Cable Drive Patents (Class 49/352)
  • Patent number: 10316570
    Abstract: A vehicle window regulator includes a slider base supported on a guide rail; a drive wire connected to the slider base; a wire guide supported at one end of the guide rail and having a winding part, onto which the drive wire is wound, at a position offset from the guide rail in a vehicle width direction; and a driver which raises and lowers the slider base via the drive wire. The wire guide is supported by the guide rail by a retainer and a pressing portion, the retainer engaged with the guide rail, and the pressing portion being engaged with the guide rail to press the guide rail toward the other end of the guide rail. The pressing portion is formed at a position toward the other end and formed at a position offset from the retainer toward the winding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Muramatsu, Kenji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 10309140
    Abstract: A guide rail fitting structure includes a guide rail, a fitting body, and an insert inserted into the fitting body. The guide rail is fitted into the fitting body. The fitting body includes a fitting section fitted onto an end of the guide rail, and an insertion hole into which the insert is inserted from outside the fitting body. The fitting section is fitted onto the guide rail such that the insert is at least partially covered with the guide rail, the insert gets into a detachment inhibitive state, and the insert in the detachment inhibitive state is visible through an opening on an outer surface of the fitting body. This configuration allows easy assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Imaoka
  • Patent number: 10287814
    Abstract: A component for a window regulator system of a vehicle closure panel including: a rail having a rail aperture extending between a first side of the rail and a second side opposite the first side, the rail aperture having a retaining surface associated with the rail aperture; a pulley for mounting adjacent to the first side, the pulley having a pulley aperture with a pulley surface opposite the first side; a pulley rivet having a rivet body including a retaining lip for engaging with the pulley surface and a retainer portion for engaging with the retaining surface, the rivet body configured for receipt in both the pulley aperture and the rail aperture when installed, the rivet body having a hole for receiving a fastener for fastening the rail to a panel via the pulley rivet; wherein, when installed, the rivet body is positioned within the pulley aperture and within the rail aperture, such that engagement between the retaining lip and the pulley surface inhibits separation of the pulley from the rail while enga
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Edward Fortin
  • Patent number: 10287811
    Abstract: A window regulator assembly for moving a side window of a vehicle in an upward direction and in a downward direction along a guide rail, includes a carrier plate having a rail channel for movably engaging the guide rail. A first cable end pocket laterally offset from the rail channel is configured for receiving a cable end extending from a bottom end of the guide rail, and a separate second cable end pocket, likewise laterally offset from the rail channel, is configured for receiving a cable end extending from a top end of the guide rail. At a top end of the first cable end pocket in an installed position, the first cable end pocket is longitudinally delimited by a radial step having a depth of at most ½ of a width of the first cable end pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Shigeki Arimoto, Ichiro Okuno, Yohei Moriya
  • Patent number: 10286762
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure includes: a metal door outer panel that includes an outermost design surface of a vehicle door; a metal annular reinforcement that (i) is provided at a door inner side of the door outer panel, (ii) has an annular shape so as to extend along an outer peripheral portion of the door outer panel, and (iii) is joined to the outer peripheral portion of the door outer panel; at least one reinforcing member that extends in a door longitudinal direction and that is joined to the annular reinforcement; and a fiber-reinforced door inner panel that is provided at a door inner side of the annular reinforcement, and is fastened to the annular reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Satoshi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 10227816
    Abstract: Provided is a structure of a non-interference front-surface opening and closing-type frame, which is advantageous in that, since a cover frame can be conveniently coupled right beneath a fixing frame, assembly of the cover frame and the fixing frame is substantially facilitated, it becomes easier to prevent the cover frame from being separated from the fixing frame by an external impact, and the vertical width between the lower portion of a rotating shaft of the cover frame and the lower portion of a compression piece is substantially reduced, thereby realizing slimness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignees: HUDECO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Gang Seop Kim
  • Patent number: 10138670
    Abstract: A lifting device lifting and lowering a window glass of a door, the lifting device including a drive mechanism for lifting and lowering the window glass, a support plate supporting the drive mechanism, and a carrier attached to the support plate in a slidable manner, and lifted and lowered by the drive mechanism, wherein the support plate includes a through hole, and a stopper which is provided at an inner panel of the door and stops of the carrier is inserted through the through hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hidefumi Katayama, Hirokazu Suzumura, Shigeyuki Suzuki, Katsumi Chono, Takayuki Ueno
