Specified Material Patents (Class 16/385)
  • Patent number: 10478916
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, or method for joining components is provided. The system applies force along an axis, with a friction pin, to a first substrate, such as with a joiner or joining apparatus. The system also frictionally melts a portion of the first substrate adjacent the friction pin by rotating the friction pin about the axis at a first speed within the first substrate. The system also applies force to the second substrate along the axis and frictionally melts a portion of the second substrate adjacent the friction pin by rotating the friction pin at a second speed within the second substrate. The system embeds a portion of the friction pin within the first substrate and the second substrate. In some configurations, the first speed and the second speed are substantially equivalent. In other configurations, the first speed is different from the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Polewarczyk, Hesham A. Ezzat
  • Patent number: 10358269
    Abstract: A closure for a container comprises a base and a cap comprising a top member and a body member; and a connecting member extending between and connecting the base and the cap, the cap being mobile between a first, closed position and a second, opened position, the body member further comprising a recess in the body member where the connecting member is fastened along a first hinge to the recess at a side thereof proximate to the top member, such that when the cap is disposed in the first, closed position the connecting member lies within the recess substantially flush with an exterior surface of the body member; the connecting member being capable of rotating through at least 90° about the first hinge in which the connecting member comprises a plurality of intermediate hinges providing rotation of the connecting member over a deflection of at least 270°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Cerveny
  • Patent number: 10308396
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for manufacturing a container with a closure-release mechanism. The process in particular relates to thermoforming a plastic sheet to form a container with a clam shell locking system in order to facilitate a secure closure and easy opening packaging container. The clam shell locking arrangement comprises a post which is secured in an aperture when the container is in closed state. The post is a projection or protrusion in a vertical or nearly vertical sidewall of the cover of the thermoformed package and fits securely into the aperture, which is a cut-out made in the outer, and optionally also the inner, wall segments of the vertical or nearly vertical surfaces of the base section of the thermoplastic containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Jay Baker, Jessup Baker
  • Patent number: 9854884
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a luggage, having an integrated structure. The luggage includes a one-piece shell, which is constructed from a single molding to form a continuous structure and has at least a top wall and two opposing side walls. The top wall has two sloping curved corners which are sloped and curved toward the cover of the luggage and the respectively abutting side wall. The present also invention provides a method of manufacturing the luggage. The method includes the steps of assembling a family mold to form a mold cavity, injecting mold material into the mold cavity to make the one-piece shell for the luggage, and removing the family mold. The family mold includes an inner mold tool and an outer mold tool, and the step of removing the family mold includes the steps of removing the outer mold tool first, and then, removing the inner mold tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Oh
  • Patent number: 9722456
    Abstract: A console assembly for an automotive vehicle and use with a mobile device. The console assembly including a storage compartment having a floor, a pair of sidewalls, and a pair of end walls. An opening permits access into the storage area and a slidable top wall is operable to move between a covered position and a retracted position relative to the opening. An anti-slip surface is provided on the top wall and configured to receive the mobile device thereon. A wireless charging unit is also incorporated into and moveable with the top wall. The wireless charging unit is located immediately below the anti-slip surface. When the mobile device is placed on the anti-slip surface, the device is moveable with the top wall, between the covered position and retracted position, while being charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Lambert, Nicholas S. Sitarski, Scott L. Weiss, Jonathan J. Quijano
  • Patent number: 9586409
    Abstract: A liquid-consuming apparatus includes: a tank including a liquid chamber, an upstanding wall facing a particular direction, and an inlet formed in a surface of the tank; a liquid-consuming unit consuming liquid stored in the liquid chamber; a cover rotatable between a covering position where the upstanding wall is covered with the cover and an exposure position where the upstanding wall is exposed, around a rotation axis extending in a further direction; and a casing including an engaging target part which holds the cover in the covering position, and supporting the tank, liquid-consuming unit, and cover. The cover includes: an engaging part to engage with the engaging target part in the state that the cover is in the covering position; and a tab which is subjected to an operation for releasing an engagement between the engaging part and the engaging target part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshinori Osakabe, Tomohisa Higuchi
  • Patent number: 9408416
    Abstract: Low temperature electronic vaporization devices and method are described herein for emulating smoking wherein the devices generate an aerosol for inhalation by a subject by heating a viscous material that can have a tactile response in the mouth or respiratory tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: PAX Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: James Monsees, Adam Bowen, Patrick Myall, Krista Hunter
  • Patent number: 9199367
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gas bolt heating apparatus for connecting to a heating tube and heating a bolt member. The bolt member has a bore. The heating tube is positionable within the bore. The heating apparatus includes a gas torch having a torch tip through which hot gas passes. The heating apparatus also includes a hollow heater body having a first end and a second end opposite thereof. The body has a central passageway extending from the first end of the body towards its second end. The central passageway is configured to receive the torch tip. The heating tube is connectable to the body. The torch tip is configured to extend into the heating tube for directly heating the heating tube when the heating tube is so connected to the heater body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: NEWPOL MACHINE WORKS LTD.
