For Seat Patents (Class 248/503.1)
  • Patent number: 10259585
    Abstract: A seat fitting connects an aircraft seat to a floor rail of an aircraft. The seat fitting comprises a vertically oriented pin, a web connected to the pin and a first holding body which projects in the lateral direction with respect to the web. The holding body is configured in order to engage behind a lip of the floor rail. The seat fitting further comprises a tensioning element in order to tension the holding body in the vertical direction against the lip of the floor rail. The seat fitting comprises a second holding body projecting in the lateral direction and having a spacing of an inch from the first holding body in the longitudinal direction, and that the pin is arranged with an offset in the longitudinal direction relative to the first holding body and the second holding body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bishop GmbH
    Inventor: Oumarou Sodore
  • Patent number: 10259365
    Abstract: An articulating locking mechanism includes a support bracket with an upwardly opening receiving slot having an open top portion and closed bottom portion. A spring member is coupled to the support bracket at a mounting portion and includes a ramp portion disposed adjacent to the receiving slot. A pivot member includes a pivot bushing and a rotating mounting shaft extending outwardly from the pivot bushing. The pivot bushing is received in the receiving slot of the support bracket, and is retained by the ramp portion of the spring member when the pivot bushing is fully seated in the receiving slot of the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan D. Warju, II, Mark Caye, Peter Kennedy, Michael Kryzaniwskyj, Khaled Ayyash, Kurt Kormos
  • Patent number: 10259362
    Abstract: A seat trim assembly includes first and second seat trim members sized to be received upon a cross member of a seat back frame, and to each support a portion of a back of an occupant. The first seat trim member includes a first fastener arrangement. The second seat trim member includes a second fastener arrangement sized to engage the first fastener arrangement. The first fastener arrangement is oriented so that the first seat trim member can only be assembled to the cross member at an angle relative to the second seat trim member that is radially offset about the cross member from a fully assembled orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Carl Penn
  • Patent number: 10207610
    Abstract: An articulating locking mechanism includes a support bracket having a receiving slot and a retaining flange. A pivot member is received in the receiving slot. A retainer member includes a hook portion that is coupled to the pivot member at a first end of the retainer member along an outer surface of the support bracket. The retainer member is operable between at-rest and flexed positions. A second end of the retainer member retains the retainer member in the flexed position by engaging a retaining flange extending outwardly from an inner surface of the support bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Mark Caye
  • Patent number: 10173779
    Abstract: Arrangements for safety and comfort in vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Arjuna Indraeswaran Rajasingham
  • Patent number: 10076976
    Abstract: A seat pedestal includes an open base upon which a plate assembly is mounted for translational movement upon the base. The plate assembly includes a bottom plate, a seat mount for supporting a seat, and a bearing means between the bottom plate and the seat mount to permit the seat mount to rotate. One lock releasably secures the plate assembly in the driving position and another, which is self-actuating, releases the seat mount so that it can rotate freely when it is in the resting position. A stop carried by the seat mount defines a range in which the seat may be rotated. At least one pair of interlocking members couples the seat mount with the bottom plate to transfer lateral loads born by the seat to the base. The bottom plate, the bearing means, and the seat mount have concentric openings through which wires may pass for accessories such as power/heated seats, headrests, and computer screens and related accoutrements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS MANUFACTURING, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Roeglin, Hari Sunkara, Allan McGuire
  • Patent number: 10052974
    Abstract: A mounting tile is utilized for mounting a vehicle seat to a vehicle floor. A method for mounting a vehicle seat using the mounting tile includes affixing angle iron to the side edges of the floor, affixing a layer of metal plating on top of the angle iron, affixing one or more mounting tiles to the metal plating, positioning filler material between the one or more mounting tiles, positioning a floor covering over the mounting tiles and filler material, aligning the fastener elements of the vehicle seat structure with apertures in the mounting tile, and attaching the fastener elements and the seat to the mounting tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Freedman Seating Company
    Inventors: Samuel P. Cardone, Matthew C. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9919620
