Including A Support Panel (e.g., Pan-type Seat, Etc.) Patents (Class 297/452.55)
  • Patent number: 10543767
    Abstract: A cushion pan for a seat cushion is formed from a metal sheet and the cushion pan includes: an outer frame section that is formed in a frame shape in a seat plan view, a pair of mutually opposing sides of the outer frame section each including a horizontal portion with a respective thickness direction along a seat up-down direction; a pair of side plate portions that extend toward one side in the seat up-down direction from facing end portions of the pair of horizontal portions; and a plate spring portion having a flat plate shape bridging between ends of the pair of side plate portions on an opposite side of the side plate portions from the pair of horizontal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: NHK Spring Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Sasaki, Shunichirou Osa, Akihiro Hayashi, Hiroaki Takeuchi, Kazuki Hirao
  • Patent number: 10538181
    Abstract: A seatback of a seat includes a seatback frame, a pad placed on a front side of the seatback frame, and a skin member covering a front part of the pad and extending to a rear side of the seatback frame. An inner support member is attached to the rear side of the seatback frame. A back board is attached to a rear side of the inner support member and configured to hold an edge portion of the skin member against at least an upper part of the inner support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Tsukamoto, Kristian Villanueva, Takuji Kaneda, Makoto Takeuchi, Ganesh Narayanan, Masakazu Okada
  • Patent number: 10493885
    Abstract: A reinforcement structure for a seat back frame includes a panel member and a frame member joined to the panel member. The panel member includes an outer peripheral flange formed by bending an outer peripheral portion of the panel member, and the outer peripheral flange includes a plurality of outer peripheral beads formed thereon and arranged at intervals in a circumferential direction of the panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kei Okuma, Naoya Nishimoto, Yuta Sugaya
  • Patent number: 10308302
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a cushioning material structure, for a vehicle seat, that makes it possible to reduce the weight of the vehicle seat while maintaining stable riding performance. A cushioning material supported by the top surface of a bottom plate provided on a vehicle body is provided with voids. This allows weight reduction without reducing the thickness of the cushioning material as in conventional cushioning-material structures, thereby making it possible to reduce the weight of the vehicle seat while maintaining stable riding performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: TS TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohisa Chiba, Katsuhiro Kiya, Yoshinori Ueyama
  • Patent number: 9855861
    Abstract: A rail and carrier system for first and second removable seats of a motor vehicle is described. The rail and carrier system includes two lower rails fixedly attached to and positioned laterally along a floor of the motor vehicle. Two upper rails are nested with and laterally slidable within each of the lower rails. The rail and carrier system further includes four cross brackets laterally spaced apart and arranged perpendicular to the upper rails, two connecting the left upper rails, and two connecting the right upper rails. Covers are connected to and extend between the cross brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter A Supernavage, Fernando A Montijo, Jeffrey H Scheurer, II, Tetsuya Ishikawa, Spyridon G Blatseas, Jesus A Diaz Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9771155
    Abstract: A seat pan for a passenger seat and a passenger seat. The seat pan is corrugated for partially absorbing a downward loading applied to the seat pan through deformation of a corrugation pattern of the seat pan as a result of a counter force applied by a support structure of the passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignees: Singapore Technologies Aerospace Ltd, Tenryu Aero Component Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Guo Ying Zheng, Charles Fakhri Baz, Teruo Sawada
  • Patent number: 9505328
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat comprising a seat portion and a backrest connected to the seat portion by a hinge mechanism. A seat element selected from among the backrest and the seat portion comprises a shell, which is made of a plastic material and the side edges of which are overmolded onto composite reinforcement inserts. Each of the inserts comprises a core perpendicular to the medium plane of the seat element, and two side flanges parallel to the medium plane of the seat element. The insert is formed by assembling two composite parts having an L-shaped cross-section and forming a portion of the core and one of the side flanges of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: FAURECIA SIEGES D'AUTOMOBILE
    Inventors: Thierrry Renault, Amit Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 9050919
