Motor Driven Patents (Class 49/280)
  • Patent number: 10472874
    Abstract: A pneumatically actuated gate assembly, and a kit for making the assembly are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Bonnie Bergeron
  • Patent number: 10464400
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door frame coupled to a vehicle frame at a hinge. A door operating mechanism is coupled to the door and vehicle frames for applying rotational force to the door frame about the hinge. The door operating mechanism including external cogs of an inner gear that mesh with inner cogs of an outer gear and a single oblong bearing that biases the inner gear in partial engagement with the outer gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, Timothy J. Potter, John Wayne Jaranson
  • Patent number: 10435925
    Abstract: A sliding door controller device may include an inside handle disposed inside a sliding door; a hold open latch release lever disposed to rotate around a hinge, having a first bent portion formed outside the hinge, and disposed to rotate to one side around the hinge by the first bent portion pushed by the inside handle; and an inside handle lever disposed to rotate around the hinge, having a second bent portion formed outside the hinge, and disposed to rotate to the other side around the hinge by the second bent portion pushed by the inside handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventors: Jung Hoon Park, Donggun Jeong
  • Patent number: 10400485
    Abstract: A drive control apparatus includes an opening-and-closing body. A first driver drives the opening-and-closing body in a closing direction. A second driver moves the opening-and-closing body from a half-latched position to a fully-latched position. A fully-latched detector detects that the opening-and-closing body has reached the fully-latched position. A stop detector detects whether a predetermined stopping condition has been satisfied for stopping the driving of the opening-and-closing body in the closing direction. A drive controller is configured to drive the opening-and-closing body via the first driver in the closing direction. Upon the fully-latched detector detecting that the opening-and-closing body has reached the fully-latched position, the second driver ends operation and the first driver continues to drive the opening-and-closing body in the closing direction until the stop detector detects that the predetermined stopping condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Junya Kurita, Kenta Ikenori
  • Patent number: 10378263
    Abstract: A power swing door actuator for moving a passenger swing door relative to a body portion of a motor vehicle. The power swing door actuator includes a housing rigidly fixed to the swing door, a motor mounted to the housing, a connector link having a first end pivotably coupled to the vehicle body portion and a second end pivotably coupled to a drive nut of a spindle drive mechanism. A leadscrew of the spindle drive mechanism is rotatably driven by the motor for causing relative translational movement between the drive nut and the leadscrew which, in turn, results in pivoting movement of the connector link while the vehicle door swings between open and closed positions in response to selective actuation of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Vadym Podkopayev
  • Patent number: 10377566
    Abstract: A trash collection assembly may include a dumpster housing which may house therein a dumpster to provide a more desirable aesthetic appeal. A garbage truck may be configured to lift the dumpster out of the dumpster housing without the need for the garbage truck driver to get out of the truck. A cover of the dumpster may open and close automatically respectively during the removal of the dumpster from the housing and return of the dumpster to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Red Letter Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony F. Mullet, Bryan S. Mullet, Joshua A. Mullet, James S. Arnold
  • Patent number: 10301863
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for a vehicle side door motor includes an upper hinge element configured for receiving a side door motor drive shaft and a motor mounting bracket configured to receive the side door motor drive shaft and to allow a radial adjustment of the drive shaft for alignment of an axis of the motor with a side door hinge axis. The upper hinge element may define a clevis including a lower clevis portion having a motor drive shaft mounting aperture dimensioned to allow the radial adjustment feature. The motor mounting bracket includes one or more mounting apertures dimensioned to allow a vehicle fore/aft adjustment and in/out adjustment of the side door motor element. The motor mounting assembly is further configured to allow a vehicle up/down adjustment of the side door motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael M. Azzouz, Larry Dean Elie, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeffrey A. Wallace, Timothy J. Potter, Gerald J. Heath
  • Patent number: 10190344
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door, in particular a handleless motor vehicle side door. The basic structure of said side door comprises a door leaf (1), a locking element (4, 5, 6), hinged to a motor vehicle body (2), for locking the door leaf (1) in predetermined angular positions in relation to the motor vehicle body (2), and at least one actuator (10, 11) acting upon the door leaf (1). Said actuator (10, 11) causes the door leaf (1) to open to an at least ajar position in relation to the motor vehicle body (2). According to the invention, the actuator (10, 11) is connected to the locking element (4, 5, 6) and directly drives the latter to adjust the door leaf (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Kiekert AG
