Panel Means Patents (Class 296/191)
  • Patent number: 11021115
    Abstract: A method of filling a roof ditch of a vehicle roof assembly is provided. The method includes delivering a sealer material to a mold channel of a mold. The sealer material is heated within the mold channel at a pre-gel heating temperature forming a pre-gelled roof ditch sealer strip. The pre-gelled roof ditch sealer strip is removed from the mold. The pre-gelled roof ditch sealer strip is installed into the roof ditch of the vehicle roof assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel G. Shriver, Prasanth Mohankumar
  • Patent number: 11008045
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a roof panel, a side member outer panel, and a roof side molding. The roof panel includes a flange portion superposed on and coupled with a top surface of a flange portion of the side member outer panel. The roof side molding engages with a plurality of clips and mounted on the flange portion. The flange portion includes raised portions protruding upward between the clips and facing a lower edge of the roof side molding in the vehicle height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Tomita
  • Patent number: 10960932
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a motor vehicle floor assembly, and further relates to a method of constructing a motor vehicle which reduces the number of fixing points (i.e., fastener attachment points) on a vehicle chassis. An example floor assembly includes a vehicle frame, a floor panel, and at least one underbody vehicle component forming a subassembly with the floor panel installed to an underside of the vehicle frame. The floor panel comprises at least one recess configured to receive a portion of the vehicle frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel T. Jackson, Ken George Dell
  • Patent number: 10745058
    Abstract: A front pillar as a part of an upper arch structure joins an outer member and an inner member and is formed to have a closed cross-sectional structure. An upper bead and a lower bead are formed adjacent to side edge sections, each of which extends in a longitudinal direction of the inner member. The upper bead has a U-shaped cross-sectional shape. Due to the U-shaped cross section, second moment of area is increased, and thus strength of the front pillar is increased. In addition, the U-shaped cross section has a larger number of ridge lines than does a chevron cross section, and thus springback is suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tohru Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 10625628
    Abstract: A modular vehicle seating system includes a vehicle body (70, 72) with vehicle interior connection features (60, 62, 64) and a modular vehicle seating insert. The seating insert comprises a shell structure (10. 10?, 10?) to be received within the vehicle body. The shell structure has a vehicle body facing surface and a vehicle interior facing surface, wherein the vehicle interior facing surface defines seat module receiving portions (12, 14). Vehicle connection features (80, 82, 84) are operatively provided at a side of the vehicle body facing surface of the shell structure for cooperation with the vehicle interior connection features to fix the shell structure to the vehicle body. Seat module connection features (40) are associated with each of the seat module receiving portions. The system further includes one or more seat module (90), each with a seat base (94) and a seat clamping connector (91, 92, 92).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Adient Engineering and IP GmbH
    Inventors: Dalibor Dimovski, John Gomez, James Biebel, Jolene Ng
  • Patent number: 10399609
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a first metallic body panel, second metallic body panel, and spacer. The first metallic body panel is secured to the second metallic body panel. The second metallic body panel is comprised of a dissimilar metal relative to the first metallic body panel. The spacer has a concave peripheral surface. The spacer is disposed between and secured to both the first and second metallic body panels such that the concave peripheral surface is exposed via a gap between the first and second metallic body panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Niamh Hosking, Kerrie Nikaido Holguin
  • Patent number: 10081395
    Abstract: An interconnection-type vehicle body structure has at least two profiled frame parts made of fiber-reinforced composite material as well as an interconnecting element that joins the profiled frame parts to one another. The interconnecting element includes receptacles for the profiled frame parts. The interconnecting element is made from at least two sheet metal shells. The interconnecting element is not made of cast metal or of a fiber-reinforced composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Ritschel, Franz-Peter Behrendt
  • Patent number: 10059376
    Abstract: A motor vehicle column and a method for production of the motor vehicle column are disclosed, wherein in the motor vehicle column a reinforcement sheet having an inwardly oriented bead is arranged and the reinforcement sheet has an inwardly oriented bead. The reinforcement sheet contacts the outer sheet in at least two sections viewed in cross section so as to form a double layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Benteler Automobiltechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Magnus Heitkamp, Achim Kröning
