Rectilinearly Vertically Patents (Class 297/216.17)
  • Patent number: 11167669
    Abstract: A vehicle seat that includes: a seat cushion that is configured to be raised and lowered in a seat vertical direction; a buckle that is attachable to an attachment location that is not subject to the raising or lowering of the seat cushion, and that retains a tongue provided at an elongated belt shaped webbing, in a state in which in the webbing is worn over at least a pelvis area of the occupant; and a lifting device that is actuated, in a case in which a collision of a vehicle has been detected, so as to move the occupant, in a case in which the occupant is sitting on the seat cushion, toward an upper side of the seat at a location further toward a rear side of the seat than a central portion of the seat cushion in a front-rear direction of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Sekizuka
  • Patent number: 9724547
    Abstract: Presented herein is a restraint system comprising an attachment point configured to attach to a hatch opening of a vehicle, a harness having a seat and a strap attached to the attachment point and to the seat. The harness is configured to accept an occupant and support a portion of the occupant at a position below the hatch opening. The restraint system further comprises an energy absorption mechanism configured to dampen rapid acceleration or deceleration of the occupant. The strap is attached to the attachment point by a quick release mechanism. The energy absorption mechanism may comprise a retraction mechanism having a damper mechanism that is a spring, a coil spring, a viscous fluid, a fluid having a dynamically changeable viscosity or a magnetorheological fluid. The energy absorption mechanism may comprise tear-away sections configured to dampen vehicle motion energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick E. Shepherd, Ricardo Villarreal
  • Patent number: 9285193
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising a base portion for attachment in a vehicle; a seat bottom part, with a top side and an underside, which seat bottom part is attached to the base portion; a waist belt, which extends between the seat bottom part's sides. At least one hinge mechanism that is adjustable between a first and a second position is arranged at the base portion. The waist belt is attached to the hinge mechanism, so that the waist belts position in relation to the seat bottom part changes when one on the seat bottom part acting force reaches a predetermined value, which force leads the hinge mechanism from the first to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS HÄGGLUNDS AKTIENBOLAG
    Inventor: Martin Carlsson
  • Patent number: 9169022
    Abstract: A seat-floor assembly for a vehicle comprises a floor element and at least one monobeam seat fixed to the floor element by a beam. A seat cushion and a seat backrest fixed to the beam. The floor element comprises a stiffened panel structure, one face of which forms a top sole of at least one floor crossmember. The floor element further comprises a housing receptacle open on the top sole and fixed to the top sole and/or to the at least one floor crossmember. At least one monobeam seat is fixed to the beam. An aircraft fuselage comprises a floor with such seat-floor assemblies and reinforced by the structure of the floor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: STELIA AEROSPACE
    Inventors: Lionel Bacquey, Remy Barre, Laurent Cecinas, Julien Normandin
  • Patent number: 9033412
    Abstract: In a method for reducing the impact of a force upon a person seated in a safety seat of a motor vehicle at least a seat unit of the safety seat is restrained at least in part by at least one support strap. The support strap is formed with an extension piece configured to lengthen when exposed to a load as a result of an accident or explosion. A winding unit holds the support strap to shorten an effective length of the support strap and to build up a force to maintain the support strap under tension after the support strap underwent a lengthening in an area of the extension piece as a result of a load caused by a force resulting from an accident or explosion so as to reestablish an effective length of the support strap for lengthening during a subsequent force impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SCHROTH SAFETY PRODUCTS GMBH
    Inventor: Wilko Reinck
  • Patent number: 8998286
    Abstract: A soldier restraint system and method secure a soldier in a vehicle. In one embodiment, the soldier restraint system includes a seat assembly comprising a seat and straps. The soldier restraint system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier restraint system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The mounting assemblies are securable to the vehicle. Attachment of at least one of the straps to the seat is releasable by a release assembly. The soldier restraint system also includes a strap retractor and a retractor strap. The retractor strap is extractable from the strap retractor. The retractor strap is retractable by the strap retractor. The strap retractor retracts the retractor strap upon achieving a strap threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Black Mountain Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Bobby D. Melvin, Rattaya C. Yalamanchili, James Buckner, James Hagan
  • Patent number: 8939502