    Inventor: Uwe Reddmann
  • Patent number: 10030431
    Abstract: A method of closing a vehicle door includes the steps of providing a door pivotally coupled to a vehicle body, transmitting a door closing signal to a controller, identifying a current position of the door using a position sensor, closing the door using a power assist device powered from a hinge axis of the door, monitoring the door position during closing, releasing a catch of a latch mechanism when a latch striker of the vehicle body is partially received in the latch mechanism, and latching the door to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Elie, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeff A. Wallace, Michael M. Azzouz, Gerald J. Heath
  • Patent number: 10017978
    Abstract: Some embodiments are directed to a vehicle door assembly that includes a vehicle door, which defines an interior and is connected to the motor by the linkage, such that actuation of the actuator engages the motor, which thereby moves the vehicle door via the linkage. The vehicle door assembly also includes a powered door override. At least a portion of the powered door override can be disposed within the interior of the vehicle door. The powered door override is configured to disconnect the linkage from the motor so as to isolate the motor from the vehicle door and thereby enable the vehicle door to be moved manually. An interior panel is connected to the vehicle door so as to cover at least a portion of the interior of the vehicle door, such that the powered door override is at least partially enclosed between the interior panel and the vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Steven R. Thiele, Erik Anderson, Brandon Roeder
  • Patent number: 9890576
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a door rotatably coupled to a vehicle body, wherein a power assist device is coupled between the door and the vehicle body on a hinge assembly. An audio sensor is disposed on the vehicle and is operably coupled to a controller. The controller is configured to receive voice command data from the audio sensor via a signal, identify a control command correlating to the voice command data, and output a signal to the power assist device to move the door according to parameters defined within the control command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Elie, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, John Wayne Jaranson, Jeff A. Wallace, Michael M. Azzouz, Gerald J. Heath
  • Patent number: 9803407
    Abstract: A door opening and closing apparatus includes a rail module including: a rail member extending along a front-and-rear direction; a drive device mounted on the rail member; and a supporting member coupled to one end portion of a closing cable the other end portion of which is connected to the drive device and one end portion of an opening cable the other end portion of which is connected to the drive device. The rail module is provided with the drive device fastened to an outside of a vehicle body such that a part of the drive device goes inside the vehicle body through an opening provided on the vehicle body. A portion of a housing of the drive device located outside the vehicle body closes the opening while a sealing member is interposed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Naoya Seto, Shuntaro Kimura, Naoki Hanaki
  • Patent number: 9475584
    Abstract: A thrust recovery outflow valve and method for controlling the transfer of air between a cabin in an aircraft and atmosphere outside of the aircraft are provided. An outflow valve is mounted on the aircraft that includes a valve frame, a first valve door, and a second valve door. The first valve door is rotated to a first predetermined open position while the second valve door is in the second door closed position to thereby open first and second flow passages that place the aircraft cabin in fluid communication with the atmosphere. When the first valve door is at a first predetermined open position, a flap is rotated, relative to the first valve door, to at least partially cover the second flow passage and thereby at least inhibit flow through the second flow passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Darrell Horner, Eric Thomas Jeffers, Robert Ryan Lunderville, Mark William Mundell, John Nathan Bowler, Derek Schell
  • Patent number: 9470031
    Abstract: An opening/closing body control device for a vehicle includes: a drive section for driving an opening/closing body; a controller for controlling the drive section; a handle unit that is operable by an manipulation input in an opening direction and is operable by an manipulation input in a closing direction; a manipulation input detector for detecting the manipulation input for the handle unit and the direction of the manipulation input; and an operation position detector for detecting the operation position of the opening/closing body. When the opening/closing body is in a fully open position, the controller executes closing operation control in order to bring the opening/closing body into closing operation in both a case where the manipulation input in the closing direction is detected and a case where the manipulation input in the opening direction is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishikibe, Toshihiko Ishida, Tsuyoshi Kamiya
