Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
|Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20150255199||IRON COBALT TERNARY ALLOY NANOPARTICLES WITH SILICA SHELLS AND METAL SILICATE INTERFACE - Superparamagnetic core-shell nanoparticles having a core of an iron cobalt ternary alloy, a shell of a silicon oxide on the core and a metal silicate interface layer between the core and the shell layer are provided. Methods to prepare the nanoparticles are also provided.||09-10-2015|
|20150254582||QUALITY INFORMATION APPARATUS AND METHOD - A method and apparatus couples quality control data generated during the manufacture of a subassembly of components with at least a unique main product assembly identification number and the quality control data of the main product at the time of installation of a subassembly to the main product assembly. The subassembly quality control data and the main product assembly quality control data and unique product identification are stored.||09-10-2015|
|20150253180||AUTOMOBILE SUBASSEMBLY FLUID FILL CONFIRMATION - Embodiments of systems and methods for confirming fluid fill in automobile subassemblies are described herein. Such systems can include a weigh station to determine if the assembled automobile differential is at an acceptable weight that is indicative of proper fluid fill. A method of detecting a fluid fill condition for an automobile subassembly can comprise transferring the subassembly to a weigh station, applying constraints configured to prevent removal of the subassembly from the weigh station, weighing the subassembly, and determining the fluid fill condition based on the weight of the subassembly.||09-10-2015|
|20150252945||FLOW-RESTRICTING PLUG AND DIFFERENTIAL DRIVE PINION HAVING THE SAME - A plug for restricting a flow of fluid within a passageway having an interior surface with a predetermined inner diameter is provided. The plug includes a plate member having an outer edge and a rim bounding the outer edge of the plate member. The rim extends generally normal from the plate member. The rim has a contact portion and an indented portion. The contact portion contacts the interior surface of the passageway to retain the position of the plug within the passageway. The indented portion is spaced apart from the interior surface on the passageway to allow fluid to bypass the plug when the plug is located within the passageway.||09-10-2015|
|20150251747||SMART MATERIAL TRAILING EDGE VARIABLE CHORD MORPHING WING - An apparatus and methods for changing the shape of a wing using a trailing edge morphing beam. One example method includes coupling a trailing edge portion comprising a morphing beam to an elastic central portion of the wing. The morphing beam comprises a first portion formed of smart material and a second portion formed of elastic material. The method further includes actuating the smart material in the first portion of the morphing beam to change the shape of the elastic central portion of the wing and the elastic material of the morphing beam. The morphing beam can be configured to hold a first position corresponding to a minimum chord-length of the wing and a second position corresponding to a maximum chord length of the wing.||09-10-2015|
|20150251617||MORPHING ENERGY ABSORBER SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE ASSEMBLY - A morphing energy absorber system includes an energy absorbing structure and an actuator system within the energy absorbing structure to morph the energy absorbing structure.||09-10-2015|
|20150246720||STACKABLE WING FOR AN AEROCAR - A wing includes an upper surface that forms a generally fixed shape and a lower surface adjacent to the upper surface. The lower surface is morphable between a stowed shape and a deployed shape. A method of morphing a wing includes morphing a lower surface between a stowed shape and a deployed shape. The lower surface curves toward the upper surface in the stowed shape and curves away from the upper surface in the deployed shape.||09-03-2015|
|20150246639||HAPTIC ALERT SYSTEM FOR A VEHICLE - A haptic alert system for use in a vehicle includes a sensor system operable to identify a condition associated with the vehicle; a control system in communication with the sensor system; and a remote haptic device in communication with the sensor system.||09-03-2015|
|20150240700||Vehicles Incorporating Cooling Drag Reduction Systems and Methods - A method for operating a cooling fan of a vehicle including detecting at least one of a battery charge of a battery of the vehicle and a state of engagement of an air conditioning system of the vehicle and rotating the cooling fan in a direction to expel air from an engine compartment of the vehicle based on at least one of a detected battery charge of the battery or a detected state of engagement of the air conditioning system.||08-27-2015|
|20150239194||SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING MANUFACTURING PROCESSES - In one embodiment, a method for controlling a manufacturing process can include obstructing a part receiving path of a press station with a part detection fixture. The part detection fixture can include a moveable contact member and a target body that moves in response to motion of the moveable contact member. The moveable contact member of the part detection fixture can obstruct the part receiving path such that the target body of the part detection fixture is positioned in a dissenting state. The target body of the part detection fixture can be positioned in an assenting state coincident with contact between the moveable contact member of the part detection fixture and the workpiece. Image data of the target body of the part detection fixture can be detected with a vision system. The press station can be actuated when the image data is indicative of the assenting state.||08-27-2015|
|20150239099||Adjustable Key Block Assemblies and Associated Methods of Adjusting Extra Large Workpieces - An adjustable key block assembly includes an outer housing block having an upper face and a lower face. The outer housing includes an elongated table engagement member extending from the lower face arranged and configured to be received within a groove of a table of a milling machine defining a set direction of the adjustable key block assembly. A drive screw is rotatably connected to the outer housing block and extending through a slide member opening in the upper face of the outer housing block. The drive screw defines a drive axis that is offset angularly from the set direction. A center slide member includes a collar portion having a threaded opening extending therethrough that is threadably engaged with the drive screw such that rotation of the drive screw moves the center slide member along the drive axis within the slide member opening. The center slide member further includes an engaging portion that extends upwardly from the collar portion beyond the upper face.||08-27-2015|
Patent applications by Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.