  • Patent number: 10041284
    Abstract: In a window regulator which moves a slider base, slidable along a guide rail, via a pair of wires, the slider base includes: a guide portion which is fitted to the guide rail to be movable in the longitudinal direction thereof; first and second wire engaging portions with which ends of the wires are engaged, respectively; and first and second force application portions which receive a force in a moving direction of the slider base from the wires, and the guide portion is positioned in at least one of the areas between the first force application portion and the first wire engaging portion and between the second force application portion and the second wire engaging portion in the widthwise direction of the guide rail. This makes it possible to obtain a window regulator which is superior in smoothness of operation and operating efficiency of the slider base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Yamamoto, Yoshiki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10030430
    Abstract: In a window regulator which moves a slider base, slidable along a guide rail, via a pair of wires, the slider base is configured of: a body member made of synthetic resin which is slidably supported by the guide rail and to which each wire is connected; and a support member made of metal which supports a window glass, and the support member is provided with a holding portion which holds the body member in the widthwise direction of the guide rail. This configuration makes it possible to achieve a window regulator in which the slider base is not easily warped or deformed when an external force is exerted thereon and which is superior in strength and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi Muramatsu, Kenji Yamamoto, Kenichi Suzuki, Yoshiki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 10023031
    Abstract: A pulley apparatus has: a pulley case (CA) disposed on one side of a vehicle body panel (11a) forming part of the vehicle; a pulley (80) disposed rotatable in the pulley case (CA); and a cable guide disposed in the pulley case (CA), wherein the cable guide is in sliding contact with a cable (18) which is led into an interior of the vehicle through the vehicle body panel (11a), and guides the cable (18) along vehicle body panel (11a) to direct the cable (18) to the pulley (80). As a result, when a load is applied to the cable (18), a case body of the pulley case (40) is pressed against the vehicle body panel (11a), thereby suppressing rattling noise and vibration of the pulley case (CA).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Atomura, Yoshitaka Urano, Mitsuhiro Okada
  • Patent number: 10017979
    Abstract: In a window regulator, and a method of producing the same, which moves a slider base along a guide rail via wires in accordance with rotation of a drum, includes a fitting portion having a first protrusion and a second protrusion provided on a drum housing which supports the drum, wherein the first protrusion protrudes from an abutting surface of the drum housing with which an end surface of the guide rail can come into contact and wherein the second protrusion protrudes from the abutting surface by a smaller amount of protrusion than that of the first protrusion, and the drum housing and the guide rail are joined by restricting movement of the guide rail in the thickness direction thereof by inserting the guide rail in between the first protrusion and the second protrusion. Workability during manufacturing of the window regulator is thereby improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osamu Ando, Kohei Waki, Kimihiro Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 9876451
    Abstract: A control system (14) for controlling a brushless electric motor (1) for an automotive power actuator (10), having a rotor (3) operable to rotate with respect to stator windings (2a, 2b, 2c), the control system (14) is provided with: a position sensing unit (4a-4c, 30) coupled to the rotor (3), to sense its angular position and to provide a sensed position (?); and a generation unit (24), to generate driving voltages and/or currents for the stator windings (2a, 2b, 2c), as a function of the angular position of the rotor (3). A position estimation module (25) is coupled to the position sensing unit (4a-4c, 30), to receive the sensed position (?) and to correct the value of the sensed position (?), thereby providing a corrected angular position (?r) to the generation unit (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Bartalucci, Marco Marlia
  • Patent number: 9822568
    Abstract: A cable guide for use with a window regulator assembly includes a body, an attachment configured to be inserted through an aperture in a guide rail and retain a portion of the guide rail in a rail gap, a spring tab configured to press against an edge of the guide rail, and a cable retention arm configured to receive a tensioned drive cable of the window regulator. The cable guide may be steadily assembled to the guide rail by utilizing the pushing force from the tensioned drive cable. The aperture is located along the guide rail such that the aperture is out of the slide path of the window carrier of the window regulator assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: HI-LEX CONTROLS INC.