  • Patent number: 10029735
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a first panel, a second panel, a pulse detection sensor and a gap reduction member. The first panel has a first main section and a sensor installation location that is spaced apart from the first main section. The second panel has a second main section that is spaced apart from the first main section of the first panel and defines a gap therebetween. The pulse detection sensor is attached to the first panel at the sensor installation location. The gap reduction member is installed to the first main section of the first panel. The gap reduction member extends from the first main section toward the second main section within the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Pencak, Thomas Domlovil, Paul Dyde, Ari Schiftan
  • Patent number: 9950678
    Abstract: Two outer skin parts of a vehicle body border one another at a joint. The first outer skin part includes an apron which engages in the interior of the vehicle body and overlaps with the second outer skin part. A screen engages with a guiding contour of the apron running in the direction of the joint from an end of the joint between the apron and the second outer skin part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Hein
  • Patent number: 9931906
    Abstract: A cab for a machine. The machine has a longitudinal axis extending between a front, and a back opposite to the front. The cab includes a roof and a floor extending generally about the longitudinal axis. A vertical seat index axis extends through intermediate portions of the roof and the floor and is associated with a position of the operator disposed to face the front. The vertical seat index axis intersects perpendicular to the longitudinal axis at an intersection. A plurality of support members are disposed between the roof and the floor, including a rear support member disposed at a rear end of the cab. At least an upper portion of the rear support member is positioned at an angle relative to the intersection at an angle along the longitudinal axis and defines a rear view opening to facilitate rear end visibility of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Brent R Frazier, Alexa Davis, Jeffrey Zurinski
  • Patent number: 9896018
    Abstract: A retaining apparatus includes a base member having a first protrusion engaging an edge of a fixed plate and a floating hinge connected to the base member. The retaining apparatus also includes a pivotable plate member pivotally connected to the hinge. The pivotable plate member also defines a second protrusion engaging an opposing edge of the fixed plate. The pivotable plate member actuates to clamp the fixed plate between the first protrusion and the second protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Robert Hemphill, Jack Marchlewski
  • Patent number: 9884660
    Abstract: A cargo body includes sidewalls constructed of pairs of panels secured together at respective joints. Each panel is an assembled panel having a core, an interior skin, and an exterior skin. In some cases, each joint is formed to include overlapping edge portions of first and second ones of the adjacent pair of panels. Each of the overlapping edge portions has a thickness less than 20 percent of a total panel thickness of the corresponding one of the adjacent pair of panels such that the joint formed thereby defines a recess between co-facing edge portions of the first and second ones of the adjacent pair of panels. A profile insert defining a longitudinal channel is positioned in the recess defined by the overlapping edge portions at each joint. Each joint is secured by fixedly attaching the profile insert to the overlapping edge portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: STI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Fenton
  • Patent number: 9849915
    Abstract: A profiled reinforcement section arranged in the hollow area of a sill of a motor vehicle has at least one additional profiled reinforcement section. At least one of an arrangement, shape, length, material and connection of the profiled reinforcement sections is configured such that the end faces of the profiled reinforcement sections deform or destroy a motor vehicle front wheel which is moving in the direction of a passenger compartment as a result of an impact, together with the components associated with the wheel, in the event of a correspondingly high impact energy of the respective wheel against the respective front end of the respective sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ingo Lauer, Erich Brem
  • Patent number: 9834253
    Abstract: A roof panel for the passenger cabin of a motor vehicle includes a composite or plastic panel-like body and a metal frame that runs continuously along a periphery of the plastic body. The metal frame prevents the thermal expansion of the plastic body at high temperatures, so the expansion of the entire roof panel approximates that of an equivalent metal roof panel. Specifically, the uninterrupted encircling structure of the frame absorbs forces resulting from thermal expansion of the plastic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9834051
