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  • Patent number: 11448361
    Abstract: A foldable stand assembly is provided. The assembly includes a base adapted to rest on a ground surface, a platform positionable above the base adapted to hold a separate apparatus (e.g., a vehicle jack), and a set of support arms extending between the base and the platform to support the overall assembly. The base includes a U-shaped channel into which the support arms and at least a portion of the platform may be received when the stand is folded for stowage. Accordingly, the stand assembly may be folded into a compact configuration for stowage and unfolded into an upright configuration for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Larry Dorame, Jr., Victor Edgardo Borquez
  • Patent number: 11434117
    Abstract: A lifting and support apparatus having a fully lowered position, a fully extended position and many transitional positions. The lifting and support apparatus includes a base portion with a first leg, a second leg, a third leg and a fourth leg hingedly attached thereto and extending therefrom. The apparatus can also include a first lateral support element that the first and second legs are extending toward and hingedly connected to and a second lateral support element that the third and fourth legs are extending toward and hingedly connected to. The apparatus further includes a lift support portion that has a fifth leg, a sixth leg, a seventh leg and an eighth leg hingedly connected thereto and extending therefrom, the fifth and sixth legs extending to and hingedly connected to the first lateral support element and the seventh and eighth legs extending to and hingedly connected to the second lateral support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Inventor: Stephen J. Knight, III
  • Patent number: 11427115
    Abstract: A method for cancelling seat vibration includes receiving, from an accelerometer, a plurality of accelerometer measurements and applying a first filter to the plurality of accelerometer measurements to remove accelerometer measurements of the plurality of accelerometer measurements having a frequency above a first threshold frequency. The method also includes applying a second filter to an output of the first filter to remove accelerometer measurements of the output of the first filter having a frequency above a second threshold frequency and applying a third filter to an output of the second filter to generate an accelerometer measurement output having a center frequency corresponding to a resonant frequency of the vibration of the at least one component of the seat. The method also includes determining an absolute magnitude value of the accelerometer measurement output and selectively controlling a motor based on the absolute magnitude value of the accelerometer measurement output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Steering Solutions IP Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Brian G. Maust, Benjamin H. Helmreich, Christopher R. Douglas
  • Patent number: 11358496
    Abstract: A mobile frame for at least one seat of a means of transportation is disclosed. The mobile frame includes: a load-bearing structure suitable for supporting the seat, and an anchoring element coupled with the load-bearing structure to selectively constrain the mobile frame to the support surface of the transportation means. The anchoring element has a fixing mechanism that can be moved from a non-anchored configuration, wherein at least one fixing element is retracted inside the load-bearing structure to an anchored configuration, wherein the fixing element protrudes beyond the load-bearing structure in order to constrain the mobile frame to the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Innocenzo Carbone, Sandro Guidoni
  • Patent number: 11292368
    Abstract: A frame for a vehicle seat comprises two side parts and swing arms pivotable in relation thereto for height adjustment of the frame. The swiveling of the swing arms can be caused by operating two actuator arms. Each actuator arm is associated with another swing arm so that the associated swing arm can be swiveled by actuating the respective actuator arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: FAURECIA AUTOSITZE GMBH
    Inventor: Meinhard Behrens
  • Patent number: 11208013
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided with an upper part which is height-adjustably mounted with respect to a lower part by at least one scissor frame, where the scissor frame has a first scissor arm member and a second scissor arm member which are pivotally mounted about a common axis, where the first scissor arm member has a first, a second and a third lever member which are series-connected, where the first lever member is pivotally mounted with respect to the upper part about a third axis, where the third lever member is pivotally mounted with respect to the lower part about a fourth axis, and where the second lever member is pivotally mounted about the common axis and is rotationally connected to the first lever member by a fifth axis and rotationally connected to the third lever member by a sixth axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Erwin Haller
  • Patent number: 11180055
