Operators With Knobs Or Handles Patents (Class 292/336.3)
  • Patent number: 11607932
    Abstract: The opening control device includes a fixed support configured to be mounted on the door leaf, a handle movably mounted on the support, a mechanism for electrical and mechanical activation of an unlocking of a latch of the motor vehicle door leaf respectively for electrically and mechanically actuating the unlocking of the latch, the mechanism being mechanically coupled with the handle of the vehicle such that the application of a predefined pulling force on the handle causes the electrical or mechanical activation of the unlocking of the latch. The activation mechanism includes a first lever for electrical activation of the latch and a second lever for mechanical activation of the latch movably mounted relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventors: Delmiro Javier Couto Maquieira, Alberto Diez Estevez, Javier Casal Gomez, Javier Gonzalez Novo
  • Patent number: 11597270
    Abstract: An actuating apparatus for opening and closing a cover in or on a vehicle has a blocking device for blocking the cover in a locked position. The blocking device has a transmission mechanism with a rotation part (64.1; 50) mounted rotatably and driveable by an actuator (34), and a blocking bar (62) which is operatively connected to the rotation part. The transmission mechanism converts a rotation movement of the rotation part into an axial movement of the blocking bar. The blocking bar is transferable with the aid of the rotation part from a release position into a blocking position. The transmission mechanism is self-locking so that, at least whenever the blocking bar is in the blocking position, the rotation part is not driveable via an axial movement of the blocking bar, and the rotation part prevents an axial movement of the blocking bar out of the blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2023
    Inventors: Matthias Hegwein, Jan Dvorak
  • Patent number: 11591831
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle door handle (1), comprising a handle frame (5) to be attached on a vehicle door panel (100), handle lever (3) with a total length L movable with respect to the handle frame (5) between at least one rest position (F, R) and an opening position (O) in rotation around a handle lever axis (A) at one of its longitudinal ends, said handle lever (3) having an axially protruding axial finger (35), characterized in that it further comprises a kinematic lever (37), rotatively mobile with respect to the handle frame (5) around a kinematic lever axis (B) between a rest position and an active position, said kinematic lever (37) comprising a first radial arm (39), adapted to interact with a latch mechanism, configured to unlatch the door when the kinematic lever (37) reaches its active position, and a second radial arm (41), intersecting a path of the axial finger (35) of the handle lever (3) and being pushed by said axial finger (35) during rotation of the handle lever (3), so that when
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignee: U-SHIN ITALIA S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Savant, Anthony Guerin, Antonino Cannavo
  • Patent number: 11591828
    Abstract: A handle device includes a handle case disposed on a member on a vehicle body side, a cylindrical in supported by the handle case, and an operation member housed in the handle case and pivotally supported by the pin so as to be rotatable. The handle case includes a pin insertion hole into which the pin is configured to be inserted from an outer side of the handle case, and a rib which is provided to face a head portion of the pin inserted into the pin insertion hole and prevents the pin from slipping off. The rib extends from the handle case along as in-plane direction of a case region around the pin insertion hole, and includes an elastic piece elastically deformed in a direction orthogonal to an insertion direction of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: Lan Kin
  • Patent number: 11554646
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a belt structure and a rigid handle having a rigid base and a rigid outer grip portion. The rigid outer grip portion includes a portion that is spaced apart from the base to form a gap. The base of the handle is rigidly connected to the belt structure whereby the outer grip portion of the handle does not move relative to the belt structure. The vehicle door may include a powered door opening mechanism that moves a portion of the door away from a vehicle body when actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Francis Raymond Gillis, Rajesh K. Patel, Thomas Michael Herline
  • Patent number: 11549288
    Abstract: A transmission mechanism for a vehicle door handle is provided, the handle including a handle lever, movable between a flushing position and a ready position, the mechanism attachable to the lever and to an electric motor, and including a lever shaft connectable to the lever, a rotation of which causes motion between the positions; a reduction mechanism to adapt an output torque of the motor into a rotational motion of the shaft, including first and second reduction stages each having a worm drive, the first including a first worm and a first worm gear, and the second having a second worm and another worm gear rotationally coupled to the shaft; and a brake mechanism frictionally engaging a rotating element of one of the stages when the shaft reaches a rotational braking position between the positions to stop the shaft in a position where the lever is in the ready position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Inventors: Regis Grenouillat, Anton Linder, Norbert Lehmeier, Tomas Smeringai
