Including A Ventilating Means Patents (Class 297/452.42)
  • Patent number: 10647231
    Abstract: A ventilated airline seating component including a porous air pad disposed in an interior volume of a housing and configured to collect air to be conditioned and ultimately forced out through the seating component to heat or cool a passenger to enhance comfort. The housing can serve as or be incorporated into a seating component such as an arm rest, leg rest or head rest, among other seating components within a passenger seating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason M. Kearns, Michael M. Princip
  • Patent number: 10625642
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a ventilation seat of a vehicle, wherein since an adhesive material includes a through hole corresponding to an air flow path of a seat pad, when the seat pad and the adhesive material are joined to each other, an area disjoined between the seat pad and the adhesive material is prevented from occurring. Accordingly, noise caused by a gap that may occur between the seat pad and the adhesive material is prevented, which eliminates discomfort and displeasure due to the noise when a driver is seated in the seat and improves marketability of the ventilation seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Hyundai Dymos Incorporated
    Inventors: Do Hyung Kim, Ho Sub Lim
  • Patent number: 10568801
    Abstract: A chair type massage machine 100 includes a seat part 200, a backrest part 300 which is rotatably supported at the back of the seat part 200 and is capable of reclining, a base part 400 provided at the left and right sides of the seat part 200, arm treatment parts 500 provided above the base part 400, and which move front and back with respect to the base part 400 to treat a forearm of a person to be treated, and an operation unit 700 which receives operation inputs by the person to be treated. The backrest part 300 includes a frame 310, and the frame 310 is made from a first frame 311 and a second frame 312.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: FUJI MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS MFG. CO. LTD.
    Inventors: Toshihisa Yoshida, Hironori Yasuda
  • Patent number: 10549663
    Abstract: A seat is provided with: a frame; a pad supported by the frame; a skin member covering a front surface of the pad and provided with a first opening; an annular plate having a second opening and attached to a part of the skin member surrounding the first opening so that the first opening opposes the second opening; and a garnish including a tubular portion passed into the first opening and the second opening, and retained onto the pad, a flange provided at a front end of the tubular portion and having a larger outer diameter than the tubular portion, and an engagement claw projecting from an outer periphery of the tubular portion, and engaging the annular plate between the flange and the engagement claw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: So Iwakata, Akira Shirai, Yohei Urabe
  • Patent number: 9376082
    Abstract: A housing for an airbag module includes an extrusion incorporating a body portion and a cover extruded integrally with the body portion so as to form a single monolithic unit. At least one endcap formed separately from the extrusion is operatively coupled to an end of the extrusion so as to seal the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: TK Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas L. Osterfeld
  • Publication number: 20150091362
    Abstract: A spring for a vehicle seat comprising a foam body having an outer surface and a plurality of outwardly-extending walls defining a plurality of recesses, wherein top and bottom surfaces of the foam body are operable between an extended position and a compressed position, wherein the plurality of recesses are vertically compressed and the top surface rotates a predetermined distance relative to the bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kolich, Lorne Joseph Lovelace, Michael Hulway
  • Patent number: 8960791
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly that includes a frame structure and a panel coupled with the frame structure that has an occupant support surface. A connection element protrudes from the occupant support surface and borders a predefined area of the occupant support surface. A trim module covers the predefined area and includes an attachment feature extending inward and engaging the connection element to form a seal around the predefined area. A ventilation aperture extends through the panel within the predefined area and an air movement device is coupled with the panel to draw air through the ventilation aperture from an exterior surface of the trim module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan George Dry, Gunnar Groesbeck, Christian J. Hosbach, Johnathan Andrew Line
  • Patent number: 8899675
    Abstract: A heat ventilating chair includes a backrest unit, a seat unit, and a connecting unit connecting the backrest unit to the seat unit. One of the backrest unit and the seat unit includes a hollow member having an air pump, a pressure valve, and a channel that communicates fluidly the air pump and the pressure valve. The connecting unit is connected between the air pump and the other one of the backrest unit and the seat unit. The connecting unit drives the air pump to expel hot air in the channel to the ambient via the pressure valve when the backrest unit is forced to incline rearward. The connecting unit drives the air pump to draw ambient cool air into the channel via the pressure valve when the backrest unit is restored from a rearwardly inclined state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: I-Shou University
    Inventors: Tai-Hsi Wu, Yi-Hao Chang, Chi-Sheng Wang, Kuo-Liang Lin
  • Patent number: 8864238
    Abstract: Provided is a seat pad 1 having a fastener member 4 on a front surface side of a pad body 2 made of a foaming resin, which includes: a ventilation member 5, one end portion of the ventilation member being located in the vicinity of the fastener member 4, and the other end portion of the ventilation member extending on a rear surface side of the pad body 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Oota, Yuuya Tanaka, Toshio Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8827372
    Abstract: A blowing pad, a fabrication method of the blowing pad, and a blowing system using the blowing pad are provided. The blowing pad includes a main foam formed of a foamed porous synthetic resin, and a duct embedded in the main foam, wherein the main foam includes an air inlet to which an air inlet tube is inserted and a plurality of vent holes, each of which is connected to the duct, wherein the duct is formed of any one of natural rubber, synthetic rubber, and non-porous plastic, wherein the air inlet tube is connected to an external blowing pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Frontis Corp.
