Operator Drives Closure Along Guide Patents (Class 49/360)
  • Patent number: 10524313
    Abstract: A rear slider window assembly for a vehicle includes a fixed window panel and a movable window panel that is movable between a closed position and an opened position. The movable window panel includes a laminated movable window panel having an electrical element disposed between an inner glass panel and an outer glass panel. The first electrical element is in electrical connection with a wire harness of the vehicle via a flexible connector electrically connected to a first electrical connector at an inner surface of the movable window panel and to a second electrical connector at the inner surface of the fixed window panel. The first electrical connector is electrically connected to the first electrical element via a thin flat connector that extends from the first electrical connector and wraps around a perimeter edge of the inner glass panel of the movable window panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Darin J. Snider, David K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10371805
    Abstract: An obstacle detection apparatus includes: a transceiver transmitting a transmission wave and receiving an ultrasonic wave; a transmission controller; a receiver circuit detecting a signal level of a receiving wave; a distance calculator sequentially calculating a distance to an object reflecting the transmission wave; a memory storing the distance to the object; an obstacle determination device determining whether the object is an obstacle; and a reception level monitoring device monitoring the signal level of the receiving wave before the transmission wave being transmitted. When the signal level exceeds a predetermined threshold, the obstacle determination device sets a first number of determination data elements to an increased number of determinations for a predetermined period to be used for determining whether the object is the obstacle, as being larger than a second number of determination data elements used when the signal level does not exceed the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignees: DENSO CORPORATION, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA, NIPPON SOKEN, INC.
    Inventors: Mitsuyasu Matsuura, Taketo Harada, Takuya Nomura, Motonari Ohbayashi, Hironobu Ishijima
  • Patent number: 10344521
    Abstract: This invention pertains to mechanisms for opening and closing sliding windows especially in homes and buildings. A sliding window comprises a pane which is installed in a sliding frame. The frame is sliding vertically or horizontally within a static outer frame which has two parallel guides that guide the sliding frame. There are three similar approaches for such a mechanism: a two cables mechanism, a single roller chain mechanism and a two roller chains mechanism. The two cable approach uses four pulleys and two flexible cables. The single roller chain approach employs two sprockets. The two roller chains approach uses four sprockets. The window can be operated manually or by using an electric motor. The window assembly includes two safety systems which protect persons from being caught by a closing window. The window assembly also includes a burglar alarm and does not require a latch for window locking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Jezekiel Ben-Arie
  • Patent number: 10337216
    Abstract: A power system for a vehicle having a vehicle body and door includes a first battery disposed on the vehicle body, a second, rechargeable battery disposed on the door, a first electrical contact disposed on the vehicle body, and a second electrical contact disposed on the vehicle door. The first and second electrical contacts are coupled to the first and second batteries such that when the door is in a fully closed position relative to the vehicle body the first and second batteries are electrically coupled to one another and the second battery is charged by the first battery, and when the door is not in a fully closed position the first and second batteries are electrically de-coupled from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC
    Inventors: John M. Sohn, Paul S. Crociata
  • Patent number: 10226989
    Abstract: A vehicle opening-closing body control apparatus includes: a driving device driving an opening-closing body; a lock device retaining the opening-closing body in fully open and fully closed positions by including a latch mechanism, which performs an engagement action depending on a movement position of the opening-closing body; and a control device controlling the actions of the driving and lock devices, wherein the control device includes a position determination unit determining whether the movement position is in an engagement action position of the latch mechanism in a case in which driving control of the opening-closing body is stopped, and it becomes possible for the driving control to be restarted thereafter, and an engagement release control unit causing the latch mechanism to perform a release action by controlling the action of the lock device in a case in which it is determined that the movement position is in the engagement action position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi Kaino, Hirotoshi Nakamura, Yasuhiro Awata
  • Patent number: 10155432
    Abstract: A sliding window assembly for a vehicle, a cable drive system for a vehicle, and methods of operating the same, are disclosed. The sliding window assembly includes a track adapted to be coupled to the vehicle, and a sliding panel movable relative to the track between an open position and a closed position. A heating element is coupled to the sliding panel for heating the sliding panel. The sliding window assembly further includes a conductive cable coupled to the sliding panel and the heating element. The conductive cable is configured to transfer electrical current to energize the heating element and to undergo mechanical force to move the sliding panel relative to the track between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICAS CO.