  • Patent number: 9333930
    Abstract: In the case of a collision protection method for a displaceable vehicle part of a vehicle, during the displacement of the vehicle part, a focused light beam is deflected by a light deflection unit along a predefined scanning path and reflected radiation of the same light beam is detected by a light-sensitive sensor to scan a travel path region upstream from the vehicle part. The presence or absence of an obstruction in the upstream travel path region is concluded on the basis of the reflected radiation, wherein the displacement is stopped or reversed if an obstruction is recognized in the upstream travel path region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Jan Kaiser, Andre Carl, Silvio Schatke, Thomas Weingaertner, Dalibor Rietdijk
  • Patent number: 9284768
    Abstract: A power door opening/closing apparatus includes: a first unit including the motor, a first unit case including the motor, a first transmission mechanism received in the first unit case, and a rotation sensor which is received within the first unit case, and which is one of electrical components; and a second unit which includes a second unit case connected to the first unit case by a fixing member, a second transmission mechanism rotatably received within the second unit case, and connected to the first transmission mechanism, and an output shaft connected to an output side of the second transmission mechanism, and arranged to transmit a rotation of the second transmission mechanism to the door, and which does not include an electrical component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kazuyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9217271
    Abstract: A method of motorized movement of a vehicle door, wherein the vehicle door can be moved from an open position to a closed position as part of a closing process with a door drive mechanism associated with the vehicle door and a control system. In a first section of the closing process the vehicle door is moved by the door drive mechanism from the open position to a comfortable open position that lies between the open position and the closed position. In a second section of the closing process, the vehicle door is further moved from the comfortable open position in the closing direction, preferably to the closed position, manually by the user and largely free of the door drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Schliesssysteme GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst Heissler
  • Patent number: 9198464
    Abstract: An electronic cigarette case is provided, comprising a case body and a case lid hinged with the case body via a rotating axis, a control unit configured in the case body, a driving motor and a switch which are electrically connected with the control unit, and a flipping mechanism. The switch is configured on the outside of the case body. One end of the flipping mechanism is connected to an output shaft of the driving motor, and the other end of the flipping mechanism is embedded into the case lid slidably. The driving motor is controlled by the control unit to drive the flipping mechanism to rotate towards the opening or closing direction, so as to open or close the case lid, thus automatically opening or closing the electronic cigarette case via the flipping mechanism and the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: HUIZHOU KIMREE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. SHENZHEN BRANCH
    Inventor: Qiuming Liu
  • Patent number: 9082247
    Abstract: A modular automated collection point (ACP) comprises an array of electronically controlled lockers for receiving items for sale or for delivery to customers, a controller and user interface, a parcel weighing and dimensional measuring unit, and a package deposit unit with a one-way door for depositing items for subsequent delivery to other customers or ACPs. Each door preferably moves rapidly from the fully-open position to a partially-open position, and then slowly from the partially-open position towards a fully-closed position. Each locker may comprise a retractable handle and an elongate, rotating closure element which moves the locker door between the fully-closed (locked) position and a nearly-closed (unlocked) position. Preferably the closure element has a cylindrical outer wall which conforms slidingly to the fascia of the lockerbank so as to present a seamless appearance and prevent prising.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: BYBOX HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel Turner, Fabien Pichet, Philippe Michel
  • Patent number: 9061570
    Abstract: A sliding door for a vehicle includes a rail unit may include a center rail provided on an outer surface of a rear side inner panel in a longitudinal direction of the vehicle body, and an auxiliary rail provided along a lower end of the center rail, a drive unit that has front and rear pulleys respectively provided at front and rear sides of an inner surface of the rear side inner panel, and a wire wound around the front and rear pulleys to be moved by a driving power of a driving motor, a roller bracket that is provided at the center rail to be slidably moved, and is connected to both ends of the wire to be moved along the center rail by the driving power, and a door whose one side is fixed to the roller bracket to be slid with respect to the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Myoung Kwon Je, Chi Young Min, Jae Hong Choi