    Abstract: A lift mechanism for a vehicle seating assembly comprises a gear assembly that includes a first gear and a second gear. A mounting bracket is fixedly coupled to a vehicle and shares a common axis with the first gear, wherein the first and second gears are positionable in a fixedly coupled arrangement at an initial location relative to the mounting bracket or at a final location relative to the mounting bracket, such that, when the first and second gears are in the fixedly coupled arrangement at the initial location relative to the mounting bracket, the seating assembly is in a sitting position, and when the first and second gears are in the fixedly coupled arrangement at the final location relative to the mounting bracket, the seating assembly is in a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Macit Aktas, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Paul D. Peterson, Johnathan Andrew Line, Joseph Michael Kish
  • Patent number: 11134774
    Abstract: A desktop workspace that adjusts vertically includes a work surface platform, a base configured to sit on an existing platform, such as a desk, a height adjustable mechanism including at least one set of arms that connect at a pivot point(s) creating a scissoring motion to raise and lower the said work surface platform to various heights. A locking and unlocking mechanism may connect to the height adjustable mechanism. In some cases, the apparatus includes an adjustable mechanism to support items such as a keyboard. In some cases, the apparatus includes elements to raise items such as a monitor to an additional height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Office Kick, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Mark Poniatowski
  • Patent number: 11134773
    Abstract: A desktop workspace that adjusts vertically includes a work surface platform, a base configured to sit on an existing platform, such as a desk, a height adjustable mechanism including at least one set of arms that connect at a pivot point(s) creating a scissoring motion to raise and lower the said work surface platform to various heights. A locking and unlocking mechanism may connect to the height adjustable mechanism. In some cases, the apparatus includes an adjustable mechanism to support items such as a keyboard. In some cases, the apparatus includes elements to raise items such as a monitor to an additional height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Office Kick, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan Mark Poniatowski
  • Patent number: 11052787
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a base (10) and a squab (11) and an adjustment mechanism (20) whereby the position of an occupant sitting in the seat can be adjusted, the mechanism being configured so as to permit the seat to follow a motion path that provides coordinated adjustment of both height and back inclination of the occupant, the motion path being such that as the height of the occupant is raised the back inclination of the occupant becomes less supine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: McLaren Automotive Limited
    Inventors: Barry Lett, Christopher Lee Bates
  • Patent number: 11046212
    Abstract: A lifting device for raising and lowering a cushion frame of a vehicle seat includes: a lifter link configured to be rotationally displaced to thereby raise or lower the cushion frame; a swing link configured to transmit a force for rotating the lifter link to the lifter link; a screw rod rotatably coupled to the swing link; a driving device configured to displace the screw rod along a first axis; and a first restricting portion configured to restrict displacement of a coupling portion between the swing link and the screw rod beyond a predetermined dimension in a second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yusuke Kajino
  • Patent number: 11040640
    Abstract: A vehicle seat lifting apparatus includes: a cushion base of a vehicle seat; a link member rotatably provided on the cushion base and raising and lowering at least a part of the vehicle seat; a front limiter provided on a front portion in front of a rotation center of the link member and limiting rotation of the link member; and a rear limiter provided on a rear portion behind the rotation center of the link member and limiting the rotation of the link member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yuki Abe
  • Patent number: 10870062
    Abstract: Provided is an inertial platform including an upper support that can be integrally attached to a mobile element and defines an upper plane, a base support that can be fixed to the ground and defines a base plane, at least one intermediate support arranged between the base and upper supports, articulated quadrilaterals each including two lower hinges, connected to one of the base or intermediate supports, two upper hinges, connected to one of the intermediate or upper supports, two rods which connect the lower hinges to the upper hinges in a crossed manner, and motor means configured to move the articulated quadrilateral internally according to its single degree of freedom defining an axis of rotation, and each including sensing means to detect the position of the upper plane with respect to the gravitational gradient functionally connected to means of control of the platform and at least to the motor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: KYNEPROX S.R.L.