    Abstract: Vehicle seats that reduce the potential for injury to occupants when the vehicle is subjected to a mine or similar explosive device. The seats are ceiling or wall mounted and include a trailing arm which allows for deflection while providing stability. The seat isolates the occupants from the chassis of the vehicle via a pneumatic or other shock absorber and/or a crushable element to provide protection from vertical and horizontal oriented blasts. These seats can also be combined with shock absorbing/isolating foot rests, appendage (leg) restrain systems and an occupant four-point harness to offer a completely integrated system. This integrated system reduces acceleration/deceleration related injuries, shock injuries to the lower legs, flailing injuries to the lower legs and internal collision injuries. Other options and alternatives are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Med-Eng, LLC
    Inventors: Neil Grant, Brent Almstedt
  • Publication number: 20140339866
    Abstract: A system includes a shear member and an energy absorber. The shear member is configured to couple a seat portion to a base structure of a vehicle. The shear member is configured to sustain a first load without fracture and configured to inelastically deform under a second load. The second load is greater than the first load. The energy absorber is coupled to the seat portion and coupled to the base structure. The energy absorber is configured to absorb the energy following deformation of the shear member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Gerardo Olivares
  • Patent number: 8888179
    Abstract: Designs and methods are provided for an energy attenuating device. In one exemplary embodiment the device comprises an elongated metal tube having an expanded portion at a first end thereof, and an unexpanded portion extending from the expanded portion to a second end, wherein the first end is attached to a fixed structure. A mandrel is disposed in the expanded portion of the elongated metal tube, having a diameter greater than the inside diameter of the unexpanded portion of the metal tube. A tension member is attached to the mandrel and extends out of the second end of the metal tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: David A. Bosen, Ryan Michael Larson, Terry Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8714642
    Abstract: A seat for supporting an occupant of a vehicle and absorbing a force between the occupant and the vehicle created by relative movement between the occupant and the vehicle including a seat bottom and a seat back extending from the seat bottom. At least one of the seat bottom and the seat back includes a first energy absorbing device for absorbing at least a portion of the force when the force reaches a first magnitude. The one of the seat bottom and the seat back also includes a second energy absorbing device for absorbing at least a portion of the force when the force reaches a second magnitude greater than the first magnitude. The second energy absorbing device supports the first energy absorbing device so that the first energy absorbing device transmits a portion of the force to the second energy absorbing device when the force reaches the second magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Survivability Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Ronald C. Lamparter, Sorin Coman, Hugh S. McLeod
  • Patent number: 8702147
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat system includes a seat, and a frame and support surface that are movable with respect to each other between rest and attenuated positions, wherein the frame and support surface are respectively a first and second distance apart. A biasing mechanism biases the frame and support surface to the rest position between blast and slam down phases. A damper coupled between the frame and support surface has blast and rebound recovery resistance settings. The blast resistance setting is set to a predetermined value based on a weight of a seat occupant. The damper, during the blast phase, resists motion between the frame and support surface toward the attenuated position based upon the blast resistance setting, and after the blast phase and prior to the slam down phase, resists motion between the frame and support surface toward the rest position based upon the rebound recovery resistance setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Arcca Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan Cantor, Michael Markushewski, Gary R. Whitman, Daniel McDonough, Larry A. Sicher, Louis A. D'Aulerio, Donald K. Eisentraut, Tim Keon
  • Publication number: 20130270879
    Abstract: A soldier restraint system and method secure a soldier in a vehicle. In one embodiment, the soldier restraint system includes a seat assembly comprising a seat and straps. The soldier restraint system also includes a restraint harness belt. The restraint harness belt is secured to the seat assembly. In addition, the soldier restraint system includes mounting assemblies. The straps attach the seat to the mounting assemblies. The mounting assemblies are securable to the vehicle. Attachment of at least one of the straps to the seat is releasable by a release assembly. The soldier restraint system also includes a strap retractor and a retractor strap. The retractor strap is extractable from the strap retractor. The retractor strap is retractable by the strap retractor. The strap retractor retracts the retractor strap upon achieving a strap threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Kyle L. Greenwood, Bobby D. Melvin, Rattaya C. Yalamanchili, James Buckner, James Hagan
  • Patent number: 8550553