  • Patent number: 9004570
    Abstract: A method of setting a gap or margin between an edge of a decklid and a vehicle surface includes providing a powered cinching latch assembly including a powered actuator that moves a striker member between a presented position and a fully cinched position. The cinched position of the striker is adjusted to provide an acceptable gap or margin between an edge of the decklid and an adjacent vehicle surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Venkatesh Krishnan, Bhupendra A. Patel
  • Patent number: 8984811
    Abstract: A door apparatus includes a door, actuating mechanism, and tie rod mechanism, the actuating mechanism actuating the tie rod mechanism to impart a substantially translating motion to the door. The actuating mechanism can include a drive yoke coupled to the tie rod mechanism with a one-way coupling. The tie rod mechanism can include a primary tie rod coupled to a secondary tie rod coupled to a latch. In another aspect a door apparatus includes an actuator, a first door, a second door, a first linkage assembly coupling the actuator to the first door, and a second linkage assembly coupling the first door to the second door, the actuator configured to activate the first linkage assembly to move the first door, the first door imparting motion to the second linkage assembly to move the second door in a synchronous and opposite motion with respect to the motion of the first door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Greenpoint Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean J. Fairchild
  • Publication number: 20140373452
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lift and rotation mechanism for a quick door-opening device. The power-output end of a first motor of a lift component of the mechanism is connected to one end of a screw rod and the other end of the screw rod is connected to one end of a circular pipe; one end of a tubular body is provided with a connection component, with one end of a coupling component being connected to the connection component; the other end of the circular pipe is removably connected to a circular door by an annular connection; the output shaft of a second motor of a rotary component is removably connected to one end of a rotary shaft provided within a supporting seat removably connected to an end flange; and a circular disk is removably connected to the other end of the rotary shaft and is fixedly connected to the connection component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Yunlan Yang, Feng Zou, Meng Li, Wenyong Li
  • Patent number: 8844200
    Abstract: A door operator for use with a door includes an arm that extends from the door operator. The door operator includes a motor moving the arm to move the door between a closed position and an open position and between the open position and the closed position. A current sensor generates a current signal corresponding to the current to the motor. A position sensor in communication with the door arm generates a position signal corresponding to the position of the door relative to the frame. A controller communicates with the sensor and the motor. The controller controls a motor current to the motor in response to the current signal and the position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignees: Globe Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Yulkowski, Gerard Edwards, Steve Gebhart
  • Publication number: 20140190083
    Abstract: A system and method of determining the status of an appliance door is provided. The status of the door of the appliance can be determined based an output signal provided by a door switch coupled in series with a latch motor feedback. A change in the output signal of the door switch can be indicative of either the opening of the appliance door or the actuating of the latch motor. The source of the change in an output of the door switch can be determined based on the latch command provided to the latch motor. The appliance can be controlled based on the status of the appliance door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: David H. Lepie
  • Publication number: 20140173985
    Abstract: An emergency vehicle window opener that includes a power window switch that controls an electrical motor to open and to close a window of a vehicle, a retractable handle that is extended to manually open and close the window of the vehicle, a first pinion gear connected to the retractable handle, a second pinion gear that is engaged with the first pinion gear, an electrical magnet, an electrical switch, an actuator having a controller that receives an emergency signal and controls the electrical switch based on the emergency signal, a coupling part, a coupling button, and a coupling spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Hashim Mohammed ALSADAH
  • Patent number: 8760304