    Inventor: Masayuki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 9796250
    Abstract: A window regulator comprises a carrier plate, a drive unit, a raising cable, a lowering cable, and a guide rail. The carrier plate is attached to a lower part on a first edge part side of the windowglass. The drive unit is capable of raising and lowering the windowglass via the carrier plate. The drive unit and the carrier plate are coupled by the raising cable and the lowering cable. The guide rail mates with the carrier plate so as to guide the carrier plate and constrain the operation of the windowglass to directions that intersect movement directions of the carrier plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tatsuo Yoshimura, Hideya Hosoi
  • Patent number: 9687087
    Abstract: A display case door assembly for a temperature-controlled storage device includes a vacuum panel, a hinge rail, and a lighting element. The vacuum panel includes a first vacuum pane, a second vacuum pane, and an evacuated gap between the first and second vacuum panes. The evacuated gap provides thermal insulation for the vacuum panel. The hinge rail is coupled to an edge of the vacuum panel and configured to rotate along with the vacuum panel between an open position and a closed position. The lighting element is coupled to at least one of the edge rail and the vacuum panel and configured to emit light toward an interior of the temperature-controlled storage device when the hinge rail and vacuum panel are in at least the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Matthew Rolek, Mark Sandnes
  • Patent number: 9677312
    Abstract: A window regulator guide rail is provided, including an elongated body having a snap anchor; and a ring rotatably coupled to the rail via engagement with the snap anchor, the ring for guiding a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Chris Marsh, Kristian Cauyan, Timothy Pang
  • Patent number: 9637969
    Abstract: A rattle mitigation assembly for a window regulator installed in a vehicle door includes drive unit housing having a port with a mouth of a cylindrical cavity adapted to receive a connector of a sheathed cable; a profiled end face extending around the mouth; and a slot extending radially outward from the cylindrical cavity, along the cylindrical cavity and through the end face. The end face forms a radially sloped ramp profile configured to exert a radial bias on a compression spring surrounding the connector and abutting the end face. An optimal slope angle of the ramp for urging the spring in the radial direction lies in the range of 45° through 80° with respect to a plane extending radially relative to the cylindrical cavity. An optional wedge profile with an increasing elevation along a direction away from the radially sloped ramp profile may be arranged opposite the ramp profile to exert an axial bias on the compression spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Wild, Kevin Koneval
  • Patent number: 9511652
    Abstract: A plastic carrier plate for vehicle door is provided. The plastic carrier plate having: a channel structure molded into the plastic carrier plate, the channel structure having a pair channels integrally molded into the plastic carrier plate, wherein the channels provide structural reinforcement to the plastic carrier plate and the channels intersect each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: INTEVA PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Barr, Fred L. Sawgle, Kenneth M. Easter
  • Patent number: 9341012
    Abstract: In a window regulator, a positioner is provided between a pair of slider bases and a pair of windowpane holders and define a relative position therebetween in a forward/rearward direction of a vehicle; a vehicle-widthwise-directional wall is provided on each guide rail; and a pair of forward/rearward directional guide walls is provided on each slider base to hold an associated vehicle-widthwise-directional wall in the forward/rearward direction and to guide an associated slider base along an associated guide rail. A clearance in the forward/rearward direction between the vehicle-widthwise-directional wall of one guide rail and the forward/rearward-directional guide walls of one slider base is set smaller than that between the vehicle-widthwise-directional wall of the other guide rail and the forward/rearward-directional guide walls of the other slider base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Yamamoto, Yousuke Tsuchimoto
  • Patent number: 9333837
    Abstract: In an aspect, a lifter plate is provided that is capable of a relatively strong connection to a vehicle window. The lifter plate includes a lifter plate body including a first side wall and a second side wall configured to receive a vehicle window there between, a window holding member positionable in a locking position to prevent the withdrawal of the vehicle window from between the first and second side walls, and a locking member positioned to prevent the movement of the window holding member out of the locking position in the event of a force urging the withdrawal of the vehicle window from between first and second side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Broadhead, Raymond Edward Fortin, Traian Miu, Thomas Mellary, James J. Ferri, Donald Harry Smith
  • Patent number: 9222295
