Mirror Patents (Class 219/219)
  • Patent number: 11007941
    Abstract: An adjusting system for a rear view element of a rear view device for a vehicle, preferably a motor vehicle, comprises a drive housing with an electrical interface, a socket and a mounting plate for the rear view element. The socket is in particular in the form of a jack socket, having a first end attached to the drive housing and an opening accessible at a second end of the socket, which is located opposite the first end of the socket. The mounting plate for the rear view element comprises a pin, in particular in form of a jack plug, wherein at least part of the pin is suited to be inserted into the opening of the socket, and the pin is adapted to mechanically and electrically connect the mounting plate to the drive housing via the socket. Also, the adjusting system relates to a rear view device and to a method for manufacturing the rear view device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: SMR Patents S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Romeo Wieczorek, Peter Hein, David Jaeger
  • Patent number: 10841984
    Abstract: A side mirror structure includes: a substrate; a mirror glass that is disposed above the substrate; a heat generation circuit that is provided at a first area on a top surface of the substrate, and transmits heat to the mirror glass; and a light emission circuit that is provided at a second area on the top surface of the substrate, and displays a signal on the mirror glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hae Won Jeong
  • Patent number: 10732717
    Abstract: A tactile sensation presenting device includes a vibrating element configured to present vibration information, a heater configured to present heat information, and a first heat insulating member disposed between the vibrating element and the heater. The heater is provided above the vibrating element and is provided at a contacting region which can be touched by an operating body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kunio Sato, Daisuke Takai, Yuzuru Kawana, Katsunari Sato
  • Patent number: 10698085
    Abstract: There is provided a near-infrared sensor cover to be applied to a near-infrared sensor including a transmitting unit that transmits near-infrared radiation and a receiving unit that receives near-infrared radiation reflected by an object. The near-infrared sensor cover includes a cover main body portion disposed with a thickness direction thereof to be coincide with a transmission and reception direction of the near-infrared radiation and covering the transmitting unit and the receiving unit, and a heater wire disposed on the cover main body portion to generate heat when energized. The heater wire includes plural straight line portions that extend in parallel to each other and plural connection portions that connect end portions of adjacent straight line portions. An interval between adjacent straight line portions ranges from 3 mm to 10 mm, and a diameter of the heater wire ranges from 0.01 mm to 0.2 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Okumura, Shintaro Okawa, Hiroaki Ando, Hideto Maeda, Kimihiro Iimura
  • Patent number: 10507876
    Abstract: A vehicle side mirror includes: a mirror assembly including a mirror facing a rearward direction; a housing having a rearward-facing opening defining an interior space which receives at least a portion of the mirror assembly, exposing the mirror assembly from the rearward direction; a cap covering a front portion of the housing, the cap having an inlet formed therethrough; and a shroud disposed between the cap and the housing that is configured to direct air passing through the inlet around the mirror assembly to an outlet defined by an opening between a rear end of the cap and a rear end of the shroud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: David W. Curtis
  • Patent number: 10440782
    Abstract: A panel member for an appliance includes an outer wrapper and an inner liner that define a panel opening therethrough, a panel window disposed in the opening and having at least one glazing member that is disposed within a glazing frame, a conductive coating applied to at least one surface of the at least one glazing member and at least one electrical conductor disposed proximate a portion of the glazing frame, the electrical conductor in communication with the conductive coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Duane M. Kobos, Michael T. Moore
  • Patent number: 10231287
    Abstract: An electric heating device (20) is described which has at least one first electrically conductive component (21), at least one heating layer (22) and at least one second electrically conductive component (23). According to the invention, it is envisaged that the first electrically conductive component (21) and/or the second electrically conductive component (23) is/are produced and/or arranged on the heating layer (22) by means of a thermal spraying process. Alternatively or additionally, according to the invention, it is envisaged that the electrically conductive components (21, 23) and the heating layer (22) are arranged with respect to one another in such a way that a current flow perpendicularly to the plane of the heating layer (22) and/or in the direction of the plane of the heating layer (22) is realized or can be realized. In order to produce an assembly (10), such a heating device (20) can preferably be arranged on a substrate element (11). Furthermore, a suitable production method is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSITAT BREMEN (BCCMS), NEUE MATERIALIEN BAYREUTH GMBH, FUTURECARBON GMBH
