With Cushioning Means Adjacent Housing Opening Patents (Class 49/377)
  • Patent number: 10293670
    Abstract: In a vehicle molding attached to a vehicle body part, a clip, to attach a molding body onto a body-part edge portion, is provided with an insertion part, into which the body-part edge portion is inserted; an engaging portion configured to engage with an engagement-receiving portion, provided on the body-part edge portion in a state where the edge portion is inserted into the insertion part, whereby a relative movement is restricted in a removal direction; and a biaser which elastically deforms upon abutting against the body-part edge portion that is inserted into the insertion part, the biaser applying a force that engages the engaging portion with the engagement-receiving portion by a restorative force of the elastic deformation of the biaser. Accordingly, the vehicle molding can be securely and reliably attached at a proper position while having a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SHIROKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun Makita, Takanori Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10245925
    Abstract: A vehicle door structure has a door inner panel; a BL inner RF that is made of a fiber reinforced resin and that, together with the door inner panel, forms a closed cross-section structure portion; and an up-stop member that is structured to include joined portions that are joined to the BL inner RF, and a rubber stopper that is disposed further toward a vehicle transverse direction outer side than the closed cross-section structure portion. A communication hole, that communicates an interior and an exterior of the closed cross-section structure portion and through which the up-stop member is inserted, is formed in the BL inner RF. The joined portions are joined by rivets in a state of being superposed on the BL inner RF from a vehicle transverse direction inner side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Tomohiro Sakurai
  • Patent number: 9969339
    Abstract: A trim element for a device includes a substrate formed from a material. The material has a first coefficient of static friction and a first coefficient of kinetic friction with respect to the device. The trim element includes a cured film disposed on the substrate and formed from a coating composition. The cured film has a second coefficient of static friction that is greater than the first coefficient of static friction and a second coefficient of kinetic friction that is greater than the first coefficient of kinetic friction. A device includes a body and the trim element attached to the body. In one embodiment, the device includes a component attached to the body and pivotable between an open position and a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Larry A. Filipczak, Ninetta M. Vieceli
  • Patent number: 9963088
    Abstract: A door flange 11d is provided with an outer protrusion 21e and an upper step 20e. A trim strip 40 includes: an exterior appearance portion 41; a fit portion 46 in which the outer protrusion 21e is inserted and fits; an engagement plate 43 engaging with the upper step 20e from above; and a lower abutting plate 44 abutting to the lower face of the door flange 11d from below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sakiko Yoshida, Toshifumi Matsuura
  • Patent number: 9950600
    Abstract: A glass run 20 includes a glass run body 21 and a lip 22. The glass run body 21 is assembled to a glass run attachment plate 10 of a window frame 3, and the lip 22 made of an elastic material covers a flange 11 of the window frame 3. The lip 22 is formed to bend from the outside toward the inside of the passenger compartment with respect to the flange. The lip 22 includes a recess 22d formed on an interior face of a portion, of the lip, covering a protrusion of the flange 11. The recess 22d acts as a pivot of a change in a shape of the lip 22 when the lip 22 is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Kojima
  • Patent number: 9649994
    Abstract: A molding includes: a long molding body; and an endcap closing an end surface of the molding body. Also, the molding body includes: a base part composed of a plurality of dividing parts that are separated from one another and arranged in an extending direction of the molding body; and an edge part having higher elasticity than the elasticity of the base part and connected to an edge of the base part over the plurality of the dividing parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: FALTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Reiji Masuda
  • Patent number: 9283835
    Abstract: A weather strip capable of preventing the reversing of seal lips caused by the raising and lowering of a door glass, and restraining the increment of the raising/lowering load of the door glass to enable the smooth raising and lowering of the door glass. The door inner weather strip includes a trim section and a seal section. The seal section includes a first seal section and a second seal section, and the first seal section and the second seal section are respectively provided with a first attaching leg and a second attaching leg along with a first seal lip and a second seal lip for contacting the door glass. The first seal lip and the second seal lip are formed such that tips thereof face each other, and the first seal lip is formed such that when the first seal lip and the second seal lip contact the door glass, the tip of the second seal lip is overlapped with the tip of the first seal lip so as to press the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Dosaki, Masatoshi Nojiri, Kisato Oba
