to the invention, the articulated shell (21) is designed as an articulated shell component (14) which is separate from a fastening component (11) fixed to the control rod (5) and can be fixed to the fastening component (11). Furthermore, the invention relates to a window wiper system and to an installation method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Wolfgarten, Frank Moser, Harald Rapp, Hermann Burkard
  • Patent number: 8549696
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, and an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, and a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein the oscillating arm is pivotally connected to the connecting device about a pivot axis near one end, with the interposition of a joint part. The windscreen wiper device is provided with first and second retaining means for retaining the connecting device onto said oscillating arm. The first retaining means comprises at least one resilient tongue provided on the joint part engaging in a correspondingly shaped hole provided in the oscillating arm. The second retaining means comprises a least one first stop surface provided on the oscillating arm and at least one second stop surface provided on at least one of the joint part and connecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventors: Xavier Boland, Pierre Henin, Eric Coos
  • Patent number: 8544138
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device, particularly for automobiles, includes an elongated wiper blade, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped. The windscreen wiper device includes a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein the oscillating arm is pivotally connected with its first end to the connecting device and with its second end to a mounting head on a drive shaft, and wherein the oscillating arm is provided with a longitudinally extending base and two spaced-apart sidewalls extending outwardly along opposite sides of the base to form a tube having an open face. The oscillating arm is produced integrally form a single sheet material, wherein outboard edges of the sidewalls are folded inwardly towards each other to partially close the open face of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8539634
    Abstract: A wiper blade (10) consisting of a rubber profiled element (48) comprising a wiper lip (50) and at least one carrier element (46) that can be connected to a wiper arm (18) by means of a fixing element (14) and a connection element (22). The fixing element (14) comprises a covering cap (16) and the connection element (22) fixed to the wiper arm (18) secures the wiper blade (10) perpendicularly to a pivoting axis (20) by means of a clip (52), on the end (54) thereof at an angle to the wiper blade. According to the invention, the covering cap (16) comprises an opening (34) or recess for the angular end (54) of the clip (52), on the side of the cap opposing the rubber profiled element (48), in the region of the connection element (22), said opening only partially overlapping the covering cap (16) in the mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wilms, Eric Windmolders, Erik Kinnaert, Dave Claes
  • Patent number: 8522393
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade includes opposing longitudinal grooves on its longitudinal sides, in which grooves spaced-apart longitudinal strips of the carrier element are disposed, wherein neighbouring ends of said longitudinal strips are interconnected by a respective connecting piece, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein the oscillating arm is pivotally connected to the connecting device about a pivot axis near one end, with the special feature that the connecting device comprises at least two parts provided with protrusion/hole features for detachably connecting the parts together, wherein the first part is retained onto the wiper blade and wherein the second part has an at least substantially U-shaped cross-section at the location of its connection to said first par
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8505151
    Abstract: A connecting device for the articulated connection of a wiper blade to a wiper arm, wherein the connecting device comprises an adapter with a button on the end of the drive side thereof above a spring clip, wherein the button is connected via a spring tongue to the adapter and protrudes beyond the upper edges of the lateral walls. The lateral walls at the lower edges thereof have a protruding guide rail on which a stop is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Helmut Depondt, Yves Janssis, Dirk Herinckx
  • Patent number: 8499408
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, a connecting device pivotally connected to the connecting device about a pivot axis near one end. The connecting device comprises at least a first part and a second part and first and second retaining means for retaining the connecting device onto the oscillating arm. The first retaining means comprises at least one first protrusion on the second part engaging in a correspondingly shaped hole provided in the oscillating arm, and wherein the second retaining means comprise at least one second protrusion provided on the first part engaging the oscillating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8479349
    Abstract: A vehicle provided with at least two windscreen wiper devices each comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen of the vehicle to be wiped, each wiper blade including opposing longitudinal grooves on its longitudinal sides, in which grooves spaced-apart longitudinal strips of the carrier element are disposed, wherein neighboring ends of longitudinal strips are interconnected by a respective connecting piece, which windscreen wiper devices each comprise a connecting device for a respective oscillating arm, with the interposition of a joint part, with the special feature that each joint part and its corresponding oscillating arm comprise mutually cooperating protrusion/recess means resulting in an asymmetric form of joint part and of oscillating arm with the respect to their respective middle longitudinal planes, seen in vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventors: Xavier Boland, Pierre Henin, Dieter Desaedelaere
  • Patent number: 8468641