    Inventors: David W. Lahnala, Daniel Bennett
  • Patent number: 10015842
    Abstract: A cable drive system and a sliding window assembly for a vehicle are disclosed. The sliding window assembly includes a track adapted to be coupled to the vehicle. The sliding window assembly further includes a sliding panel coupled to the track and movable relative to the track between an open position and a closed position. A heating grid is coupled to the sliding panel for defrosting the sliding panel. The sliding window assembly also includes a cable coupled to the sliding panel for moving the sliding panel between the open and closed positions. In addition, the sliding window assembly includes a conductive element electrically connected to the heating grid and coupled with the cable such that the conductive element moves concurrently with the cable as the cable moves the sliding panel between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: AGC AUTOMOTIVE AMERICANS CO.
    Inventors: Dan Bennett, Mark S. Ackerman, David W. Lahnala
  • Patent number: 9945170
    Abstract: A door opening and closing apparatus opens and closes a slide door by cooperating with a guide roller unit fixed to the slide door of a vehicle. The guide roller unit includes a guide member and a belt-side bracket connected to the guide member. The door opening and closing apparatus includes a support member made of resin, plural pulleys supported at the support member, and a transmission belt engaged at the plural pulleys. The support member is fixed to a body of the vehicle and includes a rail portion at which the guide member is mounted. The belt-side bracket is fixed to the transmission belt. An electric drive source moves the transmission belt for opening and closing the slide door in a state where the guide member is guided along the rail portion. The support member includes an engagement portion configured to hold the belt-side bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shin Sakai, Seiichi Suzuki, Eisuke Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 9744835
    Abstract: An actuating apparatus for a vehicle part contains an actuating motor for generating an actuating force under the action of which the vehicle part can be adjusted between a closed state and an open state along an actuating path. The actuating apparatus also contains a control unit which is configured to carry out an actuating method in which, according to the method, a position measure is continuously ascertained when the vehicle part is adjusted, the position measure being characteristic of the current actuating position of the vehicle part along the actuating path. Furthermore, the position measure is set to a prespecified reference value when the vehicle part is in the closed state and when a further condition is additionally met, the further condition being linked in a reproducible manner with a specific actuating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Hallstadt
    Inventors: Holger Wuerstlein, Florian Pohl, Sebastian Habermann, Juergen Schmitt, Maximilian Goetz
  • Patent number: 9737175
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of sanitary and bathing devices, and particularly to a connecting device for connecting a horizontal track to a vertical side frame of a shower door assembly, and a shower door assembly including the connecting device. The connecting device may comprise: a retaining member capable of being retained to an end of the horizontal track and provided with a lug; a connecting member having a width larger than that of the first opening, and being provided with a second opening; and a locking member provided with a connecting portion, the connecting portion being provided with a projection, wherein the locking member can be in a locked position or in an unlocked position when the projection is away from the connecting member. The shower door assembly comprises: a horizontal track; a vertical side frame provided on an end with a vertical opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Ideal Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wuxiang Wei
  • Patent number: 9730556
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of bathroom devices, and particularly to a track corner connecting device for a shower door used in a shower room, a shower door frame and a shower door. The track corner connecting device for a shower door comprises: an inserting member, a receiving member and a protective cover. The shower door frame comprises a track and aside frame. Two tracks forming an included angle therebetween are connected by the above connecting device. The shower door comprises a shower door frame and a glass plate mounted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Ideal Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wuxiang Wei
  • Patent number: 9677313
    Abstract: A vehicle-door opening/closing control device includes a controller, which controls the operation of a drive device. The controller is configured to supply drive power based on a voltage of an in-vehicle power supply to an electromagnetic clutch. The controller is also configured such that, when stopping an opening/closing body at an intermediate position, the controller supplies the drive power based on the voltage of the in-vehicle power supply to the electromagnetic clutch to put the clutch in the engaged state, and then stops the supply of drive power to the electromagnetic clutch so that the clutch is in the disengaged state after a predetermined holding time has elapsed since the controller has stopped the opening/closing body at the intermediate position. The predetermined holding time differs between a case where the trapping of the foreign object is detected and a case where the opening/closing manipulation is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignees: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA, TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishikibe, Kohei Kobayashi, Yoshinori Hitomi, Takeshi Katsuda, Shunsuke Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 9567790