  • Patent number: 9090152
    Abstract: A beltline molding for a vehicle door includes a molding main body that extends from a window raising and lowering area to a surface of a door frame, and a step cross-section section including a seal lip that comes in sliding contact with a window, a vertical flange that extends downward from the upper part of the molding main body, and a clinch flange that extends downward from the vertical flange through a step that extends inward, the beltline molding being fitted to an upper edge of an outer panel of the vehicle door in the window raising and lowering area in a state in which the upper edge is held between the molding main body and the clinch flange, and the seal lip and the clinch flange having been removed in an area situated on the surface of the door frame while allowing the vertical flange to remain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Katayama Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Naoki Yoshimoto
  • Patent number: 9038318
    Abstract: A seal assembly for a vehicle having a first seal and a second seal with a dual end cap disposed between the first and second seals. The dual end cap has a cover that extends beyond the first and second seal, for providing an aesthetic transition between the first and second seals. The dual end cap also has a first projection extending from the dual end cap for coupling the dual end cap to the first seal. The dual end cap also has a hold down feature extending opposite the first projection. The hold down feature engages at least a portion of the third distal end of the second seal such that the portion of the third distal end is sandwiched between the cover and the hold down feature for securing the dual end cap to the second seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HENNIGES AUTOMOTIVE SEALING SYSTEMS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Norbert Jendrossek, Dirk Cholewa
  • Patent number: 9003709
    Abstract: A retention clip for attaching an outer belt weatherstrip to a flange includes a backing plate and an anti-rotation feature attached thereto. The anti-rotation feature biases against the flange to draw the backing plate against the flange to remove lash from between the flange and the backing plate in a lateral direction relative to a first primary axis of the retention clip. An axial biasing member biases against the top edge of the flange to remove lash from between a lower edge of the flange and a latch of the retention clip in an axial direction along the first primary axis. A spacing element engages an interior surface of the outer belt weatherstrip in abutting engagement to resist movement of the outer belt weatherstrip relative to the retention clip along the first primary axis. A release mechanism allows the retention clip to disengage from the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Matthew C. Patterson, Carla P. Giovanardi, James R. Roll, Alcino Oliveira, Kenneth G. Besedich, Michael E. Williamson, Faisal Sultan, Alain Pelchat
  • Patent number: 8881463
    Abstract: A weather strip seal is provided for sealing between first and second structures, and a method for manufacturing such a strip seal. The weather strip seal includes a main leg made of a polymeric material, having one side and another side and terminating in first and second ends, a first sealing portion designed to press against the first structure and extending on the one side of the leg adjacent the first end, and a metal carrier for retaining the shape of the strip seal which has an asymmetrical substantially U-shaped cross-section having a first branch reinforcing a portion of the main leg and a second branch extending from the second end on the another side and terminating in a second sealing portion designed to sealingly press against the second structure. An ionomer tie layer is located between the metal surface and the at least one polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hutchinson Sealing Systems
    Inventors: Paul MacDonald, David Castle, Kevin Klemarczyk, Morgan Mills
  • Patent number: 8793934
    Abstract: A belt molding for an automotive door panel includes a molding body made of a hard resin and having an outer wall and an inner wall; a design tape fusion-bonded to an outer surface of the outer wall; and a lip made of a soft resin and standing from the vicinity of an edge portion of the outer wall. The outer surface of the outer wall to which the design tape is fusion-bonded is convexly curved in a direction orthogonal to the longitudinal direction. An edge portion of the design tape is covered with a root portion of the lip. A largest curvature portion of the outer wall is located immediately under a covered portion of the design tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Shiroki Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoya Sato, Takayuki Okada
  • Patent number: 8789313
    Abstract: An outer belt molding for a vehicle includes a body portion having a first end and a second end. A cap is disposed at the first end of the body portion, and an anti-rattle bumper is disposed at the second end of the body portion. A window sealing arm is compliantly coupled to the body portion at a location between the cap and the anti-rattle bumper, and forms an acute angle with the first end of the body portion. Additionally, a body sealing arm is compliantly coupled to the window sealing arm and extends toward the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: James R. Roll, Stephen D. Rusnak, Robert Connor, Brian W. Geib