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper coupler and wiper assembly that includes a wiping element and a tournament-style superstructure to support the wiping element. The wiper assembly further includes a wiper coupler that releasably attaches the superstructure to a wiper arm attachment member. The wiper coupler includes a pair of sidewalls each having a flange to engage a portion of the guides of the attachment member and further includes an elevated platform and a deck each disposed between the sidewalls. The deck and a portion of the sidewalls define a rest to receive the track of the attachment member. The wiper coupler further includes an aperture between the elevated platform and the deck. The aperture receives a portion of the bent tab of the attachment member to facilitate attachment between the superstructure and the attachment member conventionally employed for use with a beam blade-style wiper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 8453292
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting a wiper blade to a wiper arm. The connecting device includes a hinge unit formed at one side of the wiper arm and an adapter provided at an upper end of the wiper blade so that the adapter is coupled to the hinge unit. The hinge unit includes retainers disposed opposite to each other about an opening formed at one side of the wiper arm. A pin is transversely disposed between the retainers. The adapter includes a guide for guiding the pin and a coupling hole connected to the guide so that the pin is hingedly coupled into the coupling hole. Connection between the wiper arm and the wiper blade is achieved by sliding a projecting jaw projecting downward from the coupling hole of the adapter along an inclined plane formed at the pin of the hinge unit and rotating the wiper blade so that one side of the adapter coincides with the inside of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Bosch Electrical Drives Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sung Wook Jeon
  • Patent number: 8448290
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for the jointed connection of a wiper blade (12), having a wiper arm (18), wherein a connector (20) intended to be connected to the wiper blade (12) has a joint part (32) which forms a joint with a joint part (40) on a connector (38) intended to be connected to the wiper arm, and one of the joint parts (40) is a hub (40) open in the longitudinal direction of the associated component (20 or 28), the hub being supported with respect to the other component (38) in the direction opposite (42) the hub opening (42) when in the installed state, wherein the side walls (30, 56) of the connector (20) and of the connector (38) overlap. It is suggested that the side walls (56) of one component (38) has recesses (44) which are open to the wiper strip (14), and plunge into the projections (34) in the wiper blade (12) operating position, such that both components (20, 38) are locked against each other in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Inigo Op't Roodt, Peter De Block, Hans Beelen, Eric Windmolders
  • Patent number: 8443505
    Abstract: A wiper arm assembly and method of assembly thereof includes a mounting head and a wiper arm configured for relative rotation during assembly from a disassembled position to a shipping position, wherein the wiper arm and mounting head are locked against rotation toward the disassembled position once in the shipping position. The mounting head and wiper arm have locking surfaces configured for locked engagement with one another while in the shipping position. The locking surfaces are brought into engagement with one another by a force imparted by a spring while rotating the mounting head relative to the wiper arm from the disassembled position toward the shipping position. When in the shipping position, the locking surfaces confront each other and prevent the mounting head and the wiper arm from rotating back toward the disassembled position from the shipping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc
    Inventors: Alan J. Stahlhut, Deborah Herring
  • Patent number: 8413292
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembling structure for preventing loose attachment of a driven wiper arm assembles the driven wiper arm having a hook arm on a windshield wiper fixing stage. The windshield wiper assembling structure includes an assembling stage and a positioning stage. The assembling stage has a through groove, an elastic blocking slice, and a first fastening groove which is formed at one side edge of the elastic blocking slice. The first fastening groove fastens on the windshield wiper fixing stage. The assembling stage has a containing groove on a top surface thereof to accommodate the hook arm. The positioning stage has a cover cap and a positioning arm which is extended from the cover cap. The positioning arm has a second fastening groove corresponding to the first fastening groove. The second fastening groove fastens on the windshield wiper fixing stage and corresponding to the first fastening groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Yang, Chuan-Chih Chang
  • Publication number: 20130055520
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade unit, in particular for a joint-free wiper blade (10a; 10b), having a liquid guiding body (12a; 12b) which has at least one liquid guiding bridge (14a; 14b) which, when in an operating state, is arranged on a side (18a; 18b) facing away from a wiper blade main flow side (16a; 16b).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Lothar Urbanek, Nathalie Stroobants, Hervé Bratec, Guido Tuyls, Robert Vertongen, Johan Camps
  • Patent number: 8370986
    Abstract: The invention relates to a connecting device (10) for a wiper arm (14) and a wiper blade (12). Said wiper blade comprises a first connecting part (16) on the wiper blade end and a second connecting part (18) on the wiper arm end, both parts being juxtaposed in the operational position and being connected to each other via a hinge element (44) so that they can be swiveled about a hinge axis. Securing means (32) are provided so that the first and second connecting part (16, 18) engage with each other. The invention is characterized in that the first connecting part (16) has a recess (38) for accommodating the securing means (32) in which a longitudinal, shaped portion (66) is provided which is parallel to the hinge axis. The invention also relates to a flat bar wiper blade (12) which comprises a first connecting part (16) for fastening the flat bar wiper blade (12) to a wiper arm (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Wilms