    Inventor: Giovanni Ausenda
  • Patent number: 10716600
    Abstract: This application describes surgical instruments and implants for building a posterior fixation construct across one or more segments of the spinal column. More specifically, the application describes instruments and methods for building a posterior fixation construct across one or more segments of the spinal column in a minimally invasive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NuVasive, Inc.
    Inventors: Fernando Olea, Andrew Schafer, Scott Lish, Robert German, Justin Doose, Derek Matteo, Garrett W. Offerman, James Coleman Lee, Conrad Tyler Hammann
  • Patent number: 10624230
    Abstract: An earthquake protective server rack is provided including an upper server rack frame to house a server and a lower server rack frame. The lower server rack frame combines linear modules that dissipate earthquake energy along the X- and Y-axes and a dampening module that dissipates earthquake energy along a Z-axis. Mechanical movement of the feet on the lower server rack frame permits movement of the protective sever rack on rollers or alternatively to permit full function of the earthquake energy absorbing function while supported by the feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: QUANTA COMPUTER INC.
    Inventors: Chao-Jung Chen, Chih-Ming Chen, Wen-Lung Liao, Ta-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 10606321
    Abstract: A hinge includes a frame, an arm, a torque element, and a link. The frame and arm are rotatably connected about a first lateral axis. The torque element is displaced from the first lateral axis in a longitudinal direction perpendicular to the first lateral axis, and the torque element being rotatable about a second lateral axis. The link is connected to the arm and the torque element such that rotation of the arm about the first lateral axis translates the torque element in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Nicholas Benjamin Wendt
  • Patent number: 10532673
    Abstract: There is described a vehicle seat suspension mechanism, comprising a vehicle mount, a seat support linked to the vehicle mount by a suspension arrangement which allows the seat support to fall with respect to the vehicle mount under load and a shock strut arranged to resist the seat support falling with respect to the vehicle mount during a compression stroke. A control link is arranged to be driven about a control link pivot by the fall of the seat support. The control link is pivotally coupled to a first end of the shock strut to guide the first end with respect to a second end of the shock strut in a manner which causes a motion ratio of the suspension mechanism to increase during progression of the compression stroke. The ride will feel softer for smaller impacts and better damped later for larger impacts. The mechanism is arranged underneath a seat of a vehicle to provide additional comfort for the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: COBRA SEAT TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Nicholas Kemp, Mark Dunsford
  • Patent number: 10495176
    Abstract: An adjustable damper includes a base, a first and second slidable members, a movable seat, a mass unit, and a first and second cantilevers. The first slidable member is slidably disposed on the base in a first direction. The movable seat is slidably disposed on the base in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction. The second slidable member is slidably disposed on the movable seat in the second direction. The mass unit is slidably disposed on the movable seat in the first direction. The first cantilever is fixed to a first connecting member. The first connecting member is connected to the movable seat. The first slidable member movably is disposed on the first cantilever. The second cantilever is fixed to a second connecting member. The second connecting member is connected to the mass unit. The second slidable member is movably disposed on the second cantilever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hung-I Lu, Chien-Chih Liao, Jen-Ji Wang, Yun-Chiao Chen
  • Patent number: 10483832
    Abstract: An electric drive system including: a rotary motor system including a hub assembly, a first rotating assembly, a second rotating assembly, and a third rotating assembly, wherein the hub assembly defines a rotational axis about which the first rotating assembly, the second rotating assembly, and the third rotating assembly are coaxially aligned and are capable of independent rotational movement independent of each other; a multi-bar linkage mechanism connected to each of the first and third rotating assemblies and connected to the hub assembly and constraining movement of the hub assembly so that the rotational axis of the hub assembly moves along a defined path that is in a transverse direction relative to the rotational axis and wherein the multi-bar linkage mechanism causes the rotational axis of the hub assembly to translate along the defined path in response to relative rotation of the first rotating assembly and the third rotating assembly with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Indigo Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian W. Hunter, Timothy A. Fofonoff, Peter G. Madden, Dean Ljubicic, Thomas Moriarty, Scott T. Purchase
