Cleaning Element Structure Patents (Class 15/250.361)
  • Patent number: 11208572
    Abstract: A process for the production of a coated rubber item, comprising: (i) provision of a semifinished product having the main shape of the rubber item, where the semifinished product is composed of a rubber composition comprising at least one rubber and at least one crosslinking agent; (ii) coating of the semifinished product with a solvent-free coating composition comprising at least one monomer amenable to free-radical polymerization, (iii) crosslinking of the rubber composition and polymerization of the coating composition, to give a coated rubber item; wherein the boiling point of the at least one monomer amenable to free-radical polymerization is ?150° C. and the crosslinking of the rubber composition takes place at the same time as the polymerization of the coating composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Marin Steenackkers, Nicolaas Gotzen
  • Patent number: 10507801
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a windscreen wiping device (40, 50) for a vehicle having an attachment element, in particular a motor vehicle. The windscreen wiping device (40, 50) comprises a mounting unit (41, 60) which is designed to be mounted on the attachment element, wherein the mounting unit (41, 60) has a first engagement element (42, 61), and a wiper blade (2) having an elongate upper part (10) and an elongate lower part (12) that are designed to be flexible at least in part. Also provided are a plurality of connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), wherein the connecting elements (18) are spaced apart from one another along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2). The connecting elements (18) are designed to permit a movement of the upper part (10) and of the lower part (12) relative to one another with a movement component along a longitudinal extension (8) of the wiper blade (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Hauser, Michael Weiler
  • Patent number: 10434991
    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 windscreen wiping device 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 windscreen wiping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Viktor Hackl, Peter Deak, Michael Weiler, Attila Geleta
  • Patent number: 10272881
    Abstract: The invention concerns a windscreen wiper device (2; 28, 30; 74; 78) for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle. The windscreen wiper device (2; 28, 30; 74; 78) comprises an elongate upper part (10) which is designed to be at least partially flexible. It further comprises an elongate lower part (12) which is designed to be at least partially flexible. Further present are a plurality of connection elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), the connection elements (18) being disposed at spacings from each other along a longitudinal extension (8) of the windscreen wiper device (2; 28, 30; 74; 78) and secured to the lower part (12) by means of swivel joints (20; 122, 130).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Weiler, Florian Hauser, Peter Deak, Viktor Hackl
  • Patent number: 10189447
    Abstract: The invention concerns an end-piece (1) for a motor vehicle glass wiper including at least one flexible support (3) and a wiper blade intended to be pressed against the glass. The end-piece (1) includes a housing (5) adapted to receive an end portion (6) of the flexible support (3). The end-piece (1) includes means (7) for locking the end portion (6) of the flexible support (3) in an engaged position inside the housing (5). The locking means (7) include at least one tongue (107e). The locking means (7) include at least one cavity (107a) that is delimited at least by a first lateral wall (107b), a second lateral wall (107c) and the tongue (107e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Julien Carrion, Gilles Petitet, Grégory Kolanowski
  • Patent number: 10077023
    Abstract: A heated wiper blade for motor vehicles includes an elongated flexible beam and a heating element extending along the beam. The heating element may be configured to provide increased heat at the central portion of the blade and at the opposite ends of the blade. The heating element is comprised of an electrical conductor material that varies the amperage drawn between hot and cold ambient temperature operation. The flexible beam may include curved end portions and a flat or reduced curvature central portion. The heating element is preferably covered and sealed off to prevent loss of heat energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HWB, LLC
    Inventor: Johnnie L. Jones
  • Patent number: 10065602
    Abstract: A vehicle configured to automatically clear snow from windows of the vehicle includes: a prime mover, a first window with a first vibration sensor, processor(s) configured to: control speed or load of the prime mover to increase vibration detected by the first vibration sensor, control the speed or the load of the prime mover, within certain predetermined limits, to maximize vibration detected by the first vibration sensor; accept a user prioritization of the windows; control speed or load of the prime mover based on the user prioritization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mohannad Hakeem, Umer Khalid, Mohamed Mattar