    Abstract: Designs and methods are provided for a side mounted energy attenuating vehicle seat. In one exemplary embodiment the seat comprises a rigid base with a first side, and a substantially vertically oriented mounting plate adjacent the first side of the base. The exemplary seat further comprises a vertical slide mechanism comprising a fixed portion attached to the mounting plate, and a sliding portion attached to the first side of the base, the mechanism configured to allow for a downward stroke of the base relative to the mounting plate. A roller is attached to the first side of the base substantially below the point of attachment to the sliding portion of the vertical slide mechanism, and configured to roll in a vertical direction while bearing against the mounting plate, and supporting the seat base in a horizontal orientation. An energy attenuating member is positioned so as to prevent the seat from stroking downward relative to the mounting plate during normal use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Richard Clark, Terry Wilhelm, Joshua Platt
  • Publication number: 20130234480
    Abstract: A safety seat for land vehicles, aircraft and watercraft, having a seat part frame, and a backrest frame suspended on a restraint or suspension strap firmly attached to the vehicle, wherein the backrest frame has a lateral or transverse strut, and an additional holding strap clamps the lateral strut in. A separate mounting frame is provided to fix the restraint strap and the holding strap, and can be mounted in the vehicle, wherein bushing or guide-through eyes and attachment eyes for stretching the restraint strap and the holding strap are provided on the oppositely disposed lateral or transverse supports of the mounting frame, and wherein the holding strap is formed integrally, is fixed by its two ends to two attachment eyes, and is looped through, and passed back and forth between, a plurality of bushing eyes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Autoflug GmbH
    Inventor: Mario Maevert
  • Patent number: 8485600
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a backrest frame and a seat frame connected to each other to form a seat structure. The seat includes a seat base adapted to be rigidly connected to the frame structure of a vehicle, and which is connected to the seat frame via a seat suspension. The seat further includes a tether which at one of its ends is attached to the seat back at a first, upper attachment point and at its other end attached at a second, lower attachment point in order to improve the strength of the seat in case of an accident. The seat is provided with at least one lever arm on the back side of the seat which shall be used as an attachment point for the tether or as a guide or support for the tether located in between the upper attachment point and the lower attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Lars Forsman, Peter Rundberget, Magnus Eriksson, Mario Ligovic
  • Patent number: 8439420
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat system includes a seat, and a frame and support surface that are movable with respect to each other between rest and attenuated positions, wherein the frame and support surface are respectively a first and second distance apart. A biasing mechanism biases the frame and support surface to the rest position between blast and slam down phases. A damper coupled between the frame and support surface has blast and rebound recovery resistance settings. The blast resistance setting is set to a predetermined value based on a weight of a seat occupant. The damper, during the blast phase, resists motion between the frame and support surface toward the attenuated position based upon the blast resistance setting, and after the blast phase and prior to the slam down phase, resists motion between the frame and support surface toward the rest position based upon the rebound recovery resistance setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: ARCCA Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan Cantor, Michael Markushewski, Gary R. Whitman, Daniel McDonough, Larry A. Sicher, Louis A. D'Aulerio, Donald K. Eisentraut, Tim Keon
  • Patent number: 8408643
    Abstract: A seat for a powered aircraft, the seat comprising a bucket (2) that is supported in hyperstatic manner on a stand. Leg members (7, 8) carry the bucket (2) via bolts (10). A first hinged mechanism for geometrically compensating deformation of the floor associates a ball-joint mounting of the bolts (10) on the leg members (7, 8) with an axial deformation arrangement of the bolts (10) between opposing axial bearing surfaces where they press against a strength member (9) of the bucket (2) and against the leg members (7, 8). A second energy-absorber mechanism associates fuses (22) with deformable support members (23) for the bucket (2), which members engage the bolts (10) and the leg members (7, 8) via slides (25) arranged to adjust the initial height position of the bucket (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventor: Olivier Honnorat
  • Patent number: 8317266
    Abstract: A vehicle seat (10) includes a support frame (12) that mounts a suspension frame (22) by a spring suspension (29) under the operation of a control lever (32) and a slide assembly (38) for providing suspension of the seat and horizontal positioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Adam Alfredsson, Christer Andersson, Odd Jaegtnes
  • Patent number: 8317262
