Motor Patents (Class 292/201)
  • Patent number: 11136793
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch apparatus is provided that shortens the time to switch the locking lever between the locked position and the unlocked position. A vehicle door latch apparatus according to the present invention comprises a latch that is engaged with a striker in order to keep a vehicle door in a half-latched state or a full-latched state; a ratchet that is engaged with the latch in order to keep the latch engaged with the striker; an opening link 27 that abuts against the ratchet in order to release the ratchet from the latch when the opening link is moved in a door opening direction in an door opening operation of an outer door opening handle; a locking lever 28 that can be switched between a locked position that prevents the ratchet from being released by the opening link and an unlocked position that allows the ratchet to be released; and a locking actuator 39 that switches the locking lever between the locked position and the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoharu Nagaoka, Hideaki Nozawa
  • Patent number: 11136795
    Abstract: A latch apparatus of a tailgate for a vehicle is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base supporting a driving motor for supplying power and having an insertion groove for inserting a striker. A latch lever is rotatably disposed close to the insertion groove of the base. The latch lever is pushed to rotate when the striker is inserted into the insertion groove, and covers the striker inserted in the insertion groove. A release unit is disposed close to the latch lever on the base. The release unit is configured to transmit power from the driving motor, fix a position of the latch lever rotating to cover the striker, and allow the latch lever to rotate when the driving motor is operated. A cinching unit, operated by the power from the driving motor, is disposed close to the release unit on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignees: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yong Hyuck Im, Jung Min Eom
  • Patent number: 11135904
    Abstract: A vehicle door presenting system includes an actuator striker positioned at one of a vehicle body surface or a vehicle door, and an actuator positioned at the other of the vehicle body surface or the vehicle door and engagable with the actuator striker. The actuator is configured to move the vehicle door between a fully closed position and a partially open position via interaction between the actuator and the actuator striker. The actuator includes a retaining portion to maintain engagement with the actuator striker. The retaining portion retains the vehicle door in the partially open position to prevent the vehicle door from moving toward a fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Philippe Ottolini, Mathias Barth
  • Patent number: 11118379
    Abstract: A method for controlling a motor vehicle door lock includes using a control unit. After actuating the inner door handle the control unit, the switch positions of the switch are queried, and depending on the position of a locking mechanism sensor, a drive is activated or deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Christian Barmscheidt
  • Patent number: 11110840
    Abstract: A latching device for motor vehicle applications, in particular to a multi-position backrest latch for locking and unlocking seat backrests in motor vehicles. The basic structure of the device has a locking mechanism substantially consisting of a catch and pawls, and also has a locking pin that interacts with the locking mechanism, and a cam element, which acts upon the locking pin in the direction of an open position. According to the invention, the cam element acts on a blocking element which engages over the locking pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Robert J. Hunt, Robert S. Pettengill
  • Patent number: 11091210
    Abstract: A motor vehicle lock for a hatch leaf including a catch, for the interaction with a lock striker, pivotable around a catch axis from an open position in a closing direction into a main closed position. A pawl pivotable around a pawl axis from a release position in an engagement direction into a main engagement position. The pawl including a main holding surface that when the pawl is in a main closed position or a main engagement position, the main holding surface holds the catch. A cinching mechanism may drive the catch in a closing direction to a main closed position. The cinching mechanism including a pawl cinching contour and a catch cinching contour, such that as the pawl moves in an engagement direction, the pawl may drive the catch to produce the catch cinching movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Brose Schließsysteme GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Wuppertal
    Inventor: David Rosales
  • Patent number: 11085212
    Abstract: An exemplary motor vehicle assembly includes a handle concealing assembly rotatable back and forth between a concealing position that blocks access to a door handle and a revealing position that permits access to the door handle. The door handle is separate from the handle concealing assembly. An exemplary method includes, among other things, rotating a handle concealing assembly back and forth between a concealing position that blocks access to a door handle and a revealing position that permits access to the door handle. The door handle is separate from the handle concealing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Jorge Suarez Rivaya
