Articulated Support Structure Patents (Class 15/250.44)
  • Patent number: 11225223
    Abstract: A wiper device is disclosed. The wiper device of the present invention is coupled to a wiper arm and removes a foreign substance attached to a windshield. The wiper device includes a contact member configured to wipe off the foreign substance, a lever structure configured to press the contact member to be tightly in contact with the windshield and having a plurality of levers connected in a multi-level structure, and an adapter configured to be coupled to the lever structure and connected to the wiper arm, wherein the lever structure comprises a connection member configured to hinge-connect at least at least one pair of the plurality of levers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: CAP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Myoung-Yeon Kim, Jae-Yong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11040704
    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 the 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 interposition of a joint part, with the special feature that the joint part is detachable connected to the connecting device by engaging protrusions of the connecting device, at the location of the pivot axis, in recesses provided in the joint part, and wherein the protrusions are provided with co-axial through holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Trico Belgium
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 10589725
    Abstract: The invention relates to a window-wiper spray nozzle (350) for a vehicle, especially a motor vehicle, comprising first detachable mounting means designed to cooperate with second mounting means of a support (390) for mounting said spray nozzle, the spray nozzle comprising at least one actuating means (370), such as a push-button, independent from said mounting means and designed to release the spray nozzle from the mounting support and thereby allow the spray nozzle to be dismounted from the mounting support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Philippe Picot, Sébastien Rollet, Patrice Guilhot, David Poubeau
  • Patent number: 10569743
    Abstract: The invention relates to a windscreen wiper device for a vehicle, for wiping a windscreen (4), comprising a wiper blade (2) having an elongate upper part (10) and an elongate lower part (12) which are at least partly flexible. Also provided are multiple connecting elements (18) for connecting the upper part (10) and the lower part (12), the connecting elements being mutually spaced along a longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2) and being attached to the upper part (10) and/or the lower part (12) by a rotary joint (20), and the connecting elements (18) being designed to allow a movement of the upper part (10) and the lower part relative to each other with a movement component along the longitudinal extent (8) of the wiper blade (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kruse
  • Patent number: 10569526
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a method of additive fabrication is provided wherein a plurality of layers of material are formed on a surface of a build platform, each layer of material being formed so as to contact a container in addition to the surface of the build platform and/or a previously formed layer of material. The method comprises forming a layer of material in contact with the container and in contact with a previously formed layer of material, and subsequent to the forming of the layer of the material, separating the layer of material from the container by simultaneously applying a first force to the layer of the material in a direction perpendicular to the surface of the build platform, and a second force to the layer of the material in a direction parallel to the surface of the build platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Formlabs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben FrantzDale, Steven Thomas, Nicholas M. Sohn
  • Patent number: 10322698
    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: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Deak, Michael Weiler, Attila Geleta, Viktor Hackl
  • Patent number: 10300891
    Abstract: A windshield wiper assembly for a dual sweep angle and indexable wiper system is provided. The system includes a wiper motor and a wiper arm for sweeping a surface of a windshield coupled to a first eccentric, the first eccentric comprising a primary eccentric and an indexable eccentric plate, wherein the indexable eccentric plate determines an eccentric offset of the wiper arm coupled to the first eccentric. The system further includes an output wiper shaft coupled to the wiper arm, a second eccentric coupled to a cam shaft, and a link coupled to the first eccentric and the second eccentric, the link having a first effective link arm length between the first eccentric and the second eccentric for driving the first eccentric to operate the wiper arm when operated in a first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH AEROSPACE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventors: Amar Patel, Ramanathan Malaichamy
  • Patent number: 10207682
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device is provided including a longitudinally extending wiper strip of a flexible material. At least one carrier of a spring-like material operatively supports and biases the wiper strip into a predetermined configuration. The windscreen wiper device further includes a connecting device for connection with a wiper arm. The flexible material is formed of flexible material, such as rubber, with a friction reducing agent consisting of at least one amide distributed homogeneously throughout the flexible material. Upon vulcanization, a portion of the friction reducing agent migrates to an outer surface of the flexible material to form a friction reducing film having hydrophobic properties. The friction reducing film provides a low friction interface between the flexible material and a windshield under wet and dry conditions. The low friction minimizes the load on the wiper device and thus extends the life of the wiper device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Motorparts LLC