    Abstract: A quick-attach mechanism for attaching an implement to the forward end and/or rearward end of a vehicle, such as a tractor used in a tractor-trailer combination, and the like. The quick-attach mechanism includes two laterally positioned female quick-attach sockets on the forward and/or rearward end of said vehicle. The quick-attach mechanisms can be formed into the chassis of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Ring-Co Transit, LLC
    Inventors: Chad A. Ringer, Jarrett D. Waters
  • Patent number: 9821641
    Abstract: A bodywork or chassis component for a vehicle includes a first sheet having a first connection flange and a second sheet having a second connection flange, the first and second sheets being joined in correspondence of the respective first and second connection flanges. The first connection flange is a flange folded back towards the first sheet so as to define a valley with the first sheet. The second connection flange is overlapped to said first connection flange for an overlap length and it is at least in part joined to said first connection flange by a welding at that joins a perimeter edge of the second connection flange to a side of the first connection flange external with respect to said valley. The first and second connection flanges are parallel to one another in correspondence of the overlap length. The invention further includes a method for manufacturing of the aforementioned component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Luciano Torazza, Rosanna Brun
  • Patent number: 9783241
    Abstract: In a vehicle body rear part structure, a plurality of first spot weld parts that join the rear panel inner flange and the rear panel outer flange by spot welding are provided at a first weld pitch; a plurality of second spot weld parts that join together the rear pillar inner flange and the rear pillar outer flange by spot welding are provided at a second weld pitch; at the corner part, a plurality of third spot weld parts that join together, by spot welding, regions of the rear panel inner flange, the rear panel outer flange, the rear pillar inner flange, and the rear pillar outer flange where at least three of the flanges overlap with one another are provided at a third weld pitch; and the third weld pitch is set to be shorter than the first weld pitch and the second weld pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Takehiro Ishihara
  • Patent number: 9708008
    Abstract: A roof reinforcement (20) includes an upper surface portion (21) to be joined to a roof panel (3), and a recess portion (22) formed in such a manner as to be recessed below the upper surface portion (21). A rising piece (27) rising from a bottom surface portion (23) upwardly, and a joint piece (28) extending from an upper end of the rising piece (27) outwardly in the vehicle width direction are formed at both ends of the bottom surface portion (23) of the recess portion (22) in the vehicle width direction. The joint piece (28) is welded to the roof panel (3) and to each of flange portions (3a, 16a, 17a) of the roof reinforcement (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Nishimura, Hideaki Hoshuyama, Makoto Morimitsu, Seigo Taguchi
  • Patent number: 9708011
    Abstract: Motor vehicle floor including a lower skin and an upper skin, the lower skin and upper skin being fixed together so as to form, in at least a part of the floor, at least one hollow body between the skins. The hollow body has at least one technical element and/or at least one fastener for fastening the technical element or an internal vehicle fitting. The hollow body is provided with at least one opening that is positioned and dimensioned so as to allow the fastener and/or the technical element to pass through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventors: Frederic Stablo, Hugues Cheron
  • Patent number: 9676373
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a trailer unit and or a roll-off trailer unit that converts when deployed into a washing and decontamination pad and may include a first section and two or more wings that unfold to provide a platform that is capable of having vehicles and other equipment driven and or wheeled into position on the platform and may also provide a containment system that traps wastewater, contaminates and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Clint Aaron Bond, Michael James Cochran
  • Patent number: 9580113
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle bodywork component comprising a first panel and a second panel having a second coefficient of linear thermal expansion greater than the first coefficient of linear thermal expansion of the first panel, the component further including a connection part having a third coefficient of linear thermal expansion that is less than the first and that is fastened to the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Compagnie Plastic Omnium
    Inventor: Philippe Coudron
  • Patent number: 9499221
