Roof Structure Patents (Class 296/210)
  • Patent number: 11556132
    Abstract: A work vehicle includes: an electronic control system for automatic driving; and a cabin with which a boarding space is formed. The electronic control system includes an antenna unit for satellite navigation, and the antenna unit is attached to a central area of a roof of the cabin in a left-right direction. An upper surface of an area of the roof around the antenna unit is formed so as to be an inclined surface that is inclined in a front-rear direction. Left and right end portions of the roof are provided with left and right bulging edge portions that bulge upward from the left and right end portions and have a length that spans between front and rear ends of the roof, and water drain grooves that guide water on the roof toward the left and right bulging edge portions such that water detours the antenna unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: KUBOTA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keishiro Nishi, Atsushi Shinkai, Tomofumi Fukunaga, Takahiro Nakatsuka, Yushi Matsuzaki, Kazuo Sakaguchi, Takafumi Morishita
  • Patent number: 11511810
    Abstract: Provided is a method for assembling a vehicle roof structure capable of suppressing occurrence of distortion of a roof panel. The method includes an application portion forming step, a roof panel disposing step, a roof panel mechanically fixing step, and a mastic adhesive curing step. In the application portion forming step, a plurality of application portions is formed such that among the plurality of application portions, a central application portion disposed at a center of a cross member in a vehicle width direction has a length that is shorter than a length of an end-side application portion disposed on opposite sides of the center in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masayoshi Asai, Masaki Nitta, Koji Amemiya, Yusaku Hamuro, Kazuhiro Morita
  • Patent number: 11453333
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a moodroof media application provides media content into a vehicle cabin. In operation, the moodroof media application determines at least one state associated with the vehicle cabin based on sensor data from at least one sensor. The moodroof media application then receives media content associated with the at least one state. The moodroof media application further causes visual content associated with the media content to be displayed on at least one display surface positioned on a ceiling of the vehicle cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Riley Winton, Gorm Jorgensen, Christopher Ludwig, Christopher Trestain
  • Patent number: 11376933
    Abstract: A sunroof panel for a vehicle includes a mounting surface at which a first roof element is mounted, a first frame including a first plate that includes a first mounting surface, the first frame including a first stepped plate that extends from a longitudinal end portion of the first plate to generate a step relative to the first plate, a second frame including a second plate that includes a second mounting surface, a joining portion joining the first frame and the second frame in a state where the first stepped plate and an end portion of the second plate overlap each other to cause the first mounting surface and the second mounting surface to be coplanar with each other, and a film attached to the first mounting surface and the second mounting surface to cover a gap formed between the first plate and the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Aisin Corporation
    Inventors: Hirotaka Yoshikawa, Makoto Muranaka, Tatsuya Matsui, Satoshi Kono
  • Patent number: 11346379
    Abstract: An article-fixing device includes an adjustment mechanism and a protruding portion. The adjustment mechanism is interposed between a first plate and a second plate and is joined to a lower surface side of the first plate. The protruding portion is provided integrally with the adjustment mechanism. The protruding portion fixes an article to an upper surface of the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kazunori Hida
  • Patent number: 11325666
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an aluminum alloy vehicle body includes the following steps: vehicle body part molding, including: profile stretch-bending and machining; vehicle body frame assembly welding, including: performing assembly welding on a lower vehicle body, left and right side panels, and front and rear roof crossbeams; outer panel manufacturing, including: manufacturing an outer panel by injection molding; and whole vehicle assembling, including: assembling interior trim parts and the outer panel to a vehicle body frame, and assembling chassis parts to the vehicle body frame. The vehicle body parts and the vehicle body frame are made of an aluminum alloy material, and the outer panel is made of a non-metallic composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Chery New Energy Automobile Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Weidong Mao, Junfeng Zhou, Chengwen Wang, Xinwen Xi, Fagui Wu, Hao Yuan, Yajun Lu, Qiang Tang
  • Patent number: 11318996
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a roof bow, a vibration dampening plate and a weighted member attached to the vibration dampening plate. The roof bow has a forward flange section, a rearward flange section and a central section, the central section defining a recessed area. The vibration dampening plate is installed to an upper surface of the roof bow proximate the central section. A weighted member is fixedly attached to a lower surface of the vibration dampening plate such that the weighted member is at a level above the upper surface of the recessed area of the roof bow and has a non-contacting relationship with the roof bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignees: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC., NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Gouma, Patrick Grattan
  • Patent number: 11235701
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a roof, an opening in the roof, and a window that is located forward from the opening, wherein the window has an upper end and the window is free from non-translucent structures near the upper end. A movable panel is connected to the roof for movement forward and rearward relative to the roof between a closed position and an open position. A seal is connected to the movable panel. The seal engages the window when the movable panel is in the closed position and the seal is disengaged from the window when the movable panel is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Philipp J. Wolf, Samuel G. Fowle, Donald R. Monroe, John Raff, Antonio B. Martinez, Albert J. Golko, Ali Tavakoli Targhi, David J. Donohue, David E. Kingman, Ibuki Kamei