    Inventor: Amod A. Thakur
  • Patent number: 10196045
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wiper blade assembly including a primary lever, a secondary lever disposed to be adjacent to the primary lever, a secondary lever connecting structure coupled to the secondary lever, and a yoke member hinge-coupled to the secondary lever connecting structure, wherein the yoke member includes a claw portion, the claw portion being moved apart from the secondary lever and in the present invention, claw portions coupled to both ends of a contact member may be disposed in certain regions of yoke members and the yoke members may be moved apart from secondary levers such that the claw portions may be moved apart from the secondary levers to allow for improvements in the property of following the curvature of glass, thereby wiping performance of a wiper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Cap Corporation
    Inventors: Myoung Yeon Kim, Hyung Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 10065606
    Abstract: A streamlined flat windscreen wiper for a vehicle is disclosed. The flat wiper includes a longitudinal wiper blade, at least one longitudinal stiffening member, a longitudinal member for retaining the wiper blade and the stiffening member, a longitudinal streamlined portion comprising two terminal caps and a central mounting extending between the terminal caps and being connected thereto. The mounting includes means for fixing to the stiffening member or to the member for retaining the stiffening member, and each cap includes means for guiding in translation terminal parts of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Vincent Gaucher, Stéphane Houssat, Eric Poton
  • Patent number: 10059310
    Abstract: A streamlined flat windscreen wiper for a vehicle is disclosed. The flat wiper includes a longitudinal wiper blade, at least one longitudinal stiffening member, a longitudinal member for retaining the wiper blade and the stiffening member, a longitudinal streamlined portion having two terminal caps and a central mounting extending between the terminal caps and being connected thereto. The mounting includes means for fixing to the stiffening member or to the member for retaining the stiffening member, and each cap comprising means for guiding in translation terminal parts of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Vincent Gaucher, Stéphane Houssat, Eric Poton
  • Patent number: 10040428
    Abstract: A wiper blade with a support assembly has a plurality of levers and housed by covers, which enhances the universality of the required parts and reduces the number of the required parts and thus, the cost of fabrication, while allowing the covers to follow the round contour of a surface to be wiped. The wiper blade includes a primary cover and secondary covers pivotally connected to the primary cover. Each of the secondary covers include a lever guide section through which a yoke lever is slidably movable in a direction longitudinally of the wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Nippon Wiper Blade Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Satou
  • Patent number: 9840184
    Abstract: The disclosure provides an air deflection apparatus for deflecting airflow around a segment of a strap when the strap is tensioned for securing a load on a movable transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Charles Herbert Chadwell, IV
  • Patent number: 9718443
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device (1) of the flat blade type includes an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade (2) of a flexible material, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped, which wiper blade (2) includes at least one longitudinal groove (3) on its longitudinal sides, in which groove (3) a longitudinal strip (4) of the carrier element is disposed, which windscreen wiper device comprises a connecting device (7) for an oscillating arm (8). A wall of the groove (3) facing towards the strip (4) and/or a longitudinal side of the strip (4) facing towards the wall is/are provided with a noise dampening profile along at least a part of its/their length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Thomas Friscioni
  • Patent number: 9707932
    Abstract: Disclosed is a wiper blade that includes: a wiper strip which wipes a wiping surface; at least one pair of yoke levers which supports the wiper strip; a pair of auxiliary levers which is relatively rotatably coupled to the at least one pair of the yoke levers respectively; and a main lever which is relatively rotatably coupled to a pair of the auxiliary levers and is connected to a wiper arm. A pair of the auxiliary levers includes a hinge protrusion which protrudes outwardly therefrom in a width direction thereof and a hinge shaft which protrudes inwardly. The main lever includes a first hinge recess which is formed on an inner side wall of an end thereof and to which the hinge protrusion is coupled and includes a second hinge recess which is formed in the center in a width direction of the main lever and to which the hinge shaft is coupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: KBWS Corporation
    Inventors: Jae Hyuck An, Woo Sung Lee
  • Patent number: 9358957
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper device includes an elastic, elongated carrier element, as well as an elongated wiper blade, which can be placed in abutment with a windscreen to be wiped. The wiper blade includes an upper holding part holding at least one longitudinal strip of the carrier element disposed in at least one longitudinal groove of the upper holding part, as well as a lower wiping part, which windscreen wiper device includes a connecting device for an oscillating arm. The oscillating arm is pivotally connected to a rod of the connecting device about a pivot axis near one end thereof, with the interposition of a joint part, wherein the connecting device includes limitation means for limiting the maximum rotation angle of the pivotal movement of the oscillating arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul S.A.