  • Patent number: 11078689
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a motor vehicle lock, wherein the motor vehicle lock comprises an actuating lever which is pivotable about an actuating lever axis. The motor vehicle lock has an adjustable crash element which is adjustable into a released position in which the locking pawl is disengageable by an actuation of the actuating lever and into a crash position in which the crash element blocks the actuating lever in a blocked position or decouples the actuating lever from the locking pawl. It is proposed that the crash element is coupled to the actuating lever such that, with an actuation of the actuating lever and depending on the actuating lever speed, the crash element reaches the released position from a central position either in a first adjusting direction or the crash element reaches the crash position in a second adjusting direction and is latched in the crash position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ludger Graute, David Rosales
  • Patent number: 11078694
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a motor vehicle door lock that is equipped with a lock housing (4), also with a lock cylinder nut (3) supported in the lock housing (4), and at least one locking element (9) that can be acted upon by the lock cylinder nut (3) via a positioning element (8). According to the invention, the lock cylinder nut (3) has a connected eccentric element (6). Said eccentric element (6) engages in an eccentric mounting (7) of positioning element (8) in order to displace it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Robert S. Pettengill
  • Patent number: 11072951
    Abstract: A door latch assembly, includes: a catch support assembly, the catch support assembly including a strike body having a pin receiving aperture therein; a catch arm assembly rotatably mounted to the catch support assembly; a latch pin positioned in the pin receiving aperture and movable between a retracted position and an extended position, the latch pin protruding above the strike body in the extended position to impede rotational movement of the catch arm assembly; and a first roller mounted to the catch arm assembly and configured to engage a first side of the latch pin in the extended position; and a second roller mounted to the catch support assembly and configured to engage a second side of the latch pin in the extended position. The latch pin includes a material having a hardness of 60 Rockwell C or more, the first roller includes a material having a hardness of 33 Rockwell C or less, and the second roller includes a material having a hardness of 60 Rockwell C or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: James J. Kunda
  • Patent number: 11072947
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock (1) for a motor vehicle, in particular a side door lock, comprising a locking mechanism (7), a triggering lever (6), an actuating lever (2) and a coupling lever (3), wherein the triggering lever (6) can be coupled to the actuating lever (2) by means of the coupling lever (3), and a means for controlling the coupling lever (3), wherein the coupling lever (3) can be guided by means of a control cam (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Uwe Reddmann
  • Patent number: 11072950
    Abstract: A closure latch assembly for a motor vehicle closure system includes a power release mechanism and an inside handle release mechanism mechanically connected to an inside door handle. The power release mechanism is used to shift the inside handle release mechanism from a normally Disengaged operating state to an Engaged operating state. In the Disengaged state, the inside handle release mechanism is uncoupled from the latch release chain of components to prevent latch release via actuation of the inside door handle. In the Engaged state, the inside handle release mechanism is coupled for the latch release chain of components to permit latch release via actuation of the inside door handle. The power release mechanism only shifts the inside release mechanism from its Disengaged state into its Engaged state in the event of an emergency condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 11072944
    Abstract: An improved structure of an electronic lock includes an outside-door assembly, a lock middle, an inside-door assembly, and a latch. The outside-door assembly is mounted to an outer side of a door panel. The lock middle is connected to the outside-door assembly. The inside-door assembly is connected to the lock middle and is mounted to an inner side of the door panel. The latch is connected to the latch coupler. With a code entered, an electrically-driven valve of the lock middle causes a guide block and a projection block to extend outward to have an outside handle and the lock middle to synchronously operate for opening the door. Alternatively, a key may be used to open the door. If such a code and a key are both not available, the outside handle and the lock middle do not synchronously operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignees: FU CHANG LOCKS MFG. CORP., LEON SPECIALTY INC.