    Inventor: Chooseok Yoon
  • Patent number: 8820829
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a seat part, with a seat back and with at least one air-permeable upholstered part having at least a main upholstery, a barrier coat and an upholstery cover. The barrier coat is disposed between the main upholstery and the upholstery cover or a carrier layer thereof. The upholstered part has an additional air-permeable upholstery core that is different from the main upholstery. The air-permeable upholstery core in the region adjoining the main upholstery may be ventilated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Grammer AG
    Inventor: Roland Uebelacker
  • Patent number: 8777320
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a ventilation system for a “climate object”, in particular all components with which the user of a vehicle may come in contact in a passenger compartment such as, for example, a steering mechanism for a vehicle, a dashboard, an armrest, a door paneling, a seat cover, a heating blanket, a padding, a cover or a seat, all which include at least one air flow device to guide air through the climate object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Andreas Stoll, Johnathan Zhang, Thomas Fries, Yu Tong, Denise Philipp
  • Publication number: 20140191556
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a passenger compartment, a cargo compartment, a battery, and a ducted seat. The battery is disposed in the cargo compartment and dissipates heat when energized such that air in the vehicle becomes heated air. The ducted seat is operatively disposed in the passenger compartment. The ducted seat includes a base layer, a ducting layer, and a cover layer. The ducting layer covers the base layer. The cover layer covers the ducting layer. The ducting layer presents a leading opening and trailing opening in fluid communication with one another such that the ducting layer is configured to receive air therein through the leading opening and exhaust air through the trailing opening. The trailing opening is disposed in fluid communication with the cargo compartment such that the exhausted air flows from the trailing opening into the cargo compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Andrew R. Krenz, Damond N. Hinatsu, Nicole Leslie Nicholas
  • Patent number: 8757726
    Abstract: A back surface of a seat pad is elastically supported by a support member. An air groove that forms an air duct is formed in the back surface of the seat pad. The support member is formed by an airtight sheet-shaped body, and the sheet-shaped body is arranged contacting the back surface of the seat pad so as to form the air duct by closing off an open portion of the air groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hiroki Oota
  • Publication number: 20140167481
    Abstract: A seat back structure is provided, which has a plurality of bumps and a plurality of gaps arranged alternately as an array on a seat back body. Further, the bumps and the gaps of adjacent rows are arranged in staggered manner. According to the above structure, air can flows smoothly between user's back and the seat back so as to maintain user's back in cool state. Furthermore, good flexibility can be achieved so that the seat back is in compliant with curve of user's back by the staggered arrangement of the bumps and the gaps of the array, so that good ergonomics design and good sitting effect can be achieved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: KUN-YU HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20140110978
    Abstract: This patent pertains to patient contact compensating wheelchairs. One implementation includes a motorized base that includes a battery and a seat positioned above the base. In one instance, the seat can include a moisture permeable structure configured to support a patient and a fan configured to move air below the moisture permeable structure to carry moisture from the patient away from the moisture permeable structure. Another implementation includes a set of patient contact objects configured to alternatively contact first and then second portions of an underside of the moisture permeable structure so that at a first time more of the patient's weight is supported at the first portion than at the second portion and at a second time more of the patient's weight is supported at the second portion than at the first portion, to relieve contact pressure of the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: David Kurt Schneider
  • Patent number: 8641086
    Abstract: A seat cushion airbag device mountable to a vehicle seat that includes: a seat section including a seat cushion supported by a support section; and a blower duct having an outlet provided below the seat cushion so as to allow air-conditioning air to be ejected upward. The cushion airbag device includes an airbag, at least a part of which is inflated with an inflating fluid such that a seat surface of the seat section is bulged out. The airbag includes a folded portion. Before the airbag is inflated with the inflating fluid, the airbag is disposed at a position on a front side of the outlet while the folded portion is folded such that the outlet is exposed from the airbag. When the airbag is inflated, the folded portion is deployed so as to extend to a position on a rear side of the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hashido, Takanori Kanto
