With Distinct Biasing Means Patents (Class 49/480.1)
  • Patent number: 9032668
    Abstract: A roll-up door seal that may be monolithically formed from a single material of uniform density. The seal is sized and adapted to assemble to a standard roll-up door frame without a separate or dedicated frame structure. The seal provides redundant sealing surfaces, positioned to cooperate with both the door and door frame, which ensure an effective and durable fluid tight seal between the cargo space enclosed by the roll-up door and the ambient environment. The seal may be produced by extrusion from a flexible, weather resistant material such as EPDM, thereby providing a low cost solution for sealing roll-up doors having industry standard door frame constructions. The seal is firmly engageable with the door frame, such that the seal may be installed with little or no secondary fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Press-Seal Gasket Corporation
    Inventors: Graham E. Blackwood, Michael R. Miller, John M. Kaczmarczyk
  • Publication number: 20150068128
    Abstract: A seal for incorporating into a vehicle application, including an elongated body having a first softer portion exhibiting a multi-sided and enclosed cross sectional profile and a second more rigid portion coextruded with the softer portion and which is adapted to being resistively engaged with an extending location associated with a vehicle panel so that the first portion is supported upon the panel and adapted to being contacted by a further component associated with the vehicle. The first portion exhibits a multi-sided profile in cross section with a hollow interior to facilitate controlled and cushioning collapse when compressed and includes an upper portion having a generally conical pointed upper end and a pair of outwardly flared lower ends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: U.S. Farathane Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Charles Baxter, Stephen G. Leonard
  • Publication number: 20150047262
    Abstract: A waterproof lockable door and an automatic pressure adjusting plug set thereof are provided. An electronic device is formed with an opening having an annular wall. The waterproof lockable door includes a cover member formed with at least a penetrated hole and an automatic pressure adjusting plug set including a waterproof member and at least a fastening unit. The waterproof member is formed with at least a fasten hole. The fastening unit is formed with a head portion and a rod portion, and the rod portion is received in the penetrated hole and generates a movement relative to the cover member thereby driving the outer periphery of the waterproof member to be tightly adjacent to annular wall. Accordingly, the tolerance of the annular wall and the waterproof member and the air pressure inside an opening both force the waterproof member to move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: GETAC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kun-Cheng LEE, Juei-Chi CHANG
  • Patent number: 8789314
    Abstract: Active seal architectures adapted for producing a variable sealing and/or closing force between a closure panel and perimeter, includes a mounting clip, a flexible outer layer fixedly connected to the clip, defining an interior space, and longitudinally extending along the perimeter; and an interior structure comprising and reconfigurable by an active material disposed within the space, and operable to impart differing first and second forces upon the layer and panel when the material is activated and deactivated respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignees: GM Global Technology Operations LLC, The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Paul W. Alexander, Diann Brei, Jonathan E. Luntz, Monica Cristina Toma, Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140182209
    Abstract: A port assembly is receivable in an opening allowing access to the interior of a transformer. The port assembly includes a body and a port cover. The body is receivable in the opening and has a substantially axial opening therethrough. The axial opening allows access to the interior of the transformer through the port. The port cover is disposed on the interior of the transformer and is movable relative to the body between a sealed position sealing the axial opening and an open position allowing access to the interior of the temperature well. The port cover is biased toward the sealing position and moves to the open position upon being acted upon by an elongate tool inserted into the temperature well through the axial opening in the port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Qualitrol Company, LLC
    Inventor: Joshua J. Herz
  • Publication number: 20140173991
    Abstract: A sliding door includes slidable panel. A first weather stripping member is secured to a portion of the slidable panel. A header and a sill each include a track having a length defining a longitudinal axis. At least one of the tracks includes a first ramp and a second ramp spaced from the first ramp along the longitudinal axis. The slidable panel moves along the longitudinal axis from an open position to a closed position. The slidable panel is moved from a lowered position to a raised position on both the first ramp and second ramp as the slidable panel is moved to the closed position. The weather stripping member is engaged against one of either the header or sill when the slidable panel is in the raised and closed position. The weather stripping is disengaged from the header or sill when the slidable panel is the lowered and open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Milgard Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventors: Melvin Saunders, Victor Massey