    Abstract: A window regulator includes: a guide rail including a rail main body part, an insert-through part provided at one end of the rail main body part and inserted into a housing, and a locking tab provided at the rail main body part. The housing includes a housing part housing the insert-through part, an engaging part engaging with a tip of the locking tab, and a guide part configured to guide the tip of the locking tab to the engaging part when the tip of the locking tab is brought into contact with the guide part. The engagement of the locking tab and the engaging part restricts movement of the housing in a longitudinal direction of the rail main body part toward the one end of the rail main body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Taiji Umemura
  • Patent number: 9168815
    Abstract: A support component for a motor vehicle, in particular for a motor vehicle door is provided. The support component defines a support plane and defines two opposed side faces for the arrangement of functional components of a motor vehicle window lifter, wherein the support component includes at least one reinforcing structure for reinforcing the support component, wherein the support component forms at least two surface segments which on both side faces are arranged in the direction of extension along the support plane. The reinforcing structure is formed such that on the one side face it extends in a manner protruding with respect to both surface segments transversely to the support plane and on the other side face extends in a manner set back with respect to a surface segment of the two surface segments and protruding with respect to the other surface segment of the two surface segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Horst Weber, Heike Wolf, Kai Müller, Eberhard Pleiss
  • Patent number: 9163448
    Abstract: There is provided a window regulator in which there is no need to provide a bracket for fixing a stopper and which can surely support an impact caused when the stopper abuts a carrier plate. The window regulator includes: a carrier plate, a guide rail, a direction changing member, a drive unit, a raising wire, and a lowering wire, where the drive unit has a drum, a motor for driving the drum and a housing, and the housing has a drum housing portion for housing the drum, a guide rail connecting portion to be connected to the guide rail, a stopper which abuts the carrier plate when the carrier plate reaches its lower limit position and prevents the carrier plate from further lowering therefrom, and a stopper supporting portion provided below the stopper in the lowering direction of the carrier plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Imaoka
  • Patent number: 9155405
    Abstract: A display system for a product storage device includes a transparent unit having a front panel, a rear panel, and a transparent LCD panel positioned between the front panel and the rear panel. The transparent LCD panel is configured to present visual media content. A lighting element is attached to the transparent unit and configured to provide lighting for both the transparent LCD panel and for products within the product storage device. The lighting element emits light in a direction away from the transparent LCD panel and toward the products within the product storage device. A light guide selectively reflects the light emitted from the lighting element back toward the transparent LCD panel and through the transparent LCD panel to provide backlighting for the transparent LCD panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Mark Sandnes
  • Patent number: 9151102
    Abstract: A cable deflecting piece, which is fastened on a rail head or rail foot of a guide rail and is intended for a cable operated window lifter, contains a base body which during mounting and following fastening of the cable deflecting piece, abuts against the guide rail on one side of the rail head or rail foot, also contains a rotary and bearing pin, which projects from the base body, can be inserted in a position in which it is tilted in relation to the longitudinal extension of the guide rail, into a rotary and bearing opening of the rail head or rail foot and can be pivoted about a cable deflecting piece, further contains a rotation prevention means which, in a final mounting position, once the cable deflecting piece has been pivoted about the mounting axis of rotation, secures the connection of the cable deflection piece to the rail head or rail foot such that the cable deflecting piece cannot rotate and additionally contains a device which is formed on the basic body and is intended for securing the abutmen
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Bruno Debus, Christian Dallos, Craig Kinnell
  • Patent number: 9132788
    Abstract: The invention relates to a display device in a motor vehicle, comprising an adjustable screen and adjustment kinematics associated with the screen. The adjustment kinematics comprise an adjustment drive having a drive motor for the screen, the screen being adjustable between a parking position and a functional position by means of the adjustment drive. The adjustment drive has a driver and is drive-coupled to the screen via the driver, a displacement guide being provided and the drive being guided by means of the displacement guide. The invention is characterized in that the adjustment drive and the displacement guide form a pre-assembled structural unit which as such can be coupled to the rest of the adjustment kinematics during final assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignees: Brose Fahrzeugteile GMBH & Co., KG Coburg, Audi AG