    Inventors: John Tatarczuk, George Tatarczuk
  • Publication number: 20150059127
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lid which is pivotably attached by a link at a filling spout (1) of a windshield washing water container. The invention proposes to provide the link with pinions which are received in support eyelets with an intermediary space there between. During injection molding the intermediary space is filled by slides of an injection molding tool so that the lid is injection moldable in one step together with the filling spout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: FRANK SOMMER, Andreas Massold
  • Patent number: 8707518
    Abstract: A quiet door hinge assembly may include a first hinge wing having at least two knuckles and a second hinge wing having at least three knuckles. A central pin may be disposed to connect the first and second hinge wings by passing through the knuckles. Non-metallic separators may be placed between the knuckles disposed to preclude direct contact between the knuckles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Merle L. Branning
  • Publication number: 20140111928
    Abstract: A portable computing device can include one or more clutch assemblies that can include a conductive elastomer configured to contact at least a portion of the clutch assembly of the portable computing device. The conductive elastomer can be configured to also contact at least one region of the base portion of the portable computing device and can include highly conductive regions. A USB grounding plate can be attached to a portion of a case for the portable computing device and can be configured to provide a ground pathway between the case and a ground sheath of a USB connector inserted into an opening in a side wall of the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon S. SMITH, Cheryl P. ESPIRITU, Houtan R. FARAHANI, Charles A. SCHWALBACH
  • Patent number: 8650714
    Abstract: A hinge plate includes a frame hinge plate part comprising a frame fastening part and a frame hinge part. A leaf/sash hinge plate part comprises a leaf/sash fastening part and a leaf/sash hinge part. A primary coil is disposed in the frame hinge part and a secondary coil is disposed in the leaf/sash hinge part, each coil being configured to surround a hinge plate pin. The primary coil extends at least almost up to an end face of the frame hinge part facing the leaf/sash hinge part. The secondary coil extends at least almost up to an end face of the leaf/sash hinge part facing the frame hinge part. A hinge plate pin sleeve comprising a ferrite material is disposed between the hinge plate pin and the primary and secondary coils, and extends approximately over a length of the hinge plate pin surrounded by the primary and secondary coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignees: Dr. Hahn GmbH & Co. KG, Staude Kunststofftechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Staude
  • Patent number: 8640307
    Abstract: A hinge has a central element and a surrounding element. One of the central element and the surrounding element is formed by injection molding, and the other element is then formed on the priorly-formed element by injection molding such that a limit segment is mounted around the neck segment having a smallest outer width of the central element, which keeps the surrounding element from departing from the central element, and further simplifies a structure of the hinge. Because a melting point of the element formed priorly is higher than a melting point of the element formed later, the element formed later does not attach to the element formed priorly, and the two elements are relatively rotatable. Finally, because the manufacture of the hinge is accomplished after injection molding twice, the process of manufacturing the hinge is more convenient, faster and lowers the cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Shen Yuann Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lee-Yeh Lu
  • Patent number: 8379378
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hybrid hinge. The hybrid hinges 7, 8 are used for rotatably adjoining segments S1, S2, S1 of a suitable electronic apparatus. The hybrid hinge 7, 8 comprise respective rigid hinges 2, 4 arranged to rotate the segments S1, S2, respectively S2, S1? about respective shafts 2, 4. The hybrid hinges further comprise respective elastic hinges having respective portions 3a, 3b, 3c and 5a, 5b, 5c. Preferably, a central portion 3b, 5b of the elastic hinges is arranged to coincide with the shaft 2a, 4a. More preferably, the elastic hinges are arranged to seal an interface between the segments S1, S2 and S2, S1? in the area of the rigid hinge. The invention further relates to an electronic device comprising the hybrid hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Creator Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrik Dirk Visser, Jari Riski, Johannes Cornelis Adriaan Hamers, Michael Johannes Anna Maria Walters
  • Patent number: 8341805
    Abstract: An exemplary hinge assembly includes a sleeve, a first member, a second member, a conductive member and a resilient member. The sleeve includes an open end. The first member is received in the sleeve. The conductive member is positioned on the first member. The second member is located next to the first member. One of the first member and the second member have a cam, the other of the first member and second member have a cam follower interacting with the cam so that the first member rotates about an axis and the second member moves linearly along the axis when the cam follower follows the cam. The resilient member is fitted in the sleeve and provides an elastic force to bias the first member and the second member into contact with each other. A plurality of tabs formed adjacent to the open end contact the conductive member for electronically connecting the sleeve to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., FIH (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Chao Duan, Chia-Hua Chen