    Inventors: Vasily Ploshikhin, Andrey Prihodovsky, Walter Schutz, Stefan Forero, Alexander Ilin, Helmut Bleier
  • Patent number: 10161660
    Abstract: The device provides the possibility of feeding test signals to a thermoelectric module by virtue of the use of controllable switches and also makes it possible to increase test criteria and to detect faults and the causes of said faults at early stages outside of the use process of the thermoelectric module (TEM), as well as in periods between use. This technical result is achieved in that the device comprises a DC source, a measurement circuit, a first, a second, a third and a fourth controllable switch, which are used for feeding test signals and are switched on and off by a temperature controller. The first and the second controllable switches are used for connection to the DC source, and the third and fourth switches are grounded with the possibility of switching from the third controllable switch over to the first controllable switch and from the fourth controllable switch over to the second controllable switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOY OTVETSTVENNOSTYU “KOMPANIYA RMT”
    Inventors: Semen Aleksandrovich Glyazer, Gennady Gyusamovich Gromov, Aleksei Leonardovich Ogryzko
  • Patent number: 10080447
    Abstract: A controller for trimming power used by a heated glass temperature-controlled storage device comprising a frame and a door, the door comprising a door rail and a glass pane, wherein the glass pane includes a glass heater circuit, the controller comprising a variable impedance; a first impedance; a low pass filter; a diode for alternating current (DIAC); and a triode for alternating current (TRIAC), wherein the controller is configured to adjust voltage from the AC power input to a first voltage; filter the first voltage; generate a gate current when the DIAC is on; generate a glass current when the TRIAC is on; and provide the glass current to the glass heater circuit when the TRIAC is on, wherein the variable impedance is adjusted so power used by the glass heater circuit is below a first predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Bridget Holst, Paul J. Artwohl
  • Patent number: 9943221
    Abstract: A medical, in particular dental, diagnostic device having means for image capture and a hand piece that has a window located in the optical path of the means for image capture, wherein there are means for heating the window formed by a resistance heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: KALTENBACH & VOIGT GMBH
    Inventors: Sven Erdmann, Andre Hackel
  • Patent number: 9655504
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments integrate a camera into an intraoral mirror. Integrating a camera into an intraoral mirror provides an efficient way to record and display what is visible to the healthcare provider in the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: DENTAL SMARTMIRROR, INC.
    Inventors: Gidon Oded Elazar, Dan Zidkiahu Harkabi, Joshua Israel Wachspress, Yael Miriam Harkabi
  • Patent number: 9585549
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments integrate a camera into an intraoral mirror. Integrating a camera into an intraoral mirror provides an efficient way to record and display what is visible to the healthcare provider in the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: DENTAL SMARTMIRROR, INC.
    Inventors: Gidon Oded Elazar, Dan Zidkiahu Harkabi
  • Patent number: 9496483
    Abstract: A vibration module based on a piezoelectric device includes: a piezoelectric device; a vibration plate connected to one side of the piezoelectric device by a medium of an adhesive and an intermediate material; the intermediate material interposed between the piezoelectric device and the vibration plate; and a molding part formed on the side of the piezoelectric device where the intermediate material is not formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: WISOL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyung Choi, Yukihiro Noro, Yo Sep Choi, Jung Rae Noh
  • Patent number: 9326326