    Abstract: An opening/closing body control device for a vehicle is provided with a drive section configured to drive an opening/closing body of a vehicle, and a controller configured to control the drive section. In response to detection of an external force input intended to accelerate the opening/closing body in operation, the controller controls the drive section to increase the operating speed of the opening/closing element. The drive section determines that the external force intended to accelerate the opening/closing body has been input if, as one example, the acceleration of the opening/closing body in an operation direction reaches a predetermined value or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Masato Yamada, Takeshi Nishikibe, Hitoshi Takayanagi
  • Patent number: 9548823
    Abstract: The present invention is generally a movable barrier system that employs a movable barrier operator with a signal translation module, which enhances the quality of communications between wired components of a movable barrier system, including long distance wired communications between controllers and position sensors. In an exemplary embodiment, position sensors comprising encoders are coupled to translation module for reducing electromagnetic interference or noise from various components that may otherwise interfere with the communication; error detection and error correction means may be further implemented to facilitate diagnostic monitoring of the system from a monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: VIKING ACCESS SYSTEM, LLC.
    Inventor: Ali Tehranchi
  • Patent number: 9476245
    Abstract: A door cable pulley system for use with a motor vehicle having a closure movable between an open and closed position. The door cable pulley system includes a first tension pulley, a second tension pulley, a cable drum driven by a motor, and a pair of drive cables. The first drive cable includes a first end coupled to the cable drum and a second end coupled to the closure, where the first drive cable extends from the cable drum, passes over the first tension pulley, and exits the body through the second exit opening. The second drive cable includes a first end coupled to the cable drum and a second end coupled to the closure, where the second drive cable extends from the cable drum, passes over the second tension pulley, and exits the body through the first exit opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC
    Inventor: Eric R. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9458656
    Abstract: An internally powered sliding panel has a power source and drive train contained internally within the stiles and rails of a frame. A driven wheel is rotatably mounted on the frame and connected to the power source via the drive train. The panel may further include a lift system including a second power source, a lift mechanism, and a lift drive which are contained internally within the stiles and rails of the frame. The power sources, drive train, lift mechanism, and lift drive may be contained completely inside the stiles and rails of the frame. The movement of the panel along a fixed path, and the raising and lowering of the panel, may be regulated by a control system. The control system includes a microcontroller and sensor used to determine the position of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ANDERSEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Brad Mickelson
  • Patent number: 9399388
    Abstract: A guide-pulley device is equipped with: a guide pulley having a plurality of grooves configured so as to independently accommodate two cables for moving in a manner such that when one moves in a winding direction, the other moves in a feeding direction; and a storage body for storing the guide pulley. The storage body has first and second storage members which attach to one another. The first storage member has a base on which a support shaft for supporting the guide pulley stands upright. The second storage member has a lid section which faces the base section. The first storage member also has a partition wall for forming two routing channels for routing each of the cables, and a plurality of hooks projecting from the partition into the grooves. The base, the partition wall, and the hooks are formed integrally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Tetsuya Yasunaga, Kazuo Kojima
  • Patent number: 9199716
    Abstract: A door system for an aircraft or spacecraft having a door and an actuator for actuating the door. The actuator includes an actuator drive which moves the door in relation to the aircraft or spacecraft, a detection device which determines movement information of the door and/or of the actuator, an actuator control unit which controls the actuator based on the movement information, and an actuator housing which surrounds the actuator drive and the actuator control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Thorsten Knijnenburg