  • Patent number: 8695279
    Abstract: Provided is a door frame assembly that enables a molding portion to be bent with ease and in which end portions of a door frame do not rust due to the entry of raindrops or the like. A second end portion B that follows on a second flange portion of a door frame is located between an inner wall portion of a glass run channel and a portion of a main frame portion that faces the inner wall portion. An engagement portion of the molding portion is partially connected to a third side wall portion at multiple locations along the direction in which a vertical door frame assembly extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Eisuke Sato
  • Publication number: 20140069018
    Abstract: A roll-up door seal that may be monolithically formed from a single material of uniform density. The seal is sized and adapted to assemble to a standard roll-up door frame without a separate or dedicated frame structure. The seal provides redundant sealing surfaces, positioned to cooperate with both the door and door frame, which ensure an effective and durable fluid tight seal between the cargo space enclosed by the roll-up door and the ambient environment. The seal may be produced by extrusion from a flexible, weather resistant material such as EPDM, thereby providing a low cost solution for sealing roll-up doors having industry standard door frame constructions. The seal is firmly engageable with the door frame, such that the seal may be installed with little or no secondary fixation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: PRESS-SEAL GASKET CORPORATION
    Inventors: Graham E. Blackwood, Michael R. Miller, John M. Kaczmarczyk
  • Patent number: 8516749
    Abstract: A encapsulated window assembly may be fixed or movable upon installation into an opening in a vehicle body, particularly a vehicle roof. In order to keep air, water and/or dirt from entering the passenger compartment of the vehicle, an integral seal is molded onto a dielectric substrate material. The seal, upon installation of the assembly into the vehicle body opening, effectively closes the gap between the edge of the window assembly and the sheet metal surrounding the body opening, without the need for a post-applied seal, for example, a preformed bulb seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Charles E. Ash, Scott W. Chambers, Julia B. MacLachlan, Charles Sitterlet
  • Publication number: 20130169130
    Abstract: A sealing system for an aircraft device to be sealed off from the environment includes a door, which, when connected to the housing, is movable between an open position, in which the door clears a door aperture in the housing, and a closed position, in which the door closes the door aperture. The sealing system includes a sealing element, on which a sealing surface is formed, wherein the sealing surface is adapted to interact sealingly with a contact surface when the door is situated in its closed position. A positioning device is provided, which is adapted to move the door substantially at right angles to the sealing surface or to the contact surface between a first position, in which the sealing surface is not movable into sealing contact with the contact surface, and a second position, in which the sealing surface is movable into sealing contact with the contact surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
  • Publication number: 20130055638
    Abstract: Exemplary baffles for inhibiting noise transmission through a pillar structure, and exemplary methods of making the same, are disclosed. An exemplary baffle may include a body configured to be secured in a cavity, the body defining a passage for selectively receiving a line extending through the body. The baffle may further include an expandable material extending substantially about a perimeter of the passage. The expandable material may be configured to expand to seal the cavity about the body. The body may include a flap configured to open to allow the line to extend through the passage. The body may further include a biasing element urging the flap toward a closed position, substantially obstructing the passageway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventors: RAYMOND D. HELFERTY, Taylor S. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8282152
    Abstract: A collapsible roof assembly for a vehicle includes a collapsible roof and a sealing mechanism. The roof has a top rail with a frame element running along a longitudinal side of the roof. The sealing mechanism has a seal configured to receive and seal a window pane inserted therein, wherein the seal runs along the longitudinal side of the roof and is attached to the frame element. The seal has a similar cross-section between front, middle, and rear sections of the roof. The seal is attached to the frame element in a form-fit manner in the front section of the roof and is attached to the frame element in a force-fitted manner in the middle section of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Car Top Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Konrad Herz
  • Publication number: 20120244400
    Abstract: An energy storage system comprising at least one energy storage module implemented as a sealed or submersible unit and adapted to supply electrical energy to a hybrid vehicle. The energy storage module comprises an enclosure and at least one battery array located within the enclosure. The energy storage module includes a pressure relief panel held in place by springs that allows battery gases to escape if gas pressures reach a predetermined threshold. Pressure in the enclosure compresses the springs causing the pressure relief panel to temporarily move outward until pressure is relieved at which time the springs force the pressure relief panel to reseal the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Daniel J. Youngs, Kurt Biehl, Edward Bass, Eric D. Schneider, Felice E. Bailey, Steven T. Reyburn, Dean M. Ford, Clyde H. Johnson, Scott K. Bennett, Brian J. Maskew, Leonard F. Baxter, II, Bruce E. Miller, Richard Bletsis, Derek A. Delrymple, Markus Naegeli, Jerry Wendling, Timothy A. Gasaway, Russell B. Hopkins, Brian C. Morrow
