Closure-mounted Drive Patents (Class 49/358)
  • Patent number: 11377895
    Abstract: A door operator having an automatic roller closes and opens a door attached to a doorjamb by a door hinge. The roller is actuated by a motor and housed within a protective roller casing affixed to the bottom of a door. The door operator may be integrated with a smart home, thereby allowing a user to close and open a door by voice command. The door operator may be retrofitted to existing doors. A door may also be modified such that only a magnet holds the door closed and a closed position such that the smart home door closing apparatus may be used to open a door. The roller may translate between an extended position engaging the floor below a door and a retracted position above the floor, either inside or adjacent to the door itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Jason Cohen
  • Patent number: 11231752
    Abstract: Provided in the present invention is a flexible-screen mobile terminal hinge. The hinge comprises a plurality of links, adjacent links being rotatably connected by means of a connection structure. The hinge is further provided with an extensible positioning device; the extensible positioning device is provided with a left extensible connection frame, a right extensible connection frame, and a middle connection frame, the left extensible connection frame and the right extensible connection frame are respectively rotatably connected to the middle connection frame, and the middle connection frame is fixed together with a middle link of the plurality of links; left and right end links in the plurality of links, the left extensible connection frame and the right extensible connection frame are each provided with a connection portion capable of connecting to a mobile terminal. Also provided in the present invention is a flexible-screen mobile terminal provided with the flexible-screen mobile terminal hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: HANGZHOU AMPHENOL PHOENIX TELECOM PARTS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaojie Liu
  • Patent number: 11223023
    Abstract: A folding display device is provided. 2N+2 cylindrical rotating shafts of the folding display device in a flattened state are arranged side by side and two adjacent cylindrical rotating shafts are in contact with each other. When the folding display device is in an externally bent state, a second layer has N cylindrical rotating shafts arranged side by side, a first layer has N+2 cylindrical rotating shafts arranged side by side, two adjacent cylindrical rotating shafts of the first layer are in contact with each other, N cylindrical rotating shafts of the second layer are stacked on N+2 cylindrical rotating shafts of the first layer and support the flexible display panel corresponding to the rotating shaft assembly, and N is a positive integer greater than or equal to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: WUHAN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS SEMICONDUCTOR DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhuo Zhang
  • Patent number: 11215003
    Abstract: A gate opening and closing assembly includes a mount that is coupled to a vertical member of a gate that is extendable across an entry way. A drive unit is coupled to the mount and the drive unit is actuated to rotate in a first direction or a second direction. A wheel is rotatably coupled to the drive unit to roll along the ground. The wheel is rotated in an opening direction when the drive unit rotates in the first direction to urge the gate into an open position thereby facilitating a vehicle to drive through the entry way. The wheel is rotated in a closing direction when the drive unit rotates in the second direction to urge the gate into a closed position thereby inhibiting the vehicle from driving through the entry way. A remote control is in wireless electrical communication with the drive unit. The remote control turns the drive unit on and off to open and close the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher Nash
  • Patent number: 11174664
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a baseplate configured to be coupled to a door configured to be positioned in an open door position, a closed door position, and a plurality of door positions in between the open position and closed position; a motor; a circuitry electrically coupled to the motor and configured to be in communication with a remote computing device; at least one proximity sensor electrically coupled to the circuitry and configured to determine the door position with respect to a door frame; a drive wheel coupled to the motor and the circuitry, the drive wheel comprising an external surface, the external surface of the drive wheel configured to rotatably contact a ground surface; and wherein the motor is configured to be remotely activated by the remote computing device to engage the drive wheel to rotatably contact the ground surface to reposition the door responsive to receipt of a signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: Masonite Corporation
    Inventors: Joel Sellinger, Benjamin Wesley Docksteader
  • Patent number: 11168501
    Abstract: An adjustable window regulator lift plate assembly for a vehicle window includes a base and a window holder. The window holder is secured to the base via a part-in-assembly fastener that extends through an aperture in the base and into an aperture formed in an inner leg of the window holder. The window holder may receive and secure a window, and the fastener may be inserted through the window holder and into a fastener plate disposed on an outer leg of the window holder. The window holder includes a curved inner surface on the inner leg, and the base includes a curved outer surface that contacts the inner leg. The window holder may be shifted and pivoted relative to the base. The fastener may be tightened to secure the window holder relative to the base in a desired pivoted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: MAGNA CLOSURES INC.
