Motor Patents (Class 292/201)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 10704305
    Abstract: A door opening/closing device including a door, a locking hook mounted on an inner surface of the door, a solenoid mounted in a device housing, a locking lever connected swingably to a movable iron core of the solenoid and having a free end on an opposite side of a connection portion, and a controller for controlling the solenoid, in which the controller executes control so as to, if the door is closed and locked, separate the locking lever from the locking hook to release locking in conjunction with the movable iron core retreated by an electromagnetic attracting force by executing conduction control of the solenoid, and maintain an unlocked state while the door is closed by executing non-conduction control of the solenoid after unlocking and bringing the free end of the locking lever into contact with the locking hook by a return spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION
    Inventor: Ryosuke Miyachi
  • Patent number: 10704691
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing a mechanical seal between two objects is provided. The mechanical interface including a protrusion located on a first component; and a pair of cantilevered beams located on a second component, wherein the pair of cantilevered beams are forced outwardly on opposite sides of the protrusion when a tab portion of the second component is received in an opening of the first component. The method of including the steps of: forcing a pair of cantilevered beams located on a second component outwardly from opposite sides of the protrusion when as a tab portion of the second component is received in an opening of a first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Eduardo Estrada, John Fan
  • Patent number: 10683682
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a closure latch for a vehicle door, and more particularly to a closure latch for a vehicle door equipped with a passive entry feature. To this end, the present disclosure relates to the use of a power child lock actuator to manage the double pull function of the closure latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Marco Taurasi, Francesco Cumbo
  • Patent number: 10683683
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a motor vehicle latch (1), in particular an electrically actuated flap latch, demonstrating a locking mechanism (11) comprising a catch (10) and at least one pawl, a triggering lever (9), whereby by means of the triggering lever (9) the locking mechanism (11) can be unlocked, a closure device (8), whereby by means of the closure device (8) the locking mechanism (11) can be transferred at least from a pre-ratchet position into a main ratchet position and the closure device (8) demonstrates a spindle drive (4), whereby a functional position (N, O, Z) of the spindle drive (4) can be recorded by sensors, and whereby the spindle drive (4) demonstrates a spindle nut (5) and the spindle nut (5) interacts with an activation device (6) in such a way that using a sensor (7) at least a functional position (N, O, Z) of the spindle nut (5) can be detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Robert J. Hunt
  • Patent number: 10676962
    Abstract: An actuator (24, 528, 606, 646, 670, 700, 702) is configured to cause a latch assembly (22, 322, 422, 522, 526, 604, 644, 668, 694) to be changed from a closed condition in which an item is latched, to an open condition in which the item is unlatched. A catch jaw (30, 530, 690) is operative in a first position to engage a member (106) connected to the item when the latch assembly is in the closed condition. The catch jaw in a second position enables the member to disengage from the catch jaw when the latch assembly is in the open condition. The actuator assembly includes a drive (152, 526, 608, 706) and a gear system (157, 563, 610, 712). The gear system is operative to move a release member (174, 538, 612, 722, 764). The release member is configured to be in operative connection with the catch jaw such that the movement of the release member causes the catch jaw to be enabled to move to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: THE EASTERN COMPANY
    Inventors: Lee S. Weinerman, Scott Arthurs, Grant A. Lugas
  • Patent number: 10676961
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle lock (1), comprising a lock housing (2), a lock plate, adjusting means (3, 4) which are received in the lock housing (2) and/or on the lock plate such that they can move, particularly swivel in at least in some regions, the adjusting means (3, 4) being positionable in at least two different positions (L1, L2), a spring element (5, 6), said spring element (5, 6) cooperating with the adjusting means (3, 4) in such a way that the spring element (5, 6) holds the adjusting means (3, 4) in the respective position (L1, L2), and the spring element (5, 6) being attached to the adjusting means (3, 4) such that the adjusting means (3, 4) can move together with the spring element (5, 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Ulrich Weichsel, Ömer Inan
  • Patent number: 10669751