  • Patent number: 9969359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiping member (10) comprising an elastomer-based material, a coating being provided on at least part of an external surface of the material. At least part of the surface of the assembly formed by the elastomer-based material and the coating has an increased degree of cross-linking over at least one surface thickness of the assembly. The invention also relates to a windshield wiper blade and to a method for treating a wiping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systémes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Alexis Braun, Frédéric Bretagnol, Severin Doupeux
  • Patent number: 9889821
    Abstract: Provided is a wiper blade wherein: a pair of accommodation sections are disposed in both sides in the short direction of a holder main body (31) so as to sandwich a holding section (31a) therebetween; a pair of vertebrae that elastically deform a blade rubber (20) to match the curvature of a front glass are accommodated in each accommodation section; an insertion opening (O) capable of inserting a main body section (21) is disposed between an end cap (60) and the holder main body (31); and a guiding section (61e) that guides the main body section (21) towards the holding section (31a) is disposed on the end cap (60) side where the insertion opening (O) is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignees: Mitsuba Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Fujiwara, Hiroyuki Sase, Naomi Sase, Kouji Okabe, Hisaaki Naruse, Hiroyuki Ikeno, Akira Takayama
  • Patent number: 9744945
    Abstract: An end cap for retaining a wiping element of a wiper assembly includes a body adapted to be disposed over a portion of a wiping element of the wiper assembly and the body includes at least one tab adapted to be disposed in at least one notch of the wiping element of the wiper assembly to retain the wiping element from longitudinal movement relative thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Mitica Polocoser, Kyle Moll, Andrew Ehde
  • Patent number: 9511745
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade device comprising at least one spring strip (10a-e), at least one wiper strip support (12a-e) and at least one end sealing unit (14a-e). According to the invention, the end sealing unit (14a-e) comprises at least two detent elements (16a-e, 18a-e) for fixing the spring strip (10a-e) and/or the wiper strip support (12a-e).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Koen Bex, Helmut Depondt, Dirk Herinckx
  • Patent number: 9511747
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade (12) with an elongate, spring-elastic carrying element (36) which is precurved in a concave fashion with respect to a vehicle window (22) and has two spring rails (52, 66) which run parallel to one another in a plane, and having a wiper strip (24) which is held with a web (34) of its head strip (30) between the spring rails (52, 66) via the carrier element (36), said spring rails (52, 66) being inserted in longitudinal grooves (32) on both sides of the web (34), wherein the wiper strip (24) is secured in the longitudinal direction (20) relative to the carrier element (36) at least close to one of the ends of said wiper strip (24). It is proposed that the spring rails (52, 66) have, at the longitudinal sides facing one another in their end regions, clips (60, 74) with cutters (62, 76) which, in the mounted state, cut into adjoining walls of the longitudinal grooves (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Criel, Hans Beelen, Peter De Block, Peter Saevels, Mohamed Aznag, Eric Windmolders, Jan Bonroy
  • Patent number: 9457767
    Abstract: A wiper device for removing foreign substances that are stuck on a windshield in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention includes: a contact member configured for wiping out the foreign substances; a support member made of an elastic material and configured for elastically supporting the contact member in such a way that the contact member is in close contact with the windshield; a yoke configured for supporting the support member; a center cover configured for covering the yoke and having a wiper arm connected thereto; and an extension cover having one end thereof hinge-coupled to the center cover and the other end thereof extended in a lengthwise direction of the support member. The yoke can be hinge-coupled with the center cover or the extension cover and can have a hinge-axle thereof arranged in a same line as a hinge-axle connecting the center cover with the extension cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: CAP Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoung Joon Song
  • Patent number: 9162650
    Abstract: A wiper blade assembly for a windshield wiper. In one embodiment, the wiper blade assembly includes a connector mounted on a blade support element. The connector has a receiving portion shaped to receive a first part of the end portion of a wiper arm and further has a securing portion shaped to secure a second part of the end portion of the wiper arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: VALEO WISCHERSYSTEME GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Fink, Wolfgang Scholl, Gerhard Schremmer
  • Patent number: 9096195