    Inventor: Fu-Chang Peng
  • Patent number: 11066853
    Abstract: A lock mechanism for a vehicle latch includes a cable link. Also included is a pawl release link, the cable link and the pawl release link switchable between an engaged condition and a disengaged condition, the engaged condition allowed manual release of the vehicle latch, the disengaged condition preventing release of the vehicle latch. Further included is an electrically driven gear operatively coupled to the cable link and the pawl release link to reset the cable link and the pawl release link to the disengaged condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Alexander Ney, Donald Michael Perkins
  • Patent number: 11021896
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock device includes an engagement mechanism that engages with a striker to hold the door closed; a positioned outside a vehicle; a locking mechanism that turns an unlock state for enabling the engagement mechanism to be released based on a door-opening action of the outside handle with a locking motor as a drive source and a lock state for making releasing impossible, a control that enables an operation of the switches when an external transmitter is authenticated and cancels it when it is not authenticated; and an electric release mechanism that can release the engagement mechanism regardless of a state of the locking mechanism by releasing a releasing motor as a drive source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 11008786
    Abstract: A trunk lid latch assembly for a vehicle may include a main gear rotated by a drive motor provided at the base, wherein an error lever, a pawl lever, a plurality of links, and a cinching member are rotated in conjunction with rotation of the main gear, and thus a striker is locked or unlocked from the claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Pyeong Hwa Automotive Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Hyuck Im, Mun Bae Tak
  • Patent number: 11007888
    Abstract: A vehicle include: an AC inlet configured to be connectable to an AC connector; a DC inlet configured to be connectable to a DC connector; a first actuator configured to perform a locking operation and an unlocking operation for an AC lid configured to cover the AC inlet; a second actuator configured to perform a locking operation and an unlocking operation for a DC lid configured to cover the DC inlet; a first electric power line; a second electric power line; a lock relay connected to one end of the first electric power line; and an unlock relay connected to one end of the second electric power line. The first actuator and the second actuator are connected in parallel with each other between the other end of the first electric power line and the other end of the second electric power line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noriaki Aburai
  • Patent number: 10995526
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door latch system, more particularly to a door latch system which includes: a stopping lever unit rotatably installed in the main locking member; a stopping threshold formed in the sub-locking member wherein a stopping protrusion is being caught; and a locking plate slidingly installed in a housing for rotating the stopping lever unit, wherein a lever guide portion is formed in the locking plate, and a guide bar is formed in the stopping lever unit, so that the rotation of the stopping lever unit is accomplished as the guide bar is guided by the lever guide portion, and the stopping lever unit can be coupled to or separated from the stopping threshold in accordance with sliding of the locking plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Woobo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 10968664
    Abstract: An exit device according to one embodiment includes a plurality of sensors and an electronic dogging mechanism. The exit device is configured to locally analyze sensor data to determine the security state of the exit device, report data to a management system via a wireless communication channel established between the exit device and the management system, and receive and process instructions to perform an electronic dogging operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Paul R. Arlinghaus, Jack R. Lehner, Jr., Evan Ballard
  • Patent number: 10954701
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock device comprises a locking mechanism, a locking motor, an electric release mechanism, an opening lever, and an outside handle. An ECU includes an authenticating portion. When the authenticating portion authenticates a signal from a transmitter and the locking mechanism starts switching from a locking state to an unlocking state by the locking motor, ECU controls a releasing motor so that the electric release mechanism is actuated because a switch detects door-opening action of the outside handle. The locking mechanism is switched to the unlocking state without contacting the opening lever from a direction where the opening lever cannot be actuated. A locked door can be opened with the outside handle at a single action and prevents a panic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventor: Mikio Ichinose
  • Patent number: 10941592