    Inventors: Hans-Ulrich Karsch, Alwin Macht, Daniela Stegner, Steffen Roβ, Sabine Wüst, Hans Possler
  • Patent number: 9052536
    Abstract: An improved display case door assembly for a product storage device. The display case door assembly includes a transparent unit comprising a front panel, a rear panel, and a transparent LCD panel positioned between the front panel and the rear panel. The transparent LCD panel is configured to present visual media content. The display case door assembly further includes a lighting element configured to provide lighting for the transparent LCD panel and for products within the product storage device and a light guide configured to selectively direct light emitted from the lighting element toward the transparent LCD panel and the products within the product storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. Artwohl, Jeffery W. Nicholson, Mark Sandnes
  • Publication number: 20150121762
    Abstract: A pull cord fixing support for inner and outer windows includes a main support body, a movable support, a roller and a fixing toothed section, which are assembled with each other. The pull cord fixing support serves to fix a bead pull cord on a wall. The bead pull cord is first connected and engaged with the roller mounted on the movable support by means of the fixing toothed section. Then a fixing screw is used to affix the main support body on the wall. At the same time, the fixing toothed section is pulled downward to disengage the fixing toothed section from the roller. Under such circumstance, the bead pull cord can be operated. The roller is freely rotatable along with the movable support. Therefore, the pull cord can be universally operated. The pull cord fixing support is applicable to both inner window and outer window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Tser Wen CHOU
  • Patent number: 9021741
    Abstract: The invention relates to a path-controlled adjustment device for a window pane of a motor vehicle, with a carrier assembly, with at least two guideways provided at the carrier assembly, which define an adjustment path for an adjustable window pane and which are spaced from each other transversely to the adjustment path, and with a driver which on the one hand includes means for connection of the window pane to be adjusted and which on the other hand is in engagement with the guideways so as to be longitudinally movable. The carrier assembly consists of at least two carrier elements which are connected with each other at a plurality of fixing points. On at least one carrier element fixing points, via which that carrier element is to be fixed at a further carrier element of the carrier assembly, are connected with each other by reinforcement paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Thomas Huelsebusch, Silvia Enders, Pierre-Dominique Bernard
  • Publication number: 20150101252
    Abstract: A mechanism is obtained for raising and lowering a windowpane, which makes it possible to achieve a satisfactory mounting of a guide rail to a drum housing by visually checking the mounted state of the guide rail to the drum housing without needing a special solution such as providing the drum housing with an inspection hole, and to securely restrict relative movement between the guide rail and the drum housing in the vehicle widthwise direction after completion of the mounting of the guide rail to the drum housing. An engaging projection which projects toward the guide rail is formed at the end of the drum housing on the guide rail side, and an engaging portion, which restricts relative movement between the guide rail and the drum housing in the vehicle widthwise direction by being engaged with the engaging projection from outside to be fixed to the drum housing, is formed at the end of the guide rail on the drum housing side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventor: Masanao Baba
  • Publication number: 20150089875
    Abstract: A window pane is mounted in a closed position outside a window frame, commonly referred to as a frameless window, and is movable into open positions parallel to the closed position. The window pane can be slid into a fully open position. Sliding mechanisms are attached to the window pane. Swing arms connect the sliding mechanisms to the window frame. Control arms also connect the sliding mechanisms to the window frame. They determine the distance of and control the translation of the window pan from the closed position to the initial open position. A handle is attached to at least one of the sliding mechanisms or window pane. Latching mechanisms secure the handle in the open positions. The invention is designed so that a plurality of screens allows air flow through the window frame, preventing passage of insects or debris through the window frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Roger Malmrose
  • Publication number: 20150089876