  • Patent number: 8261410
    Abstract: A hinge member for a blow-molded article includes at least two hinge arms with axial holes defined therein and a hinge pin extended therethrough. The hinges arms include upper and lower ones provided on the two parts of the article respectively. At least two openings are defined in the wall of each hinge arm and parallel to a horizontal plane at which the axis of the axial hole is located. At least one opening is positioned at each side of the horizontal plane. The length and width of the openings are arranged such that each opening corresponds to a particular section of the axial hole. The axial hole can be formed by providing corresponding bulges in the mold without removing a core pin, thereby simplifying molding process and increasing yield rate. The present disclosure also provides a blow-molded article having the hinge member and a mold for forming the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Red Plastics Industry (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wai Po Sze
  • Publication number: 20120150309
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hinge comprising a first rigid body, a second rigid body and a joint member connected to the first rigid body and the second rigid body allowing substantially two-dimensional rotation of the first rigid body and the second and rigid body relative to each other. The joint member comprises HPPE fibers which are bendable by the rotation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Roelof Marissen
  • Publication number: 20120150306
    Abstract: The invention relates to a three-dimensional hinge (100) comprising a first rigid body (10), a second rigid body (20) and a joint member. The joint member connects the first rigid body (20) and the second rigid body (20). The joint member comprises at least three base connectors (32,33,34), each base connector connected to the second rigid body (20) at respective connection point (22, 23, 24) and engaging with an engaging portion of the first rigid body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Roelof Marissen
  • Patent number: 8191204
    Abstract: A selective compliance hinge, apt to define a turning pair with a default axis of rotation (A), allows to obtain a selective compliance turning pair, hence with the advantages typical of such applications but providing the best precision and movement repeatability, and comprises a connecting element (3) compliant between a first and a second body (1, 2), and characterized by that each of said bodies (1, 2) has a first and a second extension (11, 21), respectively, said extensions (11, 21) comprising respective surfaces (111, 211) conjugate therebetween, so that said surfaces (111, 211) slide one relative the other remaining adjacent therebetween and defining a rotary motion taking place substantially about said default axis of rotation (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Universita' Degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
    Inventors: Nicola Plo Belfiore, Massimiliano Scaccia, Francesco Ianniello, Massimiliano Presta
  • Publication number: 20120073083
    Abstract: A hinge plate includes a frame hinge plate part comprising a frame fastening part and a frame hinge part. A leaf/sash hinge plate part comprises a leaf/sash fastening part and a leaf/sash hinge part. A primary coil is disposed in the frame hinge part and a secondary coil is disposed in the leaf/sash hinge part, each coil being configured to surround a hinge plate pin. The primary coil extends at least almost up to an end face of the frame hinge part facing the leaf/sash hinge part. The secondary coil extends at least almost up to an end face of the leaf/sash hinge part facing the frame hinge part. A hinge plate pin sleeve comprising a ferrite material is disposed between the hinge plate pin and the primary and secondary coils, and extends approximately over a length of the hinge plate pin surrounded by the primary and secondary coils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicants: STAUDE KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH, DR. HAHN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Staude
  • Publication number: 20120025020
    Abstract: Fasteners, such as bolts, nuts and screws, rivets, pins, and retaining rings, made of a highly kinked rigid-rod polyarylene exhibiting outstanding characteristics, notably a high torque and a high tensile elongation, a measure of practical toughness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: SOLVAY ADVANCED POLYMERS, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Gregory C. Plithides, Suresh Sriram
  • Patent number: 8074324
    Abstract: A flexible hinge including a first set of plies and a second set of plies, and a hinge area where the first set of plies and the second set of plies bend. A damping material is disposed between plies of the first set and the second set at least at the hinge area thereof to control the deployment of the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Warren, John Williams, Victor Leemon, Michael Winter
  • Publication number: 20110138578