    Inventor: Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 9145111
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade including a primary part having an elongated main body and an interior space formed in the main body, and at least two secondary parts is provided. Each secondary part has a first end and a second end, the first end being received into the interior space of the main body, and the second end being exposed, wherein the secondary parts are hingedly connected to the primary part to swivel relative to the primary part to accommodate a changing curvature of a surface of a windshield based on pressure applied thereto against the windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ALBEREE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Albert Lee
  • 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: 9003598
    Abstract: An interval between an inner face 31c1 of a back wall 31c in a rubber holder 31 and a blade rubber 32 is formed so as to become gradually expanded with respect to an interval between an inner face 31b1 of a front wall 31b and the blade rubber 32 as being directed toward a center portion from both longitudinal-directional end portions of the rubber holder 31. Also, an interval between an inner face of each back wall in a pair of covers coupled to the both longitudinal-directional end portions of the rubber holder 31 and the blade rubber is formed so as to become gradually expanded with respect to an interval between the inner face of the front wall and the blade rubber as being directed toward the center portion from both longitudinal-directional end portions of the cover. Accordingly, a flow of travel wind during a travel of a vehicle is facilitated between the rubber holder 31 and the blade rubber 32 or between the covers and the blade rubber 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Fujiwara, Kenichi Imoto, Tsukasa Ogino
  • Patent number: 8978192
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a wiper blade assembly structure which has a space unit formed in a certain area of a support frame, to which a main arm of the wiper is coupled, and allows a replaceable adaptor to be detachably attached to the space unit to thereby enable various types of main arms to be coupled to a single support frame together with the replaceable adaptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: CAP Corporation
    Inventor: Oh Jong Kwon
  • 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8935825
    Abstract: A wiper blade assembly including: a primary lever including a spoiler portion; and a secondary lever disposed on a side of the primary lever and hinge-coupled to the spoiler portion of the primary lever, wherein support portions are disposed on an inner surface of the spoiler portion of the primary lever and prevent the movement of the secondary lever. The support portions support the secondary lever to prevent the secondary lever from moving on the inner surface of the spoiler portion of the primary lever when a wiper is or is not in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Cap Corporation
    Inventor: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8910341
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventors: Wi Yeong Park, Jong Wook Lee, Sung Jun Yoon
  • Patent number: 8898850
    Abstract: A wiper blade includes a main lever, a movable member, and a rubber blade. The main lever can be coupled to a wiper arm. The main lever includes a longitudinally intermediate portion, a first end defined by at least one of two longitudinal ends, and a first holding portion. The first holding portion is arranged closer to the first end than the longitudinally intermediate portion. The movable member is pivotally coupled to the first end and includes a second holding portion. A rubber blade is held by the first holding portion and the second holding portion. A coupling portion between the main lever and the movable member is located outward from the first holding portion in the longitudinal direction of the main lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takao Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 8857008
    Abstract: A clip member for mounting various types of wiper arms including: a main body; a combination groove unit that is detachably combined with a lever member; a first mounting unit that is a concave groove formed in an upper surface of the main body, and is combined with a slide-arm wiper arm; a second mounting unit that is a hole passing through a sidewall of the main body in the width direction of the main body to be combined with a pin unit of a slide-arm wiper arm or a pin-arm wiper arm; and a third mounting unit that is formed on an outer side from one of both side surfaces of the main body opposite the wiper arm and that wraps around a sidewall of the clip in the manner of a hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: HS Technology Co., Ltd., Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventor: Jeong Goo Lee