    Abstract: A comfort bathtub has at least one heated wall portion which is comprised by a composite pliable heat generating envelope integrated with the wall portion. The heat generating envelope has a heated mesh sandwiched between a pair of protection film sheets bonded together about the heated mesh to isolate the heated mesh from molded material of the bathtub. The composite pliable envelope has electrical connections secured to a power supply. A temperature sensor is in communication with the envelope for sensing the temperature thereof. A voltage regulator controls the power supply through a control circuit to regulate the heat generated by the heated mesh. The composite pliable envelope is configured to heat a discrete wall portion of the bathtub to provide a discrete external heated surface of the bathtub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: GESTION ULTRA INTERNATIONALE iNC
    Inventors: Henry Brunelle, Louis Gendreau, Danny Grenier, Guy Baillargeon, Dave Thomas
  • Publication number: 20150060431
    Abstract: A mirror assembly can include a mirror secured to a housing portion. In some embodiments, the mirror assembly can include a heating element disposed between the housing portion and the mirror. The heating element can heat a surface of the mirror to a pre-determined temperature, preferably above the dew point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Frank Yang, David Wolbert, Guy Cohen, Joseph Sandor, Orlando Cardenas, Frederick N. Bushroe
  • Patent number: 8895900
    Abstract: The nano particle generator includes a body, a heating unit to heat a material received in the body such that the material is evaporated, a channel extending through the body such that a fluid to condense the evaporated material flows along the channel, and an insulating member to prevent heat generated from the heating unit from being transmitted to the body. The heating unit heats the material while the heating unit is in direct contact with the material, and the heating unit is in point or line contact with the insulating member. The heating unit has a plurality of locating parts formed therein such that the material is located in the locating parts. Different materials are located in the locating parts, and the locating parts are heated to temperatures at which the respective materials are evaporated in the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Ji, Hyung Soo Noh
  • Patent number: 8895897
    Abstract: A heatable glazing is disclosed in which electrical heating elements such as fine wires are connected to a busbar. The resistance of the busbar is chosen such that, at the supply voltage of the installation, the busbar provides heating of a portion of the glazing in which it is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Barclay Dixon, Mark Andrew Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 8866047
    Abstract: A thermoelectric deicer sheet comprising a flexible sheet fabricated of static cling vinyl embedded with heater elements with a cord extending therefrom with a 12 volt adapter to plug into a vehicle's cigarette lighter and a user control unit having a means to set the temperature, time of initiation and duration of activity thereof. The sheet is applied to the interior surface of the windshield by applying pressure thereagainst to form a static bond therebetween and is peeled off when operation is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Darren Parker
  • Patent number: 8674271
    Abstract: A breathable electrical heater element for a topical application device such as a wound dressing or a therapeutic heating pad is disclosed. The heater element is formed by photochemically etching a track pattern onto a porous metallised fabric (e.g. nickel coated woven polyester). The heater element has a skin or wound contact layer laminated to the front face of the heater element. An adhesive layer is laminated to the back face of the heater element. The adhesive layer forms an overhang to provide an adhesive border around the wound contact layer to adhere the device to the skin of a patient. Therapeutically active drugs (optionally microencapsulated) may be incorporated into the skin or wound contact layer. Operation of the heater element causes the skin or wound contact layer to release the active drugs to the skin or wound of the patient. Appropriate control of the temperature of the heater element allows control of the release of the active drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: NEL Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8653419
    Abstract: A window defroster assembly having a transparent panel and a defroster. The defroster includes a conductive layer applied over the panel and an electrically conductive heater grid formed integrally with the transparent panel. The heater grid includes a series of grid lines and at least a portion of the conductive layer is located between adjacent ones of the grid lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Exatec LLC
    Inventor: Keith D. Weiss
  • Publication number: 20130306615
    Abstract: Portable apparatus for identifying and mitigating defects in electronic devices disposed on substrates or windows are disclosed herein. Such defects can be visually perceived by the end user. The substrates or windows may include flat panel displays, photovoltaic windows, electrochromic devices, and the like, particularly electrochromic windows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: View, Inc.