    Abstract: A vehicle seat cushion is provided with: a cushion body that makes contact with the body of a vehicle occupant; and a plurality of spring bodies that are suspended on a seat frame so as to extend in the fore-and-aft direction of the seat. The plurality of spring bodies include inner region spring bodies that are placed underneath the hipbone of the vehicle occupant, and outer region spring bodies that are placed on the outer sides of the inner region spring bodies in the transverse direction of the seat. Moreover, if a cross-section of the seat extending in the fore-and-aft direction is viewed, then at least the inner region spring body portion that is located on the front side of the bottommost end portion of the hipbone of the vehicle occupant is seen to be positioned lower than the outer region spring bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomoki Matsumoto, Yoshitomo Oka
  • Patent number: 8998338
    Abstract: A chair component assembly includes a support component adapted to support a portion of a seated user and a cover having a plurality of sides that cooperate to form an interior space that receives the support component herein, wherein the cover includes a first portion comprising a thermoplastic material, and a second portion comprising a non-thermoplastic material, wherein the first portion and the second portion are attached to one another to each form an outer aesthetic surface of the cover about the support component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Vander Veen, Gordon J. Peterson, Bruce M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8985685
    Abstract: A vehicle seating assembly having a seat back including a polymeric body portion defining a forward support frame having a plurality of forwardly extending connection pins on a front surface thereof. A flexible comfort carrier is disposed on the polymeric body portion and includes a plurality of slots configured to receive the plurality of forwardly extending connection pins. A seat includes a seat pan that is rotatable over a seat bin between open and closed positions. The seat pan includes a forward upwardly-rounded hump configured to lessen the potential of a passenger to slide forward in the seat. The seat pan includes a storage compartment on an underside thereof that includes a latchable lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Line, Robert Damerow, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, Brandon Guinn, Bernard Gerard Marchetti, Daniel Ferretti, Chad Hoover
  • Patent number: 8919887
    Abstract: To achieve weight reduction while providing elasticity sufficient in a cushioning member for a vehicle seat, an elastic member made of expanded resin beads includes an elastic covering material having stretching properties stuck to an outer face of an expanded bead body. Therefore, when the elastic member made of expanded resin beads is bent or compressed, the respective beads themselves configuring the expanded bead body are elastically deformed according to stretching or compressing of the elastic covering material, and since the elastic deformation is not such deformation that a gap between beads of the expanded bead body largely expands, a crack occurring between beads or permanent deformation does not occur so that bending or compressing becomes possible. Accordingly, the elastic member made of expanded resin beads is suitable as a cushioning member utilizing an elastic recovering force in a bending direction and a thickness direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Soichi Makita, Shigeki Wagata, Seiji Kawasaki, Yuji Hattori
  • Patent number: 8864239
    Abstract: Disclosed is a back rest structure for vehicle seats and a method for manufacturing the same. The back rest structure has a back panel element and a seat back frame element fixed to each other, where at least one of the back panel element or the seat back frame element is provided of a thermoplastic composite material comprising a thermoplastic compound material and a reinforcement material, wherein with respect to the thermoplastic material the reinforcement material represents 50 wt-% or more than 50 wt-%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Eric B. Michalak, Gregg R. Laframboise, Daniel J. Sakkinen, Ornela Zekavica, Antoine Kmeid, Joseph F. Prosniewski, Alexander I. Balin, Nicholas L. Petouhoff
  • Patent number: 8820843
    Abstract: A vehicle seat supporting body has padding which has a honeycomb body of elastic material and is covered with upholstery permeable to air and defining a user supporting surface; the cells of the honeycomb body extend along axes crosswise to the supporting surface, are open at the ends, and, in use, vary in volume in response to oscillating movement of the user; on the opposite side to the supporting surface, at least one opening connects the cells to the outside, and is opened/closed automatically by valves in response to compression and decompression of the air in the cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societá Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Nevio Di Giusto, Andrea Zussino, Giorgio Masoero, Salvatore Demontis
  • Patent number: 8801104
    Abstract: A seat portion of a vehicle seat has a padding, which is covered with permeable upholstery defining a user supporting surface and has a plurality of chambers extending crosswise to the supporting surface; the chambers are open at their ends and, in use, vary in volume in response to oscillating movement of the user; the chambers are grouped in at least four groups, which are located, respectively, in front right, front left, rear right, and rear left position; the chambers of each group are isolated in fluidtight manner by the chambers of the other groups and communicate with a respective opening, which connects the lower end of the chambers to the outside; the opening of each group is associated with a respective valve, which operates independently from the valves of the other groups and is opened/closed automatically in response to compression and decompression of the air in the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societá Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Nevio Di Giusto, Andrea Zussino, Giorgio Masoero, Salvatore Demontis
