Tubular Or Tubular Portion Patents (Class 49/498.1)
  • Patent number: 10981437
    Abstract: A weather strip includes an ethylene-?-olefin-nonconjugated diene copolymer rubber composition having a volume resistivity of no less than 1.0E+6 ?·cm and having a specific gravity of less than 1.30, the rubber composition including: carbon black in an amount of 40 parts by mass to 140 parts by mass; and at least one polymer having a specific gravity of no more than 1.8 and an ethylene content of no more than 70 wt % and at least one polymer having a specific gravity of no more than 1.8 and an ethylene content of no less than 70 wt % in a collective amount of 5 parts by mass to 50 parts by mass, per 100 parts by mass of an EPDM polymer. At least a mount base of the weather strip, which is to be mounted to a car body, is formed of the rubber composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mitsue Tanaka, Hidekazu Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 10647187
    Abstract: A tonneau cover can include a frame, a bed cover portion located within the frame, and a gasket to form a watertight seal between the frame and a vehicle. In some embodiments, the gasket includes an attachment portion configured to connect with the frame and a compression portion attached to the attachment portion and configured to deform between the tonneau cover and the vehicle to resist water entry between the gasket and the vehicle. In some embodiments, the attachment portion is less compressible than the compression portion. In some embodiments, the attachment portion comprises a pair of arms extending outward from a stop component and the compression portion comprises a pair of bulb seals, each of the bulb seals being located below each of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Lund, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Slinger, Dean Mettler
  • Patent number: 10527205
    Abstract: An integrated hose assembly, monitoring assembly, and method of use are disclosed. The integrated hose assembly includes a hose assembly including a hose having first and second conductive layers, the first conductive layer electrically connected to a nipple and the second conductive layer electrically connected to a socket. The first and second conductive layers are separated by an insulating layer. The integrated hose assembly further includes a monitoring assembly that includes a housing rotatably mounted around at least a portion of the hose assembly, a first wave contact seated within the housing and electrically contacting a first outer surface of the hose assembly that is electrically connected to the first conductive layer, and a second wave contact seated within the housing and electrically contacting a second outer surface of the hose assembly that is electrically connected to the second conductive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited
    Inventor: James Dean Betsinger
  • Patent number: 10449845
    Abstract: A sealing profile includes an elastomer body with a first and a second profile section. The first profile section is harder than the second profile section and has an elongated cross section with an exposed flank. A first plane that is tangential with respect to the exposed flank subdivides the second profile section in the relaxed state into a first and a second sealing region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Frank-Olaf Berndt, Marco Will
  • Patent number: 9950599
    Abstract: A roof module for a vehicle roof, which can have a roof panel for closing an opening in the vehicle roof, a frame for mounting the Roof module onto the vehicle roof, a sealing which can be fixedly mounted to the frame for sealing engagement with the panel, and adjusting elements for adjusting the roof panel relative to the frame. The sealing can have a cover lip for covering the adjusting elements, wherein the cover lip can be bent away in a resilient manner for accessing the adjusting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Andreas Josef Zunzer, Gerhard Skorianz
  • Patent number: 9802468
    Abstract: A door weather strip includes an installation base member operatively coupled on a peripheral edge of a door of an automobile and a hollow seal member integrally molded with an inner-cabin side of the installation base member. The hollow seal member makes elastic contact with a door opening edge of a body when the door is in a closed position. A prop forms a part of a wall of the hollow seal member. The prop is substantially linear in cross section and has a first protrusion formed on an end thereof. The protrusion protrudes toward the door and makes elastic contact with a panel of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Fumito Okino
  • Patent number: 9056543
    Abstract: The door weather strip for a motor vehicle includes a base portion attached to a door panel, a sealing portion, and a lever. The sealing portion is disposed to integrally extend from the base portion to tightly contact a vehicle body panel and seal a gap between the door panel and the vehicle body panel when the door panel is closed. The lever is connected to the base portion and the sealing portion and configured to be hung at the vehicle body panel while the door panel is closing such that the sealing portion rotates on the vehicle body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Hae Lee
  • Publication number: 20150143753