  • Patent number: 10442326
    Abstract: A lifter mechanism for an edge of a seat cushion includes a bracket pivotable about a transverse bar. The bracket includes a forward lever and a rearward portion. The forward lever is coupled to a channel within a flange of a seat suspension. The rearward portion is coupled to a linkage. The linkage is coupled to a seatback. The forward lever raises an edge of the seat suspension upon the seatback pivoting to a predetermined reclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Spencer Robert Hoernke, Jimmy Moua, Adam Ewel, Corbin Shea Johnston, Robert Damerow, Paul Iacoban, S. M. Akbar Berry
  • Patent number: 10406944
    Abstract: A torsion bar configured to assist height adjustment of a seat cushion frame is housed in a hollow coupling pipe positioned between side frames. The inside of the coupling pipe has first and second engagement portions configured to engage and hold one end portion of the torsion bar in an extension direction thereof. The first engagement portion is engaged with a first engaged portion of the one end portion. The second engagement portion is engaged with a second engaged portion of the one end portion in the same position as a position of engagement between the first engagement portion and the first engaged portion in the seat width direction or in a position on the inner side from the position of engagement in the seat width direction, the second engaged portion being positioned closer to one end of a biasing member in the extension direction than the first engaged portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunori Ishihara, Takayoshi Katori
  • Patent number: 10377281
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a motor vehicle includes a side member, a front link, a rear link and a rail. The side member, the front link, the rear link and the rail form a four-bar linkage with four way movement. The seat assembly further includes a transformation bracket that is attached to the first side member and connected to the rear link to convert the seat assembly with four way movement to two way movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Andrzej Pleskot
  • Patent number: 10315534
    Abstract: Provided is a work vehicle having a rollover protection structure (ROPS) around a driver's seat which is switchable between a front seating posture and a rear seating posture. A locking mechanism locks the driver's seat to the rear seating posture. The locking mechanism includes a hook provided on the driver's seat side, a hook rod disposed between a left strut and a right strut and engageable with the hook when the driver's seat is switched to the rear seating posture, and a rod bracket for supporting the hook rod. The rod bracket is provided separately from the left strut and the right strut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Shibata, Shoichiro Nagaishi, Tomohisa Yamamoto, Takeshi Komorida, Takashi Kumashiro, Azusa Furihata, Akihito Mihara, Tatsuki Kago, Yoshihisa Tonoya
  • Patent number: 10172447
    Abstract: An adjustable height platform is disclosed. The example adjustable height platform provides a first stage of uprights coupled to a lower platform and a second stage of uprights coupled to a lower platform. The first and second stage are coupled by a bracket with three pivot points. A first lower upright and a first upper upright couple to distinct pivot points on the bracket and a second lower upright and second upper upright couple to a common pivot point on the bracket. A first-to-second stage transfer mechanism transfer rotation force from the first stage of uprights to the second stage of uprights. The upper platform includes a height fixing mechanism release to interface with a height fixing mechanism coupled to the first upper upright to fix the height of the adjustable height platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Josh Graham
  • Patent number: 9937831
    Abstract: Suspension device for a vehicle seat, comprising an upper suspension portion and a lower suspension portion, which are interconnected by a first swivel connector and a second swivel connector, wherein the suspension device comprises a first adjustable toothed wheel element arranged on the upper suspension portion, a second toothed wheel element connected to the first swivel connector for adjusting a position of a first spring unit, by means of which a spring force and a spring rate of the suspension device can be changed, and a third toothed wheel element which is at least operatively connected to the first and the second toothed wheel element and is connected to the first swivel connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Konstantin Lorey
  • Patent number: 9937825
    Abstract: An adjustable seat has a seat base having a front end and a rear end, a front leg assembly having a top end engaged with the rear end of the seat base and a bottom end opposite the top end for engaging a supporting surface, and a back leg assembly having a top end engaged with the front end of the seat base and a bottom end opposite the top end for engaging the supporting surface. The back leg assembly is pivotally connected to the front leg assembly between the top end and the bottom end of the front leg assembly and the back leg assembly. The adjustable seat has an adjustment assembly for selectively locking the front leg assembly relative to the back leg assembly at one of a plurality of lockable positions between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: FEELFREE US LLC
