Permits Movement From Housing To Raised Closed Position Patents (Class 49/227)
  • Patent number: 10385603
    Abstract: A window positioning apparatus for a vehicle comprising a window panel, a frame in which the window panel is guided between a closed position closing a window opening in the frame and an open position opening the window opening, and a multi-stage telescoping screw actuator mechanism connected between the window panel and the frame, the actuator mechanism being extendible to move the window panel from its open position to its closed position and collapsible to move the window panel from its closed position to its open position. The multi-stage telescoping screw actuator mechanism includes a plurality of screw members of progressively decreasing diameter respectively telescopically disposed within a next adjacent screw member of larger diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Parker-Hannifin Corporation
    Inventors: William K. Fletcher, Christopher R. Vargas, Alexander M. Pankiw, Michael D. Bridges, Thomas J. Baric, Jeremiah K. Miller, Andrew C. McClelland, Daniel H. Craft
  • Patent number: 10350976
    Abstract: Guide rails with which a window regulator is provided are respectively fixed to a module plate. The guide rails are fixed, together with the module plate, to an edge of an opening portion provided at inward frames from an outward side in a vehicle width direction. Attachment portions which are capable of afterward attaching outward frames to the inward frames are provided, and attachment portions which are capable of afterward attaching a door outer panel to a door frame comprising the inward frames and the outward frames are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yukihiro Moriyama
  • Patent number: 10279666
    Abstract: An automobile beltline portion sound insulating structure formed along a beltline of an automobile, a door panel having two panel boards facing each other, a door glass being freely openable and closable by being provided between the two panel boards in a liftable manner and a first viscoelastic member mounted on a lower portion of at least one main surface of the door glass, the first viscoelastic member constrained by a mounting region of the first viscoelastic member in the door glass and a part of a surface of the panel board facing to the one main surface, at a door glass closed time, to insulate sound between the door panel and the door glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: AGC Inc.
    Inventors: Daisuke Yamada, Shunsuke Sadakane
  • Patent number: 10190355
    Abstract: A window regulator for raising and lowering a windowpane in a motor vehicle, and a vehicle door having at least one window regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & Co KG
    Inventors: Andreas Bombardella, Bernhard Geiger-Reinbacher, Alexander Haselwanter, Alois Mayrhofer, Dirk Nellessen, Daniele Rossio
  • Patent number: 9790728
    Abstract: A single-rail window regulator for moving a side window of a vehicle in an upward direction and in a downward direction includes a guide rail defining and a carrier plate having a central guide structure for movably engaging the guide rail, a first lateral extension extending to a first lateral side of the guide rail, and a second lateral extension extending to a second lateral side of the guide rail body opposite the first lateral side. The carrier plate has a first cable attachment pocket on the first lateral extension and a second cable attachment pocket on the second lateral extension. Accordingly, the two attachment pockets are arranged on opposite lateral sides. As one cable end pulls the carrier plate upward and the other cable end pulls the carrier plate downward, the arrangement causes torques in the same rotational direction, even when reversing the direction of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeki Arimoto, Masayuki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9724983
    Abstract: A device for moving a window glass for a vehicle, may include a glass holder disposed on a door panel for the vehicle and supporting the window glass, and a curved rail guiding vertical movement of the glass holder and curved to form a hinge shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Hyuk Jong Kwon
  • Patent number: 7503618
    Abstract: A wheeled automotive vehicle including a body structure, including a driver compartment and including an opening into the compartment. A door is cooperatively dimensioned and configured to close the opening, the opening being formed by portions of the body structure at the front and rear side of the opening. A hinge is pivotably holding the door, in a first position, at one of the front and rear side of the opening. A guide system is provided along a lower portion of the door on the same side of the opening as the hinge. During opening, the door is maneuverable upwardly along the guide system until it reaches the first position. From the first position, the door is pivotally movable around an axis, propagating in the transverse direction of the vehicle, and in a direction away from the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations Inc.