    Abstract: A structure of a body side weather strip may include a carrier fixed to a door frame disposed around a door opening of a vehicle body, a first folding portion protruding upward from a top of the carrier and bending substantially horizontally, and a cylindrical tube fixed to an end of the first folding portion and the top of the carrier and having a space. When an external force is applied to the tube, the first folding portion may turn about a first rotation shaft such that a bottom of the first folding portion and the top of the carrier may come in surface contact with each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicants: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jeong-Hyeon KIM
  • Patent number: 9038319
    Abstract: A seal member is provided with a retainer and a weatherstrip held by a pair of engagement parts of the retainer. The weatherstrip has a hollow shape formed by a base and a seal part. The base is configured to be inserted between the pair of engagement parts of the retainer, and the seal part is integral with the base. A center portion of the base has a substantially V cross section, the center portion being configured to come into elastic contact with a portion of the retainer other than each of the pair of engagement parts such that a counterforce is applied from the portion of the retainer other than each of the pair of engagement parts to the center portion of the base when the both sides of the weatherstrip are engaged with the pair of engagement parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirokazu Kuwabara
  • Patent number: 9003712
    Abstract: A method of producing a seal comprising forming an elongated strip of a thermoplastic material having laterally spaced, interlockable portions; bending such strip along a longitudinal line disposed between the spaced interlockable portions to position the interlockable portions in opposed relation; and interlocking the interlockable portions together when such portions are disposed in opposed relation to provide a bulb segment and a mount segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Edwards Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett P. Bellmore, Kevin Baxter, Stephen G. Leonard
  • Patent number: 8991102
    Abstract: A door weather strip for a motor vehicle, which can be readily produced, and readily and securely attached to a corner of a door frame without coming off the same. In an upper side section and an upper side part of a corner section of the door weather strip, the door weather strip includes an exterior weather strip, an interior weather strip and a connecting section. The exterior weather strip includes an exterior base portion for attachment to the door frame or a door molding, and an exterior seal portion for contacting a door opening portion of a vehicle body when a door is closed, and the interior weather strip includes an interior base portion and an interior seal portion. A reinforcing rib is formed in a rear surface of the exterior base portion in the upper side part of the corner section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd., Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Minagawa, Teruyuki Okajima, Harumi Kogiso, Tsuyoshi Miyake
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8973307
    Abstract: A door weather strip includes an upper extrusion molded part installed on a door sash on a roof side; a molded part without a slit thereon, connected to the upper extrusion molded part on a door corner part; and a lower extrusion molded part installed on a vertical part of the door sash and detachably inserted into the molded part; the upper and lower extrusion molded parts and the molded part having a base bottom part and a hollow seal member formed thereon, in which: a seal bead is formed on the molded part, the seal bead extending from an inner-cabin side toward an outer-cabin side relative to the base bottom part of the molded part on the roof side and descending along an outer-cabin side of a part of the molded part on the vertical part side of the door sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomofumi Eguchi
  • Patent number: 8966824
    Abstract: A gasket assembly (20) and method for forming the gasket assembly (20) for sealing two mating surfaces (46,48) over a complex geometrical contact region. The gasket assembly (20) is formed by a hollow silicone rubber tube (22) having a naturally straight configuration but easily bent into complex configurations without kinking. The tube (22) is filled with a curable liquid rubber compound (30) and then the ends (24,26) of the tube (22) are joined in end-to-end fashion to form a continuous loop. The joined ends (24,26) of the tube (22) can be reinforced with a connector (34,134) and then locally cured on a preliminary operation so that the liquid rubber compound (30) does not escape. The tube (22) is then laid up in a mold (40) having a complex geometrical feature (42) which replicates the complex geometrical contact region of the two mating surfaces (46,48) to be subsequently sealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Federal-Mogul World Wide, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry F. Gladfelter
  • Patent number: 8919045
    Abstract: A method of producing a seal. The method can include forming an elongated strip of a thermoplastic material having laterally spaced, interlockable portions; bending such strip along a longitudinal line disposed between the spaced interlockable portions to position the interlockable portions in opposed relation; and interlocking the interlockable portions together when such portions are disposed in opposed relation to provide a bulb segment and a mount segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Edwards Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett P. Bellmore, Kevin Baxter, Stephen G. Leonard
  • Patent number: 8910423