  • Patent number: 10933834
    Abstract: A vehicle roof structure includes a reinforcement extending in a width direction of a vehicle between two roof side rails on the opposite sides in the width direction. The load transmission member includes a first coupling portion that couples the load transmission member to the reinforcement and a second coupling portion that couples the load transmission member to one of the roof side rails. A load transmission portion is located between the first coupling portion and the second coupling portion when the load transmission member is viewed in the front-to-rear direction. The load transmission portion includes a part extending straight in the width direction. An inflator supporting portion extends from the load transmission portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignees: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Akira Chiba, Yoshio Ichishita, Takafumi Hasegawa, Toyohisa Kodama
  • Patent number: 10882563
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10800346
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a vehicle body including two roof rails spaced from one another. The vehicle assembly further includes a roof panel which is releasably attached to the vehicle body. The roof panel extends from one roof rail to the other roof rail. The roof panel defines a sensor window. An object-detection sensor is aligned with the sensor window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Taylor, Robert McPhail, Martyn Swain, Geoff John Cooper, Venkatesh Krishnan
  • Patent number: 10745053
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle body upper section structure including: a pair of roof side rails that are spaced apart in a vehicle width direction and that extend along a vehicle front-rear direction; a roof reinforcement that extends along the vehicle width direction between the pair of roof side rails; extensions that each join a vehicle vertical direction lower side of a respective one of the pair of roof side rails to a respective vehicle width direction inward side of the roof reinforcement; and a beaded section that is provided at each extension, the beaded section projecting toward a lower side in the vehicle vertical direction and extending in the vehicle width direction such that a projection depth of the beaded section toward the lower side becomes deeper on progression from an inner side toward an outer side in the vehicle width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Terada, Hiroyuki Kurokawa
  • Patent number: 10737639
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vehicle trim bar, in particular a roof trim bar, for covering a channel, in particular a roof channel, in a vehicle structure having a trim bar profile which is formed with a fixing leg for fixing the vehicle trim bar within the channel to the vehicle structure and a support leg for supporting the vehicle trim bar on a channel bottom of the channel, the support leg being formed with a support web which projects from the trim bar profile in a manner extending along a longitudinal direction of the vehicle trim bar and which is manufactured from a plastic material. Furthermore, the invention relates to a fixing arrangement for a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle, comprising such a vehicle trim bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: MOTHERSON INNOVATIONS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Peter Wittmann
  • Patent number: 10699687
    Abstract: A motor vehicle roof shell having a rigid composite component having an inner side facing a vehicle interior, and an acoustic insulation layer disposed on the inner side of the composite component. The panel-type rigid composite component has at least one tray-like recess on its inner side, said recess being filled with an open-pored foam material which forms the acoustic insulation layer and whose surface is flush with a surface of the composite component surrounding the recess. A motor vehicle roof shell motor vehicle having a panel-type rigid composite component having an inner side, which faces the vehicle interior, and an acoustic insulation layer disposed on the inner side of the composite component, wherein the acoustic insulation layer is formed by at least one rigid-foam or semi-rigid-foam plate which is bonded to the inner side of the composite component and compressed that its volume is reduced compared to preassembly state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Matthias Baumann, Matthias Altendorfner
  • Patent number: 10688936
    Abstract: A roof rail (20) is adapted to be attached to the roof (21) of a vehicle, to allow items to be carried on the roof via a crossbar (22) clamped thereto. The roof rail (20) includes a trim attachment portion (23), to which a trim (24) formed of brightware or the like can be attached. The trim attachment portion (23) extends between a top wall and a projecting portion of an outboard sidewall of the rail (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED
    Inventor: Iain Tough
  • Patent number: 10543776
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a go-kart which is equipped with an LED light fixture that can efficiently shine light below the vehicle. This go-kart is equipped with: a vehicle body frame that supports an engine, front wheels, and rear wheels, and is exposed to the exterior; and elongated strips of LED tape that are affixed to both the left and right sides of the vehicle body frame extending in the front-rear direction, and shine light below the vehicle body frame. In addition, the front wheels and rear wheels are supported on the outer side of the vehicle body frame. When the front-side end of the vehicle is viewed from the left-right direction, the LED tape and the LED tape extend to positions which overlap with the front wheels, and when the rear-side end of the vehicle is viewed from the left-right direction, the LED tape and the LED tape extend to positions which overlap with the rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mari Mobility Dev Inc.