  • Patent number: 8332989
    Abstract: An adapter intended for fixing a windscreen wiper blade, by pivoting connection around a spindle, on an arm comprising an end rod designed to be inserted in the adapter, where the adapter is intended to be mounted on the windscreen wiper blade. The adapter has a substantially U-shaped cross-section in which the flanges each have an orifice for snapping onto the said spindle and one end of which, called the entry end, is open for inserting the end rod of the arm. The adapter includes transverse locking means and longitudinal locking means of the said arm. The adapter further includes a first longitudinal locking means including an articulated part provided with a tenon fitted in an orifice arranged on the rod, and a second longitudinal locking means including a housing arranged on the adapter in which a stop on the rod comes into engagement, when the latter is fitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Systémes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Pascal Vacher
  • Publication number: 20120266406
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windshield wiper device in a vehicle, comprising a wiper arm supported by means of a joint, wherein the joint comprises a bushing for receiving a bearing shaft. The bushing can be inserted in a recess in a fastening part and is made of plastic, wherein at least one deformation element for adapting the outer diameter is adapted to the bushing wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GmbH
    Inventor: Godelieve Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8286321
    Abstract: A wiper arm assembly and method of construction thereof includes a mounting head and a wiper arm configured for relative rotation during assembly from a disassembled position to a shipping position, wherein the wiper arm and mounting head are locked against rotation toward the disassembled position once in the shipping position. The mounting head and wiper arm have locking surfaces configured for locked engagement with one another while in the shipping position. The locking surfaces are brought into engagement with one another by a force imparted by a spring while rotating the mounting head relative to the wiper arm from the disassembled position toward the shipping position. When in the shipping position, the locking surfaces confront each other and prevent the mounting head and the wiper arm from rotating back toward the disassembled position from the shipping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan J. Stahlhut
  • Patent number: 8286298
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a device for connecting a flat wiper blade to various wiper arms are provided. In one embodiment, the connecting device includes: a joint fixed to a frame of a flat wiper blade; a bracket snap-mounted on the joint; and an adaptor mounted to the bracket. The bracket has a pivot shaft extending perpendicular to a length direction of the frame and having a pivot bore therethrough. The adaptor has a pair of side wall portions. Fitting apertures are perforated in the side wall portions. The adaptor is mounted to the bracket in such a manner that both ends of the pivot shaft are fitted to the fitting apertures. The adaptor is configured to be suitable for differently-configured distal ends of the wiper arms. The connecting device connects a single flat wiper blade to various wiper arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignees: ADM21 Co., Ltd., ADM Technology, Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: In-Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 8272096
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade (10) consisting of a rubber profiled element (48) comprising a wiper lip (50) and at least one carrier element (46) that can be connected to a wiper arm (18) by means of a fixing element (14) and a connection element (22). The fixing element (14) comprises a covering cap (16) and the connection element (22) fixed to the wiper arm (18) secures the wiper blade (10) perpendicularly to a pivoting axis (20) by means of a clip (52), on the end (54) thereof at an angle to the wiper blade. According to the invention, the covering cap (16) comprises an opening (34) or recess for the angular end (54) of the clip (52), on the side of the cap opposing the rubber profiled element (48), in the region of the connection element (22), said opening only partially overlapping the covering cap (16) in the mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wilms, Eric Windmolders, Erik Kinnaert, Dave Claes
  • Patent number: 8261403
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wiper blade system that includes a wiper blade assembly having a wiping element, at least one elongated beam and a carrier that is operatively engaged to the elongated beam. The wiper blade assembly further includes an airfoil and a coupler assembly having a coupler and an adapter that is removably attached to the coupler. The coupler is removably secured the carrier and includes a corridor having a cross member extending therethrough that operatively receives the adapter. Together, the coupler and adapter facilitate mounting the wiper blade assembly to wiper arms having different wiper arm attachment members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Dan Ehde
  • Patent number: 8230547
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement for the detachable connection of a wiper blade on a swivelable wiper arm of a wiper arrangement for windows of motor vehicles, with a bushing that can be connected to the wiper blade or arranged on it for accommodating a plug-in axis of the wiper arm and with a device to lock the plug-in axis in the bushing at least in an operating position of the wiper blade, in which the directions of the longitudinal extension of the wiper blade and the wiper arm are aligned approximately parallel to one another. It is provided that the device for locking includes a catch hook (20) arranged on the wiper blade (12), which in the operating position partially grips around the wiper arm (10) near the plug-in axis (16) and forms an angular limit stop for the wiper blade (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Wilms, David Van Baelen