Roller Or Ball Patents (Class 248/430)
  • Patent number: 11554692
    Abstract: A seat slide device includes a reinforcing member attached to a rear end part of an upper rail. The reinforcing member is higher in rigidity than the upper rail. The reinforcing member includes a reinforcing member body having a U-shaped cross section having a lower opening, and including a reinforcing member top wall; a pair of reinforcing member lateral walls; and a pair of reinforcing member bent wall parts each being bent outwardly from a lower end of a corresponding one of the reinforcing member lateral walls in a lateral direction of the reinforcing member, and extending upwardly between a corresponding lower rail outside lateral wall and a corresponding lower rail inside lateral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: TF-METAL Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuji Soga, Tomoyasu Ito
  • Patent number: 11332044
    Abstract: An automotive seat assembly includes a manual system to slide the seat assembly from a seating position to a pitch easy entry position. The seat assembly includes a power return device to automatically return the seat assembly from the pitch easy-entry position back to the seating position wherein the power return device may be a module that may be added onto an existing seat assembly having manual pitch easy-entry features. The power return device is disengaged during forward slide and pitch of the seat assembly to the easy-entry position, but may then be actuated to control the return slide and return pitch of the seat assembly rearwardly to the seating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc
    Inventor: David Runde
  • Patent number: 11299072
    Abstract: A seat rail pair for a vehicle seat is disclosed. The seat rail pair may have a lower rail and an upper rail. The upper rail may be moved relative to the lower rail via mutually engaged profiles. The lower rail may have a substantially C-shaped profile and the upper rail may have a substantially U-shaped profile. Roller members may be arranged between the upper rail and the lower rail to facilitate relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Keiper Seating Mechanisms Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ingo Quast, Erik Sprenger, Udo Goettel, Turgay Turan, Michael Zacharias, Joachim Flick
  • Patent number: 11254241
    Abstract: A seat sliding device for vehicles includes lower and upper rails and a locking member for locking or unlocking the upper rail relative to the lower rail. The upper rail is equipped at a lower end of its downward side wall portion with a lower inward corner portion formed of a raised wall portion and a bottom wall portion. The locking member has an axial portion that is placed on and biased against the lower inward corner portion of the upper rail such that the locking member is swingable about an axis of the axial portion to lock or unlock the upper rail relative to the lower rail. This seat sliding device makes it possible to reduce the number of parts and improve operation stability of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignees: TF-METAL CO., LTD., TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Kuroda, Kazuki Tamaki
  • Patent number: 11203275
    Abstract: A seat sliding device for vehicles includes lower and upper rails and a locking member for locking or unlocking the upper rail relative to the lower rail. The upper rail is equipped at a lower end of its downward side wall portion with a lower inward corner portion formed of a raised wall portion and a bottom wall portion. The locking member has an axial portion that is placed on and biased against the lower inward corner portion of the upper rail such that the locking member is swingable about an axis of the axial portion to lock or unlock the upper rail relative to the lower rail. This seat sliding device makes it possible to reduce the number of parts and improve operation stability of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignees: TF-METAL CO., LTD., TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Kuroda, Kazuki Tamaki
  • Patent number: 11192472
    Abstract: A sliding device includes a fixed rail, a movable rail, a lock plate, a spring member, and a first stopper and a second stopper provided on the lock plate. The lock plate is held by the movable rail, and is displaceable between a locking position where the lock plate engages with the fixed rail and a non-locking position where the engagement is released. The spring member can exert an elastic force to maintain the lock plate in the locking position. The first stopper locks and fixes a first end of the lock plate to the spring member. The second stopper locks and fixes a second end of the lock plate to the spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TACHI-S CO., LTD., TF-METAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 11186204
    Abstract: A vehicle seating arrangement includes a first seating assembly, a second seating assembly, and a third seating assembly. The second seating assembly is adjacent to the first seating assembly. Each of the first, second, and third seating assemblies include a seat and a seatback. The seatbacks are pivotably coupled to their respective seats such that the seatbacks are each pivotable between a use position and a forward-dumped position. A remote control is positioned on at least one of the first seating assembly, the second seating assembly, and the third seating assembly. Actuation of the remote control in a first direction transitions the seatback of the first seating assembly toward the forward-dumped position. Actuation of the remote control in a second direction transitions the seatback of at least one of the second and third seating assemblies toward the forward-dumped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Haofei Xie, Frank Glenn Walega, Harish Muppalla, Christopher Sean Rumaczyk, Rob Persad