    Inventors: Mattias Geyrhofer, Patrick Verhée, Alex Daniel
  • Publication number: 20080216407
    Abstract: A fixing system with a fixing means for fixing a window of a motor vehicle. The fixing system comprising a slider and a displacement-force-introducing element being fitted on the fixing means. In an operating position there being an operative connection between the fixing means and the displacement-force-introducing element for the transmission of displacement forces. A reduction means used for reducing a direct transmission of force from the slider to the displacement-force-introducing element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Frank Fassbender
  • Patent number: 6748638
    Abstract: A window alignment device for use in a door having a recess and a peripheral edge and a window regulator is provided. A window panel is adjacent to the window regulator. The panel has a peripheral edge and a portion adapted to conform to the shape of the door and disposed in the recess of the door. Additionally, a locator member is adjacent to the peripheral edge; the locator member is disposed between the door and the window panel. When the panel is fixedly fastened to the regulator, the locator member is removed to form a predetermined gap between the edge of the window panel and the corresponding seal in the door or the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Dura Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Dedrich, Casimir R. Kiczek, Michael G. Linihan, William T. Dufour
  • Patent number: 6526696
    Abstract: The invention relates to a window regulator of an automobile vehicle quarter panel, which comprises a support plate having two cam grooves substantially offset in an oblique direction, a mobile carrier supporting a windowpane guided by the cam grooves, a cable winding drum connected to the mobile carrier by an upper cable passing over an upper return pulley and by a lower cable passing over a lower return pulley. The lower return pulley is arranged in height between the height of the lower ends of the two cam grooves. This allows the total height of the support plate to be decreased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Meritor Light Vehicle Systems (France)
    Inventor: Patrice Cardine
  • Publication number: 20030019158
    Abstract: A one piece modular automatic lift gate comprising a lift stump, a lifting arm, at least one stanchion, a slab, a control box set inside a stanchion to house mechanical, electric and electronic components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Pierre Gagnon
  • Publication number: 20030005637
    Abstract: A framed gate that is pivotally mounted at one of it's lower corners to a specially designed fence or base post securely positioned in the ground. The pivotal mounting of the gate allows one end of the gate to swinging up and out of the way thereby effectively opening a gap and allowing passage from one side of the fence line to the other. A primary post is provided outside of the inner fence post in relation to the gate. This post contains the necessary components for the lifting of the invention and may be either a manual winch device or a powered winch type device. Further, this device may be equipped with a remote control mechanism for remote operation of the gate. On the opposite side of the gate from the inner post is located the outer post which contains a catch mechanism to engage a locking mechanism on the gate to securely lock and hold the gate in a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Cletus Regner
  • Patent number: 6168114
    Abstract: In a door system for a passenger aircraft, a door panel is mounted on an aircraft structure so that it can pivot around at least one pivot axis and the door panel is movably guided at the end of the inward pivoting movement on a lifting movement path that runs essentially in conformance with the aircraft outside contour and runs transversely to the pivoting direction. Interengaging elements on the door frame and door panel are engaged in the completely closed position, moved out of shapewise engagement in an opposite lifting direction at the beginning of the opening process. The lifting movement takes place in a manner which is favorable for installation and is not prone to problems, while retaining an essentially horizontal pivoting movement path relative to the aircraft structure in such fashion that the pivot axis of the door panel is supported on the door frame with tilting position control and at the end of opening lifting movement, moves into essentially vertical alignment relative to the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Hannes Erben
  • Patent number: 6119399
    Abstract: A parallelogram gate for controlling traffic on a roadway, comprised of an arm assembly that is rotatable between a raised position and a horizontal, longitudinally-extended, roadway blocking position, a housing, and a drive assembly mounted within the housing. The arm assembly has parallel, elongated upper and lower rails, and a plurality of spaced-apart pickets pivotally attached to the upper and lower rails. A stationary pivot attaches a pivot end of the upper rail to the housing. A pair of vertical, grooved channel guides are attached to the housing at a location within the housing that is intermediate the stationary pivot and a lower portion of the housing. The drive assembly includes a hydraulic cylinder having a vertically-upward directed piston arm and mounted to the lower portion of the housing. A horizontal pin inserted through a traveling clevis carried by the piston arm, and inserted through a pivot end of the lower rail, extends into a groove within each of the guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: Roy L. McCain, Allen G. Wasson, Rocky E. Mountain
  • Patent number: 5625981