    Abstract: A door weather strip for a vehicle includes a weather strip body, an upper rib, a lower rib and a sealing portion. The weather strip body has an assembly groove. The upper rib and lower rib extend outward from one side of the weather strip body at a predetermined distance in a height direction of the weather strip body. The sealing portion is integrally connected with the upper rib and the lower rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignees: Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jong Hae Lee
  • Publication number: 20140360100
    Abstract: A door seal for a doorway in a vehicle for public passenger transportation has at least one reinforcing element coated with an elastomer, the reinforcing element having a lesser elasticity in the longitudinal direction of the seal than in the transverse direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Hübner GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lars Krug, Thomas Busch
  • Patent number: 8898958
    Abstract: A sealing system for a vehicle includes a first and second seal. The first seal is attached to a first edge of a first flange of the vehicle. The first seal presents a first outer contact surface that extends in generally parallel relationship to the first edge. The second seal is attached to a second edge of a second flange of the vehicle. The second seal presents a second outer contact surface that extends in generally parallel relationship to the second edge. The first outer contact surface and the second outer contact surface are in sealing contact relationship with the movable pane of glass when the movable pane of glass is in a closed position. The first outer contact surface and the second outer contact surface are not in sealing contact relationship with the movable pane of glass when the movable pane of glass is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Larry A. Filipczak, Stephen D. Rusnak, Robert Conner, John K. Itoney, Michael J. Wesner
  • Publication number: 20140345200
    Abstract: Disclosed is a seal strip, comprising a tubular seal strip body with a first end (116) and a second end (117), wherein the first end (116) extends into the second end (117) and is securely connected to the second end (117) by a sewing thread (113). Further disclosed are a method and a device for sewing the seal strip, wherein the sewing device comprises a seal strip feeding machine (1), a device (2) for positioning the ends of the seal strip, a device for inwardly folding an edge of the seal strip, a device (3) for butt-joining the ends of the seal strip, a device (5) for threading a needle for the seal strip, and a device (4) for sewing the seal strip. The two ends of the seal strip are securely connected by the sewing thread, providing a high connection strength; and the method and device for sewing the seal strip can accomplish complete automation in sewing the seal strip, thus greatly improving efficiency during the production and processing of the seal strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Yizhi Zhou
  • Publication number: 20140338267
    Abstract: A seal for use in a fenestration system including: a seal base; an elongated, resilient bulb member defining a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction; wherein: the stem portion of the seal base and the resilient bulb member are rigidly directly mechanically connected to each other; the bulb member includes an exterior bulb wall with an interior surface, a first interior wall, and a second interior wall; the exterior bulb wall defines an interior space; the first interior wall and the second interior wall separate and at least partially define a first chamber, a second chamber, and a third chamber within the interior space of the exterior bulb wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ULTRAFAB, INC.
    Inventor: Alan J. DeMello
  • Publication number: 20140338268
    Abstract: A seal for use in a fenestration system including: a seal base; an elongated, resilient bulb member defining a longitudinal direction and a transverse direction; wherein: the stem portion of the seal base and the resilient bulb member are rigidly directly mechanically connected to each other; the bulb member includes an exterior bulb wall and a first interior wall; the exterior bulb wall defines an interior space; the first interior wall separates and at least partially defines a first chamber and a second chamber within the interior space of the exterior bulb wall; one of the first chamber or the second chamber comprises a foam filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ULTRAFAB, INC.
    Inventor: Alan J. DeMello
  • Publication number: 20140338266
    Abstract: A seal for use in a fenestration system including: a seal base; an elongated, resilient bulb member; wherein: the stem portion of the seal base and the resilient bulb member are mechanically connected to each other; the bulb member includes an exterior bulb wall with an interior surface, and a first interior wall; the exterior bulb wall defines an interior space; the first interior wall separates and at least partially defines a first chamber and a second chamber within the interior space of the exterior bulb wall; the first interior wall comprises a first set of at least two internal support flaps connected to a first side of the first interior wall extending in the same direction away from the first side of the first interior wall into the first chamber; and the interior surface comprises a second set of at least two internal support flaps extending in the same direction away from the interior surface into the second chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: ULTRAFAB, INC.