    Abstract: The seat assembly (1) for a land vehicle, sea vessel, or aircraft comprises a vertically adjustable seat (4) supporting the buttocks of a user and a plurality of cables (9-12) disposed between the seat (4) and structural parts (8) of the vehicle. The seat (4) forms at least indirectly the component of a platform (2), which can be displaced along the cables (9-12) and fixed in the respective position on the cables (9-12). The cable sections (9a-12a, 9b-12b) located above and beneath the platform (2) extend between the platform (2) and the structural parts (8) such that they either point toward the vertical center axis (MA) of the platform (2) or are directed away therefrom. The cables (9-12) can be guided via at least one height adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Schroth Safety Products GmbH
    Inventors: Carl-Jürgen Schroth, David Hayward
  • Publication number: 20120200128
    Abstract: A safety seat for land vehicles, aircraft and watercraft, including a seat frame that forms a seat portion; at least two textile support straps for mounting to a vehicle, with the seat frame being held in place on the support straps and sections of the support straps extending between securement locations on the seat frame and upper securement locations on the vehicle; at least one additional suspension strap that extends between the seat frame and an upper securement device on the vehicle; and a mechanically elongatable damping element incorporated in the suspension strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Gustavo Soliz
  • Patent number: 8226163
    Abstract: An extendable leg for use in an aircraft seat can be coupled to an individual seat or a divan or bench. The extendable leg includes an exterior leg and an interior leg that are coupled together through a slot in the interior leg that is traversed by a bolt or cross member that is integrally formed with or sits through a set of holes defined by the exterior leg. The slot tapers towards the upper end. When the leg to extends and the bolt or cross member travels up the slot, the materials of the interior leg deform as the slot narrows until the stop or bushing is reached. The extendable leg may also have a mounting mechanism at the bottom that couples the leg to a cabin floor and enables one or two arcs of rotation to further diminish the sheering forces on the cabin floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Pearson, Kurt F. Breuer
  • Patent number: 8162374
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat system includes a seat, and a frame and support surface that are movable with respect to each other between rest and attenuated positions, wherein the frame and support surface are respectively a first and second distance apart. A biasing mechanism biases the frame and support surface to the rest position between blast and slam down phases. A damper coupled between the frame and support surface has blast and rebound recovery resistance settings. The blast resistance setting is set to a predetermined value based on a weight of a seat occupant. The damper, during the blast phase, resists motion between the frame and support surface toward the attenuated position based upon the blast resistance setting, and after the blast phase and prior to the slam down phase, resists motion between the frame and support surface toward the rest position based upon the rebound recovery resistance setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: ARCCA, Incorporated
    Inventors: Alan Cantor, Michael Markushewski, Gary R. Whitman, Daniel McDonough, Larry A. Sicher, Louis A. D'Aulerio, Donald K. Eisentraut
  • Patent number: 8113575
    Abstract: A seat frame 51 is mounted on a body freely movably back and forth. The frame 51 moves backward by leaving a backrest seat 2 by a pretensioner device 10. A front portion of a spring material 71 supporting a cushion material 62 of the seat 3 is arranged on the front portion of the seat frame 51. A rear-side portion of the spring material 71 is mounted on a rear-side spring mounting member 72 below the backrest seat 2. The mounting member 72 is immovable and extends in a lateral direction. A rear position of a cushion material 62 does not move even if the seat moves backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Masutani
  • Patent number: 8096505
    Abstract: A deceleration device for a movable component in an aircraft, the device having a deformation component, wherein the deformation component includes a deformation tool, a deformation body with a deformable region, and a guide device. The deformation tool and the deformation body can be made to engage each other in such a manner by means of the guide device that in the case of movement of the deformation body and of the deformation tool relative to each other the deformable region of the deformation body can be deformed by the deformation tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Arne Klarmann, Nick Chignell-Stapleton
  • Patent number: 8091964
    Abstract: A blast mitigating seat features a base and a seat frame. The seat frame includes a pan and a backrest including an open area for gear worn by a user. A first damping subsystem between the base and the seat frame has a first force/stroke relationship and a second damping subsystem between the base and the seat frame has a second force/stroke relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Foster-Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Carter, Donald MacLeod, Patrick Callahan
  • Patent number: 8087723