    Inventor: View, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8563899
    Abstract: A heated vehicle window includes at least one ply of a glazing material, provided with an antenna and an array of electrical conductors forming a heating circuit. The heating circuit comprises a plurality of electrical conductors and at least two busbars for supplying direct electrical current to which the electrical conductors are connected. A discrete electrically conductive layer is provided to cover at least a portion of at least two of the busbars in direct current electrical isolation therefrom. The busbars and the discrete electrically conductive layer act as a capacitor in the presence of alternating electrical current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Pilkington Automotive Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Detlef Baranski
  • Patent number: 8558141
    Abstract: A variable reflectance mirror reflective element assembly for an exterior mirror assembly includes a heater pad disposed at the fourth surface of the rear substrate. The heater pad includes a first connector that electrically connects with the transparent electrically conductive coating disposed at the second surface of the front substrate, and a second connector that electrically connects with the metallic electrically conductive coating disposed at the third surface of the rear substrate. The heater pad includes third and fourth connectors that provide, at least in part, electrical conductive connection with a heating element. The connectors are part of a unitary multi-pin connector that is configured to connect with a corresponding wire harness connector to provide electrical power to the heating element and to the transparent electrically conductive coating and the metallic electrically conductive coating of the reflective element when the exterior minor assembly is mounted at the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C. Byers, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam, Ian A. McCabe
  • Patent number: 8530792
    Abstract: A heatable side window assembly for an automobile, wherein the automobile includes a sideview mirror mounted generally adjacent the heatable side window assembly. The heatable side window assembly includes a glass sheet having an interior surface and an exterior surface and one or more continuous, electrical conductor strips mounted to the interior surface of the glass sheet. The conductor strip outputs radiant heat in response to an electrical current flow therethrough. The conductor strip is positioned such that it generally bounds, but does not enter, an area defined by an operator's line of sight to the sideview mirror of the vehicle. A pair of conductor pads are electrically coupled to the ends of the conductor strip. A switch is provided for selectively outputting a control signal and a controller is electrically coupled between a power supply and the pair of conductor pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: AGC Automotive Americas Co.
    Inventor: Robert Dyrdek
  • Patent number: 8481857
    Abstract: The present invention describes a windowpane, in particular vehicle windowpane, having at least one flat-conductor soldered connecting element for making electrical contact, which flat-conductor soldered connecting element has at least one electrically insulating plastic layer and one electrically conductive layer or foil which is connected to a soldering surface for soldering on a line connection which leads on from the windowpane, and which flat-conductor soldered connecting element is adhesively attached to an outer surface of the windowpane, characterized in that at least one electrically insulating buffer layer is provided between a section of the electrically conductive layer or foil with a freely exposed soldering surface, on the one hand, and the surface of the windowpane, on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Glass France
    Inventor: Bernhard Reul
  • Patent number: 8450660
    Abstract: A system for effectively defrosting a plastic window includes a transparent plastic panel, a heater grid having a plurality of grid lines that are integrally formed with the plastic panel, and equalizing means for equalizing the electrical current traveling through each of the grid lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Exatec LLC
    Inventors: Keith D. Weiss, Yana Shvartsman
  • Patent number: 8445819
    Abstract: A breathable electrical heater element for a topical application device such as a wound dressing or a therapeutic heating pad is disclosed. The heater element is formed by photochemically etching a track pattern onto a porous metallised fabric (e.g. nickel coated woven polyester). The heater element has a skin or wound contact layer laminated to the front face of the heater element. An adhesive layer is laminated to the back face of the heater element. The adhesive layer forms an overhang to provide an adhesive border around the wound contact layer to adhere the device to the skin of a patient. Therapeutically active drugs (optionally microencapsulated) may be incorporated into the skin or wound contact layer. Operation of the heater element causes the skin or wound contact layer to release the active drugs to the skin or wound of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: NEL Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8410407
    Abstract: A heater element for formed components is disclosed, along with the final formed component itself. The heater element is produced by photochemically etching a suitable heater track pattern from porous metallized fabric such a nickel coated woven polyester. The heater element is located within a mold. Thermo-formable material is then applied to the mold and the final component is shaped according to the shape of the mold. The final component has a heater element located within it. The component may have microencapsulated agents for initiation by operation of the heater element. Furthermore, the final component may have one or more digital images printed onto the surface for the purposes of decoration or personalization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: NEL Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8378262