    Inventor: Alan J. DeMello
  • Patent number: 8881465
    Abstract: A door sealing structure for a motor vehicle includes a receiving recess provided at the door inner panel, a door weather strip of which a partial portion is inserted into the receiving recess so as to be rotatably supported and formed with a size capable of protruding outside from the receiving recess, and an elastic member being installed in and supporting the door weather strip elastically for preventing the door weather strip from being detached from the receiving recess, thereby reducing a closing force of a door and improving an air-tightness performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jong Hae Lee
  • Patent number: 8869457
    Abstract: An outer-cabin side holding part and an inner-cabin side holding part are provided on uneven positions on a frame body installed on a door opening edge; an anchoring part is protrudingly provided on an inner-cabin side of an inner-cabin side pillar part; the outer-cabin side end and the anchoring part of an installation base member are anchored with the outer-cabin side holding part and the inner-cabin side holding part; and a total of a distance between the anchoring part and the base root of the inner-cabin side pillar part and a distance between the base root and an outer-cabin side end of the installation base member is longer than a straight-linear distance between the outer-cabin side holding part and the inner-cabin side holding part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsuo Masumoto
  • Publication number: 20140290143
    Abstract: An opening trim weatherstrip includes an attaching base portion that is attached to a flange formed on a vehicle body opening peripheral edge and a hollow seal portion that is provided integrally on the attaching base portion and is abutted to an outer periphery of a door frame or a door panel of a vehicle door to seal a gap between the vehicle door and the vehicle body opening peripheral edge. The hollow seal portion includes a proximal hollow portion and a distal hollow portion. The distal hollow portion includes a first distal hollow seal wall and a second distal hollow seal wall. The first distal hollow seal wall is formed in a curved surface with a curvature radius of 20 to 80 mm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshinobu YAMADA, Yasuhiro SHIMIZU, Mitsunobu TERAMOTO, Daisuke SAKAI, Hirofumi OTSUKA
  • Patent number: 8839564
    Abstract: A one-piece seal is used between the rear doors of a semi-trailer truck and the rear frame of the truck, the seal having a good compression set resistance. The seal is made from multiple extrusion members that are fused, welded, or otherwise integrally, monolithically connected at corner joints to form a central opening. The extrusion members have a sealing profile, or cross-section, that allows for the compression and deflection of a pair of sealing lobes to create inner and outer seals, respectively, between the trailer frame and the door structure at the rear of a semi-trailer truck, as well as between the doors themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Press-Seal Gasket Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Happel, Myron S. Worley, Katherine A. Bergfeld
  • Patent number: 8806730
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting rail (8) for mounting and positioning a seal, having attachment devices (12) disposed on a longitudinal side (15) of the mounting rail and each separated from each other by an interruption (13). In order to propose a mounting rail comprising high flexibility allowing simple insertion of the seal even after a long period of use and allowing more uniform pressure distribution when pressing on the seal, the invention proposes that the mounting rail (8) comprises a web (19) running through on the other longitudinal side (16), and at least one opening (1ha-c) is disposed in the mounting rail between the web and each attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Grohmann Engineering GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Grohmann, Lothar Thommes
  • 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: 20140157680
    Abstract: The door weather strip for a motor vehicle includes a base portion attached to a door panel, a sealing portion, and a lever. The sealing portion is disposed to integrally extend from the base portion to tightly contact a vehicle body panel and seal a gap between the door panel and the vehicle body panel when the door panel is closed. The lever is connected to the base portion and the sealing portion and configured to be hung at the vehicle body panel while the door panel is closing such that the sealing portion rotates on the vehicle body panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicants: KIA MOTORS CORPORATION, HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Jong Hae LEE
  • Patent number: 8720973
    Abstract: An encapsulated vehicle window assembly has, as a component thereof, a polymeric seal member surrounding at least a peripheral portion of a transparent glass substrate, the polymeric seal having interlocking portions. A method of installing the encapsulated vehicle window assembly in a vehicle body opening is also an aspect of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Pilkington Group Limited
    Inventors: Charles Sitterlet, Charles E. Ash, Kazuhiro Fujiwara, Tsuneaki Sakai
  • Publication number: 20140109485