    Inventor: Ryutaro Matsushima
  • Patent number: 10526021
    Abstract: An anti-flutter structure, or reinforcement panel, for a roof panel supported on transversely extending roof bows. The reinforcement panel is attached to at least one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The flanges extend longitudinally, and are resiliently compressed by the roof panel. The reinforcement panel has a body and flanges laterally flanking the body. The body is attached to one of the roof bows with the flanges being disposed above the roof bow. The anti-flutter material is disposed between the flanges and the roof panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10513296
    Abstract: Structure including joint structure of dissimilar materials comprises a roof panel and a skeletal body. The roof panel has a bent portion at its end and is a panel member made of an aluminum alloy. The skeletal body has a support portion for supporting the first member and is made of steel. The roof panel and the skeletal body are joined by continuous welding of a vicinity of an apex of the bent portion of the roof panel and the support portion of the skeletal body, a reinforcing plate is joined to the roof panel at least partially along the joining portion with the skeletal body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Kobe Steel, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Hashimura, Junya Naitou, Ryohei Yukishige
  • Patent number: 10479415
    Abstract: A vehicular panel structure includes an inner panel disposed on an inner side of a vehicle; an outer panel disposed on an outer side of the inner panel in the vehicle, having a linear expansion coefficient different from a linear expansion coefficient of the inner panel, and having an adhesive surface joined by an adhesive to an adhesive surface of the inner panel; and an affixed member affixed to a part of the adhesive surface of the outer panel. The affixed member is configured to adhere less to the adhesive than to the adhesive surface of the inner panel or the adhesive surface of the outer panel to which the affixed member is affixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Adachi
  • Patent number: 10464502
    Abstract: A roof ditch molding end cap for a roof ditch of a vehicle includes a body member having a first attachment surface and a second attachment surface. The second attachment surface is disposed at an angle with respect to the first attachment surface. The first attachment surface is configured to slidably engage the roof ditch of the vehicle. The second attachment surface has a locking member configured to engage a second fastening member disposed in the roof ditch of the vehicle to substantially prevent movement of the roof ditch molding end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: Nissan North America, Inc., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jordan Renn, Jeffrey Tessmer, Scott Nydam, Hironori Awano, Kiyoshi Sagara, Daisuke Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 10439549
    Abstract: A photovoltaic electric vehicle charging system includes an enclosure to receive photovoltaic panels and the photovoltaic panels connected to each other via a plurality of connecting members inside the enclosure. A sliding mechanism moves panels in and out of the enclosure and the enclosure is configured to be mounted on a vehicle or embedded within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ravi Nagarajarao Kurlagunda, Rohini Raghunathan
  • Patent number: 10293867
    Abstract: A vehicle body upper structure includes a roof support portion constituting a skeleton of an outer peripheral portion of a vehicle body upper portion and a roof which is made of resin, and which supported by the roof support portion. The roof has a bonded portion on a lower surface of the outer peripheral portion of the roof and the bonded portion is joined to an upper surface of the roof support portion via an adhesive. The roof has an extending portion on a lower surface side of a part of the outer peripheral portion of the roof, and the part is closer to a terminal side than the bonded portion and the extending portion extends downwards in a vehicle-height direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOYOTA JIDOSHOKKI
    Inventors: Motoya Sakabe, Takuya Yabe, Hirotaka Inaba
  • Patent number: 10220885
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with a roof side rail, a side outer panel that is formed of a dissimilar metal material having a higher electrical conductivity than the roof side rail, and a metal layer that is formed of the same metal material as the roof side rail and is disposed between the roof side rail and the side outer panel. Forming a nugget, which is a joint portion, between the roof side rail and the metal layer by carrying out resistance welding with the metal coating disposed between the roof side rail and the side outer panel makes it possible to accommodate the enhanced strength of an iron member and to render prepared hole processing unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayuki Yamada, Isao Saito
  • Patent number: 10196092