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a security barrier attached to a structure such that the security barrier is operable to move from a first position, in which the security barrier blocks an exterior opening of the structure, to a second position, in which the security barrier does not block the exterior opening of the structure. The system further includes a latch mechanism operable to control movement of the security barrier from the first position to the second position and a sensor operable to generate an emergency signal indicating an emergency condition within the structure. The system further includes a control unit operable to access the emergency signal generated by the sensor and generate, in response to the emergency signal, a release signal to be communicated to the latch mechanism. The release signal is operable to cause the latch mechanism to permit the security barrier to move from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Max Samuel Pincu
  • Patent number: 8746756
    Abstract: A vehicle door switch actuation system is provided. The system includes an exterior handle mechanically coupled with a rotatable shaft. The shaft is mechanically coupled with a door latch. Rotation of the exterior handle to an open door position moves the door latch to release a vehicle door. A first arm and a second arm are mounted to the shaft. The first arm engages a close switch in response to rotation of the exterior handle to a close door position. The second arm engages an open switch in response to rotation of the exterior handle to the open door position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Control Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Tezak, James E. Brown, Nicholas J. Scholtes
  • Publication number: 20140144085
    Abstract: The invention relates to a positioning element (1), with the aid of which the panel (2) or engine bonnet of a motor vehicle can be brought from the closed position (4) into a position in which a gap (9) forms between the upper edge (8) of the opening and the lower edge of the panel (2). The panel (2) can thus easily be unlocked and fully opened. For that purpose the positioning element (1) with inner lever (11) and outer lever (12) is connected to a drive means (17), which via the drive element (16) and the drive pawl (15) with a detent (26) ensures that the panel (2) is brought in a simple manner via the levers (11, 12) into the first raised position (6), for which purpose the detent (26) is pushed into the recess (25) of the outer lever (12) and thus brings the outer lever (12) and the inner lever (11) into the first raised position (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: KIEKERT AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventor: Uwe Reddmann
  • Patent number: 8733022
    Abstract: An intuitive exterior door handle assembly is provided for a heavy duty power assisted vehicle door for opening and closing the door. The exterior handle assembly pivots about an axis for movement between pushed in and pushed out positions to actuate the power assist unit in opposite directions and thereby close and open the door, respectively. A switch or valve assembly controls actuation of the power assist unit in response to pulling or pushing the door handle so as to open and close the door. An override system is built into the handle assembly to actuate the power unit without pivoting the handle. The assembly and override system mount through a single common hole in the door. In the method of operating the vehicle door, the exterior handle is pushed inwardly to close the door and pulled outwardly to open the door through retraction and extension of the power assist assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Trimark Corporation
    Inventors: Tom F. Sonnek, Lior Tikozenski
  • Publication number: 20140090300
    Abstract: A door actuator assembly comprising a base plate mounted to a container. The container includes a distribution orifice and a trap door mounted to the container that moves selectively between a closed position covering the distribution orifice, and an open position not fully covering the distribution orifice. The assembly includes a hook member mounted to the base plate including a hook. The hook engages with the trap door. The trap door moves linearly when the hook member moves. The assembly includes a hook actuator assembly mounted to the base plate, including a hook actuation arm coupled to the hook member. The hook actuation arm extends and retracts, moving the hook member linearly along the base plate when the hook actuation arm extends and retracts, causing the hook member to move the trap door selectively between the closed position and the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8677689
    Abstract: A sliding power lift and locking assembly for lifting and locking an object includes a motor, a first drive shaft, a first drive block assembly, a first drive housing, and a link arm. The first drive shaft has a body and a cylindrical axis and is rotationally driven by the motor. The first drive block assembly includes an aperture configured to engage the body of the first drive shaft, a latch dog with a first slot configured to engage a dog catch pin associated with the object, and a slider. A portion of the first drive housing and a portion of the first drive block assembly are provided in a track of the first drive housing, and the track of the first drive housing is configured such that the first drive block assembly is configured to move in a path relative to the first drive housing. The link arm includes a first end and second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: DTS Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Draper, Keith S. Attee, Thomas H. Buerkle, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140020299