  • Publication number: 20140102004
    Abstract: A door assembly including a vertically moving door to permit and prohibit access through an opening which has a top, a bottom defined by a floor, and at least two sides, the door assembly. The assembly having a door body having upper and lower portions, and being mounted proximate the opening such that the lower end portion being proximate the floor when the door is in the closed position. A protective body is configured in connection with the door so as to be moveable between a first position under at least a portion of the door body lower portion when the door is in at least a partially open position and a second storage position. The protective body having at least one debris collecting surface, and opposing ends, the protective body being configured such that debris collected on the debris collecting surface will be urged toward one of the opposed ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Rytec Corporation
    Inventor: Brian Norbert Drifka
  • Patent number: 8656644
    Abstract: A trim strip for the edge of a window channel for an automotive side window which is adapted to be lowered into the window channel. The trim strip includes a rigid fixing profile having a U-shaped housing, an at least partly rubber elastic seal having a seal lip cooperating with the side window and a seal profile which is adapted to be inserted into the housing, and at least one groove which is arranged in the U-shaped housing and which is provided with at least one undercut portion that is engaged by a rib arranged on the seal profile. The groove is arranged in the transverse web of the U-shaped housing. Thus, the trim strip permits an easier introduction of the seal profile in the fixing profile and a secure retention of the seal profile in the fixing profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cadea Gesellschaft fur Anwendung und Realisierung Computerunterstutzter Systeme mbH
    Inventor: Harald Ertl
  • Patent number: 8572897
    Abstract: A weatherstrip cinch clip for an automobile including a substantially vertically aligned first wall, a substantially vertically aligned second wall extending substantially perpendicularly to the first wall, and a substantially horizontally aligned prong extending away from the second wall in a direction substantially parallel to the first wall, wherein the prong is configured to extend substantially within a prong receiving aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Todd William Dishman, Tracy Christopher Bakos, Jim Antime Marleau, Ken Michael Reo
  • Patent number: 8549790
    Abstract: A weatherstrip assembly for sealing between a frame and a closure member of a vehicle is provided. The weatherstrip includes a retaining clip having a mounting portion for securing the weatherstrip to the frame and having an outwardly extending leg defining a first channel. The weatherstrip also includes a cover having a first flange protruding downward from the concealing member to extend at least partially into the first channel. The weatherstrip also includes a seal member having a body portion and at least one sealing protrusion extending outwardly from the body portion. The body portion has an upper end and a lower end. The lower end is sandwiched between the leg of the retaining clip and the first flange of the cover. The cover further includes a retaining tab extending outwardly opposite from the concealing member, with the retaining tab engaging the upper end of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Murree, Vaughn Holloway, Robert Krueger
  • Patent number: 8266841
    Abstract: A weatherstrip for the outer belt of a an automotive door includes a controllably compliant sealing element configured with tip-conjoined leaves which afford controllable, selectively discontinuous compliance along not only the distance from the roots to the tip of the leaves, but also along the length of the sealing element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies
    Inventors: Gregory James Grudzinski, Chester Stanislaus Walawender, Azfar Qamar
  • Patent number: 8104227
    Abstract: A vehicle belt molding includes an attaching member and a seal lip. An elastic repulsive member is disposed between the engage wall portion and the seal lip and integrally provided with a fixed piece portion, a shifting piece portion, and a connecting piece portion. The seal lip is always urged toward the window pane by an elastic restoring force of the connecting piece portion itself or by a cooperative function of the elastic restoring force and an elastic restoring force of the elastic polymer material. When the attaching member is mounted to the mounting member, the seal lip causes the contacting portion to be elastically restored by the elastic restoring force toward a thickness direction of the window pane at a speed exceeding a restoring speed obtained only by the elastic polymer material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Tokai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Tamura
  • Patent number: 8001727