    Abstract: The present invention is a structure for fixing a roof module of a vehicle, which is improved to insert and fix a polymer panel for a joining between a vehicle body structure as a steel structure and a component made of a material other than steel. The present invention provides a structure for fixing a roof module of a vehicle, comprising: a roof rail of a vehicle; a roof panel made of a material different from that of the roof rail, which is fixed at the roof rail; a polymer member coupled between the roof rail and the roof panel; and a joint member which joins the roof rail, the roof panel, and the polymer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: POSCO
    Inventors: Min-Hong Seo, Mok-Young Lee, Kanghwan Ahn, Ju-Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 10137936
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a body structure, a side bracket secured to the body structure, and a spacer bracket secured to the side bracket. The spacer bracket extends in a lateral direction toward an interior of the vehicle. The vehicle further includes a roof bow secured to the spacer bracket. The roof bow extends in the lateral direction toward the interior of the vehicle. The roof bow may be secured to the spacer bracket through at least one fastener adapted to shear under a predetermined shear stress. The roof bow may be secured to the spacer bracket such that a distal end of the roof bow is disposed in spaced relation relative to a distal end of the of the spacer bracket. The roof bow may be secured to a K-brace which extends toward roof rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Muhsin M. Hamdoon, Marwan Ahmad Elbkaily, Matthew Alan Niesluchowski, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 10112349
    Abstract: Prepreg tows are placed on a substrate having a bend with a curvature extending over a transition region in the substrate. The tows are steered and laid on the substrate in at least a first section and a second section within the transition region, wherein each of the first and second sections has an angular orientation that is less than the curvature of the bend in order to reduce gathering of the tows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Donald A. Anderson, Jessica R. Hughes
  • Patent number: 10106198
    Abstract: A vehicle upper body structure includes a roof panel, a roof arch that extends across the roof panel in a vehicle width direction and that is joined to a lower surface of the roof panel, and a roof antenna disposed on an upper surface of the roof panel. The roof arch includes a first roof arch and a second roof arch disposed in front of the first roof arch. An antenna bracket that allows the roof antenna to be mounted thereon extends frontward from a midpoint of the first roof arch in the vehicle width direction or a vicinity of the midpoint. The antenna bracket supports the roof panel, and the second roof arch is disposed so that as viewed from above the vehicle body, at least part of the second roof arch extends between right and left rear pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Kato, Shuichiro Iwatsuki, Momoka Fujii
  • Patent number: 10077081
    Abstract: The vehicle roof structure includes: a closely facing section that abuts or is adjacent to a side outer panel; a negative curved-surface section that is positioned more inwards in the vehicle width direction than the closely facing section of the roof panel, and has a recessed face that is indented downwards; and a mounting surface that is formed in the side outer panel at an inner side in the vehicle width direction to downwards of the vehicle towards, and at which the closely facing section abuts or is adjacent, in which an edge, on a side of the roof panel, of the brazing material that has solidified to join the roof panel and the side outer panel is positioned on the negative curved-surface section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Kuwahara, Hiroki Fujiuchi, Takahiro Morita, Akira Goto, Keiji Otsuka, Sumitomo Watanabe, Toru Kumagai
  • Patent number: 10065484
    Abstract: A recess is formed at a door outer panel, and a reference pin provided at a rear spoiler abuts a front wall of the recess, thereby enabling the rear spoiler to be positioned with respect to a back door in a vehicle front-rear direction and a vehicle vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Mutsumi Kawashima, Miho Mizukoshi
  • Patent number: 10052673
    Abstract: An exemplary die assembly includes, among other things, a first die having a male bead, a second die having a female bead configured to receive the male bead to hold a workpiece between the first die and the second die, and a step in the male bead, the female bead, or both. An exemplary forming method includes, among other things, holding a workpiece between a male bead of a first die and a female bead of a second die, wherein the male bead, the female bead, or both have at least one step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventors: Liang Huang, Evangelos Liasi
  • Patent number: 10029736
    Abstract: A vehicle structure includes a body and a roof frame. The roof frame includes two side members, two cross members and a brace. The two side members are spaced from each other and both are connected to the body. The two cross members are spaced from each other and both extend from one side member to the other side member. The cross members arch toward each other and each has an apex between the side members. The brace is connected to the apexes and extends from one side member to the other side member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Rahul Arora, Hamza Mohamed Baccouche, Mohamed Ridha Baccouche