    Inventor: Milos Pavlovic
  • Patent number: 11142932
    Abstract: A dual-shaft hinge module including a first shaft, a first driving gear disposed on the first shaft, a second shaft, a second driving gear disposed on the second shaft, a pair of driven gears coupled between the first driving gear and the second driving gear, and multiple links is provided. The links are respectively pivoted to any two engaged gears to keep a center distance of the engaged gears fixed. A relative distance of the first shaft and the second shaft is changed along with different engagement positions of the driven gears relative to the first driving gear and the second driving gear. A portable electronic device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Chia-Hao Hsu, You-Yu Chen, Hsin-Hung Lee
  • Patent number: 11136812
    Abstract: A motorized door opening device, including at least one wheel, configured to be lowered to a surface and forced thereagainst with a force sufficient to ensure friction between the wheel and the surface and to prevent slipping of the wheel relative to the surface; an electric motor including a rotor coupled to rotate the wheel; a wheel actuator, coupled between the door and the wheel, to lower the wheel to the surface in response to a wheel lowering signal; and control circuitry to signal the wheel actuator to lower the wheel by generating the wheel lowering signal and push down the wheel to create friction; and a door attachment member to attach the motor and the wheel actuator to a bottom part of the door; whereby rotation of the wheel after lowering of the wheel causes the wheel to rotate in contact with the surface and move the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Milbat—Giving Quality to Life
    Inventors: Abraham Samuel Rabinowitz, Nachman Plotnitzki, Uriah Oz-Shannon
  • Patent number: 11060340
    Abstract: A door power drive module includes a housing and a motor arranged in the housing. First and second gearboxes are arranged in the housing and are coupled in series with one another by a shaft member. The first gearbox connects the motor to the second gearbox. An output shaft is coupled to the second gearbox. A brake assembly is selectively connected to the shaft member. The brake assembly has a normally closed position in which the shaft member is grounded to the housing. The brake assembly includes an open position corresponding to one of a door closing mode and a door opening mode. The shaft member is configured to be rotatable relative to the housing in the brake open position in response to the motor driving the first gearbox. The brake assembly includes a holding torque in the normally closed position. A torque is applied to the brake assembly above the holding torque that permits the shaft member to rotate in any direction of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Multimatic Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolf Gruber, Andrew R. Daniels, Balathas Nagamany
  • Patent number: 10995538
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for a frame with a slidable segment are disclosed. The slidable segment is slidably mounted within the frame. A first motor is coupled to the slidable segment. A first pulley is affixed to and driven by the first motor. A first end of a first wire is affixed to a first vertical member of the frame. A second end of the first wire is affixed to a second vertical member of the frame. The first wire wraps around the first pulley at least once. Driving the first pulley in a first direction causes the first pulley to pull on the first vertical member such that the slidable segment slides towards the first vertical member. Driving the first pulley in a second direction causes the first pulley to pull on the second vertical member such that the slidable segment slides towards the second vertical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Jerome Miles, Nathan Davis
  • Patent number: 10871019
    Abstract: An extension mechanism for coupling with a closure panel to assist in opening and closing of the closure panel of a vehicle between a fully closed position and a fully open position of the closure panel, the extension mechanism including: an inner tube having an outer surface; an outer tube having an inner surface and overlapping the inner tube for at least a portion of the outer surface along an extension axis, such that the inner surface and the outer surface are adjacent to one another when overlapped; a first spring positioned along the extension axis in an interior of the outer tube; a second spring positioned along the extension axis in an interior of the inner tube; a seal positioned between the inner surface and the outer surface; and a stopper to engage the first spring at one end and engage the second spring at an opposite end such that the first spring and the second spring are in series with one another along the extension axis; wherein the one end and the opposite end are spaced apart from one an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Scheuring, Wieslaw Nowicki
  • Patent number: 10808446
    Abstract: A motorized window with one or more motors and a frame with a slidable segment is disclosed. A drive system with pulleys engages with a belt or chain mounted to the frame or slidable segment. Rotating a first pulley in a first rotational direction causes the first pulley to pull the slidable segment in a first linear direction. Rotating the first pulley in a second rotational direction causes the first pulley to pull the slidable segment in a second linear direction. Preferably, a controller controls the operation of the motors. Sensors inform the controller, and user input via a mobile device enables both direct user control and programming of the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Hall Labs LLC
    Inventors: David R. Hall, Jerome Miles, Nathan Davis, Seth J. Myer
  • Patent number: 10641028
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with: a first housing; a second housing; a guide tube; a third housing; a motor part that is incorporated in the first housing; a screw shaft that is driven to rotate upon reception of the rotational force of a shaft of the motor part and applies power to the third housing; a bearing holder that is provided in the first housing; an inner flange that is provided in the second housing; an outer flange that is provided in the guide tube and that is arranged at a position where the outer flange overlaps the inner flange in an axial direction; a seal that is sandwiched between the inner and the outer flanges; and a coil spring (47) that is provided between the second housing (7) and the guide tube (48) and presses the inner flange (46) toward the outer flange (49) side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: MITSUBA Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Takizawa, Masamori Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 10633909