    Abstract: A crashworthy seat for a vehicle comprises a stand including a first and a second foot connected mechanically to a first and a second vertical support leg; a pan connected by the stand to a floor wherein the first and the second feet are disposed on each side of the pan, the pan including a seat proper and a seat back, wherein the seat back has a support element secured to the first and the second vertical support legs configured to support the seat back; a guide element configured to guide the pan in translation; an energy absorber device; a first anchor point secured to the first distal end of the absorber portion; and a second anchor point secured to the second distal end of the absorber portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventors: Olivier Honnorat, Thomas Manfredotti, Olivier Feuillarade
  • Publication number: 20110233975
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for minimizing accelerations during impacts such as those encountered in motor vehicle accidents, helicopter and airplane crashes, explosions, and the like. The preferred embodiment takes the form of a helical spring-like member (100), designed to experience plastic deformation over a desired deformation length, under a given impact load threshold. The spring-like member is preferably installed in a mechanical linkage that is flattened under impact, straining the spring-like member in a predictable fashion. The operating characteristics of this system [namely the stress-strain curve, and thus the deformation length, impact load threshold, and acceptable load range for the system to be protected] can be easily controlled by varying the device dimensions and installation configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Applicant: MOBIUS PROTECTION SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventors: Shy Mindel, Moshe Jacob Baum, Anan Hassan, David Engel
  • Patent number: 7938485
    Abstract: A variable displacement seating assembly incorporates at least first and second pivotable seat frames. The first seat frame includes a male seat connector. The second seat frame is arranged adjacent the first seat frame, and includes a female seat connector receiving the male seat connector of the first seat frame. The first and second seat frames are operatively interconnected for simultaneous pivoting movement between a stowed position and a deployed position. In the deployed position of the first and second seat frames, the male and female seat connectors are disposed for sliding vertical movement of one seat connector relative to the other, such that the first and second seat frames are independently vertically displaceable upon an impact force acting against the seat assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Armorworks Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: William Joseph Perciballi, Richard F. Langner, Joshua Kevin Platt, Sean Joseph Murphy
  • Publication number: 20110018319
    Abstract: An operator support assembly supported for rotation. The operator support assembly includes a seat bottom suspended below a rotatable member and a support coupling the seat bottom to the rotatable member. The support illustratively includes a shock absorbing device to dampen shock impulse between the rotatable member and the seat bottom. A quick release mechanism may be provided to cause the seat bottom to pivot downwardly about a pivot coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Brown, Matthew Juhl
  • Publication number: 20110018320
    Abstract: A seat assembly supported for rotation and including a foot control supported below a seat base for rotation with a rotatable support member. The foot control illustratively includes a right control pedal configured to cause the actuator to drive the rotatable member in a clockwise rotation, and a left control pedal configured to cause the actuator to drive the rotatable member in a counterclockwise direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: John F. Schneider, Matthew Juhl, Christopher Brown
  • Patent number: 7854478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle (1), particularly a motor vehicle (1), comprising a vehicle seat (2), wherein the vehicle (1) comprises an actuator (25) for generating a load reducing movement of the vehicle seat (2) in case of a rear collision and a control means (10) for actuating the actuator (25) when a first threshold value relating to the amount of the rear collision is exceeded and a second threshold value relating to the amount of the rear collision is not exceeded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Faurecia Autositze GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Gumprecht, Rudiger Deppe
  • Publication number: 20100219667
    Abstract: Various embodiments of seat harness pretensioning devices for use in land, air, and sea vehicles are described herein. In one embodiment, a seat unit for use in a military land vehicle or helicopter includes a stroking device that enables the seat to move downwardly in response to an explosion or hard landing, respectively. The seat unit also includes a seat belt or harness that extends around the occupant in the seat. Downward movement of the seat in response to an explosion or hard landing causes a tensioning system to automatically pretension the seat harness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: David T. Merrill, Todd Humbert
  • Publication number: 20100219666