    Abstract: Provided is a small plug door device capable of performing an opening/closing operation and a plugging operation with a door drive mechanism for causing a force in a vehicle front-rear direction to act on a door, and further applicable also to a one-panel sliding door. A slide base 12 is installed slidably in a vehicle width direction relative to a fixed base 11. A door drive mechanism 13 for moving one door 104 in a vehicle front-rear direction via a connecting portion 19 has a drive portion 13a including an electric motor 21, a drive wheel member 13b, a follower wheel member 13c, and an endless member 13d, and is installed on the slide base 12. A guide portion 15 guides a shaft portion 14 provided on the connecting portion 19 so as to move the shaft portion 14 in a vehicle width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutama Takahashi, Atsuhito Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20130340346
    Abstract: Provided is an opening/closing apparatus with a lock capable of performing the opening/closing and closed lock of a sliding door by a single actuator and arbitrarily setting the timing of a lock operation. In the opening/closing apparatus with a lock, an electric motor is driven and the drive force of the electric motor is input to the sun gear of a planetary gear mechanism and output from the internal gear or the carrier. A pair of sliding doors are opened and closed by the drive force output from the internal gear. While the pair of sliding doors are at a fully closed position, the lock and lock-released states of a lock mechanism are switched by a lock restricting mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinji Ueda, Shusaku Torihara
  • Patent number: 8613160
    Abstract: A door opening and closing apparatus for a vehicle, includes a latch mechanism adapted so as to retain a vehicle door in a closed state relative to a vehicle body, an outside lever provided within a space formed inside of the vehicle door so as to be positioned closer to an interior of the vehicle and linked to an outside handle adapted to be rotatably supported by the vehicle door, a detection switch detecting an operation to the outside handle when the outside lever contacts the detection switch in response to an operation of the outside lever, and a release device releasing a retention of the vehicle door in the closed state by means of the latch mechanism by the release device actuating the latch mechanism when a rotational operation of the outside handle is detected by the detection switch while the vehicle door is in a locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Keisuke Matsumoto, Yoshitaka Kato, Toshitsugu Oda, Tomoaki Nishimura
  • Patent number: 8567129
    Abstract: A vehicle door control method includes operating a vehicle door handle to disengage a door lock device of a vehicle door, beginning to count time upon the operation of the door handle, if the vehicle door has moved from a fully closed position after the door lock device has been disengaged, operating a power assist mechanism to move the vehicle door in an opening direction, if the vehicle door has not moved from the fully closed position, operating the power assist mechanism to urge the vehicle door to move in the opening direction, if the vehicle door moves while being urged by the power assist mechanism, the operation of the power assist mechanism is continued to move the vehicle door in the opening direction, if the vehicle door does not move while being urged by the power assist mechanism, the power assist mechanism is operated in a direction which urges the vehicle door to move to the fully closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha, Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shintaro Suzuki, Toshio Machida, Eiji Itami, Mizuho Morimitsu
  • Patent number: 8533998
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling an opening-and-closing member for a vehicle includes: a latch mechanism; a driving lever; a neutral position detecting portion detecting that the driving lever is in a predetermined neutral position; and a controlling portion performing a close movement, a release movement, and a returning movement after the close movement or the release movement, the controlling portion including a stress relaxing portion executing a driving of the driving lever in a reverse direction toward the neutral position after the close movement in a case of a detection failure, a prohibiting portion executing a prohibition of the driving of the driving lever after the driving of the driving lever in the reverse direction, and a cancelling portion cancelling the prohibition of the driving of the driving lever in a case where the number of times of the detection failures is less than a predetermined plural number of times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishikibe, Noriyuki Kamiya
  • Patent number: 8525686
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices that efficiently stop and latch a door are presented. A first bracket component is attached to a door frame and has an overhang portion, comprising a holder component, that extends into the doorway to act as a door stop. A second bracket component, comprising an extended portion, is desirably adjusted in position in relation to the holder component and attached to the door such that the extended portion has a desired amount of overlap on the holder component, wherein the amount of overlap corresponds to an amount of latching force in accordance with the force profile associated with the extended portion based at least in part on shape of the extended portion. An operation device is attached to the first bracket component and/or second bracket component and the door latching holds the door in the desired position to facilitate operations of the operation component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael N. Burdenko