    Abstract: A weatherstrip assembly for a vehicle. The assembly includes a body having a base and first and second legs which define a channel. The body includes an interior base surface, a first interior leg surface, and a second interior leg surface disposed within the channel. The assembly includes at least one sealing lip having an abutment surface and a wearstrip disposed along at least one of the interior base surface, the first and second interior leg surfaces, and the abutment surface and formed of a thermoplastic polyethylene material. The wearstrip has a plurality of alternating wear sections and gaps that define a series of alternating semi-rigid and flexible sections, respectively, with each wear section having first and second surfaces. The first surface of one of the wear sections and the second surface of an adjacent wear section face each other to define the gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Murree, Alessandro Libriani, Robert Krueger
  • Publication number: 20140069019
    Abstract: A device for providing a seal between a door and at least a part of a doorway includes a door sash having a length, a hinged edge, a front portion, a back portion, and a plurality of curls on the hinged edge. The device also includes a door jamb proximal to the hinged edge, a door stop, a weather strip configured to engage the door sash and adapted to provide a first seal when the door is in the closed position, and a plurality of sealing members extending from the curls and adapted to provide at least a second seal between the door sash and the jamb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventors: Mark A. Back, Geoffrey C. Card
  • Patent number: 8667740
    Abstract: A weather strip mounted along a circumferential edge of a door opening of an automobile body comprises: an installation base member having a substantially U-shape in cross-section; and a hollow seal member provided on an outer-cabin side of the installation base member, which makes elastic contact with a protrudingly curved surface having a substantially U-shape in cross-section of the door; in which the hollow seal member includes: a first hollow wall having a substantially reversed V-shape in cross-section and a second hollow wall having a substantially V-shape in cross-section, which are connected with each other; a seal wall swelled and curved toward an inner side of the hollow seal member; and a protrusion protrudingly provided toward the outer-cabin side in succession to the seal wall, which makes elastic contact with the protrudingly curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yutaka Hashimoto, Akio Okayama, Ayako Teishi
  • Patent number: 8656646
    Abstract: A vehicle door includes a vehicle bodywork and a door lining. The vehicle door has a sealing region between the vehicle bodywork and the door lining. The door lining is mounted on the vehicle bodywork by means of attachment elements which can be moved in a mounting direction in order to bring about attachment. In the sealing region, a sealing profile is provided which is provided in a seal-forming fashion via a contact pressure force after the sealing profile has been brought to bear either against the vehicle bodywork or against the door lining. The sealing profile is provided in such a way that the contact pressure force is provided rising monotonously over a contact pressure distance which runs parallel to the mounting direction and with a positive gradient of less than approximately 5 Newton per millimeter contact pressure distance and a length of extension of the sealing profile per centimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Interiors GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Mieglitz, Thorsten Meyer, Alexander Schidan
  • Publication number: 20140049067
    Abstract: A door assembly (40) for a vehicle, including a vehicle door (12) for opening and closing a door opening in the vehicle body. The door comprises a door body (15), an outer cover member (27) which covers at least a part of the outer surface (53) of the door outer panel (21) of the door body, and a seal member (28). The outer cover member comprises an outer cover body (165) which covers the outer surface of the door outer panel, an extension section (164) which is extended further toward the outside than an edge (163) of the door body, and a closed cross-section section (166) which is formed in a closed cross-sectional shape on the rear surface (177) of the extension section. The seal member is attached to the closed cross-section section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Kasuya, Tomohide Sawada, Toshiya Ohba, Daisuke Tsuburaoka
  • Patent number: 8646214
    Abstract: A weather strip 10 has a trim portion 20 and a hollow seal portion 40. The trim portion 20 is made up of an external sidewall 21, a bottom wall 23 and an internal sidewall 22 to thereby be given a substantially U-shaped cross section. A first flange holding lip 24 is formed on an interior surface of either of the external sidewall 21 and the internal sidewall 22 so as to be positioned on an opening side of the trim portion 20, a second flange holding lip 25 is formed on the interior surface of the same sidewall so as to be positioned on a bottom wall side of the trim portion 20, and opposite flange holding lips 26, 27 are formed on an interior surface of the other of the external sidewall 21 and the internal sidewall 22 so as to be positioned between the first flange holding lip 24 and the second flange holding lip 25 while extending therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Otsuka, Masatoshi Hotta, Hideaki Minoura
  • Patent number: 8607505