  • Patent number: 8752901
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat, a back side, that is a side opposite a seating side, of a cushion is covered by a backing that has less expandability than the cushion. The back side of the cushion is divided by a pair of first supporting members into a center portion arranged between the pair of first supporting members and a pair of side portions arranged on both sides of the center portion. The center portion and the side portions each have a semi-cylindrical outer shape that protrudes out from the back side of the cushion. First arranging portions that are recessed toward the seating side are formed between the center portion and each of the side portions. The first supporting members are arranged sinking into the cushion at the first arranging portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kenji Kawano, Kousuke Sei, Takanori Kinoshita
  • Publication number: 20140159443
    Abstract: A therapeutic recumbent chair having back and leg cushions and including an adjustable lumbar support member and an adjustable scapula region support member, each within the back cushion and movable toward and away from a front surface of the back cushion for adjustment of the support members against the back cushion for comfortably supporting the back of a user when the user is seated in the chair. Varying the positions of the adjustable lumbar support member and of the adjustable scapula region support member allows the chair to be configured to properly support a user's back when the user is in a recumbent position, for minimizing back problems of a user and for treating back disorders.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. QUINT
  • Patent number: 8727445
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprising a supporting structure and a first and a second contoured panel fitted to the supporting structure and respectively defining the seat portion and the backrest of the seat. The supporting structure comprises a first and a second lateral supporting member extending along opposite sides of the seat and joined to one another by a cross-member extending along the join between the seat portion and the backrest. The first and the second panel are covered with respective flexible cover sheets that are fixed securely to the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Petra Italia S.A.S. di Marina Bordo & C.
    Inventor: Cosimo De Maina
  • Patent number: 8678505
    Abstract: A seat cushion of vehicle seat including a seat cushion frame and a bottom panel member on which a foam padding is mounted. The bottom panel member has a thigh support area fixed to a forward portion of the seat cushion frame and a buttocks support area situated in a rearward portion of the seat cushion frame. The buttocks support area has a resiliently deformable area in which are formed beads, each being resiliently stretchable laterally relative to the central line thereof by a downward load applied to the buttocks support area, whereby the resiliently deformable area is rendered deformable and displaceable downwardly. The buttocks support area may be made narrow by forming two inwardly curved edge portions in the respective sides thereof to thereby allow that buttocks support area to be warped downwardly. Hence, the buttocks support area is resiliently displaceable vertically relative to the seat cushion frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Tachi-S Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kanda, Masaaki Honda, Yosuke Karino
  • Patent number: 8662483
    Abstract: A shock absorber for vehicle seat is provided. The shock absorber is suspended on a seat frame so as to elastically support a pad. The shock absorber includes: a plurality of wires that are disposed in parallel to the seat frame, both ends of the wires being locked to the seat frame; and a resinous member that connects the wires to each other, the resinous member having a bent portion, wherein the resinous member is elastically deformable in a direction in which the wires are opposed each other in accordance with a deformation of the bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shigetomo Yamaguchi, Masayuki Kitou, Toshiyuki Ario, Ryuji Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8651573
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat bottom having a seat cushion and a seat bottom frame subassembly adjacent the cushion. The seat bottom frame subassembly has a platform portion with an aperture, a first substantially rigid support member suspended from the platform portion across the aperture, and a second substantially rigid support member suspended from the platform portion across the aperture. The first support member and the second support member are configured to move between the retracted position and a deployed position when a load is applied to the cushion. The first support member and the second support member cooperate to support the cushion when the first support member and the second support member are in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Giuseppe Ghisoni, Giorgio Ursino
  • Patent number: 8651579