    Abstract: An integrated duct step garnish assembly for a vehicle includes a deck member defining a stepping area on an upper side thereof and an underside member secured to an underside of the deck member for defining an air duct between the underside member and the deck member. The air duct extends along a longitudinal length of the deck member and the underside member for delivering conditioned airflow to a rear of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dennis Delon Deck
  • Patent number: 9352705
    Abstract: The present invention provides a decorative panel including a design surface; and a circumferential edge portion that is formed so as to cross from the design surface, wherein the circumferential edge portion has a first face 7 that is continuous from the design surface along a circumferential extension direction and a second face 8 that is formed in a circumferential extension direction along the first face 7, wherein a face variation line is provided at a boundary between the first face 7 and the second face 8, wherein a decorative panel 1 is provided in such a manner that a decoration film 5 is imparted to at least a part of the design surface and a part of the circumferential edge portion, and wherein the decoration film 5 includes a trimming terminal portion CL along the face variation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NIHON PLAST CO., LTD
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9321487
    Abstract: A frame body (1) has a closed cross-section formed by a first surface (11), a second surface (12) wider than the first surface (11), and two side surfaces (13), and each of the side surfaces (13) has a single bent part (14) or two or more bent parts (14). In the cross-section of the frame body (1), the first surface (11) and an outer part (13a) of the side surface (13) form an angle of approximately 90 degrees or larger than 90 degrees inside the closed cross-section, and a specific bent part which is the single bent part (14) or one of the bent parts (14) closest to the second surface (12) is bent to protrude inward of the closed cross-section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masanori Honda, Chikara Kawamura, Sakayu Terada
  • Patent number: 9296345
    Abstract: A vehicle front structure includes a roof header, which is arranged on a lower side of a front part of a roof panel of a vehicle in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle, and extends in a vehicle width direction, and a rear wall part, which is provided in the roof header, and extends towards the roof panel on the rear side of the roof header. The roof header is provided with a region in which a length of the roof header in a front-rear direction of the vehicle is longer than that of a surrounding area, and height of the rear wall part is smaller than that of the surrounding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Iida, Kenji Matsuura, Ryosuke Nomura, Shuuitsu Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9248862
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a pillar structure, a sill structure and a reinforcement member. The pillar structure has a box section defining a cavity. The sill structure has an upper surface defining an aperture. The reinforcement member is disposed within the cavity of the pillar structure, extends through the aperture and is attached to the sill structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Emily Redmer, Taiji Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9227673
    Abstract: A pillar for a vehicle includes a translucent polymer composite having chopped reinforcing fibers incorporated therein. The pillar also includes a truss embedded in the translucent polymer composite and disposed substantially along a length of the pillar. The truss and the translucent polymer composite share a loading condition applied to the pillar. The pillar is to be disposed between a lower body portion of the vehicle and a roof of the vehicle to support the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Elisabeth J. Berger, Peter H. Foss
  • Patent number: 9162640
    Abstract: A bumper cover fixing bracket mounted between a fender panel and a bumper cover includes a main supporting member having an upper end attached to an upper member, an auxiliary supporting member having a lower end connected to the main supporting member so as to form a Y-shape and an upper end attached to a wheel house front member, and a fastening member coupled to a lower end of the main supporting member and having one side and the other side mounted on the fender panel and the bumper cover, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Mincheol Kim
  • Patent number: 9120510
    Abstract: A cargo bed system for a motor vehicle includes a bed frame, a side frame member, a storage module and a non-storage module. The bed frame has a floor, a forward wall, a pair of opposing sidewalls and a bed frame connection member formed on the bed frame. The side frame member has a side frame connection member that is configured to selectively mate with the bed frame connection member in an installed position. The bed frame is configured to selectively and alternatively receive (i) the side frame member and the storage module in a storage configuration or (ii) the side frame member and the non-storage module in a non-storage configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: FCA US LLC
    Inventors: Michael C Gillam, Joseph S Dehner