    Abstract: The seat assembly (1) for a land vehicle, sea vessel, or aircraft comprises a vertically adjustable seat (4) supporting the buttocks of a user and a plurality of cables (9-12) disposed between the seat (4) and structural parts (8) of the vehicle. The seat (4) forms at least indirectly the component of a platform (2), which can be displaced along the cables (9-12) and fixed in the respective position on the cables (9-12). The cable sections (9a-12a, 9b-12b) located above and beneath the platform (2) extend between the platform (2) and the structural parts (8) such that they either point toward the vertical center axis (MA) of the platform (2) or are directed away therefrom. The cables (9-12) can be guided via at least one height adjustment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: Schroth Safety Products GmbH
    Inventors: Carl-Jürgen Schroth, David Hayward
  • Patent number: 7775479
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lining framework for fastening seats in an aircraft. The lining framework preferably comprises three seat rails, which are arranged in a spaced apart manner parallel to each other along both side walls of the fuselage cell. Sitting surfaces of a plurality of seats are suspended on the seat rails by textile straps consisting of high-strength, woven plastic material. At least two straps are arranged between the upper seat rail and two frames of the fuselage cell of the aircraft. In this case, a strap length is measured so that forces from the fuselage cell cannot be transmitted into the lining framework. By the same token, however, forces from the lining framework can be introduced into the fuselage cell by means of the straps so that the lining framework can be designed statically lighter. This leads to a weight reduction of the lining framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Herrmann Benthien
  • Patent number: 7744155
    Abstract: The protection system is used especially for the protection against a fatal effect of vertical accelerations triggered by a landmine on the passengers of an armored vehicle. For this, the sitting unit consisting of a seat body (7) and a backrest (8) is held movable in vertical direction and is coupled with an end area (15) of a longitudinally variable damping device (11), whose other end (13) is connected to the roof (4) of the vehicle (2) through a carrying equipment (6). In addition, the sitting unit is carried with vertical distance from the vertical guide (18) in a lower guide path (19) transversally directed so that the sitting unit executes both a downward as well as a tilting movement relative to the vehicle together with a passenger (3) during loading through vertical acceleration. In this way, an improved usage of the constructively limited effective length of the damping device (11) occurs so that the effect of the protection system is essentially improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Mowag GmbH
    Inventors: Hans-Jörg List, Uwe Fehr, Kai-Uwe Keller, Michael Bieniek
  • Patent number: 7628357
    Abstract: An aircraft safety seat that has a supporting structure and a bucket seat supported by the structure, the bucket seat has a seat and a back which are lined together, the back being installed on the structure so as to slide generally downwards, wherein at least one connection rod connected by its first end to the support and by its other end to the seat, the connecting rod being generally horizontal when in normal use, and being suited for pivoting downwards by its first end under the effect of a force exerted downwards on the seat, against the action of a shock absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Bertrand Mercier, Etienne Luneau
  • Publication number: 20090267391
    Abstract: An energy absorber element comprises an absorber portion having first and second distal ends and having a first elongate element and a second elongate element facing the first elongate element and connected to the second element solely at the first and second distal ends, a first anchor point secured to the first distal end of the absorber portion, and a second anchor point secured to the second distal end of the absorber portion, wherein each of the first and second elongate elements includes a succession of straight-line segments parallel to one another and at least one circularly-arcuate segment such that at least two successive straight-line segments are connected together by one of the at least one circularly-arcuate segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: Eurocopter
    Inventors: Olivier Honnorat, Thomas Manfredotti
  • Patent number: 7585024
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle includes a vehicle seat, a seat moving mechanism configured to move the vehicle seat in a substantially vertical direction, and a vehicle rollover sensor signaling a safety controller. The safety controller determines if a rollover situation is imminent or is occurring. The seat moving mechanism may include a motor and a linkage system. When the safety controller determines a rollover situation, the seat moving mechanism moves the seat in a substantially downward direction from an initial position to increase a head clearance for a vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Robert F. Rogers
  • Patent number: 7510240
