Channel-shaped Patents (Class 277/642)
  • Patent number: 10507714
    Abstract: The present disclosure can reduce a force required for the attachment of a sealing member to a flange of a body of an automobile, thereby facilitating the attachment, and can reduce the separation of the attached sealing member from the flange to ensure good seal. An outer foam 25 which comes into contact with an exterior face of a flange 110 facing the outside of a cabin is provided for an inner face of an outer wall 20. A flexible seal lip 21a is provided for an inner face of an inner wall 21. A bottom foam 26 bulges from an inner face of a bottom wall 22. A distance between the outer and bottom foams 25 and 26 in a width direction of the automobile is smaller than a thickness of a thinnest portion of the flange 110.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignees: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshifumi Matsuura, Akiyoshi Kubota, Toyohisa Amagai, Takayuki Doi, Masato Saito
  • Patent number: 9951575
    Abstract: A system, in certain embodiments, has a composite seal with both a metal shell and an elastic core, such as an elastomer core. In one embodiment, the composite seal has an annular metal shell with a top, a bottom, and a seal interface disposed between the top and the bottom. The composite seal also has an elastomer disposed within the annular metal shell, wherein the elastomer is configured to impart pressure against the seal interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ONESUBSEA IP UK LIMITED
    Inventor: Brian Haynes
  • Patent number: 9533629
    Abstract: A seal assembly is mounted to a floor portion of an RV with a slide out room. The slide out room has a wall and a floor that is separated from the floor of the RV. The seal assembly has a wear bar with a ramped surface extending up from a flange at an obtuse angle, terminating in a flat top surface which then terminates in a wall that extends downwardly to another flange. The seal has a flexible wiper that seals to the slide out room floor. The seal assembly includes a splash shield with a resilient end that seals to the wall of the slide out room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lifetime Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin E. Ksiezopolski, Kevin J. Ksiezopolski
  • Patent number: 9505357
    Abstract: A seal assembly is mounted to a floor portion of an RV with a slide out room. The slide out room has a wall and a floor that is separated from the floor of the RV. The seal assembly has a wear bar having an arcuate top and a wiper that seals to the slide out room floor. The seal assembly includes a splash shield with a resilient end that seals to the wall of the slide out room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Lifetime Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin E Ksiezopolski
  • Patent number: 9392647
    Abstract: Provided is a window glass sheet fitted with a seal member and incorporated with a device such as a deicer which facilitates the device and the seal member to be installed in a proper manner. The automotive window glass sheet comprises a laminated glass sheet including a first glass sheet and a second glass sheet placed on an outboard side of the first glass sheet, and a seal member fitted on a peripheral part of the laminated glass sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takumitsu Sakamoto, Haruyoshi Kurogi
  • Patent number: 9174519
    Abstract: The subject invention provides a weatherstrip assembly for sealing between a frame and a closure member of a vehicle. The weatherstrip assembly includes a body having an exterior surface and an interior surface defining a channel. The body has a plurality of retaining lips extending into the channel. A seal extends from the exterior surface. A locking fin has a first end and a second end. The first end of the locking fin is mounted to one of the interior surface and the exterior surface and the second end of the locking fin disposed within the channel. A shim extends from the second end of the locking fin. The shim engages the interior surface and supports the locking fin within the channel. The retaining lips and the locking fin at least partially define a slot for sandwiching the frame between the retaining lips and the locking fin within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: HENNIGES AUTOMOTIVE SEALING SYSTEMS NORTH AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Murree
  • Patent number: 9096113
    Abstract: A gasket string, in particular for sealing a door jamb against a vehicle door, has a fixing portion, preferably comprising a first elastomeric material, which together with a further portion, which optionally comprises a second elastomeric material softer than the first elastomeric material, forms a tubular seal, the tube wall of which has openings arranged at intervals in the longitudinal direction of the string. The openings are arranged such that in the installed position the openings are concealed by a circumferentially formed angled portion of the tube wall of the gasket string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: CQLT Saargummi Technologies S.à.r.l.