    Abstract: A weatherstrip assembly is provided for a motor vehicle door frame. The weatherstrip assembly includes a sealing molding having a mounting portion adapted to be attached to the door frame. The weatherstrip assembly also includes an insert having a main body and a head fixedly secured thereto. The head is disposed within the mounting portion of the sealing molding. The insert and the sealing molding define an insert cavity therebetween. A molding substrate is disposed within the insert cavity to bond the insert with the sealing molding and provide a finished appearance at one end of the sealing molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Magna International Inc
    Inventors: Toan C. Ho, Darrel S. Vassallo, Haruhisa Kawase, Mark F. Esper
  • Patent number: 7934341
    Abstract: A weatherstrip is provided in which a first component provides for functional sealing. A second component, formed of a different material, is interlocked to the first component. The securing structure is not visible from the exterior and allows the second component to improve the aesthetics, be color-matched with the vehicle, or have an altered geometry as needed for the particular vehicle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Corey Knight, David Kreinbrink
  • Patent number: 7565771
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sealing arrangement, especially for sealing window panes (13) of a motor vehicle (10), comprising a weatherstrip (20) that is provided with a sealing section (21) and a fastening section (22), and a trim (40) which is connected in a non-positive manner to the fastener section (22). Said fastener section (22) encompasses a retaining segment (23) which can be pivoted from a first position (I) into a second position (II) so as to fasten the trim strip (40). In order to obtain a flat embodiment of the trim (40) and be able to reliably fix the trim strip (40) to the weatherstrip (20) while using relatively little mounting force, one end of said trim strip (40) is provided with a first hook section (41) while the other end thereof is provided with a second hook section (42). The second hook section (42) rests in a non-positive manner against the retaining segment (23) while the first hook section (41) catches on a first contact area (24) of the fastening section (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems, GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Brocke
  • Patent number: 7536830
    Abstract: An inner belt is received on an associated vehicle flange. A U-shaped gripping portion of the inner belt is formed by first and second legs dimensioned for receipt on opposite faces of the flange. Rigid spaced hooks extend from a body of the inner belt and form upturned cavities that engage with similar hook portions formed on an associated inner trim panel. An end datum feature constrains longitudinal movement between the inner belt and the inner trim panel, while cooperating horizontal leg portions of both the inner belt and inner trim panel restrain the components from relative vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Clark, Greg Roush, Mike Heinze
  • Patent number: 7458185
    Abstract: A belt molding structure for motor vehicles includes a molding body including a resiliently-deformable anti-vibration lip which is integrally formed on an inner surface of the molding body; an end cap attachable to an end of the molding body, and including an insertion portion; a lip-escape space, provided inside the molding body so as not to interfere with the insertion portion of the end cap, for allowing at least a portion of the anti-vibration lip to come into the lip-escape space when the anti-vibration lip is deformed; and a deforming guide surface formed on the end cap in a vicinity of an insertion end of the insertion portion to resiliently deform the anti-vibration lip into the lip-escape space when the insertion portion is inserted into the molding body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignees: Shiroki Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hirotaka Imaizumi, Junsuke Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20080034664
    Abstract: An inner belt is received on an associated vehicle flange. A U-shaped gripping portion of the inner belt is formed by first and second legs dimensioned for receipt on opposite faces of the flange. Rigid spaced hooks form an upturned cavity that cooperate with similar hook portions formed on an associated trim panel. An end datum feature constrains longitudinal movement between the inner belt and the inner trim panel, while cooperating horizontal leg portions of both the inner belt and inner trim panel restrain the components from relative vertical movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventors: Patrick Clark, Greg Roush, Mike Heinze
  • Publication number: 20070227072
    Abstract: An outer belt molding is provided for a motor vehicle door having a door panel defining a window opening. The outer belt molding includes an elongated main body adapted to be attached to the door panel along a lower edge of the window opening. The elongated main body includes a mounting portion including a vertical segment abutting a portion of the door panel and an outer segment extending out from the vertical segment abutting another portion of the door panel. The outer belt molding also includes fastening means extending between at least one of the outer and vertical segments and the door panel to fixedly secure the outer belt molding to the door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: Haruhisa Kawase, Peter J. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20070199248