  • Patent number: 11542729
    Abstract: The system includes a bracket, a handle pivotally mounted about a handle axis and including a main gripping branch and a secondary branch each extending on either side of the handle axis, a safety device configured to block an ejection of the handle towards its open position in the event of an impact. The device includes a blocking pawl elastically biased into a position of blocking the pivoting of the secondary branch according to a handle ejection direction and at least one lever for releasing the secondary branch in the ejection direction, the release lever being configured to drive the pawl, against its elastic biasing force, into a release position of the secondary branch, consecutively to a manual mechanical action of pushing in the handle from its flush position and/or to the triggering of an electric actuation for ejecting the handle from its flush position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Inventors: Delmiro Javier Couto Maquieira, Alberto Diez Estevez, Jose Oscar Vazquez Carballo
  • Patent number: 11536060
    Abstract: A vehicular door structure includes a door handle provided in a door panel that configures a part of a vehicular door, a latch mechanism provided in the vehicular door and configured to be engaged with a striker provided on a vehicle body, an unlatch portion provided in the door handle and configured to be at least partially exposed to an outside and swing with respect to the door handle, an electric unlatch operation mechanism having an actuator that is configured to disengage the latch mechanism from the striker as the unlatch portion is made to swing, and a lock sensor portion provided in a part of the unlatch portion, the part being exposed to the outside, the lock sensor portion being configured to detect a change in an electrostatic capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Inventor: Satoshi Takato
  • Patent number: 11525292
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flush handle for a door of a vehicle. The flush handle includes a housing installed in the door of the vehicle, a handle portion installed in the housing, a pivot portion formed on one side of the handle portion and including a rotating shaft, an interconnection groove formed in the pivot portion, a driving portion which is installed in the housing, includes an opening member having one side coupled to the interconnection groove, and is configured to linearly move and to transfer power to the handle portion, and a return spring installed on the rotating shaft. Here, when the opening member linearly moves, the pivot portion rotates on the rotating shaft through the interconnection groove such that the handle portion rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Woobo Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hae Il Jeong
  • Patent number: 11492822
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a door handle for a vehicle door which can be installed as such from the door inner side on a handle recess of the outer skin of the vehicle door, wherein the handle unit has a handle module and an especially elongate handle part which is accommodated by the handle module, wherein the handle module has a mechanism for the motorized adjustment of the handle part, wherein the handle unit can be pre-installed on the door. The door handle unit can have a fastening slide which, with the handle unit pre-installed is connected to the handle module on one side and to the motor vehicle door on the other side, wherein for the final installation of the door handle unit an installation movement can be introduced into the fastening slide by a tool in an installation direction from a narrow side of the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH SE & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Sebastian Schnetter, Bert Almes, Rolf Buecker, Lukas Rudnik
  • Patent number: 11492823
    Abstract: A door handle includes door handle case, a first detection electrode and a second detection electrode disposed in the door handle case, and a controller connected to the first detection electrode and the second detection electrode. The controller separately measures a first capacitance between the first detection electrode and an operation body and a second capacitance between the second detection electrode and the operation body, and the controller determines whether a locking operation is performed by the operation body based on one or both of the first capacitance and the second capacitance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiki Nakamura, Takashi Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Kikuchi, Yuzuru Kawana, Yukimitsu Yamada, Daisuke Takai, Heishiro Fudo
  • Patent number: 11466480
    Abstract: A door locking device includes a latching mechanism configured to detachably lock a striker fixed to a vehicle body, an inner lever capable of rotating for releasing locking of the striker by the latching mechanism; and a child lever capable of rotating between an unlocked position where the inner lever is contactable with the child lever and a locked position where the inner lever is uncontactable with the child lever. The child lever is configured to transmit a rotational force of the inner lever to the latching mechanism by being rotated due to contacting of the inner lever with the child lever at the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: U-SHIN LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuya Akagi