    Inventors: Christian Kast, Martin Dillmann
  • Patent number: 9073421
    Abstract: A molding element for joining a part to a vehicle window pane includes a molding body having a first section configured to be secured to an edge of the window pane and a second section including a latching recess being configured to receive, in an insertion direction, a rib of the part through an engagement opening so as to detachably fasten the part to the molding element. A closure element is formed on the molding body so as to at least partially close off the latching recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ELKAMET KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Martin Deussen, Lutz Bergmann, Wolfgang Platt, Michael Ortmueller, Hartmut Roth
  • Patent number: 9061573
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seal which includes a fixing profile (5) to which a tubular sealing profile (6) is connected. At least one predetermined portion of the wall of the sealing profile has at least one outer groove (12, 14) defining an integral film hinge (13, 15) which reduces the resistance of the sealing profile (6) to compression in the direction of engagement (F) between the opening (2) and the door (D).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIVE ITALY S.P.A.
    Inventors: Manrico Zaccaria, Mauro Chiatti
  • Patent number: 9056544
    Abstract: In present invention, a protrusion portion 21 of a clip member 20 is abutted against an end face 2e of a front glass lower end 2c, and the clip member 20 is fixed to a back face 2b of the front glass 2 via an adhesive agent 17. An engagement portion 13 that is formed in a tongue piece 12 of a cowl-top cover 10 is engaged with a target engagement portion 22 of the clip member 20, and the cowl-top cover 10 is mounted in a state in which a surface 11a of the cowl-top cover 10 and a surface 2a of the front glass 2 are arranged so as to be flush with each other. In addition, an engagement direction is defined as an engagement direction taken along a lengthwise direction oriented from a lower end to an upper end of the front glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takenori Kurata, Daisuke Serizawa
  • Patent number: 9006613
    Abstract: Provided is a window glass sheet fitted with a seal member and incorporated with a device such as a deicer which facilitates the device and the seal member to be installed in a proper manner. The automotive window glass sheet comprises a laminated glass sheet including a first glass sheet and a second glass sheet placed on an outboard side of the first glass sheet, and a seal member fitted on a peripheral part of the laminated glass sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takumitsu Sakamoto, Haruyoshi Kurogi
  • Publication number: 20150042048
    Abstract: The invention relates to a support ring arrangement for a high-pressure seal which is provided, along with said support ring arrangement, for an axially slidable or pivotable container closure ( ) mounted in a cylindrical section of a high-pressure container, said high-pressure seal radially sealing the cylindrical section of the high pressure container with the aid of said support ring arrangement, and a maximum pressure of up to 10,000 bar being exerted, by means of a fluid, onto said support ring arrangement and high-pressure seal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: UHDE HIGH PRESSURE TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Peter Nuennerich, Wilfried Knauf, Peter Weber
  • Patent number: 8942001
    Abstract: A seal structure for an electronic control device having a circuit board housed in a watertight space a housing that is formed by fitting a plurality of fitting members together, has first and second seal portions which are formed at a fitting surface portion between the fitting members that are fitted together. One side of a pair of the fitting members of each of the first and second seal portions is provided with a seal groove, the other side is provided with a protruding line. An auxiliary seal groove and an auxiliary protruding line are formed on opposing surfaces of the seal groove and the protruding line at a merged part where the first and second seal portions meet each other. The auxiliary seal groove and the auxiliary protruding line continuously extend from the seal groove up to an end surface of the protruding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshio Kawai, Yuichi Yanagisawa, Hironori Ohhashi
  • Patent number: 8905728
    Abstract: Rotodynamic pumps having an inner drive permanent magnet coupling disposed inside an impeller are provided. The impeller has a casing having a pumping region generally in a pumping plane that is perpendicular to the rotational axis of the impeller and aligned with a permanent magnet coupling that includes outer magnets that are connected to the impeller and at least partially aligned with the pumping region of the impeller, and inner magnets that are connected to an inner magnet ring and are axially aligned with the outer magnets. A canister is sealed to the casing and separates the outer magnets from the inner magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Peopleflo Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Blankemeier, Radosav Trninich
  • Patent number: 8905729
    Abstract: Rotodynamic pumps having an inner drive permanent magnet coupling disposed inside an impeller are provided. The impeller has a casing having a pumping region generally in a pumping plane that is perpendicular to the rotational axis of the impeller and aligned with a permanent magnet coupling that includes outer magnets that are connected to the impeller and at least partially aligned with the pumping region of the impeller, and inner magnets that are connected to an inner magnet ring and are axially aligned with the outer magnets. A canister is sealed to the casing and separates the outer magnets from the inner magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: PeopleFlo Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Blankemeier, Radosav Trninich