  • Patent number: 9169676
    Abstract: A latch device for vehicle LA provided on a door D of a vehicle, including: a latch 20, which meshes with a striker S; a ratchet 30, which regulates rotation of the latch 20; a detecting sensor 200 including a body 201 and terminals 202a and 202b exposed from the body 201, which detects operation of the latch 20 or the ratchet 30; and a main body 40 in which the detecting sensor 200 is arranged, wherein the main body 40 includes a discharging portion 417 formed on a position corresponding to the terminals 202a and 202b of the latch detecting sensor 200, and the terminals 202a and 202b of the detecting sensor 200 are arranged on an upper side of a vehicle than the discharging portion 417 in a state in which the door D is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: MITSUI KINZOKU ACT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirofumi Watanabe, Shintaro Okawa
  • Patent number: 9089047
    Abstract: A grounded belt and drawer apparatus including a drawer, mounted on a first track, a tensioner body having a first pulley, a supporting member, and a first belt. The drawer moveable on a first line in a first direction and a second direction. The tensioner body mounted on a second track and moveable in the first direction and the second direction. The first belt having a first end and a second end, rounded over the first pulley, and a first segment and second segment extending distally from the first pulley in the first direction. The first belt conductively connected to the drawer and to a first fixed point which forms a conductive path from the drawer to the first fixed point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ross T. Fredericksen, Don A. Gilliland, Dennis J. Wurth
  • Patent number: 9050878
    Abstract: A motor vehicle sliding door that may be supported by a pillar of the motor vehicle and having a sliding door assembly with a self-adaptive carriage. The self-adaptive carriage can allow for attachment of the door to the vehicle body at the A, B, or C pillars with reduced movement efforts and increased stability while accommodating manufacturing tolerance variation over large scale production runs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: DURA GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Robert A. Hendren, Ali Tavakoli Targhi, Alex M. Langreet
  • Patent number: 9045919
    Abstract: A pneumatic door system and a method of using the same are disclosed herein. According to one embodiment, a trailer may include a seamless main door and at least one side door. The doors may be configured to be locked shut with a system of pneumatic locks. The main door may be configured to open and close as controlled by pneumatic pressure applied to a door cylinder. The pneumatic system may be configured to be controlled by an interior control box. The pneumatic system may be configured to operate off of pneumatic pressure in an auxiliary air tank, the pressure being protected by a series of one-way check valves. The pneumatic system may also be configured to operate wirelessly using RFID or Bluetooth technology, among other things, to secure the cargo and facilitate ingress and egress to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: COLD CHAIN, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel M. Aragon, Peter J. Wachtell, John J. Prehn, Todd J. Lindsey, John C. Cash
  • Patent number: 9038317
    Abstract: A power actuator for a window in a building includes a drive unit, a cable system, and a controller. The drive unit is positioned within a sill of the window. The cable system is engagable with the drive unit for moving a pane of the window relative to a window frame between an opened position and a closed position. The controller is electrically coupled to the drive unit and a power outlet located in the building and connected to an external power grid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: STRATTEC POWER ACCESS LLC
    Inventor: Eric Hansen
  • Patent number: 9038316
    Abstract: An automatic patio sliding door for residential (home) use is created using an existing motorized automatic system which is now in use in commercial, industrial, and public building entrances. A method incorporating a bracket system is used to apply the commercial (hanging track type) automatic door system to existing residential patio sliding doors or to new patio sliding doors. The purpose is to provide hands free opening and closing of patio glass or screen doors (single or double panels). This allows for ease of use of sliding doors when hands are full, guarantees the closing of screen doors or glass doors behind the person to prevent insects getting into the house or loss of air conditioning in the house, and provides an easy access door system in the home for the physically handicapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Von Gerichten
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9016762
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure 1 comprises a slide door panel 6 for opening and closing a front region of a rear door opening in a vehicle body 2, a swing door panel 7 for opening and closing a rear region of the rear door opening in cooperation with the slide door panel 6, an opening degree detection mechanism 30 for presuming a locked state on the slide door panel 6 and swing door panel 7 by detecting the opening degree of the slide door panel 6, and a handle idling mechanism 31, provided with the swing door panel 7, for nullifying an operation of a swing door handle 10 when the swing door panel 7 is fully closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Yoshio Ojima, Katsuya Maruyama