    Abstract: A controlled, motorized mechanism to actuate a sash type window opened and closed. The system provides a set of motors, each positioned on either side of a window, that are controlled by a motor controller that receives feedback on the progression of rotation of the motors as they actuate each side of the window. The feedback is then utilized to control each of the motors. This controlled system ensures that one side of the window does not become raised or lowered further in its channel than the opposite side—or “racked”—and thus increase the friction against the frame that would disable any further progress actuating said window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Corverity Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Urban
  • Patent number: 10544607
    Abstract: A system and method of controlling operation of a vehicle door assembly for a vehicle includes monitoring a door handle sensor to detect at least one open request generated by the door handle. A first control signal is transmitted by a controller to a door unlatching actuation mechanism in response to a first open request. The door unlatching actuation mechanism is actuated for a first time period T1 in response to the first control signal. A door position sensor is monitored by the controller and determines the position of the door at completion of the first time period T1. The controller transmits a second control signal to actuate the door unlatching actuation mechanism for a second time period T2 in response to a second open request when the door position sensor detects the door in the closed position at the completion of the first time period T1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Lange
  • Patent number: 10494848
    Abstract: A method for producing a carrier element for a window lifting device in which adjustment of a glass is performed by means of a traction means, the carrier element being displaceable along a guide rail of the window lifting device and being connected to the traction means, is provided. The completed carrier element has at least two interconnected bodies which are produced from dissimilar materials having dissimilar melting points, and the carrier element having the at least two bodies is produced by a multicomponent injection-molding method. In the production of the carrier element by the multicomponent injection-molding method a body from a material melting at a lower temperature is molded before a body from a material melting at a higher temperature, and the body from the material melting at a higher temperature is molded to the body from the material melting at a lower temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT, BAMBERG
    Inventors: Udo Taubmann, Christian Dallos
  • Patent number: 10392845
    Abstract: A method for producing a carrier element for a window lifting device in which adjustment of a glass is performed by means of a traction means, the carrier element being displaceable along a guide rail of the window lifting device and being connected to the traction means, is provided. The completed carrier element has at least two interconnected bodies which are produced from dissimilar materials having dissimilar melting points, and the carrier element having the at least two bodies is produced by a multicomponent injection-molding method. In the production of the carrier element by the multicomponent injection-molding method a body from a material melting at a lower temperature is molded before a body from a material melting at a higher temperature, and the body from the material melting at a higher temperature is molded to the body from the material melting at a lower temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Bamberg
    Inventors: Udo Taubmann, Christian Dallos
  • Patent number: 9958826
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a casing having a frame, a drive source configured to generate a driving force, a gear mechanism configured to receive the driving force of the drive source, and a drive source support formed in the frame. The drive source support encloses and supports the drive source. At least an upper portion of the drive source support has a plurality of first openings which are spaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Mizuno, Tomitake Aratachi, Tomonori Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9856688
    Abstract: A bi-directional element drive system includes a motor having a drive shaft, a cable anchor and a cable connector. The cable connector is carried on the drive shaft and has two ends connected to the cable anchor. In addition the drive system includes a support and a driven element. The driven element is displaced between a first position and a second position relative to the support by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Larry Dean Elie, John W. Jaranson, Timothy J. Potter, Robert F. Novak, Michael M. Azzouz, Gerald J. Heath, Jeff A. Wallace
  • Patent number: 9514583
    Abstract: A door operator comprises a door driver for opening and closing a door, a controller including a microprocessor connected to and controlling the door driver, a graphical user interface comprising a display screen with touch select input coupled to the microprocessor to display information stored in the controller and to receive instructions selected from the display screen by a user, and a memory module coupled to the microprocessor and storing code executed by the microprocessor. The microprocessor under control of the code displays to the user various menu items on the graphical user interface display and enables the user to select among the menu items using the display screen with touch select input such that the microprocessor derives a control signal. Circuitry is configured to receive the control signal from the microprocessor and to carry the control signal to the door driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: YALE SECURITY INC.