  • Patent number: 11459794
    Abstract: The present invention provides a motorised door lock assembly 10 in order for a user to be able to lock and unlock a door remotely and/or with a conventional key or with a thumb turn 22 from the inside. In particular, a user may decide to continue to use a key from the outside and the thumb turn (or an internal key mechanism) from the inside but at any stage the user (or a different user) may decide to operate the lock remotely. The motorised system may be activated by a number of actuators and, in particular, the motorised system may be activated by a remote key fob, a smart phone, an internally mounted push button or an external key pad. The assembly of the present invention is able to provide a continuous choice of all three methods (where permitted) without the risk of the lock becoming stuck in one position and without the user having to perform an elaborate particular sequence to operate the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Mighton Products Limited
    Inventor: Michael Derham
  • Patent number: 11454052
    Abstract: A handle for a vehicle door is provided that includes an activation member configured to activate a latch of a vehicle door and a grip member that cooperates with the activation member to unlatch the door. The grip member is movable between a flush position where a gripping part extends flush to an external panel of the door, an active position where the gripping part is graspable by projecting from the panel and the grip member cooperates with the activation member, and an opening position where the grip member drives the activation member to activate the latch and unlatch the door. In one form, a driving mechanism and actuator lever drives the grip member between the flush and active position. When the grip member is pulled in an opening direction, the grip member drives the activation member which in turn activates the latch to unlatch the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: U-Shin Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Anthony Guerin, Antonio Rocci, Siavash Ostovari-Far
  • Patent number: 11453277
    Abstract: A latch system for a tonneau cover. The latch system includes a handle that is configured to move about an axis; and a latch pin connected to the handle. The latch pin is configured to move in a retracted direction and during movement of the handle towards the tonneau cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Extang Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Facchinello, Chad A. Carter, Robert L. Mosingo
  • Patent number: 11447979
    Abstract: An improved foot pull for hands free opening of a door is described. The design provides a more ergonomic engagement of the user by providing an angled plate to engage their foot the plate further including a region treated to prevent slippage of the users foot off of the plate. A pair of the foot pulls can be used in tandem to provide a door stop and a means to hold a door in the open position against a wall. The design can also include actuators that can release a latch on the door. The actuators include mechanical linkages to the door handle. The actuators can also be electronic with wired or wireless connection to the latch on the door and can further be used to signal and actuate any electronic device such as a light or alarm system. The door pull can also include a mechanical cable or a hydraulic connection to actuate the door latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Inventors: Chris Taylor, Stephen Grangetto
  • Patent number: 11434658
    Abstract: A lock including: a retractable knob; and a knob release mechanism for retaining the retractable knob in a retracted position, the knob release mechanism retains the retractable knob in the retracted position until a motor of the knob release mechanism is actuated by an input provided to a keypad located on a surface of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: ZEPHYR LOCK, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Wind, Douglas Walker
  • Patent number: 11414892
    Abstract: An exemplary trim lock device is configured for use with a trim comprising a lift finger, and generally includes a housing, a blocking member, and a lock actuator. The blocking member includes a projection, and is rotatably mounted to the housing for rotation between a blocking position in which the projection blocks actuating movement of the lift finger and an unblocking position in which the blocking member does not block actuating movement of the lift finger. The lock actuator is operable to rotate the blocking member between the blocking position and the unblocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Zachary Holtgrewe, Brian C. Eickhoff
  • Patent number: 11414904
    Abstract: A latch assembly having an emergency auxiliary release member located in a stowage compartment of a motor vehicle, such as a front trunk, is provided. The latch assembly has a coupling lever that is actuatable to move to a disengaged position if a predetermined condition is met, such as and engine on/off condition or a vehicle speed condition, for example, whereupon the latch assembly is prevented from being fully release, but only allows the latch assembly to move to a partially released state. Upon the predetermined condition be absent, the coupling lever is returned to a position such that the latch assembly can then be fully released from either a passenger compartment of the vehicle or the trunk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Magna BOCO GmbH