  • Patent number: 9010026
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of operating a movable barrier operator includes engaging a flexible driven member with a drive of the movable barrier operator. The method includes moving the flexible driven member in a first direction to move a movable barrier connected to the driven member and monitoring the position of the movable barrier. In response to the movable barrier reaching a given position, the driven member is moved in a second direction without moving the movable barrier to remove slack from the driven member. A movable barrier apparatus includes a movable barrier controller operatively coupled to the movable barrier operator. The movable barrier controller is configured to cause the movable barrier operator to reverse direction of the flexible driven member a distance after stopping movement of the movable barrier without moving the movable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James Scott Murray, William George Gioia
  • Patent number: 9008909
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle device which is carried on an automotive vehicle, an operation unit causes the vehicle to execute a predetermined operation in response to a remote control request from a user. A detection unit detects existence of a moving object in a passenger compartment of the vehicle or in areas surrounding the vehicle. An operation inhibition unit inhibits execution of the predetermined operation by the operation unit when existence of the moving object is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Taki, Takeshi Matsumura, Atsushi Watanabe, Mayumi Otsuka, Keizoh Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 8959836
    Abstract: A sliding door apparatus for closing and opening in a wall. The sliding door apparatus includes a sliding door having top and bottom edges, a door frame, a carriage secured to the top edge of the door and a drive mechanism for opening and closing movement of the door. The drive mechanism preferably includes a bi-directional effector, a power-storing power source and a controller configured to enable the door to be continuously closed but not locked when a continuously-closed signal is received by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Hydra DoorCo LLC
    Inventor: Gary Gayhart
  • Patent number: 8950117
    Abstract: A sliding door drive assembly is provided for a vehicle. The assembly includes at least one grooveless drum. The drum has a cable wrap surface and is rotatable to wind cable thereon and unwind cable therefrom. A guide is positioned to be aligned generally with a first axial edge of the cable wrap surface. As cable is wrapped on the drum, the angle of the cable (due to the position of the guide) biases the cable towards the first axial edge, so that successive wraps of cable are snuggly positioned adjacent prior wraps. In another aspect, a cable drum includes a ramp at a second axial edge of the cable wrap surface, which guides the cable radially outwardly to start a second layer of wraps of cable on the first layer of wraps. In another aspect, an absolute position sensor is provided for a powered sliding door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Magna Closures Inc.
    Inventors: Nebojsa Djordjevic, Kristopher B. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8935887
    Abstract: A linear actuator, particularly for sliding doors and for sliding doors and windows in general, comprising a supporting body, to be fixed by corresponding fixing elements between the two jambs of a door or of a door or window frame, motor drive elements being accommodated and fixed within the supporting body and being adapted for the rotation of a driving gear, which is intended to mesh with a driven rack, which in turn is fixed to a leaf of the door to be moved in translation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Topp S.p.A. a Socio Unico
    Inventor: Toni Cavalcante
  • Patent number: 8931216
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sliding door systems, apparatus and methods of using and making the same. Specifically, the present invention relates to systems for opening horizontally sliding doors on a structure, such as, for example, a barn, warehouse, hangar, or other building or structure. Moreover, the present invention relates to apparatuses for providing the automatic opening of sliding doors. In addition, methods of making and using the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Propel Doors LLC
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence Gazda, James Michael Norris
  • Patent number: 8910767
    Abstract: A clutch mechanism includes a field core into which an electromagnetic coil is incorporated and is fixed to a base member, a rotor rotatably fitted on a shaft and passing through a central portion of the field core to be connected to a speed reduction mechanism and an armature accommodated on an inside diameter side of the output drum. The armature is fitted on the shaft in order to rotate and move in an axial direction and is magnetically attracted to the rotor when the electromagnetic coil is energized. Drum side locking portions are provided inside of the output drum such that armature side locking portions provided on an outer circumferential portion of the armature can move in an axial direction of the shaft relative thereto and can be brought into engagement therewith in a rotational direction to transmit the rotation of the armature to the output drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichiro Kita