    Abstract: A sealing assembly is provided for a vehicle having independently opening and closing closure panels, such as first and second doors, which are hinged to a vehicle body with opposing hinges. The sealing assembly has a first seal that is mounted to the vehicle body to substantially surround a continuous door opening, and has a first membrane portion that extends over a first portion of the cutline. A second seal is mounted to a surface of the first door that faces the first membrane portion when the first door is closed. A third seal is mounted to a surface of the second door that faces the first membrane portion when the second door is closed. The first membrane portion is configured to be movable toward the closed first and second doors into contact with the second and third seals to seal the first portion of the cutline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Imad F. Bazzi, Ronald P. McKenney, James S. Netherland, III, Raymond R. Lipowski
  • Patent number: 8550537
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle comprising a body panel including a flange defining an opening. The opening is shaped to receive a component selected from a door, a trunk or a tailgate. The component includes a main body panel and an interior lining having a substantially coplanar region facing the flange when the component is in a closed position. An elongated resilient sealing member is secured to the coplanar region of the component. The sealing member includes a base engaging the interior lining and a tubular body projecting from said base opposite the lining. An arm extends from an edge of the base and overlaps the interior lining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenichi Kitayama, Masatoshi Mori
  • Publication number: 20130243661
    Abstract: Gradual-release dosing device for at least one substance in a domestic-use apparatus comprises the presence of a water based work fluid, characterised in that it comprises a casing (2) within which a plurality of doses of said substances (3) is contained, necessary for the corresponding plurality of operation cycles of said apparatus. Said casing (2) being at least partly defined by a material perrreable to said work fluid and capable of releasing at least a dose of said substance (3) at each operation cycle of the apparatus. The substance comprises at least one washing-active, dishwashing-active or cleaning-active preparation from the group consisting of surfactants, builders, water softening agents, zeolites, silicates, polymers, carbonates, carboxylates, sulphonates, bleaching agents, bleach activators, bleach stabilizers, bleach catalysts, cobuilders, alkalizing agents, acidifYing agents, redeposition inhibitors, dyes, fragrances, optical is brighteners, UV filters, fabric softeners, and rinse agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventors: Carla Baratta, Federico Della Negra, Stefano Maretto, Liliana Oliva, Montserrat Riera, Antonietta Tomasulo
  • Patent number: 8533999
    Abstract: A weather strip is provided in which the trim portion does not have an insert member embedded, a notch or a thin wall portions are formed in a portion near the bottom wall of the vehicle exterior sidewall and the vehicle interior sidewall, a thick wall portion is formed in the further front end than the thin wall portion, and both the front ends are inclined so as to approach each other. Two of each of flange holding lips are formed on each of the inner surfaces of both sidewalls; and the angle at which the flange holding lips of the opening side are projected is formed larger than the angle of the flange holding lips of the bottom wall side; the front ends of the flange holding lips of the opening side are formed so as to be contact with or close to each other; the front ends of the flange holding lips 25 and 27 of the bottom wall side are linearly formed to have a gap in the width direction or in a direction orthogonal to the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Otsuka, Masatoshi Hotta
  • Patent number: 8499499
    Abstract: A weather strip having a trim portion capable of decreasing an insertion load of a flange and increasing a removal load thereof where the thickness of the flange varies, thereby preventing its turn against a flange. The weather strip has a trim portion and a seal portion. The trim portion has a generally U-shaped cross-section. An inner holding lip includes a base part, a main lip formed along an end of the base part, and a sub-lip formed from a side surface of the end of the base part so as to project obliquely with respect to the main lip in a direction of the opening of the trim portion. The sub-lip is made shorter than the main lip, and an end of the sub-lip is located on the opening side of an interior surface of a joint between the base part and the inner side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Doumik Cotnoir
  • Patent number: 8479450
    Abstract: A weather strip includes an installation base member installed on a door opening edge of a retractable roof vehicle; a hollow seal part provided on an outer-cabin side with respect to the installation base member, the seal part makes elastic contact with a top end of a door glass; and a seal lip extending from the base member and having a top end which curves and makes elastic contact with an inner-cabin side surface of the door glass, the seal part and the seal lip forming an eaves-trough-shaped water receiving part, wherein: a wall surface of the hollow seal part, with which the top end of the door glass makes elastic contact, has a head part formed thereon for guiding water to a drainage hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kousuke Mori, Hirofumi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 8474189
    Abstract: A weather strip for use with a frame structure having a sharp corner, the weather strip comprising a stem portion and a bulb portion secured to a first end of the stem portion, where the bulb portion has a bulb wall comprising a soft thermoplastic elastomeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Intek Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Peterson, Joel T. Rhode
  • Publication number: 20130160376