    Inventors: Peter Zasowski, Dustin Lawhon, Kurt Dietrich, Tommy G. McNally, II
  • Patent number: 9452761
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventor: Federico Romero
  • Publication number: 20150128499
    Abstract: A door operator, including a housing, a drive element for storing closing and opening energy for a door leaf, and a drive unit, including at least one piston, which unit can be coupled to the door leaf, where the drive element comprises at least one elastically deformable element, which is disposed on a push rod which is in operative connection with the piston.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Alexander HELLWIG
  • Patent number: 9021742
    Abstract: An opening and closing apparatus includes: a drive unit provided in an opening and closing body which is openably and closeably attached to a main body, and opening and closing the opening and closing body with respect to the main body by driving the opening and closing body using electric power; a secondary energy storage device provided in the opening and closing body and electrically connected to the drive unit in such a manner that the secondary energy storage device can be inductively charged and can supply electric power to the drive unit; and an electric power receiving coil provided in the opening and closing body so as to be capable of facing an electric power transmitting coil which is provided on the main body, and is electrically connected to a primary energy storage device installed on the main body, and electrically connected to the secondary energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Mizuma, Gang Xie, Takashi Nakamura, Seiichi Sumiya, Michihiro Asai, Tomio Yasuda, Kazuhiko Ida, Hiroyuki Kishi
  • Publication number: 20150069897
    Abstract: A flap door mechanism with closable function includes a door member, a resilient member and a spring arm member. The door member is pivoted to a casing. The resilient member is installed on the door member and for driving the door member to rotate in a first direction. The resilient member includes a first end and a second end. The spring arm member is selectively disposed on the door member or on the casing. The spring arm member abuts against the first end. When the door member rotates in a second direction opposite to the first direction, the spring arm member is pushed to bend by the first end or is pressed to flatten by the casing, so as to reduce deformation between the first end and the second end of the resilient member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Guan-Wen Chen, Chih-Chieh Hsu, Chuan-Yi Liang
  • Patent number: 8931139
    Abstract: A movable device for a movable body has a reception body fixed to a support body or the movable body relatively moving to the support body, and includes a plurality of engagement portions protruding from the support body or the movable body by being separated from each other; a base body provided in the other of the support body or movable body; an abutment body formed to move along a movement direction of the movable body, and engaging one of the engagement portions in a case wherein the movable body moves in a movement completion position thereof; and an urging mechanism formed urgingly between the base body and the abutment body, restricting a movement of the base body or abutment body by urging, and releasing restriction of the movement by engagement of the abutment body with one of engagement portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventor: Norio Saito
  • Patent number: 8919042
    Abstract: A motorized closure assembly is provided that includes 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: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Slider Next Vision Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Vaknin, Yoav Rodan, Giora Silne
  • Patent number: 8857015
    Abstract: A carriage includes body, at which at least one first roller is freely rotatably mounted, as well as a carriage suspension member with an upper terminal section is supported at or in the body and, with regard to the body, is pivotable about at least one axis of rotation extending parallel to the longitudinal extension of the carriage. A lower terminal section, the carriage suspension member is configured to extend in a downward direction towards a panel to be moved. The lower terminal section is adapted to suspend the panel to be moved therefrom. An axis of rotation of the at least one first roller extends transversely to the downward direction and transversely to a tangent of the travel path of the at least one panel to be moved in an area of the at least one first roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventors: Michael Hufen, Axel Richstein, Andreas Finke
  • Patent number: 8851453
    Abstract: A system to open a shipping bin slide-gate may include an opener, a pivot point towards one end of the opener, and a handle towards the other end of the opener. The system may also include a puller, a connector towards one end of the puller, and a joiner towards the other end of the puller that connects to the opener. The system may further include an attacher that engages a shipping container and the pivot point, and the attacher transmits a force applied at the handle to the connector to open the slide-gate carried by the shipping container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Chep Technology Pty Limited
    Inventor: Henk de Zwart
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8800206
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: New Visions Yezirot Aluminum, Ltd.