    Abstract: An apparatus for a hood latch of a vehicle may include a hood, wherein the hood is completely closed by an operation of a cinching mechanism when the incomplete closing of the hood is detected to perform the closing of the hood, preventing a safety accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corp., PYEONG HWA AUTOMOTIVE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Il Kim, Ki Ryun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10669766
    Abstract: An opening/closing body driving device for driving an opening/closing body is provided. The opening/closing body driving device includes: a motor, having a rotation shaft; a screw shaft, being rotated by the rotation shaft; a moving nut, being screwed to the screw shaft and moved in an axial direction of the screw shaft; and a connection part, being provided at the moving nut, wherein an arm for opening and closing the opening/closing body is connected to the connection part. The rotation shaft and the screw shaft are respectively provided on the same axis, and the connection part is provided at a radially outer side of the screw shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBA Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Sakiyama, Takashi Takizawa
  • Patent number: 10662681
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to provide a locking mechanism for a lock, which can be opened quietly. To achieve this aim, a lock is proposed comprising a locking mechanism with a rotary latch, a locking pawl for locking the rotary latch in a detent position and a braking pawl which initially can brake a rotary motion of the rotary latch that occurs after or during a movement of the locking pawl out of its detent position. Opening sounds can be reduced by means of this initial braking action. The lock also comprises a driving dog mechanism with a translatory action that can lift the braking pawl out of its braking position. This ensures that the braking pawl is moved out of its braking position in a reliable manner so that the lock can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Carsten Fuchs, Pavol Sedlar
  • Patent number: 10655368
    Abstract: An e-latch assembly and method for operating for a closure panel of a vehicle, the closure panel operable between an open state and a closed state. The e-latch assembly is configured to control via an open command to operate an electric motor of the e-latch assembly in order to change a state of the electric motor during a latch release operation from a motor home position to a motor open position; and to control via a a reset command to change the state from the motor open position to the motor home position by controlling the reset command only when one or more sensors indicate a position of at least one of the closure panel or a ratchet or a pawl of the e-latch assembly reflecting the closure panel returning from the open state to the closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventors: Antonio Frello, Davide Dente
  • Patent number: 10648202
    Abstract: A locking device and method for locking the locking device includes a lock for a door or a hatch for a hood of a motor vehicle. The lock having includes a locking mechanism that has a rotary latch and at least one pawl for blocking the rotary latch. The locking device includes a drive which allows the locking mechanism to be moved in such a way that a door gap or hatch gap can be narrowed in the closed state of the door or hatch. The lock is an electric lock that includes an electric drive which allows the locking mechanism to be brought into the main blocking position of the locking mechanism and/or allows the lock to be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Michael Scholz, Holger Schiffer
  • Patent number: 10641016
    Abstract: A door latch device is provided which has a childproof locking mechanism of which a childproof lever is pivotally supported by a support shaft. The childproof lever of the childproof locking mechanism is pivotally supported on a casing by the support shaft extending in a transverse direction of a vehicle. This mechanism shifting between a childproof unlock state, in which a door opening operation by an inside handle is transmitted to an engagement mechanism, and a childproof lock state, in which this opening operation is not transmitted, and a manual operation part is formed at an end portion of the childproof lever in a longitudinal direction of a vehicle perpendicular to the support shaft such that this manual operation part passes through a cover member and projects backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GECOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Cristian Damboiu, Bryan Farris, Brian Kepler
  • Patent number: 10626640
    Abstract: A vehicle door operation device mounted to a sliding door of a vehicle, for appropriately returning a latch mechanism from a closure retention release state to a closure retention state of the sliding door when a motor power transmission lever stops at a rotary range between an initial position to a rotary end position by, for example, an electrical failure when a release motor is in operation includes a cancellation mechanism that moves a connection pin from a connection position where the connection pin connects an outside handle lever and the motor power transmission lever to a disconnection position by using a rotary movement of an inside handle lever in accordance with a closing operation of an inside handle when the motor power transmission lever stops at the rotary range between the initial position to the rotary end position when the release motor is in operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Shibayama, Sadayuki Makino