    Abstract: A vehicle seating system in which a seat belt restraint assembly may be secured directly to the seat. The vehicle seating system includes generally a seat and a base assembly that supports the seat. The base assembly may be a suspension base assembly or a pedestal base assembly. The construction of the base assembly provides the vehicle seating system with sufficient strength so that the system satisfies load testing requirements and provides comfort to the occupant. The base assembly includes a stop operating at the forward portions of the base assembly to limit forward pivoting movement of the seat upon sudden deceleration. The suspension base assembly may also include dual thickness arms, internal tethers, and vertical supports at the rear of the assembly to strengthen the assembly. The pedestal base assembly may also include telescoped tubes to strengthen the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: CVG Management Corporation
    Inventors: Davey J. Jones, William D. Ruth, David Lyscas
  • Publication number: 20090072596
    Abstract: An occupant protection system for a vehicle includes a vehicle seat, a seat moving mechanism configured to move the vehicle seat in a substantially vertical direction, and a vehicle rollover sensor signaling a safety controller. The safety controller determines if a rollover situation is imminent or is occurring. The seat moving mechanism may include a motor and a linkage system. When the safety controller determines a rollover situation, the seat moving mechanism moves the seat in a substantially downward direction from an initial position to increase a head clearance for a vehicle occupant seated in the vehicle seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Robert F. Rogers
  • Publication number: 20090066126
    Abstract: This invention relates to a provided explosion induced G-force absorbtion apparatus for reducing the G-force imparted on a vehicle occupant below that of the vehicle, the G-force absorbtion apparatus comprising: a first mounting member attached to the vehicle; a second mounting member attached to the occupant's seat; an absorbtion mechanism attached between the first and second mounting members, wherein the absorption mechanism comprises at least a mitigating strip provided on one of the mounting members and an anvil provided on the other of the mounting members such that when the vehicle, and hence the first mounting member, is subjected to an explosion induced G-force, the mitigating strip is pulled over the anvil. As it does this is it inherently must simultaneously bend.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Stevens
  • Patent number: 7484799
    Abstract: A seat assembly for an occupant of a vehicle possibly subjected to upsetting forces generally consisting of a base member mountable on a body portion of the vehicle, an occupant seat means for restraining an occupant positioned on the seat, means operatively interconnecting the base member and the seat for guiding the seat along a line of travel when the seat is displaced relative to the base member, means operatively interconnecting the base member and the seat for dampening a force imposed on the seat in first direction along the line of travel and means operatively interconnecting the base member and the seat for dampening a force imposed on the seat in a second direction along the line of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: GPV, L.L.C.
    Inventor: William A. Meyer
  • Patent number: 7445181
    Abstract: An energy attenuating apparatus for use with a seat includes an elongated attenuator having a resistance to bending which varies along its length. A bending mechanism defining a nonlinear path receives the attenuator. Translation of the bending mechanism relative to the attenuator in a lengthwise direction of the attenuator produces bending of the attenuator to absorb energy applied to the energy attenuating apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: East/West Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank H. Knoll, Joseph M. Gaito
  • Patent number: 7413247
    Abstract: An Occupant Retraction System (ORS) retracts a partially exposed occupant into a vehicle. The system responds to a trigger, wherein an occupant support retracts and actively pulls the occupant into the vehicle interior. The triggering event may be initiated by a manual switch, a rollover sensor, a crash sensor, a hostile ordnance sensor, or the like. A belt, harness, or foot strap may be connected to the occupant support to pull the occupant into the vehicle interior. A forcing means may be provided by a spring, hydraulic, pneumatic, or electro-mechanical actuator. The system further includes a damper for limiting acceleration to a safe maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: H. Koch & Sons Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Charles E. Van Druff, Christopher C. Culbertson, Mark W. Emory, Mark A. Forster
  • Patent number: 7384067
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new type of safety system that is designed to protect a vehicle occupant during a rollover crash. The safety system will generally include a vehicle seat and a sensor. The sensor is designed to sense the occurrence of a rollover crash. The safety system also includes a support member that has an undeployed mode and a deployed mode. The support member converts from the undeployed mode into the deployed mode when a signal is received from the sensor indicating a rollover. The support member will generally be housed within the vehicle seat when the support member is in the undeployed mode. The support member is also anchored to the floor pan of the vehicle. When the support member is deployed into the deployed mode, the support member is disposed in effective engagement with the vehicle roof to limit movement of the roof toward the vehicle seat during rollover conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Autoliv ASP, Inc.