    Abstract: A removable seat for a motor vehicle includes two hook fasteners for removably attaching the seat to front strikers that are rotatable about a lateral axis through the front strikers. A bar extends between the first hook fastener and the second hook fastener that is parallel to the lateral axis. The bar contacts the cover to prevent further rotation when the seat is rotated about the lateral axis to prevent over-rotation of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter A Supernavage, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Jeffrey H Scheurer, II
  • Patent number: 9884571
    Abstract: A vehicle seat having a seat back and seat cushion connected to the seat back, the seat back and seat cushion being retractable to a retraction floor disposed lower than a vehicle body floor, is described. The vehicle seat includes: a support base connected to the vehicle body floor, disposed below the seat cushion, and pivotally connected to a lower end of the seat back; a detachable leg having an upper end attached to the seat cushion and lower end connectable to the support base; a leg retaining member attached to the support base to detachably retain the lower end of the detachable leg; and a base cover that covers the support base. The leg retaining member is disposed at a rear side of a front end of a portion of the base cover in a front to back direction of the seat to cover the support base from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Akutsu, Daisuke Kitagawa, Taro Murayama
  • Patent number: 9855866
    Abstract: A step garnish for a rail and carrier seat system for motor vehicle is disclosed. The rail and carrier seat system includes two rails fixedly attached to and positioned laterally along a floor of the motor vehicle, a carrier laterally slidable within the rails, a handle attached to a laterally exterior side of the carrier, and a seat attached to the carrier. The step garnish includes an inner step garnish portion, the inner step garnish portion being installed below the handle on the carrier, the inner step garnish having an exposed portion; and an outer step garnish portion, the outer step garnish portion including a cut out clearance shape for being installed from above the handle, the cut out clearance shape having a shape substantially similar to the exposed portion of the inner step garnish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew Edward Barrow, Jason R Dilley, Jeffrey H Scheurer, II, Renata Massone Okawa
  • Patent number: 9809134
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a striker pin that is mounted to either a vehicle floor or a seat bottom. A latch assembly is mounted to the other of the vehicle floor and the seat bottom, and is configured to engage the striker pin. A pivot bracket assembly includes a first bracket member that is attached to the seat bottom and pivotally attached to a second bracket member which is fixedly mounted to the vehicle floor. One or both of the first bracket of the pivot bracket assembly and the latch plate of the latch assembly is movable relative to the vehicle floor and the seat bottom to facilitate alignment of the opening in the latch plate with the striker pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventor: Mahendra Raja K
  • Patent number: 9783079
    Abstract: A mounting tile for mounting a vehicle seat to a vehicle floor comprises at least two tubular members having a rectangular cross-sectional shape and a U-shaped channel having apertures that may include weld nuts for receiving fastener elements protruding from the bottom of the vehicle seat structure. A method for mounting a vehicle seat using the mounting tile includes affixing angle iron to the side edges of the floor, affixing a layer of metal plating on top of the angle iron, affixing one or more mounting tiles to the metal plating, positioning filler material between the one or more mounting tiles, positioning a floor covering over the mounting tiles and filler material, aligning the fastener elements of the vehicle seat structure with apertures in the mounting tile, and attaching the fastener elements and the seat to the mounting tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Freedman Seating Company
    Inventors: Samuel P. Cardone, Matthew C. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9694715
    Abstract: A seat assembly includes a removable vehicle seat having a front latch, a rear latch, and a seat mounting bracket adapted to be coupled to a vehicle floor. The front latch includes a striker receiving slot having a slot width, and the seat mounting bracket includes a front and rear striker, where the front striker is configured to be received in the receiving slot. The front striker includes an engagement portion having a flat, angled engagement surface in cross-section. In an installation position of the seat, the front latch receives the engagement portion with the engagement surface being substantially parallel to the receiving slot thereby providing for a clearance fit. In an installed position of the seat, the receiving slot is angled relative to the engagement surface such that the front striker engages opposing walls of the receiving slot thereby establishing an interference fit between the striker and front latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Michael P Gebauer, Jason Bahlman, Sumit Mathur