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device comprising an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade, which includes at least one longitudinal groove, in which groove a longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed and comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, the wiper blade comprises an elongated upper holding part and an elongated lower wiping part of a flexible material, wherein the holding part comprises downwardly extending side arms, seen in cross-section, for holding the wiper part from the outside in a lateral region thereof, wherein the at least one longitudinal groove having a open circumference is provided on the holding part at an upper side thereof facing away from the wiping part, and wherein the connecting device and the strip are provided with mutually cooperating protrusion/hole means for interconnecting the connecting device and the strip through a snapping connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 9015896
    Abstract: In a wiper blade (100) for a windshield wiper, having a wiping strip (112) on which there is arranged at least one supporting rail (214) which has a spring element (215) provided with a plastic sheath (217), wherein the plastic sheath (217) is welded, at least in a predefined connecting region (180), to a base connecting device (160) which comprises thermoplastic material having a predefined melting point, the plastic sheath (217) comprises at least a first and a second thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Peter De Block
  • Publication number: 20150107044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking device (14, 45, 52, 56, 66) between a windscreen wiper blade holder (2) and a windscreen wiper blade (13), said blade (13) consisting of a top part (15) that is capable of cooperating with said blade holder (2) and a bottom part (16) in direct contact with the windscreen or window to be wiped, said device (14, 45, 52, 56, 66) having a shape that complements said top part (15) of said blade (13), characterised in that it is capable of being solidly attached to linking means (29), said linking means (29) connecting one of the ends of said blade holder (2) to one of the ends of said blade (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Frederic Boussicot, Jean-Michel Jarasson, Gérald Caillot
  • Patent number: 9009910
    Abstract: A windshield wiper (1) with an even pressing force is connected to a driving arm (2) and includes a primary wiper frame (10), two auxiliary wiper frames (20), connecting frames (30), and a wiper blade (40). The primary wiper frame (10) includes a fixing base (11) connected to the driving arm (2). The auxiliary wiper frames (20) are disposed on both ends of the primary wiper frame (10). Each auxiliary wiper frame (20) includes an elastic piece (21) and a pivotal base (22) fixed to the elastic piece (21) and pivotally connected to the primary wiper frame (10). The connecting frames (30) are evenly provided on each auxiliary wiper frame (20). Each connecting frame (30) includes a pressing piece (31) and buckling brackets (32). The wiper blade (40) is disposed through the buckling brackets (32) to be connected below the pressing piece (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Chih-Ming Yang, Chuan-Chih Chang
  • Patent number: 8966706
    Abstract: A windshield wiper device having a frame; a first lever, provided in a pair, each being hinge-coupled to either end of the frame and including an inside arm extending toward a hinge and an outside arm extending away from the hinge. A pair of second levers, are provided, each being hinge-coupled to an end portion of the outside arm of the first lever. A contact member, forms a blade in close contact with the windshield to wipe out the foreign substances and is supported by an end portion of the inside arm of the first lever and both end portions of the second lever; and a cover member. The cover member covers the frame, the first lever and the second lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: CAP Corporation
    Inventors: Kyoung-Joon Song, Sang-Cheol Lee
  • Patent number: 8959703
    Abstract: A wiper blade 11 linked to a wiper arm 14 has a blade rubber 16 and a rubber holder 15 with a U-shaped section, wherein the rubber holder 15 is formed shorter in axial length than the blade rubber 16 and surrounds an intermediate portion of the blade rubber 16. Both end portions in a longitudinal direction of the rubber holder 15 are provided with a pair of holding portions 31 and 32, wherein the holding portion 31 has a holding claw 33 engaged with a stopper portion 36 provided in a holding groove 35 of the blade rubber 16 and the holding portion 32 has a holding claw 37 engaged slidably with the holding groove 35 of the blade rubber 16 and the rubber holder 15 is linked to the blade rubber 16 by two position of these holding portions 31 and 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Machida, Masaru Fujiwara, Ryu Ikezawa, Jun Abe, Yasuo Ohashi, Mineya Fukushi, Yukiho Murata
  • Patent number: 8959702
    Abstract: An arm piece of a wiper arm, which has a connecting portion connected to a connecting pin through a connecting member received in an opening of a main lever, extends from the connecting portion toward a base end side portion of the main lever such that the arm piece overlaps with an upper surface of the main lever. The main lever is formed by runnerless injection molding. A gate trace, which is left on the main lever in the runnerless injection molding, is formed in an arm accommodation portion of the main lever, which is opposed to the arm piece in a top-to-bottom direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Asmo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichirou Amano, Hiroki Oohashi, Kei Hirata
  • Publication number: 20150040337