  • Patent number: 11130425
    Abstract: An actuation mechanism for a longitudinal adjuster of a vehicle seat may have at least one actuation arm, a trigger lever, and a positioning element which is arranged on the trigger lever and which is pivotally mounted on a free lever end of the trigger lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: Keiper Seating Mechanisms Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joachim Flick, Erik Sprenger
  • Patent number: 11104441
    Abstract: A fastening system for passenger seats in a vehicle cabin has two or more guide rails to be integrated into or onto a cabin floor, and a plurality of slides, to be brought into engagement with the guide rails and having a flange for connection to a passenger seat to retain the passenger seat on a guide rail. Each guide rail has a profile cross section, perpendicularly to a main axis of extent (x), having a base region, a supporting region and an undercut situated therebetween. Each slide has a cavity, of complementary design with the profile cross section, and a necked region, to be brought into engagement with the undercut, thus enabling the supporting region to be enclosed by the cavity of the slide. Each slide has a rotatably mounted roller projecting into the necked region and can be brought into surface contact with a guide rail surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Claus-Peter Gross
  • Patent number: 11040639
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a track and/or a support member. The track may include a first ramped portion and/or a second ramped portion. The support member may include a rolling member. A first side of the rolling member may include a first contact portion, and/or a second side of the rolling member may include a second contact portion. The support member may be configured to move along the track via rotation of the rolling member. The first contact portion and/or the second contact portion may be configured to contact the first ramped portion and/or the second ramped portion. The rolling member may include a flange that may be configured to engage an inner portion of the track. The inner portion may be substantially vertical. The track may include an opening that may be disposed between the inner portion and/or a second inner portion of the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thibaud Condamin, Nordine Hamtache, Antoine Moulin
  • Patent number: 10994634
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seat floor slide rail includes a lower slide rail assembly (100), an upper slide rail assembly (200) and a gap elimination mechanism (230, 230?), with a shaft-provided gap elimination cam (231L, 231R), on an upper slide rail longitudinal end, having a rotation center (232a) axis perpendicular to an upper rail longitudinal direction. A locking window face (117L, 117R) has an aluminum slide rail (110) longitudinal gap elimination face (113L, 113R). A rail locked state has a cam face (2311L, 2311R) in contact with the gap elimination face to eliminate a Y and Z direction gap. In a rail unlocked state, a locking mechanism (240) drives the gap elimination cam, such that the cam face loses contact with the gap elimination face. The gap elimination cam moves in linkage with the locking mechanism, reducing sliding friction, and having the advantage of low sliding assistance motive power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Jianglin Zhang, Jiang Honghui, He Longhui, Yedi Fan, Tao Huijia
  • Patent number: 10906430
    Abstract: A roller assembly for a vehicle seating assembly is provided. The roller assembly includes an anchor rotatably coupled with a vehicle seating support. An axle extends from the anchor. A first roller is positioned on the axle. A second roller is positioned on the axle and between the first roller and the anchor. A spacer is positioned on the axle and flush with the second roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Alan George Dry
  • Patent number: 10889216
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes: a side frame formed by filling a mold with a material, the side frame extending along forward and backward directions and having a front lower portion and a rear lower portion; a front leg attached to the front lower portion of the side frame to support the side frame between the front lower portion and a vehicle floor surface; and a rear leg attached to the rear lower portion of the side frame to support the side frame between the rear lower portion and the vehicle floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Takuya Inoue
  • Patent number: 10889208
    Abstract: A track assembly includes a track, a support member, and/or a lever. The support member may be connected to the lever, and/or the lever may include a rotational axis substantially parallel to the track. The lever may rotation about the rotational axis between a first position and/or a second position. The lever may be configured to engage the track in a longitudinal direction when the lever may be in a first position. The lever may be configured to engage the track in a lateral direction when the lever may be in a second position. The lever may be configured to limit longitudinal movement of the support member along the track. The track may include a longitudinal window that may have a first edge and/or a second edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thibaud Condamin, Nordine Hamtache, Antoine Moulin
  • Patent number: 10850642
