Windshield Or Window Patents (Class 219/203)
  • Patent number: 10660161
    Abstract: A transparent pane, having at least one heatable, electrically conductive coating connected to at least two collection electrodes, provided for electrically connecting to a supply voltage to generate a heating current that flows across a heating field formed between the at least two collection electrodes is described. The heating field includes at least one communication window free from the heatable, electrically conductive coating. The transparent pane further includes at least one heatable, electrically conductive coating. The additional electrode is connected to one of the two collection electrodes via a respective current supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Guenther Schall, Valentin Schulz, Bojan Dimitrijevic
  • Patent number: 10652957
    Abstract: A heating element includes a matrix material and a nanomaterial filler, wherein the nanomaterial filler includes at least one of a nano-sheet and a nanorod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seyun Kim, Soichiro Mizusaki, Haengdeog Koh, Doyoon Kim, Hajin Kim, Changsoo Lee, Intaek Han
  • Patent number: 10638549
    Abstract: An electrically heatable pane with a switch region is presented. The pane has a transparent substrate, with at least one transparent electrically conductive layer that is, at least partially, arranged on a surface of the pane. At least one separating line electrically divides the layer into a heating region and a switch region. At least two busbars are provided for connection to a voltage source. The busbars being connected to the heating region, form a current path between the busbars. A heating current can therefore flow through the current path. Furthermore, the switch region has at least one contact region, a feed line region, and a connection region, where the connection region can be connected to sensor electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Patrick Weber, Hans-Georg Esser, Jens Bondkowski
  • Patent number: 10616956
    Abstract: A heating element includes a matrix material and a nanomaterial filler, wherein the nanomaterial filler includes at least one of a nano-sheet and a nanorod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seyun Kim, Soichiro Mizusaki, Haengdeog Koh, Doyoon Kim, Hajin Kim, Changsoo Lee, Intaek Han
  • Patent number: 10609768
    Abstract: A pane having at least two connection elements and one connecting conductor is described. The pane comprising a substrate with an electrically conductive structure on at least one subregion of the substrate, at least two electrical connection elements on at least one subregion of the electrically conductive structure, at least one contact area on the bottom of each connection element, a solder compound, which connects the contact areas of the electrical connection elements in at least one subregion to the electrically conductive structure, and a connecting conductor, which electrically conductively connects the connection elements to one another, wherein the contact areas of adjacent connection elements, which contact areas are closest to one another, are at a distance of at least 70 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Mitja Rateiczak, Bernhard Reul, Klaus Schmalbuch, Bernd Stelling
  • Patent number: 10608330
    Abstract: The present application generally relates to antennas embedded in or on glass structures. More specifically, the application teaches a method and apparatus for camouflaging near-transparent conductors by adding additional conductive or non-conductive materials of non-conductive areas by applying the additional materials in the same plane or a different plane than the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Talty, Hyok Jae Song, James H. Schaffner, Duane S. Carper, Eray Yasan
  • Patent number: 10604116
    Abstract: The invention relates to a window glass heating apparatus comprising an electric heating wire for heating a window glass of a vehicle. The apparatus continues to stop an energization of the wire until a predetermined energization standby time has elapsed after an energization permission condition becomes satisfied. The apparatus starts the energization of the wire when the predetermined energization standby time has elapsed after the energization permission condition becomes satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hajime Nagae
  • Patent number: 10596786
    Abstract: A laminated vehicle glazing includes an AMOLED screen between the internal faces F2 and F3 of the glazings and which is located in a widened masking zone of enamel on face F2, and is alone or adjacent with another or several other flexible AMOLED screens also clustered in the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Michael Labrot, Ingo Von Der Weiden