    Abstract: The invention relates to an end piece (11) of a windshield wiper comprising at least one wiper blade (1). Said end piece (11) has a first part (12) and a second part (13) which are connected to each other by a removable attachment means, and a blocking means (28) for preventing the wiper blade (1) from moving relative to the end piece (11), said blocking means (28) comprising a securing device (33) and an actuating element (51). The securing device (33) is designed to pinch the wiper blade (1) and is subject to a force exerted by the actuating element (51). The end piece is for use in motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: VALEO SYSTÈMES D'ESSUYAGE
    Inventor: Philippe Espinasse
  • Patent number: 8950035
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade (10) of flat beam construction having a support element in the form of at least one pre-bent spring rail (16) to which is fastened, in the central region, a connecting element (20) for articulatedly connecting to a wiper arm, wherein the connecting element (20) has two side walls (22) with open guide profiles (28), facing toward one another, for the spring rail (16), the side walls (22) are connected to one another by means of transversely running parts (24), and the connecting element (20) is fixed relative to the spring rail (16) in the longitudinal direction by means of a fixing element (40), wherein the fixing element (40) engages into cutouts (34) on the outer longitudinal sides of the spring rail (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Benner, Ursula Westermann
  • Publication number: 20150020340
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved windshield wiper blade cover adapted to install onto existing wiper blades on a vehicle to increase visibility for a driver of the vehicle. The wiper blade cover of the present invention includes an elongated cover member with two terminal ends that secure a wiper blade therebetween and a recessed channel adapted to receive the wiper blade therein. The wiper blade cover further includes a blade member disposed along a bottom portion of the cover member, wherein the blade member has a flat, smooth edge constructed to remove or control the flow of liquid on a windshield surface. The wiper cover of the present invention may be used regularly to replace dull or worn existing wiper blades or in inclement weather to improve visibility while driving.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Barry Moore
  • Patent number: 8918948
    Abstract: The wiper device for removing foreign substances that are stuck on a windshield can include: a lever assembly, having a plurality of levers in a tournament type coupled thereto; a contact member, being supported by the lever assembly and formed in the shape of a blade in close contact with the windshield so as to wipe out the foreign substances; and a cover member, provided in a plurality, each being coupled to the lever connecting a corresponding joint of the lever assembly. Accordingly, the parts of the lever assembly having the multi joint structure are effectively covered by the plurality of cover members, allowing for a simple appearance, and since each cover member is coupled with a corresponding lever and moves with the corresponding lever in an integrated manner, it becomes possible to prevent the levers from being exposed to an outside even while the wiper device is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cap Corporation
    Inventors: Kyoung-Joon Song, Sang-Cheol Lee
  • Publication number: 20140373299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support fitting (10) for a windscreen wiper, the said fitting (10) comprising a body with a longitudinal direction of extension (X), the said body comprising first means which are designed to receive a bending vertebra (20) and second means which define an open lower receptacle (13) for receipt of an upper heel for fitting of a wiping blade of the wiper, characterized in that the said second means comprise recesses (52) which facilitate the bending of the said vertebra (20). The invention also relates to a windscreen wiper comprising a fitting (10) of this type. The invention also relates to a wiping system comprising a wiper of this type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Denis Thebault, Xavier Bousset, Giuseppe Grasso, Gérald Caillot
  • Patent number: 8898849
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windshield wiper blade of a motor vehicle, comprising an elongate flexible strip, wherein at least one end of the strip is covered by a cap with a built-in conduit provided with a nozzle offset on the side of the flexible strip relative to the longitudinal median plane of said flexible strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignees: Peugeot Citroen Automobiles SA, MGI Coutier
    Inventors: Gerard Jeuffe, Brahim Hamza, Jean-Michel Issartel, Akim-Driss Bouguerra, Rodolphe Emaille
  • Publication number: 20140289990
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device of the flat blade type, comprising a carrier element, as well as a wiper blade of a flexible material, wherein the wiper blade includes at least one longitudinal groove, in which groove at least one longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating arm, wherein the connecting device is connected to the flexible material of the wiper blade by at least one pin of a first type and/or at least one pin of a second type, and wherein at least one of the pins is movable from a first position, wherein the pin in a premounted position is fixed to the connecting device, into a second position, and wherein the pin in a mounted position as a single constructional element is interconnecting the connecting device and the flexible material of the wiper blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Boulanger