  • Patent number: 8894072
    Abstract: A seal, system and method for sealing a connection between adjacent barrier members each having a channel along one edge and flange along an opposed edge sized to be received within a corresponding channel of an adjacent barrier member. The seal comprises an elongate core having an opening extending longitudinally therealong and a plurality of fins extending therefrom. The system includes the seal and a wiper sized to surround the flange. The method comprises locating the wiper about the flange and the seal within the channel, engaging the flange within the channel and moving the second barrier member in a downward direction with the wiper below the channel of the second barrier member so as to remove and prevent debris from entering the connection between the channel and the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne Alan Wolf, Roger David Scott Goldammer
  • Publication number: 20140312570
    Abstract: Supported face seal assemblies and related methods are disclosed. The supported face seal assemblies have spring energized seal element supported by a backing ring. When the two components are joined, they form an interlocking face seal assembly that is less prone to separate during installation and/or service. The methods disclosed include the steps of forming a spring energized sealing element with a convex outer surface, forming a backup or support ring with a concave inner surface, assembling the sealing element into the inner bore of the backup or support ring such that the concave inner surface accepts a portion of the convex outer surface and the sealing element is retained within the backup or support ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: BAL SEAL ENGINEERING, INC.
    Inventor: Mike Foster
  • Publication number: 20140265161
    Abstract: A sealing assembly may include a support, an engine component, and a seal. The engine component may be mounted relative to the support to define a gap between the engine component and the support. The seal may be arranged between the support and the engine component to block gasses from passing through the gap. The seal may be adapted to compress and expand to fill the gap during expansion and contraction of the adjacent components that occurs during operation of a gas turbine engine including the sealing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: David L. Sutterfield, Gregory W.P. Zeaton
  • Patent number: 8820754
    Abstract: A seal assembly for an axial flow gas turbine engine includes a rotatable component having a radially extending mate face, a seal slot formed in the mate face, and a seal member slidably disposed in the seal slot. The seal slot includes a radially outer wall and an opposing radially inner wall extending into the component in a circumferential direction from the mate face. The radially outer wall is angled radially inwardly from the mate face toward an inner end portion of the seal slot. Rotation of the seal assembly during operation of the engine produces a centrifugal force on the seal member to effect movement of the seal member in the circumferential direction out of the seal slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Siemens Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Stewart, Ronald J. Rudolph, Gennadiy Afanasiev
  • Patent number: 8820711
    Abstract: A slide gate having a frame assembly including an intermediate cross member coupled between a first and second gate guide members defining a corresponding pair of side channel elements each containing an elongate side seal which abut opposed ends of an elongate top seal secured to the intermediate cross member to seal a gate slidely engaged in the pair of side channel elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Waterman Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Mikesell, Darryl Ray Pauls
  • Patent number: 8783694
    Abstract: A sealing structure having a gasket installed in an installation groove in one member. The gasket has a body section whose width is less than the width of the installation groove. On opposite ends, in the depth direction of the installation groove, there is provided a pair of seal surfaces that contact a surface of another member and the bottom of the installation groove. The bottom surface of the installation groove is a curve that is deepest at its center in the width direction of the groove. On the gasket body section, on the side corresponding to the bottom of the installation groove, there is formed a pair of groove bottom-side projections extending along the longitudinal direction of the gasket with the seal surface between the projections, projecting from opposite ends in the width direction of the body section, and coming into contact with the surface of the installation groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: NOK Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Matsuo
  • Publication number: 20130214096
    Abstract: A seal assembly for closing an aperture in an aerodynamic surface of a structure, the seal assembly comprising: a track for attachment to the structure; and a retractable seal including a flexible substrate and a plurality of rods connected to the substrate, wherein at least one of the rods is mounted for running movement along the track, and the seal is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position by moving the at least one rod along the track accompanied by folding/unfolding of the seal substrate, and wherein the seal is biased to its extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: James Wilson, Alan Quayle, Paul Hadley