    Abstract: Coupling for inducing high temperature drops on parts of an aircraft includes an edge portion (2) subjected to high temperature and a bearing structure (3) having limited capacity to resist against high temperatures. The coupling includes at least one hinge (4) having low heat conductivity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Marco Premazzi, Federico Garuccio
  • Patent number: 7958599
    Abstract: A friction hinge includes a socket made up of a compressible elastomer insert sleeve inside a relatively rigid cup substrate. The insert sleeve defines an opening with a lip around the opening, and a relatively rigid ball or other center portion can be snap assembled through the lip and opening to center itself in the socket. A mount portion extends through the opening off the ball/center portion, and hand pressure on the mount portion can adjust the angular position of the joint. The size of the ball/center portion relative to the size of the cup substrate causes dimensional compression of the insert sleeve, such as about 15% of its thickness. The compression of the insert sleeve creates a controlled friction force on the ball/center portion, so the snap assembly friction hinge works consistently over a long time and over wide temperature ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: James B. Easley
  • Publication number: 20110004985
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of manufacturing a ceramic hinge to connect two ceramic bodies, comprising the steps of: shaping a separation insert in the form of a hinge, introducing the separation insert into a ceramic body, thereby separating the ceramic body into a first part and a second part; and heating the ceramic body and the separation insert of the ceramic body up to the sintering temperature of the ceramic body. The separation insert creates either a cavity in the case of a combustible insert or a soft pad in the case of a ceramic fiber based insert within the ceramic body. This cavity or soft pad allows a hinge or rotary movement between the first part and the second part of the ceramic body. The first part and the second part of the ceramic body can therefore freely rotate or hinge around one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Inventor: Gosakan Aravamudan
  • Publication number: 20100331059
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus. The apparatus includes a first housing member, a second housing member, and a rotatable hinge. The first housing member includes a first magnet. The second housing member includes a second magnet. The second magnet is opposite the first magnet. The rotatable hinge is between the first housing member and the second housing member. The rotatable hinge includes an aperture and a central axis. The aperture is adapted to be accessible from an exterior portion of the apparatus. The first housing member and the second housing member are rotatable about the central axis. The aperture extends through the first housing member and the second housing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Jeffrey Apgar, Edward Liljegren
  • Patent number: 7748081
    Abstract: The invention has as its object an adjustable hinge, comprising at least one pivotable hinge plate provided with at least one through-opening, and comprising at least one alignment washer provided with at least one through-opening, which through-openings are provided for penetration by assembly means for mounting the hinge, wherein the alignment washer and hinge plate are adjustable relative to each other in the plane of the hinge plate, and wherein the alignment washer and/or hinge plate is provided with at least one protruding sharp-edged annular collar and/or a multitude of pointed raised areas having a higher degree of hardness than the mating surfaces contacting it of the other component cooperating with it, namely the alignment washer or the hinge plate. The advantage is that the alignment washer can be adjusted as desired, i.e., also rotated, relative to the hinge plate, and fixed in form-fitting engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Otto Ganter GmbH & Co. KG - Normteilefabrik
    Inventor: Bernhard Ganter
  • Publication number: 20100090485
    Abstract: An armrest hinge unit for a vehicle includes a lower bracket fixed to one side of an armrest container near an opening thereof and including a pivoting-allowable space in the lower bracket, a frictional member disposed in the pivoting-allowable space of the lower bracket and fixed to the lower bracket, and an upper bracket having a hinge portion hingedly coupled to the lower bracket and a receiving groove to elastically receive the frictional member therein, the upper bracket being connected to an armrest cover, wherein at least an inner surface of the receiving groove of the upper bracket is in elastic contact with the frictional member so that a position of the arm rest cover is maintained by frictional force therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicants: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kwang Pyo CHO
  • Patent number: 7681282
    Abstract: A hinge assembly (26) includes a first hinge shoulder (262), a second hinge shoulder (264), a hinge sleeve positioned (266) between the first hinge shoulder and the second hinge shoulder, a hinge (268) pivotably connecting the first hinge shoulder to the hinge sleeve, and a ceramic bushing (269) pivotably connecting the second hinge shoulder to the hinge sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Chia-Shien Liu