  • Patent number: 9022458
    Abstract: A side panel for an automotive body includes a unitary panel having a side sill, a roof rail, and a pillar integrally joined to each other. The pillar extends from the side sill to the roof rail, and each of the side sill, the roof rail, and the pillar are made of fiber-reinforced plastic. At least one of the side sill, the roof rail, and the pillar has a recess concave transversely outwardly relative to the automotive body. The recess has an opening that opens transversely inwardly relative to the automotive body. The recess is defined by two side walls bent from flanges and extending transversely outwardly relative to the automotive body, and a bottom wall joined to the side walls. The side walls have portions joined to the flanges, the portions of the side walls being thicker than the bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhide Hasegawa, Wakato Yamamoto, Katsutoshi Tada
  • Publication number: 20150108792
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a rear fender module for arrangement on a side panel of a motor vehicle body. The rear fender module includes a fender shell and at least one add-on part arranged thereon. The fender shell has at least two fastening sites for detachable fastening on the side panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Publication number: 20150108790
    Abstract: A rear side panel assembly of a motor vehicle body includes an inner side panel element and an outer side panel element. The inner and outer side panel elements are joined to one another in the transverse direction (y) of the vehicle. The inner side panel element has, in relation to the vertical direction (z) of the vehicle, a wheel arch adjoining downwards onto a longitudinal beam and an inner roof frame profile adjoining upwards onto a vehicle roof. The outer side panel element has on its outer side, facing away from the inner side panel element, a connection region for the detachable arrangement of a rear fender.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Udo Mildner, Lothar Teske
  • Patent number: 9011220
    Abstract: A tractor cab HVAC system has a blower (22) which draws air into the system via air intake means (13) in the roof (14) of the cab (10). Ducting (15) in the roof of the cab directs air drawn in via the intake means down the center of one or more hollow adjacent pillars (16) of the cab to an air filter (18) contained in a housing (20) located between the adjacent pillars. Further ducting (19) extends from the air filter housing to an HVAC unit (11), the HVAC unit processing the air drawn into the system prior to discharging the processed air into the cab. The filter housing (20) is of generally rectangular form and is connected at opposite ends to the two hollow adjacent pillars (16) of the cab via inlet openings (20a) in the housing to allow the passage of intake air from the pillars to the filter (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: AGCO GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Mayr, Alexander Zeller, Hermann Geiss, Andreas Stieglitz
  • Publication number: 20150102638
    Abstract: An assembly for a vehicle and a method of assembling the vehicle are disclosed. The assembly includes a first panel and a second panel. The first panel includes a first edge and the second panel includes a second edge generally aligning with the first edge of the first panel. The assembly also includes a bracket attached to one of the first and second panels. The assembly further includes a coupler engaging the bracket. The coupler includes a proximal end portion and a distal end portion. The distal end portion is movable with respect to one of the first and second panels as the proximal end portion is secured to the other one of the first and second panels such that one of the first and second edges moves toward the other one of the first and second edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Dragos N. Neculau, Ronald R. Zientak
  • Patent number: 9004578
    Abstract: A bracket for use in a vehicle includes a base configured to be welded to an interior surface of a vehicle fascia and configured to receive a sensor. The base has a configuration that generally matches a shape of at least a portion of the interior surface. An orientation of the sensor is based at least in part on an orientation of the base relative to the interior surface of the vehicle fascia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam, Jose Alberto Moctezuma Garcia, Cecilia Oddett Paredes Mancilla, Ira Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9004577
    Abstract: The present invention provides a decorative panel including a design surface; and a circumferential edge portion that is formed so as to cross from the design surface, wherein the circumferential edge portion has a first face 7 that is continuous from the design surface along a circumferential extension direction and a second face 8 that is formed in a circumferential extension direction along the first face 7, wherein a face variation line is provided at a boundary between the first face 7 and the second face 8, wherein a decorative panel 1 is provided in such a manner that a decoration film 5 is imparted to at least a part of the design surface and a part of the circumferential edge portion, and wherein the decoration film 5 includes a trimming terminal portion CL along the face variation line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Nihon Plast Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhisa Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150096337