  • Patent number: 8448798
    Abstract: A dispensing closure that comprises a pliable sealing surface that is selectively formed with a dispensing opening or a cleanout. At least a portion of the pliable sealing surface can be formed at a base of a skirt, wherein the skirt engages the dispensing closure with the container. Material of the pliable sealing surface can be bonded with material of a body portion and a flap portion of the dispensing closure during a multi-shot injection molding process. The pliable sealing surface can be formed from a thermoplastic elastomer and the body portion and flap portion can be formed from a polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Weatherchem Corporation
    Inventors: Brian David Groubert, Barry Daggett
  • Patent number: 8449640
    Abstract: Disclosed are sealing apparatuses having a sealing gland for an O-ring, the sealing gland comprising a primary gland and an auxiliary gland located below the primary gland. The apparatuses may be utilized for filter cartridges in filter systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Protasiewicz, Jason Scherck, Kelly A. Detra, Stephen L. Fallon
  • Patent number: 8414705
    Abstract: A seal mechanism that can prevent the occurrence of corrosion and abnormal discharge. The seal mechanism is disposed between first and second structural members having opposing surfaces. A first seal trench and a second seal trench are formed respectively in a first opposing surface of the first structural member and in a second opposing surface of the second structural member. A first seal member and a second seal member are housed respectively in the first and second seal trenches. The first seal member and the second seal member are brought into pressure contact with each other. These seal trenches have a first seal surface and a second seal surface from which aluminum is exposed, and further have first shut-off surface disposed between the first opposing surface and the first seal surface and a second shut-off surface disposed between the second opposing surface and the second seal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Tokyo Electron Limited
    Inventor: Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8382124
    Abstract: A corner seal device for use in combination with wiper seals used in slide-out rooms in recreational vehicles. The corner seal device has a first generally horizontal surface and a second generally vertical surface meeting to form a corner. A third surface extends obliquely from the first surface and has at least some portion that is above the first surface. An end wall may be used to connect the third surface to the second surface. The corner seal device may also be used with a wiper seal having an inner shelf that extends over the third surface of the corner seal device. The inner shelf may also have a C-channel at the end that covers the upper most portion of the third surface of the corner seal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Lifetime Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin E. Ksiezopolski, Norman L. Newhouse
  • Publication number: 20120305553
    Abstract: A stackable fluid storage tank and a sealing system for attaching to a pair of fluid containers to provide a stackable fluid storage tank. The stackable fluid storage tank includes first and second fluid containers. When the containers are mated, a first aperture on the first fluid container is in fluid communication with a second aperture on the second fluid container for providing fluid communication between the first and second fluid containers. When the containers are mated, a rigid seal tongue extending from the first fluid container is received within a seal groove defined by the second fluid container for providing a fluid-tight seal between the first and second fluid containers around the first and second apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: 1607369 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventors: Arthur Duncan BROTZELL, Donalee McColl-Brotzell, Kent Roger ANDERSON
  • Patent number: 8308428
    Abstract: A seal assembly includes a body having two circumferential sides, a leading end, and a trailing end. At least one of the circumferential sides includes a first channel sidewall, a second channel sidewall, and a channel bottom wall that together define a seal channel for receiving a seal. The seal channel includes a slot that cooperates with a tab on the seal to facilitate securing the seal within the seal channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph W. Bridges, Jr., Tracy A. Propheter-Hinckley
  • Patent number: 8196931
    Abstract: A gap molding and associated methods reduce accumulation of undesirable material in a gap. A gap molding comprises a top portion configured to at least partially bridge a gap, and a retention portion configured to frictionally engage with at least one side of the gap. The gap molding may be configured with a taper in order to smoothly transition from the surfaces on either side of the gap. The gap molding may comprise silicone or other suitable material. The gap molding may desirably be placed between appliances, countertops, and/or the like in order to provide improved aesthetics and/or reduce accumulation of food waste and other debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: David James Burgess
  • Publication number: 20090288690
    Abstract: A sealing device for a dishwasher is provided, comprising at least one flange member. Each flange member is adapted to interact with at least one of a gasket member, a tub portion, and a door member. Each flange member is configured to extend along at least one opposing side of a front opening of the tub portion. Each flange member is cantilevered so as to extend between each opposing side of the front opening of the tub portion and the door member, upon closing thereof, so as to deflect washing fluid within the tub portion away from the gasket member forming a seal between the door member and the tub portion. An associated apparatus and method are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Haeberle