    Abstract: A composite window assembly for use in an automotive vehicle includes a composite guide plate. The composite guide plate is molded from a polymeric material. The guide plate has a plurality of guide structures. Furthermore, a molded polymeric composite sector gear has an integrated extension arm. Moreover, a molded composite window mounting plate is provided. The present invention also provides a guide, retention means and ball bearing construction. A method of manufacturing the present invention is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: ASC Incorporated
    Inventors: George W. Klein, Richard P. Hunt, David P. Piontek, Eric Exner
  • Patent number: 5537781
    Abstract: A modular window regulator system is provided for controlling the movement of a window which includes first and second cross arms pivotally joined to one another, each cross arm having first and second ends, the first cross arm first end being geared; a back plate mounting a driver gear for torsional engagement with the geared end of the first cross arm, the back plate mounting the first end of the second cross arm for linear movement; first and second channels extending generally vertically and transverse to the back plate and fixably joined thereto at opposite ends of the back plate; a sash slidably mounting the second end of the cross arms, the sash having first and second ends extending toward the first and second channels, respectively; a first guide block fixably connected to the sash first end and to the window, the first guide block having a vertical bearing connection with the first channel; a second guide block fixably connected to the sash second end and to the window, the second guide block having
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1996
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Bisnack, Jesse J.-S. Jou, Timothy A. Wirsing, Alex N. Draper
  • Patent number: 5255470
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vehicle door glass regulator adapted for use with doors having a rearwardly angled B-pillar, wherein the mechanism forces of the regulator are directed parallel with the B-pillar to reduce undesirable forces due to inaccurate tracking. The regulator includes a curved or bent lift arm and two balance arms, one of which is pivotally connected at one end to an intermediate point on the lift arm and at the other end to a guideway on the door, the second pivotally connected at one end to the same intermediate point on the lift arm and at the other end to a guideway on the window. The sum of the angles defining the bend of the lift arm and the slant of the B-pillar is preferably about 180.degree., and the balance arms are preferably of equal length and form an angle about equal to that defining the bend of the lift arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: GenCorp Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Dupuy
  • Patent number: 5070648
    Abstract: A window regulator for moving a window glass up or down so as to open or close a window of an automotive vehicle door having two guide rails substantially vertically disposed and horizontally spaced in parallel with each other and two sliding members secured to the window glass and mounted on the two guide rails, respectively, for sliding movement. One of the two sliding members is vertically spaced above the other of the two sliding members and caused to slidingly move up or down along the guide rail, thereby moving the window glass up or down so as to close or open the window of the automotive vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Yukihiro Moriyama
  • Patent number: 4984389
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an automobile door and the method of assembly thereof to be mounted in a door frame of an automobile. The invention comprises a gripping assembly on the window releasably interacting with an outer belt reinforcement member to stop and locate a bottom edge of the window. The door assembly further comprises an adjustment module whereby the upper edge of the window may be positioned flush to the outer door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: Atoma International, A Magna International Company
    Inventors: Dominque Benoit, Jonathan Vinden
  • Patent number: 4927207
    Abstract: A windowpane for an automobile includes a inner and outer surface having a curvature corresponding to a portion of a surface of one of either a cylindrical body or a conical body. The windowpane is mounted in the automobile such that one of either a front edge or a rear edge thereof is positioned closer to a vertical plane extending vertically from a front center portion to a rear center portion of the automobile. Furthermore, a central axis of curvature defined by the curvature of the windowpane is slanted relative to a horizontal plane of the automobile. The windowpane is mounted in the side door of the automobile. The side door can be one of either a front side door or a rear side door and can be one of either a sash type door, an inner sash type door, or a sashless type door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1990
    Assignee: Mazada Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Koji Kishino
  • Patent number: 4842327
    Abstract: A rear quarter window assembly (26) for use with a vehicle convertible top (20) is disclosed as including a first rear quarter window (34) movable between closed and open positions by a window regulator (36) and having a rear edge (38) that is spaced forwardly from the raised convertible top frame (22). A second rear quarter window (40) of the window assembly is mounted on the frame (22) of the convertible top for movement between closed and open positions as the convertible top frame is moved between raised and storage positions. This second rear quarter window (40) has a front edge (42) that seals with the rear edge (38) of the first rear quarter window. A seal (44) provides the sealing between the first and second rear quarter windows (34,40) at their rear and forward edges (38,42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Cars & Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Hennessy