    Abstract: A seat slide device that can change sliding resistance when a seat is made to slide in accordance with a situation is provided. A seat slide device includes a lower rail fixed to a floor of a vehicle and an upper rail fixed to a seat of the vehicle and supported to be movable with respect to the lower rail. On the upper rail, a sliding member in contact with the slid surface of the lower rail from above is provided and configured such that the sliding resistance borne by the sliding member when the upper rail is moved is changed by a load in a vertical direction borne by the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Toyota Body Seiko Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin Shiraki
  • Patent number: 10843593
    Abstract: A rail assembly for longitudinal adjustment of a vehicle seat comprises a lower rail (2) and an upper rail (1) movable relative to the lower rail, and a movable support member (400) disposed between the lower rail (2) and the upper rail (1), wherein the lower rail (2) comprises a stopper (210) disposed at a predetermined position of the lower rail (2), and the movable support member (400) comprises a base (40) for supporting the upper rail (1) on the lower rail (2) and a coupling member (47) for releasably coupling the movable support member (400) with the upper rail (1). The coupling member (47) can be displaced relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile SE & Co. KG (Coburg)
    Inventor: Angelo Dicicco
  • Patent number: 10800298
    Abstract: A seat suspension system that includes a seat base that enables movement of the seat horizontally; and a lateral attenuation system that when activated, dampens movement of the seat horizontally. The seat base can move along first and second horizontal axes that are orthogonal. The seat base can include a carrier casting moveable along the first horizontal axis relative to a reservoir casting, and a seat casting moveable along the second horizontal axis relative to the carrier casting. The castings can move on rails. The lateral attenuation system can include an actuation mechanism, a stopper, and a connector that couples the actuation mechanism and stopper to the seat base. When the actuation mechanism is activated, the stopper can connect the reservoir and seat castings. The lateral attenuation system can be configured to stop movement of the seat along the first and second horizontal axes at any desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventors: Alex M. Ryan, Charles N. Warren, Gregory O. McConoughey
  • Patent number: 10793036
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat cushion, a seat back and a seat frame. The seat frame has a first member provided with a first engaging pawl and a first pressing surface, a second member provided with a second engaging pawl and a second pressing surface, and a third member provided with a first concave portion and a second concave portion. The first engaging pawl is disposed on an inner side of the first concave portion, the second engaging pawl is disposed on an inner side of the second concave portion, and at least a portion of the first pressing surface and at least a portion of the second pressing surface press each other, causing the first engaging pawl to engage with the first concave portion, and the second engaging pawl to engage with the second concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takuya Inoue, Kazunobu Nuno
  • Patent number: 10737589
    Abstract: A passenger support includes a vehicle seat and a foundation having a lower track and an upper track. The lower track is coupled to a floor of a vehicle in a fixed position relative the floor. The vehicle seat is coupled to the upper track to slide back and forth relative to the lower track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Zenon Jakubowicz, Eryk Dabrowski
  • Patent number: 10722033
    Abstract: The present invention provides a bathing seat structure for use in a bathtub, wherein the legs frame enables fixed positioning of the base, and the base enables fixed positioning of the seat cushion. The base is provided with two freeing mechanisms, a lever, and a rolling device. After pulling open the lever, the rolling device enables the seat cushion to rotate. The two freeing mechanisms must be pressed to a predetermined depth and must be pressed simultaneously, only then can the seat cushion be shifted laterally, thus preventing inadvertent contact and causing displacement of the seat cushion. The rolling device uses a two-tier centrifugal configuration, thereby supporting equal distribution of a person's weight to achieve smooth rotation with no inclining of the seat cushion, and thus extending the serviceable life of the rolling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Jui-Hsiao Chen
  • Patent number: 10723244
    Abstract: A rail for vehicle seat includes a fixed profile, a movable profile, and a control mechanism having an adjustment screw. The fixed profile has a bottom and two lateral wings, the bottom having an internal face facing towards the adjustment screw and an external face facing away from the adjustment screw. The adjustment screw is integral to a support which comprises two side walls engaged on the adjustment screw. Each side wall of the support has an attachment lug engaged in a hole in the bottom and extending through the bottom of the fixed profile to an end which is fixed to the external face of the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: FAURECIA SIEGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Christian Couasnon, Sylvain Deschamps
  • Patent number: 10710475
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a seat rail for a vehicle having a lever shaft configured to be integrally combined with bracket flanges, whereby shaking of a release lever in the forward/backward and leftward/rightward directions may be reduced. When the release lever is rotated in a restoring direction thereof by an elastic force of a lever spring, lever flanges make contact with a locking mounting bracket and a restoring rotation of the release lever stops. In addition, an end portion of the lever spring may be held by and fixed to the release lever so as to improve operability of a locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: HYUNDAI DYMOS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Jae Yong Jang, Cheon Kim