  • Publication number: 20090256317
    Abstract: One embodiment of a cover for use in a fuel system component has a body and a seal molded around the body. The body has at least one first connecting feature that is complementary to at least one second connecting feature of the seal. The first connecting feature and the second connecting feature help hold the body and the seal together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Publication date: October 15, 2009
    Applicant: TI GROUP AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Carl-Hugo M. Mellander
  • Publication number: 20090160137
    Abstract: A vacuum seal having an O-ring between two mating parts. One of the mating parts has a groove configured to receive the O-ring. The groove has a modified dovetail shape with at least one side wall having a compound slope formed with a first portion forming an angle of less than 90 degrees with respect to a base wall and a second portion extending substantially perpendicular to the sealing face of the mating part. The cross-sectional area of the groove is less than 95% of the cross sectional area of the O-ring and the width of the groove mouth is at least 94% of the diameter of the O-ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Applicant: Tosoh SMD, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Smathers, Robert S. Bailey
  • Patent number: 7513270
    Abstract: A safety relief valve provides for the equalization of backpressure across a valve spindle by providing for flow of fluid between equal sized upper and lower surfaces of the spindle in order to render the valve set point independent of backpressure, such that opening characteristics are controlled solely by the setting of the valve control spring. A seal preferably formed of TEFLON® is provided to prevent the escape of fluid from the valve body, which would otherwise adversely affect the pressure balance between the upper and lower surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Flow-Safe, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Martin, Nelson R. Timm
  • Publication number: 20080295425
    Abstract: A panel-sealing and securing system for securing a panel to a mullion coupled with weather seal pressure gaskets for sealing exterior joints under high wind velocity. The mullion is formed in one piece or in two halves of a split mullion which occurs at the joint between multiple pre-fabricated units of a unitized grid system. The mullion has a concealed front corner cavity adjacent to panel for installing the panel-sealing and securing system. For weather sealing, elastic pressure gaskets and expansion joints comprising panel gasket seals at a joint between the panel and the mullion and mullion gasket seals at a joint between the two halves of split mullion where a unitized split mullion system is used. To securing the panel to the mullion and allow for thermal expansion movement of the panel, two segments formed in one piece or in two hinge connected pieces include a gasket holder segment and a spacer plate segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: F. Aziz Farag
  • Publication number: 20080265528
    Abstract: A hollow seal for use in sealing between relatively movable first and second panels, such as between a fixed window panel and a slidable window panel of a rear window of a pick-up truck or the like. The hollow seal has an internal geometry that supports an outside layer or portion of the seal under pressurization to prevent leakage and seal blowout. The outside portion is shaped to provide a pair of laterally spaced-apart sealing lips that have a pressure-activated sealing geometry for tight sealing against the panels when under pressurization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Inventors: Timothy D. Heiman, Darron G. Peddle
  • Patent number: 7413164
    Abstract: A rubber (elastic substance) is attached by vulcanization and an annular sealing member 4 is formed in an annular groove 3 having a step and provided in the bottom wall of a body 2 of a valve disc 1. The sealing member 4 has an annular portion 41 and an annular portion 42. Most of the annular portions 41, 42 are located in a deep groove portion 31 and a shallow groove portion 32, respectively, and the volume of the annular portion 41 is larger than the volume of the annular portion 42. Furthermore, an annular protrusion 43, which protrudes downward, is provided in the boundary region between the annular portions 41, 42. An inclined section that is inclined at the prescribed inner angle Q is also formed in the boundary region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norio Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 7383649
    Abstract: A transparent vehicle license plate frame has an elastomeric gasket. The frame includes a periphery and an inner side for disposal adjacent to a license plate. The elastomeric gasket is disposed on the inner side near the periphery of the frame and is injection-molded into an annular frame channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: David F. MacNeil
  • Publication number: 20080111320
    Abstract: A connector including seal bodies having an excellent sealing characteristic is provided. The seal body puts an electric wire between the seal body and the other seal body so as to maintain a watertight characteristic between the electric wire and the seal bodies. The seal body includes: an abutting surface of the seal body, which abuts against a mating abutting surface of the other seal body when the seal bodies overlap each other; a groove which positions the electric wire inside the seal bodies; a lip part which projects from an inner surface of the groove and from the abutting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Applicant: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Shogo Suzuki, Kazuki Zaitsu