    Inventors: Sakun Khieowan, Peter James Murphy
  • Patent number: 9862295
    Abstract: A seat support suspension improving an absorption characteristic of low-cycle vibrations resulting from rolling. A seat support member supporting a seat is provided via a rolling absorption mechanism for absorbing rolling on brackets as a vehicle body side attachment member attached to the vehicle body side. Thus, rolling, low-cycle vibrations, generated by a phase shift or the like of a hydraulic suspension of the vehicle can be absorbed by the rolling absorption mechanism, a lateral displacement of the body of the seated person can be prevented, stability of a seated posture can be increased, and moreover occurrence of motion sickness can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: DELTA TOOLING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Hiroki Oshimo
  • Patent number: 9844265
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a television wall mount is provided that may be installed at a position in a television wall nook such that when the television monitor is bolted, screwed or hung on the television monitor mounting bracket, the television is located in front of and outside the television wall nook. In this manner, a television monitor that is too wide to fit in the television wall nook may be installed over the television wall nook by mounting the television on the television wall mount installed in the television wall nook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Harold Bernard Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 9764664
    Abstract: An adjustable seat has a seat base having a front end and a rear end, a front leg assembly having a top end engaged with the rear end of the seat base and a bottom end opposite the top end for engaging a supporting surface, and a back leg assembly having a top end engaged with the front end of the seat base and a bottom end opposite the top end for engaging the supporting surface. The back leg assembly is pivotally connected to the front leg assembly between the top end and the bottom end of the front leg assembly and the back leg assembly. The adjustable seat has an adjustment assembly for selectively locking the front leg assembly relative to the back leg assembly at one of a plurality of lockable positions between a first position and a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FEELFREE US LLC
    Inventors: Sakun Khieowan, Peter James Murphy
  • Patent number: 9744891
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a lumbar support assembly. The present disclosure provides a lumbar support assembly installed at a seat back frame at the inside of a vehicle seat and configured to support the back region of an occupant, comprising: a suspension mat coupled to the seat back frame; a guide box coupled to the suspension mat; an actuator coupled to the guide box and including a spindle shaft disposed at one side thereof so as to be positioned within the guide box; a pair of spindle nuts screw-coupled to the spindle shaft and slidably moved in opposite directions to each other along with the rotation of the spindle shaft; and a pair of cables coupled at one ends thereof to the seat back frame and coupled at the other ends thereof to the pair of spindle nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: DAE CHANG SEAT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chan Ki Cho, In Ung Yeon
  • Patent number: 9701220
    Abstract: A seat height adjustment module for a seat, in particular for a vehicle seat, having a manually operable control element which, to provide an adjusting movement for the seat, can be moved out of an initial position into a first actuating position and into a second actuating position and back. A primary spring is provided, which cooperates with a transmission member such that the primary spring is relaxed with movement of the control element into a first actuating position and such that the primary spring is tensioned with movement of a control element into the second actuating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: GNS-KV GmbH
    Inventor: Milto Benjamin
  • Patent number: 9682642
    Abstract: A seat suspension with a compact structure while being capable of coping with input vibrations not only in a vertical direction but in six-axis directions. Three pantograph links between a vehicle body floor side and a seat side are employed. Thus, control in six-axis directions is possible, allowing simplification compared to conventional structures. In addition to an active control mechanism using the pantograph links, the seat suspension has a compressed coil spring and the magnetic spring as a first elastic member and a second elastic member. Specifically, damping is performed with high efficiency by controlling the seat side in a reverse phase to the vehicle body floor side with respect to the input direction of vibrations by the active control mechanism and meanwhile performing damping passively by these elastic members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: DELTA TOOLING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Hiroki Oshimo