    Inventors: Jörg Thomas Klein, Vladmir Lebsak, Henrik Johann
  • Patent number: 11414898
    Abstract: An automobile door latch device includes: a mesh mechanism; a body; a base; and an operation mechanism disposed on the base, the operation mechanism including: an outside lever configured to receive an operating force of an outside handle to perform open actuation; a first open lever configured to perform open actuation in conjunction with open actuation of the outside lever; a locking/unlocking mechanism; a second open lever configured to perform open actuation in conjunction with open actuation of the first open lever output from the locking/unlocking mechanism; and a fully open release lever configured to perform open actuation in conjunction with open actuation of the first open lever, wherein the fully open release lever is connected to an operating force transmission member configured to transmit the open actuation of the fully open release lever to a fully opening latch device for holding the slide door in a fully open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Inventors: Keiichiro Okuyama, Toshitaka Matsuoka, Naoki Hanaki, Shigenori Hiramoto, Shintaro Okawa
  • Patent number: 11414896
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a lock (1) for a motor vehicle, especially a side door lock, having a locking mechanism (2) with a catch (3) and at least one pawl (4), a release lever (10, 27), which is designed to unlock the locking mechanism (2), an actuating lever (7) for actuating the release lever (10, 27) and an inertia unit with an inertia element (12), which is designed to optionally prevent an actuating of the release lever (10, 27) depending on an actuating speed of the actuating lever (7), and the release lever (10, 27) comprises a first part (10) and a second part (27) which are designed to be coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Robert L. Brickner
  • Patent number: 11411457
    Abstract: An electric motor suitable for an electric camshaft phaser comprises a main motor module and a plug-in module electrically and mechanically connected thereto. The main motor module comprises a housing shell, a stator and a rotor mounted in the housing shell by way of a rolling bearing. The main motor module is inserted into the plug-in module, and electrical connections between the plug module and the main motor module are established by insulation displacement connections, which can be produced by joining the modules in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Friedrich Schuler, Julian Junge
  • Patent number: 11405036
    Abstract: A proximity sensor including a first substrate, a second substrate, a first connecting member, at least one first electrode, and a detection part. The first substrate is disposed in the vicinity of a first detection space. The second substrate is disposed on an opposite side of the first substrate to the first detection space. The second substrate faces the first substrate. The first connecting member connects the first substrate and the second substrate. The at least one first electrode is provided on the first substrate and configured such that a signal from the at least one first electrode changes in response to a change in a first capacitance caused by a detection target approaching to the first detection space. The detection part is provided on the second substrate and configured to detect the approach of the detection target based on the signal from the at least one first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Hosiden Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeki Mokuo, Yohei Sanada
  • Patent number: 11396764
    Abstract: A door handle assembly is provided in the door of an automobile. The assembly includes an aperture in the outer skin of the door and a cover plate which closes off the aperture. The cover plate is retractable into a pocket behind the aperture, to open the aperture and allow a user to insert his/her fingers into the aperture. The user may then grab a latch release handle which is provided on the inner surface of the skin of the door, which senses the user's touch and releases a door latch, so that the door can be pulled open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventors: John Blount, Russell Beeston
  • Patent number: 11397518
    Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle lighting device intended to improve convenience and safety. A vehicle lighting device includes a light disposed in a vehicle interior, a controller controlling the light, and a detecting unit detecting position or motion of a detecting object by detecting a detection object at a plurality of positions, and the controller controls the light when the position or motion of the detection object is detected by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Assignees: Pioneer Corporation, Tohoku Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Abe, Satoshi Suzuki, Kenji Kawamura, Shingo Tsuji
  • Patent number: 11391073