    Abstract: Panel assemblies designed and configured to be installed into cushioned and other occupant-supporting furniture to increase the support provided to one or more occupants of the furniture. Each panel assembly is composed of interconnecting components, such as panels and slats. The components are interconnected in any one or more of a variety of manners, including side-to-side, overlapped, and stacked, and combinations thereof. Each panel assembly can be made from one or more kits of components that can be provided along with instructions, such as assembly instructions and installation instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: HIP Innovations LLC
    Inventors: James Pettingill, Timothy George
  • Patent number: 8550564
    Abstract: A composite seat pan for a lightweight aircraft passenger seat includes an open-section fore cross beam, an open-section aft cross beam and a seat pan membrane carried by the fore cross beam and the aft cross beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Max U. Kismarton, James A. Fullerton
  • Patent number: 8540318
    Abstract: In at least one embodiment, the present invention relates to a vehicle seat assembly comprising a seat frame made of structural foam and having a main body portion having a forward portion and a rearward portion, and a wire attachment bracket having a front attachment tab, a rear attachment tab, and a connecting portion extending between the front and rear attachment tabs. The front attachment tab can be securable to a vehicle floor pan to secure the forward portion of the seat frame to the vehicle floor pan, and the rear attachment tab can be securable to a vehicle floor pan to secure the rearward portion of the seat frame to the vehicle floor pan. In at least one embodiment, the vehicle seat assembly further comprises a cushion supported on the frame, with the cushion being softer than the seat frame, and a trim material disposed over the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Allyn Folkert, William Barr, Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali
  • Publication number: 20130119741
    Abstract: A cushion pan for a vehicle seating assembly includes a body portion having at least one pocket including a module retention aperture disposed therein. First and second suspension assembly retainers are disposed in the body portion. A peripheral flange extends substantially orthogonal to the planar extent of the body portion and includes a plurality of trim tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Medoro, Majid Arefi, Khaled Ayyash, Johnathan Andrew Line, Michael Kolich, James Patrick Creighton, Robert J. Sack
  • Publication number: 20120326484
    Abstract: In a vehicle seat, a back side, that is a side opposite a seating side, of a cushion is covered by a backing that has less expandability than the cushion. The back side of the cushion is divided by a pair of first supporting members into a center portion arranged between the pair of first supporting members and a pair of side portions arranged on both sides of the center portion. The center portion and the side portions each have a semi-cylindrical outer shape that protrudes out from the back side of the cushion. First arranging portions that are recessed toward the seating side are formed between the center portion and each of the side portions. The first supporting members are arranged sinking into the cushion at the first arranging portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Kenji KAWANO, Kousuke SEI, Takanori KINOSHITA
  • Patent number: 8328279
    Abstract: A pad is adapted to set on a seat pan included in a vehicle seat. The pad includes a cushion on the seat pan and a cushion cover on the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Faurecia Automotive Seating, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Brncick, Robert Fender, Lola Lafferty, Karen Brosnan
  • Patent number: 8287047
    Abstract: A vehicle seat allowing to improve a vibration absorption characteristic, securing a stable seating posture, having high vehicle operability, and allowing to alleviate fatigue due to long time seating. In a seat cushion of a vehicle seat, a first human body support portion having a center at a position corresponding to a substantially center between the pair of ischial tuberosities of a human body, and a second human body support portion corresponding to the vicinities of femoral bases of a human body and having a center at a position located forward at a horizontal distance of 100 mm along a longitudinally center line of the seat cushion from the first human body support portion are regarded respectively as spring elements, and static spring constants and dynamic spring constants thereof are set to a predetermined relationship. Thus, stability and vibration absorbency during static seating are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Etsunori Fujita
  • Publication number: 20120256467
    Abstract: Panel assemblies designed and configured to be installed into cushioned and other occupant-supporting furniture to increase the support provided to one or more occupants of the furniture. Each panel assembly is composed of interconnecting components, such as panels and slats. The components are interconnected in any one or more of a variety of manners, including side-to-side, overlapped, and stacked, and combinations thereof. Each panel assembly can be made from one or more kits of components that can be provided along with instructions, such as assembly instructions and installation instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: HIP INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: James Pettingill, Timothy George