    Abstract: A carriage assembly is disclosed for a garage door drive belt. The assembly includes first and second carriage elements each having inner and outer members adapted to retain an end of the drive belt therebetween. An articulated connection extends between the first and second carriage elements. Also disclosed is a support arrangement for a garage door drive unit, comprising a drive unit hanger for attachment to a garage door structure, the hanger further having a weight-supporting connection to the drive unit, wherein the drive unit position is adjustable while the weight of the drive unit is supported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: DAYLEE PTY LTD
    Inventors: Gregory Brian James, Benjamin John Field
  • Publication number: 20150075076
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to motorized closure assembly, comprising: an opening frame configured to fit around the opening; a substantially rectangular closure slab having a closure slab frame configured to surround the substantially rectangular closure slab and sealingly fit within the opening frame; and a motorized driver, wherein the motorized driver is entirely embedded within the closure slab frame or within a combination of the closure slab frame and the opening frame, the motorized driver configured to slidably move the slab between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Yoav Rodan, Giora Silne
  • Patent number: 8966820
    Abstract: In an aspect, a lifter plate is provided that is capable of a relatively strong connection to a vehicle window. The lifter plate includes a lifter plate body including a first side wall and a second side wall configured to receive a vehicle window therebetween, a window holding member positionable in a locking position to prevent the withdrawal of the vehicle window from between the first and second side walls, and a locking member positioned to prevent the movement of the window holding member out of the locking position in the event of a force urging the withdrawal of the vehicle window from between first and second side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Closures, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Broadhead, Raymond Edward Fortin, Traian Miu, Thomas Mellary, James J. Ferri, Donald Harry Smith
  • Patent number: 8943750
    Abstract: A window assembly for a vehicle includes a glass assembly, a lift plate, and an actuator mechanism coupled with the glass assembly by the lift plate. The glass assembly has an aperture formed therethrough, and the actuator mechanism moves the glass assembly by applying a load at the aperture. A fastener may extend at least partially through the aperture from a shoulder at one side of the glass sheet to an end at an opposite side of the glass sheet. The window assembly may also include a coupling layer, such as an adhesive layer, between the fastener and the glass sheet. The window assembly can be constructed in a relatively compact configuration to save space within a vehicle door or panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Faurecia Interior Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Twork, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8938914
    Abstract: A slider window assembly for a vehicle includes a frame portion having upper and lower rails, at least one fixed window panel fixed relative to the frame portion, and a movable window panel that is movable along the rails between a closed position and an opened position. The lower rail may comprise a unitarily formed rail having (i) a channel portion that extends at least partially along the fixed window panel and an opening and (ii) a cable guide formed at each end region of the channel portion. A carrier is at a lower portion of the movable window panel and is configured to move along the channel portion of the lower rail. The cable guides are configured to engage or receive a respective sheath of a cable assembly of a cable drive system, with a cable of the cable assembly being attached at the respective end of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Hulst, Troy F. Tooker, Darin J. Snider
  • Patent number: 8935886
    Abstract: In an aspect, a window regulator module kit is provided, comprising a guide rail having substantially no helical twist, a carrier plate having a selected mounting arrangement configured to bring the guide rail to a selected helically twisted position when the guide rail is mounted to the carrier plate, a lifter mountable to the guide rail, wherein the lifter is configured to hold a window glass, and a cable drive assembly connectable to the lifter so as to slide the lifter along the arcuate rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Milos Pavlovic, Vesna Pavlovic
  • Patent number: 8911241
    Abstract: A substrate connection structure includes: a first substrate having stiffness with a first connector mounted on a front face; a second substrate having stiffness with a second connector detachably attached to the first connector mounted on a front face facing the front face of the first substrate; and a restricting member including a projection portion, the restricting member including a plate-like member and being detachably attachable to the first substrate by being moved along a planar surface of the first substrate, the projection portion projecting from the front face of the first substrate and regulating a position of the second substrate relative to the first substrate in a state in which the restricting member is attached to the first substrate, and limiting a direction in which the second substrate is detached when the second connector mounted on the second substrate is detached from the first connector on the first substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Takafumi Kubo