  • Publication number: 20130300179
    Abstract: There is provided a vehicle seat having an air passage formed to extend in an in-plane direction in a pad for supporting a body of an occupant. The vehicle seat includes a seat frame which supports a peripheral portion of the pad from a rear side thereof; and a support body which is supported by the seat frame and is configured to elastically support, from a rear side, a high-load portion of a center of the pad on which a body pressure of the occupant is concentrated, wherein the air passage is formed at a position avoiding the high-load portion of the pad supported by the support body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroki OTA
  • Publication number: 20130300159
    Abstract: A ventilation apparatus (500) serves to cool the seat cushion (120) of a seat (100), in particular of a vehicle seat. This seat cushion (120) has a seating surface (122), a rear face (127) and an underside (121). The underside (121) of the seat cushion (120) and the seat frame (110) form a cavity (190). The ventilation apparatus (500) has a radial fan (515) for arrangement in said cavity (190), which radial fan (515) has an inlet (512) and an outlet (518). An air distribution arrangement (530) connects to the output of a U-shaped air deflection device (520) that extends from the air outlet (518) of the radial fan (515) to an inlet (532) of the air distribution arrangement (530) and includes a plurality of air deflection conduits (525).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: EBM-PAPST ST. GEORGEN GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Hansjoerg Berroth
  • Patent number: 8454094
    Abstract: A combined deodorizing and air freshening vehicle seat cushion for removing odors and releasing a pleasant aroma in a vehicle may include primary bodies oriented in a side-by-side configuration. The primary bodies may include a deodorizing agent contained within an internal cavity of the primary bodies for filtering and deodorizing the airborne odor in the ambient air. Auxiliary bodies may be contiguously conjoined to the primary bodies and may include freshening agents for impregnating the deodorized ambient air with pleasant aromas. An air-permeable fluid-absorbent liner preferably has pivotally coupled seat and back portions removably positioned over the primary and auxiliary bodies respectively. A communications link provides a passageway for circulating air throughout first and groups of primary bodies defined along seat and back rest sections of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Dana Boulware, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130099550
    Abstract: A vehicle seat component includes a cushion member, and an upholstery member that covers the cushion member. The cushion member and the upholstery member are integrated together during molding of the cushion member. The upholstery member has a first portion that is air-permeable and that is arranged at a seating side, and a second portion that is laminated on the first portion and that prevents intrusion of a molding material of the cushion member. A thin section that is recessed toward the upholstery member is formed in a back surface of the cushion member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130043320
    Abstract: A ventilating device comprising: at least one air guidance device, wherein the air guidance device has at least one channel segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: W.E.T AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Jonathan Yu Zhang, Yand Yanbing Zhang, Beck Hailong Liang, Fred Fufei Zhang
  • Publication number: 20120279090
    Abstract: A system for removing moisture from a user's skin includes a casing having a first portion made of a material including hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibers configured to convey a liquid and/or vapor from outside to inside. The first portion configured to contact, or be near, a user's body part. The casing includes a second portion not configured to contact the body part, and at a third portion joining the first and second portions. The second and/or third portions are made of material configured to convey a liquid and/or vapor from inside to outside the casing. Padding, enclosed between the first and second portions, has a porous structure enabling the inside to be ventilated by vapor exiting the casing by contraction of a volume of the padding causing air to enter the casing by expansion in the volume of the padding. The porous structure has a resiliently compressible variable volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Gabriele Zecca
  • Publication number: 20120274118
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat with a seat part, with a seat back and with at least one air-permeable upholstered part having at least a main upholstery, a barrier coat and an upholstery cover. The barrier coat is disposed between the main upholstery and the upholstery cover or a carrier layer thereof. The upholstered part has an additional air-permeable upholstery core that is different from the main upholstery, and a means for ventilating the air-permeable upholstery core in the region adjoining the main upholstery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Roland Uebelacker
  • Publication number: 20120267937