    Abstract: A latch for a vehicle hood and method of construction thereof is provided. The latch includes a housing; a ratchet pivotally mounted on the housing and a pawl pivotally mounted on the housing for pivoting between a first position in locked engagement with the ratchet and a second position out of locked engagement with the ratchet, with the pawl being biased into the first position. A pawl lever is pivotally mounted on the housing to engage the pawl and rotate the pawl from the first position to the second position. A double pull lever having an abutment surface is pivotally mounted on the pawl lever. A safety catch member is pivotally mounted on the housing, wherein the safety catch member selectively engages the abutment surface of the double pull lever to pivot the safety catch member from a locked first position to an unlocked second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventor: Marco Taurasi
  • Patent number: 10920464
    Abstract: A tailgate opening and closing device for a vehicle may include a main gear disposed at a base, to be driven by a drive motor, and a lever assembly having an error lever, a pawl lever, a release lever, and a cinching lever. The lever assembly pivots in accordance with a rotation of the main gear the main gear, achieving locking or unlocking of a striker by a claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, PYEONG HWA AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yong Hyuck Im, Ki Ryun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10897180
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a voice coil actuator direct-drive resonant flapper system for flapping wing micro air vehicles and flapping fin autonomous underwater vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Xinyan Deng, Jian Zhang
  • Patent number: 10889169
    Abstract: A latching assembly for use on a pick-up truck, and particularly on a truck bed cover configured to sit over a truck bed section is provided. The latching assembly includes an electronic release assembly and a mechanical override system. An electronic release assembly includes a first rod coupled to a first electronic actuator and a second rod coupled to a second electronic actuator. The electronic release assembly also includes a first electronic actuator that selectively moves the first latch catch and the second electronic actuator that selectively moves the second latch catch. A switch is engaged to send a signal to the first and second electronic actuators to cause the first and second latch catches to disengage from the truck bed section. The first and second rods and the first and second electronic actuators also serve as part of a mechanical override system that selectively unlatches at least a portion of the truck bed cover from the truck bed section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: Truck Accessories Group, LLC
    Inventors: Ernest M. Mcdonald, II, Eugene Andrew Dylewski, II, Christopher David Mattison
  • Patent number: 10876329
    Abstract: An electrical latch for a closure system of a motor vehicle and method of operating are provided. The electrical latch includes a latching mechanism having a pawl and ratchet, a cinching mechanism having a cinching lever, and an electric actuator mechanism for actuating at least the cinching lever. The electrical latch further includes a control unit powered by a main power source and having a control circuit controlling operation of the actuator mechanism to affect the position of the cinch lever, and a backup energy source providing power to the control circuit and the actuator mechanism in the event a fault condition is experienced by the main power source. The electrical latch is configured to return the cinching lever to a home uncinched position in response to switching of power from the main power source to the backup energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Davide Dente, Emanuele Leonardi, Antonio Frello
  • Patent number: 10858866
    Abstract: A housing for a vehicle latch is provided. The housing having a fluid pathway extending from an interior of the housing to an exterior of the housing through a perimeter wall, wherein the fluid pathway is defined by an inclined surface that extends downwardly and away from an interior of the housing to an exterior of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Jose Manuel Madrid, Francisco Javier Guevara, Manuel Escamilla
  • Patent number: 10851565
    Abstract: A rotary lock actuator for manual or powered actuation of a lock for vehicle doors is disclosed. The actuator has a motorized drive train and an actuating member movable between first and second positions. A manual drive member and a powered drive member each have first and second drive surfaces spaced apart from one another. A drive wedge is disposed in the spaces between the first and second drive surfaces of each drive member such that the drive wedge is engageable with the actuating member. The first driving surface of each drive member engages the wedge for moving the actuating member from a first position toward a second position upon movement of one of the drive members. The drive wedge is engageable by the second driving surface of each drive member for moving the actuating member from a second position toward the first position upon movement a drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Questek Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Dale R. Krueger
  • Patent number: 10851490