  • Publication number: 20130074411
    Abstract: A fuel delivery system and method of use are provided that may be used to open the door covering the charge port of an electric vehicle, or the door covering the fuel filler port of a conventional vehicle. The system includes a fuel coupler (e.g., a charging connector or a gas nozzle) designed to transfer fuel from the source to the vehicle via the vehicle's fuel port. The fuel coupler includes a switch that when toggled, causes a control signal to be wirelessly transmitted over a short distance. Upon receipt of the control signal by a receiver integrated into a vehicle that is in close proximity to the fuel port, an unlatching actuator within the vehicle unlatches the port door, thereby allowing it to open and provide port access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: TESLA MOTORS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Willard Ferguson, Daryl Zalan, Andrew Dai, Troy Adam Nergaard, Nicholas Robert Kalayjian, Scott Ira Kohn
  • Patent number: 8360505
    Abstract: A door is open and held by engaging a latch with a striker of a vehicle body. The door has a release actuator connected to the latch. The vehicle body includes a power drive and a control module. An operating unit instructs the control module to close the door. The control module instructs the release actuator to disengage the latch from the striker. After the control module instructs the power drive to start closing of the door, releasing of the release actuator is stopped by the control module at a door position determined by actual voltage of a power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichi Iijima
  • Patent number: 8261491
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a first door skin, a second door skin spaced apart from the first door skin and a door operator disposed between the first door skin and the second door skin. An arm extends from the door operator. The door operator includes a motor moving the arm to move the door between a closed position and an open position and between the open position and the closed position. A current sensor generates a current signal corresponding to the current to the motor. A position sensor in communication with the door arm generates a position signal corresponding to the position of the door relative to the frame. A controller communicates with the sensor and the motor. The controller controls a motor current to the motor in response to the current signal and the position signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Globe Motors, Inc.
    Inventors: Leon Yulkowski, Gerard Edwards, Steve Gebhart
  • Patent number: 8234817
    Abstract: To reduce stresses during closing of a manually closable body component, e.g. a door, a control device and a method of controlling closing movement in which, during the closing movement, from an opened position, the body component passes through first movement range in which the body component is moved towards the closed position without any action by a control member, and, thereafter, the body component passes through a second movement range in which the closing movement is varied by the action of the control member that residual kinetic energy of the body component does not exceed a predetermined limit value after passing through the second movement range, irrespective of the initial speed. The residual kinetic energy is not sufficient to close the body component automatically, so it is automatically drawn in a third movement range until a pre catch or main catch of a lock is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Robert Neundorf, Georg Scheck, Stephan Starost, Uwe Klippert, Dalibor Rietdijk, Karl-Heinz Bauer, Ulf Nitzsche
  • Publication number: 20120137590
    Abstract: A barrier apparatus and method are provided to reciprocate a gate or barrier between an open or closed position with one or more linear drives having one or more traveler mechanisms where at least one motor rotates the one or more shafts and moves the traveler mechanisms to move the barrier. The moving traveler mechanisms are coupled to one or more connecting arms which are coupled to the gate and the movement traveler mechanisms push and pull the arms which in turn push and pull the barrier to reciprocate the barrier between and open and closed position. The gate may be rotated and reciprocated around a horizontal axis from a generally vertical position (i.e., generally perpendicular to the ground where access to a controlled area is open) to a generally horizontal position (i.e., generally parallel to the ground where the gate extends across the entryway to the controlled area).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: THE CHAMBERLAIN GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Edward S. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8113552
    Abstract: A locking device for a sliding door or a swing and sliding door having a door leaf, the lock device comprising a drive train including at least one motor, a drive transmission and a drive spindle. The locking device also comprises a locking transmission and a torque dividing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Knorr-Bremse Ges. m.b.H.