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door with a door body is formed from a door inner part and a door outer panel fastened thereto. The door body has toward a top, a shaft opening for a window shaft located inside the door body, and a shaft reinforcement fastened to the door inner part and extends below the shaft opening and on which the door outer panel is supported with its upper flange which lies adjacent to the shaft opening and is bent off downwardly. A window seal is assigned to the shaft opening and is received in a fastening groove formed at least by a first upright longitudinal web of the shaft reinforcement. For production reasons, the downwardly bent-off flange is made as a free-standing wall connected firmly to the shaft reinforcement only with its lower end portion. The free-standing wall delimits the fastening groove laterally together with the longitudinal web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventors: Klaus Rieder, Manfred Appel, Karlheinz Keller
  • Patent number: 7171785
    Abstract: A two piece outer belt weatherstrip provides a seal between the upper portion of a door and the lower portion a window. The weatherstrip comprises two individual components: a cover and a body. The cover is generally T-shaped and includes a curved outer surface that is visible when assembled and installed and a centrally disposed web. The body is a complex generally S-shaped member having adjacent parallel slots opening in opposite directions. One slot receives the web of the cover and the other receives a vertical flange of the vehicle door and secures the weatherstrip thereon. An S-shaped metal reinforcing member resides with the body and a pair of wiper flanges extending from one face of the body engage the window glass and seal thereagainst. These components are preferably extruded but may be molded depending, inter alia, upon the configurations of their terminal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: GenCorp, Inc.
    Inventors: Walter J. Kelly, Anthony W. Loe, Christopher L. Kesh
  • Patent number: 7055291
    Abstract: A clip for a sash molding comprises an elongated end cap adapted to be inserted into an end portion of the sash molding, a fastener adapted to be fixed to a door pillar, and a lip for filling a gap between the sash molding and the door pillar. The fastener and the end cap are made of hard plastic material, and are integrally molded to one another. The lip is made of soft plastic material, and is integrally connected to the end cap in a predetermined configuration, by pouring the soft plastic material in its molten state onto a predetermined region of the end cap and solidifying the soft plastic material thereon. The clip may also include a cover portion, made of a soft plastic material, that continuously extends from the lip and is integrally connected to an end of the end cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignees: Newfrey LLC, Sankei Giken Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideaki Nakanishi, Takashi Yamanaka, Hideaki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 6837005
    Abstract: A weatherstrip for an automobile includes an attaching portion having an inverse U-shape cross section. A rising portion is formed in a protruding manner on the attaching portion and lip pieces are formed for sealing between a door inner panel and a window glass. The rising portion includes a sloping guide that leads to a concave groove with which the trim end of a trim is fitted and latched. To attach the weatherstrip to the upper edge of an inner panel of a door beltline, the attaching portion is attached to the flange by insertion. Then the trim end of the trim is pressed against the guide and is, thrust so as to be fitted and latched with the concave groove. Since the trim end need not climb over the flange while keeping a weatherstrip attached thereto, even if the angle created by the door beltline and a pillar is an acute angle, the creation of a large gap between the weatherstrip end and the pillar is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mithuaki Arata, Hitoshi Hamanaka, Ken Yoshioka, Kazuhiko Tokutomi
  • Patent number: 6820919
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motor vehicle door with a door inner shell and a door outer shell joined thereto. A large-area opening in the door inner shell can be covered in a sealed manner by a supporting plate by means of a sealing area, and with a channel seal, which forms the upper termination of the inner parapet area. The motor vehicle door is characterized in that the upper edge of the supporting plate supports the channel seal. The ends of the channel seal are connected to lateral sealing areas of the supporting plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co., KG, Coburg
    Inventors: Thierry Florentin, Ralph Gerstlauer
  • Patent number: 6820922
    Abstract: A weatherseal assembly is provided with a body part (14) and a weatherseal (20). The weatherseal (20) includes a sealing portion (21) and a fastening portion (22). The sealing portion (21) is provided with a pivotable sealing lip (23) and an abutment lip (24) leading said sealing lip (23) such that when the abutment lip (24) comes into contact with the body part (14) the sealing lip (23) is pivotable from a first position (I) into a second position (II) contacting the body part (14). To achieve a wanted pivoting action and a relatively high contact force of the sealing lip (23) the abutment lip (24) comprises a first leg (25) and a second leg (26) extending at an angle (&agr;) to the first leg (25) in the first position (I). The first leg (25) is connected at one end to the sealing lip (23) and at the other end to the second leg (26). The second leg (26) is deformable by the body part (14) such that the first leg (25) moves the sealing lip (23) from the first position (I) into the second position (II).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Metzeler Automotive Profile Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Steffen Staus, Rolf Brocke