  • Patent number: 10582571
    Abstract: A transparent heater includes a plurality of high aspect ratio micro-wires. A plurality of channels is formed into the surface of a transparent substrate within an active heater region. The channels have a width of between 4 microns and 9 microns to insure that they are invisible to the naked eye, and a depth that is at least 1.5 times the width. Spacing between the channels is preferably at least 100 ?m. Micro-wires are formed by at least partially filling the channels with a conductive material. Power source connections are provided to connect to an electrical power source to supply a current through the plurality of micro-wires. An average optical transmittance of the transparent heater within the active heater region is greater than 50 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
    Inventor: Haoyan Wei
  • Patent number: 10536994
    Abstract: A pane, having at least one first pane with an outer face and an inner face is described. The pane has at least one electrically conductive transparent coating which is arranged on the outer face and/or the inner face of the first pane, and at least two busbars which are provided for connecting to a voltage source and which are connected to the electrically conductive transparent coating such that a current path for a heating current is formed between the busbars. The electrically conductive transparent coating has at least three regions with decoated structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Francois Guillaume, Stefan Droste, Bernd Stelling
  • Patent number: 10520151
    Abstract: A daylighting apparatus of the present invention includes: a daylighting sheet (13) that has first and second surfaces opposite to each other and that lets light in through the first surface and lets the light out through the second surface at a predetermined distribution of angles; and a visible light-reflecting sheet (15) that reflects part of visible light falling on the first surface of the daylighting sheet (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shun Ueki, Shumpei Nishinaka, Toru Kanno, Daisuke Shinozaki, Hideomi Yui, Tomoko Ueki, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10485061
    Abstract: A heatable laminated side pane is described. The heatable laminated side pane comprises at least an outer pane and an inner pane, which are connected to each other via a thermoplastic intermediate layer. An electrically conductive coating is arranged on the surface between the outer pane and the inner pane. The electrically conductive coating is divided into segments by isolation lines, wherein the coating has heating strips extending between a first current collector rail and a second current collector rail. Each collector rail contains at least one segment, wherein the heating strips are electrically isolated from each other. At least one heating strip is formed by at least two segments, which are electrically connected to each other via at least one electrically conductive connector element, and the length of each individual heating strip deviates by a maximum of 15% from the average length of the heating strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Marcel Klein, Francois Hermange
  • Patent number: 10473381
    Abstract: A method and system for defrosting a refrigerant coil using at least one of resistive and electromagnetic heating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: BETTERFROST TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Victor F. Petrenko, Sameh M. I. Saad, Kazi Kased L. Ahmed
  • Patent number: 10464841
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of this invention relates to a writable window (e.g., IG window unit), where images (e.g., advertisements, logos, designs, pictures and/or words) can be selectively written into the window and are designed to be viewed by humans and/or animals. A substrate (e.g., glass substrate) supports a solar coating such as a low emissivity (low-E) coating which may include at least one infrared (IR) reflecting layer of or including silver that is located on and directly contacting a contact/seed layer of or including a material such as zinc oxide and/or zinc stannate. A radiation source (e.g., laser(s) and/or lamp(s)) may be used to selectively expose certain areas of the coating to radiation (e.g., UV radiation). The exposed area(s) of the coating, after being exposed and heated, have different optical characteristic(s) (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: GUARDIAN GLASS, LLC.