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a vehicle door includes a handle mounted on a housing and arranged flush with the outer contour of the vehicle door in a non-use position and designed to be movable by a user into an actuation position in order to be actuated, a lever element, a first lever end of which is rotatably attached to a lever rotational axis mounted on the housing and a second lever end of which is connected to a first longitudinal end of the handle, and a motor-driven actuating element which rotates the lever element about the lever rotational axis and thereby moves the handle out of the non-use position into the actuation position. A lever mechanism is mounted on the housing in a rotatable manner about a rotational axis. A second longitudinal end of the handle is movably secured to the housing via the lever mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Rhein, Bernd Reifenberg, Jan Heyduck, Jürgen Jooss, Martin Lindmayer
  • Patent number: 11365569
    Abstract: A vehicle door lock apparatus has a first housing superimposed on a second housing that includes a base wall, a first concave wall projecting from the base wall, an engaging part formed in or on the first concave wall, and an opening that provides a path from the outside into an inner housing chamber. A transmission cable includes an inner cable slidably housed in an outer cable. A portion of the inner cable is exposed from a first end of the outer cable, passes through the opening, and is coupled to a rotatable element disposed in the inner housing chamber via a linkage. A casing cap that surrounds an end of the outer cable has a contact part that contacts the first concave wall in a second direction and an engaged part that engages with the engaging part in the second direction when the contact part contacts the first concave wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventors: Masaharu Takagi, Satoshi Yamaji
  • Patent number: 11359402
    Abstract: An apparatus including a chassis assembly having a housing, a spindle rotatably mounted to the housing, a spring collar rotatably mourned to the housing, a first biasing element rotationally urging the spindle toward a spindle home position, and a second biasing element rotationally urging the spring collar toward a spring collar home position. The apparatus may further include a handle mounted on the chassis such that the chassis biases the handle to a handle home position with a return torque. The handle is engaged with the spindle such that the first biasing element contributes to the return torque. In certain embodiments, the handle may further be engaged with the spring collar such that the second biasing element contributes to the return torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael Holman, Nathanael S. Murphy, Peter Malenkovic
  • Patent number: 11313158
    Abstract: A door handle includes a handle body with an external surface, an internal portion, and a mounting feature configured to couple the handle body to a door. The door handle also includes a force sensing element disposed in the internal portion of the handle body. The first force sensing element is configured to measure a force applied to the external surface of the door handle. The door handle further includes a communication element coupled to the force sensing element. The force measured by the force sensing element is used to determine an output function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Chee Wai Lu, Cheng Seong Lee, Hock Cheng Ng, Wai Jye Chan
  • Patent number: 11313161
    Abstract: A door clip assembly that utilizes both reusable and disposable components, thereby minimizing material waste and providing significant cost savings. The bulk of the door clip assembly is manufactured from a reusable metal or plastic material that is resistant to both heat and chemicals so that it can be periodically paint stripped and/or cleaned and reused. Only the tip of the door clip assembly is manufactured from a disposable plastic or rubber material that is inexpensive so that it can be discarded, and that can safely contact an exposed surface and/or finish of a vehicle without damaging it. The door clip assembly is easy to install/remove and does not require a driver tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Krstic
  • Patent number: 11306512
    Abstract: An exemplary closure assembly includes a swinging barrier, a pushbar assembly mounted to a first side of the barrier, a remote trim assembly mounted to a second side of the barrier, and a transmission assembly that extends at least partially through the barrier and couples remote trim assembly and the pushbar assembly. The pushbar assembly includes a latchbolt and a pushbar operable to retract the latchbolt. The remote trim includes a handle that is operably coupled with the latchbolt via the transmission assembly such that the handle is operable to retract the latchbolt. The handle is positioned above the pushbar such that a vertical offset distance is defined therebetween. The offset distance is selected such that a user having a height within a selected range of heights is able to actuate the pushbar assembly, but cannot actuate the trim assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company LLC
    Inventors: Jack R. Lehner, Jr., Michael D. Coleman, James W. Overbey, Phillip Palmer, Matthew Greathouse
  • Patent number: 11299910