  • Publication number: 20100050388
    Abstract: The present development provides a continuous fiber reinforced elastomeric resin molded article which may be exemplified by a flexible hinge used in the hostile environment of a refuse collection vehicle. The present development also provides an advanced molding process for making fiber-reinforced elastomeric composite molded articles. The process is particularly useful for articles that include areas of flexure and point loading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: MCNEILUS TRUCK AND MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Kevin M. Shaber, Thomas G. Lindblom
  • Publication number: 20100018130
    Abstract: A collapsible building module including: a floor panel; a plurality of wall panels, each having an upper end and a lower end and being connected to said floor panel at or adjacent their lower ends for pivoting movement relative to said floor panel about respective pivot axes at or adjacent their lower ends between an erected position in which they stand up from said floor panel and a stowed position in which they rest on said floor panel or on top of one another; a roof panel operatively connected to one of said wall panels at or adjacent its upper end for pivoting movement relative thereto about a pivot axis adjacent said upper end; and securing means for securing selected adjacent panels together in the erected position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Lopez, Hayden Wouters
  • Patent number: 7621022
    Abstract: A top hinge is provided for a refrigerator cabinet door. A hinge body is formed of plastic having a top surface and a bottom surface. A hinge pin extends substantially perpendicularly from the bottom surface of the hinge body. One or more points of attachment are formed on the hinge body. An axis of twist passes through a center of the hinge pin and an effective center of attachment. At least a first rib and a second rib extend from the bottom surface of the hinge body. The ribs extend along a length of the bottom surface at an oblique angle relative to the axis of twist and diverge from each other by an angle of at least about 60 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jimmy C. Gandevia, Kenneth J. Rasche, Steven E. Tolliver, Brian K. Culley, Daryl L. Reuter, Matthew W. Burdette
  • Patent number: 7594299
    Abstract: A stabilizing mechanism for a two part foldable hinged device having a cover and a base is disclosed and includes at least one elastic member having one end attached to the cover and a second opposite end attached to the base. The elastic member has a bending section defined between the ends which extends to increase the contact surface area of the base as the cover pivots open with respect to the base to keep the device from tipping over when the device is placed on a resting surface. The bending section is formed between two spaced apart knuckles whereby the elastic member bends with a controlled variable displacement to provide a greater rate of available contact surface as the cover and base pivot relative to one another, particularly between 90° and 180°. A portion of the second opposite end of the elastic member may extend beyond the downwardly facing surface of the base to make contact with the resting surface to prevent the device from sliding on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Janne T. Kilpinen
  • Publication number: 20090026740
    Abstract: A hinge for an airbag flap in a motor vehicle. The hinge is formed of a knitted fabric which is connected in a form-fitting manner both to the airbag flap and to regions surrounding the airbag flap. The knitted fabric has a plurality of inlaid or standing yarns arranged at an angle of at least 15° in relation to the longitudinal extension of the hinge-side edge of the airbag flap. Furthermore, a method for manufacturing the hinge is provided where the knitted fabric is arranged in relation to the airbag flap and also the regions surrounding the airbag flap in such a manner that the inlaid or standing yarns are arranged at an angle of at least 15° in relation to the longitudinal extension of the hinge-side edge of the airbag flap. The knitted fabric and at least parts of both the airbag flap and the regions surrounding the airbag flap are sheathed with plastic material so as to form a form-fitting connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: Lisa Draexlmaier GmbH
    Inventor: Felix DORN
  • Patent number: 7469450
    Abstract: An articulating window assembly is adapted for use with a support structure. The assembly includes a windowpane with an inner surface. A hinge is adjacent to the inner surface. The hinge includes a cylindrical member having a pivot axis and a stud member attached to the cylindrical member. A polymeric member surrounding at least a portion of the hinge member so as to permit, the hinge member to articulate about the pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronnie G. Gipson
  • Publication number: 20080263828
    Abstract: A method of making a hinge has the steps of forming a region of a piece of sheet metal with a groove and then bending the piece of sheet metal to form the region into an eye with the groove opening inwardly into the eye so that the piece of sheet metal with the eye forms a first leaf. A pivot pin with a radially outwardly projecting thickened region is fitted and pressed into the eye such that the radially thickened region radially elastically widens the eye. Once the thickened region reaches the groove, the eye springs back so that the pivot pin is then captured held in the eye.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Andre Bultschnieder, Uwe Sabrowski