    Abstract: A defogging device for reducing fog on a surface of a substrate, which comprises a power unit and a heating element. The heating element is attached to the substrate, which comprises at least one carbon nanotube film comprising carbon nanotubes arranged substantially parallel to each other. The heating element transforms electricity into heat to vaporize fog of the first surface of the substrate when the heating element is connected to the power unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chao-Tsang Wei, Ga-Lane Chen
  • Patent number: 8362401
    Abstract: A toner-fixing heater includes a substrate elongated in a first direction, a resistor formed on the substrate, a wiring portion connected with the resistor, and a protective film covering the resistor. The resistor includes two belt-like portions elongated in the first direction and spaced away from each other in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The resistor or the wiring portion includes a conductive portion for passing an electric current in the second direction. The conductive portion may have an edge extending in nonparallel to the first direction and the second direction, or may include a first layer and a second layer formed on the first layer, where the first layer is closer to the substrate than the second layer, and the edges of the second layer are located inward of the edges of the first layer as viewed in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Aritaki, Shinobu Obata, Teruhisa Sako
  • Patent number: 8344288
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly with a heating element. The heating element is affixed behind and in thermal communication with the mirror element of the assembly. The heating element includes a plurality of heating zones that operate in alternation according to a pre-determined time-sequence. A peripheral area of the mirror element is heated up to at least as high a temperature as an inner area of the mirror element. Switching the heating zones on and off so as to have only one heating zone on at a time is determined by a controlling circuitry at least a portion of which may be separated from the assembly and disposed in a different part of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Door, Craig R. Myers
  • Patent number: 8310843
    Abstract: There is provided a terminal sealing device that can realize easy change of a protective cover, reduce the number of components used, and be efficiently placed in a small space. A power supply terminal sealing device 10 includes a molded thermoplastic resin member 11 that seals a power supply terminal 13 provided on a surface of a glass plate 16, and a locking hole 12 formed integrally with the molded thermoplastic resin member 11, and the locking hole 12 engages a protective cover 18 that houses the molded thermoplastic resin member 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yasukazu Kanatani, Kazuhiro Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 8283612
    Abstract: The invention provides a planar element which is intrinsically heatable and which is particularly suitable for attachment to multi-dimensionally curved surfaces. For this purpose the planar element features particularly high deformability, achieved in accordance with the invention through a planar element having a layer sequence comprising a heating layer and a contacting layer, each of these two layers being composed of a polymeric material based on elastomers and/or on plastic polymers which have a particular elongation at break and at the same time a particular tensile elasticity modulus. Furthermore, the invention provides an adhesively bonded assembly comprising a bonding substrate and a planar element of the aforesaid kind, a method of producing a planar element of the aforesaid kind, and the use of such a planar element for heating an adhesively bonded assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Tesa SE
    Inventors: Klaus Keite-Telgenbuescher, Monika Junghans, Bernd Dietz, Udo Dominikat, Frank Domann, Ute Ellringmann, Veronika Ramm
  • Patent number: 8263913
    Abstract: The planar heater includes an insulating substrate, an electric conductive film disposed on the substrate, a plurality of electrodes both attached to one side of the electric conductive film, and an insulating film covering the electric conductive film. The electric conductive film is preferably formed of material having a resistance temperature coefficient of 420 ppm/° C. or higher at normal temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kesatoshi Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 8258433
    Abstract: A vehicular interior rearview mirror assembly includes an electro-optic reflective element, a photo sensor and a light concentrator. The electro-optic reflective element has a front substrate with a first surface and a transparent second surface electrically conductive coating disposed on a second surface, and the electro-optic reflective element has a rear substrate with a third surface transflective metallic reflector disposed at a third surface thereof. The photo sensor is disposed behind a fourth surface of the rear substrate and operable to detect light passing through the transflective metallic reflector and the electro-optic reflective medium disposed between the second and third surfaces. The light concentrator is disposed between the photo sensor and the fourth surface of the rear substrate, and the light concentrator receives light passing through the transflective metallic reflector of the electro-optic reflective element and concentrates light onto a light sensing surface of the photo sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C. Byers, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam, Ian A. McCabe
  • Publication number: 20120188625
    Abstract: A micromechanical device includes a micromechanical functional structure and an electromagnetic radiation heating associated with the micromechanical functional structure, which is formed to cause a spatially and temporally defined temperature or a spatially and temporally defined temperature course in the micromechanical functional structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Thilo Sandner, Harald Schenk, Joerg Heber, Thomas Klose, Andreas Bergmann, Christian Gerwig, Thomas Knieling