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat in which a first member is arranged on a surface of a seat structure member and tucked into a recessed portion, and air blown out from a blower is blown at a seating side of the seat structure member via a flow path portion of a cushion, the flow path portion is provided in a portion of the cushion that is offset from a position where the recessed portion is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hideo SAHASHI
  • Publication number: 20120261974
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a cushion pad, a breathable outer cover and an air permeable material layer. The cushion pad includes an air passage extending from an air introducing port disposed at the non-passenger facing surface to a branch passage formed along the passenger facing surface. The branch passage has at least one bypass air passage that extends in a vehicle-widthwise direction of the cushion pad. The breathable outer cover is disposed over the passenger facing surface of the cushion pad. The air permeable material layer is disposed between the cushion pad and the breathable outer cover. The air permeable material layer includes a plurality of vent outlets passing through in a thickness direction of the air permeable material layer. The vent outlets are arranged in at least one column that extends in a direction perpendicular to the vehicle-widthwise direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norimichi Yoshizawa, Masahiro Egami, Miharu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8276986
    Abstract: A seat pad that is injection molded out of plastic with various combinations of holes and pathways that promote air flow to ventilate and prevent the build-up of perspiration on a person's back, upper legs, and rear end as they sit on it for an extended period of time. The seat pad also has multiple beads that provide acupuncture-type pressure for relaxation and comfort of the person. The design of the seat pad is such that it provides some flexibility for cushioning effect and some rigidity so that it is not collapsed or crushed under the weight of the person sitting on it for an extended period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Nahyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8172333
    Abstract: An air-conditioned vehicle seat is provided having an air impermeable lower upholstered seat or backrest part, an intermediate layer through which air flows, and an upholstery cover through which air flows on the side of the intermediate layer. By way of stitches anchored on the upholstered part, the upholstery cover is divided into mutually delimited upholstery zones, air bridges extending between the individual upholstery zones transversely to the seams provided for connecting the intermediate layer. An unhindered seat ventilation and a durably secure fixing of the stitches is achieved in a simple manner with respect to manufacturing and without impairing the sitting comfort, in that, in the longitudinal direction of the seams, the air bridges have a construction that is narrower than that of the seam-side edge zones of the intermediate layer, and the stitches are anchored without the insertion of air bridges on the wall sections of the upholstered part adjoining the air bridges on both sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Christian Pudenz
  • Patent number: 8162398
    Abstract: A lumbar system for use in a seat includes a frame having a first side and a second side substantially opposite the first side, a pump mounted to the second side of the frame and operable to pressurize air, and a control module mounted to the second side of the frame. The control module is in communication with the pump to receive pressurized air. The lumbar system also includes a plurality of air cells mounted to the first side of the frame. Each of the plurality of air cells individually communicates with the control module to receive variable amounts of pressurized air provided by the pump such that each air cell is independently inflatable. The frame, the pump, the control module, and the plurality of air cells are installable in the seat as a single unit by coupling the frame to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Schukra of North America Co.
    Inventors: Renato Colja, Robert J. McMillen, John Koopman
  • Patent number: 8162391
    Abstract: There is disclosed an insert suitable for use within a seating system of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Goran Bajic, Ed Marlovits, Dmitri Axakov
  • Publication number: 20120025585
    Abstract: Provided is a seat pad 1 having a fastener member 4 on a front surface side of a pad body 2 made of a foaming resin, which includes: a ventilation member 5, one end portion of the ventilation member being located in the vicinity of the fastener member 4, and the other end portion of the ventilation member extending on a rear surface side of the pad body 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato Oota, Yuuya Tanaka, Toshio Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20110308020
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a support system includes a multi-layer support system with a number of layers. Systems and methods of removing moisture vapor from an environment surrounding patient are disclosed that accomplish such removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Applicant: KCI LICENSING, INC.