  • Publication number: 20040200151
    Abstract: A weatherstrip for a motor vehicle includes a generally U or J-shaped body of thermoplastic olefin (TPO), polypropylene (PP) having integrally formed lips or sealing flanges of more flexible thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) and a show surface of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO). The body includes longitudinally spaced apart latch members which secure the weatherstrip to a vehicle body. The sealing flanges preferably include flocking on the surfaces which contact and ride against the window glass. The thermoplastic polyolefin show surface bonds directly to the TPV or polypropylene substrate and provides a color and gloss match to the paint on the vehicle body. Improved weatherstrip performance and improved vehicle appearance are both achieved by the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: Anthony E. Tognetti, Thomas J. Sienkowski, Christopher D. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6742304
    Abstract: A belt-line window molding. The molding comprises a main body and a cover member that snaps onto the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Decoma International Inc.
    Inventors: Roland Mueller, Urs Binder
  • Patent number: 6681526
    Abstract: A combination B-pillar and belt-line window molding for a motor vehicle door, and method for manufacturing the same. The molding comprises a main body including a window sealing structure and a mounting structure. The sealing structure is formed from a resilient material constructed and arranged to seal a belt-line gap between the motor vehicle door and a motor vehicle window. The mounting structure is constructed and arranged to mount the main body on a belt-line region of the motor vehicle door. The molding further includes a metal cover member having an elongate first portion with a channel configuration. The channel configuration of the first portion is flexible outwardly to receive a portion of the main body and flexible inwardly to grippingly engage the portion of the main body in secured relation. The metal cover member has an elongate second portion integrally formed with the first portion and extends from the first portion to form a generally L-shaped configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Decoma International Inc.
    Inventors: Roland Mueller, Urs Binder
  • Patent number: 6625931
    Abstract: A glass run that is fitted inside the doorframe of a motor vehicle reduces noise due to the use of a fine lubricant powder. The powder prevents noise of inner lips of the glass run. which strike and separate from inner walls of the glass run. The fine powder, such as silicon powder, polyaminde resin powder, molybdenum disulfide powder and fatty acid amide powder, is contained in the main body of an EPDM rubber or TPO in a dispersed condition. Alternatively, foam rubber layers may be formed on the inside walls to reduce noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hitoshi Omori, Masanori Aritake
  • Patent number: 6557304
    Abstract: A decorative molding assembly for a vehicle door frame having a window opening for a transitional window pane moveable between open and closed positions. The molding assembly includes a window seal mounted to the door frame and having a channel for selective sealing engagement with the window pane. A molding strip has an arm mating with the window seal and faces outward to provide an appealing appearance. A retaining member engages the arm of the molding strip and the window seal to secure the molding strip and the window seal within the window opening of the door frame such that the window pane is securely sealed within the window opening when the window pane is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Decoma Exterior Trim Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20020134022
    Abstract: A window weatherstrip that can be clipped onto a mounting structure of a motor vehicle door frame adjacent an opening containing a window glass such that the weatherstrip can be completely hidden from view thereby avoiding the need for any decorative type finish. More specifically, the window weatherstrip is clipped onto a mounting structure having a horizontally extending mounting flange integrally connected with a downwardly projecting vertical mounting flange such that the weatherstrip can be completely hidden from view underneath a door liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Applicant: Green Tokai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Renji Maki
  • Patent number: 6446392
    Abstract: A window weatherstrip that can be clipped onto a mounting structure of a motor vehicle door frame adjacent an opening containing a window glass such that the weatherstrip can be completely hidden from view thereby avoiding the need for any decorative type finish. More specifically, the window weatherstrip is clipped onto a mounting structure having a horizontally extending mounting flange integrally connected with a downwardly projecting vertical mounting flange such that the weatherstrip can be completely hidden from view underneath a door liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Green Tokai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Renji Maki