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly for housing an unlocking mechanism provided within a vehicle passenger compartment which is operably connected to a locking device of a trunk lid includes an interior body panel having an outer surface including an opening portion for receiving an unlocking mechanism. A lid is removably mounted to the body panel and has a closed position for covering the opening portion and an opened position. The lid defines a lid body having an exterior surface. An edge portion of the exterior surface is continuous and without interruption about a periphery of the exterior surface so that the lid body exterior surface is flush with the body panel outer surface about the entire periphery of the lid body exterior surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Emily G. Lawrence, Toshimitsu Shimizu, Jason Dilley
  • Patent number: 8993091
    Abstract: A foam-filled panel is provided. The foam-filled panel can have a substrate layer with a padded area, an unpadded area, an opening within said unpadded area, and a bounding region between the padded area and the unpadded area. A skin can extend across the padded area of the substrate layer and a foam layer can be present between the padded area of the substrate layer and the skin. In addition, a disposable foam injection port is attached to the substrate layer at the bounding region of the padded area and can extend into and be an obstruction to the opening. The disposable foam injection port can be in fluid communication with the foam layer and unattaching the disposable foam injection port from the substrate layer can remove the obstruction to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kerry Scott Zellner, Jr., Chase Nelson
  • Patent number: 8973977
    Abstract: A shroud element, for example for the engine compartment in the rear region of the vehicle, has a lower support and a thin-walled upper cover. The cover is locally recessed in the longitudinal direction, and rubber strips are provided between the cover and the support in the region of the recesses. The rubber strips also serve as luggage stopping strips and for sound absorption. The support has U-shaped longitudinal grooves locally in formations so that different thermal expansions between the support and the cover can be compensated for.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Sergej Mikolajewski, Stefan Schmitz, Corinna Kaute
  • Patent number: 8973978
    Abstract: A vehicle sound absorption structure has: a recessed cell that has an opening on one end of the cell; a divider that is provided within the cell and that divides an acoustic wave entering the cell from the opening into two acoustic waves; reflectors that reflect one of the two acoustic waves divided at the divider and reflect the other acoustic wave respectively toward the opening, and that generate a phase difference between the one acoustic wave and the other acoustic wave; and an interfering portion that is provided within the cell and that causes the one acoustic wave and the other acoustic wave, which have been respectively reflected at the reflectors, to interfere with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toyoka Ide
  • Publication number: 20150061324
    Abstract: A sun screen for a vehicle having a windshield, an A-pillar and a dashboard includes a spool rotatably coupled with the dashboard and a guide moveably coupled with the A-pillar. The sun screen further includes a unitary, flexible substrate spanning a width of the windshield and having a trailing end coupled with the spool and a leading end coupled with the guide such that the substrate is selectively extendable over the windshield and retractable on the spool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Joel A. Sinclair
  • Publication number: 20150054311
    Abstract: A panel assembly includes a multilayer panel including first and second layers made of loftable material characterized by a molded orientation resultant from lofting and subsequently compressing the loftable material during molding of the multilayer panel. The panel assembly may be light-weight with a low profile to minimize protrusion into an opening or compartment enclosed by the panel. The multilayer panel may be configured to as a floor panel enclosing an opening defined by a floor structure, which may be a vehicle floor. The multilayer panel may include at least one recess portion configured to strengthen the multilayer panel. A method of making the multilayer panel includes tethering the loftable material in a tethering frame prior to lofting and transferring the tethering frame including the lofted material into a mold to form into the multilayer panel. The tethering frame retains offal for removal from the mold after forming the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Joseph W. Marchesano, Calvin A. Saur
  • Publication number: 20150044499