    Abstract: A door lock comprises an electromagnet (410), a latch shaft (320), a crank device (430) and the like. The crank device (430) is connected with the latch shaft (320) and driven by the electromagnet (410) to transform the linear motion of the electromagnet (410) into the rotary motion of the latch shaft (320). When the electromagnet (410) pushes or pulls the crank device (430), a latch head (202) rotates around an axis so that it can move to a locked position or an unlocked position. The door lock (200) of the present invention can transform the linear motion of the electromagnet (410) into the rotary motion of the latch head (202), so that the latch head (202) can be conveniently installed on the lateral surface rather than at an end of the door lock (200). The door lock (200) can be advantageously installed in the middle gap of a front panel (102) along an edge of a control panel of the washing machine (100) to lock the upper cover (101) from the middle part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Yang Wang
  • Patent number: 10844639
    Abstract: A latch assembly and a method of disengaging the latch assembly for a vehicle door are provided. In particular, the latch assembly includes a releasing lever that is moveably attached to the latch assembly via a pawl and is moveable between an engaged and disengaged position to unlatch the latch assembly. Additionally, a lock lever interacts with an override assembly to control whether the vehicle door is opened. The override assembly requires two movements to move the lock lever to an unlocked position and to open the latch during a power failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: James Nelsen
  • Patent number: 10844641
    Abstract: A lock with a locking mechanism including a rotary latch—preferably at least partially composed of metal—with a load arm and a catch arm, which is rotatably mounted on a catch axis, and which can receive a locking bolt, where the distance between the inner end of the locking bolt and the contact point between locking bolt and load arm is shorter than the distance between the contact point between locking bolt and load arm and the outer end of the locking bolt. The opening forces of a vehicle lock are minimised as a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Holger Schiffer, Omer Inan, Michael Scholz
  • Patent number: 10843589
    Abstract: A locking device for a vehicle seat including: a striker and a lock mechanism including: a base plate; a hook supported rotatably by a hook shaft to the base plate and capable of forming a locked state and an unlocked state; a pawl supported rotatably by a pawl shaft to the base plate; and a cam supported rotatably by the pawl shaft to the base plate, and the cam is rotationally biased by a first torsion coil spring, and the pawl is rotationally biased by a second torsion coil spring, and the coil of the second torsion coil spring has a larger diameter and a smaller length in a central axis direction of the coil than the coil of the first torsion coil spring, and one end of the first torsion coil spring is provided on a radially outer side than the coil of the second torsion coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Daishi Yaguchi, Shun Fujishiro
  • Patent number: 10837205
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door latch device that prevents a latch from being held in a half-latch position when a door opens and enables itself to be smaller. The door latch device comprises a latch that is pivotally mounted via a first shaft to engage with a striker; a pawl that can hold the latch in a full-latch or a half-latch position; a memory lever pivotally mounted via a third shaft not to overlap the latch or the pawl, the memory lever enables holding the pawl in a release position without the full-latch position or half-latch position when the pawl rotates in a releasing direction from the full-latch position; and a releasing portion enabling the pawl to rotate from the release position to the half-latch or full-latch position when the latch rotates from the full-latch position toward an open position to be in between the half-latch position and the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: GECOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Ishiguro
  • Patent number: 10829965
    Abstract: Provide a door latch device that allowing a childproof-double-lock mechanism is simplified and the size of the door latch device is miniaturized. While supporting a childproof lever and a double lock lever by a support shaft, coordinating the childproof lever and the double lock lever by an interlocking means and for moving the double lock lever in the direction of a double-lock position in conjunction with the childproof lever and the double lock lever move to the 3rd position from the 2nd position where is a childproof lock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Gecom Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Farris, Brian Kepler, Aaron Martin
  • Patent number: 10829964
    Abstract: A vehicular door latch device includes a latch, a ratchet, a locking and unlocking mechanism, and a rotation member. The latch rotates in accordance with closing of a door while a striker provided in a vehicle body is engaged. When the door is in a fully-closed state, the ratchet holds the latch in a first posture. When the door is in a half-closed state, the ratchet holds the latch in a second posture. The mechanism is switched between an unlocked posture that can cancel interlock, and a locked posture that cannot cancel the interlock. When the latch is in the second posture, the rotation member overlaps the switching route and prohibits the posture change. When coming into contact with the rotation member overlapping the switching route, the mechanism in the unlocked posture is switched to the unlocked posture by rotation of a portion thereof in contact with the rotation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventor: Shuntaro Kimura