  • Patent number: 8893437
    Abstract: A window lifter is provided. The window lifter having: first and second guide rails; first and second sliders for driving a window, the first and second sliders being guided in translation by the first guide rail and the second guide rail, respectively; a cable system for driving the sliders along the first and second guide rails, the cable system comprising a cable extending between the first and second guide rails for connecting to corresponding ends of the first and second guide rails, respectively, the first guide rail comprising a holder for fastening the cable between the two corresponding ends of the first and second guide rails that the cable connects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Inteva Products France SAS
    Inventors: Nicolas Galliot, Michael Fever, Eric Simonneau, Stephane Hemond
  • Publication number: 20140331560
    Abstract: A platform screen gate system having a tower, a gate secured to the tower. The gate is movable between an open position, to facilitate access to and from the platform, and a closed position, to block access to and from the platform. The system further includes at least one roller secured to the tower and a track secured to the gate. The track is supported by and movable on the least one roller such that the door cantilevers from the tower and remains above the platform when the door is moved between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: OVERHEAD DOOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Federico Romero
  • Patent number: 8881457
    Abstract: A window regulator has a small number of parts and a simple structure and avoids the generation of noise. An upper wire-end having a flange portion is connected to the end portion of a raising wire connected to a carrier plate. A wire-end storage portion having a hollow portion surrounded by a top wall and a circumferential wall extending downward from a rim of the top wall is formed on the carrier plate. A plurality of ribs are formed on the wire-end storage portion along an axis direction of the wire-end storage portion, while protruding from the circumferential wall to the hollow portion. The flange portion is in contact with at least two of the ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hi-Lex Corporation
    Inventor: Masayuki Matsushita
  • Patent number: 8844199
    Abstract: A door module for a motor vehicle door includes: a cantilever arm for a railless window lifter, wherein the cantilever arm is formed in one piece with the door module, where the cantilever arm projects beyond an outer edge of the door module, and the cantilever arm has, at at least the end which projects beyond the edge of the door module, a receptacle for a deflection means of a window lifter cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Faurecia Innenraum Systeme GmbH
    Inventors: Marian Scharf, Frank Böcker, Carles Reig, René Zemmrich
  • Patent number: 8844198
    Abstract: A multilayer window guiderail is disclosed. The window guiderail includes a rail portion having an outer edge, a rail surface and an opposing rear surface. The rail portion includes a core and an integral rail cover layer disposed on the core. The core includes a first polymer material and the rail cover layer includes a second polymer material. An apparatus for making a multilayer guiderail includes a plurality of die portions having respective cavity portions. The cavity portions are configured to define a die cavity having the shape of the guiderail, at least one of the die portions being a slidable die portion and at least one of the die portions being a fixed die portion. The parting surface of the slidable die portion is configured for sliding translation of its parting surface over the parting surface of the fixed die portion along a translation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Inteva Products, LLC
    Inventors: Jayprakash U. Raisoni, Suresh D. Shah, Geoff Barr
  • Patent number: 8839566
    Abstract: A window lift assembly for a motor vehicle, with a component on which a bearing site is provided for a redirecting element, in particular for a cable pulley or a deflecting piece, is provided. The redirecting element is arranged beside the component at the bearing site along a connecting axis pointing from the redirecting element to the component and the redirecting element redirects a driving force for adjusting a window pane of the motor vehicle. The redirecting element is mounted on the component along the connecting axis and the connecting axis forms a physical axis for mounting the redirecting element. The bearing site supports the redirecting element on an outer surface rimming the redirecting element at least in a direction vertical to the connecting axis, and for supporting the redirecting element the bearing site includes at least one portion protruding from the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG, Hallstadt
    Inventor: Klaus Deschner
  • Publication number: 20140259930