  • Patent number: 9681746
    Abstract: Disclosed is a platform on desktop with elevation function, including a primary desktop, a primary desktop, an elevation assembly securely mounted to the primary desktop, and a secondary desktop securely mounted to the elevation assembly. The elevation assembly includes opposite arranged first and elevation frames. A positioning assembly includes a positioning member having spaced positioning holes to selectively receive an end of an upper guide pin mounted to a bar of the elevation assembly. A pull handle assembly is rotatably coupled to the positioning member for selectively disengaging the upper guide pin from the positioning member so as to allow the elevation frame to raise or lower down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Su-Ming Chen
  • Patent number: 9637033
    Abstract: A neck injury is improved with a structure having a lifting mechanism part only on one side. While a lifting driving part is provided on a side of one side frame, a coupling driving rod is coupled to a rotation center of a drive gear a driving link is disposed on a side of the other side frame, and the driving link is coupled to the coupling driving rod. A driving force in the lifting driving part operates on the side of one side frame having the drive gear, but on the side of the other side frame, the driving link rotates together with the drive gear via the coupling driving rod, so as to perform a lifting or lowering operation. The shape of a virtual square coupling contact points of the driving link, the side connectors, the coupling driving rod, and the drive gear does not collapse, and thus an external input is dispersed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DELTA TOOLING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Seiji Kawasaki, Katsuhiro Inoue, Eiji Sugimoto, Minoru Nakamura, Ryuji Kuwano, Atsushi Nishida
  • Patent number: 9630527
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat frame, a bushing having a shape of a hollow cylinder and a pipe. The pipe is fitted to the bushing and attached to the seat frame. The pipe includes a body portion having a fitting diameter different from a fitting diameter of the bushing and a fitting portion formed at an end in an axial direction of the body portion and fitted to an inner periphery or an outer periphery of the bushing. The fitting portion is formed in a diameter-reduced or diameter-increased hollow cylindrical shape that is fitted to the inner periphery or the outer periphery of the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hayato Matsui
  • Patent number: 9554657
    Abstract: A child seat includes a seat body, and a first and a second support respectively assembled with the seat body via a first and a second connection. The seat body has a seating surface and a bottom surface below the seating surface, and the first and second support are extendable below the bottom surface. The child seat has a first configuration in which the child seat is attached to a support frame at an elevated position above a ground surface, and a second configuration in which the child seat is converted to a booster seat standing independent of the support frame, the first and second support respectively extending forward from the first and second connection in the first configuration, and the first and second support respectively extending rearward from the first and second connection so that the child seat stands on the first and second supports in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventors: Andrew J. Taylor, Anthony V. Ruggeiro, Curtis M. Hartenstine, Robert E. Haut, Kyle S. Mason
  • Patent number: 9364093
    Abstract: A chair riser assembly supports a chair in an elevated position relative to a primary support surface for providing the chair user with a slightly raised seat elevation for aiding the chair user in rising from the riser-supported chair. The chair riser assembly includes a series of corner post assemblies each of which have a lower post end for engaging the primary support surface. Two width adjustment assemblies adjustably interconnect paired, laterally spaced the post assemblies for enabling the user to adjust the lateral width of the riser assembly for accommodating variously sized chairs. Laterally opposed chair support assemblies interconnect forward portions of the chair riser assembly to rearward portions of the chair riser assembly. Each chair support assembly includes a chair support portion in superior adjacency to the lower post ends for supporting lower portions of the chair in superior adjacency to the primary support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Ronald L. Williams, Anthony J. Nowakowski
  • Patent number: 9358903