    Abstract: A deadbolt lock includes a positioning member mounted to a lock part. A protective member includes a recess formed in one side thereof and is mounted to the lock part and the positioning member. A covered area is formed between the positioning member and the protective member. At least one fixing member is connected to the positioning member and located within the covered area. An outer cover is mounted to the protective member and the positioning member. The at least one fixing member is compact in size to reinforce the protective member to reduce manufacturing cost. The protective member and the outer cover are not damaged by impact from outside of the deadbolt lock to enhance safety features of the deadbolt lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Taiwan Fu Hsing Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chao-Ming Huang
  • Patent number: 11297730
    Abstract: A computer chassis can include a top cover that can be secured and removed without the need for tools. Sidewalls of a chassis base can include receiving slots that receive bosses of the top cover. A latch receiver mounted to a bottom surface of the chassis base can receive a sliding body of a latch assembly of the top cover. The computer chassis can be assembled by placing the top cover on the chassis base such that the bosses are placed into the receiving slots, and such that the sliding body fits within the latch receiver. In this position, rotation of a lever of the latch assembly can force the top cover to move with respect to the chassis base, pushing the bosses of the top cover towards distal ends of the receiving slots of the chassis base, thus securing the top cover to the chassis base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventors: Yaw-Tzorng Tsorng, Tung-Hsien Wu, Shin-Ming Su, Hsiang-Pu Ni
  • Patent number: 11286694
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exterior door handle (10) for a vehicle (3) particularly for an activation of an electric lock (2) of the vehicle (3) comprising: a door handle body (20) with a wall (22), wherein the door handle body (20) is configured such that an activation action is performable by a user (5) at the door handle body (20) in the deformation area (40), at least one inductive activation means (60) which is arranged in the deformation area (40), at least one sensor device (30) arranged within the door handle body (20) for inductivity measurements at the activation means (60), wherein the door handle body (20) is at least configured elastically deformable in the deformation area (40) and the sensor device (30) for the detection of the activation action is arranged spaced apart to the activation means (60) such that the deformation of the door handle body (20) is detectable by the inductivity measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Beck, Serdal Bitirim, Dirk Müller, Martin Witte
  • Patent number: 11274475
    Abstract: A door handle system for actuation of a moveable part of a vehicle with a carrier arrangeable at the inner side of the moveable part, a door handle arrangeable at the outer side of the moveable part by the carrier. The door handle comprises two ends over a longitudinal extension at which connecting means are provided for the arrangement at the carrier respectively, a fasteningelement which serves for the arrangement of the door handle by connecting means at the carrier. The fasteningelement comprises at least one release position and one fixing position and an adjustment element for the adjustment of the fastening element The fastening element retains the door handle at the carrier in a fixing position. The fastening element is configured from two parts, wherein the two parts of the fastening element are coupled to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Huf Hülsheck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Beck, Ulrike Fichert
  • Patent number: 11268306
    Abstract: A flush mounted handle assembly is provided for a power slide door of a vehicle. The handle assembly includes a case fixed to the door, the case defining a rear wall and opposing side portions. A bell crank is provided configured to coordinate selective power and manual operational modes of the assembly. The assembly includes a handle base having a first end and a second opposing end. The first and seconds ends are configured for selective pivotal movement in opposite directions about a fixed pivot axis to engage the bell crank. A pair of weighted paddles is provided, each rotatable about an axis independent from the handle base axis. One or more paddle biasing members is provided to bias the weighted paddles against the handle base, minimizing movement of the handle base in the manual operational mode upon an impact, or during an unintended rotational movement of the handle base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshiki Ishikawa, Tarakorn Soonthornwinate, Frank A. Richards, Takahiro Iwama
  • Patent number: 11268295
    Abstract: A door handle safety lock comprises a button, a pedestal, a limited support arm and a spring, the outer wall the button is provided with retaining ribs; the top of the pedestal is provided with inserting parts, a first mounting hole matched with the button is arranged in the inserting part, and the first chutes are arranged on the inner wall of the first mounting hole; the end of the limited support arm which is close to the pedestal is provided with an inserting slot which is matched with the inserting part, the outer wall of the limited support arm which is close to the pedestal is provided with a second mounting hole which is matched with the button, and the second chute are arranged on the inner wall of the second mounting hole; and the spring is installed between the button and the hole bottom of the second mounting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Jian Xu, Dong Li, Xinjun Wang