  • Patent number: 9637026
    Abstract: A mounting tile for mounting a vehicle seat to a vehicle floor comprises at least two tubular members having a rectangular cross-sectional shape and a U-shaped channel having apertures that may include weld nuts for receiving fastener elements protruding from the bottom of the vehicle seat structure. A method for mounting a vehicle seat using the mounting tile includes affixing angle iron to the side edges of the floor, affixing a layer of metal plating on top of the angle iron, affixing one or more mounting tiles to the metal plating, positioning filler material between the one or more mounting tiles, positioning a floor covering over the mounting tiles and filler material, aligning the fastener elements of the vehicle seat structure with apertures in the mounting tile, and attaching the fastener elements and the seat to the mounting tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Freedman Seating Company
    Inventors: Samuel P. Cardone, Matthew C. Kerr
  • Patent number: 9616843
    Abstract: The embodiment described and claimed herein are improved barrier-type wheelchair securement systems. In particular, one embodiment of a barrier includes an integral shoulder belt assembly, two integral wheelchair restraint assemblies, and two integral lap belt assemblies. The wheelchair restraint and lap belt assemblies comprise retractors which can be mounted external or internal to the barrier. The integral shoulder belt assembly could be connected to a vertical telescoping member which is movable from a first position, wherein the telescoping member is housed inside of the barrier, to a second position, wherein the shoulder belt assembly is disposed at a proper height for a wheelchair passenger. Alternatively, the shoulder belt assembly could be rigidly mounted to the barrier in a fixed position, or could be adjustable to accommodate passengers of varying size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Valeda Company LLC
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Girardin, Eric Girardin, Joe Esteireiro
  • Patent number: 9610882
    Abstract: The vehicle wheelchair restraint system provides a first belt and a second belt with which to anchor both a wheelchair and a wheelchair passenger against movement within a vehicle. In typical use, the first belt is removably hooked to a liner mount or a right angle mount. The first belt is passed through a part of a first side of the wheelchair and across the passenger's lap. The first belt is either wrapped around a part on a second side of the wheelchair and hooked back to itself, or hooked to the wheelchair. The first belt is properly tensioned by a strap ratchet. The second belt is hooked to a mount and to the second side of the wheelchair. The second belt is adjustably tensioned by a belt buckle, with which the second belt first end is hooked to the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Darrell Heard
  • Patent number: 9481272
    Abstract: A seat assembly having a latch assembly includes a seat cushion defining a transverse axis along a side-to-side direction of the seat cushion. The seat cushion is pivotally attached to the vehicle, and the latch assembly is attached to the seat cushion. The latch assembly includes a latch that has a latch position attaching the seat cushion to the vehicle at the latch assembly, and a release position releasing the seat cushion from the vehicle at the latch assembly. The latch assembly also includes a slider arrangement configured to facilitate pivotal movement of at least a portion of the latch assembly inboard toward a center line of the seat cushion and generally along the transverse axis. Such movement automatically occurs when the latch releases the seat cushion from the vehicle at the latch assembly and the seat assembly is pivoted forward about the riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventor: Andrzej Dlugokecki
  • Patent number: 9475406
    Abstract: A locking device for a vehicle seat has a catch which is mounted such that it can be pivoted about a second axis and is intended for locking a mating element, and has a clamping eccentric which is mounted such that it can be pivoted about a first axis, between a locking position and an unlocking position and secures a locked state of the catch by interaction with a first functional surface of the catch. In the locked state, the clamping eccentric acts on the first functional surface via a clamping surface. An unlocking element is mounted such that it can be pivoted about the second axis by an actuating device, counter to a spring force, out of a locking position into an unlocking position. The unlocking element and the clamping eccentric have arranged between them a bias spring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: KEIPER GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Peter Mueller, Volker Windecker, Stefan Haber, Kadir Yasaroglu, Silke Labuk
  • Patent number: 9260038