  • Patent number: 8839483
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade (10) having a support composed of a plurality of support components (12, 14, 16, 18, 20) that are joined to one another by welding, gluing, or the like and have at least one longitudinal channel (34) incorporating a pre-curved elastic support element (36) and two parallel retaining rails (28) separated by a longitudinal gap (32), for a wiper strip (38), wherein a connecting element (50) is arranged in the center region of the wiper blade (10) for the articulated connection to a wiper arm. It is proposed that at least two support elements in the form of spring bars (36) having a round cross-section are provided in corresponding separate longitudinal channels (34), between which the retaining rails (28) are arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Inigo Op't Roodt, Peter De Block, Hans Beelen, Bart Fatan, Eric Windmolders
  • Publication number: 20140259508
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a wiper brush appendage that easily attaches to a wiper blade to aid in the removal of compacted solids, insect remains, light frost and the like. The wiper brush appendage is an elongated member of pliable plastic, such as one of the varieties of thermoplastics. The invention has a slot on the top side that runs the entire length that easily spreads to allow it to encompass a wiper blade, as well as multiple rows of brush hairs along the underside. It has a specific inside pocket with inturned flanges and small depressions that put pressure on the wiper blade and limits the movement of the invention while in use. Once installed over the wiper, the user turns on the wiper assembly and the brushes scrub against the windshield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Dean Randolph Ranucci, Peter William Ranucci
  • Patent number: 8819889
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly including a wiping element adapted to contact a surface to be wiped. The wiping element includes at least one isolation pad formed thereon and wherein the isolation pad defines a portion of increased lateral width of the wiping element. A coupler assembly includes an adapter with at least one claw that corresponds to the isolation pad. The claw has a downwardly extending leg and an inwardly extending retainer portion that cooperates with the isolation pad to interconnect the adapter to the wiping element. The interaction of the isolation pad and the claw acts to securely mount the adapter to the wiping element in a cost-effective manner while reducing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) associated with the operation of the wiper system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher A. Weber
  • Patent number: 8782844
    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 neighboring ends of said longitudinal strips are interconnected by a respective connecting piece, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating wiper arm, with the special feature that at least one connecting piece comprises engaging members engaging around the longitudinal strips so that said strips are mounted in grooves formed by said engaging members, wherein said strips and said connecting piece are slidably connected by means of a snap connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Federal Mogul S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Henin, Patrice Jandion, Eric Coos
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8769761
    Abstract: The invention provides an end fitting (26) for a wiper blade (10) that can be mounted on a longitudinal end (10a) of the blade (10) and that comprises means (54) for locking the end (16a) of the vertebra (16) when in its inserted position in a longitudinal housing (32), these means being designed to engage with a slot (50) made in a longitudinal edge (52) of the end (16a) of the vertebra (16), characterized in that the locking means (54) are produced symmetrically with respect to a vertical longitudinal mid-plane of the longitudinal housing (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Xavier Bousset
  • 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: 8745813
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade (10) with a supporting element (12) which has two interconnected spring rails (30), and with a wiper strip (14) which is received by the spring rails (30) in a manner allowing it to be exchanged. It is proposed that one end of the wiper strip (14) is connected fixedly to a thickened portion (74, 98, 100, 108, 110, 112, 114) by means of which the wiper strip (14) can be fixed relative to the supporting element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignees: Robert Bosch GmbH, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Ishida, Christian Wilms, Yutaka Yamada, Wim Verboven, Frank Diedrich, Mohamed Aznag, Ishikawa Yoshiki, Bernard Behr, Hubert Verelst
  • Publication number: 20140123430
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade device comprising at least one spring strip (10) and at least one end sealing unit (12). According to the invention, in order to fix the spring strip (10), the end sealing unit (12) has at least one detent element (18) which is rendered flexible by means of an inner cavity (14) in an element (16) of said end sealing unit (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Koen Bex, Helmut Depondt, Dirk Herinckx