  • Patent number: 8167020
    Abstract: An example of a horizontal side-moving door with a side-winding or horizontally translating curtain includes an upper seal comprising an upper edge of the curtain sliding within a groove of a seal guide. To protect the door in the event of an impact, at least a portion of the curtain's upper edge can restorably pull out from within the groove. To avoid damage in certain situations, the seal guide might resiliently deflect as well. After an impact, the curtain's upper edge is automatically fed back into the groove by simply opening and closing the door. During normal operation, the curtain's upper edge advantageously deflects in response to air pressure against either side of the door. In some examples, the seal guide is of a uniform cross-section, which makes the seal guide easy to manufacture by way of a conventional plastic extrusion process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Dean Shanahan, James C. Boerger, Ryan P. Beggs, Steven Campbell, William W. Hoerner
  • Patent number: 8109042
    Abstract: Methods for varying seal force in active seal assemblies for doors employ active materials that can be controlled and remotely changed to alter the seal effectiveness, wherein the active materials actively change modulus properties such as stiffness, or a combination of modulus and shape in response to an activation signal. In this manner, in seal applications such as a vehicle door application, door opening and closing efforts can be minimized yet seal effectiveness can be maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey P. McKnight, Cameron Massey, William Barvosa-Carter, Christopher P. Henry, Guillermo A. Herrera, Andrew C. Keefe, Alan L. Browne, Nancy L. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110239544
    Abstract: A window accessory and sealing system offering an inexpensive, but efficient, alternative to replacing old windows with new windows. The window accessory and sealing system can be installed over a home's existing windows to effectively prevent heat loss and reduce utility bills. The product offers additional thermal insulation to effectively ensure that heat does not escape and cold air does not enter therein. The window accessory and sealing system comprising: a window; a convex window accessory with a one-way check valve. The window accessory is removably sealably-coupleable to the window to create an enclosed evacuatable inner volume. The one-way check valve is located on the convex window accessory and is used to create a vacuum seal between the window and the convex window accessory to minimize heat loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Sandy Klee
  • Publication number: 20110016797
    Abstract: A combined seal activation system positioned within a panel for use with a combination of the panel and a frame includes a first seal activation system and a second seal activation system. The panel pivots relative to the frame. The first seal activation system activates a first sealing system positioned within the frame, and the second seal activation system activates a second sealing system positioned within the frame. The first seal activation system is positioned adjacent a first side of the panel, and the second seal activation system is positioned adjacent a second side of the panel different than the first side of the panel. The first and second seal activation systems having an engaged configuration and a disengaged configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: SPEYER DOOR AND WINDOW, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan D. THIELMANN, Robert E. PRUSS
  • Publication number: 20100287844
    Abstract: The invention relates to, but not exclusively to, a door or window including a sealing arrangement. The invention provides a door or window 1 movable between an open position and a closed position where the, wherein the door or window 1 comprises a first face 4 and a second face 5, and a resiliently deformable strip 6 located at least partially between the first face and second face. When the door or window 1 is in the closed position, the resiliently deformable strip 6 is movable between a sealing position, in which the resiliently deformable strip 6 is in sealing contact with a perimeter of the door or window opening, and an unsealed position, in which the resiliently deformable strip 6 is not in sealing contact with the said perimeter. The door or window further comprises at least one pressure bar 17 for moving the resiliently deformable strip 6 between the sealing position and the unsealed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventor: John Ian Rhys Harrison
  • Publication number: 20100077671
    Abstract: A sealing system for connecting a panel to a frame comprises a plurality of pins extending from the frame; a movable member, within the frame, including a plurality of slots; and a first seal drive system connected to the movable member. In a closed position of the panel relative to the frame, the movable member is movable between a first, unlocked position and a second, locked position, and individual ones of the plurality of pins extending through individual ones of the plurality of slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Speyer Door and Window, Inc.