    Inventors: Oren Vaknin, Yoav Rodan, Moti Levi, Giora Silne
  • Patent number: 8800205
    Abstract: A door opening-and-closing apparatus for a vehicle includes a rotatably driven drum, a first cable and a second cable, which cables are wound around the drum, a rotating shaft, a first pulley supported by the rotating shaft, a second pulley supported by the rotating shaft, an attachment member supporting the rotating shaft, a rigid protruding portion integral with one of the first and second pulleys, and an annular recessed portion integrally formed in the other one of the first and second pulleys. When the first and second pulleys are correctly assembled on the rotating shaft, a relative rotation between the first and second pulleys is allowed, and when the first and second pulleys are not correctly assembly on the rotating shaft, the predetermined length of the rotating shaft is not sufficient to support both the first and second pulleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junji Yamaguchi, Koji Adachi, Masayuki Uchitsunemi
  • Publication number: 20140216299
    Abstract: A bottom door opening-closing mechanism includes a first connecting rod, a second connecting rod, a swing rod, a bottom door opening-closing drive cylinder and a transmission shaft. The swing rod is hinged to the second connecting rod and the piston rod of the bottom door opening-closing drive cylinder. One end of the first connecting rod is hinged to the second connecting rod, and the transmission shaft is connected to the second connecting rod. The cylinder body of the bottom door opening-closing drive cylinder is fixedly connected with a first locking hook, and the swing rod is fixedly connected with a second locking hook which can be caught by the first locking hook. A bottom door device and a drop-bottom hopper car are further provided. In the present invention, the first locking hook and the second locking hook are caught with each other to achieve a secondary locking. Such an arrangement has some advantages such as a simple structure and low manufacture and maintenance costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Qiqihar Railway Rolling Stock Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Linghan Yue, Tianjun Zhao, Baichuan He, Shuang Yang, Lei Yu
  • Patent number: 8783426
    Abstract: A hydraulic brake apparatus, a movable barrier apparatus, a hydraulic brake kit, a method of stopping movement of a movable barrier, and a method installing a hydraulic brake assembly are described herein. A selectively operable piston mechanism converts rotation of a drive shaft of a movable barrier into hydraulic pressure used to operate a brake configured to stop movement of the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger William Lhotak, Brian Roy Skotty
  • Patent number: 8777295
    Abstract: A system for controlling an access opening in a vehicle body includes first and second doors arranged to selectively open and close first and second portions of the opening. The system also includes first and second latches operatively connected to the first and second doors, respectively, and configured to selectively latch the first and second doors to and release the first and second doors from the body. The system additionally includes a device operatively connected to the first door and configured to be selectively retracted before at least one of the first and second doors is opened and protracted when the first and second doors are closed to seal the opening. Furthermore, the system includes a third latch operatively connected to one of the first and second doors and configured to selectively latch the first door to the second door and release the first and second doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Scott P. Charnesky
  • Patent number: 8745925
    Abstract: An automated coupling mechanism for sliding doors that are movably mounted upon a storage unit. The coupling mechanism may comprise a rotating mechanism comprising a rotating member, and connecting unit. The storage unit may comprise at least one outer sliding door and at least one inner sliding door comprising an upper track, where the connecting unit connect the rotating mechanism to the outer sliding door. The rotating member and the track may be made from material of substantially high friction coefficient to enable the rotating member to move the inner sliding door along the track when rotated. The connecting unit, which are connect the rotating mechanism to the outer sliding door, may enable the outer sliding door to move in the opposite direction of the inner sliding door, whereby the inner sliding door is moved by the rotating mechanism as a physical counteraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Hardoor Top Design & Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Amos Halfon, Mordechai Harari
  • Publication number: 20140137477
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening and closing apparatus includes: a supporting member having an expandable and contractible shape and configured to be capable of holding a door at an opened position by being interposed between a body and the door, a socket provided on at least one of shaft end portions of the supporting member and configured to form a rotation coupling point of the supporting member by being fitted into a ball-shaped fitting portion at a coupling portion with respect to the supporting member, and a retaining ring provided in a fitting depression of the socket and capable of retaining the ball-shaped fitting portion in the fitting depression by reducing a diameter of the opening portion of the fitting depression. The socket is demountable from the shaft end portion in a state of being fitted to the ball-shaped fitting portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kouji OOE, Takeshi YAMAMOTO, Kimihide KATO, Takayuki SENGOKU, Keisuke HARUTA