    Abstract: An adjustment arrangement for a seat of a motor vehicle including a rail which is mounted displaceably in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle relative to a frame of the vehicle, a seat support which forms a retainer for the seat, a connecting element which mechanically couples the seat support to the rail, wherein a first section of the connecting element is mounted on the rail so as to be rotatable in a predefined pivoting plane, wherein a second section of the connecting element is mounted on the seat support so as to be rotatable in the pivoting plane, and wherein the connecting element is functionally rotatable relative to the seat support and/or to the rail up to a predefined adjustment limit, and further including an absorber unit which is designed to absorb kinetic energy introduced by the connecting element, if the connecting element exceeds the predefined adjustment limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Simon Alexander Maurer, Dieter Jungert
  • Patent number: 9352666
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a height adjustable seat bottom, includes left and right side frames each including a main body portion extending in a front-rear direction and a mount portion for a seat back frame protruding from a rear portion of the main body portion, which side frames constitute left and right frames of the seat bottom, a height adjustment mechanism configured to allow the left and right side frames to be lifted and lowered, and an operation unit including an operation knob configured to be operated by an occupant to cause the height adjustment mechanism to be actuated which operation unit is fixed to one of the left and right side frames. The operation unit is so disposed that at least a part thereof lies over the mount portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kaku, Masaya Furuta, Hidetoshi Ozawa
  • Patent number: 9320362
    Abstract: A mattress corner lifter that includes a base and a lifting mechanism supported by the base. Also, a platform is rotatably supported at the top of the lifting mechanism. The lifting has a compressed state, an extended state and an intermediate state between the compressed and extended states. In the compressed state the mattress lifter pushes up with a force of less than 25 lbs, but in its intermediate state the force with which the mattress lifter presses up increases as the mattress lifter extends, until it reaches a maximum of at least 40 lbs, and wherein at the extended state the mattress lifter resists compression with a force of at least 40 lbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: THREE60 LLC
    Inventor: Jeffery Allen Shea
  • Patent number: 9254762
    Abstract: A seat structure for a vehicle of the present invention comprises a seat cushion frame, slide mechanisms including a pair of guide rails provided at a vehicle floor and a pair of sliders, a pair of connecting members connecting the pair of sliders and the seat cushion frame, a connection position of the connecting members and the seat cushion frame being located inward in a seat width direction relative to a connection position of the connecting members and the sliders, and a coupling member coupling the pair of connecting members in a vehicle width direction so as to restrain the pair of connecting members from moving inward in the seat width direction in a rear-end collision of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Suzuki, Kouichi Nakaya, Shin Sakai, Katsunori Monden, Tsutomu Maruyama, Hirotaka Matsumura, Yoshitaka Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9108538
    Abstract: An under-frame apparatus for a motor vehicle seat may include a basic body, a seat frame adjustable with respect to the basic body between an utmost rear and front positions, a pair of front and rear vibration levers joint-connected to the basic body and the seat frame, respectively, an adjustment arm joint-connected one of the front and rear vibration levers and including a saw teeth engagement part on a free end region thereof, an adjustment device rotatably coupled to the seat frame and engaged to the free end region to adjust a position of the seat frame with respect to the basic body, wherein the adjustment device includes a pinion gear engaged to the adjustment arm and driven by an operation unit, and an elastic member attached to the seat frame and applying a restoring force to the seat frame toward a starting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, C. ROB. HAMMERSTEIN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Burckhard Becker, Wilfried Beneker
  • Patent number: 9061621
    Abstract: A seat-cushion shell unit is configured to include a support panel provided to be movable up and down and tiltable to an arbitrary angle below a seat cushion shell, and a support pad provided between the seat cushion shell and the support panel. A front end part and a rear end part of a support panel are fixed to the seat frame, and the seat-cushion shell unit is attached to the seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadanori Hisamoto
  • Patent number: 9027993