  • Patent number: 7377587
    Abstract: A hinged glider mechanism includes a hinge device for pivoted mounting in a chair between a stationary base frame and a seat frame, for supporting the seat frame for oscillatory gliding motion generally longitudinally relative to the base frame. The hinge device is configured for repeated substantially silent pivotal oscillating cycles over an extended life. The hinge device includes a hinge panel consisting essentially of a polymeric material, such as acetal copolymer, that is characterized by a sufficient strength and durability to support the seat frame and a seat occupant during repeated and extended pivotal oscillating cycles without failure and a sufficient lubricity not to generate noise during the repeated and extended pivotal oscillating cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Edmond P. Guillot
  • Patent number: 7328480
    Abstract: A living hinge comprising a spring portion having a first end and a second end and a first arm portion and a second arm portion coextruded with the spring portion is disclosed. The first arm portion extends from the first end and the second arm portion extends from the second end. A component having the living hinge is also disclosed. Methods of making the component having the living hinge are also discloses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Schoemann
  • Publication number: 20080028574
    Abstract: An integral composite piano hinge assembly, and a method of making such an assembly. The assembly is made from a series of separate plies that are saturated with hardened resin to define a multi-layer composite structure, and a series of interleaved knuckles made from one or more composite tubes located within the plies such that at least one ply lies below the tube and at least one ply lies above the tube. The piano hinge may be an integral part of a structure such as a transom bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventors: Patrick E. Mack, Greg Grisevich
  • Patent number: 6889411
    Abstract: A conductive hinge is made of a superelastic shape memory alloy such as nitinol (NiTi) having a large elastic strain limit for enabling the hinge to bend to a small radius during stowage and flexible return to a trained rigid hinge position by training the shape memory alloy to assume a predetermined deployed configuration when released from a stowage configuration. The hinge is trained by forging at a temperature above a training temperature. The hinge is stowed and released in the superelastic state to deploy solar cell panels as the hinges unfold to the trained deployed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Hinkley, Edward J. Simburger
  • Patent number: 6772479
    Abstract: A conductive hinge is made of a superelastic shape memory alloy such as nitinol (NiTi) having a large elastic strain limit for enabling the hinge to bend around a small radius during stowage and flexible return to a trained rigid hinge position. The hinge is conductive enabling use of the hinge as a conductor for routing power through multiple solar cell panels interconnected by the hinges forming a hinged solar cell array that is deployed when the hinges are released from the bent stowed configuration to the rigid deployed configuration when the hinges further function as latches to lock the panels in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: The Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Hinkley, Edward J. Simburger
  • Patent number: 6671928
    Abstract: A hinge assembly includes a base-side support member and a monitor-side bracket set being pivotally connected to each other at two pivot shafts on the base-side support member. Elastic washers and anti-skidding washers are sequentially put around the pivot shafts with a separate washer of a predetermined thickness disposed between any two adjacent components of the hinge assembly on the pivot shafts. The separate washer is made of a highly pressure-resistant and wear-resistant material, such as high-molecular polymers, including, for example, Teflon, nylon, ABS resin, PC, PW, Bakelite, or other materials having similar properties. When nuts are tightened against the pivot shafts to firmly lock the components on the pivot shafts together with a selected torque, the separate washers separate and prevent such components from direct and frictional contact with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Kuo-Cheng Huang
  • Publication number: 20030196298
    Abstract: A conductive hinge is made of a superelastic shape memory alloy such as nitinol (NiTi) having a large elastic strain limit for enabling the hinge to bend around a small radius during stowage and flexible return to a trained rigid hinge position. The hinge is conductive enabling use of the hinge as a conductor for routing power through multiple solar cell panels interconnected by the hinges forming a hinged solar cell array that is deployed when the hinges are released from the bent stowed configuration to the rigid deployed configuration when the hinges further function as latches to lock the panels in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: David A. Hinkley, Edward J. Simburger
  • Patent number: 6553626
    Abstract: A magnetic hinge that connects and secures adjacent components while allowing for rotational movement of the components with respect to each other. The magnetic hinge may be incorporated into a magnetic stand magnifier or a variety of other structures. The magnetic hinge of this invention consists of an arm and a shaft with a magnet therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