    Inventor: Don S. Salerno
  • Patent number: 7624538
    Abstract: Gate with an at least partially peripheral sealing means, with a retaining strip made from metal, within which the seal is arranged, wherein the seal may be activated pneumatically, with an adjustable plate which is located above the seal and is guided by guide means so as to be adjustable relative to the retaining strip, with an electrically conductive fabric strip which electrically connects the retaining strip to the plate, and with spring contacts which are arranged on the plate, are electrically conductive and may be brought into abutment with the rabbet of the installation frame provided on the building side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Sommer Metallbau-Stahlbau GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Hautmann, Jürgen Hofmann, Oliver Sommer
  • Publication number: 20090165391
    Abstract: The invention relates to a door for closing off a loading opening of a clothes dryer includes a holding device surrounding the edge of a non-opaque pane in a door frame, via a fixing element and/or a part of the holding element arranged on the housing side. A moisture escape-preventing elastic sealing element is mounted in the non-opaque pane area. In order to prevent fluff accumulation in the connection points between the frame and the non-opaque pane, the inventive sealing element is molded to the part of the holding element placed on the housing side and fits the shape of the internal surface of the non-opaque pane with the aid of a lip-shaped ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Applicant: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgerate GmbH
    Inventors: Ahmet Kocak, Andreas Lange
  • Publication number: 20090094899
    Abstract: Linear weatherstrips and dust plugs (20, 30, 51, 75) having a plurality of such weatherstrips (10-12, 31-35, 40-42, 60-62) in side-by-side relationship are provided with multidirectional flexibility so as to be useful in corners of window frames and doorways by the use of backing strips (16-18) which are made of lineal strings (19) of thermoplastic material which are criss-crossed to provide intersections and bonded at the intersection to provide an embossed surface. The piles (13-15) are attached to one side of the backing strips (16-18) leaving areas between the piles and the edges of the backing strips (16-18) in assemblies of the weatherstrips on a carrier (22) with the backing strips in edgewise-adjacent relationship. This relationship may be provided by the edges of the backing strips being in contact with each other. Alternatively, the areas of the backing strips of adjacent weatherstrips, between the edges and the piles, may be in overlapping relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventors: David Loughney, Bruce A. Rice
  • Publication number: 20070163181
    Abstract: A combination sealing system and seal activation system for use with a combination of a panel and a frame includes a first sealing system and a first seal activation system for activating the first sealing system. The first sealing system is positioned within the frame, and the first seal activation system is positioned within the panel and including a movable member configured to engage the first sealing system. The first sealing system includes a movable member, and the movable member of the first sealing system is caused to move towards the panel by the first sealing system being engaged by the movable member of the first seal activation system moving towards the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Applicant: MAGIC DOOR AND WINDOW, INC.