  • Publication number: 20120248839
    Abstract: A cushion structure that does not cause pain to a user when seated and that promotes steady breathing. Three dimensional knit fabrics are formed as a laminate of plural stacked layers, and a minimal-layer structure section, which does not possess at least even a single intermediate layer between the topmost layer and the bottommost layer, is provided on the approximate center section in the width direction in a prescribed width and in a prescribed length from front to back. The approximate center section in the width direction of the cushion structure is the region upon which the area around the sacrum is positioned when the user is seated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Hirofumi Mizuno, Seiji Kawasaki, Shigeki Wagata
  • Publication number: 20120228918
    Abstract: A vehicle seat with a function of absorbing volatile substances in an interior of a vehicle with the seat is disclosed. The vehicle seat comprises a seat frame structure, a cushioned padding member supported on the seat frame structure, and a volatile substances-absorbing member provided on a surface of the cushioned padding member which faces the seat frame structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventors: Junichi Takahashi, Takako Fukuda, Hideyuki Yanagita, Harutomi Nishide, Yoshiyuki Ito, Tetsushi Yamada
  • Publication number: 20120133193
    Abstract: A support member has a first part that abuts against a frame member to be engaged with the frame member, and a second part to which an edge of upholstery is attached. The first part and the second part are formed at one side of the support member in a row. The first part is formed by bending a portion of the one side of the support member so as to curve toward a first side of the frame member that is different from a second side of the frame member, at which a cushioning material is arranged. The second part is formed by bending another portion of the one side of the support member so as to curve in the opposite direction from the first part and so as to protrude toward the center of the frame member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hideyuki ABE, Hiroshi MIZOBATA
  • Patent number: 8136884
    Abstract: A seating product comprising a seat deck assembly secured at opposite ends to a frame. The seat deck assembly comprises a seat deck. A textile border is disposed between at least one end of the seat deck assembly and the frame. The textile border is attached to the frame, thereby flexibly coupling the seat deck assembly thereto. Cushions, padding or an upholstered covering can complete embodiments of the seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Larry I. Bullard, William J. Distler
  • Publication number: 20110210597
    Abstract: A vehicular seat, a watercraft seat, a method for making the vehicular seat, and a method for making the watercraft seat that can achieve a favorable riding comfort, reduce the number of work processes involved, and reduce a manufacturing cost even by foaming a first cushion member of urethane on a second cushion member of a thermoplastic elastomer to make an integrated assembly of the first cushion member of urethane and the second cushion member. A vehicular seat includes a first cushion member formed of urethane and covered with a seat skin and a second cushion member formed of a thermoplastic elastomer and disposed between the first cushion member and a bottom plate. A covering sheet is disposed between the first cushion member and the second cushion member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Inventors: Tsutomu TAKEUCHI, Mitsue Koyano, Takeshi Ohara
  • Publication number: 20110148175
    Abstract: To achieve weight reduction while providing elasticity sufficient in a cushioning member for a vehicle seat, an elastic member made of expanded resin beads includes an elastic covering material having stretching properties stuck to an outer face of an expanded bead body. Therefore, when the elastic member made of expanded resin beads is bent or compressed, the respective beads themselves configuring the expanded bead body are elastically deformed according to stretching or compressing of the elastic covering material, and since the elastic deformation is not such deformation that a gap between beads of the expanded bead body largely expands, a crack occurring between beads or permanent deformation does not occur so that bending or compressing becomes possible. Accordingly, the elastic member made of expanded resin beads is suitable as a cushioning member utilizing an elastic recovering force in a bending direction and a thickness direction thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: DELTA TOOLING CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Etsunori Fujita, Yumi Ogura, Soichi Makita, Shigeki Wagata, Seiji Kawasaki, Yuji Hattori
  • Publication number: 20110127823
    Abstract: The invention relates to a backrest (3) for a rear seat or a rear bench (1) of a motor vehicle, in particular a backrest (3) produced in accordance with a method according to one of the preceding claims, wherein the backrest (3) has upholstery (4) and a back plate (5, 5B) which is arranged behind the upholstery (4) and extends essentially over the entire backrest (3), wherein at least two thirds of the back plate (5, 5B) are composed of a rolled metal sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Meinhard Behrens