  • Patent number: 10703228
    Abstract: A seat-track assembly is provided and may include a first track member having a series of locking features and a second track member slidably supported by the first track member. The seat-track assembly may also include a locking mechanism having locking pawls movable between a locked state engaged with the locking features to restrict relative movement between the first and second track members and an unlocked state disengaged from the locking features to permit relative movement between the first and second track members. The locking pawls may each include locking elements that are received within respective ones of the series of locking features in the locked state such that the locking elements restrict relative movement between the first track member and the second track member in two directions when the locking pawls are in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FISHER & COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David G. Anticuar, Andrew Joshua Simms, Karl Sponsler, Seth Kirkendall, Sapan Mahendra Poptani, Armin Michel
  • Patent number: 10694852
    Abstract: A movable seat such as for use with a gaming device is disclosed and described herein. An example chair includes a chair head assembly and a floorplate assembly. The example chair head assembly is movably affixed to a slide plate in the floorplate assembly to slide the chair head assembly along at least a portion of the floorplate assembly. An example floorplate assembly includes a slide plate and a floorplate. The example slide plate is arranged to receive a support member, and the example slide plate is movably affixed to the floorplate via a track opening along the floorplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Gary Platt Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel J. Waller, Wendell R. Davis
  • Patent number: 10640014
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a vehicle seat sliding device includes a rotary member that integrally rotates with a screw rod, a swinging member that is supported on an upper rail in a manner capable of swinging in a state in which the rotation around a rotational center is restricted and that rotatively supports the rotary member and integrally swings with the rotary member, and receiving members that are fixed to a lower rail and support the swinging member in a manner capable of swinging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mitsugu Taniguchi, Yuta Murakami
  • Patent number: 10625638
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism, in particular easy-entry adjustment mechanism of a vehicle seat or a vehicle seat within a multi-part seat bench or an undivided seat bench, in particular for easier entry to an interior of a motor vehicle, wherein, for carrying out a first step, the backrest part of the vehicle seat/of the seat bench has a backrest unlocking unit, by means of which the backrest part of the vehicle seat/of the seat bench is unlockable and moveable in relation to the seat part of the vehicle seat/of the seat bench into a predeterminable folded position coming closer to the seat part. In a second adjustment movement following a first adjustment movement, the vehicle seat/the seat bench is further movable on the seat rail in the same direction by a further horizontal second adjustment distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Robert Szlag
  • Patent number: 10556521
    Abstract: A shaft housing hole has a shaft insertion hole into which the rotating shaft section of an engagement member is inserted. Also, the shaft housing hole has slits extending from the lower end of the shaft insertion hole along the side surface of the shaft insertion hole toward an upper connection wall section. The upper side wall section of an upper rail has shaft restriction sections formed by the shaft housing hole. The shaft restriction sections have front ends with which the side surfaces of the rotating shaft section are in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoaki Hoshihara, Yasuhiro Kojima, Katsuya Nozue, Takanori Sato
  • Patent number: 10514061
    Abstract: A linear moving bearing, comprising: a retaining portion having at least one receiving chambers at lateral sides thereof; each receiving chamber being installed with at least one set of sliding track which is formed by two round rods; each of receiving chamber formed with two stop walls at an upper and lower ends of an opening of the receiving chamber; the stop walls serving to retain the round rods in the receiving chamber; each of the set of the sliding track resisting against a sliding rod so that the round rod being slidable along the sliding track. The stop walls are screwed or buckled to an upper and a lower end of a lateral wall aside the opening of the receiving chamber. The sliding rod has a sharp angle resists against a middle area between the two round rods of a set of the sliding track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: John Wun-Chang Shih
  • Patent number: 10500985