  • Patent number: 7311311
    Abstract: A seal rubber 3 is placed in a first peripheral groove 2 formed in one main surface 1A of an approximately flat-plate-shaped metal body 1. A second peripheral groove 4 and multiple communicating holes 5 to communicate between the second peripheral groove 4 and the first peripheral groove 2 are formed in the other main surface 1B of the metal body 1. A retaining rubber 6 disposed in the second peripheral groove 4, the seal rubber 3, and a bridge rubber 7 disposed in the communicating hole 5 are integrated. The first peripheral groove 2 is made to be a dovetail groove, the second peripheral groove 4 is made to have an inner surface inclined to reduce the groove width from a groove opening side to a groove bottom surface side, and the groove width D4-2 of the groove bottom surface and the inner diameter D3 of the communicating hole 5 are made to be substantially the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Cable Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 7220109
    Abstract: A compact opposed piston pump minimizes axial spacing between its pistons on the drive shaft and thereby reduces the shaking couple and noise from reciprocation. Each piston has its own eccentric element press-fit into the connecting rods so as not to occupy space between the pistons. The shaking couple can be further reduced for pistons of different masses by selecting the mass of the eccentrics to compensate for the difference in piston masses. The pump also includes an improved cylinder sealing arrangement having a circumferential groove in an angled surface at the end of the cylinder. The pump also has a special two piece cover and seal for closing the open neck of the pump crankcase and an improved multi-lobed valve stop. The pump further uses tubular transfer members for transferring intake and/or exhaust air into the crankcase and/or between valve heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Thomas Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond J. Kultgen
  • Patent number: 7217081
    Abstract: A seal for sealing a seal groove in a shroud of a turbine vane. The seal may include a cooling system configured to pass cooling fluids through a cooling fluid supply port in a shroud, through a cooling system in which the cooling fluids contact the shroud and the seal, and exhaust the fluids through a gap between adjacent turbine vanes. The seal may include an elongated cooling channel for channeling cooling fluids from a supply to an exhaust channel at a first end. The cooling system may remove heat from the turbine vane shroud, the seal, and other related components, thereby reducing the likelihood of premature failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Scheurlen, Xubin E. Gu
  • Patent number: 7159874
    Abstract: A sealing construction provided with a plate member of metal and a rubber member forming a sealing portion and unitedly fixed to the plate member on which a ring concave groove is formed on an obverse face. And, plural through holes, having enlarged opening end portions on a reverse face, are formed through a bottom face of the ring concave groove and the reverse face. Further, a ring plate is disposed as to contact the bottom face of the ring concave groove and partially close the opening portions of the through holes toward the bottom face, and the rubber member, fit to the through hole and surrounding the ring plate, is unitedly connected to the sealing portion in the ring concave groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Cable Industies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 7101147
    Abstract: A sealing arrangement that can be employed to maintain a seal in any suitable pressure vessel including but not limited to a gas turbine engine. The sealing arrangement is forg sealing a leakage gap between at least two relatively moveable parts that are adjacent to each other in a flow path between a region of high fluid pressure and a region of low fluid pressure. The sealing arrangement comprises at least two resilient sealing strips, each strip having a portion formed along at least part of its width to locate in a groove provided along adjacent faces of the relatively moveable parts. The remaining portion of each of the sealing strips has a substantially flat surface which, in operation, abuts a corresponding flat surface of an adjacent sealing strip, thereby forming a seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce PLC
    Inventor: Julian G. Balsdon
  • Patent number: 7052021
    Abstract: A vehicle door has inner and outer panel parts (5, 6) defining the hollow interior (16) of the door which supports a rigid frame (not shown) for a window glass (18) which slides into and out of the hollow interior (16) through a waist gap (20) formed by the upper marginal edges of the panel parts (5, 6). Inner and outer waist seals (22, 24) are mounted on the inner and outer panel parts (5, 6) for sealing against the window glass (18) along the waist gap (20). The outer waist seal (24) comprises flexible material (44), preferably extruded, which defines first and second channels (46, 48) facing in opposite directions. The first channel (46) embracingly grips the marginal edge of the outer panel part (6) to support the waist seal (24) in position. The second channel (48) embracingly grips interlocking legs of a decorative strip arrangement (56). The decorative strip arrangement (56) may comprise two separate parts (56A and 56B) presenting contrasting decorative appearances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: GenCorp Property Inc.
