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 new patent  Collapsible spacer and spacing forming

An exemplary die assembly includes a die member, a blankholder, and a collapsible spacer moveable back-and-forth between an extended position and a collapsed position. The collapsible spacer establishing a first gap between the die member and the blankholder in the extended position. The collapsible spacer establishing a second, smaller gap... Ford Motor Company

Integrated robotic press and reaction frame

A press frame for a robot system includes a base, a bridge and a set of columns supporting the bridge above the base. A first robot holds a part on the base and a second robot manipulates a pressing tool to press a component into an opening. The pressing tool... Ford Motor Company

Flexible pressing system

An integrated control system for a flexible pressing system may include a first robot including a gripper for manipulating a part, a second robot including a pressing tool, and a controller configured to instruct the first robot to move the part into a pressing position and to instruct the second... Ford Motor Company

Applicator and applying a lubricant/sealer

A lubricant/sealer dispenser is disclosed for a component press-in system that includes a pressurized lubricant/sealer reservoir filled with lubricant/sealer. A nozzle is supplied with lubricant/sealer from the reservoir and includes an offset tip formed of PTFE that is enclosed in a steel tube. A controller controls a motor that rotates... Ford Motor Company

Flexible pressing verification system

A flexible pressing system for accepting and rejecting pressed part into a part may include a pressing apparatus configured to press components into a hole of a part and a controller programmed to receive press data for a press of at least one of the components, the press data including... Ford Motor Company

Acetaldehyde scavenger treatment

A method of forming a vehicle interior foam article, the method including applying a mold release agent onto an inner surface of a mold, delivering a solution having aldehyde scavenger(s) to the mold such that a reaction of the aldehyde scavenger(s) with the mold release agent is prevented, delivering a... Ford Motor Company

Acetaldehyde scavenger treatment

A method of reducing aldehyde concentration in a vehicle cabin air, the method includes applying a solution comprising aldehyde scavenger(s) onto an outer surface of a foam article located or to be located within a vehicle cabin to form a top layer of the article such that aldehyde species are... Ford Motor Company

Laser hardened crankshaft

An automotive shaft includes a journal having a crest-to-crest contact surface area defined by and between undercut regions of the shaft, an entirety of the crest-to-crest contact surface area being laser hardened to a depth no greater than 1 mm to form a layer that does not contain unhardened portions.... Ford Motor Company

Vehicle refueling management

Data is received from each of a plurality of vehicles in a group of vehicles indicating fuel consumption of each vehicle over a past period of time. An aggregate fuel consumption for the vehicles, and one or more fuel prices, is predicted for a future period of time. According to... Ford Motor Company

Electrode catalyst layer for fuel cell, and fuel cell membrane electrode assembly and fuel cell using the catalyst layer

Provided is a catalyst layer for fuel cell which has a high catalytic activity and enables maintaining the high catalytic activity. Disclosed is an electrode catalyst layer for fuel cell including a catalyst containing a catalyst carrier having carbon as a main component and a catalytic metal supported on the... Ford Motor Company

Stamping die adjustment method

A method of adjusting a stamping die is provided. The method includes providing a two-sided stamping die configured to form parts from sheet metal blanks according to a desired geometry upon closing the die, adjusting the desired geometry of the part, and repeatedly depositing layer upon layer of material onto... Ford Motor Company

Electrode catalyst layer for fuel cell, producing the same, and membrane electrode assembly and fuel cell using the catalyst layer

Provided is an electrode catalyst layer excellent in gas transportability by using an electrode catalyst layer for fuel cell comprising a catalyst containing a catalyst carrier and a catalytic metal carried on the catalyst carrier and an electrolyte, wherein the catalyst partially is coated with the electrolyte, and a specific... Ford Motor Company

Lamp assembly and molding method

An exemplary lamp assembly includes a lens, a base, and a textured surface between an outwardly facing surface of the lens and an outwardly facing surface of the base. An exemplary lamp molding method includes injecting a first material into a mold cavity to form a lens, and injecting a... Ford Motor Company