    Inventor: Alexey Krasnov
  • Patent number: 10466195
    Abstract: A proximity switch and moisture sensing assembly includes a vehicle window and a proximity switch including a proximity sensor located on the window and providing an activation field. The proximity switch and moisture sensing assembly also includes control circuitry monitoring a signal responsive to the activation field, determining a switch activation based on the signal, and determining a moisture value based upon the signal. A conductive shield may be disposed between the proximity sensors and the outside environment to reduce the effects of moisture on the outer side of the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 10445594
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to an onboard display system for solving the problem of display image with poor clarity in the prior art, achieving a better grasp to situation outside the vehicle and driving safety of the driver. The onboard display system includes a camera module and a display. The camera module is installed at a predetermined position outside the vehicle for taking traffic images during driving and sending them to the display. The display is arranged inside the vehicle and adhered to the front windshield of the vehicle or hang before the front windshield of the vehicle for displaying the traffic images it received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., CHENGDU BOE OPTOELECTRONICSS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Wei He, Seung Yik Park
  • Patent number: 10414378
    Abstract: A window assembly includes a polymeric interlayer provided between an inner pane of glass and an outer pane of glass. The inner pane and outer pane each have a first major surface and a second major surface. The second major surface of the outer pane and the first major surface of the inner pane face each other. The window assembly also includes a connector assembly. The connector assembly has a wire assembly. The wire assembly has a terminal connector. The terminal connector has a width and a height. The width is greater than the height. The terminal connector is attached to a busbar provided on the second major surface of either the inner pane or the outer pane. A potting layer is provided over the terminal connector. The potting layer separates the terminal connector from an electrically conductive portion of a vehicle adjacent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventor: Charles Sitterlet
  • Patent number: 10410890
    Abstract: A processing chamber is described. The processing chamber includes a chamber having an interior volume, a light pipe window structure coupled to the chamber, the light pipe window structure having a first transparent plate disposed within the interior volume of the chamber, and a radiant heat source coupled to a second transparent plate of the light pipe window structure in a position outside of the interior volume of the chamber, wherein the light pipe window structure includes a plurality of light pipe structures disposed between the first transparent plate and the second transparent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Ranish, Aaron Muir Hunter, Anzhong Chang
  • Patent number: 10397982
    Abstract: A photographing device for a vehicle includes: an imaging element configured to receive a photographing beam passing through a beam transmission section of a window section; a heater constituted by a heating wire; a section to be heated to which the heater is fixed, the section to be heated being opposite to an inner side surface of the beam transmission section; a switch element configured to switch electrical connection state to the heater; and a current limiting element disposed at the section to be heated and being configured such that current flowing through the heater becomes zero or is reduced when the electric circuit is short-circuited such that power is supplied to the heater while bypassing the switch element and a temperature of the current limiting element become equal to or higher than a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayuki Usami, Kunihiko Toyofuku, Ryuichi Shinkai
  • Patent number: 10388426
    Abstract: A pane with at least one electrical connection element is described. The pane having at least a substrate, an electrically conductive structure on a region of the substrate, a connection element that is connected via a soldering compound to a region of the electrically conductive structure, and a flexible connection cable connected to the connection element. The connection cable is provided with a stiffening element and the connection cable with the stiffening element is enshrouded by a heat shrink tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Bernhard Reul, Mitja Rateiczak, Klaus Schmalbuch
  • Patent number: 10374416
    Abstract: A system for monitoring performance of an aircraft windshield includes a sensor comprising a sensory contact and an evaluation unit. The sensory contact is in physical contact with one or more components of the windshield, and generates a signal representative of the performance of the component(s) of the windshield. An electrical connector is secured to the surface of the windshield facing the interior of the aircraft. The signal from the sensory contact passes through the connector to the evaluation unit. The evaluation unit acts on the signal to determine the performance of the component(s) of the windshield, wherein the evaluation unit is spaced from and out of physical contact with the windshield and the electrical connector, and is in electrical contact with the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas B. Duarte, Yu Jiao, Khushroo H. Lakdawala, Arthur C. Scott, Monroe A. Stone