    Inventors: William Kip Speyer, Jonathan D. Thielmann, Robert E. Pruss
  • Patent number: 6854225
    Abstract: A self-adjusting loading dock seal engages a vehicle and facilitates at least one of loading and unloading thereof relative to a loading dock. The loading dock seal includes at least one dock attachment member, a dock seal member, and at least one spring-loaded adjustment member. The dock attachment member is configured for attachment to a loading dock. The dock seal member is positioned above the dock attachment member and is configured for sealingly engaging a vehicle positioned thereagainst. Each spring-loaded adjustment member operatively connects a dock attachment member to the dock seal member, and is configured for facilitating limited vertical movement of the dock seal member relative to the dock attachment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignees: United Parcel Service of America, Inc., M&J Shelton Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Shelton, Robert Michael Esperto
  • Patent number: 6792718
    Abstract: A vehicle seal that prevents the sealing capability with respect to a window glass from decreasing. The vehicle seal is attached to a frame defining a window glass opening of a vehicle to support a peripheral portion of a vertically movable window glass. The vehicle seal includes a main body arranged along the frame of the opening. Seal lips are formed integrally with the main body to contact the surface of the window glass. The seal lips include, on at least one side of the glass, an intermediate seal lip and a cover seal lip that is located closer to a center of the opening than the intermediate seal lip. An elastically deformable connecting portion connects the main body and the intermediate seal lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6676194
    Abstract: A window arrangement for a vehicle has a viewing window and a window support frame which is fastened to the interior side of the window facing a vehicle interior, the window arrangement also having a sealing strip for the window edge, which sealing strip is fastened by means of a fastening extension to the window support frame. In order to permit a fast mounting of the sealing strip on the viewing window, the window support frame has a receiving recess for the fastening extension of the sealing strip, the fastening extension being held by at least one clamping element in the receiving recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kurt Pfertner, Reiner Armbruster
  • Patent number: 6601346
    Abstract: A weather strip for the attachment to a periphery of a door frame of a vehicle door by clips, which weather strip is capable of preventing water from leaking into a vehicle compartment through spaces located between the weather strip and the door frame and between the clips. The weather strip includes a base portion which is secured to a weather strip attaching surface of the door frame at intervals using the clips, a water stopping lip which is formed at an outside end of the base portion, and a solid member composed of a rubber which is more solid than the material of the base portion and is embedded in the outside end of the base portion so as to extend in a longitudinal direction thereof, thereby increasing the hardness of the outside end of the base portion and maintaining a high pressing force of the water-stopping lip against the weather strip attaching surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6536833
    Abstract: A weather strip has a base portion and seal lips. The base portion has a base bottom portion attached to a door frame, side wall portions extending from substantially opposite sides of the base bottom portion, and a bridge portion connecting the opposite side wall portions. A hollow portion is formed by these portions. An exterior-side seal lip is provided to extend from a substantially border portion between the exterior-side side wall portion and the bridge portion. An interior-side seal lip is provided to extend from the bridge portion more interior than the exterior-side seal lip. In the bridge portion, the opposite sides of the root portion of the interior-side seal lip are formed into thin portions respectively. Thus, when the door is closed, even if the gap is narrowed, the interior-side seal lip is bent and the bridge portion is deformed easily in the thin portions so that the repulsion stress is restrained from increasing conspicuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6530618
    Abstract: A sealing structure for forming a seal between a weather strip attached to a door opening portion of a vehicle body, and a periphery of a vehicle door. The weather strip includes a base portion having a generally U-shaped cross-section for attachment to the door opening portion, and a tubular seal portion which expands from an outer side wall of the base portion. A projection is formed in the weather strip so as to project from the outer side wall of the base portion into an interior of the tubular seal portion so as to be spaced from an inner surface of a projecting top of a sealing wall of the tubular seal portion. When the vehicle door is closed, an inside surface of a periphery of a door panel contacts and presses the projecting top of the sealing wall, which faces the projecting end of the projection, while an inside surface of a door frame contacts and presses a side part of the sealing wall apart from the projecting top of the sealing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignees: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Nozaki, Kiyotaka Tamaoki, Katsunori Kawai, Hidehiro Ito
  • Patent number: 6520563