    Inventors: Alois Ritt, Johann Bramauer
  • Publication number: 20110265382
    Abstract: A system for moving a barrier protecting a restricted area. A stationary linear induction motor moves the barrier by applying a magnetic field from the linear induction motor to a reaction fin attached to the barrier. The reaction fin has a rectangular beam or protrusion forming a groove on each side, which is engaged with guide members to guide the barrier. Holes are evenly spaced along the length of the reaction fin. Magnetic sensors sense the holes during movement of the barrier to determine the speed, position and direction of the barrier. A locking mechanism engages a pin into any one of the holes to lock the barrier in a fixed location. A heater is disposed within the rectangular beams or protrusions of the reaction fin to melt ice in cold weather environments. The system is operated by a main control logic that receives input data from the electronic sensors and controls the linear induction motor, heater and locking mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: VMag Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Russell W. Timmermann
  • Publication number: 20110173891
    Abstract: Apparatus and system comprising a release assembly configured to unlock a sliding door panel from left and right sides of the sliding door panel. The left and right sides of the sliding door panel are opposed in the sliding direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: THE STANLEY WORKS
    Inventors: Ronald R. Laliberte, Peter Deleonardis, Michael Robert Barone, Michael Arthur Salvietti, Blair Eugene Donewald
  • Publication number: 20100319259
    Abstract: A powerless helical locking mechanism for door includes a screw (1) with variable lead angle connected with a power (11) and a self-adaptive nut (19) connected to the door (10), in which, the helical flux of the screw is divided into three segments: one segment is a working segment with the helical lead angle greater than the friction angle, one segment is a closing segment with the helical lead angle smaller than the friction angle, and transition segment between the two segments, the power (11) actuates the screw to corotation and reverse, the self-adaptive nut (19) consists a spindle sleeve (7), a wrist (5) and other part, the nut and the screw is assembled to a helical kinematic-pair, wherein the wrist is dipped into the helical flutes of the screw and line contacts with the flute making the wrist and random helical flute of helical lead angle form mating helical pair to translate power and movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: NANJING KANGNI NEW TECHNOLOGY OF MECHANTRONIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiang Shi, Yu Gu, Wenping Liu, Guannan Xu, Baogang Chen, Bangrong Ni
  • Publication number: 20100199564
    Abstract: A locking mechanism (100) for use with a pneumatic cylinder/differential engine for a power-operated door including a locking rod (20), a plunger (24) associated with the locking rod (20) to cause extension and retraction of the locking rod (20) with respect to a door opening/closing gear (46), and a spring member (34) associated with the plunger (24) for maintaining the plunger (24) and the locking rod (20) in an extended position during a door closed position. An aperture (46a) is located through a sidewall portion of the gear hub (46b) which is capable of receiving an end (20a) of the locking rod (20) when the locking rod is in an extended position to lock the door in a door closed position. The invention also includes an emergency door opening mechanism enabling manual opening of the doors in case of an emergency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: WABTEC HOLDING CORP.
    Inventors: Gennady Plavnik, Frank Golemis, Michael O'Neill, David C. Griffis, Peter Heidrich
  • Patent number: 7770943
    Abstract: A window or door including a circumferential blind frame and a leaf with a surface element is provided, which can be pivoted about one or more axes in relation to the blind frame, as well as including fittings, located between the leaf and the blind frame, which are used for moving the leaf in relation to the blind frame. Electromechanically actuated locking elements are provided for locking the leaf into the blind frame. Each locking element has its own electromechanical drive, and/or the locking elements are configured such that, when the window is closed, they are displaced in relation to the pane plane, thus pressing the leaf perpendicularly against the blind frame with a predetermined contact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Schueco International KG
    Inventor: Konrad Kaiser
  • Patent number: 7758088
    Abstract: A motorized lock for a vending machine provides a simple lever mechanism that provides two separate points of engagement between the door and the machine to resist tampering and provide for more even pull in of a gasketed door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenyon A. Hapke