  • Patent number: 10365671
    Abstract: During operation, a facility may utilize many sensors, such as cameras, to generate sensor data. Some of these sensors may be housed within protective enclosures. The enclosures may be inside specially controlled environments, such as refrigerators, freezers, and so forth. During operation of the facility, moisture may accumulate on these enclosures, impairing the ability of the camera to acquire an image through the window. Described are devices to selectively heat a viewable area of the window such that moisture accumulation is reduced with minimal power use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: John Nelson, Heather Anne Ralph, Matthew David Mickelson, Brad Nathaniel Arnold, Matthew Christopher Smith, Daniel Joseph Peters, Kevin Bailey
  • Patent number: 10358117
    Abstract: A control system can include an actuator actuable into an on state to instruct a wiper motor to move a wiper over a vehicle exterior surface, and a source of vehicle movement data that indicates whether the vehicle is moving. A processor based controller can instruct the wiper motor to move the wiper to either a Park 1 position that provides enhanced aerodynamic effects or a different Park 2 position that provides enhanced accessibility to the wiper if the actuator is not actuated into the on state. The controller being specifically configured to instruct the wiper motor to move the wiper to the Park 1 position if the source of vehicle information indicates that the vehicle is moving, and to instruct the wiper motor to move the wiper to the Park 2 position if the source of vehicle information does not indicate that the vehicle is moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Erik F. de Almeida, Michael T. Binfet
  • Patent number: 10355378
    Abstract: A pane having at least one electrical connection element is described. The pane has a substrate, an electrically conductive structure on a region of the substrate, a layer of a solder material on a region of the electrically conductive structure, and at least two soldering points of a connection element on the solder material. The at least two soldering points define at least one contact surface between the connection element and the electrically conductive structure, and a shape of the at least one contact surface has at least one segment of an oval, an ellipse, or a circle with a central angle ? of at least 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Christoph Degen, Bernhard Reul, Mitja Rateiczak, Andreas Schlarb, Lothar Lesmeister
  • Patent number: 10351248
    Abstract: Aircraft and aircraft windshield heating systems are provided. An aircraft windshield heating system includes a windshield, first and second heating elements, and a power bus controller. The windshield has a main portion and a reduced portion, the first and second heating elements are thermally coupled with the main portion and the reduced portion, respectively. The power bus controller is operatively coupled with the first heating element and the second heating element and is configured for coupling to a primary power supply and a backup power supply. The power bus controller is configured to determine when the primary power supply is available, to direct power from the primary power supply to the first heating element when the primary power supply is available, and to direct power from the backup power supply to the second heating element when the primary power supply is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Palfreyman
  • Patent number: 10354904
    Abstract: An electrostatic chuck includes: a body substrate having a substrate front surface and a substrate rear surface and made of ceramic; an attraction electrode provided in the body substrate; a metal base having a base front surface and a base rear surface, and placed such that the base front surface faces the substrate rear surface of the body substrate; and an internal through hole formed so as to penetrate the base front surface and the base rear surface of the metal base. The body substrate has a plurality of heating regions in each of which a heater electrode is provided. In the internal through hole, a plurality of heater electrode terminals are provided which are electrically connected to the heater electrode in each heating region. The plurality of heater electrode terminals provided in the internal through hole are electrically connected to a connection member provided in the internal through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keisuke Okugawa, Yosuke Shinozaki, Toshihisa Nomura
  • Patent number: 10347964
    Abstract: An electrically heatable antenna pane includes a transparent pane and an electrical heating layer extending over a portion of a pane surface. The pane serves at least section-wise as a planar antenna for receiving and/or transmitting electromagnetic waves. A first busbar and a second busbar electrically connectable to a voltage source and electrically conductingly connected to the heating layer are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Stefan Droste, Bernd Stelling, Guillaume Francois
  • Patent number: 10348011
    Abstract: A composite pane with electrical contact-making means is described, having: a first pane and a second pane, which panes are connected to one another over their surface by means of a thermoplastic intermediate layer, at least one electrically conductive coating at least on the inner surface of the first pane, at least one busbar on a region of the electrically conductive coating, and at least one electrically conductive contact strip on at least one region of the busbar, wherein the contact strip is connected to at least one electrical feed line, and at least one region of the contact strip is in direct contact with the busbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Bernhard Reul, Guenther Schall