  • Patent number: 11268307
    Abstract: An actuating device, for a motor vehicle door lock, having a handle part grippable by one hand and being movable by a mechanism from a rest position into a standby position, and being movable manually into an actuating position starting from the standby position, the actuating device configured to actuate the door lock if the handle part reaches the actuating position, the actuating device having a device for reducing a transverse play of the handle parts such that the transverse play in the standby position is reduced with respect to the transverse play in a position between the rest position and the standby position, the device for reducing the transverse play configured to completely or partially cancel again the reduction of the transverse play in the standby position if the handle part is moved from the standby position into the actuating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Zsolt Wilke, Matthias Seubert
  • Patent number: 11248400
    Abstract: A door handle device for a door of a motor vehicle, with a bearing bracket attachable/attached to the door, with a door handle pivotally mounted on the bearing bracket, with an unlocking device that connects the door handle to the door lock so as to unlock the door lock upon actuation of the door handle, and with a blocking element, which is disposed on the bearing bracket in a release position releasing the unlocking device. The blocking element is at least partly displaceable into a blocking position preventing the unlocking device from unlocking so as to prevent opening of the door in an accident-related deformation of the door. It is provided that the blocking element is designed to be plastically and/or elastically deformable at least in sections such that the blocking element is movable into the blocking position at least in sections in the direction of the bearing bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andy Roll, Arne Meyer, Larissa Ludmann, Stefan Weber, Peter Epping, Claudia Calmanti, Claudio Scalvenzi
  • Patent number: 11242701
    Abstract: Provided is a vehicle door lock device having a structure enabling easy mounting of a pivot lever and urging means configured to urge the pivot lever to pivot. The urging means locked to a base member and the pivot lever does not generate an urging force when the pivot lever is positioned at an outside position at which the pivot lever is positioned on one direction side with respect to an in-operation pivoting range, and when the pivot lever pivots from the outside position to the in-operation pivoting range, an elastic deformation piece climbs over a temporary stopper while being elastically deformed, and the urging means locked to the base member and the pivot lever is elastically deformed to generate the urging force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventors: Makoto Suzumura, Kenji Okada, Toru Kanazawa, Yasuhiko Sono
  • Patent number: 11242700
    Abstract: A lock assembly for use in a vehicle lock, such as on a truck tailgate. The lock assembly includes a single key cylinder which can concurrently control the locked/unlocked state of one or more door handles, thus rendering multiple handles simultaneously locked or unlocked. Such a lock assembly may provide manual control of access to a pickup truck bed, independently of the vehicle battery, thereby permitting the driver access even if the vehicle battery is dead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Inventor: Colin P. Gorey
  • Patent number: 11230865
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door closer mechanism having a receptacle, countersunk in the door frame, for the deadbolt of a device, countersunk in the door, for controlling the deadbolt from the closing position to the opening position by means of a manually controllable actuation member. So that, without an additional key-actuated lock, the closing position can be locked in the closing position and fixed without making the ease of adjustment into the opening position more difficult, the invention provides that the actuation member of the device countersunk in the door is embodied as a handle recess, which in the closing position controls a slide via a rotatably supported angled control piece, and the slide, via a rotatably supported lever, secures the deadbolt in the receptacle in the door frame, and upon actuation of the recessed handle in the door, via the angled control piece and the slide, the deadbolt can be adjusted into the opening position of the door, and the door is enabled to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Wofgang Held
  • Patent number: 11229134
    Abstract: A handle device is configured for a chassis body. The chassis body includes a main part and a cover plate. The handle device includes a base part and a handle part. The base part is disposed on the cover plate. The handle part includes an operative part, a coupling part and a shaft part. The coupling part is connected to the operative part. The shaft part is connected to the coupling part. The coupling part of the handle part is pivotally coupled to the base part. The shaft part is rotatably disposed on the main part. The handle part is movable relative to the base part so as to disengage the cover plate from the main part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: WISTRON CORP.