  • Patent number: 10619384
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trunk latch for a vehicle includes a base plate, a first locking groove in which a striker is inserted, a main gear supplied with power through a motor, a claw including a latch protrusion at an outer circumferential surface thereof, a link assembly moving in a linked manner in accordance with rotation of the main gear to transfer power to the claw, and a claw locking assembly supplied with power from the link assembly to fix or unfix movement of the claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Pyeong HWA Automotive Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Hyuck Im, Chang Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 10619385
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to integration of a manually-controlled lock release mechanism into a vehicle closure system to permit manual actuation of the lock mechanism within a closure latch assembly in the event of a power loss situation. The lock mechanism that can be manually shifted from a child-locked state to a child-unlocked state via actuation of a manually-operable lock release actuator located along the B-pillar of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Roman Cetnar
  • Patent number: 10609990
    Abstract: A band for a wearable device includes first and second band links. The first band link includes one or more magnetic pins and the second band link includes one or more magnets and one or more apertures. In a first position, the first and second band links mechanically and magnetically couple by the magnet pulling the magnetic pin into the aperture. In a second position, the first and second band links mechanically and magnetically decouple by the magnetic pin being forced from the aperture. In this way, the band links may be easily and quickly coupled to and/or decoupled from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew D. Rohrbach
  • Patent number: 10612276
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device includes: an interlocking unit assembly including an interlocking mechanism; and an operating unit assembly including an operating mechanism. The interlocking unit assembly includes a latch configured to be rotatable to a latched position from an open position via a half closed door position by interlocking with the striker. The operating unit assembly includes: a casing, in which the interlocking unit assembly is fitted, and in which the operating mechanism is installed; and a switch plate, on which a half closed door detection switch and an electric wiring connected to the half closed door detection switch are installed, and which is integrally installed in the casing, the half closed door detection switch having a switch pin configured to abut against the latch. A plane of rotation of the latch and a plate surface of the switch plate intersect each other orthogonally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Nozawa, Tomoharu Nagaoka
  • Patent number: 10604969
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock device includes: a door switch arranged in an actuator housing to which a locking mechanism is assembled; a switch lever; and a lever pivoting amount adjusting mechanism configured to adjust a pivoting amount of the switch lever so that a ratio of the pivoting amount of the switch lever to a pivoting amount of a latch is set smaller in a second pivot state in which the latch is pivoted within a range of from a switching position to an unlatched position than in a first pivot state in which the latch is pivoted within a range of from a fully-latched position to the switching position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Suzumura, Hodaka Matsuura, Yasuhiko Sono
  • Patent number: 10598263
    Abstract: An actuator for a latch is provided, the actuator having: a motor operatively coupled to a gear train; and a rack moveably mounted to the actuator for linear movement with respect to a housing of the actuator, wherein the gear train comprises: a worm; a worm gear and a pinion gear, wherein the pinion gear is rotatably mounted to the worm gear and the pinion gear has a plurality of teeth configured to engage a portion of the rack, wherein the axis of rotation of the worm is perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the worm gear and the pinion gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Alfredo Martinez, Eduardo Estrada, Ian Dow, Francisco Vazquez
  • Patent number: 10597914
    Abstract: A vehicle door latch device comprises an outside lever, a locking lever, a holding member, an opening link and a spring. The spring applies an urging force, smaller than an elastic holding force of the holding member in an unlocking direction, to the opening link. A coil is held in a holding recess of a rotation central portion of the opening link. The first arm engages with the outside lever, and the second arm engages with the opening link. If a panic state occurs, the locking lever can rotate to an unlock position, and the opening link returns to an initial position before a releasing action and is moved to the unlock position by the urging force of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION, GECOM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Ishiguro, Daisuke Enomoto