  • Patent number: 8715421
    Abstract: A windshield wiper includes a wiper assembly, a scrubber assembly, and an engaging assembly. The wiper assembly includes a wiper support structure and a wiper blade attached to the wiper support structure. The scrubber assembly includes a scrubber support structure, an elongated scrubber element and a motor. The scrubber element is movably attached to the scrubber support structure and extends between a first end and a spaced apart second end along a central longitudinal axis. The motor is mounted to the scrubber support structure and is engaged with the scrubber element to reciprocally move the scrubber element along the central longitudinal axis. The engaging assembly is coupled with the wiper assembly and the scrubber assembly and is configured to raise and lower the scrubber assembly with respect to the wiper assembly. Also, an automated method of using a windshield wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Nelson and Nelson Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: James Q. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140090200
    Abstract: The invention relates to a first part (12) and a second part (13) of an end piece (11) for a windshield wiper comprising at least one wiper blade (1). The first part (12) has a cavity (22) for accommodating the wiper blade (1), said cavity (22) extending along a longitudinal axis. The first part (12) also has a region that is arranged laterally in relation to the longitudinal axis and accommodates the second part (13) of the end piece (11), said region (14) comprising a tubular section (31). The second part (13) also has an attachment means for mechanically connecting the second part (13) to the region of the first part (12). The attachment means represents at least one hollow tubular portion, the periphery of which has a slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: VALEO SYSTÈMES D'ESSUYAGE
    Inventor: Philippe Espinasse
  • Patent number: 8677551
    Abstract: A size-adjustable windshield wiper assembly includes a flexible vertebra, a wiper strip, and a curved spline. The flexible vertebra has scores on an upper side of the flexible vertebra for enabling a user to size the flexible vertebra to a desired size. The wiper strip may include grooves for connecting the wiper strip to the flexible vertebra. The curved spline is inserted into a cavity between the underside of the flexible vertebra and the wiper strip, thereby causing the flexible vertebra to form a curve shape such that the wiper strip is capable of closely hugging a surface of a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony Guastella, Ryan J. Thomas, Ronald C. Roberts, Michael L. Hyer
  • Publication number: 20140047663
    Abstract: The invention relates to an end piece (11) of a windshield wiper comprising at least one spring strip (5) and a wiper blade (1). The end piece (11) has a first part (12) and a second part (13). The first part (12) includes a recess for accommodating the spring strip (5), a cavity for accommodating the wiper blade (1), and a hole (28) that is in communication with the recess and the cavity. The second part (13) includes a locking means for blocking the end piece (11) relative to the wiper, said locking means extending inside the hole (28). The first pan (12) and the second part (13) are connected to each other by a removable attachment means (14). The end piece is for use in motor vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: VALEO SYSTÈMES D'ESSUYAGE
    Inventor: Philippe Espinasse
  • Publication number: 20130333150
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing a wiper blades and to a wiper blade for wiping panes, in particular motor vehicle panes, comprising a support element (12) for receiving a wiper strip (14), to which a connecting device (20) is attached, which has a wiper blade-side part (15) having claw-like shoulders (50) surrounding the support element (12) at least in some regions. According to the invention, the wiper blade-side part (15) is pushed onto the support element with an only slightly larger inner width (44) than the thickness of the support element (12) and positioned, and is heat-treated after positioning.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Ruddy Crabbe, Wolfgang Endres
  • Patent number: 8595888
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade (10) having a wiper strip (50), the head strip (56) of which is held by a receiving profile (30, 62, 70), which is connected to a longitudinal channel (60) for a support element (12), wherein a connecting element (16) is provided in the center region of the wiper blade (10) for the articulated connection to a wiper arm. The invention provides that the connecting element (16) forms part of the longitudinal channel (60) along with a connecting plate (22) in that the connecting plate (22) forms the side facing the wiper strip (50) with the base (24) thereof, and encloses the support element (12, 92) with the side walls (26) thereof, while the connecting element (16) forms the side opposite the base (24) and overlaps the side walls (26) with side parts (44) thereof, wherein part of the receiving profile (30) is integrally formed on the base (24) of the connecting plate (22) toward the wiper strip (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Inigo Op't Roodt