  • Patent number: 4823507
    Abstract: A door assembly with a frameless window has a window regulator mechanism for raising and lowering the window and which includes a guide arrangement for stabilizing the window in all directions when being raised and lowered and which causes the upper end of the window to be moved away from its associated seal and the lower end thereof to be moved toward the inner door panel about a belt line pivot point upon being lowered while simultaneously causing the window to be moved longitudinally of the door, and vice versa, upon the window being lowered and raised, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Larry D. Miller
  • Patent number: 4785582
    Abstract: A window regulator is disclosed wherein when a window pane is slightly lowered from its full-closed uppermost position, the window pane is shifted toward an inner panel of the door, and when the window pane is moved up to the slight-open position from its full-open lowermost position, the window pane is shifted toward an outer panel of the door, so that a so-called "flush surface arrangement" is achieved in a door window construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., OHI Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukiharu Tokue, Sigeru Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4783930
    Abstract: A window guide and seal arrangement for use with a framed vehicle door assembly includes a pair of stationary guide tracks carried by the door, a rim module secured to the window and extending along its sides and bottom and which is slidably received in the guide tracks, and a hollow seal of constant cross section carried by the rim module and engageable with the outer side of the guide tracks, the guide tracks being constructed and arranged such that it causes the window to be moved inwardly as it is being lowered to reduce friction between the seal and guide track and to be moved outwardly into tight engagement with the guide tracks and so that it is substantially flush with all sides of the exterior door assembly when it approaches its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Roy F. Tiesler
  • Patent number: 4658546
    Abstract: A windowpane lifting mechanism comprises a cable member which is provided to vertically extend in a door shell and connected to a lower end portion of a windowpane by way of a connecting member so that the windowpane is moved up and down to close and open the window in response to up-and-down running of the cable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Yukihiro Moriyama
  • Patent number: 4653230
    Abstract: A structure for a vehicle door provides a substantially flush exterior surface for the door. The structure includes a frame member, a door body, a first window, a window regulator, a slider, a fixing member and a second window. The frame member has a top portion, a bottom end portion and a first groove. The door body is connected to the bottom portion of the frame and the frame member is located at an intermediate portion of the door body. The window has a first portion which is located at an outer side of the door body within the door body. The window regulator is mounted within the door body for upwardly and downwardly displacing the window. The slider has a first and a second sides. The first side of the slider is secured to the window and the second side is slidably mounted within the first groove of the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyokazu Seo, Kuniyoshi Furuhashi, Sadaaki Natori, Masashi Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 4633613
    Abstract: In a vehicle door having a retractable window pane, there is provided an improved window regulator for moving the window pane between its full-open position and its full-closed position. The window regulator comprises an elongate plate secured to the door, the plate being formed with at least one guide rail which extends obliquely, at least one slider slidably engaged with the guide rail, a carrier secured to the window pane and mounting thereon the slider, so that the movement of the slider along the guide rail induces the movement of the window pane, guide means permitting the window pane to pivot during the movement of the same, a flexible wire connected at a portion thereof to the carrier, so that the movement of the wire induces the movement of the carrier and thus the window pane, and a drive unit mounted to the door for driving the wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Assignee: Ohi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumio Kobayashi, Jun Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 4621453
    Abstract: A vehicle door comprising a door section having a door panel and a window frame, wherein the door panel includes an inner housing extending between an exterior and an interior of the vehicle. A door glass is slidably mounted between the window frame and the inner housing. The door glass has an arcuate configuration when viewed in cross section in the direction of the length of the vehicle and defines a projected normal arc of curvature corresponding to the arcuate configuration of the door glass when the door glass is in a closed position. The projected normal arc of curvature extends downward from a closed position of the door glass. A guide channel is provided for guiding the door between the closed position and an open position. The guide channel defines an actual arc of curvature when viewed in cross section in the direction of the length of the vehicle, which is displaced radially inwardly from the normal arc of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: Toyota Jidoshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Watanabe, Eiichi Hamada, Motomu Hayashi, Kenji Ono