  • Patent number: 8708396
    Abstract: A system and method is provided to index the door window glass of a vehicle to disengage the glass from the window sealing interface prior to opening the door. A door latch including an unlatching lever selectively connectable to the inside and outside door handles is configured such that moving either handle to actuate the latch causes an initial change in the position of the unlatching lever prior to latch release. A sensor in the latch detects the initial change in position of the unlatching lever and signals an indexing mechanism to move the glass to the indexed position prior to latch release, such that the glass does not substantially interfere with the sealing interface when the door is moved from a closed position. The system may be configured such that the door lock mechanism must be unlocked prior to the indexing mechanism moving the window to an indexed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Konchan
  • Patent number: 8657361
    Abstract: An actuating system for a vehicle having a body that defines an access opening includes a panel arranged to selectively open and close at least a first portion of the opening. The system also includes multiple components operatively connected to the panel and adapted to be actuated. The system additionally includes a motor operatively connected to the panel and adapted to actuate the multiple components. A vehicle employing the system and a method for sealing an access opening in a body of a vehicle are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Scott P. Charnesky, Jeffrey L. Konchan, Nilesh D. Mankame
  • Publication number: 20130340347
    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: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Applicant: FAURECIA INTERIOR SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael J. Twork
  • Publication number: 20130326960
    Abstract: A rolling device is provided for opening and/or closing a door, having a rolling unit which can be connected to a fastening element to be fastened to the door, by means of a connecting element. The rolling unit has a drive unit which has at least one power accumulator and a drive, and which is connected to a wheel unit that has a drive wheel. The drive wheel, in the mounted operative position of the rolling device, is in frictional contact with a floor surface contiguous to the door. The drive unit together with the power accumulator and the wheel unit are immobilized on the rolling unit, the rolling unit being received so as to be freely mobile under the influence of its proper weight by means of a linear friction bearing formed between the connecting element and the fastening element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: ABOTIC GMBH
    Inventor: Friedrich Nikolaus Manseder
  • Publication number: 20130318877
    Abstract: A sliding cantilevered gates gate panel is carried by posts for sliding movement in the plane of the gate opening with each post having inner and outer parallel post members separated by a central opening within which the gate panel is mounted. The gate panel has a longitudinally extending track member, a plurality of upstanding posts connected to and upstanding from the track member and a top rail connected across top ends of the posts forming together a generally rectangular panel. Each post has support rollers for running along the track and a drive assembly at a post drives a sprocket engaging a chain mounted inside the track member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Austin Lew Dalman
  • Publication number: 20130318878
    Abstract: A device for opening and closing a door is provided, with a rolling device having a shell-shaped housing assembled from two complementary housing parts and in which a driving device is arranged, which is connected via a drive shaft to a driving wheel which, in a fitted operating position of the rolling device, is in frictional contact with a rolling surface facing the driving wheel. A fixing body is arranged on a housing part, which together with an opposite fixing body on the other housing part, form a fixed bearing for the drive shaft, each fixing body further having a recess forming a bearing seat for a bearing of the drive shaft. A housing part has linear guide means for connection to corresponding linear guide means of a fastening element. The linear guide means are arranged adjacent to the bearing seat. A method for installing such a device is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: ABOTIC GMBH
    Inventor: Friedrich Nikolaus Manseder
  • Patent number: 8587404
    Abstract: A movable barrier system with a moving-barrier imminent motion notification includes a movable barrier and a movable barrier operator connected to control movement of the movable barrier between a first position and a second position. To reduce user dissatisfaction with the moving-barrier imminent motion notification, communications to the movable barrier operator include information to assist the operator in determining whether to operate the moving-barrier imminent motion notification in combination with moving the door or to specifically command that the moving-barrier imminent motion notification operate or not. The communication may include a signal or input separate from and in addition to a typical command signal or input to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward T. Laird