    Abstract: An Al-plated steel sheet includes: a steel sheet; an Al plating layer which is formed on one surface or both surfaces of the steel sheet and contains at least 85% or more of Al by mass %; and a surface coating layer which is laminated on the surface of the Al plating layer and contains ZnO and one or more lubricity improving compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jun Maki, Masao Kurosaki, Kazuhisa Kusumi, Shintaro Yamanaka
  • Patent number: 8931821
    Abstract: An adhesively bonded window and hardware assembly includes a window member (12) presenting a surface (12a), a hardware member (14) having a flange (14a) and a projecting portion (14b) contiguous with and projecting from the flange, an adhesive member (18) disposed between the flange and the surface of the window member and adhesively bonding the hardware member (14) to the window member (12), and a sealing member (20) that envelopes part of the flange, fully surrounds the adhesive member, and bonds to and seals against the surface of the window member. The sealing member (20) serves to protect the adhesive member (18) from heat and humidity in the surrounding environment. The sealing member (20) can comprise an overmolded member formed of a polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: AGC Automotive Americas R&D, Inc., AGC Flat Glass North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Ackerman, Daniel Bennett
  • Publication number: 20150001883
    Abstract: The present application relates to a wall panel for recreational vehicles. In one representative embodiment, a wall panel for a recreational vehicle comprises a main body defining at least one pre-formed panel opening, and an inwardly extending peripheral flange located along a perimeter of the at least one pre-formed panel opening. The wall panel is configured to be mounted onto a structural wall of the recreational vehicle such that the peripheral flange covers an inner surface of a corresponding opening defined in the structural wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: Composite Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Dame, Jeffrey Chase
  • Publication number: 20140367996
    Abstract: An object is to restrain an adhesive from dropping or from being scraped off when a joining portion is adhered to a joined portion. A panel joining structure of the present invention includes: a first panel including a stepped portion extending in an intersecting direction with a vertical direction, and a joining portion extending toward a vertical direction upper side from one end of the stepped portion in the intersecting direction; and a second panel including a facing portion extending in the intersecting direction and superimposed on the stepped portion from the vertical direction upper side, a joined portion extending toward the vertical direction upper side from one end of the facing portion in the intersecting direction and joined to the joining portion by adhesion and welding, and a suspended portion extending toward a vertical direction lower side from the other end of the facing portion in the intersecting direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Toshihiro Goto
  • Publication number: 20140367997
    Abstract: A fender panel mounting structure for a vehicle is configured so that a fender panel can be removed without detaching the corner glass of a non-opening window. The fender panel mounting structure has the triangular non-opening window provided between the lower part of a front pillar and an outside panel. A protrusion covering the upper frame member of the front pillar is formed at the upper edge of the fender panel covering the outer surface of the outside panel. A flange protruding to the inner surface side of the non-opening window from a side edge of the protrusion, the side edge facing the non-opening window, is provided on the protrusion. A clip having a slit extending in the front-rear direction of the vehicle is provided at the opening edge of the non-opening window at a position corresponding to the flange. The flange is engaged in a releasable manner with the slit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD,
    Inventors: Hiroki Yamanaka, Masashige Iseki, Kousuke Katsumata, Noriaki Masuta
  • Publication number: 20140346814
    Abstract: A cover member of a vehicle body outer panel coupling part covers a step portion with a height difference that is just the thickness of a sheet thickness, by overlapping a roof side rail outer panel, which has a surface that continues to a surface of a vehicle body, on a center pillar outer panel, which has the surface. The cover member comprises: a cover body that is attached to a coupling recess, and is obtained by mixing a magnetic power with a thermoplastic resin; and an adhesive resin layer that is applied to an attachment surface that forms an inner surface facing the center pillar outer panel and the roof side rail outer panel of the cover body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasunori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8888172
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vehicle glazing assembly with noise and vibration reduction techniques, having: a panel; and a first layer of first stiffening material applied at a perimeter of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Yuksel Gur, David Anthony Wagner