  • Patent number: 4616445
    Abstract: A vehicle door comprising a door section having a door panel and a window frame, wherein the door panel includes an inner housing extending between an exterior and an interior of the vehicle. Forward and rearward guide channels are secured to the door panel and extend within the inner housing and the window section of the door. Guide members connected to a door glass ride within the forward and rearward channels and include attachment members secured to the door glass for positioning the door glass in response to movement of the guide members within the forward and rearward channels. Forward and rearward brackets are attached to the window frame and include weather seals extending between the bracket and the door glass. A housing supporting a mirror is mounted on the vehicle door and extends along the forward bracket. The housing is mounted so that the forward guide channels are positioned between the forward bracket and the mirror, in order to prevent an obstructed view of the mirror by a vehicle occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1986
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Watanabe, Eiichi Hamada, Motomu Hayashi, Kenji Ono
  • Patent number: 4615143
    Abstract: This disclosure depicts a mechanism for guiding movement of a door glass in a motor vehicle door having a door panel, front side door frame, and a rear side door frame that leans forwardly. The mechanism includes a door frame glass guide formed in the front of the rear side frame, for guiding a rear end edge of the door glass in the vertical direction and restraining the rear end edge of the door glass from moving in the direction of the thickness of the door glass. The mechanism also includes a front guide for guiding the forward end portion of the door glass in the vertical direction at least to a predetermined partially opened portion below a beltline portion of the door panel and restraining the door glass from moving in the direction of the thickness of the door glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Isetani
  • Patent number: 4589227
    Abstract: Window glass regulator for automotive vehicles comprising a guide plate having curved, parallel guide slots inclined from the vertical, a generally vertical guide rail fixed to said plate, a glider plate slidable along said guide rail, the glide plate having generally horizontal guide slots, a window glass having a pair of laterally extending guides adjacent its lower edge extending through the guide slots in both of the guide plate and glider plate to determine an irregular upward path of movement for the window glass and means for raising and lowering the glide plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Ferro Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 4575967
    Abstract: The window glass closure for a vehicle window opening occupies a closed position in which its outer surface is substantially flush with the exterior surface of the door or other body portion in which the opening is provided. This is accomplished by guiding the upper edge of the window along a path inclined slightly outwardly of the vehicle as the window completes its upward movement from its lowered open position. It further comprises guiding the lower edge of the window along a path which is inclined substantially outwardly from the vertical as the window reaches upper position. Preferably this is effected by a generally vertical main guide track which receives a follower carried adjacent the upper edge of the window constrained to follow the main guide track. An abruptly inclined diversion track is connected with the main guide track which receives a follower carried adjacent the lower edge of the window and is adapted to depart from the main track and to enter the inclined diversion track portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Ferro Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Bickerstaff
  • Patent number: 4561211
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a vehicle door and window assembly in which the door has a pair of spaced, arcuate sheet metal guide rails and the window adjacent its side edges is secured to a pair of plastic guides which are slidable on the rails for movement through a path of a given radius and with the guides maintaining the windows substantially flush with the adjacent side door structure. The plastic guides have a transverse dimension, as measured between the rails and the outer window surface, which progressively increases proceeding from their upper ends toward their lower ends so that the window has a radius which is greater than the radius of its path of movement whereby the window is moved away from its outer belt line seal when lowered into the door and whereby the window moves both upwardly and outwardly as it is being raised so that it is also substantially flush with the outer belt line of the door when in its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald J. Raley, James R. Warren
  • Patent number: 4503639
    Abstract: This invention relates to a guidance system for window panes in vehicles, comprising three points of guidance only, one of the points of guidance coinciding with the lifting mechanism. As the pane may be rotated about each one of these points of guidance, the system avoids the occurrance of bending stresses, and a function-related maximum number of degrees of freedom at each point of guidance obviates redundancy, thus providing a smooth and precise guidance of the pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1985
    Assignee: Audi NSU Auto Union AG.