    Abstract: A floor lock for a motor vehicle seat for detachably connecting the motor vehicle seat to the vehicle floor, has a locking pawl adjustable between a locked position and an unlocked position and a control pawl, which fixes the position of the locking pawl, is in operative connection with the locking pawl and is adjustable relative to the latter between a closed position and an open position. The locked position of the locking pawl is secured by a securing pawl arranged in a secured position, the securing pawl being in operative connection with the locking pawl and being adjustable by the latter between the secured position and a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: C. Rob. Hammerstein GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Thiex, Michael Kaiser
  • Patent number: 9227537
    Abstract: A seat buffering device and a vehicle safety seat including the seat buffering device are provided. The seat buffering device is disposed on a base of the vehicle safety seat. The seat buffering device includes a reinforcing component and at least one concave structure. The reinforcing component is disposed inside the base, and the reinforcing component has a plurality of lateral surfaces. The at least one concave structure is formed on one of the plurality of lateral surfaces. The reinforcing component is adapted to be bent via the at least one concave structure when the base is impacted, so as to reduce impact force applied to the base. Buffering efficiency of the reinforcing component corresponds to the amount, the arrangement, and the angle of the concave structure. The plurality of concave structures is disposed on the same or different lateral surfaces of the reinforcing component in the interlaced arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Limited
    Inventor: Chin-Ming Cheng
  • Patent number: 9119483
    Abstract: A child restraint system includes an infant carrier and a base adapted to be mounted on a passenger seat in a vehicle in a vehicle mode. The infant carrier is also configured to be mounted on a stroller frame in a stroller mode. The infant carrier includes a seat shell and a carrying handle coupled to the seat shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Nathan W Heisey
  • Publication number: 20150137547
    Abstract: In one or more embodiments, a vehicle seatback stabilization device includes a seatback stabilization portion to be connected to a seatback, and a vehicle body connection portion including an aperture to receive a connector of a vehicle body load-bearing structure. The seatback stabilization portion may include first and second stabilization panels positioned with an angle relative to each other. The vehicle body connection portion may extend away from the second stabilization panel such that the second stabilization panel is positioned between the first stabilization panel and the vehicle body connection portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: BIN CAI, CHONG DENG, ZHEBING SHEN
  • Publication number: 20150136934
    Abstract: The invention related to a locking device (1), particularly for a vehicle sent, which comprises a retainer region (5) for receiving a counter element (6), a catch (3) which can be pivoted between a locking position that locks the counter element in said retainer region, and an unlocking position, and a compensation element (9) that can be pivoted between a contact position for tensioning the counter element in the direction of the retainer region and a release position for releasing said counter element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Igor Gordeenko
  • Patent number: 8991918
    Abstract: A child seat attachment structure comprising a lower anchor comprising a fixing portion that is fixed to a configuration member configuring a vehicle body or a vehicle seat, a leg portion that extends from the fixing portion towards a vehicle top side, and a coupling portion that is provided at an upper end portion of the leg portion and that fixes a child seat to the vehicle body or the vehicle seat by connecting to a connector of the child seat; and a contacted portion that restricts displacement of the coupling portion of the lower anchor towards a vehicle front side with respect to the fixing portion by making contact with a portion of the lower anchor when the child seat fixed to the vehicle body or the vehicle seat has moved towards the vehicle front side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nakakita, Shoji Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8991778
    Abstract: A vehicle seat anchorage (22) assembly employs a cam (34) mounted in an anchorage member (24) for rotation about an axis transverse of the anchorage member between: an unlocked position (FIG. 17A) in which the cam allows a pair of locking members (70 and 72) to assume their unlocked positions, and a locked position (FIG. 17B) in which the cam pushes down on inner portions (82) of the locking members so that outer portions (84) of the locking members assume their locked positions engaging under lips (12) of an anchorage rail (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Koller Engineering Limited
    Inventor: Max Arnold Koller
  • Publication number: 20150076865
    Abstract: An anchorage device for anchoring a portable seat is disclosed. The anchorage device includes a shackle with two legs and a mounting plate equipped with two sockets receiving end of the legs. The shackle and mounting plate are laser welded in such a manner that the legs of the shackle are directly connected to the mounting plate and lie at the most surface-flush with the bottom side of the mounting plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Bernd Pohl, Franz-Josef Ringel