  • Patent number: 8800096
    Abstract: A wiper blade having a lever assembly and a spoiler integrated in the lever assembly. The wiper blade has a wiper rubber and the lever assembly holding the wiper rubber and being coupled to a wiper arm. The lever assembly has a plurality of levers, adjacent levers of which are hinge-jointed to each other. The lever of the lever assembly includes a spoiler portion forming a section of a spoiler integrated in the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Korea Development Bank
    Inventors: In Kyu Kim, Kyung Su Kim, Kyung Jong Nam, Sang Jin Jeong
  • 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: 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: 8671505
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade assembly comprises an elastic wiper blade and a linking mechanism including a pivot joint, a first arm, a second arm and a third arm secured to the wiper blade. The first, second and third arms are stacked one above another. The pivot joint has two opposite first pivot studs and two opposite second pivot studs. The first pivot studs are spaced apart from each other and protrude toward each other. The second pivot studs protrude away from each other. The pivot joint is disposed between the first and second arms. The first pivot studs extend into two side walls of the second arm, respectively, and the second pivot studs extend into the side walls of the first arm, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Dongguan Hongyi Wiper Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yuan-Chin Ku
  • Patent number: 8661602
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade (10) with a supporting bracket system which can be connected to a wiper arm in an articulated manner and has at least one main bracket (12, 24) and a plurality of secondary brackets (24, 28) which are connected pivotably to one another by means of joints (20, 26), wherein, in the region of at least one joint (20, 26), the main bracket (12, 24) has a U-shaped cross-sectional profile, the side walls (18, 44) of which laterally enclose the secondary brackets (24, 28), and, on the insides of the side walls (44), has pivots (50) which, together with lateral clip cutouts (54) on the secondary bracket (28), form a clip connection and a bearing point, while the secondary bracket (28) is supported via a rolling bearing (34, 66) on a top wall (58) of the main bracket (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Inigo Op't Roodt, David Van Baelen
  • Patent number: 8631537
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a windscreen-wiper blade for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The blade includes at least one mounting element in which a housing and an attachment rail are arranged parallel to the longitudinal axis of the mounting element, an elastically deformable spine arranged inside the housing of the mounting element, and a wiping strip, including a heel interlocked inside said rail of the mounting element. The method involves hot deformation of at least one longitudinal end of the mounting element, so as to immobilize the spine and the wiping strip longitudinally inside the housing and the rail of the mounting element, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Valea Systemes d'Essuyage
    Inventors: Guiseppe Grasso, Nicolas Ollier
  • 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: 8544139
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade structure includes a support strip, a wiper strip disposed below the support strip, two flexible strips set on two sides of the wiper strip, a set of clamping elements downward extended through holes formed on the support strip to clamp the support strip, the flexible strips and the wiper strip together, two wind deflector strips disposed on a top of the support strip, two elastic locking elements each including two elastic arms separately fitted near two opposite ends of the support strip, and two end caps detachably connected to the two ends of the support strip and each internally provided with two notches engaged with the elastic arms. By compressing the elastic arms toward each other to disengage them from the notches, the end caps can be removed from the support strip to allow replacement of the wiper strip with a new one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Unipoint Electric Mfg, Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Ching Chuan Chien
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8510898