    Inventors: John H. Vrzalik, Cesar Lina, Glenn C. Stroh
  • Publication number: 20110266842
    Abstract: There is disclosed an insert suitable for use within a seating system of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Goran Bajic, Ed Marlovits, Dmitri Axakov
  • Patent number: 8038222
    Abstract: An actively ventilated vehicle seat includes a lower air-impermeable seat cushion or backrest part, an air-permeable intermediate layer made of a spacer fabric and an upholstered cover. The vehicle seat is divided into upholstered areas which are delimited from each other by seams anchored at the air-impermeable seat cushion. Air bridges are provided which extend transversely to the seams for connecting the intermediate layer between the individual upholstered areas. An unobstructed seat ventilating system and a permanently secure attachment of the seams are achieved in a simple manner in terms of production and without affecting the seating comfort in that the air bridges are integrated all around into the air-impermeable seat cushion and the seams are anchored above the air bridges in the air-impermeable material of the upholstered part covering the air bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Rudolf Lein, Christian Pudenz
  • Publication number: 20110186560
    Abstract: A seat assembly and a method of controlling temperature of a seat assembly. The seat assembly may include a seat bottom configured to move between a first position and a second position. A flexible duct provides air to the seat bottom. The flexible duct has a housing defining an air passage and a plurality of support members disposed in the air passage. The flexible duct moves when the seat bottom moves from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Karl Kennedy, John F. Nathan
  • Patent number: 7971931
    Abstract: There is disclosed an insert suitable for use within a seating system of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Goran Bajic, Ed Marlovits, Dmitri Axakov
  • Publication number: 20110115276
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tensioning device (40) for pulling a cover (18) of an interior fitting (1100), particularly a seat (1110), into a trench (27?). The invention provides for the tensioning device (40) to have at least one tension-transmission device (28) for transmitting tensile forces between the interior of the seat (1110) and the cover (18), at least one anchorage device (29) for fastening the cover (18) directly or indirectly to a cushion and/or the seat (1110), at least one stiffening element (9) for distributing tensile forces of the tension-transmission device (28) uniformly along the pulled-down cover (18), and/or a pressure-distribution device (33) to prevent a concentration of pressure caused by the tensioning device (40) on the functional elements (1) within the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: W.E.T. AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS AG
    Inventor: Enrico Glaser
  • Patent number: 7918498
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a ventilated seat with a valve sheet having one or more valve assemblies. The valve sheet maybe on a frame of the seat. The valve assemblies open in response to a force such as a force applied by an individual occupying the seat. In another aspect, the present invention provides a method of thermally regulating a seat by occupying a seat with a valve sheet. By occupying the seat one or more valves assemblies open air moving though the open valve assemblies thermally regulates the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Goran Bajic, Marinko Lazanja, Zoran Panic, Boris Zlotin, Peter Ulan, Vladimir Gerasimov, Vladimir Proseanik
  • Patent number: 7905545
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat body that is configured for attachment to a floor surface of a vehicle. The seat body includes a seat back that is connected to a seat bottom. The seat back has a seat back frame and the seat bottom has a seat bottom frame. An electric component is mounted to the seat body. A first mounting member attaches the electric component to one of the seat back frame and the seat bottom frame. In this vehicle seat assembly, the first mounting member is configured to flex such that the electric component can move in a direction that is generally perpendicular to a plane of the one of the seat back frame and the seat bottom frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Christer Andersson, Odd Jaegtnes, Torbjoern Andersson
  • Patent number: 7775602
    Abstract: There is disclosed an insert suitable for use within a seating system of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Goran Bajic, Ed Marlovits, Dmitri Axakov
  • Patent number: 7748788
    Abstract: In a child seat which has a seat portion and a back portion and in which the back portion provided with a shoulder belt guide for guiding a shoulder belt of a seat belt of a vehicle from the shoulder to the chest of a sitter, the child seat is provided with a belt guide position adjusting mechanism for changing the position of the shoulder belt guide in the left and right directions of the back portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Combi Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoichi Yumoto, Yusuke Arii
  • Patent number: 7735932