  • Patent number: 8973884
    Abstract: An improved lower anchor strap tension adjusting mechanism for varying tension in a restraint connected to a vehicle. The mechanism comprises first and second adjuster ends and a length of web spanning therebetween. One end of the web is attached to one of the adjuster ends. A guide is provided on one or both adjuster ends enabling the web to be looped around the guide(s) and between the ends in multiple passes. A web lock device is connected one of the ends to engage the web and allow the length of the web spanning between the first and second adjuster portions to be fixed. The number of loops of web spanning between the adjuster ends determines the mechanical advantage in the tension force applied to the anchor strap by the adjuster compared to the tension applied to the free end, improving ease and security of safety seat installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua D. Stuckey, Michael L. Longenecker
  • Publication number: 20150041611
    Abstract: A locking device for a vehicle seat has a catch which is mounted such that it can be pivoted about a second axis and is intended for locking a mating element, and has a clamping eccentric which is mounted such that it can be pivoted about a first axis, between a locking position and an unlocking position and secures a locked state of the catch by interaction with a first functional surface of the catch. In the locked state, the clamping eccentric acts on the first functional surface via a clamping surface. An unlocking element is mounted such that it can be pivoted about the second axis by an actuating device, counter to a spring force, out of a locking position into an unlocking position. The unlocking element and the clamping eccentric have arranged between them a bias spring element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Peter Mueller, Volker Windecker, Stefan Haber, Kadir Yasaroglu, Silke Labuk
  • Publication number: 20140367545
    Abstract: A track assembly for positioning and removably securing wheelchairs and transit seats in a vehicle, having a first rail having a frame, the frame having a top surface, a first side surface, a second side surface, and a longitudinal axis. The track assembly further includes a plurality of apertures having a shape, the apertures evenly distributed within the top surface along the longitudinal axis of the frame, a plurality of channels connecting the first and second side surfaces proximate the top surface, the channels evenly distributed along the longitudinal axis of the frame, and a second rail identical to and arranged in parallel with the first rail to form the track assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Ivan Fenton, Gerald James Hildom
  • Patent number: 8899545
    Abstract: An apparatus for affixing an object to a rail includes, but is not limited to at least one base body, at least one locking body and at least one operating element. The locking body is held so as to be movable relative to the base body and is connected to the operating element by way of at least one bearing. The operating element is arranged so as to be rotatable in the base body, includes, but is not limited to a cam that acts on the base body, and when rotated moves the locking body towards the base body. In this way apparatus is created which makes possible the manual affixing and undoing, without the need for tools, of an object on and from a rail, for example, if needed, in order to reposition displaceable monuments in a cabin of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Blees, Dieter Krause, Ralf Koblitz, Oliver Gehlen, Dirk Humfeldt, Mark Herzog
  • Patent number: 8833721
    Abstract: Gas turbine engine systems and related methods involving thermally isolated retention are provided. In this regard, a representative method for attaching a gas turbine engine component includes using a fastener, varying in diameter along a length thereof, to prevent a portion of a component from being crimped between surfaces to which the component is attached such that the component moves relative to the surfaces responsive to thermal cycling of a gas turbine engine of which the surfaces and the component are constituent parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Sadil, Claude I. Barnett, Jr., Ricky A. Daigle
  • Patent number: 8827283
    Abstract: A mounting system includes at least one mounting fixture affixed on a stroller frame, and a connector affixed on a child support accessory. The connector can be inserted into the mounting fixture for locking the child support accessory in position on the stroller frame. The connector can lock with the mounting fixture in either of a rearward or forward facing configuration of the child support accessory. The construction of the stroller frame is such that it can be conveniently collapsed with the child support accessory installed thereon. Examples of the child support accessory can include a stroller seat module, a support adapter for carrycot or bassinet, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Nuna International B.V.