    Inventor: Reimund Plottnik
  • Patent number: 7048279
    Abstract: A gasket assembly is formed at least two carrier layers laminated together and formed with at least one opening through the carrier corresponding to openings across a parting plane of two members to be sealed. an elastomeric seal is molded to the carrier to define sealing beads on opposite sides of the carrier adjacent the opening with respective contact surfaces which engage the members to be scaled. The sealing contact surfaces are asymmetrically arranged contact surfaces are asymmetrically arranged relative to one another across the carrier to accommodate associated misalignment of the openings of the members to be sealed across the parting plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Gernand, Daniel J. Vialard, Todd M. Willis
  • Patent number: 7036825
    Abstract: A casing for a HVAC system in an automobile for moving air comprises a plurality of sections, each of which is molded of plastic material. The sections of the casing are connected and sealed to one another at a plurality of joints. The improvement resides in the tongue having a slot extending into the distal end thereof for splitting the tongue into first and second forks in frictional engagement with the side-walls of the groove. The forks are compressed together by the groove to narrow the slot from top to bottom to retain the tongue in the groove and to seal the sections together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Douglas Pettitt, Ronald A. Lemmon
  • Patent number: 7014195
    Abstract: A sealing profile between the body of a motor vehicle and a moveable window includes a receiving groove into which an edge side of the window, which side interacts with the sealing profile, enters during closure of the window, a profiled section forming the groove being subjected to deformation by the edge side until the sealing profile obtains it final shape. The profiled section has, on a side facing the window edge, a soft elastic sealing layer which is arranged on a harder supporting layer arranged behind it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventor: Thomas Graf
  • Patent number: 6997677
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assembling a steam turbine is provided. The method includes performing a finite element analysis to determine a cross-section of a sealing member, positioning the sealing member in a leakage path defined between an inner casing and an outer casing such that a leakage flow activates the sealing member. The apparatus includes a groove defined in a channel, a divider positioned in the channel such that a gap defined between the divider and the channel defines a leakage path, and a sealing member that extends at least partially within the groove and positioned to substantially prevent a flow though the leakage path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jonathan Munshi, Bernard Arthur Couture
  • Patent number: 6962338
    Abstract: The invention provides a hermetic seal and a method of making a hermetic seal having the steps of providing a first member of a first material having a flange thereon, providing a second member of a second material having a slot thereon for accommodating the flange in said slot such that there is a gap between the slot and the flange, providing a sealant in the slot, and heating the sealant such that the sealant fills at least a portion of the gap between the flange and the slot for forming a hermetic seal therebetween. Advantageously, the slot and flange design of the inventive hermetic seal produces a three-dimensional compressive state of stress thereby providing a joint design of improved reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Inc.
    Inventor: Abdul Jaleel K. Moidu
  • Patent number: 6942224
    Abstract: An inflatable seal member for providing a fluid-tight seal. The inflatable seal member is particularly well suited to sealing a processing chamber having pressurized fluids therein. Outward forces (exerted by air pressure) to the inner surfaces of the seal member counteract inward forces (exerted by fluid pressure) to the outer surfaces of the seal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Steris Inc.
    Inventors: Karl F. Ludwig, John C. Houston