  • Patent number: 6419299
    Abstract: A cargo space expanding device of a vehicle is disclosed to prevent any damage from being made by a loaded matter by getting the upper part of glass to be completely inserted into a mid-gate, the device comprising: a piece of glass fixed by holding unit onto a roof panel; and a mid-gate hinged by rotating unit mounted at a body panel with a hollow part filled with a cushioning member like sponge or urethane foam for getting the glass drawn inside, wherein the holding unit comprises pressing unit fixed at the glass and manipulating unit hinged with the pressing unit and coupled with a fixing edge of a grip member mounted at the roof panel to support the upper end of the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Ha Geun Pyo
  • Patent number: 6412226
    Abstract: A door glass run in which first and second seal lips for holding the opposite surfaces of the circumferential edge of a door glass extend from interior and exterior side walls of a body portion having a substantially U-shape in section and attached to a door frame of a car door. The door glass run has such a structure that a sub-lip is formed at least on an intermediate portion of the interior side wall of a vertical portion of the door glass run for guiding the door glass moving up and down so that the sub-lip extends substantially in parallel with the first seal lip; a notch is formed near a base portion in the first seal lip so that the first seal lip is bent easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Nozaki, Takayuki Terasawa
  • Patent number: 6401394
    Abstract: A cutout is provided in an upper edge of a door inner panel at a rear end portion thereof, and a clip member is provided on a door window glass inner weatherstrip which is mounted along the upper edge and is brought into abutment against front and rear vertical portions of a glass run at front and rear terminal ends thereof at such a position that corresponds to the cutout when the rear terminal end of the door window glass inner weatherstrip is brought into abutment against the glass run. The clip member is then brought into engagement with the cutout to position the door window glass inner weatherstrip for mounting, whereby no gap is formed at a portion where the rear terminal end and the glass run attach to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6321490
    Abstract: A mechanically interlocking belt weatherstrip for a motor vehicle. The weatherstrip is formed by three separate components: a cover, a body and a sealing lip. The weatherstrip may be made from separate, all-extruded components, or may be a made from a combination of molded and extruded components. The weatherstrip is formed by snapping the body and the cover snap together to hold the sealing lip securely in place. Because the cover can be easily interchanged with a different cover, the cover can be made to include properties, such as color and gloss, desired by a particular motor vehicle manufacturer while the remaining components remain unchanged. Thus, the weatherstrip allows versatility of the selection of the separate components to meet the individual style and functional needs of a particular motor vehicle design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: GenCorp Inc.
    Inventor: James Randall Vance
  • Publication number: 20010025451
    Abstract: A cutout is provided in an upper edge of a door inner panel at a rear end portion thereof, and a clip member is provided on a door window glass inner weatherstrip which is mounted along the upper edge and is brought into abutment against front and rear vertical portions of a glass run at front and rear terminal ends thereof at such a position that corresponds to the cutout when the rear terminal end of the door window glass inner weatherstrip is brought into abutment against the glass run. The clip member is then brought into engagement with the cutout to position the door window glass inner weatherstrip for mounting, whereby no gap is formed at a portion where the rear terminal end and the glass run attach to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6282840
    Abstract: A mechanically interlocked belt type weatherstrip provides a seal between the upper portion of a door and the lower portion a window. The weatherstrip comprises three individual components: a cover, a body and a sealing lip. These components may be either extruded or molded depending particularly upon the configurations of their terminal portions. All of the components may be one of a wide variety of black flexible plastic or elastomeric materials. However, because each of the components is separate, they can be manufactured of different materials and of different colors to provide specifically desired properties. The weatherstrip is formed by snapping the body and the cover together which holds the sealing lip securely in place between the cover and the body. The weatherstrip thus allows versatility of the selection of the separate components to meet the individual style and functional needs of a particular motor vehicle design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: GenCorp Inc.