    Inventors: Maurits Homan, Thomas van der Schoor, Erik Baas, Jonathan K Mountz
  • Patent number: 8827228
    Abstract: A fastener device (10) for fastening a load to a rail (4) that is provided with a slideway (4?) defined by a bottom wall (5), two side walls (6), and a top wall (7) including a succession of wide slots (8) and of narrow slots (9), said fastener device (10) comprising a base (20) and two shoes (30) suitable for being inserted in said wide slots (8) and for co-operating with the top wall (7) in a narrow slot (9) by shape interference. The device further comprises first and second slides (31, 32), each including one of said two shoes (30), spacer means (40) for spacing apart said first and second slides (31, 32), detector means (50) for detecting a rail (4?), approach means (60) for causing said first and second slides (31, 32) to approach each other, and blocking means (70) for longitudinally blocking said base (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventors: Eric Zunino, Matthias Harer
  • Patent number: 8820697
    Abstract: The system for engaging an aircraft seat in a fastening rail of the rest of said aircraft, of the type including a catching means able to be moved between an assembly/disassembly position of the seat and an active position locking said seat in position, via a handling lever that can be moved by an assembly operator between an assembly/disassembly position and a locking position, and including a means for locking the lever in the locking position, able to be disengaged by the operator via a quarter turn means, to release the lever and therefore release the catching means, is characterized in that at least one handling portion of the quarter turn means for disengaging the locking means of the lever is accessible to the operator, from the upper face of the catching means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Attax
    Inventor: Xavier Marechal
  • Patent number: 8814126
    Abstract: A system for attaching an aircraft seat to an aircraft. The system includes a pair of attachment devices. Each device includes a base connected to the seat, attachment means for attaching the seat to the rest of the aircraft, the attachment means being movable between a retracted position for fitting or dismantling the seat and an active position for blocking the seat. The attachment devices also include an operating lever to move the attachment means, the operating lever being articulated with the base and movable between a retracted position for fitting or dismantling the seat and an active position for blocking the lever in the active position. The attachment devices further include locking means for locking the lever in the active position, the locking means being disengageable by a rotary actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: ATTAX
    Inventor: Xavier Marechal
  • Patent number: 8763979
    Abstract: The vehicle seat latch (16) disclosed includes an elongate pivot plate (32) pivotally mounted by a first pivotal connection (36) on a seat frame (28) by a mounting plate (26). A second pivotal connection (42) mounts a latch assembly (40) on the pivot plate (32). The latch assembly (40) includes a throat plate (46) having a throat (48) for receiving a vehicle body mounted striker (24), and the latch assembly (40) also includes at least one latch member (50, 52) movable between latched and unlatched positions for securing the latch to the striker (24). Pivoting of the pivot plate (32) about the first pivotal connection (36) and pivoting of the throat plate (46) about the second pivotal connection (42) provide the latch assembly with compliance that accommodates for striker position variation along transverse directions, which are vertical and horizontal when the seat is latched to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Porter Group, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Blake, Sobieslaw W. Derbis
  • Publication number: 20140166842
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a close out bracket for securing a seat mounting structure to a support rail in a floor of a vehicle. The bracket has a generally flat center portion that is rigidly engaged between the seat mounting structure and the support rail. The bracket also has a curved portion extending radially outward from the center portion. The curved portion has a generally inverted U shape and extends along the perimeter of the center portion. The bracket serves as a finish trim piece by closing out along the edge of the floor covering that was cut to expose the support rail below.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20140145057
    Abstract: A latching device (1) for vehicles capable of engaging with and disengaging from a rod-like portion (P1) to lock and unlock the latching device (1) includes: a casing (2) at least partly formed by a first member made of a first material and having an insertion groove (2A) for allowing the rod-like portion to be inserted thereinto; and a second member (latch (30) or reinforcement plate (20)) made of a second material and configured to contact the rod-like portion (P1). The second material has a higher specific gravity and a higher modulus of elasticity than the first material. For example, the first material is resin, whereas the second material is metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuo Sayama, Yutaka Kizawa