  • Patent number: 8173936
    Abstract: A reflective element assembly is associated with at least two functional elements, each functional element including at least one functional element electrical contact. The reflective element assembly has a reflective element and reflective element carrier. A power distributor is disposed between the reflective element and the carrier, and includes an integrated heater and power distribution element, a support member having a reverse face and an obverse face, an array of electrically-conductive tracings, and a plurality of discrete electrical contacts points for electrical coupling of the array with the at least two functional elements. At least one of the plurality of discrete electrical contacts points is adapted for electrical communication with at least one functional element electrical contact point of a first functional element, and at least one functional element electrical contact point of a second functional element. The power distributor has a singular module connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Don S. Rawlings
  • Patent number: 8014711
    Abstract: A fixing unit includes a rotatable fixing member and a rotatable pressure applying member. The rotatable fixing member has a heat generating layer to generate heat when subject to a magnetic flux. The rotatable pressure applying member contacts the rotatable fixing member and applies pressure to the fixing member. The rotatable fixing member and the rotatable pressure applying member form a nip therebetween, to which a recording medium is passed through to fix an image on the recording medium. The rotatable fixing member includes a magnetism regulating layer deformable when subject to pressure from the rotatable pressure applying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akiko Ito, Tadashi Ogawa, Hiroshi Seo
  • Patent number: 8008607
    Abstract: Methods of forming a layered heater are provided that comprise at least one resistive layer comprising a resistive circuit pattern, the resistive circuit pattern defining a length, a thickness, and a spacing, wherein the thickness varies along the length of the trace of the resistive circuit pattern for a variable watt density. The methods include achieving the variable thickness by varying a dispensing rate of a conductive ink used to form the resistive circuit pattern, varying the feed rate of a target surface relative to the dispensing of the ink, and overwriting a volume of conductive ink on top of a previously formed trace of the resistive circuit pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Ptasienski, James McMillin, Thomas T. Nagl, Rolando O. Juliano
  • Patent number: 7997777
    Abstract: A lighted exterior rearview mirror system includes an exterior rearview mirror assembly including a reflective element and an electrically-operable actuator. The exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a breakaway joint assembly. The reflective element has an electrically powered heater operable to remove ice or dew from the reflective element. The exterior rearview mirror assembly includes a turn signal indicator lamp that has a light source and a lens. The lamp is included in the exterior rearview mirror assembly and unaffected by operation of the actuator. The breakaway joint assembly includes a wire-way through which a wire cable passes. The wire cable includes wires for operating the actuator, the heater and the lamp. The lens of the lamp has a portion that faces rearward of the vehicle and a portion that wraps around an outward side of a casing of the exterior rearview mirror assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd W. Pastrick, Linda K. Molenkamp, Roger L. Koops
  • Patent number: 7998885
    Abstract: This invention relates to a liquid penetration-resistant water-vapor-permeable multi-layer composite material and process for making the same comprising a porous nanofiber web of polymeric fibers, wherein the polymeric fibers of the nanofiber web have a diameter of less than 1000 nanometers and wherein the nanofiber web has a basis weight of 5 to 40 grams per square meter and a surface roughness (?RMS) of 5 to 15 micrometers and where, the porous nanofiber web is coated on a surface with a layer of water-vapor-permeable, hydrophilic, monolithic, water transport material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Jill A. Conley, George Bruce Palmer, IV
  • Publication number: 20110168687
    Abstract: A vehicular rearview assembly with a heating element. The heating element is affixed behind and in thermal communication with the mirror element of the assembly. The heating element includes a plurality of heating zones that operate in alternation according to a pre-determined time-sequence. A peripheral area of the mirror element is heated up to at least as high a temperature as an inner area of the mirror element. Switching the heating zones on and off so as to have only one heating zone on at a time is determined by a controlling circuitry at least a portion of which may be separated from the assembly and disposed in a different part of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Door, Craig R. Myers
  • Patent number: 7968823
    Abstract: A wireless inductive coupling assembly for a heated glass panel assembly is provided that includes a metal oxide coated glass panel with a panel frame, an opening frame that cooperates with the coated glass panel frame to allow the panel to cover a panel opening, a receiving coil that is positioned in the panel frame and that is wired to the panel, and a sending coil that is positioned in the opening frame and that is wired to an electrical power source. When the electrical power source supplies electrical power to the sending coil, the sending coil wirelessly induces an electrical current in the receiving coil, which causes the dielectric panel to provide heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Engineered Glass Products, LLC
    Inventor: Peter F. Gerhardinger
  • Publication number: 20110120983