    Inventors: Brent A. Parks, Heath Knight-Newbury, David Parkinson
  • Patent number: 7354106
    Abstract: A vehicle safety seat and related methodology featuring (a) an anti-spring-back seat platform having a generally upwardly facing support surface, (b) a triggerable acceleration structure disposed cooperatively relative to that support surface in a manner whereby the acceleration structure is operatively interposed that surface and any person occupying the seat, with this acceleration structure being triggerable to accelerate such a person generally upwardly away from the support surface, and (c) trigger structure responsive to the detection of a preselected downward deceleration of the seat platform to trigger the acceleration structure. A viscoelastic, acceleration-rate-sensitive cushioning structure is selectively interposed the acceleration structure and any seated occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: MJD Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Dennis
  • Patent number: 7293818
    Abstract: An armored vehicle having a floor, a roof above the floor, and a side wall extending vertically between the floor and the wall, is provided with a seat having a rigid frame, at least one ceiling mount suspending the frame from the roof, a cover on the frame forming surfaces adapted to hold a seated occupant, a harness on the frame retaining the occupant seated on the cover. The frame and cover is wholly disengaged and disconnected from the floor. The cover includes an upright back panel engaging a back of the occupant of the seat, a seat panel engaging underneath and supporting the occupant of the seat, and a pair of side panels flanking the occupant of the seat and connected to the back panel and seat panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH
    Inventors: Bernhard Kumpf, Anton Strassgürtl, Gerhard Skoff
  • Patent number: 7293830
    Abstract: A personal support device having particular utility for use by personnel in high-performance surface watercraft comprises a bolster adapted and dimensioned to support an occupant for shock isolation from accelerations experienced by the vessel. The bolster is mounted by pivot means extending between the bolster and a back plate which is rigidly mounted to the vessel. The pivot means permit the bolster to pivot in an arc with respect to the back plate. A shock absorber extends between the back plate and bolster to dampen the accelerations which would otherwise be passed to the bolster by the pivot means from the back plate. The bolster is capable of supporting a user in a standing position or receiving a seat assembly to allow an occupant to be seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Stidd Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Marotta, Robert DiGregorio
  • Patent number: 7246849
    Abstract: A vehicle seat including an arrangement for resisting loads applied to the vehicle seat which comprises a seat base and a seat back; said arrangement including a link mechanism connected between the seat back and a support member connected to the vehicle. The link mechanism is arranged to prevent motion of the seat back beyond a predetermined position. There is also provided an adjustable tether arrangement including a tether means, the tether means being arranged to be mounted between the seat back and a vehicle body and the tether means including a tether strap and a retractor mechanism enabling the tether strap to extend or retract in accordance with allowed motion of the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: G & J Lewis Enterprises Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Gordon Lewis
  • Patent number: 6830297
    Abstract: A suspension seat arrangement (1) comprising a lower frame (2) mountable to a seat mounting, an upper frame (3) connected to the lower frame (2) and movable with respect thereto, the upper frame (3) being arranged to mount a seat base (16), and a suspension arrangement (12) suspending the upper frame (3) with respect to the lower frame (2), the upper frame (3) and lower frame (2) arrangement being such that the upper frame (3) is able to move downwardly relative to the lower frame (2) so that the upper frame (3) and lower frame (2) become nested together one within the other. In another embodiment a suspension seat arrangement comprising a suspension adjustment mechanism for adjusting the tension of the suspension. In a further embodiment a suspension seat arrangement comprising a cover arrangement to encapsulate the suspension arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: G and J Lewis Enterprises PTY LTD
    Inventor: Lewis Gordon