  • Patent number: 9914483
    Abstract: A header beam couples between A-pillars of a vehicle frame. The header beam is formed from a generally straight beam segment that is extruded to have a hollow body portion with supportive legs extending within the hollow interior along the length of the beam segment, defining uninterrupted forward and rearward box sections for supporting continuous load paths on the header beam. The end portions of the beam segment are clamped and the beam segment is stretch bent to form a curvature between the end portions that remain generally straight. A front flange extends forward along the body portion and is struck proximate the end portions to form an edge that is parallel to the curvature formed between the end portions. The end portions are attached to the A-pillars and the edge of the front flange is attached to a windshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John Joyce, Jack Lashbrook, Duncan Whipps, Christopher John May, Darrin Neil Wagner
  • Patent number: 9896041
    Abstract: An interior trim element (1) for a motor vehicle, comprising a main part (2), more particularly a trough-shaped main part, that defines an interior space (5), and comprising at least one clip element (7a, 7b), wherein the at least one clip element (7a, 7b) is pivotally hinged to the main part (2) via at least one film hinge (8a, 8b), wherein the film hinge (8a, 8b) is formed on a shoulder (11) created on an edge portion (4a) of the main part (2) that partially delimits the interior space (5), the shoulder (11) being offset with respect to the free end of the edge portion (4a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: EUWE EUGEN WEXLER HOLDING GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Burkhard Liebau
  • Patent number: 9862255
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a windshield, a backlite spaced from the windshield, and a moonroof. The moonroof is moveable relative to the windshield and the backlite between a closed position and an open position. When in the closed position, the moonroof is adjacent to both the windshield and the backlite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Adrian Nania
  • Patent number: 9771108
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly is provided. The vehicle assembly includes a roof panel, a bodyside panel and a bolt. The roof panel and bodyside panel collectively form a roof ditch. The bolt includes a stud that has first and second distal portions. The first and second distal portions include first and second threaded portions, respectively. The first distal portion extends outwardly from one of the roof and bodyside panels and the second distal portion extending outwardly from the other of the roof and bodyside panels and into the roof ditch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner, Azaz Khatri
  • Patent number: 9630654
    Abstract: A method for producing a body structural element, which can be a roof bow for a motor vehicle, consists of a main body made of fibre-reinforced plastic and a metal connection part. In one or more embodiments, the method includes preparing the metal connection part, preparing a fiber-plastic matrix semifinished product from a duromer resin system and carbon fibers, and overlapping the metal connection part and the fiber-plastic matrix semifinished product in a compression mold. In certain embodiments, the method further includes compressing the metal connection part with the fiber-plastic matrix semifinished product until a fiber-plastic matrix molding material penetrates into undercuts of the metal connection part, and then curing the fiber-plastic matrix semifinished product to form the main body made of fiber-reinforced plastic, wherein the main body is connected in a form-fitting manner to the metal connection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Michael Conze
  • Patent number: 9611660
    Abstract: A corner rail assembly (156) is adapted to be coupled to a corner section (114) of a recreational vehicle (100). The assembly includes a jacket (158) having a main body (160), first leg (162) and second leg (164). A metal insert (180) is formed within an extrusion of said jacket (158). A securing tape (188) in the form of a VHB tape secures the jacket (158) to a front wall (110) of the vehicle (100). A further tape (190) located on an inner side of said first leg (162) affixes the first leg (162) to the side wall (112) of the vehicle (100). A vinyl gimp (192) is releasably coupled to the corner rail assembly (156). A further embodiment of the corner rail assembly (200) includes a mushroom cap insert (216) in place of the vinyl gimp (192).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Titan Distribution, LLC
    Inventor: Tobin Michael Goode
  • Patent number: 9440683
    Abstract: A method of assembling a vehicle includes providing a body panel, a roof panel, and a clip. The clip has a central portion extending from a first end to a second end. The central portion has a first surface and a second surface. The clip additionally has a roof-side flange extending from the first surface at the first end and a body-side flange extending from the second surface at the second end. The body-side flange and second surface define a first channel therebetween. The method also includes assembling the clip to the body panel by retaining a portion of the body panel in the first channel. The method additionally includes positioning a portion of the roof panel proximate the first surface. The method further includes forming the roof-side flange toward the first surface to define a second channel with the portion of the roof panel retained in the second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Edgar Edward Donabedian