  • Patent number: 10327286
    Abstract: The invention relates to a heatable glazing comprising an electrically conductive coating and a data transmission window. The data transmission window comprises a plurality of grids made by ablations in the electrically conductive coating and at least one break line between adjacent grids. At least one of a width “a” of the grids and a distance “b” between adjacent grids is selected to maximise transmission of a predetermined frequency of electromagnetic radiation and to reduce the formation of hot spots. Preferred embodiments conform to a standard size of an ERTICO window and a frequency range from 5 GHz to 6 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: PILKINGTON GROUP LIMITED
    Inventors: Peter Paulus, Hidetoshi Oka, Mark Andrew Chamberlain, Tatsumi Tokuda
  • Patent number: 10323818
    Abstract: A vehicle light assembly is provided that includes a light source, a lens in front of the light source, conductive circuitry provided on the lens and forming a capacitive sensor for sensing moisture on the lens and a heater for removing the moisture, and switching circuitry for selectively energizing one of the capacitive sensor and the heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Paul Kenneth Dellock, Stephen Kenneth Helwig, Aaron Bradley Johnson, Pietro Buttolo
  • Patent number: 10327285
    Abstract: The present specification provides a heating element including an adhesive film; and a conductive heating pattern provided on at least one surface of the adhesive film and having a line height of 10 micrometers or less, and a method for fabricating the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Jiehyun Seong, Hyeon Choi, Sarah Kim, Seung Heon Lee
  • Patent number: 10314116
    Abstract: A heating system includes a conductive layer disposed on a pane surface of a glass pane, a first busbar extending along a first pane edge portion of the glass plane in electrical contact with the conductive layer, and a second busbar extending along a second pane edge portion of the glass plane in electrical contact with the conductive layer. Applying power to the first busbar causes current to travel from the first busbar along the conductive layer to the second busbar, heating the pane surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: David E. Kingman, Ibuki Kamei, James R. Wilson, John Raff, Martin Melcher
  • Patent number: 10286473
    Abstract: A method for producing a pane with an electrically conductive coating and a metallic strip soldered thereon is described. The method includes providing a substrate with an electrically conductive coating, providing a metallic strip with at least one through-hole, positioning the metallic strip on the electrically conductive coating, wherein the hole is arranged on the electrically conductive coating, and soldering the metallic strip to the electrically conductive coating via a soldering compound using an ultrasonic soldering tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Bernhard Reul, Francois Hermange
  • Patent number: 10274449
    Abstract: An inter-digital capacitive sensor and control system are used to distinguish between rain, ice, dirt and debris on the outer lens surface of a surveillance camera. The electrodes of the capacitive sensor are made from a conductive coating such as printed epoxy or a transparent conductive oxide, that is directly deposited onto the inner surface of the lens. A defroster is spaced radially-outward from the capacitive sensor and is formed by metal deposition directly on the substrate surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Benjamin Dannan
  • Patent number: 10251219
    Abstract: A defrosting glass includes a glass substrate, at least one carbon nanotube composite wire, and at least one first electrode and at least one second electrode. The carbon nanotube composite wire is disposed on the surface of the glass substrate. A carbon nanotube composite wire includes a carbon nanotube wire and a metal coating layer. Each carbon nanotube composite wire includes a carbon nanotube wire and a metal coating layer on the surface of the carbon nanotube wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Beijing FUNATE Innovation Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Li Qian, Yu-Quan Wang
  • Patent number: 10222016
    Abstract: A daylighting member includes a first daylighting section and a second daylighting section having different daylighting properties from the first daylighting section. The first daylighting section includes an optically transparent first substrate and a plurality of optically transparent daylighting portions provided on a first surface of the first substrate. The first daylighting section diffuses incoming light in a desired direction and emits the incoming light. The second daylighting section diffuses and emits the incoming light. The first daylighting section and the second daylighting section are placed side by side in a direction intersecting a direction in which the daylighting portions extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masahiro Tsujimoto, Tsuyoshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 10182469