  • Patent number: 8720847
    Abstract: An external articulation mechanism for pivotably holding the backrest of a vehicle seat on the vehicle. A receiving element can be secured to the vehicle and has a support opening and side walls defining an introduction slot that opens into an open side of the support opening. A pivot member securable to the backrest can be inserted into the support opening via the introduction slot. An arresting mechanism on the receiving element extends over the open side of the support opening and is pivotable between release and arresting positions. A support element disposed on the pivot member has an extension that juts into the introduction slot and that on both sides has deformable projections for resiliently engaging recesses of the side walls of the receiving element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ferd. von Hagen Sohne & Koch GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ingo Reimann
  • Patent number: 8702053
    Abstract: A vehicle seat interface assembly having a track including a web having a substantially uniform thickness and one of a key and a key slot. A seat bracket is operably connected with a vehicle seat. The seat bracket includes a support that has the other of the key and the key slot disposed thereon. The key includes first and second side portions. The space defined between the first side portion and the support is greater than the thickness of the web. The space defined between the second side portion and the support is less than the thickness of the web, such that the key may be inserted into the key slot and laterally translated until the web is frictionally secured between the second side portion and the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Johnathan Andrew Line, Majid Arefi, Michael Medoro, Khaled Ayyash, Daniel Ferretti
  • Publication number: 20140091195
    Abstract: A first link (20) rotatably supported at a base member (10) of which a rotational motion is imparted by a pull member (e.g., wire 70), a second link (30) rotatably supported at the base member (10), a latch (40) including a hook-like portion (43) engageable with a rod-like portion (91), and a transmission mechanism (actuating lever 50) configured to transmit a rotational motion of the second link (30) to the latch (40) and to cause the latch to make a rotational motion are included. The first link (20) has a first action surface (24A) and a second action surface (25). The pulling operation made by the pull member (70) causes the first action surface (24A) to push a contact surface (33A), causing the second link (30) to make a rotational motion, and causes a surface of the first link (20) in contact with the second link (30) to be switched, partway through the pulling operation made by the pull member (70), from the first action surface (24A) to the second action surface (25).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuo Sayama
  • Patent number: 8668181
    Abstract: Devices associated with an interface that is advantageous for the customized attachment of pieces of furniture to the floor of an aircraft. The interface includes rails extending longitudinally in the aircraft cabin, able to receive anchoring devices for connecting the furniture elements to these rails. The anchoring devices include axial and radial claw clamping devices which are associated together in pairs and operated together in pairs by a single and same lever (58, 95).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Francis Dazet, Francois Rouyre, Alain Depeige
  • Patent number: 8662446
    Abstract: A fixing system for a seat, in particular an aircraft seat, comprising a base having attachment portions which are adapted to be set in an active position for attachment of the seat, by an operating lever which is movable to an active position for blocking the attachment portions, and which comprises a catch for locking the lever in the active position which is carried by the lever or the base and is adapted to cooperate with holding portions in order to lock the lever in the active position, the catch being movably mounted against the urging of resilient portions in order to allow the catch to pass over the holding portions and engage in the locking position, and to be disengaged under the action of rotary operating portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: ATTAX
    Inventor: Xavier Marechal
  • Patent number: 8657251