    Abstract: A seat track assembly may include a first seat track, a second seat track that may configured to slide relative to the first seat track, a cross member, and/or a bearing that may connect the cross member to the second seat track. The bearing may include a plurality of feet engaged with a plurality of apertures of the second seat track. A first aperture of the plurality of apertures may be disposed in a first side of the second seat track and/or a second aperture of the plurality of apertures may be disposed in a second side of the second seat track. The first side may be disposed substantially perpendicularly to the second side. The plurality of feet may include a first foot, a second foot, a third foot, and/or a fourth foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Marc Laumeier, Klaus Walter, Michael Wojatzki
  • Patent number: 10479232
    Abstract: A passenger support includes vehicle seat having a seat base mounted to a track for sliding the seat base longitudinally. A sliding motion controller is provided. The seat base is movable from a slid-back configuration to a forward-seating configuration when the sliding motion controller is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Cooley
  • Patent number: 10448760
    Abstract: An article presentation device (10) comprising a base (20) having at least one slot (22), at least one support (30) configured to receive at least one article and to be inserted in and extracted from the slot (22), and at least one catch (40) that is movable between a locked position in which the catch (40) is suitable for co-operating with the support (30) in order to retain it in the slot (22), and an unlocked position in which the catch (40) enables the support (30) to be extracted from the slot (22), each catch (40) being associated with a single slot (22) and being actuated by a distinct drive mechanism (50). The drive mechanism (50) is configured to drive the catch (40) in turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: SAAA SAS—SYSTEMS D—AUTOMAISMES D'ALARMES AUTOMATIQUES
    Inventor: Eric Gresset
  • Patent number: 10441162
    Abstract: An ophthalmic examination suite including a base support having a base plate, a carriage movable on the base plate, the carriage being laterally movable between a first position and a second position relative to an instrument delivery stand, and a chair coupled to the carriage, the chair being configured to receive a seated patient thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: RELIANCE MEDICAL PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Gary G. Schwaegerle, Michael A. Carvajal, Deepak Sridhara
  • Patent number: 10414291
    Abstract: The vehicle seat comprises a seat main body, a base, a bracket, a link, and a contact portion. The base is located below the seat main body. The bracket is mounted on an upper side of the base. The link is rotatably coupled, at one end thereof, to the seat main body and is rotatably coupled, at an end thereof opposing the one end, to the bracket. The contact portion is provided to the bracket to restrict a rotatable range of the link by coming in contact with the link. The contact portion comprises a first contact portion and a second contact portion. The first contact portion is arranged in a position that partially differs from a position of the second contact portion in a width direction of the seat main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Koji Ohashi
  • Patent number: 10391891
    Abstract: A seat slide device that can change sliding resistance when a seat is made to slide in accordance with a situation is provided. A seat slide device includes a lower rail fixed to a floor of a vehicle and an upper rail fixed to a seat of the vehicle and supported to be movable with respect to the lower rail. On the upper rail, a sliding member in contact with the slid surface of the lower rail from above is provided and configured such that the sliding resistance borne by the sliding member when the upper rail is moved is changed by a load in a vertical direction borne by the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Toyota Body Seiko Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Shin Shiraki
  • Patent number: 10384571
    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, and the first and the second swivel connector are pivoted in each case about a swivel pin in the case of an oscillating movement of the upper suspension portion relative to the lower suspension portion, wherein a first toothed wheel element which is rotatable about a first axis of rotation is arranged on 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, the first toothed wheel element being in operative contact with a second toothed wheel element which is rotatable about a second axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventor: Konstantin Lorey
  • Patent number: 10352361
    Abstract: A three-rows-of-ball bearings sliding rail is disclosed. An inner sliding rail body is supported in outer sliding rail bodies through three rows of support ball bearings which are arranged in parallel in a lengthwise direction of the inner sliding rail body. The three rows of support ball bearings are respectively limited within a length range of the outer sliding rail bodies via ball retainers. Each of the outer sliding rail bodies includes a bottom plate, a first side wall and a second side wall which are respectively located at two sides in a widthwise direction of the bottom plate, are integrally formed with the bottom plate and extended in a lengthwise direction of the bottom plate. The first side wall includes a first arm and a supporting part which is bent inwardly and extends horizontally from a bottom end of the first arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: WUXI HAIDAER PRECISION SLIDES CO., LTD
    Inventors: Xinglong Xu, Haiwen Zhang, Feng Qian
  • Patent number: 10286814