    Abstract: A heating system for a vehicle steering wheel may include a conductive element surrounding at least a portion of the steering wheel, a power supply for the conductive element configured to provide an input voltage, and a transformer between the power supply and the conductive element and configured to receive the input voltage and provide an output voltage higher than the input voltage to the conductive element for heating the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James Robert Chascsa, II, Ishak Zaman
  • Patent number: 10161860
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a fog detection method in a vehicle comprising the steps of: providing a first fog sensor with a first transmitter emitting a first encoded optical signal into a vehicle's surroundings, and an associated first receiver for receiving an optical signal reflected from the vehicle's surroundings, and a first analyzing unit for decoding, analyzing and providing a first detection result related to the reception, wherein, for encoding, a code is selected among a plurality of possible codes (A,B,C) by the first transmitter in a code selection, and the code selection is communicated from the first transmitter to the first receiver and/or the analyzing unit, wherein, upon analyzing the signal received from the first receiver by the first analyzing unit, the code selection is used for identifying the first encoded optical signal in the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PREH GMBH
    Inventors: Thomas Kleffel, Norbert Bauer
  • Patent number: 10161667
    Abstract: A refrigerator appliance having a defrost chamber is provided herein. The refrigerator appliance may include a cabinet defining a chilled chamber, a defrost drawer housing, and a pair of electromagnetic electrodes. The defrost drawer housing may be mounted within the chilled chamber and define the defrost chamber for the receipt of a food item. The pair of electromagnetic electrodes may be spaced apart along a vertical direction within the drawer housing. Each electromagnetic electrode may include a first heating ring and a second heating ring that is larger than the first heating ring. Each electromagnetic electrode may also include a conductive path and an electrical restrictor element. The conductive path may extend between the first heating ring and the second heating ring. The electrical restrictor element may be coupled to the conductive path and selectively permit a current therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: John Keith Besore, Brent Alden Junge, Bradley Nicholas Gilkey
  • Patent number: 10165627
    Abstract: Disclosed is a heating element, including: a substrate; a first bus bar provided on the substrate; a second bus bar which is provided on the substrate so as to be opposite to the first bus bar; and a heating pattern which is provided to electrically connect the first bus bar and the second bus bar, wherein the heating pattern includes a first pattern region which is in contact with the first bus bar and a second pattern region which is in contact with each of the second bus bar and the first pattern region and the first pattern region has an opening region which serves as a communication window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventor: Hyeon Choi
  • Patent number: 10159115
    Abstract: A pane having an electric heating layer is described, including at least: a first pane having a first surface; at least one electric heating layer that is applied to at least part of the surface and has an uncoated zone; at least two busbars, provided for connection to a voltage source, which are connected to the electric heating layer such that a current path for a heating current is formed between the busbars; and at least one separating line which electrically subdivides the electric layer into at least two segments. At least one segment is arranged in the form of a strip around the uncoated zone such that the current path for the heating current is at least partially guided around the uncoated zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Dang Cuong Phan, Bojan Dimitrijevic, Guenther Schall
  • Patent number: 10129932
    Abstract: A sensing element for sensing a temperature of an electrically heated window includes a coil of filament wire having a first end and a second end, the coil having a resistivity that changes based on temperature, a first substantially flat conductive material electrically coupled to the first end of the coil, a second substantially flat conductive material electrically coupled to the second end of the coil, a first lead wire electrically coupled to the first substantially flat conductive material and extending outwardly, and a second lead wire electrically coupled to the second substantially flat conductive material and extending outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Briggs, Robert A. Drensek, Stephen J. Molmer, Andrew T. Troller
  • Patent number: 10120202
    Abstract: Patterned articles include a substantially transparent substrate having at least one optical property, the substrate further having an outer surface and an inner surface; and at least one patterned layer on the outer surface of the substrate, the at least one patterned layer visible on the outer surface and having at least one optical property substantially matching the at least one optical property of the substrate, whereby visibility of the at least one patterned layer is at least partially restricted through the inner surface. Methods of forming a patterned article are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: QUANTUM INNOVATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: Norman L. Kester
  • Patent number: 10118369