  • Patent number: 10808435
    Abstract: A latch includes a housing, a fork bolt operably coupled to the housing and pivotal between an unlatched position, a primary latched position, and a secondary latched position, and a detent lever operably coupled to the housing and arranged to cooperate with the fork bolt. A drive link is operatively connected to the fork bolt and to the detent lever. An override lever is operably coupled to the drive link. A manual release lever is operably coupled to the override lever. The manual release lever is movable between a rest position and a release position. The drive link is automatically moved out of a path of rotation of the fork bolt when the manual release lever is moved to the release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Estrada, Manuel Escamilla, Donald M. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10808433
    Abstract: A tailgate opening and closing device for a vehicle may include a main gear disposed at a base, to be driven by a drive motor, and a lever assembly having a plurality of links operated by the main gear, for locking or unlocking of a striker by a claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Pyeong Hwa Automotive Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Hyuck Im, Mun Bae Tak
  • Patent number: 10801397
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for an actuator connected to a turbocharger via a connecting arrangement. In one example, a system may include a connection arrangement which yields above a threshold force. The yielding of the connection arrangement may allow the movement of the actuator in a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Meckenstock, Michael Spurling, Marius Sawatzki
  • Patent number: 10794083
    Abstract: A retractable cover assembly is provided for a vehicle to cover a latching component such as the striker of a trunk door. The assembly includes a retractable cover and a support structure for supporting the cover at a position to cover the striker. The assembly further includes an arrangement for actuating the cover between an open position exposing the striker and a closed position covering the striker. A first light source may illuminate the cover and a second light source may illuminate an interior of the vehicle when the cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Cornel Lewis Gardner, Megan Lovejoy, Inshirah Hillawi, Stuart C. Salter, Steven J. Antilla, Patrick Berryman, Scott H. Dunham
  • Patent number: 10798830
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display apparatus. The display apparatus includes a display module configured to display a screen, a frame configured to support the display module, a magnetic coupling device configured to couple the frame to the display module by pulling the display module toward the frame by using the magnetic attraction force, and a separation prevention device configured to mechanically prevent the display module from being separated from the frame and configured to be operated by the magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang Sung Hwang, Yoon Ah Kim, Sang Ki Yoon, Huu Lam Vuong Nguyen, Jin Jung
  • Patent number: 10787843
    Abstract: A vehicle opening and closing body operating device includes: a full-open lock opening lever connected to a full-open lock configured to maintain an opening and closing body in a fully opened state, and configured to output release operating force to the full-open lock; an input lever connected to the full-open lock opening lever and an operating handle, and configured to rotate the full-open lock opening lever so as to output the release operating force; a release lever connected to the input lever through a connecting member, and configured to rotate the full-open lock opening lever through the connecting member and the input lever; an emergency input lever to which rotation operating force is inputted; and a cancel mechanism configured to move the connecting member from a connection position where the input and release levers are connected to a disconnection position where the input and release levers are disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Shibayama, Sadayuki Makino
  • Patent number: 10773580
    Abstract: A roof lock device includes a driver 60 having an electric motor 61, a drive gear 62 driven to rotate by the electric motor 61, and a link member 70 coupling the drive gear 62 and the hook member 80 together, and allowing the hook member 80 to reciprocate longitudinally along with the rotation of the drive gear 62. the driver 60 further has a manually operable gear 99 disposed to mesh with the drive gear 62 and is able to be rotated by a certain tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: WEBASTO JAPAN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Yoshida
  • Patent number: 10767397
    Abstract: A power latch assembly for a motor vehicle closure system configured to provide a power cinching feature and a power release feature. The power cinching feature is configured to retain the ratchet in a cinched striker capture position with the pawl disengaged from the ratchet. The power release feature is configured to move the ratchet from its cinched striker capture position to a cinch release striker capture position for unloading the seals prior to release of the ratchet to its striker release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES S.P.A.