    Inventors: Ching-Hao Chen, Yu-Chen Lin, Li Shu Chen, Tai-Hsun Wu, Jun-Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 11221663
    Abstract: A data reading system for predicting the removal of a data reader from a charging base unit based on the approach of a user's hand. The data reading system includes a data reader with a power supply, a base unit configured to receive the data reader and to charge the power supply of the data reader responsive to the data reader being coupled to the base unit, a sensor configured to detect the approach of a user's hand, and a processor in operable communication with the sensor and the data reader or the base unit. The processor is configured to apply an appropriate action, such as adjust an amount of current used to charge the power supply of the data reader in the base unit responsive to the sensor detecting the approach of the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: DATALOGIC IP TECH S.R.L.
    Inventors: Luca Stanzani, Riccardo Rosso, Simone Stefanini, Mauro Pecorari
  • Patent number: 11214990
    Abstract: A handle apparatus for a vehicle includes a support member, a bell crank rotatable between an initial position and an operation position and causing the lock apparatus to be in a latched state and in an unlatched state, and a handle including a pressing portion. In a state where the pressing portion is in contact with a pressed portion provided at the bell crank, the handle causes, via the pressed portion and the pressing portion, the bell crank to rotate between the initial position and the operation position when the handle rotates. The apparatus includes a temporary hold member supported by the bell crank in such a manner that the temporary hold member is slidable between a first position and a second position, and the temporary hold member includes an engagement portion configured to engage with and disengage from an engaging portion provided at the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventors: Masaki Yoshino, Koya Sasaki
  • Patent number: 11202616
    Abstract: A probe cable support (146) includes a leg (202) with a top side (208) and a bottom side (210). The leg further includes a plurality of supports (2161, 2162, . . . , 216N) protruding from the bottom side and intermittently arranged with non-zero gaps there between. The leg further includes an arm (226) protruding from the top side. A system (101) includes an ultrasound imaging system (100) configured with at least one probe (102) and a console (104), a cable (116) configured to electrically connect the probe and the console, a cart (106) configured to support the ultrasound imaging system, and a probe cable support (146) configured to support the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: B-K Medical Aps
    Inventor: Paul G Wood
  • Patent number: 11187018
    Abstract: A door handle assembly for a door of a vehicle includes a housing that is configured to form part of or otherwise connect to the door, and a handle moveably coupled to the housing. The handle includes a spherical member that is configured to move between a rest position and a blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Rudolf, Zsolt Wilke
  • Patent number: 11180933
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch device having a latch releasing member and a stopper which are rotatably supported on a base member by each shaft. The stopper holds the latch releasing member so as not to rotate in a releasing direction by rotating from a regular position to a lock position, due to an action of an inertial force caused by an impact force which is received from a first direction corresponding to a direction in which a striker enters an entrance groove. The latch releasing member has a center of gravity which deviates from its rotation center so that another inertial force, caused by another impact force which is received from a second direction opposite the first direction, acts in an opposite direction to the releasing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Takao Taga
  • Patent number: 11174663
    Abstract: An exterior door handle arrangement (1) for a motor vehicle includes an electric door closing apparatus (2) accommodated in a vehicle door that includes door handle (10) with a fixed gripping handle (4) and a handle bezel (5). The handle bezel (5) covers the gripping handle (4) and a lock barrel (6) and releases at least the lock barrel (6) in an emergency. An emergency unlocking device has a pull device (13) to actuate an emergency opening mechanism. The handle bezel (5) is mounted pivotably to the gripping handle (4). The handle bezel (5) is locked on the gripping handle (4) in a closed position and is released in an emergency unlocking position to pivot relative to the gripping handle (4). Pulling on the handle bezel (5) actuates the pull device (13) for mechanical actuation of the emergency opening mechanism of the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Harald Gerber
  • Patent number: 11168496
    Abstract: The present invention provides a latching device and a sliding door using the same. The latching device includes two displacement components and two latching components arranged on the main body of the sliding door. The two displacement components are connected to each other and respectively arranged to drive the two latching components to displace. The two displacement components are operated through the lateral side and the edge side of the sliding door, respectively. The user can latch or unlatch the sliding door by operations of displacing the at least two displacement components when the sliding door is in a closed state or a completely open state. In addition, when a concealed sliding door is fully opened and the two sides are both hidden in the walls, the sliding door can be latched or unlatched by operating the latching device through the edge side of the sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Inventor: Wen-Fong Jean