  • Publication number: 20100327647
    Abstract: A vehicle seat cushion composite is provided with a structural layer adapted to be mounted within a vehicle to provide support to an occupant. The structural layer has at least two edge regions provided proximate two edges of the structural layer and an inner region at least partially bound within the at least two edge regions. The at least two edge regions have a plurality of concave channels. A cushion layer is adjacent to the structural layer and has a plurality of concave projections sized to be received within the plurality of concave channels of the structural layer for minimizing lateral movement of the cushion layer relative to the structural layer proximate the edge regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ashford A. Galbreath, Asad S. Ali, Terry O'Bannon
  • Patent number: 7837273
    Abstract: A seat suspension that includes at least one beam spring that extends across a seat pan. In one preferred embodiment, a pair of such springs is carried by the pan. The springs preferably differ in compliance from one another and from a mesh load supporting grid that is connected to each spring. One such arrangement produces a suspension of progressive construction that enables the seat to handle a wide range of shocks, bumps, jolts, and vibration of varying frequencies and magnitudes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Milsco Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Clifton J. Ratza, Trent A. Eekhoff
  • Publication number: 20100276979
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a backrest and a seat part, at least one of which has a structural element with a cavity. The cavity is formed by a base plate and at least two profiles secured to the base plate. A corner region of the two profiles has provided in it a filling configured to influence the stability and/or the deformation behavior of the backrest and/or the seat part. The filling has a foam support and a foam material at least partially surrounding the foam support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: Johnson Control Technology Company
    Inventors: Martin Zynda, Stefan Josten, Stafan Funk, Bernd Engels, Andreas Hansen
  • Patent number: 7806476
    Abstract: A seat, especially an airplane or vehicle seat, has a seat part placed on the stand-type seat structure (12) in relation to a base and provided with a bearing part (18) on its front side. The bearing part (18) is embodied in a flexible manner and can move in the direction of the seat structure (12) when a predefined seating load is exerted on it. When the load is discharged, it can move back into its initial position in the opposite direction from the seat structure (12). This arrangement creates a seat whose front part is maintained in a flexible manner such that the front area of the seat part yields according to the seating load exerted by the seat user. The pressure forces are limited to the lower side of the upper thighs of the seat user. As a result, the cross-sections of the veins in that region are not reduced, but are maintained such that the circulation of the blood is not impeded, significantly reducing the risk of thrombosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Oliver Forgatsch, Hartmut Schürg, Sven Achilles
  • Publication number: 20100176633
    Abstract: A pad is adapted to set on a seat pan included in a vehicle seat. The pad includes a cushion on the seat pan and a cushion cover on the cushion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: FAURECIA AUTOMOTIVE SEATING, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Brncick, Robert Fender, Lola Lafferty, Karen Brosnan
  • Publication number: 20100133892
    Abstract: Contoured loveseat with an internal support frame forming an elongate rectilinear shape having a pair of matching long rigid parallel side panels, a pair of matching short rigid parallel side panels and a contoured top panel. The short side panels and the contoured top panels are covered by a uniformly thick cushion material. The short side panels join the top panel in a radiused fashion. A plurality of supplemental support cushions can be slidably retained within cutout portions in the side panels. The cutout portions are shaped to match the profile of the supplemental cushions. A preferred embodiment includes one side of the contoured top panel being sized for a male body and the opposite side of the contoured top panel being sized for a female body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Anthony Vitale
  • Publication number: 20090179478
    Abstract: A seat cushion having a seat pad with a channel therein, the channel having a web with apertures for drainage of water away from the seat pad. The web provides a channel area on top of the web and a channel area below the web for egress of water. In one embodiment, the seat cushion is secured to a tree stand frame by straps and has a dual-section back portion that secures to a tree via a fastener at the top thereof. The dual-section back portion folds together to form a single planar construct and also folds to the seat pad portion, again to form a single planar package of collapsed ‘Z’ shape for transport or storage. In an alternate embodiment, the seat cushion, optionally with or without a back portion, is secured to a boat seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: George L. Frady