    Inventors: Egbert Rossie, Klaus Feucht
  • Patent number: 4407540
    Abstract: A vehicle has a smooth unobstructed aerodynamically contoured window surface with a side window segment retractable within the passenger door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Inventor: Walter H. Korff
  • Patent number: 4357781
    Abstract: A rear side door structure for four-door type automobiles including a rear door panel having an upper hem which defines a lower edge of a window opening, a guide member extending upwardly from the upper hem of the door panel to divide the window opening into a front opening portion and rear opening portion, a front glass panel fitted to the front opening portion, a rear glass panel disposed in the rear opening portion for movement along the guide member. The guide member is inclined rearwardly so that the rear glass panel is shifted forwardly when it is moved downwardly. According to this arrangement, the rear glass panel can be retracted into the door panel without any interference with the cut-off portion which is normally provided in the door panel at the rear lower portion for avoiding the rear tire house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeji Ohya, Tatuo Maeda
  • Patent number: 4246726
    Abstract: A window guide arrangement for guiding movement of a vehicle window along a curvilinear path defined by a fixed guide member includes a sash plate secured to the window and having a bearing seat molded about a bearing provided with diametrical ribs whereby the bearing seat has grooves which cooperate with the bearing ribs in limiting rotation of the bearing to a plane containing the curvilinear path of movement of the window as the bearing rotates within the seat during movement of the bearing and sash plate along the guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1981
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Cornell Breaz, Bohdan Kazewych
  • Patent number: 4221079
    Abstract: A window lifting arrangement for an automotive vehicle and the like includes a support which defines the axes x, y, z of a system of rectangular coordinates. A window pane is mounted for movement relative to the support, the movement having a principal component in the direction of the y-axis, the pane and its direction of movement being arcuate about an axis of curvature transverse to the y-axis. A guide rail elongated in the direction of the z-axis is secured to the pane. An operating arm is mounted on the support for angular movement about a pivot axis and has a free end drivingly connected to the guide rail for movement of the free end longitudinally of the guide rail. The pivot axis is inclined relative to the plane defined by the y- and x-axes at a small acute angle, and preferably relative to a plane defined by the x- and y-axes at another small acute angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: Metallwerke Max Brose GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Herbert Becker
  • Patent number: 4219968
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door window glass system which includes a door window glass which is formed in the shape of a composite spindle surface wherein the composite spindle surface is formed by smoothly connecting together a plurality of spindle surfaces in a vertical direction so that the radius of curvature along any vertical section of the window glass decreases in a downward direction, a raising and lowering device which raises and lowers the door window glass so that it moves into and out of the space between a door outer panel and a door inner panel and a guide means which guides the door window glass so that the glass successively rotates about a different central axis of the respective spindle surfaces which constitute the composite spindle surface of the door window glass when the raising and lowering device is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1980
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Sakai, Teiji Iida
  • Patent number: 4121381
    Abstract: An articulated window lifter, especially for motor vehicles, whose windowpane is to be not only lowered within predetermined boundaries but also has to be laterally displaced and pivoted for purposes of avoiding door frame parts and the like which lie in its way; a pinion supported on a base plate engages with a toothed sector which is pivotally supported on the base plate while linkage parts are pivotally connected with the toothed sector; two four-jointed transmissions with a common fixed pivot point on a base plate are thereby used in superposed relationship, whereby one of the four-jointed transmissions has a further pivot point on the base plate and includes two pivot arms pivotally supported in the two pivot points on the base plate and a rod connecting the two pivot arms with each other; the other four-jointed transmission includes a first pivot arm connected at a fixed angle, with a first one of the two pivot arms of the one four-jointed transmission; the first pivot arm of the other four-jointed tran