  • Patent number: 10590682
    Abstract: A closing and latching mechanism for a closure in which further rotation of an input shaft in a latching direction results in engagement of a release cam with a release cam follower and movement of a release slider which moves a pawl into a position in which a claw is free to move from a latched position to an unlatched position and the claw then moves towards the unlatched position under the action of a biasing spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: John Phillip Chevalier
  • Patent number: 10584515
    Abstract: An electronic lock with an electronic sensing arrangement to accurately sense relative positions of a bolt which mechanically locks a door, such as a door of an electronic drop safe, and to also sense an electronically controlled plunger which locks the bolt in place. The arrangement provides a mechanism for sensing a variety of mechanical malfunctions, as well as, potential fraud or tampering situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ELLENBY TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron H. Dobbins, Bob M. Dobbins, James Henry
  • Patent number: 10577842
    Abstract: Latches including a slot having a length that allows a striker of the latch to move from a normal closed position downwardly toward the closed bottom of the slot into an over travel position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Gecom Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Farris, Brian Kepler
  • Patent number: 10570650
    Abstract: A latch assembly is provided herein. The latch assembly having: a lock lever rotatably mounted to the latch assembly for movement between a first position and a second position; a switch positioned to detect movement of the lock lever between the first position and the second position, the switch being located in a carrier; an actuating lever rotatably mounted to the carrier for movement between a first position and a second position, wherein the actuating lever is operably coupled to the lock lever such that movement of the lock lever from the first position to the second position causes the actuating lever to move from the first position to the second position; and wherein the switch is located in a first plane along with at least one other switch and the lock lever rotates in a second plane that is different from the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventor: Donald M. Perkins
  • Patent number: 10563681
    Abstract: A protective mechanism for use when gripping a medical device to a rack is provided. A related system and method are also provided. The protective mechanism includes a guide member, a connector, an actuation member configured to have a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion of the actuation member is pivotally coupled to the guide member. The cover member is pivotally coupled to the guide member and is configured to interact with the actuation member so as to pivot to uncover the connector when the actuation member pivots in a first direction and to pivot to cover the connector when the actuation member pivots in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: DEKA Products Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Dean Kamen, Stephen L. Fichera, Larry B. Gray, Thomas A. Friedrich, Erik N. Sabin, Richard J. Lanigan
  • Patent number: 10563434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door lock, comprising a locking mechanism, an electric drive, a locking unit and a coupling lever, said coupling lever acting on the locking unit. The coupling lever can be actuated by the electric drive counter to the force of the spring. The locking unit has a control contour, the coupling lever cooperating with said control contour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Uwe Reddmann
  • Patent number: 10557291
    Abstract: A method for controlling a closing process of a vehicle wing moving from a known start position into an end position representing as closed, position of the vehicle wing and a corresponding closing system for performing the method, When the start position is reached, the closing process of the vehicle wing is started for a prescribed short first time period, and then interrupted for a prescribed second time period in order to warn users or third parties of the imminent closing process of the vehicle wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Roland Breitner, Hans Deischl, Martin Lindmayer, Wolfgang Much, Dieter Scheunert, Eckart Schuler, Falk Zeidler
  • Patent number: 10557292
    Abstract: A door closer device for a vehicle includes a latch, a drive force transmission mechanism and a cancellation mechanism cancelling a closing operation of the drive force transmission mechanism. The drive force transmission mechanism includes a drive force transmission portion rotatable between a transmission position where the latch is configured to receive a drive force of an actuator and a non-transmission position where the latch is configured not to receive the drive force of the actuator. The cancellation mechanism includes a first operation portion and a second operation portion, the first operation portion engaged with the drive force transmission portion to be rotated irrespective of the second operation portion, the second operation portion engaged with the drive force transmission portion to be rotated irrespective of the first operation portion, the first and second operation portions rotating the drive force transmission portion from the transmission position to the non-transmission position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Machida, Satoshi Shibayama