    Abstract: A laminated glazing unit including a first and a second glass sheet, the first glass sheet being equipped with a first through-hole, a spacer film of thermoplastic polymer disposed between the first and second glass sheets, at least one conducting wire buried within the spacer film or disposed between the spacer film and the first glass sheet or disposed between the spacer film and the second glass sheet, one end of each conducting wire exiting from the laminated glazing unit via the first through-hole in the first glass sheet. The conducting wires are fed through a laminated glazing unit, with a guaranteed quality of positioning of the conducting wires, an improved field of view and with no induced noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventors: Dominique Bureloux, Adeline Girod, Alexandre Hennion, Andreas Schlarb, Bernd Stelling
  • Patent number: 10111581
    Abstract: A thermal defogging system and method for an optical instrument is described. In one embodiment, the thermal defogging system for an optical instrument is comprised of: at least a primary housing, the primary housing defining an aperture for transmission of optical signals, a transparent element adapted to be aligned with the aperture for transmission of optical signals, at least one side of the transparent element facing the external environment; and a transparent conductive layer covering an area at least as large as the optical footprint of the transmitted optical signal through the transparent element, wherein responsive to the application of electrical power to the transparent conductive layer, the transparent conductive layer generates heat that is thermally communicated to the least one side of the transparent element facing the external environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Nir Makmel
  • Patent number: 10098186
    Abstract: A heated laminated windscreen including two sheets of glass joined by an inserted sheet, and including a system of conductive layers covering most of a surface of one glass sheet of the windscreen. The system is electrically powered by busbars at a top and bottom of the windscreen, with windows which are devoid of layers arranged at the top in the middle of the windscreen. The windscreen further including at least one additional busbar arranged laterally on edges and at the top of the windscreen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: AGC GLASS EUROPE
    Inventors: Laurent Goutiere, Peter Masschelein
  • Patent number: 10063047
    Abstract: A system for monitoring performance of an aircraft windshield includes a sensor comprising a sensory contact and an evaluation unit. The sensory contact is in physical contact with one or more components of the windshield, and generates a signal representative of the performance of the component(s) of the windshield. An electrical connector is secured to the surface of the windshield facing the interior of the aircraft. The signal from the sensory contact passes through the connector to the evaluation unit. The evaluation unit acts on the signal to determine the performance of the component(s) of the windshield, wherein the evaluation unit is spaced from and out of physical contact with the windshield and the electrical connector, and is in electrical contact with the electrical connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas B. Duarte, Yu Jiao, Khushroo H. Lakdawala, Arthur C. Scott, Monroe A. Stone
  • Patent number: 10018679
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for a vehicle component structural integrity assessment system, comprising a first connection and a second connection coupled to a conduction path, which is associated with a vehicle component. The conduction path has an initial resistance. A controller is configured to transmit a signal upon the detection of a change in the resistance of the conduction path from the initial resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alvaro Masias
  • Patent number: 10017416
    Abstract: A composite pane having a sun protection and a heat protection function is described. The composite pane has an outer pane having an outer surface and an inner surface, an inner pane having an outer surface and an inner surface, and a thermoplastic intermediate layer, having at least a sun protection coating on at least the inner surface, the outer surface, or in the thermoplastic intermediate layer, and a heat protection layer on the inner surface. The sun protection layer has at least one functional layer containing at least silver, and the heat protection layer has at least one functional layer containing at least one metal of the group consisting of niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, and zirconium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS FRANCE
    Inventor: Florian Manz
  • Patent number: 9963009
    Abstract: An air-heating blower device for a passenger compartment of a motor vehicle comprising a body with at least one inlet opening at least one outlet opening an electrically driven axial fan rotatably mounted around its axis within the body. The fan is associated to an electric motor (M) with toroidal geometry, having an annular rotor which is rotatable within an annular stator and defining a central opening inside thereof, said fan (F) having one or more blades (B) which are carried by the rotor and each blade extending into said central opening towards a free end of the blade which terminates at a distance from the central axis of the fan, and in that the annular body of the rotor and/or the annular body of the stator define a guide tube for the airflow activated by the fan (F) over the resistive electric heater (H).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignees: Interactive Fully Electrical Vehicles S.r.l., Poli-Model S.r.l.
    Inventors: Pietro Perlo, Pietro Guerrieri