  • Patent number: 8595890
    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 a central longitudinal groove, in which groove a central longitudinal strip of the carrier element is disposed, wherein connecting pieces are provided at both ends of the wiper blade, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device for an oscillating wiper arm. The wiper blade at both ends thereof extends beyond the longitudinal strip in order to define at both ends of the wiper blade a space open at one end thereof, wherein the connecting pieces are retained onto the wiper blade so as to tightly close the groove at both ends of the wiper blade against entry of dust and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8555457
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly for a car includes a wiper unit connected with a support arm. The wiper unit includes a blade having a mounting seat, a wiper connected with the blade, a movable bracket movably mounted in the mounting seat, at least one support pin secured on the mounting seat and extended through the movable bracket, and at least one pair of elastic members each biased between the mounting seat and the movable bracket. The movable bracket is biased between the elastic members. Thus, the movable bracket is moved relative to and deflected from the mounting seat when the wiper unit is driven by the support arm to reduce the frictional resistance. In addition, the elastic members provide a shock-absorbing function between the mounting seat and the movable bracket to eliminate vibration produced during movement of the wiper unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Faidek Corporation
    Inventor: Ming-Yi Kuo
  • Patent number: 8555454
    Abstract: A windshield wiper having a unitary structure including: a blade with a spine; at least one drain including a plurality of inlets, integrated with the blade such that the at least one drain is aligned with a flow path of precipitation guided up the blade sidewall. A coupler for connects the at least one drain via tubing to a pump. A system incorporating the windshield wiper and vehicles having the system installed are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Integrated Wiper Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lawrence Jacobowitz
  • Publication number: 20130263401
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wiper blade device comprising a wiper strip unit (10) which has a longitudinal guide channel (14) for accommodating a support element (16). According to the invention, the longitudinal guide channel (14) has at least one lateral opening (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Koen Bex, Dirk Herinckx, Helmut Depondt
  • Publication number: 20130257107
    Abstract: A wiper blade for a windscreen wiper of a motor vehicle includes a clamp for fixing a wiping element that wipes the screen during the wiping operation of the windscreen wiper. The clamp has a base plate with at least one contact element. The contact element is to be brought against a water deflector that restricts the wiping movement of the wiper blade during the wiping operation. The contact element is a cushioning element, which has a higher level of flexibility than the base plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: DAIMLER AG
    Inventors: Andreas Zygan, Uwe Renz, Christina Nestler, Alexander Mittler
  • Patent number: 8533899
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly including a wiping element adapted to contact a surface to be wiped. The wiping element includes at least one isolation pad formed thereon and wherein the isolation pad defines a portion of increased lateral width of the wiping element. A coupler assembly includes an adapter with at least one claw that corresponds to the isolation pad. The claw has a downwardly extending leg and an inwardly extending retainer portion that cooperates with the isolation pad to interconnect the adapter to the wiping element. The interaction of the isolation pad and the claw acts to securely mount the adapter to the wiping element in a cost-effective manner while reducing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) associated with the operation of the wiper system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: TRICO Products Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher A. Weber
  • Patent number: 8528156
    Abstract: A wiper blade for connection to a wiper arm for wiping a surface to be wiped while swinging to-and-fro between a wiper stop position and a reversal position. The wiper blade includes a lever member configured to be coupled to the wiper arm, and a blade rubber retained by the lever member. The lever member includes first and second retaining hooks projecting toward the surface to be wiped and arranged at an interval in the longitudinal direction of the lever member. The blade rubber includes accommodating grooves, which are open toward a wiping direction. A leaf spring member is mounted in each accommodating groove. The first and second retaining hooks retain the blade rubber while preventing the leaf spring members from falling out of the accommodating grooves. The lever member further includes fall-off preventing protrusions arranged between the first and second retaining hooks in the longitudinal direction of the lever member. The fall-off preventing protrusions project toward the surface to be wiped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Umeno