Method and manufacturing a transmission case

A method of manufacturing a transmission case housing is provided wherein a minimum quantity of lubrication as a compressed air/oil mist is supplied as the housing is rough bored and face milled. The transmission case defines a plurality of transmission fluid drainage holes for draining transmission fluid from the transmission... Ford Motor Company

Solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell with improved voltage reversal tolerance

In solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells, an oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst may be incorporated at the anode along with the primary hydrogen oxidation catalyst for purposes of tolerance to voltage reversal. Incorporating this OER catalyst in a layer at the interface between the anode's primary hydrogen oxidation anode catalyst... Ford Motor Company

Portable aeroacoustic wind tunnel and testing a vehicle for wind noise

A portable aeroacoustic wind tunnel includes a modular building structure. The wind tunnel is assembled together on-site at an assembly plant outdoors and on the ground and disassembled into sub-assemblies for transportation. A separate control building includes fan controls, acoustic measurement controls and windows for visual observation. A portable generator... Ford Motor Company

Interpolated milling tools and methods

Milling tools and methods are disclosed. The method may include moving a milling tool having at least two axially spaced apart sets of cutting inserts to an axial position within a bore in a material and rotating the milling tool about a longitudinal axis. Contact between the milling tool and... Ford Motor Company

Bipolar plate assembly with integrated seal for fuel cell

A bipolar plate assembly with integrated seal for a fuel cell with a subassembly having a formed metal cathode plate bonded to a formed metal anode plate. On at least one of the plates, two raised continuous ridges are formed on the outward surface of and around the perimeter of... Ford Motor Company

Rivet tape mending process and system

A method for repairing rivet tape includes steps of cutting portions of the rivet tape on each side of a break to define at least three aligned coplanar rivet tape edges, abutting the at least three aligned coplanar rivet tape edges to define a seam, and joining the at least... Ford Motor Company

Cylinder bore having variable coating

Engine blocks and methods of forming the same are disclosed. The engine block may comprise a body including at least one cylindrical engine bore wall having a longitudinal axis and including a coating extending along the longitudinal axis and having a coating thickness. The coating may have a middle region... Ford Motor Company

Method of manufacturing a lightweight laminate

A method of producing a laminated article comprising placing a first metal skin, a core, and a second metal skin freely onto each other as discreet layers to provide a layered component; and forming the layered component into a shaped article via a die prior to producing a laminated article... Ford Motor Company

Extruded 3d ramp/packaging device for tight package requirements

An air curtain delivery assembly includes an arcuate extruded unitary channel and an inflatable air curtain. The channel includes a longitudinal length defining an arc substantially matching a fore-aft curvature of a vehicle roof panel and having an open mouth defining a ramp for directing deployment of the inflatable air... Ford Motor Company

System and making a cast part

A system and method of making a part. The part may cast in a die. A gripper assembly may be provided that has a gripper and a spray nozzle that provides a fluid. The part may be quenched with a fluid when the part is in the die.... Ford Motor Company

Localized mating surface for laser welding

An assembly and method of forming the assembly are disclosed. The assembly may include first and second components, the first component including a non-mating region and a mating region. The mating region may have an offset in a direction towards the second component and have a welding surface contacting the... Ford Motor Company

Resolving configuration conflicts using a multi-valued decision diagram

A system is provided with a memory device and a processor. The memory device is adapted to store data representative of a multi-valued decision diagram (MDD) specifying a buildable space of all possible valid configurations of a vehicle. The processor is in communication with the memory and is programmed to... Ford Motor Company

Maximally standard automatic completion using a multi-valued decision diagram

A system is provided with a memory device adapted to store at least one multi-valued decision diagram (MDD) that specifies a total buildable space and a processor that is programmed to identify a partial configuration; generate a restricted buildable space of the total buildable space; and identify families to complete.... Ford Motor Company

Multi-valued decision diagram feature state determination

A system is provided with memory and a processor. The memory is configured to store data representative of a multi-valued decision diagram (MDD). The processor is in communication with the memory and is programmed to receive a current selection of one or more of the features, and to determine a... Ford Motor Company