  • Patent number: 9404519
    Abstract: A retainer adapted for disposition within a vehicle roof ditch between a first sidewall and a second sidewall to hold an elongate molding strip in covering relation to the vehicle roof ditch. The retainer includes at least one body portion adapted for disposition within the roof ditch in operative connection to a base portion of the roof ditch. The body portion has a length dimension adapted for orientation along a length segment of the roof ditch between a first sidewall and a second sidewall. The body portion includes an arrangement of molding attachment elements adapted to engage an underside of the elongate molding strip and at least one spring biasing leg disposed at an elevation below the molding attachment elements, which extends an operative length away from one side of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Derek Scroggie, Robert Osterland
  • Patent number: 9403423
    Abstract: A detachable-roof-equipped vehicle body structure includes a seal member provided in a roof opening section, and a soft top constructed to abut against the seal member. The seal member includes first and second seal units, and the soft top includes a flexible sheet for covering the roof opening section and a reinforcing member of higher rigidity than the sheet. The reinforcing member is abutted, from above, against both of the first and second seal units. The structure also includes a connecting bag part secured to the sheet, left and right side rails attached to the sheet, and a wire member inserted through the bag part and extending between the side rails. The wire member includes a small-diameter portion, and large-diameter portion each provided on a position spaced from a corresponding one of the side rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Junichi Yoshioka, Eiji Ishizuka, Hiroyuki Inubushi
  • Patent number: 9394018
    Abstract: A vehicle body structure includes a roof side rail, roof arch, and roof panel. The roof side rail includes a mount portion extending inward in a vehicle-transversal direction and having a vehicle-transversally outer end portion of the roof panel mounted thereto. The roof arch includes a vehicle-transversally outer end portion that is located outside a vehicle-transversally inner end of the mount portion in the vehicle-transversal direction, joined with the roof side rail, and disposed at a position that is spaced apart downward from the vehicle-transversally outer end portion of the roof panel. At least one of the roof arch and the roof side rail includes a flange portion that extends toward the other one of the roof arch and the side rail and comes into contact with the other one of the roof arch and the roof side rail to restrict downward movement of the roof arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masanori Kisaku, Katsumi Ochiai, Yukihiko Nagai
  • Patent number: 9358935
    Abstract: An improved attachment assembly for attaching a trim piece to a vehicle body panel. The trim assembly for attachment to a body panel of a vehicle including a trim piece having an inner surface, a mounting portion connected to the inner surface, the mounting portion having at least one indentation, an engagement clip adapted to securely connect to the mounting portion of the trim piece, the mounting portion adapted to slide into the clip into a secured portion, the engagement clip connected to the body panel of the vehicle and at least one engagement arm connected to the engagement clip, the at least one engagement arm having an inwardly facing protrusion adapted to connect with the indentation of the mounting portion as the mounting portion slides into an installed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Mingher Fred Shen, Ryan A. Mikolaizik
  • Patent number: 9309581
    Abstract: A method of creating a hardened steel assembly from at least two parts may include the consecutive steps of first joining the at least two parts in a cold formed state to form an assembly, and then hardening the joined assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Volvo Car Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Johansson
  • Patent number: 9248864
    Abstract: A body structure of a motor vehicle, having a side part, having a vehicle roof, having a fastening device which acts on an underside of the vehicle roof, and having a roof rail which is mounted on an upper side of the vehicle roof via a plurality of mounting elements, a plurality of hollow rivets extending through the fastening device, which is configured as a reinforcing element for the vehicle roof, and the vehicle roof, and the roof rail being fastened to the upper side of the vehicle roof via the mounting elements in such a way that a threaded section of each mounting element extends through in each case one of the hollow rivets and protrudes out of the respective hollow rivet, a nut acting on that threaded section of the respective mounting element which protrudes out of the hollow rivet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wilfried Eberle, Ruediger Jahn, Anika Siee