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade assembly comprises: an elastic wiper blade; first and second housings secured to and covering a top end of the wiper blade and made from a plastic material; and a middle housing disposed between the first and second housings and having two end segments and a middle segment extending between the end segments. The end segments of the middle housing cover and are secured to the top end of the wiper blade at the end sections of the middle portion, respectively, and have ends in contact with ends of the first and second housings, respectively. The middle segment defines a frame space for extension of a connecting piece therein and includes a skeleton and a plastic molding layer molded over the skeleton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Dongguan Hongyi Wiper Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Chin Ku
  • Patent number: 8381349
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade assembly comprises: a middle housing having a middle frame segment that defines an accommodating recess; an elastic wiper blade; and a bridging member fitted in the accommodating recess. The bridging member has two end parts, a middle part and a pivot part. The pivot part protrudes upwardly from a top wall of the middle part. Each of the end parts has a top edge extending upwardly from the top wall so as to cooperate with the pivot part to define an extension recess. At least one of the end parts engages the middle frame segment in a tongue-and-groove engaging manner and at least one of the end, parts and the middle part engages the middle frame segment in a snap-fit engaging manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Dongguan Hongyi Wiper Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuan-Chin Ku
  • Patent number: 8375503
    Abstract: The invention is based on a wiper blade (10) having a wiping strip (12) and two spring rails (22) which serve as a supporting element and are inserted into lateral longitudinal grooves (20) in the wiping blade (12) and are permanently connected to one another at their ends by a bridge (24), wherein a wiper blade termination (25) is provided at the end of the wiper blade (10), the base element (26) of which wiper blade termination (25) is guided on the spring rails (22), is secured relative to the spring rails (22) and has a pointed-tip holder (40), the tip of which (66) engages in the wiping strip (12) in the mounted state and secures the wiping strip (12) relative to the spring rails (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Mohamed Aznag
  • Patent number: 8347450
    Abstract: A wiper blade includes a lever member, a rubber blade, and a movable cover member. The lever member includes a main lever and a yoke lever. The yoke lever includes a plurality of grip portions, by which the rubber blade is gripped. The rubber blade includes a following end projecting outward from the one of the grip portions that is located at a longitudinally outer side of the lever member. The movable cover member includes a holding portion and a basal portion. The holding portion holds the following end. The basal portion is pivotally coupled to the yoke lever so that the movable cover member pivots relative to the yoke lever when the following end bends and deforms in a direction orthogonal to the wiping surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichirou Amano
  • Patent number: 8341799
    Abstract: A universal connector (100) is adapted to connect a wiper blade assembly (20, 102) with a variety of wiper arm ends (300, 302, 304, 306, 308, 310, 312, 314, 316). In order to connect side pin type wiper arm ends (302, 304, 306), the connector includes a pin hole (216) having a figure “8” shape defined by larger and smaller overlapping lobes (218, 220). A flexible tongue (222) carried by the connector (100) includes a pair of scalloped pawls (224, 226) aligned with the respective larger and smaller lobes (218, 220) so as to engage either a ¼? or 3/16? wiper arm side pin (302-306). In order to connect wiper arm ends having hook slots (310, 312, 314 316), the connector (100) includes a generally planar upper landing (204), a generally planar lower return (206), and a forward nose profile (208). Sides (210) include cantilevered extensions (212) projecting beyond the nose profile (208) and which carry a pair of 9×4 stops (214) set below the plane of the lower return (206) by a clearance gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Allen Koppen, Xavier Boland
  • Patent number: 8336158
    Abstract: A wiper assembly having a wiping element for contact with a windshield within a predetermined attack angle range of ±10° perpendicular relative to the surface to be wiped. The wiper assembly further includes two elongated beams that are engaged to the wiping element and apply a downward force thereto. The wiper assembly also includes a connecting member mounted to the elongated beams. The wiper assembly also includes an airfoil that has an attachment portion attached to the elongated beams and an upper portion that is attached to the attachment portion. The upper portion includes a wing having a facing surface and a trailing surface that extend outwardly from the upper portion at converging angles to improve wind lift resistance and reduce drag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Stankiewicz, Rolando Lozano, Mitica Polocoser, Kyle Moll, George Hojnacki, Christopher A. Weber