Multi-valued decision diagram reversible restriction

A system is provided with a memory and a processor. The memory is configured to store a cached copy of data representative of a multi-valued decision diagram (MDD). The MDD indicates a Boolean function specifying a buildable space of all possible valid configurations of features of a vehicle. The processor... Ford Motor Company

Laser hardened crankshaft

A method of crankshaft laser hardening includes grinding one or more surfaces of a green crankshaft to produce a green ground crankshaft and to define journal geometry thereon prior to hardening of the surfaces to avoid loss of compressive stresses associated with grinding a hardened crankshaft. The method also includes... Ford Motor Company

High-contrast engine connecting rod

After a connecting rod for an engine is formed, it is broken or fractured at a fracture point to allow the connecting rod to assemble around a portion of a crankshaft. However, before fracturing the connecting rod, the connecting rod is provided with a layer of paint across the eventual... Ford Motor Company

Fuel cell assemblies with improved reactant flow

In solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks, increasing the height of support features in the transition regions and/or increasing the depth of the transition regions improves the flow of reactants therein and thus improves the sharing of flow in the channels in the reactant flow fields. The support feature height... Ford Motor Company

Structures and preparation methods for catalyst coated membranes for fuel cells

Simplified methods for preparing a catalyst coated membrane (CCM) for solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The CCM has two reinforcing, expanded polymer sheets and the methods involve forming the electrolyte membrane from ionomer solution during assembly of the CCM. Thus, the conventional requirement to obtain, handle, and decal transfer solid... Ford Motor Company

Engine bore milling process

A method of milling an engine bore is disclosed. The method may include inserting a milling tool having a plurality of cutting edges along a longitudinal axis into an engine bore, rotating the milling tool about the longitudinal axis and moving the milling tool around a perimeter of the engine... Ford Motor Company

Milling inserts

Milling tools configured to increase surface roughness are disclosed. The tool may include an elongated body having a longitudinal axis and a plurality of cutting inserts coupled to the body and spaced along the longitudinal axis, each cutting insert having a cutting edge. In one embodiment, the cutting edges may... Ford Motor Company

Milling tool with insert compensation

A milling tool is disclosed. The milling tool may include an elongated body having a longitudinal axis and a plurality of cutting inserts. The cutting inserts may each have a cutting edge and a cutting radius and be coupled to the body and spaced along the longitudinal axis. One or... Ford Motor Company

03/30/17 / #20170087686

Honing tool

A head assembly of a honing tool includes a carrier having a proximal end connectable to a spindle, a distal end, and a plurality of stones. The head assembly also includes a pilot cap connected to the distal end, and defining an end face and a sidewall. A transition surface... Ford Motor Company

03/30/17 / #20170089386

High-contrast engine connecting rod

After a connecting rod for an engine is formed, it is broken or fractured at a fracture point to allow the connecting rod to assemble around a portion of a crankshaft. However, before fracturing the connecting rod, the connecting rod is provided with a layer of paint across the eventual... Ford Motor Company

03/23/17 / #20170084939

Shutdown and storage fuel cell system at below freezing temperatures

Improved methods are disclosed for shutting down and storing a fuel cell system, particularly for below freezing temperature conditions. The methods comprise stopping power production from the fuel cell stack, monitoring the amount of energy remaining in an energy supply, monitoring the stack temperature, and repeatedly performing a predetermined warming... Ford Motor Company

03/16/17 / #20170077536

Relief design for fuel cell plates

Flow field plates in solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells can be subject to ice blockages in certain areas during freeze start-up, e.g. the backfeed ports and slots used in some flow field plate designs which connect an outlet plenum channel for a reactant to its outlet. By incorporating a similar... Ford Motor Company

02/23/17 / #20170050208

Robotic vehicle painting instrument including a terahertz radiation device

A method comprising scanning a first painted surface of a first vehicle having two or more paint layers with a robotic terahertz radiation instrument to obtain a first painted surface thickness data and map for each of the two or more paint layers, comparing the first thickness map to a... Ford Motor Company

02/23/17 / #20170051371

Method and system for selectively softening hot stamped parts by induction heating