  • Publication number: 20090134686
    Abstract: A vehicle seat which comprises a seat cushion, a frame for the seat cushion, and a seat pan supported by the seat cushion frame. A surface of the seat pan is covered with a cushion material, and a cutout is formed in a front portion of the seat pan. The cutout is shaped such that a leg of an occupant sitting on the seat cushion can fit in the cutout while deforming the cushion material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Naito, Yuta Urushiyama, Koichi Suyama
  • Patent number: 7533941
    Abstract: Seating comfort is improved in a seat pad for vehicles includes a pad main body having a bottom dented upward to form a concave portion and having an insert arranged in the concave portion. The seat pad for vehicles 10 includes a cushion pad. The cushion pad includes a pad main body 20, an insert 30, and a rigid layer 40. The pad main body 20 has a concave portion 24. The insert 30 fits in the concave portion 24. The rigid layer 40 is bonded with the ceiling plane of the concave portion 24. The insert 30 has many protrusions 31 on its top face, and gaps between the protrusions 31 constitute a space 32. The space 32 communicates with a seating plane through holes 27 and communicates with the seating plane of the insert 30 through a through hole 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Tomokazu Saitou, Kazushige Ebe
  • Patent number: 7503627
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a seat which is applicable to a vehicle seat, and the seat comprises a seat material whose rear end side is connected to a rear end side of a frame for a sitting portion by way of an elastic member, a plate-like member suppressing deformation of the seat material at a time of sitting, and a fabric-like member suppressing downward sinking of a front portion of the seat material by a tension acting in accordance with sitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Delta Tooling Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 7422289
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a frame panel having an improved reinforcing pattern. The frame panel includes a panel body having a front plate and a rear plate, which are integrally formed as a single body through a blowing process. The front plate has vertical groove patterns and horizontal groove patterns on the outside area except for the central area thereof, while the rear plate has vertical groove patterns and horizontal groove patterns on each of the central area and the outside area thereof, thus forming rectangular reinforcing groove patterns, with a diagonal groove pattern diagonally extending upwards from the lower end of a side of the rectangular reinforcing groove pattern provided on the outside area of the rear plate such that the diagonal groove pattern passes through the rectangular reinforcing groove pattern provided on the central area of the rear plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hee-Deog Kim, Hyung-Jun Ahn, In-Se Yoon
  • Publication number: 20080174164
    Abstract: A motor vehicle seat with a seat pan comprising a seat part and a supporting plate, said supporting plate being connected to the seat part via a guide for displacement in a longitudinal direction and comprising a front region forming the front edge of the seat pan. The supporting plate comprises a left and a right supporting wing. The left supporting wing forms the left front corner and the right supporting wing, the right front corner of the seat pan.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventors: Burckhard Becker, Wilfried Beneker
  • Publication number: 20080084105
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle seat, in particular for a motor vehicle, wherein the vehicle seat comprises padding and a profile or panel which comprises a padding channel for the fastening of the padding and/or of a cover, and wherein the padding channel comprises a tab which protrudes into the padding channel in such a manner that it increasingly narrows the latter in one section (V) in the longitudinal direction of the padding channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Publication date: April 10, 2008
    Applicant: FAURECIA AUTOSITZE GMBH
    Inventor: Meinhard Behrens
  • Patent number: 7290837
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat back frame of a rectangular shape having a pair of side frames, upper and lower seat springs mounted between the side frames, and a flexible cushion plate in the form of a single plate attached to the seat springs. The cushion plate has a lower wide section supporting the vicinity of ilia (S) of a seated occupant (P), and a narrow middle section for reducing hold performance for the vicinity of a waist of the seated occupant (P). The cushion plate has an upper edge projecting slightly higher than a ninth dorsal vertebra (R) of the seated occupant (P).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Sugiyama, Yutaka Kizawa
  • Patent number: 7252341
    Abstract: In the case of a vehicle seat, in particular a motor vehicle seat, with a seat part and a backrest as seat components, of which at least one seat component has a structure (11) and at least one adapter (15) arranged on the structure (11), the adapter (15) bears extensively and with a form-fitting connection on the structure (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Recaro GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Sascha Kircher, Matthias Dittler, Ulf Schlenker, Thomas Kaiser