  • Patent number: 10557289
    Abstract: The invention relates to a lock, in particular for a door or opening element of a motor vehicle. In order to avoid the unplanned opening of the lock in the event of a crash, the invention proposes a lock with a locking mechanism comprising a rotary latch, a pawl for locking the rotary latch in a detent position, preferably a blocking lever for blocking the pawl in the detent position and a release lever for opening the locking mechanism, in particular by lifting the blocking lever out of the blocking position. The lock is provided with a rotation-lock device, by means of which an opening process of the locking mechanism caused by momentum or an impact can be prevented or blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Hendrik Wahmann, Carsten Fuchs, Dirk Eichel
  • Patent number: 10533349
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock device includes: a door lock body configured to be mounted to a door; an outside open lever mounted, in a pivotable manner, to a support shaft arranged on the door lock body; and a coupling member mounted to a pivot end portion of the outside open lever and having an insertion hole. An end portion of a rod on the outside open lever side is insertable through the insertion hole. The rod is configured to couple the outside open lever and an outside door handle configured to be mounted to a vehicle exterior side of the door. A mounting hole in the coupling member intersects the insertion hole, and the pivot end portion of the outside open lever has a mounting portion. The coupling member is fitted and fixed onto the mounting portion of the outside open lever through the mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Makoto Suzumura, Takashi Nishio, Nobuko Takasu, Yasuhiko Sono, Masayuki Tomochika, Masanari Iwata, Yusuke Yamada
  • Patent number: 10526819
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door lock or flap lock comprising a locking mechanism that has a rotary latch and a pawl for locking the rotary latch. Said type of lock is also described in DE 103 20 457 A 1. The aim of the invention is to provide a lock with a position securing system with low technical complexity. Said aim is achieved by a lock with a locking mechanism comprising a rotary latch and a pawl for locking the rotary latch. The lock comprises a position securing system for a locking or anti-theft device. A spring is used for securing the position. Said spring is embodied as a dual-acting clamping spring. A tilting mechanism tilts a slot thus securing the position of the slot if excessively accelerated. As a result, an undesired movement of the slot is inhibited and the position thereof is thus improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventors: Bernardo Erices, Nicolas Cavalie, Madhu S. Basavarajappa
  • Patent number: 10506999
    Abstract: A radiographic imaging device comprising an imaging platform that includes an imaging surface on which a breast of a test subject is to be rested; a radiation irradiation section disposed to face the imaging surface and irradiates radiation at the imaging surface; a main radiation protection portion that is disposed at the side of a region between the radiation irradiation section and the imaging surface and that is adapted to protect the test subject from the radiation; and an auxiliary radiation protection portion disposed at a side portion of the main radiation protection portion, and that is movable between a protecting position, at which the auxiliary radiation protection portion is adapted to protect the test subject, and a non-protecting position, at which the auxiliary radiation protection portion is withdrawn from the protecting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Nishi, Kenji Takata
  • Patent number: 10450780
    Abstract: A closure latch assembly for a vehicle door includes a latch mechanism and a lock mechanism. The lock mechanism includes a lock link pivotable between unlock and lock positions, and dual cam arrangement which functions in coordination with rotation of a power lock gear to establish a first locked state where a first cam holds the lock link its lock position and a second locked state where a second cam holds the lock link in its lock position. An unlocked state is established when neither of the first and second cams engage the lock link in its unlock position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Kris Tomaszewski
  • Patent number: 10454333
    Abstract: An actuator includes a metal housing that consists of multiple housing parts, an electric motor, an actuating member, a transmission mechanism that adapts the movement of the electric motor to the actuating member and an electronic system for controlling the electric motor. A heat sink is situated in a housing part consisting of plastic, said heat sink being connected to a metal housing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Neunzig, Harald Frey, Charalampos Kiorktsidis, Vinzent Kremina, Michael Noll, Peter Kohlen, Jörg Reif, Calin Opre