  • Patent number: 8261405
    Abstract: A wiper blade assembly for wiping a windshield of a vehicle actuated by a wiper arm includes a flexible elongated wiper blade adapted to elastically contact with the windshield of the vehicle, a guide beam adapted to transfer the load and motion applied from the wiper arm to the wiper blade, the guide beam having an initial curvature, a plurality of connection members provided along a longitudinal direction of the guide beam, and a plurality of auxiliary beams rotatably coupled to the connection members, serving to hold the wiper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: KCW Corporation
    Inventors: Kwan Hee Kim, Kyungyol Kim, Jaehyuck An
  • Patent number: 8201301
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wiper having a tilting multi-blade to wipe a windshield of a transportation means. The wiper includes a wiper arm, a reciprocating tilting device, a blade holder, a multi-blade and a blade compressing plate. The wiper arm has a tilting control stopper. The reciprocating tilting device has a tilting angle control hole into which the tilting control stopper is inserted such that the reciprocating tilting device is rotatable within a limited angular range. The blade holder is coupled to the reciprocating tilting device and has holder compressing plate springs. The blade holder has an elastic notch to provide uniform elastic repulsive force. The multi-blade includes a coupling part which is inserted into the blade holder, and multiple blade lips which are symmetrically provided on left and right sides. The blade compressing plate is inserted into the blade holder and has plate springs to evenly compress the multi-blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Hyun Chan Jeong
  • Patent number: 8196256
    Abstract: A backing strip for a windshield wiper assembly includes a pair of rails. Each of the pair of rails includes a body portion and a detent portion. The detent portion includes a cut-out on each side thereof. The cut-outs form at least a pair of hooks on each side of said detent portion. The cut-out on one side of the detent portion of each of said rails is for receiving a claw of the windshield wiper assembly and the hooks on the opposite side of the detent portion of each of the rails are for engaging a windshield wiper blade of the windshield wiper assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Alberee Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Lee
  • Patent number: 8191201
    Abstract: The invention is based on a connection element (16, 44, 50, 66, 74, 80) for connecting a wiper blade (10), which has at least one spring rail (14) as a supporting element, to a wiper arm in an articulated manner, with the connection element (16, 44, 50, 66, 74, 80) having claws (22, 46, 52) which are integrally formed on the side of a base part (18) and, in the mounted state, surround and retain the spring rail (14) by the base part (18) being supported on a part of a wiper rubber (12) which is arranged between the spring rail (14) and the base part (18, 56, 68, 70). The invention proposes that the connection element (16, 44, 50, 66, 74, 80) has means (28, 58, 60, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82, 84) with which the surface pressure between the base part (18, 56, 68, 70) and the wiper rubber (12) is locally increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Peter De Block, Klaus-Dieter Haefele, Bart Fatan, Wilfried Merkel, Rudi Crabbé, Paul Criel, Eric Windmolders, David Van Baelen
  • Patent number: 8181308
    Abstract: A wiper for a vehicle including: a wiper stripe; a plurality of supports combined with the wiper strip; first and second yokes slidably supporting the plurality of supports; a first auxiliary lever having one end combined with a middle portion of the first yoke; a second auxiliary lever having one end combined with a middle portion of the second yoke; and a primary lever having one end combined with the first auxiliary lever and another end combined with the second auxiliary lever and including an arm combination hole in which a wiper arm is combined with a center of the primary lever, wherein the primary lever is combined with the first auxiliary lever and the second auxiliary lever, the first auxiliary lever and the first yoke are combined with each other, and the second auxiliary lever and the second yoke are combined with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Dongyang Mechatronics Corp.
    Inventors: Hyuk Bai Kwon, Young Eun Cho