    Abstract: There is disclosed an insert suitable for use within a seating system of an automotive vehicle. More particularly an insert for a ventilated seat, the insert including a forward layer, a rearward layer, a spacer material intermediate of the forward layer and the rearward layer, and an air moving member that includes a fan and a housing, and is attached to an outer surface of the rearward layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Goran Bajic, Ed Marlovits, Dmitri Axakov
  • Patent number: 7695062
    Abstract: A device (2) for accommodating functional elements in regions of a motor vehicle interior that are subjected to mechanical forces at least at times, having a base layer (8), an intermediate layer (10) and a cover layer (12), wherein the layers (8, 10, 12) are arranged so as to at least partially overlap one another, wherein the intermediate layer (10) has at least one support element (14) for the transmission of mechanical loads between the base layer (8) and cover layer (12), which element is made, in particular, of a firm but flexible material. In addition to the support element (14), additional functional elements (18) are arranged in the remaining space (16) between the base layer (8), the cover layer (12) and the support element (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems AG
    Inventor: Stefan Stöwe
  • Publication number: 20090322128
    Abstract: A retrofit height adjustable seat for a chair having a support frame having a base for connection to the support frame and a top seat frame include a displacement mechanism movably interconnecting the base, a rack operably connected to one of the base and top seat frame and pinion operably connected to the rack. The displacement mechanism includes a pair of interconnected scissor arms which in a retracted mode are in a generally parallel position relative to one another rendering the top seat frame seat adjacent the base and when in an extended mode are in a generally nonparallel position relative to one another rendering the top seat frame seat displaced away from the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: Dale A. Bell
  • Patent number: 7607739
    Abstract: A system and method for routing air within a vehicle seat is provided. The system includes an airflow connector configured to provide a substantially airtight seal between a plenum member and an air conditioning device. The system is configured to improve the assembly of the airflow connector to a plenum member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. Browne, Christopher Morrison, Anthony Torris
  • Patent number: 7559610
    Abstract: An odor air cleaning seat is provided with an opening for receiving body waste odor air expelled by a person sitting thereon. A odor air sensor is mounted in the opening for detecting the presence of odor air expelled by the person. An odor filter is mounted in a conducting compartment located below the seat. At least one air blower is provided in the conducting compartment for drawing the odor air to flow through the conducting compartment for cleaning and removing the offensive odor of the odor air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Kim Hong Min
  • Publication number: 20090127894
    Abstract: A vehicle seat has a cushion in which a ventilation layer for ventilating the cushion is integrated. At least one radial fan is integrated at a front end of the ventilation layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: DaimlerChrysler AG
    Inventors: Claudio Bargheer, Karl Pfahler
  • Publication number: 20090108651
    Abstract: Disclosed is a health-promoting chair having aromatic compound which can be freely replaced. The health-promoting chair has an insertion and separation space 1 at a center portion of a seat of a chair and an auxiliary cushion 10 having a structure in which an aromatic compound pack 9 can be inserted thereinto and separated therefrom using an opening and closing means 5. Further, aromatic material in the aromatic compound pack can be freely replaced according to user's desire. Still further, if needed, the auxiliary cushion can be separated from the chair and then used alone or in combination with other furniture goods at other locations. The auxiliary cushion can be used in combination with a variety of types of lower fixing means such as air bag type, screw type and rope type in order to adjust height thereof. The installation method is not limited according to form of a chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: ChanIl Jang
  • Patent number: 7497513
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a buffer cushion for automobiles including: a main air chamber (2) having a size corresponding to the sizes of the automobile seats; an auxiliary air chamber (3) having a relatively smaller size than the main air chamber (2); an interconnecting chamber (4) formed integrally with the main air chamber (2) and auxiliary air chamber (3) for communicating the main air chamber (2) and the auxiliary air chamber 3 with each other to allow air injected into the buffer cushion to freely move between the main air chamber (2) and the auxiliary air chamber (3); and adjusting means (5) that is mounted on the auxiliary air chamber (3) for buffering the impact applied to the main air chamber (2) and adjusting a buffering force when the impact is applied to an automobile seat in upward and downward directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Tae-Sook Kim
  • Patent number: 7478869
    Abstract: There is disclosed an insert suitable for use within a seating system of an automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: W.E.T. Automotive Systems, AG
    Inventors: Marinko Lazanja, Goran Bajic, Ed Marlovits, Dmitri Axakov