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1978
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Grantz, Heinz Faix
  • Patent number: 4106353
    Abstract: A device for moving a curved plate bent in a substantially arcuate-shape along a curved path, in which a lift arm pivotably supported on a pivot is operatively connected at one end thereof to a lift arm bracket having a bent end portion in such a relationship that the extension line of the bent end portion of the lift arm bracket makes an acute angle with the axis of the pivot supporting the lift arm. Due to the fact that the lift arm is connected to the bent end portion of the lift arm bracket by means of a guide pin which is guided in a predetermined direction along a slot provided in the bent end portion of the lift arm bracket and the extension line of the bent end portion of the lift arm bracket makes the acute angle, namely an angle less than 90.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Kondo
  • Patent number: 4098134
    Abstract: A device for moving a curved plate bent in a substantially arcuate-shape, in which a lift arm driven by a rotary shaft and carrying the curved plate at one end thereof to cause movement of the curved plate is pivotably supported on a pivot mounted on a base, and the axis of this pivot is directed to make an acute angle with the moving plane of the curved plate. In the device, the curved plate carrying end of the lift arm moves along a curved path the curvature of which is substantially equal to that of the curved plate, thereby preventing impartation of a stress tending to cause deformation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1978
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Osamu Kondo
  • Patent number: 4089134
    Abstract: A guide track is divided into upper and lower sections, the lower section having a radius of curvature equal to that of a curved window pane to be guided along the guide track, and the upper section having a radius of curvature which is substantially greater than that of the window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1978
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Shyouichi Koike
  • Patent number: 4051632
    Abstract: In an automobile including a door panel having a window opening and a window glass mounted in the door panel for vertical movement. The window glass is provided at its lower portion with a support bracket carrying a guide follower which is in sliding engagement with a vertical guide rod. The guide follower is mounted on the bracket by a pivot pin at one end thereof and an adjusting screw at the other end in such a manner that the window glass can be laterally adjusted with respect to the door panel only through actuation of the adjusting screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1977
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryoichi Fukumoto, Toshiro Igarashi
  • Patent number: 4001971
    Abstract: A unit window regulator assembly is adapted for use in conjunction with a vehicle door or body having a framework and an upright opening defined by inner and outer walls. The regulator comprises a pair of spaced transverse support brackets securable to said framework and supportably mounting an upwardly opening C frame in said opening for longitudinal and transverse adjustments within said opening. A pair of spaced elevator channels receive and supportably mount the lower edge of an upright window secured thereto. A pair of parallel spaced formed guide rods at their lower ends are anchored to said brackets and at their upper ends are secured to said outer wall. First lateral apertured flanges on said channels receive and are guidably mounted on said rods for a predetermined vertical and translation movement within the window opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1977
    Assignee: Freedland Industries Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Gobush, Richard Freedland
  • Patent number: 3930337
    Abstract: This window regulator of the parallel-motion type comprises two parallel links with a front run channel rigid with a curved guider rail reproducing the movements of the glass-supporting bottom channel, a rolling member rigid with said bottom channel engaging said guide rail, one of said links being pivoted to a fixed pin of said bottom channel and to a pivot pin carried by a fixed plate supporting the control mechanism, the other link being rigid with a rotary member coupled to said mechanism and pivoted by means of another rolling member to the bottom channel and also to a pin rigid with said plate, this window regulator being intended more particularly for curved quarter-light windows of motor vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1976
    Assignees: Regie Nationale des Usines Renault, Automobiles Peugeot
    Inventors: Marcel Quesnel, Bernard Julou