  • Patent number: 8907608
    Abstract: Disclosed are alternate embodiments of various components of a barrier operator system. and methods of operation, including of the mechanical drive subsystem with segmented and self-locking rail unit, rail mounting supports, belt and chain drive tensioning, and drive assembly carriage and interface; the electronics and software routines for controlled operation of the various barrier operator functions; wall console communications with the barrier operator; encryption and decryption of access codes; establishment and monitoring of travel limits and barrier speed and force profiles; thermal protection of barrier operator drive motors; and establishment and control of communications from the barrier operator to accessories by way of a wireless adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: Leroy G. Krupke, Mark Kenneth Siegesmund, Mark Raymond Wilzbach
  • Patent number: 8893436
    Abstract: An invisible sliding door link structure includes a door bracket disposed at an inner surface of a door sliding part of a vehicle body to open or close, a body bracket provided in an invisible slider to slide the door, a main arm with one end connected to one side of the door bracket and the other end connected to one side of the body bracket, a first link having one end rotatably connected to the other side of the body bracket, a second link having one end rotatably connected to the other end of the first link and the other end connected to the other side of the door bracket, and a third link having one end rotatably connected to one side of the main arm and the other end connected to a hinge point at which the first and second links are connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kwangjin Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae Hong Choi, Seung Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 8857104
    Abstract: A vehicle door opening device comprises a drive unit, an opening cable and a closing cable. The drive unit comprises a housing, a motor mounted to the housing and having armature, and a drum rotated by the motor. At a vertex of the housing, an exterior angle was approximately right angles. The axis of the armature is perpendicular to a side of the housing having the vertex at the end. The drive unit can be made smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishigaki, Kazuhito Yokomori
  • 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: 8844197
    Abstract: A sliding door for a vehicle includes a guide rail, a sliding carriage and a guide pin (34). The sliding carriage is longitudinally displaceably journalled at the guide rail and is connected by a multijoint to the vehicle body. The guide pin (34) is guided in a guide track (41) provided at the sliding door. To improve such a sliding door, the guide track (41) includes a first guide track (42) and a second guide track (43) which is elastically biased (47) with respect to the first guide track (42) (FIG. 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Heuel, Michael Krehmke, Ralf Rottmann
  • 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: 8839560
    Abstract: This power unit includes a base plate fixed with an annular coil part, and a slot-shaped insertion hole formed at the base plate and extending in a radiating direction to the annular coil part. After a lead wire of the annular coil part is inserted into the insertion hole from one side of the base plate at which the annular coil part is provided, the lead wire is extended in the radiating direction along the insertion hole. Next, the lead wire is led out to the other side of the base plate. Covers having semicircular shapes in cross section are provided to the ends of the insertion hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Act Corporation
    Inventor: Shinichiro Kita
  • 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: 20140259929
    Abstract: A sliding door assembly is provided comprising a first door having a tortuous leading edge, a door frame, a guide track, and a member having a complementary tortuous edge to that of the door. The drive assembly includes magnets to drive the door between open and closed positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Veritas Medical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: David P. Farrell, Herbert Todd Ferrence
  • Patent number: 8818621
    Abstract: In an in-vehicle device which is carried on an automotive vehicle, an operation unit causes the vehicle to execute a predetermined operation in response to a remote control request from a user. A detection unit detects existence of a moving object in a passenger compartment of the vehicle or in areas surrounding the vehicle. An operation inhibition unit inhibits execution of the predetermined operation by the operation unit when existence of the moving object is detected by the detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoki Taki, Takeshi Matsumura, Atsushi Watanabe, Mayumi Otsuka, Keizoh Kawaguchi
  • Publication number: 20140223825