    Abstract: A seat assembly for an automotive vehicle comprising a seat cushion and a seat back for pivotal movement between an upright seating position and a forwardly dumped position. A recliner mechanism is operatively coupled between the seat cushion and the seat back for selective actuation between a locked and unlocked condition allowing the pivotal movement of the seat back. A seat track assembly is coupled to the seat cushion for selective actuation between a locked and unlocked condition allowing fore and aft sliding movement of the seat assembly between a passenger comfort position and a full forward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Seating Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Ploch, Omar D Tame
  • Patent number: 10279954
    Abstract: A container for holding product therein during shipment and being returned for reuse has a body, tracks attached to opposite sides of the body, and a plurality of dunnage supports extending between the tracks. Outer portions of the dunnage supports may have one or more narrowed or flattened portions which enable the dunnage supports to slide along the tracks. Dunnage holding parts is suspended by the dunnage supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bradford Company
    Inventors: Judson A. Bradford, Eric S. Bruinsma
  • Patent number: 10272801
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is provided in which a seat back is constrained from tilting down when a seat cushion is moved to a position in which the seat back cannot be tilted down. The vehicle seat includes a base frame, a seat cushion frame (3) horizontally movable relative to the base frame between a first position and a second position different from the first position, a seat back frame (4) rotatable relative to the seat cushion frame (3), a lock member (5) configured to constrain the seat back frame (4) from tilting rearward, and an unlock mechanism (6) configured to release a lock applied by the lock member (5) when the seat cushion frame (3) is moved from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10266074
    Abstract: A seat-track assembly is provided and may include a first track member having a series of locking features and a second track member slidably supported by the first track member. The seat-track assembly may also include a locking mechanism having locking pawls movable between a locked state engaged with the locking features to restrict relative movement between the first and second track members and an unlocked state disengaged from the locking features to permit relative movement between the first and second track members. The locking pawls may each include locking elements that are received within respective ones of the series of locking features in the locked state such that the locking elements restrict relative movement between the first track member and the second track member in two directions when the locking pawls are in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: FISHER & COMPANY, INCORPORATED
    Inventors: David G. Anticuar, Andrew Joshua Simms, Karl Sponsler, Seth Kirkendall, Sapan Mahendra Poptani
  • Patent number: 10220731
    Abstract: A vehicle seat sliding device for sliding a seat includes a fixed rail, a movable rail, a rolling element, and at least one rolling element holder. The fixed rail is for a floor of a vehicle. The movable rail is slidably engaged with the fixed rail and is mounted to the seat. The rolling element includes an outer circumferential surface for abutting an abutment surface of the fixed rail. The at least one rolling element holder is mounted to the movable rail and holds the rolling element so as to be rotatable and slidable along a longitudinal direction of the movable rail. The at least one rolling element holder is configured such that a distance between a rotation axis of the rolling element and the abutment surface becomes smaller as the rolling element slides toward one side in the longitudinal direction of the movable rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Sho Kume
  • Patent number: 10220732
    Abstract: A seat position detection apparatus for a vehicle seat which is guided using a seat rail in a floor rail of the vehicle. The seat position detection apparatus has a lock for the longitudinal setting of the seat rail and the floor rail in relation to one another, and a mechanical memory device that has a position determination unit and a position detection unit, which may be started symmetrically from both directions of the longitudinal adjustment of the vehicle seat to define a vehicle seat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Seating (Germany) GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Auer, Christoph Brehm, David Preisser, Andreas Wachtel, Bernd Efler
  • Patent number: 10220738
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suspension device, in particular for a vehicle seat, comprising an upper suspension part and a lower suspension part, which can be connected to one another by a first swivelling connector and a second swivelling connector, wherein a first spring unit can be connected in a first end region on the one hand by means of an adjusting device to the first swivelling connector and can be connected in a second end region on the other hand to the lower suspension part, wherein by means of the adjusting device the position of the first spring unit can be adjusted in order to adjust the spring force and the spring rate of the suspension device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GRAMMER AG
    Inventors: Konstantin Lorey, Johann Deml
  • Patent number: 10131250
    Abstract: An actuating unit for a vehicle seat, particularly for actuating a locking device of a seat rail of a motor vehicle seat, has an actuating element (4) articulated about a pin (6) to a main element (2). A spring element (10) is arranged on the pin (6) and biases the actuating element. The spring element and the pin are formed such that the spring element secures the pin in the assembled position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: ADIENT LUXEMBOURG HOLDING S.A.R.L.