    Abstract: A cab frame (14) is supported on brackets (12, 13) provided at a plurality of positions of a vehicle body frame (11) with dampers (15). Movement limiting mechanisms (30) for limiting a movement at least in a vertical direction of the cab frame (14) are provided between the brackets (12, 13) and the cab frame (14). Further, the movement limiting mechanisms (30) are provided at least at two positions. Each movement limiting mechanism (30) includes a lower limiting portion (31) arranged close to the brackets (12, 13) and constituted by a plate member, and an upper limiting portion (32) arranged close to the cab frame (14) and constituted by a plate member in the same manner. The lower limiting portion (31) is integrally structured with the brackets (12, 13). Recesses (33, 34) are formed in a side edge of at least one of the lower limiting portion (31) and the upper limiting portion (32), and the limiting portion in the other limiting portion is positioned within the recesses (33, 34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Komatsu Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Kamimae
  • Patent number: 8628135
    Abstract: A portion of a riser of a removable vehicle seat has a layered structure. The layered structure provides abrasion resistance and noise isolation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Valasin, Radesh Vangipuram, Richard Squires, Philip Skinner, Joseph Talamonti
  • Patent number: 8628053
    Abstract: This system comprising a base (2) provided in the vicinity of one of its ends with means in the form of jaws (3) for clamping and blocking in position of the system in the rail by pinching the latter between the base (2) and laterally protruding portions (4) of these means in the form of jaws (3), the base (2) and the means in the form of jaws (3) able to be displaced in relation to one another between a mounting/dismounting position of the system in the rail and a blocking position of the system by clamping around the rail, by the intermediary of the means of manoeuvring (6) that can be actuated by an operator, is characterized in that the means of manoeuvring (6) include a slide (7) which can be displaced in the base (2) by the operator and comprising at one end, a surface for manoeuvring (8) by the operator, at the other end, a ramp portion adapted (9) to cooperate with an additional ramp portion (10) of the means in the form of jaws (3) in order to displace the latter in relation to the base between the m
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: ATTAX
    Inventor: Xavier Marechal
  • Patent number: 8608125
    Abstract: A seat track assembly is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the seat track assembly includes a seat track having an elongated track plate and a pair of generally elongated, parallel, spaced-apart track flanges extending from the track plate. Each of the track flanges is variable in depth. A method of fabricating a seat track assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Martin Grether, Paul R. Fortado, Viet Q. Phan, Gina Pischke
  • Publication number: 20130313395
    Abstract: The vehicle seat latch (16) disclosed includes an elongate pivot plate (32) pivotally mounted by a first pivotal connection (36) on a seat frame (28) by a mounting plate (26). A second pivotal connection (42) mounts a latch assembly (40) on the pivot plate (32). The latch assembly (40) includes a throat plate (46) having a throat (48) for receiving a vehicle body mounted striker (24), and the latch assembly (40) also includes at least one latch member (50, 52) movable between latched and unlatched positions for securing the latch to the striker (24). Pivoting of the pivot plate (32) about the first pivotal connection (36) and pivoting of the throat plate (46) about the second pivotal connection (42) provide the latch assembly with compliance that accommodates for striker position variation along transverse directions, which are vertical and horizontal when the seat is latched to the vehicle floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: PORTER GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Blake, Sobieslaw W. Derbis
  • Patent number: 8567741
    Abstract: A seat rail for attaching seats in aircraft is provided. The seat rail includes a profile element for attaching the seats, and a support element for attaching the seat rail in an aircraft. At least the support element is manufactured from aluminum or an aluminum alloy. The surface of the aluminum or the aluminum alloy includes, an oxide layer, and the oxide layer has been manufactured by means of hard anodic oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Thorsten Roming, Gastao De Freitas, Daniel Heydorn
  • Publication number: 20130256496
    Abstract: A seat fastening device for fastening a seat or for lashing loads to a fastening rail fastened to a floor includes at least one movable fastening means, which is provided for coupling to the fastening rail, a force accumulation unit, an actuating unit and a gear unit. The gear unit is provided to prestress the force accumulator unit in an unlocking operation and to relieve the stress on the force accumulator unit in a locking operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: RECARO AIRCRAFT SEATING GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Marsel Majuhas