    Inventor: James Randall Vance
  • Patent number: 6205712
    Abstract: A decorative molding assembly for a vehicle door frame having a window opening for a transitional window pane moveable between open and closed positions. The molding assembly includes a window door seal mounted to the door frame and having a channel for selective sealing engagement with the window pane. A molding strip has an arm mating with the window door seal and faces outward to provide an appealing appearance. A retaining member engages the arm of the molding strip and the window door seal to secure the molding strip and the window door seal within the window opening of the door frame such that the window pane is securely sealed within the window opening when the window pane is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Decoma Exterior Trim Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Ellis
  • Patent number: 6128859
    Abstract: A mechanically interlocked belt type weatherstrip provides a seal between the upper portion of a door and the lower portion a window. The weatherstrip comprises three individual components: a cover, a body and a sealing lip. These components may be either extruded or molded depending particularly upon the configurations of their terminal portions. All of the components may be one of a wide variety of black flexible plastic or elastomeric materials. However, because each of the components is separate, they can be manufactured of different materials and of different colors to provide specifically desired properties. The weatherstrip is formed by snapping the body and the cover together which holds the sealing lip securely in place between the cover and the body. The weatherstrip thus allows versatility of the selection of the separate components to meet the individual style and functional needs of a particular motor vehicle design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: GenCorp. Inc.
    Inventor: James Randall Vance
  • Patent number: 6115967
    Abstract: A window glass (3) is moveable relative to a motor vehicle door. A sealing arrangement (4) comprises on each side of the window glass (3) a sealing groove (9, 10) which is provided with a cover strip (12) of a thermoplastic plastics material in its regions which come into sliding contact with the window glass (3). The cover strip (12) is provided at least on its side facing the window glass (3) with a grooving which reduces or prevents squeaking noises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Meteor Gummiwerke K.H. Badje GmbH
    Inventor: Hans-Jurgen Warnecke
  • Patent number: 6082048
    Abstract: A sealing, trimming and guiding strip for the window of a motor vehicle body defines a first or main opening (6) for a vertically slidable window glass and a second, subsidiary, opening (8) for a fixed window glass. The strip (5) is of partially moulded and partially extruded construction. Over the region (ABC) extending around part of the main window opening (6), only the face of the strip facing outwardly of the vehicle is moulded. The inside face of the seal over this region is formed by extruded portions which are either attached to the moulded part or are held in juxtaposition with the moulded part by means of a rigid mounting channel forming part of the window frame. The cross piece (9) and the whole of the strip extending around the remainder of the subsidiary window opening (8) are entirely of moulded construction, and integrally moulded with the moulded part of the strip extending around the main window opening (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Draftex Industries Limited
    Inventors: Heinz-Peter Backes, Heinz Andrzejewski
  • Patent number: 6070363
    Abstract: A mechanically interlocking belt weatherstrip for a motor vehicle. The weatherstrip is formed by three separate components: a cover, a body and a sealing lip. The weatherstrip may be made from separate, all-extruded components, or may be a made from a combination of molded and extruded components. The weatherstrip is formed by snapping the body and the cover snap together to hold the sealing lip securely in place. Because the cover can be easily interchanged with a different cover, the cover can be made to include properties, such as color and gloss, desired by a particular motor vehicle manufacturer while the remaining components remain unchanged. Thus, the weatherstrip allows versatility of the selection of the separate components to meet the individual style and functional needs of a particular motor vehicle design. An assembly jig and method which facilitates assembly of the cover, body and sealing lip are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Gencorp Inc.
    Inventor: James Randall Vance