    Abstract: An example portable gate includes a platform. A frame is mounted to the platform, the platform configured to support a portable weight. A gate is movably supported by the frame. A drive system is configured to open and close the gate in both right-hand operation and left-hand operation based only on direction of travel of the drive system without other modification. A control panel may be operatively associated with the drive system to operate and/or configure operation of the portable gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Chester A. Gilliam
  • Publication number: 20140250791
    Abstract: A window includes a frame, a rail module, and two sashes. The rail module includes a first rail, a second rail, and a pulley assembly. The first rail is fixed to the frame, and the second rail is able to turn. The second rail is turned to connect to the first rail so that the pulley assembly can slide in both the first and the second rails. The first sash is pivoted on the frame, and the second sash is hinged with the first sash and connected to the pulley assembly. The pulley assembly is moved to the second rail from the first rail to make the sashes fold up. After the second sash arrives at the second rail, one may turn the folded sashes totally off the window and attach them to a wall besides the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: NIEN MADE ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: LIN CHEN
  • Patent number: 8826595
    Abstract: A window regulator including a drive gear connected to a drive motor, an elongate push-pull member which is open ended and flexible, meshes with the drive gear, and can be pushed and pulled by bidirectional rotations of the drive gear, a carrier which is connected with one end of the elongate push-pull member and is also connected with window glass, and a guide rail which guides the elongate push-pull member and the carrier in a drive path. The window regulator further includes a frame in which a means for fixing and supporting the drive motor, a means for fixing and supporting the guide rail, a means for holding an orbit of the elongate push-pull member in an idle path, and a means for mounting on an object are integrally formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Teruyuki Nakamura, Tsutomu Iwaya, Toshiyuki Kanai, So Takakura
  • Patent number: 8819995
    Abstract: A window regulator and a jig to facilitate assembly. The window regulator includes a drum configured to be able to rotate in a normal direction/reverse direction, an annular wire 71 partly wound around a drum, guide members 81, 83, 91 and 93 configured to guide the wire 71 in such a manner that the wire 71 is arranged along a direction of upward and downward movement of a window glass 53, slack preventing means configured to urge the wire 71 in a stretching direction and eliminate the slack of the wire 71, and window glass mounting means 101 and 103 configured to mount the window glass 53 to a portion of the wire 71 extending along the direction of upward and downward movement of the window glass 53, and a bracket 131 being mounted rotatably on the inner panel and having the guide member 83, and being configured to guide the guide member 83 to a mounting position on the inner panel is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignees: Shiroki Kogyo Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki
    Inventors: Kimihiro Kinoshita, Koji Kawamatsu
  • Publication number: 20140237900
    Abstract: A window regulator which attenuates vibrations of a wire, which are generated when the door is closed while a window glass is constrained at the top end of the window, to suppress the generation of an abnormal noise. The window regulator includes a carrier plate coupled to a vehicle window glass, a driving unit which lifts and lowers the carrier plate and is disposed below a lower limit of lifting and lowering of the carrier plate, a lifting wire having one end coupled to the carrier plate and another end coupled to the driving unit via a direction-changing member, and a lowering wire having ends coupled to the carrier plate and the driving unit, respectively. An attenuation member is provided on the lifting wire interposed between the direction-changing member and the driving unit and makes contact with the lifting wire to attenuate vibrations when the lifting wire vibrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: HI-LEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takayuki Imaoka
  • Publication number: 20140230331
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for balancing and positioning a sash of a self-balancing double-hung window assembly. The mechanism may include a fixed length cable, a pulley, first and second brackets and an adjustment member. The fixed length cable may include first and second ends. The pulley may support the cable. The first bracket may include one or more attachment points relative to the first end of the cable and may include an upper end and a lower end. The second bracket may be movable relative to the first bracket and may be configured to support the sash. The adjustment member may engage and extend through the lower end of the first bracket and may be movable relative to the first bracket to cause corresponding movement of the second bracket relative to the first end of the cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: CALDWELL MANUFACTURING COMPANY NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Inventor: Wilbur James Kellum, III