    Abstract: A sealing mechanism of an automobile door including a sliding window pane configured to be raised or lowered to/from the door window part and a side panel, includes: a retainer fixed to the side panel; and a glass run held by the retainer. The glass run includes a hollow seal part, and the base of the seal part has a slit. A pair of engagement parts of the retainer is engaged with both sides of the base of the seal part. A ridge located between the engagement parts of the retainer is fitted in the slit of the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicants: TESLA MOTORS, INC., NISHIKAWA RUBBER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nishikawa Rubber Co., Ltd., Tesla Motors, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130097937
    Abstract: A flexible, closed loop, closure gasket includes an elongated body having a resiliently flexible wall between opposing ends. The wall is formed by a resiliently flexible, core surrounded by a flexible outer jacket of interwoven glass fiber yarns. The opposing ends are brought together in a permanent joint formed by an permanent fastener-less physical bond between the opposing ends to provide the continuous closed loop. The gasket is typically mounted between a door and a cabinet or other housing of a device subject to modest to moderate heating and/or potential internal fire or explosion, like a home clothes dryer, certain ovens and trash compactors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: Davlyn Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Davlyn Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8402696
    Abstract: A weather strip includes a trim portion that is a substantially U-shaped, that is mounted on a flange portion provided along a door opening circumference portion of a vehicle, and that is equipped with a vehicle outer-sided side wall portion, a vehicle inner-sided side wall portion, and a coupling portion for coupling the side wall portions to each other, and a seal portion including a hollow portion. The seal portion includes a first elongated portion which is elongated to a vehicle outer side from a portion located in a vicinity of a boundary portion between the seal portion and the coupling portion of the vehicle outer-sided side wall portion, a second elongated portion which is elongated to a vehicle outer side from a portion located in a vicinity of a tip portion of the vehicle outer-sided side wall portion, and an expanded portion having substantially an arc shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norimasa Iwasa, Masanori Aritake, Satoshi Toki
  • Patent number: 8375640
    Abstract: A flange engaging strip is provided for engaging a vehicle flange, wherein the flange has a varying thickness along a longitudinal dimension. The flange engaging strip has a closed end and projecting limbs and can include a carrier having a corresponding base and projecting legs that define a constant combined cross sectional length, wherein the cross sectional length of the closed end varies corresponding to the thickness of the flange along a longitudinal dimension of the flange engaging strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Schlegel Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin R. Willett
  • Patent number: 8366168
    Abstract: A sealing system useful for sealing a slide out room in a recreational vehicle (RVs). The sealing system includes a first bulb seal that is adapted for being affixed to a transverse surface that defines an opening in a sidewall of the RV. A second bulb seal is affixed to a peripheral flange that extends from an end wall of the slide out room. Both of the bulb seals have an hourglass shape. The peripheral flange fits within the opening when the slide out room is in its retraced position and the bulb seals meet in a complementary fashion to form a seal. A wedge seal is included spaced inwardly on the sidewalls of the slide out room and is designed to contact the bulb seal attached to the opening when the room is extended. An internal flange is not required for sealing when the slide out room is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lifetime Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Edwin E. Ksiezopolski, Norman L. Newhouse
  • Publication number: 20130025211
    Abstract: The seal (4) comprises a fixing profile (5) to which a tubular sealing profile (6) is connected. At least one predetermined portion of the wall of the sealing profile has at least one substantially longitudinal outer groove (12, 14) able to define a kind of integral film hinge (13, 15) which is substantially longitudinal and able to reduce the resistance of the sealing profile (6) to compression in the direction of engagement (F) between the opening (2) and the door (D).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: COOPER-STANDARD AUTOMOTIVE ITALY S.p.A.
    Inventors: Manrico Zaccaria, Mauro Chiatti
  • Patent number: 8353130
    Abstract: A door weather strip includes an attaching base part that is attached along an outer periphery of a door frame and a hollow seal part that is extended in an outer peripheral direction of a door from the attaching base part. The attaching base part 11 includes a base bottom part, a vehicle inner side wall part and a vehicle outer side wall part and a partition wall. Both the attaching base part and the seal part are made of the same EPDM sponge rubber material by an extrusion process. The door weather strip satisfies conditions that a specific gravity is 0.36 or higher and 0.44 or lower, a low stretch stress is 200 kPa or higher and 230 kPa or lower and an average foaming cell diameter is 180 ?m or larger and 220 ?m or smaller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Fukuta, Tatsushi Goto, Masatoshi Hotta, Takaaki Sato