  • Patent number: 9187022
    Abstract: A sting trailer has a camera scaffold concealing hidden cameras in a cargo compartment of the trailer. The camera scaffold conceals cameras and wiring so that the cameras are not visible from the interior of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Foster
  • Patent number: 9174591
    Abstract: A vehicle roof molding to be fitted into a roof groove of a roof panel of a vehicle is provided. The molding has a main body for filling at least a portion of a the roof groove in a groove width direction and a latching portion on a back side of the main body to secure the roof molding within the roof groove. The main body includes a first segment and a second segment, the first and second segments resides in different planes and are joined by a wall oriented generally transverse to both segments. A pair of protruding portions are provided on opposed edges of the first and second segments, respectively. Each protruding portion includes an elastic deforming region engaging an opposed side wall of the roof groove when the latching portion is fitted in the roof groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Edward William Bach, Jeremy J. Weinandy, Andrew K. Swayne, Anthony Ordonio, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9162713
    Abstract: A vehicle roof frame includes an adhering structure having an adhesive carrier and an expanding structural adhesive coupled to at least a portion of an outer surface of the adhesive carrier. The expanding structural adhesive includes an installation state and a structural state, and the structural state has a larger volume than the installation state. The vehicle roof frame also includes a plurality of vehicle frame members that cooperate to form a frame joint and a joint cavity defined within the frame joint. The adhering structure is disposed within the joint cavity and the adhesive carrier and the expanding structural adhesive in the structural state substantially occupies the joint cavity and fixably couples the plurality of framing members such that the frame joint is free of supplemental mechanical connections proximate the joint cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Edgar Edward Donabedian, Darrin Neil Wagner, Mark Keller, Bruno M. Barthelemy
  • Patent number: 9150152
    Abstract: A lighted vehicle cargo area arrangement includes a cargo area wall structure and a lighting system. The cargo area wall structure includes a first wall surface facing a vehicle cargo area. The lighting system includes a rail, a mounting bracket and a lamp. The rail is fixedly coupled to the cargo area wall structure and defines a lamp receiving space located laterally between an outboard surface of the rail and the first wall surface. The mounting bracket includes a rail attachment section rigidly attached to the rail and a lamp attachment section. The lamp is attached to the lamp attachment section. The lamp is aimed to shine light beneath the mounting bracket and the rail toward the vehicle cargo area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Bhargav Sura, Randall E. Johnson, Norbert Weinert, Nelson Phan
  • Patent number: 9114836
    Abstract: A vehicle assembly includes a roof structure having a roof panel formed of aluminum or an aluminum-based alloy and a vehicle body formed of steel or a steel alloy supporting the roof structure. The vehicle body includes a pair of laterally spaced side panels, a front roof rail and a rear roof rail. A bracket formed of steel or a steel alloy secures the roof structure to the vehicle body. The bracket has a first portion fastened to the roof panel and a second portion extending away from the roof structure and welded to the vehicle body. An adhesive located inward of the connection of the vehicle body and second portion of the bracket bonds the second portion to the vehicle body. The adhesive seals the connection of the roof panel and bracket first portion and reduces thermal distortion of the attached roof panel relative to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Hinz, Masahiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9092096
    Abstract: A capacitive touch sensor has a clear top plastic film and graphics or other designs disposed on its reverse side. Only the bare plastic substrate is exposed to the environment and user wear. Non-conductive color inks are used in printing the graphics so that any printed capacitive sensors in contact behind will not be short circuited or desensitized. A silk-screened base color layer with a print-free margin left all around its edges allows a later application of adhesive to grip a more durable surface underneath. Capacitive touch sensors are deposited on a bottom plastic film with silvered conductive inks. The printed capacitive sensors on film are fastened with a silk-screen applied liquid water-based adhesive and face the graphics printed side of the first plastic film. A final overcoat of adhesive is applied to the bare backside of the bottom plastic film for final assembly to a frame or chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Pure Imagination, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Li, Paul P. Campbell, Khanh M. Le, David M. Holmes