    Inventor: Richard David Blair Coburn
  • Patent number: 6385815
    Abstract: In a frictional hinge device a support block 20 is molded in a synthetic resin around the metallic shaft 10 so that the support block 20 is rotatably supported by the metallic shaft 10. The support block 20 is held at any angles by a surface friction resistance between the support block 20 and the metallic shaft 10. The synthetic resin has a modulus of bending elasticity, a changing rate of which is up to 30% at an operating temperature ranging from −20 to 80° C. The support block 20 tightly engages with the metallic shaft 10 due to a residual stress appeared between the support block 20 and the metallic shaft 10 when cooling the synthetic resin to shrink. Due to the smaller changing rate of the modulus of bending elasticity, the surface friction resistance becomes stable between the support block 20 and the metallic shaft 10 under normal ambient temperature with the least amount of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Chuo Hatsujo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Hayashida, Masato Uneme
  • Patent number: 6381809
    Abstract: In a frictional hinge device, an inequable strain distribution within a synthetic resin is determined to be 15% or less so as to increase a torque holding rate by 80% or more to tightly engage a support block 20 with a metallic shaft 10. This eliminates variations on a frictional torque with no substantial stickslip phenomenon, abnormal noise and initial scratches accompanied when pivotally moving the support block 20 relative to the metallic shaft 10 so as to maintain a stable surface friction resistance with good endurance for a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Chuo Hatsujo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masato Uneme, Takaaki Hayashida
  • Publication number: 20020000023
    Abstract: A hinge is disclosed comprising a mounting member for mounting to a stationary operational surface and having a hinge portion formed along the longitudinal extent of the mounting member. An elongate shaft is included having a hollow cross-sectional profile and formed along the longitudinal extent of the hinge portion. An elongate mouth is formed at the opening of the shaft and has a cross-sectional profile of smaller extent than the cross-sectional profile of the elongate shaft. A flap attachment member including an elongate hinge member is disclosed having a cross-sectional shape that conforms to the cross-sectional profile of the elongate shaft, and being received in the shaft and retained by the elongate mouth to thereby rotatably couple the flap attachment member to the mounting member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Publication date: January 3, 2002
    Inventor: Dana Stettler
  • Patent number: 6175989
    Abstract: A shape memory alloy hinge assembly for deploying at least a first object in a controllable, substantially shockless manner is disclosed. Generally, the hinge assembly includes at least a first flexure member capable of moving from a first, folded configuration to a second, straightened configuration, and a controller for controlling the movement of at least the first flexure member as the first flexure member moves or reconfigures from the folded configuration to the straightened configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventors: Bernie F. Carpenter, Jerry L. Draper, Russell N. Gehling
  • Patent number: 6173475
    Abstract: A hinge assembly for pivotally interconnecting a door to a trailer body is disclosed. The hinge assembly includes a hinge plate having a mounting portion and a hinge portion. The mounting portion of the hinge plate is configured to permit attachment to the door, while the hinge portion of the hinge plate defines an elongated closed passage opening at opposite ends thereof. Bearing structure is non-rotatably accommodated within the passage for forming a bearing connection between the hinge plate and a pivot member endwise extending through the hinge portion of the hinge plate. The bearing structure includes a cap formed integral therewith and extending from opposite ends of the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Powerbrace Corporation
    Inventors: Brian A. Senn, Robert S. Toms, Jr., Ronald W. Kerr
  • Patent number: 6081969
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hinge for electronic apparatus which is capable of effecting heat dissipation without having to increase the size of the electronic apparatus. Hinges 1A and 1B for electronic apparatus are provided for the purpose of foldably connecting a first portion 2 and a second portion 3 of an electronic apparatus. Each hinge includes a stationary member 11 which has a strength maintaining portion 11a for maintaining mechanical strength and a heat conducting portion 12 for effecting heat conduction and which is provided on the first portion 2, a movable member 17 which has a strength maintaining portion 17a for maintaining mechanical strength and a heat conducting portion 13 for effecting heat conduction and which is provided on the second portion 3, and a joint portion 30 for joining the stationary member 11a and the movable member 17 to each other while effecting heat conduction between the heat conducting portion 11a of the stationary member and the heat conducting portion 13 of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Tanahashi, Tsutomu Asawa