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprises: a vehicle body side member; a seat cushion having left and right side frames; left and right front links provided respectively between front end sides of the left and right side frames and the vehicle body side member, the left and right front links configure a portion of a lifter mechanism that moves the seat cushion, and one end side of the respective left and right front links is coupled to the vehicle body side member so as to be rotatable about an axis along the seat left-right direction; and a coupling member coupling together front end sides of the left and right side frames along the seat left-right direction, that is rotatable with respect to the left and right side frames about an axis along the seat left-right direction, and that is joined to other end side of the respective left and right front links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nozomu Munemura, Hironobu Nakane, Ryo Nagahara, Tadanori Hisamoto
  • Patent number: 9010737
    Abstract: A seat height adjusting apparatus for a vehicle includes an air spring configured to raise or lower a seat of the vehicle, a control valve connected to the air spring and configured to selectively supply air to the air spring, a push rod configured to selectively press an air injection pin or an air discharge pin of the control valve, an arm rod fastened to the push rod and configured to rotate the push rod, a height adjusting cable fastened to one side of the arm rod and configured to rotate the arm rod, and a height adjusting lever configured to move the height adjusting cable in one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Han Il E Hwa, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Ho Shin
  • Patent number: 9007752
    Abstract: An interlocking system for connecting a programmable logic controller and a power supply of an industrial control and automation system is provided. The interlocking system includes features configured to facilitate coupling with a panel or rail and a plurality of vertical slots and a latch disposed on a side surface of the power supply. The latch includes a first attachment feature disposed along a flexible tongue cantilevered proximate an opening in a housing of the power supply such that the tongue can flex into the opening. The interlocking system also includes a plurality of hooks and a second attachment feature formed on a side surface of the programmable logic controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Karen Chin, Chee Lim Wong
  • Publication number: 20150076309
    Abstract: Seat height adjustment having vertical slots (21, FIG. 3) provided on the seat structure (20) and a displacer (14) which is provided with tilted slots (15) and which can be moved horizontally in order to lift or lower the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kurt Seibold, Alexander I Balin, Ingo Kienke, Jorg Linnenbrink
  • Publication number: 20150076310
    Abstract: A handle returning apparatus includes an input member rotating in conjunction with an operation handle operated to rotate in first and second directions including a neutral position, and a spring member including a plurality of spring portions integrally formed and including different spring forces, each of the spring portions including first and second spring end portions separating from each other in a circumferential direction and being configured to generate a returning force for returning the operation handle to the neutral position by being resiliently deformed on a basis of the rotation operation of the operation handle to bias the input member in a state where one of the first and second spring end portions engages with the input member and the other engages with a fixation member. The plurality of spring portions is selectively switchable therebetween to generate the returning force depending on a condition of the rotation operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi YAMADA, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 8973886
    Abstract: An active vibration control device is provided that is configured to control the position of a body relative to a reference frame. The control device includes sensors that provide input signals corresponding to movement of the body in at least one direction, a rotary rotary actuator configured to control the position of the body, and four-bar linkage connecting the rotary rotary actuator to the body. The linkage converts the rotary motion output from the rotary actuator into a linear motion of the body. The controller, based on the input signals from the reference frame sensors, provides control signals to the rotary rotary actuator which acts through the linkage to position the body in the at least one direction relative to the position of the reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: John J. Breen, Mark A. Hayner
  • Patent number: 8960802
    Abstract: The invention concerns a vehicle seat with a seat upper part comprising a seat part and a back rest, and with a seat lower part, wherein between the seat upper part and the seat lower part is arranged a height-adjustable seat frame with at least two scissor arms connected rotatably together, wherein at least a first end of at least one of the scissor arms is connected with at least one slide element for sliding displacement of the first end in at least one displacement direction along at least one guide rail, wherein the slide element has at least one flexibly formed pressure force element to exert a pressure force directed against the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventor: Frank Himmelhuber