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of operating a movable barrier operator includes engaging a flexible driven member with a drive of the movable barrier operator. The method includes moving the flexible driven member in a first direction to move a movable barrier connected to the driven member and monitoring the position of the movable barrier. In response to the movable barrier reaching a given position, the driven member is moved in a second direction without moving the movable barrier to remove slack from the driven member. A movable barrier apparatus includes a movable barrier controller operatively coupled to a movable barrier operator. The movable barrier controller is configured to cause the movable barrier operator to reverse direction of a flexible driven member a distance after stopping movement of a movable barrier toward a limit position and without moving the movable barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James Scott Murray, William George Gioia
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8713852
    Abstract: A sliding door may include a rail slidably supported by a rail anchor, a body part fixed to the rail, a main arm hinge-connected with the body part, a driving bar hinge-connected with the body part, a first link hinge-connected with the main arm and the driving bar, a second link hinge-connected with the main arm and a first slot of the driving bar, a door part hinge-connected with the main arm and having a second slot hinge-connected with the second link through the first slot, a gear part of the main bar, a first drum engaged to the gear part, a first cable connected with the first drum and the rail anchor, a second drum rotatably mounted at the rail, a second cable wound around the second drum and connected with the first drum, and a third cable connected with the second drum and the rail anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jae Hong Choi
  • Patent number: 8707627
    Abstract: A method of operating a movable barrier operator includes engaging a flexible driven member with a drive of the movable barrier operator. The method includes moving the flexible driven member in a first direction to move a movable barrier connected to the driven member and monitoring the position of the movable barrier. In response to the movable barrier reaching a given position, the driven member is moved in a second direction without moving the movable barrier to remove slack from the driven member. A movable barrier apparatus includes a movable barrier controller operatively coupled to the movable barrier operator. The movable barrier controller is configured to cause the movable barrier operator to reverse direction of the flexible driven member a distance after stopping movement of a movable barrier without moving the movable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James Scott Murray, William George Gioia
  • Patent number: 8701348
    Abstract: Provided is a slide door device for a vehicle, including: a body side lower rail disposed below a door opening formed on a side of a vehicle body and extends in a front-rear direction; a body side rail disposed above the body side lower rail and behind the door opening and extends in the front-rear direction; a door side lower guide roller unit and a door side guide roller unit connected to a slide door and configured to slide on the body side lower rail and the body side rail respectively; a door side lower rail disposed in a lower portion of the slide door positioned below the floor surface in the door opening and extends in the front-rear direction; and a body side lower guide roller unit connected to the lower portion of the door opening and configured to slide on the door side lower rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshichika Ito, Junji Yamaguchi, Tomohide Kato
  • Publication number: 20140090301
    Abstract: A door suspension having a compact structure. First door rollers run in contact with a lower rail, and are rotatably supported to a first door roller supporting member that suspends a door. Second door rollers are rotatably supported to swing members swingably connected to the first door roller supporting member, and are provided so as to be capable of coming into contact with an upper rail. A drive connection portion holds the door and connects the door to an open-close drive mechanism. An elastic connection mechanism includes an elastic portion capable of changing the relative positions of the second door rollers and the drive connection portion, and connects the swing members to the drive connection portion. The second door rollers are installed between the first door rollers on the door leading end side and the door trailing end side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: NABTESCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutama Takahashi, Katsuji Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8677692
    Abstract: A cover for an automatic vehicle door latch. The cover comprises a first wall having a free top and bottom edge, and a second edge intersecting an edge of a second wall. The second wall also includes top, free and bottom edges, wherein the bottom and top edge of the first and second walls are contiguous. The first and second walls are angled relative to one another at the intersecting edges. A top ridge protrudes from the walls adjacent the top edges, and a second ridge protrudes from the wall between the top and bottom ridges such that the top ridge and the second ridge define a channel therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven R. Thiele, Aaron R. Kerestan, Andrew Philip Dean