  • Patent number: 8572894
    Abstract: A linear motor arrangement for panels, in particular sliding door leaves, movable along a travel path, as well as to a device for mounting such an arrangement includes a linear drive system having at least one stator member of a linear motor and a connecting member as components. The connecting member comprises a circuitry. The components are consecutively disposed in a row. Furthermore, the connecting member has a housing, which, at one end, has at least one connection possibility for an external energy supply. In addition, the housing, respectively the connecting member is adapted, to receive circuitry, which has additional terminals. In order to be able to run connecting lines in the connecting member, a channel is configured in the housing such that they are led out of the housing at the end of the connection possibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Sven Busch
  • Patent number: 8556117
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel collection bin for a waste collection vehicle. The collection bin includes an automated cover system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: The Curotto-Can, LLC
    Inventor: John Domenic Curotto
  • Publication number: 20130242471
    Abstract: A forward lid-lift device assembled to a counteraction member of an electronic apparatus includes a main lid and a turning lid. The main lid includes a first rotary shaft connected with the counteraction member, and an engaging end fastened at the end of the electronic apparatus opposite to the first rotary shaft. The turning lid includes a second rotary shaft connected to the main lid, a poking end at an end of the second rotary shaft, and a pushing member at the other end of the second rotary shaft. When the pushing member rotates from a start point to an end point along a second turning path in a first direction, the interference between a first turning path of the counteraction member and the second turning path is increased gradually and the main lid and the turning lid are both turned in the same direction to complete lid-lift action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: TSUNG-CHI HUNG, CHAO-CHU WU
  • Publication number: 20130235511
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing, a chip card received in the housing, and a chip card protecting cover assembly. The chip card protecting cover assembly includes a housing, a first magnet and a second magnet. The magnetic force between the first magnet and the second magnet drives the protecting cover to rotate relative to the housing, thereby covering or exposing the chip card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: CHI MEI COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: YU-LUN LU, CHUEH-CHUAN CHEN, KUN-YING LIN, CHIH-CHUN TSAI, PO-WEN KUO, CHIH-YUNG WU, PO-CHING HUANG
  • Publication number: 20130205670
    Abstract: An apparatus for opening and closing a barrier includes a rotatable housing having a first stop surface extending outwardly from an outer surface of the housing, said housing being configured for attachment of said barrier; an electric motor disposed within the housing, said motor having a rotor coupled to a first shaft having an axis, said motor further including a stator fixedly coupled to said housing; a member configured to receive and mechanically fix an end of a second shaft thereto; and a mounting bracket configured for connection to a fixed post, said mounting bracket connected to the member and having a second adjustable stop surface configured to contact the first stop surface and limit rotational movement of said housing relative to said mounting bracket in a first rotational direction, wherein the motor is configured to be selectively activated to effect relative rotational movement of the rotor relative to the stator, and the rotational movement of the motor relative to the mounting bracket cause
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Ultra Aluminum Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ultra Aluminum Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8479446
    Abstract: The invention relates to a drive system for a gate, the gate panel thereof being guided in a guide rail on each side. A carriage is guided in one of the guide rails, and a pusher arm is joined with a hinge to the carriage and the upper edge of the gate panel. A motor is supported on the pusher arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Sommer Antriebs-und Funktechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Schaff
  • Patent number: 8474185
    Abstract: A suspension for at least one panel, which is movable along a travel path, is has a guiding profile configured to longitudinally extend along the travel path and to have sidewall sections. The sidewall sections are configured to extend in a direction of the longitudinal extension of the guiding profile and parallel to a vertical extension of the movable panel. In addition, at an end facing away from the movable panel, the sidewall sections are connected to each other by means of a horizontal wall section. At an end facing the guiding profile, the at least one movable panel is received in a guided and supported manner in the guiding profile. A driver member of a linear drive system is operatively connected to the movable panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Dorma GmbH + Co. KG
    Inventor: Sven Busch