A method and system are disclosed for treating a press hardened part by induction heating localized areas of the part to have reduced hardness. The method and system monitor an ambient temperature, cycle time, outgoing part property requirements, and outgoing part hardness in local areas. A time value and temperature... Ford Motor Company

02/16/17 / #20170044637

Method and system for enhancing rivetability

A joined sheet stack and a method and system for forming the stack are disclosed. The stack may include a steel sheet and a second sheet. The steel sheet may include a bulk portion having a first tensile strength and one or more fastener regions having a second tensile strength... Ford Motor Company

02/16/17 / #20170044650

Heat treatment for reducing distortion

Methods of processing an aluminum alloy component are disclosed. The method may include solution heat treating the component at a solution heat treatment (SHT) temperature of 500° C. to 535° C., quenching the component in a liquid quenching medium having a temperature of 75° C. to 95° C., and artificially... Ford Motor Company

02/16/17 / #20170044654

Method and device of surface-treating a metallic part

In one or more embodiments, a shielding device is provided to shield a bore of a shaft against surface treatment, the shielding device including a sleeve to be at least partially received within the bore, the sleeve defining on its side wall a through-aperture and being of a first cross-sectional... Ford Motor Company

02/02/17 / #20170033387

Polymer electrolyte composition and polymer electrolyte membrane, polymer electrolyte membrane with catalyst layer, membrane electrode assembly, and polymer electrolyte fuel cell each using the same

An excellent polymer electrolyte composition has excellent chemical stability of being resistant to strong oxidizing atmosphere during operation of fuel cell, and achieves excellent proton conductivity under low-humidification conditions, excellent mechanical strength and physical durability. A polymer electrolyte membrane, a membrane electrode assembly, and a polymer electrolyte fuel cell each... Ford Motor Company

01/26/17 / #20170021402

Device for scraping debris from metal wire

A device and related method for removing debris from a metal wire formed by a process utilizing a lubricant is provided. The device includes at least two segments forming a passage through which the wire passes, each having a leading edge for stripping debris from the wire, and a resilient... Ford Motor Company

01/26/17 / #20170021409

Injection molding pressure relief and assist

An injection molding system and method of operating the system are disclosed. The system may include a hopper, a barrel configured to receive injection material from the hopper, a screw disposed within the barrel, and a mold defining a mold cavity configured to receive the injection material from the barrel.... Ford Motor Company

01/26/17 / #20170025699

Composite proton conducting electrolyte with improved additives for fuel cells

Improved additives can be used to prepare polymer electrolyte for membrane electrode assemblies in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Use of these improved additives can not only improve durability and performance, but can also provide a marked performance improvement during initial conditioning of the fuel cells. The additives are chemical complexes... Ford Motor Company

01/04/18 / #20180003590

Chock assembly

A chock assembly for a vehicle test rig includes a guide member, a chock, and a securing member. The chock is coupled to the guide member, and the securing member is configured to secure the guide member to the vehicle test rig. The guide member is movably coupled to the... Ford Motor Company

12/14/17 / #20170356484

Fastener assembly

A fastener assembly for a motor vehicle is provided. The fastener assembly comprises a fastener configured to couple a first component to a second component of the motor vehicle, the fastener comprising a shank configured to be received within a bore of the first component; and a retaining member, the... Ford Motor Company

11/30/17 / #20170341678

Steering wheel assembly

A steering wheel assembly includes a steer-by-wire steering wheel and a central axis about which the steering wheel rotates to control the direction of travel of a motor vehicle. The steering wheel assembly also includes (a) a support arm, the steering wheel being coupled to a first end of the... Ford Motor Company

06/29/17 / #20170181536

Stowable table assembly

A stowable table assembly includes: a table portion rotatable between a deployed position and a stowed position; a carrier configured to be slidably received in a recess; and a plurality of elongate members provided between the table portion and the carrier. Each of the elongate members has a wedge-shaped cross-section... Ford Motor Company

04/27/17 / #20170116785

Head up display

A head up display for a vehicle is provided. The head up display comprises: a controller configured to receive a first signal from an entertainment system of the vehicle, the first signal comprising timing information relating to a transition or event of a media content; and an image generator configured... Ford Motor Company








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