    Abstract: A weather strip for sealing an opening portion around an opening in a vehicle body against a periphery of a closing member for closing the opening in the vehicle body. The weather strip includes a base portion and a tubular seal portion which projects outwardly from an outer surface of the base portion. The tubular seal portion includes a pair of leg portions which project outwardly from the base portion, extending portions which extend from ends of the leg portions in opposite directions along the outer side wall to have an L-shaped cross-section with the leg portion, and a seal wall for connecting ends of the extending parts into an arc-shaped cross-section. The base portion and the leg portions are composed of a solid material while the seal wall is composed of a sponge material. A boundary between the solid material and sponge material is located in each of the extending portions of the tubular seal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiro Nozaki
  • Patent number: 6491341
    Abstract: A composite assembly unit for closing an aperture in a vehicle body, in particular a glass cover for a sliding roof, comprises a flat base body, preferably a glass or plastic pane, having an outside face and an inside face, and a seal for sealing a gap between the composite assembly unit and the vehicle body. The seal has a sealing section and a fixing section, and being attached to the base body by means of plastic foam. The fixing section of the seal is pressed under elastic deformation by the plastic foam against the inside face of the base body so that the sealing section of the seal terminates substantially flush with the outside face of the base body. The result is a composite assembly unit in which a defined, in particular flush, relative position between the flat base body and the seal can be guaranteed in a simple way. A method and an apparatus for producing such a composite assembly unit in a simple way is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: ArvinMeritor GmbH
    Inventors: Rainer Grimm, Horst Böhm
  • Patent number: 6355328
    Abstract: A composite structure comprising a preformed flexible laminate in adhering contact with at least a first and second transparent or translucent panel members such as would be useful as an insulated glass unit. The flexible laminate contains an undulating spacer element either partially or totally embedded within a core material and has a polymeric coating on at least one surface thereof. The flexible laminate effectively seals the interior of the panel structure from air and/or moisture and maintains a desired distance between the panels. A multi-cavity extrusion die for forming the preformed flexible laminate has a core cavity for receiving the core material as well as the undulating continuous spacer element. Converging walls within the core cavity serve to embed at least one side of the spacer element in the core material and a land area forms a desired shape or configuration wherein the spacer element undulation is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: TruSeal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Lynn Baratuci, Ronald Ellsworth Buchanan, Louis Anthony Ferri, Lanny Dean Ritz
  • Patent number: 6345480
    Abstract: The invention provides a height-adjustable bridging device for joints between floor coverings. The bridging device includes an upper element and a base element. The upper element includes a generally perpendicular retaining bar. The retaining bar includes a holding device. The base element also includes retaining bars which are structured to cooperate with the upper element retaining bar holding device. A support device, which includes another upper element retaining bar and a force uptake piece, such as a base element bar, is disposed on the upper element and the base element respectively. The support device aids in preventing the upper element from tipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Hermann Friedrich Kunne GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Hans A. Kemper, Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 6260906
    Abstract: Sealing system is disclosed for the roof frame of a motor vehicle having at least one moveable, frameless window. The sealing system has at least one sealing profile section with a profile strip which is reinforced by a reinforcement and is formed of at least one elastomer. The profile strip cooperates with the window in a sealing manner. The reinforcement is provided with the profile strip as a pre-fabricated synthetic material injection molded part in a forming tool at least on one part of its surface. The reinforcement has a substantially U-shaped cross section with a base and limbs extending from the base. The sealing system is formed in a three-dimensional manner and can be fixed to connection parts of the roof frame with attachment elements. The reinforcement and the profile strip are partitioned longitudinally in the region of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Meteor Gummiwerke K. H. Bädge GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Hans-Volker Buchholz
  • Patent number: 6195947
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for protecting a shed entrance, particularly during loading and/or unloading of a vehicle parked thereagainst, comprising: a wall-mounted frame arranged on a wall outside the shed entrance; a hanging frame which is held in a plane substantially parallel to that of the wall-mounted frame and at a distance therefrom with resilient separating means; wherein the separating means comprise an elongate body of form-retaining material extending in upward direction between the wall-mounted frame and the hanging frame and a coupling of elastic material on both ends of the body, wherein each coupling is connected to one of respectively the wall-mounted frame and the hanging frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Stertil B.V.
    Inventors: Jan Berends, Wybe Jan Thymen Laverman