    Abstract: A reflective element assembly for a vehicle exterior rearview mirror system comprises a reflective element having a reverse face and an obverse face, and a reflective element carrier. A power distributor disposed between the reflective element and reflective element carrier includes an integrated heater/power supply, a support member having a reverse face and an obverse face, an array of electrically-conductive tracings, and a plurality of discrete contact points for electrical coupling of the array with at least two functional elements. At least one of the plurality of discrete contact points is adapted for electrical communication with at least one functional contact point of a first functional element. At least one of the plurality of discrete contact points is adapted for electrical communication with at least one functional contact point of a second functional element. The power distributor comprises a singular module connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: Magna Donnelly Mirrors North America LLC
    Inventor: Don S. Rawlings
  • Patent number: 7910859
    Abstract: A heater pad for a variable reflectance mirror reflective element of a vehicular mirror assembly includes a flexible substrate, an electrically conductive heating element, and first and second electrically conducting elements. The first electrically conducting element is in electrical connection with a transparent second surface electrically conductive coating of the equipped mirror reflective element and the second electrically conducting element is in electrical connection with a third surface electrically conductive coating of the equipped mirror reflective element when the equipped mirror reflective element is normally equipped with the heater pad. The electrically conducting elements and the heating element are electrically isolated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C. Byers, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam, Ian A. McCabe
  • Patent number: 7863545
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a nano particle generator that can reduce power consumption, can be miniaturized, and can generate nano particles having various different material characteristics at the same time. The nano particle generator includes a body, a heating unit to heat a material received in the body such that the material is evaporated, a channel extending through the body such that a fluid to condense the evaporated material flows along the channel, and an insulating member to prevent heat generated from the heating unit from being transmitted to the body. The heating unit heats the material while the heating unit is in direct contact with the material, and the heating unit is in point or line contact with the insulating member. The heating unit has a plurality of locating parts formed therein such that the material is located in the locating parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ho Ji, Hyung Soo Noh
  • Patent number: 7858905
    Abstract: A vehicular mirror system includes an exterior mirror assembly having a reflective element for providing a rearward view to an occupant of a vehicle and a power distributor for distributing power from a single electrical power connector to a plurality of functional elements associated with the reflective element. The power distributor has a plurality of electrical leads corresponding to each functional element of the plurality of functional elements; the plurality of functional elements includes at least two functional elements selected from the group consisting of a dimming device, a heater, and a turn signal. The power distributor has at least one power lead for operative connection of the power distributor to an onboard power supply of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Don S. Rawlings
  • Patent number: 7800019
    Abstract: A mirror reflective element system has a front substrate having a first surface and a second surface, the second surface having a transparent second surface electrically conductive coating disposed thereon, and a rear substrate that has a third surface and a fourth surface, the third surface having a third surface electrically conductive coating disposed thereon. An attaching surface of a heating element is attached at the fourth surface. The heating element has an electrically conductive heating element established thereat and includes first and second electrically conductive traces. The electrically conductive heating element and the first and second electrically conductive traces are electrically isolated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Donnelly Corporation
    Inventors: Donald C. Byers, Hamid Habibi, Niall R. Lynam, Ian A. McCabe
  • Patent number: 7781705
    Abstract: A system for effectively defrosting a plastic window includes a transparent plastic panel, a heater grid having a plurality of grid lines that are integrally formed with the plastic panel, and equalizing means for equalizing the electrical current traveling through each of the grid lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Exatec, LLC
    Inventors: Keith D. Weiss, Yana Shvartsman
  • Patent number: RE41715
    Abstract: A glazing provided with an electric circuit includes an electrically conducting substrate and a terminal for making electrical connection thereto. The terminal is attached to the glazing by an adhesive, rather than solely by solder, and the electrical connection between the terminal and the substrate is provided by means other than, or additional to, physical contact between the terminal and the substrate. For instance, the adhesive may be electrically conducting, or a soldered joint may additionally be provided if the adhesive is electrically insulating, or of insufficient conductivity for the type of circuit in question. The adhesive may be pre-applied to the terminal, and may be a tack-free adhesive activated or cured by heat. The terminal may be in two parts, with the base part of a standardized design. The glazing is suitable for use in buildings, appliances or vehicles, especially automotive vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Pilkington Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Luigi Capriotti, Ciro Paudice