    Inventors: Franco Giovanni Ottino, Francesco Cumbo, Marco Taurasi, Enrico Margheritti
  • Patent number: 10753128
    Abstract: Barricade devices and methods of barricading a door are disclosed. Such devices and methods may be used to barricade a door, and thereby prevent an intruder from entering a sheltering space, such as a classroom, storeroom, or hallway. The barricade-device may have a pivotable stop-device that is pivotable from a location adjacent to a door. The pivot-location may be at an elevation that is lower than a door handle. The stop-device may be pivotable from a reserve-position to a stop-position. In the reserve-position, the stop-device does not barricade the door. In the barricade-position, the stop-device barricades the door. Operation of the barricade-device may require the application of an activation operation to an activator. A wide range of people having differing physical and mental capabilities may use the barricade-device properly and quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Presutti
  • Patent number: 10745948
    Abstract: A door latch assembly equipped with a single ratchet-double pawl latching arrangement having a ratchet, a primary pawl and a secondary pawl. The primary pawl is configured to include a first or primary lug and a second or secondary lug, with each lug having a distinct profile to respectively provide an eccentric backout characteristic and a concentric backout characteristic in relation to the ratchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Francesco Cumbo
  • Patent number: 10745940
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a cabinet, an access door, an electromechanical latch mechanically coupled to the cabinet and configured to mechanically engage and disengage the access door, and a switch assembly operable to control the electromechanical latch. The switch assembly includes a lock mechanically coupled to the cabinet and extending into the cabinet, a cam mechanically coupled to a rotatable portion of the lock within the cabinet, and a switching element mounted within the cabinet proximate the cam and configured to be mechanically engaged and actuated by the cam when the cam rotates into contact with the switching element, wherein the switching element is electrically connected to the electromechanical latch and is further configured to control the electromechanical latch in response to actuation by the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Timothy Francis Barbour, Dominic S. Biondo, Mark Gerard Surra, Stephen William Shaffer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10745946
    Abstract: A closing device includes a locking mechanism having a rotary latch and at least one pawl for locking the rotary latch and an electric drive. The closing device is advantageous for front hoods or front flaps, which are located in the front as viewed in the typical direction of travel of a motor vehicle. A method for closing a hood includes using the closing device. The closing device enables a purely electrically operated hood lock having locking, opening, and closing functions. The closing device includes a locking mechanism having a control disk, in which at least two components of the closing device can be moved by rotation of the control disk. Thus, for suitable movement of a plurality of components, it is only necessary to rotate the control disk by rotation by an electric drive to be able to close and/or open a door or flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Michael Scholz, Holger Schiffer
  • Patent number: 10731389
    Abstract: A handle arrangement for a vehicle comprising: a handle moveable between a slowed position and a deployed position; a drive mechanism for controlling the handle position; a sensor for detecting a force applied to the handle when in the deployed position, which force is directed so as to urge the handle into the stowed position; wherein upon detecting the force the handle arrangement is arranged to move the handle from the deployed position to the stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: JAGUAR LAND ROVER LIMITED
    Inventors: Sean Smart, Andy Mascia, Edward Smith
  • Patent number: 10724275
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a rollup door, comprising a striker member, latch assembly including a latch, a release lever, a trigger, a cam and a solenoid. The latch assembly may also include a limit switch for detecting when the latch assembly is in an unlocked position. The locking apparatus can be electronically unlocked or it can be unlocked manually by a user by actuating the solenoid which causes the latch to release the locked striker member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Janus International Group, LLC
    Inventors: David Bryan Curtis, Adam David Nyman, Jason Asher Bernstein
  • Patent number: 10718137
    Abstract: A swivel lock assembly with electronic and manual actuating means to unlock a handle thereby permitting access to the interior of the cabinet wherein the manual actuator can override the electronic actuator and vice versa. When in a locked position, the handle rests within lock housing such that the handle engages a blocker mounted within the housing. To unlock the handle, the blocker is manipulated by electronic or manual actuation such that the handle is no longer constrained and can be swung away from the housing about a handle pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hanchett Entry Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Dominik Scheffler, Dewey David, Michael Allen Webb
  • Patent number: 10711492
    Abstract: A low release effort eccentric double pawl vehicle latch includes a ratchet, primary pawl, auxiliary ratchet and secondary pawl in combination with a secure lock lever. The secure lock lever selectively inhibits movement of the secondary pawl to prevent premature or unintended opening of the latch. A drive mechanism sequences movement of the secure lock lever and secondary pawl to open the latch. Upon reset, the drive mechanism drives the auxiliary ratchet back to its closed state and in the process the auxiliary ratchet can engage and return the secondary pawl back to a closed state in the event of an insufficient bias force thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Francesco Cumbo, Marco Taurasi