    Inventor: Joachim Flick
  • Patent number: 10118506
    Abstract: A slide rail includes a fixed-side rail, a movable-side rail, and a reinforcing structure that prevents detachment of the movable-side rail from the fixed-side rail. The reinforcing structure includes a fixed-side engaging portion attached to the fixed-side rail, and a movable-side engaging portion attached to the movable-side rail. The fixed-side and the movable-side engaging portions are configured, while allowing sliding of the movable-side rail, to come in contact with each other due to an action by a large load in a detaching direction input between the fixed-side rail and the movable-side rail, and to be engaged with each other to restrict movement of the movable-side rail in the detaching direction. A contact surface, that comes in contact with the movable-side engaging portion, of the fixed-side engaging portion includes surface regions that have mutually different positions in the detaching direction and are provided side by side in a sliding direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuki Hattori, Tomokazu Fukuda, Eiji Mizutani, Taro Fukuta, Akira Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10086723
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat attached to the floor of the vehicle via a rail device and a lock device, the mechanical stiffness of the rail device and the lock device is increased without increasing the overall weight of the vehicle seat and without unduly increasing the manufacturing cost. The vehicle seat further comprises at least one upper hook member (115A) depending from one of the upper rails, and at least one lower hook member (89B) extending upward from a part of the corresponding lock device or a member securing the lock device to a corresponding lower rail such that the upper and lower hook members are spaced apart from each other, but jointly prevent an upward movement of the upper rail away from the lower rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masato Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10081271
    Abstract: A vehicle slide rail device including: a memory mechanism which includes a memory member configured to define a default seat position by engagement; a release operation mechanism which is configured to release a lock mechanism from a locked state and slide together with the memory member in a slide direction by removing the memory member from a state of defining the default seat position; a memory operation mechanism which is configured to release the lock mechanism from the locked state while leaving the memory member in the state of defining the default seat position; a cancel mechanism which is pressed against the memory member to cancel the releasing of the lock mechanism by the memory operation mechanism and return the lock mechanism to the locked state when the seat position is returned to the default seat position defined while an operated state of a memory operation member is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoki Goto, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10065536
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a track latch assembly having a lower track configured to couple to a vehicle floor, an upper track coupled to a seat base, a recline handle rotatably coupled to a seat bottom, and a track release mechanism configured to move between a disengaged position that enables relative sliding movement between the lower track and the upper track, and an engaged position that facilitates preventing relative sliding movement between the lower track and the upper track. Rotation of the recline handle is configured to move the track release mechanism from the engaged position to the disengaged position, and movement of the seat bottom from a lowered position to a raised position is configured to move the track release mechanism from the engaged position to the disengaged position. A pivot latch assembly prevents movement of the seat bottom to and from the lowered and raised positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey J Poniatowski, Robert Elton, Travis D Bechtel, David M Gable, Joel T Hudson
  • Patent number: 10017085
    Abstract: An adjustment unit, for a vehicle seat, is provided for adjusting a position and/or inclination of a component of the vehicle seat. The adjustment unit has a handling element, which is provided in a first direction for applying a first adjustment movement of the component, and in a second direction for applying a second adjustment movement of the component. The adjustment unit is embodied in such a way that the first adjustment movement permits more rapid adjustment of the component than the second adjustment movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: JOHNSON CONTROLS GMBH
    Inventor: Ingo Kienke
  • Patent number: 10011195
    Abstract: A fixed rail comprises a first rail-surface facing upward and a second rail-surface facing downward. A movable rail is configured to be slidable relative to the fixed rail and to support a seat. At least one first roller is mounted on the movable rail. The at least one first roller is configured to receive a downward load imposed on the movable rail and to roll on the first rail-surface. At least one second roller is mounted on the movable rail and is configured to roll on the second rail-surface. At least one pressing member is configured to elastically deform and to upwardly press the at least one second roller upwardly against the second rail-surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Sho Kume, Hideki Fujisawa